1998, my sermon: “How to Become A Reformed White Supremacist.” Motivation: watching a then PCA pastor at a conference defending US slavery. Realized that RUF in college wasn’t open about PCA culture. 23 years of explaining racism as a US Reformed historical norm. What’s crazy?👇🏾
When you explain to PCA, 1968er, SBC Reformed Baptists, Act29, etc. that American Calvinism has never not been coupled with racism against blacks in US history, you’re called “a lair”/“woke” even though 1000s of pages of historical documents prove it. Here’s what even crazier:
These same folks don’t have the humility to admit that their version of gospel Calvinism is tragically flawed because it has no way of addressing past racism without dismissing it as, “it’s a discipleship issue” 🤦🏽‍♂️🤬 or “it’s was misapplied.” Or “they weren’t *true* Christians.”
Great Commission Calvinism also has no way of addressing racial thinking other than trying say it’s a “gospel issue.” Gospel issue vs. non-gospel issue is an abysmally terrible way of going about personal & social ethics. What has CRT exposed?
There are no ethicists in those circles. You have lots of biblical studies types posing as ethicists. You need theology & philosophy to address social ethics, not people throwing random Bible versions shouting, “gospel, gospel, gospel…” Believing the gospel won’t end racism.
The CRT discussion reveals 23 years of possible wasted time.🤷🏾‍♂️ I heard these same “concerns” about racial discussions 23 years ago. Same people quoting Thomas Sowell & Shelby Steele to avoid talking about American Calvinism’s actual history and how Christians should respond.
Great Commission Calvinism doesn’t employ the OT’s philosophical framework to address these issues. Starting with Paul has never worked, for important reasons. This is how blind they are to the flaws in their understanding of redemption accomplished and applied. We need the OT!
NT and OT specialists don’t have the tool box for macro-level social ethics. That’s neither their expertise nor training. It’s ok! Gospel Calvinism can’t admit flaws. The CRT discussion exposed the lack of social thought *principles* to guide the analysis. Biblicism won’t work.
So, I watch a new batch of minority voices & white guys publish books on race who aren’t saying anything new that wasn’t already said by Tom Skinner (1970s) & Carl Ellis (1980s/early 90s). Why this cycle, with no conceptual significant progress? Because they don’t listen to us.
Exhibit A: Kevin D. Young wrote a TGC piece on racism & doesn’t quote a single black or Latino theologian to provide guidance. From Skinner to Bacote. They don’t listen to us. Great commission Calvinism’s individualistic approach recycles the blind spots. media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/upl…
(For the record, I’m not saying Young should have cited me. I know how some of you are. I was blackballed by that world a long time ago so I’d never expect to be cited. It’s totally fine. Trust me! I don’t care. But dozens have published from Skinner to Bacote, yet 🦗)
Whites keeping looking for the next black guy to MLK evangelicalism through race issues. But they have yet to address Gospel Calvinism’s conceptual & methodological flaws. In fact, they don’t even know their own flaws & remain under the impression the *only* flaw is application.
Now we have folks building careers talking about race issues but they have no idea that no one’s really going to listen them. The anointed spokesman don’t do theology in community so blind spots recycle, progress isn’t made. I’m a realist. 23 years of watching this develop. #23
Internal theology flaws exist within Great Commission Calvinism but there’s no discussion of those. No theological ethicists leading. And we have all these master’s degrees tweeting about but they still can’t develop a list of social thought principles to guide Christians. #23

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19 Jul
I believe TGC may have appointed the wrong guy to be their lead movement voice on racial issues. Not sure why he’s be announced their race guy. It’s not going well. Article: “Sanctifying the Status Quo: A Response to Reverend Kevin DeYoung.” thefrontporch.org/2021/07/sancti…
It’s amazing the DeYoung didn’t use any black evangelical theologians. Think about that!!!
Yes, @PhilReinders I have.
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I just tweeted about this the other day. It’s predominantly young men “of all races and religions, classes and creeds, from all corners of the city, stand, fidget and whip around on bikes of all sizes, colours and brands.” Bikes are a bigger draw than video games! #Adventure
Moral of the story again: UK/USA Christianity offers guys zero camaraderie forming adventure. Instead they’re offered docility & domestication. Godliness is defined as being safe at home, 6:30am sitting in a circle, or doing a group workout routine. The psych data does not lie!
American evangelical Christians still haven’t figured out that adventure creates racial solidarity around a common cause. 2021 Christians (left or right) reduce that common cause to ideological social agendas. Young men see through how stupid this is & are on the streets!
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18 Jul
Yes, this is progressive & conservative evangelicalism as well. They both follow secularists in separating sex from procreation as demonstrated in their blind approval of artificial birth control methods, some would say. Post-WWII parents: two kids & no longer “fill the quiver.”
If you were Reformed, you were against artificial birth control for biblical & theological reasons as Calvin and Luther taught. Anglicans upended the 1517-1929 pro-children Protestant consensus in 1931. US mainline & evangelical churches soon followed. google.com/amp/s/www.vox.…
Here’s a good summary of the history of how conservative Christians followed secularists in divorcing sex and from children, by introducing artificial birth control, with a book link at the end. bound4life.com/history-of-con…
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13 Jul
Spent about 5 hours last night with these seniors @TheKingsCollege. They are totally different men than they were 4 years ago. The character change was nothing less than miraculous. They received a great education but they are also going to be outstanding husbands & fathers!
And it’s not age. They’ve read 100s of pages of what it means to be an aggressively virtuous, confident man & we’ve logged 100s of hours of hard conversations. Lots of laughter, tears. They wanted to be better men. 99% of college guys are sent to school to simply make more money.
The guys at King’s want to be better men. Anyone can make money but being a virtuous man seeking what’s best for others, looking forward to offering himself to his wife & children, for their good, is not on the radar most college guys. These guys *wanted* extraordinary character.
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13 Jul
Here’s the moral of the #CRT story (again): CRT only gained prominence because it emerged in a vacuum. Had conservatives actively explored how race affects American life since 1965, & provided a better constructive account for actual racism, there be no “banning” of CRT today.
William F. Buckley, whom I admire, took the wrong approach with James Baldwin. It set a terrible precedent. The ensuing “debates” should have been about *how* racism affects Americans# life, not *if* America is a “racist nation” or not.
The focus should not have been solely on rejecting/refuting liberal & progressive arguments but providing a better account of how human moral flaws operate regarding race after the Civil-Rights Act of 1965. Today, throwing Thomas Sowell data at progressives will always fail.
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This @sullydish article is really brilliant! Progressives don’t have a framework to make sense of evil. George Floyd exposed that! They had a meltdown. In their religious search to account for evil, they chose “racism.” White racism is now the root evil. andrewsullivan.substack.com/p/what-happene…
The devil became “racism.” Racism is the root default/only cause of all social issues facing America today. It’s even described as an “original American sin.” People are naturally religious & need metanarratives. If you don’t have one in America, you’ll turn to ideology. Fact.
This happens on the left & the right. Politics, veganism, etc. can all be substitutes for religion. Why else are Yoga instructors referring to yoga classes as “Sunday church?” Sullivan helps us see that social justice is now the sacred religion of the left. It gives life meaning!
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