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These Southern Baptists seem like a cult. Or am I just jaded?

…A Baptist Press report is suggesting that one of the reasons Southern Baptists are facing struggles with their evangelism efforts is that many church members may not be saved themselves. Tom Rainer is the dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In a recent study, he found that the evangelistic effectiveness of the denomination has remained fairly stagnant since 1950. A BP commentary by Todd Brady of Union University says one of the most troubling reasons Rainer gives for this stagnation is “unregenerate” church members. Brady notes that for the most part, not much is required to join a Southern Baptist church — walk down an aisle, nod affirmatively at the pastor’s leading questions, and wait for the congregation to say “Amen.” In fact, the study’s assessment is that nearly one-half of all church members may not be Christians. Brady says the conclusion is not hard to draw: an unbelieving church cannot be an evangelistic church — and some, he says, would question whether a church half full of unbelievers is even a church in the first place.

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