Southern Evangelical Seminary: Leader in Apologetics Education, Asserting Its Natural Law Position, Issues Statement on Racism, Social Justice, and ‘Black Lives Matter’
Seminary States, “While ‘All Human Lives Are Sacred’, the Black Lives Matter Movement Pushes a ‘Godless Agenda’ That It Cannot Support”
August 19, 2020
But as racial and social strife continues to rip apart many American communities, the seminary is making a key distinction between the “sacred” lives of all human beings—and a cultural and political movement that is “antithetical” to the teachings of the Bible, given the group’s “godless agenda.”
Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, affirms that all black lives do matter. Yet that statement is, in fact, woefully inadequate on its own, he says. “All human lives are sacred, whatever their ethnicity,” says Dr. Land, preferring this far more inclusive expression of God’s love—and 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’s life sacred,” says Dr. Land.
“So, while SES affirms that ‘black lives matter’ as a subset of ‘all human lives are sacred,’ SES must separate itself emphatically from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement,” Land continues. “That movement espouses beliefs that are antithetical to basic foundational tenets of the Christian faith.
“We have attempted to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger (James 1:19),” Dr. Land notes. “As an Evangelical institution called to equip students to proclaim the Gospel, engage the culture, and defend the truth (including the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible), Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College stands for the inherent value of all human life (Gen. 1:27)—and against racism in all its insidious forms (Zech. 7:10; Prov. 28:16; Acts 10:34-35; Gal. 3:28). We also acknowledge that some professing Christians throughout the church’s history have attempted to hijack the Gospel message for racist causes.”
SES is committed to combating the evils of racism, which it calls a “form of sinful human pride.” Yet SES—along with other prominent Evangelical ministries such as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the American Family Association—has “grave, fundamental disagreements” with the “moral, cultural, and political agenda” of the Black Lives Matter movement (Meeke Addison, “The Stated Goals of Black Lives Matter Are Anti-Christian”).
On an issue as controversial as this one, we, first of all, have a responsibility not to be misinterpreted. So, “we cannot mouth the mantra ‘black lives matter’ lest we be misunderstood as supporting that group’s godless agenda.”
Dr. Richard Land, a prominent voice in both academia and the media on religion and ethics, 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.
Recently, Land taught a one-week livestreaming ethics class at SES. He discussed key issues with students from the perspective of a Bible-based ethic. Additionally, SES will be offering a new class this Fall focusing on Christian theology, social justice and racism. Land will lead the class and students will also hear from several experts in various fields to help guide the discussion. Learn about SES classes here or visit ses.edu/apply.
SES recently announced its 2020 National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA), which is now set as a virtual event from Oct. 12-17. The seminary will focus on the theme of “Hold Fast” for the 27th annual conference by welcoming some of the U.S.’s top apologetics speakers. SES is offering a free apologetics Bible to early ticket holders.
To interview Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary, contact Hamilton Strategies, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or ext. 102.