Southern Baptists will be meeting in Orlando this summer for their annual meeting. The weekend before the gathering, some SBC leaders concerned with the direction of the denomination will be holding a rally of their own.
Southern Baptist pastor and Christian apologist Dr. Alex McFarland is planning the rally, to be held in the 2,000-seat auditorium at the Holy Land Theme Park in Orlando on the Saturday night before the big SBC gathering. He's concerned with a leftward drift in the denomination over the past several years – specifically among those he says sit in an "ivory tower" and are contributing to what he calls "the pulpit/pew divide."
"There have been more and more – in what I would call in the ivory tower of the seminaries, the denominational hierarchy, and leaders of LifeWay – who I think have drunk some of the liberal/progressive Kool-Aid," he tells OneNewsNow.
Specifically, last year's adoption of Resolution 9, allowing the use of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality as analytical tools to be used in racial reconciliation efforts.
"Among other things, Resolution 9 was an endorsement of something called 'Critical Race Theory' [which] basically says America is inherently racist, white people are irrevocably, inherently racist," the apologist explains.
The SBC was warned about those dangers by Pastor Tom Ascol right before being adopted at last year's meeting. "Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality are godless ideologies that are indebted to radical feminism and post-modernism and neo-Marxism," Ascol said a year ago.
McFarland hopes to get the SBC to reconsider the resolution at this year's convention. "We have this rally that all are invited to as we pray for one of America's good, great denominations to stay true to the Bible – and not to liberal progressivism," he concludes.