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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 .

THE END OF CHURCH AS WE KNOW IT !

WHILE CHURCH DOORS ARE CLOSED OR LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE, THE LOOMING THREAT OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING MAY PROVE DEADLY.
Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                           4/5/2020
Leaders of the Southern Baptist and The Gospel Coalition, among others,  are encouraging / coaching / lobbying for churches to take the Covid-19 Stimulus. This never before and unthinkable move will spell the end of church as we know it in America as churches now become debtors /grant recipients of the Government through the Small Business Administration.
Before anyone screams “The gates of Hell will not prevail against the church”., let us fully affirm that the real church of Jesus Christ will never cease to exist.

Matthew 16:18 King James Version

18 “And I say also unto thee, That you art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

 

But ALL is about to change in the institutional church in America. The church has enjoyed freedom and  protections from Government interference , state occupation and dictates and any government involvement in the churches affairs. This Constitutional refuge is about to evaporate and everything turned on it’s head as the church and ministries become funded by the Federal Government Stimulus in the form of the Covid BAIL OUT through the Small Business Administration.
PLEASE – No ultra pious surrenders of “personal rights and freedoms ” or theological and eschatological  reasoning to avoid these deadly realities or to justify participation in the Stimulus . Only two things are likely driving these decisions- fear and inability to trust the Lord at His word …and pragmatism – the lipstick on the kiss of death.
WE CANNOT DEFEND STUPIDITY WITH PIETY OR THEOLOGY !

APOSTASY IS A BIBLICAL REALITY

The foundation of the Lord stands sure and Jesus will build His church -but individual churches and entire movements do go apostate as the Lord Himself warns repeatedly in in the Gospels and in Revelation 2 and 3.
Already ,many churches, ministries  and entire denominational missions departments have become entangled with Faith Based Partnerships and the grants which accompany those programs. NOW many more of America’s churches will justify taking the bail out in the midst of the economic crisis of the 2002 Covid-19 Pandemic .

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

As loan / grant / bail out recipients Churches will be under Small Business Administration  obligations for the 10 year life span of the loan or forever if the loan is converted to a grant and not repaid.Also churches who take the funding now will likely not hesitate to do so again in the case of another economic crisis. These bad decisions have long term consequences.
TO BE SPECIFIC
* CHURCHES CAN’T CRY FOUL.
Churches will no longer be able to simply cry “Separation of Church and State ” when demands are placed on them by the Government after taking public funding. The wall of protections in the Constitution provided in the “Free Exercise ” & ” Non Establishment ” clauses will forever be a “pierced veil” in the future.
*SIGNING THEIR RIGHTS AWAY
As the signatures go onto SBA forms – compliance with “non discrimination & inclusion” agreements become MANDATORY . This comes after marriage has been redefined and just  ahead of the LGBTQ Equality Act or Fairness for All legislation making sexual minority status equal to race. SOGI , the legal  language of “Sexual Identity and Gender Identity will provide all that is needed to force church into sweeping compliance with inclusive culture. SBA and all other federal agencies already have many similar policies in place but soon being LGBTQ will be a civil right added to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and all other federal non discrimination laws and agency guidelines. The church taking government funding and in debt or obligation to the Small Business Administration WILL COMPLY  in all future hiring practices and similar areas where these ever expanding laws apply.
*CHURCHES ENJOY TAX EXEMPT STATUS .
Churches are grandfathered into non profit status . They do not even have to apply for it or for approval status. Status is automatic. The tax exempt status of churches and  non profits mean,other than payroll withholding from employees, Churches do NOT pay taxes into the system. They do not have to file tax returns.
Other “para-church” ministries do have to file 990 non profit forms but do NOT pay taxes on income like “for profit” business do. Churches again do not even have to file 990 forms with the IRS . Opposition  to churches non profit status EXIST and  is already growing in progressive circles as seen in the 2020 Democratic Party during the primary season as several candidates object to and call for an end of church tax and legal exemptions and protections if those churches “discriminate” or are politically active on the conservative side. NOW after churches are receiving government bail outs and grants – the exemptions and protections will be FAR more VULNERABLE . If you are not  paying in, why should you be taking money out and yet be protected with a “license to discriminate”? This will become the mantra of the progressive movement.
*CHURCHES DO NOT PAY PROPERTY TAXES .
In a conversation with Southern Baptist thought leader Albert Mohler of SBTS in 2014 regarding the dangers posed to churches by the forthcoming (at the time) SCOTUS case  making gay marriage the law of the land, Mohler confirmed that “losing property tax exemptions would devastate  many large churches and Christian Institutions “.
According to Mohler this includes SBTS Mohler’s own institution SBTS which  Mohler points out would be “having to pay property tax on millions of dollars worth of real estate…the same is true for large churches. “.  So even the ever circular talking reformed guru Albert Mohler gets that concern.
*Church Leaders will not bite the hand that feeds them. Going forward , any pastor who takes Covid -19 Stimulus funding will be far less likely to speak up to this or any future administration.
THE SIMPLE OPTION 

NOTE-

Churches can  allow employees to file for unemployment which they have paid into individually  as part of the Covid -19 relief expansion of unemployment benefits . THERE is NO SOUND  reason to involve the church itself in government funding to aid employees.
As we shall see , the Southern Baptist ERLC/ SBC  Executive Committee, and others have lobbied FOR church inclusion in the Stimulus. They may have  been inspired by self interest to have the Stimulus money flow through the churches to employees rather than direct payment in unemployment benefits to the staff individually.
One thing these  lobbing efforts by ERLC and Guide Stone’s larger Church Alliance cannot say is “they did not have time to consider or had not thought these danger through !”.

THE INSTITUTIONAL CHURCH IS DEAD

WHEN CHURCH DOORS OPEN/SERVICES RESUME EVERYTHING WILL HAVE CHANGED !
IF your church, or perhaps even worse, your pastor decides for your church, to take the Stimulus Bail Out – your church will never be the same autonomous entity.
It will be a debtor to the SBA, a federal government agency and no different than any other “business” who owes money and compliance to and in the eyes of the government.

WHY NOT HAVE IN HOUSE FINANCIAL HELP?

With Guide Stones Financial vast wealth in the tens of Billions- why is there no in house rescue /loan plan for Southern Baptist churches? Why have other denominations not proposed that ?

DOING IT TO THEMSELVES-LOBBYING FOR DESTRUCTION

As the Covid-19 two trillion dollar Stimulus details came out, some other facts and concerns came with it. According to Southern Baptist Convention  Executive Committee interview this week Guide Stone Financial the retirement and financial giant of the SBC and the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission – both ERLC and Guide Stone’s broader lobby group “Church Alliance” had actually aggressively lobbied for Churches to be included in accessing Government grants / loans as part of the Stimulus .

The CARES Act and Your Church

3 days agoMore

“Jonathan Howe and Harold Loftin”

SBC Executive Committee and Guide Stone “informed Pastors how the Stimulus Money works as

churches are eligible to participate in Small Business Administration Loans which might become grants

to those who qualify for such a conversion of the debt into grants.

https://www.guidestone.org/NewsRoom/NewsReleases/2020/2020-04-01-Disaster-Loan-Assistance-loans-from-Small-Bus

Disaster Loan Assistance loans from Small Business Administration available to churches

DALLAS

“The U.S. Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans will be available to churches and ministries. The loans provide another category of assistance that initially had seemed to be unavailable to churches.”

“Churches and pastors have options available to them depending on their own situations and convictions,” GuideStone® President O.S. Hawkins said. “It is good that the options are available for pastors and churches who may need to access the federal relief that is being made available due to economic circumstances that are beyond their control.”

“While we would never tell a pastor what he must do, it is good that the options are available for pastors and churches who may wish to avail themselves of the options available through this legislation.”

The application can be accessed by visiting covid19relief.sba.gov/#/.

“Initially, the regulations spoke of ‘private nonprofits,’ which seemed to exclude churches and ministries,” said Harold Loftin, chief legal officer for GuideStone. “However, the Small Business Administration is taking a broader view as it relates to the corona virus Economic Injury Disaster Loans, as it specifically allows for faith-based organizations to apply for the loans.”

“Applicants for a loan in response to COVID-19 from an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan can request an advance of up to $10,000 that is to be issued within three days of application. Funds can be used for sick leave due to COVID-19, maintaining payroll to retain employees during economic interruption, rent, mortgage payments and other limited obligations. These funds do not have to be repaid, even if the loan requested is denied, effectively making the initial $10,000 a grant.”

“If the same applicant obtains a Paycheck Protection Program loan through the Small Business Administration, the $10,000 forgiven under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan reduces what can be forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program loan.”

“Support for including faith-based organizations, including churches, in the economic relief is bipartisan in Washington. On Tuesday (March 31), four members of the U.S. House of Representatives — Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana Democrat; James Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat; and Mike Johnson and Steve Scalise, both Louisiana Republicans — wrote Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia and Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza. In the letter, the congressmen wrote, “We can assure you that Congress did not intend to require non-profits to possess an exemption determination letter to be eligible for assistance through any other section of the CARES Act either.”

(See the attached copy of the letter.)

“The recognition of the importance of faith-based organizations, especially churches, to their communities and to their staff is welcome from these members of Congress,” Hawkins said. “We applaud the members of Congress and the members of the Trump administration who are working diligently to ensure economic relief for all Americans, especially pastors and churches who serve the physical and spiritual needs of the communities they serve.”

_____________

Roy Hayhurst is director of denominational and public relations for GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention®.

 

 

THE GUIDE STONE DISCLAIMER 

“While we would never tell a pastor what he must do, it is good that the options are available for pastors and churches who may wish to avail themselves of the options available through this legislation.”

COVID-19 Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package

https://www.guidestone.org/Promotions/COVID-19-Resources

“The COVID-19 Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package provides potential relief for churches and pastors. This outcome is thanks to efforts by the Church Alliance – a national coalition of large and historic church benefit boards (including GuideStone) – and Southern Baptist partners who worked to ensure churches and pastors have the same options as small businesses and self-employed individuals attempting to financially weather the economic turmoil wrought by COVID-19. GuideStone’s Legal team has prepared a lengthy Q&A for churches and pastors looking for answers to how this stimulus package may impact them.”

(Guide Stone may also be considering the impact on the Health Care Coverage they offer church employees.)

CHURCH ALLIANCE GUIDE STONES LARGER UMBRELLA LOBBY

Our Purpose

“The Church Alliance strives to ensure that legislative and regulatory initiatives continue to fully address, protect and support the unique nature of retirement and health benefit plans operated by churches, religious institutions and affiliated organizations.”

 

Focus Areas

“Since 1975 the Church Alliance has interacted with political leaders and government agencies on behalf of its member organizations to protect the retirement and health benefits provided to more than 1 million clergy, lay workers and their family members.”

“The Church Alliance uses a number of methods to communicate its message to political and government leaders, including:

  • Contracting with professional legislative partners
  • Writing comment letters
  • Attending meetings with stakeholders”

“The Church Alliance does not make contributions to political candidates.”

EVEN CHURCH ALLIANCE LEGAL TEAM HAVE DOUBTS/QUESTIONS.

IT IS STILL UNCLEAR: THE CHURCH ALLIANCE LEGAL TEAM LETTER TO SBA

News

Recent Comment Letter

“On April 1, 2020, the Church Alliance sent a letter to Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  The letter asked the SBA to clearly acknowledge that religious organizations are eligible to apply for the Paycheck…”

“On behalf of the Church Alliance, thank you for your leadership in helping businesses and nonprofits with relief as they navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19. We are writing to ask that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) explicitly acknowledge that all nonprofit organizations, including churches, synagogues, and other religiously-affiliated organizations (“religious organizations”), are eligible to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans established under Section 1102 of H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and to receive loan forgiveness under Section 1105 of the CARES Act. As the SBA issues guidance around this newly created program, the Church Alliance would appreciate consideration of the issues discussed below.”
“The Church Alliance would also appreciate clarification as to whether acceptance of a PPP loan would lead to the recipient being considered the recipient of federal funds. Currently, many religious organizations do not receive any federal funding. The Church Alliance would like it clarified that if such organizations were to receive PPP loans, such amounts would not, in and of themselves, result in the classification of the borrower as the recipient of federal funds.”

TGC/JOE CATER FIRST TO THE PUNCH TO SELL STIMULUS TO CHURCHES.

THE GOSPEL COALITION WAS FIRST TO SCHOOL CHURCHES ON HOW TO CASH IN.
TGC was helping gin up concern about fund raising during the Covid-19 Crisis
TGC then sent out Joe Carter ,resident expert in outside funding for churches and Seminaries via his work at Acton Institute , ERLC , Oikonomia Network and TGC.
Joe Carter’s article was published and fully informed the morning  following the Stimulus passage

“How does this legislation affect churches and small nonprofits?”“Churches, nonprofits, and Christian schools that are 501c3 (as well as most small businesses) with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for the $367 billion in Small Business Administration (SBA) loan guarantees and subsidies. This legislation increases the maximum 7(a) loan (i.e., the SBA loan program for providing financial assistance) amount to $10 million and would expand allowable uses for such loans to include employee salaries, insurance premiums, mortgage payments, payroll support (including paid sick or medical leave), and other debt obligations.”

“For almost all churches, the loan amount they can receive will be equal to their total average monthly payroll costs for the preceding 12 months (March 2019 to February 2020) multiplied by 2.5. For example, a church that has an average monthly payroll cost of $50,000 would be eligible for a loan of $125,000.”

“The loan requires a “good faith” certification that the funds will be used to support ongoing operations, retain workers, and/or maintain payroll or make mortgage, lease, and utility payments. The loan is forgivable (i.e., doesn’t require repayment) if the church employed the same number of people (or more) during the loan period as they did in 2019. Funds that are not forgiven have a loan maturity of 2 years, and loan payments under this program are not due for six months No fees are included for the loan, and no collateral or personal guarantees will be required.”

“Since the loan comes from the SBA, most churches will want to contact the bank they currently use for information on how to apply for this program. This loan program ends on December 31, 2020.”

THE MONEY TRAIN IS LEAVING THE STATION

By the next day the Executive Committee of the SBC and Guide Stone had jumped in. By Thursday Russell Moore of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission was reassuring pastors that taking the funds did not violate separation of church and state- at least according to Democrat Russell Moore .

“Over the past week, several pastors have asked us if a church or ministry taking advantage of newly approved government-backed Small Business Administration (SBA) loans would be wrong. Would such a church be now a government-funded enterprise? Russell Moore doesn’t think so, and here’s why:”

https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/do-sba-backed-loans-violate-the-separation-of-church-and-state

APRIL 3RD ERLC IS GIVING FULL INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW CHURCHES CAN GET THE STUMULUS

“What are the religious liberty concerns with this financial aid?”

“Russell Moore, ERLC president, recently addressed this question in his article, Do SBA-backed loans violate the separation of church and state? Moore wrote in response to several pastors who asked us the same question, “is a church or ministry taking advantage of newly approved government-backed Small Business Administration (SBA) loans wrong to do so? Would such a church be now a government-funded enterprise?” Moore does not think so and we’d encourage you to read his full article for why.”

When can my church apply for this loan?

“Churches can begin applying for the program on Friday, April 3. The deadline for submitting your application is June 30, 2020. However, because there is a funding cap, you should apply as soon as possible.”

How do I apply to the program?

“The application for the Paycheck Protection Program can be filled out and downloaded at this link. Once completed, you can submit the form to your Small Business Administration (SBA) participating lender. You will also need to provide your lender with payroll documentation.”

How do I find an SBA participating lender?

“The easiest way is to simply ask the bank which currently manages your accounts if they are participating in the program. Although the SBA is working on a web page where you can view approved lenders near you, that resource is currently not available.”

How many loans can I take out under this program?

“The Paycheck Protection Program can only be used to acquire one loan for your church. If you use this program, though, it may prevent your church from being eligible for the CARE Act’s delayed payroll tax provisions. (That provision allows an employer to defer paying their portion of an employee’s Social Security taxes through the end of 2020. Half of the deferred amount will be due at the end of 2021 and the other half will be due at the end of 2022.)”

What can my church use the loan for?

“The proceeds of the loan can be used to pay for payroll costs (including benefits) and for interest on mortgage obligations (incurred before Feb. 15, 2020); rent (under lease agreements in force before Feb. 15, 2020); and utilities (for which service began before Feb. 15, 2020).”

What counts as payroll costs?

“For churches, payroll costs include salary, wages, and commissions (capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee); employee benefits (including costs for vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave); allowance for separation or dismissal; payments required for the provisions of group health care benefits including insurance premiums; and payment of any retirement benefit; and state and local taxes assessed on compensation.”

( ERLC ASKED THE SURREAL QUESTION )

How much money can my church borrow under this program?

“The loan amount can total up to two months of your average monthly payroll costs from the last year plus an additional 25% of that amount.”

“This can be calculated by taking the average monthly payroll and multiplying by 2.5. For purposes of calculating “Average Monthly Payroll” on the application, you will use the average monthly payroll for 2019, excluding costs over $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee. If your church or organization began in 2020, the average monthly payroll may be calculated using the time period from Jan. 1, 2020 to Feb. 29, 2020, excluding costs over $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee.”

“As an example, let’s consider a church that has three employees who had total annual payroll costs in 2019 of $120,000, $75,000, and $50,000. The church’s actual average monthly payroll for 2019 would be $20,416 ($245,000 a year/12 months). But because of the $100,000 cap per employee, the allowable average monthly payroll would be $18,750. We then take that number and multiply it by 2.5. The church would thus qualify for a total loan amount of $46,875.”

Does my church have to pay back the loan?

“Under certain conditions, the loan is forgivable”

BAPTIST PLAYING POLITICS 
Democrat Moore played politics with Covid care .
” Russell Moore, president of the ERLC, weighed into this ethical dilemma with a Christian response with an opinion piece in The New York Times last week. Moore notes how “this pandemic will change us, change our economy, our culture,” and that we should remember that “one day we will tell our grandchildren how we lived, how we loved, during the Great Pandemic.”
ARE THE CONCERNS ADDRESSED ?
April 2nd Baptist Pressed published this article “
YET the “guarantees are vague and the reality is ERLC and Guide Stone Baptist entities gladly lobbied for including Churches and promoted / coached participation while still unable to answer these concerns.

WHAT IS AN INTERIM FINAL RULE ?

ERLC- You must be joking as churches are already filing for the funding.

With the sad and shaky history of the ERLC under Russell Moore you cannot trust these ERLC guys ideals of “religious freedom protections “. Given their long history of ongoing platforming  gay activist change agents,  attacking the “nuclear family ” and the ERLC staffers and Fellows open push of Revoice LGBTQ Flourishing in the Church- clearly the ERLC would not be pushing for the lines of protection to be drawn in the same places as most Southern Baptist or broader Biblical conservatives.
“The interim final rule provided guidance stipulating: “All loans … will be made consistent with constitutional, statutory, and regulatory protections for religious liberty …”It reiterates an SBA regulation that states: “Nothing in [SBA nondiscrimination regulations] shall apply to a religious corporation, association, educational institution or society with respect to the membership or the employment of individuals of a particular religion to perform work connected with the carrying on by such corporation, association, educational institution or society of its religious activities.”
Additional guidance is expected to be issued Friday by the SBA. Its intent is two-pronged: To help lenders understand the program does not exclude faith-based organizations; and to help churches and other faith-based nonprofits understand the religious liberty protections.Travis Wussow, the ERLC’s general counsel and vice president for public policy, said he was grateful for the resolution and expressed gratitude for the work of the Trump Administration throughout the process.
“It is significant that SBA’s new regulations state that the religious freedom rights of houses of worship and faith-based nonprofits will be upheld in this new loan guarantee program,” Wussow said. “We look forward to further guidance from the Administration, and we’re grateful for the hard work being done to ensure that this new program works for houses of worship.”

CONCLUSION

Whether or not your church should take the Cares Act Stimulus should be a church body / membership decision, NOT solely the pastors. Pastors can and do often leave churches to go on to their next job and pulpit. IF THEY HAVE BUYERS REMORSE .. pastors can start afresh with a church that did not encumber itself while leaving the poor decision behind with the church they led into taking the  SBA money.
Pastors have latitude- the  church does not. The church needs to decide prayerfully and informed fully of the dangers and long term impact.
NOTE- Again with Guide Stones Financial vast wealth in the tens of Billions- why is there no in house rescue /loan plan for Southern Baptist churches? Why have other denominations not proposed that ?
NO CHURCH SHOULD LEAVE THIS DANGEROUS DECISION TO THE PASTORS OR TO POTENTIAL “YES MEN” ON HIS ELDER OR DEACON BOARDS.
Consider the Constitution and the protections and freedoms and status the church has enjoyed for over two centuries in America. Consider the church we will be leaving to the next generation(s) if the world stands. ABOVE ALL- consider prayerfully the Word of God and Biblical history that God’s people can and should and must trust Him in Faith in times of crisis and NOT lean on their own wisdom and self justifications.
We must not depend on the “ARM OF FLESH ”  if we are to remain the Church of the Living God and not a debtor and a beggar at Babylons doorstep.

TRUST GOD -HE DOES NOT LIE

Jeremiah 17:

Thus says the Lord:

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

GLOBALIST FALSE PROPHETS :THE REAL DANGER AHEAD.

THE REAL THREAT TO THE WORLD IS GLOBALIST FALSE CHRISTIANITY – NOT CORONA PANDEMIC OR GLOBALIST EXPLOITATION OF IT.
Rev Thomas Littleton                                  3/30/2020                                  UPDATED 4/1/2020
(UPDATE : The Event 201 Global Pandemic Exercise highlighted in Brannon Howse Worldview Weekend report linked in this article was discovered to have been funded by
Open Philanthropy Project which also funded the Event 201 Pandemic Exercise. Many of the same organizations in the October 2019  Exercise are now positioned as part of the
Response to March 2020 Covid-19 response including many corporate leaders.

Eric Toner, MD, is the exercise team lead from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Crystal Watson, DrPH, MPH and Tara Kirk Sell, PhD, MA are co-leads from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Ryan Morhard, JD, is the exercise lead from the World Economic Forum, and Jeffrey French is the exercise lead for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Exercise team members are Tom Inglesby, MD; Anita Cicero, JD; Randy Larsen, USAF (retired); Caitlin Rivers, PhD, MPH; Diane Meyer, RN, MPH; Matthew Shearer, MPH; Matthew Watson; Richard Bruns, PhD; Jackie Fox; Andrea Lapp; Margaret Miller; Carol Miller; and Julia Cizek.

“Event 201 was supported by funding from the Open Philanthropy Project.”

OPP also funded the leading organization who put together the exercise “John Hopkins Center for Health Security ” starting with a $16 million grant in 2017

Event 201 was supported by funding from the Open Philanthropy Project.

Open Philanthropy Project is owned by Facebook Co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, his wife and partners.
NOTE-THE EXERCISE REPEATEDLY MENTIONS THE USE OF FAITH BASED ORGANIZATION PARTNERS .
The videos show the 3 1/2 hour mock Pandemic Response in full .

Segment 4 – Communications Discussion and Epilogue Video

Video 4 discusses options of shutting down the internet or “flooding the zone ” of news and social media to prevent “misinformation ” during the Pandemic .Faith Based leaders
are discussed as partners with the effort to control the flow of information.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OF CHURCHES AND FAITH BASED “PARTNERS” IN COVID -19 STIMULUS FUNDING.
Baptist Press promoted the video of The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and Guide Stone Financial, the retirement and capitol management arm of the SBC , on how churches can apply for and receive Federal Government aid in the Covid-19 Stimulus.

The CARES Act and Your Church

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Churches who are already part of working in Faith Based Partnerships and receiving government grants will have little or no reservations about becoming Small Business Administration debtors for 10 year loans despite regulations and sweeping”nondiscriminatory ” requirements. Denominational and The Gospel Coalition leaders and Missions Boards as shown below are coaching and encouraging churches through the funding process.)

UNPRECEDENTED TIMES :CAUTION ADVISED

These are unprecedented and disturbing times as the world watches and waits for life to return to normal. There is a strange feeling to day to day life as we see the world economy shut down and simple activities like dining out or normally winding down Spring sessions of school of college cease as life itself is controlled by a virus or those who say they are working to control it’s spread.There is cause for concern ,but as always, there is also reason to suspect the severity of the response when it includes a massive spending bill including billions for “Community Development”, Immigrant Care and Immigration, AIDS Housing and even money for churches in the form of Small Business Administration loans with a ten year life span. Many took note wondering “Where did the talk of a Digital Currency come from” if Covid -19 is not being “politicized” and exploited?

GLOBALIST NEVER SLEEP 

There is a bigger unspoken concern now emerging that the forces which seek their own massive controls over human existence manifest a clear role in the planning and anticipation of the radical response to Covid -19. This past week the words of some journalist once lampooned as conspiracy theorist have come home to everyone with an unsettling reality as all our worlds grind to a halt.
HOW COORDINATED IS THE GLOBAL SHUT DOWN?
In 2010, The Rockefeller Foundation and the Global Business Network put together a document of scenarios for a Corona Virus Pandemic responses and cutting edge uses of technology .
This 2010 report is worth your time to read and consider in light of the present destress.

Scenarios for the Future of Technology
and International Development

CDC IS IN ON THE RESPONSE  EXERCISE IN OCTOBER 2019 WITH THE GATES FOUNDATION

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“Selected moments from the Event 201 pandemic tabletop exercise hosted by The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. The exercise illustrated the pandemic preparedness efforts needed to diminish the large-scale economic and societal consequences of a severe pandemic. Drawing from actual events, Event 201 identifies important policy issues and preparedness challenges that could be solved with sufficient political will and attention. These issues were designed in a narrative to engage and educate the participants and the audience. For more information, visit: http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.or…”

WORLDVIEW WEEKEND EXAMINED ALL THE PARTNERS AND RESPONSE COORDINATION

BRANNON HOWSE EXPOSES THE LARGER VISION OF GLOBALIST PANDEMIC RESPONSE

“Understand the Coronavirus through the lens of the Fabian Window. What is the radical worldview & associations of Imperial College in London that was claiming 2.2 million Americans could die from the Coronavirus? Using the Coronavirus to push a digital dollar and what it means for you. Did a 2010 Rockefeller Foundation sponsored report prepare for using the Coronavirus for stripping away people’s liberties? wvwtv.com Siegethemovie.com”
Brannon documents the ties between the House of Representatives push for Digital Currency as part of the “pandemic stimulus this past week and the World Economic Forum partnerships with Rockefeller Foundation and Microsoft  among others to push
for vaccines, ID2020 , Imperial College and the CDC  and a seedy assortment of those wishing to exploit a pandemic scenario for their global agenda and brave new “Sustainable” world .
Some additional links to the information Brannon covers:
Also staffing changes in early 2019 in the Rockefeller Foundation

THE GLOBAL PROPHETS BIRTHING A COMPLIANT CHURCH COMMUNITY

SPOOKY AS THESE REALITIES ARE-  CONSIDER THIS AND LET IT SINK IN.
THE GREATER DANGER TO THE WORLD IS A CHURCH WHICH HAS LOST THE GOSPEL BY ASSUMING A GLOBAL POLITICAL VISION REDEFINING IT’S TRUE ROLE TO NOW SIMPLY “SERVE THE GREATER GOOD”.
 The greater threat to American and global humanity is not just a virus or globalist exploitation of it BUT the sad and stark reality that MANY among our own Christian leadership are willing partners with global goals and globalism in general. YEARS have been invested by these Spiritual welterweights have long ago subscribed to the ideologies of the Global Goals of the most influential persons and organizations among global elites.
NOW they are working hard to align the church to the Global Goals and position the Body of Christ for service in the global vision in the name of the Gospel to which it is not only opposed to but historically proven to undermine.

THREE BIG FACES

NAMING NAMES
Tim Keller of the Presbyterian Church of America, Head of Redeemer City to City
Ed Stetzer of Wheaton College – head of the Billy Graham Center
Russell Moore Southern Baptist ERLC leader
These men and many others like them have aligned themselves and seek to align the church with lost and godless Global visionaries via their work with the Lausanne Movement who actually promotes a “Christian Prayer Guide  for the Sustainability Goals 2030 and with the Vatican who signed onto the Global Goals in 2015 .
Michah Challenge, now called Tearfund is part of the Lausanne Movement youth focus .

Prayer to Change the World

Published on Aug 25, 2015

Audacious prayer centered on the Sustainable Development Goals to end extreme poverty.

International Development from a Kingdom Perspective

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=9780865850286&i=stripbooks&linkCode=qs

The Gospel Coalition was founded  by Tim Keller and D A Carson. TGC global vision casting has encompassed domestic and international missions , church planting , community development, faith based partnerships. social justice for immigrants , racial minorities, LGBTQ , economic justice and wedding faith and work to promote socialist economics and radical Catholic social policy inspired decades about by Marxist ideologies and funding behind them.
Many if not most of our Seminary heads in once conservative Evangelical denominations and movements have joined or are founding members of the TGC and these same efforts to bring about  “social change ” in the church and move the masses in the churches toward compliance and participation in the new GLOBAL CHURCH  for the GLOBAL  COMMUNITY .

EXAMPLES OF THEIR GLOBAL POLITICS

DOCUMENTED IN THESE ARTICLES

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2020/03/17/ed-stetzer-uses-wheaton-billy-graham-chair-center-to-push-obama-foundation-politics-2020/

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/10/01/erlc-deep-state-manual-for-2020-political-engagement/

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/10/29/political-subversion-moving-christians-into-democrat-party-fold/

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2020/03/11/inroads-to-dismantle-christian-right-pro-islamic-funding-obama-foundation-ncf-christian-charity/

 

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2020/03/17/ed-stetzer-uses-wheaton-billy-graham-chair-center-to-push-obama-foundation-politics-2020/

HOW THE COVID-19 RESPONSE FUELS THE VISION

NAMB RESOURCES FOR COVID-19 

Hope for pastors during COVID-19

https://www.namb.net/coronavirus-resources/

ED STETZER AND SEND NETWORKS DHATI LEWIS

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/covid-19-the-crisis-is-still-coming/id1197627183?i=1000469551645

COVID-19: The crisis is still comingWe Are Send Network

    • Christianity

Listen on Apple Podcasts

“What we’re seeing right now with COVID-19 is not the crisis—it’s only phase one. How can the Church be prepared for the coming phases of the COVID-19 pandemic? In this episode, Dhati Lewis interviews Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College and an expert consultant on crisis management, about the Church’s response to COVID-19, the different phases we’ll experience and the hopeful new normal after the crisis subsides.”

COVID -19 RESPONSE -THE PERFECT STORM

Churches and denominations are already drunken “under the influence” of massive amounts of funding for Faith Based Partnerships with  government and private foundation funding used as bait. The hook is about to be set AS soon the churches will become debtors as “Small Business” loans with a potential ten year shelf life will being result from their participation in the Covid-19  Stimulus dollars.

WHERE WILL THE CHURCH BE POST COVID-19 ?

ANSWER ..IN DEBT TO THE GOVERNMENT AND NO LONGER AN ETERNAL VOICE

Once the Church assumes it has no problem with Government Corona Virus Stimulus then everything is about to change.
TGC WRITER JOE CARTER 
“According to Joe Carter
TGC sent in Joe to talk  about what is in the Covid-19 Stimulus for churches this week”
SEE THE STIMULUS BILL HERE
Joe Carter IS A KEY PLAYER  in the Global Christianity cabal .He worked for many years with the Acton Institute as an editor AND WRITER. Acton Institute is the curriculum provider for the Evangelical seminaries who have developed programs to push the new social gospel with funding provided by private foundations.
Joe Carter of Acton quickly became entrenched at Keller’s TGC (The Gospel Coalition ) as an editor and serves as messaging coordinator for Russell Moore’s ERLC in the Southern Baptist Convention.
READ MORE on what has come to be known as “the Evangelical Deep State ” here:
A  current TGC article points pastors to the “benefits” awaiting churches during the Covid-19 pandemic in the Corona Stimulus. By Saturday March 28 Carter published TGC directives for Pastors/Churches to benefit from the Covid -19 Stimulus . He seemed well informed way ahead of the curve.

The FAQs: How the Stimulus Bill Affects Churches and Individuals

How does this legislation affect churches and small nonprofits?“Churches, nonprofits, and Christian schools that are 501c3 (as well as most small businesses) with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for the $367 billion in Small Business Administration (SBA) loan guarantees and subsidies. This legislation increases the maximum 7(a) loan (i.e., the SBA loan program for providing financial assistance) amount to $10 million and would expand allowable uses for such loans to include employee salaries, insurance premiums, mortgage payments, payroll support (including paid sick or medical leave), and other debt obligations.”

“For almost all churches, the loan amount they can receive will be equal to their total average monthly payroll costs for the preceding 12 months (March 2019 to February 2020) multiplied by 2.5. For example, a church that has an average monthly payroll cost of $50,000 would be eligible for a loan of $125,000.”

“The loan requires a “good faith” certification that the funds will be used to support ongoing operations, retain workers, and/or maintain payroll or make mortgage, lease, and utility payments. The loan is forgivable (i.e., doesn’t require repayment) if the church employed the same number of people (or more) during the loan period as they did in 2019. Funds that are not forgiven have a loan maturity of 10 years, and loan payments under this program are not due for one year. No fees are included for the loan, and no collateral or personal guarantees will be required.”

“Since the loan comes from the SBA, most churches will want to contact the bank they currently use for information on how to apply for this program. This loan program ends on December 31, 2020.”

AGAIN NOTE

” Since the loan comes from the SBA, most churches will want to contact the bank they currently use for information on how to apply for this program.”

”  The loan requires a “good faith” certification that the funds will be used to support ongoing operations.”

” . Funds that are not forgiven have a loan maturity of 10 years, and loan payments under this program are not due for one year.”

CHURCHES ROLE IN THE COVID -19 RESPONSE VIA FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS

Southern Baptist NAMB and its Send Relief have been busy building a network of Relief Centers around the country including one in Puerto Rico to be to go to FBP coordinator in the FEMA “Community Development ” in the rebuild after Hurricane Maria.

Also in Clarkston GA NAMB has created a Send Relief Center to welcome Muslim Refugees into the US and connect them to government funding which will also undoubtedly  include the new hundreds of millions in the Covid -19 Stimulus .

These centers number seven so far but plans are to construct 25 in total by 2025 in the denominations full blown Faith Based Partnerships with the Government ,big business , and private globalist foundations.

MORE COVID -19 RESPONSE TGC ARTICLE

MORE JOE CARTER  COVID -19 RESPONSE TGC INFORMATION

9 Things You Should Know About the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-to-talk-to-your-family-about-social-distancing/

 

Asking Small Questions in an Age of Uncertainty

Carter is now on staff at David Platt’s church outside DC.

LOCAL CHURCH RESPONSE-COVID-19 TESTING

Church of the Highlands in Alabama is now one of the largest multi-site churches in America . It has a long history with Faith based Partnerships and Community Service including a faith based medical clinic called Christi Health Center. Highlands used its Faith Based Clinic in partnership with a local lab to do some of the first mass Covid -19 Test in the nation . They then created a template for establishing  testing sights .

 

https://www.covid19-testing.churchofthehighlands.com/?fbclid=IwAR0xMX_3GKBTyl_xvQvsATPOvH5WRd-MD0lKHXIszHV79X0tx8o1nGfXEGE

https://www.covid19-testing.churchofthehighlands.com/churchesandvolunteers

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Using your Church or Non-Profit volunteer Team to Staff a COVID-19 Testing Site

Prerequisite – Doctors, medical team and a laboratory with the capability and capacity to order, administer and do the testing is critical. You cannot do it without those components.

LEAD TEAMS:

Lead team oversight / Press and CP communication

Lead team oversight outreach / Vision for outreach church wide – needs outside testing

Lead team oversight pastoral / Pastoral oversight to the team

Medical oversight/ sight physician /testing procedure reporting follow-up

Communication coordinator (Signage/messages/text link/radio)

Digital communication (SERVE app, web content)

OUTREACH TEAMS:

Outreach response team logistics (Tents, tables etc.) (Weather contingencies)

Outreach team (Teams for serving our church – outreach outside testing site)

SITE LEAD TEAMS:

Site director – point person for the site

Site communication – assisting the site director

Site hospitality (For people serving – working/ food drinks for team)

VOLUNTEER TEAMS:

Dream Teams (Volunteers for site testing)

Dream Teams (Cleaning teams keeping things sanitary and other administrative teams)

INFRASTRUCTURE TEAMS:

Facilities local (Portable toilets, fans, lights)

Facilities central (Golf carts, walkie talkies)

IT infrastructure (Power, Wi-fi, computer access)

Resources:

Design Files: CLICK HERE

Site and sign images: CLICK HERE

Text Communications: https://clearstream.io/

EHR System: https://www.athenahealth.com/

Radio Station Communications: CLICK HERE

Swabbing Station Check-list: CLICK HERE

NOTE: 

The Highlands clinic did bill the insurance companies of those to whom they provided testing .Forms filled out by patients did include personal information on health insurance and a signature obligating payment .The cost was $150 dollars and in around a week of testing 2200 plus people went through Highland’s church parking lot for the test. Around 30 positive test were reported.

ALSO NOTE:

Highlands clinic operated with intense measures to protect volunteers and employees but DID NOT CHANGE GLOVES between patient contact via swabbing stations and DID NOT EVEN PROVIDE RESTROOM ACCESS  to those sick and showing signs of infection / patients who sat in line from 6:30 a.m to mid day for testing.

THIS IS THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF CHURCH IN AMERICA AND THE WORLD.

At the time when the church should be about the business of the Kingdom , preaching the everlasting Gospel committed and entrusted to it- the church is instead in bed with funding from GLOBALIST government and private foundations, big business and soon to be debtors to the the federal governments Small Business Administration for the next decade. We are following a GAGGLE  OF FALSE PROPHET (PROFITS)  who has lead the institutional church (and us with it if we do not awaken ) to the brink of destruction , or worse , to becoming the HARLOT CHURCH  warned about in Revelation.

Jesus somber warnings in the prophets context of –

Matthew 6:24

You Cannot Serve God and Riches

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

TRUE CHRISTIANS NEED TO SEPARATE THEMSELVES FROM THESE GLOBAL FALSE PROPHETS WHO ARE SELLING OUR BIBLICAL HERITAGE AND CALLING FOR A BOWL OF GLOBALIST POTTAGE AND BIRTHING THE HARLOT CHURCH.

WE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND GLOBAL GOALS OF GODLESS MEN.

 

 

 

ED STETZER USES WHEATON BILLY GRAHAM CHAIR/CENTER TO PUSH OBAMA FOUNDATION POLITICS 2020

COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET FOR ED STETZER /SBC’s TRUE POLITICAL SELF IDENTITY?
Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                                  3/17/2020
You may not know who Ed Stetzer is but his influence does impact you and your church. He has been VERY influential in the Southern Baptist Convention and in the evangelical church as a whole through his position at Lifeway Research and as his “Exchange” section in Christianity Today. If it were not for Leadership Network no one would likely have ever heard of Stetzer. But this can also be said of MANY of his friends like Rick Warren, Tim Keller, and a host of  others ranging from emergent heretics to neo- reformed dominion theology adherents. Stetzer is also a part of the Lausanne Movement which in 2010 began to go public with its latest version of global ecumenical Christian re-branding .
Stetzer has left  his finger prints everywhere in Evangelicalism including on the Southern Baptist Seminaries and North American Missions Board . He influenced church planting through his work with Tim Keller, The Gospel Coalition.  Stetzer, or the powers behind him, have redefined missions via a focus on urban church planting as a “missions strategy”. This was part of the “Mission Shift ” Movement with emergent leaders like Brian McLaren. Today Stetzer has moved on from Lifeway to take the Billy Graham Chair at Wheaton and recently did a stint as the interim pastor of the famed Moody Bible Church.

THE BIG REVEAL

OBAMA FOUNDATION POLITICS IN PLAIN VIEW

Stetzer is now contributing / HOSTING a new POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT narrative from the Obama Foundation Faith Ambassador and Trinity Forum for 2020 election cycle.

Reports

NOTE-See ED Stetzer on page 52 of the report you can download at the link above.

STETZER AND THE COMING SBC RESOLUTIONS BATTLE

Stetzer surfaced in the midst of the recent controversies in the SBC as the head of the 2020 “Resolutions Committee” .Controversy continues after the 2019 RC produced a Resolution approving of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality as”useful analytical tools with the Gospel.” The original Resolution submitted to the Committee was a condemnation of the Cultural Marxist tools. Stetzer will now Chair the Committee reviewing complaints and efforts to overturn “Resolution 9”.

STETZER BIOGRAPHY

STETZER HOLDS THE BILLY GRAHAM CHAIR ADN SERVES AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FO THE BILLY GRAHAM CENTER AT WHEATON COLLEGE WHICH IS BILLY GRAHAM’S FORMER ALMA MATER .

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Ed Stetzer, Ph.D.

Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism, and Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism

On Faculty since 2016

“Ed Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College. Ed also serves as the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton, and as chair of the Evangelism and Leadership Program in the Graduate School. Ed is a prolific author, and well-known conference speaker. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written or co-written a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, which is used by over 1 million individuals each week. Stetzer also co-hosts BreakPoint This Week, a radio broadcast that airs on over 400 media outlets.”

PRO MUSLIM EVENTS AT WHEATON /GRAHAM CENTER

In recent months the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton has hosted some very disturbing events like the November 1st Neighborly Faith -Christian Muslim dialog campus movement event to “bring Christians and Muslims together ” helping young Christians overcome their “Islamaphobia”.
THE NOVEMBER 2019 WHEATON NEIGHBORLY FAITH EVENT
The  ACTUAL broader focus of the Neighborly Faith events and others like it is to redefine Religious Liberty through protecting the rights of Muslims and LGBTQ and subject the Constitutional rights written for American’s to these forces both antithetical to and intolerant of Christianity and the Constitution .
NOTE- SBC President (and close Stetzer pal) J D Greear made headlines last week after appearing at a more recent Neighborly Faith event in NC on stage with an Imam who is an outspoken hater of Israel.
Save that for another time.

GRAHAM CENTER AND OBAMA AMBASSADOR

THE NEW EVENT IS FOCUSED ON THE 2020 ELECTION, OF “CHRISTIAN WITNESS IN A PLURALISTIC SOCIETY “.
IT IS PART OF THE PROMOTION OF TRINITY FORUM FELLOW AND LONG TIME OBAMA OPERATIVE MICHAEL WEAR.
Wear is now the Obama Foundation’s Ambassador the America’s Believers and THE MOVEMENT  behind this event hosted by Stetzer / Graham Center was paid for by the billionaire founder of Ebay whose activism in journalism and political movements is focused largely on pro Muslim causes.

Politics, Polarization, and our Christian Witness Webinar

 

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Michael Wear & Dr. Amy Black discuss principles for leading your people through the 2020 political season

About this Event

“Only a few months into another presidential election year and it feels like the stakes only continue to increase. Whether it’s online through social media or across the dinner table with family and friends, politics inevitably seep into every conversation. In such a climate there is the temptation for Christians to either try to check out completely or to jump into the fray with all the intensity they can muster. The result is that our witness can suffer as we become more concerned with party allegiance than Kingdom advancement.”

“Yet while even as politics is seemingly everywhere, Christians can struggle to understand when and how to engage. Moreover, the increasing spirit of polarization is a powerful temptation to begin to frame the way we see and treat others in us-them terms. For pastors and ministry leaders, this season comes with a gauntlet of obstacles. How do you lead an organization in the age of such politicization and polarization? Do you dare touch the issue of politics and risk alienating your people? If so, how can you lead your people to unity?”

“In this webinar, Dr. Amy Black, Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College, and Michael Wear, founder of Public Square Strategies, will help us think through the intersection of faith and politics. Drawing on their recent report for The Trinity Forum, Christianity, Pluralism and Public Life in the United States: insights from Christian Leaders, Black and Wear will explore insights gleaned from Christian leaders in how Christians can engage on politics. In doing so, this webinar aims to equip pastors and ministry leaders for the challenges of the upcoming political season. This webinar is sponsored by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College and the Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics, and Economics”

Date and Time

Tue, March 17, 2020

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Add to Calendar

Organizer Billy Graham Center

“Organizer of Politics, Polarization, and our Christian Witness Webinar”

THE SHOW MUST GO ON AMID CORONA FEARS

THE SHOW MUST GO ON EVEN IN THE MIDST OF THE LIMITS CORONA VIRUS HAS PLACED ON GATHERINGS SINCE THE FOCUS IS ON THE 2020 ELECTION AND HOW EVANGELICALS VOTE.

Wear is also part of the leadership of The & Campaign which is working to alter Christian Voting patterns and “shake up the 2020 election” with the backing of pro LGBTQ billionaire  Paul Singer. Singers influence in the GOP/ Romney 2012 arena virtually ended Republican opposition to “Gay Marriage “. Today Singers American Unity Fund is THE go to partner in the “Alliance for Lasting Liberty ” and the Mormon inspired “Fairness for All LGBTQ/ Religious Liberty “compromise” .

The & Campaign is also now deeply embedded in the Southern Baptist NAMB /Send Network Church Planting arm bringing it’s Obama Foundation political expert with it.The same is true with the coming Wheaton /Billy Graham Center event with none other than Obama Faith Ambassador Michael Wear.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/11/11/commingle-the-money-with-justice-campaign-tgc-and-the-gathering/

CONCLUSION

Six Years ago it was difficult to prove what some had begun to suspect …that money from the far left and the POLITICAL influences that come with it, had made their way DEEP INSIDE  the conservative Christian world. NOW there is no denying it.Those complicit with it are no longer  even trying to hide it. Will Christians succumb to SIRENS SONG of the Obama Foundation, the Democratic Party, and globalist billionaire activist? Time will but it is not looking good for kool-aide drinkers and Christian media junkies.

INROADS TO DISMANTLE CHRISTIAN RIGHT: PRO -ISLAMIC FUNDING/OBAMA FOUNDATION/ NCF -CHRISTIAN CHARITY.

ONE OF LARGEST CHRISTIAN FUNDING SOURCES JOINS FORCES WITH OBAMA FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR AND PRO-ISLAM FOUNDATION, TO LURE BIBLICAL CONSERVATIVES INTO THIRD WAY ” PRINCIPLED PLURALISM”.

Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                                  3/8/2020

A new “Report” called “Christianity, Pluralism, and Public Life in America: Insights from Christian Leader” was introduced by The Trinity Forum on February 25th 2020. The report authored by The Obama Foundation’s Michael Wear and Wheaton political science professor Amy Black  is the product of funding from the founder of Ebay and carries the endorsement of ONE OF THE LARGEST PRIVATE SOURCES OF FUNDING flooding into churches and ministries across the nation. National Christian Foundation (NFC) is a Georgia based organization with state and regional chapters around the country. NCF has some limited historic involvement with conservative Christian political organizations but has never openly allied with such progressive partners as Wear and the backers of his report

Funding for the Obama operative Wear’s “REPORT” comes from the Democracy Fund of Ebay founder turned political donor Pierre Omidyar who has some disturbing history with investments and pro Islamic policies . (More on Democracy Fund recipients later)

https://www.mintpressnews.com/pierre-omidyar-a-billionaire-prone-to-reclusiveness-and-his-trove-of-state-surveillance-secrets/255439/

NATIONAL CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION GOING POLITICAL ?

NFC was historically a minor player in Christian focused philanthropy having given away around one billion dollars over its 24 year history. HOWEVER that changed when the Obama administration launched reforms for Faith Based Partnerships (FBP) where Michael Wear, as Obama’s Faith Ambassador, was charged with recruiting participation by evangelicals. Conservatives generally refused Government entanglements and the  political strings attached to them. Many Christian leaders appear to have found the Obama era tax dollar tsunami of funding too much to resist.

In concert with FBP funding, beginning around 2010 NCF funding into select ministries and churches swelled from 1 billion in 24 years to over a billion dollars PER YEAR. This happened under the leadership of people from organizations like Leadership Network and Half Time who had worked with the very same forces who had shaped the FBP during the Clinton era Welfare Reforms.

NCF continues to infuse billions into churches and ministries and FOR THE FIRST TIME IN IT’S HISTORY is openly endorsing a document focused on public life, in particular politics and shockingly is doing so by ENDORSING THE OBAMA FOUNDATION’S Michael Wear and his “Third Way” narrative on Pluralistic Society straight out of the far left. Multiple indications exist here that the FBP and NCF funding groundswell were previously linked and aimed toward the present political trajectory. Michael Wear might be the person to confirm or deny that.

If the movement was not coordinated in 2010 -it certainly is converging today.

VOICE OF THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT IS NOW COMING FROM THE LEFT.

NATIONAL CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION FINANCIALS 

https://www.ncfgiving.com/our-financials/

2018 filings

NCF MAKES “DISTRIBUTIONS TO AND FOR CHRISTIAN CHURCHES AND OTHER CHARITIES”

2018  990 total -$1,437,418,669

Totals shown 2014 -2018- $6,501,808,978

“ORGANIZATIONS EXIST TO SUPPORT CHRISTIAN MINISTRY IN THE UNITED STATES
NATL CHRISTIAN CHARITABLE FDN, INC. 58-1493949
THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION (NCCF) AND ITS SUPPORTING
BY MAKING GRANTS TO 501(C)3 CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS FROM DONOR ADVISED
FUNDS, WHICH ENABLE DONORS TO CONTRIBUTE ASSETS AND THEN RECOMMEND
GRANTS FROM THE FUNDS TO CHARITIES – IN MOST CASES, CHRISTIAN
CHARITIES. IN 2018, NCCF AND ITS SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS ACCEPTED MORE
THAN $1.437 BILLION IN CONTRIBUTIONS AND GRANTED TO APPROXIMATELY
24,000 CHARITIES TOTALING $1.511 BILLION. NCCF PERSONNEL ASSESS AND
QUALIFY GRANTEES; THEREFORE THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE ACTIVITIES
ARE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM SERVICES COMPONENT OF EXPENSE.”

NOW NCF/OBAMA FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR/ TRINITY FORUM HAVE JOINED FORCES PROMOTING A POLITICAL NARRATIVE FUNDED BY EBAY FOUNDER DEMOCRACY FUND.

https://www.ncfgiving.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/6-2018-NCCF-Inc.-Form-990-PUBLIC-INSPECTION-Sent-to-GA-11.13.2019.pdf 

 

Some of the same groups and leaders that 5 years ago were demeaning the political engagement of Christian Conservatives are now openly attempting to lure them into progressive political postures of Third Way compromise in the name of being “mature believers” and recognition of the “Value of Pluralism ” .When you hear the word’s “pluralism” or principled pluralism , civil engagement , common ground for the common good, Social and Economic Justice and working together to ensure “human flourishing” ,this ideology, for Biblical Conservatives, is the language of political seduction. Today it is everywhere in Christian media ,on seminary campuses, campus ministries, conferences and now openly in THIS revealing new partnership from the Trinity Forum. Now a third way coalition is being sought by carefully crafted rhetoric and power players from the left including the Obama Foundation.

THE REPORT AND ITS PURPOSE

Michael Wears website and Trinity Forum:

“I am excited to share with you Christianity, Pluralism and Public Life in the United States: Insights from Christian Leaders, a new report I co-authored with Wheaton College professor Amy Black, in partnership with The Trinity Forum and with the generous support of the Democracy Fund. The report will be released publicly at an event hosted by The Trinity Forum today at the National Press Club. The report is available online at www.ttf.org/reports.”  Michael Wear
“The Trinity Forum will be releasing its first ever research report on the contributions Christianity makes to politics in our pluralistic society.”
“The Trinity Forum is thrilled to announce an event highlighting the work of its first ever research report on the contributions Christianity makes in a pluralistic society. During this Evening Conversation report authors Michael Wear and Amy Black will discuss the importance of these findings both for this critical election year and beyond.”
NOTE the election focus “As we prepare for the election primaries for the 2020 presidential election, it is evident that much of the rhetoric from candidates, pundits, and leaders often under-appreciates or misunderstands the way Christianity influences the lives of many citizens and shapes civic character.”
“During this discussion, we will delve into both the real challenges and great opportunities present within Christian communities to make a more positive contribution to our civic life.”
When
February 24th, 2020 6:30 PM   through   8:30 PM
“Too many influential people believe and tell the story that either a diverse America is a threat to Christianity, or that Christianity is a threat to a diverse America.” Michael Wear
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Evening Conversation | Christianity, Pluralism, & Public Life

“On February 24th, the Trinity Forum hosted an Evening Conversation with Michael Wear, Dr. Amy Black, Bishop Claude Alexander, and Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin. They discussed the report co-authored by Michael Wear and Amy Black—Christianity, Pluralism, and Public Life in America: Insights from Christian Leaders.”

SOME HISTORY OF TRINITY FORUM AND SOROS /WEAR/ RUSSELL MOORE AND PRO ISLAM IMMIGRATION REFORM.

Michael Wear, Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist ERLC and Trinity have been working together in staging Trinity events in DC for years with the Soros funded National Immigration Forum and the Evangelical Immigration Table.

https://immigrationforum.org/article/ltw19speakers/

Conversation 2: A Civil Discourse

“The extreme polarization in our political parties has become a barrier to compromise and progress on policies that could improve our country and the American people. Our country’s biggest challenges have become political battlegrounds, no better example than the current immigration debate. These highly regarded and influential thought leaders joined us to discuss how we can bridge ideological differences and come together for meaningful change.”

Cherie Harder

President

The Trinity Forum

 

Dr. Russell Moore

President

Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission

of the Southern Baptist Convention

Michael Wear

Chief Strategist

The AND Campaign

 

The Trinity trio have also called for AMNESTY  based approach to Immigration Reform that includes”Restitution” for illegals already in country

ERLC OWN POLITICAL SUBVERSION 
ERLC and Russell Moore introduced their own “Civil Engagement ” political narrative
for the 2020 election cycle drafted by a professor at liberal Jesuit Georgetown University .
Interviewing the ERLC document author is former TN GOP leader now ERLC hire Brent Leatherwood who was among several TN Republican Party leaders reportedly chased out in of the GOP for subverting conservative candidates.

MORE ON THE NEW EFFORT PARTNER DETAILS

Christianity, Pluralism, and Public Life in America: Insights from Christian Leader”
The Partners Include :
The co-author of the document -Obama Foundations Michael Wear who  works closely with Trinity Forum as a Research Fellow and with the Baptist ERLC/ Russell Moore in the National Immigration Forum with Trinity PUSHING FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM. Wear is also part of the & Campaign which is undertaking the same focus including many young TGC urban pastors and Southern Baptist  NAMB leaders.
Wear and & Campaign have the backing of Billionaire pro LGBTQ political activist Paul Singer.
CO-AUTHOR OF THE REPORT 
Also co-author  Amy E. Black is a political science professor at Wheaton College
https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/faculty/amy-black/   Wheaton is where Ed Stetzer  and the Billy Graham CHAIR recently hosted the Neighborly Faith Muslim Christian Dialog.
Southern Baptist  President J D Greear just raised eyebrows by appearing at the Recent North Carolina Neighborly Faith event callign for Interfaith Dialog with a known anti- Israel Imam with Veritas Forum.
NF & Veritas Forum
present:
“Hope for the Current Age”
JD Greear, President, Southern Baptist Convention
Omar Suleiman, President of the Yaqeen Institute
NC State March 5, 2020

WEAR / TRINITY DONOR 

DETAILS FROM THE FUNDING DONOR OF THE WEAR /TRINITY REPORT
Again Democracy Fund which is funding the new report is the” foundation created by ebay founder  Pierre Omidyar in 2011. It has been an independent private foundation since 2014. Its stated aim is to improve the democratic process in the United States so that it better benefits voters. Its activities include awarding grants to organizations it believes will further its goal.It also created the Voter Study Group, a collaboration of ideologically diverse scholars and analysts that surveyed 8,000 American voters on their political and social views.”
DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE
“Christianity, Pluralism, and Public Life in the United States: Insights from Christian Leaders The Trinity Forum is pleased to introduce a new report authored by Trinity Forum Senior Fellow Michael Wear and Wheaton College professor Amy Black, and made possible by a grant from the Democracy Fund. This report explores the consequences and implications of current cultural trends through the perspective of Christian church and ministry leaders in America. Its findings are based on in-depth interviews with more than 50 Christian leaders from a variety of denominations, traditions, locales, and political and theological perspectives. The findings show sharp political divides between groups, but also reveal a broad consensus around the value of pluralism in America, and the opportunities it brings for Christians to live out their faith, and contribute to the common good and formation of civic character. The resounding message of the report is that Christian thought and practice has much to offer America in this new pluralistic moment.”
ANOTHER PAST PARTNERSHIP OF TRINITY FORUM CALLED FOR “CIVILITY”
Trinity Forum and it’s long time leadership from OS Guinness partnered with Michael Wear, and Lausanne Movement leaders in 2015 in a similar group /document called the Civlitas Group.
“Civilitas is committed to building a network of partners with groups of shared conviction such as Veritas Forum, The Trinity Forum, James Davison Hunter and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture (University of Virginia), The Centre
for Ethics and Public Policy, The Center for Public Justice, The Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts, the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities, the Christian Community Development Association, private Christian foundations, national
student organizations, and institutions of higher learning.”
Michael Wear is involved in Civilitas  as is Trinity Forum AND leader emeritus  Os Guinness.
CIVILITAS CALLED FOR CHRISTIAN COMPROMISE ON LGBTQ IN JANUARY 2015 6 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE SCOTUS DECISION TO LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE.
CIVLITAS CALLED FOR MODELING CHICK FIL A OWNER DAN CATHY COMPROMISE WITH RADICAL GAY ACTIVIST FROM CAMPUS PRIDE .
Some of those involved in Civilitas  like Tim Keller and James Davison Hunter’s IASC
have openly boasted their Frankfurt School  influence.
Os Guinness WHO SIGNED CIVILITAS   is a leader of Trinity Forum and a thought leader in Tim Keller’s progressive organization The Gospel Coalition. Other Trinity leaders include Dallas Willard who provided early leadership in the development of the Oikonomia Network which oversees progressive Social Justice driven grants flooding into conservative seminaries across America.

TRINITY FORUM THOUGHT LEADER OS GUINNESS BETRAYAL ?

Many feel OS Guinness being part  L’Abrieg  and a disciple of Francis Schaeffer that Guiness has “lived off the legacy of Schaeffer and that now  Guinness  support of Social Justice  and Cultural Marxism ideologies is a betrayal of Francis Schaeffer legacy. ”

Again Guinness is a thought leader in Tim Keller’s organization The Gospel Coalition.

 

SOME OF THE 50 EVANGELICAL CONTRIBUTORS TO “Christianity, Pluralism, and Public Life in America: Insights from Christian Leader”

 

Collin Hansen
Editorial Director, The Gospel
Coalition

NOTE- Hansen is Tim Keller protege’ who in appeared on ABC with the TGC reveal of its own political third way operation.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/evangelical-leader-collin-hansen-believes-live-culture-full/story?id=53370130

From ABC interview -“Evangelical leader believes we live in ‘a culture full of fear and loathing’With many evangelical leaders backing President Trump, Collin Hansen of The Gospel Coalition tells on a new installment of ‘Uncomfortable’ why he worries the church’s future is at stake”

Hansen confirmed that TGC was founded to straighten out the political engagement of conservative evangelicals like those who voted for Donald Trump.

More interviewees

Elder Jack N. Gerard
The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints

Dr. Timothy Dalrymple
President and CEO, Christianity
Today

Deacon Charlie Echeverry
National Chair, Communications,
Catholic Association of Latino
Leaders (C.A.L.L.)

Andy Crouch
Partner for Theology and Culture,
Praxis

Shirley V. Hoogstra
President, Council for Christian
Colleges and Universities

NOTE-Hoogstra is also part of the Neighborly Faith Christian Muslim Dialog and is pushing for Fairness for All LGBTQ compromise funded by Paul Singer

Tom Lin
President/CEO, InterVarsity
Christian Fellowship

Dr. Mark Noll
Emeritus Professor of History,
University of Notre Dame

Kevin Palau
President, Luis Palau Association

Rev. Jim Wallis
President and Founder,
Sojourners
Jenny Yang
Vice President of Advocacy and
Policy, World Relief

Dr. Ed Stetzer
Billy Graham Chair of Church,
Mission, and Evangelism,
Wheaton College; Executive
Director of the Billy Graham
Center, Wheaton College

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
Lead Pastor, New Season,
Sacramento, CA; President,
National Hispanic Christian
Leadership Conference

Tony Perkins
President, Family Research
Council

MORE ON TONY PERKINS /FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL PARTNERSHIPS

NOTE: Many Conservatives see Perkins and Family Research Council as a champion in the public forum but here he is collaborating with the Obama Foundation’s Ambassador Michael Wear. Why?

Worldview Weekend /Brannon Howse extensive research in 2012 reported in the book RELIGIOUS TROJAN HORSE  that Perkins has a long history of questionable partnerships.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17213487-religious-trojan-horse

(These include Perkins years of work with the heretical New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) documented below from pages 336,337, 339 , 353 of Religious Trojan Horse )

” These spiritual enterprises of the New Religious Right seem to be a regular occurrence. On January 3, 2012, for instance, the website of Cindy Jacobs reported that representatives of the Family Research Council would be joining Mike and Cindy Jacobs, along with NAR “prophet” Dutch Sheets, for “a night of intercessory prayer.”As far back as 2008, the president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, wrote on the FRC blog about taking part in “prophet” Lou Engle’s rally on the mall in Washington, D.C. Perkins reported that “I was able to join Lou Engle for
about half of the 12–hour event.” (443)….”Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council also appeared on  (Rick ) Joyner’s Morning Star program. Ironically, Perkins once sat on the couch across from Joyner and declared, “We need men who rightly discern the times and can rightly divide the Word of God…”445 I believe if Tony were rightly dividing the Word of God, he would not be participating in the online TV program of Rick Joyner and
speaking at a function for Rick Joyner’s Oak Initiative.446 ”

BACK TO THE TRINITY/ WEAR COLLABORATORS 
Dr. Jacqueline Rivers
Director, The Seymour Institute
for Black Church and Policy
Studies
Dr. CJ Rhodes
Pastor, Mt Helm Baptist Church,
Jackson, MS
Bob Roberts
Global Senior Pastor, Northwood
Church, Keller, TX

NOTE- Bob Roberts is one of the most aggressive pro Islam “pastors” in America and is a leader/ contributor in the “Christian and Muslims Together ” campus movement for Christian College and Universities called “Neighborly Faith ” which held meeting sat Wheaton in November 2019 sponsored /hosted by Ed Stetzer’s Billy Graham Chair of Evangelism- even though the ideology of the movement is not evangelistic but designed to address “Islamaphobia” in the students and encourage them toward interfaith dialog and relationships .

WEAR PROMOTING THE EFFORT HERE COMES STRAIGHT FROM HIS WORK WITH THE OBAMA FOUNDATION AS IT’S “AMBASSADOR TO AMERICA’S BELIEVERS”.

http://michaelwear.com/bio

“As one of President Obama’s “ambassadors to America’s believers” (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.”

“Michael is also the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC”

Wears Public Square Strategies is one of the three backers listed in the Report.

Michael Wear
“Christianity, Pluralism and Public Life in the United States: Insights from Christian Leaders is based on in-depth interviews with more than 50 Christian leaders in the country from a wide array of theological, denominational, racial and political backgrounds. It includes insights, tools, cautions and recommendations regarding Christianity and America’s increasingly pluralistic context, and rather uniquely puts diverse Christians in conversation with one another. I am not aware of another effort that draws from this broad a range of Christian leaders for insights pertaining to faith and our social fabric. I would point you specifically to the introduction for key takeaways from the report (pg. 4-5), and then to the closing section entitled “Finding a Way Forward” (pg 43-49) for the report’s recommendations.”

THE NEW PARTNER NCF AT THE TRINITY TABLE:

NCF HAS INFUSED BILLIONS IN MINISTRIES OVER THE LAST DECADE AND IS PART OF THE “GENEROSITY MOVEMENT “SEEKING TO HARNESS TRILLIONS FROM BABY BOOMERS AS THEIR WEALTH PASSES HANDS.

BOB BUFORD “HALFTIME BRAND ” LEADERS

Many of Bob Buford’s Half Time brand leaders are involved in these circles including at NCF and at Civilitas . Tim Keller is a Buford/ Leadership Network disciple and is in on the ground level of the GENEROSITY MOVEMENT effort. Buford boasted in the book “The World We (Globalist) Want”  that his efforts with Half Time and Leadership Network had “primed legions of wealthy Christians to become big time philanthropist” AND that he (Buford) could deliver this legion into the hands of “The World We Want” leadership.

Page 215 Chapter “Generosity and Sacred Search : Motivation ”

https://www.tpi.org/resources/the-world-we-want-new-dimensions-in-philanthropy-and-social-change

NOTE- The outcome of the book on PHILANTHROPY where Buford boast his intentions is political and driven by Globalism and “Social Change”

“The book weaves together multi-sector ( i.e. FBP) , multidiscipline strategies, but—in large part—it is about the power of human connection, reinforced by personal stories of motivation and the human capacity for caring. Without ignoring the institutional and cultural obstacles, and the courage needed to face down the dark side of human behavior, Karoff shows how citizen engagement and open source solutions could tip the scale toward a better world.”

NCF NOW LED BY BUFORD HALF TIME ASSOCIATES.

NOW NCF IS ENDORSING OBAMA FOUNDATION THIRD WAY POLITICS !

NATIONAL CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION
NOTE- From the NCF website:

“How Christians can make positive contributions to public life”

Trinity Forum

March 5, 2020
“America is becoming more diverse – in terms of politics, race, and religion. The great melting pot that America is poses challenges for the church. But it also offers opportunities”(By Michael Wear and Amy E. Black)

“By 2045, the racial composition of America is predicted to look substantially different than it does now. It is estimated that the nation will become “minority white,” and Hispanics will account for about a quarter of the population.”

“The nation’s religious makeup is changing as well. More than three-quarters of senior citizens in America identify as Christians – but for those under 30, only about half do. The largest religious shift of the last decade has been described as the rise of the “nones” – those who claim no religious affiliation.”

“Meanwhile, a very different set of trends is at play in other corners of the world. In contrast to the U.S., the percentage of religious disaffiliated is declining. While there are fewer Christians who report that faith is important in their lives in the U.S. and Europe, Christianity is spreading rapidly in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, China, and other places.”

“We are in uncharted waters.”

“In some communities, these kinds of efforts exist, but could be expanded. In others, new efforts may need to be initiated. Similarly, as religious disaffiliation grows and the percentage of Christians declines, the need grows stronger for broadly Christian institutions that can articulate Christian principles in a publicly accessible way.”

“This essential work should be embraced, supported, and even expanded. Finally, if public life and politics are important (as we believe they are) Christians and churches may want to partner with political organizations – explicitly faith-based and not – who align with their values and mission, in a similar way as they partner with organizations focused on missionary work, global development, disaster relief, and other areas of concern.”

NCF OUTLINES WEAR DOCUMENT GOALS 

NCF  STATED GOALS in supporting the Trinity Forum /Obama Foundations Michael Wear

Work to connect Christian thought to public life

“Many Christians … are not well equipped to connect the teachings of their faith with its implications for public life.”

Reintroduce Christianity

“Building on this idea of what pluralism requires of Christians, we believe Christians should view rising religious disaffiliation and secularism as not just a challenge, but an opportunity.”

Build bridges

“In a pluralistic environment, diverse relationships and interactions are essential to living out the command to love your neighbor.”

Be distinct

“Diversity alone doesn’t make for healthy pluralism. Pluralism is healthy when people feel they can enter the public as they are, free to express themselves without fear. ”

NCF” This text was excerpted from The Trinity Forum’s report, Christianity, Pluralism, and Public Life in the United StatesThe report was co-authored by Michael Wear, Founder of Public Square Strategies, and Amy E. Black, Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College (IL). 

EBAY FOUNDERS DEMOCRACY FUND

The Ebay Founder is listed on the Muslim Heritage site “Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization”

https://muslimheritage.com/people/scholars/pierre-omidyar/

MORE on Ebay founder

http://materiaislamica.com/index.php/History_of_Muslim-Heritage_and_Silicon_Valley_(1976%E2%80%94Present)

MORE on his work as a donor

https://www.mintpressnews.com/pierre-omidyar-a-billionaire-prone-to-reclusiveness-and-his-trove-of-state-surveillance-secrets/255439/

 

DEMOCRACY FUND SUPPORTS THESE  EFFORTS

 

” We believe the best days of American democracy lie ahead. Bipartisan solutions can modernize our elections. Digital advances can help people engage in civic life. New incentives can encourage political leaders to find principled compromise and address our country’s greatest challenges”
Pierre Omidyar created Democracy Fund out of deep respect for the U.S. Constitution and our nation’s core democratic values. While no democracy is perfect, the American system has endured through times of severe stress and dramatic social change. This system has proven its value and continues to hold the promise of effective, representative governance. Today, technologies and innovations offer new opportunities for public engagement in a more vibrant democracy — even as serious challenges including hyper-partisanship, money in politics, and struggling media threaten the health of our political system.
  • Fostering a just and inclusive society and protecting those Americans whose civil rights and safety appear to be endangered in this emerging landscape.
  • Ensuring government accountability and protecting our system of checks and balances.
  • Convening analysts and scholars from across the political spectrum to examine and glean insights from the evolving views of the electorate through the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group.

“Grantees include: ProPublica, the Center for Investigative Journalism, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Institute for Social Policy and UnderstandingCivic Nation, the German Marshall Fund, the Project on Government Oversight, the Security and Rights Collaborative, and the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.”

ONE EXAMPLE OF THEIR FUNDING TOWARD PRO ISLAMIC POLICY

https://www.democracyfund.org/portfolio/entry/civic-nation

CIVIC NATION

“Our current political climate has left notions of equality and tolerance to fall to the wayside of hate and fear. While this division affects a wide variety of people, the rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions must specifically be addressed. To do this, community organizing needs to be supported by a strategic, wide-reaching messaging campaign. This grant supports Civic Nation in their partnership with NBC Universal on the Erase the Hate campaign.”

https://www.democracyfund.org/portfolio/entry/institute-for-social-policy-understanding

The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)

“The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) is an organization focused on providing objective, solution-based research to educate the general public on trends that are affecting the American Muslim community, and enable change leaders, media actors, and policy makers to make informed decisions. Their research aims to empowers American Muslims to develop communities that fully contribute to democracy and increased unity in the United States.”

https://www.democracyfund.org/about-us#investment-criteria

CONCLUSION

Clearly the work of Trinity Forum, The Obama Foundation’s Michael Wear , and now National Christian Foundation in it’s first openly political stance is revealing a set of core values these organizations and individuals share for the church. It is political and it is Third Way.

Third Way is already deemed a political failure from its origins in Fabian Socialism , Tony Blair, the Labor Party in the UK and Bill Clinton in the US.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/01/third-way-democratic-socialism-tony-blair-bill-clinton-uk

The conclusion is that Third Way’s “FAILURE” has now become the open door for Socialism,

“The Third Way Is the Past. Socialism Is the Future.”

True to form with progressive agendas, we may very well be seeing the original intent as the seminaries, denominations and churches are being overwhelmed by “social justice” intersectionality, liberation theology ,and “critical theory” along with the dregs of post modern “thinking” .That is, if you dare believe minds awash in critical theory are any longer capable of critical thinking.

A unique & crafted brand Socialism is FLOODING THE CHURCH.

History proves a challenge to assertions that a Third way even exist and it is likely that a generation of preachers are already lost to the seductions we see revealed here. The church- the true Body of Christ will no doubt endure but will suffer loss from this ill advised voyage and sadly many souls will likely perish as a result of it.

SOCIAL CHANGE HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED IN THE CHURCH AND WE WILL ALL PAY THE PRICE.

Apparently ALL of the Trinity Forum / Wear partners also fit into the pro Muslim, progressive political ideology and goals of the Democracy Fund and its founder. Trinity, Wear, NCF, and Guinness have close ties to Tim Keller and The Gospel Coalition which continues to be the “force for social change ” among conservative churches especially in the PCA and SBC.

Now NCF which is one of the largest donors in the nation to Christian ministries is openly endorsing the “Christianity, Pluralism, and Public Life in America: Insights from Christian Leaders”

How is that possible that NCF and  Trinity Forum now find allies among these pro -Islamic organizations like the Obama Foundation and Democracy Fund? One answer is  simple. There is a lot money in the room. Billionaires like Soros , Singer and Omidyar are well inside the door with leading ” Christian thinkers “.

What does this mean for the church given the slick “Pluralistic” rhetoric of the Trinity Forum/Wear report?

Time will tell if the grassroots conservative Christians will buy the narrative.

It appears many if not most of the Christian Leaders has already sold out to it.

Exodus 34:12-15

“Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst. “But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim –for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God–
otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice”

OPEN LETTER TO SOUTHERN BAPTIST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND ELRC TRUSTEES :TOPIC RUSSELL MOORE

DIRE WARNINGS FROM THE PEW:SOUTHERN BAPTIST HAVE GROWN WEARY OF RUSSELL MOORE AND FOR GOOD REASONS
Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                                    3/5/2020
In February the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention leadership voted to form a “task force” to look into the ERLC (AGAIN) regarding how the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s actions in relation to its ministry statements
are affecting the Convention and its relationships with local churches, local associations, and state conventions.” . The ERLC responded  in an open letter calling the investigation  “unwarranted, divisive, and disrespectful.” The EC responded to the Open letter saying ” “We respect the right of the ERLC trustees and chairman Prince to respond to the SBC Executive Committee’s formation of a study task force,” the EC officers wrote in the response. “It was never our intention to communicate disrespect or seek to divide. This is not an attempt to remove Dr. Moore or to direct his staff”
In the midst of all these assurances and standard Baptist niceties in this exchange Executive Committee and ERLC Trustees need to face the facts. Russell Moore is the source of much of the issues/division facing the SBC. Cooperative Program giving is impacted by Moore as it was in 2017 when 14 of a reported 75 churches withheld a confirmed $1.5 million in giving over Moore’s hateful anti Trump rhetoric and pro Democratic party alliances .
Today his politics are more out of the closet than they have ever been as he works openly with organizations funded by activist billionaires like Paul Singer and chums like “Obama Foundation Ambassador to America’s Believers “Michael Wear. A Democrat at heart with the soul of a change agent and loyalties divided across a spectrum of non Baptist persons and organizations, Moore may have been allowed to be a fringe Southern Baptist but he is hardly fit to lead the ERLC and be our chief lobby and ethics representative and spokesperson in DC or the National Media. GUYS- Russell Moore does NOT SPEAK FOR US.
(Background for those reading this open letter who are unaware of the events addressed in it )
The Task Force.
More BP coverage of the events.
ERLC Trustee Open Letter.
8 REASONS WHY THE ISSUES WITH THE ERLC ARE ABOUT RUSSELL MOORE AND WHY IGNORING OR WHITEWASHING THESE ISSUES WILL FURTHER HARM THE SBC.
Consideration 1
Russell Moore is a self indulgent contrarian to the Southern Baptist identity .He knows it – likes the position and is proven to enjoy being controversial  since his first Wall Street Journal interview article in October 2013 where he informed fatigued Baptist early in the second term of the radical Obama administration that “The culture War is over and that it had been “Lost” by Christians.
This was not merely the voice of fatalism but the jubilant chorus of talking points from Frankfurt School inspired Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture / James Davison Hunter who coined the very phraseology echoed by Moore who was a CLOSE FRIEND  of the Obama administration. Moore frequented the oval office even as he relentlessly accused Southern Baptist politics and as he leveled assault after assault against Candidate now President Donald Trump. We have not forgotten that the Executive Committee did take note of Moore at the time and shortened his leash. Make no mistake ,neither he, his loyalties nor his politics have changed. Russell Moore has made that abundantly clear.
Consideration 2
Russell Moore and the ERLC have been doing public binge drinking at the trough of progressive political ideologies shamelessly since the 2018 MLK/50 Conference they co-  hosted with The Gospel Coalition. Current concerns surrounding this event gave rise to the Dallas Statement and the very real push back against Resolution 9 going into SBC 2020 meeting in Orlando. MLK/50 is likely the turning point that has now birthed the Conservative Baptist Network even if many in it do not realize the fact.  Baptist know our seminaries are in trouble because of  Social Justice and Critical Theory and other ideologies which have bought their way in. Moore and his staff are products of those very problems within the Seminaries like SBTS where Moore has  held positions for over
2 1/2 decades. SBC churches arrive at these disturbing realities in the Seminaries when they hire some students or recent graduates who are indoctrinated with them and are usually avid devotees of Moore.
MLK/50 was dancing on the fringe of heresy due to it’s embrace of “White Privilege” and the King legacy as orthodox Christianity. While Moore’s ongoing appearances with John Perkins who openly advocated Wealth Redistribution and Economic Justice gives the impression Moore is simply one more guy out to drive race as a wedge to fuel white guilt and separate Baptist from their money.
Guilt as  a DRIVER or motivator is a common  theme in Moore’s daily narrative against Southern Baptist. It is exhausting and he needs to be reminded he was not hired to be our conscience or our mother. Stop Russell Moore from thinking his job is to “peck on the heads of Southern Baptist “. Enough already.
Consideration 3
Russell Moore is way too cozy with Catholic leaders during the time many Catholics are concerned about their own Latin American Marxist Pope. Moore’s close relationship with Acton Institute, it’s longtime founder radical gay activist turned Catholic Priest Father Sirico. Moore’s ERLC hiring of Acton’s (and TGC) editor Joe Carter to be his ERLC message man was over the top coordination with non Southern Baptist power brokers. Among his other close Catholic ties we find Robert George who spoke at Moore’s “inauguration” for some odd reason into the leadership of an SBC entity.
Ryan Anderson is another of these disturbing Moore associates. So are the many Catholic publications who promote Moore’s articles and at whose events Moore speaks.These together make the impression that Moore is far more at home among his maternal Catholic heritage than his Baptist position of responsibility and JOB.
Moore picked an ERLC Fellow who teaches at Jesuit institution Georgetown to provide the 2020 ERLC “civil political engagement ” whitepaper. Moore sees himself as a “Uniter not a Divider ” as he plays with and tweets pics of his bobble head doll between those of Pope Francis and Luther on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Perhaps he is better suited for the Vatican than Nashville. Given the grave heresy and “Extra Biblical doctrines of the current Pope and much of Catholic doctrine- this humor is hardly becoming an SBC leader on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation which was sealed with the blood of many who enjoined its Biblical stand.
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Consideration 4 
Russell Moore makes no secret that he is a Democrat or that he aspired to a political Career. Many Baptist observe that he is using his position at the ERLC to enjoy a virtual political career at the expense of both Southern Baptist giving and  the expensive losses
Baptist are incurring on his otherwise preoccupied “watch ” as our lobbyist and chief ethics spokesman.
Moore looks to have lost his way or was never pointed in the Southern Baptist direction to begin with. At present Russell Moore is working in VERY close ALLIANCES with the political  partners of the & Campaign .One partner Justin Giboney is a Democratic Party Strategist and former Obama and Hillary Delegate. While the other & Campaign leader Michael Wear is the former faith outreach and faith based partnership coordinator for the Obama Administration and is now ,as pointed out above, is the “Obama Foundation Ambassador the America’s Believers.”
Moore has worked with Giboney since at least MLK/50 and will again in March at the anti Trump”Just Gospel Conference” near DC to be held in an SBC church whose pastor is an ERLC Fellow. This church also held the Radical LGBTQ Inclusion Audit for Churhcesin 2018.
Moore repeatedly appears with Obama’s Michael Wear in the Soros funded National Immigration Forum’s “Evangelical Immigration Round Table”.
The & Campaign where these two Moore associates are doing their political pitch of “Biblical Values & Social Justice ” is in partnership with Billionaire LGBTQ funder Paul Singer and his American Unity Fund. Singer funds, along with the LDS (Mormons),ended
opposition to gay marriage in the 2012 election  cycle when Singer donated massive amounts into the Romney Campaign and the GOP national convention. & Campaign
also boast several ERLC leaders in it’s ranks as well as NAMB Send Network urban activist pastors. Russell Moore’s continued work with & Campaigns executive leaders gives SBC pastors to whom he serves as a mentor that the false impression that these contradictions of loyalties are good for the Gospel and the SBC. Far from the truth.
Consideration 5
Russell Moore and his ERLC are repeatedly aligned with LGBTQ activist . Since his 2013 WSJ interview Moore has been out to persuade Baptist that they are homophobic. He introduced an entire herd of speakers to echo gender ,feminine and queer theory rhetoric in nonstop conferences and interviews since 2014. This is in spite of the reality that LGB represent only 2.3% of the population  according to the US Census .Also Trans is a non measured minority (which will change in the 2020 Census for political reasons) Moore even met behind closed doors with Human Rights Campaign (another Paul Singer
funded organization ) whose radical political agenda has us facing the  REAL Religious Liberty threat known as the “Equality Act” which will make LGBTQ equal to race and offer total protections against discrimination without any religious exemptions.
& Campaign is also promoting the Paul Singer hedge bet to the Equality Act called “Fairness for All” which the LDS drafted in 2016 as the “Utah Compromise ” of “Religious Liberty and LGBTQ Rights”. No such possible compromise exist as LGBTQ activist view religious exemptions for Religious Liberty as “License to Discriminate ” and wish to force churches to hire LGBTQ staffers, promote the normalization of LGBTQ identity and sexuality and redefine Christian Faith to affirm their political agenda.
By 2018 multiple ERLC Fellows ,staff , and consulting partners were endorsing the radical Revoice LGBT+ Thriving Conference in St Louis. In private interview at SBC Dallas June 2018  Russell Moore denied Knowledge of Revoice Conference in spite of his ERLC cohorts who endorsed it the months prior  to SBC 2018 .By the next day of the convention Moore stood up to field questions including about Revoice and again denied any knowledge of the movement to “promote LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian tradition” when he had been involved in discussions about it the previous day.
Russell Moore stood up and lied to over 9000 SBC messengers and defended his ERLC fellow who had endorsed Revoice and had been literally  “hit by a bus in Nashville”. Meanwhile the Revoice BUS has gone on in the SBC unchecked as Moore’s SBTS friends hide its origins at SBTS in the Resolutions Committee 2019 who buried a resolution from Oklahoma pastor Steve Kern denouncing Revoice. Multiple strong associations to Revoice and its leaders by ERLC staffers hired by Moore include Andrew Walker who tag teams with Revoice leader Matthew Lee Anderson at conferences on LGBTQ issues. Nice right? Very cozy ties to the pro LGBT+ Flourishing movement that is splitting the PCA denomination as the SBC task force looks into the ERLC whose leader Russell Moore “knows nothing about it”.
Consideration 6
I attended the SBC Dallas 2019 meetings as a reporter for World View Weekend and to represent the Revoice story which I had broken to the public 5 weeks prior .When I personally sought an interview with Russell Moore his staffer (a recent hire who was chased out of the GOP TN offices for subverting conservative leaders) physically
grabbed my arm to force me away from speaking to Moore . This unwelcome and unwarranted  contact constitutes a class C assault by TX law but was overlooked by me
as I did obtain a brief off the record discussion with Moore. By 2:00 the next day the same ERLC staffer glared across the SBC expo at me just before two armed
and uniformed Dallas Police approached me  saying someone was claiming I “threatened them” ( threatened the person who made the complaint). Though the officers would not identify the person who complained to them the ERLC staffer Brent Leatherwood was waiting outside the expo door on the phone as the officers escorted me from the building BEFORE Russell Moore was to take the stage for the ERLC report and Q and A.
Leatherwood hung up the phone and joined the right side officer taunting and seeking to escalate the situation until the officer made him cease. The police had been told I threatened to “kick someone ***” exact wording – which was a complete fabrication
by the ERLC. The resulting press stories are now part of SBC annual folk lore but at NO POINT did the ERLC own up to the fact they lied to the security team of Dallas PD at the convention in 2018 on the day security was very high due to the VP Pence appearance at the Convention. All these lies placed myself and SBC Convention goers at risk .This endangerment to SBC Annual Convention goers was risked simply to have  a reporter removed for asking questions about Revoice and SBTS/ERLC ties to it.
The FULL story is told in detail here which thousands of Baptist have read and dozens of interviews have been covered .
Many are still shocked by the reality that Russell Moore and his ERLC team would resort to lying to Dallas police / their own security team and even send out a young blonde girl to deny the Dallas Police had been involved and lie to the Christian Press.  At present there are three CONFLICTING  ERLC  and EC stories about this as yet unresolved situation concerning my removal from SBC 2018 and none of them square  with the Dallas Police Report on file at Dallas City Hall PR department. I have the Dallas Police Report and the 3 false versions from the ERLC in writing should the EC or Trustees wish to look into these shameful actions of Moore’s ERLC staff whose salaries we pay.
I was soon being sent report after report of Russell Moore’s DISHONEST HISTORY INCLUDING HIS FALSE CLAIMS OF ABUSE and threats as a Baptist Press reporter himself in 2000.
(History of Russell Moore’s dishonesty recorded in 2000 when he was a reporter for Baptist Press)
” In 2000, many general assembly attendees accused BP writer Russell Moore of inaccuracies and blatant fabrications in several stories— most notably a report where he claimed that a former missionary attending the meeting physically assaulted him. Moore is now a dean at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.”
Consideration 7
Russell Moore espouses orthodox theology and doctrine while actively behaving as a change agent in the SBC/ERLC. He wears a face of a Southern Baptist but shows his alliances to politics , policy , people and progressive social positions counter to Southern Baptist . His convictions displayed in his activist culture at ERLC show he is contrary in many if not most ways to the Baptist Faith and Message though, like his mentor Albert Mohler, Moore can always be counted on to make public position statements to maintain plausible deniability which is a skilled way of being dishonest. Moore is out to bring social change to the SBC a.Al the while Moore is echoing orthodox positions- he is busy countering them in everyday reality.
In this Moore exercises a special type of tyranny over Baptist while he shifts his weight and positions and uses his endless guilt  and shaming on Baptist who dare to be firm and resolute in their own convictions. His flooding of a vast array of social justice jargon into the pro life /anti abortion movement is  a prime  example of Moore’s change agent
rhetoric.
Consideration 8
Last but not least (and these points are in no particular order ) Russell Moore is intentionally inaccessible to his constituents who pay his salary. Moore is known for and notorious for ignoring Baptist who are concerned about his stances and politics. Russell Moore moves about the SBC Annual meetings with his staffers in formation like a secret service detail with Russell Moore as the VIP or POTUS in the midst of a 5 point guard detail. My friend who accompanied me to SBC 2019  is a former military guard who recognized the formation from his days guarding military brass during Iraq deployment.
My friend from North Alabama was at his first ever SBC annual meeting and commented that Moore looks /acts like a  “Cocky Banty Rooster ( that is a dwarf breed of male chicken for those non country boys in the EC and Trustees.) https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Banty%20Rooster
What a sad impression Russell Moore and his “security detail ” made to a first time Convention goer who hoped to speak to Moore.
Example in this photo of VIP Security Training -Russell Moore would be the Principle in the ERLC security formation. This IS how Russell Moore moves in out and around the SBC Convention floor. No JOKE… except on those of us who are paying for it in CP funding.
AGAIN take notice EC Task Force -This is how Russell Moore enters moves around and leaves the SBC annual event. None of the other SBC leaders who are more well known than Moore carry a visible security detail .
One has to ask is “Russell Moore scared of fellow Southern Baptist, is he just a very insecure person with some phobia of crowds , or is he actually delusional in regard to his own self importance?”
Perhaps he is just playing POTUS but if so Moore is playing at Southern Baptist expense.
Besides his devoted following among Seminary students and young rebellious progressives, Moore is far less known to the average Southern Baptist than men like Paige Patterson or Adrian Rogers. But his impact is felt by all Baptist in the compromised positions of the ERLC under his watch which have placed the political influence and the public integrity of the SBC in ill light for years . Those of us who  do know who he is and what he has been up to since 2013 are really quiet weary of him and his rhetoric .
Russell Moore does not represent Southern Baptist at least not honestly .
That should cover the issues you need to consider in the EC Task Force and that the ERLC Trustees should lay to heart . All of you should at least  make a mental note so you can know why you will soon be witness to a mass exodus from the SBC if the Russell Moore ERLC status quo remains after this task force investigation is done. CP giving will certainly be impacted by that development.
ONE MORE THING….
I would add as well- “Please look into Russell Moore’s bizarre obsession with Sex Robots .
It is simply too obvious not to bring up.
Thanks Rev Thomas Littleton
SAMPLE OF RUSSELL MOORE SEMINARY “ETHICS CLASS TOPICS
” ETHICS CASE STUDIES(10pts @)1.How should Christians make use of Old TestamentLaw?
2.A member in yourchurch is part of the CIA. The membercomes to you and tell you that theyhavean overseas contact that theyarehaving sexual relations in order to gain intelligence. What advice do yougive this church member?Does your answer change dependon their marital status?
3.Is lying ever justified?
4.A member of your church is going to be deployed overseas for oneyear. They are married. The Department of Defensehas a contract with a sex-robot manufacturer. The member asks whether it is appropriate to use thesexrobot while separated from their spouse. What do you tell this member of your church?”
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, speaks at the April 11 launch event for his organization's statement on artificial intelligence.

2 Samuel 23

David’s Last Words

23 Now these are the last words of David.

Thus says David the son of Jesse;
Thus says the man raised up on high,
The anointed of the God of Jacob,
And the sweet psalmist of Israel:

“The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me,
And His word was on my tongue.
The God of Israel said,
The Rock of Israel spoke to me:
‘He who rules over men must be just,
Ruling in the fear of God.
And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
Like the tender grass springing out of the earth,
By clear shining after rain.’

“Although my house is not so with God,
Yet He has made with me an everlasting covenant,
Ordered in all things and secure.
For this is all my salvation and all my desire;
Will He not make it increase?
But the sons of rebellion shall all be as thorns thrust away,
Because they cannot be taken with hands.
But the man who touches them
Must be [a]armed with iron and the shaft of a spear,
And they shall be utterly burned with fire in their place.”

ALBERT MOHLER’S HOME CHURCH TRAINING FLOCK IN REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT/COMMUNITY SERVICE

MOHLER’S PASTOR’S LEAD SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCHES INTO MUSLIM REFUGEE PARTNERSHIPS

Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                                   2/27/2020

Albert Mohelr who is running for the Southern Baptist Convention President is a member of  Third Ave Baptist Church in Louisville KY . This is according to Baptist Press and other outlets who announced his nomination and acceptance in the Fall of 2019 .

MOHLER: ‘I WILL ACCEPT NOMINATION’ AS SBC PRESIDENT

“Mohler is a member of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., which reported 609 members and 800 average attendance on the 2019 SBC Annual Church Profile (ACP). With $1.075 million in undesignated receipts in 2019, the church gave $66,000, or 6.1 percent of receipts, to the Cooperative Program, according to the ACP. B&R”

MOHLER HOLDS UP HIS CHURCH AS A SUCCESS

Albert Mohler
@albertmohler

Need encouragement? This church was virtually empty and dead a generation ago, now filled with young Christians committed to the gospel. Third Avenue Baptist Church, Louisville.

And he preaches at Third Ave Baptist

Pray for Albert Mohler as he prepares to preach Romans 3:21-26 this Sunday. Read the text prior to prepare your hearts!

MOHLER’S CURRENT PASTOR/STAFF

Third Avenue Baptist Staff

Pastor of Mohler’s home church is Greg Gilbert who has a Masters from Mohler’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

https://equip.sbts.edu/chapel/john-322-36/

Greg Gilbert

Greg Gilbert
Senior Pastor, Third Avenue Baptist Church

Greg Gilbert (M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of What Is the Gospel? and Who Is Jesus?, and is the co-author (with Kevin DeYoung) of What Is the Mission of the Church?

 

https://thirdavenue.org/about-us

Third Ave Baptist outreach Pastor calling the church to”Community Service”

 

Email:  bbirkholz@thirdavenue.org

Ben Birkholz – Associate Pastor for Outreach

“Ben had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home, where God used the godly example of his family to bring him to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In September of ’99 Ben married his beautiful wife (highschool sweetheart!) Stephanie, and is father to three boys Samuel, Jacob and Luke. Ben and his family moved from Minnesota to Louisville in 2007. He spent four years serving on staff at a local homeless mission, and graduated from Southern Seminary before being called to Third Avenue as an Associate Pastor in 2011.”

Ben Birkholz is promoting a host of Community Service outreaches in his social media.

EXAMPLES

Third, come hear what are neighborhood school is saying about us and why it’s important you consider being involved! Tonight 5pm!

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Are you interested in working with kids and simultaneously making an impact with our Old Louisville neighbors? Then come and hear more about Cochran Elementary’s All Hands on Deck reading program at the upcoming volunteer orientation this Sunday at 5pm!

Including Foster Care Training

Come hear from those who are currently involved in foster care and how you can serve or support them in their efforts!

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THU, JAN 23
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MOHLER TRAINING WOKE COMMUNITY SERVANT PASTORS?

MOHLER’S COMMUNITY SERVICE CHURCH 
2019 year in review shows “community service ” focus for 2019 and beyond .

It’s been an exciting year! Lots to be thankful for.

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LIKE J D GREER MOHLERS CHURCH ROLLING OUT “REFUGEE  WELCOME “

One of the many reasons I love The Silver Dollar!

Many people donated food for the meal, and volunteers signed up to provide rides to the Frankfort Avenue restaurant for families that don’t have cars.
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“Many people donated food for the meal, and volunteers signed up to provide rides to the Frankfort Avenue restaurant for families that don’t have cars.
Many people donated food for the meal, and volunteers signed up to provide rides to the Frankfort Avenue restaurant for families that don’t have cars.”

If you’re interested in serving internationals and refugees in Louisville, come hang out with us tonight and hear how you can become more involved.

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WED, SEP 11, 2019

 

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“Are you interested in welcoming, serving, and connecting with refugees in our city? Come to our volunteer orientation to learn more about Refuge and how you can get involved? We need Welcome Teams, Families, Friends, Mentors, Drivers, You, Your Church, and much more! Please register below as an individual, family or group! “#refugelouisville #loverefugees

Register using this link:
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MOHLER’S HOME CHURCH THIRD AVE BAPTIST IS HOSTING THIS MINISTRIES EVENT 

OUR VISION

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Glorify God by partnering with local churches to love refugees and immigrants.

“We are intentionally focused on cultivating long term relationships by making ourselves as accessible as possible to refugee and immigrant communities. We pursue our vision through three main initiatives: (1) operating a Welcome Center embedded in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, (2) coordinating Welcome Family Teams to introduce local churches into the lives of refugees and immigrants, and (3) hosting various medical/dental/sports clinics and events that serve as relational connection points for local churches and internationals.”

OUR DISTINCTIVES

RELATIONSHIP-driven programs, not just community centers

“We believe in the transformative power of human relationships. We introduce compassionate and holistic support to refugees and immigrants in our communities as we partner with local churches. Our Welcome Family Teams, Welcome Center, and various events all serve to connect local church members into long term relationships with refugees and immigrants.”

https://www.refugeintl.org/welcome-teams

“Refuge Welcome Teams are trained groups from local churches who befriend refugee families and help them transition into life in a new culture. Whether it’s grocery shopping together, riding to a doctor’s appointment, or celebrating a refugee’s first birthday in America, Welcome Teams have innumerable opportunities to love refugees.”

“Where a refugee might otherwise feel lonely and isolated, Welcome Teams are able to come alongside them and let them know that they are not alone on their new journey in a foreign land.”

Board of Directors of Training Organization Refuge International

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Ryan Fullerton

IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH, LOUISVILLE, KY

Ryan is the Lead Pastor of Immanuel in Louisville since 2012. Immanuel is a sending church and supports 20+ international missionaries and church planters scattered all over the world. Born and raised in Canada, Ryan’s preaching ministry has affected many all over the world.

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Rahel Bosson

MD PSYCHIATRY RESIDENT, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, BOSTON, MA

Dr. Bosson is currently a Gratis Faculty Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. She formally served as the Medical Director of the Refugee Health Program (RHP) under the auspices of the Global Health Center (GHC) at the University of Louisville. Her role as director was to provide oversight of all medical activities within the GHC-RHP, including medical, psychiatric, psychological, and social services. She is board-certified in internal medicine and has worked with international populations locally and abroad. She has lived on three different continents and has presented both nationally and internationally on areas involving refugee health and refugee population-specific interventions. She is currently pursuing a second residency in psychiatry at Harvard University in Boston, MA. Her passion is Christ, who gives purpose to all that she does.

 

Jimmy Wright

LAUNCH INTL, LOUISVILLE, KY

Jimmy is CEO of Launch Intl, an impact real estate company headquartered in Louisville, KY. Launch specializes in property management for refugee and immigrant populations.

 

Ben Hedrick

BOARD CHAIRMAN – BEN@REFUGEINTL.ORG

LAUNCH INTL, LOUISVILLE, KY

Ben is a co-founder of Launch Intl, an impact real estate company headquartered in Louisville, KY. Launch specializes in property management for refugee and immigrant populations.

 

NOTE:Real Estate interest on the part of this ministry could prove a conflict of interest  as a “ministry”.

WELCOME TEAMSENGLISH MENTORINGHOME HEALTH & SAFETY CLASSWOMEN’S TEALANGUAGE-SPECIFIC BIBLE STUDIESASYLEE PROGRAMLOUISVILLE UNITEDCOFFEE ENGLISH CLASSES

The above efforts all fall under the problematic Faith Based Partnership Models which makes funding form the Federal Government and other internaitonal and private organizations available to participating ministries and churches . VERY Dangers and a conflict of interest and inhibits ministry  of the Gospel or any”explicitly Religious Activity by law.

CONCLUSION 

Mohler attends a Baptist church which pastor by one of his  disciples which is doing “Community Service “model of Social Justice WOKE ministries including Public School involvement, Foster Care Training , AND Refugee Resettlement Volunteer Training with partners from the  Refugee Organizations and The University of Louisville along  with private Real Estate interest who  support the Refugee Resettlement with housing.

According to a former Muslim who is a Christian refugee in the US -All “Religious Refugees” must apply for immigration to the US through the United Nations and Muslims are “moved to the front of the line right behind LGBTQ “Refugees” and Christians are placed at the back often waiting for 5 years or more “.

So Mohler’s church like Summit of current SBCPresident J D Greear are training their people to be the welcome wagon and use their churches as “Welcome Centers for Muslim Refugees ” along with the LGBTQ refugees at the front of the line.

https://www.refugeintl.org/asylee-program

“Refuge is partnering with churches to help families who are seeking asylum due to dangerous conditions in their home country by helping to provide Housing, Food, & Fellowship.”

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ALBERT MOHLER’S IMPACT ON NAMB

This is nothing new for Mohler as his former pastor Kevin Ezell is using the resources of North American Missions Board /Send Relief and the SBC Cooperative Programs to do the VERY SAME.

https://gobnm.com/sbc_news/namb-to-host-loving-your-muslim-neighbor-event-may/article_b65aae6c-66c8-11e9-ac7e-d338f83103b1.html

“ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BNM) – A May 2 conference hosted by the North American Mission Board hopes to encourage and equip Christians to love their Muslim neighbors.”

“The one day conference, “Islam and North America: Loving Your Muslim Neighbor,” will take place at NAMB’s offices in Alpharetta, Ga. A simulcast of the event will be available online at www.namb.net. Registration for both the conference and simulcast is free.”

“During the event, speakers Bob Roberts, Ed Stetzer, Andy DeFelice, Micah Fries, Keith Whitfield and Kambiz Saghaey will teach attendees “how to share the Gospel with Muslims while being sensitive to the fact they may have encountered negative reactions from others in [their] community,” according to a NAMB promotional email.”

“Muslim populations in the U.S. are often fearful due to both real and imagined prejudices. This makes it all the more important to begin a relationship with a Muslim or a Muslim family from a posture of genuine neighborly love. We want to share with and show those in your church how to love your neighbors in ways that open doors for Gospel conversations,” NAMB added.”

NOW NAMB /MOHLER’S FORMER PASTOR HAVE BUILT A MUSLIM REFUGEE CENTER WITH SEND RELIEF AND WORLD VISION /WORLD RELIEF PARTNERS ON BOARD.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2020/02/10/southern-baptist-namb-send-relief-build-muslim-welcome-center-fema-response-hub/

As SBC President Albert Mohler would no doubt be CALLING ALL SOUTHERN BAPTIST  to volunteer  and Baptist Churches to become Muslim Welcome Center.  In June 2020 at the SBC Orlando Baptist need to say “NO THANKS Albert Mohler- we will use our churches for the spread of the Gospel “.

IS ALBERT MOHLER DOUBTING HIMSELF? PART ONE.

WITH THE SBC’s PRESENT TROUBLES BREWING “ON ALBERT MOHLER’S WATCH “, HE AND HIS HENCHMEN MAY BE DOUBTING HIS ABILITY TO WIN SBC PRESIDENCY.

Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                              22/24/2020

Since October 2019 Albert Mohler ,President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS)  in Louisville KY has been making Baptist news as the presumed new/next front runner to replace current controversial SBC President J D Greear. Some in the SBC are facing “buyers remorse ” over Greear,  the young mega church pastor from North Carolina after his advocacy for “Pronoun Hospitality urging Baptist to live in the subjective reality of and use the preferred pronoun of transgender culture in order to make LGBTQ people “feel welcome”.

The idea of a Mohler presidency raises fears that it might deliver even more CREEP of the “WOKE”, Chrislam, Social Justice,Revoiced, Egalitarian Christianity threatening the denominations very existence in a not too distant future. Concern and growing frustration are ALREADY causing the SBC to hemorrhage both churches and members in a decades long decline that has proven irreversible thus far. This decline is also attributable to poor management of the Cooperative Program funding and programs which have resulted in big spending and negative growth for over a decade. More on these CP/ NAMB problems in article two in this series.

Regarding the 2020 Orlando election, Baptist seem to be understanding that ALL these ills coming upon the SBC took place on Al Mohler’s watch as President pf its flagship SBTS. Where was Al if not in the kitchen while all these ingredients were being adding to the SBC stew? The question more Southern Baptist may be  considering is “Can the SBC afford more Mohler influence?”.

BIG AL FOR PRESIDENT

H.B. CHARLES ANNOUNCED HIS INTENTIONS TO NOMINATE MOHLER ON OCT. 31ST 2019

http://www.bpnews.net/53859/mohler-i-will-accept-nomination-as-sbc-president

“H.B. Charles Jr., senior pastor of mega Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., tweeted Thursday (Oct. 31) his intention to nominate Mohler when the SBC meets June 9-10, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.”

“I’m delighted to announce my prayerful intention to nominate @albertmohler as our next SBC president when we gather together in Orlando in June 2020 for our annual meeting,” said Charles… “Our times are filled with serious challenges from our culture, along with as incredible opportunities for Gospel witness.”

“Charles promoted Mohler as one capable of mobilizing the SBC behind a common vision.”

MOHLER SOLIDIFIED CHARLES NOMINATION QUICKLY ON NOVEMBER 1ST 

“I am honored by the announcement by Pastor H. B. Charles, and I will accept nomination as president of the Southern Baptist Convention in June,” Mohler told BP. “All my life, I have sought to serve whenever asked by my denomination, and I would hope, if elected, to serve in a way that would unite Southern Baptists, strengthen our work together, add energy to our evangelism, and keep our hearts set on taking the [G]ospel to the nations.”

RECENT LANGUAGE SUGGEST MOHLER MAY BE LEAVING HIMSELF AN OUT.

Mohler granted an interview with B21 /Nate Akin during the recent Executive Committee (EC ) meeting where controversies manifest over the ERLC which is led by Mohler’s unpopular protege’  Democratic politician Russell Moore. Among other business, the EC appointed a task force to look into the ERLC where activist Moore and his Latte Mafia are having a negative impact (again) on Cooperative Funding .Over 100 churches withheld funding from the CP after Moore’s non stop inappropriate rhetoric against candidate Donald J Trump in 2016  wearied Trump enough to name the little  Baptist lobbyist calling Moore a “nasty guy with no heart”. Russell Moore is the guy who is ever shaming Christians for “hurting the Gospel ” by their “hateful public political rhetoric. ” The irony and hypocrisy of Moore’s two faced approach is wearing thin with many Baptist as are his left wing political affiliations like the Obama White House and now Obama Foundation.

These problems DO blow back on Mohler since he both educated and employed Russell Moore for over 20 years at SBTS and was a large part of the force behind Moore’s rise through the SBC ranks to  the head of the ERLC. The EC decision to look into ERLC is a problem for both Moore and Mohler and leaves a cloud of suspicion over both.

Meanwhile the B21 interview used language implying uncertainty concerning  the Mohler nomination though it was already acknowledged and accepted by  Mohler for the Presidency of the SBC in Orlando. The B21 wording strikes a cord of of a possible withdrawal of Mohler campaign. It has happened BEFORE.

NOTE :Akin refers to Mohler as a ‘potential candidate” for presidency of the SBC.

WHY?

“During the recent SBC Executive Committee meetings, Baptist21’s Nate Akin had the opportunity to interview Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr, President of SBTS and potential candidate for the 2020 SBC Presidential Election. During this interview with Dr. Mohler, the following important topics were addressed:”

  • The current state of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Dr. Mohler’s candidacy for SBC President
  • The newly announced Conservative Baptist Network
  • Critical Race Theory and more.

NOTE these issues and more are plaguing Mohler and promise to persist  given the mounting opposition to the mere idea of his “POTENTIAL” SBC leadership.

B21 Podcast Featuring Dr. Al Mohler

MOHLER HAS BEEN LAUDED AS THE SBC HAS CONTINUED IT’S DECLINE

As a darling of the national media, Mohler wears such labels as “one of America’s most influential evangelicals”, “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.” and has boasted at least a half dozen times to this writer that he “has appeared on the Larry King show 44 times”. (Forget that King retired over a decade ago.)

IS ALBERT MOHLER A BAPTIST RINO?

SURPRISING HISTORY OF THE LIBERAL ALBERT MOHLER 

While Mohler is regarded as a towering figure in the “Conservative Resurgence ” in the SBC  led by Paige Patterson and other imposing men of the Pulpit, Mohler has enjoyed haunting the hallowed halls of academia and has VERY LITTLE pastoral experience. Mohler followed in the wake of the leaders of the Conservative Resurgence which was defined by a singular focus upon the issue of “inerrancy of the Bible. The Mohler ascent to the Presidency of the denomination’s flagship Seminary SBTS came in 1993 after a short 3 year stint writing /editing at Georgia’s State Baptist Newspaper ” The Christian Index “.

BUT prior to his position at Georgia Index Mohler was FAR FROM a CONSERVATIVE.

According to Mohler’s close friend and college “pen pal” Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in DC and founder of 9MARKS (semi woke church planting organization), Albert Mohler was liberal in his views. Al was ” egalitarian ” in his views of inclusion of women for ordination and in pulpits and DID NOT BELIEVE IN THE INERRANCY OF SCRIPTURE “.

Reformation and the SBC: A Round Table Interview with Tom Ascol, Mark Dever, and Jared Longshore

Reformation and the SBC: A Round Table Interview with Tom Ascol, Mark Dever, and Jared Longshore

“In this interview, Jared Longshore asks Tom Ascol and Mark Dever about their 30+ year friendship, the reformation in Baptist life which has occurred over that time, and some counsel for the future work of gospel ministry.”

(NOTE : To hear Dever’s discussion of his history with the liberal young Albert Mohler forward to the last 15 minutes of the interview.)

TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING

MOHLER WILL NOT RUN “UNOPPOSED” IN HIS BID TO BE SBC PRESIDENT AND HIS RIVAL ADDRESSES THE SBC PROBLEMS WHILE MOHLER  IGNORES HIS OWN ROLE IN THEM.

http://www.bpnews.net/54172/randy-adams-to-be-nominated-for-sbc-president

Randy Adams to be nominated for SBC president

“Adams’ intended nomination will be brought to messengers at the SBC annual meeting June 9-10 in Orlando, Fla.”

“Adams said that if elected, he would aim to focus on the SBC’s Great Commission efforts, rebuilding trust among the Convention’s churches, entities and other organizations, reported the Northwest Baptist Witness.”

“In an announcement on Adams’ personal website, he said he believes the SBC needs a directional shift.”

“I am allowing my name to be entered into nomination for the presidency of the SBC because I believe that we need a clear change in direction in order to fulfill our God-given mission and reverse our present course of decline in every key measurement of Great Commission advance,” Adams said in the announcement.”

“While Southern Baptists retain considerable ability to impact the world for Christ, we are currently experiencing our greatest challenge. After waging a decades-long battle for the Bible, we are in danger of losing the war we were founded to fight, that of advancing the Great Commission by making disciples and rescuing the captives of the evil one.”

“If we do not honestly confront issues others will do so, including those who do not love the SBC like we do. Christians must be able to engage in honest discourse, speaking the truth in love.”

ALBERT MOHLER MAY JUST BE MORE WORRIED THAN HE WILL EVER ADMIT AS A “FAILED RUN” FOR PRESIDENT WOULD FURTHER BLEMISH HIS IMAGE.

More OPPOSITION was announced just before Executive Committee meetings.

On Valentine’s Day 2020 the Conservative Baptist Network issued a press release and announced it’s movement to push back against some of the  KEY issues facing the SBC.

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OUR PURPOSE

“The Conservative Baptist Network is a partnership of Southern Baptists where all generations are encouraged, equipped, and empowered to bring positive, biblical solutions that strengthen the SBC in an effort to fulfill the Great Commission and influence culture. “

  • The Network affirms the longstanding Baptist beliefs as expressed in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
  • The Network affirms the inerrancy, supremacy, and sufficiency of the Bible in all facets of life and application.
  • The Network affirms religious liberty and encourages Christian individuals and churches to influence the culture by engaging in the public policy process and demonstrating their patriotism.
  • The Network rejects various unbiblical ideologies currently affecting the Southern Baptist Convention such as Critical Race Theory, intersectionality, and social justice.
  • The Network is committed to seeing the SBC function biblically — efficiently, and  strategically — believing Convention entities and leadership are accountable to and encouraged by the autonomous, local churches that cooperate together.

 

MOHLER IDENTIFIES HIMSELF IN OPPOSITION TO CBN IN A FOOLISH TWEET ATTEMPTING TO DEBUNK THE NEW GROUP. EC MEMBER ROD MARTIN COMMENTED.

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Mohler has been associated with The Gospel Coalition, Together for the Gospel, and plethora of organizations with membership, vision AND mission statements, conferences, and sponsors. So IF he is not concerned about his own “conservative ” image and his candidacy for President of the SBC then why speak out against and establish yourself in/as opposition to the Conservative Baptist Network?

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Since Mohler loves to do Q & A sessions called “Ask Me Anything” perhaps he will tell in advance if he is leaving himself an out in his bid for SC President in 2020 given the odds of winning may no longer be in his favor.

PARTS 2 AND 3 WILL EXAMINE THE DEEPER PROBLEMS WITHIN THE SBC ON MOHLER’S WATCH AND HIS ROLE IN THEM AND WILL ALSO DIVE DEEP INTO THE LINGERING DOUBTS THAT PLAGUE MANY WHO ONCE TRUSTED MOHLER AS A BIBLICAL CONSERVATIVE.

 

REVOICE LEADERS WELCOMED IN 2017 BY DAVID UTH HOST OF BAPTIST PASTORS CONFERENCE 2020

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ORLANDO PASTOR DAVID UTH WILL HOST THE KICK OFF TO THE SBC 2020 MEETINGS IN ORLANDO. THE CONTROVERSIAL PASTOR ALSO HOSTED REVOICE LEADERS IN 2017 “POSTURE SHIFT INTENSIVES” AT FBC ORLANDO

 

Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                                2/12/ 2020

David Uth pastor of First Baptist Church Orlando has recently found himself in the midst of controversy after announcing the speakers for the 2020 Southern Baptist Pastors Conference to be held at this church.

http://www.bpnews.net/54310/pastors-conference-president-responds-to-lineup-concerns

The line up of speakers is problematic in part because it includes several non Southern Baptist one of whom is a  woman “Pastor”. This comes in the midst of a push for the SBC to consider the election of a woman (i.e. Beth Moore ) as president of the Convention while the SBC remains firmly committed to resist egalitarian ideology in ordination practices and pastoral roles for women.

David Uth explains his reasoning

“”My goal, my prayer was that we could open ourselves up to hear from people that maybe were good friends of ours, but not in our Southern Baptist Convention,” Uth said. “I feel like they have a message for us. I feel like God wants to speak to us through them. So my goal and my hope was that we could hear their message, we could learn from them, and we could embrace it.”

UTH PAST CONTROVERSY OVER LGBT /PULSE TRAGEDY

“Orlando’s Leaders Mourn Massacre Victims at Church Service”

“ORLANDO, Fla. — The city’s civic and religious leaders gathered on Tuesday night for prayer and song at the First Baptist Church of Orlando to mourn the 49 victims who died at the Pulse nightclub early on Sunday.”

In a Rueters article David Uth issued the following “Apology ” for Christians

‘WE APOLOGIZE’

“On Sunday, First Baptist Orlando Pastor David Uth plans to use his pulpit to remind his 19,000-member congregation that even if they do not agree with people’s lifestyle, they should remember that God’s love encompasses all.”

“We’re the worst at really, genuinely loving like Jesus,” he said of Baptists, calling it a church failure that gays and lesbians feel unwelcome in its pews. “That we own completely. We apologize.”

WHAT IS THE ERROR HERE?

PASTOR UTH IS OPERATING ON THE FALSE PRESUMPTION: “CHRISTIANS LACK COMPASSION TOWARD LGBTQ”

DAVID UTH HISTORY WITH REVOICE LEADERS AT FIRST BAPTIST ORLANDO

Meanwhile Daivid Uth and First Baptist Orlando have hosted the leaders of the disturbingly radical and divisive “Revoice LGBT+ Flourishing “movement in 2017 for a “Posture Shift  Intensive” training session. ( Posture Shift is a ministry which is lead by Bill Henson who works closely with Revoice leaders who he has hosted at the PS Orlando. Henson also works in/ with the Revoice event  which was in the planning and pre-launch stages inn 2017)

REVOICE HISTORY

REVOICE was founded by Albert Mohler disciple and SBTS New Testament teacher Nate Collins from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. While still in the planning stages for the first Revoice conference held in St Louis MO in a PCA church -the Revoice leadership held a trail run working together in the POSTURE SHIFT INTENSIVE  of leader Bill Henson’s “Lead Them Home” ministry .

ALBERT MOHLER AND LGBT+ / REVOICE CONNECTIONS

Albert Mohler has his own history of compromise AND APOLOGIES  for the church on LGBTQ as detailed in the recent video by Dr E S Williams from the UK.

“Albert Mohler and the Gay Revolution”

“The purpose of this video is to evaluate the teaching of Dr Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on the subject of homosexuality. Mohler is encouraging the Church to embrace the issue of sexual orientation, a psychological concept that is entirely without biblical warrant. He accuses evangelicals of having lied about the nature of homosexuality and of practicing a form of homophobia. He fully supports the ministry of same-sex attracted Sam Allberry, a Church of England priest. His position is similar to that of the gay agenda, which seeks to normalize homosexuality in society and the Church.”

REVOICE FOUNDER/ ALBERT MOHLER DISCIPLE – NATE COLLINS PROMOTED THE POSTURE SHIFT CONFERENCE AT DAVID UTH FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ORLANDO 2017

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Lead Them Home presents Posture Shift Intensives, our 2-day course to train churches and ministries on effective LGBT+ outreach, care and relational skills. Bring your whole leadership team (at a discounted price) to transform your church’s capacity to live out the Gospel for LGBT+ people in your co…”
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Lead Them Home presents Posture Shift Intensives, our 2-day course to train churches and ministries on effective LGBT+ outreach, care and relational skills. Bring your whole leadership team (at a discounted price) to transform your church’s capacity to live out the Gospel for LGBT+ people in your congregation and community.”

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  • Teaching by national church and ministry consultant Bill Henson (Creator of Posture Shift)
  • Book release meet-and-greet with Dr. Preston Sprinkle (Grace/Truth, 2017)
  • Meet-and-greet with emerging authors Gregory Coles (Single, Gay & Christian, 2017) and Nathan Collins (All But Invisible, 2017)

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Day 1: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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“Lead Them Home is North America’s leading training and consulting resource for church and ministry leaders on LGBT+ inclusion and care.”

“Our vision is loving LGBT+ people in the Church via our mission: to enhance church inclusion, increase family acceptance, protect against victimization, and nourish faith identity in LGBT+ lives.”

POSTURE SHIFT GOALS

“ENHANCE CHURCH INCLUSION”

“INCREASE FAMILY ACCEPTANCE ”

“PROTECT AGAINST VICTIMIZATION ”

“NOURISH (LGBTQ PEOPLE) FAITH IDENTITY ”

 

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““A gospel of exclusion has NO power to reach already-banished people.”
–Bill Henson, Creator of Posture Shift”

ABOVE INFORMATION IS FROM THE 2017 AND 2019 POSTURE SHIFT ORLANDO

 

BILL HENSON WORK WITH SBTS  NATE COLLINS REVOICE 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Bill Henson, Lead Them Home Founder, will be a presenter at the Revoice Conference in St. Louis, MO

“ANNOUNCEMENT: Bill Henson, Lead Them Home Founder, will be a presenter at the Revoice Conference in St. Louis, MO”

“A new conference is on the horizon and we could not be more excited! Revoice Conference is being developed by some amazing friends and ministry partners of Lead Them Home, including Nate Collins, the author of All But Invisible, with the mission “to encourage, support, and empower gay, lesbian, and other same-sex-attracted Christians so they can experience the life-giving character of the historic, Christian sexual ethic.

“Revoice is a non-profit that believes in the traditional Christian sexual ethic and view of marriage. The aim though is to make the Church a place where LGBT+/SSA people are more welcomed and able to grow in their faith identity. The Conference will take place July 26-28 in St. Louis, MO and bring together the well-known speakers on this topic from all over the country.”

“We are excited to announce that Bill Henson, our founder, will be among those speakers. Bill will be teaching a workshop entitled Building Justice Bridges: How a Missiological Approach Shifts Our Posture and Reaches LGBT People. In this workshop, Bill will be presenting the missiological approach of Posture Shift for church leaders at the conference.”

“Along with Bill, other speakers include Preston Sprinkle, author of People to Be Loved, Wesley Hill, author of Washed and Waiting, as well as our very own Ray Low!”

CONCLUSION

SBC CHOICE OF THE CONTROVERSIAL PASTOR DAVID UTH TO HOST THE PASTORS CONFERENCE WHILE SBC 2020 IS HELD IN ORLANDO IN THE CULTURAL SHADOW OF PULSE NIGHTCLUB TRAGEDY IS NO ACCIDENT. 

SBC leaders like Albert Mohler, Russell Moore,  Ed Stetzer ( who will chair the SBC 2020 Resolutions Committee) and others KNOW that the Revoice movement in the SBC is a VERY DIVISIVE ISSUE . Response , or lack thereof. to Revoice errors in the Presbyterian Church of America is splitting that denomination already.

RESPONSE /OPPOSITION TO REVOICE IN PCA 2019

https://www.theaquilareport.com/responding-to-revoice-the-case-for-overture-28-at-the-pca-general-assembly-part-one/

BY JANUARY 2019 CONSERVATIVES IN THE PCA KNEW REVOICE WAS BEING COVERED UP

https://www.theaquilareport.com/is-revoice-lgbt-thriving-through-cover-up-in-pca-missouri-presbytery/

BY JUNE 2019 PCA GENERAL ASSEMBLY REVOICE CELEBRATED IT’S PCA VICTORY

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/06/30/pca-general-assembly-revoice-hospitality-suite/

RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE PCA SPLIT

https://www.theaquilareport.com/vanguard-presbytery-a-new-presbyterian-denomination-being-formed/

WILL THE SBC SPLIT ? IF IT DOES -THE REASONS WILL BE CLEAR.

SBC LEADERS WANT TO MAINSTREAM “LGBT+ THRIVING ” ALONG WITH CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND INTERSECTIONALITY AND “REFUGEE RELOCATION” SOCIAL JUSTICE GOSPEL BECAUSE….

Clearly the main reason for the push of these controversial issues like Revoice and the choice of David Uth and First Baptist Church to host SBC 2020 Pastors Conference to “kick off” the Southern Baptist Conventions annual meeting in Orlando is because it PAYS.

Given the bonanza of Faith Based Grants and long term partnerships with state and federal government and private foundation/ corporations -the “New- Next -With It” SBC leadership can position themselves well in the “Brave New World”.

IF THE SBC SPLITS AND CONSERVATIVES LEAVE…THEY WILL SIMPLY BE DONE WITH THOSE OF US WHO HOLD BIBLICAL CONVICTION WHICH INSPIRES THE OPPOSITION TO THEIR LONG AND SHORT TERM GOALS !

It is likely that Albert Mohler, Ed Stetzer, Russell Moore, David Uth are SIMPLY  “WAITING TO EXHALE ” and say to regular, CONVENTIONAL, “problematic” and non progressive Southern Baptist -“GOOD RIDDANCE “.

WHILE SBC TALKING HEADS ATTACK BLOGGERS AND WHISTLE BLOWERS THEY POINT BONY FINGERS BLAMING THOSE PROPHETIC VOICES OF BEING DIVISIVE …

But in reality –

It is the change agents in SBC leadership embracing Revoice and OTHER radical ideologies who are dividing the denomination . It just may be intentional and according to plans.

ROMANS 16

Avoid Divisive Persons

17 “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. 18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. 19 For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. 20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.”

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”

 

 

 

 

 

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SOUTHERN BAPTIST NAMB /SEND RELIEF BUILD MUSLIM WELCOME CENTER & FEMA RESPONSE HUB

Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                                     2/10/2020
Southern Baptist North American Missions Board, under the direction of Albert Mohler’s former pastor and pick to head the Southern Baptist entity  has been busy spending millions of missions dollars on developing a network of Send Relief Ministry Centers across North America.

NAMB  “AMBULANCE CHASING ” WITH RUSH TO PARTNER WITH FEMA IN PUERTO RICO ?

NAMB had abandoned its work in Puerto Rico several YEARS ago and had NO BOOTS ON THE GROUND  on the island which is a US territory. That all changed after the 2017 Hurricane named Maria. NOW NAMB has built the Send Relief Center as a launching pad for “Crisis Response and Storm Recovery”.
Former SBC Seminary/ University  professor Dr. Robert Oscar Lopez who is of Puerto Rican descent  recently returned to to the island to visit family and the ancestral home now in ruins form Maria.  He pointed out that many native churches remain and are very involved in ministering to Puerto Rico’s people while NAMB had pulled all resources off the island . NAMB have now returned to position themselves with the FEMA effort long term . Dr. Lopez likened the sudden return to an abandoned and storm ravaged Puerto Rico to “Ambulance Chasing ” on the part of Ezell and NAMB/ Send Relief leaders.

NAMB RECENT CELEBRATIONS IN PUERTO RICO

After dedicating a NEW Puerto Rico Send Relief Center with NAMB Trustees , Ezell last week  held a meeting announcing plans to expand the development of these Send Centers from 7 to perhaps 20 or more across the nation. The Puerto Rico Send Relief Center is in partnership with FEMA focused on the disaster response and rebuild of Puerto Rico after the 2017 Hurricane Maria and recent earthquakes. All look to be based on the Faith Based Partnership models with local, federal government entities and private foundations and corporations. These partnerships seek to utilize the church and ministries such as the Send Relief Center as delivery systems for human and social services. NAMB looks to have bought DEEPLY into the “Faith Based” vision and is investing even MORE with the development of this network of Send Relief Centers.
Several other centers around the country are focused on “Poverty” “Sex Trafficking ” and other popular and easily funded FBP initiatives …while the ONE CLOSEST to NAMB home offices near Atlanta is an even  more controversial use as a “Muslim Welcome Centers”

NAMB/SEND RELIEF CENTER CLARKSTON GEORGIA

REFUGEES AND INTERNATIONALS

Clarkston
Ministry Center

“Ministry to any refugee community requires sensitivity and a focus on meeting basic needs while helping refugees become established in a new home and unfamiliar culture. We invite you to join us in Clarkston, Georgia, at our Clarkston Ministry Center and experience an international mission opportunity right here in North America. Known as the “Ellis Island of the South,” there are great needs, but there are also great opportunities for churches and individuals to invest in and learn from the residents of this unique community.

LEARN MORE   ”

Clarkston Ministry Center

According to Refugee Resettlement statics in GEORGIA:

Refugee resettlement

“Georgia is among states that receive the highest amount of refugees for resettlement, and has resettled more than 37,000 refugees since 1993.[18] Clarkston receives a large portion of these refugees, but arrivals have gradually declined yearly since 2016.[19] In 2016, then Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued and then reneged on an executive order attempting to cease influx of Syrian refugees into the state.[20] Additionally, as of 2019 federal funding for refugee programs has decreased and executive orders have been issued that allow states increased authority to limit resettlement, which has resulted in the downsizing of several Georgia resettlement organizations.[21]

Organizations that aid the resettlement of refugees in Clarkston include:”

Southern Baptist North American Missions Board is the domestic “Missions” arm of the Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Missions Program . NAMB President is Kevin Ezell the former pastor and close associate of Albert Mohler .

Al Mohler’s pastor recommended as new NAMB president

“ALPHARETTA, Ga. (ABP) — The pastor of one of the Southern Baptist Convention’s most visible leaders will be recommended as the new head of the denomination’s North American Mission Board.”

 

“Kevin Ezell, pastor of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., was announced as a presidential search committee’s nominee Aug. 31, in a letter to NAMB trustees from board chairman Tim Dowdy, according to the Florida Baptist Witness. Dowdy is pastor of Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Ga.”

“At Highview, Ezell serves as pastor to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler, a nationally prominent Calvinist theologian and conservative commentator on social issues.”

“A native of Paducah, Ky., Ezell is a graduate of Union University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southern Seminary. He has served as pastor of churches in Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Texas.”

“If elected, he will succeed Geoff Hammond, who resigned just over a year ago after clashing with board members amid allegations of cronyism and low staff morale at NAMB. Hammond himself replaced Bob Reccord, who resigned in 2006 after allegations of mismanagement.”

 NAMB SPENDING SPREE PLANNED

NAMB has been busy spending millions of missions dollars on developing a network of Send Relief Ministry Centers across North America.

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“SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) – North American Mission Board (NAMB) president Kevin Ezell shared a series of five-year goals, including more than doubling the entity’s number of Send Relief ministry centers throughout North America.

“Our goal,” Ezell said, “is to add at least 13 more by 2025 so we can have 20.”

During their full board meeting trustees took action on several other items:

  • Trustees approved spending up to $15 million from NAMB reserves for the expansion of Send Relief ministry centers throughout North America.
  • Trustees voted to receive an independent auditor’s report for fiscal year 2018-2019. The auditors gave NAMB an unqualified, clean audit, the highest rating possible.
  • NAMB Chief Financial Officer Matt Smith shared fiscal year financial details to-date which show revenues over expenses are running $456,382 ahead of budget as of December 31, 2019.”

“Thank you so much,” NAMB president Kevin Ezell told the missionaries. “You are our heroes and we are so grateful for you. We can’t wait to see how your churches are multiplied and what’s going to be here in the years to come.”

SBC CURRENT PRESIDENT J.D. GREEAR SPOKE AT THE EVENT 

“J.D. Greear, pastor of Summit Church in Durham, N.C., and current president of the Southern Baptist Convention attended a portion of the meetings with trustees.”

“I can’t tell you how grateful I am and what an impact this has had just to be with you all for a little bit and to experience, this afternoon with our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters, the movement that they are a part of,” Greear said. “This is something that is really, really special, and I just sat there today thinking, ‘It doesn’t get much better than this.’”

 

EZELL OUTLINES NAMB PLANS 

“The broader goals Ezell outlined for NAMB include 6,000 new Southern Baptist churches by 2025 coming from a combination of new church plants, new church affiliations and new church campuses. In addition to the ministry centers, Ezell wants to see 100,000 people engaged in Send Relief compassion ministry. In evangelism, NAMB will pursue commitments from at least 50,000 people who say they will share Christ with at least one person.”

“A lot can happen in five years and a lot might need to be adjusted,” Ezell said. “But as we look at 2025, this where we want to be.”

Ezell’s announcement came during NAMB’s Board of Trustees meeting in Puerto Rico this week as the group met February 3-4 in San Juan.”

NAMB SEND RELIEF CENTERS

 

“NAMB’s Send Relief ministry centers each focus on one or more area of work: poverty; refugees and internationals; foster care and adoption; human trafficking and crisis response.”

SEND RELIEF WORK IN MUSLIM RESETTLEMENT

NAMB  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE CLARKSTON  GA.
Muslim Welcome Center
MINISTRY OPPOTUNITES IN CLARKSTON
According to Refugee Resettlement statics

Refugee resettlement

CLARKSTON ISLAMIC REFUGEE HISTORY OVERVIEW
“The city is noted for its ethnic diversity, and is often referred to as “the most diverse square mile in America” and “the Ellis Island of the South. In the 1990s, refugee resettlement programs identified Clarkston as a good fit for displaced persons of many backgrounds. The rental market was open, residents were moving farther out from the Atlanta urban core, and Clarkston was the last stop on a transit line into the city. At present students attending Clarkston High School come from over 50 different countries; the local mosque (Masjid al-Momineen, or Mosque of the Faithful in English) has a diverse and sizable congregation; and over half the population is estimated by some to be foreign born”

“Georgia is among states that receive the highest amount of refugees for resettlement, and has resettled more than 37,000 refugees since 1993. Clarkston receives a large portion of these refugees, but arrivals have gradually declined yearly since 2016. In 2016, then Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued and then reneged on an executive order attempting to cease influx of Syrian refugees into the state. Additionally, as of 2019 federal funding for refugee programs has decreased and executive orders have been issued that allow states increased authority to limit resettlement, which has resulted in the downsizing of several Georgia resettlement organizations.”

“Organizations that aid the resettlement of refugees in Clarkston include:”

NAMB/SEND RELIEF CLARKSTON CENTER PLAN AND LAWSUIT

About the Center

“Ministry to any refugee community requires sensitivity and a focus on meeting basic needs while helping refugees become established in a new home and unfamiliar culture. We invite you to join us in Clarkston, Georgia, at our Clarkston Ministry Center and experience an international mission opportunity right here in North America. Known as the “Ellis Island of the South,” there are great needs, but there are also great opportunities for churches and individuals to invest in and learn from the residents of this unique community.”

LAWSUIT  BY NAMB
“NAMB sues Georgia town over plans for new $10 million Send Relief ministry center”

The Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board is suing the city of Clarkston, Georgia as the town’s city council stands in the way of plans related to a proposed $10 million Send Relief ministry center.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the lawsuit was filed last week in the Superior Court of DeKalb County. ”

“The document accuses the Clarkston government of unlawfully halting progress on a proposed missionary center by not approving a permit allowing the SBC entity to demolish two uninhabitable homes from the early 1900s located on property that it owns.”

“NAMB, the domestic missions agency of the SBC, owns the Clarkston International Bible Church and seeks to build a massive Send Relief ministry center that will be spread out across four blocks and include spaces for missionary housing, a medical center, parking, a gym, and training center. ”

“According to Baptist Press, NAMB purchased the congregation’s property in May 2018 as part of a partnership to replace the church’s aging buildings. ”

The historic church became the first of NAMB’s seven new Send Relief ministry centers.

According to its website, Send Relief aims to provide resources, training experiences and events to help churches engage in relief work for those in crisis. The Send Relief center in Clarkston will focus on providing aid to “refugees and internationals.”

EZELL REPRESENTS BATTLE IN CLARKSTON AS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY CONCERN FOR CHURCHES

KEVIN EZELL FEAR MONGERING ?

“In its lawsuit, NAMB stated that it seeks to build the campus in Clarkston because of the towns’ large refugee population.”

“In an interview with The Christian Index, Ezell warned that actions such as those taken by the Clarkston City Council should be of concern to churches everywhere. ”

“We own property and … to retroactively do this violates our basic rights,” Ezell was quoted as saying. “This is not only to protect our property but others. It could affect other churches. Who’s to say where it can stop?”

NAMB’s BOHEMIAN MAYOR ALLY

CLARKSTON MAYOR THE NAMB ALLY FROM QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY

 

https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/08/what-happens-when-a-georgia-mayor-gets-a-queer-eye-makeover/566441/

What Happens When a Georgia Mayor Gets a Queer Eye Makeover

“The public official was first elected in 2013 at just 30 years old, the youngest mayor in the history of Clarkston, Georgia, the Ellis Island of the South. But his wrinkled flannelsand tattered Converse shoes didn’t impress his older constituents.”

“So Terry appeared on season two of Queer Eye, Netflix’s reboot of the mid-2000s makeover show hosted by five gay men. The Fab Five mentored the “hipster mayor” on public speaking, hosting dinner parties, and keeping his resistance beard moisturized at all times.”

https://christianindex.org/clarkston-mayor-affirms-churchs-ministry-to-refugees-immigrants/

Clarkston mayor affirms church’s ministry to refugees, immigrants

“NAMB Clarkston Refugee involvement began in 2017 “In effect, NAMB will take away the church’s microphone and give it a megaphone to train others in mercy/compassion ministries.”

 

“The City of Clarkston appreciates that recognition by the Southern Baptist Convention. In some ways it is tracking right alongside the church with its unwavering acceptance of refugees and immigrants.”

Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry affirms Clarkston International Bible Church’s historic outreach to the refugee community and for standing by the group during the national debate. CITY OF CLARKSTON/Special

On February 7 – the same day NAMB trustees tentatively approved the partnership – the Clarkston City Council passed a proclamation reaffirming the town as a welcoming place of refuge to its ever-growing refugee and immigrant population. Read the document here.

“We want to say, once again, that Clarkston loves refugees and we very much remain a compassionate and welcoming city. We are proud to be a part of such a blessed community of neighbors,” Terry told The Index.

“The document was passed in the wake of a recent national ban on immigration signed as an Executive Order by President Donald Trump. The 90-day ban caused chaos at airports internationally, resulted in protests around the world, and was suspended by the nation’s judicial syst due to a lack of detail on how the order was to be enforced.”

MORE ON CLARKSTON GEORGIA TRANSFORMATION 

Georgia city transformed by refugees

CLARKSTON GEORGIA IS NOW DESCRIBED ASELLIS ISLAND OF THE

https://www.theadvertiser.com/in-depth/news/2020/02/04/clarkston-georgia-ellis-island-south-refugees/2662353001/

How ‘the Ellis Island of the South’ is teaching Americans to care for immigrants

HISTORY OF ISLAMIC CENTER IN CLARKSTON

MUSLIMS HAVE THEIR OWN WELCOME CENTER IN ATLANTA AREA SINCE 1089

Muslim presence in Clarkston SINCE 1989. From the Mosque and Muslim Center website

“Masjid Al-Momineen was established in 1989 in a rented 4 bedroom house on Church Street in Clarkston – by Divine Providence and generous donations from a group of 100 Afghan immigrants residing mostly in and around the city of Clarkston. Soon other Muslims from Pakistan and the Indian subcontinent joined the community followed by refugees from war stricken Iraq, Kurdistan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. At that time, there were fewer than 7 other mosques in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Over time, Muslims from many other countries of the world including Myanmar and Syria came in to make Clarkston the biggest international Muslim community in Atlanta. “

“The primary services offered by Masjid Al-Momineen are the five daily prayers, Friday prayers, Tarawih prayers during the entire month of Ramadan, and the two annual Eid prayers. In addition, Masjid Al-Momineen provides funeral and matrimonial services to all Muslims. What makes Masjid Al-Momineen unique is its very location in the heart of Clarkston, Georgia, where the vast majority of political asylum seekers from around the world are brought in by various government and non-governmental refugee settlement organizations. Clarkston; therefore, serves as the main jumping platform for the Georgia immigrant Muslim population. Masjid Al-Momineen, by extension, receives the bulk of the Georgia immigrant Muslims for the duration of their stay in the city. Over the years, wave after wave of refugees have come to Clarkston, and left the city for other locations upon achieving financial stability. Some in the process stay behind, open businesses, and engage in gainful employment in Clarkston or the surrounding cities. Masjid Al-Momineen has the distinct privilege of servicing the religious and social needs of every immigrant Muslim to this city. Our goal is to provide the community with proper social services such as family and marital counseling, job and career training, language and ESL training; and to provide them with after school care, and internet access. Our objective is also to embark upon a permanent campaign to build bridges of understanding between Muslims, non-Muslims; city, county, and state officials. We would like to build a model that will ultimately benefit not just the Muslims but also the non-Muslim refugee populations.”

Goal

“Our goal has been to build a place of worship that serves as the community center for a diverse group of immigrant and local Muslims representing over 30 countries; to build a beautiful landmark in the city of Clarkston which hosts expats from no fewer than 70 countries; to build a place where Clarkston and neighboring residents could convene and to build bridges of understanding and love towards other fellow human beings and to celebrate the diversity of the city and the congregation of Masjid Al-Momineen; to construct not just a building but a center for human networking, promotion of family values, free education for all but specifically for the girls and for the underprivileged, and to build a youth center that advances athleticism, diversity, talent development, and community engagement.”

“With the Grace of Allah SWT, and generous donations from metro Atlanta Muslims and even partially from other areas, we have finally achieved the first part of our goal of building a beautiful landmark. We now turn our focus on the real work! Let us begin by making sincere Du’as. Let us come together to make the new facility a true center of positive human interaction dedicated to promotion of worshipping God and servicing mankind.”

WHY DOES NAMB NEED TO BE PRESIDING OVER THESE ACTIVITIES ?

CONCLUSION

THE SBC ELITE WANT TO GET RID OF TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND ITS POLICES .WHY?

While feeding at the FEMA trough of public funding The SBC/ NAMB /Ezell still appear to be concerned about problems with further opportunities to cash in with Muslim Human Migration marketed as Muslim Refugee Resettlement .The problems were caused by the Trump administration’s  immigration and border security standards. Never mind that these are among some of the Presidents most publicly supported policies.

President Trump immigration policies and reforms limiting refugee numbers is a big issues for NAMB/ World Vision / World Relief and other organizations who have partnered with the Obama Administrations Muslim Migration /open borders policies.

Trump looks to be getting in the way of NAMB and these other organizations pot of gold at the end of the Faith Based Immigration Rainbow.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/12/30/seduction-politics-how-southern-baptist-elitist-plan-to-defeat-trump-in-2020/

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/anti-trump-neo-evangelicals-package-november-2020-gospel-issue

 

MORE ON THE SBC ANTI TRUMP POLITICS  HERE:

ANTI-TRUMP NEO-EVANGELICALS PACKAGE NOVEMBER 2020 AS GOSPEL ISSUE

“Anti-Trump Neo-Evangelicals Package November 2020 As Gospel Issue with Host Brannon Howse & Guest Tom Littleton ”

NAMB TROUBLES MULTIPLY

NAMB/ Ezell are already in the midst of a a lawsuit which is protest to both centralizing of controls by Ezell and NAMB officals and bully /intimidation tactics to force State level NAMB officials to comply with the centralized demands.

News Report Collection: McRaney vs. NAMB/Ezell & Several Court Filings

News Report Collection: McRaney vs. NAMB/Ezell & Several Court Filings

Various Articles Published on Our Legal Case

“In Dec. 2019, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against NAMB’s request to NOT have oral arguments heard.  The judges granted our request to argue before a panel of 3 judges.  The publicly conducted and audio recorded court proceeding will take place Feb. 6, 2020 at 9:00 AM in New Orleans LA, unless NAMB Trustees reach a resolution in advance.”

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: NO SOUTHERN BAPTIST PRESS HAS REPORTED ON THIS LAWSUIT NO DOUBT BECAUSE NAMB FUNDS THE BAPTIST PRESS .

 THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM-ZERO TRANSPARENCY

NAMB PARTNERSHIPS WITH GOVERNMENT AND SECULAR FUNDING HINDER THE GOSPEL

Top NAMB officials are seeking to centralize power against the bylaws of the SBC  and the Cooperative Program over which NAMB is given shared cooperation with State offices. Is the effort to centralize control in part driven by the need for secrecy and the expansion of NAMB’s faith based partnerships / FEMA centers and Muslim Immigration focus? Time will tell and so will the current legal challenges as they play out.

Meanwhile growing calls for TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY  are going unheeded by Kevin Ezell and NAMB national offices.

 

NAMB / SEND RELIEF CENTERS  are in full blown partnership with government and include opportunities for secular and private donors . These are problematic in the short and long term since the Federal and State funding guidelines actually forbid ministry in any  Faith Based funded programs in the name of protecting non-establishment clauses AND “non-discrimination” demands. Being yoked with Government funding/ tax dollars adds many such restrictions.

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/17/executive-order-fundamental-principles-and-policymaking-criteria-partner

see article 17 in the archived guidelines – https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/faith+based+ministry+forbidden/KtbxLwGgGnmrdKqqDCHKKMBSRpPWxDDGzg

Most private Foundations and many corporate board room are driven by political ideologies and certainly by political correctness and progressive “discrimination ” appearances and imagery. They will not fund NAMB or Send Relief to preach the Gospel and minister beyond the bounds of “seeking common ground for the common good /humanitarian aid. So for NAMB to market their activities as Gospel ministry and home missions is far from honest. The rush back in to Puerto Rico looks to be far more facilitated and motivated by FEMA funds than by a desire to spread the Gospel.

NAMB /EZELL / MOHLER HAVE CHOSEN TO LOOK TO MAN NOT GOD AND RELY ON THE ARM OF THE FLESH

NAMB stats on the over 760,000 meals provided, nearly 100,000 man hours invested in Puerto Rico vs the 1510 opportunities to share the Gospel on some level in the Maria recovery effort are shameful. According to their own reports 115 people came to faith in Christ. These numbers prove major problems exist with the entire NAMB/ Send Relief Centers and crisis response.

The missing ingredient would be the presence of the Holy Spirit and the motivations would likely be the single biggest factor in His absence.

John 16:5-15

The Holy Spirit Promised

“But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the [a]Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

12 “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”

SEX OFFENDER RESETTLEMENT IN YOUR COMMUNITY: ERLC “REFORMS” /CHURCH HIGHLANDS FAITH BASED MINISTRY HAS LED THE WAY.

FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS ARE BEYOND PROBLEMATIC- AS BAPTIST ERLC PUSHES FOR PRISON REFORM AND CHURCH OF THE HIGHLANDS SEEKS TO HOUSE SEX OFFENDERS IN RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES, THIS ONE IS AMONG THE WORST.

Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                                     2/3/2020

A little more than a year and a half ago some residence of Northeast Alabama near Muscle Shoals discovered a local motel in their residential community had begun the transition to a half way house for prisoners in a new program called Prison Re-entry , a work release program in a Faith Based Partnership with the Department of Corrections, Church of the Highlands/ Life Link and local business men. Upon further investigation the converted hotel had been purchased by a local businessman to house the Re-entry program from which he and other local businesses would find a ready labor force in partnership with the local Chamber of Commerce AND a newly planted Highlands “Shoals” location of Alabama’s fastest growing “multi site” Mega Church.

https://www.churchofthehighlands.com/campuses/shoals

CITIZENS CONCERN FOR CHILDREN / FAMILIES NEAR THE HALF WAY HOUSE

Already scheduled to be moved into the half way house were around 6 to 7 inmates the majority of whom were to be newly released sex offenders. Total capacity for the facility was proposed at 35-40 residents. Not only were local members of the community never informed of the plan or given opportunity to object to it, the local website tracking such offenders whereabouts had never been updated to include the motel and its residence in what the Re-entry “industry ” refers to as “clustering sex offenders”.

Concerned citizens sought answers and found the main partner in this new community development plan was not just local businesses but the Church of the Highlands -a popular Alabama church now boasting a new Muscle Shoals location for one of it’s 20 plus multi -site churches. Highlands choice to locate a new branch in the North West Alabama region looks to have been coordinated with the start up of the Re-Entry housing and partnerships. More updates guidelines including the Highlands / Life Link position as ” Stakeholders” in the ongoing plan also discusses the problems with placement of “Sex Offenders”.

LOCAL HIGHLANDS SHOALS  PASTOR DENIED INVOLVEMENT WITH THE RE-ENTRY HALFWAY HOUSE.

An interview was set up with the local Highlands pastor which was recorded out of concerns that Muscle Shoals Highlands pastor would be less than forthcoming. The recording proved to be a wise move as the pastor denied any Church of the Highlands involvement. This denial is just one of MANY ongoing problems to surface with the scheme which is also derived from the  Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and other evangelical groups years long push for broad Prison Reform and key Faith Based Partnership involvement.

The push for broad Prison Reform has produced, among other things, the Re-entry Program. Claims that Highlands was not involved are not credible since it’s own Prison Ministry  and Life Link has now taken over MOST of the work on Prison campuses which includes “ownership ” of operating the “Faith Dormitory ” through which all Re-Entry program inmates must flow into the program state wide. Given the acknowledged problems with locating sex offenders -the Partners involved cannot dismiss the validity of these issues related to citizens concerns over Children and families in the community which had been identified for the RE-Entry program.

ADVANCING IN THE SHADOWS

So why was the project advancing in the shadows without engaging the citizens in the process?

(Note : This author has done many years of Prison and Jail ministry and worked with Chaplains and faithful local ministries, inmates, and the families of inmates. The idea of providing Gospel ministry to and opportunity for inmates successful return to society and outreach and support to family members of inmates is NOT at issue here. What is at issue is a very flawed Faith Based Partnership model from the Obama administration and progressive partners like the ERLC that is a disaster waiting to happen.

Nothing good will come from allowing opportunity for inmates to be released into indentured service for a cheap labor pool through the Chamber of Commerce in order to attract businesses.

Church of the Highlands statewide take over of prison ministries, which began in 2013 looks to be driven to form such partnerships. These are problematic in the long term since the Federal and State funding guidelines actually forbid ministry in any  Faith Based funded programs in the name of protecting non-establishment clauses AND “non-discrimination” demands. Being yoked with Government funding/ tax dollars adds many such restrictions.

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/17/executive-order-fundamental-principles-and-policymaking-criteria-partner

see article 17 in the archived guidelines – https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/faith+based+ministry+forbidden/KtbxLwGgGnmrdKqqDCHKKMBSRpPWxDDGzg

MINISTRY AT THE EXPENSE OF ENDANGERING A COMMUNITY?

Church of the Highlands prison ministries cannot  help to serve the spiritual needs of inmates at the expense of endangering the local communities in which they intend to run MANY such Re-Entry half way houses with clustered inmates including sex offenders.)

RE-ENTRY HOW IT WORKS AND OTHER PARTNERS WITH THE CHURCH

Template in Tuscaloosa Alabama from 2017-18

http://www.tuscaloosachamber.com/posts/2017/09/13/new-collaborative-efforts-will-launch-a-prisoner-re-entry-ready-to-work-program

New Collaborative Efforts will Launch a Prisoner Re-Entry Ready to Work Program

September 13, 2017, 3:53pm

“Collaboration is a fundamental factor in building success. One of the ways in which West Alabama Works is achieving progress is by merging the strengths of the faith-based community, post-secondary education, and workforce development partners to create a Prisoner Re-Entry Ready to Work Initiative. Looking at the area’s needs, available resources, and how those combine to make long term, systemic change is a fundamental aspect of what occurs through West Alabama Works’ mission.”

“The Church of the Highlands has been working with correctional facilities for 5 years, offering assistance to thousands of inmates. More than 2,000 inmates attend church each Sunday and participate in small groups in the 14 correctional facilities The Church of the Highlands serves. The Church of the Highlands partners with LifeLink, a non-profit service provider to the Alabama Department Of Corrections, to deliver content to ex-offenders and offer instruction in areas such as soft skills. The University Of Alabama School Of Commerce also provides adult education to inmates.”

“Ready to Work classes will start in January 2018 at the Bibb County Correctional facility. Randy Walker, Highlands Correctional Ministries Pastor states, “We are always hopeful that any efforts to help incarcerated citizens successfully navigate their next steps will result in a better, more peaceful society for us all. We as a local church, are fully committed to serve and to support all efforts to make our state’s correctional system the best.”

“Local employers, such as CEMEX and Ready Mix USA are already excited to hire graduates of the Prisoner Re-Entry Ready to Work Program. Ready Mix USA is committed to hiring people that need a second chance. According to Marc Bryant Tyson, President of Ready Mix USA, “Our people drive for our success. We develop their potential in a meaningful way while keeping them healthy, safe and engaged. We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the LifeLink CORE Program, the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, The University of Alabama School of Commerce, Shelton State Community College, Bibb County Correctional Facility and Church of the Highlands.”

“Innovation that helps industries and benefits the community is welcomed and encouraged. The team at Church of the Highlands would like to open up the opportunity to any faith based organization in the West Alabama region interested in partnering in this extremely valuable endeavor.”

LARGER PRISON REFORM MOVEMENT LED BY BAPTIST ERLC / RUSSELL MOORE

The  Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission is headed by  former Democratic Congressional staffer Russell Moore who loves being in controversial political skirmishes. Moore’s ERLC commissioned a consulting firm Arrowhead Advising to help ERLC lobby for Prison Reform at the Federal level

ERLC and Prison Fellowship Support Prison Reform and Redemption Bill

https://www.congress.gov/…/115th-cong…/house-bill/3356/text…

Text for H.R.3356 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): Prison Reform and Redemption Act
Text for H.R.3356 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): Prison Reform and Redemption Act
ERLC CONSULTANT FOR PRISON REFORM IS LGBTQ ACTIVIST AND “EXPERT IN INTERSECTIONALITY” 
The ERLC Consultant is also a leader of the controversial LGBT+ Thriving Movement in conservative churches “Revoice ” movement .
The ERLC consultant’s name is Branden Polk and his area of expertise is in Social Justice and Social Change  at the intersection of racial and “LGBTQ civil rights”. This is realm is called “Intersectionality ” which confirms that Polk and his Arrowhead Advising work with Prison Reform is being approached as a ” Justice ” issue for the incarcerated.
This also means that the ERLC Reforms have a decidedly leftward leaning political component which will include “restoring voting rights ” to convicted felons -a hopeful winning strategy for Democratic Party Candidates in keeping with ERLC’s Russell Moore’s own political leanings and agenda.
ERLC ON VOTING RIGHTS

Barred from the voting booth

“Currently, Tennessee is one of 11 states that bans people with a felony record from voting unless they run a complex bureaucratic gauntlet to restore their right to vote. If the person moves, even within the state, they have to repeat the process. Restoration of voting rights also requires people to pay all fines and costs in full—a standard that’s often unattainable for people working low-wage jobs. ”

“Crime is serious and requires accountability, but voter disenfranchisement lasts long after people have paid their debt to society.”

BAN THE BOX  ANOTHER ADVOCACY FOR CONVICTED FELONS RIGHTS

 

Another Part of the Prison Reform effort includes what is called “Ban The Box ” a  product of multiple Civil Rights organizations regarding “employment discrimination” for requiring applicants to check a box indicating they HAVE been convicted of a crime before.
“How it Began: The Ban the Box campaign was started by All of Us or None, a national civil rights movement of formerly-incarcerated people and our families. We started the campaign in 2004, after a series of Peace and Justice Community Summits identified job and housing discrimination as huge barriers to our successfully returning to our communities after jail or prison. “
BAN THE BOX VIEWS THE CHALLENGES OF RE-ENTRY AS A JUSTICE ISSUE
So in order to secure “justice ” for those convicted of a felony the general public , employers, neighborhoods, and even schools and day cares would be POTENTIALLY  be denied the ability to know if a person has been convicted of a felony or has been incarcerated.
LEFT LEANING CORPORATIONS “BAN THE BOX”
LEADING THE WAY AMONG NATIONAL COMPANIES TO “BAN THE BOX…?
“Several large companies have adopted the “ban the box” policy: Starbucks, Facebook,
Home Depot, Target .” Interesting that all those eager to provide “justice” for offenders potentially at the expense of past of future victims are MOSTLY VERY LEFT LEANING  Corporations.
TARGET “BANNING THE BOX”  SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE SINCE IT WANTS TO OPEN THE DOORS OF THE WOMEN’S RESTROOM TO ALL COMERS FROM THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY. 

BAPTIST ERLC CALLS ON COMMUNITIES AND CONGREGATIONS

ERLC “A trend toward second chances”

“Tennessee is on the right track. Gov. Lee has served on the board of a faith-based reentry program for men and exhibits strong leadership toward restorative solutions in criminal justice. The governor even issued a proclamation making April Second Chance Month to “[increase] public awareness about the reentry needs of returning citizens and opportunities for individuals, employers, congregations, and communities to extend second chances.”

 BACK TO HIGHLANDS SHOALS RE-ENTRY

Four Way Inn 03.jpg

“The Four Way Inn motel on U.S. 43 is part of an Outreach Re-entry Ministry for individuals who have served time in prison. File/Times Daily”

 CHURCH OF THE HIGHLANDS SHOALS  DENIED INVOLVEMENT BUT….

Since the local concerned citizens both met with  Church of the Highlands Shoals  pastor , where he denied Highlands involvement , a broader coalition of concerned citizens also organized multiple efforts to raise awareness and have twice brought the issues with Highland’s Re-entry work release program and Sex Offenders before the local government in public meetings. Out of this effort has come a BILL proposed to limit the location of such Re-entry programs to non residential areas AND to force inspections of operations and require the locations to be BONDED to protect citizens in the case a child or local citizen is victim to a Re-entry Program inmate.

That Bill is called –

“REAGAN’S REENTRY PROGRAM FOR SEX OFFENDERS CHILD PROTECTION”

https://www.facebook.com/problemswithfaithbasedreentryprograms/

 

HIGHLANDS INVOLVEMENT AT THE CORE OF RE-ENTRY CONFIRMED

During the local efforts to stop the locating of the Re-entry half way house in a residential community, Highlands prison minister and other partners were busy compiling this 2019 plan for Re-entry and its partnerships .

Here is the link and some excerpts :

http://outreach.aum.edu/sites/default/files/Transitional%20Housing%20for%20Alabama%27s%20Former%20Inmates.pdf

 

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING
FOR
ALABAMA’S FORMER INMATES
Certified Public Manager® Program
Solutions Alabama 2019

PARTNERS INVOLVED

Alabama Department of Corrections

Alabama Department of Insurance

Alabama Department of Revenue

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Retirement Systems of Alabama

Alabama Department of Corrections, Re-Entry Director

“The transitional housing project team would like to acknowledge and thank the following people and organizations for providing their assistance and support throughout this project.”

Chamber of Commerce West Alabama, Workforce Development

The Foundry Ministries

Without Walls Counseling P.C., CEO and Licensed Professional Counselor

A Cut Above the Rest,

Church of the Highlands, Pastoral Staff

“There will be a large number of non-violent inmates released each year. In 2018,
15,225 inmates were released from ADOC’s jurisdictional custody with approximately seventyfour percent (11,217) having served less than ten years. These newly released inmates often leave prison without much assistance; however, they are expected to thrive as productive, lawabiding members of society.”

“Of the facilities identified through research, forty-seven
percent designate themselves as transitional facilities for former inmates; thirty-six percent are homeless shelters and eighteen percent are recovery facilities. ..Family homeless shelters are the strictest on who is allowed to stay, due to
concerns for the women and children who seek shelter there. Recovery shelters generally do not provide transitional housing for former inmates, even though some former inmates will still need the recovery programs on the outside of prison to succeed.”

 

WHERE IS CHURCH OF HIGHLANDS CONCERN FOR LOCAL FAMILIES ?

( NOTE :CONCERN FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN “FAMILY HOMELESS SHELTERS” IS ACKNOWLEDGED BUT NOTHING IS DISCUSSED ABOUT SAFETY OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN COMMUNITIES IN WHICH RE-ENTRY PROGRAMS ARE TO BE LOCATED.)

SEX OFFENDERS DISCUSSED

“Mr. Jerome Wells, CEO and Licensed Professional Counselor of Without Walls Counseling P.C., counsels federal prison sex offenders and individuals with addictive type behaviors. Those counseled are generally from Dismas Charities in Montgomery, a residential halfway house for federal inmates. At Dismas, the former inmate is required to complete a three month stay. Dismas provides transportation and medical services. According to Mr. Wells, it is difficult for sex offenders to find suitable housing and Alabama refuses to allow a contract for a sex offender to stay in a halfway house. Mr. Wells stated the federal government has re-entry services to ensure
Transitional Housing | Certified Public Manager® Program CPM Solutions Alabama 2019  a former inmate has access to resources to get identification cards and other services before leaving prison. ”

WITH NO LEGAL NOTICE THE MUSCLE SHOALS RE-ENTRY PROGRAM HAD PLANNED/ ASSIGNED INMATES OF WHOM OVER 65%  WERE SEX OFFENDER AMONG THOSE SCHEDULED FOR THE 4 WAY INN.

The problems with “clustering ” of sex offenders in residential communities might seem to be obvious to most but it seems they are not to Church of the Highlands or Prison Re-entry Program partners .

CHURCH OF HIGHLANDS WAS DOING THE SAME THING IN HARPERSVILLE ALA.

https://abc3340.com/news/local/future-use-of-flea-market-raises-questions

“A post is making its way across social media regarding the future use of a flea market on Highway 25 between Harpersville and Wilsonville. The post’s author claimed the site will be turned into a halfway house for sex offenders, and he urged his community to “show up and help stop” the plans at a meeting that has since been rescheduled.”

“The Church of the Highlands ministers to Bibb County Correctional Facility inmates, some of whom may have a role at the new transition facility, according to the mayor’s sources. As part of the church’s ministry program, inmates will build “tiny houses” for use at the former flea market site. After inmates complete the program and are released from prison, they can qualify to live at the facility’s tiny houses for a certain period of time. In their time at the facility, former inmates can receive training in a specialized trade. We are told that some of the residents would be sex offenders, and the address of the facility is compliant for registered sex offenders.”

HOW MANY RE-ENTRY HOUSING FACILITIES ARE THEIR ACROSS THE NATION ?WHAT PERCENTAGE OF SEX OFFENDERS WILL BE HOUSED IN THEM? NO ONE KNOWS .

This program continues to spread across not only the state of Alabama but the 2019 plan shows the participation of states all across the South East. Residents in the Shoals have NOW been INFORMED that their community “WILL have the Re-entry Program whether they like it or not”!

Perhaps in stead of merely waging an ongoing battle in the press and the struggle for legislation alone – Residence could /should also BOYCOTT  Church of the Highlands who APPEARS to have CHOSEN TO locate in the Shoals area to launch it’s Re-entry program in partnership with the local businesses eager to hire sex offenders which Church of the Highlands seems only to glad to provide without notifying the local community.

CONCLUSION

Faith based Partnerships prohibit ministries form freely proclaiming the Gospel. Explicitly Religious Activity is forbidden in Government funded programs. Of course the limits are often tested on these prohibitions BUT it is the law under Faith Based Partnerships guidelines. Ministries are compelled to provide services funded by the Government in a “non discriminatory ” manner and must seek to find and operate on “common Ground” for “the common ground “.

In the case of Faith Based Prison Re-entry programs ,for EXAMPLE this would include access to these programs by the growing prison population of  radical “Nation of Islam ” followers. This is Louis Farrakhan organization known for it’s racist and anti Christian rhetoric and widespread evangelism among the incarcerated. Farrakhan is very controversial and operates on the fringes.

“On May 8, 2010, Farrakhan publicly announced his embrace of Dianetics and has actively encouraged Nation of Islam members to undergo auditing from the Church of Scientology.” Nation of Islam is a huge issue for Prison Ministries among prison populations. This movements affinity with both radical racism and Islam is only made more problematic by adding association with the CONTROLLING cult of Scientology . Faith Based Programs like Highlands Re-Entry CANNOT turn these religious “seekers” and devotees away from participation on some level with Re-Entry programs without being charged with discrimination.

VICTIMS/CITIZENS  RIGHTS VS  SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR PRISONERS ?

Based on the inmates who have surfaced thus far in the Church of the Highlands Re-Entry program locations and half way houses – Sex Offenders enjoy equal protected status.  The COURTS  have long favored the rights of VICTIMS  of crime over the perpetrators “rights”. In the rush to Prison Reform and to CASH IN on Faith Based Grant funding- the rights of both victims and communities looks to be taking a back seat to INMATES  while the citizens whose communities are left in the dark, impacted and whose tax dollars are supporting the “partnerships”.

Perhaps Church of the Highlands many pastors should locate the Re-Entry programs in their own communities so they can understand these communities concerned with and in opposition to their Faith Based Partnership “Re-entry Vision “.