To My Fellow Christians, Evangelists, & Ministers of the LORD:
I am greatly concerned about the “state of the Churches,” particularly SBC [Southern Baptist Convention] Churches! Satan is actively seeking to “divide and conquer” the Southern Baptist Convention churches, and that will be a very sad day if he is able to succeed! (Although, it is worth noting that down through the ages God has used what Satan intended for evil to correct His people and get them going in the right direction. Something to think about. . . .)
I truly hope you are as troubled as I am by the corruption that is, and has been, seeping into the SBC churches. We claim to be a body of believers that holds the Holy Scriptures as our sole authority! And it’s past time for God’s people to start living up to that “High Calling!”
There is no denying that there is a major battle going on. The question that remains—whose side are you on? The “dividing line” of our time has been brought into clear focus by Pastor J.D. Greear’s views on homosexuality, and I hope you will prayerfully read the attached message [see below] that highlights my views on this important issue that could very well be the catalyst that brings down the SBC!
With the love of Christ, C. Read
“Southern Baptist Leadership’s Mixed Message on Homosexuality”
By Tommy Jamison
Posted by LT with permission from Mr. Jamison
On January 27, 2019 Dr. J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) preached a sermon to his congregation titled “How the fall affected us all.”1 The message has been viewed multiple times by many, and deep concern has been voiced over his non-biblical treatment of Romans 1:21-32. The emphasis was on the treatment of homosexuals by the church. There are seven points in his message that many of us find either misleading or totally in error:
- First, Dr. Greear supports the idea that some sin in the Bible should be shouted about and others whispered about. His message was the sin of homosexuality should be whispered about. Dr. Greear is silent on the sexual perversion of the Amorites, Leviticus 18, and Sodom, Genesis 19 and God’s total destruction of these cultures because of sexual perversion. God shouted!
- A second point made in the message is that mankind does not get to choose his corruption or disorder. The underlying message was mankind does not choose his sin. The thought that sin is thrust upon an individual is completely inconsistent with James 1:15, “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished bringeth forth death.” When temptation comes, all have the power of choice. We can either stay and indulge, fight with the whole armor of God or run. Satan was the instigator of temptation that was thrust upon Joseph, and Joseph ran from Potiphar’s wife.
- Third, Dr. Greear states homosexuals say they were born that way, and he says “I don’t dispute that.” If that were true, then God is to be blamed for homosexual behavior. If that were the case, then James 1:13 is not true – “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” [LTRP Note: It should be pointed out that J.D. Greear is an emergent-type Calvinist (Calvinists call such neo-Calvinists). What in the world was SBC thinking when they elected him? We asked Tommy Jamison (the author of this commentary) that question, and we thought his answer made a lot of sense: “My understanding of the SBC selection was more of putting a younger, charismatic person in the position who was heading a mega church. The choice of a doctrinally sound, time and issue proven older person was rejected for the younger Greear.”]
- A fourth point was a charge to Christians: Christians should be “among the fiercest advocates for the preservation of their [LGBT] dignity and rights.” We find it very difficult to associate dignity with homosexuality. Further, just because the Supreme Court of the United States has granted the legal right for a mixture of LGBTQ marriages, that does not change the sin. The Bible in no way supports this sin of perversion and neither should any Christian.
- Fifth, although 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 was referenced, Dr. Greear’s message basically said that homosexuals are children of God created in his image. The effeminate (homosexual) Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 6:9 were saved because they had turned from that life style and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. In verse 11, Paul said, “and such were some of you.” Paul did not say and such ARE some of you. These people had turned from a number of sins including homosexuality to the Lord Jesus to become children of God. [LTRP Note: J. D. Greear, in his sermon, evades the issue of whether homosexuality is a sin or not by throwing up a huge smokescreen of what a terrible sin it is to judge or harm anyone. We cannot judge the fetus who is aborted, he says; we cannot judge the black for being black; and we cannot judge the homosexual for being homosexual. We find it preposterous that Greear would equate someone who has entered a homosexual lifestyle with an aborted baby or a black person (both of which have truly been victimized and persecuted for who they truly are). Greear teaches that the judging is the greatest sin. So the question of whether or not homosexuality is a sin is no longer relevant. We reject Greear’s reasoning. The fact is, it is relevant to God and will be relevant on the day of judgement. Greear basically takes a no-comment attitude on the subject of homosexuality because it would be a greater sin to judge the homosexual than to allow him to keep practicing it. Sadly, Greear’s Calvinistic outlook of God has dramatically tainted his views, and because he is in a position of great influence, these distorted views will affect many.]
- Sixth, Dr. Greear lumps Christian fundamentalists with Phariseeism, and judgementalism and as being religious bigots. Fundamentalism stresses the infallibility of the Bible in all matters of faith and doctrine, accepting it as a literal historical record. This places Dr. Greear at odds with many Southern Baptists. Dr. Greear bends over backwards to accommodate a liberal view of homosexuality while throwing the Baptist Faith and Message under the bus.
While parts of the message were well grounded in the Word, others sounded like the talking points of a Liberal Progressive. Our Church Body has sent Dr. Greear a lengthy letter voicing our concern over the doctrinal deviations. We emphasized the influence he has as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention and that he is front and center when it comes to communicating what the Bible says about contentious issues. We asked Dr. Greear to reflect on these concerns and pray with us that God’s Word is preached and taught according to God’s will and purpose and we all understand the truth and see revival. T. Jamison
- Transcript of Greear’s sermon: https://summitchurch.com/GetFile.ashx?Guid=aa4be5dd-4072-4765-950e-ab1457c87371