Billionaire backs group ‘trying to change the minds of folks sitting in the pews’
An organization that is partly funded by George Soros, the billionaire supporter of anti-American social causes, has been promoted in a Twitter statement from the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
— ERLC (@ERLC) November 23, 2017
“Southern Baptists, your ERLC tweeted out political propaganda. Are you comfortable with that?” asked a commentary on the Alabama-oriented blog Capstone Report.
“Do you want your tithes and offerings intended to further missions work used to lobby against your political beliefs and interests? The ERLC is funded by the Cooperative Program and a portion of your undesignated tithes and offerings help fund Southern Baptist entities including the ERLC,” the blog explained.
On Thanksgiving, ERLC “promoted a video from a group connected with the National Immigration Forum,” which, the blog said, is “a well-known Soros-funded open borders group.”
The promotion was for the Christian Dreamers, or Christiandreamers.us.
The ‘About’ information on the site declares, “Voices of Christian Dreamers is a grassroots, Dreamers-led movement committed to changing the conversation about undocumented immigrants in the church and beyond, through highlighting biblical teaching, personal stories and other helpful resources.”
However, there’s nothing grassroots about it, the report said.
“The website WHOIS information shows the site was registered by the National Immigration Forum. The National Immigration Forum is backed by globalists including George Soros and Jeb Bush,” Capstone reported.
The Christian Post reported the Soros money, which has plummeted in the last few years, is only about 10 percent of NIF’s budget and is used only for internal operations.
“Sure. Whatever the use, Soros is funding an organization trying to change the minds of folks sitting in the pews of conservative, evangelical churches.”
The commentary warned that such “infiltration” is what Soros and “his fellow leftists” are doing in their work with “evangelical Christian institutions.”
“Are you comfortable with the elitist communitarians running things in the Southern Baptist Convention?” Capstone asked. “An influx of illegal immigrants won’t displace the jobs of the rich lobbyists at the ERLC or the theologians isolated in their comfortable ivory towers, but for the average Baptist sitting in the pews this type of betrayal is outrageous.
“Remember that at your church’s next business meeting or when it is time to give,” the commentary said.
Last year, Baptist News reported a former Southern Baptist leader said the ERLC is out of touch with church membership.
William “Bill” Harrell, a retired pastor of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez, Georgia, explained that liberal Southern Baptist leaders who spoke out against Donald Trump as a candidate for president “must have egg all over their faces.”
The Baptist News report said: “During the presidential campaign, ERLC President Russell Moore suggested that faithful voters should consider voting for a third-party or write-in candidate instead of marking the ballot for a ‘lesser of two evils.’ He also voiced concern about evangelical leaders who ‘have tossed aside everything that they previously said they believed in order to embrace and to support the Trump candidacy.’ At one point Trump lashed out in a tweet describing Moore as ‘truly a terrible representative of evangelicals’ and a ‘nasty guy with no heart.’”
However, polls indicated more than 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump, meaning ERLC leaders were “almost completely out of touch with the reality of how the people felt.”