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Amid crises, rural roots anchor Southern Baptists’ president

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Stevicus, Oct 3, 2022.

  1. Stevicus

    Stevicus Veteran Member
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    Sep 26, 2011
    Amid crises, rural roots anchor Southern Baptists’ president | AP News

    While the Department of Justice is investigating the sexual abuse allegations in the SBC, they've elected a "folksy" small town pastor to lead them. Barber calls himself a "peacemaker" and a "unifier."

    He won in a runoff where the other candidate wanted to take the denomination further right.

    The article mentions that, in addition to the sex abuse scandal, the denomination is losing membership.

    The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. They've had a reputation for being ultra-conservative.

    Barber appointed an abuse task force which will make recommendations at next year's meeting in New Orleans.

    Will the SBC become more moderate? Or will they move further to the right? Will the victims of sex abuse (allegedly covered up by the church for more than two decades) see justice?
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  2. AlexanderG

    AlexanderG Active Member

    Jun 11, 2021
    I think it will splinter and fragment as all denominations do, and one of the fragments will continue to be the most far-right, reactionary population.

    Religion is just about catering to your own personality type and preferences, since there's no objective tool to determine which denomination or interpretation is more correct than any other. If you don't mesh well with your current church, you just shop around for one where most people do agree with your personal views.

    Not many people like to be associated with moral disgrace and hypocrisy, so I expect people will continue to leave. Apparently, about 75% of evangelicals who leave their faith are women. The reasons for this are becoming increasingly obvious. What young woman today wants to be told how to behave by a sexually corrupt group of old men, be told to feel guilty and dirty about all their natural thoughts and desires, and even be molested by these leaders and then gaslighted and blamed for it?
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  3. exchemist

    exchemist Veteran Member

    Apr 24, 2018
    RC (culturally at least)
    You could be right. Protestants have something of a reputation for being fissiparous and setting up new churches whenever they have a disagreement. It goes with the habit of constructing your own homespun theology, from your personal reading of the bible.
  4. Brickjectivity

    Brickjectivity Turned to Stone. Now I stretch daily.
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    Dec 8, 2012
    liber-scripta grim Christian
    I suspect that the SBC baptists are more moderate than they are perceived to be. When people invest their lives into something, they sometimes endure disagreement and extremism and oversights and wrongs or evils. That doesn't mean they aren't present and don't have any matter or weight.

    There is a newpaper that many people receive which focuses upon the Baptists. Many people have invested their lives into baptist churches and into supporting the thousands of baptist churches. That isn't going to change. The church will return towards its roots and shift left. Its going back between Boaz and Jachin. Its not going to shift left towards sin or towards evil or towards nonsense but towards unity and away from finger-pointing.
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