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SBC disavows former VPís statement against Obamacomment (0)

June 18, 2009


NASHVILLE — A Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) spokesman said June 4 that a former official who is praying for the death of President Obama is out of the denomination’s mainstream.

Roger “Sing” Oldham, vice president for convention relations with the SBC Executive Committee, said he believes most Southern Baptists are committed to praying for the well-being of the president and other governmental leaders, as instructed in Scripture. Oldham disavowed comments made on Fox News Radio by Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, Buena Park, Calif., who served as second vice president of the SBC from 2006 to 2007.

Drake said June 2 on “The Alan Colmes Show” that he is praying “imprecatory prayer” — reciting as prayer Psalms containing curses or prayers for punishment on one’s enemies — against President Obama. Asked if he was seriously praying that the president of the United States would die, Drake said, “If he does not turn to God and does not turn his life around, I am asking God to enforce imprecatory prayers that are throughout the Scripture that would cause him death; that’s correct.”

Oldham said Drake is not a spokesman for the SBC and his comments do not reflect the actions, resolutions or positions of the denomination.

“I think it is a fair statement to say that the vast majority of Southern Baptists are committed to praying for the well-being of the president in accordance with the specific instruction given in 1 Timothy 2:1–3,” Oldham said, quoting: “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior.”

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