A Southern Baptist pastor in South Texas says the church has a problem: too much talk about justice.
Racial justice, social justice, global justice — you name it. He’s heard enough.
He’s against all this justice. Not only that, but he wants Southern Baptist Convention churches to stop preaching about it.
Saying the whole idea of justice and equality is way too liberal, the Rev. Grady Arnold of Cuero has filed a resolution calling for the denomination to reject social justice as “evil.”
Saying social justice is based on “Marxist ideology,” he decries it as not about rights and compassion but about “liberal theology” and compassion for “groups they deem as ‘victims.’”
The Southern Baptist’s upset with local seminary President Paige Patterson’s comments about women and abuse victims, for example.
“He’s been unjustly accused,” Arnold, 55, said Tuesday by phone: “He actually hasn’t laid a finger on anybody.”
Besides the 3,000-plus Southern Baptist women plus a few men signing a letter of protest, Arnold also is concerned about all this talk of racial justice.
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