Archive for March, 2012

Corner Stone Baptist Chapel pastor, Peter Lumpkins, (Waco, Georgia) returned from a much enjoyed break from the blogosphere to cross swords with…himself, it appears. Again spinning wild conspiracies from the shallow recesses of his brainpan, he sees a “ruling SBC elite” taking over another blog. He writes:

While Dave Miller surely needed to clean up the threads at SBCV (since they so often made the threads into personal assaults against other Southern Baptist bloggers; I ought to know; I’ve personally been the receiving end of their scathing attacks more times than I care to recall),

The idea of Pastor Peter Lumpkins, who regularly lies, attacks and deceives based on the latest rumor, telling another blogger to “clean up the threads” at another blog is rich, rich, rich.

When it comes to the supposed trespasses of others, Plumpkins exercises an x-ray vision that would make Superman envious, but when it comes to his own faults he is as blind as a bat wearing blinders at midnight.

Who are this “ruling SBC elite” and what are they trying to do? The usual suspects that Pastor Peter Lumpkins rails against, a couple of entity heads and other leaders.

Plumpkins channels in inner Winston Churchill with this little ditty:

One thing is for sure: SBC Tomorrow will not stand down nor will we become silent. We will continue to bring our own perspective to the table. The ruling elite will have to contend with the facts as we perceive them. We have no intention of changing anything we presently do. We think we address issues and raise questions blogs which are closely joined to the hip of ruling elites will not address. And, in the end, grassroots Southern Baptists will have their way.

Genuine, Free Church people will never bow their knee to a ruling elite. Never.

Never.

Yawn.

At least Pastor Peter Lumpkins acknowledges that he works with the "facts" are "as we perceive them." He doesn't deal with facts. He deals with his interpretation of the facts, more often erroneous than not. By the time he stops spinning his spin he could go to work for Maytag. Such a statement is a befuddled as Pastor Tim Rogers February pleas for someone to "correct the facts" in a certain news article. Facts, Tim, do not need to be corrected. Not to worry, there were very few "facts" in that article anyway. Someone could have spent a month or two refuting the errors, on the other hand.

One is forced to wonder how many personalities make up the "we" to which he refers. Maybe he refers to Gerald Harris, editor of The Christian Index who obviously collaborated with Plumpkins on his Calvinism hit piece. Maybe Plumpkins "we" are just the voices in his head.

Even farther east, at Ebenezer Baptist Church in North Carolina, Pastor Tim Rogers is conducting a love/hate relationship with another SBC entity head. Following the sexual assault tragedy at a seminary, Rogers asks prayer for the president of the entity (a man that he regularly attacks) then, in the comment thread, takes the surprising position that the administration was at fault in the incident. He comments in the thread of his March 18, 2012 post:

The issue is there is a large gap in the time-line of the arrest and the report to the student body.

I want to give the benefit of the doubt to the seminary administration and believe they were caught flat footed on this thing. However, hiding behind the argument that it was the weekend and the administration offices were closed is not going to cut it in today’s environment.

The problem is that he does not want to give anyone the benefit of the doubt. Pastor Tim Rogers can’t even make sense of a perfectly sensible situation. His unwillingness or inability to put 2 and 2 together is an ongoing issue as readers of this blog are aware. Is there anyone who truly believes Rogers is qualified to challenge an administrative decision? Or any decision, for that matter.

Perhaps Pastor Tim Rogers, and Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Corner Stone Baptist Chapel with its pastor, Peter Lumpkins, would be better served by pastors who spend more time in the Word of God than they do tearing down other bloggers, pastors and leaders.

If there is anything that gets under Pastor Tim Rogers and Pastor Peter Lumpkins collective skins more than Calivinism and good theology it’s Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll. With the publication of “Real Marriage” with his wife, Grace, Driscoll has been all over news broadcasts including appearances on “The View” and “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

With all the dependability of Pacific typhoons-and twice as much wind-Plumpkins and Rodger Dodger have alternately attacked the Falwell brothers and Liberty University (Lumpkins), and Danny Akin and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Rogers).

On at least three separate occasions Plumpkins has written about Driscoll’s April 2012 speaking engagement at Liberty University, always condemning the decision to have him. In his January 12, 2012 blog article he called “Real Marriage”

a book which encourages sexual hedonism

In fact, in two separate posts, Peter Lumpkins skipped the first nine chapters-over 170 pages-just to get to the “sexual hedonism.” He acts like a middle schooler who just found the Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Issue at the grocery store: “Articles? What articles?”
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If it was not for the wretched sinfulness of the whole thing, Pastor Peter Lumpkins recent blog article on “Holiness” would be delicious irony. Instead it’s a travesty of the seriousness of God’s word. On March 11, 2012, he writes:

I’m preaching a sermon today from the Old Testament entitled “Hungering for Holiness.” One particular corpus of Scripture which I find especially moving today includes the following (embolden added)>>>

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness (1 Chron 16:29)

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness… . O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth… . Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth (Psalm 29:2; 96:9; 110:3)

One is left to assume the “beauty of holiness” does not apply to Plumpkins since, on his blog, he continues to lie, deceive and distort.

His near obsession with Rick Warren’s supposed “Bridge to Mecca” yet again demonstrates his willingness to believe the worst about Christian leaders with whom he disagrees. (See my last post as an example of this typical Lumpkins behavior. https://spoutingnonsense.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/after-apology-pastor-peter-lumpkins-continues-to-attack-southern-baptist-leaders/)
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As noted here on February 25, 2012, Plumpkins was forced to issue a retraction for a deceptive piece he wrote about the North American Mission Board. He blamed his mysterious sources (likely the same ones he used for this erroneous conclusions about the SBC name change) instead of admitting what is likely closer to the truth: he made it up out of whole cloth. That’s what liars do, after all.

In Plumpkins retraction/apology, which was quoted here in full to give every benefit of the doubt, he said:

In addition, to the readers of SBC Tomorrow, I also offer my sincerest apologies. You deserve commentary on denominational affairs based on the most credible, factual information available. And while I sincerely thought I was basing my commentary on credible testimony, I hold no delusion that you should not be disappointed. The fact is, I am disappointed in myself. I broke my own strict protocol in making sure I have the goods before I deliver the message. This present post stands as the quintessential reason why that is so. And, know I have learned much in the process. I regret my lessons learned, however, came at another’s expense.

Finally, even though my normal commentary is based upon hard evidences like written, audio, and video–evidences which anyone may check and draw their own conclusions–and rarely base what I write on this blog on softer types like anecdotal, or softer still, verbal assertions, know I intend to be more careful still in the future.

May our Lord extend to us all His grace to be the best we can be for His glory alone. And, may our Lord forgive me as I look only to Him for my redemption.

His assertion that his normal commentary is based on hard evidences is enough to make one reach for Gas-X. His ruminations are based on speculation, mental confusion and wishful thinking.

Plumpkins must have enjoyed his earlier mentioned forgiveness fully since it took him less than a week to go off again half-cocked. This time the target of his verbal indiscretions was California pastor Rick Warren.
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