W.A. Criswell is one of the most prominent preachers in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention. He long served as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. He also had served as president of the Convention for a year or two. Most importantly, he was one of the key figures behind the Conservative Resurgence that took place in the denomination from 1979 until about 10-15 years ago.
During the late 1980’s, Dr. Criswell had the opportunity to speak to a large group of pastors at the Convention’s annual meeting. His topic was liberalism– in our nation but also within the church. It is a pretty striking talk and I thought some readers might enjoy it: