Southern Baptist Pastor Randy White Chides Evangelicals for Promoting Racial Justice as ‘Gospel Demand’

06 Dec


Southern Baptist pastor Randy White of First Baptist Church in Katy, Texas, says the pursuit of racial justice is not a “Gospel demand,” disagreeing with fellow Southern Baptist leader Matthew Hall who penned a blog post last week stating that seeking racial justice is indeed a Gospel demand.

“Ferguson, Missouri, has erupted in barbaric violence that should cause all law-abiding citizens to demand the restoration of the rule-of-law, but the Evangelical world is preaching kum-ba-ya sermons about race-relations. I’ve gotta say, I just don’t get it,” said White in an op-ed posted to his website last Wednesday.

Hall, vice president of academic services at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, condemned racial injustice as a sin in a blog post last Tuesday on Canon & Culture, a project of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.


“The ERLC seems to be full-court press, all using the same talking points. You can read Russell Moore’s “Ferguson and the Path to Peace,”  and Eric Mason’s “The Gospel, Race, and our Experiences” for more of the same. Each article basically says, “we don’t understand how blacks feel, so we should be slow in our judgment” and “the Kingdom brings us all together in one big, happy family, so let’s act like Kingdom people in a big, happy family.” Ed Stetzer, also a Southern Baptist, also joined the chorus, singing in harmony with the talking points,” said White.


“This statement is fraught with difficulty. If sin is ‘never confined to the orbit of individual choice or personal responsibility,’ is society to blame? Do the thugs looting businesses and burning police cars have a personal choice and responsibility for their actions? Are we wrong to say that the individuals of Ferguson riots have made a ‘personal choice’ and have a ‘responsibility for their actions?’ To blame society for a crime committed by an individual is soundly insane,” he continued.

“Further, is the penal system that is ‘overwhelmingly populated by young black men,’ unjust by virtue of the lack of racial balance in the prisons? What if there are more young black men in prison because more black men commit crimes? Do we need an affirmative action mechanism in our justice system in order to bring racial balance? It seems we live in a society (and have a religious denomination) in which one cannot speak this truth without receiving the ‘racist’ label,” he added.

“I would have to wonder if God Himself gets a pass, since even a cursory reading of Scripture would prove that He began elevating one branch of the family tree in Genesis 12 (arguably in Genesis 9), and only strengthened the elevation of that branch through the pages of Scripture. Was the Old Testament God somehow racist?” asked White.

“In summary, Matthew Hall clearly thinks there is a problem, though he never really tells us what it is, other than, ‘racial injustice.’ He did not give an example. I get the feeling the article was designed to elicit feelings of guilt on the part of whites for the sins of blacks. And that’s a feeling I typically get when Evangelicals talk about race,” White ended.

Good for him.

If only more Southern Baptists would be like him, and less like Russell Moore and the others, who seem to be embracing leftist thinking on racial matters, alas…


Posted by on December 6, 2014 in America, race, religion, The Kulturkampf, Theology


17 responses to “Southern Baptist Pastor Randy White Chides Evangelicals for Promoting Racial Justice as ‘Gospel Demand’

  1. ar10308

    December 6, 2014 at 2:40 am

    This is outstanding.
    I know a number of Evangelicals who are committed to “racial reconciliation” and basically that means we give microphones to fools and everyone pretends like they have something valuable to say. When really it is just a chance for them to out-SWPL each other in the “Empathy Discussions” afterward.

  2. rae9582

    December 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

    The SBC has been going all multicultural and politically correct in recent years, to my disgust. They are now preaching gay acceptance or at least ‘tolerance’ or understanding, as well as advocating for open borders, reaching out to illegals, etc. A look at their website tells the story.
    So it’s good to see somebody standing up for more Biblical principles.
    I’m not a Southern Baptist myself but I have kin who are, and I remember when that denomination was much more conservative and faithful to Bibilcal truth.
    I always want to ask these PC pastors, ”were all our ancestors wrong? Because their understanding of what it means to be a follower of Christ was very different from yours. Are they all in Hades now for being racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic? Either you’re wrong, or our Christian ancestors were.”

    Good on Randy White. I hope he doesn’t buckle and become all PC.

  3. Will S.

    December 6, 2014 at 9:37 am

    @ ar10308, rae9582: I’m very happy to see this, too. SBCers ought to stop apologizing for their heritage, and stop trying to be P.C. Hopefully this pastor will encourage others of similar mindsets but currently quiet to speak up, and take back their church from Russell Moore, Al Mohler, and other twits who seem to rule it.

  4. infowarrior1

    December 6, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    @Will S.

    Its a shame really some of my favorite preachers like R.C Sproul come from Southern Baptists. I particularly enjoyed his series on holiness:

    To see them departing from orthodoxy is sad to see and hear.

  5. Will S.

    December 6, 2014 at 11:35 pm


    I think it’s still sad to see the SBC departing from orthodoxy, because they used to be far more solid.

  6. ray

    December 7, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Jeshua’s Kingdom does NOT ‘bring us all together as one happy family’. Vast numbers of Christians will exclude themselves, and they won’t be too gruntled upon discovering they didn’t get a Reunion Invite. Christ rakes them over the coals pretty good in the opening chapters of Revelation.

    Modern ‘christians’ seem to worship their families more than the Lord… often instead of the Lord. Like he can’t grok our self-serving hearts! ‘Racial/Gender Justice’ even were it possible to attain (it isn’t possible) is not required Scriputurally. The King commands us to love one another, not ‘liberate’ one another — like satan liberated Eve. Jeshua is the only liberator and judge, and he
    doesn’t seek Electoral College votes.

    Nice job by Randy White. That’s what they get for running to his side of the field. Another smackdown.


  7. Will S.

    December 7, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Well said, ray! First time, BTW, I’ve heard anyone use the Heinleinism ‘grok’ – kudos! 🙂

    Also, first time I’ve ever heard a positive form of the negative-only ‘disgruntled’ – hey, it works! 🙂

  8. Will S.

    December 7, 2014 at 9:39 am

    @ infowarrior1: I’m not so happy about R.C. Sproul after reading this:

  9. infowarrior1

    December 7, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    @Will S.

    I guess Christians aren’t immune from the Victim Olympics. But then again if Christians are sued for refusing to bake a wedding cake for gay couples or take photos. And the fact that Christians are disrespected and hostility(although non-violent) is directed towards them from Post-Christian American culture.

    It still may be the beginning of the escalation that leads to persecution. The thing with violence is that people need to warm up. And it doesn’t simply occur instantaneously, there needs to be a process of arousal by which a person is 1st revved up.

  10. Will S.

    December 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    It’s the ‘optics’ that looks awful – and is.

  11. infowarrior1

    December 7, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    @Will S.

  12. ray

    December 8, 2014 at 4:17 am

    “@ infowarrior1: I’m not so happy about R.C. Sproul after reading this”

    I’m afraid the Christian ‘prayer cruise’ business has been thriving for many years. These are Laodiceans, masquerading as Christians. The cruise-business in general is built upon pampering already-pampered women, principally Americans. Back when I could still stand ‘Christian radio’ these so-called pastors would advertise such things, as well as upscale trips to the Holy Land, to ‘walk where Jesus walked’. Talk about not getting it.

    It’s nothing to do with Jesus obviously. He didn’t start Revelation by calling out the pagans and secularists, how horrible they were etc. He started the Book by calling out supposed groups and individuals who were USING HIS NAME (Christ-ian) to promote personal agendas, facilitate financial schemes, live luxuriously . . . so forth. So having specifically warned, we can predict his reaction concerning disobedience in this particular area.

    These folks would be better off hawking Buddhism or something. At least it’d limit the damage.


  13. Will S.

    December 8, 2014 at 9:37 am

    infowarrior1, ray, I invite you guys to comment at the post I put up, about the cruise.

    I will respond to your comment over there, ray.


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