IF REFORMED MOVEMENTS CANNOT STOP PROMOTING TGC AND POPULAR MEMBERS OF ITS BRAINTRUST / MEDIA/CURRICULUM /CONFERENCES- THEN RELYING UPON CONFESSIONS AND CREEDS CANNOT SAVE THEM FROM THE RUINOUS LEAVEN OF THE SOCIAL GOSPEL. TGC HAS OFFERED A CONSTANT CASCADE OF CRITICAL THEORIES, FAKE SCIENCE, UNIVERSALIST AND GLOBALIST GOALS “CHRISTIANITY”. IT HAS INVADED REFORMED SEMINARIES AND PULPITS. TIME IS SHORT IF THESE MOVEMENTS ARE TO SURVIVE.
Rev Thomas Littleton
There are a multitude of popular speakers in the Neo-Calvinist movement who continue aligning with … and making no effort to disassociate themselves from the undeniable corruption of The Gospel Coalition movement. With co-founder Tim Keller in very poor health and D.A. Carson aging beyond the ability to remain in leadership -many younger faces have been promoted to pick up the TGC mantle.
II PETER 2″
2 “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”
CONSIDER THE CONFUSED POSITIONS OF TGCs KEVIN DEYOUNG
Kevin DeYoung has risen to the forefront as one of the thought leaders carrying the progressive TGC movement forward while it remains cloaked in theological drag. DeYoung is part of the TGC Leadership Council and is just one example BUT one worth considering in order to understand the seriousness of the compromised influence of TGC and the double mindedness of those who continue to follow its “destructive ways”. In fact DeYoung is considered by many to be a central second generation figure in TGC circles and was rumored to be first pick to take over as head of the organizations.He remains one of its most popular figures and speakers and is held in high esteem for his ability to articulate reformed theology. Like many in TGC DeYoung remains an enigma as he escapes scrutiny and criticism over his conservative reputation and continued TGC affiliation and distorted views on concerns like the false social justice gospel and LGBTQ Inclusion in the church and SSA/ SOGI doctrine . Below is a hard look at DeYoung mingled stances and affiliations on these two key issues.
Kevin DeYoung photo and bio from upcoming 2024 “CROSSCON” WITH FELLOW TGC JUSTICE WARRIORS aimed at youthful audience of 18-25 year olds.
DEYOUNG AND THE FALSE SOCIAL JUSTICE GOSPEL
DeYoung on Social Justice –
Kevin DeYoung in 2013 was “Thrilled to commend ” the website The Front Porch”led by TGC resident CRT/Racial activist Thabiti Anyabwile who openly endorses racially based wealth redistribution and reparations .
DeYoung in TGC article 2013
DEYOUNG COMMENDS THE FRONT PORCH WHICH HAS HOSTED THE ANNUAL “JUST GOSPEL CONFERENCES” .
“I am thrilled to commend this new website and this new initiative. No one asked me say anything about it. No one needs my commendation. But I can’t help but think The Front Porch represents something unique and precious in the church in our day. Of all the things happening in the evangelical church, I believe that looking back, generations from now, the most significant may prove to be the resurgence and redevelopment of strong, biblical theology in the African American church. .. You’ll get a better idea for The Front Porch from the video below, featuring Louis Love, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Tony Carter…on the front porch.”
HERE ARE SOME OF “JUST (SOCIAL JUSTICE ) GOSPEL SPEAKERS FROM 2017
Michelle Higgins – a Revoice LGBTQ Thriving movement supporter who hosted radical activist LGBTQ in her fathers PCA church while she was “worship leader and a student at Covenant Theological Seminary Her father was also a professor and Dean at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis at the time. More on Revoice in a moment .
Amisho Lewis- is a co-founder of the radical & Campaign political group pushing “Biblical Values & Social Justice” with leadership from the Obama Foundation and the Democratic Party. & Campaign promotes third way compromise by Christians on a key social and moral issues and spent the lead up to the 2020 election promoting an anti-Trump voter campaign .
Leonce Crump-also from & Campaign spoke in “The Front Porch Just Gospel conf 2017”
Jarvis Williams- SBTS professor and racial activist who promoted CRT in the Southern Baptist and was part of the “Resolutions Committee ” in 2019 which altered “Resolution 9” condemning Critical race Theory and Intersectionality into affirmations of them.This controversial activist move has deeply divided Southern Baptist to this day. Williams remains a central figure in the invasion of CRT into SBC seminaries and life.
DeYoung has spoken in Desiring God and other conferences and panels with Jarvis Williams.
( From The Front Porch “Just Gospel” Conference 2019)
ERIC MASON- is author if the 2018 book “Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice .” and a TGC regular. Promotion of the WOKE Church ideology saturated the TGC arena until the Summer of 2020 when BLM riots tainted the pro WOKE narratives.
Jemar Tisby – is the long time assistant to TGC leader Ligon Duncan and now a racial activist in the church with “The Witness: A Black Christian Collective”, which operates as “a multimedia platform about race, religion, politics, and culture”.
JACKIE HILL PERRY – her husband in part of the & Campaign and she remains one of the more popular LGBTQ inclusion speakers in TGC ,the Southern Baptist ERLC and many other outlets.
WHY IS DEYOUNG “THRILLED TO COMMEND” THE FRONT PORCH TO BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL CONSERVATIVES?
Doom of False Teachers
II PETER 2 4 “For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to [hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— 9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 11 whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.”
DEYOUNG AND THE LGBTQ MOVEMENT IN THE CHURCH.
Kevin De Young , as a leader in The Gospel Coalition, is a close co-laborer with Tim Keller TGCs co-founder. Both promote a variety of “LGBTQ inclusion and welcome ” messengers / activist like gay identified priest Sam Allberry of “Living Out”.Allberry is a priest from the Church of England and his Living Out ministry has been exposed repeatedly for massive errors including the 2018 “Church Inclusion Audit “. TGC and Keller are at the root of the problematic Revoice LGBTQ Thriving movement in the PCA and SBC.
Yet ironically – Keller and De Young were both selected to be part of the PCA “theological team” to respond to Revoice and the ongoing divisive and deadly fruit of Revoice in the PCA. In addition -focus has yet to be brought to bear on the root of the Revoice movement inside the PCAs Covenant Theological Seminary.
THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION HAS A MAJOR PLAYER IN THE EVANGELICAL SHIFT TOWARD HOMOSEXAULITY.
DeYoung gives nod to the false APA position of “Sexial Orientation ” and will not call it “sinful” though he says homosexual acts ARE. DeYoung says SSA desire is “disordered” . This position is the entire basis of the error of Mark Yarhouse APA thought leader of Revoice/ Living Out and the ongoing controversy in the PCA and SBC over homosexuality .
It is a totally unbiblical and false position based on SOGI “Sexual Orientation Gender Identity. Of course TGC subscribed to Mark Yarhouse interfaith /APA position and White Paper in 2010 and the entire false “Same Sex Attracted but Celibate” narrative of the 2010 Lausanne Movement.
SSA but Celibate position “affirms” the APA false views on ” fixed ” or unchanging -in born sexual orientation while affirming gender identity as “gender fluidity and non binary ” or not determined by biological or birth gender. The end result is the denial of the power of the Gospel and the Cross of Jesus to change homosexuals into heterosexuals and allows for the validation of transgender identity including transgender “Christian” identity.
APA ACTIVIST HISTORY ON HOMOSEXUALITY
The American Psychological Association removed homosexuality in 1973 from the classification of a mental illness after gay activist gained a stronghold in the APA Board. Mark Yarhouse is an “evangelical” who works for the godless APA and has done research and thought development for interfaith communities on LGBTQ/SOGI. NONE of these concepts or the interfaith efforts of Yarhouse OR the APA are biblical or Gospel driven . NONE whatsoever.They are 100% antithetical to the Gospel- yet TGC and those in leadership of it like Carson/ Keller and younger leaders like DeYoung appear to fail to see this reality.
YARHOUSE OF THE APA -WHEATON BIOGRAPHY
Yarhouse Wheaton bio reads -” 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 Division 36 (Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) of the American Psychological Association. He was also invited to write the featured white paper on sexual identity for the Christ on Campus Initiative edited by Don A. Carson for The Gospel Coalition”
TGC ENDORSEMENT IN 2015 OF YARHOUSE BOOK
“This is why Mark Yarhouse’s new book, Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture, is not only timely but also necessary. It marks a step forward in Christian engagement with gender issue…”
YARHOUSE IS THE KEY THOUGHT LEADER BEHIND REVOICE “LGBTQ THRIVING” AND SPOKE AT THE 2019 REVOICE EVENT. REVOICE REMAINS THE CENTRAL CONTRO
De Young was of one of first in PCA to comment on the Revoice controversy when THE EXPOSURE of it broke by this writer in April 2018 but he comments only on the “terms” used and on Greg Johnson the PCA host pastor. DeYoung must know the Revoice movement is coming out of Covenant Theological Seminary and that the Revoice leaders have long worked with TGC but takes a “wait and see” critique which is false given the TGC ties to Revoice leaders .How is it possible that he does not know the sources and the outcomes the movement seeks? Revoice founder Nate Collins has worked openly with TGC since at least 2013 and spoken at ETS with other TGC thought leaders annually.
De Young is in the mushy middle with SOGI which is set to collapse into LGBTQ and transgenderism affirming over time .
DeYoung video on SSA
DEYOUNG’S BOOK ON HOMOSEXUALITY.
DeYoungs book on homosexuality relies on the SAME thought leaders and their endorsements.
“Pastor and author Kevin DeYoung answers a common question: Is Homosexual Orientation Sinful? DeYoung newest book, “What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?”, examines key biblical passages in both the Old and New Testaments and then responds to popular objections raised by Christians and non-Christians alike”
As mentioned DeYoung and TGC subscribe to APA Interfaith psychologist Mark Yarhouse and his very limited research supporting Sexual Orientation as fixed and unchanging . In other words – people are born gay – stay gay – and can be “gay identified Christians “
DeYoung’s book on homosexuality is endorsed by those who agree with the false teaching of the APA which is fully gay affirming and has sought (since 1973) to normalize and promote homosexuality.Working with TGC and Keller, DeYoung is a key voice on this topic for TGC.
DEYOUNG’S BOOK ENDORSEMENTS
“What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality”
Rosaria Butterfield- .She is a popular speaker but one who holds to the TGC/SOGI message and long condemned any and all ex gay ministry and counseling. Her recent shift to allow for “ex gay counseling” she has now affirmed to be “more helpful for people detransitioning from gender identity transition. Her academic speciality is “Feminine/ Gender/Queer Theories as informed by Marx/ Freud / Darwin. She is a critical theory expert and “welcome & Inclusion advocate.
Russell Moore- Controversial activist for “stopping culture wars which we lost and just loving our gay and lesbian neighbors” Now out at Southern Baptist after 8 years of pro inclusion conferences and pushing many SOGI based speakers into ERLC/SBC/TGC. ERLC Fellows under Moore endorsed Revoice.
J. D. Greear -Three time SBC President infamous for saying “God whispers about homosexuality in the scripture”. Greear’s Summit Church is fully Yarhouse driven. Brad Hambrick who heads the Counseling ministry at Greear’s Summit church is Yarhouse /SOGI /APA based
Wesley Hill- Author of “Washed and Waiting” promotes his homosexual orientation in his Christian faith and has been a part of Revoice from 2018 through today.
D. A. Carson- According to Yarhouse own biography it was TGC co-founder with Tim Keller who commissioned Mark Yarhouse to do the 2010 Whitepaper for TGC’s Christ on Campus ministry. All of TGC looked to this Whitepaper as the gold standard on human sexuality and gender since 2010.
Christopher Yuan- speaks from a gay identity and contracted AIDS during his active homosexual years. He was introduced to most churches in Russell Moore’s ERLC 2014 conference on homosexuality where fellow TGC leader Albert Mohler apologized for being wrong about (denying ) sexual orientation. Yuan is also a popular voice in TGC circles on the topic.
Gregory Koukl- is part of the Biola campus Apologetics Department Speakers and heads “Stand To Reason ” apologetics. In 2018 it launched “Rethink Apologetics” which based its youth targeted messaging concerning homosexuality on SOGI and Yarhouse. Other topics were included in Rethink and tended toward more progressive worldview “apologetics” responses. In 2015 Biola made a shift toward welcome and inclusion of LGBTQ after an on campus group began filing complaints in 2012.
The people endorsing De Young’s book on the topic all hold to the “Welcome and Inclusion” messaging and SOGI ideology.
NOTE – None of this circle of people will present a fully converted ” former homosexual” testimony though many- many such believers exist and are vocal witnesses to the power of God to fully change homosexual desire and lead normal lives with families.
DeYoung is following the serious errors of SOGI which are breaking down the orthodox biblical stance on total transformation by the power of the Gospel.
MARK YARHOUSE- THE APA/INTERFAITH DECEPTION AND REVOICE-DE YOUNG IS PREACHING THE SAME MESSAGE.
Depravity of False Teachers
MORE II PETER 2 :12 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, 13 and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. 15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”
AGAIN – DE YOUNG REMAINS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE HEART OF TGC AND PROBLEMATIC LEADERS INCLUDING THE PLANNED 2024 YOUTH (18-25) FOCUSED “CROSSCON 2024.
Kevin De Young is to speak at CrossCon 24 with social justice warrior David Platt- highly exposed TGC leader John Piper -pro CRT/ BLM activist rapper Trip Lee. Also Pro LGBTQ Living Out inclusion “church audit” advocate/ 9MARKS leader Mark Dever and others in the progressive collapse among the Reformed movement.
Deceptions of False Teachers
MORE II PETER 2
18 “For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of [j]corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into [k]bondage. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”
The Gospel Coalition is a progressive and largely politically motivated movement masked as a classic Reformed Theological movement. Herein lies its greatest acceptance and its greatest danger and power to deceive.
Whether it is the long or short version of the Westminster Confession or line by line of Calvin’s Institutes – nothing within the Reformed polity or approach to biblical fidelity has worked to prevent MUCH of the Reformed movement in America from falling prey to The Gospel Coalition -its critical theories, socialist economics, third way politics and the general star power of preacher and pulpit worship have drive TGCs popularity.
Nothing but a full BREAK with TGC and all its thought leaders and media machine and a deep heaven sent searching and repentance movement can spare the Reformed Movement of this generation from collapsing under the weight of THIS corruption. Revival is the only hope..even if many reformed pastors and leaders despise and lampoon it.