Voddie Baucham ‘saddened’ by ‘awokening’ of SBC Elites; says failure to address CRT at Convention was ‘ shameful. ’
Baucham calls SBC reaction to Ed Litton Sermongate plagiarism scandal ‘sinful.’
Baucham never ‘technically left’ Southern Baptist Convention.
Dr. Voddie Baucham is a new member of the Steering Council of the Conservative Baptist Network. He was kind enough to answer a few questions about the state of the SBC, why he joined the CBN, and upcoming projects. We think you will find the answers informative as the Southern Baptist Convention prepares for another heated Annual Meeting.
A quick Q&A with Dr. Voddie Baucham on his joining the Steering Council of the Conservative Baptist Network.
Capstone Report: What led you to join CBN?
Dr. Voddie Baucham: “I have been watching recent events in the SBC with both interest and concern. I love the SBC. I owe a great debt to the SBC. I was educated, discipled, and nurtured in the SBC. I am saddened by the recent ‘awokening’ among Convention elites. The unwillingness to name, let alone address CRT at the Convention last year was shameful. The refusal to acknowledge and/or address the Ed Litton scandal was sinful, and quite revealing (as was the refusal of the press to pursue the issue). Then to discover that a number of SBC elites were having their sermons written by the Docent group, SBC Seminaries were continuing to harbor professors who promote Cultural Marxism, CRT, and Liberation Theology (among other errors), not to mention the scandalous leftward drift of the ERLC. Things are unraveling in the SBC… AGAIN!”
“When Rod Martin approached me to see 1) if I was still part of the SBC, and 2) if I would be willing to play a role in the CBN, I was happy to lend a hand in hopes of playing a role in rescuing the Convention that has meant so much to me. My sending church is SBC, so I am still part of the family. I am not sure what I will be able to contribute, but I am not the kind of guy who calls others to arms then sits on the sidelines.”
CR: Does this mean you are coming back into the SBC? I know in your book you talk a bit about the painful way the SBC can treat people.
Voddie Baucham: “Technically, I never left the SBC. It is true that I fell out of favor with SBC elites. Consequently, I have not had a visible role in the Convention for over a decade. But my sending church, Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX (a church I planted in 2006), was and is an SBC church, so I am considered an SBC Missionary.
“As to the way the SBC can treat people; I am well aware that this is a ‘contact sport.’ I also know how the game is played. If I was ordaining women, condoning abortion on demand, hosting Democrat candidates in my pulpit, promoting liberation theology, CRT, BLM and/or the LGBTQIA+ agenda, the SBC elites wouldn’t lay a glove on me. They would be too afraid that I would play the race card and threaten to leave the Convention in a huff. However, as a conservative, I am fair game. Well-positioned black pastors in the SBC will employ the CRT tactic of denying the authenticity my ‘black voice’ while white SBC elites who are guilty of the ‘soft bigotry of low expectations’ will pat those pastors on the head and train their guns on me.”
“I’m not complaining. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I would much rather be hated than patronized. And at some point, SBC elites are going to have to stop pointing fingers and start answering questions. They are going to have to give an account for their unwillingness to stand against, or at least acknowledge the onslaught of wokeness.”
CR: Do you have any new book projects coming up after Fault Lines?
Voddie Baucham: “Yes. I am working on a couple of follow-up books. These issues are not going away. In fact, the fault lines are becoming clearer, and the stakes are getting higher every day. Ironically, the Critical Social Justice movement is meeting more resistance at secular school board meetings than it is from leadership in the SBC and other denominations at the moment. But the tide is turning. There is a hunger among God’s people, and a need for more resources.”
CR: Any upcoming events, sermons, etc. in US?
Voddie Baucham: “I am scheduled to start my Winter USA tour this week, but had to delay due to a failed COVID test. Lord willing, I will be cleared to travel in a few days so I can pick up the tour this weekend at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, then next week I will be lecturing on Cultural Apologetics at the Institute of Public Theology in Cape Coral, Florida and speaking on the Church Militant and Triumphant at the National Founders Conference.”