THE HISTORICALLY CONSERVATIVE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN AMERICA HAS ALREADY SPLIT ONCE OVER THE RADICAL REVOICE EVENT AND HAS REMAINED SHARPLY DIVIDED OVER IT’S PUSH FOR “LGBT+ THRIVING IN HISTORIC CHURCHES” MOVEMENT. GREG JOHNSON WHO PARTORS THE PCA CHURCH WHICH FIRST HOSTED REVOICE IS AGAIN SPEAKING AT THE 2021 EVENT.
Rev Thomas Littleton
Revoice annual conference “promoting Sexual Minorities , Queer Theory , Queer Culture,” and now a “Queer Oriented Couple” continues to trash it’s way through the conservative PCA. The denomination began in 1973 by conservative men like D. James Kennedy and Frank Barker in response to the same errors “Thriving ” in other Presbyterian denominations like the PCUSA.
Todays leaders in the PCA seem hopeless and helpless to stop the same forces from ripping the PCA apart. The PCAs annual meeting in 2021 saw a battle over the issue of ordination of teaching elders who use a gay self identity. In what looked like a victory after much time devoted to the “side A vs side B narrative .( fully affirming of LGBTQ identity AND activity including marriage vs those who espouse commitment to celibacy and biblical sexual ethic but identify as LGBTQ Christians) The PCA appeared to have strong support among it’s teaching elders for standing against the movement on the ordination of self identified gays issue.
Previously in the 2019 General Assembly Greg Johnson whose Memorial Presbyterian Church in St Louis MO near the PCA flagship Covenant Theological Seminary (CTS) had made a tearful appeal for his cause backed by Tim Keller disciple/ protege Scott Sauls who has endorsed and supported Revoice from the 2018 launch and was helping plan the first event in 2017 according to social media. An estimated 40% of elders applauded Johnsons emotional appeal.
Revoice has continued to enjoy a controversial and divisive status in both the PCA and Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) given its clear origins and remaining strongholds in both conservative denominations seminaries. CTS is filled with advocates and supporters of Revoice and it is fair to say that multiple professors and faculty have helped incubate the movement. Yet the full story of it’s origins show that it was a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS ) graduate, doctorial student, Garrett Fellow and New Testament Teacher Nate Collins who founded the movement at SBTS.
TODAY THE REVOICE MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO DIVIDE A CONQUER THE PCA.
“Revoice exists because we want to see gay/SSA people who adhere to historic, Christian teaching about marriage and sexuality experience peace and belonging in their local faith communities. We envision a unified, faithful, and peaceful Church where these individuals are able to grow in holiness and in their knowledge of the scriptures, knowing that they are of infinite worth and value to their Creator; where transparency about one’s orientation and ongoing experience creates enhanced possibilities for local churches to utilize and celebrate the unique opportunities that these individuals have to serve the Kingdom of God; and where these individuals are welcomed into the lives of spiritual families so that all can grow together in their knowledge of God and his Kingdom.”
THE 2021 EVENT
“Greg Johnson Greg Johnson is Lead Pastor of historic Memorial Presbyterian Church (PCA) in St. Louis, where he has served on pastoral staff since 2003. He holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology with a concentration in American religion from Saint Louis University and an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary. He is the author of The World According to God: A Biblical View of Culture, Work, Science, Sex & Everything Else.”
Together for the Kingdom
“Jesus said that the world will know we are His followers by our love for one another. This means we need each other to represent Christ well in this world. Our collective witness is essential to how Jesus wants to be represented. As we imitate and follow Christ, in his humility, zeal for justice, sacrificial love, and preferencing of the other before the self, we dramatize the amazing love of God before the watching world.”
ALSO SPEAKING IS THE AUTHOR OF SINGLE ,GAY CHRISTIAN WHICH WAS ENDORSED BY PCA PASTOR TIM KELLER’S GOSPEL COALITION COFOUNDER D.A. CARSON
“Greg Coles, PhD Gregory Coles is the author of Single, Gay, Christian (InterVarsity Press, 2017) and No Longer Strangers (InterVarsity Press, 2021). He holds a PhD in English from Penn State and lives in Idaho’s Treasure Valley, where he works as a writer and speaker. Greg is a Senior Research Fellow at The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender and curates most of his creative activities.”
SEXUAL MINORITIES CONTINUE THE MANTRA OF SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR LGBTQ “CHRISITANS”
“Together As Sexual Minorities”
“We need the body of Christ in all its diversity. We need those who are different from us, and we also need those with whom we have great similarity. Scripture teaches us that one of the reasons God allows us to experience suffering is to gift us with divine comfort that we can then offer to others who similarly experience suffering. We do not have to figure things out on our own; there is a repository of wisdom of what it looks like to follow Jesus with the unique challenges and questions that sexual minorities face.”
“Speakers: Aaron & Liz Munson, Greg Coles, Elizabeth Black, Pieter Valk, Christian Johnston”
GREG JOHNSON CONTINUES TO THRIVE IN BOTH HIS DENOMINATION AND IN HIS ROLE IN THE RADICAL LGBTQ+ THRIVING MOVEMENT.
While Greg Johnson is thriving- his denomination has split and continues to remain unable to effectively call it’s rogue SSA /gay indentified leaders to repentance.
The activist train supported by Tim Keller’s TGC, multiple PCA seminaries and colleges, key Southern Baptist ERLC and SBTS leaders ( and many more) is rolling on while the conservative leaders in these movements seem helpless or unwilling to do what it takes to stop it. Appeasement is not working. It never has and NO denomination has ever “Thrived” from such a movement.
For more background on the PCA ,Revoice, Johnson’s role , and the languishing PCA efforts to contain their in house activist you can read the following articles”
Also go to thirtypiecesoofsilve.org type in the search box for Revoice
When the scandalous Revoice Conference movement for “LGBT+ Thriving in historic Christian (church ) traditions” emerged in 2018 the soon to be confirmed primary influence behind the movement was the American Psychological Associations interfaith sexual and gender identity expert Mark Yarhouse . Yarhouse had endorsed the Revoice conference on social media but his often quoted books and looming influence were an undeniable inspiration for the Revoice movement.
Living Out, the ministry of Sam Allberry in the UK had also been endorsed Revoice “for their US audience” while preparing to host Tim and Kathy Keller for their Living Out Gender Identity conference in London. Yarhouse soon surfaced as a key part of the brain trust behind Living Out as well. Both these movements have received a great deal of scrutiny and criticism as they dance well beyond the fringes of Christian orthodoxy and push the limits toward sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). In the June 2018 event for Living Out the infamous “LGBTQ Inclusion Church Audit was introduced and praised as “brilliant ” by Kathy Keller. This shocking moment was brought to you by the long time association of the Keller’s organization The Gospel Coalition with Mark Yarhouse. According to Yarhouse Bio he had provided the Whitepaper document which became the TGC gold standard on SOGI in 2010.
THE MANTRA OF SAME SEX ATTRACTED = “SEXUAL PURGATORY ” FOR STRUGGLING BELIEVERS.
Christians being SSA or Same Sex Attracted language has been the product of the work of Yarhouse and others like him who place high value on Atheistic or Interfaith Psychology and seek to mix and mingle it with the Gospel and true conversion. It is a sort of “sexual purgatory ” for people who have had a history of homosexual or lesbian desires or activity. SSA is a sort of stop gap for the lack of the human genome studies search for the elusive “gay gene” which did not materialize. SSA language was drafted for the church in 2010 (same year as Yarhouse TGC Whitepaper) by several people in the collapsing “Ex gay Ministries” or Exodus International and Exodus Global for the 2010 Lausanne Movement South Africa meetings at which Tim Keller (Keller again ) was the keynote speaker and crowned as the new John Stott and the leading Christian Thinker of our time.
SSA is a sort of Alcoholics Anonymous for Christians with homosexual or lesbian desires or lingering temptations. Yarhouse and others like him offer no real Gospel HOPE that such temptations will ever go away or that the victims can be set free from them. This view and stance for ministry is totally anti Gospel and anti transformation. It is not only hopeless but anti- or against Christ redemptive work which millions have known to be more than enough to suffice and redeem their lives including their desires. That Jesus is able to save to the Uttermost (Hebrews 7:25) actually means what it promises.
YARHOUSE CUTTING EDGE GENDER WORK FOR CHRISTIANS LOOKS TO BE THE NEW FRONTIER .
Increasingly the Yarhouse narrative on Gender shows the deep fault line of a “make it up as you go along ” approach. Gender is a very simple issue from both a biblical and biological perspective. The sad incidence of biological malformation is very rare and not at all the driving factor in the world of “gender dysphoria “. Yarhouse and Sprinkle are both focused more and more on the trendy movements behind transgenderism and their confusing narratives appear to be as fluid as the identities of those they seek out to feature in order to prove themselves correct and justify the churches need of their insightful expertise conferences and endless stream of books.
In short Transgender is the new punk and it is essential (according to those in the industry) that we have leading Christian experts to interpret the unfolding mysteries it entails. Where would the church be without Christianized psychology? We would most likely be more firmly anchored in and able to offer the true hope of the Gospel to those coming out of sexual sin, distortion and abuse. Instead we seek to navigate these ruinous waters with human wisdom mostly originating from lost men who either hated God or were Universalist idolaters.
YARHOUSE ROLE AS A LEADERHIP BOARD MEMBER AND SPEAKER AT REVOICE
By 2019 Yarhouse was both the featured speaker and a member of the leadership council of Revoice movement .
Yarhouse has long moved across the lines of the professed “Side A / Side B ” positions in the ongoing and fluid narratives of so named “LGBTQ Christianity”
(Taken from a LGBTQ Christianity advocacy page)
“A person who has a “Side A” perspective on Christian sexual ethics typically believes the following: God makes people gay. God blesses same-sex marriages in the same ways He blesses opposite-sex marriages. Holding these beliefs typically requires some theological maneuvering around the six “clobber passages” that people claim refers to same-sex sexual activity, but most Side A gay Christians I know believe that the Bible is not binding or prescriptive for a modern context.”
“Now let’s talk about the “Side B” perspective: Same-sex attraction is not what God intended and is a result of the Fall. But, we do not choose who we are attracted to and there is no formula to change ones attractions. There is no context for same-sex sexual or romantic activity that God blesses, so they are sins. God calls all Christians to a vocation of celibacy or marriage with someone of the opposite sex. Side B Christians may identify as gay in a limited way , finding it helpful to identify with those of a shared heritage and similar life experiences.”
THE SAME GROUP HAS ADDED SIDE X AS A DESCRIPTIVE SEGMENT WHICH IS IN FACT THE HISTORIC BIBLICAL VIEW.
“And finally, there is the “Side X” perspective: Same-sex attracted Christians must reject their attractions and work toward changing their attractions. Continuing to experience SSA is a sign of willful disobedience and/or lukewarm sanctification. Homosexuality in any form is sinful . God intends for all people to marry someone of the opposite sex.”
Mark Yarhouse in his work moves across ALL these spectrums and appears to counsel a “What ever works for the person” approach. Why wouldn’t he since his own training and standard and work with the APA is both interfaith and based on the pragmatic and Atheistic history of Freudian psychology?
MARK YARHOUSE WHEATON BIOGRAPHY
“He was also invited ( in 2010 ) to write the featured white paper on sexual identity for the Christ on Campus Initiative edited by Don A. Carson for The Gospel Coalition.”
YARHOUSE INTERFAITH WORK WITH THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION AND OTHER ENTITIES
(NOTE :The APA has been on very long journey to normalize homosexuality since 1973)
“Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist who specializes in conflicts tied to religious identity and sexual and gender identity. He assists people who are navigating the complex relationship between their sexual or gender identity and Christian faith. He is the Dr. Arthur P. and Mrs. Jean May Rech Chair in Psychology at Wheaton College, where he runs the Sexual and Gender Identity (SGI) Institute. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher and is the past recipient of the Gary Collins Award for Excellence in Christian Counseling. He was a past participant with the Ethics and Public Policy Center think tank in Washington, DC, and he was named Senior Fellow with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities to conduct a study of students navigating sexual identity concerns at Christian colleges and universities. He has been a consultant to the National Institute of Corrections to address issues facing sexual minorities in corrections, and he was part of a consensus panel from the American Psychological Association on sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts that convened to provide input to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Washington, DC. He is currently the Chair of the task force on LGBT issues for
YARHOUSE APA WORK WITH DIVISION 36
“Benefits of membership include receiving the journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality and the division Newsletter, as well as many opportunities to make professional contacts in the field through participation in the Division’s Mid-Year Conference, APA’s annual convention and other division activities.”
“A wide variety of psychological interests and activities exist among the members of the division. Members work in virtually every area, from experimental and statistical research to clinical work with children and adults. We are concerned with both the scientific and applied aspects of our field. Many members do research exclusively on issues in the psychology of religion and spirituality; others bring this interest to bear on a variety of allied areas in psychology. Our professional affiliates may be found working in sociology, religious studies, and the other social sciences. Some members also possess a clerical degree and integrate psychology with the requirements of pastoral life as researchers and practicing clinicians.”
YARHOUSE LATEST BOOK
In August of last year Yarhouse published his latest book with coauthor Julia Sadusky.
“Emerging Gender Identities: Understanding the Diverse Experiences of Today’s Youth “
“This inviting text provides a useful framework for Christians to use in approaching what can be difficult conversations around gender identity.”–Publishers Weekly”
“This book offers a measured Christian response to the diverse gender identities that are being embraced by an increasing number of adolescents. Mark Yarhouse and Julia Sadusky offer an honest, scientifically informed, compassionate, and nuanced treatment for all readers who care about or work with gender-diverse youth: pastors, church leaders, parents, family members, youth workers, and counselors.”
“Yarhouse and Sadusky help readers distinguish between current mental health concerns, such as gender dysphoria, and the emerging gender identities that some young people turn to for a sense of identity and community. Based on the authors’ significant clinical and ministry experience, this book casts a vision for practically engaging and ministering to teens navigating diverse gender-identity concerns. It also equips readers to critically engage gender theory based on a Christian view of sex and gender.”
About the Author
“Mark Yarhouse(PsyD, Wheaton College), a licensed clinical psychologist, is the Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Chair of Psychology in the School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he leads the Sexual & Gender Identity Institute. Yarhouse has authored or coauthored several books, including the well-received Understanding Gender Dysphoria.”
“Julia Sadusky (PsyD, Regent University) works as a clinical psychologist in Denver, Colorado. She also serves as a youth and ministry educator, offering trainings and consultations on the intersection of sexuality, gender, and theology. Her research experiences and clinical training have focused on the study of sexual and gender identity, including providing individual, family, couples, and group therapy for those navigating sexual- and gender-identity concerns. She is an advisor for the Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender.”
Yarhouse himself was as Regent University at the time the first Revoice conference emerged in 2018 but has since returned to Wheaton Colloge where FELLOW APA expert and coauthor Stanton Jones was employed. Jones has not only cowritten books with Yarhouse but endorses the new Emerging Gender Identities book.
“We are faced with a dizzying ongoing evolution in cultural understanding of and recommended responses to a kaleidoscope of emerging gender identities. This book offers richly informed and thoughtful Christian analysis of these phenomena, along with compassionate and challenging recommendations for ministry.” —Stanton L. Jones, Wheaton College (emeritus); coauthor of the God’s Design for Sex family sex-education book series”
ADDITIONAL ENDOSEMENTS COME FROM
Preston Sprinkle who is a Master’s Seminary graduate also heads his own organization promoting LGBTQ Christian identities and is ” author of Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible Has to Say.”
–Shirley V. Hoogstra, president, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities who has also endorsed the radical “Fairness for All ” legislation backed by the funding of Paul Singer who funds both “Fairness ” and the HRC efforts promoting “The Equality Act”.
Caleb Kaltenbach, pastor and author of Messy Grace. (Caleb has added the “Messy” narrative to the LGBTQ conversation subverting the call to personal holiness and espousing that grace and conversion are “Messy ” and expectations should be adjusted to accept the confusion the new branding for LGBTQ Christianity brings with it.
YARHOUSE MOST DISTURBING ENDORSEMENT COMES FROM A TRANSSEXUAL “FOLLOWER OF JESUS “.
“Yarhouse and Sadusky are unafraid of exploring the overlap of Christianity, psychology, and cultures, and equally unafraid of reaching out in peace. I admire such a version of Christianity. I have read every page of this book. I disagree with the authors’ concept of suffering, but that is a minor point. I found myself nodding my head in agreement over and over. I endorse this book for ministers, parents, and gender-exploring youth.” —Caryn LeMur, a male-to-female transsexual and a follower of the words and life of Jesus –This text refers to the paperback edition.
According to social media post LeMur is identifies as a woman married to a woman since 2011/ LeMur profile photograph also contains a rainbow filter meaning that LeMur identifies not only as a woman but as LGBT.
So to clarify – Mark Yarhouse new Book “Emerging Gender Identities: Understanding the Diverse Experiences of Today’s Youth” is endorsed by a person born a male who identifies as a “male to female transsexual ” who also identifies as a lesbian.
Meanwhile after the disturbing and divisive impact of both Revoice and Living Out who reveal Yarhouse is still the gold standard on SEXUAL ORIENTATION GENDER IDENTITY for many leaders of denominational seminaries and counseling departments in conservative “biblical ” churches.
SOME EXAMPLES OF YARHOUSE FAR REACHING INFLUENCE:
Tim Keller’s organization The Gospel Coalition has never disowned Yarhouse and remains committed to his twisting messaging via TGC editor on all things LGBTQ-Sam Allberry of Living Out ministries
JD Greear Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President for 3 years endorses Yarhouse in his Mega-Church counseling Department.
SBC flagship seminary SBTS and its head Albert Mohler have endorsed a wide range of Yarhouse influenced people including Allberry and actually educated and employed the founder of Revoice Nate Collins. Collins is a VERY close associate of Yarhouse and included him in the 2019 Revoice event and leadership.
Albert Mohler SBTS disciple/ ERLC head for 8 years / TGC leader Russell Moore continues to advocate a host of Yarhouse disciples like Allberry and Collins.
No one in the PCA or SBC denominations affiliated with Keller’s The Gospel Coalition have removed their endorsement or spoken critically of Mark Yarhouse or the 2010 Whitepaper he provided TGC.
-What do we know and what do we not know about where gender dysphoria comes from?
-What are the biggest needs you are seeing in the church right now related to sexuality and gender identity?
-What would you say to Christ-followers who believe that the Bible prohibits them from fellowshipping with someone who claims to be a believer, but is pursuing transitioning?
-What is the most effective way for pastors to engage people who struggle with gender dysphoria?
Key Quotes from Dr. Mark Yarhouse
“Gender dysphoria is the experience of distress that can be associated with a lack of congruence between a person’s biological sex and their gender identity.”
“I do think the church is at its best when it can do a couple things simultaneously…I think you do need a biblical starting point and firm scriptural foundation for the church. But then I think you are also going to need a winsome way of presenting that to a culture that is pretty skeptical of the church.”
“You need Christians with ‘convicted civility,’ and I would just add to that, convicted civility seasoned with compassion for the people who are navigating these questions around gender and sexuality. If you don’t have a heart for people, it’s going to be very hard for you, I think, to really be part of their journey.”
“The average Christian in the pew may tell you what they believe, but they don’t know why they believe what they believe. So you obviously want pastors who have done that homework…but I don’t know that a single pastor should think of themselves as a Long Ranger who has to rethink the whole thing over again.”
“There’s a global Christian witness in this area, there’s a historical Christian witness in these areas.”
“How are you conversant with the broader culture, which is very diverse?…How do you engage with others who disagree with you in a winsome manner, with that convicted civility, seasoned with compassion? I think that’s often the thing that’s missing.”
CONFUSED YET? Just stick with the Biblical standard of sexuality and gender and you will in fact be fine no matter where you may be coming from in your past. Jesus has nailed or sins to His cross by taking them upon Himself and offers HIS salvation on the same “uttermost” and comprehensive level to everyone. Sinners welcome. No need for APA revisionist who manipulate and harm people and accuse those holding to the hope and power of the Gospel of being the ones doing the harm.
The choice for the Saints- especially those who have experienced true conversion but have lingering sexual temptations of any sort, (which is 100% of the population of Christian pilgrims in this world.) is do we accept the sad assertions of reality put forth by Yarhouse and others that we cannot escape our sexual temptations , especially those with SSA, but must be defined by them and labeled as “such and such” kind of Christian? Or can we embrace the powerful work of redemption that changes not only the eternal destiny but also the very nature of the true believer?
Do we cling to the fleshly desires we know are offensive to a Holy God while being comforted by the sirens song of modern prophets for hire who mingle faith with reason to the point of false doctrine ? Or can we dare to “look unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of out FAITH? (Hebrew 12:2 )
Are these verses true?
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
Facebook has made itself the unofficial censor of free speech and reasonable concerns over the Pandemic , the 2020 Election and pretty much any subject they now please .So why is the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty (ERLC) WILLING to receive grant funding from Facebook to develop “tech ethics” applications for the future? Given that ERLC and its former head of the ERLC worked directly with Soro’s and Pierre Omidyar funded National Immigration Forum and with Obama Foundations Michael Wear in the Paul Singer backed & Campaign -the Facebook funding should not shock informed Baptist. Besides – it is not the first time Russell Moore /ERLC have partnered with Facebook. This time the end goal is to set yet another bar for how Christians engage the issues of our time in the technical (including social media) realm. So why is the Baptist ERLC working for a primary collaborator in controlling information and even discussion? Just read on and see.
“NASHVILLE (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission plans cutting-edge work the next 18 months on technology and pro-life issues, trustees of the Southern Baptist entity were told at their annual meeting.”
“Thacker unveiled to the trustees a new research project he is leading – the Digital Public Square. Launched after the trustees’ vote of affirmation, the project is designed to produce resources to assist churches and leaders to “navigate this digital age with wisdom and to think through some of the most complex and crucial ethics challenges to our faith with wisdom and insight,” he said in his report.”
“The project, Thacker said, will help answer such questions as:
What is the proper role of government in digital governance?
How do I disciple other people if they’re primarily being shaped by technology in their use and habits?
How do we champion free speech and religious freedom in an increasingly polarized society?
“The resources to be provided during the next 18 months consist of four major elements, he said: (1) A “state of digital governance report” that will present a portrait of current and future technological issues; (2) an evangelical Christian statement of principles on “content moderation and digital governance;” (3) a church resource kit scheduled to be released in the summer of 2022; and (4) two books to be published next year – “Following Jesus in the Digital Age” and “The Digital Public Square: Ethics and Religion in a Technological Society.” Thacker is writing the former for Broadman & Holman Publishing and editing the latter for B&H Academic.”
“Given the current state of debate over the proper role of free expression and religious freedom and digital governance,” the ERLC believes this is an important area in which to invest, Thacker told the trustees. It will produce “substantive resources” and “seek to equip the church in the digital age and allow us to advocate for these principles in this important arena,” he said.”
SO WHO IS FUNDING THIS “IMPORTANT “WORK? FACEBOOK WHO HAS MADE ITSELF PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE TO FREE SPEECH AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
According to the Baptist Press article a Grant from Facebook ,along with Cooperative Programming funds are helping fund ERLC in this unethical project. Unethical because the average Baptist would never imagine it’s own Ethics and Religious Liberty entity would be involved in such projects after watching their voices arbitrarily censored and silenced on their own social media pages through out 2020/2021 global events.
ERLC /BAPTIST PRESS SEEM BOTH CLUELESS AND SHAMELESS.
“The project is funded by the Cooperative Program, the SBC’s unified giving plan, but Facebook Technologies LLC also provided a research grant after the effort was under way. Thacker provided assurances to the trustees and on the project’s website – www.erlc.com/digital – regarding the ERLC’s independence in accepting the grant.”
“This research grant was provided on an unrestricted basis, meaning the grant monies will be used at [the] sole discretion of the ERLC leadership team and board of trustees without any direct or indirect oversight by Facebook in research efforts nor any influence on project outcomes or resources produced,” according to the answer to one of the Frequently Asked Questions on the website. “All materials produced in this research project will be copyrighted to the ERLC and/or the individuals contributing.”
“Facebook and other technology companies have approached the ERLC for resources because “there is a dearth of literature in this area,” Thacker said to the trustees. “There’s been very little if any research done into the nature of religious freedom and religious expression in the digital age.”
THE FOX RUSSELL MOORE’S PUPS ARE STILL RUNNING ERLC
Most of the ERLC staff are still the hires of now disgraced former head of the ERLC Russell Moore . Many are his former interns at SBTS. Jason Thacker joined ERLC under Moore and is leading out in the Facebook funded tech ethics work. What more insult can Baptist leaders add to their base after Thousands complained about Moore for 8 years before he was finally terminated? Now his ideological offspring and siblings continue to misrepresent regular Baptist people.
WHO IS BRENT LEATHERWOOD?
“Brent Leatherwood, named acting president at the board meeting, told trustees Thacker “is quickly cementing his reputation as one of the leading voices, if not the leading voice, in evangelicalism as it relates to technology ethics, and we believe this project is a natural place to house all of this research, to produce resources that will equip the church and to again just allow him to have a platform to speak into these issues.”
Besides being the “Acting President ” Brent Leatherwood was hired by Russell Moore when he and subversive pals at the Tennessee GOP had been “run off” for subverting conservative candidates in TN political battles.
In short -Moore is gone – but his brood are still running the ERLC.
MOORE /ERLC WORKED IN RECENT MONTHS WITH FACEBOOK TO PUSH VAX AND COMMUNITY BUILDING
Evangelical leaders explain why skeptical evangelicals should get vaccinated
“Evangelical Christians can overcome their suspicion of COVID-19 vaccines through a renewed focus on missions and a form of patriotism that engenders unity instead of division, Russell Moore said during a recent webinar hosted by the Facebook for Faith learning group.”
“I spend a lot of time telling Christians, don’t make your country your idol. Put the kingdom of God first. (Being vaccinated) is an opportunity for good, genuine, God-approved patriotism,” said Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.”
“He and fellow panelists Emily Smith, a Baylor University epidemiologist, and Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, sought to address the vaccine skepticism of white evangelicals.”
MOORE WAS HAPPY TRIANGULATE WITH NAE ADN FACEBOOK TO PUSH GLOBALIST NARRATIVE ON THE CHURCH.
“A March 2021 poll by the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reported that 40% of white evangelicals said they refuse to be vaccinated, compared to 25% of the overall population who hold the same view. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center that month found the trend to be higher, with 45% of white evangelicals declaring they will not get a vaccine.”
“Distrust predates the vaccine“
“Among white evangelicals, the aversion to vaccination is more about deeper cultural and political fissures than it is about the vaccines themselves, Moore said when asked what fuels conservative Christian suspicion about COVID-19 vaccination.”
“Arguments and disagreements about the vaccines aren’t fueling the conflict. Pre-existing conflict is often fueling the arguments over vaccines and vaccination,” he said. “And in many religious contexts, previously open wounds and points of difference are exacerbated by all the stress that the entire world has been through over the last year.”
The SBC Executive Committee canned Russell Moore in May 2021 and sent him packing with no fanfare just BEFORE its annual meeting in June 2021. Sadly the SBC is still allowing his former interns and staff hires to run things and run ERLC into the rocky shores of globalist partnerships while it “runs off” the rest of the SBC base. The end game of this “inside baseball on ethics of technology” is not MORE freedom of religion or freedom of speech for Christians. It is more control and censorship powers with the future narrative to be written by one of Christians own ethics organizations and applied by social media /tech giants.
Unless Baptist leadership and ERLC Trustees can wake up and smell the coffee ,or in this case the stench, then little change in the trajectory of the Ethics arm of the nations largest protestant denomination can be expected. Already the SBC status is quickly fading based on the continued slide into compromised funding and the ever rising number of SBC refugees.
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“The End of Jehoshaphat’s Reign”
35 After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted very wickedly. 36 And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion Geber. 37 But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the Lord has destroyed your works.” Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
ED STETZER IS NO STRANGER TO WORKING WITH GLOBALIST. IN MAY 2021 HE JOINED THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS TO DEAL WITH CONSPIRACY THEORIES IN THE CHURCH OVER THE 2020 ELECTION, IMMIGRATION, COVID 19, CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM /TRUMPISM, MIKE LINDELL AND MORE.
Rev Thomas Littleton
August 30 2021
Ed Stetzer is everywhere a Christian should not be and working with organizations who have nothing to do with Christian mission. In fact many organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations with whom Ed joined to discuss “Faith Communities and Disinformation” in May 2021 are decidedly globalist and anti Christian. So why does Ed Stetzer use his influence to aid such organizations and accuse Christians of “Conspiracy Theories and Disinformation” ? What topics of conversations do the accusations cover? And who is pays Ed to continue to represent us in Christian media while misrepresenting us as conspiracy nuts to the enemies of the cross?
According to 2020 financial reports CFR has a budget of over $82 million annually and assets of over $624 million. Evangelicals like Ed Stetzer are living on the extreme fringe of irony to attempt to merge the goals of Christian Gospel mission with one of the oldest and most powerful global think tanks in existence. To mention this reality and the extreme irony of Stetzer conspiring with CFR to deal with “Conspiracy Theories ” and disinformation among faith communities and (mainly) American Evangelicals is no doubt in itself proof that conspiracy to coordinate messaging by those seeking to label Christians as the problem to globalist goals,
“The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), founded in 1921, is a United Statess non profit think tank specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs . It is headquartered in New York City , with an additional office in Washington DC. Its membership, which numbers 5,103, has included senior politicians, more than a dozen secretaries of state , CIA directors, bankers, lawyers, professors, and senior media figures.”
“CFR meetings convene government officials, global business leaders and prominent members of the intelligence and foreign-policy community to discuss international issues. CFR has published the bi-monthly journal Foreign Affairs since 1922, and runs the David Rockefeller Studies Program, which influences foreign policy by making recommendations to the presidential administration and diplomatic community, testifying before Congress , interacting with the media, and publishing on foreign policy issues.”
SO ASK YOURSELF WHY IS STETZER’S WORK WITH EVANGELICAL LEADERS OF INTEREST TO CFR?
Stetzer is not the first evangelical to work with CFR .Richard Land and Rick Warren have both done the same. It is helpful to point out that all three of these leader claim Southern Baptist Convention membership and hold various positions in the SBC which is the largest protestant denomination in the US.
“Joan Donovan, research director of Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, and Ed Stetzer, executive director of Wheaton College’s Billy Graham Center, discuss the spread of disinformation in faith communities.”
“So we are delighted to have with us today Joan Donovan and Ed Stetzer, to talk about disinformation and faith communities. I’ll just give a few highlights of their distinguished backgrounds.”
“Joan Donovan is a research director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, where she leads the field in examining internet and technology studies, online extremism, media manipulation, and disinformation campaigns. Her research and teaching interests are focused on media manipulation, and she has been showcased in a wide array of media outlets, including NPR, The Washington Post, New York Times, among others. Prior to joining the Harvard Kennedy School, she was a research lead for Data and Society’s media manipulation initiative, where she led a large team of researchers studying efforts to manipulate sociotechnical systems for political gain. “
(NOTE :This center at Harvard Kennedy School is named for the former producer of Dan Rather/CBS News . According to it’s history “Since its founding in 1986, the center has also emerged as a source for research on US campaigns, elections, and journalism.” The center also focuses on-“Combating fake news & Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review“. “
“In September 2017, First Draft News, a non-profit that works on solutions to challenges with trust & truth in news, set up a home base at the Shorenstein Center. The network includes more than 100 organizations that help newsrooms & tech companies verify news. This announcement is part of the Shorenstein Center’s broader work and research in the area of combatting fake news.”
“In February 2017, the Shorenstein Center hosted a conference on fake news, bringing together academics and practitioners to discuss solutions to the problem. The conference was co-sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, as well as Northeastern University”)
EVANGELICAL LEADER IN THE CFR EVENT ON SQUASHING CONSPIRACY THEORIES IN THE CHURCH IS HEAD OF THE “BILLY GRAHAM CENTER “.
“Ed Stetzer is the dean [of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership] at Wheaton College, and he also serves as executive director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. He’s a teaching pastor at High Point Church in Chicago, and has been the interim teaching pastor of Moody Church in downtown Chicago. He’s written many books, hundreds of articles, planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, and trained pastors, contributing editor for Christianity Today. He is the founding editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than 1.7 million individuals each week for bible study. And he has a national radio show “Ed Stetzer Live” that airs Saturdays across the country. So welcome, both.”
STETZER IS “HELPING CHRISTIAN LEADERS AND PASTORS DEAL WITH CONSPIRACY THEORIST IN THE CHURCH”
Stetzer is actually at a conference informing and instructing Christian Leaders on dealing with Conspiracy Theories and uses his slide power points for the CfR interview.
STETZERS PASTORAL CONSPIRACY EVENT IS :
“Confronting Conspiracy Conspiracy Theories, Media Habits, and The Challenge of Digital Discipleship”.
You can watch the video to see Stetzer’s slide show from the conference as it used in the Council on Foreign Relations webnar.
ED IN HIS OWN WORDS ON TOPICS LIKE…..
“QANONERS IN OUR MIDST”
“MIKE LINDELL “THE MY PILLOW GUY” IS NAMED AS A PROBLEM
“MUSLIMS HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM “
“EVANGELICAL ARE SUSPICIOUS OF THE MEDIA “
‘EVANGELICALS BUYING IN TO QANON’S GREAT AWAKENING”
STETZER WALKS THE CFR AUDIENCE THROUGH HIS SLIDE SHOW FOR EVANGELICAL LEADERS.
“STETZER: Happy to do so. And I guess I, by the bio, you can obviously tell I’m not just an observer, but I’m a participant in my religious tradition, Evangelicalism in particular, and the reality is Evangelicals have a problem. Now, it’s not just an Evangelical religious tradition, but that they have been disproportionately impacted in and around issues of conspiracy theories. So I actually, I’ll be talking about this today, I’m at a gathering of religious leaders here right now who asked me to address this issue. So I actually now do conferences and webinars, helping denominations and religious leaders walk through and help their communities engage some of these conspiracies and conspiracy issues. This is actually the title slide from that presentation. And you’ll notice I use some a bit of insider language, but I want to let you know my own context here.”
“So conspiracy theories, media habits, and the challenge of digital discipleship, that last few words insider language, so things that Evangelicals, and people of faith, of other Christian traditions use to describe some intentional change that’s needed. Let me tell you where I began to weigh into some of this conversation. It was actually in an article in USA Today. And Evangelicals need to address the QAnoners in our midst. And I wrote in there QAnon has been making headlines, but Evangelical Christians should not be swept up into the bizarre movement. Now, if you’ll notice the date is actually September 2020. And the first headline, the first line of the of the story, QAnon, in my editorial, QAnon has been making headlines in recent weeks, it’s going to make more, I received substantive pushback from this article. And people say no, this is not an issue. Of course, on January 6, the world saw there was an issue. And when the rioters prayed on the floor of both the House and the Senate, in Jesus name, with Evangelical language and with Evangelical feel, I think people began to realize indeed, just how big of an issue this actually was. So what I want to walk through with you is a bit of some research we’ve done, and a little bit of background, not too much, but a little bit of background, particularly focusing on “Q” and QAnon, and hopefully this will find helpful, you’ll find this helpful as well.”
“So in fall 2017, we begin, conspiracy theories have been around a long time. Chain letters go back a very long time. But technology has accelerated, and brought people together, and found more engagement in and around this issue. So if you’ll notice, here at fall 2017, let’s make sure I’m sharing the correct screen. I’m not sure I was there. Let me just make sure I am now, now I am. So in fall 2017 Q emerges, begins, I won’t go into too much details what’s called a Q drop. October 28, 2017, very much connected to the Trump administration. And I would also say that the Trump administration’s particularly high connection to white Evangelicalism actually is evident in some of this data as well. But Q claimed an impending storm was going to come. And what happened very soon is, is that events were interpreted in light of this coming storm, there’s a deep state conspiracy. Most of us are aware of these things, such as sex trafficking, global election fraud, and more. Every event, though, was soon interpreted through this lens, this two part lens of evil, global conspiracy, and an impending, impending but unexpected victory that’s often called the “Great Awakening.” So QAnon beliefs and commitments include, and again, this is a bit theological and historical, but a gnostic framework of knowledge, authority, and power, with some special knowledge that people have and share, and they share in their communities and their chat rooms, but also a cosmic binary of good versus evil. The populist suspicion of traditional government institutions, media, and corporations, and a nationalistic lens of history, political authority, and cultural power. Well, if you look at those two middle points in particular, those are already existing in Evangelicalism. And they’re existing in many religious traditions. And what I want you to hear is that QAnon, and some conspiracies, travel well on the tracks that religion has already laid. Now, again, you heard from the very beginning, I am a coreligionist, I am an Evangelical, I really do believe that there is indeed a behind-the-scenes spiritual battle between good and evil. I really do believe indeed, that there will come a time when there will be a great revealing of all things. So the language is actually so similar to Evangelical and religious language, who may be already suspicious of media and more, I’ll show you some data that points to that in a minute.”
“So Q encourages followers to look for clues, to kind of see. There was, it actually blew up on Wayfair was a perfect example of people begin to look for clues and find the clues, which I will tell you, religious people like me, actually will sometimes think and act that way in general to see, well, how is God at work here? We’ve seen God work in our lives. And so this is kind of laid on some of the tracks that are there. So the question is, how prevalent are they in the church? Now remind, I want to remind you that my audience is not normally the Council on Foreign Relations. My audience is my coreligionists. So when I wrote that article in September, trying to sound the alarm, I think people may be were as engaged or as aware had how significant the prevalence was. But we actually did a survey, that I’m going to share with you, that kind of unpacks some of these things. But I know that sometimes these memes probably seem silly to you. The meme here on the left, and I will tell you, it seems silly to me. But there’s a subtle way to capitalize on Christian language to attract Christians or people of other faiths, right. I’ve talked to Muslim imams who have similar experiences as well. There are scripture verses talking about war, and the challenge of the Christian life, and then they get reoriented. And it’s easy to take certain passages, which I won’t for the sake of time go to. So a couple things that are key: the spiritual terms, so QAnon and similar conspiracy theories, have actually demonstrated ability to subvert classical Evangelical language.”
“Now, I want to say to you, this is really important, that QAnon is a substantial influence in France that is not tied to religion, in the same way that it’s tied here in the U.S., which has a disproportionate Evangelical population, depending on how you count a third of Americans. And so there is more to it than religion. But that’s our topic today. And certainly, as to my coreligionists, I share that concern as well. Even language like the “Great Awakening” is actually language that’s very much taken from Christian religious history. And more. So many Evangelicals recognize this language, I actually take people through a museum at the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center, and I show them the First Great Awakening, and the Second Great Awakening. So many of this says, trust the plan, there’s a Great Awakening coming, and more. So this can lower the fence of many Christians who also are already suspicious of mainstream media, as they might call it, and more.”
“Let me, so you might see some memes like this, “where we go one, where we go all,” that’s language that actually when I wrote the article in USA Today on conspiracy theories, I used the hashtag “where we go one, where we go all,” which I can assure you certainly alerted people to the article and led to much enthusiastic response but this idea of, “don’t tread on me, don’t mess with us.” So real quickly, and then I’ll close, half of U.S. Protestant pastors, in a survey that we did, hear conspiracy theories in their churches. Around one in eight strongly agree their congregations, or congregants are sharing conspiracy theories. We’ve defined it using Merriam-Webster here. So this is a widespread issue among congregations as well. They hear these things on a consistent basis. More larger churches are more likely to hear, older churches are more likely to hear as well. And I think one of the things we’ve got to remember is that people who are Evangelical, already have a suspicion, that the Trump administration tapped into and QAnon tapped into, and others, they already have a substantive suspicion, you’ll see non-Evangelical in yellow, Evangelical by belief, I won’t explain all that, but it’s a series of four things called the Bebbington Quadrilateral. They have a higher belief that the mainstream media puts out a lot of fake news. So we step into a situation where QAnon uses religious language, has engaged different people. When I explain to Christian pastors and leaders, I talk about different kinds of them. Some are attracted, some are advocates, some are apostles of these conspiracy theories, I won’t unpack that with you, because my time is up. But what I want you to hear is that conspiracy theories run on the tracks that religion has already laid. Furthermore, there’s already a suspicion of mainstream media, and some of these people have now found one another in echo chambers, we might say, dark corners of the internet, they’re not that dark. The most likely place somebody planned to participate in the January 6 riots was on Facebook. And it was part of what got banned, but it was Facebook, where these things were planned on private Facebook groups, where people get in echo chambers and get even self-radicalized. For me, I’m trying to teach pastors and Christian leaders how to address and how to engage this. I know many of you come from different traditions, some of you are religious scholars, I want you to hear, I think this is a big, substantial issue that still remains for us to address thanks for the opportunity to share with you.”
STETZER CONTINUES TO BROADEN THE TOPICS TO INCLUDE:
STETZERS WORK WITH THE NAE
ALOGORITHIMS TO SUPRESS CONSPIRACIES
CHANGING MEDIA HABITS AMONG CHRISTIANS
CHRISTIANS WHO WENT TO TRUMPS RALLY ON JANUARY 6TH
FREE SPEECH VS CONSPIRACY THEORIES
More of the interview
“ADDRESSING THE REAL THREATES CAUSED BY CONSPIRACY THEORIES”
“FASKIANOS: We’ll go, we already have three written questions in the queue. So let’s just start right there, and you can add any additional points you want to make. So the first written question comes from Galen Carey, who is of the National Association of Evangelicals. “How should legislators and regulators address real threats caused by conspiracy theories without harming the free speech which ordinary citizens and companies depend on as a cherished freedom?” So I don’t know who wants to take that one?”
“STETZER:Do we, is it one of us? Because I’d be happy to defer.”
FASKIANOS:Yeah, yes, you should go.
STETZER: Okay. All right. So good. Galen and I, just full disclosure, I’m on the executive committee of the National Association of Evangelicals, and Galen and I did not text one another about this question. And Galen, who works in public policy for us at the NAE, let’s say I mean, it’s a tricky question. For me, the immediate answer is, that may not be the place where we go first. I think, ultimately, two thousand years ago, Rome had hot and cold running water. And I know this sounds strange, but stay with me, they had hot and cold running water. And it had hot and cold running water, because people discovered a remarkably malleable metal, called lead. And so the lead pipes would take the hot and cold running water into the affluent of Rome. And historians would later, this is not the case. But soon there were books written that the fall of Rome was the madness created by lead poisoning and more. But what a technological revolution it brought.”
“Here’s what I would say, I think one hundred years from now, we’re going to look back at social media, and see it much like the lead pipes, it brought to us amazing things, and it weaponized so many things, and caused so much difficulty and destruction. So I think first place I would look to is how we might see those media habits changed. As Dr. Donovan mentioned, there are algorithms and algorithms, not just point to things that you like, I recently bought a backpack and I can’t stop getting backpack ads. But also what they do, is people respond more to things that they’re upset about, than the things that they’re interested in or want to dialogue about. So it creates an echo chamber where the volume goes up, up, up, up, and how could we get to a place where, I mean, there were a lot of normal people who went to Washington, DC to protest, what they thought the election that was stolen, though they were obviously misled on that. But then a subset of them, actually, many of them came home and said I can’t believe I did this. How did they get there? Well, they got there because things got normalized over time, as the anger and the fear and the echo chambers continued.”
“So I don’t know Galen, legally, what, or legislatively, what should be addressed, but I do know that social media is a huge part of this problem. Now, there have always been conspiracy theories. But boy, they have been accelerated exponentially, and weaponized in ways we haven’t seen before. Could it be that part of that is legislation related to how information gets passed and how algorithm? I don’t know. I’m very much a free speacher, and I’m very concerned about limitations to free speech. But I bet Dr. Donovan has more wisdom, she has testified to the Senate and I have not.”
“DONOVANS WISDOM “ SUGGESTIONS
TARGET MEDIA LIKE “THE MY PILLOW GUY”
“DONOVAN. ….Certain people within these networks are making money, like actual cash. And the second thing that they’re doing, is they’re building network power, they’re building amplification power, that is they’re growing their audiences, they’re gaining clout, and then they monetize it again later. So that incentive structure is something that we also need to pay quite a bit of attention to. Because if you can make money off of convincing people that their rights are being taken away from them, and that that the voting machines are flipping ballots in favor of the other party, in and you’re in that case, committing some kind of defamation or disingenuousness towards another company like Dominion Voting Systems.”
“Then we actually have to start discussing where liability falls, and for right now with the internet, liability falls on the individual poster, which is why you see Giuliani and My Pillow guy, and everybody getting sued, Fox News getting sued by this company, rather than having some kind of regulation. But we don’t actually want to normalize litigiousness around this either. “
THE MODERATOR GOES TO Q&A
QUESTIONS COME IN ABOUT
REFUGEES AND IMMIGRATION POLICY AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES HINDERING HUMANITARIAN WORK
“STETZER: Yeah, happy to. And thank you for your work among immigrants and refugees, so essential right now. And there is a correlation, but not a complete correlation between nationalistic, anti-immigrant, anti-refugee mentality. And I don’t know the full answer to your question in the sense that, for me, on the morning of the 2018 midterms, this is the article that I ran in Vox magazine, “Fellow Evangelicals Stop Falling for Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric.” And I started the first sentence, “President Trump is trying to fool Evangelicals like me,” this time, it’s using the false that an evasion of a caravan of poor people marching through Mexico. So I don’t know, I share your concern. And I’ve tried to be a vocal advocate.”…. “we do need Christian leaders and pastors to speak up and out on immigrants and refugees. But I would tell you, that the National Association of Evangelicals has been consistently speaking in that space, and has not been listened to by many of the rank and file Evangelicals, who are being discipled thirty hours a week by their cable news choices, not by their pastors on Sunday morning. So I don’t know. I don’t know the answer. But I bemoan with you the situation.”
NEXT QUESTION DEALS WITH CHRISTIANS DISTRUST FOR “MAINSTREAM MEDIA”
“FASKIANOS:Thank you. So the next written question comes from Jay Michaelson, who works at the intersection of politics and spirituality. He’s columnist for The Daily Beast. And this is mostly for you, Mr. Stezter. “Given the suspicion that many, I think this is in your slide, 50 percent believe the mainstream media, have suspicion of mainstream media, or think it’s misinformation? Is there anything we in those institutions can do to help combat the spread of conspiracy theories? Or does this have to be entirely an inside job?”
ALSO ADDED TO THE QUESTION BY THE MODERATOR FOR CFR-PASTORS NEED TO FIX IT -WHAT CAN THEY DO?
How can pastors combat the problem ?
“And I’m just going to add on to that, what would you say to the Evangelical or Protestant pastors and what they should be doing and how they should be combating this in their congregations without turning off those who are believing it?”
( The response of a real thinking Christians would be to ask “why Christians should trust the liberal /far left / anti Christian mainstream media.)
“STETZER: So, first question was, what can we do? And I’m not sure particularly if he was speaking in terms of the media context, but let me just answer it in that context. Do better covering religion. You know, we have things like RNA, Religious News Association, others, because when religion is covered, it’s often covered poorly. And so what happens is, people read the coverage of their religious tradition and say, that’s nothing like what I know or I’ve experienced. And so they feel you know, Rachel Zoll, actually, who we recently, we lost her battle the cancer was the AP’s religion reporter. And when this article came out, this was actually before the 2016 election, “Evangelicals feel alienated and anxious.” It was actually a fair article, it described well the idea that some evangelicals feel, this is a pastor quoted, I happen to know the pastor quoted in the article, but this pastor says, “you’ll be hated by all nations for my namesake, let me tell you that time is here.” So when you believe already that there is, that the kind of the systems of the world are stacked against you, that need leads you to places to find other information, and ultimately, I would say that, there’s a blog called “Get Religion Done” by Terry Mattingly, and quoting the famous line to press just doesn’t get religion.”
“So get religion better, and follow just basically the AP style guide. Not everyone is a fundamentalist because they believe these things, AP style guide has a certain description of how to do that. So from a media perspective, I think the media could do better and there are good religion reporters, I mentioned RNA, there’s good religious reporters doing good work and if mentioned some, I would fail to mention enough and I’d feel bad. Second, I think, reference to what pastors and church leaders can do. We surveyed Protestant pastors, I work with a lot with Protestant pastors, mainly Evangelicals. And what I would say, I did a webinar on some of these issues with the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins. And one of the conversations we had that I thought was so helpful, was that people are persuaded by people who they see as near them or like them, not by people who they see as drastically different and far away from them. So it’s unlikely that most of Evangelicals are going to be persuaded by blank or so and so.”
STETZER DISCUSSES WHAT HE AND THE WHEATON BILLY GRAHAM CENTER ARE DOING
ON COVID -Stetzer and BGC at Wheaton collaborate with CDC/ HHS/ and Francis Collins for message coordination to Christians . – (NO CONSPIRING HERE RIGHT?)
“So for example, what we’ve done at the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center, is I reached out to the CDC, we work with the HHS, and I said, help me find Evangelical Christians. And again, I think science can be brought from all different contexts. But when Francis Collins, and I had Francis Collins on, I talked about it, and he shared his faith, he’s been very open about sharing his faith. He’s the head of the National Institutes of Health. Or Jay Butler, who works at CDC Infectious Diseases, or the head of or the editor of Vaccines Magazine, or Vaccines Journal, who’s actually attended the church you mentioned earlier, Moody Church and is now the head of vaccine at Mayo, I had each of them on. And pastors and church leaders told me they played that in churches around the world because, and each time I said, “tell us about your faith, tell us about your journey.” People say, okay, this person, and again, please forgive me, but we’re trying to persuade people here. These people are in us and among us, therefore, we can trust them more readily. And what I would say is pastors and church leaders can help people hear from Evangelical scientists and leaders, I have on my radio show this weekend, Dr. Emily Smith from Baylor University, and I think she tagged herself, “your friendly neighborhood epidemiologist.” Great. So, and a professor at Baylor University in this field, so each of those. Oh, and I will tell you, I expect the radio show to be filled with people calling who are upset that I’m talking positively about vaccines on a Christian radio program.”
“So, but I think that’s the key. So what I tell most pastors, just tell them to ask their doctor, because they know and trust their family doctor, but then bring in some trusted voices who they’ll, they won’t discount immediately. And they’ll listen to but who also know what they’re talking about, as like Francis Collins, I know. I know, a local church can’t call in Francis Collins, but they can just Google. He was on The Daily Show yesterday, talking to Evangelicals about vaccines and encouraging them away from conspiracy theories.”
NEXT QUESTION ON “CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM ” BLAMES TRUMP AND RACISM
“Next question -, “the scholarly discussion has shifted over the last years from talking about American Evangelical fundamentalism to Christian nationalism, the latter intersecting with a particular view of what America should be, a Christian nation, and also conspiracy theories like QAnon. What’s your take on the shift of discourse? And how does racism intersect with those issues?”
“STETZER: Dr. Donovan, I answered the last one once you jump in on that.”
“DONOVAN. America is a place in which people are proud patriots. They believe in a country. But depending upon what kind of nationalism you favor, we see white nationalist, or white supremacist elements creep into the discussion, as well as different kinds of envisioning of a nation that if there are too many religions, or too much religious diversity, then solidarity falls apart, right?”… “And Trump was really one of the only candidates in 2016 that was going to come out and say, “Make America Great Again.” And in that return, that “again,” is really important. I know there’s been a lot of debate about, it actually being code for saying, “make America white again.” But think about this, what does it mean to say “again,” right, especially in the context of people who were nostalgic for an America they may have never experienced, right, an America where they are told that there was less racial animus, and less racial strife, because there were clear racial hierarchies, and gender divides during the Jim Crow era, for instance. “
ON CHRISTIAN NAITONALISM
FASKIANOS: “Yes. Great with United Religions Initiative.”
“FREW: Right. Ed talked specifically about how QAnon uses Evangelical language and builds on pre-existing Evangelical ideas. But to what extent does QAnon spread in other religious communities, especially those of non-Abrahamic religions?”
“STETZER: Yeah, so we know QAnon has engaged in places with no religion, or with other religions, and variants of it. I would say that we shouldn’t be surprised that considering Evangelicals are the largest singular religious group, I guess other than the “nones,” or the non-practicing, but the largest singular religious group. So we shouldn’t be surprised that it’s going to be particularly prevalent in our conversation, though I do mention in my concern, that it might be disproportionately influential in an Evangelical context. I’m not an expert, for example, on QAnon’s engagement in Hindu communities or things of that sort. I’ve had several conversations with imams, who tell me that it’s not QAnon per se, but conspiracy theories take root in other religious traditions, but they often emerge from other historical factors. The other religious traditions may feel marginalized or isolated for different reasons. They may feel isolated or marginalized by other groups, that then they perceive to be this way. It’s much like the earlier question, where we talked a lot about Christian nationalism.”
NEXT QUESTION ON EDS WORK WITH EVANGLEICAL PASTORS
“FASKIANOS: Okay. I’m going to take the next question from Palwasha Kakar, who is at the United States Institute of Peace. “I’m interested in hearing more about Pastor Ed’s work with Evangelical pastors, how do you help them identify and work on deradicalization? Do you build on the international CVE, countering violent extremism, work in this area? Or how does it differ in your understanding?”
(HERE ED STETZER ADMITS HIS USE OF LANGUAGE TO ATTEMPT TO PRESEUDE EVANGELICALS )
ACCORDING TO STETZER ” PASTORS AND DISCIPLESHIP ARE THE ANSWER
“STETZER: First, we don’t call it deradicalization. First thing, but because nobody sees themselves as that. But I get exactly what you’re saying and appreciate the work of deradicalization. The language I used at the beginning, and the way, because I’ve written a lot to try to persuade Evangelicals on some of these issues. And I actually have, and I know it’s very easy for us to sit back and say, “oh, those QAnoners,” well, I actually have friends in the, who are self-identified QAnoners, in the Evangelical community, who actually text me when I’m being discussed on QAnon message boards. And they say they defend me on those message boards. But that’s another story for another day.”
“So for me, I try to frame in such a way that people can receive the message. And again, for us that often comes around in terms of discipleship. I talked about this on NPR’s Morning Edition. And the host asked me, and I kind of struggled because it’s like, it’s insider baseball language. I said, so there are things, I explained, that as Christians we want to disciple in, and things that as Christians, we want to disciple out. So what needs to be discipled in, in 2021? Well, it might be seeing yourself as a “world Christian,” seeing that men and women from every tongue, tribe, and nation are, that’s frequent language in the pages of the Scriptures. It might be helping people to see that, and language I often use is that we should not be among the gullible.”
“And I actually would point out, I mean, I do just so we’re clear, I do believe, I bet my whole life on the fact that there was a person who was dead on Friday, and on Sunday was back from the dead, and everything I believe, is framed and shaped around that reality. But I do point out how, as our Christian witnesses impacted the last slide that I didn’t get to, because I went too long in the first session, actually talks about the danger to our Christian witness. I lead the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. So I care deeply about our Christian witness. And I pointed out somebody who kept posting about this QAnon conspiracy, and this QAnon conspiracy, and this one, and then it came to Easter, and they said, “oh, and Jesus rose from the dead.” And I would just say it’s really hard to persuade a world about a supernatural event called the resurrection, when you’ve posted six other things about bizarre conspiracy theories from pizza, Comet Ping Pong, to Seth Rich, and some of you know these different references, to Wayfair, to whatever else it may be. So I do try to frame it around, I will say that Jesus literally himself says he’s the truth. And I try to remind people that the last conspiracy, so many people jumped in the Wayfair conspiracies, some of you missed that, but it became a thing for a few days. And I encourage people, go back lovingly to those people and say, listen, that obviously wasn’t the case. Or somebody showed up at the Comet Ping Pong with a gun to find a basement. And there was no basement. And so at which point, do you say I’ve been fooled four times. But yeah, here’s the thing. Me, you, that’s not going to happen, when their pastor pulls them aside, when they’re friends.”
“And so what we’ve actually done, even in my own church, had someone upset and leave, because I have been advocating for vaccines. And they said, I’ve been fooled and tricked. And I have noticed that since I took the vaccine, my 5G cell phone reception is just way better. But that’s another story for another day. Sorry. I appreciate you getting the joke there, Irina. But what I would say is, is that what we did is when that person posted,” I’m leaving the church because our teaching pastor is for vaccines.” We just had somebody go and say, and talk to them, and I think they still left mad. But they also now engage a different congregation and seem to have moderated their views. So remember that people are best persuaded by people they already trust. And I think that’s going to be a key thing for co-religionists, not just in Evangelicalism like I am, but for other religions as well.”
(CALLER COULD NOT BE HEARD SO REPEATED BY FASKIANOS “That is just too bad. Let’s see. I’m just looking. I guess we could just look into the final questions to see, if we could maybe just end with this one. According to recent poll, over half of Republicans believe the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump.
“DONOVAN……Exactly what we discussed here today, that it’s really about the route the information takes to get to people, the sort of ambiguities that the conspiracy theory is supposed to be answering for them. Conspiracy theories really are about synthesizing information and making a simple scapegoat, so that you can kind of either make your determinations and then deal with it.”
NOTE- BY THIS DEFINITION ALONE THESE CRT SPEAKERS ARE ADMITING THEIR EFFORTS TO SYNTHESIZE INFORMAITON ABOUT EVANGELICALS .MEANWHILE THEY ARE ADMITTING TO MAKING THEMSELVES “CONSPIRACY THEORY” CONTROLLERS CONSPIRING TO PROMOTE THEIR OWN UNPROVEN THEORIES AND CONCLUSIONS ABOUT EVANGELICALS AND PEOPLE OF FAITH.
“FASKIANOS:And Pastor Stetzer, any last words from you to leave us with and what people can do.”
IN HIS FINAL THOUGHTS STETZER DOUBLES DOWN ON THE 2020 ELECTION
STETZER CALLED THE CONCERNS OVER THE COMPROMISED ELECTION OF 2020 “A DAY OF RECKONING FOR EVANGLEICALS”
“STETZER: Faith traditions, Evangelicalism, my faith tradition, has a long history of making mistakes and resetting, and making mistakes and resetting. After the January 6 riots, I wrote an article in USA Today called, “Evangelicals Face a Reckoning.” And I think that’s true. And part of that’s internal. So our hope is, my hope is, as someone who literally believes the things I’m not some outsider, I really do see how God is even at work in the world, and work in our churches, that our churches will stand up and stand out in a difficult time, many have in ways of serving their communities, in the midst of COVID, I think we need to serve our communities, through intellectual discipleship, better ways of thinking politically. And helping people. Gullibility is not a spiritual gift. And we have to help people to be more discerning in their understanding of the culture and the context around them. It’s multifaceted. We talked about actions that different parts and parties need to place, I spent a lot of time just two hours ago, I’m at a meeting in Colorado, just spoke on some of these issues.”
“One of the most controversial days for many people, many pastors who texted me, was the Sunday after the election in November. Do I pray for President-Elect Biden? This has never been a question before. Everyone always prayed, I guess during maybe Bush v. Gore, the Bush-Gore, afterwards, people were unsure. But this is a case where the election was soon called, by all main, even including Fox News, all mainstream news. Yet pastors didn’t know what to do and still struggled with it. It’s going to take some courage. But that’s hopefully, that courage comes from a relationship with the Lord that causes us to want to do what the writer of Hebrews says, and I’ll close with this. Hebrews is a book in the New Testament. The Hebrews says, to provoke one another, love and good deeds, I think that’s part of our responsibility, to tell the truth, help people understand the truth, and to make sure that the truth is the focus of our beliefs, and what’s propagated amongst our congregations. Thanks so much for the opportunity to share.”
FASKIANOS:Thank you both. This is really fantastic. ..”
As evangelical leaders like Ed Stetzer use their influential positions as hirelings and false prophets for global goals and global politicalized think tanks like Acton Institute and The Gospel Coalition and media outlets like Christianity Today it should come as no surprise that they would conspire against Christians with Council on Foreign Relations. With topics like Trumpism, Nationalism, Christian Nationalism, Covid and election integrity concerns labeled as conspiracies, men like Mike Lindell and Networks like WVW and Lindell TV are no doubt the TARGET of globalist conspirators to silence the opposition and all the concerns they are voicing for the millions of voiceless Americans and conservative Christians who know how real these concerns are.
As for Stetzer and Warren and Land and other evangelicals who are involved with CFR and the massive interest behind it -their treachery is something they should be concerned about both now and on judgement day. THE OUTSTANDING QUESTION is “who chose Ed Stetzer and who (besides the SBC supporters and Christianity Today) is paying him to collaborate with globalist?” Perhaps Ed would like to speak to that.
Pastors and Christians who follow leaders in collaboration with global ideologs are , in reality, manning the doors of the “disinformation” controllers train cars which are being loaded to carry Gospel inspired Christians into the thought containment camps of the brave new world religion of Christ-less Christianity. This false church finds it’s home in the bosom of the Great Harlot of Babylon.
CRITICAL THINKING CHRISTIANS ARE NOT CONSPIRACY THEORIST – YET ACCUSATIONS ABOUND BY EVANGELICAL LEADERS.
Rev Thomas Littleton
THROUGHOUT the election cycle leading up to November 2020 and to this day progressive co-conspirators who are seeking to move evangelicals toward global justice ideology have continued a massive campaign to accuse believers .These evangelical change agents seek to persuade any Christian guilty of engaging critical thinking skills, common sense and or spiritual discernment that they are some kind of mad consumer of conspiracy theories. All the while reality looms exposing the accusers as the co-conspirators. HERE are the hard facts behind some of those making constant false accusation against the Saints of God and who are the true masters of the accusers.
Ed Stetzer-Rick Warren- Russell Moore- Walter Kim – The Gospel Coalition- Joe Carter- and now a host of pastors are joining the “conspiracy ” chorus- ENOUGH – ENOUGH – ENOUGH. God bring down your deceptions and constant false accusations against the Body of Christ.
Lord raise up the banner of truth as light in these dark times and shake these false accusers so that nothing may remain of their globalist influence.
A SAMPLING OF THE ACCUSATIONS
RAISE YOUR HAND WHEN YOU DISCERN THE PATTERN OF ACCUSATION.
Stetzer-The guy who likely owes his entire career, including his job at Christianity Today, to Leadership Network ( LN ) is seen endlessly promoting socialist Peter Drucker and Community Development /Faith Based Partnership ideology for almost 4 decades is one of the chief accusers. Recruited on the down low by “invitation only” to LN like thousands of other pastors and ministry leaders, Stetzer was coached to become the kind of change agent that guys like Bob Buford could be proud of. Buford was one of Drucker’s greatest fan boys and helped prime the evangelical church for Drucker whose family helped incubate the Frankfurt School thinkers before fleeing Austria after being targeted by the Nazis. They came to the US and found refuge in academia and, thanks to Buford and LN, were given unfettered access to the churches, ministries and eventually our seminaries.
Rick Warren is another Southern Baptist who owes his fame and fortune to Leadership Network. His Global PEACE Plan has been working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations and globalist like Ted Turner since 2005 when it was introduced. Warren is now a member of the RINO filled “bipartisan” Covid Collaborative think tank taking the political narratives to the world. The “It’s Up to You “Campaign also has Pope Francis and seven Latin American Cardinals participating endorsements. Warren and Stetzer are on the leading edge of providing “resources” for the church. Buford’s media machine with Leadership Network and Christianity Today have positioned these two, among others, at the forefront a “Community Development” driven global partner Christian movement.
Buford also held great admiration for Lenin as one of the last centuries greatest thinkers with “Centralized Planning”. This is what Drucker/ Buford / LN and underlings like Stetzer have brought to the church. Centralized planning to create a “new paradigm church” useful to progressives for Faith based Partnerships and to globalist like the Lausanne Movement of whom Stetzer and Tim Keller and other LN products are a part.
Stetzer and Warren did endorsements for and Stetzer wrote the epilog to Buford’s book celebrating the grand boast of this behind the scenes influence peddling “Drucker and Me”. Stetzer specializes in his own brand of snarky criticism and has even personally accused this writer of being a conspiracy theorist in a 2014 conversation challenging his influence and the “not so well known” origins and end goals of his work.
By late March 2020 Stetzer and Warren were rolling out their Pandemic Resources for the Church.
“The site, a partnership with the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College, Rick Warren, and The PEACE Plan, a mission of Saddleback Church, includes sermons, articles, planning manuals, and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Of Stetzer ,the April 3rd 2020 Wheaton update says:
Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Executive Director Ed Stetzer applies his legendary energy to serving the global church amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“His bio contains an unusually wide range of verbs: Stetzer authors, co-hosts, convenes, develops and edits. He leads, pastors, plants, preaches, researches, revitalizes, speaks and teaches. To all of these actions, he applies his unique gift for speaking into the cultural needs of the moment in order to serve the global church.”…”
“This time is no different. We are facing the largest global crisis since World War II and something that will be talked about for generations to come. I want people to remember how much the church did for their communities and neighbors during this time.”
“As a result, in recent days Stetzer and his teams have developed a bevy of new projects in support of the BGC’s mission to be a world hub of mission and evangelism:”
WHILE ROLLING OUT THE PROGRAMS STETZER LAYS ON THE CONSPIRACY THEORY CHARGES.
“Ed Stetzer talks about the moment in history we’re seeing as being a cultural convulsion that’s making it exceptionally challenging to lead.”
“In this wide-ranging interview, Ed talks about QAnon, Trump-ism, why evangelicals gravitate to conspiracy theories and what he sees as an evangelical reckoning. Surprisingly, it’s a potentially healing conversation many reasonable leaders will find encouraging.”
MORE Stetzer accusations of Conspiracy Theorist in the church.
Discipleship in the Age of Conspiracy Theories
How Church Leaders Can Nurture the Evangelical Mind
Ed Stetzer Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism Andrew MacDonald Associate Director of the Billy Graham Center Institute
“In the quarter-century since Mark Noll famously pointed out that the scandal of the evangelical mind was that there was not much of an evangelical mind, many church leaders have dedicated considerable time and effort to addressing the problem. The results of this effort have been mixed at best. As Noll acknowledged recently, he was “more optimistic, though not overwhelmingly so.” Despite the quality work done in evangelical seminaries and universities as well as significant published work by evangelical thinkers across disciplines, recent events suggest that the evangelical mind in its totality seems be continuing its decline.”
NOTE THE INSULTS -BRAZENESS AND CALL TO ACTION
“The past few years have been a painful reminder of the consequences of this decline as we’ve witnessed the growing popularity of conspiracy theories in our churches. While we have taught our people to serve, evangelize, worship and lead, too frequently our pragmatism limits our commitment to discipling our people to think well (Romans 12:2). The result is that a disturbing number of our people — and more than a few pastors — have been ensnared by conspiratorial leaders. In a recent LifeWay Research study, nearly half of pastors reported frequently hearing church members repeating conspiracy theories. In essence, we have produced disciples that are easily “tossed back and forth by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:14).”
“This is indeed scandalous, not only because it endangers our people, but because it degrades our witness precisely at a time when our culture is increasingly skeptical of faith. As Christians willingly submit their reputation to defending conspiracy theories on the account of little evidence, this raises questions about their evidence for believing the truth of the gospel. If we amplify lies about a globalist cabal subverting our democracy, what are others to make of our claims that Christ has risen from the dead?”
WHAT STETZER AND THE GUYS AT WHEATON AND CT SEEM TO MISS IS THAT THE REPORT OF CHRIST RISING FROM THE DEAD AS THE NEW TESTAMENT WAS BEING WRITTEN -WAS IN ITSELF REGARDED AS A CONSPIRACY THEORY AND RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL LEADERS SOUGHT TO REFUTE IT.
Stetzer accuses while aligning himself with the the given narratives and people like Francis Collins who has long raised concerns among Biblical believers due to his controversial “Bio Logos ” organization which seeks to combine biblical creation and false science like evolution. It does so by attempting to subject the Word of God to scientific theory currently marketed as scientific fact.
“Ed interviews Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes for Health. Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. has served as Director of the National Institutes of Health since August 17, 2009, appointed by two presidents. In this role, Dr. Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.”
EVANGELICAL LEADERS CONNECT ACCUSATIONS OF CONSPIRACY THEORIES TO VACCINE CONCERNS. SOME OF THE SAME PEOPLE DID THE SAME THING WITH ELECTION INTEGRITY CONCERNS .
Collins organization Bio Logos offers to help Christians out in rejection the matter of conspiracy theories .
“Beyond ‘Plandemic’: A Christian Response to Conspiracies”
Russell Moore and NAE head Walter Kim accuse those concerned about the safety of the rapidly coming mandated vaccines as giving in to conspiracy theories. Never mind the problems with science, the experimental status, and the negative impacts on some of the injections.
“Fight Conspiracy Theories and Welcome the Vaccines”
Russell Moore President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Walter Kim President of National Association of Evangelicals
FEBRUARY 24, 2021
“In the Gospel of Luke, the Bible tells us about a paralyzed man who sought to see Jesus but couldn’t get to him because of the crowds. His friends found a way, by cutting a hole in the roof and letting him down on his bed by ropes, so that he could find healing. Similarly, in this time of the coronavirus pandemic, evangelical Christians should join with other Americans in holding the ropes for those who are in danger of serious illness or death. That includes urging people to get vaccinated.”
“Both of us in recent weeks have hosted webinars with our friend and fellow Christian Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, answering every possible question we could imagine regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. We did so because we know that, according to surveys, roughly a quarter of the public are reluctant to be vaccinated. Many of the reasons given are fear of possible side effects, lack of trust in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, or concerns about the newness of the vaccines.”
“Not the mark of the beast: Evangelicals should fight conspiracy theories and welcome the vaccines”
MOORE AND KIM JOINED FORCES WITH FACEBOOKFOR FAITH , COMMNUNIVAX AND THE AD COUNCILS WORK WITH THE COVID COLLABORATIVE TO DRIVE DOWN DOUBTS AND CONSPIRACIES AND PROMOTE THE VACCINE.
“Evangelical leaders explain why skeptical evangelicals should get vaccinated”
NAE LEADER WALTER KIM
A good dose of ‘healthy theology’
“One way to address those fears is to counter numerous forms of vaccine misinformation, including claims that being vaccinated shows a lack of faith in God, with healthy theology, Kim said.
“We’ve contended that faith actually accepts the gifts that God gives to us, and God has given us medicine as a gift. So, it is an actual expression of faith to receive the goodness and the common grace that God gives to us in medicine. In addition to being a blessing, vaccination also is a way of serving in mission, he said.”
Distrust predates the vaccine
“Among white evangelicals, the aversion to vaccination is more about deeper cultural and political fissures than it is about the vaccines themselves, Moore said when asked what fuels conservative Christian suspicion about COVID-19 vaccination.”
“Arguments and disagreements about the vaccines aren’t fueling the conflict. Pre-existing conflict is often fueling the arguments over vaccines and vaccination,” he said. “And in many religious contexts, previously open wounds and points of difference are exacerbated by all the stress that the entire world has been through over the last year.”
“Many evangelical pastors have remained silent on the issue because they often don’t know who to believe, the science or conspiracy theories, he said. “There are so many competing sources of information. I have people asking me all the time, ‘How do I differentiate between what’s right and wrong when I’m not an epidemiologist? I’m not someone who’s trained scientifically to be able to answer these things.’ So, there’s a lot of confusion.”
“And there are yet others who are taking a wait-and-see approach before making a decision on vaccination, he added. “They’re not early adopters with any sort of technology, and I think we shouldn’t confront them head-on.”
THE GOSPEL COALITION AND EDITOR JOE CARTER- ACCUSE -ACCUSE -ACCUSE
“A conspiracy theory explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot, usually by powerful conspirators. Satan convinced Eve that the most powerful of “conspirators”—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—were secretly trying to keep the first humans from having their eyes opened in a way that would make them “like God, knowing good and evil.” Eve became the first in a long line, from Gnostics to flat-earthers, to believe powerful forces were withholding secret information.”
“Since then, Satan has found no shortage of marks among God’s children. But our current technological age has made it possible for conspiracy theories to spread faster than the novel coronavirus. The online realm, which can promote anti-intellectualism and radical individualism, has become a breeding ground for such bizarre conspiracies.”
“And that’s just one of the dozens of new conspiracy theories related to the coronavirus. There are others even more outlandish, such as that the virus is a human-made bioweapon created by Bill Gates. (Not surprisingly, that one is connected with QAnon, the most ludicrous uber-conspiracy theory of our age.)”
“Numerous spurious claims are also being made about Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force. A Christian ministry, American Family Association, is promoting a conspiracy that Fauci “has known since 2005 that chloroquine is an effective inhibitor of coronaviruses.” Another Christian group claims Fauci is part of the “Deep State attempt to destroy the economy and change election rules.” As Robert Anton Wilson, co-author of the Illuminatus! trilogy said, “You simply cannot invent any conspiracy theory so ridiculous and obviously satirical that some people somewhere don’t already believe it.”
NOTE: JOE CARTER HAD A SMALL HERD OF HIS YOUNG LIBERAL JOURNALIST FRINEDS ACCUSE THIS AUTHOR IN A CONSPIRACY THEORY PARODY WHEN HE EXPOSED CARTERS ROLE AMONG THE “EVANGLEICAL DEEP STATE” IN 2018
“7 Things You Should Know About the Evangelical Deep State”
This straw man parody was designed to provide cover for Carter and his key three employers in the Evangelical Deep State and the grant funding behind their infiltration into the church.
Joe Carter is known for being a media attack dog on those whose message the church and everyday believers are not likely supposed to hear.
“Conspiracy theories sprout up around struggles for power, whether in civil or denominational politics, and can lead to destructive responses. In his recent book, Conspiracy Theories: A Primer, political scientist Joseph Uscinski argues, “Conspiracy theories posit a powerful enemy whose goals may pose an existential threat to humanity” (5). Our polarized political climate is a natural breeding ground for conspiracy theories.”
CHRISTIAN MEDIA ACCUSES CHRISTIANS OF CONSPIRACY THEORIES FOR DOUBTING THE 2020 ELECTION INTEGRITY EVEN THOUGH POLLS PROVE A VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SHARE THE CONCERNS.
“Faith, Apocalypse, and Nationalism: Why Evangelicals Are Vulnerable to Conspiracy Theories”
“A friend of mine recently asked if we could get together to talk. I invited him to come over to my house, and from there we set out for a hike through snowy Minnesota woods. As we walked, he told me that he had recently been having unnerving conversations with family members centering on the aftermath of the 2020 election. In these conversations, family members were espousing their belief that the election was stolen, that God has promised to give President Trump a second term, and that the Deep State was at work to thwart God’s will. My friend expressed his concern for his family, even as he tried to understand their thinking and how best to engage them.”
“My friend is not alone; many of us have found ourselves in conversations with believing friends or family who have come to believe these conspiracies. In addition, many in our churches have become devotees of them, posting their views on Facebook, Twitter, or Parler. We are living in a time of wild conspiracy theories, from Pizzagate, to QAnon, to the notion that Covid is a hoax and the vaccine an instrument of corporate control. In the aftermath of the 2020 Presidential election, these theories have broken out into the open, as President Trump, along with his advisors and lawyers, claimed, without presenting actionable evidence in court, that the vote was rigged. According to the Presidential narrative, this vast conspiracy involved Hugo Chavez, Dominion voting machines, Republican governors and Secretaries of State, Democratic poll workers in largely African American cities, Antifa, and countless others. These theories thrived in an environment of conspiracy, eventually leading to an attack on the United States Capitol, in which five people lost their lives and the safety of legislators were threatened.”
“As pastors, we must ask: How have we arrived at the place where millions of Christians have placed their faith in these theories, which have no grounding in reality?”
AN INDIVIDUAL PASTOR TAKES UP THE CALL TO ACTION TO ACCUSE
OCC Daily Encouragement: Conspiracy Theories & the Christian
“A “conspiracy theory” is defined by Websters as “a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators.”
“There are no shortage of conspiracy theories out there. Right now, there are no shortage of conspiracy theories concerning just the coronavirus crisis. As I have been thinking about these conspiracy theories, ironically enough, several articles popped up giving some excellent clarity on how to respond (how did they know I was thinking about this – is this a conspiracy? Just kidding). What’s even more amazing to me is just how many Christians buy into conspiracy theories. Why is that? Why are conspiracy theories so attractive and popular to Christians – and people, in general? “
“Here are two quotes from a blog article I happened to read this past weekend that help explain the appeal of conspiracy theories. “
1. “Most lives are a touch dull. “
2. “Conspiracy theories have an aesthetic appeal: they make us feel more important in the grand scheme of things than we are. If someone is going to all this trouble to con us into believing in something, then we have to be worth conning; and the impotence we all feel in the face of massive impersonal bureaucracies and economies driven not by democratic institutions so much as multinational corporations is not really the result of our intrinsic smallness and insignificance so much of our potential power which needs to be smothered.”
“First, as Christians, we are called to display discernment (Proverbs 14:8; Romans 12:2; Hebrews 4:12, 5:14). This doesn’t mean all information out there is a “conspiracy theory” or even “fake news,” it just means we should be wise and careful – especially when it comes to conspiracy theories. Measure the issues against the Scriptures (Psalm 119:160; John 17:17).”
“By the way, let me reiterate, I do believe we went to the moon. However, did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone? I just don’t know about that…I kid, I kid! Feel free to send me your favorite conspiracy theory – just as long as you don’t actually believe it!”
“PASTOR TODD” CITED HIS SOURCES FOR THE ARTICLE INCLUDES A LINK TO JOE CARTER’S ARTICLE CITED ABOVE.
2. RESOURCES: “Here are some helpful links in light of today’s devotion:
So who are the real involved in conspiracy ? Is it those who believe and share research prompted by valid concerns over election integrity, Covid response and vaccines, global currency etc. …. or those who openly conspire with globalist to relentlessly accuse thinking and self reliant believers?
The carefully crafted shame fest from 2019 to today is not likely to end anytime soon. Just don’t give in to accusations coming from co-conspirators and change agents inside the church. Reject the accusations and keep on thinking for yourself and pray to God for wisdom and to discern truth in an age of lies ,fake news and misinformation.
Fear God, Heed His Word
11 For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:
12 “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’ Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy,
(qashar: to bind, league together, conspireOriginal Word: קָשַׁר Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: qashar Phonetic Spelling: (kaw-shar’) Definition: to bind, league together, conspire)
Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 13 The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, And let Him be your dread. 14 He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 And many among them shall stumble; They shall fall and be broken, Be snared and taken.”
NEWS CAME TODAY OF THE OBVIOUS. THE SON OF A LONGTIME SOUTHERN BAPTIST LEADER JAMES MERRITT CONFIRMED THAT HE IS GAY.BUT UNTIL NOW WE WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO NOTICE EVEN AFTER HE WAS OUTED BY A LOVER IN 2011.
Rev. Thomas Littleton
The truth came OUT about Jonathan Merritt today on his Instagram feed. But Baptist and leaders of Christianity Today and The Gospel Coalition kept in in the conversations of evangelicals for a decade after he was outed by someone else. Leaders like Albert Mohler and Ed Stetzer continued to act as if Merritt was a leading voice among evangelicals and Baptist especially validated only by the fact his father James is an SBC pastor and former SBC President. We were all called upon to act as brainless as these and other leaders appear to think we are and let their change agent have the platform.
“In 2012, just days before my 30th birthday, I was publicly and painfully outed by a person who had earned my trust only to betray it. It took many months and a boatload of therapy to process the trauma of that experience—and to learn to love the delightful human that God made when God made me.”
“Some of you may not know this part of my story. I have learned to live authentically in my personal life, sharing with friends the fullness of who I am. But the experience of being outed left me bruised and untrusting and dead dog afraid to offer these vulnerable parts of myself for public consumption and critique. So, I haven’t really written about my identity online.”
“Recently, however, this disconnect between my private and public life has felt unnecessary and unsustainable. I don’t want to live fearful of the opinions of strangers or the venom of bigots.”
“Today is my 39th birthday, which means I get one more trip around the sun before entering my next decade. I want to enter the second half of life with more authenticity, alignment, and integrity than I exhibited in the first half.”
“So today, I’m raising a glass to my full and complete self—a gay man, beloved by God, who has endured the worst the world could throw at him and fought his way to health and wholeness. # THIS IS 39”
MERRITT’S OUTING IN 2012
Why I outed a Christian star
I’ve been called a bully for exposing gay evangelical Jonathan Merritt. Even I secretly wonder: Was I right?
“On Sunday, we broadcast an interview with the American evangelical writer Jonathan Merritt. I recorded that interview while travelling in the United States this summer. I met Jonathan (pictured) for breakfast in Washington DC during the Q Conference , a meeting of “new evangelicals”, and we talked about his new book which encourages his fellow evangelicals to move beyond a sometimes toxic debate about culture wars.”
“A few weeks after the interview was recorded, Jonathan found himself embroiled in a public controversy about his own personal life, when a gay Christian blogger revealed that he’d had a sexual encounter with him. Azariah Southworth’s decision to “out” Jonathan Merritt appears to have been prompted by Jonathan’s recent public comments on the same-sex marriage debate.”
“Jonathan subsequently gave an interview with Ed Stetzer, a Southern Baptist blogger, in which he confirmed that he and Azariah had had “physical contact that went beyond the bounds of friendship”.
“And Azariah Southworth has been explaining his decision to out Jonathan Merritt in a PODCASTwith Peterson Toscano and Zack Ford.”
“Read more about the background to this story.”
“In this week’s PODCAST I speak to Peterson Toscano about the personal dilemma now facing Jonathan Merritt (spool through to 19mins for both interviews)”
STETZER GAVE MERRITT COVER
Stetzer’s link above is not an “UhOh Sorry we can’t find the page”. But Wayback has it archived.
“Jonathan Merritt is a nationally known writer, blogger and news personality. He has written two books, Green Like God and A Faith of Our Own and has written for USAToday, the Huffington Post, and many others. He’s done lots of news appearances– the last I saw him on television was on “The O-Reilly Factor” a few weeks ago.”
“Recently, after Jonathan, in a piece written for The Atlantic, defended Chick-fil-A against a potential boycott by gay activists, a “gay, former-evangelical” blogger claimed he had evidence Jonathan himself was gay. In the parlance the effort was to “out him.” Merritt’s defense of Chick-fil-A had already exploded in the LGBT blogosphere, but this enflamed the issue as many sought to discredit Jonathan after he dared to defend Chick-fil-A.”
“Outing,” in case you do not know, is the practice of revealing that a certain person is gay without his or her consent, is not an unheard of occurrence though it is not always looked on favorably within the LGBT community. My heart grieves to see such low integrity, particularly when done by a person who claims the title “Christian”–and I am deeply disappointed with a few “Christians” in the blogosphere, who, since they disagreed with Jonathan in the past, seized the moment. Sad.”
“Yes, Jonathan Merritt is a public figure who lives in the intersection of church and culture, and is accustomed to cars coming from both directions–which appears to be the case now. In the past I have used my blog as a way for leaders to address blogosphere issues I want to do the same today.”
“So, I asked Jonathan if he would take a few questions and respond to this situation for himself. He has agreed, and I welcome him to the blog today.”
Q: A blogger alleges that you have not been transparent, honest or authentic about who you are because of your religious affiliation. Tell us about the situation.
“A: My story begins at a very young age when an older male who lived in our neighborhood sexually abused me. The experience was followed with a tidal wave of shame and guilt so great that I never told anyone for many years. In the years following this event, I mostly stuffed the experience away and didn’t deal with it. On rare occasion, oppressive thoughts would enter my mind and bring on periods of depression and questioning. I wondered why this had happened to me and what, if anything, it meant.”
“I decided to follow Jesus at 13 and quickly realized that this event and the confusion that followed was not my fault. God had allowed an experience of brokenness into my life even if I didn’t fully understand it. Rather than run from God, I decided to walk with him in this. And, I believe that helped shape my worldview that sin can be overcome. It’s through that lens that I write. And, it’s through that brokenness that I try to live.”
“In 2009, I was contacted by the blogger in response to an article I wrote about just that–that Christians must love people who experience sexual brokenness. We corresponded several times by email and text for a couple of weeks, some of them inappropriate. When I was traveling through a city near him, we met for dinner because we’d corresponded so recently. As we were saying goodbye, we had physical contact that went beyond the bounds of friendship. I was overcome with guilt, knowing I had put myself in an unwise situation. We never saw each other again and we ceased contact after a period of time.”
Q: What happened after this?
“A: When I returned home, I saw a Christian counselor to address the events in my life and sort through my childhood and what I believed God wanted for me. I also began to acknowledge to myself that I have sin in my past, sin for which I accept responsibility. Inappropriate texting, inappropriate actions are inappropriate no matter who the other party is. These were my decisions and no one else’s.”
“It’s from my brokenness, that I feel I can now be transparent, honest, and authentic about these accusations. Those close to me know I have actually been planning to share the story of my brokenness for some time. Because it is part of my spiritual journey. And because it underscores the power of the Gospel to transform lives.”
“Although I was unable to choose when I would share some of these painful memories, I am thankful for the opportunity to share it now. I’m thankful that I am able to make better decisions about how to handle a difficult situation. And, I’m thankful that because of grace, I can identify with those who have dealt with similar situations.”
Q: How has this experience shaped you?
“A: It’s bred compassion in me towards others who wrestle with the baggage they carry in life. People like me who passionately pursue God–on His terms and not ours–experience incredible times of struggle along the way. I know what it is like to experience periods of depression, frustration, and confusion. And that’s why I live out my calling the way I do, as best as I can, sometimes stumbling along the way.”
“I don’t identify as “gay” because I believe there can be a difference between what one experiences and the life that God offers. I’m a cracked vessel held together only by God’s power. And I’m more sure each day that only Christ can make broken people whole.”
Q: How has your church leadership responded, and what is their response now?
“A: I’m an active member at Cross Pointe, though I’m not on staff there. I met with our church leaders who have been incredibly supportive. They know I’m committed to living the life God demands for those who follow him. And they know that as I follow Jesus, I’m committed to pursuing his best for me, which includes the Bible’s unambiguous standards for sexuality.”
Q: What kind of response have you received since this blog posted?
“A: Mostly emails and texts and calls from Christian friends who are reaffirming their love for me. I’ve been overwhelmed by this, and reminded again how important Christian community and accountability can be. That’s also why I felt that it was important to tell my story. I’m committed to this journey in Christ, and I’m committed to remaining within the Christian community while maintaining valuable friendships with those who are not Christians. Sometimes this means being vulnerable and transparent when it’s tough. But that’s also when we can lean in and know that the truth is never something to be ashamed of and that in our brokenness we can find strength.”
“I am thankful that my struggles are not public discussion, but I appreciate Jonathan sharing what he has–and am praying for him in the days ahead.”
“Feel free to comment below, but the comment rules will be in place as always. Be sure to read them if you have not. If your comments are not posted, I don’t argue nor justify my moderation policy.”
“Please commit to pray for Jonathan as he allows God to heal his brokenness while using him in the midst of it.”
“That’s probably a good prayer for each of us.”
ALBERT MOHLER PROMOTED JONATHAN MERRITT TO PROMOTE GLOBAL WARMING FOR EVANGELICALS CALLING IT CREATION CARE.
A recent statement from a group of prominent Southern Baptists calling for more progressive dialogue on the question of Christians’ obligations to care for the environment has drawn a lot of attention from the media. On today’s program, Dr. Mohler welcomes Jonathan Merritt–one of the main proponents of the document–to the show for an extended …
March 11, 2008
MOHLER AND MERRITT CONTINUED A PUBLIC DISCOURSE THAT NEVER INCLUDED MOHLER CALLING OUT MERRITTS SIN EVEN THOUGH MERRITT WAS CALLING OUT HIS LEADERSHIP IN AL ALL WHITE SECRET SOCIETY AT SBTS WHILE MOHLER WAS A STUDENT THERE.
MEANWHILE BOTH MOHLER AND MERRITT WERE INVOLVED IN COORDINATED ATTACKS ON PAIGE PATTERSON IN 2018 AND PRESIDENT TRUMP.
MOHLER CALLED THE PAIGE PATTERSON ACCUSATIONS IN 2018-
“The Wrath of God Poured Out—The Humiliation of the Southern Baptist Convention”
“America’s largest evangelical denomination has been in the headlines day after day. The SBC is in the midst of its own horrifying #MeToo moment.”
“At one of our seminaries, controversy has centered on a president (now former president) whose sermon illustration from years ago included advice that a battered wife remain in the home and the marriage in hope of the conversion of her abusive husband. “
MEANWHILE MERRITT LEAD THE CHARGES AGAINST PATTERSON IN THE SECULAR PRESS:
“Discredited Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson requested that his personal correspondence when president of the 15 million member group be sealed until 2050.”
Washington Post Apr 30, 2018 — By Jonathan Merritt … Last week, an audio recording surfaced on which Paige Patterson, a high-profile Southern Baptist leader, says abused ..
IN THE ATLANTIC
“The Scandal Tearing Apart America’s Largest Protestant Denomination.”
“A denominational leader’s claim that abused women should remain in their broken marriages is forcing Southern Baptists to pick sides.”
May 3, 2018 — By Jonathan Merritt. Southern Baptist Convention President Paige Patterson gestures as he makes his opening speech in 1999
MERRITT THE CHANGE AGENT
In 2014 both Christianity Today and The Gospel Coalition featured this interview
Discussing the Future of Evangelicalism with Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Jonathan Merritt, and Ed Stetzer
In the interview /video Merritt ,under the watchful eye of Stetzer asserted that the church once “viewed homosexuality as a CURSE. Now it is seen as CROSS. Perhaps one day it will be considered a CROWN “…AND be celebrated.
Merritt’s sidekick is fellow activist journalist Sara Pulliam Bailey who is a relative of the former Vice President Dan Quayle and comes from a publishing family dynasty
“Sarah comes at this question with her reporter’s hat on (although her infamous hats are conspicuously absent in this video!). She analyzes it from a journalistic perspective.”
“Jonathan comes at this question by drawing on his own experience and his relationships with evangelical leaders. He sees this issue as far from settled and wonders out loud about how evangelicals will address the issue.”
“I come at this question by putting it in context of global evangelicalism, the authority of Scripture, and the history of church controversy throughout the centuries.”
“As you can see below, it was a lively discussion that, hopefully, furthers an ongoing conversation about the future of evangelicalism.”
At this time Stetzer and his underling Treven Wax both worked at SBC Lifeway Research arm of the Baptist publishing giant and had recently LAUNCHED THE publication of THE Gospel Project curriculum for churches and ages preschool and up. This authors son who was 4 years old at the time was being given the curriculum every Sunday in church. Confronted with HIS Merritt interview and assertions by Merritt on homosexuality and the future of Evangelicalism on Stetzer’s format – Stetzer showed no willingness to call out Merritt’s well known sin .
Albert Mohler and a host of others have continued to allow Merritt a pass. Nohler by 2018 was exposed as having educated and employed at SBTS the gay identified founder of Revoice who studied Feminine Theology and Gender/Queer Theory as part of his academic studies at Mohler’s SBTS. Upon this news today of Merritt confirming that he is Gay identified .
Other Baptist seminary leaders refused to rebuke the activist Merritt even today:
SBTS professor Hershael York
Hershael York@hershaelyork·Replying to @JonathanMerrittHappy birthday, Jonathan! If, in that second half of life, you ever need a friend who certainly sees a lot of things differently than you, but who cares deeply for you, I am here.
SEBTS controversial professor KS Prior who enjoys being controversial and edgy with homosexual issues.
Simply put Jonathan Merritt has been an activist in the midst of Southern Baptist life for years. Now he is openly out and proud as “gay identified” although the vast majority of Baptist leaders have known it for years. Is there a rebuke of this deception and sin and repentance from those leaders who promoted him over the last decade forthcoming? Sure be compassionate and witness to Jonathan but do not commend him for deceiving Christians for years or downplay the role they played in failing to show him the true love of the Gospel in calling him to repent.
THE FUTURE OF AMERICA IS INSEPARABLY LINKED TO THE CHURCH IN AMERICA.
MEANWHILE AMERICAN EVANGELCIALISM HAS LOST IT’S WAY AFTER DECADES OF FOLLOWING POOR AND SUBVERSIVE LEADERSHIP WHO “TRAFFIC” IN THE FAITH OF OTHERS.
Rev Thomas Littleton
Whether or not America represents Paradise to the reader of this article may be up for debate. Yet America has always represented something very unique to millions of people around the world. America has provided opportunity and freedom from religious persecution and oppressive regimes for almost 250 years. America has offered hope to many seeking refuge and a new life. But America is under siege from within and the Paradise it has represented to millions of refugees IS being lost to a manufactured “Refugee crisis” backed by open society money and fronted by faith based hustlers who traffic in the faith of those who heed it’s sirens call to serve modern day human migration efforts and “refugee resettlement”.
Today, instead of offering escape and refuge for the oppressed peoples of the world , American progressivism has perverted the vision for refugees into becoming an opportunity for globalist /open societies deconstructionist of national borders and the sovereignty of America and Europe. The agenda doubtless will lead to a new type of tyranny practiced , planned and executed by a global cabal made up of a club of corporate billionaires, governmental puppets and preaching grand deception of a civil society based on common ground for the common good i.e. global socialism. THE big shock for many here in this scheme to take down nations and establish their twisted global goals for global citizens is a sick, emaciated and blind evangelical Church. No other entity can provide a more seductive and dishonest vision than the false prophets and the thriving partnership of a false church. Nothing is a greater threat to humanity, to freedom in the world, to the dereliction of truth and wisdom and than the church which has become a whore to the Babylonian influences of globalist.
The greatest danger for true refugees in the world is engineered mass human migration marketed on the backs of Christian compassion and aimed at teaming hoards strategically placed humans who are themselves being trafficked into play by governments and agencies to alter the face of America and religious freedom forever.
This article is to provide both proof and limited commentary on the “State of the Church” in America. In many ways both are crumbling and the seduction of the church is the primary cause of it. The Church in America is no longer standing in contrast to the culture or serving as salt and light within it. We have lost our Christian press and our institutions to progressives. Our ability to speak truth to power like Paul before Agrippa or Festus of Felix has been eclipsed by fear and appeasement while the backbone of our pulpits have given way to wishbones for popularity and expanding the growth of it’s brand.
At the end of this article we will look a JUST ONE MINISTRY as a PRIME EXAMPLE of how greed, self interest, progressive politics and globalist goals compliance have made World Vision (and those who work with it) an enemy to Freedom, to America, to the Gospel and to GOD. Sadly there are hundreds if not thousands of examples but a revealing Christianity Today article July 20 2021 inadvertently exposes much of the motivation, the history, the politics and grand scheme of ministries in the RED LIGHT DISTRICT of a global AMSTERDAM of vision casting and greed.
This is the kind of seductive error Jesus and His angels visited Patmos to warn John and the church about through the ages. The church is called to watch for and reject these errors and false teachers or else lose their place among the true church. Much is at stake in this dance of fools and international faith trafficking. World Relief and others are currently posturing for compliance as all who wish to bed down the church for money MUST do.
NO MORE DOES THE CROSS GO BEFORE US
Of late the church has come to behave like professional sports teams with Native American mascots as we seek to dump and distance ourselves from the CROSS and the SHAME, REPROACH, AND OFFENSE it brings with it. No longer does the ancient symbol of Jesus love and sacrifice represent Christians who are more concerned with alienating the culture than preaching a Gospel which confronts sin, calls for repentance and offers transforming hearts and saving souls via the timeless message of the Cross.
The clouds of political rhetoric and talking points of manipulative think tanks blur their vision of both time and eternity. American Christians have become ashamed of the wrong things while they march in the pride parades of the wicked. They are allowing deceivers to make them ashamed of their nation and the freedoms for their own faith to thrive and grow. All the while the vision of ministry is being reimagined and recast as social justice driven schemes like refugee care, community development, and mere humanitarian aid.
AGAIN- Was America ever PARADISE? Well for some that is a stretch but for almost 2 1/2 centuries it has been the closest thing to it to have existed on earth. But PARADISE IS ALWAYS LOST at some points because of those entrusted to preserve it. In our case that job fell to the pulpits whose presence and devotion to the true Gospel is needed to maintain the fragile similitude of freedom by steadily calling the nation to it’s knees in both in times of crisis and in times of plenty. It has been a LONG TIME since a pulpit in America called its nation to repentance. Paradise is in the eyes (and hearts) of the beholder. The only way America could have any hope to offer anyone would be if it held to the core protections of the ministry of true freedom of the soul found only in the Gospel.
CIVILITY AND PRINCIPLED PLURALISM VS CHRISITAN NATIONALISM
Suddenly a few years ago the coordinated messaging from “preachers” like Tim Keller and Jonathan Leeman and a complicit Christian fake news media replaced patriotism with pointing long fingers and making accusations like “Christian Nationalism” is “killing the church”. Few noticed the back room training these same men have had with Frankfurt School think tanks like IASC and Fabian Socialist London School of Economics. Their crafted rhetoric has prevailed among many. It is now fashionable to be anti American as a Christian while hoards of persecuted believers around the world seek the freedoms we are now despising and throwing away. Soon we will ALL watch those freedoms become vapor.
The only kind of Prophets welcomed in many circles are the false prophets of Baal whose image now resides in the temples of “cultural engagement” and “human flourishing”. Globalism and its finely tuned anti-christ false gospel are now successfully calling Christians to offer the Gospel up in exchange for Community Service and Community Development on a global scale. Meanwhile foreign entities have come in like Antiochus IV (Epiphanes), the king of Syria and are offering the swine of Global Goals upon our alters in defilement of all that is obtained by the Cross. In this the Church has exchanged the truth of God for a lie and the hope and power of the empty tomb for the empty promises of the doomed and damned.
IS THE AMERICAN DREAM TRUE OF FALSE?
For generations of those seeking true freedom and a better life for their families America has been the land of Dreams. It is true to say many have used the idea of an “American Dream” to promote and pursue fulfillment of greed and pleasure in the name of freedom. It can also be accurately said that the American Dream has produced success stories which have birthed some of the greatest philanthropy and altruism any generation has even known. But in doing so has made itself a target of globalist who want to “harness” the power of philanthropy for it’s own purposes.
PREACHERS ARE TO BLAME
It has been well said that “as the Church goes so goes the world around it”. It can also be said “as the pulpits corrupt the church falters and blindness , hardness of hearts, and delusion set in like rigor mortis once the vision is lost.”.
America has a Gospel history. That is not to assert that America was ever a “Christian Nation” but it a nation influenced by the Gospel and for many generations it’s culture was both impacted and held to some degree accountable to it. There are many in the pulpits today who bemoan America and the Churches decline over the last decades but few who are willing to admit that the decline happened on their watch.
A PRIME EXAMPLE OF ALLOWING THE ENGINEERED LOSS OF PARADISE WHILE TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN FAITHAS A COMMODITY.
World Relief is the “Humanitarian arm” of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). The fact NAE is hardly a pristine organization can be confirmed by the fact that leaders have included people like disgraced homosexual Ted Haggard and Leith Anderson who played a key role in the grand seduction of thousands of pastors via Leadership Network founding in 1984 and 40 years of stealth influence and media manipulation.
ORGANIZATIONS EXPLOITING CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS ARE ENGAGING IN A PARTICULAR TYPE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
Transferring the concept of exploitation involved in human trafficking and sex trafficking a fitting definition of TRAFFICKING Christians faith to be exploited by globalist could read this way:
(From Homeland Security definition of human and sex trafficking with only the word “faith” substituted in as the group identified as being exploited.)
“Faith trafficking is one of the most heinous forms of modern slavery. This form of human trafficking occurs when people enslave other people for the purpose of faith based exploitation. Faith trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial faith act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use deception, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or faith based relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.”
“Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial exploitation.”
AN UNFAIR CHARATERIZATION? HARDLY. FAITH BASED DECEIVERS ARE TRAFFICKING IN RECRUITING HUMAN VOLUNTEERS TO MAN THEIR SCHEMES AND PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS WITH GLOBALIST.
The deception begins with marketing a ministry vision where true spiritual ministry is forbidden as Faith Based Partnerships do not allow ANY EXPLIXCITLY RELIGIOUS ACTIVIST ,ESPCIALLY CHRISTIAN EVANGELISM, Bible study, worship, proselytizing, or even prayer. So the vision of partnering with global goals entities ,when being sold as Gospel ministry, is fraudulent at the very core. Those selling such assertions are committing fraud when the Gospel is strictly forbidden from the programs. Christians should ALREADY know that government agencies and global organizations are not going to pay them to evangelize and do the work of the Gospel. Constitutionally they CANNOT use public funds to aid in the Establishment of any particular faith. Interfaith humanitarian aid is the only possible -legal middle ground in such efforts. Is this a place for the church to be seeking to “Thrive”? If it is then it must leave the Gospel behind.
HIGHER AND GRANDER SCHEMES
Recently a member of the United States Conference of Bishops was reported to have said that Americans need to “share their wealth” with immigrants and refugees. In such a case, well beyond the exploitation of free labor in the form of volunteers, FAITH traffickers are also luring their victims in for wealth redistribution in the NOT TOO DISTANT future.
AN EVEN GREATER OFFENSE -PROMOTING A DEADLY RIVAL FAITH ON AMERICAN SHORES.
Baptist and other faith leaders have been advocating for the protection of Religious Liberty for Muslims as the refugee numbers surged. False narratives like “God is bringing the people of Islamic nations to America for the Gospel instead of us having to go to them”. Also the push of false assertions that “Islam is pro religious liberty ” or that “Sharia and the U S Constitution are compatible “. continue to be marketed far and wide among evangelicals. These talking points are false and deceptive and dangerous.
PROMOTING REUGEES AND ISLAMIC PROLIFIRATION IN AMERICA AS MINISTRY
World Relief is big in the Refugee Business.
it serves as the go to evangelical partner and recruiter of evangelicals for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops into the vision of “Refugee Resettlement”, World Relief lobbied against the Trump era ban on Muslim migration.
2019 WORLD RELIEF PRESS RELEASE
“World Relief Sponsors Side Event to Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom to Urge the Restoration of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.”
World Relief Sponsors Side Event to Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom to Urge the Restoration of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program as an Essential Part of a Robust International Religious Freedom Agenda
BALTIMORE, Md. – “Today, World Relief, HIAS, The Episcopal Church, the National Association of Evangelicals and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) cosponsored an official congressional briefing as a side event to the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. These organizations, plus panelists including representatives from the Free Yezidi Foundation, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and a Liberian refugee and pastor, called U.S. leadership to increase the number of refugees accepted in the U.S. as well as to continue robust refugee funding. While expressing gratitude to Secretary of State Pompeo for his commitment to pursue an international religious freedom agenda, the groups urged that having a robust refugee resettlement program can bolster the success of that mission.”
MOTIVES EXPOSED BY CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Christianity Today in its recent article /INTERVIEW celebrating the new World Relief President and CEO and the Biden policies shifts on immigration did a huge reveal of the motivations and end game of World Relief’s political activities. As part of the scheme World Vision has a new President and a new program pushing the false “justice and equity” gospel.
WORLD RELIEF IS A LEADING VOLAG
Volag or VolAg, is an abbreviation for “Voluntary Agency
According to the Center for Immigration Studies in 2018 :
“Inside the United States, nine non-governmental organizations work with, and are funded by, the Department of State to resettle refugees. These religious or community-based organizations referred to as voluntary agencies (or volags) help resettled refugees with the following: reception upon arrival; support with housing, food, and clothing; community orientation;”
The report covers the 2015 grant dollars and other matching support of World Vision for Refugee Care. $50 million in one year was not bad pay for Faith Trafficking Christians and the church.
These volags are funded, for the most part, by the U.S. government. Government funding ranges from a low of 58.5 percent to a high of 97.3 percent. (Some services provided, and government funds received, by these organizations may be non-refugee-related.)
Yearly compensations for the heads of these organizations range from a low of $132,000 to a high of $671,749.
After Challenging Season, World Relief Names New President
“Myal Greene is optimistic about resuming robust refugee resettlement programs under the Biden administration.” INTERVIEW BY STEFANI MCDADE|
THE ANTI TRUMP MOTIVATIONS OF WORLD RELIEF AND ITS PARTNERS LIKE RUSSELL MOORE
” In the past few months, World Relief began ramping up their resources and rebuilding infrastructure under President Biden. Ministry leaders were also among the advocates holding the Biden administration accountable to his promise to raise the refugee ceiling after the move was delayed by months.
WORLD RELIEF IS ELATED WITH BIDEN ADMIN POLICY
“World Relief had shut down eight of its 27 national offices due to yearly cuts in refugee admissions and resettlement funding under the Trump administration’s restrictive policies.”… ” We believe there’s going to be strong support for refugee resettlement from the Biden administration. We’ve learned that they were open to listening to the opinions of stakeholders and we’re really encouraged by their responsiveness, their concern and the seriousness with which they’re taking these issues. We’re encouraged by the ceiling raising to 62,500 for this fiscal year, and we’re optimistic that the ceiling will be raised to 125,000 next year. We’re excited about that. And while this comes with a need for resourcing and organizational capacity building after years of reduced numbers, we know there are many churches and community organizations eager to participate in the process and ready to respond to the opportunity to welcome more refugees into this country.”
NEVER MIND THE SLAUGHTER OF THE UNBORN”
The Biden administration, like the Obama administration before it and the Hillary Campaign of 2016 deep devotion to Planned Parenthood and the international KILLING FIELDS of global abortion have not deterred World Relief and others from supporting and partnering with globalist.
WE BE PARTNERS YALL- NEVER MIND THE SMELL
“Our work overseas is quite robust and dates back to the origins of our organization. We have three major areas of emphasis: The first is humanitarian or emergency response, which is serving people in refugee camps or internally displaced people (IDP) camps, and those returning to their home community—so there’s a lot of synergy and connectedness to the work that we do in the US. The second area of our work is in community and public health, where we’ve found great support from donors and collaboration with USAID and UNICEF. And then the third is a church-based community development initiative, an integrated model where we engage churches in meeting the needs of their neighbors—from economic and social to strengthening marriages and working with children.”
COMPLIANCE PROGRAM FOR EQUITY DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
“Earlier this year, Greene was also involved in a large-scale initiative at World Relief called Forward Together, which developed a strategic plan to increase a focus on fostering greater diversity, equity and inclusion within the organization and across its programs.”
Equation is simple- more compliance = more grant funding.
World Relief according to some sources has already profited some $300 million from bedding down with globalist.
MOTIVES ? THE WORST POSSIBLE $$$$$ JUST FILTHY LUCRE
Both here and abroad, a key feature of World Relief’s humanitarian work is its reliance on partnerships with local churches and ministries in addition to public or government grants.
THE PLANS TO SEDUCE THE CHURCH
“Since 1944, the Christian nonprofit has focused on engaging with church networks to raise support, advocate, and mobilize volunteers to join their mission.”
BACK IN BUSINESS
“We felt very strongly at that time that we wanted to be able to increase the number of resettlement sites that we operated in. And going forward, we see that as a very healthy way to conduct this work—to have more opportunities and locations for resettlement to take place. An increased number of resettlement cases really necessitates a larger footprint. As far as the dream vision, I would say we want to be at a place where we’re able to meet and respond to our full share of those being resettled among the other implementing partners. This means we’re looking at a variety of options to rapidly increase our scale, consider partnership opportunities, as well as open new offices or reopen locations that have previously been closed.”
THE PLANS TO PUSH HUMAN MIGRATION ESPEPCIALLY ISLAM “REFUGEES” EXPANDED TO INCLUDE “COMMUNITY ACTIVIST”.
“The season of ministry where we were less engaged in refugee resettlement allowed us to focus on working with churches and other community activists to offer broader services to the larger immigrant community, not just refugees—to consider how we engage local churches in being part of an environment of welcome for immigrants of all backgrounds. We think about advocacy in terms of relationship to public policy and to public opinion, and what we’ve learned is there are a lot of different messages in churches across the country. So as this has become a very polarizing issue, we see the role World Relief can play in advocating on behalf of immigrants and refugees to churches and faith communities.”
COVID FUNDING ABOUNDS SO WORLD RELIEF IS THERE FOR THE PANDEMIC INDUSTRY.
“Beyond resettling refugees domestically, World Relief also runs a number of international initiatives which continue to serve vulnerable populations in underserved countries in the midst of the worldwide COVID-19 crisis. In his previous role as senior vice president of international programs, Greene increased their funding and more than doubled their global reach in the past two years.”
TRINTY FORUM AND THE SOROS FUNDED NATIONAL IMMIGRATION TABLE- A FAVORITE TRAFFICKING STOP FOR WORLD VISION.
“May 23, 2016 / contentsupport2 / Trinity Forum Evening Conversation with Michael Gerson and Stephan Bauman This is the full, unedited version of the Trinity Forum Evening Conversation with Michael Gerson and Stephan Bauman. In our first event in our five-part Evening Conversation series on faith and international development, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson and World Relief President Stephan Bauman discussed”
TRINITY FORUM /WORLD RELIEF PARTERING ORGANIZATIONS HAVE INCLUDED SOUTHERN BAPTIST
(From Capstone Report article November 2020)
“Earlier this year, Baptist Standard ran an article disputing “rumors” that Russell Moore received funding from Soros’ foundations. Dr. Moore and the ERLC have found themselves in the crosshairs of Soros-related debates because of Moore’s active involvement with the EIT. A document from November 13, 2012, addressed to President Obama clearly lists the ERLC alongside nine other groups as the groups comprising the EIT: World Relief Corporation, Sojourners, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Bread for the World, Liberty Counsel, National Association of Evangelicals, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, World Vision, and G92.”
“In 2013, spokespeople for the EIT had already admitted to Breitbart News that their group “does not exist as its own non-profit” and “sought a neutral third-party institution, the NIF, to help facilitate our work.” Despite the strenuous denials that Mr. Soros’ money was involved, it is clear that the “facilitation” of the EIT depends on a structure financed by Mr. Soros, the NIF. Any doubt of separation between the initiatives now hold no weight since Dr. Moore is prominently listed as a speaker for the 2020 convention of the NIF and has his own webpage on the NIF website.”
NOTE: documents confirming over $2.5 million in Open Borders Society funding went into the establishment of the NIF and the faith trafficking bed fellows has been presented by this and many other publications including Captstone Report.
WORLD RELIEF AND LEADING EVANGELICALS WHO DROVE THE ANTI-TUMP NARRATIVE FOR 6 YEARS HAVE A A SELF SERVING CONFLICT OF INTEREST TO SAY THE LEAST.
It is clear that Christians are growing tired of being “pimped out” by these kinds of leaders and averse to being shamed for their political convictions , “White Nationalism”- “White Privilege ” and “Fragility.This often happens even when they are people of color with the wrong political alignment. So good news may be on the horizon.
The Christianity Today interview confirms in total what many like this author have been warning about for a decade. Key players are “Trafficking the FAITH of American believers in the global marketplace of VOLAGS and NGO’s and to those in secular government and foundations who hate them, their faith and their nation of origin. Their motives look to be pretty simple and easy to discern. The Government and large global goals Foundations will pay them well for the Souls they lure in.
If this is not the case then World Relief and others should step up to public forums and explain ALL of the fault lines, false narratives and gospel hinderances and be honest abut their full motivation providing notes from all backroom meetings and policy agreements inspiring initiatives like “Forward Together” for more ” equity, diversity and inclusion”. World Relief and other agencies need to stop preying on our faith AND on our College age Children in our Christian Institutions .They need to be accountable for full disclosure about all funding, sources and the restriction of Gospel ministry AND forced compliance to progressive compromise to which they have signed on. They also need to explain their rationale behind promoting Islamic proliferation in America. Western Europe is a stark reminder of how failed this policy is and, from any Biblical perspective, how anti American and anti Gospel the end game is.
CHRISTIAN VOLAGS COME CLEAN – HOW MUCH OPEN SOCIETIES AND OTHER AGENDA DRIVEN DOLLARS HAVE YOU TAKEN?
A RAY OF HOPE : IS GOD SWEEPING THE HOUSE?
Has God had enough? Is Jesus once again driving the moneychangers from His house?
DECEPTION RISING IS IN ITSELF PART OF THE HOPE OF REDEMPTION TO COME.
Revelation 13 :
The Beast from the Earth
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”
The Time Is Near
6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the [b]holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.
7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
8 Now I, John, [c]saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that.[d]For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him [e]be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
Jesus Testifies to the Churches
12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the[f]Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
14 Blessed are those who [g]do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 [h]But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
18 [i]For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, [j]God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God[k] shall take away his part from the [l]Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
I Am Coming Quickly
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Feminism is rising in conservative Christian circles (again) so can Seminaries build bridges without creating platforms for feminist and lesbians?
Rev Thomas Littleton
Beeson Seminary which is on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham Al. recently announced a new “Center for Women in Ministry” and held the inaugural conference event in June 2021. It is both curious and concerning that the timing of the launch comes when feminism is clearly rising on the back of intersectionality in the SBC , PCA and other conservative denominations. Timothy George helped found and lead the non denominational seminary since 1984. Yes the seminary is non denominational but it is located on the Campus of Samford University whose founding was as a Southern Baptist school.
(NOTE Samford’s final ties with SBC funding were severed in recent years when Samford faculty approved an LGBTQ activist organization on campus .More on that in a later update.)
Beeson does still have a significant impact on Baptist and other conservative Christian community when churches hire pastors or staff trained at the institution. So should conservative churches who hire graduates of Beeson be concerned about the Center? Yes and for several reasons given some of those involved as well as the stated mission of George in bringing egalitarians and communitarians together in a “New E&C Together ” focus at the crossroads of a culture steeped in Intersectionality.
Timothy George has long been an advocate for common ground in his “A Modest Proposal”. This goes back at least to 2005 in a Christianity Today article
A Modest Proposal
Nine tasks egalitarians and complementarians can pursue.BY TIMOTHY GEORGE|
“The Center for Women in Ministry at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School exists to encourage and equip women called to Christian ministry and to serve as a resource for the Church of Jesus Christ for the edification of the Church and for the thriving of women in ministry.”
“The Center for Women in Ministry at Beeson holds to the commitments of Beeson Divinity School and to the two beliefs that God calls women to Christian ministry and the Church needs God-called, theologically trained women in ministry. This Center does not advocate for a complementarian or egalitarian theological position as such, but rather assists all women in evangelical, Protestant churches (whether complementarian or egalitarian) for the sake of the flourishing of women in ministry.”
THE LARGER CONCERN IS ABOUT MORE THAN THE PULPITS
The new Beeson Center launches at a time when sexual abuse scandals abound in the SBC and other complementarian movements. This has caused a push for “MORE women in leadership” in order to “prevent sex abuse and the cover up of abuse”. This is a flawed rhetoric and open door for feminist who wish to target” toxic masculinity” across the board.
Currently books like “Jesus and John Wayne ” and “Surviving Biblical Womanhood” are on a full frontal assault against the perceived “Toxic Masculinity” represented by evangelical men who are “fans of john Wayne and Donald Trump”.
MORE ON FEMINISM RISING HERE :
NEUTRAL GROUND -DOES IT REALLY EXIST? NEVER HAS !
So the Center aims to remain neutral on the issue of “E vs C ” or in other words whether or not women should be in pulpit and pastoral ministry. The real issue is MUCH LARGER. Can conservative Christians enter a E&C dialog without opening the door to feminist and lesbian radicalism?
Intersectionality -“The interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.”
Intersectionality IS a radical feminist movement. It weds together a collective of self identified victims of discrimination across the range of racial gender ,gay and other identities. It is at the heart of organizations like BLM. Despite all the attention and controversy about Resolution 9 on Critical Race Theory in the 2019 Southern Baptist convention – most seem to have ignored the melting pot of feminist, racial and gender /LGBTQ theory and activism represented by the push of “Intersectionality” along with CRT in the 2019 SBC Resolution # NINE. Trust the experts. Intersectionality is no LOVE POTION.
OFF TO A BAD START
A quick look at the Advisory Board for the Beeson Center for Women in Ministry shows a couple of infiltration points have already manifest.
Revoice “LGBTQ Thriving in Historic Christian Tradition” leader Tish Harrison Warren is a Board Member for the new Center for Women. She is also featured in a chapter of a recent book by the Center’s Executive Director Kristen Padilla.
Revoice conference inaugural event in 2018 exposed disturbing insight into the radical infiltration of both SBC and PCA’s flagship seminaries by “feminist theology” denouncing “the nuclear family as an IDOL”. This narrative is straight out of Drew Divinity School and radical feminist theologians like Janet Fishburn. Fishburn errors are many and Biblical believers should not be espousing her views of family or orthodoxy.
NATE COLLINS OF REVOICE ON THE FAMILY IDOL
“Human = parent??? It’s possible to uphold and prize biblical sexual ethics and marriage while not reinforcing the idolatry of the nuclear family that’s so prevalent in cultural Christianity. Single friends, ESP those who plan to never marry: you are wonderfully and fully human.” Quote from Revoice founder Nate Collins.
REVOICE AND “QUEER CULTURE “
Revoice also celebrated the “treasures which Queer Culture and Queer Theory” offer the church and “will bring into the New Jerusalem . Revoice espouses sexual minority, gay Christian and ” Queer Christian “identities & theory,
The thought leader behind the Revoice movement is American Psychological Association (APA interfaith leader on sexuality and gender Mark Yarhouse of Wheaton College. Yarhouse has fully persuaded many evangelical leaders like Southern Baptist Albert Mohler and PCA’s Tim Keller ( who is a favorite repeat speaker at Beeson) that “sexual orientation” exist and is inborn and unchanging. This is totally counter to the Gospel offer of repentance, freedom from the power of sin, hope and transformation for all sinners. Yarhouse also asserts the confusing reality of gender conflicted-transgenderism among believers. So the assertion is homosexuality is “fixed and cannot be changed” while biological gender not fixed to “‘gender fluid” gender identity. More on that at a later time.
TISH HARRISON WARREN REVOICE AND INTERVARSITY
Tish Harrison Warren@Tish_H_Warren “These past weeks, I’ve felt an ache-in-my-body longing to talk w/Revoice & sideB ( added for clarification- Side B are those who identify as LGBTQ but assert an espousal of celibacy This is a modern take on the “non-practicing homosexuals” narrative of the 1970s activism to infiltrate the mainline denominations.) friends. As a member of the advisory council, I want to be available to talk through *whatever* you want. So this webinar. We’ll talk my book but also happy to answer questions re: the ACNA brouhaha.” ( ACNA is the Anglican Church in North America and the “Brouhaha ” is over women’s ordination. )
Notice the issue of women’s ordination and LGBTQ activism run hand in hand.
TISH HARRISAON WARREN ENDORSEMENT OF GREG JOHNSON’S NEW BOOK .
Activism never sleeps .Even though Greg Johnson’s hosting of Revoice in his PCA Memorial Church in St Louis has caused a massive upheaval in the PCA followed by a significant split and recent efforts to squash the foolish and unbiblical LGBTQ Christian identities – Tish proudly endorses Johnson’s book.
“In the suffocating quagmire of the church’s debates about same-sex sexuality, Greg Johnson’s Still Time to Care is a breath of fresh air. While Johnson unflinchingly documents the failures of the ex-gay movement of the 1980s and ’90s, he also defends a traditional sexual ethic and articulates a ‘paradigm of care’ to counter the ‘paradigm of cure’ that has harmed so many people. Drawing deeply from history, evangelical leaders, and Scripture, Johnson articulates a way forward for sexual minorities and those who love them. Winsome, intelligent, personal, and warm, this book is important and profoundly needed. I want everyone I know to read it.”
—Tish Harrison Warren, Anglican priest; author, Liturgy of the Ordinary and Prayer in the Night
Deep Dive with Tish Harrison Warren
“Check out our most recent Revoice Deep Dive with author Tish Harrison Warren. Join Revoice Executive Director Bekah Mason and Tish as they discuss Tish’s most recent book Prayer in the Night.”
According to her bio Tish- “She has worked in ministry settings for over a decade as a campus minister with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries”. InterVaristy publishes Mark Yarhouse books & SPONSORED REVOICE IN 2019. Tish is also a founding member if the Pelican Project with SBC activist women like Karen Swallow Prior. Tish is a “senior fellow” of the problematic Trinity Forum where Obama era activist Michael Wear and now defrocked ERLC former President Russell Moore often role played advocating for “immigration reform” and social justice in the Soros funded National Immigration Forum. Funding for Trinity also comes from the progressive Muslim founder of Ebay.
Another Concern with the Beeson Center for Women in Ministry is the presence of an associate editor for the InterVarsity Press Anna Moseley Gissing. This concern is not only because of it’s 2019 support of Revoice after it’s 2018 controversy but also it’s weighty endorsement of Revoice thought leader and 2019 event speaker Yarhouse.
“We’re excited to announce @ivpress as one of our #Revoice19 conference sponsors! Be sure to visit their table at the conference, where you can pick up copies of “Single, Gay, Christian” by Greg Coles, “Listening to Sexual Minorities” by @markyarhouse, and more!”
TIMOTHY GEORGE 2018 INTERVIEW WITH HEAD OF THE CENTER FOR WOMEN IN MINISTRY
George and the new Center’s director interviewed on the issue of women in ministry while she was communications coordinator for Beeson. George espouses the ability to bring these issues to the forefront while not taking a position on them biblically. Really?
Kristen Padilla is marketing and communications coordinator at Beeson Divinity School.
Timothy George: That's what I like about you. Your book sounds a little bit like Beeson Divinity School, in that we don't take an advocacy position on these two positions that are out there in the Christian world. We have professors, and we have students on both sides of those issues. We talk about them. We sometimes have even public discussions about them. We don't sweep it under the rug, but we say, "This should not be a test of fellowship within our community," and that makes us different from other kinds of school. There are seminaries that are strictly complementarian. You couldn't be on the faculty if you didn't, and likewise, strictly egalitarian. You couldn't be on their faculty if you didn't take that ... We have a both and approach. We're not the only school like that. There are a number of others as well, and you seem to ... I guess the word is tension. There's a tension in your treatment of this issue which you find somehow reflected in the scriptures themselves. Is that right?
Kristen Padilla: That's correct. I say in the book that we don't want to write off the difficult passages of scripture to make us feel better, but at the same time, we don't want to create a canon within a canon, elevating one text above the other, so I'm trying to help the women, in a gentle way, to enter into the tension of scripture, where on the one hand, you find women prophesying, very involved in the work of ministry, and then on the other hand, you have difficult texts like First Timothy 2. I want us to be faithful to Scripture as both complementarians and egalitarians do. We want to be faithful to the text, but I also want them to wrestle with the text, partly because they're going to wrestle with these questions if they haven't already. I want them to be prepared for that wrestling now, so that when they encounter these questions, and they encounter these texts later, that they'll be able to stand on a firmer footing.
Timothy George: Yeah, so let me pose the question this way. If you're a complementarian woman, and we shouldn't think all complementarians are men, of course. There are many complementarian women, even women theologians who are complementarian, and likewise egalitarians, there's both/and, if you're a complementarian, what can this book help you with? How can it help you understand this issue better?
Kristen Padilla: For many women that I've encountered, and I grew up in complementarian traditions in churches, but for some women in certain complementarian traditions, they might feel that there's no place for them in ministry. I really hope that they feel encouraged where they may not feel encouraged. I also hope that they will see that even their ministry is restricted to women and children, that is a valuable ministry, that women and children are God's sheep. They are made in God's image, and delivering God's Word for them is just as important as it is to deliver it to men. I want them to see value in any sector of ministry that they are allowed to do. I also want them to wrestle with the idea that the Spirit gives gifts that are not divided along gender lines, and this is something that Anne Bowman talks about in her piece in the book Two Views on Women in Ministry, the first edition that I have, published by Zondervan. She's a complementarian, and she talks about the use of gifts. You do not have to have an office or even a pulpit to practice these gifts.
The notion of espousing neutrality while hosting the controversy is almost silly. E vs C is a divisive issue while George being a theologian heading a theological institution, the problem with “neutrality” should be glaringly obvious. George has raised many conservative believers concerns during his years at Beeson. The new Center for Women in Ministry and the push for Egalitarians and Complementarians Together looks to be yet another misstep in his troubled and fading legacy.
Some WOULD LOVE TO THINK Timothy George advocacy and “modest proposal” for a new E&C Together movement is helpful and harmless. In these times of intersectionality and it’s march through the institutions, neutrality looks like surrender and has the same eventual outcome. Black Lives Matter is led by radicalized racism feminist and lesbian activist who have attacked Christianity openly. Moreover with the current push against “toxic masculinity ” among evangelicals who love John Wayne let us consider carefully what entities like The Beeson Center of Women In Ministry are seeking to create. Is a forum for common ground and dialog without a theological stand amid the controversial and divisive issue able to discern and protect such a conversation or it’s participants from the rabid and destructive feminist agenda? Given that Revoice leaders and financial supporters have already infiltrated the new Center for Women in Ministry at Beeson … things are not looking good. Can Beeson’s new Center be neutral? Seems a very simple minded notion for deep thinking theologians.
The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees
“Pharisees and Sadducees Together”? Good luck with that.
Jesus warns of the leaven of doctrine.
5 Now when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6 Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the [a]leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”
7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have taken no bread.”
8 But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you [b]have brought no bread? 9 Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? 10 Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? 11 How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the [c]leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the [d]doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Galatians 5: 7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.
KEY LEADERS IN THE EVANGELICAL MOVEMENT HAVE NO HESITATION IN PROMOTING THE “GLOBAL GOALS” OF AN ANTI-CHRIST WORLD SYSTEM. DAVID PLATT IS / HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MORE OBVIOUS AND SHAMELESS.
Rev Thomas Littleton
David Platt is the popular pastor who heads the “Radical ” and “Secret Church” brands among other movements. Platt is currently the pastor of McLean Bible Church in Virginia. He became popular as a pastor of the troubled Church at Brookhills in Birmingham Alabama when it’s founding pastor became embroiled in a moral failure. Platt’s rise to the senior pastors position of the 4200 member Southern Baptist mega church made him the “youngest megachurch pastor in history” according to the New York Times.
Platts star faded in his short and troubled time as head of the SBC “International Missions Board” during which he made a sudden move into another pastorate at McLean Bible Church well before his exit from IMB. NOW Platt is facing another set of massive controversies as McLean has lost 40% of it’s membership in a recent split which has set off a war with long time members over his embrace of the false “Social Justice” and so called “WOKE” gospel.
PLATT HAS BIGGER PROBLEMS STILL.
BIGGER ISSUES LOOM AS PLATT SHOWS HIS GLOBALIST ALIGNMENTS.
Platt has sold many books and study guides for his various brands like Radical and Secret Church. His first book in the Radical series was featured on the NYT Best Seller list which has become little more than the fruit of clever marketing strategies based on massive pre-publishing purchases by authors and their entities.
Note as well that David Platt gained a position in the Lausanne Movement in 2015 while still heading the IMB as “The Chair of Lausanne’s Theology Working Group”. More on Lausanne’s endorsement of rabid Globalist Sustainable Goals which are intended to lead to Global Currency and Global Governance among other godless outcomes.
David Platt’s upcoming Radical Intensive conference planned for McLean Bible Church in September provides troubling insights into his branding’s sources and goals as part of the “missions strategy”. These sourcing partners will be familiar to anyone following the “Global Sustainability Goals ” of the United Nations and the economic and pandemic policies of organizations like the World Economic Forum.
“Radical Intensive is a two-day event for lead pastors, decision-making senior leaders, and their teams to encourage and equip you to lead your church to make disciples of all nations, particularly in places of most urgent spiritual and physical need.Date: September 27-28, 2021Location: McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna VACost: $295 (each subsequent person $195)”
“Learn how your church can reimagine resources for the sake of the lost – specifically the unreached.”
“Receive detailed discipleship resources to expose, engage, and empower your congregation in Great Commission work.”
“Discover biblically faithful and practically effective ways your church can play a part in making the gospel known in some of the hardest to reach places on the planet.”
“Gain a vision for how to shift the idea of existing mission fields to mission forces, mobilizing your current reached world mission partners to the unreached.”
“Connect with other like-minded church leaders who are seeking to rectify the Great Imbalance.For those considering the Radical Intensive, we encourage you to read about Radical’s Mission, Statement of Faith, and Core Values.”
REALITY BEHIND THE FEEL GOOD MESSAGE ON “GOSPEL MISSION”
The Radical Intensive links to several entities related to the Radical research, data, and partner organizations.
Note Stratus .earth
“A PROJECT BY “
These partners clearly and brazenly source the information and data they are working to HARD SELL through Platt and the Radical brand from radical political, left leaning , globalist entities.
STRATUS -MISSION DATA REIMAGINED
Stratus asserts that it seeks to address “The great Imbalance”
“Stratus aims to address the Great Imbalance by helping the church identify the world’s most urgent needs so that it can reallocate its resources more strategically.“
“The vast majority of missions resources go to people and places already Reached by the Gospel, while only 3% of missionaries and 1% of missions money are deployed among the Unreached.”
“This is the Great Imbalance.”
“As a result, there are more people without access to the Gospel today than a decade ago.”
“Stratus seeks to equip the global church with fresh vision to accomplish the Great Commission by addressing some of the factors that perpetuate the Great Imbalance. We hope this tool allows the church to better understand what steps will be required to overcome the barriers that prevent needs from being met, spurring informed and collaborative missions strategy.”
“Stratus accounts for barriers that have impeded the progress of the Gospel. This recalibrated ROI promotes a more equitable distribution of resources where needs are the highest.“
According to it’s website Stratus research comes from , among other sources-
The World Economic Forum
The World Health Organization
The World Bank
The United Nations
Global Peace Index
CIA World Fact Book
And the only “Evangelical Partner ” for Radical ‘s Stratus is The Joshua Project
“Joshua Project is an organization focused on providing the Church with data necessary to mobilize pioneer church-planting movements among every unreached ethnic group.”
Linguistic Diversity Index
“Dr. Chase Porter utilized Joshua Project data to create the Linguistic Diversity Index.”
People Group Fractionalization Index
“Dr. Chase Porter utilized Joshua Project data to create the People Group Fractionalization Index.”
The Joshua Project is part of the Lausanne Movement and offers an actual “Prayer Guide” for the fulfillment of the “17 Global Sustainability Goals “of the UN and virtually all the organizations listed above and on the Stratus website as sources.
THE 4/14 WINDOW TO INDOCTRINATE CHRISTIAN CHILDREN AND REDIRECT GOBAL MISSION INTO HANDS OF GLOBALIST.
One shameless goal of the evangelical partners like Lausanne’s David Platt and Ed Stetzer is to target children in the vulnerable and impressionable age range of 4 to 14 years of age.
More information on this wicked set of goals and strategies here:
“Joshua Project is a Ministry of Frontier Ventures”
Frontier Ventures cites it’s Lasaunne history and work for the recalibration of Global mission on the FV website .
“Ralph Winter’s long career as a missionary, mission professor and “mission engineer” stemmed from his conviction that Christian organizations accomplish more when they cooperate in strategic ways.”
“Winter’s 1974 presentation at the Congress for World Evangelization in Lausanne, Switzerland – an event organized by American evangelist Billy Graham – was a watershed moment for global mission.”
“It was during this presentation that Winter shifted global mission strategy from a focus on political boundaries to a focus on distinct ethnic people groups. “
DAVID PLATT, LAUSANNE, JOSHUA PROJECT ARE STILL AT IT -AND REDEFINING CHRISTIAN MISSION TO BE LOCKSTEPWITH UNITED NATIONS AND OTHER GLOBALIST ORGANIZATIONS .
MINING AND PROMOTING GLOBALIST DATA LIKE THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM.
WEC is utilizing the negative impact of the Coronavirus to push it’s Great Reset and the Global Warming agenda. A key part of the Great Reset is a global digital currency and global taxation. Platts groups “concern” for “The Great Imbalance” is the perfect platform for urging Evangelicals to buy in to the shift in resources toward Global Goals.
“There is an urgent need for global stakeholders to cooperate in simultaneously managing the direct consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. To improve the state of the world, the World Economic Forum is starting The Great Reset initiative.”….
“The Covid-19 crisis, and the political, economic and social disruptions it has caused, is fundamentally changing the traditional context for decision-making. The inconsistencies, inadequacies and contradictions of multiple systems –from health and financial to energy and education – are more exposed than ever amidst a global context of concern for lives, livelihoods and the planet. Leaders find themselves at a historic crossroads, managing short-term pressures against medium- and long-term uncertainties.”
“As we enter a unique window of opportunity to shape the recovery, this initiative will offer insights to help inform all those determining the future state of global relations, the direction of national economies, the priorities of societies, the nature of business models and the management of a global commons. Drawing from the vision and vast expertise of the leaders engaged across the Forum’s communities, the Great Reset initiative has a set of dimensions to build a new social contract that honours the dignity of every human being.”
GLOBAL DECEPTION IS ANTI-CHRIST
(NOTE: Global goals alignment will also mean leaders, Churches and Christian ministries will participate in ongoing- highly politicized “pandemic responses” and vaccines also aiding globalist in contact tracing and vaccine hesitancy reduction. This has already taken place on a significant scale among leaders like Rick Warren, Stetzer and defrocked Southern Baptist Russell Moore.)
Like no other time in history the church is facing massive deception and seduction. You would think with such plain Biblical warning that most believers would escape the lure of false “global goals” Christianity . But sadly many believers trust leaders like David Platt, Tim Keller, and Ed Stetzer who are all stars of the Lausanne Movement. The idea that Christian ministries would offer a “prayer guide” for the “Global Sustainability Goals” seems unthinkable. Or the assertion that a popular pastor like Platt would resource driving data from partners like the WEF/ UN/ World Bank/ WHO and more to drive recalibration of missions resources to answer a justice agenda might seem like conspiracy theory .BUT the truth is undeniable and facts , in these cases, are stranger than fiction. It should be obvious that these movements and activities represent apocalyptic deceptions warned about by Jesus throughout the Gospels and in Revelation.
Clearly Christians must discern light from darkness in the motivations and outcomes of such men and their movements and they must admit that MANY ARE BEING GIVEN OVER TO STRONG DELUSION.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12New King James Version
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
As the JD Greear, Ed Litton sermon PLAGIARISM scandal SERMONGATE escalates into the secular media like Newsweek and Washington Times, a darker reality emerges. Today pulpits in America are filled with carefully crafted language and talking points to move the church toward affirmation of sin.
Rev Thomas Littleton
Just one week into the reign of newly elected SBC president Ed Litton, a youtube video of sermon clips showing his and outgoing president J D Greears sermons on Romans 1. Both use the same introduction, cheesy as it was, along with several illustrations and phrases which exactly match each other. Greears sermon was a year in advance of the Litton sermon but Greear is not credited in the quotes. Litton and Greear both issued statements to cover their rather exposed hinder parts but the they fall short of explaining away the concerns and the charges of plagiarism. By SBC’s own seminary standards on plagiarism both preaches are offenders.
Still the greater reality is not being focused on by most in this brewing disaster is the content of the sermon and its willingness to assert that “The Bible whispers about sexual sin especially homosexuality.” The real issue here is not just that the sermon is copied but that it is making a totally false assertion.
As Litton and Greear and departed ERLC president Russell Moore make MUCH of their assertions of racism and sex abuse / coverups – they and others in church have been on a steady set of false talking points from imbedded activist to minimize the issues related to LGBTQ agenda and its targeting of children and families at every level of society.
STRANGE mixture of focus is it not? And too many in the pews today are willing to let these men get away with what they are doing because they have not zealously embraced a love of the Truth and POWER OF THE GOSPEL. We dare not be robbed -for the sake of all sinners (all of us fallen creatures) of the true promise of transforming power of salvation through the blood of Jesus. Whisperers lose everything and steal it from us when they attempt to mute the truth of God.
WHISPERERS IN THE PULPIT ARE A CURSE FROM GOD
A BIT OF WARNING TO GREEAR AND LITTON FROM JEREMIAH 23
30 “Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who steal My words every one from his neighbor. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He says.’ 32 Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says the Lord, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,” says the Lord.”
ROMANS ONE :THE VERSES IN QUESTION
What does the text of Romans 1 really say? Below is the full text which Greear/ Litton and a host of affiliated modern day pulpit jockey’s outfitted with canned and regurgitated sermons calling them “God Whispering “.
REMEMBER THE WORDS AND CATCH PHRASES OF GREEAR AND LITTON ARE NOT THEIR OWN -BUT THE WORD OF GOD STANDS ALONEAGAINST THEIR FOLLY.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the [j]men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
LGBTQ ACTIVIST IN ORGANIZATIONS LIKE HRC CALL ROMANS 1 A”CLOBBER VERSE” WHILE THE OUTGOING AND INCOMING PRESIDENTS OF THE SBC CALL IT A “WHISPER “.
Sad to say that LGBTQ activist organizations have a better grasp on the reality of the scriptures strong denunciation and keen focus on homosexual sin, describing it and the consequences of it in unmistakable detail than do two SBC presidents trained in SBC seminaries. So organizations like the Human Rights Campaign have gone to great lengths to persuade Christians that the Bible is “wrong” or “wrongly interpreted” while at the same time shying away from the ultimate “Clobber Verse” Romans 1.
EXAMPLE OF HRC FALSE TALKING POINTS
(False narrative from Human Rights Campaign’s “resource on faith”.
“One of the most enduring ethical issues across Christian traditions is sexual diversity. For many Christians, one of the most frequently first-asked questions on this topic is, “What does the Bible say about attraction to someone of the same sex?”
“Although its unlikely that the biblical authors had any notion of sexual orientation (for example, the term homosexual wasn’t even coined until the late 19th century) for many people of faith, the Bible is looked to for timeless guidance on what it means to honor God with our lives; and this most certainly includes our sexuality.”
“Before we can jump into how it is that Christians can maintain the authority of the Bible and also affirm sexual diversity,”
GREEAR AND LITTON SOUND MORE LIKE ACTIIVST WORKING FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY TO SALVE THE “COLLECTIVE COMMUNITY CONSCIENCE” THAN TO SPEAK THE WORD OF THE LIVING GOD.
But in a sobering reality check leaders from the SBC and other denominational groups like the PCA have all but TURNED TO MUSH since at least 2009 when HRC / LGBTQ leaders joined “Conservatives” like the SBCs CEO of the Executive Committee Frank Page in the Advisory Counsel of the Obama White House Faith Based Neighborhood Partnerships.
By 2010 a major shift to advance the false narrative of HRC and the APA on “Sexual Orientation” has taken place among evangelical organizations like the Lausanne Movement and The Gospel Coalition – both of which heavily influence the SBC and many other groups.
The real message of Romans 1 is completely overlooked by both of these pulpit whisperers Greear and Litton.
THE CHAPTER REVEALS POWER FOR TRANSFORMATION BY FAITH
-VS- WRATH FOR THE REJECTION OF THE TRUTH.
The revelation of the power of God unto salvation :
The Just Live by Faith
16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
The warning of God’s wrath revealed :
God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness
18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.”
TRUTH IS – FALSE PROPHETS WILL NOT SPEAK THE TRUTHAND COORDINATE THEIR FALSE WORDS.
Like the false prophets of Baal during the time of Ahab and Jezebel -modern day pastors and leaders who appease, bow the knee, and kiss the image of modern day idols are kept well by those whose agendas they serve. Men like JD Greear and Ed Litton are not prophets but cowardly activist too ashamed to own their real goals to move the church ever closer toward affirming sin by saying the Bible “Whispers” about it. Tim Keller, Albert Mohler, Russell Moore and many others in this herd of change agents working to secure the interest of cultural outsiders within the churches faith are the worst kind of false prophets .They are willing to hide in orthodoxy while dancing with the devil and playing word games with the Word of God.
God will not put up with such men or their deceit in His house for long.
16 Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the Lord. 17 They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The Lord has said, “You shall have peace” ’; And to everyone who walks according to the [g]dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’ ”
18 For who has stood in the counsel of the Lord, And has perceived and heard His word? Who has marked His word and heard it? 19 Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord has gone forth in fury— A violent whirlwind! It will fall violently on the head of the wicked. 20 The anger of the Lord will not turn back Until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the latter days you will understand it perfectly.
21 “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. 22 But if they had stood in My counsel, And had caused My people to hear My words, Then they would have turned them from their evil way And from the evil of their doings.
23 “Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? 24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.
25 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26 How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart, 27 who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal.
28 “The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the Lord. 29 “Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
MAYBE IT IS TIME FOR ANOTHER SHOWDOWN ON THE MOUNT OF GOD.
“Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
20 “So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. “