Yesterday, Pulpit & Pen published an article entitled “Church Leaves SBC Over Beth Moore, JD Greear, and Doctrinal Errors” in which we reported that the First Baptist Church of Victoria, Missouri had decided to leave the Southern Baptist Convention after over fifty years of membership. In a letter addressed to local, state, and national SBC administrators, the leadership of FBC Victoria accused the SBC of having “gone the way of Balaam, seeking monetary gain over holiness and righteousness.” FBC Victoria’s letter named SBC President JD Greear and prominent Bible teacher Beth Moore as specific examples of denominational corruption. Those same individuals, along with ERLC President Russell Moore were also condemned in the August 20, 2019 church newsletter of Southside Baptist Church (of Gallatin, Tennessee). In that newsletter Southside announced its own departure from the SBC after decades of membership. Southside’s long-time pastor, James Bell, wrote:
BECAUSE the leadership of the SBC has left and/or is weak on key Biblical positions; and because they have turned a deaf ear to those who have tried to stand against their departure— we, of necessity, leave the convention.
Pulpit & Pen has reported on the troubling behavior of JD Greear, Russell Moore, Beth Moore, and other SBC leaders for years. As we and other news outlets continue to shine a light in the dark places of SBC corruption, more and more conservative churches are beginning to notice uncorrected problems and take action. If your church financially supports the SBC, I encourage you and your church’s leadership to investigate the reasons why FBC Victoria and Southside Baptist have chosen to end decades-long ministry partnerships with the Southern Baptist Convention.
Southside’s complete statement on SBC affiliation can be found here.
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