Southern Baptist Convention presidential nominee and pastor Mike Stone is spearheading a new resolution condemning critical race theory and intersectionality.
According to Church Leaders, about 50 SBC members and pastors have joined Stone in support of the resolution, which critics are calling “the most racially divisive resolution ever proposed in the SBC.”
The resolution will be considered by the Resolutions Committee, who will review the proposals and then make recommendations to the messengers who attend the SBC’s annual meeting in June.
“In an effort to provide leadership with clarity, compassion, and conviction, I will submit this resolution to the 2021 Resolutions Committee,” Stone said in a tweet. “Over 50 others have already agreed to jointly submit this resolution. If you are SBC, you can join us.”
Stone’s resolution condemns racism and affirms the authority of Scripture, but says critical race theory and intersectionality “are ideologies rooted in Neo-Marxist and postmodern worldviews” and thus are “incompatible with Scripture as they are characterized by worldly ‘philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.’”
Critical race theory is defined as the view that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race is a socially constructed concept. Intersectionality is defined as the way in which multiple forms of discrimination, such as racism and sexism, intersect among people in minority groups.
Stone’s resolution comes after SBC’s six seminary presidents approved a statement last year that said “critical race theory, intersectionality and any version of Critical Theory is incompatible with the Baptist Faith & Message.”
Meanwhile, Dwight McKissic, senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, called the resolution a “defining moment” for the SBC.
“Interesting that there is not one African American lead or senior pastor on this list of signatories,” he noted.
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