Monthly Archives: March 2019



Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                                     3/14/2019

Covenant Theological Seminary President Mark Dalbey is attempting some damage control after criticism lingers from CTS ties to and staff involvement in the controversial Revoice 2018 event in St Louis last year. Whether or not his current effort to respond resonates with critics may depend more on what he is not saying than what is being said.

A recent article by Owen Strachan attempts to promote the Dalbey response in the best possible light.

Strachan opens his article with this positive tone, “ In a major and heartening announcement, Covenant Theological Seminary President Mark Dalbey just announced that no faculty members would participate in the 2019 Revoice Conference. “

Dalby’s announcement can be seen here

In the video response Dalbey admits he is answering concerns about CTS commitment to Biblical sexual ethics which have resulted from Revoice 2018 involvement. Dalbey affirms traditional -one man one woman -biblical marriage and that sexuality is to be expressed only within this biblical model of marriage .

Regarding homosexuality, Dalbey affirms, “Homosexual desire is a result of the fall; it’s a sinful desire that is to be mortified and resisted and in no way dignified. … homosexual lust and homosexual intimate behavior is sin and condemned by God….Covenant Seminary does not teach that a person should identify as a “gay Christian.” Covenant Seminary will not have any of our faculty speaking at the 2019 Revoice Conference.”


Dr. Dalbey then asserts that CTS does not endorse or have a role in the Revoice Conference. “We do not agree with all the views of the Revoice Conference.” Dalbey does fail to condemn the Revoice movement which is now in its second year .

Dalbey then attempts to offer specific denials for CTS. “Covenant Seminary does not advocate for Queer Theology. CTS does not teach that a person should identify as a gay Christian. And CTS will not have any of our faculty teaching at the 2019 Revoice Conference.” At this point a couple of questions are appropriate and perhaps only Dr. Dalbey can answer them.


According to multiple  internet sources and PCA’s  By Faith Magazine (announced in 2015) the Nashville extension classes of CTS are held at Scott Sauls’ Christ Presbyterian (PCA) church in Nashville TN.  “Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville will host the initial classes, with St. Louis professors as primary teachers and Nashville adjuncts such as Dr. Scotty Smith also teaching classes.” In this By Faith report,”Mark Dalbey, Covenant Seminary president, said Nashville is home to a concentrated number of Covenant Seminary alumni who are serving their communities in vocational ministry or other capacities. For years these alumni have been asking Covenant to offer classes in Nashville.” Sauls points out the growth and cultural center Nashville has become. In a video released on Covenant Seminary’s Facebook page, Nashville pastor Scott Sauls said, “Nashville is undergoing a very significant transformation as a city. It’s becoming less and less Bible Belt and more and more Athens of the South.”

Why Nashville?

“Scott Sauls & Scotty Smith talk about why Nashville is an important city for the advance of the gospel.”


One of the more controversial endorsements on the Revoice 2018 website was that of Scott Sauls PCA pastor, CTS graduate and lecturer . According to social media of Revoice founder Nate Collins, who lived in Nashville at the time,- Scott Sauls helped mentor the founding of and traveled with Collins in the February of 2018 to St Louis for Revoice organizing and planning. CTS President Mark Dalbey fails to address Sauls dual roles in CTS and Revoice.

Goodbye St. Louis! We had such a good time celebrating the ministry of FirstLight, planning for Revoice, and spending time with dear friends, new and old. Looking forward to the next time, hopefully soon!


According to the Revoice review of the 2018 event a second PCA church was involved in hosting the 2018 Revoice events and its pastor is a CTS professor and Dean of Students.


“Panelists At The Spiritual Friendship Pre-Conference, ‘Learning To Desire Love,’ Hosted By South City Church In St. Louis. Pictured From L To R: Joseph Trout, Johanna Finegan, Wesley Hill, Ron Belgau, And Matthew Lee Anderson.”
South City Church is pastored by Mike Higgins who according to the church website is a CTS professor .

“Mike and Renee Higgins came to South City Church in 2012. Mike attended Covenant Seminary earned his MDiv in 1996 and served as a PCA pastor in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia before returning to Covenant Seminary as Dean of Students in 2011.”

Higgins South City Church became embroiled in a controversy of their own last Fall in its attempts to host a transgendered speaker in the 2018 Reclaim MLK event.

Faith For Justice Co-founder is Michelle Higgins is pastor Mike Higgins daughter, South City Church Worship/ Children’s ministry leader, and a CTS graduate .

Michelle HigginsDirector of Worship

“Michelle Higgins has been a choir director, event coordinator, youth ministry director, gospel-funk lyricist and lead singer. Michelle was born in St. Louis and has lived near Fairgrounds Park, Forest Park, Benton Park and Tower Grove Park. She currently serves the African American Leadership Development Conference of Saint Louis.”

“Michelle has deep roots in the African American pentecostal tradition, but her ambition is to encourage and participate in blended worship with all the nations. Michelle holds an M.Div from Covenant Theological Seminary.”


President Dalbey is not  revealing or speaking to concerns about the role CTS Nashville extension host pastor Scott Sauls has played in Revoice 2018 but only speaks to Professor Dr. Jay Skylar’s treatment of Leviticus 18 in  his lecture at Revoice. Dalbey has also never addressed Mike Higgins/South City Church role in hosting the Revoice Pre-Conference. Covenant Theological Seminary has far more significant involvement in and ties to Revoice than perhaps President Dalby is aware or at least is willing to admit.


Given the radical agenda, language, and workshops announced months BEFORE Revoice 2018 -why were CTS professor’s part of the 2018 event? Why is that now a problem if it was not a problem last year? Is it a problem now because the event became controversial enough for Dr. Dalbey to be forced to respond at the PCA General Assembly last June and the controversy lingers today? If CTS is not advocating for Queer Theology – what about Queer Theory, Gender Theory and Feminine Theory? Are they being taught at CTS? If not, where did 7 of the 2018 Revoice speakers with close ties to and /or recent graduates of CTS develop their use of such theories and the Revoice ideology?


Can Dr. Dalbey make these Revoice CTS graduates academic records public? If no, deeper connection to CTS exist-why was the event held in St Louis in a PCA church? The Revoice conference embodies and contains the controversial  LGBT+ narrative which is developed under such theories as mentioned above and DID have multiple CTS trained young people who DO identify as “Gay /LGBT Christian” speaking and providing leadership to the Revoice movement. Can rightly concerned PCA and biblically  conservative people see what is being taught to their children, grandchildren and future church ministry leaders at CTS?


No one expressing  concerns over Revoice have actually said that the conference was proclaiming “Queer Theology” . However the event and some of its workshops stopped just short of it. Still no case has been made that Revoice or CTS is promoting  “Queer Theology.” The controversial theories were fully engaged in the narrative and the movements behind Revoice process of social change. Addressing an accusation that was not made appears like a “straw man” argument.


“Much of what is being said about CTS is sinful, slanderous and a violation of the 9th commandment.” Dalbey goes on to point fingers at CTS critics for, in his view, hurting the good name of CTS by these ”slanderous attacks”. According to Dalby CTS teaches its students how to act toward people who are homosexuals. Note this language reinforces sexual identity and is not in keeping with biblical /sin view.  Does Dr. Dalbey believe in Sexual Orientation which is the core problem at the root of the Revoice controversy He has not chosen his words very wisely here and adds to confusion later. Dr. Dalbey goes on to say CTS teaches their students to be committed to “Biblical Sexual Ethic” however – Revoice does not use the word Biblical but instead asserts they are “committed to Christian Sexual Ethic.”  Revoice founder Nate Collins clarifies this as an extra -biblical position “because the bible writers do not know about Sexual Orientation.”  Again where is Dr. Dalbey on the issue of orientation?

The view expressed by Revoice 2018 multiple (recent) CTS graduates concerning their adherence to the broader “Christian sexual ethic”  was lampooned at the opening session of the 2018 event as that terminology was made the object humor and mutual disdain. Comments on the Christian sexual ethic language included “that’s something we are not very good at” and “what are we talking about -the sexual ethic of King David?”  If the dance around terminology does not look good on CTS graduates- it looks far worse when the CTS President is waltzing with words and adding more confusion to an already disturbing set of concerns.


Dalbey spends a good deal of time covering the issue of evangelism related to CTS and what it teaches its students about relating to “those in the gay lifestyle” however – the Revoice concerns are not about how CTS students or graduates relate to those around them in evangelistic /outreach capacities.  Revoice Conference stated purpose is “to promote LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian tradition.”  That is,  to promote acceptance of LGBT+ people and identities -radical as they may choose to be- inside the church. Where is Dalbey going with this evangelistic narrative if not diverting from the real goal of Revoice? That goal is not evangelism but is to bring social change in the church.

Dalbey says “our churches are to be promoting this” kind of evangelism yet the Revoice Conference aim and target audience is not the needy lost world around the church -but the church itself.  Dalbey may have given himself away by the use of the modern mantra of compromise when urging that we should follow his and CTS evangelistic example and learn to “in winsome ways” reach out to homosexuals. This sounds as if CTS / Dalbey have become devoted Russell Moore followers.  Winsome – since 2014 – is the inclusion .


Dr. Dalbey hits one key point -that of temptation -very strongly and lands on the historic/ Biblical side of it when he describes the kind of outreach that CTS teaches their students toward other believers and LGBT.  Dalbey uses the biblical perspective on homosexual desires experienced by Christians as “temptation” which is totally counter to the views surrounding the case for sexual orientation.  But now he has confused anyone who is listening closely.  Is CTS teaching the sexual orientation views of Mark Yarhouse and other Christian counselors and psychologist?  Does CTS subscribe to the unbiblical / interfaith /APA view validating “sexual orientation” reflected in CTS recent graduates who appear as Revoice 2018 speakers?  Dr Dalbey and CTS cannot have it both ways. Which is it, temptation or orientation?

Next up in the video,the lines get very blurry.  Dalbey asserts the church should welcome those with same sex attraction “temptations” as full members and into positions of ministry and “service.”  Perhaps he is speaking of CTS graduates who his institution is training for ministry.  Is CTS teaching those strugglers that they face orientation  temptation?  If so, then it may be CTS that is the author of their confusion.  So again Dr. Dalbey which is it temptation or orientation?  His CTS graduates involved in Revoice have been taught the latter.  Where did they learn it?


Dr Dalbey then implies the need for a Biblical approach to correcting a brother or sister in error, but fails to address how this private Galatians 6 approach fits the Revoice events public efforts to change the church.  It is now quite common for Christian leaders who are caught in uncomfortable positions as Dalbey to inject such verses like Gal. 6 and Matthew 18 to correct those who express concerns, reversing the blame of who is in error.  This appears to work well no matter how scarce the Biblical application to the situation may actually be.  It is often intended to trigger a guilt response and shut down the opposition and contain public exposure over a public sin and concern like Revoice. Dr. Dalbey should know better than to make such misapplication of these verses. Hopefully, he can see the error of context and application upon closer examination of undisclosed facts.

Dalbey insist the lies “must stop “ and urges concerned believers (presumably parents of CTS students or alumni ) to call CTS and to Call him and have some nice conversations.


It is possible that the easier more believable way to make public all of the current CTS CURRICULUM and academic papers which determine policy on LGBT+ at Covenant. Release all of the materials and required reading list for students in the counseling and psychology departments at CTS.  Release, make public all of the academic papers, thesis and dissertations of Revoice speakers who are CTS graduates.

Speak to the 2017 Missouri Presbytery overhaul of its position on homosexuality, its embrace of Yarhouse/ Orientation which, in many ways , paved the way for Revoice. Speak to the roles CTS and it’s professors were involved in that 300 plus page document.

Dr. Dalbey can speak to First Light ministries ties to Revoice and to it’s PCA host church -the potential /looming / lacking objectivity -coverup of the “investigation” into Memorial Presbyterian Church and its pastor Revoice speaker Greg Johnson.  Please speak to T E Ron Lutjens  involvement with both First Light ministries and the Investigation into Revoice and to your wife Beth’s long time work with First Light where several key Revoice management also work.

Please speak more fully to the recent controversy regarding a radical Transgender activist MLK themed event and CTS ties to it -including it’s speakers claims that “Jesus was Trans-gendered.”

Speak to Scott Sauls Role with CTS/ Nashville which is housed from its inception in Sauls PCA church in Nashville.  Also, speak to his open mentorship role with Revoice founding and promotion of the 2018 event.  Is Sauls still involved with Covenant Nashville and with Revoice 2019?

Before jumping into accusation that CTS has been lied about- slandered and in some way mistreated- first open the curriculum – open the records and a by all means address these unanswered concerns.


Dr. Dalbey  seems unaware that conservative Christian believers have given Covenant Theological Seminary and his staff and faculty a sacred trust- actually layers of sacred trust.  They send to you our most precious gifts from almighty God- our children and grandchildren.  They entrust their hearts and minds to CTS and all conservative institutions like CTS to be  godly shepherds and assume the task of helping disciple the next generation of church leaders- statesmen – pastors- missionaries – youth workers – and community leaders.  Responding in  in half- truths or calculated shielded comments which serve to confuse the issues is not helpful.  Don’t point a bony finger of accusation when people are alarmed at something as radical and disturbing as Revoice.  To then play the role of victim when admittedly your own people have already been involved in the controversy is unbecoming to say the least.  Thank you for drawing some line in the sand somewhere,even though it is almost a year late.  Stil , Dr. Dalbey, clarify -does this signal a correction of the larger problems and infiltration of CTS?  Stop accusing those concerned of “Sowing discord.”  Please give the kind of leadership to correcting this acknowledged error that you are attempting to persuade us that you have given.

Please Dr Dalbey faithfully keep these verses in true context and apply them only in light of the full set of facts.

There is never a need to calculate an honest response.

Galatians 6:1  “Brethren, if a man is [a]overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”

Matthew 18:15-17   “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.”

Exodus 20:16  “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”




Thomas Littleton                                                                                              3/4/2019

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(Russell Moore from Wall Street Journal article in 2013  quote – “Culture war is over we lost-make Winsome” )

The most shocking revelation to come from the radical movements to change the language and redefine historic Christian faith to date has been the brazen Revoice movement. It’s close ties to the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission headed by Russell Moore made some waves which linger among other almost daily controversies surrounding Moore . This reality of controversy and ties to Revoice may now worsen in light of the shared vision of Revoice and Russell Moore to redefine family in the church.


As massive as the LGBT+ “Flourishing ” story exposing the event became in 2018 – the new line up of speakers provided undeniable integration of the message on “sexual orientation”  with the evangelical mainstream movements like The Gospel Coalition and the ERLC. Mark Yarhouse not only was commissioned to draft the 2010 documents for TGC and its affiliates spawning the embrace of sexual orientation- but Yarhouse is now a keynote speaker at the 2019 Revoice event as announced this past week . Revoice is the voice of the mainstream messaging on LGBT.  Room for doubt or plausible deniability no longer exist .


BY far the most disturbing thing to come out of Revoice was the echoed sentiment of feminist theology which labels the nuclear family an “IDOL”. Here are just a few reactions to Nate Collins Revoice lecture where this rhetoric was engaged last year.

Even the ever lagging Denny Burk made note of this problematic “Idol” language


Where did Nate Collins find this worn but popular language accusing the Biblical Institution of marriage of being an idol ? His Curriculum Vitae gives some clue.

Collins studies have included a major focus on” Feminine”and “Gender Theory ”

Difference and Desire: A Biblical Theology of Gender and Sexuality 2021 (forthcoming)
In Biblical Theology for Life
 series, Ed. Jonathan Lunde Zondervan Academic “”Gender Identity and Multiplicity:
A Canonical-Linguistic Approach”                                                             2018
In Christian Identity and Cultural Visions
Ed. Jenny McGill Abilene Christian University Press
” All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection oFaith, Gender, and Sexuality Zondervan Academic                               2017
Secondary Gender Identities in the Biblical World”                             2016
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature(San Antonio, TX)
“Theological Perspectives on Non Straight Sexuality, Gender Identity, and Sanctification”
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society(Atlanta, GA)
“Ethnosexual Particularity and Secondary Gender Identities”               2014
Paper presented at the Evangelical Theological Society(San Antonio, CA)
“Embodiment, Relationality, and the Construction of Gendered Identities”     2013
These academic studies took place at Southern Baptist Seminary where Dr. Albert Mohler and Russell Moore teach and mentor  students like Collins who spent 14 1/2 years at SBTS.
By the time the “ERLC Cross Shaped Family Conference” was held held in October 2018 in Dallas – the talk of  “Family as Idol ” continued along with the discussion of the outcome most often offered in the rhetoric- to redefine  the “Church as Family”.
ERLC videos of the conference are available on youtube- like this one of Russell Moore’s opening lecture
The ERLC conference was offered to provide answers to family trials and troubles for Christians who -it would assert – need to redefine the Church as the true family of God. Sam Allberry ,the  Church of England gay priest and favorite of ERLC on all things sexual and LGBT, told the audience how much an idol people have made of family in his region of the world .
Christians in conservative circles who choose to accept the offerings of organizations like the ERLC and TGC and much of mainstream Christian media need to discern the origins of any new and controversial language  being introduced into the mainstream.
In the case of the “Idolatry of the Nuclear Family” – this need to vet the origins can be satisfied very easily. Any thinking Christian need look no further than the feminist theologians of Drew University Theological School and Janet Fishburn whose 1991 book outlines the entire mantra of Revoice and the ERLC on the issue of Christians making the family an IDOL and on the assertion of Redefining Family  as the CHURCH (as a huge inclusive community).
The shock for most conservative Christians will be the glaring use of this feminist theory and theology of Drew University Theological School talking point by students and instructors from some of the most trusted seminaries in America. Christians need to examine where these two intersect, and most disturbingly, where the shared outcomes have the most dangerous implications for the Church .
Some of this concerns are discussed in this authors presentation at the recent God’s Voice Conference in Oklahoma City. This conference provides resources for the church in being faithful to God’s Voice on the issues of  LGBT and the church and on refuting the the idea of “Gay” or “Queer Christianity”. Many testimonies of true Gospel change are among these resources refuting the unbiblical assertion of “sexual orientation” and that it does “not change “. The use of the Fishburn/ Drew ideology by Collins/ Revoice founder’s  SBTS head Albert Mohler  is discussed at length in the video linked below. (session 1 start at min 33)
From the 1991 assertions of Janet Fishburn on page 101 and 102 titles Spirituality
and Homsexuality – we find the message of Revoice- Yarhouse- ERLC – SBTS -TGC and many more on “sexual orientation ” articulated years in advance -in fact 27 years prior to it’s mainstreaming today in denominations like the SBC and PCA / our Christian colleges and seminaries / campus ministries and parachurch ministries . This reality should ignite the total rejection of the current false messaging coming from our compromised leaders – spawned in the bowels of feminist theory and theology .
Note how seamlessly the feminist theology moves across the sexual  spectrum in its attempts to normalizes homosexuality and even pederasty.
“Spirituality and Homosexuality”
“No issue tests the ability of church members and theologians to define the nature of the
Christian life quite like the question of how the church is to respond to homosexual Christians.There are at least two ways to view homosexuality.6 Some people assume that all homosexual acts are equally sinful. For this reason they believe that the Pauline condemnation of homosexuality as “unnatural” applies to all homosexual behavior (Rom. 1:18-32).””Yet, some biblical scholars point out that this passage can only refer to the homosexual acts of heterosexual persons.7 This is because the writers of the Bible did not distinguish between a homosexual orientation and same-gender sexual acts. If this distinction is accepted, the condemnation of homosexuality in Romans does not apply to the sexual acts of homosexual persons.”
“The distinction between persons of a homosexual orientation and people who choose to engage in same-gender sexual acts comes from the growing conviction that for a percentage of every population, homosexuality is a given, a life orientation that they did not choose. This is a modern idea, unknown to the ancient world.”
“Not only the terms, but the concepts “homosexual,” and “homosexuality” were unknown
in Paul’s day. These terms, like “heterosexual,” “heterosexuality,” “bisexual,” and
“bisexuality,” presuppose an understanding of human sexuality that was possible only
with the advent of modern psychology and sociological analysis. The ancient writers . . .
were operating without the vaguest idea of what we have learned to call “sexual
“This is very likely since the New Testament was written in a time when upper-class members of Greek culture considered a homosexual love to be a “higher” love than that of a man for a woman. As repugnant as it may seem today, the love of a man for a younger man or boy was considered especially noble. A reading of Greek philosophy of the New Testament period reveals that homosexual acts were not considered abnormal in Greek culture. These are quite likely the kind of homosexual acts described in Romans as “unnatural.” These acts were subject to moral choice.”
“The Greeks, like the Hebrews, valued women primarily as the bearers of their children. But no man reared in the Jewish tradition would have agreed with the Greek assertion that a man could procreate with his wife, yet be in love with another man. It was precisely this kind of pagan behavior that was prohibited among Christians.””
The homosexual acts considered perversions by Paul are probably references to the use of boys and young men by older men as “call boys.” Pederasty was then, and still is, prohibited among Christians. But this form of homosexual behavior — an act that is chosen — is quite different from homosexual Christians today who may not remember knowing themselves as other than homosexual in orientation. Jesus shocked his followers by granting equality to Jewish women in marriage. He commended
the single life of the eunuch for its spiritual potential. Condemnation of all homosexual
expressions of love in the church today can also be questioned from the perspective of Jesus’ law of love. When seen as a life orientation, the issue raised for the church is no longer that of the sexual behavior of homosexual Christians. If the issue is the relationship of homosexual Christians to God, then the most important question is that of how the church can support the spiritual well-being and wholeness of homosexual people.”
“If it is granted that being a homosexual person is different — but not sinful — then guidelines for sexual behavior found in the New Testament apply equally to homosexual and heterosexual Christians. All Christians, regardless of sexual orientation, are offered the same privileges and the same responsibilities.”
All of the central figures in the current Southern Baptist “conversation ” on the issues of LGBT have now endorsed the idea of “Sexual Orientation” and the above assertions of Fishburn and the feminist theology surrounding it . Mohler debunked the concept in 2005 -as documented in God’s Voice Conference  resources  but he and Russell Moore privately embrace them along with the TGC and Yarhouse in 2010 then publically in 2014 at the ERLC conference on “The Gospel ,Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage”. Multiple individuals from the ERLC/ Moore inner circle  openly endorsed the 2018 Revoice Conference – and by fall of last year ERLC and Moore’s latest book “Storm Tossed Family ” were openly advocating the Drew/ Fishburn – redefining of Church as Family
What is Russell Moore and company saying about family and how does it mirror the Drew/ Fishburn feminist theology of family ? Note his seamless leap into asserting that the true family is the “Church” by Moore in promoting of his latest book on which the ERLC family conference was based.

“How would you define family in light of the cross?

The church is a household economy, where all of us use our gifts for the sake of the mission. The fact that every person has a gift for the upbuilding of the rest of us is one more way of God signaling to us that we belong. We are wanted. We are loved… We are family. That means no Christian lives alone, and no Christian dies alone. There’s no such thing as a “single” Christian.”

(Also note the ” Holy Family ” Catholic overtones of the response below)

“What can readers expect to find in The Storm-Tossed Family?

“This is a book about the family, but family in light of the cross. It is at the Place of the Skull where we see the hidden presence of a faithful Father, the visible presence of a human mother, the background of a life lived out with an infancy, a childhood, and a hometown. There we see a groom fighting for His bride.”


Moore makes huge leaps into asserting the Fishburn assumptions of  the church is the real family -displacing the nuclear family as central to God’s Biblical order and cleverly contextualizes the Christians belonging to the family of God in the context of Roman Catholic ideology of the “Holy Family ” represented” – as Moore asserts “at the Cross”.

What does Fishburn say about Family? Fishburn believes that the American Christian view of family is the incubator for many of the things the feminist see as the root of problems in our culture and the church. She addresses  those issues through terms like “the family alter, the family pew and the American Dream”. Christian families continued reinforcement of these problematic “values” hinders social change and the church development of community .

Examples ( Note the political overtones of Fishburns thesis and how they mirror Russell Moore and many in the ERLC/TGC conservative deconstructionist and anti American -anti Christian heritage politics)

“My thesis is that Protestants in the United States are not yet fully aware of the extent to which the changing family affects the life of a congregation because our theologies, ministries, and traditions are influenced by a worldview that coalesced before the Civil War. Many people continue to think about sexuality, family, and church in ways that took shape in the Victorian era, a time of empire.”

“Confronting the Idolatry of Family challenges those who believe that “decline” in the family is the cause of moral decay in the nation and membership loss in churches. This perpetuates a belief held by pastors and theologians in the Victorian period that “the Christian family” was the building block of civilization without which neither nation nor children would be moral. This implies that the church exists primarily to support the moral fabric of the American democracy. During the Victorian era — approximately 1830-1913 — an ultimacy was attributed to the formative power of “the Christian family.” Protestants commonly regarded the family as “a little church.”

“The belief that America is — or ought to be — a Christian nation continues to subtly dominate the way many Protestants think about the life of a congregation. I am suggesting that it is not the mission of Protestant churches to make America Christian, or even to transform American culture. Further, we will not be free from family idolatry — the effect of attributing ultimacy to “the Christian family” on Protestant spirituality — unless we are free from illusions about “a Christian America.”

“The church members find dialogue difficult because they rarely question their presuppositions about human nature or how truth is known.3 Yet, these things are similar in many ways. Both assume a hierarchy of social values, moral values, and intellectual values that belong to the Protestant impulse associated with an American religion of empire.4 I refer to this impulse as the American Dream.”

“The present situation of cultural transition and of perceived decline in churches is an
opportunity for reflection about what it means to be Christian in a pluralistic culture. What does it mean to participate in “new life in Christ” for late-twentieth-century Christians? What does it mean to love Jesus Christ more than family?”

“The family is a mediating social institution, especially as it mediates social and moral values to children. But a family unit socializes into its own value system which may be more or less Christian in values learned by children from their parents. If the family unit is believed to be the primary source of Christian faith, as it was in Protestant churches of the Victorian period, then the Church becomes an adjunct socializer and ritualizer of family events. As Sydney Callahan points out, a domesticated church inevitably tends to become conservative, class conscious, sexist, and ineffectual in the society at large. This is why the mission of the church in family religious education is at one and the same time to transcend and support the family.”


Fishburn points to the work of Sydney Callahan -Catholic feminist  to assert that the problem with Protestant views and practice of family and raising of children is that” a domesticated church inevitably tends to become conservative, class conscious, sexist, and ineffectual in the society at large”. Clearly the assertion here is that Protestant Christians with conservative (their word Victorian) views of Christian faith disciple their children to be conservative- class conscious -sexist-bigoted and problematic  for the church in fulfilling its role (according to feminist theology ) in society. So we find Russell Moore echoing these same ideas from both feminist  and Catholic theology.

Moore on Family

” We are shaped and formed by family in all sorts of routine and unexceptional ways that we may never even notice or remember. However, we must see the family clearly, and we must see beyond it. The only safe harbor for a storm-tossed family is a nail-scarred home.”

“Sometimes the Devil tempts us to exaggerate the importance of family so that we make gifts like sex or having kids the single defining feature of our lives. A young couple, for instance, may think achieving orgasm has transcendent importance. In a similar vein, consider how a mechanistic parenting culture—one that gives certain parenting choices determinative significance for a child’s future—can haunt a church.”

“Something has gone terribly wrong,” Moore observes, “when a Christian [mother] feels she must protect herself from the church, for fear that her daughter’s spiritual crisis will be discussed as part of a debate over whether she should have breastfed longer or . . . chosen homeschooling over public school”

Moores liberal Immigration agenda appears in his view of family. Moore asserts that  children of immigrants are made “invisible by language—often presented culturally or politically as parasites or as ‘anchors’ for their parents to draw welfare benefits from a wealthier country”( NOTE- Like Collins book on LGBT”All But Invisible” raising visibility appears to be one of the needs in these activist evangelical agendas.)


Fishburn makes the case that it is “unmistakably clear that there is no longer  a standard form for family ” and Russell Moore is only too glad to assume she is correct.” Your family, whatever it is, will bless you, maybe in ways you don’t even notice in the blur of busyness at the moment.” Moore again asserts the shaping influence and flexible definition of family in the close of chapter one of his book “I don’t know your situation. I do know, though, that you are part of a family—a past or present or future family, even if you don’t know any of the names or faces of anyone in that family. Someone has shaped you. Someone is shaping you. Someone will shape you”. He subtly but decidedly begins to aim the reader toward  how they should allow for family to be “redefined”without much  for the scriptural anchor provided for family in creation . By Chapter five – Russell Moore is fully advocating that the Church is the answer as the redefined family- a concept steeped in the teachings of Fishburn and feminist theology.

Chapter One: The Storm-Tossed Family. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Chapter Two: The Cross as Family Crisis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Chapter Three: The Family as Spiritual Warfare. . . . . . . . . . 25
Chapter Four: Family Is Not First. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Chapter Five: The Church as Family. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Chapter Six: Man and Woman at the Cross. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Chapter Seven: Marriage and the Mystery of Christ. . . . . . . 99
Chapter Eight: Reclaiming Sexuality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125                                              Chapter Nine: The Road to and from Divorce. . . . . . . . . . 157
Chapter Ten: Children Are a Blessing, Not a Burden. . . . . 183                                          Chapter Eleven: Parenting with the End in View. . . . . . . . 213
Chapter Twelve: Family Tensions, Family Traumas. . . . . . . 241
Chapter Thirteen: On Aging and the Family. . . . . . . . . . . 265
Chapter Fourteen: Free to Be Family. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291


Chapter 5 of Moore’s book is titled “The Church as Family”

By this time we can fully see Moore is concluding that the real family of believers is the church . “How would you define family in light of the cross? The church is a household economy, where all of us use our gifts for the sake of the mission. The fact that every person has a gift for the upbuilding of the rest of us is one more way of God signaling to us that we belong. We are wanted. We are loved… We are family. That means no Christian lives alone, and no Christian dies alone. There’s no such thing as a “single” Christian.”



Fishburn says of the Victorian Idolatrous view of family that it does not value singleness

“For instance, there has never been a very secure place for single adults in “the family pew.” There is a sense that “something is wrong” with adults who do not marry. An unstated expectation that adults should marry and have children is operative today in parental concern about the sexuality of teens and the failure of young adults to marry.”

“One of the most difficult ethical issues for adult church members continues to be that of the sexuality of unmarried young adults. Programs offered for singles often reflect the Victorian assumption that everyone should marry. The isolation of single persons or childless couples from adults who are married and have children perpetuates the Victorian way of ordering relationships in a congregation; they organized all church activities to give optimal support to their vision of the ideal Christian family: a father, a mother, and several children.”

“Even though there are single-parent and blended families in most congregations today, many church members still imagine “the family pew” with a father, a mother, and several children there together on Sunday morning. Ifa congregation or its pastor visualize membership in terms of this kind of family ideal, it is a sign of a culturally accommodated, domesticated faith. An unexamined commitment of pastors and people to values of “the family pew” is keeping Protestant churches from being able to offer spiritual formation for people from traditional and nontraditional families.”


Singleness is also a big topic currently being addressed by ERLC partners who are busily addressing the “idolatry of family” by the church  like Sam Allberry and TGC .

Fresh off the press for TGC and ERLC followers comes this new book reviewed below by TGC

“Much of what we commonly assume about singleness―that it is primarily about the absence of good things like intimacy, family, or meaningful ministry―is either flat-out untrue or, at the very least, shouldn’t be true. To be single, we often think, is to be alone and spiritually hindered.”

“But the Bible paints a very different picture of singleness: it is a positive gift and blessing from God. This book seeks to help Christians―married and unmarried alike―value singleness as a gift from God so that we can all encourage singles to take hold of the unique opportunities their singleness affords and see their role in the flourishing of the church as a whole.”


So according to ERLC/ TGC and Allberry the view of “Church is family ” and the valuing of singles in the church family life is the answer to singles like Allberry and other Same Sex Attracted people who- by the Fishburn feminist mantra -“cannot change” their “sexual orientation ” by faith in Christ .


In This inclusion culture of family all things are shared in the name of “Hospitality”.  Fishburns feminist theory /theology long range goals with the church replacing family is the creation of a Christian “Community “. This is fully onboard with Moore and others in the TGC/ERLC  “Communitarian “worldview . Welcome- inclusion – belonging  for the common good is the central theme and measure of success .Hospitality by the larger community -seen as the true family -offering inclusion for all -is the new ideal proposed to replace the “idolatrous nuclear family” . Among other concerns like the Socialist ideology this view embodies and imbibes -is the fact that this tactic of displacing – replacing a person’s family ties and sense of belonging is a vintage tactic of authoritarian cults .

Are TGC/ERLC wanting to undermine Christian family to replace it with their own authoritarian structure ? Indications are disturbing but far too involved to discuss here .


The premier TGC/ERLC  facilitators to the LGBT “conversation”  Sam Allberry along with Tim Keller introduced the Church LGBT Inclusion Audit at the  U K Living Out Conference just prior to the Revoice Conference of 2018. Its principle points -including that of the church community “sharing children” with those of different backgrounds and life experiences raised many eyebrows among evangelical Christians after the ERLC Family Conference. Again this conference echoed the Fishburn assertions of Idolatry of family.

The TGC/ERLC facilitators also include Rosaria Butterfield who is herself schooled in feminine  theory and the tainted theology of TGC.

“Raised and educated in liberal Catholic settings, Rosaria fell in love with the world of words. In her late twenties, allured by feminist philosophy and LGBT advocacy, she adopted a lesbian identity. Rosaria earned her PhD from Ohio State University, then served in the English department and women’s studies program at Syracuse University from 1992 to 2002. Her primary academic field was critical theory, specializing in queer theory. Her historical focus was 19th-century literature, informed by Freud, Marx, and Darwin. She advised the LGBT student group, wrote Syracuse University’s policy for same-sex couples, and actively lobbied for LGBT aims alongside her lesbian partner.”


Rosaria Butterfield’s current work with TGC/ERLC is focused on “Hospitality ” toward the LGBT community by the Church. Something firmly embedded in the Church as family  vision of Fishburn/ Drew/ Feminist Theology .

““Radically ordinary hospitality does not simply flow from the day-to-day interests of the household. You must prepare spiritually. The Bible calls spiritual preparation warfare. Radically ordinary hospitality is indeed spiritual warfare.”
― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World

““Our post-Christian neighbors need to hear and see and taste and feel authentic Christianity, hospitality spreading from every Christian home that includes neighbors in prayer, food, friendship, childcare, dog walking, and all the daily matters upon which friendships are built.”
― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World

(Note that Butterfield’s ideal of hospitality echoes that of Allberry’s LGBT inclusion audit and the Fishburn ideals of church as family including homosexuals .)

““The key to contagious grace—the grace that allows the margins to move to the center, the grace that commands you to never fear the future, the grace that reveals that what humbles you cannot hurt you if Jesus is your Lord—that grace is ours when we do what Mary says to do in this scene. She says to the servants (and the Holy Spirit says to us): “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). Simple, right? No. We cannot will ourselves into the deep obedience that God requires. We can’t obey until we ourselves have received this grace and picked up our cross. We can’t obey until we have laid down our life, with all our false and worldly identities and idols.” (Idols like family according to feminine theory) Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World

““The Christian life makes no room for independent agents, onlookers, renters. We who are washed in the blood of Christ are stakeholders.”
― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key

““Radically ordinary hospitality is this: using your Christian home in a daily way that seeks to make strangers neighbors, and neighbors family of God.”
― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World

And a final quote from Butterfield which could easily be taken as coming from the halls of Drew University Theological School.

““Are Christians victims of this post-Christian world? No. Sadly, Christians are co-conspirators. We embrace modernism’s perks when they serve our own lusts and selfish ambitions. We despise modernism when it crosses lines of our precious moralism. Our cold and hard hearts; our failure to love the stranger; our selfishness with our money, our time, and our home; and our privileged back turned against widows, orphans, prisoners, and refugees mean we are guilty in the face of God of withholding love and Christian witness. And even more serious is our failure to read our Bibles well enough to see that the creation ordinance and the moral law, found first in the Old Testament, is as binding to the Christian as any red letter. Our own conduct condemns our witness to this world.”
― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World


Janet Fishburn and feminine theology see the central concern of Christian Family as the incubator of Conservative Christianity and the “Christian Right” . So taking down the Christian Family as an idol and replacing it with with a secularized church community  impregnated  with liberal feminist theology would prove very useful in taking out the foundation of  Christian Conservatism and its presence as salt and light in America.

“During the 1960s change in sexual behavior and family roles led some social theorists to predict the end of the family… The churches of America are culture-conserving institutions. Even the most liberal denominations like the Unitarian Universalists function to conserve the cultural commitments of the middle-class status-quo. Despite the equality acquired by women and Afro-Americans during the 1960s, members of middle-class churches are still relatively unaware of the extent to which most congregations are still sexist and racist. .. ” (page 38)

“Evidence indicates that Protestant ways of thinking about the church, family, and sexuality have lost meaning and may actually interfere with the capacity of church members to respond to change in the family. The family as a social institution is not extinct. The Protestant ideal of family is inadequate when dealing with life in a changing culture and can mislead the thinking of pastors about Christian spirituality.
Even though the Bible is an ancient book, it offers ways of thinking about the world that can still be considered a guide to Christian faith. The general attitudes and ordering of values in Scripture contain timeless wisdom about God’s relationship to the people of God and the world. When viewed as a general guide to faith rather than as a collection of specific teachings, the Bible can provide a basis for theological reflection and dialogue about every aspect of life for contemporary Christians.” (page 129)

“The term nuclear family is used by sociologists to refer to the smallest family unit, typically that of two parents and their children. In this time of changing family structure, nuclear is an ironic choice to designate the smallest set of family relationships. The nuclear family is an isolated family. It is often a family wrenched out of extended family traditions and relationships. It is not unusual to find explosive relationships between members of families isolated from friendship with people like themselves. It is not unusual to find congregations where the emotional volatility of the family life of members is replicated in the life of the congregation.”
“As is the case with atomic power, the nuclear family has the potential to be a social force that is constructive or destructive. When a congregation has social networks in which intergenerational relationships are possible, parents are relieved of sole responsibility for the faith of their children. When this happens, it is easier to see that the American ideal of a self-sufficient family is not only impossible; it is undesirable.”

Again Fishburn is asserting here that the self sufficient Christian Family is not only Impossible but- UNDESIRABLE ! In addition the undesirable fruit of Christian family would include such traits as individualism, entrepreneurship, historic masculinity and femininity, the inspiration to seek a better life for your nuclear family in the dreaded “American Dream” . These are all part of the long list of undesirable traits bred in the nuclear family.

As difficult as it may be to admit to the massive collusion in deception by Evangelical leaders of the Flock of God – even over the God established institution of the family -it is far more difficult to ignore the brazen progressive political ambitions of TGC/ ERLC and their  operatives.


Just in the last two years alone -the progressive political overtones -outrageous rhetoric -and public shaming of Christians for Biblical conservative views reflected in their voting has outed the TGC/ERLC ambitions to change the conservative culture of the evangelical church in America. The most effective way to bring about this social change has been to flood our educational institutions -then trickle down into the pulpits of our churches. Now comes the revelation that they are partnering with feminist theology and theory to take down the incubator of conservative Christianity- the Christian Nuclear Family and working to do so in the name of “Christ or Gospel centered family “.

Read as many examples as need to confirm to your own heart and mind that these men of TGC/ERLC want to change your conservative Christian values to reflect their own progressive views. This includes your views of family sexuality and even pro life ! (Though most of these stories are fronted with the “anti trump” mantra- it is the conservative voting patterns in general of many American Christians that are the target  of these evangelical leaders.)

The idea is that Evangelicals who voted for Trump have done so at the expense of the Gospel and have hurt the Church witness in the culture. However the anti-conservative political  talking points  of TGC/ERLC come into play on every progressive issue from immigration and refugees-to race- #MeToo movement – LGBT+ and every other politicized issue of our time.For those who want to bring about social change in America – they must do so by impacting the Church . To fundamentally alter the church -you must change the structure of the Christian Family. THAT is what we now see in play by our own in the church .

These evangelical leaders like Russell Moore, Albert Mohler ,Tim Keller  and organizations under their control like the ERLC and TGC ,along with publications like Christianity Today and TGC’s own massive associated media networks like 9MARKS, ACTS 29 and so on – want to dislodge the the Christian home and family from being the central sphere of disciple making and the passing on of family values (like conservative views of marriage, family, politics, pro-life )  and replace the Family with themselves at the core determining your children’s future faith and convictions.It is really that simple. They are usurping our institutions /universities and seminaries and through them -our pulpits . Now – like classic liberals feeling their long term goals are in reach and victory is in sight- these “colorful Evangelical Emissaries of Change ” want to close the deal and take down the American Conservative Church via taking out the Christian Family at its core. The question is “will we let them get away with it right under our very noses – in our own churches and in our own homes?” God forbid !
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.   
Deuteronomy 6:7-9: “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Proverbs 13:24: “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.”
Proverbs 22:6: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”



The speaker line up for 2019 Revoice Conference has been made public.The new slogan for the event is “Fostering Peace. Honoring Dignity. Preserving Faith.” How is attacking historic Christian faith intended to accomplish any of the three?

Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                 3/1/2019

As the controversial Revoice Conference announces it’s speaker line up for 2019 the reality of it’s mainstream connections become more undeniable. Mark Yarhouse who is a regular on conservative Christian university and seminary campuses across the country and is the go to partner on all things LGBT  for The Gospel Coalition of D A Carson and Tim Keller is now among the Revoice keynote speakers .

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(Photos from Revoice social media announcement)

Returning to the event will be Revoice Founder and Albert Mohler/ SBTS  long time student and teacher  Nate Collins  along with 2018 speaker and Spiritual Friendship advocate Wesley Hill.

New Speakers include

Mark Yarhouse

Dr. Yarhouse is the leading voice in “LGBT+ Christianity” advocacy . He was named Senior Fellow with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. The CCCU and the NAE were just in the news for their disturbing decision to move ahead of the goals of the Equality Act by adding LGBT+ language into the non discrimination policies of their Christian organizations  long before the dream legislation of the LGBT activist like the  Human Rights Campaign becomes legally binding.

Yarhouse is best known for having been one of the early promoters of Revoice 2018 and for long time work with Revoice Founder Nate Collins with such groups as LOVEboldly and Exodus International since 2013 . However Yarhouse ties into the compromise by the mainstream of evangelicalism came in 2010 when TGC founder D A Carson commissioned Mark Yarhouse to develop the TGC Whitepaper providing the gold standard for TGC on human sexuality through Yarhouse- American Psychological Association /Interfaith -affirming LGBT work.

” Dr. Yarhouse is currently the Chair of the task force on LGBT issues for Division 36 (Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) of the American Psychological Association. He was recently invited to write the featured white paper on sexual identity for the Christ on Campus Initiative edited by Don A. Carson for The Gospel Coalition”

This means for 2019 the TGC ties to Revoice continue in evidence and are certainly more out  in the open. The voice of TGC on LGBT+ and the speaker for Revoice ,Yarhouse , are one in the same.


“Wheaton College announced today that psychologist and researcher Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D. will join the College’s School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy as the Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Chair in Psychology. Yarhouse will begin his appointment in July 2019.”

“Yarhouse currently serves as the Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he has been a core faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology since 1998. The appointment will be a homecoming for Yarhouse, who was in Wheaton College’s first graduating Psy.D. cohort in 1998.”


Another speaker is Beka Mason of Chattanooga Tennessee

According to her biography in a Christianity Today

” Bekah Mason, ThM, is an adoptive mom of two, Christian school administrator, and doctoral student”

Beka is a member of the Pelican Project

Beka researches and writes “in the areas of history, theology, education, and sexuality,”

Also speaking is Tyler Chernesky

Chernesky is the Associate Pastor at the Downtown Campus of Christ Community Church in Kansas City who has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where The Gospel Coalition is headquartered .

Revoice 2019 speaker  Johanna Finegan of Princeton Johanna works and writes for Spiritual Friendship who promoted the Revoice 2018 Pre-conference event at PCA’s South City Church

She also worked for a now defunct website begun by PFLAG founder

Bridges Across the Divide

“Bridges Across the Divide is a (no longer available) website and forum that was originally founded by a PFLAG forum moderator. She worked together with others to develop unique terminology and principles to facilitate talking about this .. at times .. very divisive topic.  Their purpose was:

A cyberspace initiative providing models and resources for building respectful relationships among those who disagree about moral issues surrounding homosexuality, bisexuality and gender variance.  

Though they are no longer active you can still view some of their pages through the web archive.  Here are links to some of their pages..”



We do not yet see the Workshops / topics or speakers for them but -as in the case of the 2018 event – the most controversial topics and language may be held in reserve until closer to the event .


The one thing that the presence and open participation  of Mark Yarhouse in the 2019 Revoic Conference proves is that the heart of the conservative Christian institutions  and organizations like our Christian colleges,universities and seminaries ,as well as organizations like The Gospel Coalition ALL share a central voice of influence in Mark Yarhouse and his interfaith work with the American Psychological Association .That influence is not reserved for endorsement of celibate or those who claim adherence to Christian sexual ethic but is equally given to  the full range of views on LGBT from – fully affirming to gay but celibate and “everything in between”

The one thing Revoice and Mark Yarhouse do not affirm is that people involved in LGBT lifestyle can Change which is the opposite message of the Gospel and of God’s Voice and of faithful believers who have experienced total transformation by the POWER of Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you would like to see/hear  THAT  message in living color go to God’s Voice Resources and hear testimonies to the Glory of God and that offer real hope of real change through the real Gospel .


Telling the TRUTH at God’s Voice Conference!