Recently, the Southern Baptist Convention uninvited Dr. Ben Carson from a upcoming Pastor's Conference. They did say due to an outcry of Discerning Southern Baptists who pointed out that Ben Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist. This Sect believes many Biblical Untruths that are essential to the Christian faith, including:
These four reasons are enough to classify them as a cult, outside of the True Church. There are plenty more.
Perry Noble, who himself claims to be a Southern Baptist, has rebuked the Convention for uninviting him. He said,
"While I believe correct theology is essential to the core of Christianity itself, I do not think it should lead to division and condemnation of those who do not believe exactly as we believe."
I don't know about you, but I have no real issue with small theological differences. I could easily get along with Kevin DeYoung (Presbyterian) and Chris Rosebrough (Lutheran) in doctrine. There would be a small difference in modes of baptism or church organization, but nothing major. Why is that? Because we all have the essentials. Dr. Carson does not.
Perry Noble continued,
"No one on the planet had better theology than Jesus, and yet we do not see Him drawing theological lines in the sand and excluding people who do not believe just like Him—in fact, we find Him often sitting with people who were nothing like Him at all—has the Pastor’s conference moved beyond the model Jesus demonstrated?"
When Jesus met with these people, he gave them no teaching platform to speak their false beliefs. He never gave a false teacher or one of their followers a platform of any sort. Furthermore, Christ actually did draw theological lines. He rebuked the Pharisees (Matthew 12), Stormed the Temple (John 2), and Warned of False Prophets (Matthew 7).
He goes on,
"Racism is one of the number one issues in our country today—you cannot turn on the news without seeing a video of someone being shot or abused, and racial unrest in America is at a tension point I've never witnessed in my lifetime.
I am assuming he is saying this because he is dark-skinned. With this assumption, seeing as he never hints at anything else, why would we want to bring someone with a bad view of God, which leads to a bad view of sin, to come in and talk about the sin of Racism? This is especially bad when we have such theologians as Voddie Baucham, Conrad Mbewe, and Thabiti Anyabwile. "The Super Theologian", Kyle Howard, as little known as he is, is a much better choice to talk about the sin of Racism to a group of pastors than Dr. Carson.
Mr. Noble either dislikes the Biblical idea of discernment, or he isn't well versed in it. Either way, he is wrong for rebuking the Southern Baptist Convention in this wonderful, and rare, act of discernment.
"See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ." - Colossians 2:8 (ESV)
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves." - Matthew 7:15 (ESV)
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