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Staggering 26 Percent of Southern Baptists are Registered Democrats

by | Apr 20, 2024 | News

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No wonder the denomination is in such shambles and on the brink of irrelevancy and death. In a recent report released by Lifeway Research and conducted by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), a staggering 26 percent of Southern Baptists are registered as Democrats, which signals a drastic ideological shift within a denomination formerly known for its conservative theological and political beliefs.

This startling statistic from the SWBTS’s recent report demonstrates a critical and expanding fault line within the SBC, marking a drift towards the very liberalism the denomination fought hard to purge during the “conservative resurgence” of the 1980s.

This resurgence, which once seemed to fortify the SBC against secular influences and liberal theology, is now unraveling. The past decade, under leaders like Russell Moore, a former Democrat staffer who once headed the denomination’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), has witnessed a gradual but increasingly unmistakable erosion of the SBC’s conservative values. Moore’s tenure and influence reflect a broader acceptance of progressive ideologies that are opposed to the SBC’s historical commitments to biblical inerrancy and orthodox Christian doctrines.

Thanks to weak-minded men and limp-wristed leaders—leaders like David Platt, Russell Moore, and others, who promote ideological pluralism in the Church rather than being of one accord, as the Scriptures command—today’s SBC, despite a majority that still professes conservative values, is increasingly lenient towards aberrant political and theological views. This has allowed progressive philosophies to take root and flourish within the denomination, subtly undermining its doctrinal integrity. Movements like “Racial Reconciliation” and “Living Out” have introduced and normalized ideas that are more closely aligned with secular or liberal Christian movements than with Scripture.

The acceptance of Democrat-aligned members into the SBC not only contradicts the denomination’s longstanding conservative ethos but also raises alarms about its future direction. The Bible’s teachings are clear and non-negotiable on issues central to the Democrat agenda, such as the push to increase access to abortion, the redefinition of marriage and sexual indoctrination of children, including the push for sex changes for elementary-aged children, and the role of personal responsibility in societal structure. Yet, these biblical truths are being overshadowed by a rising tide of leftist ideologies that compromise the very core of Southern Baptist identity.

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The implications of this shift are grave—the SBC risks following the path of the mainline Protestant denominations that have abandoned Scripture and embraced leftism to become increasingly irrelevant—or worse, completely apostate. The infiltration of progressivism into the SBC threatens not just the theological purity but also the cultural and social impact of the Southern Baptist Convention.

But what else should we expect when the denominational leadership focuses more on what the world thinks of them than they are about being obedient and true to God’s word?

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