What would you do Wednesday!
Inside a Southern Baptist Church the following is taking place at a congregational meeting. (Not Southern Baptist? Play along anyway!)
The time has come for church members to speak about any praises or concerns on their hearts. One member says that he has a concern and moves to the microphone.
Member: I have a concern about our pastor! He has been our pastor for three years and within the last year he started preaching out of the ESV Bible. In the last eight weeks alone he has quoted John Piper, RC Sproul and Augustine. My concern is that our pastor is a Calvinist. I motion that we vote to replace this man because we are Southern Baptists not Calvinists.
The pastor replies.
Pastor: Brother, the ESV is a very good translation. I have also quoted Wesley and Aquinas. We even sang one of Methodist Charles Wesley’s hymns today. But to your point – I moved toward Calvinism a little over a year ago. I have always been fair in my preaching. I have not pressed anyone to become a Calvinist. I, too, am a Southern Baptist…who happens to be a Calvinist. I have been pastoring faithfully here for three years; I love you all.
Silence filled the room.
What would you do?
- Second the motion and vote the pastor out.
- Seek to delay the motion so the church can gather more information and pray about the situation.
- Recommend the church do nothing, but go on working for the gospel as usual.
- Stand and explain that the pastor is really a hell-bound Presbyterian deceiver!