“JD Greear sent a letter of recommendation…to the church in an effort to sway the vote in favor of Hayes. This official SBC endorsement of a local church’s pastor is clearly a conflict of interest and makes it look as though the entire denomination has a hand in this election. Of the over 100 pastoral candidates that were interviewed, it seems suspicious that the one Greear officially recommends on behalf of the denomination is one who he works side-by-side with on the SBC executive committee.”
(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte) Reformation Charlotte has been covering the story of the failed election to install Marcus Hayes, a black pastoral candidate, as lead pastor at First Baptist Church in Naples, FL. Last week, Hayes failed to secure the required 85% of the congregation’s votes receiving instead only 81%.
As a result of the failed election, the church leadership immediately released a statement calling the election results “vile” and subsequently issued a public apology attributing the 19% who voted against Hayes as racists and calling them a “cancer” and a “sickness.”