Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore may be in danger of losing his position with the Southern Baptist Convention due largely to the political divide within evangelicalism.
The Washington Post reports that more than 100 of the 46,000 Southern Baptist churches have threatened to pull funding from the SBC’s umbrella fund.
Moore leads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the policy arm of the SBC.
During the 2016 presidential election, Moore made headlines when he firmly opposed Donald Trump for president, and even engaged in a Twitter debate with the then-candidate Trump.
Some are concerned that Moore’s vocal disapproval of Trump and his more progressive stance on accepting immigrants, condemning the display of the Confederate flag, and other issues is leading to a rift between Moore and the older SBC community, most of whom are among the 80 percent of white evangelicals who supported Trump in the election.
On Monday evening, Frank Page, president of the SBC’s executive committee, met with Moore to address concerns over his leadership.
“If the meeting doesn’t goes well, I’m fully prepared to ask him for a change in his status,” stated Page, although he and Moore also issued a joint statement, affirming their mutual support for one another.
“We fully support one another and look forward to working together on behalf of Southern Baptists in the years to come,” the statement read. “We will collaborate on developing future steps to deepen connections with all Southern Baptists as we work together to advance the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
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Publication date: March 14, 2017