THE DEEPENING TROUBLES FACING SOUTHERN BAPTIST ARE NO LONGER HIDDEN UNDER LAYERS OF GOOD OLE BOY NETWORKS AND 11TH COMMANDMENTS. HOW DEEP DOES THE DECAY GO?
Rev Thomas Littleton 11/30/2020
Most people get the importance of Southern Baptist in American life given that millions of Christians are members of or have grown up in Southern Baptist Churches. Many powerful and articulate leaders have come from the SBC. In the past conservative biblically convictional voices rang out of Baptist pulpits across the nation. Also some of the most well ordered missionary efforts both nationally and internationally were operated by the SBC and focused on evangelism and discipling and organic church planting.
WHAT HAPPENED? ONE NEED LOOK NO FURTHER THAN CURRENT LEADERSHIP TO TELL THE TALE.
ABOVE -Power hungry Baptist- NAMBs Ezell, ERLC’s Moore and SEBTS Akin in Moore’s ERLC offices joking of their “cooperation” in 2013 as their ascents to power are solidified.
Today the largest protestant denomination in America is slipping away and collapsing into the quagmire of meaninglessness via decent into the age old social gospel, political & theological liberalism, community development, sexual and authoritarian abuse, legal struggles and law suits and the general decay of leadership overall. Of course there are exceptions but these are becoming harder to find and are very isolated.
ACTIVE LAWSUITS AGAINST CENTRALIZING POWER OVER HOME MISSIONS
Individual Baptist churches in the SBC have a status of “cooperation ” within the Convention and work together primarily in their Cooperative Programs and Giving ( CP)
Among these are both the North American Missions Board and International Missions Board programs and these are supported through the giving of local churches and two major offerings annually.
Today efforts to “CENTRALIZE POWER” in the national office have been exposed by a lawsuit from Will McRaney who was Former Executive Missional Strategist at Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. The details are extensive and so is the documentation of NAMB national leaders heavy handed tactics, threats, bullying and intimidation followed by a sweeping refusal to be held accountable or transparent about finances, expenditures and compensations of officers.The lawsuit is not just for bullying, but for alleged illegal behaviors by Ezell and NAMB leadership.
The lawsuit contends the issues are not just a matter of strategic difference but accusations of illegal acts by Ezell that have yet to be spoken to publicly or given an account of by Ezell. To date, Ezell has refused to meet with McRaney and the NAMB Trustees have kept him in leadership without requiring him to do so. The current efforts by NAMB officials to stave off this lawsuit have shown their willingness to violate the SBC bylaws and deny their own Convention rules. Recently the troubled and unethical Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission factored in on the lawsuit to back up NAMB antics of averting and subverting accountability.
After years of effort and determination, the legal battle to force the spot light on NAMB abuses is paying off.
Few Baptist will like what they are about to see and learn as the efforts toward accountability advance.
MORE on the lawsuit can be found at willmcraney.com / open letter
“In June 8, 2015 Sandy and I received the shock of our lives. I was blindsided with termination as the Executive Director of the MD/DE Baptist Convention, and sadly Dr. Kevin Ezell, as the President of the North American Mission Board, influenced this action against me. This was without cause and in the midst of Sandy and I developing many good relationships with pastors and wives, along with our staff and Convention making remarkable progress under my leadership. These webpages reflect an effort to communicate truth with friends and our Southern Baptist family on matters which need to come into the light Eph. 5:6-11, since more direct methods were met with denial and resistance.”
The latest update on the legal action to date can be read here:
Ironic that when the Protestant Baptist ERLC factored in on the lawsuit that they sought a Chicago based Catholic law firm named after famed English anti -Protestant Reformation politician Thomas More.
(From the article update)
” The vote in McRaney’s favor by the federal appeals court was made despite an extraordinary campaign on behalf of NAMB. Three state attorneys general (Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana) weighed in with a friend of the court brief in support of NAMB, as did the First Liberty Institute, a Texas-based religious liberty nonprofit. Of particular note, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC, which is charged with communicating Southern Baptists’ policies and positions to the public and public officials, joined with the Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based not-for-profit national interest law firm named after the patron saint of lawyers in the Catholic Church, to assert in a friend of the court brief that the SBC, NAMB and state conventions have a hierarchical relationship and that they actually govern Southern Baptist congregations.”
SOME BULLETPOINTS IN AN OVERVIEW OF THE SBC DECLINE AND DECAY:
*SBC SEMINARIES HAVE BECOME BOILING CALDRONS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE, CRITICAL THEORY AND RACIAL/ GAY / ISLAMIC POLITICS.
Example of the funding and agenda invading SBC flagship Seminary SBTS and efforts to cover up reality by scrubbing websites can be investigated in the link below. This is just one example of agenda driven funding and ongoing efforts to cover up the compromise and sources of it.
*CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FROM K-12 TO HIGHER EDUCATION IS BEING UNDERMINED AT SWBTS UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION.
Baptist Seminary SWBTS in Forth Worth was not part of the Baptist Cabal of Neo Reformed theology cloaking social Justice and dirty funding until it was taken over in recent years by SBTS/ Mohler leaders. Now SWBTS has launched a new organization to serve as gathering place for the influences now corrupting Christian Education with critical theories and the false justice gospel starting in pre K and running through Christian colleges and universities. The Seminaries are already being overrun.
*WIDESPREAD SEXUAL ABUSE AND ONGOING COLLUSION TO COVER IT UP SURFACED IN 2018 WHEN THE #METOO MOVEMENT CAME HOME TO SETTLE ON SBC LEADERS.
Yet Baptist leaders like Mohler and Moore joined in what seemed nothing less than opportunistic public theater to point fingers away from their own and toward those they wished to see targeted like SWBTS /Conservative Resurgence leader Paige Patterson. Some inside the Baptist machine animated secular media efforts to portray Patterson as an abuser or collaborator in the coverup. The feeding frenzy during this carefully coordinated effort exposed just how far some leaders the SBC would go to secure their take over of it’s institutions.
ERLCS RUSSELL MOORE TURNED THE SEXUAL ABUSE EXPOSURE INTO A PLATFORM FOR MORE OVERREACH WITH A “REPURPOSED CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE” TO SEARH AND DESTROY AND STRIP CHURCHES AND MINISTERS OF SBC CREDENTIALS.
*SBC SEEKS TO REDEFINE FAMILY AS THE CHURCH CALLING “NUCLEAR FAMILY AN IDOL”.
Moore had also used similar CRISIS to sell his latest book on The Storm Tossed Family and push an ERLC conference to feature his book while highlighting the Church -redefined as family in the same 1990’s narrative of lesbian feminist theology from Drew University Divinity School. This was quiet an achievement which likely took more lead time than he would have had after finding out about the looming storm in the Houston Chronicle.
*SBC LEADERS FOR NAMB ARE MOVING THE DENOMINATION INTO DEEP PARTNERSHIPS FOR ISLAMIC IMMIGRATION/RACIAL RECONCILIATION AKING TO BLM/ FEMA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND MISGUIDED LGBTQ POLICY.
ISLAMIC IMMIGRATION WITH NAMB
ERLC and other Baptist leaders have joined in pro Islamic campus based and student led movement called “Neighborly Faith” to promote social change in Christian attitudes toward Islam. Christian/ Muslim dialog is being directly promoted on Christian School campuses. SBC current President J D Greear even joined in one of these events. The Wheaton conference was sponsored and held at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism while the entire program is admittedly NOT to evangelize or treat Muslims as projects for conversion. Measures and metrics are employed before and after the meetings to gauge the success of the social change in attitudes.
Baptist leaders like current SBC President J D Greer , former IMB head David Platt and long time Lifeway Researcher Ed Stetzer jumped in to the BLM fray marching with and endorsing the movement even after violence and burning of American cities erupted.
FEMA PARTNERSHIPS SET UP SHOP IN PUERTO RICO AND ELSEWHERE.
The NAMB Send Relief of the SBC has now positioned itself as the go-to partner of FEMA even constructing a central response center in Puerto Rico for the current Hurricane damage island and beyond .
There are at present NINE such centers for differing uses with Government partnerships with plans to develop twenty to twenty five in all.
Recently both SBTS President Albert Mohler ERLC head/ Mohler disciple Russell Moore’s offices lamented over the coming advance of the LGBTQ agenda against religious liberty , churches and Christian education.
YET – it was both of these key Baptist who called for an end to standing against the agenda in 2013 and held a 2014 ERLC Conference on The Gospel , Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage at which Moore and Mohler welcomed Human Rights Campaign and dozens of LGBTQ activist leaders to “Break Bread Together with Baptist” as one headline read. They even held for back room- closed door meetings with HRC and others like Matthew Vines and the radical pro homosexual lobby. SBTS President joined in the 2014 Conference as opening speaker and APOLOGIZED for being wrong about and denying (the APA contrived notion of ) Sexual Orientation. Mohler apologized for all Baptist while underling Russell Moore did a blanket condemnation of all so called “ex gay therapies” a high priority on the HRC agenda at the time.
Later by 2015 no significant fight for Biblical or traditional marriage was mounted by any key SBC official including Moore or Mohler. The echo chamber of SBC leadership blamed the sexual revolution and the divorce rate in the church.
By 2018 SBTS New Testament teacher and Mohler disciple of almost 15 years Nate Collins introduced Revoice LGBTQ Thriving in Historic Christian Tradition Conference and it was endorsed and participated in by multiple ERLC fellows and leaders.
HRC HAS HAD A WARM BAPTIST WELCOME SINCE SBC CEO JINED HRC IN 2009 IN THE WHITE HOUSE FAITH BASED /OBAMA PROGRAMS FOR FAITH BASED GRANTS
HERE IS WHAT HRC WANTS TODAY-
“The HRC Blueprint for LGBTQ Equality Under Biden”
Ensure consistent administrative implementation of Bostock v. Clayton County across all agencies enforcing civil rights statutes and provisions;
Revise restrictions on transgender individuals to return to an inclusive policy of military service;
Establish an interagency working group to address anti-transgender violence;
Appoint openly-LGBTQ justices, judges, executive officials and ambassadors;
Establish uniform data collection standards incorporation sexual orientation and gender identity into federal surveys;
Establish an interagency working group to protect and support LGBTQ rights globally;
End discrimination against gay and bisexual blood donors;
Prohibit the practice of conversion therapy as a fraudulent business practice;
Rescind and replace regulations restricting coverage of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act; and
Eliminate discrimination against beneficiaries in charitable choice and faith-based initiatives.
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AS WELL AS THE GOSPEL MISSION OF THE BAPTIST ARE BEING REDEFINED THROUGH FORCES WHICH CAN ONLY CORRUPT IT AND ARE ANTITHETICAL TO BIBLICAL FAITH.
WHILE BAPTIST LEADERS APPEAR TO JOKEABOUT THEIR SOLIDARITY IN COOPERATIVE CORRUPTION–THE SBC IS SLIPPING DEEP INTO APOSTASY AND IN STEEP DECLINE.
Will millions of Christians follow the path Baptist leaders have chosen for their movement? Or will they wise up and Repent and return to the Word of God and true Gospel Mission? Will they continue to leave their churches and even entire congregations leave the SBC altogether or will they stand and undertake to regain their movement and “throw the bums out” who have corrupted it ? Time will tell but it will not take long for these deadly corruptions to fully leaven and to play out .WHILE IN TIME IS IN FACT RUNNING OUT. Then the only option which exist will be to leave the SBC to it’s own rot and decline. Even now that time may have already come.
FEW WOULD HAVE BELIEVED 25 YEARS AGO THAT THE SBC WOULD BE MARKETING THE SAME HERESIES AND POLITICS AS THE RADICAL PROGRESSIVE LEFT & DENOMINATIONS BUT ETS PROVIDES A WINDOW INTO THE LASTEST BAPTIST FASHIONS IN RHETORIC.
By Thomas Littleton
The annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society provided yet another glimpse behind the curtain in what has become the Southern Baptist -“World of OZ”. Some of the greatest heretical movements thriving in Baptist and evangelical circles today have had their first showings to the great “thinkers” and students of the ETS. Years before the Revoice LGBTQ inclusion called for by self identified “sexual minority” / “LGBT+ Christians hit the evangelical headlines, the leaders and founders had all been presenting their thesis and dissertations at ETS.
Today Revoice and the movement and players behind it continue to expand their brand while the errors of ETS focus move on to revisit the fanciful notion of “Chrislam” while inviting “refugee resettlement” /Soros Open Society partners & advocates in to ETS to bash Trump immigration policy and tout the common ground of the two deeply irreconcilable faiths.
(MUCH MORE ON REVOICE INCLUDING AN UPDATE ON IT’S LEADERS EXPANSION OF THE MOVEMENT AND ITS ETS HISTORY NEAR THE END OF THIS ARTICLE)
CHRISTIANITY TODAY COVERED THE LATEST ETS MUSLIM EVENT
Muslims Join Evangelical Theology Conference
“Annual gathering of Christian scholars seeks better engagement with Islam.”
“It is not often that a Muslim appears at an evangelical theological meetings ..Al Mohler invited three.”
“This year’s theme: Islam and Christianity.“
“We are called to truth, and to understanding the world around us more accurately and thoughtfully,” said Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), who also served as ETS program chair.
“That certainly includes our understanding of Islam, which has from the beginning represented an enormous challenge to Christian evangelism, apologetics, theology, and cultural engagement.”
“The Authority and Function of the Quran in Islam,” by Ayman Ibrahim of SBTS
“Through the Prism: The Trinity and the Islamic Metanarrative,” by Timothy Tennet of Asbury Theological Seminary
“American Christians and Islam: From the Colonial Era to the Post-9/11 World,” by Thomas Kidd of Baylor University
But it was the challenge of “cultural engagement” that led ETS to reach out to the Muslim panelists. Each was invited to share their view of evangelicals, and address the issues that concern them. It could “scarcely be more relevant and urgent,” said Mohler.
Three Christians joined them on the panel, focused on“Understanding Our Neighbor.”
THE ANTI-TRUMP POLITICAL TONE
One Muslim participant Al Mohler invited asserts that Pew Research in 2019 found “white evangelicals to be twice as likely as Americans overall (76% vs. 38%) to support President Donald Trump’s 2017 “Muslim ban.” The narrative continued -“American Muslim Poll, only 20 percent of white evangelicals had a positive opinion of Muslims, with 44 percent feeling unfavorable.”
““Political tribalism drives how these communities see each other,” Uddin said, “and Muslims view evangelicals as intrinsically linked to the Trumpian other.”
Hamza Yusuf, cofounder and president of Zaytuna College in California, the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States, said strong Muslim support for George W. Bush helped him to the presidency in the razor-thin 2000 election.
But after 9/11, Republicans “anathematized” them.
“Muslims had a huge shift to the left in response to the love showed them by Democrats,” he said.”
SO CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS POLITICS (ESPECIALLY THEIR PRO TRUMP POLITICS) DROVE MUSLIMS TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND ITS “LOVE” TOWARD THEM ?
This is Christianity Today propagandizing conservative Christians with Muslim guest at ETS invited by Albert Mohler. So who are these “guest”?
THE ETS GUEST LIST INCLUDED A KEY PROGRESSIVE MUSLIM LEADER
“Asma Uddin, a religious liberty lawyer (previously INTERVIEWED by CT) and a fellow with the Inclusive America Project at the Aspen Institute, described the well-funded Islamophobia network that tars Muslims and the political left in a joint conspiracy to take over the world.”
“The effort seems to be working.”….
(More on the Aspen Institute later.)
NEIGHBORLY FAITH LEADERS/ MENTORS INCLUDED BAPTIST FALSE PROPHET BOB ROBERTS
“A student-led movement bringing Christians and Muslims together.”
Neighborly Faith is building momentum and now has inclusion with the ETS thanks to the efforts of the SBTS leader Albert Mohler .
More on the ETS /CT story
Muslims Join Evangelical Theology Conference
MORE FROM THE CT ARTICLE AND THE ETS EVENT :
The 72nd annual conference of the Evangelical Theological Society
This year’s theme: Islam and Christianity.
“We are called to truth, and to understanding the world around us more accurately and thoughtfully,” said Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), who also served as ETS program chair.
“The Authority and Function of the Quran in Islam,” by Ayman Ibrahim of SBTS
“Through the Prism: The Trinity and the Islamic Metanarrative,” by Timothy Tennet of Asbury Theological Seminary
“American Christians and Islam: From the Colonial Era to the Post-9/11 World,” by Thomas Kidd of Baylor University
“But it was the challenge of “cultural engagement” that led ETS to reach out to the Muslim panelists. Each was invited to share their view of evangelicals, and address the issues that concern them. It could “scarcely be more relevant and urgent,” said Mohler.”
“Three Christians joined them on the panel, focused on “Understanding Our Neighbor.”
“Hamza Yusuf, cofounder and president of Zaytuna College in California, the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States”
“Islam, Yusuf said, defines the neighbor as up to 40 houses away.”
“Mohamed Majid, imam and executive director at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, in Virginia, is going much further.”
“Partnering with Baptist pastor Bob Roberts, he has traveled to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and other Muslim world hotspots to promote better treatment of minority Christian communities.”
“But when invited to Roberts’s Texas, Majid said that local pastors politely asked not to be pictured with corresponding imams.”
“After three days of ta’arruf—the Arabic word for “getting to know each other”—they volunteered to exchange visits in each other’s houses of worship.”
“We have so much in common with evangelical Christians,” Majid said.
“But to be true to our faith we have to get out of our comfort zone—which makes us better believers.”
“Uddin, who appeared in a second ETS panel with Matthew Kaemingk of Neighborly Faith, offered political encouragement. The 2020 American Muslim Poll found 49 percent of that community willing to build coalitions with conservatives to support religious liberty.”
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY FOR MUSLIMS AND LIFTING THE “MUSLIM BAN” ON MASS IMMIGRATION ARE KEY ISSUES. WHY?
THE LONG AND SHORT ANSWER IS -GRANT FUNDED IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS.
FOR SOUTHERN BAPTIST LEADERS EXPANDING DIALOG WITH AND BRINING ABOUT SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE SBC HAS A HUGE PAY DAY AT THE END OF THE IMMIGRATION RAINBOW.
Read More :
SOUTHERN BAPTIST NAMB /SEND RELIEF BUILD MUSLIM WELCOME CENTER & FEMA RESPONSE HUB
According to the article some of the invited Muslim guest to the ETS monster mash were key players from the interfaith dialog happening at leftist think tanks like “The Aspens Institute ” and the leftist funded Christian -Muslim relationship building organization called “Neighborly Faith”. Neighborly Faith has already made inroads with the help of Mohler Disciple Russell Moore’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission leaders who joined Neighborly Faith conference and leadership at Wheaton last year. This event was sanctioned by the Chair the Billy Graham center at Wheaton/ Christianity Today propagandist minister Ed Stetzer.
You can read more about Aspen Institute and here :
“The Aspen Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the greatest challenges of our time.”
“Chicago businessman Walter Paepcke (1896-1960), chairman of the Container Corporation of America, first visited Aspen, Colorado in 1945. Inspired by its great natural beauty, he envisioned it as an ideal gathering place for thinkers, leaders, artists, and musicians from all over the world to step away from their daily routines and reflect on the underlying values of society and culture. He dreamed of transforming the town into a center for dialogue, a place for “lifting us out of our usual selves,” as one visitor to Paepcke’s Aspen would put it.”
“To make this dream real, in 1949 Paepcke made Aspen the site for a celebration of the 200th birthday of German poet and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The 20-day gathering attracted such prominent intellectuals and artists as Albert Schweitzer, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Thornton Wilder, and Arthur Rubinstein, along with members of the international press and more than 2,000 other attendees.”
“The Inclusive America Project, launched by the Aspen Institute in 2012, builds and sustains the field of religious pluralism by supporting faith and civic leaders, encouraging philanthropic giving to the field, and producing resources to help you get involved with religious pluralism.”
“The American idea is rooted in a vision that people from varied religious and ethnic backgrounds can unite to create a single nation: E Pluribus Unum. Consistent with that idea, the Inclusive America Project envisions a thriving American religious pluralism, where everyone has the rights, freedoms, and safety to worship, or not, according to their conscience. Religious pluralism isn’t just a nice idea – it’s critical to the health of our democracy and society.”
PAST ETS COLLABORATION WITH COMPROMISE / REVOICE MOVEMENT
ETS REVOICE AND SBTS LEADERS HISTORY FROM ARTICLE LINKED ABOVE:
THE LITTERMATES OF REVOICE -PUPPIES PLAYING IN A PUDDLE OF CHANGE
“For those who looked honestly and beyond the organized response to the Revoice controversy – the main concern that lingered was the hard reality of it’s founders long history at Albert Mohler’s conservative SBTS seminary . But Revoice Collins is far from the only one in the “Conversation” from the Mohler breeding grounds aka puppy mill.”
“Denny Burk of SBTS undergraduate school Boyce College ,also heads the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and is spokesperson for the Nashville Statement (NS) The N.S. document is put forth and claimed to represent a compassionate and pastoral but biblical and historic view of and approach to homosexuality and the cultural shifts concerning it.”
“Disapproval of the Statement and criticism of its shortcomings is claimed to be the inspiration of Revoice . In fact it is likely neither is true . The Nashville Statement does not condemn “gay or homosexual Christianity ” ,supports the “homosexual orientation “/SSA narrative most common in the TGC talking points and makes no clear case that people can escape homosexual desire. It does not stand with ministries that proclaim such a message of true Gospel effected change. Nashville Statement is in the mushy middle -left of center but asserted to represent the historic conservative stance.This is true of TGC /ERLC favorite Sam Allberrys SSA /Celibate still gay narrative as well. If the new “historic view is left of center – then the conversation is never allowed to go back across that line to the true historic / biblical context or standard. Very subtle and very effective .”
“Denny was the first in the TGC loop to respond to the growing controversy over Revoice in May 2018. However his response was measured and called for the church to “wait and see since the conference had not happened yet.”
“Burk was a bit more critical after it was clear in the aftermath of the conference that the idea of LGBTQ+ Christian/ Queer Christian / sexual minority Christian was “not ready for prime time ” in the evangelical sea change once it had launched. Then again recall where it was launched from- Burks own circles at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary .”
SO IN FACT ETS IS WHERE THE ENTIRE REVOICE MOVEMENT CAME TOGETHER YEARS IN ADVANCE OF THE 2018 PUBLIC DEBUT.
NOW KEY REVOICE LEADERS ARE GETTING SOME NEW PARTNERS FROM THE MOHLER /TGC LOOP AS FRANCIS CHAN JOINS THE NEW PRESTON SPRINKLE YOUTH FOCUSED OUTREACH PACKAGING THE REVOICE MESSAGE.
Leaders include Revoice and TGC :
Preston Sprinkle- Gregory Coles -Laurie Krieg and TGC leaders Jackie Hill Perry and Francis Chan.
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SSO ETS HELPED INTRODUCE THE IDEOLOGIES AND RHETORIC OF REVOICE WELL BEFORE IT WAS DEEMED “READY FOR PRIME TIME” AND NOW ETS GES FULL ON THEOLOGICAL MARRIAGE OF EVANGELICALS AND MUSLIMS .
ETS 72nd Annual Meeting Schedule
The Program Theme:
“Christianity and Islam”
R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler was elected president of the Evangelical Theological Society Thursday during the organization’s 72nd annual meeting. Due to the pandemic, the meeting of evangelical scholars met virtually this week. The meeting was originally scheduled to meet in Providence, Rhode Island.
Previously, Mohler had served as vice president of ETS, having been elected to that office during the 2018 annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.
“I am deeply honored to serve as president of the Evangelical Theological Society,” Mohler said. “As a young evangelical, I came to respect and admire this society for its identity as a society of evangelical theologians that would demonstrate the highest quality of theological and biblical scholarship.”
“R. Albert Mohler Jr. has been recognized as a leader among American evangelicals. Time.com has called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”
Whether it is Critical Race Theory , Revoicing LGBT+ Inclusion, Islamic Neighborly Dialog, or anti- Trump political rhetoric – you can count on SBTS/ Albert Mohler/ and Evangelical Theological Society to be reliable partners for the far left influences seeking to undermine religious liberty, sovereign borders, convictional voting , the constitution and any other fixed point in American church life. Along the ride you can also count on them to toss away the true Gospel for the latest rhetoric that pays huge dividends for the new paradigm church leaders in step with the new “global goals false faiths melded together in the PROGRESSIVE SWAMP called “the Common Good”.
THE GOSPEL COALITION & AFFILIATED CHURCHES PURSUE AN UNBIBLICAL VISION OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND LEFT WING POLITICAL & SOCIAL CHANGE WHILE THEY CLAIM “BIBLICAL ELDERSHIP” MODELS WHICH ARE LITTLE MORE THAN LICENSE TO ABUSE.
Rev. Thomas Littleton 11/12/2020
The Gospel Coalition, founded by Tim Keller and D A Carson, is a political machine with a radically progressive social change agenda for the church. It is filled with critical theories and the rhetoric of Frankfurt School think tanks like the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and subscribes to the Global Sustainable Development Goals of the far left. TGC’s theology is a hodgepodge of emergent and neo-reformed dominionism, Catholic mysticism, and Charismatic belief while desperately seeking to market itself as orthodox and historic Christianity. It has amassed a huge media and conference presence and created a network of well known /big face speakers and preachers.
Only recently-during the 2016 and 2020 election cycles have TGC’s true colors come into plain view. This took time for many who have been taken in by it to see the realityof it. The genie is out of the bottle and TGC internal influence has now split the once conservative Presbyterian Church in America. The much lauded Biblical foundations and leadership models of TGC, including the claims to “Biblical Eldership” led churches can now been seen as NAKED AMBITIONS TO LORD over the faith of congregations and individuals. All the while maintaining cover and protecting the change agents in TGC pulpits and church board rooms. ABUSES abound and range from covering up the wrongdoings and sexual misdeeds of leaders -to hiding financial and funding sources, to covering the heretical theologies of TGC leaders, to manipulating congregants though the use of false and unbiblical church covenants / by laws / church discipline and so called reconciliation processes. Here we will take a look deeper inside the abusive operational methods of The Gospel Coalition and affiliated neo-reformed leaders.
(Personal note :The sad and disturbing stories of abuses of power and the systematic coverup of and protection of abusers flood this writers inbox on a daily basis. The details and faces are varied but the painful experiences and high cost of standing against the deceptive and politically motivated Gospel Coalition machine are the same. This author and his family have shared just a portion of their own experiences to the public after working to expose these errors to the Body of Christ. Trust God for wisdom and conviction to stand firm if you intend to take up these and other issues with your pastors, elders and leadership. )
BEWARE THE BURDEN BEARER
If a congregational member becomes burdened and sees sin or issues of concern they must be informed about who and what they are going up against. If the concerned party has not seen through the scam of “plurality of elders”, church covenants, and bylaws drafted by high dollar lawyers to protect the church staff and elders-then they are in for an awakening should they dare to speak up. No matter how bathed in prayer and engaged out of genuine biblical conviction the expression of such concerns may be, they will be downplayed or ignored, dismissed and eventually will set the unwitting church member on a collision course with what is projected to be unquestionable -but in fact totally unbiblical authority of most TGC and neo-reformed churches . Proceed with conviction- be informed on matters related to your concerns but be prepared. If you stand your ground -crushing forces will eventually be unleashed against the non compliant sheep.
BIBLICAL VS UNBIBLICAL
It is pretty simple to discern the true biblical model for Church Elders from the abusive and unbiblcal ones promoted by TGC and planting arms like 9 MARKS / ACTS 29 and other related, mostly neo-reformed models.
Peter in chapter 5 of his first epistle reminds fellow elders “2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;”
TGC has had more than its share of extremely scandalized preachers including but not limited to Mark Driscoll and Tullian Tchividjian . Still TGC leaders almost universally operate as if they deserve special exemptions from public or private scrutiny and assert that they represent a movement of orthodox and New Testament theological purist. This is merely cover for the change agent agenda and self seeking and self serving type of men and women the TGC model lures into affiliation and who covenant with them as leaders.
A RECENT EFFORT TO “ADDRESS SEXUAL ABUSE” JUST REINFORCED THE UNBIBLICAL AUTHORITIES BEHIND ITS COVER UP.
Several TGC leaders in the Southern Baptist camp actually appeared to be answering a Houston Chronicle investigation into sexual abuse and the cover up of it in the SBC in 2018. However the efforts which included a series of books, curriculum, conferences, and even a special committee appointed to address abuse- the entire effort resulted in little more than public relations and another method of asserting their own unbiblical authorities which are exposed in this research.
Lesson take away from the SBC effort: The foxes cannot police the foxes in the hen house.
HOW TRUE BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP CAN BE DISCEREND .
SERVANTS -CHURCH ELDERS ARE CALLED FOR IN SCRIPTURE TO “SERVE” THE CHURCH.
Biblical authority does not rely on legally drafted guidelines, psychologically manipulative tactics and the circled wagons of trained underlings to control opposition and silence decent or provide cover for sinning leadership.
BIBLICAL ELDERS ARE MORE- NOT LESS ACCOUNTABLE . TGC ELDERS AVOID IT.
NOTE: ( This writer and others who investigate the false teachings of TGC and other neo-reformed leaders have observed the outright perversion of biblical protocols for accountability in order to protect their own. This is not only done in the case of private sins but even in the case where the sins of leaders are public or were witnessed by all or part of the council of elders. Private sins of leaders are ignored and dismissed as jealousy on the part of the accuser and, as you shall see in the case of John MacArthur , elders are instructed to “Turn a Deaf Ear” to anyone accusing a pastor or elder.)
THE FANCY FOOT WORK OF THE AVOIDING ACCOUNTABILITY
Through the slick and swift application of Matthew 18 to detractors and avoiding it’s simple rules for accountability for themselves – TGC/neo-reformed leaders cleverly avoid accountability to anyone at any level and never risk being brought before congregations for personal or private sins. Also they skillfully twist 1 Timothy 5: 19 to require witnesses CONFIRMING ACCUSATIONS against an elder even in private or hidden matters instead of ever submitting themselves to those Matthew 18 protocols where two people are bearing witness to observing the confrontation of the private sin.
In the TGC/ Neo-reformed world the context in keeping with Matt 18 of two observing witnesses to be present is confused with the Deuteronomy 17:2-7 which deal with the death penalty being applied to idolaters. The phrase taken from Deuteronomy 17 and 19 ” in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established ” in a private sin being confronted in the second phase of Matthew 18 cannot then mean the establishment of “witnesses to the sin” but to witnesses of the confronting of sin and the sinning brothers response to the confrontation which is “being established”.
In any normal human experience and church or ministry setting there are very often sins which are done in private committed by one person against another person ( as discussed in Matthew 18) who would then follow Jesus commands through the phases Jesus outlines. In the case of TGC and related elder rules / regulations/ and misinterpretations – such private sins can be hidden forever and the “accuser” held to a false standard as if the sins were public and witnessed by others and held to the standards of the OT where the death penalty was being sought.
Compare 1st Timothy 5:19 in the KJV to popular modern translations like NASB used by many in the neo-reformed camp.
KJV- “Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.”
NASB-“Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses.”
The New Testament warns us that as leaders we are to be more accountable – not less. We are not to have our sins hidden under layers of watchful companions in leadership.
IF GOD WILL HOLD US MORE ACCOUNTABLE THEN WHY WOULD “BIBLICAL ELDERS” SEEK TO AVOID IT ?
James 3:1 “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.”
IF TGC LEADERS FEARED GOD THEY SHOULD NOT FEAR BEING ACCOUNTABLE AS LEADERS.
2nd Samuel 23:3 “The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God.
Also having much committed to us means we will have more required of us.
Luke 12 :48 “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”
Paul openly- in public rebuked Peter for dissembling from gentiles when the Jews came lest he soil his reputation with them. Peter endangered the Gospel with his open sin and Paul called him out for it openly . God does not call for leaders to protect other leaders from accountability.
Galatians 2:11 “Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed;”
BIBLICAL ELDERS DO NOT:
*Overstep or abuse God given boundries
*They do not need attorneys to draft Biblical guidelines.
*Psychology is NOT used in a Biblical Approach when drafting church documents such as bylaws and church covenants.
*Church Covenants – drafted by church attorneys -required for membership and signed by joining (and at times even existing) members have ZERO foundation in The Word of God. PERIOD. BUT THEY ARE KEY TO EMPOWERING ABUSE without legal recourse to stop or reverse it.
MATTHEW 18 IS A COMMON TOOL TO USE IN ACCUSING CONGREGRANTS OF MISHANDLING THIER CONCERNS -THEY APPLY IT BUT NEVER SUBMIT TO IT THEMSELVES.
MATTHEW 18 (Take care to follow this biblical protocol before you bring your concerns to a TGC leader BUT hold THEM to it as well … once the concerns are confirmed.)
Dealing with a Sinning Brother
15 “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.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE IN THE PROCESS OF “DEALING WITH A SINNING BROTHER”. in Matthew Jesus commands us to go to the person first to confront them- then to take witness “that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word (of the efforts) may be established .”
In efforts to exempt elders or church leaders from such confrontation and accountability -the wording regarding witnesses to the process in the second phase of of Matt 18 protocols is twisted from “before two or three witnesses” in 1 Timothy 5:19 to proven by and “confirmed” by “two or three witnesses”. AGAIN 0 THINK THIS THROUGH- the process and witness requirements ARE confused with Deuteronomy 17 regarding the proceedings of dealing with idolaters facing the death penalty.”
5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
7 The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.”
Deuteronomy 19 – Now consider the other passage in Deuteronomy which deals not only with death penalty offenses but with identifying and dealing with a false witness.-
The Law Concerning Witnesses
15 “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established. 16 If a false witness rises against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing, 17 then both men in the controversy shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who serve in those days. 18 And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, 19 then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you. 20 And those who remain shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you.”
QUESTION- DOES THE LAW OF GOD ASSUME THAT ALL SINS AND CRIMES ARE DONE BEFORE 2 or 3 OR MORE PEOPLE?
It is foolish to think that God or Moses or the leaders of Israel before going into Canaan and have spent 40 years governing millions of people would assume that all trespasses take place before witnesses. Also again the offenses discussed are death penalty offenses. The honest take away must be that in this passage as well as Deuteronomy 17 that the commandment is that no one shall be put to death with out the existence of two or three witnesses confirming the accusations . BUT to randomly apply and misapply this rule to Matthew 18 in dealing with private offenses and a sinning brother or sister in the light of potential church discipline is not an intellectually honest approach to the intent of the Word of God in the least. And if that person who has offended is a church leader then the misapplication means there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY unless there are two additional witnesses to the offense . Believe it – this is how these verses are distorted ,confused and used to turn the tables on members of the flock who bring offenses or even potential concerns about the direction of the church to leaders ,some or all of whom may be involved.
THIS IS TYPICAL OF TGC AND NEO-REFORMED STYLE LEADERSHIP METHODS. IN THE END THEY EXEMPT LEADERS FROM THE KIND OF ACCOUNTABILITY THE BIBLE CALLS FOR AS WELL AS FROM EXPOSURE OF THE ABUSIVE METHODS THEY USE ON THE FLOCK.
Lest we forget – and TGC leadership often seem to prefer doing so, leaders are sheep too. They too are human and capable of sinning offending and failing in both their private and public roles. They have families, spouses, business and professional relationships where they may and do sin and fail. Becoming a church elder of staff member does not EXEMPT them in any way from their humanity- their frailty- their own relationship to the Good Shepherd as a member of the Flock and does not exempt them from the potential and likelihood of failure and sin. So why then why should TGC and other neo-reformed methods exempt leaders from accountability? This is ,in itself ,sinful and an incubator for MORE SIN.
As you can see below – TGC is selling their model and make it sound biblical & “peachy”.
THE GOSPEL COALITION AND CHURCH ELDER MODELS OF THE NEO-REFORMED
“TGC WHY YOUR CHURCH SHOULD EMBRACE PLURAL LEADERSHIP !”
“In our pastoral intern program at our church, we spend significant time on “plumbing.” We want our guys to have deep convictions about eldership and membership, and even be ready to pay the price to implement these things.”
SOME REALITY CHECKS ON CONVERTING FROM CONGREGATIONAL LEADERSHIP TO “ELDER RULE”
TGC SAYS WE ARE REPLACING THE “PYRAMID WITH PLURALITY” WHEN IN FACT THE CONGREGATION IS NO LONGER EVEN IN THE LEADERSHIP EQUASION.
“From Pyramid to Plurality”
“We planted our church with a plurality of elders. I wanted to avoid the “pastor and his staff” model that has one guy atop the pyramid. We wanted a plurality of elders/pastors caring for and mobilizing the congregation, under the leadership of the true senior pastor, Jesus Christ, who alone sits atop the pyramid.”
NOTE: In the Neo- Reformed elder models “plurality” in fact represents a tightly run circle of decision makers with far reaching powers and which become untouchable by church members. Congregational ruled churches can directly confront sinning and abusive staff while elders are taught to “protect” the staff and enforce their dictates
*CONGREGANTS SURRENDER DECISIONS AND ONLY “AFFIRM” THE DECISIONS OF ELDERS”
*BY MANY OF THE NEW BYLAWS POST ELDERSHIP CONVERSION- THE ELDERS BECOME THE ONLY “LEGAL MEMBERS” OF THE CHURCH AND IN FACT LEGALLY “OWN IT”.(RUN YOUR BYLAWS PAST AN ATTORNEY FOR HIS/HER TAKE ON THEM. WE DID.)
*NOTHING SHORT OF A MASSIVE COUP CAN RESTORE THE CHURCH TO THE CHURCH AND VOICE OF CONGREGANTS TO THE CHURCH.
*ELDERS ARE ONLY AN EXTENTION OF THE STAFF AND PREACHERS WHO HAVE TGC “FRAT BOY” MENTALITIES DO TEND TO PLAY FAVORITES EVEN AMONG THE ELDERS.
*TAKE SERIOUSLY THESE WARNING OF THE EXTENSIVE POWERS OF CHURCH DISCIPLINE AND EXCOMMUNICATION BEFORE YOU CONFRONT TGC LEADERS. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO CHALLENGE AND EXPOSE THEM WHILE TAKING THEM ON.
In a TGC published “essay on church discipline by 9 MARKS editor and progressive political operative Jonathan Leeman published at TGC discusses “how it works”.
When confronting a “sin” Leeman describes his version of following Matt 18 then goes on to say “We then involved our church’s elders…Several weeks after that, the elders informed the congregation of the circumstances and gave them a couple of months to pray for the man and to encourage him to repent. He never did.Sadly, two months later the elders led the congregation in voting to remove the man from church membership and the Lord’s Table as an act of discipline. He was “excommunicated” or ex-communioned.”
NOTE : NOT ONLY WILL THESE NEO-REFORMED ELDERS WITHHOLD MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNION BUT THEY WILL CONTACT OTHER CHURCHES IN THE REGION URGING THEM TO DO SO AS WELL. THEY CAN HOLD THE “OFFENDER” IN THE STATUS OF DISCIPLINE FOREVER OR UNTIL THAT PERSON “REPENTS” ACCORDING TO THE DETERMINATIONS AND TO THE SATISFACTIONS OF THE RULING ELDERS WHO MAY BE USING THE PROCESS TO HIDE THEIR OWN SINS OR THE SINS OF ONE OF THEIR OWN.
NEVER SIGN CHURCH COVENANTS WITH TGC/NEO-REFORMED CHURCHES
THESE FAR REACHING POWERS ARE GENERALLY AGREED TO BY THE INDIVIDUAL WHEN JOINING THE CHURCH AND SIGNING UNBIBLICAL CHURCH COVENANATS.
When a church pastor decides to join TGC the congregations often are not consulted and in many cases do not even know they have done so. The church status as a “member of TGC” is in most cases not known to congregants- only to staff and elders. BUT many changes are soon applied IN THE CHURCH like converting to “Elder Rule” with the TGC model accompanied by “new bylaws” and often the church covenants are then put in place for new members and in some cased retroactively applied to existing members. Membership classes are established and all kinds of TGC sourced curriculum, events and speakers come into the church.
In some cases older church members refuse to sign the covenants while still others have no knowledge of the covenants which new members have signed covenants. All sign the documents have agreed to the kinds of protocols for church discipline and excommunication. In the case of an innocent member of the flock who has gotten crossed up with these abusive leaders- he /she have granted to the elders a license to slander them and have assured elders that “no legal recourse” will be taken to stop abuse. According to the covenants any legal recourse have been signed away when “Arbitration Agreements” were agreed to .Then the TGC/ Neo-reformed trained arbitrators come into play and, as in the case of Peacemakers and the “widow” later in this article. So the abuses of authority and the cover up of sin is not only possible but have become rampant. Just ask around in your area.
THIS OVERVIEW IS TO PROVIDE A PICTURE OF THE ELDER MODELS POWER GRABS .
TGC and Neo-reformed leaders are often highly critical of Charismatics and independent church pastors who have loose leadership models and “Theology”. Neo-reformed leaders love being in the position of authority and holding the word of God forth in a way which is very similar to the Catholic priesthood where the unquestioned authority of the church alone are able to dispense wisdom and insight for the unfortunate and ignorant flock. In the case of many independent and Charismatic Churches- the pastor owns the corporation that legally comprises the “Church”. In the case with the TGC /neo- reformed , these are more often a friendly take over utilizing stealth ignorance and espoused biblical and ecclesiastical powers to hold on to these ill gotten controls. The TGC vision casting, which has proven to be progressive, leftist, politically motivated, and social justice error can then be applied with no pathway for it to be challenged.
Lets look at one of the more BOLD assertions by a well known neo-reformed ally of many TGC leaders and how these neo-reformed elder models are run in order to, in his own words to provide a way of “PROTECTING ELDERS AND PASTORS”.
JOHN MACARTHUR -NEO-REFORMED T4G LEADER WHO PALS WITH TGC –SEES THE ROLE OF ELDERS AS “PROTECTING PASTORS AND THEMSELVES FROM ACCUSATION.
MACARTHUR INSTRUCTS HIS ELDERS AND STAFF TO “IGNORE AND TURN A DEAF EAR ” TO CONCERNS BROUGHT BY CONGREGANTS.
With these rules of the road and the tactics, tools, and interpretations employed by TGC and Neo-reformed leaders like John MacArthur it is easy to see how sins and abuses by church staff and elders can be covered up completely. No one can question the direction or any new vision casting by leaders , or financial business of the church beyond what leaders choose to reveal or report. No member can even call an elder or pastor to account for personal sins and offenses under these tactics and engage Matthew 18 process with any integrity. But the tables can easily be turned on the non compliant or questioning church member or the victim whose abuser is in the inner circle of leadership and is to be protected. Leaders are given license to “ignore and turn a deaf ear ” to “protect the pastors and elders”. Then the tools of the trade for arbitration, threats, manipulation, forced compliance, church discipline and ultimately excommunication are engaged.
MACARTHUR IS STRANGELY OBVIOUS IN THE MOTIVATION AND CONFUSED LIKE OTHER NEO-REFORMED LEADERS IN HIS BIBLICAL APPLICATION.
MacArthur is promoting the use of 1 Timothy 5: 19-20 as a way to protect pastors and elders from accusation.
“A second point comes in verse 19. Let’s call this protecting elders or protecting pastors.”
MacArthur goes through some twist and turns to apply his judgement on the motives of people who accuse elders of wrongdoing.
“Now there are always people who would line up to falsely accuse a man of God. And they will be falsely accused for many reasons. Some people will resent their calling. There are people who just carry around a lot of resentment. It may be personal; it may be general; but because of that resentment they may desire and design to falsely accuse a man of God”
“Sometimes it’s due to people rejecting their teaching. Someone doesn’t like what someone teaches – they take a different view; they react negatively against it – and perhaps in their anger, in their hostility they begin some kind of campaign to falsely accuse and discredit the man of God. Sometimes it’s because people resist biblical authority; they resist biblical teaching; and they strike out for revenge to one who has called them to accountability before God or who has brought them feelings, and real feelings, of guilt. Sometimes it’s nothing more than envy and jealousy because a ministry is being blessed. Sometimes it’s because a person – and maybe all the time in one way or another, it’s because a person becomes a pawn of Satan and his emissaries to discredit and tear down what God wants to do. So one way or another, and perhaps often a combination of motives that we’ve talked about put together, might result in men being falsely accused.”
“JUSTTURN A DEAF EAR TO ACCUSATION AGAINST A PASTOR OR ELDER”– THIS IS JOHN MACARTHUR’S ANSWER AS HE PREJUDGES THE MOTIVES OF OTHERS:
“To put it simply, one of the best ways you can protect your pastors and elders is with a deaf ear to accusation. It’s that simple. When a man is placed into spiritual leadership, he has to anticipate that hateful,jealous, sinful people will falsely accuse him to try to ruin his ministry. And people can and often will say anything and everything. This is standard behavior with reference to spiritual leaders. I went back in the Old Testament this week, just kind of tracking through some of the leaders of the Old Testament period and found that one after another of the great heroes of the faith in the Old Testament were beset by false accusation. It was standard fare.”
OBSERVE MACARTHUR -DANCING AROUND 1ST TIMOTHY 5 -DEUTERONOMY 19 AND MATTHEW 18
“Now the intent of two or three witnesses is simply confirmation. It goes all the way back to Deuteronomy 19:15 where no accusation against a person is to be upheld apart from two or three confirming credible witnesses. Matthew chapter 18, you remember when – we have an outline of how to discipline a fellow Christian. If you find one in sin you go to him; if he doesn’t hear and repent then you take two or three witnesses in order that they might confirm that sin and confirm either his repentant or failure to be repentant attitude. So two or three witnesses involved in an accusation situation is an old approach. It’s simply the confirmation of viable witnesses.”
( Do you see what MacArthur just missed or distorted between these verses and his application? The move is subtle but the error is vast once applied to “protecting pastors and elders”.
LOOK WHAT HE SAYS NEXT …”WE ARE NEVER TO RECEIVE …OR ENTERTAIN …OR INVESTIGATE “AN ACCUSATION AGAINST AN ELDER !
“And so we are never to receive any accusation against a pastor, we’re not even to entertain it or to investigate it or to look into it, we are to shun it, to shut it off, to end it unless it has been confirmed by two or three significant and credible witnesses.”
As a result of this approach MacArthur’s church, ministry and school have experienced many ongoing abuses including a staffer who was finally convicted as a child molester after years of having been protected by such “guidelines”. The same is true of financial matters, an ongoing abusive culture at Masters University, nepotism, and more. These stories and more continue to seep out of the MacArthur camp.
HOW BROKEN IS THIS MODEL? THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.
THIS WORKS WELL WHEN THE LEADERSHIP HAVE BEEN CAREFUL TO MAKE CERTAIN THE MAIN “WITNESSES ” TO PROCEEDINGS WITH CONGREGANTS ARE OTHER ELDERS WHO MAINTAIN SOLIDARITY WITH THEIR FELLOWS.
Here is how it works if you take a sin or honest concern before such elder boards.
You will almost always get called on and accused of violation on some finer points of the pastor ,staff , elders application of Matthew 18 but once the tables are turned on them- they virtually never follow these protocols themselves and are even less likely to ever submit to Matthew 18 . The Matthew 18 process will ultimately end “before the congregation” if the offender does not repent.
To clarify again the witnesses in Matthew 18 are clearly there as observers of the confronting of the sin which step one, private confrontation did not achieve repentance. The witnesses are NOT there to corroborate the sin but the process to confront it . Deuteronomy 17 and 19 deal with the death penalty being enforced . This is totally ignored but again -it is misapplied to 1 Timothy 5:19 -exempting the pastors and elders from any place in a Matthew 18 process . In the meantime they will attempt to hold others accountable to and “fault find” with the efforts of obedience by members of the flock toward offenders who have sinned.
So in the end- the pastors staff and elders can never be placed on a pathway for biblical confrontation of private or personal sin . They will never risk being part of protocols which would end before the congregation. THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN as long as they control and can pervert the process and exempt themselves from accountability by twisting the scripture to imply that the process does not apply to them.
Then comes the “arbitration” you agreed to submit to in advance. Now you are not only up against the pastors and staff, the elders, the twisting of scripture and the carefully crafted legal documents, bylaws, covenants and arbitration agreements but now you will face the manipulations , psychology, and peer pressures of the trained arbitration counselor. AND you have already likely agreed in advance that you will ABIDE by the decisions of the process and YOU WILL BE PAYING FOR these “services” yourself.
SLICK AND SLIMEY RIGHT? A LOT LIKE BUYING A USED CAR ONCE YOU GO BACK AND READ THE PAPERWORK AND THE FINE PRINT.
PEACEMAKERS PROCESS AND “BIBLICAL CONCILLIATION TRAINING”
TGC ENDORSES PEACEMAKERS – (NOTE -MANY ELDER BOARDS HAVE THIER OWN IN HOUSE TRAINED PEACEMAKER )
“Ken Sande, a lawyer and committed Christian and member of his church, presents in his book The Peacemaker an practical, up-to-date guidebook to the Bible’s teaching on conflict resolution in the church. If you have read Polity (CCR: 2001), you will appreciate this book as a modern supplement that builds practically on the theological foundations hammered out by those earlier authors. Part One of the book encourages us as Christians to look at the inevitable conflicts in our lives as opportunities to trust God, mature our faith in His provision, and ultimately glorify Him through our response. Part Two leads us to examine our own lives, teaches us to determine what offenses are really worth fighting over, and gives some sound and practical teaching on repentance. Part Three outlines Jesus’s teaching on conflict in Matthew 18, giving practical advice and examples on how one should approach a brother who has sinned, explaining how one should use the “two or three witnesses,” and clarifying the role of the church in disciplining an unrepentant offender. Part Four offers a well-balanced study on forgiveness, and exhorts Christians to “overcome evil with good.” There are also a number of appendices at the end that will be especially helpful for pastors.”
“Sande makes a strong case that the church is uniquely positioned to be a powerful agent for resolving conflict in a healthy way. The church, says Sande, is able to cut to the heart of a disagreement and create long-term, permanent solutions in a way that secular courts cannot. The impulse is too immediate in our society today to move straight to litigation when any conflict arises. “[But] litigation,” he writes, “usually increases tensions and often destroys relationships. In contrast, the church can actively encourage forgiveness and promote reconciliation, thus preserving valuable relationships. . . . The church can help people to identify root problems,”
“One of the best characteristics of Sande’s book is that it is distinctively and unapologetically Christian. The entire first half of the book, in fact, is an extended study of how conflict is uniquely handled in the Christian life. Sande writes on p. 25, “Most importantly, the Bible teaches that we should see conflict neither as an inconvenience nor as an occasion for selfish gain, but rather as an opportunity to demonstrate the presence and power of God.” That is a welcome emphasis, and quite a different one from what the world would tell us. Of course, one might often hear that conflict is an occasion for “self-actualization” or “self-realization.” Whatever may be the case with that, Sande’s is a distinctively Christian declaration that all conflict is fundamentally for the glory of God. “
“ALL CONFLICT IS FUNDAMENTALLY FOR THE GLORY OF GOD”….REALLY?
THE UNBIBLICAL LEADERSHIP OF TGC SHOWS IN HOW THEY HANDLE CONFLICT, COVER SIN & HOW PEACEMAKERS PROCESS SUPPLIES ONE MORE TOOL FOR THESE EFFORTS.
THEY ONLY SIN FURTHER BY SUGGESTING THAT “GOD IS GLORIFIED BY IT.”
A DISTURBING EXAMPLE OF HOW PEACEMAKERS AIDED THE ABUSE OF A WIFE
“The Nightmare of Peacemakers Mediation for Domestic Abuse: Part 2 of Persistent Widow’s story”
Persistent Widow is a woman telling her story of an abusive husband whom she had caught and documented as being involved in an extramarital affair and who took the matter before her PCA church elders. Note TGC is widespread in the PCA which is Tim Keller’s denomination. The TGC elder models are very popular in PCA churches. The Persistent Widows story with her church leaders and eldership – teamed with the Peace Makers representative is disturbing indeed AND IS ECHOED IN TGC CHURCHES ALL AROUND THE REGION WHERE THIS RESEARCHER LIVES.
PERSISTENT WIDOWS STORY OF ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF NON BIBLICAL ELDERS.
“The elders decided to send the matter to Peacemakers Counseling for mediation. I had done some research and discovered that mediation was not advised in cases of abuse and I told them that I believed that it would only be appropriate if he was confronted by the church and repentant. However, the pastor seemed detached and unconcerned. My input was completely ignored and I felt that I had no voice in the decisions beings made for me. He offered no other option but to proceed in the undefined church process and the thought of leaving the church did not cross my mind. My usual clear focus was becoming muddled at this point and nothing seemed to make logical sense anymore.”
“Because of my husband’s screaming at me on the phone and his violent tendencies, my family was fearful that mediation would be unsafe and pleaded with me not to go to Peacemakers. Once again the pastor was stern and emotionless causing me to doubt my own decision making capabilities. Because my husband was laid off for so long and now an apprentice truck driver, I did not have the $2800 for mediation, so the pastor said that if I paid the first $1035, the church would pay the rest. I reaffirmed our agreement by asking him twice if this was all that I would have to pay and he agreed. Still believing that the problem was that my husband was abusive because he was unregenerate, I reasoned that this would be a waste of money and likened it to a tax that I needed to pay to get through this nightmarish situation. Three months passed with little contact from the pastor. Throughout those months, my husband continued to rant and scream at me on the phone and threaten to come back to the house. By God’s mercy he did not.”
Preparing for Mediation
“The Peacemaker counselor did phone consultations with both my husband and me individually. She asked me what the issues were and I sent her the ten page list of abusive incidents that I previously sent the pastor. She, like the pastor, never validated any of the incidents, nor showed any compassion to my plight. At one point she insensitively responded with, “Awwwww” in a condescending manner to an abusive incident I discussed with her. I was required to read Ken Sande’s book, The Peacemaker, which I felt was totally inapplicable to my situation. The book focused on conflict resolution between Christians. Domestic abuse was not addressed in the book, and it struck me as a manual for spiritually immature people with petty issues. In a follow-up phone discussion with her (with the pastor listening in), she perhaps perceiving that I was serious about Reformed theology, threw Calvin’s quote of the human heart being an idol factory at me and questioned if I wanted other men. She also accused me of being “no saint” because there are always two people contributing to marriage problems. I found these comments extremely offensive, confusing, and hurtful. Her allegations were unsubstantiated, and I perceived that she was attempting to find some sin to charge against me. Suddenly I found myself on the defensive despite all of the abuse that I had endured and documented.”
“She called again prior to the mediation and I voiced my concerns that mediation did not seem proper because only recently he was yelling obscenities at me on the phone and also made the absurd statement that this was all because I was going through the “change of life” in that strange, shrill voice he mocked me with. I told her I thought he had narcissistic personality disorder and frankly stated that I didn’t like him or love him. Perhaps thinking that I would not come to the mediation, she changed her tone. She said that there were consequences for one’s actions and that I could use the mediation time to discuss divorce issues, which I did not think I needed as I had already consulted with an attorney. I could gather no clear sense of the purpose of the mediation or how any of this was biblical, but I wanted to get past this hurdle to complete the mysterious church “process”.
“Somewhere between the urgency to protect my family, and the growing confusion of what the right thing to do was, the fact that I had misplaced my trust in the church leadership had not registered in my mind. Having now left my decision to divorce on the back burner, I was now redirected to an ambiguous course, absent of reason, and followed solely due to submission to church authority.”
The Mediation Takes Place
“Present at the three day mediation were my husband, one ruling elder, the pastor, the Peacemaker counselor, a counseling trainee and myself. We sat around a table and spent some time going over the Peacemakers rules and their wheel of conflict (which I’ll explain more about in a subsequent post in this series). The Scripture about Lazarus rising from the dead was read. Both my husband and I were asked to give a history of our relationship. I carefully wrote out and read my story which took approximately 45 minutes. My husband, rather than contribute his story, proceeded to spend the next several hours talking about himself and refuting my statements unhindered. He was center stage and I thought quite noxious. Blank stares were fixed upon him by the others in the room, and I assumed that they would come to the same conclusion that I had, and someone would reel him. No one did.”
“Throughout the mediation sessions he was not confronted for any of the issues that brought us there. I had waited for the abusive incidents that I submitted to be discussed but they never were. No mention of the verbal or emotional abuse, reckless driving, disappearing, fighting, or civil disobedience and no mention of the wellbeing of children living in the abuse at all. I brought fifteen pages of itemized phone records proving he talked 6000 minutes to his girlfriend the previous June and they just lay on the table. However, there was one particular incident of great interest to the group. Sometime during the last visit home, (the one when he was raging and sharpening axes), my husband secretly took an expensive item from my jewelry box. When I noticed it missing, I called him to ask if he knew of its whereabouts and apparently that was deemed an issue to explore in-depth. I was harshly questioned pertaining my motives of why I was concerned about the bracelet and was I being submissive to ask him about it. I was also faulted for discussing my husband’s abuse and asking for advice from my adult children, which I think revealed the extent of disconnect of the people who were sitting at that table with me. The abuse affected everyone in the household and didn’t happen in a vacuum as it seems they supposed. No opportunity was afforded to discuss divorce settlement issues although I brought legal paperwork with me.”
“On the final day, my husband became irritated with the counselor trainee who made the only negative comment about him. She had said something like, “When will he grow up?” Although he had his face partially covered by his ball cap, from my vantage point, I could see that he was angry, shaking his head, and muttering under his breath. With an air of victory, the counselor pointed out that my husband was repentant and crying. I should have refuted her, but I was emotionally drained and exhausted, having myself wept on and off out of frustration throughout the mediation. As the session wrapped up, the counselor quickly made an agreement that we both consented to in which my husband would continue counseling with her, and I would orchestrate conference calls between the children and him. As she typed out the agreement, the pastor made jokes and informal arrangements to travel with my husband in the truck. When the counselor asked for a check, credit card or promissory note to pay the balance due, I informed her that the pastor previously agreed to pay the remainder. He emphatically pushed his chair away from the table and threw his hands in the air denying any financial responsibility, so the remaining balance wound up as marital debt.”
“Alarmed that I somehow allowed my boundaries be penetrated, I couldn’t sleep and called the Peacemaker counselor the next day, telling her that I would not sign the agreement. I did not want to conduct conference calls with my husband and although I did not tell her, I felt that she lacked adequate skills to deal with his serious issues. Concerning the mediation, I told her that I felt my husband was not held accountable for anything. She said, “Yes, he was. Someone said that he should have been talking to his wife instead of that woman.” She had a good point, but the person who said that was me. She also said that he looked sorry.”
“As a result of Peacemakers mediation, my husband again began calling me with new threats that he had fantasies about seeing me dead and that he was going to financially ruin me. I was at the absolute lowest point in my life, full of despair, feeling just barely alive, and wondering if I had lost my mind. Maybe I really was “no saint” and maybe God hated me the way the church did. These dark thoughts tumbled around in my mind along with all of the other problems this series of events brought.”
CONCLUSION– from Thirty Pieces of Silver
Not much can be added to the sad reality of abuses and the unbiblical authoritarianism of the TGC and neo-reformed church leadership models. Because of the massive change efforts of the churches vision from the gospel to the TGC distorted vision casting – these agents of change must be provided cover and they must be willing to enforce their unbiblical authority.
We have seen these tools and tactics employed to cover sexual sins including adultery multiple affairs and even child molestation. Also we have seen financial misdoings, abusive treatment of staffers and unchristlike conduct and habitual patterns of sinful behavior in general -given cover -excused and perpetuated …all in the name of biblical leadership.
Above in this article we see some of the tools- the twisting of scripture and the willingness to apply these heavy handed tactics on the flock of God over which they have asserted themselves. If possible people need to take their congregations back from these type of leaders and extract their churches from the TGC/neo-reformed models. If they cannot …they need to leave them and get their families out of them and escape the grasp of these wolves.
“Shepherd the Flock” (PETERS WORDS TO SHEPHERDS ARE HONEST, SIMPLE, DESIRABLE, AND UNNUANCED…AND THEY ARE TRULY BIBLICAL.
5 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
Submit to God, Resist the Devil
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
IF IT IS TRUE THAT BELIEVERS LOST WHAT PROGRESSIVE EVANGELICALS DUBBED “THE CULTURE WAR” -THEN THESE JUSTICE WARRIORS AND THEIR SECULAR PARTNERS ARE HERE TO SIEZE THE SPOILS: OUR CHILDREN
Rev.Thomas Littleton 11/1/2020
Virtually everyday some parent contacts this writer with concerns about what they see happening in their children’s Christian Schools. Christian teens are coming home defending radical social movements like BLM and LGBTQ and complaining to their parents that they have been raised in “White Privilege ” and Systemic Racism”. Some students are singing the virtues of Islam and defending the rights of Muslim Refugees and Mosque building in the U. S. saying real Christians should support these “justice issues” because they are at the “heart of the gospel”.
How are these narratives infiltrating Christian Education ? The answer is two fold. Some are coming from without by secular partners Christian schools have either wittingly or ignorantly taken in through funding and online partnerships .The other is coming from within the church through curriculum, videos, and media materials from the VERY epicenter of the social justice false gospel machines like The Gospel Coalition and it’s stable of justice warriors.
THIS ARTICLE IS A FOLLOW UP OF SOME PREVIOUS EFFORTS TO CENTRALIZE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION BY TGC LEADERS IN AN ORGANIZATION CALLED IACE.
Right Now Media is one prime source of the inside infiltration impacting pastors, educators, and students. Meanwhile your Christian Schools on line service has likely provided access to justice driven organizations seeking to “create a better world ” by data mining and brainwashing a generation of Children in Faith Based /Christian Schools .
EXPONENTIAL HOST A HERD OF RIGHT NOW MEDIA TGC JUSTICE BOYS AND TOPICS.
THE EVANGELICAL CARPETBAGGERS
These Right Now Media resources are aimed at pastors but also at Christian educators and students .
Some sample videos of Right Now Media and it’s TGC speakers
RIGHT NOW MEDIA SCHOOLS AND RIGHT NOW MEDIA HIGH SCHOOL LINKS
ENGAGING STUDENTS, EQUIPPING FAMILIES, AND RESOURCING TEACHERS
Welcome to the video Bible study library for every family in your school.
“RightNow Media is helping hundreds of Christian schools disciple families and resource teachers with the world’s largest library of on-demand video-driven Bible study resources.”
“With RightNow Media, every person in your school community can access over 25,000 Bible study videos, including series for classrooms, families, students, leadership development, and more.”
“RightNow Media is proud to be ministry partners with ACSI and ACTS to offer more than 100 on-demand courses for teacher professional development on topics like leadership, apologetics, books of the Bible, and more. Easy access for administrators to track teacher progress from beginning to end. (Consult your network for more information about Continuing Education Unit requirements.)”
Content to help you equip and disciple your school community.
“Our content comes from over 250 top Christian publishers and ministries—and we also produce our own exclusive studies and training.”
ALTHOUGH MORE SUBTLE AT THE MOMENT, THE LIFEWAY PRODUCT “THE GOSPEL PROJECT” CONTAINS MANY OF THE SAME TGC JUSTICE WARRIORS IN IT’S BRAIN TRUST.
CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS AND DAY CARES ,AS WELL ARE CHURCHES ARE USING IT.
THE GOSPEL PROJECT /RIGHT NOW MEDIA /TGC SPEAKERS
“We’re fast approaching the launch of our latest webcast, The Gospel at the Center. This free online event is designed to help churches center every aspect and area of their ministry on the gospel, and features 28 presenters including Matt Chandler, Jen Wilkin, Dhati Lewis, and J.D. Greear!” ( all of these are TGC/ Right Now Media contributors)
THE GOSPEL PROJECT EDITOR WAS ED STETZER -NOW HIS DISCIPLE LEADS GOSPEL PROJECT “Brian will manage day-to-day development of this chronological, Christ-centered Bible study for all ages while working closely with general editors, Trevin Wax and Ed Stetzer.”
STETZER PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN EXPONENTIAL , LIFEWAY, RIGHT NOW MEDIA , AND OTHER PROGRESSIVE PUBLICATIONS LIKE CHRISTIANITY TODAY.
Stetzer has spent years influencing conservative Christian education in Christian colleges and seminaries. He has also been very involved in the vision casting of North American Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
STETZER IS A PRODUCT OF LEADERSHIP NETWORK WHICH LAUNCHED EXPONENTIAL AND SUPPORTS THESE “EDUCATIONAL NETWORKS AT EVERY LEVEL.
THE JUSTICE DRIVEN DATA MINERS IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
A Christian couple from North Alabama, like many parents around the country, had begun to investigate the Christian Schools where their children are enrolled. This was after they began seeing some of the same indicators of the infiltration.
The parents, along with this writer, began to research the issue and these are the shocking results of how a “Change Agent” globalist secular organization has infiltrated many Christian School and is able to gather data on and score students, families and faculty in Christian Schools across the nation.. It is as simple as looking at the on line service the schools have chosen .
In the North Alabama case this is the school and how the infiltration of CARPETBAGGERS has taken place:
“Our aim is to provide an environment of Christian academic excellence that will enable our students to develop a Biblical world and life view.”
“Covenant Christian School serves K-3-12th grade. The Covenant family comes from more than 60 churches throughout the Shoals. It exists to sow truth and light into the lives of its students and prepare them for life. Covenant was founded to reinforce the teaching of Christian parents and churches in leading their children to know God and evaluate all knowledge and life by God’s truth.
“With a standard of academic excellence, attention is focused on development of the whole child–spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical.”
WHETHER OF NOT THE SCHOOL IS FULLY AWARE OF IT- THE ACADEMIC BAR “DROP DOWN” SHOWS THE MISTAKE MANY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS HAVE MADE .
THE DROP DOWN UNDER “ACADEMICS” SHOWS THE USE OF RENWEB AS ONLINE SERVICES PROVIDER.
RENWEB IS AN ONLINE PORTAL FOR PARENTS, REGISTRATION, GRADES, AND MORE-
TO “STREAM LINE COMMUNICATIONS”
RENWEB WAS BOUGHT BY “FACTS ” AND STILL OPERATES UNDER BOTH NAMES
We serve thousands of schools in the Christian and faith-based K-12 market – more than any other providers in the industry. Find out why.
“FACTS’s commitment to excellence and our years of experience working with Christian and faith-based schools proves our knowledge and capabilities within the market.”
“If you want to help organize the business office, streamline communication in your school, boost enrollment and retention, and put a greater emphasis on technological innovation, contact our sales team today to learn how we can help your school.”
RENWEB/FACTS ONLINE SERVICES MEANS AN ALL ACCESS ONLINE PORTAL WHICH WORKS BOTH WAYS…BUT WHO IS ON THE RECIEVING END OF THE DATA SHARED?
Simplifies Site Creation
Easily create a site with a custom design or use one of our signature themes.
We host your site, so you don’t need to manage multiple vendors.
The Content Management System (CMS) is easy to use and allows for simple, effective editing of your site, using images and videos to tell your school’s story.
Responsive design keeps your site attractive and simple to navigate on any device.
FACTS SIS-integrated calendar, admissions, and inquiry functionality make it easy for prospective families to find information and ask questions.
Advanced Features for a Better Experience
Enables regular communication with current and prospective parents and donors.
Teachers can create classroom websites to communicate easily with students and families through newsletters, links, image galleries, videos, and more.
Individual pages for teacher and faculty profiles are created within the master site, so teacher pages maintain a consistent, branded look.
Easy access to FACTS Family Portal.
“Your Families Benefit, Too.”
Sites from FACTS School Site are accessible through all internet browsers with a responsive design that gives families access through their preferred device, from desktop to tablet to phone.
Easy to create links for quick access to FACTS Family Portal from school website.
Streamlined experience from the school website to the inquiry or application process to FACTS SIS admissions solutions.
FACTS SIS-integrated calendar helps parents stay up to date with school activities.
RenWeb Launches Integrated Learning Management System
RenWeb Learning Management Combines Seamless Integration with a Social Learning Environment
“Lincoln, NE. May 12, 2017–RenWeb School Management Software, the leader in school administration software for private K-12 schools, announced today the launch of RenWeb Learning Management. The native, fully-integrated learning management system offers teachers and students a powerful solution that enables flipped classrooms, blended learning instruction, and 1:1 device programs.”
“RenWeb Learning Management allows teachers and students to learn and collaborate in a familiar social environment, and it also solves one of the major pain points of third-party LMS adoption,” Danielle Egr, Chief Technology Officer of FACTS, RenWeb’s parent company, said. “Our seamless integration brings the gradebook, report card, and the LMS together, and removes the need for a clunky sync process or dual entry of grades and data across multiple platforms.”
“RenWeb Learning Management features a simple user interface that allows teachers and students to interact within Class Chat, an instant messaging service and a social media-style course discussion board. Teachers can organize class content into units and topics that include announcements, assignments, discussion threads, quizzes, tests, and more. Most importantly, a teacher’s course, roster and gradebook data will seamlessly flow back and forth between RenWeb Learning Management and the My Classroom area of the RenWeb SIS—a level of integration that is unmatched in the marketplace today.”
“Our native LMS platform combines the key elements of classroom collaboration, blended learning instruction, and full SIS integration,” DeeAnn Wenger, President of FACTS, said. “Today’s competitive private school environment and the desire for edtech in the classroom demands an effective, user-friendly LMS solution. We believe RenWeb Learning Management will not only meet customer expectations, but will surpass them.”
“RenWeb Learning Management joins the already robust FACTS + RenWeb product suite, which offers schools comprehensively integrated financial and school management solutions. Just one more way RenWeb is helping put schools ahead of the curve.”
RenWeb Reaches More than 4000 Private and Faith-Based Schools
The company now serves more than 4000 K-12 schools worldwide
Lincoln, NE. July 1, 2016–RenWeb School Management Software, the leader in school administration software for private K-12 schools, announced today that they have signed over 4,000 client schools.
“RenWeb’s continued growth is a testament to our commitment to best-in-class customer service and product development,” said Brad Lee, CEO of RenWeb.
RenWeb was acquired in June 2014 by FACTS, a Nelnet company. Since then, the robust FACTS + RenWeb product suite of integrated school and financial management solutions has expanded to include a native learning management system to launch in late summer.
“We make switching to RenWeb an easy decision for schools looking for a new school and financial management solution,” continued Lee. “Our ease-of-use, live customer support, and personal investment in the success of our client schools are company-wide priorities for us.”
For more information about RenWeb, please click here.
About FACTS and RenWeb
“FACTS, a Nelnet company (NYSE: NNI), and RenWeb, a FACTS company, are committed to enhancing the financial stability and affordability of educational institutions while making educational dreams possible for families and students. FACTS and RenWeb offer a comprehensive suite of services to nearly 12,700 schools that includes actively managed payment plans, financial aid assessment services, electronic forms (eForms), RenWeb’s integrated online admissions and re-enrollment products, and RenWeb 1, a browser-based, mobile-friendly platform that allows school administrators and teachers to access RenWeb’s hundreds of features from a PC, Mac, tablet, or Chromebook.”
(NOTE: ALSO AdvancEd involvement which is an accreditation /common core compliance firm. THIS HAS BEEN ADDRESSED IN OTHER ARTICLES )
“CCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and AdvancedED (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools SACS)—both important endorsements of our commitment to academic excellence.”
AMONG RENWEB/FACTS KEY PARTNERS IS BLACKBAUD WHICH BOAST ITS
“DATA INTELLEGENCE TO DRIVE IMPACT FOR SOCIAL GOOD”
“Blackbaud provides cloud software, services, expertise, and data intelligence that empower and connect people to drive impact for social good. They serve the entire social good community, which includes nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare institutions, and the individual change agents who support them.”
RENWEB/FACTS SOCIAL GOOD (JUSTICE) CHANGE AGENT GLOBAL PARTNER WHO IS DATA INTELLIGENCECAPABLE
Blackbaud’s vision is to power an ecosystem of good™ that builds a better world.
“We don’t just power this ecosystem of good with our software; we’re active participants in it. We are committed to governing our business ethically, being a caring employer, contributing to causes and communities through corporate philanthropy, and pursuing sustainability.”
Blackbaud’s vision is to power an ecosystem of good™ that builds a better world.
“We don’t just power this ecosystem of good with our software; we’re active participants in it. We are committed to governing our business ethically, being a caring employer, contributing to causes and communities through corporate philanthropy, and pursuing sustainability.”
It Starts with People
“Our Corporate Citizenship starts with our people. At Blackbaud, we practice Human Social Responsibility, which means that we take our lead from our team-members around the world in our corporate philanthropy efforts.”
Equipping individual change agents & everyday advocates with the tools to build a better world.
“At Blackbaud, we know that at the center of every moment of change, and driving every moment of impact, are passionate and committed individuals. That’s why we serve the entire social good community, spanning nonprofits, foundations, companies, education institutions, healthcare organizations—and the individual change agents that drive them.”
“With more than three decades of commitment to the social good community, Blackbaud brings deep commitment to and expertise in catalyzing the passion of individual advocates & change agents to help them drive outcomes for the causes they care about. By putting the power of digital transformation into the hands of everyday advocates, we help them scale their impact, build a stronger social economy, and ultimately produce more good, together.”
We equip individual change agents with the tools they need to:
Raise more funds for the causes that matter most to them
Find and connect with other advocates, change agents, and organizations who share their passion
Amplify change agent’s voices through social media and with their elected officials.
Scale their passion with tools that give them a seat at the table at organizations working on issues they care about”
“Valuing our differences is the first step to building a culture of diversity and inclusion.”
BLACKBAUDS COMMITTMENT TO UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY GOALS/ AGENDA 2030
“As I look ahead to UN Week and the bustle of activity it brings as world leaders, diplomats, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and others together to discuss the world’s most pressing problems, it’s also a great time to pause and take pride in what Blackbaud has been able to contribute in the last two years since we first made our commitment at the 2016 UN Private Sector Forum in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 17 interconnected global goals adopted by 193 member states during UN Week 2015 that address various global challenges. We were honored to participate in the Private Sector Forum, which brings together CEOs, Heads of State and Government, and leaders from the UN and civil society each year to address global challenges, and I look forward to representing Blackbaud at this year’s Forum. ”
“In support of SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals), at the 2016 Forum we pledged to “map over 35,000 customers and partners, trends in giving and collaborative ways to increase innovative investment to grow the social economy in order to develop an ‘ecosystem of good’ framework for normalizing and explaining the SDGs in the U.S.” Since that time, Blackbaud has made great strides toward achieving that commitment, both through its position as a natural convener in the social good community and through our technology solutions.”
Progressing the SDGs Through Thought Leadership “As head of the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, I could not be prouder of the work my team has done to release leading-edge research and insight that accelerates the impact of the social good community. These publications help inform organizations in how they can be more effective, allowing them to do even more. From our annual npEXPERTS series, which brings philanthropic leaders together, delivering actionable insight and perspectives on pressing topics in social good, to our Next Generation of Giving research series that uncovers how organizations across the globe can better connect with supporters of all generations, to resources like our Financial Management Toolkit, which provides step-by-step guidance on how nonprofit finance and development departments can drive greater mission impact by working together as true strategic partners, the Blackbaud Institute is helping to drive the social good community forward and accomplish more good that supports all aspects of the SDGs. “
“Looking back on all we’ve accomplished so far has made me even more excited for the week to come. We’re not done yet, and I look forward to meeting with colleagues from across the social good community at events like Global Citizen Movement Makers, the Goalkeepers Summit and others to further explore how we can work together to advance the SDGs in meaningful ways through future partnership, convenings, research and technology innovations. “
“GLOBAL CITIZEN MOVEMENT MAKERS”DATA GATHERING IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION !
BLACKBAUDS ANNUAL CONFERENCE BBCON
“Look forward to inspirational content from leading experts across the industry! bbcon is your chance to join thousands of social good professionals online for three days of unforgettable sessions and tech innovations that will help you take your organization further.”
“Look forward to sessions designed specifically for various roles and markets, including arts and cultural organizations, cause-based nonprofits, educational institutions, faith communities, healthcare organizations, foundations, corporate giving, and more. bbcon is packed with the most relevant content for your business.”
BESIDES THE SOCIAL JUSTICE AND GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY DRIVEN DATA INTEL- THERE ARE OTHER CONCERNS
BLACKBAUD WAS THE TARGET OF A SUCCESSFUL CYBER ATTACK WHERE IT’S CLIENTS INFORMATION WAS COMPROMISED .
THE COMPANY WAS LESS THAN FORTHRIGHT ACCORDING TO REPORTS
“In May 2020, Blackbaud fell victim to a cyber attack. Customer data was stolen and Blackbaud paid the criminals a ransom in exchange for “credible confirmation” that the stolen data was deleted. Customers who were affected include at least twenty universities and charities based in the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands and Canada. Blackbaud externally disclosed the incident in July 2020, weeks after the company learned about the attack. Blackbaud received criticism for paying the hackers’ ransom and its delay in disclosing the attack, as large data breaches must be reported to data authorities within 72 hours of learning about an incident under European General Data Protection Regulations. In a September 29, 2020 Form 8-K filing, Blackbaud CFO Tony Boor admitted, contrary to earlier claims, that customer “bank account information, social security numbers, usernames and/or passwords” were compromised.”
Your children IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION are getting exposure to the social justice false gospel of The Gospel Coalition and many of its trained change agents via carefully crafted and packaged Christian media like these “justice ” videos of Right Now Media aimed at Christian Schools. Who knows how deeply other curriculums and resources are infiltrated?
THESE ARE THE CONCERNS COMING FROM WITHIN.
But perhaps an even greater unseen threat has become deeply imbedded into Christian education via the service provider for your online portal. In the case of RenWeb / FACTS just one layer into the company which provides online registration, testing, teacher evaluation, tuition collection, centralized communications including parent to teacher relations and teacher to students relations…lies a FULL ON SOCIAL JUSTICE “INDIVIDUAL SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ” /CHANGE AGENT GLOBAL ACTIVIST COMPANY. Blackbaud waste no time in making its capacities and intentions known.
The sad fact is that these organizations, though working with the Christian School market, are clearly not Christian and do not share our vision or goals for Christian education. The average parent enrolling children in a Christian School has zero idea that these organizations are involved just one layer into the mix in Christian education. Schools may be singed on for no other reason than to ease their own responsibilities but in the same way many are already compromised by taking government and corporate funding – the access to students and families by online services and portals SERIOUSLY ENDANGER THE STUDENTS, THE FAMILES, AND THE FACULTY inside Christian Schools. Add to that- the dangers of cyber attacks like the May 2020 event and the overtly social justice driven false gospel from Evangelical Carpetbagger Partners- living and learning inside Christian education is a dangerous world indeed.
Buyer BEWARE- YOU LIKELY ARE NOT GETTING WHAT YOU ARE PAYING FOR…A “CHRISTIAN EDUCATION”…. AFTER ALL.
ALREADY WE HAVE SEEN UNDISCERNING LEADERS IN MISSIONS ORGANIZATIONS TARGETING OR ALLOWING YOUR CHILDREN TO BE TARGETED FOR RECRUITMENT
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail…
Sayings of the Wise
17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge; 18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips, 19 So that your trust may be in the Lord; I have instructed you today, even you. 20 Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, 21 That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?
WITH THE WORD OF GOD IN HAND AND KEEPING THE CARPETBAGGERS OUT -CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SHOULD NOT BE SO DIFFICULT.