Baptist World Annoyance
For Unity’s Sake, Southern Baptists Separate from World Alliance
by Russell D. Moore
A friend of mine likes to describe the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) controversy to outsiders by comparing the BWA’s international alliance of Baptists to the United Nations. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is like the United States: the biggest financial contributor and also the object of scorn and derision by the leadership of the organization. The BWA leadership is like the UN Security Council: hamstrung by the boutique liberalism of bureaucrats from Western Europe. And the BWA statements are somewhat like a UN Security Council resolution: endlessly debated within but with virtually no effect on the outside world.
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Russell D. Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.
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