I also would add, some predictably are dissatisfied with Barber's apology and have said so on his comment thread as well as elsewhere. Indeed instead of applauding Barber's actions in righting the wrong, Wade Burleson, the quintessential father of denominational accusations, used his blog to thump his perpetual obsession with conspiracy theory within the SBC: "P.S. The one question Bart should answer is this one: "Who asked you to post your article?"... The answer... would be very revealing in terms of understanding the dynamics of our Convention's troubles." Even worse, Burleson used this occasion as a political moment, questioning whether Barber is fit to serve as trustee on an SBC entity board. Oh my...
On another note, some continue to insist Barber lied in his post. This is morally absurd and constitutes false accusation itself. Please, for the sake of Christ and His holy Word: we simply must learn to make proper moral distinctions. To accuse Bart Barber of lying by posting information he sincerely took as truthful is like accusing a newspaper of lying when it mistakenly recorded, at a recent event, that 1,000 registrants attended, when only 989 were actually present. The paper may be mistaken and needs to file correction. However, all mistakes cannot be reduced to lies. To do so makes moral reasoning impossible to follow.
The Baptist Standard has picked this story up. One commenter left a comment to which I replied. May our Lord assist us, through His Word, to learn better how to think about Christian moral behavior.
Based on the facts of this article it appears that Pastor Barber owes an apology to all parties (BGCT, IMB, SBC Exec Comm, and his church).
He is guilty of bearing false witness. I am sure Pastor Barber will ask forgiveness for bearing false witness and gossiping. I trust the Baptist Standard will keep us posted of Pastor Barber's apology. ...
written by peterlumpkins, May 24, 2009
"Based on the facts of this article it appears that Pastor Barber owes an apology to all parties (BGCT, IMB, SBC Exec Comm, and his church)."--TRUE
"He is guilty of bearing false witness."--UNTRUE
Let's make proper moral distinctions, shall we? There is enough moral blame for unknowingly perpetuating a report sincerely thought to be based upon solid factual information--the basis of which turned out to be nonfactual--without unjustly adding another layer of moral blame by accusing Barber of lying. And, yes: he has apologized.