Don’t talk to writers from non-SBC publications?
North Carolina pastor Tim Rogers recently counseled fellow Southern Baptist Convention pastors to decline comment to non-SBC publications. He did so in he context of an internecine debate over an SBC-funded pastor’s conference. Rogers wrote:
Dr. Vance Pitman has responded to various questions and concerns raised by Southern Baptist Pastors regarding the upcoming Southern Baptist Pastor’s Conference (SBPC) in Phoenix, Arizona. You can see various questions and concerns here here and here. The medium Brother Pitman chooses to give his response is the Associated Baptist Press (ABP), the
newsagency started by disgruntled former Southern Baptist because the Executive Committee (EC) terminated Baptist Press (BP) editors. This newsagency is controlled and maintained by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) the group that would not affirm the inerrancy of Scripture and splintered from the Southern Baptist Convention to form their own Fellowshipdenomination. You can read the ABP article which contains Brother Pitman’s interview here.
Rogers goes on to give explicit advice about how SBC pastors should handle calls from reporters who do not work for SBC publications:
Once he found out the reporter was out side of the SBC the proper way to respond would have been to politely dismiss the call with a promise to get back.
Thus he advises putting non-SBC reporters off with a fib.
Odd. And the specific reporter to whom
Pittman Rogers refers in this case is Norman Jameson, clearly identified at the conclusion of the ABP article as “former editor of the North Carolina Biblical Recorder.”
The North Carolina Biblical Recorder is a Southern Baptist newspaper, which like its peers is declining toward oblivion.
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