There is an increasing level of discussion these days surrounding NEW LIGHTISM. Certain preachers are being dubbed by some as NEW LIGHTERS due to their interpretations of the Scriptures. Such controversy is dividing families, brethren, relatives, pastors, churches and Associations.
The debate is over biblical interpretation—over doctrine. Some claim that new doctrines have sprung up within our work and are at the heart of the tension. I agree—new doctrines have indeed sprung up and are most certainly the cause of the problems facing Missionary Baptists today. But the question is, “Which doctrines are the newer light?” “Which teachings have entered into the ranks of the Lord’s churches that are foreign to the Scriptures, and are at the root of the spiritual disruption? Now, as you read this article, please realize this: whatever particular doctrines that you consider NEW LIGHT on the Bible, another brother is thinking of an entirely different set of teachings as being NEW LIGHT! So, who is right in his assessment of NEW LIGHT doctrine?