J.D. Greear’s Committee on Nominations fires conservative Executive Committee member. Replacement praises Barack Obama, Beth Moore and ERLC head Russell Moore.
Executive Committee nominee claims we should not doubt pro-abortion fanatic Barack Obama’s ‘knowledge of the Bible and of the Spirit who authored it.’
Precedent shows conservatives have a chance to reverse at the Annual Meeting.
In a breach of Southern Baptist Convention protocol, J.D. Greear’s SBC Nominations Committee refused to re-nominate Dr. Tom Tucker of South Carolina. Dr. Tucker is the current Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee and was willing and eligible to serve another term. In Dr. Tucker’s position, Greear’s handpicked committee nominated a pastor who praises Barack Obama and Beth Moore.
The nominating committee was made aware that Dr. Tucker was available for another term; however, the committee decided to force a replacement on the Southern Baptist Convention, according to multiple sources close to the SBC Executive Committee.
This is a violation of precedent.
The last time such a move was attempted by a nominating committee was in 2018, when the committee attempted to replace Dan Anderson with someone willing to hold Russell Moore and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) accountable.
Of course, Russell Moore fanboys (like the progressives at SBC Voices) raised a ruckus at the violation of precedent.
The Convention, by a large majority, overrode the 2018 Nominations Committee and reelected Anderson to a second term during the Annual Meeting.
Will that happen in 2021?
The Vice-Chairman position is typically the stepping-stone to the chairmanship. A sort of chairman-elect position in the usual SBC Executive Committee rotation. This is similar to other organizations—such as a local Rotary Club. For example, this year’s EC Chairman Rolland Slade served two years as Vice-Chair before his elevation.
Tucker was eligible by rule for a second full term on the Executive Committee. Dr. Tucker was first elected to a partial term in 2014, “replacing Edward J. (Eddie) Dease, Covington, La., who resigned,” according to this article from Baptist Press prior to the 2014 Annual Meeting.
The controlling Southern Baptist rule is from the SBC Constitution, “No trustee of a board, institution, or commission, or a member of the Executive Committee shall be eligible to serve for more than two consecutive terms. A trustee or member of the Executive Committee who has served more than half a term shall be considered to have served a full term.”
That Dr. Tucker is eligible for another term is proven by the Nominating Committee’s report.
In 2014 Baptist Press reported, “Nominated for term to expire in 2016 are Charles (Glynn) Rhinehart, layperson and member of First Baptist Church, Youngsville, La., replacing Edward J. (Eddie) Dease, Covington, La., who resigned.”
Now the nominating committee’s report says Rhinehart was eligible for another term but declined nomination. According to this year’s BP article, “Carolyn J. Fountain, layperson and member of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, replacing Charles (Glynn) Rhinehart, Youngsville, La., who declined to serve a second term.”
Thus, Rhinehart (declared eligible by the Nomination Committee’s report) is on the same cycle as Dr. Tucker. Yet, no reason for replacing Dr. Tucker was given.
This is a huge warning sign that J.D. Greear’s Committee on Nominations is up to no good.
What is it about Dr. Tucker that would lead to what amounts to “firing him” (if we adopt the SBC Voices rhetoric from 2018)?
Remember, SBC Elites and their enablers were quick to attack the Conservative Baptist Network. In a speech to the Executive Committee, J. D. Greear alleged the Conservative Baptist Network were liars attempting to deceive the SBC.
And to show just how intentional the move was to harm conservatives this cycle, radical anti-CBN and Woke Dean Inserra was nominated to the Executive Committee from Florida. Inserra tweeted the CBN were a bunch of “butt hurt” Paige Patterson and Donald Trump fans. And for such, the SBC Elites reward him with a seat on the Executive Committee.
These moves by J.D. Greear’s Committee on Nominations is as cynical as Caligula naming his horse a consul.
But the proof gets even better when we look at the Twitter history of David Sons, the committee’s replacement for the Conservative Dr. Tucker. Sons twitter history includes praise for lifelong Democrat Russell Moore, former Democratic President Barack Obama and women preacher Beth Moore.
Here are a few samples of his tweets for your review.
David Sons tweeted, “The ease with which @BarackObama interweaves passages of Scripture into his eulogy for @repjohnlewis speaks to his familiarity with the text. Disagree with him politically if you like, but it is hard to doubt his knowledge of the Bible and of the Spirit who authored it.”
In another tweet, he endorsed rabid Never Trumper Russell Moore’s view on the election.
So, about that Leftward Drift…