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December 27th, 2014 by Joel Watts

To the Marginalized of the Southern Baptist Convention… #the15

calvinists are marginalizedDuring the 1970’s and early 80’s, there was a huge fight in the Southern Baptist Convention over the direction of the denomination. The conservatives of the denomination were successful in marginalizing liberals, moderates, women, and others who did not preach “the real Gospel.”

Today, the Southern Baptist Convention is virtually led by the Rev. Dr. Albert Mohler, the arch-fundamentalist who is a Calvinist — who has no regard for Arminianism, ecumenical relationships, and constantly teaches women are second class in the Church.

They got rid of anyone who did not agree with their new philosophy and their new gospel.

Over the holidays, John Piper tweeted a positive note about Pope Francis for taking on the bureaucracy of the Vatican:

And it enraged Calvinists who seem to think Jack Chick was right about ecumenical commitments. Now, they are claiming to be “marginalized.”

Let that sink in.

In the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, where Calvinism is quickly becoming the order of the day — and in a denomination that refutes liberation theology, Arminianism, the Great Tradition, and anything else Mohler tells them to — and in a denomination that is mostly (and by mostly, I mean MOSTLY) white and middle class — to claim marginalization takes some big… uh…

round things.

But, there is a group that is claiming such a thing:

…Stetzer rushes to the defense of his fellow evangelical celebrity and marginalizes the critics by calling them “the same 15 Calvinists who are mad at everyone for everything.”

This isn’t just tongue-in-cheek whimsy for Stetzer. We realize what’s happening here. It’s what is happening every single day – those who are concerned are marginalized. We are few in number, they tell us. And to these people, numbers are everything, and so to be few in number is to be marginalized. It’s a license to ignore, but more than that, it’s a license to ridicule.

I kid you not… these people are claiming to be marginalized. Calvinists… in a Calvinist-leaning denomination… are claiming the language and thought of the oppressed to expressed their situation about being criticized on Twitter. I haven’t seen this much co-opting of the narrative since I read a UMC’er latest blog.

This is laughable… sad… and laughable.

and let’s not forget, when you disagree with the official policy, you may be kicked out

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

Comments

5 Responses to “To the Marginalized of the Southern Baptist Convention… #the15”
  1. Bravo!

    These people are beyond ridicluous.

  2. I am now sitting here watching Duck Commander Independence Bowl, Miami and South Carolina. Now that seems wrong, for some reason. Mega $ corporation, faux religious, faux patriotic, southern fried, more than likely Baptist money-making machine, sponsoring two southern teams, with a majority of black football players, knocking their brains out, for books and tuition, and no salary. Maybe it does seem appropriate. Not marginalized at all. And, of course, anti-gay, to boot! Only in America!

  3. Feeling marginalized. GREAT. Now you know how I feel. Gary not only in America here too in Australia where some churches have close ties with the CBMW.

  4. Good insight.

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