Hey Southern Baptists: What Is Your Problem?


Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO

Check out this excellent blog post by Eric Price, a Th.M student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Here is a taste of “Southern Baptists: The Gatekeepers of Christian Orthodoxy?“:

The Southern Baptist twittersphere has been up in arms about the Revoice Conference. One of the most extensive criticisms is from Owen Strachan of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Strachan’s article has been approvingly retweeted by numerous other Southern Baptists, including Jason Allen and Albert Mohler. Since the conference is hosted at a PCA church and features a speaker who is a professor at Covenant Theological Seminary, Strachan implicates both the denomination and the seminary in his criticism.

The Southern Baptist reaction to this conference has led Anthony Bradley to ask why Southern Baptists see themselves as the church’s gatekeepers of orthodoxy – our doctrinal and moral exemplars who have the prerogative to regularly condemn other denominations, churches, and individuals for supposed errors. It’s a good question, and one that I have thought about recently.

The question is especially relevant now, since the SBC’s #metoo moment has exposed the irony of looking to the denomination as a measuring line of Christian ethics. One might reasonably expect this moral crisis to produce an introspective humility among SBC leaders that would give them pause about publicly criticizing the faults of others.

Yet apparently no such humbling has come about; in addition to criticizing LGBT+ Christians, Covenant Seminary, and the PCA, they have also recently condemned Michael Currysome Australians“the left”, and Disney. Even Al Mohler’s article lamenting the SBC’s faults still managed to strike a triumphalist tone about the dominance of conservatism and complementarianism in the denomination while taking swipes at the Roman Catholic Church and egalitarians. I am grateful for Dr. Mohler’s honesty about the state of the SBC, but I wonder why he must criticize others even as he admits his own blind spots.

I have noticed a similar trend over the years.  Read some of these posts:

Evangelical Preacher Beth Moore Speaks-Out on Misogyny in the Southern Baptist Church

Paige Patterson’s World

The New Fundamentalism

What Was Being Worshiped Yesterday in First Baptist Church in Dallas?

A Signer of the Nashville Statement Says that He and His Fellow Signers are Like modern Day John the Baptists

Al Mohler Doubles Down on Pope Francis

Al Mohler on the Pope on CNN

Southern Baptists Are Not Happy About the New Starbucks Holiday Cups

The Most Masculine and Southern Academic Event in the World?

Alabama Religion Columnist: The “Swamp’s Got Nothing” on the Southern Baptist Convention

I think it is time for Southern Baptist to shut their mouths for a time and get their own house in order.

One thought on “Hey Southern Baptists: What Is Your Problem?

  1. John, Southern Baptists have evolved in a culture where they either were, or could pretend to be, the dominant cultural voice. Whiteness, orthodoxy, orthopraxy, and many broader cultural norms and mores all merge seemlessly in the Southern Baptist weltanschauung. Their history and their regionalism has made them.


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