The sons of Isachar lived in tumultuous times. They knew two things. They understood the times and they knew what Israel ought to do. We’re convinced that a coming generation of pastors and Christians need to know the times, and they need to know how to “do the word.” In a phrase, they need to wield the sword.
Founders Ministries is now working on an upcoming film called Wield The Sword: Pastoral Courage In Perilous Times. It is a call to arms. By God’s grace we hope to encourage and equip pastors and Christians to take up the sword of the Spirit and wield it with courage.
In 1979 the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) formally entered into the “Battle for the Bible” that was raging within North American evangelicalism. Over the next 15 years, the SBC was returned to its historic commitments on the inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture. Many of those who resisted this conservative resurgence were driven by religiously progressive convictions.
Their advocacy of ideals and positions that developed out of radical feminism and deviant sexualities were exposed and refuted by those holding to orthodox, Protestant and historic Baptist positions on the issues.
Now, 25 years after the clear success of the conservative resurgence, it seems like evangelicals, including Southern Baptists, are in danger of loosening their commitments to those basic, Christian commitments. Dangerous ideologies like Critical Theory and Intersectionality are gaining inroads into the thinking of some leaders, churches and organizations.
These ideologies are even being promoted among some evangelicals as reliable analytical tools that can assist our understandings and efforts in gospel ministry.