It all seemed to happened overnight. One day your favorite Preacher was preaching the ancient truths and had a reputation of faithfully handling the text of scripture with consistent accuracy. His guard in hermeneutics revolved around two central truths; ‘Study to shew thyself approved unto God…’ (2 Timothy 2:15) and ‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God…'(2 Timothy 3:16). In the back of his mind, he understood his calling before the Lord, he like Timothy, was called to preach the Word in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:1-5).
Yesterday, was the good ol’ days. Today, that same preacher who kept his finger in the text and was lauded for his determination to preach, “Thus saith the Lord” is now more known for his talking points on white privilege and systemic racism. Instead of being a pulpiteer, he now functions as a pop-psychologist with an unbelievable superpower of being able to read the hearts and minds of those he has categorized as “oppressed and oppressor.” He may not out rightly notice the drastic change in himself but the people who loved his exegetical preaching sure do. To them, his one time, ‘Thus saith the Lord’ now sounds a lot more like, ‘Thus saith Psychology.’
Please, sit down
Similar to a doctor who walks into his patents room with bad news, so it is with this analysis. Please, sit down, I have something to tell you. Your favorite preacher has gone woke.
What is woke you ask? This is where things get a little complicated.
According to your favorite preacher(At this point we are only going to examine the words of Dr. Eric Mason from his book ‘Woke Church’, but what he says in the following quotes has been universally excepted by others who share and promote his same sentiment), being woke means being socially aware of all the evils around you.
Moreover, Being woke also means that you recognize the issues of race and injustice in our country, and in doing so you need to understand how the issue of race and injustice has a systemic impact on our society today.
In the words of Eric Mason, being woke is,
“…seeing all of the issues and being able to connect cultural, socio-economic, philosophical, historical, and ethical dots. A similar term is conscious.”
Dr. Mason goes on to say that there are three aspects of being “woke.” Borrowing the ideas of W.E.B Du Bois, Mason says that the first and second aspect of being Woke is understanding, “double consciousness.”
What is double consciousness you ask?
Dr. Mason says, Double Consciousness, “…is a struggle to emerge with a strong sense of self and dignity, while being fully aware of the perception of our people in the eyes of white America.” Dr. Mason goes on to say that, “Most African Americans have had at least two life-altering experiences that are burned into their memory- the moment they realized they were black and the moment they realized that was a problem.”
Dr. Mason Christianizes and expands on the ideas of Du Bois by adding a third component of consciousness and in doing so he graciously makes room for those who do not share the same melanin count as he does when he says the third component (or the Third consciousness) of being woke is being in Christ.
To this point, Dr. Mason says,
“Being truly woke is rooted in Christ consciousness. This is the anchor. This is the common ground, At our core, without being conscious in Christ, our souls are still in bondage and can only see things from the natural, fleshly appearance. Our Christ Consciousness elevates our awareness to our responsibility to care for and love our brothers- even those who don’t look like us.”
Based on Dr. Mason’s logic, being black is at least the halfway point of being woke, but to be fully woke is to be black and in Christ? White Christians who are “woke” that is, they understand the issues of race and injustice in our current climate are vicariously woke simply by acknowledging and supporting the black cause.
Again, in the words of Dr. Mason,
” Being woke isn’t limited to color or ethnicity or culture. It is possible for anyone to be woke. If you have a level of understanding of the double consciousness of blacks and are regenerate, you are woke. However, our dilemma is this: sin and strongholds in our thinking can impair the depths of our wokeness. I celebrate my white siblings who have grappled with and taken hold of this message. You give me hope. I was encouraged by one of these woke (white) brothers awhile back when a young black man was shot and killed by a police officer. My friend Matt Chandler sent an email to me and a few other black pastors saying, “Yo, E, I’m sorry about what happened. I don’t know what to say. I’m brokenhearted. Love you guys.” He was sensitive to how every time one of these events takes place, it re-traumatizes our communities. That’s a woke (white) brother.”
To further his point Dr. Mason says,
“…if one is regenerated by the Gospel, yet unaware of the double consciences of African Americans and other ethnic minorities, in America, one’s clarity on justice and race issues will be clouded and even absent. Therefore, to be fully woke, one needs to have all the aspects of consciousness.”
Alright, so let us piece all this together.
- Being woke means you have to recognize the issues of race and injustice in our country.
- Being woke means you need to understand how the issue of race and injustice has a systemic impact on our society today.
- Being woke means that you have a Double Conscience
- Being Black
- Realizing that is a problem (to society)
- Being woke means you have to be a Christian (Christ Consciousness)
- If your white the only way you can truly be woke is by understanding the black struggle (As defined by the privileged black Woke) and by being in Christ (regenerated).
Okay, so if you are still with me, you might be asking yourself the question, “Where is any of this talk about consciousness, double consciousness, Christ consciousness, and being woke taught in the word of God?
Short answer, It’s not! Nowhere in the bible are Christians instructed on how to be woke. The truth of the matter is, you are either in Christ or you are not in Christ. If you are in Christ, you are a child of God. If you are not in Christ, you are a child of the devil. Period.
This is the reality, your favorite preacher (In this case Dr. Eric Mason) has been compromised. These woke theologians (some are farther gone than others) are teaching extra-biblical categories that are foreign to orthodox Christianity. These woke theologians, (like the outright antichrist ministers) have redefined biblical words, phrases, and concepts and replaced them with Saul’s armor, which just doesn’t fit.
Instead of preaching the word of God (on the federal headship of Christ and teaching their people how to rightly apply those great truths), these men would rather educate God’s people on white fragility and the importance of reparations (for black people). God has truly, handed our leaders over to their desires.
After picking up your jaw off the floor from hearing some of the most outlandish statements made by your favorite preachers you may be left there wondering to yourself, what happened? What caused these one-time prophets now turned pawns for the mouthpiece of the progressive Woke message?
In short, I believe, in wanting to win the approval of the world they have taken the gold from Egypt and made a golden calf out of it. The once pure and unadulterated doctrine they once preached from the word of God has now been tainted with the dross of the world.
These woke pastors, conference speakers, and blue checkmarks are dancing with the angel of light, not knowing that in the end they will be left paying for a bill they cannot afford.
So what is the solution? What should you do if your Pastor has gone Woke? How should we deal with those who are creating division in the church and who are unwilling to repent?
Proverbs 22:10-“Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife, and reproach shall cease.”
Once we remove the problem, in this case, the false teaching (Wokeness) then there will be peace in the midst of the congregation, but what if you not able to remove the problem?
What if in the eyes of the Pastor (s) you are the problem because you don’t subscribe to their doctrine.
What should you do then?
Every situation is going to be a bit different but these are some practical actions to take if you find yourself in this scenario.
1. Talk to your Pastor about your concerns
Maybe you have become convinced that the “Woke” message is dangerous (and it is).
The first thing you should do (if possible) is to schedule a meeting with your pastor(s) and share your scriptural concerns with him. In that meeting (as best as possible) try not to go in ‘guns blazing.’ Share your concerns, and see how he responds. In the spirit of Matthew 18:15, “…if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.”
2. Leave without messing up the furniture
Let’s say you had that conversation with you Pastor and the situation only got worse. He said you took him out of context, you’re convinced you didn’t, and the relationship seems to be well beyond repair.
What should you do? Leave the church without messing up the furniture. In other words, don’t make a bad situation worse by sinning. In the spirit of a firefighter trying to rescue who you can by telling them the truth, but don’t let your sin (gossip, anger, bitterness, resentment) keep them from seeing your courageous act. Leave with your ethos in tack and God will be glorified.
Trust God with the results as you work
You did all that you can do in trying to talk with your pastor about your concerns and that did not go well. You left the church without messing up your testimony now what do you do? You trust Him with the results as you work. What does that look like?
- As you look for a new church, you trust God with the results.
- As you pray for your former church, you trust God with the results.
- As you study your bible and seek to become more informed on what you believe, you trust God with the results.
Be Strong and Courageous
In a time where there seems to be a famine in the land (our Pulpits & Churches) we (the Church) need to be reminded of our calling to stand and proclaim the word of God. Likewise, our preachers have been commissioned by God to PREACH THE WORD! In all our preaching, proclaiming, and standing on the word of God, we need to be strong and courageous.
Deuteronomy 31:1-8- “And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel. And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the LORD hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan. The LORD thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the LORD hath said. And the LORD shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed. And the LORD shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you. Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it. And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”
May we be found faithful.