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Inerrancy Isn’t Enough

Detractors from the overall program of ensuring that the Southern Baptist Convention does not forsake the principles regained during the Conservative Resurgence often note the absurdity of believing that Southern Baptists believe in anything less than the authority and infallibility of the Bible. In doing so, they miss the current point of contention. The concern is not, and has never been for the past twenty years or so, whether or not Southern Baptists are giving up on their stated belief in the inerrancy of the Bible. Nor is the worry over whether or not we have left behind the fundamentals of the faith, like the virgin birth and penal substitutionary atonement of Christ. Rather, the problem is something like this: we say we believe them while failing to apply them to all areas of life.

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Coronavirus was here in December. Critical Race Theory was here before June.

According to a November 30, 2020 article from The Wall Street Journal titled, “Covid-19 Likely in U.S. in Mid-December 2019, CDC Scientists Report: New analysis of blood donations finds virus was present on West Coast earlier than previously believed” by Betsy McKay, “The new coronavirus infected people in the U.S. in mid-December 2019, a few weeks before it was officially identified in China and about a month earlier than public health authorities found the first U.S. case, according to a government study published Monday.” For some, the content of this article is quite the concession, since they were long ago questioning whether or not the infamous virus was in the States prior to the time scientists and health officials thought it had arrived. Not only did the timeline of learning about the virus from China indicate an earlier arrival, but inferences based on travel and speculation concerning stories of unprecedented flu-like symptoms in the population seemed to point that way as well. Those who highlighted these evidences as a basis for their belief that the virus was actually in the US prior to the official reckoning were generally dismissed as conspiracy theorists, accused of peddling the communist narrative that coronavirus came from the US, or even thought to be putting others in danger through misinformation and conflation of the seriousness of COVID-19 with that of other flu-like illnesses. So much for that.

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“Seminary presidents reaffirm BFM, declare CRT incompatible” (Baptist Press)

According to this article from Baptist Press, “In a statement adopted in the council’s annual session, the seminary presidents assert that as ‘confessional institutions,’ the SBC’s six seminaries stand ‘together in this classic statement of biblical truth.’ Additionally, the statement declares that while condemning ‘racism in any form,’ the seminaries agree that ‘affirmation of Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality and any version of Critical Theory is incompatible with the Baptist Faith & Message.'”

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Will Tom Ascol Please Just Shut Up? Populist Politics and Southern Baptist Polity

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.

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The Southern Baptist Convention Should Be Led by Pastors (Tom Ascol)

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.”

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The Moderate Position on ‘Women Pastors’ in the Southern Baptist Convention

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. (1 Timothy 2:8-15)

The passage above is often at the center of discussion and debate regarding the roles of men and women in the church. Southern Baptists have collectively decided that the aforementioned passage (cited as 1 Timothy 2:9-14 in the Baptist Faith & Message 2000, VI: The Church) teaches, “While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.” This use of 1 Timothy 2:12 as pertaining to the office of pastor implies that the title of pastor follows the function (teaching/authority) of pastor in the local church. Insofar as the BFM2000 cites 1 Timothy 2:12 as a proof text for limiting the office of pastor to men, the confessional statement ties the title of pastor back to the function of pastor. A woman should not teach or exercise authority over a man. It follows that a woman cannot be a pastor. Unfortunately, some within the Southern Baptist Church are calling this confessional claim into question.

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How Donald Trump Could Split the Southern Baptist Convention

A general sentiment among those raised in the past forty, maybe fifty years, is expressed clearly by Derek Webb in his song, “A King and a Kingdom”:

There are two great lies that I’ve heard:

“the day you eat of the fruit of that tree, you will not surely die”

And that Jesus Christ was a white, middle-class Republican

And if you wanna be saved you have to learn to be like Him

A younger generation (that isn’t so young anymore) has cast off, or attempted to cast off, the lie referenced by Webb above. They’ve done so by more readily voting third party or Democrat, and they’ve certainly done so by distancing themselves from right-wing rhetoric, the Republican Party, and without a doubt, the current President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump.

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Election-Related Resources from CRV

Evangelical Third-Way Political Theory and Its Historical Problem

Stephen Wolfe on Christianity, Politics, and Public Witness

The Best Argument for a Pro-Abortion Candidate

Abortion and Single-Issue Voting: A Reply to Phil Vischer and Skye Jethani (Andrew T. Walker)

Christian Citizenship (Adrian Rogers)

Christians, Conscience, and the 2020 Election (Albert Mohler)

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Fault Lines in American Evangelicalism (Voddie Baucham)

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?

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The Enemy Within: Critical Theory, Cultural Marxism, and Social Gospel

According to the description for this episode of UNSHACKLED! titled ‘The Enemy Within,’ “In this homage to CS Lewis’s ‘The Screwtape Letters’, a Senior Tempter instructs a Junior Tempter how to secure the damnation of their latest ‘patient.’ The fact that this patient is part of a Bible study only emboldens their efforts.”