Richard Land to retire as president of SBC's ethics commission

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:24am
Staff reports

Richard Land, the outspoken leader of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, announced that he will retire from his post as president in October of next year.

During his time with the ERLC, Land has been one of the most outspoken conservative voices against abortion and same-sex marriage. He ran into trouble after making "hurtful" and "insensitive" comments about the Trayvon Martin case earlier this year. His weekly radio broadcast was cancelled after he was reprimanded by the SBC in June.

In a letter first published by the Baptist Press, Land, 65, said that he will give up the post he has held for almost a quarter century, but continue in the "culture war." During that period he has led the fundamentalist surge in the convention and has served as one of the most influential cultural leaders on the right.

"When God called me into the ministry a half century ago, the burden He placed on my heart was for America," Land wrote. "That call and that burning burden are still there. I believe the 'culture war' is a titanic struggle for our nation's soul and as a minister of Christ's Gospel, I have no right to retire from that struggle."

3 Comments on this post:

By: Kosh III on 8/1/12 at 9:14

"When God called me into the ministry a half century ago, the burden He placed on my heart was for America"

Gee, and here I thought Christians were supposed to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the homeless, tend and heal the sick, to defend the widow, the orphan, the helpless and hopeless.
Not strive to damage lives, deny freedom and oppress others.

By: pswindle on 8/1/12 at 11:28

He has retired, but not really, he wants to go and raise hell if you do not believe has he.

By: hvillenutcase on 8/1/12 at 1:10

Kosh don't judge Christians by this moron. Outside of the SBC most of us can't stand this man and his hypocritical BS.