Russell Moore is a progressive Democrat leader who has somehow become the most loved and most hated person in the Southern Baptist Convention. Really, there isn’t much of an in-between with him. People who know him either sycophantically support him or they diametrically oppose him. There is no doubt, however, that he has single-handedly fundamentally changed the Convention from a conservative, gospel-missioned organization to a hotbed of progressive politics.
During Donald Trump’s presidential run, Moore devoted his life to opposing him — even to the point that Donald Trump responded by calling him a “nasty guy” and a “poor representative” of evangelicals. Is he a poor representative of evangelicals? It’s hard to say — he does have a large and vocal fan base. But that really doesn’t prove that he is right.
Russell Moore is subversive and refuses to engage with anyone who dissents. But interestingly, a large portion of his funding comes from progressive billionaires like George Soros. The Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), of which Russell Moore is a head, is admittedly a front group for the National Immigration Forum (NIF) which receives funding directly from Soros. Soros funds the NIF, the NIF funds the EIT, and Russell Moore promotes amnesty and open borders through the EIT.
That’s how the “deep state” operates.
Jerry Falwell, however, has outspokenly opposed Russell Moore’s seditious activities and openly rebuked him on Twitter, calling Moore essentially the leader of a “deep state regime” intent on “subverting the will of church members.”
Adam Greenway is the new president of Southwestern Seminary — a Southern Baptist Seminary previously presided over by conservative resurgent leader, Paige Patterson. Patterson was removed from his position at Southwestern over allegations that he had improperly handled cases of sexual abuse at the school during his tenure. While it is argued that the accusations against Patterson are false or overblown, it was clear that Patterson was to be made an example of by the “deep state regime” as Patterson also opposed the social justice movement.
Whether Falwell and Vines’ assessment of Greenway will ultimately play out to be true, only time will tell. Some have argued that Greenway is essentially an Al Mohler “clone,” as Mohler expressed, “I enthusiastically support the decision of the search committee to nominate Dr. Adam Greenway as the next president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.”
Others have openly opposed the “deep state” style tactics and funding of Russell Moore’s agenda as well. Eric Metaxas, who also previously served on the EIT, tweeted a few years ago, “Did you know George Soros was behind the Immigration thing I signed but then had my name taken off? Yikes.” Some well-known leaders such as Jack Graham and Robert Jeffress have openly opposed Russell Moore too — some even calling for his resignation and threatening to stop funding the Southern Baptist Cooperative program.