In 2019, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution that affirmed the secular worldview of Critical Race Theory — calling it a “valuable analytical tool” — for dealing with issues of race in the Church and society.
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.
Also earlier this year, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee approved language that would be added to the SBC bylaws that would allow for the soon-to-be-formed credentials committee to disfellowship churches from the denomination if they didn’t meet the SBC’s standards on “race.”
While the bylaw changes were largely viewed as a measure taken to protect against sexual abuse that targets minors and “other vulnerable persons” in churches, in addition, the bylaws added that another possible reason for disfellowshiping a church from the denomination is “discriminatory behavior.” (See section 5 below.)
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Now, if you’ve been following the story of First Baptist Church in Naples, FL, you will see that the debacle surrounding the events at this church is case-in-point. In fact, the Southern Baptist Convention has effectively destroyed this church over false allegations of racism because a leftist black pastoral candidate failed to secure enough votes to be installed as the new senior pastor.
FBC Naples is a large megachurch, so scandals like this make the news. However, for those smaller churches who are less notable, the SBC credentials committee has come up with a way to report them. A new website has been created where you can report churches who, according to them, don’t hold to the Baptist Faith and Message, and
In addition to The Baptist Faith and Message, numerous resolutions adopted by messengers at the SBC annual meetings reflect the collective opinion of Southern Baptists on a given topic at the time each resolution was adopted. These resolutions also lift up values and ideals embraced by Southern Baptists on a variety of doctrinal, moral, and ethical matters not specifically addressed or fully developed in The Baptist Faith and Message. Previously adopted resolutions can be found here.
Now, keep in mind that Resolution 9 was adopted earlier this year which states that Southern Baptists affirm Critical Race Theory and intersectionality — a godless worldview that is incompatible with biblical Christianity — and this, according to them, reflects the “collective opinion” of Southern Baptists. Failure to affirm this, according to them, is cause to be reported and investigated by the credentials committee.
Of course, there will always be bootlickers and ladder climbers, like Brent Hobbs, who will slobber and drool all over this, but sane, biblically-minded Christians will reject it outright. Sadly there are few left.
Upon going to the website to file a report, you will receive a form like this to fill out either online or to print out and mail in.
Here, you can select that you’d like to report a church that discriminates. Keep in mind that according to Critical Race Theory and intersectionality, refusing such things as affirmative action is automatically discriminatory. According to Critical Race Theory, the very virtue of being “white” is racist. In other words, unless you’re all-in in this new version of “woke church,” your church is in danger of being disfellowshiped from the denomination and branded as white supremacists unless you take drastic action, like FBC Naples did, to throw non-woke church members out to the dogs, purge them from your ranks, and affirm the new social justice gospel created by this movement.