Adam Fannin’s Exit from the New IFB

In January of 2019, Donnie Romero, pastor of Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX., suddenly stepped down due to being caught with prostitutes and smoking marijuana. Romero’s Church had also started a “satellite church”, also called Stedfast Baptist Church, in Jacksonville, Florida. This church was being led by Adam Fannin, who was pastor in everything but name. (The New IFB thinks you must have two kids to call yourself a pastor, but it’s fine to be a pastor without meeting the biblical requirements, as long as you just call yourself “brother” or “preacher” and not “pastor”)

As soon as Romero stepped down, Steven Anderson announced that Jonathan Shelley was being installed as pastor at Stedfast Baptist Church. This meant that Shelley was alos over the congregation that Fannin had been leading (Stadfast Baptist Jacksonville).

Fannin complained that his congregation had been appointed a pastor without their input or vote. Due to this question, Jonathan Shelley kicked Adam Fannin out of the church, resulting in the Jacksonville congregation splitting, and making videos, some supporting Fannin, and others supporting Romero. Fannin has since started a split-off church with many of the former members of Stedfast Jacksonville, called “Law of Liberty Baptist Church”

Fannin now says that the New IFB, which he was actively pushing and promoting just weeks earlier, is a “cult” (see the video below)

This is quite a change for someone who previously said that Anderson was the “mouthpiece of God in America.”

Post Author: Joshua Lindsey

My name is Joshua Lindsey. I live in Minnesota, and with my wife and children am a faithful member of my local independent Baptist Church. I have taught Sunday School classes and children’s classes, and also had the opportunity to preach at several churches. I teach Bible college classes on the Pentateuch, Atheism and Faith, Chrsitian Denominations, Bible Preservation (A defense of the underlying texts of the KJV), Bible Geography and Customs, Church Graphic Design, and some others. My father is an Independent Baptist Pastor in Wisconsin, and I grew up in a home full of love for the Lord. My parents raised me in the Bible, and are faithful to this day in witnessing and discipling. Although I was constantly immersed in biblical teaching and preaching, I did not personally believe in Jesus as described in John 3:16 until my freshman year in Bible college. In the many years since then, I have grown in grace and the Lord has given me opportunity to serve him in ministry. Among other ministries, I run my church’s print shop and participate in door-to-door evangelism. In doctrine, I affirm the truth that has been passed down from church to church since the time of Christ. I affirm the deity of Christ, his death, burial, and bodily resurrection, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the virgin birth, the inerrancy and infallibility of the scriptures, the inspiration and preservation of the scriptures, the imminent return of Christ and his future literal millennial reign. I accept the canonicity of the 66 books of scripture, I believe that God commands all men to repent, that Christ draws all men to himself, that any person can believe and be saved. I believe salvation cannot be forfeited or taken away. I believe Christ’s command to go to all the world and preach the Gospel is still applicable to us today. I believe in a future literal judgment seat of Christ and a Great white throne judgment. I believe that no person will enter heaven except through Jesus Christ. I reject all false religions: Islam, Judaism, new Age, etc. I reject the teaching that God elects some men to damnation, giving them no chance to be saved. I reject the idea that God did not preserve his words and that recent manuscript discoveries provide us with a more accurate Bible that was not available to past generations of Christians. I reject the concept of a universal church. I reject the idea that Baptism plays a part in salvation. I believe many things additionally not listed here. My views align with the scripture and with the beliefs that faithful churches have held since the time of Christ, and have held under the title of “Baptist” for many centuries now.

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James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

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Hmm, is a touchy story, but can we discover much damage that Satan is doing to the church of God. Today’s believers need more prayers to be able to overcome the activities of the works of darkness. May the Lord help us all!