NO ISSUE HAS ROCKED THE SBC AND OTHER DENOMINATIONS AS DEEPLY AS THE REVELATIONS OF CRITICAL THEORY BEING TAUGHT ON SEMINARY CAMPUSES. THE FALSE GOSPEL INFILTRATION MANIFEST ITSELF IN MANY WAYS YET NONE SO DAMNING AS THE GENDER AND QUEER THEORY BEHIND REVOICE FROM SBTS IN LOUSIVILLE KY.
Rev Thomas Littleton
As 2020 drew to a close Russell Moore’s ERLC finally, after years have denial, shuffling, and lying to Baptist messengers in Dallas TX -to the media and about this writer- TOOK OWNERSHIP OF REVOICE founder Nate Collins. Full ownership came when ERLC released its new “Parents Guide to Teaching Your Kids About Gender”. The document repeatedly quotes Nate Collins the Revoice founders book ” All but Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality.”
A P A R E N T ’ S G U I D E T O TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT GENDER H E L P I N G K I D S N AV I G AT E A C O N F U S I N G CULTURE
The first quote is the 4th footnoted source VERY early in the document and is one of 5 Collins Quotes . In fact Nate Collins is one of the MOST QUOTED SOURCES of the GENDER guide for parents in spite of the Revoice controversy and his belief and SBTS writings that “virgin” is proof of a secondary or third gender in the New Testament. Recall Revoice founder Collins was teaching New Testament at Albert Mohler’s SBTS at the time he wrote the book quoted in the ERLC guide. At least now- at long last we can see full ownership of the SBTS/ERLC role in producing Revoice.
Starting on page 47 of the footnotes:
4 See Nate Collins, All but Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017), 208.
7 Collins, All but Invisible, 212.
23 Collins, All but Invisible, 218–19.
26 Collins, All but Invisible, 220. Also see Walker, God and the Transgender Debate, 33–35.
38 Collins, All but Invisible, 9.
ERLC’s Andrew Walker, SEBTS/ Liberty Universities Karen Swallow Prior and Russell Moore himself are also used as sources for the “Parents Guide to Teaching Your Children About Gender”.
Why is this so revealing? Collins was disowned by his fellow SBTS mentors after Revoice LGBT+ Thriving in Historic Christian Tradition made it’s bow in April/ late May 2018 .Revoice blew up into a major controversy for the SBC and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The problem was the movement and upcoming July 2018 Revoice conference featured a celebration of “Queer Theory and The Treasures of Queer Culture and Queer Literature.” Revoice even discussed in one breakout session the “Treasures of Queer Culture that will be brought into the New Jerusalem”.
Collins also promotes the “Idolatry of the Nuclear Family ” from Janet Fishburn of hard left and feminist theory theology from Drew Divinity School. Russell Moore and his ERLC LGBTQ advocate Sam Allberry have also promoted the feminist theologians ideology that the “nuclear family is a idol and must be “REDEFINED ” by the liberal church.
“REDEFINING FAMILY THE SBC “PROPHET” -MOORE MAY BE PROVING HIMSELF AN EVANGELICAL PARIAH.”
Thomas Littleton 3/4/2019
COLLINS TRUE COLORS AND TRAINING GROUNDS
Nate Collins Revoice founder was discovered to be a New Testament teacher at SBTS, Moore’s alma matter and a long time employer . Collins was also a student at SBTS for almost 15 years and wrote the book ERLC is NOW PROMOTING AS A GUIDE TO PARENTS FOR SPEAKING TO THEIR CHILDREN. ERLC/Russell Moore is promoting the book of Nate Collins whose own SBTS CV reveals his Doctoral Dissertation for SBTS promotes “Virgin as a Third Gender in the New Testament “.
Nate C CollinsNate Collins specializes in the intersection of NT Studies, gender, and sexuality, and is the president and founder of Revoice. … more ▾
ERLC AND RUSSELL MOORE DENIALS ARE NOW PROVEN TOTAL LIES
This writer asked Russell Moore personally in an interview during the 2018 Dallas SBC annual meetings about Revoice concerns and that fact Revoice had it’s origins at SBTS and that Moore’s ERLC fellow Karen Swallow Prior, who is quoted in the Parents Guide as well, had promoted Revoice on it’s website. Moore then lied to the entire SBC 2018 Annual gathering when asked from the floor about Revoice .After this interview Moore still denied any knowledge of Revoice, jumping quickly to divert and ask for prayer for his friend Prior who had recently been “hit by a bus” in Nashville.
This Writer was no longer in the building at this point at the SBC Dallas meetings because the Moore ERLC staffer who was witness to and attempted to prevent the previous days interview about Revoice concerns had (allegedly ) lied to the Dallas Police providing security for the event and had this writer removed from the Convention building hours before Moore took the Stage for the ERLC report the events closing day.
Author of the ERLC “Parents Guide heads the ERLC focus for Christian family resources .
YET IT PROMOTES REVOICE FOUNDERS BOOK IN A POSITIVE LIGHT AND DECEPTIVLY BENIGN SELECTION OF QUOTES POINTING PARENTS TO REVOICE IDEOLOGY FOR THEIR CHILDREN !!!
ERLC PRENTS GUIDE AUTHOR
“JARED KENNEDY serves as managing editor of Gospel-Centered Family, as the family and parenting channel editor for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and as an adjunct instructor at Boyce College. He is author of many children’s books and curriculum including God Made Me for Worship and The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible.”
While boasting –
“More vital than worldly affirmation is encouraging your son or daughter to grow in confidence as the person God made them to be.”
The ERLC Parents Guide is pointing Parents to one of SBTS and the SBC most controversial activist in Critical Theories.
THE GUIDES ESPOUSED PURPOSE.
“A P A R E N T ’ S G U I D E T O T E A C H I N G Y O U R C H I L D R E N A B O U T G E N D E R : H E L P I N G K I D S N A V I G A T E A C O N F U S I N G C U L T U R E”
The Guide is an ERLC own Leyland House Publication
” In this book, I want to help you navigate these difficult conversations. I want to link arms with you and search the Scriptures together to learn how to respond to our children biblically as we raise them in a broken world. But before we begin exploring how to help our kids navigate this Gender Identity—A term that is used in our culture to refer to an individual’s personal sense of identity as masculine or feminine, or some combination of each. This involves my self-understanding—how I think about myself.2 Gender-Fluid—A term used for people who prefer to be flexible when expressing their gender identity. Transgender—An umbrella term for the state or condition of identifying and expressing a gender identity that does not match a person’s biological/genetic sex.” Jared Kennedy
YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THE REVOICE HERESY AND THE CONTROVERSY SURROUDNING IT HERE:
There are over 40 articles on Revoice on the Thirty Pieces of Silver page and doubtless this story is not over.
When Albert Mohler- Russell Moore and Nate Collins mentor finally mentioned Nates Collins in his August 2nd 2018 article “condemning” Revoice – Mohler mentions Nate Collins 9 times but never admits that Collins is a long time SBTS student. for almost 15 years, or that Collins Father Chip was a teacher at SBTS undergrad Boyce College. Mohler has never admitted that Collins wrote his Dissertation for SBTS alleging that the New Testament use of the word Virgin is proof of the existence of a secondary or “Third Gender” . Nor has Mohler ever admitted that Collins wrote the book the ERLC “Parents Guide” is now using as a resource for it’s officla ERLC “resource” while teaching New Testament at SBTS Mohler’s flagship Baptist Seminary SBTS.
See the August 2 2018 article here and notice the deceptive shuffle.
Prior to this Aug 2nd Mohler article no Baptist writer working under Mohler, nor TGC writer Kevin DeYoung (also quoted in the ERLC guide) had ever mentioned Nate Collins Revoice founder by name even though all these writers knew him from SBTS, ETS presentations, and all are fellow TGC contributors. This is all ignored – and even including the reality that it was Nate Collins who wrote the 2013 review of ERLC/ TGC own inhouse LGBTQ advocate Sam Allberry’s book “Is God Anti Gay”.
Russell Moore has lied to Baptist for years denying Revoice . Now he and his ERLC own it and want to recommend its founders book to Parents for the all important discussions on Gender. Never mind that Collins is a self identified “Gay man in a mixed orientation marriage” and his SBTS work shows he believes and promotes that Virgin is a Third ( SECONDARY) Gender in the New Testament.
NOTE : THE SBTS PAPER OF COLLINS CAN BE FOUND HERE
THIS ARTICLE IS PART 1 OF SEVERAL LOOKING INTO HOW AND WHY THE DALLAS STATEMENT OF LATE 2018 AND THE FOUNDERS MINISTRIES ARE FAILING TO STOP THE CRT AND FALSE JUSTICE / SOCIAL GOSPEL THREATENING THE SBC /EVANGELICALS.
Rev Thomas Littleton
In April 2018 all doubt was removed from the hearts and minds of biblical conservatives that the Southern Baptist Convention, it’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission and The Gospel Coalition had gone over to the dark side following the age old and well worn path to apostacy via the “social gospel.” Now operating under the banner of “Social Justice” and “Common Ground for the Common Good ” and using a variety of Cultural Marxist tools of the trade, the ERLC and TGC brazenly showed their true justice colors with the outlandish, racially divisive and slanderous MLK/50 event in Memphis TN. The rest is, as they say’ history with the exception of continued efforts to track the responses to these grave errors and their effectiveness or failure.
The MOST celebrated of these efforts responding to and calling out the Social Justice false gospel and its tools was mounted in The Dallas Statement by The Founders Ministries and partners like Sovereign Nations, G 3 Conference and a group of signers pastors and small congregations within the reformed wing of the Southern Baptist Convention. More recently a broader tent has been pitched in the founding of the Conservative Baptist Network which has some overlap of leadership with both Founders and The Dallas Statement.
THE FOUNDERS EFFORT IS FLOUNDERING AND DUPLICITY IS ONE REASON WHY
FOUNDERS UNPCOMING CONFERENCE “THE ONLY GOD” INCLUDES AT LEAST ONE SPEAKER WHO IS CURRENTLY PLATFORMING THE TGC/SOCIAL JUSTICE HERD IN HIS OWN CONFERENCE AND MINISTRY PROMOTIONALS.
FOUNDERS JANUARY CONFERENCE 2021
NATIONAL FOUNDERS CONFERENCE
“The depravity of the human race has been blatantly displayed in every place throughout all of history.“
“The Apostle Paul was clearly right when he said, “None is righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).
“This truth is illustrated every day. We see riots in the streets, corruption in government, perversion in marriage, and then, of course, there is plenty of sin remaining in our very own flesh. The Reformer, John Calvin, taught that such things should turn our gaze to God. He wrote, “Indeed, our very poverty better discloses the infinitude of benefits reposing in God. The miserable ruin, into which the rebellion of the first man cast us, especially compels us to look upward.”
“That is exactly what we intend to do at the 2021 Founders Conference in Fort Myers, Florida. We are determined to spend time together looking upward. So we invite you to join us January 21-23, 2021, for the Founders Conference on the only God.”
FOUNDERS SPEAKER WHO IS PROMOTING TGC/JUSTICE WARRIORS
“Senior Pastor, Bakersfield Sovereign Grace Church”
Oddly Vegas facebook link goes to Founders LEADER Tom Ascol’s facebook page but the Twitter link is active to his “Radius International Ministry” (Vegas ministry) facebook page. Hopefully this is not intentional -but given the nature of Radius work promoting and hosting Social Justice and The Gospel Coalition it is at least curious and unsettling. Speakers like John Piper and David Platt were both part of MLK/50 which inspired the Dallas Statement so the glaring CONTRADICTION for Founders and the Dallas Statement leaders in both Founders and the upcoming conference is impossible to overlook once anyone notices. Were we simply not supposed to NOTICE ?
“Radius equips followers of Jesus to be successful, long-term, pioneer church planters among the unreached language groups of the world.”
A more expanded missions statement is found on the webpage.
RADIUS INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY IS FOCUSED ON CHURCH PLANTING AND MISSIONS AMONG OTHER INTEREST BUT ALSO PROMOTES AND CONDUCTS CONFERENCES.
Here is the upcoming Founders speaker Chad Vegas June 2021 Radius International Conference line up which includes TGC’s Mark Dever & John Piper along with himself and some of his Radius board members. The event looks to be planned for presentation at Pipers church.
NOTE: BOTH DEVER AND PIPER CLEARLY A KEY PART OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE CONTROVERSY.
Worldview Weekend’s Brannon Howse and this writer have done dozens of reports on the work of Dever and Piper on these errors and have exposed Dever’s promotion of left wing politics to subvert conservative Christians “single issue” (pro life ) voting habits. Dever and his piped piper 9 MARKS editor Jonathan Leeman ,a London School of Economics educated “Political Theologian”, pulled this hustle for over two years leading up to the 2020 election. Dever was exposed by Enemies Within the Church film project researchers to be a registered Democrat. So is his pal and TGC cofounder Tim Keller.Dever also promoted the false LGBTQ INCLUSION Church Audit of TGC resident gay priest activist Sam Allberry in Fall of 2018.
Again John Piper was part of the MLK/50 event as was David Platt who we shall see is also being promoted by the Founder’s conference speaker, Radius leader Chad Vegas. So the upcoming Founders Conference -coming from the heart of the battle against the false Social Justice gospel and Critical Race Theory etc. features a speaker who is PROMOTING THE VERY leaders on the cutting edge of the TGC and the Social Justice error.
IF THIS IS SOME EFFORT TO REHABILITATE THESE FRIENDS OF FOUNDERS THEN THE EFFORT IS PROBLEMATIC GIVEN THAT NO PUBLIC REPENTANCE HAS TAKEN PLACE ON THE PART OF THESE TGC /SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERS. NOR HAS THE MASSIVE FUNDING BRINGING THESE ERRORS INTO TGC AND SEMINARY CIRCLES BEEN REFUNDED.
RADIUS INTERNATIONAL UNPCOMING CONFERENCE
“The Radius Missiology Conference (RMC) is a unique time where the ideas, philosophies, and methodologies of historic and contemporary missions are discussed and taught on over a two day conference. These messages and discussions are lead by pastors, missiologists, and experienced cross-cultural church-planters. It is an ideal event for pastors, missionary candidates, and church leaders to become informed on the state of modern missions and learn how Radius can assist local churches in equipping their members to take the gospel where it has never been.”
RADIUS IS A SPONSOR WITH PLATTS RADICAL BRAND, MOHLERS SBTS AND PIPERS DESIRING GOD BRANDS OF THE CURRENT CROSS CONFERENCE EVENT
MAKE YOUR LIFE COUNT
MAKE HIS NAME KNOWN
In Louisville Kentucky Dec 29th 2020 – January 1st 2021
The conference is targeted for the 18 to 25 age group “and their leaders”.
RADIUS INTERNATIONAL /CHAD VEGAS IS ALSO PROMOTING DAVID PLATT AND PIPER IN MULTIPLE EVENTS INCLUDING ONE ON JANUARY 29 AS WE SPEAK.
” · Our tech guys are geeking out behind the scenes @crossconference”
The SBC Social Justice Warrior who is a TGC leader and former troubled SBC/ International Mission Board President David Platt ( on the left pictured above ) is part of the recent 2020 Radius promoted Cross Conference and a regular on the Radius International line up. https://www.facebook.com/RadiusInternational
OTHER CROSS 2020 SPEAKERS INCLUDE MANY TGC SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS INCLUDING J D GREEAR & KEVIN DEYOUNG
FOUNDERS CONFERENCE SPEAKER CHAD VEGAS IS HIMSELF A TGC CONTRIBUTOR
“Chad Vegas (MA, Talbot School of Theology) is the founding pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Bakersfield, California. He’s the founding board chairman of Radius International. Chad has been married to Theresa for 25 years and has two children.”
NOTE TGC leaders and Platt/ Piper pals Kevin DeYoung and Tim Keller just split the PCA denomination in June of 2020 over their support and justification of the social justice movement using Queer, Feminine and Gender Theory behind the “LGBTQ Thriving in historic” churches movement called Revoice .
Also NOTE that Revoice was birthed out of Founders long time affiliate Albert Mohler’s SBTS. Founders members have reportedly met behind closed doors with fellow member Mohler and he is presently making a VERY public effort to prove SBTS is not in support of a 2019 SBC Resolution 9 / Critical Race Theory / Intersectionality in the SBC. Still Mohler did and does employ the members of the Resolutions Committee who promoted CRT and other radical /false gospel ideologies, as “analytical tools “which are said to “help the Gospel.” ALARM arose after Mohler staffers in the Resolutions Committee altered a CA pastors Resolution condemning CRT /Intersectionality into an affirmation of them which passed in the SBC 2019 Birmingham annual SBC meetings.
CHAD VEGAS AND DAVID PLATT IN UPCOMING RADIUS CONFERENCE
WHILE FOUNDERS SPEAKER HOST SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERS – 2019 RESISTANCE TO RESOLUTION 9 HAS CONTINUED BUT LITTLE IF ANYTHING HAS REALLY CHANGED.
Tom Ascol and others from Founders and the Dallas Statement, (which was INTRODUCED about 8 months prior) protested Resolution 9 from the Convention floor. Ascol and Founders also held meetings and filmed a documentary during the 2019 Annual SBC meetings. It is of note that present efforts by Mohler and Ligon Duncan and a host of other Seminary heads are underway to distance themselves from the errors of CRT and Intersectionality -yet NO effort to ensure public repentance or to address the funding or the broader manifestations of Critical Theories used in the Revoice movement have taken place. Similar movements to Revoice by the many disciples from the overlapping TGC/ Founders/Dallas Statement arena continue as well. These include two Masters University and Seminary Graduates of John MacArthur who are leading LGBTQ Christian resources for churches promoting inclusion and justice for “Sexual Minorities “.This effort also includes massive focus on providing curriculum and resources for churches, teens and youth groups. MacArthur is probably the Dallas Statement partnerships most notable figure and recognized name.
Perhaps this is why the upcoming conference inclusion of Chad Vegas who promotes key Social Justice /TGC leaders is not expected to get notice. As long as no one is saying anything then perhaps the contradictions/ duplicity /and undermining of their own effort will not be noticed.
There has likely never been a time in modern evangelical church history in America that a more grave situation has existed. The threats posed by the infiltration and now saturation of our seminaries (and by them our pulpits) through these fatal errors have TIME PROVEN destructive impact on entire denominations and movements. They also bring with them the Divine judgement promised in the scriptures which Founders and others seem to have failed to consider. The targeting of children in our churches by these TGC false teachers is a MILLSTONE OFFENSE as is the perverting of the Gospel in general. Oddly the current movements who brought these age old “Social Gospel ” heresies in have done so while touting themselves to be THE defenders of the Gospel and historic “Reformed Theology” . Founders history in the SBC in fact either blindly or intentionally paved the way for the TGC reformed but politically motivated and theologically emergent movement to find a footing in the SBC and align Baptist and Presbyterians alike for the infiltration TGC has accomplished.
Founders still seems unable to distance themselves from old friends and partners and from the very source of the errors they are fighting. They do not seem to be capable of calling out and rejecting TGC or it’s poisonous politics and skewed theology due to either fraternal bonds or their common Neo- Calvinist roots. Whichever is the problem – the church at large is not likely to ever know . Just as we have been given NO WINDOW into the closed door meetings or backroom deals with the VERY men who have flooded OUR churches/ pulpits / Sunday School classes/ curriculums/ missions organizations/ K-higher Christian education / Christian media and our very FAITH with these deadly errors. This is not the time for deferring to friendships or fraternal bonds or gentlemen’s agreements or the unspoken Baptist 11th commandment. The Walls and Gates are breached and we must sound the alarm.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
SOME MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW DEEPLY BELIEVERS WERE IMPACTED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION-BUT IF THE “SECULAR DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA” HAVE THEIR WAY-THINGS ARE ABOUT TO BECOME MUCH WORSE.
Rev Thomas Littleton 12/15/2020
Worldview Weekend’s Brannon Howse and guest Trevor Loudon exposed a new “blueprint” for a call to action from a political PAC encouraging a Biden administration to target churches and re-educate Christians to eliminate “Trumpism” and the “Religious Right”. The plan is discussed in the December 14th WVW TV program.
“WVW-TV: Democrat Plan to Aggressively Persecute Conservative Christians Using The Biden Administration!”
Brannon Howse explained the document prepared by SDA, a Democratic Political PAC while Trevor Louden makes the point that Churches who hold the right kind of leftward political views will not be targeted. Much like the compromised churches in the former Soviet Union who supported the Communist Party agenda or those German churches who erected Nazi flags in the sanctuaries, Democratic Party supportive churches and Christians will be exempted since their views are no threat to the regime. In fact they will be effective allies for it’s agendas.
DETAILS OF THE SDA DOCUMENT PLANS:
“All rules, regulations, memoranda, and other actions regarding federally administered health care programs that sanction denial of care on the basis of religion must be repealed.”
“Reverse all executive orders, rules, memoranda, and other actions that exempt faith-based organizations contracting with the federal government from nondiscrimination requirements that apply to secular organizations, including employment discrimination. This includes the following (please see Appendix for additional examples).” “Dismantle the Department of Justice Religious Liberty Task Force Dismantle the HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division Repeal Executive Order 13798, Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty and reverse its implementation across various executive agencies ● Rescind and replace the Department of Justice Memorandum, Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty”
“We urge your administration to disincentivize state funding for programs that are not evidence-based and which can cause harm by spreading misinformation, such as crisis pregnancy centers and abstinence-only education programs.”
“Work with Congress to incentivize states to increase their vaccination rates by repealing all nonmedical exemptions to mandatory vaccination for children in schools and day care centers.”
“Reverse the Trump administration policies that have allowed faith-based government-funded contractors to provide adoption and foster care services to discriminate on the basis of religion and work with Congress to pass the Every Child Deserves a Family Act.”
(NOTE -THIS GOAL AS WELL AS THE BELOW DOCUMETED PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN PARTNERS PROVES THE PRESENCE OF THE MASSIVE PRO LGBTQ LOBBY)
“Fully and robustly fund comprehensive, medically-accurate sex education.”
(THIS IS COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION A MAJOR HRC /PP GOAL)
“Reverse DHS/FEMA policies enacted under President Trump that allow disaster relief to be used to directly fund houses of worship for sectarian purposes, including public funds for disaster related facility repair, if those funds are not made available for all private nonprofits.”
(THE ABOVE POLICY SHIFT WILL IMPACT MISSIONS ORGANIZATIONS LIKE BAPTIST NAMB NOW DEEPLY IN BED WITH FEMA)
“The Trump administration took advantage of the urgency surrounding COVID-19 relief to issue new rules and guidance at the Small Business Administration that egregiously violated the separation of church and state, upended long standing policy, and privileged houses of worship by exempting them from standards applied to all other 501(c)(3) organizations and businesses applying for assistance.”
(NOTE -CHURCHES TOOK AN ESTIMATE $7.3 BILLION IN COVID BAILOUTS FROM THE SBA AND SOON WILL BE PAYING A VERY HIGH PRICE FOR IT. MORE CAN BE READ HERE:
DIGGING FURTHER INTO THE PLAN– THE “CHRISTIAN” PARTNERS OF SDA
Here is the Secular Democrats of America document . It is worth your time to investigate it as well as listen to the broadcast above. A KEY issue for the claims of these secularist Democrats is that Christian organizations take government funding yet are allowed to or licensed to “discriminate” due to religious exemptions which they want eliminated and from Freedom of Religion Restoration Acts which they want reversed.
ALL PRO EVANGLEICAL POLICIES OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PATRIOTIC SUPPORT OF TRUMP ARE IN THE CROSS HAIRS OF SDA.
“Restoring Constitutional Secularism and Patriotic Pluralism in the White House Prepared exclusively by Secular Democrats of America PAC for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Transition Team.”
“The Secular Democrats of America PAC (SDA) has prepared this document for the BidenHarris campaign to provide recommendations that will not only reverse the damage done by the Trump administration but boldly restore a vision of constitutional secularism and respect in the land for religious and intellectual pluralism. We urge you to lead our nation on a path that revives the Founders’ vision of religious freedom in our government and promotes a unifying patriotic pluralism—not dogmatic religious chauvinism—in American society. We believe that this is a moment not only to enact policies to advance constitutional secularism but to position the Democratic Party to take back the mantle of religious freedom and pluralism from the Republican Party. ”
“As people of private religious faith and public constitutional faith, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris can bridge the deep divisions that President Trump has exploited and exacerbated over the past four years. Biden and Harris can bring millions of Americans of all faiths and millions of nonreligious Americans together around a shared vision of government seeking the common good while defending religious pluralism and the unbridled freedom of conscience.”
MORE ON THE PAC ITSELF AND ITS PARTNERS
“Secular Democrats of America is a federal political action committee that represents secular Democratic individuals and organizations. We advocate for secular governance, promote respect and inclusion of nonreligious Americans, and mobilize nonreligious voters. We support and empower our members with the resources, training, and support network they need to make an impact.”
It all started in Texas
“In 2016, a group of secular Democrats established a Secular Caucus at the Texas Democratic Convention. As a result of their advocacy, the Texas Democratic Party incorporated three resolutions on religious freedom issues that year, including a call for the removal of the clause in the Texas state constitution that imposes a religious test for office. Inspired by their fellow Democrats in Texas, Nebraska and Arizona followed suit.”
“In 2019, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) made unprecedented strides to include the nonreligious, a community long stigmatized and left without a seat at the table, by passing Resolution 38 and electing a representative of the secular community to the DNC Interfaith Council.”
“Engaging this demographic, which represents nearly one in three voters under 35, will be key to winning elections in the future.”
SDA HAS A LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS
“A secular caucus is a group, organization, or meeting of individuals within a political party or legislative body who share the common cause of:
1) Protecting the separation of religion and government as the best guarantee of religious freedom for all Americans; and
2) Empowering the nonreligious to have an equal voice in our culture and our politics, alongside people of faith.”
“Secular Caucuses provide their members with the tools and resources they need to organize for power, including electing champions of religious freedom and secular democracy to office.”
“While the Secular Democrats of America represents Secular Caucuses within the Democratic party, there is also a Congressional Freethought Caucus and an Association of Secular Elected Officials. We are hopeful that soon there will be Secular or Freethought Caucuses in legislative bodies throughout the country.”
THE “CHRISTIAN PARTERS OF SECULAR DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA
“Secular Democrats of America is proud to partner with Vote Common Good to provide training that will equip you with the confidence to message effectively, and authentically, about religious freedom issues and your religious or nonreligious identity.”
Vote Common Good inspired, energized, and mobilized people of faith to make the common good their voting criteria by pursuing faith, hope, & love for a change on election day 2020 and thereby prevented the re-election of Donald Trump.
We will continue to work to provide alternatives to “Trumpism” for faith voters.
WHAT WE DID AND WILL DO
“Many Christian voters recognize that their faith calls them to oppose the policies and approaches that characterized the Trump administration. In 2020, for many of these voters, their primary commitment was not to switch parties it was to be faithful to their beliefs and convictions and to make the common good their voting criteria. The behavior of Donald Trump made it impossible for them to continue to support him.”
“The emergence of a misguided approach to “America First” has caused many of them to resist the blazoned nationalism and to “seek first the kingdom of God” as it relates to goodness, kindness, justice, truth, and decency.”
“We were confident that 5-15% of the Christian vote wanted an “exit ramp” from supporting the Trump administration. We worked to help them see and take that exit.”
“We accomplished this goal across the country and in the crucial swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. We saw that change on election day and know that it prevented Donald Trump from winning re-election.”
The head of Vote Common Good is none other than Emergent Church leader and former Leadership Network (founder Bob Buford) employee Doug Pagitt.
(NOTE : It was Pagitt who helped identify and recruit the prospective stars for the Emergent movement like Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, and many others who have helped to vilify Biblical conservative Christianity and THE role Christians play politically .It is important to see that THE VERY PEOPLE ACCUSING CHRISTIANS OF BEING TOO POLITICAL FOR A DECADE ARE THEMSELVES WORKING DIRECTLY AS PARTNERS FOR A RADICAL DEMOCRATIC PART PAC. All along the goal has been to move a generation of churches, leaders , and their “gospel” vision and politics toward Faith Based Partnership ideology of Community Development and Social Justice. Doing the bidding of Leadership Network Founder Buford ,who is a great admirer of Lenin, the Emergent movement left a path of destruction throughout evangelical circles strewn with the faith of thousands and the bones of disgraced leaders like Bell and Driscoll. ..while McLaren joins Pagitt in the Vote Common Ground Movement .)
“Doug Pagitt is the Executive Director and one of the founders of Vote Common Good. Doug is an author, pastor, social activist and . A leading voice for progressive Christianity, Doug makes frequent national media and speaking appearances. His new book, Outdoing Jesus, is available now. “
Pagitt has a variety of Interfaith “Christian/Muslim” and LGBTQ advocates working with him on the Vote Common Good Team.
” Decency matters. Justice matters. Truth matters. We have been called to love our neighbor as ourself, and that means voting AGAINST the discrimination, corruption, and manipulation of Trump, and FOR the decency, justice, and truth of Joe Biden. Will you join us?”
THE FALSE NATIONALISM NARRATIVE ACCUSING PARTIOTISM
One of the contributing partners with the Secular Democrats of America PAC is “Christians Against Nationalism”. Many of the usual suspects from the progressive left are here among its leaders as well.
TONY CAMPOLO, A FOUNDER OF THE RED LETTER CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT
MELISSA ROGERS, VISITING PROFESSOR, WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITY
( Rogers was the head of Obama Administrations “Faith Based Partnership “grant programs so she actually helped LURE Christian organizations INTO government funding and is now helping to see to it that their politics, if Biblically conservative, are not tolerated.)
And of course the ever present compromiser/ Third Way socialist Christian:
JIM WALLIS, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, SOJOURNERS
The RHETORIC –
“As Christians, our faith teaches us everyone is created in God’s image and commands us to love one another. As Americans, we value our system of government and the good that can be accomplished in our constitutional democracy. Today, we are concerned about a persistent threat to both our religious communities and our democracy — Christian nationalism.”
“Christian nationalism seeks to merge Christian and American identities, distorting both the Christian faith and America’s constitutional democracy. Christian nationalism demands Christianity be privileged by the State and implies that to be a good American, one must be Christian. It often overlaps with and provides cover for white supremacy and racial subjugation. We reject this damaging political ideology and invite our Christian brothers and sisters to join us in opposing this threat to our faith and to our nation.”
“As Christians, we are bound to Christ, not by citizenship, but by faith.”
The future of religious freedom is uncertain BUT it certainly under fire in America today. So is the Constitution and the election process itself. These also mean the Republic is under grave threat. The only ones who do not seem to realize this are those who take the shallow rhetoric of politicians and think tanks to heart and the FOOLISH “CHRISTIANS” WHO follow it. The real problem with religious liberty in America is not party politics but the fact that many from without and within seem to be most eager to place these Constitutional freedoms up for grabs for anyone and everyone seeking to redefine it by forces antithetical to THEM. And of course there are always the soulless throng willing to sell their own convictions and influence to the highest bidder no matter how deadly their intentions may be.
WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE CHURCH AND BELIEVERS IN AMERICA? THE FAITHFUL CAN TRUST A FAITHFUL GOD- BUT THERE ARE NO PROMISES IN HIS WORD THAT PERSECUTION WILL BE AVOIDED…ACTUALLY THE OPPOSITE IS PROMISED.
WILL WE SEE CHURCH DOORS LOCKED AND CHRISTIANS SOUGHT OUT FOR RE-EDUCATION?
STILL THE GODLY MAN AND WOMAN MUST SPEAK GOD’S TRUTH EVEN TO POWER.
1ST KINGS 22:
Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab
13 “And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, “Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” 14 But Micaiah said,“As the LORD lives, what the LORD says to me, that I will speak.” 15 And when he had come to the king, the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we refrain?” And he answered him, “Go up and triumph; the LORD will give it into the hand of the king.” 16 But the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?” 17 And he said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the LORD said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace.’”
CONSERVATIVES IN AMERICA DO NOT TRUST THE 2020 ELECTION PROCESS OR RESULTS. EVEN FEWER AMERICANS TRUST THE FALSE AND HIGHLY COORDINATED MAINSTREAM AND SOCIAL MEDIA’S EFFORTS TO SQUASH ELECTION CONCERNS.
NOW FAITH LEADERS LIKE RUSSELL MOORE JOIN IN TO PROMOTE “BIDEN PRESIDENCY”.
Rev Thomas Littleton
FAITH LEADERS INCLUDING BAPTIST RUSSELL MOORE JOINED THE COORDIANTED EFFORT WITH ASSOCIATED PRESS AND RELIGION NEWS SERVICE
A perfect example of how the top down efforts are working to influence conservatives, especially Christians, with the false media narrative is the TODAY’S event sponsored by the liberal Associated Press, universalist Religion News Service and The Conversation sponsored Gates, Ford, Hearst, Knight, and other progressive Foundations. This places Southern Baptist Ethics Expert and Obama administration advocate Russell Moore at the heart of the pro Biden election fraud narrative. Russell Moore Joins a team of operatives including a Muslim, a Catholic, a liberal Sojourner leader/& Campaign Elder in puffing the coordinated false media narrative.
“PANEL DISCUSSION: Join us as we look ahead to the role of religion in the Biden presidency”
“Moving forward with faith: Religion and politics in a Biden presidency “
How will faith influence the direction of the Biden administration?
What agenda will various religious institutions pursue?
Can religion be a force for healing the nation’s deep political, ideological and racial divides?
“Join us for a Zoom panel discussion between our journalists and noted faith leaders as we explore what role religion will play in the public square during the coming years. Hosted by The Associated Press, Religion News Service and The Conversation. Open to the public.”
“Meet the panelists:
Dilshad D. Ali, the former editor-in-chief of Altmuslim, is an editor at Haute Hijab, and a member of Religion News Service’s journalism advisory board.
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, CEO and co-founder of Skinner Leadership Institute and co-convener of the National African American Clergy Network.
Dr. Steven P. Millies, an associate professor of public theology and the director of The Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union.
Dr. Russell Moore, theologian and president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4p.m. EST “
THE BROADER COORDINATION OF MEDIA PROJECTION AND SUPPRESSION.
This writer, like many of you, has been been disturbed to watch the failure of the press and even social media to report on the mounting evidence of election fraud and wrong doing on the part of the Democratic Party, local polling officials and the election software and ballots. Many have seen their own social media post removed or marked as “false ” or “fake news”. Even President Trump himself is in a daily battle with social media like Facebook and Twitter who are flagging HIS information to the American public as “false” or “misinformation”.
A quick pull back from the frustrating efforts of Americans to communicate and exercise free speech and locate outlets for a free and honest press reveals one undeniable reality; these efforts by the mainstream media ,including Fox News, and social media to squash truth and information are totally and carefully coordinated.
BUT WHO IS DOING IT?
This author found a SMOKING GUN when following the links provided by social media giant Facebook when his own post about Smartmatic ( one of the programs named in the election irregularities) Chairman of the Board Peter Neffinger was marked as “False Information” by a Facebook “fact checker” even though it was the direct link to the actual biography page on Smartmatic’s website. Following the “factcheck links” and the alternative “approved” information sources led to Facebooks own partnership with promoting “The National Task Force on Election Crises” ( as in plural crises ).This information appeared on the facebook.com / voting information center.
( NOTE : Facebook Fact Checker used in the above issue oddly works for Daily Caller )
Elias J. Atienza
“Fact Check Reporter at The Daily Caller”
THE PLAYERS AND THEIR EVOLVING FOCUS
REALITY IS THE MEDIA ARE STILL CAMPAIGNING TO ELECT JOE BIDEN AS PRESIDENT .
HERE IS HOW:
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS LEAD READERS TO THEIR OWN PARTNERS STORIES .
NATIONAL TASK FORCEON ELECTION CRISES ( NOTE PLURAL -MULITIPLE CRISIS)
This Task Force is a primary partner for Facebook and other media outlets with “News” to counter Team Trump and other supporters investigating or even questioning the election. On September 29 2020 a Harvard Journalist Nieman Lab had promoted the “Task Force” information to and for journalist to be prepared in advance for such claims. Well before this on March 26 2020 the Task Force had been promoted by it’s partner and possible parent organization Protecting Democracy Project (PDP) as a means to support mail in and alternative voting using the Covid Pandemic as one of many concerns for a free and fair election. PDP is also responsible for the Transition Integrity Project which has a Soros Open Society advisory council member in leadership. The Task Force has overlapping leadership with the TIP organization and though it claims to be “cross partisan” the founders and leaders of Protect Democracy project are both former White House Counsels to Barak Obama and Task Force cross partisan leaders themselves are rabid anti-Trump.
The leadership of the Protect Democracy Project and Harvard’s Nieman Lab are actively coordinating the media campaign supporting the validity of the troubled election and the projected presidency of Biden while openly demanding that “Trumpism must be squashed and stamped out.”
FOLLOW CLOSELY TO NIEMAN LAB AND “PROTECTING DEMOCRACYPROJECT” EFFORT
A HARVARD JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP AND CENTER HAS PROMOTED THE TASK FORCE” SINCE SEPTEMBER 29 2020 OVER A MONTH BEFORE THE ELECTION.
( OF NOTE –Ann Marie Lipinski (born January 1956) is a journalist and the curator of the Nieman Foundation which oversees the Lab and Journalism Fellowship and is former editor of the Chicago Tribune. )
Harvard University “Nieman Lab” had promoted “The National Task Force on Election Crisis on September 29th 2020 In an article for “:What Journalist Should Know….
“It’s in this post-Election Day period “when inevitably there will be challenges and questions raised about the results and about the accuracy,” Michael Chertoff, a former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush, said during the summit. How journalists frame these inevitable challenges, Chertoff added, will be “very, very critical” to “maintaining good order, discipline, and faith in our process.”
MORE ON SUGGESTIONS FORJOURNALIST ON HOW TO HANDLE THE POST ELECTION CLAIMS INCLUDING THOSE OF THE PRESIDENT
“How Should Journalists Respond to Trump’s Refusal to Commit to a Peaceful Transfer of Power?”
“Set expectations for election night”
“Brendan Nyhan, a political scientist and professor at Dartmouth College, argued that Americans may be the most vulnerable to misinformation during an unexplained waiting period. He said the media — particularly cable news — should build their coverage around a scenario in which the winner of the election is not known on election night.”
“It’s going to be essential for the media to be responsible in that moment. They really are guardians of the legitimacy of our democratic process,” Nyhan said. “It will be tempting to put people on TV saying things about what’s happening, including that the election is being stolen, to fill the void in the news environment. I would just encourage everyone to think about the stakes here again, that we live in a country that is at significant risk of democratic erosion. Amplifying those kinds of claims in that moment is a profoundly irresponsible act.”
MORE from the article :
“Make a plan for misinformation.”
“The primary source of misinformation in people’s information diets is from mainstream political figures via the mainstream media,” Nyhan said. “Newsrooms need to prepare for a political environment in which mainstream political figures, most notably the President of the United States, are going to promote false and unsupported claims about the election. They need to prepare for that now. And they need to have a conversation internally about how to cover those claims in a way that’s consistent with their journalistic values.”
“Nyhan noted that the standard advice to journalists — verify before publication, avoid amplifying misinformation — is easier said than done.”
“It’s not easy. And the reason is those claims will often be made by high-profile political figures in a way that media organizations feel like they have to cover on deadline,” Nyhan said. “If they are not careful, they will cover them in a ‘he said, she said’ manner that gives legitimacy to unfounded, unverified, or unrepresentative claims.”
NOTE THEY EVEN NAME IN SEPTEMBER THREE OF THE DISPUTED STATES
“Learn the timetable.”
“Did you know that if there’s no clear winner by noon on election day — January 20, 2021 — the Electoral Count Act provides for an “acting president” while disputes are resolved? The Speaker of the House is first in line; the current president does not stay in office.”
“States will be working to count votes, resolve disputes over rejected ballots, and address an already unprecedented number of legal challenges before the certification deadline in early December. Many states, including the battlegrounds of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, will be doing this on the fly, after making provisions to allow mail-in voting during a presidential election for the first time due to Covid-19.”
WHO IS THENIEMAN LAB AND THE NIEMAN FOUNDATION?
About Nieman Lab
“The Nieman Journalism Lab is an attempt to help journalism figure out its future in an Internet age.”
“The Internet has brought forth an unprecedented flowering of news and information. But it has also destabilized the old business models that have supported quality journalism for decades. Good journalists across the country are losing their jobs or adjusting to a radically new news environment online. We want to highlight attempts at innovation and figure out what makes them succeed or fail. We want to find good ideas for others to steal. We want to help reporters and editors adjust to their online labors; we want to help traditional news organizations find a way to survive; we want to help the new crop of startups that will complement — or supplant — them.”
(NOTE NIEMAN FELLOWS IN JOURNALISM HAVE COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD AND CURRENTLY ARE BEING TRAINED AND EQUIPED FOR MEDIA IN THE INTERNET AGE !)
About the Nieman Foundation
“Established in 1938, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard administers the oldest fellowship program for journalists in the world. More than 1,300 journalists of accomplishment from 88 countries have received Nieman Fellowships and benefited from a year of study and exploration at Harvard University. The annual deadline to apply for a fellowship is December 15 for international journalists and January 31 for Americans.”
“Nieman is the only fellowship program that also houses an array of publishing and convening initiatives focused on journalism. These include:
Nieman Lab, an online reporting enterprise focused on the future of news and innovation. Nieman Lab has a staff of reporters writing daily about the most significant developments in journalism and has become a leading source of news about digital media for an international audience;
Nieman Reports, a website and print magazine that explores contemporary journalism’s most important challenges and provides a forum for the industry’s leading voices on issues of ethics, values, innovation and more. It also serves as a town square for Nieman’s global alumni network;
Nieman Storyboard, a website that showcases exceptional narrative journalism and the art and craft of reported storytelling. Storyboard has become an important gathering place for the top practitioners of narrative journalism to talk about what works and why.”
“In addition, Harvard’s beautiful Lippmann House, where Nieman is located, is the convening center every year for dozens of seminars, master classes, conferences and awards ceremonies. These bring together not only our fellows but the broadest-possible array of those practicing, celebrating, challenging and advancing journalism.”
THE COORDIANTED EFFORT TO PROMOTE THE TASK FORCE AND JOURNALISTIC PREPAREDNEDD FOR THE 2020 ELECTION GOES BACK TO MARCH 2020 AND THE “PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT” ORGANIZATION.
PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT IS FOUNDED AND LED BT TWO FORMER WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL MEMBERS
Co-Founder and Executive Director – Ian served as Associate White House Counsel from 2009-2011.Ian Bassin is president and executive director of the Protect Democracy Project, the same position he holds in United to Protect Democracy.
Co-Founder and Legal Director-He has previously served in the Office of the White House Counsel as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. Justin Florence is legal director for PDP.
These two leaders of Protect Democracy November 27 piece in the L A Times READS:
“WHAT THE US NEEDS TO DO TO STAMP OUT TRUMPISM”
PROTECT DEMOCRACY POST ON NOVEMBER 25 SPEAKS TO THEIR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL TASK FORCE ON ELECTION CRISIS
“Now that the presidential transition is underway in full, what’s next, other than more certifications from a few states remaining? Here are key dates through Inauguration to know, from our partners at National Task Force on Election Crises:”
“PROTECT DEMOCRACY” PROMOTED THE “TASK FORCE” IN MARCH 26TH 2020 WHICH IS NOW AT THE EPICENTER OF MEDIA COORDIANTION.
National Task Force on Election Crises Releases Guidance on How to Protect Elections in the Age of COVID-19
National Task Force on Election Crises March 26, 2020
“Cross-Partisan Team of Experts Has Assembled to Help Ensure a Free and Fair 2020 Election Despite Unexpected Disruptions and Disasters, Including COVID-19 Pandemic.
WASHINGTON, DC — On March 26, 2020, the National Task Force on Election Crises released the first of several planned guides for how to respond to potential disruptions of the 2020 general election. The COVID-19 Election Guide, available here, addresses how state and local officials can protect eligible voters’ ability to cast ballots without undue risk to their own health or to the broader community. The Task Force was formed in 2019 to be prepared to respond to a wide range of potential threats to a free and fair 2020 election in a collaborative, cross-partisan, and multidisciplinary fashion. More information about the Task Force is available here.
“Elections are the foundation of our democracy, but there are many ways in which regular electoral procedure could be disrupted,” said Trey Grayson, a member of the Task Force and former Secretary of State of Kentucky and former President of the National Association of Secretaries of State. “The coronavirus pandemic is a perfect example of how elections can be impacted, but it’s far from the only threat, and many election administrators are already starting from a place where they don’t have sufficient resources. We need to plan and prepare to ensure our elections are resilient.”
The COVID-19 Election Guide offers recommendations to help legislators and election officials conduct a successful 2020 general election, despite the many challenges that the coronavirus is likely to pose, with the goal of ensuring that the election is conducted on time as required by law and that public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process and the legitimacy of the outcome is preserved. Recommendations for helping to achieve these goals include:
Expanding no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail
Maximizing early voting days and hours
Increasing the number of polling places and other voting options
Proactive, transparent communication with voters
The guide also provides recommendations on the use of emergency powers by governors and other state officials to respond to the crisis. Any departure from the ordinary rules governing the electoral process, it states, should be made pursuant to state and federal law using objective criteria that guides official discretion and minimizes partisan bias.
“Our nation has overcome crises before and we will overcome this one,” said Task Force member Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush. “But doing so requires well thought out contingency plans, advance preparations, broad coalitions working together, and support for those on the front lines of making our elections work—election administrators, local officials, poll workers, the media, and especially the voters. I know there are so many dedicated public servants around the country already working to ensure the success of our elections and hope by joining this Task Force I can do my small part to support them.”
Task Force member Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, added, “In 2020, further unexpected events are bound to take place, but the right to vote must be protected and preserved. Already, we are seeing the impact of COVID-19 on primary elections—and officials are obligated right now to take steps, like the ones outlined in our guide, to ensure the general election proceeds on schedule as required under federal law. The National Task Force on Election Crises was formed to ensure that all eligible voters are able to make their voices heard when the ballots are counted. No voter should have to choose between their health and the right to vote, and voters of color and other historically disenfranchised communities must be able to make their voices heard. The right to vote is one of our most basic rights as Americans, and it is our collective task to make sure it can be fully realized—even under the most difficult circumstances.”
“As a nation, we have a long history of unequal access to the ballot box. We have been preparing to meet voter suppression challenges for this year’s election for some time. Now we must also respond to a public health crisis and prepare for a wide range of other potential election disruptions, such as a major cyber-attack, online foreign interference or fights over contested election results,” said Task Force member Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “As we’ve seen with other election challenges, those who will be most impacted are voters in African American, Latino and other traditionally marginalized communities. That’s why we need to rapidly prepare at the federal, state, and local levels to protect the 2020 election. This will require a massive effort, but it’s critical to safeguard our democracy.”
“In a critical election year, steps can and must be taken to ensure that the democratic process proceeds on schedule through the November election, while protecting the health of both voters and poll workers,“ said Trevor Potter, President of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center and a former Republican Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. “Our election processes and infrastructure will continue to be tested by the coronavirus. Policymakers and election officials must ensure that every eligible American has access to the ballot box because the essence of democracy is that every eligible voter must have the opportunity to participate. Elections have endured in other times of crisis, and they will in 2020.”
For more on Protect Democracy’s work amid the coronavirus pandemic click here.
“The National Task Force on Election Crises is a diverse, cross-partisan group of more than 40 experts in election law, election administration, national security, cybersecurity, voting rights, civil rights, technology, public health, and emergency response. The mission of the nonpartisan National Task Force on Election Crises is to ensure a free and fair 2020 general election by recommending responses to a range of potential election crises. The Task Force does not advocate for any electoral outcome except an election that is free and fair.”
“The Task Force was convened by Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization. Protect Democracy’s staff supports the work of the Task Force, and in doing so has drawn on assistance from Jenner & Block, the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown Law, the Democracy & Rule of Law Clinic at Harvard Law School, and the William & Mary Election Law Society.”
“Current members of the Task Force include:
Jim Baker, Director of National Security and Cybersecurity, R Street Institute; Former FBI General Counsel
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, The Emes Project; Former Associate Editor, The Washington Post
Christine Chen, Executive Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)
Michael Chertoff, Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Tom Coleman, Former Member of Congress (R-MO)
Tiana Epps-Johnson, Executive Director, Center for Tech and Civic Life
Edward B. Foley, Professor of Law, Ohio State University
Christopher Fonzone, Former National Security Council Legal Adviser
Hannah Fried, Campaign Director, All Voting is Local, The Leadership Conference Education Fund
Joshua Geltzer, Executive Director and Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy & Protection
Dipayan Ghosh, Co-Director, Digital Platforms & Democracy Project, Harvard Kennedy School
Elizabeth Goitein, Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
Rosalind Gold, Chief Public Policy Officer, National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund
Trey Grayson, Former Secretary of State of Kentucky; Former President of National Association of Secretaries of State
Rebecca Green, Professor of the Practice of Law and Co-Director of the Election Law Program, William & Mary Law School
Yasmin Green, Director R&D, Jigsaw (Google)
Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Sam Hirsch, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP
Karen Hobert Flynn, President, Common Cause and the Common Cause Education Fund
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF)
Rachel Kleinfeld, Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
María Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino Foundation
Ryan Macias, Former Acting Director of Testing and Certification, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
Mary B. McCord, Legal Director and Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection
Amber McReynolds, CEO, National Vote at Home Institute
Michael T. Morley, Assistant Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law;
Jennifer Morrell, Partner, Elections Group
Lawrence Norden, Director, Election Reform Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
Adav Noti, Senior Director for Trial Litigation & Chief of Staff, Campaign Legal Center;
Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Michael Osterholm, Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota
Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor, Elections, Democracy Fund
Trevor Potter, President, Campaign Legal Center
Ezra Rosenberg, Co-Director of Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Paul Rosenzweig, Senior Fellow, R Street Institute; Former DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy
Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
Hector Sanchez Barba, CEO and Executive Director, Mi Familia Vota
Marian K. Schneider, President, Verified Voting
Kate Shaw, Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Theodore M. (Ted) Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights, UNC School of Law
Paul Smith, Vice President for Litigation and Strategy, Campaign Legal Center
Wendy Weiser, Vice President and Director, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of State”
*Organizational and academic affiliations are for identification purposes only and don’t necessarily represent institutional endorsement.“
PROTECT DEMOCRACY WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TRANSITION INTEGRITY PROJECT
BRANNON HOWSE OF WVW TV REPORTED ON ITS ACTIVITIES OVER A MONTH AGO
TRANSITION INTERGRITY PROJECT
“The Transition Integrity Project (TIP) was a series of June 2020 political scenario exercises in the United States, involving over 100 current and former senior government and campaign leaders, academics, journalists, polling experts and former federal and state government officials. The exercises examined potential disruptions to the 2020 presidential election and transition. TIP is not an organization, but rather a short-term project run under the auspices of the organization Protect Democracy.
SOROS IN THE WINGS WITH “TIP“AND “TASK FORCE “LEADER
According the website INFLUENCE WATCH “Task Force leader Trey Grayson, Former Secretary of State of Kentucky; Former President of National Association of Secretaries of State was involved with (Soros Open Society Foundations Advisory Board members) work of Rosa Brooks in the Transition Integrity Project . “ROSA BROOKS is Co-founder Rosa Brooks is a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and a former Obama administrationPentagon official. She serves on the advisory board of George Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) in the United States, and was previously special counsel to the president at the Open Society Institute in New York.”
(AGAIN -NOTE THE GOALS OF THE TASK FORCE ACCORDING TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY)
“In anticipation on March of the Covid 19 Pandemic on the Elections Protect Democracy and the “Task Force” seek”
” The COVID-19 Election Guide offers recommendations to help legislators and election officials conduct a successful 2020 general election, despite the many challenges that the coronavirus is likely to pose, with the goal of ensuring that the election is conducted on time as required by law and that public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process and the legitimacy of the outcome is preserved. Recommendations for helping to achieve these goals include:
Expanding no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail
Maximizing early voting days and hours
Increasing the number of polling places and other voting options
Proactive, transparent communication with voters
The guide also provides recommendations on the use of emergency powers by governors and other state officials to respond to the crisis. Any departure from the ordinary rules governing the electoral process, it states, should be made pursuant to state and federal law using objective criteria that guides official discretion and minimizes partisan bias.”
MORE ON MOORE’S MAINSTREAM MEDIA PARTNERS FROM THE DECEMBER 3RD EVENT
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The clear and undeniable reality we are facing is an unprecedented IN THE 2020 Presidential Election. Confusion and uncertainty abound. It is backed up by a massive, coordinated, and no doubt well funded propaganda effort which has all but taken over and eclipsed both the investigation of facts and free speech among media outlets and everyday Americans on their own social media. The arrogance of these organizations to censor free speech even extend to President Donald Trump and to his legal team and witnesses testifying before our courts. The President appears to be up to the task and is not intimidated by the false media or their attacks on him ,his family and his character. Thanks to independent news sources like WVW TV and a few others, and to American’s who are speaking out, the truth and the battle to make it known is not lost. Common sense Americans from both sides of the political divide are rightly concerned. And faithful Christians who love the Truth and the God given freedoms enjoyed and long celebrated in America know that too much is at stake to walk away from “such an appointed time as this”. Russell Moore and the ERLC under his control have never been more glaring in their intentional failure to represent the believers whose interest they are PAID TO PROTECT.
THE DEEPENING TROUBLES FACING SOUTHERN BAPTIST ARE NO LONGER HIDDEN UNDER LAYERS OF GOOD OLE BOY NETWORKS AND 11TH COMMANDMENTS. HOW DEEP DOES THE DECAY GO?
Rev Thomas Littleton 11/30/2020
Most people get the importance of Southern Baptist in American life given that millions of Christians are members of or have grown up in Southern Baptist Churches. Many powerful and articulate leaders have come from the SBC. In the past conservative biblically convictional voices rang out of Baptist pulpits across the nation. Also some of the most well ordered missionary efforts both nationally and internationally were operated by the SBC and focused on evangelism and discipling and organic church planting.
WHAT HAPPENED? ONE NEED LOOK NO FURTHER THAN CURRENT LEADERSHIP TO TELL THE TALE.
ABOVE -Power hungry Baptist- NAMBs Ezell, ERLC’s Moore and SEBTS Akin in Moore’s ERLC offices joking of their “cooperation” in 2013 as their ascents to power are solidified.
Today the largest protestant denomination in America is slipping away and collapsing into the quagmire of meaninglessness via decent into the age old social gospel, political & theological liberalism, community development, sexual and authoritarian abuse, legal struggles and law suits and the general decay of leadership overall. Of course there are exceptions but these are becoming harder to find and are very isolated.
ACTIVE LAWSUITS AGAINST CENTRALIZING POWER OVER HOME MISSIONS
Individual Baptist churches in the SBC have a status of “cooperation ” within the Convention and work together primarily in their Cooperative Programs and Giving ( CP)
Among these are both the North American Missions Board and International Missions Board programs and these are supported through the giving of local churches and two major offerings annually.
Today efforts to “CENTRALIZE POWER” in the national office have been exposed by a lawsuit from Will McRaney who was Former Executive Missional Strategist at Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. The details are extensive and so is the documentation of NAMB national leaders heavy handed tactics, threats, bullying and intimidation followed by a sweeping refusal to be held accountable or transparent about finances, expenditures and compensations of officers.The lawsuit is not just for bullying, but for alleged illegal behaviors by Ezell and NAMB leadership.
The lawsuit contends the issues are not just a matter of strategic difference but accusations of illegal acts by Ezell that have yet to be spoken to publicly or given an account of by Ezell. To date, Ezell has refused to meet with McRaney and the NAMB Trustees have kept him in leadership without requiring him to do so. The current efforts by NAMB officials to stave off this lawsuit have shown their willingness to violate the SBC bylaws and deny their own Convention rules. Recently the troubled and unethical Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission factored in on the lawsuit to back up NAMB antics of averting and subverting accountability.
After years of effort and determination, the legal battle to force the spot light on NAMB abuses is paying off.
Few Baptist will like what they are about to see and learn as the efforts toward accountability advance.
MORE on the lawsuit can be found at willmcraney.com / open letter
“In June 8, 2015 Sandy and I received the shock of our lives. I was blindsided with termination as the Executive Director of the MD/DE Baptist Convention, and sadly Dr. Kevin Ezell, as the President of the North American Mission Board, influenced this action against me. This was without cause and in the midst of Sandy and I developing many good relationships with pastors and wives, along with our staff and Convention making remarkable progress under my leadership. These webpages reflect an effort to communicate truth with friends and our Southern Baptist family on matters which need to come into the light Eph. 5:6-11, since more direct methods were met with denial and resistance.”
The latest update on the legal action to date can be read here:
Ironic that when the Protestant Baptist ERLC factored in on the lawsuit that they sought a Chicago based Catholic law firm named after famed English anti -Protestant Reformation politician Thomas More.
(From the article update)
” The vote in McRaney’s favor by the federal appeals court was made despite an extraordinary campaign on behalf of NAMB. Three state attorneys general (Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana) weighed in with a friend of the court brief in support of NAMB, as did the First Liberty Institute, a Texas-based religious liberty nonprofit. Of particular note, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC, which is charged with communicating Southern Baptists’ policies and positions to the public and public officials, joined with the Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based not-for-profit national interest law firm named after the patron saint of lawyers in the Catholic Church, to assert in a friend of the court brief that the SBC, NAMB and state conventions have a hierarchical relationship and that they actually govern Southern Baptist congregations.”
SOME BULLETPOINTS IN AN OVERVIEW OF THE SBC DECLINE AND DECAY:
*SBC SEMINARIES HAVE BECOME BOILING CALDRONS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE, CRITICAL THEORY AND RACIAL/ GAY / ISLAMIC POLITICS.
Example of the funding and agenda invading SBC flagship Seminary SBTS and efforts to cover up reality by scrubbing websites can be investigated in the link below. This is just one example of agenda driven funding and ongoing efforts to cover up the compromise and sources of it.
*CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FROM K-12 TO HIGHER EDUCATION IS BEING UNDERMINED AT SWBTS UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION.
Baptist Seminary SWBTS in Forth Worth was not part of the Baptist Cabal of Neo Reformed theology cloaking social Justice and dirty funding until it was taken over in recent years by SBTS/ Mohler leaders. Now SWBTS has launched a new organization to serve as gathering place for the influences now corrupting Christian Education with critical theories and the false justice gospel starting in pre K and running through Christian colleges and universities. The Seminaries are already being overrun.
*WIDESPREAD SEXUAL ABUSE AND ONGOING COLLUSION TO COVER IT UP SURFACED IN 2018 WHEN THE #METOO MOVEMENT CAME HOME TO SETTLE ON SBC LEADERS.
Yet Baptist leaders like Mohler and Moore joined in what seemed nothing less than opportunistic public theater to point fingers away from their own and toward those they wished to see targeted like SWBTS /Conservative Resurgence leader Paige Patterson. Some inside the Baptist machine animated secular media efforts to portray Patterson as an abuser or collaborator in the coverup. The feeding frenzy during this carefully coordinated effort exposed just how far some leaders the SBC would go to secure their take over of it’s institutions.
ERLCS RUSSELL MOORE TURNED THE SEXUAL ABUSE EXPOSURE INTO A PLATFORM FOR MORE OVERREACH WITH A “REPURPOSED CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE” TO SEARH AND DESTROY AND STRIP CHURCHES AND MINISTERS OF SBC CREDENTIALS.
*SBC SEEKS TO REDEFINE FAMILY AS THE CHURCH CALLING “NUCLEAR FAMILY AN IDOL”.
Moore had also used similar CRISIS to sell his latest book on The Storm Tossed Family and push an ERLC conference to feature his book while highlighting the Church -redefined as family in the same 1990’s narrative of lesbian feminist theology from Drew University Divinity School. This was quiet an achievement which likely took more lead time than he would have had after finding out about the looming storm in the Houston Chronicle.
*SBC LEADERS FOR NAMB ARE MOVING THE DENOMINATION INTO DEEP PARTNERSHIPS FOR ISLAMIC IMMIGRATION/RACIAL RECONCILIATION AKING TO BLM/ FEMA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND MISGUIDED LGBTQ POLICY.
ISLAMIC IMMIGRATION WITH NAMB
ERLC and other Baptist leaders have joined in pro Islamic campus based and student led movement called “Neighborly Faith” to promote social change in Christian attitudes toward Islam. Christian/ Muslim dialog is being directly promoted on Christian School campuses. SBC current President J D Greear even joined in one of these events. The Wheaton conference was sponsored and held at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism while the entire program is admittedly NOT to evangelize or treat Muslims as projects for conversion. Measures and metrics are employed before and after the meetings to gauge the success of the social change in attitudes.
Baptist leaders like current SBC President J D Greer , former IMB head David Platt and long time Lifeway Researcher Ed Stetzer jumped in to the BLM fray marching with and endorsing the movement even after violence and burning of American cities erupted.
FEMA PARTNERSHIPS SET UP SHOP IN PUERTO RICO AND ELSEWHERE.
The NAMB Send Relief of the SBC has now positioned itself as the go-to partner of FEMA even constructing a central response center in Puerto Rico for the current Hurricane damage island and beyond .
There are at present NINE such centers for differing uses with Government partnerships with plans to develop twenty to twenty five in all.
Recently both SBTS President Albert Mohler ERLC head/ Mohler disciple Russell Moore’s offices lamented over the coming advance of the LGBTQ agenda against religious liberty , churches and Christian education.
YET – it was both of these key Baptist who called for an end to standing against the agenda in 2013 and held a 2014 ERLC Conference on The Gospel , Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage at which Moore and Mohler welcomed Human Rights Campaign and dozens of LGBTQ activist leaders to “Break Bread Together with Baptist” as one headline read. They even held for back room- closed door meetings with HRC and others like Matthew Vines and the radical pro homosexual lobby. SBTS President joined in the 2014 Conference as opening speaker and APOLOGIZED for being wrong about and denying (the APA contrived notion of ) Sexual Orientation. Mohler apologized for all Baptist while underling Russell Moore did a blanket condemnation of all so called “ex gay therapies” a high priority on the HRC agenda at the time.
Later by 2015 no significant fight for Biblical or traditional marriage was mounted by any key SBC official including Moore or Mohler. The echo chamber of SBC leadership blamed the sexual revolution and the divorce rate in the church.
By 2018 SBTS New Testament teacher and Mohler disciple of almost 15 years Nate Collins introduced Revoice LGBTQ Thriving in Historic Christian Tradition Conference and it was endorsed and participated in by multiple ERLC fellows and leaders.
HRC HAS HAD A WARM BAPTIST WELCOME SINCE SBC CEO JINED HRC IN 2009 IN THE WHITE HOUSE FAITH BASED /OBAMA PROGRAMS FOR FAITH BASED GRANTS
HERE IS WHAT HRC WANTS TODAY-
“The HRC Blueprint for LGBTQ Equality Under Biden”
Ensure consistent administrative implementation of Bostock v. Clayton County across all agencies enforcing civil rights statutes and provisions;
Revise restrictions on transgender individuals to return to an inclusive policy of military service;
Establish an interagency working group to address anti-transgender violence;
Appoint openly-LGBTQ justices, judges, executive officials and ambassadors;
Establish uniform data collection standards incorporation sexual orientation and gender identity into federal surveys;
Establish an interagency working group to protect and support LGBTQ rights globally;
End discrimination against gay and bisexual blood donors;
Prohibit the practice of conversion therapy as a fraudulent business practice;
Rescind and replace regulations restricting coverage of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act; and
Eliminate discrimination against beneficiaries in charitable choice and faith-based initiatives.
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AS WELL AS THE GOSPEL MISSION OF THE BAPTIST ARE BEING REDEFINED THROUGH FORCES WHICH CAN ONLY CORRUPT IT AND ARE ANTITHETICAL TO BIBLICAL FAITH.
WHILE BAPTIST LEADERS APPEAR TO JOKEABOUT THEIR SOLIDARITY IN COOPERATIVE CORRUPTION–THE SBC IS SLIPPING DEEP INTO APOSTASY AND IN STEEP DECLINE.
Will millions of Christians follow the path Baptist leaders have chosen for their movement? Or will they wise up and Repent and return to the Word of God and true Gospel Mission? Will they continue to leave their churches and even entire congregations leave the SBC altogether or will they stand and undertake to regain their movement and “throw the bums out” who have corrupted it ? Time will tell but it will not take long for these deadly corruptions to fully leaven and to play out .WHILE IN TIME IS IN FACT RUNNING OUT. Then the only option which exist will be to leave the SBC to it’s own rot and decline. Even now that time may have already come.
FEW WOULD HAVE BELIEVED 25 YEARS AGO THAT THE SBC WOULD BE MARKETING THE SAME HERESIES AND POLITICS AS THE RADICAL PROGRESSIVE LEFT & DENOMINATIONS BUT ETS PROVIDES A WINDOW INTO THE LASTEST BAPTIST FASHIONS IN RHETORIC.
By Thomas Littleton
The annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society provided yet another glimpse behind the curtain in what has become the Southern Baptist -“World of OZ”. Some of the greatest heretical movements thriving in Baptist and evangelical circles today have had their first showings to the great “thinkers” and students of the ETS. Years before the Revoice LGBTQ inclusion called for by self identified “sexual minority” / “LGBT+ Christians hit the evangelical headlines, the leaders and founders had all been presenting their thesis and dissertations at ETS.
Today Revoice and the movement and players behind it continue to expand their brand while the errors of ETS focus move on to revisit the fanciful notion of “Chrislam” while inviting “refugee resettlement” /Soros Open Society partners & advocates in to ETS to bash Trump immigration policy and tout the common ground of the two deeply irreconcilable faiths.
(MUCH MORE ON REVOICE INCLUDING AN UPDATE ON IT’S LEADERS EXPANSION OF THE MOVEMENT AND ITS ETS HISTORY NEAR THE END OF THIS ARTICLE)
CHRISTIANITY TODAY COVERED THE LATEST ETS MUSLIM EVENT
Muslims Join Evangelical Theology Conference
“Annual gathering of Christian scholars seeks better engagement with Islam.”
“It is not often that a Muslim appears at an evangelical theological meetings ..Al Mohler invited three.”
“This year’s theme: Islam and Christianity.“
“We are called to truth, and to understanding the world around us more accurately and thoughtfully,” said Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), who also served as ETS program chair.
“That certainly includes our understanding of Islam, which has from the beginning represented an enormous challenge to Christian evangelism, apologetics, theology, and cultural engagement.”
“The Authority and Function of the Quran in Islam,” by Ayman Ibrahim of SBTS
“Through the Prism: The Trinity and the Islamic Metanarrative,” by Timothy Tennet of Asbury Theological Seminary
“American Christians and Islam: From the Colonial Era to the Post-9/11 World,” by Thomas Kidd of Baylor University
But it was the challenge of “cultural engagement” that led ETS to reach out to the Muslim panelists. Each was invited to share their view of evangelicals, and address the issues that concern them. It could “scarcely be more relevant and urgent,” said Mohler.
Three Christians joined them on the panel, focused on“Understanding Our Neighbor.”
THE ANTI-TRUMP POLITICAL TONE
One Muslim participant Al Mohler invited asserts that Pew Research in 2019 found “white evangelicals to be twice as likely as Americans overall (76% vs. 38%) to support President Donald Trump’s 2017 “Muslim ban.” The narrative continued -“American Muslim Poll, only 20 percent of white evangelicals had a positive opinion of Muslims, with 44 percent feeling unfavorable.”
““Political tribalism drives how these communities see each other,” Uddin said, “and Muslims view evangelicals as intrinsically linked to the Trumpian other.”
Hamza Yusuf, cofounder and president of Zaytuna College in California, the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States, said strong Muslim support for George W. Bush helped him to the presidency in the razor-thin 2000 election.
But after 9/11, Republicans “anathematized” them.
“Muslims had a huge shift to the left in response to the love showed them by Democrats,” he said.”
SO CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS POLITICS (ESPECIALLY THEIR PRO TRUMP POLITICS) DROVE MUSLIMS TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND ITS “LOVE” TOWARD THEM ?
This is Christianity Today propagandizing conservative Christians with Muslim guest at ETS invited by Albert Mohler. So who are these “guest”?
THE ETS GUEST LIST INCLUDED A KEY PROGRESSIVE MUSLIM LEADER
“Asma Uddin, a religious liberty lawyer (previously INTERVIEWED by CT) and a fellow with the Inclusive America Project at the Aspen Institute, described the well-funded Islamophobia network that tars Muslims and the political left in a joint conspiracy to take over the world.”
“The effort seems to be working.”….
(More on the Aspen Institute later.)
NEIGHBORLY FAITH LEADERS/ MENTORS INCLUDED BAPTIST FALSE PROPHET BOB ROBERTS
“A student-led movement bringing Christians and Muslims together.”
Neighborly Faith is building momentum and now has inclusion with the ETS thanks to the efforts of the SBTS leader Albert Mohler .
More on the ETS /CT story
Muslims Join Evangelical Theology Conference
MORE FROM THE CT ARTICLE AND THE ETS EVENT :
The 72nd annual conference of the Evangelical Theological Society
This year’s theme: Islam and Christianity.
“We are called to truth, and to understanding the world around us more accurately and thoughtfully,” said Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), who also served as ETS program chair.
“The Authority and Function of the Quran in Islam,” by Ayman Ibrahim of SBTS
“Through the Prism: The Trinity and the Islamic Metanarrative,” by Timothy Tennet of Asbury Theological Seminary
“American Christians and Islam: From the Colonial Era to the Post-9/11 World,” by Thomas Kidd of Baylor University
“But it was the challenge of “cultural engagement” that led ETS to reach out to the Muslim panelists. Each was invited to share their view of evangelicals, and address the issues that concern them. It could “scarcely be more relevant and urgent,” said Mohler.”
“Three Christians joined them on the panel, focused on “Understanding Our Neighbor.”
“Hamza Yusuf, cofounder and president of Zaytuna College in California, the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States”
“Islam, Yusuf said, defines the neighbor as up to 40 houses away.”
“Mohamed Majid, imam and executive director at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, in Virginia, is going much further.”
“Partnering with Baptist pastor Bob Roberts, he has traveled to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and other Muslim world hotspots to promote better treatment of minority Christian communities.”
“But when invited to Roberts’s Texas, Majid said that local pastors politely asked not to be pictured with corresponding imams.”
“After three days of ta’arruf—the Arabic word for “getting to know each other”—they volunteered to exchange visits in each other’s houses of worship.”
“We have so much in common with evangelical Christians,” Majid said.
“But to be true to our faith we have to get out of our comfort zone—which makes us better believers.”
“Uddin, who appeared in a second ETS panel with Matthew Kaemingk of Neighborly Faith, offered political encouragement. The 2020 American Muslim Poll found 49 percent of that community willing to build coalitions with conservatives to support religious liberty.”
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY FOR MUSLIMS AND LIFTING THE “MUSLIM BAN” ON MASS IMMIGRATION ARE KEY ISSUES. WHY?
THE LONG AND SHORT ANSWER IS -GRANT FUNDED IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS.
FOR SOUTHERN BAPTIST LEADERS EXPANDING DIALOG WITH AND BRINING ABOUT SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE SBC HAS A HUGE PAY DAY AT THE END OF THE IMMIGRATION RAINBOW.
Read More :
SOUTHERN BAPTIST NAMB /SEND RELIEF BUILD MUSLIM WELCOME CENTER & FEMA RESPONSE HUB
According to the article some of the invited Muslim guest to the ETS monster mash were key players from the interfaith dialog happening at leftist think tanks like “The Aspens Institute ” and the leftist funded Christian -Muslim relationship building organization called “Neighborly Faith”. Neighborly Faith has already made inroads with the help of Mohler Disciple Russell Moore’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission leaders who joined Neighborly Faith conference and leadership at Wheaton last year. This event was sanctioned by the Chair the Billy Graham center at Wheaton/ Christianity Today propagandist minister Ed Stetzer.
You can read more about Aspen Institute and here :
“The Aspen Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the greatest challenges of our time.”
“Chicago businessman Walter Paepcke (1896-1960), chairman of the Container Corporation of America, first visited Aspen, Colorado in 1945. Inspired by its great natural beauty, he envisioned it as an ideal gathering place for thinkers, leaders, artists, and musicians from all over the world to step away from their daily routines and reflect on the underlying values of society and culture. He dreamed of transforming the town into a center for dialogue, a place for “lifting us out of our usual selves,” as one visitor to Paepcke’s Aspen would put it.”
“To make this dream real, in 1949 Paepcke made Aspen the site for a celebration of the 200th birthday of German poet and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The 20-day gathering attracted such prominent intellectuals and artists as Albert Schweitzer, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Thornton Wilder, and Arthur Rubinstein, along with members of the international press and more than 2,000 other attendees.”
“The Inclusive America Project, launched by the Aspen Institute in 2012, builds and sustains the field of religious pluralism by supporting faith and civic leaders, encouraging philanthropic giving to the field, and producing resources to help you get involved with religious pluralism.”
“The American idea is rooted in a vision that people from varied religious and ethnic backgrounds can unite to create a single nation: E Pluribus Unum. Consistent with that idea, the Inclusive America Project envisions a thriving American religious pluralism, where everyone has the rights, freedoms, and safety to worship, or not, according to their conscience. Religious pluralism isn’t just a nice idea – it’s critical to the health of our democracy and society.”
PAST ETS COLLABORATION WITH COMPROMISE / REVOICE MOVEMENT
ETS REVOICE AND SBTS LEADERS HISTORY FROM ARTICLE LINKED ABOVE:
THE LITTERMATES OF REVOICE -PUPPIES PLAYING IN A PUDDLE OF CHANGE
“For those who looked honestly and beyond the organized response to the Revoice controversy – the main concern that lingered was the hard reality of it’s founders long history at Albert Mohler’s conservative SBTS seminary . But Revoice Collins is far from the only one in the “Conversation” from the Mohler breeding grounds aka puppy mill.”
“Denny Burk of SBTS undergraduate school Boyce College ,also heads the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and is spokesperson for the Nashville Statement (NS) The N.S. document is put forth and claimed to represent a compassionate and pastoral but biblical and historic view of and approach to homosexuality and the cultural shifts concerning it.”
“Disapproval of the Statement and criticism of its shortcomings is claimed to be the inspiration of Revoice . In fact it is likely neither is true . The Nashville Statement does not condemn “gay or homosexual Christianity ” ,supports the “homosexual orientation “/SSA narrative most common in the TGC talking points and makes no clear case that people can escape homosexual desire. It does not stand with ministries that proclaim such a message of true Gospel effected change. Nashville Statement is in the mushy middle -left of center but asserted to represent the historic conservative stance.This is true of TGC /ERLC favorite Sam Allberrys SSA /Celibate still gay narrative as well. If the new “historic view is left of center – then the conversation is never allowed to go back across that line to the true historic / biblical context or standard. Very subtle and very effective .”
“Denny was the first in the TGC loop to respond to the growing controversy over Revoice in May 2018. However his response was measured and called for the church to “wait and see since the conference had not happened yet.”
“Burk was a bit more critical after it was clear in the aftermath of the conference that the idea of LGBTQ+ Christian/ Queer Christian / sexual minority Christian was “not ready for prime time ” in the evangelical sea change once it had launched. Then again recall where it was launched from- Burks own circles at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary .”
SO IN FACT ETS IS WHERE THE ENTIRE REVOICE MOVEMENT CAME TOGETHER YEARS IN ADVANCE OF THE 2018 PUBLIC DEBUT.
NOW KEY REVOICE LEADERS ARE GETTING SOME NEW PARTNERS FROM THE MOHLER /TGC LOOP AS FRANCIS CHAN JOINS THE NEW PRESTON SPRINKLE YOUTH FOCUSED OUTREACH PACKAGING THE REVOICE MESSAGE.
Leaders include Revoice and TGC :
Preston Sprinkle- Gregory Coles -Laurie Krieg and TGC leaders Jackie Hill Perry and Francis Chan.
“AboutThis 12-part video series is intended to faithfully present God’s design for our bodies and to follow the Bible’s teaching with regard to our sexual desires.Additional InformationThis 12 part video series is intended to faithfully present God’s design for our bodies and to follow the Bible’s teaching with regard to our sexual desires. It stands alone in its content and vision. The hope is to encourage and equip youth to have a holistic view of sex and to choose Jesus as the true source and authority for human flourishing.The topics discussed include:God’s LovestoryThe Authority of God and ScriptureShame and ForgivenessSex and MarriageSingleness and IntimacyPorn and MasturbationSame-Sex SexualityTransgender IdentitiesLGBTQ+ QuestionsDating and FriendshipsSex and the iWorldFollowing Jesus in a Sexualized AgeThe series is written and produced by Dr. Preston Sprinkle and Jason Soucinek, founders and leaders at The Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender and Project Six19, respectively.Hosted by Will Chung and Monica Zuniga. “
“Pastor Francis Chan is one of the many incredible guests we interviewed for this resource. Follow the link below to subscribe to Christian Sexuality on YouTube, and watch for news on how you can watch his full-length interview where he discusses authority, scripture, and God’s ultimate design for sex!”
SSO ETS HELPED INTRODUCE THE IDEOLOGIES AND RHETORIC OF REVOICE WELL BEFORE IT WAS DEEMED “READY FOR PRIME TIME” AND NOW ETS GES FULL ON THEOLOGICAL MARRIAGE OF EVANGELICALS AND MUSLIMS .
ETS 72nd Annual Meeting Schedule
The Program Theme:
“Christianity and Islam”
R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler was elected president of the Evangelical Theological Society Thursday during the organization’s 72nd annual meeting. Due to the pandemic, the meeting of evangelical scholars met virtually this week. The meeting was originally scheduled to meet in Providence, Rhode Island.
Previously, Mohler had served as vice president of ETS, having been elected to that office during the 2018 annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.
“I am deeply honored to serve as president of the Evangelical Theological Society,” Mohler said. “As a young evangelical, I came to respect and admire this society for its identity as a society of evangelical theologians that would demonstrate the highest quality of theological and biblical scholarship.”
“R. Albert Mohler Jr. has been recognized as a leader among American evangelicals. Time.com has called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”
Whether it is Critical Race Theory , Revoicing LGBT+ Inclusion, Islamic Neighborly Dialog, or anti- Trump political rhetoric – you can count on SBTS/ Albert Mohler/ and Evangelical Theological Society to be reliable partners for the far left influences seeking to undermine religious liberty, sovereign borders, convictional voting , the constitution and any other fixed point in American church life. Along the ride you can also count on them to toss away the true Gospel for the latest rhetoric that pays huge dividends for the new paradigm church leaders in step with the new “global goals false faiths melded together in the PROGRESSIVE SWAMP called “the Common Good”.
THE GOSPEL COALITION & AFFILIATED CHURCHES PURSUE AN UNBIBLICAL VISION OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND LEFT WING POLITICAL & SOCIAL CHANGE WHILE THEY CLAIM “BIBLICAL ELDERSHIP” MODELS WHICH ARE LITTLE MORE THAN LICENSE TO ABUSE.
Rev. Thomas Littleton 11/12/2020
The Gospel Coalition, founded by Tim Keller and D A Carson, is a political machine with a radically progressive social change agenda for the church. It is filled with critical theories and the rhetoric of Frankfurt School think tanks like the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and subscribes to the Global Sustainable Development Goals of the far left. TGC’s theology is a hodgepodge of emergent and neo-reformed dominionism, Catholic mysticism, and Charismatic belief while desperately seeking to market itself as orthodox and historic Christianity. It has amassed a huge media and conference presence and created a network of well known /big face speakers and preachers.
Only recently-during the 2016 and 2020 election cycles have TGC’s true colors come into plain view. This took time for many who have been taken in by it to see the realityof it. The genie is out of the bottle and TGC internal influence has now split the once conservative Presbyterian Church in America. The much lauded Biblical foundations and leadership models of TGC, including the claims to “Biblical Eldership” led churches can now been seen as NAKED AMBITIONS TO LORD over the faith of congregations and individuals. All the while maintaining cover and protecting the change agents in TGC pulpits and church board rooms. ABUSES abound and range from covering up the wrongdoings and sexual misdeeds of leaders -to hiding financial and funding sources, to covering the heretical theologies of TGC leaders, to manipulating congregants though the use of false and unbiblical church covenants / by laws / church discipline and so called reconciliation processes. Here we will take a look deeper inside the abusive operational methods of The Gospel Coalition and affiliated neo-reformed leaders.
(Personal note :The sad and disturbing stories of abuses of power and the systematic coverup of and protection of abusers flood this writers inbox on a daily basis. The details and faces are varied but the painful experiences and high cost of standing against the deceptive and politically motivated Gospel Coalition machine are the same. This author and his family have shared just a portion of their own experiences to the public after working to expose these errors to the Body of Christ. Trust God for wisdom and conviction to stand firm if you intend to take up these and other issues with your pastors, elders and leadership. )
BEWARE THE BURDEN BEARER
If a congregational member becomes burdened and sees sin or issues of concern they must be informed about who and what they are going up against. If the concerned party has not seen through the scam of “plurality of elders”, church covenants, and bylaws drafted by high dollar lawyers to protect the church staff and elders-then they are in for an awakening should they dare to speak up. No matter how bathed in prayer and engaged out of genuine biblical conviction the expression of such concerns may be, they will be downplayed or ignored, dismissed and eventually will set the unwitting church member on a collision course with what is projected to be unquestionable -but in fact totally unbiblical authority of most TGC and neo-reformed churches . Proceed with conviction- be informed on matters related to your concerns but be prepared. If you stand your ground -crushing forces will eventually be unleashed against the non compliant sheep.
BIBLICAL VS UNBIBLICAL
It is pretty simple to discern the true biblical model for Church Elders from the abusive and unbiblcal ones promoted by TGC and planting arms like 9 MARKS / ACTS 29 and other related, mostly neo-reformed models.
Peter in chapter 5 of his first epistle reminds fellow elders “2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;”
TGC has had more than its share of extremely scandalized preachers including but not limited to Mark Driscoll and Tullian Tchividjian . Still TGC leaders almost universally operate as if they deserve special exemptions from public or private scrutiny and assert that they represent a movement of orthodox and New Testament theological purist. This is merely cover for the change agent agenda and self seeking and self serving type of men and women the TGC model lures into affiliation and who covenant with them as leaders.
A RECENT EFFORT TO “ADDRESS SEXUAL ABUSE” JUST REINFORCED THE UNBIBLICAL AUTHORITIES BEHIND ITS COVER UP.
Several TGC leaders in the Southern Baptist camp actually appeared to be answering a Houston Chronicle investigation into sexual abuse and the cover up of it in the SBC in 2018. However the efforts which included a series of books, curriculum, conferences, and even a special committee appointed to address abuse- the entire effort resulted in little more than public relations and another method of asserting their own unbiblical authorities which are exposed in this research.
Lesson take away from the SBC effort: The foxes cannot police the foxes in the hen house.
HOW TRUE BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP CAN BE DISCEREND .
SERVANTS -CHURCH ELDERS ARE CALLED FOR IN SCRIPTURE TO “SERVE” THE CHURCH.
Biblical authority does not rely on legally drafted guidelines, psychologically manipulative tactics and the circled wagons of trained underlings to control opposition and silence decent or provide cover for sinning leadership.
BIBLICAL ELDERS ARE MORE- NOT LESS ACCOUNTABLE . TGC ELDERS AVOID IT.
NOTE: ( This writer and others who investigate the false teachings of TGC and other neo-reformed leaders have observed the outright perversion of biblical protocols for accountability in order to protect their own. This is not only done in the case of private sins but even in the case where the sins of leaders are public or were witnessed by all or part of the council of elders. Private sins of leaders are ignored and dismissed as jealousy on the part of the accuser and, as you shall see in the case of John MacArthur , elders are instructed to “Turn a Deaf Ear” to anyone accusing a pastor or elder.)
THE FANCY FOOT WORK OF THE AVOIDING ACCOUNTABILITY
Through the slick and swift application of Matthew 18 to detractors and avoiding it’s simple rules for accountability for themselves – TGC/neo-reformed leaders cleverly avoid accountability to anyone at any level and never risk being brought before congregations for personal or private sins. Also they skillfully twist 1 Timothy 5: 19 to require witnesses CONFIRMING ACCUSATIONS against an elder even in private or hidden matters instead of ever submitting themselves to those Matthew 18 protocols where two people are bearing witness to observing the confrontation of the private sin.
In the TGC/ Neo-reformed world the context in keeping with Matt 18 of two observing witnesses to be present is confused with the Deuteronomy 17:2-7 which deal with the death penalty being applied to idolaters. The phrase taken from Deuteronomy 17 and 19 ” in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established ” in a private sin being confronted in the second phase of Matthew 18 cannot then mean the establishment of “witnesses to the sin” but to witnesses of the confronting of sin and the sinning brothers response to the confrontation which is “being established”.
In any normal human experience and church or ministry setting there are very often sins which are done in private committed by one person against another person ( as discussed in Matthew 18) who would then follow Jesus commands through the phases Jesus outlines. In the case of TGC and related elder rules / regulations/ and misinterpretations – such private sins can be hidden forever and the “accuser” held to a false standard as if the sins were public and witnessed by others and held to the standards of the OT where the death penalty was being sought.
Compare 1st Timothy 5:19 in the KJV to popular modern translations like NASB used by many in the neo-reformed camp.
KJV- “Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.”
NASB-“Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses.”
The New Testament warns us that as leaders we are to be more accountable – not less. We are not to have our sins hidden under layers of watchful companions in leadership.
IF GOD WILL HOLD US MORE ACCOUNTABLE THEN WHY WOULD “BIBLICAL ELDERS” SEEK TO AVOID IT ?
James 3:1 “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.”
IF TGC LEADERS FEARED GOD THEY SHOULD NOT FEAR BEING ACCOUNTABLE AS LEADERS.
2nd Samuel 23:3 “The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God.
Also having much committed to us means we will have more required of us.
Luke 12 :48 “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”
Paul openly- in public rebuked Peter for dissembling from gentiles when the Jews came lest he soil his reputation with them. Peter endangered the Gospel with his open sin and Paul called him out for it openly . God does not call for leaders to protect other leaders from accountability.
Galatians 2:11 “Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed;”
BIBLICAL ELDERS DO NOT:
*Overstep or abuse God given boundries
*They do not need attorneys to draft Biblical guidelines.
*Psychology is NOT used in a Biblical Approach when drafting church documents such as bylaws and church covenants.
*Church Covenants – drafted by church attorneys -required for membership and signed by joining (and at times even existing) members have ZERO foundation in The Word of God. PERIOD. BUT THEY ARE KEY TO EMPOWERING ABUSE without legal recourse to stop or reverse it.
MATTHEW 18 IS A COMMON TOOL TO USE IN ACCUSING CONGREGRANTS OF MISHANDLING THIER CONCERNS -THEY APPLY IT BUT NEVER SUBMIT TO IT THEMSELVES.
MATTHEW 18 (Take care to follow this biblical protocol before you bring your concerns to a TGC leader BUT hold THEM to it as well … once the concerns are confirmed.)
Dealing with a Sinning Brother
15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE IN THE PROCESS OF “DEALING WITH A SINNING BROTHER”. in Matthew Jesus commands us to go to the person first to confront them- then to take witness “that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word (of the efforts) may be established .”
In efforts to exempt elders or church leaders from such confrontation and accountability -the wording regarding witnesses to the process in the second phase of of Matt 18 protocols is twisted from “before two or three witnesses” in 1 Timothy 5:19 to proven by and “confirmed” by “two or three witnesses”. AGAIN 0 THINK THIS THROUGH- the process and witness requirements ARE confused with Deuteronomy 17 regarding the proceedings of dealing with idolaters facing the death penalty.”
5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
7 The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.”
Deuteronomy 19 – Now consider the other passage in Deuteronomy which deals not only with death penalty offenses but with identifying and dealing with a false witness.-
The Law Concerning Witnesses
15 “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established. 16 If a false witness rises against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing, 17 then both men in the controversy shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who serve in those days. 18 And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, 19 then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you. 20 And those who remain shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you.”
QUESTION- DOES THE LAW OF GOD ASSUME THAT ALL SINS AND CRIMES ARE DONE BEFORE 2 or 3 OR MORE PEOPLE?
It is foolish to think that God or Moses or the leaders of Israel before going into Canaan and have spent 40 years governing millions of people would assume that all trespasses take place before witnesses. Also again the offenses discussed are death penalty offenses. The honest take away must be that in this passage as well as Deuteronomy 17 that the commandment is that no one shall be put to death with out the existence of two or three witnesses confirming the accusations . BUT to randomly apply and misapply this rule to Matthew 18 in dealing with private offenses and a sinning brother or sister in the light of potential church discipline is not an intellectually honest approach to the intent of the Word of God in the least. And if that person who has offended is a church leader then the misapplication means there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY unless there are two additional witnesses to the offense . Believe it – this is how these verses are distorted ,confused and used to turn the tables on members of the flock who bring offenses or even potential concerns about the direction of the church to leaders ,some or all of whom may be involved.
THIS IS TYPICAL OF TGC AND NEO-REFORMED STYLE LEADERSHIP METHODS. IN THE END THEY EXEMPT LEADERS FROM THE KIND OF ACCOUNTABILITY THE BIBLE CALLS FOR AS WELL AS FROM EXPOSURE OF THE ABUSIVE METHODS THEY USE ON THE FLOCK.
Lest we forget – and TGC leadership often seem to prefer doing so, leaders are sheep too. They too are human and capable of sinning offending and failing in both their private and public roles. They have families, spouses, business and professional relationships where they may and do sin and fail. Becoming a church elder of staff member does not EXEMPT them in any way from their humanity- their frailty- their own relationship to the Good Shepherd as a member of the Flock and does not exempt them from the potential and likelihood of failure and sin. So why then why should TGC and other neo-reformed methods exempt leaders from accountability? This is ,in itself ,sinful and an incubator for MORE SIN.
As you can see below – TGC is selling their model and make it sound biblical & “peachy”.
THE GOSPEL COALITION AND CHURCH ELDER MODELS OF THE NEO-REFORMED
“TGC WHY YOUR CHURCH SHOULD EMBRACE PLURAL LEADERSHIP !”
“In our pastoral intern program at our church, we spend significant time on “plumbing.” We want our guys to have deep convictions about eldership and membership, and even be ready to pay the price to implement these things.”
SOME REALITY CHECKS ON CONVERTING FROM CONGREGATIONAL LEADERSHIP TO “ELDER RULE”
TGC SAYS WE ARE REPLACING THE “PYRAMID WITH PLURALITY” WHEN IN FACT THE CONGREGATION IS NO LONGER EVEN IN THE LEADERSHIP EQUASION.
“From Pyramid to Plurality”
“We planted our church with a plurality of elders. I wanted to avoid the “pastor and his staff” model that has one guy atop the pyramid. We wanted a plurality of elders/pastors caring for and mobilizing the congregation, under the leadership of the true senior pastor, Jesus Christ, who alone sits atop the pyramid.”
NOTE: In the Neo- Reformed elder models “plurality” in fact represents a tightly run circle of decision makers with far reaching powers and which become untouchable by church members. Congregational ruled churches can directly confront sinning and abusive staff while elders are taught to “protect” the staff and enforce their dictates
*CONGREGANTS SURRENDER DECISIONS AND ONLY “AFFIRM” THE DECISIONS OF ELDERS”
*BY MANY OF THE NEW BYLAWS POST ELDERSHIP CONVERSION- THE ELDERS BECOME THE ONLY “LEGAL MEMBERS” OF THE CHURCH AND IN FACT LEGALLY “OWN IT”.(RUN YOUR BYLAWS PAST AN ATTORNEY FOR HIS/HER TAKE ON THEM. WE DID.)
*NOTHING SHORT OF A MASSIVE COUP CAN RESTORE THE CHURCH TO THE CHURCH AND VOICE OF CONGREGANTS TO THE CHURCH.
*ELDERS ARE ONLY AN EXTENTION OF THE STAFF AND PREACHERS WHO HAVE TGC “FRAT BOY” MENTALITIES DO TEND TO PLAY FAVORITES EVEN AMONG THE ELDERS.
*TAKE SERIOUSLY THESE WARNING OF THE EXTENSIVE POWERS OF CHURCH DISCIPLINE AND EXCOMMUNICATION BEFORE YOU CONFRONT TGC LEADERS. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO CHALLENGE AND EXPOSE THEM WHILE TAKING THEM ON.
In a TGC published “essay on church discipline by 9 MARKS editor and progressive political operative Jonathan Leeman published at TGC discusses “how it works”.
When confronting a “sin” Leeman describes his version of following Matt 18 then goes on to say “We then involved our church’s elders…Several weeks after that, the elders informed the congregation of the circumstances and gave them a couple of months to pray for the man and to encourage him to repent. He never did.Sadly, two months later the elders led the congregation in voting to remove the man from church membership and the Lord’s Table as an act of discipline. He was “excommunicated” or ex-communioned.”
NOTE : NOT ONLY WILL THESE NEO-REFORMED ELDERS WITHHOLD MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNION BUT THEY WILL CONTACT OTHER CHURCHES IN THE REGION URGING THEM TO DO SO AS WELL. THEY CAN HOLD THE “OFFENDER” IN THE STATUS OF DISCIPLINE FOREVER OR UNTIL THAT PERSON “REPENTS” ACCORDING TO THE DETERMINATIONS AND TO THE SATISFACTIONS OF THE RULING ELDERS WHO MAY BE USING THE PROCESS TO HIDE THEIR OWN SINS OR THE SINS OF ONE OF THEIR OWN.
NEVER SIGN CHURCH COVENANTS WITH TGC/NEO-REFORMED CHURCHES
THESE FAR REACHING POWERS ARE GENERALLY AGREED TO BY THE INDIVIDUAL WHEN JOINING THE CHURCH AND SIGNING UNBIBLICAL CHURCH COVENANATS.
When a church pastor decides to join TGC the congregations often are not consulted and in many cases do not even know they have done so. The church status as a “member of TGC” is in most cases not known to congregants- only to staff and elders. BUT many changes are soon applied IN THE CHURCH like converting to “Elder Rule” with the TGC model accompanied by “new bylaws” and often the church covenants are then put in place for new members and in some cased retroactively applied to existing members. Membership classes are established and all kinds of TGC sourced curriculum, events and speakers come into the church.
In some cases older church members refuse to sign the covenants while still others have no knowledge of the covenants which new members have signed covenants. All sign the documents have agreed to the kinds of protocols for church discipline and excommunication. In the case of an innocent member of the flock who has gotten crossed up with these abusive leaders- he /she have granted to the elders a license to slander them and have assured elders that “no legal recourse” will be taken to stop abuse. According to the covenants any legal recourse have been signed away when “Arbitration Agreements” were agreed to .Then the TGC/ Neo-reformed trained arbitrators come into play and, as in the case of Peacemakers and the “widow” later in this article. So the abuses of authority and the cover up of sin is not only possible but have become rampant. Just ask around in your area.
THIS OVERVIEW IS TO PROVIDE A PICTURE OF THE ELDER MODELS POWER GRABS .
TGC and Neo-reformed leaders are often highly critical of Charismatics and independent church pastors who have loose leadership models and “Theology”. Neo-reformed leaders love being in the position of authority and holding the word of God forth in a way which is very similar to the Catholic priesthood where the unquestioned authority of the church alone are able to dispense wisdom and insight for the unfortunate and ignorant flock. In the case of many independent and Charismatic Churches- the pastor owns the corporation that legally comprises the “Church”. In the case with the TGC /neo- reformed , these are more often a friendly take over utilizing stealth ignorance and espoused biblical and ecclesiastical powers to hold on to these ill gotten controls. The TGC vision casting, which has proven to be progressive, leftist, politically motivated, and social justice error can then be applied with no pathway for it to be challenged.
Lets look at one of the more BOLD assertions by a well known neo-reformed ally of many TGC leaders and how these neo-reformed elder models are run in order to, in his own words to provide a way of “PROTECTING ELDERS AND PASTORS”.
JOHN MACARTHUR -NEO-REFORMED T4G LEADER WHO PALS WITH TGC –SEES THE ROLE OF ELDERS AS “PROTECTING PASTORS AND THEMSELVES FROM ACCUSATION.
MACARTHUR INSTRUCTS HIS ELDERS AND STAFF TO “IGNORE AND TURN A DEAF EAR ” TO CONCERNS BROUGHT BY CONGREGANTS.
With these rules of the road and the tactics, tools, and interpretations employed by TGC and Neo-reformed leaders like John MacArthur it is easy to see how sins and abuses by church staff and elders can be covered up completely. No one can question the direction or any new vision casting by leaders , or financial business of the church beyond what leaders choose to reveal or report. No member can even call an elder or pastor to account for personal sins and offenses under these tactics and engage Matthew 18 process with any integrity. But the tables can easily be turned on the non compliant or questioning church member or the victim whose abuser is in the inner circle of leadership and is to be protected. Leaders are given license to “ignore and turn a deaf ear ” to “protect the pastors and elders”. Then the tools of the trade for arbitration, threats, manipulation, forced compliance, church discipline and ultimately excommunication are engaged.
MACARTHUR IS STRANGELY OBVIOUS IN THE MOTIVATION AND CONFUSED LIKE OTHER NEO-REFORMED LEADERS IN HIS BIBLICAL APPLICATION.
MacArthur is promoting the use of 1 Timothy 5: 19-20 as a way to protect pastors and elders from accusation.
“A second point comes in verse 19. Let’s call this protecting elders or protecting pastors.”
MacArthur goes through some twist and turns to apply his judgement on the motives of people who accuse elders of wrongdoing.
“Now there are always people who would line up to falsely accuse a man of God. And they will be falsely accused for many reasons. Some people will resent their calling. There are people who just carry around a lot of resentment. It may be personal; it may be general; but because of that resentment they may desire and design to falsely accuse a man of God”
“Sometimes it’s due to people rejecting their teaching. Someone doesn’t like what someone teaches – they take a different view; they react negatively against it – and perhaps in their anger, in their hostility they begin some kind of campaign to falsely accuse and discredit the man of God. Sometimes it’s because people resist biblical authority; they resist biblical teaching; and they strike out for revenge to one who has called them to accountability before God or who has brought them feelings, and real feelings, of guilt. Sometimes it’s nothing more than envy and jealousy because a ministry is being blessed. Sometimes it’s because a person – and maybe all the time in one way or another, it’s because a person becomes a pawn of Satan and his emissaries to discredit and tear down what God wants to do. So one way or another, and perhaps often a combination of motives that we’ve talked about put together, might result in men being falsely accused.”
“JUSTTURN A DEAF EAR TO ACCUSATION AGAINST A PASTOR OR ELDER”– THIS IS JOHN MACARTHUR’S ANSWER AS HE PREJUDGES THE MOTIVES OF OTHERS:
“To put it simply, one of the best ways you can protect your pastors and elders is with a deaf ear to accusation. It’s that simple. When a man is placed into spiritual leadership, he has to anticipate that hateful,jealous, sinful people will falsely accuse him to try to ruin his ministry. And people can and often will say anything and everything. This is standard behavior with reference to spiritual leaders. I went back in the Old Testament this week, just kind of tracking through some of the leaders of the Old Testament period and found that one after another of the great heroes of the faith in the Old Testament were beset by false accusation. It was standard fare.”
OBSERVE MACARTHUR -DANCING AROUND 1ST TIMOTHY 5 -DEUTERONOMY 19 AND MATTHEW 18
“Now the intent of two or three witnesses is simply confirmation. It goes all the way back to Deuteronomy 19:15 where no accusation against a person is to be upheld apart from two or three confirming credible witnesses. Matthew chapter 18, you remember when – we have an outline of how to discipline a fellow Christian. If you find one in sin you go to him; if he doesn’t hear and repent then you take two or three witnesses in order that they might confirm that sin and confirm either his repentant or failure to be repentant attitude. So two or three witnesses involved in an accusation situation is an old approach. It’s simply the confirmation of viable witnesses.”
( Do you see what MacArthur just missed or distorted between these verses and his application? The move is subtle but the error is vast once applied to “protecting pastors and elders”.
LOOK WHAT HE SAYS NEXT …”WE ARE NEVER TO RECEIVE …OR ENTERTAIN …OR INVESTIGATE “AN ACCUSATION AGAINST AN ELDER !
“And so we are never to receive any accusation against a pastor, we’re not even to entertain it or to investigate it or to look into it, we are to shun it, to shut it off, to end it unless it has been confirmed by two or three significant and credible witnesses.”
As a result of this approach MacArthur’s church, ministry and school have experienced many ongoing abuses including a staffer who was finally convicted as a child molester after years of having been protected by such “guidelines”. The same is true of financial matters, an ongoing abusive culture at Masters University, nepotism, and more. These stories and more continue to seep out of the MacArthur camp.
HOW BROKEN IS THIS MODEL? THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.
THIS WORKS WELL WHEN THE LEADERSHIP HAVE BEEN CAREFUL TO MAKE CERTAIN THE MAIN “WITNESSES ” TO PROCEEDINGS WITH CONGREGANTS ARE OTHER ELDERS WHO MAINTAIN SOLIDARITY WITH THEIR FELLOWS.
Here is how it works if you take a sin or honest concern before such elder boards.
You will almost always get called on and accused of violation on some finer points of the pastor ,staff , elders application of Matthew 18 but once the tables are turned on them- they virtually never follow these protocols themselves and are even less likely to ever submit to Matthew 18 . The Matthew 18 process will ultimately end “before the congregation” if the offender does not repent.
To clarify again the witnesses in Matthew 18 are clearly there as observers of the confronting of the sin which step one, private confrontation did not achieve repentance. The witnesses are NOT there to corroborate the sin but the process to confront it . Deuteronomy 17 and 19 deal with the death penalty being enforced . This is totally ignored but again -it is misapplied to 1 Timothy 5:19 -exempting the pastors and elders from any place in a Matthew 18 process . In the meantime they will attempt to hold others accountable to and “fault find” with the efforts of obedience by members of the flock toward offenders who have sinned.
So in the end- the pastors staff and elders can never be placed on a pathway for biblical confrontation of private or personal sin . They will never risk being part of protocols which would end before the congregation. THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN as long as they control and can pervert the process and exempt themselves from accountability by twisting the scripture to imply that the process does not apply to them.
Then comes the “arbitration” you agreed to submit to in advance. Now you are not only up against the pastors and staff, the elders, the twisting of scripture and the carefully crafted legal documents, bylaws, covenants and arbitration agreements but now you will face the manipulations , psychology, and peer pressures of the trained arbitration counselor. AND you have already likely agreed in advance that you will ABIDE by the decisions of the process and YOU WILL BE PAYING FOR these “services” yourself.
SLICK AND SLIMEY RIGHT? A LOT LIKE BUYING A USED CAR ONCE YOU GO BACK AND READ THE PAPERWORK AND THE FINE PRINT.
PEACEMAKERS PROCESS AND “BIBLICAL CONCILLIATION TRAINING”
TGC ENDORSES PEACEMAKERS – (NOTE -MANY ELDER BOARDS HAVE THIER OWN IN HOUSE TRAINED PEACEMAKER )
“Ken Sande, a lawyer and committed Christian and member of his church, presents in his book The Peacemaker an practical, up-to-date guidebook to the Bible’s teaching on conflict resolution in the church. If you have read Polity (CCR: 2001), you will appreciate this book as a modern supplement that builds practically on the theological foundations hammered out by those earlier authors. Part One of the book encourages us as Christians to look at the inevitable conflicts in our lives as opportunities to trust God, mature our faith in His provision, and ultimately glorify Him through our response. Part Two leads us to examine our own lives, teaches us to determine what offenses are really worth fighting over, and gives some sound and practical teaching on repentance. Part Three outlines Jesus’s teaching on conflict in Matthew 18, giving practical advice and examples on how one should approach a brother who has sinned, explaining how one should use the “two or three witnesses,” and clarifying the role of the church in disciplining an unrepentant offender. Part Four offers a well-balanced study on forgiveness, and exhorts Christians to “overcome evil with good.” There are also a number of appendices at the end that will be especially helpful for pastors.”
“Sande makes a strong case that the church is uniquely positioned to be a powerful agent for resolving conflict in a healthy way. The church, says Sande, is able to cut to the heart of a disagreement and create long-term, permanent solutions in a way that secular courts cannot. The impulse is too immediate in our society today to move straight to litigation when any conflict arises. “[But] litigation,” he writes, “usually increases tensions and often destroys relationships. In contrast, the church can actively encourage forgiveness and promote reconciliation, thus preserving valuable relationships. . . . The church can help people to identify root problems,”
“One of the best characteristics of Sande’s book is that it is distinctively and unapologetically Christian. The entire first half of the book, in fact, is an extended study of how conflict is uniquely handled in the Christian life. Sande writes on p. 25, “Most importantly, the Bible teaches that we should see conflict neither as an inconvenience nor as an occasion for selfish gain, but rather as an opportunity to demonstrate the presence and power of God.” That is a welcome emphasis, and quite a different one from what the world would tell us. Of course, one might often hear that conflict is an occasion for “self-actualization” or “self-realization.” Whatever may be the case with that, Sande’s is a distinctively Christian declaration that all conflict is fundamentally for the glory of God. “
“ALL CONFLICT IS FUNDAMENTALLY FOR THE GLORY OF GOD”….REALLY?
THE UNBIBLICAL LEADERSHIP OF TGC SHOWS IN HOW THEY HANDLE CONFLICT, COVER SIN & HOW PEACEMAKERS PROCESS SUPPLIES ONE MORE TOOL FOR THESE EFFORTS.
THEY ONLY SIN FURTHER BY SUGGESTING THAT “GOD IS GLORIFIED BY IT.”
A DISTURBING EXAMPLE OF HOW PEACEMAKERS AIDED THE ABUSE OF A WIFE
“The Nightmare of Peacemakers Mediation for Domestic Abuse: Part 2 of Persistent Widow’s story”
Persistent Widow is a woman telling her story of an abusive husband whom she had caught and documented as being involved in an extramarital affair and who took the matter before her PCA church elders. Note TGC is widespread in the PCA which is Tim Keller’s denomination. The TGC elder models are very popular in PCA churches. The Persistent Widows story with her church leaders and eldership – teamed with the Peace Makers representative is disturbing indeed AND IS ECHOED IN TGC CHURCHES ALL AROUND THE REGION WHERE THIS RESEARCHER LIVES.
PERSISTENT WIDOWS STORY OF ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF NON BIBLICAL ELDERS.
“The elders decided to send the matter to Peacemakers Counseling for mediation. I had done some research and discovered that mediation was not advised in cases of abuse and I told them that I believed that it would only be appropriate if he was confronted by the church and repentant. However, the pastor seemed detached and unconcerned. My input was completely ignored and I felt that I had no voice in the decisions beings made for me. He offered no other option but to proceed in the undefined church process and the thought of leaving the church did not cross my mind. My usual clear focus was becoming muddled at this point and nothing seemed to make logical sense anymore.”
“Because of my husband’s screaming at me on the phone and his violent tendencies, my family was fearful that mediation would be unsafe and pleaded with me not to go to Peacemakers. Once again the pastor was stern and emotionless causing me to doubt my own decision making capabilities. Because my husband was laid off for so long and now an apprentice truck driver, I did not have the $2800 for mediation, so the pastor said that if I paid the first $1035, the church would pay the rest. I reaffirmed our agreement by asking him twice if this was all that I would have to pay and he agreed. Still believing that the problem was that my husband was abusive because he was unregenerate, I reasoned that this would be a waste of money and likened it to a tax that I needed to pay to get through this nightmarish situation. Three months passed with little contact from the pastor. Throughout those months, my husband continued to rant and scream at me on the phone and threaten to come back to the house. By God’s mercy he did not.”
Preparing for Mediation
“The Peacemaker counselor did phone consultations with both my husband and me individually. She asked me what the issues were and I sent her the ten page list of abusive incidents that I previously sent the pastor. She, like the pastor, never validated any of the incidents, nor showed any compassion to my plight. At one point she insensitively responded with, “Awwwww” in a condescending manner to an abusive incident I discussed with her. I was required to read Ken Sande’s book, The Peacemaker, which I felt was totally inapplicable to my situation. The book focused on conflict resolution between Christians. Domestic abuse was not addressed in the book, and it struck me as a manual for spiritually immature people with petty issues. In a follow-up phone discussion with her (with the pastor listening in), she perhaps perceiving that I was serious about Reformed theology, threw Calvin’s quote of the human heart being an idol factory at me and questioned if I wanted other men. She also accused me of being “no saint” because there are always two people contributing to marriage problems. I found these comments extremely offensive, confusing, and hurtful. Her allegations were unsubstantiated, and I perceived that she was attempting to find some sin to charge against me. Suddenly I found myself on the defensive despite all of the abuse that I had endured and documented.”
“She called again prior to the mediation and I voiced my concerns that mediation did not seem proper because only recently he was yelling obscenities at me on the phone and also made the absurd statement that this was all because I was going through the “change of life” in that strange, shrill voice he mocked me with. I told her I thought he had narcissistic personality disorder and frankly stated that I didn’t like him or love him. Perhaps thinking that I would not come to the mediation, she changed her tone. She said that there were consequences for one’s actions and that I could use the mediation time to discuss divorce issues, which I did not think I needed as I had already consulted with an attorney. I could gather no clear sense of the purpose of the mediation or how any of this was biblical, but I wanted to get past this hurdle to complete the mysterious church “process”.
“Somewhere between the urgency to protect my family, and the growing confusion of what the right thing to do was, the fact that I had misplaced my trust in the church leadership had not registered in my mind. Having now left my decision to divorce on the back burner, I was now redirected to an ambiguous course, absent of reason, and followed solely due to submission to church authority.”
The Mediation Takes Place
“Present at the three day mediation were my husband, one ruling elder, the pastor, the Peacemaker counselor, a counseling trainee and myself. We sat around a table and spent some time going over the Peacemakers rules and their wheel of conflict (which I’ll explain more about in a subsequent post in this series). The Scripture about Lazarus rising from the dead was read. Both my husband and I were asked to give a history of our relationship. I carefully wrote out and read my story which took approximately 45 minutes. My husband, rather than contribute his story, proceeded to spend the next several hours talking about himself and refuting my statements unhindered. He was center stage and I thought quite noxious. Blank stares were fixed upon him by the others in the room, and I assumed that they would come to the same conclusion that I had, and someone would reel him. No one did.”
“Throughout the mediation sessions he was not confronted for any of the issues that brought us there. I had waited for the abusive incidents that I submitted to be discussed but they never were. No mention of the verbal or emotional abuse, reckless driving, disappearing, fighting, or civil disobedience and no mention of the wellbeing of children living in the abuse at all. I brought fifteen pages of itemized phone records proving he talked 6000 minutes to his girlfriend the previous June and they just lay on the table. However, there was one particular incident of great interest to the group. Sometime during the last visit home, (the one when he was raging and sharpening axes), my husband secretly took an expensive item from my jewelry box. When I noticed it missing, I called him to ask if he knew of its whereabouts and apparently that was deemed an issue to explore in-depth. I was harshly questioned pertaining my motives of why I was concerned about the bracelet and was I being submissive to ask him about it. I was also faulted for discussing my husband’s abuse and asking for advice from my adult children, which I think revealed the extent of disconnect of the people who were sitting at that table with me. The abuse affected everyone in the household and didn’t happen in a vacuum as it seems they supposed. No opportunity was afforded to discuss divorce settlement issues although I brought legal paperwork with me.”
“On the final day, my husband became irritated with the counselor trainee who made the only negative comment about him. She had said something like, “When will he grow up?” Although he had his face partially covered by his ball cap, from my vantage point, I could see that he was angry, shaking his head, and muttering under his breath. With an air of victory, the counselor pointed out that my husband was repentant and crying. I should have refuted her, but I was emotionally drained and exhausted, having myself wept on and off out of frustration throughout the mediation. As the session wrapped up, the counselor quickly made an agreement that we both consented to in which my husband would continue counseling with her, and I would orchestrate conference calls between the children and him. As she typed out the agreement, the pastor made jokes and informal arrangements to travel with my husband in the truck. When the counselor asked for a check, credit card or promissory note to pay the balance due, I informed her that the pastor previously agreed to pay the remainder. He emphatically pushed his chair away from the table and threw his hands in the air denying any financial responsibility, so the remaining balance wound up as marital debt.”
“Alarmed that I somehow allowed my boundaries be penetrated, I couldn’t sleep and called the Peacemaker counselor the next day, telling her that I would not sign the agreement. I did not want to conduct conference calls with my husband and although I did not tell her, I felt that she lacked adequate skills to deal with his serious issues. Concerning the mediation, I told her that I felt my husband was not held accountable for anything. She said, “Yes, he was. Someone said that he should have been talking to his wife instead of that woman.” She had a good point, but the person who said that was me. She also said that he looked sorry.”
“As a result of Peacemakers mediation, my husband again began calling me with new threats that he had fantasies about seeing me dead and that he was going to financially ruin me. I was at the absolute lowest point in my life, full of despair, feeling just barely alive, and wondering if I had lost my mind. Maybe I really was “no saint” and maybe God hated me the way the church did. These dark thoughts tumbled around in my mind along with all of the other problems this series of events brought.”
CONCLUSION– from Thirty Pieces of Silver
Not much can be added to the sad reality of abuses and the unbiblical authoritarianism of the TGC and neo-reformed church leadership models. Because of the massive change efforts of the churches vision from the gospel to the TGC distorted vision casting – these agents of change must be provided cover and they must be willing to enforce their unbiblical authority.
We have seen these tools and tactics employed to cover sexual sins including adultery multiple affairs and even child molestation. Also we have seen financial misdoings, abusive treatment of staffers and unchristlike conduct and habitual patterns of sinful behavior in general -given cover -excused and perpetuated …all in the name of biblical leadership.
Above in this article we see some of the tools- the twisting of scripture and the willingness to apply these heavy handed tactics on the flock of God over which they have asserted themselves. If possible people need to take their congregations back from these type of leaders and extract their churches from the TGC/neo-reformed models. If they cannot …they need to leave them and get their families out of them and escape the grasp of these wolves.
“Shepherd the Flock” (PETERS WORDS TO SHEPHERDS ARE HONEST, SIMPLE, DESIRABLE, AND UNNUANCED…AND THEY ARE TRULY BIBLICAL.
5 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
Submit to God, Resist the Devil
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
IF IT IS TRUE THAT BELIEVERS LOST WHAT PROGRESSIVE EVANGELICALS DUBBED “THE CULTURE WAR” -THEN THESE JUSTICE WARRIORS AND THEIR SECULAR PARTNERS ARE HERE TO SIEZE THE SPOILS: OUR CHILDREN
Rev.Thomas Littleton 11/1/2020
Virtually everyday some parent contacts this writer with concerns about what they see happening in their children’s Christian Schools. Christian teens are coming home defending radical social movements like BLM and LGBTQ and complaining to their parents that they have been raised in “White Privilege ” and Systemic Racism”. Some students are singing the virtues of Islam and defending the rights of Muslim Refugees and Mosque building in the U. S. saying real Christians should support these “justice issues” because they are at the “heart of the gospel”.
How are these narratives infiltrating Christian Education ? The answer is two fold. Some are coming from without by secular partners Christian schools have either wittingly or ignorantly taken in through funding and online partnerships .The other is coming from within the church through curriculum, videos, and media materials from the VERY epicenter of the social justice false gospel machines like The Gospel Coalition and it’s stable of justice warriors.
THIS ARTICLE IS A FOLLOW UP OF SOME PREVIOUS EFFORTS TO CENTRALIZE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION BY TGC LEADERS IN AN ORGANIZATION CALLED IACE.
Right Now Media is one prime source of the inside infiltration impacting pastors, educators, and students. Meanwhile your Christian Schools on line service has likely provided access to justice driven organizations seeking to “create a better world ” by data mining and brainwashing a generation of Children in Faith Based /Christian Schools .
EXPONENTIAL HOST A HERD OF RIGHT NOW MEDIA TGC JUSTICE BOYS AND TOPICS.
THE EVANGELICAL CARPETBAGGERS
These Right Now Media resources are aimed at pastors but also at Christian educators and students .
Some sample videos of Right Now Media and it’s TGC speakers
RIGHT NOW MEDIA SCHOOLS AND RIGHT NOW MEDIA HIGH SCHOOL LINKS
ENGAGING STUDENTS, EQUIPPING FAMILIES, AND RESOURCING TEACHERS
Welcome to the video Bible study library for every family in your school.
“RightNow Media is helping hundreds of Christian schools disciple families and resource teachers with the world’s largest library of on-demand video-driven Bible study resources.”
“With RightNow Media, every person in your school community can access over 25,000 Bible study videos, including series for classrooms, families, students, leadership development, and more.”
“RightNow Media is proud to be ministry partners with ACSI and ACTS to offer more than 100 on-demand courses for teacher professional development on topics like leadership, apologetics, books of the Bible, and more. Easy access for administrators to track teacher progress from beginning to end. (Consult your network for more information about Continuing Education Unit requirements.)”
Content to help you equip and disciple your school community.
“Our content comes from over 250 top Christian publishers and ministries—and we also produce our own exclusive studies and training.”
ALTHOUGH MORE SUBTLE AT THE MOMENT, THE LIFEWAY PRODUCT “THE GOSPEL PROJECT” CONTAINS MANY OF THE SAME TGC JUSTICE WARRIORS IN IT’S BRAIN TRUST.
CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS AND DAY CARES ,AS WELL ARE CHURCHES ARE USING IT.
THE GOSPEL PROJECT /RIGHT NOW MEDIA /TGC SPEAKERS
“We’re fast approaching the launch of our latest webcast, The Gospel at the Center. This free online event is designed to help churches center every aspect and area of their ministry on the gospel, and features 28 presenters including Matt Chandler, Jen Wilkin, Dhati Lewis, and J.D. Greear!” ( all of these are TGC/ Right Now Media contributors)
THE GOSPEL PROJECT EDITOR WAS ED STETZER -NOW HIS DISCIPLE LEADS GOSPEL PROJECT “Brian will manage day-to-day development of this chronological, Christ-centered Bible study for all ages while working closely with general editors, Trevin Wax and Ed Stetzer.”
STETZER PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN EXPONENTIAL , LIFEWAY, RIGHT NOW MEDIA , AND OTHER PROGRESSIVE PUBLICATIONS LIKE CHRISTIANITY TODAY.
Stetzer has spent years influencing conservative Christian education in Christian colleges and seminaries. He has also been very involved in the vision casting of North American Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
STETZER IS A PRODUCT OF LEADERSHIP NETWORK WHICH LAUNCHED EXPONENTIAL AND SUPPORTS THESE “EDUCATIONAL NETWORKS AT EVERY LEVEL.
THE JUSTICE DRIVEN DATA MINERS IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
A Christian couple from North Alabama, like many parents around the country, had begun to investigate the Christian Schools where their children are enrolled. This was after they began seeing some of the same indicators of the infiltration.
The parents, along with this writer, began to research the issue and these are the shocking results of how a “Change Agent” globalist secular organization has infiltrated many Christian School and is able to gather data on and score students, families and faculty in Christian Schools across the nation.. It is as simple as looking at the on line service the schools have chosen .
In the North Alabama case this is the school and how the infiltration of CARPETBAGGERS has taken place:
“Our aim is to provide an environment of Christian academic excellence that will enable our students to develop a Biblical world and life view.”
“Covenant Christian School serves K-3-12th grade. The Covenant family comes from more than 60 churches throughout the Shoals. It exists to sow truth and light into the lives of its students and prepare them for life. Covenant was founded to reinforce the teaching of Christian parents and churches in leading their children to know God and evaluate all knowledge and life by God’s truth.
“With a standard of academic excellence, attention is focused on development of the whole child–spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical.”
WHETHER OF NOT THE SCHOOL IS FULLY AWARE OF IT- THE ACADEMIC BAR “DROP DOWN” SHOWS THE MISTAKE MANY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS HAVE MADE .
THE DROP DOWN UNDER “ACADEMICS” SHOWS THE USE OF RENWEB AS ONLINE SERVICES PROVIDER.
RENWEB IS AN ONLINE PORTAL FOR PARENTS, REGISTRATION, GRADES, AND MORE-
TO “STREAM LINE COMMUNICATIONS”
RENWEB WAS BOUGHT BY “FACTS ” AND STILL OPERATES UNDER BOTH NAMES
We serve thousands of schools in the Christian and faith-based K-12 market – more than any other providers in the industry. Find out why.
“FACTS’s commitment to excellence and our years of experience working with Christian and faith-based schools proves our knowledge and capabilities within the market.”
“If you want to help organize the business office, streamline communication in your school, boost enrollment and retention, and put a greater emphasis on technological innovation, contact our sales team today to learn how we can help your school.”
RENWEB/FACTS ONLINE SERVICES MEANS AN ALL ACCESS ONLINE PORTAL WHICH WORKS BOTH WAYS…BUT WHO IS ON THE RECIEVING END OF THE DATA SHARED?
Simplifies Site Creation
Easily create a site with a custom design or use one of our signature themes.
We host your site, so you don’t need to manage multiple vendors.
The Content Management System (CMS) is easy to use and allows for simple, effective editing of your site, using images and videos to tell your school’s story.
Responsive design keeps your site attractive and simple to navigate on any device.
FACTS SIS-integrated calendar, admissions, and inquiry functionality make it easy for prospective families to find information and ask questions.
Advanced Features for a Better Experience
Enables regular communication with current and prospective parents and donors.
Teachers can create classroom websites to communicate easily with students and families through newsletters, links, image galleries, videos, and more.
Individual pages for teacher and faculty profiles are created within the master site, so teacher pages maintain a consistent, branded look.
Easy access to FACTS Family Portal.
“Your Families Benefit, Too.”
Sites from FACTS School Site are accessible through all internet browsers with a responsive design that gives families access through their preferred device, from desktop to tablet to phone.
Easy to create links for quick access to FACTS Family Portal from school website.
Streamlined experience from the school website to the inquiry or application process to FACTS SIS admissions solutions.
FACTS SIS-integrated calendar helps parents stay up to date with school activities.
RenWeb Launches Integrated Learning Management System
RenWeb Learning Management Combines Seamless Integration with a Social Learning Environment
“Lincoln, NE. May 12, 2017–RenWeb School Management Software, the leader in school administration software for private K-12 schools, announced today the launch of RenWeb Learning Management. The native, fully-integrated learning management system offers teachers and students a powerful solution that enables flipped classrooms, blended learning instruction, and 1:1 device programs.”
“RenWeb Learning Management allows teachers and students to learn and collaborate in a familiar social environment, and it also solves one of the major pain points of third-party LMS adoption,” Danielle Egr, Chief Technology Officer of FACTS, RenWeb’s parent company, said. “Our seamless integration brings the gradebook, report card, and the LMS together, and removes the need for a clunky sync process or dual entry of grades and data across multiple platforms.”
“RenWeb Learning Management features a simple user interface that allows teachers and students to interact within Class Chat, an instant messaging service and a social media-style course discussion board. Teachers can organize class content into units and topics that include announcements, assignments, discussion threads, quizzes, tests, and more. Most importantly, a teacher’s course, roster and gradebook data will seamlessly flow back and forth between RenWeb Learning Management and the My Classroom area of the RenWeb SIS—a level of integration that is unmatched in the marketplace today.”
“Our native LMS platform combines the key elements of classroom collaboration, blended learning instruction, and full SIS integration,” DeeAnn Wenger, President of FACTS, said. “Today’s competitive private school environment and the desire for edtech in the classroom demands an effective, user-friendly LMS solution. We believe RenWeb Learning Management will not only meet customer expectations, but will surpass them.”
“RenWeb Learning Management joins the already robust FACTS + RenWeb product suite, which offers schools comprehensively integrated financial and school management solutions. Just one more way RenWeb is helping put schools ahead of the curve.”
RenWeb Reaches More than 4000 Private and Faith-Based Schools
The company now serves more than 4000 K-12 schools worldwide
Lincoln, NE. July 1, 2016–RenWeb School Management Software, the leader in school administration software for private K-12 schools, announced today that they have signed over 4,000 client schools.
“RenWeb’s continued growth is a testament to our commitment to best-in-class customer service and product development,” said Brad Lee, CEO of RenWeb.
RenWeb was acquired in June 2014 by FACTS, a Nelnet company. Since then, the robust FACTS + RenWeb product suite of integrated school and financial management solutions has expanded to include a native learning management system to launch in late summer.
“We make switching to RenWeb an easy decision for schools looking for a new school and financial management solution,” continued Lee. “Our ease-of-use, live customer support, and personal investment in the success of our client schools are company-wide priorities for us.”
For more information about RenWeb, please click here.
About FACTS and RenWeb
“FACTS, a Nelnet company (NYSE: NNI), and RenWeb, a FACTS company, are committed to enhancing the financial stability and affordability of educational institutions while making educational dreams possible for families and students. FACTS and RenWeb offer a comprehensive suite of services to nearly 12,700 schools that includes actively managed payment plans, financial aid assessment services, electronic forms (eForms), RenWeb’s integrated online admissions and re-enrollment products, and RenWeb 1, a browser-based, mobile-friendly platform that allows school administrators and teachers to access RenWeb’s hundreds of features from a PC, Mac, tablet, or Chromebook.”
(NOTE: ALSO AdvancEd involvement which is an accreditation /common core compliance firm. THIS HAS BEEN ADDRESSED IN OTHER ARTICLES )
“CCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and AdvancedED (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools SACS)—both important endorsements of our commitment to academic excellence.”
AMONG RENWEB/FACTS KEY PARTNERS IS BLACKBAUD WHICH BOAST ITS
“DATA INTELLEGENCE TO DRIVE IMPACT FOR SOCIAL GOOD”
“Blackbaud provides cloud software, services, expertise, and data intelligence that empower and connect people to drive impact for social good. They serve the entire social good community, which includes nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare institutions, and the individual change agents who support them.”
RENWEB/FACTS SOCIAL GOOD (JUSTICE) CHANGE AGENT GLOBAL PARTNER WHO IS DATA INTELLIGENCECAPABLE
Blackbaud’s vision is to power an ecosystem of good™ that builds a better world.
“We don’t just power this ecosystem of good with our software; we’re active participants in it. We are committed to governing our business ethically, being a caring employer, contributing to causes and communities through corporate philanthropy, and pursuing sustainability.”
Blackbaud’s vision is to power an ecosystem of good™ that builds a better world.
“We don’t just power this ecosystem of good with our software; we’re active participants in it. We are committed to governing our business ethically, being a caring employer, contributing to causes and communities through corporate philanthropy, and pursuing sustainability.”
It Starts with People
“Our Corporate Citizenship starts with our people. At Blackbaud, we practice Human Social Responsibility, which means that we take our lead from our team-members around the world in our corporate philanthropy efforts.”
Equipping individual change agents & everyday advocates with the tools to build a better world.
“At Blackbaud, we know that at the center of every moment of change, and driving every moment of impact, are passionate and committed individuals. That’s why we serve the entire social good community, spanning nonprofits, foundations, companies, education institutions, healthcare organizations—and the individual change agents that drive them.”
“With more than three decades of commitment to the social good community, Blackbaud brings deep commitment to and expertise in catalyzing the passion of individual advocates & change agents to help them drive outcomes for the causes they care about. By putting the power of digital transformation into the hands of everyday advocates, we help them scale their impact, build a stronger social economy, and ultimately produce more good, together.”
We equip individual change agents with the tools they need to:
Raise more funds for the causes that matter most to them
Find and connect with other advocates, change agents, and organizations who share their passion
Amplify change agent’s voices through social media and with their elected officials.
Scale their passion with tools that give them a seat at the table at organizations working on issues they care about”
“Valuing our differences is the first step to building a culture of diversity and inclusion.”
BLACKBAUDS COMMITTMENT TO UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY GOALS/ AGENDA 2030
“As I look ahead to UN Week and the bustle of activity it brings as world leaders, diplomats, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and others together to discuss the world’s most pressing problems, it’s also a great time to pause and take pride in what Blackbaud has been able to contribute in the last two years since we first made our commitment at the 2016 UN Private Sector Forum in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 17 interconnected global goals adopted by 193 member states during UN Week 2015 that address various global challenges. We were honored to participate in the Private Sector Forum, which brings together CEOs, Heads of State and Government, and leaders from the UN and civil society each year to address global challenges, and I look forward to representing Blackbaud at this year’s Forum. ”
“In support of SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals), at the 2016 Forum we pledged to “map over 35,000 customers and partners, trends in giving and collaborative ways to increase innovative investment to grow the social economy in order to develop an ‘ecosystem of good’ framework for normalizing and explaining the SDGs in the U.S.” Since that time, Blackbaud has made great strides toward achieving that commitment, both through its position as a natural convener in the social good community and through our technology solutions.”
Progressing the SDGs Through Thought Leadership “As head of the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, I could not be prouder of the work my team has done to release leading-edge research and insight that accelerates the impact of the social good community. These publications help inform organizations in how they can be more effective, allowing them to do even more. From our annual npEXPERTS series, which brings philanthropic leaders together, delivering actionable insight and perspectives on pressing topics in social good, to our Next Generation of Giving research series that uncovers how organizations across the globe can better connect with supporters of all generations, to resources like our Financial Management Toolkit, which provides step-by-step guidance on how nonprofit finance and development departments can drive greater mission impact by working together as true strategic partners, the Blackbaud Institute is helping to drive the social good community forward and accomplish more good that supports all aspects of the SDGs. “
“Looking back on all we’ve accomplished so far has made me even more excited for the week to come. We’re not done yet, and I look forward to meeting with colleagues from across the social good community at events like Global Citizen Movement Makers, the Goalkeepers Summit and others to further explore how we can work together to advance the SDGs in meaningful ways through future partnership, convenings, research and technology innovations. “
“GLOBAL CITIZEN MOVEMENT MAKERS”DATA GATHERING IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION !
BLACKBAUDS ANNUAL CONFERENCE BBCON
“Look forward to inspirational content from leading experts across the industry! bbcon is your chance to join thousands of social good professionals online for three days of unforgettable sessions and tech innovations that will help you take your organization further.”
“Look forward to sessions designed specifically for various roles and markets, including arts and cultural organizations, cause-based nonprofits, educational institutions, faith communities, healthcare organizations, foundations, corporate giving, and more. bbcon is packed with the most relevant content for your business.”
BESIDES THE SOCIAL JUSTICE AND GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY DRIVEN DATA INTEL- THERE ARE OTHER CONCERNS
BLACKBAUD WAS THE TARGET OF A SUCCESSFUL CYBER ATTACK WHERE IT’S CLIENTS INFORMATION WAS COMPROMISED .
THE COMPANY WAS LESS THAN FORTHRIGHT ACCORDING TO REPORTS
“In May 2020, Blackbaud fell victim to a cyber attack. Customer data was stolen and Blackbaud paid the criminals a ransom in exchange for “credible confirmation” that the stolen data was deleted. Customers who were affected include at least twenty universities and charities based in the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands and Canada. Blackbaud externally disclosed the incident in July 2020, weeks after the company learned about the attack. Blackbaud received criticism for paying the hackers’ ransom and its delay in disclosing the attack, as large data breaches must be reported to data authorities within 72 hours of learning about an incident under European General Data Protection Regulations. In a September 29, 2020 Form 8-K filing, Blackbaud CFO Tony Boor admitted, contrary to earlier claims, that customer “bank account information, social security numbers, usernames and/or passwords” were compromised.”
Your children IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION are getting exposure to the social justice false gospel of The Gospel Coalition and many of its trained change agents via carefully crafted and packaged Christian media like these “justice ” videos of Right Now Media aimed at Christian Schools. Who knows how deeply other curriculums and resources are infiltrated?
THESE ARE THE CONCERNS COMING FROM WITHIN.
But perhaps an even greater unseen threat has become deeply imbedded into Christian education via the service provider for your online portal. In the case of RenWeb / FACTS just one layer into the company which provides online registration, testing, teacher evaluation, tuition collection, centralized communications including parent to teacher relations and teacher to students relations…lies a FULL ON SOCIAL JUSTICE “INDIVIDUAL SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ” /CHANGE AGENT GLOBAL ACTIVIST COMPANY. Blackbaud waste no time in making its capacities and intentions known.
The sad fact is that these organizations, though working with the Christian School market, are clearly not Christian and do not share our vision or goals for Christian education. The average parent enrolling children in a Christian School has zero idea that these organizations are involved just one layer into the mix in Christian education. Schools may be singed on for no other reason than to ease their own responsibilities but in the same way many are already compromised by taking government and corporate funding – the access to students and families by online services and portals SERIOUSLY ENDANGER THE STUDENTS, THE FAMILES, AND THE FACULTY inside Christian Schools. Add to that- the dangers of cyber attacks like the May 2020 event and the overtly social justice driven false gospel from Evangelical Carpetbagger Partners- living and learning inside Christian education is a dangerous world indeed.
Buyer BEWARE- YOU LIKELY ARE NOT GETTING WHAT YOU ARE PAYING FOR…A “CHRISTIAN EDUCATION”…. AFTER ALL.
ALREADY WE HAVE SEEN UNDISCERNING LEADERS IN MISSIONS ORGANIZATIONS TARGETING OR ALLOWING YOUR CHILDREN TO BE TARGETED FOR RECRUITMENT
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail…
Sayings of the Wise
17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge; 18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips, 19 So that your trust may be in the Lord; I have instructed you today, even you. 20 Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, 21 That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?
WITH THE WORD OF GOD IN HAND AND KEEPING THE CARPETBAGGERS OUT -CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SHOULD NOT BE SO DIFFICULT.
THE SBC IS PARTNERING WITH SOROS FUNDED “WELCOMING AMERICA” /NIF /WORLD RELIEF/ CATHOILC CHARITIES ON MUSLIM REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT $$PROGRAMS $$.
Rev Thomas Littleton
This past week marked the annual Immigration Coalition’s National Conference. An interesting and revealing line up of partners and sponsors participated in the Oct 22-23 2020 event. But prior to the event these partnerships had LONG AGO formed between Open Societies organizations , government funding and non profits operating as what Capitol Research.org dubbed a ” A Billion-Dollar Taxpayer Funded Advocacy Industry” for immigrants and refugees FLOODING INTO AMERICA.
“Welcoming America” is one of the long standing Soros and Open Societies funded organizations gathering partners in the immigration/refugee resettlement industry including evangelicals through the recruiting efforts of World Relief. Now The Southern Baptist Convention’s missions organizations like North American Missions Board/ Send Relief and NAMB’s “Acts 17 Initiative” are poised and sitting pretty in advocating for Islamic Refugees …if only these “advocates” can get President Trump out of the way.
Although in the past the movement for missions organizations to drive immigrant placement and immigration reform had focused on the growing Spanish populations ,both legal and illegal – the clear focus for funding became the Muslim Refugees after Obama administration’s failed policies launched the so called “Arab Spring” of mass Muslim migration. This displacement, coupled with Faith Based Partnership funds has made “getting in on the action” for ministries a very profitable endeavor.
THE IMMIGRATION COALITION EVENT: CASHING IN ON THE “CRISIS”?
“October 22 2020 · Shared with:Public#Immigration issues & the #refugee crisis are at a tipping point like we’ve never seen in the US. How will you respond? How will you lead others? You can still register to join us with the Immigration Coalition for #TIC2020 that kicks off virtually this evening at: theimmigrationcoalition.com/conference “
THE PROBLEMS AND COMPROMISES THIS ARTICLE WILL DOCUMENT :
As part of the Faith Based Neighborhood Partnerships programs working with Federal grants / tax dollars organizations cannot engage in religious activity including evangelism or “any explicitly religious activity”. Therefore to promote these programs as “missions” or “Gospel Ministry” is FRADULANT ! To engage in such activities with government funded programs is illegal. The government is not investing tax payer dollars for Baptist to proselytize or convert Muslims to Christian faith. Neither are “open borders” sponsors like Soros interested in the Great Commission.
*Two Soros and Open Societies funded organizations are at the top of the SBC effort.
*These organizations are “Welcoming America .org” (W.A.) and “National Immigration Forum”.
*NIF houses the Evangelical Immigration Roundtable on which Baptist Russell Moore works directly with the Obama Foundations Michael Wear for Immigration Reform.
*NIF and Catholic Charities trained Rondell Treviño who is the Founder and Director of The immigration Coalition whose event was held last week showing the Baptist partnerships in Refugee Resettlement.
*Catholic Charities and World Relief (NAE) partner openly with these 2 Open Society orgs.
*These non profits are focused heavily on Muslim Refugee Resettlement in the U. S.
*World Relief and Catholic Charities have taken in Billions since 2008 from government grants.
*By 2011 World Relief became the primary Welcoming America partner of Soros/Open Societies funded organizations to recruit Evangelical involvement with refugees.
* Now World Relief and Southern Baptist North American Missions Board ,DBA Send Relief and Acts 17 Initiative, along with International Missions Board are partnering in Muslim focused Refugee Resettlement in the US. These programs include legal aid with immigration services, a full range of social services, welfare, section 8 housing, education, job placement, health care, and anti discrimination protections.
*The Welcoming America .org Tool Fit calls for Interfaith/ community dialog and even training for rural communities to “welcome people different from themselves. “World Relief and other ministries including the Baptist are engaging such dialog in churches.
*Acts 17 Initiative of the Baptist missions organization NAMB was begun in 2016 but according to the conference this past week was being “introduced” again. It’s missions statement reads : “Acts 17 Initiative will collaborate with Gospel-centered churches, denominational entities, and ministries to strategically coordinate efforts, propose viable strategies, and develop partnerships that embrace missional involvement with immigrants and refugees in our communities. Jason Lee will launch and lead the Acts 17 Initiative, guiding churches to educate, equip, engage, and network to live out the Great Commission in their communities.”
WHY IT IS FRAUD TO LABEL FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS AS MINISTRY
“FINAL RULE IMPLEMENTING EXECUTIVE ORDER 13559: FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES AND POLICYMAKING CRITERIA FOR PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAITH-BASED AND OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS” August 6, 2015.
“Clarify what activities can and cannot be supported with direct Federal financial assistance by replacing use of the term “inherently religious activities” with the term “explicitly religious activities” and providing examples of such activities.”
“Prohibit organizations that receive Federal financial assistance for social service programs from discriminating against beneficiaries, including denying services or benefits, based on religion, a religious belief, a refusal to hold a religious belief, or a refusal to attend or participate in a religious practice.”
WELCOMING AMERICA AND WORLD RELIEF : A HISTORY FORMING EVANGELICAL ALLIES
GOVERNMENT & SOROS/ OPEN SOCIETIES FUNDING FOR WELCOMING AMERICA
“Welcoming America, an organization created specifically to advance the “Welcoming” mantra for refugees and immigrants, has received $1.2 million from the federal government since 2012. “Welcoming” is not an innocuous message. It employs a propaganda tactic to shame people into supporting Welcoming America’s open borders agenda. As founder and CEO David Lubell says, the goal is to “…recognize the role everyone must play in furthering the integration of recent immigrants…”
“The Trump administration zeroed out federal support for Welcoming America, leaving it to rely on its substantial support from private donations. Between 2011 and 2016, Welcoming America received almost $10 million from open borders foundations like Open Society ($450,000), Unbound Philanthropy ($984,450), Kellogg ($200,000), Kaplan, ($595,000), the Einhorn Family Trust ($1.5 million), Carnegie, ($325,000) and others. The Welcoming network includes over 90 cities and 114 organizations, including US Together, the Southern Poverty Law Center, numerous VOLAG affiliates, 10 YMCA branches and even some governmental entities, like the Atlanta Regional Commission and Redwood City 2020″
WELCOMING AMERICA 2011 TOOL KIT -WORLD RELIEF AND INTERFAITH DIALOG
October, 2011 DEAR READER, “It is with great anticipation that we release the Receiving Communities Toolkit, a guide to engaging mainstream America in integrating newcomers into our communities. We believe that just as fertile soil is needed for a seed to grow, receptive communities are critical if immigrants are to thrive. The Receiving Communities Toolkit focuses on communities where new immigrants have made their homes, helping neighbors build relationships through trust and understanding. While others may concentrate on the seed, the toolkit’s emphasis is on preparing the soil in which it will flourish….”
COMMUNITY DIALOGUES “Dialogues are an increasingly popular approach for engaging receiving communities. In a supportive and safe environment, participants have a platform for expressing their opinions, including their concerns and fears. Dialogue is seen as an important avenue for drawing the unsure out. Numerous resources have been developed to help community members use dialogue to bring those with dIfferent opinions together, understand each other’s points of view, and reflect on their own perceptions.”
Dialogue Resources Getting Started “The Public Conversations Project/Welcoming America tool is arguably the best place to start when looking at different dialogue resources because it has been designed specifically for engaging receiving communities members. Public Conversations Project’s (PCP) dialogue methodology helps practitioners bring together diverse community members to understand the experiences of people with different identities, values and world views; reflect on their own life experiences, values, perceptions and assumptions; develop genuine curiosity about other participants’ lives and perspectives; and move beyond stereotypes to see the rich complexity and humanity of others.”
WORLD RELIEF’S ROLE IN COURTING EVANGELICALS FOR WELCOMING AMERICA
Engaging Evangelical Leaders “World Relief, a national refugee resettlement organization, is working on a number of novel approaches at the local level to engage faith leaders on behalf of immigrants and refugees. One notable effort involves a focus on pastors of evangelical churches. Matt Soerens, a faith organizer with World Relief, is linking the pastors of white and non-white evangelical congregations to promote greater understanding of the issues. Soerens fosters peer-level relationships between traditional and immigrant church leaders and uses messages rooted in scripture about how to treat “strangers” as well as facts about local immigration to dispel myths and stereotypes. Pastors who have witnessed changing demographics in their own or nearby churches tend to be easier to engage.” “World Relief brings the voices of national church leaders, such as the pastors of mega-churches who have thousands in their congregations and a strong national following, into communities to speak on behalf of immigrant integration. Says Soerens, “Communication with evangelical leaders is critical, but it must be the right message and the right messenger. The Bible should form the primary basis of the conversation. With faith leaders, you can’t lead with an economic or political argument – those are, or at least should be, secondary for evangelicals. The messenger needs to be someone well versed in the Bible who appeals to faith authorities. If they are obedient to the Scripture, churches should be striving to promote unity and work to empower and serve the community. If churches don’t like immigrants, they aren’t doing their job.”
“One event World Relief sponsored brought together nearly 200 pastors around issues of immigration. About 75% represented white congregations and the remainder were non-white. The event featured panel presentations from pastors about their congregational practices, including sponsoring a refugee family, providing ESL classes, and ministry opportunities.”
NOTE: THE MASSIVE FUNDING ACCORDING TO CAPITOL RESERACH INSTITUTE
“World Relief Corporation of the National Association of Evangelicals received $215.3 million for refugee resettlement and $276.2 million for all purposes. For all VOLAGs and unaccompanied alien children (UAC) contractors, the federal government has awarded $8.5 billion in prime grants for the refugee/UAC programs since 2008.”
“Have you or other Christians you know struggled to understand what the Bible says about the topic of immigration? In a society polarized by extreme and unhealthy views, what does it look like to daily live out God’s calling on us towards Immigrants, Migrants, Asylum-Seekers, and Refugees? In light of these questions, The immigration Coalition is holding “Healthy Understanding + Healthy Practice” – a virtual conference on October 22-23 to help Christians develop a biblical approach to immigration that respects the rule of law while evangelizing, doing justice, and showing compassion to Immigrants, Migrants, Asylum-Seekers, and Refugees. Come away with a renewed perspective that is biblically balanced and centered in Jesus Christ alone.”
ORIGINS OF THE IMMIGRATION COALITION
SOROS FUNDED NIF AND EVANGELICAL IMMIGRATION TABLE “WORKING WITH THE HELP OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES “.
“When Rondell and Laura filled out an I-130 Visa with the help of Catholic Charities, they both began to grow a deep passion for Immigration and the value of Immigrants because they began to live an Immigration story themselves as they had to wait almost two and a half years for their I-130 petition to approve, and were separated for the majority of their first two years of marriage. Immigration became personal to them. While all of this was going on, Rondell ended up leaving Fellowship Memphis Church as a Pastoral Resident and began working for the Evangelical Immigration Table and National Immigration Forum for the entire 2016 year where he trained Churches, businesses, and Law Enforcement on Immigration from a Biblical perspective and Immigration throughout the Southeast.”
CATHOLIC CHARITIES IMMIGRATION JACKPOT UNDER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
US CONFERENCE FOR CATHOLIC BISHOPS (OR USCCB)
“While it has received $742.6 million since FY 2008 for refugee programs, USCCB received a total of $4.1 billion from the federal government for all the various programs it administered during this period.”
“The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, International Rescue Committee, and World Relief Corporation of the National Association of Evangelicals, have a broader mission.”
“Of the latter, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is the largest. As Table III shows, in FY 2018 USCCB received $47.7 million for resettlement purposes. However, USCCB participates in other federal grant programs and that year received a total of $363.9 million from the federal government. And 2018 was a slow year. In FY 2017, USCCB received $531.5 million. It administers programs as diverse as Global AIDS, Food For Peace Development Assistance, USAID Foreign Assistance”
“Inside the United States, nine non-governmental organizations work with, and are funded by, the Department of State to resettle refugees. These religious or community-based organizations referred to as voluntary agencies (or volags) .”
“Two refugee VOLAG affiliates, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) and Catholic Charities, receive millions in both prime and sub-grants for refugee resettlement. In many ways, they could be considered VOLAGs in their own right. They also act as prime contractors for the UAC program. UACs have added substantially to their bottom line, with UAC grants alone totaling $245.7 million for the two organizations since 2008.”
“Additionally, much like its senior partner, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the many Catholic Charities affiliates across the U.S. receive grants from many different federal programs, such as Head Start, Section 8 Housing, homeless veterans’ programs, and others, in addition to refugee and UAC resettlement. In FY 2018 alone, Catholic Charities programs in the U.S. collected a total of $118 million in prime grants and another $1.3 million in Veterans Administration contracts. And even that isn’t the end of it. There is Catholic Community Services, Catholic Social Services, Inc., the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and others, all of which receive resettlement and/or UAC grants. The Catholic Church does big business with the federal government and throws its weight around to protect its refugee resettlement franchise.”
“More than 65 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict, poverty and violence.”
“Behind these statistics are people … each of them with an inalienable dignity which is theirs as a child of God.” – Pope Francis
IMMIGRATION COALTION LEADERSHIP AND BAPTIST PARTNERS
“The immigration Coalition provides clean drinking water to Immigrants at the Southern Border, and biblically balanced resources on immigration that show compassion to Immigrants and respect for the rule of law.Rondell Treviño is the Founder and Director of The immigration Coalition—a faith-based non-profit. Anna Rodell began serving as the Editorial Director of The immigration Coalition… she is committed to the pursuit of racial justice, opportunity equity, and language diversity in education.”
SOUTHERN BAPTIST ORGANIZATIONS and WORLD RELIEF INVOLVED WITH IMMIGRATION COALITION EVENT.
ACCORDING TO THE SPONSORSHIPS AND SPEAKERS:
Other Baptist and related organization SPEAKERS
Bryant Wright President of SBC’s Send Relief
Topic :”Loving and Advocating for Refugees”
D. A. Horton Send Network /church planter for SBC/NAMB /& Campaign leadership council.
Topic: Otra Vez: What does Ethnic Conciliation Look Like?
Daniel Darling: long time ERLC employee and part of “Neighborly Faith” interfaith dialog with Muslims on Christian campuses is a speaker. Darling is now a VP and the NRB.
Topic: A Healthy understanding on respecting the rule of law
Justin E. Giboney- Co-founder and Executive Director of & Campaign who partners with ERLC/ Russell Moore on pro Islamic and pro LGBTQ inclusion and compromise advocacy. & Campaign has attempted to play a major role in the 2020 election cycle to push its narrative of “Biblical Values & Social Justice” pulling younger conservative evangelicals leftward.
Topic: Healthy understanding on allegiance to Jesus, not politics
Kyle J. Howard
Topic: Sojourning through Babylon: Immigration, Xenophobia, & the Trauma of Being Alientated
Matthew Soerens- US Director fo Church Mobilization at World Relief
Interview: A Healthy Practice on Political Advocacy
Jenny Yang- Vice President of Public Affairs World Relief
Topic: A Healthy Practice on Political Advocacy
WORLD RELIEF REFUGEE FUNDING FROM GOVERNEMNT AGENCIES
Reportable Compensation from the organization: $100,641
Estimated amount of other compensation from the organization and related organizations: $32,099″
“Note: Tim Breene is now the CEO and Scott Arbeiter is president.”
FOUNDER OF ACTS 17 INITIATIVEJASON LEE
IMMIGRATION COALITION SPEAKER AND PARTNER IS BAPTIST JASON LEE OF SOUTHERN SEMINARY/WORLD RELIEF/IMB/NAMB- FOUNDED ACTS 17 INITIATIVE IN 2016
Topic Loving, Resettling, and advocating for Refugees
LEE is THE MIDDLE MAN FOR THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST AND WORLD RELIEF
JASON LEE – BIOGRAPHY
Pastor (Missions) at Clarkston International Bible Church Founder/Director & Missionary at the Acts 17 Initiative
ACTS 17 INITIATIVE IS PARTNERS WITH IMMIGRATION COALITION EVENT
The Acts 17 Initiative (FOUNDED BY JASON LEE )
Dates EmployedAug 2016 – Present
Employment Duration4 yrs 3 mos
Location Greater Atlanta Area – Upstate-SC
Jason Lee- “Introducing the Acts 17 Initiative, developing and launching in the fall of 2016, as an evangelical platform to equip believers and churches to boldly share the Gospel with the nations inside the U.S. with biblical truth and Christ-centered compassion. With an unwavering commitment to scriptural fidelity, the Acts 17 Initiative will collaborate with Gospel-centered churches, denominational entities, and ministries to strategically coordinate efforts, propose viable strategies, and develop partnerships that embrace missional involvement with immigrants and refugees in our communities. Jason Lee will launch and lead the Acts 17 Initiative, guiding churches to educate, equip, engage, and network to live out the Great Commission in their communities.” (NOTE : The event just held this week also list Jason Lee’s participation in the Immigration Coalition as the “launch of Acts 17 Initiative”. Perhaps past launches in 2016 and 2017 have not been as successful as desired.
Director World Relief
Dates EmployedMar 2015 – Jul 2016
Employment Duration1 yr 5 mos
Jason Lee- “Led in launching and developing the first refugee resettlement ministry based in the upstate in the midst of challenging circumstances that welcomed and ministered to 132 refugees in the first operational year. Led, developed, and managed all aspects of operations, recruiting/hiring/terminating and supervising staff, engaging churches, advocacy efforts, fundraising, grant development, financial oversight, coordinating/training volunteers, and church/community outreach. Developing missional partnerships and operations in two cities, doubled operational capacity in first year, led national efforts to engage with evangelical church, Southern Baptist Churches, and boldly state evangelistic and missional emphasis.”
Jason Lee -“Led in pioneer evangelism and ministry to muslim refugees in the greater Louisville area. Prayerfully developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy aimed at initiating, nurturing, and making disciples of local (former) muslims. Equipped and mobilized churches for Muslim and refugee ministry. Led, trained, and coordinated volunteer teams from local churches in this ministry.”
Shared with: Public – “The UNHCR released their annual report today (6/18/20) and the numbers are even more staggering than 2019’s. The number of displaced peoples increased almost 10 million in 1 year from over 70 million in 2019 to over 79,500,000 displaced in 2020. These numbers should cause us to weep, pray & act. The report shows that now 1% of all humanity is displaced, that is – 1 in every 97 people! We should grieve over this & lament that the US will only officially help up to 18,000 of these 80 million (through refugee resettlement). Will you join me in praying & be equipped to help make a difference? Please start by reading our two articles here (from pre-pandemic):”
THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESSIN THE REFUGEE INDUSTRY.
LGBTQ INCLUSION IN OUTLINED IN REFUGEE TOOL KIT OF WELCOMING AMERICAN
“Building Alliances with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Community There are growing opportunities to strengthen ties between the LGBT community and immigrants. First, LGBT advocates are becoming increasingly aware of the many immigrants who are LGBT, and to be more effective, they need to see their community in its totality. Secondly, immigrants and the LGBT community have some common adversaries, such as some policymakers who are extremely anti-LGBT and anti-immigrant. And, as the nation’s population grows increasingly diverse, the LGBT community recognizes the need to build long-term alliances with, and respond to the concerns of, immigrants.” Page 13
This focus also helps explain much of the leftward drift on LGBTQ issues out of the Baptist inner circles and seminaries . Revoice and other “LGBT+ Thriving events launched at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Albert Mohler make much more sense…perverted but understandable in light of these partnerships and the money associated with them.
More information on how Southern Baptist Partnerships in Immigration reform and Muslim Refugee Resettlement are impacting it’s activities and distorting it’s vision can be seen in these articles :
*On SBC leaders working with redefining Religious Liberty subjected to Islam/LGBTQ.
World Vision, World Relief, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Charities have cashed in heavily on Faith Based Partnership/ tax dollars. FEW in the churches at “pew level” outside denominational inner circles even know that such funding is in play. They do NOT know about PROHIBITIONS TO MINISTRY due to the Federal and International funding. Southern Baptist leaders appear to be late to the game and eager for Refugee Resettlement funding and are poised now to reap massive funds if President Donald Trump can be removed without a second term. This places the Anti- Trump Rhetoric of Baptist like Russell Moore (also a major reform advocate for Soros funded NIF) in a very different light indeed.
There has been little said about the radical change in American culture and Religious Liberty that a massive artificial and politically driven resettlement of Muslims will bring about in America. Europe has shown us some of these realities but few wish to talk about them.
In the name of “evangelism” and “God bringing Muslims to our shores to hear the Gospel” these Baptist and other ministry leaders seek to garner support for “ministry opportunities” that in fact do not exist while they partner with such funding and organizations. NAMB and IMB and Acts 17 Initiative appear VERY EAGER INDEED to indoctrinate the next generation of Baptist (our children and grandchildren) in the politically correct and profitable narratives so they can sell the vision. IMB just announced its own conference “vision casting ” to pastors to sell Gen Z on its conference speakers UN Global Goals , & Campaign and other leftward drift narratives as “The Future of Missions”.
FACT CHECK: Neither Soros nor Open Societies foundations nor the Federal Government are interested in helping Southern Baptist fulfill “the Great Commission” . A mass human migration politically driven and strategically placing Muslim immigrants / refugees in conservative voting districts is not a “Move of God”. Muslims, generally are not coming to American shores to find Christian faith or for the chance to live an American way of life. YET this is what we are being told by Baptist leaders and other ministries whose eyes are more likely on milking the Faith Based cash cow. Two questions come to mind – How do they think to justify these dirty partnerships and outcomes to The Lord on judgement day and how do they intend to answer their own children and grandchildren for the “America” their misguided deception and visions will leave behind?
Christians have typically been an easy mark for hustlers. These current leaders in the SBC and World Relief and other ministries give new meaning to the phrase “Fools Rush In”. Only in this gold rush the price is higher than ever before and our own tax dollars, in vintage Alinsky radical fashion, are being used to destroy us. NO honest Biblical justification can be made for aiding and abetting the destruction of national borders or the Constitution. At best these Baptist are PLAYING THE FOOL IN THE COSTLY GAME OF GLOBAL POLITICS. The world, including refugees, deserve BETTER out of the American Church.
Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)
Fools rush in, where angels fear to tread And so I come to you my love My heart above my head Though I see the danger there If there’s a chance for me Then I don’t care, oh-oh-oh-oh
Fools rush in, where wise men never go But wise men never fall in love So how are they to know When we met, I felt my life begin So open up your heart and let This fool rush in And I don’t care, oh-oh-oh-oh…
What ever happened to –
” Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
IT IS LIKELY NO EVANGELICAL VOICE HAS DONE MORE HARM TO CONSERVATIVE BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA IN THE LAST DECADE THAN KELLER AND HIS TGC.
Rev Thomas Littleton 10/21/2020
With the 2020 election just weeks away Tim Keller and his progressive partners over at The Gospel Coalition have discontinued the peep shows of the past and provided a full length motion picture of their progressive political pornography, alliances and end game. At least now this TGC demonic genie will never be put back in the theological bottle which once contained it.
HOW KELLER OUTED HIMSELF
Tim Keller made great efforts to remain believable as an orthodox theological/ biblical conservative in at least part of his rhetoric . But when he JOINED and then quickly LEFT the “elder council” of the Obama Foundation and Democratic Party led “& Campaign ” Keller had made a fatal misstep. Perhaps he is hoping no one notices.
Keller’s work providing cover for and sustaining the Revoice “LGBT+ Thriving ” movement at Covenant Theological Seminary which is the PCA (his denomination) most respected seminary , and placing the APA views of “sexual orientation ” and “gender identity” above the Gospel had just split the denomination in June of 2020. Keller and TGC underling Kevin DeYoung were appointed as part of an investigative committee in 2019 tasked with looking into Revoice and it’s fall out in the PCA. Their report to the denominational powers of the PCA was due in 2020. It had supposedly been a year in the making even though it had included some key leaders whom in one way or another had helped incubate the Revoice movement. The Report was submitted to the public once the PCA General Assembly was cancelled due to Covid -19.
Members of the 47th General Assembly Ad Interim Committee on Human Sexuality (2019-2020)
TE Dr. Bryan Chapell Pastor, Grace PCA, Peoria, IL, Northern Illinois Presbytery (Chairman)
TE Dr. Kevin DeYoung Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, NC, Central Carolina Presbytery
RE Dr. Derek Halvorson President, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, TN Tennessee Valley Presbytery
RE Mr. Kyle Keating Teacher and Dean, Providence Classical Christian Academy, St. Louis, MO Missouri Presbytery
TE Dr. Tim Keller Pastor Emeritus, Redeemer NYC & Redeemer City-to-City Metro NY Presbytery
RE Mr. Jim Pocta Licensed Professional Counselor, Dallas, TX North Texas Presbytery
TE Dr. Jim Weidenaar Harvest USA & Assistant Pastor, First Reformed PCA, Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh Presbytery
WAS KELLER FEELING INVINCIBLE AFTER THE REPORT TO DOUBLE DOWN WITH & ?
Never one to doubt his own popularity, Keller must have felt he could expose his progressive political alliances even deeper. By July Keller appeared in the & Campaign Elder Council with a host of other far left progressive thought leaders- but then SOON after being exposed – HIS IMAGE AND NAME DISSAPPEARED. News was already out and clearly Keller HAD joined his TGC urban pastor disciples and the OBAMA FOUNDATION’S Michael Wear in a decidedly fringe progressive political machine pushing every progressive social agenda and narrative in the Democratic Party play book- including – and especially the now highly exposed errors of the false gospel of “Social Justice” laced with critical theories and promising massive payoffs in faith based partnerships for those who embrace them.
HIDINGIS HARDWHEN YOU LOVE TO BIG FACE.
Keller was removed from the website BUT left the following footprints behind.
The & Campaign pushing “Biblical Values & Social Justice” had just released its promised civic engagement ,AKA 2020 voter guide.
NEW BOOK FROM JUSTIN GIBONEY, MICHAEL WEAR & CHRIS BUTLER
“Compassion (&) Conviction provides a reconciliatory prescription for a political environment infected by discord, animus, and extremism.”
Here is it’s clearly third way political narrative.
“HAVE YOU EVER FELT TOO PROGRESSIVE FOR CONSERVATIVES, BUT TOO CONSERVATIVE FOR PROGRESSIVES?”
“Too often, political questions are framed in impossible ways for the faithful Christian: we’re forced to choose between social justice and biblical values, between supporting women and opposing abortion. As a result, it’s easy for Christians to grow disillusioned with civic engagement or fall back into tribal extremes. This state of affairs has damaged Christian public witness and divided the church.”
IT COMES COMPLETE WITH A GROUP STUDY GUIDE
“The book includes a study guide for classroom use and group discussion. When we understand our civic engagement as a way to obey Christ’s call to love our neighbor, we see that it is possible to engage the political process with both love and truth―compassion and conviction.”
ABOUT THE WRITERS AND THIER GOALS
“The authors of this book represent the AND Campaign, which exists to educate and organize Christians for faithful civic and cultural engagement. They insist that not only are we called to love our neighbors through the political process but also that doing so requires us to transcend the binary way the debates are usually framed. In simple, understandable language, they lay out the biblical case for political engagement and help Christians navigate the complex world of politics with integrity, from political messaging and the politics of race to protests, advocacy, and more.”
KELLER SHOULD HAVE NEVER WITHDRAWN HIS POSITION AS AN ELDER FOR & CAMPAIGN AFTER HE APPEARS AS A THOUGHT LEADER THROUGHOUT THE BOOK
Tim Keller and his Oikonomia Network / TGC partner Greg Forster are clearly KEY THOUGHT LEADERS in the & Campaign effort and are quoted repeatedly on the topic of “cultural engagement”.
JOIN OUR MISSION TO EDUCATE AND ORGANIZE CHRISTIANS FOR CIVIC AND CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
Keller had first welcomed & Campaign leader and Obama Foundation Ambassador Michael Wear to The Gospel Coalition in 2017 as a contributor. Keller, according to the book “Good Faith ” was no stranger to the Obama White House having visited with then President Obama in 2012 to assure the full weight of Keller’s considerable evangelical influence behind the Presidents second term…a term which gave the church in America some of its greatest cultural and social negatives in history like the redefining of marriage via the LGBTQ AGENDA.
Keller was happy to be wined and dined by the President whose worst legacy might be the 2013 boosting of Federal funding for abortion across the board… internationally to over $530 million annually according the Planned Parenthood. How does it feel Tim – to have invested your pastoral influence in the administration promoting such mass destruction of human life- God given human life in the must vulnerable of places- the womb of their mothers ?
THE OBAMA ABORTION FUNDING ACCORDING TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD :
“The Obama administration’s newly released budget for Fiscal Year 2013 maintains level funding for the Title X Family Planning Program, at $296,838,000.”
“The administration’s 2013 budget also proposed $104,790,000 for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, maintaining the same funding level as FY 2012. Planned Parenthood applauds the White House for continuing to make teen pregnancy prevention a priority.”
“President Obama is also taking important steps to sustain family planning efforts throughout the developing world. The proposed 2013 budget includes $530 million for USAID family planning and reproductive health programs; representing a $6 million increase from FY 2012.”
“The president’s budget includes $39 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a $4 million increase from last year’s request.”
KELLER’S LONG TIME AFFILIATION WITH THE OBAMA TEAM LIKE WEAR CONTINUES
SO MUCH FOR BIBLICAL SOCIAL JUSTICE TIM KELLER.
& CAMPAIGN IS CLEARLY A NEVER (AGAIN) TRUMP EFFORT AS PROVEN BY THEIR RHETORIC
“The upcoming presidential election marks a significant decision point for our nation. This moral moment requires principled conviction from politicians, but even more so from the American people. Christians have a particular obligation to provide this moral leadership. No candidate will be perfect, but Christians can hold both parties accountable to a vision for the common good that is not fully represented in either party platform.”
“While a misappropriation of the separation between Church and State has sometimes been used to suggest people of faith are the only people who can’t consider their values when participating in politics, we know that both our faith and the demands of citizenship require that we bring our full selves to the project of self-governance.”
“Our Christian faith’s call to recognize the image of God in every person and to love our neighbor as ourselves compels us to speak into the public square to promote social justice and moral order. We have a spiritual responsibility as followers of Jesus to seek common ground and the common good. We are obligated to protect the vulnerable and defend human dignity even of those with whom we disagree.”
& CAMPAIGN PLATFORM ISSUES
THE HEALTH OF OUR DEMOCRACY
RACE AND VOTER RIGHTS
THE POOR AND PRO-FAMILY ECONOMIC POLICIES
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND LGBTQ RIGHTS
HEALTHCARE AND ABORTION
“Our nation desperately needs Christians to live out their faith in this political sphere for the good of all Americans, and the 2020 presidential candidates need to hear, respond to, and respect our voice and earn our vote. Through advocacy and protest, we are committed to supporting candidates, no matter their political affiliation, when they promote civility and human dignity, and we will actively oppose politicians, policies, and parties when they undermine these values.”
NOW KELLER’S PAL MICHAEL WEAR OF THE OBAMA FOUNDATION HAS MOVED ON TO A POLITICAL PAC “NOT OUR FAITH” WHICH IS WORKING FEVERISHLY TO ERODE EVANGELICAL SUPPORT FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP
“The president … turns to Christians to answer for him. We’re tired of answering for this man,” Michael Wear, Not Our Faith PAC senior adviser. (And lets not forget- Obama Foundation Ambassador to America’s Believers and Tim Keller associate and TGC contributor.”
“A group of prominent Christians from both sides of the aisle, including a past faith adviser to former President Barack Obama, is forming a political action committee designed to chip away at Christian support for President Donald Trump in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign.”
“Dubbed Not Our Faith, the new super PAC plans to roll out six-figure TV and digital ads focused on Christian voters — particularly the evangelical and Catholic voters who helped power Trump to victory in 2016. Its first digital ad, set to run in Michigan and Pennsylvania, takes sharp aim at Trump’s claim to a foothold with Christians.”
“”These are states where the religious vote is going to determine the outcome of the election,” Not Our Faith advisory council member Michael Wear, a former Obama faith adviser, told Fox News. “We’ve just never had a president in the modern era who divided Christians, intentionally stoked conflict in Christian communities, like this one.”
“Not Our Faith’s advisory council also includes Republican consultant Autumn VandeHei, former Evan McMullin campaign manager Joel Searby, Biden Republicans co-founder Emily Matthews and former Fuller Theological Seminary president Richard Mouw”
LEST WE FORGET – AS OUR MOTHER’S WARNED US ABOUT THE COMPANY WE KEEP- MEN OF LIKE PASSIONS TEND TO RUN TOGETHER. WEAR AND KELLER ARE COMMITTED PROGRESSIVES.
WHILE WEAR IS NOT ATTEMPTING TO APPEAR AS A BIBLICAL CONSERVATIVE. KELLER, ON THE OTHER HAND, TENDS TO LIKE TO HAVE PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY.
Keller loves being the authoritative voice on how the church ought to present itself in the task of “redeeming culture” and has taken his brand “Redeemer City to City global.
Keller and TGC have always been pushing a political agenda in the name of an orthodox theological movement. He has just helped split his own denomination. Keller has partnered with members of the far left , the Obama Foundation , The Democratic Party , and the liberal media to move the church in general and a generation of young pastors to the far left socially and politically. TGC is helping destroy the church ability to be salt and light in the most challenging days we have faced since WWII. Globalism, as a political movement, threatens not only life as we know it in the West , but the very religious liberties that Keller and other compromised evangelical leaders have built their fame- fortunes – and careers upon. They have feed well from the flock and are burning down the stables where the lambs once found refugee.
Keller breaths the rarified air of left wing political think tanks funded by millions to deconstruct the conservative Christian forces in American life. He looks to be willing to do so by playing the type of confidence scam that a street hustler would be proud to pull off. It is one of the oldest scams in the book. This kind of hustle is easy to accomplish by appearing to be many things you are not.
One thing Keller has certainly BEEN is successful. He appears to have been successful at fooling many avid followers and at gathering a generation of young American pastors and steering their callings from God, and over time, their churches into the progressive TGC/ Keller fold. Many are coming to agree that the church has been troubled by Tim Keller. Much damage has been done and ground lost and time wasted. Keller can no longer stake his claim among the orthodox/ Biblical Christian world – unless perhaps he and his fellows have achieved their greatest goals…of a massive paradigm shift in the Western church away from Biblical Values and into (the false ) Social Justice gospel. If this is where we are and hope of recovery has faded – then Tim Keller has little to look forward to beyond his success except for God’s assessment of His deeds.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.