Thursday, October 06, 2005

Southern Baptist Witnessing, a Reflection

A reflection on my recent post about the stink some Jewish groups are making about Southern Baptists found expression in one of Southern Seminary president Al Mohler's commentaries:
Southern Baptists have not singled out the Jews as more needful of the gospel than others. But this prayer guide reminds Christians that the Jewish people are not less needful of the gospel than others. While more liberal denominations are embarrassed by a call for conversion, Jewish or otherwise, Southern Baptists continue to call upon all persons to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. Cries of "theological hatred" are unfair and out of place. Southern Baptists have not launched a crusade to coerce conversions. Instead, the denomination is simply bearing witness to the gospel as revealed in the New Testament. No less than the Apostle Paul, who identified himself as a "Hebrew of Hebrews," reminded the Christians in Rome that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentiles.
The full text of this particular commentary can be found here. Given the recent comments placed on my original post, I felt it only fair and right to at least clarify where I as a Southern Baptist stand on the whole issue. As I have said in other places, it's shameful that there are those who want to use a religion's teaching as a political tool to besmirch that religion. It gives the user a bad name.

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