|"...any evangelical-minded denomination, being criticized for what it stands for and is only good for paying into the organization would want to take this into consideration. If it reaches a point where Southern Baptists cannot be understood and the BWA does not want to listen to what the real aims are, I would say it is time to pull out."|
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (BP)--German seminary leader Helge Stadelmann has issued his counsel to Southern Baptists -- be aware of liberalism's influence on the Baptist World Alliance.
Stadelmann, rector of Freie Evangelische Theologische Akadamie (Free Evangelical Theological Academy), an interdenominational seminary in Giessen, Germany, said in a telephone interview Jan. 27 that he has witnessed in Germany the influence of liberalism on the BWA and the negative impact this influence has had on evangelism in his home country.
"In a country like Germany, home of the Reformation, one can clearly see how liberalism in the form of higher criticism has damaged the Lutheran church," said Stadelmann, an ordained Baptist minister who was a guest at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., in late January. "I cannot understand why German Baptists are open to this same kind of liberalism. But they are. It has damaged the Baptist church in Germany," he told the Missouri Baptist newsjournal The Pathway.
"The German Baptists want to be recognized, but they don't want to be different. Having liberals in a church is no good for a church," said Stadelman, who also is vice chairman of the Association of German Evangelical Theologians.
Higher criticism is a term used by scholars to describe the study of Scripture. The discipline was misused by liberal 19th-century German scholars and led them to question the truthfulness of Scripture. Their misuse ultimately spread across Europe and to scholars in the United States. Read More