NOTE: Word is filtering out that perhaps the vote has NOT been taken yet and the announcement was accidental – perhaps materials were released prematurely. The vote may not have even been taken yet. I don’t know what is going on. Right now, things are unclear.
NEXT NOTE: Have received word that the official announcement, previously unofficially released accidentally, is now an officially official announcement. It seems that Platt IS the IMB president. Until more tweets come!
AND: The communications staff at IMB has been rewarded for their efforts today with an all-expenses paid mission trip to Liberia, Gaza and Afghanistan.
Just received word that David Platt has (to no one’s surprise) been elected President of the International Mission Board.
I think David Platt is wonderful, passionate and solid. I think his nomination was fraught with some peril, obviously. I’m not sure how I’d have voted if I had the chance as an IMB trusteed.
But here’s what I think at this point.
Regardless of how you feel about the issues related to David Platt – his theology, his support (or lack thereof) of denominational causes, some of his stances on issues – he is the duly elected president of the IMB.
The IMB is our missionary arm. Every Southern Baptist who loves the gospel and desires to see the Great Commission fulfilled should be praying for David Platt. It does no good to recriminate. Maybe Platt will do a great job. Maybe he will struggle. None of us knows.
But I know this – every Southern Baptist should be praying right now that David Platt will turn out to be the greatest president the IMB has ever seen. The world needs Christ and nothing matters as much as that.