Here is Williamson on Albert Mohler’s failed campaign for president of the Southern Baptist Convention:
Ed Litton, a moderate reformer, has been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention — and the Reverend R. Albert Mohler has been served his mess of pottage, cold and unsalted.
The Reverend Mohler, the publicity-hog president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, chose the etymologically apt word “excruciating” to describe the intellectual contortions of Trump apologists in 2016; in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, after a conversion experience on the road to some low-rent Damascus, he declared himself a born-again Trumpist. He made the usual binary-choice argument in the usual schoolboy fashion, treating the pro-abortion agenda and sexual radicalism of the Democratic Party as a moral get-out-of-jail-free card for the GOP, for Donald Trump, and, consequently, for himself. He is probably the only public intellectual on earth to use the words “hermeneutics” and “disequilibrium” in explaining why he was supporting Trump.
Here is Williamson on Mike Stone:
Critical race theory and intersectionality are, according to this point of view, to be understood not as mere political ideas (or academic fads, which is closer to the truth) but as positively Luciferian conspiracies. Because of the Southern Baptists’ ugly racial history — they are the Southern Baptists because their 19th-century founders could not bear to remain in communion with their northern abolitionist coreligionists — the denomination is sensitive about the question of systemic racism. As critical race theory became a right-wing political obsession, the SBC came under pressure to denounce it, along with intersectionality, and interdict its use by Baptist theologians and intellectuals. But the statement that ultimately was adopted did not satisfy the talk-radio wing of the Baptist church. Instead, it stated that “critical race theory and intersectionality have been appropriated by individuals with worldviews that are contrary to the Christian faith, resulting in ideologies and methods that contradict Scripture,” that by themselves these concepts are “insufficient to diagnose and redress the root causes of the social ills that they identify,” and that they “should only be employed as analytical tools subordinate to Scripture.” This is far short of what was wanted in some corners. One prominent Baptist theologian insists that these are not “analytic tools” but part of a “demonic system.”
Read the rest of Williamson’s piece “Our Lord Isn’t Woke” here.