Richard Land & the SBC
First of all let me say that I go to a very solid biblical, bible teaching Southern Baptist church. You may be reading this and say to yourself well this does not apply to me because I am a not a Southern Baptist. If you are thinking this you are so far from the truth, the issue of Richard Land will affect every Evangelic out there because he claims to be speaking for all Evangelical groups.
So who is Richard Land you may ask? Richard Land is the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He is being used to push a liberal, radically unbiblical, politically correct, and anti-American agenda. He is what the communist call “an useful idiot”. Many Southern Baptist church members and pastors are up set with the direction he is pushing the SBC. They also are expressing concern with the 3 million plus dollars of their donations that are going to fund this radical movement by Mr. Land. If I was in a church that was funding the SBC and Mr. Land, praise God our church stopped funding until this is taken care of, I would stop the donations until he is removed from office.
So what is Mr. Land exactly saying or supporting that has everyone so upset. To begin with Mr. Land Endorsed the U.S. Muslim Engagement Project and is helping to build Mosques. Through this he is supporting religious pluralism or interfaith movement. Which we know the bible is clearly against, Jesus is the only way. Not the god of Islam. We can not find common ground nor should we try to on find common ground when it comes to Muslims and their religious teachings. Their god is not the God of the bible and more importantly the God that offered Salvation through His son Jesus Christ.
Mr. Land also is part of "U.S. Muslim Engagement Project" the goal of this group is for Americans and Muslims to find common ground. Common ground is impossible when several of the Muslims associated with this organization have, according to credible news sources, ties to known terrorist organizations.
Secondly Mr. Land endorses a book by Radical Jim Walls. In 2008, Neo-Marxist Jim Wallis released a book entitled; The Great Awakening and you will find these words of endorsement on the book by Richard Land: "Despite our significant public-policy differences, I commend Jim Wallis for advocating religious belief as an invaluable resource in addressing the urgent moral and social crisis of our time."So Land is more concerned about the public-policy beliefs of Wallis than he is his religious beliefs?
Dr. Noebel in his article, Barack Obama's "Red" Spiritual Advisor, lays out even more reasons why it is offensive that Richard Land would "commend Jim Wallis for advocating religious belief":
First, Jim Wallis has had relationships with the communist Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES).
Second, his "Witness for Peace" was an attempt to defend the Nicaraguan Sandinistas! Wallis, together with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright (Obama's former pastor of 20 years) "rallied support for the communist Nicaraguan regime and protested actions by the United States which supported the anti-communist Contra rebels" (Family World News, February 2009, p. 7).
Third, Wallis and his Sojourners community of fellow-travelers believe Fidel Castro's Cuba, Hugo Chavez's Venezuela, Daniel Ortega's Nicaragua, and the other revolutionary forces "restructuring socialist societies" are the Communist paradises the United States needs to emulate in order to establish "social justice." Writing in the November 1983 issue of Sojourners, Jacob Laksin notes, "Jim Wallis and Jim Rice drafted what would become the charter of leftist activists committed to the proliferation of Communist revolutions in Central America" (Laksin, "Sojourners: History, Activities and Agendas" in Discoverthenetworks.org., 2005).
The ugly truth is Wallis wishes to see the destruction of the United States as a nation and in its place "a radical nonconformist community" patterned after the progressive, socialist commune he established in Washington, D.C., in 1971 (Laksin, Ibid.).
And yes, Wallis portrays the evangelical right that happens to be pro-American and anti-Communist "as members of the forces of darkness" (Nash, p. 66, 71). For Wallis, a good Christian is someone who is pro-Communist and socialist, while a bad Christian is someone who is anti-Communist and pro-capitalist. The cry of the Sojourners crowd is "social justice" for the poor and downtrodden-social justice being code for socialism/communism.
Thirdly, Land gives credibility to Mormonism. He openly has endorsed Glenn Becks 8-28 rally in D.C. Land added to the pluralistic propaganda and confusion when he declared Mormonism was the Fourth Abrahamic faith. Mormonism does not believe in one god but millions of gods making them a polytheistic religion. The other three religions are monotheistic; meaning they only believe in one god. So how does that make Mormonism a fourth Abrahamic religion?
Lastly Mr. Land is for Obama’s Amnesty agenda and global government. What true bible believing Christian could support a platform that would ruin America and goes against true biblical teachings. With unemployment rates hovering around 22% this would totally ruin the middle class and force millions American citizens into poverty.
Land is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations which is an anti-Christian, anti-American, globalist organization.
In the end Mr. Land if he is allowed to continue in his position will cause endless problems for the SBC and Evangelic Christians in America and worldwide. So what can one do? I encourage SBC members and non members alike to call the trustees of the SBC. These trustees are the ones that hold the ability to stop Mr. Land. I have included the information below to contact these trustees. Please be politely many of them are concerned just as we are but need to hear from you to know what you think before acting.
Eunie Smith is president of Eagle Forum of Alabama and is chairman of ERLC's trustees and her office number is: 205-879-7096.
Stephen Faith is the associate pastor of Charlestown Road Baptist Church in New Albany, Indiana and is vice chairman of the ERLC trustees and his office number is: 812-944-2780.
Charles Lord is pastor of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona and is the secretary of the ERLC trustees and his number office number is: 602-944-3306.
The president of the SBC is Pastor Bryant Wright and his office number is: 770-973-6561.