Any CBF here?

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by TCGreek, May 27, 2012.

  1. TCGreek

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    Are there any Cooperative Baptist Fellowship members here on BB? So what really is the spirit of CBF?
     
  2. mandym

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    Extreme far left of anything.
     
  3. TCGreek

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    For example...?
     
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    Thank you, duly noted.
     
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    Who needs women as Baptist pastors when you have a ready supply of men who act like women when it comes to standing tall giving a voice for what is right.
     
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    Put that way, I wish all men would act like women.
     
  7. Michael Wrenn

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    I have been a CBF supporter. They were SBC moderates originally. Lately, there are signs they're caving to the culture -- on homosexuality, for example.
     
  8. Tom Butler

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    Oh, they caved a long time ago.
     
  9. TCGreek

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    I see. I just read a book by Roger Olson and found out that he's CBF.
     
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    There are lots of good conservatives and moderates in the CBF, but if they don't take a stand for traditional morality, the CBF is toast.
     
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    If you feel that way about the CBF -- as it has been until lately, that is -- how would you characterize the Alliance of Baptists? Seems you can't get further to the left than "extreme far left", but the Alliance is clearly to the left of the CBF.
     
  12. Tom Butler

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    I would characterize the CBF as moderate to liberal. The Alliance of Baptists, on the other hand are left to lefter. And maybe that's being charitable.
     
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    Have they denied with the essential tenets of the Christian faith?
     
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    No, I don't think so -- but to me traditional morality is an essential tenet of the Christian faith, and they seem to be heading in the direction of denying traditional morality.
     
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    What aspects of morality do you have in mind?
     
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    That's a fair assessment, and there is a range among churches and within individual congregations.

    I'm a member of a dually aligned SBC-CBF congregation, and members can choose to designate their national giving to one, both, or neither (in which case the funding goes to local and state missions).

    I don't necessarily fit comfortably in either circle, so the dual alignment seems the best for me. I consider myself a moderate conservative theologically. This may seem like an odd description, but I'm hard to "peg."

    For instance, I am an inerrantist, but I do not necessarily think that it is a test of fellowship. I am torn on the issue of women in ministry. I think that evangelicals can disagree on this issue, even though I tend toward the egalitarian view (though I think complementarians do make some important points).

    What concerns me the most about the CBF are the issues of marriage and relationships. If the CBF moves to affirm same-sex relationships/marriages (theologically, not politically speaking), then I think the CBF will collapse. The more conservative churches will withdraw, and the CBF will exist only as a vestige of its former self. At that point, it might as well just officially merge with the Alliance of Baptists. Personally, if the CBF makes this move, I would only remain as a member of my current church if it would withdraw. IMO, the issue of marriage (theologically) is non-negotiable, although others in the CBF disagree.
     
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    Homosexual marriage comes to mind.

    See StefanM's post; I'm about where he is on this.
     
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    Yes, but doesn't seem concrete. I'll have to examine more.
     
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    CBF churches work collectively to support missions, that's it. There is some church planting and of course overseas missions. What makes the CBF different is the emphasis on freedom. The guidelines are broad, though completely orthodox. There is not any attempt to tell people what they must believe rather an expression of what they do affirm. There is no political arm, no literature and no owned seminaries. Instead CBF partners with folks interested accomplishing the same goals. Whereas the SBC is interested in controlling things, the CBF is not as an organization some kind of overlord looking to smash anyone that gets out of line.
     

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