Controversy over the resolution on "the anti-gospel of alt-right white supremacy" preceded the vote, reports Baptist Press, which defined "alt-right" as "a movement that advocates white nationalism" and has "gained increasing attention in the last 18 months".
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) passed Resolution 10 on Wednesday afternoon, condemning the Alt-Right and all forms of racism as contrary to the Gospel and to Southern Baptist doctrine, after controversy arose over the convention's failure to vote on the resolution Tuesday.
He said he would support a less specific condemnation of racism, contending media sometimes categorize people as part of the "alt-right" based exclusively on whether they backed President Donald Trump. Duke apologized "for the pain and confusion that we created" but said the committee was concerned about giving the appearance that they hated their enemies, which isn't Christ-like.
The resolution was adopted after a short but emotional discussion.
'If we're a Jesus people, let's stand where Jesus stands'.
"There were a lot of people who just weren't familiar with what the alt-right is".
Leaders at the annual convention were split over the proposal submitted by Texas pastor Dwight McKissic Sr. asking the denomination to affirm its opposition to white supremacy. "We're always going to be called racists, as Southern Baptists", he said. "We must all issue an apology that we didn't act on this yesterday".
Texas pastor Dwight McKissic moved to bring his proposal on the "alt-right" to messengers Tuesday June 13.
Damage Control: After a loud and embarrassing public outcry, the Southern Baptist Convention finally condemns white supremacy.
At the same time, several prominent Southern Baptists became evangelical advisers to Trump's campaign, including the Rev. Robert Jeffress of Dallas, and the Revs.
Roger S. Oldham, spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, said a 2011 report recommending steps to diversify leadership in the denomination's seminaries and agencies has made a difference beyond the many resolutions that have been passed on the subjects of race and diversity.
The new text of the resolution noted some of the convention's previous actions on race, including how Southern Baptists voted in 1995 to apologize for the role that slavery played in the convention's creation.
"The church should be the moral guardian of society", the pastor said.
McKissic said then: 'If Russell Moore can not give a candid evaluation of Donald Trump without being publically humiliated and without white churches withdrawing and threatening to withdraw funds, and the Southern Baptist Convention and a state affiliate, launching an investigation, I pity the Black SBC officeholder who would dare whisper a word of disagreement on a Trump statement or action'. A newly drafted proposal was drawn up with some softer language, though it still reflected the driving point from McKissic's original.
"I prayed about it", McKissic said Thursday.
McKissic was told that there was still a way: He could try to bring it up again at another session that night. Probably we're more unified than I have seen for a long time.
Debate also underscored ongoing tensions among Southern Baptists whether Donald Trump, a thrice-married casino and real estate mogul, was morally fit to be president.
[Rev. Russell] Moore vehemently condemned candidate Trump.
As expected, Arizona Baptist churches turned out for their host-meeting; their 374-messenger total was the second largest of the state delegations.
Trump's Baptist disciples could not vote against the resolution, and maybe felt a tinge of cognitive dissonance as they pondered their support for the NY billionaire.
Ed Stetzer, a Southern Baptist speaker and executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College in IL, said the committee in charge of resolutions should have revised the initial proposal and brought it to a vote.