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Wed Jun 13, 2018, 07:20 PM

Pence accused of 'hijacking' evangelical meeting

Source: CNN


By Daniel Burke, CNN Religion Editor

Updated 6:09 PM ET, Wed June 13, 2018

Dallas (CNN)For most of their annual meeting this week in Dallas, Southern Baptists have talked about spiritual matters, particularly their keen focus on gaining new converts. But the gathering of the nation's largest evangelical group took a political turn on Wednesday morning, when Vice President Mike Pence addressed the nearly 10,000 delegates, known as messengers. And some weren't happy about it.

"I know that sent a terribly mixed signal," tweeted J.D. Greear, a North Carolina pastor who was elected to be the denomination's new president on Tuesday.

"We are grateful for civic leaders who want to speak to our convention -- but make no mistake about it, our identity is in the Gospel and our unity is in the Great Commission." The Great Commission is Jesus' call in the Bible for Christians to "go and make disciples of all nations."

In introducing Pence, Steve Gaines, the outgoing president of the Southern Baptist Convention, as the denomination is officially known, noted the Vice President is a conservative Christian who "loves the Lord Jesus Christ." Gaines said he appreciated Pence's appearance last November at a memorial service for the victims of a mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/13/politics/vp-pence-speaks-to-southern-baptists/index.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 07:21 PM

1. K&R for visibility. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 07:26 PM

2. The Southern Baptists, trying to minimize right-wing politics?

No, uh-uh, I don't think so. They've been spewing about the Right-Wing Jesus for way too long to get away with this. Pence is a perfect fit for their little get-together......

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 07:28 PM

3. "Much of Pence's speech was dedicated to praising the accomplishments of his boss..."

What the hell else did they expect him to do? Have they never heard of Mike Pence? He makes Phil Hartman's sycophantic Ed McMahon caricature seem positively standoffish. I'm surprised he could even tear his lips from Trump's ass long enough to go to this convention.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 07:33 PM

4. That's crap

The SBC hooked its wagon to psycho politics decades ago. Just now thinking that's inappropriate doesn't cut it.

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