Notice how some ‘Christians’ attack conservative Southern Baptist teachings on sex and gender and do so without any evidence.
The day is coming, indeed it is already here, when Southern Baptists will face persecution. It will be aided not only by secular elites angry over the Christian claim that there is absolute truth and that it is knowable. The persecution will also come from within. This week Southern Baptists were attacked for “radicalizing” young men.
There were important examples of this attack on biblical teaching by Southern Baptists. The attacks came from Anthony Bradley and Ed Stetzer and exploited the tragedy of the Atlanta murders.
You might remember Ed Stetzer was the guy defending the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) last year from allegations that its lab was the origin of the China Virus (COVID-19 coronavirus). However, this time, Stetzer is ready to impute guilt to pastors for the action of lunatics.
Stetzer does the typical big city liberal pleasing Third Way approach. He tries to synthesize both sides of an argument. He writes, “Some will quickly say, ‘Nothing to see here. This is not connected to us.’ Still others will see this as an indictment of Christians everywhere. I think there is a better way.”
Then, Stetzer goes on to attack conservative Southern Baptists in what is a wicked smear. “As is now widely reported, he goes to a Southern Baptist church that has been connected with Founders Ministries, now best known for its anti-Critical Race Theory efforts. All of these should factor in our reflections.”
Really? What does the fact that someone attended a church mean when that person acts contrary to the explicit teachings of the church?
Unlike say radical Islam that has clear teachings about Jihad and radical clerics preaching a radical message—is there any evidence that Founders or churches that like Founders preach a violent message that promotes the murder of women?
Of course not.
What Stetzer did here is wicked. It is the tactic of an antichrist. But, again, Stetzer wanted us to be cautious when it came to talking about the Chinese Communist Party. Remember that. Remember this. Also, remember who funds the SEND Institute associated with Stetzer. It seems relevant.
And he wasn’t alone. Victims’ advocates to theology professors attacked Founders and Southern Baptists whose great crime appears to be they taught against Critical Race Theory (notice that was one of Stetzer’s complaints too!)
Anthony Bradley, a professor Religion and a fellow with the Acton Institute claimed Robert Aaron Long was “radicalized” at church and pointed toward the Southern Baptist Church that supported organizations like Founders Ministries and 9Marks.
We pointed out the absurdity of this line of attack—it belies an anti-Baptist motivation that mixes Woke 9Marks with anti-Woke Founders. The point here is to harm Christians Bradley does not like. Why? Well, he has a theological and political motivation, as we noted on Twitter.
Take two lessons from this.
First, the Woke, social justice nonsense did nothing to save 9Marks from the fiery darts of the enemy. So, by pleasing the culture, you earn yourself nothing.
Second, biblical teachings on sexuality and gender roles will be attacked by Elites both secular and religious. Again, look at what Stetzer did in his column. He imputed bad theology to conservative Southern Baptists and did so without any evidence.
He wrote, “And in the coming months, let’s continue the hard and painful work of confronting twisted and unhealthy theology that maligns and distorts the image of God in women (and men).”
What unhealthy theology? What specifically?
This is a slander. Christians should see him for what he is—a tool of the Elites to crush biblical Christianity.
Stetzer, who is ethically challenged, is not a trusted voice for Christians.
And Southern Baptists ought to be asking why an SBC entity partners with him with the SEND Institute. The SBC already pays Russell Moore to insult us–why pay Stetzer too?