“What you are about to read has the potential to change the trajectory of the Southern Baptist Convention. There are institutional powers, techniques, and alliances that remain hidden to many faithful SBC church members and exposing what has happened here will give church members a glimpse into a corrupted political culture that threatens to destroy the Convention.”
Preface by David Morrill: Challenging JD Hall and the Pulpit & Pen / Protestia team to figure out the dirty details behind a sordid political affair is something only a fool would do. We stand for truth. We uncover the truth. And we tell you the truth. Many of the characters exposed herein have been called out for years as the false brothers/sisters they are, yet these warnings often went unheeded. JD (and others) paid a price in terms of personal reputation, strained and broken relationships, and being publicly denied by men who not long ago were happy to share a platform with him. Relegated to the “name that shall not be named,” P&P provided the investigatory and intellectual ammunition used in the weapons of other ministries, yet happily warred on in pursuit of the Gospel and the defense of God’s truth (Matt. 7:15, Rom. 16:17, Eph. 5:11, 1 Thess. 5:21-22). Now as JD takes a step back from polemical writing to redouble his efforts as a shepherd of his local flock, he leaves the evangelical world with the following parting gift. Godspeed, my friend.
Note: David Morrill reached out to Tom Buck to confirm some of these details. Tom confirmed what his elders had already released, as well as sent a redacted image of the referenced video call to confirm its authenticity.
(JD Hall – Protestia) Tom Buck has been a stalwart supporter of the Southern Baptist Convention. He has also been an outspoken opponent of the encroachment of liberalism in the convention – critical theory, ministerial egalitarianism, and (at the core of this article) the employment of the worldly political tactics of personal destruction. It is among these dangers to the church that his family finds themselves targeted by forces opposed to Tom on these issues and committed to stopping his public challenge of those who are in error. Likewise, they are determined to use attacks on him to smear Tom Ascol, Tom’s friend and current candidate for president of the SBC.
Unfortunately, this ungodly behavior has been engaged in by men and women Tom trusted and considered friends. Whether or not trusting these people was advisable is an issue for another article. I continue to believe in the value of organizational cooperation for the sake of the Gospel, that public engagement with those we disagree with is healthy, and that we must strive to maintain unity on the essentials of the faith. Yet, there comes a time when unity can no longer be maintained, and sin must be exposed to the light for the sake of the purity of the church. This is such a time.
What you are about to read has the potential to change the trajectory of the Southern Baptist Convention. There are institutional powers, techniques, and alliances that remain hidden to many faithful SBC church members, and exposing what has happened here will give church members a glimpse into a corrupted political culture that threatens to destroy the Convention.
As you read this tale, you will see and hear with your own eyes and ears what is perhaps the most sinfully wicked, despicable, and morally destitute attempt by progressives in the Southern Baptist Convention to hold onto power at all costs. Although it has been clear for some time that progressives are engaging in a subversive campaign to shift the Convention away from inerrancy and sufficiency, this story is simply beyond the pale. As they say, truth is often stranger than fiction.
Here’s A Statement Regarding Tom and Jennifer Buck from First Baptist Church of Lindale, Texas
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