The Southern Baptist Convention is done. At this point, as I stated yesterday, the denomination deserves nothing but mockery. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) and its child organization, SEND Relief, are corrupt and caught up in multiple financial scandals involving payoffs to friends and their ministries who aren’t even Southern Baptists. NAMB president, Kevin Ezell is a horrible man who pursued an open-borders pro-mass immigration George Soros lackey to lead the SEND Network. NAMB also uses SBC tithe dollars to send “urban” pastors to the SBC annual meeting to vote for establishment candidates while ignoring the rural pastors who are more likely to vote conservative.
And, of course, there is the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), an entity that has gone completely rogue. The ERLC has spent the last year undermining the will of the messengers at the 2021 meeting where a strong anti-abortion resolution was passed. Since then, the ERLC has spent countless hours contradicting the anti-abortion resolution and instead, advanced its own liberal abortion agenda calling for a softening stance against abortion and not making abortion completely illegal and punishable, but, instead, creating an environment of social welfare to bribe mothers into keeping their children with government handouts.
And that didn’t slow down yesterday either as Brent Leatherwood, the acting president of the ERLC has done well convincing Southern Baptists that abortion isn’t really all that bad after all. In fact, he tells the audience at the SBC 2022 Annual meeting, here’s the reality, you’re not going to get me to say that a woman who has willfully had an abortion should be behind bars.
Instead, he tells them, we should treat them as Jesus would by “bearing their burdens”—pseudo-Christian speak for welfare and handouts.
This flies directly in the face of comments that Al Mohler made from the floor directly answering a question about abortion. Mohler said that it is clear that women who willfully commit an abortion should be held legally accountable for their actions and compared the moral culpability that a woman who had an abortion to laws that are already on the books for similar actions, ranging from manslaughter to murder in the third degree. There are varying levels of moral culpability in a crime, and the justice system has ways of determining that.
Leatherwood, on the other hand, believes that there are no circumstances where a mother seeking an abortion and commits one should be held accountable.
To make matters worse, when a messenger at the microphone directly asked Brent Leatherwood what law of God the mother who is having an abortion is breaking, Leatherwood calls up the ERLC Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees, Kevin Smith, who arrogantly answers “the Ten Commandments, thou shalt not kill.” An obviously correct answer, but one that demonstrates the rank hypocrisy of Leatherwood and the ERLC who in one breath acknowledge that mothers are murdering their children yet in another breath, declare that it is not biblical, or the view of the Southern Baptist Convention, that mothers be held accountable for murder.
You really should need no further reason to support the defunding of the ERLC and, in reality, a split or mass exodus in the Southern Baptist Convention. The denomination is clearly under the judgment of God as so many have been deceived into believing lies.
9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. —2 Thessalonians 2:9-11