(Todd Starnes) SBC Executive Committee member Jared Wellman’s hit piece in SBC Voices today is absolutely outrageous. The claims it makes – historical claims, independently verifiable claims – are 180 degrees from the facts.
In a sense, that may be the only sentence that matters. Jared is angry that his preferred candidates lost election after election last week by margins of 2-1 or greater (a point Jared conveniently omits). As is so often the case in today’s America, his response to repeated defeat is to claim that we cheat.
But Jared’s article is not merely whining: it is indeed a hit piece, utterly unworthy of a pastor and an EC member. Let me note just a few points:
- Jared claims disingenuously that outgoing EC Chairman Mike Stone acted in unprecedented fashion by nominating a slate of officers (specifically, the four committee chairmen) for the coming year, rather than allowing incoming Chairman Rolland Slade (for whom every EC member voted, myself included) to do so. This is the exact opposite of the truth. Not only do our bylaws require the sitting chairman (not the incoming chairman) to nominate the committee chairmen, but these nominations have historically been termed “appointments” by most people because since the adoption of that bylaw, no chairman’s nominees have ever been opposed, until last week!
- Worse still, two weeks prior, EC staff proposed to the EC officers a bylaw amendment to change exactly this procedure: to give that semi-appointment power to the incoming chairman rather than the outgoing. The EC officers – including incoming Chairman Rolland Slade – voted that proposal down 6-0.
- And there’s more. Jared himself proposed that same amendment at the EC meeting last week which his article purports to describe. Then-Chairman Mike Stone properly ruled the amendment out of order, and his ruling was upheld by an 87% vote of the full Executive Committee (another fact Jared notably fails to mention).
Jared’s version turns all of this on its head.
There’s still more.
- Slade, breaking all precedent and seemingly contradicting his own prior vote in the officers’ meeting, then nominated a slate of officers in opposition to Stone’s. All but one of these nominees were defeated by the full EC by…
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Editors Note. This article was written by Todd Stanes and posted on his website. Title changed by Pulpit & Pen.
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