IF YOU ARE MEMBER OF A CHURCH WHICH AFFILIATES WITH THE GOSPEL COALITION OR IT’S VIRAL FELLOW ORGANIZATIONS YOU SHOULD SEEK A NEW CHURCH HOME.
Rev Thomas Littleton 5/11/2020
Sanctuaries have been empty as Christians the world over have been unable to attend their churches for around 8 weeks now. For some it has been even longer. However in this period of church lock outs many have returned to family devotions, personal Bible study and prayer. That is a wonderful “trend”. Still another GREAT opportunity exist for those concerned with the leftward drift of the church. After the Covid-19 shut down and lock out ..it is time to find a new church NOT INFECTED with the virus of The Gospel Coalition and it’s affiliates.
Coronavirus PANDEMIC RESPONSE and overreach which forced the shutdown of church meetings could be a great opportunity to move on from the RISING APOSTASY in churches affiliated with these errors.
REALITY CHECK -If you do not return, in the end, the only thing they may miss is your money.
FROM TGC Podcast SITE
“The Gospel Coalition Podcast features keynote and breakout sessions from our national, regional, and women’s conferences.”
Since this writer first named the subversive forces at work in the church as the “EVANGELICAL DEEP STATE” in 2015 -the concept of the workings and goals of such an organization behind the scenes manipulating the church has become a regular theme of writers and alternative media. The church is under assault from within. Make no mistake. Forces from outside the House of God are bearing down upon it HEAVILY. TGC is not the ONLY culprit yet-NO OTHER ORGANIZATION illustrates or reveals the presence of the Evangelical Deep State like The Gospel Coalition. It is ruining the churches…yours, mine, ours and if you are in a TGC church you need to get your family OUT OF IT.
(PERSONAL NOTE: I have been researching and writing these articles since about 2013/2014 when we discovered these corruptions manifesting in our own church and it’s Christian School. The church had been known for evangelism and discipleship and its conservative biblical stand on social issues for decades. My wife grew up there and graduated from its Christian school.
We had a 2 year old son and were thinking of sending him to the same school. We made our first mistake in assuming the church was the same one my wife had grown up in and came to faith under as a child. We were wrong. The church had come under the leadership of a John MacArthur ( a TGC leader) /Master’s College & Seminary Boarde member and pastor for a number of years. The conservative evangelistic founding pastor was retired. The doctrines now central to the church were Neo -Calvinism,, Community Development, (the pastor had already split the church attempting to implement Purpose Driven errors.) and Elder Rule. Unknown to most in the church- it’s pastor had joined The Gospel Coalition. The first time visitor packets now contained John Piper books and Tim Keller propaganda.EVERYTHING WAS CHANGING RAPIDLY.
The church had converted by 2011 (just before we sadly wandered back through it’s doors) from congregational led to “Elder Rule” using the TGC/ MacArthur models including Church Covenants and severely altered bylaws. Unaware of the deep affiliations and assuming the best based on the stated vision and messaging of the new style leadership – we joined . We simply were thinking we would educate our son there and carefully disciple him in spite of the obvious Neo-Calvinist influences. We did not know nor were we informed of the churches TGC membership. Virtually no one in the church outside the elders and pastors knew of TGC affiliation. We intended to disciple our son without contaminating him with Neo-Calvinism and still find some stability for our family in what we thought the church and school still represented. Little did we know how impossible that simple intention would be.
What followed for my wife and son was a front line discovery of how problematic, deceptive, abusive, heavy handed, scheming, delusional, coordinated, complicit, corrupt, intentional, organized, manifold, far reaching, unbiblical, greedy, and unsavory the entire church vision, it’s leadership/staff/elders had become once INFECTED with the virus known as THE GOSPEL COALITION. Sparing the details of our experience I will provide below the realities of what TGC has and is doing to your church/ to all our churches and WHY you should not return AFTER THE COVID-19 CHURCH SHUT OUT. ALL of these assertions are well documented on this site in the years of research that followed.
The Gospel Coalition was founded in 2006 by Tim Keller and D.A. Carson. It has many affiliated organizations, ministries, big name preachers, and planting organizations On the surface it appears to be just another virtual preacher frat house PROMOTING their ideology. But their influence in the seminaries, Christian media,and across denominational lines make TGC the perfect breeding ground for the viral infection of Neo-Calvinism and it’s politics and change agent agenda.
MAKE NO MISTAKE TGC vision is and has always been to change the church.
It’s doctrines serve to spread its real CONTAGION – PROGRESSIVE POLITICS and EMERGENT Christianity ERROR. In TGC conferences, publications and social media the ideologies of the group have spread like Coronavirus on a CDC computer model. Once Young Restless and Reformed, now middle-aged spokesperson for TGC ,Collin Hansen explained the political and social change /change agent agenda of TGC and why it was founded in this March 6th 2018 interview with ABC’s UN-Comfortable program.
“Evangelical leader believes we live in ‘a culture full of fear and loathing’With many evangelical leaders backing President Trump, Collin Hansen of The Gospel Coalition tells on a new installment of ‘Uncomfortable’ why he worries the church’s future is at stake.
— — Collin Hansen says he’s watched with confusion as leaders from his evangelical Christian community staunchly defend President Donald Trump.”“You used to think morality is important. Now, morality is not important. You used to think repentance is important,” said Hansen. “President Trump says that he’s never had anything to ask forgiveness for. I mean it is very confusing.”
“For the Alabama-based editorial director of the Gospel Coalition, a network of evangelical churches in America, the head-scratching has now given way to alarm. Hansen believes the inability of public figures like Jerry Falwell Jr. and Tony Perkins to maintain their moral credibility by continuing to defend offensive or un-Christian behavior by Trump is a threat to the church itself.”
Bottom line revealed in the interview is that Collin Hansen confirmed TGC exists because it answers the “bad” politics of the church which allowed it’s members to elect someone like President Donald Trump. Follow closely and you we see the interviewer set up the play for Hansen to spike the ball in this revealing interview on the political and change agent agenda of TGC.
The arrogance of TGC’s assumptions of self importance are glaring. TGC was designed to fuel and facilitate the rebellion of your progressive /post modern Christian CHILDREN to the “outmoded ” Christianity of their aging parents and transform their churches to fit the new hipster/ hip hop / relevant “communities “the next -gen crave. Churches are being made over in the image of TGC.
FEW pastors are isolated from the pervasive infectious influences of TGC.
Just to name a few without EXPLAINING here. These issues have been documented in the many articles and research provided on this site and others.
SOCIAL JUSTICE GOSPEL- A CALL TO FACILITATING EQUITY
REVOICED -AN LGBTQ THRIVING IN THE CHURCH
CRITICAL THEORY / RACE THEORY/ GENDER THEORY/QUEER THEORY IN SEMINARIES
RACE BAITING IN THE NAME OF RECONCILIATION
IMMIGRATION OPEN BORDERS PRO-ISLAM MASKED AS COMPASSION FOR REFUGEES
FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS -GOVERNMENT AND FOUNDATION CHURCH GRANTS
(FEMA, HHS, HUD, DHLS, AND MORE IN LONG TERM PARTNERSHIPS WITH TGC CHURCHES.)
ONGOING FUNDING FROM GOVERNMENT & PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS
COMMUNITARIANISM- ALL FOR THE “COMMON GOOD” AND “HUMAN FLOURISHING”
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL SERVICES THROUGH THE CHURCH
ANTI-NATIONALISM- AMERICA LAST BUT MAKE SURE TO WRITE THE CHECK IN US DOLLARS.
IDOLATRY OF THE NUCLEAR FAMILY.ROOTED IN FEMINIST AND QUEER THEORY.
(YOUR TGC CULT LIKE CHURCH IS “YOUR REAL FAMILY”)
PRO- ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE /WHILE WEAKENING PRO-LIFE FOCUS
ALL THESE ERRORS AND MORE ARE BEING PACKAGED AS THE GOSPEL CALLING AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH IN TGC AND AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS .
TGC founder Tim Keller has shown a cherished relationship to the left. He lauds the “biblical values ” reflected in the social justice policies of the Democratic Party platform. Keller took two of his disciples to the Obama White House in 2012 promising to aid in bringing the churches into”Good Faith” cooperation with Obama’s radical second term goals. Keller’s meeting and his role as a modern day Balaam (the false prophet who helped a wicked king ensnare the people of God during their wilderness wanderings) with Obama are recounted in a book by the same name.
TGC churches follow the political engagement of “religious ethics experts” like another modern day Balaam -Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Moore has been in his seat as President of the ERLC since 2013 which is the same time that massive amounts of funding from outside the church solidified it’s inroads into the church via the seminaries.
MOORE AND LGBTQ REVOICING THE CONVERSATION
Moore is pro -Revoice , letting his underlings promote and work with LGBTQ thriving in the historically conservative churches like his own SBC and conservative PCA .He even hosted the 2014 event changing the entire conversation and response to LGBTQ just months before gay marriage became the law of the land. Most of the current herd of Same Sex desiring/ bemoaning change agents in TGC were brought into the conversation by Russell Moore and his mentor TGC leader Albert Mohler of SBTS BY 2014.
MOORE THE TGC RACE BAITER
Moore promotes radical racial “reconciliation ” with TGC in meetings like the TGC/ERLC cosponsored MLK/50 event in Memphis where Critical Race Theory, White Guilt, Privilege Repentance , and redistribution /reparations were promoted as “Gospel Issues”. Moore accused Southern Christians as being guilty of the worship of “Jim Crow as Jesus”.
MOORE -MORE MUSLIMS IN WESTWARD EXPANSION
Russell Moore is pro open borders immigration working with the Evangelical Immigration Round Table of National Immigration Forum with Obama Era leaders and the funding of billionaires like Soros , Paul Singer (also massive LGBTQ funder) Ebay founder progressive Muslim, Pierre Omidyar. The plight of the Muslim “Refugee” is the welcome mat for massive funding for “refugee resettlement” for organizations like World Vision and World Relief and for Moore’s own SBC domestic and foreign missions arms NAMB and IMB.
MOORE AND MO MONEY
Moore, like Balaam, has no problem with taking funds from these modern day seducers. Being a friend and agent of Balak is still as profitable as it ever was. Despite the obvious damage done to both culture and Christian faith in Europe form years of pro Islamic immigration policies there- our Balaam Moore is teaching leaders here in the art of seduction of American Christians. TGC churches have drunk deep of this lavishly deceptive kool-aide.
Moore’s policies and politics are birthing a whole new vision of Religious Liberty wed with, shaped, redefined, and subordinated to LGBTQ ” RIGHTS”, Islamic proliferation, economic/social equity ALL assuring protections for everyone’s Religious Liberty “in a pluralistic society”. Moore is a Democrat, former staffer for a Democratic Congressman in Mississippi and is very close to the Obama Administration and NOW Obama Foundation operatives like Michael Wear. Wear is also a “TGC thought leader”.
The progressive “& Campaign” and the Interfaith Dialog “Neighborly Faith ” both have TGC and ERLC leadership involved. The NEW political tone and call for CIVILITY and PLURALISM are all carefully designed to move the church left politically and paint Christian Religious Liberty into a tiny corner subjected to the definitions and boundaries of it’s most ardent opposition like LGBTQ Equality, Social Equity and Islam .
“But I have a few things against you, because you have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication.”
PLURALITY OF “RULING ELDERS”
Elder Rule is touted as THE Biblical model for church leadership. Like our own former church, TGC congregants are encouraged to surrender leadership of the church from the congregation to selected- “elected” elder board who make the decisions about hiring staff, vision casting, finances, debt, expansion, etc FOR the church and then present them for “CONGREGATIONAL AFFIRMATION “.Such men are presented as beyond questioning in their integrity in spite of the many failings of TGC elders /church leaders to address openly lustful and adulterous pastors, child sexual abuse cover ups and financial mis-dealings by their stable of leaders.
POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT OUR WAY OR NO WAY
TGC leader’s like Mark Dever and editor underling Jonathan Leeman and their affiliated organizations like 9MARKS – FOCUS HEAVILY ON planting churches with a “plurality of elders”. In multiple “conversations ” Dever and Leeman discuss the need for the elders to help shape the political engagement and even advise congregants on how to vote. Leeman’s 2018 Book on the subject is used repeatedly to reinforce this effort, as do a host of other TGC writers. TGC leader Thabiti Anyabwile recent “Just Gospel ” conference, part of his Front Porch outreach, shamelessly promotes the same Third Way politics of the TGC political chorus .
Converting to Elder Rule means rewriting the bylaws of the church. These bylaws are carefully crafted to secure control of the church. They establish a POWER GRID and entrench elders to run the church and control any and all opposition. The abuses of this are rampant and the victims now litter the evangelical landscape. Members of these TGC churches have no options but to submit…or else . Institutions like the seminaries are under similar tyrannical authoritarian models including requirement of Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) which enforce and ensure silence on the part of the institutions abused victims.
Question anything and YOU are the problem. Failure to remain quiet after your concerns are expressed to the appropriate leadership and you WILL be fast tracked into arbitration and eventual church discipline. This will lead to EXCOMMUNICATION and PUBLIC SHAMING, calls for you to be SHUNNED by congregants and other Christians and you will remain “under discipline” until you show public repentance for questioning the authority of the RULING ELDERS in your TGC church. They proactively call for your church to shun and shame you and spread the word to other churches in your city and region to shame- shun and deny you membership and even communion.
Sound Catholic? It is…and DEMONIC!
Plus these new bylaws and documents like Church Covenants for new members are carefully crafted by TGC thinkers to sound Biblical and theologically astute and accurate. BUT they are also crafted by attorneys and are designed to allow for the excessive power grab of the Ruling Elders making them the “only legal members of the church ” while insulating them from lawsuits.
The New Testament church did not consult Attorneys to design bylaws and covenants did they? NO. SHOULD it ? NEVER !
ARBITRATION IS THE END OF THE ROAD FOR YOU IF YOU WILL NOT ALLOW LEGITIMATE CONCERNS TO BE BURIED – AND ARE “DISCIPLINED” BY YOUR RULING ELDERS.
Many organizations “train ” and “coach”elder leaders in the “process of conciliation ” and arbitration which the member has already agreed to WHEN signing the church covenant designed by the church attorney. ZERO options exist.
MANY newly affiliated TGC churches are even requiring long time or lifetime members to go back through some MEMBERSHIP PROTOCOLS simply to ensure the signatures are on the church covenants to empower the elder RULE. Several churhces in this authors area have split over this TGC practice .
Admittedly many churches have elder rule models that have been based on purely Biblical principle and guidelines. BUT these models did not require such heavy handed application, attorney involvement or arbitration agreements.
YOU CANNOT MAKE THIS BIBLICAL BY WRAPPING BIBLE VERSES AROUND IT .
Samples of some church arbitration organizations:
BOTTOM LINE- Submit to the TGC powers or you are a “bad Christian”. Any show of Frustration that arises from the heavy handed authority or circular process ,once manifested, proves that you and your attitude of depression or anger is in fact the problem. The real concerns are then buried in the process and you may be “suicidal if depressed” with the process or “homicidal if angry” with the process.
One organization- Peacemakers even has a METER gauging your response for proof that intervention is needed. It is a railroaded process that will make the concerned believers head spin leaving them wondering how they found themselves in arbitration and under elder threats for simply expressing legitimate concern.
NOT ONLY are the legal thinkers involved in the development of these conciliation ministries and process BUT psychology , sociology and profiling from the social sciences play a MAJOR ROLE IN THEIR DEVELOPMENT. Virtually every response is anticipated and accounted for except for those refusing to fear false authority and who have caught the ruling elders and staff in as many lies as possible.At this point the usurpers rely on the last possible tools to silence the opposition …they LIE.
CHURCH COVENANTS ARE A LICENSE TO ABUSE :DON’T SIGN ONE EVER !
LAWYERS DRAFT THESE BYLAWS AND COVENANTS … NOT SCRIPTURE.
Note : It has been pointed out that many churches in the TGC circles operate like Scientology and are VERY “CULT LIKE” in their demands for control and arbitration
CRITICISM OF PEACEMAKER /ARBITRATION FROM SOME VICTIMS OF IT
The money, ideology, methodology behind the deconstruction of the Seminaries is detailed at length HERE:
The affiliated Seminaries and Christian Colleges are listed here in one of the funding organizations which oversee it’s curriculum and social justice agenda .
IF YOU SEE THE CONCERNS WITH TGC INFLUENCE- THEN YOU DO NOT WANT TO HIRE STAFF FROM OR BE MEMBERS OF A CHURCH WITH GRADUATES OF THESE INSTITUTIONS IN RECENT YEARS.
Christianity Today is just one example of the pervasive influence of TGC on /in Christian media. Most outlets are saturated, Keep them around only as alternative to the next pandemic inspired RUN ON TOILET PAPER . It might be useful then like the Sears and Roebuck Catalog during the Depression.
LIFEWAY and other curriculum providers affiliated with TGC .as well as TGCs own massive curriculum studies play a key role in indoctrination of the flock with their materials. BURN IT!
TGC has proliferated along side the Neo-Reformed movement in the Southern Baptist Convention and Presbyterian Church of America . Both were once social conservative and evangelistic. NOW these two denominations have experienced near total saturation as have their missions organizations and educational institutions and media. MOST if not all of the well known and influential pastors in these denominations are TGC leadership council members. SUGGESTION-TURN OFF THEIR BROADCAST AND BURN THEIR BOOKS.
TGC REVITALIZATION – PLANTING ON TOP OF YOUR CHURCH & OWNING IT’S ASSETS
If your church has allowed one of the TGC planting organizations like ACTS 29/ 9MARKS / Embers to Flames / Send Network/ or any other TGC affiliated planting organization to sell it’s vision of revitalization to your church THEN your church is now part of the TGC ideology. Get OUT of it. LEAVE. DON’T RETURN
This is the most criminal activity of all TGC leaders like Tim Keller and Ed Stezer and their many brainwashed and indoctrinated disciples. Besides going after the hearts and minds of your adult children in the Christian Universities and Seminaries with SOCIALIST ECONOMICS of Faith and Work and Global Goals of the UN , their target groups also include much much younger audience .
This is ” A MILL STONE OFFENSE”.
These LEADERSHIP OF TGC are promoting the targeting of your 4-14 year old children and grandchildren right under your noses- with your tithe money IN YOUR OWN CHURCH.
(NOTE: Our son was given the TGC affiliated curriculum of Ed Stetzer in preschool class at our former church .It is called The Gospel Project and is laced with TGC ideology.)
TGC IS ROBBING YOUR PASTORS OF THEIR CALLING AND THE GOSPEL WHILE ROBBING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY OF YOUR CHURCH, YOUR FAITH , YOUR FUNDS AND YOUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE
TGC IS A THEOLOGICALLY EMERGENT -PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL ORGANIZATION OUT TO MOVE YOU AND YOUR CHURCH LEFTWARD POLITICALLY.
The flood of money into the denominational organizations, missions and educational institutions is enormous. A vast network of private foundations exist willing to both accelerate the churches leftward drift and co opt it’s assets ,human and financial, for their vision. They CARE NOT for your Christian faith or the WORD of God BUT they do desire to both remove forces like the churches Biblical conviction which hinder their global visions and are willing to harness them if possible into an APOSTATE CHURCH that will ultimately be a part of FURTHERING the unthinkable / anti-christ vision they pursue.
THE GOSPEL COALITION IS AN AGENT OF APOSTASY.
ABANDON IT AND ITS BASTARD / ILLEGITIMATE OFFSPRING.
3″ So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. 5 And on her forehead a name was written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.
6 “I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.”
15 “Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you [g]saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. 18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”
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