What Do You Think Scripturally of Clarence Sexton Speaking at the National Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Meeting?
I don’t know Clarence Sexton.Â I heard him preach one time.Â I’ve received his paper for many years.Â I hope the best for him.Â However, I’m judging this based upon Scripture.Â I think it is an appropriateÂ situation for us to consider, analyze, and explore.Â This is very public, so it doesn’t stand as a whispering campaign and innuendo.Â We don’t want whispering and innuendo here.Â Let’s rely on Scripture for our evaluation.
Is the FBF consistent with its historic belief on separation by having Sexton?Â Is Sexton consistent with his position on separation by fellowshiping with the FBF guys (I realize it is a fellowship of men, not churches)?Â What does the Bible say about either?Â I’d like us to discuss this.Â To do so, let me bring in some thoughts.
- Is inerrancy a separating issue?
- Is the Bible only inerrant in the original manuscripts?
- In the statements ofÂ the LordÂ in the NT, do we have the very words of ChristÂ (ipsissima verba) or merely the voice of Christ (ipsissima vox)?Â Is that a separating issue?
- Is Scripture clear on the nature of the church?Â Is that worth separating over?Â Is mixed swimming actually mixed nudity?Â Is mixed nudity a separating issue?
- Has Clarence Sexton ever taken a stand against Jack Hyles?Â Did he ever separate from Hyles?
- Tom Messer and Clarence Sexton are both on the BIMI board of trustees.Â Tom Messer fellowships with Southern Baptists (Jerry Vines).Â Â Evidence (more than three witnesses)Â says that Tom Messer knew about Bob Gray (child molestation) and covered it up.Â Does that matter?
Are these two groups really being true to what they believe?Â I think this is enough to consider with regards to a real-life situation and the teaching of Scripture on the doctrine of separation.Â If we are not going to apply what we believe here, do we really believe any of what we say we believe about ecclesiastical separation?