The Southern Baptist Convention is meeting this week in Phoenix. A Baptist leader named Dwight McKissic has introduced a Resolution to their congress, which is truly monumental in scope. If adopted, this will be one of the first communal denunciations of the New-Age Far Right as exemplified by the so-called Alt-Right and the Red Pill Cult.
"Resolved, that the Southern Baptist Convention denounces every form of 'nationalism' which violates Biblical teachings with respect to race, justice, and ordered liberty; and be it further resolved that we reject the retrograde ideologies, xenophobic biases, and racial bigotries of the so-called 'Alt-Right' who seek to subvert our Government, destabilize society, and infect our political system; and be it finally resolved that we earnestly pray both for those who lead and advocate this movement along who those who are thereby deceived, that they may see their error through the Light of the Gospel, repent of their perverse nationalism, and come to know the peace and love of Christ through redeemed fellowship within the Kingdom of God, which is established from every tribe, nation, people, and tongue." concludes the proposed Resolution.
The various Scriptural references and arguments for the proposal can be found here.
We have pointed out on many occasions elsewhere the heretical tendencies of this movement---especially regarding its cultish and openly anti-Christian positions. Its disciples have their own conversion process which they term taking the Red Pill. The Cult teaches the literal enslavement of women, racial supremacy, and denies multiple Christian Doctrines related to Salvation, the Divine Incarnation, Redemption and Original Sin. They are especially perverse in their teachings relating to gender relations; which often exceed in their grossness some of the worst behaviors of ancient Gnosticism.
If the Baptists adopt this Resolution, it will be a major step forward for Conservative Christians---who especially need to address what McKissic rightly calls "a growing menace" that "affects the minds and actions of its violent disciples". As St. Clement spoke of the earlier Gnostics: "Their behavior causes the Name of Christ to be slandered throughout the Earth."
Now Nationalism per se is not a negative thing. But America has always existed as a culture predicated on cultivating the best aspects of various cultures towards a systemic whole. It's interesting that the other major country with a similar cultural philosophy is Russia. The US and Russia have been the two global superpowers since the end of WW2. So far from weakness and division, what the Red Pills call a convergence of cultures actually is beneficial: and we also have the earlier Hellenist, Roman, British, and French Empires as examples of national strength and unity through cultural interaction. The reason for this is obvious: a mixed culture is by nature going to be more innovative and open to new strategies and ideas. As we've mentioned here before, if cultural isolation and homogeneity were national strengths then Saudi Arabia and North Korea should logically be the world's most progressive and enlightened cultures.
But as Christians, we know from the Apostle John that we are "saved not by birth nor of the will of man" and St. Luke testifies that the Holy Spirit spoke in various tongues to the first converts. St. Philip, the first missionary, converted an Ethiopian ambassador and Christ appeared in a vision to St. Peter telling him, "What God has called clean, do not you call unclean." There is also a great diversity of cultures within Christianity itself---certainly we are not weakened by it at all.
Of course, the Red Pills are incensed at this proposal; denouncing the Southern Baptists as 'Cuckservatives', 'Churchians', and 'SWJ Converged." Vox Day, both on his own blog and via one of his sock-puppet faux-Christian blogs Bravian Thought, have called for Dwight McKissic's impeachment. In fact, they've turned the argument around and accused McKissic of being a "Social Justice Warrior" who himself is trying to infiltrate the Baptists!
"If the SBC makes this Resolution permanent" Vox/Bravian sternly warns, "that institution shall have fallen to the Prince of Lies. To prevent this, all members of the SBC should get a copy of 'SJWs Always Lie' (note: a book written by Vox Day himself; sort of the Dianetics of the Red Pill Cult) "and to clean up the Convention of any anti-Christian offenders, no matter how big they are, or how insignificant they may seem."
The 'two' bloggers also cite an anecdote from a 'Christian'---who's been a convert less than a year---complaining that he can't find a Baptist Congregation that isn't 'SJW Converged'. The cultishness here is transparent. Vox is clearly setting up a false dichotomy to distinguish his 'true faith' from the 'apostate' Baptists and draw any SBC dissidents into his camp.
Any readers who follow the Baptist Denomination should support McKissic's proposal---and actually work to build on it, because it is a good start. But even if one has some legitimate issues with it; work within the Baptist Church to modify it in some constructive and Christ-like way---and don't be fooled by charlatans like Vox.