More leftist 'code words' infiltrating a drifting denomination

Friday, June 12, 2020
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Jody Brown, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

glasses on Bible 3Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear is calling on all members of the denomination to declare that "Black Lives Matter." Some of his fellow Baptists, however, are questioning his motivation for making such a request.

Greear made the following appeal in a video to his denomination during his annual address that normally would have been delivered at the now-cancelled SBC annual meetings originally scheduled for this week:

Greear: "Southern Baptists, we need to say it clearly as a gospel issue: Black lives matter. And by the way, let's not respond by saying, Oh, well all lives matter. Let's spare each other the quotation of stats right now."

Many Southern Baptists have been concerned with the leftward drift of the SBC and its adoption of tokens of progressive culture to appeal to the secular world. In a recent column, the president and CEO of D. James Kennedy Ministries argued the SBC – the largest Protestant denomination in America – "seems to suffering from a crisis of orthodoxy."

"According to the newly-launched Conservative Baptist Network," writes Frank Wright, "the Southern Baptists are drifting into political and theological liberalism and away from biblical authority, with its emerging emphasis on 'social justice, Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, and the redefining of biblical gender roles' – all of which are little more than leftist code words for their victim-based scheme of identity politics."

Southern Baptist pastor Dr. Alex McFarland has been among those voicing concerns for his denomination. On American Family Radio this week, he stated that Greear's directive will not be a popular one.

McFarland

"I can say unequivocally that the messaging and the posturing and the PC pandering of J.D. Greear doesn't represent the viewpoints and convictions of the majority of Southern Baptist clergy or laity," said the Christian apologist.

And about Greear's call to ignore the statistics? "[He was essentially saying] Don't conflate my great soundbite with truth," McFarland responded.

Program co-host Ray Pritchard, who is also a Southern Baptist pastor, said Greear's grasp of theology seems to be on shaky ground.

"He basically said that to say Black Lives Matter is a 'gospel issue.' I don't get that," Pritchard reacted. "That sounds much more like a political statement to me."

In a February interview with OneNewsNow, McFarland attributed the leftward drift in the SBC over the past several years to those he says sit in "the ivory tower of the [Southern Baptist] seminaries" and have "drunk some of the liberal/progressive Kool-Aid."

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