THE SBC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE CONVENTION AND ITS ENTITIES HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS INITIATED AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION
Rev Thomas Littleton
THE #METOO MOVEMENT IN THE SBC HAS NOW MOVED INTO THE HANDS OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT .
The Southern Baptist Convention has been a troubled movement for years. Its institutions have been overrun by progressive politics and the false narratives of Critical Race Theory , Intersectionality – Social Justice .In 2018 #MeToo was used to attack and take out THE iconic conservative leader from the 70s era resurgence. By 2019 -accusations of abuse and mishandling /covering up of sexual abuse led to “repurposing” the annual meetings “Credentials Committee” into a search and destroy mechanism for accused conservatives while (later clearly) passing over offenses to the BF&M by progressive pastor Rick Warren (in 2022). Covid cancelled the SBC annual gathering in 2020 but the #MeToo effort marched on fueled by feminist and progressives on the inside.
By 2021 the SBC leadership called for its own investigation to the ongoing allegations, formed a “Task Force” and its entities hired an independent investigative firm staffed by many former Justice Department (make note of this fact) and federal agency employees named Guidepost Solutions.
In May 2022 , just before the SBC Annual Gathering , the Task Force and Guidepost Solutions reports were delivered to and made public by the SBC leadership. The year long $2 million dollar report was desperately lacking in details and proof of the widespread abuses and coverups that came with the allegations of the previous 4 years. In fact only a handful people , all conservative by reputation, actively involved in leadership were named in the report.
THE SBCs DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION FUTURE COMPLIANCE
But it did not end there.The future of the SBC was forced into the hands of YET another Task Force.This time around it is the “Implementation Task Force” called for to enforce the REFORMS recommended by the first Task Force and its investigative partner Guidepost Solutions. Guidepost is itself driven by and committed to the popular global corporate and government agency standard of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. The future of SBC is NOW firmly in the squeeze play of DE&I compliance and a new compliance partner is now at the SBCs door- the US Justice Department .
Coming on the heels of Trump’s Florida home being raided – and new tools for the trade in retaliation against conservative opposition – the SBC seems a ripened and ready target for some heavy handed intimidation , transformation and cultural take over while fearful conservative pastors and leaders will likely be hiding under their pulpits instead of heralding Biblical truth from them.
Meanwhile the existence of abuse AND the heaving flirting with government entanglements of Faith Based Partnership grants inside the SBC entities and ministries- “Resistance is futile” and recovering its collective soul unlikely -without paying a high price and some very deep repentance toward God .
FOR MORE ON THIS BACKGROUND AND THE SBC FUTURE READ HERE:
THE LEGAL HELP HIRED BY SBC ENTITIES RAISED SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OUTCOMES OF THE INVESTIGATION EARLY ON.
WHERE THE INVESTIGATION LEAVES THE SBC -EVEN BEFORE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INVOLVEMENT
CHRISTIANITY TODAY ANNOUNCED A NEW EDITOR THE WEEK BEFORE THE ABUSE INVESTIGATION -JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INVOLVEMENT WAS ANNOUNCED.
A KEY INDICATOR AND NOT A FOOTNOTE –
THE SAME GUY WHO MADE THE ACCUSATIONS WHICH BROUGHT ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION NOW HEADS ONE OF THE LARGEST CHRISTIAN NEWS OUTLETS PROMOTING THE PROGRESSIVE AGENDA .
Christianity Today is of course -covering the news of the Justice Department investigation – but CT also , as of last weekend ,has a new editor. This announcement came just in time for the Justice Department involvement coming public . Russell Moore WHO is the former head of the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (ERLC) of the SBC was the individual who used his entity to “respond ” to the reports of abuse by holding a conference called “Caring Well” with then President of the SBC J D Greear, victims advocate /attorney Rachael Denhollander ( who also works closely with Guidepost Solutions and would play a significant and ongoing role in the abuse scandal) and selected victims of alleged abuse. The ERLC/Moore Caring Well Conference also produced curriculum , training manuals, videos and materials marketed by SBC publishing arm Lifeway to inform and train leaders and pastors in “how to” handle abuse allegations.
BUT by 2021 Moore was pushed out of the SBC /ERLC and retaliation was made in part by the mysterious leaking of two private letters – accusing the SBC Executive Committee of ” covering up the sex abuse ” and being “RACIST ” (another hot and ,as yet, pending accusation . This set in motion the current ongoing investigation – the forming of the task force and the hiring of Guidepost Solutions- their Report and DE&I REFORMS now being set in motion in the SBC. The REFORMS are to be implemented by the new task force and enforced by the “Repurposed Credentials Committee” which has been empowered to examine and strip churches of their standing with the SBC -review ordination which take place in the local church level in the SBC and look into how churches handle the issues of sex abuse- racism and respond to homosexuality (this is according to the head of the 2019 Resolutions Committee who put forth the proposed and approved “Repurposing of a Credentials Committee which before had only been charged with verifying registration of voting messengers to the annual SBC meetings.
TEST DRIVE OF THE REPURPOSED CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE
The first test of the newly repurposed Committee came with the 2021 investigation into Rev Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren’s ordination of 3 “Women Pastors” just before the 21 annual meetings. Egalitarian culture including the ordination of women as pastors and fully equal leadership roles-is in direct conflict with the Baptist Faith and Message which is the gold standard by which churches and pastors are to be investigated and judged by the Repurposed Credentials Committee BUT Warren was given a pass and the Committee admitted to some “confusion about the meaning of the word PASTOR”.
Warren, not to be upstaged by investigations or the report had already committed another violation of the BF&M by announcing his successors- a husband/wife senior pastor team for Saddleback AGAIN just before the annual meetings this time in 2022 in his home state of California. So instead of Warren getting defrocked or losing “Credentials” and his churches good standing for not being “in cooperation ” with the Convention- Rick Warren was allowed to take the floor at the annual meetings and strut like a peacock about his many grand achievements in an embarrassing display calling his well placed infractions a “secondary issue” while calling all Baptist BACK to focusing “on the Gospel and the Great Commission” This is like a dog whistle to evangelicals and Baptist in particular who were not following the real agenda behind the #MeToo efforts in their movement . With all the star power of a classic crooner like Sinatra or Martin- Rick Warren- and the SBC leaders running the 2022 annual meetings turned the SBC into an egalitarian movement with the wave of a bible verse or two adna call for unity by one of its most divisive leaders.
The Credentials Committee playing dazed and confused since the accused was a progressive spokesperson with great timing -contributed it’s significant play toward the DE&I future of the SBC. Biblical conservatives do not need to count on such confusion on the part of the Credentials Committee once they are the ACCUSED. Compliance with the new culture of DE&I will be demanded and required .
SO NOW THE SBC HAS ITS OWN ARBITRARY SEARCH AND DESTROY CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE.
All the central figures involved in the SBC Sex Abuse Scandal with its accompanying media – accusations- and resulting investigations and REFORMS are from a close knit group of insiders and cooperating, ideologically and politically driven players who want to bring about CHANGE within Christian circles in general- and especially in the SBC. All have deep ties to Albert Mohler and Russell Moore.
Meanwhile evangelical Christianity in the US and globally are under massive focus of social change efforts and forced compliance to new ideals and vision and standards of belief. Having an “investigation” by an entity comprised of former Justice Department and various government agency employees now leading to the direct involvement of the Justice Department into the affairs of the SBC should come as no surprise .
Diversity Equity and Inclusion- Equitable distribution of goods and services – principled pluralism – third way political stances on key moral issues -and the role the church is to play in the global goals of global citizenry ARE the approved and prescribed future under which the church and the saints will be allowed to COEXIST with the world which has always hated it. The question that remains is- “how many real Christians will go along with the change at the expense of the Gospel and the presence and power of Almighty God?”.
CAN THE SBC APPEASE CEASAR AND BE FAITHFUL TO GOD?
Christians must remember that God’s standards and goals and ideals and meaning of words and phrases seldom if ever mesh with mans. God invented actual Diversity – His Equity and justice were displayed on the Cross as Jesus took the blow due to us ALL and His Gospel Inclusion is to conclude all under sin that He might have mercy on (include ) all who repent and believe.
CHRISTIAN LEADERS CANNOT RENDER THE CHURCH -WHICH BELONGS TO GOD- TO CEASAR BUT HAVE MADE THE MISTAKE OF YOKING THEMSELVES TO IT.
The Pharisees: Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes to Caesar?
15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. 17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the tax money.”
So they brought Him a denarius.
20 And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”
And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.”