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July 9, 2012 reached an all time low for Peter Lumpkins whose knuckles were already dragging the ground. In an article named, “Big, big $$$$ to attend Send North America Conference by Peter Lumpkins.” Calling the cost a “fat fee,” Plumpkins accuses the North America Mission Board of charging for “what we send money for them to do–educate people on the significance of missions both in North America and the world.”

Wow! One might think such an explosion of concern must mean that Kevin Ezell had set up an entrance fee at the Alpharetta headquarters and instituted the selling of indulgences in the lobby. How much might such “Big, big $$$$” be? $500? $1,000? More?

Has NAMB really reached the point that a conference (really a series of workshops) must cost hundreds of dollars?

In a word? No.

Plumpkins made much ado about nothing. And by “much” that means he made the Rocky Mountains out of a single serving of peanuts.

The cost for the entire conference was $99 per attendee for early registration. For those missing the early bird, the increase was an almost unbearable $20 more. Spouses in each case could come for half price.

In arguing his point, Waco, GA, pastor Peter Lumpkins complains that he could not go even if he had a scholarship. Why?

They cannot afford to send me much less our hauling a van load over to Woodstock to get inspired about church planting.

God forbid if they had held Send North America in a focus city like San Diego. Lumpkins would have given birth to an alien.

Pay close attention: When Lumpkins talks about “hauling a van load,” he is lying. He never had any intention of hauling anyone to SNA. His church barely has a van load in attendance. This is just another smear.

Also, it isn’t the responsibility of the North American Mission Board to tell pastor Lumpkins of Waco, GA, what is going on in the world as his insists. There is an entirely other mission board for that. Of course, he’ll divert the truth about his lack of passion for world missions by complaining about cost. Just as he has no interest in church planting.

Then he complains about the format. Yawn. Then he complains about the lack of diversity in the lineup. One is forced to wonder just how integrated the Corner Stone Baptist Chapel of western Georgia is at 11:00 on Sunday morning? Had any black members join lately?

One observant commenter (Dr. B. Devine) wrote the conference contained lunch and dinner on the first night as well as three meals on the following day. There were 15 workshops and multiple breakout sessions. (If spousal meals were also included, then their registration fee was virtually recouped in saved meal expenses. For general registrants the savings would equal about 1/2 of registration.)

Following this, Peter made two comments (12:09pm and 12:18pm) that are so sarcastic, over-the-top and filled with vitriol it’s very difficult to believe they were made by a Christian. Between he and his girlfriends (Lydia and Mary) the comment thread at this blog is a seething cauldron of bile, rancid flesh and mental excrement.

One wonders why Plumpkins didn’t just borrow the money from this buddy Jerry Vines? He probably has plenty.

All this is set up for an interesting contrast as it concerns Peter Lumpkins. He routinely attacks people and entities all over the Southern Baptist Convention using lies, distortions, half-truths, insinuations, and implications. There literally is no depth to which he will not stoop to “get a story.”

The contrast is why he has never written anything derogatory about recent expenses at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He complained about a $99 conference hosted by the North American Mission Board, but what about the construction of the luxurious and over-priced chapel at Southwestern Seminary?

An article in the Baptist Press dated October 26, 2009 reported the approval to build an expansive, wasteful, 3,500-seat chapel on the center of the campus. The cost was projected to be $30.2 million, although overruns were estimated to have raised the praise to the $32 million range. The chapel features a stage large enough for a 90 piece orchestra, a 200+ voice choir, with a “state of the art” sound and video projection system. (With the passage of time it was state of the art.) The J.W. MacGorman Chapel and Performance Center, as it is called, encloses 96,000 square feet, and was dedicated in late 2011.

What does $30-32 million dollars get you in Fort Worth, Texas, in the center of the seminary campus that once was the crown jewel of the Southern Baptist Convention?

A chapel that is almost never used. Outside groups rent the facility for concerts, and it is most certainly used for “special occasions” on campus. But it is not used for regular chapel gatherings. Why should it be? If all students full and part time were on campus at the same time it would not be full.

Where is Lumpkins on this? Only in Peter Lumpkins can you find a person who strains out a hundred while swallowing 32 million. Flailing away like Don Quixote after a windmill he castigates NAMB for a ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR conference, yet gives a pass on Southwestern Seminary’s waste of $32 million for a monument to a man. No criticism at all is to be found of the cesspool called his blog.

Why? Because Peter is in tight with Jerry Vines (Paige Patterson’s best friend in the world) and in tight with the faculty at Southwestern Seminary. His blog features articles and mentions of Dr. Malcolm Yarnell, a professor at SWBTS, and entries from Dr. David Allen, a dean at SWBTS. A review of Peter’s ultra-fundamentalist, anti-liquor book was reviewed at baptisttheology.org, the official theology site of Southwestern Seminary.

Those ties that bind may soon be the ropes that hang.

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Pastor Tim Rogers of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Indian Trail, North Carolina is up to his deceptive ways again. This time it includes a favorite target of his illogical “thinking”–Lifeway.

Sometime in recent days LifeWay Research mailed a survey to a portion of Southern Baptist Churches. According to a friend it included 43 questions with well over 125 possible responses. Between 35 – 40 of these were of the strongly agree, strongly disagree, I don’t know, neither agree or disagree variety of survey responses. The questions cover a very, very broad section of church life, theology and decision making. The survey appears to expect answers from either the senior pastor or other church leader.

In his post of April 14, 2012, “An Upcoming Lifeway Survey-The Timing is Uncanny, by Tim Rogers,” Tim Rogers fans furiously to create a fire out of nothing. Unfortunately for him the only smoke to be seen is coming out of his ears.

First he deceives his readers by implying the survey has something to do with the name change task force in the SBC. Tim Rogers writes:

I opened a large envelope to find a survey of forty-three questions that began with a question concerning the Task Force that was appointed through a “back-door” reading of our constitution…

Perhaps it is that Pastor Tim Rogers cannot count, because the question to which he refers is fourth on the list, not first.

Why the need to be deceptive, “Pastor” Rogers?

He then turns to one of his favorite whipping boys: the Calvinism debate in the SBC. With density that lead would envy Rogers says:

In this opening article I want to look at two statements to help you see the theological bend the Research Team seems to desire.

[In Rogers’ writing the following two lines are bold and in red. It should also be noted the original survey included the proper punctuation at the end of each sentence. Rogers seems to think proper punctuation is unnecessary; he certainly feels that way about logic and truth.]

1. My church is theologically reformed or Calvinist
2. My church is theologically Arminian or Wesleyan

The statements above represents [sic] the theological positions one my [sic] choose from. From the look of things it is a clear straight forward statement that defines what one believes…What person in a Southern Baptist Church is going to say their church is “Arminian or Wesleyan”? Therefore a pastor has only to choose between “reformed or Calvinist”…I am not an Arminian, and neither am I a Wesleyan. These theological positions places [sic] one in the uncomfortable position of arguing one is not saved forever. Thus, we must choose “reformed or Calvinist”.

Thus, we must choose “crazy or ignorant” to describe Roger Dodger’s conclusions.

“Theological bend”? He can determine that by misrepresenting two questions? Can Rogers also bend spoons by staring at them? Something is bent, that’s for sure. According to Tim Rogers’ delusions the research team must also have a “theological bend” toward pastoral visits, new members classes, death of church members, international mission trips and the like since all of this is surveyed on the same survey.

If a tangled web we weave “when first we practice to deceive,” Pastor Tim Rogers must trip over its strands every time he stands to walk to the pulpit.

On the survey the two statements in the Rogers quote above are each accompanied by five answering options: “Strongly disagree, Somewhat disagree, Somewhat agree, Strongly agree, Don’t Know.” It is not either/or.

CLEARLY there are not only two options as he implies. There are multiple options INCLUDING the opportunity to select a different category altogether by strongly disagreeing with both. This fact Pastor Tim Rogers is not willing to acknowledge.

A commenter on Tim Rogers’ blog, Tom Klein, immediately called him out on this (6:47pm same day):

Then, you misstate (or maybe misunderstand) how polls work. A mainstream SBC baptist would simply answer both of your questions near the middle. You must not understand how polls work since you don’t “choose between” separate questions. You choose within them on a scale.

This is obviously the case.

Since most Southern Baptists, including the ones at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Indian Trail, North Carolina, will never see this survey, Rogers has done a great disservice to his readers and his church members by this deceit.

We are left with three likely conclusions:
1) He is intentionally deceptive. Therefore, his church should rebuke him.
2) He is unintentionally deceptive. Therefore, his church should re-educate him.
3) He is incompetent. Therefore, his church should remove him.

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.

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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.

When reading Plumpkins the conspicuous absence of Jesus is overwhelming. One need not even consider any “spirit of Jesus” as to the attitude or interactions. Just look for anything that has to do with Jesus Himself. Plumpkins is one of those in blogdumb who can write about the Gospel and miss Jesus.

A review of his blog from January 2, 2012 to date reveals much in its lack. In a total of 46+ days Jesus has been mentioned less than ten times total in the main posts, with a number of those while quoting other people. If you count the number of times that Plumpkins himself mentions Jesus it is less than five.

Why does this matter? Because Jesus said in Matthew’s Gospel, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Or, to put it on the modern setting, “Out of the abundance of the heart the keyboard is struck.” Using Jesus’ own words as a measuring stick, it is clear that Jesus does not abundantly fill the heart of one who almost never talks about him.

What does pour forth when Plumpkins strikes his keyboard? Divisiveness, sowing discord among brothers, lying and deceit. Take for instance his January 23, 2012 article entitled, “Lifeway Resources pushes Calvinism in latest Bible study curriculum by Peter Lumpkins.” His title is a clear assertion that Lifeway Resources [sic] is pushing Calvinism in its most recent Bible study curriculum (which he later identifies as The Gospel Project). The simple fact is that he does not prove his assertion, nor does he even try. The title is deceitful to the point of being an intentional lie.

Too far? You be the judge.

In a comment directed to a Tim Tuggle, timestamped January 24, 2012, 12:24am, Plumpkins writes:

My concern I clearly made here focused on the contributors themselves not necessarily the content they offered.

Clearly Plumpkins intent was to deceive.

Again in the comments Plumpkins is challenged about his deceitful headline. In a comment from a Fred Johnson, timestamped January 24, 2012, 8:22am:

Regardless of how little latitude you are willing to give those who are friendly toward Calvinists, the fact remains that your blog’s primary assertion was not met in the writing. You assert that LW is “pushing Calvinism,” and you mock me for reading the curriculum, but you provide zero proof that is has happened. At best, you should have used the title, “Why I Think LifeWay Will Push Calvinism…” You proved nothing using content, and have only speculated about intent.

To this, Plumpkins replied the same day at 9:10am:

Your curious focus on my post title is patently absurd, Fred. Sorry. There’s just no way to state that any kinder.

And, why I didn’t entitle the post with your suggested is hardly a criticism I either want or need to spend time addressing.

Deceit. Lies.

Simple truth: When the truth is on your side you never have to lie.