THE NEED FOR A GREAT REPENTENCE RESURGENCE
WILLIAM DWIGHT MCKISSIC, SR.
Can the Southern Baptist Convention experience a Great Commission Resurgence without first engaging in a Great Repentance Resurgence? In order for the SBC to experience a Great Commission Resurgence her leadership will need to reflect representatives of the people groups that she hopes to reach. Electing Fred Luter as President of the convention would give the GCR a great boost. This feat would make a declaration that the SBC is serious about reaching all of the people groups in the world. Paige Patterson is referenced in the book, UNEASY IN BABYLON (p.270, published in 2002), as supporting the idea of an African American President of the SBC by 2005. I know for certain that this is the heart of Dr. Patterson, to see an African American President of the SBC. WHY NOT NOW? WHY NOT FRED LUTER?
Troy Gramlin is the Pastor of the Flamingo Road Baptist Church in South Florida. The Flamingo Road Church has baptized 5,015 people in the last five years and led the state of Florida in baptisms for the past four years. They currently average 11,000 people in weekend worship services. What a great example of a Great Commission Pastor. As of this writing, he’s the only declared candidate for the presidency of the SBC Pastor’s Conference and I plan to enthusiastically vote for him.
I pray that Southern Baptist Pastors will not be distracted by those who want to derail Gramlin’s election as President of the Pastor’s Conference by misrepresenting and distorting his views on women in ministry. I challenge Peter Lumpkins, Gramlin’s most vocal critic, to a debate anytime and anyplace, defending the fact that Gramlin’s views on women in ministry are not in violation of the Bible or the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. Furthermore, Gramlin’s views are in keeping with the Sandy Creek tradition in Baptist life. Whether Gramlin wins or loses the presidency of the Pastor’s Conference, he’s committed to increasing his financial commitment to the Cooperative Program. The election of Luter and Gramlin would positively change the image of the SBC and enhance our Great Commission efforts.
The primary reason I’m addressing this subject is because I want to appeal to the patriarchs of our convention (Johnny Hunt, Paige Patterson, Al Mohler, Danny Akin, Ronnie Floyd, Frank Page, and others) to call a solemn assembly and invite Southern Baptists to pray, seek God’s face, repent and turn from our wicked ways. Joel 1:13-15 reads,
Gird yourselves and lament, you priests;
Wail, you who minister before the altar;
Come, lie all night in sackcloth,
You who minister to my God;
For the grain offering and the drink offering
Are withheld from the house of your God.
Consecrate a fast,
Call a sacred assembly;
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
Into the house of the Lord your God,
And cry out to the Lord.
Alas for the day!
For the day of the Lord is at hand;
It shall come as destruction from the Almighty.
The SBC must repent of systemic, institutionalized, and historic negative attitudes toward women, races, and dissenters. When we repent of our sins and turn from our wicked ways, then God will forgive our sins, heal our convention, and anoint us to go forth with power in carrying out the Great Commission.
In three following separate posts I will address SBC attitudes toward women, races, and dissenters in Baptist life, as well as document and delineate why corporate repentance is absolutely necessary for restoration, renewal, and resurgence in Baptist life.