Warning to Baptists
Turn or burn
Posted: June 07, 2008
If one desire can describe the mood of Americans this election season, it is a longing for change. There can be no doubt that change is ahead on several fronts. The question is: Will it be good change, or change for the worse?
The largest Protestant denomination in
The decline appears to be particularly acute among young people in
the church. (We have repeatedly spoken by the Spirit to
the fact that Sunday schools are empty in Evangelical, Fundamentalism, and
"They are discovering, as other traditional denominations are, that their future is tied to reaching younger people and more diverse people," said professor Lovett H. Weems Jr. at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Ed Gamble, Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools
executive director, said, "Our
denomination grew at 1.2 percent last year, not even enough to match our birth
rate. Southern Baptist couples divorce more often than
other denominations. Most evangelical church youth do not believe in
absolute truth." (Here the leadership is confessing here the southern Baptist
denomination is rife with divorce, adultery, fornication, and abortion. Just as the word of the Lord came forth unto us almost two
The Gospel preached in the average Baptist church has become an utterly corrupt digest of the Rapture, How good Christians are, and Populist preaching on current events, movies, and popular culture rather than being founded in the word of God. A reflection of the pool of preachers and teachers coming from bible schools and seminaries for their churches and other denominations are of a lower and lower stock that have not had any meeting with God, never have experienced any personal work of repentance, and their knowledge of salvation amounts to no more than a tool to boost church membership and their finances.
Rick Hughes, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina senior consultant for discipleship, states, "We must face the fact that much of the American church is declining for a very biblical reason: (For the very reason that this very blight struck European churches a generation ago. The overthrow by Islam them face now, we shall indeed face this if the Lord tarries a generation from now.) We have failed to be and make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ." (How can you make disciples when you yourself have never come into a vital meeting with God as men and women three generations or more ago we so touched were so changed that when they spoke their words affected their hearers.)
That lack of meaningful evangelism starts in the home. Christians are doing a poor job of discipling their own children. Eight-five percent of their public schooled children abandon the faith by the time they leave for college, while only 2 percent of their home schooled students leave. A pro-homosexual author stated, "Whoever captures the kids owns the future." And he wasn't kidding. Whoever owns the children owns the future of neighborhoods, cities, states, nations and, yes, our churches.
The church attrition rate is not surprising. Public school children receive almost 11,000 hours of secular indoctrination from kindergarten through their senior year compared with only 264 hours spent in meaningful conversation with their parents within the same 12-year period. And while Southern Baptists have hired more youth group leaders than ever before in past decades, the number of youth being baptized has fallen dramatically.
So far, the majority of Southern Baptists have refused to acknowledge that their children are being soul murdered in the public schools. Parents scratch their heads dumbfounded as to why their children are abandoning the church in droves, and yet the answer is obvious. (Speaking to this My three sons attended public schools and two have shared Christ and spoke as lights in the great darkness there being lights to others as I did so as a child, all three believe strongly in Jesus Christ. The problem in this is the parents and the household more than the schools. If the parents fervently believe and walk with God as being an example to their children of prayer, reading the bible, of faith or trust in the Lord day to day, speaking always with their children the parents overpower anything that is in the public schools. Some of my sons friends have called here for advice, called here for comfort, have called here to hear more about the Lord as they see and feel the vacuity in their own households. It is in the end how your children are raised and nothing else.)
Voddie Baucham and Bruce N. Shortt submitted a resolution for consideration at this year's Southern Baptist Convention. The document, titled "The Resolution on the Indoctrination of Children in Sexual Deviancy in California Public Schools," details the problem and offers solutions. These men hope that Southern Baptists will take action to protect the church's youth, while at the same time helping the children of others.
The alarm is blasting. Recent legislative developments in
It does not take much imagination to see how such measures will only increase rates of child molestation already reported by the Associated Press to be rampant in the public school system. Since all schools will be required to teach deviancy in a positive light, it stands to reason that children will become confused, and large numbers may become involved in deviant lifestyles as a result. These students may contract diseases known to frequent homosexual populations such as AIDS, anal cancer, syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Through the National Education Association
partnering with pro-homosexual organizations, public schools throughout
At a time when the Southern Baptist Church is declining in numbers, this is
an urgent wake-up call. Denominations across
What is God's bidding? Is it for Christians to leave their children in schools where their innocence is shattered to bits? Where they are encouraged to choose their own perverted sex variant?
According to Baucham and Shortt, there is a solution that could result in explosive growth for the church while extending missions into communities nationwide. Implementing it would require the church to inform parents about what is happening in their children's schools and offer a way out an exodus. And the time is right. As the resolution states, "This may be the most significant opportunity for evangelism that we have ever seen" as flocks of unbelievers searching for a better education system come to our door.
The resolution offers a variety of relatively inexpensive solutions churches
can implement. E. Ray Moore, author of the book "Let My Children Go,"
states, "Because of its size and influence, the SBC can provide important
leadership to the entire Church in
Is the Southern Baptist Church serious about genuine spiritual growth? Is it truly concerned about outreach to children "captured" by deviants working through the government school system?
This year's convention will tell.
Whoever owns the hearts and minds of our children owns the future.