On Twitter, some Southern Baptist Convention pastors are criticizing the scheduled appearance of Dr. Albert Mohler at the upcoming National Conservatism Conference. Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the denomination’s flagship school, is slated to be a keynote speaker at the event next month in Miami. His address is titled “‘Your God Will Have Been Supplanted by an Idol’: The Dangerous Illusion of a ‘Secular’ State.”
According to its website, the National Conservatism Conference “brings together public figures, journalists, scholars, and students who understand that the past and future of conservatism are inextricably tied to the idea of the nation, to the principle of national independence, and to the revival of the unique national traditions that alone have the power to bind a people together and bring about their flourishing.”
On August 17, North Carolina Pastor Ben Marsh tweeted an image of the conference lineup, featuring three Republican politicians: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Other speakers include Peter Thiel, a gay right-wing billionaire, and Christian Adams, a conservative activist who warns about voter fraud.
Marsh writes: “Look at this pic man. I can’t get over it. @SBTS is this what you’re all about? Election deniers, COVID hoaxers, all politics all the time. I’m saddened. We have a shortage of pastors as it is, and now we’re training them to care more for politics than Christ.”
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Texas Pastor Dwight McKissic, who has pushed back against the SBC’s denunciation of critical race theory as incompatible with Christianity, retweeted Marsh’s post. McKissic writes: “This picture makes me cringe for the SBC. It’s extremely unappealing for multiple thousands I engage with. Not because they’re Republicans—Condi Rice, Colin Powell, E.V. Hill were Republicans. But, for all the reasons mentioned in this tweet+adherence to Christian Nationalism.”
Marsh and McKissic add to the online conversation, with Marsh tweeting: “Who knows— Maybe Southern Seminary President Al Mohler will stand up and say: ‘For the sake of truth we must admit that Jesus is Lord. That means Donald Trump is not. It is time to leave him behind. The election was not stolen. Admit this and move on. [The] passions behind those events were incited and flamed by the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. The mob was encouraged by the president, whose undeniable sins of commission and omission on that day will be debated for generations to come. It is time to move on. MOVE ON.”
Marsh adds: “Forgive me if I overstate this, but it strikes me that President Mohler speaking on ‘The Dangerous Illusion of a ‘Secular’ State’ is more of a transgression of the Baptist Faith and Message (and Baptist history) than women serving with the title of Pastor.”