There is no doubt that wokeness is the new rage sweeping the Evangelical Church and even replacing the gospel with a gospel of social justice. The Southern Baptist Convention, The Presbyterian Church (PCA) and the broader Evangelical Church are steeped in social justice activism that is rooted in not in Biblical orthodoxy, but secularism.
The prevailing secular ideology that is fueling the movement is known as Critical Race Theory. Critical Race Theory (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.
The sole purpose of Critical Race Theory is to break down societal structures and divide humanity on the basis of race, pitting various ethnic groups against each other. As can be seen in the movement that is taking over the Evangelical Church, the method is highly effective. On the heels of movements out of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition (TGC), Evangelical leaders like Russell Moore and Tim Keller have effectively paved the way toward division and political chaos among the ranks of the Church. The evangelical movement is merely a fraction of the broader movement — which is anti-conservative and anti-Christian.
Out of this movement, we’ve seen Southern Baptists practically worshiping Martin Luther King, Jr. — a man who denied the deity of Christ and made a habit of practicing sexual immorality — at a Southern Baptist-sponsored event in his honor, we’ve seen the provost of the most prestigious Southern Baptist seminary say that due to the color of his skin, he is inherently racist and struggles with white supremacy, and a leader of a prominent student ministry have a stadium full of white people get up and lament their whiteness. One woke Southern Baptist Seminary graduate suggested that white people having beards is racist and has even stated that he wants as few white people at his church as possible. Identity politics are taught at prominent Southern Baptist leaders’ churches, seminary professors are teaching James Cone’s Liberation Theology, and The Gospel Coalition continuously pushes for a socialist economic system with equality of outcome.
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All in the name of wokeness, the Evangelical Church has been promoting equity, identity politics, and radical leftist progressivism in our churches and politics. But since the Bible doesn’t — in any way at all — support this heresy, one professor at Wheaton College, Esau McCaulley, (with many ties to Southern Baptists and the Southern Baptist Convention) suggests maybe, just maybe, our modern English versions of the Bible has been mistranslated because there weren’t enough woke black people on the translating committees.
This is exactly what Critical Race Theory does. It causes those high on the intersectional spectrum to question everything, regardless of the validity of the questioning, and use it to further their narrative. No scholar in his right mind would question the accuracy of modern bible translations based on the interpretation of its translators through the lens of their skin color. That’s simply absurd. But chaos through any means necessary, including absurdity, is the endgame for these people.