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NAMB faces growing criticism over attack on State Conventions

Former State Exec. Director blasts Kevin Ezell and says NAMB ‘couldn’t be trusted.’

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is facing growing criticism for its treatment of the Randy Adams led Northwest Baptist Convention. Adams announced that Kevin Ezell, president of NAMB, informed the Northwest Baptist Convention that it would no longer cooperate in funding church planting efforts. Instead, NAMB is starting its own church planting network in the Northwest bypassing the state convention.

Of importance here: Ezell is the former pastor of SBC presidential candidate Albert Mohler. Adams is challenging Mohler in the 2020 election. It raises a critical question: Is this a political retaliation for Adams challenging Mohler?

The news of NAMB’s decision drew fierce criticism from Southern Baptists.

Bobby Gilstrap said, “This should never occur. NAMB should be a partner, NOT competition. Since GCR, in conventions that NAMB has not taken over, they are now withholding funds & placing competing missionaries. Extremely poor stewardship. We should not support such a power grab.”

Gilstrap also said, “We have significant documentation of other instances of Ezell’s retaliation. Reminds me of a child who says he’s going home with his toys. Not willing to play together.”

And Kevin Ezell is a “Christian” leader.

Pastor Tim Rogers reacted by pointing out the similarity between Ezell’s treatment of Will McRaney and present NAMB actions toward Adams and the Northwest Baptist Convention.

Rogers said, “Wow Randy. This is the same thing that happened to @willmcraney Watch out because NAMB will make a back door run with your President and other church leaders to get you out of the way to continue keeping the $$’s rolling in. Praying for you brother.”

Gilstrap responded with an even greater insight into how Kevin Ezell runs the North American Mission Board. Gilstrap said, “There’s one significant difference between what happened to @willmcraney, myself, and a few others. Randy has been vocal early on & realized NAMB couldn’t be trusted. We dealt honestly, trusting they’d be cooperative even in disagreement. We discovered that was not their intent.”

Gilstrap has experience in dealing with Ezell. Gilstrap is a former Executive Director of the Michigan Baptist Convention.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Notice a trend?

Ezell acts like a bully to state conventions.

Peter Lumpkins asked a simple question on Twitter. Politics?

That’s the question on everyone’s mind. Why stop funding a convention that has increased baptisms, increased church plants and increased Annie and Lottie offerings?

I’m sure we can all think of a reason or two.

Did I mention Adams is running against Mohler for SBC President and Ezell is very close to Mohler?

Pastor Byron Williamson asked a question about the ballooning church planting budget and the declining number of churches planted. He asked, “Is this in part because many of the chosen Send Cities are extremely high cost of living w/ very limited long-term viability?”

That’s a good question.

Of course, NAMB and other SBC Elites don’t like questions. The Little People are there to provide funds.

The SBC Elites will do the thinking.

And if you get too uppity and challenge the status quo, then look out! They’ll make sure you know your place.


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