There is no doubt that the Southern Baptist Convention has been on a rapidly-increasing leftward drift toward the abandonment of the gospel in favor of social justice, feminism, and, in some cases, an embrace of the LGBTQ movement. In short, the Southern Baptist Convention has been sliding toward apostasy for several years.
Now, I know that the word “apostasy” is a strong word—and that word denotes renunciation of the faith. And, in word, most Southern Baptist leaders, churches, and institutions have not renounced Christianity or the gospel. However, a case can be made that, in deed, much of what once stood as a bulwark of defense against false teachings and movements invading the Church has now abandoned its duty to protect and even opened to door to wolves to feed on the sheep.
The Southern Baptist Convention was originally formed not as a top-down governing organization with authority over the member churches, but rather as a coalition of churches bound together to cooperate with a unified purpose—to send missionaries to unreached parts of the world. This, of course, was a noble purpose and has served well. However, the Southern Baptist Convention has now morphed, if you will, into a full-fledged denomination with multiple institutions including seminaries, a publishing arm, a church-planting network, a public policy branch, and an executive committee tasked with overseeing the denominational structure.
And while in word, member churches remain autonomous, in practice, the grip the denomination has over Southern Baptist churches is growing stronger and stronger.
The Southern Baptist Convention is wrought with theological problems. Not only have many of the churches embraced aberrant movements, but so have the institutions. The seminaries are teaching Critical Race Theory—a rank heresy incompatible with Christianity—and those pointing it out are being maligned by SBC leadership.
One of the brewing controversies in the Southern Baptist Convention is the issue of feminism — namely, Egalitarianism. This is the doctrine that defies biblical gender roles (1 Corinthians 14:34, 2 Timothy 2:12, etc) and allows women to take authority over the pulpit in churches. Several outspoken leaders and pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention are now advocating for female preachers and women in leadership roles, defying God’s design for genders. Beth Moore was one of the primary examples of this, ultimately causing her to leave the denomination. But there are many others.
Another serious issue brewing in the Southern Baptist Convention is the issue of homosexuality — labeled by the Evangelical elites, “same-sex attraction.” The controversy is over the sin of same-sex attraction, and whether or not homosexuals should be counted as members in good standing, or even hold leadership roles in our churches. The issue has been brought to light by prominent outlets — namely the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission — who have promoted this notion through “gay Christian” ministries such as Living Out.
The crux is that many of these progressive leaders now believe that Christians should “soften” their stance against homosexuality and in many cases, fully accept them among the ranks of Churches.
Finally, the longest-standing and most notable issue facing the Southern Baptist Convention is that of the social justice movement. The idea is that it is the mission and focus of the Church to right the wrongs of social and economic inequality. Primarily, the movement advocates for an unbiblical view of man and sin and instead looks to secular ideology, such as Critical Theory (Marxism), for guidance.
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 2019, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution to embrace Critical Race Theory as a “useful analytical tool” for analyzing racial discrepancies and strife in both society and the Church. Every effort to repeal this resolution since its passage has failed.
Many of the advocates of this movement in the Southern Baptist Convention seek to impute guilt among entire people groups — in this case, white people — for ancestral sins. Further, they advocate for restitution based not on individual guilt and/or need, but based solely on the color of their skin. This, too, should be opposed as it does not seek biblical reconciliation among believers, but only seeks to cause division and tear down society.
And yet, despite all of this, Bart Barber one of the leading Southern Baptist Convention presidential candidates, believes there is nothing wrong with the denomination. In fact, Barber is literally the perfect establishment candidate for the Southern Baptist Convention elite club. He’s willing to do whatever he’s told and has no real convictions about anything. He’s simply the marionette on the stage with the puppetmasters pulling his strings—just like Joe Biden.
What’s most sad about the whole charade: he actually has a very high chance of pulling off a win. After all, he has all the SBC money-changers behind him. We currently have a Southern Baptist president who is a serial plagiarist and has relentlessly insisted that he’s done nothing wrong. Barber, the establishment candidate, has also relentlessly defended him. The SBC has a public policy arm, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, that calls for lax abortion laws and decriminalizing mothers seeking abortions while arguing that she isn’t guilty of killing her child—Bart Barber agrees with them.
Bart Barber is primarily interested in “unity”—and right now, the Southern Baptist Convention has a superficial unity like never before seen.
Barber isn’t serious about doing what it takes to bring the Southern Baptist Convention back into a right relationship with God or honoring the covenant that Christ has with the Church. He isn’t interested in following the Apostle Paul’s commands to purge the unrepentant sinners, heretics, and false teachers from among us. He isn’t interested in defending the sheep from the insatiable appetites of the wolves seeking to devour us all. He’s only interested in maintaining that unity at whatever cost.
But superficial unity won’t last and God will smite it. If you are happy with the direction of the Southern Baptist Convention and you desire the wrath of God to be poured out, then vote for Bart Barber, please.