I am thankful Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd has led our convention with a call for revival, spiritual awakening and commitment to the Cooperative Program.
Henry Blackaby once wrote, “Revival has always been, and remains to this day, God dealing with the sin of His own – not the world. Therefore, if we never recognize our need for repentance of sin, then our call for revival is in vain.”
A few years ago our convention publicly confessed our past sins of racism and discrimination. Today we again have unconfessed sin in our convention. Leaders in our convention have committed the sins of slander and sowing discord by accusing our missionaries of being controlled by liberals, spreading heresy and being neo-orthodox. During a particularly bitter attack against our missionaries by one of the leaders of the conservative resurgence, former International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin said, “Disrespect for leadership and policies is being nurtured, nonbiblical subversive behavior is encouraged and blatant disregard for truth is propagated.”
Seminary professors have been labeled as liberal because they would not endorse the conservative resurgence. A purge of theological conservatives has taken place at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and at other convention entities. Thousands of theological conservative pastors and laypersons have been banished from consideration for places of leadership and trustee posts in our convention because they were not deemed politically reliable.
2 Chronicles 7:14 is often read when we call for revival. We Southern Baptists have a problem getting past the requirement to humble ourselves. Corporate sin requires corporate repentance.
As Blackaby said, “If we never recognize our need for repentance of sin, then our call for revival is in vain.”
I pray Ronnie Floyd will lead us in a call for repentance for these sins by our leaders.