Popular Christian author and speaker Beth Moore is leaving the Southern Baptist Convention – evidence, some are saying, that she's become more "woke" than wise.
Moore made the announcement in a recent interview with Religion News Service:
Moore: "I am still a Baptist, but I can no longer identify with Southern Baptists. I love so many Southern Baptist people, so many Southern Baptist churches, but I don't identify with some of the things in our heritage that haven't remained in the past."
Speculation is that she's was referring to the denomination's "racist roots" and arguing that support of former President Donald Trump among Southern Baptists is evidence that it persists still. RNS offered the following: "Because of her opposition to Trump and her outspokenness in confronting sexism and nationalism in the evangelical world, Moore has been labeled as 'liberal' and 'woke.'"
Indeed, several in the evangelical community are confirming that label.
In his March 10 radio commentary, evangelical Christian radio host Todd Starnes stated of Moore:
Starnes: "She continues to berate evangelical Trump supporters, saying the president became the poster child of the great white hope of evangelicals and the salvation of the Church in America. Beth Moore not only left the Southern Baptists, she's gone full-blown woke."
Thursday on American Family Radio, American Family Association president Tim Wildmon argued that Moore has waffled on the biblical role of women in the church as well as biblical marriage over the last several years.
"What's happened with Beth Moore in the last five years, though, she's gone woke," said Wildmon. "She's gone woke on several different issues that have put her at odds with the people that have bought her books over the years – and, some would argue, has put her at odds with scripture."
Also speaking on AFR, Christian apologist Dr. Alex McFarland said the author and speaker's never-Trump stance appears to be the straw that broke the camel's back.
"Her opposition to Donald Trump – almost this obsessive opposition to Donald Trump – and being woke and now repudiating the Southern Baptists, which has been, as a denomination, faithful to the Bible, faithful to leading people to Christ," McFarland outlined. "She's breaking with the SBC because the SBC is not progressively woke enough for her."
Fellow AFR talk-show host Fred Jackson predicted a reckoning is coming.
"She's saying she's leaving, and that may resolve a problem with her," Jackson stated. "But I think there's still a problem in the Southern Baptist Convention; there's still a divide over the issues she has talked about – and I think it's going to blow itself up at the convention. It's coming, folks."
The SBC's 2021 Annual Meeting is scheduled for Jun 15-16 in Nashville.
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