North Carolina pastor, Tim Rogers, writes a stirring lament on "giving up" in his state in North Carolina. All concerned Southern Baptists need to consider his piece. In a post entitled, "Is it Time: Part 1, Rogers writes>>>
I have come to a time where I am contemplating if it time to fold. What I mean by folding is not packing my bags and going home, but whether or not I should continue trying to hold back the tsunami of the contemporary young restless and reformed. I am certain that the things I have presented and the things for which I have stood are worthy and even God led issues. I will see these things to their conclusion (such as the alcohol motion and the BF&M motion) but other new projects will not be on my radar. I will continue to partner with and encourage groups of Baptist Identity pastors that desire to make a difference. But I will not be in the forefront. What has brought me to this point? I am glad you asked as there are three events that led me to this decision.
Unless grassroots Southern Baptists soon say "No! Not so fast!" to the denominational re-imagining machine now deeply embedded in convention affairs, the window of opportunity to salvage the greatest missionary force support system the world has known since apostolic days--The Coopertaive Program--will be slammed shut. The re-imaging machine, led by those more ecclesiologically inclined to presbyterianism than free church theology, not to mention embracing an overly profound respect for the magisterial reformers while ignoring the inestimable contributions of the radical reformation from which the Baptist movement sprang, seems committed to disassembling the Southern Baptist heritage, all the while decrying others who forfeit the Baptist name.
So, is it time? A question all of us must seriously ask and answer I assure.
Nonetheless, I'm going to encourage Tim Rogers and others who love the Southern Baptist Convention to go another round or two. The window of opportunity still possess a tiny opening. Young convictional Southern Baptists like Brad Whitt may be the fresh drink of cool water for which many of us long. If he and other young Southern Baptists can get to the grassroots, an uprising similar to the Conservative Resurgence may surely be in the not too distant future.
With that, I am...