SBC Theologian Angers Some for Saying Churches That ‘Teach and Promote Wokeness’ Should Face ‘Matthew 18 Discipline’

Owen Strachan, formerly executive director of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, was named Monday, May 12, 2014, as the organization’s new president. | (Photo: CBMW)

A Southern Baptist theologian in Kansas City, Missouri, is under fire from some pastors and Christian academics for recommending Matthew 18 discipline for those who “teach and promote wokeness.”

“In churches and institutions, those who teach and promote wokeness — binding the conscience of people with new unbiblical laws — must face Matthew 18 discipline. The church has tolerated the spread of wokeness too long. It is time for a line in the sand,” Owen Strachan, an associate professor of Christian theology and director of the center for public theology at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said in tweet Saturday.

The tweet drew attention to a recent series of presentations the professor made at Redeemer Bible Church in Minnetonka, Minnesota, on Christianity and Wokeness.

In Matthew 18:15–17, Jesus outlines a multi-step approach for dealing with unrepentant sin which culminates with excommunication from the church community.

Wokeness” is commonly associated with the Black Lives Matter movement and a social justice platform encompassing a push for racial and gender equality and an awareness and acceptance of controversial ideas such as critical race theory.

Many black preachers and liberal advocates have used these ideas to argue that America suffers from systemic racism and inequality but many evangelical leaders argue that “wokeness” breeds division, is anti-Christian and doesn’t offer real solutions to the problems it highlights.

Ideas such as critical race theory and white privilege have also recently become political issues after President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing federal agencies to stop teaching government workers about them as they are “offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair