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Wednesday, January 11, 2006 

IMB Controversy Heads Toward Boiling Point

It looks as if the SBC has reached another crossroads this week at the IMB trustee meeting in Richmond, VA. I am not going to rehash the controversy, but you can read all about it over at Marty Duren's blog, SBC Outpost and Wade Burleson's, current IMB trustee, site, Grace and Truth to You. Burleson, a trustee from Oklahoma, has been a voice of dissention among the trustees in regard to the current controversy over IMB employees. In a statement released today, it seems that the other IMB trustees have voted to call the convention in June to kick out Burleson from among them. Below are some sites with vital information on this situation.

Baptist Press -- should release the IMB trustees' statement today
Grace and Truth To You -- Burleson's site where he posts a statement regarding this action.
A Baptist Perspective -- Jason Sampler's commentary on this and a list of contact info for IMB trustees
SBC Outpost -- Marty Duren blogged the IMB trustees meeting
The Road We Travel -- Rick Thompson, IMB trustee, blogged the meeting as well
Missional Baptist Blog -- Steve McCoy's blog with more links

I think Southern Baptists need to keep up with this as the controversy begins and will no doubt expand, as more blogging takes place. I want to read the trustee's statement and some more on the controversy before I make a thorough reaction.

I am roaming around reading here and there, just honestly trying to find out what the issues are that brought this to a boil.
Is it a matter that can be explained openly to everyone?
It is regrettable that we have to get into situations that are definately going to be used to tear us apart and make us fodder for ridicule by outsiders.

I thought you might like to read my post about the IMB controversy. Let me know what you think.


Howie Luvzus

I thought you might like to read my post about the IMB controversy. Let me know what you think.

You know I have no problem with commenting before I think about it!

Howie Luvzus

For those who want to tie this controversy to or compare it to the division that existed in the SBC in 1976 or there abouts, there is no comparison.
To stand for the validity and sanctity of God's Word was a necessary thing to do. A denomination that does not stand on the inerrancy of the Word does not have a basis for interpreting what is sin or what is truth. It boils down to man's opinion, which is not worth too much in my opinion.

Hey d.r.,

Wondering ... if you (in the interest of balance) HAD to offer the BEST blogspot advocating the opposing position on the whole SBC/IMB brewhaha, what would it be?

Lots

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