The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's liberal theology on marriage is partly to blame for Republican Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's veto of legislation protecting pastors and faith-based institutions from government backlash to opposition over same-sex marriage, Al Mohler argued.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler opined in a podcast Tuesday that a "moral revolution" happening throughout the United States is the reason states like Georgia, North Carolina and Indiana get so much heat from external actors anytime they try to pass religious freedom legislation that liberals decry as discriminatory to the LGBT community.
Despite the discrimination labels, Mohler pointed out that Georgia's H.B. 757, also known as the "Pastor Protection Act," was "mirrored precisely in terms of intention" with the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was passed in 1993 with overwhelming support in both the House and Senate and was later signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton. more >>
Leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore is calling on Christians to stop "bashing" the millennial generation as lazy, entitled and self-obsessed, arguing that millennials are actually "far more committed" to sharing the Gospel with people outside of Christian subcultures.
Moore, who is the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, wrote an op-ed titled "Are Millennials Selfish and Entitled?" that was posted to his blog last week and to the Baptist Press Monday.
The piece argues that although the millennial generation gets a bad rap from older generations, millennials are not lazier or more selfish than previous generations. more >>
J.D. Greear, who was nominated last week as a candidate to become the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is sharing seven tips for pastors to follow before preaching about homosexuality.
In a blog post on his website titled "7 Points to Consider When You Preach About Homosexuality," authored by Brad Hambrick, pastor of Counseling for the Summit Church of Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, where Greear serves as lead pastor.
"The tone of the pastor will be the tone of a church and the emphasis of the pastor will be the emphasis of a church," wrote Hambrick. more >>
Leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says Christians should vote for third-party or write-in candidates rather than settle for the "lesser of two evils."
Moore, who is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote an op-ed published by Christianity Today on Wednesday addressing one of the most frequent questions that he has been asked during the current election cycle.
The question: Should Christians Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils? more >>
Conservative Christians in America are going to be facing a "fundamental rethinking" about the government if the choice for president in November is between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, a Southern Baptist leader warned.
"At the very least this is going to require of conservative Christians in America a fundamental rethinking of what we believe about the purpose of government and the character of political leadership," said Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
"We are going to have to be thinking through and praying through how Christian faithfulness, biblical fidelity, gospel faithfulness, can be channeled into very real but finite political choices that are going to be presented to the American people on the presidential ballot form this coming November," he added, according to Baptist News. more >>
Leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore is encouraging pastors not to perform wedding ceremonies for couples who are not Christians and those who are living in sin simply because members of their families belong to their church or their congregation is pressuring them to do so.
Moore, who is the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, spoke at a conference on "The Church and Sexuality" that was held at the First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, by the state's Baptist and Southern Baptist leaders on Monday.
Alabama.com reports that Moore told the crowd of about 500 people that pastors cannot hold non believers and those already living in sin accountable to their wedding vows if they are already not living their lives by God's design. more >>