Southern Evangelical Seminary Emphasizes
Natural Law Precept That All Human Beings Are Sacred—Receives Praise for ‘Well-Reasoned’ Stance on the BLM Movement
National Leader in Apologetics Education Reiterates ‘Thoughtful, Clear’ Position at a Time of Great Civil and Social Unrest
August 24, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Violent acts against people and property are, sadly, still ongoing right now in cities such as Portland, Oregon. Fierce debate is continuing as well around the true and just beliefs that “all black lives matter,” and that “all human lives are sacred,” versus support and backing for the highly controversial Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
For these reasons, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), a leading apologetics educational institution, is asserting and reasserting its strong, Bible-based beliefs at a time of extended civil and social upheaval in the summer of 2020 in America.
“We must speak up to bring a greater understanding to the discussion,” said Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary. “All human lives are sacred, whatever their ethnicities,” he added, preferring this much more inclusive expression of God’s love. He was echoing an observation by Dr. Corey Miller, president of SES ministry partner Ratio Christi, that “all black lives are sacred.”
“The fact that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross to purchase eternal salvation for every human being who will accept Him as their Lord and Savior makes every human being sacred,” Dr. Land also said.
“Consequently, while nearly all true Evangelicals affirm that ‘black lives matter’ as a subset of ‘all human lives are sacred,’ we must separate ourselves emphatically from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, which espouses beliefs that are antithetical to basic foundational tenets of the Christian faith,” Dr. Land pointed out in recent op-eds in The Christian Post, The Tennessean and Townhall.com. The BLM group, noted Dr. Land, “espouses an anti-biblical definition of love, freedom, and justice, as well as opposing the nuclear family and promoting same-sex and transgender ideologies, and is a self-admittedly Marxist organization (see BlackLivesMatter.com).”
Importantly, SES acknowledges “that the cancer of racism still exists in America,” calling it a “disgusting form of sinful human pride” that is “common to the fallen human condition” (Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:23). SES remains “committed to fighting the corruption and darkness of racism with the salt of the law and the light of the Gospel” (Matt 5:13-16).
One SES alumnus volunteered his overwhelming support for the seminary’s statement at a time of great unrest in the country. “I knew the school would stand for truth, clarity, and ultimately the gospel,” the anonymous individual said. He found it “outstanding, well-reasoned, thoughtful, gracious and clear,” he added—and has “already shared it with other pastors” who are “concerned” about the continued turbulence in the country.
As Dr. Land aptly added, “The Declaration of Independence is based on natural law. In reality, John Locke could have sued Thomas Jefferson for plagiarism. The ‘self-evident’ language and the idea that ‘all men are created equal’ come straight out of ‘natural’ law’.
Dr. Richard Land, a prominent voice on religion and ethics in both academia and the media, explores many other timely and critical topics in his daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” as well as in his weekly column for The Christian Post, where he serves as executive editor.
Land also teaches classes at SES on a regular basis. Recently he taught a live-streaming ethics class, discussing key issues with students from the perspective of biblical truth and natural law. Later this fall (October 19-24) SES will offer a new class on “Christian Theology, Social Justice, and Racism.” Land will be the “lead teacher” in the class, which will include prominent guest speakers who will address various aspects of these issues. It will be a live streaming course. Learn more about this and other SES classes here or visit ses.edu/apply.
SES has announced its 2020 National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA), now set as a virtual event from Oct. 12-17. It will focus on the theme of “Hold Fast” on core issues like Truth, Faith, and Human Dignity. The 27th NCCA will be welcoming some of the U.S.’s top apologetics speakers to address these themes. Read more here about Southern Evangelical Seminary and SES President Dr. Richard Land, as well as his radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on nearly 800 stations nationwide.
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