FEW WOULD HAVE BELIEVED 25 YEARS AGO THAT THE SBC WOULD BE MARKETING THE SAME HERESIES AND POLITICS AS THE RADICAL PROGRESSIVE LEFT & DENOMINATIONS BUT ETS PROVIDES A WINDOW INTO THE LASTEST BAPTIST FASHIONS IN RHETORIC.
By Thomas Littleton
The annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society provided yet another glimpse behind the curtain in what has become the Southern Baptist -“World of OZ”. Some of the greatest heretical movements thriving in Baptist and evangelical circles today have had their first showings to the great “thinkers” and students of the ETS. Years before the Revoice LGBTQ inclusion called for by self identified “sexual minority” / “LGBT+ Christians hit the evangelical headlines, the leaders and founders had all been presenting their thesis and dissertations at ETS.
Today Revoice and the movement and players behind it continue to expand their brand while the errors of ETS focus move on to revisit the fanciful notion of “Chrislam” while inviting “refugee resettlement” /Soros Open Society partners & advocates in to ETS to bash Trump immigration policy and tout the common ground of the two deeply irreconcilable faiths.
(MUCH MORE ON REVOICE INCLUDING AN UPDATE ON IT’S LEADERS EXPANSION OF THE MOVEMENT AND ITS ETS HISTORY NEAR THE END OF THIS ARTICLE)
CHRISTIANITY TODAY COVERED THE LATEST ETS MUSLIM EVENT
Muslims Join Evangelical Theology Conference
“Annual gathering of Christian scholars seeks better engagement with Islam.”
“It is not often that a Muslim appears at an evangelical theological meetings ..Al Mohler invited three.”
“This year’s theme: Islam and Christianity.“
“We are called to truth, and to understanding the world around us more accurately and thoughtfully,” said Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), who also served as ETS program chair.
“That certainly includes our understanding of Islam, which has from the beginning represented an enormous challenge to Christian evangelism, apologetics, theology, and cultural engagement.”
“The Authority and Function of the Quran in Islam,” by Ayman Ibrahim of SBTS
“Through the Prism: The Trinity and the Islamic Metanarrative,” by Timothy Tennet of Asbury Theological Seminary
“American Christians and Islam: From the Colonial Era to the Post-9/11 World,” by Thomas Kidd of Baylor University
But it was the challenge of “cultural engagement” that led ETS to reach out to the Muslim panelists. Each was invited to share their view of evangelicals, and address the issues that concern them. It could “scarcely be more relevant and urgent,” said Mohler.
Three Christians joined them on the panel, focused on“Understanding Our Neighbor.”
THE ANTI-TRUMP POLITICAL TONE
One Muslim participant Al Mohler invited asserts that Pew Research in 2019 found “white evangelicals to be twice as likely as Americans overall (76% vs. 38%) to support President Donald Trump’s 2017 “Muslim ban.” The narrative continued -“American Muslim Poll, only 20 percent of white evangelicals had a positive opinion of Muslims, with 44 percent feeling unfavorable.”
““Political tribalism drives how these communities see each other,” Uddin said, “and Muslims view evangelicals as intrinsically linked to the Trumpian other.”
Hamza Yusuf, cofounder and president of Zaytuna College in California, the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States, said strong Muslim support for George W. Bush helped him to the presidency in the razor-thin 2000 election.
But after 9/11, Republicans “anathematized” them.
“Muslims had a huge shift to the left in response to the love showed them by Democrats,” he said.”
SO CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS POLITICS (ESPECIALLY THEIR PRO TRUMP POLITICS) DROVE MUSLIMS TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND ITS “LOVE” TOWARD THEM ?
This is Christianity Today propagandizing conservative Christians with Muslim guest at ETS invited by Albert Mohler. So who are these “guest”?
THE ETS GUEST LIST INCLUDED A KEY PROGRESSIVE MUSLIM LEADER
“Asma Uddin, a religious liberty lawyer (previously INTERVIEWED by CT) and a fellow with the Inclusive America Project at the Aspen Institute, described the well-funded Islamophobia network that tars Muslims and the political left in a joint conspiracy to take over the world.”
“The effort seems to be working.”….
(More on the Aspen Institute later.)
NEIGHBORLY FAITH LEADERS/ MENTORS INCLUDED BAPTIST FALSE PROPHET BOB ROBERTS
“A student-led movement bringing Christians and Muslims together.”
Neighborly Faith is building momentum and now has inclusion with the ETS thanks to the efforts of the SBTS leader Albert Mohler .
More on the ETS /CT story
Muslims Join Evangelical Theology Conference
MORE FROM THE CT ARTICLE AND THE ETS EVENT :
The 72nd annual conference of the Evangelical Theological Society
This year’s theme: Islam and Christianity.
“We are called to truth, and to understanding the world around us more accurately and thoughtfully,” said Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), who also served as ETS program chair.
“The Authority and Function of the Quran in Islam,” by Ayman Ibrahim of SBTS
“Through the Prism: The Trinity and the Islamic Metanarrative,” by Timothy Tennet of Asbury Theological Seminary
“American Christians and Islam: From the Colonial Era to the Post-9/11 World,” by Thomas Kidd of Baylor University
“But it was the challenge of “cultural engagement” that led ETS to reach out to the Muslim panelists. Each was invited to share their view of evangelicals, and address the issues that concern them. It could “scarcely be more relevant and urgent,” said Mohler.”
“Three Christians joined them on the panel, focused on “Understanding Our Neighbor.”
“Hamza Yusuf, cofounder and president of Zaytuna College in California, the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States”
“Islam, Yusuf said, defines the neighbor as up to 40 houses away.”
“Mohamed Majid, imam and executive director at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, in Virginia, is going much further.”
“Partnering with Baptist pastor Bob Roberts, he has traveled to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and other Muslim world hotspots to promote better treatment of minority Christian communities.”
“But when invited to Roberts’s Texas, Majid said that local pastors politely asked not to be pictured with corresponding imams.”
“After three days of ta’arruf—the Arabic word for “getting to know each other”—they volunteered to exchange visits in each other’s houses of worship.”
“We have so much in common with evangelical Christians,” Majid said.
“But to be true to our faith we have to get out of our comfort zone—which makes us better believers.”
“Uddin, who appeared in a second ETS panel with Matthew Kaemingk of Neighborly Faith, offered political encouragement. The 2020 American Muslim Poll found 49 percent of that community willing to build coalitions with conservatives to support religious liberty.”
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY FOR MUSLIMS AND LIFTING THE “MUSLIM BAN” ON MASS IMMIGRATION ARE KEY ISSUES. WHY?
THE LONG AND SHORT ANSWER IS -GRANT FUNDED IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS.
FOR SOUTHERN BAPTIST LEADERS EXPANDING DIALOG WITH AND BRINING ABOUT SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE SBC HAS A HUGE PAY DAY AT THE END OF THE IMMIGRATION RAINBOW.
Read More :
SOUTHERN BAPTIST NAMB /SEND RELIEF BUILD MUSLIM WELCOME CENTER & FEMA RESPONSE HUB
According to the article some of the invited Muslim guest to the ETS monster mash were key players from the interfaith dialog happening at leftist think tanks like “The Aspens Institute ” and the leftist funded Christian -Muslim relationship building organization called “Neighborly Faith”. Neighborly Faith has already made inroads with the help of Mohler Disciple Russell Moore’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission leaders who joined Neighborly Faith conference and leadership at Wheaton last year. This event was sanctioned by the Chair the Billy Graham center at Wheaton/ Christianity Today propagandist minister Ed Stetzer.
You can read more about Aspen Institute and here :
“The Aspen Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the greatest challenges of our time.”
“Chicago businessman Walter Paepcke (1896-1960), chairman of the Container Corporation of America, first visited Aspen, Colorado in 1945. Inspired by its great natural beauty, he envisioned it as an ideal gathering place for thinkers, leaders, artists, and musicians from all over the world to step away from their daily routines and reflect on the underlying values of society and culture. He dreamed of transforming the town into a center for dialogue, a place for “lifting us out of our usual selves,” as one visitor to Paepcke’s Aspen would put it.”
“To make this dream real, in 1949 Paepcke made Aspen the site for a celebration of the 200th birthday of German poet and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The 20-day gathering attracted such prominent intellectuals and artists as Albert Schweitzer, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Thornton Wilder, and Arthur Rubinstein, along with members of the international press and more than 2,000 other attendees.”
“The Inclusive America Project, launched by the Aspen Institute in 2012, builds and sustains the field of religious pluralism by supporting faith and civic leaders, encouraging philanthropic giving to the field, and producing resources to help you get involved with religious pluralism.”
“The American idea is rooted in a vision that people from varied religious and ethnic backgrounds can unite to create a single nation: E Pluribus Unum. Consistent with that idea, the Inclusive America Project envisions a thriving American religious pluralism, where everyone has the rights, freedoms, and safety to worship, or not, according to their conscience. Religious pluralism isn’t just a nice idea – it’s critical to the health of our democracy and society.”
PAST ETS COLLABORATION WITH COMPROMISE / REVOICE MOVEMENT
ETS REVOICE AND SBTS LEADERS HISTORY FROM ARTICLE LINKED ABOVE:
THE LITTERMATES OF REVOICE -PUPPIES PLAYING IN A PUDDLE OF CHANGE
“For those who looked honestly and beyond the organized response to the Revoice controversy – the main concern that lingered was the hard reality of it’s founders long history at Albert Mohler’s conservative SBTS seminary . But Revoice Collins is far from the only one in the “Conversation” from the Mohler breeding grounds aka puppy mill.”
“Denny Burk of SBTS undergraduate school Boyce College ,also heads the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and is spokesperson for the Nashville Statement (NS) The N.S. document is put forth and claimed to represent a compassionate and pastoral but biblical and historic view of and approach to homosexuality and the cultural shifts concerning it.”
“Disapproval of the Statement and criticism of its shortcomings is claimed to be the inspiration of Revoice . In fact it is likely neither is true . The Nashville Statement does not condemn “gay or homosexual Christianity ” ,supports the “homosexual orientation “/SSA narrative most common in the TGC talking points and makes no clear case that people can escape homosexual desire. It does not stand with ministries that proclaim such a message of true Gospel effected change. Nashville Statement is in the mushy middle -left of center but asserted to represent the historic conservative stance.This is true of TGC /ERLC favorite Sam Allberrys SSA /Celibate still gay narrative as well. If the new “historic view is left of center – then the conversation is never allowed to go back across that line to the true historic / biblical context or standard. Very subtle and very effective .”
“Denny was the first in the TGC loop to respond to the growing controversy over Revoice in May 2018. However his response was measured and called for the church to “wait and see since the conference had not happened yet.”
“Burk was a bit more critical after it was clear in the aftermath of the conference that the idea of LGBTQ+ Christian/ Queer Christian / sexual minority Christian was “not ready for prime time ” in the evangelical sea change once it had launched. Then again recall where it was launched from- Burks own circles at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary .”
SO IN FACT ETS IS WHERE THE ENTIRE REVOICE MOVEMENT CAME TOGETHER YEARS IN ADVANCE OF THE 2018 PUBLIC DEBUT.
NOW KEY REVOICE LEADERS ARE GETTING SOME NEW PARTNERS FROM THE MOHLER /TGC LOOP AS FRANCIS CHAN JOINS THE NEW PRESTON SPRINKLE YOUTH FOCUSED OUTREACH PACKAGING THE REVOICE MESSAGE.
Leaders include Revoice and TGC :
Preston Sprinkle- Gregory Coles -Laurie Krieg and TGC leaders Jackie Hill Perry and Francis Chan.
“AboutThis 12-part video series is intended to faithfully present God’s design for our bodies and to follow the Bible’s teaching with regard to our sexual desires.Additional InformationThis 12 part video series is intended to faithfully present God’s design for our bodies and to follow the Bible’s teaching with regard to our sexual desires. It stands alone in its content and vision. The hope is to encourage and equip youth to have a holistic view of sex and to choose Jesus as the true source and authority for human flourishing.The topics discussed include:God’s LovestoryThe Authority of God and ScriptureShame and ForgivenessSex and MarriageSingleness and IntimacyPorn and MasturbationSame-Sex SexualityTransgender IdentitiesLGBTQ+ QuestionsDating and FriendshipsSex and the iWorldFollowing Jesus in a Sexualized AgeThe series is written and produced by Dr. Preston Sprinkle and Jason Soucinek, founders and leaders at The Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender and Project Six19, respectively.Hosted by Will Chung and Monica Zuniga. “
“Pastor Francis Chan is one of the many incredible guests we interviewed for this resource. Follow the link below to subscribe to Christian Sexuality on YouTube, and watch for news on how you can watch his full-length interview where he discusses authority, scripture, and God’s ultimate design for sex!”
SSO ETS HELPED INTRODUCE THE IDEOLOGIES AND RHETORIC OF REVOICE WELL BEFORE IT WAS DEEMED “READY FOR PRIME TIME” AND NOW ETS GES FULL ON THEOLOGICAL MARRIAGE OF EVANGELICALS AND MUSLIMS .
ETS 72nd Annual Meeting Schedule
The Program Theme:
“Christianity and Islam”
R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler was elected president of the Evangelical Theological Society Thursday during the organization’s 72nd annual meeting. Due to the pandemic, the meeting of evangelical scholars met virtually this week. The meeting was originally scheduled to meet in Providence, Rhode Island.
Previously, Mohler had served as vice president of ETS, having been elected to that office during the 2018 annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.
“I am deeply honored to serve as president of the Evangelical Theological Society,” Mohler said. “As a young evangelical, I came to respect and admire this society for its identity as a society of evangelical theologians that would demonstrate the highest quality of theological and biblical scholarship.”
“R. Albert Mohler Jr. has been recognized as a leader among American evangelicals. Time.com has called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”
Whether it is Critical Race Theory , Revoicing LGBT+ Inclusion, Islamic Neighborly Dialog, or anti- Trump political rhetoric – you can count on SBTS/ Albert Mohler/ and Evangelical Theological Society to be reliable partners for the far left influences seeking to undermine religious liberty, sovereign borders, convictional voting , the constitution and any other fixed point in American church life. Along the ride you can also count on them to toss away the true Gospel for the latest rhetoric that pays huge dividends for the new paradigm church leaders in step with the new “global goals false faiths melded together in the PROGRESSIVE SWAMP called “the Common Good”.
THE GOSPEL COALITION & AFFILIATED CHURCHES PURSUE AN UNBIBLICAL VISION OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND LEFT WING POLITICAL & SOCIAL CHANGE WHILE THEY CLAIM “BIBLICAL ELDERSHIP” MODELS WHICH ARE LITTLE MORE THAN LICENSE TO ABUSE.
Rev. Thomas Littleton 11/12/2020
The Gospel Coalition, founded by Tim Keller and D A Carson, is a political machine with a radically progressive social change agenda for the church. It is filled with critical theories and the rhetoric of Frankfurt School think tanks like the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and subscribes to the Global Sustainable Development Goals of the far left. TGC’s theology is a hodgepodge of emergent and neo-reformed dominionism, Catholic mysticism, and Charismatic belief while desperately seeking to market itself as orthodox and historic Christianity. It has amassed a huge media and conference presence and created a network of well known /big face speakers and preachers.
Only recently-during the 2016 and 2020 election cycles have TGC’s true colors come into plain view. This took time for many who have been taken in by it to see the realityof it. The genie is out of the bottle and TGC internal influence has now split the once conservative Presbyterian Church in America. The much lauded Biblical foundations and leadership models of TGC, including the claims to “Biblical Eldership” led churches can now been seen as NAKED AMBITIONS TO LORD over the faith of congregations and individuals. All the while maintaining cover and protecting the change agents in TGC pulpits and church board rooms. ABUSES abound and range from covering up the wrongdoings and sexual misdeeds of leaders -to hiding financial and funding sources, to covering the heretical theologies of TGC leaders, to manipulating congregants though the use of false and unbiblical church covenants / by laws / church discipline and so called reconciliation processes. Here we will take a look deeper inside the abusive operational methods of The Gospel Coalition and affiliated neo-reformed leaders.
(Personal note :The sad and disturbing stories of abuses of power and the systematic coverup of and protection of abusers flood this writers inbox on a daily basis. The details and faces are varied but the painful experiences and high cost of standing against the deceptive and politically motivated Gospel Coalition machine are the same. This author and his family have shared just a portion of their own experiences to the public after working to expose these errors to the Body of Christ. Trust God for wisdom and conviction to stand firm if you intend to take up these and other issues with your pastors, elders and leadership. )
BEWARE THE BURDEN BEARER
If a congregational member becomes burdened and sees sin or issues of concern they must be informed about who and what they are going up against. If the concerned party has not seen through the scam of “plurality of elders”, church covenants, and bylaws drafted by high dollar lawyers to protect the church staff and elders-then they are in for an awakening should they dare to speak up. No matter how bathed in prayer and engaged out of genuine biblical conviction the expression of such concerns may be, they will be downplayed or ignored, dismissed and eventually will set the unwitting church member on a collision course with what is projected to be unquestionable -but in fact totally unbiblical authority of most TGC and neo-reformed churches . Proceed with conviction- be informed on matters related to your concerns but be prepared. If you stand your ground -crushing forces will eventually be unleashed against the non compliant sheep.
BIBLICAL VS UNBIBLICAL
It is pretty simple to discern the true biblical model for Church Elders from the abusive and unbiblcal ones promoted by TGC and planting arms like 9 MARKS / ACTS 29 and other related, mostly neo-reformed models.
Peter in chapter 5 of his first epistle reminds fellow elders “2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;”
TGC has had more than its share of extremely scandalized preachers including but not limited to Mark Driscoll and Tullian Tchividjian . Still TGC leaders almost universally operate as if they deserve special exemptions from public or private scrutiny and assert that they represent a movement of orthodox and New Testament theological purist. This is merely cover for the change agent agenda and self seeking and self serving type of men and women the TGC model lures into affiliation and who covenant with them as leaders.
A RECENT EFFORT TO “ADDRESS SEXUAL ABUSE” JUST REINFORCED THE UNBIBLICAL AUTHORITIES BEHIND ITS COVER UP.
Several TGC leaders in the Southern Baptist camp actually appeared to be answering a Houston Chronicle investigation into sexual abuse and the cover up of it in the SBC in 2018. However the efforts which included a series of books, curriculum, conferences, and even a special committee appointed to address abuse- the entire effort resulted in little more than public relations and another method of asserting their own unbiblical authorities which are exposed in this research.
Lesson take away from the SBC effort: The foxes cannot police the foxes in the hen house.
HOW TRUE BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP CAN BE DISCEREND .
SERVANTS -CHURCH ELDERS ARE CALLED FOR IN SCRIPTURE TO “SERVE” THE CHURCH.
Biblical authority does not rely on legally drafted guidelines, psychologically manipulative tactics and the circled wagons of trained underlings to control opposition and silence decent or provide cover for sinning leadership.
BIBLICAL ELDERS ARE MORE- NOT LESS ACCOUNTABLE . TGC ELDERS AVOID IT.
NOTE: ( This writer and others who investigate the false teachings of TGC and other neo-reformed leaders have observed the outright perversion of biblical protocols for accountability in order to protect their own. This is not only done in the case of private sins but even in the case where the sins of leaders are public or were witnessed by all or part of the council of elders. Private sins of leaders are ignored and dismissed as jealousy on the part of the accuser and, as you shall see in the case of John MacArthur , elders are instructed to “Turn a Deaf Ear” to anyone accusing a pastor or elder.)
THE FANCY FOOT WORK OF THE AVOIDING ACCOUNTABILITY
Through the slick and swift application of Matthew 18 to detractors and avoiding it’s simple rules for accountability for themselves – TGC/neo-reformed leaders cleverly avoid accountability to anyone at any level and never risk being brought before congregations for personal or private sins. Also they skillfully twist 1 Timothy 5: 19 to require witnesses CONFIRMING ACCUSATIONS against an elder even in private or hidden matters instead of ever submitting themselves to those Matthew 18 protocols where two people are bearing witness to observing the confrontation of the private sin.
In the TGC/ Neo-reformed world the context in keeping with Matt 18 of two observing witnesses to be present is confused with the Deuteronomy 17:2-7 which deal with the death penalty being applied to idolaters. The phrase taken from Deuteronomy 17 and 19 ” in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established ” in a private sin being confronted in the second phase of Matthew 18 cannot then mean the establishment of “witnesses to the sin” but to witnesses of the confronting of sin and the sinning brothers response to the confrontation which is “being established”.
In any normal human experience and church or ministry setting there are very often sins which are done in private committed by one person against another person ( as discussed in Matthew 18) who would then follow Jesus commands through the phases Jesus outlines. In the case of TGC and related elder rules / regulations/ and misinterpretations – such private sins can be hidden forever and the “accuser” held to a false standard as if the sins were public and witnessed by others and held to the standards of the OT where the death penalty was being sought.
Compare 1st Timothy 5:19 in the KJV to popular modern translations like NASB used by many in the neo-reformed camp.
KJV- “Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.”
NASB-“Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses.”
The New Testament warns us that as leaders we are to be more accountable – not less. We are not to have our sins hidden under layers of watchful companions in leadership.
IF GOD WILL HOLD US MORE ACCOUNTABLE THEN WHY WOULD “BIBLICAL ELDERS” SEEK TO AVOID IT ?
James 3:1 “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.”
IF TGC LEADERS FEARED GOD THEY SHOULD NOT FEAR BEING ACCOUNTABLE AS LEADERS.
2nd Samuel 23:3 “The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God.
Also having much committed to us means we will have more required of us.
Luke 12 :48 “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”
Paul openly- in public rebuked Peter for dissembling from gentiles when the Jews came lest he soil his reputation with them. Peter endangered the Gospel with his open sin and Paul called him out for it openly . God does not call for leaders to protect other leaders from accountability.
Galatians 2:11 “Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed;”
BIBLICAL ELDERS DO NOT:
*Overstep or abuse God given boundries
*They do not need attorneys to draft Biblical guidelines.
*Psychology is NOT used in a Biblical Approach when drafting church documents such as bylaws and church covenants.
*Church Covenants – drafted by church attorneys -required for membership and signed by joining (and at times even existing) members have ZERO foundation in The Word of God. PERIOD. BUT THEY ARE KEY TO EMPOWERING ABUSE without legal recourse to stop or reverse it.
MATTHEW 18 IS A COMMON TOOL TO USE IN ACCUSING CONGREGRANTS OF MISHANDLING THIER CONCERNS -THEY APPLY IT BUT NEVER SUBMIT TO IT THEMSELVES.
MATTHEW 18 (Take care to follow this biblical protocol before you bring your concerns to a TGC leader BUT hold THEM to it as well … once the concerns are confirmed.)
Dealing with a Sinning Brother
15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE IN THE PROCESS OF “DEALING WITH A SINNING BROTHER”. in Matthew Jesus commands us to go to the person first to confront them- then to take witness “that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word (of the efforts) may be established .”
In efforts to exempt elders or church leaders from such confrontation and accountability -the wording regarding witnesses to the process in the second phase of of Matt 18 protocols is twisted from “before two or three witnesses” in 1 Timothy 5:19 to proven by and “confirmed” by “two or three witnesses”. AGAIN 0 THINK THIS THROUGH- the process and witness requirements ARE confused with Deuteronomy 17 regarding the proceedings of dealing with idolaters facing the death penalty.”
5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
7 The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.”
Deuteronomy 19 – Now consider the other passage in Deuteronomy which deals not only with death penalty offenses but with identifying and dealing with a false witness.-
The Law Concerning Witnesses
15 “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established. 16 If a false witness rises against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing, 17 then both men in the controversy shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who serve in those days. 18 And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, 19 then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you. 20 And those who remain shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you.”
QUESTION- DOES THE LAW OF GOD ASSUME THAT ALL SINS AND CRIMES ARE DONE BEFORE 2 or 3 OR MORE PEOPLE?
It is foolish to think that God or Moses or the leaders of Israel before going into Canaan and have spent 40 years governing millions of people would assume that all trespasses take place before witnesses. Also again the offenses discussed are death penalty offenses. The honest take away must be that in this passage as well as Deuteronomy 17 that the commandment is that no one shall be put to death with out the existence of two or three witnesses confirming the accusations . BUT to randomly apply and misapply this rule to Matthew 18 in dealing with private offenses and a sinning brother or sister in the light of potential church discipline is not an intellectually honest approach to the intent of the Word of God in the least. And if that person who has offended is a church leader then the misapplication means there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY unless there are two additional witnesses to the offense . Believe it – this is how these verses are distorted ,confused and used to turn the tables on members of the flock who bring offenses or even potential concerns about the direction of the church to leaders ,some or all of whom may be involved.
THIS IS TYPICAL OF TGC AND NEO-REFORMED STYLE LEADERSHIP METHODS. IN THE END THEY EXEMPT LEADERS FROM THE KIND OF ACCOUNTABILITY THE BIBLE CALLS FOR AS WELL AS FROM EXPOSURE OF THE ABUSIVE METHODS THEY USE ON THE FLOCK.
Lest we forget – and TGC leadership often seem to prefer doing so, leaders are sheep too. They too are human and capable of sinning offending and failing in both their private and public roles. They have families, spouses, business and professional relationships where they may and do sin and fail. Becoming a church elder of staff member does not EXEMPT them in any way from their humanity- their frailty- their own relationship to the Good Shepherd as a member of the Flock and does not exempt them from the potential and likelihood of failure and sin. So why then why should TGC and other neo-reformed methods exempt leaders from accountability? This is ,in itself ,sinful and an incubator for MORE SIN.
As you can see below – TGC is selling their model and make it sound biblical & “peachy”.
THE GOSPEL COALITION AND CHURCH ELDER MODELS OF THE NEO-REFORMED
“TGC WHY YOUR CHURCH SHOULD EMBRACE PLURAL LEADERSHIP !”
“In our pastoral intern program at our church, we spend significant time on “plumbing.” We want our guys to have deep convictions about eldership and membership, and even be ready to pay the price to implement these things.”
SOME REALITY CHECKS ON CONVERTING FROM CONGREGATIONAL LEADERSHIP TO “ELDER RULE”
TGC SAYS WE ARE REPLACING THE “PYRAMID WITH PLURALITY” WHEN IN FACT THE CONGREGATION IS NO LONGER EVEN IN THE LEADERSHIP EQUASION.
“From Pyramid to Plurality”
“We planted our church with a plurality of elders. I wanted to avoid the “pastor and his staff” model that has one guy atop the pyramid. We wanted a plurality of elders/pastors caring for and mobilizing the congregation, under the leadership of the true senior pastor, Jesus Christ, who alone sits atop the pyramid.”
NOTE: In the Neo- Reformed elder models “plurality” in fact represents a tightly run circle of decision makers with far reaching powers and which become untouchable by church members. Congregational ruled churches can directly confront sinning and abusive staff while elders are taught to “protect” the staff and enforce their dictates
*CONGREGANTS SURRENDER DECISIONS AND ONLY “AFFIRM” THE DECISIONS OF ELDERS”
*BY MANY OF THE NEW BYLAWS POST ELDERSHIP CONVERSION- THE ELDERS BECOME THE ONLY “LEGAL MEMBERS” OF THE CHURCH AND IN FACT LEGALLY “OWN IT”.(RUN YOUR BYLAWS PAST AN ATTORNEY FOR HIS/HER TAKE ON THEM. WE DID.)
*NOTHING SHORT OF A MASSIVE COUP CAN RESTORE THE CHURCH TO THE CHURCH AND VOICE OF CONGREGANTS TO THE CHURCH.
*ELDERS ARE ONLY AN EXTENTION OF THE STAFF AND PREACHERS WHO HAVE TGC “FRAT BOY” MENTALITIES DO TEND TO PLAY FAVORITES EVEN AMONG THE ELDERS.
*TAKE SERIOUSLY THESE WARNING OF THE EXTENSIVE POWERS OF CHURCH DISCIPLINE AND EXCOMMUNICATION BEFORE YOU CONFRONT TGC LEADERS. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO CHALLENGE AND EXPOSE THEM WHILE TAKING THEM ON.
In a TGC published “essay on church discipline by 9 MARKS editor and progressive political operative Jonathan Leeman published at TGC discusses “how it works”.
When confronting a “sin” Leeman describes his version of following Matt 18 then goes on to say “We then involved our church’s elders…Several weeks after that, the elders informed the congregation of the circumstances and gave them a couple of months to pray for the man and to encourage him to repent. He never did.Sadly, two months later the elders led the congregation in voting to remove the man from church membership and the Lord’s Table as an act of discipline. He was “excommunicated” or ex-communioned.”
NOTE : NOT ONLY WILL THESE NEO-REFORMED ELDERS WITHHOLD MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNION BUT THEY WILL CONTACT OTHER CHURCHES IN THE REGION URGING THEM TO DO SO AS WELL. THEY CAN HOLD THE “OFFENDER” IN THE STATUS OF DISCIPLINE FOREVER OR UNTIL THAT PERSON “REPENTS” ACCORDING TO THE DETERMINATIONS AND TO THE SATISFACTIONS OF THE RULING ELDERS WHO MAY BE USING THE PROCESS TO HIDE THEIR OWN SINS OR THE SINS OF ONE OF THEIR OWN.
NEVER SIGN CHURCH COVENANTS WITH TGC/NEO-REFORMED CHURCHES
THESE FAR REACHING POWERS ARE GENERALLY AGREED TO BY THE INDIVIDUAL WHEN JOINING THE CHURCH AND SIGNING UNBIBLICAL CHURCH COVENANATS.
When a church pastor decides to join TGC the congregations often are not consulted and in many cases do not even know they have done so. The church status as a “member of TGC” is in most cases not known to congregants- only to staff and elders. BUT many changes are soon applied IN THE CHURCH like converting to “Elder Rule” with the TGC model accompanied by “new bylaws” and often the church covenants are then put in place for new members and in some cased retroactively applied to existing members. Membership classes are established and all kinds of TGC sourced curriculum, events and speakers come into the church.
In some cases older church members refuse to sign the covenants while still others have no knowledge of the covenants which new members have signed covenants. All sign the documents have agreed to the kinds of protocols for church discipline and excommunication. In the case of an innocent member of the flock who has gotten crossed up with these abusive leaders- he /she have granted to the elders a license to slander them and have assured elders that “no legal recourse” will be taken to stop abuse. According to the covenants any legal recourse have been signed away when “Arbitration Agreements” were agreed to .Then the TGC/ Neo-reformed trained arbitrators come into play and, as in the case of Peacemakers and the “widow” later in this article. So the abuses of authority and the cover up of sin is not only possible but have become rampant. Just ask around in your area.
THIS OVERVIEW IS TO PROVIDE A PICTURE OF THE ELDER MODELS POWER GRABS .
TGC and Neo-reformed leaders are often highly critical of Charismatics and independent church pastors who have loose leadership models and “Theology”. Neo-reformed leaders love being in the position of authority and holding the word of God forth in a way which is very similar to the Catholic priesthood where the unquestioned authority of the church alone are able to dispense wisdom and insight for the unfortunate and ignorant flock. In the case of many independent and Charismatic Churches- the pastor owns the corporation that legally comprises the “Church”. In the case with the TGC /neo- reformed , these are more often a friendly take over utilizing stealth ignorance and espoused biblical and ecclesiastical powers to hold on to these ill gotten controls. The TGC vision casting, which has proven to be progressive, leftist, politically motivated, and social justice error can then be applied with no pathway for it to be challenged.
Lets look at one of the more BOLD assertions by a well known neo-reformed ally of many TGC leaders and how these neo-reformed elder models are run in order to, in his own words to provide a way of “PROTECTING ELDERS AND PASTORS”.
JOHN MACARTHUR -NEO-REFORMED T4G LEADER WHO PALS WITH TGC –SEES THE ROLE OF ELDERS AS “PROTECTING PASTORS AND THEMSELVES FROM ACCUSATION.
MACARTHUR INSTRUCTS HIS ELDERS AND STAFF TO “IGNORE AND TURN A DEAF EAR ” TO CONCERNS BROUGHT BY CONGREGANTS.
With these rules of the road and the tactics, tools, and interpretations employed by TGC and Neo-reformed leaders like John MacArthur it is easy to see how sins and abuses by church staff and elders can be covered up completely. No one can question the direction or any new vision casting by leaders , or financial business of the church beyond what leaders choose to reveal or report. No member can even call an elder or pastor to account for personal sins and offenses under these tactics and engage Matthew 18 process with any integrity. But the tables can easily be turned on the non compliant or questioning church member or the victim whose abuser is in the inner circle of leadership and is to be protected. Leaders are given license to “ignore and turn a deaf ear ” to “protect the pastors and elders”. Then the tools of the trade for arbitration, threats, manipulation, forced compliance, church discipline and ultimately excommunication are engaged.
MACARTHUR IS STRANGELY OBVIOUS IN THE MOTIVATION AND CONFUSED LIKE OTHER NEO-REFORMED LEADERS IN HIS BIBLICAL APPLICATION.
MacArthur is promoting the use of 1 Timothy 5: 19-20 as a way to protect pastors and elders from accusation.
“A second point comes in verse 19. Let’s call this protecting elders or protecting pastors.”
MacArthur goes through some twist and turns to apply his judgement on the motives of people who accuse elders of wrongdoing.
“Now there are always people who would line up to falsely accuse a man of God. And they will be falsely accused for many reasons. Some people will resent their calling. There are people who just carry around a lot of resentment. It may be personal; it may be general; but because of that resentment they may desire and design to falsely accuse a man of God”
“Sometimes it’s due to people rejecting their teaching. Someone doesn’t like what someone teaches – they take a different view; they react negatively against it – and perhaps in their anger, in their hostility they begin some kind of campaign to falsely accuse and discredit the man of God. Sometimes it’s because people resist biblical authority; they resist biblical teaching; and they strike out for revenge to one who has called them to accountability before God or who has brought them feelings, and real feelings, of guilt. Sometimes it’s nothing more than envy and jealousy because a ministry is being blessed. Sometimes it’s because a person – and maybe all the time in one way or another, it’s because a person becomes a pawn of Satan and his emissaries to discredit and tear down what God wants to do. So one way or another, and perhaps often a combination of motives that we’ve talked about put together, might result in men being falsely accused.”
“JUSTTURN A DEAF EAR TO ACCUSATION AGAINST A PASTOR OR ELDER”– THIS IS JOHN MACARTHUR’S ANSWER AS HE PREJUDGES THE MOTIVES OF OTHERS:
“To put it simply, one of the best ways you can protect your pastors and elders is with a deaf ear to accusation. It’s that simple. When a man is placed into spiritual leadership, he has to anticipate that hateful,jealous, sinful people will falsely accuse him to try to ruin his ministry. And people can and often will say anything and everything. This is standard behavior with reference to spiritual leaders. I went back in the Old Testament this week, just kind of tracking through some of the leaders of the Old Testament period and found that one after another of the great heroes of the faith in the Old Testament were beset by false accusation. It was standard fare.”
OBSERVE MACARTHUR -DANCING AROUND 1ST TIMOTHY 5 -DEUTERONOMY 19 AND MATTHEW 18
“Now the intent of two or three witnesses is simply confirmation. It goes all the way back to Deuteronomy 19:15 where no accusation against a person is to be upheld apart from two or three confirming credible witnesses. Matthew chapter 18, you remember when – we have an outline of how to discipline a fellow Christian. If you find one in sin you go to him; if he doesn’t hear and repent then you take two or three witnesses in order that they might confirm that sin and confirm either his repentant or failure to be repentant attitude. So two or three witnesses involved in an accusation situation is an old approach. It’s simply the confirmation of viable witnesses.”
( Do you see what MacArthur just missed or distorted between these verses and his application? The move is subtle but the error is vast once applied to “protecting pastors and elders”.
LOOK WHAT HE SAYS NEXT …”WE ARE NEVER TO RECEIVE …OR ENTERTAIN …OR INVESTIGATE “AN ACCUSATION AGAINST AN ELDER !
“And so we are never to receive any accusation against a pastor, we’re not even to entertain it or to investigate it or to look into it, we are to shun it, to shut it off, to end it unless it has been confirmed by two or three significant and credible witnesses.”
As a result of this approach MacArthur’s church, ministry and school have experienced many ongoing abuses including a staffer who was finally convicted as a child molester after years of having been protected by such “guidelines”. The same is true of financial matters, an ongoing abusive culture at Masters University, nepotism, and more. These stories and more continue to seep out of the MacArthur camp.
HOW BROKEN IS THIS MODEL? THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.
THIS WORKS WELL WHEN THE LEADERSHIP HAVE BEEN CAREFUL TO MAKE CERTAIN THE MAIN “WITNESSES ” TO PROCEEDINGS WITH CONGREGANTS ARE OTHER ELDERS WHO MAINTAIN SOLIDARITY WITH THEIR FELLOWS.
Here is how it works if you take a sin or honest concern before such elder boards.
You will almost always get called on and accused of violation on some finer points of the pastor ,staff , elders application of Matthew 18 but once the tables are turned on them- they virtually never follow these protocols themselves and are even less likely to ever submit to Matthew 18 . The Matthew 18 process will ultimately end “before the congregation” if the offender does not repent.
To clarify again the witnesses in Matthew 18 are clearly there as observers of the confronting of the sin which step one, private confrontation did not achieve repentance. The witnesses are NOT there to corroborate the sin but the process to confront it . Deuteronomy 17 and 19 deal with the death penalty being enforced . This is totally ignored but again -it is misapplied to 1 Timothy 5:19 -exempting the pastors and elders from any place in a Matthew 18 process . In the meantime they will attempt to hold others accountable to and “fault find” with the efforts of obedience by members of the flock toward offenders who have sinned.
So in the end- the pastors staff and elders can never be placed on a pathway for biblical confrontation of private or personal sin . They will never risk being part of protocols which would end before the congregation. THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN as long as they control and can pervert the process and exempt themselves from accountability by twisting the scripture to imply that the process does not apply to them.
Then comes the “arbitration” you agreed to submit to in advance. Now you are not only up against the pastors and staff, the elders, the twisting of scripture and the carefully crafted legal documents, bylaws, covenants and arbitration agreements but now you will face the manipulations , psychology, and peer pressures of the trained arbitration counselor. AND you have already likely agreed in advance that you will ABIDE by the decisions of the process and YOU WILL BE PAYING FOR these “services” yourself.
SLICK AND SLIMEY RIGHT? A LOT LIKE BUYING A USED CAR ONCE YOU GO BACK AND READ THE PAPERWORK AND THE FINE PRINT.
PEACEMAKERS PROCESS AND “BIBLICAL CONCILLIATION TRAINING”
TGC ENDORSES PEACEMAKERS – (NOTE -MANY ELDER BOARDS HAVE THIER OWN IN HOUSE TRAINED PEACEMAKER )
“Ken Sande, a lawyer and committed Christian and member of his church, presents in his book The Peacemaker an practical, up-to-date guidebook to the Bible’s teaching on conflict resolution in the church. If you have read Polity (CCR: 2001), you will appreciate this book as a modern supplement that builds practically on the theological foundations hammered out by those earlier authors. Part One of the book encourages us as Christians to look at the inevitable conflicts in our lives as opportunities to trust God, mature our faith in His provision, and ultimately glorify Him through our response. Part Two leads us to examine our own lives, teaches us to determine what offenses are really worth fighting over, and gives some sound and practical teaching on repentance. Part Three outlines Jesus’s teaching on conflict in Matthew 18, giving practical advice and examples on how one should approach a brother who has sinned, explaining how one should use the “two or three witnesses,” and clarifying the role of the church in disciplining an unrepentant offender. Part Four offers a well-balanced study on forgiveness, and exhorts Christians to “overcome evil with good.” There are also a number of appendices at the end that will be especially helpful for pastors.”
“Sande makes a strong case that the church is uniquely positioned to be a powerful agent for resolving conflict in a healthy way. The church, says Sande, is able to cut to the heart of a disagreement and create long-term, permanent solutions in a way that secular courts cannot. The impulse is too immediate in our society today to move straight to litigation when any conflict arises. “[But] litigation,” he writes, “usually increases tensions and often destroys relationships. In contrast, the church can actively encourage forgiveness and promote reconciliation, thus preserving valuable relationships. . . . The church can help people to identify root problems,”
“One of the best characteristics of Sande’s book is that it is distinctively and unapologetically Christian. The entire first half of the book, in fact, is an extended study of how conflict is uniquely handled in the Christian life. Sande writes on p. 25, “Most importantly, the Bible teaches that we should see conflict neither as an inconvenience nor as an occasion for selfish gain, but rather as an opportunity to demonstrate the presence and power of God.” That is a welcome emphasis, and quite a different one from what the world would tell us. Of course, one might often hear that conflict is an occasion for “self-actualization” or “self-realization.” Whatever may be the case with that, Sande’s is a distinctively Christian declaration that all conflict is fundamentally for the glory of God. “
“ALL CONFLICT IS FUNDAMENTALLY FOR THE GLORY OF GOD”….REALLY?
THE UNBIBLICAL LEADERSHIP OF TGC SHOWS IN HOW THEY HANDLE CONFLICT, COVER SIN & HOW PEACEMAKERS PROCESS SUPPLIES ONE MORE TOOL FOR THESE EFFORTS.
THEY ONLY SIN FURTHER BY SUGGESTING THAT “GOD IS GLORIFIED BY IT.”
A DISTURBING EXAMPLE OF HOW PEACEMAKERS AIDED THE ABUSE OF A WIFE
“The Nightmare of Peacemakers Mediation for Domestic Abuse: Part 2 of Persistent Widow’s story”
Persistent Widow is a woman telling her story of an abusive husband whom she had caught and documented as being involved in an extramarital affair and who took the matter before her PCA church elders. Note TGC is widespread in the PCA which is Tim Keller’s denomination. The TGC elder models are very popular in PCA churches. The Persistent Widows story with her church leaders and eldership – teamed with the Peace Makers representative is disturbing indeed AND IS ECHOED IN TGC CHURCHES ALL AROUND THE REGION WHERE THIS RESEARCHER LIVES.
PERSISTENT WIDOWS STORY OF ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF NON BIBLICAL ELDERS.
“The elders decided to send the matter to Peacemakers Counseling for mediation. I had done some research and discovered that mediation was not advised in cases of abuse and I told them that I believed that it would only be appropriate if he was confronted by the church and repentant. However, the pastor seemed detached and unconcerned. My input was completely ignored and I felt that I had no voice in the decisions beings made for me. He offered no other option but to proceed in the undefined church process and the thought of leaving the church did not cross my mind. My usual clear focus was becoming muddled at this point and nothing seemed to make logical sense anymore.”
“Because of my husband’s screaming at me on the phone and his violent tendencies, my family was fearful that mediation would be unsafe and pleaded with me not to go to Peacemakers. Once again the pastor was stern and emotionless causing me to doubt my own decision making capabilities. Because my husband was laid off for so long and now an apprentice truck driver, I did not have the $2800 for mediation, so the pastor said that if I paid the first $1035, the church would pay the rest. I reaffirmed our agreement by asking him twice if this was all that I would have to pay and he agreed. Still believing that the problem was that my husband was abusive because he was unregenerate, I reasoned that this would be a waste of money and likened it to a tax that I needed to pay to get through this nightmarish situation. Three months passed with little contact from the pastor. Throughout those months, my husband continued to rant and scream at me on the phone and threaten to come back to the house. By God’s mercy he did not.”
Preparing for Mediation
“The Peacemaker counselor did phone consultations with both my husband and me individually. She asked me what the issues were and I sent her the ten page list of abusive incidents that I previously sent the pastor. She, like the pastor, never validated any of the incidents, nor showed any compassion to my plight. At one point she insensitively responded with, “Awwwww” in a condescending manner to an abusive incident I discussed with her. I was required to read Ken Sande’s book, The Peacemaker, which I felt was totally inapplicable to my situation. The book focused on conflict resolution between Christians. Domestic abuse was not addressed in the book, and it struck me as a manual for spiritually immature people with petty issues. In a follow-up phone discussion with her (with the pastor listening in), she perhaps perceiving that I was serious about Reformed theology, threw Calvin’s quote of the human heart being an idol factory at me and questioned if I wanted other men. She also accused me of being “no saint” because there are always two people contributing to marriage problems. I found these comments extremely offensive, confusing, and hurtful. Her allegations were unsubstantiated, and I perceived that she was attempting to find some sin to charge against me. Suddenly I found myself on the defensive despite all of the abuse that I had endured and documented.”
“She called again prior to the mediation and I voiced my concerns that mediation did not seem proper because only recently he was yelling obscenities at me on the phone and also made the absurd statement that this was all because I was going through the “change of life” in that strange, shrill voice he mocked me with. I told her I thought he had narcissistic personality disorder and frankly stated that I didn’t like him or love him. Perhaps thinking that I would not come to the mediation, she changed her tone. She said that there were consequences for one’s actions and that I could use the mediation time to discuss divorce issues, which I did not think I needed as I had already consulted with an attorney. I could gather no clear sense of the purpose of the mediation or how any of this was biblical, but I wanted to get past this hurdle to complete the mysterious church “process”.
“Somewhere between the urgency to protect my family, and the growing confusion of what the right thing to do was, the fact that I had misplaced my trust in the church leadership had not registered in my mind. Having now left my decision to divorce on the back burner, I was now redirected to an ambiguous course, absent of reason, and followed solely due to submission to church authority.”
The Mediation Takes Place
“Present at the three day mediation were my husband, one ruling elder, the pastor, the Peacemaker counselor, a counseling trainee and myself. We sat around a table and spent some time going over the Peacemakers rules and their wheel of conflict (which I’ll explain more about in a subsequent post in this series). The Scripture about Lazarus rising from the dead was read. Both my husband and I were asked to give a history of our relationship. I carefully wrote out and read my story which took approximately 45 minutes. My husband, rather than contribute his story, proceeded to spend the next several hours talking about himself and refuting my statements unhindered. He was center stage and I thought quite noxious. Blank stares were fixed upon him by the others in the room, and I assumed that they would come to the same conclusion that I had, and someone would reel him. No one did.”
“Throughout the mediation sessions he was not confronted for any of the issues that brought us there. I had waited for the abusive incidents that I submitted to be discussed but they never were. No mention of the verbal or emotional abuse, reckless driving, disappearing, fighting, or civil disobedience and no mention of the wellbeing of children living in the abuse at all. I brought fifteen pages of itemized phone records proving he talked 6000 minutes to his girlfriend the previous June and they just lay on the table. However, there was one particular incident of great interest to the group. Sometime during the last visit home, (the one when he was raging and sharpening axes), my husband secretly took an expensive item from my jewelry box. When I noticed it missing, I called him to ask if he knew of its whereabouts and apparently that was deemed an issue to explore in-depth. I was harshly questioned pertaining my motives of why I was concerned about the bracelet and was I being submissive to ask him about it. I was also faulted for discussing my husband’s abuse and asking for advice from my adult children, which I think revealed the extent of disconnect of the people who were sitting at that table with me. The abuse affected everyone in the household and didn’t happen in a vacuum as it seems they supposed. No opportunity was afforded to discuss divorce settlement issues although I brought legal paperwork with me.”
“On the final day, my husband became irritated with the counselor trainee who made the only negative comment about him. She had said something like, “When will he grow up?” Although he had his face partially covered by his ball cap, from my vantage point, I could see that he was angry, shaking his head, and muttering under his breath. With an air of victory, the counselor pointed out that my husband was repentant and crying. I should have refuted her, but I was emotionally drained and exhausted, having myself wept on and off out of frustration throughout the mediation. As the session wrapped up, the counselor quickly made an agreement that we both consented to in which my husband would continue counseling with her, and I would orchestrate conference calls between the children and him. As she typed out the agreement, the pastor made jokes and informal arrangements to travel with my husband in the truck. When the counselor asked for a check, credit card or promissory note to pay the balance due, I informed her that the pastor previously agreed to pay the remainder. He emphatically pushed his chair away from the table and threw his hands in the air denying any financial responsibility, so the remaining balance wound up as marital debt.”
“Alarmed that I somehow allowed my boundaries be penetrated, I couldn’t sleep and called the Peacemaker counselor the next day, telling her that I would not sign the agreement. I did not want to conduct conference calls with my husband and although I did not tell her, I felt that she lacked adequate skills to deal with his serious issues. Concerning the mediation, I told her that I felt my husband was not held accountable for anything. She said, “Yes, he was. Someone said that he should have been talking to his wife instead of that woman.” She had a good point, but the person who said that was me. She also said that he looked sorry.”
“As a result of Peacemakers mediation, my husband again began calling me with new threats that he had fantasies about seeing me dead and that he was going to financially ruin me. I was at the absolute lowest point in my life, full of despair, feeling just barely alive, and wondering if I had lost my mind. Maybe I really was “no saint” and maybe God hated me the way the church did. These dark thoughts tumbled around in my mind along with all of the other problems this series of events brought.”
CONCLUSION– from Thirty Pieces of Silver
Not much can be added to the sad reality of abuses and the unbiblical authoritarianism of the TGC and neo-reformed church leadership models. Because of the massive change efforts of the churches vision from the gospel to the TGC distorted vision casting – these agents of change must be provided cover and they must be willing to enforce their unbiblical authority.
We have seen these tools and tactics employed to cover sexual sins including adultery multiple affairs and even child molestation. Also we have seen financial misdoings, abusive treatment of staffers and unchristlike conduct and habitual patterns of sinful behavior in general -given cover -excused and perpetuated …all in the name of biblical leadership.
Above in this article we see some of the tools- the twisting of scripture and the willingness to apply these heavy handed tactics on the flock of God over which they have asserted themselves. If possible people need to take their congregations back from these type of leaders and extract their churches from the TGC/neo-reformed models. If they cannot …they need to leave them and get their families out of them and escape the grasp of these wolves.
“Shepherd the Flock” (PETERS WORDS TO SHEPHERDS ARE HONEST, SIMPLE, DESIRABLE, AND UNNUANCED…AND THEY ARE TRULY BIBLICAL.
5 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
Submit to God, Resist the Devil
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
IF IT IS TRUE THAT BELIEVERS LOST WHAT PROGRESSIVE EVANGELICALS DUBBED “THE CULTURE WAR” -THEN THESE JUSTICE WARRIORS AND THEIR SECULAR PARTNERS ARE HERE TO SIEZE THE SPOILS: OUR CHILDREN
Rev.Thomas Littleton 11/1/2020
Virtually everyday some parent contacts this writer with concerns about what they see happening in their children’s Christian Schools. Christian teens are coming home defending radical social movements like BLM and LGBTQ and complaining to their parents that they have been raised in “White Privilege ” and Systemic Racism”. Some students are singing the virtues of Islam and defending the rights of Muslim Refugees and Mosque building in the U. S. saying real Christians should support these “justice issues” because they are at the “heart of the gospel”.
How are these narratives infiltrating Christian Education ? The answer is two fold. Some are coming from without by secular partners Christian schools have either wittingly or ignorantly taken in through funding and online partnerships .The other is coming from within the church through curriculum, videos, and media materials from the VERY epicenter of the social justice false gospel machines like The Gospel Coalition and it’s stable of justice warriors.
THIS ARTICLE IS A FOLLOW UP OF SOME PREVIOUS EFFORTS TO CENTRALIZE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION BY TGC LEADERS IN AN ORGANIZATION CALLED IACE.
Right Now Media is one prime source of the inside infiltration impacting pastors, educators, and students. Meanwhile your Christian Schools on line service has likely provided access to justice driven organizations seeking to “create a better world ” by data mining and brainwashing a generation of Children in Faith Based /Christian Schools .
EXPONENTIAL HOST A HERD OF RIGHT NOW MEDIA TGC JUSTICE BOYS AND TOPICS.
THE EVANGELICAL CARPETBAGGERS
These Right Now Media resources are aimed at pastors but also at Christian educators and students .
Some sample videos of Right Now Media and it’s TGC speakers
RIGHT NOW MEDIA SCHOOLS AND RIGHT NOW MEDIA HIGH SCHOOL LINKS
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ALTHOUGH MORE SUBTLE AT THE MOMENT, THE LIFEWAY PRODUCT “THE GOSPEL PROJECT” CONTAINS MANY OF THE SAME TGC JUSTICE WARRIORS IN IT’S BRAIN TRUST.
CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS AND DAY CARES ,AS WELL ARE CHURCHES ARE USING IT.
THE GOSPEL PROJECT /RIGHT NOW MEDIA /TGC SPEAKERS
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THE GOSPEL PROJECT EDITOR WAS ED STETZER -NOW HIS DISCIPLE LEADS GOSPEL PROJECT “Brian will manage day-to-day development of this chronological, Christ-centered Bible study for all ages while working closely with general editors, Trevin Wax and Ed Stetzer.”
STETZER PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN EXPONENTIAL , LIFEWAY, RIGHT NOW MEDIA , AND OTHER PROGRESSIVE PUBLICATIONS LIKE CHRISTIANITY TODAY.
Stetzer has spent years influencing conservative Christian education in Christian colleges and seminaries. He has also been very involved in the vision casting of North American Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
STETZER IS A PRODUCT OF LEADERSHIP NETWORK WHICH LAUNCHED EXPONENTIAL AND SUPPORTS THESE “EDUCATIONAL NETWORKS AT EVERY LEVEL.
THE JUSTICE DRIVEN DATA MINERS IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
A Christian couple from North Alabama, like many parents around the country, had begun to investigate the Christian Schools where their children are enrolled. This was after they began seeing some of the same indicators of the infiltration.
The parents, along with this writer, began to research the issue and these are the shocking results of how a “Change Agent” globalist secular organization has infiltrated many Christian School and is able to gather data on and score students, families and faculty in Christian Schools across the nation.. It is as simple as looking at the on line service the schools have chosen .
In the North Alabama case this is the school and how the infiltration of CARPETBAGGERS has taken place:
“Our aim is to provide an environment of Christian academic excellence that will enable our students to develop a Biblical world and life view.”
“Covenant Christian School serves K-3-12th grade. The Covenant family comes from more than 60 churches throughout the Shoals. It exists to sow truth and light into the lives of its students and prepare them for life. Covenant was founded to reinforce the teaching of Christian parents and churches in leading their children to know God and evaluate all knowledge and life by God’s truth.
“With a standard of academic excellence, attention is focused on development of the whole child–spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical.”
WHETHER OF NOT THE SCHOOL IS FULLY AWARE OF IT- THE ACADEMIC BAR “DROP DOWN” SHOWS THE MISTAKE MANY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS HAVE MADE .
THE DROP DOWN UNDER “ACADEMICS” SHOWS THE USE OF RENWEB AS ONLINE SERVICES PROVIDER.
RENWEB IS AN ONLINE PORTAL FOR PARENTS, REGISTRATION, GRADES, AND MORE-
TO “STREAM LINE COMMUNICATIONS”
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Advanced Features for a Better Experience
Enables regular communication with current and prospective parents and donors.
Teachers can create classroom websites to communicate easily with students and families through newsletters, links, image galleries, videos, and more.
Individual pages for teacher and faculty profiles are created within the master site, so teacher pages maintain a consistent, branded look.
Easy access to FACTS Family Portal.
“Your Families Benefit, Too.”
Sites from FACTS School Site are accessible through all internet browsers with a responsive design that gives families access through their preferred device, from desktop to tablet to phone.
Easy to create links for quick access to FACTS Family Portal from school website.
Streamlined experience from the school website to the inquiry or application process to FACTS SIS admissions solutions.
FACTS SIS-integrated calendar helps parents stay up to date with school activities.
RenWeb Launches Integrated Learning Management System
RenWeb Learning Management Combines Seamless Integration with a Social Learning Environment
“Lincoln, NE. May 12, 2017–RenWeb School Management Software, the leader in school administration software for private K-12 schools, announced today the launch of RenWeb Learning Management. The native, fully-integrated learning management system offers teachers and students a powerful solution that enables flipped classrooms, blended learning instruction, and 1:1 device programs.”
“RenWeb Learning Management allows teachers and students to learn and collaborate in a familiar social environment, and it also solves one of the major pain points of third-party LMS adoption,” Danielle Egr, Chief Technology Officer of FACTS, RenWeb’s parent company, said. “Our seamless integration brings the gradebook, report card, and the LMS together, and removes the need for a clunky sync process or dual entry of grades and data across multiple platforms.”
“RenWeb Learning Management features a simple user interface that allows teachers and students to interact within Class Chat, an instant messaging service and a social media-style course discussion board. Teachers can organize class content into units and topics that include announcements, assignments, discussion threads, quizzes, tests, and more. Most importantly, a teacher’s course, roster and gradebook data will seamlessly flow back and forth between RenWeb Learning Management and the My Classroom area of the RenWeb SIS—a level of integration that is unmatched in the marketplace today.”
“Our native LMS platform combines the key elements of classroom collaboration, blended learning instruction, and full SIS integration,” DeeAnn Wenger, President of FACTS, said. “Today’s competitive private school environment and the desire for edtech in the classroom demands an effective, user-friendly LMS solution. We believe RenWeb Learning Management will not only meet customer expectations, but will surpass them.”
“RenWeb Learning Management joins the already robust FACTS + RenWeb product suite, which offers schools comprehensively integrated financial and school management solutions. Just one more way RenWeb is helping put schools ahead of the curve.”
RenWeb Reaches More than 4000 Private and Faith-Based Schools
The company now serves more than 4000 K-12 schools worldwide
Lincoln, NE. July 1, 2016–RenWeb School Management Software, the leader in school administration software for private K-12 schools, announced today that they have signed over 4,000 client schools.
“RenWeb’s continued growth is a testament to our commitment to best-in-class customer service and product development,” said Brad Lee, CEO of RenWeb.
RenWeb was acquired in June 2014 by FACTS, a Nelnet company. Since then, the robust FACTS + RenWeb product suite of integrated school and financial management solutions has expanded to include a native learning management system to launch in late summer.
“We make switching to RenWeb an easy decision for schools looking for a new school and financial management solution,” continued Lee. “Our ease-of-use, live customer support, and personal investment in the success of our client schools are company-wide priorities for us.”
For more information about RenWeb, please click here.
About FACTS and RenWeb
“FACTS, a Nelnet company (NYSE: NNI), and RenWeb, a FACTS company, are committed to enhancing the financial stability and affordability of educational institutions while making educational dreams possible for families and students. FACTS and RenWeb offer a comprehensive suite of services to nearly 12,700 schools that includes actively managed payment plans, financial aid assessment services, electronic forms (eForms), RenWeb’s integrated online admissions and re-enrollment products, and RenWeb 1, a browser-based, mobile-friendly platform that allows school administrators and teachers to access RenWeb’s hundreds of features from a PC, Mac, tablet, or Chromebook.”
(NOTE: ALSO AdvancEd involvement which is an accreditation /common core compliance firm. THIS HAS BEEN ADDRESSED IN OTHER ARTICLES )
“CCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and AdvancedED (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools SACS)—both important endorsements of our commitment to academic excellence.”
AMONG RENWEB/FACTS KEY PARTNERS IS BLACKBAUD WHICH BOAST ITS
“DATA INTELLEGENCE TO DRIVE IMPACT FOR SOCIAL GOOD”
“Blackbaud provides cloud software, services, expertise, and data intelligence that empower and connect people to drive impact for social good. They serve the entire social good community, which includes nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare institutions, and the individual change agents who support them.”
RENWEB/FACTS SOCIAL GOOD (JUSTICE) CHANGE AGENT GLOBAL PARTNER WHO IS DATA INTELLIGENCECAPABLE
Blackbaud’s vision is to power an ecosystem of good™ that builds a better world.
“We don’t just power this ecosystem of good with our software; we’re active participants in it. We are committed to governing our business ethically, being a caring employer, contributing to causes and communities through corporate philanthropy, and pursuing sustainability.”
Blackbaud’s vision is to power an ecosystem of good™ that builds a better world.
“We don’t just power this ecosystem of good with our software; we’re active participants in it. We are committed to governing our business ethically, being a caring employer, contributing to causes and communities through corporate philanthropy, and pursuing sustainability.”
It Starts with People
“Our Corporate Citizenship starts with our people. At Blackbaud, we practice Human Social Responsibility, which means that we take our lead from our team-members around the world in our corporate philanthropy efforts.”
Equipping individual change agents & everyday advocates with the tools to build a better world.
“At Blackbaud, we know that at the center of every moment of change, and driving every moment of impact, are passionate and committed individuals. That’s why we serve the entire social good community, spanning nonprofits, foundations, companies, education institutions, healthcare organizations—and the individual change agents that drive them.”
“With more than three decades of commitment to the social good community, Blackbaud brings deep commitment to and expertise in catalyzing the passion of individual advocates & change agents to help them drive outcomes for the causes they care about. By putting the power of digital transformation into the hands of everyday advocates, we help them scale their impact, build a stronger social economy, and ultimately produce more good, together.”
We equip individual change agents with the tools they need to:
Raise more funds for the causes that matter most to them
Find and connect with other advocates, change agents, and organizations who share their passion
Amplify change agent’s voices through social media and with their elected officials.
Scale their passion with tools that give them a seat at the table at organizations working on issues they care about”
“Valuing our differences is the first step to building a culture of diversity and inclusion.”
BLACKBAUDS COMMITTMENT TO UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY GOALS/ AGENDA 2030
“As I look ahead to UN Week and the bustle of activity it brings as world leaders, diplomats, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and others together to discuss the world’s most pressing problems, it’s also a great time to pause and take pride in what Blackbaud has been able to contribute in the last two years since we first made our commitment at the 2016 UN Private Sector Forum in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 17 interconnected global goals adopted by 193 member states during UN Week 2015 that address various global challenges. We were honored to participate in the Private Sector Forum, which brings together CEOs, Heads of State and Government, and leaders from the UN and civil society each year to address global challenges, and I look forward to representing Blackbaud at this year’s Forum. ”
“In support of SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals), at the 2016 Forum we pledged to “map over 35,000 customers and partners, trends in giving and collaborative ways to increase innovative investment to grow the social economy in order to develop an ‘ecosystem of good’ framework for normalizing and explaining the SDGs in the U.S.” Since that time, Blackbaud has made great strides toward achieving that commitment, both through its position as a natural convener in the social good community and through our technology solutions.”
Progressing the SDGs Through Thought Leadership “As head of the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, I could not be prouder of the work my team has done to release leading-edge research and insight that accelerates the impact of the social good community. These publications help inform organizations in how they can be more effective, allowing them to do even more. From our annual npEXPERTS series, which brings philanthropic leaders together, delivering actionable insight and perspectives on pressing topics in social good, to our Next Generation of Giving research series that uncovers how organizations across the globe can better connect with supporters of all generations, to resources like our Financial Management Toolkit, which provides step-by-step guidance on how nonprofit finance and development departments can drive greater mission impact by working together as true strategic partners, the Blackbaud Institute is helping to drive the social good community forward and accomplish more good that supports all aspects of the SDGs. “
“Looking back on all we’ve accomplished so far has made me even more excited for the week to come. We’re not done yet, and I look forward to meeting with colleagues from across the social good community at events like Global Citizen Movement Makers, the Goalkeepers Summit and others to further explore how we can work together to advance the SDGs in meaningful ways through future partnership, convenings, research and technology innovations. “
“GLOBAL CITIZEN MOVEMENT MAKERS”DATA GATHERING IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION !
BLACKBAUDS ANNUAL CONFERENCE BBCON
“Look forward to inspirational content from leading experts across the industry! bbcon is your chance to join thousands of social good professionals online for three days of unforgettable sessions and tech innovations that will help you take your organization further.”
“Look forward to sessions designed specifically for various roles and markets, including arts and cultural organizations, cause-based nonprofits, educational institutions, faith communities, healthcare organizations, foundations, corporate giving, and more. bbcon is packed with the most relevant content for your business.”
BESIDES THE SOCIAL JUSTICE AND GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY DRIVEN DATA INTEL- THERE ARE OTHER CONCERNS
BLACKBAUD WAS THE TARGET OF A SUCCESSFUL CYBER ATTACK WHERE IT’S CLIENTS INFORMATION WAS COMPROMISED .
THE COMPANY WAS LESS THAN FORTHRIGHT ACCORDING TO REPORTS
“In May 2020, Blackbaud fell victim to a cyber attack. Customer data was stolen and Blackbaud paid the criminals a ransom in exchange for “credible confirmation” that the stolen data was deleted. Customers who were affected include at least twenty universities and charities based in the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands and Canada. Blackbaud externally disclosed the incident in July 2020, weeks after the company learned about the attack. Blackbaud received criticism for paying the hackers’ ransom and its delay in disclosing the attack, as large data breaches must be reported to data authorities within 72 hours of learning about an incident under European General Data Protection Regulations. In a September 29, 2020 Form 8-K filing, Blackbaud CFO Tony Boor admitted, contrary to earlier claims, that customer “bank account information, social security numbers, usernames and/or passwords” were compromised.”
Your children IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION are getting exposure to the social justice false gospel of The Gospel Coalition and many of its trained change agents via carefully crafted and packaged Christian media like these “justice ” videos of Right Now Media aimed at Christian Schools. Who knows how deeply other curriculums and resources are infiltrated?
THESE ARE THE CONCERNS COMING FROM WITHIN.
But perhaps an even greater unseen threat has become deeply imbedded into Christian education via the service provider for your online portal. In the case of RenWeb / FACTS just one layer into the company which provides online registration, testing, teacher evaluation, tuition collection, centralized communications including parent to teacher relations and teacher to students relations…lies a FULL ON SOCIAL JUSTICE “INDIVIDUAL SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ” /CHANGE AGENT GLOBAL ACTIVIST COMPANY. Blackbaud waste no time in making its capacities and intentions known.
The sad fact is that these organizations, though working with the Christian School market, are clearly not Christian and do not share our vision or goals for Christian education. The average parent enrolling children in a Christian School has zero idea that these organizations are involved just one layer into the mix in Christian education. Schools may be singed on for no other reason than to ease their own responsibilities but in the same way many are already compromised by taking government and corporate funding – the access to students and families by online services and portals SERIOUSLY ENDANGER THE STUDENTS, THE FAMILES, AND THE FACULTY inside Christian Schools. Add to that- the dangers of cyber attacks like the May 2020 event and the overtly social justice driven false gospel from Evangelical Carpetbagger Partners- living and learning inside Christian education is a dangerous world indeed.
Buyer BEWARE- YOU LIKELY ARE NOT GETTING WHAT YOU ARE PAYING FOR…A “CHRISTIAN EDUCATION”…. AFTER ALL.
ALREADY WE HAVE SEEN UNDISCERNING LEADERS IN MISSIONS ORGANIZATIONS TARGETING OR ALLOWING YOUR CHILDREN TO BE TARGETED FOR RECRUITMENT
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail…
Sayings of the Wise
17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge; 18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips, 19 So that your trust may be in the Lord; I have instructed you today, even you. 20 Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, 21 That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?
WITH THE WORD OF GOD IN HAND AND KEEPING THE CARPETBAGGERS OUT -CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SHOULD NOT BE SO DIFFICULT.
THE SBC IS PARTNERING WITH SOROS FUNDED “WELCOMING AMERICA” /NIF /WORLD RELIEF/ CATHOILC CHARITIES ON MUSLIM REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT $$PROGRAMS $$.
Rev Thomas Littleton
This past week marked the annual Immigration Coalition’s National Conference. An interesting and revealing line up of partners and sponsors participated in the Oct 22-23 2020 event. But prior to the event these partnerships had LONG AGO formed between Open Societies organizations , government funding and non profits operating as what Capitol Research.org dubbed a ” A Billion-Dollar Taxpayer Funded Advocacy Industry” for immigrants and refugees FLOODING INTO AMERICA.
“Welcoming America” is one of the long standing Soros and Open Societies funded organizations gathering partners in the immigration/refugee resettlement industry including evangelicals through the recruiting efforts of World Relief. Now The Southern Baptist Convention’s missions organizations like North American Missions Board/ Send Relief and NAMB’s “Acts 17 Initiative” are poised and sitting pretty in advocating for Islamic Refugees …if only these “advocates” can get President Trump out of the way.
Although in the past the movement for missions organizations to drive immigrant placement and immigration reform had focused on the growing Spanish populations ,both legal and illegal – the clear focus for funding became the Muslim Refugees after Obama administration’s failed policies launched the so called “Arab Spring” of mass Muslim migration. This displacement, coupled with Faith Based Partnership funds has made “getting in on the action” for ministries a very profitable endeavor.
THE IMMIGRATION COALITION EVENT: CASHING IN ON THE “CRISIS”?
“October 22 2020 · Shared with:Public#Immigration issues & the #refugee crisis are at a tipping point like we’ve never seen in the US. How will you respond? How will you lead others? You can still register to join us with the Immigration Coalition for #TIC2020 that kicks off virtually this evening at: theimmigrationcoalition.com/conference “
THE PROBLEMS AND COMPROMISES THIS ARTICLE WILL DOCUMENT :
As part of the Faith Based Neighborhood Partnerships programs working with Federal grants / tax dollars organizations cannot engage in religious activity including evangelism or “any explicitly religious activity”. Therefore to promote these programs as “missions” or “Gospel Ministry” is FRADULANT ! To engage in such activities with government funded programs is illegal. The government is not investing tax payer dollars for Baptist to proselytize or convert Muslims to Christian faith. Neither are “open borders” sponsors like Soros interested in the Great Commission.
*Two Soros and Open Societies funded organizations are at the top of the SBC effort.
*These organizations are “Welcoming America .org” (W.A.) and “National Immigration Forum”.
*NIF houses the Evangelical Immigration Roundtable on which Baptist Russell Moore works directly with the Obama Foundations Michael Wear for Immigration Reform.
*NIF and Catholic Charities trained Rondell Treviño who is the Founder and Director of The immigration Coalition whose event was held last week showing the Baptist partnerships in Refugee Resettlement.
*Catholic Charities and World Relief (NAE) partner openly with these 2 Open Society orgs.
*These non profits are focused heavily on Muslim Refugee Resettlement in the U. S.
*World Relief and Catholic Charities have taken in Billions since 2008 from government grants.
*By 2011 World Relief became the primary Welcoming America partner of Soros/Open Societies funded organizations to recruit Evangelical involvement with refugees.
* Now World Relief and Southern Baptist North American Missions Board ,DBA Send Relief and Acts 17 Initiative, along with International Missions Board are partnering in Muslim focused Refugee Resettlement in the US. These programs include legal aid with immigration services, a full range of social services, welfare, section 8 housing, education, job placement, health care, and anti discrimination protections.
*The Welcoming America .org Tool Fit calls for Interfaith/ community dialog and even training for rural communities to “welcome people different from themselves. “World Relief and other ministries including the Baptist are engaging such dialog in churches.
*Acts 17 Initiative of the Baptist missions organization NAMB was begun in 2016 but according to the conference this past week was being “introduced” again. It’s missions statement reads : “Acts 17 Initiative will collaborate with Gospel-centered churches, denominational entities, and ministries to strategically coordinate efforts, propose viable strategies, and develop partnerships that embrace missional involvement with immigrants and refugees in our communities. Jason Lee will launch and lead the Acts 17 Initiative, guiding churches to educate, equip, engage, and network to live out the Great Commission in their communities.”
WHY IT IS FRAUD TO LABEL FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS AS MINISTRY
“FINAL RULE IMPLEMENTING EXECUTIVE ORDER 13559: FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES AND POLICYMAKING CRITERIA FOR PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAITH-BASED AND OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS” August 6, 2015.
“Clarify what activities can and cannot be supported with direct Federal financial assistance by replacing use of the term “inherently religious activities” with the term “explicitly religious activities” and providing examples of such activities.”
“Prohibit organizations that receive Federal financial assistance for social service programs from discriminating against beneficiaries, including denying services or benefits, based on religion, a religious belief, a refusal to hold a religious belief, or a refusal to attend or participate in a religious practice.”
WELCOMING AMERICA AND WORLD RELIEF : A HISTORY FORMING EVANGELICAL ALLIES
GOVERNMENT & SOROS/ OPEN SOCIETIES FUNDING FOR WELCOMING AMERICA
“Welcoming America, an organization created specifically to advance the “Welcoming” mantra for refugees and immigrants, has received $1.2 million from the federal government since 2012. “Welcoming” is not an innocuous message. It employs a propaganda tactic to shame people into supporting Welcoming America’s open borders agenda. As founder and CEO David Lubell says, the goal is to “…recognize the role everyone must play in furthering the integration of recent immigrants…”
“The Trump administration zeroed out federal support for Welcoming America, leaving it to rely on its substantial support from private donations. Between 2011 and 2016, Welcoming America received almost $10 million from open borders foundations like Open Society ($450,000), Unbound Philanthropy ($984,450), Kellogg ($200,000), Kaplan, ($595,000), the Einhorn Family Trust ($1.5 million), Carnegie, ($325,000) and others. The Welcoming network includes over 90 cities and 114 organizations, including US Together, the Southern Poverty Law Center, numerous VOLAG affiliates, 10 YMCA branches and even some governmental entities, like the Atlanta Regional Commission and Redwood City 2020″
WELCOMING AMERICA 2011 TOOL KIT -WORLD RELIEF AND INTERFAITH DIALOG
October, 2011 DEAR READER, “It is with great anticipation that we release the Receiving Communities Toolkit, a guide to engaging mainstream America in integrating newcomers into our communities. We believe that just as fertile soil is needed for a seed to grow, receptive communities are critical if immigrants are to thrive. The Receiving Communities Toolkit focuses on communities where new immigrants have made their homes, helping neighbors build relationships through trust and understanding. While others may concentrate on the seed, the toolkit’s emphasis is on preparing the soil in which it will flourish….”
COMMUNITY DIALOGUES “Dialogues are an increasingly popular approach for engaging receiving communities. In a supportive and safe environment, participants have a platform for expressing their opinions, including their concerns and fears. Dialogue is seen as an important avenue for drawing the unsure out. Numerous resources have been developed to help community members use dialogue to bring those with dIfferent opinions together, understand each other’s points of view, and reflect on their own perceptions.”
Dialogue Resources Getting Started “The Public Conversations Project/Welcoming America tool is arguably the best place to start when looking at different dialogue resources because it has been designed specifically for engaging receiving communities members. Public Conversations Project’s (PCP) dialogue methodology helps practitioners bring together diverse community members to understand the experiences of people with different identities, values and world views; reflect on their own life experiences, values, perceptions and assumptions; develop genuine curiosity about other participants’ lives and perspectives; and move beyond stereotypes to see the rich complexity and humanity of others.”
WORLD RELIEF’S ROLE IN COURTING EVANGELICALS FOR WELCOMING AMERICA
Engaging Evangelical Leaders “World Relief, a national refugee resettlement organization, is working on a number of novel approaches at the local level to engage faith leaders on behalf of immigrants and refugees. One notable effort involves a focus on pastors of evangelical churches. Matt Soerens, a faith organizer with World Relief, is linking the pastors of white and non-white evangelical congregations to promote greater understanding of the issues. Soerens fosters peer-level relationships between traditional and immigrant church leaders and uses messages rooted in scripture about how to treat “strangers” as well as facts about local immigration to dispel myths and stereotypes. Pastors who have witnessed changing demographics in their own or nearby churches tend to be easier to engage.” “World Relief brings the voices of national church leaders, such as the pastors of mega-churches who have thousands in their congregations and a strong national following, into communities to speak on behalf of immigrant integration. Says Soerens, “Communication with evangelical leaders is critical, but it must be the right message and the right messenger. The Bible should form the primary basis of the conversation. With faith leaders, you can’t lead with an economic or political argument – those are, or at least should be, secondary for evangelicals. The messenger needs to be someone well versed in the Bible who appeals to faith authorities. If they are obedient to the Scripture, churches should be striving to promote unity and work to empower and serve the community. If churches don’t like immigrants, they aren’t doing their job.”
“One event World Relief sponsored brought together nearly 200 pastors around issues of immigration. About 75% represented white congregations and the remainder were non-white. The event featured panel presentations from pastors about their congregational practices, including sponsoring a refugee family, providing ESL classes, and ministry opportunities.”
NOTE: THE MASSIVE FUNDING ACCORDING TO CAPITOL RESERACH INSTITUTE
“World Relief Corporation of the National Association of Evangelicals received $215.3 million for refugee resettlement and $276.2 million for all purposes. For all VOLAGs and unaccompanied alien children (UAC) contractors, the federal government has awarded $8.5 billion in prime grants for the refugee/UAC programs since 2008.”
“Have you or other Christians you know struggled to understand what the Bible says about the topic of immigration? In a society polarized by extreme and unhealthy views, what does it look like to daily live out God’s calling on us towards Immigrants, Migrants, Asylum-Seekers, and Refugees? In light of these questions, The immigration Coalition is holding “Healthy Understanding + Healthy Practice” – a virtual conference on October 22-23 to help Christians develop a biblical approach to immigration that respects the rule of law while evangelizing, doing justice, and showing compassion to Immigrants, Migrants, Asylum-Seekers, and Refugees. Come away with a renewed perspective that is biblically balanced and centered in Jesus Christ alone.”
ORIGINS OF THE IMMIGRATION COALITION
SOROS FUNDED NIF AND EVANGELICAL IMMIGRATION TABLE “WORKING WITH THE HELP OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES “.
“When Rondell and Laura filled out an I-130 Visa with the help of Catholic Charities, they both began to grow a deep passion for Immigration and the value of Immigrants because they began to live an Immigration story themselves as they had to wait almost two and a half years for their I-130 petition to approve, and were separated for the majority of their first two years of marriage. Immigration became personal to them. While all of this was going on, Rondell ended up leaving Fellowship Memphis Church as a Pastoral Resident and began working for the Evangelical Immigration Table and National Immigration Forum for the entire 2016 year where he trained Churches, businesses, and Law Enforcement on Immigration from a Biblical perspective and Immigration throughout the Southeast.”
CATHOLIC CHARITIES IMMIGRATION JACKPOT UNDER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
US CONFERENCE FOR CATHOLIC BISHOPS (OR USCCB)
“While it has received $742.6 million since FY 2008 for refugee programs, USCCB received a total of $4.1 billion from the federal government for all the various programs it administered during this period.”
“The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, International Rescue Committee, and World Relief Corporation of the National Association of Evangelicals, have a broader mission.”
“Of the latter, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is the largest. As Table III shows, in FY 2018 USCCB received $47.7 million for resettlement purposes. However, USCCB participates in other federal grant programs and that year received a total of $363.9 million from the federal government. And 2018 was a slow year. In FY 2017, USCCB received $531.5 million. It administers programs as diverse as Global AIDS, Food For Peace Development Assistance, USAID Foreign Assistance”
“Inside the United States, nine non-governmental organizations work with, and are funded by, the Department of State to resettle refugees. These religious or community-based organizations referred to as voluntary agencies (or volags) .”
“Two refugee VOLAG affiliates, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) and Catholic Charities, receive millions in both prime and sub-grants for refugee resettlement. In many ways, they could be considered VOLAGs in their own right. They also act as prime contractors for the UAC program. UACs have added substantially to their bottom line, with UAC grants alone totaling $245.7 million for the two organizations since 2008.”
“Additionally, much like its senior partner, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the many Catholic Charities affiliates across the U.S. receive grants from many different federal programs, such as Head Start, Section 8 Housing, homeless veterans’ programs, and others, in addition to refugee and UAC resettlement. In FY 2018 alone, Catholic Charities programs in the U.S. collected a total of $118 million in prime grants and another $1.3 million in Veterans Administration contracts. And even that isn’t the end of it. There is Catholic Community Services, Catholic Social Services, Inc., the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and others, all of which receive resettlement and/or UAC grants. The Catholic Church does big business with the federal government and throws its weight around to protect its refugee resettlement franchise.”
“More than 65 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict, poverty and violence.”
“Behind these statistics are people … each of them with an inalienable dignity which is theirs as a child of God.” – Pope Francis
IMMIGRATION COALTION LEADERSHIP AND BAPTIST PARTNERS
“The immigration Coalition provides clean drinking water to Immigrants at the Southern Border, and biblically balanced resources on immigration that show compassion to Immigrants and respect for the rule of law.Rondell Treviño is the Founder and Director of The immigration Coalition—a faith-based non-profit. Anna Rodell began serving as the Editorial Director of The immigration Coalition… she is committed to the pursuit of racial justice, opportunity equity, and language diversity in education.”
SOUTHERN BAPTIST ORGANIZATIONS and WORLD RELIEF INVOLVED WITH IMMIGRATION COALITION EVENT.
ACCORDING TO THE SPONSORSHIPS AND SPEAKERS:
Other Baptist and related organization SPEAKERS
Bryant Wright President of SBC’s Send Relief
Topic :”Loving and Advocating for Refugees”
D. A. Horton Send Network /church planter for SBC/NAMB /& Campaign leadership council.
Topic: Otra Vez: What does Ethnic Conciliation Look Like?
Daniel Darling: long time ERLC employee and part of “Neighborly Faith” interfaith dialog with Muslims on Christian campuses is a speaker. Darling is now a VP and the NRB.
Topic: A Healthy understanding on respecting the rule of law
Justin E. Giboney- Co-founder and Executive Director of & Campaign who partners with ERLC/ Russell Moore on pro Islamic and pro LGBTQ inclusion and compromise advocacy. & Campaign has attempted to play a major role in the 2020 election cycle to push its narrative of “Biblical Values & Social Justice” pulling younger conservative evangelicals leftward.
Topic: Healthy understanding on allegiance to Jesus, not politics
Kyle J. Howard
Topic: Sojourning through Babylon: Immigration, Xenophobia, & the Trauma of Being Alientated
Matthew Soerens- US Director fo Church Mobilization at World Relief
Interview: A Healthy Practice on Political Advocacy
Jenny Yang- Vice President of Public Affairs World Relief
Topic: A Healthy Practice on Political Advocacy
WORLD RELIEF REFUGEE FUNDING FROM GOVERNEMNT AGENCIES
Reportable Compensation from the organization: $100,641
Estimated amount of other compensation from the organization and related organizations: $32,099″
“Note: Tim Breene is now the CEO and Scott Arbeiter is president.”
FOUNDER OF ACTS 17 INITIATIVEJASON LEE
IMMIGRATION COALITION SPEAKER AND PARTNER IS BAPTIST JASON LEE OF SOUTHERN SEMINARY/WORLD RELIEF/IMB/NAMB- FOUNDED ACTS 17 INITIATIVE IN 2016
Topic Loving, Resettling, and advocating for Refugees
LEE is THE MIDDLE MAN FOR THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST AND WORLD RELIEF
JASON LEE – BIOGRAPHY
Pastor (Missions) at Clarkston International Bible Church Founder/Director & Missionary at the Acts 17 Initiative
ACTS 17 INITIATIVE IS PARTNERS WITH IMMIGRATION COALITION EVENT
The Acts 17 Initiative (FOUNDED BY JASON LEE )
Dates EmployedAug 2016 – Present
Employment Duration4 yrs 3 mos
Location Greater Atlanta Area – Upstate-SC
Jason Lee- “Introducing the Acts 17 Initiative, developing and launching in the fall of 2016, as an evangelical platform to equip believers and churches to boldly share the Gospel with the nations inside the U.S. with biblical truth and Christ-centered compassion. With an unwavering commitment to scriptural fidelity, the Acts 17 Initiative will collaborate with Gospel-centered churches, denominational entities, and ministries to strategically coordinate efforts, propose viable strategies, and develop partnerships that embrace missional involvement with immigrants and refugees in our communities. Jason Lee will launch and lead the Acts 17 Initiative, guiding churches to educate, equip, engage, and network to live out the Great Commission in their communities.” (NOTE : The event just held this week also list Jason Lee’s participation in the Immigration Coalition as the “launch of Acts 17 Initiative”. Perhaps past launches in 2016 and 2017 have not been as successful as desired.
Director World Relief
Dates EmployedMar 2015 – Jul 2016
Employment Duration1 yr 5 mos
Jason Lee- “Led in launching and developing the first refugee resettlement ministry based in the upstate in the midst of challenging circumstances that welcomed and ministered to 132 refugees in the first operational year. Led, developed, and managed all aspects of operations, recruiting/hiring/terminating and supervising staff, engaging churches, advocacy efforts, fundraising, grant development, financial oversight, coordinating/training volunteers, and church/community outreach. Developing missional partnerships and operations in two cities, doubled operational capacity in first year, led national efforts to engage with evangelical church, Southern Baptist Churches, and boldly state evangelistic and missional emphasis.”
Jason Lee -“Led in pioneer evangelism and ministry to muslim refugees in the greater Louisville area. Prayerfully developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy aimed at initiating, nurturing, and making disciples of local (former) muslims. Equipped and mobilized churches for Muslim and refugee ministry. Led, trained, and coordinated volunteer teams from local churches in this ministry.”
Shared with: Public – “The UNHCR released their annual report today (6/18/20) and the numbers are even more staggering than 2019’s. The number of displaced peoples increased almost 10 million in 1 year from over 70 million in 2019 to over 79,500,000 displaced in 2020. These numbers should cause us to weep, pray & act. The report shows that now 1% of all humanity is displaced, that is – 1 in every 97 people! We should grieve over this & lament that the US will only officially help up to 18,000 of these 80 million (through refugee resettlement). Will you join me in praying & be equipped to help make a difference? Please start by reading our two articles here (from pre-pandemic):”
THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESSIN THE REFUGEE INDUSTRY.
LGBTQ INCLUSION IN OUTLINED IN REFUGEE TOOL KIT OF WELCOMING AMERICAN
“Building Alliances with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Community There are growing opportunities to strengthen ties between the LGBT community and immigrants. First, LGBT advocates are becoming increasingly aware of the many immigrants who are LGBT, and to be more effective, they need to see their community in its totality. Secondly, immigrants and the LGBT community have some common adversaries, such as some policymakers who are extremely anti-LGBT and anti-immigrant. And, as the nation’s population grows increasingly diverse, the LGBT community recognizes the need to build long-term alliances with, and respond to the concerns of, immigrants.” Page 13
This focus also helps explain much of the leftward drift on LGBTQ issues out of the Baptist inner circles and seminaries . Revoice and other “LGBT+ Thriving events launched at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Albert Mohler make much more sense…perverted but understandable in light of these partnerships and the money associated with them.
More information on how Southern Baptist Partnerships in Immigration reform and Muslim Refugee Resettlement are impacting it’s activities and distorting it’s vision can be seen in these articles :
*On SBC leaders working with redefining Religious Liberty subjected to Islam/LGBTQ.
World Vision, World Relief, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Charities have cashed in heavily on Faith Based Partnership/ tax dollars. FEW in the churches at “pew level” outside denominational inner circles even know that such funding is in play. They do NOT know about PROHIBITIONS TO MINISTRY due to the Federal and International funding. Southern Baptist leaders appear to be late to the game and eager for Refugee Resettlement funding and are poised now to reap massive funds if President Donald Trump can be removed without a second term. This places the Anti- Trump Rhetoric of Baptist like Russell Moore (also a major reform advocate for Soros funded NIF) in a very different light indeed.
There has been little said about the radical change in American culture and Religious Liberty that a massive artificial and politically driven resettlement of Muslims will bring about in America. Europe has shown us some of these realities but few wish to talk about them.
In the name of “evangelism” and “God bringing Muslims to our shores to hear the Gospel” these Baptist and other ministry leaders seek to garner support for “ministry opportunities” that in fact do not exist while they partner with such funding and organizations. NAMB and IMB and Acts 17 Initiative appear VERY EAGER INDEED to indoctrinate the next generation of Baptist (our children and grandchildren) in the politically correct and profitable narratives so they can sell the vision. IMB just announced its own conference “vision casting ” to pastors to sell Gen Z on its conference speakers UN Global Goals , & Campaign and other leftward drift narratives as “The Future of Missions”.
FACT CHECK: Neither Soros nor Open Societies foundations nor the Federal Government are interested in helping Southern Baptist fulfill “the Great Commission” . A mass human migration politically driven and strategically placing Muslim immigrants / refugees in conservative voting districts is not a “Move of God”. Muslims, generally are not coming to American shores to find Christian faith or for the chance to live an American way of life. YET this is what we are being told by Baptist leaders and other ministries whose eyes are more likely on milking the Faith Based cash cow. Two questions come to mind – How do they think to justify these dirty partnerships and outcomes to The Lord on judgement day and how do they intend to answer their own children and grandchildren for the “America” their misguided deception and visions will leave behind?
Christians have typically been an easy mark for hustlers. These current leaders in the SBC and World Relief and other ministries give new meaning to the phrase “Fools Rush In”. Only in this gold rush the price is higher than ever before and our own tax dollars, in vintage Alinsky radical fashion, are being used to destroy us. NO honest Biblical justification can be made for aiding and abetting the destruction of national borders or the Constitution. At best these Baptist are PLAYING THE FOOL IN THE COSTLY GAME OF GLOBAL POLITICS. The world, including refugees, deserve BETTER out of the American Church.
Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)
Fools rush in, where angels fear to tread And so I come to you my love My heart above my head Though I see the danger there If there’s a chance for me Then I don’t care, oh-oh-oh-oh
Fools rush in, where wise men never go But wise men never fall in love So how are they to know When we met, I felt my life begin So open up your heart and let This fool rush in And I don’t care, oh-oh-oh-oh…
What ever happened to –
” Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
IT IS LIKELY NO EVANGELICAL VOICE HAS DONE MORE HARM TO CONSERVATIVE BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA IN THE LAST DECADE THAN KELLER AND HIS TGC.
Rev Thomas Littleton 10/21/2020
With the 2020 election just weeks away Tim Keller and his progressive partners over at The Gospel Coalition have discontinued the peep shows of the past and provided a full length motion picture of their progressive political pornography, alliances and end game. At least now this TGC demonic genie will never be put back in the theological bottle which once contained it.
HOW KELLER OUTED HIMSELF
Tim Keller made great efforts to remain believable as an orthodox theological/ biblical conservative in at least part of his rhetoric . But when he JOINED and then quickly LEFT the “elder council” of the Obama Foundation and Democratic Party led “& Campaign ” Keller had made a fatal misstep. Perhaps he is hoping no one notices.
Keller’s work providing cover for and sustaining the Revoice “LGBT+ Thriving ” movement at Covenant Theological Seminary which is the PCA (his denomination) most respected seminary , and placing the APA views of “sexual orientation ” and “gender identity” above the Gospel had just split the denomination in June of 2020. Keller and TGC underling Kevin DeYoung were appointed as part of an investigative committee in 2019 tasked with looking into Revoice and it’s fall out in the PCA. Their report to the denominational powers of the PCA was due in 2020. It had supposedly been a year in the making even though it had included some key leaders whom in one way or another had helped incubate the Revoice movement. The Report was submitted to the public once the PCA General Assembly was cancelled due to Covid -19.
Members of the 47th General Assembly Ad Interim Committee on Human Sexuality (2019-2020)
TE Dr. Bryan Chapell Pastor, Grace PCA, Peoria, IL, Northern Illinois Presbytery (Chairman)
TE Dr. Kevin DeYoung Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, NC, Central Carolina Presbytery
RE Dr. Derek Halvorson President, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, TN Tennessee Valley Presbytery
RE Mr. Kyle Keating Teacher and Dean, Providence Classical Christian Academy, St. Louis, MO Missouri Presbytery
TE Dr. Tim Keller Pastor Emeritus, Redeemer NYC & Redeemer City-to-City Metro NY Presbytery
RE Mr. Jim Pocta Licensed Professional Counselor, Dallas, TX North Texas Presbytery
TE Dr. Jim Weidenaar Harvest USA & Assistant Pastor, First Reformed PCA, Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh Presbytery
WAS KELLER FEELING INVINCIBLE AFTER THE REPORT TO DOUBLE DOWN WITH & ?
Never one to doubt his own popularity, Keller must have felt he could expose his progressive political alliances even deeper. By July Keller appeared in the & Campaign Elder Council with a host of other far left progressive thought leaders- but then SOON after being exposed – HIS IMAGE AND NAME DISSAPPEARED. News was already out and clearly Keller HAD joined his TGC urban pastor disciples and the OBAMA FOUNDATION’S Michael Wear in a decidedly fringe progressive political machine pushing every progressive social agenda and narrative in the Democratic Party play book- including – and especially the now highly exposed errors of the false gospel of “Social Justice” laced with critical theories and promising massive payoffs in faith based partnerships for those who embrace them.
HIDINGIS HARDWHEN YOU LOVE TO BIG FACE.
Keller was removed from the website BUT left the following footprints behind.
The & Campaign pushing “Biblical Values & Social Justice” had just released its promised civic engagement ,AKA 2020 voter guide.
NEW BOOK FROM JUSTIN GIBONEY, MICHAEL WEAR & CHRIS BUTLER
“Compassion (&) Conviction provides a reconciliatory prescription for a political environment infected by discord, animus, and extremism.”
Here is it’s clearly third way political narrative.
“HAVE YOU EVER FELT TOO PROGRESSIVE FOR CONSERVATIVES, BUT TOO CONSERVATIVE FOR PROGRESSIVES?”
“Too often, political questions are framed in impossible ways for the faithful Christian: we’re forced to choose between social justice and biblical values, between supporting women and opposing abortion. As a result, it’s easy for Christians to grow disillusioned with civic engagement or fall back into tribal extremes. This state of affairs has damaged Christian public witness and divided the church.”
IT COMES COMPLETE WITH A GROUP STUDY GUIDE
“The book includes a study guide for classroom use and group discussion. When we understand our civic engagement as a way to obey Christ’s call to love our neighbor, we see that it is possible to engage the political process with both love and truth―compassion and conviction.”
ABOUT THE WRITERS AND THIER GOALS
“The authors of this book represent the AND Campaign, which exists to educate and organize Christians for faithful civic and cultural engagement. They insist that not only are we called to love our neighbors through the political process but also that doing so requires us to transcend the binary way the debates are usually framed. In simple, understandable language, they lay out the biblical case for political engagement and help Christians navigate the complex world of politics with integrity, from political messaging and the politics of race to protests, advocacy, and more.”
KELLER SHOULD HAVE NEVER WITHDRAWN HIS POSITION AS AN ELDER FOR & CAMPAIGN AFTER HE APPEARS AS A THOUGHT LEADER THROUGHOUT THE BOOK
Tim Keller and his Oikonomia Network / TGC partner Greg Forster are clearly KEY THOUGHT LEADERS in the & Campaign effort and are quoted repeatedly on the topic of “cultural engagement”.
JOIN OUR MISSION TO EDUCATE AND ORGANIZE CHRISTIANS FOR CIVIC AND CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
Keller had first welcomed & Campaign leader and Obama Foundation Ambassador Michael Wear to The Gospel Coalition in 2017 as a contributor. Keller, according to the book “Good Faith ” was no stranger to the Obama White House having visited with then President Obama in 2012 to assure the full weight of Keller’s considerable evangelical influence behind the Presidents second term…a term which gave the church in America some of its greatest cultural and social negatives in history like the redefining of marriage via the LGBTQ AGENDA.
Keller was happy to be wined and dined by the President whose worst legacy might be the 2013 boosting of Federal funding for abortion across the board… internationally to over $530 million annually according the Planned Parenthood. How does it feel Tim – to have invested your pastoral influence in the administration promoting such mass destruction of human life- God given human life in the must vulnerable of places- the womb of their mothers ?
THE OBAMA ABORTION FUNDING ACCORDING TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD :
“The Obama administration’s newly released budget for Fiscal Year 2013 maintains level funding for the Title X Family Planning Program, at $296,838,000.”
“The administration’s 2013 budget also proposed $104,790,000 for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, maintaining the same funding level as FY 2012. Planned Parenthood applauds the White House for continuing to make teen pregnancy prevention a priority.”
“President Obama is also taking important steps to sustain family planning efforts throughout the developing world. The proposed 2013 budget includes $530 million for USAID family planning and reproductive health programs; representing a $6 million increase from FY 2012.”
“The president’s budget includes $39 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a $4 million increase from last year’s request.”
KELLER’S LONG TIME AFFILIATION WITH THE OBAMA TEAM LIKE WEAR CONTINUES
SO MUCH FOR BIBLICAL SOCIAL JUSTICE TIM KELLER.
& CAMPAIGN IS CLEARLY A NEVER (AGAIN) TRUMP EFFORT AS PROVEN BY THEIR RHETORIC
“The upcoming presidential election marks a significant decision point for our nation. This moral moment requires principled conviction from politicians, but even more so from the American people. Christians have a particular obligation to provide this moral leadership. No candidate will be perfect, but Christians can hold both parties accountable to a vision for the common good that is not fully represented in either party platform.”
“While a misappropriation of the separation between Church and State has sometimes been used to suggest people of faith are the only people who can’t consider their values when participating in politics, we know that both our faith and the demands of citizenship require that we bring our full selves to the project of self-governance.”
“Our Christian faith’s call to recognize the image of God in every person and to love our neighbor as ourselves compels us to speak into the public square to promote social justice and moral order. We have a spiritual responsibility as followers of Jesus to seek common ground and the common good. We are obligated to protect the vulnerable and defend human dignity even of those with whom we disagree.”
& CAMPAIGN PLATFORM ISSUES
THE HEALTH OF OUR DEMOCRACY
RACE AND VOTER RIGHTS
THE POOR AND PRO-FAMILY ECONOMIC POLICIES
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND LGBTQ RIGHTS
HEALTHCARE AND ABORTION
“Our nation desperately needs Christians to live out their faith in this political sphere for the good of all Americans, and the 2020 presidential candidates need to hear, respond to, and respect our voice and earn our vote. Through advocacy and protest, we are committed to supporting candidates, no matter their political affiliation, when they promote civility and human dignity, and we will actively oppose politicians, policies, and parties when they undermine these values.”
NOW KELLER’S PAL MICHAEL WEAR OF THE OBAMA FOUNDATION HAS MOVED ON TO A POLITICAL PAC “NOT OUR FAITH” WHICH IS WORKING FEVERISHLY TO ERODE EVANGELICAL SUPPORT FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP
“The president … turns to Christians to answer for him. We’re tired of answering for this man,” Michael Wear, Not Our Faith PAC senior adviser. (And lets not forget- Obama Foundation Ambassador to America’s Believers and Tim Keller associate and TGC contributor.”
“A group of prominent Christians from both sides of the aisle, including a past faith adviser to former President Barack Obama, is forming a political action committee designed to chip away at Christian support for President Donald Trump in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign.”
“Dubbed Not Our Faith, the new super PAC plans to roll out six-figure TV and digital ads focused on Christian voters — particularly the evangelical and Catholic voters who helped power Trump to victory in 2016. Its first digital ad, set to run in Michigan and Pennsylvania, takes sharp aim at Trump’s claim to a foothold with Christians.”
“”These are states where the religious vote is going to determine the outcome of the election,” Not Our Faith advisory council member Michael Wear, a former Obama faith adviser, told Fox News. “We’ve just never had a president in the modern era who divided Christians, intentionally stoked conflict in Christian communities, like this one.”
“Not Our Faith’s advisory council also includes Republican consultant Autumn VandeHei, former Evan McMullin campaign manager Joel Searby, Biden Republicans co-founder Emily Matthews and former Fuller Theological Seminary president Richard Mouw”
LEST WE FORGET – AS OUR MOTHER’S WARNED US ABOUT THE COMPANY WE KEEP- MEN OF LIKE PASSIONS TEND TO RUN TOGETHER. WEAR AND KELLER ARE COMMITTED PROGRESSIVES.
WHILE WEAR IS NOT ATTEMPTING TO APPEAR AS A BIBLICAL CONSERVATIVE. KELLER, ON THE OTHER HAND, TENDS TO LIKE TO HAVE PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY.
Keller loves being the authoritative voice on how the church ought to present itself in the task of “redeeming culture” and has taken his brand “Redeemer City to City global.
Keller and TGC have always been pushing a political agenda in the name of an orthodox theological movement. He has just helped split his own denomination. Keller has partnered with members of the far left , the Obama Foundation , The Democratic Party , and the liberal media to move the church in general and a generation of young pastors to the far left socially and politically. TGC is helping destroy the church ability to be salt and light in the most challenging days we have faced since WWII. Globalism, as a political movement, threatens not only life as we know it in the West , but the very religious liberties that Keller and other compromised evangelical leaders have built their fame- fortunes – and careers upon. They have feed well from the flock and are burning down the stables where the lambs once found refugee.
Keller breaths the rarified air of left wing political think tanks funded by millions to deconstruct the conservative Christian forces in American life. He looks to be willing to do so by playing the type of confidence scam that a street hustler would be proud to pull off. It is one of the oldest scams in the book. This kind of hustle is easy to accomplish by appearing to be many things you are not.
One thing Keller has certainly BEEN is successful. He appears to have been successful at fooling many avid followers and at gathering a generation of young American pastors and steering their callings from God, and over time, their churches into the progressive TGC/ Keller fold. Many are coming to agree that the church has been troubled by Tim Keller. Much damage has been done and ground lost and time wasted. Keller can no longer stake his claim among the orthodox/ Biblical Christian world – unless perhaps he and his fellows have achieved their greatest goals…of a massive paradigm shift in the Western church away from Biblical Values and into (the false ) Social Justice gospel. If this is where we are and hope of recovery has faded – then Tim Keller has little to look forward to beyond his success except for God’s assessment of His deeds.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST IMB ” How does Gen Z think about missions?
One night. Two hours. Together, we’ll begin a conversation about our future.”
Rev Thomas Littleton 10/3/2020
If you were suffering from “Rethink fatigue ” in the last decade, take a deep breath .Now the International Missions Board of the SBC wants to take your Gen Z family members into the same endless exercise in frustration. Truly there is nothing new under the Baptist sun. Change agents love to “Rethink ” and “Vision Cast” especially to the young and vulnerable.
The upcoming October IMB virtual conference is selling this recasting with a variety of Lausanne , Gospel Coalition and progressive partners.
Gen Z is the newest generation to be named and were born between 1996 and 2015. They are currently between 5-24 years old (nearly 68 million in U.S.)
“God’s mission never changes. John’s vision, revealed in Revelation 7:9, remains our vision—a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Yet our world and the people who inhabit it are changing every day. What are the implications of these changes on our collective work toward the Great Commission? At IMB, we believe every church has a role to play in reaching every nation with the gospel. That means every follower of Jesus must consider their role in light of the realities we face today.”
“Let’s talk about the future of missions.”
“Please join Dr. Paul Chitwood, President of the IMB, David Kinnaman, President of Barna, and a panel of experts on October 29th at 7pm EDT for a 2-hour virtual event:
Gain a deeper understanding of the global, cultural and spiritual realities shaping and impacting missions
Receive practical tools and actionable takeaways for you and your church to be part of fulfilling the Revelation 7:9 vision
Be inspired to pray, give, go and send so that lives can be transformed
WHY KINNAMAN ANDBARNA ARE BAD PARTNERS
Kinnaman is a favorite go to partner of the divisive and progressive efforts of Tim Keller, Gabe Lyons and The Gospel Coalition (TGC) . The trio have worked on a variety of projects to move young Christians leftward in their politics. In 2012 the three met with then newly elected President Obama, as recounted in their book “Good Faith .THE MEETING TOOK PLACE in the oval office with the three self appointed leaders offering to persuade more Christians to get on board with the Obama administrations policies and global ideals. Calling themselves and others who buy in to the “common good” ideology” Christians of Good Faith” , these partners promised results and they are still working to deliver and make good on those promises in the 2020 election cycle . The 2016 retreading of theses “Counterculture ” and “Confident Pluralism” of TGC discussions can be seen here :
“Kinnaman is the president of Barna Group, a leading research company, and Lyons is the founder of Q, a TED-style learning community that educates and mobilizes Christians for the good of society. Together they contend that “holding tight to biblical conviction is not only worthwhile and critical but also absolutely doable” for Christians in our pluralistic society” ….Their conclusion is refreshingly optimistic considering the bleak portrait they initially paint. Based on thousands of interviews they conducted, Kinnaman and Lyons report a growing number of U.S. adults perceive Christianity to be irrelevant and extreme. Whereas most U.S. adults once shared a moral center with Christianity, the dominant culture now follows a new moral code of self-fulfillment.”
PAY ATTENTION HERE–
The next carefully phrased narrative might be considered the mantra of the TGC and Kinnaman/ Keller style efforts :
“If Christians in America—not just individually, but in community—took this pattern seriously, the American church would become “a counterculture for the common good”, This isn’t your father’s moral-majority version of counterculture. “
CHRISTIAN LEADERS FEEDING REBELLION
TGC, Kinnaman, Keller and Lyons love to play on the angst of young people and feed their rebellion against their parents values and political convictions. These are powerful forces for in deceptive work of “social change”.
The hard sell never ends as they assert -“Good Faith contains a timely message that demands careful consideration from evangelicals everywhere.”
You can read more about this TGC third way political action here :
Casting the Global and Urbanization vision for the IMB event is Lausanne Movement leader Samuel Chiang and also Globalist Baptist Rick Warren of the notorious PEACE PLAN AND UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVE. Warren also partners with globalist funding like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
“He ( Chiang) has also authored book chapters in diverse genres including innovation, orality, and persecution. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer of TWR, currently he is the Catalyst for Orality and he also serves on the Strategy Working Group”
Chiang is part of the “Generosity Movement” for which Lausanne and it’s fair haired favorites like Tim Keller/ Ed Stetzer have come center stage to feature “planned giving ” and “generosity” in the coming “death tsunami” of baby boomers where an estimated $50 plus Trillion (with a T) will change hands in what is set to be the “largest transfer of wealth in human history”. Chiang contributes to the movements “generosity stories “.
“Dr. Rick Warren is an innovative pastor, renowned author, and global influencer. He has helped people live with hope and on purpose for more than 40 years. Rick is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California with campuses in major cities around the world. He is the author of The Purpose Driven Life, which has been translated into 74 languages and sold more than 50 million copies in all formats. Rick also founded The PEACE Plan to address five global issues—spiritual emptiness, self-serving leadership, poverty, disease, and illiteracy—through the power of ordinary people in the local church.”
Warren is fact a key player in these global deceptions as has been well documented for many years. His PEACE PLAN is attributed to his unsaved mentor /socialist Peter Drucker and mentor Bob Buford who was a great admirer of Lenin for his “Centralized Planning”.
“AUDIENCE The Global Generosity Network and Kingdom Life Publishing have partnered to launch the writing and publication of Christ-Centered Generosity. The purpose of the book is to be a primary resource for the global movement of biblical generosity.”
THE PROBLEM WITH LAUSANNE AND GLOBAL GENEROSITY IS THE WEALTH OF CHRISTIANS WILL GO TO ESTABLISHING THE GLOBAL GOALS OF THE UNITED NATIONS.
“The Global Generosity Network (GGN) is a joint initiative between the Lausanne Movement and the World Evangelical Alliance to encourage evangelical Christians to better stewards of their resources, live more generously and give more of their income to Kingdom causes where it is most needed.”
“The GGN challenges the global Church towards whole-life discipleship that includes radical generosity and wise stewardship. The GGN believes that such generosity will result in a dramatic increase in giving to Christian causes and especially to global mission where it is most needed.”
Below are the United Nations Global Sustainability Goals fueled by the progressive agendas like global warming, population reduction, and global equity. This far left global political agenda is also known as Agenda 2030 (Formerly known as Agenda 21). Make no mistake these goals are in no way in step with the Gospel of .No doubt IMB will assert that their vision casting is in full step with the Great Commission of Jesus delivered to the Church. If so then why choose such partners to cast the vision?
BY PARTNERING WITH KEY LAUSANNE LEADERS IN VISION CASTING FOR GEN Z MEANS IMB IS LINKING ITS NEW VISION TO THE GLOBAL GOALS IN THE NAME OF “THE GREAT COMMISSION”
NOTE: LAUSANNE IS EXPERT AT MAKING THEIR PARTNERING WITH UN GLOBAL GOALS SOUND LIKE IT IS A GOSPEL MISSION :
“Have you understood all these things [in the lessons of the parables]?’ They said to Jesus, ‘Yes’. He said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things that are new and fresh and things that are old and familiar’ (Matt 13:51-52 Amplified).
“Life in our precarious, often perilous, yet precious world is tough. As people of faith or of no particular faith, we are all subject to the maims and moans of fallen creation. At the same time, we as believers are called to rest in Christ’s reconciliation and renewal of all things in heaven and earth (Col 1:20). And we await and yearn for our full adoption as the children of God (Rom 8:18-25).”
“For the last ten years we have been working increasingly across sectors (humanitarian, health, development, United Nations) as psychologists in mission. Central to our work has been a simple, strategic framework which we call Global Integration (GI).”
“GI is a framework for engaging actively and responsibly with our world, locally through globally, for God’s glory. We seek to ‘integrate’ our lives by connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of human wellbeing and the issues facing humanity, finding common ground for the common good, linking new and old ‘treasures’ (resources and directions) for sharing the good news and our good works, and doing so in light of our integrity, commitments, and core values (eg ethical, humanitarian, human rights, faith-based). GI is thus a mindset and a skillset, a perspective and a practice, for how we live and work in our world as followers of Christ.”
LAUSANNE OWNING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AS “HUMANITY CARE “
“There is huge effort underway, spearheaded by the United Nations and many international organizations, to promote sustainable development and wellbeing for all people.  This effort calls upon the world community to change its course drastically and to partner intentionally and accountably in working towards peace, justice, prosperity, and the protection of the planet. As Christians, we have an unprecedented opportunity to get involved globally and to partner with others in such efforts—what we call ‘humanity care’.”
WHAT LAUSANNE AND NOW IMB WANTS TO DO IS TO HELP MAKE YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN IN U N “GLOBAL CITIZENS”.
“Global Citizens. For more information see the Global Integration Update (June 2016) on Global Citizenship, featuring the UN Conference, Education for Global Citizenship and the resulting Gyeongju Action Plan. Kelly was privileged to attend this conference in Korea and to join with many others from Civil Society to give input on the Action Plan. “
YOU SHOULD BE.
BETWEEN TGC / LIFEWAY CURRICULUM AND NOW IMB VISION CASTING, A GENERATION IS IN PERIL OF HAVING THEIR FAITH TURNED INTO CAPTIVES OF GLOBAL GOALS DECEPTION AND BUILDING THE KINGDOM OF ANTI CHRIST IN THE NAME OF SERVING GOD AND MAN.
OTHER SPEAKERS INCLUDE TGC /SOCIAL JUSTICE /DIVERSITY AND PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL LEADERS.
“Jen Wilkin is an author and Bible teacher from Dallas, Texas. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts.”
Jen Wilken is in fact a favorite women’s speaker and author for Tim Keller’s progressive globalist TGC and is a member of TGC /ACTS 29 leader Matt Chandler’s Village Church in Texas. Chandler is a rabid social justice advocate and regularly condemns fellow Baptist for the “White Privilege “.
Dahati Lewis works for Send Network which is part of another Baptist entity the home missions group known as The North American Mission Board or NAMB .Lewis has used his position as leader of Church Planting to flood the progressive social justice agenda, “wed” with asserted “Biblical Values” through he and his brothers involvement with the left wing & Campaign .& Campaign is led by executive directors from the heart of the Democratic Party and the Obama Foundation along with many of Keller’s young TGC leaders whose churches are funded by NAMB Send Network. In Fact Lewis helped launch & Campaign in his own Baptist funded “Blueprint Church” in Atlanta in 2017.
& Campaign also promises to “disrupt the 2020 Presidential Election” and helps promote Black Lives Matter involvement, LGBTQ compromise called “Fairness for All”, Immigration Reform favoring Islamic expansion, prison and justice reform through the lens of BLM style racial injustice, and a host of other progressive political causes. What it does not do is include any Biblical conservatives who reject the false social gospel of these global political forces. Tim Keller himself recently joined the & Campaign as an “elder” advising the group but soon disappeared from the elder board website listing after controversy surrounding it arose.
THE IMB CONFERENCE IS TO ADDRESS
“GLOBAL REALITIES-Population, urbanization, refugees and globalization”
“CULTURAL REALITIES-Humanitarian aid, diversity, Gen Z and missions funding”
“SPIRITUAL REALITIES-The Church, lostness and the urgency of the task”
“As church membership, missionary-pipelines, and giving streams decline, we feel compelled to be more informed about the changing perception of missions around the world, and to search for new solutions to increase engagement with future generations so that we can all step in to the future of missions together. One way we can better engage with Southern Baptists is to gather more frequently around topics that are relevant, interesting, and actionable. We need more people to understand the weight and the urgency of the global, cultural, and spiritual realities of our world. I hope that you’ll join us on October 29th at 7pm EDT.”
— Dr. Paul Chitwood, IMB President”
Please do NOT join IMB and do not let your children to be taken in to a vision casting effort that would include partners who wish to make your children into global citizens and who accept the Global Sustainability Goals/ Agenda 2030 as Gospel mission. Please teach your children and grandchildren the Word of God and to discern the times BECAUSE clearly International Missions Board leaders are not discerning the difference between global goals and the Gospel.
These partners are very problematic on every level.
THE PROBLEM WITH RUSSELL MOORE IS NOT THAT HE IS A DEMOCRAT OR THAT HE IS A BAPTIST BUT THAT HE SAYS HE IS A BIBLICAL CONSERVATIVE WHO IS ALL ABOUT THE GOSPEL AND IS REPRESENTING SOUTHERN BAPTIST IN DC, THE MEDIA , AND BEYOND.
Rev Thomas Littleton 9/16/ 2020
Recently this site reported on Tim Keller having joined in the liberal political organization called The & Campaign as an “Elder” board member. In a matter of days Keller’s name and image disappeared from the & Campaign website.
You can read more here and see the photos taken from the & leadership page.
The entire website has now been revamped and does not include Tim Keller’s name or image. Still his associations with & Campaign remain on many levels. Clearly Keller realized that open association as leadership with & Campaign during the current closing days of the 2020 election proved a bridge too far -even for Keller. The PCA is currently attempting a fatal ” regroup” after its recent split in part due to Keller’s compromise on LGBTQ issues.
RUSSELL MOORE FLIRTED WITH & CAMPAIGN LEADERS AT HIS ERLC OFFICES IN 2017
“A great time last week with the leadership of the & Campaign last week . Amisho Baraka, Justin Giboney , and Angel Maldonado”
& Campaigns top tier leaders are Democrat and Obama Foundation operatives . There are no Biblical conservatives among them. There are many of Keller TGC affiliated minority urban pastors and church planters among the leadership council .There are also many Southern Baptist urban pastors among the leadership council but the mantra of & Campaign is “Biblical Values & Social Justice.
&CAMPAIGN WANTS TO DISRUPT THE 2020 ELECTION ACCORDING TO ITS EARLY 2019 MISSIONS STATEMENTS. & ESPOUSES THE FOLLOWING “VALUES” INCLUDING “REDEMPTIVE JUSTICE”.
“WHAT IS REDEMPTIVE JUSTICE?Redemptive Justice is justice which has its ends in reconciliation, peace, and flourishing for all parties. The “redemption” is not the spiritual redemption which only Christ could achieve on the Cross, but it does take Christ’s sacrifice as its model of self-giving love of neighbor. This understanding of justice differs from the view which says that justice is the overthrowing of all powers or the leveling of all positions. Rather, it acknowledges that power can be used for good or evil. Just as the Roman authorities used their powers to crucify Christ, but Christ used His power to heal, teach, and lead. Redemptive Justice challenges corrupt use of power and calls all people to use the power God has given them stewardship over for good.”
THE & CAMPAIGN HAS A PLAN FOR :
“To improve how Christians engage politics and culture and to disrupt America’s sociopolitical arena by asserting the justice and righteousness of Jesus Christ“
WHERE WE STAND
( NOTE :& CAMPAIGN IS 3RD WAY / SOCIAL JUSTICE DRIVEN)
“The AND Campaign believes that politics is a limited, but essential forum for pursuing the well-being of our neighbors. It is limited in both its scope and its effectiveness. Politics can and should only reach so much and so far, and political solutions will never approach the perfect justice that Jesus will bring and is bringing. Our hope in all things is in Him. There is rarely one Christian position on a public policy issue, but every Christian should be thinking Christianly about politics. In the policies The AND Campaign promotes and in the positions we take, we believe social justice (&) moral order are not at odds, but are two sides of the same coin. We seek to act as faithful Christians, applying the timeless values of our faith and Christianity’s true account to the reality we all face, in this political moment. We invite all who affirm our approach to join us in our work to assert a compassionate and convictional witness into the public square.”
The AND Campaign supports policies that affirm human dignity and advance justice.
“We believe each person is made in the image of God, and that our political decisions need to be made in the light of this fact. Human dignity is implicated by many different political issues, and the AND Campaign seeks to be attentive to upholding human dignity wherever possible”.
Poverty and Economic Mobility
“We think of human dignity when we consider poverty, and how an inability to provide for oneself and one’s family undermines human dignity. AND Campaign supports a strong social safety net (Medicaid, social security, nutrition aid for children and families, etc.). AND Campaign believes in the dignity of work, and supports a livable wage. AND Campaign also supports public-private partnerships that marshal government resources to empower communities to serve those in need at the local level. We encourage elected officials and candidates to talk proactively about how they plan to address poverty as part of their vision for the future of this country and the communities they serve.”
“We think of human dignity when we think about immigration, and how migrants are treated. The government has a responsibility to monitor its borders, but that must be carried out in a just way. The government should not use family ties against migrants in enforcing border policies. The AND Campaign supports immigration policy that is responsible, compassionate and just. Refugees should be welcomed. Dreamers, young people who were brought to this country through no decision of their own, and who want to live, work and contribute in their communities, should be provided a pathway to citizenship. Comprehensive immigration reform is still needed to address both border security as well as the situation of law-abiding undocumented immigrants who are here raising families, working and paying taxes.”
Sacredness of Human Life
“We think of human dignity when we think about the sacredness of human life. The culture wars have raged over the issue of abortion for the past forty years with results that have been at turns life-affirming and toxic. We have no interest in the politicization of abortion for partisan gain. Popular rhetoric that needlessly inflames and offends is unhelpful, as is rhetoric that rationalizes away our responsibility to act. We find that scripture, biology and the demands of human dignity require a societal response to the tragedy of abortion. Towards that end, we believe that abortion must be opposed holistically, from the economic patterns that often drive the practice to the societal values that justify it. We must provide more support for women with crisis pregnancies.”
The Criminal Justice System
“The AND Campaign believes that America’s criminal justice system has too often been unjust. In particular, our criminal justice system has been used to advance the systemic criminalization and mass incarceration of Black and Brown people–this must end. Furthermore, the sentences and treatment of inmates must be humane and should involve mental health considerations. High rates of police brutality and inter-community violence, especially in large urban communities, must end. We do not seek a criminal justice system that is overly lenient, or one that lacks enforcement. We do seek a criminal justice system that is restorative, fair and oriented towards the common good, including the good of the currently and formerly incarcerated.”
Supporting and Strengthening Families
“Central to human dignity and justice is the institution of the family. The AND Campaign believes government has a role to play in supporting the economic security of families. We support expanding the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit. We support paid leave policies that acknowledge that Americans are not just workers, but also mothers, fathers, spouses, siblings and children. Public policy ought to accommodate and support commitments to family and community. Economic policies must be attentive to families, in particular, and must ensure that healthy family formation is not disincentivized through marriage penalties or other harmful policy consequences.”
In order for our politics to function well, we need to be able to have a basic level of trust in government, and our politics must be inclusive. To this end, the AND Campaign supports policies that reflect a healthy pluralism and thriving democratic institutions.
“Voting rights must be protected in this country. Access to the polls is not a privilege, but an essential component of citizenship, and so we should be helping people to vote, not putting up obstacles. AND supports restoring voting rights to criminals who have served their time and paid their debt to society.”
“We support taking a hard look at election reform, including campaign finance reform, and voting reforms like ranked preference voting, that will help to reinvigorate the public’s confidence in the democratic process.”
Religious Freedom and Religious Inclusion
& CAMPAIGN ON “LGBTQ RIGHTS “
“All attempts to remove more traditional religious beliefs from the public square should be opposed. We, like many other Americans, affirm the historic Christian sexual ethic, and we also believe that religious freedom and LGBTQ civil rights are not necessarily in irreconcilable conflict. Faith-based charities, hospitals and colleges should not have to choose between surrendering their convictions and closing their doors. At the same time, LGBTQ people should not lose jobs and housing because of how they identify. We must pursue ways to disagree and live together without bullying or compromising our conscience. Towards that end, we encourage all 2020 candidates to support the Fairness for All Act, which will grant basic civil rights for LGBTQ people while also protecting religious freedom for all faiths.”
& CAMPAIGN ON “ISLAMIC RIGHTS”
“Central to true pluralism is the continued inclusion of people of faith and religious organizations of various backgrounds and beliefs in the American political community. We believe strongly in religious freedom for all as a bedrock principle that will be essential if we are to build a more inclusive America in this new century. Such freedoms include religious minorities—including Muslims—and religions that hold beliefs that are unpopular. Religious freedom is not absolute, but it should only be infringed upon when absolutely necessary and with the common good in mind. This idea is not new, but reflected in both statutes and our Constitution. Christian institutions deserve full inclusion in American society, and efforts to starve or stigmatize Christian institutions by force of law or government-endorsed marginalization should be opposed.”
The AND Campaign supports a healthy political culture, and those who contribute to it.
“We believe politics has to be about more than the acquisition and use of power by any means necessary. Good policy does not justify bad or destructive politics. The AND Campaign believes in political engagement that is characterized by earnest conviction, humility and civility, and we encourage politicians and others in politics to reflect these characteristics as well.”
“We believe earnest conviction is important, because a politics of obfuscation and misdirection undermines the functioning of our politics. Politicians should say what they mean and mean what they say, and we will always try to do the same.”
“We believe humility is important, because politics and policy making are complicated, and the history of public policy is full of unintended consequences and misplaced priorities. We refuse to put the stamp of religious authority on prudential policy decisions. We hold convictions about what is best in our politics, but we hold these views with the understanding that we might be wrong. Politicians and others in politics should entertain that notion as well.”
“Finally, we believe that civility reflects a basic recognition of the dignity of our fellow citizens. A politics of contempt and disrespect will never be capable of delivering policies that promote the common good. We commit to respecting the dignity of those we disagree with to the best of our ability.”
“We invite you to join The AND Campaign in our mission to educate and organize Christians for civic and cultural engagement that results in better representation, more just and compassionate policies and a healthier political culture.“
NOTE :EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP IS PROVIDED FOR & CAMPAIGN BY OBAMA FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR TO AMERICA’S BELIEVERS” MICHAEL WEAR.
WEAR IS ALSO A WRITER AND THOUGHT LEADER FOR KELLER’S TGC ON WHOSE ADVISORY COUNCIL RUSSELL MOORE SERVES.
“As one of President Obama’s “ambassadors to America’s believers” (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.”
“Today, Michael serves as Chief Strategist and member of the executive team for the AND Campaign. Michael is also the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, a sought-after firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape.”
WEAR ALSO SERVES WITH RUSSELL MOORE AS PART OF THE TRINITY FORUM PRESENTATIONS ON ISSUES LIKE “IMMIGRATION REFORM”. THIS EFFORT IS ,ONCE AGAIN, FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS.
MOORE RECENTLY APPEARED WITH DEEPLY COMPROMISED LEADERS FROM THE CCCU AND NEA WITH & CAMPAIGN LEADER JUSTIN GIBONEY WHO IS A DEMOCRATIC PARTY STRATEGIST AND BOTH OBAMA AND HILARY CONVENTION DELEGATE .
Russell Moore first worked with Justin Giboney of & Campaign in the radical ERLC/ TGC sponsored event “MLK/50 in April 2018. The rest of these alliances had been on the down low since that time …until the 2020 election cycle.
POLICE /CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IS AT THE CENTER OF BOTH MOORE’S ERLC AND & CAMPAIGN’S WORK.
ERLC hired a consultant from the radical Revoice LGBTQ movement in the SBC to engage development of ERLC criminal justice reform. The consultant is an expert in “INTERSECTIONALITY” OF RACE, GENDER , AND SEXUAL IDENTITY.
“ERLC and Prison Fellowship Support Prison Reform and Redemption Bill”
Little can be done about the damaging impact of Russell Moore and other TGC and Keller affiliated people and organizations on the “POLITICS ” OF DENOMINATIONS like the SBC or the PCA. The damage is done for a generation. But we can recover our faith and our families and our funding from it’s left wing agenda. Leave the churches which embrace the dirty politics of Moore’s ERLC wed with left wing organizations like & Campaign. Protect your family and get BACK TO FAMILY DEVOTIONS PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY. Forsake the message of TGC and its host of dirty allies and STOP GIVING TO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING that continues to be associated with them. And try to reach out to those drowning in the vast ocean of lies and deception aimed at wedding “Biblical Values ” with the false narratives of Critical Theory and “Social Justice”. This may include your pastor and your young adult children in “Christian ” educational institutions where these ideas have proliferated for over a decade now . Forget the institutions but engage the individuals with TRUTH and the WORD.
ERLC HEAD RUSSELL MOORE HAND PICKED KAREN SWALLOW FOR HIS CAST IN SBC CONTROVERSIES INVOLVING MALE OFFENDERS. NOW MOORE AND PRIOR HAVE TEAM UP WITH MANY REVOICE LEADERS IN “PELICAN PROJECT”.
By Rev Thomas Littleton 9/5/2020
Karen Swallow Prior likes to be controversial and to inject herself into the controversies of others in the Baptist world. Like a sort of evangelical Paris Hilton “Notorious KSP” (as she refers to herself on Twitter) is an “A list CELEBRITY ” who always seems to get invited to the party when there is a conservative Baptist’s BLOOD in the water. She led the protest and petition against Baptist icon Paige Patterson who stood accused at the height of the #MeToo movement. Now she stands as vocal and “insightful” critic calling for the total removal and cancellation of her former Liberty University boss Jerry Falwell Jr. Guilty or not, Prior enjoys the position of public opinion judge, jury and executioner for Baptist accused of wrongdoing.
“The letter comes from scores of Southern Baptist women, including leaders such as: Karen Swallow Prior, a Liberty University professor and research fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Convention; Lauren Chandler, an author, worship singer, and wife of The Village Church pastor Matt Chandler; Jennifer Lyell, a vice president at SBC-affiliated B&H Publishing Group; Amanda Jones, a Houston church planter and daughter of Bible teacher Beth Moore; and Mary DeMuth, an author, speaker, and victims’ advocate.”
NOW PRIOR HAS NOW MOVED IN FOR THE KILL ON HER FORMER BOSS AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY JERRY FALWELL JR.
“Karen Swallow Prior on Falwell Scandal & Evangelicalism’s Future”
In recent weeks Karen Swallow Prior, a former employee of Liberty University has appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper ( an openly gay CNN anchor) saying she is “Happy the Truth is Out” about Jerry Falwell Jr. Prior also appeared in/ on many other outlets like “Juicy Ecumenism ” with Mark Tooley claiming that the Falwell scandal is “microcosm of American evangelicalism”.
After Leaving Liberty University earlier this year “Notorious KPS “, as she fancies herself, is safely employed at Baptist institution SEBTS. She had previously not only been employed by the Falwell family but had listed her church membership at Thomas Road Baptist Church, former church of Jerry Falwell Sr. now pastored by another son Jonathan Falwell. (From her SEBTS bio ” Prior and her husband, Roy, are members of Thomas Road Baptist Church.” – Karen seemed to have been very comfortably entrenched for decades in the Falwell legacy before becoming one of it’s most outspoken critics. )
“HOW RAINBOW IS MY WORLD ? ” THE KAREN SWALLOW PRIOR TIES TO THE EVANGELICAL HOMOSEXUAL MOVEMENT.
NOTE: THE PORNOGRAPHIC NATURE OF THE GAY FILM INDUSTRY IS NOT ON THE RADAR FOR DR. PRIOR. Attending such festivals does indicate a very high likelihood that she is viewing scenes of gay porn while celebrating the producers of it. As pointed out in the Christian Research Network new release quoted above, Prior is also an advocate of the Obama Administration endorsed, gay porn laced , “It Get’s Better” Campaign while Prior is an outspoken opponent of Christians involved in “straight pornography”. Such selective outrage which exempts the obvious problems with gay culture while voicing opposition to the sexual sins of other Christians is common place in the efforts of Dr Prior.
Below Example from KSP social media in which she promoted her participation with the Colson Center with another Revoice leader Matthew Lee Anderson.
Karen Swallow Prior (Notorious KSP)@KSPrior· “Purity Culture and Christian Morality: A BreakPoint Symposium – Break Point Apart from a holistic sense of virtue, virginity itself means little: The person who is raped is not guilty of being unchaste. On the other hand, the consumer of pornography is…”
NOTORIOUS KAREN AND THE GUYS AND GALS OF REVOICE
Again, Prior is well known for her role on the cutting edge of any thing borderline gay in the Baptist sphere. In 2018 she surfaced endorsing the controversial Revoice “LGBTQ Thriving” movement which arose out of SBC’s flagship seminary SBTS ran by Albert Mohler who is the mentor of Russell Moore who also promoted him into his role in the ERLC . Revoice also had roots in the St Louis Seminary CTS of the once conservative Presbyterian Church in America. The PCA has now split over the Revoice movement.
“She is a founding member of The Pelican Project, a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum, a Senior Fellow at the International Alliance for Christian Education, and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States.”
PELICANS PURPOSE AND COMMITMENTS TO DIVERSITY /DIGNITY “REGARDLESS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND IDENTITY”
Who We Are
“We are a guild of Christian women who are writers, speakers, teachers, and leaders in good standing in our local churches and who seek to advance a shared commitment to Christian belief and practice across cultural, denominational, and racial lines.”
What We Do
“We amplify the voice and presence of Christian belief and practice in the church and the public square by fostering commitment to the common life of the church and offering individual believers, ministry leaders, churches, and seminaries biblically faithful resources and support, including writing, speaking, collaboration, mentoring, and prayer that serve all members of Christ’s Body, the Church”
COMMITMENTS (AMONG OTHERS)
“We commit to champion and display diversity and charity within the bounds of orthodoxy.”
“We commit to honor the dignity and rights of humans of all beliefs, ethnicities, abilities, and races, from conception to natural death.”
“We commit to honor the dignity, value, and worth of all people regardless of sexual orientation or identity”
“In this spirit, we are a group of Christian women who seek to advance a shared commitment to orthodox belief and practice across cultural, denominational, and racial lines. We desire to amplify the voice and presence of orthodox belief and practice in the church and the public square by fostering commitment to the common life of the church and offering biblically faithful resources and support.”
PRIOR’S BIO FROM THE PELICAN PROJECT PAGE
“Karen is Professor of English at Liberty University, a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum, a Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a Senior Fellow in Liberty University’s Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement.”
PELICAN PROJECT IS FILLED WITH REVOICE LEADERS
NOTE: YOU CAN CONFIRM THESE PELICAN PROJECT LEADERS ROLES IN REOVICE AT ITS WEBSITE – revoice.us / our-leadership /
Tish Harrison Warren
“Tish is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America, serving as writer-in-residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, PA, and author of the award-winning Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life (IVP). Her essays have appeared in Christianity Today, CT Women, Art House America, Comment Magazine”
“Bekah is an educator, writer, and speaker whose work addresses topics such as adolescent discipleship, cultural engagement, and sexuality.”
“Rachel is Director of Theological Development at Cru Northeast. As an author and speaker she specializes in how the gospel interacts with LGBT+ questions, as well as biblical cultural engagement.”
Michelle Sanchez is part of the Pelican Project advisory council and Revoice leader.
“Michelle is Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the Evangelical Covenant Church. Prior to this role, Michelle served as Pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Covenant Church in the Boston area. She has also served in leadership for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Michelle earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and completed spiritual direction training at Boston College.”
“A guild of women fostering commitment to Christian faith and practice across cultural, denominational, and racial lines.”
“The Pelican Project is a non-profit subsidiary of A.C.T. International that seeks to equip churches and leaders in the historic Christian faith.”
PAGAN SYMBOLISM OF PELICAN PROJECT
Pelican Project uses the pagan symbol of a pelican feeding its young with blood form it’s self inflicted wounds to it’s breast which has been” adopted by early Christians” in what it calls an “ancient legend, during times of famine a mother pelican would pierce her breast with her own beak in order to feed her young with her blood.”
“Early Christians adopted the pelican as a symbol of Christ’s sacrificial love for the church. We embrace this powerful symbol as a reminder during this time of spiritual famine for many.”
THE TRUE ORIGINS OF THE PELICAN SYMBOL ARE ESOTERIC AND IT WAS CATHOLICS NOT CHRISTIANS WHO ADOPTED IT !
“The Hidden Meaning of the Pelican in Occultism”
FROM THE “ESCOTERIC OCCULTISM” WEBSITES
“The pelican is a bird with much esoteric symbolism and is revealed only to those in the 5th degree of the OTO. On the Empress trump card of Crowley’s Thoth Tarot it shows a mother pelican feeding her young with her own blood. Elsewhere on the card it reveals three suns, which inherently reveal some of the meaning concerning the Pelican and her young.”
“The Pelican represents Lucifer or the true god, her young represent the illuminati those of the light. The Pelican feeding her young of its own blood represents the bloodline of the Nephilim and its perpetual existence. In symbolic form it can be seen to replicate the imagery of the Egyptian scarab beetle and its resurrection in the Nile River. The beetle represents the suns pathway through the year and the three phases of the day. This can be seen by the rising, peak, and sunset of the Sun; this mythos represents the birth of the sun its manhood and its death.”
RAINBOWS AND PELICANS -ORIGINS MATTER
Doubtless God made the rainbow and chose it as His symbol of promise but the concept of a mother pelican using self inflicted wounds to “nourish it’s young” is hardly a biblical picture of the Redeemer. Perhaps the use of the pagan pelican is an oversight or a product of Catholic sympathies from Russell Moore and Prior BUT USING A SYMBOL FOR LUCIFER to supposedly embody and symbolize Jesus is pretty edgy ignorance or just brazen blasphemy.
THE FALSE PROPHETS AND EUNUCHS OF THE PELICAN PROJECT COURT
Jezebel’s court is always furnished with false prophets of Baal and emasculated males but we will let the men listed on Pelican’s website decide which role they play.
DR RUSSELL MOORE
NOTE: Russell Moore is Priors mentor who gave her validity among Southern Baptist by making her a Fellow at the ERLC. He also gave Prior COVER OVER HER REVOICE INVOLVEMENT during questioning ON THE FLOOR of at the 2018 SBC annual meeting in Dallas.
NOW IT SURFACES THAT MOORE IS WORKING WITH PRIOR’S PELICAN PROJECT WITH OVER HALF A DOZEN REVOICE LEADERS.
“Russell is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Prior to his election in 2013, he served as provost and dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also taught theology and ethics. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Southern Seminary, and as a visiting professor of ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His book Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel was named Christianity Today’s Book of the Year in 2016.”
NOTE: Thabiti’s wife is also involved in Prior’s Pelican Project. He is a member of the left leaning TGC, a long time employee of 9MARKS founder Mark Dever, is a former Muslim and Cayman Islands pastor, and has been on the radical racial fringe of the SBC calling for reparations after speaking at the radically racist MLK /50 EVENT in 2018. This event was hosted by TGC and Moore’s ERLC. Most recently Thabiti has marched in DC with Baptist “radical” brand redistributionist and John Perkins disciple John Perkins during the height of the Black Lives Matter protest and riots.
“Thabiti is one of the pastors for Anacostia River Church. He has served as an elder and pastor in churches in NC, DC and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington, DC area. He is the author of several books, including: Exalting Jesus in Luke; Reviving the Black Church; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preacher. He blogs regularly at The Front Porch and Pure Church.”
MORE REVOICE IN PELICAN PROJECT
NOTE : Crouch is a former editor at CT and works for the CCCU which endorses pro LGBTQ compromise “Fairness for All” led by Mormons and the left wing evangelical group The & Campaign.
“Andy is partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. For more than ten years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today, including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. His books include The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place; Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing; Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.”
NOTE- Also former Christianity Today editor Mark Galli is on the Pelican Project Advisory Council .Galli is best know for his recent attacks on President Trump as he was departing his role as CT editor. Greg Jao of Intervarsity is on the Pelican Council as well. This campus ministry has played a huge supportive role of the Revoice LGBTQ Thriving in the church movement . Intervarsity Press publishes many of the books of the Revoice thought leaders like Mark Yarhouse, who is himself a CCCU leader. Other Members and Advisory Council connections will be visited in another article.
In 2019 the SBC ,with the help of Russell Moore and ERLC fellows like Karen Swallow Prior took a “Credentials Committee” designed for their annual Convention meetings and “Repurposed ” it as a standing “Committee” with investigative powers for complaints of sexual abuse and issues related to racial discrimination and mishandling /mistreatment of homosexual related issues.The Committee has the power to investigate and sanction and even strip credentials from SBC churches. They can also step into the ordination process of individual Baptist churches against the historic localized controls of the cooperating churches in the SBC. The Repurposed Credentials Committee was a so called “response to the #MeToo movement, aHuston Chronicle report series on sex abuse cover ups in the SBC and revelations” related to the Paige Patterson removal at SWBTS of which Prior was a key media player. Many problems exist and are even reported about by secular press like Inside Higher Ed coverage of former SWBTS professor Dr Robert Oscar Lopez.
Dr. Lopez who has advocated for and written multiple SBC statements for approval as “Resolutions” to address such issues as ex gay therapy and whistle blower protections has also worked to bring attention to the lack of SBC and the newly repurposed Committee to same sex related abuse which exist in both the Houston Chronicle investigations and is given a total pass in the SBC/ ERLC efforts to address abuse and to which they, Russell Moore and Karen Swallow Prior appear always willing to turn a blind eye.
Yet the Committee now represents far reaching centralized powers, which when politicized and abused, can carry out “search and destroy” missions on iconic figures like Patterson and the Falwell’s and Liberty with it’s reported $2 plus billion dollar endowment. To the victor go to the spoils. Now Notorious KSP is listed among the leaders of a new Alliance in Christian education located at SWBTS. This appears to be a pattern the outcomes of which are yet to be played out at Liberty once Jerry Jr is fully flushed out of power. Much more appears waiting in wings with the efforts of Prior to secure Falwell’s complete departure from Liberty. MORE to come on the players in those shadows.
The ERLC “resource ” explaining the Repurposed Credentials Committee:
THE BAPTIST #METOO WATCHDOG COMMISSION IS COMPRISED OF A SELECT GROUP OF SBC LEADERS ,FEMALES, JOURNALIST AND OTHERS WHO AWAIT THE NEXT MALE OFFENDERS STORY TO BREAK THEN POUNCE ON IT AND BEAT THE DRUM FOR VICTIMS.
The problem is the political and progressive DNA of the Repurposed Credentials Committee and it’s circle of players like Prior have already proven problematic as they ignore the reality of Same Sex Abuses and the reports of abuse in general which occur among “insiders” from their own SBC networks.
The “selective outrage ” of “abuse advocates” like Russell Moore or Karen Swallow Prior becomes especially glaring while both work feverishly to promote the thriving of “LGBT Christianity”, shamelessly engage social change efforts and tout their own progressive politics . The effort REEKS OF INSINCERITY and provides no real service to the Gospel or the purity of the church in a challenging culture. The mantra of Moore “It’s a Gospel issue” has been used to the point of abuse as the much admonished “civility” and “winsome” tone called for by Moore in his ERLC narrative -always seems to vanish when the next Baptist offender, guilty or not, is identified for targeting and destruction.The call for repentance, mercy and redemptive grace goes out the window when the Spirit of Jezebel warned about in Revelation 2:20 in the church of Thyatira.
“Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.”
Note this writer is not calling KSP the Jezebel the OT queen from I Kings and whose New Testament manifestation is warned of in Revelation 2:18-23. But this writer is pointing out Prior’s willingness on one had to seduce conservative Christians toward Revoice and other pro LGBTQ advocates while assuming the prophetic role decrying leaders whose sins she deems intolerable and outrageous. The entire Pelican Project brigade and it’s advisory council needs to be reminded of the remainder of Jesus warning regarding Jezebel. “…I will give to each one of you according to your works.”
FEW HAVE FULLY GRASP THE DEPTH & SEVERITY OF THE MASSIVE INFLUX OF DARK MONEY IMPACTING CHRISTIAN INSTITUTIONS, MISSIONS ORGANIZATIONS, PULPITS AND VOTING HABITS. HERE ARE THE BULLET POINTS OF JUST ONE ORGANIZATION AND THIS HARSH REALITY .
Rev Thomas Littleton 9/1/2020
In 2010 this researcher discovered the tip of the proverbial iceberg related to outside money influencing ever deepening compromise among Christian leaders. Starting with the broadening of Faith Based Partnerships allowing federal tax dollars to be pumped into the denominations, missions organizations, churches, and local outreach ministries, the groundswell of funding has yet to crest as the evidence of it’s damaging impact becomes ever more undeniable.
TAX MONEY IN CHURCHES -BAD IDEA ESPECIALLY COME ELECTION TIME.
After over a decade of the untraceable billions in tax dollars for FBP- the Covid -19 response flooded yet another $7.3 billion in public funds into churches. For most people the problems these issues represent needs no commentary.
We move on.
By 2013 the wave of Social Justice false gospel was in full swing in conservative evangelical institutions like denominational missions organizations, universities, colleges and seminaries. This information is detailed in the Thirty Pieces of Silver article “Is This The Evangelical Deep State? -parts one and two.
Now fast forward:
In the original expose’ it was documented that Kern Family Foundation ( KFF) and the Acton Institute had driven a “New Evangelical Social Engagement ” which was boasted about in the book by the same name. It also showed the “Social Justice” economics movement around which the curriculum and narrative is based, was in at least 13 major seminaries by that time. KFF confirmed the presence via email in at least 7 Christian universities as well.
GOING OFF SHORE?
By 2014 it was confirmed in local Wisconsin (home of KFF) media outlet that KFF was among the first American foundations to go off shore with part of its operations. Another justice driven and transformative funding source for evangelical leaders and organizations, the Templeton Foundation,reportedly followed Kern off shore to the Cayman Islands. Templeton is a major funding organization for the work of left “justice ” leaning evangelicals like Tim Keller ,
NOTE: There is no tax incentive for a non profit philanthropic organization to go off shore. NONE. Unlike American and other corporations and wealthy individuals who use off shore accounts to shelter earnings and wealth from domestic taxation, a non profit DOES NOT NEED A TAX SHELTER.
WHY go off shore except to hide additional funding using the KFF as a “pass through”,? This practice was made popular by Soros led and funded organization and foundations to HIDE the dark source of funding coming in – going through and out of related organizations in the Soros activist philanthropy. If this is not what KFF and others are doing then they should explain their decision and open their book totally to the Christians whose denominations and institutions they are influencing. Now is a good time to start.
NOTE ALSO : One of the primary influences welcoming the KFF funding into Seminaries and Christian ministries is The Gospel Coalition. By 2014 TGC had one of its more popular Social Justice speakers and leaders living and serving as a pastor in the Cayman Islands. This is the same time frame in which KFF and Acton Institute boosted efforts on the American Christian College/ University and Seminary campuses to fund “The New Evangelical Social ( Justice) Engagement. QUESTION -What other accounts exist that might provide opportunity for need of management in the Cayman Islands ? This is not an accusation but a question that continues to arise given the choice to operate heavily influential philanthropic organizations outside the country and the view of those impacted by them.
“The Waukesha-based foundation has quietly grown to assets of $627 million, nearly as big as the Bradley Foundation. It also leans conservative.”
“The Kern Foundation employs some sophisticated investment strategies, including the creation of a Cayman Islands subsidiary. Not too many foundations get into off-shore accounts.”
“The foundation’s staff, besides Senske, includes James Rahn, a Director and President, who receives $332,727 per year for his services, while Program Directors including Karen Wilken, Ryan Olson, Fredrick Oaks, Greg Forster ( Kerns Evangelical recipient vision caster via Oikonmia Network)and Kyle Bode receive between $89,423 and $124,908. …”
“Teach for America is not a silver bullet, but it is one important component to an overall educational reform strategy in a community,” said Jim Rahn, president at the Kern Family Foundation, which invested $1.3 million and helped bring the program to Milwaukee. ”
“Kelly Ramirez, Program Director at the Kern Family Foundation, joined Ian Dahlinghaus, a first year corps member, for #TFAWEEK, teaching on character and personal identity to high school students at Saint Anthony High School. Students reflected on qualities of good character that resonate deeply with them.”
The KFF funding for Teach for America goes back for many years and is still current in 2019/2020
“Welcome, Teach for America members. You have your work cut out for you….Bringing the program to Milwaukee was made possible with a $1 million funding commitment from the Kern Family Foundation, announced in 2007.”
TEACH FOR AMERICA /KFF IN 2013 2014 SAME TIME AS THE EVANGELICAL RAMP UP.
“Students of color, those from low-income areas, and those who identify as LGBTQ+ face oppression based on their multiple identities. Teach For America is committed to safety, fairness, and dignity for all students. That’s why we’re taking a stand.”
“Our LGBTQ+ Community Initiative aims to create a more intersectional movement to end educational inequity by encouraging more LGBTQ+ leaders to teach.”
“Taking a Stand on LGBTQ+ Students’ Rights”
“In 2015 Teach For America publicly endorsed both the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act, because all students deserve an equal opportunity to learn and succeed in school, and students who are, or who are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender are no different.”
“Join a Prism Learning Community”
“Our Prism coalition is a network of LGBTQ+ support groups in each of Teach For America’s regions. The Prism coalition mobilizes TFA alumni leaders, staff members, teachers, and community members to support LGBTQ+ students and educators as we collectively work toward educational equity.”
KFF ALSO FUNDS LIBERAL EDUCATION PBS NETWORK
“ARLINGTON, VA, April 16, 2015– The PBS Foundation has received $2.4 million in grant money from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Kern Family Foundation to further the educational mission of PBS KIDS. The funds will support the development of new digital tools and resources that will be leveraged locally by PBS member stations to provide children with a strong foundation for success, encourage family engagement and aid parents and caregivers as they strive to build children of character in communities across the country.”
KERN IS FUNDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ENTIRE DEPARTMENTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE DRIVEN ECONOMIC TRAINING ON CONSERVATIVE EVANGELICAL SEMINARY CAMPUSES.
Examples on just two of the Southern Baptist seminaries where KFF has set up Shop.
SEBTS – SBC SEMINARY IN WAKE FORREST
SEBTS, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forrest is home to the KFF funded the “Intersect Project” which has received multiple Kern grants since its establishment. The Intersect Project’s work includes multiple activist causes and Diversity and Inclusion focused on social justice using Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality (hence the name), Black Liberation Theology, and Third Way political engagement narratives.
“Southeastern welcomed over 400 pastors, students and members of the local community on the evening of Friday, March 13th for an evening of conversation addressing faithful interaction with today’s cultural issues.”
“The Henry Institute is proud to feature and sponsor The Commonweal Project at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Commonweal Project (TCP) is generously supported by The Kern Family Foundation and is led by SBTS professor Ken Magnuson. Magnuson, Director of TCP, leads the project’s steering committee, which consists of Magnuson, Owen Strachan of the Henry Institute, David Kotter (Assistant Director of TCP) of the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, and Denny Burk, Director of the Center for Gospel and Culture at Boyce College”.
“The war against conservative values moves from Christian college campuses, to private K-12 schools. Is homeschooling next?”
“AFTER THE SOCIAL JUSTICE WOKE CULTURE HAS ALL BUT DESTROYED
SEMINARIES AND TWO MAJOR CONSERVATIVE DENOMINATIONS, BAPTIST
EDUCATORS TAKE AIM AT INFILTRATING CHRISTIAN EDUCATION WITH NEW
IACE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION UMBRELLA.”
KFF HOPES CONFIRMED BY IACE
One of the leaders of the IACE “Alliance” confirms the intentions for the new organization to be a hopeful “GOOD FIT FOR KERN FAMILY FOUNDATION…AND OTHER SIMILAR FUNDING”.
KFF IS FUNDING TRANSFORMING OF HEALTH CARE EDUCATION WITH ITS JUSTICE DRIVEN “FAITH AND WORKS” FOCUS “FOR THE COMMON GOOD”.
“Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education”
NOTE : $37.8 MILLION IS A HUGE GRANT AND THE PROGRAM IS TO ESTABLISH A TEMPLATE AND AN UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION FOR TRANSFORMING MEDICAL EDUCATION ACROSS ACADEMIA.
“The Kern Institute was established in early 2017 through a transformative investment to the Medical College of Wisconsin from the Kern family, the Kern Family Foundation”
“The Kern Institute is dedicated to advancing a new foundation for medical education based on character, competence, and caring. We are advancing innovation by applying human-centered design methodology and the principles of the entrepreneurial mindset: curiosity, connections, and creating value.”
“The Kern Institute is supported by five pillars dedicated to transforming faculty, students, and curriculum, as well as fostering culture and systems change and cross-pillar work. The Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine (KNN) undergirds these pillars and helps ensure the innovations developed, both through the Kern Institute, and collaboratively with our partner schools, are positioned and ready to be adopted into interprofessional practice across medical schools.
WHAT IS THE BIG PROBLEM? WITH KFF OFF SHORE SINCE AT LEAST 2013 -NO ONE ON THE OUTSIDE BEING INFLUENCED BY THESE TRANSFORMATIONAL VISIONS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION, AMERICAN SEMINARIES AND EVEN MEDICAL SCHOOLS CAN KNOW WHERE THE MONEY IS COMING FROM OR WHERE ELSE IT IS GOING .
More on the Kern Family Foundation can be found here but again note that this would not need to include the Cayman Islands information:
KFF President James Rhan works on the Board of the Charter Schools Growth Fund along side Allan Golston, president of the United States Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation . Charter schools are problematic on multiple levels mixing public and private funding and are popular with the LGBTQ and Islamic education lobby groups. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also flooding evangelical world with their global agenda driven $$$. Bill Gates and his global pandemic partner Dr. Anthony Fauci work very closely with Francis Collins-the Bio-Logos founder which receives Templeton funding. If you do not know much about the politics of global philanthropy – it is suffice to say it is left agenda and tends to cluster as organizations follow others in their industry with funding.
KFF FUNDED THE OVERTLY POLITICAL THIRD WAY BOOK OF SEBTS PROVOST AND INTERSECT PROJECT LEADER.
Why is KFF investing in the political posture of evangelicals?
“Letters to An American Christian”
“In Letters to an American Christian, Bruce Riley Ashford, author of One Nation Under God, addresses overarching issues of the relationship of Christianity and politics, speaks to the way historic Christian belief informs specific hot-button political issues, and challenges readers to take seriously both our heavenly and earthly citizenships”
“I wish to thank Devin Maddox and Combs of B&H Publishing Group for their commitment to this project and the Kern Family Foundation whose encouragement and support enabled this project to become a reality .”
Ashford also list these Action and Kern thinkers and employees in his appreciation :
“for critical feedback, research editing and proofreading
“Joe Carter- longtime Acton Institute editor , TGC editor , ERLC message man under Russell Moore and Acton Fellow Hunter Baker ”
The Kern Family Foundation funding is not the only problematic funding coming into the evangelical institutions, ministries, denominational structures and ministries but it is one of the most commonly found. The connection to the KFF programs and curriculum and the “social justice” shift in focus in conservative seminaries is undeniable. Other funding organizations with global and justice /common ground for common good/ human flourishing narratives have become all too common place among our institutions. Many other disturbing and agenda driven funding sources exist in addition to KFF grants. These others include Faith Based Partnership, John Templeton Foundation which funds “religious” work among those who seek to wed science and faith and subscribe to no sacred text”.Also we find the funding of George Soros, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Gates is at the epicenter of the Pandemic and Vaccine Industries and is VERY CLOSE partnership with evangelicals like Rick Warren, Francis Collins of Bio Logos and with funding organizations like “The Gathering” ). Pro LGBTQ activist billionaire Paul Singer is buying up evangelical “real estate ” in the form of & Campaign National Immigration Forum and and many TGC leaders. The National Christian Foundation near Atlanta Georgia is another organization supporting organizations buying into FBP funds by providing additional support which has exploded from $1 billion over 24 years to over a $ billion and 1/2 per year since around 2010.
Virtually no public accounting of the problems associated with these grants is made by many of the recipients of these funds. Little or no availability of where massive “pass through ” funding is coming from in organizations whose operations make them perfect gathering places for multiple unseen donors. In the case of KFF and Templeton- being willing and able to operate “off shore” makes these issues of even greater concern.
One day when the history of modern Christianity in America is written -the foot note is likely to read: ” Many committed Christians and organizations withstood the liberal theology and left wing politics of the times until eventually most if not all resistance gave way to the allure of big easy money with deadly strings and agendas attached”.
FROM 2018 MLK/50 TO ALIGNING YOUNG URBAN CHURCH PLANTERS WITH & CAMPAIGN… TO RESOLUTION 9’s CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND INTERSECTIONALITY , BAPTIST HAVE BEEN SET UP IN ADVANCE FOR THE RADICAL RACISM OF THE 2020 ELECTION.
Rev Thomas Littleton 8/23/2020
Black Lives Matter is admittedly a Cultural Marxist trained organization whose followers have now been demonstrating, rioting, burning, looting and making their demands known in America’s streets for months now with no end in site. Hundreds of millions in support dollars from corporate America have fueled the movement which is rooted, not in the historic civil rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s but boastfully is moving to “disrupt the civil rights movement” with it’s own radical roots of feminist lesbianism and transgenderism and the full LGBTQ range of sexual liberation which have redefined global human rights. YET none of the radical reality of BLM has deterred conservative ( by reputation at least) Baptist leaders from stepping up and offering public support and even, in some cases, marching with radicals and their sympathizers in the streets.
THE “QUEER ROOTS OF BLM”
“Unlike the Black Freedom Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s, BLM is inherently a movement sustained by a politics of blackness that is, Charlene Carruthers reminds us, unapologetically feminist, womanist, and queer. However, it would be unwise to forget and ignore the black queer cultural and political context from which this movement emerges and rests upon. The political insurgency of BLM evokes the likes of earlier black queer activists — lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists of African descent — who, because of time and circumstance, spoke in various tones of “how infinitely complex any move for liberation must be.” Indeed, if one were to search for a historical context to understand the imperative and invaluable context of today’s Black Lives Matter movement, then one would have to trace its legacies on the page as well as the stage. While Black Lives Matter — in all of its glory, rhetoric, and political praxis — very much disrupts anti-black publics, its living legacy as a contemporary political movement can be traced to black queer activism, writing and public speeches that book-end twentieth century US politics and freedom movements.”
BAPTIST LEADERS ENDORSING BLM ARE FULLY IN STEP WITH DEMOCRAT PARTY 2020 PLATFORM
“HEALING THE SOUL OF AMERICA”
“Democrats believe in bringing the American people together, not stoking division and distrust. President Trump has denigrated virtually every segment of American society—and in so doing, he has insulted the very idea of America itself. Healing the soul of America means facing up to the deepest inequities in our society (like) structural racism.”
“We believe Black lives matter, and will establish a national commission to examine the lasting economic effects of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and racially discriminatory federal policies on income, wealth, educational, health, and employment outcomes; to pursue truth and promote racial healing; and to study reparations. We must acknowledge that there can be no realization of the American dream without grappling with the lasting effects of slavery, and facing up to the centuries-long campaign of violence, fear, and trauma wrought upon Black Americans.”
Stetzer even wrote about his BLM support and marching for Christianity Today encouraging all other Christians to do the same.
“Pro ALL Life: Why I Protest and Encourage You to Do So Too”
“I’ve marched for life like lots of evangelicals. I encourage you to march for black lives as well. Protests are part of who we are.”
“Yesterday, my family and I participated in a lament walk in Wheaton. I tweeted at the time, “At the Wheaton lament walk with my family. Communities all over the country are coming together to mourn and work for justice. I’ve never seen a group like this in Wheaton. It’s encouraging.” And I meant it.
Now, mind you, I am doing more than protesting—things like partnering churches together and giving to help impacted communities, but I’m also headed out again right now to be a part of a local protest.”
“I think protesting matters.”
ED STETZER – NEVER MIND THE “QUEER LGBTQ ROOTS” OF THE MOVEMENT OR THE FIRES STILL SMOLDERING IN AMERICAN CITIES INCLUDING YOUR OWN.
THE ROOTS AND FUNDING OF THE PROTEST MATTER-SO DOES THE RADICAL ENDGAME.
“Black Lives Matter at School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education. We encourage all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join our annual week of action during the first week of February each year”
NAE TEACHERS UNION ENDORSES BLM SCHOOL PROGRAM
AMONG OTHER ENDORSEMENTS OBAMA’S MENTOR
“Bill Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired), UIC”
NOTE: Again this is the movement Baptist leaders are standing in solidarity with, endorse, and march in the streets with.
ERLC -“Our experience at the Faith that Works March in Washington, D.C.”
RUSSELL MOORE’S ERLC STAFERS PARTICIPATED AND ENDORSED THOSE BAPTIST PARTICIPATING
“Pastors Thabiti Anyabwile and David Platt blessed and prayed over the protestors starting in Ward 8 before crossing the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.”
“Many Christians have been struck by the recent tragedies and the examples of systemic racism, but without a clear direction of response. We can relate to this feeling—wanting to show our support for black Americans, but not wanting to be associated with the rioting and violence taking place at many of the protests. The Sunday march provided us an opportunity for a way forward. ”
“We marched to the U.S. Capitol, prayed in Jesus’ name for Amos 5:24 to ring true in America, and we sang in joyful protest all the rest of the way to the White House.”
“Marching like this, with our brothers and sisters, singing and praying, is a powerful way Christians can respond to the injustice in our country. We should take advantage of our right to freely worship and assemble, according to our beliefs. Too many others around the world don’t have this privilege. ”
“This “Christian Response to Racial Injustice” is not the only Christian response to racial injustice. There are many ways Christians can and should respond, but we found it to be a powerful witness of our faith to see Christians publicly stand together and say “Jesus cares about justice. Black lives matter to God, and they ought to matter to us.”
“Many Christians are choosing the hard work of repentance, educating themselves, and having tough conversations with friends and family on race in America. These are not public nor glamorous actions, but they are vitally important to racial reconciliation. We should have grace with one another as we all do our different parts to pursue truth, goodness, and beauty in our country.”
FURTHER COVERAGE OF BAPTIST BLM SUPPORT IN OTHER MEDIA
“A few weeks ago, almost 16,000 college students gathered for Urbana, an evangelical conference promoting cross-cultural missions. While the event featured high-profile speakers like David Platt and Francis Chan, the most talked about session following the 2015 conference was Michelle Higgins’ talk about the evangelical church and the Black Lives Matter movement.”
“Her address generated some controversy, mainly surrounding the her support for Black Lives Matter and some side comments she made during her talk—causing InterVarsity, the organization that hosts Urbana, to respond officially and in follow up interviews.”
“Regardless, no one can deny the importance of Higgins’ speech, both in message and that it seems to represent the first major evangelical organization to put its weight behind the Black Lives Matter movement. Higgins, who is the director of worship and outreach at South City Church in St. Louis, issued a call to action, and at the very least, she sparked a much-needed discussion among evangelicals.”
“We talked to her about the Urbana talk and the importance of Black Lives Matter for all Christians.”
MORE 2020 BAPTIST BLM COVERAGE
FAST FORWARD TO 2020 IN DC WITH BAPTIST DAVID PLATT AND THABITI ANYABWILE
“A Christian Response to Racial Injustice”
“Concerned that there weren’t enough outspoken Christian voices against racial injustice, Faith + Works DC helped many evangelicals get involved in the protests in Washington over the weekend. One of those participants was pastor of McLean Bible Church in Virginia, David Platt.”
“We pray that you would forgive us for our history and our present,” Platt prayed. “We praise you, in particular, today, Jesus, as this group, for taking the judgment we deserve.”
“Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of Anacostia River Church introduced the former president of the SBC’s International Mission Board. Anyabwile is a well-known evangelical that has spent much of his time in ministry speaking out against racism.”
“Faith community takes center stage as thousands again …”
“Jun 7, 2020 – Platt was introduced by Thabiti Anyabwile, the pastor of Anacostia River … Municci, who works at a downtown law office, at first thought only a few … Amid protests in D.C., woman sings ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ on U Street.”
& Campaign is the Democratic Party, the Obama Foundation and leftist pro LGBTQ funder of the right Paul Singers American Unity Fund partnership for progressive political goals fully in unison with BLM and combining “Biblical Values & Social Justice”
.@MittRomney is marching with a group of nearly 1,000 Christians to the White House. Here he is on video saying why he’s walking: “… to make sure that people understand that Black Lives Matter” https://twitter.com/hannah_natanson/status/1269698056531980291 …
“Sunday’s march, already in progress for hours before Romney arrived, was called by local D.C. churches that count themselves as theologically conservative.”
“The event, described as a “Christian Response to Racial Injustice,” drew a diverse crowd and was supported by prominent preachers such as Thabiti Anyabwile, the pastor of Anacostia River Church, David Platt, lead pastor of McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia, Mike Kelsey, McLean Bible Church’s lead pastor of preaching and culture, and Perrin Rogers of the Triumphant Church in Maryland.”
“Last year Platt prayed with President Trump at McLean Bible Church when the president made an impromptu visit, causing the pastor to explain the incident in a letter to the congregation.”
“Tyler Bowen, who attends Grace Meridian Hill, a church affiliated with the conservative Presbyterian Church in America, said the demonstration was indicative of a more advocacy-oriented strain of evangelicalism that is well represented in the churches that organized the march.”
“There is a branch of the evangelical church—like we saw today—that is standing up against these issues, is speaking out, and believes that Jesus is calling them to speak out,” said Bowen. “Speaking out is being faithful to his commandments.”
“Participants gathered in southeast Washington before processing toward the US Capitol, singing hymns such as “Amazing Grace” as they walked and holding signs with references to Bible verses such as “Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God,” from the Book of Micah.”
MORE THABITI RHETORIC DIVIDES THE PULPIT AND INCLUDES CALL FOR REPARATIONS
“Coyle and Ed interview Thabiti Anyabwile, the pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC, council member and blogger at The Gospel Coalition, and author of several books, including The Decline of African American Theology. Thabiti talks to us about his own background, race in the United States, and the Black Lives Matter movement.”
“How might we define “reparations” in principle? I would define reparations as “material and social repayment made as acknowledgement and restitution by an offending party to an aggrieved party for wrong(s) done in order to repair the injuries, losses and/or disadvantages caused by the wrong.” Though these are my own words, I have in mind the work of William “Sandy” Darity at Duke University, who argues that reparations should have three aims: (a) acknowledgement of the wrongs done, (b) payment for the wrongs done, and (c) closure for both parties.”
“SBC Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile: Why Christians Need to Consider Reparations”
THE SBC IN 2019 PAST RESOLUTION 9 AFFIRMING CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND INTERSECTIONALITY AS “USEFUL ANALYTICAL TOOLS FOR THE GOSPEL”.
“CRITICAL RACE THEORY/ INTERSECTIONALITY AND ANTI REVOICE RESOLUTIONS TURNED INTO SUPPORT OF THE VERY ISSUES THEY CONDEMNED”
“The author of the original Critical Race Theory/ Intersectionality resolution condemning CRT has come forward and exposed that the Committee who reviews the submissions actually altered his resolution to affirm it.”
Baptist have long made efforts to address the racial history in America and in their own movement. This ongoing effort began in earnest in the 1950s .But what is different today is that Southern Baptist have adopted the tools of the trade, the narrative and joined in the very movement of the most radical racial and sexual liberation movement to ever achieve mainstream American acceptance.
Baptist are using Cultural Marxist SOCIAL THEORIES and engaging it’s ideology all the while they condemn them in public. Southern Baptist leaders are affirming and marching with the lesbian and transgender founders of BLM who boast their intentions to “disrupt ” the civil rights movement with an LGBTQ ” BLACK AND QUEER PRAXIS”.
Baptist like Ed Stetzer are calling us to join him in protest. Whether they openly endorse Black Lives Matter or play the games of journalistic hair splitting by capitalizing “Black” and not capitalizing “lives matter”- the endorsement and the call for support is all the same . We are being told that BLM in many ways embodies the Gospel.
If Baptist leaders like David Platt, Thabiti and Stetzer really believe in the compatibility of BLM and the Word of God then it is very likely these men are ignorant of the Gospel and their own salvation is suspect. BUT if they do know the truth and are playing racial politics in the name of the Gospel then their own willingness to pervert it and misuse their callings and influence to seduce believers of all races and all denominations into one of the worst deceptions in modern church history- then they cannot escape the judgement of God for doing so.
The Gospel is a post racial truth. It is the end of who we all were in our sin identities and offers the one great door to true change in the world. The Gospel is not a call to Justice but a call to Repentance and to obtain MERCY ONLY FOUND IN JESUS.