Change is coming to Southern Baptist, and not all of it seems good.
Years ago, Albert Mohler took a bold stand in reclaiming the denomination for traditional Christian Orthodoxy, with an emphasis on a high view of the authority of the Word of God. He took the fight to the liberal progressives of the day — and won.
It was, at the time, one of those very few instances of a denomination taking a stand against progressive forces in leadership pulling an institution they had hijacked into the yawning chasm of cultural conformity. Or so we thought.
He took it back from the brink, and kudos to him for doing that. All the more reason the reports now coming out from his seminary leave some of us scratching our heads.
Those of us not part of the movement or paying close attention won’t be overly familiar with positions taken and controversies. It doesn’t take much digging to see that Mohler’s political positions aren’t quite the rock-ribbed conservatism one might expect from someone taking a stand like the one he had taken.
In fact, his Social Justice advocacy reportedly played a role in his break from Ligonier ministries.
Our sources indicate that Mohler’s social justice position was indeed a part of that decision, but not the only reason for the decision. There were also Ligonier donors who felt that the Baptist theologian was trying to take over Ligonier, which – like Sproul – is Presbyterian, or at the very least, that it was unhealthy for Mohler to play such a prominent role in the organization which only seemed to be growing since Sproul’s death.
So, in other words, the decision to dismiss Mohler was multi-faceted but did include his position on Social Justice which was at odds with many at Ligonier and with the widow of R.C., Vesta Sproul, who signed The Dallas Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel.
This may be the first time that an evangelical organization drew a line at Social Justice and a pro-SJW suffered a consequence for their position (Shepherds’ Conference sources indicate that Mohler and Duncan will not be back, but said that it would not be publicly stated that it was due to their Social Justice position). — Pulpit & Pen
This gives some interesting background context for what’s being described as an anti-conservative ‘purge’ now happening under Mohler, where Critical Race Theory-embracing Progressive are being elevated and Conservatives are being let go en masse.
Albert Mohler terminated four conservative Southern Baptist professors including the lone SBTS professor to sign the Dallas Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel. This group of conservative professors stood against the leftward drift of the Southern Baptist Convention.
And now they are out of a job.
…According to Tim Dukeman, “Something you might not know because you didn’t go to SBTS: Fuller WROTE the textbook that most of the Hebrew profs use. He’s way more qualified than everyone they kept, other than Gentry. This is absolutely a political move. Mohler is purging conservatives.”
…According to Enemies Within the Church, “Critic of ‘New Calvinism,’ Jim Orrick, along with Cabal, and Magnuson have all stood against the advance New Liberalism at the school. However, that resistance comes to an end today as the board of trustees almost unanimously voted for their termination in support of Albert Mohler’s plan to cut cost during the Covid-19 quarantine.”
And if you guessed that the men’s severance package including salary and health benefits would be tied to signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), then you’d be right.
Sounds like it just might be political, eh?
Now, highlighting Mohler’s Woke bona fides, SBTS fired the lone faculty member who signed the Dallas Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel.
In other words, Mohler fired the only faculty member at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on record condemning Critical Race Theory by supporting the Dallas Statement while keeping the progressives on staff. — CapstoneReport
Critical Race Theory? They are EMBRACING Critial Race Theory?
Are we cutting out the book of Galatians from scripture, then?
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” — Gal 3:28
What about the Day of Pentecost when God kicked off the Church… in the varied languages of people and cultures from all around the region?
Or the account in Acts 10 with Cornelius serving as the evidence that the gospel was for all people?
Or Romans 2:9? Or Revelation 5:9-10? Or a whole host of other passages?
Do we just shelve them and genuflect to the Spirit of the Age?
Funny how the early church could have just as easily dropped that pinch of incense into the flame, saying ‘Ceasar is Lord’, and yet they chose to be thrown into prison, flogged, or even ripped apart by beasts in the Colisseum rather than say anyone other than Jesus is Lord.
But they’re buying into a sense of ‘justice’ theory that is entirely hostile to the historical Biblical definitions of objective moral justice. It makes one wonder whether this guy is more interested in building God’s Kingdom or his own fiefdom, doesn’t it?