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Clinton Should Resign, Baptist Leader Says

Associated Press
Tuesday, September 8, 1998; Page A04

LINDEN, N.C.—The head of the Southern Baptist Convention said President Clinton should resign from office "before he is instrumental in corrupting all our young people."

Paige Patterson, president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination, said Clinton, also a Baptist, should resign "for the sake of the country" and seek forgiveness for his personal transgressions.

Patterson, who is also president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina, made his comments Sunday following his guest sermon at First Baptist Church in Linden, about 35 miles south of Raleigh.

Patterson said Clinton, who admitted having an inappropriate relationship with former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky, is no different from other people in seeking forgiveness.

"If he'll repent and trust the Lord Jesus as his savior, he can be forgiven and can find what life is really all about," Patterson said.

Patterson said he is concerned about Americans' steady support of Clinton as long as the economy is good.

"This bespeaks a certain enthrallment with materialism, which is exactly what caused the demise of Rome, to say nothing of 21 other great civilizations," he said. "And it will kill us too."

There are an estimated 15.6 million Southern Baptists.

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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