Frankly, Russell Moore started this whole mess.
The left-of-center Communitarian, former Democratic staffer, George Soros acolyte and social progressive leader of the Southern Baptist’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) mainstreamed Critical Race Theory and Cultural Marxism among the once-conservative demographic of the SBC and “Reformed” evangelicalism through his MLK50 event earlier this year. Venerating a whore-mongering bisexual who abused and trafficked women, Moore chose political correctness over the content of character as he lauded Martin Luther King, who denied the resurrection of Jesus and Jesus’ divinity and on top of that was a verifiable moral mess. Moreover, Moore savagely attacked the color-blind approach to racial unity promoted by King, spitting on his legacy, while claiming to honor it. The MLK50 event proved a watershed moment for evangelicals, as many came to finally see that this branch of evangelicalism has abandoned sound theology for the purpose of social engineering.
When the drafters and initial signers of the Dallas Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel first published their document, men like Russell Moore and Tim Keller ignored them entirely. Even the name of John MacArthur couldn’t solicit a response from the upper-echelons of the Evangelical Intelligentsia. But eventually, audio began to leak out from the Leftist Braintrusts of Evangelicalism as – little by little – their wall of silence crumbled in the face of constant questions. Albert Mohler first claimed that the document had problems (he never said what they were) and claimed it had at least sparked serious discussion (their side has been utterly silent, providing no such discussion at all). Keller then responded, citing an aspect of Marxist thought used in their propaganda called Speech-Act Theory that claims the Dallas Statement is bad not because of what the words mean, but the actions that might be taken on account of the words. Essentially, Keller argued that the words used in the document aren’t what the words mean in the document and the words mean other things than what words mean. In Keller’s commie world of Doublespeak, that makes Doublegood sense.
Moore, the aforementioned social progressive who runs the ERLC, gave comment on Lighthouse Faith, a podcast associated with Fox News. The host, Lauren Green, asked Moore for his thoughts on the Dallas Statement.
I disagree with the statement because of, I mean, the crafters of the statement have said what it is they’re intending to do with it.
Moore doesn’t tell us what they’re “intending to do with it.” Perhaps, like Keller, Moore has special Intelligentsia insight into the hearts and minds of the signers. Maybe he’s convinced they’re going to use the statement to lynch the Negro or something. Who knows what he means by that…Whatever it is, it sounds downright nefarious.
We really don’t have a disagreement largely about justice and social engagement. That’s really just ‘substitute words’ in here because of many of the people who’ve signed the statement are hyperactive when it comes to all kinds of social issue. What we’re talking about is race.
Racists! Racists, I tell you!
Moore actually argues the same Speech-Act Theory nonsense as his Marxist cohort, Tim Keller. “Social Justice” is just a “substitute word” for “race.” Like a limp-wristed, virtue-signaling Southern debutant, the Napoleon of Nashville, the Democrat Lawn Jockey himself – Russell Moore – claims the drafters of the Dallas Statement really have a problem with race. Dirty racists, they are.
And so, I think we have a long, long-lasting issue within evangelicalism of people saying, ‘let’s not talk about issues of racial reconciliation, and unity and justice; that would be a distraction from the Gospel.’ That’s exactly what was happening in the 19th Century as it related to human slavery. That’s exactly what was happening in the 1920s and 1950s as it related to Jim Crow and it persists among us.
Here, Moore likens the signers of the Dallas Statement with the slaveholders of the antebellum period and the bigots of pre-Civil Rights Movement America. By the way – and this is just to statisfy my personal curiosity – what other kind of “slavery” is there besides “human slavery”? Isn’t that redundant? The way the ERLC has been pushing animal rights, it has me concerned that Moore thinks “animal slavery” is a thing.
John MacArthur, in fact, was preaching alongside black preachers a good fifty years before Russell Moore moved into his all-white gated community. No respect for his elders, I guess.
Again, Moore continues:
I don’t think that’s where most evangelicals are. I think that’s one of the reasons why the statement itself didn’t have that broad of a reach or support among evangelicals, because most evangelicals understand the Bible spends a lot of time talking about God’s impartiality, about the church being a reconciled community across races and ethnicities and about God’s concern for justice in the public arena…The sort of mentality here artificially divides what I do individually from what I do together with other people in a way that the Old and New Testaments simply do not.
Of course, MacArthur et al (Baucham, Peters, White, O’Fallon, Harrison, Ascol, Buice, etc) believe in God’s impartiality, reconciliation, and justice. Not one of them could rationally be called a racist and most of their churches are a better reflection of nationwide demographics than Moore’s gated community. But that won’t stop the Social Justice Fairy sprinkling magical racism accusations all over them.
But this last part is insanely un-self-aware. Moore’s mentor, Dr. Albert Mohler, debated George Wallis on the topic of Social Justice from waaaaay back before blacks had a right to vote in 2011. Yes, way back in the cave-man days before the Dutch brought over the first West African slaves, Dr. Mohler was against Social Justice before he was for it. Mohler’s argument (in the video linked above) is that just because something is good for us to do individually, it doesn’t mean that’s the mission of the church.
If Moore was being honest, he would include Mohler in his list of racists who hate racial reconciliation short of Mohler’s complete public repudiation of his previous point-of-view.
Let me provide some commentary here: Watching someone who – knowingly or unknowingly – espouses textbook Cultural Marxism from the Frankfurt School and whose single greatest personal contribution to 21st Century Evangelicalism has been causing WWIII over that poorly contrived abomination known as MLK50, that Moore would accuse anybody of “artificial division” without falling over dead from a heart attack brought on by terminal hypocrisy is surreal. Critical Race Theory unnecessarily divides. Russell Moore has unnecessarily divided the whole of American evangelicalism on this topic. Division, after all, is the purpose of Marxism.
Instead of thoughtfully interacting with the Dallas Statement or offering any genuine and substantive criticisms, Moore just flung an accusation of racism and took to flight in his loafers with his wrists limply bouncing up and down, signaling his privileged, metrosexual virtue.
[Editor’s Note: You can listen to Moore’s interview here, with pertinent conversation beginning at the 28-minute mark]
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