The past 2 decades, and perhaps more, have been very difficult and eye-openers for me in many ways. I do not think it possible to identify every reason, but there are at least two addressed here. This is not easy, but for my self-identity and preservation I can only make this admission an ‘open door’ kind of thing. So, here goes.
- Not long ago I wrote, “I think I have ‘left the Plantation.’ Today, I know that I have done so. The ‘Plantation’ being the Southern Baptist Convention.’ For more than a decade I had been involved in the discussion concerning Calvinism within the SBC and my inability to find a resolution to the question, “Can two people with starkly contrasting beliefs concerning the Bible sit at the same table and believing the other is absolutely wrong?” The only solution I have found is what I have heard to be a “Peace Document” being flawed from the beginning. The Calvinist claims God chooses who will go to Heaven disregarding the freedom of the will spoken of in the Word of God, “whosoever believes in Him will be saved.” John 3:16.
- ‘Inclusiveness’ has inched into the framework of the SBC allowing ‘sin in the camp’ by recognizing those who tolerate obvious support of sinful practices within the body. No matter how this is framed this is a denial of the Christ and He says, “ “Whoever, then, acknowledges me before people, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever denies me before people, I will deny him also before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33 NET2. There is no place for anyone who denies to follow Him by refusing to take up his cross. A reading of Joshua cc 7-9 relating to Achan’s Sin will help here.
It has been said many right-wing Believers are confused because they seem to think that it is “oppressive” to deny them the power to dictate morality to everyone else. In my opinion, Conservative or Fundamentalists do not feel there is anyone dictating morality to anyone else. However, the Bible is replete with values that are absolute and are not under review at any time. There is no misunderstanding between what God chooses for us and what we are allowed to choose for ourselves. He alone must choose our paths to follow. There is but one Way, NOT 2 distinctly different paths to Heaven, or 3 or 4 or more. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I Am the Way…”
This line of reasoning can continue to for a very, very long time and could take up a life of its own, but I will simply stop here. There is no reason to continue to go down ‘Route 66’ for it will eventually stop on the West Coast somewhere and ‘somewhere’ is not where I wish to go. I want to see Jesus for He alone is Lord.