The bugle is being sounded, again, to save the Cooperative Program from the perils and impending disaster of - gasp! – designated giving.
Alas and alack, designated giving under the new guise of Great Commission Giving will doom the venerable Cooperative Program. Seminaries will fold! Orphans will be back on the streets! Six-figure denominational bureaucrats will be jobless! People will starve! Homeless shelters will close!
The SBC has always, always, always, always had a mixed approach to giving – both cooperative and societal. There has never been a time when this was not true. This is both by deliberate original design and by deliberate decisions of the various assembled Baptist bodies over the years.
But, if there are those who believe the Cooperative Program will be further harmed by the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force recommendation to put a new label on direct giving to SBC entities, they can make their case. I just haven’t seen a very persuasive one.
But, puhleeeeeze, it is just stupid to drag out the old saw that a church that designates its denominational giving is somehow equivalent to a church member designating their giving to their local church. Dumb. Capital “D” Dumb…and probably dishonest, foolhardy, unbiblical and a whole lot else.
But that doesn’t slow some of the Baptist brethren down. It is rather to be expected and it is just another wrinkle on how some believe that the Cooperative Program will somehow be reinvigorated by shaming churches that choose to designate. The moderates and liberals tried that for years – it didn’t work. It will not work now no matter how many squeaky voices attempt the same.