The senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, a major Minneapolis-based congregation with more than 6,000 worshipers, has invited extremist preacher Doug Wilson to speak at an upcoming national conference commemorating the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth. John Piper, who preaches at Bethlehem and runs Desiring God, an outfit that promotes his religious beliefs, is regarded as a mainstream evangelical, and Bethlehem is a member of the Baptist General Conference.
Wilson, based in Idaho, is anything but mainstream. He has written that Old South slavery was “a life of plenty” and has said he believes adultery should, in certain circumstances, be punished by execution.
This is the second time this year that Wilson has found favor in mainstream Christian circles. In June, he was on the bill at a conference put on by Charles Colson, recipient of the 2008 Presidential Citizens Medal and a revered Christian Right leader for decades, dating back to 1975 when he founded the Prison Fellowship ministry after serving time for obstruction of justice in connection with the Watergate scandal.
( racist, homophobe, misogynist, apologist for rapists, protector of pedophiles, plagiarist, this guy does it allCollapse )
And Wilson's built "a far-flung, far-right religious empire that included a college, an array of lower schools, an entire denomination of churches, and more. " And how nice to learn that the racist Wilson plagiarized is "known to many as the father of the Christian homeschooling movement. "