I am Christian in the Biblical definition .I own His name because HE is Lord and He my Hope and Stay. I was called into evangelism from day one.That was 38 years ago. He has been faithful and TRUE.I say with Peter " Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God". I vow to speak the truth of the Gospel daily and in this BLOG . We are living in Perilous Times 2 Timothy Chapter 3 .Blessings and thanks for reading .
MOST CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEMS FACEBOOK HAS HELPED PROMOTE BY IT’S CENSORSHIP OF FREE SPEECH AND INFRINGMENT ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS DURING THE COVID RESPONSE… EVERYONE EXCEPT THE BAPTIST CHIEF ETHICIST WHO IS WORKING DIRECTLY WITH FACEBOOK FAITH PARTNERSHIP COORDINATOR PUSHING VACCINES TO HESITANT CHRISTIANS .
Rev Thomas Littleton
The Facebook for Faith page featured an odd assembly of partners last Friday May 7th to discuss Covid 19 vaccines.
FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 AT 2:30 PM CDT – 3 PM CDT
Love thy neighbor: How a faith-based approach to COVID helps protect our loved ones and ourselves.
“The second in a series of conversations between faith leaders and medical professionals to share ideas and information to help community leaders feel empowered with resources their communities need to make a decision about the COVID-19 vaccine”.
(NOTE: The World Economic Forum has a similar campaign based on interfiath efforts.
“Faith leaders from Christianity, Judaism and Islam support government efforts to control the coronavirus.”)
PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED :
Rev. DR. Walter Kim new President of the highly compromised and globalist partner the National Association of Evangelicals.
Kim is PCA and obviously on the progressive side due to his working in progressive Christian media. ” He also serves on the board of Christianity Today.”
Moore is also working with NAE leaders in a variety of progressive causes working to persuade the Church that these issues are “gospel issues”. Immigration Reform and the NAE missions art World Relief have cashed in big time on Refugee Settlement during 2009-2016 open door policy and faith based funding.
Dr. Emily Smith is the resident “health expert” in the Love Thy Neighbor ” panel:
“Emily Smith is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health at the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University and an adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) at Duke University. Her research interests include pediatric global surgery, health economics, and health systems strengthening in low-income countries. Before joining the faculty at Baylor, Dr. Smith was a research scholar at DGHI for two years. Dr. Smith received her PhD in epidemiology from the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC-CH and an MSPH from the University of South Carolina.”
Dr Smith operates a facebook page called “Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist“
“Responsible for helping drive the product strategy undergirding Facebook’s mission of giving its 2 billion members the power to build community and bring the world closer together by building strategic partnerships between Facebook and communities of faith, communities of color and youth-development organizations to broaden their reach and deepen their impact across Facebook’s platforms and products as well as offline.”
RUSSELL MOORE’S FACEBOOK PARTNER AND HER HISTORY WITH FB
“Facebook may look shiny and successful on the outside (the company is worth more than $600bn) but its reputation has taken a hit in recent times. There have been ongoing privacy concerns, most notably the Cambridge Analytica scandal. When the evangelist Franklin Graham had his account deactivated in December 2018, there were claims the company was policing speech. Some were even suspicious that Facebook was harbouring anti-Christian sentiments.”
“Hiring the outgoing, personable and relatable Nona Jones was a smart move by Facebook, an organisation that has recently come to understand the importance of its Christian constituency. The story of how this 37-year-old businesswoman and pastor with no previous tech experience became Facebook’s global director of faith-based partnerships is compelling.”
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR CAMPAIGN LEADERSHIP AND FUNDING ?
The Love Your Neighbor campaign looks to be part of the funding from the Biden Administrations $400 billion budget for promoting the vaccines in the recent $1.9 Trillion dollar Covid spending bill.
‘Loving thy neighbor:’ New ads urge conservative men with vaccine doubts to get their COVID shots”
This effort is overseen by the “Ad Council” and the “Covid Collaborative”
ITS GOAL? TO PROMOTE VACCINES TO VACCINE HESITANT CONSERVATIVES.
“WASHINGTON – The federal government and nonprofits are unveiling ad campaigns to counter vaccine hesitancy, emphasizing educational partnerships at the grassroots level.”
“The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative will unveil a vaccine education campaign specifically targeting conservative and religious Americans, who polls have shown are especially vaccine-hesitant populations. The program is a part of the partnership’s larger effort in educating the public on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”
“Conservatives are not a monolithic group,” John Bridgeland, founder of the COVID Collaborative, told USA TODAY. “There is a large moveable middle of those who may get vaccinated if they haven’t gotten it already.”
“The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative are leading a massive communications effort to educate the American public and build confidence around the COVID-19 vaccines.”
“Guided by the leading minds in science and medicine and fueled by the best talent in the private sector, the COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative is designed to reach different audiences, including communities of color who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.”
“Under the umbrella of the “It’s Up to You” campaign, we will ensure that Americans have accurate and timely information to answer their questions and concerns about vaccine side effects, efficacy, and clinical trials. Our goal is to shift the public mindset from vaccine concern to vaccine confidence.”
“Extensive research shows pervasive reluctance around the COVID-19 vaccines among the American public—with many Americans reporting they will not get the vaccine or have significant questions.”
“Overall, 40% of the general public falls into a movable middle – people who are hesitant to get a vaccine but are open to learning more. They want to know the vaccines are safe—and that the benefits outweigh the risk.”
Once again Southern Baptist chief ethics guy who heads the ERLC for the Biblically conservative Southern Baptist base proves he is out of touch with the average Baptist and deeply entangled with progressives who wish to dissuade and separate them from their Biblical convictions and conservative politics. Moore is reaching with Facebooks faith Partner for influencing the “Moveable Middle”.
Russell Moore’s job appears to be to manipulate as many Baptist and evangelicals out of the mushy middle and into the collapsing left’s global agenda.
WITH THE OPENING OF REGISTRATION FOR THE ANNUAL SBC MEETINGS IN NASHVILLE IN JUNE 2021, THE SBC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ROLLED OUT ITS NEW PRESS CREDENTIAL REQUIREMENTS ALLOWING SBC EXECUTIVES VAST CENSORSIP POWERS.
Rev Thomas Littleton
(NOTE: This author is a Southern Baptist and ordained SBC minister who has worked as a reporter for Worldview Weekend reporting LIVE at the SBC annual meetings since 2018. Worldview Weekend (WVW) is a major news outlet founded and led by author researcher and journalist Brannon Howse. WVW Network promotes news with a Christian worldview and historic context. Howse/ WVW also just helped launch FRANKSPEECH.COM with Mike Lindell ( My Pillow CEO and LINDELL TV.COM ) promoting Free Speech in America.
Upon requesting press credentials in early April 2021 for the upcoming June annual meetings in Nashville, this author was informed of the new SBC Executive Committee regulations aimed at controlling and denying media access and the nature of stories media outlets produce in coverage of the Convention meetings. The 3 week long effort of ever increasing requirements for the SBC credential vetting process ended in a rejection of the SBC Press Credentials request with no reason given. The SBC now joins Facebook, Twitter, major television network outlets like CNN and large national mega- publishing conglomerates in censorship of free speech and even the FREE PRESS.)
SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION NEW PRESS REGULATIONS
The April 16th request response for media credentials :
“Hello Mr. Littleton. Thank you for your interest in covering the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting.
There have been many updates to the credentialing policies and application process this year. You can read those revised polices and apply online (also new this year) at the following link – https://sbcannualmeeting.net/media-registration/ “
— Jon D. Wilke Media Relations Director Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee
THE NEW SBC MEDIA GUIDELINES
APPLICATION FOR 2021 SBC ANNUAL MEETING MEDIA CREDENTIALS
June 13-16, 2021 | Nashville, Tenn.
“The Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting is open to members of the working news media or those on assignment for news publications, programs, websites, or other news media that are generally recognized, and regularly updated, distributed or disseminated, where the primary purpose of registration and attendance is for legitimate news coverage of the Southern Baptist Convention.”
“Apply for media credentials by agreeing to the following guidelines, policies and ground rules along with filling out the form below.”
THE GUIDELINES RESTRICT THOSE MEDIA DEEMED PROBLEMATIC
“Press accreditation will NOT be granted to anyone whose principal purpose in attending this event is, in the judgment of SBC Executive Committee Communications staff, for reasons other than gathering details, interviews, and/or photos for a news report or feature. The SBC Executive Committee Communications staff also reserves the right, at its discretion, to reject the application of anyone who, in their judgement, may be attending the event under false pretenses or with ulterior motives or malicious intent.”
…”Misconduct or misrepresentation of position and/or publication/media organization will bar you and your organization from future SBC events.”
“Media representatives who violate guidelines or ground rules for coverage of the SBC Annual Meeting, whether written or oral, may have their credentials withdrawn and asked to leave the event location.”
(NOTE : The arbitrary nature of the guidelines provide the SBC executives virtually complete control over the message they wish to be presented by the press by putting restrictions on the nature of the stories to be published. The SBC is not satisfied with having it’s own Baptist Press operation for approved media and stories but feels the need to control all press.)
THIS AUTHOR WAS OPEN ABOUT THE NATURE OF PAST WRITINGS
(Email response to the newly appointed Credential/ Media Relations head.
Jon “My work covers the evangelical community as a whole. I broke the story exposing the Revoice LGBTQ movement and do some follow up on that. The audience is not merely SBC but I am an ordained SBC minister working in medical missions and evangelism so that brings perspective to the stories as well. I do Conferences , Radio and Television with WVW Network and work as a reporter. Those stories go behind a paywall after two weeks or so.
In follow up to Revoice I did this story which also appears on my website about the Revoice founder and the ERLC “Parents Guide to Talking About Gender”
Revoice greatly impacted the PCA and my coverage goes beyond the SBC on it of course.”
Thanks Hope this helps.
A BIT OF HISTORY
The SBC Executive Committee does have a history of removing at least one reporter (this author) from the annual Convention meetings.
Excerpt from article linked below after the 2018 SBC credentialed press removal to prevent exposure of the origins and supporters of the Revoice pro LGBTQ movement at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission.
” LIVING LIKE A REFUGEE IN THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH: Why SBC Leaders Turned to Lying and Abuse Over Revoice in Dallas SBC 2018″
By Rev Thomas Littleton 6/17/2018
“By now word has spread that a member of the press was kicked out of the SBC annual meetings in Dallas last week. I am that person and make no mistake about the cause. I came to the SBC convention to follow up and seek to interview the SBC leaders whose institutions have disturbing ties to the upcoming Revoice conference in St Louis. At the same time leaders in the Presbyterian Church of America were doing the same in their annual General Assembly in Atlanta. I went to Dallas at my own expense and out of deep concern that the last two remaining conservative denominations have clearly been infiltrated and are on the verge of accepting EXTREME and Radically pro-LGBT+ language into the heart of their congregations. No denomination has ever returned from this abyss and all who fall into it remain in steep decline. This compromise always leaves the Gospel and those who need it harmed. A new younger President was elected who subscribes to a primary source (a Regent University Psychologist Mark Yarhouse) of the radical language. J.D. Greear. His campaign press coverage promised that the make-over of the SBC has only begun as change agents a plenty strutted through the halls of the Dallas SBC 2018 meetings.”
THE FINAL RESPONSE AND DENIAL
This response comes with no reason for the denial in keeping with the arbitrary powers over the press which the Executive Committee of the SBC have decided to grant themselves.
Hi Rev. Littleton, “Thank you so much for your application. I appreciate you taking the time to send over additional information.
We are not going to be able to approve your application for media credentials for the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting.
— Jon D. Wilke Media Relations Director Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee
REQUEST FOR PUBLICATION OFA LIST OF “APPROVED MEDIA” GIVEN ACCESS FOR UPCOMING ANNUAL MEETINGS FOR 2021
No response so far to this reasonable request for public disclosure .
Jon “Thanks for getting back to me. In the public interest can you provide /make public a list of which news outlets you have and will approve for media credentials?
Will CNN for example be there? NY Times? Is RNS- Religion News Service approved ? As you may know it is funded in part by ARCUS Foundation which is an LGBTQ led foundation for promotion of LGBTQ in the evangelical community.So is RNS going to be allowed in? What about Baptist News Global? Also is Jonathan Merritt going to have SBC media credentials ?
I look forward to seeing the “approved list”.” Thanks Thomas Littleton
DO SOUTHERN BAPTIST LEADERS HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE?
The Southern Baptist Convention IS IN FACT in trouble. The ongoing legal issues with the Lawsuit against the SBC North American Mission Board which is pushing for transparency forcing open books, disclosing financial, housing, other perks and hiring practices is just one of those issues. This lawsuit which is hoping to force transparency was ignored by Baptist Press but finally hit the headlines when the Baptist ERLC presented knowingly and admittedly false information to the courts in an amicus brief in defense of the SBC North American Missions Board. This situation is ONGOING.
The SBC is in steep decline with church plants, conversions, baptisms, and membership in general, ALL in decline. Controversies have arisen in recent years due to the promotion and tolerance of Critical Theories in race, gender, and even sexual minority theories in Baptist seminaries. Revoice in 2018 ,originating from SBTS, included the bold assertions of “Queer (LGBTQ) Theories” and even Feminist Theology redefining family. This perverted application of Feminist Theology stems from the early 1990s ad Drew Divinity School feminine activist. The ERLC and it’s chief Ethicist Russell Moore used the same theories ideology to promote his book and conference to redefine the nuclear family as ones “Church”.
In the Birmingham Alabama 2019 annual meetings a Resolution (#9) has caused great division in the Baptist ranks after a resolution condemning Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality was altered by the Resolutions Committee to affirm them “as useful analytical tools”. Those Committee members were employed by Baptist seminaries and other entities and were educated at SBTS and other Baptist institutions. Walter Strickland of SEBTS , who was on the 2019 Resolutions Committee which twisted “Resolution 9”, recently created even more broad controversy in the Christian Education when his new “Unified” organization announced its new partnership with the ACSI education organization. Strickland has yet to to called out by SBC or SEBTS leaders for his ongoing divisive activities in “Diversity and Inclusion.
Sexual Abuse charges which had been covered up for decades finally caught up with the SBC in a series of Houston Chronicle stories exposing the sorted history and the abuse and massive cover ups.
Where is the SBC headed? What is the future for a Christian movement whose leaders fell they have to protect themselves from a FREE PRESS – even Christian Press -and free speech? You can safely put away your shades. That future is no too bright.
The press are not always saints and are certainly not prophets but the press does play a vital role in speaking the truth….if it is allowed to, and does it’s job. The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention is acting more like King Jehoiakim in Jeremiah 36 who burned the scrolls of the prophet Jeremiah in an effort to silence him. The king’s paranoia and egotistical actions were because Jeremiah’s writings spoke against his kingdom, proclaimed truth, and warned the people of Judah of their idolatry and pending Divine Judgement. In the end Jeremiah’s words went even further and reached more people. God saw to that.
Jeremiah Rewrites the Scroll (Chapter 36)
27 Now after the king had burned the scroll with the words which Baruch had written [f]at the instruction of Jeremiah, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying: 28 “Take yet another scroll, and write on it all the former words that were in the first scroll which Jehoiakim the king of Judah has burned. 29 And you shall say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, ‘Thus says the Lord: “You have burned this scroll, saying, ‘Why have you written in it that the king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land, and cause man and beast to cease from here?’ ” 30 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah: “He shall have no one to sit on the throne of David
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GLOBALIZATION AND THE AGENDA OR GLOBALISM AND HOW CHRISTIANS CAN DISCERN THE TIMES.
Rev Thomas Littleton 4/19/2021
Living in the era when globalization is a undeniable and unstoppable reality ,how can Christians live faithfully to God’s Word and prophetic warnings and NOT be taken in by the Globalism agenda of seeking to unite the world under it’s controlled economic / “one world” governance and false spirituality?
We no doubt serve a global God
Isaiah 40 :22He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
GLOBAL WORLD VERSES GLOBAL AGENDA
(Recently a friend who works with a large missions organization contended with this author over some of the promotion his group was doing that leaned far more toward globalism that global reality. Suddenly it was clear that this person, like many Christians, did not get the distinction.)
Acts 7:40/ Isaiah 60
‘Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the LORD, Or what is the place of My rest?
Again Isaiah 40: 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he takes up the isles as a very little thing.
He is truly the Global God who reigns unchallenged BUT- globalism tells us- we must be “global citizens “ GLOBALISM ? glob·al·ism/ˈɡlōbəlizəm/Learn to pronouncenounnoun: globalism
“The operation or planning of economic and foreign policy on a global basis.”
“The attitude or policy of placing the interests of the entire world above those of individual nations.”
The difference is a gulf which Christians cannot cross without great deception and ever growing danger.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON HOW GLOBALISM AND ITS AGENDA IS INFLITRATING THE CHURCH.
GLOBALISMS GOSPEL AND REMEDY ARE NOT THE GOSPEL
GLOBAL CITIZENS? Globalism wants to make us and our children into “Global Citizens of the “Global Community”. But we are believers and are Citizens of Heaven – the two cannot coexist.
Phillipians 3:20 “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,”
AREAS GLOBALIST WORK
Education and secular Science / Darwinism / man made global warming in their UNESCO seeks a “World Core Curriculum”.
Common Core in the US is where these ideas are already in play BUT to what end? Huxley Quote-
Julian Huxley, the head of UNESCO in 1947, wrote a book titled, “UNESCO: Its Purpose and Its Philosophy.” His book was a blueprint for a New World Order that called for a single ‘new’ spirituality — a mixture of Buddhist materialist-pantheism, Liberalized ‘pantheistic’ Christianity, Gnosticism, and other occult traditions — one language, and one way of thinking. He believed a global order could be brought about through the universal implementation of Hegel’s Dialectic process.
Huxley observed, “The task before UNESCO…is to help the emergence of a single world culture with its own philosophy and background of ideas and with its own broad purpose.” Huxley spoke of two opposing worldviews — one founded on supernatural creation and the other on atheist evolutionism — confronting each other from the West and the East. In describing them he said, “You may categorize the two philosophies as…individualism versus collectivism or as the American versus the Russian…or as capitalism versus communism, or as Christianity versus Marxism. Can these opposites be reconciled, this antithesis be resolved in a higher synthesis? I believe…this can happen…through the inexorable dialectic of evolution.”
Christian Faith / Churches /Christians – our children is the Targets of Globalism.
Economics- goal are, among other things the establishment of a Global Currency- “Build Back Better” is both the globalist mantra AND the current administrations economic policy. The Great Re set is Debt spending to collapse national currency in order the launch “equity drive” world economy and currency.
The call is to “Supporting Man Made Climate Change”- Shortage of Water- All rooted in Earth Worship . Robert Mueller- was called the UN prophet of PEACE- He/ the UN invented term “New Age” for his Universalist hodgepodge of false religions described in his book “The New Genesis “
Huxley’s grandfather promoted Charles Darwin – Thomas Huxley in his time was called “Darwin’s Bulldog” promoting Darwin’s theories into the mainstream of education.
GLOBAL HEALTHCARE PLANNED PARENTHOODS DREAM.
Pandemic shown some of cards of those working to implement global HC standards. Sad to say many are driven by Planned Parenthood and “Malthusianism “
Malthusianism is the idea that population growth is potentially exponential while the growth of the food supply or other resources is linear, which eventually reduces living standards to the point of triggering a population die off. This event, called a Malthusian catastrophe (also known as a Malthusian trap, population trap, Malthusian check, Malthusian crisis, Malthusian spectre, or Malthusian crunch) occurs when population growth outpaces agriculturalproduction, causing famine or war, resulting in poverty and depopulation. Such a catastrophe inevitably has the effect of forcing the population (quite rapidly, due to the potential severity and unpredictable results of the mitigating factors involved, as compared to the relatively slow time scales and well-understood processes governing unchecked growth or growth affected by preventive checks) to “correct” back to a lower, more easily sustainable level. Malthusianism has been linked to a variety of political and social movements, but almost always refers to advocates of population control. “
NOTE- Seriously there are many people who think like this still.
The book “The Population Bomb” solidified the thinking a generations ago.
” Global governance or world governance is a movement towards political cooperation among transnational actors, aimed at negotiating responses to problems that affect more than one state or region. Institutions of global governance—the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the World Bank, etc.” center for Health Security”
JESUS said “when these things come to pass look up Redemption draws near
Red Ink realities in Matthew 24
Jesus Predicts the Destruction of the Temple
24 “Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
Revelations Man of Sin revealed ‘Revelations has much to say say about globalism. Do not let bad eschatology make you discount God’s prophetic warnings. We are here to preach the everlasting Gospel and seek the lost…not “redeem culture”.
CHRISTIANS ENDURE MANIPULATION AND SHAME CULTURE FROM INSIDE THE CAMP.
Election time 2020 you likely heard Nationalism AND “Christian Nationalism”. This criticism from activist is any many ways to opposite of the dominion error but focused on making Christians open to third way manipulation and costly compromises on religious freedom and free speech etc.
Nationalism is always presented in media and Christian media in a negative light. “Christian nationalism is Christianity-affiliated religious nationalism. Christian nationalists primarily focus on internal politics, such as passing laws that reflect their view of Christianity and its role in political and social life”” — Christian nationalism is the belief that the American nation is defined by Christianity, and that the government should take active steps to keep it .. that way”
The really it is having some national identity is more about Christian freedom and freedom of conscience in public and private life at this point for Western nations. Globalist are pushing for a global identity that will ultimately lead to suppression of individual rights “for the Common Good”.
London School of Economics Fabian Socialist and other institutions offer degrees in combining Political Science and Theology. These degrees are neither Christ centered nor Gospel rooted or focused. Oil and water still do not mix.
Globalism is self contradicting in the light of -and is being done in the shadow of -globalism . The church and America is in a boiling cauldron of Global Socialism / Globalism while many in the world is suffering oppressive pandemic responses by socialist governments.
EU citizens are REVOLTING IN PROTEST against Pandemic restrictions. Have you observed any of this? If socialist nations of Europe are getting it -why don’t others in the West especially believers?
How does the Christian live and move and minister and support the calling and vision of God in a Global World? How can Christians engage YET- not be taken in by Globalism or allow our kids to be indoctrinated?
By taking heed to God’s word and by making the distinction between the fact of Globalization and the myriad of myths in Globalism. Christians can remain uninfluenced by the agenda and firmly in touch with God’s ultimate outcomes for the Gospel all over the World in the midst of Globalist forces standing in opposition to the Gospel. Christians CANNOT MINGLE THESE TWO OPPOSED VISIONS NOR CAN THEY PARTNER WITH GLOBALIST DEADLY AND GODLESS AGENDA.
Romans 12 : 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
NO GREATER SACRED TRUST EXIST THAN TO BE ALLOWED ACCESS TO THE YOUNG HEARTS AND MINDS OF YOUTH & TOMORROWS CHRISTIAN LEADERS-YET SEMINARY HEADS AND NOW CHRISTIAN EDUCATIORS “UNITE” TO DECEIVE OUR CHILDREN WITH FALSE SOCIAL GOSPEL.
Rev Thomas Littleton
Christian education in recent years has become ground zero for the deceptive focus of social justice. Seminaries have been filled with critical theory and social change efforts over the last decade. In recent years the efforts have moved down the educational food chain to target pre K- 12 Christian education. The grand goal of this socialist dreamscape is to turn a generation of young people into “justice warriors” sent out to “change the world” for the “common good”. But the church has a far higher calling based upon much higher principles and the spiritual transformation of human hearts.
The social gospel is a deadly and empty substitute promising what it has NEVER DELIEVERD and driven by the political forces of globalism more antithetical to the Gospel pf Jesus Christ than any other anti-christ deception. “Christian ” leaders who have bought into these notions are joined to global idols and must be rebuked by faithful/ godly leaders and rejected by the Church.
This site reported on the left leaning efforts which took shape on the Ft. Worth campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Further efforts surfaced when Evangelical media types and even data mining organizations boasted their work among evangelical schools.
RECENTLY A NEW BAPTIST LED EFFORT HAS SURFACED AND BEEN GETTING A GREAT DEAL OF ATTENTION FROM CONSERVATIVE MEDIA LIKE CAPSTONE REPORT.
This effort involves long time accrediting organization ACSI .
“As our mission continues, ACSI is renewing our commitment to Christian schools and educators to help them deal with today’s challenging times—characterized by seismic cultural shifts and disruption. “
ACSI has a new “partnership with “Unified a Center for Hope and Integrity ” which is led by controversial SEBTS director of “Diversity and Inclusion” at the infamous now “Woke Forrest” Baptist seminary.
SOME DETAILS FROM THE ACSI SITE
ACSI Partners with UnifiEd to Offer Christian Schools Resources on Cultural Intelligence
“Mar 24, 2021, 07:14 AM by Caitlyn BermanColorado Springs, Colo. – The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and UnifiEd: A Center for Hope and Unity (UnifiEd) are partnering to provide Christian educators with biblically based resources on diversity, inclusion and racial reconciliation.”
“The alliance is aligned with ACSI’s Flourishing Initiative, which defines a flourishing Christian school as a community of students, educators and families that glorifies Christ and excels in knowing Him and making Him known.”
“ACSI President, Dr. Larry Taylor, believes that a truly thriving Christian community is one that intentionally fosters a culture of Christ-honoring unity.”
“As Christians, we are called to disciple all of God’s children to reflect Christ in a culturally diverse world,” he said. “The partnership with UnifiEd will equip our educators so they can do this effectively.”
“Leaders from both ministries share a passion for preparing educators to engage culture from an informed, Christ-centered perspective.”
“Dr. Walter Strickland II, UnifiEd Executive Director, defined the effective pursuit of unity as one that is theologically oriented, data-driven and aptly resourced.”
“Cultural intelligence is a prerequisite to reconciliation and a necessity for every ambassador for Christ—despite the demographics of their school,” he said. “Scripture is the source that provides the motivation and methods for our approach to pursuing unity.”
“UnifiEd offers a variety of services for Christian educators on the topics of diversity and cultural intelligence, including a professional journal, podcasts and webinars. As stated on the website, UnifiEd content is created by experts including Joel Gaines, who serves as Head of School at The City School in Philadelphia, and Tia Gaines, who serves as English Department Chair and Instructional Coach for Insight PA Cyber Charter School.”
“Lack of Data-Driven Analysis”
“The complexity of racial brokenness is deeply embedded into our personal assumptions and school programs. The task of investigating these dynamics is an ongoing challenge for Christian leaders. For decades, educators have formed well-crafted assessments to diagnose the challenges that impact schools as a whole, classroom instruction, and the student experience. However, corresponding tools to quantify areas of growth for cultural intelligence and fostering a culture of unity with precision and accuracy have not been employed on a regular basis. As a result, attempts to facilitate unity across lines of ethnic and cultural difference has too-often lacked strategic data-driven analysis to determine where a school is, and biblical solutions to determine how to reach Christ-exalting goals.”
“A data-driven approach to understanding deficiencies is important. Racial challenges require biblically grounded solutions that promote theologically driven methods equipping God’s people to pursue Christian unity. Christian schools must seek to answer the biblical call to facilitate a school environment where all of God’s children can flourish, as well as address the missional goal of creating a Kingdom community to equip God’s children to be ambassadors for Christ in a culturally diverse world. This new era in the quest for biblical unity requires a renewed approach and Christian educators, equipped with appropriate resources and bathed in prayer, will be up for the task.”
Join Dr. Strickland at ACSI’s Flourishing Schools Institute (FSi), where he will be speaking on the topic of building a unified school culture in the area of diversity. The FSi will launch in Dallas, Texas, on June 18-28, 2021.
Visit the new website for UnifiED: A Center for Hope and Unity, which aims to “equip Christian educators to think cross-culturally about their school’s mission” and offers journals, webinars, podcasts, and many other resources in this effort.
WALTER STRICKLAND’S CONTROERSIAL BACKGROUND IN RACIAL JUSTICE AND LIBERATION THEOLOGIES.
STRICKLAND IS HEAD OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AT SEBTS
STRICKLANDS ACADEMIC RESUME BOAST OF HIS STUDIES AND TEACHING IN “LIBERATION THEOLOGIES”
Research Interests Courses Taught Contextual Theology Systematic Theology African American Theological Tradition Liberation Theologies Education Theory Theology in Global Context Theology of Work Doctrine of Vocation
STRICKLAND IS ONE OF THE LEADERS OF THE SEBTS “INTERSECT PROJECT” FUNDED BY THE KERN FAMILY FOUNDATION AND PROMOTING THE SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT ON SEMINARY CAMPUSES.
The Kern Funded curriculum is provided by a long time Catholic led think tank whose radical founder boast his Marxist theological education.
“Intersect is a ministry of the Center for Faith and Culture. It exists to educate you to engage the intersection of faith, culture, work and economics so you can equip others and be empowered to glorify God in all your life.”
ACSI NEW PARTNER SPECIALIZES IN NOT ONLY “LIBERATION THEOLOGY ” BUT ALSO WAS PART OF THE SBTS/ ALBERT MOHLER LED “REMOVING THE STAIN OF RACISM FROM THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION” WHICH INCLUDED THE 2018 PROMOTION OF CRITICAL RACE THEORY AT THE SBC ANNUAL MEETING IN DALLAS.
“The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has a historical stain. The SBC once affirmed slavery and openly opposed and condemned abolitionists. Even though the convention repented of this sin publicly, a profound divide between the white majority and the black and brown minority still exists for many churches.”
“This stain is more than historical fact; it prohibits Southern Baptist churches from embracing the one new man in Christ promised in Ephesians 2:11–22 and from participating in the new song of the saints from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation in Revelation 5:9.”
“The glorious gospel of Jesus Christ commands all his followers to do our part in removing racism from our midst. Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention is a powerful and practical call to sacrifice, humility, and perseverance—along with a relentless commitment to Christian unity—for the sake of the gospel and our brothers and sisters in Christ.”
STRICKLAND WAS THEN PART OF THE 2019 SBC RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE WHICH ALTERERED A RESOLUTION CONDEMNING CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND INTERESECTIONALITY INTO A RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THEIR USE AS “ANALYTICAL TOOLS FOR THE GOSPEL”.
“Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has named members of the Committee on Resolutions for the June 11-12 SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala.
“These committee members hail from state conventions, national entities, seminaries, local churches and local associations,” said Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area. “Each was chosen because they demonstrate great commitment to the Southern Baptist Convention, and because they reflect both who we are and who we are becoming. They are men and women who desire to see our convention keep the Gospel above all.”
“Curtis Woods of Kentucky was named as the committee’s chairman by Greear.”
“Woods is co-interim executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and a member of Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky.”
“Southern Baptists should be enthused about the brothers and sisters selected to serve as your 2019 Resolutions Committee,” Woods said, “since ‘the many faces of the SBC’ are well represented. Each person will prayerfully bring their academic expertise and experience to bare on each resolution.”
“As chair, my heart is fixed on praying for each committee member to inhale the Word of God daily so that we approach this noble task with compassion, conviction and courage,” Woods said. “We must honor each brother or sister who takes time to pen and present a resolution even if the committee rejects the content.”
Greear appointed the committee in keeping with the provision in SBC Bylaw 20 that its members be named 75 days prior to the start of the annual meeting.
“The other committee members, in alphabetical order, are:”
— Tremayne Manson, associate pastor for community development and outreach, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
— Adron Robinson, pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Country Club Hills, Ill.
— Walter Strickland, associate vice president for diversity, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C.; member of Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, N.C.”
All the Baptist seminary heads have recently denounced CRT and other Critical Theories yet they have been educating and employing people like Walter Strickland to promote these same ideologies on their campuses. The Kern Family Foundation money is not gone from any of these campuses or the departments in which it was /is embedded. Nothing has changed …. except that the well trained and well funded practice of Cultural Marxist tools of the trade has now moved down the line to target your children at every age in the never ending stream of false justice gospel indoctrination in Christian education.
Men and women who see the Gospel solely through the lens of race and racial politics have misunderstood Gospel redemption and the true unity of the Holy Spirit. The constant recounting of and marking reported past /generational sins is against the the work of the cross and the timeless healings of cultural divides during the new testament period and beyond. The Gospel is not a Black vs White vs Hispanic vs Asian movement. The tools of Cultural Marxist and political theorist or the funding of politically motivated think tanks and foundations have NO PLACE in any true Gospel movement or Christian education institution. The Cross and race baiting do not stand on the same hill but the cross stands alone on sacred ground that transcends race and cultural divisions.
Baptist and other denominational leaders have filled the House of God and now it’s educational institutions with the chaff of racial politics and trained a generation of activist to drive the divisive rhetoric in the face of pure Holy Spirit led unity. ACSI has now joined forces with some of these VERY SAME errors and those leading them.
These forces kill Christian movements. History has no success stories but Biblical history/ Jesus does have some warnings about offending Children with false gospels and it points clearly to the core reason why foolish spiritual leaders still do their foolish deeds. CLEARLY THERY HAVE LOST THE FEAR OF GOD.
36 An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes, When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. 3 The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. 4 He devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself in a way that is not good; He does not abhor evil.
A BIT MORE HISTORY ON THE SEMINARY INFLTRATION
THE MOVEMENT FUNDING WENT INTO HIDING AT STRICKLAND’S SEBTS
THE PENDING LEGISLATION CALLED THE EQUALITY ACT PLACES LGBTQ “RIGHTS” AT ODDS WITH RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, CONVICTION AND PERSONAL CONSCIENCE YET NO REAL STAND WAS TAKEN AGAINST IT BY EVANGELCIAL LEADERS. MANY WORKED TO SOFTEN CONVICTIONAL RESISTANCE TO IT BY PUSHING SOGI AND “INCLUSION”.
Rev Thomas Littleton
You might be a bystander in the world of LGBTQ rights but no one lives in a realm unaffected by it. For people who identify as LGBTQ, the idea of the “full equality” giving sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) federal /legal/ Constitutional protections as a civil right on par with race, religion, and gender- this pending legislation appears to be reason to celebrate. However if all concerned with human rights were to look honestly at the global origins and rippling effects of this bold new frontier which redefines what it means to be human … we would all be VERY AFFRAID.
Americans in particular cannot grasp the immediate and long range impact on personal Constitutional rights, health care, religious liberty, freedom of speech etc. But all should find suspect the motives of progressives who are pushing this sweeping legislation. For the LGBTQ community “buyers remorse” certainly awaits.
SOGI -THE ILLOGICAL LEGAL UNREALITY
Sexual Orientation makes the case that people are born with unchanging sexual orientation toward heterosexual or homosexual or something along the LGB spectrum even though their is no proof of a gay gene. S.O. is “inborn and does not change”.
At the Same time – Gender Identity asserts that biological gender is separate from identity and therefore G.I. is fluid/ non binary and a person experiencing “Gender Dysphoria ” needs to be able to reconcile their physical presentation or public identity with their subjective feelings about their gender. This includes choosing their preferred personal pronouns and even legal government identifications to include subjective and even changing gender identities.
Non Discrimination law is then being -defined- fixed-practiced and enforced around SOGI via Equality Act legislation once it becomes part of the language of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
THINK ON THAT !
No one wins and EVERYONE loses when progressive global governments are empowered to redefine humanity /human rights/ and enforce false science and subjective identity. But this is where we are in human history.
LGBTQ/ SOGI ORIGINS
The Yogyakarta Principles
“In 2006, in response to well-documented patterns of abuse, a distinguished group of international human rights experts met in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to outline a set of international principles relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. The result was the Yogyakarta Principles: a universal guide to human rights which affirm binding international legal standards with which all States must comply. They promise a different future where all people born free and equal in dignity and rights can fulfil that precious birthright.”
Malthusians and human exterminators!
In the realm of human rights and civil rights – no set of goals has ever offered to turn all established metrics and standards on their heads more that the pro LGBTQ “Equality Act”. The combined legal narrative of a fixed “Sexual Orientation” (SO) and fluidification of biological gender into subjective/ non- binary “Gender Identity ” makes for some of the most sweeping efforts in human history to draft binding legal and nondiscrimination laws at the Constitutional level based upon unproven science and subjective feelings.
THE MISGUIDED CHURCH RESPONSE
PREACHING CHANGE AND INCLUSION WHILE FORSAKING BIBLICAL HOPE FOR TRANSFORMATION
EVANGELICAL CHANGE EFFORTS-SOFTENING UP RESISTANCE ,PREACHING INCLUSION FOR DECADES.
NOTE: True Christians do not “hate gay people ” or deny science. Christians understand that the issue of “orientation” is at the heart of human need. We are all oriented to sin, including sexual sin as defined by the Bible. We all need hope and help and change in our orientation toward sin. That hope and transformation comes through Repentance and Faith in the death and rising from the dead of Jesus. Holding faithful to this hope for all people is at the core of Christian faith. It really is this simple. We can all be changed and restored to fellowship with the God who made us and enabled by His grace to live as He made us to live with the future hope of eternity in His presence. That is the Gospel. Changed Lives and Freedom from Sin, setting captives FREE is Jesus mission.
2nd Corinthians 5
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.”
JESUS DOES NOT CHANGE BUT THE CHURCH IS ATTEMPTING TO
Undeniably homosexual “inclusion” in Christian faith has been a decades long effort by activist in denominations and churches. Entire movements have pushed through the agenda of inclusion and without fail those movements have declined. Activist organizations like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) have moved from attacking the church and Christian conviction like WITH their 2007 campaign “For the Bible Tells Me So” – to outright organized seduction in the 2014 “Project One America” (POA) complete with a carefully crafted “Christian Conversation Guide”
BUT activism from outside the church has not been the only effort underway.
Evangelical leaders like Tim Keller and D. A. Carson adopted the SOGI ideology for their politically progressive , theologically emergent movement called The Gospel Coalition (TGC) in 2010.
By Fall of 2014 Southern Baptist leaders Albert Mohler and Russell Moore (who are part of Kellers TGC) promoted a national conference apologizing for “being wrong about sexual orientation” and welcomed activist from HRC and dozens of other activist organizations to attend AND the have private meetings with Baptist leaders behind closed doors.
(NOTE :This writer met with HRC leaders bringing $8.5 million in our state with POA to offer reasoned resistance to the movement that Christian faith should not be subjected to forced compliance with cultural social change movements and massive outside funding. This author remains in a posture that activism and modern psychological trends do not alter the Word of God and cannot be allowed to remove the hope of the Gospel for all people in what the bible and human history has proven to be harmful to society, faith and family and destructive, sexual bondage and temptation. and that God alone has the right by creation to decide human, including sexual norms. This is the position of Biblical Christians and the idea of forced compliance to new sexual norms is a danger to all people.)
The Evangelical Leaders of TGC began full on campaigns to alter the churches posture despite the COST of losing the clear HOPE of transformation offered by the Cross / the blood of Christ through forgiveness and transformation made to ALL SINNERS. Instead TGC adopted the change posture toward and promoting SOGI.
“THE GOSPEL COALITION MARKETS -SOGI THE LATEST VERBIAGE ON SEXUALITY”
TGC and Southern Baptist ERLC began having contrived conversations of their own and filling conferences and publications with Activist pushing SOGI/ Same Sex Attraction/ Inclusion / Welcoming / and LGBTQ Christian identities. Baptist and TGC affiliated seminaries began producing credentialed activist launching entire LGBTQ Christian movements like Revoice. TGC hired its own LGBTQ editors including Sam Allberry and Rosiaria Butterfield ( a specialist in Gender/ Queer/ Feminine Theory and Theology) all of whom preached the “Hospitality/ Inclusion/ Welcoming ” message. Allberry’s group Living Out, with the help of Tim and Kathy Keller even produced and launched an “Audit for LGBTQ Inclusion ” in their 2018 London Conference for conservative evangelical churches and TGC / Baptist churches of Mark Dever and 9 MARKS introduced the “Audit” in the US by November 2018.
REVOICE MOVEMENT WAS BEING BIRTHED AT BAPTIST SBTS AND LAUNCHED BY 2017
ALSO NOTE: So Called Reparative Therapy and sexual recovery counseling ministries will be made illegal by this legislation. Counseling people to view LGBTQ activity and desire as sinful or to be repented of ,though repentance of all biblically inordinate desire and activities is the Christian norm….will be illegal and considered “harmful”. Counseling gender confused children to seek to submit to God and reconcile with their God given gender will be illegal and deemed “harmful”. Family will be redefined. And the progressive sexual agenda launched and promoted by Kinsey / Rockefeller /the APA and Planned Parenthood will move to the next frontiers -lowering or eliminating the age of consent and pedophilia.
HOW IT READS “A BILL” “To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.”
AGAIN – SOGI IS SELF CONTRADICTORY
The legal language of SOGI is in itself a contradiction because it seeks to go in two directions at once and assigns to sexuality a fixed and unchanging point of definition that that the Human Genome studies failed to produce. There is no “gay gene” YET Sexual Orientation, derived by the APA and other global partners from the determination to find an alternative to it, has replaced the need to identify genetic science. So the assertion is now the basis of the claim of Sexual Orientation.
Biological Gender is now separated from perceived “Gender Identity ” and we are left with subjective and fluid feelings described as dysphoria. So now not only is the confused and contradictory approach given legal language – the legal argument is now headed in the Equality Act to become equal with racial and ethnic identities and receive the full protections of the Constitution via addition to the 1964 Civil Rights Amendment and all other Federal non discrimination protections / laws/ and policies.
What comes next will be a difficult to anyone to fully predict but enforcement will no doubt seek to be immediate and intense. However the long road to realizing all that is being lost to every human in the human rights discussion will be less clear.
LGBTQ RIGHTS VS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
Of concern to most Christians ,and rightly so, is the impact of the Equality Act on Religious Freedom and convictional living in the public square. Most Christians are not PERSONALLY against people who identify as LGBTQ but ARE against the normalization of any and all behaviors spoken to in God’s Word as sinful/ harmful/ self destructive. These include other sexual behaviors life fornication and adultery, rape and incest.
CONFUSION HAS BEEN REWARDED IN THE CHURCH BY SOME OF IT’S OWN.
The movement toward “Conversations” – “Welcoming Policies” – Understanding “Same Sex Attraction “- and promoting LGBTQ “Church Audits” and “Hospitality” have weakened resistance to the broader LGBTQ movement and goals ,including the Equality Act and left the church with perhaps even less understanding of what is at stake then even the LGBTQ activist have.
Leaders like Russell Moore and Albert Mohler of the conservative Southern Baptist and Tim Keller and Kevin DeYoung of once conservative Presbyterian and Reformed churches and denominational groups like the PCA have bought into the APA’s Sexual Orientation assertions as far back as 2010 .Also the Evangelical Laussane Movement did the same and even put forth multiple resources promoting the SSA narrative in 2010 as well. Ecumenical and theologically progressive /emergent groups like The Gospel Coalition have furthered the narratives and inclusion movement as a “social Change Effort” in the church. It has been very successful over the last decade plus of stealthy laboring.
THE BIG BIG PROBLEM – FEDERAL $$$$ IN CHURCH TREASURIES
NOTE: In a February 25th, 2021 Christianity Today article by globalist ecumenical/ Lausanne/ Leadership Network operative Ed Stetzer – Stetzer quotes long time NAE leader and LeadNet -co founder Leith Anderson on the concerns over the the Equality Act hindering government grant funding going into churches. Note also it is Leadership Network which controls Christianity Today and who sold the idea of Government funding and partnerships to the church via it’s stealthy influence among evangelical leadership for over 35 years.
The quote and concerns below PROVE that these “sales men”( STETZER / ANDERSON /OTHERS ) understand the DIRECT CONNECTION between the church and ministries participation in government funding which they sold the church and ministries for years and the need to be aligned with new pro LGBTQ political and cultural ” norms”. Yet these same leaders have shown no pause in selling both entrapments over the past decades. Now the crisis point is resting in the Congress and the Equality Act legislation.
“Swinging the Pendulum Too Far”
(From Christianity Today article )
“The Equality Act is the most significant threat to religious liberty in a generation”
“The Equality Act would have a significant impact on evangelical practice and mission in multiple contexts.”
“An article by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) stated in May 2019, “If the measure became law, many religious schools and charities would have to change their faith-based policies and practices, or face sanctions that could force them to close their doors.”
“At the time, NAE president Leith Anderson wrote a letter to congress arguing the following are likely outcomes if this becomes law:
Houses of worship and other religious spaces will be turned into places of “public accommodation”; Federal funds will be denied to thousands of houses of worship, schools and charities that currently receive them;…”
$$$ FEDERAL DOLLARS FROM FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS AND COVID RELIEF BAILOUTS HAVE ENDED THE CHURCH ABILITY TO STAND FAITHFULLY.
More Faith based Grants are coming into the church under the Biden administration.
EQUALITY ACT DRAWS SPECIFIC ATTENTION TO ANY ENTITY GETTING GOVERNMENT FUNDING PAGE 5 OF THE EQUALITY ACT -EXCERPT
“LGBTQ people and women face wide-10spread discrimination in employment and various services, including by entities that receive Federal financial assistance. Such discrimination A)is particularly troubling and inappropriate for programs and services funded wholly or in part by the Federal Government; (B) undermines national progress toward equal treatment regardless of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity; and (C) is inconsistent with the constitutional principle of equal protection under the Four-tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States”
EQUALITY ACT EMPLAINER BY HERITAGE
Heritage Foundation resource “FACTS”
( NOTE : This author does not usually endorse the Heritage Foundation but these over view points are helpful on understanding the Equality Act. THEY ARE NOT COMPREHENSIVE AND IGNORE THE IN HOUSE ACTIVISM AND FUNDING ISSUES.)
Fact: The Equality Act—introduced as H.R. 5 in the House of Representatives on February 18, 2021—makes mainstream beliefs about marriage, as well as basic biological facts about sex differences, punishable under the law.
Fact: The Equality Act guts the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and threatens constitutional freedoms by eliminating conscience protections from the Civil Rights Act. If enacted, H.R. 5 would force employers, medical professionals, educators, and religious organizations to allow men into women’s shelters, pay for or perform sex-change operations, and engage in speech that violates their consciences. Faith-based adoption and foster care agencies would be forced to violate their belief that every child deserves a mother and a father.
Fact: By expanding the definition of “public accommodations” under Title II of the Civil Rights Act to include “any establishment that provides a good, service, or program, including a store, shopping center, online retailer or service provider, salon, bank, gas station, food bank, service or care center, shelter, travel agency, or funeral parlor, or establishment that provides health care, accounting, or legal services,” many more individuals and establishments would, in fact, become liable to discrimination claims, including doctors who do not want to perform abortions.
Fact: H.R. 5 endangers unborn children. The Equality Act opens the door to taxpayer funding for elective abortions, which the vast majority of Americans oppose, regardless of political affiliation. The bill does not contain any conscience protections for those with moral or religious objections to paying for or performing abortions.
It also takes away judicial relief by blocking claims based on the RFRA. The Equality Act expands the term “sex” to go far beyond the state of being male or female, and includes “pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition.”
Fact: The Equality Act’s changes to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act do not uphold Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act. Gender-identity policies will require biological males to be permitted to participate in female-only activities.
Fact: All single-sex spaces will be open to both sexes under the Equality Act. The Equality Act adds sexual orientation and gender identity rules to Title III of the Civil Rights Act on “public facilities” as well as to public accommodations (Title II) and federal funding (Title VI). This would create a nationwide transgender policy in single-sex facilities.
Fact: By adding sexual orientation and gender-identity rules to the Civil Rights Act’s Title IV on “desegregation of public education,” the Equality Act could pave the way for K–12 federal courts to require sexual orientation and gender-identity curricula the same way they required black history curricula.
Fact: As a result of the expanding definition of public accommodations, as well as changing federal funding requirements, doctors (and counselors) could be punished for treating gender dysphoria according to their own best medical judgment. Even a referral to another doctor could be a violation of the Civil Rights Act.
Fact: The Equality Act’s politicization of medicine and education through gender ideology will undermine parental rights. Since most schools will be pressured to comply with sexual-orientation and gender-identity policies, parents will have limited educational choices for their children.
Fact: The Equality Act hurts vulnerable children by punishing faith-based adoption and foster-care agencies that believe that every child deserves both a mother and a father and that children’s bodies should not be irreversibly harmed by hormonal or surgical interventions due to gender dysphoria. Imposing this radical ideology on child-welfare providers will reduce the number of “forever families” for the more than 424,000 foster children in need of them.
Fact: The Equality Act goes far beyond the Supreme Court’s 2020 Bostock ruling. While Bostock invented a misguided theory of sex discrimination in employment law, it did not redefine “sex” to include sexual orientation and gender identity. But the Equality Act does. Bostock was limited to employment law; the Equality Act adds “sexual orientation and gender identity” to all of the nation’s civil rights laws.
NOTE: AGAIN – These outlines are helpful but not comprehensive .
FAIRNESS FOR ALL – AN ALTERNATIVE TO EQUALITY ACT?
EVANGELICALS JOINED MORMONS TO PUSH AN ALTERNATIVE LEGISLATION CALLED “FAIRNESS FOR ALL” BUT IT WAS IN FACT SUPPORTED BY THE SAME BILLIONAIRE FUNDING THE EQUALITY ACT WITH ONLY TOKEN PROTECTIONS FOR RELIGIOUS LIERTY.
The politics and funding behind Fairness For All ensured that it was only a stop over to the Equality Act if Democrats did not have the majority they now possess after the 2020 “elections”.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESS CONFERENCE ON 2021 EQUALITY ACT.
In this weeks press conference to promote the Equality Act the response to questions about Fairness For All as a viable alternative was “Fairness is worse than doing nothing and only ensures discrimination”. That is the attitude of the legislators promoting EA when the question of Religious Exemptions and protections were raised. The statement that “all religious protections currently in place will remain in place” was meant to calm concerns and end the press questions on the issue. The facts to the level of endangerment to Religious Liberty by the Equality Act will play out quickly in the courts and federal and local agencies once it becomes law.
It is impossible to protect religious freedoms while redefining them through the lens of multiple ideologies antithetical to it -especially through things opposed to deeply held Christian /Biblical conviction and the Word of the Lord. Christians will likely soo have to decide if they will fear God or man…if they will bow the knee to the idols of Babylon of take their chances with God’s promises in the fires of the cultural and political furnace.
18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
Saved in Fiery Trial
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”
They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”
25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE END GAME FOR THE “JUSTICE” MOVEMENT ON IMMIGRATION, RACE, GENDER, SEXUALITY AND PROGRESSIVE POLITICS IN THE CHURCH IS DRIVEN BY & TOWARD FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS- THE NEW ADMININSTRATION DELIVERS.
Rev Thomas Littleton
HAPPY VALENTINES EVANGELICAL LEADERSHIP
The last 12 years or so the leadership of organizations like The Gospel Coalition and the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission have held convictional conservative Christians feet to the flames of the age old denomination and church destroying social gospel repackaged in some slick new narratives. Like a pigs snout sporting a golden earring ,these tired old errors were wrapped in a (usually) neo-reformed theological narrative in the name of “cultural engagement” “Christian” economics, Community development, and “Faith and Work” / “Theology of Vocation”. The packaging comes “inclusive and compassionate” bows on top.
Faith based Partnerships (FBP) have long been the goal of stealthy progressive organizations like Leadership Network and its operatives like Rick Warren (Purpose Driven) and Tim Keller (The Gospel Coalition). A new administration is ready to reward the successful push of the church toward the political left on key social issues. As the federal funding is poised to flood into the ministry coffers with the Biden administration’s new Valentine’s Day executive order, the real long game goals of the progressive politics and “theology” are clear and undeniable. The church has been primed to be the agent of social change and the hub of community services. The Obama administration created a FBP filled with activism and diversity which included the leaders of LGBTQ activist organizations like Human Rights Campaign and ARCUS along side Southern Baptist Executive Committee CEO Frank Page. Few church and ministry leaders have been able to resist. Never mind the historic dangers -past fraud- failures- cost to religious liberty- AND prohibitions to gospel ministry.
“Biden-Harris administration commits to promoting partnerships with faith-based and neighborhood organizations to help people in need; announces Melissa Rogers as Executive Director and Josh Dickson as Deputy Director“
“Today, President Biden is signing an executive order reestablishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which will promote partnerships with religious and secular organizations to better serve people in need. As our country grapples with a global pandemic, a severe economic downturn, the scourge of systemic racism, an escalating climate crisis and profound polarization, President Biden knows that civil society partnerships are essential to meeting such challenges.”
“Twenty years ago, President George W. Bush established the first White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. As President Bush said, government cannot be replaced by the efforts of religious and other community organizations, but government “can and should welcome [such organizations] as partners.” In 2009, the Obama-Biden administration continued this initiative, while also putting its own stamp on its name, practices, and policies. For example, this office helped prevent foreclosure amidst the housing crisis by sharing information with more than 50,000 faith-based and community stakeholders on mortgage refinancing and scam prevention; increase the number of summer meals served to kids for a total of more than 1.2 billion summer meals served; assist communities in responding to and recovering from disasters; and train diverse faith leaders on protecting their houses of worship.”
“At a time of great challenge and opportunity, the Biden-Harris administration is re-launching this bipartisan initiative. The Partnerships Office’s initial work will include collaborating with civil society to: address the COVID-19 pandemic and boost economic recovery; combat systemic racism; increase opportunity and mobility for historically disadvantaged communities; and strengthen pluralism. The office will also support agency partnerships that advance the United States Government’s diplomatic, international development, and humanitarian work around the world. All of this work will be done in ways that respect cherished constitutional guarantees.”
“Leading the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will be Melissa Rogers, who will serve as the office’s Executive Director and as Senior Director for Faith and Public Policy in the White House Domestic Policy Council. Melissa has been a leader on these issues for decades, including serving from 2013-2017 as Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Obama-Biden Administration.”
“Josh Dickson, White House Senior Advisor for Public Engagement, will serve as the office’s Deputy Director. He will be a key interlocutor with faith communities and other stakeholders. Josh previously served as National Faith Engagement Director for Biden for President, and was Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Commerce during the Obama-Biden Administration. Trey Baker, who previously served as the National Director of African American Engagement for Biden for President and is currently a White House Senior Advisor for Public Engagement, will serve as the office’s liaison to Black communities, including Black faith communities. The Partnerships Office will work hand in hand with the wider White House Office of Public Engagement’s constituency outreach initiatives to engage and partner with stakeholders of all backgrounds and beliefs in its efforts to serve individuals and communities in need. The team will also work with closely with staff in agency Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to execute the objectives outlined in today’s executive order.”
“There are not Democrats or Republicans dying from this pandemic, or losing their jobs, going hungry and facing eviction in this economic crisis, or facing the sting of systemic racism or the brunt of the climate crisis,” said President Biden. “They are fellow human beings. They are fellow Americans. And this is not a nation that can, or will, simply stand by and watch the suffering around us. That is not who we are. That is not what faith calls us to be. That is why I’m reestablishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to work with leaders of different faiths and backgrounds who are the frontlines of their communities in crisis and who can help us heal, unite, and rebuild. We still have many difficult nights to endure. But we will get through them together and with faith guiding us through the darkness and into the light.”
“The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will be an essential part of the Biden-Harris administration’s plan to bring people of all backgrounds and beliefs together to meet our challenges, perfect our union, and restore the soul of our country. Specifically, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will work with civil society partners to:”
Address the Covid-19 Pandemic and Boost Economic Recovery “By working with diverse civil society organizations, the Partnerships Office will help more Americans get facts about COVID-19 and vaccinations, and support economic recovery efforts. Faith and community leaders are frequently anchors of their neighborhoods due to the services they provide and the trust and respect they command, enabling them to effectively reach the most vulnerable.”
Combat Systemic Racism “The Partnerships Office will work closely with organizations and community leaders to tackle systemic racism and other forms of bias. Whether it is health, education, economic opportunity, housing, or the criminal justice system, racial and other disparities abound, and it will take an all-hands-on-deck effort to fix these problems. The Partnerships Office is committed to making equity a top priority and working with stakeholders from all beliefs and backgrounds in pursuit of a more just and equitable society.”
Increase Opportunity and Mobility for Historically Disadvantaged Communities “The Biden-Harris administration has made a firm commitment to serving vulnerable communities and people in need, and the Partnerships Office will play an important role in this work. From supporting immigrants and welcoming refugees to addressing childhood hunger to helping minority-owned and rural small businesses grow and thrive, the Partnerships Office will focus much of its programmatic efforts on these key administration priorities.”
Advance International Development and Global Humanitarian Work “U.S. agencies’ partnerships will also serve people around the world. Whether it is promoting child and maternal health or defusing conflicts, these partnerships are vital for the success and effectiveness of the United States’ diplomatic, international development, and global humanitarian work.”
Strengthen Pluralism and Respect Constitutional Guarantees “A key commitment of the Partnerships Office is embracing pluralism. At its best, the United States is not only a country with remarkable peace across our religious differences, it is a nation where people of diverse faiths and beliefs regularly make common cause. When Methodists and Muslims, Buddhists and Baptists, Sikhs and Secular Humanists serve together, we strengthen one another and we strengthen America. As part of this commitment, the Partnerships Office will work to protect the right to practice faith without fear, implementing promises President-elect Biden made about safeguarding faith communities that are at risk of discrimination, harassment, and hate-based acts of violence and vandalism.”
“Fundamental to these goals is respecting our cherished guarantees of church-state separation and freedom for people of all faiths and none, as the executive order notes. The Partnerships Office, for example, will not prefer one faith over another or favor religious over secular organizations. Instead, it will work with every willing partner to promote the common good, including those who have differences with the Administration. As President Biden has repeatedly said, he will be president for all Americans. In addition to advancing collaborative efforts to serve people in need, the White House Partnerships Office will develop and coordinate the Administration’s policy agenda regarding faith-based and other community organizations.”
RUSSELL MOORE OF TGC AND ERLC PRESIDENT IS EXCITED ABOUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT
“WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptist ethics and religious freedom leader Russell Moore welcomed news that the latest presidential administration will also include an office to help faith-based organizations serve Americans in cooperation with the government.”
“President Biden established the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships by executive order Sunday (Feb. 14). The new president’s order came 20 years after President George W. Bush launched such a White House office in the second week of his first administration. Each president since then has also authorized a faith-based office in some form.”
“Moore had worked about a year ago with various scholars and leaders in an effort convened by the Brookings Institution “to think through the legacy and future of the work” of a faith-based office in the White House, he said in written comments.”
“Almost all of us agreed that the office is an important point of connection between the government and communities of faith that should exist and that the Faith-Based Office should be reinvigorated and led by those with clout in a presidential administration with credibility to the outside world,” said Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “I am grateful to see that President Biden is re-establishing this vital office.”
“The office will have the primary responsibility in the administration “for establishing policies, priorities, and objectives for the Federal Government’s comprehensive effort to enlist, equip, enable, empower, and expand the work” of both faith-based and secular organizations that serve their communities, according to Biden’s executive order. It will do so “while preserving our fundamental constitutional commitments guaranteeing the equal protection of the laws and the free exercise of religion and forbidding the establishment of religion,” the order said.”
“Initially, the office will partner with faith-based and other community-serving organizations to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery, systemic racism, historically disadvantaged communities, pluralism and global development and humanitarian work, according to a White House fact sheet.”
“The White House also announced Josh Dickson will be deputy director of the faith-based office. Dickson served as national faith engagement director in Biden’s presidential campaign and directed the Department of Commerce’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships during the Obama administration. Trey Baker, who was the Biden campaign’s director of African American engagement, will serve as the faith-based office’s liaison to Black communities, including Black faith communities.”
“Rogers, whom Moore said he has worked with for years, “has more than earned her reputation across the political spectrum for her experience, intelligence, skill and integrity,” he said. “We will be engaging with the Office of Faith-Based Partnerships on a variety of issues where people of faith can serve the vulnerable in our communities.”
“Bush created the first such office in 2001, naming it the White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives. He also established faith-based and community centers in five federal departments. The goal of Bush’s office was to remove barriers to religious and other organizations working with government to help the needy by enabling them to compete for federal funds to provide social services.”
In case with Russell Moore and other TGC / Baptist and conservative denominations leadership – this Valentine hook up is with one of the most pro abortion and pro left and anti- family administration in American history. Meanwhile these same leaders attacked and sought to undermine Christians support for and connection to one of (if not the) most pro-life administrations ever in former President Trump.
THINK ON THAT!
The exhausting push for redefining the GOSPEL as “social justice” and the decades long assault on the social and political convictions of conservative believers have now reached their end game. The payoff will be huge as the Faith Based Partnerships pick up where the Obama administration left off with Baptist and other leaders seated at the table with radical activist and progressive religious leaders of every flavor. If having the church become the primary partner with government and big business to deliver social services / healthcare/ community services / education/ equity to the public is GREAT in your thinking -then you should be excited. Unless of course you have a problem with a confirmed track record of fraud and failed programs and the continued impact of /and cost to the churches ability to minister the Gospel in the midst of programs where it is illegal to do so. Also if you are not bothered by the fact that the funding is adding to the nearly $30 trillion dollar (and growing) national debt ….then it is all rosy .Enjoy your Valentines present.
IF you are concerned with the theological and religious liberty impact and the deadly warnings of being unequally yoked with unbelievers then be assured-these things never end well. They never have and nothing has changed in God’s Word.
2 CORINTHIANS 6:
11 O Corinthians! [c]We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what [d]fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what [e]communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[f] are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”
“Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” 18 “I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.”
RUSSELL MOORE REMAINS AN OUTSPOKEN CRITIC OF CONSERVATIVE BAPTIST WHO VOTED FOR DOANLD TRUMP. IN THE WAKE OF THE BIDEN INAUGURATION A TIME MAGAZINE EDITOR WHO HAD HIGH PRAISE FOR PP’s CECILE RICHARDS IS LAUDING THE LONELY BATTLE OF “GOD’S LOBBYIST “
Rev Thomas Littleton
Russell Moore is no stranger to politics or controversy or attacks on Donald Trump of his supporters among the Christian base. Moore is also no stranger to high praise and accolades of the liberal press but an article by Time editor Belinda Luscombe does take it over the top for Moore going into the new administration. Luscombe’s similar praise for Planned Parenthood’s long time head Cecile Richards makes any thinking person question why.
THE MOORE ARTICLE
(SIMILAR PIECES ARE APPEARING IN PROGRESSSIVE CHRISTIAN MEDIA )
“Theologian Russell Moore Has a Message for Christians Who Still Worship Donald Trump“
“Many Christian leaders and thinkers decried the attack on the Capitol, but few went as far as Moore; he laid the blame squarely at the feet of a man many evangelicals believe to be their hero: President Trump. “This week we watched an insurrection of domestic terrorists,” Moore wrote, “incited and fomented by the President of the United States.” When asked about that statement during an interview from his book-lined Brentwood, Tenn., home office a week later, he doubles down….”
“It’s–it’s been lonely,” says Moore of his stance. “But I think many people have experienced that sort of loneliness over the past four or five years. I don’t know a single family that’s not been divided over President Trump, and politics generally. I don’t know a single church that hasn’t been.” Moore’s opinions are not new. He has been a Never Trumper since at least 2015 and scoffs at the notion put forward by many evangelical leaders that Trump converted to Christianity just before being elected. “It is not a position that I find rational,” he says. “Especially when Mr. Trump has been very clear about his own spiritual journey, or lack thereof.”
“The usually mild-mannered author’s stance has come at a cost. He says both he and his family have been the subject of threats and that people have tried to dig up information that would prove he is a liberal. (Heaven forfend!) In February 2020, the executive committee of the SBC formed a task force to look into whether the ERLC was fulfilling its “ministry assignment” after 100 or so churches withheld their giving, citing Moore’s political positions.”
“Moore’s loneliness is of a particular sort, however, since unlike most of Trump’s most vocal critics, he is a dyed-in-the-wool social conservative, staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage, abortion and premarital sex, and he has worked to limit the spread of the first two. (He acknowledges he’s walking into a cold breeze on the third.) In a way, he is a weather vane for the cold front much of the evangelical church is now facing. What is the future for a group that preaches truth, peace and moral living, after it gambles all its chips on a man who embodies none of those but will play along–and loses?”
MOORE AND HIS PRO LIFE STAND
Moore is obligated to show a strong pro life stand as the head of Baptist ERLC but has drawn sharp criticism of his efforts to broaden the meaning of prolife to include other leftward agendas like “Refugee” resettlement and ” Immigration Reform” while working with the Soros funded National Immigration Forums Evangelical Round Table pushing that political agenda. NOTE :SBC entities are poised to cash in on Refugee $$$ very soon under the new admins policies.
Moore also has sought to “Redefine the Family” calling in his 2018 book and conference themed around it to “refine the Church as ones family” and even hosted a gay priest to echo the language of radical feminist theologians that the “Nuclear Family is an Idol” and must be redefined .
BUT WHY IS A TIME EDITOR SEEING VIRTUE IN BAPTIST ETHICST RUSSELL MOORE WHILE HER OBVIOUS LOYALTIES POLITICALLY SUPPORT PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S LONG TIME PRESIDENT LAUDING HER DESIRE TO STILL MAKE TROUBLE?
“Outgoing Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Is Not Done Fighting“
FROM THE MARCH 2018 ARTICLE
“For one of the most vilified women in America, Cecile Richards is very warm. She’s self-deprecating, lively and attentive to guests. She apologizes for the terrible coffee an assistant brings from the office machine but drinks it anyway. Her mascara is a little smudged over her right eye. She looks down when thinking; it’s not effortless for her. She’s human.”
“But until May, when she decamps her post, Richards is also the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, an organization that provokes only strong feelings in people. Reliable surveys show that most citizens do not believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Other equally reliable surveys show that most Americans answer no when asked if a woman should be able to get an abortion “for any reason.” And almost 20% of voters told Gallup in 2015 they could only vote for a candidate who shared their views on abortion. So Richards has been hailed both as “an extraordinary leader in vertiginous times” (by the editor of the Nation) and “the most vile person currently walking this planet” (by a writer for RedState).”
IN A RESPONSE TO A QUESTION ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND DREAMERS NOTED IN THE ARTICLE- IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO CREDIT MUCH OF THE RESPONSE BY RICHARDS TO MOORE.
“Last year, after the latest attempt to defund her organization had been turned back, Richards was at a celebration in Nashville. She had just finished thanking the crowd for all its work when an audience member raised his hand and asked what now could be done for the Dreamers, the undocumented children who grew up in the U.S. but are not citizens. “I had assumed that they were going to go, ‘This is great because I’ve got to take a break,’” she says. Instead, people were coming together not over a single issue but because of a set of shared values. They were massing to protect a certain bigger vision of America. “It’s different than any time I can remember in my lifetime,” says Richards. That’s the kind of barometric indicator that no organizer can resist.”
We get it that Russell Moore is excited that Donald Trump is out and that his parties candidate is now in the White House once again. Baptist who observe him expected as much. BUT why is a Time Magazine editor who wrote such a “lovely ” piece about Planned Parenthood’s long time leader – finding so much VIRTUE IN THE “Pro Life ” Baptist Russell Moore? it’s going to be some strange days ahead for Believers.
NO ISSUE HAS ROCKED THE SBC AND OTHER DENOMINATIONS AS DEEPLY AS THE REVELATIONS OF CRITICAL THEORY BEING TAUGHT ON SEMINARY CAMPUSES. THE FALSE GOSPEL INFILTRATION MANIFEST ITSELF IN MANY WAYS YET NONE SO DAMNING AS THE GENDER AND QUEER THEORY BEHIND REVOICE FROM SBTS IN LOUSIVILLE KY.
Rev Thomas Littleton
As 2020 drew to a close Russell Moore’s ERLC finally, after years have denial, shuffling, and lying to Baptist messengers in Dallas TX -to the media and about this writer- TOOK OWNERSHIP OF REVOICE founder Nate Collins. Full ownership came when ERLC released its new “Parents Guide to Teaching Your Kids About Gender”. The document repeatedly quotes Nate Collins the Revoice founders book ” All but Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality.”
A P A R E N T ’ S G U I D E T O TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT GENDER H E L P I N G K I D S N AV I G AT E A C O N F U S I N G CULTURE
The first quote is the 4th footnoted source VERY early in the document and is one of 5 Collins Quotes . In fact Nate Collins is one of the MOST QUOTED SOURCES of the GENDER guide for parents in spite of the Revoice controversy and his belief and SBTS writings that “virgin” is proof of a secondary or third gender in the New Testament. Recall Revoice founder Collins was teaching New Testament at Albert Mohler’s SBTS at the time he wrote the book quoted in the ERLC guide. At least now- at long last we can see full ownership of the SBTS/ERLC role in producing Revoice.
Starting on page 47 of the footnotes:
4 See Nate Collins, All but Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017), 208.
7 Collins, All but Invisible, 212.
23 Collins, All but Invisible, 218–19.
26 Collins, All but Invisible, 220. Also see Walker, God and the Transgender Debate, 33–35.
38 Collins, All but Invisible, 9.
ERLC’s Andrew Walker, SEBTS/ Liberty Universities Karen Swallow Prior and Russell Moore himself are also used as sources for the “Parents Guide to Teaching Your Children About Gender”.
Why is this so revealing? Collins was disowned by his fellow SBTS mentors after Revoice LGBT+ Thriving in Historic Christian Tradition made it’s bow in April/ late May 2018 .Revoice blew up into a major controversy for the SBC and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The problem was the movement and upcoming July 2018 Revoice conference featured a celebration of “Queer Theory and The Treasures of Queer Culture and Queer Literature.” Revoice even discussed in one breakout session the “Treasures of Queer Culture that will be brought into the New Jerusalem”.
Collins also promotes the “Idolatry of the Nuclear Family ” from Janet Fishburn of hard left and feminist theory theology from Drew Divinity School. Russell Moore and his ERLC LGBTQ advocate Sam Allberry have also promoted the feminist theologians ideology that the “nuclear family is a idol and must be “REDEFINED ” by the liberal church.
“REDEFINING FAMILY THE SBC “PROPHET” -MOORE MAY BE PROVING HIMSELF AN EVANGELICAL PARIAH.”
Thomas Littleton 3/4/2019
COLLINS TRUE COLORS AND TRAINING GROUNDS
Nate Collins Revoice founder was discovered to be a New Testament teacher at SBTS, Moore’s alma matter and a long time employer . Collins was also a student at SBTS for almost 15 years and wrote the book ERLC is NOW PROMOTING AS A GUIDE TO PARENTS FOR SPEAKING TO THEIR CHILDREN. ERLC/Russell Moore is promoting the book of Nate Collins whose own SBTS CV reveals his Doctoral Dissertation for SBTS promotes “Virgin as a Third Gender in the New Testament “.
Nate C CollinsNate Collins specializes in the intersection of NT Studies, gender, and sexuality, and is the president and founder of Revoice. … more ▾
ERLC AND RUSSELL MOORE DENIALS ARE NOW PROVEN TOTAL LIES
This writer asked Russell Moore personally in an interview during the 2018 Dallas SBC annual meetings about Revoice concerns and that fact Revoice had it’s origins at SBTS and that Moore’s ERLC fellow Karen Swallow Prior, who is quoted in the Parents Guide as well, had promoted Revoice on it’s website. Moore then lied to the entire SBC 2018 Annual gathering when asked from the floor about Revoice .After this interview Moore still denied any knowledge of Revoice, jumping quickly to divert and ask for prayer for his friend Prior who had recently been “hit by a bus” in Nashville.
This Writer was no longer in the building at this point at the SBC Dallas meetings because the Moore ERLC staffer who was witness to and attempted to prevent the previous days interview about Revoice concerns had (allegedly ) lied to the Dallas Police providing security for the event and had this writer removed from the Convention building hours before Moore took the Stage for the ERLC report the events closing day.
Author of the ERLC “Parents Guide heads the ERLC focus for Christian family resources .
YET IT PROMOTES REVOICE FOUNDERS BOOK IN A POSITIVE LIGHT AND DECEPTIVLY BENIGN SELECTION OF QUOTES POINTING PARENTS TO REVOICE IDEOLOGY FOR THEIR CHILDREN !!!
ERLC PRENTS GUIDE AUTHOR
“JARED KENNEDY serves as managing editor of Gospel-Centered Family, as the family and parenting channel editor for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and as an adjunct instructor at Boyce College. He is author of many children’s books and curriculum including God Made Me for Worship and The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible.”
While boasting –
“More vital than worldly affirmation is encouraging your son or daughter to grow in confidence as the person God made them to be.”
The ERLC Parents Guide is pointing Parents to one of SBTS and the SBC most controversial activist in Critical Theories.
THE GUIDES ESPOUSED PURPOSE.
“A P A R E N T ’ S G U I D E T O T E A C H I N G Y O U R C H I L D R E N A B O U T G E N D E R : H E L P I N G K I D S N A V I G A T E A C O N F U S I N G C U L T U R E”
The Guide is an ERLC own Leyland House Publication
” In this book, I want to help you navigate these difficult conversations. I want to link arms with you and search the Scriptures together to learn how to respond to our children biblically as we raise them in a broken world. But before we begin exploring how to help our kids navigate this Gender Identity—A term that is used in our culture to refer to an individual’s personal sense of identity as masculine or feminine, or some combination of each. This involves my self-understanding—how I think about myself.2 Gender-Fluid—A term used for people who prefer to be flexible when expressing their gender identity. Transgender—An umbrella term for the state or condition of identifying and expressing a gender identity that does not match a person’s biological/genetic sex.” Jared Kennedy
YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THE REVOICE HERESY AND THE CONTROVERSY SURROUDNING IT HERE:
There are over 40 articles on Revoice on the Thirty Pieces of Silver page and doubtless this story is not over.
When Albert Mohler- Russell Moore and Nate Collins mentor finally mentioned Nates Collins in his August 2nd 2018 article “condemning” Revoice – Mohler mentions Nate Collins 9 times but never admits that Collins is a long time SBTS student. for almost 15 years, or that Collins Father Chip was a teacher at SBTS undergrad Boyce College. Mohler has never admitted that Collins wrote his Dissertation for SBTS alleging that the New Testament use of the word Virgin is proof of the existence of a secondary or “Third Gender” . Nor has Mohler ever admitted that Collins wrote the book the ERLC “Parents Guide” is now using as a resource for it’s officla ERLC “resource” while teaching New Testament at SBTS Mohler’s flagship Baptist Seminary SBTS.
See the August 2 2018 article here and notice the deceptive shuffle.
Prior to this Aug 2nd Mohler article no Baptist writer working under Mohler, nor TGC writer Kevin DeYoung (also quoted in the ERLC guide) had ever mentioned Nate Collins Revoice founder by name even though all these writers knew him from SBTS, ETS presentations, and all are fellow TGC contributors. This is all ignored – and even including the reality that it was Nate Collins who wrote the 2013 review of ERLC/ TGC own inhouse LGBTQ advocate Sam Allberry’s book “Is God Anti Gay”.
Russell Moore has lied to Baptist for years denying Revoice . Now he and his ERLC own it and want to recommend its founders book to Parents for the all important discussions on Gender. Never mind that Collins is a self identified “Gay man in a mixed orientation marriage” and his SBTS work shows he believes and promotes that Virgin is a Third ( SECONDARY) Gender in the New Testament.
NOTE : THE SBTS PAPER OF COLLINS CAN BE FOUND HERE
THIS ARTICLE IS PART 1 OF SEVERAL LOOKING INTO HOW AND WHY THE DALLAS STATEMENT OF LATE 2018 AND THE FOUNDERS MINISTRIES ARE FAILING TO STOP THE CRT AND FALSE JUSTICE / SOCIAL GOSPEL THREATENING THE SBC /EVANGELICALS.
Rev Thomas Littleton
In April 2018 all doubt was removed from the hearts and minds of biblical conservatives that the Southern Baptist Convention, it’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission and The Gospel Coalition had gone over to the dark side following the age old and well worn path to apostacy via the “social gospel.” Now operating under the banner of “Social Justice” and “Common Ground for the Common Good ” and using a variety of Cultural Marxist tools of the trade, the ERLC and TGC brazenly showed their true justice colors with the outlandish, racially divisive and slanderous MLK/50 event in Memphis TN. The rest is, as they say’ history with the exception of continued efforts to track the responses to these grave errors and their effectiveness or failure.
The MOST celebrated of these efforts responding to and calling out the Social Justice false gospel and its tools was mounted in The Dallas Statement by The Founders Ministries and partners like Sovereign Nations, G 3 Conference and a group of signers pastors and small congregations within the reformed wing of the Southern Baptist Convention. More recently a broader tent has been pitched in the founding of the Conservative Baptist Network which has some overlap of leadership with both Founders and The Dallas Statement.
THE FOUNDERS EFFORT IS FLOUNDERING AND DUPLICITY IS ONE REASON WHY
FOUNDERS UNPCOMING CONFERENCE “THE ONLY GOD” INCLUDES AT LEAST ONE SPEAKER WHO IS CURRENTLY PLATFORMING THE TGC/SOCIAL JUSTICE HERD IN HIS OWN CONFERENCE AND MINISTRY PROMOTIONALS.
FOUNDERS JANUARY CONFERENCE 2021
NATIONAL FOUNDERS CONFERENCE
“The depravity of the human race has been blatantly displayed in every place throughout all of history.“
“The Apostle Paul was clearly right when he said, “None is righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).
“This truth is illustrated every day. We see riots in the streets, corruption in government, perversion in marriage, and then, of course, there is plenty of sin remaining in our very own flesh. The Reformer, John Calvin, taught that such things should turn our gaze to God. He wrote, “Indeed, our very poverty better discloses the infinitude of benefits reposing in God. The miserable ruin, into which the rebellion of the first man cast us, especially compels us to look upward.”
“That is exactly what we intend to do at the 2021 Founders Conference in Fort Myers, Florida. We are determined to spend time together looking upward. So we invite you to join us January 21-23, 2021, for the Founders Conference on the only God.”
FOUNDERS SPEAKER WHO IS PROMOTING TGC/JUSTICE WARRIORS
“Senior Pastor, Bakersfield Sovereign Grace Church”
Oddly Vegas facebook link goes to Founders LEADER Tom Ascol’s facebook page but the Twitter link is active to his “Radius International Ministry” (Vegas ministry) facebook page. Hopefully this is not intentional -but given the nature of Radius work promoting and hosting Social Justice and The Gospel Coalition it is at least curious and unsettling. Speakers like John Piper and David Platt were both part of MLK/50 which inspired the Dallas Statement so the glaring CONTRADICTION for Founders and the Dallas Statement leaders in both Founders and the upcoming conference is impossible to overlook once anyone notices. Were we simply not supposed to NOTICE ?
“Radius equips followers of Jesus to be successful, long-term, pioneer church planters among the unreached language groups of the world.”
A more expanded missions statement is found on the webpage.
RADIUS INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY IS FOCUSED ON CHURCH PLANTING AND MISSIONS AMONG OTHER INTEREST BUT ALSO PROMOTES AND CONDUCTS CONFERENCES.
Here is the upcoming Founders speaker Chad Vegas June 2021 Radius International Conference line up which includes TGC’s Mark Dever & John Piper along with himself and some of his Radius board members. The event looks to be planned for presentation at Pipers church.
NOTE: BOTH DEVER AND PIPER CLEARLY A KEY PART OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE CONTROVERSY.
Worldview Weekend’s Brannon Howse and this writer have done dozens of reports on the work of Dever and Piper on these errors and have exposed Dever’s promotion of left wing politics to subvert conservative Christians “single issue” (pro life ) voting habits. Dever and his piped piper 9 MARKS editor Jonathan Leeman ,a London School of Economics educated “Political Theologian”, pulled this hustle for over two years leading up to the 2020 election. Dever was exposed by Enemies Within the Church film project researchers to be a registered Democrat. So is his pal and TGC cofounder Tim Keller.Dever also promoted the false LGBTQ INCLUSION Church Audit of TGC resident gay priest activist Sam Allberry in Fall of 2018.
Again John Piper was part of the MLK/50 event as was David Platt who we shall see is also being promoted by the Founder’s conference speaker, Radius leader Chad Vegas. So the upcoming Founders Conference -coming from the heart of the battle against the false Social Justice gospel and Critical Race Theory etc. features a speaker who is PROMOTING THE VERY leaders on the cutting edge of the TGC and the Social Justice error.
IF THIS IS SOME EFFORT TO REHABILITATE THESE FRIENDS OF FOUNDERS THEN THE EFFORT IS PROBLEMATIC GIVEN THAT NO PUBLIC REPENTANCE HAS TAKEN PLACE ON THE PART OF THESE TGC /SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERS. NOR HAS THE MASSIVE FUNDING BRINGING THESE ERRORS INTO TGC AND SEMINARY CIRCLES BEEN REFUNDED.
RADIUS INTERNATIONAL UNPCOMING CONFERENCE
“The Radius Missiology Conference (RMC) is a unique time where the ideas, philosophies, and methodologies of historic and contemporary missions are discussed and taught on over a two day conference. These messages and discussions are lead by pastors, missiologists, and experienced cross-cultural church-planters. It is an ideal event for pastors, missionary candidates, and church leaders to become informed on the state of modern missions and learn how Radius can assist local churches in equipping their members to take the gospel where it has never been.”
RADIUS IS A SPONSOR WITH PLATTS RADICAL BRAND, MOHLERS SBTS AND PIPERS DESIRING GOD BRANDS OF THE CURRENT CROSS CONFERENCE EVENT
MAKE YOUR LIFE COUNT
MAKE HIS NAME KNOWN
In Louisville Kentucky Dec 29th 2020 – January 1st 2021
The conference is targeted for the 18 to 25 age group “and their leaders”.
RADIUS INTERNATIONAL /CHAD VEGAS IS ALSO PROMOTING DAVID PLATT AND PIPER IN MULTIPLE EVENTS INCLUDING ONE ON JANUARY 29 AS WE SPEAK.
” · Our tech guys are geeking out behind the scenes @crossconference”
The SBC Social Justice Warrior who is a TGC leader and former troubled SBC/ International Mission Board President David Platt ( on the left pictured above ) is part of the recent 2020 Radius promoted Cross Conference and a regular on the Radius International line up. https://www.facebook.com/RadiusInternational
OTHER CROSS 2020 SPEAKERS INCLUDE MANY TGC SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS INCLUDING J D GREEAR & KEVIN DEYOUNG
FOUNDERS CONFERENCE SPEAKER CHAD VEGAS IS HIMSELF A TGC CONTRIBUTOR
“Chad Vegas (MA, Talbot School of Theology) is the founding pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Bakersfield, California. He’s the founding board chairman of Radius International. Chad has been married to Theresa for 25 years and has two children.”
NOTE TGC leaders and Platt/ Piper pals Kevin DeYoung and Tim Keller just split the PCA denomination in June of 2020 over their support and justification of the social justice movement using Queer, Feminine and Gender Theory behind the “LGBTQ Thriving in historic” churches movement called Revoice .
Also NOTE that Revoice was birthed out of Founders long time affiliate Albert Mohler’s SBTS. Founders members have reportedly met behind closed doors with fellow member Mohler and he is presently making a VERY public effort to prove SBTS is not in support of a 2019 SBC Resolution 9 / Critical Race Theory / Intersectionality in the SBC. Still Mohler did and does employ the members of the Resolutions Committee who promoted CRT and other radical /false gospel ideologies, as “analytical tools “which are said to “help the Gospel.” ALARM arose after Mohler staffers in the Resolutions Committee altered a CA pastors Resolution condemning CRT /Intersectionality into an affirmation of them which passed in the SBC 2019 Birmingham annual SBC meetings.
CHAD VEGAS AND DAVID PLATT IN UPCOMING RADIUS CONFERENCE
WHILE FOUNDERS SPEAKER HOST SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERS – 2019 RESISTANCE TO RESOLUTION 9 HAS CONTINUED BUT LITTLE IF ANYTHING HAS REALLY CHANGED.
Tom Ascol and others from Founders and the Dallas Statement, (which was INTRODUCED about 8 months prior) protested Resolution 9 from the Convention floor. Ascol and Founders also held meetings and filmed a documentary during the 2019 Annual SBC meetings. It is of note that present efforts by Mohler and Ligon Duncan and a host of other Seminary heads are underway to distance themselves from the errors of CRT and Intersectionality -yet NO effort to ensure public repentance or to address the funding or the broader manifestations of Critical Theories used in the Revoice movement have taken place. Similar movements to Revoice by the many disciples from the overlapping TGC/ Founders/Dallas Statement arena continue as well. These include two Masters University and Seminary Graduates of John MacArthur who are leading LGBTQ Christian resources for churches promoting inclusion and justice for “Sexual Minorities “.This effort also includes massive focus on providing curriculum and resources for churches, teens and youth groups. MacArthur is probably the Dallas Statement partnerships most notable figure and recognized name.
Perhaps this is why the upcoming conference inclusion of Chad Vegas who promotes key Social Justice /TGC leaders is not expected to get notice. As long as no one is saying anything then perhaps the contradictions/ duplicity /and undermining of their own effort will not be noticed.
There has likely never been a time in modern evangelical church history in America that a more grave situation has existed. The threats posed by the infiltration and now saturation of our seminaries (and by them our pulpits) through these fatal errors have TIME PROVEN destructive impact on entire denominations and movements. They also bring with them the Divine judgement promised in the scriptures which Founders and others seem to have failed to consider. The targeting of children in our churches by these TGC false teachers is a MILLSTONE OFFENSE as is the perverting of the Gospel in general. Oddly the current movements who brought these age old “Social Gospel ” heresies in have done so while touting themselves to be THE defenders of the Gospel and historic “Reformed Theology” . Founders history in the SBC in fact either blindly or intentionally paved the way for the TGC reformed but politically motivated and theologically emergent movement to find a footing in the SBC and align Baptist and Presbyterians alike for the infiltration TGC has accomplished.
Founders still seems unable to distance themselves from old friends and partners and from the very source of the errors they are fighting. They do not seem to be capable of calling out and rejecting TGC or it’s poisonous politics and skewed theology due to either fraternal bonds or their common Neo- Calvinist roots. Whichever is the problem – the church at large is not likely to ever know . Just as we have been given NO WINDOW into the closed door meetings or backroom deals with the VERY men who have flooded OUR churches/ pulpits / Sunday School classes/ curriculums/ missions organizations/ K-higher Christian education / Christian media and our very FAITH with these deadly errors. This is not the time for deferring to friendships or fraternal bonds or gentlemen’s agreements or the unspoken Baptist 11th commandment. The Walls and Gates are breached and we must sound the alarm.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
SOME MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW DEEPLY BELIEVERS WERE IMPACTED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION-BUT IF THE “SECULAR DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA” HAVE THEIR WAY-THINGS ARE ABOUT TO BECOME MUCH WORSE.
Rev Thomas Littleton 12/15/2020
Worldview Weekend’s Brannon Howse and guest Trevor Loudon exposed a new “blueprint” for a call to action from a political PAC encouraging a Biden administration to target churches and re-educate Christians to eliminate “Trumpism” and the “Religious Right”. The plan is discussed in the December 14th WVW TV program.
“WVW-TV: Democrat Plan to Aggressively Persecute Conservative Christians Using The Biden Administration!”
Brannon Howse explained the document prepared by SDA, a Democratic Political PAC while Trevor Louden makes the point that Churches who hold the right kind of leftward political views will not be targeted. Much like the compromised churches in the former Soviet Union who supported the Communist Party agenda or those German churches who erected Nazi flags in the sanctuaries, Democratic Party supportive churches and Christians will be exempted since their views are no threat to the regime. In fact they will be effective allies for it’s agendas.
DETAILS OF THE SDA DOCUMENT PLANS:
“All rules, regulations, memoranda, and other actions regarding federally administered health care programs that sanction denial of care on the basis of religion must be repealed.”
“Reverse all executive orders, rules, memoranda, and other actions that exempt faith-based organizations contracting with the federal government from nondiscrimination requirements that apply to secular organizations, including employment discrimination. This includes the following (please see Appendix for additional examples).” “Dismantle the Department of Justice Religious Liberty Task Force Dismantle the HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division Repeal Executive Order 13798, Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty and reverse its implementation across various executive agencies ● Rescind and replace the Department of Justice Memorandum, Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty”
“We urge your administration to disincentivize state funding for programs that are not evidence-based and which can cause harm by spreading misinformation, such as crisis pregnancy centers and abstinence-only education programs.”
“Work with Congress to incentivize states to increase their vaccination rates by repealing all nonmedical exemptions to mandatory vaccination for children in schools and day care centers.”
“Reverse the Trump administration policies that have allowed faith-based government-funded contractors to provide adoption and foster care services to discriminate on the basis of religion and work with Congress to pass the Every Child Deserves a Family Act.”
(NOTE -THIS GOAL AS WELL AS THE BELOW DOCUMETED PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN PARTNERS PROVES THE PRESENCE OF THE MASSIVE PRO LGBTQ LOBBY)
“Fully and robustly fund comprehensive, medically-accurate sex education.”
(THIS IS COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION A MAJOR HRC /PP GOAL)
“Reverse DHS/FEMA policies enacted under President Trump that allow disaster relief to be used to directly fund houses of worship for sectarian purposes, including public funds for disaster related facility repair, if those funds are not made available for all private nonprofits.”
(THE ABOVE POLICY SHIFT WILL IMPACT MISSIONS ORGANIZATIONS LIKE BAPTIST NAMB NOW DEEPLY IN BED WITH FEMA)
“The Trump administration took advantage of the urgency surrounding COVID-19 relief to issue new rules and guidance at the Small Business Administration that egregiously violated the separation of church and state, upended long standing policy, and privileged houses of worship by exempting them from standards applied to all other 501(c)(3) organizations and businesses applying for assistance.”
(NOTE -CHURCHES TOOK AN ESTIMATE $7.3 BILLION IN COVID BAILOUTS FROM THE SBA AND SOON WILL BE PAYING A VERY HIGH PRICE FOR IT. MORE CAN BE READ HERE:
DIGGING FURTHER INTO THE PLAN– THE “CHRISTIAN” PARTNERS OF SDA
Here is the Secular Democrats of America document . It is worth your time to investigate it as well as listen to the broadcast above. A KEY issue for the claims of these secularist Democrats is that Christian organizations take government funding yet are allowed to or licensed to “discriminate” due to religious exemptions which they want eliminated and from Freedom of Religion Restoration Acts which they want reversed.
ALL PRO EVANGLEICAL POLICIES OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PATRIOTIC SUPPORT OF TRUMP ARE IN THE CROSS HAIRS OF SDA.
“Restoring Constitutional Secularism and Patriotic Pluralism in the White House Prepared exclusively by Secular Democrats of America PAC for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Transition Team.”
“The Secular Democrats of America PAC (SDA) has prepared this document for the BidenHarris campaign to provide recommendations that will not only reverse the damage done by the Trump administration but boldly restore a vision of constitutional secularism and respect in the land for religious and intellectual pluralism. We urge you to lead our nation on a path that revives the Founders’ vision of religious freedom in our government and promotes a unifying patriotic pluralism—not dogmatic religious chauvinism—in American society. We believe that this is a moment not only to enact policies to advance constitutional secularism but to position the Democratic Party to take back the mantle of religious freedom and pluralism from the Republican Party. ”
“As people of private religious faith and public constitutional faith, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris can bridge the deep divisions that President Trump has exploited and exacerbated over the past four years. Biden and Harris can bring millions of Americans of all faiths and millions of nonreligious Americans together around a shared vision of government seeking the common good while defending religious pluralism and the unbridled freedom of conscience.”
MORE ON THE PAC ITSELF AND ITS PARTNERS
“Secular Democrats of America is a federal political action committee that represents secular Democratic individuals and organizations. We advocate for secular governance, promote respect and inclusion of nonreligious Americans, and mobilize nonreligious voters. We support and empower our members with the resources, training, and support network they need to make an impact.”
It all started in Texas
“In 2016, a group of secular Democrats established a Secular Caucus at the Texas Democratic Convention. As a result of their advocacy, the Texas Democratic Party incorporated three resolutions on religious freedom issues that year, including a call for the removal of the clause in the Texas state constitution that imposes a religious test for office. Inspired by their fellow Democrats in Texas, Nebraska and Arizona followed suit.”
“In 2019, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) made unprecedented strides to include the nonreligious, a community long stigmatized and left without a seat at the table, by passing Resolution 38 and electing a representative of the secular community to the DNC Interfaith Council.”
“Engaging this demographic, which represents nearly one in three voters under 35, will be key to winning elections in the future.”
SDA HAS A LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS
“A secular caucus is a group, organization, or meeting of individuals within a political party or legislative body who share the common cause of:
1) Protecting the separation of religion and government as the best guarantee of religious freedom for all Americans; and
2) Empowering the nonreligious to have an equal voice in our culture and our politics, alongside people of faith.”
“Secular Caucuses provide their members with the tools and resources they need to organize for power, including electing champions of religious freedom and secular democracy to office.”
“While the Secular Democrats of America represents Secular Caucuses within the Democratic party, there is also a Congressional Freethought Caucus and an Association of Secular Elected Officials. We are hopeful that soon there will be Secular or Freethought Caucuses in legislative bodies throughout the country.”
THE “CHRISTIAN PARTERS OF SECULAR DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA
“Secular Democrats of America is proud to partner with Vote Common Good to provide training that will equip you with the confidence to message effectively, and authentically, about religious freedom issues and your religious or nonreligious identity.”
Vote Common Good inspired, energized, and mobilized people of faith to make the common good their voting criteria by pursuing faith, hope, & love for a change on election day 2020 and thereby prevented the re-election of Donald Trump.
We will continue to work to provide alternatives to “Trumpism” for faith voters.
WHAT WE DID AND WILL DO
“Many Christian voters recognize that their faith calls them to oppose the policies and approaches that characterized the Trump administration. In 2020, for many of these voters, their primary commitment was not to switch parties it was to be faithful to their beliefs and convictions and to make the common good their voting criteria. The behavior of Donald Trump made it impossible for them to continue to support him.”
“The emergence of a misguided approach to “America First” has caused many of them to resist the blazoned nationalism and to “seek first the kingdom of God” as it relates to goodness, kindness, justice, truth, and decency.”
“We were confident that 5-15% of the Christian vote wanted an “exit ramp” from supporting the Trump administration. We worked to help them see and take that exit.”
“We accomplished this goal across the country and in the crucial swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. We saw that change on election day and know that it prevented Donald Trump from winning re-election.”
The head of Vote Common Good is none other than Emergent Church leader and former Leadership Network (founder Bob Buford) employee Doug Pagitt.
(NOTE : It was Pagitt who helped identify and recruit the prospective stars for the Emergent movement like Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, and many others who have helped to vilify Biblical conservative Christianity and THE role Christians play politically .It is important to see that THE VERY PEOPLE ACCUSING CHRISTIANS OF BEING TOO POLITICAL FOR A DECADE ARE THEMSELVES WORKING DIRECTLY AS PARTNERS FOR A RADICAL DEMOCRATIC PART PAC. All along the goal has been to move a generation of churches, leaders , and their “gospel” vision and politics toward Faith Based Partnership ideology of Community Development and Social Justice. Doing the bidding of Leadership Network Founder Buford ,who is a great admirer of Lenin, the Emergent movement left a path of destruction throughout evangelical circles strewn with the faith of thousands and the bones of disgraced leaders like Bell and Driscoll. ..while McLaren joins Pagitt in the Vote Common Ground Movement .)
“Doug Pagitt is the Executive Director and one of the founders of Vote Common Good. Doug is an author, pastor, social activist and . A leading voice for progressive Christianity, Doug makes frequent national media and speaking appearances. His new book, Outdoing Jesus, is available now. “
Pagitt has a variety of Interfaith “Christian/Muslim” and LGBTQ advocates working with him on the Vote Common Good Team.
” Decency matters. Justice matters. Truth matters. We have been called to love our neighbor as ourself, and that means voting AGAINST the discrimination, corruption, and manipulation of Trump, and FOR the decency, justice, and truth of Joe Biden. Will you join us?”
THE FALSE NATIONALISM NARRATIVE ACCUSING PARTIOTISM
One of the contributing partners with the Secular Democrats of America PAC is “Christians Against Nationalism”. Many of the usual suspects from the progressive left are here among its leaders as well.
TONY CAMPOLO, A FOUNDER OF THE RED LETTER CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT
MELISSA ROGERS, VISITING PROFESSOR, WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITY
( Rogers was the head of Obama Administrations “Faith Based Partnership “grant programs so she actually helped LURE Christian organizations INTO government funding and is now helping to see to it that their politics, if Biblically conservative, are not tolerated.)
And of course the ever present compromiser/ Third Way socialist Christian:
JIM WALLIS, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, SOJOURNERS
The RHETORIC –
“As Christians, our faith teaches us everyone is created in God’s image and commands us to love one another. As Americans, we value our system of government and the good that can be accomplished in our constitutional democracy. Today, we are concerned about a persistent threat to both our religious communities and our democracy — Christian nationalism.”
“Christian nationalism seeks to merge Christian and American identities, distorting both the Christian faith and America’s constitutional democracy. Christian nationalism demands Christianity be privileged by the State and implies that to be a good American, one must be Christian. It often overlaps with and provides cover for white supremacy and racial subjugation. We reject this damaging political ideology and invite our Christian brothers and sisters to join us in opposing this threat to our faith and to our nation.”
“As Christians, we are bound to Christ, not by citizenship, but by faith.”
The future of religious freedom is uncertain BUT it certainly under fire in America today. So is the Constitution and the election process itself. These also mean the Republic is under grave threat. The only ones who do not seem to realize this are those who take the shallow rhetoric of politicians and think tanks to heart and the FOOLISH “CHRISTIANS” WHO follow it. The real problem with religious liberty in America is not party politics but the fact that many from without and within seem to be most eager to place these Constitutional freedoms up for grabs for anyone and everyone seeking to redefine it by forces antithetical to THEM. And of course there are always the soulless throng willing to sell their own convictions and influence to the highest bidder no matter how deadly their intentions may be.
WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE CHURCH AND BELIEVERS IN AMERICA? THE FAITHFUL CAN TRUST A FAITHFUL GOD- BUT THERE ARE NO PROMISES IN HIS WORD THAT PERSECUTION WILL BE AVOIDED…ACTUALLY THE OPPOSITE IS PROMISED.
WILL WE SEE CHURCH DOORS LOCKED AND CHRISTIANS SOUGHT OUT FOR RE-EDUCATION?
STILL THE GODLY MAN AND WOMAN MUST SPEAK GOD’S TRUTH EVEN TO POWER.
1ST KINGS 22:
Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab
13 “And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, “Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” 14 But Micaiah said,“As the LORD lives, what the LORD says to me, that I will speak.” 15 And when he had come to the king, the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we refrain?” And he answered him, “Go up and triumph; the LORD will give it into the hand of the king.” 16 But the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?” 17 And he said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the LORD said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace.’”