When they attempted to silence Wade Burleson they only amplified his voice because he is a man of integrity who saw “no valid reason to remain silent when fellow Southern Baptists are being destroyed by a political machine hiding behind a mask of spirituality.”
Wade Burleson began his blog Grace and Truth to You in response to the countless abuses he witnessed by the leadership in the Southern Baptist Convention. He is a true “insider” – he is a conservative Bible believing Baptist and has been the senior pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid Oklahoma since 1992. His book tells the story of how he was recruited to sit as a trustee on the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) by henchmen associated with Paige Patterson. They hoped his vote could be swayed to help unseat Patterson’s enemy, IMB President Jerry Rankin. Burleson records their tactics which were exceedingly unethical and corrupt by anyone’s standards, let alone those who profess Christ.
I highly recommend this book.
PS: As an aside, this book helped me understand why Patterson protege Ergun Caner went out of his way to slam Jerry Rankin as a “liar” and a “heretic.” It appears that Patterson was simply using Caner as his “attack dog” which is completely consistent with Patterson’s behavior as record by Burleson in his book.