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Southern Baptist Press overlooking Scripture?
By Mike Crane

Was somewhat surprised when the message below from Baptist Press dropped in my inbox on September 11, 2012. It is not a surprise that a Baptist seminary panel would address the issue - it is certainly an issue of the day. But the lack of Scriptural foundation in their discussion as presented in the article was the surprise.

To begin the Scripture does not give voting guides. However the Scripture does give God's Word containing the Biblical Principles that Christians will be lead by the Holy Spirit in their various decisions - if they allow the Holy Spirit to lead them. To be led by "Man's Principles" no matter how gallant and well-intentioned will fall short of what is pleasing to our Lord and Saviour.

So starting with the following comment in the article:

"We are going to have to give up -- on both sides -- the idea of president as religious mascot."
--Russell Moore

What is a religious mascot? Isnt that something a sport team would do? The Angels, the Padres, the Saints etc. Is this trivializing the subject to an alarming degree?

However, if you bypass for a moment the worldly passion of using sports parables - the Scripture does contain passages that define the Biblical attributes of a magistrate (king, ruler or one in authority). Perhaps Christians, especially Baptists would be better served by the Seminary presenting what the Scripture tells us rather than sports parables.

For example: Deuteronomy 17:18-19:

18  And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:

19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

So while the Bible does not tell us what the president should do as far as sport teams are concerned, God does tell us that he should have a copy of God's Word - study it daily and follow it. This is just one passage in the Holy Bible on magistrates.

The Seminary article then goes on make the following statement about Romans 13:1-6;

American Christians too often, said seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr., have seemingly assigned a "priestly role" to the White House, hoping the president will represent and promote the Christian faith. But that is a uniquely American idea, Mohler said, and unhealthy for Christianity.

This statement was not very well thought out. Of course anything to do with the president in the White House is "a uniquely American idea!" The White House is in and has always been in this country. So that is just a factual statement of American history.

The other part of the statement however is quite a surprise. Looking at Romans 13:6:

For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

The Greek word used by the Apostle Paul for God's ministers is leitourgos. The definition is:

leitourgos
li-toorg-os'
From a derivative of G2992 and G2041; a public servant, that is, a functionary in the Temple or Gospel, or (generally) a worshipper (of God) or benefactor (of man)

Perhaps it is not some "American Christians" as the Seminary article states - who have assigned a "priestly role" - but a higher authority! A few chapters later in Romans 15:16 the Apostle Paul uses this same Greek word again:

16 That I should be __ the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles ministering the gospel of God that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable being sanctified by the Holy Ghost

Apparently in both Romans 13:6 and Romans 13:6 - the Apostle Paul was inspired in this God Breathed Scripture to use a Greek word that does in fact have a definition involving a "priestly role." To say this is "unhealthy for Christianity" seems to be contrary to Scripture and that may be "a uniquely [current day] American idea " especially when presented by a Baptist Seminary. Sadly America seems determined to continue sacrificing its Christian Heritage and its walk away from God.

My comments about the message delivered by Baptist Press are not presented trying to claim I am an authority. I am not a pastor or deacon nor am I ordained and I have never attended a Seminary. Jesus is my Lord and Saviour and I do my best to study and understand God's Word. A 13 week Bible Study on the Subject of The Bible and Civil Government is in the process of being placed online at http://BibleandCivilGovernment.com.

 

Panel asks: Can Christians vote for a Mormon?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Addressing an issue on the minds of many evangelical voters as a Mormon runs for president, a Baptist seminary panel said Tuesday that evangelicals must jettison -- for the good of their faith -- the idea that the White House occupant must be a "religious mascot" for Christianity.

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted the panel discussion, less than two months before American voters will choose between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who is Mormon.

"We are going to have to give up -- on both sides -- the idea of president as religious mascot."
--Russell Moore
"I heard someone in recent days say, 'I would never vote for anyone who is not an authentically professing evangelical Christian,'" said Russell D. Moore, dean of the school of theology at Southern Seminary. "Well, if that's the case, then as far as I can see, you have about three candidates in the last 100 years or so ... that you could possibly vote for: William Jennings Bryan, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush.

"The question is not John 3:16 in terms of reading the regeneration of the person's heart," Moore said. "The question is Romans 13: Does this person have the kind of wisdom to bear the sword on behalf of God's authority that He has granted to the state? And can I trust that person to protect society? That's the fundamental question."

American Christians too often, said seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr., have seemingly assigned a "priestly role" to the White House, hoping the president will represent and promote the Christian faith. But that is a uniquely American idea, Mohler said, and unhealthy for Christianity.

"I had a pastor say to me, 'You just can't be faithful and vote for someone who represents such things or believes such things [as Mormons believe],'" Mohler said. "And I said, 'What if you're a Christian in Utah? Do you just not vote? What if your decision is between two Mormon candidates?'

"Throughout most of Christian history, folks haven't struggled with this question because they didn't have the luxury of struggling with it. ... The separation of the priestly role from government is something that has to happen in the minds of American evangelicals," Mohler said, warning against viewing government as an idol.

Moore agreed, saying U.S. Christians have been guilty of trying to Christianize American history.

"So many evangelicals want to go back and claim Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln and John Adams as orthodox, evangelical Christians," Moore said. "The problem with that [is that] Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were great men who did fantastic things for our country, but once you start claiming them as orthodox evangelical Christians, you're not elevating those men, you're downgrading the Gospel into something that fits whatever they happen to hold. And you wind up with [modern-day] politicians who learn the language of evangelical faith in order to use it, in order to manipulate people into supporting them."

The four-member panel said Americans on multiple occasions have elected candidates who did not hold to evangelical beliefs. Among them were Unitarian William Howard Taft and Catholic John F. Kennedy.

"We went through this back in the '60s with John Kennedy," said Mark Coppenger, professor of Christian apologetics at Southern Seminary. "They thought, 'Oh, if we elect a Catholic, then the Pope will just have a hotline and tell him exactly what to do.'"

The panel, though, said evangelicals still face tough questions about potentially electing a Mormon for president -- mainly whether a Mormon president would boost the image of Mormonism around the world.

"How do we think of that in terms of world missions?" Mohler asked. "How do we think about this in terms of missions on Third Avenue in Louisville, Ky.?"

Greg Gilbert, pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., said it's a "difficult question." Mormonism clearly isn't part of orthodox, historical Christianity, panelists said.

"It may not be a kind of atomic moment where the whole nation wakes up and thinks, 'Oh, I like Mitt Romney's tax policies; I'm going to take a look at the Mormon church,'" Gilbert said. "I don't think that's what's going to happen."

Instead, Gilbert said, a Romney president would give Mormonism more "respectability." In that scenario, Gilbert said, it would become "increasingly important" for Christians "to clarify" the differences between orthodox, historical Christianity and Mormonism.

Mohler said he hopes Christian voters will think with deep theological concern and receive guidance from their pastors to help them make sound decisions.

Said Gilbert, "This is an educational moment for evangelicals, and it could turn out to be a healthy thing for the church if they can learn to think more carefully about how to agree with a person's policies while disagreeing with his theological beliefs."

Moore said the Bible includes multiple stories of how God uses non-believers for His good. Among them is Persian King Cyrus, who allowed the Jews to return to Israel following their captivity.

The question Christians should ask, Moore said, is: "Between these two people -- President Obama and Gov. Romney -- who is going to do the best for the common good and in protecting the United States of America and all the other questions that we've got to keep in mind."

Moore added, "We are going to have to give up -- on both sides -- the idea of president as religious mascot."

An Obama-Romney campaign, Moore said, is a "good thing for American evangelicals."

"It enables us to simultaneously honor the king," he said, alluding to 1 Peter 2:17, "and to boldly proclaim the Gospel -- in a way that we see happening all through the Book of Acts. We are able to love and pray for President Obama while we disagree with him on life and religious liberty and marriage and some really important things. ...

"And if a President Romney is elected, we're the people who ought to be able to say, 'We respect and honor this man as president. We're able to ... serve with this man as president, and we're the people who are willing to -- if we're invited into the Oval Office -- say, 'President Romney, here's where we agree with you; here's what we like about what you're doing. And we sincerely want to plead with you to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

Closing out the discussion, Mohler reminded attendees: "Above all we have a Gospel responsibility, that we are first and foremost citizens of the heavenly Kingdom and our concern is that others will become a part of the Kingdom through the proclamation of the Gospel."

Audio of the panel discussion is available at http://www.sbts.edu/resources/chapel/chapel-fall-2012/the-mormon-moment-religious-conviction-and-the-2012-election-2/

Source:http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=38688 

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