CBN: Ed Litton’s ‘sinful behavior and the lack of forthrightness when exposed is inconsistent with the character and integrity Southern Baptists rightfully expect from their president.’
The Conservative Baptist Network of Southern Baptists said Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton must resign. The call for Litton’s resignation follows a month-long plagiarism scandal that ignited blogs, social media and was even featured in a New York Times front page story on Sermongate. Now, CBN says Southern Baptists can wait no longer—Litton must resign because the Gospel witness of the Church is at stake.
“For the sake of the gospel, it is best for President Litton to step down from office and focus on his personal spiritual development with his local church,” CBN said in a release. “The testimony of Southern Baptists and of the gospel is at stake.”
The statement highlighted Ed Litton’s documented plagiarism over the last decade.
“As further evidence of what appears to be serial plagiarism continues to surface in at least six videos from a variety of named sources, the Conservative Baptist Network calls on the leaders of the SBC to address this matter promptly and biblically,” the CBN statement said.
In fact, Litton’s unwillingness to deal with this sin shows him to be unfit for leadership.
According to the CBN, “This sinful behavior and the lack of forthrightness when exposed is inconsistent with the character and integrity Southern Baptists rightfully expect from their president (Ex. 20:15, Prov. 28:6, 1 Tim. 3:2).”
The CBN statement does not address what it might do if Ed Litton refuses to repent and resign.
There is no clear mechanism for forcing an SBC President from office. The SBC Constitution and Bylaws include no specific process; however, the SBC defers to Roberts’ Rules of Order, which does have a process for the removal of constitutional officers of deliberative bodies using the book as its parliamentary authority.
Ed Litton as a liar and plagiarist sparked a constitutional crisis in the Southern Baptist Convention. It shows a need for bylaw reform in the Southern Baptist Convention.
The best thing would be for Ed Litton to resign. However, his Woke enablers and many others among the SBC Elites are more concerned with clinging to power than the Gospel.
Well, as has been said about a thousand times since Nashville, the world is watching. Do SBC Elites care about the Gospel or is that only rhetoric to silence critics and have money clink into the collection plate?