SO. BAPTISTS CALLED TO REPENT, GRIP REALITY OF 'LOSTNESS'
By Moody Adams "A Prominent Southern Baptists leader says SBC needs to repent of their pride, boasting and disunity and return to God and His vision,” declared Dr. Ronnie Floyd made Monday as he presented a highly anticipated report charting out a new course for the nation's largest Protestant denomination.
Membership in the SBC and baptisms has been falling in recent years. Though the population in the US more than doubled since 1950 it baptized 33,887 less people in 2008 than in 1950. And the decline is continuing.
"We (the task force appointed to study the problem) have been gripped by the reality of the lost condition of our world and about our condition as a denomination, but through this journey we have also been set on fire by the call of God to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ," Floyd, chairman of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, stated in a progress report. "Surely Southern Baptists can agree that we need a new and compelling vision for the future," reports By Lillian Kwon of the Christian Post.
Floyd stressed the need to grasp the reality of “lostness.” Four billion of the 6.8 billion people in the world have little to no access to the Gospel and 1.5 billion have never even had the possibility of hearing the name of Jesus he said. "To the degree we grasp lostness will be the degree we are willing to do whatever is necessary to penetrate it. If we do not understand lostness intellectually and theologically, we will not change nor will we do what must be done to penetrate it."