If you haven’t heard of Critical Race Theory (CRT) you may very well be living under a rock. It now frequents many t.v. channels, radio stations, podcasts, seminars, and personal discussions because, sadly, it has not only taken root in our government, entertainment industries, and education systems, it is infecting many church bodies and ministries.
Sadly, one of those is Cru.
But before I get into that, if you happen to be one of those unfamiliar with CRT or if you’d like to know more about it I suggest checking out these few sources that have correctly explained why it’s an unbiblical theory and should be rejected:
What is the critical race theory, and how should a Christian view it? | GotQuestions.org
Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe: Voddie Baucham Jr.: 9781684511808 – Christianbook.com
EP # 108 | Critical Race Theory – YouTube
What is Cru?
“Cru was originally called Campus Crusade for Christ International (CCCI) in the United States. In 2011 they changed the name to Cru in an effort to disassociate from the negative connotations of the historical Crusades, which were military conquests by European Catholics intended to reclaim the Holy Land from Muslims in the 11th to 13th centuries. The new name, Cru, better suits their focus as well, since they reach out beyond college campuses.” Taken from:
What is Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ or CCCI), and what are their beliefs? | GotQuestions.org
Many of you may not only be familiar with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) but have a close and encouraging connection to it. Perhaps you know a faithful Christian who is/was involved with it and have seen biblical good come from their involvement. I want to be clear, there are pockets of good found in Cru. There are individuals who do ministry work within Cru who are focused on the Gospel alone, discipling others, and who avoid CRT and the social gospel because they know they are unbiblical. Please pray for these people to stand strong, to continue to be light and salt, and to have continued discernment as the worldliness intensifies within these once biblically sound organizations.
Cru, like many others and perhaps inadvertently, are redefining the Gospel. That is what CRT helps to do. It’s a religion that perpetuates a new way to look at depravity and justice. Those who support social justice and CRT demand us to repent of ancestral sins, to admit certain shades of skin are privileged and problematic and that we have to be inclusive and willing to listen to the culture. They not only teach we can judge hearts by outward appearances and ethnicities but they, in essence, teach those certain skin shades cannot have real and lasting forgiveness. These promoters say we must identify with these redefined terms on a personal level as we identify to be either oppressors or the oppressed. We are to focus attention on what seems hopeless and chaotic rather than on sharing the true Gospel of Jesus Christ to all equally. What ministries like Cru are now doing essentially, is the devil’s work. The devil is our accuser (Revelation 12:10) and hates the idea of forgiveness. He desires for us to feel hopeless as we take on the unnecessary weight of things we have no control of in the first place and to try to alleviate the burden by powerless rituals and works. Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:29-30.
Jon Harris has spent a great amount of time exposing Cru’s woke agenda. He has done an excellent job in breaking down the concerns. Here are a few of his videos on the matter:
CRU Goes Down the Woke Hole – YouTube #1
A Deeper Dive into Cru’s Decline – YouTube #2
In these videos it is shown what was said by Cru at a 2019 staff conference. Diversity, racial inequities, white privilege, redistribution, unrepentant nation, and desire to uproot American systems and demonize churches are some of the things we hear from the speakers. The conference was bleeding CRT indoctrination. It was highly emotional. Some speakers were screaming and one was asking everyone in the room to lament at her prompt- after she would talk of all people not defending the oppressed or taking up the cause of the fatherless or pleading the case of the widows (As if she knew every heart and life in the room) and that as a whole we (white people essentially) are privileged racists. When a white woman in the audience tearfully asks what she can do, the answer is basically “nothing” because she had been so privileged throughout life and reaps the endless benefits. Ultimately there is no forgiveness offered or given.
Cru’s president, Steve Douglas, apologized for not being sensitive enough to culture and announced he would enroll in “sensitive training” at the Lenses Institute. Lenses is mostly full of Hollywood-splaining for cultural issues. It has little if any, Christian sources it uses to try and help us navigate through societal problems. It is a Sociology class done through Hollywood movies and the woke-stream media. It is not something that should or could be used to grow us in the knowledge of Christ, to better explain the Scriptures, or add anything of real value to our lives. We pray that Steve wakes up to the lie of CRT and see how it goes against the Word of God.
Cru had put up this statement regarding the conference: “Our theme for this year was be*cause (not a typo): celebrating together both the cause that God has called us to and the fact that God also wants us to be…be in His presence and be in love with Him.”
No, that was not the theme. The actual theme was CRT. Even if this statement was the theme, it’s still watered down, unhelpful and vague. Perhaps vagueness and veneer were the goals. One thing was clear, the true Gospel was not the focus at all.
In this link we see an interview with Scott Willis, who had recently finished an internship with Cru:
Former Cru Intern Shares Story about Ministry’s Leftward Drift – YouTube
According to Scott, CRT is increasingly present within the organization. He states that there is definitely a social justice movement within Cru. “Don’t go against the team” mentality is used to silence those who may have objections, he explains. Listening to Scott, it seemed it is job security to get on the CRT bandwagon. Thankfully, he clarifies that not every corner of Cru and not every person involved in Cru is supporting it.
King David a Rapist? & Confirmed: Cru Endorses Social Gospel – YouTube This is a response to the response of those leading Cru (start watching at 31:30 mark). Steve Sellers (EVP of Cru) and Matt Mikalatos (Program Director of Cru) stated that these above accusations done by those like Jon Harris are not true despite the proof of them being true from their very own platforms (Cru ’19, staff conferences, and website). I’m not surprised this is their response. They have to ignore the problems that arise when embracing cultural fads in order to appease the culture. They believe they can have both a social gospel and the true Gospel.
We must make sure we look at the proof instead of just taking their word for it as they deny the validity of other’s concerns.
Regarding was is found on their actual site, it’s more than enough material to question the direction of Cru – the concerns are not just from one staff conference:
Resources on Racial Injustice | Cru
They list recommended resources such as PBS, Thabiti Anyabwile, Jemar Tisby, Judy Wu Dominick, Oprah Winfrey, Isabel Wilkerson, and Mark Noll… the list is long and very concerning. No ministry should endorse these known promoters of the social gospel/CRT, let alone let them teach within your walls. Never should the worldly teachers be a tool you use to try and edify the Body or to grow in Christ.
In conclusion, the amount of pandering to the woke culture is sickening, and no Christian ministry has any business doing such. We can’t have the culture dictating our walk with God. We will compromise and stumble ourselves and others if we do.
It is God’s Word alone that is the lamp to our feet and the light to our path (Psalm 119:105). May God wake those professing Christ and promoting CRT out of their slumber and lead them to repentance and true devotion to Him and His Word alone.
“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.” 2 Corinthians 11:3-4
Above is an article written by Gina Cook, Gina and Tami write Through the Narrow here at Tulips & Honey Hub. They’ll be posting articles every other Tuesday. Both are published authors, you can find Tami’s book here, and Gina’s book here. We’re blessed to have them apart of our team, and pray their writing will be as edifying to you as it is to us. – Lauren Hereford