“Transcripts and audio of the meetings purportedly between Southwestern Professor Robert Lopez and Dean Michael Wilkinson and between Lopez and SWBTS Provost Randy Stinson were released today (December 6, 2019.) The release included supporting documents including emails sent by Lopez outlining the dispute over articles written by Lopez on matters of national importance, specifically, issues of abuse in the gay community and how Christians should stand for biblical orthodoxy on sexuality..”
(Pulpit & Pen) Let me interject here in this repost from Capstone Report with a few points of observation.
First, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) absolutely, 100% unequivocally lied in their press release about Dr. Lopez’ termination. There is zero doubt of that now.
Second, it is clear that SWBTS had no idea who they were messing with. Lopez apparently has guts-of-steel, is legally represented, and has hired professionals (so I hear) to represent him through this matter. He has audio and correspondence and just released it like a big, fat bombshell on SWBTS.
Third, for the love of all that is good and pure, please do not overlook the fact that SWBTS was bending under the pressure of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC is the festering, liberal, cancerous sore we’ve told you they are. The ERLC, run by a Democrat, is getting conservatives fired from SBC seminaries. It’s pretty crazy.
Fourth, and this is my prediction: SWBTS is going to have the living daylights sued out of them. Lopez absolutely has cause for damages, but probably would not have if SWBTS had not released that libelous press release that attacked his character. That single-handedly damned themselves. SWBTS will claim in court that this is an “ecclesiastical matter” to have the suit dropped (the SBC always does), but that will be an uphill battle for them to demonstrate. Personally, I think they’re going to end up paying a fortune to compensate Dr. Lopez and admit error.
Fifth, in ten years reporting on Downgrade in the SBC, this particular issue has more capacity to split the SBC than anything else I’ve seen. I pray it does; it needs to split. – JD
[Capstone Report] Judge for yourself: Who is telling the truth? Audio, transcripts and emails released.
Tapes verify Lopez told that ERLC held him in low regard.
Dean allegedly on tape told Lopez that Southwestern didn’t want the attention his writings on sex abuse would bring to the seminary and if he continued such public teaching that Lopez would likely need to find other employment.
Provost says seminary holds to biblical sexual view.
Was Lopez’s real sin a violation of the SBC’s 11th Commandment in angering the powerful ERLC?