Source: The Christian Post
Two former presidents who claim to be Southern Baptists, say they want to change the image of the SBC. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton say they “want to be part of an initiative to create a new Baptist voice and improve the negative image of Baptists in North America.”
From the story posted today on The Christian Post, Carter and Clinton are part of a meeting of the liberal North American Baptist Fellowship meeting today at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. It was announced during the meeting that a special “convocation” with be held in 2008 as part of Carter’s new “Baptist voice initiative”.
According to the story, the purpose of the convocation will be to
“counter the negative and judgmental image of Baptists”, according to the Associated Baptist Press. According to Carter, the most common opinion about Baptists is that they cannot get along. Carter alluded to the schism the Southern Baptist Convention experienced two decades ago.In a former interview with Mother Jones, Carter said there has been an evolution within the SBC, the largest Protestant denomination in the states, “toward a more and more rigid and strict creed that embodies the fundamentalist principles” that he mentioned in his book Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis.
The “schism” Carter spoke of was not a clash of personality or style, it was a fight for the soul of the SBC, a fight whether the denomination would remain true to God’s Word or not. Praise God the right way prevailed. Sadly, the denomination is sliding back into liberalism under the guise of purpose driven and the emergent.
The story did not state whether or not Carter, Clinton or any of the other “progressive Baptists” who will be particpating in the convocation will actually affirm and obey the Holy Scriptures. It is my guess that they will not, since affirming the inerrancy and infallability of the Bible would have a “negative” effect on their party.