Three Founders Ministries Board Members Resign After Release of Trailer Causes Controversy

Three Founders Ministries board members resigned this week after a controversial trailer the organization released for its upcoming cinedoc on social justice in the Southern Baptist Convention seemed to demonize sexual abuse survivors.

Tom Ascol, a Florida pastor and president of the Reformed Baptist ministry, announced the resignations of board members Fred Malone, Tom Hicks and Jon English on Thursday.

Ascol explained that the resignations came after “lengthy conversations about the release of and responses to a trailer for the planned documentary, ‘By What Standard?'” He said the three men “believe we have sinned in how the trailer portrayed certain people and issues.”

“Our conversations led to an impasse regarding the nature of sin, unintentional sin, unwise acts and what faithfulness to Christ requires in the wake of each,” Ascol wrote in a statement. “Though each of these three men formulated his own arguments, their views led them all to conclude they could not conscientiously continue to serve Founders without agreement on these points as it relates to elements in the trailer.”

Founders, which seeks to encourage the “biblical reformation of local churches,”  released the trailer for the documentary last week. The project aims to expose how ideas such as radical feminism, critical race theory, and intersectionality are now taking hold in the SBC.

The four-minute trailer was critical of some prominent SBC leaders, including Russell Moore, Beth Moore, James Merritt, Matt Chandler, and Dwight McKissic.

The trailer received pushback as many felt it was divisive and unfairly criticized respected SBC figures and entities, and seemed to downplay concerns about sex abuse in the church.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith