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Robert Jeffress claims Southern Baptists are largest Protestant denomination in the world, but he’s mistaken   Leave a comment

Robert Jeffress introduced Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, October 7, trying to draw a difference between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, by claiming that Romney wasn’t a Christian.  Sad that this is a weapon in a Presidential election, but we’ll let that go for now.  What really amazes me is Robert Jeffress’ claim later that he can call Mormonism a cult because “that’s been the historic position of evangelical Christianity. The southern Baptist convention, which is the largest protestant denomination in the world, has officially labeled Mormonism as a cult.”

Since “we’re” the largest, we get to define everyone else.  Not so fast.  Lest you be confused by Robert Jeffress’ claim, let’s go through the statistics on exactly where Southern Baptists are in the line-up of Protestant church denominations.

Southern Baptists, according to a 2007 Annual SBC publication, are at 16.3 million people.  Staggering, yes, but certainly not the largest Protestant denomination–not even the majority of Baptists.

Check out the (regular) Baptist denomination in relationship with other Protestant denominations.

Of the Baptist denomination, the SBC is the largest group.  Baptists make up 100 million people, but Southern Baptists are only 16.3 % of that denominational figure. That leaves 83.7% of Baptists who are NOT Southern Baptists.  While that leaves SBC the top of their denomination, it leaves them, frankly, in a vast minority to the larger groups of Baptists.

And by the way, there are 75 million Lutherans.  That’s more than four times the number of Southern Baptists.  If SBCers want to get picky about convention vs. denomination, the Evangelical Church in Germany has 24.5 million people– beating Southern Baptists by 8 million people.

There are 75 million Methodists, 75 million Lutherans, 40 million Presbyterians, and a whoppin’ 130 million Pentecostals, which outstrips the Baptists by 30 million, and the Southern Baptists by 114 million!  Within that Pentecostal denomination, 60 million are Assemblies of God!

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