Russell Moore is smug and insulting, but now we know he is vindictive too. He has marginalized and ostracized evangelical scholars who don’t agree with his leftist policies. He uses his links to evangelical mega-groups like The Gospel Coalition (slouching leftward) and even Catholic groups to punish conservatives. Even more troubling is that he abandons Southern Baptist brothers to attack from secularists. If not to defend Southern Baptists rights, then what is the purpose of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention?
While Russell Moore was breaking bread with the Human Rights Campaign in 2014, the organization was trying to destroy Southern Baptist Robert Oscar Lopez, a professor at Cal State-Northridge. You can read his story at The Federalist with all the sad details of a life of scholarship smeared, while Russell Moore treated with the very organization destroying a Southern Baptist brother.
On Twitter, Lopez said this week regarding revelations that Dr. Moore was meeting with HRC during this time, “This history is crucial. I want 2b a good brother in Christ but I am a SB & my ERLC met w/ my persecutors in 10/14.That hurts.”
— Robert Oscar Lopez (@Baptist4freedom) March 16, 2017
The collusion between Dr. Moore and leftists is also detailed by a Southern Baptist evangelist who worked in New York City.
According to an open letter, Rev. Thomas Littleton was asked by Southern Baptist leaders to sit down with the Human Rights Campaign. According to Rev. Littleton, “I was asked, by a Christian brother in convention leadership, to meet with the activist who came to our city and state to organize communities and jump start the Human Rights Campaign’s state offices. It was an unofficial sit down so as not to validate the activist while trying to understand better their intentions and methods, for which they had $8.5 million in new funding to engage churches in three Southern states.”
You can read more about Rev. Littleton’s interaction with the group and the fundamental changes the HRC wanted to bring about in Southern Baptist church doctrine. You’ll also see Dr. Moore’s handprints on the entire process of changing how Southern Baptists engage with liberal, secular groups.
Dr. Moore’s Thought Police: Silencing Evangelical Scholarship
Silencing opposition is how Dr. Moore operates. He’ll use any means to do such. He has used his reach to bully evangelical scholars, according to one professor with direct knowledge of these encounters.
According to Professor Robert A. J. Gagnon, “Dr. Moore has thoroughly mischaracterized sexual orientation change therapy as anti-Christian, thereby playing into the hands and game plan of homosexualist zealots to outlaw such therapy for consenting youth. He has done his best to exclude from speaking at ELCA events any Christians who see some limited good coming from such therapy. But he did meet in secret for a couple of hours with some homosexual activists at the 2015 ELCA Conference on homosexuality. Moreover, he has personally vilified those who call into question his critique of such therapy (and this statement is not based on hearsay).”
What Will You Do About Russell Moore?
On Facebook I saw this excellent quote shared: “Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously doing God’s will.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
It raises a key question for us evangelicals and particularly for our evangelical scholars at seminaries and think tanks, pastors and other leaders: Will you do the right thing and stand up to Dr. Moore’s betrayal of our Christian and our American values? Could it be God’s will that sin triumph and evil reign when it remains in our power to courageously resist it?
Also, it raises a key question for the rest of us—the average Southern Baptist and evangelical sitting in the pews. Will we take up the banner? Will we become foot soldiers in this righteous cause? It is a battle for the Bible. It is a battle for the soul of the Southern Baptist Convention. Will we allow coastal elites and leftists to dictate to us what we believe, even when those dictates are contrary to the Word of God?
Will we cautiously withdraw from the culture war in the way new books urge and that Russell Moore desires? Will we retreat to monasteries of our imagination while the idolatry of secularism prepares for our persecution?
This old hymn asks the same question to us:
Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize
And sailed through bloody seas?
Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?
God forbid. While others are fighting in bloody seas and work to stem the rising flood that we do nothing. Sign the Petition calling on Dr. Russell Moore to resign or be fired. Share the petition with your friends. Share the news. Don’t let Dr. Moore and his leftist friends like George Soros win.