It’s hard to follow warfare inside the Southern Baptist Convention without a working knowledge of biblical symbolism.

Consider this passage in a May 31 letter from the Rev. Russell Moore to SBC President J.D. Greear, which described key events leading to Moore’s recent resignation as head of the denomination’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

Terry Mattingly leads GetReligion.org and lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is a senior fellow at the Overby Center at the University of Mississippi.