Comments: Perspective

I really don't see the "usurping authority" angle. Denominational institutions have to set some guidelines. That's their role, that's their purpose. The group gets to decide who joins.

My problems are that the guidelines are just way too strict and that the policy is contradictory if the President of the IMB can't meet them.

Posted by Ryan DeBarr at December 3, 2005 01:53 PM

The way I see it, the IMB has every right to say that they won't accept someone. It sounds to me as if they are telling the local churches that a baptism that the local church accepts as Biblical really isn't, and that if they say it's not then the candidate needs to go back to the local church and be rebaptised. They're saying that the local church can't make the correct decision regarding baptism.

I wouldn't make the cut for missionary under these rules -- I wasn't baptized in an SBC church. I worry that this kind of rule will end up expanding to other areas of Baptist polity, including ordination. We'll sound like a bunch of Landmarkers.

Posted by Warren at December 3, 2005 06:15 PM
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