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Complementarianism Scripture

The Blindspot in Vision 2025

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Theoden remarks to Aragorn, “The old alliances are dead.” That phrase sticks in the back of my mind as I write this post because it is not my intention to end or strain any alliances. These are not the days for conservative Christians to make enemies within their own ranks!

We are few in number as it is. May the old alliances remain alive, and may my brothers and sisters in Christ hear me out on why you won’t see me personally endorse Ronnie Floyd’s Vision 2025. It’s not that I necessarily disagree with everything. Instead, I see a glaring blind spot.

To me, the vision says we need to replace the tires, detail the car, and repair the windshield. But we’ll leave the failing transmission untouched. New tires are always great. But not if the vehicle can’t shift.

A Book of Numbers

Recently, I wrote about the 2019 SBC Annual Church Profile at ThingsAbove.Us. There I wrote,

Based on these 2019 numbers, 36.1% of Southern Baptists are in church on any given Sunday. And that’s if the 5,250,230 [attending] people were all members. Of course, some of them are guests, and children, so 36.1% is actually high, but we’ll use that number anyway.

This means that on any given Lord’s day 63.9% of those professing allegiance to Christ are missing. And this isn’t a Sunday here or there but the telling story of the entire year.

Furthermore, the trend is going in the wrong direction. Based on the numbers presented, in 2018 the percentage was at 36.5%. That means in 2019 fewer members are attending church percentage-wise than they were in 2018.

As Southern Baptist pastor, Jim Elliff, once wrote, the SBC is largely an unregenerate denomination. That is, if we take the New Testament’s admonitions about the local church seriously.

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Critical Theory, The SBC, and The Local Church with Neil Shenvi

On this episode of the new CR:V Podcast apologist Neil Shenvi sits down with Jeff Wright to talk about Critical Theory’s impact on the world, Christianity, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the local church.

Neil offers analysis of the origins and ideology of Critical Theory (and it’s derivative, Critical Race Theory) as well as the controversial Resolution 9 coming out of the 2019 SBC Annual Meeting in Birmingham, and how church members should respond when and if they see Critical Theory making inroads into their local church – plus more!

Find it on Apple Podcasts or by clicking here.

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Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality in the Southern Baptist Convention: Defense (Part 4 of 4)

Todd Benkert’s recent piece on Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality (CRT|I) at SBCVoices.com is helpfully clarifying in at least three ways. First, Benkert straightforwardly admits that both he and others within the Southern Baptist Convention are using Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Benkert indicates they are not merely using the language of CRT|I, but its concepts, and intentionally so. Second, Benkert admits that these individuals are using CRT|I despite the fact that CRT|I is “dangerous.” Third, Benkert mounts a defense of CRT|I and the infamous Resolution 9, which he believes speaks of CRT|I in positive fashion. He would not change anything about Resolution 9, and does not believe it should be rescinded. Indeed, he believes doing so will actually set the SBC back in terms of “reconciliation work.”

Although Benkert attempts to take a middle way in his post, positing CRT|I as both an analytical tool and a dangerous ideology, his examples of using CRT|I as an analytical tool, some of which are discussed in this post, exemplify why CRT|I is such a dangerous ideology. This observation is not meant to impugn Benkert’s motives. Nevertheless, some (not saying this is true of Benkert) seem unaware of how far down the ideological rabbit hole they have gone. This series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) has highlighted some of the difficulties with doubling down on CRT|I in response to recent posts and podcasts pointing out its problems. This fourth and final post addresses Benkert’s defense of CRT|I by examining two examples he provides from CRT|I.

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BREAKING: Q&A with the 2019 Resolutions Committee about Resolution 9

In this article, “members of the 2019 Resolutions Committee sought to shed light on both their purpose in addressing the topic and the process by which the resolution was developed, with the goal of clarifying any misconceptions.”

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Author of Original Resolution 9 Responds to Controversy and Looks to Future

In this Twitter thread, Stephen Michael Feinstein writes regarding Resolution 9 and Critical Theory, “CT and all of its wicked children (CRT,CFT, CQT, etc.) are about two or three years away from becoming the normative zeitgeist for our culture. Perhaps in three years, every kid that graduates from public school will be seeped in this godless ideology and its sub-categories. Parents have no idea it’s coming.”

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Prosperity Gospel

Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Pass RESOLUTION SIX: On the Prosperity Gospel and its Promotion

WHEREAS, the prosperity gospel is the belief that divine healing and financial wealth are automatic rights in this life for those who believe in Jesus, faith being the presumed means for forcing God to fulfill our desires; and