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Newly elected Southern Baptist President strongly rebukes QAnon supporters in the church: “We are people of truth”

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During a Sunday appearance on MSNBC, Ed Litton, elected President of the Southern Baptist Convention just last week, sought to distance the SBC, one of the largest Christian denominations in the world, from the delusional QAnon conspiracy theory.

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Axios reported on QAnon’s influence in evangelical Christianity last month:

“That stunning window into the country’s congregations followed a major poll, out last week: 15% of Americans, the poll found, agree with the QAnon contention that ‘the government, media, and financial worlds in the U.S. are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a global child sex trafficking operation.’ The online poll was taken by Ipsos in March for the Public Religion Research Institute and Interfaith Youth Core,” Axios reported. “The poll found that Hispanic Protestants (26%) and white evangelical Protestants (25%) were more likely to agree with the QAnon philosophies than other groups.”

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When host Joshua Johnson asked Litton about QAnon in churches, he responded with a somewhat surprising rebuke:

“Well, I honestly haven’t seen it in my church, but I do hear of pastors in some cases — I think it’s a fringe movement. But here’s the reality. We are people of the truth and so conspiracy theories have never bode well, we don’t accept those, we look for what the truth says.”

Litton continued:

“We believe God is the source and the author of truth. So our first move is to say, ‘Does this fit with God’s word?’ And armed insurrection does not fit with God’s word.”

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Litton was elected SBC President last week in a hugely scrutinized election in Nashville, Tennessee. In an incredibly close race, the conference elected, Litton, a little-known Pastor from Alabama, over more well-known and much more conservative opponents.  The victory is seen as a rebuke to the wing of the Convention attempting a fundamentalist takeover to force out moderates and bar investigations into racist attacks, sexual abuse, and cover-ups among prominent SBC church leaders.


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