ERLC HEAD RUSSELL MOORE HAND PICKED KAREN SWALLOW FOR HIS CAST IN SBC CONTROVERSIES INVOLVING MALE OFFENDERS. NOW MOORE AND PRIOR HAVE TEAM UP WITH MANY REVOICE LEADERS IN “PELICAN PROJECT”.
By Rev Thomas Littleton 9/5/2020
Karen Swallow Prior likes to be controversial and to inject herself into the controversies of others in the Baptist world. Like a sort of evangelical Paris Hilton “Notorious KSP” (as she refers to herself on Twitter) is an “A list CELEBRITY ” who always seems to get invited to the party when there is a conservative Baptist’s BLOOD in the water. She led the protest and petition against Baptist icon Paige Patterson who stood accused at the height of the #MeToo movement. Now she stands as vocal and “insightful” critic calling for the total removal and cancellation of her former Liberty University boss Jerry Falwell Jr. Guilty or not, Prior enjoys the position of public opinion judge, jury and executioner for Baptist accused of wrongdoing.
“The letter comes from scores of Southern Baptist women, including leaders such as: Karen Swallow Prior, a Liberty University professor and research fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Convention; Lauren Chandler, an author, worship singer, and wife of The Village Church pastor Matt Chandler; Jennifer Lyell, a vice president at SBC-affiliated B&H Publishing Group; Amanda Jones, a Houston church planter and daughter of Bible teacher Beth Moore; and Mary DeMuth, an author, speaker, and victims’ advocate.”
NOW PRIOR HAS NOW MOVED IN FOR THE KILL ON HER FORMER BOSS AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY JERRY FALWELL JR.
“Karen Swallow Prior on Falwell Scandal & Evangelicalism’s Future”
In recent weeks Karen Swallow Prior, a former employee of Liberty University has appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper ( an openly gay CNN anchor) saying she is “Happy the Truth is Out” about Jerry Falwell Jr. Prior also appeared in/ on many other outlets like “Juicy Ecumenism ” with Mark Tooley claiming that the Falwell scandal is “microcosm of American evangelicalism”.
After Leaving Liberty University earlier this year “Notorious KPS “, as she fancies herself, is safely employed at Baptist institution SEBTS. She had previously not only been employed by the Falwell family but had listed her church membership at Thomas Road Baptist Church, former church of Jerry Falwell Sr. now pastored by another son Jonathan Falwell. (From her SEBTS bio ” Prior and her husband, Roy, are members of Thomas Road Baptist Church.” – Karen seemed to have been very comfortably entrenched for decades in the Falwell legacy before becoming one of it’s most outspoken critics. )
“HOW RAINBOW IS MY WORLD ? ” THE KAREN SWALLOW PRIOR TIES TO THE EVANGELICAL HOMOSEXUAL MOVEMENT.
Prior raise concerns among conservative evangelicals early on with her constant endorsements “on the edge “of gay issues and even attendance at a GAY FILM FESTIVAL. Upon her quiet , apparent departure from the ERLC ,Christian Research Network press release reported “Prior praised the “It Gets Better Campaign,” which is a pro-LGBT campaign targeted at youth and children and produced videos from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton encouraging kids in their homosexuality. Prior endorsed the use of gay porn propaganda in high schools and colleges. Prior headlined an LGBT film-fest and fundraiser called Level Ground.”
NOTE: THE PORNOGRAPHIC NATURE OF THE GAY FILM INDUSTRY IS NOT ON THE RADAR FOR DR. PRIOR. Attending such festivals does indicate a very high likelihood that she is viewing scenes of gay porn while celebrating the producers of it. As pointed out in the Christian Research Network new release quoted above, Prior is also an advocate of the Obama Administration endorsed, gay porn laced , “It Get’s Better” Campaign while Prior is an outspoken opponent of Christians involved in “straight pornography”. Such selective outrage which exempts the obvious problems with gay culture while voicing opposition to the sexual sins of other Christians is common place in the efforts of Dr Prior.
Below Example from KSP social media in which she promoted her participation with the Colson Center with another Revoice leader Matthew Lee Anderson.
Karen Swallow Prior (Notorious KSP)@KSPrior· “Purity Culture and Christian Morality: A BreakPoint Symposium – Break Point Apart from a holistic sense of virtue, virginity itself means little: The person who is raped is not guilty of being unchaste. On the other hand, the consumer of pornography is…”
NOTORIOUS KAREN AND THE GUYS AND GALS OF REVOICE
Again, Prior is well known for her role on the cutting edge of any thing borderline gay in the Baptist sphere. In 2018 she surfaced endorsing the controversial Revoice “LGBTQ Thriving” movement which arose out of SBC’s flagship seminary SBTS ran by Albert Mohler who is the mentor of Russell Moore who also promoted him into his role in the ERLC . Revoice also had roots in the St Louis Seminary CTS of the once conservative Presbyterian Church in America. The PCA has now split over the Revoice movement.
KAREN’S PET “PELICAN PROJECT “
Prior is listed a a founding member in his biography. https://karenswallowprior.com/about/
“She is a founding member of The Pelican Project, a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum, a Senior Fellow at the International Alliance for Christian Education, and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States.”
PELICANS PURPOSE AND COMMITMENTS TO DIVERSITY /DIGNITY “REGARDLESS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND IDENTITY”
Who We Are
“We are a guild of Christian women who are writers, speakers, teachers, and leaders in good standing in our local churches and who seek to advance a shared commitment to Christian belief and practice across cultural, denominational, and racial lines.”
What We Do
“We amplify the voice and presence of Christian belief and practice in the church and the public square by fostering commitment to the common life of the church and offering individual believers, ministry leaders, churches, and seminaries biblically faithful resources and support, including writing, speaking, collaboration, mentoring, and prayer that serve all members of Christ’s Body, the Church”
COMMITMENTS (AMONG OTHERS)
“We commit to champion and display diversity and charity within the bounds of orthodoxy.”
“We commit to honor the dignity and rights of humans of all beliefs, ethnicities, abilities, and races, from conception to natural death.”
“We commit to honor the dignity, value, and worth of all people regardless of sexual orientation or identity”
“In this spirit, we are a group of Christian women who seek to advance a shared commitment to orthodox belief and practice across cultural, denominational, and racial lines. We desire to amplify the voice and presence of orthodox belief and practice in the church and the public square by fostering commitment to the common life of the church and offering biblically faithful resources and support.”
PRIOR’S BIO FROM THE PELICAN PROJECT PAGE
“Karen is Professor of English at Liberty University, a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum, a Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a Senior Fellow in Liberty University’s Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement.”
PELICAN PROJECT IS FILLED WITH REVOICE LEADERS
NOTE: YOU CAN CONFIRM THESE PELICAN PROJECT LEADERS ROLES IN REOVICE AT ITS WEBSITE – revoice.us / our-leadership /
Tish Harrison Warren
“Tish is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America, serving as writer-in-residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, PA, and author of the award-winning Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life (IVP). Her essays have appeared in Christianity Today, CT Women, Art House America, Comment Magazine”
“Bekah is an educator, writer, and speaker whose work addresses topics such as adolescent discipleship, cultural engagement, and sexuality.”
“Rachel is Director of Theological Development at Cru Northeast. As an author and speaker she specializes in how the gospel interacts with LGBT+ questions, as well as biblical cultural engagement.”
Michelle Sanchez is part of the Pelican Project advisory council and Revoice leader.
“Michelle is Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the Evangelical Covenant Church. Prior to this role, Michelle served as Pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Covenant Church in the Boston area. She has also served in leadership for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Michelle earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and completed spiritual direction training at Boston College.”
“A guild of women fostering commitment to Christian faith and practice across cultural, denominational, and racial lines.”
“The Pelican Project is a non-profit subsidiary of A.C.T. International that seeks to equip churches and leaders in the historic Christian faith.”
PAGAN SYMBOLISM OF PELICAN PROJECT
Pelican Project uses the pagan symbol of a pelican feeding its young with blood form it’s self inflicted wounds to it’s breast which has been” adopted by early Christians” in what it calls an “ancient legend, during times of famine a mother pelican would pierce her breast with her own beak in order to feed her young with her blood.”
“Early Christians adopted the pelican as a symbol of Christ’s sacrificial love for the church. We embrace this powerful symbol as a reminder during this time of spiritual famine for many.”
THE TRUE ORIGINS OF THE PELICAN SYMBOL ARE ESOTERIC AND IT WAS CATHOLICS NOT CHRISTIANS WHO ADOPTED IT !
“The Hidden Meaning of the Pelican in Occultism”
FROM THE “ESCOTERIC OCCULTISM” WEBSITES
“The pelican is a bird with much esoteric symbolism and is revealed only to those in the 5th degree of the OTO. On the Empress trump card of Crowley’s Thoth Tarot it shows a mother pelican feeding her young with her own blood. Elsewhere on the card it reveals three suns, which inherently reveal some of the meaning concerning the Pelican and her young.”
“The Pelican represents Lucifer or the true god, her young represent the illuminati those of the light. The Pelican feeding her young of its own blood represents the bloodline of the Nephilim and its perpetual existence. In symbolic form it can be seen to replicate the imagery of the Egyptian scarab beetle and its resurrection in the Nile River. The beetle represents the suns pathway through the year and the three phases of the day. This can be seen by the rising, peak, and sunset of the Sun; this mythos represents the birth of the sun its manhood and its death.”
RAINBOWS AND PELICANS -ORIGINS MATTER
Doubtless God made the rainbow and chose it as His symbol of promise but the concept of a mother pelican using self inflicted wounds to “nourish it’s young” is hardly a biblical picture of the Redeemer. Perhaps the use of the pagan pelican is an oversight or a product of Catholic sympathies from Russell Moore and Prior BUT USING A SYMBOL FOR LUCIFER to supposedly embody and symbolize Jesus is pretty edgy ignorance or just brazen blasphemy.
THE FALSE PROPHETS AND EUNUCHS OF THE PELICAN PROJECT COURT
Jezebel’s court is always furnished with false prophets of Baal and emasculated males but we will let the men listed on Pelican’s website decide which role they play.
DR RUSSELL MOORE
NOTE: Russell Moore is Priors mentor who gave her validity among Southern Baptist by making her a Fellow at the ERLC. He also gave Prior COVER OVER HER REVOICE INVOLVEMENT during questioning ON THE FLOOR of at the 2018 SBC annual meeting in Dallas.
NOW IT SURFACES THAT MOORE IS WORKING WITH PRIOR’S PELICAN PROJECT WITH OVER HALF A DOZEN REVOICE LEADERS.
“Russell is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Prior to his election in 2013, he served as provost and dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also taught theology and ethics. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Southern Seminary, and as a visiting professor of ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His book Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel was named Christianity Today’s Book of the Year in 2016.”
NOTE: Thabiti’s wife is also involved in Prior’s Pelican Project. He is a member of the left leaning TGC, a long time employee of 9MARKS founder Mark Dever, is a former Muslim and Cayman Islands pastor, and has been on the radical racial fringe of the SBC calling for reparations after speaking at the radically racist MLK /50 EVENT in 2018. This event was hosted by TGC and Moore’s ERLC. Most recently Thabiti has marched in DC with Baptist “radical” brand redistributionist and John Perkins disciple John Perkins during the height of the Black Lives Matter protest and riots.
“Thabiti is one of the pastors for Anacostia River Church. He has served as an elder and pastor in churches in NC, DC and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington, DC area. He is the author of several books, including: Exalting Jesus in Luke; Reviving the Black Church; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preacher. He blogs regularly at The Front Porch and Pure Church.”
MORE REVOICE IN PELICAN PROJECT
NOTE : Crouch is a former editor at CT and works for the CCCU which endorses pro LGBTQ compromise “Fairness for All” led by Mormons and the left wing evangelical group The & Campaign.
“Andy is partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. For more than ten years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today, including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. His books include The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place; Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing; Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.”
NOTE- Also former Christianity Today editor Mark Galli is on the Pelican Project Advisory Council .Galli is best know for his recent attacks on President Trump as he was departing his role as CT editor. Greg Jao of Intervarsity is on the Pelican Council as well. This campus ministry has played a huge supportive role of the Revoice LGBTQ Thriving in the church movement . Intervarsity Press publishes many of the books of the Revoice thought leaders like Mark Yarhouse, who is himself a CCCU leader. Other Members and Advisory Council connections will be visited in another article.
In 2019 the SBC ,with the help of Russell Moore and ERLC fellows like Karen Swallow Prior took a “Credentials Committee” designed for their annual Convention meetings and “Repurposed ” it as a standing “Committee” with investigative powers for complaints of sexual abuse and issues related to racial discrimination and mishandling /mistreatment of homosexual related issues.The Committee has the power to investigate and sanction and even strip credentials from SBC churches. They can also step into the ordination process of individual Baptist churches against the historic localized controls of the cooperating churches in the SBC. The Repurposed Credentials Committee was a so called “response to the #MeToo movement, aHuston Chronicle report series on sex abuse cover ups in the SBC and revelations” related to the Paige Patterson removal at SWBTS of which Prior was a key media player. Many problems exist and are even reported about by secular press like Inside Higher Ed coverage of former SWBTS professor Dr Robert Oscar Lopez.
Dr. Lopez who has advocated for and written multiple SBC statements for approval as “Resolutions” to address such issues as ex gay therapy and whistle blower protections has also worked to bring attention to the lack of SBC and the newly repurposed Committee to same sex related abuse which exist in both the Houston Chronicle investigations and is given a total pass in the SBC/ ERLC efforts to address abuse and to which they, Russell Moore and Karen Swallow Prior appear always willing to turn a blind eye.
Yet the Committee now represents far reaching centralized powers, which when politicized and abused, can carry out “search and destroy” missions on iconic figures like Patterson and the Falwell’s and Liberty with it’s reported $2 plus billion dollar endowment. To the victor go to the spoils. Now Notorious KSP is listed among the leaders of a new Alliance in Christian education located at SWBTS. This appears to be a pattern the outcomes of which are yet to be played out at Liberty once Jerry Jr is fully flushed out of power. Much more appears waiting in wings with the efforts of Prior to secure Falwell’s complete departure from Liberty. MORE to come on the players in those shadows.
The ERLC “resource ” explaining the Repurposed Credentials Committee:
THE BAPTIST #METOO WATCHDOG COMMISSION IS COMPRISED OF A SELECT GROUP OF SBC LEADERS ,FEMALES, JOURNALIST AND OTHERS WHO AWAIT THE NEXT MALE OFFENDERS STORY TO BREAK THEN POUNCE ON IT AND BEAT THE DRUM FOR VICTIMS.
The problem is the political and progressive DNA of the Repurposed Credentials Committee and it’s circle of players like Prior have already proven problematic as they ignore the reality of Same Sex Abuses and the reports of abuse in general which occur among “insiders” from their own SBC networks.
The “selective outrage ” of “abuse advocates” like Russell Moore or Karen Swallow Prior becomes especially glaring while both work feverishly to promote the thriving of “LGBT Christianity”, shamelessly engage social change efforts and tout their own progressive politics . The effort REEKS OF INSINCERITY and provides no real service to the Gospel or the purity of the church in a challenging culture. The mantra of Moore “It’s a Gospel issue” has been used to the point of abuse as the much admonished “civility” and “winsome” tone called for by Moore in his ERLC narrative -always seems to vanish when the next Baptist offender, guilty or not, is identified for targeting and destruction.The call for repentance, mercy and redemptive grace goes out the window when the Spirit of Jezebel warned about in Revelation 2:20 in the church of Thyatira.
“Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.”
Note this writer is not calling KSP the Jezebel the OT queen from I Kings and whose New Testament manifestation is warned of in Revelation 2:18-23. But this writer is pointing out Prior’s willingness on one had to seduce conservative Christians toward Revoice and other pro LGBTQ advocates while assuming the prophetic role decrying leaders whose sins she deems intolerable and outrageous. The entire Pelican Project brigade and it’s advisory council needs to be reminded of the remainder of Jesus warning regarding Jezebel. “…I will give to each one of you according to your works.”