Embracing the Essentials and Adjusting Expectations (5 of 6) by Rick White

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Embracing the Essentials and Adjusting Expectations (5 of 6)
Can Anyone Join This Church Or Is It Just For Perfect People?
Charting Our Course: Declaring Our Purpose For The 21st Century
Rick White
Rom 14:1-12, Rom. 15:7, 1 Cor. 1:10, Eph.4:1-6

Introduction: The Truth About Baptists
I was walking across a bridge recently. I spied this guy who looked like he was ready to jump off. So, I thought I'd try to stall him until authorities showed up (or at least until I had time to put film in my camera).
"Don't jump!" I said.
"Why not?" he said. "Nobody loves me."
"God loves you," I said. "You believe in God, don't you?"
"Yes, I believe in God," he said.

"Good," I said. "Are you Christian or Jewish?"
"Christian," he said.
"Me, too!" I said. "Protestant or Catholic?"
"Protestant," he said.
"Me, too!" I said. "What kind of Protestant?"
"Baptist," he said.
"Me, too!" I said. "Independent Baptist or Southern Baptist?"
"Southern Baptist," he said.

"Me, too!" I said. "New Evangelical/Moderate
Southern Baptist or Conservative Southern Baptist?"
"Conservative Southern Baptist," he said.
"Me, too!" I said. "Calvinistic Conservative Southern Baptist or Lose-Your-Salvation Armenian Conservative Southern Baptist?"
"Calvinistic Conservative Southern Baptist," he said.
"Me, too!" I said. "Dispensational Pre-millennial Calvinistic Conservative Southern Baptist or Historical Pre-millennial Calvinistic Conservative Southern Baptist?"
"Dispensational, Pre-millennial, Calvinistic, Conservative, Southern Baptist," he said.

"Me, too!" I said. "Against Women in Ministry Dispensational Pre-millennial Calvinistic
Conservative Southern Baptist or For Women in Ministry Dispensational Pre-millennial Calvinistic Conservative Southern Baptist?"
"Against Women in Ministry Dispensational Pre-millennial Calvinistic Conservative Southern Baptist," he said.
"Me, too!" I said. "Unashamed Fundamentalist Against Women in Ministry Dispensational Pre--millennial Calvinist ...


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