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Of grinches, goblins, gremlins and ghosts

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Revmitchell, May 9, 2008.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    The allegation that the "young leaders" are leaving Southern Baptists, and we will never reach our world if we do not change and adopt methods that appeal to the culture is to me the strangest of all. Who are these young leaders? How many left? How are they doing now? Did they leave "because they were never really a part of us" (1 John 2:19)? I have spent the last 33 years of my life working with young people destined to become leaders. People in Florida like Anthony George; in North Carolina like J.D. Greear; in Texas like Nathan Lino, Byron McWilliams, Brad Jurkovich, Michael Lewis and Mark Howell to name just the first ones that come to my mind today. They would never refer to themselves as "young leaders." They know too well that they were called to be servants and pastors and that "leadership" is something arising out of what my father liked to call "moral ascendancy."

    In the church, genuine leaders are not simply proclaimed to be leaders. In Baptist life, both young and old leaders have been recognized as such either because they were great preachers/teachers of biblical revelation or because they were wonderful, consistent soul-winners or because they built great churches or because their spirits and attitudes were the sources of great encouragement to others. They did not yield to those who were "despising their youth" but were "examples to the flock" (1 Timothy 4:12). This is precisely what most, like the ones mentioned above, have done. But some self-proclaimed "young leaders" appear to be more concerned about embracing the culture, rejecting the past and demanding personal liberty rather than following the biblical road to leadership.

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  2. Jon-Marc

    Jon-Marc New Member

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    As far as I know God's message of salvation has not changed since Jesus' day. Why is it necessary for churches to "change and adopt methods that will appeal to the culture" of today? That sounds too much like compromise, and God does not compromise with the world in order to "appeal" to them.

    If forgiveness, love, joy, peace, hope, eternal life, and SO much more are not appealing enough, what more can be added that would appeal to people? What we have are people with "itching ears" who want to be entertained and not preached to, coddled instead of extorted to "live a holy life", and told to "Just do the best you can, and God will understand."