The SBC Waltzing into the Ballroom of Marxism: Why CRT and IN Are Not Neutral Analytical Tools

By now, most know that the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Birmingham, Georgia, in June 2019, passed Resolution 9 that promoted using critical race theory (CRT) and intersectionality (IN) as analytical tools. The premise to legitimize their use was to use them as analytical tools and thereby separate them from their Marxian origin, influence, and usage. To wit, being used as merely analytical tools, we could neutralize or possibly even Christianize them for good. The problem with the premise is that the leading critical race theorists refer to them as analytical tools, and Marxists refer to Marxism as an analytical tool. That is to say, seeing them as analytical tools does not ipso facto sanctify them. Continue reading →

Critical Race Theory, Social Justice, BLM and Marxism: The Connection

Here is the path to better understand the Marxist nature of these ideologies. Neo-Marxist Herbert Marcuse and Antonio Gramsci laid the foundation of what is known as cultural Marxism. Mike Gonzalez has written a book, The Plot to Change America: How Identity Politics is Dividing the Land of the Free. He is also a policy expert at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. He explains that Marcuse taught critical race theorist Angela Davis at Brandeis University.[1] Significant as well, Angela Davis was the Communist Party’s candidate for Vice President in 1980 and 1984.[2]

Gonzales further explains that Angela Davis had a profound impact and was the inspiration behind the theory of Patrisse Cullors, who co-founded Black Lives Matter.[3] Gonzalez also says Alicia Garza, another Black Lives Matter co-founder, also admits on a video by Democracy Now! that she owed everything to Angela Davis.[4]

Additionally, many of us have watched the video where Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza claimed to be trained Marxists, although it has now been taken down. On another occasion, Davis explained her journey with Marcuse and The Frankfurt School; Marcuse and Davis also spoke together in her defense at Berkely. Thus, we have the link from the Neo-Marxist Herbert Marcuse who trained Angela Davis, who in turn trained the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza, and their well-known claim to being trained Marxists. Thus, it is easy to see that Black Lives Matter is neo-Marxist to its core.

What lies at the base of the Critical Social Justice movement (CSJ), Critical Legal Theory (CLT), Critical Race Theory (CRT), Intersectionality (INT), and other critical emphases is what is known as Critical Theory (CT). CT was developed by neo-Marxists Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno. Horkheimer was also the former president of The Institute of Social Research, which is best known as the Frankfurt School. The Frankfurt School was established by neo-Marxists as a place to determine why the Marxist revolution failed to spread to other western countries; having determined why, they developed a plan to avoid a future repeat in their plan to spread Marxism. Unlike traditional social theories, which seek to explain society, CT seeks to change society by liberating the oppressed.

CT assumes capitalism, America, is made up of oppressors and oppressed–the majority and minority–and it seeks to deliver the oppressed by deconstructing the present capitalistic system and replacing it with socialism, which will ultimately lead to communism and the communist utopia. The process of deconstructing the US is to overemphasize and exaggerate the flaws in America and de-emphasize or even totally neglect the good. They constantly compare America, Capitalism, with a Utopic vision that does not exist. This is done to present America as irredeemably oppressive. That is to say, racism is in its very DNA, and people should hate America.

This contrast of America with their Marxian utopic vision is in spite of the fact that Marxism has never produced such a utopia nor can they even lay it out beyond the state of a dream so that people can examine it; for example, Marxism’s utopic vision of a Marxist society promises a society in which people have more leisure time than work time. All worries are taken care of, no fear, war, disparities, racism, or poverty exists.

Yet, they admit there’s no historical example of such a utopia,[5] and Marcuse says, we are at present . . . utterly incapable to draft anything, like a blueprint of such a society. Consequently, real America is contrasted with a society that only exists in the state of a dream. Even worse, in every instance that Marxian socialism has been tried it results in millions being deprived and impoverished and millions and even tens of millions of innocent human beings being exterminated with unparalleled brutality.

This vision is in absolute contradiction to civil rights leaders like Fredrick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, and Martin Luther King, who actually loved America but thought (and rightly so) America had a blind spot. They did not seek to destroy America, but rather they called on America to live up to her full potential as spelled out in the Declaration of Independence.

Thus, critical theories like CRT and INT are not designed to unify, make America better, but ultimately destroy it and replace it with socialism/communism. The Marxian perspective is that capitalism and private property are inherently evil and oppressive, and from which flow the evils of the world–racism, war, poverty, and all forms of oppression. Only a Marxian, socialism/communism/ utopia is liberating. A serious study of the founding writings, founders, and leading thinkers of CLT, CRT, CSJ reveal that they are permeated by Marxian ideology. This permeation is evident in their explicit claims and that their ideas emanate from neo-Marxist writings.

Therefore, it is impossible to separate CLT, CRT, CSJ, INT, or BLM from Marxism because, without Marxist ideology, they would not exist.


[1] https://www.newsmax.com/books/books-mike-gonzalez-identity-politics/2021/01/26/id/1007205/ para 12, accessed 3/12/21.
[2] https://www.newsmax.com/books/books-mike-gonzalez-identity-politics/2021/01/26/id/1007205/ para 13, accessed 3/12/21.
[3] https://www.newsmax.com/books/books-mike-gonzalez-identity-politics/2021/01/26/id/1007205/ para 14, accessed 3/12/21.
[4] https://www.newsmax.com/books/books-mike-gonzalez-identity-politics/2021/01/26/id/1007205/ para 15, accessed 3/12/21.
[5] Max Horkheimer, Critical Theory: Selected Essays, 241.

Critical Race Theory, The Military, And Your Unredeemable Family

Robin DiAngelo’s best-selling book, White Fragility, is used in educational, corporate, and government sensitivity training to advance so-called social justice. White children in schools and white adults in government and businesses are told they are racists because they are white, and they must work at becoming less white. She tells white people to get over their white fragility (unwillingness to admit they are racists) and says, “I strive to be ‘less white.’ To be less white is to be less racially oppressive.”[1] To make it clearer that white people are inherently and, therefore, irredeemably white supremacists, DiAngelo says, “A positive white identity is an impossible goal. White identity is inherently racist.”[2] The racism of white people being inherent means it cannot be overcome. Continue reading →

Resolution on the Incompatibility of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality with The Baptist Faith and Message

Presidential candidate Mike Stone, along with fifty other original signers, will jointly present the following Resolution against the use of critical race theory and intersectionality (CRT/I) at the Southern Baptist Convention, June 13-16, Nashville, Tenn. This Resolution is to be presented in order to repudiate and lessen the damage done by the 2019 Resolution 9, which affirmed CRT/I as supplemental and helpful “analytical tools” to be used along with the Bible in dealing with the race issues of our day.

I am thankful to have been one of the original signatories of this Resolution, and I am grateful for Mike Stone’s biblical, clear, and courageous leadership.

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Dr. Mohler’s Claim That the Church is Racist Does Not Comport with the Facts

Dr. Mohler portrays the culture and church, including the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), as having a “massive” racism problem, and this is one-way white racism toward blacks.[1] He emphatically states, “I can’t associate with any assertion that we do not have a massive problem in the society and in the church with claims of racial superiority and with historic patterns of claims of white racial superiority and with the facts that remnants and the ongoing manifestation of those claims of white racial superiority continue”[2] (italics added).

Notice that Dr. Mohler even goes further than the claim that the church has a “massive problem” with racism. He specifically says the “massive problem” is with “claims of racial superiority”. Dr. Mohler is a Southern Baptist and president of a Southern Baptist Seminary. Thus, it seems safe to say he is speaking most directly to Southern Baptists who not only have a massive racism problem but a massive problem with countless Southern Baptists claiming that being white is superior to being black or brown; to wit, claiming to be white supremacists and promoting it.

On a personal level, having been a Southern Baptist for forty-three years, pastoring in Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, I can say I have never met a Southern Baptist making the claim of “racial superiority”. This is not a denial of there being some racists in the SBC, or anywhere else for that matter. I suspect there will always be racists peppering the globe. However, it is an emphatic denial of it being a “massive problem” in the church, SBC. Such a statement is consistent with critical race theory, but not the facts. For further information, see my book A Corruption of Consequence, chapters 7 & 8.

In contrast to Dr. Mohler’s claim, the facts say otherwise. The significant growth in various ethnicities in the SBC over the last twenty years seems to undermine Dr. Mohler’s portrait of the SBC.
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[1] It seems safe to assume he includes the SBC in the word church since that is the ecclesiastical body to which he, SBTS, and the vast majority of the people to whom he is speaking belong.
[2] E.S. Williams, “The Stain of Albert Mohler,” tagged as “Stain of Mohler 3,” The New Calvinist YouTube video 11/25/19, accessed 2/4/20. While Dr. Mohler claims to strongly reject cultural Marxism, he often speaks and uses terminology that is consistent with critical race theory and simultaneously inconsistent with Scripture. Also, he has hired faculty like Professor Curtis Woods (chairman of the Resolutions Committee that presented Resolution 9), Jarvis Williams, and Matthew Hall who reflect ideas from critical race theory and utilize it as well. My point is that Southern Seminary has faculty who embrace critical race theory at various levels and speak and research consistently with it Dr. Woods is no longer on faculty because he assumed a pastorate. See my book, A Corruption of Consequence: Adding Social Justice to The Gospel.
[3] A Statistical Analysis of Growth in SBC Congregations by Race and Ethnicity from 1990-2018, from Ronnie Floyd, accessed 12/10/20.

 

How I Know Social Justice Is Cultural Marxism

I want to set the record straight on the appropriateness of using cultural Marxism and social justice interchangeably. Below is a list of thirty brief reasons why we not only can use the two terms interchangeably but, for clarity’s sake regarding the nature of social justice as presently promoted, we should do so. To fail to expose the true nature of Social Justice is to fail to speak the truth.

Additionally, it is worth noting that scholars like Peter W. Wood, President of the National Association of Scholars, uses the term “cultural Marxist”[1] to refer to Marxists and social justice advocates that support the 1619 Project.

  • Both look to Karl Marx’s ideologies and the teachings of Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, and Antonio Gramsci, who were Neo-Marxists and founders of cultural Marxism.
  • Both advocate revolutionary and anarchist tactics.
  • Both agree classical Marxism failed to include the essential aspect of culture, hence the name cultural Marxism.
  • Both advocate socialism/communism.
  • Both are opposed to capitalism.
  • Both their views of justice conflict with biblical justice.
  • Both are connected to and employ critical theory.
  • Both believe the Marxian model can usher in utopia.
  • Both seek a redistribution of wealth and power by force to usher in a socialistic utopia.
  • Both divide the world into oppressors (whites and majorities) and the oppressed (blacks and minorities).
  • Both are composed of a disparate group of minorities such as women, blacks, homosexuals, transgenders, and other minority groups who are said to be oppressed by their majority counterparts.
  • Both are advanced by favoring one group (the oppressed/minority/non-sinners) and punishing the other group (the oppressors/majority/sinners) through the redistribution of wealth and power.
  • Both advance a form of social determinism.
  • Both believe the majority is racist regardless of an individual’s belief, in contrast to biblical racism, which teaches that a person is racist if he views his ethnicity as inherently superior to another.[2]
  • Both believe the minority cannot be racists oppressors.
  • Both believe the majority (oppressors) must repent and be changed to usher in the utopia, but the minority (oppressed) do not need to repent or change.
  • Both advocate a clash between the oppressed (minorities) and the oppressor (majority).
  • Both typically define majority groups as privileged and oppressive, while minority groups are labeled as underprivileged and oppressed.
  • Both fail to sufficiently distinguish between being an American and being white.
  • Both fail to distinguish between American values (which all can share and contribute to) and white values.[3]
  • Both promote identity politics identity measures status, merit, access to truth, and worth.
  • Both promote racial, sexual, group identity over our universal human identity.[4]
  • Both define people by their experience rather than their humanity.
  • Both diminish the place of personal responsibility and elevate group identity.
  • Both seek justice for one group by punishing another group even if individuals in the groups are not personally deserving.
  • Both promote disparity as indicative of racism/injustice.
  • Both are worldviews.
  • Virtually all speakers who seek to explain the most notable aspects of social justice (critical/conflict theory) refer back to Marxism and cultural Marxism.
  • Marx may generally be considered the first critical theorist.
  • Social justice is based on cultural Marxism and neo-Marxism.

[1] Peter W. Wood, 1620 A Critical Response to the 1619 Project (New York: Encounter Books, 2020), 106-107.
[2] “A belief that race is the fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” “Racism,” https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racism accessed 3/4/21. See also a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others. “Racism,” https://www.dictionary.com/browse/racism?s=t, accessed 2/4/21. I reject that America today is systemically racist (also called structural or institutional racism), which is not to deny the existence of racism, even significantly so in some areas. Systemic, or structural racism, is policy, system of government, etc. that is associated with or originated in such a doctrine, and that favors members of the dominant racial or ethnic group, or has a neutral effect on their life experiences, while discriminating against or harming members of other groups, ultimately serving to preserve the social status, economic advantage, or political power of the dominant group. “Racism,” https://www.dictionary.com/browse/racism?s=t, accessed 2/4/21.
[3] America was founded on a pioneering attitude of men and women, settled by those who broke from the most powerful empire, courageous men who went to war with the most powerful empire, encapsulated in sayings like Go West, young man. American values are accessible to anyone, which is undeniably demonstrated by people from all over the world coming to America and succeeding. Some of these values used to be more reflective of Christianity (marriage, family, view of God, Christianity), and included such things as meritocracy, hard work, no one owes me anything, personal responsibility, free will, and the inspiring words of our founding documents that all men are created equal.
[4] Crenshaw says, We all can recognize the distinction between the claims I am Black and the claim I am a person who happens to be Black. I am Black becomes not simply a statement of resistance, but also a positive discourse of self-identification . . . I am a person who happens to be Black, on the other hand, achieves self-identification by straining for a certain universality (in effect, I am first a person). Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics and Violence Against Women of Color, Women, Gender & Research 2 (2006), 7,20, https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/734f/8b582b7d7bb375415d2975cb783c839e5e3c.pdf, accessed 2/4/21.

Exposing the Unjustness of The Social Justice Movement!

On March 14, I preached two messages with the same title as my book, A Corruption of Consequence. I explained such things as how Critical Race Theory and Martin Luther King are in conflict, the fallacy of equal outcomes, how the views of leading neo-Marxists Max Horkheimer, Antonio Gramsci, and Herbert Marcuse, are driving the social justice movement, and why the left is not condemned or censored like the right. I believe it will help you make sense out of what is going on. Here is the link.



Reparations: Unjust, Indefensible, and Racist

I find the enslavement of other human beings to be reprehensibly evil for which forgiveness can only be found in the gospel of Jesus Christ (John 1:29). My reflections on the reality that white Americans enslaved black Americans who are created equal to whites by the one true God is so dreadful that I find it painful to contemplate. Added to this is my conscious awareness that the same range of wickedness dwells within me as a sinful human being as it does us all, regardless of our skin color. My having not enslaved other humans does not make me feel superior to those who did, but rather warned of my own sinful ability to commit and seek to justify equally blasphemous evils or even the same in a different era if I do not continually apply the grace and truth of God. Nevertheless, I find reparations, in and of themselves, to be revoltingly immoral and promote further evil because they are strongly unjust and racist. Continue reading →

The Bible Unifies and Social Justice Divides

As in Marxism, social justice (cultural Marxism) emphasizes group identity and responsibility rather than individual identity and responsibility. The groups may be composed of people who neither suffered nor inflicted wrong. Merit or guilt is based on such things as skin color, sex, and group size. Social justice determines what is right or wrong, and what the penalties or corrections should be; these may be antithetical to true biblical justice. What social justice calls justice is, at times, categorically condemned in Scripture as sin. Continue reading →