In 1844 the American Baptist Home Mission Society declared that a slave owner could not be a missionary, a decision influenced by northern Baptists' opposition to slavery. In 1845 southern Baptists decided to challenge this ruling by nominating a slave owner as a missionary. The Home Mission Society's rejected the nomination and so prompted the formation of the Southern Baptist Convention in Augusta, Georgia, a breakaway denomination who believed the Bible justified slave ownership for Christians. In 1995 the SBC formally apologized for its defense of slavery.
The Baptist Church splits over the slavery issue (84 words)
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