Ten “Woke Social Justice” Highlights of 2019. This isn’t intended to be an exhaustive list but rather a kind of “best of.” Keep in mind that when we talk about “Woke Social Justice” we are using a more memorable synonym for “Cultural Marxism.” The below are examples of the inroads that Cultural Marxism is making in the Reformed church (Generously granting that Baptist can be considered “Reformed.”)
What the below represents is the #1 challenge in terms of competing worldviews to Biblical Christianity. The chief danger of this worldview is that it is being adopted as if it is the very essence of Christianity when in point of fact it is the antithesis of Christianity. In other words Christianity is now being reinterpreted through the grid of Cultural Marxism.
As a quick aside notice the participation of Dr. Michael Horton in this list. His “White Horse Inn” blog, has contributed several articles that could be included in this list but have not been. (Horton didn’t write those articles in question but they are under the umbrella of the White Horse Inn organization.)
If the Church Militant doesn’t arise to beat this “Woke” (Cultural Marxism) movement back it will be the case that the modern Church will remain just as dead as it was before Luther marched on the scene.
This list was compiled by Mark Van Der Molen. A friend and Elder who cares about this issue as much as I do.
January: PCA “worship director” Michelle Higgins invites lesbian, transgender affirming speaker to a “social justice” event at her PCA church which is pastored by her father, Mike Higgins. After internet uproar, event not cancelled, but moved to a PCUSA church down the road.
March: Ekemeni Uwan speaks at Sparrow Conference. Tells white people they need to “divest of their whiteness”. Some in audience walk out. Internet pushback results in Uwan video being removed. Uwan plays victim, hires lawyer and demands video be turned over to her. Sparrow organizers comply with Uwan’s demand.
March: OPC minister Mika Edmondson (speaker from MLK #50 event) invited to give 2 lectures at Westminster Seminary California. Talked about the “risk” Christ took in going to the cross as a model for the risk we should take in pursuit of social justice. Suggests that folks not voting in a way that supports critical race theorist’s interest is akin to giving Jews bread during the Holocaust while politically supporting Hitler. Public and private pushback ensues. Videos of his speeches initially taken down, but later re-posted on WSCAL’s facebook page.
March: Westminster Seminary California professor Michael Horton publishes two articles arguing for “social justice” as fulfilling the command to love neighbor.
March: Christina Edmonsdon speaks at Dordt College. Says “racism bankrolled the U.S.” and in America, “one can be a good white Christian and hate your neighbor”.
April: Jemar Tisby invited to speak at Dordt College. Concerned folks ask the College to disinvite Tisby due to his neo-marxist views. College president does not disinvite, but says the college professors can answer student questions if Tisby delivers unorthodox content. Tisby delivers address on how the evangelical church is built upon white racism.
May: PCA Pastor Greg Johnson publishes article revealing that he is a homosexual. Promotes Side B view that his homosexual attraction isn’t sinful in itself.
June: PCA Pastor Greg Johnson speaks at PCA General Assembly against endorsing the Nashville Statement’s on same-sex attraction. Receives applause by delegates. Later states that demographics and time are on his side for the future direction of the PCA.
June: Southern Baptist Convention adopts Resolution #9, endorsing Critical Race Theory as an acceptable “analytical tool”.
September: Rachel Green-Miller’s “Beyond Authority and Submission” published, which argues complementarian views are unbiblical products of Victorian age. Claims she is no longer complementarian. Her book is endorsed and promoted by OPC minister Carl Trueman. Many negative reviews point out the biblical and historical flaws of the book. Green-Miller and her supporters reply by attacking the reviewers as “misogynistic”.