by Al Benson Jr.
A good subtitle for this article might be Who Really Runs the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention?
Earlier this week someone sent me an article from http://faithandheritage.com written by someone named Adi on June 20th. I don’t know who Adi is, but he dealt with some things that need to be dealt with. The headline for his article was Russell Moore Endorses Idolatry. Some may recall, from a previous article, that Russell Moore is presently the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Adi writes of him that: “Moore reached a new low this week, however, besides ousting the Confederate Battle Flag from a historically Southern denomination, in defending his active support for the increased institutionalization of idolatry in the United States, when he was asked about his commission’s support for the erection of an Islamic mosque in Bernards Township in New Jersey.”
The planning board of this township, back in December of 2015 “voted down an application from the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge to build a 4,252 square feet mosque on Church Street.” Naturally the Islamic Society filed a lawsuit that accused the planning board of violating their religious liberties. Adi tells us that “An amicus brief was filed on behalf of the Islamic Society, fighting for the establishment of the mosque on the basis of religious liberty. In addition to Moore’s ERLC, the brief was also signed by the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey.” What a woeful mix of supposed Christian orthodoxy and outright false religion! You have to wonder why some church groups are making common cause with the Krishnas and the Unitarian Universalists? Isn’t there a verse somewhere in the Scriptures about Christians not being yoked together with unbelievers? Last time I checked it was still there.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC, currently chaired by Mr. Moore is an “interesting” group, which I am sure many Southern Baptists probably don’t know a lot about.
According to an article on http://www.thewatchmanwakes.com the ERLC is classified as a NGO (non-governmental organization) of the United Nations and it has a “special consultative status.” This article noted a Dr. Albert Mohler and says of him that “Dr. Mohler is a Founding Fellow of the Research Institute (think tank) of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC is the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention…Why is this information noteworthy? Because the ERLC is a non-governmental organization..of the UN…What does it mean that the ERLC partners with the UN as an NGO? What are the criteria for NGO’s to be granted this status? The following are just a few…The NGO must support the principles of the Charter of the UN…The NGO must have a clear mission statement that is consistent with those principles…the NGO must promote knowledge of the principles and activities of the UN.” Now stop and think about these for a minute. What this means is that your organization, as an NGO must be one that will support the principles of the United Nations.
Should any church organization of any denomination, be that closely involved with the United Nations that it has to have a mission statement that is consistent with the principles of the United Nations? Does anyone out there especially in churches, have the remotest concept of what the United Nations stands for? You should, especially if you are a Christian, because if you are, then the United Nations stands against everything you stand for as a believer in Jesus Christ as Lord.
There are a couple books out there that you might still be able to come up with on this subject. One is called The Fearful Master and is a masterful study of the United Nations written by G. Edward Griffin several years ago now. You might be able to find it on Amazon and if you can and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, get it. The other one is Freedom at the Altar–The UN’s Crusade Against God & Family by William Norman Grigg. Check Amazon for that one too. It was first printed in March, 1995 by the John Birch Society. Both of these books will give you an understanding of the United Nations and its real goals and aims that every Christian should have. And you will then have to ask yourself–why is any organization that is part of my church involved with anything the United Nations does? More Southern Baptists, and others too, need to start asking that question and demanding answers from their leadership. Oh, I realize that in the SBC each church is independent, but, folks, as long as your denomination is represented by the ERLC you have a major problem and you need to start to deal with it.
There is also a scripture that says something like this, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but spiritual wickedness in high places”
Our battle now, as it always been, the devil and the spirit of the anti-Christ. The attacks against our heritage and our Christ will continue and will only get worse until our Lord returns to earth to claim his own.
Our mission is to hold to our faith and to spread the word of God all we can.
The Scripture also says “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove (expose) them.” The attacks on our faith and heritage may well continue but that doesn’t mean we should not expose those the devil used to promote those attacks.