Friday, June 20, 2008

SWBTS on Resolution #6

Even Southwestern Seminary, of which I am an alumnus (MDiv, 1983, PhD, 1989), has commented on the resolution on regenerate church membership. The following is taken from their June 20, 2008 e-newsletter.
Southwesterners contribute to SBC church membership resolution
by Keith Collier

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) -- Several individuals from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary made significant contributions to the resolution on regenerate church membership adopted at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting, June 11.

One of the contributors to the resolution was Bart Barber, pastor of First Baptist Church of Farmersville, Texas, and an alumnus of Southwestern. Barber's submission was taken from a resolution approved by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention in November, which was originally drafted by Malcolm Yarnell, associate professor of systematic theology at Southwestern.

Yarnell was also responsible for helping amend the final resolution adopted by the SBC. Yarnell co-edited the book Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, which addresses the need for regenerate church membership and church discipline.

To view the entire resolution, visit


yeoberry said...

It's a very good resolution. One of the practices, besides the failure to uphold church discipline, that is contributing to unregenerate church membership is the practice of Baptists over the past few generations, because of the impact of revivalism, to manipulate small children to "profess Christ" and be baptized. One can talk a small child into almost anything so it is no wonder that many of those who are supposed "saved" as small children grow up showing no signs of true spiritual life. We've become pedobaptists who simply wait until their babies are big enough to walk and talk themselves before baptizing them. But it's the same thing.

Rick Mang said...

Oh how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell in unity!

Ben said...

Whoops! Looks like this paragraph must've been inadvertently cut . . .

"Tom Ascol, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, an alumnus of Southwestern, also contributed to the resolution. Ascol offered language that defined the statistical evidence for the dishonesty of the Convention and expressed corporate repentance for it. Ascol also serves as Executive Director of Founders' Ministries."

Jerry said...


Glad that the missing paragraph has now been "restored".

MDiv '89, SWBTS

Will said...

Very much appreciate your thoughts on the importance of this resolution. Having had time now to reflect on the struggle to get it done, how do you now assess it's impact?

Cedar Hill TX

Tom said...


I think the heightened attention that this issue has received the last few years has given pastors and churches an opportunity to face up to some unpleasant facts about our churches and to reexamine what Scripture teaches on regenerate church membership and church discipline.

From what I am hearing, the fact that the SBC passed the resolution is helping some pastors address these issues in their churches. If that is indeed the case then I am grateful.

Rev. said...

Interesting that Barber and Yarnell were mentioned, but another SWBTS alum was not.

DoGLover said...

Tom, thanks for giving this resolution the "umph" it needed. It's helped me convince my deacons of our need to reclaim the absent members we can & to release those we can't.

pastorleap said...

You've got to be kidding, right?

Surely this is a "" or "tominthebox" posting, right?

They mention Drs Barber and Yarnell for the one line they contributed (amended), but don't even mention Dr Ascol for the tremendous work, over the course of YEARS, that he has contributed?!@#?

I'm waiting for the punchline... this is a joke.


Tony Hicks said...

I greatly appreciate all that you have done to promote this resolution.

Obviously, the official line at SWBTS is that the one of the primary architects of the resolution must remain anonymous. I would suggest two reasons for this. First, they disagree with you theologically. Secondly, you added some things to the resolution that some of them did not want...i.e, the call for repentance, the acknowledgment of past mistakes, and denominational accountability.

Overall, not a shining day for SWBTS's publicity department.

wesmith said...


Thank you, for all your Labors of Love and to God be the Glory for your Efforts for this resolution to finally pass.

I Agree with Tony Hicks comment above, small minded People.

Wayne Smith said...



johnMark said...

Good work!


DoGLover said...

However Paige & the SWBTS faculty may lean, I must say that when I was on campus last Jan/Feb, the book store had lots of Reformed resources. I'm grateful that there's more openness to the doctrines of grace now than when I was a student there during the Dilday years.