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HOW EVANGELCIAL LEADERS PRIMED THE CHURCH FOR THE “EQUALITY ACT”!

THE PENDING LEGISLATION CALLED THE EQUALITY ACT PLACES LGBTQ “RIGHTS” AT ODDS WITH RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, CONVICTION AND PERSONAL CONSCIENCE YET NO REAL STAND WAS TAKEN AGAINST IT BY EVANGELCIAL LEADERS. MANY WORKED TO SOFTEN CONVICTIONAL RESISTANCE TO IT BY PUSHING SOGI AND “INCLUSION”.

Rev Thomas Littleton

2/25/2021

You might be a bystander in the world of LGBTQ rights but no one lives in a realm unaffected by it. For people who identify as LGBTQ, the idea of the “full equality” giving sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) federal /legal/ Constitutional protections as a civil right on par with race, religion, and gender- this pending legislation appears to be reason to celebrate. However if all concerned with human rights were to look honestly at the global origins and rippling effects of this bold new frontier which redefines what it means to be human … we would all be VERY AFFRAID.

REALITY AWAITS

Americans in particular cannot grasp the immediate and long range impact on personal Constitutional rights, health care, religious liberty, freedom of speech etc. But all should find suspect the motives of progressives who are pushing this sweeping legislation. For the LGBTQ community “buyers remorse” certainly awaits.

SOGI -THE ILLOGICAL LEGAL UNREALITY

Sexual Orientation makes the case that people are born with unchanging sexual orientation toward heterosexual or homosexual or something along the LGB spectrum even though their is no proof of a gay gene. S.O. is “inborn and does not change”.

At the Same time – Gender Identity asserts that biological gender is separate from identity and therefore G.I. is fluid/ non binary and a person experiencing “Gender Dysphoria ” needs to be able to reconcile their physical presentation or public identity with their subjective feelings about their gender. This includes choosing their preferred personal pronouns and even legal government identifications to include subjective and even changing gender identities.

Non Discrimination law is then being -defined- fixed-practiced and enforced around SOGI via Equality Act legislation once it becomes part of the language of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

THINK ON THAT !

No one wins and EVERYONE loses when progressive global governments are empowered to redefine humanity /human rights/ and enforce false science and subjective identity. But this is where we are in human history.

LGBTQ/ SOGI ORIGINS

The Yogyakarta Principles

“In 2006, in response to well-documented patterns of abuse, a distinguished group of international human rights experts met in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to outline a set of international principles relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. The result was the Yogyakarta Principles: a universal guide to human rights which affirm binding international legal standards with which all States must comply. They promise a different future where all people born free and equal in dignity and rights can fulfil that precious birthright.”

WHO WINS?

Malthusians and human exterminators!

In the realm of human rights and civil rights – no set of goals has ever offered to turn all established metrics and standards on their heads more that the pro LGBTQ “Equality Act”. The combined legal narrative of a fixed “Sexual Orientation” (SO) and fluidification of biological gender into subjective/ non- binary “Gender Identity ” makes for some of the most sweeping efforts in human history to draft binding legal and nondiscrimination laws at the Constitutional level based upon unproven science and subjective feelings.

THE MISGUIDED CHURCH RESPONSE

PREACHING CHANGE AND INCLUSION WHILE FORSAKING BIBLICAL HOPE FOR TRANSFORMATION

EVANGELICAL CHANGE EFFORTS-SOFTENING UP RESISTANCE ,PREACHING INCLUSION FOR DECADES.

NOTE: True Christians do not “hate gay people ” or deny science. Christians understand that the issue of “orientation” is at the heart of human need. We are all oriented to sin, including sexual sin as defined by the Bible. We all need hope and help and change in our orientation toward sin. That hope and transformation comes through Repentance and Faith in the death and rising from the dead of Jesus. Holding faithful to this hope for all people is at the core of Christian faith. It really is this simple. We can all be changed and restored to fellowship with the God who made us and enabled by His grace to live as He made us to live with the future hope of eternity in His presence. That is the Gospel. Changed Lives and Freedom from Sin, setting captives FREE is Jesus mission.

2nd Corinthians 5

17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

JESUS DOES NOT CHANGE BUT THE CHURCH IS ATTEMPTING TO

Undeniably homosexual “inclusion” in Christian faith has been a decades long effort by activist in denominations and churches. Entire movements have pushed through the agenda of inclusion and without fail those movements have declined. Activist organizations like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) have moved from attacking the church and Christian conviction like WITH their 2007 campaign “For the Bible Tells Me So” – to outright organized seduction in the 2014 “Project One America” (POA) complete with a carefully crafted “Christian Conversation Guide”

BUT activism from outside the church has not been the only effort underway.

Evangelical leaders like Tim Keller and D. A. Carson adopted the SOGI ideology for their politically progressive , theologically emergent movement called The Gospel Coalition (TGC) in 2010.

By Fall of 2014 Southern Baptist leaders Albert Mohler and Russell Moore (who are part of Kellers TGC) promoted a national conference apologizing for “being wrong about sexual orientation” and welcomed activist from HRC and dozens of other activist organizations to attend AND the have private meetings with Baptist leaders behind closed doors.

ERLC national conference addresses issues of marriage, homosexuality
“NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) National Conference made an emphasis on two major topics that are affecting today’s culture and concerning churches—the state of marriage and the awareness of homosexuality.”

(NOTE :This writer met with HRC leaders bringing $8.5 million in our state with POA to offer reasoned resistance to the movement that Christian faith should not be subjected to forced compliance with cultural social change movements and massive outside funding. This author remains in a posture that activism and modern psychological trends do not alter the Word of God and cannot be allowed to remove the hope of the Gospel for all people in what the bible and human history has proven to be harmful to society, faith and family and destructive, sexual bondage and temptation. and that God alone has the right by creation to decide human, including sexual norms. This is the position of Biblical Christians and the idea of forced compliance to new sexual norms is a danger to all people.)

TGC CAMPAIGN

The Evangelical Leaders of TGC began full on campaigns to alter the churches posture despite the COST of losing the clear HOPE of transformation offered by the Cross / the blood of Christ through forgiveness and transformation made to ALL SINNERS. Instead TGC adopted the change posture toward and promoting SOGI.

“THE GOSPEL COALITION MARKETS -SOGI THE LATEST VERBIAGE ON SEXUALITY”

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/10/29/the-gospel-coalition-markets-sogi-the-latest-verbiage-of-sexuality/

TGC and Southern Baptist ERLC began having contrived conversations of their own and filling conferences and publications with Activist pushing SOGI/ Same Sex Attraction/ Inclusion / Welcoming / and LGBTQ Christian identities. Baptist and TGC affiliated seminaries began producing credentialed activist launching entire LGBTQ Christian movements like Revoice. TGC hired its own LGBTQ editors including Sam Allberry and Rosiaria Butterfield ( a specialist in Gender/ Queer/ Feminine Theory and Theology) all of whom preached the “Hospitality/ Inclusion/ Welcoming ” message. Allberry’s group Living Out, with the help of Tim and Kathy Keller even produced and launched an “Audit for LGBTQ Inclusion ” in their 2018 London Conference for conservative evangelical churches and TGC / Baptist churches of Mark Dever and 9 MARKS introduced the “Audit” in the US by November 2018.

REVOICE MOVEMENT WAS BEING BIRTHED AT BAPTIST SBTS AND LAUNCHED BY 2017

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2020/02/12/revoice-leaders-welcomed-2017-by-david-uth-host-of-baptist-pastors-conference-2020/

LIVING OUT CHURCH INCLUSON AUDIT

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/08/17/tim-kellers-lgbtqiinclusion-audit-for-your-church-do-you-measure-up/

BAPTIST ERLC HELD CONFERENCES AND PROMOTED MATERIALS TO PROMOTE THE INCLUSIVE CHURCH AS THE REDEFINED FAMILY.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/10/16/erlc-family-conference-redefines-family-as-the-inclusive-church/

ERLC IN WINTER 2020 USED THE REVOICE FOUNDERS BOOK IN A PARENTS GUIDE FOR CHILDREN ON GENDER ISSUES

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2021/01/02/russel-moores-erlc-finally-owns-revoice-promoting-its-founders-book-in-parents-guide-to-gender/

THE LEGISLATIVE END GAME

THE LEGISLATION ” THE EQUALITY ACT” CAN BE VIEWED HERE

https://www.congress.gov/117/bills/hr5/BILLS-117hr5ih.

ALSO NOTE: So Called Reparative Therapy and sexual recovery counseling ministries will be made illegal by this legislation. Counseling people to view LGBTQ activity and desire as sinful or to be repented of ,though repentance of all biblically inordinate desire and activities is the Christian norm….will be illegal and considered “harmful”. Counseling gender confused children to seek to submit to God and reconcile with their God given gender will be illegal and deemed “harmful”. Family will be redefined. And the progressive sexual agenda launched and promoted by Kinsey / Rockefeller /the APA and Planned Parenthood will move to the next frontiers -lowering or eliminating the age of consent and pedophilia.

HOW IT READS “A BILL”
“To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender
identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.”

AGAIN – SOGI IS SELF CONTRADICTORY

The legal language of SOGI is in itself a contradiction because it seeks to go in two directions at once and assigns to sexuality a fixed and unchanging point of definition that that the Human Genome studies failed to produce. There is no “gay gene” YET Sexual Orientation, derived by the APA and other global partners from the determination to find an alternative to it, has replaced the need to identify genetic science. So the assertion is now the basis of the claim of Sexual Orientation.

Biological Gender is now separated from perceived “Gender Identity ” and we are left with subjective and fluid feelings described as dysphoria. So now not only is the confused and contradictory approach given legal language – the legal argument is now headed in the Equality Act to become equal with racial and ethnic identities and receive the full protections of the Constitution via addition to the 1964 Civil Rights Amendment and all other Federal non discrimination protections / laws/ and policies.

What comes next will be a difficult to anyone to fully predict but enforcement will no doubt seek to be immediate and intense. However the long road to realizing all that is being lost to every human in the human rights discussion will be less clear.

LGBTQ RIGHTS VS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Of concern to most Christians ,and rightly so, is the impact of the Equality Act on Religious Freedom and convictional living in the public square. Most Christians are not PERSONALLY against people who identify as LGBTQ but ARE against the normalization of any and all behaviors spoken to in God’s Word as sinful/ harmful/ self destructive. These include other sexual behaviors life fornication and adultery, rape and incest.

CONFUSION HAS BEEN REWARDED IN THE CHURCH BY SOME OF IT’S OWN.

The movement toward “Conversations” – “Welcoming Policies” – Understanding “Same Sex Attraction “- and promoting LGBTQ “Church Audits” and “Hospitality” have weakened resistance to the broader LGBTQ movement and goals ,including the Equality Act and left the church with perhaps even less understanding of what is at stake then even the LGBTQ activist have.

Leaders like Russell Moore and Albert Mohler of the conservative Southern Baptist and Tim Keller and Kevin DeYoung of once conservative Presbyterian and Reformed churches and denominational groups like the PCA have bought into the APA’s Sexual Orientation assertions as far back as 2010 .Also the Evangelical Laussane Movement did the same and even put forth multiple resources promoting the SSA narrative in 2010 as well. Ecumenical and theologically progressive /emergent groups like The Gospel Coalition have furthered the narratives and inclusion movement as a “social Change Effort” in the church. It has been very successful over the last decade plus of stealthy laboring.

THE BIG BIG PROBLEM – FEDERAL $$$$ IN CHURCH TREASURIES

NOTE: In a February 25th, 2021 Christianity Today article by globalist ecumenical/ Lausanne/ Leadership Network operative Ed Stetzer – Stetzer quotes long time NAE leader and LeadNet -co founder Leith Anderson on the concerns over the the Equality Act hindering government grant funding going into churches. Note also it is Leadership Network which controls Christianity Today and who sold the idea of Government funding and partnerships to the church via it’s stealthy influence among evangelical leadership for over 35 years.

The quote and concerns below PROVE that these “sales men”( STETZER / ANDERSON /OTHERS ) understand the DIRECT CONNECTION between the church and ministries participation in government funding which they sold the church and ministries for years and the need to be aligned with new pro LGBTQ political and cultural ” norms”. Yet these same leaders have shown no pause in selling both entrapments over the past decades. Now the crisis point is resting in the Congress and the Equality Act legislation.

“Swinging the Pendulum Too Far”

(From Christianity Today article )

“The Equality Act is the most significant threat to religious liberty in a generation”

“The Equality Act would have a significant impact on evangelical practice and mission in multiple contexts.”

“An article by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) stated in May 2019, “If the measure became law, many religious schools and charities would have to change their faith-based policies and practices, or face sanctions that could force them to close their doors.”

“At the time, NAE president Leith Anderson wrote a letter to congress arguing the following are likely outcomes if this becomes law:

Houses of worship and other religious spaces will be turned into places of “public accommodation”; Federal funds will be denied to thousands of houses of worship, schools and charities that currently receive them;…” 

$$$ FEDERAL DOLLARS FROM FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS AND COVID RELIEF BAILOUTS HAVE ENDED THE CHURCH ABILITY TO STAND FAITHFULLY.

More Faith based Grants are coming into the church under the Biden administration.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2021/02/17/behold-tax-money-cometh-as-evangelical-social-justice-agenda-gets-its-valentines/

COVID 19 PPP FUNDS- OVER $7.3 BILLION FLOODED INTO CHURCHES AND MINISTRIES IN ROUND ONE OF COVID BAILOUTS OF 2020

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2020/04/07/the-end-of-church-as-we-know-it/


EQUALITY ACT DRAWS SPECIFIC ATTENTION TO ANY ENTITY GETTING GOVERNMENT FUNDING
PAGE 5 OF THE EQUALITY ACT -EXCERPT

“LGBTQ people and women face wide-10spread discrimination in employment and various services, including by entities that receive Federal financial assistance. Such discrimination A)is particularly troubling and inappropriate for programs and services funded wholly or in part by the Federal Government; (B) undermines national progress toward equal treatment regardless of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity; and (C) is inconsistent with the constitutional principle of equal protection under the Four-tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States”

EQUALITY ACT EMPLAINER BY HERITAGE

Heritage Foundation resource “FACTS”

( NOTE : This author does not usually endorse the Heritage Foundation but these over view points are helpful on understanding the Equality Act. THEY ARE NOT COMPREHENSIVE AND IGNORE THE IN HOUSE ACTIVISM AND FUNDING ISSUES.)

From the Heritage link:

https://www.heritage.org/gender/report/11-myths-about-hr-5-the-equality-act-2021

Fact: The Equality Act—introduced as H.R. 5 in the House of Representatives on February 18, 2021—makes mainstream beliefs about marriage, as well as basic biological facts about sex differences, punishable under the law. 

Fact: The Equality Act guts the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and threatens constitutional freedoms by eliminating conscience protections from the Civil Rights Act. If enacted, H.R. 5 would force employers, medical professionals, educators, and religious organizations to allow men into women’s shelters, pay for or perform sex-change operations, and engage in speech that violates their consciences. Faith-based adoption and foster care agencies would be forced to violate their belief that every child deserves a mother and a father.

Fact: By expanding the definition of “public accommodations” under Title II of the Civil Rights Act to include “any establishment that provides a good, service, or program, including a store, shopping center, online retailer or service provider, salon, bank, gas station, food bank, service or care center, shelter, travel agency, or funeral parlor, or establishment that provides health care, accounting, or legal services,” many more individuals and establishments would, in fact, become liable to discrimination claims, including doctors who do not want to perform abortions.

Fact: H.R. 5 endangers unborn children. The Equality Act opens the door to taxpayer funding for elective abortions, which the vast majority of Americans oppose, regardless of political affiliation. The bill does not contain any conscience protections for those with moral or religious objections to paying for or performing abortions. 

It also takes away judicial relief by blocking claims based on the RFRA. The Equality Act expands the term “sex” to go far beyond the state of being male or female, and includes “pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition.” 

Fact: The Equality Act’s changes to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act do not uphold Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act. Gender-identity policies will require biological males to be permitted to participate in female-only activities.

Fact: All single-sex spaces will be open to both sexes under the Equality Act. The Equality Act adds sexual orientation and gender identity rules to Title III of the Civil Rights Act on “public facilities” as well as to public accommodations (Title II) and federal funding (Title VI). This would create a nationwide transgender policy in single-sex facilities. 

Fact: By adding sexual orientation and gender-identity rules to the Civil Rights Act’s Title IV on “desegregation of public education,” the Equality Act could pave the way for K–12 federal courts to require sexual orientation and gender-identity curricula the same way they required black history curricula.

Fact: As a result of the expanding definition of public accommodations, as well as changing federal funding requirements, doctors (and counselors) could be punished for treating gender dysphoria according to their own best medical judgment. Even a referral to another doctor could be a violation of the Civil Rights Act.

Fact: The Equality Act’s politicization of medicine and education through gender ideology will undermine parental rights. Since most schools will be pressured to comply with sexual-orientation and gender-identity policies, parents will have limited educational choices for their children.

Fact: The Equality Act hurts vulnerable children by punishing faith-based adoption and foster-care agencies that believe that every child deserves both a mother and a father and that children’s bodies should not be irreversibly harmed by hormonal or surgical interventions due to gender dysphoria. Imposing this radical ideology on child-welfare providers will reduce the number of “forever families” for the more than 424,000 foster children in need of them. 

Fact: The Equality Act goes far beyond the Supreme Court’s 2020 Bostock ruling. While Bostock invented a misguided theory of sex discrimination in employment law, it did not redefine “sex” to include sexual orientation and gender identity. But the Equality Act does. Bostock was limited to employment law; the Equality Act adds “sexual orientation and gender identity” to all of the nation’s civil rights laws.

NOTE: AGAIN – These outlines are helpful but not comprehensive .

FAIRNESS FOR ALL – AN ALTERNATIVE TO EQUALITY ACT?

EVANGELICALS JOINED MORMONS TO PUSH AN ALTERNATIVE LEGISLATION CALLED “FAIRNESS FOR ALL” BUT IT WAS IN FACT SUPPORTED BY THE SAME BILLIONAIRE FUNDING THE EQUALITY ACT WITH ONLY TOKEN PROTECTIONS FOR RELIGIOUS LIERTY.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/12/17/russell-moores-friends-at-campaign-hook-up-paul-singer-with-revoice-for-lgbtq-rights/

The politics and funding behind Fairness For All ensured that it was only a stop over to the Equality Act if Democrats did not have the majority they now possess after the 2020 “elections”.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESS CONFERENCE ON 2021 EQUALITY ACT.

In this weeks press conference to promote the Equality Act the response to questions about Fairness For All as a viable alternative was “Fairness is worse than doing nothing and only ensures discrimination”. That is the attitude of the legislators promoting EA when the question of Religious Exemptions and protections were raised. The statement that “all religious protections currently in place will remain in place” was meant to calm concerns and end the press questions on the issue. The facts to the level of endangerment to Religious Liberty by the Equality Act will play out quickly in the courts and federal and local agencies once it becomes law.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/11/30/religious-liberty-redefined-thru-the-lens-of-islamic-lgbt-rights/

CONCLUSION

It is impossible to protect religious freedoms while redefining them through the lens of multiple ideologies antithetical to it -especially through things opposed to deeply held Christian /Biblical conviction and the Word of the Lord. Christians will likely soo have to decide if they will fear God or man…if they will bow the knee to the idols of Babylon of take their chances with God’s promises in the fires of the cultural and political furnace.

Daniel 3:

18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Saved in Fiery Trial

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”

They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”

25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

BEHOLD “TAX MONEY COMETH” AS EVANGELICAL SOCIAL JUSTICE AGENDA GETS IT’S VALENTINES.

MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE END GAME FOR THE “JUSTICE” MOVEMENT ON IMMIGRATION, RACE, GENDER, SEXUALITY AND PROGRESSIVE POLITICS IN THE CHURCH IS DRIVEN BY & TOWARD FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS- THE NEW ADMININSTRATION DELIVERS.

Rev Thomas Littleton

2/15/2021

HAPPY VALENTINES EVANGELICAL LEADERSHIP

The last 12 years or so the leadership of organizations like The Gospel Coalition and the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission have held convictional conservative Christians feet to the flames of the age old denomination and church destroying social gospel repackaged in some slick new narratives. Like a pigs snout sporting a golden earring ,these tired old errors were wrapped in a (usually) neo-reformed theological narrative in the name of “cultural engagement” “Christian” economics, Community development, and “Faith and Work” / “Theology of Vocation”. The packaging comes “inclusive and compassionate” bows on top.

Faith based Partnerships (FBP) have long been the goal of stealthy progressive organizations like Leadership Network and its operatives like Rick Warren (Purpose Driven) and Tim Keller (The Gospel Coalition). A new administration is ready to reward the successful push of the church toward the political left on key social issues. As the federal funding is poised to flood into the ministry coffers with the Biden administration’s new Valentine’s Day executive order, the real long game goals of the progressive politics and “theology” are clear and undeniable. The church has been primed to be the agent of social change and the hub of community services. The Obama administration created a FBP filled with activism and diversity which included the leaders of LGBTQ activist organizations like Human Rights Campaign and ARCUS along side Southern Baptist Executive Committee CEO Frank Page. Few church and ministry leaders have been able to resist. Never mind the historic dangers -past fraud- failures- cost to religious liberty- AND prohibitions to gospel ministry.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/02/14/fact-sheet-president-biden-reestablishes-the-white-house-office-of-faith-based-and-neighborhood-partnerships/

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE

FACT SHEET: President Biden Reestablishes the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

FEBRUARY 14, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES

Biden-Harris administration commits to promoting partnerships with faith-based and neighborhood organizations to help people in need; announces Melissa Rogers as Executive Director and Josh Dickson as Deputy Director

“Today, President Biden is signing an executive order reestablishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which will promote partnerships with religious and secular organizations to better serve people in need. As our country grapples with a global pandemic, a severe economic downturn, the scourge of systemic racism, an escalating climate crisis and profound polarization, President Biden knows that civil society partnerships are essential to meeting such challenges.”

“Twenty years ago, President George W. Bush established the first White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. As President Bush said, government cannot be replaced by the efforts of religious and other community organizations, but government “can and should welcome [such organizations] as partners.” In 2009, the Obama-Biden administration continued this initiative, while also putting its own stamp on its name, practices, and policies. For example, this office helped prevent foreclosure amidst the housing crisis by sharing information with more than 50,000 faith-based and community stakeholders on mortgage refinancing and scam prevention; increase the number of summer meals served to kids for a total of more than 1.2 billion summer meals served; assist communities in responding to and recovering from disasters; and train diverse faith leaders on protecting their houses of worship.”

“At a time of great challenge and opportunity, the Biden-Harris administration is re-launching this bipartisan initiative. The Partnerships Office’s initial work will include collaborating with civil society to: address the COVID-19 pandemic and boost economic recovery; combat systemic racism; increase opportunity and mobility for historically disadvantaged communities; and strengthen pluralism. The office will also support agency partnerships that advance the United States Government’s diplomatic, international development, and humanitarian work around the world.  All of this work will be done in ways that respect cherished constitutional guarantees.”

“Leading the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will be Melissa Rogers, who will serve as the office’s Executive Director and as Senior Director for Faith and Public Policy in the White House Domestic Policy Council. Melissa has been a leader on these issues for decades, including serving from 2013-2017 as Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Obama-Biden Administration.”

“Josh Dickson, White House Senior Advisor for Public Engagement, will serve as the office’s Deputy Director. He will be a key interlocutor with faith communities and other stakeholders. Josh previously served as National Faith Engagement Director for Biden for President, and was Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Commerce during the Obama-Biden Administration. Trey Baker, who previously served as the National Director of African American Engagement for Biden for President and is currently a White House Senior Advisor for Public Engagement, will serve as the office’s liaison to Black communities, including Black faith communities. The Partnerships Office will work hand in hand with the wider White House Office of Public Engagement’s constituency outreach initiatives to engage and partner with stakeholders of all backgrounds and beliefs in its efforts to serve individuals and communities in need. The team will also work with closely with staff in agency Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to execute the objectives outlined in today’s executive order.”

“There are not Democrats or Republicans dying from this pandemic, or losing their jobs, going hungry and facing eviction in this economic crisis, or facing the sting of systemic racism or the brunt of the climate crisis,” said President Biden. “They are fellow human beings. They are fellow Americans. And this is not a nation that can, or will, simply stand by and watch the suffering around us. That is not who we are. That is not what faith calls us to be. That is why I’m reestablishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to work with leaders of different faiths and backgrounds who are the frontlines of their communities in crisis and who can help us heal, unite, and rebuild. We still have many difficult nights to endure. But we will get through them together and with faith guiding us through the darkness and into the light.”

“The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will be an essential part of the Biden-Harris administration’s plan to bring people of all backgrounds and beliefs together to meet our challenges, perfect our union, and restore the soul of our country. Specifically, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will work with civil society partners to:”

Address the Covid-19 Pandemic and Boost Economic Recovery
“By working with diverse civil society organizations, the Partnerships Office will help more Americans get facts about COVID-19 and vaccinations, and support economic recovery efforts. Faith and community leaders are frequently anchors of their neighborhoods due to the services they provide and the trust and respect they command, enabling them to effectively reach the most vulnerable.”

Combat Systemic Racism
“The Partnerships Office will work closely with organizations and community leaders to tackle systemic racism and other forms of bias. Whether it is health, education, economic opportunity, housing, or the criminal justice system, racial and other disparities abound, and it will take an all-hands-on-deck effort to fix these problems. The Partnerships Office is committed to making equity a top priority and working with stakeholders from all beliefs and backgrounds in pursuit of a more just and equitable society.”

Increase Opportunity and Mobility for Historically Disadvantaged Communities
“The Biden-Harris administration has made a firm commitment to serving vulnerable communities and people in need, and the Partnerships Office will play an important role in this work. From supporting immigrants and welcoming refugees to addressing childhood hunger to helping minority-owned and rural small businesses grow and thrive, the Partnerships Office will focus much of its programmatic efforts on these key administration priorities.”

Advance International Development and Global Humanitarian Work
“U.S. agencies’ partnerships will also serve people around the world. Whether it is promoting child and maternal health or defusing conflicts, these partnerships are vital for the success and effectiveness of the United States’ diplomatic, international development, and global humanitarian work.”

Strengthen Pluralism and Respect Constitutional Guarantees
“A key commitment of the Partnerships Office is embracing pluralism. At its best, the United States is not only a country with remarkable peace across our religious differences, it is a nation where people of diverse faiths and beliefs regularly make common cause. When Methodists and Muslims, Buddhists and Baptists, Sikhs and Secular Humanists serve together, we strengthen one another and we strengthen America. As part of this commitment, the Partnerships Office will work to protect the right to practice faith without fear, implementing promises President-elect Biden made about safeguarding faith communities that are at risk of discrimination, harassment, and hate-based acts of violence and vandalism.”

“Fundamental to these goals is respecting our cherished guarantees of church-state separation and freedom for people of all faiths and none, as the executive order notes. The Partnerships Office, for example, will not prefer one faith over another or favor religious over secular organizations. Instead, it will work with every willing partner to promote the common good, including those who have differences with the Administration. As President Biden has repeatedly said, he will be president for all Americans. In addition to advancing collaborative efforts to serve people in need, the White House Partnerships Office will develop and coordinate the Administration’s policy agenda regarding faith-based and other community organizations.”

RUSSELL MOORE OF TGC AND ERLC PRESIDENT IS EXCITED ABOUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT

http://kentuckytoday.staging.communityq.com/stories/moore-welcomes-white-house-faith-based-office,30638?

“MOORE WELCOMES WHITE HOUSE FAITH BASED OFFICE “

“WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptist ethics and religious freedom leader Russell Moore welcomed news that the latest presidential administration will also include an office to help faith-based organizations serve Americans in cooperation with the government.”


“President Biden established the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships by executive order Sunday (Feb. 14). The new president’s order came 20 years after President George W. Bush launched such a White House office in the second week of his first administration. Each president since then has also authorized a faith-based office in some form.”


“Moore had worked about a year ago with various scholars and leaders in an effort convened by the Brookings Institution “to think through the legacy and future of the work” of a faith-based office in the White House, he said in written comments.”


“Almost all of us agreed that the office is an important point of connection between the government and communities of faith that should exist and that the Faith-Based Office should be reinvigorated and led by those with clout in a presidential administration with credibility to the outside world,” said Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “I am grateful to see that President Biden is re-establishing this vital office.”


“The office will have the primary responsibility in the administration “for establishing policies, priorities, and objectives for the Federal Government’s comprehensive effort to enlist, equip, enable, empower, and expand the work” of both faith-based and secular organizations that serve their communities, according to Biden’s executive order. It will do so “while preserving our fundamental constitutional commitments guaranteeing the equal protection of the laws and the free exercise of religion and forbidding the establishment of religion,” the order said.”


“Initially, the office will partner with faith-based and other community-serving organizations to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery, systemic racism, historically disadvantaged communities, pluralism and global development and humanitarian work, according to a White House fact sheet.”

BAPTIST PRESS COVERAGE

https://www.baptistpress.com/resource-library/news/moore-welcomes-white-house-faith-based-office/

“The White House also announced Josh Dickson will be deputy director of the faith-based office. Dickson served as national faith engagement director in Biden’s presidential campaign and directed the Department of Commerce’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships during the Obama administration. Trey Baker, who was the Biden campaign’s director of African American engagement, will serve as the faith-based office’s liaison to Black communities, including Black faith communities.”

“Rogers, whom Moore said he has worked with for years, “has more than earned her reputation across the political spectrum for her experience, intelligence, skill and integrity,” he said. “We will be engaging with the Office of Faith-Based Partnerships on a variety of issues where people of faith can serve the vulnerable in our communities.”

“Bush created the first such office in 2001, naming it the White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives. He also established faith-based and community centers in five federal departments. The goal of Bush’s office was to remove barriers to religious and other organizations working with government to help the needy by enabling them to compete for federal funds to provide social services.”

SAD REALITY

In case with Russell Moore and other TGC / Baptist and conservative denominations leadership – this Valentine hook up is with one of the most pro abortion and pro left and anti- family administration in American history. Meanwhile these same leaders attacked and sought to undermine Christians support for and connection to one of (if not the) most pro-life administrations ever in former President Trump.

THINK ON THAT!

CONCLUSION

The exhausting push for redefining the GOSPEL as “social justice” and the decades long assault on the social and political convictions of conservative believers have now reached their end game. The payoff will be huge as the Faith Based Partnerships pick up where the Obama administration left off with Baptist and other leaders seated at the table with radical activist and progressive religious leaders of every flavor. If having the church become the primary partner with government and big business to deliver social services / healthcare/ community services / education/ equity to the public is GREAT in your thinking -then you should be excited. Unless of course you have a problem with a confirmed track record of fraud and failed programs and the continued impact of /and cost to the churches ability to minister the Gospel in the midst of programs where it is illegal to do so. Also if you are not bothered by the fact that the funding is adding to the nearly $30 trillion dollar (and growing) national debt ….then it is all rosy .Enjoy your Valentines present.

BUT

IF you are concerned with the theological and religious liberty impact and the deadly warnings of being unequally yoked with unbelievers then be assured-these things never end well. They never have and nothing has changed in God’s Word.

2 CORINTHIANS 6:

Be Holy

11 O Corinthians! [c]We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what [d]fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what [e]communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[f] are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”

17 Therefore

“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18 “I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”

TIME PUFF PIECE FOR BAPTIST RUSSELL MOORE WRITTEN BY AUTHOR OF SIMILAR ARTICLE ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD DEPARTING EXECUTIVE

RUSSELL MOORE REMAINS AN OUTSPOKEN CRITIC OF CONSERVATIVE BAPTIST WHO VOTED FOR DOANLD TRUMP. IN THE WAKE OF THE BIDEN INAUGURATION A TIME MAGAZINE EDITOR WHO HAD HIGH PRAISE FOR PP’s CECILE RICHARDS IS LAUDING THE LONELY BATTLE OF “GOD’S LOBBYIST “

Rev Thomas Littleton

1/21/2021

Russell Moore is no stranger to politics or controversy or attacks on Donald Trump of his supporters among the Christian base. Moore is also no stranger to high praise and accolades of the liberal press but an article by Time editor Belinda Luscombe does take it over the top for Moore going into the new administration. Luscombe’s similar praise for Planned Parenthood’s long time head Cecile Richards makes any thinking person question why.

THE MOORE ARTICLE

a living room filled with furniture and a large window
Tamara Reynolds in the Times article

(SIMILAR PIECES ARE APPEARING IN PROGRESSSIVE CHRISTIAN MEDIA )

https://www.relevantmagazine.com/current/nation/dr-russell-moore-doesnt-want-to-say-i-told-you-s

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/theologian-russell-moore-has-a-message-for-christians-who-still-worship-donald-trump/

“Theologian Russell Moore Has a Message for Christians Who Still Worship Donald Trump

“Many Christian leaders and thinkers decried the attack on the Capitol, but few went as far as Moore; he laid the blame squarely at the feet of a man many evangelicals believe to be their hero: President Trump. “This week we watched an insurrection of domestic terrorists,” Moore wrote, “incited and fomented by the President of the United States.” When asked about that statement during an interview from his book-lined Brentwood, Tenn., home office a week later, he doubles down….”

“It’s–it’s been lonely,” says Moore of his stance. “But I think many people have experienced that sort of loneliness over the past four or five years. I don’t know a single family that’s not been divided over President Trump, and politics generally. I don’t know a single church that hasn’t been.” Moore’s opinions are not new. He has been a Never Trumper since at least 2015 and scoffs at the notion put forward by many evangelical leaders that Trump converted to Christianity just before being elected. “It is not a position that I find rational,” he says. “Especially when Mr. Trump has been very clear about his own spiritual journey, or lack thereof.”

“The usually mild-mannered author’s stance has come at a cost. He says both he and his family have been the subject of threats and that people have tried to dig up information that would prove he is a liberal. (Heaven forfend!) In February 2020, the executive committee of the SBC formed a task force to look into whether the ERLC was fulfilling its “ministry assignment” after 100 or so churches withheld their giving, citing Moore’s political positions.”

“Moore’s loneliness is of a particular sort, however, since unlike most of Trump’s most vocal critics, he is a dyed-in-the-wool social conservative, staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage, abortion and premarital sex, and he has worked to limit the spread of the first two. (He acknowledges he’s walking into a cold breeze on the third.) In a way, he is a weather vane for the cold front much of the evangelical church is now facing. What is the future for a group that preaches truth, peace and moral living, after it gambles all its chips on a man who embodies none of those but will play along–and loses?”

MOORE AND HIS PRO LIFE STAND

Moore is obligated to show a strong pro life stand as the head of Baptist ERLC but has drawn sharp criticism of his efforts to broaden the meaning of prolife to include other leftward agendas like “Refugee” resettlement and ” Immigration Reform” while working with the Soros funded National Immigration Forums Evangelical Round Table pushing that political agenda. NOTE :SBC entities are poised to cash in on Refugee $$$ very soon under the new admins policies.

Moore also has sought to “Redefine the Family” calling in his 2018 book and conference themed around it to “refine the Church as ones family” and even hosted a gay priest to echo the language of radical feminist theologians that the “Nuclear Family is an Idol” and must be redefined .

BUT WHY IS A TIME EDITOR SEEING VIRTUE IN BAPTIST ETHICST RUSSELL MOORE WHILE HER OBVIOUS LOYALTIES POLITICALLY SUPPORT PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S LONG TIME PRESIDENT LAUDING HER DESIRE TO STILL MAKE TROUBLE?

https://time.com/5220083/outgoing-planned-parenthood-president-cecile-richards-still-wants-to-make-troubl

“Outgoing Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Is Not Done Fighting

FROM THE MARCH 2018 ARTICLE

“For one of the most vilified women in America, Cecile Richards is very warm. She’s self-deprecating, lively and attentive to guests. She apologizes for the terrible coffee an assistant brings from the office machine but drinks it anyway. Her mascara is a little smudged over her right eye. She looks down when thinking; it’s not effortless for her. She’s human.”

“But until May, when she decamps her post, Richards is also the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, an organization that provokes only strong feelings in people. Reliable surveys show that most citizens do not believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Other equally reliable surveys show that most Americans answer no when asked if a woman should be able to get an abortion “for any reason.” And almost 20% of voters told Gallup in 2015 they could only vote for a candidate who shared their views on abortion. So Richards has been hailed both as “an extraordinary leader in vertiginous times” (by the editor of the Nation) and “the most vile person currently walking this planet” (by a writer for RedState).”

IN A RESPONSE TO A QUESTION ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND DREAMERS NOTED IN THE ARTICLE- IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO CREDIT MUCH OF THE RESPONSE BY RICHARDS TO MOORE.

“Last year, after the latest attempt to defund her organization had been turned back, Richards was at a celebration in Nashville. She had just finished thanking the crowd for all its work when an audience member raised his hand and asked what now could be done for the Dreamers, the undocumented children who grew up in the U.S. but are not citizens. “I had assumed that they were going to go, ‘This is great because I’ve got to take a break,’” she says. Instead, people were coming together not over a single issue but because of a set of shared values. They were massing to protect a certain bigger vision of America. “It’s different than any time I can remember in my lifetime,” says Richards. That’s the kind of barometric indicator that no organizer can resist.”

CONCLUSION

We get it that Russell Moore is excited that Donald Trump is out and that his parties candidate is now in the White House once again. Baptist who observe him expected as much. BUT why is a Time Magazine editor who wrote such a “lovely ” piece about Planned Parenthood’s long time leader – finding so much VIRTUE IN THE “Pro Life ” Baptist Russell Moore? it’s going to be some strange days ahead for Believers.

RUSSELL MOORE’S ERLC FINALLY OWNS REVOICE-PROMOTING IT’S FOUNDER’S BOOK IN “PARENTS GUIDE TO GENDER”.

NO ISSUE HAS ROCKED THE SBC AND OTHER DENOMINATIONS AS DEEPLY AS THE REVELATIONS OF CRITICAL THEORY BEING TAUGHT ON SEMINARY CAMPUSES. THE FALSE GOSPEL INFILTRATION MANIFEST ITSELF IN MANY WAYS YET NONE SO DAMNING AS THE GENDER AND QUEER THEORY BEHIND REVOICE FROM SBTS IN LOUSIVILLE KY.

Rev Thomas Littleton

12/31/2021

As 2020 drew to a close Russell Moore’s ERLC finally, after years have denial, shuffling, and lying to Baptist messengers in Dallas TX -to the media and about this writer- TOOK OWNERSHIP OF REVOICE founder Nate Collins. Full ownership came when ERLC released its new “Parents Guide to Teaching Your Kids About Gender”. The document repeatedly quotes Nate Collins the Revoice founders book ” All but Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality.”

https://erlc.com/resource-library/e-books/a-parents-guide-to-teaching-your-children-about-gender/

A P A R E N T ’ S
G U I D E T O
TEACHING
YOUR
CHILDREN
ABOUT
GENDER
H E L P I N G K I D S
N AV I G AT E A
C O N F U S I N G
CULTURE

The first quote is the 4th footnoted source VERY early in the document and is one of 5 Collins Quotes . In fact Nate Collins is one of the MOST QUOTED SOURCES of the GENDER guide for parents in spite of the Revoice controversy and his belief and SBTS writings that “virgin” is proof of a secondary or third gender in the New Testament. Recall Revoice founder Collins was teaching New Testament at Albert Mohler’s SBTS at the time he wrote the book quoted in the ERLC guide. At least now- at long last we can see full ownership of the SBTS/ERLC role in producing Revoice.

Starting on page 47 of the footnotes:

4 See Nate Collins, All but Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the
Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017), 208.

7 Collins, All but Invisible, 212.

23 Collins, All but Invisible, 218–19.

26 Collins, All but Invisible, 220. Also see Walker, God and the Transgender
Debate, 33–35.

38 Collins, All but Invisible, 9.

ERLC’s Andrew Walker, SEBTS/ Liberty Universities Karen Swallow Prior and Russell Moore himself are also used as sources for the “Parents Guide to Teaching Your Children About Gender”.

Why is this so revealing? Collins was disowned by his fellow SBTS mentors after Revoice LGBT+ Thriving in Historic Christian Tradition made it’s bow in April/ late May 2018 .Revoice blew up into a major controversy for the SBC and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The problem was the movement and upcoming July 2018 Revoice conference featured a celebration of “Queer Theory and The Treasures of Queer Culture and Queer Literature.” Revoice even discussed in one breakout session the “Treasures of Queer Culture that will be brought into the New Jerusalem”.

Collins also promotes the “Idolatry of the Nuclear Family ” from Janet Fishburn of hard left and feminist theory theology from Drew Divinity School. Russell Moore and his ERLC LGBTQ advocate Sam Allberry have also promoted the feminist theologians ideology that the “nuclear family is a idol and must be “REDEFINED ” by the liberal church.

https://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/russell-moore-erlc-revoice-christian-family

“REDEFINING FAMILY THE SBC “PROPHET” -MOORE MAY BE PROVING HIMSELF AN EVANGELICAL PARIAH.”

Thomas Littleton                                                                                              3/4/2019

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COLLINS TRUE COLORS AND TRAINING GROUNDS

Nate Collins Revoice founder was discovered to be a New Testament teacher at SBTS, Moore’s alma matter and a long time employer . Collins was also a student at SBTS for almost 15 years and wrote the book ERLC is NOW PROMOTING AS A GUIDE TO PARENTS FOR SPEAKING TO THEIR CHILDREN. ERLC/Russell Moore is promoting the book of Nate Collins whose own SBTS CV reveals his Doctoral Dissertation for SBTS promotes “Virgin as a Third Gender in the New Testament “.

https://independent.academia.edu/%20NateCollins3

Nate C CollinsNate Collins specializes in the intersection of NT Studies, gender, and sexuality, and is the president and founder of Revoice. … more ▾

ERLC AND RUSSELL MOORE DENIALS ARE NOW PROVEN TOTAL LIES

This writer asked Russell Moore personally in an interview during the 2018 Dallas SBC annual meetings about Revoice concerns and that fact Revoice had it’s origins at SBTS and that Moore’s ERLC fellow Karen Swallow Prior, who is quoted in the Parents Guide as well, had promoted Revoice on it’s website. Moore then lied to the entire SBC 2018 Annual gathering when asked from the floor about Revoice .After this interview Moore still denied any knowledge of Revoice, jumping quickly to divert and ask for prayer for his friend Prior who had recently been “hit by a bus” in Nashville.

This Writer was no longer in the building at this point at the SBC Dallas meetings because the Moore ERLC staffer who was witness to and attempted to prevent the previous days interview about Revoice concerns had (allegedly ) lied to the Dallas Police providing security for the event and had this writer removed from the Convention building hours before Moore took the Stage for the ERLC report the events closing day.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/06/15/erlc-thugary-at-sbc-2018/

Author of the ERLC “Parents Guide heads the ERLC focus for Christian family resources .

YET IT PROMOTES REVOICE FOUNDERS BOOK IN A POSITIVE LIGHT AND DECEPTIVLY BENIGN SELECTION OF QUOTES POINTING PARENTS TO REVOICE IDEOLOGY FOR THEIR CHILDREN !!!

ERLC PRENTS GUIDE AUTHOR

“JARED KENNEDY serves as managing editor of
Gospel-Centered Family, as the family and parenting channel editor for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and as an adjunct instructor at Boyce College. He is author of many children’s books and curriculum including God Made Me for Worship and The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible.”

While boasting –

“More vital than
worldly affirmation is
encouraging your son
or daughter to grow in
confidence as the person
God made them to be.”

The ERLC Parents Guide is pointing Parents to one of SBTS and the SBC most controversial activist in Critical Theories.

THE GUIDES ESPOUSED PURPOSE.

“A P A R E N T ’ S G U I D E T O T E A C H I N G
Y O U R C H I L D R E N A B O U T G E N D E R :
H E L P I N G K I D S N A V I G A T E A
C O N F U S I N G C U L T U R E”

” ©2020 Leland House Press
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
of The Southern Baptist Convention
901 Commerce Street, Suite 550
Nashville, TN 37203
Leland House Press is an initiative of The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (SBC)
made possible by the sacrificial gifts of Southern Baptists to the Cooperative Program. We are grateful for the Cooperative Program and the prayerful support of Southern Baptists around the world.”

The Guide is an ERLC own Leyland House Publication

” In this book, I want to help you navigate these difficult conversations.
I want to link arms with you and search the Scriptures together to learn
how to respond to our children biblically as we raise them in a broken
world. But before we begin exploring how to help our kids navigate this
Gender Identity—A term that is used in our culture to refer to an individual’s
personal sense of identity as masculine or feminine, or some combination of
each. This involves my self-understanding—how I think about myself.2
Gender-Fluid—A term used for people who prefer to be flexible when expressing their gender identity. Transgender—An umbrella term for the state or condition of identifying and expressing a gender identity that does not match a person’s biological/genetic sex.”
Jared Kennedy

YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THE REVOICE HERESY AND THE CONTROVERSY SURROUDNING IT HERE:

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/05/14/trusted-sbc-and-pca-seminaries-producing-sexual-minority-activists/

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/05/29/make-the-gospel-great-again-reject-the-false-gospel-of-lgbt-christianity/

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2020/06/01/presbyterian-church-in-american-now-owned-by-tgc-revice-gay-lobby/

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/06/09/will-the-next-sbc-president-condemn-or-condone-the-revoice-conference-and-lgbt-christianity/

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/06/24/revoice-albert-mohler-and-the-missing-link/

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/07/23/revoice-recap-cliff-notes-whats-wrong-with-revoice-sbc-tgc-responses-to-it/

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/08/15/the-stain-of-revoice/

There are over 40 articles on Revoice on the Thirty Pieces of Silver page and doubtless this story is not over.

CONLCUSION

When Albert Mohler- Russell Moore and Nate Collins mentor finally mentioned Nates Collins in his August 2nd 2018 article “condemning” Revoice – Mohler mentions Nate Collins 9 times but never admits that Collins is a long time SBTS student. for almost 15 years, or that Collins Father Chip was a teacher at SBTS undergrad Boyce College. Mohler has never admitted that Collins wrote his Dissertation for SBTS alleging that the New Testament use of the word Virgin is proof of the existence of a secondary or “Third Gender” . Nor has Mohler ever admitted that Collins wrote the book the ERLC “Parents Guide” is now using as a resource for it’s officla ERLC “resource” while teaching New Testament at SBTS Mohler’s flagship Baptist Seminary SBTS.

See the August 2 2018 article here and notice the deceptive shuffle.

https://albertmohler.com/2018/08/02/torn-two-cultures-revoice-lgbt-identity-biblical-christianity

Prior to this Aug 2nd Mohler article no Baptist writer working under Mohler, nor TGC writer Kevin DeYoung (also quoted in the ERLC guide) had ever mentioned Nate Collins Revoice founder by name even though all these writers knew him from SBTS, ETS presentations, and all are fellow TGC contributors. This is all ignored – and even including the reality that it was Nate Collins who wrote the 2013 review of ERLC/ TGC own inhouse LGBTQ advocate Sam Allberry’s book “Is God Anti Gay”.

Russell Moore has lied to Baptist for years denying Revoice . Now he and his ERLC own it and want to recommend its founders book to Parents for the all important discussions on Gender. Never mind that Collins is a self identified “Gay man in a mixed orientation marriage” and his SBTS work shows he believes and promotes that Virgin is a Third ( SECONDARY) Gender in the New Testament.

NOTE : THE SBTS PAPER OF COLLINS CAN BE FOUND HERE

https://digital.library.sbts.edu/handle/10392/5716

“Virgin” as Secondary Gender Identity in 1 Corinthians 7 and Its Jewish and Greco-Roman Background”

Date

2018-11-09

Author

Collins, Nathan

Advisor

Schreiner, Thomas R.

RUSSELL MOORE /ERLC THANKS FOR CLEARING THINGS UP AND OWNING REVOICE BUT YOU CAN KEEP YOUR REVOPICE AFFIRMING PARENTS GUIDE.


WHY IS FOUNDERS MINISTRY CONFERENCE INCLUDING A SPEAKER WHO PROMOTES SOCIAL JUSTICE/TGC ERROR?

THIS ARTICLE IS PART 1 OF SEVERAL LOOKING INTO HOW AND WHY THE DALLAS STATEMENT OF LATE 2018 AND THE FOUNDERS MINISTRIES ARE FAILING TO STOP THE CRT AND FALSE JUSTICE / SOCIAL GOSPEL THREATENING THE SBC /EVANGELICALS.

Rev Thomas Littleton

12/29/20

In April 2018 all doubt was removed from the hearts and minds of biblical conservatives that the Southern Baptist Convention, it’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission and The Gospel Coalition had gone over to the dark side following the age old and well worn path to apostacy via the “social gospel.” Now operating under the banner of “Social Justice” and “Common Ground for the Common Good ” and using a variety of Cultural Marxist tools of the trade, the ERLC and TGC brazenly showed their true justice colors with the outlandish, racially divisive and slanderous MLK/50 event in Memphis TN. The rest is, as they say’ history with the exception of continued efforts to track the responses to these grave errors and their effectiveness or failure.

The MOST celebrated of these efforts responding to and calling out the Social Justice false gospel and its tools was mounted in The Dallas Statement by The Founders Ministries and partners like Sovereign Nations, G 3 Conference and a group of signers pastors and small congregations within the reformed wing of the Southern Baptist Convention. More recently a broader tent has been pitched in the founding of the Conservative Baptist Network which has some overlap of leadership with both Founders and The Dallas Statement.

THE FOUNDERS EFFORT IS FLOUNDERING AND DUPLICITY IS ONE REASON WHY

FOUNDERS UNPCOMING CONFERENCE “THE ONLY GOD” INCLUDES AT LEAST ONE SPEAKER WHO IS CURRENTLY PLATFORMING THE TGC/SOCIAL JUSTICE HERD IN HIS OWN CONFERENCE AND MINISTRY PROMOTIONALS.

FOUNDERS JANUARY CONFERENCE 2021

The Doctrine of God words 2

NATIONAL FOUNDERS CONFERENCE

The depravity of the human race has been blatantly displayed in every place throughout all of history.

“The Apostle Paul was clearly right when he said, “None is righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).

“This truth is illustrated every day. We see riots in the streets, corruption in government, perversion in marriage, and then, of course, there is plenty of sin remaining in our very own flesh. The Reformer, John Calvin, taught that such things should turn our gaze to God. He wrote, “Indeed, our very poverty better discloses the infinitude of benefits reposing in God. The miserable ruin, into which the rebellion of the first man cast us, especially compels us to look upward.”

“That is exactly what we intend to do at the 2021 Founders Conference in Fort Myers, Florida. We are determined to spend time together looking upward.
So we invite you to join us January 21-23, 2021, for the Founders Conference on the only God.”

FOUNDERS SPEAKER WHO IS PROMOTING TGC/JUSTICE WARRIORS

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Chad Vegas

“Senior Pastor, Bakersfield Sovereign Grace Church”

Oddly Vegas facebook link goes to Founders LEADER Tom Ascol’s facebook page but the  Twitter link is active to his “Radius International Ministry” (Vegas ministry) facebook page. Hopefully this is not intentional -but given the nature of Radius work promoting and hosting Social Justice and The Gospel Coalition it is at least curious and unsettling. Speakers like John Piper and David Platt were both part of MLK/50 which inspired the Dallas Statement so the glaring CONTRADICTION for Founders and the Dallas Statement leaders in both Founders and the upcoming conference is impossible to overlook once anyone notices. Were we simply not supposed to NOTICE ?

https://www.facebook.com/RadiusInternational/

“Radius equips followers of Jesus to be successful, long-term, pioneer church planters among the unreached language groups of the world.”

A more expanded missions statement is found on the webpage.

RADIUS INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY IS FOCUSED ON CHURCH PLANTING AND MISSIONS AMONG OTHER INTEREST BUT ALSO PROMOTES AND CONDUCTS CONFERENCES.

Here is the upcoming Founders speaker Chad Vegas June 2021 Radius International Conference line up which includes TGC’s Mark Dever & John Piper along with himself and some of his Radius board members. The event looks to be planned for presentation at Pipers church.

NOTE: BOTH DEVER AND PIPER CLEARLY A KEY PART OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE CONTROVERSY.

Worldview Weekend’s Brannon Howse and this writer have done dozens of reports on the work of Dever and Piper on these errors and have exposed Dever’s promotion of left wing politics to subvert conservative Christians “single issue” (pro life ) voting habits. Dever and his piped piper 9 MARKS editor Jonathan Leeman ,a London School of Economics educated “Political Theologian”, pulled this hustle for over two years leading up to the 2020 election. Dever was exposed by Enemies Within the Church film project researchers to be a registered Democrat. So is his pal and TGC cofounder Tim Keller.Dever also promoted the false LGBTQ INCLUSION Church Audit of TGC resident gay priest activist Sam Allberry in Fall of 2018.

Again John Piper was part of the MLK/50 event as was David Platt who we shall see is also being promoted by the Founder’s conference speaker, Radius leader Chad Vegas. So the upcoming Founders Conference -coming from the heart of the battle against the false Social Justice gospel and Critical Race Theory etc. features a speaker who is PROMOTING THE VERY leaders on the cutting edge of the TGC and the Social Justice error.

IF THIS IS SOME EFFORT TO REHABILITATE THESE FRIENDS OF FOUNDERS THEN THE EFFORT IS PROBLEMATIC GIVEN THAT NO PUBLIC REPENTANCE HAS TAKEN PLACE ON THE PART OF THESE TGC /SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERS. NOR HAS THE MASSIVE FUNDING BRINGING THESE ERRORS INTO TGC AND SEMINARY CIRCLES BEEN REFUNDED.

RADIUS INTERNATIONAL UNPCOMING CONFERENCE

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“The Radius Missiology Conference (RMC) is a unique time where the ideas, philosophies, and methodologies of historic and contemporary missions are discussed and taught on over a two day conference. These messages and discussions are lead by pastors, missiologists, and experienced cross-cultural church-planters. It is an ideal event for pastors, missionary candidates, and church leaders to become informed on the state of modern missions and learn how Radius can assist local churches in equipping their members to take the gospel where it has never been.”

RADIUS IS A SPONSOR WITH PLATTS RADICAL BRAND, MOHLERS SBTS AND PIPERS DESIRING GOD BRANDS OF THE CURRENT CROSS CONFERENCE EVENT

crossforthenations .org

MAKE YOUR LIFE COUNT

MAKE HIS NAME KNOWN

In Louisville Kentucky Dec 29th 2020 – January 1st 2021

The conference is targeted for the 18 to 25 age group “and their leaders”.

RADIUS INTERNATIONAL /CHAD VEGAS IS ALSO PROMOTING DAVID PLATT AND PIPER IN MULTIPLE EVENTS INCLUDING ONE ON JANUARY 29 AS WE SPEAK.

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Radius International

” · Our tech guys are geeking out behind the scenes @crossconference”

The SBC Social Justice Warrior who is a TGC leader and former troubled SBC/ International Mission Board President David Platt ( on the left pictured above ) is part of the recent 2020 Radius promoted Cross Conference and a regular on the Radius International line up.
https://www.facebook.com/RadiusInternational

OTHER CROSS 2020 SPEAKERS INCLUDE MANY TGC SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS INCLUDING J D GREEAR & KEVIN DEYOUNG

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FOUNDERS CONFERENCE SPEAKER CHAD VEGAS IS HIMSELF A TGC CONTRIBUTOR

Chad Vegas

U.S. EDITION

AUTHOR

Chad Vegas (TGC bio)

Chad Vegas (MA, Talbot School of Theology) is the founding pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Bakersfield, California. He’s the founding board chairman of Radius International. Chad has been married to Theresa for 25 years and has two children.”

NOTE TGC leaders and Platt/ Piper pals Kevin DeYoung and Tim Keller just split the PCA denomination in June of 2020 over their support and justification of the social justice movement using Queer, Feminine and Gender Theory behind the “LGBTQ Thriving in historic” churches movement called Revoice .

Also NOTE that Revoice was birthed out of Founders long time affiliate Albert Mohler’s SBTS. Founders members have reportedly met behind closed doors with fellow member Mohler and he is presently making a VERY public effort to prove SBTS is not in support of a 2019 SBC Resolution 9 / Critical Race Theory / Intersectionality in the SBC. Still Mohler did and does employ the members of the Resolutions Committee who promoted CRT and other radical /false gospel ideologies, as “analytical tools “which are said to “help the Gospel.” ALARM arose after Mohler staffers in the Resolutions Committee altered a CA pastors Resolution condemning CRT /Intersectionality into an affirmation of them which passed in the SBC 2019 Birmingham annual SBC meetings.

CHAD VEGAS AND DAVID PLATT IN UPCOMING RADIUS CONFERENCE

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WHILE FOUNDERS SPEAKER HOST SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERS – 2019 RESISTANCE TO RESOLUTION 9 HAS CONTINUED BUT LITTLE IF ANYTHING HAS REALLY CHANGED.

Tom Ascol and others from Founders and the Dallas Statement, (which was INTRODUCED about 8 months prior) protested Resolution 9 from the Convention floor. Ascol and Founders also held meetings and filmed a documentary during the 2019 Annual SBC meetings. It is of note that present efforts by Mohler and Ligon Duncan and a host of other Seminary heads are underway to distance themselves from the errors of CRT and Intersectionality -yet NO effort to ensure  public repentance or to address the funding or the broader manifestations of Critical Theories used in the Revoice movement have taken place. Similar movements to Revoice by the many disciples from the overlapping TGC/ Founders/Dallas Statement arena continue as well. These include two Masters University and Seminary Graduates of John MacArthur who are leading LGBTQ Christian resources for churches promoting inclusion and justice for “Sexual Minorities “.This effort also includes massive focus on providing curriculum and resources for churches, teens and youth groups. MacArthur is probably the Dallas Statement partnerships most notable figure and recognized name.

Perhaps this is why the upcoming conference inclusion of Chad Vegas who promotes key Social Justice /TGC leaders is not expected to get notice. As long as no one is saying anything then perhaps the contradictions/ duplicity /and undermining of their own effort will not be noticed.

CONCLUSION

There has likely never been a time in modern evangelical church history in America that a more grave situation has existed. The threats posed by the infiltration and now saturation of our seminaries (and by them our pulpits) through these fatal errors have TIME PROVEN destructive impact on entire denominations and movements. They also bring with them the Divine judgement promised in the scriptures which Founders and others seem to have failed to consider. The targeting of children in our churches by these TGC false teachers is a MILLSTONE OFFENSE as is the perverting of the Gospel in general. Oddly the current movements who brought these age old “Social Gospel ” heresies in have done so while touting themselves to be THE defenders of the Gospel and historic “Reformed Theology” . Founders history in the SBC in fact either blindly or intentionally paved the way for the TGC reformed but politically motivated and theologically emergent movement to find a footing in the SBC and align Baptist and Presbyterians alike for the infiltration TGC has accomplished.

Founders still seems unable to distance themselves from old friends and partners and from the very source of the errors they are fighting. They do not seem to be capable of calling out and rejecting TGC or it’s poisonous politics and skewed theology due to either fraternal bonds or their common Neo- Calvinist roots. Whichever is the problem – the church at large is not likely to ever know . Just as we have been given NO WINDOW into the closed door meetings or backroom deals with the VERY men who have flooded OUR churches/ pulpits / Sunday School classes/ curriculums/ missions organizations/ K-higher Christian education / Christian media and our very FAITH with these deadly errors. This is not the time for deferring to friendships or fraternal bonds or gentlemen’s agreements or the unspoken Baptist 11th commandment. The Walls and Gates are breached and we must sound the alarm.

More to come on these very serious concerns.

1 Corinthians 15:33 

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

2 Peter 2:9 

Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,

Galatians 1:6-9 

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

MORE ON THE FAR LEFT’S PLANS TO TARGET CHRISTIANS AND CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATIONS.

SOME MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW DEEPLY BELIEVERS WERE IMPACTED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION-BUT IF THE “SECULAR DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA” HAVE THEIR WAY-THINGS ARE ABOUT TO BECOME MUCH WORSE.

Rev Thomas Littleton 12/15/2020

Worldview Weekend’s Brannon Howse and guest Trevor Loudon exposed a new “blueprint” for a call to action from a political PAC encouraging a Biden administration to target churches and re-educate Christians to eliminate “Trumpism” and the “Religious Right”. The plan is discussed in the December 14th WVW TV program.

“WVW-TV: Democrat Plan to Aggressively Persecute Conservative Christians Using The Biden Administration!”

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https://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/democrat-plan-aggressively-persecute-conservative-christians-using-biden-administration-0

Brannon Howse explained the document prepared by SDA, a Democratic Political PAC while Trevor Louden makes the point that Churches who hold the right kind of leftward political views will not be targeted. Much like the compromised churches in the former Soviet Union who supported the Communist Party agenda or those German churches who erected Nazi flags in the sanctuaries, Democratic Party supportive churches and Christians will be exempted since their views are no threat to the regime. In fact they will be effective allies for it’s agendas.

DETAILS OF THE SDA DOCUMENT PLANS:

“All rules, regulations, memoranda, and other actions regarding federally
administered health care programs that sanction denial of care on the basis of
religion must be repealed.”

“Reverse all executive orders, rules, memoranda, and other actions that exempt
faith-based organizations contracting with the federal government from
nondiscrimination requirements that apply to secular organizations, including
employment discrimination. This includes the following (please see Appendix for
additional examples).”
“Dismantle the Department of Justice Religious Liberty Task Force
Dismantle the HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division
Repeal Executive Order 13798, Promoting Free Speech and Religious
Liberty and reverse its implementation across various executive agencies
● Rescind and replace the Department of Justice Memorandum, Federal Law
Protections for Religious Liberty”

“We urge your administration to disincentivize state funding for programs that are
not evidence-based and which can cause harm by spreading misinformation,
such as crisis pregnancy centers and abstinence-only education programs.”

“Work with Congress to incentivize states to increase their vaccination rates by
repealing all nonmedical exemptions to mandatory vaccination for children in
schools and day care centers.”

“Reverse the Trump administration policies that have allowed faith-based
government-funded contractors to provide adoption and foster care services to
discriminate on the basis of religion and work with Congress to pass the Every
Child Deserves a Family Act.”

(NOTE -THIS GOAL AS WELL AS THE BELOW DOCUMETED PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN PARTNERS PROVES THE PRESENCE OF THE MASSIVE PRO LGBTQ LOBBY)

“Fully and robustly fund comprehensive, medically-accurate sex education.”

(THIS IS COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION A MAJOR HRC /PP GOAL)


“Reverse DHS/FEMA policies enacted under President Trump that allow disaster
relief to be used to directly fund houses of worship for sectarian purposes,
including public funds for disaster related facility repair, if those funds are not
made available for all private nonprofits.”

(THE ABOVE POLICY SHIFT WILL IMPACT MISSIONS ORGANIZATIONS LIKE BAPTIST NAMB NOW DEEPLY IN BED WITH FEMA)

“The Trump administration took advantage of the urgency surrounding COVID-19
relief to issue new rules and guidance at the Small Business Administration that
egregiously violated the separation of church and state, upended long standing
policy, and privileged houses of worship by exempting them from standards
applied to all other 501(c)(3) organizations and businesses applying for
assistance.”

(NOTE -CHURCHES TOOK AN ESTIMATE $7.3 BILLION IN COVID BAILOUTS FROM THE SBA AND SOON WILL BE PAYING A VERY HIGH PRICE FOR IT. MORE CAN BE READ HERE:

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2020/04/07/the-end-of-church-as-we-know-it/

DIGGING FURTHER INTO THE PLANTHE “CHRISTIAN” PARTNERS OF SDA

Here is the Secular Democrats of America document . It is worth your time to investigate it as well as listen to the broadcast above. A KEY issue for the claims of these secularist Democrats is that Christian organizations take government funding yet are allowed to or licensed to “discriminate” due to religious exemptions which they want eliminated and from Freedom of Religion Restoration Acts which they want reversed.

ALL PRO EVANGLEICAL POLICIES OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PATRIOTIC SUPPORT OF TRUMP ARE IN THE CROSS HAIRS OF SDA.

https://seculardems.org/wpcontent/uploads/2020/11/SecularDemocratsofAmerica_Blueprint_BidenHarrisTransition

“Restoring Constitutional Secularism and Patriotic Pluralism in the White House
Prepared exclusively by Secular Democrats of America PAC for President-elect Joe
Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Transition Team.”

“The Secular Democrats of America PAC (SDA) has prepared this document for the BidenHarris campaign to provide recommendations that will not only reverse the damage done by the Trump administration but boldly restore a vision of constitutional secularism and respect in the land for religious and intellectual pluralism.
We urge you to lead our nation on a path that revives the Founders’ vision of religious
freedom in our government and promotes a unifying patriotic pluralism—not dogmatic
religious chauvinism—in American society. We believe that this is a moment not only to
enact policies to advance constitutional secularism but to position the Democratic Party to take back the mantle of religious freedom and pluralism from the Republican Party. ”

“As people of private religious faith and public constitutional faith, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris can bridge the deep divisions that President Trump has exploited and exacerbated over the past four years. Biden and Harris can bring millions of Americans of all faiths and millions of nonreligious Americans together around a shared vision of government seeking the common good while defending religious pluralism and the unbridled freedom of conscience.”

MORE ON THE PAC ITSELF AND ITS PARTNERS

seculardems.org/about

“Secular Democrats of America is a federal political action committee that represents secular Democratic individuals and organizations. We advocate for secular governance, promote respect and inclusion of nonreligious Americans, and mobilize nonreligious voters. We support and empower our members with the resources, training, and support network they need to make an impact.”

It all started in Texas

“In 2016, a group of secular Democrats established a Secular Caucus at the Texas Democratic Convention. As a result of their advocacy, the Texas Democratic Party incorporated three resolutions on religious freedom issues that year, including a call for the removal of the clause in the Texas state constitution that imposes a religious test for office. Inspired by their fellow Democrats in Texas, Nebraska and Arizona followed suit.”

“In 2019, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) made unprecedented strides to include the nonreligious, a community long stigmatized and left without a seat at the table, by passing Resolution 38 and electing a representative of the secular community to the DNC Interfaith Council.”

“Engaging this demographic, which represents nearly one in three voters under 35, will be key to winning elections in the future.”

SDA HAS A LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS

“A secular caucus is a group, organization, or meeting of individuals within a political party or legislative body who share the common cause of:

 1) Protecting the separation of religion and government as the best guarantee of religious freedom for all Americans; and

2) Empowering the nonreligious to have an equal voice in our culture and our politics, alongside people of faith.” 

“Secular Caucuses provide their members with the tools and resources they need to organize for power, including electing champions of religious freedom and secular democracy to office.”

“While the Secular Democrats of America represents Secular Caucuses within the Democratic party, there is also a Congressional Freethought Caucus and an Association of Secular Elected Officials. We are hopeful that soon there will be Secular or Freethought Caucuses in legislative bodies throughout the country.”

THE “CHRISTIAN PARTERS OF SECULAR DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA

“Secular Democrats of America is proud to partner with Vote Common Good to provide training that will equip you with the confidence to message effectively, and authentically, about religious freedom issues and your religious or nonreligious identity.”

votecommongood .com

Vote Common Good inspired, energized, and mobilized people of faith to make the common good their voting criteria by pursuing faith, hope, & love for a change on election day 2020 and thereby prevented the re-election of Donald Trump.

We will continue to work to provide alternatives to “Trumpism” for faith voters.

WHAT WE DID AND WILL DO

“Many Christian voters recognize that their faith calls them to oppose the policies and approaches that characterized the Trump administration. In 2020, for many of these voters, their primary commitment was not to switch parties it was to be faithful to their beliefs and convictions and to make the common good their voting criteria. The behavior of Donald Trump made it impossible for them to continue to support him.”

“The emergence of a misguided approach to “America First” has caused many of them to resist the blazoned nationalism and to “seek first the kingdom of God” as it relates to goodness, kindness, justice, truth, and decency.”

“We were confident that 5-15% of the Christian vote wanted an “exit ramp” from supporting the Trump administration. We worked to help them see and take that exit.”

“We accomplished this goal across the country and in the crucial swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. We saw that change on election day and know that it prevented Donald Trump from winning re-election.”

The head of Vote Common Good is none other than Emergent Church leader and former Leadership Network (founder Bob Buford) employee Doug Pagitt.

(NOTE : It was Pagitt who helped identify and recruit the prospective stars for the Emergent movement like Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, and many others who have helped to vilify Biblical conservative Christianity and THE role Christians play politically .It is important to see that THE VERY PEOPLE ACCUSING CHRISTIANS OF BEING TOO POLITICAL FOR A DECADE ARE THEMSELVES WORKING DIRECTLY AS PARTNERS FOR A RADICAL DEMOCRATIC PART PAC. All along the goal has been to move a generation of churches, leaders , and their “gospel” vision and politics toward Faith Based Partnership ideology of Community Development and Social Justice. Doing the bidding of Leadership Network Founder Buford ,who is a great admirer of Lenin, the Emergent movement left a path of destruction throughout evangelical circles strewn with the faith of thousands and the bones of disgraced leaders like Bell and Driscoll. ..while McLaren joins Pagitt in the Vote Common Ground Movement .)

Doug Pagitt

“Doug Pagitt is the Executive Director and one of the founders of Vote Common Good. Doug is an author, pastor, social activist and . A leading voice for progressive Christianity, Doug makes frequent national media and speaking appearances. His new book, Outdoing Jesus, is available now. “

Pagitt has a variety of Interfaith “Christian/Muslim” and LGBTQ advocates working with him on the Vote Common Good Team.

SAMPLE PRO BIDEN RHETORICOF VOTE COMMON GOOD

Vote Common Good

” Decency matters. Justice matters. Truth matters. We have been called to love our neighbor as ourself, and that means voting AGAINST the discrimination, corruption, and manipulation of Trump, and FOR the decency, justice, and truth of Joe Biden. Will you join us?”

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THE FALSE NATIONALISM NARRATIVE ACCUSING PARTIOTISM

https://www.christiansagainstchristiannationalism.org/sign

One of the contributing partners with the Secular Democrats of America PAC is “Christians Against Nationalism”. Many of the usual suspects from the progressive left are here among its leaders as well.

TONY CAMPOLO,
A FOUNDER OF THE RED LETTER CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT

MELISSA ROGERS,
VISITING PROFESSOR,
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITY

( Rogers was the head of Obama Administrations “Faith Based Partnership “grant programs so she actually helped LURE Christian organizations INTO government funding and is now helping to see to it that their politics, if Biblically conservative, are not tolerated.)

And of course the ever present compromiser/ Third Way socialist Christian:

JIM WALLIS,
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER,
SOJOURNERS

The RHETORIC –

“As Christians, our faith teaches us everyone is created in God’s image and commands us to love one another. As Americans, we value our system of government and the good that can be accomplished in our constitutional democracy. Today, we are concerned about a persistent threat to both our religious communities and our democracy — Christian nationalism.”

“Christian nationalism seeks to merge Christian and American identities, distorting both the Christian faith and America’s constitutional democracy. Christian nationalism demands Christianity be privileged by the State and implies that to be a good American, one must be Christian. It often overlaps with and provides cover for white supremacy and racial subjugation. We reject this damaging political ideology and invite our Christian brothers and sisters to join us in opposing this threat to our faith and to our nation.”

 “As Christians, we are bound to Christ, not by citizenship, but by faith.”

CONCLUSION

The future of religious freedom is uncertain BUT it certainly under fire in America today. So is the Constitution and the election process itself. These also mean the Republic is under grave threat. The only ones who do not seem to realize this are those who take the shallow rhetoric of politicians and think tanks to heart and the FOOLISH “CHRISTIANS” WHO follow it. The real problem with religious liberty in America is not party politics but the fact that many from without and within seem to be most eager to place these Constitutional freedoms up for grabs for anyone and everyone seeking to redefine it by forces antithetical to THEM. And of course there are always the soulless throng willing to sell their own convictions and influence to the highest bidder no matter how deadly their intentions may be.

WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE CHURCH AND BELIEVERS IN AMERICA? THE FAITHFUL CAN TRUST A FAITHFUL GOD- BUT THERE ARE NO PROMISES IN HIS WORD THAT PERSECUTION WILL BE AVOIDED…ACTUALLY THE OPPOSITE IS PROMISED.

WILL WE SEE CHURCH DOORS LOCKED AND CHRISTIANS SOUGHT OUT FOR RE-EDUCATION?

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STILL THE GODLY MAN AND WOMAN MUST SPEAK GOD’S TRUTH EVEN TO POWER.

1ST KINGS 22:

Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab

13 “And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, “Behold, the words  of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” 14 But Micaiah said,“As the LORD lives, what the LORD says to me, that I will speak.” 15 And when he had come to the king, the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we refrain?” And he answered him, “Go up and triumph; the LORD will give it into the hand of the king.” 16 But  the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?” 17 And he said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the LORD said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace.’” 

BAPTIST RUSSELL MOORE JOINS PRESS TO PUSH “FAITH IN BIDEN PRESIDENCY “

CONSERVATIVES IN AMERICA DO NOT TRUST THE 2020 ELECTION PROCESS OR RESULTS. EVEN FEWER AMERICANS TRUST THE FALSE AND HIGHLY COORDINATED MAINSTREAM AND SOCIAL MEDIA’S EFFORTS TO SQUASH ELECTION CONCERNS.

NOW FAITH LEADERS LIKE RUSSELL MOORE JOIN IN TO PROMOTE “BIDEN PRESIDENCY”.

Rev Thomas Littleton

12/3/2020

FAITH LEADERS INCLUDING BAPTIST RUSSELL MOORE JOINED THE COORDIANTED EFFORT WITH ASSOCIATED PRESS AND RELIGION NEWS SERVICE

A perfect example of how the top down efforts are working to influence conservatives, especially Christians, with the false media narrative is the TODAY’S event sponsored by the liberal Associated Press, universalist Religion News Service and The Conversation sponsored Gates, Ford, Hearst, Knight, and other progressive Foundations. This places Southern Baptist Ethics Expert and Obama administration advocate Russell Moore at the heart of the pro Biden election fraud narrative. Russell Moore Joins a team of operatives including a Muslim, a Catholic, a liberal Sojourner leader/& Campaign Elder in puffing the coordinated false media narrative.

“PANEL DISCUSSION: Join us as we look ahead to the role of religion in the Biden presidency”

Moving forward with faith: Religion and politics in a Biden presidency 

  • How will faith influence the direction of the Biden administration?
  • What agenda will various religious institutions pursue?
  • Can religion be a force for healing the nation’s deep political, ideological and racial divides?

“Join us for a Zoom panel discussion between our journalists and noted faith leaders as we explore what role religion will play in the public square during the coming years. Hosted by The Associated Press, Religion News Service and The Conversation. Open to the public.”

“Meet the panelists:

Dilshad D. Ali, the former editor-in-chief of Altmuslim, is an editor at Haute Hijab, and a member of Religion News Service’s journalism advisory board.

Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, CEO and co-founder of Skinner Leadership Institute and co-convener of the National African American Clergy Network.

Dr. Steven P. Millies, an associate professor of public theology and the director of The Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union.

Dr. Russell Moore, theologian and president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4p.m. EST “

THE BROADER COORDINATION OF MEDIA PROJECTION AND SUPPRESSION.

This writer, like many of you, has been been disturbed to watch the failure of the press and even social media to report on the mounting evidence of election fraud and wrong doing on the part of the Democratic Party, local polling officials and the election software and ballots. Many have seen their own social media post removed or marked as “false ” or “fake news”. Even President Trump himself is in a daily battle with social media like Facebook and Twitter who are flagging HIS information to the American public as “false” or “misinformation”.

A quick pull back from the frustrating efforts of Americans to communicate and exercise free speech and locate outlets for a free and honest press reveals one undeniable reality; these efforts by the mainstream media ,including Fox News, and social media to squash truth and information are totally and carefully coordinated.

BUT WHO IS DOING IT?

This author found a SMOKING GUN when following the links provided by social media giant Facebook when his own post about Smartmatic ( one of the programs named in the election irregularities) Chairman of the Board Peter Neffinger was marked as “False Information” by a Facebook “fact checker” even though it was the direct link to the actual biography page on Smartmatic’s website. Following the “factcheck links” and the alternative “approved” information sources led to Facebooks own partnership with promoting “The National Task Force on Election Crises” ( as in plural crises ).This information appeared on the facebook.com / voting information center.

( NOTE : Facebook Fact Checker used in the above issue oddly works for Daily Caller )

  • Elias J. Atienza

“Fact Check Reporter at The Daily Caller”

THE PLAYERS AND THEIR EVOLVING FOCUS

REALITY IS THE MEDIA ARE STILL CAMPAIGNING TO ELECT JOE BIDEN AS PRESIDENT .

HERE IS HOW:

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS LEAD READERS TO THEIR OWN PARTNERS STORIES .

NATIONAL TASK FORCE ON ELECTION CRISES ( NOTE PLURAL -MULITIPLE CRISIS)

This Task Force is a primary partner for Facebook and other media outlets with “News” to counter Team Trump and other supporters investigating or even questioning the election. On September 29 2020 a Harvard Journalist Nieman Lab had promoted the “Task Force” information to and for journalist to be prepared in advance for such claims. Well before this on March 26 2020 the Task Force had been promoted by it’s partner and possible parent organization Protecting Democracy Project (PDP) as a means to support mail in and alternative voting using the Covid Pandemic as one of many concerns for a free and fair election. PDP is also responsible for the Transition Integrity Project which has a Soros Open Society advisory council member in leadership. The Task Force has overlapping leadership with the TIP organization and though it claims to be “cross partisan” the founders and leaders of Protect Democracy project are both former White House Counsels to Barak Obama and Task Force cross partisan leaders themselves are rabid anti-Trump.

The leadership of the Protect Democracy Project and Harvard’s Nieman Lab are actively coordinating the media campaign supporting the validity of the troubled election and the projected presidency of Biden while openly demanding that “Trumpism must be squashed and stamped out.”

FOLLOW CLOSELY TO NIEMAN LAB AND “PROTECTING DEMOCRACYPROJECT” EFFORT

A HARVARD JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP AND CENTER HAS PROMOTED THE TASK FORCE” SINCE SEPTEMBER 29 2020 OVER A MONTH BEFORE THE ELECTION.

( OF NOTE –Ann Marie Lipinski (born January 1956) is a journalist and the curator of the Nieman Foundation which oversees the Lab and Journalism Fellowship and is former editor of the Chicago Tribune. )

Harvard University “Nieman Lab” had promoted “The National Task Force on Election Crisis on September 29th 2020 In an article for “:What Journalist Should Know….

The election could be contested and last for weeks after Nov. 3. Here’s what experts think journalists should know.

https://www.niemanlab.org/2020/09/the-election-could-be-contested-and-last-for-weeks-after-nov-3-heres-what-experts-think-journalists-should-know/embed/#?secret=c9omHWAhsz

FROM THE ARTICLE AT NIEMAN LAB

(Note you can also follow their links to The National Task Force on Election Crisis .)

ALSO NOTE THE ORGANIZED EFFORTS TO INCLUDE FAITH LEADERS AMONG THOSE THE “TASK FORCE HAS REACHED OUT TO”. MORE ON THAT LATER.

The National Task Force on Election Crises, a cross-partisan group of experts, wants reporters to know exactly how presidential elections are conducted and decided — including what happens when election results are disputed.FROM NIEMAN REPORTSHow should journalists respond to Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power?The task force has a number of resources specifically for journalists, starting with a media guide and legal guidelines that explain, for example, that no, the president cannot postpone or cancel the general election. In a virtual summit for journalists this month, government officials, election experts, and civil rights advocates advised journalists on what they can do to reduce the impact of misinformation and bad faith claims about the election. (Besides media workers, the task force has reached out to tech companies, politicians, military figures, professional athletes, faith leaders, and business executives.) Many of the recommendations for reporters fell into one of three buckets: setting expectations before the election; covering and contextualizing Election Day itself; and reporting on what happens after November 3.”

“It’s in this post-Election Day period “when inevitably there will be challenges and questions raised about the results and about the accuracy,” Michael Chertoff, a former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush, said during the summit. How journalists frame these inevitable challenges, Chertoff added, will be “very, very critical” to “maintaining good order, discipline, and faith in our process.”

MORE ON SUGGESTIONS FOR JOURNALIST ON HOW TO HANDLE THE POST ELECTION CLAIMS INCLUDING THOSE OF THE PRESIDENT

“How Should Journalists Respond to Trump’s Refusal to Commit to a Peaceful Transfer of Power?”

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“Set expectations for election night”

Brendan Nyhan, a political scientist and professor at Dartmouth College, argued that Americans may be the most vulnerable to misinformation during an unexplained waiting period. He said the media — particularly cable news — should build their coverage around a scenario in which the winner of the election is not known on election night.”

“It’s going to be essential for the media to be responsible in that moment. They really are guardians of the legitimacy of our democratic process,” Nyhan said. “It will be tempting to put people on TV saying things about what’s happening, including that the election is being stolen, to fill the void in the news environment. I would just encourage everyone to think about the stakes here again, that we live in a country that is at significant risk of democratic erosion. Amplifying those kinds of claims in that moment is a profoundly irresponsible act.”

MORE from the article :

“Make a plan for misinformation.”

“The primary source of misinformation in people’s information diets is from mainstream political figures via the mainstream media,” Nyhan said. “Newsrooms need to prepare for a political environment in which mainstream political figures, most notably the President of the United States, are going to promote false and unsupported claims about the election. They need to prepare for that now. And they need to have a conversation internally about how to cover those claims in a way that’s consistent with their journalistic values.”

“Nyhan noted that the standard advice to journalists — verify before publication, avoid amplifying misinformation — is easier said than done.”

“It’s not easy. And the reason is those claims will often be made by high-profile political figures in a way that media organizations feel like they have to cover on deadline,” Nyhan said. “If they are not careful, they will cover them in a ‘he said, she said’ manner that gives legitimacy to unfounded, unverified, or unrepresentative claims.”

NOTE THEY EVEN NAME IN SEPTEMBER THREE OF THE DISPUTED STATES

“Learn the timetable.”

“Did you know that if there’s no clear winner by noon on election day — January 20, 2021 — the Electoral Count Act provides for an “acting president” while disputes are resolved? The Speaker of the House is first in line; the current president does not stay in office.”

“States will be working to count votes, resolve disputes over rejected ballots, and address an already unprecedented number of legal challenges before the certification deadline in early December. Many states, including the battlegrounds of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, will be doing this on the fly, after making provisions to allow mail-in voting during a presidential election for the first time due to Covid-19.”

WHO IS THE NIEMAN LAB AND THE NIEMAN FOUNDATION?

About Nieman Lab

“The Nieman Journalism Lab is an attempt to help journalism figure out its future in an Internet age.”

“The Internet has brought forth an unprecedented flowering of news and information. But it has also destabilized the old business models that have supported quality journalism for decades. Good journalists across the country are losing their jobs or adjusting to a radically new news environment online. We want to highlight attempts at innovation and figure out what makes them succeed or fail. We want to find good ideas for others to steal. We want to help reporters and editors adjust to their online labors; we want to help traditional news organizations find a way to survive; we want to help the new crop of startups that will complement — or supplant — them.”

(NOTE NIEMAN FELLOWS IN JOURNALISM HAVE COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD AND CURRENTLY ARE BEING TRAINED AND EQUIPED FOR MEDIA IN THE INTERNET AGE !)

About the Nieman Foundation

“Established in 1938, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard administers the oldest fellowship program for journalists in the world. More than 1,300 journalists of accomplishment from 88 countries have received Nieman Fellowships and benefited from a year of study and exploration at Harvard University. The annual deadline to apply for a fellowship is December 15 for international journalists and January 31 for Americans.”

“The Nieman Foundation also publishes the quarterly magazine Nieman Reports, the nation’s oldest magazine devoted to a critical examination of the practice of journalism. Additionally, the foundation is home to the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism and the Nieman Watchdog Journalism Project, which encourages reporters and editors to monitor and hold accountable those who exert power in all aspects of public life.”

https://nieman.harvard.edu/about/

“Nieman is the only fellowship program that also houses an array of publishing and convening initiatives focused on journalism. These include:

  • Nieman Lab, an online reporting enterprise focused on the future of news and innovation. Nieman Lab has a staff of reporters writing daily about the most significant developments in journalism and has become a leading source of news about digital media for an international audience;
  • Nieman Reports, a website and print magazine that explores contemporary journalism’s most important challenges and provides a forum for the industry’s leading voices on issues of ethics, values, innovation and more. It also serves as a town square for Nieman’s global alumni network;
  • Nieman Storyboard, a website that showcases exceptional narrative journalism and the art and craft of reported storytelling. Storyboard has become an important gathering place for the top practitioners of narrative journalism to talk about what works and why.”

“In addition, Harvard’s beautiful Lippmann House, where Nieman is located, is the convening center every year for dozens of seminars, master classes, conferences and awards ceremonies. These bring together not only our fellows but the broadest-possible array of those practicing, celebrating, challenging and advancing journalism.”

THE COORDIANTED EFFORT TO PROMOTE THE TASK FORCE AND JOURNALISTIC PREPAREDNEDD FOR THE 2020 ELECTION GOES BACK TO MARCH 2020 AND THE “PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT” ORGANIZATION.

PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT IS FOUNDED AND LED BT TWO FORMER WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL MEMBERS

Ian Bassin

Co-Founder and Executive Director – Ian served as Associate White House Counsel from 2009-2011.Ian Bassin is president and executive director of the Protect Democracy Project, the same position he holds in United to Protect Democracy. 

Justin Florence

Co-Founder and Legal Director-He has previously served in the Office of the White House Counsel as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. Justin Florence is legal director for PDP.

These two leaders of Protect Democracy November 27 piece in the L A Times READS:

“WHAT THE US NEEDS TO DO TO STAMP OUT TRUMPISM”

PROTECT DEMOCRACY POST ON NOVEMBER 25 SPEAKS TO THEIR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL TASK FORCE ON ELECTION CRISIS

“Now that the presidential transition is underway in full, what’s next, other than more certifications from a few states remaining? Here are key dates through Inauguration to know, from our partners at National Task Force on Election Crises:”

PROTECT DEMOCRACY” PROMOTED THE “TASK FORCE” IN MARCH 26TH 2020 WHICH IS NOW AT THE EPICENTER OF MEDIA COORDIANTION.

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National Task Force on Election Crises Releases Guidance on How to Protect Elections in the Age of COVID-19

https://protectdemocracy.org/update/national-task-force-covid-19/embed/#?secret=DDNHVZL8vN

National Task Force on Election Crises Releases Guidance on How to Protect Elections in the Age of COVID-19

National Task Force on Election Crises March 26, 2020

“Cross-Partisan Team of Experts Has Assembled to Help Ensure a Free and Fair 2020 Election Despite Unexpected Disruptions and Disasters, Including COVID-19 Pandemic.

WASHINGTON, DC — On March 26, 2020, the National Task Force on Election Crises released the first of several planned guides for how to respond to potential disruptions of the 2020 general election. The COVID-19 Election Guide, available here, addresses how state and local officials can protect eligible voters’ ability to cast ballots without undue risk to their own health or to the broader community. The Task Force was formed in 2019 to be prepared to respond to a wide range of potential threats to a free and fair 2020 election in a collaborative, cross-partisan, and multidisciplinary fashion. More information about the Task Force is available here.

“Elections are the foundation of our democracy, but there are many ways in which regular electoral procedure could be disrupted,” said Trey Grayson, a member of the Task Force and former Secretary of State of Kentucky and former President of the National Association of Secretaries of State. “The coronavirus pandemic is a perfect example of how elections can be impacted, but it’s far from the only threat, and many election administrators are already starting from a place where they don’t have sufficient resources. We need to plan and prepare to ensure our elections are resilient.”

The COVID-19 Election Guide offers recommendations to help legislators and election officials conduct a successful 2020 general election, despite the many challenges that the coronavirus is likely to pose, with the goal of ensuring that the election is conducted on time as required by law and that public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process and the legitimacy of the outcome is preserved. Recommendations for helping to achieve these goals include:

  • Expanding no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail
  • Maximizing early voting days and hours
  • Increasing the number of polling places and other voting options
  • Proactive, transparent communication with voters

The guide also provides recommendations on the use of emergency powers by governors and other state officials to respond to the crisis. Any departure from the ordinary rules governing the electoral process, it states, should be made pursuant to state and federal law using objective criteria that guides official discretion and minimizes partisan bias.

“Our nation has overcome crises before and we will overcome this one,” said Task Force member Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush. “But doing so requires well thought out contingency plans, advance preparations, broad coalitions working together, and support for those on the front lines of making our elections work—election administrators, local officials, poll workers, the media, and especially the voters. I know there are so many dedicated public servants around the country already working to ensure the success of our elections and hope by joining this Task Force I can do my small part to support them.”

Task Force member Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, added, “In 2020, further unexpected events are bound to take place, but the right to vote must be protected and preserved. Already, we are seeing the impact of COVID-19 on primary elections—and officials are obligated right now to take steps, like the ones outlined in our guide, to ensure the general election proceeds on schedule as required under federal law. The National Task Force on Election Crises was formed to ensure that all eligible voters are able to make their voices heard when the ballots are counted. No voter should have to choose between their health and the right to vote, and voters of color and other historically disenfranchised communities must be able to make their voices heard. The right to vote is one of our most basic rights as Americans, and it is our collective task to make sure it can be fully realized—even under the most difficult circumstances.”

“As a nation, we have a long history of unequal access to the ballot box. We have been preparing to meet voter suppression challenges for this year’s election for some time. Now we must also respond to a public health crisis and prepare for a wide range of other potential election disruptions, such as a major cyber-attack, online foreign interference or fights over contested election results,” said Task Force member Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “As we’ve seen with other election challenges, those who will be most impacted are voters in African American, Latino and other traditionally marginalized communities. That’s why we need to rapidly prepare at the federal, state, and local levels to protect the 2020 election. This will require a massive effort, but it’s critical to safeguard our democracy.”

“In a critical election year, steps can and must be taken to ensure that the democratic process proceeds on schedule through the November election, while protecting the health of both voters and poll workers,“ said Trevor Potter, President of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center and a former Republican Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. “Our election processes and infrastructure will continue to be tested by the coronavirus. Policymakers and election officials must ensure that every eligible American has access to the ballot box because the essence of democracy is that every eligible voter must have the opportunity to participate. Elections have endured in other times of crisis, and they will in 2020.”

For more information about the National Task Force on Election Crises, visit ElectionTaskForce.org.

To read the COVID-19 Election Guide, visit ElectionTaskForce.org/news.

For more on Protect Democracy’s work amid the coronavirus pandemic click here.

“The National Task Force on Election Crises is a diverse, cross-partisan group of more than 40 experts in election law, election administration, national security, cybersecurity, voting rights, civil rights, technology, public health, and emergency response. The mission of the nonpartisan National Task Force on Election Crises is to ensure a free and fair 2020 general election by recommending responses to a range of potential election crises. The Task Force does not advocate for any electoral outcome except an election that is free and fair.”

“The Task Force was convened by Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization. Protect Democracy’s staff supports the work of the Task Force, and in doing so has drawn on assistance from Jenner & Block, the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown Law, the Democracy & Rule of Law Clinic at Harvard Law School, and the William & Mary Election Law Society.”

“Current members of the Task Force include:

  • Jim Baker, Director of National Security and Cybersecurity, R Street Institute; Former FBI General Counsel
  • Rajiv Chandrasekaran, The Emes Project; Former Associate Editor, The Washington Post
  • Christine Chen, Executive Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)
  • Michael Chertoff, Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Tom Coleman, Former Member of Congress (R-MO)
  • Tiana Epps-Johnson, Executive Director, Center for Tech and Civic Life
  • Edward B. Foley, Professor of Law, Ohio State University
  • Christopher Fonzone, Former National Security Council Legal Adviser
  • Hannah Fried, Campaign Director, All Voting is Local, The Leadership Conference Education Fund
  • Joshua Geltzer, Executive Director and Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy & Protection
  • Dipayan Ghosh, Co-Director, Digital Platforms & Democracy Project, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Elizabeth Goitein, Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
  • Rosalind Gold, Chief Public Policy Officer, National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund
  • Trey Grayson, Former Secretary of State of Kentucky; Former President of National Association of Secretaries of State
  • Rebecca Green, Professor of the Practice of Law and Co-Director of the Election Law Program, William & Mary Law School
  • Yasmin Green, Director R&D, Jigsaw (Google)
  • Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Sam Hirsch, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP
  • Karen Hobert Flynn, President, Common Cause and the Common Cause Education Fund
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF)
  • Rachel Kleinfeld, Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • María Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino Foundation
  • Ryan Macias, Former Acting Director of Testing and Certification, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
  • Mary B. McCord, Legal Director and Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection
  • Amber McReynolds, CEO, National Vote at Home Institute
  • Michael T. Morley, Assistant Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law;
  • Jennifer Morrell, Partner, Elections Group
  • Lawrence Norden, Director, Election Reform Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
  • Adav Noti, Senior Director for Trial Litigation & Chief of Staff, Campaign Legal Center;
  • Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Michael Osterholm, Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota
  • Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor, Elections, Democracy Fund
  • Trevor Potter, President, Campaign Legal Center
  • Ezra Rosenberg, Co-Director of Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Paul Rosenzweig, Senior Fellow, R Street Institute; Former DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy
  • Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
  • Hector Sanchez Barba, CEO and Executive Director, Mi Familia Vota
  • Marian K. Schneider, President, Verified Voting
  • Kate Shaw, Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Theodore M. (Ted) Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights, UNC School of Law
  • Paul Smith, Vice President for Litigation and Strategy, Campaign Legal Center
  • Wendy Weiser, Vice President and Director, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
  • Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
  • Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of State”

*Organizational and academic affiliations are for identification purposes only and don’t necessarily represent institutional endorsement.

PROTECT DEMOCRACY WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TRANSITION INTEGRITY PROJECT

BRANNON HOWSE OF WVW TV REPORTED ON ITS ACTIVITIES OVER A MONTH AGO

TRANSITION INTERGRITY PROJECT

“The Transition Integrity Project (TIP) was a series of June 2020 political scenario exercises in the United States, involving over 100 current and former senior government and campaign leaders, academics, journalists, polling experts and former federal and state government officials. The exercises examined potential disruptions to the 2020 presidential election and transition.[1][2][3][4] TIP is not an organization, but rather a short-term project run under the auspices of the organization Protect Democracy.

SOROS IN THE WINGS WITH “TIPAND “TASK FORCE “LEADER

According the website INFLUENCE WATCH “Task Force leader Trey Grayson, Former Secretary of State of Kentucky; Former President of National Association of Secretaries of State was involved with (Soros Open Society Foundations Advisory Board members) work of Rosa Brooks in the Transition Integrity Project . “ROSA BROOKS is Co-founder Rosa Brooks is a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and a former Obama administration Pentagon official. She serves on the advisory board of George Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) in the United States, and was previously special counsel to the president at the Open Society Institute in New York.”

(AGAIN -NOTE THE GOALS OF THE TASK FORCE ACCORDING TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY)

“In anticipation on March of the Covid 19 Pandemic on the Elections Protect Democracy and the “Task Force” seek”

” The COVID-19 Election Guide offers recommendations to help legislators and election officials conduct a successful 2020 general election, despite the many challenges that the coronavirus is likely to pose, with the goal of ensuring that the election is conducted on time as required by law and that public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process and the legitimacy of the outcome is preserved. Recommendations for helping to achieve these goals include:

  • Expanding no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail
  • Maximizing early voting days and hours
  • Increasing the number of polling places and other voting options
  • Proactive, transparent communication with voters

The guide also provides recommendations on the use of emergency powers by governors and other state officials to respond to the crisis. Any departure from the ordinary rules governing the electoral process, it states, should be made pursuant to state and federal law using objective criteria that guides official discretion and minimizes partisan bias.”

MORE ON MOORE’S MAINSTREAM MEDIA PARTNERS FROM THE DECEMBER 3RD EVENT

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CONCLUSION

The clear and undeniable reality we are facing is an unprecedented IN THE 2020 Presidential Election. Confusion and uncertainty abound. It is backed up by a massive, coordinated, and no doubt well funded propaganda effort which has all but taken over and eclipsed both the investigation of facts and free speech among media outlets and everyday Americans on their own social media. The arrogance of these organizations to censor free speech even extend to President Donald Trump and to his legal team and witnesses testifying before our courts. The President appears to be up to the task and is not intimidated by the false media or their attacks on him ,his family and his character. Thanks to independent news sources like WVW TV and a few others, and to American’s who are speaking out, the truth and the battle to make it known is not lost. Common sense Americans from both sides of the political divide are rightly concerned. And faithful Christians who love the Truth and the God given freedoms enjoyed and long celebrated in America know that too much is at stake to walk away from “such an appointed time as this”. Russell Moore and the ERLC under his control have never been more glaring in their intentional failure to represent the believers whose interest they are PAID TO PROTECT.

HOW DEEP IS THE ROT IN THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION?

THE DEEPENING TROUBLES FACING SOUTHERN BAPTIST ARE NO LONGER HIDDEN UNDER LAYERS OF GOOD OLE BOY NETWORKS AND 11TH COMMANDMENTS. HOW DEEP DOES THE DECAY GO?

Rev Thomas Littleton 11/30/2020

Most people get the importance of Southern Baptist in American life given that millions of Christians are members of or have grown up in Southern Baptist Churches. Many powerful and articulate leaders have come from the SBC. In the past conservative biblically convictional voices rang out of Baptist pulpits across the nation. Also some of the most well ordered missionary efforts both nationally and internationally were operated by the SBC and focused on evangelism and discipling and organic church planting.

WHAT HAPPENED? ONE NEED LOOK NO FURTHER THAN CURRENT LEADERSHIP TO TELL THE TALE.

Photo by Russell Moore on September 16, 2013. Speak no evil. See no evil. Hear no evil. In my office with Drs. Akin and Ezell.

ABOVE -Power hungry Baptist- NAMBs Ezell, ERLC’s Moore and SEBTS Akin in Moore’s ERLC offices joking of their “cooperation” in 2013 as their ascents to power are solidified.

Today the largest protestant denomination in America is slipping away and collapsing into the quagmire of meaninglessness via decent into the age old social gospel, political & theological liberalism, community development, sexual and authoritarian abuse, legal struggles and law suits and the general decay of leadership overall. Of course there are exceptions but these are becoming harder to find and are very isolated.

ACTIVE LAWSUITS AGAINST CENTRALIZING POWER OVER HOME MISSIONS

Individual Baptist churches in the SBC have a status of “cooperation ” within the Convention and work together primarily in their Cooperative Programs and Giving ( CP)

Among these are both the North American Missions Board and International Missions Board programs and these are supported through the giving of local churches and two major offerings annually.

Today efforts to “CENTRALIZE POWER” in the national office have been exposed by a lawsuit from Will McRaney who was Former Executive Missional Strategist at Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. The details are extensive and so is the documentation of NAMB national leaders heavy handed tactics, threats, bullying and intimidation followed by a sweeping refusal to be held accountable or transparent about finances, expenditures and compensations of officers.The lawsuit is not just for bullying, but for alleged illegal behaviors by Ezell and NAMB leadership.

The lawsuit contends the issues are not just a matter of strategic difference but accusations of illegal acts by Ezell that have yet to be spoken to publicly or given an account of by Ezell. To date, Ezell has refused to meet with McRaney and the NAMB Trustees have kept him in leadership without requiring him to do so. The current efforts by NAMB officials to stave off this lawsuit have shown their willingness to violate the SBC bylaws and deny their own Convention rules. Recently the troubled and unethical Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission factored in on the lawsuit to back up NAMB antics of averting and subverting accountability.

After years of effort and determination, the legal battle to force the spot light on NAMB abuses is paying off.

Few Baptist will like what they are about to see and learn as the efforts toward accountability advance.

MORE on the lawsuit can be found at willmcraney.com / open letter

“In June 8, 2015 Sandy and I received the shock of our lives. I was blindsided with termination as the Executive Director of the MD/DE Baptist Convention, and sadly Dr. Kevin Ezell, as the President of the North American Mission Board, influenced this action against me. This was without cause and in the midst of Sandy and I developing many good relationships with pastors and wives, along with our staff and Convention making remarkable progress under my leadership. These webpages reflect an effort to communicate truth with friends and our Southern Baptist family on matters which need to come into the light Eph. 5:6-11, since more direct methods were met with denial and resistance.”

The latest update on the legal action to date can be read here:

Ironic that when the Protestant Baptist ERLC factored in on the lawsuit that they sought a Chicago based Catholic law firm named after famed English anti -Protestant Reformation politician Thomas More.

(From the article update)

” The vote in McRaney’s favor by the federal appeals court was made despite an extraordinary campaign on behalf of NAMB. Three state attorneys general (Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana) weighed in with a friend of the court brief in support of NAMB, as did the First Liberty Institute, a Texas-based religious liberty nonprofit. Of particular note, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC, which is charged with communicating Southern Baptists’ policies and positions to the public and public officials, joined with the Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based not-for-profit national interest law firm named after the patron saint of lawyers in the Catholic Church, to assert in a friend of the court brief that the SBC, NAMB and state conventions have a hierarchical relationship and that they actually govern Southern Baptist congregations.”

SOME BULLETPOINTS IN AN OVERVIEW OF THE SBC DECLINE AND DECAY:

*SBC SEMINARIES HAVE BECOME BOILING CALDRONS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE, CRITICAL THEORY AND RACIAL/ GAY / ISLAMIC POLITICS.

Example of the funding and agenda invading SBC flagship Seminary SBTS and efforts to cover up reality by scrubbing websites can be investigated in the link below. This is just one example of agenda driven funding and ongoing efforts to cover up the compromise and sources of it.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/08/04/al-mohler-you-missed-a-spot-social-justice-funding-goes-into-hiding-at-sbts/

*CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FROM K-12 TO HIGHER EDUCATION IS BEING UNDERMINED AT SWBTS UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION.

Baptist Seminary SWBTS in Forth Worth was not part of the Baptist Cabal of Neo Reformed theology cloaking social Justice and dirty funding until it was taken over in recent years by SBTS/ Mohler leaders. Now SWBTS has launched a new organization to serve as gathering place for the influences now corrupting Christian Education with critical theories and the false justice gospel starting in pre K and running through Christian colleges and universities. The Seminaries are already being overrun.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2020/08/06/laying-siege-to-christian-education/

*FAR LEFT POLITICS ARE BEING SERVED ON A PLATTER TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN BAPTIST AND OTHER CHRISTIAN INSTITUTIONS.

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

ERLC had a professor from liberal Jesuit Georgetown University, with help from a new age think tank, draft a “civility guide for political engagement” going into the 2020 election cycle.

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

*BAPTIST LEADERS LIKE ED STETZER AND EZELL ARE PROMOTING LAUSANNE MOVEMENT AND UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL GOALS HERETICAL SPIRITUALITY

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2020/10/05/baptist-imb-cast-future-of-missions-vision-with-lausanne-global-goals-diversityjustice-for-gen-z/

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/12/06/global-generosity-vs-christian-mission-can-the-church-buy-into-the-global-goals/

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2020/03/30/globalist-false-prophets-the-real-danger-ahead/

*WIDESPREAD SEXUAL ABUSE AND ONGOING COLLUSION TO COVER IT UP SURFACED IN 2018 WHEN THE #METOO MOVEMENT CAME HOME TO SETTLE ON SBC LEADERS.

Yet Baptist leaders like Mohler and Moore joined in what seemed nothing less than opportunistic public theater to point fingers away from their own and toward those they wished to see targeted like SWBTS /Conservative Resurgence leader Paige Patterson. Some inside the Baptist machine animated secular media efforts to portray Patterson as an abuser or collaborator in the coverup. The feeding frenzy during this carefully coordinated effort exposed just how far some leaders the SBC would go to secure their take over of it’s institutions.

https://www.baptistpress.com/resource-library/news/mohler-confronts-sbcs-horrifying-metoo-momen

ERLCS RUSSELL MOORE TURNED THE SEXUAL ABUSE EXPOSURE INTO A PLATFORM FOR MORE OVERREACH WITH A “REPURPOSED CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE” TO SEARH AND DESTROY AND STRIP CHURCHES AND MINISTERS OF SBC CREDENTIALS.

*SBC SEEKS TO REDEFINE FAMILY AS THE CHURCH CALLING “NUCLEAR FAMILY AN IDOL”.

Moore had also used similar CRISIS to sell his latest book on The Storm Tossed Family and push an ERLC conference to feature his book while highlighting the Church -redefined as family in the same 1990’s narrative of lesbian feminist theology from Drew University Divinity School. This was quiet an achievement which likely took more lead time than he would have had after finding out about the looming storm in the Houston Chronicle.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/03/04/russell-moore-erlc-revoice-family/

*SBC LEADERS FOR NAMB ARE MOVING THE DENOMINATION INTO DEEP PARTNERSHIPS FOR ISLAMIC IMMIGRATION/RACIAL RECONCILIATION AKING TO BLM/ FEMA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND MISGUIDED LGBTQ POLICY.

ISLAMIC IMMIGRATION WITH NAMB

ERLC and other Baptist leaders have joined in pro Islamic campus based and student led movement called “Neighborly Faith” to promote social change in Christian attitudes toward Islam. Christian/ Muslim dialog is being directly promoted on Christian School campuses. SBC current President J D Greear even joined in one of these events. The Wheaton conference was sponsored and held at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism while the entire program is admittedly NOT to evangelize or treat Muslims as projects for conversion. Measures and metrics are employed before and after the meetings to gauge the success of the social change in attitudes.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/11/07/erlcs-daniel-darling-in-interfaith-movement-leadership/

NAMB has created welcome centers and a not so secret undergound railroad for importing more Islamic Refugees for resettlement in American Communities.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2020/10/27/soros-open-society-and-southern-baptist-namb-underground-railroad-for-muslim-resettlement/

NAMB has even built a welcome Center partnering with the Federal Government and Open Society organizations like the one of Clarkston Georgia.

RACIAL RECONCILIATION IN THE DAYS OF BLM

Resolution 9 at SBC 2019 was submitted to condemn CRT and Intersectionality but was converted in the Resolutions Committee by SBTS and other leaders into an affirmation of it .

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/06/14/sbc-resolutions-committee-revoicing-resolutions-subverting-southern-baptist/

Glaring racial hypocrisy exist in the efforts to “Rid the SBC of Racism”

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/12/14/update-on-sbts-albert-mohler-russell-moore-racial-hypocrisy/

Baptist leaders like current SBC President J D Greer , former IMB head David Platt and long time Lifeway Researcher Ed Stetzer jumped in to the BLM fray marching with and endorsing the movement even after violence and burning of American cities erupted.

FEMA PARTNERSHIPS SET UP SHOP IN PUERTO RICO AND ELSEWHERE.

The NAMB Send Relief of the SBC has now positioned itself as the go-to partner of FEMA even constructing a central response center in Puerto Rico for the current Hurricane damage island and beyond .

There are at present NINE such centers for differing uses with Government partnerships with plans to develop twenty to twenty five in all.

LGBTQ POLICY

Recently both SBTS President Albert Mohler ERLC head/ Mohler disciple Russell Moore’s offices lamented over the coming advance of the LGBTQ agenda against religious liberty , churches and Christian education.

YET – it was both of these key Baptist who called for an end to standing against the agenda in 2013 and held a 2014 ERLC Conference on The Gospel , Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage at which Moore and Mohler welcomed Human Rights Campaign and dozens of LGBTQ activist leaders to “Break Bread Together with Baptist” as one headline read. They even held for back room- closed door meetings with HRC and others like Matthew Vines and the radical pro homosexual lobby. SBTS President joined in the 2014 Conference as opening speaker and APOLOGIZED for being wrong about and denying (the APA contrived notion of ) Sexual Orientation. Mohler apologized for all Baptist while underling Russell Moore did a blanket condemnation of all so called “ex gay therapies” a high priority on the HRC agenda at the time.

Later by 2015 no significant fight for Biblical or traditional marriage was mounted by any key SBC official including Moore or Mohler. The echo chamber of SBC leadership blamed the sexual revolution and the divorce rate in the church.

By 2018 SBTS New Testament teacher and Mohler disciple of almost 15 years Nate Collins introduced Revoice LGBTQ Thriving in Historic Christian Tradition Conference and it was endorsed and participated in by multiple ERLC fellows and leaders.

HRC HAS HAD A WARM BAPTIST WELCOME SINCE SBC CEO JINED HRC IN 2009 IN THE WHITE HOUSE FAITH BASED /OBAMA PROGRAMS FOR FAITH BASED GRANTS

HERE IS WHAT HRC WANTS TODAY-

“The HRC Blueprint for LGBTQ Equality Under Biden”

  • Ensure consistent administrative implementation of Bostock v. Clayton County across all agencies enforcing civil rights statutes and provisions;
  • Revise restrictions on transgender individuals to return to an inclusive policy of military service;
  • Establish an interagency working group to address anti-transgender violence;
  • Appoint openly-LGBTQ justices, judges, executive officials and ambassadors;
  • Establish uniform data collection standards incorporation sexual orientation and gender identity into federal surveys;
  • Establish an interagency working group to protect and support LGBTQ rights globally;
  • End discrimination against gay and bisexual blood donors;
  • Prohibit the practice of conversion therapy as a fraudulent business practice;
  • Rescind and replace regulations restricting coverage of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act; and
  • Eliminate discrimination against beneficiaries in charitable choice and faith-based initiatives.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AS WELL AS THE GOSPEL MISSION OF THE BAPTIST ARE BEING REDEFINED THROUGH FORCES WHICH CAN ONLY CORRUPT IT AND ARE ANTITHETICAL TO BIBLICAL FAITH.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/11/30/religious-liberty-redefined-thru-the-lens-of-islamic-lgbt-rights/

Photo by Russell Moore on September 16, 2013. Speak no evil. See no evil. Hear no evil. In my office with Drs. Akin and Ezell.

CONCLUSION

WHILE BAPTIST LEADERS APPEAR TO JOKE ABOUT THEIR SOLIDARITY IN COOPERATIVE CORRUPTIONTHE SBC IS SLIPPING DEEP INTO APOSTASY AND IN STEEP DECLINE.

Will millions of Christians follow the path Baptist leaders have chosen for their movement? Or will they wise up and Repent and return to the Word of God and true Gospel Mission? Will they continue to leave their churches and even entire congregations leave the SBC altogether or will they stand and undertake to regain their movement and “throw the bums out” who have corrupted it ? Time will tell but it will not take long for these deadly corruptions to fully leaven and to play out .WHILE IN TIME IS IN FACT RUNNING OUT. Then the only option which exist will be to leave the SBC to it’s own rot and decline. Even now that time may have already come.

SOUTHERN BAPTIST DIRTY LITTLE THEO-ILLOGICAL SECRETS

FEW WOULD HAVE BELIEVED 25 YEARS AGO THAT THE SBC WOULD BE MARKETING THE SAME HERESIES AND POLITICS AS THE RADICAL PROGRESSIVE LEFT & DENOMINATIONS BUT ETS PROVIDES A WINDOW INTO THE LASTEST BAPTIST FASHIONS IN RHETORIC.

By Thomas Littleton

The annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society provided yet another glimpse behind the curtain in what has become the Southern Baptist -“World of OZ”. Some of the greatest heretical movements thriving in Baptist and evangelical circles today have had their first showings to the great “thinkers” and students of the ETS. Years before the Revoice LGBTQ inclusion called for by self identified “sexual minority” / “LGBT+ Christians hit the evangelical headlines, the leaders and founders had all been presenting their thesis and dissertations at ETS.

Today Revoice and the movement and players behind it continue to expand their brand while the errors of ETS focus move on to revisit the fanciful notion of “Chrislam” while inviting “refugee resettlement” /Soros Open Society partners & advocates in to ETS to bash Trump immigration policy and tout the common ground of the two deeply irreconcilable faiths.

For a Revoice refresher read here:

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/08/15/the-stain-of-revoice/

(MUCH MORE ON REVOICE INCLUDING AN UPDATE ON IT’S LEADERS EXPANSION OF THE MOVEMENT AND ITS ETS HISTORY NEAR THE END OF THIS ARTICLE)

CHRISTIANITY TODAY COVERED THE LATEST ETS MUSLIM EVENT

Muslims Join Evangelical Theology Conference

“Annual gathering of Christian scholars seeks better engagement with Islam.”

“It is not often that a Muslim appears at an evangelical theological meetings ..Al Mohler invited three.”

“This year’s theme: Islam and Christianity.

“We are called to truth, and to understanding the world around us more accurately and thoughtfully,” said Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), who also served as ETS program chair.

“That certainly includes our understanding of Islam, which has from the beginning represented an enormous challenge to Christian evangelism, apologetics, theology, and cultural engagement.”

  • “The Authority and Function of the Quran in Islam,” by Ayman Ibrahim of SBTS
  • “Through the Prism: The Trinity and the Islamic Metanarrative,” by Timothy Tennet of Asbury Theological Seminary
  • “American Christians and Islam: From the Colonial Era to the Post-9/11 World,” by Thomas Kidd of Baylor University

But it was the challenge of “cultural engagement” that led ETS to reach out to the Muslim panelists. Each was invited to share their view of evangelicals, and address the issues that concern them. It could “scarcely be more relevant and urgent,” said Mohler.

Three Christians joined them on the panel, focused on“Understanding Our Neighbor.”

THE ANTI-TRUMP POLITICAL TONE

One Muslim participant Al Mohler invited asserts that Pew Research in 2019 found “white evangelicals to be twice as likely as Americans overall (76% vs. 38%) to support President Donald Trump’s 2017 “Muslim ban.” The narrative continued -“American Muslim Poll, only 20 percent of white evangelicals had a positive opinion of Muslims, with 44 percent feeling unfavorable.”

““Political tribalism drives how these communities see each other,” Uddin said, “and Muslims view evangelicals as intrinsically linked to the Trumpian other.”

Hamza Yusuf, cofounder and president of Zaytuna College in California, the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States, said strong Muslim support for George W. Bush helped him to the presidency in the razor-thin 2000 election.

But after 9/11, Republicans “anathematized” them.

“Muslims had a huge shift to the left in response to the love showed them by Democrats,” he said.”

SO CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS POLITICS (ESPECIALLY THEIR PRO TRUMP POLITICS) DROVE MUSLIMS TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND ITS “LOVE” TOWARD THEM ?

This is Christianity Today propagandizing conservative Christians with Muslim guest at ETS invited by Albert Mohler. So who are these “guest”?

THE ETS GUEST LIST INCLUDED A KEY PROGRESSIVE MUSLIM LEADER

“Asma Uddin, a religious liberty lawyer (previously INTERVIEWED  by CT) and a fellow with the Inclusive America Project at the Aspen Institute, described the well-funded Islamophobia network that tars Muslims and the political left in a joint conspiracy to take over the world.”

“The effort seems to be working.”….

(More on the Aspen Institute later.)

NEIGHBORLY FAITH LEADERS/ MENTORS INCLUDED BAPTIST FALSE PROPHET BOB ROBERTS

https://www.neighborlyfaith.org/who-we-are

“A student-led movement  bringing Christians and Muslims together.”

Neighborly Faith is building momentum and now has inclusion with the ETS thanks to the efforts of the SBTS leader Albert Mohler .

More on the ETS /CT story

Muslims Join Evangelical Theology ConferenceMuslims Join Evangelical Theology Conference

MORE FROM THE CT ARTICLE AND THE ETS EVENT :

The 72nd annual conference of the Evangelical Theological Society

This year’s theme: Islam and Christianity.

“We are called to truth, and to understanding the world around us more accurately and thoughtfully,” said Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), who also served as ETS program chair.

(Sample Topics)

  • “The Authority and Function of the Quran in Islam,” by Ayman Ibrahim of SBTS
  • “Through the Prism: The Trinity and the Islamic Metanarrative,” by Timothy Tennet of Asbury Theological Seminary
  • “American Christians and Islam: From the Colonial Era to the Post-9/11 World,” by Thomas Kidd of Baylor University

“But it was the challenge of “cultural engagement” that led ETS to reach out to the Muslim panelists. Each was invited to share their view of evangelicals, and address the issues that concern them. It could “scarcely be more relevant and urgent,” said Mohler.”

“Three Christians joined them on the panel, focused on “Understanding Our Neighbor.”

“Hamza Yusuf, cofounder and president of Zaytuna College in California, the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States”

“Islam, Yusuf said, defines the neighbor as up to 40 houses away.”

“Mohamed Majid, imam and executive director at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, in Virginia, is going much further.”

“Partnering with Baptist pastor Bob Roberts, he has traveled to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and other Muslim world hotspots to promote better treatment of minority Christian communities.”

“But when invited to Roberts’s Texas, Majid said that local pastors politely asked not to be pictured with corresponding imams.”

“After three days of ta’arruf—the Arabic word for “getting to know each other”—they volunteered to exchange visits in each other’s houses of worship.”

“We have so much in common with evangelical Christians,” Majid said.

“But to be true to our faith we have to get out of our comfort zone—which makes us better believers.”

“Uddin, who appeared in a second ETS panel with Matthew Kaemingk of Neighborly Faith, offered political encouragement. The 2020 American Muslim Poll found 49 percent of that community willing to build coalitions with conservatives to support religious liberty.”

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY FOR MUSLIMS AND LIFTING THE “MUSLIM BAN” ON MASS IMMIGRATION ARE KEY ISSUES. WHY?

THE LONG AND SHORT ANSWER IS -GRANT FUNDED IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS.

FOR SOUTHERN BAPTIST LEADERS EXPANDING DIALOG WITH AND BRINING ABOUT SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE SBC HAS A HUGE PAY DAY AT THE END OF THE IMMIGRATION RAINBOW.

Read More :

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

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

The dirty little secret here is how deep the Evangelicals and some of the SBC are already involved with Open Societies organizations and federal funding for open borders.

SOROS OPEN SOCIETY AND SOUTHERN BAPTIST /NAMB UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FOR MUSLIM RESETTLEMENT

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2020/10/27/soros-open-society-and-southern-baptist-namb-underground-railroad-for-muslim-resettlement/

THEOLOGICAL MONSTER MASH

According to the article some of the invited Muslim guest to the ETS monster mash were key players from the interfaith dialog happening at leftist think tanks like “The Aspens Institute ” and the leftist funded Christian -Muslim relationship building organization called “Neighborly Faith”. Neighborly Faith has already made inroads with the help of Mohler Disciple Russell Moore’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission leaders who joined Neighborly Faith conference and leadership at Wheaton last year. This event was sanctioned by the Chair the Billy Graham center at Wheaton/ Christianity Today propagandist minister Ed Stetzer.

You can read more about Aspen Institute and here :

“The Aspen Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the greatest challenges of our time.”

“Chicago businessman Walter Paepcke (1896-1960), chairman of the Container Corporation of America, first visited Aspen, Colorado in 1945. Inspired by its great natural beauty, he envisioned it as an ideal gathering place for thinkers, leaders, artists, and musicians from all over the world to step away from their daily routines and reflect on the underlying values of society and culture. He dreamed of transforming the town into a center for dialogue, a place for “lifting us out of our usual selves,” as one visitor to Paepcke’s Aspen would put it.”

“To make this dream real, in 1949 Paepcke made Aspen the site for a celebration of the 200th birthday of German poet and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The 20-day gathering attracted such prominent intellectuals and artists as Albert Schweitzer, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Thornton Wilder, and Arthur Rubinstein, along with members of the international press and more than 2,000 other attendees.”

Inclusive America Project

“The Inclusive America Project, launched by the Aspen Institute in 2012, builds and sustains the field of religious pluralism by supporting faith and civic leaders, encouraging philanthropic giving to the field, and producing resources to help you get involved with religious pluralism.”

“The American idea is rooted in a vision that people from varied religious and ethnic backgrounds can unite to create a single nation: E Pluribus Unum. Consistent with that idea, the Inclusive America Project envisions a thriving American religious pluralism, where everyone has the rights, freedoms, and safety to worship, or not, according to their conscience. Religious pluralism isn’t just a nice idea – it’s critical to the health of our democracy and society.”

PAST ETS COLLABORATION WITH COMPROMISE / REVOICE MOVEMENT

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/07/11/tgc-and-the-voices-of-revoice-contrived-conversations-of-change-part-3/

ETS REVOICE AND SBTS LEADERS HISTORY FROM ARTICLE LINKED ABOVE:

THE LITTERMATES OF REVOICE -PUPPIES PLAYING IN A PUDDLE OF CHANGE 

“For those who looked honestly and beyond the organized response to the Revoice controversy – the main concern that lingered was the hard reality of it’s founders long history at Albert Mohler’s  conservative SBTS seminary . But Revoice Collins is far from the only one in the “Conversation” from the Mohler breeding grounds aka puppy mill.”

“Denny Burk of SBTS undergraduate school Boyce College ,also heads the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and is spokesperson for the Nashville Statement (NS) The N.S. document is put forth  and claimed to represent a compassionate and pastoral but biblical and historic view of and approach to homosexuality and the cultural shifts concerning it.”

“Disapproval  of the Statement and criticism of its shortcomings  is claimed to be the inspiration of Revoice . In fact it is likely neither is true . The Nashville Statement does not condemn “gay or homosexual Christianity ” ,supports the “homosexual orientation “/SSA narrative  most common in the TGC talking points and makes no clear case that people can escape homosexual desire. It does not stand with ministries that proclaim such a  message of true Gospel effected change. Nashville Statement is in the mushy middle -left of center but asserted to represent the historic conservative stance.This is true of TGC /ERLC favorite Sam Allberrys SSA /Celibate  still gay narrative as well. If the new “historic view is left of center – then the conversation is never allowed to go back across that line to the true historic / biblical  context or standard. Very subtle and very effective .”

EVANGELICAL THEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, DENNY BURK, REVOICE :THE BACKSTORY 

“Denny was the first in the TGC loop to respond to the growing controversy over Revoice in May 2018. However his response was measured and called for the church to “wait and see since the conference had not happened yet.”

What about the Revoice conference?

http://www.dennyburk.com/what-about-the-revoice-conference/embed/#?secret=KHxVr56NcG

“Burk was a bit more critical after it was clear in the aftermath of the conference that the idea of LGBTQ+ Christian/ Queer Christian / sexual minority Christian was “not ready for prime time ” in the evangelical sea change once it had  launched. Then again recall where it was launched from- Burks own circles at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary .”

SO IN FACT ETS IS WHERE THE ENTIRE REVOICE MOVEMENT CAME TOGETHER YEARS IN ADVANCE OF THE 2018 PUBLIC DEBUT.

NOW KEY REVOICE LEADERS ARE GETTING SOME NEW PARTNERS FROM THE MOHLER /TGC LOOP AS FRANCIS CHAN JOINS THE NEW PRESTON SPRINKLE YOUTH FOCUSED OUTREACH PACKAGING THE REVOICE MESSAGE.

SEE -CHRISTIANSEXUALITY.COM

Leaders include Revoice and TGC :

Preston Sprinkle- Gregory Coles -Laurie Krieg and TGC leaders Jackie Hill Perry and Francis Chan.

“AboutThis 12-part video series is intended to faithfully present God’s design for our bodies and to follow the Bible’s teaching with regard to our sexual desires.Additional InformationThis 12 part video series is intended to faithfully present God’s design for our bodies and to follow the Bible’s teaching with regard to our sexual desires. It stands alone in its content and vision. The hope is to encourage and equip youth to have a holistic view of sex and to choose Jesus as the true source and authority for human flourishing.The topics discussed include:God’s LovestoryThe Authority of God and ScriptureShame and ForgivenessSex and MarriageSingleness and IntimacyPorn and MasturbationSame-Sex SexualityTransgender IdentitiesLGBTQ+ QuestionsDating and FriendshipsSex and the iWorldFollowing Jesus in a Sexualized AgeThe series is written and produced by Dr. Preston Sprinkle and Jason Soucinek, founders and leaders at The Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender and Project Six19, respectively.Hosted by Will Chung and Monica Zuniga. “

“Written & Produced by Preston Sprinkle & Jason Soucinek, founders and leaders at The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender and Project Six19, respectively.”

Christian Sexuality

“Pastor Francis Chan is one of the many incredible guests we interviewed for this resource. Follow the link below to subscribe to Christian Sexuality on YouTube, and watch for news on how you can watch his full-length interview where he discusses authority, scripture, and God’s ultimate design for sex!”

SSO ETS HELPED INTRODUCE THE IDEOLOGIES AND RHETORIC OF REVOICE WELL BEFORE IT WAS DEEMED “READY FOR PRIME TIME” AND NOW ETS GES FULL ON THEOLOGICAL MARRIAGE OF EVANGELICALS AND MUSLIMS .

CONCLUSION

ETS 72nd Annual Meeting Schedule

The Program Theme:

“Christianity and Islam”

Key Information:

Program Chair

R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
(The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

Mohler Elected President of ETS

Jeff Robinson — November 20, 2020

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler was elected president of the Evangelical Theological Society Thursday during the organization’s 72nd annual meeting. Due to the pandemic, the meeting of evangelical scholars met virtually this week. The meeting was originally scheduled to meet in Providence, Rhode Island.

Previously, Mohler had served as vice president of ETS, having been elected to that office during the 2018 annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.

“I am deeply honored to serve as president of the Evangelical Theological Society,” Mohler said. “As a young evangelical, I came to respect and admire this society for its identity as a society of evangelical theologians that would demonstrate the highest quality of theological and biblical scholarship.”

The Briefing

“R. Albert Mohler Jr. has been recognized as a leader among American evangelicals. Time.com has called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”

Whether it is Critical Race Theory , Revoicing LGBT+ Inclusion, Islamic Neighborly Dialog, or anti- Trump political rhetoric – you can count on SBTS/ Albert Mohler/ and Evangelical Theological Society to be reliable partners for the far left influences seeking to undermine religious liberty, sovereign borders, convictional voting , the constitution and any other fixed point in American church life. Along the ride you can also count on them to toss away the true Gospel for the latest rhetoric that pays huge dividends for the new paradigm church leaders in step with the new “global goals false faiths melded together in the PROGRESSIVE SWAMP called “the Common Good”.

EPIDEMIC OF ABUSIVE LEADERS : THE BATTERED SHEEP OF TGC


THE GOSPEL COALITION & AFFILIATED CHURCHES PURSUE AN UNBIBLICAL VISION OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND LEFT WING POLITICAL & SOCIAL CHANGE WHILE THEY CLAIM “BIBLICAL ELDERSHIP” MODELS WHICH ARE LITTLE MORE THAN LICENSE TO ABUSE.

Rev. Thomas Littleton 11/12/2020


The Gospel Coalition, founded by Tim Keller and D A Carson, is a political machine with a radically progressive social change agenda for the church. It is filled with critical theories and the rhetoric of Frankfurt School think tanks like the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and subscribes to the Global Sustainable Development Goals of the far left. TGC’s theology is a hodgepodge of emergent and neo-reformed dominionism, Catholic mysticism, and Charismatic belief while desperately seeking to market itself as orthodox and historic Christianity. It has amassed a huge media and conference presence and created a network of well known /big face speakers and preachers.

Only recently-during the 2016 and 2020 election cycles have TGC’s true colors come into plain view. This took time for many who have been taken in by it to see the realityof it. The genie is out of the bottle and TGC internal influence has now split the once conservative Presbyterian Church in America. The much lauded Biblical foundations and leadership models of TGC, including the claims to “Biblical Eldership” led churches can now been seen as NAKED AMBITIONS TO LORD over the faith of congregations and individuals. All the while maintaining cover and protecting the change agents in TGC pulpits and church board rooms. ABUSES abound and range from covering up the wrongdoings and sexual misdeeds of leaders -to hiding financial and funding sources, to covering the heretical theologies of TGC leaders, to manipulating congregants though the use of false and unbiblical church covenants / by laws / church discipline and so called reconciliation processes. Here we will take a look deeper inside the abusive operational methods of The Gospel Coalition and affiliated neo-reformed leaders.

(Personal note :The sad and disturbing stories of abuses of power and the systematic coverup of and protection of abusers flood this writers inbox on a daily basis. The details and faces are varied but the painful experiences and high cost of standing against the deceptive and politically motivated Gospel Coalition machine are the same. This author and his family have shared just a portion of their own experiences to the public after working to expose these errors to the Body of Christ. Trust God for wisdom and conviction to stand firm if you intend to take up these and other issues with your pastors, elders and leadership. )

BEWARE THE BURDEN BEARER

If a congregational member becomes burdened and sees sin or issues of concern they must be informed about who and what they are going up against. If the concerned party has not seen through the scam of “plurality of elders”, church covenants, and bylaws drafted by high dollar lawyers to protect the church staff and elders-then they are in for an awakening should they dare to speak up. No matter how bathed in prayer and engaged out of genuine biblical conviction the expression of such concerns may be, they will be downplayed or ignored, dismissed and eventually will set the unwitting church member on a collision course with what is projected to be unquestionable -but in fact totally unbiblical authority of most TGC and neo-reformed churches . Proceed with conviction- be informed on matters related to your concerns but be prepared. If you stand your ground -crushing forces will eventually be unleashed against the non compliant sheep.

BIBLICAL VS UNBIBLICAL

It is pretty simple to discern the true biblical model for Church Elders from the abusive and unbiblcal ones promoted by TGC and planting arms like 9 MARKS / ACTS 29 and other related, mostly neo-reformed models.

Peter in chapter 5 of his first epistle reminds fellow elders “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;”

TGC has had more than its share of extremely scandalized preachers including but not limited to Mark Driscoll and Tullian Tchividjian . Still TGC leaders almost universally operate as if they deserve special exemptions from public or private scrutiny and assert that they represent a movement of orthodox and New Testament theological purist. This is merely cover for the change agent agenda and self seeking and self serving type of men and women the TGC model lures into affiliation and who covenant with them as leaders.

A RECENT EFFORT TO “ADDRESS SEXUAL ABUSE” JUST REINFORCED THE UNBIBLICAL AUTHORITIES BEHIND ITS COVER UP.

Several TGC leaders in the Southern Baptist camp actually appeared to be answering a Houston Chronicle investigation into sexual abuse and the cover up of it in the SBC in 2018. However the efforts which included a series of books, curriculum, conferences, and even a special committee appointed to address abuse- the entire effort resulted in little more than public relations and another method of asserting their own unbiblical authorities which are exposed in this research.

Lesson take away from the SBC effort: The foxes cannot police the foxes in the hen house.

HOW TRUE BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP CAN BE DISCEREND .

SERVANTS -CHURCH ELDERS ARE CALLED FOR IN SCRIPTURE TO “SERVE” THE CHURCH.

Biblical authority does not rely on legally drafted guidelines, psychologically manipulative tactics and the circled wagons of trained underlings to control opposition and silence decent or provide cover for sinning leadership.

BIBLICAL ELDERS ARE MORE- NOT LESS ACCOUNTABLE . TGC ELDERS AVOID IT.

NOTE: ( This writer and others who investigate the false teachings of TGC and other neo-reformed leaders have observed the outright perversion of biblical protocols for accountability in order to protect their own. This is not only done in the case of private sins but even in the case where the sins of leaders are public or were witnessed by all or part of the council of elders. Private sins of leaders are ignored and dismissed as jealousy on the part of the accuser and, as you shall see in the case of John MacArthur , elders are instructed to “Turn a Deaf Ear” to anyone accusing a pastor or elder.)

THE FANCY FOOT WORK OF THE AVOIDING ACCOUNTABILITY

Through the slick and swift application of Matthew 18 to detractors and avoiding it’s simple rules for accountability for themselves – TGC/neo-reformed leaders cleverly avoid accountability to anyone at any level and never risk being brought before congregations for personal or private sins. Also they skillfully twist 1 Timothy 5: 19 to require witnesses CONFIRMING ACCUSATIONS against an elder even in private or hidden matters instead of ever submitting themselves to those Matthew 18 protocols where two people are bearing witness to observing the confrontation of the private sin.

In the TGC/ Neo-reformed world the context in keeping with Matt 18 of two observing witnesses to be present is confused with the Deuteronomy 17:2-7 which deal with the death penalty being applied to idolaters. The phrase taken from Deuteronomy 17 and 19 ” in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established ” in a private sin being confronted in the second phase of Matthew 18 cannot then mean the establishment of “witnesses to the sin” but to witnesses of the confronting of sin and the sinning brothers response to the confrontation which is “being established”.

In any normal human experience and church or ministry setting there are very often sins which are done in private committed by one person against another person ( as discussed in Matthew 18) who would then follow Jesus commands through the phases Jesus outlines. In the case of TGC and related elder rules / regulations/ and misinterpretations – such private sins can be hidden forever and the “accuser” held to a false standard as if the sins were public and witnessed by others and held to the standards of the OT where the death penalty was being sought.

Compare 1st Timothy 5:19 in the KJV to popular modern translations like NASB used by many in the neo-reformed camp.

KJV- “Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.”

NASB-“Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses.”

The New Testament warns us that as leaders we are to be more accountable – not less. We are not to have our sins hidden under layers of watchful companions in leadership.

IF GOD WILL HOLD US MORE ACCOUNTABLE THEN WHY WOULD “BIBLICAL ELDERS” SEEK TO AVOID IT ?

James 3:1 “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.”

IF TGC LEADERS FEARED GOD THEY SHOULD NOT FEAR BEING ACCOUNTABLE AS LEADERS.

2nd Samuel 23:3 “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.

Also having much committed to us means we will have more required of us.

Luke 12 :48 “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”

Paul openly- in public rebuked Peter for dissembling from gentiles when the Jews came lest he soil his reputation with them. Peter endangered the Gospel with his open sin and Paul called him out for it openly . God does not call for leaders to protect other leaders from accountability.

Galatians 2:11 “Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed;”

BIBLICAL ELDERS DO NOT:

*Overstep or abuse God given boundries

*They do not need attorneys to draft Biblical guidelines.

*Psychology is NOT used in a Biblical Approach when drafting church documents such as bylaws and church covenants.

*Church Covenants – drafted by church attorneys -required for membership and signed by joining (and at times even existing) members have ZERO foundation in The Word of God. PERIOD. BUT THEY ARE KEY TO EMPOWERING ABUSE without legal recourse to stop or reverse it.

MATTHEW 18 IS A COMMON TOOL TO USE IN ACCUSING CONGREGRANTS OF MISHANDLING THIER CONCERNS -THEY APPLY IT BUT NEVER SUBMIT TO IT THEMSELVES.

MATTHEW 18 (Take care to follow this biblical protocol before you bring your concerns to a TGC leader BUT hold THEM to it as well … once the concerns are confirmed.)

Dealing with a Sinning Brother

15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE IN THE PROCESS OF “DEALING WITH A SINNING BROTHER”. in Matthew Jesus commands us to go to the person first to confront them- then to take witness “that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word (of the efforts) may be established .”

In efforts to exempt elders or church leaders from such confrontation and accountability -the wording regarding witnesses to the process in the second phase of of Matt 18 protocols is twisted from “before two or three witnesses” in 1 Timothy 5:19 to proven by and “confirmed” by “two or three witnesses”. AGAIN 0 THINK THIS THROUGH- the process and witness requirements ARE confused with Deuteronomy 17 regarding the proceedings of dealing with idolaters facing the death penalty.”

Deuteronomy 17

Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.”

Deuteronomy 19 – Now consider the other passage in Deuteronomy which deals not only with death penalty offenses but with identifying and dealing with a false witness.-

The Law Concerning Witnesses

15 “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established. 16 If a false witness rises against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing, 17 then both men in the controversy shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who serve in those days. 18 And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, 19 then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you. 20 And those who remain shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you.”

QUESTION- DOES THE LAW OF GOD ASSUME THAT ALL SINS AND CRIMES ARE DONE BEFORE 2 or 3 OR MORE PEOPLE?

It is foolish to think that God or Moses or the leaders of Israel before going into Canaan and have spent 40 years governing millions of people would assume that all trespasses take place before witnesses. Also again the offenses discussed are death penalty offenses. The honest take away must be that in this passage as well as Deuteronomy 17 that the commandment is that no one shall be put to death with out the existence of two or three witnesses confirming the accusations . BUT to randomly apply and misapply this rule to Matthew 18 in dealing with private offenses and a sinning brother or sister in the light of potential church discipline is not an intellectually honest approach to the intent of the Word of God in the least. And if that person who has offended is a church leader then the misapplication means there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY unless there are two additional witnesses to the offense . Believe it – this is how these verses are distorted ,confused and used to turn the tables on members of the flock who bring offenses or even potential concerns about the direction of the church to leaders ,some or all of whom may be involved.

THIS IS TYPICAL OF TGC AND NEO-REFORMED STYLE LEADERSHIP METHODS. IN THE END THEY EXEMPT LEADERS FROM THE KIND OF ACCOUNTABILITY THE BIBLE CALLS FOR AS WELL AS FROM EXPOSURE OF THE ABUSIVE METHODS THEY USE ON THE FLOCK.

Lest we forget – and TGC leadership often seem to prefer doing so, leaders are sheep too. They too are human and capable of sinning offending and failing in both their private and public roles. They have families, spouses, business and professional relationships where they may and do sin and fail. Becoming a church elder of staff member does not EXEMPT them in any way from their humanity- their frailty- their own relationship to the Good Shepherd as a member of the Flock and does not exempt them from the potential and likelihood of failure and sin. So why then why should TGC and other neo-reformed methods exempt leaders from accountability? This is ,in itself ,sinful and an incubator for MORE SIN.

As you can see below – TGC is selling their model and make it sound biblical & “peachy”.

THE GOSPEL COALITION AND CHURCH ELDER MODELS OF THE NEO-REFORMED

TGC WHY YOUR CHURCH SHOULD EMBRACE PLURAL LEADERSHIP !”


“In our pastoral intern program at our church, we spend significant time on “plumbing.” We want our guys to have deep convictions about eldership and membership, and even be ready to pay the price to implement these things.”

SOME REALITY CHECKS ON CONVERTING FROM CONGREGATIONAL LEADERSHIP TO “ELDER RULE”

TGC SAYS WE ARE REPLACING THE “PYRAMID WITH PLURALITY” WHEN IN FACT THE CONGREGATION IS NO LONGER EVEN IN THE LEADERSHIP EQUASION.

“From Pyramid to Plurality”

“We planted our church with a plurality of elders. I wanted to avoid the “pastor and his staff” model that has one guy atop the pyramid. We wanted a plurality of elders/pastors caring for and mobilizing the congregation, under the leadership of the true senior pastor, Jesus Christ, who alone sits atop the pyramid.”

NOTE: In the Neo- Reformed elder models “plurality” in fact represents a tightly run circle of decision makers with far reaching powers and which become untouchable by church members. Congregational ruled churches can directly confront sinning and abusive staff while elders are taught to “protect” the staff and enforce their dictates

*CONGREGANTS SURRENDER DECISIONS AND ONLY “AFFIRM” THE DECISIONS OF ELDERS”

*BY MANY OF THE NEW BYLAWS POST ELDERSHIP CONVERSION- THE ELDERS BECOME THE ONLY “LEGAL MEMBERS” OF THE CHURCH AND IN FACT LEGALLY “OWN IT”.(RUN YOUR BYLAWS PAST AN ATTORNEY FOR HIS/HER TAKE ON THEM. WE DID.)

*NOTHING SHORT OF A MASSIVE COUP CAN RESTORE THE CHURCH TO THE CHURCH AND VOICE OF CONGREGANTS TO THE CHURCH.

*ELDERS ARE ONLY AN EXTENTION OF THE STAFF AND PREACHERS WHO HAVE TGC “FRAT BOY” MENTALITIES DO TEND TO PLAY FAVORITES EVEN AMONG THE ELDERS.

*TAKE SERIOUSLY THESE WARNING OF THE EXTENSIVE POWERS OF CHURCH DISCIPLINE AND EXCOMMUNICATION BEFORE YOU CONFRONT TGC LEADERS. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO CHALLENGE AND EXPOSE THEM WHILE TAKING THEM ON.

In a TGC published “essay on church discipline by 9 MARKS editor and progressive political operative Jonathan Leeman published at TGC discusses “how it works”.

When confronting a “sin” Leeman describes his version of following Matt 18 then goes on to say “We then involved our church’s elders…Several weeks after that, the elders informed the congregation of the circumstances and gave them a couple of months to pray for the man and to encourage him to repent. He never did.Sadly, two months later the elders led the congregation in voting to remove the man from church membership and the Lord’s Table as an act of discipline. He was “excommunicated” or ex-communioned.”

NOTE : NOT ONLY WILL THESE NEO-REFORMED ELDERS WITHHOLD MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNION BUT THEY WILL CONTACT OTHER CHURCHES IN THE REGION URGING THEM TO DO SO AS WELL. THEY CAN HOLD THE “OFFENDER” IN THE STATUS OF DISCIPLINE FOREVER OR UNTIL THAT PERSON “REPENTS” ACCORDING TO THE DETERMINATIONS AND TO THE SATISFACTIONS OF THE RULING ELDERS WHO MAY BE USING THE PROCESS TO HIDE THEIR OWN SINS OR THE SINS OF ONE OF THEIR OWN.

NEVER SIGN CHURCH COVENANTS WITH TGC/NEO-REFORMED CHURCHES

THESE FAR REACHING POWERS ARE GENERALLY AGREED TO BY THE INDIVIDUAL WHEN JOINING THE CHURCH AND SIGNING UNBIBLICAL CHURCH COVENANATS.

When a church pastor decides to join TGC the congregations often are not consulted and in many cases do not even know they have done so. The church status as a “member of TGC” is in most cases not known to congregants- only to staff and elders. BUT many changes are soon applied IN THE CHURCH like converting to “Elder Rule” with the TGC model accompanied by “new bylaws” and often the church covenants are then put in place for new members and in some cased retroactively applied to existing members. Membership classes are established and all kinds of TGC sourced curriculum, events and speakers come into the church.

In some cases older church members refuse to sign the covenants while still others have no knowledge of the covenants which new members have signed covenants. All sign the documents have agreed to the kinds of protocols for church discipline and excommunication. In the case of an innocent member of the flock who has gotten crossed up with these abusive leaders- he /she have granted to the elders a license to slander them and have assured elders that “no legal recourse” will be taken to stop abuse. According to the covenants any legal recourse have been signed away when “Arbitration Agreements” were agreed to .Then the TGC/ Neo-reformed trained arbitrators come into play and, as in the case of Peacemakers and the “widow” later in this article. So the abuses of authority and the cover up of sin is not only possible but have become rampant. Just ask around in your area.

THIS OVERVIEW IS TO PROVIDE A PICTURE OF THE ELDER MODELS POWER GRABS .

TGC and Neo-reformed leaders are often highly critical of Charismatics and independent church pastors who have loose leadership models and “Theology”. Neo-reformed leaders love being in the position of authority and holding the word of God forth in a way which is very similar to the Catholic priesthood where the unquestioned authority of the church alone are able to dispense wisdom and insight for the unfortunate and ignorant flock. In the case of many independent and Charismatic Churches- the pastor owns the corporation that legally comprises the “Church”. In the case with the TGC /neo- reformed , these are more often a friendly take over utilizing stealth ignorance and espoused biblical and ecclesiastical powers to hold on to these ill gotten controls. The TGC vision casting, which has proven to be progressive, leftist, politically motivated, and social justice error can then be applied with no pathway for it to be challenged.

Lets look at one of the more BOLD assertions by a well known neo-reformed ally of many TGC leaders and how these neo-reformed elder models are run in order to, in his own words to provide a way of “PROTECTING ELDERS AND PASTORS”.

JOHN MACARTHUR -NEO-REFORMED T4G LEADER WHO PALS WITH TGC SEES THE ROLE OF ELDERS AS “PROTECTING PASTORS AND THEMSELVES FROM ACCUSATION.

MACARTHUR INSTRUCTS HIS ELDERS AND STAFF TO “IGNORE AND TURN A DEAF EAR ” TO CONCERNS BROUGHT BY CONGREGANTS.

With these rules of the road and the tactics, tools, and interpretations employed by TGC and Neo-reformed leaders like John MacArthur it is easy to see how sins and abuses by church staff and elders can be covered up completely. No one can question the direction or any new vision casting by leaders , or financial business of the church beyond what leaders choose to reveal or report. No member can even call an elder or pastor to account for personal sins and offenses under these tactics and engage Matthew 18 process with any integrity. But the tables can easily be turned on the non compliant or questioning church member or the victim whose abuser is in the inner circle of leadership and is to be protected. Leaders are given license to “ignore and turn a deaf ear ” to “protect the pastors and elders”. Then the tools of the trade for arbitration, threats, manipulation, forced compliance, church discipline and ultimately excommunication are engaged.

https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/54-41/restoring-biblical-eldership-part-2

“Restoring Biblical Eldership, Part 2”

MACARTHUR IS STRANGELY OBVIOUS IN THE MOTIVATION AND CONFUSED LIKE OTHER NEO-REFORMED LEADERS IN HIS BIBLICAL APPLICATION.

MacArthur is promoting the use of 1 Timothy 5: 19-20 as a way to protect pastors and elders from accusation.

“A second point comes in verse 19. Let’s call this protecting elders or protecting pastors.”

MacArthur goes through some twist and turns to apply his judgement on the motives of people who accuse elders of wrongdoing.

“Now there are always people who would line up to falsely accuse a man of God. And they will be falsely accused for many reasons. Some people will resent their calling. There are people who just carry around a lot of resentment. It may be personal; it may be general; but because of that resentment they may desire and design to falsely accuse a man of God”

“Sometimes it’s due to people rejecting their teaching. Someone doesn’t like what someone teaches – they take a different view; they react negatively against it – and perhaps in their anger, in their hostility they begin some kind of campaign to falsely accuse and discredit the man of God. Sometimes it’s because people resist biblical authority; they resist biblical teaching; and they strike out for revenge to one who has called them to accountability before God or who has brought them feelings, and real feelings, of guilt. Sometimes it’s nothing more than envy and jealousy because a ministry is being blessed. Sometimes it’s because a person – and maybe all the time in one way or another, it’s because a person becomes a pawn of Satan and his emissaries to discredit and tear down what God wants to do. So one way or another, and perhaps often a combination of motives that we’ve talked about put together, might result in men being falsely accused.”

JUST TURN A DEAF EAR TO ACCUSATION AGAINST A PASTOR OR ELDER”– THIS IS JOHN MACARTHUR’S ANSWER AS HE PREJUDGES THE MOTIVES OF OTHERS:

“To put it simply, one of the best ways you can protect your pastors and elders is with a deaf ear to accusation. It’s that simple. When a man is placed into spiritual leadership, he has to anticipate that hateful,jealous, sinful people will falsely accuse him to try to ruin his ministry. And people can and often will say anything and everything. This is standard behavior with reference to spiritual leaders. I went back in the Old Testament this week, just kind of tracking through some of the leaders of the Old Testament period and found that one after another of the great heroes of the faith in the Old Testament were beset by false accusation. It was standard fare.”

OBSERVE MACARTHUR -DANCING AROUND 1ST TIMOTHY 5 -DEUTERONOMY 19 AND MATTHEW 18

“Now the intent of two or three witnesses is simply confirmation. It goes all the way back to Deuteronomy 19:15 where no accusation against a person is to be upheld apart from two or three confirming credible witnesses. Matthew chapter 18, you remember when – we have an outline of how to discipline a fellow Christian. If you find one in sin you go to him; if he doesn’t hear and repent then you take two or three witnesses in order that they might confirm that sin and confirm either his repentant or failure to be repentant attitude. So two or three witnesses involved in an accusation situation is an old approach. It’s simply the confirmation of viable witnesses.”

( Do you see what MacArthur just missed or distorted between these verses and his application? The move is subtle but the error is vast once applied to “protecting pastors and elders”.

LOOK WHAT HE SAYS NEXT …”WE ARE NEVER TO RECEIVE …OR ENTERTAIN …OR INVESTIGATE “AN ACCUSATION AGAINST AN ELDER !

“And so we are never to receive any accusation against a pastor, we’re not even to entertain it or to investigate it or to look into it, we are to shun it, to shut it off, to end it unless it has been confirmed by two or three significant and credible witnesses.”

As a result of this approach MacArthur’s church, ministry and school have experienced many ongoing abuses including a staffer who was finally convicted as a child molester after years of having been protected by such “guidelines”. The same is true of financial matters, an ongoing abusive culture at Masters University, nepotism, and more. These stories and more continue to seep out of the MacArthur camp.

HOW BROKEN IS THIS MODEL? THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

THIS WORKS WELL WHEN THE LEADERSHIP HAVE BEEN CAREFUL TO MAKE CERTAIN THE MAIN “WITNESSES ” TO PROCEEDINGS WITH CONGREGANTS ARE OTHER ELDERS WHO MAINTAIN SOLIDARITY WITH THEIR FELLOWS.

Here is how it works if you take a sin or honest concern before such elder boards.

You will almost always get called on and accused of violation on some finer points of the pastor ,staff , elders application of Matthew 18 but once the tables are turned on them- they virtually never follow these protocols themselves and are even less likely to ever submit to Matthew 18 . The Matthew 18 process will ultimately end “before the congregation” if the offender does not repent.

To clarify again the witnesses in Matthew 18 are clearly there as observers of the confronting of the sin which step one, private confrontation did not achieve repentance. The witnesses are NOT there to corroborate the sin but the process to confront it . Deuteronomy 17 and 19 deal with the death penalty being enforced . This is totally ignored but again -it is misapplied to 1 Timothy 5:19 -exempting the pastors and elders from any place in a Matthew 18 process . In the meantime they will attempt to hold others accountable to and “fault find” with the efforts of obedience by members of the flock toward offenders who have sinned.

So in the end- the pastors staff and elders can never be placed on a pathway for biblical confrontation of private or personal sin . They will never risk being part of protocols which would end before the congregation. THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN as long as they control and can pervert the process and exempt themselves from accountability by twisting the scripture to imply that the process does not apply to them.

Then comes the “arbitration” you agreed to submit to in advance. Now you are not only up against the pastors and staff, the elders, the twisting of scripture and the carefully crafted legal documents, bylaws, covenants and arbitration agreements but now you will face the manipulations , psychology, and peer pressures of the trained arbitration counselor. AND you have already likely agreed in advance that you will ABIDE by the decisions of the process and YOU WILL BE PAYING FOR these “services” yourself.

SLICK AND SLIMEY RIGHT? A LOT LIKE BUYING A USED CAR ONCE YOU GO BACK AND READ THE PAPERWORK AND THE FINE PRINT.

PEACEMAKERS PROCESS AND “BIBLICAL CONCILLIATION TRAINING”

TGC ENDORSES PEACEMAKERS – (NOTE -MANY ELDER BOARDS HAVE THIER OWN IN HOUSE TRAINED PEACEMAKER )

 “Ken Sande, a lawyer and committed Christian and member of his church, presents in his book The Peacemaker an practical, up-to-date guidebook to the Bible’s teaching on conflict resolution in the church.  If you have read Polity (CCR: 2001), you will appreciate this book as a modern supplement that builds practically on the theological foundations hammered out by those earlier authors.  Part One of the book encourages us as Christians to look at the inevitable conflicts in our lives as opportunities to trust God, mature our faith in His provision, and ultimately glorify Him through our response.  Part Two leads us to examine our own lives, teaches us to determine what offenses are really worth fighting over, and gives some sound and practical teaching on repentance.  Part Three outlines Jesus’s teaching on conflict in Matthew 18, giving practical advice and examples on how one should approach a brother who has sinned, explaining how one should use the “two or three witnesses,” and clarifying the role of the church in disciplining an unrepentant offender.  Part Four offers a well-balanced study on forgiveness, and exhorts Christians to “overcome evil with good.”  There are also a number of appendices at the end that will be especially helpful for pastors.”

“Sande makes a strong case that the church is uniquely positioned to be a powerful agent for resolving conflict in a healthy way.  The church, says Sande, is able to cut to the heart of a disagreement and create long-term, permanent solutions in a way that secular courts cannot.  The impulse is too immediate in our society today to move straight to litigation when any conflict arises.  “[But] litigation,” he writes, “usually increases tensions and often destroys relationships.  In contrast, the church can actively encourage forgiveness and promote reconciliation, thus preserving valuable relationships. . . .  The church can help people to identify root problems,”

“One of the best characteristics of Sande’s book is that it is distinctively and unapologetically Christian.  The entire first half of the book, in fact, is an extended study of how conflict is uniquely handled in the Christian life. Sande writes on p. 25, “Most importantly, the Bible teaches that we should see conflict neither as an inconvenience nor as an occasion for selfish gain, but rather as an opportunity to demonstrate the presence and power of God.”  That is a welcome emphasis, and quite a different one from what the world would tell us.  Of course, one might often hear that conflict is an occasion for “self-actualization” or “self-realization.” Whatever may be the case with that, Sande’s is a distinctively Christian declaration that all conflict is fundamentally for the glory of God. “

“ALL CONFLICT IS FUNDAMENTALLY FOR THE GLORY OF GOD”….REALLY?

THE UNBIBLICAL LEADERSHIP OF TGC SHOWS IN HOW THEY HANDLE CONFLICT, COVER SIN & HOW PEACEMAKERS PROCESS SUPPLIES ONE MORE TOOL FOR THESE EFFORTS.

THEY ONLY SIN FURTHER BY SUGGESTING THAT “GOD IS GLORIFIED BY IT.”

A DISTURBING EXAMPLE OF HOW PEACEMAKERS AIDED THE ABUSE OF A WIFE

“The Nightmare of Peacemakers Mediation for Domestic Abuse: Part 2 of Persistent Widow’s story”

Persistent Widow is a woman telling her story of an abusive husband whom she had caught and documented as being involved in an extramarital affair and who took the matter before her PCA church elders. Note TGC is widespread in the PCA which is Tim Keller’s denomination. The TGC elder models are very popular in PCA churches. The Persistent Widows story with her church leaders and eldership – teamed with the Peace Makers representative is disturbing indeed AND IS ECHOED IN TGC CHURCHES ALL AROUND THE REGION WHERE THIS RESEARCHER LIVES.

PERSISTENT WIDOWS STORY OF ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF NON BIBLICAL ELDERS.

THEPERSISTENTWIDOW ♦ 4TH FEBRUARY 2015 ♦ 90 COMMENTS

The Church Gets Involved

“The elders decided to send the matter to Peacemakers Counseling for mediation. I had done some research and discovered that mediation was not advised in cases of abuse and I told them that I believed that it would only be appropriate if he was confronted by the church and repentant. However, the pastor seemed detached and unconcerned. My input was completely ignored and I felt that I had no voice in the decisions beings made for me. He offered no other option but to proceed in the undefined church process and the thought of leaving the church did not cross my mind. My usual clear focus was becoming muddled at this point and nothing seemed to make logical sense anymore.”

“Because of my husband’s screaming at me on the phone and his violent tendencies, my family was fearful that mediation would be unsafe and pleaded with me not to go to Peacemakers. Once again the pastor was stern and emotionless causing me to doubt my own decision making capabilities. Because my husband was laid off for so long and now an apprentice truck driver, I did not have the $2800 for mediation, so the pastor said that if I paid the first $1035, the church would pay the rest. I reaffirmed our agreement by asking him twice if this was all that I would have to pay and he agreed. Still believing that the problem was that my husband was abusive because he was unregenerate, I reasoned that this would be a waste of money and likened it to a tax that I needed to pay to get through this nightmarish situation. Three months passed with little contact from the pastor. Throughout those months, my husband continued to rant and scream at me on the phone and threaten to come back to the house. By God’s mercy he did not.”

Preparing for Mediation

“The Peacemaker counselor did phone consultations with both my husband and me individually. She asked me what the issues were and I sent her the ten page list of abusive incidents that I previously sent the pastor. She, like the pastor, never validated any of the incidents, nor showed any compassion to my plight. At one point she insensitively responded with, “Awwwww” in a condescending manner to an abusive incident I discussed with her. I was required to read Ken Sande’s book, The Peacemaker, which I felt was totally inapplicable to my situation. The book focused on conflict resolution between Christians. Domestic abuse was not addressed in the book, and it struck me as a manual for spiritually immature people with petty issues. In a follow-up phone discussion with her (with the pastor listening in), she perhaps perceiving that I was serious about Reformed theology, threw Calvin’s quote of the human heart being an idol factory at me and questioned if I wanted other men. She also accused me of being “no saint” because there are always two people contributing to marriage problems. I found these comments extremely offensive, confusing, and hurtful. Her allegations were unsubstantiated, and I perceived that she was attempting to find some sin to charge against me. Suddenly I found myself on the defensive despite all of the abuse that I had endured and documented.”

“She called again prior to the mediation and I voiced my concerns that mediation did not seem proper because only recently he was yelling obscenities at me on the phone and also made the absurd statement that this was all because I was going through the “change of life” in that strange, shrill voice he mocked me with. I told her I thought he had narcissistic personality disorder and frankly stated that I didn’t like him or love him. Perhaps thinking that I would not come to the mediation, she changed her tone. She said that there were consequences for one’s actions and that I could use the mediation time to discuss divorce issues, which I did not think I needed as I had already consulted with an attorney. I could gather no clear sense of the purpose of the mediation or how any of this was biblical, but I wanted to get past this hurdle to complete the mysterious church “process”.

“Somewhere between the urgency to protect my family, and the growing confusion of what the right thing to do was, the fact that I had misplaced my trust in the church leadership had not registered in my mind. Having now left my decision to divorce on the back burner, I was now redirected to an ambiguous course, absent of reason, and followed solely due to submission to church authority.”

The Mediation Takes Place

“Present at the three day mediation were my husband, one ruling elder, the pastor, the Peacemaker counselor, a counseling trainee and myself. We sat around a table and spent some time going over the Peacemakers rules and their wheel of conflict (which I’ll explain more about in a subsequent post in this series). The Scripture about Lazarus rising from the dead was read. Both my husband and I were asked to give a history of our relationship. I carefully wrote out and read my story which took approximately 45 minutes. My husband, rather than contribute his story, proceeded to spend the next several hours talking about himself and refuting my statements unhindered. He was center stage and I thought quite noxious. Blank stares were fixed upon him by the others in the room, and I assumed that they would come to the same conclusion that I had, and someone would reel him. No one did.”

“Throughout the mediation sessions he was not confronted for any of the issues that brought us there. I had waited for the abusive incidents that I submitted to be discussed but they never were. No mention of the verbal or emotional abuse, reckless driving, disappearing, fighting, or civil disobedience and no mention of the wellbeing of children living in the abuse at all. I brought fifteen pages of itemized phone records proving he talked 6000 minutes to his girlfriend the previous June and they just lay on the table. However, there was one particular incident of great interest to the group. Sometime during the last visit home, (the one when he was raging and sharpening axes), my husband secretly took an expensive item from my jewelry box. When I noticed it missing, I called him to ask if he knew of its whereabouts and apparently that was deemed an issue to explore in-depth. I was harshly questioned pertaining my motives of why I was concerned about the bracelet and was I being submissive to ask him about it. I was also faulted for discussing my husband’s abuse and asking for advice from my adult children, which I think revealed the extent of disconnect of the people who were sitting at that table with me. The abuse affected everyone in the household and didn’t happen in a vacuum as it seems they supposed. No opportunity was afforded to discuss divorce settlement issues although I brought legal paperwork with me.”

“On the final day, my husband became irritated with the counselor trainee who made the only negative comment about him. She had said something like, “When will he grow up?” Although he had his face partially covered by his ball cap, from my vantage point, I could see that he was angry, shaking his head, and muttering under his breath. With an air of victory, the counselor pointed out that my husband was repentant and crying. I should have refuted her, but I was emotionally drained and exhausted, having myself wept on and off out of frustration throughout the mediation. As the session wrapped up, the counselor quickly made an agreement that we both consented to in which my husband would continue counseling with her, and I would orchestrate conference calls between the children and him. As she typed out the agreement, the pastor made jokes and informal arrangements to travel with my husband in the truck. When the counselor asked for a check, credit card or promissory note to pay the balance due, I informed her that the pastor previously agreed to pay the remainder. He emphatically pushed his chair away from the table and threw his hands in the air denying any financial responsibility, so the remaining balance wound up as marital debt.”

Second Thoughts

“Alarmed that I somehow allowed my boundaries be penetrated, I couldn’t sleep and called the Peacemaker counselor the next day, telling her that I would not sign the agreement. I did not want to conduct conference calls with my husband and although I did not tell her, I felt that she lacked adequate skills to deal with his serious issues. Concerning the mediation, I told her that I felt my husband was not held accountable for anything. She said, “Yes, he was. Someone said that he should have been talking to his wife instead of that woman.” She had a good point, but the person who said that was me. She also said that he looked sorry.”

“As a result of Peacemakers mediation, my husband again began calling me with new threats that he had fantasies about seeing me dead and that he was going to financially ruin me. I was at the absolute lowest point in my life, full of despair, feeling just barely alive, and wondering if I had lost my mind. Maybe I really was “no saint” and maybe God hated me the way the church did. These dark thoughts tumbled around in my mind along with all of the other problems this series of events brought.”

CONCLUSION– from Thirty Pieces of Silver

Not much can be added to the sad reality of abuses and the unbiblical authoritarianism of the TGC and neo-reformed church leadership models. Because of the massive change efforts of the churches vision from the gospel to the TGC distorted vision casting – these agents of change must be provided cover and they must be willing to enforce their unbiblical authority.

We have seen these tools and tactics employed to cover sexual sins including adultery multiple affairs and even child molestation. Also we have seen financial misdoings, abusive treatment of staffers and unchristlike conduct and habitual patterns of sinful behavior in general -given cover -excused and perpetuated …all in the name of biblical leadership.

Above in this article we see some of the tools- the twisting of scripture and the willingness to apply these heavy handed tactics on the flock of God over which they have asserted themselves. If possible people need to take their congregations back from these type of leaders and extract their churches from the TGC/neo-reformed models. If they cannot …they need to leave them and get their families out of them and escape the grasp of these wolves.

“Shepherd the Flock” (PETERS WORDS TO SHEPHERDS ARE HONEST, SIMPLE, DESIRABLE, AND UNNUANCED…AND THEY ARE TRULY BIBLICAL.

The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

Submit to God, Resist the Devil

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”