Religion and Politics by Russell Moore | Reformed Theology Articles at

Russell Mooreby Russell Moore

Tabletalk: How did you come to pursue a career as a systematic theologian and Christian ethicist?

Russell Moore: I felt a call to ministry early on and preached my first sermon at my home church in Biloxi, Miss., when I was twelve. I then drifted from that calling toward a career in politics. When I was working on Capitol Hill as a very young man, I picked up in the Library of Congress a copy of a Free Will Baptist manual on weddings, funerals, and so forth. After I returned home I wondered, “Why did I want this?” The Lord used that to rekindle my sense of His call to ministry. I never imagined how God would merge these callings together.

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  1. The biggest problem with seeking to regain the church’s influence over the people will be found in the matter of discipline. I remember when I stumbled across the matter of church discipline being discontinued across the states of the Southern Baptist Convention. In fact, most of the churches of the SBC with which I have been acquainted do not practice church discipline, other than the removal of names from the membership rolls for nonattendance. Some churches did not even do that. I remember how an examination of the rolls of the First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City in the heyday of Dr. Hershel H. Hobbs revealed that they had many members who not only were not connected with the church. It was funny in one sense to read that two Roman Catholic priests were on the rolls. The details, etc., from that long ago examination of the rolls which were written up and published in one of the Baptist State Papers that I read.

    In any case, I could spend some time on the matter and practice or attempts to practice church discipline that that have been made by churches in the last thirty years. I remember one case, where the church dealt with a member who had a weight problem (I happen to know his father whose physique was on the heavy side. Does church discipline reach into even the eating habits and the DNA of its members? Go back to the twenties and thirties, when discipline fell into disarray. My first church had a case that occurred in that early period, and they churched a person for the wrong reason. That was in Missouri. My third church had the same kind of problem in the same period (1920-40. I refer to a general period of a twenty years as I di not know the exact years). From Missouri to North Carolina, and I suspect, many other states lost their discipline during that period. Which raises an interesting question: Did someone plan for this to happen? And with that I will leave the reader to reflect on the matter.

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