The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) held its annual meeting in Birmingham this week. Reports say the SBC has lost almost 200,000 members in the past year.

The big items were the sex abuse scandals involving church staff and volunteer workers and whether women should be allowed to preach.

A saying that’s been around for hundreds of years and in many countries is, “A fish rots from the head down.” It tells us that the problems in a nation (or church denomination) usually starts at the top. 40 years ago, 2 males (Judge Paul Pressler and Rev Paige Patterson) led a coup during an annual meeting of the SBC and turned it over to the GOP. Dozens of Christian pastors and missionaries were forced out. Recently, Pressler has been accused of molesting young men and Patterson has been forced out of his position as seminary president because he covered up sex abuse.

The SBC continues to tolerate some of those who bring shame to the denomination and to Christians in general.

A few weeks ago, “Rev” Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas and frequent talking head on Fox News, made this statement: “Christians who support President Trump are morally and spiritually superior to those Christians who don’t support Trump.” It reminds me of the serpent in the Garden of Eden who told Eve to eat the forbidden fruit because it would make her smarter. Do you suppose cult leaders Jim Jones and David Koresh told their followers much the same thing?

What parent would want their son to grow up to be just like sexual predator Trump or want their daughter to marry someone like Trump?

The SBC needs to separate itself from the likes of Robert Jeffress, Franklin Graham, and Jerry Falwell, Jr.

P.S. I am a 1955 graduate of Woden H.S. and former member of the Nacogdoches National Guard unit.

Carl Hess,

Ozark, Alabama

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