This chapter examines the clergy of the Southern Baptist Church in the United States. It discusses the controversy that followed the annual assembly of Southern Baptist pastors in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1989. This chapter suggests that this selection in Las Vegas was full of symbolism. The convention represented a geographical step outside the traditional Southern Baptist domain south of the Mason-Dixon Line and it highlighted the Southern Baptists' emphasis on counting the number of souls delivered from unbelief, not to mention the sins of gambling, drinking, and prostitution.
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