Evangelicals and the Culture War

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.

Sodomites War Against Christianity

 

By Al Benson Jr.

The Holy Scriptures speak out strongly against sodomy, lesbianism and related sexual perversions. Those that take part in these activities most generally hate the God of the Bible and have, in His place, substituted a “god” of their own,  who they claim has no problem with what they do.  They hate what the Bible has to say about what they do and so they engage in vocal and literary convolutions which claim that where the Bible condemns their actions, it isn’t really doing that, we only think it is. The thought that God loves them enough to condemn their activities that they might repent and He can save them is one most of them would just as soon not deal with. They want God to accept them with their sin intact, with no repentance involved,  and that He cannot do. We are all sinners and we must come to God, confess those sins and ask that Jesus Christ might forgive us and give us a fresh start. After all, He went to the cross to do that.

Genesis 19:1-13 tells us specifically about sodomite activity and its unnatural desires. There are several places in the Scriptures where sodomite activity is noted and this Genesis passage is one of them. God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their sodomy and other wickedness. There wasn’t even a flicker of repentance in these folks and so with the destruction of their cities, they reaped what they had sown. Leviticus 18:22 states that man shall not lie with man as with a woman. It is an abomination. The following verses list several other abominations along the same line and God says, in verse 24: “Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these things the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:” God noted that because of these things the land was defiled. Will it be any different here? If Israel could be defiled by these perverse acts, why not America? Leviticus 20:13 says the same thing.

The New Testament continues on in the same vein. Check out Romans 1:25-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and 1 Timothy 1:8:10. These all condemn sodomy and related perversions, even though sodomites today have “reinterpreted” them in their own minds so they say something else. For all of that, if these folks will turn away from this sin, God in His love, will forgive. But without repentance there can be no forgiveness. Some sodomites and lesbians do repent and  become Christians. Sadly, most continue in their rebellion and expect all of society to embrace and endorse their lifestyle—and they proceed to get angry when we don’t.

There was a big fuss this past week when the Commander of Duck Dynasty told the truth about sodomy and related sins. The sodomites claimed he was being vile and hateful. He wasn’t. He was just telling the truth, and I think he did it in love. But they can’t accept that, so unless he is willing to grovel and endorse their sin they will try to destroy his career. It hasn’t quite worked out the way they had hoped and they have found out there are lots of folks out there that will not endorse their lifestyle—and it galls them no end.

In fact, one of their main groups, GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defmation) has claimed the credit for getting the A & E Network to suspend the Duck Commander from his show, although now A & E has gotten enough of a backlash from its constituency that they are having second thoughts and Cracker Barrel Restaurants got the same backlash when they decided to play the politically correct game and start pulling some Duck Dynasty material from their shelves. They have since changed their minds.

Cliff Kincaid, in an article on http://www.gopusa.com for December 23rd  stated that: “Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth said GLAAD represents the ‘Gay Thought Police’  and that the organization ‘has a long history of attempting to shut down speech critical of homosexuality—and demonizing as haters, bigots and homophones those (usually Christians)  who speak out against homosexualism or affirm the truth that homosexuals can change and leave the lifestyle.” Homosexuals changing and leaving the lifestyle is information that GLAAD definitely does not want being spread around.

Kincaid also observed that: “Janet Porter of the pro-family group Faith2Action has argued that the homosexual movement aims at nothing less than the criminalization of Christianity,…GLAAD describes itself this way: ‘Leading the conversation. Shaping the media narrative.  Changing the culture. That’s GLAAD at work.” Mr. Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, so he knows whereof he speaks. He has done the homework.

Look at what GLAAD claims. They claim to be leading the conversation. No they’re not. They are trying to shut the conversation down for anyone who dares to disagree with them. They may well be shaping the media narrative, as most of the media are definitely in sympathy with what they do. But then, most of us long ago realized the media people were anti-Christian to the bone. In fact, A & E has funded GLAAD in the past, and, according to Cliff Kincaid, NBC Universal, Comcast, Time Warner, CNN, CBS, Bloomberg, TBS, HBO, and Warner Brothers Entertainment have all, at some point sponsored GLAAD events. So you can see where the media people are—firmly in the sodomite camp—and they ain’t about to give Christians any kind of forum to oppose what they so dearly love—sexual perversion.

Perhaps Christians need to heed what Janet Porter says—that the sodomite movement is out to criminalize the Christian faith. I have no doubt this is true, just as I have no doubt that there are legislators out there that would love to help them accomplish that. I’m sure the current administration in Washington would love to help with that project given the chance. The church had better wake up and realize she is in a culture war and, at this point, the other side are the only ones fighting it. Just telling everyone “the Lord’s in control so don’t worry” won’t cut it anymore.

How do Christians love their enemies? They do it by opposing the evil that the anti-Christs seek to perpetuate and then by calling them to repentance. If the sodomite crowd is “offended” by the truth, we need to give it to them anyway and not let them shut us up. We will never help those that need God’s truth by sitting on the sidelines and saying nothing.