Myth #7: The GCRTF is about diluting our Baptist identity and distinctives so that we begin to look more like the American Evangelical Convention than the Southern Baptist Convention.
This myth was unknown to me. I had not heard about it. However, a member of the TF for whom I have great love and respect assured me it was out there and that is would be helpful if it were addressed. As it relates to the GCRTF the fear was we would bring recommendations for partnerships and alliances that could compromise our Baptist identity and distinctives. In a sense this concern is similar to the one expressed earlier about the SBC turning over to or partnering with Acts 29 in our church planting efforts.
As best I can tell, every member of the GCRTF is a committed and convictional Baptist. Each of us gladly confesses without mental reservation or hesitation our commitment to the BF&M 2000. Each of us applauds and rejoices in the Conservative Resurgence that made it possible for us to even be at a point where we are discussing how we can be more effective in fulfilling the Great Commission. We are passionate about planting Bible believing Baptist churches around the world and across North America.
Now, we are thankful for our non-Baptist brothers and sisters wherever they might be as partners in the gospel and fellow soldiers of the cross. We rejoice in every good thing they are doing for King Jesus, and there are occasions when we can join hands with them for the saving of souls. We have in mind things like BGEA, FCA, CCC, T4G, the Gospel Coalition, and Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Still, we are Baptists in general and Southern Baptists in particular. We believe Baptist doctrine. We plant and hope to build Baptist churches. We will not compromise on issues like believers baptism by immersion, eternal security of the believer, and congregationalism just to name a few. We gladly profess evangelical convictions rooted in historic, orthodox Christianity, but we equally confess our Baptist heritage rooted, as some of us believe, in the evangelical wing of the Anabaptists movement of the Swiss Brethren, while acknowledging others of our brethren see our origin in English Separatism. This is our history and our heritage. It, I believe, will also be our future. If there were to arise in our nation an American Evangelical Convention, I do not expect to find Southern Baptists as a tribal member. I am certain that the GCRTF has nothing like this on its radar screen.