Two Prominent Pastors Break With SBC After Critical Race Theory Statement
The leaders of two majority-black megachurches in major cities announced this week that they will no longer affiliate with the Southern Baptist Convention.
In op-eds announcing their decisions to leave, Charlie Dates of Chicagoâ€™s Progressive Baptist Church and Ralph D. West of Houstonâ€™s The Church Without Walls both criticized SBC seminary presidentsâ€™ declaration that critical race theory was â€śincompatibleâ€ť with the denominationâ€™s statement of faith.
The two pastors brought up recognizing the reality of systemic racism alongside the truth and authority of Scripture. Last month, in a joint statement and individual remarks, the six presidents of SBC seminaries called critical race theory â€śunbiblicalâ€ť and instead emphasized the need to turn to Christian teachings alone, not secular ideas, to confront racism....
Jim Lincoln wrote: .... "In South Los Angeles, where Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital serves low-income communities populated with grocery clerks and bus drivers who live in crowded households and are forced to mix with the public every day, infection rates are far higher. In Los Angeles County, roughly 15 percent of coronavirus tests in recent days are positive; at a testing site on the hospitalâ€™s campus, the rate is about 25 percent. â€”-
Normal people would expect higher infection test rates at hospitals. Is this hard to understand? Communities are forced to mix with the public every day? Interesting use of words. Are communities spreading infection to the public, or is the public spreading infection to communities?
.... "In South Los Angeles, where Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital serves low-income communities populated with grocery clerks and bus drivers who live in crowded households and are forced to mix with the public every day, infection rates are far higher. In Los Angeles County, roughly 15 percent of coronavirus tests in recent days are positive; at a testing site on the hospitalâ€™s campus, the rate is about 25 percent.
"As a result, the burden of the surge is much heavier at that hospital than those in wealthier areas of Los Angeles. According to recent statistics, 66 percent of the hospitalâ€™s capacity was taken up by Covid-19 patients â€” making it, in effect, the epicenter of the epicenter. Across town, on the whiter and richer West Side, 11 percent of Ronald Reagan U.C.L.A. Medical Centerâ€™s bed capacity was filled with coronavirus patients.
"Officials at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, where most patients are on Medicaid or uninsured, say they are struggling to transfer patients to bigger hospitals when they need a high level of care, such as neurosurgery or a cardiac procedure...."
great to turn to the Bible, but the book of Luke and the parable of the Good Samaritan don't get much mentioned in White churches.âť—đź‘Ž
Critical Race Theory is a tool to anger those of African descent and guilt those who are not. The real culprit s fatherlessness. But even still, there remain plenty of opportunities for those who are willing to put in the work.
While some have expressed a sincere fear of being unduely abused by the police, which we all might, many have expressed a sincere fear of living in crime ridden areas.
The answer is in the response to the Gospel, and that's going to take both the sent and the senders to bring that two-fold message of reconcilation...vertical and horizontal...to bring that precious word.
This off topic but do I believe that so many churches will collapse because they bought into the â€ś worship modelâ€ť of church. And the â€ś worship model â€ś was unbiblical. So in the pending post Covid era , I would not be surprised that many churches will become either vacant or revived into a place of disciplinship , great proclamation of the gospel and senders of missionaries, building of homes, families and a light in a dark world. As for the churches supporting critical race theory, they will go out from among us because they never were of God. So that we may plainly see the work of darkness can stand in a pupit , but will not stand unless before God in judgement.
2Corinthians 5:18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
How dare they turn to the world (the enemy of the church) for answers when God has given us Jesus, the Only Answer; and the Ministry of Reconciliation. Its ironic that these churches would reject Christ on the celebration of His first advent.