The Fruit of Liberalism
Baptists have taken the Great Commission of our Lord seriously. By 1900 the American Baptist Missionary Union had 474 missionaries serving around the world. But, it must be remembered that from the vary date of the organization of the Northern Baptist Convention (NBC), German Rationalism became very evident among the leadership of the Baptists in the Convention. Liberalism saw no need for the preaching of the Gospel, and the missionary outreach of the Northern Baptist Convention began to wane. On May 25, 1920, The Board of Managers of the Foreign Society, meeting in Boston, appointed Cecil G. Fielder, a modernist, to missionary service. This practice continued and proliferated, and by 1982 the missionary family of the NBC had dwindled to 203. The NBC (from 1908) changed its name in 1950 to the American Baptist Convention, and then in 1972, changed the name again to The American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. In 1928 there were 8,292 churches that formed the convention, whereas in 1982 the number had fallen to 5,702. The Sunday school enrollment fell from 1,139,613 to 417,134 by the end of 1982. Wherever liberalism has taken root, the result has been the same. Mr. Spurgeon left the Baptist Union because the Union refused to acknowledge and deal with the liberalism of that day. Mr. Spurgeon was ridiculed for his separatist position, but history has vindicated that dear man of God. Liberalism has almost always taken over existing colleges, seminaries, churches, and man-made organizations. Rarely has liberalism ever built on its own foundation.
Dr. Dale R. Hart from: “This Day in Baptist History III” David L. Cummins. pp. 302 – 303