Moral Contradictions

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Southern Baptist and a (gasp!) moral contradiction?

I was surprised when Richard Land of the Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) came out against Rev. Creighton Lovelace and his sign "The Koran needs to be flushed!" in front of his church, Danieltown Baptist in Forest City, NC.

Ethics Daily has pointed out that Morris Chapman, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee also condemns the sign. Great.

“Of course, the Quran does not support the beliefs of Southern Baptists, but we recognize and respect the rights of Muslims to believe as they choose,” Chapman said. “Furthermore, Southern Baptists wish to relate to our Muslim neighbors in a respectful manner that allows mutual sharing of our beliefs.”

But... there's more. Rewind to the 2002 SBC Pastors Conference and a statement made by Dr. Jerry Vines:

“Christianity was founded by the virgin-born son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ,” Vines said. “Islam was founded by Muhammad, a demon-possessed pedophile who had 12 wives, and his last one was a 9-year-old girl. And I will tell you, Allah is not Jehovah, either. Jehovah’s not going to turn you into a terrorist that’ll try to bomb people and take the lives of thousands and thousands of people.” (*cough*CRUSADES*cough*)

Alex, can I have Moral Contradiction by Morris Chapman for $400?

“Dr. Jerry Vines is known universally to be one of Southern Baptists’ finest pulpiteers and most effective and compassionate pastors, those who know him well also acknowledge him as one of our most studious and careful pastor-scholars. His remarks about Muhammad’s history and character would have been made only after thorough reflection on the Islamic sources. Those who have attacked him and his statements have yet to answer that documentation. The evidence is overwhelming and consistent--leading to only one conclusion: Dr. Vines is right in his assertions....”

“...Dr. Vines’ courage and candor are grounded in his integrity as a man of God, and we fully support his leadership among Southern Baptists and the evangelical community."

And the SBC leaders wonder why they get attacked by many Christians and non-Christians alike.

Also, Rev. Creighton Lovelace apparently couldn't take the heat from Alan Colmes and hung up in the middle of the interview.


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