Is SBTS President Albert Mohler a Racist?

By | June 12, 2018

A claim of racial superiority denies our common humanity, our common sinfulness, our common salvation through faith in Christ, and God’s purpose to create a common new humanity in Christ.

You cannot preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and hold to any notion of racial superiority. It is impossible.

America has yet to deal with the lessons of our own history. We have never been utterly conquered so that we had to. The lessons of slavery and Jim Crow segregation–all predicated on claims of white supremacy–have yet to be fully learned or even fully acknowledged. Our walls are not made of concrete and barbed wire, but they remain walls. Our churches have sometimes defended those walls, to our everlasting shame.

Seen from Berlin, the news from Charlottesville is alarming. Seen as a Christian, the images are heartbreaking. The ideology of racial superiority is an evil anti-gospel that leads to eternal death.
-Albert Mohler, “Letter from Berlin: The Lessons of History and the Heresy of Racial Superiority,” August 13, 2017 (Link)

Below is a Tweet I published a few months ago. Albert Mohler is standing proudly with a portrait of Confederate Captain John Broadus. I included a quote from Captain Broadus. The chapel at Southern Seminary is named after Captain John Broadus!

Below are a couple of Tweets I captured from Albert Mohler and Rick Holland, but first read the quote from James P. Boyce.

“I believe I see in all this the end of slavery. I believe we are cutting its throat, curtailing its domain. And I have been, and am, an ultra pro-slavery man.”
-James P. Boyce, founder, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

One may legitimately question why these men are paying tribute to men who held such views of slavery and blacks.  Yet Al Mohler does not appear to have any sense of disconnect with the words he wrote at the top of this article and his actions which appear to be in direct contradiction to what he wrote.

I have come to expect this from Mohler.  He is great at saying all the right things, but his actions indicate his words are hollow.  I present you with Exhibit “A” and “B.”

I am still waiting for Mohler to renounce his support of C.J. Mahaney and specifically call for an independent investigation of the sexual abuse scandal and cover-up which occurred in Mahaney’s SGM denomination.

 

Now we have further evidence of Albert Mohler’s hollow words on racial equality.

On May 10, 2018, an interesting video appeared on YouTube. In the video, Paige Patterson revealed that Albert Mohler was a member of a secret organization on the campus of Southern Seminary called “Dodeka.” This secret society was an elitist club for whites only. Those who were extended an invitation to join Dodeka were judged to be the best and brightest young men among those pursuing their Master’s degree at Southern Seminary.

Gregory Wills, Southern Baptist church historian, in his book “Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-2009,” verified the existence of the secret society Dodeka at Southern Seminary. He wrote:

“Southern Seminary had long attracted many of the brightest ministerial students in the denomination. Many aspired to become great preachers, denominational leaders, and scholars. One group of these students, in particular, came to represent the highest denominational ambition – a secret society of twelve students known as Dodeka, after the Greek word meaning “twelve.” Other students heard rumors of the club’s existence and resented the idea of a club that seemed to thrive on elitist appeal.”

It seems those who became Dodeka members were placed on the fast track for advancement to influential positions within the Southern Baptist denomination. This confirms what Alex Grecian stated about secret societies in an article he wrote for the Huffington Post. Speaking in general terms about secret societies,  Grecian stated:

“But beyond all the special handshakes and code words, there doesn’t seem to have been much point to most secret societies other than self-interest. Once an invitation was secured, membership in one of these societies guaranteed a person certain considerations: political favors, appointments to influential positions, business and financial opportunities. Some societies with a more religious (or perhaps sacrilegious) bent believed they could gain mystical abilities or accrue occult powers and artifacts.”

Below is the first video of two that I recorded from a YouTube video titled “Tea Talk With Dottie P. – Episode 1.” I made copies of the video because it has been my experience that videos like this frequently disappear from YouTube. If you wish to view the video on YouTube here is the link. 

Paige Patterson does most of the talking – nothing unusual there!

 

 

In the second video (below) Patterson is asked whether W.A. Criswell or Herschel Hobbs were members of Dodeka. He responded that neither men were. Patterson is in error about Herschel Hobbs and while I cannot confirm whether W.A. Criswell was a member of Dodeka, based on his strong friendship with Herschel Hobbs it would not surprise me if W.A. Criswell was also a member.

David S. Dockery, in “The Life and Legacy of Herschel H. Hobbs (1907-1995)” wrote:

“During his years at the seminary, Hobbs developed strong friendships and created a wide-ranging network that would serve him well throughout his life. Many of these relationships grew out of his involvement in a “secret supper club” called Dodeka, the Greek word for twelve. Each year, twelve couples were invited to join this exclusive group. Herschel and Frances were received as members during their first year at the seminary (see Faith and Message, 63). Important friendships with W. A. Criswell and others were birthed during this time. Hobbs was the first guest preacher Criswell invited after he was called to the pastorate of the First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX. Hobbs also drove the “getaway car” at the wedding of W. A. and Betty Criswell.
Source    (Endnote 9)

 

The video below is also a copy I made from a YouTube video. The full video may be seen here. The scene is a “Q and A” session between Southern Seminary students and Al Mohler. This occurred in 1993, shortly after Al Mohler, at the age of 33, was elected the 9th President of Southern Seminary.

The student was brave enough to question Mohler about his membership in Dodeka. Mohler termed Dodeka a “social group,” a “dinner society” that he and his wife took part in, and said, “frankly I would not be a part of a secret society.” He reassured the student that “there is nothing sinister there,” and as a Christian, he is opposed to any type of secrecy. Mohler then artfully painted Dodeka as just one of many campus clubs where fellowship takes place and said this was a very positive aspect.

Mohler obviously lied when he stated he would never be a part of a secret society. It has been established above that this is precisely what Dodeka was. Left unsaid was whether the Dodeka society was still in operation. I was also struck by the fact Mohler made no mention of the role Dodeka played in his amazingly rapid rise in the Southern Baptist bureaucracy. But then, that would undermine his narrative of Dodeka being a nice little social group.

 

 

What did take place at those Dodeka meetings? It’s hard to say without the testimony of an actual member. One interesting thing my blog partner, Janna found was the cryptic add below placed in the Louisville newspaper in 1959.

“AT the Dodeka Club banquet tonight, at the Glass House Restaurant, a person will select the word “problems.” David Hoy.”

I really do not know what to make of the add. David Hoy was at one time a student at Bob Jones University and Southern Seminary.  After his schooling there he completely shed any vestiges of Christianity and became involved in the occult. Below is some information about Hoy.

“Dr. David Hoy, one of America’s foremost authorities on extrasensory perception, is a scholar of extraordinary psychic capacity. He has conducted a lifetime study of mind-to-mind communication and is world-renowned for his ESP experiences and research conducted under scientific conditions. He is also the author of several books on ESP, read by a large following in seven languages.

Dr. Hoy’s astonishing predictions have been well documented and proven to be 85% accurate. David Hoy predicted Bobby Goldsboro’s smash hit recording of “Honey” weeks before either of them ever heard of the song! Sixty days before the Silver Bridge collapsed into the Ohio River near Point Pleasant, W. Va., in 1967, David Hoy predicted the disaster on a taped program at radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh. Two years before Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis were wed, David Hoy predicted the match on Boston radio and TV! Two weeks before the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy, David Hoy predicted at Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn., that Kennedy would win the California primary but that it would be fraught with tragedy! In January of 1969, David Hoy predicted that because of personal tragedy, Sen. Ted Kennedy would not run for the presidency in 1972!

Dr. Hoy’s methods of predicting future events are recounted in this monumental recording. His vast experience in the realm of extrasensory perception uniquely qualifies him to tell others how to awaken their psychic faculties and develop their own extrasensory potential. This album is the most explicit and interesting presentation of ESP development I have come across in my eight years of psychic study.”
Ronald E. Deckard – Specialist in Psychic Research
Source

Was Dodeka involved in the occult? I cannot say, but I will say that many secret societies are, and I find it very troubling that David Hoy was mentioned in the add for their meeting.

What is not in doubt, however, is that Dodeka was a racist secret society involving many of the top men in the Southern Baptist denomination. I call on Albert Mohler to come clean on what Dodeka’s actual purpose and goals were and what his involvement in the society entailed. Until such time as he does, his words on racial equality are hollow.

 

 

 

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Lydia

Five of my cousins who graduated in the mid to late 80s had never heard of Dodeka. The other two, who graduated early 80’s, are in Vietnam for several months and I was told their WiFi is spotty. Guess this means they weren’t well connected! Lol.

I tried to do some cursory research on the Board that brought in Mohler to see if any names jumped out at me. I came across an old BP press release of nominations and elections and saw the name of a good friend and business colleague of my mom’s was NOT elected to SBTS Executive CounciI in 1990. had no idea he was involved at all! But he has since passed on. That is one of the age advantages Mohler has from being appointed at 33. His kingmakers have mostly passed away by now.

Thanks to someone at The Wartburg Watch, who has found evidence that the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary gives scholarships to people associated with a Masonic organization.

“Jerome on Sat Jun 16, 2018 at 03:15 PM said:
It was odd, seeing Mohler’s school promoting Masonic-funded education. It makes more sense now:

http://www.sbts.edu/admissions/financial-aid/state-scholarships

“Grand Lodge of Missouri Scholarships
Grand Lodge Office, 6033 Masonic Drive Suite B, Columbia, Mo…Description: For students graduating from high school in Missouri and attending Boyce College.”

This SBTS-endorsed organization also seems-Masonic in nature:

Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership
1618 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington DC 20009
Website: http://www.easternstar.org
Description: Scholarships for students who are taking classes that will lead to a degree in some field of religious leadership. Students should apply through the Grand Secretary of their local grand chapter.

http://www.sbts.edu/admissions/financial-aid/state-scholarships

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Charlie

As said before, that newspaper clip was quite the investigative find.

My wife and I were talking about the similarities between the political world and the church world.
In politics we see elitist who play by a different set of rules than the general public.
They apply rules to us that they themselves do not live by.
Of course everything they do is “For the American people”

The same for the celebrity elitist in the Christian world.
Rules applied to the sheep that they do not live by.
Of course everything they do is “For the glory of God.”

Now looks like we can add secret societies to list of comparisons.
I would not be surprised if many in their ranks are freemasons as well.

Lydia

http://archon.sbts.edu/?p=collections/findingaid&id=134&q=&rootcontentid=26968

Box 12: Alzheimers, Correspondence – Zoo, Louisville, 1965-2010Add to your cart.
barcode: L0000374289

—Folder 35: Dodeka, Club, 1951-1985Add to your cart.

Lydia

Btw, Janna, that ad in an old paper here for Dodeka was quite the find!!!! Kudos to your work!

Lydia

I wasn’t involved in the SBC when Mohler took over SBTS but my extended family was. Mohler came out of nowhere and the propaganda campaign was unbelievable. He was a brilliant scholar, read 5 books a week, Time mag up and coming 100, etc, etc. Soon he was on a big radio station doing the culture warrior shitck. Not much on Calvinism but if you go back, you see hints.

The whole SBC Founders meme of going back to SBC roots of the true Gospel never made sense to me. But so many young people bought into it. Mass delusion following a Guru. Never questioned it. Did they know nothing of History? Did they know nothing of the evolution in the SBC away from the determinist God after the Civil War? Remember, Boyce college was started during Mohler. He could have named it something else.

And don’t forget Russ Moore went right along and didn’t seem to have a problem with all the statues plaques and icons to the pro slavers. But now he is taking the SBC the SJW route. How in the world does he have any credibility? In fact, when he left SBTS, the Trustees gave him an oil painting of Broadus.

Btw, Broadus’ wrote a bio of Boyce that is shocking in it’s praise for Boyce’s pro slavery work! In his determinist View, God brought slaves to America so they would be held captive to the gospel. Chilling.

At best ignorant to honor this dead man with this dead man’s history.