Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116.15 KJV)
Pastor Adrian Rogers died this morning. He helped the Southern Baptist Convention to embrace Biblical Christianity by steering it in a Conservative direction. Many may say, "You can be liberal and Christian," but it is often a contradiction. Liberal view: abortion is a right. Biblical and Conservative view: children are known by God before He forms them in the womb and abortion is murder of a child (Exodus 21:22-23/Jeremiah 1.5/Psalm 139.13-16). Liberal view: homosexuality is fine and not sinful. Biblical and Conservative view: homosexuality is sin and an abomination in God's sight (Leviticus 18.22/Romans 1.26-27). Liberal view: the Bible contains God's Word, but is not fully His Word. Biblical and Conservative view: the Bible is Scripture that is "God-breathed" and inerrant (Luke 1:70/Romans 1:2; Romans 3:21; Romans 16:26/2 Timothy 3.16).
A bit of history- the SBC was being threatened to walk down the road taken by Episcopals, United Methodists and Presbyterians- abandoning God's Word and running to a relativistic, socially acceptable, pseudo-gospel. However, Adrian Rogers was part of the Conservative movement within the SBC that clung to Biblical ideals and teachings. Eventually, the liberals (under the label "moderates") split and formed the "Cooperative Baptist Fellowship." That was the best thing to happen to the SBC in 150 years!
When Tony Campolo and Jimmy Carter (both have aligned themselves with the CBF and espoused curious doctrines) wake up in hell (lest they repent- Matthew 4.17; Mark 1.15, 6.12; LUKE 13.3, 24.46-47; Acts 3.19, 17.30-31), they will wish they were more serious about God's Word as was Adrian Rogers. And before you comment about "judge not lest ye be judged" read: Rand's Post; he says what I would say so I don't have to reinvent the wheel.