October 26, 2008
Is Everyman A Liar?
Richard Land, president of the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission, called Rogers the Apostle Paul of the SBC. "The amazing thing about this man is that he is the same in private as he is in public," Land said. "Who he is comes forth from his inmost self. He's humble, never haughty. Bold, never bombastic. Clear, but never cutting. Scintillating, but never sarcastic. Sanctified, but never sanctimonious."
"Who he is comes forth from his inmost self." Is this a veiled accolade? Was Adrian Rogers a product of his own self-determination? He was never haughty, bombastic, cutting, sarcastic and sanctimonious! This was said about Dr Rogers at his retirement service at Bellevue Baptist. Under pressure to give the best tribute, perhaps nervous, maybe prideful, lie (embellish the truth) in his accolade or perhaps say something that he had not really intended to say. Could this be a "pelagian slip" not meant to be understood by common ears?
Was the apostle Paul ever haughty, bombastic, cutting, sarcastic and sanctimonious? I think so and perhaps Paul would be the first to admit it. Out of his "inmost self" comes forth nothing good but lies. Romans 3: 4,10
My self produced accolades: "I am proud of my humility, bombastically bold, cutting like jagged glass, (you won't detect the long pause but my wife ordered me to go fold the clothes before guest arrive, which I promptly did!) sarcastic and sanctimonious even though I am sanctified.
Let my accolade be "sinner saved by grace"