Within the last several days, there have been a couple of interesting developments in the Southern Baptist Convention.
First, recall that Brent Leatherwood is the chairman of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. This is the entity that engages in lobbying and public policy advocacy.
Mr. Leatherwood and his family were part of a tragic event with which we are all familiar. It turns out that his three children attend the school in Nashville where the transgender person killed multiple children and staff. That was a traumatic experience for anyone to endure.
In the wake of that event, Mr. Leatherwood has used his high-level position with the Southern Baptist Convention to call upon Tennessee state legislators to enact gun control. He sent a letter on official stationary to elected officials requesting that gun control measures be enacted.
The second matter also raises concern. Recall that the Convention had made the decision to dis-affiliate Saddleback Church in California because of its decision to hire female pastors. Rick Warren, who has retired from the ministry, says that he is going to appeal this decision. This appeal will likely be considered at the annual meeting in New Orleans in June. Saddleback is the megachurch he used to pastor for many years.
In the case of Mr. Leatherwood, he took action at a time his family had experienced trauma secondary to a mass shooting event. This inevitably would cloud his perceptions; and it was profoundly wrong for him to speak for the convention under these circumstances. Many rank-and-file Southern Baptists would strenuously disagree with what he did. And the biblical basis for his stand is shaky, at best. But he was installed in his position by the moderate/ liberal leadership within the Convention.
With regard to Mr. Warren’s plans, he is clearly outside of scriptural instruction. Ministers, church leaders and congregants in local Southern Baptist churches need to attend the Convention en masse to vote down his appeal (presuming it will be heard) and to put the Convention on a better path.
2 thoughts on “SBC Leader Calls for Gun Control; Rick Warren to Call for Woman Pastors at Convention”
I’ll be short.. Mr Leatherwood is emotionally tilting at windmills and the Tennessee
Legislature is not going to pass any gun control.
Secondly , let’s hope the convention rejects Warren’s appeal .
I hope you are right about the Tennessee legislature, Fred. But as we have seen in North Carolina and in Washington, a GOP-controlled legislative body is no guarantee that progressive bills will not pass.
And Warren’s appeal will fail if the allotted messengers from the conservative churches around the country show up and vote the right way at the convention. If they do not, the seminary and missions organization employees will prevail.
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