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The Relation of the SBC to its Entities
SBC Funding Study - State of Giving
What is Sole Membership?
Sole Membership
Letter to Missouri Churches
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Does It Matter What Missionaries Believe?
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Letter by SBC EC President to Dr. James L. Hill
A View from the Other Side
Carter's rift with SBC not a new development
SBTS Response to BGCT Seminary Study Committee
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Exec. Comm. Interacts with BGCT Funding Proposal
The Pastor's Point of View on the BGCT
Feasibility Study for Name Change
Report of the SBC Peace Committee
Doctrine, Cooperation, and Association
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Too High a View of Scripture?
The Truth about the SBC and Texas
Christ, The Bible, and Human Experience
Bibliolatry ó A Fraudulent Accusation
BFM - Still Thoroughly Baptist!
Texas First, Texas Only - Not the Spirit
Anti-SBC Leaders Threaten Cooperative Program
Southern Baptists and Women Pastors
The Root of the SBC Controversy
Your Church Reaching the World for Christ
Together We're Carrying Out the Great Commission
Doctrinal integrity paramount for Serminary
Have Baptists replaced Jesus with a book?
Why theology matters for the Great Commission task
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Incredible Vanishing Corporations
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"There should be an 'Abstract of Principles', or careful statement of theological belief, which every professor in such an institution must sign when inaugurated, so as to guard against the rise of erroneous and injurious instruction in such a seat of sacred learning."

James P. Boyce
from "Three Changes in
Theological Institutions"
- summarized by John Broadus, 1856

Cancel The Order For the Headstone.. The Southern Baptist Convention is Alive and Well.
by Frederick Cardoza II

In a recent Associated Press article entitled "Baptists Battling Over Beliefs," journalist Richard Ostling posed the question, "Is America's largest Protestant denomination unraveling?"  Though it's not in good taste to respond to a rhetorical question, the answer is not what some might expect.

After Ostling predictably exposed the slimy underbelly of denominational politics, those looking from the outside-in might think that conservative

Southern Baptists are those for whom the bell tolls.  After all, with the premature eulogy given by theological moderates on the other side of the controversy, it would appear that the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) was survived by the Almighty Dollar of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT).  Not so.  Conservatives have another, more wealthy, Next of Kin.

While it is true that Texas Baptists will decide this week whether or not to sucker-punch the revered 75-year old Cooperative Program and to funnel millions of dollars of state convention revenues to causes sympathetic to moderate positions, faithful Baptists won't flinch.  That's because theological conservatives in the SBC know that one cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:34).

That is not to say that the financial gifts of faithful Texas Baptists will not be missed.  The fact is that moderates controlling the political process in the BGCT control a significant percentage of the denomination's operating budget (13%).  The loss of millions of dollars in revenue will certainly be a challenge to replace, particularly among the six Baptist seminaries.

In all candor, conservatives lament over the fact that moderate Texas Baptists are holding the education of some 13,500 future ministers at ransom in order to send a message to those theological institutions.  The message is that moderates will not tolerate seminary students being taught from an inerrant Bible, which is what conservatives hold.  In his article, the AP's Ostling took the moderates' bait, saying that they "do not believe in imposed creeds."  Ironically, that is not the issue.  Conservatives' desire is not to foist adherence of a restrictive "creed" on moderates or to violate "the autonomy of local congregations."  It is a simple challenge to Baptists everywhere (including those who teach our seminarians) to submit to the authority of God's Word.

As the debate comes to a head this week in Corpus Christi, more moderate red herrings related to the abused doctrines of the priesthood of all believers and the autonomy of the local church could lead to confusion about the central issue in the discussion.  Thinking people should not be led astray.  The controversy in the nation's largest 'Protestant' denomination is neither about political prowess or money, it's about what moderate Southern Baptists really believe about the Holy Bible.  Regardless of the outcome there will be no death knell, for the Southern Baptist Convention is alive... and well.

While on hiatus from his doctoral studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Frederick Cardoza II is serving as head of the single adult ministries at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Mr. Cardoza holds undergraduate degrees in Christian Education and Church Ministries, and has taught at both Boyce and Bryan Colleges. He is working toward his Ph.D. in Christian Education and Leadership.

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