Jimmy Carter is not the Anti-Christ

May 29, 2007

Ethics Daily ran my lastest column today, which is entitled "Jimmy Carter is not the Anti-Christ." It responds to inaccurate criticisms about Carter that have been made during recent discussions about the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant. I specifically deal with the false claims that Carter is pro-abortion and a universalist. Here are a couple of excerpts:

Anyone who continues to claim otherwise simply does not know what he or she is talking about. As a result, their criticism of the Celebration should not be given merit.

... Even when the facts are pointed out, many of Carter's critics continue to issue their attacks. These critics need to reconsider their words before they continue to bear false witness against their brother in Christ.

... Critics of Carter and the Celebration will likewise probably continue to cast allegations, even if they are completely wrong. But in their attacks, they only prove that Carter's main point is correct: Baptists are tragically polarized and for the sake of the gospel need to come together to celebrate our commonalities.

I hope that we can soon more this discussion away from these false claims and into more productive areas like why the Celebration is needed and why all Baptists should pray for it and consider attending it.