An openly homosexual man who reports to have received his pastoral and theology degree from the conservative Moody Bible Institute, and who is now a so-called LGBT+ activist and author, claims that Jesus used a “racial slur” and “repented of his racism”—essentially calling Jesus a sinner—in a controversial video now circulating online.
The now viral TikTok video shows Brandan Robertson stating that Jesus had “prejudices and biases” and was stood up to by a woman who spoke “truth to power,” causing Jesus to “repent of his racism” and heal her daughter.
The Scriptural text Robertson referred to in his monologue is found in Mark 7:25-30: “For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs. And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.”
Robertson, who referred to this account in Mark, twisted the text to accuse the Son of God of racist motives in responding to a woman who sought His help.
“He calls her a dog. What’s amazing about this account is that the woman doesn’t back down. She speaks truth to power. She confronts Jesus and says, ‘Well, you can think that about me, but even dogs deserve the crumbs from the table.’ Her boldness and bravery to speak truth to power actually changes Jesus’ mind. Jesus repents of his racism and extends healing to this woman’s daughter,” Robertson claims.
“I love this story because its a reminder that Jesus is human. He had prejudices and biases and when confronted with it he was willing to do his work, and this woman was willing to stand up and speak truth,” Robertson concluded.
The text, referred to in Mark, Chapter 7, shows how Jesus responded to the Syrophenician woman’s faith, having compassion, even outside of those were not of God’s chosen people as a result of such faith. According to the Bible’s teachings in Romans 11:11-31, those who put their faith and trust in Christ are “grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree.”
Dr. Edward Dalcour, who is a theology faculty member at North-West University, as well as the founder of the Department of Christian Defense, told Christian News Network that Robertson’s interpretation of Mark 7:24-30 is nothing new.
“There are scores of pseudo-scholars out there who openly posit disjointed erroneous interpretations of the Bible based on their own personal theology and sinful lifestyle and not simple exegesis,” Dalcour stated. “Brandon Robertson’s pretexting passages to fit his personal views are always embraced by the unstudied and extremely gullible,” he noted.
“Contextually, which Brandan ignores, Jesus indicated to the Syrophoenician women that His ministry initially was to the Jews first (esp. His disciples). Although she understood the privilege of the covenantal Jews (‘children’s bread’), it seems she was not interested in those ‘blessings,’ rather she only wanted her daughter to be healed. The woman’s faith and enthusiasm to accept anything that Jesus would give her obviously pleased Him in which He had mercy and compassion, granting her petition—hardly a racist act,” Dalcour explained.
Robertson failed to apply “basic hermeneutics” in his interpretation of the term “dog” used in the passage, according to Dalcour.
“The Greek term translated ‘dog’ here is κυνάριον (kunarion), which means puppy, house pet, and thus it is not necessarily a derogative term, unlike the term κύων (kuwn), denoting wild street dog; used of despised, immoral men, or sodomites, which is ‘always reproachful’ (as used in Matt. 7:6; Luke 16:21; 2 Pet. 2:2; Phil. 3:2; Rev. 22:15). But again, Jesus did not use this term,” Dalcour outlined.
Dalcour points out that Robertson also fails to see that the chapter passages he is referring to in order to make the claim of “racism” are in the same book containing Jesus’ commandment to love all people.
“By accusing Christ of sin here, seemingly Brandan is ill-informed as to the fact that Mark 12 is also part of the book of Mark. Jesus states after loving the true Triune God with everything one has, the second greatest commandment is to love all people as oneself,” Dalcour explained, highlighting that “all people” means “neighbors” too. “In the parallel account in Luke 10:27ff., the scribe asked Jesus, ‘Who is my neighbor,’ that I should love as myself, Jesus answer by the parable of the Good Samaritan. Does Brandan not realize that at that time, the Samaritans were looked upon as the most detested and sociologically inferior people, more than Gentiles? Apparently not. And yet, Jesus points to these people as the ones to love as ourselves. Jesus was racist?”
According to Robertson’s personal website, “Robertson received his Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and Theology from Moody Bible Institute, his Masters of Theological Studies from Iliff School of Theology, and is completing his Masters in Political Science at Eastern Illinois University.”
Christian News Network was told by Jeremiah Hill, an associate registrar in Moody Bible Institute’s Office of Academic Records, that the school could not say whether or not Robertson was a previous student “due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)” without the former student’s permission in the form of a release.
Moody Bible Institute’s position on homosexuality is outlined on their website under a positional statement section called “Human Sexuality,” which reads in part: “Based on Scripture, non-marital sex, homosexual sex, same-sex romantic relationships, and gender identification incongruent with one’s birth-sex all violate God’s generous intention for human relationships.”
Robertson is the same man who claimed in 2018 that so-called polyamorous relationships are “holy” and “beautiful” while speaking to his congregation at the time. According to his website, “From 2017 – 2021, Robertson served as the Senior Pastor of Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, CA.”
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