In 2020, the Southern Baptist Council of Seminary Presidents made headlines after coming together to sign a statement seemingly reaffirming the Baptist Faith & Message and denouncing Critical Race Theory as incompatible with Christianity. Among these seminary presidents are:
- Al Mohler, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Danny Akin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Jamie Dew, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
- Adam Greenway, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Jason Allen, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Jeff Iorg, Gateway Seminary
The signing of this statement caused quite a stir; it even drew the ire of then Southern Baptist mistress, Beth Moore, who referred to it as a “witch-hunt.”
Moore’s indignation toward those who oppose Critical Race Theory echos throughout the Southern Baptist Convention as progressives—who affirmed Critical Race Theory in 2019 at the SBC annual meeting—launched a campaign to impugn those who are against it. One of the most outspoken proponents of Critical Race Theory in the SBC has been Dwight McKissic, whose pastorate revolves around the race-baiting ideology of CRT.
Despite this, Fred Luter, a former Southern Baptist president and the first Black man to ever serve in that position, recently expressed his disgust with those who oppose CRT and claimed that during discussions, there were three seminary presidents who apologized to him for signing the statement.
Luter did not name who these presidents were, but if Reformation Charlotte were to make an educated guess, Danny Akin, Jamie Dew, and Adam Greenway would be the obvious choices. However, we call on Luter to name these names so that we know where those whom we pay their salaries stand on these issues.
Below is the clip where Luter appears to make this claim:
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.