Jarvis Williams is one of the foremost Critical Race theorists in the Evangelical Industrial Complex, also known as the Southern Baptist Convention. Williams, a professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, reports directly to Al Mohler, arguably the most influential person in the entire denomination.
Williams has continuously advanced the widely debunked theory of “systemic racism” and “racial injustice” through his use of Critical Race Theory.
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a heretical worldview that is incompatible with biblical Christianity. It 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.
In a recent sermon, Williams asserts that it is “unloving” to point to facts and statistics when black people are suffering from a perception of “racial injustice.” To Williams’ credit, he stops short of and admonishes black people to not view white people as the “enemy,” but rather, “the devil.” However, Williams insists that white people are born into a “racist system” that benefits them and by the very virtue of being a part of that system — and not actively and perpetually fighting against that system — one remains guilty of the sin of racism.
One of the most effective ways that Critical Race Theorists employ to neutralize their opponents to this ideology is the play into the conscience of the person attempting to bring logic and reason into the conversation. Williams, like Southern Baptist president, JD Greear recently did, says that to do so is “unloving.” As Greear recently admonished Southern Baptists to refrain from citing facts and statistics as it pertains to “unjust killings” of black people and instead, just march with them while chanting Marxist slogans, Williams, in like, reprimands those who do.
“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.” — Ephesians 4:25
“When there are clear examples of racism and racial injustice committed against black image bearers,” Williams says, “the loving thing to do is not to cite statistics of black on black crime to deflect from the killing of that black body.”
He then goes on to acknowledge, nonchalantly, that blacks, like everyone, “have some self-inflicted wounds.”
The reality, here, is that Williams is the one attempting to deflect from the real problem. Of course, if there are “clear examples of racism and racial injustice committed” against black people — or anyone — we should not deflect from this at all. We should staunchly oppose it. The problem, however, is that in the context in which Williams speak, there, to this day, are no “clear examples” of “racial injustice.” It simply does not exist — especially not to the extent that Williams, and other Critical Race Theorists, would have you believe.
The issues is that Williams wants to build a narrative that doesn’t exist. Williams, like so many who have been given over to this racialized worldview, insist that we should not at least try to help people rightly understand what’s taking place. He doesn’t want black people to believe that there really isn’t a pandemic of racial injustice. He wants black people to perpetually live in that state of mind. So much so that he tries to neutralize any factual or statistical opposition to this narrative by calling it “unloving” to show how erroneous this thinking is.
The question should be: how is it loving to withhold the truth from people who are hurting? Perhaps, people, black people in particular, who are hurting unnecessarily, when rightly understood in the context of cause-and-effect, can see that they don’t have to live in perpetual fear of their life because what they are being told simply isn’t true and doesn’t comport with reality. Maybe Jarvis Williams is the one that is unloving.