Pastor Lyons is right.
Consider just some of the frightful facts about the Southern Baptist Convention today: Church discipline is almost unknown. The churches are incredibly worldly. Pointed preaching against worldliness is extremely rare. Christian rock is universally accepted. Deacons exercise unscriptural authority. Every strange Bible version is accepted. There is theological modernism in the liberal arts colleges. The heresy of textual criticism is widely loved. Modern Bible versions of the greatest depravity (e.g., Today’s English Version, The Message, The Living Bible) are found everywhere. Charismatic heresies are rampant. New Reformed Calvinism is spreading like wildfire. Women preachers are accepted (e.g. Beth Moore and Anne Graham Lotz). Ecumenical evangelism with Rome is accepted (the SBC is Billy Graham’s denomination). Hundreds of thousands of SBC members are yoked with the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star. The non-judgmental Shack god is widely praised. Contemplative prayer has leaped from the darkness of Roman Catholic monasticism to the Southern Baptist Sunday School class. Southern Baptist churches are being leavened with the heresy that unrepentant homosexuals can be received as church members. In his book, Breaking the Islam Code, two-time SBC President J.D. Greear says that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. The root problem in SBC congregations is unregeneracy. In 2005, SBC evangelist Jim Elliff said, “Our denomination, as much as we love it, is on the main, unregenerate” (www.ccwonline.org/sbc.html; see also Founder’s Journal, Feb. 7, 1999). (That he would love an unregenerate denomination is evidence of the weird and shocking blindness that accompanies denominational loyalty.) Elliff presented the fact that only 10% or less of the members of the typical SBC congregation show up for anything other than a Sunday morning service. Such an entity, regardless of what it calls itself, is certainly not a New Testament church. The Southern Baptist Convention is a fulfillment of 2 Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
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