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Liberty University Declares War on Southern Baptist Convention & Its Deep State

The president of Liberty University issued a stunning rebuke to the Southern Baptist Convention. During Liberty’s baccalaureate service Friday, Jerry Falwell Jr. accused new leaders in the SBC of taking the convention away from its conservative roots and betraying the conservative resurgence.

Falwell praised the conservative resurgence led by men like baccalaureate speaker Dr. Jerry Vines for bringing the SBC back “to more accurately reflect the values of most Southern Baptist members.”

Falwell said that “unfortunately, a new generation has taken the Convention away from those values in many ways.”

Falwell promised Liberty University would continue to defend its conservative values.

“We will continue to honor the conservative leaders who reformed the Southern Baptist Convention, and we place our hope in your generation to be the ones to step up and provide better leadership for the future,” Falwell told the graduates.

Falwell was hopping mad at what is happening to the Southern Baptist Convention.

What precipitated the frustration? Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s removal of stained-glass windows of conservative theological leaders sparked the rebuke, but it is clear this isn’t about the windows—but it runs much deeper. It is about the theological and public policy stances destroying the unity of the Southern Baptist Convention. We’ve pointed out before, that the future of the SBC is bleak as progressives continue to weaken the Southern Baptist Convention.

He said the windows were “removed by the new regime.”

He likened the operation of the new regime to a “Southern Baptist Deep State.”

The windows were paid for by donations and Falwell wanted the money back. It appears, Falwell got the windows.

According to the university, “Falwell demanded that SWBTS return the money donated for the windows and sent a plane to Fort Worth, Texas, this week to retrieve them. They will go on display in the Jerry Falwell Museum on campus.”

Southwestern appears to be in a crisis as new, inexperienced leadership takes the helm. Immediately, the new president cut about 30-percent of fulltime faculty. Other changes by the new president included hiring his new team of administrators and staff from…you guessed it…Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (apparently, only Al Mohler’s people can run things.)

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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by and originally published at the Capstone Report.]