Danny Slavich wrote an article in response to Tom Ascol’s post calling for pastors to step up to the plate in the Southern Baptist Convention. [Please see Danny’s Comment in response to this post here.] Slavich appeals to the popular parallel between the populist politics of President Donald Trump and the way grassroots groups like Founders Ministries and the Conservative Baptist Network are – intentionally or not – mirroring what we have seen from Make America Great Again fanatics for the past five years or so. Although such an appeal is generally little more than a smear tactic, I suspect Slavich may be on to something here.
In this post, Tom Ascol writes, “To put it bluntly, the Southern Baptist Convention needs to be led by pastors. Granted, there are some pastors who are eager to be enablers of or fellow travelers with wayward bureaucrats. I am not talking about those guys.”
On this episode of The Sword and the Trowel, Dr. Voddie Baucham discusses, “the current fault lines in American Evangelicalism and the catastrophe of the social justice movement. When CRT, Intersectionality and Antiracism have become our new confession, and false unity has been exposed, how do covenantal and biblically confessional Christians navigate this spiritual war?”
In his 2006 article, “After Patriarchy, What? Why Egalitarians are Winning the Gender Debate” (Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, vol. 49, no. 3, September 2006, pp. 569–76), Russell D. Moore describes how, “Egalitarians are winning the evangelical gender debate, not because their arguments are stronger, but because, in some sense, we are all egalitarians now.” (576) The current state of the SBC is even worse than Moore predicted. In fact, Moore seems to have not only given up on resisting what he calls a feminist movement, but may have contributed to it.
In this post from Founders Ministries, Tom Ascol argues, “CRT (along with every other Marxist ideology) cannot be reconciled with what the Bible teaches about sin and salvation. First, to view all relationships in terms of power dynamics requires that people be seen in terms of the powerful (privileged, oppressors) and the powerless (marginalized, oppressed). Apart from striking out against God-ordained hierarchies and authority structures (by evaluating them as oppressive power structures), this way of viewing the world fails to evaluate people in their primary relationship, which is as creatures made in the image of their Creator.”
[EDIT: An earlier headline seemed to indicate that Al Mohler had spoken to the Founders Trailer. The hosts, Ascol, and Denhollander speak to it, but not Mohler. Nor do all individuals explicitly reject Resolution 9 in the interviews. The headline has been corrected.]
Nick Eicher and Megan Basham of The World and Everything in It interview all the major players in the current controversies of the Southern Baptist Convention in this podcast episode.
In this podcast episode, “Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore discuss what it means to be a Southern Baptist. What is involved? How does the Southern Baptist Convention work?”
In this article from the Arkansas Baptist, Caleb Yarbrough explains at length how, “The chief consequence of critical race theory and intersectionality, according to Mohler, is identity politics, which he argued is fundamentally ‘antithetical to the gospel of Jesus Christ.'”
This episode of The Sword & The Trowel is well worth your time.