Negative Reaction to Bart Barber’s Candidacy
Meanwhile, Pastor Corey Smith, an Ascol proponent, sets forth “two main reasons” that Barber “is not qualified” to serve as SBC president: “He defended sermon plagiarism of Ed Litton” and “He will not give a full throat denunciation of CRT.” Using the hashtag #ChangetheDirection, Smith writes, “We need a man who will contend against false gospels and teachings that are threatening our churches,” and “We need a man who will call out both moral sins and wokeness.”
Former SBC Executive Committee officer Rod Martin tweets, “If you liked Ed Litton, you will LOVE Bart Barber.” Litton, the current SBC president, isn’t seeking re-election.
Pastor Tom Buck, one of Litton’s most outspoken critics, tweets about Barber: “Anyone who defended Ed Litton’s actions and supported him remaining in office is part of the problem in the SBC. If he can’t see what Ed did is a disqualifying lack of character, then he doesn’t possess the character necessary to #changethedirection. His integrity is no better.”
Voting will take place in June at the SBC annual meeting in Anaheim, California.