I realize I don’t post things over the weekend, but this is just too powerful not to share. I have mentioned on here (more than some would care to count) the things that discourage me about the Independent Fundamental Baptist (IB) movement and why I am not a part of it any more. This was written by a pastor who has had his own exodus out of the IB movement and give reasons as well as cautions. It’s full of humor, humility, and just plain helpful; without any hatred, hostility, or holier than thou attitudes – any post or current fundamentalist will notice and appreciate the alliteration.
I have copy and pasted his article in full, with his permission, as well as included a link to the the church website for those who wish to know more.
May God use this mightily!
And without further adieu…..
Growing Up and Out of the Independent Baptist Movement
By Pastor Shayne Jr.
From Agnostics, Taoist-Buddhists, Metropolitan (gay and lesbian), neo-hippies, church drop-outs, and druggies… to Presbyterian, Reformed, Salvation Army, Pentecostal, and Southern Baptist, the people who have left the denomination of my youth, including myself, now run the gamut of lifestyles, worldviews, and beliefs. I can place names—which use to grace the roll of an Independent Baptist Church—beside every belief system mentioned above; a person who formerly (if not gladly) called themselves a member of, or congregant in a Fundamental, KJV-only, Independent Baptist Church—aka “Independent Baptism”, which I will now abbreviate as IB.
The question is: was there something about the now-declining IB movement which caused such a mass exodus; a turning away from that religious system of our past? As a Pastor who now fits comfortably into the Reformed tradition—after a couple years of teenage rebellion, followed by many adult years spent rethinking and evaluating world religions and the whole Christian “thing”— I can tell you that those who have moved away from IB no longer resemble the movement even faintly. Such personal transformation is only seen where the individuals in question consciously make an effort to redefine themselves. In other words, none of us just fell into another way of life and/or thinking after leaving the IB; we reinvented ourselves so as not to look anything like our former IB selves… some maybe even running too far in the other direction (which describes me in my teenage years).
Personally, I now distance myself from the movement, having found biblical, logical, historical, and spiritual reasons to reject the once-tolerated and/or accepted wacky nuances, un-Christlike dispositions, and false doctrines/dogmas of the movement in which I grew up, including: Read the rest of this entry »