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Kevin Bussey (aka k-dawg)
Lead Pastor
Charlotte, NC, USA


Samford University: B.S. Public Administration, 1985
University of Alabama at Birmingham: M.A. Education, 1988

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: MDivBL, 1995


Married to:
Cassandra (6-25-88)

Children:
Jacob
Hope

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"Pastor I don't like your plans" Bisagno, "what are your plans." man, "I don't have any." Bisagno, "I like my plans better than yours." .

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Are we becoming Pharisees?

Dictionary.com says:
1 A Pharisee is member of an ancient Jewish sect that emphasized strict interpretation and observance of the Mosaic law in both its oral and written form. 2 A hypocritically self-righteous person.
As I studied the IMB BOT Briefs, I can't help but wonder are we becoming pharisaical? We call ourselves people of the Bible, but we keep adding rules and regulations for people to serve in our churches, seminaries and on the mission field. I thought the Bible was our guide. We had the Baptist Faith and Message 1925, then 1963 and now 2000. Now, I'm all about being relevant, but why do we think we need to keep changing our rules? The Pharisees name means "to separate." It seems that the new rules for the IMB are meant to separate. Over the last 2 decades we have become separtists. We have fired fine people from our seminaries. We have made fools of ourselves by boycotting Disney. All that did is make those who don't understand Christianity think we hate "Mickey Mouse." Now we are making the qualifications for being a missionary even narrower. We are excluding people who are in our churches from serving God. We are alienating ourselves from other like-minded believers. We are not accepting baptisms from certain churches if we don't like their theology. God help us! We are becoming elitist and snobby. We are becoming Pharisees!

posted by Kevin Bussey at 3/10/2006 10:54:00 PM

6 Comments:

Blogger Alan Cross said...

Becoming?

3/11/2006 12:31:00 AM  
Blogger joe kennedy said...

i have now spent a week posting on my frustrations with people who call themselves christians but treat others like trash.

i'm with alan. becoming?

it's time to wake up.

3/11/2006 12:47:00 AM  
Blogger art rogers said...

Considering the Title of your blog, I would hope that more people would be taking the other direction.

Some of the comments about Ben Cole over on Dorcas' blog are prime examples of what Joe mentioned. And, what's worse is, they are complaining about the way Ben treats others while treating him horribly.

It's ridiculous. Hypocrite and Pharisee seem to be kindrid words.

3/11/2006 07:17:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Alan,

point taken.

Joe,

You know how I feel.

Art,

Ben's letter and the reaction on Dorcas site is what spurned on my thoughts for this post!

3/11/2006 09:04:00 AM  
Blogger Jason in Central Asia said...

first time post here, or any other of the blog sites, but i have been keeping up w/these issues via this blog and several others.

i currently, along w/my family, serve in the central asia region w/our company.

i too have been thinking about these new policies in the context of phariseeism. the pharisees wanted to protect the laws of god, so they created man-made laws to surround, protect the law itself.

it seems that these new policies are in that vein: the creation of stricter, extra-biblical policies to protect/regulate against the use of tongues. for fear of the abuse of tongues, the guidelines silence all use of tongues, whether in an assembly or in a prayer closet.

one problem w/this is that it shackles the holy spirit's work in the life of the congregation and individual believer. where the spirit is, there is no liberty.

the 2 ditches to fall in are on the left: forbidding/denying all use of tongues; and on the right: making tongues a normative experience/gift for all believers/fellowships.

i think it may also be helpful if each person would sit down and write a 3-5 page paper (rough draft, nothing formal) supporting the opposing side. or, if you'd like, at least write a small paper supporting both side of the arguments. i think this little lesson could apply to either of the 2 new policies.

i think if we're honest w/ourselves and each other, we'll see that both sides have some merit, some biblical, and historical support. b/c of this, it seems that we should recognize a tension in the scripture on some of these less essential doctrines(i want say non-essential b/c all doctrine is essential). and, understand that cooperation among parties of both sides is what's in order

3/12/2006 11:30:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Jason,

Thanks for stopping by. Your insight is valuable since you are on the field. Know that we are praying for all of our M's!

3/12/2006 02:02:00 PM  

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