Many, many evangelical denominations today are headed by officials who are wrong-headed and wrong-hearted. These denominational officials have become lukewarm in their Christian faith. They either do not understand – or refuse to admit – that their denominations have strayed doctrinally. And very often, they themselves are gung ho on Spiritual Formation, Emerging/ Emergent teachings, ecumenism, etc.
So I must say, I was pleasantly surprised to read an article about Ron Herrod, a high Southern Baptist official. Herrod has admitted to his denomination straying doctrinally. Click here to read the original article. I have emphasized certain items by bolding and [bracketing]:
Declare truth in pulpits, SBC 1st VP says
Posted on Sep 22, 2010 | by Erin Roach NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Evangelist Ron Herrod, who is serving this year as first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is calling pastors to a consistent proclamation of the truth even when that truth makes people uncomfortable.
“We seem to be afraid today to tell the truth about doctrine, about moral issues, about spiritual warfare,” Herrod told Baptist Press. “We hear a lot of people saying that we’re in danger today of the government censoring the voice of the pulpit, but that hasn’t happened and I hope that it doesn’t, of course. But we seem to be censoring ourselves.
“Our people in our churches need to know some of the old truths such as the fear of God, which we don’t hear much about these days, holiness, repentance, and I think we’re going to have to confront unbelievers in our culture with a strong truth about sin and the atonement, about repentance,” he said.
“I feel strongly that there’s really only one will of God for the church and that is to bring in the harvest,” Herrod said. “If we cease to be strongly evangelistic in all that we do, then we cease to be a New Testament church. That’s all about winning the lost to Christ and then discipling them with the truth and bringing them through baptism into a fellowship of believers that’s built on truth.
“We’re concerned about a lack of funds to be able to send out enough missionaries, and of course there’s no purpose in sending out missionaries to any part of the world if they’re not presenting truth, just as there’s not any need to build more churches in the U.S. or plant more churches if we’re not confronting the culture with something unique and different from what they are,” Herrod said. “I feel very strongly that we need to call our preachers to renewed urgency in preaching truth.”…
And following is David Cloud’s response to Ron Herrod’s message. I have reposted Bro. Cloud’s entire article; click here (and scroll down to page 2) to read the original article. Again, I have emphasized certain items by bolding and [bracketing]:
Southern Baptist Officer Says Pastors are Afraid to Preach the Truth
Ron Herrod, the first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, says that pastors are afraid to preach the truth. He told the Baptist Press: “We seem to be afraid today to tell the truth about doctrine, about moral issues, about spiritual warfare. … Our people in our churches need to know some of the old truths such as the fear of God, which we don’t hear much about these days, holiness, repentance” (“Declare Truth in Pulpits, SBC 1st VP Says,” BP News, Sept. 22, 2010).
Thank you, Ron. You are right about this, and we have been saying it for decades! Broadly speaking, in the SBC you’re not going to hear straightforward preaching on the whole counsel of God and warning about all of the isms that God’s people are facing. You might hear Heaven sweet, but not Hell hot. You might hear a half-apologetic call to separate from the world in vague generalities, but not in any down-to-earth detail. You will not hear any warnings about rock and country music. You might hear a vague warning about the danger of “heretics” in general, but you won’t hear the names of the heretics that Southern Baptists love, such as Robert Schuller, Norman Vincent Peale, Jack Hayford, Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, John Michael Talbot, Rob Bell, Brennan Manning, G.K. Chesterton, Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo, and William Young [and many other Emerging/Emergents]… You might hear a vague warning about “compromise” within evangelicalism, but you won’t hear that some of the chief compromisers of our day are popular men such as Billy Graham, James Dobson, Rick Warren, Charles Swindoll, David Jeremiah, Beth Moore, Greg Laurie, Max Lucado, Philip Yancey, Bill Hybels, John Maxwell, Chuck Colson, Joseph Stowell, and Jim Cymbala [and many other New Evangelicals]. Not only will you not hear this type of preaching at the vast majority of Southern Baptist churches, but you won’t hear it in most Independent Baptist churches today, either.
Note – the Assemblies of God is another denomination that has attempted to take a stand on various issues. Yet, there is much that is needs to be corrected in its pulpits – including increasing involvement in postmodern heresies, New Apostolic Reformation heresies, etc.. For example, preachers need to get back to preaching “The Blood and The Cross”, the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, complete with the sinner’s prayer and altar call.