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‘Nation is embracing a horrifying moral rebellion’: Arkansas pastor is new Southern Baptist president

BY JULIET LINDERMAN AND TRAVIS LOLLER
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BALTIMORE -- An Arkansas megachurch pastor was elected Tuesday to lead the country's Southern Baptists as the conservative denomination tries to turn around declining membership, church attendance and baptisms and faces increasing conflict with mainstream culture, especially over its conviction that gay sex is immoral.

Later on Tuesday, the nation's largest Protestant denomination is scheduled to consider a resolution opposing the idea that gender identity can be different from a person's biological sex. And a motion made from the floor by one Southern Baptist Convention delegate asks the group to discipline a Southern California church that has stopped preaching against homosexuality.

In nominating the Rev. Ronnie Floyd for president, the powerful head of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Rev. Albert Mohler, told the crowd of 5,000 meeting in Baltimore, "The nation is embracing a horrifying moral rebellion that is transforming our culture before our very eyes."

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