At a Glance
Listen in to our interview with Pastor Jesse, a Black Pastor in California, who has been on the front-lines against Critical Theory and Marxism. We explore his history with the Critical Theory movement and the history of Critical Theory in the African American Church.
What You'll Hear
Chapter 1: Introducing Pastor Jesse (1:25)
- Pastor Jesse is a Black Pastor in California
- Pastor Jesse grew up in the 60s, in the midst of the Civil Rights movement
- Pastor Jesse encountered Critical Theory early in his life, and rejected it in favor of the truth of the Bible
Chapter 2: History of the African American Church (16:19)
- The African American Church began to focus on a social gospel in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement
- Much of the African American Church has lost its way from being a strong, conservative, Bible-focused Church as it turned to the social gospel
Chapter 3: The Prosperity Gospel versus the African American Church (25:27)
- There are strong parallels between the Prosperity Gospel and the Social Gospel in the African American Church
- The Prosperity Gospel is very strong in Africa
- It is focused especially on God’s material blessings to us right now, rather than spiritual blessings and the blessings that are coming in the New Heaven and New Earth.
Chapter 4: The Rise of Critical Theory (36:05)
- Critical Theory was a part of the African American Church in the 1960s but disappeared from view for a while before returning
- Much of the African American Church has embraced and spearheaded the push to Social Justice and Marxist ideals
Chapter 5: The Diversity in Christ (45:49)
- Critical Theory wants to divide people into different groups, especially racial groups
- The Church should not let itself be divided
- We are all one in Christ
Chapter 6: The problems facing the African American Church (1:08:05)
- Racism is not the biggest threat, the breakdown of family culture is
- By removing fathers from the family, we unbalance the family, destroy God’s vision for family, and force the mother to take on far more than any one person can do.
- God designed families to have a father and mother, and without both the family will not function properly
Chapter 7: How do African Americans view racism? (1:23:43)
- Racism and slavery are not the biggest issues facing African Americans, and most of them know that.
- They haven’t been told a narrative different than the Social Gospel, and so they are kept in a mindset of Marxism.
Chapter 8: We have a common hope (1:34:43)
- We may suffer, but God will reform the nations.
- We are locked in a struggle between freedom and slavery, between truth and lies.
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The emphasis in a social gospel is not about Heaven but about Earth. (38:27)
“I was so desiring to be in a context in which I would be taught the Bible, and trained to do the thing for which Christians are called to do: Exalt the true and living God, promote biblical truth and a biblical worldview, that will be the answer to the problems of our society. And I discovered that in the African American churches, they weren’t doing that.” Jesse (10:27)
“So we can really say that the social gospel began to emerge in the black church during the civil rights movement in a visceral and comprehensive way, so that almost all of your black churches were engaged in civil rights activity.” Jesse (18:03)
“In keeping with ideas have consequence, the battle that we are always fighting is an understanding of a biblical worldview, and the trusted epistemology of God’s word as reflecting reality.”Jesse (26:19)
“The emphasis in a social gospel is not about Heaven but about Earth.” Jesse (38:27)
“What we cannot do is allow Caesar to usurp the authority of God.” Jesse (1:23:18)