10 Things I Wish Southern Baptists Knew About Southern Baptists

As a Southern Baptist since childhood, this is timely (though written in 2015) and painful to read in places. I thank Michelle Lesley for writing this

Michelle Lesley

Originally published June 26, 2015

Some things have changed in the SBC, at LifeWay, the ERLC, etc., sincethis article was originally written in 2015 (see footnotes), however the bulk ofwhat is mentioned here is still relevant. It also helps us see justhow longstanding and pernicious many of these problems are.

Earlier this week, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission3 published a nifty little article called “10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Southern Baptists“. Although I disagree with Dr. Moore on a number of things, I thought the article was pretty good, overall.

But it got me thinking. Yes, there is a lot of ignorance about Southern Baptists out there among those who aren’t part of our denomination. However, there’s also a lot of ignorance insidethe SBC about what’s really going on in our denomination, our…

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It’s Not About The Candy…

The Lone Cactus

All across the Christian world today, literally millions of children will awaken, go downstairs, and take part in a tradition dating back to the 1500’s. That’s when Martin Luther organized egg hunts for his parishioners on Easter. And it’s still alive and well today. Except that today, the eggs aren’t usually hard boiled. They’re candy. And kids scarf down the second most amount of candy they get in a single day all year…the most being Halloween of course.

But that’s not what makes today special.

Today is special. In fact, if you’re a Christian, today is the day that we celebrate WHY we’re Christian. This was the day that Jesus Christ, our Lord & Savior, rose from the dead. It is the most important day on the Christian calendar, even more important than Christmas. Because without today, the whole reason for being a Christian disappears.

This was the day that…

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China, Taiwan, and Bible Prophecy

Terry James Prophecy Line

A number of questions have come in with the worry over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia’s Vladimir Putin seems to be in the process of fulfilling the Gog-Magog prophecy in the opinion of some of those among whom have sent emails, etc.

Of particular interest in this regard is Russia’s sending the warning to Israel that Russia no longer considers the Golan, etc., to be Israel’s sovereign territory. i.e., apparently, it’s now open for Russia’s taking it over because of Israel’s dealings with Syria in some perceived unjust way.

Putin took unkindly to Israel saying they supported the Ukrainian people in opposing Russia’s assault on their nation.

During all this perhaps stage-setting for the Gog-Magog attack of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, another powerful player of prophetic dimension is starkly in view. The developments in the regions east of the Euphrates, the oriental world, are indeed worth delving into in…

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Antichrist’s Prophets Preparing Planet

Terry James Prophecy Line

Any observer of these strange times from the preTrib view of Bible prophecy can do no other than conclude that the wicked powers and principalities in high places of Ephesians 6: 12 are at work.

Concerning one major section of this work being done by the minions in that stratosphere of evil, I find the following conclusion by a writer quite on the mark.

(1) COVID-1984 Bringing the Great Reset’s Conquest

The Chinese Flu may be a minor pestilence, but after two years of scientific dictatorship taking hold around the world, it is clear that the lockdowns, small business devastation, church closures, and punishments for disobeying arbitrary and capricious mandates devised by petty tyrants have all been about conditioning national populations to accept total government control over their lives. Plain and simple: Governments love the virus they have taught the world to fear. It is their weapon of choice for initiating…

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Dr. Zelenko issues chilling warning: ‘They are getting ready to go full totalitarian’

LeoHohmann.com

In the final week of 2021, Nobel prize-nominee Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, MD, whose Zelenko protocols have no doubt saved tens of thousands of lives, posted an urgent video with a “call to action.”

In this video, Zelenko warns about the desperation point at which the globalist elites who are pushing the two-year-old propaganda campaign have arrived.

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Throwback Thursday ~ Persecution in the Pew

The persecution in the Church is only going to get worse

Michelle Lesley

Originally published August 7, 2015

Beheadings of Christians by ISIS. Crosses forcibly torn off churches by the Chinese government. Pastors imprisoned. Believers tortured for leaving Islam or sharing the gospel.

The treatment our brothers and sisters across the globe receive at the hands of pagans is nearly unfathomable. They are made to suffer – simply for claiming the name of Christ – by those who openly hate God and want nothing more than to stamp out Christianity.

This is how we, as the American church, have come to define persecution. Outsiders, non-Christians, and the government, all on the attack against the Bible, our faith, our practices, and other beliefs we have long held dear. It’s a correctdefinition, but it’s not a completedefinition.

While we already see a “light” form of this type of persecution in the U.S. – mainly over the issue of homosexuality – there’s another kind…

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Liberal Mayors Admitting Defeat

The Lone Cactus

Oh, it was just after George Floyd’s death that you saw all of the riots, all of the protests, all of the city councils and mayors of cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle among others, screaming that they had to defund the police. That was the more conservative bent. Some mayors wanted to get rid of the police departments altogether and focus more on “community resourcing”, which could be read as psychologists instead of law enforcement officials.

The end result?

It was plain on the nose of every cop’s face that they were being targeted and those that had enough time in on the force to retire did so. All of a sudden, mayors didn’t have to worry about trying to get rid of their police departments…they just up and left. And so these major cities were faced with severe police shortages.

And…

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‘You feel like you’re in prison’: Aussie recounts ordeal in COVID camp – the west, where freedom came to die!

Horrifying! Click through to read and watch the embedded video

Adina Kutnicki

Australian citizen Hayley Hodgson describes her ordeal in the Howard Springs COVID quarantine center (Video screenshot)

Australian citizen Hayley Hodgson describes her ordeal in the Howard Springs COVID quarantine center (Video screenshot)

By Adina Kutnicki

AS is said, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Even more so, this is the case if the intentions are evil from the get-go. As such, let’s not pussyfoot around and pretend that the protection of public health is the impetus for the increasing amount of draconian mandates enveloping the west.

ATOP all of that, there is not a western democracy which can assert authoritative power for any medical procedure, let alone one which is based upon an experimental protocol, all their jive-talk notwithstanding.

SO, is it any wonder that much of the west is in revolt, up in arms, against such dictatorial measures, including within loosey-goosey western Europe?

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The insurrection hoax

I’m sad to say that I think we are at the beginning of a long, dark road that will not end for a very long time. Remember the USSR was in power for decades. If Jesus doesn’t return for us, we may not live long enough to see the light

The Unseen Moon

(The following was written by Roger Kimball, editor and publisher ofThe New Criterionand publisher of Encounter Books. He earned his B.A. from Bennington College and his M.A. and M.Phil. in philosophy from Yale University.

He has written for numerous publications, includingThe Wall Street JournalandThe New York Times Book Review, and is a columnist forThe Spectator World,American Greatness, andThe Epoch Times. He is editor or author of several books, includingThe Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America,The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art,Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education, andVox Populi: The Perils and Promises of Populism.)

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Notwithstanding all the hysterical rhetoric surrounding the events of January 6, 2021, two critical things stand out. The first is that what happened…

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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This is not a book. It’s a play. I think it’s important to remember that. You won’t get a lot of introspection. That’s difficult to do in a play or movie, but I think it does a good job of showing motivation with the stage direction.

Ron felt underused, but I enjoyed the character development of Draco Malfoy. I liked that he wasn’t just the mean little boy he was in the other books and movies. He does have a soft spot for his wife and son and you see that reflected in his treatment of Scorpius and his eventual thawing toward Harry.

Speaking of Harry, we once again see the anger that he hides so well. He is angry at Dumbledore for putting him in the position he was forced in with Voldemort; he’s angry with Voldemort for killing his parents; he’s angry with his aunt and uncle. Harry’s just an angry person, but justified or not (and he certainly hasn’t dealt with it here) he takes some of that anger out on his son who is forced to live in the his shadow, just as Harry was forced to live in the shadow of his part in bringing about the downfall of Voldemort when he was an infant.

Albus is also an angry person. He is the son of Harry Potter, world famous wizard. That’s a lot to live up to. I don’t envy him. That said, he is very much like his father- a bit of a prick and a brat.

Scorpius, on the other hand, is probably my favorite character here. He is the funny, emotional core. He stabilizes Albus and brings him back down to earth. He’s Ron. I liked seeing the human side of Slytherins as the books and movies didn’t portray them too well. This and the humanizing of Draco where he and Ginny commiserate over the friendship that Harry enjoyed with Hermione and Ron. Harry was lucky in finding those two. I enjoyed the thought that Harry and Draco’s sons became best friends. I also thoroughly enjoyed the idea that Draco’s son and Hermione’s daughter might end up together. The subplot of Scorpius being Voldemort’s felt unnecessary, other than to isolate him from the other children and open him up to Albus. It could be argued, however, that Scorpius is the Cursed Child of the title, being the subject of gossip that he is the child of Voldemort.

I enjoyed this script immensely and would love to get to see the play onstage. My only beef is the under-use of Ron. He’s not given much to do, but pop in and remind people of his continued existence. Also, the under-use of Ron and Hermione’s daughter, Rose, was a problem. She wasn’t really involved with anything. She just popped in every now and then to remind you that Ron and Hermione had a child and then she was gone. I would enjoy seeing more about her relationship with Scorpius. I would love to see the looks on Draco and Ron’s faces if they ever dated.

This script really revolved around Scorpius, for all the hype about Albus. Scorpius may not have moved a lot of the story a long, but he was the one who held it together. If the playwrights did indeed mean for Scorpius to be the focus of the play, then I applaud them. It was refreshing to see things from a Malfoy’s point of view.