MSNBC host and self-proclaimed “backslidden Baptist” Joe Scarborough got slammed online Friday for his comments on Jesus and abortion.
“Let me just say, as a Southern Baptist I grew up reading the Bible,” the “Morning Joe” anchor began.
“Wow,” co-host Mika Brzezinski exclaimed.
“Maybe a backslidden Baptist but I still know the Bible,” Scarborough continued. “Jesus never once talked about abortion. Never once, and it was happening back in ancient times. It was happening during his time. Never once mentioned it, and for people perverting the gospel of Jesus Christ down to one issue, it’s heresy.”
For anyone angered by his comments, Scarborough encouraged them to read the Bible for themselves.
.@JoeNBC suggests Jesus Christ supported abortion: "Jesus never once talked about abortion. And it was happening back in ancient times. It was happening during his time. Never once mentioned it. For people perverting the gospel of Jesus Christ down to one issue, it is heresy." pic.twitter.com/DjxSLGRQfI— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 9, 2022
Delano Squires, a research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, said, “Jesus never used the words ‘child porn’ either, [Joe].”
He added, “Do you think that means Christians should be silent on the issue as well? This is a reminder that you shouldn’t take theological instruction from backslidden Baptists. The God of Psalm 139:13-16 isn’t into killing babies.”
The Federalist editor-in-chief, Mollie Hemingway, called Scarborough’s segment a “bizarre rant,” adding, “I know his moral decline is not news — not by a long shot — but very sad to see someone say something this blasphemous.”
” Levi Smith, a Baptist youth pastor, took Scarborough to task.
“Not taking care of the helpless and needy? You’re advocating for the most helpless and needy to be murdered. Jesus didn’t need to say it was wrong, they had been warned against child sacrifice since the Old Testament times. Maybe read that Bible a little more,” Smith said.
“Also, if the baby in the womb is not a “human” then how did John the Baptist recognize Jesus while he was in Elizabeth’s womb and Mary had just become pregnant? Like 1:41-45,” he added.