The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution last week that one pastor says alludes to a Marxist ideology as a complement to biblical solutions to racism and other cultural ills.
Last Wednesday, "Resolution #9 – On Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality" passed after a short but contentious debate at the SBC's annual meeting in Birmingham, Alabama. Critical Race Theory (CRT) – according to Britannica.com – is "the view that race, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is socially constructed; and that race, as a socially constructed concept, functions as a means to maintain the interests of the white population that constructed it." The theory of intersectionality says all oppressed groups are interdependent and subject to overlapping systems of oppression.
According to Pastor Steve Feinstein of Sovereign Way Christian Church in Hesperia, California, the concepts are straight out of the Marxist playbook. "Behind these theories … really is a philosophy that's fueled by rage and anger and speaks purposefully to divide people," he tells OneNewsNow.
Resolution #9, as approved, stated that the Southern Baptist Convention should use CRT and intersectionality only as "analytical tools subordinate to Scripture" to aid in evaluating the human experience.
Feinstein actually authored the resolution as a condemnation of the two theories – but someone at the SBC, he says, completely reworded it to endorse the philosophies, provided they are subordinate to scripture.
"From a Christian perspective, these are tools that are being used to divide humanity in a form of identity politics that's very anti-majority," says the pastor, "and at the same time it infiltrates the church and then unity in Christ becomes impossible."
On his personal blog, Feinstein has posted the resolution as originally submitted. He admits to being "stoked" the day of the vote that his resolution was accepted, but that he immediately noticed the committee had "severely altered" what he had submitted. "It is their right to do so," he adds.
Feinstein sees the rewrite as part of an effort of the SBC to appeal to a broader culture by embracing familiar terms and concepts … and he says it starts at the top with the SBC president.
"When I see J.D. Greear talking about white privilege, [I think] perhaps that privilege is real – but I can tell you: the way it's being used, it's just not going to unite anybody," Feinstein concludes.
On the same day Resolution #9 was approved, Greear warned Southern Baptist pastors and churches to avoid being "stooges" for any political party, saying that being tied "too closely" to a political platform "put[s] an unnecessary obstacle in the way of the gospel for half of our mission field."