Russell D. Moore Clarifies His Criticism of Christian Talk Radio

Russell D. Moore
Russell D. Moore

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, clarified that his recent criticism of a Christian talk radio program as missing a redemptive message was not aimed at all Christian talk radio programs.

During a speech at the ERLC’s Leadership Summit in Nashville on April 22, Moore said, “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.”

In a broadcast two days later, Christian talk radio host Janet Mefferd said she was offended at what Moore said and called on him to apologize. Also, Bott Radio Network President Richard Bott reportedly sent Moore a letter asking him for a public apology.

In an interview with The Christian Post on Monday, Moore said the quote should be understood in the context of the entire speech.

His message had two parts. The Devil needs to be fought on the two fronts where he works, in deception and accusation, he taught the audience of mostly young Southern Baptist pastors.

In the first part, he spoke about how the Devil deceives people by making them think “that sexual immorality does not lead to consequences, including eternal consequences.” To fight this deception, Moore recommended calling “people clearly to repentance” and standing “against those who would offer a revisionist message of Christian sexual ethic.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
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