Southern Baptist leaders are distancing themselves from a Founders Ministries video trailer that some say misrepresents their views on social justice, race, and gender.
This week, the Reformed Baptist organization which seeks to encourage the “biblical reformation of local churches” published a trailer for its upcoming “cinedoc” titled “By What Standard.”
In a trailer, Founders Ministries President Tim Ascol, senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, warned that “godless ideologies” have “spread across Western civilization over the last decades with a vengeance.”
“Many of these ideologies have been smuggled into many evangelical churches and organizations through the Trojan horse of social justice,” Ascol warned.
A webpage promoting the project argues that 25 years after the success of the conservative resurgence within the SBC, there are “dangerous ideologies” gaining “inroads into the thinking of some leaders, churches, and organizations.”
“These ideologies are even being promoted among some evangelicals as reliable analytical tools that can assist our understandings and efforts in gospel ministry,” the webpage asserts. “The result is that, in the name of social justice, many unbiblical agendas are being advanced under the guise of honoring and protecting women, promoting racial reconciliation, and showing love and compassion to people experiencing sexual dysphoria.”
The trailer featured edited clips of panel discussions held at events like the SBC Annual Convention and Baptist 21.
“I believe that God has given particularly what we call white evangelicals a divine opportunity,” James Merritt, lead pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Georgia, and former SBC president, is shown saying during an SBC 19 panel titled “Undivided: Your Church and Racial Reconciliation.”
“We got an opportunity to prove that we can listen more than we talk,” he added. “Let’s really step up to the plate and humble ourselves the way Christians should humble themselves and say to the Dhatis and say to the sisters here ‘teach us.’”
Another clip seems to villainize Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore as he defended popular female Bible teacher Beth Moore during an SBC 19 panel on sexual abuse.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith