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Resurgence Turned Divergence in the Southern Baptist Convention, Part 2

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January 17, 2020 7:00 pm

Resurgence Turned Divergence in the Southern Baptist Convention, Part 2

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The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. Having turned from theological liberalism in the 1980s in an era known as the “conservative resurgence”, the SBC is now in another bellwether battle over three issues, all centered around the question of whether Scripture is sufficient in all matters of life and faith…or not.

Last week in part 1, we discussed the first issue of women teaching men, or more broadly, women exercising authority of men in the church and home (1 Tim. 2:11- 15 [Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)] ). There is a great divide taking place in the SBC over this, with Beth Moore, asserting that complementarian theology (i.e. God has established separate yet complementary roles for men and women) paves the way for men abusing women.

In part 2 today, Tom Ascol, pastor and producer of the documentary film By What Standard?, joins us again to examine the second issue being debated—race and the worldview of Critical Race Theory. A resolution on Critical Race Theory was passed at the 2019 SBC annual meeting resolving that the Marx-based, oppressor v. oppressed worldview could be used as an “analytical tool”...

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Turning divergence in the southern Baptist convention part two of our topic today here on the Christian Realty radio program with the mission is to sharpen the biblical worldview of Christians and share the good news that all people can be reconciled to God made in Jesus Christ, and David Wheatley hosts in her website is the Christian were you.or will you for joining us today as were in the midst of this three-part series on the happenings within the Southern Baptist convention now said last week that the SBC your Southern Baptist convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the US having turned from theological liberalism in the 1980s and error known as the conservative resurgence. The SBC is now in another bellwether battle over particularly three issues, all centered around the question of whether Scripture is sufficient in all matters of life and faith or not. So last week in part one we discussed the first issue of women teaching men, or more broadly, women exercising authority over men in the church in the home nest from first Timothy chapter 211 through 15. There is a divide taking place in the SBC over this with Beth more popular teacher asserting that complementarity and theology. Your to define that God is establish separate yet complementary roles for men and women that couple mentoring couple mentoring theology as he paves the way for men abusing women some part two today, Tom asked Cole who is the pastor and producer of the documentary film were discussing by what standard is the title joins us again to examine the second issue being debated race in the worldview of critical race theory a resolution on critical race theory was passed at the 2019 SBC annual meeting resolving that this marks based pressure versus oppressed worldview could be used as a quote analytical tool. What exactly is critical race theory and is it wise to use a humanistic worldview to understand race and broader society. Be sure to tune in today. As these issues being debated within the SBC are likely to arrive at your church soon if not already there was good to the second part of the interview with Tomas goal was gallant to the issue of race that's taking place within the Southern Baptist convention.

You mentioned some of the history there.

Some of the churches and Christian professing Christians back in the day you know hundred and so years ago or more than that, who were Christians and supporting slavery that there is a battle over that that took place but now today you fast-forward to today and in the film you give some examples is a smattering of voices from those who are within the Southern Baptist convention. You had met Paul who the Provost of the Southern Baptist illogical seminary. I also had Robin to Angelo. She's an author a book called white fragility and a couple others in the disk and apply this compilation for about a minute and 1/2 of what is being said with regards to the issue of race and particularly whiteness as a result of being raised as a white person in this society, racist worldview, deep racist biases I have developed racist patterns and I have investments in the system of racism because it's certainly really well.

It's comfortable.

It's help me overcome the barriers that I do face and I also have an investment not seen any of that for what it was suggested to me about my identity and what it would require me to paint whiteness is resetting and shades of other race visually visualizations of modification, so somehow realizing in our churches.

This is an elder registers a all white we often I think this is one of the divers, the reality is that whiteness is rooted in plunder in theft in in slavery right enslavement of Africans genocide of Native Americans.

So this is a very white institution is is is is is so is okay no Tom if I had heard this sound by this compilation of different voices. I believe all of those voices were from people who affiliate with the Southern Baptist convention, correct me if I'm wrong, not Robin D'Angelo. Okay, not the first gentleman who spoke relative white fragility, but the other one not not be a committee one speaker the woman's spiritual comfort okay, but Matt Hall, the Provo right was in there and also the other guy was split at the end about critical race theory a Curtis Woods as well if I'd heard this sound bite somewhere else I would've thought will. This is from some leftists, you know, academic institution somewhere but some of these voices are reiterating what said in this this this leftist Marxist critical race theory worldview.

What what is your response to this leavening of this worldview in the SBC. Is it really taking hold it as is this a pretty popular notion within the SBC. Well, I don't think it's very popular yet but it is here and it is here in places of influence as that clip you just played demonstrates which we tried to demonstrate in the documentary itself, but the reason we juxtapose those different clips together was to show here's what leftists are saying and it sounds very similar to what is being said in some of our own colleges and seminaries in the evangelical world now were not accusing Matt Hall or Curtis Woods of being equal to the committee to one or Robin D'Angelo but we are saying whenever you're sounding just like them, shouldn't alarm bells go off should we back up and begins they wait a minute, or are we aware of how closely were tracking with people whose worldview and whose regard for God's word is such that we would reject it outright. That's our concern. And yes, it is here. Is it popular well and more academic circles, it's more popular than it is in the future, but I still believe that Baptist in our churches, our membership. Most of our pastors if they understand the issues that are made aware of its presence. These ideologies have become in that they will rise up and stand against it and say we're not going to take this we must renounce this at once and that's part of the whole motivation for making this documentary Tomas go with us today in the Christian world view. You spent a lot of time in this documentary by what standard will tell the stars how they can get in just a moment here about the issue of critical race theory or critical theory in intersection analogy and ask you to define those terms but I want to play a soundbite first from the menu. Just mention Curtis Woods was a professor at Southern seminary who was the man at the convention last year where this resolution about critical race theory was being integrated into the Southern Baptist convention felt like this should be CRT is a skull critical race theory intersection analogy, let me play the soundbite to get an idea of how it was explained by him as to why it was necessary of the reason why see this resolution on critical race theory is because we as a committee believe that we have the responsibility not to be taken to then philosophies were alien. Lots of things that seek to exalt itself gentle above obedience is price when you read this resolution to see a resolution that says that we must keep the gospel of Jesus Christ above all, and in theory or epistemology has to be subordinate to Scripture, and this resolution is very clear in the way that we have approached the discussion of critical race theory and intersection analogy. There is not one member of this committee himself or herself and colleges. Critical race theory or intersection analogy, we have been call and once for all delivered unto the saints, and you can believe that this see that were most concerned about in terms of the evaluation will be the bema seat of Christ, and this resolution strong to teach individuals how to engage the culture keeping the gospel above all okay. So if you listen to Curtis was a professor at Southern talk about critical race theory.

This resolution know this is all about the gospel and this is really important that we we have. This is a resolution.

Maybe you could give some context Tom on why this was such a significant moment for the Southern Baptist and this made news in the regular Christian world. When this when this occurred, I believe is last summer. Tell us more about this in why what he was saying maybe isn't what it appears to be this caught me off guard. I was not expecting anybody so that Scrooge was expecting them to address grace. Their sexuality when we showed up in Birmingham last June. What happened is a pastor out in California. Stephen Feinstein submitted a resolution on critical race theory and intersection out to the resolutions committee backup explain the process every year, the president of the SBC Sogeti group this year appoint a committee of people who will entertain resolutions and bring out resolutions to the floor for the messengers are gathered at our annual convention to consider and vote on most of the time the resolutions are brought out in the committee or just automatically adopted sometimes excavate usually not allowed to play because you're busted up to controversial and this year or last year. Stephen Feinstein submitted a resolution quick ratio their sexuality which basically rejected, not not. Basically it early rejected critical race theory intersection out what the committee did was took his resolution and they have the option to just dismiss not bring it to the floor. The convention that's that's something that is done regularly with submissions. It's not anything unusual or they can bring it largely unedited to the convention as is and say this is a resolution from a messenger. We recommend its adoption or they can change it themselves or they can they can combine it with other similar resolution to write a resolution themselves similar to what they did with this one is that they got his name on this as it was submitted. They completely rewrote it to say basically the opposite of what he submitted it to say and then brought it out and when I saw it: that Wednesday morning.

I think it was I was I was just blown way I could believe being asked to adopt a resolution like this so Al Mohler texted me and wanted to know if I was going to amend this resolution.

So I agreed to do that if you speak against it and we began to work on it other than to get work on it to see if we could somehow come up with a way to make this more palatable and not so onerous and not so undermining of what we understood the Bible to be teaching some folks with Tom Buck spoke against it.

Just Reject this resolution became the floor. I offered what I hoped would be received as a friendly amendment to strengthen its theological understanding to uncover its historic origins and to warn about godless ideologies embedded in them and that was reject which had explain what it is solicitors who may be unfamiliar with critical race theory intersection Audi are why is it so undermining and so on biblical okay Tomas will explain what exactly critical race theory is after this break in. Why undermining Christianity here that we come back. Also, you can view this documentary film by what standard by going to our website the Christian world or you can preorder the DVD go to our website the Christian world or just give us a call at one AAA 646-2283 critical race theory and its effect finale of simply and mythical, to be used as tools not as a worldview not transcended worldview above the authority of Berkshire and we stand by the spring is the Southern Baptist convention biblical orthodoxy over issues of women teaching men homosexuality and critical race theory is this a bellwether of what's coming to your church by what standard is hundred and 10 minute DVD documentary about the battle taking place. Can we see the DVD for a donation of any amount that Christian world to order that Christian world or call 1888 646-2233 or lightbox 401 Excelsior, MN 55331. Be sure to take advantage of two free resources that will keep you informed and sharpen your world. The first is the Christian world weekly email which comes to your inbox each Friday.

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This is part two of our three part series. Our guest is Tom asked Lisa pastor and also the president of Founders ministry. The website is and is also the producer of the film were talking about the doc you mentoring nearly 2 hours long, entitled by what standard showing some of these issues that were talking about last week and this week and next week as well and I before the break. I was asking Tom about this issue of critical race theory in why it's so undermining must get back to the interview with him. Go ahead and explain what it is solicitors who may be unfamiliar with critical race theory intersection Audi are why is it so undermining and so on biblical yeah will these things come out of the world of sociology and legal theory. These ideas there's there's a history that goes back to Marxism.

That's where origins are Karl Marx neck singles view the world in terms of the haves and the have-nots of classic Marxism is materialistic, people who are the producers to do the work and those who either handled the levers of power to get the rewards from network so that the owners of the workers and they believe the workers would rise up and overthrow the elders ultimately will some of Marx's disciples saw that that didn't happen in England. It didn't happen in America, places where did have the spirit body and solicit what went wrong and they developed a theory that was still Marxist, but was more sociological is not Hansen have not suppressed and oppressors and so that's the way you view the world between these different groups. However, there terrified you have oppressors and those who are oppressed, critical race theory is basically a movement that is committed to not just study real race relationships, racism, but to transforming relationships along the lines of race and power.

Richard Delgado and Jean Stefon chick who's book was highly recommended by Jarvis Williams is a New Testament professor Southern seminary. Every Christian ought to read this book so that we can understand race relations. Better get a leg up what's going on their books, call critical race theory can introduction it says the critical race theory is trying to change the social situation we find ourselves in. In the patient today. Not just by understanding how society organizes itself along hierarchies of power structures and racial lines, but to transform that and so embedded in this theory is the idea that there is oppressed classes in depressive classes and that the oppressive classes need to be overthrown to be justice shown to the oppressed classes so their presuppositions that if you are not a part of the oppressed class classes that you are complicit in the oppressive class or classes and that you are part of the problem.

It's all relationships are understood in terms of power dynamics, those who are marginalized. Those were privileged those who have the power and those who do not have the power and the structures that exist in society had been designed to keep those who have power in power to keep those without power out of power to keep those who are oppressors where they can continue to oppress to their advantage and to keep the oppressed in oppression to their disadvantage and racism a race that is looked at with that through this lens and it's oh, okay. We got overthrow the structures we got to deconstruct society if we are really going to deal with racism is a problem well there so many things wrong with that. I mean, it doesn't view the world where the Bible tells us to do the world about it and tell us to look at relationships primarily in terms of power dynamics that the most significant relationship we have in all the world is our relationship with God. We are all creatures and so there is a commonality that we share as creatures, as Christians, we have a greater commonality through the blood of Jesus Christ. Being that we are using with him and, therefore, in union with one another and the racial divides the ethnic divides the socioeconomic divides that would normally keep us apart, had been destroyed. That's what Paul argues in Ephesians chapter 2 this dividing wall of hostility has been brought down by the cross of Jesus Christ and he's taken to people, Jews and Gentiles are sticking out there, but it applies across the board is made of them one new man, one new humanity critical race theory ignores that makes no room for that and says no you are implicitly racist. So Robin D'Angelo is very much a proponent of this says we need to quit asking the question of am I racist and start asking the question how am I racist when you put forward what you hope to be a friendly amendment to it. It was deemed unfriendly.

We see this in the film by Curtis was the professor of southern and she responded that critical race theory for the purpose of this amendment was nothing more than a quote analytical tool. How will this resolution now play out what what what effect is this going to have. Now that the Southern Baptist convention has recognized and voted in favor of this resolution solution in why is it insidious first of all resolutions and no binding authority on any Southern Baptist agency, institution or church. So every seven Baptist individually every church corporately is free to completely reject and ignore this resolution. All it does is it expresses what messengers at any given time. Whenever resolutions passed a firm so that's it's it's it's there's no authority in resolution doesn't mean it's unimportant, but there's no binding authority to it insidious because it insinuates now into our conversation into people listening or watching the idea 07 Baptist have affirmed critical race theory and intersection Audi which on one level is very true.

Now the resolution number nine itself has The oxen nuances in it which are good saying that the Scripture supreme it's authoritative and everything else must be brought under its authority and rejected violates Scripture at any point.

All that's right, good and true. However, the tool that you choose to accomplish work matters. If you choose the wrong tool to accomplish something that you're going to have some.

Difficult and that may be the devastating results. For example, peer itself was for we are infected with what we called no CMC's little things invite like mosquitoes but you can't get Acxiom and Mandela's digital items here at the wrong place wrong time.

Well, whatever the no seams and date. I take it personally. I get upset I will smash towards get rid of my will/will suppose I said okay and he grabbed his hammer to smash no seams.

While I could probably kill if you put in the process. I'm going to wreak havoc on structures that I hit with a hammer and all my old bones on the bones of other people that I'm trying to protect no seams. The tool that you use matters in critical race theory is a faulty tool. It cannot deal biblically with the issue of racism or ethnic superiority ideas or bigotry. It cannot do it. Only the gospel can deal with those things in critical race theory to be brought in to be elevated even at a level of analytical tool is unhelpful.

It's insidious because it's subtle. It will take some people down bad pads to say oh okay will critical. We heard race theory can be a good analytical tool to let me use it to start assessing relationships between races how we ought to advocate for justice in race relations. I have to read the resolution I resolution number nine that you have been discussing and I won't go into analysis. It's available online for someone who wants to to look it up. Resolution nine Southern Baptist convention annual meeting 2019 that this is not about Scripture, it's about when we're under the judgment of God on this and that. That's the most important thing to us. That's who we answer to critical race theory is underneath the perspective of a biblical worldview.

Some people might hear this, they will what is the problem with this resolution on critical race theory. The problem is that critical race theory has embedded within it. Ideas that are incompatible with the gospel. The assumption is, of course, there's racism and the majority culture is always oppressive and those are in majority minority camps always been oppressed and so once once you put those glasses on when you can cite Mabel to keep the gospel.

Above all, to keep the Bible is the supreme authority, but you've already adopted presuppositions that are antithetical to the gospel and antithetical to the Bible because the Bible tells us that by creation we are all created by God for God so weak everybody regardless of your ethnicity is a creature and image bearer of God. Responsible to him as our Creator. When Adam sinned the whole world. Send with him in Adam's fall we fell all and so by sin. We are all condemned before God regardless of ethnicity, regardless of where we are. The historical timeline, regardless of whether you're male or female. It doesn't matter your your center before God and then by God's grace through Jesus Christ. When you turn from sin and trust Christ, you are united to God in him you are in union with Christ. Your identity gets changed from whatever you once were.

You are now made it in him all things are made new. We are new creations in Christ, which means now because Christ is our Savior, God is our father. We are all in the family.

We are brothers and sisters together in Christ and that's the most significant thing about us.

Critical race theory says no it's not okay listen to an interview with Tom after school today.

The pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Florida is also the president of founders ministries were talking about some of the issues going on within the Southern Baptist convention specifically. Today, the issue of critical race theory. This is extremely important to understand not only for what's going on in the Southern Baptist convention, critical race theory or critical theory moved beyond race to other oppressed groups is the whole shooting match right now in society. This is the division in this country. Those who view the world in the way of critical theory oppressed versus the oppressor or the other way around, oppressed services, the oppressed will come back. We have much more in this the stay tuned.

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Our website is the Christian world forgot to tell you that the last thing the rent on time there about how you can watch this film titled by what standard it's about issues being battled over within the Southern Baptist convention.

Very interesting documentary hundred and 10 minutes long will really help you understand the issues taking place there but it's so much broader than just the Southern Baptist convention is in churches and colleges and Christian colleges all over the country in a broader society as well.

So it's really good to understand this, you can watch the film online just go to our website the Christian world and there's a link to watch the film online, or if you'd rather have a DVD we can send you one. It's it's preorders are coming out next month. You can preorder it you get on the list and will descendent you when we receive them, and you can just preorder that by going to our website. Again the Christian world you can call us at our office number 1888 646-2233. We can write to us send a donation of any amount to Box 401 Excelsior, MN 55331. Okay Tom was in the middle of an answer within the last break so let's get back to that. We have a few more minutes with him and we have a whole bunch of soundbites for the rest of the program, explaining talking about. Critical race theory who, the founder of it is and and so much more so to get back to the remaining moment the Tomas goal because Christ is our Savior, God is our father. We are all in the family. We are brothers and sisters together in Christ and that's the most significant thing about us.

Critical race theory says no it's not the most significant thing is where you fall in terms of the power dynamics base of the race. So if you're part of a racial minority or pressed your portable racial superior superior group or majority group you are oppressive will foundations wrong and as I said earlier, the tool that you choose to address the problem matters and whatever you pick up the wrong tool to address the problem of racial sinful prejudices partiality that is rooted in sin, which are real problems real soon whenever you pick up the wrong tool to address them. You're never going to get the right solution that's rightly understood that he who identifies the problem is the one who will first get to try to identify the solution and if you misdiagnose or if you diagnose the problem in the product by the wrong tool to try to fix it. You're going to wind up on the wrong path like this could take you away from what the remedy is what's the remedy for sin. It's a Savior, who shed his blood for sinners. And what's the what's the remedy for living well in God's world. It's recognizing we're creatures made in his image to have obligations to praise God. I believe Curtis when he says member to keep the gospel of all were God above all my contention response that is you cannot do that and employed this tool the way that it's designed to be employed.

If you want a twisted, perverted beyond its intent. My question is, why then would you pick it up. Why, why would you use it if you're not going to use it the way that it is inherently designed to be used, and some of the arguments they strike me as nave that they strike me as historically feel informed as this is the same type of reasoning that was taking place in the last part of the 19th century, early part of the 20th century, when higher criticism was coming in to the Protestant evangelical world and we had peoples and of course we believe the authority Scriptures, but we need to take note of these evolutionary scientific theories that are informing how we understand the world and how we understand the Bible and we can still maintain the authority of Scripture and affirm the authority of Scripture and say that Isaiah was written by 26 or seven different authors and that Moses didn't really write the first five books of the Old Testament and that Jonah was just a mythological tale but were not denying the authority of Scripture were keeping the authority of Scripture. Above all, you can't employ the tools of higher criticism and maintain the integrity of God's word as the inscription rated word of the living God, and we seen that we saw how it played out in the early 20th century and my fear is that that same type of navet may be at work today and some who really do believe in affirming the gospel on the authority of God's word and yet they say all these tools to be useful. Think I was well explained Tomas go with us today on the Christian world view, talking about our topic of resurgence turned divergence potentially in the Southern Baptist convention okay. We talked about the issues that are being contended over a women teaching men.

We talked about racing critical race theory that worldview that you been describing and then one more issue that's been taking place is the issue of professing Christians who have homosexual desires. Okay, that was a little preview for next week's program and talk about that issue with Tomas goal next weekend on the Christian world view.

The third issue there that you can be a Christian and be consider yourself to be gay but celibate is that really is that really based on Scripture, the time I get into that topic next week, but for the rest of the time today like to go back into the background a little bit more about where this issue of critical race theory and intersection analogy comes from intersection analogy that that word basically means the compatibility of the oppressed groups. The union of the press oppressive number is all these oppressed groups whether there LGBT Q women, minorities, religious minorities, the working class. Those those that have been labeled oppressed. There is a compatibility there and they must must band together, they must admit must be in intersection of those intersection analogy to be able to rise up against the oppressors. That's what that word intersection analogy means one more quick definition when they're talking interview about messengers at the Southern Baptist convention. That's what they call their attendees so maybe some maybe some people call them delegates or something but people who come to the Southern Baptist convention. The various churches and representatives and pastors are called messengers such as not to confuse with that particular term. Okay where is this issue of critical race theory come from well it's been developed. Usually one humanistic philosophy is built on another cell.

Yes ago is probably all way back to Karl Marx, this Tomas goal was saying and then from there went to Antonio Gramsci, the Italian communist and then from there went to the Frankfurt school and and then I think an important influencer and this was a man named James Cohen and you. We have a soundbite coming up from a professor at Southern Baptist theological seminary, think, or maybe southeastern Wanda, one of the SBC seminaries talking about the influence of James Conant here so he was.

He was an American escorting Wikipedia heat he died. By the way net 2018 at age 79, he was an American theologian best known for his advocacy for black theology and black liberation theology, so I would say that critical race theory is really built on the foundation of black liberation theology immediate pretty much almost identical is about liberating and Blacks and other broader now used critical theory take out the race per critical theory, freeing the oppressed groups from the oppressors.

His James Cohen's 1969 book Black theology and Black power provided a new way to comprehensively define the distinctiveness of theology in the black church's message was that black power defined as black people asserting that humanity that white supremacy denied was the gospel in America.

Jesus came to liberate the oppressed, advocating the same thing as black power. He argued that white American churches preach the gospel based on white supremacy antithetical to the gospel of Jesus.

Cohen's work was influential from the time of the books publication in his work remains influential today and that is absolutely the case. It's very true you hear this man's name James Cohen come up over and over again. His work has been used in critique inside and outside the African-American theological community. He was the Charles Augustine's brakes, distinguished Prof. of systematic theology at Union theological seminary until his death is that's who he is and he has been a great influence on many, and particularly now even specifically within a some of those who are within the Southern Baptist convention.

Some of the professors and I just want to play a soundbite here before the break and let you have to hear from James Cohen himself and some of the messages that he has given over time and this was actually in the film. This is the soundbites are taken from the film by what standard here's James Cohen talking about how he developed his black liberation theology from Martin Luther King and Malcolm X will interpret the gospel in fact killed while twixt the back of his was not at the center unless rejected Christianity because Tressie's blackness brain with my that will pay my miniature dad brought me to want to interpret the Christian gospel stop in black theology, of which that phrase comes from Malcolm X comes from my brain come together at the same rights movement and a black powder to gather on to develop a black you can see were that kind of theology is going to end up completely a rejection of the true gospel in a perversion of everything that God desires for ethnicities and and everything else just you can see how you're going to divert if you go down the road. He just described.

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This is not something that you can just hear a quick soundbite and to sell. I get it. This is something that takes some some attention more than just a quick soundbite in so hopefully if you just joined us today that you can go back and listen to the entire program and get the help.

One thing builds upon another thing in getting the history of this how it's manifested today. It will really help you understand what is taking place in our society today.

Understanding this worldview of critical rate real race theory or critical theory intersection malady. This is all part of the social justice worldview. Social justice is that it's always a battle for the language that was try to capture certain words and language, social justice, who could possibly be against that but this is all part of that that worldview that is going on in our society today it's it's it it informs the political divides we see today between the left in the conservative side that this is the whole deal to understand what's taking place, it shouldn't be used as an analytical tool tool, but Christian should understand what it is. So let's go back to James Cohen another soundbite from James Cohen. We he's the father of black liberation theology, which I believe it is very similar in in into critical race theory. I think critical research I built on James Cone's theology of black liberation peace we play-by-play this next soundbite you can hear the similarities about it's all about power.

It's all about power and the oppressed and so yes what he says in his message.

Here again, another soundbite from the film.

Here's James Cohen talking about everything is about distributing power you read me the more they can do the mom and my churches need to be and why theologians need to do and that's why the redistribution talking about the joke is okay there it is from the man who founded black liberation theology whose influenced a whole generation and not only that, but then listen to what Prof. Walter Strickland from southeastern. He is the associate vice president for kingdom diversity. A southeastern seminary. Again, this is a southern Baptist convention seminary listen to the influence of James Cohen with that worldview without ungodly un-biblical divisive worldview that focuses so much almost entirely on skin color and redistributing power. Listen to what the professor from a southern Baptist convention seminary has to say about James Cohen's prolific he's written monograph monograph like every year, especially the beginnings of the movement and it also. Most recently he came up with a I think is most beautiful monograph, which is the cross and looking free. If you have not gotten that you need to read that will challenge you will stress you. You may agree with more or less of what he says but either way you be blessed by that and so because of that he is the start of signal powerful figure almost a wrecking ball right he is sort of deconstruct and blow this sort of stranglehold that white men have had on academic theology. America Prof. southeastern seminary part of the Southern Baptist convention promoting James Cohen if if that's not troubling, then then your beyond being troubled to hear something like that and talk about this recent book that James Cohen and James Kohn's dead now. He died in 2018.

But I know when that particular soundbite was taken from. But James Cohen talked about the aspect of what the cross of Christ actually is.

Listen to soundbite about how he reinterprets the cross of Christ again, James Cohen, father of black liberation theology, great influencer, and now it's morphed or just maybe a different name for black liberation theology of critical race theory because as I said is God taken the side of the victim is that God making ultimate identification with the powerless powerful in our society. The white people if they want to become Christian power and become identify with this if you going to be a Christian with powerful and also Christian. I think that's a contradiction of time now. How do you know that you really identify with time with you not only want to feel good about. You also have to pay back what you say, please forgive me now and quick yellow Rick pink elephant can be no reception that can be repentance can be a thing is that you get back what you and Whiting took a live from the okay so now you're wondering where all these people within the Southern Baptist convention and elsewhere professing Christians start calling for reparations for slavery and self-worth. Well, you could disappear there in the soundbite.

You can't be a Christian and be identified with the oppressed or that the powerful word to say that in Scripture, another at his whole soundbite that whole worldview. It is critical race theory. He sees the world surely in terms of skin color and who has power and that's it.

And if you power you need to be toppled because you're not a Christian. If you if you have power and don't redistribute that power is a very very insidious, dangerous, and by the way, divisive worldview.

This does not bring unity to people. This does not change people's hearts. This creates animosity between peoples. That's not what Scripture says. Galatians 3 says, for you are all Christians, sons of God through faith in Christ for all of you were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ there is neither Jew or Greek.

Neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for your all one in Christ Jesus. Nothing about these power structures and redistributing thanks for joining us today.

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