In case you missed it, a high-profile Southern Baptist leader has been implicated in allegations of sex abuse amid an investigation sanctioned by the Southern Baptist Convention. Johnny Hunt, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, GA, former Southern Baptist Convention president, and former leader of the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board (NAMB) has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman dating back to 2010 while on vacation in Panama City.
And while these allegations are certainly serious and appear to be credible, unsurprisingly, Russell Moore, who instigated the investigation to be used as a political hit job against those who hold to a biblical theology of gender roles in the Church, is now following through on that mission.
Chicago-style politics has been a term used to describe the corrupt nature of the machine politics that has plagued the city of Chicago for decades and driven the once-thriving city into complete despair. This form of politics, motivated by self-interest with the purpose of advancing an agenda, is natural to the animal-like instincts of the unregenerate, God-hating world.
But what happens when this perversion invades the Church?
The Dissenter has covered for years–dating back to at least 2013 even prior to when Reformation Charlotte (our former name) existed–the far-left political agenda of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) head, Russell Moore. Moore, a former Democratic staffer, took office at the ERLC in 2013 after Richard Land was ousted for not being woke enough.
Amid the 400-page report released by Guidepost yesterday documenting the alleged sex abuse and cover-ups involving Hunt and others, Russell Moore published his own diatribe against the Southern Baptist Convention. Moore, a far-left political hack, used the investigation to take a swipe at Scripture. In an article at his new post, Christianity Today titled This Is the Southern Baptist Apocalypse, he writes:
Who cannot now see the rot in a culture that mobilizes to exile churches that call a woman on staff a “pastor” or that invite a woman to speak from the pulpit on Mother’s Day, but dismisses rape and molestation as “distractions” and efforts to address them as violations of cherished church autonomy? In sectors of today’s SBC, women wearing leggings is a social media crisis; dealing with rape in the church is a distraction.
Of course, whatever allegations of covering up serial sex abuse are true are certainly tragic. But to blame biblical theology of gender roles as the culprit behind the abuse is simply absurd. It certainly doesn’t take a year-long million-dollar investigation to figure out that Johnny Hunt was a dirtbag. In fact, we covered this years ago at Pulpit & Pen when it was revealed that Hunt was involved in the late Ravi Zacharias’ human trafficking business.
Further, Johnny Hunt, just one out of millions of Southern Baptists, has never been favored among the conservative wing of the Southern Baptist Convention and has far more in common with the progressive egalitarians at the North American Mission Board than he does with Biblical complementarians.
Russell Moore last year claimed that he had evidence of this sex abuse, but he had not turned it over to police. Why not? As a mandated reporter, as explained by former Executive Committee officer, Rod Martin, he could be in serious trouble. So what does this mean? Did he actually have evidence of the abuse or did he just intend to make the claims to be used for political purposes against his conservative enemies? Is Johnny Hunt the best they could come up with? Hunt hardly demonstrates a systemic abuse problem—as already stated, everyone already knew he was a dirtbag whether or not the allegations turn out to be completely true.
Since Moore took office in the Southern Baptist Convention, it has become increasingly clear that his Democrat politics was his driving motivation for the advancement of his ideology in the Southern Baptist Convention. Whether it be Moore’s breaking bread with the gay community, his softening tone on homosexuality, referring to Jesus as an “illegal alien,” promotion and teaching of inherent “white guilt” by sole virtue of skin color, yoking with Democrat and socialist groups, serving as an editor for a Catholic magazine, coddling the transgender community, partnering with animal rights groups and referring to animal rights as a “gospel issue,” fighting for the right to build an Islamic mosque, accepting donations from billionaire leftists like George Soros to advance open-borders and amnesty, publishing articles claiming that the Bible affirms gender fluidity, or making the absolutely asinine claim that Western culture is demonic, one thing is for certain, Russell Moore‘s agenda wasn’t just social justice, but overtly progressive; Russell Moore is a Democrat acting like a Democrat.
As you’re already aware, the far-left political and theological activist, Russell Moore, the most influential leader in the Southern Baptist Convention, resigned from his post to join the apostate ranks of Billy Graham’s magazine, Christianity Today. Accusing his critics of being “child molesters” and “racial bigots,” Moore attempted to pin his resignation on the denomination’s lack of action against “rampant sex abuse” rather than the growing disdain against him for his far-left political activism.
We are not downplaying the seriousness of the allegations against Hunt or anyone else. However, we are certainly up-playing the seriousness of the political corruption in the SBC, particularly the North American Mission Board, which needs to be thoroughly investigated by an outside entity for their involvement not only in this scandal but its many financial scandals that they’re likely using this scandal as a smokescreen to cover.