Young conservatives rap SBC leadership as arrogant, isolationist

The Memphis Declaration
About 30 Southern Baptist conservatives from diverse backgrounds are repenting of the triumphalism, arrogance and isolationism they say threatens the integrity of the 16-million-member denomination.

Saying they represent “disparate constituencies” in the Southern Baptist Convention, the participants met behind closed doors May 2-3 in Tennessee and later issued a “Memphis Declaration,” expressing concern and dissatisfaction over the current direction of the church body. But the group stopped short of proposing a candidate for SBC office or actions to be taken at the SBC convention in June—to the surprise of some participants.

Couched in terms of repentance, the statement says in part: “We publicly repent of triumphalism about Southern Baptist causes and narcissism about Southern Baptist ministries which have corrupted our integrity. . . . We publicly repent of an arrogant spirit that has infected our partnership with fellow Christians.”


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