A pastor is urging the Southern Baptist Convention to take a stand next month against the social justice movement and its liberal worldview.
Grady Arnold, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Cuero, Texas, has submitted a proposal to the SBC resolutions committee for the annual meeting, scheduled for June 12-13 in Dallas.
The proposals are given to the committee, which can accept them and present them to the convention "messengers" that represent Southern Baptist congregations.
Arnold writes in the resolution that "social justice by definition is based on anti-biblical and destructive concepts of Marxist ideology."
The pastor's main concern with "social justice," he says, is the idea of "privileges" that must be reapportioned and redistributed by the Left, an idea that Arnold likens to Marxist ideas of redistribution.
"It's a very damning theology and ideology," he warns, "and it's very dangerous to bring it into the church."
The "social justice" movement has a far-left following on college campuses, breathing new life into 1960s-era hatred of the West and the Founding Fathers, capitalism and a free market.
More recently, a similar ideology has been used to whack opponents of illegal immigration as racists for not welcoming illegal aliens into the U.S., using scripture to lecture about welcoming the "stranger."
Arnold's resolution, which can be viewed here, cites the example of a "Christian Privilege" workshop that was held recently at a college campus.
He also claims a "social justice agenda" has become "pervasive" at SBC seminaries and state conventions.
Arnold also aims his resolution at Russell Moore (pictured at right), the controversial leader of the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, claiming that Moore recently defended and promoted the concept.
Arnold submitted the resolution, he tells OneNewsNow, after observing a gradual, under-the-radar shift toward "social justice" in the world's largest Protestant denomination.
"I'm very concerned that the embracing of the social justice agenda will hurt the Southern Baptist Convention. It won't help it," he says.
5/16/2018 - Editorial corrections made.
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