Syndicated Radio Host Janet Mefferd Says Russell Moore “Needs to Apologize” for Implying That Christian Talk Radio Makes People “Hate” Christianity

Russell D. Moore speaking

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission was called out Thursday by syndicated radio host Janet Mefferd over controversial statements he made at an ERLC gathering last week.

On Tuesday night April 22 Dr. Russell Moore delivered a lecture titled, “Walking the Line: The Gospel and Moral Purity.” In the speech, Dr. Moore took a critical view of the church’s handling of homosexuality and same-sex attraction, saying, “If all you and I are doing is standing and speaking a word, including a truthful word, about sexual immorality and sexual impurity, the world doesn’t need us for that. The devil is able to do that on his own. We have not been called simply to condemn, we have been called to reconcile.”

Dr. Moore went further and targeted Christian talk radio for criticism. During the address, he remarked, in part: “I listened on the way back up here from my hometown to some Christian talk radio this week — against my doctor’s orders. And, honestly, if all that I knew of Christianity was what I heard on Christian talk radio, I’d hate it, too. There are some people who believe that fidelity to the Gospel simply means speaking, ‘You kids get off my lawn.’ That is not the message that has been given to us.”

On April 24’s radio show, Mefferd responded to Moore’s remarks and defended the Biblical fidelity of Christian talk radio, especially on the issue of so-called same-sex marriage.

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SOURCE: The Pearcey Report
Ingrid Schlueter

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