I got in trouble teaching adult Sunday School one day last year.
I go to a conservative, loving and gracious, Spirit-filled, country church. The father-in-law of the pastor used to be a Southern Baptist preacher. And he remembers the SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) of the good old days. I mentioned, in passing, the trouble that the SBC is going through. He was right there to defend his old SBC.
But what he was defending was the SBC that he knew, that noble institution that was actually worth a rip before the Fundamentalist Takeover, before Paige Patterson and others like him got their fleshly mitts onto the reigns of power.
My friend Hannah, of Emotional Abuse and Your Faith (in my blog list) linked a book over at Egalitarian Christian Alliance (in my link junction).
Hannah had this to say:
"My Uncle was a missionary for the SBC, and all my cousins were born in different countries. He retired and returned to the states about the time all this junk started.
"I remember him telling us that if he was starting over now - he would have found a new church to work with. He was appalled at all of it.
"I knew how loyal he was, and it shocked me to hear about it. We were not SBC, so where a bit removed at that point. My parents grew up Southern Baptist, but once Dad got transferred to the north? lol I remember the church telling us do NOT go to those 'northern' baptists!"
Here is the link to the book:
The Fundamentalist Takeover in the Southern Baptist Convention
I'm thinking of sending the link to my pastor's father-in-law. What do you think?