Buy Xopenex No Prescription, Note: There are several statements in this post that assert what Wade Burleson believes. I have emailed these statements to Wade, and he has offered clarification. In all but one instance, I have changed them to reflect his wording. 250mg Xopenex, The one I did not change, I have italicized and marked with an asterisk, and Wade's statement is included verbatim at the end of this post.
â€œWe believe the Bible!â€
These words came, thoroughly unprovoked, from a woman who appeared to be in her seventies, and she spoke them to me with all the forcefulness she could muster from her 4â€™10â€, Xopenex usa, 90-pound frame.
â€œWe baptize in the name of Jesus. Thereâ€™s only one God, not three!â€
Now I began to see where this was headed, and since I was in her familyâ€™s home following the accidental death of her teenaged granddaughter, Xopenex japan, I thought it best not to engage in a theological debate with an adherent of oneness Pentecostalism. I nodded politely, being in full agreement with her last statement, and moved to another part of the room.
Her opening salvo â€“ â€œWe believe the Bible!â€ â€“ was brought to mind by the two recent posts on Wade Burlesonâ€™s blog, which are two parts (links: Part One; Part Two) under the same title: The Inspired, Inerrant, Infallible Bible Is Sufficient for Me, Buy Xopenex No Prescription. It was apparently sufficient for the grieving grandmother whom I met under such unfortunate circumstances, but the conclusions she reached are problematic to say the least. I donâ€™t mean to suggest that the disagreements Wade has with so many are anywhere near the level of a denial of the doctrine of the Trinity, but they are significant, and I want in this post to explore some of these disagreements, 10mg Xopenex. To borrow a phrase from radio talk show host Glenn Beck, Iâ€™m not a scholar or a theologian, but I am a thinker, and this post is a result of having absorbed a great deal of information from Wadeâ€™s blog and others, Xopenex canada, and having given it a great deal of thought.
The disagreement that has brought Wade to his current prominence in the convention and in the blog world is, I believe, quite fundamental indeed. It has to do, in part, with the guideline on baptism adopted by the IMB trustees nearly a year ago, Xopenex australia, and the basis of this disagreement holds the key to understanding all that has transpired since.
As you will remember, the part of the guideline that is the source of contention is that section requiring that a candidate must have been baptized in a church that holds to eternal security. Buy Xopenex No Prescription, Wade does not have an issue with the doctrine of eternal security (he believes in it strongly), but rather with the notion that the church is primarily considered as â€œan institutionâ€ rather than the people of Christ from every nation. Because of this view of the church, he would take issue wit the role of the church in baptism, 30mg Xopenex, and more fundamentally with the definition of the church.
Wade has a view of the church that is primarily universal in scope, with the local church being simply a collection of members who are part of, but not the entire, universal church. This view is at odds with what Southern Baptists have historically believed to be the biblical view of the church, which is only knowable as a local congregation organized in accordance with New Testament guidelines, Xopenex us. It is here that the disagreements begin.
The Great Commission, which the IMB is tasked with executing to the ends of the earth, was given to the church, and not to individual Christians. Xopenex uk, I realize the implications of that statement might cause a knee-jerk disagreement, but let me explain. No, there is too much; let me sum up.
The New Testament contains complimentary accounts of the Great Commission, and for my purposes here, I will focus on Matthew and Acts, Buy Xopenex No Prescription. In very general terms, Matthew gives us the â€œwhatâ€ and Acts gives us the â€œhow.â€ The â€œwhatâ€ is essentially that we are commanded to make disciples, baptize, and teach, Xopenex coupon, and the â€œhowâ€ is the strategy for carrying out the â€œwhatâ€ (in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, to the end of the earth). But Jesus did not give the order to immediately get started, Xopenex craiglist, because before giving the commission, he had ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem until they had received â€œthe promise of the Father.â€ They were to wait for the day of Pentecost, when the church would be born, and empowered to carry out the Great Commission by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
This is a thumbnail sketch of the basis for my belief that the Great Commission is the responsibility of Christians to obey and carry out within the context of the local church, and Southern Baptists (and not just Landmark Southern Baptists) have long believed that the church is central to Godâ€™s plan for the carrying out of the Great Commission.
Does this mean that individual Christians cannot be witnesses, make disciples, 100mg Xopenex, teach, or baptize. Of course not. We must do these things. Buy Xopenex No Prescription, But we must do them in a relationship of accountability to a local church. 500mg Xopenex, If I begin to teach error, the church must correct the error, and if I am teaching without recognizing the authority of the local church, from whence shall the correction come. The same applies to each element of the Great Commission.
Wade has said that when a Christian leads someone to Christ, it is the privilege of that person to baptize the new convert, 20mg Xopenex, for he says the same command by Christ to evangelize the world contains within it the command to baptize converts, and both are given by Christ to all his disciples. Wade says if only â€˜ordainedâ€™ pastors can baptize, then to be consistent with the Great Commission, 50mg Xopenex, only â€˜ordainedâ€™ pastors can evangelize.
I could not disagree more, because of the previously-stated belief that baptism is a command (ordinance) of Christ that He gave to the local church, and not to individual Christians. Would I require that the new convert must be baptized by an ordained minister. Absolutely not, Buy Xopenex No Prescription. The local church is absolutely free to authorize the one who has led someone to Christ to baptize that person, but for a Christian to baptize someone without recognizing the authority of the local church is just as dangerous as teaching outside that authority, 40mg Xopenex, and it cannot be recognized as a scriptural baptism. This is an invitation to chaos, as it becomes impossible for sister churches to know whether transferring members were baptized under the authority of a church, or in a swimming pool with no one present but the â€œbaptizerâ€ and â€œbaptized.â€ And no, Xopenex paypal, Iâ€™m not saying that scriptural baptism cannot take place in a swimming pool; Iâ€™m saying that without the authority of the church, there is no scriptural baptism. This is why the beliefs of the church that authorized the baptism of missionary candidates is absolutely fair game for policy-making decisions by trustees, and why Wade is â€œoutside the tentâ€ on this issue.
Let me provide another example of where Wadeâ€™s beliefs fall outside what Southern Baptists, as expressed in the Baptist Faith & Message, believe to be biblical practice, Xopenex overseas. In a recent post, and in the comments, Wade described the practice of communion in his church whereby any professing Christian, who has been baptized by any mode, Xopenex india, is invited to partake.* While I fully support his churchâ€™s right, and indeed their responsibility, to carry out the ordinances in accordance with their convictions, this practice is clearly at odds with the Baptist Faith & Messageâ€™s Article VII, which defines baptism, and then calls it a prerequisite to the Lordâ€™s Supper, 750mg Xopenex. Buy Xopenex No Prescription, The practice of Wadeâ€™s church, which is the practice in many (if not the majority) of our Southern Baptist churches, is incompatible with the clear language of the Baptist Faith & Message, yet Wade contends that it is not.
Wade has consistently said that we must â€œcease narrowing the parameters of cooperationâ€ or our convention will cease to exist as we know it. For the reasons stated above, and others, I donâ€™t believe that there is any narrowing going on. There has been clarification, Xopenex ebay, but it is clarification of where Southern Baptists have always been, and where the great majority of us are today. I have come to believe that all of the events of this year, from the meeting that produced the Memphis Declaration, to motions made in Greensboro, to the outcry over chapel sermons at Southwestern Seminary, 150mg Xopenex, are not an attempt to stand against any â€œnarrowing,â€ but rather they are an attempt to broaden the definition of â€œSouthern Baptistâ€ to include things for which we have never stood.
Frankly, I believe that the problem is not that the tent is not big enough, but that Wade has discovered that, 200mg Xopenex, on these issues of controversy, he is not under the tent at all, and he wishes to be.
I concede that this could be read as an attack on Wade and those who support him. That is not my intent. I am simply trying, as I stated near the beginning of this post, to offer some analysis of disagreements.
The disagreements I have outlined here are disagreements that Christians can have, Buy Xopenex No Prescription. But there are many who could say with Wade, "The Inspired, 1000mg Xopenex, Inerrant, Infallible Bible Is Sufficient for Me," who clearly belong outside the tent that is the Southern Baptist Convention. They belong there because of fundamental disagreements about faith and practice. Xopenex mexico, We have staked out our positions and raised our tent over them.
None of these disagreements are equivalent to the heresy of the grieving grandmother I met this spring, but her declaration of "We believe the Bible!", coupled with her disavowal of the doctrine of the Trinity, illustrates clearly that our tent simply cannot be large enough for everyone.
*Here is Wade's version of the italicized statement above, which is significantly abridged but not, I believe, contradictory: "In a recent post, and in the comments, Wade described the practice of communion in his church whereby any professing Christian, who has followed the Lord in baptism, can partake in communion. Wade and his church affirm that scriptural baptism is baptism by immersion, and membership in his church requires believerâ€™s baptism by immersion before admittance into membership, but Wade argues that there will be people who love Christ and are at the Lordâ€™s table in heaven, who considered their infant baptism, or baptism by pouring or sprinkling, to be their â€˜Scriptural baptism.â€™ His church will not exclude from communion those whom the Lord does not exclude in heaven. His view on communion is exactly that of Charles Haddon Spurgeon --- strict church membership but communion with all the saints."
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