During 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:
The Pope dresses down the Vatican for the “cancer of clerical careerism.” In other words, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals.
— John Piper (@JohnPiper) December 23, 2014
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…
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.