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Founders Journal · Spring 2000 · pp. 29-30

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Boards don't send missionaries

"Two years ago I came to work for the North American Mission Board and, as a lifelong Southern Baptist, I presumed that sending missionaries to the field was the agency's primary work. Now I know I had things a little backward. It's not the role of a national agency to send missionaries--that's the job of individual churches. The national agency just helps with things like salaries, health benefits and building the infrastructure that helps make possible the mission work accomplished so effectively by others."

--Michael Ebert, Publishing Director for On Mission ("Who Needs a Mission Board?" On Mission, March-April 2000, p. 27).

Resolution Affirming the Unlimited Atonement

A group calling themselves Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists wrote a resolution with the above title for the purpose of submitting it to the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma during their annual meeting last November (1999). For reasons unknown, the MOB did not present the resolution to the convention, though they did print it in its entirety in their newsletter, the Mainstream Messenger (Vol. 2, No. 5, Nov. 1999). The fifth of six "whereas" clauses states this: "And whereas, an increasing number of Baptists are promoting the doctrine of limited atonement through the 'Southern Baptist Founders Conference.'" The resolution goes on to call for assurance "that no Oklahoma Baptist University faculty member or Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma employee shall be required to affirm the doctrine of limited atonement." One is left to wonder if such a requirement has ever even entered into the imagination of anyone outside the MOB.

Elsewhere in the newsletter an attempt is made to identify the doctrines of "five point Calvinism." The editor is "0 for 5" in his effort. Unconditional election is explained by claiming that "God chose some to be saved (the elect) with no regard to faith. Salvation is not received by faith as a response to God's love." Regarding particular redemption, readers are told, "L = limited atonement. Christ did not die for everyone. His atonement was limited to the elect. Some people are predestined to be 'damned'" (p. 3). Such incredible misrepresentations ought to serve as a strong warning against MOB theology.

Wanted:

God-centered pastor/church planter to found a new work in the Orlando metropolitan area. A network of historic Southern Baptist sponsoring churches is being formed. If God is leading you to explore either leading your church to partner in this reformation effort or if you know of a man of God to lead such a work, please contact Rod Fultz, Greater Orlando Baptist Association (407) 461-3155, rfultz@goba.org.

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