‘Rise Up Courageously’: Ronnie Floyd Addresses SBC Executive Committee

"Be anchored to the Truth" of God's Word and Christ alone, SBC president Ronnie Floyd urges during the SBC Executive Committee's Feb. 22-23 meeting in Nashville. Photo by Morris Abernathy
“Be anchored to the Truth” of God’s Word and Christ alone, SBC president Ronnie Floyd urges during the SBC Executive Committee’s Feb. 22-23 meeting in Nashville.
Photo by Morris Abernathy

Southern Baptists must recognize God as our strength and lead evangelicals into the future with His Light and the truth of His Word, Ronnie Floyd said at the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s Feb. 22–23 meeting in Nashville.

“Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, … in this dark hour in America, when we wrestle within ourselves to not become downcast or discouraged with all that is happening in our nation,” Floyd said, “we must respond in obedience to what the Lord is telling us in Psalm 43. We need the power and the guidance of the Holy Spirit so we will be anchored to the Truth of God and to the Lord Jesus Himself alone.”

In his last presidential address at a winter SBC Executive Committee meeting, he delivered a sermon anchored in Psalm 43 and Habakkuk 3:16-19, exhorting Southern Baptists to lead evangelicals to a future steeped in obedience to God’s Word.

At Floyd’s invitation, a large contingent of Southern Baptist state convention executives and presidents, SBC entity leaders and pastors will attend special meetings tonight and Wednesday morning (Feb. 23–24) to discuss SBC doctrine, fellowship, the Cooperative Program of financially supporting Southern Baptist work, a “crisis” in evangelism, and the spiritual, cultural and the political health of the U.S.

“The churches of the Southern Baptist Convention need to rise up in this dark, dark hour in America,” he said, “and we need to proclaim this Word to the church, and to the lost of America: Put your hope in God. God is our Savior. God is our God.”

Southern Baptists must be leaders in evangelism, worldwide outreach, partnerships secured by the Gospel and fellowship and cooperative economic giving, Floyd said.

He called Southern Baptists to remember the doctrinal stand on biblical inerrancy taken at the 1979 SBC Annual Meeting in Houston.

“Therefore now, 37 years later, we have six seminaries that are robust in their belief in the Bible and the Gospel, committed to their mission, equipping an estimated 20,000 men and women for Gospel ministry throughout the world. And in that dark day 37 years ago, when biblical and theological maze was happening, leaders led by the power of the Holy Spirit, according to the Word of God…, cried out, ‘Send your light, send your Word. And God did it.”

He referenced the late SBC president Adrian Rogers and the sacrifice many leaders made to turn the SBC toward biblical truth.

“These leaders did not pay this high price to bring home hundreds of missionaries from the International Mission Board,” Floyd said, “to see evangelism become forgotten in our churches, to see the selfishness that distorts our stewardship of life and the Gospel, or to see us consume one another with skepticism, criticism and cynicism, that creates a culture of schisms and divisions, rather than a culture that thrives on Gospel advanced through partnership and cooperation.

“Furthermore this price was not paid for Southern Baptists to become like some exclusive club that is so narrow we cannot cooperate with other evangelicals and even beyond,” he said. “I want to remind you that our own Baptist Faith and Message 2000 calls us to cooperation….”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Diana Chandler