SBC warned on veering further right

A risk of Pharisaism
Southern Baptists broke ties with their global brethren in the Baptist World Alliance, marshaled support for a familiar list of social issues, and voted to keep the Southern Baptist Convention name, despite suggestions that it hinders their image and growth.

In an emotional highlight of their annual meeting June 15-16 in Indianapolis, about 8,000 SBC messengers cheered President George W. Bush during the born-again president’s address live via satellite from the White House. Bush enlisted Southern Baptist help in promoting his social agenda, including a Federal Marriage Amendment, antiabortion legislation, faith-based social initiatives and tax cuts.

Meanwhile, messengers heard sermons laced with warnings about America’s moral direction and later passed resolutions opposing gay marriage, lamenting the “secularization” of American culture, and urging Christians to get involved politically and vote “biblical values.”


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