What a great time it is to be a follower of Christ, a Southern Baptist and an Arkansas Baptist. What a great time it is to be associated with believers who hold to the truth of God’s Word when it is not popular.
Why is it a great time to be Southern Baptist?
Because we have Dr. Ronnie Floyd giving spiritual leadership to the convention. His keynote address at the convention was challenging and bold. His commitment to the truth of God’s Word and to upholding biblical and natural marriage was needed, emphatic and refreshing!
Because we have a state convention that is focusing on prayer, revival of the assembly of believers and an awakening for Arkansas, the United States and the world. The gathering of pastors on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 was an encouragement to every church leader in Arkansas.
We at Maranatha (Baptist Church) in Nashville are pleased with the direction of both the state and national convention. We are excited to the point that we are proposing to increase our giving to the Cooperative Program next year by 2 percent.
During this time of our seeking the Lord in prayer for revival and awakening, would it not be an appropriate time to consider that our mode of evangelism may be flawed? Is it not time that we stopped using an evangelism method that may produce more “false converts” than true followers of Christ?
Jonathan Edwards says, “A false conversion puts an end to convictions of conscience”!
God can overcome our flawed methods in saving the lost, but would it not be thought-provoking for us to consider focusing on sharing the gospel and leaving the results to the Lord?