Caner Chastises Young SBCersIs Caner referring to young bloggers such as wet-behind-the-years Timmy Brister who publicly trash SBC presidents? Or is he referring to his own pastor who "inherited" a big church?
From OneNewsNow - 7/7/2008
Caner chastises young So. Baptists
The president of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary is discouraged by the many young leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) who seem to demand positions of leadership.
Dr. Ergun Caner is a former Muslim who converted to Christ as a teenager, and now serves as president of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, which was founded by the late Dr. Jerry Falwell. Dr. Caner is also known as a leader among young Southern Baptists.
However, Caner says it appears that many young pastors and leaders feel they are entitled to positions of leadership and privilege, without paying a price. "We're sort of a Rehoboam movement," he contends.
Rehoboam was an ancient king of Israel and son of King Solomon. When Solomon died, the elders instructed Rehoboam on what to do next. But Rehoboam rejected the wise counsel of the elders and listened to the bad advice of his contemporaries.
"I think by and large, we have an entire generation of guys my age and younger, who inherited churches that run 2,000 [in membership] but have never grown a church that runs 2,000," Caner warns.
That gives them a sense of entitlement, asserts Caner. He says to go around "crowing" about something one did not have anything to do with, and saying "see what I've done," is ridiculous.
Instead, Caner encourages younger SBC leaders to learn from those who led the conservative resurgence in the denomination, such as the late Dr. Adrian Rogers and Dr. Paige Patterson.