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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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On the Importance of Knowing Your Church
June 30, 2011

          Last night I was reading through a list of articles and one caught my eye. It was an article in a Fox News feed about some internet hackers in Orlando, FL. What caught my eye was the last little reference to the Southern Baptist Convention. Now, I am one that always likes to stay up one what is going on in our convention. When a major news outlet comments on your convention, you usually get a little interested in what they had to say. I also knew that the Southern Baptist Convention recently met in Phoenix, AZ. I proceeded to see what the article was about and didn’t find what I was looking for, so I went to another Southern Baptist news outlet to see if they had posted anything about the article. I found what I was looking for.

            It seems that the hackers in Orlando, FL had created a bogus webpage for the “Southern Baptist Convention of America,” (not the official name of our convention) and had posted some statements from “anonymous key leaders” that the Southern Baptists were apologizing for their stance on gay marriage. They claimed that the SBC had passed a resolution at its recent meeting that reversed its stance on gay marriage and would now be accepting homosexual couples and churches that gave their approval to their unions into the convention. This of course is not true, and Southern Baptists have continued to affirm that the Bible clearly teaches that homosexuality is a sin against God, like many others (including heterosexual adulterous relationships). The point is not to single out of one individual sin, but to acknowledgement that homosexual relationship are indeed sin, while at the same time affirming the need for the gospel in the lives of every one of us and need for Christians to reach the lost in love through the power of the cross.

          The debate on homosexuality is not the point of this article, however. The thing that struck me from this article was not the stance that Southern Baptists have taken on the issue of homosexuality (and I agree with the SBC), but rather that many people were fooled by the hacker's false website. I never struggled with knowing that this website and article were  fake. I know that the name of our convention is not the “Southern Baptist Convention of America”, and I also know what we as Southern Baptists believe. But it made me wonder, do you know what your church believes? Have you taken a close look at what you affirm as a member of your local church in your statement of beliefs? Do you know if your church has a statement of beliefs? I would encourage everyone to know what code of conduct we live by so that we would not be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine and the cunningness of man (Eph. 4:14). Let us be ready to give a reason for the faith that lies within us by knowing what we believe and why we believe it (1 Peter 3:15).

      
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