Ex-SBC president: Dems a 'godless' religion, not a party

Thursday, November 15, 2018
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Southern Baptist ConventionFormer Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Ed Young is under fire for recently contending that the Democratic Party is a “basically godless” religion – rather than a political party.

During his impromptu speech at Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)’s election watch party on midterm election night, the senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, followed up the outgoing Republican’s concession speech by also contending that “God will not bless America” because of abortion.

Dems zero tolerance for morality?

Attendees at Culberson’s gathering on November 6 requested that Dr. Young lead the crowd in a closing prayer after the nine-term incumbent representative conceded his race – losing his seat to his Planned Parenthood-endorsed Democratic rival, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, who now represents Texas’ 7th congressional district.

Leading into the prayer, the 82-year-old pastor shared how the Democratic Party ousted one of its officials in Pennsylvania for taking a biblical stance in a Facebook post on a controversial social issue.

“That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we’re up against,” Young asserted, according to the local KHOU station. “It’s no longer a party – it’s some kind of religion that is basically godless.”

He specifically blamed America’s legalization of abortion – that has claimed the lives of more than 60 million preborn babies since the U.S. Supreme Court’s notorious 1973 Roe v. Wade decision – for the nation’s woes.

“And as long as America – and this is represented by every Democrat I know – does not believe in the sacredness of the life in the mother’s womb, God will not bless America or make us a great nation,” Young added before his prayer.

Not all pastors behind Young

Change Ministries Pastor Rev. Leslie Smith II – whose church is also located in Houston – indicated that he did not endorse Young’s statement about Democrats by saying he was not sure if the former head of the SBC truly understood what he was saying on election night.

"Because I’m sure at his church there are some Democrats," Smith pointed out, according to KHOU. "There are some Republicans. There are some Libertarians. There are some non-affiliates.”

Former pastor and author, Joel Goza, also would not stand behind Young’s statement about the Democrats, calling the assertion embarrassing because he claimed that he personally knows many committed Christians who vote for the Democratic Party.

“We have very problematic political realities facing our nation, so when I hear people like Dr. Ed Young, I feel like I’m listening to someone who has one-dimensional thinking in a three-dimensional world,” Goza expressed, as quoted by KHOU. “That’s just one individual’s view and perspective. If we believe he was off-base in his comments, let’s love him and forgive him and accept him – but not isolate him.”

More backlash from left-leaning Christians

Christians on the left – including President Barack Obama’s former faith adviser and staffer, Michael Wear – had a few words for Young on social media regarding his controversial statement about the Democrats.

"I would be happy to introduce you to faithful Christians who are Democrats," Wear told Young in a Twitter post. "Your remarks here are wrong and irresponsible … especially in this moment."

Wear is among Christians who claim and believe that big government should promote radical so-called “anti-discrimination” policies and assume the role of the Church by providing for the poor.

“Some Christians prefer Democrats because they feel inspired by their faith to call for social justice and social action that they feel is best carried out through the agenda of the Democratic Party,” The Christian Post (CP) explained. “Additionally, left-leaning Christians leaders have argued that Jesus' call to help the poor, orphaned, downtrodden, refugees and other marginalized individuals in society should inspire voters to vote against Republicans and President Donald Trump's agenda.”

On the other hand, the primary concern of many right-leaning evangelicals has to do with moral social issues regarding abortion, as well as their biblical stance on human sexuality that condemns homosexual behavior and its propagation.

“Many conservative Christians, however, can't look past the Democratic Party's staunch support for abortion and Planned Parenthood – as well over 300,000 unborn lives are terminated every year,” CP’s Samuel Smith noted. “Additionally, some conservative Christians can't overlook the Democratic Party's stance on LGBT issues because they see it is an embrace of sin.”

Another pastors calling out Dems …

Young was not the only conservative Christian pastor who took issue with believers voting for Democrats and their godless agenda on election day.

Just hours before Young’s comments, Grace of God Church Pastor Al Carlisle – whose church in New Port Richey, Florida, served as a polling station on Nov. 6 – posted a sign on his church property reading, “Don’t vote for Democrats on Tuesday and sing, ‘Oh, how I love Jesus on Sunday.’”

Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley ended up revoking the church’s polling license over the sign, but Carlisle proved that under law, he had every right to post the sign where it was placed – more than 100 feet from the polling station’s entrance.

The conservative pastor said he felt moved to be a voice for God amidst the numerous signs posted on his church’s property prompting passersby to vote for ungodly Democratic candidates who promote unbiblical policies.

"I get all these political ads up and down my driveway," Corley told Bay News 9. "I said, 'Well, I don't know if God's really excited about all this,' and 'How can I use this opportunity to be a witness – to share the truth of God's Word?'"

He said that it was not his goal to keep registered voters from casting their ballots for Democratic candidates – or to pressure them into voting for Republican candidates supporting biblical or conservative GOP-backed issues and initiatives.

"It's directed at those who profess to be Christians," Carlisle assured. "There is a line drawn in the sand by Jesus that we ought not cross."

He reaffirmed his assertion with another local paper – insisting that it was not his intention to push voters to cast their ballots for particular candidates, while stressing that he only opposes the Democratic Party’s platform on social and moral issues, including abortion, the LGBT agenda and illegal immigration … and emphasizing that Christians have the same right as other Americans to voice their opinions.

“I’m not saying, ‘Don’t [vote Democrat]’ – I’m saying don’t be a contradiction,” Carlisle impressed, according to The Tampa Bay Times. "Just because I pastor a church doesn't mean I give up my right as a citizen to have an opinion – to have freedoms. I can enjoy the First Amendment freedoms just like anybody else."

Young’s history of being candid on social issues

Over the past decade, Young has been particularly vocal about the stance he believes Christians should take on moral issues facing his community and the nation.

“In 2015, Young was heavily involved in a church-led campaign to overturn a transgender bathroom ordinance passed by the City of Houston,” Smith recounted. “The ordinance was overturned by the city's voters during a 2015 voter referendum.”

He took his biblical views on human sexuality to the pulpit, where he made it clear exactly where God stands on LGBT issues.

"The bottom line is, if we open up our facilities when someone can choose their sexual orientation – those who believe that men should use men's facilities, and women should use women's facilities – we will be discriminated against," Young explained to his congregation in a sermon at the time, according to OutSmart, Houston’s pro-LGBT magazine. "It is totally deceptive, and it is deadly, and I trust that you will vote no, no, no, because it will carry our city further and further and further down the road of being totally – in my opinion – secular and godless."

Nearly a decade ago during Obama’s first term in 2010, Young – whose son, Ed Young, is also a renowned megachurch pastor – produced an entire sermon series titled "Healing Broken America," which discusses the declining morality in the U.S. and “addresses the need to heal our broken worldview and the need to heal our broken Washington.”

 

 

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