Jesus warned the disciples to beware of the hypocrisy of the pharisees, who presented themselves as the religious leaders of the nation of Israel. Their whitewashed clean public persona was like a nice-looking tomb that contained the dead bones of uncleanliness and hypocrisy. Jesus promised that their backroom dealings and heart motivations would one day see the light of day.
Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.
No current figure in the Southern Baptist Convention personifies the modern-day Spirit of the Pharisees better than Presidential hopeful Pastor Bart Barber. An establishment Big-Eva candidate, Barber prides himself as the unifier who will save the convention from divisive conservatives who ally themselves with the likes of the Conservative Baptist Network. In the wake of his campaign announcement, Barber has been eager to cast himself as the candidate who is on the right side of SBC politics, CRT, and even secular politics; all the while claiming that conservatives don’t have a properly nuanced approach to the most important issues.
Fortunately, things written by Barber in the past remain for clear-headed observers to judge. Contrary to his current position of rejecting CRT, Barber continually casts those who oppose CRT on theological grounds as unhinged political hacks who are hellbent on bringing political issues into the SBC arena. Barber even goes so far as to say that Black Lives Matter, Critical Race Theory, and Me Too movement opposition have their roots in politics as opposed to matters of the first conservative resurgence, which he considers to be purely centered around theological matters.
To Bart Barber, the leftists who introduced CRT, BLM, and the MeToo movement into the church are not the problem. He sees these issues as tertiary matters- things that are disputable on the basis of scripture. However, when it comes to conservatives who oppose these things on the basis of scripture, and want to present a Biblical answer to clearly leftist anti-Christian propaganda entering the church, Barber believes that they are “WAY off message.”
Leftist proponents of CRT gush at Barber’s repudiation of conservatives. Race baiter Dwight Mckissic, who has appeared at Barber’s church even went so far as to proclaim Barber a “prophet” on the basis of Barber’s Proclamation that the convention is in a “Golden Age of Southern Baptist Unity” and that the current problems faced by the SBC are not as bad as the problems that caused denominational splits in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
The fact that someone so far to the left as McKissic has been invited to appear at Barber’s church and approves of his approach to CRT and politics speaks volumes about how Barber would steer the SBC. Barber has been positioning himself for the opportunity to run for President of the SBC for quite some time, despite claims from Barber that he “wouldn’t be an SBC entity head for a barge of gold.” This begs the question, which Big Eva entity or influential benefactor will pony up the barge of gold to pay for Barber’s services, in the event that he wins the election for SBC President?
Editor’s Note. This article was written by Paul Brown for Protestia
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