Bro. John W. Broadus, professor of theology in the Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., delivered the following
statements to his class, upon pulpit affiliation, which have been kindly
furnished us by Elder S. M. Province, of Brownsville, Tenn., an old student.
There are many thousands of Southern Baptists who will be delighted to learn the
exact position Bro. Broadus occupies upon this question. If he doubts for a
moment how his invitations are understood, he as well as the reader is referred
to the opinions of Bro. Stuart Robinson, and Hodge, and others, in Chapter XII.
"Illustrating the adherence to principle which the
Apostle Paul showed in refusing to circumcise Titus, while in the case of
Timothy, where no principle was involved, he allowed the rite to be performed,
Bro. Broadus said: ?A Baptist preacher may invite a Pedobaptist to preach for
him, so long as it is understood that he does not thereby indorse the
latter?s ordination; i.e., when no principle is involved.? I quote
from my notes. In reply to the question of a student, the professor said
substantially: ?If I were to invite a Pedobaptist to preach in my pulpit, and
should afterward learn that he construed the invitation into a recognition of
his claim to be a properly ordained minister of a New Testament church, I should
not only not repeat the invitation, but I would take pains to tell him why I
"Now Bro. Broadus should know that all do construe his
invitation into a recognition of their claim to be scriptural ministers."
"Bro. Stuart Robinson says: ?The idea of inviting
one to preach in the character of a layman seems to me a paradox.?"
"Bro. Hodge, of Princeton, says: ?When one minister
asks another to exchange pulpits with him, such invitation is in fact, and
is universally regarded as an acknowledgment of the scriptural ordination
of the man receiving the invitation. No man who believes himself to be a
minister can rightfully, expressly, or by implication, deny the validity of his
[own] ordination; and, therefore, if invited to lecture or speak in the
character of a layman, he must decline.?"
"The editor of the Texas Christian Advocate, being
asked, said: ?When one gentleman invites another to his house, receives him
into his parlor, and seats him at his table, he recognizes him on terms of
perfect social equality. So, when one Christian minister invites another to
occupy his pulpit, all who witness the courtesy thus extended, regard it as a
proclamation of perfect ministerial equality. Only Christian ministers are
invited into the pulpit. If, however, the one who gives the invitation is a
Jesuit, a hypocrite, who wishes to make a show of liberality he does not feel,
and believes the brother he thus pretends to honor as a minister is only
an unbaptized religious teacher, without church membership or ecclesiastical
authority of any sort, he should be treated as all hypocrites and pretenders
deserve to be treated.?"
"These testimonies must settle the question with every
honest man. Pedobaptists and the world universally do, and have a right to
regard all such affiliations as a proclamation that we, the minister, invited to
exchange, or to a seat, or to preach in our pulpits, as a scripturally baptized
ordained minister of a scriptural church."
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