Today, Dr. Paige Patterson was in some lawyer’s conference room for a deposition. It seems that some were excited that this was a result of a constant pushing and persisting in order to humiliate and insult Dr. Patterson. However, I want to use this post to point out something that many have overlooked.
There is another Texan that took on the enemy and it was during WWII. The entire country recognized this Texan and the following is what happened as recorded in congress. Why is it recorded in congress? Because this Texan was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery.
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company B 1 5th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Holtzwihr France, 26 January 1945. Entered service at: Dallas, Tex. Birth: Hunt County, near Kingston, Tex. G.O. No.. 65, 9 August 1945. Citation 2d Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by 6 tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to prepared positions in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him, to his right, 1 of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machinegun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to German fire from 3 sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued the single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy’s indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy’s objective.
Allow me to give my wording for what I am calling the SBC in NC Christian Medal of Humility.
Leighton Paige Patterson
Rank and organization: President of Southern Baptist Entity, Southern Baptist Convention, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. Place and date: World Wide as Missionaries and Pastors leave under the guidance of the Holy Spirit from now to eternity. Entered service at: an old fashioned altar. Birth: somewhere in Texas sometime before 1970.Citation President Patterson began leading Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminay in 2003, and immediately came under attack as he tried to organize the institution according to Scripture. President Patterson surrounded himself with qualified scholars and ordered these men not to defend him, but rather to do their job to the glory of God. He remained forward at his post and continued to give direction even at the peril of making himself vulnerable to the Enemy through those that felt slighted by President Patterson’s direction, as he followed his orders from the One that was before time began, through the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Behind him, to his right, was the one that loved him enough to dedicate her life as his wife. She was taking hits from the Enemy, but President Patterson maintained his sweet spirit as he defended her on his knees. She received a couple of direct hits and he rallied troops in order to protect the one he committed to protect and love as the Lord loved the church. As she strengthened and was able to stand strong, President Patterson continued to humble himself under the mighty hand of God. As the advancing Enemy’s infantry mounted more forces that once had given up the fight against God’s direction for the Southern Baptist Convention the Enemy’s tanks were abreast of his position, President Patterson was in danger of being blown up at any moment, he followed the leading of the Holy Spirit and began a campaign to bring about a much needed chapel and prayer tower. He was alone and exposed to the Enemy’s fire from 3 sides, but his courage and direction caused the Enemy’s attack to waver. The Enemy, losing ground support, began to fall back. For years the Enemy tried every available weapon to eliminate President Patterson, but he continued to hold his position and has made available to others a witness of what a Christian does when under attack. The Enemy has been as close as in his very office, through the confidante of others that were less than honest as to their motives for advancement. President Patterson received wounds, but has ignored them and continued the single-handed fight with no worry of his ammunition being exhausted. Why? He is only the vessel in the battle. President Patterson knows that he is only the vessel and God has chosen to use him at this time. President Patterson’s indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground, has in the past saved the Southern Baptist Convention from the drift into liberalism as he stood solidly on the inerrancy of Scripture. In the future President Patterson will be seen as the catalyst that has directed the Southern Baptist Convention from possible insertion of the insufficiency of Scripture and her destruction because of the ecumenical, pluralistic, doctrine that has destroyed and enabled the Enemy to fulfill that objective as has already been witnessed in other denominations.