It has been discussed that million subscriber Christian Youtuber Allen Parr is a gatekeeper to real discernment and is thus harmful to his audience, yet the theological issues surrounding Parr go deeper than his tendencies to pet wolves within the church and call them brothers. He is a soft proponent of Critical Race Theory and Social Justice, thus leading him to platform the author of Woke Church, Eric Mason for a conversation about “discerning truth from error.”
Eric Mason is one of the most prominent race-baiters in the Evangelical church today. Whereas Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have irrevocably tarnished brands, Mason is less famous, so he is able to subversively infuse the same ideas into church circles. Like Parr, Mason attended Dallas Theological Seminary and served under Tony Evans, whom Parr admires, at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Acts29, through Matt Chandler, was a major proponent of the Woke Church movement, with Chandler endorsing the book and its ideas. Mason is known for using Exodus to support modern reparations for slavery and has called black people who do not align with him “Angloids on the inside,” meaning that Voddie Baucham and Virgil Walker are not black. This is consistent with Critical Race Theory where one can be a black body but not a black voice. From this man, Allen Parr thinks his audience can glean wisdom.
At the beginning of the interview, Mason states that his emphasis on “racial reconciliation” is apologetic in nature, that he is contending for the faith. Basically, Mason describes a deeply held distrust of Christianity and a fundamental distrust of whites pertaining to religion, politics, and issues of “social impact.” He blames the “Western Church” and doctrine of demons for this strife.
Politics and Religion
Mason asserts that equating politics with faith is the biggest false teaching in the church today, to which Parr agrees. Parr laments political differences between “Christians” causing divisions within the church, as if these divisions are baseless and politics does not reflect theology. Parr’s mentality is that one should “build a bridge” with that “Christian,” not a barrier.
While this might have been true at some point in time, there is no biblical justification for voting for a party that stands primarily for abortion and homosexuality. This is not to prescribe voting for a Republican candidate, where conscious might dictate not voting at all as the best decision, American politics has become religious in nature. The Rainbow Jihad is a state sponsored cult. Abortion is viewed as a sacrament that must be state sponsored. With the increasing weaponization of the State, voting democrat in Colorado means you are sinning against Jack Phillips. The same is true in other states for a variety of Christian businesses, foster care organizations, or educational facilities. The religion of Branch Covidianism, as advocated by the political system, upended many businesses, shuttered churches, and imposed the idolatry of masks and poisonous vaccines upon the populace. The State has its desired religion.
Allen Parr then shifts the conversation into the topic of what is “woke,” asking Mason to define his terms. Mason begins by stating that the term was hijacked by the far left, having originated in black circles before being coopted, yet defines it as a consciousness to racial issues in America that one is “not asleep” to those issues. Mason asserts that the gays coopted the term in their campaign, altering the meaning in the process. Mason then speaks to the “double consciousness” that W.E.B. Du Bois wrote about, something that Benjamin Watson also used to define “woke.”
As was said against Benjamin Watson:
This notion of “double consciousness and all its implications” is exactly what the term woke means in its current context. Nothing has changed. In its present form, the term “woke” arose out of the assertion of social awareness or conscientiousness, often to perceived implicit or explicit problems through the lens of cultural Marxist ideologies. This encompassed hyper-sensitivities to language and the invention of microaggressions.
Instead of proletariat and bourgeois, the Marxist lens of Critical Race Theory views society as black vs. white. This racial ideology naturally lends itself to being adopted by other groups who can interchange the components for their preferred cause. While Mason might assert that the term has been hijacked, the Rainbow Jihad is using the term in its proper context, only that the “social awareness” has evolved to include other “marginalized” groups. This notion of social awareness or conscientiousness is inherently post modern in its emphasis on experience over empirical reality. In application, “double consciousness” is simply double emphasis on the speck in thy brother’s eye when there are two planks in thine own eyes.
Mason uses Matthew 23:23, where Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.” He then emphasizes the “justice and mercy” to equate to his definitions of justice, which is social justice.
Parr then explains that what happened to the term woke also happened to “Critical Race Theory” and “Social Justice” where other ideologies were grafted on to the term. With social justice, Parr describes how black people think it means issues of police brutality and accountability, fair trials, and equal sentencing. In reality, that is the motte and bailey where the real grievance is against the systems, which is why police brutality is racism even when committed by blacks, rather than the subculture in which incidents occur.
What happens is the Conservative Christian Camp, of which I am a Conservative Christian by the way…but let me just say the far right has taken that term and they will say lgbtq plus rights the or the right for women to abort their babies because all of that is social justice so you got to be careful to make sure you define these terms before you start passing judgment on somebody who says yes I’m for social justice, or yes I’m woke, or yes I am for CRT.
Parr believes these terms are loaded and proceeds to blame the right for adding these connotations to Social Justice as if these were not organically added to the definition of Social Justice by its own advocates. Without provocation, the Black Lives Matter movement added the gay and transgender agenda to the BLM cause:
We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.
Likewise, they also sought to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family.” Neither “the right” nor Conservative Christians added these connotations to CRT, BLM, or the term “woke.” The cultural Marxists did this of their own volition. To say there is no correlation between abortion and the rest of the social justice agenda is asinine, as CNN exit polling found that 83% of black voters, including 90% of black women, voted for abortion via Michigan’s Prop 3 in the 2022 midterm elections. Access to abortion is viewed as a social justice issue by the so-called black church. Despite having under 13% of the state population, Philadelphia, home of Mason’s Epiphany Fellowship Church, has 41% of Pennsylvania’s abortions, of whom 47% are repeat customers and at least 44% are black. Then again, Eric Mason previously blamed white people for the prevalence of abortion in the black community. The only people who delineate “racial injustice” from these other liberal movements are those in the woke church.
Parr would claim he is a “conservative Christian,” but he is punching at the Conservative Christians in favor of affirming the faith of those who hold to racial idolatry in the black community. Parr has no qualms name-dropping Voddie Baucham, an “Angloid,” but displayed no interest in debating the merits of whether Christians should be woke or indulge in Critical Race Theory. He has no interest in addressing the fact that CRT imputes sin on account of race and enacts partiality towards preferred groups based on perceived power imbalances. Eric Mason has a history of exhibiting partiality on account of race, and Parr is a bobble head to Mason as he peddles his woke ideology.
Despite the harms liberal ideologies have wrought upon the black community, there is, as Eric Mason described, a fundamental distrust towards whites, which rather than rectify through the gospel, they would rather pursue anti-white ideologies under the guise of Christianity. They do this to the detriment of the black community.
Allen Parr is gleefully platforming wolves like Eric Mason while gatekeeping real discernment within the church. Rather than build a bridge, we should build barriers to the hazards of Allen Parr.