01 June 2007

The New Baptist Covenant

The New Baptist Covenant is an interesting idea. A couple of points to get this one started:

They reaffirmed their commitment to traditional Baptist values, including sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and its implications for public and private morality (1).
They specifically committed themselves to their obligation as Christians to promote peace with justice, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, care for the sick and the marginalized, welcome the strangers among us, and promote religious liberty and respect for religious diversity (2).
(1): Former president, Bill "Is-Is" Clinton, supports this organization. His church, in Arkansas, is aligned with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. I guess these 'commitments' are 'flexible', as is CBF theology (Public and private morality) Hmm...
(2): Since former president Jimmy Carter believes that Mormons are going to Heaven, I guess it is not that important to place the Great Commission in as one of the specific commitments.
Since Jimmy "Many Paths" Carter doesn't require accepting Jesus Christ as Savior, I guess Evangelism doesn't need to be on the 'A' list.
Fortunately SBC President had this to say about this organization:
Southern Baptist Convention president Frank Page released a statement reproving former President Jimmy Carter's New Baptist initiative, saying, "I will not be a part of any smokescreen leftwing liberal agenda that seeks to deny the greatest need in our world, that being that the lost be shown the way to eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord."
(1) We see which leader/organization has the TRUE needs of the lost world at heart.

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