God Love Ya, Southern Baptist Convention …

… somebody’s got to.

Caution: Be prepared for a Rant of Peculiar Energy if you read on and continue down this rocky, oft traveled road with me. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

When I read in the A Church for Starving Artists blog about a resolution “On the Reality of Hell” that was put before the SBC and adopted last week, I had to check out the SBC resolution link myself to see if it was really true.

Not that I would normally doubt this particular blogger, I’m a loyal follower and I have never had any reason to think she tends to make things up. Not at all! But this just seemed to ridiculous to be true.

Nuh uh, surely not. Really?? A resolution?

Surely the 4,700 messengers attending this 158th annual meeting would not have wasted serious time on writing, discussing and then approving a resolution to single out Rob Bell, who “in his 2011 book, Love Wins, has called into question the church’s historical teaching on the doctrine of eternal punishment of the unregenerate … ” even though ” … The church has addressed this issue throughout her history, yet orthodox Christians have affirmed consistently and resoundingly the reality of a literal Hell.”

Really?? Yes, folks, Hell is real and Rob Bell’s going there. The SBC said so.

Yup, that oughta get that hyped-up, hell-doubtin’ hipster a good dose of cod-liver-oil-flavored taste of his own theological-proclamatin’ medicine and wake that boy up! Disbelieve Hell, will ya? The nerve! We’ll do the proclamatin’ around he’yah!

But really, honestly, sarcasm set aside (for now) — I ask you, out of all the unspeakable tragedies and out of all of the injustices God’s children are suffering and have suffered, and the SBC has the time to spend on THIS?

I’d love to find out what else they accomplished in those two days of congregatin’ and proclamatin’ in Phoenix. Imagine all the rights they must have wronged before they got to this little item about Hell on their SBC to-do list. Glory be!

(Okay, so I can’t keep the sarcasm out of this rant … perhaps someone should draft up a resolution against it … and me.)

According to a Christian Post article, “They have also accused Bell with being a universalist, a charge the author has verbally denied.”

Dang. A Universalist?? Oh the horrors! How dare anyone find hope in a loving and forgiving God or express an opinion that is clearly outside of (Southern Baptist) Conventional thought!

Oh, but wait, there was another resolution in which they, ” … reaffirmed the convention’s belief that all people — as made in the image of God — have religious freedom, meaning they possess the liberty ‘to convert to another religion or to no religion, to seek to persuade others of the claims of one’s religion, and to worship without harassment or impediment from the state.’ It also called for prayer for persecuted Christians throughout the world,” according to the Baptist Press.

Ah, well, isn’t that special, bless their hearts.

So that oughta tell you something. They really meant to say they love everybody and everyone is OK in their resolution writing book … except Rob Bell, of course.

No, wait, read further down the list of resolutions … there it is … they “also renewed the convention’s call for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.”

Oh. So, there you have it. The SBC loves everybody — it’s just Rob Bell and gay people they don’t like.

~ by Kimberly Mason on June 20, 2011.

6 Responses to “God Love Ya, Southern Baptist Convention …”

  1. Having sat through many Annual Councils of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia where the hot topic of conversation always rolled back around to issues of human sexuality, I was certainly not surprised by the SBC declaring “hell” is real. I would venture a guess that there were members who were appalled that this subject was the one that made the news. I know many Southern Baptists who are kind, loving and non-judgmental folk. When I tell people that I am an Episcopalian, very often the comment I hear after my declaration is “oh, you people are the ones that allow gay clergy”. No one says “oh, you go to the church that welcomes everyone” or “your church is the one where members are taught to “strive for peace and justice” and “respect the dignity of every human being”.

    At any religious convention or council, there will be people with their own agenda and the more noise they make, the more often they are heard. Next year they may decide to vote on the reality of heaven. I would love to be there for that discussion!

    • Ha! Amen to that, imagine, voting on something like Heaven! Sounds like fun to me. 😀 I know I was harsh, but maybe since I come from a Southern Baptist background I feel I have the right to be mean … and that doesn’t make lick of sense, does it.

  2. It’s just mostly sad to me. I am thankful that my mind is quite comfortable with the mystery. I’d hate to think I was so damn sure about anything.

  3. This is kind of spooky – Mike & I were talking about hell just the other day. We must have sensed this disturbance in the force 🙂

  4. If you believe that God sends people to hell then you have been deceived by Satan’s self-deception that he is God. The fact is that Satan rules all Christians by their belief in hell. Where’s the mercy? What does it mean to God that Jesus said “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”? How could anyone believe that Jesus Christ would send anyone to hell for any reason whatsoever much less for simply being too much in darkness to believe in Him? That’s what’s being said when the Baptists say that hell is real. They are saying that they know the mind of Jesus of Nazareth and that Jesus would condemn select individuals to eternal conscious torment. Does anyone that really believes in the merciful Jesus WHO DIED FOR EVERYONE’S SINS WHETHER OR NOT THEY ASK FOR FORGIVENESS OR NOT would not forgive anyone and everyone through all time and space? Anyone that has an argument with that statement is ruled by satanic feelings of hate.
    The hatefulness of “righteous” Christians towards all “unbelievers” is purely Satanic – there is nothing Godly in condemnation of others. Did not Jesus say “he who is without sin cast the first stone”? Is not saying that unbelievers will be cast into hell the casting of a stone? Who then in all of the Baptist convention IS WITHOUT SIN? .

  5. lmao how sad

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