The Fellowship Baptist Church in Sidney, Montana, which has been affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention since 1980, announced Monday that they plan to withdraw from the organization “due to the ongoing social justice promoting, leftist progressivism, and mission drift away from the Gospel by the denomination’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.”
Jordan Hall, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, called for the church to leave the Southern Baptist Convention, quoting Charles Spurgeon, that where there is such disagreement on vital issues, there should be no pretense of fellowship.
The announcement comes just days after the conclusion of the “MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop” conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Jointly organized by the ERLC and The Gospel Coalition, the conference called on Christians to reflect on the state of racial unity in the church and the culture.
Fellowship Baptist Church leaders argue, however, that speakers at the conference including ERLC President Russell Moore, “repeatedly denied the efficacy of the accomplished work of Christ in matters of sin and forgiveness.”
“Following the MLK50 Conference, held in veneration of Martin Luther King and hosted by The Gospel Coalition and the ERLC, church elders felt that the Gospel was reproached so egregiously by Russell Moore (who seems to act with complete support of other SBC leaders and entity heads), the congregation could no long[er] continue in affiliating with the denomination,” the church stated.
“Church elders for some time have felt that Russell Moore, a former Democratic staffer and benefactor of and partner with the George Soros’ Open Society Foundation on the Evangelical Immigration Table, has been steadily taking the SBC to the progressive-left on virtually every ethics issue except abortion. … However, speakers at the MLK50 Conference — organized in part by Russell Moore — repeatedly denied the efficacy of the accomplished work of Christ in matters of sin and forgiveness,” the statement added.
Despite the announcement from Fellowship Baptist Church, Roger “Sing” Oldham, vice president for SBC communications and relations, said he wasn’t aware of any complaints regarding the conference.
“We have not heard in our office from any churches expressing dissatisfaction with the MLK50 conference,” Oldham said.
When asked about the situation Monday, Elizabeth Bristow, press secretary of the ERLC, said “this is the first I’ve heard about this.”
“We are not aware of any SBC churches threatening to leave the SBC because of our event. We’ve had great feedback from the conference,” she further explained in a statement.
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Source: Christian Post