A Divided Convention—To Whom Shall We Turn?
The Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference in Anaheim California met the past two days and voted against having Voddie Baucham as their president. The vote was nearly 50/50 by ballot due to an alleged inability to tell who was standing in the room. The video is here below.
We could argue about if the matter was clear or not, but what is clear is that Voddie did not win, and another man won who was favored by the present leadership. So, if the direction is to change, it will not be because of the pastor’s conference.
And it is likely not going to change for the convention as a whole. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the vote for the president of the convention. Tom Ascol is running. It will be a mercy (I think) if he wins. However, it is unlikely not because he has the support, but I think that what we are seeing is the same thing we have seen as a nation, namely judgment on our institutions and governments who have rejected God’s law.
God has given over people to their own desires, perhaps so that we will depend on no one but God himself.
Any house divided against itself will fall, and with 50% of pastors in this convention, the inevitable is coming. The real question will be what are we depending on—the arm of God or the arm of man? The church will not be destroyed. It may appear to be dead in the streets for several days, but God raises the dead.
2 Corinthians 1:9 ESV “Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”