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Some (unwitting) encouragement & guidance for the SJ Contras––from Dr. Mohler himself.

"10 Lessons from Reformation in the SBC":

1. Isolation Never Lasts

2. Pietism Is No Protector of Orthodoxy

3. Pragmatism Undermines Doctrine

4. Confessionalism Is Necessary, But Not Sufficient

5. Reformation Requires Great Effort and Conviction

6. Recovery Is Extremely Costly

7. The Greatest Opposition to Reformation Comes from the Middle

8. The Greatest Challenge Is the Transfer from Generation to Generation

9. Reformations Sometimes Fail

10. Our Confidence Is in No One But Christ

Notable excerpts from each point:

1) "Churches more conservative by culture, and maybe more isolated from the cultural elites, can live in false comfort that theological liberalism won’t arrive. But isolation is no protection; it doesn’t last."
2) "In the SBC, we had our own form of pietism. The question would be, “How could this person be a liberal? Look how committed he is to the church!” But pietism is no protector of doctrine."
3) "Pragmatism means you minimize the theology and maximize the program—a recipe that led to liberalism inside our churches. Many Southern Baptists believed that if we were growing, we couldn’t possibly be liberal. It was a form of self-blindness."
4) "Southern Baptists also said to themselves, We can’t be liberal because we have a confession of faith. But it wasn’t enforced... It must be required and regulated... And leaders must be chosen and maintained on the basis of confessional faithfulness."
5) "Those who led the reformation in the SBC had to put their personal reputations at risk. They had to be willing to be called troublemakers. They had to put at risk any future opportunity for leadership and influence. "
6) "These issues are so deep and so important that several of the relationships were forever broken. At the human level, that’s difficult. But a church unwilling to break relationships for the cause of truth is a church that will embrace liberalism and abdicate the faith."
7) "The greatest enemies of reformation aren’t the most liberal, nor the most heretical. The greatest opposition to reformation comes from the middle—those who don’t want to take a definite position, who want to preserve denominational peace and don’t want to pay the cost."
8) "We can now see that this is how liberalism crept in. At key moments of generational transition, the younger generation is far more liberal than their parents."
9) "Once there’s no reasonable hope for recovery; ... once remaining in the denomination is to commit apostasy and to enable and to fund heresy, and to grant respectability to unbelief, then it’s time to leave."
10) "We need to think not only in personal and family terms, but sometimes in denominational terms. There are moments in which we simply have to sing, 'Let goods and kindred go.' "

The (Ironic) Source: thegospelcoalition.org/article/10-les…
Take heart, brothers.

He wins. He always wins.

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