The other day Evangelical Dark Web commented on Mike Stone’s campaign for SBC president and his Mitt Romney approach to campaigning for the Southern Baptist Convention. A day later, Tom Buck would host an interview with Mike Stone on Twitter. Tom Buck has been trying to rally Southern Baptists to the cause of Mike Stone, and therefore this was as friendly an interview as Mike Stone could land. However, Mike Stone demonstrate no interests in the causes of conservative Southern Baptists. Instead his interview focused on how he could do the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force slightly better than Bart Barber did. Essentially he stuck to the issues he mentioned in his announcement video.
In the 80 minute interview, Mike Stone made it abundantly clear that Bart Barber is not a bad leader or a liberal. In fact he defends Bart Barber’s record stating that his campaign is not about “a liberal drift that Bart Barber is a part of.”
Mike Stone insisted that he didn’t know anything that would insinuate that Bart Barber was in any way “moderate” or otherwise unfit for his position. Mike Stone makes it quite clear that his campaign is not about doctrinal issues facing the SBC (see 25-29 minute mark for context.)
It’s worth noting that Bart Barber’s crowning achievement is appointing a woke ARITF committee that was full of liberals. One of them, Todd Benkert had to resign in disgrace. The appointment of Todd Benkert appears to be one of the few issues Mike Stone has with Bart Barber, along with continuing to rely on Rachael Denhollander, whose faith he also affirms.
Additionally, Bart Barber continually defends women as victims of abortion. It’s also worth pointing out that Bart Barber is currently being sued for defamation in multiple cases and has testified under deposition that the Guidepost Report did not find anything despite singing a different tune publicly. But now that it’s come out that the SBC is arguing that the report is nothing but hearsay, Mike Stone has taken a moderate position against the Guidepost Report.
Mike Stone denies that there is a liberal drift, not only but arguing in favor of Bart Barber but by refusing to make doctrine a campaign issue. This is ultimately because while Mike Stone is not liberal, he is moderate himself. In this interview, Mike Stone makes it exceedingly clear, that if you are a Southern Baptist who knows what time it is, find a different candidate to represent you.