Rev Thomas Littleton
In recent weeks social media has been abuzz about a PCA church in St Louis Missouri hosting a transgender speaker in an event called “Reclaim MLK2019.”
The event was announced by the organization Faith for Justice and WAS to have been hosted by South City Church.
Reclaim MLK 2019
• Sunday, January 20, 2019
• 4:00 PM 7:00 PM
• South City Church (map)
• Google Calendar ICS
“Join us for this annual community-wide event featuring Faith for Justice, the City Ministry Initiative, Action St. Louis, and Close the Workhouse as they teach us how to carry and continue the legacy of Dr. King.
“Free food and childcare will be provided.
Please consider bringing a side dish to share or donating to help with food.
See you all on January 20th!
#ReclaimMLK2019 South City Church”
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN AMERICA HOSTING TRANS–INSANITY?
South City Church pastor is Mike Higgins who is also Dean of Students and teaches:
“Mike and Renee Higgins came to South City Church in 2012. Mike attended Covenant Seminary earned his MDiv in 1996 and served as a PCA pastor in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia before returning to Covenant Seminary as Dean of Students in 2011. He is also an army chaplain (COL) assigned to the Pentagon. In May 2012, Mike earned his DMin from Covenant where his focus was the “Experiences of African American Church Planters in the PCA.” He has been married to Renee for 33 years, has two daughters, Mary and Michelle and two grandchildren, Moses and Mattie.”
Higgin’s daughter is the Worship pastor.
“Michelle Higgins, Director of Worship Michelle Higgins has been a choir director, event coordinator, youth ministry director, gospel-funk lyricist and lead singer. Michelle was born in St. Louis and has lived near Fairgrounds Park, Forest Park, Benton Park and Tower Grove Park. She currently serves the African American Leadership Development Conference of Saint Louis. She has served as choir director for various Missionary Baptist, COGIC, Non-denominational and Presbyterian churches. Michelle has deep roots in the African American pentecostal tradition, but her ambition is to encourage and participate in blended worship with all the nations. Michelle holds an M.Div from Covenant Theological Seminary.”
ADVOCATING DANCING WITH TRANSGENDERS.
Michelle is not a stranger to controversy due to her work with Black Lives Matter- espousing BLM to be a Gospel driven cause and for her assertions that “God – She is black” and “Jesus is a trans-person of Color.” She also talks about the “possibilities” for the church “if we can learn to dance with our transgender friends and recovering white supremacist friends and people we think are so different from us.”
Audio: Worship Leader at PCA Church Preaches “Transgender Jesus”
“Earlier today, we reported on a PCA church that is holding a Martin Luther King conference for the sole purpose of promoting transgender rights and activism. It has since been brought to my attention that Michelle Higgins, the “Director of Worship” and daughter of South City Church’s pastor Mike Higgins preached at the 2015 UCC Youth event and said some very disturbing things.
“Reformation Charlotte has possession of the audio from Michelle Higgins’ and has noted the following very disturbing comments:
• “Some of you know the shirt: ‘I met God. She is black.’ Does anybody have that shirt? I have got to get me one.”
• “Have you met God? Do you know Him? She’s black.”
• “Do you know Jesus? Jesus is a trans-person of color.”
• “Remember, your God who is black, who is transgendered, who is differently able, who is non-English speaking is coming.”
• “Your God is not heterosexual”
“You can listen to the audio for yourself below. Many of the disturbing remarks start slightly before the 11:00 again at the link below or above these quotes.”
PCA CONTROVERSY TWITTER FRENZY
The event was in part exposed on Twitter as having a transgender speaker. Here is the Faith for Justice event speaker’s bio.
“As a musician & speaker carrying the message of their Black & POC trans & genderqueer siblings, Jay-Marie’s speaking and performing engagements have taken place at Dartmouth College, Harvard University, American Repertory Theater, Stanford University, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, New Conservatory Theater Center (SF), and more. Their M.A. in education has enabled their work as an educator for young people (K-Universities) in classrooms and with adults through intentional learning spaces. Jay-Marie also prioritizes working directly as a mentor with countless cis, Queer & Trans/NB youth & young adults around the country. …
“They have also been an outspoken advocate & organizer with movements such as Black Lives Matter, Black 4 Palestine, #NoDAPL and #SayHerName, among others. …
“Jay-Marie is originally from Oakland, CA. but now works out of St. Louis, MO building a very Black, very Queer life with their incredible partner, Kayla.”
THREAD: A PCA church is being taught by a woman in a lesbian relationship how to celebrate the lives of transgenders on an upcoming Lord’s Day.
SHUFFLE ACROSS THE FLOOR – THE COVENANT TWO STEP?
South City Church announced on the 14th of January that is will no longer hold the event:
“Posted by South City Church on January 14, 2019
“In the past few days, the session and pastoral staff of South City Church became aware of details concerning an event that was to be hosted on its property on January 20th, 2019 sponsored and organized by Faith for Justice, a Christian advocacy and social justice organization. Upon being informed of the details of the event, the session and pastoral staff met and determined that some of the planned elements within this particular event appeared to be inconsistent with South City Church’s theological convictions. We have thus determined that South City Church’s facility should no longer be used for the Faith for Justice event originally scheduled for January 20th. At no point was the event a South City Church event or part of a South City Church worship service.”
Faith for Justice has announced the new venue – which is a PCUSA church.
Faith for Justice is at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church – St. Louis, Missouri.
15 hrs · St. Louis, MO ·
“We will continue on with plans for our #ReclaimMLK2019 event, now at a brand new venue!! See you all Sunday, January 20th at 4pm at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (4111 Connecticut St.)
Spread the word! See you all then! @ Oak Hill Presbyterian Church – St. Louis, Missouri”
WHO IS FAITH FOR JUSTICE?
The website of Faith for Justice says that Michelle Higgins, the South City Church worship pastor is FfJ co-founder.
“Michelle Higgins is a founding member of Faith for Justice. She is an organizer, administrator and worship leader. She serves with Action Saint Louis, the Electoral Justice Project of the Movement for Black Lives and directs worship for South City Church in Saint Louis. Michelle can also be heard on the podcast Truth’s Table. She earned an M.Div. at Covenant Theological Seminary and currently works for campaigns centering Black radicalism in prison abolition and building political power. She lives with her family in Saint Louis.”
Mike Higgins Pastor of South City Church is the on the board of Faith for Justice with his daughter.
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Also, on the Faith for Justice board is First Light Ministries employee and controversial LGBT+ conference Revoice speaker.
You can read about the apparent cover up of the “Revoice” investigation in the Presbyterian Church in America by the chairperson of the investigation who is also listed as the Principle officer of First Light – here. And here.
Take a breath.
Again, here is the statement from South City Church staff WHICH INCLUDES Mike and Michelle Higgins and the Session of elders at SSC about why they have canceled out on hosting the Faith for Justice “Reclaiming MLK2019.″
“Faith for Justice is a Christian advocacy and social justice organization. Upon being informed of the details of the event, the session and pastoral staff met and determined that some of the planned elements within this particular event appeared to be inconsistent with South City Church’s theological convictions. We have thus determined that South City Church’s facility should no longer be used for the Faith for Justice event originally scheduled for January 20th. At no point was the event a South City Church event or part of a South City Church worship service.”
ONE VERY HONEST QUESTION –
HOW CAN THE HIGGINS WHO OPERATE ON THE BOARD OF FAITH FOR JUSTICE NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THEIR OWN EVENT WHEN THEY THEMSELVES ARE BOTH STAFFERS AT SOUTH CITY CHURCH AS WELL AND WOULD HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN MAKING THE DECISION TO HOST IT FROM THE START?
The PCA needs to get the bottom of what is going on in St Louis, in its churches and at Covenant Seminary.
Lord, send forth Thy Light and Thy Truth.
3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
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