Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission attacks Committee assigned to investigate it. What does the ERLC have to hide? Obviously, the divisive rhetoric and progressive political priorities of Russell Moore and his ERLC. The Leftward Drift is splitting the Southern Baptist Convention.
The trustees of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission declared their intention to #Resist the will of the Southern Baptist Convention. The SBC’s Executive Committee appointed a Study Group to examine how the ERLC’s past and present actions have harmed the spirit of cooperation in the SBC.
How did the SBC’s Elites respond?
In a letter posted on the ERLC website, the trustees announced they would order the ERLC and its staff to not cooperate with the investigation.
They called the investigation “unwarranted, divisive, and disrespectful.”
Did they read Russell Moore’s 2016 Op-Eds against conservative Southern Baptist voters?
Why are trustees determined to Resist this investigation of Russell Moore and the ERLC?
Because they know the truth.
Churches have left the SBC in ever growing numbers since the 2016 Presidential Election fiasco—a campaign season that saw Russell Moore attacking conservative Southern Baptists on the pages of the Washington Post and New York Times.
More and more churches and church members see the Leftward drift of the SBC and its institutions.
Last summer’s Resolution 9 fiasco accelerated the number of churches announcing their departure from the SBC.
It alarms them.
Instead of dealing with these questions directly and realizing people have real concerns, the SBC Elites at the ERLC get defensive.
Shouldn’t they go the extra mile for fellow Southern Baptists?
Especially, since these Southern Baptists fund the ERLC?
The reality is the Southern Baptist Convention is not truly representative of the people in the pews. Few churches attend the Annual Meeting—there is a crisis of participation. And the lack of involvement among the rank-and-file led to the celebrity culture that enables Russell Moore’s attacks on conservative Christian voters.
As Mike Huckabee said in 2017, How long will Southern Baptists continue to pay Russell Moore to insult them?
That’s a great question.
Maybe this Task Force is the first step of the People in the Pews retaking control of the Southern Baptist Convention from Elites—who would rather Resist than Cooperate.
Until the SBC Elites humble themselves and understand they work for the people then the division in the SBC will only increase.
Until then, everyone should be asking: What does the ERLC have to hide?
If they had nothing to hide, they would cooperate with this reasonable probe into its political operations.