Many, as Dr. Cabal makes clear, conservatives remain, including leadership roles. I would normally have no need to address this issue, especially at a time when people are losing even loved ones. I affirm my SBTS colleagues and the others I know to be exceedingly fine Christians in purity of life and doctrine. A fourth may be laid off soon, but his employment status is not yet definite. In this meeting, significant structural and budget changes were made that included an unprecedented "budget reduction of 30 percent, which includes a 15 percent tuition decrease -- but also cuts in staff and other unspecified structural changes." I have also been laid off before, and though I can speculate on why I was chosen instead of someone else, professionalism and Christian charity would forbid me from speaking my speculations and feelings in such a way that warms the reputation of another person or institution. Sadly, many companies are either dramatically cutting staff or closing altogether. Before day's end other bloggers repeated the falsehoods, but none consulted me regarding any of their content. The professors were fired. It could turn out to be a devious plot, but we should be much slower in coming to that conclusion than those spending all of their energy eager to cause further strife and division. We know that the budget and staff cuts were a decision of the Board of Trustees and not a rogue act of Mohler or Hall. I will speak out against the SBC from now on. If we do not get God right, I won't have much confidence in other matters. Had your article included any references to anything that made you look credible, you might have reached a bigger crowd. I do have grave concerns with the fundamentalist crowd as many have adopted heterodox, ahistorical, and anti-creedal views on the Godhead. Also, NDAs are standard anytime you give severance pay and are actually required by law in some states. If you go to RateMyProfessor.com, you will see that the professors referenced in this article are among some of the lower rates professors. These layoffs come on the heels of Monday's (4/20/2020) executive meeting of the SBTS Board of Trustees. Before day’s end other bloggers repeated the falsehoods, but none consulted me regarding any of their content. It is so common that a guy running for SBC President this year called for ending these secretive documents. My own quick take is that some criticisms of Mohler/SBTS are legitimate, but to then act as if these men are heretics or enemies of the Gospel is to go from a man offering a faithful correction to a shrieking man of division and discord. Considering how bad things are in the SBC, who else can we blame but the godfather of the SBC? The Mohler Baptist Convention—a convention of SBC entities with leaders who all are proteges of Al Mohler. Regardless of your view or the side you take in this SBC kerfuffle, we should understand a few things about the Ninth Commandment. We do not know. The idea that those remaining are heterodox shocked and angered me. However, that resistance comes to an end today as the board of trustees almost unanimously voted for their termination in support of Albert Mohler’s plan to cut cost during the Covid-19 quarantine.”. To besmirch them in this way is to reveal ignorance and/or dishonesty. "Due to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary made the difficult decision this week to cut its budget by 30%. Without choosing sides on the major point of the article, a question is asked that deserves and answer: “Aren’t Christians called to abstain from even an appearance of evil?” The answer is, “No.” “Appearance” derives from the KJV translation of the Greek word εἶδος Paul uses in I Thessalonians 5:22. They were given the NDA as is now standard in the SBC entities when severance packages are provided. Journalism at it’s best…this is laughable. Claims are being made that the remaining professors are "liberal" or "Marxist" and that this amounts to a "purging" of conservatism at SBTS. Mohler only wants people who will administer the mark. SBTS’ 2019-20 budget ($53.2 million) will be trimmed by $16 million, to $37.2 million, for 2020-21. I will donate my money to folks who need it. 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We simply do not know, and unless some actual evidence surfaces that speak to the motivations of the Board of Trustees, we cannot know for certain. Malum prohibitum means “a wrong prohibited by law,” such as driving 26 miles per hour where the speed limit is 25. But yesterday persons unknown to me described online my layoff as a purge of the last theologically conservative faculty at Southern. I also strongly disagee with Mohler’s idea of voting for our unfit and adulterous president. I affirm my SBTS colleagues and the others I know to be exceedingly fine Christians in purity of life and doctrine. The Ninth Commandment also forbids "giving false evidence" and "raising false rumors, receiving and countenancing evil reports." It isn’t very Christian to hide in the dark. SBTS has the stats backing up which classes students take with certain professors. Mohler is purging conservatives. Responding to a question from Baptist Press, Mohler declined to provide details on the number and nature of faculty and staff layoffs, saying the “implementation is still underway” in some cases, and that he wanted to respect private personnel situations. Still, I have heard he is absolutely brilliant and I was hoping to take at least one class from him. Woods left the seminary to take a job with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Aren’t Christians called to abstain from even an appearance of evil? Our Duty to God, Duty to Country, and Duty to Family all require the Christian, Evangelicals were right to vote for Donald Trump in 2016 and again in 2020 Al, A Southern Baptist professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) claims that our “difficult political”, Evangelical pastor John MacArthur is waging a battle against Los Angeles County and the State. As for Cabal, I can’t say much, I haven’t met him and don’t know much more than RateMyProfessor says. The rest of the piece got worse, presenting many Southern Baptists I love and respect as if they were heretics. Cheri and I are looking forward to what lies ahead. Tuesday, three Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professors were laid off. I bear no ill will toward SBTS over my layoff. Read. I am a student at Southern and have another take on this situation. I would normally have no need to address this issue, especially at a time when people are losing even loved ones. Still, regarding Mohler and many in the SBC, I don't have many kind words for Critical Race Theory, and though I support a compassionate approach to sexual ethics, we should strive to be very clear on sexual identity. I hope it’s clear I’m not trolling, or liberal, or being defensive. The reasons given for this shift is the financial and social impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. Help the Persecuted Church: Equipping and Training our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters to heal and rebuild. While NDAs are fine for secular business, it doesn’t look appropriate for the Southern Baptist Convention. However, we only have his feelings regarding this. Trained in Truth. They can and should continue to use Fuller’s book. I do not want to belittle or malign the son of a recently unemployed man, but I will say that I completely understand why a son would be upset over being laid off.
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