Alethes (Truthful) Baptist

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who i am . . .

Although I do not enjoy posting anonymously, I feel it is the most salient way to make my arguments without bringing ill-repute towards my own name, my church, or anyone with whom I associate. I am a ‘younger Blogger’ between 25 and 35. I have multiple advanced degrees from a Southern Baptist seminary and I serve on staff of a Southern Baptist church. I would like the arguments of this blog to stand or fall on their own merit rather than upon the name/reputation of their author.

4 Responses to “who i am . . .”

  1. Alethes,

    I am on the younger end of the spectrum as well – 37. I too am a minister in a Baptist Church, a SBC and CBF church in Virginia. When I respond on a board like this I feel I must say who I am if I want anybody to take my views seriously. I haven’t jumped into the blog pool yet, but have considered doing so.
    What I write, what I preach, what I teach – all of that comes from my soul and I can not be ashamed of it. It is my take on what God is doing in my life and in my very soul and if I open my mouth and share it then I am not ashamed of it in any way.
    If you have political hopes within the SBC, then I will pray for you, but even with that you have to be true to what you honestly believe. There are current leaders who seem to change their “strongly held” convictions based on the way the wind is blowing and I have zero respect for them. Speak your mind.
    This may be easier for me. I am not a SBC person and could care less what anybody associated with the SBC thinks of me. I am a Virginia Baptist and very proud of being outside the loop – so much so that I consider myself primarily a CBF backer. I am conservative, but I don’t think I know everything nor does anybody employed by any SBC agency or especially any SBC seminary. My seminary years were a joke and I get angry just thinking about how horrible things were when Mohler, the crowned clown of SBTS, became president.
    Feel free to express yourself.
    Jesus didn’t preach from the shadows.

  2. SBC Monitor said

    “My seminary years were a joke and I get angry just thinking about how horrible things were when Mohler, the crowned clown of SBTS, became president.”

    So…was it a joke because you didn’t learn anything before Mohler became president or because your “guys” got the boot? Also, is CBF a conservative organization?

  3. Rusty Mullins said

    The CBF is an organization that allows people to think for themselves. The SBC used to be that way, but ended in the 1980’s. All of the sudden there were people who thought they knew everything and that everyone had to follow their lead. No longer could you disagree about anything they thought important or you were not considered worthy. That is very sad.

    My seminary years were a joke because Mohler turned a fine theological institution into a joke. I entered a seminary and graduated from the newest Baptist Community College for people who didn’t want to think. Mohler instructed his faculty to discuss the importance of Calvinism in every class. He said things that embarrassed the seminary many times and he did away with the Social Work school. He ruined a school I had once thought to be great.

  4. SBC Monitor said

    So, is that why some of the CBF churches are so liberal and some already have homosexuals standing in the pulpit? That’s a far cry from “soul liberty.” We are to submit to what the scriptures plainly teach. Questions should be asked for understanding, but not questions that challenge the authority of the text or the validity of truth. Are you saying that there was absolutlely no room for inquiry at Southern? That isn’t all for which the CBF organization is known. There is plenty of documented evidence that demonstrate that the CBF is predominately a liberal organization. Are you saying that if some student at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (a CBF school) questioned a particular liberal professors’ view of the scriptures or another’s professor’s view of homosexuality that their inquiry would be welcomed? I can already give you the answer from a current student I met: the answer is NO! And that is what we had at Southern- current BTSR teachers who faciltated discussion in class that fancied their point of view. That’s all. Your idea of people “thinking for themselves” is a joke. No professor, even using the socratic method merely lets his students “think for themselves.” The questions are aimed at coming to a specific, solid conclusion or in the liberal’s case, a particular opinion.

    As for Southern, I’m sure you would be pleased today if Molly Marshall Green was the president. That would have created a more open environment, for liberals, at least.

    I find it humorous that you would think that Dr. Mohler would instruct professors to exclusively teach Calvinism. All professors go into the classroom with a theological framework already established. Maybe we should ask Dr. Danny Akin if that’s what he was told when he came to SBTS.

    It is also humorous that you would regard one of the finest evangelical minds of our times as a joke. I believe you called him a “clown” on Wes Kinney’s blog. God has seen fit to preserve his life in recent days and I for one am grateful. We should thank God for sending such a man to lead a seminary that was on the brink becoming a siminary that produced more “doubters” of the truth of scripture that those who would boldly proclaim it. The studies proved it, Rusty. It’s true.

    Just face it Rusty, you are bitter because some of your favorite professors got booted or left. You were already bitter when you arrived because you were upset after making the exodus from another prominent SBC seminary. The professors left there freely, but you put the “takeover spin” on the chorus you sing.

    Know with whom you are aligning yourself. In five to ten years as the old guard of vanquished heros fade away in the CBF, you will find yourself surrounded by more and more people whose sympathies are not even with an inspired text of scripture (much less an inerrant one). At least the current leadership has attempted to appear moderate. Their convictions will fall in line with many of the liberal mainline denominations. Slowly but surely, they will drift into oblivion. And not even Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter combined will be able to stop it. Learn from the past, Rusty, learn from the past.

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