Southern Baptist president, JD Greear — who is in his illicit third, self-appointed term — continues to expose himself as unqualified for the pulpit with his theological incompetency. In 2019, Greear preached a sermon asserting that the Bible has very little to say about homosexuality compared to other sins while calling on Christians to stand up for LGBTQ rights.
Now, Greear, suggesting that there is a contradiction between the cross of Jesus and his moral law, tells people that Jesus doesn’t tell us to follow his moral code, but, instead, “take up my cross.”
Of course, the lunacy in this statement is far deeper than a mis-speak — Greear has a long history of theological blunter. And this statement is a clear contradiction of what Jesus actually said,
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. –Matthew 28:19-20
Further, Jesus was clear in his purpose in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” And in John 14:15, Jesus says “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
But it’s easy to understand how he could overlook such a difficult doctrine. After all, he praises pro-abortion feminist leaders, uses “preferred pronouns” for “transgenders,” and thinks the Bible calls on Christians to fight for “gender justice,” all while saying he’d rather stand with Marxists who pervert the gospel than with Christians who defend it.
And for those making a half-witted attempt at defending this, at best, this fortune cookie theology carries with it the ambiguity that is suitably designed to give the masses of unrepentant sinners in his church enough bone to chew on while leaving enough plausible deniability to say those who reject this statement are “slandering” him. At worse, it’s heresy. Given his history of bad teaching and theological blunders, it’s not far-fetched to lean towards the latter.
Though born-again believers are not judged by the law, Christians are clearly called to obedience to the law, particularly, the moral law. But worse, those who are not believers are enslaved to the law and will be judged by it.