“Mohler is at the epicenter of an earth-shattering polar shift in evangelicalism that is driving religious leaders to the hard left. Virtually all of The Gospel Coalition board members – with some subtle reservation from Kevin DeYoung – are in the camp now espousing Rauschenbuschism or Social Gospel.”
(JD Hall – Pulpit & Pen) Anyone paying attention to wider evangelicalism – and especially that represented in the Southern Baptist Convention – is well aware of a dramatic shift in focus and tone on social issues. When Albert Mohler repented of the notion of reparative therapy (the idea that through Biblical counseling a homosexual could break their addiction to unnatural sexual affections) and his previous stance on sexual orientation at a meeting held in conjunction with homosexuals back in 2014, the Wall Street Journal noted the “shifting tone on homosexuality” in an article entitled, Southern Baptists, Gay Community Break Bread at Conference. …
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) has almost altogether abandoned the fight on abortion and traditional marriage, arguing against punishment for those who commit abortions and insisting that Judge Roy Moore and Kim Davis resign rather than uphold their oaths of office and their conscience. The ERLC has instead focused on animal welfare, creation care environmentalism, and illegal immigration. ERLC research fellows have been free to advocate for the “gay Christian” Revoice Conference run by former faculty and SBTS graduate, Nate Collins (Russell Moore defended the research fellow at the SBC annual meeting and an ERLC employee had police toss a member of the press for asking Moore about his support for the pro-gay conference). Culminating in the MLK50 Conference that very explicitly advocated Critical Race Theory and Cultural Marxism, held in honor of sex-trafficker, bisexual and heretical teacher, Martin Luther King, evangelicals grew increasingly concerned that once-conservative leaders had adopted a politically-charged ideology and conflated it with the Gospel. That concern led to the Dallas Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel and has been signed by more than 8 thousand evangelicals. Of those 8 thousand, only one Southern Baptist seminary faculty member has signed it, and he is from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.