Mess in Memphis: Bellevue Baptist, Another Mega-church in Trouble!
Now we have the Memphis Mess as Bellevue Baptist, the flagship church of Southern Baptists is embroiled in a major battle that involves charges against a longtime associate pastor—charges of incest, molestation, sodomy, and rape; a major cover-up by the new pastor and his alleged trespassing on a critical deacon’s posted property; lying; intimidation; misuse of church credit cards; and on and on and on!
Are Trinity Leaders Dumb as a Box of Rocks or Spiritually Sensitive as a Stump?
Numerous questions were raised by various people over the years but “the king could do no wrong.” It was sacrilegious to even suggest that impropriety was taking place. “After all, look how God is blessing.” One Gray supporter even told me of him preaching then lying on the platform weeping for people to trust Christ. Could such a man molest little girls? Well, if I had been French kissing little girls for decades, I would be lying on the floor weeping as well.
Why Would a Baptist Church Hire an Accused Child Molester as a Counselor? Part 1
Now it has been revealed that an accused sexual predator was hired by the large and influential Trinity Baptist in Jacksonville.
Baptist Blood Bought Liberty!
Down through the centuries Baptists demanded freedom for everyone and paid for that position with their blood, Baptist blood!
Fundamentalists Must Face Child Abuse by Pastors!
I wept as I saw the photographs of Dr. Bob Gray led away in handcuffs. Dr. Gray, thought of as one of America’s greatest preachers and church builders, was arrested for molestation of little girls under his jurisdiction.
Reformation Leaders Tortured and Killed Dissidents!
If we focus only on Roman Catholic persecution of Christians without admitting that most reformation leaders did unspeakable things to their enemies, it is dishonest. As soon as the Reformers had the power to persecute they did! Tit for tat.
Sexual Predators in Pulpits: It’s Time for Baptists to Act Like Baptists!
This present generation abhors all confrontations and considers those who try to be true to Scripture as being “judgmental,” “unkind,” “pugnacious,” “unloving,”
What’s Going on in the Churches?
One night a group sang the theme from the “Lord of the Rings” but not one Scriptural song! Each night there was an hour and half of music, some was good, some bad. Everyone seemed to have a “good time.” But is that why they were there?
Should Government Have Access To Church Records?
I’d rather see a religious criminal go free than see the Church of the Living God ravished by secular authorities.
My Visit to Willow Creek: I Gargled but Didn’t Swallow!
Yes, I waded into Willow Creek and I gargled, but I didn’t swallow. I didn’t even sip.
What’s Wrong with Fundamentalism?
But I am concerned with why young Bible-believing pastors are not as militant as some of my generation. (Of course, some young pastors are more militant than older preachers.)
Preachers and Resistance III
During this time, the authorities reached out and gave the church a big hug and the church, liking the unexpected embrace, hugged back. And thus began the love-affair of the ages. The politicians and preachers were now in bed with each other and have been for about 1600 years.
Preachers and Resistance II
Preachers are to be leaders, but many of our leaders are not leading whenever the matter of resistance to authority arises. We must understand that whenever government goes contrary to Scripture, we have no alternative but to obey the Scripture.
Preachers and Resistance I
The scared group will often preach about taking a strong stand as long as they don’t have to be put on the spot and take that stand. They live in cold fear deep in the valley of compromise.
Why Are Many Young Turks Afraid of the “B” Word?
Now why would any pastor who adheres to Baptist principles want to remove “Baptist” from a church name? There are various motives for those who are fearful of the “B” word: By removing Baptist from the church name, the unsuspecting will be pulled in! But is that honorable? Is it ethical? Is subterfuge a Scriptural principle?