The SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION LOST OVER HALF A MILLION MEMBERS IN ONE YEAR — 2022 — MORE MEMBERS LOST WITHIN A ONE-YEAR PERIOD EVER. Why is This? Daniel Whyte III, President of Gospel Light Society International, Says Contrary to Many Reports That it is Only Due to the “Sex Abuse Scandal”; Whyte Says While That is a Part of it, the Southern Baptist Convention Has Had Even Bigger Problems Than That, and That is a Backsliding From the Gains of the Bible-based Resurgency Led by Such Men as Adrian Rogers, Charles Stanley, Paige Patterson, and Others With Many in the Southern Baptist Convention Criticising and Blaming the Conservative Resurgence For the Problems in the Southern Baptist Convention, Including the Sex Abuse Scandal. The True Pure Biblical Resurgence Should Not be Blamed For the SBC Sex Abuse Scandal. Be That as it May, in addition to the Backsliding From the Bible-based Resurgence, the Last Three Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention, Including the Present President, Bart Barber, Were Sodomite/Homosexual “LGBTQQIPF2SAA+” LEANING, and Two, J.D. Greear and Ed Litton, Were Directly Connected to and Were Preaching the Pro-Sodomite/Homosexual Sermons and Talking Points of the FALSE PROPHET ANDY STANLEY, Who Announced This Year With Much Evidence That he is a Sodomite/Homosexual “LGBTQQIPF2SAA+” Affirming Pastor and Is Hosting a Sodomite/Homosexual “LGBTQQIPF2SAA+” Conference For Parents in Atlanta in a Few Months. Thankfully, J.D. Greear Has Since Repented and Has Publicly Rebuked Andy Stanley For Supporting the Sin and Abomination of Homosexuality. Whyte Says Further, That the Southern Baptist Convention is “Slouching towards SODOM AND GOMORRAH,” and is Becoming More and More, Along With Other Apostate Protestant and Evangelical Churches and Denominations, a Judas-Laodicean Church Convention That Has Joined With the Government to Endorse and Sanction the Abomination of Sodomy/Homosexuality, Which Signals the End of the Bible-believing Church in This Country as we Know it Besides God’s “7,000,” “Remnant,” “Faithful Few” Church and the End of America Itself. Jesus Christ said in the Word of God: “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:16-17). The Only Hope For the Southern Baptist Convention and Other Churches and Denominations is For Them to Humble Themselves, Pray, Seek God’s Face, Turn From Their Wicked Ways, Repent of Their Sins, and Get Back to Their First Love, the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The Baptists have lost more than 3 million members since 2006
- The dropout rate increased last year during a damaging sexual abuse scandal
- READ MORE: Christianity is set to become a minority faith as soon as 2060
Southern Baptist congregations shed nearly half a million members in 2022, the denomination’s biggest one-year loss in more than a century, amid a damaging sex abuse scandal, new data show.
Research from Lifeway Christian Resources shows that America’s biggest Protestant and second-biggest Christian denomination lost 457,371 members to end the year with some 13.2 million members.
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), an umbrella group dominated by white conservatives and one of America’s most influential religious groups, has shed about 3 percent of its flock annually since the mid-2000s.
The dropout rate is increasing, raising troubling questions about the church’s future.
The decline is linked to America’s broader retreat from religion, the pandemic, an internal SBC power struggle, and bombshell claims last year of hundreds of Baptist leaders and members being accused or found guilty of sexually abusing children.
Scott McConnell, director of the Nashville-based research group, which worked with SBC on the study, downplayed the losses, saying that many of last year’s lost members had actually dropped out years ago and ‘record keeping is finally catching up.’
But on social media, former churchgoers posted about the declined, saying they were driven away by church leaders and its executive committee failing members by mishandling sexual abuse cases and mistreating victims and survivors.
‘The SBC still have not answered for this,’ said a Pennsylvania-based Twitter user called Paul Young, who could not be verified.
‘That is why I left.’
The SBC also lost 416 churches and another 165 ‘church-type’ missions, researchers said.
Though membership dropped, worshipers started coming back to church services last year as the pandemic waned.
Attendance dropped from 4.4 million in 2020 to 3.6 million in 2021, but recovered to 3.8 million last year.
Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, and Mississippi are the leading states for membership, the number of churches, and in-person congregation sizes.
The SBC will hold its annual meeting in New Orleans in June.
There, church delegates will hear updates on reforms about reporting on sex abuses cases and elect a new president, potentially dumping the incumbent, Texas pastor Bart Barber.
Source: Daily Mail Online