Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Falwell Admonishes Southern Baptists `Political Correctness' Not Correct, He Warns

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Falwell Admonishes Southern Baptists `Political Correctness' Not Correct, He Warns

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Television evangelist Jerry Falwell called on Southern Baptist pastors Monday to preach what is biblically rather than politically correct.

"Political correctness equates with biblical incorrectness," he said.

Falwell was a featured speaker at a two-day meeting of about 12,000 Southern Baptist pastors and their families, preceding the overall meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention that starts today in Orlando.

He described his audience as "a politically incorrect group - male pastors, the only biblical kind."

Falwell also said, "Homosexuality is moral perversion, and abortion is killing unborn children, and we've got to say that often in our pulpits."

Falwell, who is not a Southern Baptist, picked up themes struck by Southern Baptist pastors who spoke before him. They proclaimed an urgent need to evangelize the unsaved for Jesus Christ, saying Christians must return to their biblical roots.

"Jesus did not come to get you out of trouble, he came to get in trouble with you," said the Rev. Adrian Rogers, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Rogers, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in suburban Memphis, Tenn. - with 10,000 members one of the Convention's largest churches - said Southern Baptists "have a mandate to bring the world to Jesus."

"And if we do not, we have not merely failed, we are guilty of high treason," Rogers said Sunday night at the Orange County Convention Center.

Evangelist Jay Strack, of Dallas, first vice president of the Convention, denounced other religions in his talk Sunday night, saying Hinduism proclaimed "that everything is an illusion" and Islam was "spread by the sword."

Other speakers denounced new age religions, premarital sex, liberal theology, homosexuality, universalism, moral relativism and abortion.

As is their custom at meetings such as these, Southern Baptists spread across Orlando last weekend witnessing for Christianity, bringing more than 640 people to the faith, spokesmen said. …

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