Ethics Daily has posted an outstanding story recounting the influence of the example of Cooperative Program giving set forth by the leaders of the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Today SBC leaders are trying to promote an example of Cooperative Program giving that was being practiced by the moderate leaders who were deemed too "liberal" to be trusted as leaders of the SBC.
Moderates were indeed "liberal" in their giving to support the missionaries, agencies and institutions of the Southern Baptist Convention. Many still give "liberally" -- but their money now goes to support the work of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, not the SBC.
The Fundamentalist mega-church preachers who took over the Southern Baptist Convention have never stepped up and assumed the financial stewardship reponsibilities that their positions of leadership required of them.
Twenty-five years later, as they are dying and passing off the scene, it looks like they never will.