WITH LITTLE NOTICE TO MOST, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN CONVICTIONS ARE BEING ERODED FROM WITHIN. THE PUSH OF CRITICAL THEORIES AND “RACIAL DIVERSITY” HAVE MADE AMERICA’S CHRISTIAN SEMINARIES A CAULDRON OF ANTI-AMERICANISM.
Rev Thomas Littleton
No other Biblical “Conservative” seems more committed to undermining American Christian conservatives than Albert Mohler. His leadership at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) has given us contrarian former ERLC head Russell Moore, CRT practitioners Curtis Wood and Jarvis Williams, Revoice LGBTQ leader Nate Collins and now an expert in “Historian of American Christian Nationalism; Associate professor of Church History”.
Obviously the “White Christian Nationalism ” is a key ingredient of the “White Privilege/ White Supremacy ” narrative so many weary Christians are hearing railed at them from their own pulpits today. So why not educate and then hire a guy who a is top historian and author on the subject and have him talk both sides of the “problematic issue ” toward a better understanding of it for even MORE pastors who will stand in their pulpits and accuse the Church?
MEET SBTS AMERICAN CHRISTIAN WHITE NATIONALISM EXPERT HISTORIAN
John D. Wilsey
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CHURCH HISTORY (2017); BOOK REVIEW EDITOR, THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST JOURNAL OF THEOLOGY
“John Wilsey is a Georgia native whose interests lie in the history of how America has viewed itself, how it has understood its place in the world, and how theology has influenced American national identity. As a historian of ideas in church history, Wilsey is also interested in the Enlightenment, religious freedom, American church/state relations, and the contributions the Black church has made to American religious and political culture.”
More specifically in his twitter bio description Wilsey lays out his “historic focus”
John D. Wilsey@JDWilseyHistorian of American Christian Nationalism; Associate professor of Church History@SBTS
ACTON INSTITUTE IS THE SOURCE OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE /FAITH AND WORK / CRITICAL THEORIES CURRICULUM FOUND IN MOST AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE SEMINARIES.
PROFESSOR WILSEY IS AN ACTION FELLOW.
JOHN WILSEY 2015 BOOK ON “AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM”
American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea
Paperback – November 22, 2015
by John D. Wilsey (Author), John Fea (Foreword) “Ever since John Winthrop told his fellow colonists in 1630 that they were about to establish a City upon a Hill, the idea of having a special place in history has captured the American imagination. Through centuries of crises and opportunities, many have taken up this theme to inspire the nation. But others have criticized the notion because it implies a sense of superiority which can fuel racism, warmongering and even idolatry. In this remarkable book, John Wilsey traces the historical development of exceptionalism, including its theological meaning and implications for civil religion. From seventeenth-century Puritans to twentieth-century industrialists, from politicians to educators, exceptionalism does not appear as a monolithic concept to be either totally rejected or devotedly embraced. While it can lead to abuses, it can also point to constructive civil engagement and human flourishing. This book considers historically and theologically what makes the difference. Neither the term nor the idea of American exceptionalism is going away. John Wilsey’s careful history and analysis will therefore prove an important touchstone for discussions of American identity in the decades to come.”
IF TGC IS PROMOTING YOUR BOOK IT IS A SIGN OF IT’S USEFULLNESS IN THEIR PROGRESSIVE AGENDA.
The book asserts insight into how the cold war work of John Foster Dulless influenced “Christian Nationalism Worldview” and interprets Christianity through an ethical not a theological lens.
“When John Foster Dulles died in 1959, he was given the largest American state funeral since Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s in 1945. President Eisenhower called Dulles—his longtime secretary of state—“one of the truly great men of our time,” and a few years later the new commercial airport outside Washington, DC, was christened the Dulles International Airport in his honor. His star has fallen significantly since that time, but his influence remains indelible—most especially regarding his role in bringing the worldview of American exceptionalism to the forefront of US foreign policy during the Cold War era, a worldview that has long outlived him.”
“God’s Cold Warrior recounts how Dulles’s faith commitments from his Presbyterian upbringing found fertile soil in the anti-communist crusades of the mid-twentieth century. After attending the Oxford Ecumenical Church Conference in 1937, he wrote about his realization that “the spirit of Christianity, of which I learned as a boy, was really that of which the world now stood in very great need, not merely to save souls, but to solve the practical problems of international affairs.” Dulles believed that America was chosen by God to defend the freedom of all those vulnerable to the godless tyranny of communism, and he carried out this religious vision in every aspect of his diplomatic and political work. He was conspicuous among those US officials in the twentieth century that prominently combined their religious convictions and public service, making his life and faith key to understanding the interconnectedness of God and country in US foreign affairs.”
ACCORDING TO HIS BIO -WILSEY HAS BEEN AT SBTS AND AT ACTON SINCE 2017
Affliliate Scholar in History and Theology Acton Institute Jan 2017 – Present4 years 6 months
WISLEY ACTON INSTITUTE BIO
“John D. Wilsey, Ph.D. is Affiliate Scholar in Theology and History at the Acton Institute. He is Associate Professor of Church History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of One Nation Under God: An Evangelical Critique of Christian America (Pickwick, 2011) and American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea (IVP Academic, 2015); he also edited Alexis de Tocqueville’s famous work, which recently appeared under the title Democracy in America: A New Abridgment for Students (Lexham, 2016). Wilsey is 2017-18 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is doing research for a new biography of John Foster Dulles, scheduled to appear in Eerdmans’ Library of Religious Biography series.”
WILSEY ALSO WORKS AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY WITH THE JAMES MADISON PROGRAM AND ROBERT GEORGE.
This is the another part of the same circles Russell Moore – the now defrocked ERLC leader /Mohler disciple – has operated as “Accuser in Chief ” among evangelical ethicist.
“THINKING IN PUBLIC” is one of Albert Mohler’s SBTS promotional programs. He recently interviewed his employee John Wilsey to discuss his book in a podcast. The irony is if we are to take this kind of programing as mere thinking out loud …in public then it might lead up to believe that no strategy exist behind it. Given SBTS ONGOING production of influences and voices counter to convictional Christians in the evangelical and Baptist churches in particular – then Wilsey is just one more newer voice of a change agent working to indoctrinate your next pastor or church staffer.
9 MARKS editor Jonathan Leeman is cut from the same cloth and another voice in the “problematic White American Christian Nationalism” finger pointing circus which has moved center ring to deceive a generation of Christians into believing their national identities have ruined their understanding and public and private practice of their faith.
ENOUGH ALREADY. STOP HIRING PEOPLE “EDUCATED” BY THESE INSTITUTIONS AND DO NOT THINK BEING AN AMERICAN HAS WARPED YOUR FAITH AND YOU ARE THE ENEMY OF CIVIL AND PLURALISTIC SOCIETY.
Christian faith is bigger than American Christianity -no doubt about it. But the Religious Freedom Gospel history in American is not the enemy of the church today .Change agents dressed as theologians ARE at least one enemy of the faith going little detected inside our seminary walls.
The Narrow Way
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 [c]Because narrow is the gate and [d]difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
I Never Knew You
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Build on the Rock
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
ED LITTON TOOK THE DISTRUBING SOCIAL JUSTICE AGENDA OF THE ERLC/TGC 2018 “MLK/50 ” EVENT AND TURNED IT INTO HIS OWN ALABAMA BRAND. NOW HE IS TOP DOG IN THE NATIONS FASTEST DECLINING CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT.
Rev Thomas Littleton
Passing a new gavel at the SBC annual was a selfie op for two Baptist leaders.
(NOTE: This author lives in the Deep South and can affirm that such radical misrepresentations as are leveled at Christians by people like Russell Moore and companions playing the race card like Ed Litton. Such ongoing shaming and finger pointing is nothing short of brazen progressive politics in an attempt to divide and divert the church from it’s Gospel mission -even while hiding behind an icon of the Civil Rights movement in his 80s. Russell Moore was defrocked by Baptist leaders going into the SBC annual meetings for 2021 and manipulated the same kind of accusations of both racism and sex abuse at his former bosses and fellow Baptist while they paid him a 6 months severance and bonus package. Moore and Litton and others like them are working to further the kind of racial divide which fuels Black Lives Matter sentiments based on politicizing race for power. Does prejudice exist ? Yes everywhere and along all kinds of lines including race. Are people abused by religious leaders? Yes and much of it is same sex abuse and covered up by religious bureaucracy for a host of reasons. But when it comes to weaponizing race and gender and accusation ….THESE LEADERS WILL STOP AT NOTHING AND THESE LEADERS KNOW NO SHAME.)
BILND TO THE DECLINE AND ERROR BAPTIST LEADERS YUCK IT UP IN CELBRATION
For some reason outgoing SBC President J D Greear is still smiling large after his three year reign as leader of the Baptist produced the largest decline of over 435,000 members in 2019. Greear is a guy trained by the compromising influence of Leadership Network in the Evangelical community. Leadnet coached guys like Greear, Rick Warren, Tim Keller and Ed Stetzer providing them with resources to build mega churches and have large media outlets.
NOW THE GAVEL PASSES TO A NEW PROGRESSIVE LEADER.
MLK/50 was a watershed moment for the opposition to the false Social Justice Gospel in the SBC. The April 2018 ERLC/TGC co-sponsored event actually birthed concerns which gave rise the “Dallas Statement ” by Fall of that years. It was still a buzz of concern during the 2020 annual meetings and culminated are was rearticulated in the massive opposition to Resolution 9 affirming Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality during and after the 2019 Annual Meetings.
Of no real concern to the elites who control the SBC annual meetings, seminaries, missions organizations, the train just kept moving toward the next progressive station as opposition from conservatives was not only squashed but vilified as a “Conservative Insurgence ” or efforts of a “Right Wing Take Over” filled the headlines.
LITTON REPRESENTS THE PROGRESSIVES WING WHO SOME CALL “MODERATES”
Ed Litton is a pastor in South Alabama and took his friend Russell Moore’s MLK/50 lead and invited him and the Racial Wealth Redistribution advocate John Perkins into his region to ensure a further movement of the Social Justice agenda in the Deep South.
Ed Litton@EdLitton · Jun 15, 2018 Pray for Shrink the Divide racial reconciliation Gathering in Mobile, on July 24th -John Perkins & Russell Moore will be our guest speakers. @drmoore
AT MLK/50 MOORE HAD ATTEMPTED TO BROADEN THE RACIAL DIVIDE WITH THE FOLLOWING ACCUSATION OF “JIM CROW WORSHIP”.
“Russell Moore at MLK50: ‘Many Often Chose to Serve Jim Crow and to Rename Him Jesus Christ”
The Gospel Coalition@TGC“Time and time again in the white American Bible Belt the people of God had to choose between Jesus Christ and Jim Crow. And tragically many often chose to serve Jim Crow and to rename him Jesus Christ.” —@DrMoore#MLK50Conference
BAPTIST PRESS ON THE EVENT “SHRINK THE DIVIDE”
” Shrink the Divide — a July 24 gathering for racial reconciliation — was sponsored by The Pledge Group, encompassing Mobile-area pastors who are seeking “to unify the body of Christ and our communities across ethnic and denominational lines, realizing that racism is a heart/sin problem and only the gospel will bring about such unity.”
“Ed Litton, pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Ala., was one of the event organizers. “We could not be more excited and satisfied with this event,” he told The Alabama Baptist. “Our response from those who want to join us in practical ways of shrinking the divide was overwhelming.”
Litton looks to have found no problem with pushing the divide over social justice by holding the event with divisive Russell Moore ironically named “Shrinking ” it. This was 2018 as the false accusations of radical racism against Evangelicals led Russell Moore to make the slanderous “Worshipping Jim Crow as Jesus ” statement against his fellow Baptist as well as the broader evangelical community.
MORE FROM BAPTIST PRESS ON THE EVENT
” Keynote speakers Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and John M. Perkins, a minister, civil rights activist, Bible teacher and author, focused on the Gospel and authentic Christianity.
Moore, who along with Perkins received a standing ovation when he entered the stage, told the crowd “that once you are in the family of God, you are a joint heir with Jesus Christ.”
“If you have really been brought in by this Gospel, then that’s going to change the way you see things, including the way you see yourself in relation to other people,” Moore said.
Issues involving reconciliation “could not be more relevant in the kind of American society that we are in right now that is riddled with division, riddled with racism, riddled with injustice, riddled often with hatred for one another and often infected with a kind of racism and racial animosity that is more subtle than it would have been at other points in American history which means that it is even more dangerous,” Moore said, while acknowledging, “What God has called you to do is going to take time.”
Perkins described the situation as a crisis of belief and owning sin.
“Our crisis is in not understanding authentic Christianity,” he said. “Sin is a rebellion against God and all sin in the end becomes your own. That’s a problem. The problem is that we don’t own our sin. And so we don’t believe. We don’t own our sin and so we can’t forgive. And even now we use our sin as a weapon. I won’t commit to you because you hurt me so bad and you might hurt me again. The problem is a crisis of belief.”
The church must call the world “into a relationship with Jesus Christ and each other,” Perkins said. “And the Christian life must be the outward [manifestation] of the image of Christ.””
LITTONS REPRESENTAITON OF THE RACE ISSUE
“Litton, also speaking at the press conference, added that understanding the Gospel is vital.”
“But the problem is we see a church that is more polarized than the unchurched…. [T]he church holds certain doctrinal beliefs, and we’re not questioning those, but it’s how we apply them,” he said. “We’ve got to return to the basics of seeing another person as made in the image of God, which means they have value and worth and that their skin color is in the beauty of what God made them to be and we accept that person and love that person, and it doesn’t matter if you vote like me, think like me or look like me, but that God placed you here, and I honor you because God made you.”
“Members of The Pledge Group have been working on relationships and getting to know one another for nearly four years.”
DESPITE CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DIVISION MOORE AND LITTON WENT FULL SPEED AHEAD WITH THEIR RACIAL ACCUSATIONS
FASTFORWARD TO 2021 AND MOORE IS SLINGING HATE FROM OUTSIDE
Russell Moore looks to have helped some in the SBC achieved a massive coup by playing the race card against fellow Baptist. A “Whistleblower” /former staffer did a series of “leaked emails” seemingly on Moore’s behalf to animate the fresh accusations against Baptist of racism and sex abuse/ coverups.
Weaponizing race and gender is the top menu item for progressives and their press outlets like Washington Post and New York Times where Moore has “Friends” in the editorial departments. Interfaith liberal Religion News Service also helped animate the organized Moore accusation political effort.
From Capstone Report
BREAKING: Russell Moore attacks sex abuse survivor in letter ‘leaked’ to Leftist media.
Russell Moore implies SBC is filled with racists, does not name any names.
“Russell Moore’s best pals are Leftists in the mainstream press.
You can tell a lot about a man by his friends. You know, Evil company corrupting good morals and all.
You can also tell a lot about a man by those he determines to be enemies. And Russell Moore’s letter shows his enemies list to be filled with conservatives.
In typical, SBC Elite fashion, Dr. Moore does not name names—he makes broad accusations of racism, misogyny and ignoring sexual abuse. And instead of pointing out the culprits, he tries to tarnish the entire Southern Baptist Convention with his slander and innuendo.”
Moore and his pals like Ed Litton have now ridden the race card to the top of evangelical power- Litton within the Baptist denomination and Moore from his new role as martyr “attempting to save Baptist from their racial and abuses selves” with the aid of a hateful secular press while the Truth of the Gospel lies fallen in the streets in their wake lies and accusation.
JUST A REMINDER OF WHAT THE GOSPEL REALLY IS
8 “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.”
Character of the New Man
12 “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
” Feminism does not grow movements. It is a barren womb of activism, discontent, and political mood swinging to the far left.”
By Thomas Littleton
The age-old “Christian equality ” movement and denominational destroyer ,filled with critical theories and feminist theology brazen enough to even seek to redefine the nature of God and the Trinity are part of the current SBC groundswell of errors.Trust it-this is about much more than WOMEN IN THE PULPITS.
NOTE- (This author has been in many different churches and movements including some who have historically ordained women to the pastorate and opened the doors to pulpit ministry. The primary opposition expressed here is the brazen effort to set aside Biblical authority , redefining or challenging it and to craft talking points to appear to be “faithfully” pushing an egalitarian movement mixed with “conservative theology”. Neither history nor the fruit of these efforts are on the side of those who drive them..no matter what theological posture they assert. In the past those who seek to feed feminism end up belittling and downgrading women and motherhood and family .These NEVER make for unity or happiness on the part of those consumed by them. Besides the lack of spiritual joy and satisfaction, these efforts always result in decline and FURTHER rebellion by seeding manifold progressive errors and politics within the landscape. Feminism does not grow movements. It is a barren womb of activism, discontent, and political mood swinging to the far left.)
Intersectionality weds all the biblically illegitimate ideologies into one loveless child of activism. From Me Too- to Trans- to Critical Theories -to Race Baiting-to the total downgrading of womanhood and family..this package has it all and is out for blood. Jezebel would be proud.
Feminism now has brought both its historical weaponization of womanhood and a newly found set of talking points and wrapped at least sometimes in the sheeps clothing of conservative theology. It appears that since the rise of The Gospel Coalition, any progressive political action group can CLAIM to be historically conservative and biblical and still be believed. Perhaps all that is needed today is enough money to afford the latest think tank talking points and some useful allies at the top of the food chain among Southern Baptist and presto -you have validation. Such is the current movement for “Egalitarianism” and the ordination of women in the Southern Baptist Convention. Don’t laugh ! It is not coming …it is already here.
SOME NEW VOICES ARE JOINING THE BROADER EVANGELICAL PUSH FOR “EQUALITY” -RACE-LGBTQ RIGHTS AND ENDLESS ADVOCACY OF VICTIMHOOD.
These new voices are highly coordinated and working in unison -too much so to trust the long term goals they harbor. Among them are:
Aimee Byrd Kristin du Mez ( Seems SBC Presidential candidate Ed Litton is reading her book now and finds it compelling) Beth Allison Barr Devi Abraham
MORE ON THEIR ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION AND BOOKS IN A MOMENT
RICK WARREN STIRS THE POT.May 11th 2021 headlines in the Washington Post read:
Saddleback Church just ordained three women as pastors. The Southern Baptist Convention says only men should be.
“The SBC added a ban on female pastors to the Baptist Faith and Message, its doctrinal statement, in 2000”
“Saddleback Church, one of the largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention and home to influential pastor Rick Warren, ordained three women as staff pastors this past weekend, a move that critics say violates the denomination’s statement of faith.
“Yesterday was a historic night for Saddleback Church in many ways!” the Southern California megachurch’s Facebook page announced on Saturday. “We ordained our first three women pastors, Liz Puffer, Cynthia Petty, and Katie Edwards!”
The three newly ordained pastors are longtime Saddleback staff members. Petty has worked with children’s ministry and Edwards has been in youth ministry, while Puffer’s Linked-In profile lists her as a “minister” at Saddleback.
Calling them — or any woman — a pastor is, “at best, unwise and confusing,” wrote Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.”
WARREN’S TIMING IS SUSPICIOUS AT BEST This came just in time for the lead up to the June annual meetings of the SBC in Nashville which were a month away at the time Warren took his defiant actions. More important than the SBC so called “ban” on women pastors – the Bible is very clear on it’s DIRECTIVES- yet this is the VERY authority that is being called into question as we shall see.
BIBLICAL INSTRUCTION AND WISDOM
PAUL SPEAKS TO THE ORDER OF CREATION
And the authority of men in the home.
1st Timothy 2:
Men and Women in the Church
8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. 11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.”
PAUL AGAIN SPEAKS TO DIVINE ORDER AND THE “GREAT MYSTERY” WHICH IS THE REFLECTION OF CHRIST AND THE CHURCH REPRESENTED IN MARRIAGE ANF CHRISTIAN FAMILY.
30 For we are members of His body, [a]of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
THE BIBLE HONORS WOMEN’S ROLE IN THE WORK OF THE CHURCH .
Only a fool would advocate for women to have no role outside of motherhood and “keeping at home”. Old and New Testament and church history are filled with women who fervently and fruitfully serve the Lord and the saints. BUT Paul is forbidding the kind of usurping of authority and downgrading of motherhood that has driven the feminist movement and it’s theological stepchildren for decades.
FEMINIST THEOLOGY HAS BEEN THE POLLUTED WELL OF ALL KINDS OF HERESY AND ERROR.
Feminst Theology has birthed error- downgraded womanhood and sought to “Redefine Family” and even the very nature of God wrapping Him in ideals of the “feminine of the Divine”.The LGBTQ movement and the radical politics of the Social Gospel , now marketed as Social Justice have combined with modern “Intersectionality ” to relaunch the movement to the front and center of Baptist life and other denominations.
ALBERT MOHLER IS NO ALLY TO THE OPPOSITION.
Albert Mohler may appear to be leading the effort to oppose the egalitarian movement in the SBC’s – BUT It was long time Mohler protoge’ Russell Moore who was driving the effort to promote the drafting of popular womens preacher Beth Moore as President of the SBC in 2018 . The idea was shopped around by many until Moore left the Baptist movement and now her campaign manager Russell Moore has been removed from his position atop the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission.Perhaps the push for Beth was ahead of the curve but 3 years later with the actions of Saddleback and Rick Warren -the movement is thriving and finding momentum.
SOME HISTORY AND DEFINITIONS
Feminist Theology is Interfaith and Universalist impacting most religions and is Liberation Theology at it’s roots.
“Feminist theology is a movement found in several religions, including Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and New Thought, to reconsider the traditions, practices, scriptures, and theologies of those religions from a feminist perspective. Some of the goals of feminist theology include increasing the role of women among the clergy and religious authorities, reinterpreting male-dominated imagery and language about God, determining women’s place in relation to career and motherhood, and studying images of women in the religion’s sacred texts.”
JANET FISHBURN IS ONE OF FEMINIST THEOLOGIES FAVORITE THINKERS.
By the early 90s Janet Fishburn labeled the BIBLICAL TRADITIONAL Family an “IDOL”.
Confronting the Idolatry of Family: A New Vision for the Household of God
“Janet Fishburn is Professor of Teaching Ministry at Drew University Theological School in Madison, New Jersey.”
” By analyzing attitudes about church and family and by illustrating how our “biblical values” are often too closely related to the “American Dream,” Fishburn offers sharp insights into the changes currently underway in our culture, churches, and families. Fishburn proposes a new agenda for the church — an agenda that can create a healthy context for traditional and non-traditional families.”
FISHBURN AND RAUSCHENBUSCH
” Janet Fishburn and Ralph E. Luker have made important contextualized con- tributions to the interaction of Walter Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel with feminism and Liberation Theology”
” Rauschenbusch’s first major published work, Christianity and the Social Crisis, appeared in 1907. Class divisions and tensions were on the rise during this period and a political movement, known as the Progressive Movement, was attempting to address in political terms what Rauschenbusch was addressing in theological terms.”
A good summary of and look into the function of intersectional theology is found in the 2018 book\by feminist writers Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Susan M. Shaw
“Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide”
“Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide offers a pathway for reflective Christians, pastors, and theologians to apply the concepts and questions of intersectionality to theology. Intersectionality is a tool for analysis, developed primarily by black feminists, to examine the causes and consequences of converging social identities (gender, race, class, sexual identity, age, ability, nation, religion) within interlocking systems of power and privilege (sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, ageism, nativism) and to foster engaged, activist work toward social justice. Applied to theology, intersectionality demands attention to the Christian thinker’s own identities and location within systems of power and the value of deep consideration of complementary, competing, and even conflicting points of view that arise from the experiences and understandings of diverse people.”
“This book provides an overview of theories of intersectionality and suggests questions of intersectionality for theology, challenging readers to imagine an intersectional church, a practice of welcome and inclusion rooted in an ecclesiology that embraces difference and centers social justice.”
“Rather than providing a developed systematic theology, Intersectional Theology encourages readers to apply its method in their own theologizing to expand their own thinking and add their experiences to a larger theology that moves us all toward the kin-dom of God.”THE FUTURE OF THE GOSPEL ONCE SUBJECTED TO FEMINE THEORY AND INTERSECTIONALITY
RELIGION NEWS SERVICE AND THE MODERN MOVEMENT ESPECIALLY IN THE SBC One of the leaders of the modern effort to push the Egalitarian movement in the SBC is Beth Allision Barr. Here is her recent post of her RNS article written to fly in the face the upcoming SBC Annual Convention.
“Yes, Al Mohler, a storm is coming. But I don’t think it is coming from radical liberals who have fallen down the slippery slope. I think it is coming from the great cloud of female witnesses who have stood firm in their belief God has called them to preach the gospel of Jesus — women like Mary J. Small, Ella Eugene Whitfield and even Addie Davis. It is coming from ordinary evangelical women like me who believe God calls women to preach — not because we have forsaken the authority of Scripture, but rather because we cling so strongly to it.” (Link from RNS article )
MORE VOICES HAVE JOINED IN THIS COORDINATED EFFORT WITH BARR. A recent Roundtable discussion shows Barr and others involved in the current movement.
Roundtable Discussion with Aimee Byrd, Kristin du Mez, and Beth Allison Barr
“Devi Abraham and Mike Bird talk to Three Outstanding Authors about Christianity, Culture, and Patriarchy”
The books of those participating betray the in-your-face narrative being employed against the “patriarchal establishment”.
“Mike Bird and Devi Abraham talk to Aimee Byrd, Kristin Du Mez, and Beth Allison Barr about their respective books concerning Christianity, culture, and patriarchy.”
Why did your book have to be written?
How has your book been received?
How do male responses to the books prove the point of the books?
What would a man get out of reading your book?
What is the # 1 thing that has to change in the churches?
“Biblical womanhood–the belief that God designed women to be submissive wives, virtuous mothers, and joyful homemakers–pervades North American Christianity. From choices about careers to roles in local churches to relationship dynamics, this belief shapes the everyday lives of evangelical women. Yet biblical womanhood isn’t biblical, says Baylor University historian Beth Allison Barr. It arose from a series of clearly definable historical moments.”
“This book moves the conversation about biblical womanhood beyond Greek grammar and into the realm of church history–ancient, medieval, and modern–to show that this belief is not divinely ordained but a product of human civilization that continues to creep into the church. Barr’s historical insights provide context for contemporary teachings about women’s roles in the church and help move the conversation forward.”
“Interweaving her story as a Baptist pastor’s wife, Barr sheds light on the #ChurchToo movement and abuse scandals in Southern Baptist circles and the broader evangelical world, helping readers understand why biblical womanhood is more about human power structures than the message of Christ.” Besides the endorsements of her fellow feminine activist in this roundtable -Beth Allison Barr’s book is endorsed by such activist luminaries as Critical Race Theory leader Jemar Tisby adn LGBTQ advocate and semi uncloseted LGBTQ + activist Baptist/journalist Jonathan Merrit .
“Throughout this book, Barr talks about how her world was transformed. Readers should be ready to have their worlds transformed too. She shakes our shallow historical foundations by revealing how much of so-called ‘biblical’ womanhood reflects the culture rather than Christ. By taking us through her own heartbreaking journey of exclusion from her faith community, she demonstrates the temerity that we need to live the simple, yet disruptive truth that all women and men are created in the image of God. The Making of Biblical Womanhood is about unmaking the harmful patterns of patriarchy in the church, society, and our own hearts.”
Jemar Tisby, CEO of The Witness Inc.; New York Times bestselling author of The Color of Compromise
“This is a book unlike anything I’ve read before. Drawing on her extensive research into the history of Christianity, Barr upends everything you thought you knew about Christianity and gender. This fervent, bold, and sweeping history of Christianity and patriarchy is an absolute game changer. Any future debates will need to reckon with Barr’s contention that the subjugation of women has nothing to do with gospel truth.”
Kristin Kobes Du Mez, professor of history and gender studies, Calvin University; author of Jesus and John Wayne
“The Making of Biblical Womanhood has done in one volume what many other books in recent years have done in part: it demonstrates that so-called biblical womanhood is not actually biblical. Though Barr explores and analyzes church history and theology in this well-researched book, it is no boring academic tome. She weaves together personal narrative to remind readers of the humanity of this issue too. This book has the power to help Christians build a faith where ‘there is neither male nor female,’ to liberate women from patriarchal hierarchies, and to heal the pain inflicted by countless churches. I have waited my entire adult life for a book like this, and I am excited that it has finally arrived.”
Jonathan Merritt, contributing writer for The Atlantic; author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch
“It’s time–no, it’s way past time–that we take a critical look at how complementarians have been leaving women leaders and teachers out of church history books and expose the movement of ‘biblical womanhood’ for what it is. I love how Beth Allison Barr’s expertise in medieval church history contributes to the discussion of women in the church. While I may not align completely with Barr’s argument, I affirm with her the need to acknowledge the different ways women have led in church history and should now. I affirm with her that Christ calls women in his church to teach. And I affirm with her that so-called complementarianism isn’t the only option, or even a good one, for those who uphold the authority of Scripture. Read this book and be challenged and encouraged. I’m glad she wrote it.”
Aimee Byrd, author of Recovering fromBiblical Manhood and Womanhood and No Little Women
Aimee Byrd’s book description
Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
“Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood presents a critique and an alternative to the push for biblical womanhood and biblical manhood today, focusing on the reciprocity of the male and female voices in Scripture, the covenantal aspect to Bible reading and interpretation, and bearing the fruit of that in our church life.”
About the Book
“While evangelicalism dukes it out about who can be church leaders, the rest of the 98% of us need to be well equipped to see where we fit in God’s household and why that matters. Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is a resource to help church leaders improve the culture of their church and disciple men and women in their flock to read, understand, and apply Scripture to our lives in the church. Until both men and women grow in their understanding of their relationship to Scripture, there will continue to be tension between the sexes in the church. Church leaders need to be engaged in thoughtful critique of the biblical manhood and womanhood movement and the effects it has on their congregation.”
“Do men and women benefit equally from God’s word? Are they equally responsible in sharpening one another in the faith and passing it down to the next generation? While radical feminists claim that the Bible is a hopelessly patriarchal construction by powerful men that oppresses women, evangelical churches simply reinforce this teaching when we constantly separate men and women, customizing women’s resources and studies according to a culturally based understanding of roles. Do we need men’s Bibles and women’s Bibles, or can the one, holy Bible guide us all? Is the Bible, God’s word, so male-centered and authored that women need to create their own resources to relate to it? No! And in it, we also learn from women. Women play an active role as witnesses to the faith, passing it on to the new generations.”
“This book explores the feminine voice in Scripture as synergistic with the dominant male voice. Through the women, we often get the story behind the story–take Ruth for example, or the birth of Christ through the perspective of Mary and Elizabeth in Luke. Aimee fortifies churches in a biblical understanding of brotherhood and sisterhood in God’s household and the necessity of learning from one another in studying God’s word.”Kristine Kobes Du Mez book description: NOTE There is little doubt about the political nature of the movement after reading Ms Du Mez talking points. “How did a libertine who lacks even the most basic knowledge of the Christian faith win 81 percent of the white evangelical vote in 2016? And why have white evangelicals become a presidential reprobate’s staunchest supporters?
“These are among the questions acclaimed historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez asks in Jesus and John Wayne, which delves beyond facile headlines to explain how white evangelicals have brought us to our fractured political moment. Challenging the commonly held assumption that the ?moral majority? backed Donald Trump for purely pragmatic reasons, Du Mez reveals that Donald Trump in fact represents the fulfillment, rather than the betrayal, of white evangelicals’ most deeply held values.”
“Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping account of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, showing how American evangelicals have worked for decades to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism, or in the words of one modern chaplain, with ?a spiritual badass.? As Du Mez explains, the key to understanding this transformation is to recognize the role of culture in modern American evangelicalism. Many of today’s evangelicals may not be theologically astute, but they know their VeggieTales, they’ve read John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart, and they learned about purity before they learned about sex?and they have a silver ring to prove it. Evangelical books, films, music, clothing, and merchandise shape the beliefs of millions. And evangelical popular culture is teeming with muscular heroes?mythical warriors and rugged soldiers, men like Oliver North, Ronald Reagan, Mel Gibson, and the Duck Dynasty clan, who assert white masculine power in defense of ?Christian America.? Chief among these evangelical legends is John Wayne, an icon of a lost time when men were uncowed by political correctness, unafraid to tell it like it was, and did what needed to be done.”
“Trump, in other words, is hardly the first flashy celebrity to capture evangelicals’ hearts and minds, nor is he the first strongman to promise evangelicals protection and power. Indeed, the values and viewpoints at the heart of white evangelicalism today?patriarchy, authoritarian rule, aggressive foreign policy, fear of Islam, ambivalence toward #MeToo, and opposition to Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community?are likely to persist long after Trump leaves office.”
“A much-needed reexamination, Jesus and John Wayne explains why evangelicals have rallied behind the least-Christian president in American history and how they have transformed their faith in the process, with enduring consequences for all of us.”
FEMINISM SEEKS HISTORIC CONTEXT- AS DO OTHER ACTIVIST CAUSES The movement is ever reaching for “historic context ” and Anthropology to lend validity to the activist narrative. Egalitarian anthropologies “Titled in accordance with Rosemary Radford Ruether‘s work in Christian theology, Egalitarian anthropologies explore varying views of gender equality in Christianity. These include eschatological feminism, liberal feminism, and romantic feminism. According to Ruether, the commonality among these anthropologies is the belief that gender equality was the original intention of God and that it was somehow skewed by humanity. Ruether goes on to point out that the belief in the ideal of gender equality “leaves room for considerable variation in relating this equality to woman’s present subjugated state in history under patriarchy.”In the preceding statement, Ruether qualifies the need for further exploration into the following anthropologies.”
“Liberal feminism rejects the notion that creation established the patriarchy; Ruether asserts that gender equality originally existed, but was distorted by historical injustices against women. This branch of egalitarianism dictates that gender equality must be restored rather than introduced. This restoration will be accomplished by economic, political, social, and systemic reformation. Ruether includes the church in her discussion of social reform, displaying its participation in gender subordination. Ruether continues saying, “The Church as a bearer of redeemed humanity ought especially to represent this equality of men and women in its institutional life. But it does so as a paradigm of what all social institutions should become, not as a representative of an eschatological humanity outside of and beyond history.” Here she distinguishes liberal from eschatological feminism stating that liberal feminism calls for liberation within society, rather than removal from it.” Beth Allison Barr is a leader of the Christians for Biblical Equality
Mission Statement CBE International (Christians for Biblical Equality)
“CBE exists to promote the biblical message that God calls women and men of all cultures, races, and classes to share authority equally in service and leadership in the home, church, and world. CBE’s mission is to eliminate the power imbalance between men and women resulting from theological patriarchy.”
“CBE envisions a future where all believers are freed to exercise their gifts for God’s glory and purposes, with the full support of their Christian communities.”PATRIARCHY IS CONSTANTLY BLAMED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE CHURCH.
Helping the Church Prevent Abuse
“I am currently on the journey of recovering from [clergy] abuse and have a God-given passion to help speak into and resolve the issue in our churches…I enjoy the connection with CBE and the resources you provide.”
“In the US and around the world, 1 in 3 women are victims of physical abuse by an intimate partner, and studies show abuse is as common in the church as in society. CBE is working with church leaders to prevent abuse and create communities where women and men flourish as equals.” ” Right now, women aren’t free to use their leadership gifts due to… sexist religious beliefs. Christian patriarchy. misreading Scripture. strict gender roles.”
A Truly Biblical view of womens roles goes no where near the promotion of feminist politics nor feminist liberation theology. THE NEW TESTAMENT HAS WONDERFUL INSIGHT INTO GODLY WOMEN AND THEIR ROLES IN THE CHURCH AND THE WORK OF THE GOSPEL.
ROMANS 16 GREETINGS Paul greeted 28 people in Rome of whom 10 were women. Paul was quick to identify and commend them and was NEVER ignoring women;s roles in the work of the church-even in Rome. WOMEN IN THE GOSPELS Martha and Mary portray powerful realities of Jesus interaction with women and their callings to serve and worship. Mary Magdaleneis a powerful picture of redemption and bold love and service to Jesus .
Women were called to discipleship is most evident in the Resurrection accounts. All four Gospels show Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the Mother of James and Joses, Salome and the other women disciples accompanying Jesus to his death; anointing and burying his body; viewing the empty tomb; and see Him RISEN FROM THE DEAD.
17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;Acts 21:9Phillp the evangelist ” He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied” ADD on biblical case for women and gender roles 1st Corinthians 11: 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you. 3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Titus 22 But as for you, teach what accords with sound[a] doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us” DANGER AHEAD !
Neither the SBC nor any other denomination will benefit from a rise of feminist ideology, politics or theology in it’s ranks. Why ? Because every insatiable progressive cause comes along for the ride and NO movement has ever begun to pacify and appease it without entering into steep decline and losing sight of fidelity and faithfulness to the Word of God. None.
Few greater threats exist to faith in America at this moment than the shrinking space of freedom of speech in the public square. Whether it is self imposed censorship by bowing the knee to “political correctness” and the fear of man, or the mischaracterization of Christian conviction as “Hate Speech” or an arrogant overreach of social media imposing it’s political and moral views on its users, the verdict is in. Free Speech is no longer popular in America and much of the West. In fact True Christian FAITH and the expression of it has almost never been popular in secular society once its rebellion against God has reached meltdown … yet both are recognized in our Constitution and so are their source. These “rights” come from God Himself. Christians will soon face the choices set upon many who have gone before us. Will we obey God or man and will we go about the business of the Gospel no matter what persecutions that may bring?
Rev Thomas Littleton
Freedom of Speech is lodged firmly in the 1st Amendment of the Bill Of Rights along side Freedom of Religion and Freedom of the Press. All three have to do with expression by the individual in the exercise of those God GIVEN inalienable rights which the US Constitution recognizes and affirms . Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion are inseparable and cannot be denied without serious impact on individuals and society.
First Amendment Annotated
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
PROPHETS AND APOSTLES SUFFERED THREATS AGAINST SPEAKING TO AND FOR GOD.
The Name of Jesus Forbidden
Acts 4: 13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. 14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16 saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a [a]notable miracle has been done through them is evident[b] to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”
18 “So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
DANIEL IN THE LIONS DEN FOR VIOLATING PRAYER LAW
3 “Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
6 “So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.”
10 “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”
THREE HEBREWS THROWN IN FIRE FOR REFUSING TO WORSHIP A GOVERNMENT INSTITUTED IDOL.
Daniel 3:4 Then a herald cried [b]aloud: “To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 5 that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; 6 and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”
14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?”
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FAITH BREATHE THE SAME AIR.
The TWO and inseparable.
Todays threats to BOTH include:
Critical Theories- Identity politics – political correctness -“Civil Society ” # MeToo movement, and Common Good Socialism narratives. Victimhood status of race- gender sexual orientation – oppressed religious minorities . collectivism – secularism- atheism and more.
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WORKED TO PROTECT BOTH
Trump admin 2017 passed Executive Order over concerns of Free Speech and Religious Freedom.
“in order to guide the executive branch in formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious liberty of persons and organizations in America, and to further compliance with the Constitution and with applicable statutes and Presidential Directives”
It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom. The Founders envisioned a Nation in which religious voices and views were integral to a vibrant public square, and in which religious people and institutions were free to practice their faith without fear of discrimination or retaliation by the Federal Government. For that reason, the United States Constitution enshrines and protects the fundamental right to religious liberty as Americans’ first freedom. Federal law protects the freedom of Americans and their organizations to exercise religion and participate fully in civic life without undue interference by the Federal Government. “
“Respecting Religious and Political Speech. All executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall, to the greatest extent practicable and to the extent permitted by law, respect and protect the freedom of persons and organizations to engage in religious and political speech. In particular, the Secretary of the Treasury shall ensure, to the extent permitted by law, that the Department of the Treasury does not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship, or other religious organization on the basis that such individual or organization speaks or has spoken about moral or political issues from a religious perspective, where speech of similar character has, consistent with law, not ordinarily been treated as participation or intervention in a political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) a candidate for public office by the Department of the Treasury.
“Conscience Protections with Respect to Preventive-Care Mandate. The Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall consider issuing amended regulations, consistent with applicable law, to address conscience-based objections to the preventive-care mandate promulgated under section 300gg-13(a)(4) of title 42, United States Code.”
“Religious Liberty Guidance. In order to guide all agencies in complying with relevant Federal law, the Attorney General shall, as appropriate, issue guidance interpreting religious liberty protections in Federal law.”
MODERN MARXIST WISH TO CONTROL AND LIMIT FREE SPEECH
Karl Marx followers on Free Speech
Neo-Marxists … built critical theory as a vehicle for change and began the deconstruction of INDIVIDUAL thought and expression in the West.
The history of critical theory and its impact on free speech:
“Frankfurt School academics fleeing Adolf Hitler’s Germany transmitted the intellectual virus to the US and set about systematically destroying the culture of the society that gave them sanctuary.”
“America’s freedom of speech was its achilles heel. Critical theorists were given university pulpits and a constitutionally ordained right to preach, grinding its foundation stones to dust. Since 1933 they have been hellbent on destroying the village to save it. the intellectual source of modern identity politics in the United States can be traced to the migration of Critical Theory scholars from Germany to U.S. universities in connection with or after World War II.”
Definition of Critical Theory
“Critical theory, Marxist-inspired movement in social and political philosophy originally associated with the work of the Frankfurt School . Drawing particularly on the thought of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud , critical theorists maintain that a primary goal of philosophy is to understand and to help overcome the social structures through which people are dominated and oppressed. (The expressed of CT goal is “human emancipation” yet the reality is ultimately oppression and bondage.) Since the 1970s, critical theory has been immensely influential in the study of history, law, literature , and the social sciences.”
TODAY SOME SECULAR PROGRESSIVES CALL CULTURAL MARXISM AND ITS INVASION A “CONSPIRACY THEORY “
(This approach is ,in itself, a tool of progressives to deny their efforts )
IMPORTANT !!! FREE SPEECH BECOMES HATE SPEECH
An endless narrative of victimhood define who is who culturally – who is victim and who is perpetrator is decided in have their cause advanced and who is guilty of oppression. Follow the talking points OR else you are the problem. You are RACIST- HOMOPHOBE- ISLAMA-PHOBE – XENOPHPOBIC – HATER – If you speak your opposing point of view it is.
WHERE DOES THE GOSPEL FIT INTO THIS CIRCUS OF WORDS?
Truth -especially Gospel Truth is no longer Free Speech BUT Hate Speech.
Speaking against sin or false religion or religious ideology or a cult can be twisted into and becomes hate speech- and must be silenced for the common good and “Civil Society”
Civility is the premium currency of Critical Theory and Cultural Marxism. ACLU and other organizations defend speech and freedoms of the “MINORITY” while they most often work against the rights of those who do not agree with them and their political and world views.
SOME NOTABLE VICTIMS OF CANCEL CULTURE AND DISMANTLING FREE SPEECH.
Trump – even THE President was silenced by Social Media and news outlets for speaking truth. He remains banned by social media Facebook and Twitter.
Mike Lindell of My Pillow has been censored and “cancelled” BUT is coming back strong in opposition to it! . So can others.
Some well known people in their words in Freedom of Speech
“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
“Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of
it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.” ― Winston Churchill
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” ― Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” ― Edward Snowden
“The only security of all is in a free press.” ― Thomas Jefferson
“The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do. They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty.”
[Beauharnais v.Illinois, 342 U.S. 250, 287 (1952) (dissenting)]” ― William O. Douglas
William Orville Douglas was an American jurist and politician who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at 40 was one of youngest justices appointed
“Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without Freedom of Speech.” Benjamin Franklin,
“Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.” John Adams
“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” Thomas Jefferson
Quotes on Freedom of Religion
“Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man’s nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God…Let it be known that British liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments.” John Adams
“We hold it for a fundamental and inalienable truth that religion and the manner of discharging it can be directed only by reason and conviction not by force and violence. The religion, then, of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate.” James Monroe
“The liberty enjoyed by the people of these States of worshipping Almighty God, agreeable to their consciences, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.” George Washington
“Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.” George Washington
MORE FROM THE SCRIPTURES ON FREE SPEECH INCLUDING SELF REGULATED MODERATION IN THE EXERCISE OF IT.
(Paul spoke the truth to the Galatians but was aware that people could turn on him for doing so.)
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Christians who think they are being noble or humble to hold their individual rights with little or no care – do so at the risk of their speech and their faith. Also Christians who do not watch and guard their own words must remember that we are accountable for them. We should choose and place our words well but we should never think it is a small thing when government and society wishes to choose them or silence them for us. Great momentum exist in todays culture to silence opposition to the cultural /political/ and media narratives. Time is short for passive Christians to awaken and arise for the sake of precious freedoms for our children and their faith.
FEW CHANGE AGENTS IN MODERN EVANGELICALISM HAVE BEEN MORE WELL PLACED & HARMFUL THAN THE NOW “FORMER HEAD” OF SOUTHERN BAPTIST ETHICS AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES COMMISSION. MANY BAPTIST CELEBRATE HIS DEPARTURE FOR THE ALREADY USELESS PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY TODAY WHERE HE FITS IN WELL.
Rev Thomas Littleton
Tuesday brought the news that activist “theologian” and Democratic operative Russell Moore was leaving the Southern Baptist Ethics post he has owned for years to take a job at Christianity Today. Moore has insulted and laughed in the face of Baptist who paid his salary for his entire ERLC tenure and he should have NEVER held the position. This news comes about eight years late BUT it is welcomed.
Russell Moore and his good friend Beth Moore yuck it up in the face of true biblical conservative Baptist.
Moore needed to go and even declared if there was “no room for Beth Moore in the SBC..(presumably as President of the Convention) …then there was no room for him”. Moore has been caught in repeated lies, openly worked with George Sorors funded Immigration Reform with Open Society funded National Immigration Forum and the leftward Trinity Forum.
He found a cozy home in the Obama administration and yet openly hated the successful policies of Trump. Moore found partners among the leaders of the & Campaign efforts to push “Third Way” political and social issue compromise into conservative evangelicalism funded in part by Paul Singer billionaire “vulture capitalist”.
Russell Moore ALWAYS chose the wrong side of every progressive issue. He used the ERLC to push RACE and Critical Race Theory launching the current movement to unravel unity among Christians across racial lines with his MLK/50 conference in the Spring of 2018. He drove progressive causes like refugee care, homelessness, social justice (via his empty rhetoric) into the pro life movement at the time it has been making the greatest strides toward ending abortion.
Moore pushed the Same Sex Attracted “non practicing homosexual” movement into the SBC with his 2014 ERLC conference called “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage”. He lied to SBC Dallas messengers when he denied knowledge of the radical Revoice LGBTQAI movement in 2018 even though multiple ERLC Fellows endorsed the movement and one of Moore’s key consultants for ERLC remains both a speaker and board member of Revoice.
Moore has been held in high honor among rebellious younger Baptist intent on pushing back against the conservative politics of their parents who grew up under Carter vs Reagan era policies. Moore fostered and fed their rebellion which put MANY young Baptist on a trajectory of a “theological bi-polar disorder” leaving them as (supposed) theological conservatives while manifesting as possessed social liberals. Confused and abused -this effort left many at the mercy (or in the merciless hands) of an exploitive, progressive and all devouring Cultural Marxist movement seeking to diminish the church and their own influence in every way possible.
BUT ALAS RUSSELL MOORE IS LEAVING
May 18, 2021
“From the time I was a child, the Lord worked in my life through two institutions. One was my Southern Baptist church, which introduced me to Jesus and taught me how to follow him. The other was Christianity Today, through which I found faithful voices of gospel integrity such as Carl Henry, John Stott, J. I. Packer, Charles Colson, John Perkins, and many others. “
“I am excited today to accept the invitation from Christianity Today to join their team as public theologian and as director of a new venture, the Christianity Today Public Theology Project, which is devoted to cultivating a forward-looking, joyful, consistent gospel witness.”
“I’ve struggled with this decision, because my gratitude for the honor of serving the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is so deep. As I conclude my time serving Southern Baptists as ERLC president, I am filled with gratitude as well as excitement for the future.”
WHY IS MOORE’S DEPARTURE SUCH GOOD NEWS.?
Russell Moore has been insulting, disrespecting and lecturing Baptist for years. He is not a Baptist ethicist but a progressive Democratic Party operative who still harbors, by his own admission, political dreams. Moore has been a leading “Never/Anti Trump” voice to the point that the SBC leadership were forced to put him on a VERY short leash after the 2016 election and again had to address the fact Moore’s political rhetoric was divisive and (at least twice ) caused 100s of SBC churches to withhold millions in funds from the “Cooperative Programs” missions funding organization.
THE LATTE MAFIA
Moore slid in many other change agents into SBC employment on his staff and trained an effeminate brigade of henchmen to do his bidding .This author dubbed his staff as “the Latte Mafia” We can hold a thin hope that the new leadership will be an actual biblical conservative Baptist and he will bring in an entirely new staff.
PERSONAL NOTE TO RUSSELL MOORE
Dear Russell Moore
I heard you are leaving. We only got to speak on a couple of occasions- very briefly thanks to your protective security crew. I for one am glad to see you go but not because of your progressive politics or of your wearisome and determined change agent status for which you were financially well rewarded… but simply because you were NEVER honest with me or with other Baptist about who you are. In the face of the glaringly obvious reality – you determined to make as many Baptist as possible think that you were one of them- one of us-believed like we do -and cared about what we believe ..about the Gospel.
Your leaving the ERLC and hopefully the SBC is a Gospel Issue . It is good for us and BEST for you. Thank you for your decision whether you made it alone or had help from those who have finally held you to some accountability. Russell we will all stand before a higher judge one day .We should all be living in light of that reality and openly/ honestly living in the light of His gaze. 2 Cor. 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” Praying for you. TL
RECENT ARTICELS ON MOORE’S CONTINUED COMPROMISE IN THE SBC
MOST CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEMS FACEBOOK HAS HELPED PROMOTE BY IT’S CENSORSHIP OF FREE SPEECH AND INFRINGMENT ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS DURING THE COVID RESPONSE… EVERYONE EXCEPT THE BAPTIST CHIEF ETHICIST WHO IS WORKING DIRECTLY WITH FACEBOOK FAITH PARTNERSHIP COORDINATOR PUSHING VACCINES TO HESITANT CHRISTIANS .
Rev Thomas Littleton
The Facebook for Faith page featured an odd assembly of partners last Friday May 7th to discuss Covid 19 vaccines.
FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 AT 2:30 PM CDT – 3 PM CDT
Love thy neighbor: How a faith-based approach to COVID helps protect our loved ones and ourselves.
“The second in a series of conversations between faith leaders and medical professionals to share ideas and information to help community leaders feel empowered with resources their communities need to make a decision about the COVID-19 vaccine”.
(NOTE: The World Economic Forum has a similar campaign based on interfiath efforts.
“Faith leaders from Christianity, Judaism and Islam support government efforts to control the coronavirus.”)
PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED :
Rev. DR. Walter Kim new President of the highly compromised and globalist partner the National Association of Evangelicals.
Kim is PCA and obviously on the progressive side due to his working in progressive Christian media. ” He also serves on the board of Christianity Today.”
Moore is also working with NAE leaders in a variety of progressive causes working to persuade the Church that these issues are “gospel issues”. Immigration Reform and the NAE missions art World Relief have cashed in big time on Refugee Settlement during 2009-2016 open door policy and faith based funding.
Dr. Emily Smith is the resident “health expert” in the Love Thy Neighbor ” panel:
“Emily Smith is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health at the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University and an adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) at Duke University. Her research interests include pediatric global surgery, health economics, and health systems strengthening in low-income countries. Before joining the faculty at Baylor, Dr. Smith was a research scholar at DGHI for two years. Dr. Smith received her PhD in epidemiology from the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC-CH and an MSPH from the University of South Carolina.”
Dr Smith operates a facebook page called “Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist“
“Responsible for helping drive the product strategy undergirding Facebook’s mission of giving its 2 billion members the power to build community and bring the world closer together by building strategic partnerships between Facebook and communities of faith, communities of color and youth-development organizations to broaden their reach and deepen their impact across Facebook’s platforms and products as well as offline.”
RUSSELL MOORE’S FACEBOOK PARTNER AND HER HISTORY WITH FB
“Facebook may look shiny and successful on the outside (the company is worth more than $600bn) but its reputation has taken a hit in recent times. There have been ongoing privacy concerns, most notably the Cambridge Analytica scandal. When the evangelist Franklin Graham had his account deactivated in December 2018, there were claims the company was policing speech. Some were even suspicious that Facebook was harbouring anti-Christian sentiments.”
“Hiring the outgoing, personable and relatable Nona Jones was a smart move by Facebook, an organisation that has recently come to understand the importance of its Christian constituency. The story of how this 37-year-old businesswoman and pastor with no previous tech experience became Facebook’s global director of faith-based partnerships is compelling.”
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR CAMPAIGN LEADERSHIP AND FUNDING ?
The Love Your Neighbor campaign looks to be part of the funding from the Biden Administrations $400 billion budget for promoting the vaccines in the recent $1.9 Trillion dollar Covid spending bill.
‘Loving thy neighbor:’ New ads urge conservative men with vaccine doubts to get their COVID shots”
This effort is overseen by the “Ad Council” and the “Covid Collaborative”
ITS GOAL? TO PROMOTE VACCINES TO VACCINE HESITANT CONSERVATIVES.
“WASHINGTON – The federal government and nonprofits are unveiling ad campaigns to counter vaccine hesitancy, emphasizing educational partnerships at the grassroots level.”
“The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative will unveil a vaccine education campaign specifically targeting conservative and religious Americans, who polls have shown are especially vaccine-hesitant populations. The program is a part of the partnership’s larger effort in educating the public on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”
“Conservatives are not a monolithic group,” John Bridgeland, founder of the COVID Collaborative, told USA TODAY. “There is a large moveable middle of those who may get vaccinated if they haven’t gotten it already.”
“The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative are leading a massive communications effort to educate the American public and build confidence around the COVID-19 vaccines.”
“Guided by the leading minds in science and medicine and fueled by the best talent in the private sector, the COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative is designed to reach different audiences, including communities of color who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.”
“Under the umbrella of the “It’s Up to You” campaign, we will ensure that Americans have accurate and timely information to answer their questions and concerns about vaccine side effects, efficacy, and clinical trials. Our goal is to shift the public mindset from vaccine concern to vaccine confidence.”
“Extensive research shows pervasive reluctance around the COVID-19 vaccines among the American public—with many Americans reporting they will not get the vaccine or have significant questions.”
“Overall, 40% of the general public falls into a movable middle – people who are hesitant to get a vaccine but are open to learning more. They want to know the vaccines are safe—and that the benefits outweigh the risk.”
Once again Southern Baptist chief ethics guy who heads the ERLC for the Biblically conservative Southern Baptist base proves he is out of touch with the average Baptist and deeply entangled with progressives who wish to dissuade and separate them from their Biblical convictions and conservative politics. Moore is reaching with Facebooks faith Partner for influencing the “Moveable Middle”.
Russell Moore’s job appears to be to manipulate as many Baptist and evangelicals out of the mushy middle and into the collapsing left’s global agenda.
WITH THE OPENING OF REGISTRATION FOR THE ANNUAL SBC MEETINGS IN NASHVILLE IN JUNE 2021, THE SBC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ROLLED OUT ITS NEW PRESS CREDENTIAL REQUIREMENTS ALLOWING SBC EXECUTIVES VAST CENSORSIP POWERS.
Rev Thomas Littleton
(NOTE: This author is a Southern Baptist and ordained SBC minister who has worked as a reporter for Worldview Weekend reporting LIVE at the SBC annual meetings since 2018. Worldview Weekend (WVW) is a major news outlet founded and led by author researcher and journalist Brannon Howse. WVW Network promotes news with a Christian worldview and historic context. Howse/ WVW also just helped launch FRANKSPEECH.COM with Mike Lindell ( My Pillow CEO and LINDELL TV.COM ) promoting Free Speech in America.
Upon requesting press credentials in early April 2021 for the upcoming June annual meetings in Nashville, this author was informed of the new SBC Executive Committee regulations aimed at controlling and denying media access and the nature of stories media outlets produce in coverage of the Convention meetings. The 3 week long effort of ever increasing requirements for the SBC credential vetting process ended in a rejection of the SBC Press Credentials request with no reason given. The SBC now joins Facebook, Twitter, major television network outlets like CNN and large national mega- publishing conglomerates in censorship of free speech and even the FREE PRESS.)
SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION NEW PRESS REGULATIONS
The April 16th request response for media credentials :
“Hello Mr. Littleton. Thank you for your interest in covering the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting.
There have been many updates to the credentialing policies and application process this year. You can read those revised polices and apply online (also new this year) at the following link – https://sbcannualmeeting.net/media-registration/ “
— Jon D. Wilke Media Relations Director Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee
THE NEW SBC MEDIA GUIDELINES
APPLICATION FOR 2021 SBC ANNUAL MEETING MEDIA CREDENTIALS
June 13-16, 2021 | Nashville, Tenn.
“The Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting is open to members of the working news media or those on assignment for news publications, programs, websites, or other news media that are generally recognized, and regularly updated, distributed or disseminated, where the primary purpose of registration and attendance is for legitimate news coverage of the Southern Baptist Convention.”
“Apply for media credentials by agreeing to the following guidelines, policies and ground rules along with filling out the form below.”
THE GUIDELINES RESTRICT THOSE MEDIA DEEMED PROBLEMATIC
“Press accreditation will NOT be granted to anyone whose principal purpose in attending this event is, in the judgment of SBC Executive Committee Communications staff, for reasons other than gathering details, interviews, and/or photos for a news report or feature. The SBC Executive Committee Communications staff also reserves the right, at its discretion, to reject the application of anyone who, in their judgement, may be attending the event under false pretenses or with ulterior motives or malicious intent.”
…”Misconduct or misrepresentation of position and/or publication/media organization will bar you and your organization from future SBC events.”
“Media representatives who violate guidelines or ground rules for coverage of the SBC Annual Meeting, whether written or oral, may have their credentials withdrawn and asked to leave the event location.”
(NOTE : The arbitrary nature of the guidelines provide the SBC executives virtually complete control over the message they wish to be presented by the press by putting restrictions on the nature of the stories to be published. The SBC is not satisfied with having it’s own Baptist Press operation for approved media and stories but feels the need to control all press.)
THIS AUTHOR WAS OPEN ABOUT THE NATURE OF PAST WRITINGS
(Email response to the newly appointed Credential/ Media Relations head.
Jon “My work covers the evangelical community as a whole. I broke the story exposing the Revoice LGBTQ movement and do some follow up on that. The audience is not merely SBC but I am an ordained SBC minister working in medical missions and evangelism so that brings perspective to the stories as well. I do Conferences , Radio and Television with WVW Network and work as a reporter. Those stories go behind a paywall after two weeks or so.
In follow up to Revoice I did this story which also appears on my website about the Revoice founder and the ERLC “Parents Guide to Talking About Gender”
Revoice greatly impacted the PCA and my coverage goes beyond the SBC on it of course.”
Thanks Hope this helps.
A BIT OF HISTORY
The SBC Executive Committee does have a history of removing at least one reporter (this author) from the annual Convention meetings.
Excerpt from article linked below after the 2018 SBC credentialed press removal to prevent exposure of the origins and supporters of the Revoice pro LGBTQ movement at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission.
” LIVING LIKE A REFUGEE IN THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH: Why SBC Leaders Turned to Lying and Abuse Over Revoice in Dallas SBC 2018″
By Rev Thomas Littleton 6/17/2018
“By now word has spread that a member of the press was kicked out of the SBC annual meetings in Dallas last week. I am that person and make no mistake about the cause. I came to the SBC convention to follow up and seek to interview the SBC leaders whose institutions have disturbing ties to the upcoming Revoice conference in St Louis. At the same time leaders in the Presbyterian Church of America were doing the same in their annual General Assembly in Atlanta. I went to Dallas at my own expense and out of deep concern that the last two remaining conservative denominations have clearly been infiltrated and are on the verge of accepting EXTREME and Radically pro-LGBT+ language into the heart of their congregations. No denomination has ever returned from this abyss and all who fall into it remain in steep decline. This compromise always leaves the Gospel and those who need it harmed. A new younger President was elected who subscribes to a primary source (a Regent University Psychologist Mark Yarhouse) of the radical language. J.D. Greear. His campaign press coverage promised that the make-over of the SBC has only begun as change agents a plenty strutted through the halls of the Dallas SBC 2018 meetings.”
THE FINAL RESPONSE AND DENIAL
This response comes with no reason for the denial in keeping with the arbitrary powers over the press which the Executive Committee of the SBC have decided to grant themselves.
Hi Rev. Littleton, “Thank you so much for your application. I appreciate you taking the time to send over additional information.
We are not going to be able to approve your application for media credentials for the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting.
— Jon D. Wilke Media Relations Director Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee
REQUEST FOR PUBLICATION OFA LIST OF “APPROVED MEDIA” GIVEN ACCESS FOR UPCOMING ANNUAL MEETINGS FOR 2021
No response so far to this reasonable request for public disclosure .
Jon “Thanks for getting back to me. In the public interest can you provide /make public a list of which news outlets you have and will approve for media credentials?
Will CNN for example be there? NY Times? Is RNS- Religion News Service approved ? As you may know it is funded in part by ARCUS Foundation which is an LGBTQ led foundation for promotion of LGBTQ in the evangelical community.So is RNS going to be allowed in? What about Baptist News Global? Also is Jonathan Merritt going to have SBC media credentials ?
I look forward to seeing the “approved list”.” Thanks Thomas Littleton
DO SOUTHERN BAPTIST LEADERS HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE?
The Southern Baptist Convention IS IN FACT in trouble. The ongoing legal issues with the Lawsuit against the SBC North American Mission Board which is pushing for transparency forcing open books, disclosing financial, housing, other perks and hiring practices is just one of those issues. This lawsuit which is hoping to force transparency was ignored by Baptist Press but finally hit the headlines when the Baptist ERLC presented knowingly and admittedly false information to the courts in an amicus brief in defense of the SBC North American Missions Board. This situation is ONGOING.
The SBC is in steep decline with church plants, conversions, baptisms, and membership in general, ALL in decline. Controversies have arisen in recent years due to the promotion and tolerance of Critical Theories in race, gender, and even sexual minority theories in Baptist seminaries. Revoice in 2018 ,originating from SBTS, included the bold assertions of “Queer (LGBTQ) Theories” and even Feminist Theology redefining family. This perverted application of Feminist Theology stems from the early 1990s ad Drew Divinity School feminine activist. The ERLC and it’s chief Ethicist Russell Moore used the same theories ideology to promote his book and conference to redefine the nuclear family as ones “Church”.
In the Birmingham Alabama 2019 annual meetings a Resolution (#9) has caused great division in the Baptist ranks after a resolution condemning Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality was altered by the Resolutions Committee to affirm them “as useful analytical tools”. Those Committee members were employed by Baptist seminaries and other entities and were educated at SBTS and other Baptist institutions. Walter Strickland of SEBTS , who was on the 2019 Resolutions Committee which twisted “Resolution 9”, recently created even more broad controversy in the Christian Education when his new “Unified” organization announced its new partnership with the ACSI education organization. Strickland has yet to to called out by SBC or SEBTS leaders for his ongoing divisive activities in “Diversity and Inclusion.
Sexual Abuse charges which had been covered up for decades finally caught up with the SBC in a series of Houston Chronicle stories exposing the sorted history and the abuse and massive cover ups.
Where is the SBC headed? What is the future for a Christian movement whose leaders fell they have to protect themselves from a FREE PRESS – even Christian Press -and free speech? You can safely put away your shades. That future is no too bright.
The press are not always saints and are certainly not prophets but the press does play a vital role in speaking the truth….if it is allowed to, and does it’s job. The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention is acting more like King Jehoiakim in Jeremiah 36 who burned the scrolls of the prophet Jeremiah in an effort to silence him. The king’s paranoia and egotistical actions were because Jeremiah’s writings spoke against his kingdom, proclaimed truth, and warned the people of Judah of their idolatry and pending Divine Judgement. In the end Jeremiah’s words went even further and reached more people. God saw to that.
Jeremiah Rewrites the Scroll (Chapter 36)
27 Now after the king had burned the scroll with the words which Baruch had written [f]at the instruction of Jeremiah, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying: 28 “Take yet another scroll, and write on it all the former words that were in the first scroll which Jehoiakim the king of Judah has burned. 29 And you shall say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, ‘Thus says the Lord: “You have burned this scroll, saying, ‘Why have you written in it that the king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land, and cause man and beast to cease from here?’ ” 30 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah: “He shall have no one to sit on the throne of David
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GLOBALIZATION AND THE AGENDA OR GLOBALISM AND HOW CHRISTIANS CAN DISCERN THE TIMES.
Rev Thomas Littleton 4/19/2021
Living in the era when globalization is a undeniable and unstoppable reality ,how can Christians live faithfully to God’s Word and prophetic warnings and NOT be taken in by the Globalism agenda of seeking to unite the world under it’s controlled economic / “one world” governance and false spirituality?
We no doubt serve a global God
Isaiah 40 :22He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
GLOBAL WORLD VERSES GLOBAL AGENDA
(Recently a friend who works with a large missions organization contended with this author over some of the promotion his group was doing that leaned far more toward globalism that global reality. Suddenly it was clear that this person, like many Christians, did not get the distinction.)
Acts 7:40/ Isaiah 60
‘Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the LORD, Or what is the place of My rest?
Again Isaiah 40: 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he takes up the isles as a very little thing.
He is truly the Global God who reigns unchallenged BUT- globalism tells us- we must be “global citizens “ GLOBALISM ? glob·al·ism/ˈɡlōbəlizəm/Learn to pronouncenounnoun: globalism
“The operation or planning of economic and foreign policy on a global basis.”
“The attitude or policy of placing the interests of the entire world above those of individual nations.”
The difference is a gulf which Christians cannot cross without great deception and ever growing danger.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON HOW GLOBALISM AND ITS AGENDA IS INFLITRATING THE CHURCH.
GLOBALISMS GOSPEL AND REMEDY ARE NOT THE GOSPEL
GLOBAL CITIZENS? Globalism wants to make us and our children into “Global Citizens of the “Global Community”. But we are believers and are Citizens of Heaven – the two cannot coexist.
Phillipians 3:20 “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,”
AREAS GLOBALIST WORK
Education and secular Science / Darwinism / man made global warming in their UNESCO seeks a “World Core Curriculum”.
Common Core in the US is where these ideas are already in play BUT to what end? Huxley Quote-
Julian Huxley, the head of UNESCO in 1947, wrote a book titled, “UNESCO: Its Purpose and Its Philosophy.” His book was a blueprint for a New World Order that called for a single ‘new’ spirituality — a mixture of Buddhist materialist-pantheism, Liberalized ‘pantheistic’ Christianity, Gnosticism, and other occult traditions — one language, and one way of thinking. He believed a global order could be brought about through the universal implementation of Hegel’s Dialectic process.
Huxley observed, “The task before UNESCO…is to help the emergence of a single world culture with its own philosophy and background of ideas and with its own broad purpose.” Huxley spoke of two opposing worldviews — one founded on supernatural creation and the other on atheist evolutionism — confronting each other from the West and the East. In describing them he said, “You may categorize the two philosophies as…individualism versus collectivism or as the American versus the Russian…or as capitalism versus communism, or as Christianity versus Marxism. Can these opposites be reconciled, this antithesis be resolved in a higher synthesis? I believe…this can happen…through the inexorable dialectic of evolution.”
Christian Faith / Churches /Christians – our children is the Targets of Globalism.
Economics- goal are, among other things the establishment of a Global Currency- “Build Back Better” is both the globalist mantra AND the current administrations economic policy. The Great Re set is Debt spending to collapse national currency in order the launch “equity drive” world economy and currency.
The call is to “Supporting Man Made Climate Change”- Shortage of Water- All rooted in Earth Worship . Robert Mueller- was called the UN prophet of PEACE- He/ the UN invented term “New Age” for his Universalist hodgepodge of false religions described in his book “The New Genesis “
Huxley’s grandfather promoted Charles Darwin – Thomas Huxley in his time was called “Darwin’s Bulldog” promoting Darwin’s theories into the mainstream of education.
GLOBAL HEALTHCARE PLANNED PARENTHOODS DREAM.
Pandemic shown some of cards of those working to implement global HC standards. Sad to say many are driven by Planned Parenthood and “Malthusianism “
Malthusianism is the idea that population growth is potentially exponential while the growth of the food supply or other resources is linear, which eventually reduces living standards to the point of triggering a population die off. This event, called a Malthusian catastrophe (also known as a Malthusian trap, population trap, Malthusian check, Malthusian crisis, Malthusian spectre, or Malthusian crunch) occurs when population growth outpaces agriculturalproduction, causing famine or war, resulting in poverty and depopulation. Such a catastrophe inevitably has the effect of forcing the population (quite rapidly, due to the potential severity and unpredictable results of the mitigating factors involved, as compared to the relatively slow time scales and well-understood processes governing unchecked growth or growth affected by preventive checks) to “correct” back to a lower, more easily sustainable level. Malthusianism has been linked to a variety of political and social movements, but almost always refers to advocates of population control. “
NOTE- Seriously there are many people who think like this still.
The book “The Population Bomb” solidified the thinking a generations ago.
” Global governance or world governance is a movement towards political cooperation among transnational actors, aimed at negotiating responses to problems that affect more than one state or region. Institutions of global governance—the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the World Bank, etc.” center for Health Security”
JESUS said “when these things come to pass look up Redemption draws near
Red Ink realities in Matthew 24
Jesus Predicts the Destruction of the Temple
24 “Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
Revelations Man of Sin revealed ‘Revelations has much to say say about globalism. Do not let bad eschatology make you discount God’s prophetic warnings. We are here to preach the everlasting Gospel and seek the lost…not “redeem culture”.
CHRISTIANS ENDURE MANIPULATION AND SHAME CULTURE FROM INSIDE THE CAMP.
Election time 2020 you likely heard Nationalism AND “Christian Nationalism”. This criticism from activist is any many ways to opposite of the dominion error but focused on making Christians open to third way manipulation and costly compromises on religious freedom and free speech etc.
Nationalism is always presented in media and Christian media in a negative light. “Christian nationalism is Christianity-affiliated religious nationalism. Christian nationalists primarily focus on internal politics, such as passing laws that reflect their view of Christianity and its role in political and social life”” — Christian nationalism is the belief that the American nation is defined by Christianity, and that the government should take active steps to keep it .. that way”
The really it is having some national identity is more about Christian freedom and freedom of conscience in public and private life at this point for Western nations. Globalist are pushing for a global identity that will ultimately lead to suppression of individual rights “for the Common Good”.
London School of Economics Fabian Socialist and other institutions offer degrees in combining Political Science and Theology. These degrees are neither Christ centered nor Gospel rooted or focused. Oil and water still do not mix.
Globalism is self contradicting in the light of -and is being done in the shadow of -globalism . The church and America is in a boiling cauldron of Global Socialism / Globalism while many in the world is suffering oppressive pandemic responses by socialist governments.
EU citizens are REVOLTING IN PROTEST against Pandemic restrictions. Have you observed any of this? If socialist nations of Europe are getting it -why don’t others in the West especially believers?
How does the Christian live and move and minister and support the calling and vision of God in a Global World? How can Christians engage YET- not be taken in by Globalism or allow our kids to be indoctrinated?
By taking heed to God’s word and by making the distinction between the fact of Globalization and the myriad of myths in Globalism. Christians can remain uninfluenced by the agenda and firmly in touch with God’s ultimate outcomes for the Gospel all over the World in the midst of Globalist forces standing in opposition to the Gospel. Christians CANNOT MINGLE THESE TWO OPPOSED VISIONS NOR CAN THEY PARTNER WITH GLOBALIST DEADLY AND GODLESS AGENDA.
Romans 12 : 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
NO GREATER SACRED TRUST EXIST THAN TO BE ALLOWED ACCESS TO THE YOUNG HEARTS AND MINDS OF YOUTH & TOMORROWS CHRISTIAN LEADERS-YET SEMINARY HEADS AND NOW CHRISTIAN EDUCATIORS “UNITE” TO DECEIVE OUR CHILDREN WITH FALSE SOCIAL GOSPEL.
Rev Thomas Littleton
Christian education in recent years has become ground zero for the deceptive focus of social justice. Seminaries have been filled with critical theory and social change efforts over the last decade. In recent years the efforts have moved down the educational food chain to target pre K- 12 Christian education. The grand goal of this socialist dreamscape is to turn a generation of young people into “justice warriors” sent out to “change the world” for the “common good”. But the church has a far higher calling based upon much higher principles and the spiritual transformation of human hearts.
The social gospel is a deadly and empty substitute promising what it has NEVER DELIEVERD and driven by the political forces of globalism more antithetical to the Gospel pf Jesus Christ than any other anti-christ deception. “Christian ” leaders who have bought into these notions are joined to global idols and must be rebuked by faithful/ godly leaders and rejected by the Church.
This site reported on the left leaning efforts which took shape on the Ft. Worth campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Further efforts surfaced when Evangelical media types and even data mining organizations boasted their work among evangelical schools.
RECENTLY A NEW BAPTIST LED EFFORT HAS SURFACED AND BEEN GETTING A GREAT DEAL OF ATTENTION FROM CONSERVATIVE MEDIA LIKE CAPSTONE REPORT.
This effort involves long time accrediting organization ACSI .
“As our mission continues, ACSI is renewing our commitment to Christian schools and educators to help them deal with today’s challenging times—characterized by seismic cultural shifts and disruption. “
ACSI has a new “partnership with “Unified a Center for Hope and Integrity ” which is led by controversial SEBTS director of “Diversity and Inclusion” at the infamous now “Woke Forrest” Baptist seminary.
SOME DETAILS FROM THE ACSI SITE
ACSI Partners with UnifiEd to Offer Christian Schools Resources on Cultural Intelligence
“Mar 24, 2021, 07:14 AM by Caitlyn BermanColorado Springs, Colo. – The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and UnifiEd: A Center for Hope and Unity (UnifiEd) are partnering to provide Christian educators with biblically based resources on diversity, inclusion and racial reconciliation.”
“The alliance is aligned with ACSI’s Flourishing Initiative, which defines a flourishing Christian school as a community of students, educators and families that glorifies Christ and excels in knowing Him and making Him known.”
“ACSI President, Dr. Larry Taylor, believes that a truly thriving Christian community is one that intentionally fosters a culture of Christ-honoring unity.”
“As Christians, we are called to disciple all of God’s children to reflect Christ in a culturally diverse world,” he said. “The partnership with UnifiEd will equip our educators so they can do this effectively.”
“Leaders from both ministries share a passion for preparing educators to engage culture from an informed, Christ-centered perspective.”
“Dr. Walter Strickland II, UnifiEd Executive Director, defined the effective pursuit of unity as one that is theologically oriented, data-driven and aptly resourced.”
“Cultural intelligence is a prerequisite to reconciliation and a necessity for every ambassador for Christ—despite the demographics of their school,” he said. “Scripture is the source that provides the motivation and methods for our approach to pursuing unity.”
“UnifiEd offers a variety of services for Christian educators on the topics of diversity and cultural intelligence, including a professional journal, podcasts and webinars. As stated on the website, UnifiEd content is created by experts including Joel Gaines, who serves as Head of School at The City School in Philadelphia, and Tia Gaines, who serves as English Department Chair and Instructional Coach for Insight PA Cyber Charter School.”
“Lack of Data-Driven Analysis”
“The complexity of racial brokenness is deeply embedded into our personal assumptions and school programs. The task of investigating these dynamics is an ongoing challenge for Christian leaders. For decades, educators have formed well-crafted assessments to diagnose the challenges that impact schools as a whole, classroom instruction, and the student experience. However, corresponding tools to quantify areas of growth for cultural intelligence and fostering a culture of unity with precision and accuracy have not been employed on a regular basis. As a result, attempts to facilitate unity across lines of ethnic and cultural difference has too-often lacked strategic data-driven analysis to determine where a school is, and biblical solutions to determine how to reach Christ-exalting goals.”
“A data-driven approach to understanding deficiencies is important. Racial challenges require biblically grounded solutions that promote theologically driven methods equipping God’s people to pursue Christian unity. Christian schools must seek to answer the biblical call to facilitate a school environment where all of God’s children can flourish, as well as address the missional goal of creating a Kingdom community to equip God’s children to be ambassadors for Christ in a culturally diverse world. This new era in the quest for biblical unity requires a renewed approach and Christian educators, equipped with appropriate resources and bathed in prayer, will be up for the task.”
Join Dr. Strickland at ACSI’s Flourishing Schools Institute (FSi), where he will be speaking on the topic of building a unified school culture in the area of diversity. The FSi will launch in Dallas, Texas, on June 18-28, 2021.
Visit the new website for UnifiED: A Center for Hope and Unity, which aims to “equip Christian educators to think cross-culturally about their school’s mission” and offers journals, webinars, podcasts, and many other resources in this effort.
WALTER STRICKLAND’S CONTROERSIAL BACKGROUND IN RACIAL JUSTICE AND LIBERATION THEOLOGIES.
STRICKLAND IS HEAD OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AT SEBTS
STRICKLANDS ACADEMIC RESUME BOAST OF HIS STUDIES AND TEACHING IN “LIBERATION THEOLOGIES”
Research Interests Courses Taught Contextual Theology Systematic Theology African American Theological Tradition Liberation Theologies Education Theory Theology in Global Context Theology of Work Doctrine of Vocation
STRICKLAND IS ONE OF THE LEADERS OF THE SEBTS “INTERSECT PROJECT” FUNDED BY THE KERN FAMILY FOUNDATION AND PROMOTING THE SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT ON SEMINARY CAMPUSES.
The Kern Funded curriculum is provided by a long time Catholic led think tank whose radical founder boast his Marxist theological education.
“Intersect is a ministry of the Center for Faith and Culture. It exists to educate you to engage the intersection of faith, culture, work and economics so you can equip others and be empowered to glorify God in all your life.”
ACSI NEW PARTNER SPECIALIZES IN NOT ONLY “LIBERATION THEOLOGY ” BUT ALSO WAS PART OF THE SBTS/ ALBERT MOHLER LED “REMOVING THE STAIN OF RACISM FROM THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION” WHICH INCLUDED THE 2018 PROMOTION OF CRITICAL RACE THEORY AT THE SBC ANNUAL MEETING IN DALLAS.
“The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has a historical stain. The SBC once affirmed slavery and openly opposed and condemned abolitionists. Even though the convention repented of this sin publicly, a profound divide between the white majority and the black and brown minority still exists for many churches.”
“This stain is more than historical fact; it prohibits Southern Baptist churches from embracing the one new man in Christ promised in Ephesians 2:11–22 and from participating in the new song of the saints from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation in Revelation 5:9.”
“The glorious gospel of Jesus Christ commands all his followers to do our part in removing racism from our midst. Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention is a powerful and practical call to sacrifice, humility, and perseverance—along with a relentless commitment to Christian unity—for the sake of the gospel and our brothers and sisters in Christ.”
STRICKLAND WAS THEN PART OF THE 2019 SBC RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE WHICH ALTERERED A RESOLUTION CONDEMNING CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND INTERESECTIONALITY INTO A RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THEIR USE AS “ANALYTICAL TOOLS FOR THE GOSPEL”.
“Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has named members of the Committee on Resolutions for the June 11-12 SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala.
“These committee members hail from state conventions, national entities, seminaries, local churches and local associations,” said Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area. “Each was chosen because they demonstrate great commitment to the Southern Baptist Convention, and because they reflect both who we are and who we are becoming. They are men and women who desire to see our convention keep the Gospel above all.”
“Curtis Woods of Kentucky was named as the committee’s chairman by Greear.”
“Woods is co-interim executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and a member of Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky.”
“Southern Baptists should be enthused about the brothers and sisters selected to serve as your 2019 Resolutions Committee,” Woods said, “since ‘the many faces of the SBC’ are well represented. Each person will prayerfully bring their academic expertise and experience to bare on each resolution.”
“As chair, my heart is fixed on praying for each committee member to inhale the Word of God daily so that we approach this noble task with compassion, conviction and courage,” Woods said. “We must honor each brother or sister who takes time to pen and present a resolution even if the committee rejects the content.”
Greear appointed the committee in keeping with the provision in SBC Bylaw 20 that its members be named 75 days prior to the start of the annual meeting.
“The other committee members, in alphabetical order, are:”
— Tremayne Manson, associate pastor for community development and outreach, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
— Adron Robinson, pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Country Club Hills, Ill.
— Walter Strickland, associate vice president for diversity, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C.; member of Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, N.C.”
All the Baptist seminary heads have recently denounced CRT and other Critical Theories yet they have been educating and employing people like Walter Strickland to promote these same ideologies on their campuses. The Kern Family Foundation money is not gone from any of these campuses or the departments in which it was /is embedded. Nothing has changed …. except that the well trained and well funded practice of Cultural Marxist tools of the trade has now moved down the line to target your children at every age in the never ending stream of false justice gospel indoctrination in Christian education.
Men and women who see the Gospel solely through the lens of race and racial politics have misunderstood Gospel redemption and the true unity of the Holy Spirit. The constant recounting of and marking reported past /generational sins is against the the work of the cross and the timeless healings of cultural divides during the new testament period and beyond. The Gospel is not a Black vs White vs Hispanic vs Asian movement. The tools of Cultural Marxist and political theorist or the funding of politically motivated think tanks and foundations have NO PLACE in any true Gospel movement or Christian education institution. The Cross and race baiting do not stand on the same hill but the cross stands alone on sacred ground that transcends race and cultural divisions.
Baptist and other denominational leaders have filled the House of God and now it’s educational institutions with the chaff of racial politics and trained a generation of activist to drive the divisive rhetoric in the face of pure Holy Spirit led unity. ACSI has now joined forces with some of these VERY SAME errors and those leading them.
These forces kill Christian movements. History has no success stories but Biblical history/ Jesus does have some warnings about offending Children with false gospels and it points clearly to the core reason why foolish spiritual leaders still do their foolish deeds. CLEARLY THERY HAVE LOST THE FEAR OF GOD.
36 An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes, When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. 3 The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. 4 He devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself in a way that is not good; He does not abhor evil.
A BIT MORE HISTORY ON THE SEMINARY INFLTRATION
THE MOVEMENT FUNDING WENT INTO HIDING AT STRICKLAND’S SEBTS
THE PENDING LEGISLATION CALLED THE EQUALITY ACT PLACES LGBTQ “RIGHTS” AT ODDS WITH RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, CONVICTION AND PERSONAL CONSCIENCE YET NO REAL STAND WAS TAKEN AGAINST IT BY EVANGELCIAL LEADERS. MANY WORKED TO SOFTEN CONVICTIONAL RESISTANCE TO IT BY PUSHING SOGI AND “INCLUSION”.
Rev Thomas Littleton
You might be a bystander in the world of LGBTQ rights but no one lives in a realm unaffected by it. For people who identify as LGBTQ, the idea of the “full equality” giving sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) federal /legal/ Constitutional protections as a civil right on par with race, religion, and gender- this pending legislation appears to be reason to celebrate. However if all concerned with human rights were to look honestly at the global origins and rippling effects of this bold new frontier which redefines what it means to be human … we would all be VERY AFFRAID.
Americans in particular cannot grasp the immediate and long range impact on personal Constitutional rights, health care, religious liberty, freedom of speech etc. But all should find suspect the motives of progressives who are pushing this sweeping legislation. For the LGBTQ community “buyers remorse” certainly awaits.
SOGI -THE ILLOGICAL LEGAL UNREALITY
Sexual Orientation makes the case that people are born with unchanging sexual orientation toward heterosexual or homosexual or something along the LGB spectrum even though their is no proof of a gay gene. S.O. is “inborn and does not change”.
At the Same time – Gender Identity asserts that biological gender is separate from identity and therefore G.I. is fluid/ non binary and a person experiencing “Gender Dysphoria ” needs to be able to reconcile their physical presentation or public identity with their subjective feelings about their gender. This includes choosing their preferred personal pronouns and even legal government identifications to include subjective and even changing gender identities.
Non Discrimination law is then being -defined- fixed-practiced and enforced around SOGI via Equality Act legislation once it becomes part of the language of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
THINK ON THAT !
No one wins and EVERYONE loses when progressive global governments are empowered to redefine humanity /human rights/ and enforce false science and subjective identity. But this is where we are in human history.
LGBTQ/ SOGI ORIGINS
The Yogyakarta Principles
“In 2006, in response to well-documented patterns of abuse, a distinguished group of international human rights experts met in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to outline a set of international principles relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. The result was the Yogyakarta Principles: a universal guide to human rights which affirm binding international legal standards with which all States must comply. They promise a different future where all people born free and equal in dignity and rights can fulfil that precious birthright.”
Malthusians and human exterminators!
In the realm of human rights and civil rights – no set of goals has ever offered to turn all established metrics and standards on their heads more that the pro LGBTQ “Equality Act”. The combined legal narrative of a fixed “Sexual Orientation” (SO) and fluidification of biological gender into subjective/ non- binary “Gender Identity ” makes for some of the most sweeping efforts in human history to draft binding legal and nondiscrimination laws at the Constitutional level based upon unproven science and subjective feelings.
THE MISGUIDED CHURCH RESPONSE
PREACHING CHANGE AND INCLUSION WHILE FORSAKING BIBLICAL HOPE FOR TRANSFORMATION
EVANGELICAL CHANGE EFFORTS-SOFTENING UP RESISTANCE ,PREACHING INCLUSION FOR DECADES.
NOTE: True Christians do not “hate gay people ” or deny science. Christians understand that the issue of “orientation” is at the heart of human need. We are all oriented to sin, including sexual sin as defined by the Bible. We all need hope and help and change in our orientation toward sin. That hope and transformation comes through Repentance and Faith in the death and rising from the dead of Jesus. Holding faithful to this hope for all people is at the core of Christian faith. It really is this simple. We can all be changed and restored to fellowship with the God who made us and enabled by His grace to live as He made us to live with the future hope of eternity in His presence. That is the Gospel. Changed Lives and Freedom from Sin, setting captives FREE is Jesus mission.
2nd Corinthians 5
17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
JESUS DOES NOT CHANGE BUT THE CHURCH IS ATTEMPTING TO
Undeniably homosexual “inclusion” in Christian faith has been a decades long effort by activist in denominations and churches. Entire movements have pushed through the agenda of inclusion and without fail those movements have declined. Activist organizations like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) have moved from attacking the church and Christian conviction like WITH their 2007 campaign “For the Bible Tells Me So” – to outright organized seduction in the 2014 “Project One America” (POA) complete with a carefully crafted “Christian Conversation Guide”
BUT activism from outside the church has not been the only effort underway.
Evangelical leaders like Tim Keller and D. A. Carson adopted the SOGI ideology for their politically progressive , theologically emergent movement called The Gospel Coalition (TGC) in 2010.
By Fall of 2014 Southern Baptist leaders Albert Mohler and Russell Moore (who are part of Kellers TGC) promoted a national conference apologizing for “being wrong about sexual orientation” and welcomed activist from HRC and dozens of other activist organizations to attend AND the have private meetings with Baptist leaders behind closed doors.
(NOTE :This writer met with HRC leaders bringing $8.5 million in our state with POA to offer reasoned resistance to the movement that Christian faith should not be subjected to forced compliance with cultural social change movements and massive outside funding. This author remains in a posture that activism and modern psychological trends do not alter the Word of God and cannot be allowed to remove the hope of the Gospel for all people in what the bible and human history has proven to be harmful to society, faith and family and destructive, sexual bondage and temptation. and that God alone has the right by creation to decide human, including sexual norms. This is the position of Biblical Christians and the idea of forced compliance to new sexual norms is a danger to all people.)
The Evangelical Leaders of TGC began full on campaigns to alter the churches posture despite the COST of losing the clear HOPE of transformation offered by the Cross / the blood of Christ through forgiveness and transformation made to ALL SINNERS. Instead TGC adopted the change posture toward and promoting SOGI.
“THE GOSPEL COALITION MARKETS -SOGI THE LATEST VERBIAGE ON SEXUALITY”
TGC and Southern Baptist ERLC began having contrived conversations of their own and filling conferences and publications with Activist pushing SOGI/ Same Sex Attraction/ Inclusion / Welcoming / and LGBTQ Christian identities. Baptist and TGC affiliated seminaries began producing credentialed activist launching entire LGBTQ Christian movements like Revoice. TGC hired its own LGBTQ editors including Sam Allberry and Rosiaria Butterfield ( a specialist in Gender/ Queer/ Feminine Theory and Theology) all of whom preached the “Hospitality/ Inclusion/ Welcoming ” message. Allberry’s group Living Out, with the help of Tim and Kathy Keller even produced and launched an “Audit for LGBTQ Inclusion ” in their 2018 London Conference for conservative evangelical churches and TGC / Baptist churches of Mark Dever and 9 MARKS introduced the “Audit” in the US by November 2018.
REVOICE MOVEMENT WAS BEING BIRTHED AT BAPTIST SBTS AND LAUNCHED BY 2017
ALSO NOTE: So Called Reparative Therapy and sexual recovery counseling ministries will be made illegal by this legislation. Counseling people to view LGBTQ activity and desire as sinful or to be repented of ,though repentance of all biblically inordinate desire and activities is the Christian norm….will be illegal and considered “harmful”. Counseling gender confused children to seek to submit to God and reconcile with their God given gender will be illegal and deemed “harmful”. Family will be redefined. And the progressive sexual agenda launched and promoted by Kinsey / Rockefeller /the APA and Planned Parenthood will move to the next frontiers -lowering or eliminating the age of consent and pedophilia.
HOW IT READS “A BILL” “To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.”
AGAIN – SOGI IS SELF CONTRADICTORY
The legal language of SOGI is in itself a contradiction because it seeks to go in two directions at once and assigns to sexuality a fixed and unchanging point of definition that that the Human Genome studies failed to produce. There is no “gay gene” YET Sexual Orientation, derived by the APA and other global partners from the determination to find an alternative to it, has replaced the need to identify genetic science. So the assertion is now the basis of the claim of Sexual Orientation.
Biological Gender is now separated from perceived “Gender Identity ” and we are left with subjective and fluid feelings described as dysphoria. So now not only is the confused and contradictory approach given legal language – the legal argument is now headed in the Equality Act to become equal with racial and ethnic identities and receive the full protections of the Constitution via addition to the 1964 Civil Rights Amendment and all other Federal non discrimination protections / laws/ and policies.
What comes next will be a difficult to anyone to fully predict but enforcement will no doubt seek to be immediate and intense. However the long road to realizing all that is being lost to every human in the human rights discussion will be less clear.
LGBTQ RIGHTS VS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
Of concern to most Christians ,and rightly so, is the impact of the Equality Act on Religious Freedom and convictional living in the public square. Most Christians are not PERSONALLY against people who identify as LGBTQ but ARE against the normalization of any and all behaviors spoken to in God’s Word as sinful/ harmful/ self destructive. These include other sexual behaviors life fornication and adultery, rape and incest.
CONFUSION HAS BEEN REWARDED IN THE CHURCH BY SOME OF IT’S OWN.
The movement toward “Conversations” – “Welcoming Policies” – Understanding “Same Sex Attraction “- and promoting LGBTQ “Church Audits” and “Hospitality” have weakened resistance to the broader LGBTQ movement and goals ,including the Equality Act and left the church with perhaps even less understanding of what is at stake then even the LGBTQ activist have.
Leaders like Russell Moore and Albert Mohler of the conservative Southern Baptist and Tim Keller and Kevin DeYoung of once conservative Presbyterian and Reformed churches and denominational groups like the PCA have bought into the APA’s Sexual Orientation assertions as far back as 2010 .Also the Evangelical Laussane Movement did the same and even put forth multiple resources promoting the SSA narrative in 2010 as well. Ecumenical and theologically progressive /emergent groups like The Gospel Coalition have furthered the narratives and inclusion movement as a “social Change Effort” in the church. It has been very successful over the last decade plus of stealthy laboring.
THE BIG BIG PROBLEM – FEDERAL $$$$ IN CHURCH TREASURIES
NOTE: In a February 25th, 2021 Christianity Today article by globalist ecumenical/ Lausanne/ Leadership Network operative Ed Stetzer – Stetzer quotes long time NAE leader and LeadNet -co founder Leith Anderson on the concerns over the the Equality Act hindering government grant funding going into churches. Note also it is Leadership Network which controls Christianity Today and who sold the idea of Government funding and partnerships to the church via it’s stealthy influence among evangelical leadership for over 35 years.
The quote and concerns below PROVE that these “sales men”( STETZER / ANDERSON /OTHERS ) understand the DIRECT CONNECTION between the church and ministries participation in government funding which they sold the church and ministries for years and the need to be aligned with new pro LGBTQ political and cultural ” norms”. Yet these same leaders have shown no pause in selling both entrapments over the past decades. Now the crisis point is resting in the Congress and the Equality Act legislation.
“Swinging the Pendulum Too Far”
(From Christianity Today article )
“The Equality Act is the most significant threat to religious liberty in a generation”
“The Equality Act would have a significant impact on evangelical practice and mission in multiple contexts.”
“An article by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) stated in May 2019, “If the measure became law, many religious schools and charities would have to change their faith-based policies and practices, or face sanctions that could force them to close their doors.”
“At the time, NAE president Leith Anderson wrote a letter to congress arguing the following are likely outcomes if this becomes law:
Houses of worship and other religious spaces will be turned into places of “public accommodation”; Federal funds will be denied to thousands of houses of worship, schools and charities that currently receive them;…”
$$$ FEDERAL DOLLARS FROM FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS AND COVID RELIEF BAILOUTS HAVE ENDED THE CHURCH ABILITY TO STAND FAITHFULLY.
More Faith based Grants are coming into the church under the Biden administration.
EQUALITY ACT DRAWS SPECIFIC ATTENTION TO ANY ENTITY GETTING GOVERNMENT FUNDING PAGE 5 OF THE EQUALITY ACT -EXCERPT
“LGBTQ people and women face wide-10spread discrimination in employment and various services, including by entities that receive Federal financial assistance. Such discrimination A)is particularly troubling and inappropriate for programs and services funded wholly or in part by the Federal Government; (B) undermines national progress toward equal treatment regardless of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity; and (C) is inconsistent with the constitutional principle of equal protection under the Four-tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States”
EQUALITY ACT EMPLAINER BY HERITAGE
Heritage Foundation resource “FACTS”
( NOTE : This author does not usually endorse the Heritage Foundation but these over view points are helpful on understanding the Equality Act. THEY ARE NOT COMPREHENSIVE AND IGNORE THE IN HOUSE ACTIVISM AND FUNDING ISSUES.)
Fact: The Equality Act—introduced as H.R. 5 in the House of Representatives on February 18, 2021—makes mainstream beliefs about marriage, as well as basic biological facts about sex differences, punishable under the law.
Fact: The Equality Act guts the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and threatens constitutional freedoms by eliminating conscience protections from the Civil Rights Act. If enacted, H.R. 5 would force employers, medical professionals, educators, and religious organizations to allow men into women’s shelters, pay for or perform sex-change operations, and engage in speech that violates their consciences. Faith-based adoption and foster care agencies would be forced to violate their belief that every child deserves a mother and a father.
Fact: By expanding the definition of “public accommodations” under Title II of the Civil Rights Act to include “any establishment that provides a good, service, or program, including a store, shopping center, online retailer or service provider, salon, bank, gas station, food bank, service or care center, shelter, travel agency, or funeral parlor, or establishment that provides health care, accounting, or legal services,” many more individuals and establishments would, in fact, become liable to discrimination claims, including doctors who do not want to perform abortions.
Fact: H.R. 5 endangers unborn children. The Equality Act opens the door to taxpayer funding for elective abortions, which the vast majority of Americans oppose, regardless of political affiliation. The bill does not contain any conscience protections for those with moral or religious objections to paying for or performing abortions.
It also takes away judicial relief by blocking claims based on the RFRA. The Equality Act expands the term “sex” to go far beyond the state of being male or female, and includes “pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition.”
Fact: The Equality Act’s changes to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act do not uphold Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act. Gender-identity policies will require biological males to be permitted to participate in female-only activities.
Fact: All single-sex spaces will be open to both sexes under the Equality Act. The Equality Act adds sexual orientation and gender identity rules to Title III of the Civil Rights Act on “public facilities” as well as to public accommodations (Title II) and federal funding (Title VI). This would create a nationwide transgender policy in single-sex facilities.
Fact: By adding sexual orientation and gender-identity rules to the Civil Rights Act’s Title IV on “desegregation of public education,” the Equality Act could pave the way for K–12 federal courts to require sexual orientation and gender-identity curricula the same way they required black history curricula.
Fact: As a result of the expanding definition of public accommodations, as well as changing federal funding requirements, doctors (and counselors) could be punished for treating gender dysphoria according to their own best medical judgment. Even a referral to another doctor could be a violation of the Civil Rights Act.
Fact: The Equality Act’s politicization of medicine and education through gender ideology will undermine parental rights. Since most schools will be pressured to comply with sexual-orientation and gender-identity policies, parents will have limited educational choices for their children.
Fact: The Equality Act hurts vulnerable children by punishing faith-based adoption and foster-care agencies that believe that every child deserves both a mother and a father and that children’s bodies should not be irreversibly harmed by hormonal or surgical interventions due to gender dysphoria. Imposing this radical ideology on child-welfare providers will reduce the number of “forever families” for the more than 424,000 foster children in need of them.
Fact: The Equality Act goes far beyond the Supreme Court’s 2020 Bostock ruling. While Bostock invented a misguided theory of sex discrimination in employment law, it did not redefine “sex” to include sexual orientation and gender identity. But the Equality Act does. Bostock was limited to employment law; the Equality Act adds “sexual orientation and gender identity” to all of the nation’s civil rights laws.
NOTE: AGAIN – These outlines are helpful but not comprehensive .
FAIRNESS FOR ALL – AN ALTERNATIVE TO EQUALITY ACT?
EVANGELICALS JOINED MORMONS TO PUSH AN ALTERNATIVE LEGISLATION CALLED “FAIRNESS FOR ALL” BUT IT WAS IN FACT SUPPORTED BY THE SAME BILLIONAIRE FUNDING THE EQUALITY ACT WITH ONLY TOKEN PROTECTIONS FOR RELIGIOUS LIERTY.
The politics and funding behind Fairness For All ensured that it was only a stop over to the Equality Act if Democrats did not have the majority they now possess after the 2020 “elections”.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESS CONFERENCE ON 2021 EQUALITY ACT.
In this weeks press conference to promote the Equality Act the response to questions about Fairness For All as a viable alternative was “Fairness is worse than doing nothing and only ensures discrimination”. That is the attitude of the legislators promoting EA when the question of Religious Exemptions and protections were raised. The statement that “all religious protections currently in place will remain in place” was meant to calm concerns and end the press questions on the issue. The facts to the level of endangerment to Religious Liberty by the Equality Act will play out quickly in the courts and federal and local agencies once it becomes law.
It is impossible to protect religious freedoms while redefining them through the lens of multiple ideologies antithetical to it -especially through things opposed to deeply held Christian /Biblical conviction and the Word of the Lord. Christians will likely soo have to decide if they will fear God or man…if they will bow the knee to the idols of Babylon of take their chances with God’s promises in the fires of the cultural and political furnace.
18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
Saved in Fiery Trial
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”
They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”
25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”