Sunday, May 01, 2005

Barry Lynn to Speak at Oklahoma State Capitol

News is getting out that Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will be speaking at the Second Annual Interfaith Day of Prayer and Reflection at the Oklahoma State Capitol on May 5th.

The Daily Oklahoman ran a feature story and the Norman Transcript printed a notice about the event.

Here are some excerpts from the story in the Daily Oklahoman:

An Interfaith Day of Prayer and Reflection observance, featuring speakers from five faith traditions will be at 11 a.m. on the Capitol's south steps. The observance is sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance, the Oklahoma chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists.

The interfaith observance was held for the first time last year as a way to bring together people of different faiths to celebrate religious freedom.

"It went well last year, and we decided that that was something the community needed," said organizer Bruce Prescott, a Baptist minister who is head of both the Oklahoma chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists.

Prescott said members of the interfaith group were incorrectly labeled as "protesters" last year. Rather, he said, the group that will come together for the outdoor service is united in its celebration of religious freedom, he said.

"The common value that we share is the First Amendment, which is religious liberty. The constitution gives us the right to worship as we please. We're celebrating that right," he said. "We are not protesting them. We are trying to find a way to get broader representation from the community. It's a national day -- it's for everybody."

Prescott said a Muslim scholar, a Jewish rabbi, a pagan and a humanist are scheduled to speak at the event.

Representing the Christian faith tradition will be the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Prescott said in addition to his talk at the interfaith gathering, Lynn will give a related talk Thursday evening at First Baptist Church-Oklahoma City.

Here's a link to more information about last year's event. Here's a link to more information about this year's event.

10 comments:

Greek Shadow said...

Nice to see you getting some unbiased press this year. Hope it's a spectacular success.

Anonymous said...

This is certainly odd. We are supposed to give creedance to what Mr. Lynn has to say, but those that know him (apparently Bruce does) and anyone else (I've searched the internet quite a bit) cannot tell us what he believes. (For example, see the previous thread: http://mainstreambaptist.blogspot.com/2005/04/... ...that was from a month ago, and nobody has shed any light on that topic so far)

http://www.auok.org/who_is_barry_lynn.htm...


It seems that people talk about Mr. Lynn and what he believes merely by mentioning that he is 'is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ' and that is all that is ever said. Where is his testimony? Where is anything related to what he believes in regard to salvation? How has his relationship with Jesus shaped his work? I say this because I'm concerned. Jesus made a very sobering and thought provoking declaration in Matthew 7:21-23. If "Casting out demons" in Jesus' name, and doing "many wonders" in Jesus' name does not guarantee that that person has a relationship with Jesus Christ, then certainly neither does church membership, being an 'ordained minister', or the like.

What I see and read about Mr. Lynn makes me think that he is working for his salvation by working on the projects that he does. His zealousness reminds me of a pre-conversion Paul - working to rid 'the true faith', 'the true church' of any impurities, or whatever.

If any one can shed light on what Mr. Lynn believes, please do.

>Representing the Christian faith tradition will be the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Prescott said in addition to his talk at the interfaith gathering, Lynn will give a related talk Thursday evening at First Baptist Church-Oklahoma City.

I will follow this to see if Mr. Lynn uses this opportunity to talk about his faith, or something else. Let's hope it's the former.

This was mentioned in an earlier thread:

>If you worry over the man's soul contact him directly and ask the concerned party, or pray for him.

We should all definitely pray for him - and likewise we should all be worried over the man's soul since none of us have any knowledge of what he believes, and whether his hope is in works (such as those impressive qualifications in his lengthy bio page on www.auok.org) or Jesus.

Roger

Eric Lee said...

Wait a second, so because you can't find anything on the internets about this man's faith, you're leveling all sorts of judgements upon him?

Just because Google didn't turn up all this man's convictions about faith, he must not be a man of faith!

Holy crap. Why don't you go and meet him and talk to him, asking him about his faith before leveling these kinds of because-it's-not-contained-on-the-internets-he-must-be-a-heathen judgements? Sometimes I feel like I live in fantasy land when I see this kind of talk.

Anonymous said...

Eric,

>Just because Google didn't turn up all this man's convictions about faith, he must not be a man of faith!

No, please re-read my original post from last month for more info. This is not a judgement, just a comment on something that I've been wrestling with. I would rather see Mr. Lynn know Christ (if he doesn't) than for him to go through the rest of his life misguided and have Jesus tell him what is given to us in Matthew 7:21-23. I'm sure you would too. There is nothing wrong with wanting someone to be free from the lies of salvation by works or the burden of working to maintain salvation. If none of those that believe in the causes that Mr. Lynn stands for (and represents) know anything about what he believes, that is not good. If his friends do not know what he believes, that can't be good either.

Roger

Greek Shadow said...

Guess what anonymous, what about none of your business do you not understand? Maybe Mr. Lynn's actions speak for themselves.

I saw a car yesterday with two bumper stickers. One said "You can't be Catholic and Pro-Choice." The other one said "You can't be Christian and Pro-choice."
Who died and left that person in charge of admissions to Heaven.

Anonymous said...

Greek Shadow,

Faithful are the wounds of a friend (Proverbs 27:6). He is no friend who lets another go down the wrong path into painful consequences. A real friend is truthful (even if it hurts to hear it now) knowing that the benefit later is immeasurable. We want our friends and family to be honest with us in that way. So, I will treat Mr. Lynn the same way as I would want to be treated. I think we all desire that.

>Maybe Mr. Lynn's actions speak for themselves.

Exactly! As referenced in my first post a month ago, I am having a hard time reconciling his actions with the admonitions of Jesus in scripture. I am not the gatekeeper of Heaven, and I am not his judge - Jesus is, so we would be wise to hear what He has to say.

Roger

Greek Shadow said...

Anon, I have a quote for you.

Thinking Straighter by George Henry Moulds.

Under techniques of propaganda Section C How Suggestible Are You (techniques of irrelevance)

technique 9 Sophistical formula
Example: "Where there's smoke there's fire" or "People who live in glass houses should not throw stones"
Meaning: To shut off or close the argument a popular maxim or old saying is quoted. But every controversial situation must be settled in its own terms, not on the merits (if any) of some proverb.

Anonymous said...

Greek Shadow,

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

How can this be a bad thing? It sounds like the end result is good - and something all Christians should desire. And such is my desire by posting.

Roger

Dr. Bruce Prescott said...

Roger,

Barry Lynn will be in Oklahoma City on May 5th.

Why don't you come and ask him questions yourself.

Anonymous said...

Bruce,

Given the hesitance of his friends and supporters to address the issue, if I could be there, would he question my intentions or would he honestly address my question? I don't want an argument, I want answers, I want truth. It shouldn't be this hard to get to. Any minister should have his statement of faith - his beliefs in salvation out in the open for anybody to see. I will try to get a statement from Mr. Lynn on this matter by contacting him or someone at americansunited@au.org. If you have knowledge of how to best contact him, please share. Thanks,

Roger