CCB speakers highlight 'last days' theme
April 26 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

CCB speakers highlight 'last days' theme | Friday, April 26, 2002

Friday, April 26, 2002

CCB speakers highlight 'last days' theme

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

PLEASANT GARDEN - Both featured speakers at the Conservative Carolina Baptist's (CCB) annual rally said the world is in its last days and Christians must make every effort to win the lost before God brings final judgment.

Just more than 100 people attended the afternoon rally, held April 25 at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church in Pleasant Garden.

World missions Bob Claytor, trustee chairman for the International Mission Board (IMB), said "Whatever you're going to do in world missions, you'd better do it now." Claytor, from Anderson, S.C., said two billion people in the world have never heard the name of Jesus, but that spiritual hunger and thirst have never been more intense.

"There are 20 or 30 places I could take you, and just by sharing your personal testimony, in a week's time 500 people would come to know Christ," he said.

Claytor said the IMB currently has 5,137 missionaries, with 3,000 more "in the pipeline," working with more than 1,900 ethno-linguistic groups. But, he said, some work in the Middle East has been canceled because it depends on volunteers, many of whom are afraid to go into that volatile part of the world.

Many people "have tried to make a big deal" out of IMB President Jerry Rankin's request for all IMB missionaries to affirm the 2000 revision of the Baptist Faith and Message (BF&M 2000), he said. "But I want you to know that 98 to 99 percent of your missionaries have already written in large, large letters, 'I believe every word of God.'" In January, Rankin asked missionaries to sign a statement affirming their support of the BF&M 2000, to explain any personal differences with it, and to pledge that they would work in accordance with the statement.

Claytor denied that the request was a change in policy, saying "It's the same thing we've always done, nothing new."

Critics of the move say missionaries appointed prior to the BF&M 2000 should not be required to affirm its revisions, which include a statement that women cannot serve as pastors of churches.

Claytor described a recent visit to Burkina Faso, Benin and Senegal. He spoke with emotion of having met a young missionary woman who lives in a mud hut in an isolated village. "During the day she works with the other women to pound millet and prepare food," he said, and at night, in the communal village setting, "she tells stories about Jesus."

"She is planting a church by herself among the Marense," Claytor said, noting that she is one of 14 who have similar missions in the area.

Annual sermon Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, highlighted the preaching of Noah in Gen. 6:1-9. Graham, who is to be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in June, said Genesis is foundational for Christian faith. "If you get Genesis right - especially the first 11 chapters - then everything else will fall into place," he said.

Graham said the text about Noah was especially important because Jesus said the world would be "as it was in the days of Noah" during the last days.

As in the days of Noah, "our world is a pornographic and perverted culture," he said.

Graham said God's grace is patient, but God also judges. "God is already judging the world," he said. "9-11 was a serious wake-up call ... I believe we have a window of opportunity, but the door is closing and our world is plunging into darkness.

"We must get ready to meet God and take as many with us as we can," Graham said. "Now more than ever we must get people energized for Jesus Christ, off their seats and into the streets to share Christ with others."

Other speakers Coy Privette brought a report from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is trustee chairman. Privette spoke glowingly of the school's growth and mission involvement. Of the school's upcoming $50 million dollar fund-raising effort, he said "what has happened in the past 10 years is what has made it possible for us to raise this money."

Jerry Pereira, BSC president, gave a brief report on the state convention. "There is a lot to be happy about in evangelism and missions among North Carolina Baptists," he said. Pereira said he had been inspired by recent visits to several BSC colleges and institutions.

No candidate yet Bill Sanderson, president of CCB, said he had hoped to announce a candidate for 2nd vice president of the Baptist State Convention (BSC), but said the proposed candidate has not yet decided whether to run.

Larry Harper, the current 2nd vice president, is ineligible for re-election. Pereira and 1st vice president Bob Foy are eligible to run for another term. Elections will be held during the BSC's annual meeting in Winston-Salem, Nov. 11-13.

Allan Blume encouraged attenders to "be sure you're getting your messengers to the convention together."

"It doesn't matter what is said before or after," Blume said. "What really counts is how many messengers are present on the floor."

Blume also distributed copies of nomination forms for the BSC Committee on Committees and budget surveys for BSC's budget study committee. CCB members should give their input when it is requested, and not just complain after the fact, he said.

Craig Furlough announced that Bill Sanderson will continue to serve as CCB president, and Blume as executive vice-president and treasurer. Sanderson is pastor of Hephzibah Baptist Church in Wendell, and Blume is pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone.

Other officers include: Bruce Martin, Eastern vice president; Shannon Scott, North Central vice president; Coy Privette, South Central vice president; Bill Horton, Western vice president; and Steve Hardy, secretary. Larry Burns and Gene Land serve on the executive committee as past presidents, along with five at large members: Craig Furlough, Mark Corts, Roy Mason, Mike Barrett and Mike Whitson.

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