Rhett Wilson on Is There Theological Liberalism in the Southern Baptist Convention?

Rhett Wilson on Is There Theological Liberalism in the Southern Baptist Convention?
Messengers in the hallway at the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting in Nashville. Photo by Karen McCutcheon

Rhett Wilson Sr., is a bivocational pastor for Spring Hill Baptist Church in Lancaster, S.C., and a senior writer for The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He is online at rhettwilson.org.


LANCASTER, S.C. (BP) – I attended a liberal religious college.

Though a fourth-generation Southern Baptist and grandson of a Southern Baptist pastor, a scholarship and my best friend convinced me to go to a school associated with the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America [PC(USA)]. The previous summer, at a Jericho Missions Conference at Glorieta Conference Center, I sensed a calling to pursue vocational ministry, and I entered my collegiate studies with that intent.

It did not take long to realize that, theologically, I was not in Kansas anymore.

During freshman Bible, the Old Testament professor, a long-time Presbyterian pastor, taught us the Red Sea was actually only two feet deep, three different Isaiahs wrote the prophetic book, and Moses did not write the Pentateuch; it was actually written by many people over a vast period of time. The New Testament teacher, an Episcopal priest, taught that the book of Revelation was a symbolic commentary on first-century Rome. I sat in the back of those classrooms as a 19-year old saying, “What in the world? I know that’s not right, but I don’t know how to defend it.”

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