Rev 2:14-16 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. (15) So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. (16) Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.
I am sure that most all of you know of the longstanding evils being exposed within the Southern Baptist Conference. Case after case of domestic and sexual abuse being covered up by corrupt self-seeking leaders. It has been in the news. Google it if you need to get informed.
Recently I saw a thread on this subject on Facebook and I commented there that the SBC just needs to go away. In response, an SBC loyalist replied that it is wrong to judge 15 million Southern Baptists on the basis of the sins of a few leaders. She went on to list many “good things” these SB’s are doing and said that her church and pastor are known for not being active in the SBC, though they are members. So don’t judge them, she said.
Well, I have news for her. The Lord DOES judge her church for those evils. How do I know? Just look at the letters to the seven churches in Revelation chs 2-3, such as the one quoted from above. And we can cite numbers of other examples. Remember Achan’s sin of hiding the silver in his tent? What happened? God judged the Israelites for it.
Over and over again I hear people in Baptist denominations (and I am a Baptist) saying “Baptist churches are independently governed. We don’t have a right to interfere in the affairs of another church. Nor do the denominational leaders have a right to do so.” There. Hands washed in Pilate’s bowl. Guilt conveniently washed away.
Nope. Nope. Nope. That won’t cut it in God’s courtroom.
When wickedness is tolerated in that which claims to be Christ’s church, ALL of us have a duty to expose it and put it out from among us. In the case of this SBC lady who objects to our judgmentalism, her church is a member of the SBC. That in itself supports the SBC and it enables the evil leaders to keep on covering up wickedness. Passivity won’t cut it. The Lord calls every single one of His people to do battle with the wicked, especially when that wickedness creeps in among us in our churches.
So I won’t hear this excuse: “Don’t judge all of us based on the actions of a few.” I won’t hear it because I know that the Lord doesn’t.