Pastor Ed Litton is the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). But wait there are more new things to discuss!
Litton's church shadow-edited its "What We Believe" page after several people pointed out (via Twitter) a Trinitarian heresy on the very first article. Yikes.
This might sound a little bit like inside baseball Christian Theology. That's because it is.
To be brief, defining God in "co-equal parts" resembles a false teaching that, in effect, does not affirm the personhood of each person of the Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). The short name for this false teaching (or heresy) is "partialism."
If it seems like a small deal, it is not. Long story short, one cannot be an orthodox Christian and believe this.
Now, I don't think Litton or his church actually believe this heresy. I mean, even the old statement said "[God] has eternally existed in three persons," (emphasis mine) which isn't really something an actual partialist would say.
Furthermore, they did actually change the statement. They didn't defend it or ignore the criticism. Sadly, that change only came when a bunch of people roasted it on Twitter, and rightfully so.
The statement as a whole was, at best, confused. At worst, the statement was straight up heretical. Both of those are, frankly, inexcusable and wrong.
It would be understandable if an outsider or an immature Christian did not have precise language to articulate the doctrine of the Trinity. It is absolutely unacceptable for a pastor and/or church to have bad articulation of the doctrine of the Trinity. Let alone the pastor and church of the new SBC president!