Speaker Panel: Tim Jordan, Dave Doran, Sam Harbin, Kevin Bauder, and Mark Dever
Question to Dever about the conservative resurgence in the SBC. Dever said the churches were largely conservative, but the seminaries went liberal. In the 70s, men went around to churches alerting them to the problems in the seminaries. The election of a new president was important because of the tie to trustees who hired/fired at the seminaries. 10% were theologically liberal, 20-30% were theologically conservative, rest were conservative but didn’t care much about it. By 1984, it was clear that the inerrantists were winning the battle. By 1991, the battle was over. Regarding SBC liberalism, there may be individuals who deny fundamentals but now they are all innerantists or liars.
Follow-up question: could you explain the relationship b/w your church and the SBC?
Dever: No one tells our church how to give. We choose to send some of our money to the IMB.
Bauder asks: what criteria must be met to send to the convention?
Dever: minimal contribution, $500. Out of 40,000 churches, there are maybe 500 that are classically liberal. They don’t typically give money. They hate the SBC. They appear to be SBC b/c of little old ladies who still contribute, etc.
Doran: in principle, a liberal resurgence could take place if they had enough messengers?
Dever: Yes, but they don’t care enough.
Doran: how does that jive with statements you made about SBC churches being largely unregenerate?