I had the unfortunate duty to read Al Mohler’s blog recently, and came across a post-Charlottesville article titled, “Letter from Berlin: The Lessons of History and the Heresy of Racial Superiority.” His blog post was self-styled as a new “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” as if being in the former capital of Nazi Germany gave him some profound insights into human existence.
The first half of his article dwelt heavily on the alleged horrors of the Nazi era and celebrated the “tolerance” and openness of modern German government, architecture, and culture. Interestingly, he even admitted that this tolerance has its reverse — intolerance towards what the postwar regime deems unacceptable behavior. He nodded approvingly at the arrest of foreign tourists who performed the fascist salute while he was in Germany as a sign of progress.
Mohler nodded approvingly at the Green/LGBT/socialist/
It was amusing to see him celebrate the same modern standards by which he himself is castigated as a homophobic bigot who benefits from male and white privilege. With nary a trace of self-awareness, he then turned around to cast judgment on unapologetic straight white Christian men. He was also blatantly hypocritical as he praised one form of totalitarianism while condemning another form of it.
Most importantly in this article, Mohler forcefully argued that white identitarians — white people who refuse to apologize for their racial identity, who refuse to apologize for the alleged sins of former generations of whites, and who refuse to hand over their political rights, wealth, and safety as sacrifices on the altar of racial equality — are hellbound heretics.
For any white Christian out there who wonders if he or she has a place in the Southern Baptist Convention, this article is for you. The same is unfortunately true for those inhabiting all the other major denominations of Christendom, as detailed in my recent series surveying major Christian and non-Christian religious sects.
We must see claims of racial superiority–and mainly that means claims of white superiority–as heresy.
He acknowledged the weight of such a claim in the next paragraphs, writing,
That is not a word we use casually. Heresy leads to a denial of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the eclipse of the living God as revealed in the Bible…
Most urgently, it is a rejection of the gospel of Christ–the great good news of God’s saving purpose in the atonement accomplished by Christ…
You cannot preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and hold to any notion of racial superiority. It is impossible…
If we do not celebrate this truth [of racial equality], we have not tasted the salvation accomplished by Christ…
The ideology of racial superiority is an evil anti-gospel that leads to eternal death.
The quotes above demonstrate that Mohler believes that to be pro-white is to be damned to hell.
This is what I’ve argued in recent articles: for as much as we pro-white Christians may want to coexist and worship alongside our fellow whites who profess Christ, they see us as damnable heretics. Period. So even if they are wrong on that count — and they are — coexistence and worshipping together are an impossibility. Once one party in a multiparty relationship refuses to be in that relationship any longer, the relationship is over regardless of how much the other parties wish to repair it. Lord knows I and many other pro-white Christians want to repair it. But though you can lead a horse to water — in this case, our desire to be brotherly with other Christians — you can’t make it drink.
You cannot share the same church government and sacraments when one party condemns the other as a heretic. To belong to organizations under the power of Mohler and men of his ilk is to self-excommunicate. It is the equivalent of a Southern Baptist choosing to sit in a Mormon temple and wondering why everyone looks at him funny, urges him to repent, and bars him from the Lord’s Table.
Mohler’s condemnation of racially-aware and uncucked white Christians as heretics is an absurd argument in many ways, one of which is that he is the heir of an institution built by pro-white, slaveowning, Confederate Christians. In issuing his anathema at us present-day pro-white Christians, he necessarily has issued an anathema at these men as well. Another professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Timothy Paul Jones, blogged about how SBTS founder James Petigru Boyce was an ardent racist and slaveowner who fought in the Confederate Army. He labeled him a heretic along with two other founders of the SBC, John Broadus and Basil Manly, Sr.
Doesn’t the definition of heresy imply that said heretics are not Christians, lack the Holy Spirit, are unregenerate, are controlled by Satan, cannot lead others to salvation, etc.? So how exactly can a heretic found a godly and soul-saving seminary? How could SBTS have trained thousands of godly preachers who led millions to Christ if everyone involved was a damnable heretic by virtue of their belief and practice of “racial superiority”? Doesn’t that make Southern Baptists and their institutions heretics in toto? How exactly can millions of heretics — and that’s what the original generations of Southern Baptists would have been, according to Mohler and Jones — be the practitioners of real Christianity? Aren’t they therefore no more Christian than the LDS or Jehovah’s Witnesses? Wouldn’t this require Mohler, Jones, and their ilk to resign and quit the SBC in order to be something…non-heretical? All of these questions logically flow from Mohler’s claim and demand answers.
In another article, I’d like to deal with the claims and assumptions upon which Mohler based his conclusion. What did he mean by “racial superiority” and “white superiority”? What gospel is he referring to that would cast Broadus, Boyce, and Manly into hellfire?
It’s obviously not the Gospel that those men of God preached and lived, and it’s not the Gospel taught in the New Testament.