Friday, June 15, 2007

SBC: Silence Breeds Confusion

Back in 1998, The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (A.C.E.) called on all true Evangelicals to stand with A.C.E.'s formal response to Evangelicals and Catholics Together .

The A.C.E. formal response included the following statement in the opening paragraph:
"...we are profoundly distressed by its assertions and omissions, which leave it seriously flawed. We understand it to be expressed in terms that are consistent with historic Roman Catholic theology, while failing adequately to express the essential Protestant understanding of the gospel, and we plead with our fellow evangelicals not to be misled by this new initiative but instead to hold firm to the doctrine of "justification by grace alone because of Christ alone through faith alone," which is the biblical Gospel..."

Further in the response...
"But the heart and soul of that unity has been and must remain our unswerving commitment to Christ and his Gospel. We believe that indeed it is the Gospel that is the power of God unto salvation. Unity apart from the Gospel is not biblical unity. In these troubled times we dare not compromise the Gospel in the slightest degree.

"...we protest against declaring that Evangelicals and Roman Catholics share a common faith and mission."

"We are concerned for the flock of Jesus that it may not be confused or misled by ambiguous views of the Gospel."

"We are concerned for the task of evangelism, being convinced that without the evangel there is no authentic evangelism. We agree with the Reformers that justification by faith alone is the article by which the church stands or falls and is indeed the article by which we stand or fall."

Now that Chuck Colson, cochairman of ECT, has graced the stage of the SBC's 2007 Annual meeting, (along with a cameo appearance of another author of confusion), it is apparent that the response by the SBC leadership's to the call by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals has only echoed the sound of silence.

Isaiah 1
21How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
22Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:

See related articles:
Calling The SBC

Southern Baptists Urged to End Infighting


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