Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become one of the predominant schools of thought behind the push for racial reconciliation in the Evangelical Church. CRT emerged as an offshoot of Critical Theory, a neo-Marxist philosophy that has its roots in the Frankfurt School and its methods are drawn from Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud.
CRT teaches that institutional racism exists within every structure of society and that these structures are intrinsically designed in such a manner as to protect and preserve “white supremacy” in our culture. Further, CRT does not rely on factual statistics or objective evidence to support the theory, rather it relies on anecdotal evidence and personal experience.
One of the leading scholars promoting CRT in the Southern Baptist Convention is Jarvis Williams, Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Williams authored a book, Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention, which undoubtedly advances this theory. Williams’ Marxist ideas have infected the Southern Baptist Convention in remarkable ways; the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) led by Russell Moore has latched on to this theory and made it the predominant cause of the convention.
Disguised as ‘Racial Reconciliation’ Critical Race Theory is now being preached from Southern Baptist pulpits all over the nation, yet, these ideas have moved far beyond a gospel call for Christians to reject and repudiate racism in all its forms. It has become a distraction from the great commission and a social justice war led and dominated by the culture that the professing Church has been bullied by the neo-Marxists into fighting. The entire movement is anti-gospel.
This weekend, Eric Mason, Southern Baptist pastor and author of the controversial book, Woke Church, will be hosting a conference at Concord Church in Dallas, TX. Woke Church is a book that promotes a man-centered view of justice from a Marxist perspective.
Eric Mason just announced that Matt Chandler has joined the Woke Church Conference.
New add! My brother Matt Chandler of 13yrs and I will have a candid conversation about racism and injustice this Friday in South Dallas at Concord Church.
The “Woke Church” movement claims that it seeks to solve “injustices” in society and in the church that blacks face. However, it does so through various social justice ideologies, notably the racial reconciliation movement which borrows its tactics from Marxism.
In the conference promo video below, you can see how the appeal is made by using anti-American, anti-white race baiters and Communists like Van Jones and Colin Kaepernick to try to get their point across.
Critical Race Theory, straight out of the Frankfurt School, is the central ideology in the social justice movement being promoted by these various “woke” individuals.
I would invite you to listen to this review on Woke Church. Eric Mason argues for a superficial, worldly unity between blacks and whites–the kind you would find in a hip-hop club or a Jay-Zee concert. This is not a biblical love for each other or a godly unity found in Christ alone. Just because blacks and whites are united together around a worldly interest or cause does not mean that they share a true unity in Christ.
Matt Chandler is one of the primary agitators of the social gospel and proponent of “white hate” and “white guilt” that is sweeping the modern evangelical church. Chandler has argued that he would clearly hire a less qualified black man to be on staff at his church over a higher qualified white man for no other reason than the color of his skin.
He advocates for tearing down the barriers of “white privilege” by enacting various forms of affirmative action and entitlements for blacks. The cognitive dissonance of these people–the fact that they can’t see how racist and unjust this is–is completely mind-numbing. These people give lip-service to the gospel, calling this a “gospel issue,” and calling their solutions “gospel-centered.” But they are seeking anything but a gospel-centered solution. The Marxist ideology being promoted in this camp has no place in the church. Period. It’s anti-gospel and anti-Christ.