Speaking Truth not Tolerated at SWBTS

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Speaking Truth not Tolerated at SWBTS
By Anne Reed

Professor Speaking Truth About Sexual Sin Forced Out of SBC Seminary

Robert Oscar Lopez is an outspoken witness to the power of God to transform a life. He was raised by “two moms” and identified as bisexual for years before surrendering his life to Christ.

He has spent his life fighting. First, it was for his own life – for freedom from the clutches of homosexuality. Then it was (and is) against the attacks from the homosexual activist community. Read AFA Journal story “Breaking Free from a Culture of Shame” here.

This man’s resiliency is astounding.

And now he’s fighting one of the most powerful religious organizations in existence – the Southern Baptist Convention.

Prior to being hired in 2016 by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), Lopez was a tenured professor at California State University. In today’s culture, it is no surprise that a former homosexual now speaking from a biblical perspective would be persecuted.

After repeated subjection to senselessly demeaning investigations at the public university, the sense of relief Lopez experienced when “rescued” into a Christian seminary must have been palpable. The pressure to shut up about his testimony and matters of biblical sexual morality was a thing of the past. Or so he thought.

Last week, the morning after Thanksgiving Day, Lopez received an email notifying him that his position at SWBTS had been eliminated. He told AFA this wasn’t really a surprise to him. He had been asked to resign two months earlier by the provost, Randy Stinson.

“I was called into seven secret meetings,” he explained. “They would never put anything in writing. I was called in alone all the time. I didn’t know who was going to be in the meetings. And I had no forewarning about what was going to be brought up. It was very much like mental intimidation. … They told me people were watching me.”

As part of the series of meetings, Lopez was told he was held in low esteem by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Initially, he was subjected to an onerous process, requiring him to submit requests before writing or speaking on sexual matters. But eventually, Dean Michael Wilkinson made clear that Lopez was to stop talking about all matters of sexuality, including his testimony, homosexuality, and sex abuse.

Lopez had been active in writing and speaking about the dangers of the Equality Act and abuse in the gay community. And he had drafted and submitted a resolution to the SBC supporting counseling to help lead people out of homosexuality. These were all apparently giant no-nos for the SBC, which according to Lopez has embraced the “Revoice” ideology. Revoice is a radical movement to promote normalization and acceptance of LGBTQ terms within the church – creating a slippery slope which many believe will lead to full-blown acceptance of homosexuality.

One of the SBC’s six theological seminaries has pushed out Lopez, a man who stands for biblical morality in sexuality and communicates the church’s role in helping individuals find their identity in their Creator. Meanwhile, SBC’s Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has hired Karen Swallow Prior, an avid supporter and promoter of Revoice. She is slated to begin her work at the seminary next fall.

Prior’s book Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues included a chapter by Matthew Vines supporting acceptance of same-sex relationships claiming the text from the first chapter of Romans was based on antiquated “patriarchal logic.” Details are available here.

“They are going to take that seminary and make it pro-gay,” said Lopez. “I’m shocked, but they are going to be able to do it.”

Because of the secretive methods employed to silence the voices of truth, it has become clear to Lopez that the SBC’s intentions in the area of sexuality are not from God.

“They don’t want to hear stories of people who have changed – especially if they wanted to change,” he explained. “The preferable model is for people to remain in that mindset [of identifying as homosexual] without acting on it.”

But Lopez believes the freedom he has received has come with a divine obligation. He has been forced into a corner requiring him to choose between obeying man or God. He has chosen God – and lost his livelihood as a result.

When leaders in the church secretly demand that a man who has been set free from the power of sin shut up about it, we have a dark and shameful problem that, according to Ephesians 5:11-12, must be exposed for what it is.

https://www.raptureforums.com/politics-culture-wars/speaking-truth-not-tolerated-at-swbts/
 

madcat

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It’s sad, but after being in the SBC churches since 1983, things have and are changing, and NOT for the good. Not only regarding the issues in this article, but accepting “Chrislam” and other apostasies.
After recently moving, we are looking for a new church, and looking outside the SBC after reading the “what we believe” statements of many of their church websites. :( :( :(
 

antitox

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It’s sad, but after being in the SBC churches since 1983, things have and are changing, and NOT for the good. Not only regarding the issues in this article, but accepting “Chrislam” and other apostasies.
After recently moving, we are looking for a new church, and looking outside the SBC after reading the “what we believe” statements of many of their church websites. :( :( :(
I've done the same thing before. I think you'll be happier doing so. You will know more things to take note of in the process and end up with a much better church. I say that because after doing so I'm now in a very well-grounded fellowship with rock-solid pastorship and biblical doctrine. Couldn't be better for me. Just let the Spirit lead you.
 

GotGrace

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Speaking Truth not Tolerated at SWBTS
By Anne Reed

Professor Speaking Truth About Sexual Sin Forced Out of SBC Seminary

Robert Oscar Lopez is an outspoken witness to the power of God to transform a life. He was raised by “two moms” and identified as bisexual for years before surrendering his life to Christ.

He has spent his life fighting. First, it was for his own life – for freedom from the clutches of homosexuality. Then it was (and is) against the attacks from the homosexual activist community. Read AFA Journal story “Breaking Free from a Culture of Shame” here.

This man’s resiliency is astounding.

And now he’s fighting one of the most powerful religious organizations in existence – the Southern Baptist Convention.

Prior to being hired in 2016 by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), Lopez was a tenured professor at California State University. In today’s culture, it is no surprise that a former homosexual now speaking from a biblical perspective would be persecuted.

After repeated subjection to senselessly demeaning investigations at the public university, the sense of relief Lopez experienced when “rescued” into a Christian seminary must have been palpable. The pressure to shut up about his testimony and matters of biblical sexual morality was a thing of the past. Or so he thought.

Last week, the morning after Thanksgiving Day, Lopez received an email notifying him that his position at SWBTS had been eliminated. He told AFA this wasn’t really a surprise to him. He had been asked to resign two months earlier by the provost, Randy Stinson.

“I was called into seven secret meetings,” he explained. “They would never put anything in writing. I was called in alone all the time. I didn’t know who was going to be in the meetings. And I had no forewarning about what was going to be brought up. It was very much like mental intimidation. … They told me people were watching me.”

As part of the series of meetings, Lopez was told he was held in low esteem by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Initially, he was subjected to an onerous process, requiring him to submit requests before writing or speaking on sexual matters. But eventually, Dean Michael Wilkinson made clear that Lopez was to stop talking about all matters of sexuality, including his testimony, homosexuality, and sex abuse.

Lopez had been active in writing and speaking about the dangers of the Equality Act and abuse in the gay community. And he had drafted and submitted a resolution to the SBC supporting counseling to help lead people out of homosexuality. These were all apparently giant no-nos for the SBC, which according to Lopez has embraced the “Revoice” ideology. Revoice is a radical movement to promote normalization and acceptance of LGBTQ terms within the church – creating a slippery slope which many believe will lead to full-blown acceptance of homosexuality.

One of the SBC’s six theological seminaries has pushed out Lopez, a man who stands for biblical morality in sexuality and communicates the church’s role in helping individuals find their identity in their Creator. Meanwhile, SBC’s Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has hired Karen Swallow Prior, an avid supporter and promoter of Revoice. She is slated to begin her work at the seminary next fall.

Prior’s book Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues included a chapter by Matthew Vines supporting acceptance of same-sex relationships claiming the text from the first chapter of Romans was based on antiquated “patriarchal logic.” Details are available here.

“They are going to take that seminary and make it pro-gay,” said Lopez. “I’m shocked, but they are going to be able to do it.”

Because of the secretive methods employed to silence the voices of truth, it has become clear to Lopez that the SBC’s intentions in the area of sexuality are not from God.

“They don’t want to hear stories of people who have changed – especially if they wanted to change,” he explained. “The preferable model is for people to remain in that mindset [of identifying as homosexual] without acting on it.”

But Lopez believes the freedom he has received has come with a divine obligation. He has been forced into a corner requiring him to choose between obeying man or God. He has chosen God – and lost his livelihood as a result.

When leaders in the church secretly demand that a man who has been set free from the power of sin shut up about it, we have a dark and shameful problem that, according to Ephesians 5:11-12, must be exposed for what it is.

https://www.raptureforums.com/politics-culture-wars/speaking-truth-not-tolerated-at-swbts/
I am astounded and speechless at the moment. I’ll have to comment later.
 

vbf

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I attended a SBC church for years and it became so plastic, and the senior pastor so anemic, I left for a non-denominational church. While there's no perfect church, the one I serve at now has its flaws but it's real and people are coming to Jesus and being baptized in His Name.
 

cavalier973

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Many in that day will say to our Lord Jesus, "Lord, Lord; did we not promote tolerance in Your name? Did we not cast out the promoters of bigotry in Your name? And, in Your name do many works of social justice?"

And our Lord will say, "Depart from Me, you foul servants of perversity, lies, and ungodliness. You were never part of My family."

~cavalier973 modernized paraphrase
 

lismore

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I find this article to be disconcerting.
But, not surprised whatsoever.
Once again just more news that our departure grows ever closer.
It shall only wax worse, much worse.
Thank God for forgiveness and redemption through Jesus Christ.

May the Lord have mercy.
Hello Friends. This issue is global and in many denominations, the remnant only is standing for truth, alone or in small groups. Many are giving the lost what they want to hear, not what they need to hear. Many 'Christian' leaders are sneaky wolves in sheep's clothing. But you're right ItIsFinished, this is more news that the return of the Lord is near and more incentive for we the remnant to keep fighting the good fight. Standing for the truth in these last of the last days. God Bless :)
 

Kenny

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Many in that day will say to our Lord Jesus, "Lord, Lord; did we not promote tolerance in Your name? Did we not cast out the promoters of bigotry in Your name? And, in Your name do many works of social justice?"

And our Lord will say, "Depart from Me, you foul servants of perversity, lies, and ungodliness. You were never part of My family."

~cavalier973 modernized paraphrase
You can just quote Scripture directly here.
 
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