I found this post quite interesting. Why? I'm glad you asked! Because the first few paragraphs could easily be reworded to read:
According to the 2007 Southern Baptist statistics, there are 16. 4 million Southern Baptists in the United States.
... however, this is likely an inflated number due to the way that Nashville determines membership statistics. The numbers do not adequately account for members who are double-counted, die or just drift off into who-knows-what. If you were baptized Southern Baptist, then you are most likely still on the list; and I've met many ex-Southern Baptists in the evangelical world.
I'm one of that number that has likely been considered merely lapsed or inactive. But it has irked me for years that I didn't have a means to formally separate myself from Nashville. As it turns out, as of last year there is now a procedure in place for removing oneself from membership in the Southern Baptist Convention. While this procedure essentially results in the defector being regarded as "apostate" rather than an "ex-Southern Baptist," it is the most forceful way to formally declare one's voluntary separation from Nashville.
- Just one more way the SBC these days resembles Rome at times. I'd add that this isn't an SBC problem. The independent Baptists can be just as bad - and don't get me started on the way the Hylesite churches count numbers. Baptists talk a lot about Baptist tradition these days. May we correct this problem and leave a big honkin' HUGE post-it note on the frig for our children and children's children that this is something they should not repeat themselves.
HT: James White