I never cease to be amazed when missionaries to non-English speaking countries make much of their stance on the KJV. Today’s website pick has no less than four different KJV mentions on the first page.
I’m also in complete suspense about what their evangelizing means are going to be. Somehow the rest of the points don’t really seem to follow in parallel with point 1.
I’m being told that this is a group from West Coast Baptist College doing missions work in New York City. I have to wonder if anybody bothered to tell the leader dude that having a skinhead haircut may not be the best way to connect with Jewish folk.
And yes, I know, these guys were ambushed and nobody likes having a camera shoved in their face — but would it kill them to smile and be pleasant? One is left with the impression from their discomfort that they’re not really used to having to actually defend their beliefs in the face of opposition.
The world’s population is headed rapidly toward 7 billion people. Of that number, perhaps 1.8 billion people speak some form of English either as a first or second language. America itself contains a mere 300 million residents. And of those 300 million only 2.5% (or about 7.5 million people) are Independent Baptists “in the evangelical tradition.” Not even all of those are fundamentalists as we understand them, but for the sake of argument lets assume they are.
If we take a step back, that means that of the entire population of the planet, fundamentalists make up 0.10% — the bulk of which are sitting at home in America stealing members from each others churches. And yet, somehow in every missions conference I’ve ever seen I’ve been told that Baptist fundamentalists missionaries are somehow the only hope that the world has to hear the gospel. My calculator tells me that if that’s the case then the majority of the world literally hasn’t got a prayer.
We can all be glad the congregation of the saints is a wee bit bigger than fundamentalism.