A November 1 article published by the Baptist Message details John  MacArthur’s criticism of the Southern Baptist Convention’s embrace of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. The article by Will Hall details the famed pastor and theologian’s analysis of the dangers of Identity Politics. Here are a few excerpts:

John MacArthur says Liberalism taking over Southern Baptist Convention because of Identity Politics

SUN VALLEY, Calif. (LBM)–During a “Truth Matters Conference” held in mid-October, noted theologian John MacArthur, pastor of the Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, criticized the Southern Baptist Convention for passing Resolution 9 during its annual meeting in June in Birmingham, Alabama.

This resolution described two controversial ideologies, Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality, in neutral terms, suggesting that in some cases both have been misused “by individuals with worldviews that are contrary to the Christian faith” to come to wrong conclusions. However, the two theoretical frameworks actually arose from radicals in academia.

Critical Race Theory is traced to the Harvard Law School and the founding theorist Derrick Bell who insists that “the law,” for instance, is a power structure based on “white supremacy” and “white privilege.”

Meanwhile, the idea of Intersectionality is tied to the UCLA School of Law and Kimberlé Crenshaw, the pioneer of the concept, who developed this abstract idea to help her advance the notion that “privileging of whiteness or maleness” is prevalent throughout society and the cause for the oppression of women of color.

The resolution, meanwhile, strongly underscored “Scripture as the first, last, and sufficient authority with regard to how the Church seeks to redress social ills” and promised “Southern Baptists will carefully analyze how the information gleaned from these tools are employed to address social dynamics.”

However, MacArthur said the acceptance of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality was a sign of “liberalism” taking over the SBC and called the approval of the resolution by messengers “a watershed moment” for decline of the denomination.

“I guess that in some ways it is remarkable that they lasted as long as they did when all the other denominations have been gone 30, 40, 50, 60 years ago,” he offered.

“But when you decide to let the culture interpret the Scripture and you need cultural cues to translate the Bible, the horse is out of the barn.”

Check out the rest of the article on the Baptist Message website.

4 thoughts on “John MacArthur blasts Southern Baptist Convention on Critical Race Theory, Identity Politics”

  1. Does John K. Graham even know the Lord?

    Does John K. Graham think that his dumb question is a refutation of MacArthur’s comments?

  2. The Bible clearly refutes the social justice crowd, both for past racial injustices and for the radical redistribution of wealth. Ezekiel 18:2 talks about “Sour grapes and children’s teeth set on edge”. The Lord God says that we are not responsible for the sins of our fathers. If God does not hold us responsible, does man have the right to ? Who is the greatest man who ever lived save the Lord Jesus, also the poorest who ever lived. Did Christ say “We need to take up a collection for John the Baptist? We need to put these democratic party talking points away and remind people that their sins are forgiven. I don’t conflate the GOP with Christianity, but you cannot vote for the Democratic platform and be a Christian.

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