The Dallas Statement

The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel (or the Dallas Statement) is a statement of faith, drafted in the summer of 2018 in Dallas, TX by a group of evangelicals led by John MacArthur, in response to how certain evangelicals have drifted away from the Christian Gospel towards a social gospel, the latter being some conglomeration of Critical Race Theory, Cultural Marxism, and Rauschenbuschism (a socialist view of Christianity that desired to produce an utopia kingdom of God on earth). The Statement was a long overdue strike against the false racist Critical Race Theory and other false doctrines that have found their way into the Church. Critical Race Theory is the theory that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of color. It maintains that existing power structures are based on white privilege and white supremacy, which perpetuates the marginalization of people of color. In essence, if you are white you are inherently racist and always will be, which is a thoroughly racist viewpoint.

The Dallas Statement is a series of affirmations and denials with supporting verses which include the following points:

1. The Bible is the final authority for truth and socially-constructed standards of truth or morality, and notions of virtue and vice that are constantly in flux cannot result in authentic justice.

2. No person is morally culpable for another person’s sin and one’s ethnicity does not establish necessary connection to any particular sin.

3. Political or social activism should not be viewed as integral components of the gospel or primary to the mission of the church.

4. God created mankind either male or female and this is determined biologically at conception and not subject to change. The curse of sin results in sinful, disordered affections that manifest in some people as same-sex attraction. God’s design for marriage is that one woman and one man live in one-flesh, covenantal, sexual relationship until separated by death. There is no such thing as a “gay Christian” as a legitimate biblical category.

5. God created mankind, both male and female, with inherent biological and personal distinctions between them. Though there is no difference between men and women before God’s law or as recipients of his saving grace, God has designed men and women with distinct traits and to fulfill distinct roles. In marriage the husband is to lead, love, and safeguard his wife and the wife is to respect and be submissive to her husband in all things lawful. In the church, qualified men alone are to lead as pastors/elders/bishops and preach to and teach the whole congregation.

6. All races are ontological equals before God. Any teaching that encourages racial groups to view themselves as privileged oppressors or entitled victims of oppression is wrong. A person’s feelings of offense or oppression does not necessarily prove that someone else is guilty of sinful behaviors, oppression, or prejudice.

7. Some cultures operate on assumptions that are inherently better than those of other cultures, because of biblical truths that inform those worldviews that have produced these distinct assumptions. Having said that, the various cultures out of which all have been called have features that are worldly and sinful and those sinful features should be repudiated. No individuals or sub-groups in any culture are unable, by God’s grace, to rise above whatever moral defects or spiritual deficiencies have been engendered or encouraged by their respective cultures.

8. Racism is a sin rooted in pride and malice which must be condemned and renounced by all who would honor the image of God in all people. All cultures, including our own, at times contain laws and systems that foster racist attitudes and policies. Individuals of any particular ethnic group are capable of racism.

Hooray for John MacArthur and the others who came up with this wonderful statement of faith that addresses the sins of racism, homosexuality, transgenderism, placing on some false responsibility for others sins, placing social activism above the gospel, and women leading and teaching men in the church. In this day when many churches are straying away from the Truth it is encouraging to see that 7,000 have still not bowed to Baal (I Kings 19:18), actually almost 15,000 at last count have signed the Statement.

16 thoughts on “The Dallas Statement

  1. It states that the affirmations and denials come “…with supporting verses.” Assuming that meant bible verses, I’d like to have those Scriptures for sharing with others. Where can I get them?

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  2. To be fair, RACE, as it’s used in society, is a social construct. The idea of races evolved (pun intended) from Darwinian thinking as a way of justifying the slave trade – i.e., Africans “evolved” from lesser animals and aren’t human. Ethnic differences are obviously very real, but there is only one race, the human race, as we’re all descendants of Adam.

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  3. 17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.

    18 There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up.

    19 These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee?

    20 Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God.

    21 Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine:

    22 Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again:

    23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.

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  4. I know I’m way behind but I watched Mr Voddie Baucham and this is the first time I’m hearing of “The Dallas Statment”. I know I’m old…but I’m shocked this even has to be necessary. Our culture is too much for me at times, I’m overwhelmed. thanks for this post.

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  5. Twitter has put a warning to those seeking to access the Dallas Statement. Another reason not to tweet.
    How does one sign the document?

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  6. Thank you for sanity in an insane world. Christ’s truth IS SANITY; it never changes (unlike “science” which is often updated/corrected. I look forward to heaven.

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  7. “No person is morally culpable for another person’s sin…”

    I need to read the Dallas statement, as that seems to suggest that Adam’s and Eve’s sins have not been handed down to the rest of us, which isn’t what I have been taught. Sometimes people are not responsible for the sins of their forebears, surely. But then again, suppose my father stole everything from your father, and I am living off of the wealth I inherited from him when he died. Meanwhile, you and your family remain homeless and living in poverty. In that case, I am no thief, but I do have something I should justly account for to you.

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    1. Adam’s sin nature was handed down but we are responsible only for our sins. As for the scenerio you mentioned it is possible there could be some compensation due but in regards to descendents of slaves many arguably are much better off then if their family had not been enslaved and they had been born in Africa. No one alive today was ever a slave and many minorities have benefited from reverse racist policies that gave them preferences.

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