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Southern Baptists floundering against LGBT agenda, pro-family forces keep fighting

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Marching in the 2018 Boston Gay Pride parade. Is this the future of the Southern Baptist denomination? (MassResistance photo.)

July 13, 2018 (Mass Resistance) – In April 2017, Rev. Tom Littleton of Alabama gave a chilling talk on “How the LGBT movement is infiltrating conservative churches” at the MassResistance Citizen Action Conference in Austin, TX. For over a decade, he pointed out, the national LGBT movement has been funding a multi-million-dollar under-the-radar subversive campaign in Southern states to push the homosexual movement into conservative Christian churches. And they’ve been shockingly successful.

But an even bigger goal has been to infiltrate and subvert the overall Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the largest Christian denomination in the South and the second largest in North America (after the Catholic Church). This year that goal has become frighteningly closer to reality. The events surrounding the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, held June 12-13 in Dallas, shocked many conservatives.

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At the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas. Over 10,000 people attended. (Photo: SBC.)

Events surrounding the 2018 SBC annual meeting

Purging of Dr. Paige Patterson. A few weeks before the SBC annual meeting, the de facto conservative leader of the Southern Baptist movement, Dr. Paige Patterson, was abruptly fired from his position as president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary by its board. He was subsequently removed from all influence in the denomination, including his keynote speech at the annual meeting. This followed a hysteria-driven, well-orchestrated effort over several months to discredit him for alleged misconduct decades ago. It’s hard to know if the charges were legitimate. He was not given a hearing, nor was his side of the story even sought before judgment was made. Over two dozen major donors to the Seminary sent this well-documented, strongly worded letter expressing their disgust at the corrupt and illegal way that Dr. Patterson was treated. But the board refused to reconsider their actions.

SBC elects new leader who is “accommodating” to homosexuality. At the annual meeting, the SBC overwhelmingly elected J.D. Greear, a moderate pastor who caters to millennials, to be the new president of the denomination. As Bryan Fischer of American Family Radio points out, Greear often goes out of his way to be accommodating to homosexuality in his messages. Greear has told his congregation to “love our gay neighbor more than we love our position on sexual morality” – which seems to many to be completely un-Biblical.

Powerful resolution on LGBT issues submitted at Convention.Dr. Robert Oscar Lopez is the leader of Texas MassResistance and a professor at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth. As the Convention began,Dr. Lopez and a group of other Baptist Texas MassResistance activists submitted a powerful resolution on LGBT issues titled On Ministry and Counseling to Lead People from Homosexuality to Heterosexuality.

The resolution basically reiterated fairly standard Christian teaching on homosexuality: Among other things: No one is “born gay” and “cannot change”; To say “I am gay” is a rejection of God’s design. It states: “RESOLVED, the Southern Baptist Convention rejects as heresy any claims that God makes people homosexual…” It went on to say that reparative therapy and similar efforts to free a person from the grip of homosexuality should be supported by the SBC.

Resolution quashed by Convention leadership. Some “moderate” SBC leaders have been on record as opposing any kind of reparative therapy. The Convention adopted over a dozen left-leaning and Social Justice-type resolutions (on gun control, immigration, etc.). Lopez’s resolution was the only one submitted which addressed the LGBT movement’s push against orthodox Christianity. The Resolutions Committee refused to allow it to go to the floor for a vote, claiming that it needed “more clarification.” However, on the last day one of the Texas MassResistance activists was able to come to the podium to speak. He began to call for this resolution to be voted on, but the Chairman interrupted him and announced that the Convention time was over and adjourned the meeting!

Troubling “Revoice” Conference – ties to SBC? Another dangerous component of the LGBT movement’s war on Christianity is the upcoming “Revoice Conference”taking place in St. Louis on July 26-28. It is a slick, well-funded effort targeting Evangelical Christians, to encourage them to accept and embrace homosexuality into their religious life. The stated goal is: “Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality.” In other words, it is three days of expert training to equip LGBT activists and their allies to infiltrate Evangelical churches to normalize homosexuality and subvert the teachings of the Gospel. (In addition to all this, the organizers of “Revoice” have a similar conference in October targeting youth pastors to bring the LGBT agenda to church youth.)

Even more troubling is that a number of so-called conservative Southern Baptist Christian leaders have bought into the “Revoice” conference. This article, Trusted SBC and PCA Seminaries Producing LGBTQ Activists, is particularly jarring.

Rev. Tom Littleton forcefully thrown out of convention. Since last year’s MassResistance speech, Rev. Littleton has been prolific in exposing the LGBT agenda permeating the upper echelons of the Southern Baptist Convention. This has clearly angered the guilty parties and their allies. Rev. Littleton attended the SBC annual meeting as a member of the press (not as a church representative) specifically to find out about the ties between SBC leaders and the Revoice conference.

On the first day, June 12, Rev. Littleton caught up with two major SBC leaders, Russell Moore and Al Mohler. Moore denied any knowledge of Revoice (after being informed of it the previous day), and Mohler allowed him to ask some questions — but then their handlers quickly shooed him away. The following day, just before Moore’s question-and-answer session at the podium, Rev. Littleton was suddenly thrown out of the building by the police. Why is there so much secrecy around this issue? This is very disturbing to many conservatives in the church.

Dr. Lopez escalates fight to “Save our Churches”

Most Southern Baptists are completely unaware about the forces that are working to infiltrate their denomination, and the trusted church leaders who are shamelessly compromising Biblical teachings to allow them in. Since the SBC annual meeting, Dr. Lopez has written some illuminating articles and appeared on Christian radio. Here is a sample:

“Sleazy Sex Games and Dirty Politics in the Southern Baptist Convention” – American Thinker, June 19

“Beyond Friendship: LGBT Issues and the Next Stage of Discernment”(written with Rev. Littleton) [NOTE: scroll down for the article]

Dr. Lopez is also planning an exciting new regular MassResistance video program devoted to this subject, tentatively titled “Save Our Churches!” He’s hoping to begin it this month. Watch for more information on that.

This could happen in your church – if it isn’t already happening

The LGBT movement is obsessed with destroying traditional Judeo-Christian belief, and is using its vast resources to infiltrate and subvert churches everywhere. They use very sophisticated techniques. Unfortunately, many church leaders are easy targets for them. It’s happening in one way or another across America – and all over the world. And most good people don’t even realize it until it’s too late, and feel helpless. But MassResistance is devoted to helping all of you fight back!

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Rev. Tom Littleton speaking at last year’s MassResistance Texas conference. He has done incredibly valuable work exposing the LGBT agenda infiltrating Southern conservative churches, including the

Published with permission from Mass Resistance.

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BEYOND REVOICE PART 1: RECRUITING YOUTH PASTORS ,TARGETING YOUR TEENS.

BEYOND REVOICE : RECRUITING YOUTH PASTORS ,TARGETING YOUR TEENS !  WHO IS NEXT IN THE CROSS HAIRS OF LGBT+ “CHRISTIANITY ”

By Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                       July 5 2018
Much attention has been brought to focus in the last two months on the July 26th Revoice Conference and yet few SBC and PCA leaders have clearly denounced the bold claim of Revoice to “promote LGBT+ Flourishing  in historic Christian tradition “. Dr  Albert Mohler finally commented in The Briefing on Friday June 22nd but was very careful about his choice of  words -asserting the best about Revoice participants ” It’s very important to take the organizers at their word ….  What’s most important at the onset to recognize is that those who’ve organized this conference are identifying as Christians who adhere to the historic Christian sexual ethic, and what’s also important is to understand that this places this conference in a very different place than others who are also talking about the LGBTQ issues. And some of those others are arguing for a reversal of the historic Christian biblical understanding of sexual morality and of sexual behavior. ” Dr. Mohler DOES NOT MENTION  that Nate Collins ,the founder and president of Revoice , spent 14 years at Mohler’s SBTS, has two degrees ,a full academic specialty on gender and related topics , and  has presented his writings as an SBTS Scholar.  Mohler DOES NOT MENTION the Revoice ideology is based on Dr. Mark Yarhouse who was commissioned by TGC to develop the whitepaper used by Seminaries, Christian universities and  campus ministries like RUF, CRU , and InterVarsity  which has now come full bloom in July’s Revoice “LGBT+ and Queer Christian “Conference. While ignoring these realities as he has will Dr. Mohler ALSO IGNORE that his disciple is taking the Revoice message to TEENS in our churches to CULTIVATE  LGBT+ identity via the YOUTH PASTORS ?
  Now it is time for all Evangelical Leaders like Dr. Albert Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary , Russell Moore of the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission , and The Gospel Coalition co-founders Tim Keller and D. A. Carson to step forward and denounce Revoice and this surge mainstreaming LGBT+ Christianity. There is NO OTHER OPTION  if they plan on having any remaining credibility whatsoever. The movement behind this radical effort to normalize LGBT+ in the church is in full step with the tactics and goals of Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood .These secular entities have not forgotten the church plays a major role in opposition to their goals and they need to subdue it- seduce it and DESTROY THE CHURCH . HRC and Planned Parenthood  love to bypass parents and family and promote their agenda directly to youth at ANY AGE as  a HUMAN RIGHT.  HRC LOVES  to capitalize on the conflicted emotions of people  and their faith, of people and their gay family ,of parents and children.
Is the church about to be led to do the same?
Is this IDEOLOGY not out to target TEENS with the total LGBT+ package as the next STOP on the Revoice founder and worship leaders TOUR begin RECRUITING  the YOUTH MINISTERS ? Youth and new young, inexperienced ,idealistic  ministers can and will bypass parents, senior staff members at churches  and embolden those students who have sympathies toward the cultural popularization of “its hip to be LGBT+” . Trans is the new PUNK for awkward teens seeking attention and to be an ally of LGBT+ friends is GLSENs dream for  the Gay /Straight Allies movement . Now the effort is to bring it HOME to the HOUSES  of worship!
 SAFE SPACES AND INCLUSION FOR OUR CHILDREN IN OUR OWN CHURCHES.
 In October 2018 two of the key leaders of the Revoice  Conference , Nate Collins (SBTS) and Gregory Coles  (endorsed by The Gospel Coaltions D. A. Carson and many others) will be speaking in Cincinnati Ohio at the DEVOTED FOR YOUTH PASTORS  Conference along with a  ministry entitled LOVEboldly . Collins is on the Board of LOVEboldly Inc. and it carries endorsements from Emergent heretic  Brian MCLaren, who in 2012 presided over a Same Sex marriage of his son Trevor and is considered one of the leading figures in the train wreck of postmodernism infiltration into mainstream Christianity . (More on McLaren later)
DEVOTED  CONFERENCE IS PRESENTED BY LOVEboldy INC. – SBTS/REVOICE NATE COLLINS HAS BEEN A BOARD MEMBER OF LOVEboldly  SINCE 2013
 https://www.loveboldly.net/devoted
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(NOTE   No mention is ever made about teen/youth escaping identity of LGBT+ Christain )

“Saddled with expectations from parents, congregation members, denominations, and the leaders who hired them, youth and young adult pastors face a unique challenge in providing effective pastoral care to their LGBTQ+ student. Is it possible to maintain a traditional Biblical view on sexuality, yet remain devoted to the youth in your care who identify as LGBTQ+? Join us for this one-day seminar that will equip you to take practical steps towards loving the LGBTQ+ students in your community with a new boldness, while avoiding common pitfalls that erode relationships, harm your students, and damage those who identify as LGBTQ+.

Presenters will offer a Biblical framework for reconciliation that frees Christians to emulate Christ’s incarnational love without compromising deeply held beliefs on sexuality. Hone your skills and practice strategies for building “treasonous friendships” across deep theological and ideological divides that typically challenge our loyalty to one another. Invite God to guide you towards deeper healing in your closest relationships and gain practical take-home skills and tools to inform your life of ministry.

LGBTQ+ Christians will share their personal stories and insights towards answering your toughest questions and challenges in your life of ministry.”

REVOICE FOUNDER ,ALBERT MOHLER DISCIPLE,  TARGETING YOUTH PASTORS

Nate Collins  and Gregory Coles are working with Alan Chambers who is well known for having dismantled  Exodus International from within after becoming its last president .
Devoted looks to bypass adult staff and parents and reach out to the youth pastor to help him/her provide effective  “pastoral care” for LGBT+ student in their/your church youth group. Collins who ,again, honed his expertise at Dr. Albert Mohlers Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Gregory Coles who has received hearty  endorsements of TGC and many in the PCA/ SBC camp (including the “Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood ” currently headed by Denny Burk) have just what a confused teen needs in your church youth group. A person who spent 14 years at Dr. Mohlers SBTS and still identifies as “homosexual  in a mixed orientation  marriage ” and Coles  who identifies as  a”single Gay Celibate Christian ” may be able make some of the cultures most desperately wrong narratives seem normal to the young believers hearts and minds.
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From DEVOTED Conference Biography
Nate

“Dr. Nate Collins, (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the president and founder of Revoice, an evangelical organization that supports, encourages, and empowers gay, lesbian, same-sex attracted and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality. Speaking from his own experience as a gay man in a mixed orientation marriage, Collins is committed to helping faith communities include LGBT people in the family life of the church. He is the author of All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality (Zondervan, 2017). Nate has been married to his wife, Sara, for thirteen years, and they have three children.”

Gregory Coles
Coles is the Worship Leader for Revoice is also speaking at the DEVOTED CONFERENCE FOR YOUTH PASTORS and is endorsed by D. A Carson and Denny Burk and others in TGC ,

Featured Speakers: Devoted Conference Biography 

Greg

“Greg Coles is a piano player, a baker, a writer, a worship leader, and a Ph.D. candidate in English, not necessarily in that order. He grew up on the Indonesian island of Java, where he fell in love with language learning his older brother’s SAT vocabulary words and reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet at age 8. Greg is the author of Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity (InterVarsity Press, 2017). His fiction and expository writing have been published by Penguin Random House and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and he writes about his obsession with Jesus at gregorycoles.com. His academic research on rhetorics of marginality (how language works in society for disadvantaged groups) has appeared in College English and Rhetorica.

PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE
( As the researcher who broke the Revoice concerns  it should be noted that those concerns are even greater now given the intentional targeting of TEENS in our churches . My wife and I returned in 2010 to the church she had grown up in named  Shades Mountain Independent Church (SMIC) near Birmingham AL. The family of my wife helped found the church under a wonderful ,evangelistic pastor and it was ,in reputation, one of the most conservative congregations in the city. Under a new pastor  Harry Walls ,20 years later, the church had aligned with The Gospel Coalition. This was not widely known. The DNA by this time was the trusted conservative reformed influence  of John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in CA. and in 2011 the church converted to an elder led governance.
In spite of deep pastoral ties to Masters College and Seminary SMIC was following in the Lausanne and Tim Keller mode of “City Reaching” with its primary outreach ministry. These efforts included ministry ties to Government funding and progressive politics ,especially on LGBT issues under the Obama administration . Several very disturbing events took place over a 3 to 3 1/2 year period. A book by a Gay Celibate Priest Sam Allberry (who now endorses Revoice ) was given to our church teens without Parents being allowed to screen it and soon after this a teen of 14 yrs old began to openly self identify as the opposite gender.The teen was allowed to remain active in the youth group influencing other teens. By 2015 that same gender confused teen worked as a mentor at the churches VERY popular and trusted “conservative” Summer youth CAMP WITH OVER 900 CHILDREN AGE 6-9 ATTENDING .
After three years of expressing GROWING concerns as these events and as others unfolded, in November 2015 my wife and I were branded as troublemakers in a failed attempt to force church discipline by the relatively novice elder Board. By April 2016 , while we were out of  town , my wife and I were identified and announced from the pulpit to be in some unspecified sin. This was the first of TWO such announcements. The lead Pastor Harry Walls had retired in the midst of these concerns and moved  to CA to work at Masters College (now University) and would not engage the issues left behind.
Other compromises with the LGBT movement continued unaddressed especially related to the outreaches of the once evangelistic congregation. Our concerns over INFILTRATION  within church youth groups, youth events  and youth pastors by the LGBT movement remain on VERY HIGH ALERT  for obvious reasons. Given the message of Revoice is now TARGETING Teens through the Youth Pastors, we cannot be SILENT about such deception.
Revoice mentor Preston Sprinkle and his organization Center for Faith , Sexuality , Gender  play  a key role in the movement and Revoice in particular and yet, like Mohlers ties to Collins, John MacArthur / Masters Seminary provided two degrees and perhaps ordination to Preston Sprinkle . Still , like Dr Mohler , John MacArthur has not spoken to this issue and concerns. It is our sincere hope that someone of high regard among evangelicals will rise up and call their disciples to account and openly DENOUNCE and  REPUDIATE   Revoice it’s ideology of “LGBT+/ Queer Christianity ” and the movement in TOTAL. Time will tell and yet the movement is advancing rapidly.  )
FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE
Christian Psychologists can’t provide a Biblical narrative for human sexuality while compliant with the America Psychological Association and yet  the work of TGC/ ERLC / CBMW and MANY  seminaries including SBTS and Covenant Seminary (PCA) in St Louis (where Revoice is being held) all welcome the work of Psychologist Mark Yarhouse who TGC commissioned in 2010.
In 2016 LOVEboldly did a conference called RESTORE with Mark Yarhouse and the formerly side B Celibate – suddenly flipped to side A gay affirming -Julie Rodgers . Rodgers was on staff at the Chaplains office at Wheaton until she flipped to affirm open homosexuality and gay marriage just after Obergefell SCOTUS decision . Rodgers is a personal  hero of many in the Revoice line-up though they claim adherence  to side B -celibacy or “mixed orientation  marriage “as their “Christian Sexual Ethic”  Mark Yarhouse develops ,including in his work for TGC/ Christ on Campus  Initiative for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School , the case for establishing the validity of Sexual Orientation and thus a Sexual Identity . He then facilitates the pathway to merging Sexual identity with Faith Identity equaling Gay Christianity or LGBT+ Christianity . Yarhouse most often prefers using the phrase “Sexual Minority ” in the church. He has also done extensive development of gender theory for the church and according to Dr. Albert Mohler , asserts that “Gender Reassignment surgery is the most viable answer for some who experience Gender Dysphoria “. Yet even Dr. Mohler who owns Sexual Orientation denies the possibility of Surgery as an answer to GD that reflects “a Biblical Worldview”. Still Dr. Yarhouse work is reflected and core to Revoice and LOVEboldly and much of the work of founder/ board member Collins. It should be noted that Julie Rodgers is soon to be married and her fiance ,a woman ,is tied to pro LGBT group the Human Rights Campaign.
RESTORE by LOVEboldly 2016
Dr. Mark Yarhouse
Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D., is the Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology at Regent University. Dr. Yarhouse was named Senior Fellow with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities Read More
Julie Rodgers
Julie works for restoration within communities that hope to learn from those on the margins. She has served as an advisor to sexual minorities at Christian colleges during a time of tremendous cultural Read More
YARHOUSE AND RODGERS ARE FOCUSED AS WELL ON YOUTH MINISTRY
MORE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN AND MATHEW VINES REFORMATION PROJECT TIES TO LOVEboldly / DEVOTED AND NATE COLLINS/REVOICE
Note that Christy Messick worked with both HRC and Mathew Vines Reformation Project
both of which are side A -fully affirming of LGBT+ marriage and sexuality .

Christy

Christy Messick is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary where she completed her Masters of Divinity in 2012. Christy has ministered in various national and international contexts and has a heart for LGBTQ+ youth and young adult discipleship. She has extensive experience working with those seeking to reconcile their faith and sexual orientations and has worked as a Fellow in the Religion and Faith Department of the Human Rights Campaign, located in Washington, DC. She participated in the inaugural Reformation Project, which seeks to transform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity. Christy serves as the editor of Owning Our Stories, a place where LGBTI people, their parents, and friends can own their stories by sharing it with others. She also blogs about faith and sexual orientation and serves as a founding board member of LOVEboldly (2011-Present). Christy lives in Georgetown, KY with her wife, Sarah.

NATE COLLINS AND RUSSELL MOORE’S ERLC:HOW CLOSE ARE THEY ? WHISTLE BLOWERS NEEDED. WHEN WILL THE FULL STORY OF ERLC COMPROMISE BE KNOWN ?
Nate Collins sees Russell Moores ERLC as an LGBT+ ally in his 2016 BLOG  entry .
“Give to a charitable organization that either helps LGBT people in crisis, offers Christ-focused support services, or promotes awareness, dialogue, and peace as genuine Christian values. LoveBoldly, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and the Gay Christian Network are all good options, as well as the GoFundMe site for the victims and their families.
MORE ON LOVEboldly
LOVEboldly  Missions Statement

“Empowering willing Christians, LGBT+, and same-sex attracted individuals to step towards loving one another boldly.

Our vision is one in which reconciliation to God, self, and others at the intersection of faith, sexuality, and gender identity is made possible. We are deeply persuaded that agreement with one another’s political, theological, moral, or philosophical perspectives is not essential for moving towards loving one another boldly. Instead, we can emulate the God who moved into our neighborhood and befriended us while we were still God’s enemies. In an attempt to model God’s self-sacrificial love, demonstrated in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ, we dedicate ourselves towards living the following values. ”

Further Values Stated by  LOVEboldly

Core Values

God moved into our neighborhood and befriended us while we were still God’s enemies. In an attempt to model God’s self-sacrificial love, demonstrated in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ, we dedicate ourselves towards living the following values.

Offensive Sanctuary: We will not exclude anyone from the table or from the conversation, no matter how inglorious their presence may be.

Treasonous Friendship: We will not permit personal or communal loyalties to ideology, labels, or tribes to prevent us from befriending each other.

Conflicted Conviction: We will not trample over or ridicule each other’s beliefs, even though they make us wildly uncomfortable.

Subversive Listening: We will not ignore or invalidate each other’s stories, knowing that to listen is to invite change in the world’s systems and in ourselves.

Narrative Honesty: We will not shy away from honoring truth wherever it is found.

Insolent Kindness: We will not fail to be good to each other, always honoring the dignity and inherent worth of every human being.

Obstinate Loyalty: We will not give up on or dismiss each other, no matter how angry a conversation makes us.

THEOLOGY AND POLITICS ASIDE  TO GAIN THE “THIRD WAY”

Our Statement of Beliefs
We are deeply persuaded that agreement with one another’s political, theological, moral, or philosophical perspectives is not essential for moving towards loving one another boldly.

BRIAN MCLARENS ENDORSEMENT of LOVEboldly
“I’m a huge fan of LOVEboldly. They are accomplishing pivotal reconciliation work in the conversation on faith, sexuality, and gender identity. Their efforts make safe spaces for dialogue between LGBTQ and conservative Christians alike, breaking down stereotypes that often divide us.”
Albert Mohler commented on in 2005 on the destructive influences of Brian McLaren and yet his SBTS graduate and NT Instructor Nate Collins work is  endorsed by McLaren.

“McLaren effectively ransacks the Christian tradition, picking and choosing among theological options without any particular concern for consistency. He rejects the traditional understanding of doctrine as statements of biblical truth and instead presents a variant of postmodernism–effectively arguing that doctrines form a language that is meaningful to Christians, even if not objectively true. He claims to be arguing for “a generous third way beyond the conservative and liberal versions of Christianity so dominant in the Western world.” …

“The Emergent movement represents a significant challenge to biblical Christianity. Unwilling to affirm that the Bible contains propositional truths that form the framework for Christian belief, this movement argues that we can have Christian symbolism and substance without those thorny questions of truthfulness that have so vexed the modern mind.”

DESTROYING EXODUS INTERNATIONAL AND CONVERSION THERAPY – A MANDATE  CARRIED OUT BY ALAN CHAMBERS AND SOON ECHOED BY ALBERT MOHLER AND RUSSELL MOORE : LOVEboldly/ DEVOTED YOUTH PASTORS CONFERENCE NOW ALIGN .
Alan Chambers served as president of Exodus International for 12 years, garnering WORLD magazine’s “Daniel of the Year” designation in 2011 for upholding historic Christian doctrine teaching on sexuality and helping offer compassionate help for homosexuals who sought to leave the lifestyle behind. (https://world.wng.org/2011/12/2011_daniel_of_the_year) Shortly after that, Chambers began to reveal his new and troubling views on homosexuality, such as saying unrepentant homosexuals can be saved. Against the wishes of other Exodus leaders, Chambers shuttered Exodus in 2013, apologizing to the LGBT community for the “pain and hurt” Exodus had caused. Today, Chambers works openly as an LGBT activist, embracing so-called “gay” marriage , denouncing Reparative Therapy, Attending PRIDE Parades, and preaching at Washington National Cathedral during LGBT PRIDE month.
Chamber Biography  At DEVOTED Conference

Also Featuring Conversation Partners:

Alan

Alan Chambers is perhaps best known as the final President of Exodus International, the largest ex-gay ministry in the world, which he closed in 2013 with an apology for the harm he believes conservative Christianity has done to the LGBTQ+ community. He has been interviewed by nearly every major media outlet in the world and has authored 3 books including his recent memoir penned with his wife, Leslie, My Exodus: from Fear to Grace (Zondervan, 2015). Alan writes for magazines, newspapers, and online publications upon request. His family and friends know him best as Leslie’s husband, Isaac and Molly’s daddy, for his great sense of humor, love of decorating (both homes and people), and shoe collection. Alan serves as the President of The Alan and Leslie Chambers Foundation, a consulting and counseling outreach encouraging greater inclusivity for LGBT people in faith communities and providing support for individuals and families navigating the complexities of faith and LGBT realities. The Chambers are founding members of Grace Church and live in Alan’s hometown of Winter Park, Florida. Facebook: @AlanManningChambers and Twitter: @AlanMChambers

CHRISTIANS SHOULD CELEBRATE GAY PRIDE? REALLY?

LOVEbolbly And Nate Collins Advocate Christians  Attend /Participate in PRIDE Parades.

Few American Christians would ever consider attending or taking their children to a PRIDE event given the near nudity , Sadomasochistic displays , and historically offensive behaviors for which these events had become known. Yet LOVEboldly  participates .

A little rain won’t stop us from sharing God’s love at #CincyPride today!

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                                                                                                                                                            Nate Collins also recommends Christians attend PRIDE events in his blog
despite the fact the June events  mark the celebrations of the “Stonewall  Inn riots rooted in sexual liberation, gay prostitution , drug abuse , corruption between some NYPD officers and the Mafia who owned the Greenwich gay bars and exploited the gay community extorted closeted customers who patronized them.
Collins Blog Post June 13th 2016
“If your conscience permits you, attend a gay pride event this month. Not many straight conservative folks know that gay pride events commemorate the Stonewall riots that took place on June 28, 1969, and are an occasion for LGBT people to remember the violence against their humanity that that event represents. In my opinion, a conservative Christian can attend a gay pride event in solidarity with the shared humanity we all have as image-bearers of God”
LOVEboldly members are also is working with Jim Wallis Sojourners “Summit for Change “and Gay Catholic Jesuit Father James Martin.

Please join us in prayer as Heidi and Paula (our founder and a board member) are at the Sojourners#SummitForChange Gathering. Below is a from Heidi M. Weaver-Smith.

“Honored and thrilled to be part of the Sojourners #summitforchange gathering in D.C. this week, with so many great folks! Let’s get this party started!”

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“We are called to the wait of the Christian, which is called hope. It is an active waiting; it knows that, even in the worst of situations, even in the darkest times, God is powerfully at work, even if we cannot see it clearly right now.”

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LOVEboldly also participates in LGBT+ Lunchtime Bible Studies with Christ Church Cathedral .

“I haven’t been to a Bible Study in a decade.”

This is what one new friend told us today at the launch of our second Bible study for LGBT+ folks, many of whom often feel left behind or unsafe in their faith communities. We are very excited about how our little community is growing and for the chance to share God’s love with new folks!

We are grateful for this partnership with Christ Church Cathedral. What a blessing!

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COLLABORATION IS NOT ALWAYS SAFE AND SOUND OR HARMLESS
Nate Collins, though a Southern  Baptist Theological Seminary graduate and instructor
has no problem working on the Board , fundraising and speaking at conferences for LOVEboldy , involving themselves with  Brian McLaren, Alan Chambers, Sojourners (Jim Wallis ) , Gay Catholics ,even Jesuit Father James Martin ? Dr. Albert Mohler has no problem with his long time student/ recent graduate / and traveling SBTS scholar sporting credentials representing SBTS and Reformed Southern Baptist  movement’s flagship Seminary? When will it all be enough to persuade Dr. Mohler and others that their disciples are proving problematic enough to speak up? Will Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, ERLC/ TGC  , Tim Keller,  D. A. Carson others go along with the Revoice aims to target our TEENS in our own churches?
ON THE ROAD AGAIN WITH LGBT+ CHRISTIANS
Nate Collins and Gregory Coles are becoming well traveled leaders of the Revoice and Devoted youth movement. In a post on social media the two take a selfie and labeled  it “Roomies 2.0” as they appear to share a room for the night. This issue is not personal simply a matter of those who claim special status as sexual minorities in the church not aslo be allowed to be given exempt status on standards of personal ethics/ purity and the avoidance of the appearance of evil .

Roomies 2.0!

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Ray  did the room crumble beneath the amount of greatness that was in it?

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Ben  What sort of trouble are you two boys up too?

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Sharon They do have a sort of innocent yet mischievous smiles on them. 😁
This is , again, not an attempt to be personal and involved in private affairs of these two people but given claims by Albert Mohler and his circle of Revoice reviewers of the creators and speakers of Revoice “commitment to a Christian Sexual  Ethic” it is honest to ask “what other SBC/ PCA/ ERLC /TGC ministers would be allowed to room together as  a married Heterosexual man to a single heterosexual female who were traveling in ministry together . What other exception to the rules are expected for the church to make ? Again ,what about even the AVOIDING the mere appearance of EVIL?
Revoice speakers ,including Collins came down heard of Conservative Resurgence icon Paige Patterson in the Jonathan Merritt (pro LGBT+ / SBC writer) led assault with NO “selfie” picture of Patterson with a single young female room mate . Where is the fairness and Christian LOVE here? If this is not as implied – the two guys rooming together while traveling , perhaps Nate Collins and Gregory Coles can meet in an open forum with this writer and some other former homosexuals now born of the Spirit and identified ONLY as new creations  in Christ who were refused reservations for Revoice in St Louis . Many would welcome such a sit down for discussion/ debate and in an open forum for Q and A.

I haven’t shared nearly as many articles about recent revelations of sexism in the upper echelons of the Southern Baptist Convention as I’ve wanted to (#selfcontrol), but when I see female SBC leaders I respect amplify a specific perspective on the matter, I think it’s important to use my voice to support them.

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More than 2,500 Southern Baptist women have signed a petition denouncing denomination leader Paige Patterson.
CONCLUSION
The church is rapidly being taken into dangerous waters where entire denominations have crashed into the rocks of unbiblical /heretical assumptions  and been crushed by the winds and waves of prevailing cultural antagonism to God , the Gospel ,His Word and Christian Faith. What is most different here  today is the COMFORTABLE MIXTURE  of left  and right, or Biblical and extra biblical , theology and philosophy , deadly sexual ideology and boast of fidelity to creation, and above all the MIXTURE of DARKNESS  and LIGHT .
Add to that the fact that many of these players out to “Promote LGBT+ FLOURISHING  in historic Christian tradition ” come from our own conservative institutions and seminaries and wear the brand and approval and credentials of some of our most TRUSTED leaders like Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, Tim Keller and D. A. Carson. Where does it end ? If these leaders and others do not speak up- the movement behind Revoice will be in your church, your youth group and the hearts and minds of your teens  -brought to your HOME from the most unlikely source – your CONSERVATIVE BIBLICAL CHURCH !
This cannot be . IT IS NOT POSSIBLE THE LORD HIMSELF WILL ALLOW IT.
2nd Corinthians 6:14- 17  ” Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”

 

 

 

REVOICE :ALBERT MOHLER AND THE MISSING LINK

REVOICE RESPONSE: ALBERT MOHLER AND THE MISSING LINK

By Rev Thomas Littleton

6/22/2018

The highly controversial Revoice conference is about a month away. We broke the story over six weeks ago, exposing Revoice and its stated goal of “Promoting LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian tradition.” Today the machinery of The Gospel Coalition and the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission is in full swing attempting to “cover” the story in a way any trained media savvy believer would find disturbing. What IS NOW being said by TGC and ERLC is coordinated and calculated. What is NOT being said is intentional and dishonest.

First, little, if anything, was said in the weeks after our initial exposure of the conference on May 10. The first major outlet promoting Revoice was Living Out, the ministry of TGC editor and ERLC writer and speaker, Sam Allberry. His ministry is a collective of Same Sex Attracted gay priests from the UK / Church of England. Sam Allberry’s endorsement of Revoice was a massive red flag that signaled a broadening of the message of “SSA/ Gay Christianity” to the radical “LGBT+, Sexual Minority, Queer Christian” language of Revoice.

You can get full details of the disturbing connections in the original articles below:

Revoice Concerns

Revoice DNA

How Revoice concerns include the new SBC President, J D Greear

Efforts to ignore the Revoice story have failed, despite a media circus of the ERLC/TGC-driven takedown of Conservative Resurgence hero, Paige Patterson. Outlets within network began to “report” on the Conference. The article below provides links to all such responses from within TGC/ERLC network. What none of these responders do, including Albert Mohler, is ADMIT that the reason REVOICE was and remains controversial is that it is in CLOSE PROXIMITY to the heart of their own camp!  Do not miss that fact, of which they are attempting feverishly to keep you ignorant in the “comprehensive article” published by Colin Smothers.

PROBLEMATIC RESPONSES TO REVOICE

Denny Burk works at Boyce College and is a ERLC/TGC speaker on issues related to sexuality and LGBT as head of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Collin Smothers, who compiles the articles and provides the critique above, also works for CBMW. Both are disciples of Dr. Albert Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Burk’s article was among the first responses posted on May 30th –almost 3 weeks after the story broke. It recommends a “wait and see” attitude regarding the Revoice Conference despite its radical language of “Queer Christianity” and “LGBT+ Christian.” In the Burk piece, he has the screen shot of a workshop titled “Redeeming Queer Culture an Adventure” which he inserted 24 hours BEFORE it appeared on the official Revoice website.  During a Twitter exchange, Burk was asked about the timing – how he had the new workshop screen shot in advance – after which he blocked the author of the question. In the days following, in Twitter streams among Revoice leaders and Burk, Denny messaged to one of the Revoice leaders that they should talk but not in the open Twitter stream. However, this issue should not have back room communications given its goal of changing the conversation (and teaching) of the Church and all conservative denominations impacted by it. Denny Burk echoes what Dr. Mohler has said on the topic of homosexuality in years past, as if sexual orientation, is the topic of Revoice. However, the language of Revoice – LGBT+ (sexual minorities) Christians / Queer Christianity – is radical, unheard of in the Church and represents uncharted waters for the Church.

Burk then turns attention toward speakers from past ERLC/TGC blogs and conferences, such as Rosaria Butterfield and Sam Allberry, but PASSES OVER the fact that Allberry was PROMOTING Revoice in early May.  Burk also points to Kevin DeYoung (who we will consider next) and references the work of CBMW in the Nashville Statement, which fails to denounce Gay Christianity and does not defend ministries that help people wanting out of the LGBT lifestyle. The Nashville Statement does, however, provide a safe MARKER for those who signed it as a “bold stand for Biblical MARRIAGE, sexuality and gender” when needed.

LOOK TO THE SOURCE – MARK YARHOUSE, THE MISSING LINK

Denny Burk NEVER mentions the ideological source of the Sexuality and Gender rhetoric and terminology for TGC and ERLC, which is Dr. Mark Yarhouse and his Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity. He does not mention that, way back in 2010, Dr. Yarhouse was commissioned by D.A. Carson to write a White Paper on the Sexual Identity for TGC and their Christ on Campus Initiative. Nor does Burk ever mention that virtually all of TGC /ERLC/ SBTS camp subscribe to Yarhouse’s promotion of Sexual Orientation which then led to establishing the concept of Sexual Identity. Given Yarhouse’s collaboration with the American Psychological Association and working with both Christian and Gay Psychologists, he then asserted the best path forward is merging a person’s “Sexual Identity” with their “Faith Identity” to establish a “Gay Christian Identity” along with its assorted self-identifiers like “Sexual Minorites,” “Same Sex-Attracted” and now “LGBT+” and “Queer Christianity.” Sam Allberry and Living Out are also subscribers to the Yarhouse-crafted Sexuality and Gender standards for The Gospel Coalition, and BOTH organizations promote Revoice.

Kevin DeYoung is a favorite of The Gospel Coalition and a recent convert from the Reformed Church in America to the Presbyterian Church of America. Since joining the PCA, he has become a go to representative of TGC.  One June 1, just days after the Burk article, DeYoung published his Revoice piece.  DeYoung focused much of his article on the issue of terms and labels and chose to do a five-point highlight of the term “Sexual Minorities.” He does a 360° around it as being the most problematic for Revoice. Two issues are glaring here.  DeYoung ignores ugly terms like “Queer Christian” and “LGBT+ Christian” and chooses to highlight “Sexual Minority.” WHY?  He, in fact, has actually used the FAVORITE term of Dr. Yarhouse in the White Paper.  How is it possible that DeYoung, being fully in step with and a member of TGC leadership, chose to focus on the less alarming terms and then failed to point out that the term he DOES find problematic is from The Gospel Coalition’s own 2010 standard?

GETTING COZY WITH THE CORE OF REVOICE MESSENGERS

Michael Lee Anderson was part of the Revoice Pre-Conference hosted by Spiritual Friendship and he is a contributor and partner with Mere Orthodoxy, so its article linked by CBMW and Collin Smothers IRONICALLY brings THOSE RESPONDING even closer INSIDE the network of Revoice. Does this networking provide “objective critique” of Revoice?  Mere Orthodoxy leadership is also very close to TGC editor and ERLC head messenger, Joe Carter, and provided a parody article of The Evangelical Deep State thereby giving cover to the Catholic Priest SJW, Father Robert Sirico, boss of Carter at Acton Institute. Acton’s man, Anthony Bradley, has been a vocal defender of Revoice. Linking to a Mere Orthodoxy article does not in the least help the effort of CBMW or Smothers to appear credible.

Richard Phillips’ article links to DeYoung’s problematic article, so the circular motion may by now be causing vertigo.

Tim Challies, who is a member of The Gospel Coalition, is promoting DeYoung and Burk’s articles on Revoice. This is all now clearly in-network, circular in-house, looking like DAMAGE CONTROL rather than honest assessment of Revoice.

On May 31, Owen Strachan of the Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Seminary provided perhaps the beefiest response to Revoice at that time from an inhouse source. Albert Mohler tweeted it out with the short offering of “Interesting Article.”

On June 11, the author of this article obtained an interview with Dr. Albert Mohler at the SBC annual meetings in Dallas Texas. You can listen to it here. The interview is at @minute 9 in this expanded discussion with Brannon Howse on the response of Dr. Mohler to Revoice.

NATE COLLINS OF DR. MOHLERS SOUTHERN BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IS THE FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF REVOICE  AND A SPEAKER.

Many eyes and ears have been focused on Dr. Albert Mohler of SBTS expecting a response to Revoice for the primary reason that a long-time student, New Testament and online Instructor / Garrett Fellow, grading papers and counseling students, is both the FOUNDER and PRESIDENT of Revoice and a Keynote speaker. Nate Collins is his name.

Nate who was, according to his bio, at SBTS for over 14 years also spent time traveling to the Evangelical Theological Society to present his many academic papers on the topics which feed into and have developed Revoice. Collins also cites Mark Yarhouse in his academic works and his book “All but Invisible.”

YET IN NONE OF HIS INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES HAS DR. MOHLER EVER SPOKEN TO THE FACT THAT NATHAN COLLINS IS AN SBTS GRADUATE AND SCHOLAR!

Not even once!  Neither Dr. Mohler nor any of the articles linked above or the Smothers article go anywhere near this disturbing fact. Collins is also the son of Boyce College, former associate Dean Chip Collins. As a father and son team they worked together in a ministry called Aligned Grace for parents of “SSA/ Gay/ Homosexual but Christian” celibates. It is not possible that Collins, with this background at SBTS (14 years on campus) plus being the son of faculty in a high-profile ministry to parents of gays, is unknown to Dr. Mohler as a self-identified homosexual. Why did not even one of the other writers cited above mention this fact?  Why did they not make mention of Dr. Mark Yarhouse’s influence on TGC/ ERLC and Revoice?  Can it be that the REAL controversy is the close ties which the Revoice Conference has to SBTS, Mohler, ERLC, Moore TGC, PCA, Covenant Seminary, Tim Keller, and D.A. Carson?  The more this herd of writers ignore the obvious, the more obvious it becomes!

ERLC put out an article by Andrew Walker on June 22.  It is an emotional little piece about the confusion of and concern for teens over LGBT issues and speaks somewhat to problems with the terminology of Revoice but never mentions ERLC’s connections with an ERLC Fellow, Karen Swallow Prior, endorsing it and an ERLC contractor, Branden Polk, speaking at it.  No mention of ERLC involvement is a vintage case of EXTREME SELF DELUSION.  Neither Nate Collins nor Yarhouse are mentioned nor is Revoice mentor and ERLC contributor, Scott Sauls, whose involvement also brings with it the influence of Tim Keller of TGC and Sauls was also a speaker at Sam Allberry’s June 21 Living Out Conference while Allberry promotes Revoice.

THE SILENCED VOICE AT DALLAS SBC 2018: REFUSAL TO ENDORSE HETEROSEXUALITY AS NORMAL

All of these discussions of Revoice appear to be missing the reality that the issues of LGBT in the church could have been addressed in a truly Biblical framework at the 2018 Dallas SBC Convention. A resolution about how the church ministers to the LGBT community and aids those who want an exit strategy through the Gospel and the Church was ignored and along with it the hopes for restoration to a real Biblical sexuality i.e. heterosexuality and male /female gender norms. Therefore, “once LGBT always LGBT” is the SBC stance.  The resolution never made it to the floor in Dallas and hopes of preventing the loss of religious freedoms and preserving a truly Biblical pastoral approach for ministry to those wanting out of LGBT remains very much at risk.

  1. MOHLER, SAY WHAT YOU MEAN – CONDEMN OR CONDONE LGBT+ “CHRISTIANITY”

So, late in the game – six weeks later – on June 23, Dr. Albert Mohler finally penned a piece on Revoice for his Briefing radio broadcast, for the first time since the disturbing facts surfaced on May 10.  See section 3 “Such Were Some of You.”  In the broadcast, Mohler never goes any where near the source of the Revoice language and the author of TGC/ERLC gold standard on sexuality – Dr. Mark Yarhouse. Nor do ANY of these writers /researches/ apologist/ preachers in Mohler’s circles. We should all find the avoidance of Yarhouse disturbing, especially by Dr. Mohler after this writer asked him about Yarhouse and Mohler admitted to knowledge of him. Mohler then expressed concern that Yarhouse’s assertion, “for some who experience Gender Dysphoria, gender re-assignment is a viable option,” is problematic. Mohler asserted, “that could NEVER be seen as a Christian Worldview” in the interview. Then why follow ANY of the Yarhouse APA-based sexuality and gender standards?  If he has it wrong on Gender Reassignment why not stick with the Word of God as the Gold Standard on sexuality and gender, marriage and conversion?

Again, Mohler was also asked by this writer about Revoice Founder Nate Collins extended stay and work at SBTS and his ties to the ERLC. There was no comment then and Mohler never mentions them in this June 22 broadcast. AGAIN, these issues are part of the controversial nature of Revoice and the VERY REASON they are now collectively talking/ writing about it. YET they never mention ANY of it. NEVER. WHY?

WHAT IS SAID IS EVEN LESS COMFORTING

In the June 22 Briefing: “Such Were Some of You Language Matters and Always Matters,” by Dr. Mohler, he does make some interesting observations that fall far short of providing clarity.

  • Mohler admits that the “Revoice” name indicates that its organizers want to “change the voice” of Evangelicalism on matters of LGBT.
  • Mohler points out that so much conversation has taken place about a conference that has not yet been held, but never points out the source of the controversy, which is the SBTS/ ERLC/ and PCA/ Covenant ties to it.
  • Mohler says it is important to take the organizers at their word and he quotes the revamped longer and extended version of their mission, however, does not, nor do any of the writers above, bring out the original mission statement prior to the controversy which is: “Revoice is Promoting LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian tradition.” This earlier vision statement came with the broader explanation that the Church needed to welcome the LGBT+ community and had a great deal to learn from it. This error on Dr. Mohler’s part may come from being 6 weeks late into the conversation. Like Denny Burk, Mohler may be operating off the altered version of Revoice. Given they are changing the language, must we really take them at their word? Which one? The earlier version or the post controversy revamp?
  • Mohler attempts to say that the organizers adhere to a “Historic Christian Sexual Ethic” by professing “Celibacy” or a “Mixed Orientation Marriage” but this supposed “ethic “is from the Yarhouse camp of thought, NOT a Biblical one.
  • Mohler’s response approximates THE word for word defense which Nate Collins gave this writer when asked about his conclusions on Biblical Gender, based on the focus of his research papers. Collin’s answer was not directed at all to the question and he refused to talk further during efforts to reach out to him for answers.  Dr. Mohler says, as did Collins, that “the Bible restricts sexual activity to marriage between a man and a woman.”  Mohler also echoes the assertion of Revoice organizers that the Bible honors those with an extended commitment to Celibacy and that these two constitute a Biblical Sexual ethic. AGAIN, this comes from Dr. Yarhouse and similar psychologists who also work with the APA and gay psychologists. The Bible does not propose Celibacy as an answer to homosexual desires. The Biblical framework of celibacy is to provide undistracted attention to the kingdom of God by those who value their calling above the right to marry, and choose rather to be wholly dedicated to minding the things of God’s kingdom. Jesus and Paul both confirm this context for celibacy. The Catholic Church has made celibacy and ordination to the priesthood to be a haven for homosexual desires. It is NOT SO in the Bible. It seldom ends well.

“Mixed Orientation Marriage” is the other solution asserted by Yarhouse as a Biblical option or ethic for those who identify as Homosexual and Christian, like some in Revoice. Historically, such marriages do not END WELL either. This concept is not of Biblical origin but is part of the framework provided by the APA compliant White Paper of TGC.  What is LOST here is the failure of everyone involved to embrace the normal nature of Heterosexual love and relationships, while they embrace an ever stranger narrative normalizing suppressed same sex lustfulness as both normal and admirable. Heterosexuality is under the bus and so is the Gospel’s ability to restore souls to GOD’S design. What is wrong with holding forth Biblical hope or total deliverance and transformation and restoration? Why trash the Gospel to embrace APA/Yarhouse?

  • Mohler again asserted the faithfulness of the Revoice organizers to Biblical sexual ethic and asked, then why the controversy. He admits to the source of the controversy being the pervasive language yet ignored the fact that most of that language came from the Yarhouse/TGC White Paper and APA studies and that Mark Yarhouse endorses and promotes Revoice. Again, Mohler appears to be in avoidance mode.
  • Mohler’s conclusion for those Christians who would think biblically about this language is that “we must think clearly and compassionately.” He does not say how much of the radical language that he confirmed as intended to “change the voice of evangelicalism” on LGBT issues must be accepted as redeemable or useful.
  • On the topic of LGBT+, Gay Christian and the history of the use of terms like Sexual Minority, Mohler entered what one former homosexual minister called a “word salad” of confusing language of his own. He then bails out of the points and the confusion he has made by dropping back to the less offensive term of Sexual Minority (which carries with it the tone of Cultural Marxist victimhood and activist status but never mentions that fact). Mohler then defers back to Kevin DeYoung inhouse research that, again, avoids Yarhouse input.
  • Mohler then admits that the inclusion of “Queer Theory” and “Queer Culture” have brought us into “a new conversation.” Mohler only offers a clarification of the questions these terms raise and the importance of how we engage them. He offers no clarity toward answers.

THIS IS WHERE IT GETS REALLY WEIRD

  • Once Dr. Mohler quoted the reference to “the treasures Queer Theory and Culture will bring into the New Jerusalem” he then asserted that we “must look from the end of the Biblical story back to the story of creation and we have to understand that at least some of the speakers at the conference are arguing that in the garden, that is before the fall, there was some form of same sex sexual attraction, something that bears some kind of meaningful connection with what it now claimed to be LGBT identity.”

WHAT is He saying?  Why even go here?  What other Same-Sex person existed in the Garden for Adam or Eve to be attracted to? We teeter HERE on the ugly verge of “Queer Theology” which asserts that God Himself is some kind dual sexuality being. Why give voice to such heretical discussion in the name of giving clarity?  This just got so CREEPY, that those Christians who think Biblically, per Dr. Mohler, likely all want to leave the room. Does he then resolve this bizarre idea he just introduced?

Mohler quotes from Gregory Coles’ (worship leaders for Revoice) Book, “Single Gay Christian,” which is heartily endorsed by D.A. Carson, and then tosses in the statement “That is an astounding question.”

“One of the individuals involved in the conference and a book published just last year asked the question: ‘Is it too dangerous, too unorthodox, to believe that I am uniquely designed to reflect the glory of God? That my orientation, before the fall, was meant to be a gift in appreciating the beauty of my own sex as I celebrated the friendship of the opposite sex?’ That’s an astounding question.”

Is it really, Dr. Mohler?  Coles’ academic specialty is Minority Rhetoric and racial, feminist and gender theory. Either you just got played by Coles or you are using Coles’ quote to PLAY US!

  • The lingering discussion points of “biblical theology, sanctification, holiness, and the Gospel” do little to relieve the intellectual corner in which Dr. Mohler appears to have painted himself. You cannot apologize for being wrong about sexual orientation for all Christians in 2014 and dump conversion (therapy) overboard and then try and speak about sanctification to the LGBTs. Real people are being harmed in this adventure and foray into confused thinking out loud. Who got us here if it was NOT the endless muddled conversations of TGC/ERLC?
  • Mohler then appears lost in the maze of road blocks and dead-end trails from the Biblical and Gospel truth on Salvation, sanctification, redemption and transformation against the ever expanding and radical boundary pushing language of the sexual minority activists he appears to have played a part in training.

I am reminded of Jesus warnings to all of us about divided loyalties. Matthew 6:24: ″No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

Dr. Mohler, Moore, Keller, Carson:

You cannot serve the Lord and the goals of those whose money you are taking.

You cannot serve the Gospel and the American Psychological Association sexual ethic.

You cannot serve the Word of God and Mark Yarhouse’s marriage of identities and faith.

You cannot serve our seminaries and the distorted cultural perversions of normal.

You cannot serve the Church and flood our landscape with half truths and compelling questions while giving no real answers.

Choose today who you will serve. And hey preacher, “LEAVE OUR KIDS ALONE.” THEY ARE NOT JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN YOUR WALLS!

Simply put, “This is the bed (of sexual conversation) these leaders, like Dr. Mohler, have made and NOW we must watch them wallow and stir restlessly IN IT” while attempting to bring clarity to it. It is painful and costly to watch, yet Christians just want Biblical CLARITY, which we are still not getting from these leaders. Yet there is plenty of discussion and, as Mohler and his disciples point OUT, Revoice has not even happened yet!

Living Like A Refugee in The SBC .

LIVING LIKE A REFUGEE IN THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH: Why SBC Leaders Turned to Lying and Abuse Over Revoice in Dallas SBC 2018

By Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                         6/17/2018

By now word has spread that a member of the press was kicked out of the SBC annual meetings in Dallas last week. I am that person and make no mistake about the cause. I came to the SBC convention to follow up and seek to interview the SBC leaders whose institutions have disturbing ties to the upcoming Revoice conference in St Louis. At the same time leaders in the Presbyterian Church of America were doing the same in their annual General Assembly in Atlanta. I went to Dallas at my own expense and out of deep concern that the last two remaining conservative denominations have clearly been infiltrated and are on the verge of accepting EXTREME and Radically pro-LGBT+ language into the heart of their congregations. No denomination has ever returned from this abyss and all who fall into it remain in steep decline. This compromise always leaves the Gospel and those who need it harmed. A new younger President was elected who subscribes to a primary source (a Regent University Psychologist Mark Yarhouse) of the radical language. J.D. Greear.  His campaign press coverage promised that the make-over of the SBC has only begun as change agents a plenty strutted through the halls of the Dallas SBC 2018 meetings.

I was struck while attending the Southern Baptist Convention 2018 by one exhibit which was offered in the Exposition hall. I spent a great deal of time there because in the vast Texas sized Dallas facility dead center of the Expo was the only place my cell signal was not (dead). The world of virtual reality is changing everything in the marketing game. I saw several booths with convention goers looking like puppies with bags stuck on their heads while living in the virtual world for moment in time. In a three-day long event a press guy or gal (I was working with World View Weekend / WVW radio to cover the SBC meetings) has to find humor and comic relief where they can.

Yet one virtual experience in the program at the convention was far too sad a reflection on our virtual Baptist, virtual missions experience to laugh off. This trek was to provide the virtual experience of a REFUGEE.  I have been in ministry for 40 years now – mostly in evangelism and missions both long term and short. I see first-hand the long-term benefit of taking believers’ missions trips and there is no substitute for placing your feet on the ground and getting face to face with the beloved of God who are in need. Medical missions have been a long-term commitment of our family. But to offer a third world or missions experience or in this case the politically charged and Soros funded “Refugee” issue driven in the SBC by “Rented Evangelicals” and World Relief, I fear, is not only manipulative but is sad window on the world of modern Christian state of unreality. This malady seems to have infected many of the Leadership of the SBC as well and especially in the current leadership of the ERLC and some neo Calvinist seminaries.

MY PERSONAL REFUGEE EXPERIENCE; WHY DOES ERLC NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW THE TRUTH?

The players involved -ERLC’s Russell Moore – ERLC Staffer Brent Leatherwood – Myself – and after the press statements below – the Executive Committee/ Roger Oldham, and an ERLC underling. History and context is provided below.

I would like to acknowledge Dr. Albert Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, that HE was the one and only key leader from the circles involved in Revoice who did grant an interview and comment on it. His answers can be heard at Worldviewradio.com. Russell Moore’s response, other than to deny knowledge of Revoice after at least two people discussed it with him, appears to be lost somewhere in the now empty halls of the Dallas Convention Center.

First, here is the ERLC version in a Christian Post article from June 14th 2018 for which I was never contacted or interviewed. This article does not have the facts or even the timeline.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/pastor-says-he-was-thrown-out-of-sbc-meeting-for-questioning-erlc-ties-to-revoice-conference-224987/

WHAT IS FALSE IN IT?

*The SBC Executive Committee did not remove me from the SBC convention meetings as the ERLC’s younger press spokesperson claims. This claim is also amazingly echoed, though not confirming my name, by Roger Oldham of the SBC Executive Committee. I have history with Oldham when expressing concerns that then CEO,  Frank Page, of the Executive Committee had joined two radical gay activist organization leaders, Fred Davies of ARCUS Foundation (massive LGBTQ funder) and Harry Knox of the infamous Human Rights Campaign (the nation’s largest LGBTQ equality advocate), on the Obama Faith Based Partnership Board. The White House led group worked to “Find Common Ground for the Common Good” and obtain government grant funding in cooperative partnerships. After months of engaging these concerns, I was then passed down the line by Frank Page to Oldham who made no effort to encourage a course correction from the trajectory Page had helped place the SBC on with Obamas FBP program.

Dallas Issue :The SBC did not speak to me or ask me to “Move along.” I had spoken to Oldham in the presence of Radio journalist, Janet Mefferd, about an hour before and IRONICALLY thanked him for his work with the press and their excellent hospitality which I compared to “Sunday Afternoon after service in a Southern Baptist Church.” This REALLY happened! In Spite of my appreciation and even the opportunity at that point to correct me for any loitering I was allegedly doing in an allegedly restricted area, nothing was said. -I had used the same location where I had found scarce cell service all week yet Oldham said nothing of such an issue just an hour prior. He now claims in the CP article the same completely FALSE, baseless and dishonest version of events which came from Russell Moore’s ERLC in the article. Start asking yourself why and I will try and help you understand it.

NOTE-RUSSELL MOORE’S HISTORY OF FALSE CLAIMS

A 2008 article recounts problems with false accusations and claims of assault made by the current ERLC head Russell Moore when he was finishing his doctorate in 2000 and working for the Baptist Press as a reporter at Baptist events.  https://baptistnews.com/article/daniel-vestal-counters-bp-column-that-said-cbf-not-truly-christian/#.WyWh7qdKjIW

“In 2000, many general assembly attendees accused BP writer Russell Moore of inaccuracies and blatant fabrications in several stories — most notably a report where he claimed that a former missionary attending the meeting physically assaulted him. Moore is now a dean at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.” There are other such reports from this 2000 era work by Moore as a Baptist Press reporter.

TAKE NOTE

So ERLC’s Dr. Russell Moore has a long credibility problem and is known to make false claims about issues, like an assault on his person by an “unnamed Foreign Missionary”.

*Fact: the actual events at the SBC Dallas convention are verified by two conversations with the Dallas Police Department that two uniformed Dallas Police Officers (again I have their names and the multiple call history of the conversations with the Dallas PD and what was reported on the events to the Sgt. assigned to handle the call. I have his direct telephone number. FACT: Dallas Police were lied to and used by a false report from an SBC organization to remove me – NOT the Executive Committee. It is shameful and foolish for the ERLC and the Executive Committee to crawl out on a limb together and not only obligate themselves to maintain and defend their false story but to even imply the Dallas Police Department and its officers present are lying. The other side of reality is, once admitted, that someone in an SBC entity that, in this likelihood, the ERLC has lied to and misled their own security team members on a day when the Vice President of the United States had been in the building at the Dallas Convention Center. Criminal fines and jail time accompany making a false reporting to police.  It may be clear why the need was felt to so drastically alter their version of events and someone in fact really does deserve to be dismissed for misleading the Dallas PD. I do not know how after many years of service Roger Oldham would be so foolish as to expect Me to allow him to confirm the ERLC saying I am lying. This issue will not go away. Why? Because THE TRUTH matters.

FUTHERMORE

*I was NOT in a “restricted area”. I was in the Expo Hall near the Lifeway retail sales area.

*I was not loitering. The only place I had cell service on my old unit was in the center of the of the Expo building. I was there repeatedly all week long doing interviews and making news reports. That was my job for the week at the SBC meeting.

*The two officers of the Dallas PD told me that I had been “reported as having threatened someone,” Again this is in DIRECT contrast to Oldham and the ERLC/ Moore’s press statements in which they say I am making a FALSE claim. The Officers’ names and that of the Dallas PD officer assigned to the complaint was made by Worldview Weekend boss Brannon Howse and by myself within 30 minutes and then an hour after the events took place.

TIMELINE

The simple FACTS: What happened when I was REMOVED from the building on June 13th 2018 by Two Uniformed Dallas Police Officers on the complaint they received that I threatened someone.

* The exhibitors had started taking down their booths, yet many people were still in and out some were even getting last minute purchases and info from exhibitors. No one that I saw was being restricted from entering the Expo area for any reason. I went in and out several times during this period.

*While on the phone to an editor of mine I saw ERLC employee Brent Leatherwood (seventh down this list of ERLC Staff https://erlc.com/about/staff ) standing in the ERLC booth and glaring at me.

SIDE NOTE about the PREVIOUS DAY : The day before (Tuesday June 12 ) this same staffer, Brent Leatherwood,  had bodily stepped between me and his boss Russell Moore, ERLC Executive Director,  and grabbed my arms saying repeatedly “we are fine, we are fine, we don’t need anything, ” By this time, Moore and I made eye contact and he spoke acknowledging my presence. I asked for comments on the “LGBT+ Christian” Revoice Conference and told him I had broken the story on it a month ago.  Moore said he “had heard about it but did not know much.”  When Moore did not wish to comment in the press about Revoice. I expressed my concern to him as a Southern Baptist and a minister, pointing out the Revoice/ERLC ties, with Karen Swallow Prior, his Research Fellow at ERLC being on the Revoice website promoting the conference and Revoice speaker Branden  Polk, whose Arrowhead Advising LLC is an ERLC consultant/ contractor. I also talked to Moore about the concerns I had over the use of terms like “Queer Christian” and “Queer Theory” and I mentioned the source from which I had heard about Revoice being ERLCs partner Sam Allberry / Living Out ministry which was  promoting Revoice in early May 2018. I spoke with Moore about the Human Rights Campaign activist who I knew from confronting their intentions in my own state which Moore had invited TO his 2014 ERLC conference . I mentioned the HRC staffers by name and what they had done in Alabama to further their pro LGBTQ cause.  Moore, now informed about the basis of the concerns assured me he “would look into Revoice. ” However,  when asked about Revoice the next day by an SBC Messenger, Moore denied knowing about Revoice.

*Back to Wednesday June 13th in the Expo area – a public access area. About two minutes after seeing Brent Leatherwood glaring at me[,] -two uniformed Dallas Police Department officers, whose names I have, came into my view slightly to the right of the ERLC booth from which Leatherwood had been glaring at me .

Of NOTE

Leatherwood is the former Tennessee GOP employee, a die hard “Never Trumper, ” like his ERLC Boss. The conservative and Christian voters, leaders and journalists in Nashville and across Tennessee have written MANY articles about the work of Leatherwood in the TN Republican Party. Strong criticism including that he and his group of operatives were using Republican funds to defeat conservative candidates in TN primaries and other activities outlined in Breitbart considered treasonous by many in TN. It is not hard to find but those left with a favorable impression of his time there are much more difficult to locate. Here is just one example :  https://rockytoppolitics.com/2016/12/02/yeah-hire-someone-who-helped-bankrupted-the-party-and-tried-to-screw-trump-that-makes-sense/

The headline reads-

“Brent Leatherwood for State GOP Chairman? Seriously? “One quote says to Leatherwood in his article, “Is it just us, or would any normal, rational, thinking individual who has a fiduciary and political responsibility to spend the state GOP’s money wisely have a big freakin’ problem with the sleazy, disingenuous, inside dealing (nepotism) that you and your staff have engaged in and used our money to do it.”

The writer then concludes, “You will undoubtedly be looking for work if someone besides you gets elected to the chairmanship, but there is not a snowball’s chance in h*** you could get any credible position in the Trump administration.”

*   After Leatherwood lost a bid for Chairmanship of the State Republican Party, he was then hired by Russell Moore into the ERLC as Director of Strategic Partnerships. Once the Dallas Police came up to me, Leatherwood was now out of view. However, he came back to the scene soon as you will see. The two officers approached me as I was still on the phone and said I had to leave the building. I asked if they meant the EXPO building because of the exhibitor breakdown. I showed my press credentials and explained my lack of cell service elsewhere in the building. The Dallas PD officer told me someone had filed a complaint against me. I asked who it was .He would not say who but said they had the right to ask me to leave the building. I asked what the allegations were and he answered “that you threatened someone. Why would you do something like that?” I said, “Why indeed, since I am a Christian, a minister and a Southern Baptist and a member of the press? I threatened no one.” I said I was waiting for the next meetings at 4/4:30 to begin, which were the ERLC annual reports where Russell Moore was speaking. I had stayed an extra day in order to cover that event and report on it. I was then informed by the Officers that this would be a problem because I was being asked to leave the entire building and would not be allowed back during the SBC event.

*As the Dallas Police Officers escorted me from the building, ERLC employee Leatherwood, who had minutes before been glaring at me across the Expo floor, and disappeared when the Dallas PD approached me, was standing just outside the door of the Expo in the large lobby area that wraps around the over 1 million square foot convention center. Leatherwood was on his phone with his earpiece in and talking. Once he saw us exiting the door he ended his conversation, hung up the telephone and joined the escorting officer to my right.

*Leatherwood began taking very provocative actions including again, glaring across the chest of the taller officer to my right and mockingly looking me in the eyes. He leaned his head forward toward me almost in the path of the officer. He took long exaggerated lurching steps in slower motion as if enacting some strutted victory lap around what had been set in motion with my removal less than two hours before the ERLC meeting/ report was to begin in the main hall.

*I asked the officer between Leatherwood and myself if Leatherwood was the person who claimed I had threatened someone and if he claimed I threatened him. The officer replied, “We are not going there.” I asked if Leatherwood claimed I threatened HIM because, in fact, Leatherwood “had laid his hands on me to restrain me and prevent me from talking to his boss. (This would be considered a Class C Assault  by Texas Law https://codes.findlaw.com/tx/penal-code/penal-sect-22-01.html)  Russell Moore’s employee Leatherwood attempted to prevent the conversation but Moore did indeed talk about the Revoice Conference “promoting LGBT+  Flourishing in historic Christian tradition”. WE DID discuss that his ERLC Fellow was a contributor endorsing Revoice and a favorite ERLC consultant was speaking at Revoice. We had a conversation about it. I mentioned this to the officer and that it was in spite of Leatherwood[‘]s effort to physically prevent it. “Is that what this is about?” I asked. Nothing was confirmed or denied at this point. After about 20 steps in tandem with the officers and me and the continued provocative actions of Leatherwood, he then broke off and headed to the main hall where Russell Moore and his constant companions of the ERLC staff were located.

* The officers then escorted me to the Press room down stairs to retrieve my belongings. The attitude of the officers toward me changed at the point Leatherwood had sought to escalate the situation. They calmly walked me to the press room and stood by as I explain[ed] to the press room full of reporters that a fellow member of the press and fellow Baptist and minister was being removed from the building after being falsely accused of threatening someone. No one would say who was supposed to have threatened but the ERLC staffer was ever present who had also attempted prevent me talking about Revoice. LGBT+ /Queer Christianity with his ERLC boss Russell Moore. The press room wanted more information and received it. None yet have written on it but the story is still playing out. The officers then escorted me back upstairs to the exit of my choice through the Omni hotel bridge and I went on to my neighboring hotel from which I called my offices at Worldview Weekend. Brannon Howse then began the process of filing the report to the Dallas Police Department to provide documentation given the likelihood that the ERLC would soon be issuing false statements to cover themselves after their staffer lied to the Dallas Police Department. That insightful concern has proven prophetic in the Christian Post article which absurdly even includes the respected SBC Executive Committee.

A series of interviews began immediately as word had already spread in the SBC meetings in the Convention Centers main hall. It has continued for four days straight.

J D Hall of Pulpit and Pen and Janet Mefferd helped World View Weekend and Worldview Radio break the story.

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/wvw-reporter-tom-littleton-removed-police-sbc-convention-asking-tough-questions

http://pulpitandpen.org/2018/06/13/erlc-allegedly-has-dallas-pd-toss-pastor-from-sbc-meeting-after-he-questions-revoice/

https://afr.net/podcasts/janet-mefferd-live/2018/june/janet-interviews-tom-littleton-on-being-removed-from-the-sbc-convention-and-other-news-from-the-sbc-convention/

https://livestream.com/wvwtv/events/7903843

I am aware this version is in sharp contrast to the version told by the ERLC and Executive Committee in Christian Post. I can see why the altered version includes a narrative that takes away the dangers posed by assault changes and lying to an officer providing security for your own event. But this version above will not be altered because it is the truth and I celebrate the fine job the Dallas Police did in treating me fairly and simply doing their job based on the false information they received from somewhere in the BOWELS  of the SBC/ ERLC machine. I am horrified that my own denomination is covering up some of their entities’ and officers’ involvement with Revoice Queer Christianity and LGBT+ Christianity and would brutalize someone with three generations of SBC heritage and 40 years of ministry and untold amounts of dollars placed in the offering plate and helping aid the ministries and cooperative programs and church buildings and Seminaries and salaries of the SBC. I know am not the first and, given the present trajectory exhibited during the SBC 2018 convention, I will not be the LAST one abused. Russell Moore, Roger Oldham, I forgive and pray for you but I cannot repent for you for the deception you are perpetrating on the flock of God under your care. That part you will have to do. I will not be sending Dallas Police for you but I do think we will see your accountability come home to roost. Meanwhile, do Southern Baptist really want these tactics turned on them by the people they support? And in the words of Mike Huckabee “How long with Southern Baptist keep paying Russell Moore to insult them?”

 

As to simulated refugee experiences …. WHY PLAY “MAKE BELIEVE” WHEN SO MANY REFUGEES IN THEIR OWN CHURHCES ARE BEING IGNORED?

Isaiah 6:11 “Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,”

If Revoice has its say in the SBC because leadership cannot speak and denounce it, God’s words to Isaiah will prove prophetic for the Southern Baptist Convention.

O Lord have mercy, spare us we pray.

 

ERLC thugary at SBC 2018

CPCHURCH & MINISTRIES

Pastor Says He Was Thrown Out of SBC Meeting for Questioning ERLC Ties to Revoice Conference

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(SCREENSHOTS: VIMEO; YOUTUBE)Thomas Littleton (R), a veteran Southern Baptist Conference pastor and reporter for conservative news outlet BarbWire, said he was “physically handled” by Brent Leatherwood (L), the ERLC’s director of strategic partnerships, at the SBC conference in Dallas, Texas, on June 13, 2018.

The Rev. Thomas Littleton, a veteran Southern Baptist pastor and writer, said he was “physically handled” by a staff member of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and removed from the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas Tuesday for asking questions about the ERLC’s ties to Revoice, an upcoming conservative Christian conference for those struggling with same-sex attraction.

The Revoice 2018 conference, which takes place next month, is aimed at “supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality.” Some critics insist that the conference is trying to push an LGBT agenda on conservative evangelical churches but those involved say there is a lot of misinformation out there.

In a series of tweets beginning Wednesday, Littleton, who is an evangelist with over 38 years’ experience, claims he was “physically handled” by Brent Leatherwood, the ERLC’s director of strategic partnerships, and removed from the conference after he tried asking ERLC President Russell Moore about the ERLC’s ties to Revoice. He says the Dallas Police Department was told that he had “threatened someone” at the Kay Bailey Dallas Convention Center where the SBC’s annual meeting was held Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Is this the new Culture at The @ERLC after the @jdgreear election? Do thugs now run the ERLC who make false reports to the @DallasPD that I threatened someone for asking questions about #revoiceus conf and #ERLC ties? Where is @drmoore? Was @LeatherwoodTN doing #drmoore bidding?” Littleton asked.

The Christian Post contacted the ERLC’s press secretary, Elizabeth Wood Bristow, about Littleton’s claims on Thursday and she called his claims “untrue.”

“Mr. Littleton’s allegations about Mr. Leatherwood are absolutely untrue. To be specific, Mr. Leatherwood made no physical contact with Mr. Littleton whatsoever. We understand that Mr. Littleton was removed from the exhibition hall by the SBC Executive Committee, which manages access and credentialing issues,” Bristow said in a statement to CP.

Southern Baptist Convention spokesman Roger Oldham confirmed with CP Thursday that  one person, a member of the media, was removed from the convention Tuesday for being in a restricted area but he could not immediately say if it was Littleton.

“The individual was actually in a restricted area and was basically loitering around,” Oldham said.

He said the individual was asked by the convention manager to leave the area when he did not comply so security was called to remove him. Oldham could not confirm if the security personnel who removed the individual were Dallas Police Department officers.

Sgt. Jerry Williams with the Dallas Police Department told CP Thursday that department records as well as checks with the precinct covering the area of the convention did not reveal anyone being removed from the conference this week.

He said while it is possible that Littleton was removed from the convention center by Dallas police and a report wasn’t filed, the removal of a pastor from such a large event would normally warrant some kind of narrative.

“Usually we record it in some form or fashion. I just don’t see a report on it anywhere,” he said. “I’m not saying that it didn’t happen but as far as the documentation of it, I don’t see it.”

Popular Christian talk show host Janet Mefferd said she witnessed Leatherwood grab Littleton by the arms in Moore’s presence.

“Yep, Leatherwood grabbed him by the arms. Russell Moore was right there when he did it. And yes, Tom can file his own (true) police report!” she declared in a tweet Thursday morning.

She also alleged that Leatherwood made a false police report.

“Good morning, @LeatherwoodTN – one more question. Are you & your ERLC team aware that under the Texas Penal Code, filing a false police report under Section 37.08 is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine up to $2,000? Look forward to hearing from you!” she wrote.

Nathan Rager of The People’s Church in Clearwater, Florida, notes in a video posted to YouTube that he was at the SBC meeting and questioned Moore about the ties between ERLC research fellow and Liberty University professor Karen Swallow Prior and Revoice.

Moore responded: “I don’t know about the Revoice conference but I do know this, Karen Swallow Prior has committed herself to go anywhere and everywhere to stand up and tell the truth about God’s Word about human sexuality. In doing that, she has seen countless people come to faith in Jesus Christ and countless others strengthen to going forward. She’s a professor at Liberty University serving there for many years. I don’t know anybody more committed to evangelism, and committed to the inerrancy and truth of God’s Word, and more committed to the biblical message that marriage is between a man and a woman and that sexual immorality leads not just to bad consequences but to Hell.”

Will the Next SBC President Condemn or Condone The Revoice Conference and “LGBT+ Christianity “

WILL THE NEXT SBC PRESIDENT CONDEMN OR CONDONE THE REVOICE CONFERENCE AND “LGBT+ CHRISTIANITY”?

 

Rev Thomas Littleton
6/8/2018

 

Just days before the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meetings begin in Dallas Texas, controversy over the SBC’s newfound liberal theological view of homosexuality continues to rage. When news of the Revoice Conference first broke, conservative Christians were understandably shocked to find deep ties to the Southern Baptist Convention, with radical gay liberation terminology such as “LGBT+ Christian, Queer Christian, Sexual Minority Christian” and “celebrating the treasures of Queer Theory, Queer Literature, and Queer Culture” obtruding into the Church.

 

The Revoice Conference, which will be held in St Louis on July 26-28, has recently made the news and caught the attention of believers around the nation. Conservative Media has also picked up on the Revoice “LGBT+ Queer Christian” controversy along with the “Social Justice” mantra of some in SBC leadership. Many have detected the threat these distortions present to the Gospel and the Church, yet few Evangelical leaders have stepped up to condemn the SBC’s liberal theology or to answer for their connections to it.

 

Read more on Revoice here:

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

And here

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

 

Who in Leadership Will Take a Biblical Stand In This Crisis Threatening To Normalize “Queer Christianity” in the Church?

 

Dr. Albert Mohler—whose Southern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate and faculty member, Nate Collins, is the founder and president of Revoice—has been silent, except to tweet out:

 

 “Albert Mohler‏ Verified account
@albertmohler May 31
An important article by
@ostrachan

 

. . . an article by Owen Strachan that offers nothing but ambiguity on the controversial language and the theme of Revoice—“Promoting Flourishing of LGBT+ in Historic Christian Tradition.”

Dr. Russell Moore—whose ERLC Fellows and Associates actively promote Revoice, and whose hired consulting contractor, Arrowhead Advising founder, Branden Polk, is a Speaker at Revoice.  Polk reveals on the company’s social media that they are huge fans of a RuPaul Drag Race / Drag Queen judge. A favorite spokesperson for Moore and the ERLC is Sam Allbery, the same-sex attracted Anglican priest who founded Living Out since his introduction to the “conversation” at Dr. Moore’s 2014 ERLC Conference on Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage. Living Out was the first mainstream SBC affiliate to promote Revoice on social media:

 

Living Out Retweeted
Revoice‏ @revoiceus May 23

“Have you checked out our website recently? (http://www.revoice.us) Even more workshops and speakers have just been added–and more still to come! We’re so grateful for our stellar team of speakers & presenters who are giving their time to be part of #Revoice18! We can’t wait!”

 

Amidst the controversy, Dr. Moore has remained speechless. In the cynical words of Pixar Monsters Inc’s “Roz the Snail,” Moore’s “stunned silence is very reassuring.”

It should noted that the primary source of the new language in the circles in which Dr. Mohler and Dr. Moore travel (The Gospel Coalition) is a White Paper drafted in 2010 by Regent University Psychology Professor, Mark Yarhouse, whose work includes an ongoing partnership with the gay affirming American Psychological Association, doing research with “gay and Christian psychologists to find common ground” for counseling gay persons who experience conflict between their sexual identity and their faith identity. The goal being to reconcile the two and to discourage repentance for homosexuality on the basis of Dr. Yarhouse’s presumption of sexual orientation. The work of Mark Yarhouse has provided the framework for discussion of a “Christian Sexual Ethic” centered around the now familiar language of “gay celibate Christianity.” “Sexual Minority” is the favored term since it provides both activist and victim status for LGBT+ persons in the Church.

So who will provide Biblical leadership to the Church on the issue of “LGBT+ Christianity”?

 

Let us consider the two candidates for election as SBC President in 2018 — J. D. Greear and Ken Hemphill.

  1. D. Greear on Homosexuality

 

  1. D. Greear has made numerous statements on homosexuality and was a presenter at the 2014 ERLC Conference on Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage with Dr. Moore. In his sermon, “Preaching Like Jesus to the LGBT Community and It’s Supporters,” Greear used the same LGBT+ affirming language of Allberry and other ERLC spokespersons; however, Greear also preaches that homosexuality is a sin.  Greear has not said that homosexuality is acceptable behavior, yet he affirms and promotes Mark Yarhouse and his Institute on the Study of Sexual Identity (ISSI) views on LGBT orientation and gender as well as the notion of celibacy as a reconciling biblical ethic.

 

Greear Promotes Yarhouse, Creator of the Template for “LGBT+ Christianity”

 

In 2012, Greear spoke at “The Nines Conference” which is an online stream held annually that includes such LGBT luminaries as Nadia Bolz Webber, the self -proclaimed “tattooed cussing lesbian priestess” of The House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver CO.

Nadia bolz-weber “accidental saints” book tour

The title of 2012 Nines Conference was “Approaching Homosexuality With Grace.

APPROACHING HOMOSEXUALITY WITH GRACE
Created by The Nines Conference@

perspective on this issue.

 

“In this 11 minute session from Leadership Network’s 2012 The Nines Conference, J.D. Greear, Senior Pastor at The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, delivers a thoughtful and gracious message about the way the church should approach the issue of homosexuality.

 

“In this 11 minute session from Leadership Network’s 2012 The Nines Conference, J.D. Greear, Senior Pastor at The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, delivers a thoughtful and gracious message about the way the church should approach the issue of homosexuality. We often get sidetracked from the real issue in a number of different ways, but constantly returning to the cross of Christ will fix our perspective on this issue.

 

“Truth without grace is fundamentalism. Grace without truth is just sentimentality. There is a way to speak the truth with grace so that we can disagree with people and let them know we love them. Think about how this dynamic affects the way we approach homosexuality.

 

“Have you seen your church fall into the trap of emphasizing truth without grace or grace without truth? How can your church embrace both of these so that you offer to the gay community the kind of love that Jesus commands?

 

“J.D. said that the test of our faithfulness to Jesus comes at our courage over these kinds of issues. What does he mean by that? Do you agree? How do you stand for truth on this issue of homosexuality?

 

“Do you have opportunity to extend friendship to gay people? How can you enter that relationship in a way that shows Christ’s love and doesn’t make that person feel like they are your project to fix?

 

“Don’t pander to gay people and try to tell them what you think they want to hear, and don’t be judgmental and try to make them hurt. Every one of us is in great need of God’s grace, so our emphasis should always be the gospel.  Speak the truth in love.

 

“J.D. mentioned several resources that have helped him learn and think about our culture’s reaction to homosexuality and the Bible’s response.

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy and Kathy Keller
Politics According to the Bible by Wayne Grudem
Mark Yarhouse has written several books on this issue. All of them can be found at the website for his Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity.”

 

On Greear’s Blog, he and his staffers continue their endorsements of Yarhouse’s resources for people struggling with Same Sex desires and for youth and parents of youth with Same-Sex Attraction. One example is point 8 in Greear’s 10 Theses About Christianity and Homosexuality:

 

“8. Avoid pat answers or simplistic statements.

 

“A lot of harm has been done by Christian leaders who speak from ignorance, saying things like, “All homosexuals have been abused.” This sort of thing brings shame on our testimony. Again, Mark Yarhouse has a lot of helpful resources here. We should also recognize that sexual struggles are not limited to men—women struggle with homosexuality and pornography.”

 

Guest Blogger, Brad Hambrick who is Pastor of Counseling at Greear’s Summit Church, offers resources and endorsements of Dr. Yarhouse:

 

Another audience would be parents of a child who has come out as gay. Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends by Mark Yarhouse is an excellent resource for parents.”

 

Greear’s Pastor of Counseling also endorses Dr. Yarhouse on his bradhambrick.com site:

 

Book Recommendations:

Marital Sex
A Celebration of Sex by Doug Rosenau
Intimate Issues by Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus
Sexuality
Do Ask, Do Tell, Let’s Talk by Brad Hambrick
Understanding Sexual Identity by Mark Yarhouse
Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends by Mark Yarhouse

 

A Look at Ken Hemphill On Homosexuality

Baptist Press photo
Kenneth Hemphill

 

Dr. Ken Hemphill has certainly not provided the depth of searchable material that Dr. J. D. Greear has on the topic of homosexuality. He does not appear to have been invited to speak at any of Russell Moore’s conferences on homosexuality and marriage nor has he provided any endorsements that we can locate for Dr. Mark Yarhouse’s materials for those desiring help with homosexuality or for parents and youth with same sex attraction in the church. What Dr Hemphill did provide is his response in 2001 when revisions to the Baptist Faith and Message brought national media attention to the Seminaries involved in the unthinkable requirement that Baptists (including those teaching at our seminaries) “must sign a statement affirming the Baptist Faith and Message” and that “all Baptists must oppose all forms of sexual immorality including homosexuality.”

The 2000 Orlando SBC convention changes also included affirmation that the office of pastor is limited to men.” Given the fast track toward “more women in ministry that the #MeToo movements recent run through the SBC camp, that point seems all the more relevant. The Paige Patterson “#Metoo pile on/blood-letting” led into the secular press by people from within the SBC stands in sharp contrast to Dr. Hemphill’s simple and straightforward responses to the secular media in 2001.

 

“Southwestern President Ken Hemphill said limiting employment to faculty who are willing to sign the convention’s Baptist Faith and Message statement as revised in June 2000 will ultimately benefit the seminary and Southern Baptists, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

 

“It’s important that an institution run its business day to day by its bylaws,” Hemphill said. “Our accreditation agency requires that, our integrity requires that.”

As revised at the 2002 annual convention in Orlando, Fla., the statement declares, among other things, that Baptists “must oppose all forms of sexual immorality, including homosexuality,” and that the “office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.”

In 1998, the statement was revised to add the phrase “A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits itself to the headship of Christ.” Quotes from 2001 Ken Hemphill.

Conclusion

 

In just a few days the SBC will elect one of these men to lead the Convention at a critical time in Baptist life and the life of our nation. Those of us over 40 who recall many other struggles within and from without the SBC mostly agree that this is a pivotal time and in many ways, an Esther calling moment “for such a time as this.” For Biblically Conservative men and women in the Church, and in particular the SBC, the time has arrived to take a stand for the Savior whose politics are not partisan and whose Word on Homosexuality, Marriage and Gender roles, in the home and in the Church, is neither fluid, nor negotiable, nor optional for those who bear his Holy Name.

2 Timothy 2:19-21

19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.
21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

“If I profess, with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity. Where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle-field besides is mere flight and disgrace to him if he flinches at that one point.” (Luther)

 

Make The Gospel Great Again :Reject the False Gospel of “LGBT+ Christianity”

Make the Gospel Great Again: Reject the False Gospel of “LGBT+ Christianity”

How Albert Mohler and Tim Keller’s Gospel Coalition are “Queering” Christian Faith.

 

Rev Thomas Littleton

5-25-2018

 

Few in the Evangelical world are unacquainted with Dr. Albert Mohler. Many view him as one of the last remaining statesmen of the SBC and a champion of Conservative Inerrancy of Scripture and Reformed Theology.  Almost all champion him for his historical stand and the salvation of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary many years ago, which meant saving the Southern Baptist Convention from ruin by liberals who were promoting homosexuality, feminism, liberation theology and social justice. It will therefore be hard for some Christians to even consider the possibility that so esteemed a conservative as Albert Mohler is, behind closed doors, training and promoting LGBT activists to infiltrate churches, while in the public eye he professes to uphold the Bible. Mark Twain once said, “Give a man a reputation as an early riser, and he can sleep till noon.” In the case of Dr. Albert Mohler, “Give a minister a reputation as an ultraconservative, and he can advance the liberal agenda with impunity. Albert Mohler’s reputation of yesteryear does not change the facts of the present, and God does not call for the protection of false teachers.

 

The Church has suffered long at the hands of infiltrators and its judgement has been clouded by a constant flood of rhetoric disguised as “Biblical worldview.” Most of the current narratives for Christian consumption, including Dr. Mohler’s, come NOT from the Word of God but from the social sciences and humanities wrapped in a loose application of theology so saturated with philosophy and relevancy that is almost meaningless chatter. The leaders of today’s great evangelical movements derive their inspiration not from a Divine calling but from conclusions driven by polls and numbers and cultural winds, and the Church is the victim of these leaders who are affiliated with think tanks and funded by soft money, dark money and easy money from progressives who not only hate the Christian Faith but are delighted to see the collapse of what appears to be the last vestige of the Christian conservatism in the U.S.

 

None have advanced the rejection and vilification of conservative Christianity more than the 2007 creation of The Gospel Coalition (TGC) and the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (ERLC) under Albert Mohler’s protégé, Russell Moore, since 2013. Having thoroughly vilified and neutralized conservative Christianity, these self-appointed leaders have their version of a kinder, gentler, “more robust” LGBT+ Christianity poised to make its debut in the SBC and PCA. The finger prints and DNA of Albert Mohler and Russell Moore are found throughout the 2018 Revoice Conference for “LGBT+ Christianity in the Church.”

 

  • Nathan Collins is the “Founder and President of Revoice” for “Promoting LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian tradition.” Nate Collins is a longtime student and protégé of Albert Mohler, having received his Masters and Doctorate at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and then joining the faculty of SBTS. Nate Collins was a New Testament Instructor and Garrett Fellow (grading papers and counseling SBTS students on academics) and is currently an Adjunct Online Teaching partner for SBTS. Collins has also represented SBTS as one of its Scholars for the Evangelical Theological Society, presenting his papers on sexuality, gender and related issues from his academic work at SBTS.

 

  • Scott Sauls is a key Tim Keller (TGC) protégé who is now in Nashville and has an ongoing working relationship with Russell Moore and the ERLC. Sauls helped organize the Revoice meetings in February 2018 and is working with Nate Collins to promote Revoice and “LGBT+ Christianity.” See the Revoice webpage.

 

  • Karen Swallow Prior was hired by Russell Moore as an ERLC Research Fellow, and is also promoting the LGBT+ event on the Revoice website. Thus, an ERLC Fellow is directly involved and urging a “Revoice” of the Christian conversation on LBGT+ Flourishing in the Church.

 

  • Branden Polk is a scheduled speaker at the Revoice Conference. Polk is the founder of Arrowhead Advising LLC which has been a contractor for ERLC to advise Russell Moore on issues such as the 2017 “Christ Centered Parenting Conference,” the April 2018 MLK/50 Conference of TGC featuring Russell Moore in a massive Critical Race Theory extravaganza. Brandon also advises Moore on ERLC’s Prison Reform Bill promotion. Branden is a huge fan of and friend to RuPaul Drag Race / Drag Queen judge, Todrick Hall.

 

  • Mark Yarhouse is an APA-affiliated psychologist who heads the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity and is surprisingly a Professor of Psychology at Regent University Virginia Beach VA . Yarhouse also works for D.A. Carson, cofounder of The Gospel Coalition, of which Albert Mohler and Russell Moore are Council members. In 2010, Carson commissioned Yarhouse to draft a White Paper as guidance for TGC Campus ministries. Yarhouse’s White Paper became the template for TGC’s Campus outreaches, introducing the new Queer language to Christian college students – LGBTQ phrases and concepts also voiced by Albert Mohler and promoted as the “revoiced” rhetoric for the Church in the Revoice, “Promoting LGBT+ Flourishing in the historic Christian tradition” conference. Yarhouse Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity is promoting the upcoming Revoice conference “promoting LGBT+ flourishing in historic Christian tradition in the facebook post below.   (Social media pictures/post have no copyright and are shown here under fair use laws  )                                                                                                                                           TGC is NOT a Gospel Movement

 

Here is the line-up of speakers for the Revoice Conference this summer: http://www.revoice.us/

Revoice — Promoting LGBT Flourishing in Historic Christian Traditions
REVOICE.US

In recent months TGC’s mask as a coalition for “The Gospel” has slipped significantly and the ugly face of progressive Critical Race Theory, Feminism, and now the full on “Queering of Christianity” is peering out from what most have assumed was a Conservative Biblical coalition of Evangelical denominations. We cannot say why but we can see who and in this expose you will learn HOW this has happened. It’s time we understand that TGC’s regurgitation of accepted orthodoxy on issues like homosexuality is mere lip service to the thesis in a grand dialectical process that is taking place through endless dialog on these topics with assurances that these conversations must take place because each of these issues is “a Gospel (that word again) issue”!  The dialectical process works like this: a thesis or accepted truth is challenged by its antithesis or falsehood and a protracted dialogue is engaged to bring about consensus, a compromise on which both sides agree. To compromise the Christian position on human sexuality, the thesis (Bible doctrine) has been challenged by its antithesis (LGBT+ inclusion) leading to a synthesis of the two positions (LGBT+ Christianity). By means of a dialogue, driven by LGBT rights organizations which have known be secretly collaborate with denominational leaders, the Christian Church is being coerced to compromise and eventually abandon its Biblical position on human sexuality. This dialectical scam, however, cannot succeed if the Body of Christ realizes what is at stake – the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Just the Facts, Sir

 

To learn the background of the Revoice Conference scheduled for July 26-28 in St. Louis, Missouri, please read “Trusted SBC and PCA Seminaries are producing Sexual Minority Activists” and listen to my interview with Janet Mefferd. Additional interviews can be found at Worldview Weekend https://www.worldviewweekend.com  Besides the obvious fact that the conference has taken a huge leap in the language and approach to LGBT issues – promoting “LGBTQ Flourishing in the Historic Christian Tradition” and “Sexual Minorities in the Church” – the next layer in the development of Revoice unveils its problematic origins.

 

In 2010, D.A. Carson sought help in developing the narrative on sexuality and gender for the campus ministry focus of TGC.  Assistance came from Regent University Professor of Psychology, Mark Yarhouse, a “Christian psychologist in LGBTQ+ studies” whose Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity also promotes the Revoice Conference. A White Paper, “A Christian Perspective on Sexual Identity” (2010) by Yarhouse, became the “Gold Standard” for all discussions of LGBTQ for TGC campus ministries, which also involved Yarhouse making the rounds to most of the Bible colleges and seminaries affiliated with TGC.  You Tube has archived many of his presentations (some were even Chapel Services) to impart his perspective on Gender and Sexual Identity to young seminarians and Christians in our conservative institutions. Yarhouse has spoken to students at Wheaton, Biola, and even small, remote colleges like conservative Covenant College on Lookout Mountain in Georgia. My point being the ideology D.A. Carson commissioned to craft the TGC message has seen thorough saturation of Christian institutions and is now clearly reflected in the false doctrine of the Revoice Conference.

 

So, what is wrong with it and what exactly did this 2010 White Paper establish?

 

Yarhouse is a member of the American Psychological Association on LGBT issues and the nature of his work for the APA over many years involved conducting dialogues between homosexual psychologists and Christian psychologists to move the Christians  from their Biblical frameworks to an alternative framework to provide consensus (common ground ) with the gay community on sexuality and same-sex marriage:

 

“In 2000, he chaired a groundbreaking symposium at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention that brought together gay psychologists and Christian psychologists to discuss common ground in treatment options for those who experience sexual and religious identity conflicts. He chaired similar dialogues at the APA on the many meanings of marriage (among different religions and among various groups within the gay community), services for adolescents experiencing sexual identity concerns, and an approach to services referred to as the sexual identity therapy framework.”

 

Yarhouse’s career reveals the overlap of input from the gay community, gay psychologists, and the affirming APA, in his endeavor to find common ground for Christian counseling professionals in treating patients with the full spectrum of LGBTQ issues. The APA signed on to the gay rights movement in 1973 when, having been infiltrated by gay activists, it depathologized homosexuality in order to keep the political correct message and funding for equality. The ideology of the APA and Revoice is antithetical to Christian conversion and the message of repentance, so it is no surprise that Yarhouse’s conclusions on the politically-charged related issue like “Conversion Therapy” have denied its benefits or existence as a experienced reality, and considered it harmful. In his work with TGC, this APA involvement help lead to disowning Conversion Therapy by coalition leaders like Albert Mohler, Russell Moore and Tim Keller.

 

Orientation is another key point in the case Yarhouse developed for TGC. Sexual Orientation is real according to Yarhouse, and homosexuality is an orientation, that is, fixed, defining and ( all but ) impossible to change. No doubt Albert Mohler felt confident, armed with the backing of TGC white paper, APA pseudoscience and Yarhouse’s study of 98 people, to repent in public in the now infamous 2014 ERLC conference on “Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage.” This confident yet baseless apology for himself and the Evangelical community (especially Southern Baptists) for having been “wrong about sexual orientation” was much to the delight of the gay press.

 

Why Albert Mohler and Russell Moore Abandoned Conversion Therapy

 

The LGBTQ lobby has identified Reparative or Conversion Therapy as one of their key targets to vilify as “harmful and false,” even calling it fraud in recent battles in California. The Human Rights Campaign and LGBTQ advocates want churches and denominations to “remove homosexuality and LGBTQ from their ‘sin list’” and have chosen this front to make that fight. They are keenly focused on “LGBTQ Youth” protections from Christian “ex -gay” efforts help gay youth to freedom from homosexuality. Reparative /Conversion Therapy in the broadest sense of the term would mean any non-affirming counsel on LGBT. A 2017 HRC effort in Miami Dade County proves the overreach of this effort into the church,as Pastoral / Christian Counseling and even Christian parents who disagree with the normalization of LGBTQ would become criminals. “The speech ban’s attempted reach beyond ‘licensed’ professionals to anyone and everyone else, including pastors counseling church members and parents counseling their own minor children, was an egregious First Amendment violation,” Staver said. “Licensed counselors and unlicensed persons all have First Amendment rights to counsel minors against the harms of homosexuality and gender confusion, for secular, scientific, and religious reasons.”

 

Given Russell Moore’s back door meetings in 2014 with HRC and many other LGBTQ activist groups at which time both Moore and Mohler spoke out in favor of Orientation and against Conversion Therapy, for the first time in a public conference, the timing is extremely suspect for them to have come in line with and sync Baptist public policy with HRC’s increasing demands and advocacy.  In short, by abandoning Conversion Therapy Moore and Mohler and others in TGC have abandoned Biblical “conversion” for homosexuals. While other sins – yours, mine and ours remain part of the testimony of our past  as in 1 Corinthians 6:11; “such WERE some of you,” context, Now under the new doctrine of Yarhouse, TGC, Keller, Carson, ERLC, Moore and Mohler, conversion is “off the table” for LGBT+ Christians who can self-identify with sins which Scripture prohibits in the Church.

 

These men seem confident that they are speaking for the Church, again as a Gospel perspective on LGBTQ which in fact has NO Biblical basis for its claims which have been derived from and synchronized with the humanist, secular, affirming mental health establishment. This is the basis of TGC ‘gold standard’ for LGBT issues which was commissioned by D.A. Carson in 2010.

 

Most of the language on LGBT issues we now see emerging in the evangelical community is already in play and contained in Yarhouse’s writings for The Gospel Coalition. “Same Sex Attracted,” “Gay Christian,” “Sexual Minorities in the Church” and more were all waiting in the que to be introduced into the Christian “conversation” by “LGBT+ Christian” professionals endorsed by TGC, Mohler, Moore and (from the 2014 conference indications ) the Human Rights Campaign.

 

The point never mentioned in this evangelical orgy of newspeak is that the Gospel issue of orientation is that which ALL humanity shares from the fall of Adam, that being an “orientation to sin.” The “old homosexual sin nature” is not to be indulged or glorified as “gay pride” but reckoned to be “dead” having been “crucified with Christ” (Rom. 6, Eph. 4, Col. 3). However much they profess that “homosexuality is SIN,” Mohler, Russell Moore and others of TGC (not so much Tim Keller since his 2015 Veritas wishy washy response to the question) are also advocating for a special “non-sinful” status for suppressed homosexuality and LGBT-related sins by the Church. This actually leaves those affected without hope of spiritual rebirth and a future beyond same-sex attraction, which God calls “vile affection” or, the next stage, “LGBT+ Christianity.”  We ask, “Who is really harming LGBT people by the deception perpetrated by Yarhouse, the APA and others for TGC?” Who has negatively impacted the Gospel here? How is it that this psychology derived cultural relevance driven adaptation of the gospel has  NOT hurt and exploited and bullied the entire circle of those upon whom it has been forced upon as a “Gospel issue” by trusted leaders ? This has been done without being told or warned of its origins or its endgame. The upcoming Revoice Conference, however, gives us a glimpse of the endgame and the accelerated pace at which TGC determines to arrive at this “future Christianity”  Revoice is calling for .

 

Yarhouse and his apparent disciples of Revoice use the perspective of Feminist Gender Theory to address the topic of transgenderism while admitting that much of what he speaks to on the topic is extremely rare… “perhaps one in 10,000 people affected and a broad range of experiences of gender related issues like Gender Dysphoria.”  (GD being another APA and related industry word play, from when Gender Identity Disorder was changed to Gender Dysphoria,  avoiding an accusatory term like “disorder” much in the same way the use of mental illness was removed from the APA language many years ago. Simply change the language and the problem goes away because it is no longer viewed in the same light).

 

Yarhouse makes the case that three frameworks of thought can be identified on the entire spectrum and that the way for the Church to address these issues is within the appropriate, relevant, informed framework (rather than the Word of God).

 

Speaking in the leftist language of Intersectionality, Yarhouse’s power point presentation offers a mostly confused and lost public the options of “Integrity, Disability or Diversity” which he insists will provide “Clarity” (the power point title). I will leave further investigation and discussion of these options to the more serious researcher in the link provided above and will spare the average reader the discussion of the confusing “Clarity” offered by Yarhouse. One point that begs to made here is that few would find this material to be a topic for a Chapel service in Bible Colleges and Seminaries of the SBC and PCA. Yet unsuspecting parents paying the tuition will find it has in fact been a reality .

 

Unsuspecting Parents Beware: The Gospel Coalition “Queers the Conversation” of Campus Ministries

 

Was it an honest approach by TGC leaders to, not only derive their message on LGBT issues from these polluted wells, but predetermine to introduce those new terms into the evangelical community over a protracted period of time to ensure their reception and, worst of all, to draft this messaging NOT for the current body of believers but specifically for young believers whose parents are paying massive tuitions to send them to conservative “Christian” institutions operated, instructed and staffed by these same leaders?  If this message shift was not intentional, why launch a progressive movement that targets the young and vulnerable hearts and minds of OUR youth. Most perverted of all is that the older members of TGC churches have heard a constant chorus of how the cultural views on issues like LGBT have shifted and WE must adapt the approach of the Church to meet those changing attitudes. Rather than reinforcing our youth with Bible doctrine and conservative messages, these leaders have again synchronized the evangelical position with the secular and furthered the VERY problem recited to the parents of those students as the imperative for compromise. And all at the parents’ expense. Brilliant, but nonetheless FAR from honest and, arguably, a deception MUCH worse than liberal institutions inflict on those who trust them.

 

TGC’s D. A Carson and Mark Yarhouse have made their Whitepaper a type of “Gold Standard” for all things LGBT+ for Campus Ministries.At Revoice we see speakers which include member of the PCA’s Campus ministry Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), CRU (formerly Campus Crusade ,who Tim Keller has worked with at RTS Orlando with pro LGBT ideology) All of the speakers for Revoice now appear under the heading of TGC / Yarhouse 2010 campus collaboration as “Sexual Minorites” in the church. Intervarsity, which also has close ties to Keller, even has its own Sexuality Tool Kit with access available to members only. The circle of young SBTS and Covenant seminarians (and others) are highly trained leaders in the conversation for social change. Many of these same Revoice speakers also work with TGC. Advocacy and narratives for the cause of these “invisible minorities” (LGBT+ people) and frameworks that enable dialog abound. These work to move the conversation forward and are the mantra of these new Faith Based Sexual Minority professionals. TGC, Carson and Yarhouse have made a major contribution to the development of this dialogue, its guidelines and training provided on campus. Again in the case of conservative Covenant College on Lookout Mountain GA, Yarhouse lectures on multiple occasions even in Chapel perhaps to add an atmosphere of spiritual significance.  Other Christian institutions like Biola and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) have hosted these instructional and “inspirational” discussions to their young student bodies. The mission appears to be nothing less than to revolutionize the conversation in Campus Ministry. This effort is on the campuses of both secular and Christian colleges, universities and seminaries nationally and internationally. It seems fair to say that The Gospel Coalition is leading the way in “queering the conversation” on campus and, very soon, in the churches. Revoice’s boast of “reexamining the virtues and treasures of Queer Theory and Queer Culture” for the Church make a strong case that the well-worn historic pathway of Cultural Marxism – Critical Theory and Minority Rhetoric – and Liberation Theology has been chosen for these utopian goals.

 

REVOICE: An INDEPTH Look at the TGC/ERLC Connection

 

“Sexual minorities in the Church” and SSA Christian are among most the common phrases Yarhouse proposed for The Gospel Coalition in his LGBT White Paper.  So where has the language and that conversation taken us in just 8 short years under the leadership of TGC?  *Revoice 2018* When my first article (linked above) on this conference was written, some of the speakers and other leaders, mentors and organizers were not yet visible. Since that time the Revoice website has added many details, the most revealing being long time Tim Keller staffer and protégé’ turned church planter, Scott Sauls role in Revoice .  Sauls, who appears to be campaigning for the role of Elisha to inherit Keller’s mantle in the PCA, helped initiate plans for Revoice at meetings in St Louis in January and February 2018. And, just days ago, Sauls appeared on the website strongly endorsing the vision of Revoice, which is to “Promote LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian Tradition” (in SBC, PCA and other unsuspecting affiliated churches of TGC).

 

“Flourishing” has long been a favorite word of Keller derived from his association with and work of Frankfurt School inspired Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia (UVA). If you do not understand the significance of the Frankfurt School please take to time to inform yourself about Cultural Marxism, the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research and the myriad of think tanks promoting its Leftist ideology. This influence is not Gospel-centered in the least, but its reliance on Critical Theory to obtain its long sought after goals is exactly what is taking place with Revoice.

 

“The underlying and enduring aspect of critical theory common to all its multitudinous expressions is the creation and application of interdisciplinary theories growing out of a worldview dedicated to overturning the false consciousness of traditional Christian thought and social order and so serving as an instrument of social transformation. Critical theory comes in all shapes, sizes, and expressions but the one thing it has in common is criticizing any residual influence of Christianity that remains on any and all of our Western institutions and disciplines. It typically expresses itself as the voice of the oppressed and the aggrieved and in doing so seeks to employ ‘social justice’ and ‘fairness’ as the sting within the theory. However, in order to do so Critical theory must invert and redefine almost all realities in order to be able to secure the superior position of the oppressed.” (The Cultural Marxist Toolbox)

 

The transformation of the Christian Church is the vision and endgame of Revoice, as Scott Sauls stated, “The Revoice Conference and the many trustworthy voices associated with it – many of whom are personal friends of mine – is a terrific place to begin this journey” (of what it means to be a “Christian” AND a “sexual minority”).

 

ERLC Research Fellow and An ERLC Consultant Jive Talking “Revoice”

 

Karen Swallow Prior is a controversial pro-LGTB+ Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission whose president is Albert Mohler’s protégé’, Russell Moore.  Just recently, Ms. Prior was hit by a bus (literally) while walking in downtown Nashville. (Please pray for her recovery from serious injury, surgery and also from the False Gospel of “LGBT+ Christianity Flourishing in the Church.”) Prior had joined Scott Sauls in endorsing the Revoice Conference in the most glowing terms. She is not the only ERLC endorser of Revoice, however.  Just days into the unveiling of the speakers for Revoice, Brandon Polk, the owner and founder of ERLC consultant, Arrowhead Advising, was added to the lineup.  Arrowhead Advising advised and assisted Russell Moore and the ERLC with the controversial “critical race theory/white privilege” extravaganza  of the April 2018 MLK/50 Conference, as you can see from Arrowhead’s social media below.

 

Arrowhead Advising, LLC

Dr. Russell Moore greeting our meeting on education equity at #mlk50conference.

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Arrowhead Advising also helped with the recent ERLC Prison Reform Bill advocacy.

 

ERLC and Prison Fellowship Support Prison Reform and Redemption Bill

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

Text for H.R.3356 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): Prison Reform and Redemption Act
CONGRESS.GOV

 

 

Arrowhead Advising, LLC

August 24, 2017 ·

#erlc2017 on Christ-centered parenting.

#erlc2017 on Christ-centered parenting.

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Reality Check for Many

 

Historically conservative Christians of the SBC and other PCA and TGC affiliated churches support the ERLC with their Cooperative Program giving. Where concerns arise is that Arrowhead Advisers’ founder is also speaking at the Revoice Conference for “LGBT+ /Sexual Minorities Flourishing in the Church” and is billed as an ERLC consultant.

 

“Branden is the CEO and Founder of Arrowhead Advising. As an innovator, social reformer, public speaker, writer, counselor, and creative artist, Branden has dedicated his life to advocacy for the most vulnerable, the developing of transformational leaders, and to changing the way society addresses today’s most sensitive topics such as race, sexuality, criminal justice, education, faith, and more. He has also consulted for organizations such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Harvard University, the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, and The Clapham Group. Branden is a graduate of The College of William & Mary and George Mason University.”

 

Further concerns should arise from Arrowhead Advisors’ enthusiastic endorsement of a very popular Drag Queen judge, Todrick Hall, from the panel of RuPaul Drag Race TV program.

 

 

Arrowhead Advising, LLC

December 17, 2017 ·

Ummm not gonna lie. I have some pretty dope feelings about meeting @todrick last night. Fantastic performance in Chicago last night. I might have fallen out in the spirit afterwards. Thanks @barkmauer and friends.

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Ummm not gonna lie. I have some pretty dope feelings about meeting @todrick last night.

Fantastic performance in Chicago last night. I might have fallen out in the spirit afterwards.

Thanks @barkmauer and friends.

 

 

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If given the option to support the ERLC and the Fellows and Consultants hired by Russell Moore, it is VERY likely most conservative churches and believers would simply, out of conviction, choose NOT to invest their tithes and Missions offerings with TGCs /ERLC Russell Moore or his mentor, Dr. Albert Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for such ventures .

 

Is Revoice Albert Mohler’s New/Now/Next Public Endorsement?

 

The founder and president of the Revoice Conference is Nate Collins, a graduate of Albert Mohler’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a New Testament / Greek teacher, now adjunct online instructor, and Garrett Fellow at SBTS. Collins self identifies as a homosexual in a “mixed orientation marriage,” meaning his wife is heterosexual and he is homosexual. Nate’s record at SBTS indicates he has a Masters and Doctorate from Mohler’s institution and a timeframe of around 14 years spent in the Louisville, Kentucky area around or at SBTS. His academic record shows his area of study and campus involvement and his research topics.

 

These topics include a variety of sexuality, gender, and LGBT Christian faith development. Examples include:

 

  • Gender Identity and Multiplicity
  • Secondary Gender Identities in the Biblical World
  • Theological Perspectives on Non-Straight Sexuality, Gender Identity, and Sanctification

 

This last topic was presented by Collins as an SBTS Scholar to the Annual Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society. ( Collins has presented multiple times at ETS for SBTS) For many who highly esteem Dr. Albert Mohler for “cleaning the SBTS house of liberal influences” during the Conservative Resurgence, it would seem impossible to associate “Theological Perspectives on Non-Straight Sexuality, Gender Identity, and Sanctification” with either Mohler or SBTS. Yet the influence of TGC consultant, Mark Yarhouse, is sited in Collins’ works,while Yarhouse Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity endorses Revoice (see above ) . Acadmic and ideological ties with  SBTS and Dr. Mohler and TGC to Revoice become undeniable as well. And many in the faculty of SBTS contribute to TGC and their churches are affiliates. Revoice is THE LOVE CHILD OF THE COLLABORATION of TGC/ Yarhouse and the APA affiliated Regent University Psychology Professor .

 

Collins work at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary was published as a book titled All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith ,Gender, and Sexuality.  The book cites the research of Yarhouse and some very dark influences including Havelock Ellis who was a close friend with Planned Parenthood Founder (PP) Margaret Sanger in England, along with a Karl Marx relative during the days Sanger was on the run from the U S law enforcement. Ellis, who is credited with coining the word homosexual in English, was himself a homosexual and sexologist who held great sway in Sanger’s development of pro homosexual ideology. Today Planned Parenthood is the largest, highest funded partner in the promotion of the normalization of homosexuality and LGBTQ. In fact, Planned Parenthood added the “Q” to LGBT for “Questioning” one’s sexual orientation and gender as normal at any age, and has succeeded in making radical Comprehensive Sexuality Education mandatory in public schools as a “Human Right at any Age.”

 

Collins book also delves deep into Gender Theory which echoes the perspectives of Yarhouse as well. Collins bemoans the lack of engagement by the church with feminist gender theory as “unfortunate” (p. 227). A reference to the perverted sexologist Alfred Kinsey is equally disturbing. In a 2013 blog post, Collins explained his view as to why Christians are wrong about gay pride with a discussion and links to the Human Rights Campaign, which is the largest leftist /activist funded advocacy for full LGBTQ equality in the world.  In 2014, with $8 million in hand, the HRC began a massive focus on the Church in the South called Project One America.  My state, Alabama, was one of three initially targeted for change and resources because of the strong influence of the Southern Baptist Convention. Meeting the HRC activist representatives, an apologetics friend and I spoke for 4 hours about their intentions tactics and goals which were brazen and well organized. They were sending activists into the churches, even young teen activists to test reactions. They admitted they were pushing for the removal of LGBT from the churches “sin list” and to force counselling like Reparative or Conversion Therapy out the door of the churches. To my amazement as a Southern Baptist, we were told in the following weeks these same HRC leaders would be meeting behind closed doors with Russell Moore and Mohler associates at the ERLC conference mentioned above on “Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage.” They had their meeting and from every indication, they found allies in Nashville and boasted “southern Baptist and the gay community break bread together in Nashville.” Nate Collins is now in Nashville where he and Revoice sponsor and mentor Scott Sauls of Tim Keller’s network resides and minister.

 

So, is the Human Rights Campaign funding and providing activists for Revoice?  We may know soon or we may never know this side of eternity, but we do know their talking points are well coordinated and harmonize, with the exception of espousing celibacy as a Biblical context for their LGBT+ Christian identity in the Church. The truly Biblical concept of celibacy has nothing to do with providing a haven for those with homosexual desires in the church. This is a perversion of the mention of celibacy in faithful Biblical context. In the past  homosexuals and lesbians who claim to be celibate, do this to be admitted into church membership. They later change their minds and status, after they decide that celibacy doesn’t lead to “human flourishing.” Case in point. Julie Rodgers, a same-sex attracted but celibate former Assistant Chaplain at Wheaton College is now engaged to be married to another lesbian and admits that she never believed in celibacy.

 

Another odd narrative  is that Wesley Hill, who is an Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Pennsylvania, and will be a speaker at Revoice.  Hill claims to be celibate, but in a recent article he describes his emotional breakdown after a male friend ended their friendship to date and eventually marry a woman.  The question begs, why would his best friend end their friendship during his courtship of a woman?  Hill words “my friend’s new romance” implies a previous romance between them.

 

“The occasion of that darkness was my friend’s new romance, and my experience of it was almost entirely defined by a deepening jealousy. My friend was my best friend. We both said so often. We had once shared a house and talked sometimes about doing so again in the future. And so, fingering the cellphone in my pocket, I tried to forget for a moment that I wanted him single again, wanted him all for myself. I tried to forget the painful, gradually dawning awareness that he did not want those things. I pulled out the phone and called him, ready to put my best, least envious, least aggrieved foot forward. Tonight would be our last time to see each other for a while, I told him when he answered. Could we, in light of that, have dinner together, just the two of us? I knew the answer as soon as he started to reply. He would not be able to have dinner with me, no. He and the woman he was now dating had already made plans, he said. For a moment, it seemed that he wanted to apologize, but instead he wished me a safe flight, promised we’d speak soon, and hung up. The next thing I did was look for a place where I could sob without being seen.

 

“It has taken me years of therapy and spiritual direction to face up to what, in retrospect, is the clearest, simplest explanation for those tears. I had fallen in love with my friend, and I was in that moment confronted with the realization that I wasn’t willing to share his love with anyone else.” (“Love, Again”)

 

Homosexuals complain that celibacy does not lead to “human flourishing” and Wesley Hill’s experience bears that out. But it is difficult to believe that a celibate SSA would have an emotional breakdown that was so severe it required “years of therapy” to recover, if there had been no sexual bonding in the relationship.

 

Sam Allberry, a celibate SSA Anglican priest and editor at TGC, preaches that celibate SSAs and Transgenders are bearing a “cross” that will earn them a “crown” in the New Jerusalem. In his words, these broken gay people can find peace in their identification with Christ’s brokenness and that they are the real “heroes of the faith.”

 

“In [Christ’s] ultimate brokenness, we can find the true solution to our own brokenness, the true hope of the gospel.”

 

“Sam Allberry – TGC editor and author of ‘Is God Anti-Gay?’—outlines a biblical response to the unique issues of transgenderism in our day. This response includes a unique understanding, a unique compassion, and a unique hope.”  (The Gospel Coalition, “What Christianity Offers to Transgender Persons”)

 

This profane teaching – that celibates with “vile affections” are “heroes of the faith” – has nothing to do with Scripture and everything to do with Eastern mysticism, where celibates are held in high honor as in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Buddhism and other Eastern religions.

 

Here’s a novel idea for the apostate church of our day. Why not preach the good news of freedom from the bondage of sin to homosexuals and lesbians?

 

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17

 

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:1-11

 

There is a clue as to why Wesley Hill and Sam Allberry and the PCA have nothing to offer homosexuals besides a life of struggle and failure against same-sex desires. Hill wrote about a couple who were godparents:

 

“They stood at the font as their friends’ baby was sprinkled with water and marked as Christ’s own forever, and they promised to help raise him in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

 

Hill and Allberry are members of the Church of England, which practices infant baptism, as does the PCA. Wesley Hill’s heretical belief that infant baptism saves explains why these denominations don’t preach the “new birth” as “a new creation” and why congregants are not set free from the dominion of sin.

 

Conclusion and Confusion

 

The Revoice Conference and its ties to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, once the flagship seminary of the SBC, are a sad commentary on the state of affairs at the SBC and wave a massive red flag warning to those who expect the clarity of Scripture from denominational leadership on the Gospel, humanity, human need, and sin.  To those who have experienced deliverance FROM homosexuality or who wish to leave that life behind them and find hope in Jesus, the message of Yarhouse and Revoice appears to be one of contradiction to those have been set free and a hopeless message to those who seek deliverance. The Presbyterian Church of America, which separated from the liberal PCUSA to form a new denomination, build new churches, colleges and seminaries and disciple conservative young believers, are in shock and awe as Revoice is being hosted by a PCA Church – Memorial Presbyterian in St Louis – whose Pastor is a speaker, and seven Covenant (PCA) Seminary grads and two professors (three if you count Sauls’ past work) are speaking and conducting workshops at the conference. Several members of the PCA campus ministry, Reformed University Fellowship, are also involved in Revoice.

 

One workshop praises Queer Theory as an “Adventure” and considers the “virtues” lost by the Church by discarding Queer theory, culture and literature. The Church must therefore reexamine these contributions which they discarded – “the treasures Queer Theory, Queer Culture and Queer Literature will bring into the New Jerusalem at the end of Time.”  This workshop is conducted by Grant Hartley, a young missionary with CRU (Campus Crusade).

 

Revoice signals a major shift in the talking points of Tim Keller, Albert Mohler, ERLC and The Gospel Coalition.  It is high time for Conservative Evangelicals who follow them, attend TGC-affiliated churches, read their books and media and blogs, entrust them with their grown children’s education and ministry calling, send them financial support, use TGC curriculums and most frightening – children’s materials – to be asking the hard questions. Saints, do you really want to entrust your faith, family, children and grandchildren to their ‘Reformed and Reforming’ version of LGBT+ Christianity?

 

Conservative Take Down

 

In 2016 and 2017, TGC and ERLC revealed other realities somewhat hidden before. The “never Trump” mantra (which has yet to end) and the use of TGC and ERLC’s full resources to defeat a fellow Southern Baptist in the Alabama Senate race (and thereby help elect a far left-pro homosexual, Human Rights Campaign supported candidate in his place) reveal the progressive POLITICAL AGENDA behind the theological mask of TGC and ERLC. In addition, that same political agenda is working to destroy the old guard of Christian conservatism, starting in earnest when a group of TGC-affiliated activist journalists, led by outed gay writer Jonathan Merritt, were sent out in major media outlets to attack and take down Dr. Paige Patterson, another champion of the SBC’s conservative Resurgence.

 

Through a feminist feeding frenzy of a MeToo moment, where most of the charges were disproven, overblown and distorted by the media hype, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President, Paige Patterson, was forced out by the Board of Trustees. Out with the old and in with the … new progressive leadership which promotes “LGBT+ Christianity.” Mohler’s affiliate of TGC, J.D. Greear, is poised to take the presidency of the SBC in a matter of weeks. The one stalwart old guard conservative NOT under attack by MeToo or any other progressive movement is Albert Mohler. Considering the realities just one layer beneath Revoice, TGC and the ERLC, the stellar reputation of Al Mohler appears to be little more than a faded memory.

 

Time to ask the hard questions, beloved! Will the SBC and PCA leaders we trust and are NOT involved in this “movement “ rise up and condemn it? Will anyone provide leadership against it?

Paul admonished Timothy

“O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”—which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you. (1 Timothy 6:20, 21)

 

 

 

“A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.” Titus 3:10-11

 

 

 

For those who wish to see more of Revoice’s heretical statement of its mission, here it is if you are not done already.

 

“The word revoice means ‘to update or refurbish with a new, fresh voice.’ It was originally used within the world of musical instrument repair, but metaphorically it can refer to the shape of the conversation that a group of people have about a particular topic. For example, when the pro-life movement first gathered steam, it focused almost entirely on the goal of ending abortion through the reversal of Roe v. Wade. Unfortunately, this eventually led to criticisms that pro-life advocates were ambivalent toward other forms of reproductive injustice, such as a lack of access to affordable childcare or maternity care for the impoverished. Although the pro-life movement had always been ‘anti-abortion,’ it soon become synonymous with ‘anti-woman.’ Thankfully, leaders in the pro-life movement today are aware of this and are recalibrating—or revoicing—their messaging and strategy accordingly.

 

“Few conversations taking place today need to be revoiced more than Christian discussions about LGBT people and the way they experience their gender and sexuality. Like talking heads on evening news, conservative Christian leaders and their conservative LGBT brothers and sisters find themselves in a conversation whose posture, content, and tone is ill-suited to developing a consensus path forward. Yet this is a gospel issue. These conversations need to be revoiced so that the gospel of Jesus Christ can more easily be applied to the individuals who are involved in them.

“What is the mission of Revoice?

 

“To encourage, support, and empower gay, lesbian, and other same-sex-attracted Christians so they can experience the life-giving character of the historic, Christian sexual ethic.

“What is the vision of Revoice?

 

“Revoice exists because we want to see LGBT people who adhere to the historic, Christian sexual ethic flourish in their local faith communities. We envision a future Christianity where LGBT people can be open and transparent in their faith communities about their orientation and/or experience of gender dysphoria without feeling inferior to their straight, cisgender brothers and sisters; where churches not only utilize, but also celebrate the unique opportunities that life-long celibate LGBT people have to serve others; where Christian leaders boast about the faith of LGBT people who are living a sacrificial obedience for the sake of the Kingdom; and where LGBT people are welcomed into families so they, too, can experience the joys, challenges, and benefits of kinship.

 

“What does Revoice believe about human sexuality?

 

“We believe that the Bible restricts sexual activity to the context of a marriage covenant, which is defined in the Bible as the emotional, spiritual, and physical union of a man and a woman that is ordered toward procreation. At the same time, we also believe that the Bible honors those who live out an extended commitment to celibacy, and that unmarried people should play a uniquely valuable role in the lives of local faith communities. Together, these two convictions constitute the ‘traditional sexual ethic,’ because it represents the worldview that the Bible consistently teaches across both the Old and New Testaments and that Christians have historically believed for millennia.

 

“But a historic, or traditional, sexual ethic in itself is not automatically a Christian sexual ethic. Simply abstaining from sex outside of marriage does not make one a faithful and thriving disciple and follower of Christ. Furthermore, LGBT people who remain faithful to the Bible’s teaching about sexual expression do not automatically thrive as Christians in their local church. A Christian sexual ethic that is life-giving for all people, including LGBT people, is not something that we can simply assume we already possess, but must instead be a goal that all Christians—straight and nonstraight—continually attempt to construct and refine anew in their own cultural context. Settling for less than this results in a version of the traditional sexual ethic whose cultural relevance might not be immediately apparent to populations of people who live at the margins of our society. For these individuals, a culturally irrelevant sexual ethic simply doesn’t feel livable.”

 

That is Revoice idea of our future conversation and their role in it .

Dr. Russell Moore greeting our meeting on education equity at #mlk50conference.

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