Define identity and agenda from Holy Scriptures : Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004
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Define identity and agenda from Holy Scriptures : Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004

Define identity and agenda from Holy Scriptures

There is much talk in the Baptist State Convention (BSC) about unity for the sake of each other, cooperation and missions. Yet there seems to be little talk about identity, unity, (or division), from the Holy Scriptures. Our doctrine from the scriptures is (or should be) the determining factor for identity, unity, cooperation and missions in the BSC. There are two camps within the BSC divided over identity and agenda.

One camp values the Holy Scriptures as given by God as the authoritative and infallible rule of faith and practice. The Holy Scriptures, not the culture, determines its identity and agenda.

The other camp gauges truth by cultural relevance and not the Holy Scriptures. Since the culture is constantly changing, this camp finds it hard, if not impossible, to define its identity and agenda. In essence this camp wants to identify itself, but it can't because it doesn't want to exclude anyone. When it comes to doctrine, this camp prefers "disclaimers."

The BSC's current identity and agenda problem reveals that God had a reason for saying, Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together (Deut. 22:10). The BSC's existing "plow-package" will never plow in harmony. C.H. Spurgeon stated it best concerning the "unity" problem in the Baptist Union in his day: "We cannot hold the inspiration of the Word, and yet reject it; we cannot believe in the atonement and deny it; we cannot hold the doctrine of the fall and yet talk of the evolution of spiritual life from human nature; we cannot recognize the punishment of the impenitent and yet indulge the 'larger hope.'"

One way or the other we must go. Decision is the virtue of the hour. Neither when we have chosen our way can we keep company with those who go the other way."

Chadwick Ivester

Clarkton, N.C.

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