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Montana church leaves Southern Baptist Convention after MLK 50 for being too progressive on race

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A Montana church announced plans to withdraw from the Southern Baptist Convention this week after objecting to the “leftist progressivism” on display at a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

The Christian Post reported that Sidney, Montana’s Fellowship Baptist Church is leaving the SBC after nearly 40 years of affiliation “due to the ongoing social justice promoting, leftist progressivism, and mission drift away from the Gospel by the denomination’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.”

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The move comes days after the conclusion of the “MLK50: Gospel Reflection From The Mountaintop” conference in Memphis, where church leaders “called on Christians to reflect on the state of racial unity in the church and the culture.”

According to the leaders of Fellowship Baptist Church, the conference’s organizers “repeatedly denied the efficacy of the accomplished work of Christ in matters of sin and forgiveness.”

“Church elders for some time have felt that Russell Moore, a former Democratic staffer and benefactor of and partner with the George Soros’ Open Society Foundation on the Evangelical Immigration Table, has been steadily taking the SBC to the progressive-left on virtually every ethics issue except abortion,” Fellowship’s statement read. “Speakers at the MLK50 Conference — organized in part by Russell Moore — repeatedly denied the efficacy of the accomplished work of Christ in matters of sin and forgiveness.”

The Montana church claimed that some speakers at the SBC were preaching social justice in an attempt to “redefine the Gospel,” Christian Post noted, and did so in order to “gain the applause of the lost and fallen world.”

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“Help the oppressed! Do the work of justice!” Fellowship’s statement continued, mocking the SBC’s MLK 50 message. “The church has been doing the work of justice for 45 years trying to hold back the bloodlust of abortion. We are trying to do the work of justice for children so that they might be raised by both mothers and fathers in happy marriages.”

When reached for comment by Christian Post about the Montana church’s objections to the conference’s message, SBC press secretary Elizabeth Bristow said the reporter’s questions were the first she’d heard of such qualms.

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“We are not aware of any SBC churches threatening to leave the SBC because of our event,” she said. “We’ve had great feedback from the conference.”

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Dick Cheney raising money for Trump’s re-election — with White House staffers Ivanka and Jared: report

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney is raising money for President Donald Trump's re-election at a fundraiser in a ritzy western resort town.

"Former vice president Richard B. Cheney and his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), are to appear at a lunch fundraiser Monday in support of President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to an invitation to the event," The Washington Post reported Saturday. "The luncheon fundraiser in Jackson, Wyo., will feature White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, along with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney as 'special guests,' according to the invitation, which was obtained by The Washington Post."

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‘Go back to Harlem!’: Florida woman has n-word laced meltdown after bumping black woman’s shopping cart

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After the woman allegedly banged into Nicki Johnson's cart, she refused to apologize, saying, "I didn't hit you with my cart, and f**k you,  you f**king n****r."

Johnson whipped out her cell phone camera, and began recording the incident, saying "You, why don't you call me a n****r again?"

"You thinking I'm sorry?" snapped the woman. "Let me tell you something, I don't have to call you anything. Get away from me, I will call security and there are surveillance videos. Get away from me!"

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‘I’m a nurse, what are you?’: Tennessee lawmaker humiliates anti-choice activists in brutal public grilling

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Anti-choice activists in Tennessee were unprepared for the grilling they got from a Democratic Party lawmaker when making the case for a bill that would outlaw abortion before many women knew they were pregnant.

One of the speakers in favor of the fetal heartbeat bill was Baptist Pastor Randy Davis, who was questioned by state Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis).

"How many women executive pastors do you have in your convention?" Robinson asked Davis. "Or senior pastors."

"None," Davis replied.

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