Monthly Archives: September 2021

MORE EVANGELICAL COLLABORATION WITH COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

IN FEBRUARY 2021 THE BIDEN ADMINISTRAITON RENEWED THE FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS FUNNELING FEDERAL DOLLARS TO CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES AND DENOMINATIONS. BY MAY 2021 LEADING EVANGELICALS WERE WORKING WITH FBP DIRECTOR AND THE GLOBALIST COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS ON “RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES ROLE IN” COVID MANAGMENT.

Rev Thomas Littleton

Revelations of continued collaboration by key evangelical leaders like Ed Stetzer with the Council on Foreign Relations have been unsettling confirmation on what some have been warning about for decades. The once biblically conservative evangelical church cannot blindly follow their leaders unless they wish to be delivered into the hands of anti-Christ global forces, groomed into “useful idiots” and trafficked as the volunteer workforce of the future.

https://www.cfr.org/event/religion-communitys-role-managing-covid

“The Religion Community’s Role in Managing COVID-19”

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Speakers

Jacqueline J. Lewis

Senior Minister for Public Theology and Transformation, Middle Collegiate Church

Melissa Rogers

Executive Director, Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, White HousePresider

Walter Kim

President, National Association of Evangelicals

THE HEAD OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EVANGLEICALS IS MODERATING THE CFR EVENT

Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop

“KIM:Thank you. Greetings, I’m Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, an organization that connects forty denominations and scores of Christian institutions and ministry. I’m delighted to be part of this conversation on the religion community’s role in managing COVID-19. And along with me, as conversation partners, are Reverend Jacqui Lewis, senior minister for public theology and transformation at Middle Church in New York City. She is an author and activist preacher, public theologian, working particularly in the areas of racial justice, but also seeing the church as a place for social transformation. And with us, also is Melissa Rogers, executive director at the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. A role that she held previously with distinction and now has renewed. Melissa is not only an expert on religion in America, but she is also supremely capable leader to bring together people from various segments of society to address our country’s greatest needs and possibilities. So, Jacqui, Melissa, thank you for joining in this conversation.”

“ROGERS AND LEWIS: Delighted to be here. Thank you.”

THE ROLE OF FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS IN SEDUCTION OF THE CHURCH

MELISSA ROGERS

“One of the things I’ve mentioned is the Equity Task Force that the Biden administration has put in place along with the COVID response team. And I think that leadership and leadership in the faith community in particular in this area has launched a new conversation. And that has been all to the good.”

THE FOCUS ON INTERFAITH WORK IN THE FBP

LEWIS:

“Thank you, Melissa, for those reflections. I wanted to dovetail into this idea of resilience and maybe even to put resistance in that. I think faith communities across denominations and across Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians, I think I’ve seen my colleagues across the nation really show the ways love, revolutionary love, has no bounds.”

BOASTING ABOUT THE 2020 THE ELECTIONS

“So I think there was, again, across the nation across denominations, ways that faith leaders found to tap into creativity, to art, to community organizing, to protesting, to voter reform—look what we did in the elections during COVID. The way that we organized ourselves to learn issues, to share, to share resources, the Poor People’s Campaign, Vote Common Good, just some of the allies that we work with. “

(NOTE: Vote Common Good- is one of the radical progressive efforts to move Christians left in their voting in order to ensure a defeat of President Donald Trump in 2020.It was headed by Emergent Doug Pagitt whos radical funding and associations have been exposed on Worldview Weekend broadcast as well as this website.)

RACE AND INTERSECTIONALITY WERE THEIR ALLIES

“We had a tough year, not just with COVID, but the George Floyd murder, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, all of these moments of kind of racial crisis, the rising violence against Asian communities. We also, as faith communities, resisted oppression, resisted violence, and resisted racism, and actually bound ourselves, I think, together in an interfaith and multi-ethnic, multi-gendered movement for justice. And so I’m really proud of that.”

SHAMING FAITH LEADERS WHO DOUBTED THE PANDEMIC RESPONSE

“And I would say maybe one more thing, not to be polemic, but to say, in some places, faith pretended that the pandemic wasn’t real, okay. In some places, faith-based leaders gave their folks a sense that wearing a mask or distancing from one another was against faith, that if God was real and good that we wouldn’t have to do that. And I struggled to understand that, I just want to make sure I say that out loud, to understand how responsible we are, for the ways our congregants take in information through the lens of faith leaders who they trust, and how powerful that is, right? And how important it is that we steward that power well.”

BACK TO KIM CELEBRATING THE THEOLOGY OF PANDEMIC MEDICINE

KIM:

“I’ve heard words—resilience, resistance, engagement, creativity. And I sense that the work of the NAE  face very similar issues. And, we’ve been seeking to engage in a few different ways. One is to inform. And so very early on, getting information out there, not only about the nature of this virus, but also about responses and—Jacqui, to your point, getting good information that puts it, not only in medical terms, but also in theological terms—medicine as a gift from God, the kind of creativity that was required to engage with worship service that both of you have mentioned, and in some ways, this has been a remarkable moment of entrepreneurial spirit within churches, spirit-led creativity that I would wish to highlight. But it’s been complicated, right?”

KIM PLAYS THE ASIAN RACE CARD BECAUSE OF WUHAN ORIGINS OF THE VIRUS

NOTE THE SOCIAL AND RACIAL JUSTICE SCRIPT

“And so, we’ve not only had to inform, but we’ve had to collaborate on a variety of issues, not only the medical issues, but the racial justice issues, and certainly as an Asian-American, I sense deeply the recent turns that really are revelation of long standing issues, that perhaps in the Asian-American, Pacific Islander community have been more silently endured.”

“NAE that we’ve been seeking to do is engagement, of actually participating, not just talking and building alliances, and developing this sense of solidarity, but engaging and becoming vaccinations sites at churches, or engaging with advocacy issues that deal with Black and Brown communities that have been disproportionately impacted. So, I sense, along with you, both this creative moment, but also challenging moment. And now I want to dive more specifically in why and how religious communities are particularly important to our national response to COVID. And by COVID, I’m not just meaning the virus, physical virus, but I mean, this whole last year and what has been revealed in our social settings. “

LEWIS GOES TOTALLY OFF THE GRID IN RACIAL CLAIMS WITH COVID

” And there’s this way in which what COVID showed us all is Black and Brown people die first—are most devastated. In fact, whole generations of Latinx, Hispanic men are actually lost to COVID. The ones who are on the frontlines, the one who are in the bodega jobs, the ones who drive the taxis, the ones who drive the Ubers.”

THE CHURCH IS CHARGED WITH ECONOMIC JUSTICE

“So there’s an economic reality that faith communities can help people understand—that our economy, if our economy is going to be God’s economy, how do we think about paying people more who work less? How do we—who work in these frontline jobs? How do we think about paid leave for moms and dads? How do we think about a living wage? How do we think about giving, making sure that everybody has healthcare? All those economic issues show themselves to us. Along with, again, the racial issues show themselves to us. We found out that we’ve not overcome, we’ve not overcome the way caste and race cause us to oppress one another. And I think those of us who do theology have an urgent responsibility to teach our congregants, to teach our faith leaders, the oneness of God, the many languages God speaks, the value that God has on all human life. The way that we are one people called to one, one hope, one ethic, and I think that we not only have a responsibility, we have an urgent calling, to make sure that these theologies of welcome, these theologies of love and justice become like air we breathe, and not so much caught in creed, and culture.”

MELISSA ROGERS JOB -ENGAGE THE FAITH COMMUNITIES IN BIDEN ADMINS AGENDA

KIM:

“Melissa, your job is to get faith communities engaged. So I imagine you have a lot of why’s and how’s.”

ROGERS:

“There are some why’s and how’s, yes. One of the things that I think has become even more clear during this period, is that because of the role that faith plays in our country, religious leaders and faith-based organizations are vital to public health. And you don’t have to be a person of faith necessarily to see that, and let me just talk through one example. When we were thinking about early on getting facts to people about the virus and the vaccination, and you reference this, Walter, and also Jacqui as well, we knew that working with faith communities was going to be essential. It wasn’t a choice. It was something that had to happen in order to effectively meet people across the country and around the world. And some of the reasons for that are just very factual. Houses of worship are pervasive, and they’re familiar to many Americans. Religious leaders are among the most trusted figures in our communities, and vast majority of religious leaders are enthusiastic about helping, and one of the great bright spots of this has been that, for the most part, this has brought faith communities together, and saying, we can work on this together,”

“SEEING TRUSTED FAITH LEADERS GET THE VACCINE” HELPFUL IN BUILDING TRUST

MELISSA

“This love your neighbor moment has brought us together. We know that people have fears and anxieties, questions that need to be answered. And we know that when they see someone they trust getting the vaccine, talking about the facts here, that that can really change their willingness to get the vaccine. And that matters a lot.”

FAITH COMMUNITIES KEY TO HEALTHCARE /COVID JUSTICE / HEALTH EQUITY

“We also know that many faith groups are exceptionally good at reaching underserved communities. And that matters a great deal. We also know that houses of worship are often gap fillers for a lack of culturally-sensitive healthcare. They help people you know with language barriers or with information barriers or other kinds of access barriers, for example, many minority groups and immigrants. And so it’s just shot into the public recognition, I think, that faith communities are absolutely central to public health, including to this virus but not limited to this virus”….. because we’ll face other challenges in the future and we want to make sure we’re ready. So one thing I’m really grateful for is that President Biden has understood this from the very beginning. And he was very clear that we should be working with faith communities of all kinds, and indeed, has himself visited pop-up vaccination clinics at a chapel recently, and has always taken a great interest in this. So it’s a great moment, I think, to think about how the government works with faith communities in a way that respects church-state separation, and religious liberty for everyone, and partners on shared goals, and make sure that no one is left behind.”

KIM ADDRESSES THE ONGOING CHALLENGE OF VACCINATIONS

KIM:

“There’s a tremendous kind of collaborative spirit that’s developed as a result of this challenge. And, of course, there are moments of fragmentation, we are human. And despite the call to shared humanity, there is a streak of obstinance in all humans. But, by and large, I have entered into all sorts of conversations I don’t think I would have had otherwise. Tomorrow night, I’ll be with bBlackdoctors.org, in a collaborative event, a multi-racial approach to this challenge of vaccination. “

“And these are relationships and partnerships, these are collaborations that maybe would not have existed. But the new kinds of friendships that develop from this, hold a promise far beyond this pandemic. They are friendships, they are relationships, that could be leveraged for other sorts of social challenges in the future, that the faith community could be using this as an occasion, not just to solve a problem of this past year, but to engage with problems in the coming years that beset us. “

KIM CONFIRMS THE NAE WORK WTH AD COUNCIL /COVID COLLABORATIVE

“So at the NAE we collaborated with the Ad Council and faith leaders in Black and Brown communities to produce ads that the NAE—we could not have produced. But the Ad Council, that’s their job, that’s their expertise, and to be able to use that in the collaborative effort to get information out, but distributed in these trusted places. Both of you talked about the church as being this trusted, localized, trusted place. And these are very powerful issues, because, you know, if we’re going to address issues of racial justice, yes, they’ll be national conversations, but they’re going to be localized efforts that need to move the needle for change, the conversations on the local level. So this has been very heartening for us to broach these opportunities together.”

MELISSA ROGERS TOUTS THE BIDEN ADMINS PUSH FOR FBP ACTIONS

ROGERS:

“Okay. Sure. Yeah, well, so this week has been a landmark week, as the President announced more than 60 percent of people eighteen years and older have received at least one dose of the vaccination. Cases have continued to decrease, hospital admissions are down, deaths, thank God, are down, and we’re vaccinating between about 1.5 to 2 million people per day. So I think we are winning the war against the virus, but the battle is not done. There is an incredible amount of work ahead of us, particularly this summer. The President has set a goal that 70 percent of the country’s adults will have at least one vaccination shot by July 4, and 160 million Americans will be fully vaccinated by July 4. And in that regard, I’d just like to mention, if I could, several things that, and I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but I hope that we can all redouble our efforts this summer and just want to mention a few resources that you can take advantage of, some of which are new. One is vaccines.gov, to help people find a location near them where they can be vaccinated. They can also text their zip code to 438829, that’s 4388292, to find a vaccination near them. There’s an 800 number that they can call. And also, we’re having a Digital Day of Action this Friday, May 21.”

KIM SPEAKS OF BREAKING BREAD AS A COVID CORPS MEMBER PASTOR

” Speaking as not only president of the NEA, but as a local pastor, reengagement of all that church represents. The breaking of bread together, the studying of the Bible in small groups, the being on mission in our neighborhoods, sending short-term mission teams overseas in different contexts to help out, I mean all the myriads of ways that the church represents an opportunity of service. And this is true of other faith traditions as well. And it’s in part why I joined with the COVID Community Corps and recently put out a Trusted Voices video with the Department of Health and Human Services that followed me around as I got my second vaccination shot, and one of the most compelling things about that second vaccination shot for me was to see the people gathered there.”

KIIM/NAE VISION OF “WHAT AMERICA COULD BE”

KIM:

“I mean, men, women, old, young, racial diversity, ethnic diversity represented in the line as I was standing, waiting to get my shot. And it really was the sense that we can do this. And we are doing this. And it really does take everyone. And that’s a very compelling vision of what America could be. And in its better moments, really is, but we need to continue to persist in this. “

CONCLUSION

For 18 months this writer and a few others like Brannon Howse have warned that very influential evangelical leaders were aligning the church with globalist in the pandemic. No doubt the church should play a role in relieving suffering and grief but not as partners with government funding in Faith Based Partnerships with the Biden administration or with Council on Foreign Relations view of “What America could be” since their global dreams began in 1921.

Evangelicals like Ed Stetzer and Russell Moore (who has worked very closely with Kim and the NAE with the Ad Council /Facebook for Faith) have lost sight of their own vision and calling if they ever had it. God has never called on the church or it’s leaders to be partnered with the very forces seeking to destroy it’s influence and ability to bring the Gospel and REAL HOPE to the dying .Eternity is the vision most needed by those who faithfully serve the living God. Not the Faith Based Partnership justice and equity gospel nor the Council on Foreign Relations anti-Christ, enslavement vision honed over the last century.

Nothing could be farther from the work of God than these godless agendas. The deception at this level is well beyond ignorance. It is demonic.

PCA PASTOR SPEAKING AT REVOICE 2021

THE HISTORICALLY CONSERVATIVE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN AMERICA HAS ALREADY SPLIT ONCE OVER THE RADICAL REVOICE EVENT AND HAS REMAINED SHARPLY DIVIDED OVER IT’S PUSH FOR “LGBT+ THRIVING IN HISTORIC CHURCHES” MOVEMENT. GREG JOHNSON WHO PARTORS THE PCA CHURCH WHICH FIRST HOSTED REVOICE IS AGAIN SPEAKING AT THE 2021 EVENT.

Rev Thomas Littleton

9-24-2021

Revoice annual conference “promoting Sexual Minorities , Queer Theory , Queer Culture,” and now a “Queer Oriented Couple” continues to trash it’s way through the conservative PCA. The denomination began in 1973 by conservative men like D. James Kennedy and Frank Barker in response to the same errors “Thriving ” in other Presbyterian denominations like the PCUSA.

Todays leaders in the PCA seem hopeless and helpless to stop the same forces from ripping the PCA apart. The PCAs annual meeting in 2021 saw a battle over the issue of ordination of teaching elders who use a gay self identity. In what looked like a victory after much time devoted to the “side A vs side B narrative .( fully affirming of LGBTQ identity AND activity including marriage vs those who espouse commitment to celibacy and biblical sexual ethic but identify as LGBTQ Christians) The PCA appeared to have strong support among it’s teaching elders for standing against the movement on the ordination of self identified gays issue.

Previously in the 2019 General Assembly Greg Johnson whose Memorial Presbyterian Church in St Louis MO near the PCA flagship Covenant Theological Seminary (CTS) had made a tearful appeal for his cause backed by Tim Keller disciple/ protege Scott Sauls who has endorsed and supported Revoice from the 2018 launch and was helping plan the first event in 2017 according to social media. An estimated 40% of elders applauded Johnsons emotional appeal.

Revoice has continued to enjoy a controversial and divisive status in both the PCA and Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) given its clear origins and remaining strongholds in both conservative denominations seminaries. CTS is filled with advocates and supporters of Revoice and it is fair to say that multiple professors and faculty have helped incubate the movement. Yet the full story of it’s origins show that it was a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS ) graduate, doctorial student, Garrett Fellow and New Testament Teacher Nate Collins who founded the movement at SBTS.

TODAY THE REVOICE MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO DIVIDE A CONQUER THE PCA.

REVOICE 2021

Preserving Faith. Honoring Dignity. Fostering Peace

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Vision

“Revoice exists because we want to see gay/SSA people who adhere to historic, Christian teaching about marriage and sexuality experience peace and belonging in their local faith communities. We envision a unified, faithful, and peaceful Church where these individuals are able to grow in holiness and in their knowledge of the scriptures, knowing that they are of infinite worth and value to their Creator; where transparency about one’s orientation and ongoing experience creates enhanced possibilities for local churches to utilize and celebrate the unique opportunities that these individuals have to serve the Kingdom of God; and where these individuals are welcomed into the lives of spiritual families so that all can grow together in their knowledge of God and his Kingdom.”

THE 2021 EVENT

“Greg Johnson Greg Johnson is Lead Pastor of historic Memorial Presbyterian Church (PCA) in St. Louis, where he has served on pastoral staff since 2003. He holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology with a concentration in American religion from Saint Louis University and an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary. He is the author of The World According to God: A Biblical View of Culture, Work, Science, Sex & Everything Else.”

SESSION 4

Together for the Kingdom

“Jesus said that the world will know we are His followers by our love for one another. This means we need each other to represent Christ well in this world. Our collective witness is essential to how Jesus wants to be represented. As we imitate and follow Christ, in his humility, zeal for justice, sacrificial love, and preferencing of the other before the self, we dramatize the amazing love of God before the watching world.”

Speakers: Greg Piken, Greg Johnson, Jill Rennick, Rafy Amador, Bill Henson

ALSO SPEAKING IS THE AUTHOR OF SINGLE ,GAY CHRISTIAN WHICH WAS ENDORSED BY PCA PASTOR TIM KELLER’S GOSPEL COALITION COFOUNDER D.A. CARSON

“Greg Coles, PhD Gregory Coles is the author of Single, Gay, Christian (InterVarsity Press, 2017) and No Longer Strangers (InterVarsity Press, 2021). He holds a PhD in English from Penn State and lives in Idaho’s Treasure Valley, where he works as a writer and speaker. Greg is a Senior Research Fellow at The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender and curates most of his creative activities.”

SEXUAL MINORITIES CONTINUE THE MANTRA OF SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR LGBTQ “CHRISITANS”

“Together As Sexual Minorities”

“We need the body of Christ in all its diversity. We need those who are different from us, and we also need those with whom we have great similarity. Scripture teaches us that one of the reasons God allows us to experience suffering is to gift us with divine comfort that we can then offer to others who similarly experience suffering. We do not have to figure things out on our own; there is a repository of wisdom of what it looks like to follow Jesus with the unique challenges and questions that sexual minorities face.”

“Speakers: Aaron & Liz Munson, Greg Coles, Elizabeth Black, Pieter Valk, Christian Johnston”

GREG JOHNSON CONTINUES TO THRIVE IN BOTH HIS DENOMINATION AND IN HIS ROLE IN THE RADICAL LGBTQ+ THRIVING MOVEMENT.

While Greg Johnson is thriving- his denomination has split and continues to remain unable to effectively call it’s rogue SSA /gay indentified leaders to repentance.

CONCLUSION

The activist train supported by Tim Keller’s TGC, multiple PCA seminaries and colleges, key Southern Baptist ERLC and SBTS leaders ( and many more) is rolling on while the conservative leaders in these movements seem helpless or unwilling to do what it takes to stop it. Appeasement is not working. It never has and NO denomination has ever “Thrived” from such a movement.

For more background on the PCA ,Revoice, Johnson’s role , and the languishing PCA efforts to contain their in house activist you can read the following articles”

Also go to thirtypiecesoofsilve.org type in the search box for Revoice

TGC/ERLC/ SBC/PCA BRAIN TRUST MARK YARHOUSE BOOK ON EMERGING GENDER INDENTITIES ENDOSED BY “TRANSSEXUAL”

Rev Thomas Littleton

9/22/2021

When the scandalous Revoice Conference movement for “LGBT+ Thriving in historic Christian (church ) traditions” emerged in 2018 the soon to be confirmed primary influence behind the movement was the American Psychological Associations interfaith sexual and gender identity expert Mark Yarhouse . Yarhouse had endorsed the Revoice conference on social media but his often quoted books and looming influence were an undeniable inspiration for the Revoice movement.

Living Out, the ministry of Sam Allberry in the UK had also been endorsed Revoice “for their US audience” while preparing to host Tim and Kathy Keller for their Living Out Gender Identity conference in London. Yarhouse soon surfaced as a key part of the brain trust behind Living Out as well. Both these movements have received a great deal of scrutiny and criticism as they dance well beyond the fringes of Christian orthodoxy and push the limits toward sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). In the June 2018 event for Living Out the infamous “LGBTQ Inclusion Church Audit was introduced and praised as “brilliant ” by Kathy Keller. This shocking moment was brought to you by the long time association of the Keller’s organization The Gospel Coalition with Mark Yarhouse. According to Yarhouse Bio he had provided the Whitepaper document which became the TGC gold standard on SOGI in 2010.

THE MANTRA OF SAME SEX ATTRACTED = “SEXUAL PURGATORY ” FOR STRUGGLING BELIEVERS.

Christians being SSA or Same Sex Attracted language has been the product of the work of Yarhouse and others like him who place high value on Atheistic or Interfaith Psychology and seek to mix and mingle it with the Gospel and true conversion. It is a sort of “sexual purgatory ” for people who have had a history of homosexual or lesbian desires or activity. SSA is a sort of stop gap for the lack of the human genome studies search for the elusive “gay gene” which did not materialize. SSA language was drafted for the church in 2010 (same year as Yarhouse TGC Whitepaper) by several people in the collapsing “Ex gay Ministries” or Exodus International and Exodus Global for the 2010 Lausanne Movement South Africa meetings at which Tim Keller (Keller again ) was the keynote speaker and crowned as the new John Stott and the leading Christian Thinker of our time.

SSA is a sort of Alcoholics Anonymous for Christians with homosexual or lesbian desires or lingering temptations. Yarhouse and others like him offer no real Gospel HOPE that such temptations will ever go away or that the victims can be set free from them. This view and stance for ministry is totally anti Gospel and anti transformation. It is not only hopeless but anti- or against Christ redemptive work which millions have known to be more than enough to suffice and redeem their lives including their desires. That Jesus is able to save to the Uttermost (Hebrews 7:25) actually means what it promises.

YARHOUSE CUTTING EDGE GENDER WORK FOR CHRISTIANS LOOKS TO BE THE NEW FRONTIER .

Increasingly the Yarhouse narrative on Gender shows the deep fault line of a “make it up as you go along ” approach. Gender is a very simple issue from both a biblical and biological perspective. The sad incidence of biological malformation is very rare and not at all the driving factor in the world of “gender dysphoria “. Yarhouse and Sprinkle are both focused more and more on the trendy movements behind transgenderism and their confusing narratives appear to be as fluid as the identities of those they seek out to feature in order to prove themselves correct and justify the churches need of their insightful expertise conferences and endless stream of books.

In short Transgender is the new punk and it is essential (according to those in the industry) that we have leading Christian experts to interpret the unfolding mysteries it entails. Where would the church be without Christianized psychology? We would most likely be more firmly anchored in and able to offer the true hope of the Gospel to those coming out of sexual sin, distortion and abuse. Instead we seek to navigate these ruinous waters with human wisdom mostly originating from lost men who either hated God or were Universalist idolaters.

YARHOUSE ROLE AS A LEADERHIP BOARD MEMBER AND SPEAKER AT REVOICE

By 2019 Yarhouse was both the featured speaker and a member of the leadership council of Revoice movement .

Yarhouse has long moved across the lines of the professed “Side A / Side B ” positions in the ongoing and fluid narratives of so named “LGBTQ Christianity”

(Taken from a LGBTQ Christianity advocacy page)

A person who has a “Side A” perspective on Christian sexual ethics typically believes the following:
God makes people gay. God blesses same-sex marriages in the same ways He blesses opposite-sex marriages. Holding these beliefs typically requires some theological maneuvering around the six “clobber passages” that people claim refers to same-sex sexual activity, but most Side A gay Christians I know believe that the Bible is not binding or prescriptive for a modern context.”

Now let’s talk about the “Side B” perspective:
Same-sex attraction is not what God intended and is a result of the Fall. But, we do not choose who we are attracted to and there is no formula to change ones attractions. There is no context for same-sex sexual or romantic activity that God blesses, so they are sins. God calls all Christians to a vocation of celibacy or marriage with someone of the opposite sex. Side B Christians may identify as gay in a limited way , finding it helpful to identify with those of a shared heritage and similar life experiences.”

THE SAME GROUP HAS ADDED SIDE X AS A DESCRIPTIVE SEGMENT WHICH IS IN FACT THE HISTORIC BIBLICAL VIEW.

And finally, there is the “Side X” perspective:
Same-sex attracted Christians must reject their attractions and work toward changing their attractions. Continuing to experience SSA is a sign of willful disobedience and/or lukewarm sanctification. Homosexuality in any form is sinful . God intends for all people to marry someone of the opposite sex.”

Mark Yarhouse in his work moves across ALL these spectrums and appears to counsel a “What ever works for the person” approach. Why wouldn’t he since his own training and standard and work with the APA is both interfaith and based on the pragmatic and Atheistic history of Freudian psychology?

MARK YARHOUSE WHEATON BIOGRAPHY

“He was also invited ( in 2010 ) to write the featured white paper on sexual identity for the Christ on Campus Initiative edited by Don A. Carson for The Gospel Coalition.”

YARHOUSE INTERFAITH WORK WITH THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION AND OTHER ENTITIES

(NOTE :The APA has been on very long journey to normalize homosexuality since 1973)

“Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist who specializes in conflicts tied to religious identity and sexual and gender identity. He assists people who are navigating the complex relationship between their sexual or gender identity and Christian faith. He is the Dr. Arthur P. and Mrs. Jean May Rech Chair in Psychology at Wheaton College, where he runs the Sexual and Gender Identity (SGI) Institute. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher and is the past recipient of the Gary Collins Award for Excellence in Christian Counseling. He was a past participant with the Ethics and Public Policy Center think tank in Washington, DC, and he was named Senior Fellow with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities to conduct a study of students navigating sexual identity concerns at Christian colleges and universities. He has been a consultant to the National Institute of Corrections to address issues facing sexual minorities in corrections, and he was part of a consensus panel from the American Psychological Association on sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts that convened to provide input to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Washington, DC.  He is currently the Chair of the task force on LGBT issues for

YARHOUSE APA WORK WITH DIVISION 36

“Benefits of membership include receiving the journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality and the division Newsletter, as well as many opportunities to make professional contacts in the field through participation in the Division’s Mid-Year Conference, APA’s annual convention and other division activities.”

“A wide variety of psychological interests and activities exist among the members of the division. Members work in virtually every area, from experimental and statistical research to clinical work with children and adults. We are concerned with both the scientific and applied aspects of our field. Many members do research exclusively on issues in the psychology of religion and spirituality; others bring this interest to bear on a variety of allied areas in psychology. Our professional affiliates may be found working in sociology, religious studies, and the other social sciences. Some members also possess a clerical degree and integrate psychology with the requirements of pastoral life as researchers and practicing clinicians.”

YARHOUSE LATEST BOOK

In August of last year Yarhouse published his latest book with coauthor Julia Sadusky.

“Emerging Gender Identities: Understanding the Diverse Experiences of Today’s Youth “

Praise for Emerging Gender Identities

“This inviting text provides a useful framework for Christians to use in approaching what can be difficult conversations around gender identity.”–Publishers Weekly”

“This book offers a measured Christian response to the diverse gender identities that are being embraced by an increasing number of adolescents. Mark Yarhouse and Julia Sadusky offer an honest, scientifically informed, compassionate, and nuanced treatment for all readers who care about or work with gender-diverse youth: pastors, church leaders, parents, family members, youth workers, and counselors.”

“Yarhouse and Sadusky help readers distinguish between current mental health concerns, such as gender dysphoria, and the emerging gender identities that some young people turn to for a sense of identity and community. Based on the authors’ significant clinical and ministry experience, this book casts a vision for practically engaging and ministering to teens navigating diverse gender-identity concerns. It also equips readers to critically engage gender theory based on a Christian view of sex and gender.”

About the Author

Mark Yarhouse(PsyD, Wheaton College), a licensed clinical psychologist, is the Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Chair of Psychology in the School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he leads the Sexual & Gender Identity Institute. Yarhouse has authored or coauthored several books, including the well-received Understanding Gender Dysphoria.”

Julia Sadusky (PsyD, Regent University) works as a clinical psychologist in Denver, Colorado. She also serves as a youth and ministry educator, offering trainings and consultations on the intersection of sexuality, gender, and theology. Her research experiences and clinical training have focused on the study of sexual and gender identity, including providing individual, family, couples, and group therapy for those navigating sexual- and gender-identity concerns. She is an advisor for the Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender.”

Yarhouse himself was as Regent University at the time the first Revoice conference emerged in 2018 but has since returned to Wheaton Colloge where FELLOW APA expert and coauthor Stanton Jones was employed. Jones has not only cowritten books with Yarhouse but endorses the new Emerging Gender Identities book.

“We are faced with a dizzying ongoing evolution in cultural understanding of and recommended responses to a kaleidoscope of emerging gender identities. This book offers richly informed and thoughtful Christian analysis of these phenomena, along with compassionate and challenging recommendations for ministry.”
Stanton L. Jones, Wheaton College (emeritus); coauthor of the God’s Design for Sex family sex-education book series”

ADDITIONAL ENDOSEMENTS COME FROM

Preston Sprinkle who is a Master’s Seminary graduate also heads his own organization promoting LGBTQ Christian identities and is ” author of Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible Has to Say.”

Shirley V. Hoogstra, president, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities who has also endorsed the radical “Fairness for All ” legislation backed by the funding of Paul Singer who funds both “Fairness ” and the HRC efforts promoting “The Equality Act”.

Caleb Kaltenbach, pastor and author of Messy Grace. (Caleb has added the “Messy” narrative to the LGBTQ conversation subverting the call to personal holiness and espousing that grace and conversion are “Messy ” and expectations should be adjusted to accept the confusion the new branding for LGBTQ Christianity brings with it.

YARHOUSE MOST DISTURBING ENDORSEMENT COMES FROM A TRANSSEXUAL “FOLLOWER OF JESUS “.

“Yarhouse and Sadusky are unafraid of exploring the overlap of Christianity, psychology, and cultures, and equally unafraid of reaching out in peace. I admire such a version of Christianity. I have read every page of this book. I disagree with the authors’ concept of suffering, but that is a minor point. I found myself nodding my head in agreement over and over. I endorse this book for ministers, parents, and gender-exploring youth.”
Caryn LeMur, a male-to-female transsexual and a follower of the words and life of Jesus –This text refers to the paperback edition.

According to social media post LeMur is identifies as a woman married to a woman since 2011/ LeMur profile photograph also contains a rainbow filter meaning that LeMur identifies not only as a woman but as LGBT.

TO CLARIFY

So to clarify – Mark Yarhouse new Book “Emerging Gender Identities: Understanding the Diverse Experiences of Today’s Youth” is endorsed by a person born a male who identifies as a “male to female transsexual ” who also identifies as a lesbian.

Meanwhile after the disturbing and divisive impact of both Revoice and Living Out who reveal Yarhouse is still the gold standard on SEXUAL ORIENTATION GENDER IDENTITY for many leaders of denominational seminaries and counseling departments in conservative “biblical ” churches.

SOME EXAMPLES OF YARHOUSE FAR REACHING INFLUENCE:

Tim Keller’s organization The Gospel Coalition has never disowned Yarhouse and remains committed to his twisting messaging via TGC editor on all things LGBTQ-Sam Allberry of Living Out ministries

JD Greear Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President for 3 years endorses Yarhouse in his Mega-Church counseling Department.

SBC flagship seminary SBTS and its head Albert Mohler have endorsed a wide range of Yarhouse influenced people including Allberry and actually educated and employed the founder of Revoice Nate Collins. Collins is a VERY close associate of Yarhouse and included him in the 2019 Revoice event and leadership.

Albert Mohler SBTS disciple/ ERLC head for 8 years / TGC leader Russell Moore continues to advocate a host of Yarhouse disciples like Allberry and Collins.

No one in the PCA or SBC denominations affiliated with Keller’s The Gospel Coalition have removed their endorsement or spoken critically of Mark Yarhouse or the 2010 Whitepaper he provided TGC.

SAMPLE CHURCH RESOURCES FROM YARHOUSE

Other Podcasts in the LGBTQ and the Church Series

Juli Slattery: This Is How the Church Can Begin the LGBTQ Conversation

Gregory Coles: It’s Possible to Be Same-Sex Attracted and Fully Surrendered to Jesus

Ed Shaw: How God Has Used Same-Sex Attraction to Equip Me As a Pastor

Sean McDowell: Scripture Is Very Clear About God’s Design for Sexuality

Rachel Gilson: How Jesus Helps Me Say No to My Same-Sex Desires

Caleb Kaltenbach: Do You See the LGBTQ Community Through God’s Eyes?

Preston Sprinkle: Jesus Left the 99 to Pursue the One—And That Means Trans People

Laurence Koo: A Call for the American Church to Welcome Single (LGBTQ) Believers

Key Questions for Dr. Mark Yarhouse

-What do we know and what do we not know about where gender dysphoria comes from? 

-What are the biggest needs you are seeing in the church right now related to sexuality and gender identity?

-What would you say to Christ-followers who believe that the Bible prohibits them from fellowshipping with someone who claims to be a believer, but is pursuing transitioning?

-What is the most effective way for pastors to engage people who struggle with gender dysphoria?

Key Quotes from Dr. Mark Yarhouse

“Gender dysphoria is the experience of distress that can be associated with a lack of congruence between a person’s biological sex and their gender identity.”

“I do think the church is at its best when it can do a couple things simultaneously…I think you do need a biblical starting point and firm scriptural foundation for the church. But then I think you are also going to need a winsome way of presenting that to a culture that is pretty skeptical of the church.”

“You need Christians with ‘convicted civility,’ and I would just add to that, convicted civility seasoned with compassion for the people who are navigating these questions around gender and sexuality. If you don’t have a heart for people, it’s going to be very hard for you, I think, to really be part of their journey.” 

“The average Christian in the pew may tell you what they believe, but they don’t know why they believe what they believe. So you obviously want pastors who have done that homework…but I don’t know that a single pastor should think of themselves as a Long Ranger who has to rethink the whole thing over again.” 

“There’s a global Christian witness in this area, there’s a historical Christian witness in these areas.”

“How are you conversant with the broader culture, which is very diverse?…How do you engage with others who disagree with you in a winsome manner, with that convicted civility, seasoned with compassion? I think that’s often the thing that’s missing.” 

CONCLUSION

CONFUSED YET? Just stick with the Biblical standard of sexuality and gender and you will in fact be fine no matter where you may be coming from in your past. Jesus has nailed or sins to His cross by taking them upon Himself and offers HIS salvation on the same “uttermost” and comprehensive level to everyone. Sinners welcome. No need for APA revisionist who manipulate and harm people and accuse those holding to the hope and power of the Gospel of being the ones doing the harm.

The choice for the Saints- especially those who have experienced true conversion but have lingering sexual temptations of any sort, (which is 100% of the population of Christian pilgrims in this world.) is do we accept the sad assertions of reality put forth by Yarhouse and others that we cannot escape our sexual temptations , especially those with SSA, but must be defined by them and labeled as “such and such” kind of Christian? Or can we embrace the powerful work of redemption that changes not only the eternal destiny but also the very nature of the true believer?

Do we cling to the fleshly desires we know are offensive to a Holy God while being comforted by the sirens song of modern prophets for hire who mingle faith with reason to the point of false doctrine ? Or can we dare to “look unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of out FAITH? (Hebrew 12:2 )

Are these verses true?

16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

Baptist Press Boast ERLC Being Funded by FaceBook Grant

Rev Thomas Littleton

9/17/2021

Facebook has made itself the unofficial censor of free speech and reasonable concerns over the Pandemic , the 2020 Election and pretty much any subject they now please .So why is the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty (ERLC) WILLING to receive grant funding from Facebook to develop “tech ethics” applications for the future? Given that ERLC and its former head of the ERLC worked directly with Soro’s and Pierre Omidyar funded National Immigration Forum and with Obama Foundations Michael Wear in the Paul Singer backed & Campaign -the Facebook funding should not shock informed Baptist. Besides – it is not the first time Russell Moore /ERLC have partnered with Facebook. This time the end goal is to set yet another bar for how Christians engage the issues of our time in the technical (including social media) realm. So why is the Baptist ERLC working for a primary collaborator in controlling information and even discussion? Just read on and see.

ERLC unveils new technology, pro-life initiatives

By Tom Strode, posted September 17, 2021 in ERLCSanctity of LifeTechnology

“NASHVILLE (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission plans cutting-edge work the next 18 months on technology and pro-life issues, trustees of the Southern Baptist entity were told at their annual meeting.”

“Thacker unveiled to the trustees a new research project he is leading – the Digital Public Square. Launched after the trustees’ vote of affirmation, the project is designed to produce resources to assist churches and leaders to “navigate this digital age with wisdom and to think through some of the most complex and crucial ethics challenges to our faith with wisdom and insight,” he said in his report.”

“The project, Thacker said, will help answer such questions as:

  • What is the proper role of government in digital governance?
  • How do I disciple other people if they’re primarily being shaped by technology in their use and habits?
  • How do we champion free speech and religious freedom in an increasingly polarized society?

“The resources to be provided during the next 18 months consist of four major elements, he said: (1) A “state of digital governance report” that will present a portrait of current and future technological issues; (2) an evangelical Christian statement of principles on “content moderation and digital governance;” (3) a church resource kit scheduled to be released in the summer of 2022; and (4) two books to be published next year – “Following Jesus in the Digital Age” and “The Digital Public Square: Ethics and Religion in a Technological Society.” Thacker is writing the former for Broadman & Holman Publishing and editing the latter for B&H Academic.”

“Given the current state of debate over the proper role of free expression and religious freedom and digital governance,” the ERLC believes this is an important area in which to invest, Thacker told the trustees. It will produce “substantive resources” and “seek to equip the church in the digital age and allow us to advocate for these principles in this important arena,” he said.”

SO WHO IS FUNDING THIS “IMPORTANT “WORK? FACEBOOK WHO HAS MADE ITSELF PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE TO FREE SPEECH AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

According to the Baptist Press article a Grant from Facebook ,along with Cooperative Programming funds are helping fund ERLC in this unethical project. Unethical because the average Baptist would never imagine it’s own Ethics and Religious Liberty entity would be involved in such projects after watching their voices arbitrarily censored and silenced on their own social media pages through out 2020/2021 global events.

ERLC /BAPTIST PRESS SEEM BOTH CLUELESS AND SHAMELESS.

“The project is funded by the Cooperative Program, the SBC’s unified giving plan, but Facebook Technologies LLC also provided a research grant after the effort was under way. Thacker provided assurances to the trustees and on the project’s website – www.erlc.com/digital – regarding the ERLC’s independence in accepting the grant.”

“This research grant was provided on an unrestricted basis, meaning the grant monies will be used at [the] sole discretion of the ERLC leadership team and board of trustees without any direct or indirect oversight by Facebook in research efforts nor any influence on project outcomes or resources produced,” according to the answer to one of the Frequently Asked Questions on the website. “All materials produced in this research project will be copyrighted to the ERLC and/or the individuals contributing.”

“Facebook and other technology companies have approached the ERLC for resources because “there is a dearth of literature in this area,” Thacker said to the trustees. “There’s been very little if any research done into the nature of religious freedom and religious expression in the digital age.”

THE FOX RUSSELL MOORE’S PUPS ARE STILL RUNNING ERLC

Most of the ERLC staff are still the hires of now disgraced former head of the ERLC Russell Moore . Many are his former interns at SBTS. Jason Thacker joined ERLC under Moore and is leading out in the Facebook funded tech ethics work. What more insult can Baptist leaders add to their base after Thousands complained about Moore for 8 years before he was finally terminated? Now his ideological offspring and siblings continue to misrepresent regular Baptist people.

WHO IS BRENT LEATHERWOOD?

“Brent Leatherwood, named acting president at the board meeting, told trustees Thacker “is quickly cementing his reputation as one of the leading voices, if not the leading voice, in evangelicalism as it relates to technology ethics, and we believe this project is a natural place to house all of this research, to produce resources that will equip the church and to again just allow him to have a platform to speak into these issues.”

Besides being the “Acting President ” Brent Leatherwood was hired by Russell Moore when he and subversive pals at the Tennessee GOP had been “run off” for subverting conservative candidates in TN political battles.

In short -Moore is gone – but his brood are still running the ERLC.

MOORE /ERLC WORKED IN RECENT MONTHS WITH FACEBOOK TO PUSH VAX AND COMMUNITY BUILDING

Evangelical leaders explain why skeptical evangelicals should get vaccinated

NEWSJEFF BRUMLEY  |  MAY 14, 2021

Evangelical Christians can overcome their suspicion of COVID-19 vaccines through a renewed focus on missions and a form of patriotism that engenders unity instead of division, Russell Moore said during a recent webinar hosted by the Facebook for Faith learning group.”

“I spend a lot of time telling Christians, don’t make your country your idol. Put the kingdom of God first. (Being vaccinated) is an opportunity for good, genuine, God-approved patriotism,” said Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.”

“He and fellow panelists Emily Smith, a Baylor University epidemiologist, and Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, sought to address the vaccine skepticism of white evangelicals.”

MOORE WAS HAPPY TRIANGULATE WITH NAE ADN FACEBOOK TO PUSH GLOBALIST NARRATIVE ON THE CHURCH.

“A March 2021 poll by the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reported that 40% of white evangelicals said they refuse to be vaccinated, compared to 25% of the overall population who hold the same view. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center that month found the trend to be higher, with 45% of white evangelicals declaring they will not get a vaccine.”

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.”

Russell Moore

“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.”

CONCLUSION

The SBC Executive Committee canned Russell Moore in May 2021 and sent him packing with no fanfare just BEFORE its annual meeting in June 2021. Sadly the SBC is still allowing his former interns and staff hires to run things and run ERLC into the rocky shores of globalist partnerships while it “runs off” the rest of the SBC base. The end game of this “inside baseball on ethics of technology” is not MORE freedom of religion or freedom of speech for Christians. It is more control and censorship powers with the future narrative to be written by one of Christians own ethics organizations and applied by social media /tech giants.

Unless Baptist leadership and ERLC Trustees can wake up and smell the coffee ,or in this case the stench, then little change in the trajectory of the Ethics arm of the nations largest protestant denomination can be expected. Already the SBC status is quickly fading based on the continued slide into compromised funding and the ever rising number of SBC refugees.

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“The End of Jehoshaphat’s Reign”

35 After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted very wickedly. 36 And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion Geber. 37 But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the Lord has destroyed your works.” Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.