Have Southern Baptists embraced “Second Christ?”

My friend Ted Olsen from Christianity Today has co-written (along with blogger Ken Smith) a fascinating story about ties between a former Unification Church official named David Jang and key Southern Baptist leaders. The controversial South Korean preacher has been hailed as the “Second Coming Christ” by some of his followers — a label Jang currently rejects.

But for some Christians, the adulation heaped on Jang by his followers sounds disturbingly familiar to the worship heaped on “True Parent” Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church.

Jang has a college in California and his followers have set up the Christian Post, a highly-read evangelical news web site.

Jang’s ventures include some of this nation’s best-known evangelicals. And Southern Baptists are considering turning over their massive New Mexico retreat center — virtually free of charge — to Jang’s school.

Since the story is appearing in Christianity Today, it has the backing of the nation’s most influential evangelical publication. And because it has Ted Olsen’s byline on it, it has additional credibility.

Updated: August 16, 2012 — 10:40 am

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