Posts Tagged ‘Cornerstone Baptist Chapel’

Waco, Georgia pastor, Peter Lumpkins, has long been known for using half-truths, rumor, innuendo, speculation and creative license to build his blog readership. With a batting average that hovers around .100 on the accuracy scale, Plumpkins latest assult, on writer Jonathan Merritt, should bring a shudder to anyone attached to him in any way.

And speaking of being attached…let’s play Plumpkins for a bit.

Indy from Plumpkins Marriott suite


Did you know Peter Lumpkins was in Indianapolis this week?

Did you know there are no pictures of his wife being with him in Indianapolis?

Did you know there are a lot of drugs and prostitutes in Indianapolis?

Now don’t take this to mean that Peter Lumpkins was doing drugs and running around with prostitutes. These are just the facts. You can draw your own conclusions.

See how easy that is? Not a shred of proof required to cast doubt. No accepting responsibility for irresponsible writing. Two clear cases of innuendo. There is only one eyewitness: Peter Lumpkins himself who admits to being in a hotel room in Indianapolis.

(The completely accurate info is available here: http://peterlumpkins.typepad.com/peter_lumpkins/2012/07/sitting-in-indy.html)

But enough with demonstrations, how about some things that are true and accurate? These don’t even have to be exaggerated to have questions connected to some very real dots.

Did you know that Peter Lumpkins writes Sunday School literature for the prominent anti-Calvinist and former SBC president, Jerry Vines?

Did you know that Vines sit on the trustee board of Liberty University, and on the seminary committee of that board?

One is force to wonder how long Jerry Vines has been the “Liberty leak” from the trustee board to help Peter’s attacks on Mark Driscoll?

How much of Gerald Harris famous rambling rant against Calvinism in the Christian Index was lifted from Peter Lumpkins blog?

How much other information does Harris get from Plumpkins?

How much has Bill Harrell of Abilene Baptist Church in Georgia shared with Peter Lumpkins?

Will Peter Lumpkins and Tim Rogers be working with the leadership of the SBCToday blog, now under the power of Emir Caner, president of Truett McConnell College?

Since Georgia Baptist Executive Director, Robert White, signed the “Traditionalist Document,” which Tim Rogers affirmed, does that mean he has leaked information to either Rogers or Lumpkins?

The plot thickens…

And that’s how pastor Peter Lumpkins comes to his conclusions.

However, there are things here that are unequivocally true:

1. Peter Lumpkins does write for Jerry Vines’ curriculum line.

2. Gerald Harris did use Lumpkins’ blog for source material, or Lumpkins co-wrote the article with Harris or wrote it for him. There is too much overlap (and too many similar mistakes) for it to be any other way.

3. Jerry Vines is from Georgia and on the trustee board of Liberty. Vines also grew up and pastored his first church mere miles from where Peter Lumpkins now lives and “pastors” his church.

4. Jerry Vines, Bill Harrell, Brad Whitt, Tim Rogers, Frank Cox, Gerald Harris and others are among those trying to “take back” the SBC. From what it remains to be seen? Are they trying to take it back from the inerrantists? Regardless, they encourage Peter Lumpkins and allow him to be a mouthpiece for them. That he lies and slanders makes not a bit of difference.

Here’s the $64,000 question: Will Vines and the rest repudiate Lumpkins attack on Jonathan Merritt as discussed on the last article here? Caveats, explanations, elaborations, and updates are not enough. The slime of muckraking is all over these imagined leaders because of their ongoing association with Peter Lumpkins.

Each of these: Jerry Vines, Gerald Harris, Bill Harrell, and others who have waited in the shadows for Plumpkins character assassinations must now rebuke him publicly. Until each one of them has publicly rebuked Peter Lumpkins for gossip, rumor, innuendo and slander, this article will remain and more articles will be added.

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In his December 13, 2011 post entitled, The International Mission Board and Uninspired Missions Giving, Peter “Plumpkins” Lumpkins rails against the establishment again. This time his speculative interests are aroused due to the selections of J.D. Greear and David Platt as being spokesmen for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Because the kind of evidence Plumpkins desired was not readily at hand (read: he was too biased to be thorough) he relied on partial evidence.

Very quickly Jared Moore “called out” Plumpkins and the blind he leads at his blog. Moore’s post of December 13, 2011 revealed Plumpkins poor research and erroneous conclusions. Plumpkins responded in form: deny, deny, deny, distract, distract, distract. Oh, and there was also an appearance by Pastor Tim “Roger Dodger” Rogers who commented ineffectually as is his custom.

Wrote Plumpkins:

According to the church’s website, Greear’s church sponsors a yearly “Christmas Missions Offering,” the goal of which is 625K for 2011. A full 75% ($468,750) will go toward “Church Planting” and the remaining 25% ($156,250) will be used for “Local Outreach.” One will look in vain for any specific reference that monies raised will be given to The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. But if Greear’s church does not participate in cooperative giving toward raising the $175,000,000 the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention is pursuing, why is J.D. Greear a spokesman for the offering? Why would IMB allow him to be a catylst for inspiring others to give to a cause toward which Greear apparently has no loyalties? Emphasis added.

In his same article, Plumpkins turned his B-B gun toward David Platt, the influential author-pastor of The Church at Brook Hills. Lamenting the church’s lack of reporting via the ACP (Southern Baptist speak for “Here’s this year’s numbers”), he assumes they have given nothing to the Lottie Moon offering since 1996, which, incidentally, predates Platt’s arrival by nearly a decade. (As an aside, Platt was 17 years old at the time from which Plumpkins begins to assign blame. This is fair in the Plumpkins universe.)

You see how Pastor Peter Lumpkins plays the game? He places his presumed blame for the church’s actions under a previous pastor in the lap of the current pastor. One could only hope that Plumpkins church, Corner Stone (Cornerstone) Baptist Chapel of Waco, GA gives him a little more grace.

sign cornerstone baptist chapel waco texas pastor peter lumpkins

Before or after Deacons' meeting?


And speaking of Pastor Peter Lumpkins and Cornerstone Baptist Chapel of Waco, GA: what about their Lottie Moon giving? What pattern does this critic show for good Southern Baptists to follow?

Not a very good one it seems.

In a comment on Jared Moore’s article (time stamped December 14, 2011, 1:48pm), Plumpkins defends his foolishness:

Nor is it reasonable to assert the “did-you-call-before-you-made-that-statement” nonsense. That’s why we have data banks, Jared. And, I employed the data bank in no special or biased way toward either Greear or Platt. Emphasis in original comment.

What, then, does the “data bank” show?

In the year 2009-2010, Cornerstone Baptist Chapel gave:
Annie Armstrong- $460
Lottie Moon- $675

Not bad for a church with 45 attendees.

But, in 2010-2011, Cornerstone Baptist Chapel gave:
Annie Armstrong- $1,000
Lottie Moon- $0

Your eyes do not deceive you. Year over year, the church pastored by uber-gripe, Pastor Peter Lumpkins of Cornerstone Baptist Chapel, dropped their Lottie Moon Christmas Offering giving to zero, zilch, zip, nada. Not. A. Single. Red. Cent.

Plumpkins tried his best to make this a “poster boy” or “spokesman” issue, but in his above comment Plumpkins derided Greear for “[apparently] having no loyalties” to the Lottie Moon offering. Loyalty to the LMCO? Really, Peter?

Pot, meet kettle.

**The research methods employed for this article were the same as those employed by Plumpkins. Therefore, it matters not when he became the pastor. He is still to blame.