UPDATE: Wade Burleson took this conversation to BaptistLife.com., soliciting sympathy from them. I am not surprised, given Burleson's failure to make his point on our comment thread. Yet I have never, in my 55 years of life on this earth, been more repeatedly falsely accused than I have by his recent display of disregard for truth.
The following link takes you to my response. Know I am white-hot about this. Moral cowards lie, twist, accuse, and manipulate when they cannot make their point through legitimate canons of persuasion (/link).
My last two posts have focused on blogging and bloggers. The first was more about myself than another. I exploited (I hope in a healthy way) the circumstances surrounding the posts on SBC Today and Praisegod Barebones to encourage all of us who blog—including…especially including!… myself—to maintain integrity when putting words up for the public to devour.
The second post was mostly about the maintained integrity of Dr. Bart Barber, querying whether he bore false witness against his neighbor. I happily concluded he did not.
The third (and last, at least for now) exploit (I also hope in a healthy way) concerns the practice of a still popular Baptist blogger, Wade Burleson. I say “still popular” for undoubtedly Burleson’s blog remains among the favorite—if not the favorite—blog upon which to comment, routinely scoring in the hundreds of comments logged on most of his posts. Understand: I am not suggesting all the comments are registered by biblical sophisticates. In fact, many are weirdly unsophisticated anonymous goobers who say and act-out just about anything they may fantasize. Indeed apart from a small remnant, most of his credible commenters abandoned Burleson’s boat long, long ago.
Even so, as I queried whether Barber maintained integrity, after last evening I have to ask whether Burleson’s actions are not, at least in some way, indicative of the image the Apostle Paul describes in Titus 3:10: “As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him” (ESV).
In the comment thread on my last post (/link), after unsuccessful attempts at “catching” me in a dilemma of his concoction, not mine, Wade Burleson finally made these outlandish accusations against me:
“Peter, no amount of word twisting, semantics or other gamesmanship can extricate yourself out of this very real example of you writing a falsehood...” (emphasis mine).
I denied I understood Burleson’s point to me. Yet again Burleson rigorously insisted:
“Bart Barber has NEVER said the IMB specifically identified the BGCT…Bart Barber has never accused an IMB administrator of specifically identifying the BGCT…Bart didn't do it in the original post…nor did he do it in his apology, nor did he do it in any of his comments. Bart Barber has NEVER said the IMB specifically identified the BGCT as a convention that eschrows funds….
But you, sir, have published a falsehood. You have specifically and inaccurately written on your blog that that Bart Barber claims the IMB directly and specifically identified the BGCT as a Convention eschrowing funds. That never happened. Is that clear?” (all italics mine).
To make a charge of publishing falsehoods, the very question I raised in the post under consideration, is, for me, a serious accusation or I wouldn’t take the time to correct it. Had Burleson read but the very first line—and only the very first line--in the post I cited from Barber’s blog, he could have saved himself much time in fabricating a dilemma where no dilemma existed, not to mention the utter, shameful embarrassment of himself frying up a falsehood in the very skillet he falsely accused another of frying up falsehoods.
From Dr. Barber's original piece--the piece from which I composed my post--I quote:
"Sources within the International Mission Board report that the Baptist General Convention of Texas is escrowing Lottie Moon Christmas Offering funds to safeguard BGCT cash flow" (/link).
Is there no end to this mindless insanity within Southern Baptist blogdom? I think there could be...IF we took the Apostle Paul seriously and reject, after a double caution, those who are bent on stirring strife. In blog practice, that would mean, rejecting affiliation with those who follow Burlesonian blogging tactics, fabricating accusations based on no evidence whatsoever.
Anticipating some who would suggest Burleson did nothing more than what Barber did, think again. Barber proceeded on the basis of believable evidence coming from believable sources, a worthy, honorable practice all of us follow.
On the other hand, Burleson proceeded not only on the basis of no evidence at all, but also the evidence which publicly existed for all to examine demonstrated the exact opposite of his accusation!
Fellow Southern Baptist bloggers: it’s time we draw some lines. And I assure you, my marker is in place.
With that, I am…