More waves over mosque between SBC, Moore

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Russell MooreThe Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has set up a committee to determine whether a dispute involving one of the denomination's controversial leaders can be resolved – an ongoing rift that has led to some churches withholding their funds from the SBC.

Some congregations – including mega-church Prestonwood Baptist near Dallas Texas – have stated that they are escrowing funds from the Cooperative Program – the funding mechanism for SBC agencies.

The withholding churches have expressed concerns about Russell Moore, who serves as the president of SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ELRC). They are challenging Moore’s rhetoric against Trump and his evangelical supporters during his presidential campaign.

Churches were also concerned about a friend-of-the-court brief signed by the ERLC that supports the efforts of a Muslim group to build a mosque in New Jersey.

SBC Executive Committee President and CEO Frank Page met with Moore. After the meeting both SBC leaders sent out a joint release stating that they "fully support one another."

Summarizing the meeting, SBC Executive Committee Spokesman Roger Oldham announced that Page and Moore focused on unifying common ground – rather than divisive differences.

"They talked about issues ranging from religious liberty and racial reconciliation to Kingdom diversity and the sanctity of human life from the womb to the grave,” Oldham disclosed. “So there are a lot of things that hold us together as Southern Baptists, and sometimes the way in which something comes across can put some people off – but we’ve got to get beyond those things and stay focused on the common goals. And that really was much of what the conversation was about … how do we do that as we move forward?"

Meanwhile, Oldham noted that an ad hoc committee is studying the ERLC controversy and the subsequent escrowing of funds by churches "to determine some redemptive solutions” to bring them back together as they move forward.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Who do you believe when you hear them talk about the Republican tax reform bill?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Trump: I'm not considering firing special counsel Mueller
Putin thanks Trump for CIA tip on terrorist bombings
McCain returning home to Ariz., will likely miss tax vote
Flames threaten SoCal coastal communities as firefighters mour
GOP betting that its fix for U.S. economy will defy warnings
Thousands disappear as China polices thought
Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 8

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Power outage at Atlanta airport causes 'pandemonium,' grounds flights
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau gives Trump high marks, despite strained NAFTA talks
Is God going to do away with Christmas trees?
Report: NBC paid off producer who accused Chris Matthews of sexual harassment
Sen. Schumer: Bomb-detection units needed at transit hubs

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Pastors queried over racial healing from pulpit

MLK and clergyA survey of pastor suggests they're taking a leadership role in addressing racial reconciliation.