by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
Four years ago last January, in 2014, I did a four-part series titled Evangelical Marxism for this blog spot. I don’t know if it woke anybody up but I hope it did reach some. If you care to check back, it is still up. I suppose I could call this part five, or maybe just the continually sleeping church, as it seems to take an awful lot anymore to wake the church up to much of anything. In many cases we seem to be sleeping our way through history and then we wonder why in heck we are losing the culture war. Maybe if we just woke up and started to fight back we wouldn’t lose so often. The Lord ain’t about to bless the efforts of the comatose to remain asleep.
The New American magazine for June 5, 2018 had an informative article by Alex Newman, https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals about some of what is going on in the Southern Baptist Convention, which is to have their annual meeting this year in Dallas, Texas between June 12th and 13th.
Mr. Newman wrote, in part, “The Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest protestant denomination and a historically conservative wing of the Christian church in the United States is on the verge of falling to organized ‘progressive’ social-justice forces and anti-Trump activists, according to media reports and insiders involved in the battle. One leading opponent of the scheme has even blasted what he described as the ‘Evangelical Deep State’ working to infect the church with unbiblical ideologies. The goal of these forces, dubbed ‘neo-Marxist’ by some critics, include softening and eventually quashing Christian opposition to homosexuality , normalizing gender confusion in the church, promoting left-wing politics at all levels of government, fueling constant obsession and angst over race and gender, facilitating mass Islamic immigration into the United States, and much more. Most rank and file Southern Baptists remain oblivious to what is happening, insiders said. But the implications for the church, the culture, the nation, and politics could be earth-shattering.”
That’s the main problem right there–most Southern Baptists remain oblivious to what really goes on in the denomination. And you can’t just point the finger at the Southern Baptists–the same situation holds true in many denominations. Lots easier to just stay asleep and let the church leaders handle everything. The question of what to do if they don’t “handle everything” never comes up until it is too late.
There is a resolution scheduled to be introduced into this year’s annual Southern Baptist meeting by conservatives that will “…strongly condemn the ‘unbiblical’ and ‘Marxist-based’ so-called ‘social-justice’ movement. We’ll have to keep an eye out to see what happens to that resolution. The man who introduced the resolution suspects there may well be an effort to prevent its being voted on. The purpose of the resolution is to wake people up to what the Left is trying to do within their denomination. He said “Most of these churches in the heartland, most of these are rural churches and most of them have no idea of what is going on.”
He said: “My fear is that if progressives get in control of the Southern Baptist Convention–(Summit Church Pastor) . J. D. Greear is one of their guys–the people in the heartland are going to start seeing this stuff infiltrating the literature, the bookstores, but by then it will be too late and these progressives will be running the show. At that point the response will be too little too late.” There’s a lot of meat in Mr. Newman’s article that I can’t include here for space reasons. Check it out on the internet and read the article in its entirety.
Another article I came across along this same line is one written by Rev. Thomas Littleton back in July of 2017 entitled How Evangelicals Lost the Culture War Before it Started. You can probably find this by typing the name of the article and the author. Just for kicks, try that on duckduckgo.com search engine. Lots of stuff on that one I haven’t seen other places, and supposedly they don’t track what you look up like Google and others do.
Rev. Littleton wrote: “Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to change the churchs’ biblical stand on LGBTQ. In 2014, the Human Rights Campagn (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 Matthew Vines have since made their way into many churches and onto Bible college campuses like Biola University. Just this week a LGBTQ won Faculty approval on Southern Baptist affiliated Samford University. Why is this happening? While the church is being manipulated and distracted, pre-K-12 schools are being invaded by the LGBTQ.” Some of you who know what goes on in public schools already realize that. Seems like your churches are now going to get it too.
Maybe the evangelicals need to begin to realize they are losing the culture war because the other side is the only one doing any real fighting! Most evangelicals (with some exceptions) are just sitting it out–hoping all this really nasty stuff will just go away if only they are “nice enough” to the anti-Christ types on their block. It won’t. And you all better realize that you are in a spiritual battle that you won’t win unless you start resisting the evil being thrust upon you.
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Indeed, the culture wars were being lost back in the 1920s. Modernism and progressivism had begun way back in the 1700s, but by 1920 it was clear that even in America they were becoming a serious threat (Europe had largely fallen even by then) — some churches tried to draw a line in the sand by calling for churches to return or stand up for the fundamentals of the faith. Unfortunately, the major denominations were already wavering and many that might have taken a stand settled for trying to hold onto just some core doctrines of the Gospel, remaining evangelical but not willing to stand for the historicity of Genesis, etc. The Scopes Trial brought out a lot of this — the secular press ridiculing the “backwards hicks” who believed in active Divine Creation and many clergy and theologians coming forward to stand with them in condemning those who refused to acknowledge that Man had descended from apes. After all, an expert was pointing out that an ape-man’s tooth had been found here in America, named Nebraska Man, and all educated people knew that Piltdown Man showed how ancient humans retained ape characteristics like its jaw. While the Bible taught love and care for all people, modern science texts like the one cited in the Scopes case taught that humanity would be improved if some people were not allowed to breed, perhaps through sterilization. If churches didn’t stand up against such things back then, is it any wonder that we find ourselves in our current state?
I remember reading about Nebraska Man several years ago. The “scientists” based their whole theory of Nebraska Man on one tooth they had found. From that one tooth they created a whole hypothesis for Nebraska Man’s culture. Turns out they later found that this tooth was a pig’s tooth. So it wasn’t really Nebraska Man—it was Nebraska Pig!
Yes, Nebraska Man was the pet of one scientist, but he was very prominent and had an article in a major paper (reprinted in others) in which he chided those who didn’t accept it as evidence. Piltdown Man was a much bigger case, with many scientists involved, accepted for many years, and finally someone pointed out facts exposing it as an outright hoax! Of course, that’s all in the past, but they show the danger of relying on the opinion of men, even if they are experts.
“The church has sprung a leak & the world is leaking into the church”-A.W. Tozer
That’s a good way of putting it.