For nearly three decades, Beth Moore has been a powerful voice of the Southern Baptist Convention’s evangelical message. Her Bible studies were widely read, and she spoke to thousands in stadium-size events. Her politics were decidedly right-wing. But along came Donald Trump. His abusive behavior toward women and her advocacy for sexual abuse victims put them at odds. She became a forceful critic and then an outright opponent. In early March, she announced she was leaving the Southern Baptist Convention. She cited the “staggering” disorientation of seeing its leaders support Mr. Trump, and the cultural and spiritual fallout from that support.
Moore also noted the Trumpists’ “Christian nationalism” as spurring her disaffection.