ERLC & RUSSELL MOORE ADVOCATE REDEFINING FAMILY & PROMOTE GAY PRIEST WHO WANTS TO BABYSIT YOUR CHILDREN
Rev Thomas Littleton
ERLC just completed its 2018 “Cross Shaped Family Conference” in Dallas, which was the second of an annual event. This year’s conference was a platform for ERLC President, Russell Moore, to feature his new book “The Storm-Tossed Family,” which was also title of his opening key note address. Shameless and opportunistic perhaps but, nonetheless, not the real theme of the SBC entity conference. The final keynote was Same-Sex Attracted Gay Christian advocate, Anglican Priest Sam Allberry, who brought the goal of the conference clearly into focus. Allberry spoke on another chapter of Moore’s book called “The Church as Family.” If you have 30 minutes to inform yourself what the ERLC and Moore and Allberry mean by this overhaul of “family,” you can watch this video.
Do be prepared for a shock at the audacious “LGBT Inclusion” demands of Allberry’s UK Living Out ministry.
Much of the Evangelical church is still reeling from news of the Revoice Conference in July of this year which touted its “promoting LGBT+ flourishing in historic Christian tradition” from St Louis, with deep ties to both SBC and PCA seminaries. Also, multiple people associated with ERLC openly promoted the Revoice conference as well as its radical message of “Queer and LGBT+ Christianity,” including Sam Allberry’s Living Out which promoted Revoice in its social media “for our US audience” while hosting Tim Keller at its own conference in London (more on that shortly).
Revoice, it appears, was far worse of a marketing disaster than its presumed orthodox supporters imagined and has left many of them doing damage control in its wake. Others, like Allberry of Living Out, quietly took down their endorsements and ERLC head, Russell Moore, stayed far from the fray while sending out underlings to finally speak to the Revoice controversy. Still, the observable outcome is that the ERLC/Moore did not wish to be caught with their endorsements of Revoice but they did not wish to condemn it either. Reason? Both have a shared central message. Revoice launched its attack “on the idolatry of the nuclear family” among its talking points and soon afterward Allberry’s group issued their “Church Audit” for “LGBT Inclusion,” in which Allberry’s group is calling for the sharing of homes, family, and children with the LGBT Community they are advocating to be welcomed into the church. They along with Russell Moore and Revoice want the church to RETHINK and REDEFINE thefamily. Ironically, the recent exposure of yet another child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church proved of no value to the ERLC as an indicator of poor timing to launch a false narrative about children and LGBT in the church.
WHAT DOES ANGLICAN PRIEST, SAM ALLBERRY, HAVE TO SAY ABOUT FAMILY TO THE BAPTIST AUDIENCE AT ERLC?
The conference wound down to less than a one third occupied room at the Dallas facility. Perhaps ticket sales were lower than expected or some attendees did not stay to hear a gay, unmarried, celibate Priest – who created no small controversy over ten demands in his “Living Out Church Audit” – discuss his ideas or those of Russell Moore on the new inclusive church as family.
For those who did attend, Sam Allberry opened his remarks with Mark 10:28-30 and a story about a gay person who asked to speak to him about a Christmas service at his Church of England congregation several years ago. The person turned out to be gay and in a “happy relationship” and unwilling to accept Allberry’s call to celibacy. (In the Allberry, ERLC and TGC version of the Gospel, Homosexual Orientation is real and fixed and does not change, so the only commitment these circles offer is to celibacy, not repentance and a transformed life.)
Discussion of this individual’s story then turned to Allberry’s ideas of church inclusion, which if not practiced would amount to “calling Jesus a liar” according to Mark 10:28-30. Allberry then launched into advocacy for the church to offer LGBT individuals in our sphere the Church as their Community, their Family, and their place for Intimacy. This ideal, according to Allberry, would require the Church to make efforts to Rethink its core values and responses.
Rethink Friendship and Intimacy
Sam then asserts that a church which is able but unwilling to implement these “standards” of inclusion would be denying LGBT persons the vital aspects of life and relationship that only the Church can offer. Incorporating this narrative with his Living Out LGBT Inclusion Church Audit, Allberry then asserted that we should not think that as parents we can offer our children everything they need, but that the larger church as family – the inclusive church – can provide children what parents are lacking. He then asserts that we need to adopt this new church model by sharing our families and our children, and recounts how some couples in his church “share their kids” with him and allow him to Babysit for their families. Such a family relationship is also a solution to the loneliness of singleness and childlessness experienced by members of the celibate gay Christianity which they have been selling the Church since 2013. Allberry indicates that sharing our children with LGBTs is an especially valid fulfillment of what the conference is espousing and proof that a church is adhering to their redefined family.
NUCLEAR FAMILY IS THE PROBLEM?
Here is where the ERLC Cross Shaped Family Conference comes into full step, not only with Allberry’s Living Out “Church Audit,” but also with one of the most disturbing messages of the Revoice Conference last July. According to Allberry, the Christian mentality of family is akin to creating a nuclear family with marriage, kids and the family dog and then going into a fortress or castle and “pulling up the drawbridge.” So, whether Nate Collins, the founder of Revoice, uses the term “idolatry of family” or Sam Allberry refers to the nuclear family as a “closed fortress” of only biological members, BOTH draw the same conclusion as Russell Moore — that Christians must redefine family as the broader (LGBT+ Inclusive) church. Moore even asserts in his book that the local church is not a collection of families but is the family. The biological family as God made it appears to be a problem for them, as are conservative faith and family values which resonate with generations of conservative Christians – that a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, being fruitful and assuming personal responsibility for the rearing of their own children, in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY OF THE COMMUNITARIAN FAMILY
What Moore’s conference is advocating is an unbiblical “replacement theology” of the family. It is true that the Body of Christ is the household of faith which provides believers with manifold blessings and fellowship, however, Allberry and Moore’s concept of the Church Family requires that churches welcome and include LGBTs which is plainly forbidden in God’s Word. Allberry, however, boldly asserts that churches that are unwilling to follow this new standard of LGBT+ inclusion are a hindrance to the Gospel being lived out to the world. If you can believe it, this message just came from a Dallas conference led by a Southern Baptist head of the ERLC. You are not having a bad dream but living a crazed and dark reality.
This is the new Southern Baptist Convention, and other once conservative Biblical denominations are not at far behind their insane embrace of LGBT+ inclusion. Their nuanced language has worked in the past, but the realities are starting to settle in for many. We have replaced our conservative leaders with gay activists and change agents. We have suppressed and replaced the Gospel of Repentance and Faith with deceitful promises of celibacy and, worst of all, we have replaced Biblical family and Church with a false metric of inclusion and politically correct rabble rhetoric. You must now ask yourself, are your family and your children, and in fact your faith, safe in the churches which sent staff members to this and other ERLC conferences and who have embraced its false teachings?
Is the SBC becoming the next denomination to fall into the abyss of affirming LGBT? Given the fact that Sam Allberry is still one of the go-to voices on the LGBT topic for ERLC/TGC and SBC leaders, consider this fact.
The Living Out LGBT+ Inclusion Training is now coming to the US and is scheduled to be held in three 9MARKS churches, including Mark Dever’s own Capitol Hill Baptist. In its lead up to signing on to the Training Course, Living Out asks that you read and affirm the 10 point statement of the Evangelical Alliance which is working with Living Out on its implementation.
“#10. We encourage evangelical congregations to welcome and accept sexually active lesbians and gay men. However, they should do so in the expectation that they, like all of us who are living outside God’s purposes, will come in due course to see the need to be transformed and live in accordance with biblical revelation and orthodox church teaching.”
Are we prepared for the inevitable, which is demonstrated by every single mainline denomination in America that has welcomed practicing homosexuals into fellowship? All – without exception – are in steep decline. It is beyond belief that ERLC leader Russell Moore is bringing Sam Allberry into our SBC and that Mark Dever of 9MARKS, TGC and ERLC have already taken this deadly direction.
THE BRITISH INVASION OF 2013 – THIS AIN’T YOUR FATHER’S SBC
The question lingers since the ascent of Russell Moore to the position of President of the ERLC, along with leaders of The Gospel Coalition and their many affiliated seminary and church leaders. Who chose to bring a gay (but professing celibate) Church of England Priest into our American Churches to be the voice of LGBT+ policy for inclusion? And why?
The Church of England/Anglican is a State Church. Queen Elizabeth is its Royal Head. The UK Parliament voted to legalize gay marriage in 2013 and implemented the law in 2014. Subsequently, Church of England leaders have no ground to deny the law being implemented in their state-run churches. Whatever Living Out’s representatives say to American audiences in ERLC and TGC conferences is moot. Church polity in the UK and US are, by comparison, like apples and oranges.
In a population of 65 million in England, the Church boasts 25 million members. By 2011, only 1.3 million ever attended services. Only 740,000 attend weekly church services. That is only 1.14 percent of the total population that attends the Church of England. In our SBC and PCA and other conservative churches, why have we allowed our leadership to go to a dying – if not already dead – church to find our narrative on the most proven deadly force (homosexual inclusion) to every church that has come under its spell?
The future of institutional Christianity in America, for this and other reasons equally compelling, is bleak indeed. Make no mistake, the Gates of Hell will not prevail against the True Church which stands secure on the Rock that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God. But the Harlot Church is destined for judgement and destruction. The Body of Christ, eternally joined to Christ, can never be joined to the worldly Harlot Church.
Note: This author is focused on the church and the serious infiltration of the remaining Biblical conservative denominations and groups. This article is a departure from that singular focus in light of the grave influence that political operatives like Russell Moore and Tim Keller are having. A redefining of the role of Christians in the culture including in politics and policy is underway. Motives and goals of the very people who condemn evangelicals for supporting the election of Donald Trump in 2016 or GOP candidates going forward have become more glaringly progressive and left than ever. Their perversion of the Gospel into social justice, contracting with grant funding and big business, inclusive, and affirming, open borders, weakening of pro-life and family values metrics are doing great harm to religious freedom, domestic and foreign missions and the Biblical world view of our youth. These self-righteous efforts masked as a theological movement provide some of the greatest threats to the future of our churches and our children’s faith that we have known in our lifetime. These agents of BETRAYAL must be exposed and stopped.
The Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission President Russell Moore, pictured on the right, is a primary operative in the evangelical betrayal and remains one of the more shameless infiltrators totally insulated from accountability.
A deeply divided climate remains in the American cultural and political landscape as we approach the horizon of the midterm elections. To the shock of many conservative voters, the leaders of the evangelical right have continued to live and work in the echo chamber they created by their “Never Trump” mantras during the 2016 Presidential season. Vocal leaders like Russell Moore and Albert Mohler of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and high stakes global operator, Timothy Keller of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) and co-founder of progressive emergent movement among pastors called The Gospel Coalition, have proven to be well-endowed “agents of change” embedded deep within the conservative Christian right. Moore and Keller fill our headlines with progressive verbiage to shame and convict conservative Christian voters for Trump and other conservative candidates. The new gospel they pitch has progressive social justice equality replacing once solidified evangelical values like pro-life, pro-family and pro-America policy. Second tier players like Ed Stetzer who spent years at Lifeway Research and writing for TGC and Christianity Today along with a stable of authors with coordinated messages working with TGC under the directive of editors like Joe Carter and gay Priest Sam Allberry have primed the church for the dulling of Biblical clarity and conviction translating into salt and light in the public square. Collectively this group have overwhelmed most conversations and have further spread the leaven of leftist progressivism masked in a historic theological packaging. Sad to say trusted outlets like World Magazine have become more often echoes of Social Justice than alternative news outlets for Christians. One of the new arrivals on the scene in the SBC is Nate Collins of the Revoice organization /conference advocating for “LGBTQUI+ flourishing in historic Christian tradition “ such as Southern Baptist and conservative Presbyterians churches. Unthinkable yet true, this is where the wave of false teaching by key leaders has brought to the conservative church today.
Meanwhile the churches of the once reliably conservative SBC and PCA are being transformed through the compromise of such conservative seminary heads as Albert Mohler. Living on the reputation he garnered in 1993 as the new leader of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (flagship of the SBC) in Louisville KY, Mohler and others have filled their institutions with the false gospels of social justice calling for “Racial Reconciliation,” “Egalitarian Equality,” “Revoicing the Church on LGBTQUI+” and “Immigration Reform.” Pro Life is being watered down and broadened to include elder, refugee, and immigrant care.
BURNING DOWN THE EVANGELICAL HOUSE
A primary example of the change in motion is J D Greear, the Moore, Keller and Mohler disciple who now heads the SBC denomination. J.D. Greear is a mega-church pastor of Summit Church in Raleigh North Carolina. He is young, well-liked, and to the casual observer, appears to be the hope of a denomination. Yet Greear’s own church members did not even know their denominational identity and affiliations as he accepted the nomination for its presidency in early Summer 2018. Greear’s youthful appearance and hopeful demeanor actually hold an ominous and looming air of doom for the conservative movements reliant on the Christian base. Greear was trained in Mohler / Keller associate Danny Akin’s South Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and has been steeped in their rhetoric of Social Justice, Progressive Politics, LGBTQUI+ and American Psychological Association driven ideology. Greears landscape is awash in the Soros-funded pro-Muslim immigration work of the SBCs revamped missions organizations and World Relief.
Greear embraces the radical ideology espoused on LGBTQUI+ and the Evangelical church from Mark Yarhouse and the 2010 whitepaper Yarhouse promoted for TGC as a gold standard for “Christian Sexual Ethic. It is both Biblically baseless and APA compliant. Greear boasts that he “can no longer tell where Timothy Keller’s mind ends and his own begins.” There are many others like Greear coming into leadership in our denominations, proving that the decades long push for change at the top of the SBC and PCA through organizations like Keller’s The Gospel Coalition has created a tinderbox of progressive politics soaked in 200 proof bootleg funding awaiting ignition. The conservative movement is about to be decimated from within.
SUFFERING A SETBACK
After the Trump victory over 16 primary rivals and Hillary to capture of the White House in 2016, Russell Moore and Tim Keller continue to efforts to undermine the conservative Christian base through article after article. Meanwhile, as they have ramped up the rhetoric, Moore/ Keller have doubled down criticism of conservative voters to hopefully spark a sudden flash point among American conservatism. Young pastors and disciples of these agents of change appear to be theological conservatives but prove social liberals with no problem embracing the redefinition of marriage, pro-choice, legalizing drugs and think little of the American Dream, the Constitution and national sovereignty. These relentless long-term efforts to undermine our foundations if successful, could mean the setback of Trump’s election may be a temporary one .
Examples of the relentless attacks of Russell Moore and Tim Keller aimed at Christian conservatives Moore.
THE ERLC & TGC NARRATIVE ON LGBTQUI+ BELIES THE DEPTH OF THEIR BETRAYAL LIKE NO OTHER ISSUE
Moore has a history of faking stories, such as claiming in 2000 that he was bullied, harassed and threatened by an unnamed missionary at a Cooperative (liberal) Baptist meeting while Moore was a reporter for the Baptist Press and finishing his Doctorate at Mohler’s SBTS. This occurred just prior to Moore’s ascent as a Mohler protégé’ and then on to head the ERLC in 2013. That same year the great SBC shift began in earnest to disown the old conservative branding and rewrite the narrative to favor every progressive agenda in the Social Justice victim narrative playbook. Readers may recall Moore’s now notorious Wall Street Journal interview in Oct 2013. Complete with messianic pose in his D.C. offices, Moore struck a new tone for Evangelicals and Baptists in particular, declaring the Culture War LOST and “we must change the tone and love our gay and lesbian neighbors.”
The recently scandalous and radical Revoice brand to push “Queer Culture, Queer Literature, and Queer Theory” into PCA/ SBC churches by 2018 was actually incubated at SBTS and promoted by ERLC fellows and Associates. By 2014, Mohler and Moore held their ERLC conference on “Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage” in which Mohler apologized for being wrong about Homosexual Orientation and began to toss Reparative Therapy and the call for Repentance out the Evangelical window and under the proverbial bus. Again, this was driven by the associations of these leaders with The Gospel Coalition and APA-compliant psychologist, Mark Yarhouse, to bring the Church into step with their secular LGBTQUI+ counseling narrative while promoting the normalization and acceptance of the Marriage, Sexuality, Gender revolution.
KELLER THE GLOBAL THIRD WAY POLITICIAN
Tim Keller has his own camp of change agents as well as his partnership through TGC to a broader camp of compromised Evangelical leaders. In 2012, Tim Keller went with two younger associates – Gabe Lyons of Q Ideas Forum (a progressive TED talks for Christians) and David Kinnaman who now runs Barna – on a visit to the White House where they met with then president Barack Obama. This meeting is outlined in their book “Good Faith…” where, under the pretext of concerns about religious freedom, this trio and another straggler or two offered to lead the Church into classic Leftist “Third Way” political compromise on the great cultural issues of our day. President Obama seemed little impressed with these self-appointed agents of change and even less came from their meeting. However what Keller and friends placed on the table is telling indeed. They assume and assert that Christians are a small minority in the US now and must operate with “Principled Pluralism” and Civility. We must go the Third Way path to assure the broader “human flourishing “and “thriving community” of which Keller is now an avid proponent. Keller is a globalist wearing a gospel mask who has shown little care for the theological roots of his PCA associations.
In 2015, he signed the Civilitas Group document advocating deep compromise with the LGBTQUI+ community, racial identity politics, immigration and other politicized social issues. Keller and other ministers including SBC leading globalist Rick Warren and three Christian Education institutions – Wheaton College, Biola University, and Fuller Seminary – all agreed to engage “The Civilitas Theory of Social Change” designed to sway the Evangelical Church, again toward “Third Way” politics and social engagement. The document asserts that “incivility is the greatest danger faced by society” ignoring the conservative understanding of threats like open borders, redefining marriage, undermining the Constitution, and globalism in general, pose to personal, religious, and economic freedoms. Civilitas was developed in part by two Ivy League sociology departments and the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, which boasts of its ideological and intellectual inspiration from the Frankfurt School. Keller’s work with the Civilitas Group reveals he still holds his longtime leanings toward Cultural Marxism.
Civilitas Document has been removed but can be found here. Frankfurt School Marxist roots are boasted of plainly by the contributing developers at UVA’s IASC .
Keller is an agent of change in the conservative Presbyterian movement of D James Kennedy and Francis Schaeffer. His TGC message is in fact theologically Emergent (a mingled new age Christianity) cloaked in traditional Reformed Theology. TGC boast that it is a non-political gospel movement yet advocating for human flourishing for “the Common Good.” In other words, classic Christian Socialism’s false gospel. The new narrative is old school Cultural Marxism and is being shamelessly used to replace conservative values. Keller is also responsible for bringing the narrative of gay priest from the United Kingdom and the Church of England into TGC including Sam Allberry and Ed Shaw who now dare to introduce a “Church Inclusion Audit “ into both UK and US churches making demands to police private thoughts conversations, our pulpits and force the hiring of LGBTQUI+ staff members and even advocate the requirement of couples “sharing children “ with those of other backgrounds and lifestyles in the church. This horrendous movement is becoming a part of Tim Keller and his TGC heritage /legacy in and to the church who has trusted him and others like Russell Moore .
EAT THE YOUNG OF YOUR OPPOSITION
Keller’s organization and other associated media have flooded the airways with the one-sided narrative, but the greater point of entry is provided by the near saturation of our SEMINARIES. Reformed Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Covenant Seminary, Beeson Divinity School (in this writer’s city) and many more – once considered steadfast conservative and Reformed institutions – are now deeply infiltrated by the 2013 introduction of a Social Justice / Anti -Poverty / Works Driven curriculum. The young hearts and minds of our present and future pastors are being leavened as they are moved into our pulpits to destroy our church’s influence as “salt and light” in culture, elections and policy. Albert Mohler, while less open about his affiliations with such ideology, its funding and compromise is, in fact, a more effective and dangerous agent of change because of his status as a trusted conservative theological leader for decades. Mohler engages his battle through his disciple Russell Moore who now seems to love his progressive lightening rod status in the SBC. These trusted men, Mohler / Moore / Keller and others like them privately devour our own young, sell out our collective future into a sterile and failed Christian Socialism where our children’s nation and lives and opportunity will bear little or no resemblance to our own.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
If we continue to entrust the future of our churches, children and politics to the present Evangelical machinery and its leaders…we are done. We must expel this alien social justice, neo-Marxist dogma from our seminaries before it devours our churches. The LGBTQUI+ activist have no place in the household of faith to redefine family, sexual norms and Christian Faith to fit their whims. If these things are not purged from the SBC PCA and conservative churches then they will turn evangelicalism into a leftist wilderness barren of the Gospel and life giving power. Religious Freedom, Personal Freedoms, the Constitution, and Life as we know it – are gone. Why sit we here until we die? Arise! and be heard in the company of the Lord’s host.
You can read more and find documentation in great detail of these issues in the articles below.
ALBERT MOHLER, KEEP YOUR SEXUALLY-CONFUSED DISCIPLES AWAY FROM OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
CHRISTIANS, THIS IS WHERE THE PERVERTED REVOICE MOVEMENT IS HEADED
It has long been this writer’s view that knowing the eternal love and compassion of God and His nature to forgive—to forestall judgement, acknowledge humble repentant hearts and to be, the wonderfully articulate word, “Longsuffering,” in the language of King James—that God’s judgement is best understood by what He will not tolerate. What is it that brings His divine posture to alter toward a person or a people? This author thinks to have a clue. When protecting innocents is no longer a law of a society, God’s holy anger arises. Once this level of evil is reached, the reality is that God is more merciful to judge a person or a people or a nation than to allow it to continue.
In America, the Evangelical leadership of Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, Tim Keller, The Gospel Coalition, The Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission of The Southern Baptist Convention have lately presumed to take on the task of remodeling God’s design for the family. They now attack the “Idolatry of Family” and assert we must replace it with an inclusive and expanding village Church family. In America, the end of innocence may be at hand, bringing God’s judgement with it. Let us look soberly at where we have arrived in the parade of exhausting and relentless forced conversations and endless conferencing led by the court jesters we have allowed in leadership.
In 2014 Dr. Albert Mohler, head of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, took upon himself to deliver the Evangelical Church to the Gay Rights movement. Mohler announced at his protégé, Russell Moore’s ERLC Conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage,” to the Gay Lobby they had invited in, as well as to a trusting Church, his decision to Repent of denying what he had previously stated—that a revisionist “discovery” of sexual orientation was giving ground to undermine the entire Biblical claim of truth.
“By employing circumventions, circumlocutions, and contortions the text’s meaning is revised so as to negate its judgement upon homosexuality. The critical issue used as a hermeneutical device by the revisionist is the concept of sexual orientation. The modern “discovery” of sexual orientation is used to deny the truth claim clearly and inescapably made within the biblical text.”
However, in 2014 he stated:
“The concept of sexual orientation is not only helpful, it is in some sense essential. Even those who argue against its existence have to describe and affirm something tantamount to it.”
The 2014 article in which Mohler attempted to squelch the uproar over his comments in the ERLC conference did not help much, if we hold up to scrutiny his glaring contradictions, given his clear 2005 statement that the Orientation argument of the “Revisionist”/ gay lobby activist theological efforts was the foremost device in the well-defined revisionist hermeneutical effort to circumvent Biblical opposition to the normalization of homosexuality. Albert Mohler, are you not in fact giving up, and repenting of, the Evangelical stand to assert that the Word of God carries more weight in the theological discussion of homosexuality than the modern construct (though scientifically unproven) concept of Orientation? Are you not the one now practicing circumventions, circumlocutions, and contortions of the text?
MOHLER AND FRIENDS BOWING AT THE WRONG ALTARS
Altar One – The American Psychological Association
In 2010, Mark Yarhouse and Stanton Jones became the gold standard bearers for The Gospel Coalition and all its affiliates, including Albert Mohler, on all things LGBTQIA+ for the Church. Then the incrementalism began in earnest toward changing the Evangelical view of homosexuality and gender issues. This radical decision was made behind the scenes by a handful of self-appointed fellows, like Tim Keller and Albert Mohler, but has become broadly applied to us, to our churches, and to our pastors under the influence of their seminaries, writings, media and conferences. The June 2018 Living Out Conference of Keller along with July 2018 Revoice conference of long time Mohler disciple and employee at SBTS, Nate Collins, brought some of the depths of these efforts at change, and their carefully masked goals, into clearer view. Not only is sexuality and gender a prime target but so is the Christian /Biblical concept of family. And on what does the overhaul of all things Biblical in this realm have its basis?
Over the course of several years, Mark Yarhouse of Regent University and Stanton Jones of Wheaton applied the findings of the APA’s study of 200 people with unwanted same sex attraction and added a limited study of their own to conclude that sexual orientation seldom changes and therapeutic efforts within the church and ministries to change it are ineffective and likely harmful. Their additional work is discussed in this article and included just 98 people. With, according to the article, 61% of people in the study who remained involved, the findings seem to indicate the opposite—that of those involved the findings indicate significant change — “a reported 23 % success and 30% no longer self-identifying” as gay. Yet the conclusion is that little or no significant change is possible or should be expected. Armed with their conclusions from this study, this wing of the Christian psychological community was commissioned to then begin the work of making the Church compliant with their APA work and to try and undo human and Biblical history and reliable text. That is truly some amazing self-importance on the part of Mohler, Keller, Moore and others as they employ and embody the language of some flimsy reasoning and hermeneutic clearly attuned to current politically correct cultural narrative and dressed in theological garb for leading you and me and our churches and families down this path of compliance.
Altar 2 – Deconstructing the Idolatry of the Nuclear Family and converting to “IT TAKES A QUEER VILLAGE”
In the 2005 article linked above by Albert Mohler on “Homosexuality from a Theological Perspective” part two, the full quote on the Biblical cost of losing the battle over the asserted “discovery” of Orientation is drawn in part from the pro-homosexual writings of liberal Drew University School of Theology professor, Janet Fishburn. Here is the full quote:
“The critical issue used as a hermeneutical device by the revisionist is the concept of sexual orientation. The modern ‘discovery’ of sexual orientation is used to deny the truth claim clearly and inescapably made within the biblical text. For example, in regard to the Romans one text Janet Fishburn of Drew University Theological School argues: ‘Yet some biblical scholars point out that this passage can only refer to the homosexual acts of heterosexual persons. This is because the writers of the Bible did not distinguish between homosexual orientation and same-gender sexual acts. If this distinction is accepted, the condemnation of homosexuality in Romans one does not apply to the sexual acts of homosexual persons.’”
The seemingly confused Mohler in 2014, about his own conclusions in 2005 over the Biblical cost of adopting the unbiblical concept of sexual orientation, is one unsolved mystery. The other is that Mohler disciples like Russell Moore and Nate Collins, among other Mohler allies, are now echoing the further teachings of Janet Fishburn of Drew on Confronting and Deconstructing the “Idolatry of Family.” Mohler is clearly not unfamiliar with Fishburn’s work or its pro homosexual assertions related to family and sexuality. Now his own disciples are serving up these offerings of pagan origin to the Church. Fishburn insists that the construct of the modern concept of family is more rooted in the American Dream and unduly hinders and constrains the freedom of the Church to cater to other forms of family and lifestyles of the alternative seeker. Fishburn rejects the traditional view of God as masculine and endorses the Goddess Sophia in her book, The Feminine Dimension of the Divine which “demonstrates how the feminine aspect of God was repressed in Christianity. The spiritual needs and interests of both men and women have changed enough to merit a new edition of this superbly crafted, scholarly study of Sophia.”
In Part One of his 2005 “Theological Perspective,” Mohler covers the roots and goals of the homosexual movement with clarity.
“What has followed has been a measured and strategic effort to win the legitimization of homosexuality, to promote homosexual themes in the media, to receive special entitlements as a legally protected class. Furthermore, the Movement has pushed for specific policy goals, such as the removal of all anti-sodomy laws, the recognition of homosexual partnerships on par with heterosexual marriage, anti-discrimination laws, and the removal of all barriers to homosexuals in the military, the academy, business, and the churches. In order to pursue these goals, the Homosexual Movement has organized itself as a liberation movement based on an ideology of liberation from oppression drawn upon Marxist foundations.”
Today Mohler has helped to lay in Evangelical landscape the same sexual liberation and Marxist foundations he exposed in 2005. His disciple, Nate Collins, advocates that Christian families attend gay pride parades and events to understand and embrace Stonewall and what PRIDE means to the LGBTQIA+ community. While in 2005 Mohler warned of its total sexual liberation efforts,” Mohler now asks, “How did this happen? The origins of the Homosexual Movement as a major cultural force must be traced to the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. Known within the homosexual community as the ‘Stonewall Rebellion,’ the riot took place as New York City police raided a homosexual bar. The patrons fought back in what would become the inaugural symbol of the ‘gay liberation’ movement. As the Village Voice reported on July 3,1969: ‘Gay power erected its brazen head and spat out a fairy tale the likes of which the area has never known …Watch out. The liberation is underway.’”
How has this radical departure from Mohler’s own understanding taken place? Clearly, he is bowing at the altars of Baal, and the saddest reflection of the problem is found in his radicalized disciples, Russell Moore, Nate Collins and others that SBTS is now producing. Yarhouse and the APA and Fishburn and Drew University are clearly playing a much more significant role today, in the shaping of the Church, the gospel, the family and discipleship, than the Word of the Living God in Mohler, Keller, and the TGC/ERLC circle. Smearing theological jargon and some carefully nuanced verses over secular and pagan ideology does not make it Biblical or a Gospel narrative.
RUSSELL MOORE & THE GAY PRIEST WHO WANTS TO “SHARE YOUR CHILDREN” CONFERENCE
In October 2018, the ERLC and Russell Moore will host in Dallas the “Cross Shaped Family Conference“ to which he has invited as speaker Sam Allberry, the self-professed and ever popular SSA/ Gay Priest of the Church of England. Allberry is co-founder of a ministry called “Living Out” for Gay Christians. Freshly off their promotion of the radical Revoice Conference and hosting of Tim Keller and his wife Kathy for a “Gay Christianity” extravaganza in London, Living Out stepped into the global spotlight to promote a Church Audit for LGBTQ+ Inclusion as its conference legacy.
“At our Identity in Christ conference with Tim & Kathy Keller in June 2018 we launched our Living Out Church Audit – a tool to help church leadership teams answer this key question: how biblically inclusive is your church? Unsurprisingly our focus is on those who might identify as LGBTQ+/ same-sex attracted: Jesus included all in a counter-cultural way and we hope this audit will help our churches follow his lead.”
Given Allberry’s role in this audit and the 9th question we are fairly compelled to ask to what purpose is an SSA/ Gay Celibate priest from the Church of England being brought in to lecture Southern Baptists on “parenting and family,” Allberry’s topic for the ERLC Family Conference? He is the Keynote Speaker for Saturday in the last meeting – the one big take away message that Russell Moore wants on the attendees’ heart and mind as they leave Dallas for home. “Keynote: The Church as the Family of God: Singleness, Same -Sex Attraction, and the Hope of Hospitality with Sam Allberry.”
This is disturbing on many levels but none so much as the Audit statement referred to above which is “Church family members instinctively share meals, homes, holidays, festivals, money, children with others from different backgrounds and life situations to them.” Southern Baptists let this settle in on you. Our chief Ethicist Russell Moore is producing a “Family Conference” with the crescendo message echoing the Revoice Conference, Allberry/ Keller’s church audit and Drew University Janet Fishburn’s left wing pro-gay redefining of family from her 1991 “Confronting the Idolatry of Family: A New Vision for the Household of God.”
LIVING OUT “BRITISH INVASION” OF AMERICAN CHURCHES
Sam Allberry @SamAllberry Sep 10
The @LivingOutOrg LOCAL course day conference for church leaders is coming to the US! Registration now live for our event in Boston. Tea will be available and we’ll try not to tax you for it… Find out more here: http://www.livingout.org/local-cambridge
“The Living Out team will share their insight and stories as same-sex attracted Christians who hold to traditional Bible teaching on sexual ethics and who have spoken and written on this subject widely.
Living Out is delighted to be bringing you this day of training in partnership with Capitol Hill Baptist Church and Del Ray Baptist Church who are hosting the day.
We ask that all who attend assent to the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith and its biblical and pastoral position with respect to homosexuality, summarised in these affirmations.”
ALLBERRY’S CHURCH INCLUSION AUDIT COMES STATESIDE
MARK DEVER’S CAPITOL HILL BAPTIST AND ERLC COUNCIL MEMBER GARRETT KELL’S DEL RAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Living Out will soon be coming to the U.S. to conduct their Church and Leaders training course, “teaching with the tools [church audit] to help church leaders better equip their churches in exercising the gift of true welcome and hospitality for all.” The LOCAL course will be held in the Washington, D.C. area on November 14, sponsored by the Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA whose senior pastor is Mark Dever, cofounder of Together for the Gospel, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition.
One outstanding irony about the Living Out Church Inclusion Audit first being implemented in the U.S. at Dever’s Capitol Hill Baptist is that Albert Mohler, who has played the central role in bringing this LGBTQIA+ compliance on the American church, has family members who work in political organizations in DC who are also part of this church. Is Dr. Albert Mohler ready to share his grandchildren with the LGBTQIA+ who decide to call Dever’s church home in this new welcoming environment? It is not uncommon for those who breathe the rarified air of the evangelical elite to force such issues on the congregants but have no interest in investing their lives and families in the harmful policies. Perhaps this is simply some quiet but costly Divine reminder to Dr. Mohler. Will it make any difference? Meanwhile the work of TGC and the ERLC appears to be to introduce the Living Out Inclusion Audit into ALL of their affiliated churches, which will include many SBC churches and most of the PCA.
The institutional Church is all but gone. It is time to get your families out! This warning cannot be made more honestly and with a heavier heart. PCA and SBC Evangelicals, beware and hold on tight to your Biblical bearings because they are under absolute assault in the name of “the Cross and the Gospel” by some of our most popular and celebrated alleged churchmen. If your pastor – your family’s minister or, God forbid, your children’s youth minister – is attending this conference then it may be time to call them in, inquire, and possibly send them packing if they are drinking the leftist Kool Aid of redefining family that Russell Moore is serving up. If this LGBTQIA+ train is unstoppable, it is time for all thinking people to get their families, their children, their tithes, and their bodies out of SBC, PCA and other churches under the sway of The Gospel Coalition and the ERLC.
TIM “GLOBALIST SUSTAINABLITY GURU” KELLER AND HIS LONDON CONFERENCE
Tim Keller left his Redeemer Church pulpit in July 2017 and is now the globetrotting ambassador of global sustainable Christianity. Like Pope Francis, Keller appears all too willing to sign us up for the full spectrum of “thriving cites, human flourishing, urbanization, principled pluralism, common good collectivism and universalism.” Tim Keller is quickly detaching himself from his either onetime or merely perceived conservative PCA moorings. His choice (with D.A. Carson, TGC cofounder and Albert Mohler of SBTS, as discussed above) of Mark Yarhouse to bring the APA-compliant views on LGBTQIA+ into the conservative Evangelical community, pastors, seminaries, and campus ministries in 2010 was pivotal to ushering in the new Gay wave in modern Christian Church culture. They have made the issue and their nuanced talking points nearly inescapable. Even CRU, InterVarsity, RUF and other campus ministries are no longer a refuge for your teens from the TGC narrative which is undistinguishable from the ideology taught in the secular cesspools of American academia. Soon your church youth group and children’s ministry will not provide refuge either, thanks in large part to these calculated and nuanced efforts.
Once Keller hit London we were all in for a surprise. His work with Sam Allberry and Ed Shaw (both of whom write for TGC) and Living Out, a “ministry for Gay Christians” has been ongoing for at least 5 years, but the game changer came in the form of the Living Out Church Audit linked above. Keller and the gay but celibate Anglican priest Allberry and Shaw are advocating for a self-imposed litmus test for LGBTQIA+ inclusion in churches. Under its confines, church pulpits and private conversations and even attitudes, either perceived or real, of a (subjective term) derogatory nature will not be tolerated in our churches. NOTE – the test for tolerance is intolerance.
Sexual minorities will never be withheld from positions of ministry or from exercising their gifts in the local church. Keller and Allberry’s audit will assure no one is ever expected to seek deliverance or healing from homosexual desires (labeled Same Sex Attraction and Sexual Minorites).
REVOICE AND THE HERD OF FAMILY RECONSTRUCTIONISTS
Tom Buck wrote a piece on Revoice in which he pointed out the disturbing statement of its founder and longtime Mohler disciple, Nate Collins. Buck asks the same questions that we must all ask, on behalf of God and our fellow believers, as we confront the forthcoming talking points in efforts to revise the family. Tom wrote, “My hermeneutical alarms went off: ‘Will he go there?’ Yes, he will.” He then quotes Collins’ radical revisionist attacks on the Nuclear Family as idolatry.
“Is it possible gay people today are being sent by God like Jeremiah to find God’s words for the church to eat them and make them our own; to shed light on modern false teachings and idolatries?”
“Is it possible that gender and sexual minorities living lives of costly obedience are themselves a prophetic call to the church to abandon idolatrous attitudes toward the nuclear family, towards sexual pleasure? If so, then we are prophets. “
Collins is only one of the voices in the echo chamber from the Revoice circle, the Evangelical Covenant Church and Michelle Sanchez, discipling and spiritual formation minister at ECC.
There is also Masters Seminary graduate Preston Sprinkle,
Preston Sprinkle@PrestonSprinkle Aug 9:
MoReplying to @wesleyhill @WSipling @NateCollins
“Yeah, this criticism of Nate’s statement (something I’ve said many times) is scraping the bottom of the barrel. Marriage isn’t redefined or diminished in the NT, but it’s no longer considered necessary for human flourishing. Many evangelicals don’t practically believe that.”
Here are some Twitter replies to Sprinkle and Wesley Hill:
Replying to @wesleyhill @WendyAlsup @NateCollins
“Yes. You are right on. Family is an idol when it is insular and exclusive. It is a blessing and a gift when it is welcome, hospitable, and inclusive.”
Replying to @wesleyhill @NateCollins
“You’re right the nuclear family is idolized, if that is a husband, wife, and two or at most three children. Contraception and a love of comfort prevent many couples from embracing larger families.
“Conservatives (esp ev’s) seem to have a preoccupation with hidden “agendas.” I’m willing to bet you can trace a lot of the over-critique re race, sexuality, etc. back to the fear of “there’s an agenda!” The “gay” agenda, the “liberal” agenda, the “slippery slope” agenda.”
The list goes on and on. This brash statement born out of the twisted halls of left-leaning Drew Theological School and other revisionist theological circles is now on the front burner and we in the churches of America, and wherever the reach of these agents of change who are redefining family extends, are simply expected to be like a 6-year old at the dinner table being told to “eat it or else.”
THE NEW MANTRA OF OUR EVANGLEICAL LEADERS APPEARS TO BE HILLARY’S “IT TAKES A VILLAGE” OR MORE SPECIFICALLY “IT TAKES AN LGBTQIA INCLUSIVE CHURCH VILLAGE “TO RAISE A CHILD.”
Russell Moore and Tim Keller have “done got out of hand folks.” It is enough. It is beyond enough and these men need to go find their homes in some liberal denominations that have already committed spiritual suicide with these self-induced poisonings of their collective souls. Enough, O Lord. Hear from heaven and deliver us from these men and their false expressions of care for souls, their Christless false gospels, their left-wing politics masked as “Gospel Issues” and their arrogant affronts to all that is of Divine Design. People of God, wake up. These agents of change have crept in unawares and are feasting on our fear in our feasts of love, spoiling the hearts and minds of our youth and feeding themselves on the flock. ENOUGH!
CULT TACTICS OF CONTROL: SEPARATION AND ISOLATION
Remember beloved it is NOT Christ who is making these manifold efforts redefining family, rather He defined it from the beginning in the clearest terms. “A man shall leave his father and mother and CLEVE unto his wife and those two shall be one flesh.” Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:7; 1 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 5:31. From this union of flesh children are born and parents – not TGC/ERLC affiliated churches – are called to and tasked with raising children. We are to train up our children in the way they should go, Proverbs 22:6, and to teach them to honor their parents which is a big Ten Commandment and one with promise and to admonish them to fear and follow the Lord, Ephesians 6:1-4. The nuclear family that is now in the crosshairs of Russell Moore’s Cross Shaped Family Conference is God’s construct and He will not have it deconstructed and redefined by Janet Fishburn or by the Kellers or Moore.
The idea of replacing family with a group of members from a tightly ordered sect is nothing new. Cults love to separate their members from family ties to isolate, destabilize and control them. Is the SBC and PCA leadership wanting to replace family with their new wave of the Fishburn Family Values? Are we now to believe Hillary’s ghost written book (whose actual author is now exposing as a fraud) is the prophetic voice for the inclusive church of the future? Redefining the nuclear family will lead to making children wards of the State.
How did we get here? The answer is simple really. We have not been paying attention – have not vetted the carefully crafted messages we are being fed with Scripture – and we have infiltrated leadership. It is really that simple. The remedy may be more complicated and seem to some to be severe. The fact is this overhaul is just getting started and it will not end anytime soon unless we either rise up and “throw the bums out” or “leave them alone” and exit the harlot churches. We are reaching critical mass and meltdown is imminent. We cannot remain in a state of constant siege from within.
LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS OF REDEFINING MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: YET UNSEEN – BUYER BEWARE.
Few in the Church have really thought through where Obergefell and redefining marriage has left us. Now we see church leadership wanting to lead an assault on the nuclear family and redefine it from within. To ascertain the gravity of this issue we need only listen to the lead family judge of England in his boast “We Should Applaud the End of the Nuclear Family and Welcome the Reality of Single and Same Sex Households.” Remember Sam Allberry lives in this brave new world in the UK and, with the help of Tim and Kathy Keller, just gave us the Living Out Church Audit about the broader “Church Family” and “sharing of children.”
Under fire: Sir James Munby
England’s chief family court judge pictured above is applauding the very thing that ERLC and TGC and Revoice are just introducing into the conservative Evangelical church in America. Listen to his assertions and join his sobered critics in consideration of what is happening before our very eyes.
“The country’s most senior family judge was under fire from politicians and colleagues yesterday after saying that the collapse of the traditional family was to be welcomed.
“In a speech Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division of the High Court, said there was a new reality of single parent households, same-sex marriages and adopted families.
“He said this was ‘a reality which we should welcome and applaud’.
“The applause for new forms of family life, delivered in a lecture at Liverpool University and published at the Weekend, is a step further than any major figure in public life has yet travelled in the direction of rejecting the two-parent family as the best pattern for raising children.”
Note Judge Munby’s inclusion of adoption which may seem like one of the more favorable issues that Russell Moore’s Cross Shaped Family Conference is promoting. But there is something more in the wings with the Russell Moore concept of family which is evident in his use of Revoice speaker and ERLC consultant LGBTQIA+ / Race strategist Branden Polk’s advisory firm at the table with Moore’s ERLC 2017 “Christ Centered Parenting Conference,” and other conference and policy planning. LGBTQIA+ adoption is one of the key goals of the Fishburn style confronting of “Idolatry of Family” and key elements of redefining it. Russell Moore needs to put all his cards on the table here. Or better yet, again, he just needs to leave the table and the discussion.
The sad reality we must face is that, as radical as the “Queer and Trans Christianity “ of Revoice was and the shocking effort to introduce “treasures of queer theory, culture, and literature into the church and the future New Jerusalem” Revoice boasted of, these objectionable and unthinkable additions to the conversation the ERLC, Moore and Mohler began in 2014 are only the tip of the rot and decay now evident in some of our own seminaries and only a glimpse of where their conversation is intended to lead a trusting and unsuspecting Church. Only God can reach these men’s hearts and change their minds’ delusions or humble their arrogance and self-deception. It is possible instead that perhaps God will determine to judge and remove them but until then we must simply ask – as we await such divine determination – “Will we follow these men and allow our churches, the family as God created it, the good news of the Gospel and our Children to be redefined by them or will we simply say ‘enough’ and remove them or leave them to their own fate?”
It would help us all to recall that God is not absent in His momentary silence nor is anything hidden from His gaze. The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword and it cuts through all the finely-honed ERLC, TGC, SBTS, APA, Mohler, Moore, Keller, Yarhouse rhetoric the present floodtide of which is attempting to drown out the true Gospel. Who do these men think will really have the final word in matters pertaining to God’s House, Gods people, and His holy created order? Perhaps some long overdue judgement is waiting in the wings just off the Evangelical stage.
Tim Keller and “Living Out” LGBTQI+ London Conference Produces Inclusion Audit for Churches. Does Your Church Measure Up?
Rev Thomas Littleton
Aug 15, 2018
In light of the controversial Revoice Conference in July 2018 and the trouble sparked by Tim Keller’s speaking at the Living Out Conference in the UK where it promoted Revoice, one might expect those involved in the controversy to lay low and avoid further attention. This is not the case. During the Keller conference for LGBTQI+ Christians an “Inclusion Audit for Churches” was planned and presented. This litmus test is touted to be a self-imposed audit for determining where our churches stand on Keller/ Living Out’s version of “Biblical Inclusion.” That audit was made public on the August 15 tweet seen below.
Living Out @LivingOutOrg
We’ve recently developed this LO Church Audit to help church families work out whether they are biblically inclusive. How will your church do?
“At our Identity in Christ conference with Tim & Kathy Keller in June 2018 we launched our Living Out Church Audit – a tool to help church leadership teams answer this key question: how biblically inclusive is your church? Unsurprisingly our focus is on those who might identify as LGBTQ+/ same-sex attracted: Jesus included all in a counter-cultural way and we hope this audit will help our churches follow his lead.”
Complete with Video in which Living Out and The Gospel Coalition (of Tim Keller) spokesperson, Ed Shaw, a same-sex attracted priest, informs you that your church should immediately adopt this Biblically baseless examination of 10 statements of inclusion as the starting point for testing your church culture regarding LGBTQI+ inclusion. The implications and objections to each are listed following each statement, under the heading “PROBLEM”.
1. Your church family meetings include people who could be labelled LGBTQI+/ are same-sex attracted.(True / False / Not Sure)
PROBLEM: Up front this is a type of quota for a broad range of self-identified activist / sexual minorities who must be welcomed in your church or it is not “inclusive.” Given that this is an activist culture, future demands of even more inclusion will be made with obligations to include them as well. One example already on the discussion table would be “Child / Minor Attracted Christians.”
Biblical response: 1 Peter 2:9. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”
2. Derogatory language or stereo-typing attitudes towards sexual minority groups would not be tolerated either up-front or in conversation between church family members. (True / False / Not Sure)
PROBLEM: This is classic policing of language to fit a politically correct narrative. It implies that both the pulpit and even private conversations in the church and among family members will be subject to censorship. Example: the latest sexual minority identity visitor could accuse your pastor or you of violating this language ban and having stereotypical attitudes.
Biblical Response: God calls all to repentance.
Acts 17 :29-30.“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.”
3, All in your church know that we all experience sexual brokenness and all are being encouraged to confess their own sexual sins.(True / False / Not Sure)
PROBLEM: All sin is forced to be seen as the same even though Scripture says homosexuality is depraved, unnatural, rooted in idolatry and detestable to God. All sin is not the same nor is all sexual sin the same. Sexual sin is against our own bodies while homosexual sin goes beyond this as a sin against nature.
Biblical Response: God is faithful to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, not leave us “sin identified.”
1st John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
4. Same-sex sexual relationships are never mentioned in isolation from other sinful patterns of behavior, or from the forgiveness offered to all through faith in Christ crucified. (True / False / Not Sure)
PROBLEM: The pastor or a teacher of home Bible group would never be allowed to speak to homosexuality specifically without including all sexual sin.
Biblical Response: Paul followed no such rule.
Romans 1:24-26 “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature.”
5. All in your church are hearing the same call to radical self-sacrifice of themselves in response to God’s giving of himself in Jesus. (True / False / Not Sure)
PROBLEM: In a unified effort to assert that “SSA Christians” are the believers who are living out costly obedience, homosexual desires harbored in the heart of professed Christians are no longer to be seen as sin but as obedience and the church is compelled to see it as a crown or gift from God. The desired migration of gay activist to saint is then complete. Homosexuality was once viewed as a curse – now as a cross – and one day it will be a crown to be celebrated.
Biblical Response: Those who confess and forsake sin find true mercy. Self identifying by sinful desires is not forsaking sin.
Proverbs 28:13. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
6. All in your church are encouraged to develop an identity founded first and foremost on their union with Christ. (True / False / Not Sure)
PROBLEM: Given the close association of The Gospel Coalition, Tim Keller and Living Out with the psychological community – which affirms that a Homosexual Sexual Orientation exists and that the Orientation assertion equates to a Sexual Identity – then the answer which has been “negotiated” for those with “Christian beliefs” is “Gay Christian Identity” i.e. a “Christ Centered Homosexual Identity.” This fallacy is cleverly masked in Tim Keller’s topics at Living Out and in the LO Church Audit.
Biblical Response: We are no longer “sin identified” but Christ lives in us.
Galatians 2:20. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
7. A godly Christian’s sexual orientation would never prevent them from exercising their spiritual gifts or serving in leadership in your church. (True / False / Not Sure)
PROBLEM: Revoice and now Living Out and Tim Keller are calling for Sexual Minorities in Ministry. The time will likely come soon when churches, like municipal agencies / major city Police Departments, are required to have full time LGBTQI+ liaisons at public expense.
Biblical Response: Sin orientation is Biblically a result of the fall, but sexual orientation is the unsupported claim of the psychological community. Holiness becomes God’s house; ministers must not disqualify themselves through sin.
1 Corinthians 6:11. “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
2 Cor 5:7 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
1 Cor 9:27. “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
8. God’s gifts of either singleness or marriage are equally promoted, valued and practically supported in your church family’s life together. (True / False / Not Sure)
PROBLEM: Homosexuality is being empowered by a narrative that celibacy is a superior level of commitment to God and that “SSA celibates are the real heroes of the faith.” This is false. Christian Marriage reflects the relationship of Christ to the Church.
Biblical Response: Singleness imposed as a restraint to same sexual desires is not biblical and same-sex relationships can never mirror Christ and the Church.
Hebrews 13 :4. “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”
Ephesians 5:32. “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
9. Church family members instinctively share meals, homes, holidays, festivals, money, children with others from different backgrounds and life situations to them.(True / False / Not Sure)
PROBLEM – This narrative would assert that “It Takes a Village” is accurate. It promotes a collectivism as compulsory to expressing Christian Faith and even implies that parents are compelled to “share their children” with those espousing homosexuality or LGBTQI+ identity. Tim Keller, you are endorsing this? Stay away from our children, Mr. Keller.
Biblical Response: Children are a heritage from the Lord to their parents. Children are the responsibility of their parents and are under their parents’ authority. It does not “Take a gay inclusive church village…”
Psalm 127:3-5. “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”
Ephesians 6:1-4 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
10. No-one would be pressured into expecting or seeking any “healing” or change that God has not promised any of us until the renewal of all things. (True / False / Not Sure)
PROBLEM: This statement is clearly aimed at Reparative Therapy or Conversion Therapy and is rooted in the work of Mark Yarhouse and APA compliant collaboration of Christian and Gay Counselors. After only 200 people in the APA studies and 98 people in the Yarhouse studies, it was concluded that sexual orientation exists and seldom, if ever, changes, thereby concluding that the Gospel does not promise change this side of Eternity. In the end, this is asserting that the Bible is a lie and modern psychology, based on studies of 298 people with unwanted homosexual desires, is correct.”
Biblical Response Hebrews 7:24-26 “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.”
A stateside effort very similar to Living Out and Tim Keller’s Church Audit can be found at Church Clarity Advocates. This “test” survey is administered to the church by an activist organization advised by two activists who are no strangers to controversy at Wheaton College. One of these activists is Julie Rodgers who is a personal friend to Revoice founder, Nate Collins, and others in the Revoice camp. Julie jumped from the Celibate Side B to the fully Gay-affirming Side A in 2015 after the Obergefell decision legalizing gay marriage. Julie is also a good friend and works /appears in conferences with Mark Yarhouse, whose work heavily influences The Gospel Coalition, Revoice, Living Out, Nate Collins, Sam Allberry, Tim Keller, J.D. Greear, Russell Moore, Albert Mohler, and the list goes on and on.
If the Christian Church institutionally embraces “LGBTQI+ Christianity” then its days are numbered. It will be weighed in the balances and found wanting as will these leaders who brought us here.
Editor’s note: The preceding information from Living Out, a Gay Christian organization launched by The Gospel Coalition, strongly insinuates that in the near future Evangelical churches will be “audited” to determine if they are LGBTQI+ (all sexual minorities) inclusive. This 10 point test will be the spiritual ruin of churches that comply with its demands and will eventually destroy the Christian testimony of the institutional Church by forcing compliance through the White House Faith Based Partnership Program which still retains the LGBT non-discrimination order that was signed by former Pres. Obama in 2014, which was never rescinded by President Trump.
Lest we believe that the “gay Christians” wanting membership in Evangelical churches are celibate as they claim, a lesbian speaker at the Revoice Conference confirmed they are “not particularly good at it,” as the LGBTQ+ attendees laughed:
“Most of us, the large majority of us are here because we are trying to live in obedience to the ‘Christian sexual ethic.’ This is such a dumb phrase. I apologize but you guys kind of know what I mean. What for us is the basis for that obedience? It’s not that typically that we’re particularly good at it. (laughter) For those of us who aspire to the fidelity of David (audience laughs), what is the basis of our obedience?” (Revoice 2018, Eve Tushnet)
Tom Littleton and Brannon Howse discuss the TGC “Church Audit”
Tom Littleton and Janet Mefferd discuss the TGC “Church Audit”
IS HERITAGE FOUNDATION BEING REVOICED? HOW THE “LGBT CHRISTIANITY” OF REVOICE COULD BRING DOWN CONSERVATIVE DENOMINATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE NATION
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Dr Albert Mohler hands doctorate diploma in Spring 2017 to Revoice CEO Founder Nate Collins after 14 ½ years under Mohler’s discipleship and teaching the New Testament and online Greek as well as counseling students, grading their papers, and traveling as a SBTS scholar. Al Mohler has never admitted that Collins is an SBTS graduate and instructor.
REVOICE INCUBATION, AFTERMATH, DNA, COMPLICIT ENTITIES, AND FUTURE MOVEMENT. HOW MANY MAJOR CONSERVATIVE INSTITUTIONS ARE BUYING IN?
The Social Justice mantras of certain leaders of the Southern Baptist and Presbyterian Church of America are pounding the church with fear of the “Stain of Racism” while they ignore the stain of the current “LGBT+ Christian” movement behind Revoice. So from whence was this movement incubated and launched but the seminaries of these same “conservative” institutions — Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (STBS) and Covenant Seminary of the PCA. A decade ago, when these seminaries were incubating Revoice, few conservative Christians would have believed that the Summer of 2018 would reveal the potential demise of two major Evangelical denominations in America. This awareness dawned on Evangelicals only recently with news of the Revoice Conference in St Louis.
Billed as “Promoting LGBT+ flourishing in historic Christian tradition,” Revoice arrived like a stealth bomber to drop its payload of “Queer Christianity” on an unsuspecting Evangelical Church. The conference itself was even worse than many expected. For those who followed this theological train wreck in our reports from early May, the glaring omissions and anemic reporting from entities like The Gospel Coalition, The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission bordered on satire. Denny Burk of CBMW had possession and published a new, less controversial workshop title formerly called “Possibility Models in Queer Theory: An Adventure” at least 24 hours in advance of the Revoice website update with the new title. Burk’s social media even confirmed he had backroom conversations with the Revoice organizers.
Albert Mohler commented and wrote several pieces after Denny Burk’s May 30th article. But it took until August 2 for Dr. Mohler to finally identify the Revoice founder as Nate Collins, after repeatedly omitting his disciple’s name in his various commentaries on Revoice. Although his most recent article does mention Nate Collins 9 times and quotes extensively from Collins’ book, All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality, Dr. Mohler STILL makes no mention of the fact that Collins spent over 14 ½ years at his Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The fact is that Nate Collins has two degrees from SBTS, was a faculty member who taught on campus and online and traveled as a scholar representing SBTS. Collins also incorporated the non-profit for Revoice and began planning the Revoice Conference during his term as an online instructor of New Testament, and serving as a Garrett Fellow mentoring students and grading papers at SBTS. He also wrote the book which Mohler quotes. He served for 5 previous years on the board of LOVEboldly, an openly “LGBT+ Christian” affirming organization that works with radical gay activists in the Human Rights Campaign and Mathew Vines’ Reformation Project. Why are these disturbing facts skirted by Albert Mohler, who should rather expose and denounce them?
This writer broke the Revoice story on May 10, 2018 and that research has been used by dozens of writers and publications, usually without citing or linking to the source. Although it is an integrity issue for those who made use of research they had not invested in, let it be said with Paul, “nevertheless the (word) went forth,” exposing the false gospel of the “gay Christian” movement. Make no mistake, the Revoice event is over but the much larger movement that birthed it is ongoing and deeply embedded within the conservative Christian community. Major players in trusted institutions besides SBTS and Covenant seminaries have been complicit behind the scenes.
FRESH REVELATIONS: HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND MULTIPLE ERLC TIES TO REVOICE. WHY ARE OUR “CONSERVATIVE” INSTITUTIONS CONDONING LGBT CHRISTIANITY?
As the storm of protest was gathering against Revoice’s radical new language and mission in the Church, by late June the Christian tabloid, Christianity Today, was attempting to mainstream the founder of Revoice by publishing Collin’s article, “What Transgender People Need from the Church.” The article reviews and promotes two books on Transgenderism, one authored by Heritage Fellow, Ryan T. Anderson, and another by SBCs ERLC staffer and clone of Russell Moore, Andrew Walker. Collins’ review promotes both books as “go to” sources for this “compelling” issue for the Church. Christianity Today subsequently sent out its heavy hitter, editor Mark Galli, to cover the Revoice controversy in an interview with Collins the day before the conference began – yet another attempt to mainstream the conference.
Ryan T. Anderson and Revoice Founder Collins Conference Panel Appearance
Curious to find the depth of the ties between a Heritage Foundation William E. Simon Senior Fellow, Ryan Anderson, and Revoice founder, Nate Collins, one needed look no further than Collins’ Curriculum Vitae at SBTS. According to Collins’ CV, at the same time Revoice was being organized in St Louis and incubated at SBTS and Covenant Seminaries, Ryan T. Anderson and Collins, along with Revoice speaker Laurie Krieg, and Revoice mentor and luminary Preston Sprinkle, were presenting together in the Q Ideas Forum of progressive evangelical and Tim Keller “Good Faith” pal, Gabe Lyons. According to Collins, the presentation was a panel discussion hosted by Sprinkle and covered “LGBT issues.”
How much influence is the radical “LGBT+ Christianity” Revoice message having on the Heritage Foundation, Public Discourse, Witherspoon Institute and other publications and venues where Anderson is respected? Is Ryan Anderson’s mentor, Robert P. George, also buying into the Revoice message? Given the exposure by the LGBT press of the close proximity of Anderson to billionaire “Paul Singer, a Republican mega-donor who’s supported GOP presidential candidates and LGBT rights causes,” the revelations of subsequent LGBT associations of Ryan Anderson with Nate Collins in the timeframe of planning the Revoice Conference give rise to disturbing and lingering questions.
ERLC Ties Ever Deepening
Revoice also had multiple ties to the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission beyond those previously reported (ERLC Fellow Karen Swallow Prior’s endorsement and ERLC’s consultant and Revoice speaker, Branden Polk, who advised Russell Moore on his Christ Centered Parenting Conference among other ERLC projects.) In his personal blog, Revoice founder Collins urged supporters of LGBT causes in the faith community to financially support ERLC, the Gay Christian Network, and Collins’ broader gay-affirming ministry association, LOVEboldly. It is not known when Collins was signaled by leadership of the ERLC that the once firmly conservative SBC entity was now supporting the “LGBT+ Christianity” message of LOVEboldly and Revoice, but we can still see the ERLC connection to Collins through Andrew Walker (whose book Collins reviewed in Christianity Today), who came out with a soft shoe critique of Revoice in the place of his boss at ERLC, Dr. Russell Moore, just days before the conference.
The ERLC’s Russell Moore and PCA champion, Tim Keller, have appeared in the same Q Ideas Forum “The Gay Conversation” with many of the key Revoice speakers and the brain trust behind “Sexual Minority /LBGT+ Christianity,” Mark Yarhouse. This is the same “broader conversation” Q Forum in which Revoice founder Nate Collins and Heritage Foundation Fellow Ryan T. Anderson participated together. Oddly, this conference is also archived and linked on a site entitled “gaychristians.org” which supports “Gay Christianity” in the very broadest sense:
“Perhaps those references in the Bible has been misinterpreted and taken out of context. Besides, are we really supposed to literally take in everything the Bible says to heart? After all, the Bible was not actually written by God, but rather by his followers and their interpretation of his word. Of course there are varying degrees of acceptance amongst Christian groups. There are some that completely accept homosexuality while there are others that have placed idealized conditions upon it.”
Why does the Gay Christian site, which espouses a loose interpretation of the Bible, view the Q Idea podcast of “The Gay Conversation” by Russell Moore, Tim Keller, Nate Collins, Ryan Anderson and Mark Yarhouse as a helpful resource for promoting Gay Christianity? How far has the Stain of Revoice soaked through the conservative Christian community? How many of our leading institutions like Heritage Foundation, SBTS, Covenant, and ERLC have been marked with the deadly ideology of LGBT+ Christianity?
WHERE TO NEXT?
If we allow it to advance, the Revoice movement and message is heading next to our teens in church youth groups by targeting their youth pastors. It is apparent that the young people in our seminaries have already been tainted by the “LGBT+ Christianity” heresy and the false Social Justice narrative of sexual minorities in our churches and ministries. Are our Washington D.C. Conservative think tanks also being “revoiced” to promote “Queer Christianity”? Has this radical ideology found sympathetic ears and minds in the chosen young spokesperson of Ryan T. Anderson? If so, then Christian Conservatives, beware! The Revoice leaven has leavened the whole lump and it happened under the watchful eyes of some of our most trusted leadership. God forbid that we should sleep through this carefully engineered, quiet revolution.
NEW CALVINISM & THE GOSPEL COALITION ARE THE CATALYSTS TRANSFORMING THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH INTO THE EMERGENT CHURCH
The Evangelical denominations have been heavily infiltrated by agents of the Emergent Church who are replacing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with Postmodern Liberal theology. The Emergent Church movement, which Evangelicals formerly opposed, has been stealthily creeping their churches by way of The Gospel Coalition and New Calvinism. In a series of radio programs, Brannon Howse presents the little known history of this infiltration which explains why Evangelical denominations are promoting the Cultural Marxist social justice mandate, LGBT+ inclusion, faith-based partnerships, Postmodern heresies and Ancient Mysticism. Tom Littleton joins him in Part 3.
This is a very important 3 part series which every Christian needs to hear. Below are audios of these programs, followed by a synopsis of the series and links to background information on Peter Drucker, Bob Buford, Communitarianism, Cultural Marxism, the Dialectical Process, and more.
The Evangelical Church & Emergent Church Birthed The Gospel Coalition
2. The Gospel Coalition is The Emergent Church Repackaged
3. Tom Littleton on Drucker, Buford, The Gospel Coalition & New Calvinism
The Emergent Church and the Evangelical Church gave birth through the Dialectical Process to the Cultural Marxist Gospel Coalition. Well-known evangelicals and pastors who once opposed the Emergent Church philosophies and Rick Warren’s Church Growth Movement are now openly working with the Gospel Coalition, speaking with their members and having them speak at their churches and conferences. Brannon Howse proves (1) the connection between the Gospel Coalition and its founder, Tim Keller, The Emergent Church, Peter Drucker, Rick Warren, and Bob Buford. (2) That Bob Buford started the Emergent Church as well as the Church Growth Movement also promoted by Drucker disciple, Rick Warren, (3) that Tim Keller was working directly with Bob Buford before he died and the transformational churches Buford wanted planted across the country, (4) that the key philosophies of the Emergent Church are embodied in The Gospel Coalition, including Cultural Marxism.
Thus, pastors who were once opposed to the Emergent Church and Buford’s Church Growth Movement have in fact been outsmarted by the synthesis of the Emergent Church with the Neo-Evangelicals / Neo-Calvinists to now find themselves promoting that which they once opposed. Tragically, this reveals that many well-known pastors are not as smart, discerning or worthy of trust as many of us once thought. Sadly, many of America’s Evangelical leaders have been played and have actually become “useful idiots” of the “Cultural Marxist Gospel Coalition” and their Emergent Church and Church Growth Movement agenda they once opposed.
LINKS to articles with more information on the aforementioned wolves in sheep’s clothing and their schemes to subvert the Christian Church:
The Watchman Wakes – Peter Drucker, Bob Buford, Communitarianism, Church Growth Movement, Mysticism/Kabbalah
Cliff Notes on the Movement Promoting “Sexual Minority, LGBT+, Queer Christianity” in the Conservative Churches in America!
Rev. Thomas Littleton
(Note, the issues involving the conservative Evangelical church and the Revoice conference are all the more pointed given the Human Rights Campaign renewed efforts to infiltrate Evangelical churches announced just last week. Those HRC efforts have particular focus on the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest protestant denomination in the US and historically conservative on family, marriage and sexual ethics. HRC’s special emphasis is seen here and even quotes SBTS head, Albert Mohler. Last week the ERLC finally acknowledged such efforts by the HRC to Infiltrate the SBC while also for the first time publicly addressing the presence of the largest LGBT activist organization after years of meeting WITH HRC and others in private.
A movie attacking Reparative Therapy and Ex Gay ministries, titled “Boy Erased,” is due for release this Fall. It stars Russell Crow as a Baptist preacher who forces his son into a sort of boot camp for families wanting to “pray away the gay,” which is a very distorted view of ministries who help those who want freedom from such desires. These issues are ramping up in the culture as efforts to criminalize opposition to homosexuality go hand in hand with those advocating to promote and normalize it, especially to youth and to Christian youth in particular. Leaders of conservative churches who are getting it wrong, repeating false narratives and facilitating such events and the greater movement behind Revoice, have done and are doing a great disservice to the Body of Christ and to their own families. The SBC annual meeting in Dallas saw a timely and great opportunity to address the important issue of preserving ministry to people wanting out of the LGBT lifestyle by passing a RESOLUTION proposed by Dr. Robert Oscar Lopez of SWBTS. The Resolution never made its way out of committee for the Dallas SBC annual meeting. If Russell Moore of the ERLC had stood behind this resolution like he has done with others, such as the 2017 Alt-Right condemnation, this all-important issue of meaningful ministry to the LGBT community by Southern Baptist churches and ministries would not have been ignored.)
The Revoice Conference, scheduled to take place in St Louis on July 26th and 27th, is being held to “Promote LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian tradition.” Revoice represents a rapid advancement of new language on the issues of LGBTQ movement into the Church. In its vision, beliefs statements, workshops and biographies of the speakers, the conference openly discusses and promotes the normalization of very radical pro homosexual terms and ideology. Examples of the new language include: “LGBT+ Christian,” “Queer Christian,” “Queer Visibility” (coming out as gay) in the Church,” “Gleaning the Virtues of Queer Culture, Literature, and Theory for the Church and the New Jerusalem at the End of Time,” “Sexual Minorities in the Church and in Ministry in the Church,” and “Making the Church Open to and a Safe Haven for the LGBT+ Community.”
This author first broke this story with the help of WorldView Radio and The Janet Mefferd programs in early May 2018. Since that time the Revoice website has altered some of its more progressive language but by no means attempted to still the controversy. The author and others have reached out to the founder of Revoice, Nate Collins from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Those effort has been turned away with little or no response to concerns expressed.
The author has researched and written extensively on Revoice and WHY this July event represents a movement to normalize and promote acceptance of “LGBT+ Christianity” into mainstream Christian churches and denominations like the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the conservative Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). If this and other extensions of this subversive and well-funded effort are not met and turned away from the gates of orthodox Christianity, the days of Institutionalized Christian denominations and churches are numbered in America and those believers who remain faithful to God’s Word will have no choice but to leave churches and denominations who embrace and allow it. Significant infiltration has already occurred in our Seminaries – of the SBC and PCA and other denominations. (the issues in bullet points below are researched, documented and explained in detail in the linked articles at the conclusion of this recap.
PROBLEMS WITH THE REVOICE CONFERENCE
IN THE SBC
The Founder of Revoice is Nate Collins who self identifies as a homosexual in a mixed orientation marriage, which means that he is married to a woman who is heterosexual, but he identifies as a homosexual. Collins holds a Degree from Moody Bible Institute, and a Masters and Doctorate from Dr Albert Mohler’s very conservative (in reputation at least) Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville KY. Collins was a New Testament Instructor at SBTS and a Garrett Fellow (grading papers and counseling SBTS students on academics) and is currently an Adjunct Online Teaching partner for SBTS. He has traveled and represented SBTS as a scholar to the Evangelical Theological Society on his researched topics of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Theory. Collins’ work of planning and incorporating REVOICE began as far back in, (at least) the Fall of 2017, while he was still teaching at Dr. Mohler’s SBTS. According to his bio, Collins spent at least 14 ½ years as a student and later as a teacher and self-identified homosexual (Side B) Christian. His father, Chip Collins, was Associate Dean at the undergraduate Boyce College, which is a feeder school for SBTS. In 2013, the father and son team – of son Nate (Student and NT instructor at SBTS) and father Chip (Boyce faculty at the time) – had a partnership ministry called “Aligned Grace” where they lectured as an “out” homosexual Christian Son and Father who represented the family who have chosen to affirm the son’s stand as a “Side B” homosexual. “Side B” is LGBT terminology for “Same Sex Attracted Christianity” which means espousing “Celibacy” or having a “Mixed Orientation Marriage” as “adherence to historic Christian Ethic.”
The Collins’ Father and Son Aligned Grace team also partnered with Exodus International’s final President, Alan Chambers, as the organization was abandoning ex gay therapy. The closing of Exodus International was used to vilify all ex gay ministries and led to the broader vilification of Reparative or Conversion Therapy.
LOVEboldly was founded in 2011 in Kentucky and Nate Collins joined its board in 2013 while still working at SBTS for at least another 4 ½ – 5 years. LOVEboldly is endorsed by Emergent leader, Brian McLaren, Alan Chambers and Julie Rodgers, the former Wheaton Chaplains office counselor who flipped from Side B to Side A – Fully Affirming homosexual behavior and marriage as a Christian – shortly after the SCOTUS / Obergefell decision. LOVEboldly has both side A and Side B members and events and espouses an alliance for all LGBT+ Christians beyond the issues of Theology, Morality, Politics, or personal views on any similar, possibly divisive issues. The work of Regent University Psychologist, Mark Yarhouse, has played a key role in the development of the LGBT ideology of LOVEboldly / Revoice and even The Gospel Coalition (TGC) members, D. A. Carson, Tim Keller and Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, and the institutions and organizations which these leaders oversee.
“DEVOTED FOR YOUTH PASTORS” CONFERENCE
In the Fall of 2018, LOVEboldly will host a “Devoted for Youth Pastors” Conference on “LGBT+ Christianity” with two key leaders of the Revoice Conference, Nate Collins (also a LOVEboldly board member) and Gregory Coles, a Student and Instructor in the English Department of Penn State University. Coles’ area of study, similar to Collins, is in Theory and Rhetoric focused on gender, feminine, race and sexual minority theory and rhetoric toward social change. Coles’ book, Single Gay Christian, is heavily endorsed by TGC. The “Devoted for Youth Pastors” Conference seeks to come alongside YOUTH PASTORS to help them affirm and minister to LGBT teens in churches, thus bypassing senior church staff and parents by taking the Revoice / LOVEboldly ideology directly to teens and preteens in their churches. A 2016 LOVEboldly conference called “Restore” featured “Side A” lesbian Christian, Julie Rodgers, and Regent University’s Dr. Mark Yarhouse, who collaborate on focusing to bring their Side A and Side B message to Christian youth. LOVEboldly has close ties to the Human Rights Campaign through a board member, Christy Messick, and Julie Rodgers, the bride-to-be of a radical lesbian LGBTQ Equality activist who heads a lobby group and serves on Leadership Committees of the HRC. HRC’s funding ties to the $50 million dollar PLUS per year budget with special emphasis on conservative evangelical (SBC churches) are suspected [expected?] to be confirmed soon.
ERLC / RUSSELL MOORE TIES TO REVOICE
The Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention is the policy, and lobbying arm of the denomination. Its leader is the brazenly controversial Russell Moore who is an SBTS graduate and former Instructor and Dean. Moore took the reins of ERLC in March 2013 and by October made waves by announcing that “The Culture War is over and we (the Church) lost” and, therefore, we need to make nice and “love our gay and lesbian neighbors.” Moore then led the ERLC to host a 2014 conference on Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage to which he invited and secretly met behind closed doors with many LGBTQ activist groups including the Human Rights Campaign. This issue has now come to the attention of many who question the following connections of Revoice to the ERLC. In Moore’s 2014 conference, he and Dr Albert Mohler of SBTS capitulated and professed their belief in Homosexual Orientation and denounced all efforts to help people change or be transformed from unwanted homosexual desires through ministries that provide Reparative or Conversion Ex Gay therapy.
Karen Swallow Prior is a professor at Liberty University, an ERLC Research Fellow and a close friend of Russell Moore. Swallow Prior appears to enjoy the spotlight of being progressively controversial in the SBC. Prior also promotes the Revoice Conference on the Revoice website and has a history of appearing at LGBT+ events.
ERLC contractor, Brandon Polk, will be a Speaker at Revoice. His company, Arrowhead Advisors, worked very closely with Russell Moore in the ERLC 2017 “Christ Centered Parenting Conference” and on the controversial, racially charged MLK/50 conference last April. Polk has most recently worked with Moore’s ERLC legislative research on Prison Reform. Polk does not speak in his biography about his personal place in the Side A Side B discussion. He does boast (on both personal and Arrowhead social media) of his close friendship with Todrick Hall, a judge on RuPaul’s Drag (Queen) Race television program. Russell Moore considers Brandon Polk’ company to be an advisor to him on Christ Centered Parenting for Southern Baptists. That should have time to settle in on Southern Baptists about their ERLC leadership.
Nate Collins advocates for his Side A and Side B followers when he says “Give to a charitable organization that either helps LGBT people in crisis, offers Christ-focused support services, or promotes awareness, dialogue, and peace as genuine Christian values. LoveBoldly, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and the Gay Christian Network are all good options, as well as the GoFundMe site for the victims and their families.”
None of the articles written in response or the broadcast by SBC or TGC leaders to the exposure of Revoice speak to their own connections to those involved, founding, promoting, or speaking at Revoice. All responses carefully avoid going anywhere near Nate Collins’ ties to SBTS/ ERLC, the endorsement of Karen Swallow Prior, the ERLC contractor speaking at Revoice, Mark Yarhouse’s ideology, or Covenant Seminary’s many links to the conference. Such coordinated avoidance is not possible without intention.
PCA DENOMINATIONAL TIES ARE EVEN WORSE
The Presbyterian Church of America has been one of the most trusted Reformed conservative and active denominations in the US for around 40 years. It produced such outspoken leaders as D. James Kennedy and Frank Barker on theological, convictional, moral, social issues like the gay agenda (now called LGBT+ or LGBTQ). Both were among the PCA’s founding leadership, however, Revoice represents very disturbing infiltration into the denomination. St Louis, Missouri is the location of the PCA’s flagship, Covenant Theological Seminary. Seven Revoice speakers are recent graduates of Covenant Seminary as well as three Covenant professors who are either endorsing, like Scott Sauls (Nashville Extension for Covenant), or speaking at Revoice. The President of Covenant Seminary is Mark Dalbey, whose wife Beth works in the leadership of one of the Revoice mentor organizations, First Light, which maintains offices at Memorial PCA Church which is hosting Revoice.
The PCA Pastor of Revoice is Greg Johnson. Both he and Mark Dalbey were asked to answer concerns during the PCA’s General Assembly annual meetings in Atlanta in June 2018. Dalbey pointed out that Covenant is not hosting or connected to Revoice but fails to mention his wife’s involvement with First Light at Memorial PCA which mentors Revoice and whose director, a Covenant Seminary graduate, is ALSO a Revoice speaker.
Greg Johnson has made a case for the Side B “faithfulness to Christian sexual ethic“ and is one of the few involved who espouse that this “Ethic” is Biblically based. In fact, it is not, as Collins and Mark Yarhouse confirm that if their conclusions about the validity of a homosexual or LGBT sexual orientation are true, then it is not addressed in Scripture and the espoused Christian Sexual Ethic is based on extrabiblical /psychologically based terminology. On July 15th Greg Johnson affirmed in an interview podcast that he “would also consider hosting a conference similar to Revoice, if asked, for “Pedophile Christians, those attracted sexually to children.” To date, he and his church have received no warnings or actions of discipline from the PCA and they appear to remain in good standing with their Biblical conservative denomination.
Scott Sauls, who endorses Revoice on its website and helped organize the event in the Spring of 2018, is the long time protege’ of PCA golden boy, Timothy Keller. Sauls was on the preaching staff and later became a church planter for Keller’s Redeemer City PCA church in New York City. Keller had planted over 400 churches globally and is now working through his Redeemer City to City to plant thousands more by 2025. Sauls is also part of Keller’s Gospel Coalition and contributes to the ERLC and Russell Moore. Sauls appears to be following his mentor into the fringes on LGBTQ issues as Keller has already shown an inability to say clearly that homosexuality is a sin, in a 2015 Veritas Forum, and, in 2013, said that Christians can support gay marriage in the culture just not in the church. No such imaginary lines as Keller pretends to define exist now in the reality of legal same sex marriage. SCOTUS opinions on Obergefell have made it clear that redefining marriage is a threat and sets up a future class struggle between Gay Rights and Religious Freedom. Does Keller think he knows something that SCOTUS legal minds do not about these dangers? Doubtful.
REVOICE AND LIVING OUT: PROMOTED IN UNISON BY SAM ALLBERRY & TIM KELLER
Tim Keller was in London to be the keynote speaker at the June “Living Out” conference promoted by Sam Allberry, a Same Sex Attracted Priest who, along with other self-identified gay priests in the Church of England, are migrating LGBT language since the 2013 vote of parliament to legalize same sex marriage in the UK. Keller’s TGC and Russell Moore of ERLC have heavily promoted Allberry and his SSA ministry for over 4 years to the US Evangelical Church. Allberry’s Living Out eagerly promoted the Revoice Conference for their “US audience” along with their marketing and Promotion of the Keller/ Allberry Event in London for June 2018.
CONSERVATIVE MASTERS COLLEGE (NOW UNIVERSITY) AND SEMINARY GRADUATE INVOLVED.
One of the speakers at Revoice and “key straight allies” of the Revoice and the broader LGBT+ “Christian Community” is Preston Sprinkle and his Center for Faith Sexuality and Gender. Sprinkle is relatively unknown outside these circles but his presence at Revoice and mentor role to the “Sexual Minority” LGBT+ camp represented in Revoice and beyond proves disturbing to devoted followers of John Macarthur since Sprinkle carries two degrees (and perhaps ordination to ministry/credentials) from Macarthur’s conservative Masters College and Seminary. Many hope that John Macarthur will be the first among the mainstream ministers, whose disciples are attempting to Revoice the Church, to respond and openly denounce this movement.
NO BIBLICAL BASIS FOR REVOICE CLAIMS / ITS SOURCE IS MARK YARHOUSE AND THE APA
In the extensive research provided in the links below, one common influence becomes apparent. Mark Yarhouse of Regent University has impacted seminaries like Covenant and SBTS, institutions and parachurch ministries like the ERLC and TGC, and manifestations of this radical, new, migratory and gateway language of “LGBT+, Sexual Minority and Queer Christianity.” Yarhouse is a psychologist who works with interfaith, gay and Christian psychologists to reconcile conflicted LGBT people of faith based on the presumptions of the pro homosexual policies of the American Psychological Association (APA).
In 1973, the APA departed from its position that homosexuality is a mental illness and declared it to be a healthy lifestyle. Since that time the psychological community has operated on this assumption. Christian psychologists have had sharp divisions over the issue of homosexuality and Christian Counseling for decades. Mark Yarhouse has worked with the APA, Gay and Christian psychologists to bridge that gap and provide common ground for these diverse and antithetical points of view. In the Yarhouse Whitepaper, which was developed in 2010 for The Gospel Coalition at the request of D.A. Carson for use in their College Campus ministries, the concept of Sexual Orientation as fixed was stated as a principle. Using the APA and his own very limited Research (around 98 selected people with SSA), Yarhouse’s Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity concluded that since (as asserted ) Sexual Orientation is real and fixed or “seldom changes,” then a person who has a ”homosexual Identity,” which in the case of a Christian (or a follower of a particular faith historically opposed to homosexuality), has a conflicted “Faith Identity.” These two must be merged for the wellbeing of the patient or person with conflicted identities. Therefore, “LGBT+ or particular (Sexual) Identity” + “Faith Identity” = “LGBT+ Christian” or “Sexual Minority Christian.”
Since 2010, TGC leadership and its devotees and affiliates have been steeped in this view as the gold standard for all things LGBT in the Church, its literature and its seminaries, training and ministry practice. This leadership included Russell Moore, while at SBTS and then as head of ERLC from 2013, as he and Albert Mohler influenced the SBC leadership (including the new SBC President J D Greear according to his lecture at ERLC and his pastoral care policy) and their underlings through Moore’s policy shift and the 2014 conference of the ERLC in Nashville. TGC along with D.A. Carson and Tim Keller were able to use the influence of their co-founded organization TGC to promote the Yarhouse Whitepaper/ideology in the conservative PCA and to the Seminaries and as outlined in the document, to the Campus ministries like Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), CRU and InterVarsity. Ironically, a supposed pragmatic reason for reaching the Millennials has driven much of the public discussion as these leaders and others advise us that conservative Evangelicals are in the minority position culturally. If true, this culture shift would be due to false narratives which they themselves have helped to propagate.
Tom Littleton and Brannon Howse Discuss REVOICE after the Conference
For further research and documentation of the facts presented you can search the following articles.
WHO IS NEXT IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF LGBT+ “CHRISTIANITY”?
By Rev Thomas Littleton
July 5 2018
Much attention has been brought to focus in the last two months on the July 26th REVOICE CONFERENCE and yet few Southern Baptist and Presbyterian Church in America leaders have clearly denounced the bold claim of REVOICE to “promote LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian tradition.” Dr. Albert Mohler finally commented in The Briefing on Friday June 22nd but was very careful about his choice of words, asserting the best about REVOICE participants.
“It’s very important to take the organizers at their word …. What’s most important at the onset to recognize is that those who’ve organized this conference are identifying as Christians who adhere to the historic Christian sexual ethic, and what’s also important is to understand that this places this conference in a very different place than others who are also talking about the LGBTQ issues. And some of those others are arguing for a reversal of the historic Christian biblical understanding of sexual morality and of sexual behavior.”
Dr. Mohler DOES NOT MENTION that Nate Collins, the founder and president of Revoice, spent 14 years at Mohler’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has two degrees, a full academic specialty on gender and related topics, and has presented his writings as an SBTS Scholar. Mohler DOES NOT MENTION that the REVOICE ideology is based on an APA-affiliated psychologist, Dr. Mark Yarhouse, who heads the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity and was commissioned by The Gospel Coalition to develop the White Paper to be used by Seminaries, Christian universities and campus ministries like RUF, CRU, and InterVarsity, which has now come full bloom in July’s REVOICE “LGBT+ and Queer Christian “Conference. Ignoring these realities as he has, will Dr. Mohler ALSO IGNORE that his disciple is taking the REVOICE message to TEENS in our churches to CULTIVATE LGBT+ identity via the Youth Pastors?
Now it the time for all Evangelical Leaders like Dr. Albert Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Russell Moore of the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, and The Gospel Coalition co-founders, Tim Keller and D. A. Carson, to step forward and denounce Revoice and this surge mainstreaming LGBT+ Christianity. There is NO OTHER OPTION if they plan on having any remaining credibility whatsoever. The movement behind this radical effort to normalize LGBT+ in the church is in full step with the tactics and goals of Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood.
These secular entities have not forgotten the Church and the need to subdue it — to seduce it and DESTROY THE CHURCH. HRC and PP love to bypass parents and family and promote their LGBT+ inclusion agenda directly to youth at ANY AGE as a HUMAN RIGHT. HRC LOVES to capitalize on the conflicted emotions of people and their faith, of people and their gay family – parents and children.
Is the Church about to be led to do the same?
Is this IDEOLOGY not out to target TEENS with the total LGBT+ package because next STOP on the Revoice founder and worship leaders’ TOUR is RECRUITING the YOUTH MINISTERS who can and will bypass parents, senior staff members at churches and embolden those students who have sympathies toward the cultural popularization of “it’s hip to be LGBT+”? Trans is the new PUNK for awkward teens seeking attention and to be an ally of LGBT+ friends is GLSEN’s dream for the Gay /Straight Allies movement. Now the effort is to bring it HOME to the HOUSES of Worship.
SAFE SPACES AND INCLUSION FOR OUR CHILDREN IN OUR OWN CHURCHES.
In October 2018 two of the key leaders of the Revoice Conference, Nate Collins (SBTS) and Gregory Coles (endorsed by The Gospel Coalition’s D. A. Carson and many others) will be speaking in Cincinnati Ohio at the DEVOTED FOR YOUTH PASTORS Conference along with a ministry titled LOVEboldly. Collins is on the Board of LOVEboldly Inc. which carries endorsements from Emergent heretic, Brian McLaren, who in 2012 presided over a Same Sex marriage of his son Trevor and is considered one of the leading figures in the train wreck of postmodernism infiltration into mainstream Christianity. (More on McLaren later)
(NOTE No mention is ever made about teen/youth escaping their identity of LGBT+ Christian )
“Saddled with expectations from parents, congregation members, denominations, and the leaders who hired them, youth and young adult pastors face a unique challenge in providing effective pastoral care to their LGBTQ+ student. Is it possible to maintain a traditional Biblical view on sexuality, yet remain devoted to the youth in your care who identify as LGBTQ+? Join us for this one-day seminar that will equip you to take practical steps towards loving the LGBTQ+ students in your community with a new boldness, while avoiding common pitfalls that erode relationships, harm your students, and damage those who identify as LGBTQ+.
“Presenters will offer a Biblical framework for reconciliation that frees Christians to emulate Christ’s incarnational love without compromising deeply held beliefs on sexuality. Hone your skills and practice strategies for building “treasonous friendships” across deep theological and ideological divides that typically challenge our loyalty to one another. Invite God to guide you towards deeper healing in your closest relationships and gain practical take-home skills and tools to inform your life of ministry.
“LGBTQ+ Christians will share their personal stories and insights towards answering your toughest questions and challenges in your life of ministry.”
REVOICE FOUNDER, ALBERT MOHLER DISCIPLE, TARGETING YOUTH PASTORS
Nate Collins and Gregory Coles are working with Alan Chambers who is well known for having dismantled Exodus International from within after becoming its last president.
“Devoted” looks to bypass adult staff and parents and reach out to the youth pastor to help him/her provide effective “pastoral care” for LGBT+ students in their/your church youth group. Collins who, again, honed his expertise at Dr. Albert Mohler’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Gregory Coles, who has received hearty endorsements of TGC and many in the PCA/ SBC camp (including the “Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood” currently headed by Denny Burk) have just what a confused teen needs in your church youth group. A person who spent 14 years at Dr. Mohler’s SBTS and still identifies as “homosexual in a mixed orientation marriage” and Cole, who identifies as a “single Gay Celibate Christian,” may be able make some of the culture’s most desperately wrong narratives seem normal to the young believers’ hearts and minds.
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From DEVOTED Conference Biography
“Dr. Nate Collins, (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the president and founder of Revoice, an evangelical organization that supports, encourages, and empowers gay, lesbian, same-sex attracted and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality. Speaking from his own experience as a gay man in a mixed orientation marriage, Collins is committed to helping faith communities include LGBT people in the family life of the church. He is the author of All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality (Zondervan, 2017). Nate has been married to his wife, Sara, for thirteen years, and they have three children.”
Coles is the Worship Leader for Revoice and is also speaking at the DEVOTED CONFERENCE FOR YOUTH PASTORS and is endorsed by D. A. Carson and Denny Burk and others in TGC.
Featured Speakers: Devoted Conference Biography
“Greg Coles is a piano player, a baker, a writer, a worship leader, and a Ph.D. candidate in English, not necessarily in that order. He grew up on the Indonesian island of Java, where he fell in love with language learning his older brother’s SAT vocabulary words and reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet at age 8. Greg is the author of Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity (InterVarsity Press, 2017). His fiction and expository writing have been published by Penguin Random House and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and he writes about his obsession with Jesus at gregorycoles.com. His academic research on rhetorics of marginality (how language works in society for disadvantaged groups) has appeared in College English and Rhetorica.”
PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE
(As the researcher who broke the Revoice concerns it should be noted that those concerns are even greater now given the intentional targeting of TEENS in our churches. My wife and I returned in 2010 to the church she had grown up in, named Shades Mountain Independent Church (SMIC) near Birmingham AL. The family of my wife helped found the church under a wonderful, evangelistic pastor and it was, in reputation, one of the most conservative congregations in the City. Under a new pastor, Harry Walls, and 20 years later the church had aligned early with The Gospel Coalition. This was not widely known. The DNA was by this time was the trusted conservative reformed influence of John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in CA. and in 2011 the church converted to an elder led governance. In spite of deep pastoral ties to Masters College and Seminary, SMIC was following in the Lausanne and Tim Keller mode of “City Reaching” with its primary outreach ministry. These efforts included ministry ties to Government funding and progressive politics, especially on LGBT issues under the Obama administration. Several very disturbing events took place over a 3 to 3 1/2 year period. A book by a Gay Celibate Priest, Sam Allberry (who now endorses Revoice), was given to our church teens without Parents being allowed to screen it and soon after a teen of 14 yrs old began to openly self identify as the opposite gender but was allowed to remain active in the youth group influencing other teens. By 2015 that same gender confused teen worked as a mentor at the church’s VERY popular and trusted “conservative” Summer youth CAMP WITH OVER 900 CHILDREN AGE 6-9 ATTENDING. After three years of expressing GROWING concerns as these events and as others unfolded, by November 2015 my wife and I were branded as troublemakers in a failed attempt to enforce church discipline by the relatively novice elder Board. By April 2016, while we were not in town, we were identified in an announcement from the pulpit to be in some unspecified sin. This was the first of TWO such announcements. The lead Pastor, Harry Walls, had retired in the midst of these concerns and moved to CA to work at Masters College (now University) and would not engage the issues left behind. Other compromises with the LGBT movement continued unaddressed especially related the outreaches of the once evangelistic congregation. Our concerns over INFILTRATION within the youth groups and youth pastors of the LGBT movement remain on VERY HIGH ALERT for obvious reasons. Given the message of Revoice is now TARGETING Teens through the Youth Pastors, we cannot be SILENT about such deception. Revoice mentor, Preston Sprinkle, and his organization Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender, play a key role in the movement and yet, like Mohler’s ties to Collins, John MacArthur / Masters Seminary conferred two degrees and perhaps ordination to Preston Sprinkle and, like Dr Mohler, John MacArthur has spoken nothing to this issue and concern. It is our sincere hope that someone of regard among evangelicals will rise up and call their disciples to account and openly DENOUNCE and REPUDIATE Revoice it’s ideology of “LGBT+/ Queer Christianity” and the movement in TOTAL. Time will tell and yet the movement is advancing rapidly.)
Christian Psychologists can’t provide a Biblical narrative for human sexuality while compliant with the America Psychological Association and yet the work of TGC/ ERLC / CBMW and MANY seminaries including SBTS and Covenant Seminary (PCA) in St Louis (where Revoice is being held) all welcome the work of Psychologist Mark Yarhouse who TGC commissioned in 2010.
In 2016 LOVEboldly did a conference called RESTORE with Mark Yarhouse and the formerly side B Celibate – suddenly flipped to side A gay affirming Julie Rodgers. Rodgers was on staff at the Chaplains office at Wheaton until she flipped to affirm open homosexuality and gay marriage just after Obergefell SCOTUS decision. Rodgers is a personal hero of many in the Revoice line up thought they claim adherence to side B -celibacy or “mixed orientation marriage “as their “Christian Sexual Ethic.” Mark Yarhouse develops, including in his work for TGC/ Christ on Campus Initiative for TEDS , the case for establishing the validity of Sexual Orientation and thus a Sexual Identity – then the pathway to merging Sexual identity with Faith Identity equaling“ Gay Christianity” or LGBT+ Christian and most often using the phrase “Sexual Minority” in the church. He has also done extensive development of gender theory and according to Dr. Albert Mohler, asserts that “Gender Reassignment surgery is the most viable answer for some who experience Gender Dysphoria.” Yet even Dr. Mohler, who owns Sexual Orientation, denies the possibility of Surgery as an answer to GD that reflects “a Biblical Worldview.” Still Dr. Yarhouse’s work is reflected and core to Revoice and LOVEboldly and much of the work of founder/ board member Collins. It should be noted that Julie Rodgers is soon to be married and her fiancé, a woman, is tied to pro LGBT group, the Human Rights Campaign.
Dr. Mark Yarhouse
Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D., is the Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology at Regent University. Dr. Yarhouse was named Senior Fellow with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities Read More
Julie works for restoration within communities that hope to learn from those on the margins. She has served as an advisor to sexual minorities at Christian colleges during a time of tremendous cultural Read More
YARHOUSE AND RODGERS ARE FOCUSED AS WELL ON YOUTH MINISTRY
MORE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN AND MATHEW VINES REFORMATION PROJECT TIES TO LOVEBOLDLY / DEVOTED AND NATE COLLINS/REVOICE
Note that Christy Messick worked with both HRC and Mathew Vines Reformation Project, both of which are Side A-fully affirming of LGBT+ marriage and sexuality.
Christy Messick is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary where she completed her Masters of Divinity in 2012. Christy has ministered in various national and international contexts and has a heart for LGBTQ+ youth and young adult discipleship. She has extensive experience working with those seeking to reconcile their faith and sexual orientations and has worked as a Fellow in the Religion and Faith Department of the Human Rights Campaign, located in Washington, DC. She participated in the inaugural Reformation Project, which seeks to transform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity. Christy serves as the editor of Owning Our Stories, a place where LGBTI people, their parents, and friends can own their stories by sharing it with others. She also blogs about faith and sexual orientation and serves as a founding board member of LOVEboldly (2011-Present). Christy lives in Georgetown, KY with her wife, Sarah.
NATE COLLINS AND RUSSELL MOORE’S ERLC: HOW CLOSE ARE THEY? WHISTLE BLOWERS NEEDED. WHEN WILL THE FULL STORY OF ERLC COMPROMISE BE KNOWN?
Nate Collins sees Russell Moore’s ERLC as an LGBT+ ally in his 2016 BLOG entry .
“Give to a charitable organization that either helps LGBT people in crisis, offers Christ-focused support services, or promotes awareness, dialogue, and peace as genuine Christian values. LoveBoldly, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and the Gay Christian Network are all good options, as well as the GoFundMe site for the victims and their families.”
MORE ON LOVEboldly
LOVEboldly Missions Statement
“Empowering willing Christians, LGBT+, and same-sex attracted individuals to step towards loving one another boldly.
“Our vision is one in which reconciliation to God, self, and others at the intersection of faith, sexuality, and gender identity is made possible. We are deeply persuaded that agreement with one another’s political, theological, moral, or philosophical perspectives is not essential for moving towards loving one another boldly. Instead, we can emulate the God who moved into our neighborhood and befriended us while we were still God’s enemies. In an attempt to model God’s self-sacrificial love, demonstrated in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ, we dedicate ourselves towards living the following values.”
Further Values Stated by LOVEboldly
“God moved into our neighborhood and befriended us while we were still God’s enemies. In an attempt to model God’s self-sacrificial love, demonstrated in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ, we dedicate ourselves towards living the following values.
“Offensive Sanctuary: We will not exclude anyone from the table or from the conversation, no matter how inglorious their presence may be.”
Treasonous Friendship: We will not permit personal or communal loyalties to ideology, labels, or tribes to prevent us from befriending each other.
Conflicted Conviction: We will not trample over or ridicule each other’s beliefs, even though they make us wildly uncomfortable.
Subversive Listening: We will not ignore or invalidate each other’s stories, knowing that to listen is to invite change in the world’s systems and in ourselves.
Narrative Honesty: We will not shy away from honoring truth wherever it is found.
Insolent Kindness: We will not fail to be good to each other, always honoring the dignity and inherent worth of every human being.
Obstinate Loyalty: We will not give up on or dismiss each other, no matter how angry a conversation makes us.
THEOLOGY AND POLITICS ASIDE TO GAIN THE “THIRD WAY”
Our Statement of Beliefs
We are deeply persuaded that agreement with one another’s political, theological, moral, or philosophical perspectives is not essential for moving towards loving one another boldly.
BRIAN MCLAREN’S ENDORSEMENT of LOVEboldly
“I’m a huge fan of LOVEboldly. They are accomplishing pivotal reconciliation work in the conversation on faith, sexuality, and gender identity. Their efforts make safe spaces for dialogue between LGBTQ and conservative Christians alike, breaking down stereotypes that often divide us.”
Albert Mohler commented in 2005 on the destructive influences of Brian McLaren and yet his SBTS graduate and New Testament Instructor Nate Collins’ work is endorsed by McLaren.
“McLaren effectively ransacks the Christian tradition, picking and choosing among theological options without any particular concern for consistency. He rejects the traditional understanding of doctrine as statements of biblical truth and instead presents a variant of postmodernism–effectively arguing that doctrines form a language that is meaningful to Christians, even if not objectively true. He claims to be arguing for “a generous third way beyond the conservative and liberal versions of Christianity so dominant in the Western world.” …
“The Emergent movement represents a significant challenge to biblical Christianity. Unwilling to affirm that the Bible contains propositional truths that form the framework for Christian belief, this movement argues that we can have Christian symbolism and substance without those thorny questions of truthfulness that have so vexed the modern mind.”
DESTROYING EXODUS INTERNATIONAL AND CONVERSION THERAPY – A MANDATE CARRIED OUT BY ALAN CHAMBERS AND SOON ECHOED BY ALBERT MOHLER AND RUSSELL MOORE : LOVEboldly/ DEVOTED YOUTH PASTORS CONFERENCE NOW ALIGN
Alan Chambers served as president of Exodus International for 12 years, garnering WORLD magazine’s “Daniel of the Year” designation in 2011 for upholding historic Christian doctrine teaching on sexuality and helping offer compassionate help for homosexuals who sought to leave the lifestyle behind. Shortly after that, Chambers began to reveal his new and troubling views on homosexuality, such as saying unrepentant homosexuals can be saved. Against the wishes of other Exodus leaders, Chambers shuttered Exodus in 2013, apologizing to the LGBT community for the “pain and hurt” Exodus had caused. Today, Chambers works openly as an LGBT activist, embracing so-called “gay” marriage, denouncing Reparative Therapy, Attending PRIDE Parades, and preaching at Washington National Cathedral during LGBT PRIDE month.
Chamber’s Biography At DEVOTED Conference
Also Featuring Conversation Partners:
Alan Chambers is perhaps best known as the final President of Exodus International, the largest ex-gay ministry in the world, which he closed in 2013 with an apology for the harm he believes conservative Christianity has done to the LGBTQ+ community. He has been interviewed by nearly every major media outlet in the world and has authored 3 books including his recent memoir penned with his wife, Leslie, My Exodus: from Fear to Grace (Zondervan, 2015). Alan writes for magazines, newspapers, and online publications upon request. His family and friends know him best as Leslie’s husband, Isaac and Molly’s daddy, for his great sense of humor, love of decorating (both homes and people), and shoe collection. Alan serves as the President of The Alan and Leslie Chambers Foundation, a consulting and counseling outreach encouraging greater inclusivity for LGBT people in faith communities and providing support for individuals and families navigating the complexities of faith and LGBT realities. The Chambers are founding members of Grace Church and live in Alan’s hometown of Winter Park, Florida. Facebook: @AlanManningChambers and Twitter: @AlanMChambers
CHRISTIANS SHOULD CELEBRATE GAY PRIDE? REALLY?
LOVEbolbly And Nate Collins Advocate Christians Attend /Participate in PRIDE Parades.
Few American Christians would ever consider attending or taking their children to a PRIDE event given the near nudity, Sadomasochistic displays, and historically offensive behaviors for which these events had become known. Yet LOVEboldly participates.
A little rain won’t stop us from sharing God’s love at #CincyPride today!
Nate Collins also recommends that Christians attend PRIDE events in his blog despite the fact the June events mark the celebrations of the “Stonewall Inn” riots rooted in sexual liberation, gay prostitution, drug abuse, corruption between some NYPD officers and the Mafia who owned the Greenwich gay bars and exploited the gay community extorted closeted customers who patronized them.
Collins’ Blog Post June 13th 2016
“If your conscience permits you, attend a gay pride event this month. Not many straight conservative folks know that gay pride events commemorate the Stonewall riots that took place on June 28, 1969, and are an occasion for LGBT people to remember the violence against their humanity that that event represents. In my opinion, a conservative Christian can attend a gay pride event in solidarity with the shared humanity we all have as image-bearers of God”
LOVEboldly members are also is working with Jim Wallis’ Sojourners “Summit for Change” and Gay Catholic Jesuit Father James Martin.
“Honored and thrilled to be part of the Sojourners #summitforchange gathering in D.C. this week, with so many great folks! Let’s get this party started!”
LOVEboldly March 31 ·
“We are called to the wait of the Christian, which is called hope. It is an active waiting; it knows that, even in the worst of situations, even in the darkest times, God is powerfully at work, even if we cannot see it clearly right now.”
About this article
Father James Martin: Holy Saturday teaches Christians the right way to wait. We are called to the wait of the Christian, which is called hope.
LOVEboldly also participates in LGBT+ Lunchtime Bible Studies with Christ Church Cathedral.
LOVEboldly is at Christ Church Cathedral.
February 21 · Cincinnati, OH ·
“I haven’t been to a Bible Study in a decade.”
This is what one new friend told us today at the launch of our second Bible study for LGBT+ folks, many of whom often feel left behind or unsafe in their faith communities. We are very excited about how our little community is growing and for the chance to share God’s love with new folks!
We are grateful for this partnership with Christ Church Cathedral. What a blessing!
COLLABORATION IS NOT ALWAYS SAFE AND SOUND OR HARMLESS
Nate Collins, though a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate and instructor, has no problem working on the Board, fundraising and speaking at conferences for LOVEboldy, involving themselves with Brian McLaren, Alan Chambers, Sojourners (Jim Wallis), Gay Catholics, even Jesuit Father James Martin? Dr. Albert Mohler has no problem with his long time student, recent graduate, and traveling SBTS scholar sporting credentials representing SBTS and Reformed Southern Baptist movement’s flagship Seminary? When will it all be enough to persuade Dr. Mohler and others that their disciples are proving problematic enough to speak up? Will Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, ERLC/ TGC, Tim Keller, D. A. Carson and others go along with the Revoice aims to target our TEENS in our own churches?
ON THE ROAD AGAIN WITH “LGBT+ CHRISTIANS”
Nate Collins and Gregory Coles are becoming well traveled leaders of the Revoice and Devoted youth movement. In a post on social media the two take a selfie and labeled it “Roomies 2.0” as they appear to share a room for the night. This issue is not personal, simply a matter of those who claim special status as sexual minorities in the church not also be allowed to be given exempt status on standards of personal ethics, purity and the avoidance of the appearance of evil.
Ray did the room crumble beneath the amount of greatness that was in it?
Ben What sort of trouble are you two boys up too?
Sharon They do have a sort of innocent yet mischievous smiles on them. 😁
This is, again, not an attempt to be personal and involved in private affairs of these two people but given claims by Albert Mohler and his circle of Revoice reviewers of the creators and speakers of Revoice “commitment to a Christian Sexual Ethic” it is honest to ask “what other SBC/ PCA/ ERLC /TGC ministers would be allowed to room together as a married Heterosexual man to a single heterosexual female who were traveling in ministry together? What other exceptions to the rules are expected for the church to make? Again, what about even the AVOIDING the mere appearance of EVIL?
Revoice speakers, including Collins, came down hard on Conservative Resurgence icon, Paige Patterson, in the Jonathan Merritt (pro LGBT+ / SBC writer) led assault with NO “selfie” picture of Patterson with a single young female room mate. Where is the fairness and Christian LOVE here? If this is not as implied – the two guys rooming together while traveling, perhaps Nate Collins and Gregory Coles can meet in an open forum with this writer and some other former homosexuals now born of the Spirit and identified ONLY as new creations in Christ who were refused reservations for Revoice in St Louis. Many would welcome such a sit down for discussion/ debate and in an open forum for Q and A.
May 9 ·
I haven’t shared nearly as many articles about recent revelations of sexism in the upper echelons of the Southern Baptist Convention as I’ve wanted to (#selfcontrol), but when I see female SBC leaders I respect amplify a specific perspective on the matter, I think it’s important to use my voice to support them.
About this article
Conservative evangelical women are calling out a leader’s sexism. It’s a huge moment for #MeToo.
More than 2,500 Southern Baptist women have signed a petition denouncing denomination leader Paige Patterson.
The church is rapidly being taken into dangerous waters where entire denominations have crashed into the rocks of unbiblical /heretical assumptions and been crushed by the winds and waves of prevailing cultural antagonism to God, the Gospel, His Word and Christian Faith. What is most different here today is the COMFORTABLE MIXTURE of left and right, or Biblical and extra biblical , theology and philosophy, deadly sexual ideology and boast of fidelity to creation, and above all the MIXTURE of DARKNESS and LIGHT.
Add to that the fact that many of these players out to “Promote LGBT+ FLOURISHING in historic Christian tradition” come from our own conservative institutions and seminaries and wear the brand and approval and credentials of some of our most TRUSTED leaders like Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, Tim Keller and D. A. Carson. Where does it end? If these leaders and others do not speak up, the movement behind Revoice will be in your church, your youth group and the hearts and minds of your teens, and brought to your HOME from the most unlikely source – your CONSERVATIVE BIBLICAL CHURCH !
This cannot be. IT IS NOT POSSIBLE. THE LORD HIMSELF WILL ALLOW IT.
2nd Corinthians 6:14- 17
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
The Dallas meetings of the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) provided many awkward and perhaps historic moments. The curious tone of the three-day meetings was charged with race and gender appeasement language, but the most obvious was that Russell Moore continued to sell and recruit his racial identity bandwagon, the sight, sounds and smells of which were reminiscent of the wacky Western musical “Paint Your Wagon.”
How so? you say. First, let it be noted that Broadway Musical Revivals are a tough sell and often fail. Christian Revivals seem far more promising but even more elusive since God, it would appear, does not seek change agents to create HIS movements or to sustain them. TRUE REVIVALS are Heaven sent. ERLC and TGC leaders virtually never use the term “revival” and ignore the Biblical concept entirely.
Up From The Grave It Arose
In April 2018, two organizations which have an inordinate progressive impact on the SBC – the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition (TGC) – held the MLK/50 conference and touted the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a platform for racial reconciliation for the SBC. From a historic and informed Southern vantagepoint, the primary players in such race baiting tactics are most often those who profit from proliferating the over worn narrative while ignoring the REAL progress among Christians and the younger generation in general over the race issue. Race is simply NOT the core issue that BLM and other progressive groups want to make of it, especially not in the Church.
What is happening is akin to the start of the GOLD RUSH in “Paint Your Wagon,” where opportunistic men digging the grave of the dead brother of the Clint Eastwood character, “Pardner,” spot GOLD in the dirt from the grave. Guys like Russell Moore and his friends at TGC, like mentor Albert Mohler and cofounder Tim Keller, find digging around in the MLK legacy a profitable venture for Southern Baptist and PCA guys, if their low self-shame threshold will permit. “There’s Gold in them thar hills,” or, in this case, “There’s ‘Wealth Distribution’ in them thar SBC and PCA churches” to be mined using race as a divider and catalyst for white guilt.
Russell Moore has continued to work closely in his racial efforts with civil rights icon, John Perkins, who moves seamlessly among conservative, liberal, and Marxist factions of “Christianity.” Moore is also steeped in the “#MeToo movement coming to church,” as the New York Times recently put it, having dug the grave for the SBC Conservative Resurgence and all but killing the legacy of one of its remaining icons, Paige Patterson. These men like to find GOLD in the GRAVES and are expert at sniffing it out.
Moore is also pushing the previously popular albeit somewhat wacky Beth Moore as “First woman President of the SBC.” They are not joking and this parade has lasted beyond the Dallas meetings in June for SBC spectators. Beth Moore’s star seems tarnished for many now after allowing herself to used in the Patterson takedown and the street theater of the Convention’s ongoing #MeToo politics.
WELCOME TO “NO NAME CITY”
In “Paint Your Wagon,” the gold strike from Pardner’s brother’s grave gave birth to a Gold Rush boom town appropriately named “No Name City.” For decades now too many Southern Baptists have been attempting to remove the SBC name from their churches. New plants are often given a name like “The Church at ____” (insert applicable high-end suburb name here). Even the newly elected SBC President from North Carolina, J.D. Greear, reportedly removed “Baptist” from the name of his church years ago, before building a mega multisite church planting machine where even large numbers of his own people were shocked when he accepted the nomination for SBC President. On hearing the news, some of his members were asking, “Since when did we become Southern Baptist?” This trendy venture of remaking the SBC congregations into NO NAME CHURCHES has been going on for a while. In recent months, TGC, Moore, Keller and others have been working even harder to remake Evangelicals into a No Name Movement as well.
There Are NO WOMEN in “No Name City”
The organic development of the “Paint Your Wagon” GOLD Rush town meant that some 400 men settled the valley where the strike was made and, consequently, there were NO Women among its population until a Mormon rode into town with TWO wives. The incendiary moment when the gold miners discover this unaddressed social injustice (the core issue at the heart of the ERLC/ TGC leftward expansion) is answered by auctioning off one of the Mormon wives to the highest bidder in No Name. Much the same redress of grievances appears to be happening in the SBC/ERLC/TGC today. Token women, like Beth Moore and a few others, have allowed themselves to be sold (or are being sold) by these opportunistic moneychangers in order to prevent a riot among those wronged and to answer momentarily the ever growing demands for SOCIAL JUSTICE. We should leave off the comparisons there, except to say that some younger people populating the SBC and PCA ranks today would not be very Mormon-like in their views on separation, and abstaining from alcohol and similar vices, and would be far more favorable toward “Polyamory” than Polygamy.
SBC guys like Russell Moore and Danny Akin (SEBTS) seem to forget that the Southern Baptist Convention has NOT been a City without women at all – ever … as the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) still plays a role in the SBC and Baptist life for many and the domestic and foreign missions annual support offering of the SBC are BOTH named for celebrated women in their ranks. This ill-suited progressive narrative seems solely based on hopes that Baptists won’t notice and will, like any isolated GOLD Rush town, eagerly devour any imported item including fabricated Race and Feminist NARRATIVES.
One of the MOST AWKWARD moments in “Paint Your Wagon” for those who have seen the movie rather than the play, comes when Clint Eastwood sings. Unknown to many of his fans and those who follow the tough guy image of Eastwood is that he made a living as a youngster, in part, playing piano and performing in the tough economic times of the Great Depression. This was before economic issues were the catalyst for Social Justice, so Eastwood does not parade his little known talent and survival skill to include himself in the victim league. Perhaps he is missing a GOLDEN opportunity.
Russell Moore matches this awkwardness in his racist speech at the MLK/50 conference and will do more of the same in upcoming conferences, in the July “Shrink the Divide” and later in October, “The Frequency Conference.” Moore has far less talent to even hope to pull off this counter ethnic dance rave than did Eastwood in his prime, and a much smaller stage to fall off of during the performance. Respected Albert Mohler (SBTS) may fit the Lee Marvin character “Ben Rumson” in some casual application. He is certainly dancing to the same tune of race baiting in his work with Curtis Woods and other SBC and TGC performers who have recently taken to the Evangelical stage with books and talks on topics like “Ridding the SBC of the Stain of Racism.”
Is the SBC passing off Drag Queens as Victims?
The next Act of the performance goes beyond awkward to downright CREEPY. Eastwood’s character, living in this womanless land of No Name City, sings a song, “I Still See Elisa,” about a long lost love. It turns out that Elisa is only an imaginary girl, and “Pardner” has allowed himself to pine after her for some time, even singing to her in a lonely moment as if she is real. Russell Moore and Albert Mohler, along with the cast and crew of ERLC/ TGC, have spent about 5 years bringing the tune of “Same Sex Attraction” into the church and affirming the decree of the APA that Sexual Orientation is real and unchangeable. This theory is akin to the gay gene effort which failed after no gay gene was found. The narrative for today’s SSA crowd has provided a new and more edgy tune for the upcoming SBC/TGC “Revoice Conference” in late July. A disciple of Albert Mohler, SBTS graduate and faculty member founded Revoice to which the ERLC has MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS, which you can research here and in other articles at the author’s web link.
“Revoice” is a brand new Show Tune arranged for the conservative Evangelical church. Show Time will feature a cast of actors – LGBT+ Christian, Queer Christian and Sexual Minority (an activist victim charged, worthy SJ recipient term) – in an extravaganza for the stage, as SBC, TGC, ERLC theater critics fawn, fan, faint and offer their measured critiques. The performers play an important role in promoting Side B of the “homosexual Christian” mantra, which is rooted in an extrabiblical framework of Gay Celibacy or Mixed Orientation Marriage. The Side B chorus asserts its faithfulness to an avowed “Christian Sexual Ethic,” but much like Eastwood’s character “Pardner,” these Sexual Minorities are consigned to longing for a forbidden or imaginary Same Sex Love or LOVER which makes them a Victim, in essence, of a capricious God who made them thus, an un-affirming church in an affirming culture, and a narrow Biblical view of Homosexual relationships.
Celibacy is becoming a powerful anthem, born out of an entertaining (for some) show tune which casts those who sing it as the objects of pity and perpetual victimhood. The answer to this loveless No Name Church could be deconstructing gender, which IS the focus with some Revoice players and contributing ideologues. Their dilemma, like that of No Name City, could be solved expediently by flooding the churches with men in dresses with confused sexual identities. Or perhaps the solution has been waiting in the wings just off stage – the churches’ acceptance of same sex love and marriage (Side A of the narrative) as has proven to be the case with former SSA/ Celibate members of the cast. Meanwhile, Russell Moore, Tim Keller and others continue playing the same dolorous tune about pining after some forbidden, imaginary or invisible love for the Same Sex Desires of their disciples. Once was enough to hear the multi-talented Eastwood sing, and these evangelical show tune artists could really grate on the churches’ last nerve with their decade long and counting performance which is reminiscent of a one trick pony side show.
MEANWHILE Russell Moore and others care not for the fact that few want to hear their tune and enter a heart-felt resurrection of Eastwood’s other tune from the Movie “I Talk To The Trees (but they don’t listen to me).” Lack of an audience never bothers a person who is getting paid either way and is more enamored with the sound of their own voice than that of the audience.
UNDERMINING THE MINING TOWN
“Every man has his creed, and mine is all creed.” – Ben Rumson
As the plot unfolded for No Name City, the GOLD began to run out. The claims were being abandoned and people chose to leave. The West was littered with Ghost Towns after the final act is played into history. By this time there were over seventeen combined casino, brothel, and saloon public houses where the drunken miners spilled their hard-earned gold dust as they sought to find solace for their loneliness and “victim without justice” status as the working poor. Ben and Pardner saw their opportunity to cash in on all the GOLD Dust slipping through the cracks of the floor in the dens of iniquity of No Name City. So they formed a Coalition of Partners which began to tunnel under the city to reach a new GOLD mine falling through the cracks of the houses of ill repute.
This film is eerily similar to the tragedy we see today in the Evangelical theater. Russell Moore and Tim Keller, Albert Mohler and Coalition partners like TGC and ERLC are undermining the terrain and the foundations of the City of God (No Name Church). They are gathering and sifting out the treasure that falls through the cracks of the Social Justice false gospel Movement. Given the funding of Liberal billionaire donors, Government Faith Based Partnerships, private progressive Foundation Grants and the ever inclusive Corporate culture wanting to partner with the Church in community and labor force development – it CLEARLY pays to be Liberal and postured strategically to lead the Church to the Left.
Evangelical “Never Trumpers” Blinded by The Light
Likely the greatest irony of the entire “Evangelical Paint Your Wagons” performance by the Moore & Mohler Brothers Production Co. is the inadvertent kinship these well-situated progressive political operatives have with the Donald Trump legacy. The 2016 election cycle was an embarrassment to true Christians as our own camp raised the banners of its “Never Trump” narrative in the face of a radical Clinton administration becoming a reality on the heels of eight years of Obama Constitutional deconstructionism. The “Never Trump” campaign was both frightening and unthinkable considering the alternative, yet Russell Moore, the ERLC and Albert Mohler, Tim Keller and the “secret agents of change” at The Gospel Coalition hit the campaign trail hard and heavy and they continue to ride the “Never Trump” hobby horse to this day. They also took their painted Wagons and hitched them to the GOLD mine of Leftist funding in order to attack Judge Roy Moore which enabled a far Left candidate to win the Alabama Senate seat.
The battle cry of these same gold diggers who created the Evangelical “No Name City” is that they are too righteous to allow American Evangelicals to vote for Trump because he is a Casino owner and billionaire with a history of divorce and penchant for the opposite sex. However, they have much in common. Actually, the Trump family began building its fortunes in the sweat and mud and hazards of the Westward Expansion of the U.S. which was driven by the same Gold Rushes that gave birth to a hundred No Name Cities. Fredrick Trump emigrated to America and pursued his future fortunes by providing hotels and dining establishments (some say brothels) in Gold Rush Towns of the Klondike. Trump later worked as a Barber and hotel manager, and made real estate investments in Queens. Today, the Trump fortune has burgeoned on some of the same foundations, minus the Gold Rush culture. Like the Trump family, the Evangelical “Never Trumpers” are riding the Gold Fever wave – cashing in on the modern Evangelical Social Justice Movement while they undermine the moral foundation of the Church.
Speaking Prophetically “The Gospel of No Name City”
About the time Ben and Pardner schemed to undermine the institutions of No Name City, a prophetic Parson played by Allen Dexter came to town and began to decry the evils of this modern day Sodom and Gomorrah and to warn of its impending judgment. “Decent people” had begun to arrive and a looming sense of the coming horsemen of God provided a steady backdrop to the destabilizing work of Ben and Pardner and the failing No Name City. The deep-seated decay and rot threatened the city and in the end the Parson’s prophetic warnings came to pass. The greed-driven exploits of the “Partners” who tunneled under the foundations and institutions of the City caused it to collapse on itself in a thunderous implosion of epic proportions. The prophets gone, the fortunes lost, and JUSTICE – Divine Justice, not left wing Social Justice – was visited upon No Name City and its Greed-driven founders.
Watch for the Prophets whom God will raise up to cry out against the compromise of the ERLC and TGC and their leaders. Watch for the affinity of these leaders with Victim Narratives on RACE and Feminism masked as Women’s Rights, LGBT+ Christianity, Muslim Refugee Immigration and a host of social cause-driven, well-funded victim narratives all demanding Social Justice. Watch and Pray and you will see that “Surely the Lord does NOTHING except He reveals His Secret (FIRST) to His servants the Prophets.” Amos 3:7
Look out, Coalitions. “No Name City” is overdue.
“The Gospel of No Name City” Lyrics
You wanna see sin of the wickedest kind?
Here it is!
You wanna see virtue left behind?
Here it is!
Sodom was vice
You wanna say where the vice is worser?
Here it is!
I mean, here it is!
You wanna live life in the rottenest city?
Here it is!
Women and whiskey, night and day?
Here it is!
You wanna embrace the golden calf?
Ankle, and thigh, and upper half?
Here it is!
I mean, here it is!
No name city
No name city
The Lord don’t like it here
No name city
No name city
Your reckoning day is near
No name city
No name city
Here’s what he’s gonna do
Gobble up this town
And swallow it down
And goodbye to you
Will you go to heaven?
Will you go to hell?
Either repent, or fare thee well
God will take care of no name city
Comes the end, and it won’t be pretty
Here it is!
I mean, here it is!
The highly controversial Revoice conference is about a month away. We broke the story over six weeks ago, exposing Revoice and its stated goal of “Promoting LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian tradition.” Today the machinery of The Gospel Coalition and the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission is in full swing attempting to “cover” the story in a way any trained media savvy believer would find disturbing. What IS NOW being said by TGC and ERLC is coordinated and calculated. What is NOT being said is intentional and dishonest.
First, little, if anything, was said in the weeks after our initial exposure of the conference on May 10. The first major outlet promoting Revoice was Living Out, the ministry of TGC editor and ERLC writer and speaker, Sam Allberry. His ministry is a collective of Same-Sex Attracted gay priests from the UK / Church of England. Sam Allberry’s endorsement of Revoice was a massive red flag that signaled a broadening of the message of “SSA/ Gay Christianity” to the radical “LGBT+, Sexual Minority, Queer Christian” language of Revoice.
You can get full details of the disturbing connections in the original articles below:
Efforts to ignore the Revoice story have failed, despite a media circus of the ERLC/TGC-driven takedown of Conservative Resurgence hero, Paige Patterson. Outlets within network began to “report” on the Conference. The article below provides links to all such responses from within TGC/ERLC network. What none of these responders do, including Albert Mohler, is ADMIT that the reason REVOICE was and remains controversial is that it is in CLOSE PROXIMITY to the heart of their own camp! Do not miss that fact, of which they are attempting feverishly to keep you ignorant in the “comprehensive article” published by Colin Smothers.
PROBLEMATIC RESPONSES TO REVOICE
Denny Burk works at Boyce College and is a ERLC/TGC speaker on issues related to sexuality and LGBT as head of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Collin Smothers, who compiles the articles and provides the critique above, also works for CBMW. Both are disciples of Dr. Albert Mohler of Southern Baptist Theologica Seminary
Burk’s article was among the first responses posted on May 30th –almost 3 weeks after the story broke. It recommends a “wait and see” attitude regarding the Revoice Conference despite its radical language of “Queer Christianity” and “LGBT+ Christian.” In the Burk piece, he has the screen shot of a workshop titled “Redeeming Queer Culture an Adventure” which he inserted 24 hours BEFORE it appeared on the official Revoice website. During a Twitter exchange, Burk was asked about the timing – how he had the new workshop screen shot in advance – after which he blocked the author of the question. In the days following, in Twitter streams among Revoice leaders and Burk, Denny messaged to one of the Revoice leaders that they should talk but not in the open Twitter stream. However, this issue should not have back room communications given its goal of changing the conversation (and teaching) of the Church and all conservative denominations impacted by it. Denny Burk echoes what Dr. Mohler has said on the topic of homosexuality in years past, as if sexual orientation is the topic of Revoice. However, the language of Revoice – LGBT+ (sexual minorities) Christians / Queer Christianity – is radical, unheard of in the Church and represents uncharted waters for the Church.
Burk then turns attention toward speakers from past ERLC/TGC blogs and conferences, such as Rosaria Butterfield and Sam Allberry, but PASSES OVER the fact that Allberry was PROMOTING Revoice in early May. Burk also points to Kevin DeYoung (who we will consider next) and references the work of CBMW in the Nashville Statement, which fails to denounce Gay Christianity and does not defend ministries that help people wanting out of the LGBT lifestyle. The Nashville Statement does, however, provide a safe MARKER for those who signed it as a “bold stand for Biblical MARRIAGE, sexuality and gender” when needed.
LOOK TO THE SOURCE – MARK YARHOUSE, THE MISSING LINK
Denny Burk NEVER mentions the ideological source of the Sexuality and Gender rhetoric and terminology for TGC and ERLC, which is Dr. Mark Yarhouse and his Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity. He does not mention that, way back in 2010, Dr. Yarhouse was commissioned by D.A. Carson to write a White Paper on the Sexual Identity for TGC and their Christ on Campus Initiative. Nor does Burk ever mention that virtually all of TGC /ERLC/ SBTS camp subscribe to Yarhouse’s promotion of Sexual Orientation which then led to establishing the concept of Sexual Identity. Given Yarhouse’s collaboration with the American Psychological Association and working with both Christian and Gay Psychologists, he then asserted the best path forward is merging a person’s “Sexual Identity” with their “Faith Identity” to establish a “Gay Christian Identity” along with its assorted self-identifiers like “Sexual Minorites,” “Same Sex-Attracted” and now “LGBT+” and “Queer Christianity.” Sam Allberry and Living Out are also subscribers to the Yarhouse-crafted Sexuality and Gender standards for The Gospel Coalition, and BOTH organizations promote Revoice.
Kevin DeYoung is a favorite of The Gospel Coalition and a recent convert from the Reformed Church in America to the Presbyterian Church of America. Since joining the PCA, he has become a go to representative of TGC. One June 1, just days after the Burk article, DeYoung published his Revoice piece. DeYoung focused much of his article on the issue of terms and labels and chose to do a five-point highlight of the term “Sexual Minorities.” He does a 360° around it as being the most problematic for Revoice. Two issues are glaring here. DeYoung ignores ugly terms like “Queer Christian” and “LGBT+ Christian” and chooses to highlight “Sexual Minority.” WHY? He, in fact, has actually used the FAVORITE term of Dr. Yarhouse in the White Paper. How is it possible that DeYoung, being fully in step with and a member of TGC leadership, chose to focus on the less alarming terms and then failed to point out that the term he DOES find problematic is from The Gospel Coalition’s own 2010 standard?
GETTING COZY WITH THE CORE OF REVOICE MESSENGERS
Michael Lee Anderson was part of the Revoice Pre-Conference hosted by Spiritual Friendship and he is a contributor and partner with Mere Orthodoxy, so its article linked by CBMW and Collin Smothers IRONICALLY brings THOSE RESPONDING even further INSIDE the network of Revoice. Does this networking provide “objective critique” of Revoice? Mere Orthodoxy leadership is also very close to TGC editor and ERLC head messenger, Joe Carter, and provided a parody article of The Evangelical Deep State thereby giving cover to the Catholic Priest SJW, Father Robert Sirico, boss of Carter at Acton Institute. Acton’s man, Anthony Bradley, has been a vocal defender of Revoice. Linking to a Mere Orthodoxy article does not in the least help the effort of CBMW or Smothers to appear credible.
Richard Phillips’ article links to DeYoung’s problematic article, so the circular motion may by now be causing vertigo.
Tim Challies, who is a member of The Gospel Coalition, is promoting DeYoung and Burk’s articles on Revoice. This is all now clearly in-network, circular in-house, looking like DAMAGE CONTROL rather than honest assessment of Revoice.
On May 31, Owen Strachan of the Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Seminary provided perhaps the beefiest response to Revoice at that time from an inhouse source. Albert Mohler tweeted it out with the short offering of “Interesting Article.”
On June 11, the author of this article obtained an interview with Dr. Albert Mohler at the SBC annual meetings in Dallas Texas. You can listen to it here. The interview is at @minute 9 in this expanded discussion with Brannon Howse on the response of Dr. Mohler to Revoice.
NATE COLLINS OF DR. MOHLER’S SOUTHEASTERN BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IS THE FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF REVOCIE AND A SPEAKER.
Many eyes and ears have been focused on Dr. Albert Mohler of SBTS expecting a response to Revoice for the primary reason that a long-time student, New Testament and online Instructor / Garrett Fellow, grading papers and counseling students, is both the FOUNDER and PRESIDENT of Revoice and a Keynote speaker. Nate Collins is his name.
Nate who was, according to his bio, at SBTS for over 14 years also spent time traveling to the Evangelical Theological Society to present his many academic papers on the topics which feed into and have developed Revoice. Collins also cites Mark Yarhouse in his academic works and his book “All but Invisible.”
YET IN NONE OF HIS INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES HAS DR. MOHLER EVER SPOKEN TO THE FACT THAT NATHAN COLLINS IS AN SBTS GRADUATE AND SCHOLAR!
Not even once! Neither Dr. Mohler nor any of the articles linked above or the Smothers article go anywhere near this disturbing fact. Collins is also the son of Boyce College, former associate Dean Chip Collins. As a father and son team they worked together in a ministry called Aligned Grace for parents of “SSA/ Gay/ Homosexual but Christian” celibates. It is not possible that Collins, with this background at SBTS (14 years on campus) plus being the son of faculty in a high-profile ministry to parents of gays, is unknown to Dr. Mohler as a self-identified homosexual. Why did not even one of the other writers cited above mention this fact? Why did they not make mention of Dr. Mark Yarhouse’s influence on TGC/ ERLC and Revoice? Can it be that the REAL controversy is the close ties which the Revoice Conference has to SBTS, Mohler, ERLC, Moore TGC, PCA, Covenant Seminary, Tim Keller, and D.A. Carson? The more this herd of writers ignore the obvious, the more obvious it becomes!
ERLC put out an article by Andrew Walker on June 22. It is an emotional little piece about the confusion of and concern for teens over LGBT issues and speaks somewhat to problems with the terminology of Revoice but never mentions ERLC’s connections with an ERLC Fellow, Karen Swallow Prior, endorsing it and an ERLC contractor, Brandon Polk, speaking at it. No mention of ERLC involvement is a vintage case of EXTREME SELF DELUSION. Neither Nate Collins nor Yarhouse are mentioned nor is Revoice mentor and ERLC contributor, Scott Sauls, whose involvement also brings with it the influence of Tim Keller of TGC and Sauls was also a speaker at Sam Allberry’s June 21 Living Out Conference while Allberry promotes Revoice.
THE SILENCED VOICE AT DALLAS SBC 2018: REFUSAL TO ENDORSE HETEROSEXUALITY AS NORMAL
All of these discussions of Revoice appear to be missing the reality that the issues of LGBT in the church could have been addressed in a truly Biblical framework at the 2018 Dallas SBC Convention. A resolution about how the church ministers to the LGBT community and aids those who want an exit strategy through the Gospel and the Church was ignored and along with it the hopes for restoration to a real Biblical sexuality i.e. heterosexuality and male /female gender norms. Therefore, “once LGBT always LGBT” is the SBC stance. The resolution never made it to the floor in Dallas and hopes of preventing the loss of religious freedoms and preserving a truly Biblical pastoral approach for ministry to those wanting out of LGBT remains very much at risk.
DR. MOHLER, SAY WHAT YOU MEAN – CONDEMN OR CONDONE LGBT+ “CHRISTIANITY”
So, late in the game – six weeks later – on June 23, Dr. Albert Mohler finally penned a piece on Revoice for his Briefing radio broadcast, for the first time since the disturbing facts surfaced on May 10. See section 3 “Such Were Some of You.” In the broadcast, Mohler never goes any where near the source of the Revoice language and the author of TGC/ERLC gold standard on sexuality – Dr. Mark Yarhouse. Nor do ANY of these writers /researches/ apologist/ preachers in Mohler’s circles. We should all find the avoidance of Yarhouse disturbing, especially by Dr. Mohler after this writer asked him about Yarhouse and Mohler admitted to knowledge of him. Mohler then expressed concern that Yarhouse’s assertion, “for some who experience Gender Dysphoria, gender re-assignment is a viable option,” is problematic. Mohler asserted, “that could NEVER be seen as a Christian Worldview” in the interview. Then why follow ANY of the Yarhouse APA-based sexuality and gender standards? If he has it wrong on Gender Reassignment why not stick with the Word of God as the Gold Standard on sexuality and gender, marriage and conversion?
Again, Mohler was also asked by this writer about Revoice Founder Nate Collins extended stay and work at SBTS and his ties to the ERLC. There was no comment then and Mohler never mentions them in this June 22 broadcast. AGAIN, these issues are part of the controversial nature of Revoice and the VERY REASON they are now collectively talking/ writing about it. YET they never mention ANY of it. NEVER. WHY?
WHAT IS SAID IS EVEN LESS COMFORTING
In the June 22 Briefing: “Such Were Some of You Language Matters and Always Matters,” by Dr. Mohler, he does make some interesting observations that fall far short of providing clarity.
• Mohler admits that the “Revoice” name indicates that its organizers want to “change the voice” of Evangelicalism on matters of LGBT.
• Mohler points out that so much conversation has taken place about a conference that has not yet been held, but never points out the source of the controversy, which is the SBTS/ ERLC/ and PCA/ Covenant ties to it.
• Mohler says it is important to take the organizers at their word and he quotes the revamped longer and extended version of their mission, however, does not, nor do any of the writers above, bring out the original mission statement prior to the controversy which is: “Revoice is Promoting LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian tradition.” This earlier vision statement came with the broader explanation that the Church needed to welcome the LGBT+ community and had a great deal to learn from it. This error on Dr. Mohler’s part may come from being 6 weeks late into the conversation. Like Denny Burk, Mohler may be operating off the altered version of Revoice. Given they are changing the language, must we really take them at their word? Which one? The earlier version or the post controversy revamp?
• Dr. Mohler attempts to say that the organizers adhere to a “Historic Christian Sexual Ethic” by professing “Celibacy” or a “Mixed Orientation Marriage” but this supposed “ethic “is from the Yarhouse camp of thought, NOT a Biblical one.
• Dr. Mohler’s response approximates THE word for word defense which Nate Collins gave this writer when asked about his conclusions on Biblical Gender, based on the focus of his research papers. Collin’s answer was not directed at all to the question and he refused to talk further during efforts to reach out to him for answers. Dr. Mohler says, as did Collins, that “the Bible restricts sexual activity to marriage between a man and a woman.” Mohler also echoes the assertion of Revoice organizers that the Bible honors those with an extended commitment to Celibacy and that these two constitute a Biblical Sexual ethic. AGAIN, this comes from Dr. Yarhouse and similar psychologists who also work with the APA and gay psychologists. The Bible does not propose Celibacy as an answer to homosexual desires. The Biblical framework of celibacy is to provide undistracted attention to the kingdom of God by those who value their calling above the right to marry, and choose rather to be wholly dedicated to minding the things of God’s kingdom. Jesus and Paul both confirm this context for celibacy. The Catholic Church has made celibacy and ordination to the priesthood to be a haven for homosexual desires. It is NOT SO in the Bible. It seldom ends well.
“Mixed Orientation Marriage” is the other solution asserted by Yarhouse as a Biblical option or ethic for those who identify as Homosexual and Christian, like some in Revoice. Historically, such marriages do not END WELL either. This concept is not of Biblical origin but is part of the framework provided by the APA compliant White Paper of TGC.
What is LOST here is the failure of everyone involved to embrace the normal nature of Heterosexual love and relationships, while they embrace an ever stranger narrative normalizing suppressed same sex lustfulness as both normal and admirable. Heterosexuality is under the bus and so is the Gospel’s ability to restore souls to GOD’S design. What is wrong with holding forth Biblical hope or total deliverance and transformation and restoration? Why trash the Gospel to embrace APA/Yarhouse?
• Mohler again asserted the faithfulness of the Revoice organizers to Biblical sexual ethic and asked, then why the controversy. He admits to the source of the controversy being the pervasive language yet ignored the fact that most of that language came from the Yarhouse/TGC White Paper and APA studies and that Mark Yarhouse endorses and promotes Revoice. Again, Mohler appears to be in avoidance mode.
• Mohler’s conclusion for those Christians who would think biblically about this language is that “we must think clearly and compassionately.” He does not say how much of the radical language that he confirmed as intended to “change the voice of evangelicalism” on LGBT issues must be accepted as redeemable or useful.
• On the topic of LGBT+, Gay Christian and the history of the use of terms like Sexual Minority, Mohler entered what one former homosexual minister called a “word salad” of confusing language of his own. He then bails out of the points and the confusion he has made by dropping back to the less offensive term of Sexual Minority (which carries with it the tone of Cultural Marxist victimhood and activist status but never mentions that fact). Mohler then defers back to Kevin DeYoung inhouse research that, again, avoids Yarhouse input.
• Mohler then admits that the inclusion of “Queer Theory” and “Queer Culture” have brought us into “a new conversation.” Mohler only offers a clarification of the questions these terms raise and the importance of how we engage them. He offers no clarity toward answers.
THIS IS WHERE IT GETS REALLY WEIRD
• Once Dr. Mohler quoted the reference to “the treasures Queer Theory and Culture will bring into the New Jerusalem,” he then asserted that we “must look from the end of the Biblical story back to the story of creation and we have to understand that at least some of the speakers at the conference are arguing that in the garden, that is before the fall, there was some form of same sex sexual attraction, something that bears some kind of meaningful connection with what it now claimed to be LGBT identity.”
WHAT is He saying? Why even go here? What other Same-Sex person existed in the Garden for Adam or Eve to be attracted to? We teeter HERE on the ugly verge of “Queer Theology” which asserts that God Himself is some kind dual sexuality being. Why give voice to such heretical discussion in the name of giving clarity? This just got so CREEPY, that those Christians who think Biblically, per Dr. Mohler, likely all want to leave the room. Does he then resolve this bizarre idea he just introduced?
Mohler quotes from Gregory Coles’ (worship leaders for Revoice) Book, “Single Gay Christian,” which is heartily endorsed by D.A. Carson, and then tosses in the statement “That is an astounding question.”
“One of the individuals involved in the conference and a book published just last year asked the question: ‘Is it too dangerous, too unorthodox, to believe that I am uniquely designed to reflect the glory of God? That my orientation, before the fall, was meant to be a gift in appreciating the beauty of my own sex as I celebrated the friendship of the opposite sex?’ That’s an astounding question.”
Is it really, Dr. Mohler? Coles’ academic specialty is Minority Rhetoric and racial, feminist and gender theory. Either you just got played by Coles or you are using Coles’ quote to PLAY US!
• The lingering discussion points of “biblical theology, sanctification, holiness, and the Gospel” do little to relieve the intellectual corner in which Dr. Mohler appears to have painted himself. You cannot apologize for all Christians for being wrong about sexual orientation in 2014 and dump conversion (therapy) overboard and then speak about sanctification to the LGBTs. Real people are being harmed in this adventure and foray into confused thinking out loud. Who got us here if it was NOT the endless muddled conversations of TGC/ERLC?
• Mohler then appears lost in the maze of road blocks and dead-end trails from the Biblical and Gospel truth on Salvation, sanctification, redemption and transformation against the ever expanding and radical boundary pushing language of the sexual minority activists he appears to have played a part in training.
I am reminded of Jesus warnings to all of us about divided loyalties. Matthew 6:24: ″No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Dr. Mohler, Moore, Keller, Carson:
You cannot serve the Lord and the goals of those whose money you are taking.
You cannot serve the Gospel and the American Psychological Association sexual ethic.
You cannot serve the Word of God and Mark Yarhouse’s marriage of identities and faith.
You cannot serve our seminaries and the distorted cultural perversions of normal.
You cannot serve the Church and flood our landscape with half truths and compelling questions while giving no real answers.
Choose today who you will serve. And, Hey Preacher, “LEAVE OUR KIDS ALONE.” THEY ARE NOT JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN YOUR WALLS!
Will Evangelical Leaders Succeed in Selling Out the American Church?
President Barack Obama & SBC’s ERLC President Russell Moore
By Rev Thomas Littleton
June 21, 2018
Last April, a group of self-appointed, self-important Evangelicals met at Wheaton College for what some have called a “Trump Bashing” and to determine the future of the Church. The list of attendees was not made available to the Evangelical community, whose future they are deciding, however, one attendee seems to be the designated spokesman. Jim Wallis was in his college days an activist in the radical left Students for a Democratic Society. Wallis later became spiritual adviser to President Obama and served on the Advisory Council to Obama’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Wallis’ lifelong political commitments are revelatory. Barack Obama was mentored by none other than William Ayers who was the leader of the 1970’s domestic terrorist Weather Underground, the revolutionary faction of the Students for a Democratic Society, which was discovered to be a Communist front by the FBI.
Hillary Clinton, Jim Wallis & Barack Obama
Following the Wheaton conference, Wallis wrote a revealing piece, which actually clarifies that the intended “bashing” was not for President Trump but for those Evangelicals who voted for him. Of the three main points discussed at the gathering, all three do mention Trump, but the problem as they see it are the Evangelicals who support or even voted for Trump. This political action, in their view, represented a “collective backsliding” (a term seldom used these days even by Baptists). Evangelicals have embarrassed us, they said, and are too dumb to know it. We owe “people of color” and the international community an apology and must explain ourselves. Because of Trump’s personal character flaws, we are then warned of the danger of “losing an entire generation of young people to the Christian Faith” and they, of course, have the statistics to prove it.
In fact, the use of the very word “Evangelical” continues to be called into question as the effort to further stigmatize it ramps up of late. At one time “Evangelical” described Christians who “evangelize” or share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost, however, we are now at the point where churches in the US and UK are abandoning evangelism altogether.
UK megachurch pastor: “You don’t have to evangelise anyone, just love accept and serve people. I didn’t build my church on evangelism (in fact I banned the word) but on love and service and we flourished.”
Jim Wallis: “The question this meeting is asking about the future of evangelicalism has been answered by the voices of color and women in this room (pointing to several of them). They are pointing us to the evangel, the good news Jesus said he would bring to the poor in his opening statement in Luke 4. That’s our future, let’s listen. As one of the white evangelical leaders in the Wheaton meeting had said to me before, ‘American evangelicalism is destroying the evangel.’ It is time for the evangel to turn white evangelicalism in America upside down.”
This Evangelical Monster Mash Began Years Ago
By 2014, Cultural Marxism was in full swing and, by 2016, was doing the full monty – flaunting its university erudition and cultural relevance in the Southern Baptist Convention and Presbyterian Church in America, both conservative denominations. Ed “numbers cruncher” Stetzer partnered with his “out” LGBTQ activist journalist friend, Jonathan Merritt, (and some companions) to discuss The Future of Evangelicalism on The Gospel Coalition blog. They assured us that, on cultural issues that face the Church – like where we stand on abortion, homosexuality and gay marriage – we were “like unbaked cookies that need to be placed back in the oven for 3-5 more years and then taken out to see where we are.” Well, it has been 3 1/2 to 4 years, so here we are looking at the cookies.
Assault on the Southern Baptist Convention
Stetzer and Merritt began their long-awaited cookie inspection by attacking one of the main ingredients in the SBC and Evangelicalism – the conservative movement and a leader of the conservative resurgence, Paige Patterson. Merritt called out Patterson on rather flimsy assertions for a MeToo moment, based on twisted narratives of pastoral counseling which Merritt, who is no position to call anyone out, sees as abusive. Stetzer joined the fray on the same day. Anyone who does not see the coordination is simply not looking. Merritt doubled down in The Atlantic, even though airing such grievances, if valid, in the secular press violates the Word of God (1 Cor. 6:1-7). Stetzer clearly received some feedback as he boasted and invited more “Hate Mail” following a shaming session of those in the SBC who dare to not agree with him and his “research.” What Christian leader likes to boast or joke about the amount of hate mail they receive? Perhaps the evil servant of Matt. 24:48-49 and Evangelical leaders who are paid to be nasty and abuse the body of Christ.
Of late, Russell Moore has chimed in on the MeToo allegations against the SBC conservatives by promoting his “Gospel Sexuality in a MeToo Culture” meetings at the upcoming conference in Dallas. Notably, young Merritt’s father is among the speakers.
So, what is this exhibition really about? Is it about the future of the Church? Well, in many ways, absolutely it is! But is the problem that Christians voted for and support the President? The professional shamers claim we are too political, but the fact is that we are too conservative for THEIR leftist political agenda. It simply cannot be allowed again for the Christian fold, in today’s culture shift, to break ranks with their valued leaders and vote en masse for someone they have not endorsed. In a nutshell, they view the Church as their property and this movement is nothing more than a long, forced march toward the progressive slave labor camps that others have been forced into for decades. Our leaders have also placed a for sale sign on the property THEY DO NOT OWN.
Assault AT the Southern Baptist Convention to Hide the LGBT+ Sell Out.
Making the Church fully LGBT-compliant appears to be a primary contingency for the sale property to the new progressive ownership and years of subtle efforts have gone into meeting that required “upgrade.” Now it appears the agents of change must finish the project and massive efforts to complete those renovations are underway. In early May, Gay Christian advocate for Tim Keller and Russell Moore and the combined efforts of TGC and ERLC, Sam Allberry, began promoting a radical LGBT+ Christian conference scheduled for July known as Revoice. This radical conference was heralded as the U.S. counterpart to Tim Keller’s upcoming London appearance at Allberry’s “Living Out” ministry to discuss “Identity in Christ” for Homosexuals. Allberry’s social media promo for Revoice boasted that it is “Promoting LGBT+ flourishing in historic Christian tradition.”
Revoice openly talks about Queer Christians, LGBT+ Christians, Sexual Minorities in the Church and in ministry; the churches becoming safe spaces for LGBT+ people, building allies for LGBT+ in the Church; and the virtues of Queer Theory, Queer Culture and Queer Literature that the Church has missed when tossing out its vices. Revoice also hails the “Treasures that Queer Theory, Culture and Literature will bring into the New Jerusalem at the end of time.” This radical conference has close ties to both Keller and ERLC’s Russell Moore besides the fact that Sam Allberry is promoting it. Those ties include long time preaching staffer and disciple of Keller, Scott Sauls, who is promoting Revoice as well. The Revoice Conference is being held in a PCA church (Memorial Presbyterian in St Louis) and has nearly a dozen strong ties with PCA’s Covenant Seminary there. The PCA’s June General Assembly saw Revoice become a topic of concern and the issue remains a priority.
Dr. & Mrs. Russell Moore at Obama White House Christmas Party in 2016
Equally disturbing are the Southern Baptist ties of Revoice with ERLC head and long time SBTS Dean, Russell Moore. ERLC Fellow, Karen Swallow Prior, promoted Revoice alongside Scott Sauls on the website, and doubled down on her support of the controversial event /movement in a recent interview with Dr. Robert Oscar Lopez. Another person involved as a speaker at Revoice is Brandon Polk, whose Arrowhead Advisors LLC is a consultant with Russell Moore’s ERLC for conferences like the ERLC 2017 “Christ Centered Parenting,” their recent work on prison reform and the racially-charged ERLC/TGC Memphis MLK/50 Conference. Polk is also a friend and huge fan/promoter of Todrick, a judge on the panel for the RuPaul Drag Race Drag Queen program on LOGO TV. Deeper Southern Baptist leadership ties to Revoice exist in the Founder and President of the conference/movement, Nate Collins, who carries two degrees from Dr. Albert Mohler and Russell Moore’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he taught New Testament and online course. Dr. Mohler replied to questions about Nate Collins and ERLC connections to Revoice in an interview for Worldview Weekend which is available at the end this article.
You can read more about the Revoice conference, its American Psychological Association DNA and connections to the PCA, SBC, TGC, ERLC, Tim Keller, Russell Moore, Albert Mohler and the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, J. D. Greear, at these links.
My Experience of ABUSE at the Hands of SBC/ERLC Leadership Over Revoice Concerns
The ERLC and the Southern Baptist Executive Committee reacted strongly to this journalist when I traveled to the SBC 2018 convention on behalf of Southern Baptist members to report on the convention and feature concerns about Revoice to leaders there. On Tuesday afternoon an ERLC employee, Brent Leatherwood, attempted to physically restrain me from interviewing ERLC head Russell Moore in what Texas law would classify as a Class C Assault. Leatherwood, a former Tennessee Republican Party executive director, was hired by Moore at the ERLC after being exposed for his counter offensives as a “never Trumper” while at the Tennessee State GOP. A quick internet search will provide more than the average person will care to read about Leatherwood’s history at the Tennessee Republican Party.
On Wednesday afternoon, June 13, Leatherwood spotted me across the halls of the Exposition building just hours before the ERLC annual report was to be given at the main hall of the SBC Dallas meetings. Within two minutes I found myself face to face with two uniformed Dallas policemen and being removed from the building and the event without covering the main story I had remained for a third day at the Dallas meetings to cover. I was informed by Dallas PD that a complaint had been reported by someone in the event leadership, that I had “Threatened Someone.” Leatherwood met the officers and me as they began the long trek out of the massive Dallas Convention Center before thousands of fellow SBC messengers and attendees. Leatherwood came alongside the officer to my right and taunted me to provoke and escalate the situation he appeared to have set in motion. More details of this ABUSE and the history of dishonesty and false assault threat charges of Russell Moore, dating back to 2000 as a reporter for Baptist Press, can be found here.
Exposure of Revoice has clearly inspired fear and reaction at the top level of the SBC and ERLC. Within 24 hours a totally false version of the above events was published in the Christian Post by a writer who never contacted me for comment. The false version from ERLC Press Secretary, Liz Bristow, was echoed by The Southern Baptist Executive Committee Member, Roger Oldham. You can find the false version of events here.
The Backstory: Peddling the Sheep to Obama
Early in the Obama administration, a cohort of progressive “thought leaders” took it upon themselves to auction off the Evangelical Sheep farm, and its conservative voting Christian sheep, to the lowest bidder. What we see now is that the listing has turned into a fire sale of whatever vestiges remain of the old conservative Christian right. The auctioneers are selling it cheap and fast, without giving notice to the sheep.
To market the Church, these hirelings must persuade the sheep that they go with the property and not to their Shepherd (spoken of in John 10). That is, they belong to the collective “Community.” Though hirelings are not the title holders by any stretch, per John 10:12, gatecrashers like Tim Keller, David Kinnaman of Barna, and a really relevant-looking 40 something with a skateboarder haircut, Gabe Lyons of “Q Commons,” set out to close the deal on the Third Way fire sale to the Obama White House early in his second term. (Reclaiming Hope, p. 186)
(“Third Way” is a political strategy to reconcile right-wing and left-wing positions by advocating a synthesis of center-right economic and center-left social policies.)
The Evangelical leaders’ desperation liquidation was a miserable failure as discussed in the book Good Faith: Being a Good Christian When Society Thinks Your Irrelevant and Extreme (a self-assertive title no doubt) by Kinnaman and “skater” Lyons. Moving further left by the hour, Tim Keller, who enjoys unchallenged protection in the very conservative Presbyterian Church of America, followed Gabe Lyons and other Obama-friendly pitch men who wrote a letter of intent to the President. This led to a presidential invitation to discuss the terms of the sale.
Who Are the Players?
Tim Keller appears to be the senior Evangelical statesman in this visitation committee. Keller is little known outside his denomination (PCA) and the slightly broader footprint of his Gospel Coalition organization. He erupted on the Evangelical scene in 2008 with his book The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Keller had come from an obscure church in Virginia to head the denomination’s flagship church plant, Redeemer City Church in New York City. In 2010, Keller launched his Emergent Missions movement called “MissionSHIFT” in partnership with the likes of Brian McLaren, Alan Hirsh, Dan Kimball and the ever edgy Ed Stetzer of Lifeway Research. This brazen effort, including a not so best-selling book aimed at redirecting the Church, faded with little notice. What was noted by the global audience was his address that same year at the Lausanne Consultation’s South African Congress. Subsequently, Keller has risen to the top of the Evangelical leadership ladder and is said to have filled the shoes and received the mantle of John Stott, the framer of the Lausanne Covenant, as one of the “great Christian intellectuals” of our time.
Don’t feel bad if you have taken little notice of Tim Keller. Secular journalists in NYC love him and he does run in all the right circles. Along the way, however, Keller has become wobbly on the issue of homosexuality, significantly since his meeting(s) with Obama. In a 2015 interview at the Veritas Forum he was unable to say in plain speech that homosexuality is a sin. Prior to that, in a 2013 forum with journalists, Keller said “Christians can support gay marriage in the culture, just not in the church.” Besides lacking Biblical support, this position reveals ignorance or disregard of the impact that the legalization of gay marriage would have on religious freedom and the spiritual institution of marriage. Is Keller ignorant of the dissenting opinions of the judges on the Supreme Court who protested the Obergefell decision? Or is he feigning ignorance to bring about social change? Not only is Keller vacillating on sexuality, but also on the authority of Scripture as a speaker and author for Bio-Logos. This postmodern think tank challenges the Bible with the authority of “science,” so we silly little believers can have a place at the table with the real thinkers.
David Kinnaman is now president of Barna Group which specializes in number crunching for mega church pastors’ growth strategies. These numbers are also used to remind average Christians through compelling data that they have either missed the latest trend or have no clue how to respond to it.
Gabe Lyons is a disciple of John Maxwell, the leadership guru of the corporate and Christian worlds. In addition to Good Faith, Lyons also wrote The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian Americaand unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity…and Why It Matters. To facilitate the “end of Christian America,” Lyons founded “Q Commons” – which according to the promo “works to educate and mobilize Christians to think well and advance good in society.” “Q Commons” is more easily understood as a loosely “Christian” version of TED Talks or a quasi-Christian Dialectic. The New York Times describes “Q” as “Sophisticated and Orthodox representing a new generation of Christians.” Perhaps it is more appropriate to say “Q” is Progressive and unOrthodox, but we will pass on the word games and labeling for now.
These men, therefore, are the main players at the center of the “Good Faith Movement.”
On to the Oval Office
With hat in hand and armed with Barna statistics, these pillaging prophets made their way to the Oval Office to persuade President Obama that a new, more worthy kind of believer now populates the American pews. It is, as the book title asserts, the “Good Faith Christian.” These are those who are concerned about Social Justice and would “vigorously defend the rights of our Muslim neighbors to practice faith beyond the neighborhood mosque and of our gay and lesbian friends to publicly express pride in their identity” (page 105). The offer was placed on the table in exchange for some tokens and trinkets comparable to the $12 in beads to purchase Manhattan Island from the Native Americans. The team of “global thinkers” promised Obama that, if he would toss in a few assurances of exemptions guaranteeing religious freedom, then THEY were positioned to assure delivery of the “Good Faith” voting bloc as a “Third Way” hors d’oeuvre to the most ravenous progressivism our nation had ever seen in Washington, D.C.
The impetus of the Oval Office meeting had been President Obama’s sudden (?) change in support of gay marriage. Posturing as agents of “Principled Pluralism,” our self-styled leaders implored the Constitutional Professor / President to offer a classically defined assurance of Religious Freedoms. What he in fact offered was the most limited “in house” protections he had come to be known for, assuring only that Americans will always be free to worship in their houses of worship. The pretense of expecting the President to offer Religious Exemptions, especially on the LGBTQ/ marriage agenda, conceals the fact that the Human Rights Campaign and all “Equality advocates” fight any and all exemptions as “license to discriminate.” Or perhaps our Evangelical hirelings were messaging that Obama could low ball the asking price for the Third Way listing of the Church and acquire it for an even better deal – ZERO assurances. Either way the sale was never completed and the Principled Pluralists returned to the sheepfold hoping to keep the flock from scattering while they plotted a new strategy to make the sale.
Meanwhile back on the farm the sheep got restless as the primary season kicked into full swing. The flock had tired of the brown and dried out hay of the stable and began to graze in greener pastures. A field of GOP Presidential hopefuls came into the corral. Could Keller and company yet prove their worth to whoever it was that commissioned and funded them? Could they make good on their promise to deliver us all up as “Good Faith Christians,” fattened for the slaughter by Third Way hirelings to be counted on to abide by the conditions of sale, even though no buyer had yet agreed to the purchase?
Suddenly out of nowhere the unthinkable happened, causing total widespread panic. Though a stable remnant of “Good Faith” types remained devoted, like Deadheads at a rainbow gathering in the local national forest, the mass of the sheep herd bolted and voted for Donald J Trump, a brash New Yorker, casino owner and billionaire with a breathtaking beauty for prospective First Lady. The cabal of Evangelical sheep shearers had a collective cardiac arrest. This could not happen, they thought, and now they had to work even harder to liquidate the assets, lower the price and fire sale conservative Evangelical voters lest they act on their traditional values and dare to make “The Donald” President of the United States of America.
Loose the Prophets of Shame on Unsuspecting Sheep
What happened next is one of the most pathetic displays in modern Christianity. Third Way leaders like Tim Keller and Southern Baptists, Albert Mohler and Russell Moore, joined a host of their trainees in progressive groups like The Gospel Coalition and the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission in a concerted effort to poison the waterholes of the wayward flock and take cattle prods to the sheep. A relentless “Christian” media storm contrived to beat the wayward sheep back into submission continues to this day and has also impacted other elections like the conservative Southern Baptist Roy Moore’s Senate bid in Alabama. The agents marketing the Church to the lowest bidder were pleased as punch with Roy Moore’s defeat which in turn led to the election of a far-left candidate, Doug Jones, as U.S. Senator. The predictable outcome is that Sen. Doug Jones’ ties to the LGBTQ lobby were paraded as a trophy at a recent “big donor” fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign, at which event it was announced that Senator Jones was a co-sponsor of the radical LGTBQ “Equality Act” in the U.S. Senate.
What is Wrong with “Good Faith”?
To see what kind of fruit this Third Way-Good Faith movement has produced, let us look at some of the influence stream and contents of the book itself. Among the Acknowledgements on page 264 of those who “helped round out the rough edges and articulate why this book matters for today’s Christians” are some very left leaning and in some cases, radical leftists, posing as Christians. Examples include Preston Sprinkle who is attempting to move the conversation into the creation of safe spaces for LGBTQ in the Church which mirrors fully that of the progressive most hard core “gay faith activist” organizations. To this end, Sprinkle is pushing a Third Way dialog on the Church.
Another fruit is former Wheaton Chaplain office counselor, Julie Rodgers, who jumped the shark in her “untidy story over gay marriage” just hours after the announcement of Obergefell in June 2015. Rodgers, a once “celibate Christian Lesbian,” promptly abandoned her celibacy for full on gay affirmation in the Church while no longer advocating celibacy. She admitted that she had “quietly supported same-sex relationships for a while now,” though representing herself as committed to celibacy (all a false argument proliferating the progressive conversation like weeds in an untended garden). Rogers cited her concern for “the gaybees” (young LGBTQ “Christians”) in the pew who would be harmed by the condition of abstaining from gay sex in order to be accepted in the Church. Her untidiness is asked to be excused because Julie can find no way to make the Bible and its orthodox teachings on sexuality fit her newfound “conviction,” but she still expects full acceptance of it by the Church. Julie has clearly helped “round out the rough edges” of the Good Faith book and has maintained the approval of its authors and endorsers, including Tim Keller, throughout her untidy journey. She is presently engaged to be married to Amanda Hite who heads the organization Be The Change and according to Amada’s bio on its website, serves on Leadership Committees for the Human Rights Campaign. Julie is herself a friend, hero and mentor to many of the speakers at the upcoming Revoice Conference, including founder Nate Collins.
Likely the MOST telling progressive INSIDER involvement in the Good Faith Acknowledgments is that of Michael Wear, who was Barack Obama’s Faith Outreach team leader. At age 23, the boy wonder of the Obama Faith message came into the White House to help coordinate, with the President, the greatest advancement of LGBTQ and interfaith dialog in history. This was in large part facilitated by the overhaul and funding of the Faith Based Partnerships programs which placed Christian leaders of all stripes in close communion with a flood of tax dollars to work together for the common good. Funding is the FUEL of the Third Way strategy. Wear helped coordinate the Obama Faith-Based Partnership program with public and private funding – whether taxpayer dollars used for activism or the wealth of global giants in the corporate world of foundations sphere, the Evangelical landscape was flooded with cash.
Tim Keller played no small role in the production of Good Faith or the Third Way messaging of these visitors to the Obama White House, by offering to sell out the Church at bargain basement prices. According to Gabe Lyons, Keller’s “mentorship over the years has made me (Gabe) smarter, stronger and more confident that, no matter what happens in the broader culture, our faith (the Good Faith brand of faith) will last.”
New Age guru, Dallas Willard, is cited often in Good Faith as is James Hunter Davison and his concept of “Faithful Presence” which was born out of his Frankfurt School-inspired Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Also frequently quoted is Kirsten Powers, a progressive journalist with Friends at FOX News and a convert of Tim Keller who turned to Catholicism. Powers was among the journalists who interviewed Keller in 2013 when he asserted that Christians could support gay marriage in the culture, again advocating an impossible exemption for the Church if gay marriage became law. It does get worse.
Good Faith authors sympathetically and inclusively interviewed Gene Robinson (page 168), who was the first openly gay Bishop to be ordained in the Episcopal Church in 2003. This ordination forced MILLIONS of faithful Christians out of their denomination and took the once strong conservative membership from over 5 million to under 1.8 million, and declining by the day. Former Bishop Robinson, who went on to work in leadership roles for the Human Rights Campaign, was invited by the authors to share his emotional “experience” and trials for inclusion for them to determine what makes a “Good Faith Christianity” fit for the auction block of the Third Way.
In Chapter 13, titled “The Gay Conversation” (page 170), Good Faith statistics other than Barna’s are presented from a very messy source to support what constitutes Good Faith Christianity. Cited are Gary Gates of the Williams Institute statistics which specialize in “Queering the Census” and tracking LGBTQ / Same-Sex demographics in the U.S. Gates himself is the protégé’ of Marxist Lesbian “urbanologist“ Jane Jacobs’ protégé’ RICHARD FLORIDA, whose ever creepy Gay Indexes and pro homosexual urban theories have found themselves at home with Tim Keller, Q Ideas, the SBCs Albert Mohler and a host of Good Faith (by their definition) Christians. The Human Rights Campaign then uses the wild assertions of Gates/ Williams and Florida to market the Municipal Equality Index to your mayors and city councils and county commissions.
Tim Keller and others in his Gospel Coalition have been long time devotees of the Richard Florida “inclusion” ideology with its Cultural Marxist roots in Jane Jacobs, which includes Keller’s Social Gospel project in Orlando with Reformed Theological Seminary that birthed an Urban movement, Seeking the Welfare of the City, around the “Polis Institute.” ‘Good Faith’ Christians must love Florida’s LGBTQ inclusion ideas because Tim Keller’s certainly does. The book’s endorsement and use of Gary Gates’ Williams Institute research is simply further indication of the inclusive approach to the ideology of Good Faith Christianity. In the quote they do admit to the low stats on LGBTQ population – 3 to 4 % – while at the same time asserting that “some Christians and churches have had a cruel homophobic streak.” This is the typical victim narrative for devaluing the Church in the conversation and applying pressure to make amends by becoming Good Faith partners with Keller and Crew.
In Chapter 14, “We Cannot Live Without Intimacy,” there is a sympathetic overview of the Bruce / Caitlyn Jenner saga. Good Faith followers are reminded that “Christians must not be hard hearted toward those who seek alternative identities. Their quest is a signpost pointing to deep desire to be truly, profoundly known.” (page 189) So the gender confused person or the cross dresser who wants non-binary access the bathroom of choice in Target or your child’s public school is a victim as well. A person whom Good Faith folk recognize as just wanting their true selves to be seen and known. Never mind their rebellion against God’s design and sovereignty (supposedly a core doctrine of Calvinist Tim Keller). To be truly Good Faith you must look beyond the emasculated Gold Medalist Bruce to see the inner Caitlyn and understand her need. That is the Good Faith Christian and those who buy into all the above make a tidy package for the sheep herd of the Evangelical farm being offered to the lowest progressive bidder and the Democratic Party.
Stellar job of hosting this OPEN HOUSE to sell off God’s HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH for the very enemies who want it removed from hindering the progressive agendas of the Left. If that is the call of God in Evangelicalism – if this is what it means to be GOOD in the Faith – then let the rest of us find the exit before the Fire falls! In no way are these Good Faith assertions of Keller, Lyons and Barna compatible with Biblical Christian faith and living in these or any other times. If Kinnaman finds mega church pastors and church retailers like Lifeway interested in statistics and polls then so be it, but neither he nor Lifeway Research nor Pew or any other change agents will change the mind and heart of Jehovah, Who we are reminded in Hebrews 12:29 is a HOLY and consuming FIRE. He does not put a holy finger out to determine the prevailing winds of culture nor is He undecided about the gender He made the victims of the latest Trans-fad. Acquiescence to the tactics of Keller and his Obama-friendly hirelings to sell the Sheep farm is NOT Good Faith. At best it is self-deception and, at worst, self-aggrandizement, arrogance and apostasy.
Thanks for Nothing – Reality Check
Though Biblically Conservative Evangelicals may have been willing to follow hirelings onto the Progressive plantation, a full-scale awakening now threatens the Cabal. The sting of the cattle prods continues by the increased amperage of the recent Revoice Conference for LGBT+ Flourishing in the Christian Church, Cultural Marxist rhetoric, Critical Race Theory, open borders Immigration advocacy, accusations of White Privilege, canonization of MLK and Malcolm X in our seminaries, Transgender bathroom rights, and even disowning the Evangelical identity, thereby changing the name of the Sheep farm. Hopes are high to finally bank their 30 pieces silver.
Wishful Thinking from a Weary Flock
In conclusion – the sale is not even pending. The value of the conservative Evangelical has proven steady, is likely appreciating and did help accomplish the impossible, preventing a Hillary Clinton regime. Sorry to disappoint Tim Keller, Albert Mohler, Russell Moore and other desperate Evangelical leaders. Your Third Way fire sale has failed and exposed massive fault lines between the Blue-Collar saints and your Elitist clique. Please, stop pointing fingers and blaming the sheep. Call off the dogs and tell the manure spreaders to cease and desist. Take YOUR “For Sale” signs off the property. It is NOT yours to sell. Don’t bother trying to act as spokesmen for us or for the Good Shepherd; just fulfill your obligations to those who bought you out and do it preferably somewhere else. Leave our institutions and our pulpits and stay out of the voter booth with us and, please, no more convening meetings to decide the future for us or our children. Stop having conferences and talking issues like Racial Reconciliation (something you, in reality, know nothing about…but only the crass language of division) and fake news MeToo feminist-driven revenge masked as the Gospel. Enough with your efforts to talk the Bride of Christ into embracing Homosexuality as “Christian.” No more Revoice Conferences or endless pro LGBT+ “celibate” victims events staged by ERLC/TGC or The Nines. Stop talking in muddled language about things the Word of God says in plain language. And no more dialoging or sleeping with the enemies of God in the name of “principled pluralism” or any other false virtue signaling labels some social sciences think tank has provided for you. Let us be done with you and leave us to follow our Lord, while you follow the destructive path you have chosen.
Leaders like Tim Keller and Russell Moore – Stop the madness of your empty rhetoric and false concerns and pseudo intellectualism. The poorly disguised progressive political agenda you serve wrapped in an ever-thinning veneer of false compassion and gospel integrity just does not ring of truth. It no longer passes the smell test but resembles the sour milk of aging men growing bitter at having been exposed as change agents, deceiving the easy mark on the planet – the trusting, loving flock of God. Stop abusing us. Stop using minorities and race and women and gays. Stop diverting the money and resources of the Church to your globalist views of human flourishing and a sustainable world. Stop the fake concerns for us hurting the Gospel.
Do Your One “Good Faith” More and Just Cease and Desist Already
And finally, though many of you love the sound of your own voices and the “chief seats” in the Temple, please BE QUIET and JUST LEAVE — and let us enjoy the golden silence and be still, knowing that the Lord is God and we are His People and the Sheep of His pasture. (Psalm 100:3)
Thomas Littleton Reporting from the SBC Annual Conference to Worldview Weekend
Why SBC Leaders Turned to Lying and Abuse Over Revoice in Dallas SBC
Rev Thomas Littleton
By now word has spread that a member of the press was kicked out of the SBC annual meetings in Dallas last week. I am that person and make no mistake about the cause. I came to the SBC convention to follow up and seek to interview the SBC leaders whose institutions have disturbing ties to the upcoming Revoice Conference in St Louis. At the same time leaders in the Presbyterian Church of America were doing the same in their annual General Assembly in Atlanta. I went to Dallas at my own expense and out of deep concern that the last two remaining conservative denominations have clearly been infiltrated and are on the verge of accepting EXTREME and Radically pro-LGBT+ language into the heart of their congregations. No denomination has ever returned from this abyss and all who fall into it remain in steep decline. This compromise always leaves the Gospel and those who need it harmed. A new younger President was elected who subscribes to a primary source (a Regent University Psychologist Mark Yarhouse) of the radical language – J.D. Greear. His campaign press coverage promised that the make-over of the SBC has only begun as change agents aplenty strutted through the halls of the Dallas SBC 2018 meetings.
I was struck while attending the Southern Baptist Convention 2018 by one exhibit which was offered in the Exposition hall. I spent a great deal of time there because in the vast Texas sized Dallas facility dead center of the Expo was the only place my cell signal was not (dead). The world of virtual reality is changing everything in the marketing game. I saw several booths with convention goers looking like puppies with bags stuck on their heads while living in the virtual world for moment in time. In a three-day long event, a press guy or gal (I was working with World View Weekend / WVW radio to cover the SBC meetings) has to find humor and comic relief where they can.
Yet one virtual experience in the program at the convention was far too sad a reflection on our virtual Baptist, virtual missions experience to laugh off. This trek was to provide the virtual experience of a REFUGEE. I have been in ministry for 40 years now – mostly in evangelism and missions both long term and short. I see first-hand the long-term benefit of taking believers’ missions trips and there is no substitute for placing your feet on the ground and getting face to face with the beloved of God who are in need. Medical missions have been a long-term commitment of our family. But to offer a third world or missions experience, or in this case the politically charged and Soros funded “Refugee” issue driven in the SBC, by “Rented Evangelicals” and World Relief, I fear, is not only manipulative but is sad window on the world of modern Christian state of unreality. This malady seems to have infected many of the Leadership of the SBC as well and especially in the current leadership of the ERLC and some neo Calvinist seminaries.
MY PERSONAL REFUGEE EXPERIENCE: WHY DOES ERLC NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW THE TRUTH?
The players involved – ERLC’s Russell Moore – ERLC Staffer Brent Leatherwood – Myself – and after the press statements below – the Executive Committee/ Roger Oldham, and an ERLC underling. History and context is provided below.
I would like to acknowledge Dr. Albert Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, that HE was the one and only key leader from the circles involved in Revoice who did grant an interview and comment on it. His answers can be heard at Worldview Weekend Radio. Russell Moore’s response, other than to deny knowledge of Revoice after at least two people discussed it with him, appears to be lost somewhere in the now empty halls of the Dallas Convention Center.
First, here is the ERLC version in a Christian Post article from June 14th 2018 for which I was never contacted or interviewed. This article does not have the facts or even the timeline.
*The SBC Executive Committee did not remove me from the SBC convention meetings as the ERLC’s younger press spokesperson claims. This claim is also amazingly echoed, though not confirming my name, by Roger Oldham of the SBC Executive Committee. I have history with Oldham when expressing concerns that then CEO, Frank Page, of the Executive Committee had joined two radical gay activist organization leaders, Fred Davies of ARCUS Foundation (massive LGBTQ funder) and Harry Knox of the infamous Human Rights Campaign (the nation’s largest LGBTQ equality advocate), on the Obama Faith Based Partnership Board. The White House led group worked to “Find Common Ground for the Common Good” and obtain government grant funding in cooperative partnerships. After months of engaging these concerns, I was then passed down the line by Frank Page to Oldham who made no effort to encourage a course correction from the trajectory Page had helped place the SBC on with Obamas FBP program.
Dallas Issue: The SBC did not speak to me or ask me to “Move along.” I had spoken to Oldham in the presence of Radio journalist, Janet Mefferd, about an hour before and IRONICALLY thanked him for his work with the press and their excellent hospitality which I compared to “Sunday Afternoon after service in a Southern Baptist Church.” This REALLY happened! In Spite of my appreciation and even the opportunity at that point to correct me for any loitering I was allegedly doing in an allegedly restricted area, nothing was said. I had used the same location where I had found scarce cell service all week yet Oldham said nothing of such an issue just an hour prior. He now claims in the CP article the same completely FALSE, baseless and dishonest version of events which came from Russell Moore’s ERLC in the article. Start asking yourself why and I will try and help you understand it.
NOTE: RUSSELL MOORE’S HISTORY OF FALSE CLAIMS
A 2008 article recounts problems with false accusations and claims of assault made by the current ERLC head Russell Moore when he was finishing his doctorate in 2000 and working for the Baptist Press as a reporter at Baptist events.
“In 2000, many general assembly attendees accused BP writer Russell Moore of inaccuracies and blatant fabrications in several stories — most notably a report where he claimed that a former missionary attending the meeting physically assaulted him. Moore is now a dean at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.” There are other such reports from this 2000 era work by Moore as a Baptist Press reporter.
So ERLC’s Dr. Russell Moore has a long credibility problem and is known to make false claims about issues, like an assault on his person by an “unnamed Foreign Missionary.”
*Fact: the actual events at the SBC Dallas convention are verified by two conversations with the Dallas Police Department that two uniformed Dallas Police Officers (again I have their names and the multiple call history of the conversations with the Dallas PD and what was reported on the events to the Sgt. assigned to handle the call. I have his direct telephone number. FACT: Dallas Police were lied to and used by a false report from an SBC organization to remove me – NOT the Executive Committee. It is shameful and foolish for the ERLC and the Executive Committee to crawl out on a limb together and not only obligate themselves to maintain and defend their false story but to even imply the Dallas Police Department and its officers present are lying. The other side of reality is, once admitted, that someone in an SBC entity that, in this likelihood, the ERLC has lied to and misled their own security team members on a day when the Vice President of the United States had been in the building at the Dallas Convention Center. Criminal fines and jail time accompany making a false reporting to police. It may be clear why the need was felt to so drastically alter their version of events and someone in fact really does deserve to be dismissed for misleading the Dallas PD. I do not know how after many years of service Roger Oldham would be so foolish as to expect Me to allow him to confirm the ERLC saying I am lying. This issue will not go away. Why? Because THE TRUTH matters.
*I was NOT in a “restricted area.” I was in the Expo Hall near the Lifeway retail sales area.
*I was not loitering. The only place I had cell service on my old unit was in the center of the of the Expo building. I was there repeatedly all week long doing interviews and making news reports. That was my job for the week at the SBC meeting.
*The two officers of the Dallas PD told me that I had been “reported as having threatened someone,” Again this is in DIRECT contrast to Oldham and the ERLC/ Moore’s press statements in which they say I am making a FALSE claim. The Officers’ names and that of the Dallas PD officer assigned to the complaint was made by Worldview Weekend boss Brannon Howse and by myself within 30 minutes and then an hour after the events took place.
The simple FACTS: What happened when I was REMOVED from the building on June 13th 2018 by Two Uniformed Dallas Police Officers on the complaint they received that I threatened someone.
*The exhibitors had started taking down their booths, yet many people were still in and out some were even getting last minute purchases and info from exhibitors. No one that I saw was being restricted from entering the Expo area for any reason. I went in and out several times during this period.
*While on the phone to an editor of mine I saw ERLC employee Brent Leatherwood (seventh down this list of ERLC Staff) standing in the ERLC booth and glaring at me.
SIDE NOTE about the PREVIOUS DAY: The day before (Tuesday June 12) this same staffer, Brent Leatherwood, had bodily stepped between me and his boss Russell Moore, ERLC Executive Director, and grabbed my arms saying repeatedly “we are fine, we are fine, we don’t need anything.” By this time, Moore and I made eye contact and he spoke acknowledging my presence. I asked for comments on the “LGBT+ Christian” Revoice Conference and told him I had broken the story on it a month ago. Moore said he “had heard about it but did not know much.” When Moore did not wish to comment in the press about Revoice. I expressed my concern to him as a Southern Baptist and a minister, pointing out the Revoice/ERLC ties with Karen Swallow Prior, his Research Fellow at ERLC, being on the Revoice website promoting the conference and Revoice speaker Branden Polk, whose Arrowhead Advising LLC is an ERLC consultant/ contractor. I also talked to Moore about the concerns I had over the use of terms like “Queer Christian” and “Queer Theory” and I mentioned the source from which I had heard about Revoice being ERLC’s partner Sam Allberry / Living Out ministry which was promoting Revoice in early May 2018. I spoke with Moore about the Human Rights Campaign activist who I knew from confronting their intentions in my own state which Moore had invited TO his 2014 ERLC conference. I mentioned the HRC staffers by name and what they had done in Alabama to further their pro LGBTQ cause. Moore, now informed about the basis of the concerns assured me he “would look into Revoice.” However, when asked about Revoice the next day by an SBC Messenger, Moore denied knowing about Revoice.
*Back to Wednesday June 13th in the Expo area – a public access area. About two minutes after seeing Brent Leatherwood glaring at me, two uniformed Dallas Police Department officers, whose names I have, came into my view slightly to the right of the ERLC booth from which Leatherwood had been glaring at me.
Leatherwood is the former Tennessee GOP employee, a die hard “Never Trumper” like his ERLC Boss. The conservative and Christian voters, leaders and journalists in Nashville and across Tennessee have written MANY articles about the work of Leatherwood in the TN Republican Party. Strong criticism including that he and his group of operatives were using Republican funds to defeat conservative candidates in TN primaries and other activities outlined in Breitbart considered treasonous by many in TN. It is not hard to find but those left with a favorable impression of his time there are much more difficult to locate. Here is just one example. The headline reads: “Brent Leatherwood for State GOP Chairman? Seriously?”
One quote says to Leatherwood in this article, “Is it just us, or would any normal, rational, thinking individual who has a fiduciary and political responsibility to spend the state GOP’s money wisely have a big freakin’ problem with the sleazy, disingenuous, inside dealing (nepotism) that you and your staff have engaged in and used our money to do it.”
The writer then concludes, “You will undoubtedly be looking for work if someone besides you gets elected to the chairmanship, but there is not a snowball’s chance in h*** you could get any credible position in the Trump administration.”
*After Leatherwood lost a bid for Chairmanship of the State Republican Party, he was then hired by Russell Moore into the ERLC as Director of Strategic Partnerships. Once the Dallas Police came up to me, Leatherwood was now out of view. However, he came back to the scene soon as you will see. The two officers approached me as I was still on the phone and said I had to leave the building. I asked if they meant the EXPO building because of the exhibitor breakdown. I showed my press credentials and explained my lack of cell service elsewhere in the building. The Dallas PD officer told me someone had filed a complaint against me. I asked who it was .He would not say who but said they had the right to ask me to leave the building. I asked what the allegations were and he answered “that you threatened someone. Why would you do something like that?” I said, “Why indeed, since I am a Christian, a minister and a Southern Baptist and a member of the press? I threatened no one.” I said I was waiting for the next meetings at 4/4:30 to begin, which were the ERLC annual reports where Russell Moore was speaking. I had stayed an extra day in order to cover that event and report on it. I was then informed by the Officers that this would be a problem because I was being asked to leave the entire building and would not be allowed back during the SBC event.
*As the Dallas Police Officers escorted me from the building, ERLC employee Leatherwood, who had minutes before been glaring at me across the Expo floor, and disappeared when the Dallas PD approached me, was standing just outside the door of the Expo in the large lobby area that wraps around the over 1 million square foot convention center.
Leatherwood was on his phone with his earpiece in and talking. Once he saw us exiting the door he ended his conversation, hung up the telephone and joined the escorting officer to my right.
*Leatherwood began taking very provocative actions including again, glaring across the chest of the taller officer to my right and mockingly looking me in the eyes. He leaned his head forward toward me almost in the path of the officer. He took long exaggerated lurching steps in slower motion as if enacting some strutted victory lap around what had been set in motion with my removal less than two hours before the ERLC meeting/ report was to begin in the main hall.
*I asked the officer between Leatherwood and myself if Leatherwood was the person who claimed I had threatened someone and if he claimed I threatened him. The officer replied, “We are not going there.” I asked if Leatherwood claimed I threatened HIM because, in fact, Leatherwood “had laid his hands on me to restrain me and prevent me from talking to his boss. (This would be considered a Class C Assault by Texas Law.) Russell Moore’s employee, Leatherwood, attempted to prevent the conversation but Moore did indeed talk about the Revoice Conference “promoting LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian tradition.” WE DID discuss that his ERLC Fellow was a contributor endorsing Revoice and a favorite ERLC consultant was speaking at Revoice. We had a conversation about it. I mentioned this to the officer and that it was in spite of Leatherwood‘s effort to physically prevent it. “Is that what this is about?” I asked. Nothing was confirmed or denied at this point. After about 20 steps in tandem with the officers and me and the continued provocative actions of Leatherwood, he then broke off and headed to the main hall where Russell Moore and his constant companions of the ERLC staff were located.
* The officers then escorted me to the Press room down stairs to retrieve my belongings. The attitude of the officers toward me changed at the point Leatherwood had sought to escalate the situation. They calmly walked me to the press room and stood by as I explained to the press room full of reporters that a fellow member of the press and fellow Baptist and minister was being removed from the building after being falsely accused of threatening someone. No one would say who was supposed to have threatened but the ERLC staffer was ever present who had also attempted prevent me talking about Revoice LGBT+ /Queer Christianity with his ERLC boss Russell Moore. The press room wanted more information and received it. None yet have written on it but the story is still playing out. The officers then escorted me back upstairs to the exit of my choice through the Omni hotel bridge and I went on to my neighboring hotel from which I called my offices at Worldview Weekend. Brannon Howse then began the process of filing the report to the Dallas Police Department to provide documentation given the likelihood that the ERLC would soon be issuing false statements to cover themselves after their staffer lied to the Dallas Police Department. That insightful concern has proven prophetic in the Christian Post article which absurdly even includes the respected SBC Executive Committee.
A series of interviews began immediately as word had already spread in the SBC meetings in the Convention Centers main hall. It has continued for four days straight.
I am aware this version is in sharp contrast to the version told by the ERLC and Executive Committee in Christian Post. I can see why the altered version includes a narrative that takes away the dangers posed by assault changes and lying to an officer providing security for your own event. But this version above will not be altered because it is the truth and I celebrate the fine job the Dallas Police did in treating me fairly and simply doing their job based on the false information they received from somewhere in the BOWELS of the SBC/ ERLC machine. I am horrified that my own denomination is covering up some of their entities’ and officers’ involvement with Revoice Queer Christianity and LGBT+ Christianity and would brutalize someone with three generations of SBC heritage and 40 years of ministry and untold amounts of dollars placed in the offering plate and helping aid the ministries and cooperative programs and church buildings and Seminaries and salaries of the SBC. I know am not the first and, given the present trajectory exhibited during the SBC 2018 convention, I will not be the LAST one abused. Russell Moore, Roger Oldham, I forgive and pray for you but I cannot repent for you for the deception you are perpetrating on the flock of God under your care. That part you will have to do. I will not be sending Dallas Police for you but I do think we will see your accountability come home to roost. Meanwhile, do Southern Baptist really want these tactics turned on them by the people they support? And in the words of Mike Huckabee “How long will Southern Baptists keep paying Russell Moore to insult them?”
As to simulated refugee experiences …. WHY PLAY “MAKE BELIEVE” WHEN SO MANY REFUGEES IN THEIR OWN CHURCHES ARE BEING IGNORED?
Isaiah 6:11 “Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate.”
If Revoice has its say in the SBC because leadership cannot speak and denounce it, God’s words to Isaiah will prove prophetic for the Southern Baptist Convention.
Just days before the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meetings begin in Dallas Texas, controversy over the SBC’s newfound liberal theological view of homosexuality continues to rage. When news of the Revoice Conference first broke, conservative Christians were understandably shocked to find deep ties to the Southern Baptist Convention, with radical gay liberation terminology such as “LGBT+ Christian, Queer Christian, Sexual Minority Christian” and “celebrating the treasures of Queer Theory, Queer Literature, and Queer Culture” obtruding into the Church.
The Revoice Conference, which will be held in St Louis on July 26-28, made the news and has caught the attention of believers around the nation. Conservative Media has also picked up on the Revoice “LGBT+ Queer Christian” controversy along with the “Social Justice” mantra of some in SBC leadership. Many have detected the threat these distortions present to the Gospel and the Church, yet few Evangelical leaders have stepped up to condemn the SBC’s liberal theology or to answer for their connections to it.
For the background and more information on REVOICE, read the following:
. . . an article by Owen Strachan that offers nothing but ambiguity on the controversial language and the theme of Revoice, which is “Promoting Flourishing of LGBT+ in Historic Christian Tradition.”
Dr. Russell Moore–whose ERLC Fellows and Associates are actively promoting Revoice, and whose hired consulting contractor, Arrowhead Advising founder, Branden Polk, is a Speaker at Revoice, reveals on the company’s social media that they are huge fans of a RuPaul Drag Race / Drag Queen judge. A favorite spokesperson for Moore and the ERLC is Sam Allbery, the same-sex attracted Anglican priest who founded Living Out since his introduction to the “conversation” at Dr. Moore’s 2014 ERLC Conference on Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage. Living Out was the first mainstream SBC affiliate to promote Revoice on social media:
“Have you checked out our website recently? (http://www.revoice.us) Even more workshops and speakers have just been added–and more still to come! We’re so grateful for our stellar team of speakers & presenters who are giving their time to be part of #Revoice18! We can’t wait!”
Amidst the controversy, Dr. Moore has remained speechless. In the cynical words of Pixar Monsters Inc’s “Roz the Snail,” Moore’s “stunned silence is very reassuring.”
It should be noted that the primary source of the new language in the circles in which Dr. Mohler and Dr. Moore travel (The Gospel Coalition) is a White Paper drafted in 2010 by Regent University Psychology Professor, Mark Yarhouse, whose work includes an ongoing partnership with the gay affirming American Psychological Association, doing research with “gay and Christian psychologists to find common ground” for counseling gay persons who experience conflict between their sexual identity and their faith identity. The goal being to reconcile the two and to discourage repentance for homosexuality on the basis of Dr. Yarhouse’s presumption of sexual orientation. The work of Mark Yarhouse has provided the framework for discussion of a “Christian Sexual Ethic” centered around the now familiar language of “gay celibate Christianity.” “Sexual Minority” is the favored term since it provides both activist and victim status for LGBT+ persons in the Church.
So who will provide Biblical leadership to the Church on the issue of “LGBT+ Christianity”?
Let us consider the two candidates for election as SBC President in 2018 — J.D. Greear and Ken Hemphill.
J. D. Greear on Homosexuality
J. D. Greear has made numerous statements on homosexuality and was a presenter at the 2014 ERLC Conference on Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage with Dr. Moore. In his sermon, “Preaching Like Jesus to the LGBT Community and It’s Supporters,” Greear used the same LGBT+ affirming language of Allberry and other ERLC spokespersons; however, Greear also preaches that homosexuality is a sin. Greear has not said that homosexuality is acceptable behavior, yet he affirms and promotes Mark Yarhouse and his Institute on the Study of Sexual Identity (ISSI) views on LGBT orientation and gender as well as the notion of celibacy as a reconciling biblical ethic.
Greear Promotes Yarhouse, Creator of the Template for “LGBT+ Christianity”
In 2012, Greear spoke at “The Nines Conference” which is an online stream held annually that includes such LGBT luminaries as Nadia Boltz Webber, the self -proclaimed “tattooed cussing lesbian priestess” of The House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver CO.
APPROACHING HOMOSEXUALITY WITH GRACE Created by The Nines Conference@perspective on this issue.
“In this 11 minute session from Leadership Network’s 2012 The Nines Conference, J.D. Greear, Senior Pastor at The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, delivers a thoughtful and gracious message about the way the church should approach the issue of homosexuality.
“We often get sidetracked from the real issue in a number of different ways, but constantly returning to the cross of Christ will fix our perspective on this issue.
“Truth without grace is fundamentalism. Grace without truth is just sentimentality. There is a way to speak the truth with grace so that we can disagree with people and let them know we love them. Think about how this dynamic affects the way we approach homosexuality.
“Have you seen your church fall into the trap of emphasizing truth without grace or grace without truth? How can your church embrace both of these so that you offer to the gay community the kind of love that Jesus commands?
“J.D. said that the test of our faithfulness to Jesus comes at our courage over these kinds of issues. What does he mean by that? Do you agree? How do you stand for truth on this issue of homosexuality?
“Do you have opportunity to extend friendship to gay people? How can you enter that relationship in a way that shows Christ’s love and doesn’t make that person feel like they are your project to fix?
“Don’t pander to gay people and try to tell them what you think they want to hear, and don’t be judgmental and try to make them hurt. Every one of us is in great need of God’s grace, so our emphasis should always be the gospel. Speak the truth in love.
“J.D. mentioned several resources that have helped him learn and think about our culture’s reaction to homosexuality and the Bible’s response.
On Greear’s Blog, he and his staffers continue their endorsements of Yarhouse’s resources for people struggling with Same Sex desires and for youth and parents of youth with Same-Sex Attraction. One example is point 8 in Greear’s 10 Theses About Christianity and Homosexuality:
“8. Avoid pat answers or simplistic statements.
“A lot of harm has been done by Christian leaders who speak from ignorance, saying things like, “All homosexuals have been abused.” This sort of thing brings shame on our testimony. Again, Mark Yarhouse has a lot of helpful resources here. We should also recognize that sexual struggles are not limited to men—women struggle with homosexuality and pornography.”
Dr. Ken Hemphill has certainly not provided the depth of searchable material that Dr. J. D. Greear has on the topic of homosexuality. He does not appear to have been invited to speak at any of Russell Moore’s conferences on homosexuality and marriage nor has he provided any endorsements that we can locate for Dr. Mark Yarhouse’s materials for those desiring help with homosexuality or for parents and youth with same sex attraction in the church. What Dr Hemphill did provide is his response in 2001 when revisions to the Baptist Faith and Message brought national media attention to the Seminaries involved in the unthinkable requirement that Baptists (including those teaching at our seminaries) “must sign a statement affirming the Baptist Faith and Message” and that “all Baptists must oppose all forms of sexual immorality including homosexuality.”
The 2000 Orlando SBC convention changes also included affirmation that “the office of pastor is limited to men.” Given the fast track toward “more women in ministry that the #MeToo movement’s recent run through the SBC camp, that point seems all the more relevant. The Paige Patterson “#Metoo pile on/blood-letting” led into the secular press by people from within the SBC stands in sharp contrast to Dr. Hemphill’s simple and straightforward responses to the secular media in 2001.
“Southwestern President Ken Hemphill said limiting employment to faculty who are willing to sign the convention’s Baptist Faith and Message statement as revised in June 2000 will ultimately benefit the seminary and Southern Baptists, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.
“It’s important that an institution run its business day to day by its bylaws,” Hemphill said. “Our accreditation agency requires that, our integrity requires that.”
As revised at the 2002 annual convention in Orlando, Fla., the statement declares, among other things, that Baptists “must oppose all forms of sexual immorality, including homosexuality,” and that the “office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.”
In 1998, the statement was revised to add the phrase “A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits itself to the headship of Christ.” Quotes from 2001 Ken Hemphill.
In just a few days the SBC will elect one of these men to lead the Convention at a very important time in Baptist life and the life of our nation. Those of us over 40, who recall many other struggles within and from without the SBC, mostly agree that this is a pivotal time and in many ways, an Esther calling moment “for such a time as this.” For Biblically Conservative men and women in the Church and, in particular, the SBC, the time has arrived to take a stand for the Savior whose politics are not partisan and whose Word on Homosexuality, Marriage and Gender roles, in the home and in the Church, is neither fluid nor negotiable; nor optional for those who bear his Holy Name.
2 Timothy 2:19-21
19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.
21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. (NKJV)
“If I profess, with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity. Where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle-field besides is mere flight and disgrace to him if he flinches at that one point.” (Luther)
Tom Littleton’s Radio Interview with Brannon Howse
How Albert Mohler and Tim Keller’s Gospel Coalition are “Queering” Christian Faith.
Rev Thomas Littleton
Few in the Evangelical world are unacquainted with Dr. Albert Mohler. Many view him as one of the last remaining statesmen of the SBC and a champion of Conservative Inerrancy of Scripture and Reformed Theology. Almost all champion him for his historical stand and the salvation of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary many years ago, which meant saving the Southern Baptist Convention from ruin by liberals who were promoting homosexuality, feminism, liberation theology and social justice. It will therefore be hard for some Christians to even consider the possibility that so esteemed a conservative as Albert Mohler is, behind closed doors, training and promoting LGBT activists to infiltrate churches, while in the public eye he professes to uphold the Bible. Mark Twain once said, “Give a man a reputation as an early riser, and he can sleep till noon.” In the case of Dr. Albert Mohler, “Give a minister a reputation as an ultraconservative, and he can advance the liberal agenda with impunity.” Albert Mohler’s reputation of yesteryear does not change the facts of the present, and God does not call for the protection of false teachers.
The Church has suffered long at the hands of infiltrators and its judgement has been clouded by a constant flood of rhetoric disguised as “Biblical worldview.” Most of the current narratives for Christian consumption, including Dr. Mohler’s, come NOT from the Word of God but from the social sciences and humanities wrapped in a loose application of theology so saturated with philosophy and relevancy that is almost meaningless chatter. The leaders of today’s great evangelical movements derive their inspiration not from a Divine calling but from conclusions driven by polls and numbers and cultural winds, and the Church is the victim of these leaders who are affiliated with think tanks and funded by soft money, dark money and easy money from progressives who not only hate the Christian Faith but are delighted to see the collapse of what appears to be the last vestige of the Christian conservatism in the U.S.
None have advanced the rejection and vilification of conservative Christianity more than the 2007 creation of The Gospel Coalition (TGC) and the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (ERLC) under Albert Mohler’s protégé, Russell Moore, since 2013. Having thoroughly vilified and neutralized conservative Christianity, these self-appointed leaders have their version of a kinder, gentler, “more robust” LGBT+ Christianity poised to make its debut in the SBC and PCA. The finger prints and DNA of Albert Mohler and Russell Moore are found throughout the 2018 Revoice Conference for “LGBT+ Christianity in the Church.”
• Nathan Collins is the “Founder and President of Revoice” for “Promoting LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian tradition.” Nate Collins is a longtime student and protégé of Albert Mohler, having received his Masters and Doctorate at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and then joining the faculty of SBTS. Collins was a New Testament Instructor and Garrett Fellow (grading papers and counseling SBTS students on academics) and is currently an Adjunct Online Teaching partner for SBTS. Collins has also represented SBTS as one of its Scholars for the Evangelical Theological Society, presenting his papers on sexuality, gender and related issues from his academic work at SBTS.
Dr. Albert Mohler conferring Ph.D. on Nate Collins @ 2017 SBTS Commencement
• Scott Sauls is a key Tim Keller (TGC) protégé who is now in Nashville and has an ongoing working relationship with Russell Moore and the ERLC. Sauls helped organize the Revoice meetings in February 2018 and is working with Nate Collins to promote Revoice and “LGBT+ Christianity.” See the Revoice webpage.
• Karen Swallow Prior was hired by Russell Moore as an ERLC Research Fellow, and is also promoting the LGBT+ event on the Revoice website. Thus, an ERLC Fellow is directly involved and urging a “Revoice” of the Christian conversation on LBGT+ Flourishing in the Church.
• Branden Polk is a scheduled speaker at the Revoice Conference. Polk is the founder of Arrowhead Advising LLC which has been a contractor for ERLC to advise Russell Moore on issues such as the 2017 “Christ Centered Parenting Conference,” the April 2018 MLK/50 Conference of TGC featuring Russell Moore in a massive Critical Race Theory extravaganza. Brandon also advises Moore on ERLC’s Prison Reform Bill promotion. Branden is a huge fan of and friend to RuPaul Drag Race / Drag Queen judge, Todrick Hall.
• Mark Yarhouse is an APA-affiliated psychologist who heads the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity is surprisingly a Professor of Psychology at Regent University, Virginia Beach VA. Yarhouse also works for D.A. Carson, cofounder of The Gospel Coalition, of which Albert Mohler and Russell Moore are Council members. In 2010, Carson commissioned Yarhouse to draft a White Paper as guidance for TGC Campus ministries. Yarhouse’s White Paper became the template for TGC’s Campus outreaches, introducing the new Queer language to Christian college students – LGBTQ phrases and concepts also voiced by Albert Mohler and promoted as the “revoiced” rhetoric for the Church in the Revoice, “Promoting LGBT+ Flourishing in the historic Christian tradition” conference. Yarhouse’s Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity promotes the upcoming Revoice conference “promoting LGBT+ flourishing in historic Christian tradition on Facebook below. (Social media pictures/post are not copyrighted and are shown here under Fair Use laws.)
TGC is NOT a Gospel Movement
In recent months TGC’s mask as a coalition for “The Gospel” has slipped significantly and the ugly face of progressive Critical Race Theory, Feminism, and now the full on “Queering of Christianity” is peering out from what most have assumed was a Conservative Biblical coalition of Evangelical denominations. We cannot say why but we can see who and in this expose you will learn HOW this has happened. It’s time we understand that TGC’s regurgitation of accepted orthodoxy on issues like homosexuality is mere lip service to the thesis in a grand dialectical process that is taking place through endless dialog on these topics with assurances that these conversations must take place because each of these issues is “a Gospel (that word again) issue”! The dialectical process works like this: a thesis or accepted truth is challenged by its antithesis or falsehood and a protracted dialogue is engaged to bring about consensus, a compromise on which both sides agree. To compromise the Christian position on human sexuality, the thesis (Bible doctrine) has been challenged by its antithesis (LGBT+ inclusion) leading to a synthesis of the two positions (LGBT+ Christianity). By means of a dialogue, driven by LGBT rights organizations which have been known to secretly collaborate with denominational leaders, the Christian Church is being coerced to compromise and eventually abandon its Biblical position on human sexuality. This dialectical scam, however, cannot succeed if the Body of Christ realizes what is at stake – the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In 2010, D.A. Carson sought help in developing the narrative on sexuality and gender for the campus ministry focus of TGC. Assistance came from Regent University Professor of Psychology, Mark Yarhouse, a “Christian psychologist in LGBTQ+ studies” whose Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity also promotes the Revoice Conference. A White Paper, “A Christian Perspective on Sexual Identity” (2010) by Yarhouse, became the “Gold Standard” for all discussions of LGBTQ for TGC campus ministries, which also involved Yarhouse making the rounds to most of the Bible colleges and seminaries affiliated with TGC. You Tube has archived many of his presentations (some were even Chapel Services) to impart his perspective on Gender and Sexual Identity to young seminarians and Christians in our conservative institutions. Yarhouse has spoken to students at Wheaton, Biola, and even small, remote colleges like conservative Covenant College on Lookout Mountain in Georgia. My point being the ideology D.A. Carson commissioned to craft the TGC message has seen thorough saturation of Christian institutions and is now the false doctrine of the Revoice Conference.
So, what is wrong with it and what exactly did this 2010 White Paper establish?
Yarhouse is a member of the American Psychological Association on LGBT issues and the nature of his work for the APA over many years involved conducting dialogues between homosexual psychologists and Christian psychologists to move the Christians away from their Biblical framework to an alternative framework to provide consensus (common ground) with the gay community on sexuality and same-sex marriage:
“In 2000, he chaired a groundbreaking symposium at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention that brought together gay psychologists and Christian psychologists to discuss common ground in treatment options for those who experience sexual and religious identity conflicts. He chaired similar dialogues at the APA on the many meanings of marriage (among different religions and among various groups within the gay community), services for adolescents experiencing sexual identity concerns, and an approach to services referred to as the sexual identity therapy framework.”
Yarhouse’s career reveals the overlap of input from the gay community, gay psychologists, and the affirming APA, in his endeavor to find common ground for Christian counseling professionals in treating patients with the full spectrum of LGBTQ issues. The APA signed on to the gay rights movement in 1973 when, having been infiltrated by gay activists, it depathologized homosexuality in order to keep the political correct message and funding for equality. The ideology of the APA and Revoice is antithetical to Christian conversion and the message of repentance, so it is no surprise that Yarhouse’s conclusions on the politically-charged related issue like “Conversion Therapy” have denied its benefits, and considered it harmful. In his work with TGC, this APA involvement led to disowning Conversion Therapy by coalition leaders like Albert Mohler, Russell Moore and Tim Keller.
Orientation is another key point in the case Yarhouse developed for TGC. Sexual Orientation is real according to Yarhouse, and homosexuality is an orientation, that is, fixed, defining and (all but) impossible to change. No doubt Albert Mohler felt confident, armed with the backing of TGC white paper, APA pseudoscience and Yarhouse’s study of 98 people, to repent in public in the now infamous 2014 ERLC conference on “Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage.” This confident yet baseless apology for himself and the Evangelical community (especially Southern Baptists) for having been “wrong about sexual orientation” was much to the delight of the gay press.
Why Albert Mohler and Russell Moore Abandoned Conversion Therapy
The LGBTQ lobby has identified Reparative or Conversion Therapy as one of their key targets to vilify as “harmful and false,” even calling it fraud in recent battles in California. The Human Rights Campaign and LGBTQ advocates want churches and denominations to “remove homosexuality and LGBTQ from their ‘sin list’” and have chosen this front to make that fight. They are keenly focused on “LGBTQ Youth” protections from Christian “ex -gay” efforts help gay youth to freedom from homosexuality. Reparative /Conversion Therapy in the broadest sense of the term would mean any non-affirming counsel on LGBT. A 2017 HRC effort in Miami Dade County proves the overreach of this effort into the church, Christian Counseling and even Christian parents who disagree with the normalization of LGBTQ. “The speech ban’s attempted reach beyond ‘licensed’ professionals to anyone and everyone else, including pastors counseling church members and parents counseling their own minor children, was an egregious First Amendment violation,” Staver said. “Licensed counselors and unlicensed persons all have First Amendment rights to counsel minors against the harms of homosexuality and gender confusion, for secular, scientific, and religious reasons.”
Given Russell Moore’s back door meetings in 2014 with HRC and many other LGBTQ activist groups at which time both Moore and Mohler spoke out in favor of Orientation and against Conversion Therapy, for the first time in a public conference, the timing is extremely suspect for them to have come in line with and sync Baptist public policy with HRC’s increasing demands and advocacy. In short, by abandoning Conversion Therapy, Moore and Mohler and others in TGC have abandoned Biblical “conversion” for homosexuals. While other sins – yours, mine and ours remain part of the testimony of our past, as stated in 1 Corinthians 6:11; “such WERE some of you,” under the new doctrine of Yarhouse, TGC, Keller, Carson, ERLC, Moore and Mohler, conversion is “off the table” for LGBT+ Christians who can self-identify with sins which Scripture prohibits in the Church.
These men seem confident that they are speaking for the Church, again as a Gospel perspective on LGBTQ which in fact has NO Biblical basis for its claims which have been derived from and synchronized with the humanist, secular, affirming mental health establishment. This is the basis of TGC ‘gold standard’ for LGBT issues which was commissioned by D.A. Carson in 2010.
Most of the language on LGBT issues we now see emerging in the evangelical community is already in play and contained in Yarhouse’s writings for The Gospel Coalition. “Same Sex Attracted,” “Gay Christian,” “Sexual Minorities in the Church” and more are all waiting in the que to be introduced into the Christian “conversation” by “LGBT+ Christian” professionals endorsed by TGC, Mohler, Moore and (from the 2014 conference indications) the Human Rights Campaign.
The point never mentioned in this evangelical orgy of newspeak is that the Gospel issue of orientation is that which ALL humanity shares from the fall of Adam, that being an “orientation to sin.” The “old homosexual sin nature” is not to be indulged or glorified as “gay pride” but reckoned to be “dead” having been “crucified with Christ” (Rom. 6, Eph. 4, Col. 3). However much they profess that “homosexuality is SIN,” Mohler, Russell Moore and others of TGC (not so much Tim Keller since his 2015 Veritas wishy washy response to the question) are also advocating for a special “non-sinful” status for homosexuality and LGBT-related sins by the Church, which leaves those affected without hope of spiritual rebirth and a future beyond same-sex attraction, which God calls “vile affection” or, the next stage, “LGBT+ Christianity.” We ask, “Who is really harming LGBT people by the deception perpetrated by Yarhouse, the APA and others for TGC?” Who has negatively impacted the Gospel here? This psychology derived cultural relevance driven adaptation of the gospel has hurt and exploited and bullied the entire circle of those upon whom it has been forced as a “Gospel issue” by trusted leaders, without being told or warned of its origins or its endgame. The upcoming Revoice Conference, however, gives us a glimpse of the endgame and the accelerated pace at which TGC determines to arrive at this “future Christianity” Revoice is calling for.
Yarhouse and his apparent disciples of Revoice use the perspective of Feminist Gender Theory to address the topic of transgenderism while admitting that much of what he speaks to on the topic is extremely rare… “perhaps one in 10,000 people affected and a broad range of experiences of gender related issues like Gender Dysphoria.” (GD being another APA and related industry word play, from when Gender Identity Disorder was changed to Gender Dysphoria, to avoid an accusatory term like “disorder” much in the same way the use of mental illness was removed from the APA language many years ago. Simply change the language and the problem goes away because it is no longer viewed in the same light).
Yarhouse makes the case that three frameworks of thought can be identified on the entire spectrum and that the way for the Church to address these issues is within the appropriate, relevant, informed framework (rather than the Word of God).
Speaking in the leftist language of Intersectionality, Yarhouse’s power point presentation offers a mostly confused and lost public the options of “Integrity, Disability or Diversity” which he insists will provide “Clarity” (the power point title). I will leave further investigation and discussion of these options to the more serious researcher in the link provided above and will spare the average reader the discussion of the confusing “Clarity” offered by Yarhouse. One point that begs to made here is that few would find this material to be a topic for a Chapel service in Bible Colleges and Seminaries of the SBC and PCA. Yet unsuspecting parents paying the tuition will find it has been indeed.
Unsuspecting Parents Beware: The Gospel Coalition “Queers the Conversation” of Campus Ministries
Was it an honest approach by TGC leaders to, not only derive their message on LGBT issues from these polluted wells, but predetermine to introduce those new terms into the evangelical community over a protracted period of time to ensure their reception and, worst of all, to draft this messaging NOT for the current body of believers but specifically for young believers whose parents are paying massive tuitions to send them to conservative “Christian” institutions operated, instructed and staffed by these same leaders? If this message shift was not intentional, why launch a progressive movement that targets the young and vulnerable hearts and minds of OUR youth. Most perverted of all is that the older members of TGC churches have heard a constant chorus of how the cultural views on issues like LGBT have shifted and WE must adapt the approach of the Church to meet those changing attitudes. Rather than reinforcing our youth with Bible doctrine and conservative messages, these leaders have again synchronized the evangelical position with the secular and furthered the VERY problem recited to the parents of those students as the imperative for compromise. And all at the parents’ expense. Brilliant, but nonetheless FAR from honest and, arguably, a deception MUCH worse.
The Gospel Coalition’s D. A Carson and Mark Yarhouse have made their White Paper a type of “Gold Standard” for all things LGBT+ for Campus Ministries. At Revoice we see speakers which include members of the PCA’s Campus ministry, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), CRU (formerly Campus Crusade, with whom Tim Keller has worked at RTS, Orlando with pro LGBT ideology). All of the speakers for Revoice now appear under the heading of TGC/Yarhouse 2010 campus collaboration as “Sexual Minorites” in the Church. Intervarsity, which has close ties to Keller, even has its own Sexuality Tool Kit with access available to members only. The circle of young SBTS and Covenant seminarians (and others) are highly trained leaders of the dialogue for social change. Many of these same Revoice speakers also work with TGC. Advocacy and narratives for the cause of these “invisible minorities” (LGBT+ people) and frameworks that enable dialog to move the conversation forward are the mantra of these new Faith-Based Sexual Minority professionals. TGC, Carson and Yarhouse have made a major contribution to the development of this dialogue, its guidelines and training provided on campus. In the case of conservative Covenant College on Lookout Mountain GA, Yarhouse lectures on multiple occasions even in Chapel. Other Christian institutions like Biola and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) have hosted these instructional and “inspirational” discussions to their young student bodies. The mission appears to be nothing less than to revolutionize the conversation in Campus Ministry, on the campuses of both secular and Christian colleges, universities and seminaries nationally and internationally. It seems fair to say that The Gospel Coalition is leading the way in “queering the conversation” on campus and, very soon, in the churches. Revoice’s boast of “reexamining the virtues and treasures of Queer Theory and Queer Culture” for the Church make a strong case that the historic pathway of Cultural Marxism – Critical Theory and Minority Rhetoric – has been chosen for these utopian goals.
REVOICE: An INDEPTH Look at the TGC/ERLC Connection
“Sexual minorities in the Church” is among the most common phrases Yarhouse proposed for The Gospel Coalition in his LGBT “gold standard” setting White Paper. So where has the language and that conversation taken us in just 8 short years under the leadership of TGC? *Revoice 2018* When my first article on this conference was written, some of the speakers and other leaders, mentors and organizers were not yet visible. Since that time the Revoice website has added many details, the most revealing being long time Tim Keller staffer and protégé’ turned church planter, Scott Sauls role in Revoice. Sauls, who appears to be campaigning for the role of Elisha to inherit Keller’s mantle in the PCA, helped initiate plans for Revoice at meetings in St Louis in late February 2018. And, just days ago, Sauls appeared on the website strongly endorsing the vision of Revoice, which is to “Promote LGBT+ Flourishing in historic Christian Tradition” (in SBC, PCA and other unsuspecting affiliated churches of TGC).
“Flourishing” has long been a favorite word of Keller derived from his association with and work of Frankfurt School inspired Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia (UVA). If you do not understand the significance of the Frankfurt School please take to time to inform yourself about Cultural Marxism, the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research and the myriad of think tanks promoting its Leftist ideology. This influence is not Gospel-centered in the least, rather its reliance on Critical Theory to obtain its long sought after goals is exactly what is taking place with Revoice.
“The underlying and enduring aspect of critical theory common to all its multitudinous expressions is the creation and application of interdisciplinary theories growing out of a worldview dedicated to overturning the false consciousness of traditional Christian thought and social order and so serving as an instrument of social transformation. Critical theory comes in all shapes, sizes, and expressions but the one thing it has in common is criticizing any residual influence of Christianity that remains on any and all of our Western institutions and disciplines. It typically expresses itself as the voice of the oppressed and the aggrieved and in doing so seeks to employ ‘social justice’ and ‘fairness’ as the sting within the theory. However, in order to do so Critical theory must invert and redefine almost all realities in order to be able to secure the superior position of the oppressed.” (The Cultural Marxist Toolbox)
The moral transformation of the Christian Church is the vision and endgame of Revoice, as Scott Sauls stated, “The Revoice Conference and the many trustworthy voices associated with it – many of whom are personal friends of mine – is a terrific place to begin this journey” (of what it means to be a “Christian” AND a “sexual minority”).
ERLC Research Fellow and An ERLC Consultant Jive Talking “Revoice”
Karen Swallow Prior is a controversial pro-LGTB+ Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission whose president is Albert Mohler’s protégé’, Russell Moore. Just recently, Ms. Prior was hit by a bus (literally) while walking in downtown Nashville. (Please pray for her recovery from serious injury, surgery and also from the False Gospel of “LGBT+ Christianity Flourishing in the Church.”) Prior had joined Scott Sauls in endorsing the Revoice Conference in the most glowing terms. She is not the only ERLC endorser of Revoice, however. Just days into the unveiling of the speakers for Revoice, Brandon Polk, the owner and founder of ERLC consultant, Arrowhead Advising, was added to the lineup. Arrowhead Advising assisted Russell Moore and the ERLC with the controversial “critical race theory/white privilege” focus of the April 2018 MLK/50 Conference, as you can see from Arrowhead’s social media below.
Arrowhead Advising, LLC, April 3 ·
Dr. Russell Moore greeting our meeting on education equity at #mlk50conference.
Arrowhead Advising also helped with the recent ERLC Prison Reform Bill advocacy.
Arrowhead Advising, LLC, April 23 ·
ERLC and Prison Fellowship Support Prison Reform and Redemption Bill
Text – H.R.3356 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): Prison Reform and Redemption Act
Text for H.R.3356 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): Prison Reform and Redemption Act
Arrowhead has also worked with ERLCs 2017 Conference on Christ Centered Parenting.
Arrowhead Advising, LLC
August 24, 2017 ·
#erlc2017 on Christ-centered parenting.
Arrowhead Advising, LLC
August 22, 2017 ·
When you’re in Nashville…
Reality Check for Many
Historically conservative Christians of the SBC and other PCA and TGC affiliated churches support the ERLC with their Cooperative Program giving. Where concerns arise is that Arrowhead Advisers’ founder speaking at the Revoice Conference for “LGBT+ /Sexual Minorities Flourishing in the Church” is billed as an ERLC consultant.
“Branden is the CEO and Founder of Arrowhead Advising. As an innovator, social reformer, public speaker, writer, counselor, and creative artist, Branden has dedicated his life to advocacy for the most vulnerable, the developing of transformational leaders, and to changing the way society addresses today’s most sensitive topics such as race, sexuality, criminal justice, education, faith, and more. He has also consulted for organizations such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Harvard University, the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, and The Clapham Group. Branden is a graduate of The College of William & Mary and George Mason University.”
Further concerns should arise from Arrowhead Advisors’ enthusiastic endorsement of a very popular Drag Queen judge, Todrick Hall, from the panel of RuPaul Drag Race TV program.
Arrowhead Advising, LLC
December 17, 2017 ·
Ummm not gonna lie. I have some pretty dope feelings about meeting @todrick last night.
Fantastic performance in Chicago last night. I might have fallen out in the spirit afterwards.
Thanks @barkmauer and friends.
If given the option to support the ERLC and, by extension, the Fellows and Consultants hired by Russell Moore, it is VERY likely most conservative churches and believers would simply, out of conviction, choose NOT to invest their tithes and Missions offerings with TGCs /ERLC Russell Moore or his mentor, Dr. Albert Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Is Revoice Albert Mohler’s New/Now/Next Public Endorsement?
The founder and president of the Revoice Conference is Nate Collins, a graduate of Albert Mohler’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a New Testament Greek teacher, now adjunct online instructor, and Garrett Fellow at SBTS. Collins self identifies as a homosexual in a “mixed orientation marriage,” meaning his wife is heterosexual and he is homosexual. Nate’s record at SBTS indicates he has a Masters and Doctorate from Mohler’s institution and a timeframe of 14 years spent in the Louisville, Kentucky area around or at SBTS. His academic record shows his area of study and campus involvement and his research topics.
These topics include a variety of sexuality, gender, and LGBT Christian faith development. Examples include:
Gender Identity and Multiplicity
Secondary Gender Identities in the Biblical World
Theological Perspectives on Non-Straight Sexuality, Gender Identity, and Sanctification
This last topic was presented by Collins as an SBTS Scholar to the Annual Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society. (Collins has presented multiple times at ETS for SBTS). For many who highly esteem Dr. Albert Mohler for “cleaning the SBTS house of liberal influences” during the Conservative Resurgence, it would seem impossible to associate “Theological Perspectives on Non-Straight Sexuality, Gender Identity, and Sanctification” with either Mohler or SBTS. Yet the influence of TGC consultant, Mark Yarhouse, is cited in Collins’ works, while Yarhouse Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity endorses Revoice (see above). Academic and ideological ties with SBTS and Dr. Mohler and TGC to Revoice become undeniable as well. And many on the faculty of SBTS contribute to TGC and their churches are affiliates. REVOICE IS THE LOVE CHILD OF THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE GOSPEL COALITION AND MARK YARHOUSE, the APA-affiliated Regent University Psychology Professor.
Collins’ work at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary was published as a book titled All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality. The book cites the research of Yarhouse and some very dark influences including Havelock Ellis who was a close friend of Planned Parenthood Founder (PP) Margaret Sanger in England, along with a Karl Marx relative during the days Sanger was on the run from the U S law enforcement. Ellis, who is credited with coining the word homosexual in English, was himself a homosexual and sexologist who held great sway in Sanger’s development of pro homosexual ideology. Today Planned Parenthood is the largest, highest funded partner in the promotion of the normalization of homosexuality and LGBTQ. In fact, Planned Parenthood added the “Q” to LGBT for “Questioning” one’s sexual orientation and gender as normal at any age, and has succeeded in making radical Comprehensive Sexuality Education mandatory in public schools as a “Human Right at any Age.”
Collins’ book also delves deep into Gender Theory which echoes the perspectives of Yarhouse as well. Collins bemoans the lack of engagement by the church with feminist gender theory as “unfortunate” (p. 227). A reference to the perverted sexologist Alfred Kinsey is equally disturbing. In a 2013 blog post, Collins explained his view as to why Christians are wrong about gay pride with a discussion and links to the Human Rights Campaign, which is the largest leftist, activist funded advocacy for full LGBTQ equality in the world. In 2014, with $8 million in hand, the HRC began a massive focus on the Church in the South called Project One America. My state, Alabama, was one of three initially targeted for change and resources because of the strong influence of the Southern Baptist Convention. Meeting the HRC activist representatives, an apologetics friend and I spoke for 4 hours about their intentions tactics and goals which were brazen and well organized. They were sending activists into the churches, even young teen activists to test reactions. They admitted they were pushing for the removal of LGBT from the churches “sin list” and to force counselling like Reparative or Conversion Therapy out the door of the churches. To my amazement as a Southern Baptist, we were told in the following weeks that these same HRC leaders would be meeting behind closed doors with Russell Moore and Mohler associates at the ERLC conference mentioned above on “Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage.” They had their meeting and from every indication, they found allies in Nashville and boasted “southern Baptist and the gay community break bread together in Nashville.” Nate Collins is now in Nashville where he and Revoice sponsor and mentor Scott Sauls, of Tim Keller’s network, reside and minister.
So, is the Human Rights Campaign funding and providing activists for Revoice? We may know soon or we may never know this side of eternity, but we do know their talking points are well coordinated and harmonize, with the exception of espousing celibacy as a Biblical context for their LGBT+ Christian identity in the Church. The truly Biblical concept of celibacy has nothing to do with providing a haven for those with homosexual desires in the church. This is a perversion of the mention of celibacy in faithful Biblical context. Many homosexuals and lesbians who claim to be celibate, do this to be admitted into church membership. They later change their minds and status, after they decide that celibacy doesn’t lead to “human flourishing.” Case in point. Julie Rodgers, a same-sex attracted but celibate former Assistant Chaplain at Wheaton College is now engaged to be married to another lesbian and admits that she never believed in celibacy.
Another odd narrative is that of Wesley Hill, who is an Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Pennsylvania, and will be a speaker at Revoice. Hill claims to be celibate, but in a recent article he described his emotional breakdown after a male friend ended their friendship to date and eventually marry a woman. The question begs, why would his best friend end their friendship during his courtship of a woman? Hill words “my friend’s new romance” implies a previous romance between them.
“The occasion of that darkness was my friend’s new romance, and my experience of it was almost entirely defined by a deepening jealousy. My friend was my best friend. We both said so often. We had once shared a house and talked sometimes about doing so again in the future. And so, fingering the cellphone in my pocket, I tried to forget for a moment that I wanted him single again, wanted him all for myself. I tried to forget the painful, gradually dawning awareness that he did not want those things. I pulled out the phone and called him, ready to put my best, least envious, least aggrieved foot forward. Tonight would be our last time to see each other for a while, I told him when he answered. Could we, in light of that, have dinner together, just the two of us? I knew the answer as soon as he started to reply. He would not be able to have dinner with me, no. He and the woman he was now dating had already made plans, he said. For a moment, it seemed that he wanted to apologize, but instead he wished me a safe flight, promised we’d speak soon, and hung up. The next thing I did was look for a place where I could sob without being seen.
“It has taken me years of therapy and spiritual direction to face up to what, in retrospect, is the clearest, simplest explanation for those tears. I had fallen in love with my friend, and I was in that moment confronted with the realization that I wasn’t willing to share his love with anyone else.” (“Love, Again”)
Homosexuals complain that celibacy does not lead to “human flourishing” and Wesley Hill’s experience bears that out. But it is difficult to believe that a celibate SSA would have an emotional breakdown that was so severe it required “years of therapy” to recover, if there had been no sexual bonding in the relationship.
Sam Allberry, a celibate SSA Anglican priest and editor at TGC, preaches that celibate SSAs and Transgenders are bearing a “cross” that will earn them a “crown” in the New Jerusalem. In his words, these broken gay people can find peace in their identification with Christ’s brokenness and that they are the real “heroes of the faith.”
“In [Christ’s] ultimate brokenness, we can find the true solution to our own brokenness, the true hope of the gospel.”
“Sam Allberry – TGC editor and author of ‘Is God Anti-Gay?’—outlines a biblical response to the unique issues of transgenderism in our day. This response includes a unique understanding, a unique compassion, and a unique hope.” (The Gospel Coalition, “What Christianity Offers to Transgender Persons”)
This profane teaching – that celibates with “vile affections” are “heroes of the faith” – has nothing to do with Scripture and everything to do with Eastern mysticism, where celibates are held in high honor as in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Buddhism and other Eastern religions.
Here’s a novel idea for the apostate church of our day. Why not preach the good news of freedom from the bondage of sin to homosexuals and lesbians?
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:1-11
There is a clue as to why Wesley Hill and Sam Allberry and the PCA have nothing to offer homosexuals besides a life of struggle and failure against same-sex desires. Hill wrote this about a couple who were godparents:
“They stood at the font as their friends’ baby was sprinkled with water and marked as Christ’s own forever, and they promised to help raise him in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Hill and Allberry are members of the Church of England, which practices infant baptism, as does the PCA. Wesley Hill’s heretical belief that infant baptism saves explains why these denominations don’t preach the “new birth” as “a new creation” and why congregants are not set free from the dominion of sin.
Conclusion and Confusion
The Revoice Conference and its ties to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, once the flagship seminary of the SBC, are a sad commentary on the state of affairs at the SBC and wave a massive red flag warning to those who expect the clarity of Scripture from denominational leadership on the Gospel, humanity, human need, and sin. To those who have experienced deliverance FROM homosexuality or who wish to leave that life behind them and find hope in Jesus, the message of Yarhouse and Revoice appears to be one of contradiction to those have been set free and a hopeless message to those who seek deliverance. The Presbyterian Church of America, which separated from the liberal PCUSA to form a new denomination, build new churches, colleges and seminaries and disciple conservative young believers, are in shock and awe as Revoice is being hosted by a PCA Church – Memorial Presbyterian in St Louis – whose Pastor is a speaker, and seven Covenant (PCA) Seminary grads and two professors (three if you count Sauls’ past work) are speaking and conducting workshops at the conference. Several members of the PCA campus ministry, Reformed University Fellowship, are also involved in Revoice.
One workshop praises Queer Theory as an “Adventure” and considers the “virtues” lost by the Church by discarding Queer theory, culture and literature. The Church must therefore reexamine these contributions which they discarded – “the treasures Queer Theory, Queer Culture and Queer Literature will bring into the New Jerusalem at the end of Time.” This workshop is conducted by Grant Hartley, a young missionary with CRU (Campus Crusade).
Revoice signals a major shift in the talking points of Tim Keller, Albert Mohler, ERLC and The Gospel Coalition. It is high time for Conservative Evangelicals who follow them — attend TGC-affiliated churches, read their books and media and blogs, entrust them with their grown children’s education and ministry calling, send them financial support, use TGC curriculums and most frightening – children’s materials—to be asking the hard questions. Saints, do you really want to entrust your faith, family, children and grandchildren to their ‘Reformed and Reforming’ version of LGBT+ Christianity?
Conservative Take Down
In 2016 and 2017, TGC and ERLC revealed other realities somewhat hidden before. The “never Trump” mantra (which has yet to end) and the use of TGC and ERLC’s full resources to defeat a fellow Southern Baptist in the Alabama Senate race (and thereby help elect a far left-pro homosexual, Human Rights Campaign supported candidate in his place) reveal the progressive POLITICAL AGENDA behind the theological mask of TGC and ERLC. In addition, that same political agenda is working to destroy the old guard of Christian conservatism, starting in earnest when a group of TGC-affiliated activist journalists, led by outed gay writer Jonathan Merritt, were sent out in major media outlets to attack and take down Dr. Paige Patterson, another champion of the SBC’s conservative Resurgence.
Through a feminist feeding frenzy of a MeToo moment, where most of the charges were disproven, overblown and distorted by the media hype, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President, Paige Patterson, was forced out by the Board of Trustees. Out with the old and in with the … new progressive leadership which promotes “LGBT+ Christianity.” Mohler’s affiliate of The Gospel Coalition, J.D. Greear, is poised to take the presidency of the SBC in a matter of weeks. The one stalwart old guard conservative NOT under attack by MeToo or any other progressive movement is Albert Mohler. Considering the realities just one layer beneath Revoice, TGC and the ERLC, the stellar reputation of Al Mohler appears to be little more than a faded memory.
Time to ask the hard questions, beloved! Will the SBC and PCA leaders we trust and are NOT involved in this “LGBT+ Christian” deception rise up and condemn it? Will anyone provide leadership against it?
Paul admonished Timothy
“O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called ‘knowledge’—which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you. (1 Timothy 6:20, 21)
“A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.” (Titus 3:10-11)
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Tom Littleton Interview with Janet Mefferd (6-1-18)
Tom Littleton Interview with Brannon Howse (5-14-18)
For those who wish to see more of Revoice’s heretical statement of its mission, here it is if you are not done already.
“The word revoice means ‘to update or refurbish with a new, fresh voice.’ It was originally used within the world of musical instrument repair, but metaphorically it can refer to the shape of the conversation that a group of people have about a particular topic. For example, when the pro-life movement first gathered steam, it focused almost entirely on the goal of ending abortion through the reversal of Roe v. Wade. Unfortunately, this eventually led to criticisms that pro-life advocates were ambivalent toward other forms of reproductive injustice, such as a lack of access to affordable childcare or maternity care for the impoverished. Although the pro-life movement had always been ‘anti-abortion,’ it soon become synonymous with ‘anti-woman.’ Thankfully, leaders in the pro-life movement today are aware of this and are recalibrating—or revoicing—their messaging and strategy accordingly.
“Few conversations taking place today need to be revoiced more than Christian discussions about LGBT people and the way they experience their gender and sexuality. Like talking heads on evening news, conservative Christian leaders and their conservative LGBT brothers and sisters find themselves in a conversation whose posture, content, and tone is ill-suited to developing a consensus path forward. Yet this is a gospel issue. These conversations need to be revoiced so that the gospel of Jesus Christ can more easily be applied to the individuals who are involved in them.
“What is the mission of Revoice?
“To encourage, support, and empower gay, lesbian, and other same-sex-attracted Christians so they can experience the life-giving character of the historic, Christian sexual ethic.
“What is the vision of Revoice?
“Revoice exists because we want to see LGBT people who adhere to the historic, Christian sexual ethic flourish in their local faith communities. We envision a future Christianity where LGBT people can be open and transparent in their faith communities about their orientation and/or experience of gender dysphoria without feeling inferior to their straight, cisgender brothers and sisters; where churches not only utilize, but also celebrate the unique opportunities that life-long celibate LGBT people have to serve others; where Christian leaders boast about the faith of LGBT people who are living a sacrificial obedience for the sake of the Kingdom; and where LGBT people are welcomed into families so they, too, can experience the joys, challenges, and benefits of kinship.
“What does Revoice believe about human sexuality?
“We believe that the Bible restricts sexual activity to the context of a marriage covenant, which is defined in the Bible as the emotional, spiritual, and physical union of a man and a woman that is ordered toward procreation. At the same time, we also believe that the Bible honors those who live out an extended commitment to celibacy, and that unmarried people should play a uniquely valuable role in the lives of local faith communities. Together, these two convictions constitute the ‘traditional sexual ethic,’ because it represents the worldview that the Bible consistently teaches across both the Old and New Testaments and that Christians have historically believed for millennia.
“But a historic, or traditional, sexual ethic in itself is not automatically a Christian sexual ethic. Simply abstaining from sex outside of marriage does not make one a faithful and thriving disciple and follower of Christ. Furthermore, LGBT people who remain faithful to the Bible’s teaching about sexual expression do not automatically thrive as Christians in their local church. A Christian sexual ethic that is life-giving for all people, including LGBT people, is not something that we can simply assume we already possess, but must instead be a goal that all Christians—straight and nonstraight—continually attempt to construct and refine anew in their own cultural context. Settling for less than this results in a version of the traditional sexual ethic whose cultural relevance might not be immediately apparent to populations of people who live at the margins of our society. For these individuals, a culturally irrelevant sexual ethic simply doesn’t feel livable.”
As early as 2010 the “conversation” and the language on sexuality of the remaining biblically conservative churches began to show signs of impending derailment. The introduction of new phrases like “Same Sex Attracted (SSA)” and “Gay Celibate Christian” in reality betrayed a larger undercurrent intent on migrating the Christian churches toward affirmation of gay marriage and creation of a homosexual Christianity. Few Christians, however, could imagine anything beyond procuring a more compassionate stance toward gays and lesbians or that the shift in language was motivated by a desire to present a more appealing public face to a more tolerant American culture. Another motive for accepting the carefully crafted terms and talking points has been the fear of lawsuits and the inevitable clash between the LGBTQ movement and religious liberty.
The Use of Queer Theory and Gateway Rhetoric
We must now set these assumptions aside and face some hard facts, namely, that major institutions in the Southern Baptist Convention and Presbyterian Church of America are actually training LGBTQ activists and advocates for inclusion of “sexual minorities” in the churches – in ministry positions and even as “theologians” of LGBTQ and Queer Theory.
Consider yourself invited to the next wave of LGBTQ advocacy which boldly proclaims it is “a new kind of conference promoting LGBT+ flourishing within historic Christian tradition.” The Revoice Conference will take place in St Louis, Missouri on July 26-28 and will be hosted by Memorial Presbyterian (PCA) Church. Among the scheduled speakers are Pastor Greg Johnson, an Old Testament Professor, and seven graduates or current students of Covenant Seminary (PCA) in St Louis. Considering that Covenant Seminary is still regarded as the flagship institution of the trusted conservative PCA denomination, it is most disturbing that these young ministers, counselors and writers are self-identifying “LGBT+ Christians” and that they would invite us to “Come Belong in a New Conversation.”
Can we all join in a chorus of “What is happening in our seminaries?”???
In recent months I have written about the Social Gospel and Cultural Marxist/ Critical Theory infiltrating over a dozen Evangelical seminaries, including Covenant, by embedding a Social Justice Curriculum funded by the Kern Family Foundation and provided by the Acton Institute. The Revoice Conference hosted at Covenant Seminary will rapidly migrate to other Evangelical seminaries that use the Kern-Acton Curriculum and before long the churches will be embracing full blown heresy in the name of “LGBT+ flourishing.”
Queer Theory Workshop – Read it and Weep
POSSIBILITY MODELS IN QUEER THEORY AND LITERATURE: AN ADVENTURE
Presenter: Grant Hartley
“For the sexual minority seeking to submit his or her life fully to Christ and to the historic Christian sexual ethic, queer culture presents a bit of a dilemma; rather than combing through and analyzing to find which parts are to be rejected, to be redeemed, or to be received with joy (Acts 17:16-34), Christians have often discarded the virtues of queer culture along with the vices, which leaves culturally connected Christian sexual minorities torn between two cultures, two histories, and two communities. So questions that have until now been largely unanswered remain: what does queer culture (and specifically, queer literature and theory) have to offer us who follow Christ? What queer treasure, honor, and glory will be brought into the New Jerusalem at the end of time (Revelation 21:24-26)?”
Other workshop topics include “Journey to Embrace: A Conversation on Empowering the Church to Embrace the LGBT+ Community in Fresh Ways” – “Building Justice Bridges: How Missiological Approach Shifts Our Posture and Reaches LGBT+ People” – “Sexual Minorites in Ministry” – “Making Church a Haven for Sexual Minorities: Thoughts for Church Leadership” – “So Why Can We Eat Shell Fish? A Look at Leviticus And How It Relates to Questions of Celibacy Today” – “Hurdles to Whole-Hearted Living: Emotional Health as Sexual Minorities” – “How To Become Churches Where LGBT+ People Can Find Family” and several more topics on the same victim narrative.
Social Justice and Liberation Theology must be driven by “victims” of the system it is engaged to change. Therefore, last month Evangelicals experienced a massive guilt-driven Racial /White Guilt frenzy at The Gospel Coalition MLK/50 Conference in Memphis. Then an activist-driven “MeToo” narrative, making an issue of false allegations against SBC Conservative icon, Paige Patterson, has continued for the last two weeks. Now, just in time for Gay Pride Month, we see the same Cultural Marxist talking points reaching a new high (or low depending on one’s perspective) with Revoice.
I first learned of the conference when a friend pointed it out to me in the event section of the UK “Gay Christian” group “Living Out” which has used a slightly less forceful narrative in years past but toward the same end – making safe spaces for LGBT persons in the Church. Tim Keller will be speaking on “Identity” at the Living Out Conference in London this summer and his “SSA Gay Christian” editor at The Gospel Coalition, Sam Allberry, is spreading the word about both conferences on social media.
ERLC and TGC Obsession With LGBT+ Christianity
In 2013, certain Southern Baptist and PCA organizations began to promote the acceptance of “Same-Sex Attracted” but “Celibate Christians.” This category is based on the assertion that same sex desire is not sinful in itself, but that only acting upon the desire is sin. This mindset reveals a glaring ignorance of the nature of sin and defilement as explained by Jesus, in Matthew 15:1-20, when asked why his disciples did not observe ritual washing before eating. Jesus clarified that it is “what is in and comes out of the heart of man that defiles us.” Paul called homosexual lusts “vile affections” in Romans 1:26. James further warns us that “desire when it is conceived gives birth to sin and sin when it is full grown gives birth to death.” (Jas 1:15)
So, desire is the seed in the heart that if harbored gives birth to sin. We are told, however, in this “new conversation” that SSA or homosexual desire is not temptation to lust as other heterosexual desires are but that the issue is one of “Orientation,” which implies that God made a gay person to be gay and for the church to expect them to be changed by the Gospel is to reject God’s creation.
Albert Mohler, whose Southern Seminary plays a major role in the “new conversation” of all things LGBT+, has openly apologized to homosexuals, asserting that Baptists have had it wrong on orientation and that neither “Conversion Therapy” nor saving faith in Jesus changes a homosexual into a heterosexual. Imagine, this is coming from one of the leading voices in Biblical Conservative Evangelical circles today. Mohler protégé’ Russell Moore of the ERLC has been echoing this same powerless understanding of the Gospel for years and accusing those who choose a Biblical response to LGBT+, over his watered-down appeasement, of waging a culture war.
So, according to the Revoice Conference and “conversation invitation,” Christians are being asked to, not only abandon the concept of Biblical repentance, faith and conversion for gays and lesbians, but we are now informed that the church must begin the long and winding road of inclusion on whatever terms the self-proclaimed sexual minorities demand. Mohler and Moore and Tim Keller and their organizations are telling us we must change. The Church must change because homosexual and lesbian desires are not changed by faith in Jesus.
Last year the bolder talking points came online when D.A. Carson, co-founder of TGC with Tim Keller, endorsed a book called “Single Gay Christian’ by Gregory Coles, who is also a speaker and worship leader at the Revoice Conference. According to Coles, “SSA” was suddenly no longer needed as a kinder gentler way of saying one could be both Gay and Christian. “Gay Christian”? Try the “Sin Substitution Test” of Peter Labarbera on that for a moment and see how it sounds. Try the “Gambling Christian,” “Adulterous Christian,” “Liar Christian” in your church and see if these concepts float! Still, D.A. Carson’s endorsement of Coles’ book broke new ground with its inclusive “Gay Christian” language for TGC and its followers.
“To say this book is important is a painful understatement. It is the candid, moving, intensely personal story of a gay young man who wants to live his life under the authority of King Jesus and who refuses to accept the comforting answers proffered by different parts of the culture. Superbly written, this book stands athwart the shibboleths of our day and reminds us what submission to King Jesus looks like, what it feels like. This book needs to be thoughtfully read by straight people and by gay people, by unbelievers and by Christians. It is not to be read with a condescending smirk, but with humility.”
Keller has been drifting on the LGBT+ issue for some time now. Coles is just one of the many “SSA/Gay but Celibate” Christians that he and TGC/ ERLC have forced into the conversation of the Church. Cole’s current field of study along with some other young sexual minorities in the Revoice conference should give pause for even the most fair-minded believer to take a close look at what is really going on in this broader movement marketed as a “conversation.”
According to his extended biography in the English Department at the Penn State College of Liberal Arts, “Greg specializes in Rhetoric and Composition. He is (currently) intrigued by the intersections of Burkean Theory and the marginalized rhetorics, including but not limited to feminist rhetorics, racial minority rhetorics, sexual minority rhetorics and non-Western rhetorics.”
Greg is not the first LGBT+ person with a background in Sexual Minority Rhetoric and Queer Theory to be selected and promoted into the conversation by TGC/ ERLC. Popular among many who follow these leaders is Rosaria Butterfield who was a liberal academic converted to the Reformed faith and is now a pastor’s wife and homeschool mom as well as a very popular speaker at most of the conferences held by these leaders. Her primary field of study in academia was Critical Theory and her specialty was Queer Theory. Given that Cultural Marxism and LGBTQ studies were Butterfield’s major fields before her conversion, we wonder how much these academic credentials had to do with her selection as a very popular writer and speaker on all things LGBT+, now given the emergence of Coles and the other well-educated speakers of Revoice.
Meet Nate Collins
The game changing revelation for the Revoice conference 2018 is the president of the organization and keynote speaker, Nate Collins. Nate is a graduate of Albert Mohler’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with a Master of Divinity degree and completing his Ph.D. in 2017. His father is Chip Collins former assistant Dean at Boyce College which is now operated by Southern Seminary under Al Mohler’s directive. Nate and his dad Chip had an organization featuring their testimonies as father and son during Nate’s coming “out” as a homosexual at 19. This ministry effort appears to be no longer active but new horizons await Nate and his wife Sara, also a speaker at the conference. Nate self identifies as a homosexual Christian and is in a “mixed-orientation marriage” with two children. This is part of the new language TGC has been bringing into play since last year. Don’t feel badly if you have never heard terms like “Sexual Minority Christian” or “Mixed Orientation Marriage.” For our enrichment and education these young LGBT+ Christians are prepared to bring us all up to speed on the preferred labels and their fluid, non-binary gender rhetoric of the day.
Nate Collins’ work at Southern Seminary included teaching of the New Testament and a comprehensive approach to studies in LGBT+ and Gender. He is currently working as a Garrett Fellow grading and counseling and teaches for SBTS online. If his résumé was from Yale or Princeton or some seminary on the campus at Berkley, we would not be surprised. But this young man received his theological education at Southern Seminary – whose president is the Conservative champion, Dr. Albert Mohler of the SBC. Yet Nate Collins’ Curriculum Vitae reads like the pedigree of a well-trained sexual minority rights advocate and activist.
His studies, writings and on campus instruction include titles and topics like:
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Guest Lecturer – “Counseling and Sexuality” (2015)
Delivered 3 hours of guest lectures on the subject of LGBT and Christian Counseling
“Gender Identity and Multiplicity: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach In Christian Identity: Theological and Cultural Visions” (2018)
“All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality” (published in book form 2017)
“Secondary Gender Identities in the Biblical World”
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature (2016)
“Theological Perspectives on Non-Straight Sexuality, Gender Identity, and Sanctification”
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (2015)
Dissertation: “Virgin as Secondary Gender Identity in 1 Corinthians 7 and its Jewish and Greco-Roman Background”
There are more but you likely get the idea by now. This young man and young “minister” – who was theologically prepared by Dr. Mohler’s Southern Seminary – sees life, the church, the faith, his calling, and the Word of God all through the lens of his own sexuality, which he identities as homosexuality. This is the single biggest flaw in the approach to having those with unresolved sexual conflicts be the spokespersons and counselors to and for the church in the political and activist driven culture existing today. The Church needs clarity on God’s design and personal testimonies of deliverance from the bondage of perversion. We need to see human proof, like the demoniac of Gadara who was clothed and in his right mind after encountering Jesus, and then sent forth to evangelize the cities of the Decapolis. There are many wonderful testimonies of both lay Christians and ministers who were formerly homosexual but have been transformed and converted by the power of the Gospel and Repentance and Faith in Christ.
Instead, Dr. Albert Mohler and Tim Keller are giving us Sexual Minorites who want to help us appease and accommodate them, so they as “LGBT+ Christians can Flourish within historic Christian traditions.” Perhaps this is what Tim Keller means when he speaks repeatedly about “Human Flourishing.” It is certainly the background for the international Human Rights conversation on Thriving and Flourishing. The Church simply MUST acclimate and accommodate and learn to celebrate the destructive LGBT+ lifestyle. We must be prepared to celebrate, even when the thin veneer of celibacy evaporates and when the right to love who you love and marry who you love INSIDE the church, prevails over the migrating talking points of today to the sexually liberated Christian, which the + (plus), added by Revoice, represents.
Whatever is coming – whatever the fluid world of gender revolution and free love brings our way – the church must learn to love IT!
To this end, it is supposed we are to have a sense of deep gratitude to Albert Mohler and Timothy Keller, Russell Moore and Ed Stetzer, D A Carson and Jonathan Merritt for helping train, indoctrinate and degree a generation of young sexual minorities eager to make their mark, at the churches’ expense. The doors open wide to the next innovative, witty and clever packaging of the perversion which sank ancient Greece and Rome as civilizations and proved divisive and ruinous over and over again to Israel. The Bible is explicit with condemnation of it’s long history of flirtation and adultery with idols and the sexual license their deviant worship provided. These men who serve as mentors are helping to fulfill prophetic warnings, from the prophets to the Gospels to Revelation; as they seek to follow the path of Balaam, dance with Jezebel, convene the Synagogue of Satan, they lead the body of Christ away from her First Love by allowing Flourishing Sexual Minorities as priest and priestesses in the Temple of God.
Those who are sober enough to wonder what has brought this floodtide upon the Church need only look to our seminaries and the men that run them! As to the reasoning they are following or the reward they are reaping for doing so, we can only speculate. From Revelation 2 and 3 and from the prophets, and the Old and New Testaments, we CAN read the command of God concerning Judah’s unfaithful brother the northern kingdom.
“Ephraim is Joined unto Idols, Let Him Alone.” Hosea 4:17.
Pray, Beloved, as if our lives and families depend upon it. “O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.” Daniel 9:19
Tom Littleton and Brannon Howse on SBC and PCA Seminaries Training LGBTQ Activists
In this decade, we have witnessed a wave of invaders into the West. Hordes of refugees, illegal aliens, sexual minorities, and various victims of injustice are currently invading our lands and our institutions. We find very little in these movements to be organic once the media deems them newsworthy. Driven by politics, globalism, multiculturalism, egalitarianism, and activism, every latest cause is wrapped in the appropriate tone and marketed with fervor – complete with compulsory compliance and emotional conditioning. The invasion of our cultural institutions has become a national mandate. Why then should we think the Church exempt from these forces and those whose outside interests are served by them?
Movements Become Institutions
Some of these movements become Institutions themselves, or at least remain as “occupying forces,” establishing themselves as “permanent reminders” of the “injustices our institutions have long perpetuated” (Although permanence may only be as sustainable as the funding and media attention). One such force that took up residence in the collective view has been “Black Lives Matter,” which has now taken in a reported $100 million dollars to maintain its presence. Another shorter lived effort was “Occupy Wall Street,” which began September 2011 to protest “global economic inequality” on the doorstep of the American financial district.
Perhaps because busy news cycles coupled with short American attention spans demand attention grabbing headlines, most of these movements eventually fade or become rancid from the very corruptions, lawsuits, and inequalities of the giants they set out to protest. In the Church, we have seen a slightly different species of these movements because theological limitations in the past easily exposed those who depart Christian orthodoxy for progressive mantras like Social Justice and Income Inequality. Yet today we see a new occupying force that has taken hold like a hardy weed in the Evangelical garden. In Biblical terms it is like the enemy who crept into the field undetected and sowed Tares (Weeds), as informed by Jesus’ parable of the Wheat and Tares (Matt 13:24-30). The result is that harvesting the envisioned bounty of the Field sown by the Lord of the Harvest becomes problematic once the Weeds have sprung up. The Lord does have a remedy for this predicament, but it is not a pleasant one for the Weeds.
The common misperception is that the Field has been neglected or there is no problem with the presence of the Weeds among the precious Wheat. This is not an accurate assessment at all. Today Evangelicals ARE becoming aware of the work of the Enemy in God’s Field. We have begun to see the false grain as the crop appears in the light of day, per vs 26-27 of the parable. These unusable, disowned, vulgar looking and tasting plants are not just a few easily removed weeds scattered here and there. They have become an OCCUPYING FORCE IN EVANGELICALISM.
Five Clear Signs of The Weed Occupation
Nothing has done more to reveal the Weeds in the Evangelical Church than President Obama’s courtship and patronage of the Faith Community.
Sign 1. The Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships carried over from the term of President George W. Bush easily attracted the garden variety Weeds out of their proverbial earthy closets as a host of Evangelicals joined the President and massive amounts of tax and stimulus dollars in the melting pot of inter-faith common ground for the common good feeding frenzy. The concerns for co-mingling the mission of the Church and endangering religious freedom were of NO consideration for the Pastor Weed and Professor Compost, who has been poisoning Evangelical theology to grow more Weeds in his seminary.
Sign 2. Early in the President Obama years the brazen language of “Third Way” politics entered the Field to secure the interests of the Occupation Forces. Chanting a unified mantra “Evangelicals are too political,” the Weeds adapted the Third Way political strategy of Centrism – trying to reconcile Right Wing and Left Wing politics by advocating a variable synthesis of Center Right economic and Center Left social policies. Third Way Evangelicalism only differs from Third Way politics in that Occupying Evangelicalism forces are trying to reconcile Progressive political /social views with Conservative Orthodox theology. Quite a clever and, sadly, effective approach. Third Way: Come Let Us Reason Together: A Governing Agenda to End the Culture Wars
The Trump Panic
Nothing has caused more desperation in the Weed bed than the prospect of and decisive election of Donald J Trump as the US President. The Evangelical Weeds have been on a tear, pardon the pun, to reverse the damage done by the “sinful Evangelicals” in God’s garden who dared to vote for such a man as Trump.
Sign 4. TGC MLK/ 50 Conference featured the chosen language of the Tares to communicate its message through victim narratives of Cultural Marxist highlighting advocacy for LGBTQ, Refugees, Illegals and, of course, Racial Identity politics. The video above promoted TGC event the MLK/ 50 Conference in Memphis. TGC has provided many of the false guilt producing videos of MLK/50 on race baiting, white privilege repenting, reparations advocacy, income inequality mantra, all in Liberation Theology echo chamber, and hateful Weedy finger pointing. For those with a strong stomach, you can follow on to the next weeks Together 4 the Gospel 2018 for more of the same.
Sign 5. When things get really tough, call for a special meeting on the down-low, by invitation only Tares to “Discuss the future of Evangelicalism after Trump.” Janet Mefferd dubbed this meeting “The Bilderberg Group attempts to save Evangelicalism.” We are not sure who appointed this Weed and Compost Committee or if they have simply taken it upon themselves to decide our futures. The reality is God does tend His Garden and these men and women ought to seriously consider whose planting they are. Though the Lord of the Harvest allows the Wheat and Tares to grow together, they do not have the same end. True repentance – as opposed to fake repentance driven by Third Way Cultural Marxism / Social Science spin – can still change a human heart and destiny.
It is well known by now that the United States is controlled by an invisible cabal which is a hybrid entity of public and private institutions whose agenda is to subvert our government and deprive American citizens of their Constitutional rights. Few Christians, however, know that this Deep State has also infiltrated and is controlling their denominations, churches, seminaries and colleges. Thomas Littleton has written a major expose which documents that the government / corporate Deep State has even penetrated Evangelical denominations and is leading Christians into the anti-Christian One World Religion and New World Order.
As I write, no fewer than 34 (and counting) Evangelical seminaries and colleges are using a Jesuit curriculum which redefines the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the Social Gospel, a revival of the Liberal Theology heavily funded by the Rockefeller Foundation in the early 20th century. This Liberal curriculum which has been stealthily brought into Evangelical seminaries and colleges is sponsored by the Libertarian Jesuit/Catholic Acton Institute and funded by the pseudo-conservative Kern Family Foundation which also funds radical LGBTQ organizations. The Acton/Kern curriculum was designed and embedded in Christian institutions of higher learning to undermine the faith of the next generation and indoctrinate future ministers and missionaries in Cultural Marxist social justice ideology including LGBTQ acceptance in the Church.
The Social Gospel as it is preached in Evangelicalism today exhorts churches to be involved in community service toward solving the problems of society, e.g. issues of social injustice such as economic (poverty), racial (white privilege) and gender (LGBT) inequality, crime (gun control), and immigration and environmental issues. Though it may sound humane, the Social Gospel conceals a very sinister agenda of diverting, silencing and eventually criminalizing the Great Commission of the Church, which is to preach Jesus Christ and His Word to a lost world. The high calling of the Church will be suppressed when these non-Christian funding sources for Christian colleges, seminaries, churches, ministries and missions — private foundations like Kern and federally-funded Faith Based Partnerships — enforce non-discrimination directives (which has not been rescinded in the FBP legislation by President Trump), and the apostate Church will be merely a government/corporate contractor for social services in the New World Order.
Christians cannot afford to be ignorant of this massive movement which is overtaking their churches and ministries worldwide. Therefore, I recommend that Parts One and Two of Tom Littleton’s exposes as must reading; and his audio interviews with Janet Mefferd and Brannon Howse, which elaborate on this apostasy, present additional information which Christians must know in these last days before Jesus returns…
“That He might present to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Eph. 5:27
Evangelical Deep State I – Thomas Littleton & Janet Mefferd (1-4-2018)
Evangelical Deep State I – Thomas Littleton & Brannon Howse (3-27-18)
Evangelical Deep State I – Thomas Littleton & Janet Mefferd (2-08-2018)
Evangelical Deep State II – Thomas Littleton & Brannon Howse (3-28-18)
Evangelical Deep State II-2 – Thomas Littleton & Brannon Howse (3-29-18)
Part One of this article was published on December 18, 2017. Over a month later, interest in the issues raised in the article remains high, and the questions over associations of evangelical leaders like Al Mohler, Tim Keller, Russell Moore, and Marvin Olasky continue to linger. Efforts to dismiss the well documented findings as the “ramblings of a crazed conspiracy theorist” by Ed Stetzer and others have failed to deflect attention on the facts. There are serious problems with the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission and The Gospel Coalition’s rhetoric and common source of communications with Libertarian think tank, The Acton Institute. SBC and PCA pastors and ministers who have followed the Reformed theological leaders in these circles have little if any clue that they were actually following Jesuit / Catholic Liberation Theology and social policy wrapped in historic Reformed Protestant teaching.
According to the “The New Evangelical Social Engagement” by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff, Acton Institute founder Father Sirico, “’combining free market approaches with Catholic social thought,’ argues that ‘there is no social justice without economic freedom …Instead of a vast welfare state, social justice is about people fulfilling their responsibilities in justice to their neighbor.’ Therefore, with the support of the Kern Family Foundation, Acton has sponsored curriculum initiatives at thirteen evangelical seminaries.” (p. 63)
These seminaries include Dr. Albert Mohler’s Southern Seminary which sponsors The Commonweal Project. Note the “Social Gospel” with a strong emphasis on “Social Justice” in this initiative in the videos by Mohler and Os Guinness. With the help of Acton Institute and over a dozen partners of the same persuasions, Dr. Mohler appears to be endorsing a Rethink of Marxist social policy, while partners like “Poverty Cure.org” – an Acton offshoot – are marketing a RETHINK of Missions to a ”Social Justice” mandate.
Other Reformed seminaries, including the PCA’s Reformed Theological Seminary and Beeson Seminary (now on its third Kern grant since 2015), are also using the Acton-inspired, Kern-funded Social Justice curriculum programs which are designed around the “Faith and Work” ideology famously touted by Tim Keller. Some seminary partners have possibly jumped on board with the popular ideology and trendy nature of the Social Justice mantra; however, “rethinking Liberation Theology” and a fresh approach to “Marxist-inspired ideology” on the part of Sirico/ Acton and Mohler/ Commonweal Project is a bridge too far to simply dismiss as poorly thought out eagerness for cultural engagement on their part.
The Kern Family Foundation
The Kern Family Foundation which is very active in funding education at every level is considered to be a well-anchored Christian funding source. However, the Kern website shows that their partners in K-12 “Bright Minds Good Hearts“ program funding include organizations like Teach for America, whose work in K-12 public education includes a well-defined focus on pro-LGBTQ policy with radical LGBTQ organizations like Human Rights Campaign, Campus Pride, The Trevor Network and the most radical Gay and Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Teach for America also promotes Gay Pride Month with GLSEN in public schools each June, even celebrating the notorious “Dear Colleague Letter” – the pro-transgender bathroom directive from the Obama White House in May 2016. The current focus of all such pro-LGBTQ efforts in public schools is on showcasing LGBTQ History.
Kern also shows its partnership with liberal education giant Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and the Frankfurt School inspired “Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture,” which is a major influence on Tim Keller and others in the Civilitas Group and Cultural Engagement camp. When asked about the funding in an email exchange on January 15th, the Kern Family Foundation denied the funding in the thirteen evangelical seminaries though it is widely touted in the news, press releases and on the websites (of Southern Seminary’s “Commonweal Project” for example) but Kern contacts did link us to Acton University’s site and confirmed the Acton / Kern Curriculum is in five evangelical universities as well.
Acton Institute and the Confusing Messages of Albert Mohler
Acton Institute’s and Father Sirico’s attachment to the conservative political and religious community is disturbing to Libertarians as well. According to a defender of Classical Liberalism, Sirico’s Acton Institute was and is heavily supported by Atlas Foundation, which had been a trusted ally of the Left until it began taking Conservative money. Sirico’s work with Atlas was not a problem because of his homosexual faith activist history which is recounted in detail in the research. The concern for the Classically Liberal researcher is the recent drift of both Atlas and Acton toward the Right from their historic “Libertarian values”— which pose no threat to the social agenda of the Left. Sirico had gained the confidence of the Left:
“By 1977 Sirico was listed by the LA Times as the ‘organizer of Libertarians for Gay Rights. When it was later revealed that the ACLU once cooperated with the FBI in building files on radicals Sirico told the Times: ‘We turn out to be to the left of the ACLU.’”
Incidentally, the Classically Liberal article exposes Father Sirico as being “back in the closet”:
“Acton officials got heavily involved in the debate on gay marriage. With Sirico back in the closet the position they have been taking has been to pander to bigots on the Religious Right.”
“When or if Sirico tried to go back into the closet is hard to determine. But certainly by the time he was taking money from the anti-gay Templeton network it would have been prudent for him to be closeted. Certainly by 1997 Sirico was criticizing another priest for telling his congregation that he was gay. Sirico told the Grand Rapids Press that honesty about the matter was ‘irresponsible’ and that the priest should have kept it a secret between him and a few close friends.”
“Father Sirico is a perfect example. He went from a hard-core libertarian to promoting just the economic agenda. He then started covering up his past and went so far as to try to go back into the closet in regards to his own homosexuality. From pioneering gay marriage, to being silent on it, he now heads an organization with notorious antigay bigots who openly attack gay equality in the name of his organization.”
Father Sirico is not the only one who appears to be living in contradiction to himself.
Father Sirico is a Catholic priest who views his Jesuit-inspired Catholic social policy as being “theological” and NOT political. Dr. Mohler says the Catholic Church teaches a false gospel: “During a 2000 television interview on Larry King Live, Mohler said of the Holy See and the Pope: ‘As an evangelical, I believe that the Roman Catholic Church is a false church. It teaches a false gospel. And the Pope himself holds a false and unbiblical office.’”
And during a March 13, 2014 podcast of The Briefing: “Evangelical Christians simply cannot accept the legitimacy of the papacy and must resist and reject claims of papal authority. To do otherwise would be to compromise biblical truth and reverse the Reformation.”
Dr. Mohler has either changed his views on core Catholic teaching or is contradicting himself to the spiritual detriment of the students at Southern Seminary and of the Southern Baptist Convention. These statements are from 2013 which was the same year that the Acton Institute / Kern Family Foundation launched the Catholic Social Justice Curriculum in Southern and 12 other evangelical seminaries.
Moreover, Dr. Mohler “has denounced Pope Francis for moving the Catholic Church to the left and failing, during his address to Congress last autumn, to denounce abortion and gay marriage with the necessary zeal.” Pope Francis being the First Jesuit Pope would certainly support the curriculum of Acton and, true to long-term Jesuit efforts to undermine the Reformation, would be proud to see it in Southern and other Reformed seminaries. Pope Francis also shares the political leanings of a Marxist history with Rev. Sirico.
What does Dr. Mohler think of Marxism? From his blog, “No, Marxism has been as wrong as it is possible for a theory to be wrong. Addicted to ‘the self-deification of mankind,’ it continually bears witness to what Kolakowski calls ‘the farcical aspect of human bondage.’ Why then was Marxism like moral catnip–not so much among its proposed beneficiaries, the working classes, but among the educated elite? ‘One of the causes of the popularity of Marxism among educated people,’ Kolakowski notes, ‘was the fact that in its simple form it was very easy.’ Marxism–like Freudianism, like Darwinism, like Hegelianism–is a ‘one key fits all locks’ philosophy. All aspects of human experience can be referred to the operation of a single all-governing process which thereby offers the illusion of universal explanation.”
Dr. Mohler’s partner, Father Sirico, describes his journey as “I went to seminary in the early 1980s, when a baptized form of Marxism was next to godliness. When you take all of that into account, my sojourn on the left has about it almost the inevitability of Marxist dialectic.”
Even if Father Sirico and Acton Institute are now truly Libertarian, does this make them compatible partners with the conservative Reformed Christian SBC, ERLC, TGC or Southern and other Seminaries? Mohler has argued that “libertarianism is idolatrous and as a comprehensive world view or fundamental guiding principle for human life is inconsistent with Christian ideals.” He is a proponent of personal liberty, but believes such liberties can run into problems when applied in the political sphere. The more limited economic libertarianism, on the other hand, Mohler says can be consistent with the “comprehensive world view that Christianity puts forward.” (Moody Radio, 3/5/2016). Again to Sirico, his and Acton’s social policy is theological not political or solely economic.
Given the end all be all assertions of the Social Justice mantra to answer human need and provide “Human Flourishing” by Mohler and Sirico, Russell Moore and Tim Keller, Ed Stetzer and every published messenger boy of The Gospel Coalition, are they not all offering the “illusion of universal explanation” in utter contradiction to the Gospel they espouse to be at its center? For all the shaming TGC, ERLC, Keller, Carter and others have done to evangelicals for supporting President Trump and Judge Roy Moore (the Alabama Senate race), it may be fairer to ask if the truly conservative evangelicals and reformed individuals in the SBC and PCA can survive the influence of ERLC, TGC, and the Acton influence in Reformed seminaries? In the case of the Alabama Senate race, Tim Keller, Russell Moore, and Joe Carter have once again aided and abetted the LGBTQ Human Rights Campaign to empower Leftists like Senator Doug Jones who beat Roy Moore the Alabama Senate election.
Father Sirico and Acton Institute have also had a very strong connection to the U.S. State Department, the Intelligence Community and the Vatican. On the Acton Institute Advisory Board was Jesuit Cardinal Avery Dulles, who was “the son of a prominent New York Presbyterian family whose father was John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State under President Eisenhower and whose uncle was Allen Dulles, director of the CIA. “…he had been a convert to Catholicism during his years at Harvard University after having declared himself an agnostic in his first year there….In 2001…Fr. Dulles was elevated by Pope John Paul II to being a Prince of the Church, Avery Cardinal Dulles. He was the first American theologian to be given that title without being made a bishop first.” This history as well make some nervous.
What Color is the Money; Any Green in The Rainbow?
Some would say that, as Christians eagerly seek to engage the world around us, it is easy in today’s culture to inadvertently partner with or fund organizations whose mission may be antithetical to our own. It may fairly be asserted that the motives of some of those involved are only to seek and avail themselves of any open door to inject Christian influence in important areas like education. However, organizations like the ERLC and The Gospel Coalition in partnership with Acton Institute, urge Christians to “disengage the culture” from historic Christian views on moral issues like gay marriage, LGBTQ inclusion, immigration reform, drug legalization, etc., while they are instead expected to “Seek Social Justice”* as the new approach to the all important mission of the Church. (*example of Acton influence on the same partners in 2010)
IRONICALLY, today’s young pastors in The Gospel Coalition and believers who follow them are trying to escape being viewed as Christian Right Wingers, and choosing to be Social Justice Warriors instead. As they strive to “love well” while “doing community,” they are actually falling for far Left Wing social policy which, in this case, is written by the right wing Heritage Foundation and Libertarian Jesuit/Catholic Acton Institute. It can really give one vertigo to watch the convergence of these political operatives on the unsuspecting Evangelical community.
Considering Libertarian Acton and its founder – Catholic priest, Father Sirico (who refuses to discuss his homosexuality when interviewed) – and millions in funding from the Kern Family Foundation for radical pro-LGBTQ partner, Teach for America, can we simply take their inclusive curriculum in 13 Evangelical seminaries, like RTS, Southern Seminary, Beeson and others, at conservative face value?
Are the commandments and warnings in both Old and New Testaments – “be not unequally yoked with believers” for “two cannot walk together except they are agreed” – null and void for today? Can we walk with God on mission when we and our partners in the quest have so little we agree upon?
More on Why Richard Florida so WRONG? Must the Church Create Bohemia to Succeed?
Among Dr. Mohler’s devout fan base there is a common thread of justifying his every action. In Deep State Part One, the most commonly disputed issue among the many respondents concerned Mohler’s promotion of the books and theories of the pro-LGBTQ Urban Planner, Richard Florida.
“Florida’s work is not without its critics, but the basic argument he presents is difficult to refute. For the intelligent Christian reader, the book raises several issues. The clustering of creative populations seems to correlate with areas evangelical churches have found difficult to reach.”
In Richard Florida’s books, Rise of the Creative Class and Who is Your City, “Creative Class” is a euphemism for “LGBTQ” community. Florida’s theory is that economically disadvantaged cities such as Detroit would experience revival if they were injected with the “creativity” of the LGBTQ community.
The following additional information should put an end to any justification of Florida’s failed ideology of “the Creative Class.” Here are the facts of Florida’s radical pro-LGBTQ concepts.
The main inspiration and mentor for Richard Florida is Marxist urban activist, Jane Jacobs, who was instrumental in the gay rights movement in both New York City and Toronto. Jacobs is a central figure celebrated in LGBTQ urban history. Today LGBTQ history walks are done in her name in cities internationally.
As Senior Editor of The Atlantic Monthly and a co-founder and editor at large of “CityLab,” Richard Florida tracks “Homophobia” by “Mapping” the places it is most prevalent globally. This information is then used to strong-arm cities and regions into taking a more affirming stance on LGBTQ inclusion with grant and economic development funds.
Census number Crunching is done by Richard Florida protégé, Gary Gates of the Williams Institute for LGBTQ Inclusion and Advancement. Gates submitted a brief in the Obergefell same-sex marriage decision which was cited in Justice Kennedy’s pivotal vote and opinion which made gay marriage legal in the United States, in spite of its complete lack of Constitutional Standing. Gates and Williams take Florida’s Creative Gay Class assertions to major places of influence, including census data gathering. The 2020 U.S. Census is a major focus for this work with Florida’s inclusive goals.
LGBTQ activists remain loyal to Richard Florida’s ideology for obvious reasons. However, Evangelicals who endorse the LGBTQ agenda are essentially asserting that the Church could thrive in Sodom and Gomorrah today if we would only apply the “wisdom of Richard Florida.” Dr. Mohler, Tim Keller, Ed Stetzer and others in The Gospel Coalition need to explain why they encourage our church planters and ministers and Christians in general toward these ideas in any way!
Acton and the Road to Serfdom: A Closer Look
Valid concerns exist about Acton Institute and the Reformed camp of Evangelicals now guiding the ERLC and The Gospel Coalition, the most obvious of which is the Catholic theology behind Acton’s Social Policy. According to the 2017 Acton conference in Rome, the social justice and economic policies Father Sirico is introducing to Reformed seminaries is a Jesuit contribution and Catholic historians openly assert that the mission of the Jesuits is to undermine the Reformation. Do TGC and ERLC leadership need to be reminded why the Reformation took place and that 2017 marks its 500th anniversary? Did the Reformation not involve theological differences and a divide that is even more profound today than it was 500 years ago?
Acton also has the issue of its being a Libertarian, not a Conservative, political think tank. Do TGC and ERLC claim to promote Conservative theology? If we live out the Gospel should not our social and political engagement involve sharing the Gospel at the core? Why do TGC and the ERLC consistently land on the progressive (left of center) on every single social issue of concern to biblically faithful Christians? This is a very fair question that many in the ranks of the SBC and PCA are asking.
Acton is a political organization and TGC and ERLC leaders are also acting politically while they shame every believer in their realm for their conservative political engagement. Why is the ERLC located in Washington, DC if not to be engaged politically? Why do Russell Moore and Albert Mohler shame Christians in the Washington Post and other political media? Why is TGC so focused on church planting in and around the Beltway? Are Christians only allowed to engage the culture if we are moving left of center? Is it not political for the Kern funded Curriculum used in Reformed seminaries to be training students in Libertarian, Catholic, Jesuit, recycled Liberation Theology and Social Justice provided by a Political Think Tank like Action Institute? How is this not deceitful? How is it serving the Gospel or preserving and fulfilling the Great Commission?
Acton boasts its inspiration from Friedrich Von Hayek, author of “The Road to Serfdom.” Though the book is often referenced as a source exposing the tyranny of centralized planning and advocating for a free market economy, Hayek’s Fabian Society has a history raising many of the same questions raised by Father Sirico’s liberal history. According to many historians, Hayek’s book “moved American Conservatives in a more libertarian direction.” The Mont Pelerin Society appeared “when classic liberalism appeared dead” and “Hayek’s movement marked a decisive moment in liberalism resurgence, becoming the Fabian Society of renewed classical liberalism.” (Ayn Rand Cult, Jeff Walker, p. 292). It was the homosexual founder of the socialist Fabian Society, Edward Carpenter, whose book, The Intermediate Sex: A Study of Some Transitional Types of Men and Women, became a foundational text of the LGBT movement of the 20th century. (Socialism and LGBT Rights)
Centralized Planning or Not?
Consider the open collectivism being espoused by Tim Keller in the name of individual faith in action. How is the collective push of the Acton / Kern Curriculum toward a Faith and Work, Doctrine of Vocation and Halftime (the give back ideology of Bob Buford which is a continuation of LBJ / John Gardener’s Great Society), in fact, not centralized planning being done covertly inside the reformed seminary and eventually within the church walls?
Marvin Olasky, a Senior Fellow of the Acton Institute, is considered the father of Compassionate Conservatism who helped birth the Bush W. era Faith Based Partnership programs. Rev. Sirico seems to be calling for an end to these programs while espousing deeper involvement in Social Justice by evangelicals and Catholics. So whose funding (besides the massive corporate and private foundations) will pay for its expansion? Who gets to hold the purse strings if the funding is to be persuaded out of the churches and believers as they are sold wealth redistribution as a gospel mandate? And where does all of this circular and ideological, economic, theological, sociology, public relations, rebranding, blending of Reformation and Jesuit doctrine of Social Justice end – if not on an evangelical road to serfdom?
And who thinks it is intellectually honest to have taken the approach of a low flying stealth bomber upon trusting and unsuspecting evangelical borders in order to achieve these goals? If these are Gospel-centered mandates, there is no need for sleight of hand or radar masking technology. No shaming of Evangelicals out of even the use of the name “evangelical” or any other classic self-identification Christians may choose to actually identify as being part of the broader body of Christ. There is no need for the use of the same tired talking points to counter vintage Christianity in America and replace it with something devised by Acton or any other think tank in the Western Hemisphere. How is it that this new underground movement is now the historic Christian faith? They continue to tell us we must “rethink” our historic position on every major issue of the day. Which is it? How important is doctrine and theology to those at the ERLC and TGC if they have no caution or discernment about yoking with Acton (Sirico ) and Kern (who funds radical LGBTQ groups through Teach for America) and many other questionable partners? How much does Father Sirico’s reported closet homosexuality influence Acton’s Communications Officer, Joe Carter, who is simultaneously employed by the ERLC and the TGC?
And how do the ERLC and TGC assume we should respond to their efforts to redefine the faith for our families, our churches, our children and our grandchildren? Are we willing to sell the mission of the Church for liberal social justice? Are we blind to the realities Europe is facing with immigration and Islam while our evangelical leaders push for open borders with organizations funded by George Soros and Open Society Foundation? Do partners like Acton, Sirico, or the Kern Family Foundation share any of our biblically (as opposed to culturally relevant) views on human sexuality? Or are we failing to recognize the “beast” we are loosening with sexual liberation in the name of “loving our gay and lesbian neighbors,” Dr. Moore? Can you chart this path for us and for the Body of Christ and be guiltless before man and the Son of Man whose eyes are as a flame of fire and whose Word divides joint and marrow and discerns both the thoughts and intents of the heart?
It seems a moot point to ask how we got here given all we see the ERLC, TGC, Mohler, Keller and a host of others doing – acting like a rum-soaked Jack Sparrow with a broken compass, attempting to tell us where to find True North. There has never been a set of policies on the part of church leaders and its allies in government, think tanks, Institutes and halls of learning in the US that has so impacted both the mission and doctrine of the church and posed a more clear and present danger to collective religious freedom and living out personal deeply held Christian convictions. The question that remains is how do we, the Body of Christ, recover ourselves from the bondage of this misguided leadership?
Living in Alabama has provided Christians and conservatives with a front row seat for the movements of the LGBTQ lobby. We saw Project One America launched by Human Rights Campaign in 2014 which lead to the formation and organization of HRC Alabama. This provided massive outside funding, staffing and training to focus on closing the deal on the LGBTQ package for Full Equality in the Heart of Dixie. Given Alabama’s long civil rights struggle, the effort has had a historic stage on which to play its public and political discourse.
All Politics are Local … Not Really
In the recent Roy Moore / GOP defeat (still in dispute from voter fraud allegations) in the State Senate special election, the local HRC leadership boasted of their role in securing the Democrat Doug Jones victory as the HRC and LGBTQ organizations had staffed his campaign. Here is that HRC quote on the extent of resources brought to the Jones campaign dated December 13th 2017.
“I don’t take the time to acknowledge the incredible work HRC does here in Alabama enough. But HRC had over 10 staffers working to elect Doug Jones here in Alabama. Coupled that with over 160 volunteers we logged over 580 hours of volunteer time for the campaign. Fellow board members flew in from Texas to help us on the ground, and steering committees from NYC, Atlanta, DC, and San Francisco logged hours in phone bank time for Doug Jones. HRC Alabama hosted over 20 volunteer events for the campaign. HRC partnered with Equality Alabama and others on all these efforts.
The point: Winning takes hard work, partnership, strategy and team work. Tonight it paid off. I am so grateful to all of you that volunteered, staff that came to help, and HRC family from all over the nation!”
Politicians Can Never Do Enough – Loyalty is Not a Virtue HRC Recognizes
The same LGBTQ lobby machinery on a smaller scale was used to elect a new Mayor, Randall Woodfin and unseat the City Council head in Birmingham, Alabama just a short time (October 4 2017) before. This is in spite of the fact that the previous Mayor William Bell was celebrated on the HRC blog in 2016 for rolling out the red carpet for a national HRC Board meeting in the city and, as an African American leader facilitated that welcome to include the piggybacking of LGBTQ equality on the Civil Rights history here. Bell’s city Council head Jonathan Austin (celebrated as well on the HRC 2017 victory blog ) had pushed through an LGBTQ antidiscrimination ordinance in the city just prior to the election guaranteeing protection in -access to public use- housing – and employment for LGBTQ in the city.
The ordinance includes intrusive limitations to the rights of Churches and religious organizations to allow access /use of their facilities and hiring of staff (with a narrow exception for those “performing a specific religious duty” ) to be done in keeping with the moral and spiritual convictions of the organizations faith. A Human Rights Commission paid for by taxpayers, and including members of HRC and paid activists, is being established to enforce the ordinance. Offenders will be brought before the tribunal /Commission and given a chance to recant of be recommended to the Municipal Court for trial and fines. Once more this is at taxpayers’ expense.
The Commission will then recommend the plaintiff to pro bono legal help for a Civil Court lawsuit. Birmingham residents have little knowledge of how their city is changing or of who is making it happen. Councilman Austin had introduced the ordinance in 2013 but was apparently too slow for the gay activists in getting it passed and failed in his reelection bid, as did Mayor Bell. Perhaps there is something to be learned from this HRC political betrayal for politicians everywhere. “What have you done for me lately?” appears to be the mantra of the LGBTQ rights lobby.
The $27 million (likely double that by now) budget was announced mid 2017 for 2018’s expansion of the Project One America nationwide. The local focus is continuing past criteria of grading your leadership while sharpening its efforts methods and emphasis in these three areas:
“ANTI-BULLYING Beginning next year, the School District Anti-Bullying Policies standard will be replaced with a new bonus criterion—City Services Youth Bullying Prevention Policies. This category will reward cities with a maximum of two points for implementing policies that prohibit bullying on the express basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in all youth-facing city facilities and services.”
“RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS To reflect the true scope of the citywide nondiscrimination laws assessed in Part I of the MEI scorecard, the 2018 MEI will deduct points for nondiscrimination ordinances that allow discrimination through religious exemptions that single out sexual orientation and/ or gender identity. Cities will lose one point for each Part I criterion to which a religious carve-out that singles out the LGBTQ community applies.”
“NEW CRITERIA Finally, the 2018 MEI will add two new bonus criteria—Single Occupancy All-Gender Facilities and Laws Protecting Youth from Conversion Therapy—as well as reintroduce the City Employee Domestic Partner Benefits standard as bonus points. Starting in 2018, cities that require all single-user sex-segregated facilities within the city like bathrooms and changing rooms to be all-gender will receive two bonus points. Cities that designate all single-occupancy facilities within its own buildings as all gender will receive half credit. All residents deserve the dignity and safety of equal access to facilities in accordance with their gender identity. Additionally, cities that enact laws to protect youth from the harmful and discredited practice of so-called “conversion therapy” will garner two bonus points. Conversion therapy refers to any effort to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. It is based on the false notion that being LGBTQ is an illness that needs to be “cured.”
To be clear, your elected officials will be pressured to make your city compliant with ALL LGBTQ concepts of equality. This includes the “All Gender” bathroom access in all public restrooms, the abandonment of Reparative Therapy which, based on definitions from South Florida and other recent ordinances, will criminalize any non- affirming counsel on the part of church Pastors, School Counselors and even parents. Fines and punishment await those who dare tell a child that the LGBTQ lifestyle is harmful, sinful, or not recommended for healthy happy future. Perhaps the CDC should be indicted as well for its warnings on the health risk of LGBTQ.
In addition, Corporate America, which is under its own shakedown with the HRC Corporate Equality Index, is being used to apply pressure your local leadership. Gay lobby supporting corporation Amazon.com dangled a potential 60,000 new jobs before Birmingham residents and City Council in an announcement the same week as the local LGBTQ antidiscrimination ordinance vote came to the council room. HRC activists who spoke on behalf of their ordinance pointed to this “all important inclusive culture to attract corporations like Amazon to our city”.
No doubt 2018 is going to be an interesting year. Take a deep breath and consider doing something to “just say no” to the insanity – and the hijacking of your local representation.
By now most of us have heard of former President Barack Obama’s covert operation “Organizing For Action.” OFA is a shadow government leading the resistance to President Trump’s voter mandated efforts to reverse many if not most of the Obama administration policies. Such well coordinated efforts by a “Shadow Government” are referred to as “The Deep State.” Wikipedia defines this type of electorate subversive manipulation thus: “In the United States, the deep state is an alleged entity that coordinates efforts by government employees and others to influence state policy without regard for democratically elected leadership.”
The Hand That Rocks the Evangelical Cradle
It shocks no one that the administration which has done more to undermine Constitutional Freedoms in the U.S. would wage a covert war to protect the radical policies it fought to put in place. What is shocking to many Christians are the radical renovations in and by evangelical leadership touted as a conservative response to Obama era challenges. In most cases the evangelical responses have proven to aid Obama’s dangerous polices rather than bolster defenses against them. The talking points in America have suddenly changed. Clarity over marriage and sexuality has been lost and language obscured in the face of Obergefell and nationwide attempts to open public school bathrooms to the sexually deviant at our children’s expense.
These Obama era policies have also impacted the doctrine of the Christian Church. The mission of the Church to preach the gospel of eternal salvation has given way to social justice /liberation theology and the Church itself is all but renamed as a “Faith Based Organization.” But who made these decisions for the Church? Who has written this new language and why? Whose unseen hand has orchestrated this overhaul of Christianity?
The Brazenly Contradicted Souls
As a Southern Baptist I will try to fairly assess a few of the players who, in fact, may be more “missional marionettes” than guiding hands. We will look later at the money and the actual hands in the proverbial Evangelical “Shadow Government.” The following paragraph may seem absurd at first but should prove to be quite accurate and disturbing.
Among Southern Baptist and conservative Reformed believers there is no name more trusted than Dr. Albert Mohler. Dr. Mohler is the long-time head of Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Due to his high office and reputation in the Southern Baptist Convention, Christians may find it hard to believe that Dr. Mohler would promote the pro homosexual ideology of the Obama era. However, in his promotion of urban ministry, Dr. Mohler also promotes a key player in the radical Human Rights Campaign’s LGBTQ “Equality and Inclusion” movement. “Absurd!” you may say. Yet facts do not lie; they are stubborn and inconvenient truths which often show the accepted wisdom to be false.
In 2008 Dr. Mohler (echoing a host of evangelical underlings) began to promote a key Urban Planning strategist, Richard Florida. Author of Rise of the Creative Class and Who is Your City, Florida is among the Human Rights Campaign’s favorite players in the pro homosexual Municipal Equality Index (MEI). Dr. Mohler offered this hearty endorsement of Richard Florida’s openly pro homosexual /inclusion of the LGBTQ “Creative Class” as necessary for success in Urban Planning and Community Development:
“Florida’s work is not without its critics, but the basic argument he presents is difficult to refute. For the intelligent Christian reader, the book raises several issues. The clustering of creative populations seems to correlate with areas evangelical churches have found difficult to reach. The creatives are clustered in more secular regions of the nation. All this should underline one major aspect of our Great Commission challenge in America and around the world.”
“In short, LGBTQ equality is a moral imperative that pays—one that’s even more important than ever given the recent unprecedented rollback of hard won LGBTQ federal protections. The Municipal Equality Index highlights laws and policies that cities can use to make their community more LGBTQ-inclusive. It assesses cities on their non-discrimination laws, LGBTQ-inclusive employee practices, inclusiveness in city services and law enforcement; and their leadership’s outspoken commitment to equality. Taking these steps can help cities not only do the right thing, but create fairer economic opportunity for all.”
Either Dr. Mohler has failed to read the books he is reviewing here or he is endorsing Richard Florida’s pro homosexual assertions. Mohler’s admission that Florida’s pro LGBTQ concepts are “not without critics” would indicate he is aware of enough of them to know they are controversial and yet he concludes “the basic argument is hard to refute.” I have mentioned Richard Florida in a previous writing but other evangelical leaders have failed to match the Mohler infatuation with Florida’s LGBTQ Equality and Inclusion CULT.
The argument will be made that Dr. Mohler was not endorsing Florida’s pro-homosexual ideology but rather is exhorting the Church to fulfill the Great Commission via ‘city reaching.’ However, why then did Mohler outright abandon Reparative Therapy or so called “ex gay therapy” at the ERLC 2014 conference on “Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage” at the very time municipalities are working hard to pass local laws prohibiting and criminalizing such counseling with the broadest definition, including any NON AFFIRMING counsel on the part of PASTORS, Church counselors, Christian school counselors and EVEN PARENTS? These city and county efforts to please, appease, and make the grade for the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index are an LGBTQ shakedown.
Personal commentary: Dr. Mohler, in your sweeping rejection of conversion therapy and withdrawal of support for ministers and ministries working with those who wish to find help from the church to leave homosexual desires behind them, you have given GREAT occasion to the enemies of the Gospel to deny those “strugglers” the help THEY need and often seek as these laws would turn a pastor or a parent into a criminal in the eyes of local courts for offering Biblical Counseling to a /their child. A classic case of throwing the proverbial baby out with the bathwater by an evangelical leader who spends more time doing book reviews and cultural posturing than in the life trenches under live fire from fallout. Can you admit the LGBTQ agenda is taking you and us farther than you anticipated and that you have failed to offer the conservative leadership Christians look to YOU for? By endorsing Richard Florida, abandoning Reparative Therapy and offering the rhetoric of appeasement have you played into the hands of the Gay Lobby, sir?
“Strange” Dare I Say It…“BEDFELLOWS”
Mohler protégé Dr Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist ERLC has been on the hot seat for some time among evangelicals who are paying attention to ERLC doublespeak and guilt projection on all issues related to Christian ethics and cultural engagement. The recent Nashville Statement offered great face saving opportunity on the LGBTQ issue for Moore, but his recent speech at the Acton Institute’s Acton University sheds unsettling light on the SBC leaders’ hidden ties and may point to the powers behind the Moore / Mohler enigma.
The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty has long been at the forefront of cultural concern in the realm of religion. Its mission statement boasts “The Acton Institute is a think tank whose mission is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.”
Admittedly, Religious Principles is a broad term so it is only fair to ask which religion and whose principles are referred to. The best clue would be to look at Acton’s leadership. Its President is Catholic priest, Robert Sirico, and here is where some shocking revelations come into view. Rev. Sirico being a Catholic is reason enough for concern by some about the Acton/ Moore association but this ecumenical partnership pales in comparison to Rev. Sirico’s seldom mentioned past career.
Russell Moore and The Acton Institute’s “Gay Activist” Leader
According to Wikipedia and the gay pride historic book “Gay Seattle Stories of Exile and Belonging” by Gary L. Atkins, (page 161 and over a dozen mentions of Sirico in the second half of the book), in the 1970s, Robert Sirico was at the forefront of the gay activist movement in several cities on the West Coast. According to Atkins, Sirico was a major force in the “Pulpits of Healing” (chapter 9) movement to bring the homosexual community into acceptance in the Christian Community and in the churches. Sirico was raised on Coney Island but found his home among the radical West Coast homosexual rights movement on the cutting edge of its push for acceptance in the faith community. Only after Sirico left the area and a new Bishop came into power did this effort begin to payoff in the Catholic Diocese. By this time, Sirico was planting gay churches as part of the first homosexual denomination, Metropolitan Community Church. Sirico went from Pentecostal faith healer to homosexual activist pastor after admitting his homosexual desires since 13 years of age. In today’s culture he would be considered an LGBTQ Faith Activist which is a well paid career for thousands given the hundreds of millions annually funding the LGBTQ Equality organizations.
“Sirico was ordained a Pentecostal minister and established a healing ministry in Seattle around 1970/71. He became very popular and gained the support of several charismatic churches in the area. A foundation was established for the financial support of his ministry. During this time, according to Sirico, he believed that homosexuality was condemned by the Bible as a perversion. However, he soon found it ‘impossible’ to heal a person from being gay. He eventually made a public announcement that he was gay himself and intended to form a church for gays. This led to him losing the support of his healing ministry’s backers.
“In 1972, Sirico founded Seattle’s Metropolitan Community Church, which primarily ministered to gays. The church became a member of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). MCC had been founded in 1968 as ‘the world’s first church group with a primary, positive ministry to gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender persons.’
“In April 1973, Sirico and the MCC picketed the Seattle Police Department, claiming there was a ‘vendetta’ by the Seattle Police Department against homosexuals. In October 1973, Sirico was arrested in Seattle for ‘walking in the roadway’ after crossing the street to come to the aid of a gay man he saw was being arrested. In jail, Sirico was reportedly singing ‘We Shall Overcome’ until he was bailed out by a parishioner. The citation was later struck down at trial and Sirico was let off with a warning by the judge.
“In July 1973, Sirico went to lead the newly founded Metropolitan Church of Cincinnati.
“Sirico was a proponent of gay marriage and performed same-sex marriages as a Protestant minister. In 1975, Sirico performed the first gay marriage in the history of Colorado at the First Unitarian Church in Denver.
“Sirico left Seattle for Los Angeles, where he became the director of the Los Angeles Gay Community Center. In 1976, police conducted a raid at one of the center’s events, a ‘male slave auction.’ Sirico stated the event was merely a fundraiser for the center and that the police raided it in order to ‘discredit the image of gay people in this community for legislative gains.’”
Most important to note that after a time Robert Sirico made a return to the Catholic Church of his youth. He speaks in many places of a political and ideological conversion but makes NO MENTION of a change in his bold self-identifying as a homosexual or his radical faith activist role in the embryonic days of the gay rights movement. In a 2010 interview, Father Sirico was asked by a conservative Catholic writer about his homosexual /activist/ gay clergy history. His response was suspiciously evasive:
“An agreement with a professional journalist to whom I have been giving a series of interviews about the details of this journey prevents me from cooperating in any kind of profile of my life with you. I can, however, respond to a number of your questions for the article you are writing which do not compromise this agreement.”
Sirico’s move across the ideological and political landscape is significant because, as we will see, he moved from ultra-liberal to Libertarian, whose policies mostly ignore moral and social issues like homosexuality and abortion, instead focusing on economic policy and smaller government. There’s no need to even speak to the issue of his radical past in the Libertarian camp. It is a non-issue. What IS an ISSUE is the role which we will soon see that Sirico’s organization plays in the CONSERVATIVE camp of the Southern Baptist and Presbyterians and among Reformed evangelicals.
It may seem unfair from an evangelical perspective to “judge” Rev. Sirico by his youthful past but the present mood among Catholic researchers considers this activist’s past serious enough to look longer and harder at his organization, Action Institute, and his ordination as a Catholic Priest in 1987. There have been numerous and persistent voices of concern over Sirico’s ordination to the Priesthood given his admitted homosexuality and radical past. His defiant statements like “two men in bed together is a holy experience… to hold one another close and confess together, Isn’t God Wonderful?” (Gay Seattle, page 162) The author goes on to say “Sirico refused to beg for understanding.”
Given that the ERLC Russell Moore is a speaker at Acton Institutes and his has even deeper (as we shall see) associations with Father Sirico, it would appear to be more than fair to ask if this has ANY INFLUENCE on Moore’s message for the ERLC on homosexuality? What is the ERLC/ Moore’s position on the radical history of Rev Sirico? He does not answer? Will our Southern Baptist spokesperson ANSWER?
Sirico’s past causes great concern among conservative Catholics. Here are several examples of their research.
Catholics Concerned About Father Robert Sirico
Randy Engels has written extensively on concerns over the Catholic Church welcoming and ordination of homosexuals to the priesthood. Her 5 volume series on this subject is titled The Rite of Sodomy: Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church.
Further research specific to Father Robert Sirico can be found here and here and another writer Thomas Herron here. In “Robert Sirico and the Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance” are found more recent activities including efforts to alter / protect the history of Russell Moore’s ally, Rev Sirico.
There are several “accounts of Rev Sirico’s conversion” according to Engel but most speak to his political conversion, such as, “In the early part of the decade, Sirico held Left-leaning political and economic views, even becoming involved with Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden and their campaign for economic democracy. However, after reading Friedrich von Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom and Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom, he became a libertarian.”
Sirico wrote about his journey from leftist politics to free-market economics: “I suppose the fact that I spent time on the left of the political spectrum isn’t the surprising thing. I mean, I’m a New Yorker; I’m a child of the ’60s; I went to seminary in the early 1980s, when a baptized form of Marxism was next to godliness. When you take all of that into account, my sojourn on the left has about it almost the inevitability of Marxist dialectic.”
Do Roman Catholics Speak for The ERLC and The Gospel Coalition When Communication is KEY?
You may say that Catholics and Evangelicals have long and helpful history partnering on social issues like abortion and marriage but these are conservative – not Libertarian – shared values. The common ground would then appear to be the issue of “social Justice” and NOT theological partnerships. However, Father Sirico is not a conservative socially or politically and, according to his 2002 booklet “Catholicism’s Developing Social Teaching” (page 19), Sirico boasted that Catholic social policy IS THEOLOGY, not political policy.” So is Russell Moore partnering the ERLC with Acton Institute for Catholic Theology on Social Teaching? Fair Question? According to Father Sirico, Moore IS doing so.
To look closer and better understand the ties between the SBC’s Russell Moore, Al Mohler and other Evangelicals with Father Sirico and his Acton Institute, one need look no further than Joe Carter. A former military guy, Joe is a prolific writer and Senior Editor for the Acton Institute and Rev Sirico. Where it becomes strange and unsettling is that Carter is also an editor for The Gospel Coalition, according to the Acton bio, as well as Editor and Communications Specialist “go to guy” for the Russell Moore-led Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission.
THINKING THIS THROUGH together for a moment… Joe Carter came to the ERLC soon after Russell Moore’s ascent and radical altering of the standard conservative Southern Baptist messaging on key topics, especially LGBTQ issues. Carter serves as ERLC “Communications Specialist” while he still holds his Senior Editor job with Rev. Robert Sirico – the once radical left wing, Marxist gay activist Pentecostal (later) gay church pastor and founder of Metropolitan Community Churches (the world’s first gay denomination), who conducted some of the nations first gay marriages and boasted he would perform exorcisms to rebuke the heterosexual spirits from his opposition – who is now a Catholic Libertarian priest. If that is not disturbing we are simply NOT paying attention! Carter has also worked in high level editing positions with at least two other Catholic publications according to his biography.
The Gospel Coalition – Is This an Evangelical Progressive Movement Cloaked in Conservative Theology?
Currently there is immeasurable fallout over what appears to be a theological divide among Southern Baptists. Joe Carter is an Editor for The Gospel Coalition as mentioned above. This movement encompasses the Reformed camp of the SBC which has grown in number at least among young pastors under the leadership of Dr. Mohler and includes much of the heretofore conservative Presbyterian breakaway group – the PCA. The TGC movement also includes smaller reformed denominations and groups along with independents like John Macarthur and his vast network of affiliated churches. Formed around 2005, TGC is headed by then PCA rising star Tim Keller and D.A. Carson.
While The Gospel Coalition’s opening statement of its founding documents sounds great, a sobering consideration of its connections with Acton Institute and often progressive stance on conservative issues makes it reasonable to question why TGC is promoting a Liberation Theology of social justice and a biblically baseless “Theology of Place.” Add to this Joe Carter’s prolific messaging (TGC blog currently has 336 entries by Carter and at one point earlier this year was over 650 items by Carter) and it is a very honest assessment to say that Acton Institute and the radical Father Sirico have a huge reach into the Reformed camp of evangelicals, including the SBC and PCA.
Can we Biblically Judge the Tree by its Fruit?
Plainly put, a Libertarian, Catholic, political Institute founded by a controversial priest who helped birth the modern extreme radical West Coast homosexual rights movement and its invasion of the Christian faith community while working as a Pentecostal “Faith Healer” with Marxist leanings, a record of arrest and an “in your face” homosexual, founding gay churches and conducting some of the nation’s first gay marriages, is helping if not outright scripting the message of Reformed SBC (ERLC) /PCA / TGC Evangelicalism. If this is not a problem in our thinking then we do not understand that the battle for the soul of our culture is not waged with the liberal social justice mantra that TGC and these intoxicated talking heads like Russell Moore are regurgitating while espousing its loss. Rather, that battle for the “collective soul” of the church and our culture is a battle of words and ideas, to be waged with the eternal Word of God and the inspired message rooted firmly in God’s WORD.
Isn’t wrapping your progressive transformational strategies in conservative theological positions while promoting the message of a Libertarian, Catholic, former (?) radical homosexual activist akin to being a confidence man or a street hustler for TGC and ERLC? How is it NOT? These organizations have captivated a generation of young preachers and, with the advent of social media and a hearty web presence, the contorted message of the new evangelicalism has spread like wildfire. Who has vetted this message or its source or the strange affiliations in this transformational dance club? What toxic stew comes from brewing these ideologies together for a bowl of which the evangelical leaders in the reformed camp appear to willing to sell not only their birthright but also that of our denominations and our children’s future church? How is this considered kosher to a Holy God with a long history of rejecting mingled offerings?
Given that 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the tangible irony here is almost suffocating. If Catholic conservatives are concerned about Father Sirico and his corrupt influence in the Catholic Church then Evangelicals ought to take note of the DEEP STATE inroads made by a VATICAN policy, US-based Think Tank among SBC and PCA leaders!
What Other Bonds Abound?
The key to understanding the tie that binds these bedfellows is the work of Acton Institute in the area Social Justice. According to the November 29th 2017 Acton Institute Conference in Rome, Globalization and Social Justice are movements to which the Jesuits have long contributed and inspired the church toward addressing. Today’s Social Justice mantra, whether chanted by liberal humanist “Christians,“ conservative Reformed, Catholic or interfaith participants, is INSEPARABLY LINKED with “the City Reaching movement,” cultural narrative realignments (a kinder/ gentler Christian “civility”), urban growth , “church planting,” and White House Faith-Based Partnerships. In short, Social Justice is the new gospel and, if your leadership complies, it is becoming Big Business for the church.
Olasky’s Rules for Compassion
Marvin Olasky is a powerful influence on evangelicals as editor-in-chief of World Magazine. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Acton Institute. Olasky’s history intersects with virtually all of the major ideologies corrupting the evangelical church. The biography of Olasky at NNDB states that he was born of a Jewish family, was an avowed atheist (at 14), a Marxist in High School and a “card carrying communist” as they used to say, in college. Like Sirico, Olasky’s political views changed mid life but in the case of Olasky, a spiritual conversion is professed. However, his Marxist ideologies may not have changed on his spiritual journey, given his role with Sirico and the Faith-Based ideology. It is said that Olasky’s book on “The Tragedy of American Compassion” inspired George W Bush’s compassionate conservatism branding and the Faith Based Partnerships first in Texas under then Governor Bush.
“In January 2001, [Olasky] saw the policies outlined in this book put into law with the creation of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. George W. Bush has called him ‘compassionate conservatism’s leading thinker’; in 1999, Olasky had chaired an advisory subcommittee on religion and public policy for the then-governor.’”
Acton and Sirico have played a major role as well in the hard sell of Faith-Based Partnerships, especially during the formation of the Obama administration under whose directives the LGBTQ compromises were hard wired into the programs and these directives have not changed under the Trump administration.
Although Olasky is credited with having inspired Compassionate Conservatism, the concept goes back to the mid 19th century with Fredrick Stahl‘s “Living Conservatism.” Stahl successfully persuaded Austrian and European Protestants to abandon their conservative convictions on the basis of a proposed softer approach to social issues while European Socialism took root. History appears to be repeating itself aided by the familiar talking points. Stahl, like Olasky was another person born into a Jewish family who converted to Christianity and, in Stahl’s case, history now bears out that he used his influence to weaken Christians in the evangelical churches in Prussia. The jury is out for now regarding Olasky’s influence, however, his work with Sirico, Acton and Faith Based Partnerships does not bode well for the Evangelicals over whom he exerts tremendous influence. One of those under the influence is Tim Keller. A closer look will help you decide for yourself.
Civil City Utopian Prophets and The Funding Machine
The following collaborations outlined as bullet points show the depths of Faith-Based involvement of Tim Keller and other evangelicals and institutions. Several have been mentioned in previous articles without mention of the role Acton played in them.
• Leading up to the 2009 infusion of untold billions of tax dollars by the Obama administration into the Faith Based Partnership overhaul – Tim Keller (page 80) and Friends, including the Acton Institute, worked with a Faith Based Partnership model in Orlando called “Seeking the Welfare of the City” (STWOTC) which resulted in the Polis Institute. Richard Florida’s pro homosexual ideology was promoted by the Human Rights Campaign and Albert Mohler played a key role (page 76) as has the Acton Institute. Acton still heavily promotes the “Welfare of the City” concept which centers around Faith Based Partnerships. If participants like churches and ministries want to find funding to “save their cities” through Community Development grants, they must be inclusive and welcoming of one of the more destructive influences within the communities they are asserting they wish to help. The erosion of the family and sexual liberation are two of the most compelling issues urban centers face.
Even more broad reason for concern is that the Presbyterian Church of America’s (Tim Keller’s denomination) Reformed Theological Seminary was at the forefront of this STWOTC program development while both students and graduates helped in the implementation and the operation of Polis Institute. It now serves as an Urban laboratory of sorts for training future generation church leaders.
• As discussed in previous articles, the new mantra for evangelicals is “Civility.” Tim Keller, Rick Warren, three Christian universities, and a host of Faith Based Partnership players have convened and covenanted to “change the tone in the church toward homosexuals” and other minority groups. Given the inclusion of pro-gay urban planning in the new wave missional strategies and the agreement to change the conversation among church folk as they are “mobilized” for faith based partnerships, it is little wonder that The Gospel Coalition and denominational groups like the ERLC want someone like Father Sirico and Acton Institute to provide the talking points for the flock. Whether current or simply historical, Sirico would have great insight into how to make inroads into faith communities having done so in the 1970s. Inclusive inroads are requisite if the hopes of obtaining Faith-Based Partnership grants are to be realized.
Are Money Changers Funding Acton and an Evangelical Deep State?
• Another major player in what appears as an Evangelical Deep State is the National Christian Foundation of Alpharetta GA. According to its history with Conservative Transparency and a 2016 990 forms /report, the NCF has brought about $6 Billion into its Christian philanthropy circles since 2011 (page 15 of the 990 shows $1,396,381,203 in 2016 alone.) On requesting NCF to provide its donor and recipient list and history, the organization refused to supply any information whatsoever. Various philanthropic sites do track some of the money and its sources, but given that NCF is a “Donor ADVISED fund,” the agreement upon giving is the intention of the donor is to be recognized but not required in the distribution. What the Conservative Transparency tracking shows is that NCF giving in large part goes to political organizations like Acton Institute, Heritage Foundation, and a variety of organizations, many being Libertarian like Acton instead of conservative Christian organizations or ministries. NCF helps coordinate giving for the Frankfurt School / Marxist-inspired Civilitas Group in which Tim Keller and Rick Warren serve as Board Members.
Several left-wing exposés have been done of NCF, one by Mother Jones and another, ironically, by an LGBT activist group Two Care Center Against Religious Extremism. These researched articles show NFC again funding more politically focused organizations than ministries. (Acton is not on the LGBT investigation list perhaps by design.) AGAIN many of these organizations share the Libertarian views of Acton and are NOT Biblical, conservative groups. According to these reports, a great deal of the funding moves back and forth from NCF State Chapters and the national offices of NCF and lands back in the hands of local State Policy Institutes which are sister organizations of Acton.
A major common thread is the political Libertarian ideology and shared goals of encouraging Faith Based Partnership participation and engagement in the “Gospel of Generosity” and “philanthropic giving movement” touted by Tim Keller and other TGC partners as one of the arenas needing cultural redemption. A similar organization with shared influence from NCF founders admit to their inspiration from Charles Sheldon’s novel “In His Steps“ and it’s Social Justice mantra. Admission that the concept needed a Theology to maintain it begs the classic question which came first… the theology or the ideology that it supports? As with Acton and Rev. Sirico the answer is clear. To sell the ideology, the two must be presented as one. Is this an honest approach for objective Biblical teaching for fundraising?
A local NCF chapter in the Midwest has as its head a pastor who (according to his ordaining denomination, The Assemblies of God) has an “unusual ministry” as he pastors a church with five different addresses, one of which is an empty lot and no congregation or regular weekly service. This pastor was brought to our region to speak at a pastoral conference last year about Faith-Based Partnerships AND Philanthropy / NFC giving. Again he has no certain address, often no weekly service, and from social media indicators – little or no congregation. Who is vetting these people?
Who Cares? You Should!
Should the church be concerned that conservative denominations like the Southern Baptist Convention and the PCA have shared Public Relations/Editing and message coordination (Joe Carter) with Acton Institute? Should conservative Christians not be made aware that our public policy spokesmen like Russell Moore of the ERLC and influential movements like The Gospel Coalition have these strong ties to Acton? Is this influence of a Libertarian /Catholic political policy organization founded by a priest, Father Robert Sirico, who has a long undisclosed history of LGBTQ radical activism, a concern for evangelicals? It still causes concern among informed conservative Catholics!
Since 2012 a marked departure from classic Evangelical conservative stance has taken place and Russell Moore, Tim Keller and others have been peddling the new, more civil, culturally relevant tone on social issues. Given that their partners, like Acton and Sirico, all share the goals of harnessing Christian giving while promoting a Social Gospel and Faith Based Partnerships (FBP) it is fair to ask, “WHY?”
Marvin Olasky, crowned the father of the Bush FBP agenda, later heavily funded and loaded with LGBTQ activism in the Obama years, provides conservative Christians with unquestioned news “from a Christian world view” in World Magazine. Perhaps he should answer for his Fellowship with Acton Institute and Father Sirico knowing the LGBTQ infiltration of these circles and the programs he (Olasky) promotes.
Would Albert Mohler, the highly regarded head of Southern Seminary and SBC/TGC evangelical leader clarify exactly what part of Richard Florida and HRC’s pro gay urban planning he believes is so vital for the church that he endorses it along with other strategies of the homosexual agenda. There is little else in the Florida rhetoric except a heavy dose of Cultural Marxism. So what is the Appeal and what part of the ideology are we as the church to follow if NOT its push for LGBTQ “inclusion”?
Tim Keller, please tell us what is Biblical about the Marxist Frankfurt School or the socialist Vienna Circle under whose influence you have fallen? How far does “human flourishing, redeeming culture, and thriving cities” go in the churches before the Gospel is lost in the process of promoting human wisdom and compromise for the common good?
If possible it would help all conservative believers if any or all of you would step up and explain to those struggling to raise families, be faithful (even if not “relevant”) in their faith in and to the culture and the workplace in the MOST CHALLENGING TIMES Christians have ever faced in our nation. The doublespeak which would appear scripted by Acton Institute IS NOT HELPING!
Why Action, Sirico, Carter? Why Faith Based Tax Funds?
Why would you knowingly or ignorantly partner to offer this pagan brew and strange fire on Evangelical altars? Is this an Evangelical Deep State – operating behind the scenes? Please simply respond to the “Christian on the street” whose churches and families and futures your influence directly impacts! Those who mislead the Church ought to heed the warning of James while there is yet time to repent. ”My brethren, be not many teachers, knowing that we shall receive the severer judgement” James 3:1. Voices asking for accountability may seem faint and obscure while drowned out by the massive load of finely tuned and edited Rhetoric of Acton evangelical affiliates like ERLC/TGC… BUT given time and the fact that God’s flock have a better handle on Biblical truth than some suppose, those voices may not seem so faint for very long.
Birmingham, Alabama has a very long and legendary history in the struggle for racial equality. The Jim Crow Laws and fire hoses are burned into the collective global mind of two generations. Given the fact that the LGBTQ equality narrative has chosen Civil Rights as its host, it comes as no surprise that vast resources would be focused on our state by national organizations like the Human Rights Campaign. The Birmingham, Alabama Mayor, William Bell, welcomed the national board of HRC to Alabama in July 2015 and toured them through the local Civil Rights museum and historic sites pledging his, and the city’s, full support of the cause of LGBTQ equality.
On September 26, 2017, the mayor began to make good on that promise.
The City of Birmingham has now passed a Nondiscrimination Ordinance “to prohibit discrimination on the basis of a person’s real or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or familial status; provide for a Human Rights Commission to act in an advisory role to the Mayor and the Council on matters related to eliminating discriminatory practices within the City; and provide for enforcement, and the hearing of all interested parties.”
After two weeks before the Council, the ordinance passed, adding LGBTQ sexual orientation, gender identity/ uncertainty/ fluidity (real or perceived) to the local laws of the city, establishing a Human Rights Commission of 11 panel members to serve as advisers to the Mayor and Council, and furthering “ongoing conversation” “toward future needs” of the “sexual underclass” citizens.
According to the representatives of Human Rights Campaign, Equality Alabama and the assortment of LGBTQ pride and activists groups who helped draft and drive the Ordinance, passage of the Equality Act by the City Council has:
“Ensured the safety of its citizens, especially previously unspecified minorities and children who select/identify as LGBTQAI and in particular “the young black or Hispanic gaybees who has no one to stand up for him/her (insert correct pronoun here) before.”
*The economic future of the city has now been secured as Birmingham becomes a leader as the first city in the State to provide such an ordinance. Businesses and corporations are “looking for and waiting for the city to prove their inclusiveness, welcoming, and tolerance as well as intolerance of sexual discrimination” according to the new era of sexual politics. (This ordinance and discussion comes as Amazon dangled a possible addition of 50,000 jobs in the area with a huge ad campaign the day before the ordinance vote.)
*Birmingham is now a cutting edge City on inclusion and opportunity.
Local Version of a National Goal
The Equality Act is the top priority for the ongoing massively funded march for sexual equality. According to HRC, The Equality Act “establishes explicit, permanent protections against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. In addition, it would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federal funding and access to public places.” It would do so by adding LGBTQ, sexual orientation and gender identity to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and every federal antidiscrimination law. (According the HRC, 7 in 10 Americans support The Equality Act when, in fact, few Americans even know about it.)
Real Religious Freedom or Limited Freedom for the Affirming and Compliant?
What was not discussed about the Birmingham Ordinance was the section (e) Exception (exemption) clause that allows said exceptions to “Religious corporations, associations, or societies that employ an individual of a particular religion to perform work CONNECTED WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES BY THE CORPORATION, ASSOCIATION, OR SOCIETY.” This would perhaps, for the moment, protect churches and ministries in the hiring of Pastoral staff but extends NO protections to other positions of employment. The issue of ACCESS is also central to the ordinance and offers no protections to churches or religious groups to deny hosting an LGBTQ wedding or event. HRC and other pro LGBTQ groups have a long history of fighting ANY and ALL religious exemptions and exceptions as “license to discriminate.” In this ordinance, the language for the exception is VERY limited and opens the pathway to gaining future ground in forcing LGBTQ goals on religious groups with the backing of the city, city attorney, and under the shadow of both criminal and civil court action.
The Opposition Speaks?
Birmingham churches and religious groups who have not jumped the shark to affirm homosexuality were all but missing in action. ONE articulate African American pastor stood in line to offer reasoned opposition to the Ordinance. His points were well made but ignored. Pointing to the Civil Rights struggles in Birmingham’s history, he shamed the Council members for “allowing their history to have sexual and political agendas piggyback onto it and for being blackmailed by threats of being targeted by sexual activist groups come election time.” The pastor also made the point that “Sodom and the cities of the plain in Genesis 19 had allowed sexual minorities into the power structures of their civilization and that had not ended well.”
What IS Being Lost?
We are indeed in a new era as we allow for religious freedom and those who have “deeply held religious convictions” regarding family, sexuality, marriage, gender to be forced by laws at the local level, and in time federally, to be charged, convicted, fined and sued for living by those convictions in the workplace, the public square and EVEN in their own HOUSES OF WORSHIP. The greater irony that few in the LGBTQ advocacy camp pause to realize – as they celebrate these hard fought victories – is that once religious freedom is limited, narrowed, controlled and denied for some, Religious Freedom – a Core Value of the individual freedoms – is LOST for EVERYONE.
Behind the evening’s celebrations at a local venue there stood a silent reality ignored by the enthusiastic well-paid activists of HRC and Equality Alabama and other local LGBTQ groups – their hard work and efforts are paying off, but not the way they think or are celebrating. As Human Rights are redefined, personal liberties narrowed and denied, persecution and discrimination not stopped but reversed into the mainstream, and even the biological and health realities of gender and sexuality displaced by policy and politics, their own realities are changing without notice. Suddenly what it means to be human and what it means to be free is no longer fixed by a Bill of Rights recognized as endowed by their (our) Creator, but have fallen victim to their own emotional rhetoric and the hidden agendas of the money behind these movements. These young activists and their zeal for sexual liberation and celebrations to “live as their true selves” are being USED and, in the process, Freedom – theirs and ours – is quickly evaporating.
Rosaria Champagne Butterfield is a former lesbian who was a tenured professor at Syracuse University where her primary areas of study were “Freud, Marx, Darwin,” “Critical Theory” and “Queer Theory.” In October of 2014, Rosaria Butterfield made her debut at the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission National Conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage.” At this strange event to which homosexual activist organizations were invited, Rosaria Butterfield was introduced by Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and interviewed by Russell Moore, President of the ERLC. Dr. Mohler is a Founding Fellow of the Research Institute of the ERLC.
The alleged purpose of the ERLC is to protect religious liberty, however, the organization is also an NGO of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Membership in this powerful globalist body requires not only agreement with, but also promotion of, the goals of the U.N., which include abortion and LGBT rights worldwide. Non-Governmental Organizations of the U.N. profess to advocate for causes like human rights, religious freedom and responsible government, however, the reality is that they execute political and corporate agendas by proxy.
So we are not surprised that the ERLC would feature speakers who advocate for gays and lesbians in the Church, on the pretext that these gays and lesbians embrace celibacy. Knowing how well celibacy has worked in the Catholic Church, the ERLC also featured an Oxford educated gay celibate priest in the Church of England. The Church of England also has consultative NGO status at the United Nations through the Anglican Communion.
The previous year in the UK, in July 2013, Parliament passed legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales. On July 17 the Queen granted Royal Assent to the Bill which became The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. The legislation was enacted on March 13, 2014, and the first same-sex marriages took place on March 29, 2014.
Following The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act of 2013, the House of Bishops of the Church of England published the Pillings Report on meetings held by a Working Group on Human Sexuality since July 2011. The purpose of the Pillings Report was to sway the Anglican Bishops to sanction gay and lesbian marriages in the churches, since the Queen who is the Head of the Church of England gave Royal Assent and Parliament was hotly debating the legislation. In the Bishops’ Working Group, the process of dialoguing to consensus seemed to be stalled on the thorny problem of what the Scriptures on homosexuality mean and if Scripture was the final word on human sexuality.
“It is worth, at this stage, setting out the nub of the disagreement – the sticking point, as we understand it, which has prevented us from coming closer as a result of our deliberations. It turns, as has the Church’s ongoing disagreement on questions of sexuality, on the meaning and authority of Scripture.” (p. 15)
The Pillings Report concluded that, although many verses and passages in Scripture condemn homosexuality, they only applied to the period of time in which they were written. “Inclusive Evangelicals” argued that the “faithful same-sex relationships” of contemporary culture are different than the sodomy God declared to be reprobate in their cultural context and therefore should not be condemned by the Church today:
“‘Including Evangelicals’… IEs, with others, have come to believe that there is place for faithful same sex relationships in the Church…. Careful study and conversation persuades them there are fresh exegetical challenges to long-held convictions about what Scripture teaches. This is undoubtedly influenced by the greater openness to same sex relationships in society as a whole and thus to the reality of lives most personally shaped by it…
“Debates on same sex relationships focus all too quickly on ‘The Texts’ – those six or seven passages in the Bible that actually speak of homosexuality or homosexual activity. IEs, along with other ‘revisionists’, are frequently asked to supply texts that support their view that Scripture supports same sex relationships. They cannot do so because there are none. But the lack of explicit biblical teaching on significant social and ethical issues is not the same as claiming there are no scriptural grounds to support a particular viewpoint…
“Christian history warns of the hazards of using texts alone to establish the biblical teaching on any issue… In more recent debate there has been a move away from a focus on individual texts towards a concern to read them in the context of the wider biblical narrative…
“Genesis 18–19 – The sin of Sodom. IEs question whether this notorious story has anything directly to say about faithful same sex relationships. However, its actual concern is very relevant to, and all too often ignored, in this debate. This concerns the covenant obligation to honour the stranger in the midst. What happens in Sodom is in direct contrast to what happened earlier at Abraham’s tent. That hospitality, not homosexuality, is the issue here is made clear by Lot’s protest to those who come demanding access to his guests. He does not say – ‘do not do this because homosexuality is wrong’, but ‘do not do this because they have come under my roof’ (19.8). In Ezekiel 16 the sin of Sodom is ‘pride’ and inhospitality. The message is clear. Hospitality offered leads to blessing. Hospitality rejected leads to destruction…
“Those few texts that have traditionally been presumed to establish a clear biblical ‘mind’ on this subject need more careful interpretation within the actual concerns of their own cultural context. When this is done their relevance to the contemporary debate is significantly called into question. IEs believe that in this area of human living and relating we have not read or taught Scripture well.
“Is this that? IEs are not persuaded that those Scriptures that make reference to homosexual activity are describing contemporary expressions of faithful same sex relationships. Indeed the comparison can be deeply offensive. It is questionable whether the contemporary expression of faithful same sex relationships is known in the Bible at all.”
The purpose of this two year dialectic (2011-2013) was to gradually move Anglican congregants who held to the Scriptures, or traditional morals, closer to affirming what the Crown had declared to be legal. And so the “celibate” homosexual priest, Sam Allberry, was brought out of the closet to elicit sympathy for gay people who felt marginalized by the Church of England. Using the Church of England’s strategy in the United States, religious leaders such as Albert Mohler and Russell Moore have promoted gay priest, Sam Allberry, and former lesbian, Rosaria Butterfield, to project guilt on Christians for excluding gays and lesbians from membership in the church. Meanwhile, in June of 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.
A dialectical war is being waged against Christians and Christian churches to draw them away from the Word of God to a new so-called “conservative view,” that is, to welcome “gay celibate Christians” and eventually “gay Christians” into Church membership. The dialectical process is a direct assault on the Word of God intended to gradually move the Church away from it through protracted conflict in order to wear down the resolve and steadfastness of the Saints until consensus is reached.
In Stage 1, the Word of God is ruthlessly attacked by outside forces demanding that it be interpreted to conform to the secular culture, leading seeker-friendly and doctrinally unstable churches to negotiate a compromise on the issue of homosexuality. Adherents representing both sides—Thesis and Antithesis—debate until a Synthesis of both sides of the issue is agreed upon. At the end of Stage 1, the Word of God is compromised.
Thesis (Word of God) + Antithesis (Same-Sex Marriage) = Synthesis (Gay Celibate “Christians” in Church)
However, allowing “celibate gay Christians,” also referred to as “same-sex attracted” or SSA Christians, to join Christian churches is merely a ploy to open the church doors to “non-celibate” homosexuals. It has already happened in one major church that, after gay celibate Christians were allowed into the membership, it was found they could not or chose not to remain celibate. So the pastor dropped the condition of celibacy for “Gay Christians” to be received into the membership of the church. Thus the compromise (Synthesis) replaces the Thesis (Word of God), leading to yet another compromise—a new consensus or Synthesis.
Eventually, non-celibate homosexuals will be married in that church, if they aren’t already. Thus, the Synthesis again becomes the new Thesis and the dialectic is carried forward until the Antithesis becomes the Synthesis, which is the predetermined outcome of the dialectical process for all Christian churches.
Thesis (Gay Non-Celibate “Christians” in Church) + Antithesis (Same-Sex Marriage) = Synthesis (Same-Sex Marriage in Church)
It is already happening that an organization promoted by The Gospel Coalition is advocating for sexually active LGBTs to be welcomed into Christian churches. And this will not be the end of the sexual revolution in the Church. Emboldened by their success in legitimizing “gay Christians,” liberals are clamoring for the Christian Church to affirm yet “another relational orientation: polyamory.” “Polyamory” is a euphemism for adultery and even polygamy.
“But quietly, there are the thousands of faithful Christians who practice polyamory — living lives of giftedness, dignity, and worth, but receiving next-to-no spiritual support. This raises an important question. Where are the serious public conversations about this? Why aren’t most LGBTQ-affirming churches being equally vocal about their affirmation of polyamorous people?”
To launch this dialectical process in the U.S., the Church of England’s key dialectic partner, a homosexual priest, was invited to America, to the ERLC National Convention to promote the “new conservative” position on homosexuality in the Church, along with a former lesbian whose academic expertise was Cultural Marxism: Freud, Marx, Darwin, Critical Theory and Queer Theory. Typically, facilitators of the “gay Christian” dialectic have advanced degrees from liberal universities which are training centers for Cultural Marxists.
German philosopher Georg Hegel (1770-1831) hypothesized that history unfolds through dialectical processes of thesis, antithesis, synthesis. Karl Marx (1818-1883) adapted Hegel’s dialectical philosophy to the Communist Manifesto of agitating the masses toward world revolution. But alas for Marx and his successors the proletariat did not revolt against the bourgeoisie as planned when they witnessed the brutality and carnage of Communism; therefore a different strategy was needed to overthrow Western Civilization. In 1923, the Communist International funded a group of Jewish intellectuals to set up the Institute of Social Science at Frankfurt am Main—where also the Jewish banking family, the House of Rothschild, had long been established.
“The early beginnings of the Frankfurt School emphasised the reformulation of Marxism. The Marxist proletariat revolution was not going according to plan, as signified by World War I (the working classes, rather than aligning with their class, gave preference to their nations and fought each other), and by the socialist regimes under Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin in Russia spawned by the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. Marxist intellectuals gathered in the Weimar Republic to discuss why the revolution had not taken place in Europe, and returned to the drawing board to perform a ‘searching reexamination of the very foundations of Marxist theory with the dual hope of explaining past errors and preparing for future action.’ The Frankfurt School was explicitly created to do this research and planning ‘to become a major force in the revitalization of Western European Marxism in the postwar years.’
“As they reworked Marxist theories they developed a new strain of Marxism that gave priority to the radical transformation of the cultural superstructure (foundations) of Western civilization. They perceived Christianity and Western cultural traditions as obstacles to the revolution, which needed to be severed at their roots. This Marxist ideology came to be called cultural Marxism, a non-violent but revolutionary collectivist ideology that seeks the gradual gain of power via the modification of laws, institutions, and social organisations.
“Other than [Karl Korsch (1886-1961)], there were three European Marxist theorists who had a significant impact on Frankfurt School cultural Marxism: in the initial founding stages, Georg Lukács (1885-1971), and in the later stages, Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) and Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979), whose writings were particularly influential in the 1960s, especially on the British-created Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, or the Birmingham School (1964) and the counter-culture movement and the New Left.
“While he was Deputy Commissar Lukács sought to destroy society along with the traditional values of the West, writing: ‘I saw the revolutionary destruction of society as the one and only solution,’ and:’ ‘A worldwide overturning of values cannot take place without the annihilation of the old values and the creation of new ones by the revolutionaries.’ His methods became known as cultural terrorism. One of these methods to undermine traditional Western culture was the introduction of a radical sex education program; ‘special lectures and supportive literature were developed to instruct Hungarian children’ about free love and sexual intercourse, to repudiate middle class family codes of monogamy, and ‘to deride and ignore the authority of parental authority, and precepts of traditional morality.’ In addition, the promiscuity and rebellion of women against patriarchy was promoted.
“Lukács participated in the 1922 Marxist work week in Thuringia, and thus helped found the Frankfurt School. In 1923 he published History and Class Consciousness, the same year that Korsch published his Marxism and Philosophy. Lukács argued that the Christian cultural institutions of the West were oppressive, intolerant, and had ‘blinded’ people ‘to their true class interests’ (Bill Lind, The Origins of Political Correctness). He wanted to destroy the cultural institutions of the West so that power would ‘fall into their laps like ripened fruit’ and the Communist state could be created.15
“Lukács also influenced the Frankfurt School development of Critical Theory.”
Thus, the founding Marxists of the Frankfurt Institute set out to destroy the traditional values of Western civilization by declaring war on the family: “…the introduction of a radical sex education program; ‘special lectures and supportive literature were developed to instruct Hungarian children’ about free love and sexual intercourse, to repudiate middle class family codes of monogamy, and ‘to deride and ignore the authority of parental authority, and precepts of traditional morality.’ In addition, the promiscuity and rebellion of women against patriarchy was promoted.” In Hungary, however, Georg Lukacs’ sexual revolution was aborted by Roman Catholics whose “bishops asked the community not to follow the world. Not to cooperate with the communists.” (Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea)
“Lukacs was well-suited to the Comintern task: he had been one of the Commissars of Culture during the short-lived Hungarian Soviet in Budapest in 1919; in fact, modern historians link the shortness of the Budapest experiment to Lukacs’ orders mandating sex education in the schools, easy access to contraception, and the loosening of divorce laws—all of which revulsed Hungary’s Roman Catholic population.” (The Frankfurt School: Bolshevik Intelligentsia)
“In 1918, a man named György Lukács became the minister of culture in the short-lived Communist government of Béla Kun in Hungary. Being of the opinion that Marxist theory could only be implemented where the family unit and sexual morals were broken down, Lukács implemented a bold program of social reform that mandated sex education in schools. The Hungarian people were horrified by this outrage, as well as other aspects of the Kun regime, and this Marxist government of Hungary lasted only about 180 days. Sadly, 1949 would bring a much longer lasting Communist regime…” (Cultural Marxism Versus The Church)
In 1933, the Frankfurt Marxist Jews fled Nazi Germany and were welcomed by the U.S. There they set up shop at Columbia University and proceeded to apply their “critical theory” to American culture.
“The Frankfurt School, also known as the Institute of Social Research (Institut für Sozialforschung), is a social and political philosophical movement of thought located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is the original source of what is known as Critical Theory. The Institute was founded, thanks to a donation by Felix Weil in 1923, with the aim of developing Marxist studies in Germany. The Institute eventually generated a specific school of thought after 1933 when the Nazis forced it to close and move to the United States, where it found hospitality at Columbia University, New York.
“The academic influence of the ‘critical’ method is far reaching in terms of educational institutions in which such tradition is taught and in terms of the problems it addresses. Some of its core issues involve the critique of modernities and of capitalist society, the definition of social emancipation and the perceived pathologies of society. Critical theory provides a specific interpretation of Marxist philosophy and reinterprets some of its central economic and political notions such as commodification, reification, fetishization and critique of mass culture…”
Fast forward to 2017 in the United States of America:
“Perhaps you’ve wondered why so many college professors are so left-wing. In your freshman year, you might have noted with dread—as I did—some of your fellow students ‘going with the flow’ and molding their beliefs to fit in. Perhaps one of them was you, before you grew up and snapped out of it! The Frankfurt School is the answer to why so many universities are Social Justice Warrior factories.
The origins of the Frankfurt School
“They found themselves unwelcome in Germany during the 1930s, and one of the two reasons was that all of them were Communists. They moved to the USA, settling down in Columbia University. How did they repay the country that gave them refuge? By subverting it, of course. If all this sounds like McCarthyist alarmism, note that the Communists themselves claim them.
“Because the proletariat just wasn’t interested in revolution, they rebranded Communism, taking out the elements of class struggle, and adding contributions from Freudian theory. This was a mistake; Communism emphasized hard work and heroism; that much is respectable even if the rest of the ideology is badly flawed…”
Marx and Engels also mocked homosexuality; Stalin and Castro criminalized sodomy. Today, however, Mariela Castro, the daughter of Raul Castro and a member of Parliament, is leading the LGBT movement which is supported by the Cuban government.
“They had two strategies: ensconcing themselves into academia, and the criticism of society (hence ‘critical theory’). Ultimately, this meant ideological subversion and basically badgering society to death. (It seems incredible that they did so much without picking up a single rifle.) They stressed moral relativism and the ‘question everything’ atmosphere that became the 1960s counterculture zeitgeist. A few of their books, such as Eros and Civilization by Herbert Marcuse and The Authoritarian Personality by Theodor Adorno, have become classics in academia.
“Many of their students graduated and became professors elsewhere, just in time for the 1960s. Young people are at the most impressionable time of their lives, so indoctrinating college students was a very effective strategy. It’s little wonder that campuses became hotbeds of student activism! College draft deferments surely helped them reach more students sympathetic to their message.
“Further, the ideological seeds of the Frankfurt School—along with the Communist Party USA—fell onto fertile ground. There were several groups that they—cultural Marxists and garden variety Communists—infiltrated and subverted, for instance:
“There was already a feminist movement, mostly moderate and mostly simply about equal rights (a goal which was nearly complete by then). Under leftist influence, second wave feminism began, which was anything but moderate and effectively about deconstructing society.
“There was already a beatnik counterculture. With a little encouragement, this became a much larger youth counterculture, the hippies. Having a significant toehold in academia put the Critical Theory folks in a very good position to influence the young Baby Boomers.
“There was already a civil rights movement, which the Communists had put a lot of effort into influencing. This included figures such as W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Robeson, Stanley Levison (MLK’s top advisor), and Frank Marshall Davis (called ‘Pops’ in Obama’s autobiography).
“The gay movement was heavily influenced in the beginning by the Mattachine Society, founded by Harry Hay, of which most members were Communists.”
The Cultural Marxists were also ensconced in the churches, notably the United Methodist Church which was on the vanguard of promoting Gay Liberation. Their publication, motive Magazine, was circulated from 1941 to 1972. It was pro Gay and pro-Communist. The final issue of motive looks and sounds every bit like publications of the LGBTQ today.
“motive (always spelled with a lowercase “m”) was the official magazine for the Methodist Student Movement from its founding in 1941 and, for a few years at the end of its life, for the entire University Christian Movement (UCM). Much celebrated even at the time for its avant garde editorial and artistic vision, in 1966 Time magazine said it stood out among church publications “like a miniskirt at a church social.” It was the single runner-up to Life as Magazine of the Year in 1965. Ultimately, its strong stands on civil rights, Vietnam, and emerging gender issues became more than the Methodist Church officials could take. The magazine ceased publication in 1972. Even so, an entire generation of religious activists were shaped by its vision.”
That generation of activists included Hillary Rodham Clinton who now aspires to become a Methodist minister.
“A new Washington Post story about Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State describes her as “a wonky Methodist who believes she is supposed to make good things happen.” Clinton has in the past credited motive magazine as an important formative influence.”
Returning to “How The Cultural Marxists Of The Frankfurt School Subverted American Education”…
“Earlier I had assumed that the Frankfurt School was an independent movement, with no particular encouragement or guidance from the USSR. Actually, it’s a little more complicated than that. Franz Leopold Neumann, identified by the Venona decrypts as a Soviet spy, was in contact with leading figures Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, and also the spy Hede Massing, the wife of Paul Massing (another Frankfurt school figure). Later, he became a professor at Columbia University…
“…KGB defector, Yuri Bezmenov noted that only 15% of the KGB’s efforts were spying; the other 85% went into ideological subversion; this is what he was assigned to do in India, until he got disgusted with it and escaped. He explained,
“‘It’s a great brainwashing process, which goes very slow[ly] and is divided [into] four basic stages. The first one [is] demoralization; it takes from 15-20 years to demoralize a nation. Why that many years? Because this is the minimum number of years which [is required] to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy, exposed to the ideology of the enemy. In other words, Marxist-Leninist ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least three generations of American students, without being challenged, or counter-balanced by the basic values of Americanism (American patriotism).
“The result? The result you can see. Most of the people who graduated in the sixties (drop-outs or half-baked intellectuals) are now occupying the positions of power in the government, civil service, business, mass media, [and the] educational system. You are stuck with them. You cannot get rid of them. They are contaminated; they are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern. You cannot change their mind[s], even if you expose them to authentic information, even if you prove that white is white and black is black, you still cannot change the basic perception and the logic of behavior. In other words, these people… the process of demoralization is complete and irreversible. To [rid] society of these people, you need another twenty or fifteen years to educate a new generation of patriotically-minded and common sense people, who would be acting in favor and in the interests of United States society.’
“Even though the Soviet Union fell apart twenty five years ago, the memes they launched are still out there. Many of the students the Frankfurt School taught became teachers and professors, who taught another batch of teachers and professors, and they’re now indoctrinating our youth. Some others became ensconced in the media or in government positions. This is what Italian Communist theoretician Antonio Gramsci called ‘the long march through the institutions.’ Only a fraction identifies with Communism, but they still practice the party line even if few are aware of where their views originated.
The Cultural Marxists’ “long march through the institutions” has encountered little opposition as it marches through the Christian Church—which the Italian Communist, Antonio Gramsci, recognized was the foundation of Western Civilization and the foremost obstacle to Marxist revolution.
“Gramsci’s signal contribution was to liberate the Marxist project from the prison of economic dogma, thereby dramatically enhancing its ability to subvert Christian society… The civilized world, Gramsci deduced, had been thoroughly saturated with Christianity for 2,000 years and Christianity remains the dominant philosophical and moral system in Europe and North America. Practically speaking, civilization and Christianity were inextricably bound together. Christianity had become so thoroughly integrated into the daily lives of nearly everyone, including non-Christians living in Christian lands, it was so pervasive, that it formed an almost impenetrable barrier to the new, revolutionary civilization Marxists wish to create. Attempting to batter down that barrier proved unproductive, since it only generated powerful counter-revolutionary forces, consolidating them and making them potentially deadly. Therefore, in place of the frontal attack, how much more advantageous and less hazardous it would be to attack the enemy’s society subtly, with the aim of transforming the society’s collective mind gradually, over a period of a few generations, from its former Christian worldview into one more harmonious to Marxism.” (Gramsci’s Grand Plan)
Reformed Pastor Bret McAtee has written many short but informative articles exposing the ideology of Marxism/Cultural Marxism and its subversion of the Christian Church and Western culture. In the following essay, which is posted with permission, Pastor McAtee identifies the main tactics employed by cultural Marxists to subvert Christianity.
“The small and powerless minorities which struggle against the false consciousness and its beneficiaries must be helped. Their continued existence is more important than the preservation of abused rights and liberties which grant constitutional power to those who oppress these minorities.” Herbert Marcuse, The Frankfurt School
“This ‘false consciousness,’ which one of the truly great Cultural Marxists railed against was the consciousness which has been shaped and formed by thousands of years of Christianity upon the West. It was this ‘false consciousness’ that Marcuse and his cohorts at the Frankfurt School desired to overthrow and so the oppressed must be protected from this ‘false consciousness’ even if it meant denying the proper protection of law to those who were designed as the ‘oppressors.’ In this quote Marcuse is styling his worldview and beliefs as the true consciousness vis-a-vis the false consciousness that he and his ideological soul mates were waging civilizational war against.
“This false consciousness would be overthrown by use of the tool-kit developed by the Cultural Marxists. These tools came to be known as,
“In Cultural Marxism via the work of critical theory, every aspect of a person’s identity is to be questioned, be it gender, sexual orientation, family, race, culture, religion, in order to benefit supposedly oppressed groups. By deconstructing heretofore stable and unchanging identity social categories (part of the false consciousness problem) those who were part of moral, ethnic, racial, and religious minority groups could pull down and destroy the whole idea of norms that arise in cultures that are comprised of distinct majorities.
“The underlying and enduring aspect of critical theory common to all its multitudinous expressions is the creation and application of interdisciplinary theories growing out of a worldview dedicated to overturning the false consciousness of traditional Christian thought and social order and so serving as an instrument of social transformation. Critical theory comes in all shapes, sizes, and expressions but the one thing it has in common is criticizing any residual influence of Christianity that remains on any and all of our Western institutions and disciplines. It typically expresses itself as the voice of the oppressed and the aggrieved and in doing so seeks to employ ‘social justice’ and ‘fairness’ as the sting within the theory. However, in order to do so Critical theory must invert and redefine almost all realities in order to be able to secure the superior position of the oppressed.
The New Proletariat
“The Cultural Marxists empirically observed that Marxism, in its classical expression, failed when it posited that there was automatic friction between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. Because of this observation, the Cultural Marxists understood that if the West was going to be a cake turned then what was required was the creation of both a new model and a new proletariat that would serve the purpose of providing the necessary friction and manpower in order to achieve Marxist transformation.
“The Cultural Marxists finally conceived of both new model and new proletariat when it changed the old class model of have vs. have not to the new model of oppressor vs. oppressed. The oppressed was thus to the agenda of Cultural Marxism what the working class proletariat was to the agenda of Classical Marxism. Just as in Classical Marxism there remained the sense of grievance in this new proletariat but instead of the grievance being based on an economic pivot Cultural Marxism chose the pivot of the unprivileged oppressed outcast as the tool by which to achieve social transformation in a Marxist direction. Having chosen that pivot it then worked to propagandize a large number of groups that they were both oppressed and that their identity as humans should be tied up with their oppression.
“Concretely speaking, the new Cultural Marxist proletariat — those who would do the yeoman work of the cultural Marxist march through the Institutions — would be comprised of all who would believe the critical theory propaganda that they were underprivileged and oppressed. Those successfully propagandized and recruited were feminists, ethnic minorities, and the sexually deviant. These were the new proletariat oppressed and they would fight against the new bourgeoisie who were cast as the oppressors. The new bourgeoisie were cast as Christian patriarchy, Heterosexual Married, the white majority (especially white males), people who insist that gender is binary (CIS-gender), and most emphatically Christians who rejected this Cultural Marxist social construct template. Ironically the new social construct that the cultural Marxist created used as one of its chief tools for social transformation the idea that previous normativity itself was merely social construct. In the cultural Marxist world, the oppressors were successful as oppressors because they had managed to force their social constructs on the oppressed. The work of the critical theory was to expose these putative social constructs for what they were.
“In order of this to happen then, the previous normativity must be shamed and countered by the recruitment and so rise of a new normativity. For example, heterosexual marriage must be challenged by other forms of sexuality as mainstreamed into the social order. For example, since whites are oppressor then new slogans like ‘diversity is our strength,’ as combined with immigration policies which will decrease the overall percentage total of whites must be pursued. For example, if patriarchy is oppressive then matriarchy and anarchy is the solution. For example, if CIS-gender is merely a dominant social construct then transgenderism must be injected into the blood stream of the West. For example if Christianity is oppressive then a two pronged approach must be employed. First, Christianity must be emptied of its previous content and filled with the ideology of Cultural Marxism as its new content and second, those Christians who refuse to be re-programmed must be marginalized and diluted by bringing in teeming numbers of Muslim immigrants.
“The ground for all this was set by Theodore Adorno’s book ‘The Authoritarian Personality,’ wherein Adorno patholigizes what had always been considered normative. By the time Adorno is finished patriarchy, patriotism, familialism, and the Christian faith are all given the bum’s rush and characterized as signs of sickness. Of course the consequence of this, if taken seriously, is a social order that is rootless, international, alienated, and godless. These are the very characteristics which are descriptive of the West as a result of the canker that is cultural Marxism.
“The ground being set, the Cultural Marxist advance is made by use of the technique of shaming. Shaming occurs when labels are affixed to people for perfectly normal behavior. For example, if one is white and desirous of living in a homogeneous neighborhood or attend a homogeneous church one is shamed with catcalls of ‘racist,’ or ‘Islamaphobe,’ or ‘homophobe,’ or ‘Un-Christian.’ However when large influxes of differing people groups are relocated into Western cities (Lewiston, Maine comes to mind) with the natural result that these groups create their own sub-culture where homogeneity is characteristic this is called the benefit of multiculturalism. Shaming is saved for the majority White Christian. Normativity is reserved for the alien and the stranger.
“A further tool for the advance of Cultural Marxism is the tool of Political correctness. Political correctness has many expressions but we will consider its use as a tool of thought control by way of linguistic manipulation. Political correctness controls thought by creating taboos in speech usage as enforced via social stigmatization. Words that cannot be said become words that will not be thought. This thought control is ubiquitous on American campuses today as riots ensue when certain speech is to be expressed. The recent riots on University campuses against Charles Murray and before him Milo Yiannopoulos provide proof.
“This thought control is also achieved by seeking to control the language by scandalizing language that does not serve the purposes of the Cultural Marxist. Examples of this abound. Most recently the phrase ‘anchor baby’ created a firestorm. The Cultural Marxists insisted that this was a pejorative. However, it is only a pejorative if you assume their worldview. By insisting that this phrase dare not be uttered the Cultural Marxists were advancing their agenda and their worldview. Instead they began to insist that the phrased, ‘citizen children of unauthorized immigrants’ be used in its place. But of course, the very issue up for debate is whether such children should be citizens. By using their language they win the debate. Another example is ‘illegal immigrant.’ Despite the fact that those immigrants which are here illegally are indeed, by definition, ‘illegal immigrants,’ the Cultural Marxists demand that these people be referred to as ‘undocumented workers.’ Such language advances their worldview and agenda. Control the language, control the thinking. Control the language and the thinking control the outcome. One more example will suffice. What we today call ‘affirmative action,’ is the triumph of political correctness. ‘Affirmative action,’ is in reality ethnic discrimination but many can’t see that because of the thought control achieved by our cultural mind masters.
“In the end Cultural Marxism as an ideology has as a goal the elimination of all stigmatization except the stigmatization of those who believe that stigmatism has a proper and necessary role in any social order. In the Cultural Marxist world oppressed and oppressor categories will eliminated with the consequence that stigma will be ended. The pedophile and tranny will be just as normal as the heterosexual and the Christian. In reality what will happen is that God’s normal will be stigmatized and maybe even criminalized.”
These summaries of the history, agenda and tactics of Cultural Marxism are presented as an introduction to the following expose of the agents and strategies that Cultural Marxists within the Christian community are employing to subvert Christianity. The cultural Marxists who are invading the Church are not the strident Social Justice Warriors of the radical Left, but are a fifth column stealthily infiltrating the Church to destroy it from within. This expose will hopefully equip Christians to identify cultural Marxist infiltrators and recognize their tactics. Already, prominent church leaders, instead of upholding sound doctrine and protecting the Church, are promoting those who teach the Cultural Marxist doctrines of demons and heap criticism on Christians for having the mind of Christ regarding sexual perversion. Meanwhile, these same church leaders meet secretly with gay rights organizations which are demanding that Christian denominations remove homosexuality from their “sin list” and welcome sodomites into their membership.
The hour is late and the need is urgent for Christians to discern the spirits, whether they be of God, and to contend earnestly for the faith that was once delivered to the Saints.
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:3-4
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
Dredging through the social media aftermath of the 2017 SBC annual meetings in Phoenix might seem a thankless task and to some a sad waste of time. However the presence of the much talked about “Alt-Right Resolution” had many wondering why the persistent racial reconciliation issues continue coming to the floor after years of effort to lay the tired horse of racial accusation to rest. One plausible if not highly likely answer is there is more to come. Making the issue of race central to the SBC discussion continues to provide an open door for all things civil rights related. Understanding progressive methodology can avoid two serious missteps in the near future as well as aid in looking down the road at the goals of “modern day reformers” under the Baptist umbrella.
One very curious find from the social media outlets of convention attendees was the Founders Ministries interview with Tom Ascol and Mark Dever of The Gospel Coalition. In this short video at about minute 14 is a discussion of Dever’s early friendship with Dr. Albert Mohler. The information Dever shares is worth considering for a moment in the light of things like the Alt-Right resolution and other misfit progressive rhetoric in Phoenix and from the ERLC / Russell Moore and other TGC members.
In the interview Ascol mentions having boxes of letters from Dever and one in particular about a bright young seminary student who Dever is requesting prayer for. That student was Al Mohler. Dever describes the Mohler he knew at Southern for over a year and a half whose “biography has sort of changed over the years.”
Dever further says something to the effect that:
“Al was inconsistent in his own thinking. He became editor of the Christian Index in Georgia and I was in England, reading those editorials and was surprised how conservative they were. He sort of nailed his colors to the door and those weren’t even his colors three years before. I could see where conservative people at Southern thought he had turn coated and was being trained for a position.”
Dever describes Al as an orthodox evangelical student who was dealing with the liberal influences at Samford in Birmingham and was in a tension, not having a category for what the was hearing at a Baptist University. “He gets to Southern and that is exacerbated.” Then in his doctoral work with Timothy George he is “learning about Augustine and Calvin and that causes even more tension.”
Dever adds “when I met Al he was not an inerrantist. Also he was egalitarian. I don’t think he was comfortable” with the tension. “Al’s liberal friends were right that he changed. They were wrong that he changed for power. He really did change.” Is Dever saying Mohler left his liberal friends dazed and confused as well?
Perhaps not everyone will find this interview as revealing or insightful as some of us who remain baffled by Al Mohler and others like his protégé Russell Moore. For old school conservatives who live with black and white perceptions of reality in the current proverbial wind tunnel of cultural upheaval, Mohler is a mixture at best. He has without doubt one of the broadest platforms in evangelicalism, yet he and Moore and other Southern teammates often sound like a chorus from an out of tune brass section both confusing the listener and hurting the ears. Moore’s ERLC debut was just the primer for this long, often painful symphony and his Democratic political background and non-protestant influences offer some insight into why he gives an uncertain sound. Perhaps this background from friend Mark Dever sheds a bit of light on Al Mohler as well.
You may say that all young men go through this molding / shaping process during seminary and early ministry years. For Mohler the swing has been dramatic and sudden enough to confuse even his close friends at the time. Today some share the mixed emotions of my father in law about Mohler.
“The theologian Mohler I love – but the politician and social commentator Mohler I hate and wish he would just shut up and spare himself and us the public shame of contradicting himself.”
What is more important than confusing his base is the much broader influence Dr. Mohler has on the evangelical world. By being in reputation, a strong conservative in defense of inerrancy and making claims to the historic Baptist message, we find him apologizing to homosexuals on behalf of Baptists and standing firmly behind his man Dr. Moore as the ERLC repeatedly takes a left of center stand on issues like immigration and call for a stand down to the culture wars which Christians are not waging but having waged upon them.
The greater of Dr. Mohler’s show of influence is beyond the SBC with Dever to the larger reformed community through PCAs Tim Keller. All are key players in The Gospel Coalition. Because TGS is reformed it is almost universally assumed that it is also socially conservative. If you still make this assumption perhaps you have not followed the Coalition very closely. Colin Hansen (Young Restless and Reformed ) writes about TGC,
“The vision of the Coalition is to create a movement that by long-term effort could renew and reform evangelical thought and practice, both in the USA and worldwide. The Coalition seeks to motivate pastors and theologians to subscribe to a policy of social activism. The theological vision for ministry urges Christians to become a counterculture for the common good. The ‘doing of justice and mercy’ is an important aspect of the Coalition’s gospel centered ministry. ‘The resurrection of Jesus shows that he is going to redeem both the spiritual and the material. Therefore God is concerned not only for the salvation of souls but also for the relief of poverty, hunger, and injustice. “ YRR page 13
By admission of one of its primary early spokesmen TGC is a progressive global movement promoting Social Justice and the Common Good. This is the classic realm reserved for humanist “Christians” and those adept at Bible twisting who tout Jesus as a non-divine homeless man crying out for the cause of the underserved.
Guilty for Being a Non Minority?
This past week’s PCA annual meeting boasted a Korean moderator whose talk centered around “White Privilege.” The SBC can expect the same issue in the near future given the ongoing push of these resolutions. SBC spokesman Russell Moore gave the Alt-Right, White Supremacy agenda its final push prior to the affirming vote.
Classic Reformed vs Neo Calvinism
There is growing concern in the Presbyterian Church of America’s ranks and the smaller more traditional reformed circles about TGC ,Tim Keller and friends. Keller, the cofounder of the Coalition, and Al Mohler are considered to be the new great thinkers of evangelicalism. Keller is even called the new C.S. Lewis. Keller began his soft shoe dance on homosexuality in 2013 saying “Christians can support gay marriage in the culture – just not in the church” (a dangerously flawed misunderstanding of the realities of redefining marriage ). By 2015 Keller was unable to clearly state that homosexuality is a sin in a Veritas Forum interview. Earlier that year he served to develop a major evangelical compromise with other leaders by promoting the Civilitas Group.
The Civilitas Group Theory of Social Change was developed by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at UVA. This past weeks PCA annual meeting boasted a Korean moderator who talking center around “White Privilege” at UVA. The IASC celebrates its intellectual roots in the Marxist Frankfurt School which influenced TGC co-founder Keller and “like minded” evangelicals to “change the tone in the church on race (like addressing white privilege and supremacy), Islam, homosexuality and incivility in general,” while leaders in TGC are out to reform evangelical thought and practice world-wide. They are on the cutting edge of pushing a left of center social agenda on the rest of church which largely takes them for conservative Biblical leaders with a Gospel driven vision.
According to many traditional reformed leaders outside TGC, Mohler, Keller, Dever, John Macarthur and others are not truly historically reformed but are a hodgepodge of theological diversions, some considered heretical by classically reformed standards, promoting a progressive social gospel wrapped in a new transforming theology. They are highly ecumenical as in the case of partnering with troubled Charismatic Mark Driscoll and the now defrocked PCA embarrassment, Tullian Tchividjian. The full extent of these differences are better addressed at another time by a historically reformed conservative instead of this Baptist evangelist but the fruit or division and case for concern is easily made.
Church Planting or Growing a New Denomination?
In the past evangelicals did live up to our name – we evangelized. Today TGC evangelism is less about planting seeds of the Gospel in human hearts than about planting churches. TGC plants bear the DNA and ideology of their Coalition birth parents – right down to the new Calvinist theology and Communitarian gospel business model templates honed to for success. Emphasis on individual faith and conversion is exchanged for a collectivist identity offering “community” in whatever terms one wishes to define it. Streams of funding for such plants come from a variety of sources outside the movement. Tim Keller is leaving his Redeemer City Church pulpit in July 2017 to focus on planting 1000 plus new churches in global cities by 2025. TGC has Acts 29, 9Marks, involvement from NAMB and IMB leadership and pastors and a cross section of planting organizations and the PCA.
Perhaps one thing is being missed if we take a google earth shot of this situation. Clearly those involved in both the SBC and PCA who are part of the new wave of The Gospel Coalition have placed themselves in a unique position of power and influence to reform both denominations with their ideology wrapped in theology. They are driving much of the conversation and impacting many young /next gen ministers and creating a groundswell of conflicting progressive vs traditional ideologies. With the planting of thousands of new churches bearing their imprint and DNA they have placed themselves in a win-win situation to either take over both denominations or have a ready made quasi-denomination immediately comprised of the church plants already bearing TGCs image. Either way, the significant goal of reforming / transforming the face of evangelicalism is accomplished. Time will tell as these well placed pieces and players continue their efforts.
At the beginning of 2013 the Christian community in America began to be flooded with new terms and players using new words for human sexuality, gender and sexual norms. These new speakers like Sam Allberry, Rosaria Butterfield, and a small herd of others, began making the rounds at conferences and working to ever so gently to move the church toward a new “understanding” of sexual minorities (LGBTQ ) whose “civil rights” were on a fast track into the mainstream. Although in conservative circles the assertion was that conventional Biblical perspectives were being retained and defended, the talking points were being changed and the language and terms were nuanced just in time for the massive redefining of sexual norms and marriage. This new language came from respected heavy hitters in conservative evangelical circles like Albert Mohler and Timothy Keller whose influence on next gen pastors is immeasurable. As their endeavor surfaces several glaring realities come into focus.
The church is being asked to rethink (a favorite progressive term for overhauling the past position) its rhetoric if not its stand on homosexuality and marriage.
The church leadership have constructed a unified approach to accomplish a task, for whom and to what ultimate end is not YET in focus.
The effort has brought to the “Conversation” some interesting players including a gay priest from the UK / Church of England whose ministry Living Out is pushing the “same-sex attracted”/ SSA language, inclusion and understanding, seasoned with a good dose of guilt and shame for the churches’ past failures to understand and distinguish SSA from homosexuality.
Another major player in the conversation is a former lesbian and (as yet) quiet liberal academic whose professional specialty and activist training was in Marxist/Freudian / Darwinian flavored Critical Theory specializing in “Queer Theory” – Rosaria Butterfield, who has no theological background to address the issue with the conservative church.
The church is suddenly being told that the “ick factor” recoil to same sex desires is “sin” and is being asked to abandon 2,000 plus years of Biblically-based language and understanding of homosexuality, sexual temptation and desires.
Why Change The Language NOW?
The earliest use of the term “SSA Christian” and “victim of the church” internal talking points for evangelicals appears to be from the preparations of statements for the 2010 third Lausanne Congress of World Evangelism in Cape Town South Africa. This would place the insertion of SSA language and the emotion packed narrative in the 2009 documents for the lead up to Cape Town 2010. The ministry to homosexuals is based on Lausanne’s partnership with Exodus Global Alliance (a distinct organization, according to its web site, from Exodus International which famously abandoned the mission of rehabilitating homosexuals and apologized for hurting homosexuals in 2013). Exodus Global worked directly with the Lausanne committee to draft 4 essays on how the church is to minister to homosexuals.
According to the Lausanne Global Conversation, homosexuals number 155 million worldwide and represent an “unreached people group.” Here is some of the narrative on “Homosexuality and the Church”:
“Some of the souls who are impacted by same sex attraction are Christians, and some are not. People dealing with same-sex attraction wander the streets of communities all over the world, and many of them are perishing because no one has seen them as worthy of evangelism and ministry.”
“Each of these persons represents people marginalized in the church.”
“The church can learn something from the fact that so many prominent gay activists and personalities share a common upbringing in the church. Their struggles began, in some way, in the church.”
“As these people share their stories, it is clear that condemnation, warning and fear can work to restrain someone dealing with same sex attraction for a time. At some point, however, these tools no longer work. Christian rules, Christian regiment, and Christian tradition will only go so far.”
Time and space do not permit going into greater detail and quoting more sources but the contents above show the tone of the essays. Gays are victims – not of homosexuality but mostly of an unaffirming culture and church and an old school approach to the Gospel. REPENTANCE and saving FAITH are not discussed as the remedy as millions of us have historically left sins behind us in traditional Christian faith. The CORE message of the new talking points? The church is at fault and MUST change.
Exodus Global Alliance Spokesperson
Mike Goeke, pastor of Stonegate Fellowship since 2010 is now associate pastor of First Baptist San Francisco. Goeke authored several of the Exodus essays including the quotes above. In his testimony “Homosexual and Married,“ Goeke recounts his homosexual desires and online indulgence until finally departing from his marriage to pursue life as a gay man. Eventually, Goeke abandoned gay theology and homosexuality and returned to his wife and family. Though parts of his testimony reflect a clear repentance yet his family and Christian community’s support and loving outreach hardly confirm his espoused view that the church is mishandling ministry to homosexuals. And the Exodus/ Lausanne collaborations plainly call the CHURCH to change by asserting its failure in compassion toward homosexuals.
Goeke cannot be making these assumptions and assertions in the Lausanne essays from personal experience since his wife and family prayed and waited and believed. Somewhere in what should be an otherwise wonderful testimony is a confused narrative of mistreatment that did not come from the Christians in Goeke’s personal experience. Yet to date, as of 2017, he asserts that Christians retain homosexual or SSA desires well after conversion.
The approach to SSA Christianity mirrors the “once an alcoholic always an alcoholic” of Alcoholics Anonymous and does not reflect Biblical salvation. SSA begs acceptance by the church of a sexual orientation to homosexuality. Therefore, if orientation exists as an inborn trait, then homosexual attraction is something that cannot change and the church “must begin its journey toward acceptance” of the new science, understanding, language, and an era of inclusion. The only verdict yet to be determined is whether we in the church will continue to REQUIRE celibacy by the newly labeled victims of SSA as the determinate for inclusion in the faith and in the church and in leadership roles within it.
The following are a video and article that may help the reader decide if these talking points are Biblical or more driven by emotions and the changing times. A great deal is riding on the present considerations as no denomination has historically ever continued to grow as a result of affirming, including, welcoming LGBTQ and none have recovered from the onset of steep decline once the bridge is crossed.
Since the rise of Westboro Baptist into the global media spotlight, many Christians have been shamed into silence over the new sexual revolution. Even Baptists blush at the mention of the dreaded church. “We don’t want to be known as some Westboro Baptist ….” is a phrase often repeated by Christian leaders when speaking to the issues of marriage and sexual norms. What could prove liberating for many evangelicals, especially Baptists, is to know that Westboro’s famed pastor Fred W. Phelps was a rather far left civil rights attorney who fought the infamous Jim Crow laws and whose filings once made up 1/3 of the federal docket for civil rights cases in Kansas. Phelps once sued President Ronald Reagan for appointing an ambassador to the Vatican on a charge of violating church /state separation. Phelps won awards from his regional NAACP office and was eventually disbarred from practicing law.
Playing The Evangelical Villain?
Westboro Baptist has been a powerful tool in the hands of a liberal media to constantly accuse all things Baptist and all conservative Christians, as marriage, sexuality and gender are redefined. The fact is that Pastor Fred – the perfect “evangelical villain” – has a longer history as a defender of the oppressed and at times as an outspoken operative for the extreme left. His rhetoric of the past is more fitted to today’s Soros-funded “Black Lives Matter” than the homophobic Baptist pastor role he appears to have played in his later years. Phelps continued a long yet failed effort at a political career in Kansas including 3 bids for governor, U S Senate and mayor of Topeka – all running as a Democrat. He supported Al Gore for President in 1988. Westboro’s hateful preacher may be little more than a Saul Alinsky “Straw Man” and, if so, Christians have been powerfully and successfully shamed out of standing for God’s word in the public forum by a media myth.
Evangelicals need to get up to speed on how progressives work, what the goals and tactics of their slow boil revolution are AND how close our culture and the world is the tipping point of an irreversible descent into its long sought after “new world.” That world has no place for the testimony of Christ and zero tolerance for the Christianity parodied by Fred Phelps as hateful and unreasonable, uneducated and out of step-out of date-out of touch with the new reality world view. According to the new world view, those type of Christians “DESERVE to be deprived of religious freedom and freedom of speech and routed from the lofty havens and refuge of outdated constitutional rights.” Pastor Fred may have served his old clients as well as the LGBTQ community in helping mischaracterize Christian faith more than anyone in the recent media circus. Christians and evangelical leaders have more often hidden their faces and hit the mute button as religious freedoms and constitutional protections have begun to evaporate rapidly, while comforting themselves with the strange consolation that we are in a ”post Christian America.”
Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to change the churches’ Biblical stand on LGBTQ. In 2014, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) came to the deep south with $8.5 million to push Project One America with “A Christian Conversation Guide” training manual to organize and mobilize the LGBTQ community into the churches. The Reformation Project and gay activist Mathew Vines have since made their way into many churches and onto Bible Colleges campuses like Biola University. Just this week a LGBTQ group won Faculty approval on the Southern Baptist-affiliated Samford University. Why is this happening?
Distracted and Played
While the Church is being manipulated and distracted, pre K-12 schools are being invaded by the LGBTQ. The HRC with its “Welcoming Schools,” the Southern Poverty Leadership Conference’s “Teaching Tolerance” and Planned Parenthood’s “Comprehensive Sexuality Education” are making rapid headway into coercive compliance to the new norms and redefining /countering everything we teach our children about family and sexual purity. Meanwhile, church leaders have done nothing to inform or rally Christians to oppose this.
What SHOULD surprise and SHOCK us is the inside facilitators who have been collaborating with the LGBTQ and exacerbating the issues. During war time such activity would be considered treasonous and those involved dealt with harshly. Looking at some hard facts will hopefully provide opportunity for those involved to step up and respond.
Behind the Rainbow Door – Is this an Orgy of Collaborators?
Civilitas Group – Can civility and common ground be the answer to aggressors wanting to redefine marriage, sexuality, gender and faith for our children’s generation?
In January 2015, a gathering of evangelical “thought leaders” organized by Doug Birdsall of the Lausanne Movement agreed that lack of civility and polarization is the biggest threat to society that exists today. Launching their civility campaign based on the 2012 compromise of Dan Cathy CEO of Chik-Fil-A with the leaders of Campus Pride LGBTQ activist group, the Civilitas board is covenanting to make nice and lead the way to saving society by civil conversations, finding common ground and forming collaborations. Though settling the LGBTQ skirmish of a chicken retailer was motivated more to address PR troubles allowing expansion of its market base, it is held up as the model of Christian civility. Civilitas also chooses to ignore that redefining marriage, sexuality and gender provide a more CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER to American /Western society.
Also signed on to Civilitas are Fuller Seminary, Wheaton College, and BIOLA University leadership. Biola only a few months later invited “gay theology” activist Mathew Vines to their campus and Biola’s apologetics department soon launched a “Rethink” of how apologetics approaches issues like LGBTQ. Tim Keller of the PCA, Rick Warren of the SBC, Jim Daly of Focus on the Family coupled with the major players of the Obama Faith Based Partnership advisory team are also Civilitas Board members. The group agreed to the development and use of a “Civilitas Theory of Social Change” by the sociology departments of Princeton, Yale and the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. The IASC boasts intellectual inspiration from the famed Marxist Frankfurt Institute of Social Research. Interestingly, the IASC director, James Davison Hunter, is credited with having popularized the use of the phrase “Culture War” to describe the past (and touted as non-civil) approach of evangelicals to the activist charged climate which such think tanks are themselves helping to fuel.
The Southern Baptist ERLC head, Russell Moore, began his ascent to being a key evangelical spokesperson in 2013 and quickly made waves when he declared “the culture wars (a term promoted by IASC’s Hunter) were OVER and WE LOST. We should back off, make nice (espousing Civility) and just love our gay and lesbian neighbors.” Soon thereafter Moore led the SBC and ERLC conference on “Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage” where a host of change agents with new language and talking points schooled the church on how shameful its attitudes toward homosexuality have been. The conference came complete with Moore mentor, Dr. Albert Mohler of Southern Seminary, apologizing for 2,000 years of Christians’ being “WRONG on the issue of sexual orientation”. This was a powerful emotional appeasement yet lacking any scientific or biological basis for such an assertion. Also came the abandonment of Reparative Therapy which is a broad term regarding counseling for people wanting to exit the LGBTQ lifestyle. This term may be applied to any Biblical or pastoral counseling that does not affirm homosexuality as a natural desire. A federal bill is currently in play to outlaw Reparative Therapy nationwide as FRAUD. The ERLC meetings also included broad new language for homosexuals such as Same Sex Attracted (SSA) Christians, immediately facilitating acceptance of the more controversial “gay Christian” and “Homosexual Christian” terminology.
Though the conversations ignored their presence, activist groups like the Human Rights Campaign, Reformation Project, Gay Christian Network, were physically present and welcomed by the ERLC, Dr. Moore and his staff to the conference. The Human Rights Campaign was even promised a private session to meet with Russell Moore. The ERLC staffers boasted to HRC and other activists that Moore as head of the SBC’s ERLC was “rebranding the organization”. Moore is not finished declaring the loss of the much vilified Culture War or with rehearsing and representing the talking points of those who appointed him. (a private point I personally asked Dr. Albert Mohler in November 2014 – once it was apparent to him that the “marriage battle was lost” if he would then help the church rally against Planned Parenthood’s sexuality education CSE. I found Dr. Mohler was quite familiar with CSE and referred me to the offices of the ERLC with my concerns, which were quickly dismissed and met with ongoing disinterest.)
Now the Human Rights Campaign and others stand ready to mandate Comprehensive Sexuality Education at the federal, state and local levels. If you are in this struggle with some understanding of the harmful, abusive, demonic origins of encouraged sexual exploration and promiscuity at “whatever age a student feels they are ready” and yet are wondering where your pastoral denominational leaderships are and IF they are aware – at least in the case of the Southern Baptist two top tier leaders – they know and appear to have given the order to ignore constituents and stand down.
Further Southern Baptist Collaboration – Is the money worth the cost?
In 2009, Dr. Frank Page, a two-time President of the Southern Baptist Convention and present CEO of the Executive Committee, joined the Faith Based Partnership Board and Obama Reform Team of the Bush-era Faith-Based Partnership programs. Brought to the table to develop the outline for these “partnerships for the common good” were a host of interfaith leaders and representatives from the Human Rights Campaign and leading LGBTQ funder, the ARCUS Foundation.
Dr. Page and other conservatives agreed to this collaboration for the common good with possibly the most progressive White House in U.S. history and its activist partners who helped defeat any and all Religious Freedom Restoration Acts and legislation or the inclusion of any Religious Exemptions which would protect the religious liberties of conservative churches and ministries involved in Faith-Based Partnership funding. How much of our current threat to Religious Liberty for Americans can be directly related to these very partnerships? Did the “Stand Down” orders to evangelicals develop from a “Theory of Impetus” among this rainbow coalition of diverse high level partnerships? Thus far, the Trump administration has failed to address these ongoing threats to ministries which have become government contractors by taking on Faith-Based Partnership tax funding. If the Trump administration continues to fund these programs with massive amounts of tax dollars, it is a serious tipping point on this trajectory.
Mega Church Mania Partners – Leadership Network and Hartford Institute led by Scott Thumma
Leadership Network recruits, resources, promotes and often helps fund the church plants of the best and brightest up and coming evangelical leaders. Bothersome distinctions like theology and doctrine do not matter as Leadership Network has created a very large footprint in the evangelical community over the last 33 years. With its “invitation only” approach for “innovative /entrepreneurial pastors” few outside its circles could have known its reach or goals until the publishing of the founder, Bob Buford’s book “Drucker and Me”.
The Faith Based Partnership / Multi Sector Collaborations of management theorist, Peter Drucker, are central to Leadership Network’s training and view of the Church as solely a social organization that creates community. Doctrinal teaching and promotion of individual salvation are determined to be problematic, divisive and down played “for the common good.” It is no secret that the much lauded and loathed Emergent Church movement, which further divided evangelicals along “postmodern” lines, was the construct, product and proud offspring of direct Leadership Network influence. Conservative denominations saw new superstar preachers created within their camps in the same fashion.
Where it Gets Weird
Leadership Network has long collaborated with the Hartford Institute, based at the Hartford Seminary, CT, and its head researcher, Scott Thumma. Trend setting and tracking is done in collaborative research on church growth, mega churches and evangelical / cultural /statically driven work of Leadership Network and Hartford Institute. Scott Thumma of Hartford Institute and CEO of Leadership Network, Dave Travis along with in house LN researcher Warren Bird co-author books and white papers on such trends which they helped promote. Examples:
Where the disturbing part of this collaboration comes into play is when you consider the additional work of the Hartford Institute—its “Gay Religion” research and efforts to wed conservative evangelicals to an antithetical homosexual identity. Scott Thumma and Hartford not only work with leading organizations of influence among evangelical churches but also promote the gaying of all religious traditions. Scott’s work in particular is focused on “Negotiating a (Gay) Religious Identity: The Case of the Gay Evangelical”.
This effort which has been in play since at least the 1980s, involves the acceptance of BOTH conservative Biblical /evangelical view of homosexuality AND being a homosexual evangelical Christian. This dichotomy is synthesized through a “process of socialization” facilitated and negotiated with the help of groups like Hartford Institute. The following quote from the 1991 article admits:
“For many Evangelical Christians, a homosexual life-style and a conservative religious identity are simply incompatible… Membersaccomplish this change (reconciling the two opposites) through identity negotiation and socialization. In other words, they negotiate the traditional religious identity, in very selective areas, through interaction with Good News (the case study group cited in the article). Members are reconciled to their gayness, but still retain their Evangelical religious identity.”
Thus, Hartford Institute’s work helps a person who is LGBTQ to reconcile their conservative Biblical instruction with their gay identity, and the two acknowledged incompatible lifestyle become one. The individuals so helped are then sent to “evangelize straight churches” with this process.
So Civlitas, mentioned above, along with its partners, and Hartford Institute in its work with Leadership Network, are both engaging a process or theory of social change to move evangelical Christians toward common ground for the common good with the LGBTQ activism in our culture, the greater common goal appearing to be participation in the distribution of massive amounts of taxpayer funding.
Proclaiming the Generosity Gospel – Coaching us toward Significance –to redefine the Gospel and “harness” the churches / believers’ cash?
Bob Buford has boasted that much of his work with Leadership Network is focused on “turning the latent energy in American Christianity into active energy” including his assurance to Peter Karoff in Global Philanthropy Movement “The World We want” to “deliver legions of wealthy Christians primed to become big time philanthropists”. Thus, Christian giving and legacy endows “The World We Want” philanthropic goals of a globally neutered set of collectivist religions who downplay individual salvation and sanctification for collectivist “better worldian” saving society utopianism! Given his boast of targeting the biggest market share of Baby Boomer wealth estimated in Buford’s Half Time series of books to be some $41 trillion dollars (his year 2,000 estimate), it would be fair to say the plot thickens.
Lifeway Research guru Ed Stetzer and Scott Thumma Collaborate—Is Lifeway Research driven by numbers or an agenda?
Ed Stetzer became the darling of evangelical research and began his deep impact on Evangelicals at the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Missions Board. He moved on to the SBC publishing giant and retailer Lifeway and headed Lifeway Research. He currently holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission and Evangelism at Wheaton College.
Stetzer wrote endorsements and the epilogue for Bob Buford’s Drucker and Me and has an admitted long association with Leadership Network. His work with Christianity Today, his Exchange Forum there and his influence through seminaries, books, Christianity Today’s dozen or so sister publications, church planting strategy, Urban Church Planting and Gospel Project curriculum, give him a major role in determining how the churches think about growth, evangelism, and ministry in the future. Quite often in Christianity Today articles, Stetzer refers to the research of Leadership Network and partners and Hartford Institute. Here Stetzer refers to his relationship with Scott Thumma: “Wednesday evening I got an email from my friend Scott Thumma, one of the authors of the research I had quoted and one of the top mega-church researchers in the country.”
Lifeway? — No Way – Yes WAY
So, thinking this through a moment — the lead researcher for the SBC’s Lifeway Research is good friends and collaborator with the developer of “The Gay Christian Identity” which negotiates the reconciling of a Biblical view of homosexuality and LGBTQ identity. Suddenly the host of mixed messages on LGBTQ issues coming from Stetzer, Moore and others begin to take on a more disturbing edge. Is this why Stetzer’s Exchange blog hosts a journalist outed for a gay tryst in 2012 to converse about “The Future of Evangelicalism” and asserts that homosexuality, which was once considered a CURSE, is now considered a CROSS (to be born by the SSA Christian) to one day perhaps being celebrated as a CROWN? Why is such a conversation being facilitated into mainstream Christian media? The same interview described the current attitude of the church on a range of issues from homosexuality, gay marriage, abortion, legalizing drugs and more as being like “unbaked cookies which need to be placed back in the oven and taken out in three to five years to see where we are.” This interview was about 3 years ago and the conversation and collaborations are about 33 years in the making.
Seeking the Welfare of the City – Is it possible to reach our cities with the Gospel while partnering with the ideologies destroying them?
This collaboration began 2005 in Orlando with CRU and Lausanne Movement representative Vonette Bright, PCAs Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando) and NY City pastor Tim Keller. The Polis Report here is worth the time to read. The Seeking the Welfare of the City movement partners with pro- Marxist, pro-gay Urban specialist, Richard Florida, whose ideology promotes the use of a Gay Index and Tolerance Index much like the HRC Equality Index. (Richard Florida is also promoted by Bob Buford, Leadership Network, many Ed Stetzer interviews, Tim Keller, and a host of other curiously confused conservatives.)
Florida measures and rates cities by his indexes. (The Gayest Cities in America) Florida’s work with Smart Cities, Atlantic Magazine, City Lab and other urban centralized planning is renowned as the gold standard in economic development, urban renewal, historic preservation and community transformation. Florida’s books, beginning with the Rise of the Creative Class, assert that such urban centers must attract the Creative Class in order to succeed. This Creative elite includes gays, lesbians. bohemians, artists and musicians whose absence from inclusion in your project would doom it to failure. In actuality, the reason for Florida’s success lies more in the fact that major private and government grant funding uses his indexes as a LITMUS test for who will receive funding. A Florida protegee’ helps run the UCLA based Williams Institute whose work includes tracking the location of LGBTQ population clusters in order to help aid in what radical activists call “Queering the Census”.
So, the question begs – how can ministries like CRU, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Lausanne collaborate with such partners? Where is the common ground and the common good? How can Tim Keller, who has imported the Seek the Welfare of the City and Richard Florida’s Marxist ideology into his global church planting and City to City work, collaborate with such progressive pro homosexual policy while espousing Civility as the answer for the Church to a full-frontal assault?
Is Ignorance Bliss or just Criminal?
How can any of these church leaders named above ignore what is taking place in public schools with LGBTQ activists, the Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood? How can conservative ministers jump on the collective band wagon of urban planning and think its pro Marxist and pro homosexual ideologies are compatible with or can be “Christianized” by injecting few Bible verse justifications? Whatever sells and whatever gets funded may be all the answer that is needed. If that is the case then the honest thing to do would be to come out of the closet as humanists and no longer preach and write and minister as though you are a defender of and faithful to Biblical principle.
The Ecstasy Turning Agony.
Given Scott Thumma’s work with the heart of evangelicalism’s trend setters and the ideology to “negotiate a Gay Evangelical Identity,” the once reliable litmus test of sounding biblically orthodox in one’s position on homosexuality is no longer a meaningful measure, given that one can, as asserted, be both biblically conservative and gay or allow for a gay Christianity. This is all being brought about admittedly by a process of socialization and a Theory of Social Change. All this for the “Common Good” as the white knights of evangelicalism seek to save society by selling short the churches’ true role in it. Faith Based money is the single common thread, the reorienting of the church toward the great “quest for equality” and the common goal of saving society is the touted pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Individualism is exchanged for the collective Christian identity. Marx and Hegel would be proud. The ONE whose Kingdom is not of this world is likely not watching with approval. And the Church is being called to partner with these delusions.
For the Church, we are left looking heavenward for some faithful leadership. How long, O Lord?
Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) has indoctrinated generations in the Sexual Rights Agenda. We have been duped by Sexual Rights/CSE propaganda that convinces us that it is our only hope to decrease teen pregnancies, STDs, sexual abuse, and drop out rates.
Most federally funded CSE programs have been a sham since the 90’s, claiming to be “evidence-based” and “medically accurate.” However, afederal reportreleased in July 2016 reveals that many of these popular Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs (TPP) failed to replicate their “initial sterling” results. Valerie Huber, CEO/President of Ascend, a national Sexual Risk Avoidance organization, writes:
“After nearly a billion dollars, more than 80% of students in these “comprehensive” programs fared either worse or no better than their peers who were not in the program. Teens in some TPP-funded projects were even more likely to begin having sex, more likely to engage in oral sex, and more likely to get pregnant than their peers who weren’t in the classes.”
It is not surprising then to read that under the Obama Administration, human/child sex trafficking in the U.S. has exploded. For almost 8 years, the Obama Administration has fully funded the Sexual Rights Agenda either directly or indirectly with taxpayer dollars. Almost every federal agency, including Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, and the Department of Justice, has either promoted the Sexual Rights Agenda or turned a blind eye to it’s consequences. Except for the FBI.
The FBI is the primary federal agency that has diligently pursued human sex trafficking in the U.S. In 2015, pedophilia and human sex trafficking had reached an almost epidemic level as reported by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. According to Assistant Director Joseph Campbell:
“The level of pedophilia is just unprecedented right now. We have so many cases constantly of individuals in all walks of life, from the very wealthy … to all other levels engaged in child pornography, child exploitation … it just seems to be almost an at epidemic level.”
“The vast majority of the children trafficked in the U.S. are not Mexican or Central American, but are American.”
“From the time Obama took office in 2008, no enforcement actions against illegal obscenity have been initiated by DOJ, and in 2011 former Attorney General Eric Holder dismantled the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force.”
Still, these obscenity crimes only deal with adults, not minors. Today’s adults that engage in sexual exploitation were themselves minors just a few years ago!
What did they learn about sexual lifestyles and where did they learn it?
Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) is the silent link that fuels the sexual exploitation of children, minors, women, men, and families. ThroughCSE indoctrination in our schools, children as young as Kindergarten are convinced that they have “rights” to sexual pleasure. CSE programs, under the guise of “anti-bullying,” “teen pregnancy and STD prevention,” “sex abuse prevention,” and now “equality” programs, often include sexually graphic content and/or pornography, which stimulates neurological/brain development towards sexual excitement.
Teachers trained in many CSE programs have the boundaries blurred between them and their students. They are trained to speak sexual and/or pornographic content to minors. Much of the content would get any of us locked up for sexual exploitation, yet it is mandated in many schools.
By normalizing sexual activity among and with children, they are setup for sexual exploitation. They expect to be approached for sexual favors and think nothing of exploring their sexuality before they can handle it. Our children are groomed and programed to look for sex in all of the worst places!
If we want to protect our children from sexual exploitation, pornographic CSE must be eliminated in our schools and communities. As legal minors, they deserve the legal protection promised them, whether they want it or not. That’s why they are minors!
Ignoring CSE’s link to sex trafficking just compounds the corruption and misery for future generations.
Most people have heard the terminology of The White House Faith Based Neighborhood Partnerships (FBP) at least in the recent change in language when referring to churches and ministries who participate in social programs.
These organizations have almost universally come to be known as faith-based groups. A lesser known fact is that religious and Christian groups are participating in government funding program grants to provide social services to their community.
The concept is nothing new. Today’s programs actually date back to the George H Bush Charitable Choice program and the Clinton era welfare reforms. In early 2001 Bush W actually instituted the current White House program by executive order allowing access to public funds for churches and ministries/ religious groups who had a proven track record of helping their communities. However very little funding was budgeted toward it.
As the Obama administration took office LGBTQ groups like the Human Rights Campaign called for an end to the FBP as funding discriminatory groups. Instead the focus changed and HRC and other influential groups were invited to serve on the Presidents Inaugural Advisory Board to reform the program as soon vast amounts of tax money were about to be infused into it.
A Faith Based department was formed within every federal agency to oversee the granting process and track, among other things, “the equitable distribution” of the programs and funding. As the advisory board took shape and reforms began, Fred Davies of the ARCUS Foundation and Harry Knox, founding director of Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program, became key players. According to the conservative CBN news, the advisory board was primarily a liberal composition but some very conservative leaders chose to participate.
The board also began to reflect President Obama’s interfaith outreach and liberal ecumenical religious taste. As was true in all federal agencies the FBP program began to resemble the activist culture of the administration and those ministries participating in them would soon realize not only the impact of the inclusion their new partners but also the obligations they now had as “government contractors.”
The HRC and ARCUS were able use their place on the Obama reforms board to focus on LGBTQ anti-discrimination. These efforts included the establishment of the programs guidelines and direct engagement of developing the philosophy driving the funding. Being part of the board allowed HRC and ARCUS to represent pro LGBTQ outreaches but also to be on the front lines of forcing out or lobbing against anything deemed as a “license to discriminate”. As a result of these partnerships activists gained significant advantage as the battle over redefining marriage heated up. The yoking together of conservatives, liberals and activist allowed leverage against Religious Freedom Restoration Acts as they became a renewed focus in each state.
“Religious Exemptions” were quickly weakened or being done away with entirely becoming a relic of the “racist religious past.” Given the pro gay posture of the Obama administration, the LGBTQ lobby was being assured great success in advancing their goals while weakening opposition.
One example of their major victories came in July 2014 with the Obama executive action amending EO 11478 and EO 11246 to include LGBTQ non-discrimination for Federal Agencies and Contractors.
Some conservative Christian groups did write a letter to the President prior to the signing of this executive order calling for a “robust religious exemption” to protect the religious freedoms of those conservatives involved. This letter outlines clearly the dangers posed by these rules for LGBTQ hiring and non-discrimination. No exemptions were included leaving the clear and present danger to religious freedoms in force.
It is also to be noted that NONE of those ministers or groups calling for the exemptions began seeking an exit strategy once they failed to achieve the protections. Instead, the words of participant Harry Knox of the HRC Religion and Faith Program leave a haunting echo for anyone paying attention. “The (FBP advisory) council’s makeup was reminiscent of the president’s continuing approach to creating dialog,” It has yet to fully surface what kind of compromises by conservative evangelical and religious groups resulted from this ”dialog.”
For those hoping that the new administration might make provisions to restore and protect religious freedoms for conservative religious groups involved in Faith Based Partnerships, the news of January 31st 2017 was gravely disappointing.
All that really remains at this point is to see how much funding will go into the new administrations FBP and how far the compromise of conservative participants will go. The future of Religious Freedom in America to live out the convictions of conservative faith in the public square, even in our care of the poor and needy, might not be a very bright after all.
Today’s news is littered with stories of LGBT youth. Their struggles and perceived need of protection are front page daily. The cause is everywhere and the issues are multidimensional. No stone is left unturned to seek out, find and meet the need of LGBT youth. It only makes sense that the focus of those wanting to ensure the safety and rights of sexual minority youth would focus in schools and the arena of education. Right? But are we getting the real story and have the outcomes intended for children in public education been clearly stated. Actually the goals and outcomes have been stated but are not part of the primary narrative for public consumption.
Since 2009 the Department of Education has become a hotbed of LGBT activism and this trickles down to the local school campus. Former President Obama, according to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute, appointed almost 30 activists within the U S Department of Education. This was in addition to hundreds more in every federal agency. The most notable or perhaps notorious of these appointees was Kevin Jennings the homosexual founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. GLSENs has helped form and promote gay clubs on Jr High and High school campuses across the country. These clubs rally and train LGBT identifying youth to be activist and to engage “straight youth” as allies in on campus clubs called the Gay Straight Alliance. These groups are hosted by sympathetic teachers and advocate for straight kids sympathies and support of LGBT rights. Let us get this straight, a nationally known homosexual activist in his mid-50s with funding from foundations and corporations has had a federal job in the Department of Education to help spread his organizations ideology and narrative to train activist youth and engender sympathies among straight students in your local school. It is likely your child or grandchild has been influenced by this effort. Activist boast that “you will be less likely to resist change if you know and like someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans.”
So what is the change they are talking about? To put it plainly the goal is to redefine sexual norms for the next generation. The method is simple. You create an atmosphere where it is cool in school to be LGBT. Then you engender sympathies and shame anyone who does not see it your way. Then you add the concept of Q. You may have noticed the list of sexual minorities in the sexual alphabet soup is growing. Q was added by the more radical elements to own the slur of the word Queer and thus empower the in your face approach of the radicals. But in 2012 a new meaning for Q was added and at times you will see LGBTQQ so both meanings are represented. It is hard to follow but it is almost certain your children know what all the letters stand for. What is the second Q? It stands for Questioning and who added it? Planned Parenthood. the unseen big sister activist group working in education. Their mission and definition of Q is to promote “Questioning”. The assertion is that it is “normal” to question your sexuality, orientation and gender “at any age” and questioning should lead to “exploration” of your sexuality, orientation and gender. “You will know when you are ready”. This is their only qualification for age of consent to embark on your personal sexual journey. Make no mistake. The goal in education is to make allies of your straight kids and encourage as many students as possible to explore the sexual boundaries and redefine them for themselves. This is the new normal and the standard or sexual ethics determined for public education. The hope is to achieve the goal Human Rights Campaign boasted of in 2014 “to create a thriving LGBTQ population”. Getting the facts and going beyond the public narrative to the intended outcomes is a must for parents and grand parents lest we fail to see where LGBTQ activism in education intends to take our children and what it means for their sexual futures.
Rev. Thomas Littleton Evangelist Reaching New York City During the Height of the AIDS Crisis
An Open Letter to Dr. Russell Moore
I write this letter to you, Dr. Moore, at a time when your reputation within the SBC has taken a turn. Being aware that many voices are joining the public discourse, I wanted to hit pause in the critique and appeal to you directly and openly. I am a minister in evangelism which places me on the front lines of culture and with the people you and others often refer to as postmoderns, nones, and millennials. These designations are persons in evangelism we have always referred to with deep affection as the lost.
The one constant in your tone and talking points has been that we have lost this generation and did so in part because we engaged the culture war. According to you, we have lost that as well. In your efforts to repair the breech, restore the tarnished image of the SBC and obtain much needed credibility for the ERLC in the public square, you have lost something yourself. Lest I weary you and go beyond my area of experience, calling, and expertise, let me focus on how you have engaged one of the most needy people groups in the current cultural theater, the LGBTQ.
As an evangelist, I worked in NYC during a decade of rabid activism and an unchecked AIDS epidemic. I have also ministered for 39 years on campuses and in cities around the globe. I know this segment of society and many in it very well.
Your Wall Street Journal interview in October of 2013 drew my attention and raised my concern immediately. You clearly did not understand this community, its history or its tactics. Perhaps being new to DC you failed to recognize the template I observed in NYC being overlaid in every federal agency by the Obama administration. LGBTQ activists were appointed in large, unprecedented numbers as hundreds of millions of dollars poured in to activate their radical agenda in America against the three Institutions of military, marriage, and faith. It appeared you were being played.
Picture yourself, Dr. Moore, as the newly appointed general placed at the head of 16 million troops fearful for their children’s future (most parents will agree with this, if honest), and concerned for religious freedoms, after decades of dealing with the true face of the gay rights movement, and your first words were: “We lost.”
Then we were ordered to “be winsome” and make more friends with those whose goals are to redefine marriage, family, faith, sexuality and gender for our five-year-olds. Here I speak about Planned Parenthood’s presence behind the LGBTQ movement with over a billion dollars per year (half of that tax dollars, and much of it Christian tax dollars), to accomplish long awaited cultural victories. Above all, the “outdated” institution of the church “needed to be done away with or its opposition crushed” to allow the advancement of their group.
You see, Dr. Moore, it is most likely you have taken this movement at face value or as it misrepresents itself. Following the manifesto of the late eighties, After the Ball, the gay rights movement has portrayed itself as victims (an intentional mask) not aggressors, and the worst offenders in this victimization are Christians and the Church. This approach over three decades has worked to disguise the movement, its tactics and its goals, hiding its silent partners like Planned Parenthood.
Ask the leadership of Focus on the Family when this hate-filled agenda came to their doorstep under the banner of the Human Rights Campaign and their For the Bible Tells Me So documentary, which was financed by the Huffington fortune. I have to ask how much you really know about this movement or its history. Your apparent naivete has allowed it to gain more ground during your tenure—even inside the church—than ever before.
My Personal ERLC Experience
After that October WSJ interview, I personally reached out to you as I was in the midst of a full-frontal assault from the LGBTQ activist community. My work with a Christian Arts and Historic Restoration legacy (something that would perfectly fit your view of engagement as an outreach to university students and the arts community) was being invaded. Our small but faithful group of volunteers needed allies to prevent an SBC minister’s legacy from becoming a platform for the LGBTQ funding of the NEA and private sector siblings, coupled with the National Park Service and Gill Foundation’s LGBTQ Heritage initiative for “Queering History.”
Again, as an evangelist, I was on the front line doing exactly what you say we should be doing—engaging. We looked for you, as an evangelical brother, who espoused the very kind of effort we were taking on, to help us. Our efforts to reach out for help were ignored as we watched a deceased fellow minister’s legacy be wrapped in an ongoing parade of gay artist works and the loss of ten years of ministry labor while suffering personal threats with no allies.
You had your talking points and were sticking to them, ignoring those whose real-life stories did not fit the narrative. We have met other ministers with the same experiences of abandonment by your ERLC as you pretend that the culture war is over.
Over the Top
Dr. Moore, for a time I gave you the benefit of the doubt in that you were new to DC and to the ERLC and were on a learning curve, albeit a costly one for your constituents in the SBC. I was still hopeful, and shared your desire to be more effective in our public engagement, but then you began your efforts toward public discourse in 2014. The ERLC appeared to be engaging the conversation not just about but with the LGBTQ on sexuality and marriage.
I was asked, by a Christian brother in convention leadership, to meet with the activist who came to our city and state to organize communities and jump start the Human Rights Campaign’s state offices. It was an unofficial sit down so as not to validate the activist while trying to understand better their intentions and methods, for which they had $8.5 million in new funding to engage churches in three Southern states.
Because of our candid approach to the meeting, we were told very openly that the goal was to silence opposition to gay marriage and to end the “traditional rhetoric that homosexuality is a sin and that we would go to hell if we engage in it.” The various groups who were partnering with HRC were sending gay couples and transgender or “gender bending” teens into our churches to “test reaction.” There were new training manuals and tool kits being developed to persuade “Conflicted Christians” out of long held Biblical views. (I have copies of these, Dr. Moore, if you care to become more informed.) But the next revelation is the most shocking.
I also found out about the ongoing dialogue between you and your offices on the one side, and the HRC and other LGBTQ activists on the other. The upcoming ERLC 2014 conference on the issues had created an excited buzz among LGBTQ activists especially on their social media. One of your conference speakers who was a “same sex attracted” or “Gay Christian” tweeted out mid-conference that “the Southern Baptist and gay community break bread together in Nashville.”
Some of your staff boasted to the LGBTQ representatives who had been welcomed to the conference that “Dr. Moore is rebranding the whole organization of the ERLC.” I watched the broad spectrum gay organizations hosted by the ERLC use their social media with the ERLC logo as a back drop to broadcast to their followers the excited news of their individual critiques of your conference, thus validating themselves no matter how radical or small or new to the public arena such organizations were. It dawned on me that, whether intentionally or not, Dr. Moore, you were allowing our ERLC to be used for the same type of platform we had fought to prevent our late SBC minister’s legacy from becoming—a platform to promote the radical LGBTQ faith agenda.
This was one of the most heart-sinking feelings I have ever had as a Southern Baptist, and one that came on the heels of my own personal loss, being threatened, invaded and unable to gain even an honest hearing from you. You were allowing all of our voices to be drowned out by your new talking points and rebranding efforts.
LGBTQ Furthers Agenda by Using ERLC
I then went to a former ERLC board member and personal friend to ask what was really going on. Their response was “I don’t know what he is thinking and he has a home full of young boys himself.” This response pointed to the most direct question of all: “Are we really aware of what is at stake in the struggle of our culture?” It is not just for Christians and SBC churches but for anyone who cares what we are leaving for the next generation or allowing to happen, on our watch, under our parenting and leadership.
So I ask you, Dr. Moore, what about your children and mine who are right now, not ten years from now, the aim of, not the lost cultural narrative, but organizations like Planned Parenthood, the major stealth partner in the LGBTQ movement? You are welcoming and dragging the SBC into these disingenuous and scripted conversations.
Do you know why PP redefined the meaning of Q in the alphabet soup of the new sexual minority big tent approach? Q means Queer. Its inclusion promotes the more radical elements of the movement, as they “own” the slur. But Planned Parenthood has substituted Questioning for Q, teaching our children it is normal and healthy to question their sexual orientation and gender AT ANY AGE. From K5 (and even Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 in some places), the rabid and aggressive PP agenda is on the march to redefine sexual norms and gender to our children in every arena of life, from education to recreation to houses of worship and in every source from which they obtain information, including Christian media and curriculum.
Do you understand this, Dr. Moore? Do you know with whom you have been associating? Do you at least understand their intentions, their history and their target generation? Personal efforts to follow up and raise these concerns with the ERLC and with you in late 2014 were met with this dismissive response: “We have a lot on our plate right now; we don’t have time for that.”
You have made your narrative based on the changing culture and, whether aware of it or not, made us and the ERLC the slave of public opinion and these false narratives which oppose the message of the cross. The cross says we are all sinners and that God Himself has intervened. The Bible still and forever says homosexuality is sin, which you agree with, but your assumption that the church is to blame for the tension between culture and the SBC ignores the fundamental opposition that exists between the Gospel Truth and a lost world.
We cannot advance the Kingdom by offering our children on the altars of a new sexual revolution fueled by progressive politics and the corporate foundation funding which is backing the very people to whom you roll out the welcome mat and portray as victims of the church. You have become a Prophet of Shame to Christians who want to be salt and light and to stand boldly and often under threat. Your opposition to preventing a second Clinton regime (and the would-be result of a continuation of Obama policy) is a total mystery to most thinking believers.
The idea that the LGBTQ agenda is a civil rights movement is false, yet you seem to have bought in. The culture war is not the construct of the Christian Right whose eulogy you and others so eagerly proclaim. This war is between light and darkness. The Christian ethic represents the Gospel Light which in our nation has had a great deal of impact on the culture in the past through the Religious Liberty you are commissioned to represent.
Who has bewitched you that you have not obeyed your calling? I love you and pray for you as many who share these concerns do. But I ask again what is going on with you? Why do you think we need schooling to correct our values or define our place in the public square? I point out that most of us live more in that realm than you do in light of your recent experience as a Seminary professor or in the offices at the ERLC.
You were not hired to improve the SBC’s poor image or to engage some public posture to rebrand us. Herein lies a possible insight into the core problem. Is the church’s mission and the SBC’s future success to be measured by how we poll in public perception or by the living epistles of those changed by the Gospel we preach?
Is the Great Commission nothing more than building Christian Community and delivering Social Justice to a collective victimized neighborhood so they might like us more one day and join our churches? Or is it the overall impact on cultural and national life resulting from the bold proclaiming of the Word of Truth, resulting in the individual salvation and transformation many of us in the church have both seen and experienced firsthand?
I say the latter.
Dr. Moore, the WSJ article of 2013 reminded me of the ten spies who came back with an evil report and discouraged the hearts of God’s people. Are you leading us into an Evangelical Wilderness? To watch you welcome to ERLC conferences the very people hired to target our churches and our children and to hear them boast that you are breaking bread together makes me wonder if you understand the communion of the saints at all. Do not imagine that you will remove the reproach of the Cross from Southern Baptist life without becoming the enemy of it.
Audio Interview of Thomas Littleton by Dr. Robert Lopez:
Rev. Thomas Littleton
Evangelist Reaching New York City
During the Height of the AIDS Crisis
12 February, 2017
Since 2014, a little-known Valentines conference has been held called “Time To Thrive.” It is a youth conference promoted for LGBTQ youth and youth serving professionals by a mega Equality group which itself remains unknown to many. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has become a power player within LGBTQ rights and marriage equality movement with a $50 million dollar yearly budget and multiple organizations including a political PAC.
What may be the most obscure arena for the HRC and is its focus in education? Its Time to Thrive Conference, now heading into its fourth year, has an amazingly bold missions statement. It reads, “By engaging a broad audience of youth-serving professionals, including K-12 educators, mental health providers, pediatricians, religious leaders, recreational athletic coaches, and youth development staff (Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, scout leaders etc.), we can create a thriving LGBTQ youth population.”
All Encompassing Approach
So if we are clear on this, the plan is to engage leaders in all arenas that touch youth including their education, recreation, health care and faith. This approach is unprecedented, to say the least, with funding by corporate giants like AT&T and the NEA Teachers Union. The first HRC youth conference was held in Las Vegas, a fitting place for a youth conference, we suppose. This meeting’s key note speaker was the daughter of Hillary and Bill Clinton. By the second year, 2015, the Portland, Oregon conference boasted speakers from the DOJ, HHS and Department of Education. The usual list of affirming celebs and “out” celebrity children, sports and media types provided color and breakout sessions. Some unusual guest speakers included transgendered activists as young as 10. So indeed these conferences have been unique and held annually on Valentine’s Day. The 2017 conference is scheduled for April–perhaps to allow for the Trump administration to be settled in, since this year’s Time to Thrive will be in Washington D. C., thus maximizing access to the new administration appointees.
So, What is HRC Pitching in Education?
There is a product being sold to educators and to children and it has been around since 1964. The pitch is to push the overhaul of sex education for K 5-12. The plan is called Comprehensive Sexuality Education. The origin of the overhaul of sex-ed is a Plan Parenthood spin-off financed by Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner. Since the mid 60s, the idea of abstinence-based sex education has been repugnant to revolutionaries like Sexuality Education Council for the United States (SIECUS). The past administration has given the green light and tons of tax dollars to empower Planned Parenthood for this final stretch to full implementation of the radical overhaul. HRC has become a valued new partner in the push to redefine sexual norms, family, procreation/sexual/human rights in terms which serve the great global dreams of sexual liberation and birth rate containment.
What CSE asserts is that teaching abstinence is unhealthy (yes you read that correctly), non LGBTQ inclusive, gender biased, and dishonest. Activist legislators have kept a CSE mandate bill in the congressional que throughout the last eight years. How this law would impact education can be seen here. Federal funding for abstinence would become illegal.
So, What is Love?
Perhaps a better question is “What’s LOVE got to do with it?” when it comes to Planned Parenthood or HRC’s role in redefining sexual norms. According to the talking points on CES, it is an answer to the sexual repressive and discriminatory past. CSE is your child or grandchild’s “human right at any age” to know this liberating ideology, even against parental /family faith values while it uses your tax funds, public school system, and congressional powers to help their goals along. CSE normalizes the entire LGBTQ spectrum of sexuality. “Q” among activist culture was originally a radical owning of the word queer to empower by use of the vulgar slur. Planned Parenthood made the decision to add Q to the growing and inclusive list of sexual minorities around 2013. For them, Q stands for “Questioning” as PP asserts it is “Normal to QUESTION your sexual orientation and gender at ANY AGE.” If you are a parent concerned about your child becoming sexually active for any host of normal reasons, this is your worst nightmare. Exploration and experimentation are both encouraged and recommended.
Activist Youth Demanding Sexual Rights NOW
For those of us over 45, the women’s march in DC surrounding the Trump inauguration was reminiscent of the 60s and 70s feminist. The anatomically correct hats and spirited (raw) protest revealed the radical face of the movement many younger people had never seen. If HRC and PP have their way- this will be the face of future for YOUTH. Advocates for Youth, SIECUS , and host of other organizations have engaged to train a generation of Youth Sexual Activist. Allies and organizers have tool kits to train our children to take to the halls, campuses, streets and capitols to demand their sexual enlightenment and freedom. The 60s generation of free sex and drugs never saw this kind of organizational skills or funding to accomplish its goals. Yet we are still picking up the proverbial pieces of the last sexual revolution as the next generation is having theirs launched for them.
So, repressing youth’s sexual desires or knowledge is unhealthy even at 5 years of age. If you fall under the new heading of a sexual minority you gain special access, consideration and protection. You can go into the restroom, locker room, shower of choice based on your self-identification of the moment (which is fluid and understandably subject to change). As a sexually-educated youth you can go to the school based clinic and obtain an IUD or birth control or abortion referral at 11 years old and it will either be free or billed to your family’s insurance without their knowledge or approval required. You can go to the school website and be a click away from any and all of these activist partners and services. If you are forced to leave home because your parents do not buy into your new liberation then you can be classified as homeless LGBTQ youth and be eligible for much more protection from anti-bullying advocates like Dan Savage and his “It Gets Better” campaign.
This is the future advocated for sexualized youth according to Planned Parenthood, SIECUS , HRC, and other partners. It is a dream world with little thought of sexual predators, the sex industry, pornography (which CSE considers healthy and encourages), STDs, HIV/AIDS suicide, mental illness, drugs and human collateral damage. All those ills come from non-affirmation after all. This is Love-liberated and offered to your 5 year old as his/her human right-according to the Human Rights Campaign if you follow their values for “Thriving Youth.” LOVE, HRC style: Happy Valentine’s.
The secular left doesn’t merely have a disagreement with Christianity. These are not people with whom one may reason, compromise or even disagree. They are dedicated to evil. They demand nothing less than the abolition of the biblical worldview, and the destruction of Christ’s followers right along with it.
Now is the time to fight back. If you are someone, Christian or not, who refuses to see Christianity wiped out (like it ever could be) and your children indoctrinated into pure evil, then sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option.
Listen to Thomas Littleton interview on Janet Mefferd’s program:
Rev Thomas Littleton
Evangelist Reaching New York City
During the Height of the AIDS Crisis
11 September, 2017
Some glaring fault lines have appeared in the conversation about Russell Moore, many of which were exposed by the recent essay in The Federalist written by one of Moore’s fans, Nathan Leamer of the R Street Institute. Since being crowned head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) in 2013, Dr. Moore has been no stranger to controversy, much of which he brings upon himself. His tendency has been to pervert the classic Christian world view and mix it with language which panders to the left while he openly admonished evangelicals to disengage the culture war as we entered the most hostile attacks in the national history.
This may actually be a careful strategy that resembles the “tactics “of Moore’s most popular target and the source of his current troubles, President elect Donald Trump. Trump skillfully uses controversy to grab headlines and keep himself and his campaign on the front page. Trump is a thick skinned veteran of the New York gossip columns. Trump, therefore, plays the media as one adept with his NYC and DC survival skills. Moore may miss the goal and lack the skills to pull this off.
Dr. Moore began his reign by providing us a taste of both his winsomeness and new tone for the ERLC and evangelicals’ cultural engagement. But today for Moore, the thought of a Trump presidency seems to have caused the evaporation of his winsome veneer exposing a “Prophet of Shame.” After Trump’s unexpected win, Moore’s pandering to the political Left seems to have gone into hyperdrive. Moore wants Christians who have supported Trump to hide their faces. Yet Trump’s clarity is appealing while Moore’s shame and double speak is divisive. Christian radio host Janet Mefferd pointed out that Trump inherited many evangelicals later in the campaign, and he was not their first choice. But Moore seems determined to let the facts escape him. Others in the SBC and conservative Evangelical circles echo the same “Blame Game” toward evangelicals who supported Trump’s campaign. Ed Stetzer implies that electing Trump has created a climate of racism for which white evangelicals must explain themselves to Christians of Color.” So, what is really going on? What are the fault lines Moore and others are missing?
Here Are a Few:
Moore is attempting to rebrand the ERLC and the evangelical tone. He is speaking mostly to the next generation of believers whom the Southern Baptist Convention fears losing – people like Nathan Leamer. Moore critics are not, as Leamer suggests “a small but vocal minority. They are the people who pay Moore’s salary and fund his organization. Former Senator Mike Huckabee points out that Baptist are “paying Moore to insult them.” Moore is failing because he is trying to pour new wine into old wine skins (Mark 2:22 ). Both the young and old may be alienated in the end. Dr. Moore, why not start a new organization (wine skin) with the purpose of rebranding the conversation rather than confusing the present one and furthering the age divide?
Moore is the crown prince of evangelical contradiction. He welcomes confusing partners like LGBTQ activists who want to redefine marriage while he ignores, shuns, and shames seasoned conservatives who understand that the LGBTQ debate is merely a tool that uses the LGBT community so that progressives can redefine sexual norms and even personhood. After more than three years in Washington, D.C. does Dr. Moore understand this yet? Progressives USE minorities. They do not help them.
Russell Moore misidentifies his victims. When Moore insults the “Christian Right,” he is actually speaking of the Conservative Christian who craves clarity and conviction on Faith Values. He attacks these voters as if they were the machinery behind the conservative political movement. When Christian voters allow this misidentification and assault, they are thus stigmatized by the press, progressives, and the new brand of social justice Christian voter. The fact is most conservatives’ theology tends to be more compatible with social policy than is the brand of Moore and his followers. Doesn’t Russell Moore need to get his labels right before applying them?
Moore is attempting to build the ERLC’s new foundation on the shifting sands of culture. It is not possible to maintain real integrity to our espoused theological conservatism and yet be socially pandering if not outright grasping every progressive object floating on the surface of the current cultural floodtide. Moore, if not confused himself does allow his language to confuse others. Moore embraces immigration policies, for example, that favor the left’s ideology as if he does not know of George Soros’ existence or has never heard of open borders. In short Moore quickly adopts talking points loaded with activist policy and expects his base to follow while he espouses faithfulness to Biblical values wrapped in this new terminology. Is this fair to expect thinking people to follow along?
Moore has not at all “been balanced in speaking truth to power while achieving real political victories,” as Leamer claims. Leamer fails to enumerate even one of those “victories.” Also, as he reminds us, the ERLC’s job is, in part, “to promote Religious Liberty”. By this standard alone, both Moore’s vision and the organization he inherited, are failures. There has been far greater endangerment – and loss — of religious freedom on Moore’s watch than at any other time in American history. As to “Trump holding a Bond Reunion without him” -Russell Moore is no James Bond. He is not a man accustomed to life in the field but rather in the theological halls of learning. He also lacks a license to kill the conservative Christian base, though he does seem to be attempting to read its eulogy. Dr. Moore, what is your job in 10 words or less? Please stick to it.
In short, Moore is accountable to the base who funds him. He is accountable to the denomination under whose banner he sails and to the individual Christians and ministers who reach out to him with concern. Trump’s evangelical support was in large part, a vote against Hillary Clinton’s progressive “March to the Sea” to divide and conquer Christian values in the public square. Moore seems to fail to get this. He continues using the wrong talking points, the wrong language, the wrong allies, and is on the wrong side of the mountains of culture. If the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself to battle? (“One” Corinthians 14:8 )
Rev. Thomas Littleton Evangelist Reaching New York City During the Height of the AIDS Crisis
22 September, 2016
You may not self-identify as an evangelical or even be a fan of the Reagan Revolution revivalists, but if you are a conservative in America you are a stakeholder with those who stand against the progressive tidal wave sweeping our nation.
In the past, evangelicals have been at least a predictable part of the base. This is no longer the case. Now greatly divided and hosting a variety of scripted talking points, the former powerhouse of the “Moral Majority” style conservatism is sending forth an uncertain sound to its constituents.
Once highly visible and vocal representatives carried the torch into the mainstream media and cultural debate like warriors in the arena of Rome. These gladiators of the Faith may not have all been void of egos and self-interest, but they were outspoken with clarity. We would have a very difficult time today pointing out even one such champion as D James Kennedy of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) or Jerry Falwell of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Perhaps many even on the conservative side will say “Good riddance” but let me sound a word of caution before any celebration on the right.
First, let us consider what has replaced the once clarion call rallying the faithful to be heard in the forum and at the polls. Those voices have been replaced by echoes.
CHANGE YOU WILL FIND DISTURBING
The conservative Christian denominations are re-branding and their political rhetoric is softening in the name of Christian love and social justice. Today the mantra most often heard is, “We want to be known for what we are FOR, NOT what we are AGAINST.” Born out of the “compassionate conservatism” of the Bush era is a new evangelical tune. It may market nicely and keep the proverbial heat off the backs of evangelical leaders, but this presents a problem however given the timing of this new détente and the business with which the conservative evangelical community is now occupying itself.
Having adopted the new mantra amid the hot bed of progressive activism means that evangelicals have allowed themselves to be emotionally blackmailed into not openly opposing anything. No issue is more telling than the redefinition of marriage and the broader conservative Christian community’s virtual nonresponse or to the sweeping LGBT agenda being forced upon us all. So, if the Evangelicals are NOT engaging the war being waged against them, and they have instead crafted a unified policy of non-engagement, then the question begs: who gave the non-marching orders? What is being done instead? And, of course, the big one….WHY?
THE NEW TALKING POINTS
I am a very conservative SBC minister and have not been the most politically engaged, yet I could not help but notice the sudden change in our own in-house talking points in 2013. The SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission announced a leadership change and with it came sweeping new disengagement. Many understood it to be the sounding of retreat, if not full surrender to a “lost culture war.” Russell Moore – long time seminary professor at the flagship SBC institution Southern Seminary – took the reins of the ERLC and declared an end to hostilities between the LGBT community and the SBC. Given the coming tsunami of gay marriage and transgender access rights, the timing of this retreat was something between a tactical error and outright sabotage of the conservative evangelical base.
Perhaps this just what you get when you send an academic into the gladiators arena? Of note should be Moore’s replacement for engagement in the political arena. Moore began to sound the Social Justice mantra of leftist Christianity known as Communitarianism. Instead of being culture warriors we are now to be bleeding hearts for helping the poor and downtrodden of society and – guess who our partners are to be in fulfilling this not so great commission? Answer – the LGBT powerhouses of the Human Rights Campaign and the ARCUS Foundation to name a couple. And whose money will these new “partners” be spending? Yours and mine. Absurd? Impossible? Never? Take a deep breath and read on.
NEW PARTNERS AND THEIR TALKING POINTS
The Faith Based Neighborhood Partnerships (FBNP) under the Obama administration has created a host of odd bedfellows pursuing federal, local and private grant money for “the common good”. These programs began under the Bush administration, but were reformed under Obama and (unequally) yoked together in the President’s Inaugural Advisory Board was the SBC Executive Committee’s Frank Page and activist organization heads of the HRC and ARCUS (Islamist) along with the usual suspects of the left. The result is a misfit strategy for the conservative evangelical camp who are actually undergoing a revival of conservative theology while at the same time becoming more socially progressive. The end product is a sort of spiritual bipolar disorder which defies common sense. Interestingly, the FBNP reforms went beyond assembling the eclectic group of partners to actually establishing a Faith Based Department within every federal agency. Here are just a few of the things which prove problematic for conservative evangelicals in these partnerships:
The reforms call for OVERSIGHT by the funding agency and the recipient is viewed as a government contractor.
The sweeping LGBT non-discrimination order of President Obama did not include the needed Religious Exemption clause sought by Rick Warren and other SBC pastors signed on to the programs. HRC and ARCUS spend millions fighting such exemptions.
The Reforms actually forbid any faith based religious activity, such as Bible studies, prayer, or passing out religious materials/instruction while administering the programs. The evangelicals market these programs as ministry but “ministry” is forbidden.
The end game for the administration is control. The flood of tax money poured into the programs actually goes away in time leaving only the private funding from foundations and corporations, and of course the church’s resources are exploited and its mission redefined under federal government control. Also the clever coordination of dance “partners” with the evangelicals have given unprecedented leverage for the LGBT activists to force their agenda on and into the heart of the evangelical camp. This effort is complete with tool kits, like communist training manuals scripted to enlighten the poor conservative believers into changing their minds on homosexuality and helping “conflict them” if they do not. Here is the ARCUS Foundation funded tool kit. Human Rights Campaign has its own version called a Christian Conversation Guide. The unwitting target of this persuasive effort would never suspect he or she is being manipulated by the well trained LGBT activists.
THE NEW MISSION
By this time it is fair to ask where this well planned takeover came from ? The ideology is nothing new for those working toward Socialist Democracy. It is easier to co-opt the church than to try and destroy it. The compassionate conservatism mantra comes from Austrian Friedrich Julius Stahl. It was first successfully marketed to the conservative evangelical community in the mid 1800’s, destroying its influence as salt and light in the culture by reducing its public stance with Stahl’s “living conservatism.)
The modern blueprint for the new evangelical paradigm comes from another Austrian-management expert Peter Drucker. After decades of focus in the board rooms of America’s fortune 500 companies, Drucker turned his attention to non-profits and churches. His partner for this endeavor was a former corporate client and Texas cable TV millionaire Bob Buford. Buford founded Leadership Network to seek out “innovative” and (I might add) ambitious young pastors and evangelical leaders to train in the Drucker management style.
Under the banner of Welfare Reforms in 1996-97, the Clinton administration helped launch the torpedo which is all but sinking the evangelical’s “good ole Gospel ship” in a sea of social justice activism while loading it with stowaway partners like HRC, ARCUS, Muslims and Leftists. All of them busy with efforts of their own to diminish the evangelical voice. The Welfare Reforms crafted the emerging future of religious organization in the US. This banquet table was spread at the Rockefeller Brothers Conference Center and sponsored by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
The blueprint lays the groundwork for the government to dump all social and human services and welfare on the unsuspecting churches and faith based non-profits while gaining oversight of them, thus muting any opposition to the advance of the progressive agendas sweeping our nation. Healthcare is moving toward FBNP providing the core of community care inside church walls. This is in addition to the School Based Health Clinics that the Department of Education has planned for years.
And who is the unseen “partner” in this plan? Planned Parenthood. The Center for American Progress is loving the participation of the evangelical community in Healthcare Reforms. This is an indication of the vulnerability evangelicals have incurred while unwittingly chasing grants among questionable partners. FEMA and HUD have also made huge inroads with similar programs.
THE CHRISTIANS MUST BE PERSUADED TO EMBRACE A NEW PARADIGM
So, how must the evangelical leadership go about “harnessing the untapped energy” of the conservative church? Enter again the work of Buford’s Leadership Network (LN) and the Drucker ideology. Social justice is the new mantra. Saving Society is the new mission of the evangelicals. In April 2014, Buford published his tell all (or perhaps boast all) book about LN’s founding in 1984. LN’s by invitation only Drucker discipleship program began a comprehensive renovation of evangelicalism, now 30 plus years in the running. The depth of impact for this clandestine “movement” cannot be measured or overstated on the evangelical community.
The ultimate end was to bring these leaders into the Drucker model and to yoke the church in Peter Drucker’s “Three Legged Stool” of Government – Corporate- Church/Non-profit partnerships. Among the most successful of these LN disciples is the SBCs Rick Warren and another up and coming SBC influencer, Ed Stetzer. Warren’s international PEACE Plan is now global and the next stage in its development is PEACE Local which brings a host of human and social services into the church with outside funding and the all-important government oversight.
LN trainee Ed Stetzer has become a key figure in his work with the overhaul of the Southern Baptist vision by providing “research” corresponding with the goals of Drucker for non-profits and developing curriculum like Lifeway’s (Stetzer’s most recent employer) The Gospel Project. Leadership Network, through in house talking heads, is able to promote Urbanization, Healthcare Reform, and Saving Society (the original name proposed for Buford’s LN biographical boast). As a result, the evangelical community has, for over 30 years, has fallen victim to this unseen force from within. It should come as no surprise that Stetzer and others use their platforms and blogs to promote the future of evangelicalism.
Including more compassion on how homosexuality and the LGBT agenda is viewed. The Stetzer facilitated “conversation” asserts the evangelical view of LGBT (and even abortion) is like “unbaked cookies needing to be placed back in the oven for 3 -5 years and taken out to see where we are.”
This is a prime example of how the ARCUS funded tool kit “My Mind Was Changed” is engaged in the places conservative evangelicals get their news. Stetzer and other LN disciples also promote Urban church planting as the key missions strategy of both domestic and foreign missions while promoting pro-LGBT, pro-Marxist “Urbanologist” Richard Florida to the planters. Eager postmodern pastoral trainees and seminary graduates embrace Florida’s pro-LGBT , bohemian and gay indexes to ensure the success of the evangelical endeavors when promoted and facilitated by trusted SBC leadership.
Once such unthinkable discussion for conservative evangelicals have now become all too common place. The conservative Presbyterians (PCA ) are equally as submerged in the LN / Drucker philosophy of ministry, with talking heads from the LN stable like Atlanta’s Randy Pope and the ever popular Tim Keller of New York City. Keller is a huge and outspoken advocate of Richard Florida. Randy Pope and Warren are both leaders among conservative denominational pastors, pushing their churches toward full implementation of in house church based social services and welfare with faith based partnerships.
HITTING CLOSE TO HOME
Independent mega churches like Willow Creek (pastored by Bill Hybels) are also LN innovation products. It is much easier for those evangelicals outside the doctrinal and mission accountability to implement the new paradigm. Our own home church fellowship of Shades Mountain Independent Church in Hoover, Alabama was once one of the most reliably conservative churches in the greater Birmingham area. To our shock and amazement the trusted congregational leadership had been taking the congregation down the avenue of Drucker partnerships since at least 2011.
SMI was endangering its conservative voice by hosting and supporting ministries which have and continue to take Government tax/ grants from HUD, and seeking passionately through staff led ministries to enter the indigent health care funding fray. In tandem with this new vision has been a willingness to soften the church’s stance on LGBT issues, as such partnerships provide both the incentive and necessity.
Is there a remedy for this sad state of affairs among conservatives? Can our once trusted evangelical partners recover themselves from these money laced traps? Time will tell – it helps knowing the evangelicals are spending your tax money while MIA.
Rev Thomas Littleton is an evangelist with four decades experience in missions and outreach globally. He and his wife have a six year old son for whose future they engage the issues of our time.
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20 October, 2016
Healthcare in the US remains in flux since the passing of the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA). One primary area of need still unanswered and lacking in adequate infrastructure is the area of indigent care. Historically, the uninsured and those who find health insurance unaffordable have flooded and overwhelmed hospital emergency rooms by utilizing the ER as a walk-in clinic. This vacuum of unanswered delivery for this level of care has created a flurry of would be participants in the provision of services and for the funding allocated for it.
Among the hopefuls for this indigent care funding are churches and faith based non-profits who possibly view meeting this need as a ministry opportunity. Historically, denominations and religious groups have, at times, been involved unencumbered in operating hospitals and even church based clinics. However, new guidelines suck as LGBT non-discrimination are proving to faith based and church participants in healthcare that we have entered a danger zone of hidden agendas and progressive politics driving healthcare decision making and policy.
Health Care the Golden Opportunity for Progressives
Progressive organizations have not been snoozing through the opportunity to infuse their goals into the guideline for providers in faith based partnerships as shown in this celebratory Todd article. According to the CAP article implementation of the AHA would “not be possible without Faith Based partners.” The additional mention of FBP involvement in Health and Human Services (HHS) and School Based Health Clinics (SBHC) is even more disturbing due to the close partnerships between HHS and Planned Parenthood and affiliated organizations who aspire to provide “School Based Primary Care” for both students and families in poor communities.
The Obama administration overhauled the Faith Based Partnerships in 2009/2010 and poured billions of tax dollars into them. The Whitehouse Toolkit for grant hopefuls outlines the establishment of a faith based office within EVERY federal agency in order to oversee the partners receiving federal funding. Oversight is the key principle to understanding the dangers for conservative Christian providers. A quick look at the advisory board assembled is a major red flag since LGBT groups, Human Rights Campaign, and ARCUS Foundation were included . In health care a plethora of non-discrimination policies are firmly in place and include the pro LGBT activist HHS interpretations of best practices for both physical and mental health and well-being.
A Bloody Discrimination?
A disturbing insight into the outcome of such activism would be a recent push for “Blood Equality.” Since the Orlando gay nightclub attack the Huffington Post and others have been mainstreaming a cry to “stop the ban on queer blood.” AIDS was first identified in 1981 and by 1985 testing was firmly in place to prevent tainted blood from entering the general public’s blood supply. The concept of restricting those who engage in “at risk behavior” has not been one of discrimination but of best practice for the public welfare and fully supported by the CDC and the CID. The Red Cross and blood banks across the country have supported this policy in the face of some inadequate responses of the FDA in whose oversight these concerns remained.
The main concern today in our activist’s health care is if such policies seen as discriminatory and offensive to some. The future may look grim for those who require blood transfusions or emergency surgery as we pave the way for an international repeat of the UK Tainted Blood Scandal.
Churches, ministries and denominational organizations are rushing into the indigent health care windfall with little consideration of the long term outcomes. Indigent focus and funding then broadens to become the underserved community, then encompasses the working poor who abandon the care of private practice for “Cheaper Care.” Once the private practices disappear then the cycle of underserved community begins all over again and the Walmart Effect has moved from small town America into healthcare until no other options are left but government run public clinics with private partners like faith based organizations. Young graduates leaving medical universities are caught in the trap of diminishing private options, profit driven corporate models and the faith based non-profits. Often the newly graduated professionals work for low pay with more grant funded reductions in student loans as enticement for long hours and low wages.
Large churches are now openly using our offerings and pledges to obtain matching funds or seed money for more government and private grants. Curriculum is admittedly designed as training for our families and children to be mobilized to man the “ministries.” It’s as if to say, “Give me your money to use as seed funds for your taxes and then volunteer in my clinic where your church is competing with you.” And who else is in the room? Every progressive activist on the dream list of the current administration and possibly the next.
Is There an Exit Strategy?
The greater concerns beyond co-mingling missions with the Obama administration are the dangers to religious freedom, church autonomy, and silencing the conservative voice in the cultural debate, thus causing political correctness to rule ending in Doctors being fired for giving honest health advice. No doubt the church could do a better job than government in providing care but the guidelines restricting “religious activities” within grant funded programs takes the faith out of faith based on this slippery slope. If ministry is not allowed then the church is left being nothing more than a conduit for social programs and one more government Health and Human Services contractor.
Ask your local pastor and denominational leader if they are involved and if they know the dangers posed by FBP to health care. Look up the 990 reports of your favorite parachurch ministry and see whose funding is on the annual reports. You may be shocked. Search the CDCs LGBT health pages and understand why honesty in treating real life medical issues is important even to the LGBT community. What will the future “look like” if healthcare is politically and profit driven with evangelicals as well funded enablers of a failing system? Let’s consider if the church becomes one more hated layer in the frustrating chain of socialized medicine. If the money is the only incentive left then buyer beware. The government (tax) money goes away and the churches resources are exploited. It was in the fine print.