Thursday, July 27, 2006

Survey Says...

Over on the Contemporary Calvinist, Lee Shelton (via Marc Heinrich) asks (with more details than reproduced below) an interesting survey question:

What is the Most Damaging to the Body of Christ?
  1. The Anglican's naming a woman Presiding Bishop who supports ordination of practicing gay clergy.

  2. The PC (USA)'s allowing the renaming of the Trinity to "compassionate mother, beloved child, and life-giving womb" instead of "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit"

  3. The Southern Baptist Convention resolution on alcohol:
    RESOLVED, That we urge that no one be elected to serve as a trustee or member of any entity or committee of the Southern Baptist Convention that is a user of alcoholic beverages.

    RESOLVED, That we urge Southern Baptists to take an active role in supporting legislation that is intended to curb alcohol use in our communities and nation ...
Lee chose number three. I agree, for similar reasons. In defining liberal as a man-centered deviation from the bible, each of these is an ultra-liberal excursion away from scripture. The SBC's evangelical/fundamentalist form of liberalism—that would be legalism—is the most insidious in that it wraps itself in a fa├žade of conservatism. Legalism attacks the church like a boa-constrictor.

All of these positions spit in the face of the bible. Each removes, ignores, modifies, or adds something that is not there. Each represents classic liberal arrogance: I don't quite like what I find (or don't find) in the bible. I'm sure God actually meant something else, something I would mean, if I were god.


Bad SBC, bad!

We await your condemnation of all the high-fat, destroying-the-body-as-a-temple foods that are desecrating the third Baptist ordinance: pot-luck. Pit barbeque leads to the Pit!

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