Jim Smith: Baptist Ethics Group "Trumps Up" SBC Anti-Semitism Charges

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Don’t miss the Florida Baptist Witness‘ hot-off-the-presses editorial on the recent flap over Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler’s comments on Jewish evangelism. Editor James A. Smith, Sr., gives the full picture of what Mohler said—namely, that all people need to believe in Jesus.  Smith also alerts Baptists to the way in which the Baptist Center for Ethics (BCE) “trumped up” charges of anti-Semitism through a noxiously crafted BCE headline, followed up with BCE-generated “reaction” from the Anti-Defamation League.

As noted in this Report in recent days, BCE head Robert Parham has been trying frantically for weeks to stir up some controversy coming out of the SBC emphasis on “Kingdom Families” last week in Phoenix.  Does the BCE gang really believe Southern Baptist will be shocked to learn that their leaders affirm the free offer of the gospel?  Their theology proves the Baptist Center for Ethics is out of touch with Baptists.  And their methods prove they are out of touch with ethics as well.

Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


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Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).