BY 2013 A LITERAL SWARM OF ACTIVIST CLAIMING SOME LEVEL OF LGBTQ “CHRISTIAN” IDENTITY WERE DUMPED INTO THE CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN ARENA TO CONDUCT AND LEAD “CONVERSATIONS” ON SAME SEX ATTRACTION AND CHRISTIAN IDENTITY. THE EMERGING “END GAME” OF INCLUSION DRAWN FROM VICTIM ASSERTIONS CONTEXTUALIZED FOR CHRISTIAN FAITH VIA INTERSECTIONALITY HAVE HAD OVER A DECADE TO CONFUSE, DECONSTRUCT AND GENERALLY WEAKEN A BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING OF TRANSFORMATION AND PERSONAL HOLINESS.
Rev Thomas Littleton
Same Sex Attracted but Celibate script was launched into the conservative church orbit in order to circle the globe and bring about social change toward LGBTQ among Christians. It plays up victimhood, claims minority status, calls the nuclear family an “idol” ( This is taken straight from feminist theology of the early 90s) and degrades hetersosexuality. It has filled our seminaries and flooded our pulpits and discipleship curriculum. The Same Sex Attracted but Celibate Christian narrative allows for various levels of false claims to a “Gay Christian” identity and also in some cases boldly asserts LGBTQ and even “Queer Christian ” identity. What has been happening in Christian circles among speakers, publishers, books, articles, leaders and contrived conversations on human sexuality and gender has been an elaborate form of message shopping and classic activism for social change. It is based on dialog or classic dialectic consensus reaching. The narrative combines Critical Theories of many varieties and mass manipulation tactics from the social sciences well versed in human behavior and wrapped in theological and compassion language.
SOME OF THE PLAYERS IN THE SSA/SOGI MOVEMENT
One gay /SSA Celibate identified priest from the Church of England , Sam Allberry, is presently on a world tour and even being embraced and promoted to children by the Association of Christian Schools International in classrooms in Europe . Local churches globally are being primed through leadership training to incorporate Allberry and other SSA advocates and even racial driven critical theory CRT talking points into the Children’s ministries through the Awana Clubs International programs. There seems to be no place protected from or too sacred for the invasion of these activist charged narratives. More documentation on this reality in a moment.
(Allberrry’s Living Out website became the center of controversy for its content after more than six years . This happened when pastors who had promoted Allberrys books for years FINALLY bothered to read it. Much of the content was then removed and Allberry made public admissions and excuses for it. Meanwhile Allberry became The Gospel Coalition (TGC) editor on all things LGBTQ/SSA and was a key speaker and thought leader for the now infamous Ravi Zacharias ministries even as Ravi was being exposed for his sexual perversions and exploitation of relationships and his trusted reputation in ministry.)
BUTTERFIELD THE FEMININE GENDER AND QUEER THEOORY SPECIALIST
Another popular speaker in the SSA narrative is reformed “pastors wife and homeschool mom” Rosaria Butterfield who has an academic specialty in critical theory ,gender, queer and feminine theory as informed by Marx, Darwin and Freud. Her talking points are skillfully wrapped in Calvinist theological rhetoric and very popular among reformed pastors. Until recently Rosaria called the concept of and Christian counseling related to “ex gay” therapy or helping to restore people toward normal heterosexual desires as a “form of the prosperity gospel”. Her recent and very limited shift on this issue involves expanding her “understanding” through the work of a New Apostolic Reformation counselor and Bethel Church elder. Rosaria’s new view has more application to “transgendered who wish to transition back” than to “people wanting to escape homosexuality” which she insist has become “irrelevant”.
The problem is sweeping and has long term and devastating implications for Christian Ministry. “Ex Gay ” counseling of any kind is being vilified and outlawed at a rapid pace globally and is at the threshold of silencing any and all opposition through legal efforts by Human Rigths Campaign in America. To counsel against or even call for repentance from LGBTQ identity and lifestyle will soon be labelled “Hate Speech ” and become unlawful. Aided by the SSA but Celibate and “Gay Christian” talking points -this message will cut straight to the heart of how the church and the local pastor and even the individual believer will be able to respond to LGBTQ movements crushing blows on free speech, human rights and religious rights.
HISTORY ON THE SSA /CELIBATE/ GAY CHRISTIAN NARRATIVE
Where did SSA/ Same Sex Attracted but Celibate Christian language come from?
First ask– “Is this not an obviously co-ordinated and contrived global effort?’ Clearly it is.
Secondly ask- “How did faithful Gospel and Biblically sound movements decide to abandon the understanding that Gospel transformation can does and must sanctify the heart and desires of saved individuals no matter what their backgrounds or sexual past?” So – “HOW did homosexuality /LGBTQ become beyond the reach of the Gospel at the same time the current version of the sweeping LGBTQ rights global movement took shape in 2010? Why have Christian leaders decided to set aside the TRUTH of the Gospel and bow the knee to the assertions of SOGI and SSA?”
Thirdly – Consider that the church had no reason to promote “conversations” on any new perspectives rooted in SSA/SOGI assertions . Nothing beyond the Word of God is needed or will ever be needed to authoritatively address this, ANY other sins and ALL sexual sins and behavior. Simply put the church never needed these conversations. Having them only provided a platform for activist change agents for social change inside the church.
NOTE: The first time this author ever heard the phrase “Same Sex Attracted ” applied to Christian faith was in 2011 when a popular PCA pastor from Atlanta Randy Pope used SSA in a sermon where he was pitching his curriculum, Community Development “Connector”, Faith Based Partnership models to/in this authors church. Pope insisted that in order to connect and achieve any kind of relevance for witness and winning “SSA people to faith” that we must become welcoming and inclusive Christians and churches.
SSA but Celibate leaves homosexual /LGBTQ desires intact and repositions them from being understood as “Temptation ” into being part of the persons unchanging “Orientation” and Christian identity. The true biblical understanding of temptation and inordinate desire is to crucify and mortify it…put it to death. Todays SSA “victim ” must wear the label and give up any real hope for change. Many like Allberry and those named here have been able to specialize in spreading the SSA/SOGI narrative and turn SSA but Celibate into entire careers spent promoting it including books and endless conferences and speaking engagements.
To this author first hearing the SSA but Celibate language-it was disturbingly akin to an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous ) for Gays. Once an alcoholic always an alcoholic and translated into a “born this way” / “Sexual Orientation “narrative which allows for “Gay Christianity” and a host of accommodation terms. Unquestioned acceptance of these quickly cost the church the ability to proclaim the true Gospel and lay out historic repentance demands thus leaving people who truly want deliverance to remain hopelessly captive to some form of gay or LGBTQ identity…. even in their faith. Also it has left their families searching for voices of hope somewhere other than from the church.
TODAY EVEN LONG TRUSTED CHILDRENS MINISTRIES LIKE AWANA AND CHRISTIAN SCHOOL OVERSITE LEADERS LIKE ACSI ARE PROMOTING THESE SSA ACTIVIST.
PHOTO & COMMENT TAKEN FROM AWANA CHILD DISCIPLESHIP FORUM 2022 EVENT.
“Sam Allberry has a heart to shepherd the children of God. He is a well known author and speaker and has a passion to pass on biblical identity to children who are living in a confusing world. He’ll be joining us at the Child Discipleship Forum this September in Franklin, Tennessee, and through Sam’s research, we will hear insight on how we can disciple our children to pursue God’s calling.”
ACSI PROMOTING ALLBERRY AND SSA ACTIVIST IN THEIR RESOURCES.
15 REASONS WHY SSA CHRISTIANITY IS FALSE AND DANGEROUS
- SSA narrative is based in the secular ,often Atheist psychological community like the American Psychological Association (APA) false and conflicted conclusion that a person is born with a “sexual orientation”. This concludes that heterosexuality is not the standard of normal. (Research APA history on how gay leadership brought about changes in the APA position) The APA has made this leap to support ongoing efforts since 1973 to normalize a variety of sexual desires and actions as well as promote the deconstruction of biological gender resulting in the medical, legal and activist concepts of SOGI Sexual Orientation Gender Identity . SOGI has now become the “gold standard” in interpreting human rights in the global debates about how they should be protected and an overwhelming call for commitments to protect dignity and “human flourishing ” for all. SOGI and SSA are NOT biblically based narratives or terms. Samples of SOGI standards globally . The White House https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-preventing-and-combating-discrimination-on-basis-of-gender-identity-or-sexual-orientation/ The APA https://arc-international.net/research-and-publications/un-and-regional-sogi-reports/ https://www.apa.org/about/policy/resolution-sexual-orientation-parents-children.pdf American Bar Association https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/sexual_orientation/ Anti- Hate Crime /Human Rights Protections https://www.coe.int/en/web/no-hate-campaign/sexual-orientation-and-gender-indentity-sogi
2. SOGI is self contradictory . The assertion is that “Sexual Orientation is inborn and unchanging while also asserting that Gender Identity is fluid- non binary and NOT linked to biological birth gender. The assumption here is that the “science”can have it both ways in the narrative with no actual science to support it or resolve the glaring contradiction which SOGI represents. SOGI is homosexual LGB normative while deconstructing gender making it fluid.
3. Planned Parenthood / SIECUS / the APA / The United Nations and international Malthusian ( overpopulation advocates ) globalists have been the main promoters and originators of the LGBTQ/SOGI concepts in human rights interpretation. By interpreting human rights and assigning them primarily to the fringes of human identity like transgenderism at the expense of the protection of others rights in the majority-these organizations have been able to strip most of the Western civilizations of historic and constitutionally guaranteed rights while pushing the definition of Human Rights to the edge -for the “marginalized only” and under the control of those who own the narrative.
“Protecting the marginalized ” means marginalizing the normal majority. It really is a brilliant progressive strategy to strip everyone of basic human rights including LGBTQ identified people. And it is being done in the name of “preserving human dignity” for all.
The entire discussion of human rights now not only rest with global malthusian interest like Planned Parenthood and the United Nations but are totally politicized and driven by the fluid world of non binary “identities”.
4. The SSA narrative entered biblically conservative church movements in large part by the Lausanne Movement in 2010 and by The Gospel Coalition (TGC)and Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) . These organizations were working in tandem with progressive political and critical theory informed narratives aimed at forcing social change in the attitudes of Christians toward emerging LGBTQ social upheaval. The church-it has been decided -must have its views altered and shifted to prevent “discrimination ” All churches must become more welcoming – inclusive – hospitable and diverse equitable and inclusive. The shift is part of the larger move into a social justice / Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) based “social gospel” which weakened and destroyed the mainline denominations in the 1970s. Same false gospel with slightly retuned narratives. SSA / SOGI seeks to unhinge the Christian views from the Bibles clear condemnation of homosexuality and present it in more culturally relevant and guilt driven context. It also ignores the historically disruptive role in cultural decline of ancient civilizations and play upon modern politically exploitative narratives of Cultural Marxism. Make no mistake -the primary target of this movement is your faith and the next generations within the church and Christian homes.
Lausanne papers on SSA from 2010 – https://lausanne.org/content/sexuality-creation-brokenness-truth-and-grace-2
TGC commissioned White paper from APA “Christian SOGI Expert” Mark Yarhouse which in 2010 became the gold standard on human sexuality for The Gospel Coalition Christ on Campus ministries and all other TGC outlets. https://henrycenter.tiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Yarhouse-Homosexuality.pdf
LAUSANNE AND ITS KEY LEADERS
Tim Keller is cofounder of TGC and is part of the once conservative PCA Presbyterian denomination. Keller was part of the 2010 Lausanne Movement meetings where the 5 SSA whitepapers were presented and adopted. TGC Also adopted its APA based whitepaper by APA’s Mark Yarhouse that same year. TGC and Keller’s rise in popularity have taken place despite his deep compromise on false social justice ,Frankfurt School influenced and “equity based” gospel.
Keller has openly problematic views on homosexuality. By 2011 Keller refused to openly and plainly state in black and white that homosexuality was a sin in a Columbia University “Veritas Forum” event. Keller reportedly had a homosexual brother who died from AIDS and this would explain his being personally conflicted. It does not however explain or justify his deadly errors in leadership and use of TGC to spread this compromise across conservative Christian movements. Keller’s PCA and its flagship Seminary Covenant Theological Seminary (CTS ) are deeply infected with SSA/ SOGI and spreading it like STDs across their movement and churches. Keller attended and presented ,along with his wife Kathy, the June 2018 Allberry/ Living Out event in London where Keller’s wife embraced the newly introduced Living Out LGBTQ Inclusion -Church Audit which she proclaimed to be “brilliant” and promised to take back to their NYC congregations.
CTS , along with Baptist SBTS had key players in the leadership of the Revoice LGBTQ Thriving in Histoirc (conservative ) Churches movement which was promoted in April 2018 by Allberry “for our US audience” to be held in July 2018. CTS and TGC infection of the PCA with Revoice has left the denomination hopelessly entangled in the “Side A vs Side B ” false SOGI based deflections. The PCA is investing years and its theological braintrust in splitting hairs over the meaning of the word Concupiscence.
(See the information below for Kellers 2011 overt compromise on LGBTQ sinfulness.)
One Nation Under Sex by Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach
” Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Free-speech advocate, Hustler magazine magnate, and campaigner against political hypocrisy, Larry Flynt teams up with Columbia University professor David Eisenbach, Ph.D. in One Nation Under Sex, to shed light on how the private lives of America’s political leaders have shaped American history.)
5. SSA insist that homosexuals have been mistreated and excluded from the church. SSA says that their desires are not in themselves sinful but only if they are acted upon . Celibacy is then the answer or response to secure being “Biblically faithful and orthodox” while allowing a range of LGBTQ indentites to be included and protected from mistreatment. The church MUST make room for and realign with modern culture, global goals and the APA. Christians must embrace being Gay and Christian as a reality.
6. Culture Change Efforts of SSA but Celibate go like this “curse to cross to crown”. The talking points of SOGI and SSA change efforts move along the critical theory ideologies assertion that a long history of mistreatment of LGBTQ by Christians exist. This has caused the church to considered homosexuality to be a”Curse”. Today SSA but celibate is rapidly becoming a special status of sacrificial cross bearing disciples who are more deeply devoted to Christ than their heterosexual counterparts. Following this false progression the intent is for this sympathy to translate into one day LGBTQ Christians and SSA Celebates status will be “Celebrated as a CROWN” . ( Taken from TGC/ Christianity Today thought leader Ed Stetzers interview with a now openly gay Southern Baptist thought leader in 2014 called “The future of evangelicals. Stetzer is a key Lausanne leader.)
7. SSA Celibacy denies Gospel Transformation and ignores the many thousands of people who are living epistles of and have solid gospel testimonies of full conversion of life and desires and heteronormative lives and families. In fact such fully converted people are fully excluded in todays SSA/SOGI narrative and their very existence is openly denied.
8. SSA relies on “Celibacy” as a false state of “Biblical Faithfulness” in a narrative that is not based in scripture even remotely and is solely dependent on the individuals continued commitment to celibacy while asserting their same sex desires will never change. Many have moved into the “side A” fulling affirming of homosexuality and gay marriage after legalization of gay marriage globally.
9. SSA Celibate also implies that the Biblical basis for remaining unmarried is a safe haven for unchanged sexual desires instead of the true biblical version of dedication to service of the Lord without distraction in which repressed sexual desire actually has nothing to do with biblical faithfulness.
10. SSA Celibate and LGBTQ Christian organizers fail totally to engage fully converted “FORMER or EX ” homosexuals or LGBTQ among their gatherings and conversations. Organizations like TGC and ERLC have NO FORMER -NOW TOTALLY REDEEMED and TRANSFORMED Believers involved in their narratives. Such testimonies are excluded and protest about their exclusion are rejected.
11. TGC and ERLC and similar or related organizations have dominated the conversations, conferences, articles, books, curriculum with activist promoting SSA but Celibate / Mixed Orientation Marriage / LGBTQ “Christianity”. Their handpicked activist like Sam Allberry, Christopher Yuan, Jackie Hill Perry, Rosaria Butterfield, Nate Collins, Rebecca McLaughlin, Rachel Gilson and others to promote their message. All practice varying degrees of gender, feminine, queer theories and intersectionality and call for “hospitality, inclusion, welcome, practice of”messy grace” resulting in LGBTQ invitations into the church.
NOTE- THIS is presented as a Gospel approach to use the church to evangelize people .In fact this false and doomed approach fails to understand that evangelism is done by the sharing of the Gospel and repentance and faith allow for God to set the sinner free – infuse them with the Divine Nature and make the redeemed part of the Body of Christ aka The Church.
AGAIN-We are not called to use the Body of Christ or “inclusion” in it…which we cannot offer .. to unrepentant and unregenerate people as a means to evangelize and reach lost people.This welcome and inclusion is NOT how the Gospel works .
SSA / LGBTQ activist like these mentioned above are more interested in driving social change in the church toward themselves and others like them who seek to cling to some various form of LGBTQ identity , protect and sanctify their inordinate desires , and make the Gospel out to be driven by hospitality instead of preaching Christ and calling for repentance. Allberry and his ministry Living Out” ( meaning living OUT -as openly gay) even decided to develop and market an LGBTQ Inclusion Church Audit to put churches to their test of LGBTQ hospitality metrics.
12. Experienced Christian Counselors affirm that the SSA Celibate narrative is “a false narrative which places those wanting out of homosexuality and LGBTQ identity on a slippery slope which will inevitably collapse into the affirming of homosexuality and LGBTQ Christianity “
13. False narratives have led to false status and false positions like SSA where celibacy is the hingepoint of faithfulness and not holiness and devotion to transformation by the Gospel. The “Side A Fully affirming vs Side B SSA but Celibate -biblically faithful and within the confines of historic orthodoxy -arguments are circular and a non biblical segway process to garner support for fully affirming all sexual behaviour and redefining of marriage within the church.. Again the once conservative denomination the PCA has been LOST in a years long circular discussion over Side A vs Side B. Activist who launched these narratives are thriving on the aimless and endless discussion . Meanwhile they are also “Flourishing ” in the churches of the PCA and other movements taken in by these talking points,
14. SSA Celibate is simply an updated language to the old arguments of the 1970s over “non practicing homosexuals ” being accepted into church membership and ordained to positions of ministry.This segway language and movement led very quickly to full affirmation of and acceptance of practicing homosexuals and now to “Gay Christian Identity” , LGBTQ Christian, and DE&I metrics for these church as their standards and norms.
15. Those who want out of the spectrum of LGBTQ life and identity need HOPE=-real hope of freedom and transformation. The true Gospel offers that without any respect of persons and no exceptions regardless of the past and sins of the individual. The families of LGBTQ identified people need HOPE as well that their loved ones can be set free and restored and their painfully divided families restored. This movement has divided many families and left many many people hurting and looking for HOPE. This hope can only be found in Jesus and the power of His cross and His shed blood and resurrection . One of the BIGGEST problems with these SSA Celibate , SOGI and other narratives is they cannot and do not offer the hope of true freedom and transformation.
Biblical Truth vs a False Narrative :
Hebrews 7 :
24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save [h]to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, [i]harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
1st Corinthians 6:
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous[b] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[c] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
28 And when He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men confronted Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way. 29 And they cried out, saying, “[a]What business do You have with us, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before [b]the time?” 30 Now there was a herd of many pigs feeding at a distance from them. 31 And the demons begged Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 32 And He said to them, “Go!” And they came out and went into the pigs; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and [c]drowned in the waters. 33 And the herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, [d]including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.
22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.
13 nIf a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.
27 And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 28 Then he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain; and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land which went up like the smoke of a furnace. 29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot had dwelt.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who [d]suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is [e]manifest [f]in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and [g]Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like [h]corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their [i]women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the [j]men, leaving the natural use of the [k]woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, [l]sexual immorality, wickedness, [m]covetousness, [n]maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 [o]undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, [p]unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
1st Timothy 1:
5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from [b]sincere faith, 6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.
8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, 9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is [c]contrary to sound doctrine, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.