Baptist leader urges Oklahoma Baptist University students, staff to be vigilant, renew their minds

The Rev. Fred Luter, the Southern Baptist Convention's first black president, recently spoke at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.
BY JULIE MCGOWAN Modified: April 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm •  Published: April 27, 2013
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— Speaking with passion and energy, Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter implored Oklahoma Baptist University students to renew their minds in Jesus Christ during a chapel message Monday in the school's Raley Chapel.

Luter, senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, became the first black president of the Southern Baptist Convention in June. He is no stranger to Oklahoma Southern Baptists. He was a guest speaker at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma's annual Evangelism Conference in January 2012, and OBU leaders presented him an honorary doctorate in theology just a few days before his historic election to the SBC presidency last June.

Monday, he spoke about “The Importance of Having a Renewed Mind,” based on Philippians 2:5-8. He told the OBU community that he believes in victorious living — not only being saved from hell in the future, but in abundantly living for Jesus Christ now.

“There is not a moment in the life of the believer when our mind is not being tempted by the devil,” Luter said.

He quoted 1 Peter 5:8 which says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Luter said each Christian believer, by the end of every day, can find himself or herself “seduced, enticed, bamboozled” and even “punked” by the enemy, Satan.

He provided examples from throughout the Bible of individuals who were close to God and yet fell to the temptations of the devil, including Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Noah, Jacob and David.

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