The Silent Majority (Independent Baptist Truth Revolution #13)

With twelve posts out now in this Truth Revolution, it is time to reflect on the bigger picture. In spite of all the negative issues that demand discussion, there is some really good news that needs publicity. The ugliest things in the Independent Baptist world, as embarrassing as they are, simply do not describe a larger than expected number out there.

It was reinforced in my mind over this past weekend. My family had a chance to minister at Beacon Baptist Church in Jupiter, Florida. Our only connection to that work was that my wife has a good friend from college days who is the assistant pastor’s wife. We knew nothing else of the church before we went. What did we find? A pastor who passionately preached God’s Word! He drew a great sermon from the text that really was a help to people. He was a humble, dedicated shepherd, loved by staff and people. Then we met some dedicated couples and spent enough time with them to see a real zeal to serve the Lord. They were in their 30s, a few on staff, but most not, and they were all a breath of fresh air. The music was awesome, the unity of the people obvious, and absolutely nothing was weird. There was no trace of anything I have written about in this series!

I think of Faith Baptist Tabernacle in Jamestown, Tennessee, pastored by Fred Allred, where we have attended in our transition time, and the love of Christ is so real there. Again, nothing weird, and nothing that I have written of here. This year we have been in other churches in Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, and Kentucky, all pastored by dedicated shepherds who took seriously preaching God’s Word in context. These churches would be a blessing to any person or family, all without any embarrassing elements to explain away.

Why do we hear so little about these churches:
1. Good news rarely makes the news.
2. These pastors are too humble to always be tooting their own horns.
3. They understand it is Christ and not themselves anyway.

The good news extends beyond churches and pastors. We have learned this with private information. Since my Alicia and I have started blogging, you would be shocked by all the private emails and Facebook messages that we have received. What did we learn? We found an overwhelmingly positive response. They want things to change. They want the Bible to be returned to its rightful place by being preached in context. They want the opinion of man thrown out in preaching. They want pastoral abuse to stop. They want the great Baptist principle of soul liberty brought back.

We haven’t heard much from the older generation, but we have had so many responses from those in their 20s, 30s, and 40s and they run about 95 % that we need these issues to change. Think of this age group. Most assistant pastors come from this age group and several pastors do too. Many soon-to-be pastors are coming from this group as well. I have heard from many dedicated laymen who are becoming the backbone of churches around the country and they agree just as much. I find hope here!

They are quiet. Their messages were private. I think they should be called, with apologies to Richard Nixon, the silent majority. Their influence is coming and will be felt like it or not. I, for one, like it.

Please read next week when I will make an appeal to this silent majority!

Please read all articles in the series here.

8 thoughts on “The Silent Majority (Independent Baptist Truth Revolution #13)

  1. I am 63 and I have experienced first hand the iron fisted IFB totalitarian leadership.

    I too have visited churches all across America and now in the Philippines.

    May we seek, find and support gentle shepherds. The church today and in the future depends on having Christ-like leaders, not dictators.

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  3. Is there any consensus on the Pre-Wrath, Mid-Trib vs Pre-Trib among many independent Baptist like churches? I seem to feel there was a different train of thought in C.H. Spurgeon’s time and before hand. The Pre-Trib thoughts emerging in the not so distant past. A deacon just resigned in our church, after the pastor gave an off the cuff, spur of the moment sermon after I posted something that leans toward the pre-wrath aspect….basically saying the pre-trib is part of the church’s “charter” statement, and therefor, cannot be honestly debated. Any comments are appreciated

      • I should have said that the deacon did have a good discussion with the pastor, and the pastor left the decision up to him to decide. But the gentleman knew that if pushed for a stand on the issue, he could not in good conscience espouse the hard line stand for pre-Trib doctrine. We hope to continue insincere love and unity…knowing that God desires his people to strive for truth together…all in the hopes of knowing Him more intimately.

      • Honestly, I do not see why eschatology is something to separate over. It’s been a while since I’ve studied this history of eschatology within the Baptist church, but I’m sure it comes from a tradition of militant fundamentalism from the 50’s. But anyone who has ever read the book of revelation from front to back or has studied eschatology as a whole knows that a precise timeline and all the details along the way are anything but clear, nor was it John’s goal to present a clear image or timeline. But I know this article wasn’t about this, so I’ll leave it at that.

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