2/23/20

Standpoint Epistemology with Bill Roach

Jon discusses how social justice warriors approach truth. It's called "standpoint epistemology."

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2/17/20

The Conservative Baptist Network With Brad Jurkovich

Jon reports on events in the past two weeks which show why the Conservative Baptist Network formed (including the Resolutions Committee's statement on resolution 9 and the SBC's Pastor's Conference). Then, Brad Jurkovich, spokesman for the network, shares the mission of the organization. Video:


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2/10/20

A Lesson in NeverTrumpism & A 1/2 Hour with AD Robles

Jon takes on David French, Joe Carter, and Arthur Brooks as they accuse Christian Trump supporters of "hiring someone [Trump] to hate them [Liberals] for you." NeverTrump evangelicals seem to assume a distorted view of love and use it to claim moral high-ground, when in reality they make a fundamental mistake. Also, AD Robles joins Jon for a discussion about common social justice objections.
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2/7/20

Al Mohler & Social Justice

Where does Albert Mohler stand on Critical Race Theory, Egalitarianism, and the normalization of the LGBTQ+ panoply? Is he a liberal, conservative, or an opportunist? Video:

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On Rhett and Link's "Deconversion"

This is an interesting story in that at least under the radar, it appears to indicate how social justice contributed to these guys and their "deconversions." As a (very) early fan of Rhett and Link, hearing this story was somewhat discouraging - however, after having mulled it over a bit, here are some points to consider (should you choose to listen to the whole podcast; the "social justice relevant point is number 4)
1. Rhett and Link have, from the very beginning of their comedy careers, been extremely cryptic about their religious backgrounds - we knew that there was some kind of Christian context (they did a video with Al Mohler and were featured on "What's in the Bible" as musicians). It's strange how suddenly they feel comfortable spilling all their doubts and actively advocating for agnosticism - this completely undermines the idea that Rhett tries to preemptively counter but he knows many will have - that they are causalities to West Coast/Los Angeles entertainment world cynicism and progressivism. Why not just remain cryptic and quiet? Are they running out of podcast ideas?
2. Rhett spends the beginning of his story basically giving an obligatory disclaimer that he's "not here to judge," then spends an hour and half literally judging millions of people for believing the Bible, believing in Hell, etc. - because he's smarter and more moral (he doesn't say these things outright, but it's heavily implied).
3. (Warning: presuppositional apologetics incoming!) Rhett goes into great detail about specific "facts" and books that helped to confirm his doubts about Christianity, but never talks about how he knows that anything is true at all or why it matters that something is true or false. For example, why is Bart Erhman a trustworthy authority if not for his presuppositions about the Bible? Confirmation bias. If it's not ok in Christendom, why is it ok in agnosticism?
4. If Rhett had stayed in the realm of science, textual criticism, etc., it would have been much easier to take his issues with Christianity seriously, but fairly early on in his story, he directly references WHITE PRIVILEGE as the reason why it hasn't been as hard to deal with the deconstruction of his faith as it might have been otherwise - what in the world does white privilege have to do with losing your faith? Why is it easier to deal with because you're "straight, white and male?" Rhett doesn't want to get political (as that would alienate his audience even more) but he can't help but hint at how influenced he's become by progressivism, especially in Los Angeles (though he attempts to deny this).
They know the Bible. They were missionaries for a time. They know that like 1/3 of the New Testament is about false teachers/converts (yes, that was hyperbolic, it's not actually 1/3). This is not meant to be a diatribe against them, but it's also not fair to mask judgmental language with verbal homages to non-judgementalism. There's an agenda being pushed and it appears to be, at least under the surface, dripping with social justice.

2/1/20

Woke Outbreak – Coronavirus and Social Justice

By: David Scott

The Latest Potential Pandemic 

Every few years the perceived threat of a global viral pandemic finds its way into the top headlines of major news outlets throughout the world. Like gasoline on a fire, every miniscule and minute development serves to fan the flames of what sometimes becomes a growing panic. In the latest episode of this frequently re-run series, coronavirus has made its way out of China into at least (at the time of this writing) 16 countries, including the United States. Because of the political obsession of racial social justice present in discussions of just about any issue current to our collective discourse, there have been a number of murmurs and outright shouts as to the potential “othering” of Asians and Asian Americans in the discussion of how to handle the viral outbreak. In similar fashion, some major news outlets have seen otherwise completely trivial matters (like the ethnic backgrounds of those appointed by President Trump to deal with the US response)[i] as being paramount to the discussion of coronavirus. Staff at the New York Times decided that one of the main issues was the encroaching “xenophobia” towards those of Chinese and Asian descent throughout the world. Sundry other examples are apparent from a few minutes of online searches, the collective main point being essentially something like: “As coronavirus spreads, people are racists!!” 

Constructing a Reasonable Reaction

Before proceeding to an analysis of the “slightly-less-than-hinged” response to the public’s growing fear of coronavirus by much of the social justice concerned media, it is necessary and potentially helpful to consider just what the proper reaction to the sensibly concerned individual. As with all viral outbreaks there are always a variety of reactions, but many people fall either into panicked concern or flippant disregard, either extreme making some rather faulty assumptions. For those following the spread of the illness with an urgent anxiety, scrolling through live updates every few minutes, a reminder of man’s inevitable appointment with death is useful. There are countless sicknesses, diseases and conditions, and as to the chances of meeting an end from one of them, both sides of the coin are heads. This does not mean that there should not be cause from for concern, but concern should be balanced with knowledge that disease is normal, flu is normal, etc. While it’s necessary to take precautions, merely being alive is a risk in of itself, and no one can add a day to their lives by worrying about the new threat to their mortality. Calm attention is to be prized above obsession and more likely to be useful should things really go south (or east in this case).

For those who approach the outbreak of a “new” sickness with the flippant mockery of those who are concerned, a brief history lesson is necessary. Late in 1918, World War I came to close, and millions of young men returned from Europe, Africa and the Middle East to their respective nations. What happened next was one of the greatest disasters in human history. Infected with a strain of H1N1 flu, the young men infected their home countries at an unprecedented rate. In early 1919, the world fell ill as between 1/3 and 1/2 of the entire planet contracted the sickness (the actual total number is impossible to know). While death rates range from 50-100 million people (roughly between 5-10% of the world at the time)[ii], more remote regions were hit especially hard (for example, Pacific islands), some experiencing as much as a 50% death rate. What is the point? Epidemics happen and on occasion achieve global reach, effecting, impacting and even annihilating human life. While hysteric interest should be discouraged, calm preparedness is absolutely necessary, warranted and wise.

Viral Outbreak of Wokeness

In a bizarre confluence of time, space and the fact that 2020 is at the precipice of strange belief systems and points of view, there is a third, rather prominent, position among the betters of our society. This popular and very much “woke” view is that the coronavirus outbreak is not so much about individuals and societies throughout the world becoming sick and dying of a viral infection, but more importantly about the “systematic oppression” integral to Western nations by their barring people from other countries who might bring the virus with them on their trip here. The governments are deemed racist. Any reactions of concern or fear towards Chinese visitors by local communities around the world comprised of people concerned about the virus are identified by the woke media as “xenophobic” (while simultaneously fanning the flames of panic by reporting every minuscule detail about the outbreak). The local people are deemed racist.

A particularly blatant example of this can be seen in the New York Times article, “As coronavirus Spreads, So Does Anti-Chinese Sentiment” [iii]. (Take note of the aptly named URL “coronavirus-chinese-racism”). The article states: “in a suburb of Toronto, parents demanded that a school district keep children of a family that had recently returned from China out of classes for 17 days.” One wonders if the author of this article, who has just theoretically painted a small horde of parents as xenophobic racists, put any thought at all into this example before sending it to print. How many of the parents sending their children to an enclosed building where sicknesses typically spread like a California wildfire were presumably motivated by a deep mistrust and xenophobia of Chinese people? Would it have mattered if the family returning from Wuhan, China was Caucasian? Were the parents suddenly possessed by “anti-Chinese-sentiment,” or were they possessed by a concern and care for their own children being in a building for 7 hours a day, 5 days a week that was potentially anything less than safe? Are groups of parents of children in Toronto public schools a particularly racist demographic? Have they considered the social justice implications of “othering” the Chinese minority in Toronto?     

Another example coming from The Guardian states: “Outbreaks of xenophobia in west as coronavirus spreads.” One can’t help but wonder if the writers knew just how much their headline was dripping in irony. The article similarly lists out examples of racism perpetrated by worried locals throughout the West, but what the authors (and seemingly much of the rest of the woke media) deem as the real illness is evident in the title: xenophobia. The basic premise coming through seems to be this: whatever threat coronavirus is to the world there is a greater threat in racism. As the illness spreads across the globe it merely serves as a catalyst for the greater illness of racism to rear its ugly head. While commenting on how the perceived threat of people from a specific place caused them to be mistreated or mistrusted may be novel material for the history books, it seems a strange place to immediately jump to as a potentially dire situation starts to take shape.

What Matters? Social Justice.

It would be preferable if concerns about social justice were confined to the macro issue of concern about people coming from Wuhan, China to other parts of the world, but as seen above, it extends to the color of skin the people have that are briefing President Trump on the situation. As seen time and time again over the last several years, the social justice worldview is all encompassing. It doesn’t matter what the issue is: the threat of a pandemic, a global military conflict, population displacement from natural disaster, the property tax rate in a suburb of Houston, the name of the local library and the person hired to work the front desk, an asteroid hurdling towards earth – all that matters is the color of skin, ethnic origin and perceived sense of disenfranchisement of those involved. Critical details don’t matter. Important information is unimportant. Only the ability of the reporter, columnist, academic or politician to provide a grandiose indication that they are currently the “wokest” matters. This is irrespective of one’s profession or responsibility toward the issue at hand – as long as they are identifying and advocating for social justice, they are working for the moral good. But out here in the real world, there is more to it than just race. There are even issues at hand bigger than racism. Thankfully, many of our world leaders don’t have the time or patience to make sure all their decisions meet the impossible standards of social justice mob. We can only hope and pray that it remains that way.

1/30/20

A Crash Course in CRT, SBC Pastor Tells White Church Member He's Guilty for Last Name?!

Jon examines the reaction to Owen Strachan's critique of Critical Race Theory, then gives a crash course in understanding CRT, followed by an interview with James High, who was told he was in general sin by his former SBC pastor. Video: Audio:
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1/24/20

Big Eva Strikes Back!, March for Life, & Russell Moore's "Pro Life" Definition

SBC elites are starting to fight back against "discernment bloggers" in ways they haven't. Jon examines why. Also, some reflection on Roe vs Wade, as well as an in depth look into Russell Moore's latest podcast on being "Pro-Family" and "Pro-Justice." Jon gives some advise in how to dissect a Russell Moore piece. www.worldviewconversation.com/

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Did America Have a Christian Founding? With Mark Hall

Jon interviews Mark David Hall on his brand new book "Did America Have a Christian Founding?"

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1/19/20

How Woke Theology Destroys the Gospel

By: Elwin Ransom

Anyone attempting to understand modern American evangelicalism, will quickly recognize that many of its prominent leaders have jumped on the “Woke train” without noticing the “bridge out” sign blurring past them. Many of these ambitious men don’t consciously desire to destroy Christianity as we know it. They’re just joining a trendy movement. But, in the words of Ravi Zacharias, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” Thus, many well-known evangelicals are on the verge of finding out just how much this trendy movement will cost them.

It is now common in progressive evangelical circles to loudly insist that men like George Whitfield and Jonathan Edwards were not Christians because they supported slavery or owned slaves. This argument is derived from the heresy of Black Liberation Theology, which teaches that God is always on the side of the oppressed, and all slavery is oppressive. There’s just one problem with that argument: Romans 4 is explicitly clear that our salvation happens the exact same wayas it did under the old covenant.

In the book of Genesis, God Himself comes down to earth and seals His Covenant by walking between the carcasses of recently slaughtered animals that have been cut in half. The implication of this act? God is saying “may I be cut in half like these animals if I do not keep this covenant.”

The recipient of that covenant? A slave owner.

The American slave system rested on unbiblical and evil assumptions. Many of the laws governing it were evil and certainly serious injustices occurred. It was bad. But, being against something bad does not give someone license to teach anything they want in opposition to that bad thing. Woke Christianity destroys the very foundations of our faith, and it does so in about 30 seconds. Not all of the progressives currently pushing this heresy have connected all the dots. But, the fact is that “all slave owners are not Christians” leads to one inescapable conclusion:

Abraham wasn’t saved either, since he was a slave owner. Neither were his slaves, who received the sign of the covenant. And if Abraham wasn’t saved, then Romans 4 means that we are all still in our sins.

If you’ve ever wondered why Woke Christianity rapidly devolves into “salvation by the work of ‘antiracist’ political activism” (Southern Baptist Professor Jarvis Williams teaches this in his classes), it’s because the true believers have recognized that their teaching destroys salvation by faith alone, so they need something to replace the gospel of Jesus Christ. So they swap out Christian orthodoxy for James Cone (the father of Black Liberation Theology).

There has been a lot of ink spilled on what motivates progressive evangelicals, but much more important is the impact of their leadership. Even if we concede that Russell Moore does not desire to replace Orthodox Chrisitanity with a slightly modified version of Black Liberation theology, the fact is that he is helping put us on that path.

At some point, it no longer matters if these men are sincere or well-intentioned. It no longer matters if they intend to replace the faith once for all delivered to the saints with a different religion entirely. It doesn’t matter, because that is their project. That’s where this road leads. This can only end one way: the bridge is out, and we’re headed over the cliff.

The question before us: how many sheep will go with them over that cliff?

1/17/20

Mega Edition: Montage Reaction, Some Civil War Stuff, and Equipping the Persecuted

00: Woke reaction to the SEBTS Montage 
41: A small history lesson :)
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1/11/20

Woke Christianity at SEBTS

One year ago today, I shared my experience as an Mdiv student watching SEBTS get caught up in the social justice movement. The president told me I and others were being dishonest. Today, I share a small sample of the proof that we were not. Please pray for our seminaries.

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1/8/20

Encouragement for 2020, SBC's "MLK Day of Service," and "The People's Republic of Walmart"

Jon talks about cultural change and how it can make people feel out of place, but reminds everyone that God is in control and that good things are also happening. Jon also responds to Rachel Denhollander's remarks on Paige Patterson and the SEND Network's reverence for MLK while castigating misplaced patriotism and President Trump. Lastly, Jon reviews a book that argues for Democratic Socialism based on Walmart's efficiency. www.worldviewconversation.com/

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