Mohler makes several points worth noting here, including:
- The SBC has a unique legal and organizational structure
- Membership in the SBC is voluntary and centered around the Cooperative Program to maximize evangelistic efforts
- The SBC is a huge cooperation (Al didn’t say this, but it is clear from the SBC’s history and current practice)
The SBC has a lot of promise, but only insofar as it remembers it’s roots in a decentralized cooperative among equal churches. If the SBC continues down it’s road towards towards centralized leadership that gives directives to local churches.