Here We Stand Now And Forever by James Merritt

DR JAMES MERRITT JUDE 3-4
SBC CONVENTION 1998

“HERE WE STAND, NOW AND FOREVER”

INTRODUCTION

1. IT IS NOT LOST ON ME THAT I AM PREACHING THE
CONVENTION SERMON HERE IN THIS PARTICULAR CITY.
FOR SALT LAKE CITY IS BOTH THE MAINSTAY OF A
CULTURAL CONSERVATISM, FOR WHICH I AM GRATEFUL;
BUT ALSO THE HEADQUARTERS OF A COUNTERFEIT
CHRISTIANITY, OF WHICH I AM FEARFUL.

2. BECAUSE THOUGH WE VALUE OUR MORMON FRIENDS
AND NEIGHBORS, SHARE COMMON MORAL CONCERNS
WITH THEM, AND UNDERSTAND THEIR DESIRE TO BE
CONSIDERED A CHRISTIAN DENOMINATION, MAKE NO
MISTAKE THAT THERE IS A GULF OF DOCTRINAL AND
THEOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES WHICH SEPARATE THEM
COMPLETELY FROM ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY, AND WILL
SEPARATE THEM CONTINUOUSLY UNTIL THEY RETURN TO
THE FAITH WHICH WAS ONCE FOR ALL DELIVERED TO THE
SAINTS.

3. YET, MY MESSAGE IS NOT CONCERNED PRIMARILY
WITH MORMONISM, OR FOR THAT MATTER, ANY “ISM.”
THE BURDEN OF MY MESSAGE IS FOR THAT GROUP
NEAREST AND DEAREST TO MY HEART, NAMED
SOUTHERN BAPTISTS. YOU, I TRUST, CAN SEE MY
CONCERN ILLUSTRATED AND ILLUMINATED BY THIS
QUESTION:

4. WHAT DO HARVARD, YALE, COLUMBIA, DARTMOUTH,
WILLIAM & MARY, BROWN, AND PRINCETON ALL HAVE IN
COMMON? THEY WERE ALL FOUNDED, BY CHRISTIANS,
FOR THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF PROMOTING
CHRISTIANITY AND TRAINING PREACHERS OF THE
GOSPEL.1

5. LAST YEAR I WAS IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, AND
I WENT TO THE CAMPUS OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY, THE
OLDEST COLLEGE IN AMERICA. IT WAS NAMED AFTER
THE REVEREND JOHN HARVARD. I LOCATED THE
CORNERSTONE OF THAT PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITY, AND
ETCHED IN BRONZE I READ THESE WORDS:

AFTER GOD HAD CARRIED US SAFE
TO NEW ENGLAND, AND WEE HAD BUILDED
OUR HOUSES, PROVIDED NECESSARIES FOR
LIVELI-HOOD, REARED CONVENIENT PLACES
FOR GOD’S WORSHIP, AND SETTLED THE
CIVIL GOVERNMENT, ONE OF THE NEXT
THINGS WEE LONGED FOR AND LOOKED
AFTER, WAS TO ADVANCE LEARNING AND
PERPETUATE TO POSTERITY ...


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