Matt Chandler made his way into Big Evangelicalism after his debut at Elevation Church where he preached a sermon seemingly calling out Steven Furtick’s narcissism with his famous line, “you’re not David!” That was it. That was the climax of Chandler’s pastoral career—at least as far as being faithful to the Word of God.
Since then, Chandler has joined the ranks of every mainstream pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention and other denominations to advance a movement and an ideology that is opposed to biblical Christianity. That movement is called the “woke church.”
Matt Chandler is now one of the primary hustlers of “woke” theology and has completely ingrained himself into the movement. “Diversity” is now the goal of Matt Chandler’s gospel—and to be clear, it has to be the right kind of “diverse” people. Conservative Black men need not apply. We documented at this link how Matt Chandler once stated that he would choose a lesser qualified black person over a more qualified white person to serve on staff at his church simply for the sake of “diversity.”
Whether it be Matt Chandler saying that Black people who aren’t woke are just trying to win “approval” of White men, pushing progressive “woke” politics, his church writing worship songs about microaggressions, comparing Black Lives Matter leaders to biblical prophets, denouncing America as racist and demonic, declaring that parts of Critical Race Theory are good (even though it’s demonic), having disdain for White people, speaking at various “woke church” social justice conferences, or sharing the stage with lesbians, racists, and charismatics all in the name of social justice, one thing is for sure, Matt Chandler has certainly devolved since his superb Elevation Church sermon.
Is Matt Chandler apostate? I’m not sure I would go that far, but he has certainly allowed himself to be influenced by the wrong people. Simply put, it’s too soon to tell. He still seems to get the gospel right, at times. But at other times, he seems to add unbiblical social justice imperatives to it. With that, I’ll not be the judge. I will only look at his actions.
This week, Matt Chandler’s Village Church will be hosting a forum titled “In Light of Hope.” The forum, according to the website, should supposedly offer biblical advice for Christians facing persecution in our current climate. But it won’t; instead, they’re offering Russell Moore:
Christians have a deeply rooted hope in Christ, and that hope should influence the way we live our lives in today’s world. In the midst of a chaotic and confusing culture, how can the people of God live in light of hope? Join author, theologian, and ethicist Dr. Russell Moore for an evening discussing ethics and the way we should conduct ourselves according to 1 Peter. The evening will include worship and a Q&A with Dr. Moore.
What’s worse, you will actually have to pay $15 to hear Russell Moore pimp his new book, The Courage to Stand, for an hour or so.
Personally, this author could not imagine having to sit and listen to Russell Moore perorate for that long. It takes all I can muster to listen to a 30-second clip that Woke Preacher Clips on Twitter finds.
Whether it be Moore’s breaking bread with the gay community, his softening tone on homosexuality, referring to Jesus as an “illegal alien,” promotion and teaching of inherent “white guilt” by sole virtue of skin color, yoking with Democrat and socialist groups, serving as an editor for a Catholic magazine, coddling the transgender community, partnering with animal rights groups and referring to animal rights as a “gospel issue,” fighting for the right to build an Islamic mosque, accepting donations from billionaire leftists like George Soros to advance open-borders and amnesty, publishing articles claiming that the Bible affirms gender fluidity, or making the absolutely asinine claim that Western culture is demonic—all of that drivel compressed into a book and then advertised from the pulpit—the last thing I want to do is pay money to listen to that. It’s nauseating, to say the least. That’s a definite no-go.