I don't like stealing from other blogs, that's why mine is so empty. But here is an article I thought people should read. It is published by Bailey Smith and is reprinted here in its entirety. I got the link from Scott at Scattered and Covered. This is sheer absurdity. How long will we continue to allow it in our pulpits?
Many times a year I will hear someone say, "I'm not in the ministry, I'm just a layman." We all know that Christain lay people are a vital part of the ministry also, in a very important way.
May I share a ministry all can be a part of and I believe, should be, because of its need in this pagan generation? It is the Soul-A-Month Ministry.
I was at Peace Baptist Church in Wilson, N.C. and made the statement that for every $48.00 given to Bailey Smith Ministries someone will get saved. A couple after the service said to me, "Why don't you start a Soul-A-Month club. We would like to send you $48.00 a month." Ministry born!
Years ago, I read of a ship that had gone down in the Atlantic and a part of the cargo was a large cross to be delivered to a new church. It was floating in the water and a crew member of the sunken ship climbed on the cross to save his life and he was reaching out to get others to the cross. Wow!
I asked a graphic artist to draw me a picture of that and here it is - don't you love it? It grabs my heart every time I look at it.
See yourself saved by the cross and with $48.00 a month you are bringing someone drowning in sin to safety. What a privilege and responsibility.
You can email or call our office for a free envelope. Please keep this envelope in an upright visible place. Sandy and I lean our big envelope against the wall at our desk where we write our check. It will bless you just to see it, and then take the appropriate envelope and mail it to see a soul saved each month.
No, don't reach out to touch someone - reach out to save someone by helping them to the cross of the Lord Jesus. Of course, your $48.00 each month to save a soul is tax-deductible.
Yours for souls,
P.S. - By the way with, some churches it cost $100,000 to $300,000 to see one convert.
Please make your check to Bailey Smith Ministry. Some are giving $96.00 a month representing a soul for the husband and wife.
Please mail your contribution to:
Bailey Smith Ministries
P.O. Box 450649
Atlanta, GA 31145
And people say Calvinism is bad - jeesh! It reminds me of that other religious organization that asked for money for the salvation of souls. Somebody remind me of the guy that stood up to them. Wasn't he a monk of some sort?
All kidding aside, I truly hope that this is representative of the extreme fringes of Southern Baptist belief.