REVOICE 2019 /THE GOSPEL COALITION/COVENANT THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OVERLAPPING LEADERSHIP

REVOICE 2019 REVEALS MORE INVOLVEMENT BY THE GOSPEL COALITION AND COVENANT THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

Rev. Thomas Littleton                                                                                                   3/21/2019

 

Revoice Conference 2019 details are slowly coming out on the Revoice website.

https://revoice.us/about/our-mission-and-vision/

The 2019 effort looks to have a much more defined mission and vision statement and appearance of a developed theological packaging. It would appear the intentions are to recover a more orthodox image and to restore hopes that the movement behind it can achieve mainstream success among conservative evangelical churches. However this looks to be little more than a repackaging effort given the continued diverse involvement in Revoice leadership theologically.

THE GOSPEL COALITION AND COVENANT SEMINARY LOOM LARGE IN REVOICE LEADERSHIP

As reported earlier, the big news for the speaker lineup so far is Mark Yarhouse the Regent University psychologist who wrote the gold standard on LGBT+ for D. A. Carson and TGC in 2010.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/03/01/revoice-2019-speakers/

Few who have followed the radical LGBT+ Flourishing movements infiltration in conservative seminaries are surprised by Yarhouse’s move to the forefront at Revoice. During the 2018 controversy Yarhouse was tweeting his promotion and support then eventually defending the embattled event. Yarhouse , unlike Tim Keller, Mark Dalbey,  Albert Mohler and others appears to be willing to own his role in the movement .

Yarhouse’s approach affirms the assertion that sexual orientation is real and does not change . His instruction for settling the conflicted identities of those who self-identify as both LGBT+ and of some faith, (including Christianity ) which is non -affirming of their sexual identity -is to MERGE the two. In the case of the person who is same sex attracted and in conservative Christian circles ,for example – the answer to the conflict is to negotiate the merging of their gay identity and “Christian” identity. In short Yarhouse teaches acceptance of Gay Christian or LGBT+ Christian Identity .

It should not be overlooked that the original white paper of Yarhouse for TGC was also part of the development for the TEDS “Christ on Campus Initiative” and that the indications are that the greatest area of infiltration and saturation of the LGBT+ queering or  “revoicing” of conservative Christianity movement has been on our college/ university and seminary campuses. TGC henchmen have sown the tares in the night and now we see them springing up in our own fields. Matt 13:24-30.

ANOTHER EVANGELICAL HEAVY HITTER FOR REVOICE?

Another major announcement provided by the Revoice website is popular TGC writer and conference speaker and former Christianity Today editor Andy Crouch addition to the Revoice Advisory Council.

https://revoice.us/our-leadership/

Andy is a favorite influencer from the TGC stables

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/profile/andy-crouch/

THE AUTHOR

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“Andy Crouch is partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. Crouch served for more than ten years as an editor and producer at Christianity Today, including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. His work and writing have been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and Time.”

MORE TGC AND COVENANT SEMINARY TIES TO REVOICE LEADERSHIP

As the efforts to discover the powers behind the Revoice’s promotion of “LGBT+ Thriving in historic Christian tradition”, a constant echo was that researchers  were making very broad “ guilt by association”claims. This was even true in some defending Yarhouse or the Sam Allberry/ Living Out ministry promotion of Revoice in 2018. By years end and certainly at this point in the exposure of this movement -such claims of “guilt by association” provide little cover for the undeniable ties that bind Revoice to mainstream leaders and their institutions and organizations.

COVENANT THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AND REVOICE

Earlier in March 2019 CTS President Mark Dalbey made two (one Revoice related-the other a similar LGBT+ controversy with Revoice connections )  videos which accused anyone sharing concerns over the many ties to CTS of “lying, slandering and attempting to ruin the good name of CTS” and of “breaking the 9th commandment “. These videos received praise from TGC writers. The Mark Dalbey / CTS videos and problematic realities left unaddressed are discussed here :

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/03/17/covenant-theological-seminary-president-dalby-shows-his-angry-side-yet-fails-to-disclose-deeper-cts-ties-to-revoice/

It remains clear to any honest observer that Covenant Theological Seminary has been deeply infiltrated by the same ideologies that have produced the Revoice movement. President Dalbey made no clear and strong denouncement of Revoice and promised only that in 2019 “no CTS professors would be involved in Revoice 2019….as CTS professor Jay Skylar had been in 2018”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=tVvghdAgE9s

SCOTT SAULS CTS AND REVOICE

CTS Nashville extension program includes Scott Sauls – the Tim Keller protégé’ who helped mentor Nate Collins of Revoice and traveled to St Louis with Collins to plan the 2018 event . Sauls helped launch and promoted and hosted the CTS Nashville extension in his Christ Presbyterian church in Nashville since 2015. A phone call to both CPC and CTS confirmed Sauls church still host CTS classes when enough interest in the classes is present. The Spring quarter did not have enough students signed up. Sauls’ teaches and speaks at CTS and is a graduate of the St Louis based Seminary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUSUDBjIQu4

https://player.vimeo.com/video/185074846?dnt=1&app_id=122963

MIKE HIGGINS SOUTH CITY CHURCH AND REVOICE

Mark Dalbey insists that CTS faculty ties are severed with not only Revoice but also in a separate video from early March ,he is distancing CTS and professor Mike Higgins from the previously CTS co-sponsored event  “Reclaim MLK” at which a transgendered person spoke. Multiple factually incomplete issues remain outstanding from Dalbey’s video claims including two very close connections to Revoice which is the concern here. See more at these links if not informed of those Dabley /CTS claims.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II1K2Kvm_7Y

Higgins / South City Church story

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/01/15/are-pca-pastor-and-daughter-teaching-the-transgender-two-step/

According to Revoices’ newly update website -the South City Church (PCA ) pastored by  CTS professor Mike Higgins -Associate Pastor Sam Haist is on the 2019 Revoice advisory council

https://revoice.us/our-leadership/

Sam Haist Associate Pastor at South City Church, St. Louis,Revoice Advisory Board 

This problematic connection is only made worse by recent months revelations that CTS Mike Higgins of South City Church hosted the 2018 Revoice pre-conference with the Catholic activist of Spiritual Friendship and Matthew Lee Anderson. So CTS professor and PCA pastor Higgins is still very much showing his church and his staffers support of Revoice.

 

A REVOICE STAFFER REMAINS A STUDENT AT CTS.

Zach Meyer, Administrative Coordinator

“Zach is a graduate of Mercer University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management. His professional career has included working for Reformed University Fellowship as an intern, working in digital marketing at a software company, and marketing for a farm-to-table restaurant. He is currently pursuing degrees in Divinity and Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary.”

REVOICE VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS IS A CTS GRADUATE

Stephen Moss, Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations

“Stephen was born and raised in Panama City, Florida, and graduated from Samford University with a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication. After college, he moved to Knoxville where he served on staff with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Tennessee. Stephen moved to St. Louis in 2013 to be begin studies at Covenant Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2016. The following year, Stephen accepted a position with FirstLight Ministries as Sexual Minority Ministry Coordinator.”

Besides these current close ties to CTS -the 2018 event had over half a dozen recent CTS graduates among the speakers and was also hosted at Memorial PCA church whose pastor Greg Johnson is a CTS graduate and Revoice speaker/ supporter.

About Greg Johnson

“Greg Johnson has lived in the Central West End of St. Louis City since 1997. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.S.Arch 1994), Covenant Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1997) and St. Louis University (Ph.D. 2007). An ordained Presbyterian minister, he is the Lead Pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church on Skinker Blvd, having served as Associate Pastor since 2003. He lives with his two cats, Leela the Toyger and Sox.”

THE GOSPEL COALITION AND REVOICE

A quick run down of TGC ties to Revoice leadership and speakers both in 2018 and in 2019 should cause anyone in a TGC affiliated church to raise the issues related to Revoice. Believers in churches with TGC affiliation should approach their pastors with these concerns and the church directly if the pastor does not have ears to hear them. Many pastors have involved their churches in TGC without the knowledge of the congregants and have misplaced their  loyalties to mentors  like Keller / Mohler / Dever/ Duncan – more than to the Word of God or the people who pay their salaries. TGC affiliated pastors do not have God given authority to “promote LGBT+ Flourishing ” in your church. There is no biblical call to “Revoice homosexuality ” in your church.

Scott Sauls –

Sauls is TGC favorite, PCA pastor, CTS grad and runs the Nashville CTS extension program. Sauls promoted Revoice 2018 on the website for the event as well as traveled from Nashville to St Louis ,according to social media post, with  founder Nate Collins for the planning of the 2018 event. Sauls is currently involved with multiple Revoice leaders in events like the April 2019 Nashville Q Ideas Conference . It is not yet known if Sauls will be in public support of -or participation in Revoice 2019. Sauls has never spoken against Revoice or denounced it after having endorsed Revoice 2018 openly.

John Stark

John Starke Lead Pastor at Apostles Uptown in New York City – Revoice Advisory Council

John is a TGC writer, NYC pastor of a TGC affiliated Church

http://resources.thegospelcoalition.org/library/recovering-classic-evangelicalism

http://uptown.apostles.nyc/sermons/preacher/john-starke/

APOSTLES UPTOWN NYC -PARTNERS

Starks Church is also partners with Sojourn Network which has strong ties to Albert Mohler’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) – which is also the former academic home for Revoice founder Nate Collins who studied and taught at SBTS for almost 15 years.

SBTS AND SOJOURNER NETWORK COURSE

http://events.sbts.edu/conference-classes/files/Sojourn-Network-Conference-Syllabus.pdf

“The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 33860 CT: Church Multiplication Strategies (Sojourn Network Conference) . An advanced course in church planting focusing on the missiological (biblical, theological, and strategic) foundations of church multiplication.”

Wesley Hill

Wesley Hill is an Anglican and has long time associations with Spiritual Friendship whose leader Ron Belgau is on the Revoice Advisory Council with Hill. Wesley Hill has also partnered with providing Resources for Living Out ministry and cofounder Sam Allberry who is the TGC voice of choice on all things LGBT . Living Out and Allberry were among the first to promote Revoice 2018 on social media. Hill has provided leadership and is a speaker in the 2018 and 2019 Revoice events.

“Wesley Hill is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. He graduated from Wheaton College and has an MA in theology and religion from Durham University in the UK. He is currently working toward a PhD in New Testament at Durham.”

Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson provided his service as  master of ceremonies for the 2018 Revoice pre-conference and is on the current Advisory Council . Anderson has a long history with Spiritual Friendship . Anderson is a regular contributor providing articles for TGC.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/profile/matthew-lee-anderson/

Matthew Lee Anderson, PhD Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University, Revoice Advisory Council

Anderson was  also the former editing partner of TGC editor / Acton Institute employee and ERLC message coordinator Joe Carter at Carter’s former publication Evangelical Outpost

https://web.archive.org/web/20090718220749/http://evangelicaloutpost.com:80/contributors

Anderson remains close friends to TGC editor Joe Carter  and they continue to publish each others article in various outlets.

https://mereorthodoxy.com/tag/joe-carter/

My good friend Joe Carter has gone public with a disagreement we’ve had for a few years now over whether the “liberal young evangelical” exists, or whether he is a media creation.”

TWO TGC EDITORS ARE TIED TO REVOICE

In addition to the writers and contributors listed above- it is noteworthy that two TGC editors are connected to Revocie . Sam Allberry and his ministry Living Out openly promoted Revoice “for our US audience “ as they hosted TGC’s Tim Keller in London for their own event in June 2018 .  And again -Joe Carter TGC editor is a long time professional associate of Revoice leader and advisor Anderson.

MORE TGC WRITERS AMONG REVOICE LINEUP

In 2018 Revoice the TGC contributors included :

Revoice founder Nate Collins

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/profile/nate-collins/

“Nate Collins is the executive director of Aligned Grace Resources, a ministry he founded with his father to equip churches to minister the grace and truth of the gospel to people affected by same-sex attraction. Nate and his wife, Sara, live with their two sons in Louisville, KY, where he is pursuing a PhD in New Testament at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can follow him on Twitter.”

Rachel Gilson

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/profile/rachel-gilson/

“Rachel Gilson is director of theological development at Cru Northeast. She holds a BA in history from Yale College and is completing her MDiv at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She blogs at rachelgilson.com.”

Preston Sprinkle

Preston Sprinkle, PhDPresident at Center for Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Revoice Advisory Council

Preston Sprinkle is Revoice Advisory Board member and the founder of the Center For Faith Sexuality and Gender . His organization is endorsed by two middle-aged leaders of the TGC Francis Chan and Matt Chandler along with Revoice endorser, ERLC fellow TGC writer Karen Swallow Prior. Also TGC/ Keller third way partner Gabe Lyons endorses Sprinkles organization which plays a key role in the movements organization of events.

TGC/SPRINKLE AND DENNY BURK -THE COUNCIL FOR BIBLICAL MANHOOD AND WOMANHOOD  TIES.

Another disturbing TGC connection to Sprinkle is his friendship with TGC and SBTS/ Boyce teacher Denny Burk and his forerunner Owen Strachan at The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

In this 2015 article about his recently published book “People To Be Loved” – Sprinkle has some interesting circles to thank.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/theologyintheraw/2015/12/why-homosexuality-is-not-just-an-issue/

“Since this book is the fruit of communal discussion, I have many people to thank. Several people read through all, or portions of, this book: Joey Dodson, Roy Ciampa, Sam Roberto, Mark Yarhouse, Jeff Cook, and I am especially thankful for the many gay and lesbian readers who have offered incisive feedback, especially on my language, tone, and ignorant assumptions: Matt Jones, Nathan Collins, Julie Rodgers, Bill Henson, Brian Gee, Wesley Hill, Bill Henson, and Nick Roen. Several others, who didn’t read the manuscript but whose stories had a significant impact on my thinking, include Lesli Hudson-Reynolds, Justin Lee, Eve Tushnet, and many others whose testimonies have forever shaped my life.”

Clearly Sprinkle was running deeply in these pre-Revoice circles in 2014/2015 . He goes on to thank both TGC leaders past and present of the CBM&W for their help in a 2015 presentation involving  their interaction/ mentorship and that of fellow Revoice leader Wesley Hill.

“ Thanks are also due to Denny Burk, Wesley Hill (again), and Owen Strachan for your stimulating interaction in our seminar on sexual orientation at the Evangelical Theological Society’s Annual Meeting in San Diego (November 2014).”

The Revoice Story broke in early May 2018 and the controversy was immediate and disturbing .One of the most unsettling events in the early press about Revoice was perhaps the product of these close friendships and past collaborations. Some significant potential – behind the scenes activity and discussion was possibly exposed by accident. In Denny Burke’s May 30th article on Revoice- he was in possession of and published a newly reworded title to the most controversial of the Revoice 2018 workshops at least 24 hours in advance of it being changed on the Revoice website. How did this happen? How did Burk obtain the screenshot of the unpublished – edited -toned down -language of the workshop title ?

http://www.dennyburk.com/what-about-the-revoice-conference/

Burk certainly played soft ball with his review of his friend’s event.

“ 2. The conference hasn’t happened yet. I don’t know what this conference may or may not contribute to the ongoing debate among evangelicals about sexual orientation and gay identity. My hunch is that there probably won’t be anything new from this conference about that subject. But if there is, I’ll likely write about it then.”

Postscript: Notice this break-out session (see below). It advertises a seminar about “redeeming queer culture.” It seems to presume that there will be some kind of “queer treasure” in heaven. Again, this kind of thing is pretty standard in Christian gay identity literature—the idea that there is something praiseworthy about “queerness” or gay identity that will make it into Heaven with us.”

Revised title of workshop below as it appeared in Burks article 24 hours prior to it being changed on the Revoice website.

 

This writer questioned Burk about this concern the following day on twitter as he promoted his Revoice article.

Thomas Littleton‏ @revcoltom May 31

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Denny can you explain why the name of the “Workshop on Possibility Models in Queer Theory” at Revoice reads in the screen shot “Redeeming Queer Culture ” in your article ? Who changed that in your piece? @DennyBurk @revoiceus

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Original Version of controversial Revoice workshop title was

“POSSIBILITY MODELS IN QUEER THEORY AND LITERATURE: AN ADVENTURE?”

Conclusion-It has not been easy for some to accept that trusted members of leadership in the SBC/PCA / TGC and respected theological men could be involved in any way whatsoever with an event and a movement like Revoice which is seeking to “promote LGBT+ flourishing” in our churches. The disturbing facts document that the young activists leading this movement were educated in our trusted leaders seminaries, write for their publications, carry their credentials with this narrative into the public square in events like Evangelical Theological Society  and in books and publications . These activists are using the theology they studied under these trusted leaders to validate and drive their activist goals into our churches and our faith.

THE NASHVILLE STATEMENT

How reliable and trustworthy is The Nashville Statement and, for that matter , the CBM&W as a standard bearer for evangelicals given  these frat house mentality and bonds of these younger academics? The background history shows them all collaborating behind the scenes and that they clearly knew years in advance of the “Gay Christianity ” in the message of Revoice was about to emerge in the mainstream of the church.

YEARS OF COLLABORATION

Mainstreaming a message as radical as “LGBT+ Christianity” has taken years of careful, orchestrated planning and crafted talking points. This did not happen spontaneously or overnight. Given the TGC/ SBTS/ CTS/ and other support and cooperation with Revoice in 2018 and now 2019, the participation of so many individuals from these organizations in the leadership of Revoice-it is hardly possible to dismiss the concerns that the emerging reality is The Gospel Coalition and mainstream leaders in it are the men behind the curtain with Revoice. The movement they fostered is NOT driven by the Gospel or historic theology but is instead  driving social change in the church regarding LGBT+. Flourishing is taking on an entirely new meaning as it expands to include this godless LGBT+ “Christian” agenda and is seeking  to advance it against the truth.

When those all around you are peddling error-follow Proverbs 23:23 “Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.”

BEN SASSE – Q IDEAS-REVOICE RADICALS DEVELOPING THE 2020 NEVER TRUMP MOVEMENT.

HOW COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT , SOCIAL JUSTICE , GAY CHRISTIANITY ARE CONVERGING  TO ORGANIZE THE “NEVER AGAIN ” TRUMPERS .

By Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                     3/20/2019

Gabe Lyons of Q Ideas /Q Conference forum is no stranger to progressive politics . As reported last year Lyons, “Good Faith” co-author /Barna guy David Kinnaman, and Tim Keller were at the forefront  of evangelical third way compromise during the Obama administration.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/02/19/collapsing-conservative-america/

The Q Ideas Nashville Conference is coming up April 24th-26 and has a revealing mix in its lineup of “Thought Leaders”.

http://conference.qideas.org/

“From the ideas and current issues shaping society, to the truth that transforms the world, you will be informed and gain confidence that God is at work in his mission to renew all things. Education by thought leaders and stories from change-makers will inspire a hopeful way forward. Join us to be equipped for the difficult conversations and extraordinary opportunities that lie ahead.”

Q  SPEAKERS AND Q POLITICS

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Among the speakers is The Gospel Coalition and SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberties political favorite Senator Ben Sasse. Senator Sasse topic is “State of Our Union” which is a predictable topic for a US Senator to speak on. What is far less in keeping with the evangelical target audience is the radical edge of sexual /LGBT+ activist and Revoice supporters who are gathering with Sasse at Lyons event.

BEN SASSE JUST GOT KISSED

Make no mistake SASSE IS the “Never Trumpers” of TGC and the ERLC candidate of choice to lead the evangelical flock. As Billy Graham found himself “kissed by  William Randolph Hearst” media machine years ago in Los Angeles – Ben Sasse is the darling of the progressive evangelical third way. This is political posturing Q / Keller / Moore style. GOP candidates beware. There is more going on in this conversation and christianized “TED Talks” forum .

Q REVOICE

Revoice Speaker Laurie Krieg of Hole in My Heart Ministries is speaking on “My Mixed Orientation Marriage” .

Revoice advocate -speaker -co-organizer Preston Sprinkle is in the Q Ideas lineup speaking on the topic of Sex Gender and Faith. Sprinkle is head of the Center for Faith  Sexuality and Gender which is also a sponsor of the event  along side World Vision, Barna , Made To Flourish and the longtime evangelical progressive organization Leadership Network . Sprinkles organization which promotes LGBT+ Flourishing in the church is endorsed by fellow Q Speaker /TGC leader Matt Chandler .

Revoice organizer and advocate / PCA fringe dweller Scott Sauls is speaking at Q on Irresistible Grace . Perhaps this title reflects  an effort to perhaps appear more orthodox in his reformed circles. Sauls, like Lyons is a close associate of Tim Keller. Sauls spent 12 years on staff as a “preaching elder” at Keller’s Redeemer Church in NYC. Sauls continues to skirt the radical fringes of his conservative PCA denomination in the company of Tim Keller . Against the efforts of their own finely tuned TGC media machine -TGC brand is finally reaping some long overdue scrutiny from real conservative evangelicals. Sauls appears to be a primary Q leader in this Nashville event. Afterall it is his adopted hometown .

Also at Q on the Faith and Sexuality  front is artist and musician Matthew Liu speaking on ” Sex, Gender and Faith”. Liu is a presenter at other events held by Preston Sprinkle’s Digital Leaders Forum.

Conference Speaker Andy Crouch (former editor of Christianity Today ) is recently revealed to be a Revoice Advisory Council Member . Crouch topic at Q Conference is “A Theology of Cyborgs ”

Q TRANSGENDER CHRISTIANITY

In its ongoing effort be appear on the cutting edge -Gabe Lyons Q Ideas is presenting a self identifying “transgender Christian” speaker . Kat Laprairie is also speaking on “Sex Gender and Faith.  This person’s ( pronoun caution taken ) bio reads:

“Kat identifies as a Transgender Christian, who came to Christ once discovering the reckless, boundless love He has for Kat. Through Kat’s story of growing up in church culture amidst wrestling with gender identity, Kat is eager and passionate about sharing God’s good news with others.”

Q QUESTION ?

With the convergence of The Gospel Coalition ERLC and Revoice people at Q and many other events- how much REAL (safe) space exists between the TGC mainstream and the Revoice radical fringe?

Q ANSWER ?- TIME WILL TELL -SOON!

IS BEN SASSE WANTING TO BE KISSED BY REVOICE AND TRANSGENDER FAITH

The better question for Ben Sasse is does he really want his political career to be kissed by TGC / ERLC or his political future  to be determined by the success of Tim Keller and Russell Moores hatred of the Trump White House? Does Sasse realize Keller and Moore’s determination to redefine Evangelicalism altogether?

Careful Ben- these kisses come with even more baggage .

Q FAITH AND WORK

The Faith and Work organizations and  ideologies are well represented among the sponsors including the Tim Keller / Redeemer mentored “Nashville Institute for Faith and Work .  https://www.nifw.org/staff

Scott Sauls and  his Executive Pastor Bob Bradshaw at Christ Presbyterian Church  are on the board of this organization.

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BOB BRADSHAW, ADVISOR

“Bob serves as Executive Director at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. Before joining CPC’s pastoral team in August 2012, he served as Executive Director at Southwood Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, AL. Prior to entering full-time ministry, Bob worked as Chairman and CEO of Boston-based MSL Corp. as President and COO of SCI Corp. in Huntsville; as Eastern Region President for Solectron Corp. in Charlotte, and as Senior Executive-Site General Manager for IBM in Charlotte. Bob holds a bachelor’s in math from Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) and is certified in Crown Financial Ministries. Bob co-founded a small creamery business in Charlotte with his wife, Rose. They are the parents of four daughters.”

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SCOTT SAULS, ADVISORY PASTOR

“Scott is the Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN (March 2012–present) and the author of Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides and Befriend: Create Belonging in an Age of Judgment, Isolation, and Fear. He is a graduate of Furman University and Covenant Seminary, a former Lead and Preaching Pastor at New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and the founding pastor of churches in Kansas City and Saint Louis. Scott is married to Patti and has two daughters, Abby and Ellie.

In short this ideology heralds  the value of promoting the realization of purpose found in merging of faith and work for the common good and human flourishing . The ideology and favored terminology  is right out of the Keller associates and Frankfurt School inspired  UVA   “Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture” . The Princeton based center that bears the name of the Faith and Work branding provides centralized planning for spread of the ideology . Faith and Work is carefully promoting an idealized form of evangelical socialism and socialist economics wrapped in a hyper-thin layer of Hayek ,free-market lingo and Keller’s idiotic  “Theology of Vocation “. Its’ endgame is to harness  next generation Christians hearts minds into collectivist ideologies for harvesting their productivity for the global common good. Sound anything like New Testament Christianity ?”

Q SOCIAL JUSTICE

The Faith and Work and Cultural Engagement organizations on the campuses of most conservative Christian institutions are now the subject of considerable attention as well given their role in and funding for promoting Social Justice as  a”Gospel Issue”. TGC leadership is reeling from the public scrutiny that their MLK/50 conference / Revoice connections and then the anti social justice “Dallas Statement ” have brought. A deep and growing  divide appears to have formed among top tier leaders in TGC. Meanwhile Russell Moore’s rhetoric in the run up to 2020 may cost his position in the SBC if 2016 reactions are repeated. Conservatives can hope and pray for Moore to maintain his brazen posture.

Q BORDER POLICY

Speaker Gena Thomas works for the Covenant College based/ Q Ideas sponsor “The Chalmers Center”  Her topic is “”Children at The Border “. Q likely assumes that Evangelicals must surely be made to care about the Border “crisis”  and be turned against President Trump’s Border Wall . According to her bio  Thomas “served as a missionary in northern Mexico for over four years with her husband, Andrew. She has two children, works at The Chalmers Center, and writes as often as she can. She holds a masters in International Development.” Chalmers Center is schooling young conservative Christians in Christian Community Development ,which also explains the presence of  Russell Moore – friends and mentor -civil rights leader John Perkins in the Q Ideas line up.  Perkins is speaking on “Repairing the Breach “.

Q SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Tim Keller is an exuberant globalist – like his Leadership Network trained pal Rick Warren. However the book of  Revelation reveals a pretty bleak outcome and future for globalism. Still these evangelical leaders are undeterred in their love of  and promotion of globalism and all its anti-christ vision into the church. One speaker in the Q forum lineup  boldly merges the Global Sustainability Goals of the United Nations and other international partners into the church.

Jason Fileta – Q Bio

“Jason grew up in Wheaton, Illinois, the son of Egyptian immigrants. The plight of the persecuted church in Egypt compelled him to commit his life to fighting for a more just world. Since then he launched his career in advocacy focused on ending extreme poverty.”

Fileta’s group Tear Fund is an advocate for Global Warming and Global Sustainable Development Goals . https://www.tearfund.org/2017/05/climate_of_hope/.

It is also part of the Lausanne Movements -“Micah Challenge ” which supports and includes a prayer guide for the “Global Sustainability Goals”. Sound unthinkable ? Think again -it is happening.

 

https://www.scribd.com/document/174219018/PRAYER-STATIONS-GUIDE-ON-THE-MILLENNIUM-DEVELOPMENT-GOALS-MDGS-Pages-143-154

https://web.archive.org/web/20150929090316/http://www.micahchallenge.org.au/assets/pdf/Prayer_Stations.pdf

Q CONFUSION OR Q TRANSFORMATION AND CHANGE ?

Q Ideas is a forum that may confuse some listeners as it mixes these polar opposite ideologies of Christian faith  and progressive social causes together on its’ stage and in its’ events .But make no mistake – Q Ideas is not here to confuse you -but to engage you while it helps you  embrace its’ Third Way worldview and merges it with your faith .

LIPSTICK STAINED REPUBLICANS

Ben Sasse may or may not be aware of whose lipstick will linger on his own political (COLLAR) career  and may not be aware that he is being used.Still he may want to reconsider this path.

In the 2016 election cycle Tim Keller and Russell Moore failed in their big hairy audacious goal of detracting enough of the Evangelical vote from Trump to prevent his  Presidential victory (an elect Democrat Hillary Clinton by default). They continue to this day to shame and belittle evangelical voters for supporting Trump accusing them of everything from hurting the Gospel- alienating the culture -to racism and bigotry. Keller and Moore who serve as mentor figures in TGC and to many of the young idealists in these Q meetings are quickly becoming more Political Pariah than Prophet.

Unless GOP guys like Ben Sasse want their own political message “Revoiced ” by Social Justice, LGBT+ Thriving , Transgender Christianity, Global Sustainability Goals , Climate Change and the like- perhaps they had better choose their evangelical associations more wisely.

Conclusion – The Gospel Coalition and the neo-reformed movement it represents  in the PCA, the SBC, and other smaller denominations and independent churches is NOT a theological movement in the least . It is a progressive political movement wearing a thin veneer of theological orthodoxy . As its brazen left leaning and “Third Way” politics become more and more glaring- so will grow the Evangelical divide it had hoped to bridge. Take a deep breath believers – more shame and confusion efforts await in the rapidly approaching 2020 election cycle. Keep your heads. TGC and their ilk are just a floating object in the progressive floodtide of social change . Stick with your Bible and the Holy Spirit for your convictions .

Proverbs 23

Do not eat the bread of a miser,
Nor desire his delicacies;
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you.
The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up,
And waste your pleasant words.

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

10 Do not remove the ancient landmark,
Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;
11 For their Redeemer is mighty;
He will plead their cause against you.

12 Apply your heart to instruction,
And your ears to words of knowledge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVENANT THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY PRESIDENT DALBEY SHOWS HIS ANGRY SIDE YET FAILS TO DISCLOSE DEEPER CTS TIES TO REVOICE.

WHILE ACCUSING CONCERNED CHRISTIANS OF LIES, SLANDER AND HURTING THE REPUTATION OF COVENANT THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY -MARK DALBEY IGNORES SCOTT SAULS AND MIKE HIGGINS ROLES IN REVOICE.

Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                                     3/14/2019

Covenant Theological Seminary President Mark Dalbey is attempting some damage control after criticism lingers from CTS ties to and staff involvement in the controversial Revoice 2018 event in St Louis last year. Whether or not his current effort to respond resonates with critics may depend more on what he is not saying than what is being said.

A recent article by Owen Strachan attempts to promote the Dalbey response in the best possible light.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thoughtlife/2019/03/covenant-seminary-moves-away-from-revoice/

Strachan opens his article with this positive tone, “ In a major and heartening announcement, Covenant Theological Seminary President Mark Dalbey just announced that no faculty members would participate in the 2019 Revoice Conference. “

Dalby’s announcement can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=tVvghdAgE9s

In the video response Dalbey admits he is answering concerns about CTS commitment to Biblical sexual ethics which have resulted from Revoice 2018 involvement. Dalbey affirms traditional -one man one woman -biblical marriage and that sexuality is to be expressed only within this biblical model of marriage .

Regarding homosexuality, Dalbey affirms, “Homosexual desire is a result of the fall; it’s a sinful desire that is to be mortified and resisted and in no way dignified. … homosexual lust and homosexual intimate behavior is sin and condemned by God….Covenant Seminary does not teach that a person should identify as a “gay Christian.” Covenant Seminary will not have any of our faculty speaking at the 2019 Revoice Conference.”

DALBEY DISCLAIMER ON REVOICE CONFERENCE

Dr. Dalbey then asserts that CTS does not endorse or have a role in the Revoice Conference. “We do not agree with all the views of the Revoice Conference.” Dalbey does fail to condemn the Revoice movement which is now in its second year .

Dalbey then attempts to offer specific denials for CTS. “Covenant Seminary does not advocate for Queer Theology. CTS does not teach that a person should identify as a gay Christian. And CTS will not have any of our faculty teaching at the 2019 Revoice Conference.” At this point a couple of questions are appropriate and perhaps only Dr. Dalbey can answer them.

CTS NASHVILLE EXTENSION CLASSES LEADER SCOTT SAULS HELPED MENTOR REVOICE FOUNDING IN WINTER OF 2018 AND CTS PROFESSOR MIKE HIGGINS HOSTED THE PRE-CONFERENCE IN HIS SOUTH CITY CHURCH.

According to multiple  internet sources and PCA’s  By Faith Magazine (announced in 2015) the Nashville extension classes of CTS are held at Scott Sauls’ Christ Presbyterian (PCA) church in Nashville TN. https://byfaithonline.com/covenant-seminary-to-offer-classes-in-nashville/.  “Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville will host the initial classes, with St. Louis professors as primary teachers and Nashville adjuncts such as Dr. Scotty Smith also teaching classes.” In this By Faith report,”Mark Dalbey, Covenant Seminary president, said Nashville is home to a concentrated number of Covenant Seminary alumni who are serving their communities in vocational ministry or other capacities. For years these alumni have been asking Covenant to offer classes in Nashville.” Sauls points out the growth and cultural center Nashville has become. In a video released on Covenant Seminary’s Facebook page, Nashville pastor Scott Sauls said, “Nashville is undergoing a very significant transformation as a city. It’s becoming less and less Bible Belt and more and more Athens of the South.” https://www.covenantseminary.edu/nashville/

Why Nashville?

“Scott Sauls & Scotty Smith talk about why Nashville is an important city for the advance of the gospel.”

CTS / DALBY REVOICE REALITY CHECK

One of the more controversial endorsements on the Revoice 2018 website was that of Scott Sauls PCA pastor, CTS graduate and lecturer . According to social media of Revoice founder Nate Collins, who lived in Nashville at the time,- Scott Sauls helped mentor the founding of and traveled with Collins in the February of 2018 to St Louis for Revoice organizing and planning. CTS President Mark Dalbey fails to address Sauls dual roles in CTS and Revoice.

Goodbye St. Louis! We had such a good time celebrating the ministry of FirstLight, planning for Revoice, and spending time with dear friends, new and old. Looking forward to the next time, hopefully soon!

DALBYS OTHER UNADDRESSED REVOICE CTS CONNECTION

According to the Revoice review of the 2018 event a second PCA church was involved in hosting the 2018 Revoice events and its pastor is a CTS professor and Dean of Students.

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“Panelists At The Spiritual Friendship Pre-Conference, ‘Learning To Desire Love,’ Hosted By South City Church In St. Louis. Pictured From L To R: Joseph Trout, Johanna Finegan, Wesley Hill, Ron Belgau, And Matthew Lee Anderson.”
South City Church is pastored by Mike Higgins who according to the church website is a CTS professor . 

http://www.southcitychurch.com/home/staff/

“Mike and Renee Higgins came to South City Church in 2012. Mike attended Covenant Seminary earned his MDiv in 1996 and served as a PCA pastor in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia before returning to Covenant Seminary as Dean of Students in 2011.”

Higgins South City Church became embroiled in a controversy of their own last Fall in its attempts to host a transgendered speaker in the 2018 Reclaim MLK event. https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/01/15/are-pca-pastor-and-daughter-teaching-the-transgender-two-step/.

Faith For Justice Co-founder is Michelle Higgins is pastor Mike Higgins daughter, South City Church Worship/ Children’s ministry leader, and a CTS graduate .

Michelle HigginsDirector of Worship

“Michelle Higgins has been a choir director, event coordinator, youth ministry director, gospel-funk lyricist and lead singer. Michelle was born in St. Louis and has lived near Fairgrounds Park, Forest Park, Benton Park and Tower Grove Park. She currently serves the African American Leadership Development Conference of Saint Louis.”

“Michelle has deep roots in the African American pentecostal tradition, but her ambition is to encourage and participate in blended worship with all the nations. Michelle holds an M.Div from Covenant Theological Seminary.”

IS THE ANGRY DALBY IS ONLY COMING HALF CLEAN?

President Dalbey is not  revealing or speaking to concerns about the role CTS Nashville extension host pastor Scott Sauls has played in Revoice 2018 but only speaks to Professor Dr. Jay Skylar’s treatment of Leviticus 18 in  his lecture at Revoice. Dalbey has also never addressed Mike Higgins/South City Church role in hosting the Revoice Pre-Conference. Covenant Theological Seminary has far more significant involvement in and ties to Revoice than perhaps President Dalby is aware or at least is willing to admit.

WHY CAN’T THEY CONDEMN REVOICE -EVEN NOW?

Given the radical agenda, language, and workshops announced months BEFORE Revoice 2018 -why were CTS professor’s part of the 2018 event? Why is that now a problem if it was not a problem last year? Is it a problem now because the event became controversial enough for Dr. Dalbey to be forced to respond at the PCA General Assembly last June and the controversy lingers today? If CTS is not advocating for Queer Theology – what about Queer Theory, Gender Theory and Feminine Theory? Are they being taught at CTS? If not, where did 7 of the 2018 Revoice speakers with close ties to and /or recent graduates of CTS develop their use of such theories and the Revoice ideology?

MAKE IT ALL PUBLIC

Can Dr. Dalbey make these Revoice CTS graduates academic records public? If no, deeper connection to CTS exist-why was the event held in St Louis in a PCA church? The Revoice conference embodies and contains the controversial  LGBT+ narrative which is developed under such theories as mentioned above and DID have multiple CTS trained young people who DO identify as “Gay /LGBT Christian” speaking and providing leadership to the Revoice movement. Can rightly concerned PCA and biblically  conservative people see what is being taught to their children, grandchildren and future church ministry leaders at CTS?

DALBEY DENIES WHAT CTS/ HE HAVE NOT BEEN ACCUSED OF

No one expressing  concerns over Revoice have actually said that the conference was proclaiming “Queer Theology” . However the event and some of its workshops stopped just short of it. Still no case has been made that Revoice or CTS is promoting  “Queer Theology.” The controversial theories were fully engaged in the narrative and the movements behind Revoice process of social change. Addressing an accusation that was not made appears like a “straw man” argument.

DALBEY GOES ON THE ATTACK

“Much of what is being said about CTS is sinful, slanderous and a violation of the 9th commandment.” Dalbey goes on to point fingers at CTS critics for, in his view, hurting the good name of CTS by these ”slanderous attacks”. According to Dalby CTS teaches its students how to act toward people who are homosexuals. Note this language reinforces sexual identity and is not in keeping with biblical /sin view.  Does Dr. Dalbey believe in Sexual Orientation which is the core problem at the root of the Revoice controversy He has not chosen his words very wisely here and adds to confusion later. Dr. Dalbey goes on to say CTS teaches their students to be committed to “Biblical Sexual Ethic” however – Revoice does not use the word Biblical but instead asserts they are “committed to Christian Sexual Ethic.”  Revoice founder Nate Collins clarifies this as an extra -biblical position “because the bible writers do not know about Sexual Orientation.”  Again where is Dr. Dalbey on the issue of orientation?

The view expressed by Revoice 2018 multiple (recent) CTS graduates concerning their adherence to the broader “Christian sexual ethic”  was lampooned at the opening session of the 2018 event as that terminology was made the object humor and mutual disdain. Comments on the Christian sexual ethic language included “that’s something we are not very good at” and “what are we talking about -the sexual ethic of King David?”  If the dance around terminology does not look good on CTS graduates- it looks far worse when the CTS President is waltzing with words and adding more confusion to an already disturbing set of concerns.

REVOICING EVANGELISM WAS NOT THE REVOICE GOAL

Dalbey spends a good deal of time covering the issue of evangelism related to CTS and what it teaches its students about relating to “those in the gay lifestyle” however – the Revoice concerns are not about how CTS students or graduates relate to those around them in evangelistic /outreach capacities.  Revoice Conference stated purpose is “to promote LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian tradition.”  That is,  to promote acceptance of LGBT+ people and identities -radical as they may choose to be- inside the church. Where is Dalbey going with this evangelistic narrative if not diverting from the real goal of Revoice? That goal is not evangelism but is to bring social change in the church.

Dalbey says “our churches are to be promoting this” kind of evangelism yet the Revoice Conference aim and target audience is not the needy lost world around the church -but the church itself.  Dalbey may have given himself away by the use of the modern mantra of compromise when urging that we should follow his and CTS evangelistic example and learn to “in winsome ways” reach out to homosexuals. This sounds as if CTS / Dalbey have become devoted Russell Moore followers.  Winsome – since 2014 – is the inclusion .

TEMPTATION NOT ORIENTATION

Dr. Dalbey hits one key point -that of temptation -very strongly and lands on the historic/ Biblical side of it when he describes the kind of outreach that CTS teaches their students toward other believers and LGBT.  Dalbey uses the biblical perspective on homosexual desires experienced by Christians as “temptation” which is totally counter to the views surrounding the case for sexual orientation.  But now he has confused anyone who is listening closely.  Is CTS teaching the sexual orientation views of Mark Yarhouse and other Christian counselors and psychologist?  Does CTS subscribe to the unbiblical / interfaith /APA view validating “sexual orientation” reflected in CTS recent graduates who appear as Revoice 2018 speakers?  Dr Dalbey and CTS cannot have it both ways. Which is it, temptation or orientation?

Next up in the video,the lines get very blurry.  Dalbey asserts the church should welcome those with same sex attraction “temptations” as full members and into positions of ministry and “service.”  Perhaps he is speaking of CTS graduates who his institution is training for ministry.  Is CTS teaching those strugglers that they face orientation  temptation?  If so, then it may be CTS that is the author of their confusion.  So again Dr. Dalbey which is it temptation or orientation?  His CTS graduates involved in Revoice have been taught the latter.  Where did they learn it?

CONFUSION TURNS TO ACCUSATION

Dr Dalbey then implies the need for a Biblical approach to correcting a brother or sister in error, but fails to address how this private Galatians 6 approach fits the Revoice events public efforts to change the church.  It is now quite common for Christian leaders who are caught in uncomfortable positions as Dalbey to inject such verses like Gal. 6 and Matthew 18 to correct those who express concerns, reversing the blame of who is in error.  This appears to work well no matter how scarce the Biblical application to the situation may actually be.  It is often intended to trigger a guilt response and shut down the opposition and contain public exposure over a public sin and concern like Revoice. Dr. Dalbey should know better than to make such misapplication of these verses. Hopefully, he can see the error of context and application upon closer examination of undisclosed facts.

Dalbey insist the lies “must stop “ and urges concerned believers (presumably parents of CTS students or alumni ) to call CTS and to Call him and have some nice conversations.

A BETTER PLAN OF ACTION

It is possible that the easier more believable way to make public all of the current CTS CURRICULUM and academic papers which determine policy on LGBT+ at Covenant. Release all of the materials and required reading list for students in the counseling and psychology departments at CTS.  Release, make public all of the academic papers, thesis and dissertations of Revoice speakers who are CTS graduates.

Speak to the 2017 Missouri Presbytery overhaul of its position on homosexuality, its embrace of Yarhouse/ Orientation which, in many ways , paved the way for Revoice. Speak to the roles CTS and it’s professors were involved in that 300 plus page document.

http://mopres.org/resources/papers/201710-reportOnHomosexuality.pdf?fbclid=IwAR28RrW0vnKhFMo4zB0flFtR3laIdvjJ10_Y2tWY3BP5SADxo_u947EDHyM

Dr. Dalbey can speak to First Light ministries ties to Revoice and to it’s PCA host church -the potential /looming / lacking objectivity -coverup of the “investigation” into Memorial Presbyterian Church and its pastor Revoice speaker Greg Johnson.  Please speak to T E Ron Lutjens  involvement with both First Light ministries and the Investigation into Revoice and to your wife Beth’s long time work with First Light where several key Revoice management also work.  https://www.theaquilareport.com/is-revoice-lgbt-thriving-through-cover-up-in-pca-missouri-presbytery/

Please speak more fully to the recent controversy regarding a radical Transgender activist MLK themed event and CTS ties to it -including it’s speakers claims that “Jesus was Trans-gendered.”

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/01/15/are-pca-pastor-and-daughter-teaching-the-transgender-two-step/

Speak to Scott Sauls Role with CTS/ Nashville which is housed from its inception in Sauls PCA church in Nashville.  Also, speak to his open mentorship role with Revoice founding and promotion of the 2018 event.  Is Sauls still involved with Covenant Nashville and with Revoice 2019?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUSUDBjIQu4

Before jumping into accusation that CTS has been lied about- slandered and in some way mistreated- first open the curriculum – open the records and a by all means address these unanswered concerns.

ABOVE ALL -CONSIDER THAT THE SACRED TRUST CTS IS GIVEN COMES WITH ACCOUNTABILITY

Dr. Dalbey  seems unaware that conservative Christian believers have given Covenant Theological Seminary and his staff and faculty a sacred trust- actually layers of sacred trust.  They send to you our most precious gifts from almighty God- our children and grandchildren.  They entrust their hearts and minds to CTS and all conservative institutions like CTS to be  godly shepherds and assume the task of helping disciple the next generation of church leaders- statesmen – pastors- missionaries – youth workers – and community leaders.  Responding in  in half- truths or calculated shielded comments which serve to confuse the issues is not helpful.  Don’t point a bony finger of accusation when people are alarmed at something as radical and disturbing as Revoice.  To then play the role of victim when admittedly your own people have already been involved in the controversy is unbecoming to say the least.  Thank you for drawing some line in the sand somewhere,even though it is almost a year late.  Stil , Dr. Dalbey, clarify -does this signal a correction of the larger problems and infiltration of CTS?  Stop accusing those concerned of “Sowing discord.”  Please give the kind of leadership to correcting this acknowledged error that you are attempting to persuade us that you have given.

Please Dr Dalbey faithfully keep these verses in true context and apply them only in light of the full set of facts.

There is never a need to calculate an honest response.

Galatians 6:1  “Brethren, if a man is [a]overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”

Matthew 18:15-17   “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.”

Exodus 20:16  “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

RUSSELL MOORE /ERLC- REVOICE THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY

 

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

Thomas Littleton                                                                                              3/4/2019

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(Russell Moore from Wall Street Journal article in 2013  quote – “Culture war is over we lost-make Winsome” )

The most shocking revelation to come from the radical movements to change the language and redefine historic Christian faith to date has been the brazen Revoice movement. It’s close ties to the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission headed by Russell Moore made some waves which linger among other almost daily controversies surrounding Moore . This reality of controversy and ties to Revoice may now worsen in light of the shared vision of Revoice and Russell Moore to redefine family in the church.

REVOICE CONTROVERSY -ROUND TWO

As massive as the LGBT+ “Flourishing ” story exposing the event became in 2018 – the new line up of speakers provided undeniable integration of the message on “sexual orientation”  with the evangelical mainstream movements like The Gospel Coalition and the ERLC. Mark Yarhouse not only was commissioned to draft the 2010 documents for TGC and its affiliates spawning the embrace of sexual orientation- but Yarhouse is now a keynote speaker at the 2019 Revoice event as announced this past week . Revoice is the voice of the mainstream messaging on LGBT.  Room for doubt or plausible deniability no longer exist .

RUSSELL MOORE AND THE CORE CHANGE EFFORT

BY far the most disturbing thing to come out of Revoice was the echoed sentiment of feminist theology which labels the nuclear family an “IDOL”. Here are just a few reactions to Nate Collins Revoice lecture where this rhetoric was engaged last year.

https://www.theaquilareport.com/revoice-and-gods-design-for-the-family/

http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2018/09/revoice-and-the-idolatry-of-th.php

Even the ever lagging Denny Burk made note of this problematic “Idol” language

http://www.dennyburk.com/revoice-is-over-now-what/

SOURCE OF “THE FAMILY AS IDOL” CONCEPT

Where did Nate Collins find this worn but popular language accusing the Biblical Institution of marriage of being an idol ? His Curriculum Vitae gives some clue.

http://independent.academia.edu/NateCollins3/CurriculumVitae

Collins studies have included a major focus on” Feminine”and “Gender Theory ”

PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS
Difference and Desire: A Biblical Theology of Gender and Sexuality 2021 (forthcoming)
 
In Biblical Theology for Life
 series, Ed. Jonathan Lunde Zondervan Academic “”Gender Identity and Multiplicity:
A Canonical-Linguistic Approach”                                                             2018
 
In Christian Identity and Cultural Visions
Ed. Jenny McGill Abilene Christian University Press
” All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection oFaith, Gender, and Sexuality Zondervan Academic                               2017
Secondary Gender Identities in the Biblical World”                             2016
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature(San Antonio, TX)
“Theological Perspectives on Non Straight Sexuality, Gender Identity, and Sanctification”
2015
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society(Atlanta, GA)
“Ethnosexual Particularity and Secondary Gender Identities”               2014
Paper presented at the Evangelical Theological Society(San Antonio, CA)
“Embodiment, Relationality, and the Construction of Gendered Identities”     2013
These academic studies took place at Southern Baptist Seminary where Dr. Albert Mohler and Russell Moore teach and mentor  students like Collins who spent 14 1/2 years at SBTS.
ERLC ECHOING THE “FAMILY IDOLATRY” MANTRA IN FALL OF 2018
By the time the “ERLC Cross Shaped Family Conference” was held held in October 2018 in Dallas – the talk of  “Family as Idol ” continued along with the discussion of the outcome most often offered in the rhetoric- to redefine  the “Church as Family”.
ERLC videos of the conference are available on youtube- like this one of Russell Moore’s opening lecture
The ERLC conference was offered to provide answers to family trials and troubles for Christians who -it would assert – need to redefine the Church as the true family of God. Sam Allberry ,the  Church of England gay priest and favorite of ERLC on all things sexual and LGBT, told the audience how much an idol people have made of family in his region of the world .
“CONFRONTING THE IDOLATRY OF FAMILY -A NEW VISION FOR THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD “. THE RADICAL FEMINIST THEOLOGY BEHIND THE REVOICE AND ERLC MESSAGE
Christians in conservative circles who choose to accept the offerings of organizations like the ERLC and TGC and much of mainstream Christian media need to discern the origins of any new and controversial language  being introduced into the mainstream.
In the case of the “Idolatry of the Nuclear Family” – this need to vet the origins can be satisfied very easily. Any thinking Christian need look no further than the feminist theologians of Drew University Theological School and Janet Fishburn whose 1991 book outlines the entire mantra of Revoice and the ERLC on the issue of Christians making the family an IDOL and on the assertion of Redefining Family  as the CHURCH (as a huge inclusive community).
The shock for most conservative Christians will be the glaring use of this feminist theory and theology of Drew University Theological School talking point by students and instructors from some of the most trusted seminaries in America. Christians need to examine where these two intersect, and most disturbingly, where the shared outcomes have the most dangerous implications for the Church .
GOD’S VOICE NOT REVOICE FEMINIST THEOLOGY AND LGBT+ INCLUSION -AFFIRMING  “HOMOSEXUAL CHRISTIANITY”
Some of this concerns are discussed in this authors presentation at the recent God’s Voice Conference in Oklahoma City. This conference provides resources for the church in being faithful to God’s Voice on the issues of  LGBT and the church and on refuting the the idea of “Gay” or “Queer Christianity”. Many testimonies of true Gospel change are among these resources refuting the unbiblical assertion of “sexual orientation” and that it does “not change “. The use of the Fishburn/ Drew ideology by Collins/ Revoice founder’s  SBTS head Albert Mohler  is discussed at length in the video linked below. (session 1 start at min 33)
CONFRONTING THE REAL IDOL – SEXUAL ORIENTATION
From the 1991 assertions of Janet Fishburn on page 101 and 102 titles Spirituality
and Homsexuality – we find the message of Revoice- Yarhouse- ERLC – SBTS -TGC and many more on “sexual orientation ” articulated years in advance -in fact 27 years prior to it’s mainstreaming today in denominations like the SBC and PCA / our Christian colleges and seminaries / campus ministries and parachurch ministries . This reality should ignite the total rejection of the current false messaging coming from our compromised leaders – spawned in the bowels of feminist theory and theology .
Note how seamlessly the feminist theology moves across the sexual  spectrum in its attempts to normalizes homosexuality and even pederasty.
FISHBURN ON SPIRITUALITY AND HOMOSEXUALITY
“Spirituality and Homosexuality”
“No issue tests the ability of church members and theologians to define the nature of the
Christian life quite like the question of how the church is to respond to homosexual Christians.There are at least two ways to view homosexuality.6 Some people assume that all homosexual acts are equally sinful. For this reason they believe that the Pauline condemnation of homosexuality as “unnatural” applies to all homosexual behavior (Rom. 1:18-32).””Yet, some biblical scholars point out that this passage can only refer to the homosexual acts of heterosexual persons.7 This is because the writers of the Bible did not distinguish between a homosexual orientation and same-gender sexual acts. If this distinction is accepted, the condemnation of homosexuality in Romans does not apply to the sexual acts of homosexual persons.”
“The distinction between persons of a homosexual orientation and people who choose to engage in same-gender sexual acts comes from the growing conviction that for a percentage of every population, homosexuality is a given, a life orientation that they did not choose. This is a modern idea, unknown to the ancient world.”
“Not only the terms, but the concepts “homosexual,” and “homosexuality” were unknown
in Paul’s day. These terms, like “heterosexual,” “heterosexuality,” “bisexual,” and
“bisexuality,” presuppose an understanding of human sexuality that was possible only
with the advent of modern psychology and sociological analysis. The ancient writers . . .
were operating without the vaguest idea of what we have learned to call “sexual
orientation.”
“This is very likely since the New Testament was written in a time when upper-class members of Greek culture considered a homosexual love to be a “higher” love than that of a man for a woman. As repugnant as it may seem today, the love of a man for a younger man or boy was considered especially noble. A reading of Greek philosophy of the New Testament period reveals that homosexual acts were not considered abnormal in Greek culture. These are quite likely the kind of homosexual acts described in Romans as “unnatural.” These acts were subject to moral choice.”
“The Greeks, like the Hebrews, valued women primarily as the bearers of their children. But no man reared in the Jewish tradition would have agreed with the Greek assertion that a man could procreate with his wife, yet be in love with another man. It was precisely this kind of pagan behavior that was prohibited among Christians.””
The homosexual acts considered perversions by Paul are probably references to the use of boys and young men by older men as “call boys.” Pederasty was then, and still is, prohibited among Christians. But this form of homosexual behavior — an act that is chosen — is quite different from homosexual Christians today who may not remember knowing themselves as other than homosexual in orientation. Jesus shocked his followers by granting equality to Jewish women in marriage. He commended
the single life of the eunuch for its spiritual potential. Condemnation of all homosexual
expressions of love in the church today can also be questioned from the perspective of Jesus’ law of love. When seen as a life orientation, the issue raised for the church is no longer that of the sexual behavior of homosexual Christians. If the issue is the relationship of homosexual Christians to God, then the most important question is that of how the church can support the spiritual well-being and wholeness of homosexual people.”
“If it is granted that being a homosexual person is different — but not sinful — then guidelines for sexual behavior found in the New Testament apply equally to homosexual and heterosexual Christians. All Christians, regardless of sexual orientation, are offered the same privileges and the same responsibilities.”
ALBERT MOHLER- RUSSELL MOORE -NATE COLLINS – SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND REDEFINING FAMILY
All of the central figures in the current Southern Baptist “conversation ” on the issues of LGBT have now endorsed the idea of “Sexual Orientation” and the above assertions of Fishburn and the feminist theology surrounding it . Mohler debunked the concept in 2005 -as documented in God’s Voice Conference  resources  but he and Russell Moore privately embrace them along with the TGC and Yarhouse in 2010 then publically in 2014 at the ERLC conference on “The Gospel ,Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage”. Multiple individuals from the ERLC/ Moore inner circle  openly endorsed the 2018 Revoice Conference – and by fall of last year ERLC and Moore’s latest book “Storm Tossed Family ” were openly advocating the Drew/ Fishburn – redefining of Church as Family
THE ECHO CHAMBER OF FEMINIST THEOLOGY -MORE ON MOORE AND FAMILY
What is Russell Moore and company saying about family and how does it mirror the Drew/ Fishburn feminist theology of family ? Note his seamless leap into asserting that the true family is the “Church” by Moore in promoting of his latest book on which the ERLC family conference was based.

“How would you define family in light of the cross?

The church is a household economy, where all of us use our gifts for the sake of the mission. The fact that every person has a gift for the upbuilding of the rest of us is one more way of God signaling to us that we belong. We are wanted. We are loved… We are family. That means no Christian lives alone, and no Christian dies alone. There’s no such thing as a “single” Christian.”

(Also note the ” Holy Family ” Catholic overtones of the response below)

“What can readers expect to find in The Storm-Tossed Family?

“This is a book about the family, but family in light of the cross. It is at the Place of the Skull where we see the hidden presence of a faithful Father, the visible presence of a human mother, the background of a life lived out with an infancy, a childhood, and a hometown. There we see a groom fighting for His bride.”

LEAP OF REDEFINING FAITH

Moore makes huge leaps into asserting the Fishburn assumptions of  the church is the real family -displacing the nuclear family as central to God’s Biblical order and cleverly contextualizes the Christians belonging to the family of God in the context of Roman Catholic ideology of the “Holy Family ” represented” – as Moore asserts “at the Cross”.

What does Fishburn say about Family? Fishburn believes that the American Christian view of family is the incubator for many of the things the feminist see as the root of problems in our culture and the church. She addresses  those issues through terms like “the family alter, the family pew and the American Dream”. Christian families continued reinforcement of these problematic “values” hinders social change and the church development of community .

Examples ( Note the political overtones of Fishburns thesis and how they mirror Russell Moore and many in the ERLC/TGC conservative deconstructionist and anti American -anti Christian heritage politics)

“My thesis is that Protestants in the United States are not yet fully aware of the extent to which the changing family affects the life of a congregation because our theologies, ministries, and traditions are influenced by a worldview that coalesced before the Civil War. Many people continue to think about sexuality, family, and church in ways that took shape in the Victorian era, a time of empire.”

“Confronting the Idolatry of Family challenges those who believe that “decline” in the family is the cause of moral decay in the nation and membership loss in churches. This perpetuates a belief held by pastors and theologians in the Victorian period that “the Christian family” was the building block of civilization without which neither nation nor children would be moral. This implies that the church exists primarily to support the moral fabric of the American democracy. During the Victorian era — approximately 1830-1913 — an ultimacy was attributed to the formative power of “the Christian family.” Protestants commonly regarded the family as “a little church.”

“The belief that America is — or ought to be — a Christian nation continues to subtly dominate the way many Protestants think about the life of a congregation. I am suggesting that it is not the mission of Protestant churches to make America Christian, or even to transform American culture. Further, we will not be free from family idolatry — the effect of attributing ultimacy to “the Christian family” on Protestant spirituality — unless we are free from illusions about “a Christian America.”

“The church members find dialogue difficult because they rarely question their presuppositions about human nature or how truth is known.3 Yet, these things are similar in many ways. Both assume a hierarchy of social values, moral values, and intellectual values that belong to the Protestant impulse associated with an American religion of empire.4 I refer to this impulse as the American Dream.”

“The present situation of cultural transition and of perceived decline in churches is an
opportunity for reflection about what it means to be Christian in a pluralistic culture. What does it mean to participate in “new life in Christ” for late-twentieth-century Christians? What does it mean to love Jesus Christ more than family?”

“The family is a mediating social institution, especially as it mediates social and moral values to children. But a family unit socializes into its own value system which may be more or less Christian in values learned by children from their parents. If the family unit is believed to be the primary source of Christian faith, as it was in Protestant churches of the Victorian period, then the Church becomes an adjunct socializer and ritualizer of family events. As Sydney Callahan points out, a domesticated church inevitably tends to become conservative, class conscious, sexist, and ineffectual in the society at large. This is why the mission of the church in family religious education is at one and the same time to transcend and support the family.”

ARTICULATING THE CORE CONCERN

Fishburn points to the work of Sydney Callahan -Catholic feminist  to assert that the problem with Protestant views and practice of family and raising of children is that” a domesticated church inevitably tends to become conservative, class conscious, sexist, and ineffectual in the society at large”. Clearly the assertion here is that Protestant Christians with conservative (their word Victorian) views of Christian faith disciple their children to be conservative- class conscious -sexist-bigoted and problematic  for the church in fulfilling its role (according to feminist theology ) in society. So we find Russell Moore echoing these same ideas from both feminist  and Catholic theology.

Moore on Family

” We are shaped and formed by family in all sorts of routine and unexceptional ways that we may never even notice or remember. However, we must see the family clearly, and we must see beyond it. The only safe harbor for a storm-tossed family is a nail-scarred home.”

“Sometimes the Devil tempts us to exaggerate the importance of family so that we make gifts like sex or having kids the single defining feature of our lives. A young couple, for instance, may think achieving orgasm has transcendent importance. In a similar vein, consider how a mechanistic parenting culture—one that gives certain parenting choices determinative significance for a child’s future—can haunt a church.”

“Something has gone terribly wrong,” Moore observes, “when a Christian [mother] feels she must protect herself from the church, for fear that her daughter’s spiritual crisis will be discussed as part of a debate over whether she should have breastfed longer or . . . chosen homeschooling over public school”

Moores liberal Immigration agenda appears in his view of family. Moore asserts that  children of immigrants are made “invisible by language—often presented culturally or politically as parasites or as ‘anchors’ for their parents to draw welfare benefits from a wealthier country”( NOTE- Like Collins book on LGBT”All But Invisible” raising visibility appears to be one of the needs in these activist evangelical agendas.)

BACK TO DREW UNIVERSITY – IS MOORE A FISHBURN DISCIPLE?

Fishburn makes the case that it is “unmistakably clear that there is no longer  a standard form for family ” and Russell Moore is only too glad to assume she is correct.” Your family, whatever it is, will bless you, maybe in ways you don’t even notice in the blur of busyness at the moment.” Moore again asserts the shaping influence and flexible definition of family in the close of chapter one of his book “I don’t know your situation. I do know, though, that you are part of a family—a past or present or future family, even if you don’t know any of the names or faces of anyone in that family. Someone has shaped you. Someone is shaping you. Someone will shape you”. He subtly but decidedly begins to aim the reader toward  how they should allow for family to be “redefined”without much  for the scriptural anchor provided for family in creation . By Chapter five – Russell Moore is fully advocating that the Church is the answer as the redefined family- a concept steeped in the teachings of Fishburn and feminist theology.

https://g.christianbook.com/ns/pdf/sample/794802.pdf

Chapter One: The Storm-Tossed Family. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Chapter Two: The Cross as Family Crisis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Chapter Three: The Family as Spiritual Warfare. . . . . . . . . . 25
Chapter Four: Family Is Not First. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Chapter Five: The Church as Family. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Chapter Six: Man and Woman at the Cross. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Chapter Seven: Marriage and the Mystery of Christ. . . . . . . 99
Chapter Eight: Reclaiming Sexuality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125                                              Chapter Nine: The Road to and from Divorce. . . . . . . . . . 157
Chapter Ten: Children Are a Blessing, Not a Burden. . . . . 183                                          Chapter Eleven: Parenting with the End in View. . . . . . . . 213
Chapter Twelve: Family Tensions, Family Traumas. . . . . . . 241
Chapter Thirteen: On Aging and the Family. . . . . . . . . . . 265
Chapter Fourteen: Free to Be Family. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291

REDEFINING THE CHURCH AS FAMILY IS THE GREAT COMMON GROUND OF THE ERLC MOORE AND FEMINIST THEOLOGY AND THEORY

Chapter 5 of Moore’s book is titled “The Church as Family”

By this time we can fully see Moore is concluding that the real family of believers is the church . “How would you define family in light of the cross? The church is a household economy, where all of us use our gifts for the sake of the mission. The fact that every person has a gift for the upbuilding of the rest of us is one more way of God signaling to us that we belong. We are wanted. We are loved… We are family. That means no Christian lives alone, and no Christian dies alone. There’s no such thing as a “single” Christian.”

OTHER ECHOES OF FEMINIST THEOLOGY IN THE MOORE /ERLC DIALOG

SINGLENESS

Fishburn says of the Victorian Idolatrous view of family that it does not value singleness

“For instance, there has never been a very secure place for single adults in “the family pew.” There is a sense that “something is wrong” with adults who do not marry. An unstated expectation that adults should marry and have children is operative today in parental concern about the sexuality of teens and the failure of young adults to marry.”

“One of the most difficult ethical issues for adult church members continues to be that of the sexuality of unmarried young adults. Programs offered for singles often reflect the Victorian assumption that everyone should marry. The isolation of single persons or childless couples from adults who are married and have children perpetuates the Victorian way of ordering relationships in a congregation; they organized all church activities to give optimal support to their vision of the ideal Christian family: a father, a mother, and several children.”

“Even though there are single-parent and blended families in most congregations today, many church members still imagine “the family pew” with a father, a mother, and several children there together on Sunday morning. Ifa congregation or its pastor visualize membership in terms of this kind of family ideal, it is a sign of a culturally accommodated, domesticated faith. An unexamined commitment of pastors and people to values of “the family pew” is keeping Protestant churches from being able to offer spiritual formation for people from traditional and nontraditional families.”

SINGLENESS AND THE ERLC /TGC

Singleness is also a big topic currently being addressed by ERLC partners who are busily addressing the “idolatry of family” by the church  like Sam Allberry and TGC .

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-misconceptions-about-singleness/

Fresh off the press for TGC and ERLC followers comes this new book reviewed below by TGC

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/7-myths-singleness/

https://www.crossway.org/articles/where-are-all-the-single-pastors-2/?fbclid=IwAR1mh_W1VSaoZohXT1lLZwPyiVB86SWd_POGx-6iPfxBKiOQzMGOCBOxCfQ

“Much of what we commonly assume about singleness―that it is primarily about the absence of good things like intimacy, family, or meaningful ministry―is either flat-out untrue or, at the very least, shouldn’t be true. To be single, we often think, is to be alone and spiritually hindered.”

“But the Bible paints a very different picture of singleness: it is a positive gift and blessing from God. This book seeks to help Christians―married and unmarried alike―value singleness as a gift from God so that we can all encourage singles to take hold of the unique opportunities their singleness affords and see their role in the flourishing of the church as a whole.”

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ?

So according to ERLC/ TGC and Allberry the view of “Church is family ” and the valuing of singles in the church family life is the answer to singles like Allberry and other Same Sex Attracted people who- by the Fishburn feminist mantra -“cannot change” their “sexual orientation ” by faith in Christ .

HOSPITALITY AND COMMUNITY

In This inclusion culture of family all things are shared in the name of “Hospitality”.  Fishburns feminist theory /theology long range goals with the church replacing family is the creation of a Christian “Community “. This is fully onboard with Moore and others in the TGC/ERLC  “Communitarian “worldview . Welcome- inclusion – belonging  for the common good is the central theme and measure of success .Hospitality by the larger community -seen as the true family -offering inclusion for all -is the new ideal proposed to replace the “idolatrous nuclear family” . Among other concerns like the Socialist ideology this view embodies and imbibes -is the fact that this tactic of displacing – replacing a person’s family ties and sense of belonging is a vintage tactic of authoritarian cults .

Are TGC/ERLC wanting to undermine Christian family to replace it with their own authoritarian structure ? Indications are disturbing but far too involved to discuss here .

PITCHING INCLUSION BY COERCION

The premier TGC/ERLC  facilitators to the LGBT “conversation”  Sam Allberry along with Tim Keller introduced the Church LGBT Inclusion Audit at the  U K Living Out Conference just prior to the Revoice Conference of 2018. Its principle points -including that of the church community “sharing children” with those of different backgrounds and life experiences raised many eyebrows among evangelical Christians after the ERLC Family Conference. Again this conference echoed the Fishburn assertions of Idolatry of family.

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

The TGC/ERLC facilitators also include Rosaria Butterfield who is herself schooled in feminine  theory and the tainted theology of TGC. https://rosariabutterfield.com/biography

“Raised and educated in liberal Catholic settings, Rosaria fell in love with the world of words. In her late twenties, allured by feminist philosophy and LGBT advocacy, she adopted a lesbian identity. Rosaria earned her PhD from Ohio State University, then served in the English department and women’s studies program at Syracuse University from 1992 to 2002. Her primary academic field was critical theory, specializing in queer theory. Her historical focus was 19th-century literature, informed by Freud, Marx, and Darwin. She advised the LGBT student group, wrote Syracuse University’s policy for same-sex couples, and actively lobbied for LGBT aims alongside her lesbian partner.”

 

Rosaria Butterfield’s current work with TGC/ERLC is focused on “Hospitality ” toward the LGBT community by the Church. Something firmly embedded in the Church as family  vision of Fishburn/ Drew/ Feminist Theology .

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/rosaria-butterfield-radically-ordinary-hospitality/

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/april-web-only/rosaria-butterfield-gospel-comes-house-key.html

https://www.9marks.org/interview/episode-67-on-hospitality-and-the-gospel-with-kent-rosaria-butterfield/

““Radically ordinary hospitality does not simply flow from the day-to-day interests of the household. You must prepare spiritually. The Bible calls spiritual preparation warfare. Radically ordinary hospitality is indeed spiritual warfare.”
― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World

““Our post-Christian neighbors need to hear and see and taste and feel authentic Christianity, hospitality spreading from every Christian home that includes neighbors in prayer, food, friendship, childcare, dog walking, and all the daily matters upon which friendships are built.”
― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World

(Note that Butterfield’s ideal of hospitality echoes that of Allberry’s LGBT inclusion audit and the Fishburn ideals of church as family including homosexuals .)

““The key to contagious grace—the grace that allows the margins to move to the center, the grace that commands you to never fear the future, the grace that reveals that what humbles you cannot hurt you if Jesus is your Lord—that grace is ours when we do what Mary says to do in this scene. She says to the servants (and the Holy Spirit says to us): “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). Simple, right? No. We cannot will ourselves into the deep obedience that God requires. We can’t obey until we ourselves have received this grace and picked up our cross. We can’t obey until we have laid down our life, with all our false and worldly identities and idols.” (Idols like family according to feminine theory) Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World

““The Christian life makes no room for independent agents, onlookers, renters. We who are washed in the blood of Christ are stakeholders.”
― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key

““Radically ordinary hospitality is this: using your Christian home in a daily way that seeks to make strangers neighbors, and neighbors family of God.”
― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World

And a final quote from Butterfield which could easily be taken as coming from the halls of Drew University Theological School.

““Are Christians victims of this post-Christian world? No. Sadly, Christians are co-conspirators. We embrace modernism’s perks when they serve our own lusts and selfish ambitions. We despise modernism when it crosses lines of our precious moralism. Our cold and hard hearts; our failure to love the stranger; our selfishness with our money, our time, and our home; and our privileged back turned against widows, orphans, prisoners, and refugees mean we are guilty in the face of God of withholding love and Christian witness. And even more serious is our failure to read our Bibles well enough to see that the creation ordinance and the moral law, found first in the Old Testament, is as binding to the Christian as any red letter. Our own conduct condemns our witness to this world.”
― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World

POLITICAL AMBITIONS OF REDEFINING FAMILY

Janet Fishburn and feminine theology see the central concern of Christian Family as the incubator of Conservative Christianity and the “Christian Right” . So taking down the Christian Family as an idol and replacing it with with a secularized church community  impregnated  with liberal feminist theology would prove very useful in taking out the foundation of  Christian Conservatism and its presence as salt and light in America.

“During the 1960s change in sexual behavior and family roles led some social theorists to predict the end of the family… The churches of America are culture-conserving institutions. Even the most liberal denominations like the Unitarian Universalists function to conserve the cultural commitments of the middle-class status-quo. Despite the equality acquired by women and Afro-Americans during the 1960s, members of middle-class churches are still relatively unaware of the extent to which most congregations are still sexist and racist. .. ” (page 38)

“Evidence indicates that Protestant ways of thinking about the church, family, and sexuality have lost meaning and may actually interfere with the capacity of church members to respond to change in the family. The family as a social institution is not extinct. The Protestant ideal of family is inadequate when dealing with life in a changing culture and can mislead the thinking of pastors about Christian spirituality.
Even though the Bible is an ancient book, it offers ways of thinking about the world that can still be considered a guide to Christian faith. The general attitudes and ordering of values in Scripture contain timeless wisdom about God’s relationship to the people of God and the world. When viewed as a general guide to faith rather than as a collection of specific teachings, the Bible can provide a basis for theological reflection and dialogue about every aspect of life for contemporary Christians.” (page 129)

“The term nuclear family is used by sociologists to refer to the smallest family unit, typically that of two parents and their children. In this time of changing family structure, nuclear is an ironic choice to designate the smallest set of family relationships. The nuclear family is an isolated family. It is often a family wrenched out of extended family traditions and relationships. It is not unusual to find explosive relationships between members of families isolated from friendship with people like themselves. It is not unusual to find congregations where the emotional volatility of the family life of members is replicated in the life of the congregation.”
“As is the case with atomic power, the nuclear family has the potential to be a social force that is constructive or destructive. When a congregation has social networks in which intergenerational relationships are possible, parents are relieved of sole responsibility for the faith of their children. When this happens, it is easier to see that the American ideal of a self-sufficient family is not only impossible; it is undesirable.”

Again Fishburn is asserting here that the self sufficient Christian Family is not only Impossible but- UNDESIRABLE ! In addition the undesirable fruit of Christian family would include such traits as individualism, entrepreneurship, historic masculinity and femininity, the inspiration to seek a better life for your nuclear family in the dreaded “American Dream” . These are all part of the long list of undesirable traits bred in the nuclear family.

As difficult as it may be to admit to the massive collusion in deception by Evangelical leaders of the Flock of God – even over the God established institution of the family -it is far more difficult to ignore the brazen progressive political ambitions of TGC/ ERLC and their  operatives.

RUSSELL MOORE AND TIM KELLER’S RELENTLESS ATTACKS ON CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN IDENTITY .

Just in the last two years alone -the progressive political overtones -outrageous rhetoric -and public shaming of Christians for Biblical conservative views reflected in their voting has outed the TGC/ERLC ambitions to change the conservative culture of the evangelical church in America. The most effective way to bring about this social change has been to flood our educational institutions -then trickle down into the pulpits of our churches. Now comes the revelation that they are partnering with feminist theology and theory to take down the incubator of conservative Christianity- the Christian Nuclear Family and working to do so in the name of “Christ or Gospel centered family “.

Read as many examples as need to confirm to your own heart and mind that these men of TGC/ERLC want to change your conservative Christian values to reflect their own progressive views. This includes your views of family sexuality and even pro life ! (Though most of these stories are fronted with the “anti trump” mantra- it is the conservative voting patterns in general of many American Christians that are the target  of these evangelical leaders.)

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/politics/state/russell-moore-donald-trump-southern-baptists/

https://www.npr.org/2016/12/20/506248119/anti-trump-evangelical-faces-backlash

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/march/erlc-defends-russell-moore-apology-sbc-trump-divide.html

https://www.premier.org.uk/News/World/Tim-Keller-says-being-a-US-evangelical-is-harder-under-Trump

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/can-evangelicalism-survive-donald-trump-and-roy-moore

https://www.newyorker.com/news/on-religion/at-a-private-meeting-in-illinois-a-group-of-evangelicals-tried-to-save-their-movement-from-trumpism

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/11/17/9marks-dever-and-fabian-socialist-trained-editor-how-to-ditch-your-pro-life-voting-habit/

https://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/politico50/russell-moore/

https://www.russellmoore.com/2019/03/01/russell-moore-tim-keller-a-conversation/

The idea is that Evangelicals who voted for Trump have done so at the expense of the Gospel and have hurt the Church witness in the culture. However the anti-conservative political  talking points  of TGC/ERLC come into play on every progressive issue from immigration and refugees-to race- #MeToo movement – LGBT+ and every other politicized issue of our time.For those who want to bring about social change in America – they must do so by impacting the Church . To fundamentally alter the church -you must change the structure of the Christian Family. THAT is what we now see in play by our own in the church .

CONCLUSION
These evangelical leaders like Russell Moore, Albert Mohler ,Tim Keller  and organizations under their control like the ERLC and TGC ,along with publications like Christianity Today and TGC’s own massive associated media networks like 9MARKS, ACTS 29 and so on – want to dislodge the the Christian home and family from being the central sphere of disciple making and the passing on of family values (like conservative views of marriage, family, politics, pro-life )  and replace the Family with themselves at the core determining your children’s future faith and convictions.It is really that simple. They are usurping our institutions /universities and seminaries and through them -our pulpits . Now – like classic liberals feeling their long term goals are in reach and victory is in sight- these “colorful Evangelical Emissaries of Change ” want to close the deal and take down the American Conservative Church via taking out the Christian Family at its core. The question is “will we let them get away with it right under our very noses – in our own churches and in our own homes?” God forbid !
WHO HAS GOD GIVEN AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY OF CHILDREN TO?
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.   
Deuteronomy 6:7-9: “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Proverbs 13:24: “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.”
Proverbs 22:6: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”

TGC’s LGBT RESEARCHER MARK YARHOUSE AMONG REVOICE 2019 SPEAKERS

REVOICING THE FAITH FOR A FEW OR ATTACKING THE FAITH OF MILLIONS ?

The speaker line up for 2019 Revoice Conference has been made public.The new slogan for the event is “Fostering Peace. Honoring Dignity. Preserving Faith.” How is attacking historic Christian faith intended to accomplish any of the three?

Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                 3/1/2019

As the controversial Revoice Conference announces it’s speaker line up for 2019 the reality of it’s mainstream connections become more undeniable. Mark Yarhouse who is a regular on conservative Christian university and seminary campuses across the country and is the go to partner on all things LGBT  for The Gospel Coalition of D A Carson and Tim Keller is now among the Revoice keynote speakers .

https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/revoice19?epa=HASHTAG

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Returning to the event will be Revoice Founder and Albert Mohler/ SBTS  long time student and teacher  Nate Collins  along with 2018 speaker and Spiritual Friendship advocate Wesley Hill.

New Speakers include

Mark Yarhouse

Dr. Yarhouse is the leading voice in “LGBT+ Christianity” advocacy . He was named Senior Fellow with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. The CCCU and the NAE were just in the news for their disturbing decision to move ahead of the goals of the Equality Act by adding LGBT+ language into the non discrimination policies of their Christian organizations  long before the dream legislation of the LGBT activist like the  Human Rights Campaign becomes legally binding.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/nae-and-cccu-boards-back-sogi-compromise-for-religious-freedom-exemptions.html

Yarhouse is best known for having been one of the early promoters of Revoice 2018 and for long time work with Revoice Founder Nate Collins with such groups as LOVEboldly and Exodus International since 2013 . However Yarhouse ties into the compromise by the mainstream of evangelicalism came in 2010 when TGC founder D A Carson commissioned Mark Yarhouse to develop the TGC Whitepaper providing the gold standard for TGC on human sexuality through Yarhouse- American Psychological Association /Interfaith -affirming LGBT work.

https://sexualidentityinstitute.org/sample-page/dr-mark-yarhouse/

” Dr. Yarhouse is currently the Chair of the task force on LGBT issues for Division 36 (Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) of the American Psychological Association. He was recently invited to write the featured white paper on sexual identity for the Christ on Campus Initiative edited by Don A. Carson for The Gospel Coalition”

This means for 2019 the TGC ties to Revoice continue in evidence and are certainly more out  in the open. The voice of TGC on LGBT+ and the speaker for Revoice ,Yarhouse , are one in the same.

YARHOUSE MOVING TO WHEATON COLLEGE IN SUMMER 2019

https://www.wheaton.edu/news/recent-news/2018/november/dr-mark-yarhouse-appointment/

“Wheaton College announced today that psychologist and researcher Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D. will join the College’s School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy as the Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Chair in Psychology. Yarhouse will begin his appointment in July 2019.”

“Yarhouse currently serves as the Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he has been a core faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology since 1998. The appointment will be a homecoming for Yarhouse, who was in Wheaton College’s first graduating Psy.D. cohort in 1998.”

MORE SPEAKERS

Another speaker is Beka Mason of Chattanooga Tennessee

According to her biography in a Christianity Today

https://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2017/june/finding-my-true-self-as-same-sex-attracted-woman-obergefell.html

” Bekah Mason, ThM, is an adoptive mom of two, Christian school administrator, and doctoral student”

Beka is a member of the Pelican Project

https://thepelicanproject.com/about/

Beka researches and writes “in the areas of history, theology, education, and sexuality,”

Also speaking is Tyler Chernesky

Chernesky is the Associate Pastor at the Downtown Campus of Christ Community Church in Kansas City who has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where The Gospel Coalition is headquartered .

Revoice 2019 speaker  Johanna Finegan of Princeton Johanna works and writes for Spiritual Friendship who promoted the Revoice 2018 Pre-conference event at PCA’s South City Church

She also worked for a now defunct website begun by PFLAG founder

http://www.comingout4christians.net/define-bridges-across-the-divide.html

Bridges Across the Divide

“Bridges Across the Divide is a (no longer available) website and forum that was originally founded by a PFLAG forum moderator. She worked together with others to develop unique terminology and principles to facilitate talking about this .. at times .. very divisive topic.  Their purpose was:

A cyberspace initiative providing models and resources for building respectful relationships among those who disagree about moral issues surrounding homosexuality, bisexuality and gender variance.  

Though they are no longer active you can still view some of their pages through the web archive.  Here are links to some of their pages..”

 

“WORKSHOPS TBA”

We do not yet see the Workshops / topics or speakers for them but -as in the case of the 2018 event – the most controversial topics and language may be held in reserve until closer to the event .

CONCLUSION AND FUTURE CONSIDERATION

The one thing that the presence and open participation  of Mark Yarhouse in the 2019 Revoic Conference proves is that the heart of the conservative Christian institutions  and organizations like our Christian colleges,universities and seminaries ,as well as organizations like The Gospel Coalition ALL share a central voice of influence in Mark Yarhouse and his interfaith work with the American Psychological Association .That influence is not reserved for endorsement of celibate or those who claim adherence to Christian sexual ethic but is equally given to  the full range of views on LGBT from – fully affirming to gay but celibate and “everything in between”

The one thing Revoice and Mark Yarhouse do not affirm is that people involved in LGBT lifestyle can Change which is the opposite message of the Gospel and of God’s Voice and of faithful believers who have experienced total transformation by the POWER of Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you would like to see/hear  THAT  message in living color go to God’s Voice Resources and hear testimonies to the Glory of God and that offer real hope of real change through the real Gospel .

https://www.godsvoice.us/

 

Telling the TRUTH at God’s Voice Conference!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOD’S VOICE CONFERENCE RESOURCES

A COLLECTION OF ARTICLES ON THE REVOICE “GAY CHRISTIAN “MOVEMENT FOR GOD’S VOICE CONFERENCE ATTENDEES AND OTHER RESEARCH INTEREST

Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                   2/20/2019

1- The Revoice Conference Story begins

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

2- As the website for Revoice announces more speakers and workshops -the ties to ERLC and denominational leaders emerge . More radical language and topics are included

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

3- Southern Baptist Convention concerns with presumed SBC President J D Greear history with Yarhouse and “The Nines Conference”

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

4- Revoice questions at SBC Convention in Dallas 2018 have Littleton falsely accused or threats and removed by Dallas Police

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

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/06/18/living-like-a-refugee-in-the-sbc/

5- SBCs Albert Mohler and TGC/ CBM&W  hide his ties to Revoice

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

6- Revoice leaders working with LOVEboldly target your teens and Nate Collins , Mark Yarhouse history with Exodus International during 2013 collapse revealed .

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/07/07/beyond-revoice-part-1-recruiting-youth-pastors-targeting-your-teens/

7- Brain Camenker article on SBC faltering on LGBT

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/07/15/southern-baptist-leaders-need-wake-up-call-from-the-pews-on-false-gospel-of-social-justice-on-sexual-minorities/

8- Revoice Recap prior to the event

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

9- The “Stain of Revoice ” at Albert Mohlers SBTS Seminary

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

10- Tim Keller’s work with Sam Allberry and Living Out ( who  promoted Revoice “for our US audience “) in UK  includes the announcement of a radical LGBT Inclusion “Church Audit ”

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

11-More on  LGBT Inclusion “Church Audit” and broadening effort to redefine family as highlighted in Revoice

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/09/15/albert-mohler-erlc-redefining-family-and-forcing-lgbtqui-inclusion-audit/

12-Redefining Family efforts in the TGC/ ERLC

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

13-Where the Same Sex Attracted/ Celibate narrative entered the church

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/10/31/the-shell-game-of-evangelical-leaders-new-sexual-language/

14-A personal story of LGBT+ agenda devouring ministry- Christian testimony -and a friends legacy as the National Park Service “queers History”

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/12/20/watching-an-agenda-devour-all-in-its-path-leaving-nothing-in-its-wake/

15- Tim Keller who is one layer behind the scenes with Revoice wants to “Christianize Psychology “. The blending of these two opposites is a the root of Revoice

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/01/06/tim-keller-partners-with-interfaith-fundingapa-spiritualityand-the-mormon-religion-to-christianize-psychological-counseling/

16- Presbyterian Church in America efforts to correct course on Revoice meet with cover up effort

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/01/10/is-revoice-lgbt-thriving-through-cover-up-in-pca-missouri-presbytery/

17-Respected Colson Center hires Revoice speaker and mentor Preston Sprinkle

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/01/13/colson-center-christian-apologetics-going-revoice-rethink-and-liberation-theology/

18- More radical Transgender activism agenda follows Revoice in PCA

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/01/15/are-pca-pastor-and-daughter-teaching-the-transgender-two-step/

19- Revoice endorsing ERLC partner SSA/ Gay Priest Sam Allberry talks about churches supporting “Singles Adoption and Foster Care”

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/01/22/wheels-of-the-bus-to-round-and-round-as-tgc-erlc-begin-the-push-for-ssa-adoption-and-foster-care/

20-Revoice Rebellion Spreads in PCA

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/01/29/lgbt-rebellion-spreads-in-the-presbyterian-church-of-america/

21- Recounting how Albert Mohler / Russell Moore/ ERLC 2014 conference “apologizing for being wrong ” and affirming sexual orientation -led to where the church is with the movement behind Revoice

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/02/16/albert-mohler-sold-the-farm-and-ignored-real-victims/

Revoice 2019 is scheduled and the movement to “promote LGBT+ flourishing in historic Christian tradition ” continues . Like the pro life movement – the struggle to stand for Biblical sexuality /marriage/family is ongoing and all Christians must be faithful to God’s Word  and remain /maintain a faithful presence as salt and light in our cultures .

2 Peter 1:2-4  (NKJV)

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the [a]corruption that is in the world through lust.

COVENANT COLLEGE THRIVING LGBT CULTURE

 

INSIGHT INTO HOW MANY CHRISTIAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE FALLING PREY TO THE LGBTQ+ AGENDA AIMED AT CHRISTIAN INSTITUTIONS

Rev. Thomas Littleton                                                                                                    2/23/ 2019

You may be noticing that all is not well on campuses , in campuses ministries , and in the hearts and minds of your own grown children who have been entrusted to our institutions of Christian education. Expensive tuition is being invested to educate and disciple Christian young people from deeply committed families as they are prepared for life and ministry in a (hopefully) godly, biblical setting imparting a solid Christian Worldview .

More and more parents are expressing a sort of  disillusionment and “tuition payers  remorse” with institutions like Wheaton, Biola , and even smaller regional Colleges like Covenant College on Lookout Mountain Georgia. Because of these schools past  affiliations or associations many parents have seen little reason to question what is happening on their campuses until recently .

SOME STRONG INDICATIONS THAT TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND THE REASONS WHY.

The LGBT agenda that has brought the American Psychological Association’s ideology and “sexual standards” ( dare we call it sexual ethic) into Christian Counseling is impacting everything from the chaplains office, campus clubs, campus media, programs and events and even the classroom . . Cultural engagement and the campus centers focused on it are another point of impact as Grants and Social Justice driven focus have changed curriculum and the vision the institutes are imparting .

A major player in “addressing ” and casting new light on the LGBTQ+ culture on Christian campuses is the Regent University professor /psychologist Mark Yarhouse. The influence of Yarhouse  has been around for a while and  in early Summer of 2018 he was promoting the radical Revoice Conference. Revoice has deep ties to Covenant Seminary (a sister school of Covenant College) in St Louis where the inaugural event was held at a PCA church. By the end of Summer full knowledge of Yarhouse history working with groups like LOVEboldly and with Revoice founder Nate Collins had surfaced. This provided insight into the broad standard of “sexual ethics” among Yarhouse affiliates. These  include fully affirming /practicing homosexuals and “same sex attracted  but celibate” Christians and “everything in between “. According to Yarhouse  all of these are free to self -identify in whatever way they choose in their “Sexual Identity “and at the same time identify  as devoutly Christian in their Faith Identity ”

Yarhouse will soon move from Regent University to Wheaton where he was educated and where his research partner Stanton Jones resides.

https://www.wheaton.edu/news/recent-news/2018/november/dr-mark-yarhouse-appointment/

Both Yarhouse and Jones are deeply involved with the work of the American Psychological Association on LGBT issues and Faith. Their research is based upon the APA conclusions about sexual identity / orientation /and gender and in tandem is applied across interfaith communities . Their work with APA is not exclusively Christian and not Biblically based.Yarhouse works with the APA as current Chair of the task force on LGBT of “Division 36” which describes its work here. https://www.apadivisions.org/division-36/about

“About Div. 36”

“The Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality is a division of the American Psychological Association that promotes psychological theory, research, and clinical practice to understand the significance of religion and spirituality in people’s lives and in the discipline of psychology. The Society facilitates the interchange of ideas between science and clinical and applied practice, and seeks through its activities to increase public awareness of psychological dimensions of religion and spirituality. The Society is nonsectarian and does not espouse or endorse any particular religious positions or beliefs. It welcomes psychologists and others from around the world interested in the psychology of religion and spirituality.”
THE GOSPEL COALITION  AND YARHOUSE HAVE TARGETED CHRISTIAN CAMPUSES SINCE 2010
According to Yarhouse bio he and D. A. Carson began to focus on Campuses and Campus ministries in 2010 with the development/ editing / and implementation of a Yarhouse “Whitepaper ” for Carsons TGC and Chist Initiative ” as well as with the CCCU.
“Yarhouse’s primary scholarly contributions have been in the areas of integration and the study of sexual and gender identity and faith. Yarhouse was named Senior Fellow with the CCCU to conduct a study of students navigating sexual identity and faith at Christian colleges and universities. He was invited to write the featured white paper on sexual identity for the Christ on Campus Initiative edited by Don Carson for The Gospel Coalition. “

COVENANT COLLEGE AND YARHOUSE

Covenant College describes its mission ; “For more than 50 years, Covenant has pursued its mission to explore and express the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things.”

https://www.covenant.edu/about/who/history

Many biblically conservative families  in the Southeast who choose Covenant College and smaller institutions like it do so because Covenant is assumed to be ” off the grid ” from the kind of activism often thriving in larger University campuses.  Concerned PCA pastor, evangelist,and revivalist  Al Baker recently went into the history of the PCA and Covenant College/ Covenant Seminary (St Louis ) during an interview with Janet Mefferd about the Revoice LGBTQ+ movement and related concerns in his denomination .

YARHOUSE AND COVENANT COLLEGE

Mark Yarhouse is no stranger to Covenant College as he has spoken there in Chapel and at other events many times.

https://www.covenant.edu/news/01.16.09-2

https://www.covenant.edu/calendar/all/2009/01/27

https://www.covenant.edu/search/node/Mark%20Yarhouse

Clearly the leadership and staff at Covenant College  have wanted the issue of LGBTQ+ addressed at Covenant on a regular basis. The problem is not in addressing the issue but in the source of the information provided to the students. These efforts should be measured by there Biblical foundation and there outcome among students.

JUDGING THE TREE BY ITS FRUIT

Have the Covenant College leadership engaged the appropriate partner for LGBT issues since at least 2009 ? An article from 2016 in the  Covenant Campus newspaper would indicate clarity has been NOT been achieved for the Covenant students. Confusion in the era of LGBTQ+ activism in our culture appears to be perpetuated . As noted on the website “The Bagpipe is the student-run newspaper of Covenant College. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the College or of the student body.” However the Bagpipe does reflect the views of students at Covenant College and asserts a call for “GREATER LGBT AWARENESS”. They do not appear to have attained much biblical clarity .Like many young Christians today – they are receiving mixed messages and are “feeling their way ” and sadly “experimenting their way ” to conclusions while getting exposure to plenty of Yarhouse situational ethics and APA/ interfaith answers.

BAGPIPES LGBT ARTICLES

https://www.bagpipeonline.com/news/2016/2/26/students-call-for-greater-lgbt-awareness-on-campus

This article in February 2016 offers some sad insight into sexual and gender confusion and experimentation among Covenant College Students. Several students personal stories are told while their identities are protected as noted. “*Lyndsey Wheeler, Ryan Stevens, and Logan Sparks are pseudonyms used at the request of these students to protect their identity”. (This rivals anything promoting gay culture and confusion this writer has seen on campuses and in campus media from liberal universities like NYU.)

Here are some points discussed in the article about Covenant Students .Judge for yourself if Covenant College and Yarhouse have helped these students find Biblical Clarity.

The story of Student “Lyndsey Wheeler”

“When Wheeler was growing up, she gradually realized that she didn’t have crushes on boys like the other girls, but one boy, Justin, was an exception. However, three months into the relationship, Justin revealed to Wheeler than his name was actually Destinie, and he was a girl.”

“Wheeler wrestled with the revelation, but decided not to leave the relationship on the account of Destinie’s sex. Wheeler later dated a biological male, but it was a time marked by toxic, controlling behavior and Wheeler’s feelings of forced attraction. Wheeler seemed to finally achieve emotional equilibrium while dating her brother’s female friend, CJ, but personal moral questions during her first semester at Covenant compelled Wheeler to part ways with her. ”

““I just didn’t like guys. They weren’t attractive, but with her, she was everything: she was hot, she was sweet, she was crazy— which is my favorite,” said Wheeler with a half-smile.  However, as a Christian, Wheeler concluded that strengthening her relationship with God was more crucial than staying with CJ”

Student “Ryan Stevens”

“Ryan Stevens,” a student who experiences transgender desires, said that “the biggest frustration is a lack of awareness.”  He, along with Wheeler, does not feel that students intentionally ostracize LGBT cohorts, but, according to Stevens, “there is still such a stigma and shame” attached to the issues.

“We feel secluded, we feel lonely.  People make jokes and there is nothing we can say about it,” said Wheeler. “We can’t say ‘hey, man, maybe you shouldn’t joke about that’ without seeming weird or we care too much.”  When Wheeler shared her dating history with close friends, “individually, they were really nice and understanding and comforting and helpful, but had I told my friends in a group setting, their reaction would have been different.”

“I don’t think the community takes it seriously” said Stevens.”

COVENANT FORMS A  “SEXUALITY  COMMITTEE ”

“In the past three years since VP of Student Development, Brad Voyles, began to make changes to the student handbook’s once fragment-sized statement concerning homosexuality, issues of biblical sexuality have taken on new importance within Student Development and the administration as a whole”Voyles pulled together faculty members, staff, and students to form a Sexuality Committee that meets privately almost every month. ”

“Regular members include Voyles, Eames, Theology Professor Dr. Hans Madueme, Theater Professor Camille Hallstrom, Chaplain Grant Lowe, counselor Shan Alexander, Associate Dean of Students Jonathan Ingraham, Andreas RD Hannah Bloomquist, and two students.  Philosophy Professor Dr. Bill Davis and Director of Academic Support, Janet Hulsey periodically chime in at the meetings.”

THE GOSPEL COALITION PARTNERS ON LGBTQ+ HAVE ALSO BEEN BROUGHT TO COVENANT IN 2014 .

“Rosaria Butterfield, author of Secrets of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey Into the Christian Faith, former lesbian and advocate of queer literary theory, was invited to speak at a chapel lecture in 2013, while Sam Allberry, pastor and author of Is God Anti-Gay?, and Matthew Trexler, ’11 Covenant alumnus, spoke about their experiences with same-sex attraction in Fall 2014.”

“He explained further that while culture’s perception of sexuality currently challenges biblical views, caring “without judgement or condemnation” is a major aspect of biblical faithfulness.  As a result of Committee discussions, the administration recently approved Eames’s psychology course, Human Sexuality, as a Social Science Distribution for next semester.  ”

“During the most recent Committee meeting, held on Feb. 19, members presented feedback from Sexuality Week and plans for a second Sexual Identity and “Women‘s Only” sexuality panel this semester.  Some members also proposed a spiritual successor to the once-popular “Wittenburg Door Project”— a forum where students posted anonymous questions answered by Covenant faculty—and regular “breakout groups” where students could meet to discuss hot topics including LGBT issues.

“Stevens and student “Logan Sparks”* both expressed gratitude towards the Committee for making headway on these discussions and providing personal guidance.”

“Stevens was particularly captivated by the panel discussions and speakers.He hopes that the administration will pursue “a legitimate, targeted strategy for an ongoing and guided campus discussion” in the future, as well as creating a safe place for people to ask questions, particularly when addressing LGBT issues”

“Wheeler, however, expressed her disappointment with the lack of specifically LGBT–related discussion.  She also fears that meeting with Student Development would result in forced counseling sessions or becoming a “poster child” for campus LGBT issues.”

“LGBT students already feel like they’re being hunted down.  We already feel like we can’t come out,” she said. “Even if it is not the administration’s motive, it would seem that way to someone who has been going here for a year or longer and is paranoid.”

“Wheeler suggested that presenting anonymous campus LGBT statistics alongside the number of students suffering from depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems could help raise awareness during an annual chapel.”

WHAT DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE SAID

The students at Covenant College are not being informed about the massive global LGBTQ agenda or the money and politics behind it. They are not being told that Planned Parenthood is the largest promoter of LGBTQ rights and that the end game for PP is mandated “Comprehensive Sexuality Education ” representing full normalization and sexual liberation in K5-12 which will be affecting their own children in a few short years once mandated in the US.Covenant students are not told about the horrific health dangers of LGBT+ behaviour clearly outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and global health organizations .

The Covenant Students are not being told about the political drivers behind the promotion of LGBTQ and there devastating impact on personal freedoms, family rights, freedom of religion and even freedom of speech. They are not being shown that LGBTQ rights will hinder Christian counseling or the ministry which they are being trained to serve. They are not being shown the plight of people and families of those wanting out of homosexuality ( a fact now ignored or vilified by activist’s ). Covenant College students – and many more like them in Christian institutions  under the sway of the APA and LGBTQ political strategies are not being shown how LGBTQ people and other minorites are being used politically .Organizations who care nothing about them are using LGBT to redefine the global human rights debate and empower some of the  most oppressive policies ever conceived -all in the name of “LGBTQ rights”.

Most disturbing is that these students are not getting a solid Gospel message offering real hope for real transformation for themselves or for others -or learning how to fulfill their callings to minister truth to hurting people by the power of the Gospel. They are getting little more than training to offer the dying worlds message to dying people with no hope and little more than an affirmation band-aid to console them. These young people are losing their callings in the very places they have gone to be trained and equipped to engage it.

Another current article on sex and gender in the Bagpipe looks to be focused more on the politics and activism  of the #MeToo Movement than gleaning of a Biblical perspective .

https://www.bagpipeonline.com/news/2019/1/30/lets-talk-about-sex-and-gender

Luke 6:43-45

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil [a]treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

HAS YARHOUSE BROUGHT CLARITY AND VICTORY TO DISCIPLES AT COVENANT?

The focus of the organization Yarhouse Chairs for the APA would appear to make Gospel HOPE through his work an impossibility .

https://www.apadivisions.org/division-36/publications/newsletters/religion/2018/11/religious-identity

“Reconciling Conflicting Identities . As clinical and counseling psychology students do tend to identify as advocates, many grappled with how to hold clients’ RSS identities alongside identities that religious systems historically or may currently oppress, particularly LGBTQ+ identities. Participants noted that not only is it difficult to hold conflicting identities for a client, but that they had difficulty reconciling strong reactions toward some RSS communities based on personal experiences, especially experiences that involved conflicting multicultural identities (e.g., religious upbringing alongside LGBTQ+ identity). We want to be clear that affirming LGBTQ+ identities is a critical component of delivering ethically sound and responsive psychotherapy. For more information on how to affirm LGBTQ identities while also addressing other multicultural identities, including RSS, see the APA’s report “Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation.” (PDF, 1.1MB) We also believe that these very difficult conversations are discussion triggers that help our students – when done with safety, affirmation and guidance – develop a growing awareness of self-RSS identities and thus appropriately address RSS countertransference as it arises in psychotherapy. Giving space and validation to these very real conflicts grants our students permission to explore such issues further and is an antidote to the current tendency to exclude RSS issues from multicultural dialogues.”

The  expectations of Yarhouse / APA’s  work  can be studied more extensively here

https://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/therapeutic-response.pdf?_ga=2.4212528.268201318.1550748740-1174733825.1550748740

The author of the Covenant Bagpipe LGBT  article is profiled in the “World Journalism Institute” blog post here

https://worldjournalisminstitute.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/molly-hulsey-giving-voice-to-the-voiceless/

“Molly Hulsey

“(I was writing about) things that most people were afraid to write about before,” Hulsey said. “In a school that is silent about these things, you’re gonna get a lot of pushback from students.”

“Hulsey didn’t think she knew anyone on campus who was LGBT. But, as she dug deeper into the story, she discovered that two of her close friends struggled with transgender and lesbian impulses. She didn’t know this before because they didn’t feel comfortable talking about it in the open”

“You never hear about that on the news,” Hulsey said. “Part of the chance you take as a Christian is reaching out to others.”

“Hulsey’s experiences with Nepalese refugees and writing tough articles for her school paper increased her awareness of minorities.”

“(These stories) taught me to reach out to people and to listen,” Hulsey said. “‘Cuz I like to talk.”

 

“Molly Hulsey is a WORLD intern.”

 

For more information:

World Journalism Institute
800-769-7870
office@worldji.com
www.worldji.com 

 

Molly also did the article below for  Bagpipe on LGBT issues and Covenant College . https://www.bagpipeonline.com/news/2016/2/8/title-ix

OUTCOME BASED LGBT+ “CHRISTIAN” EDUCATION

Where is Covenant College headed in the future? Loosed from Biblical moorings and yoked with ideology of the APA / interfaith spirituality – things DO not look encouraging. Those who assumed Covenant College and others like it- who are sadly under the same influences -would train our next generation of much needed prophets – pastors -missionaries have real reason for concern. Not only will the parents and grandparents who are paying the tuitions be disappointed in the outcomes . The conservative churches who hire the young people as staff educated by Covenant and other institutions like Wheaton and Biola are in for some confusion as well. As these influences trickled through /into our pulpits across the nation -we are rapidly trading both our temporal place and eternal -Gospel role in society for a bowl of APA affirming pottage. There are exceptions of course but we are ruining a generation and the call of God on their lives.