This new name would only describe us as what we should hope to attain to. Why not call ourselves “Good, and Faithful Servant Baptists” or “Humble Baptists?” Or even “Sinners Saved By Grace Baptists” (the SSBGB convention)? But “Great Commission Baptists?” Only God can know if we’re fulfilling the Great Commission. At least “Southern Baptist” accurately described something about us – our origin. Claiming anything as grandiose as Great Commission Baptists may be presumptuous, if not arrogant. Yes, we have worked fairly hard at sending Baptists to the uttermost parts of the earth, but how good of a job have we really done at “teaching them to observe everything” Christ taught His disciples, which is the often unmentioned, second portion of the Great Commission Christ issued in Mathew 28:19-20.
I’ve spent the vast part of my 54 years in various Southern Baptist churches, and I’ve seen very few individuals who evidence having been taught even most things that Christ taught – much less everything. I’ve personally heard thousands of messages pleading for the handful of unbelievers in the congregation to “come to Christ,” with very few messages aimed at teaching the vast majority of congregational believers the deep meat of the Word. This may very well be why we have so many weak churches, full of weak believers, still feeding off milk and unable to consume the “pure meat of the Word,” with the same levels of divorce and all other forms of immorality as the world. If we’re so petrified of identifying ourselves with anything “Southern,” let’s at least identify ourselves with something we can claim to be true, like just “Baptists,” plain and simple, as we all still experience full water immersion (I think?).