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The Leftist Veer of JD Greear: Moral Insanity in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)

Posted by admin in March 10th, 2020
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I can’t know what’s in a man’s heart. Only God can. But I can know a lot about a man by the words of his mouth, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of,” (Luke 6:45).

I can also know a lot about a man by the fruit in his life – the causes he fights for, worldviews he promotes, and in the case of Christian leaders, sermons they preach, blogs they write, and events they participate in.

The Word tells us that we must be discerning. Colossians 2:8 says, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”

We are to be discerners and we’re to test the spirits, especially of those in leadership who are preaching and writing in the name of Christianity. The Bible makes it very clear that those who call themselves teachers and preachers are to be held to even a higher level of accountability (James 3:1).

Looking on Twitter one day, I saw a post by J.D. Greear (I’m not a follower). Greear is the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the largest Protestant denomination in the US. In his feed, Greear had posted a video of an overweight, not highly educated, financially struggling fundamentalist Baptist preacher in an ill-fitting suit with red suspenders.

I wasn’t sure why the video was on Greear’s feed and I didn’t want to hear the audio. I keep my laptop muted and decided it was best to leave it there.

However, I did start reading the comments posted by Greear, Beth Moore, Matt Chandler of Village Church in TX, Albert Mohler, seminary president, Steve Gains out of Memphis, Jordan Easley from Cleveland, TN – all people with big followings, most pastors of megachurches (except for Beth and Mohler), and all are Southern Baptists.

They were tearing this guy to shreds. Like the elitist popular kids in school, they were mocking the weak, the lowly, the different, the defenseless. Greear even posted the pastor’s name and church location.

They mocked him, ridiculed him, poked fun at his weight and his clothing and his preaching. They were merciless. And they applauded each other and praised whomever could be the most brutal.

It made me physically ill.  

J.D. Greear’s post was retweeted nearly 700 times. Even No. Carolina Rep. Mark Walker chimed in with a cruel comment or two. Greear’s ruthless post got over 2,300 “likes” and hundreds of scoffing comments—mostly from Baptist pastors all ridiculing this poor brother. There were three requests from godly men asking Greear to please take down the post. But he wouldn’t.

Greear’s behavior, and the other elitist SBC folks, was conduct unbecoming of a pastor; conduct unbecoming of a follower of Christ. Here is a link to that feed in case you think I’m exaggerating. https://twitter.com/jdgreear/status/1223332183642906625

After seeing that post and reading those comments, I closed my laptop and I began to cry. Sorrow is really the only way to describe the grief and total frustration I felt. I prayed, “Lord Jesus, what have we become? What has happened to us?”

I was raised a Baptist; saved in a Baptist church; was water baptized in a Baptist baptismal. My great grandmother was Baptist, my grandparents were Baptist, and my Dad graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University. You can’t get much more Baptist than that. My husband and I are members of one of the largest Baptist churches in our community.

I know what we once were as a denomination and I know what we’ve become. It’s heartbreaking, but it is also frightening, not just to me, but to thousands of conservative Baptists like me who are wondering how on earth our denomination got taken hostage.

Karaoke for Christ

J.D. Greear held a college conference last May at Summit Church, the church where he pastors. Greear danced and sang on the platform with two male staff members to Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance with Somebody,” at the rally. I personally don’t believe that was appropriate behavior and I doubt anyone came to Christ through their display.  It’s a bad video demonstrating ego and vanity—it has absolutely nothing to do with proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Here’s a link to that video: https://twitter.com/i/status/1091668187979108353)

 

The words Greear and his colleagues sang,

I wanna dance with somebody, I wanna feel the heat with somebody, And when the night falls, my loneliness calls…I’ve been in love and lost my senses Spinning through the town Sooner or later, the fever ends And I wind up feeling down. I need a man who’ll take a chance on a love that burns hot enough to last, So when the night falls, My lonely heart calls…

That may seem harmless enough, but in a nation with a high suicide rate among university students (approximately 1100 college students commit suicide each year, making it the second-leading cause of death), the highest rate of STDs in our nation is among the college-aged population and it’s the highest in the industrialized world (1 in 3 university students contract an STD every year) and over 60% of college students admit to being sexually active with more than one partner—considering all of this data, is that the message we want to convey to this group? Apparently Greear and his ministry staff believed this was the way to go for their church’s college students.

THIS was their choice in an age when young people are dying. This was their choice in a time when students need Christ desperately to survive our culture and our world. One Mormon teen who attended that night wrote me, “What’s the big deal? I loved it. It reminded me of my church!” Okay. That’s not a commendation in my book.

Do I seem petty? Have I become that disgusting church lady that only wants to condemn and criticize? I hope not. Because there are some even bigger issues at stake here. Not just bad manners and bad choices, but doctrinal error and that’s when it gets really serious.

 

Greear’s “Compassionate” Approach to the LGBTQ Community

When Greear was elected SBC president last year, I was concerned. I’d read Greear’s letter to his congregation on how to accept our LGBTQ neighbors and love them. Words that sound so good, but are missing an important element – that of speaking Truth. Greear explained in his letter how the Bible only “whispers” about sexual sin and yet shouts about greed.

Greear writes, “We’re wrong if we think same-sex behavior is a fundamentally different type of sin.”

But it is, isn’t it? Homosexuality is the only sin in the Bible called “detestable.” (Lev. 20:13)

And instead of calling this sin homosexuality, or sodomy or sexual immorality, Greear calls it “same-sex behavior.”

Romans 1 is clear about homosexuality being a sin; I Timothy 1:10 is absolutely clear that homosexuality is a sin. Nowhere does the Bible “whisper” about this topic.

Voddie Baucham says, “Call it by its name. It’s sodomy. And people who engage in this practice are sodomites.” The Bible speaks clearly against sodomy and God destroyed an entire city based on that particular sin.

Here’s a link to Greear’s letter: https://jdgreear.com/blog/three-ways-go-wrong-talking-homosexuality/

 

Why Pronouns Matter

Greear has made his feelings about the LGBTQ community widely known. He uses whatever pronoun a person identifies with or prefers because, “That’s what Jesus would do.” It’s a kind of “hospitality”, according to Greear.

(https://jdgreear.com/askmeanything/when-talking-with-a-transgender-person-which-pronoun-should-you-use/ )

Greear panders to the LGBTQ community thinking that he’ll win them and if he’s winsome enough, and funny enough, and hip enough—they’ll come to Christ.

“We just have to love them into the Kingdom” is a fallacy though. An approach that has never worked. It’s an apologetics tactic that fails every single time. I’ve been on and off the mission field for nearly 40 years. I’ve been a university professor at secular universities for over 20 years. I have a fire in my belly to proclaim the love and Truth and hope found only in Christ Jesus and no matter where I am or what culture I’m living in, authentic Truth and authentic Truth alone breaks the yoke. I’ve never won anyone to Christ by pandering to them. Never.

The lost know it’s inauthentic; they know it’s a strategy; they know it’s a selling technique. People living in sin know it. Romans teaches us that. We speak Truth even when it hurts and we pray and we intercede and we fight for them as if their lives depended on it, because they literally do.

I’m not speaking here theoretically. I speaking from years of experience and years of service. We’re in a war for people’s lives and where they spend eternity depends on us being Truth Bearers and Truth Tellers. My greatest love is demonstrated in taking the risk of being unliked in order to tell the lost the hard Truths of the Gospel.

Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here. I deeply love all those whom God has called me to minister to. And they know that. They know that because I demonstrate it by being a good listener, by being compassionate, and by being an honest friend. I’m not talking about brutally going door-to-door in your neighborhood telling people to accept Jesus or burn in hell. I have a friend that says, “I don’t have time to tell you all the things I DON’T mean by this statement.”

Please know, people who reject the message should be stumbling over Jesus, not my obnoxious approach. We’re to ask God for words of wisdom and we must know the Bible well enough, by heart, to help those in bondage to sin, to hear God’s Word and see a path out of their darkness. Acting like their sin doesn’t matter doesn’t earn me the right to be heard – as I think Greear would argue. Acting like their sin doesn’t exist or that it doesn’t offend God simply allows them to like you and NOT to be offended by your presentation of the adapted Gospel.

Besides all of that, doing evangelism among the LGBTQ community Greear’s way never works.

Rod Beher put it this way, “You will never, ever find peace with these activists, who don’t want tolerance, but submission. These activists and their allies will weaponize ‘compassion’ and ‘inclusivity’ to force pastors and congregations to surrender completely to their worldview,”—from The American Conservative. Sadly, Beher is right.

My Best Friend the Imam

Then, last week, Greear appeared on stage with Imam Omar Suleiman at Wake Forest, to discuss freedom of religion in America and how to withstand secularism. Greear tweeted, “Super excited about being able to be a part of this @veritas forum with a Muslim neighbor tomorrow!”

The event, “Hope in the Current Age: A Conversation on Christianity and Islam,” was sponsored by a coalition of faith-based organizations, including The Veritas Forum and Neighborly Faith, along with NCSU’s Muslim Student Association (MSA), CRU and Intervarsity.

Greear said, at the event, “We need to be able to not only get along with, but to cherish, stand alongside and even fight for people that believe different things than we do.” Uh…where’s that in the Bible? Jesus never said that.

I asked the organizers, “How will the exclusivity of Christ’s claims be handled in such a forum?”

They responded, “The event wasn’t billed as a theological debate. It was an opportunity to express solidarity across religious lines on issues like religious freedom and push back against rising secularism. It was about being good neighbors, despite differences.”

I asked, “Well, aren’t secularists good neighbors too? Don’t they have the freedom to believe what they want?”

They responded, “Good question. Veritas Forum, would you take that question please?” And the Veritas Forum did not respond.

Dr. James Pruitt wrote, “In the final analysis, there is no difference between Islam and secularism. Both are false beliefs that reject the true God and enslave men in a false doctrine.”

His statement was like a breath of fresh air. Of course, Pruitt is right. But Greear, pastor, head of the SBC, Christian leader, he didn’t see it that way.

After the convocation, Greear eagerly tweeted a selfie with Omar, “Thoroughly enjoyed the conversation with my new friend @omarsuleiman504 at NCSU tonight before a packed house with @veritasforum. Omar is a man of graciousness, peace and kindness!

Really? Omar is a man of graciousness, peace and kindness?

Omar Suleiman is an Imam born in New Orleans to Palestinian parents and raised right here in the USA. Omar believes that Israel should not exist as a nation and that there is no history of Israel in the Middle East. He has stated very clearly, “Muslims must strive to end Jewish sovereignty and ‘restore’ Jerusalem and the holy land to the way that it was under Muslim rule.”

Check this out if you don’t believe me: https://twitter.com/AdamMilstein/status/1233981736754786304 & https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/02/imam-bernie-rally-had-called-destruction-israel-daniel-greenfield/

Suleiman, who was Nancy Pelosi’s pick for Muslim cleric to pray in the House of Representatives, has called Jews pigs and apes. He wrote, “We ask Allah to humiliate all of Israel…Brothers of apes and pigs.”

Suleiman thinks this is appropriate language to use describing Jews. He says, “Jews are given a Koranic penchant for deceit, endeavoring to take Allah for a fool.”

Suleiman has a long record of incendiary social media statements about Israel, which you can see in a list compiled for over two years by Petra Marquardt-Bigman and posted on the Algeimeiner Jewish news site. Suleiman has on multiple occasions wished for a third Palestinian Intifada, or violent uprising. He has likened Israeli troops to Nazis, and has wished for the end of Zionism, calling Zionists “the enemies of God.” He is a backer of the Boycott Israel Movement.

One site has simply collected all the hate language Suleiman has posted on social media and listed every single word. If you wonder what kind of “good neighbor” Suleiman might be, especially if you’re a Jew, read his own words. Read the things he’s written and said in public forums. Here’s the site, https://canarymission.org/individual/Omar_Suleiman

Omar Suleiman says of President Trump and his travel ban on Muslims, “A racist criminal that keeps playing to his base and endangering innocent people. This is an outright attempt to discriminate against people on religious, racial, and ethnic grounds and to dismantle the refugee resettlement program.” Well, maybe because it’s Muslim Terrorists that keep attacking us?

He goes on to say, “Occupation of Palestine is still a crime. Netanyahu and Trump are both still criminals. Palestinians will still strive for their freedom.” Strive here means terrorist attacks on Israel and continual fighting.

Suleiman is an outspoken supporter of Bernie Sanders, Colin Kaepernick, and Malcom X. So, you can see that Suleiman isn’t really interested in being a “good neighbor” or “a man of peace.” And good luck there with Religious Freedom! Omar Suleiman believes in Sharia Law! Suleiman holds a master’s degree in Muslim Law.

 

Greear is either horribly naïve, or horribly wicked. Either way, he should not be pastoring a church much less leading the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. I cringe when I think of it.

Greear’s Social Justice War Against Trump

Greear, while speaking at the Wake Forest event with the Imam, described Christians who voted for Trump, “Christians in America have reacted with a posture of fear…Because of this posture of fear, it has caused them to do two very unhealthy things. One is that you begin to excuse or rationalize the faults of a strongman who comes along to offer protection and you say, ‘it doesn’t matter what he does if he is going to give me protection.’

“It justifies it and I’m not even going to talk about the faults and it causes a witness that is very confused because we are more concerned with this political-military strategy or this political protection than you are the real message of the Gospel. Also, it causes you to react to fear of people who are on the outside…”

Greear says both political parties in America make good points. One is concerned about preserving life inside the womb, the other is more concerned about preserving life outside the womb.

See his interview here with Christian Post. (https://www.christianpost.com/books/sbc-president-jd-greear-book-trump-evangelicals-complementarianism.html?fbclid=IwAR2q6o4J5myTTxxhxspCFex_-qNk6oIHMeaT_0-QDoBo-K5xVcxc8jNu86Y ).

There’s not enough time here to list all my grievances against J.D. Greear – his push towards women pastors, his belief in Critical Race Theory, his belief that Allah and Jehovah are the same God, his belief in open borders, and all his arrogant virtue signaling. But I want to bring this post to an end and I want to end with two very important things: a warning and a challenge.

The warning: J.D. Greear’s lifestyle, teachings, and choices are not in alignment with Scripture. This is dangerous because he leads the largest Protestant denomination in America. Even though he leaves office in July, he’s done a lot of damage while in leadership and I’m afraid the harm he has done to the SBC maybe irreversible.

The challenge: I often call the churches in the SBC Sleeping Beauty. I say, “Wake up Sleeping Beauty, if you want to save your denomination, you’re going to have to fight for it and know what the Bible says about these issues, not what man says. The time for sitting complacently in the pew is over. Take a stand or lose the battle.” Peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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54115. Lisa said,
March 11th, 2020 at 9:09 am

So much of the church has Lost any form of discernment. It will be their downfall in the end.

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54117. Theresa Miller said,
March 11th, 2020 at 10:07 am

Excellent!

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54122. norm said,
March 11th, 2020 at 8:01 pm

Thank you for your diligence and courage required to write and post this article, which provides clear evidence that Greear is out of step with mainstream Southern Baptists.

Keep writing.

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54128. Carol Howell said,
March 13th, 2020 at 8:20 pm

We are thoroughly enjoying your blogs. The subject matter is so timely. So glad we subscribed. Thank you for the time you spend researching these articles.

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