nsmlogo2

November 5, 2001






'Risk your neck' for the gospel, Virginia pastor urges
___By Scott Collins
___For Texas Baptist Communications
___DALLAS--Baptists should "risk their necks for the gospel," a Virginia pastor told nearly 750 people attending the annual breakfast of Texas Baptist Committed Oct. 30.
___Bill Wilson, pastor of First Baptist Church of Waynesboro, Va., and co-chair of the Mainstream Baptist Network, said Baptist
tbc_wilson
BILL WILSON speaks to members of Texas Baptists Committed at their annual breakfast during the BGCT annual session, urging them not to be stiff-necked but to risk their necks for the sake of the Christian gospel.
s must follow the example of Priscilla and Aquilla, who risked their necks for the cause of Christ, rather than following the Old Testament example of Zedekiah, wh
BGCT ANNUAL MEETING:
Orozco: Reach out as presence of Christ
Messengers affirm budget, not 2000 BF&M
Messengers approve reduced budget
Glazener urges 'shine and serve'
BGCT institutions on parade
'Light up Dallas' sparks faith in 1,193
Messengers receive missions committee's report
Campbell, McBride & Vernon new officers
Meeting highlights partnership opportunities
BGCT registration falls to pre-1980 levels
Relationship changes OKd with HBU, Buckner
Resolutions: religious liberty, racial reconciliation
TBM opens membership to non-BGCT
Men hear testimonies of God at work
Minnesota-Wisconsin report upbeat
Historical Society recalls chapel cars
'Risk your neck' for the gospel, pastor urges
Bell Award honors church
Wade calls Baptists to challenge 'worthy of our lives'
Texas WMU re-elects Hillman, hears testimonies
Texas WMU holds the rope for missions support

SBTC ANNUAL MEETING:

SBTC celebrates growth, praises BP

o stiffened his neck.
___"When Scripture describes someone as stiff-necked, it is not referring to a crick in the neck, a bad night's sleep or an old football injury," Wilson said. "A stiff neck is a metaphor for rebellion and unteachableness."
___Stiff-necked people "sense that God wants you to do or be something," yet resist God's call, he explained. "It is to hear the call and act like you didn't. It is to disobey a part of this book that speaks clearly to you. To be stiff-necked is to know the ninth commandment against bearing false witness and to deliberately misstate and caricature and use half-truths to bring harm to fellow Christians.
___"When Baptist Press accuses Buckner Children and Family Services of being partners with Planned Parenthood in providing abortions, they are being stiff-necked toward God's command against bearing false witness," Wilson asserted.
___Baptists today stiffen their necks toward God when they practice guilt-by-association, he continued, citing specifically the literature of Missouri layman Roger Moran that attempts to link leaders of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship with liberal causes.
___"Whenever anyone, whether it be Roger Moran or Baptist Press or Associated Baptist Press, accuses fellow believers of associating with sinners and somehow construes that as a reason to break fellowship with them, they are falling into the same trap that those who put to death the Son of God succumbed to," he declared.
___But Wilson said the Bible offers "another neck" in Romans 16:3-4, where Priscilla and Aquilla are shown to be willing to "risk their necks" for something special. This means putting one's own safety at risk, going out of the way to look after someone else, he explained.
___Unlike Zedekiah, "Priscilla and Acquilla were obedient to God's leading and call in their life. They offered God not a stiff, rebellious and disobedient neck, but their necks, their very lives."
___Wilson called on Texas Baptist Committed followers to risk their necks for traditional Baptist values "like soul freedom, the priesthood of every believer, the authority of Scripture, local church autonomy and separation of church and state.
___"We need the spirit of Priscilla and Aquilla to invade our ranks like never before to stand against the tyrants of our day," Wilson said.
___

Get printer-friendly version of this story


Send this story to a friend


nsmlogo2
News of religion, faith, missions, Bible study and Christian ministry among Texas Baptist churches, in the BGCT, the Southern Baptist Convention ( SBC ) and around the world.


Contents/ Masthead / Why We're Here / Links / Archive / E-mail us/ SUBSCRIBE!/ Signup for FirstLook