Another Southern Baptist Church has left the SBC over what many are calling a complete undoing of the Conservative Resurgence. Pastor Jeff Noblit of the booming Grace Life Church of the Shoals (Muscle Shoals, AL) mentioned a number of problematic issues with their denomination but said that the denomination’s support for Beth Moore’s ministry was “the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Noblitt announced to the congregation that he and the rest of the church’s elders were united in asking the church members to abandon the liberalizing denomination.
John MacArthur’s comments over the weekend, in which he said that Beth Moore should “go home” and stop preaching, should have received widespread approval in the SBC and would have only a few short years ago. Instead, SBC officials like Convention President, JD Greear, mocked MacArthur and other leaders like Danny Akin rebuked MacArthur for his position on female preachers. Previously, Russell Moore had said, “An SBC that doesn’t have room for Beth Moore doesn’t have room for a lot of us.”
Mentioned in his sermon is SBC support for Beth Moore, their leadership’s attacks on John MacArthur, the passage of Resolution 9 (promoting Critical Race Theory), SBC leaders promoting Paula White, and it’s generalized liberalizing and its promotion of Social Justice.
The calmly-spoken but serious-minded pastor explained that churches that embrace feminism will embrace liberalism, and acknowledged that the SBC was beyond salvaging.
The sermon really was incredible, and we encourage you to listen to it. You can see it below. The announcement of the church’s choice to leave the denomination starts around the 9:35 mark.
Nobblit told the crowd, “You can disagree with me, but if you do, you better come with an open Bible and about four hours.”
Many churches have left the SBC over this issue. Fellowship Baptist Church in Sidney, Montana, was the first to do so in recent years over social justice last year, which was written about in Relevant Magazine, The Christian Post, and other publications. Since then, hundreds have officially and/or unofficially left the denomination, pledging privately or publicly to never support the denomination again. We have continually covered these departures at Pulpit & Pen.
We pray that many more will follow.