Letter to the Editor
Recently an IMB missionary told me that she and her husband signed the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message because their ministry was too important to let a piece of paper prohibit them from doing what God had called them to do. I explained to her that I would always support their God-ordained ministry as Baptist missionaries, but I was perplexed that they would sign a paper prohibiting my ministry as a pastor. Are they only concerned about their work and not the God-ordained service of other Baptists?
Today an IMB missionary justified his signing the revised BF&M by saying that he had three children in college and did not want to jeopardize his income. Has he thought about the many people whose ministries are prohibited by the BF&M resulting in no income to pay for their children’s education? Or do those children not matter? At what point does one person’s ministry and income become more important than another’s?
“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.” (I Corinthians 12:21-22).
It seems that the IMB missionaries are saying that they have no need of me as a Baptist pastor. Or are they saying that I am not a part of the body of Christ? God has said that the work I do is indispensable. I remind myself of that truth every time I lead someone to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Joy Heaton
Antioch Baptist Church
Enfield, NC 27823
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