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Sixth and Final Report of the SBC Funding Study
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Stand For Marriage
Final Report of Ad Hoc CP Committee
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Cooperative Program Advance Plan
Fourth Report of the SBC Funding Study Committee
Review of NOBTS's Sole Membership Charter Amend.
Response to reservations about sole membership
Reservations Concerning a Charter Amendment Prop.
Sole Membership - A Florida Laymanís Perspecti
A Letter to Dr. Denton Lotz
Letter from Albert W. Wardin
The Relation of the SBC to its Entities
SBC Funding Study - State of Giving
What is Sole Membership?
Sole Membership
Letter to Missouri Churches
Questions and Answers
Behind the Scenes at the SBC
Response by Morris H. Chapman to the BGCT
Does It Matter What Missionaries Believe?
Letter to the Baptist Standard
On Facts and Fallacies
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
Response to BGCT Seminary Study Committee Report
SBTS Response to BGCT Seminary Study Committee
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
Report to the Fellowship of Deacons
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
A survey of the 2000 BFM
Baptists, the Bible and confessions
Southern Seminary and the Abstract of Principles
An Open Letter to Southern Baptists
A Statement About the Baptist Faith & Message
An Example of the Need to Change The BFM
Incredible Vanishing Corporations
Committee on Cooperation - Report and Findings
An Open Letter from Dr. Allen to Dr. Wade
Why Cooperate?
The Southern Baptist Convention is Alive and Well
Letter by SBCEC President to TX Church Leaders
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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

The Truth about the SBC and Texas - A Message of Concern for Southern Baptists in Texas
by Dr. Morris H. Chapman, President, SBCEC

Dear Texas Southern Baptist:

I write this letter to you in the spirit expressed by the apostle Paul when he said, I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart ... not to grieve you, but to let you know the depth of my love for you

-- (2 Corinthians 2:4, NIV).

In recent months, a group of Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) critics has been attempting to dissuade Southern Baptist churches in Texas from their longstanding, faithful, and generous support of Southern Baptist missions and ministries through the Cooperative Program. This is a cause for concern that merits your special prayers and attention. As a Southern Baptist leader, I am compelled to try to give you and your church information you need to counter misinformation that could lead to decisions that would harm our very necessary and fruitful work together as Southern Baptists. Our concern is not only for the health and success of the SBC but also for the health and success of our partner churches.

These SBC critics have made statements like the Southern Baptist Convention is no longer Baptist and that it has adopted practices that are untrue to our Bible heritage. Some are suggesting that the theological education and/or missions programs of the SBC are somehow corrupted and, therefore, not worthy recipients of missions gifts from Southern Baptist churches in Texas. These assertions are false and the information in this series of articles responds to these accusations.

The truth of the matter is that the work of Southern Baptists, thanks to the grace of God and the faithfulness of the churches, is more effective than ever. By every objective measurement criterion, the Southern Baptist Convention has proven that it is your faithful partner to carry out Great Commission ministries on your behalf across the United States and around the world. SBC ministries consistently train ministers, send missionaries, publish the gospel, and influence the world for Christ at levels unmatched by any other denomination.

Some SBC critics have hinted at a new national convention to do these ministries. They want Southern Baptists to divert funding from institutions with a long, effective history, a current record of success, publicly stated confessional commitments, efficient administration, and absolute accountability. What is needed is not a new convention; rather, what is needed is the people called Southern Baptists confirming the authority of Scripture and banding together to reach the world for Christ.

What are we asking you to do?

  • Be informed. Don't be misled by any who would encourage you to abandon your longstanding, fruitful partnership in the gospel with the Southern Baptist Convention.
  • Urge the Baptist General Convention of Texas to reject these anti-SBC sentiments and affirm the partnership between the BGCT and the SBC.
  • Challenge your Southern Baptist family in Texas to vigorously promote traditional support for the SBC Cooperative Program.
  • Pray for reconciliation.

We felt it was important for you to hear from our perspective. My heart's desire is not to be unkind to anyone, especially fellow Baptists. But when someone is drilling holes in the boat, the crew must both bail water and try to repair the damage. Our common mission is too important to let untrue, damaging statements go unanswered. Thank you for taking the time to listen to our concerns and join us in praying God will give Southern Baptists divine wisdom and guidance in these days. May God continue to use Southern Baptists and our churches greatly for Jesus' sake.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Dr. Morris H. Chapman, President
Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention

Reprinted from The Truth about the SBC & Texas, by the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.
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