The president of the Southern Baptist Convention warned pastors and churches this week to avoid being a “stooge” for any political party.
Preaching to approximately 6,000 Southern Baptist messengers meeting this week in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. J.D. Greear warned his audience to keep their distance from appearing to take sides.
“In our political climate,” he said, “we know that if we are known as the stooge for one party, we just will lose all audience with the other.”
When the church’s message is tied “too closely” to a political platform, he continued, “we put an unnecessary obstacle in the way of the gospel for half of our mission field.”
Presidential advisor Dr. Robert Jeffress agrees with Greear that no Christian leader should be a stooge for a political party or a government leader. But he doesn't know who Greear is talking about.
“Every evangelical leader I know, who is close to President Trump,” Jeffress says, “uses his or her proximity to encourage the President in godly policies on abortion, religious liberty, and the embassy move to Jerusalem.”
Jeffress, who emerged as a vocal supporter of Trump during his primary campaign in 2016, is senior pastor of First Baptist-Dallas.
Reacting to Greear’s warning, Jeffress says the SBC president seemed to use a “straw man tactic” in his sermon.
“Because I really don't know anyone who's doing what he is warning about,” Jeffress says.