One of the most prominent accusers of the Body of Christ in America is David French. There are few who claim the mantle of Christ who vehemently hate actual Christians quite so much as David French. David French was a prominent “Bush Conservative” who was quickly revealed to be not an actual conservative once Trump won in 2016. The relic from a dead era of neoconservatism has taken on a new task with Trump out of office and that task is attacking the church.
Unsurprisingly, David French is also theologically liberal. In January, I had written this about French:
David French is where we see a more Christianized example of a NeverTrumper than the overtly left-of-center McCain/Kasich staffer that was Weaver. David French consistently articulates that Christians who support Trump are compromising the gospel to “Christian Nationalism.” But David French already is vocal in his support of those who seek to undermine the gospel. Just in 2021, David French has promoted the words of numerous woke Evangelicals, including but not limited to: Beth Moore, Russell Moore, Phil Vischer, Jemar Tisby, and Anthony Bradley. He made a point early on in 2020 to endorse a woke podcast. It is not hard to conclude that someone who makes a habit out of promoting false teachers is projecting his own compromised Christianity onto others. David French is a hypocrite, and that’s why you get arguments out of him like “drag queen story hour is the price of freedom.“
David French has embraced Critical Race Theory. So when he denounces Christian concern about wokeness, he is really defending his own credibility.
After declaring that Critical Race Theory is a bogeyman, David French suggests that the real issues are Qanon and anti-vaxxers. Was Qanon a real issue in the church? Perhaps. French would cite a study that said that 27% of Evangelicals believed in a “core elements” of Qanon. I found the AEI survey that French refers to. It makes no mention of Qanon. It seems to be reference to this held belief:
“Donald Trump has been secretly fighting a group of child sex traffickers that include prominent Democrats and Hollywood elites” (29 percent vs. 19 percent, respectively).
This is an element of Qanon, but has little to do with Q. Qanon was alleged to be a backdoor channel in which Trump or a high level official was leaking information and events to the public. There was a website where cryptic messages would be posted called “drops”. The Trump administration had a greater priority on human trafficking and recovering missing children, and prominent Democrats and Hollywood elites include some pedophiles. Again, putting these two facts and romanticizing Trump’s effort to fight sex trafficking does not require one to believe in Qanon. Since Qanon was always a scam, who is to say that the scammer chased views people believed and not the other way around. Nor did this poll ask about Q.
Moreover, Q is dead because like a Hal Lindsey doomsday prediction, it never came true. And hopefully people feel foolish and have learned a hard lesson. What need is there for the church to address Qanon now?
As for anti-vaxxers, vaccination is a personal medical decision. It is not within the ecclesiastical authority of the church to condemn these individuals, as they are not in sin for their convictions. This is especially true for the COVID-19 vaccine, which David French refers two in his exchange with Allie Beth Stucky.
Furthermore, there is no real prominence of Qanon in the church. There may be laity that believe it but prominent pastors, seminary professors, aren’t championing a blog claiming to have inside knowledge on the Trump administration. Twitter is not real life. However, there are no shortages of seminary presidents embracing Critical Race Theory. There are no shortages of pastors doing likewise. David French is sounding like Matt Chandler in defending this ideology.
Lastly the degree in which believing in Qanon was sinful is wholly dependent on one’s devotion to it. In other words, idolatry. Critical Race Theory, in contrast, is inherently attached to a false gospel. This again signifies which issue actually needs to be addressed. Once again, David “Vichy” French is wrong.
Big Tech censorship has been expanding beyond just Conservatives… Christians are next!
While many of us have been warning about the coming persecution of Christians, I don’t think any of us thought that it would be ramping up so quickly. While we are luckily not facing physical persecution yet, such as beatings or death, we are facing censorship, deplatforming and even jail time in some instances. These are just the birth pangs of what is coming next.
While we still have a voice here at The GateKeepers, we are doing everything that we can to bypass the algorithmic walls put up by Big Tech and the Social Media companies like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Our videos used to get thousands of views across all of our platforms, while now they are being throttled and hardly getting distributed at all. An added wrinkle is that, while our video content is seeing lower views, traffic to our website has never been higher. Over the past year we’ve seen a 700% increase in traffic, and it’s been amazing to experience this kind of growth. Because of this, we’ll be launching GKTV very soon, hosting all of our shows exclusively on our platform.
While The GateKeepers started out as nothing more than a blog for me to post my articles, it has now expanded into a podcast network featuring fifteen shows, a publishing company that has published three books over the past year and we are now hosting conferences on a regular basis. We’ve seen the addition of contributors to The GateKeepers such as Denise McAllister, Pastor Cary Gordon, Pastor Ken Peters, Dr Mike Spaulding, Dr Bobby Lopez and many other amazing Christian leaders. Our lineup of shows has expanded, as well, featuring shows such as The Shining Light Podcast, Conversations with Jeff, The Big Brown Gadfly, Battlefront: SouthGate and The Verum Monitae Report with Dr Mike Spaulding, in addition the the several other shows we also carry on The GateKeepers.
While we’ve seen some amazing growth and expansion, we are also working hard to make this be a long-term play, and with that comes with how to fund our work here. I’ve intentionally not turned The GateKeepers into a non-profit organization because I don’t want to become beholden to the government, and I also don’t want to be focused on sending out fundraising letters constantly begging for money like most non-profit ministries do.
Instead, we have our online book store, are hosting online conferences and have our Plugged In membership program. Right now we are funded exclusively through these three different avenues. We are especially excited about our Plugged In membership, as this brings so much added value to you as a thank you for supporting our work here at The GateKeepers.
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