On Cultural Marxism, Critical Race Theory, and Intersectionality

A “Trojan Horse” has been rolled into the church, carrying within its belly a deadly ideology. As time goes on, we see the devastating effects of this ideology on Biblical Christianity and The Gospel. The Church now stands at a crossroads, do we fight against the insidious enemy philosophies or do we passively be overcome? Do we stand on Biblical Truth or do we flee?

Cultural Marxism and the resulting Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality are godless ideologies that utilize a worldview centered on power-structures which stands in direct opposition to a Biblical worldview.

You can learn more about these empty philosophies below:

Recent Updates:

Beth Moore, prominent Bible study curriculum writer/teacher, severs ties with Lifeway and SBC; claims “some of the things in our heritage… haven’t remained in the past” implying racism within SBC. (3/9/2021)

Some SBC Seminary Students write statement on behalf of all students claiming orthodoxy of professors, criticizing Council of SBC Presidents’ statement, and affirming usefulness of CRT and SBC19 Resolution 9. (2/22/2021)


Our Video Series - Wednesday Night

On Cultural Marxism (Part 2) – Definitions; Ideology As A Trojan Horse
On Cultural Marxism (Part 3) – Definitions; Black Lives Matter As A Religion
On Cultural Marxism (Part 4) – The Invasion Of Syncretism In The SBC
On Cultural Marxism (Part 5) – Responding To Those In Error

Definitions

Marxism – the economic system which divides the whole world into two economic groups – bourgeois (“the haves”) and proletariats(“the have nots”); Karl Marx (1818-1883).
Cultural Marxism – A distinct adaptation of Marxism into the cultural realm; Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937).
Critical Theory (CT) – A philosophical approach to re-analyzing, critiquing, and reframing history, culture, etc. with the purpose of identifying and challenging power structures.
Critical Race Theory (CRT) – The use of CT in analyzing ethnicity. Utilizes categories of “oppressed” and “oppressor” based on someone’s ethnicity or skin color.
Hegemony – “Domination or rule maintained through ideological or cultural means; usually achieved through social institutions which allow those in power to strongly influence the values, norms, ideas, expectations, worldview and behavior of the rest of society.” (Example: in the USA the cultural hegemony is the group of White, Male, Cisgender, Heterosexual, Able-bodied, Native born Americans).
Intersectionality – the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as ethnicity, class, sex, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
White Privilege – The privilege, known or unknown, that a person experiences because their skin color is associated with and benefits from the hegemony.
Systemic Racism – (institutional or structural racism) a form of racism that is embedded as normal practice within society or an organization.
Multiculturalism – the presence of, or support for the presence of, several distinct cultural or ethnic groups within a society, organization, or group.
Social Justice – “Deconstructing traditional systems and structures deemed to be oppressive and redistributing power and resources from oppressors to their victims in the pursuit of equality of outcome.”
Standpoint Epistemology – One accesses and knows truth (epistemology) based primarily on their position in relation to the subject.
Whiteness – Either a state of skin color or state of thought that is in line with the hegemony.
Antiracism – It is not enough for “white” people to “not be racist” in their active deeds (i.e. through purposeful oppression, thoughts, etc.), but, due to the existence of the hegemony and consequently systemic racism, “white” people MUST actively fight against racism, intentional and systemic.
Patriarchy – the hegemonic power as it relates to sex / gender.
Antifa – (“Anti-Fascism”), “a political protest movement comprising autonomous groups affiliated by their militant opposition to fascism and other forms of extreme right-wing ideology.” Fascism is often defined within the group not by its historical definition but by any leadership which looks like the hegemony or supports conservative values.
Black Lives Matter (Phrase) – A phrase that is grounded in the assumption that systemic racism exists and consequently black people do not presently matter. The phrase is meant to communicate that “all lives matter,” but “all lives matter” cannot be spoken truthfully until “black lives matter.” Black lives cannot matter until systemic oppression/racism no longer exists. Systemic racism does not end until the hegemony is overthrown and potentially eliminated.
Black Lives Matter (Movement) – The movement to achieve the overthrow of the hegemony with the end goal of black lives mattering. Their goal’s and foundational pillars stand in direct opposition to the Christian worldview. The movement itself is one that seeks to destroy the nuclear family, tear down the hegemony, celebrate LGBTQIA+ communities, raise children communally rather than in the home, further support of abortion, etc. One needs only visit www.blacklivesmatter.com to see for themselves.
Syncretism – The attempted marriage of different religions, cultures, worldviews, or schools of thought. Attempting to do so loses both, creating something new and inconsistent. A prime example would be the attempt to wed BLM and Christianity, losing both worldviews in the process.
Liberation Theology – A theological system created in the 1960s which focuses its attention on the liberation of the poor and oppressed from the oppressive systems at hand. Liberation Theology (LT) seems to differ from Syncretistic CRT theology (SCRTT) in that LT seems to have more salvific implications in the social and political work achieved. SCRTT seems to consider the work not as salvific but as a necessary outworking of the real and true Christian. Both see themselves as a return to the early church, the differences in how are somewhat nuanced.

Updates On The SBC

Beth Moore, prominent Bible study curriculum writer/teacher, severs ties with Lifeway and SBC; claims “some of the things in our heritage… haven’t remained in the past” implying racism within SBC. (3/9/2021)

Some SBC Seminary Students write statement on behalf of all students claiming orthodoxy of professors, criticizing Council of Seminary Presidents’ statement, and affirming usefulness of CRT and SBC19 Resolution 9. (2/22/2021)

Dwight McKissic, well-known black SBC pastor who has threatened to leave SBC, receives racist letter from liberal former-sbc member; McKissic implies many in SBC still hold to racist views. (2/3/2021)

North American Mission Board (NAMB) discovered to have funded and planted a church with a woman as a “pastor,” contrary to the Baptist Faith And Message 2000 (1/26/2021)

Tom Buck (FBC Lindale, TX), conservative anti-crt pastor, compares VP Kamala Harris to Jezebel; criticized by Danny Akin (Pres. SEBTS), J.D. Greear (Pres. SBC), and others; McKissic and others call for SBC discipline of FBC Lindale: potentially to lose messengers’ rights to SBC annual meeting 2021. (1/22/2021)

Ronnie Floyd (Pres., Executive Committee) calls meeting. Council of Seminary Presidents, J.D. Greear (Pres., SBC), and National African American Fellowship (NAAF) meet to discuss CRT and recent Council statement (1/8/2021)

Several Black Pastors leave SBC and/or state conventions including John Onwuchekwa (Cornerstone Church, Atlanta, GA), Dwight McKissic (Cornerstone Baptist Church, Arlington, TX), Ralph West (The Church Without Walls, Houston, TX), and Charlie Dates (Progressive Baptist Church, Chicago, IL). (1/2021)

Adam Greenway, SWBTS President, partially walks back Council Of Seminary Presidents’ statement against CRT, affirms systemic racism. (12/22/2020)

“A Statement on Justice, Repentance, and the SBC” released, calling all SBC members to repentance for not believing in and addressing “systemic injustice.” (12/18/2020)

Council of Seminary Presidents releases statement affirming BFM2000 and calling CRT incompatible (11/30/2020)

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) Trustee Speaks Out (11/19/2020)

International Mission Board email leaked with “woke” language including “unconscious bias training” for incoming missionaries (11/16/2020)

Georgia Baptist Mission Board passes resolution disavowing SBC resolution 9 from 2019 national convention (11/9/2020)

Lifeway releases article encouraging parents to “Help the Next Generation Value Racial Diversity in God’s Kingdom” through a unique version of ABCs. (7/10/2020)

J.D. Greear (Pres., SBC) elevates Black Lives Matter movement and phrase to gospel-level importance: “Southern Baptists, we need to say it clearly: As a gospel issue, black lives matter.” (6/10/2020)

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) Fires “Conservative” Professors (5/2020) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

First Baptist Church Naples Controversy Around Not Hiring “Woke” Pastor (11/2019)

Resolution 9, Affirming Critical Race Theory, adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention (6/2019)

David Platt, president of International Mission Board (IMB), repents of racism at Together For The Gospel 2018 Conference (4/2018)

Ethics And Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) hosts MLK50 event including “woke” speakers such as Russell Moore (ERLC President), Charlie Dates (Progressive Baptist Church, Chicago, IL), Jackie Hill Perry (Poet), Eric Mason (Author, Woke Church), and Matt Chandler (Acts 29 Ministries, The Village Church, Flower mound, TX) . (4/4/2018)

Additional Resources

VIDEOS
• Baucham, Voddie. “Cultural Marxism.”
• Baucham, Voddie. “Defining Social Justice.”
• Baucham, Voddie. “Ethnic Gnosticism.”
• Baucham, Voddie. “Racial Reconciliation.”
“By What Standard: God’s World, God’s Rules.” Documentary.
BOOKS
• Allen, Scott David. Why Social Justice Is Not Biblical Justice: An Urgent Appeal To Fellow Christians In A Time Of Social Crisis. Credo House Publishers: Grand Rapids, MI, 2020.
• Harris, Jon. Social Justice Goes To Church: The New Left In Modern American Evangelicalism. Ambassador International: Greenville, SC, 2020.
• Longshore, Jared. By What Standard? God’s World…God’s Rules. Founders Press: Cape Coral, FL, 2020.

ARTICLES

• Davis, Eric. Overview of Critical Race Theory & Intersectionality. The Cripplegate: 02/20/20. https://thecripplegate.com/overview-evaluation-of-critical-race-theory-intersectionality/.

• Sey, Samuel. White Fragility Is Pro-Racism. Slow To Write: 06/10/20. https://slowtowrite.com/white-fragility-is-pro-racism/.

PODCASTS (AUDIO)
• Defend And Confirm Podcast. Series On Cultural Marxism: Episodes 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 50. www.defendandconfirm.org