"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off."
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)
Well, the 2010
The Great Commission Resurgence recommendations passed by a 3 to 1 margin. To our utter shock, the records of the
Check out this excerpt from a Baptist Standard article entitled "
In debate on his (Jay Adkins') motion, the only one scheduled by the
But task force members argued against the effort to open the records immediately, saying it would require them to break promises of confidentiality they made with Southern Baptists they consulted with in their deliberations.
“We promised them confidentiality during deliberations,” said Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in
In case you're wondering who comprised the GCR Task Force, here's a link to the 23 members: http://www.pray4gcr.com/task-force/
Of course, all of us on the outside are asking the very same question…
What is is so TOP SECRET?
Well, since we won't know for FIFTEEN LONG YEARS, all we can do is speculate. Here goes…
THEORY NUMBER ONE:
The GCR Task Force has finally come to grips with sagging numbers in the SBC. According to one report by Lifeway Christian Resources: http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/5151/53/
"Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention declined for the third consecutive year in 2009, according to statistics reported May 14 by LifeWay Christian Resources.
Southern Baptist churches reported total membership of 16,160,088 in 2009. That is 68,350 fewer than in 2008, a decline of 0.42 percent. The SBC lost 38,000 members between 2007 and 2008. In 2006 total membership was 16,306,246."
Could it be that the BIG SECRET is that the Southern Baptist Convention membership is (GASP!) only half its reported size, say 8 million?
THEORY NUMBER TWO:
Could it be that the GCR Task Force has discovered under sworn secrecy that "certain" Baptist State Convention employees are indeed making GINORMOUS SALARIES!
THEORY NUMBER THREE:
Could it be that the GCR Task Force does not want Southern Baptists to know just how little certain Southern Baptist megachurches actually give to missions?
We will share some additional theories tomorrow, and we welcome your theories as well.