Southern Baptist Pastor, Randy White, Rebukes Evangelicals for Promoting Racial Justice as a Gospel Demand

Randy White
Randy White

by Dr. Randy White

Dwight McKissic has written an article at SBC Voices that references my article on the Ferguson tensions.

He’s made at least two wrongs in trying to get it right.

First, he put Calvinist JD Hall and I together in one pot, something that has never happened before. Hall and I are worlds apart on thousands of issues, and I have not even read Hall’s blog to know if he agrees with me on the Ferguson issue, or not.

Second, he also quotes me without putting it in context.

“Seems to me that racial reconciliation is a good thing and is a social issue, not a doctrinal or theological issue, and certainly not a “gospel demand.” If there is something Biblical that expresses racial reconciliation as a gospel demand, I’ve missed it.”

To this, McKissic says, “WOW! That is an incredible, reprehensible, biblically incorrect and racially offensive statement.”

In citing this statement, McKissic fails to note that I am responding to Matthew Hall, who says, “all Christians should be mindful of the gospel’s demands for racial reconciliation and justice.”

More importantly, in the comment stream that follows, he states that I believe “the Bible does not address racial reconciliation”  – something I did not express or imply.

I simply rejected Matthew Hall’s insistence that there is a “Gospel demand” for racial reconciliation. I am not simply parsing words, but attempting to correct a serious doctrinal error.

Does the Bible address racial reconciliation? Certainly.

Is racial reconciliation a “Gospel demand?” Certainly not.

Is it “incredible, reprehensible, biblically incorrect, and racially offensive” for me to say that racial reconciliation is not a Gospel demand?

If McKissic (or Hall) believes that racial reconciliation is a Gospel demand,  they are redefining two thousand years of doctrinal understanding and teaching. In essence they are expanding what Christ taught explicitly about the Good News that is the Gospel: He reconciles man to Himself, and offers salvation freely and fully to those who profess Him and believe in their hearts God raised Him from the dead.

If racial reconciliation is a “Gospel demand” then we should include it in our presentation of the Gospel. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and reconcile with all races, and you shall be saved.” As I stated in my blog, I search the Scriptures in vain to find such a teaching.

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Dr. White is Pastor of First Baptist Church of Katy and ministers online at

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