The word “Drift” according to the MERRIAM/WEBSTER DICTIONARY means “to float or be driven along by wind, waves or currents 2: to pile up under the force of the wind or water”
The following is an email from Ben Stratton from the Landmark Southern Baptist list:
Baptists Are Drifting From the New Testament Pattern in Doctrine and Polity
Some Baptists are drifting from these orders because they are failing to teach believers to “observe all things whatsoever” Christ has commanded. Luke tells us that the first church “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine.”
The New Testament records that believers were accepted into church members by baptism. . . Scriptural baptism is the door into the visible Church of God. A believer coming from another denomination must be baptized to be a member of a Baptist church. The proper way to enter a building is through the door. Baptism symbolizes identification with a (the) faith. It is important that one believe in Christ; it is also important what ones believes about Christ.
Administering the Lord’s Supper to non-Baptists is also a departure from the New Testament pattern. The Lord’s Supper is a family affair and is to be partaken by those of the same faith and order and in good regular standing with the church. The New Testament substantiates this stand.
Being liberal may make one popular with man, but adherence to the scripture will make you popular with God. Let us as Baptists join with Jeremiah in seeking the old paths of doctrine, polity, and morality. J.V. Bottoms, Sr.
(J.V. Bottoms, Sr. was the longtime pastor of the Green Street Missionary Baptist Church in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. He was the first person to graduate from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary once blacks were allowed to attend there. The above quote appeared in the American Baptist” newspaper in 1978. This paper was the official organ of the General Association of Black Baptists in Kentucky. It is interesting to note that in the 1970′s many of the black Baptist churches in Louisville were much more doctrinally sound than their white counterparts. )
Are Southern Baptists drifting? In many ways we are. We are drifting away from sound doctrine concerning Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, Leadership qualifications, and away from church discipline.
We are drifting toward a crashing falls of destruction, and God will use others who are still standing for the truth, holiness, and glorifying the name of Jesus.
Let’s stand on Jesus and the Scriptures, expose the vile and wicked acts, and language of those who would lead others astray.
-Tim A. Blankenship