Richard Land, the outspoken leader of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, announced that he will retire from his post as president in October of next year.
During his time with the ERLC, Land has been one of the most outspoken conservative voices against abortion and same-sex marriage. He ran into trouble after making "hurtful" and "insensitive" comments about the Trayvon Martin case earlier this year. His weekly radio broadcast was cancelled after he was reprimanded by the SBC in June.
In a letter first published by the Baptist Press, Land, 65, said that he will give up the post he has held for almost a quarter century, but continue in the "culture war." During that period he has led the fundamentalist surge in the convention and has served as one of the most influential cultural leaders on the right.
"When God called me into the ministry a half century ago, the burden He placed on my heart was for America," Land wrote. "That call and that burning burden are still there. I believe the 'culture war' is a titanic struggle for our nation's soul and as a minister of Christ's Gospel, I have no right to retire from that struggle."