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Lately I've been thinking about Resolution 9 and it's legacy. @tomascol argued in "By What Standard" that it was unwise for the Resolutions Committee to have brought this to the floor, mainly because most evangelicals had no idea what CRT is. And in retrospect, it's true that
2/ most had no idea. When I first proposed my version of the resolution, I was seeking to provide a basis of unity between evangelicals that signed the social justice statement & the SBC leaders that did not sign it. We could still show we all oppose Marxist ideologies and
3/ frameworks that attempt to undermine the gospel. Perhaps due to naivete, I did not expect the massive controversy that followed. At first I was grieved. People from my side wrongly assumed the worst about the Resolutions Committee & maliciously spread conspiracy theories and
4/tried to persuade churches to exodus out of the SBC, which would ruin the largest organization that impacts global missions. I then saw people on the other side use this controversy to accuse evangelicals of white supremacy. I was only trying to help, but it looked like I sowed
5/ only disunity. But then I got to thinking about this. Tom is right that no one knew what CT/CRT/I was back in June. But not anymore. Because of Resolution 9, people have been talking about CT/CRT/I for 6 months. It's been tweeted; it's been covered repeatedly on podcasts; now
6/ there's a cinedoc; faithful writers like @NeilShenvi & @RealPatSawyer have produced works that may have been ignored a year ago. Honestly, this is great. This is what needed to happen. Look, those who say CRT isn't a threat are naive. Certain SBC leaders were robing themselves
7/ in it's vernacular and concepts. Thank God they've stepped back. That would not have happened if not for Resolution 9 and the controversy that ensued. But that's not even the greatest significance of this all. CT and all of its wicked children (CRT,CFT, CQT, etc.) are about
8/two or three years away from becoming the normative zeitgeist for our culture. Perhaps in three years, every kid that graduates from public school will be seeped in this godless ideology and its sub-categories. Parents have no idea it's coming. They may pick up on inflammatory
9/ rhetoric here and there, but they are unaware of the philosophy that glues it all together. It is an alternative worldview that is being absorbed by the next generation. If 99% of evangelicals still don't know what it is, then three years from now the damage will be hard to
10/ imagine. But because of the Resolution 9 controversy, I believe more and more Christians are becoming familiar with it. I believe more and more churches are talking about it. I think at SBC, Orlando 2020, we are not going to see a plunge into liberalism, but the SBC leaders
11/will show us the denomination is ready address the threat. I think we are going to see a stronger resolution that announces the societal threat of CT and the incompatibility of CRT with Christianity. I think in the coming years, every serious Christian will know about CT/CRT/I
12/ and churches will prepare to deal with it not by irresponsible dismissal, but with a robust, biblical apologetic that destroys the presuppositions and fruit of CT. We won't be caught off guard when it formerly achieves zeitgeist status. Our sheep, and hopefully our kids will
13/ be prepared. So all of this is just my take on the last six months. I believe in the sovereignty of God, and this was meant to happen this way. Going forward, we need to come together and not divide due to assuming motives. Instead, we must contend for the faith once for all
14/ delivered to the saints. It took some fighting in-house to wake us up to the threat, but we still have time prepare for the Critical Theory tidal wave to come. That hit will be external. So internally, we need to be strong. May God grant us all we need for the battles ahead.
Curious as to what @albertmohler thinks. He is exactly the kind of president the SBC needs.
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