A plea must be issued – a call to repentance. Where are the prophets today? Where are the men and woman who speak and stand for truth? There are few to be found in Richmond, Virginia – the bastion of powerless faith. Let me say, “Repent Richmond Baptist Association, First Baptist Church of Richmond, Grace Baptist Church, Westover Baptist Church, and dozens of others for your pronounced resolution regarding the Ginter Park Baptist Church debacle.” You are heretics (holding ideas contrary to orthodoxy) and the very people of apostasy (abandoning belief).
No wonder there are so many dead, declining, and plateaued churches in the Richmond Baptist Association – many of which will cease to exist within five years. You’ve become social clubs rather than churches. You’ve embraced culture rather than the gospel. You are a people of dry bones in a valley that so desperately needs life. Shame on you pastors, church leaders, and members who actively and knowingly lead people astray. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many – you are these false prophets (Matthew 24:11).
No longer are you uniquely aligned with the gospel, but embrace a pluralistic faith expression. Culture is now a god. The Spirit departed long ago from these congregations and this association, but its leaders are too spiritually blind and unable to discern the absence. You are congregations of a conjured faith no longer holding to the uniqueness or exclusivity of Christ as you distort the gospel.
The definitions have blurred. You are people without boundaries. You’ve chosen to pervert historic Baptist principles to placate social action and affirm positions these principles where never intended to support or justify. You’ve chosen to hold these distorted principles as superior to our sacred text – Scripture. The Bible is no longer held in high regard in your gatherings.
Perhaps another significant issue is leadership within the Baptist General Association of Virginia. The recently elected president is both a leader and a member of First Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia – perhaps the leading church in this apostate movement. How will his influence shape the future of Virginia Baptists? Both the president and vice-president are responsible for nominating leadership positions throughout the state association’s structure. Will his nominations reflect those sympathetic with the heretical teaching of his home church?
To people of undefiled faith, if your churches and association will not repent, you need to find a church with an association that both teaches and adheres to Scripture. Find a church that believes and promotes orthodoxy, the gospel, and the exclusivity of Christ. Your influence is at stake as is faith. If these organizations will not repent, defund them financially. Every dollar you contribute through these organizations fosters heresy and you are accountable for your stewardship.
I don’t think I’ve ever spoken out so boldly about local (neighboring) churches, pastors, or an association and calling for repentance, but I can’t remain silent. My position may not be popular with many, but I’m not running for a popularity contest.