RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Trustees of the International Mission Board have initiated an action to ask the Southern Baptist Convention to remove one of their members.
The board‚Äôs chairman, Tom Hatley, issued a three-paragraph statement Jan. 11 following a trustee vote the previous night in executive session, or closed session, to terminate the term of Wade Burleson, senior pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Okla., who served as president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma from 2003-05.
The impetus for the meeting reports by Burleson and the other two men was their opposition to missionary personnel policies, which the trustees adopted during their Nov. 14-17 meeting in Huntsville, Ala. The policies involved believer‚Äôs baptism by immersion and the use of a ‚Äúprivate prayer language,‚ÄĚ which also was described as ‚Äúglossolalia (speaking in tongues).‚ÄĚ
Burleson, on his blog, has ...