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In April of last year, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, and The Gospel Coalition held the MLK50 Conference. MLK50 launched a controversy over the topic of racial reconciliation within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) over the following year.
The themes present at the MLK50 event were then recapitulated during the 2018 Together for the Gospel Conference. In response, major conservative church leaders clashed over the volatile issue at the 2019 Shepherd’s Conference.
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Tensions mounted again at this year’s Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting when voting members (referred to as “messengers”) overwhelmingly voted to affirm “Critical Race Theory” as a valuable “analytical tool” via the controversial “Resolution Nine.”
Most recently, on July 23 Founders Ministries released a trailer for their upcoming documentary, “By What Standard? God’s Word…God’s Rules,” which is set to debut in September. The nearly four-minute preview sparked a firestorm both on social media and behind the scenes.
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Charges of racism and misogyny were leveled, along with claims that the trailer portrayed fellow Southern Baptists dishonestly. As a result of what could only be described as a “Twitter mob,” three prominent SBC leaders—Mark Dever, Danny Aiken, and Jonathan Leeman—demanded that their interviews be removed from the final production. On August 1, Founders announced three members of their board had resigned over the incident.
The trailer featured several sound bites of prominent Southern Baptist leaders discussing racial reconciliation, the role of women in the church, and the sex abuse scandals currently embroiling the SBC. Pastor Tom Ascol, president of Founders, agreed to an interview for this article and featured prominently in the video. He expressed a clear concern that certain “godless ideologies”—namely so-called “critical theory,” which forms the basis of identity politics—not entrap leaders of the SBC as they seek real solutions to these problems.
The trailer made...
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