Ethics Daily reports that First Baptist Church in Rome, Georgia has left the Georgia Baptist Convention and joined the Baptist General Association of Virginia.
The Georgia Convention is dominated by Fundamentalists. The Virginia Convention is led by Moderates.
Baptist congregations are independent and autonomous. They are free to affiliate with any association or convention of their choosing.
In times past, geographical proximity was paramount in the configuration of the partnerships in which Baptist congregations found fellowship, support and cooperated to support missions, benevolent institutions, and educational institutions.
Today, Southern Baptists are reconfiguring and theological affinity is replacing geographical proximity as the primary determinant in the formation of denominational partnerships.
This is good news for Mainstream, moderate Baptists and bad news for Fundamentalist, Southern Baptists.
Fundamentalism in Baptist life reached its apex in 1989. It has been in decline ever since. It's demise will continue to be slow and painful, both for Baptists and for the nation and world that the Fundamentalists are trying to dominate rather than serving to redeem.