Matthew R. Perry

The IMB Trustee Chairman sends an open letter to laymen and pastors

In SBC on March 16, 2006 at 9:42 pm

Dear Southern Baptist brothers and sisters,

Thank you for your passion for sharing Jesus. These are great days of opportunity and advancement in our work for the Lord. Advances are being made on a scale never before known in the history of Christianity. For this we join together in praise to our Savior.

I have addressed the following letter to pastors because they are the teachers and guardians of the Word for their congregations. Their sacred duty is a calling higher than that of the President of the United States and, as such, I wanted to address them concerning these doctrinal matters. But feel free to look over their shoulders and read this material.

There has been no small controversy concerning some of our recent decisions. However, as I have shared this information with pastors and others, most have expressed joy because information they had previously received was incomplete. Seeing the greater context has helped many to appreciate the decisions recently made. I pray you will have the same experience.

We are on a great adventure together. It stands to reason that our adversary would love to put us against one another. Let’s put all blame on our real enemy and work harder than ever to reach every person with the Gospel in our lifetime.

Thank you so much for your prayers. We are your servants and we appreciate every word you share, even the constructive criticism. I pray our hearts will be obvious as you read these pages.

For His Glory,

Tom Hatley
Chairman, International Mission Board trustees
Southern Baptist Convention

(To read the letter to pastors, click here.)

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