A Baptist group is calling for the resignation of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) new president over alleged plagiarism.
According to Christian News Now, the allegation is relative to Ed Litton’s plagiarization of J.D. Greear’s sermons on the book of Romans, which the latter claimed that he permitted Litton to use.
In a statement released last week, the Conservative Baptist Network (CBN) urged Litton to step down following his failure to acknowledge and repent for the mistake.
Citing the verses Exodus 20:15, Proverbs 28:6 and 1 Timothy 3:2, CBN stated that Litton’s conduct contradicts the expectation.
“This sinful behavior and the lack of forthrightness when exposed is inconsistent with the character and integrity Southern Baptists rightfully expect from their president,” the group said.
“Compounding the concern surrounding President Litton’s irrefutable pattern of plagiarism is the silence of nearly all SBC leaders. Further eroding the testimony of the SBC to a watching world is the way some SBC leaders have excused and even minimized this troubling behavior,” it also stated.
CBN pointed out that plagiarism violates the Ten Commandments, adding that the Bible warns about the stricter judgment on church leaders, as stated in James 3:1.
The group said that it delayed its reaction on the matter, hoping that Litton would admit his fault and repent, but did not do so.
“As further evidence of what appears to be serial plagiarism continues to surface in at least six videos from a variety of named sources, the Conservative Baptist Network calls on the leaders of the SBC to address this matter promptly and biblically. For the sake of the gospel, it is best for President Litton to step down from office and focus on his personal spiritual development with his local church,” the statement added.
“The testimony of Southern Baptists and of the gospel is at stake,” CBN concluded.