The decline of the SBC

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    The decline of the SBC

    There are many ways to measure the decline of our churches and denominations as our culture moves away from Christianity. We have churches increasingly approving of unbiblical teachings and immorality, such as the PCUSA, America's largest Presbyterian denomination, recently officially supporting SSM. But, I want to take a look at the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination.

    The SBC has resolutions going back to 1845. By following these resolutions over time we can chart the denomination’s decline. Here are the resolutions concerning the country of Israel:

    Prior to 1948: No resolutions anticipating the establishment of Israel, nor any resolutions mistaking anything other than the church for the Israel of God.
    1948: No resolution supporting Israel, at its birth.
    1958: No resolution supporting Israel on its 10-year anniversary
    1967: No resolution supporting Israel in the year of the Six-Day war.
    1973: No resolution supporting Israel in the year of the Yom Kippur War.
    1978: A resolution criticizing Israel for oppressing Christians. “WHEREAS, A law passed by the government of that nation [Israel] in December of 1977 may inhibit religious freedom…”
    1988: No resolution supporting Israel on its 40-year anniversary, the year that had been widely held by Evangelicals to be the last date for Jesus’ return.
    1995: No resolution supporting on Israel on its 50-year anniversary.
    1996: A resolution calling for the conversion of Jews to Christianity. This is the first SBC resolution that erroneously equates, by assumption, Israeli Jews with OT saints. “WHEREAS, Our evangelistic efforts have largely neglected the Jewish people… they are beloved for the sake of the fathers (Rom. 11:28b).”
    2002: A resolution calling for peace in the middle-east, during the second year of the Second Intifada. This is the first SBC resolution to erroneously equate the country of Israel with the biblical Israel. “WHEREAS, The Scriptures call for us to pray for the peace of Israel (Psalm 122:6)…” (Notice the alteration of the verse.)
    2008: A resolution of gushing adoration for Israel on its 60-year anniversary. It starts with a number of WHEREAS statements about Jewish suffering for 2000 years and then RESOLVES, “The Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Indianapolis rejoices with the state of Israel… [We call] upon world leaders to renounce the growing tide of anti-Semitism… [We] express our appreciation and pledge our prayers for Israel, the birthplace of our Lord and a bastion of democracy in the Middle East.”

    It took until 1996 for the SBC to say anything pro-Israel and that is mitigated by the context of calling for Jews to be converted to Christianity. By 2008, the SBC had completely sold out to Zionism. Pick a topic, divorce, war, whatever, and you can see the SBC resolutions radically change in attitude, if not substance, especially in the last 20-years, from a church devoted to God to something rather useless to God. Unless the SBC repents, we won’t again see the SBC calling for the end of oppression of Christians or for winning people to Christ, at least where the country of Israel is concerned.

    SBC? Don't know, but it is annoying nonetheless. Have you ever received this in your email box, Cornelius? :eek:

    (Relating to Israel’s Covenant Land)

    1. October 30, 1991: The Perfect Storm—As President George H. W. Bush is opening the Madrid (Spain) Conference to consider “land for peace” in Israel’s Middle East role, the “perfect storm” develops in the North Atlantic, creating the largest waves ever recorded in that region. The storm travels 1000 miles from “east to west” instead of the normal “west to east” pattern and crashes into the New England Coast. Thirty-five foot waves crash into the Kennebunkport home of President Bush.

    2. August 23, 1992: Hurricane Andrew—When the Madrid Conference moves to Washington DC and the peace talks resume, Hurricane Andrew, the worst natural disaster ever to hit America, comes ashore and produces an estimated $30 billion in damage and leaving 180,000 homeless in Florida.

    3. January 16, 1994: Northridge Earthquake—President Bill Clinton meets with Syria’s President Hafez el-Assad in Geneva. They talk about a peace agreement with Israel that includes giving up the Golan Heights. Within 24 hours, a powerful 6.9 earthquake rocks Southern California, This quake, centered in Northridge, becomes the second most destructive natural disaster to hit the United States, behind Hurricane Andrew,

    4. January 21, 1998: Lewinsky Scandal—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Clinton at the White House and is coldly received. Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright refuse to have lunch with him. Shortly afterwards on that day, the Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks into the mass media and begins to occupy a major portion of Clinton’s time.

    5. September 28, 1998: Hurricane George—As Secretary of State Albright works on the final details of an agreement in which Israel would give up 13 percent of Yesha (Judah and Samaria), Hurricane George slams into the United States Gulf Coast with 110 mph winds and gusts up to 175 mph. The hurricane hits the coast and stalled. On September 28, Clinton meets with Yasser Arafat and Netanyahu at the White House to finalize this land deal. Later, Arafat addresses the United Nations about declaring an independent Palestinian state by May 1999, as Hurricane George pounds the Gulf Coast, causing $1 billion in damage. At the exact time that Arafat departs the country, the storm begins to dissipate.

    6. October 15-22, 1998: Texas Flooded—On October 15, 1998, Arafat and Netanyahu meet at the Wye River Plantation in Maryland. The talks are scheduled to last five days with the focus on Israel giving up 13 percent of Yesha. The talks are extended and conclude on October 23. On October 17, awesome rains and tornadoes hit southern Texas. The San Antonio area is deluged with rain. The rain and flooding in Texas continue until October 22 and then subside. The floods ravage 25 percent of Texas and leave over one billion dollars in damage. On October 21, Clinton declares this section of Texas a major disaster area.

    7. November 30, 1998: Market Capitalization Evaporates—Arafat comes to Washington again to meet with President Clinton to raise money for a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital. A total of 42 other nations were represented in Washington. All the nations agreed to give Arafat $3 billion in aid. Clinton promised $400 million, and the European nations $1.7 billion. On the same day, the Dow Jones average drops 216 points, and on December 1, the European Market had its third worst day in history. Hundreds of billions of market capitalization were wiped out in the U.S. and Europe.

    8. December 12, 1998: Clinton is Impeached—As Clinton lands in the Palestinian-controlled section of Israel to discuss the “land for peace” process, the House of Representatives votes four articles of impeachment against him.

    9. May 3, 1999: The Powerful Super Tornado—On the day that Yasser Arafat is scheduled to declare a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital, the most powerful tornado storm system ever to hit the United States sweeps across Oklahoma and Kansas. The winds are clocked at 316 mph the fastest wind speed ever recorded. The declaration is postponed to December 1999 at the request of President Clinton, whose letter to Arafat encourages him in his “aspirations for his own land.” He also writes that the Palestinians have a right to “determine their own future on their own land” and that they deserve to “live free, today, tomorrow and forever.”

    10. Week of October 11: Hurricane, Earthquake and Dow Collapse—As Jewish settlers in 15 West Bank (Israel) settlements are evicted from the covenant land in Israel, the Dow-Jones financial averages lose 5.7 percent in the worst week since October 1989. On October 15 the Dow lost 266 points, and a hurricane slams into North Carolina. On the next morning, October 16, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocks the southwest in the fifth most powerful earthquake in 20th Century. The earthquake was centered in the California desert and did little damage but was felt in three states.

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      Here's a major event, the SBC going from a growing denomination to a shrinking denomination at the same time it climbed onto the Zionism bandwagon. But, it's just a statistical game. SBC growth was already declining. How about SSM following the the change in US foreign policy to be more pro-Israel? 2003, the US invades Iraq. 2004, the first state court to legislate SSM, of a 2003 hearing.

      You can correlate land-for-peace events with natural events, even if you have to talk about flooding in Texas for a meeting in Maryland. Maybe God was punishing Texans for not supporting the land-for-peace meeting in Maryland? When the Joplin T5 tornado hit, someone in Israel must have been talking about "land for peace", maybe? There hasn't been any real land-for-peace talks since 1973. I don't think God throws tantrums over Israeli/Palestinian politics. I do think that authors of such emails are created by confidence men who prey on feeble-minded Christians. I don't get such emails, but my elderly friend and neighbor would get that kinds of email frequently and share them with me, thinking they were compelling. But, he has now become too mentally feeble to use the computer anymore, so I don't see such emails anymore.
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