Let's review the musings of Jim Smyrl in the past few weeks:
- Catholic priets are "cult leaders"
- the Catholic church is a "cult"
- Catholics voting for Obama should be denied communion
- Christians who voted for Obama committed a "sin" that must be repented of
- Christians who voted for Obama may be guilty of "breaking fellowship" with their church.
Jim made these statements on the official website of the FBC Jacksonville. Go here and read them for yourself.
They therefore represent the views of every single member of the FBC Jacksonville. We are members of the church just as Jim is, and he is representing the views of our church to be those I listed above.
Don't agree with that? OK, let's take another approach.
Mac Brunson is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.
Jim Smryl is the Executive Pastor of Education. Jim Smyrl reports directly to Mac Brunson.
The church marketing firm "The A Group" manages the church website. Mac is very close to Maurilio Amorim, the owner of "The A Group". We could say Maurilio reports directly to Mac Brunson.
If you or I were the pastor of a church, and one of our subordinates wrote hurtful and provocative statements on our church website that might harm my church's ability to fulfill its mission, that might unnecessarily offend the very people my church was trying to reach with the gospel, you or I would have that person remove them from the website in the blink of an eye. We would call the webmaster and have them removed. Especially if the dummy posted them the very week our school is beginning its enrollment campaign.
We would remove them immediately...unless....unless...
...unless we agreed with the statements. Unless I agreed with, and was proud of the cleverness of my subordinate's assertions. Then, and only then, would I allow them to stay up on the church's website for which I am ultimately responsible. I wouldn't make it a matter of his "free speech", since its not HIS website, but its the website of the entire church. The things stated on the FBC Jax website are those that represent all of its members. Its not Jim's and Mac's website, its the official website of FBC Jacksonville and the members who's money funds the site.
Did you get that Mac and Jim? The FBC Jax website is not a place for you to pop-off about other denominations and to declare others a "cult" for the purpose of being "cutting edge" and offending those we are trying to minister to. Its not a place for you to declare those who vote a certain way that they have sinned. Do that on your 501(c)3 websites. If your views are so wonderful and insightful and so "cutting edge", they will draw traffic to your 501(c)3 website. Heck, you might even get someone to get their MasterCard out and donate money to your 501(c)3 when they read with your wonderful Catholic and Obama insights.
So I will assume, as I'm sure will others in our community, that Mac's INACTION in removing Smyrl's statements from our church website means that Mac concurs with them. Certainly Mac would have removed them if he thought they were improper, or if he agreed with them BUT thought them harmful to our church's ministry.
Mac or Debbie Brunosn could make one phone call to either Jim Smyrl, or to Maurilio Amorim, and have the statements removed from our website pronto.
So Mac, your inaction to remove those statements by Jim implicates you. We now know that you agree with Jim Smyrl. Catholics are in a cult. Catholics in our city are cult members. Their priests are "cult leaders". You know, like other notorious "cult leaders" like Charles Manson, David Koresh, and Jim Jones. Mac must also believe that Obama voters committed a "sin", and must repent. Perhaps in the Sunday alter call Mac can call for all Obama voters to come forward and "get right with the Lord" or "rededicate their lives". Interesting, isn't it, that Mac and Jim have no words of condemnation for Bob Gray. No words of rebuke against Darrel Gilyard. But boy, Mac and Jim have to put those pesky Catholic cultists in their place.
I hope the Catholic priets in Jacksonville remember this when Mac tries to get press coverage by hosting the "Day of Prayer" at our church. The Catholic Cult is not allowed.
Can you tell us, Jim and Mac, what other Christian denominations are a cult? Perhaps as you let us know what books are acceptable to read, you can also tell us who we should not associate with because of their "cult status".
Our church is getting more bizarre by the day.