In yesterday’s article (“Pope Francis Joins Lecrae, Hillsong at Historic 1 Million-Strong ‘Together 2016’ DC Event,” The Christian Post, June 7, 2016), I read something that sufficiently explains (for me anyway) why Ronnie Floyd [pictured] and the Southern Baptist Convention have got problems (“Floyd: A few thoughts about Southern Baptist statistics,” Baptist Press News, June 8, 2016).
I read in the article yesterday that “Together 2016 will be held on July 16 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.,” and that “confirmed guest speakers and artists include: Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, Francis Chan, Lecrae, Nick Hall, Passion, Crowder, Kirk Franklin, Ravi Zacharias, Jeremy Camp, Andy Mineo, Michael W. Smith, Lauren Daigle, Christine Caine, Mark Batterson, Matthew West, Jo Saxton, Mike Kelsey, Casting Crowns, John K. Jenkins Sr., Josh McDowell, Laurel Bunker, Luis Palau, Tedashii, Tasha Cobbs, Lacey Sturm, York Moore, Trip Lee, Samuel Rodriguez, RONNIE FLOYD, Reid Saunders, Bob Lenz, Jose Zayas, Jennie Allen, Nabeel Qureshi, Ann Voskamp, KB, Christine D'Clario, Matt Maher, Sammy Wanyonyi, Lindsey Nobles, Amena Brown, and Josh Brewer.”
I also read in that article that, “Adding his name to the lineup of prominent guest speakers and musicians is POPE FRANCIS, who will deliver a video message addressing the crowd.”
Does Ronnie Floyd ever read a Bible? Even a modern, corrupt translation will tell you that you can’t make yourself an enemy of God and expect everything to go well.
By the way, I wonder who is going to be game enough to be the Pope’s delivery boy this time? I’d be a bit cautious about being involved in that little antic. Remember Tony Palmer who delivered the Pope’s iPhone video message to the Kenneth Copeland conference? Didn’t go too well, did it? [He was killed in a motorcycle crash.] But they’re going to have another go anyway.
I don’t want to puff myself up like I’m the Bible Answer Man, but I reckon I do have a bit of the answer to the puzzle that Ronnie Floyd can’t work out. All those people he’s going to be playing footsie with at “Together 2016” have all got a couple of things in common. Firstly, they all love the Pope! Secondly, they’ve all got far more exciting things going on in their so-called churches than the SBC churches have.
Some SBC churches are coming up to speed; but, generally, young people are not interested in dry old dusty, culturally irrelevant, 2000-year-old letters anymore, and unless Ronnie can convince his young people of the truth of Scripture, and convinced them to be watchful, sober and alert, and to understand what profit there is in serving the living God, then his Pope-loving “friends” are going to steal most of his SBC brand of “christians” and convert them into their own Pentecostal/Charismatic brand of “christians.” That’s where most of his diminishing congregations have migrated to. If you let ravenous wolves into the sheep’s pen, then it only stands to reason that there’s going to be a decrease in the number of sheep in the flock.
I don’t know much about wolves over there in America, but I do know a lot about dingoes over here in Australia. They don’t necessarily kill just because they’re hungry, but because they love killing little lambs--especially in the darkness of the night, when the shepherd is sound asleep in his bed. Killing lambs is great fun to dingoes. I imagine wolves would be the same. They kill little lambs for fun and not always because they’re hungry.
Ronnie Floyd is inviting his shepherds, and their flocks of lambs to get together with the wolves, and then he wonders when he gets up in the morning where all the lambs have gone. Like I said, it’s not that hard to work out.
It’s got absolutely nothing to do with some of his shepherds not counting the lambs, and then not reporting in their Annual Church Profile Reports how many lambs they haven’t got. Those eight or so thousand non-reporting shepherds are probably not game to tell him--ashamed to tell him, actually. I should imagine they would want to tell (boast to) their leading shepherd if they had experienced an increase in the flock numbers? What would you reckon?
I’m glad I’m in a church where the shepherd warns the lambs about all those people who Ronnie Floyd associates with and about the terrible consequences that will surely take place if they don’t heed the warning. Our pastor actually reads those parts of the Bible to them. He tells them from the Bible what’s going to happen to the Pope’s flock. Ronnie Floyd and his shepherds wouldn’t tell their lambs that Revelation 17-18 refers to the Pope’s flock and all who would join with it.
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