Bart Barber has secured a decisive victory over Tom Asscol for Southern Baptist Convention president, defeating him in a runoff vote.
The writing was on the wall after Voddie Baucham lost his bid for Pastor’s Conference President and was defeated by Daniel Dickard, despite having huge name recognition over him. With that vote going so poorly, it did not portend well for Ascol’s backers and his chance at victory, and this was borne out in both the first vote, and the latter.
In the first round, Barber received 3258 votes, some 900 more than Ascol’s 2322. With Barber getting 47% to Ascol’s 34%. Frank Cox received 997 votes, or 13%, and Robin Hadday another 340, or 5% With these numbers, it was a foregone conclusion to would rule the day.
On the second vote, Barber received 60.7% of the vote to Ascol’s 38.88%, beating him by 1229 votes and sealing the deal.
Ultimately, this will prove disastrous for the Southern Baptist Convention and will do nothing to change the direction they’re heading in. Instead, it will merely entrench the corruption. Bart Barber ferociously defended Ed Litton in the plagiarism scandal that saw him resign from the presidency, arguing that the whole thing was much ado about nothing, to the point that he became the Fauci of Sermongate. Barber has also steadfastly battled against abortion abolitionists and defended the ERLC’s decision to fight against the Louisiana Bill to abolish abortion, on account that it would punish women, contrary to his view that the Woman is “Never the One Doing the Killing” During an Abortion.
It is a terrible choice, and the SBC will be worse off for it, but they are in a whirlwind of their own making, and they’re reaping what they’ve sown.