“Merritt, who still holds a nebulous and constantly evolving position on homosexual behavior, is one of the many evangelical leaders desiring to normalize Same Sex Attraction (SSA), a condition with which Merritt himself struggles. Interestingly, Merritt is dropping clues that he may be involved in creating a new, competing news network.”
(Pulpit & Pen) Jonathan Merritt, who has had one foot in the closet since at least 2012 when a homosexual man outed Merritt as his one-night-stand lover, is a press ally of the left-wing of evangelicalism that has been slowly but surely taking over the Southern Baptist Convention and other evangelical institutions. The son of a one-time president of the Southern Baptist Convention, James Merritt, has thrust himself to the center of most of the controversies that have plagued the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. …
Merritt has maintained close allegiances with the Evangelical Intelligentsia, the Deep State of the evangelical industrial complex that has repeatedly driven American evangelicalism leftward, like Ed Stetzer, Russell Moore, and the Social Justice Warriors at the Gospel Coalition. Merritt has written consistently leftist-slanted and progressive propaganda for Religion News Service (RNS) since 2013. He has now been fired from RNS over a contract dispute.
Because Jonathan Merritt has been a key figure in the queering of evangelicalism and softening its tone on Same Sex Attraction (SSA), being a willing accomplice in the press for the Evangelical Intelligentsia, I have kept an eager eye on his career. When it was announced that Merritt was leavings RNS, one of the platforms from which he would publish his subversive ideologies (ostensibly and dubiously as a fellow evangelical), I began to wonder why.
At first, I presumed that there was a difference of opinion regarding how far RNS wanted to go in normalizing Same Sex Attraction (SSA) and how far Merritt wanted to go in normalizing SSA. RNS is actually one of the oldest – if not the oldest – exclusively Christian newswire in the country, being founded in 1934. It was founded by Louis Minsky in cooperation with an organization called, The National Conference of Christians and Jews, and from the beginning set about to be a non-denominational, non-biased news source. The news company holds to no explicit faith, religion, or creed. It was bought by the United Methodist Report in 1983 and in 1994 was purchased by Newhouse News Service, finally being purchased by the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA). RNA is an LLC associated with the University of Missouri.