A Southern Baptist pastor says the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is using critical race theory (CRT) to push back against members who feel the denomination is moving too far to the left.
In recent remarks to the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention, President J.D. Greear said the SBC is giving safe harbor to closet racists.
"We should mourn when closet racists and neo-Confederates feel more at home in our churches than do many of our people of color," he declared. "If we and the SBC had shown as much sorrow for the painful legacy that racism and discrimination has left in our country as we have passion to decry critical race theory, we probably wouldn't be in this mess."
He says he has personally heard from some in the SBC that he would qualify as racists or neo-Confederates. Pastor Mike Stone, one of the men who hopes to take over as SBC president this summer, recently responded to that on "Sandy Rios in the Morning."
"If we've got churches that embrace closet racism and neo-Confederate theology, then I'd be the first one to want to call them out, single them out, call them to repentance, and perhaps even disfellowshipping from the SBC," he began.
But Stone went on to add that Greear and other leaders within the SBC are using the CRT debate to brand those who oppose the Marxist theory as closet racists or "some type of Pharisee" in an ultimate effort to push back against those within the denomination who think the SBC is moving to the left on several issues.
Dr. Richard Land recently told One News Now that CRT is not the key to reconciliation within the SBC; he said when the Church returns to its root focus of winning the lost to Christ, "that will solve all of our problems."