Over the years, AiG has developed excellent relationships with a number of prominent leaders within the denomination called the Southern Baptist Convention. For example, I have been privileged to be in the pulpits of (and at the invitation of) Dr. Adrian Rogers (the late pastor of the Bellevue Baptist Church near Memphis), Dr. Charles Stanley (First Baptist Atlanta), and at First Baptist Church of Woodstock in Georgia (Pastor Johnny Hunt, outgoing president of the SBC, has hosted me).
While I was away speaking at a pastors’ conference in central New York last week, Bailey Smith, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1982 and 1983, came to tour the Creation Museum. I met him several weeks ago in Oklahoma, as we were speaking together at a conference in Yukon, near Oklahoma City. We chatted a bit there and had a meal together, and I invited him to tour our Creation Museum when he might ever be in our area. Brother Smith was speaking at nearby Florence Baptist Church of northern Kentucky, and he made the drive over with one of the church’s pastors, Robert Wooten, to tour the museum on Tuesday. (Both men are in the photo below.) After touring, Rev. Smith shared with one of our staff members that the Creation Museum was the “finest” Christian attraction he had ever visited. When he spoke later that evening at Florence Baptist Church, he gave the museum his wholehearted endorsement for a few minutes.
Back in the 1980s, Brother Smith was quite bold in preaching from John 14:6, where Christ declares that the only way of salvation was through Him: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The secular media had a field day with the use of that verse, and many accused him of being intolerant. You might recall that news.
I find it encouraging that although some denominations are sliding away from taking a firm stand on biblical inerrancy, starting with Genesis, we are seeing the SBC (in the past 30 years) moving in the right direction.
Creation Evangelism in a Public SchoolDespite the fact that many intolerant secularists have tried to censor the ability of students in public schools from even hearing anything other than the religion of atheistic evolution, there are many Christian teachers that are ensuring students are learning about the truth of creation. Here is a testimony received recently:
I was at your museum on Friday and I bought your Answers for Kids curriculum. I took it home and on Monday I was teaching it in a public school here . . . at an after school Bible club. Teachers were amazed by the material and students were excited about finding the truth. Thank you for helping change this paradigm in our thinking so that I could walk into a public school and proclaim boldly the truth of the gospel!Even though the secularists have been able to legislate in order to protect an imposition of their anti-God religion on the children of America, there are ways to reach them with the truth.
Because the Lord thy God loved youThanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
(Deuteronomy 23:5) Nevertheless the LORD your God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing unto you, because the LORD your God loved you.
The natural man thinks that God would like to curse man, but the Bible transforms minds to both believe and thank the Lord Jesus Christ for His love to man.