I have read tonight one of the most distressing things in years. It seems that for some Southern Baptists international adoptions (you have heard of the recent scandal in Haiti) have become the latest form of proselytism. Please read and decide for yourselves:
A Southern Baptist seminary professor says the arrests of a group of Baptists from the United States accused of trying to remove children from earthquake-stricken Haiti without proper documentation could give a black eye to a budding movement of evangelicals who view adoption as a means of spreading the gospel.
Russell Moore, senior vice president for academic administration and dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, recounted his reaction to hearing the news that 10 Americans accused of human trafficking were members of Baptist churches Feb. 1 on the “Albert Mohler Radio Program.”
“I thought, ‘Oh no, this is going to cause all kinds of derision to the orphan-care movement and to what the Holy Spirit is doing in churches all across America and all over the world in having a heart for orphans,'” Moore said, sitting in as guest host for seminary president Al Mohler.
Last year Moore published a book titled Adopted for Life calling on Christians to adopt children as a “Great Commission priority.” On Feb. 26-27, the seminary in Louisville, Ky., is sponsoring an “Adopting for Life” conference aimed at creating “a culture of adoption” in families and churches.
Read on… if you can bear it. I’ve had enough. This is disgusting. Children have become a sort of ‘merchandise’, supposedly leading these obsessed people to heaven. Could somebody do something to stop this nonsense?
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Here are some new comments and relevant developments:
- ‘Strong on Zeal, Thin on Knowledge‘ – commentary article in Christianity Today – what a definition of Evangelicalism!!!
- ‘Church seeks forgiveness for mission team detained in Haiti‘ – article on ABP site – so, finally they admit to have acted illegally, after they have first denied any wrongdoing
- ‘Southern Baptist leaders ask Obama to intervene on behalf of missionaries‘ – article on ABP site – SBC leaders ask their ‘arch-enemy’, President Obama, to save their missionaries from their stupidity; ‘good intentions’ – what a pathetic excuse for illegality!
- ‘ Baptists’ descent from Idaho to the hell of a Haitian prison ‘ – an article in The Telegraph; a thorough piece of journalism, typically British (thanks, Alex Nadaban)
- ‘Prosecuting missionaries good for Haiti, families, church‘ – commentary article on ABP site – finally a voice from Haiti.
I paste here a few quotes from this last article:
The arrest and jailing in Haiti of 10 Southern Baptists on charges of kidnapping and criminal association is appropriate and consistent with gospel values. While I do not like to see anyone suffer, I fully support the Haitian government in its prosecution of the Americans who thought they were doing God’s work when they sought to, in their own words, “gather 100 orphans from the streets” in their bus and take them to the Dominican Republic. …
The Southern Baptists from Idaho appear to have worked solely with a single Haitian-American pastor and ignored advice that what they were doing was wrong, illegal and that they would likely be detained when they attempted to cross the border with these passport-less, non-orphaned children. That they would go from orphanage to orphanage and then door to door looking for children to take to the Dominican Republic and then hopefully to good Christian homes in the United States is an exploitation of the suffering and desperation of the Haitian children, their parents and prospective adoptive parents. The people and government of Haiti need our help. But they don’t need American Christians coming to their country to take away their children. …
Breaking up a family is serious business. Removing a child from its culture is serious business. Children always dream of going home. And yet, sometimes what is best is for children to be placed elsewhere. But it is impossible for that to be determined without a good deal of investigation and reflection — and that certainly can’t happen in a quick trip across two countries by people not trained in social work or running an orphanage. This should be done by well-trained professionals and not inexperienced, well-intentioned people on their first trip to Haiti. …
The prosecution of these well-intentioned, but misguided and unrepentant Baptists is good for the church.
The lawyer for the Idaho 10 has called them victims — victims of the Haitians who duped them into thinking they had the correct paperwork. He is both right and wrong. They were duped by the peculiar strain of American evangelicalism that seems to think the United States is God’s chosen country and that seeks conversions by any and all means, including adoption.
This strain of American evangelicalism has duped many churchgoers into thinking the lifestyle enjoyed by middle-class Americans is the ideal. If someone, or some country, has a lifestyle that is not up to our economic standards, they are somehow in need of our lifestyle and our culture.
This has been taken to the extreme by theologians and pastors who encourage infertile couples to have the family of their dreams and expand the Kingdom at the same time by adopting a child from another culture and heritage and replacing that heritage and faith with their own.
It should not be surprising that well-intentioned, God-fearing Baptists of such congregations would then respond to a tragedy such as the Haiti earthquake by flying to the Dominican Republic one day, driving a bus to Haiti the next and attempting to return with children that will both fulfill their dreams and expand the rolls of those who will enter the kingdom of their God.
This doctrine of salvation is false. It is good for the church that it is exposed for the heresy it is by this prosecution.