Saturday, February 18, 2006

Jerry Rankin, President of the IMB, speaks candidly in interview


Jim Smith, editor of the Florida Baptist Witness, has released a transcript of a Q & A session between Baptist state paper editors and Jerry Rankin. The question of "private prayer language" and the new IMB policy came up and Rankin responded with refreshing candor. The new baptism guideline also was addressed, though more briefly.

Regardless of where you come down on the new IMB policy and guideline, you have to admire President Rankin's willingness to speak plainly and answer what must have felt like awkward questions. That kind of openness demonstrates a humility that we need to see emulated throughout our SBC culture.

11 comments:

RevyRev said...

As a college age guy and someone who is young in the Southern Baptist world it is very encouraging to see an example of honesty, humility and candor among leadership.

Michael Spencer said...

Dr. Rankin defines class in this interview. Clearly, he could have said a lot. (See SBC Outpost for details) He lets his character and priorities speak for him.

Now let's have those who want Dr. Rankin replaced and/or over-ridden on policy sit down with the press and explain why their case is more persuasive.

Jimmy H said...

Yes let the Huns and the Turks go before the press. Michael speaking of class you rock the Appalachians. May it be said there rose up a new class of leadership after the kind of Rankin and Spencer.

tl said...

Now let's have those who want Dr. Rankin replaced and/or over-ridden on policy sit down with the press and explain why their case is more persuasive.

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that!

tl said...

In the article, Rankin says: we’re encouraged, even with all the hurricane and tsunami relief, at this point – and we’ll be able to get report after the first of March – the Lottie Moon offering is running way ahead of last year.

This may be the best part of the article!

P.T. said...

Can the SBC be any more legalistic and narrow minded? I understand the concern of missionaries not representing the SBC in faith and practice, but this is ridiculous. We certainly don't want anyone on the mission field who has the Holy Spirit operating in their life to now do we? The next thing you know, ever missionary will have to believe in the pre-trib view of the end times!

kirksey_boy said...

I met Dr. Rankin a few months ago while in training at the Missionary Learning Center in Virginia before moving to Thailand. I was very impressed with his frankness and humility. He is a fine man to lead the IMB.

Matthew said...

I don't mean to interrupt - but is this blog syndicated with RSS? I'd like to add it my reader.

Thanks,

Matthew

Tom said...

Matthew,

Yes it is.

ta

Micah said...

Pastor Tony, you write:"We certainly don't want anyone on the mission field who has the Holy Spirit operating in their life to now do we?"
You presuppose that a "private prayer language" is the 'operation of the Holy Spirit'. But, that's really the question at hand. A person claiming to have and operate in a "private prayer language" is most likely going to promote this belief among those they evangelize. Thus an official position on this belief and its status in the SBC is warranted.

As a former charismatic, who actively promoted and "operated" in this supposed gift, I've since come to find that the Bible didn't teach what I'd been taught by my church and family, but rather indicates a much different 'gift'.

Also, the claim of "legalism" cannot be upheld because the SBC has historically not supported the charismatic understanding of the gifts. You might find it to be different than your view of the gifts, but you'll need to exegetically support your view.

That said... for the blog's sake, I ask that you explain why Paul expresses the gifts, particularly tongues (and the associated prayer-language) in 1 Cor 14:21~22 as he does.

21 In the Law it is written, "By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord." 22 Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers.

What does this mean, and how does it apply to our modern usage and understanding of the gifts mentioned?

It would be fascinating to see an moderated debate on the so-called "charismatic" gifts, specifically their nature and operation.

Leo said...

Jerry Rankin is an honorable man. My wife and I have been friends of his daughter for over 12 years, and I have had the man in my own home. I read what he had to say with great joy. If we had this kind of integrity in every area of leadership, God knows what we could accomplish.