"The Southern Baptist Convention is a denomination that was explicitly founded to support slavery".
A vote on the updated proposal, with some changed language, is expected Wednesday afternoon.
Resolutions Committee chairman Barrett Duke said Tuesday the original proposal was "too open-ended" and could be misinterpreted.
The new resolution dropped phrases such as "toxic menace", "xenophobic biases" and "racial bigotries", which were originally written to reference the "alt-right".
Walter Strickland, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's adviser to the president, was chosen as vice president for the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention.
The convention voted on resolutions at its gathering in Phoenix, the first since since the US presidential election, which riled the denomination's leadership over whether Trump, a thrice-married casino and real estate mogul, was morally fit for office.
"We regret and apologize for the pain and the confusion that we created for you and the watching world when we decided not to report out a resolution on "alt-right" racism", he told messengers, or delegates, adding that he shares their abhorrence of the "particularly vicious form of racism that has manifested itself in the "alt-right" movement".
The Southern Baptist Convention of 15.2 million members is the nation's largest Protestant denomination, but its membership is on the decline.
The convention approved a resolution that called on federal, state and local governments to stop taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, and urged the U.S. Justice Department to criminally charge unidentified people over the handling of fetal tissue. "If we're not careful that on some issues that we feel really strongly about we run the risk of sounding like we hate our enemies and as a result we end up violating another set of Biblical principles".
After McKissic made an unsuccessful plea for reconsideration from the floor of the Phoenix meeting late on Tuesday, pressure began building online and at the convention for the Southern Baptists to say something.
But thanks to some late-night scrambling, about 5,000 denominational leaders will vote today on whether to explicitly condemn the alt-right movement.
"I saw people identifying themselves as Southern Baptist and members of the alt-right, so this is horrifying to me".
"We were very aware that, on this issue, feelings rightly run high regarding alt-right ideology", he said.
The new text of the proposal noted some of the convention's previous actions on race, including how Southern Baptists voted in 1995 to apologize for the role that slavery played in the convention's creation and racism.
"The leaders of the convention tried to explain this as mostly a procedural mishap", Green says.
McKissic was not consulted when leaders were drafting the new resolution but conceded that the revised version was more generally worded and denounced white supremacy rather than the alt-right specifically. It has been working to overcome its history.
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, is an outspoken opponent of the president.
Thabiti Anyabwile, a black Southern Baptist pastor, was critical of Duke's decision, tweeting emphatically that "any "church" that can not denounce white supremacy without hesitancy and equivocation is a dead, Jesus denying assembly". And then there were others who assumed the alt-right was just a fringy group of people that they didn't want to dignify by even mentioning them.
Moore said, however, that he was encouraged by Tuesday's decision to revisit the resolution.
"While the alt right term may be new, the idea is not", said Cornerstone's executive pastor Darrell Sneed.
When newspapers and magazines started spreading the story, somehow the convention reverse course and made a decision to hear another draft of the resolution, angering some white people on social media (it's hard to tell if they are Baptist or not, because I consider all Caucasians to be Presbyterian).