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June 14, 2018, 11:05 AM

An Open Letter to The SBC- Thomas Fortner, Pastor FBC Mill Creek, OK


From Thomas Fortner, Pastor

First Baptist Church, Mills, Creek, Oklahoma


An Open Letter To the SBC-  RE: the SBC18 Convention in Dallas, vote on Wednesday, June 13 at 2:45 pm. Concerning the motion to immediately  remove the Executive Committe of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from their trustteship for not proceeding in a Biblical, Christlike manner. This motion was made by Dr. Thomas Hatley, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, Global Outreach Center in Rogers, Arkansas.  (Dr. Thomas Hatley's case against the Executive Board's Decision can be found in a previous open letter here: 

Thomas Hatley An Open Letter



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the Southern Baptist Convention, 

Thomas Hatley, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, Rogers, AR, made a

motion to remove all the officers of the trustee board. One of the
trustees who is not an officer spoke in favor because the entire board
made Dr. Patterson president emeritus. Five days later the officers had
a secret meeting and fired Dr. Patterson. That constituted a violation
of trust among the trustees, requiring the convention to act. Bart
Barbour, pastor of First Baptist, Farmersville, TX is an officer and was
allowed to step in front of me and abuse the "point of order" procedure.
He used his abuse to berate Dr. Patterson for 10 minutes. Dr. Hatley's
motion was voted down after Barbour's tirade.

Since we can no longer expect the convention to treat the trustees like
trustees, we must assume they are allowed to act like regents, similar
to those who rule the Baylor kingdom. My question is, "Where do we go
from here?"

Just as the Baptist Union censored and expelled Spurgeon,
the SBC has now censored and expelled Dr. Patterson. After listening to
3 days of #METOO, social justice, racial and gender equality and
reconciliation, liberation theology, Trump hate and white guilt, I think
somehow I stumbled into the Democratic National Convention, not the
Southern Baptist Convention. Is there any part of Southern Baptist life
that is not distorted by the radical left's political agenda? Can we
trust our Sunday School material from Lifeway? Only time will tell.

Serving th e Savior,


Thomas S. Fortner

Mill Creek, Oklahoma

“/but we preach Christ crucified ...”/

1 Corinthians 1:23

/Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei/



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