Tom Ascol, Voddie Baucham, Nominated for SBC President and Pastors’ Conference President

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Pastor Tom Ascol and Dr Voddie Baucham have been nominated as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and president of the Pastors’ Conference respectively. The nomination was made by Founders Ministries, a conservative group of Southern Baptists. The reason for their nomination was to purge the denomination of “worldly” influences surmounting the church.

The nomination of both candidates were announced after the present SBC president, Ed Litton said that he would not be going for a second term because he desires to concentrate on “racial reconciliation.”

Ascol will be contesting the office of SBC president with Pastor Willy Rice of Clearwater, Florida. The nominations will take place at the 2022 SBC annual meeting this summer in Anaheim, California.

Founders’ Ministries, led by Ascol, released a statement to this effect saying, “While baptisms and evangelism continue their freefall, a small group of leaders steers our institutions ever closer to the culture, from radical feminism masked as ‘soft complementarianism’ to the false gospel of Critical Theory and Intersectionality.

“In Christ, there is no Jew or Greek, there is no slave or free, we are all made one in Him. But this ‘Race Marxism’ divides everyone by their most superficial features, in a never-ending cycle of recrimination and hate."

Previously, Pastor Baucham had declined the nomination for the SBC presidency because he felt he was not qualified for the role since he is not presently a member of an SBC church.

However, Baucham said he has accepted his nomination for president of the Pastors’ Conference during a recent interview with The Daily Wire. His reason for accepting the nomination was because he feels the SBC has reduced the emphasis on the Bible. He is presently the Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lukasa, Zambia.

He said, “I would love to see a revival of great biblical preaching in the SBC. The Pastors’ Conference has the potential to play a significant part in that, especially if it is part of a larger movement that brings a man like Tom Ascol into the SBC presidency.”

Similarly, Ascol complained that SBC leaders have fallen in their duty to stand against worldly ideologies that have been accepted by the denomination. Since 1986, he has been a senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral.

He told The Daily Wire, “We’re a pretty typical SBC church in South Florida. We’ve got a few hundred people, and we just try to faithfully disciple people in our area, make disciples for Jesus, and worship and send missionaries.

“And churches like ours have just been dismissed time and again by SBC leadership when we raise concerns about things that are happening in some of our institutions. We’re told, you know, there’s nothing to see here. You’re meddling in business that doesn’t pertain to you.”

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