To Christians, there are few issues more important than fighting against abortion.
The millions of unborn children are made in the image of God, making it personal to Christians.
And millions of American might switch churches after what one denomination said about abortion.
If one were to ask virtually any Southern Baptist churchgoer, they would be strongly against abortion and supportive of the fight to end it.
But as it turns out, the Southern Baptist Convention doesn’t agree with that sentiment.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), which is the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, just came out stating that Christians should not preach against abortion from the pulpit, on the street corner, or in bumper stickers or social media posts.
They claim that it is “hurtful to women.”
Pulpit & Pen reports:
A new blog post at the ERLC tells Christians not to preach against abortion from the pulpit, on the street corner, and not to use pro-life/anti-abortion bumper-stickers or slogans in social media. It is hurtful to women, they argue.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention is supposed to represent the views of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. However, it is run by a leftist political operative and former Democratic staffer, Russell Moore. In the ERLC’s latest attempt to steer evangelicalism to the left, its blog is now telling people not preach against abortion, whether in the street or from behind the pulpit.
Please note before proceeding that the ERLC utilized Karen Swallow Prior as a research fellow for years, who famously wrote in Christianity Today that “Abortion isn’t murder” and “calling abortionists murderers is unchristlike.” Russell Moore continued to defend Prior during and after that controversy and then helped secure her a job at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Also, please note that as the pro-life movement had the best year (2019) in the movement’s history with groundbreaking anti-abortion laws in many states, the ERLC was utterly silent on the topic.
While the statement from the ERLC surely does not represent most Southern Baptist churchgoers, it does represent the church as a whole considering their partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention.
Would you ever attend a church that is pro-abortion?
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