CRITICAL THINKING CHRISTIANS ARE NOT CONSPIRACY THEORIST – YET ACCUSATIONS ABOUND BY EVANGELICAL LEADERS.
Rev Thomas Littleton
THROUGHOUT the election cycle leading up to November 2020 and to this day progressive co-conspirators who are seeking to move evangelicals toward global justice ideology have continued a massive campaign to accuse believers .These evangelical change agents seek to persuade any Christian guilty of engaging critical thinking skills, common sense and or spiritual discernment that they are some kind of mad consumer of conspiracy theories. All the while reality looms exposing the accusers as the co-conspirators. HERE are the hard facts behind some of those making constant false accusation against the Saints of God and who are the true masters of the accusers.
Ed Stetzer-Rick Warren- Russell Moore- Walter Kim – The Gospel Coalition- Joe Carter- and now a host of pastors are joining the “conspiracy ” chorus- ENOUGH – ENOUGH – ENOUGH. God bring down your deceptions and constant false accusations against the Body of Christ.
Lord raise up the banner of truth as light in these dark times and shake these false accusers so that nothing may remain of their globalist influence.
A SAMPLING OF THE ACCUSATIONS
RAISE YOUR HAND WHEN YOU DISCERN THE PATTERN OF ACCUSATION.
Stetzer-The guy who likely owes his entire career, including his job at Christianity Today, to Leadership Network ( LN ) is seen endlessly promoting socialist Peter Drucker and Community Development /Faith Based Partnership ideology for almost 4 decades is one of the chief accusers. Recruited on the down low by “invitation only” to LN like thousands of other pastors and ministry leaders, Stetzer was coached to become the kind of change agent that guys like Bob Buford could be proud of. Buford was one of Drucker’s greatest fan boys and helped prime the evangelical church for Drucker whose family helped incubate the Frankfurt School thinkers before fleeing Austria after being targeted by the Nazis. They came to the US and found refuge in academia and, thanks to Buford and LN, were given unfettered access to the churches, ministries and eventually our seminaries.
Rick Warren is another Southern Baptist who owes his fame and fortune to Leadership Network. His Global PEACE Plan has been working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations and globalist like Ted Turner since 2005 when it was introduced. Warren is now a member of the RINO filled “bipartisan” Covid Collaborative think tank taking the political narratives to the world. The “It’s Up to You “Campaign also has Pope Francis and seven Latin American Cardinals participating endorsements. Warren and Stetzer are on the leading edge of providing “resources” for the church. Buford’s media machine with Leadership Network and Christianity Today have positioned these two, among others, at the forefront a “Community Development” driven global partner Christian movement.
Buford also held great admiration for Lenin as one of the last centuries greatest thinkers with “Centralized Planning”. This is what Drucker/ Buford / LN and underlings like Stetzer have brought to the church. Centralized planning to create a “new paradigm church” useful to progressives for Faith based Partnerships and to globalist like the Lausanne Movement of whom Stetzer and Tim Keller and other LN products are a part.
Stetzer and Warren did endorsements for and Stetzer wrote the epilog to Buford’s book celebrating the grand boast of this behind the scenes influence peddling “Drucker and Me”. Stetzer specializes in his own brand of snarky criticism and has even personally accused this writer of being a conspiracy theorist in a 2014 conversation challenging his influence and the “not so well known” origins and end goals of his work.
By late March 2020 Stetzer and Warren were rolling out their Pandemic Resources for the Church.
“Coronavirusandthechurch.com is a clearinghouse of free resources for churches and church leaders.”
“The site, a partnership with the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College, Rick Warren, and The PEACE Plan, a mission of Saddleback Church, includes sermons, articles, planning manuals, and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Of Stetzer ,the April 3rd 2020 Wheaton update says:
Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Executive Director Ed Stetzer applies his legendary energy to serving the global church amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“His bio contains an unusually wide range of verbs: Stetzer authors, co-hosts, convenes, develops and edits. He leads, pastors, plants, preaches, researches, revitalizes, speaks and teaches. To all of these actions, he applies his unique gift for speaking into the cultural needs of the moment in order to serve the global church.”…”
“This time is no different. We are facing the largest global crisis since World War II and something that will be talked about for generations to come. I want people to remember how much the church did for their communities and neighbors during this time.”
“As a result, in recent days Stetzer and his teams have developed a bevy of new projects in support of the BGC’s mission to be a world hub of mission and evangelism:”
WHILE ROLLING OUT THE PROGRAMS STETZER LAYS ON THE CONSPIRACY THEORY CHARGES.
“Ed Stetzer talks about the moment in history we’re seeing as being a cultural convulsion that’s making it exceptionally challenging to lead.”
“In this wide-ranging interview, Ed talks about QAnon, Trump-ism, why evangelicals gravitate to conspiracy theories and what he sees as an evangelical reckoning. Surprisingly, it’s a potentially healing conversation many reasonable leaders will find encouraging.”
MORE Stetzer accusations of Conspiracy Theorist in the church.
Discipleship in the Age of Conspiracy Theories
How Church Leaders Can Nurture the Evangelical Mind
“In the quarter-century since Mark Noll famously pointed out that the scandal of the evangelical mind was that there was not much of an evangelical mind, many church leaders have dedicated considerable time and effort to addressing the problem. The results of this effort have been mixed at best. As Noll acknowledged recently, he was “more optimistic, though not overwhelmingly so.” Despite the quality work done in evangelical seminaries and universities as well as significant published work by evangelical thinkers across disciplines, recent events suggest that the evangelical mind in its totality seems be continuing its decline.”
NOTE THE INSULTS -BRAZENESS AND CALL TO ACTION
“The past few years have been a painful reminder of the consequences of this decline as we’ve witnessed the growing popularity of conspiracy theories in our churches. While we have taught our people to serve, evangelize, worship and lead, too frequently our pragmatism limits our commitment to discipling our people to think well (Romans 12:2). The result is that a disturbing number of our people — and more than a few pastors — have been ensnared by conspiratorial leaders. In a recent LifeWay Research study, nearly half of pastors reported frequently hearing church members repeating conspiracy theories. In essence, we have produced disciples that are easily “tossed back and forth by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:14).”
“This is indeed scandalous, not only because it endangers our people, but because it degrades our witness precisely at a time when our culture is increasingly skeptical of faith. As Christians willingly submit their reputation to defending conspiracy theories on the account of little evidence, this raises questions about their evidence for believing the truth of the gospel. If we amplify lies about a globalist cabal subverting our democracy, what are others to make of our claims that Christ has risen from the dead?”
WHAT STETZER AND THE GUYS AT WHEATON AND CT SEEM TO MISS IS THAT THE REPORT OF CHRIST RISING FROM THE DEAD AS THE NEW TESTAMENT WAS BEING WRITTEN -WAS IN ITSELF REGARDED AS A CONSPIRACY THEORY AND RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL LEADERS SOUGHT TO REFUTE IT.
Stetzer accuses while aligning himself with the the given narratives and people like Francis Collins who has long raised concerns among Biblical believers due to his controversial “Bio Logos ” organization which seeks to combine biblical creation and false science like evolution. It does so by attempting to subject the Word of God to scientific theory currently marketed as scientific fact.
“Ed interviews Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes for Health. Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. has served as Director of the National Institutes of Health since August 17, 2009, appointed by two presidents. In this role, Dr. Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.”
EVANGELICAL LEADERS CONNECT ACCUSATIONS OF CONSPIRACY THEORIES TO VACCINE CONCERNS. SOME OF THE SAME PEOPLE DID THE SAME THING WITH ELECTION INTEGRITY CONCERNS .
Collins organization Bio Logos offers to help Christians out in rejection the matter of conspiracy theories .
“Beyond ‘Plandemic’: A Christian Response to Conspiracies”
On May 11, 2020
Russell Moore and NAE head Walter Kim accuse those concerned about the safety of the rapidly coming mandated vaccines as giving in to conspiracy theories. Never mind the problems with science, the experimental status, and the negative impacts on some of the injections.
“Fight Conspiracy Theories and Welcome the Vaccines”
FEBRUARY 24, 2021
“In the Gospel of Luke, the Bible tells us about a paralyzed man who sought to see Jesus but couldn’t get to him because of the crowds. His friends found a way, by cutting a hole in the roof and letting him down on his bed by ropes, so that he could find healing. Similarly, in this time of the coronavirus pandemic, evangelical Christians should join with other Americans in holding the ropes for those who are in danger of serious illness or death. That includes urging people to get vaccinated.”
“Both of us in recent weeks have hosted webinars with our friend and fellow Christian Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, answering every possible question we could imagine regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. We did so because we know that, according to surveys, roughly a quarter of the public are reluctant to be vaccinated. Many of the reasons given are fear of possible side effects, lack of trust in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, or concerns about the newness of the vaccines.”
“Not the mark of the beast: Evangelicals should fight conspiracy theories and welcome the vaccines”
MOORE AND KIM JOINED FORCES WITH FACEBOOKFOR FAITH , COMMNUNIVAX AND THE AD COUNCILS WORK WITH THE COVID COLLABORATIVE TO DRIVE DOWN DOUBTS AND CONSPIRACIES AND PROMOTE THE VACCINE.
“Evangelical leaders explain why skeptical evangelicals should get vaccinated”
NAE LEADER WALTER KIM
A good dose of ‘healthy theology’
“One way to address those fears is to counter numerous forms of vaccine misinformation, including claims that being vaccinated shows a lack of faith in God, with healthy theology, Kim said.
“We’ve contended that faith actually accepts the gifts that God gives to us, and God has given us medicine as a gift. So, it is an actual expression of faith to receive the goodness and the common grace that God gives to us in medicine. In addition to being a blessing, vaccination also is a way of serving in mission, he said.”
Distrust predates the vaccine
“Among white evangelicals, the aversion to vaccination is more about deeper cultural and political fissures than it is about the vaccines themselves, Moore said when asked what fuels conservative Christian suspicion about COVID-19 vaccination.”
“Arguments and disagreements about the vaccines aren’t fueling the conflict. Pre-existing conflict is often fueling the arguments over vaccines and vaccination,” he said. “And in many religious contexts, previously open wounds and points of difference are exacerbated by all the stress that the entire world has been through over the last year.”
“Many evangelical pastors have remained silent on the issue because they often don’t know who to believe, the science or conspiracy theories, he said. “There are so many competing sources of information. I have people asking me all the time, ‘How do I differentiate between what’s right and wrong when I’m not an epidemiologist? I’m not someone who’s trained scientifically to be able to answer these things.’ So, there’s a lot of confusion.”
“And there are yet others who are taking a wait-and-see approach before making a decision on vaccination, he added. “They’re not early adopters with any sort of technology, and I think we shouldn’t confront them head-on.”
THE GOSPEL COALITION AND EDITOR JOE CARTER- ACCUSE -ACCUSE -ACCUSE
Christians Are Not Immune to Conspiracy Theories
MAY 8, 2020 | JOE CARTER
“A conspiracy theory explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot, usually by powerful conspirators. Satan convinced Eve that the most powerful of “conspirators”—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—were secretly trying to keep the first humans from having their eyes opened in a way that would make them “like God, knowing good and evil.” Eve became the first in a long line, from Gnostics to flat-earthers, to believe powerful forces were withholding secret information.”
“Since then, Satan has found no shortage of marks among God’s children. But our current technological age has made it possible for conspiracy theories to spread faster than the novel coronavirus. The online realm, which can promote anti-intellectualism and radical individualism, has become a breeding ground for such bizarre conspiracies.”
“A prime example is the idea, first promoted on a French conspiracy website, that COVID-19 is caused by the millimeter wave spectrum used by 5G technology. You might assume such a belief to be dumb but harmless. You’d be wrong. All across Europe, the 5G conspiracy theorists are setting fires targeting cell towers and attacking telecom workers.”
“And that’s just one of the dozens of new conspiracy theories related to the coronavirus. There are others even more outlandish, such as that the virus is a human-made bioweapon created by Bill Gates. (Not surprisingly, that one is connected with QAnon, the most ludicrous uber-conspiracy theory of our age.)”
“Numerous spurious claims are also being made about Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force. A Christian ministry, American Family Association, is promoting a conspiracy that Fauci “has known since 2005 that chloroquine is an effective inhibitor of coronaviruses.” Another Christian group claims Fauci is part of the “Deep State attempt to destroy the economy and change election rules.” As Robert Anton Wilson, co-author of the Illuminatus! trilogy said, “You simply cannot invent any conspiracy theory so ridiculous and obviously satirical that some people somewhere don’t already believe it.”
NOTE: JOE CARTER HAD A SMALL HERD OF HIS YOUNG LIBERAL JOURNALIST FRINEDS ACCUSE THIS AUTHOR IN A CONSPIRACY THEORY PARODY WHEN HE EXPOSED CARTERS ROLE AMONG THE “EVANGLEICAL DEEP STATE” IN 2018
“7 Things You Should Know About the Evangelical Deep State”
This straw man parody was designed to provide cover for Carter and his key three employers in the Evangelical Deep State and the grant funding behind their infiltration into the church.
Joe Carter is known for being a media attack dog on those whose message the church and everyday believers are not likely supposed to hear.
Guest Writer on February 13, 2018
Christianity Today’s expanded the Conspiracy Theory narrative .-
Jesus Cares About Your Conspiracy Theory
“By understanding the world of Scripture, we can understand how to approach conspiracies today. ” DRU JOHNSON
MORE TGC ACCUSATION
Why We’re Drawn to Conspiracy Theories
Review: ‘Conspiracy Theories: A Primer’ by Joseph Uscinski
SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 | ANDREW SPENCER
“So Christianity has been the subject of conspiracy theories since its inception. But recently some Christians have become known for spreading conspiracy theories, which may undermine the gospel witness of the church.”
Nature of Conspiracy Theories
“Conspiracy theories sprout up around struggles for power, whether in civil or denominational politics, and can lead to destructive responses. In his recent book, Conspiracy Theories: A Primer, political scientist Joseph Uscinski argues, “Conspiracy theories posit a powerful enemy whose goals may pose an existential threat to humanity” (5). Our polarized political climate is a natural breeding ground for conspiracy theories.”
CHRISTIAN MEDIA ACCUSES CHRISTIANS OF CONSPIRACY THEORIES FOR DOUBTING THE 2020 ELECTION INTEGRITY EVEN THOUGH POLLS PROVE A VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SHARE THE CONCERNS.
“Faith, Apocalypse, and Nationalism: Why Evangelicals Are Vulnerable to Conspiracy Theories”
“A friend of mine recently asked if we could get together to talk. I invited him to come over to my house, and from there we set out for a hike through snowy Minnesota woods. As we walked, he told me that he had recently been having unnerving conversations with family members centering on the aftermath of the 2020 election. In these conversations, family members were espousing their belief that the election was stolen, that God has promised to give President Trump a second term, and that the Deep State was at work to thwart God’s will. My friend expressed his concern for his family, even as he tried to understand their thinking and how best to engage them.”
“My friend is not alone; many of us have found ourselves in conversations with believing friends or family who have come to believe these conspiracies. In addition, many in our churches have become devotees of them, posting their views on Facebook, Twitter, or Parler. We are living in a time of wild conspiracy theories, from Pizzagate, to QAnon, to the notion that Covid is a hoax and the vaccine an instrument of corporate control. In the aftermath of the 2020 Presidential election, these theories have broken out into the open, as President Trump, along with his advisors and lawyers, claimed, without presenting actionable evidence in court, that the vote was rigged. According to the Presidential narrative, this vast conspiracy involved Hugo Chavez, Dominion voting machines, Republican governors and Secretaries of State, Democratic poll workers in largely African American cities, Antifa, and countless others. These theories thrived in an environment of conspiracy, eventually leading to an attack on the United States Capitol, in which five people lost their lives and the safety of legislators were threatened.”
“As pastors, we must ask: How have we arrived at the place where millions of Christians have placed their faith in these theories, which have no grounding in reality?”
AN INDIVIDUAL PASTOR TAKES UP THE CALL TO ACTION TO ACCUSE
OCC Daily Encouragement: Conspiracy Theories & the Christian
“A “conspiracy theory” is defined by Websters as “a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators.”
“There are no shortage of conspiracy theories out there. Right now, there are no shortage of conspiracy theories concerning just the coronavirus crisis. As I have been thinking about these conspiracy theories, ironically enough, several articles popped up giving some excellent clarity on how to respond (how did they know I was thinking about this – is this a conspiracy? Just kidding). What’s even more amazing to me is just how many Christians buy into conspiracy theories. Why is that? Why are conspiracy theories so attractive and popular to Christians – and people, in general? “
“Here are two quotes from a blog article I happened to read this past weekend that help explain the appeal of conspiracy theories. “
1. “Most lives are a touch dull. “
2. “Conspiracy theories have an aesthetic appeal: they make us feel more important in the grand scheme of things than we are. If someone is going to all this trouble to con us into believing in something, then we have to be worth conning; and the impotence we all feel in the face of massive impersonal bureaucracies and economies driven not by democratic institutions so much as multinational corporations is not really the result of our intrinsic smallness and insignificance so much of our potential power which needs to be smothered.”
“First, as Christians, we are called to display discernment (Proverbs 14:8; Romans 12:2; Hebrews 4:12, 5:14). This doesn’t mean all information out there is a “conspiracy theory” or even “fake news,” it just means we should be wise and careful – especially when it comes to conspiracy theories. Measure the issues against the Scriptures (Psalm 119:160; John 17:17).”
“By the way, let me reiterate, I do believe we went to the moon. However, did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone? I just don’t know about that…I kid, I kid! Feel free to send me your favorite conspiracy theory – just as long as you don’t actually believe it!”
“PASTOR TODD” CITED HIS SOURCES FOR THE ARTICLE INCLUDES A LINK TO JOE CARTER’S ARTICLE CITED ABOVE.
“Here are some helpful links in light of today’s devotion:
Christians Are Not Immune to Conspiracy Theories by Joe Carter:
This is a great article showing the danger of believing conspiracy theories in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. “
So who are the real involved in conspiracy ? Is it those who believe and share research prompted by valid concerns over election integrity, Covid response and vaccines, global currency etc. …. or those who openly conspire with globalist to relentlessly accuse thinking and self reliant believers?
The carefully crafted shame fest from 2019 to today is not likely to end anytime soon. Just don’t give in to accusations coming from co-conspirators and change agents inside the church. Reject the accusations and keep on thinking for yourself and pray to God for wisdom and to discern truth in an age of lies ,fake news and misinformation.
Fear God, Heed His Word
11 For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:
12 “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’
Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy,
(qashar: to bind, league together, conspireOriginal Word: קָשַׁר
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (kaw-shar’)
Definition: to bind, league together, conspire)
Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.
13 The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow;
Let Him be your fear,
And let Him be your dread.
14 He will be as a sanctuary,
But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense
To both the houses of Israel,
As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 And many among them shall stumble;
They shall fall and be broken,
Be snared and taken.”