Christian Leaders Albert Mohler and Phil Johnson Get Into Public Spat Over Statement Addressing Liberal Social Justice Rhetoric in the Conservative Church

A Southern Baptist Convention leader who comments daily on current events went on defense in a panel discussion about social justice and the gospel after the moderator suggested he ignores topics that hit too close to home.

During a Wednesday Q&A panel discussion at the 2019 Shepherd’s Conference, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler challenged an assertion “you have been remarkably silent” when it comes to concern about liberal “social justice” rhetoric cropping up in conservative evangelical groups such as the Gospel Coalition and Together for the Gospel.

Last fall John MacArthur and a dozen other Christian leaders launched a website presenting The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel claiming the Bible’s teaching on subjects including race, gender roles and human sexuality is being challenged “under the broad and somewhat nebulous rubric of concern” commonly labeled as social justice.

The statement, now signed by more than 10,000 names, warned that “postmodern ideologies derived from intersectionality, radical feminism and critical race theory” are spreading into Christian organizations, “including some that are evangelical and Reformed.”

Mohler declined to sign the statement. So did his fellow co-sponsors of Together for the Gospel, a popular biennial preaching conference, Baptist pastor Mark Dever and Presbyterian Ligon Duncan.

Appearing on stage with MacArthur, all three were asked about the apparent rare point of disagreement in matters of public theology at the conference sponsored by Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where MacArthur is pastor/teacher.

“All my public ministry began dealing with these questions,” Mohler replied to moderator Phil Johnson, executive director of MacArthur’s Christian media ministry and editor of most of his major books.

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Source: Baptist News Global