ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Preachers today are like Richard the Lionheart, who in 1191 could not win a victory of his own, but instead compromised with his enemy, according to Florida pastor Mac Brunson in his convention sermon June 16 to messengers at the SBC annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
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Brunson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, recounted that Richard the Lionheart, king of England, could not re-take Jerusalem from his Muslim counterpart, Saladin, during the Third Crusade after he angered all his allies over differences in how to display his flag. Left to fight alone, Richard eventually negotiated with the enemy to open the city for every faith, disguised himself and fled to Austria.
"I'm afraid that in our convention and across the ministry today we are far better preachers at battling one another than at battling our enemy," Brunson said.
Describing a biblical confrontation in John 3 when two disciples were baptizing in the Jordan River and a "debate" arose, Brunson noted that even the disciples had competition and dissension.
Brunson cited a study by Kenneth Chafin, a late seminary professor and pastor, who said he discovered pastors "tend toward the negative, they are highly competitive, and they don't like preachers." Read More