Evangelical Immigration Table has a booth at the SBC20016

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There will be an Evangelical Immigration Table booth at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO next week from June 13-15.

I am deeply troubled by this. It represents a partisanship and an attempt to pull the SBC leftward on immigration (urging Evangelicals to back mass legalization of illegal immigrants).



This week, the evangelical leaders behind this effort released details of the campaign, which has a price tag of $250,000. They said the campaign includes ads that will air nationally on the Salem Communications Network.

Adds will also air in 13 key states: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Furthermore, billboards urging people to pray for immigration reform will also appear near congressional offices in four states: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.

The ad campaign is part of the larger 92-day Pray for Reform campaign put together by the Evangelical Immigration Table, an organization made up of Evangelical churches, leaders, universities and organizations throughout the country. The group has already released ads in newspapers and on the radio, hoping to build support for the immigration bill introduced in the Senate by the so-called “Gang of Eight.” The bill was approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee May 21 and it now heads to the Senate floor.


EIT reportedly does not legally exist and is an arm of the George Soros funded National Immigration Forum, which as a “neutral third-party institution” facilitated EIT’s $250,000 radio ad campaign urging Evangelicals to back mass legalization of illegal immigrants.


Dr. Richard Land, president emeritus of ERLC and president-elect of Southern Evangelical Seminary, told The Christian Post that even if Soros had contributed to the EIT, he would welcome it because he supports immigration reform. The money would not influence his position on the issue.

"If God can use the jawbone of an ass to achieve His purpose, He can use George Soros, too," Land said in reference to the weapon God provided Samuel to defeat the Philistines in Judges 15.

Another point of confusion is over whether the EIT has endorsed the current immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate because a May 2 EIT letter to Congress said that an early version of the legislation "largely upholds our principles." The Christian Post has asked EIT leaders many times whether the EIT has endorsed particular legislation. The EIT has not taken a position on the current legislation and does not know if it will, as a group, take a position in the future. Individual members, though, have spoken about the current legislation on behalf of themselves or the organizations they represent.


In June, Eric Metaxas, a prominent Evangelical leader and author, dissociated himself from the Evangelical Immigration Table. He tweeted: “Did you know George Soros was behind the Immigration thing I signed but then had my name taken off? Yikes.” That tweet also linked to this report from Breitbart about a new group called Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration that takes a very different stance. And a few hours later, Metaxas tweeted the following: “Anything Soros is behind is worth quitting. So glad I’ve had my name removed from this.”

Metaxas tells National Review: “The Scriptures are very clear that God commands us to ‘care for the strangers and aliens among us.’ But to leap from that to enacting destructive immigration policies is exceedingly sloppy thinking and shallow theology, neither of which benefits anyone.”

If I were a baptist church in the SBC, I'd withdraw my membership until the ERLC was abolished or at least agreed to be silent on their immigration efforts.


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Perhaps the SBC figures if they take George Soros' money and back his immigration reform ideas they'll be able to reverse their declining membership.

They can gain those 200,000 back by fall! (Alright, bad joke!)

In all seriousness I would find this to be concerning as well.
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