Today we cover a controversy within The Southern Baptist Convention over the building of a Muslim mosque in New Jersey. A city has not approved the building of this mosque but the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board has filed an amicus brief with the court supporting a lawsuit against the city on behalf of Muslims. One pastor has resigned from the Mission Board citing a contradiction between the Board’s action and its mission of spreading the gospel.
In our first segment we check in with Tina Griffin of Counter Culture Mom. Tina will point out some good role models for young people to look up to, and we’ll also talk about the need for Christians to make a statement to Hollywood by boycotting much of what they offer at the box office.
From the article on the SBC controversy regarding Islam:
Pastor Dean Huan explains he found out in June 2016 that the IMB, along with the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, signed the amicus brief supporting the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge in its lawsuit against a New Jersey township that refused its application to build a mosque.
“I wasn’t informed and I kind of got blindsided by it,” Huan states.
The pastor says IMB president David Platt explained to him it was done for reasons of religious freedom. But Huan viewed it differently and tells OneNewsNow that his resignation was a matter of conviction.
“I told them that I understood the religious liberty implications [and] that we all want religious liberty, but that I really felt it was an unholy alliance between light and darkness – that scripture in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15 forbids us to do,” he adds.
In fact, the pastor argues the brief supports Muslims in an effort to construct a house of false worship.
Huan also wonders what this action has to do with IMB’s mission of reaching the world for Christ. “If you read our mission and purpose statement on one side and then what we did on signing this brief, it just doesn’t make any sense because it has nothing to do with our mission and purpose,” he contends.
Huan’s stance may have had some impact. Platt, the IMB president, has since released a statement revising the board’s process for submitting friend of the court briefs: “As a result of discussions among IMB trustees and staff over recent months, we have revised our processes for our legal department filing any future amicus briefs.