IT APPEARS THE ACTIVIST IN THE REVOICE MOVEMENT ARE EXCITED THAT THEIR MOVEMENT IS HELPING SPLIT ONE OF THE CONSERVATIVE DENOMINATIONS IN AMERICA. PCA PASTOR GREG JOHNSON MAY EVEN BE FLAUNTING IT.
Rev Thomas Littleton 1/29/2020
SOME REVOICE HISTORY
The idea of “LGBTQ Thriving in Historic Christian Tradition” is the theme of Revoice .The movement began in 2017 as Nate Collins teacher of the New Testament at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary ( Albert Mohler, President) and Presbyterian Church of America pastor Scott Sauls (Tim Keller protege’ ) traveled from Nashville to St Louis to join a fervent team of Covenant Theological Seminary ( PCA ) graduates and activist to plan the 2018 debut Revoice event.
The controversy created by the brazen promotion of LGBT+ “Christianity” has continued through two SBC annual meetings and two PCA General Assemblies. The SBC leaders most closely associated with Revoice may be making strides in their efforts to hide Revoice SBC origins. Albert Mohler of SBTS educated and employed Revoice founder while Russell Moore’s ERLC team has endorsed Revoice and one ERLC consultant has both spoken in the 2018 and 2019 events and taken a leadership role in it. a Team of PCA faithful have taken the issue head on.
Most recently Revoice leaders Nate Collins and Preston Sprinkle have joined the push for “Fairness for All” legislation which is a push calling for Christians to support “compromise with Religious Liberty and LGBTQ Rights “. One of “Vulture Capitalist” Paul Singer’s organizations American Unity Fund is the force and funding behind Fairness for All. Singer is the billionaire who has focused his foundations and political PACs on ending GOP opposition to to Gay Marriage and is funding the Human Rights Campaign push for the Equality Act- the dream list for LGBTQ total equality and protections with no consideration of Religious Liberty protections. So Singer is investing in the Equality Act and hedging his investment by supporting Fairness for All. The exemptions and protections offered to the church and ministries in Fairness for All are both token and temporary . In reality there is no possible compromise with LGBTQ rights and Religious Liberty extended to any person, church, organization or denomination holding to Biblical marriage and sexuality.
Revoice has been a movement in part to soften up the SBC /PCA and other conservative denominations and churches toward LGBTQ “inclusion ” in the church and possibly further sentiments of support for the Fairness for All “compromise”. This is how it works in the wold of highly financed activism .These movements are playing the long game AND have serious funding behind them like that of Paul Singer. Given that the “rights” of gays and lesbians have been marketed in the SBC and PCA for some time as a Social Justice Issue – it is easy to make the honest assertion that denominational and seminary leaders look to be fully signed on to moving the church toward Fairness for All or something like it.
RESPONSES TO REVOICE
Most other conservative Evangelical responses to Revoice have been weak with the exception of the God’s Voice Conference in February 2019 of which this writer was a part in both organizing and speaking at the event. God’s Voice 2019 EXPOSED the errors of Revoice and the SBC powerhouse Albert Mohler’s influence educating and employing the Revoice founder Nate Collins. God’s Voice also provided clear and powerful case for the promise of transformation for people wanting out of the LGBTQ lifestyle and bondage by the power of the Gospel and Salvation through Jesus. God’s Voice Conference asserted that God’s “voice” on matters of human sexuality and redemption did not need “revoiced” and provided testimonies to prove it.
“Why God’s Voice”
“In May 2018, Southern Baptist evangelist and writer Tom Littleton began warning Christians about the impending debut of a conference called “Revoice.”..Soon, the Christian world learned the truth about Revoice’s unbiblical messaging and terminology, like “LGBT+ Christians,” “sexual minorities,” “sexual orientation,” “mixed-orientation marriages,” “redeeming queer culture” and “race, sexuality and intersectionality.”
GODS VOICE 2020 UNCERTAIN FUTURE
Originally a 2020 event for God’s Voice Conference was not scheduled after key members had left it’s leadership team. In September 2019 a partial God’s Voice leadership Team had re- assembled minus this writer who was notified without consultation via email. This writer had both broken the 2018 Revoice story and did most of the investigation into it’s links in to the Southern Baptist,Albert Mohler (SBTS), the ERLC team and to the PCA/ Covenant Theological Seminary St Louis.
The 2020 Gods Voice Conference is speaking not to Revoice but to “LGBTQ Tyranny ” and will reportedly give an update on the impact of Revoice in the PCA while NOT touching on it’s actual origins in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Albert Mohler. This is according to it’s press release and updates.
The event will also focus on political resistance to the Equality Act and will host numerous ministries who do “ex gay” counseling. Such counseling it a major target of the Equality Act and may find some limited “protections” in the Fairness for All alternative.
Meanwhile Revoice in the SBC looks to be buried and Albert Mohler who is running for SBC President in Orlando 2020 is receiving plenty of cover from Revoice origins exposure all around. This writers entire archives of over 10 months of research have been deleted / removed from one website associated with God’s Voice Conference 2020. Revoice 2019 in the SBC and efforts to rally support for an SBC Resolution condemning Revoice in the Southern Baptist 2019 were also buried in the same push back effort.
PCA SPLIT COMING
The PCA is splitting and one of the major reasons is the Revoice controversy after the 2018 Revoice event was held in July at Memorial PCA church in St Louis .This took place as planned -after the 2018 PCA General Assembly . The issues carried over to 2019 General Assembly where 11 overtures condemning Revoice were scheduled . Of those overtures 10 were squashed and one was turned into an affirmation of the extremely weak Nashville Statement which does not condemn assertions of “Gay Christianity ” put forth by Revoice.(other NS problems exist but this one is most critical.)
SCOTCH AND PIZZA AT THE REVOICE PCA HOSPITALITY SUITE
Revoice Leaders brazenly celebrated a VICTORY at the 2019 PCA General Assembly with Scotch and Pizza in the Revoice Hospitality Suite after Memorial Pastor Greg Johnson took to the floor and a microphone to state his case to a round of applause. He was accompanied by Tim Keller Protege’ Revoice supporter Scott Sauls and SBTS former teacher of New Testament Revoice founder Nate Collins who has now joined the PCA.
( NOTE – this writers wife was targeted for removal from a student medical ministry (CMMA ) board after the above article was published covering the factual events of the PCA 2019 General Assembly over Revoice. The church / staff who targeted her are in reputation as one of the most conservative churches in the PCA… Briarwood Church in Birmingham Alabama. Yes exposing the truth about the Revoice movement gets this kind of push back even from the supposed “good guys” and one time allies .)
THE CORRUPTED REVOICE INVESTIGATION
The PCA “Investigation” into Revoice was an insider job by the Missouri Presbytery who assigned the task to the founder of one of the Revoice supporting ministries whose own offices are housed at Memorial PCA where the 2018 Revoice event was held. It was a FOX investigating the HEN HOUSE approach.
Three PCA regional Presbyteries have already announced their split from the PCA and plans to form another denomination beyond the split which is expected just after the June 2020 General Assembly .
Vanguard Presbytery: A New Presbyterian Denomination Being Formed
“Those forming Vanguard Presbytery intend to formally organize the denomination sometime during 2020.”
MEANWHILE REVOICE 2020 LINEUP HOST A DEFIANT GREG JOHNSON
The FACT that the PCA is being torn asunder by the divisions over Revoice and several other issues seems to be of no concern to those who are part of the Revoice leadership. Thriving looks to be a matter of deep self interest and not in any consideration of the hundreds of thousands of Biblical conservative believers who have built the 40 plus year old denomination. Many of these Christians left churches elsewhere because of the liberal movements in other Reformed denominations like the PCUSA . They left to start a new work based on fidelity to the Word of God and their Confessional faith. Champions like D James Kennedy and Evangelist like Frank Barker led the PCA into becoming a major voice in the American Evangelical movement .
Today activist trained in their own seminaries look to be using their own church polity and efforts to maintain respectful dialog and order to prevent the all PCA efforts to stop the Revoice movement . Meanwhile the activist are free to go about robbing the denomination and its churches and institutions once again taking them into the same divisions and apostasy that ruined groups like the PCUSA .
In the meantime Revoice leaders like Greg Johnson of Memorial Presbyterian seem blissfully unaware of the pending storm and the inevitable decline and divine judgement that will follow as they make ready for Revoice 2020. No denomination has grown in reach or numbers after embracing “gay Christianity” or gay marriage. It is simply not possible to mistake this effort as a growth strategy. History only repeats itself as denomination after denomination attempts to defy reality.
Greg Johnson is scheduled to speak at the Revoice 2020 event
CONCLUSION OFFERED IN THE WORDS OF DEWY ROBERTS OF THE FORTHCOMING VANGUARD PRESBYTERY MOVEMENT
“Our world is no different than the world of the Lord Jesus and His apostles when they walked upon the earth. We know that the darkness of our world takes many forms, including the dissolution of the nuclear family, drug and alcohol addiction, pornography, homosexuality, transgenderism, idolatry, racism and bigotry all over the world, corruption in the public and private sectors. Without the power of the Holy Spirit we will simply continue our slide into Sodom. The awareness of this darkness moves us to a sense of desperation, an intolerable burden, an intense agony, grief, and alarm at the status quo in our personal lives, in our families, in the church, and in the world. Therefore, we are cognizant of our need daily to surrender totally to the only One who can save and sanctify us, our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“So while we are very aware of the darkness of our day, while we know that unless Jesus “shows up” by the Spirit we are doomed, we nonetheless, in our surrender to God have an unwavering faith and confidence that He can do far above what we could ever ask or think according to the power that works within us (Eph. 3:20).”
JESUS RED INK ON THE SUBJECT
A House Divided Cannot Stand
22 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by [e]Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”
A Tree Known by Its Fruit
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”