Joe Rigney, Bethlehem Seminary President, Resigns Due to Support of Christian Nationalism and Infant Baptism

Bob Smietana of Religion News Service reports, “Joe Rigney, a controversial Twin Cities seminary president with ties to influential author John Piper and Idaho pastor Doug Wilson, resigned Monday (April 3), due to what the school’s board called a ‘divergence of vision.’” Rigney has supported Christian nationalist ideology and, according to the board, did not agree with the school’s statement of faith. The board wrote in its statement, “The point is that Dr. Rigney’s more recent emphasis on a hoped-for eventual Christianization of all society, including the civil government, has put him at odds with other leaders of the school who would warn against the use of civil authority to establish Christianity as an official religion.”

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