TOPIC: Resurgence Turned Divergence in the Southern Baptist Convention, Part 1

2020-01-15T15:13:48-06:00Jan 11, 2020|

Guest: Tom Ascol, Pastor and Film Producer of By What Standard?

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, with an average weekly attendance of over five million people at affiliated churches and an overall membership of nearly 15 million.

A rare example of a Christian organization turning from theological liberalism, as it did in the 1970s and 1980s in an era known as the “conservative resurgence” (previously the denomination was pro-abortion), the SBC is now embroiled in another bellwether battle, primarily over three issues: women teaching men, race, and professing Christians with homosexual desires.

The worldview undergirding these issues is based on “Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Intersectionality”. At the 2019 SBC annual meeting, a resolution was passed “That critical race theory and intersectionality should only be employed as analytical tools subordinate to Scripture—not as transcendent ideological frameworks.”

The question is: Why should a flawed, Marx-based worldview with an unbiblical view of “social justice” be used at all by a professing body of believers? Is not the Word of God completely sufficient for understanding sociological and doctrinal issues?

Our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview is Tom Ascol. He is the pastor of a Southern Baptist church in FL, president of Founders Ministries, and the producer of a new film documentary titled By What Standard? which examines the issues being contended over in the SBC—a struggle that is a bellwether of what is taking place at Evangelical churches all across America.

“By What Standard?”

Founders Ministries is producing this cinedoc to sound an alarm and issue a call for pastors and churches to stand firm against this onslaught by reaffirming the authority and sufficiency of God’s written Word.”

View the film online or Pre-Order the DVD below

Short Take #1: Give us an overview of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Length: 2:17

Short Take 2: Who are the influential leaders in the SBC?  Length: 1:37
Short Take 3: How would you respond to the charge that the SBC has women teaching men overseas only because the preaching is to people of color and not whites?  Length: 3:15

Short Take 4: What is your response to Beth Moore saying that complementary theology has paved the way for sexual abuse in the SBC?  Length: 3:30

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