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James Merritt Declines SBC Seminary’s Visiting Professor Invite After Controversy Surrounding Gay Son’s Sermon

Many replied to Akin’s announcement with sorrow, chastising the SBC and the CBN. One said, “This just makes me sad. Like incredibly sad.” Another wrote, “I went and read his page, then I started following him, and the whole thing made me horribly sad. People are mean.” One person wrote, “This is what is wrong with the SBC. The spirit of the Pharisees is winning.” Another tweet read, “Thankful for you. So sad about the hate in the SBC world.”

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Some repliers directed their comments toward the CBN, saying, “@BaptistNetwork must really be proud of themselves,” and “it’s incredibly tragically laughable that these men who stand by abusers think they have the moral high ground to pressure anyone else. I’m so sorry to everyone involved in this but especially the Merritt family who showcased unconditional love.”

Tom Buck Responds to Merritt’s Decline

Buck doubled down on his previous comments regarding Merritt’s endorsement of a his son’s sermon, tweeting, “It’s deeply sad that so many in the SBC are angry over James Merritt having to resign for commending his homosexual son as a preacher and his sermon that butchered both Scripture and the Gospel. Every day the great theological drift in the SBC becomes more clear. What should make anyone angry is not that James Merritt resigned, but that he did not repent.”

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