Branded: An Open Letter to Redemption Church

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To the Members of Redemption Church,

Do any of you still remember when you were known as the First Baptist Church of North Mobile?  That said something about you.  It said where you were.  Like the churches of the New Testament, your church was a local one, associated with its city.  Right there you were, in that very Roman Catholic part of Alabama, as Baptist witnesses to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Being “Baptist” told the people of Mobile that you were independent and that you properly baptized professed believers, just like the churches of the New Testament.   Now you’re not “Baptist”, now you’re a brand.  You’re “Redemption” Church.  Ed Litton was the man who led you to that branding and now, having been branded, your brand has never been worse. 

Do any of you still remember when you only had one church campus, not split between “North” and “West”?  You probably didn’t have an “online pastor” then either.  (What exactly is that anyway, the pastor to people who aren’t there?)  Like a New Testament church, you were a local one.  You were in one place.  But you expanded.  But isn’t that what brands do?  I mean, who’s ever heard of the North Mobile Baptist Church of South Mobile or the North Baptist Church of Birmingham?  Of course, those places already have local churches.  They just don’t have “Redemption” but now, I doubt they’d want it.

I’m not sure who your pastor was before Ed Litton but I imagine he wrote his own sermons and did so without the assistance of a whole team of people.  I doubt he used his wife to help him preach and I bet probably he didn’t plagiarize his messages, right down to the anecdotes.  Has it hit you yet that your pastor, Ed Litton, has an entire team of people helping him prepare sermons they still copied someone else’s work, for an entire sermon series?  We likely have different opinions on how sound those messages were but I think we can agree that JD Greear preached them better…after all they were his.  When I watch Ed Litton stumble through his performance (on the videos that weren’t quickly scrubbed from the internet) I see a man who isn’t preaching from his heart, I see a man who is preaching from someone else’s manuscript.  Litton’s copy-and-paste attitude is likely how you ended up with a Trinitarian Heresy on your website.  That same heretical statement (partialism) is on a lot of church websites.  Clearly someone at Redemption didn’t write it.  Whoever it was would have done well to, once again, copy what JD Greear had.

I think it’s very obvious that Ed Litton needs to go.  Either you fire him or he resigns but he needs to go.  After he’s gone, you need to sit back and think about how you got to where you are.  If you consider what gets preached to you, you’re basically a satellite campus of Summit Church; you even knocked off their logo.  I hope you’ll decide to unbrand and go back to being a Baptist Church in one location with a pastor who preaches his own sermons.  Ed Litton and everything that goes with him needs to be reconsidered, but be very careful during that process.  You hired Ed Litton and you, as church members, are ultimately responsible for what your church has become, which is, as present, a very embarrassing brand.

Jesus deserves better.

Best,

Seth Dunn

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4 thoughts on “Branded: An Open Letter to Redemption Church

  1. My first thought was how could Redemption Church not feel duped by Litton? But then again, so few churches today actually understand the biblical mandate of a genuine pastor: to study to show himself approved and to labor in the word. A pastor who allows others to study and labor for him has rejected the biblical mandate and is no pastor at all.

  2. Nothing to see here. Just another Wuss in the pulpit instead of a man. I attended SEBTS when doc. Patterson was prez. Akin was the dean then. The SBC is has been going in the toilet at least since then.
    People in the pews have about a 5th grade understanding if that this is how dudes like Litton get into churches. The sheep are naive and ignorant. Today u have psychologists in the pulpit trying to help victims cope. Instead of pastors teaching the Bible while warning sinners about the dangers of hell. Most american churches are luke warm. We know what Jesus said about that. Mark it down the SBC will split, true baptists will be vilified,marginalized etc. What happened in the late 19th early 20th century is coming around again except worse. God said the gates of hell would not prevail against the TRUE church. Seminaries, colleges,conventions come and go. SBC is has seen its last days as it is now , at the worst it devolves. Thee my rant is over. Like or Dislike doc Patterson he stood for the Bible and the church. To railroad man like him speaks volumes about the SBC leadership. Weak, Weak men. Sad.

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