False witness – Decatur pastor weighs in on guns
A local pastor is calling out a spokesman for the Georgia Baptist Convention for his comments about bringing guns into church.
According to the Associated Baptist Press, First Baptist Decatur Pastor Julie Pennington-Russell sent a letter to state senators about the recent testimony of Mike Griffin, a spokesman for the Georgia Baptist Convention.
ABP reports that Griffin on Feb. 6 testified before the General Assembly, speaking in support of legislation that would allow guns in church. Griffin claimed to speak for all Georgia Baptists. But Pennington-Russell said he doesn’t speak for her, and his views didn’t represent the views of the state’s Baptist church members. ABP reports that the letter was endorsed by other local Baptist pastors and church members.
“Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, Baptists are not a sheep-like or sheepish bunch,” Pennington-Russell wrote, according to ABP.
ABP notes that the Georgia Baptist Convention and First Baptist Decatur have had a rocky relationship after the state Baptists cut ties with the church for electing a woman as pastor.
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