Thursday, November 11, 2004
Go and make Republicans of all nations.
Dr Bruce Prescott, executive director of the Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists, explains how the Southern Baptist Convention has been transforming its missionary work from preaching the gospel to seeking political power (via Jesus Politics):
For the past fifteen years many Baptists around the country have been sending a tithe of their tithes to the SBC to support missionaries who have dedicated their lives to sharing the gospel around the world. Throughout that time the Fundamentalists have been methodically dismantling the system supporting professional, career missionaries that made our work effective. They've been micromanaging missionaries until they resign in frustration, firing missionaries who could not conscientiously support their bibliolatrous theology, and selling off/closing down the system of schools and hospitals in foreign lands that we created to earn a hearing for the gospel. In place of the former system, the Fundamentalists have created a system designed for short-term evangelistic work by a workforce with rapid turnover. In brief, our mission boards have become a placement center where SBC seminary graduates receive a brief internship before being dumped back into our churches. SBC Seminaries and Mission Boards have become little more than Ferris wheels that indoctrinate our churches in Fundamentalist theology and political ideology.
Missions is the bait that keeps money flowing to the SBC, but the money has been systematically switched to efforts to oil a machine that can control the secular political life of this country. To see this happening, all you have to do is look at the size of the increases for the past fifteen years in the budgets of the SBC's Executive Committee and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
In a starring role: Jerry Falwell! Wouldn't it be something to have him back on the national stage again? The 21st century is something wondrous to behold.
Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 11 November 2004 at 10:46 PM