“The issue at hand here is that Anyabwile has used his platform at a Southern Baptist Seminary to not promote biblical theology and a right understanding of biblical justice and mercy, but to push a cultural man-centered ideology that creates an entitlement sentiment among minorities through an intersectional approach that is not only unbiblical, but racist at its core.”
(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte) On January 24, Thabiti Anyabwile was invited to deliver the chapel service at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Anyabwile began the sermon with a historical comparison of abortion to various other holocausts such as the African slave trade and the Jewish holocaust, rightly marginalizing abortion as having a far greater death toll than any of these events. Further, he rightly acknowledges that abortions have impacted African Americans at an inordinate rate.
As sensible as this historical analysis may have been, it’s where the sound reason of this sermon ended.
The crux of his message was centered around a poor exegesis of Proverbs 31:1-9. For brevity, I’ll quote verses 8-9, the main point.
8 Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.[c] 9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
He then spent the remainder of his service attempting to persuade his audience that this passage is a call for Christians to take up the cause of social justice–particularly the cause of the current movement that’s redefining the gospel in the evangelical church.
Anyabwile then explains that “the first thing we see from this text is the creation of advocates,” proclaiming that good advocates come from good mothers. But here’s where it gets crazy. Remember now, he just got finished talking about the horrors of abortion, especially the impact it’s had in the black community. He goes on to quote Eleanor Roosevelt, a close friend of Margaret Sanger–the founder of Planned Parenthood–as a “champion of human rights.”