Is there ‘Black Privilege’ in the SBC?

Unlike the “nicer than God” Big Eva pieces that do not name names or cite evidence to point out problems in the church, writings by grassroots evangelicals that do name names and cite evidence generally make thought provoking arguments whether or not I agree with their conclusion. A piece by (presumably) JD Hall on Protestia does just this for me and I want to go through it and bring more evidence to see if the conclusions that are made line up with a more complete understanding of the evidence. The article is titled The SBC Must Repent for Its Black Privilege and largley calls out the SBC for tolerating men like Dwight McKissic.

An unfortunate reality has become apparent in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. A once-conservative network of autonomous Baptist churches has caved on almost every single distinctive of their faith. Today’s Southern Baptist Convention is no longer the bulwark of conservative Christianity and has now become yet another mainstream denomination to cave on its core principles in the name of political correctness. And this record-breaking turn of convictions in the SBC is largely due to the systemic Black Privilege that liberal African Americans now enjoy in the once-great denomination.

The use of the word privilege is not because of a Critical Theory framework rather partiality. Let me make clear that partiality is a sin. God hates unequal weights and measures. Therefore Protestia is valid for stating in the headline that the Southern Baptist Convention would need to repent if there accusation in true.

The cause for this turn of events is largely due to the carnal and sinful fear of denominational leadership being accused of politically incorrectness, and under the guise of “inclusivity” they have opened the door to virtually any subversive teacher who desires to rip the doctrinal guts out of the denomination…so long as they are black.

Basically, what he is saying here is that white pastors are unwilling to call out the error in black pastors because they fear the repercussions of the optics. In 2008, people who did not like Obama were told it was because he was black. This would be the comparison, although no time frame other than Al Mohler’s leadership is given as reference for when this began.

If an Anglo preacher helped bus rioters to race protests to assault police officers, they would be disfellowshipped out of the denomination in no time.

If an Anglo preacher espoused hyper-charismaticism of the Pentecostal variety, they would be disfellowshipped out of the denomination in no time.

If an Anglo preacher espoused support for a Democratic candidate whose chief policy proposal is the rip apart babies in their mother’s womb, they would be disfellowshipped out of the denomination in no time.

If an Anglo preacher advocated for female pastors – and if they called their own wife their “co-pastor,” they would be disfellowshipped out of the denomination in no time.

Everything hypothetical in here in theory should be true within the Southern Baptist Convention, but at least two of them are violated regularly these days. Hyper-charismaticism is taught by the ultra-woke Matt Chandler who is both white and SBC. And while JD Greear, David Platt, and others play to both sides of politics, they do not vocally endorse Democrats. Now there are several SBC churches with female pastors in violation of the BFM 2000. Back when it was Pulpit & Pen they published a study citing the prevalence among the SBC’s largest churches. So this claim needs further evidence to see if there is a racial divide.

And all of these things have been done regularly by Dwight McKissic, a hateful, race-baiting, hyper-charismatic, pro-abortion charlatan who spends his time in the pulpit campaigning for Joe Biden.

McKissic is a godless unbeliever who would be far more at home in the Evangelical Lutheran Church Missouri Synod or the Unitarian-Universalist Church than in the Southern Baptist Convention. But as it turns out, McKissic has one (and only one) thing going for him…he’s black.

From what I have observed from Dwight McKissic, everything written here is true. (Interestingly enough, no one has ever requested a verdict on him.) He is an obvious counterfeit in the SBC, yet there is no consequence.

Because he’s black, he can assault the Sufficiency of Scripture with his charismaticism. Because he’s black, he can assault conservative Southern Baptist values like being pro-life. Because he’s black, he can assault Complementarianism and promote feminism. Because he’s black, Albert Mohler will pick up the phone and coddle him (how many other random Baptist pastors could expect Albert Mohler to answer the phone for their call?).

Being black in the Southern Baptist Convention allows Ron Burns (Thabiti Anyabwile), Eric Mason, Curtis Woods, Jarvis Williams, and Dwight McKissic to terrorize the denomination with their incessant vitue-signaling harassment that always drives the denomination to the left, not the right.

The claim here is so precise that it must be faced head on. Would Al Mohler have picked up the phone if McKissic were white? Would we care enough about who these people are if they were white?

No Ango pastor could remain in good relationship with their local association, state convention, of national denomination and espouse the views and doctrinal compromises as these black men.

Do people like Matthew Hall stop short of the other names mentioned. Hall’s viral video on being a self-proclaimed racist not as extreme as what the other’s teach? That would take a lot of comparison, but it seems as though the answer is yes.

So instead of following Scripture and not judging someone by the color of their skin (Galatians 3:28), Southern Baptist leaders have bent over backwards to accommodate the liberalism of black Cominterns who have invade our churches to take it captive with their vain philosophies (Colossians 2:8).

As someone who writes discernment pieces, I can tell you the one I get the most flak for is Mike Todd who has the Prosperity Gospel and a nod to the New Apostolic Reformation in his church’s faith statement. How much more obvious could it be, yet still people insist he is a true teacher. Is it because he’s black? This is a question I have contemplated for some time. Certain black teachers have a cultish devotion. Mike Todd and TD Jakes, and the late James Cone, all have this going on for them where it’s racist to denounce them.

In contrast, no one really cared when I wrote about Priscilla Shirer and Dharius Daniels, neither of which I said was a false teacher, but gave a high warning about. I do not know (nor care) if Steven Furtick is black but that verdict was not near as “unliked” as the one on Todd.

At the same time the white people that I got the most pushback for writing about were Chris Hodges and Craig Groeschel, of two of America’s largest churches. From my experience, there are other factors at play then race, but I completely see what Protestia is getting at. White people hate being called a racist so much that white Christians refrain from calling out black false teachers. I’ve seen this with calling out Mike Todd.

In every single conceivable way, white people are equal with black people. There is one race, and in Christ, there is one chosen people for God’s possession. When the evangelical community forgets that – or buys into the Marxist Critical Theory and the concepts of White Guilt, White Privilege, or White Fragility – we will end up with the least qualified men possible to lead our institutions just because of the color of their skin.

Albert Mohler and the woke Social Justice gang, in the promotion of sub-quality and subversive leftist ideologues only because they are black men, are committing sins even worse than the Convention’s slave-holding founders, Boyce, Manly, and Broadus. At these forbears of our faith weren’t both racist and patronizing at the same time.

In the end there is one question that needs answering: does the Southern Baptist Convention hold black people to a lower standard of doctrine, which is the soft bigotry of low expectations as well as the sin of partiality? Or does the Southern Baptist Convention have no real doctrinal standards at all and black false teachers merely expose this fact? Both of these could be true but which comes first.

Overall, I think Protestia did a fantastic job starting meaningful a conversation on race, which takes actual courage since white people are discouraged from tackling these topics. And this also goes to show how naming names and citing evidence is necessary for though provoking content.

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