“Pinsonized”

Late in January, Rick Davis made an intriguing comment on his “aintsobad” blog.  He wrote:

When I first got involved with baptist politics in Texas, after years of being a pastor/evangelist and staying at home to help a church grow, I began to hear of being “Pinsonized.” The reference was to the fellow then Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Dr. William (Bill) Pinson. To be “Pinsonized” meant to try to hold on to all the churches, Fundamentalist, Moderate, Liberal, Accepting and Affirming, to give this whole Battle for the Bible time to run its course—Rick Davis, Aintsobad.blog

 I have run in Baptist circles (and on a side note at times run in circles) for over twenty-five years and have never heard this term. I did on one occasion hear Rick Scarbourgh attack Dr. Pinson and promise to turn out the lights in the Baptist building if Pinson continued to be at the helm. I have always held Dr. Pinson in the highest esteem especially for his commitment to the whole Texas Baptist family. Like a pastor who is charged to love and shepherd all the sheep, Dr. Pinson believed it was his calling to lead the BGCT through some very troubled waters with integrity and commitment.

I hope if Dr. Randel Everett is called to be our new Executive Director that he and his leadership team will choose to use some plays out of Dr. Pinson’s playbook. From my position as a young pastor in Texas these were the qualities I saw and admired in Dr. Pinson, his “fundamentals” or “values” if you prefer.

 I viewed Dr. Pinson as a spiritual leader, not a political operative. His heart for God was evident in how he approached his work. I had the sense his marching orders came from above and not out of a caucus meeting. He surrounded himself with strong, capable leaders who knew Texas Baptist work and knew how to work together. He had backbone enough to say “no” and to stand on historic Baptist principles yet he was not willing to drive churches or people away because he disagreed with some of what they believe. He had a heart big enough for all Texas Baptists, and he tried to wrap his arms around the two warring factions within our convention to give us a chance to calm down and make up. In other words, he was rather idealistic, and I personally appreciate him for that quality.

 His approach reminds me of the words of Paul out of his prison cell when he wrote:

 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit– just as you were called to one hope when you were called– 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.—Apostle Paul  (Eph 4:1-6 NIV)

I believe we would all be wise to heed these words as we enter the next chapter of our journey together. Being “one” is not for the faint of heart. It demands that each of us give our very best. For the record I wish we were all “Pinsonized” or better yet “Jesus-ized”.

 Remember Jesus boldly taught:

 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (NIV)

 I guess a good place to start this journey is by learning to “love one another.”

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2 responses to ““Pinsonized”

  1. David, you are so on target. In January of 1983, Bill Pinson became Executive Director. It was in January that he hired me, I believe his first hire as E.D. I was with him virtually all his ministry at the BGCT and can attest to the fact that he was the consumate shepherd leader. The fact that he would not do what some of the “anti-fundies” wanted him to do, caused even some who worked in the building to unintentionally undermine his leadership. Pressure from people outside the building to adopt a “let-them-go-and-we’ll-be-better-off-without-them” attitude toward the very conservative wing of the convention. Even then there was pressure to take the BGCT completely away from the SBC and become a national convention, not unlike what some are proposing even today. When I ask the Lord to help me become a spiritual leader, I point to Bill Pinson and say, “Lord, that’s what I had in mind.” Oh, Dear Lord, may we all be “Pinsonized” just once, so that we can see our way to loving our brothers, instead of “trashing” them. I wish everyeone could have seen Dr. P in action during the time Baylor betrayed him. Wow! What a giant. I only hope we are about to elect another like him, if such a thing is possible.

  2. spiritualsamurai

    Amen Brother Lowrie and Brother Coffee. Dr. Bill Pinson helped the BGCT have the strength during those time. He also had Ed Schmeltekopf whose influence and statesmanship will never be fully known till we see all his crowns at the feet of Jesus in heaven.

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