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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.

Since Gerald Harris, Plumpkins and Roger Dodger have speculated publicly and erroneously about the SBC name change, the following might help them get started on their next articles:

“I (I was) [choose more than one from the following] wrong, amiss, askew, astray, at fault, awry, bad, counterfactual, defective, erratic, erring, erroneous, fallacious, false, faulty, fluffed, goofed, in error, inaccurate, inexact, miscalculated, misconstrued, misfigured, misguided, mishandled, mistaken, not precise, not right, not working, off-target, on the wrong track, out, out of commission, out of line, out of order, perverse, rotten, sophistical, specious, spurious, ungrounded, unsatisfactory, unsound, unsubstantial, untrue, wide of the mark”

Get started, boys.

An recent article at a Southern Baptist oriented blog used the term “Baptist Bogeyman” to refer to immaterial things Southern Baptist get worked up about, creating “bogeymen” to fight while ignoring the true enemy. It’s that whole “you wrestle not against flesh and blood” thing. It’s also that whole “tearing down strawmen” thing.

For their combined work on the Christian Index opinion piece “The Calvinists are here” editor Gerald Harris and Plumpkins (who were more than happy to share the opinions therein) win the first ever “Bogeyman of the Month” award.

Otherwise respected leader, and editor of the Christian Index newspaper, Gerald Harris, dove headfirst from the Georgia Baptist Convention Monument to Waste Ministry and Missions Center this week into an empty swimming pool. Lifting entire sections of puddled drool from Plumpkins blog he combined into a sickening stew for his undiscerning readers: Calvinism, Reformed theology, LifeWay, Thom Rainer, NAMB, Kevin Ezell, Mark Driscoll, The Gospel Project, Trevin Wax (editor of The Gospel Project), Mark Driscoll’s book on marriage, sex toys, the SBC name change, ACTS29, GoDaddy and four domain names. Yes, it was as bad as worse than I made it sound.

It would have been better reporting if he’d just tied the sex toys to GoDaddy and left everyone else out of it.

It was as suspect and pathetic an example of “professional journalism” ever published. I fully expect that Gerald Harris has received an offer from the New York Times to replace the fiction writer Jason Blair. Who knows? His “Calvinism: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.” editorial may have been the first chapter in the next great American novel. It had the same ring of truth.

It’s bad enough that Plumpkins speculative “reporting” is believed by those three people outside his grandmother and great-aunt, but Harris seems to have been taken in hook, line and sinker for two reasons: he also hates likker and Calvinists. Almost as bad as Plumpkins. A good man goes off the rails after a man who has been in the woods for years. ‘Tis a sad sight to witness.