Southern Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress made some controversial remarks over the weekend when he described the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a “cult.” The Southern Baptist understanding of the word “cult” is different than popularly held notions, which confused the debate.
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, explained what Jeffress meant in his remarks, in a Tuesday interview on CNN.
“When we use the word 'cult,' that's a theological definition of a movement that claims to be within the confines of the Christian faith and clearly is not within the confines of the Christian faith. It is a new religion,” Land explained. more >>
The issue of whether evangelical Christians will vote for Mitt Romney because he is Mormon was raised again this weekend by a pastor endorsing Rick Perry. All the Republican candidates appearing on Sunday talk shows after the remark said Romney's religion should not be an issue.
In a Friday interview on CNN, Dallas megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress said that the Southern Baptist Convention has "officially labeled the Mormon religion as a cult."
"I think Romney is a good, moral man, but I think those of us who are born-again followers of Christ should always prefer a competent Christian to a competent non-Christian like Mitt Romney," Jeffress said. more >>
After Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress said Friday that frontrunner presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not a Christian and that Mormonism is a cult, LDS Democrats condemned the statement saying “Mormon-phobia” had no place in America.
“As Latter-day Saints – and Democrats – we are appalled and disappointed by Jeffress’ statement that Mormons are not Christian,” LDS Dems Interim Chair Senator Ben McAdams and Interim Vice-Chair Crystal Young-Otterstrom said in a statement Friday.
“As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we know that the foundation of our belief is the divinity of Jesus Christ,” the two senators said. “Members of the LDS Church are compassionate, caring individuals who seek to follow the example of Christ to love our neighbors as ourselves.” more >>
This Sunday, more than 400 pastors will be using their pulpits to preach politics and challenge the Internal Revenue Service's regulations that restrict religious leaders from endorsing candidates and discussing policies with their congregations.
Oct. 2 is Pulpit Freedom Sunday, and this year Alliance Defense Fund and its supporters have quadrupled its participation from last year. Last year, 100 pastors committed to the event, but this year, registration lists are exploding, with 475 pastors who will participate in the event.
ADF created Pulpit Freedom Day project through its Pulpit Initiative to protect the church's religious freedom, said ADF senior legal counsel Erik Stanley, the event's spokesperson. Stanley told The Christian Post that ADF has purposely kept the event small for the past three years to gauge the IRS' reaction. more >>
The Southern Baptist Convention, which is the nation's largest Protestant denomination, is giving serious thought to changing its name in order to better reach people for Jesus Christ.
But changing a 166-year-old name that 16 million members reportedly identify with is expected to spark some heated debate. Emotions were already high when SBC President Bryant Wright placed the proposal on the table on Monday.
"Vigorous and emotional discussion over potential SBC name change now on floor of SBC Executive Committee," R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, tweeted Monday. more >>
Nashville, Tenn. – You could say that Dr. Thom Rainer is an accomplished “baby boomer.” The former banker, turned consultant, turned publishing executive, is the author of 22 books and is seen as a national leader in the Christian movement. He is now the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Jess Rainer is the youngest of his three sons, a “Millennial” child, and is now making his own mark as a pastor and church leader at Grace Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. The father-son duo has teamed up to help youth leaders figure out ways to reach teens and young adults with their book, The Millennials.
Both Rainers took the stage as the closing speakers at the LifeWay National Youth Workers Conference on Wednesday to share their research and ideas on how to bridge the gap between generations, with the intent on bringing more young people to Christ. more >>