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Idolatry: Single Christianity



For over six years the evangelical media, conferences and pulpits have been flooded with Same Sex Attracted (but) Celibate homosexuals and LGBT. Missing from the SSA Crew are the thousands of testimonies of people have have clean escaped their sexual past through faith in Christ. Somehow, these people whose testimonies of victory and grace which celebrate the true power of the Gospel and the Cross of Christ no longer exist in the “SSA world”. They (the SSA and their talking points) have nothing more to offer than “celibacy or mixed orientation marriage ” i.e, a homosexual who marries a heterosexual and hopes for the best.Thousands of such “marriages ” of untransformed people end badly on a regular basis.


Where will this SSA idol and its false gospel end? It will continue its activist march from “unchanging homosexual orientation" toward affirming marriage, adoption, foster care and the full redefinition of family in and accepted by the church. In short this “idolatry of singleness" ends is mass apostasy.


The celibate SSA narrative emerged like a well oiled machine in 2010 from the Lausanne Movement meetings in South Africa. It is really a replacement of the activist transitional language of “Non Practicing Homosexual” used on the mainline denominations as they were move three to four decades into affirming and ordaining practicing homosexuals .


https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/10/31/the-shell-game-of-evangelical-leaders-new-sexual-language/


Now the modern SSA evangelical celibate celebrities are calling our our family models “Idols” while they push for redefining Christian family and call the church to support “Single Adoption and Foster Care". This movement is being led by Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist ERLC and the host of SSA Celibate Celebrities he introduced to the church in 2014.


Some examples of SSA Celebrity A listers:


Sam Allberry is among the most popular of the SSA celebs. Like Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian, anyone who wants to host a Christian Conference must pay Allberry to appear at the party. Now Allberry’s star is tarnished since some Southern Baptist pastors finally read his website after 6 years of endlessly promoting him, Allberry promoted the Revoice Conference “for his US audience” and since he and Tim/Kathy Keller decided they were entitled to “audit the LGBT Inclusiveness of our churches” from the UK/Living Out church offices. How nice of the Kellers, and Sam Allberry remains editor of all things “LGBTQ Christian” at TGC and Ravi Zacarias ministries and is still a regular on the A-list circuit.



Rosaria Butterfield offers a slightly alternative message as a “former activist academic lesbian turned pastors wife and homeschool mom," but since the dawning of Revoice and its narrative driven by critical theory, Rosaria’s background in Gender, Queer and Feminine Theory has taken on expanded consideration of her rise to the A-List. Rosaria’s bio is informing. Was she chosen by the TGC and ERLC for A-list status because of her testimony or her background, from which the “Idolatry of Family" emerged decades ago?


https://rosariabutterfield.com/biography


Her primary academic field was critical theory, specializing in queer theory. Her historical focus was 19th-century literature, informed by Freud, Marx, and Darwin. She advised the LGBT student group, wrote Syracuse University’s policy for same-sex couples, and actively lobbied for LGBT aims alongside her lesbian partner.


Rosaria does not like the term “Gay Christian”, but does echo the mainstream SSA Celebrity narrative denouncing “ex-gay ministry” efforts and pounds the hospitality and singles adoption and foster care narratives with Allberry and Russell Moore.


Christopher Yuan is another star among the SSA list. He began his SSA work touring with his mom about the same time Revoice Nate Collins was touring with his Dad Chip. Yuan's central message began focusing on “The problem this project addresses is the sense of marginalization experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) and same-sex attracted (SSA) Christian college and university students”, Yuan continues the mainstreaming of the SSA narrative in his recent addition to the Biola-led “Rethink Apologetics” which gives a “Revoice Lite“ approach to the LGBTQ+ issues.


Yuan’s book Giving a Voice to the Voiceless echoes the ideology of Revoice Nate Collins' book titled All But Invisible.


You can read more on the Feminist Theology origins of the Idolatry of Family and the mainstreaming of it by SSA A-Listers here.


WHO IS PROMOTING IDOLS, THE HISTORIC BIBLICAL FAMILY OR THE SSA CELEBRITIES?


So, we must decide if true family is what God Created it to be through natural procreation and familial bonds and boundaries. Or, if we have become so informed that family is defined by what feminist theologians, secular psychologist, political activism, and the ERLC/Russell Moore/Tim Keller, many of our seminary leaders and the growing list of A-list SSA Christian Celebrities wish to define what constitutes family. Given the evangelical landscape is now flooded with Critical Theory and Intersectionality, it is highly recommended that faithful believers choose the Word of God and the divine origins and design for family.


SINGLES IDOLATRY BEING TAUGHT IN THE CHURCH


https://encourage.pcacdm.org/2018/05/08/singleness-in-the-church/


A LOCAL PCA CHURCH WOMEN’S MINISTRY IS FOCUSING ON KELLER SINGLES IDEOLOGY


Singleness in the Church:


What does singleness mean in the context of the Church? Everyone is called to at least a season of singleness, so how can singleness be a blessing both to the single person and to the Body of Christ? Today, Sue Harris joins Karen Hodge to talk about the blessing of being single and how the Church can better serve those doing life solo.


Discussion Questions


  • What are some of the different variables you see in the lives of women who are single compared to those who are married?

  • What are some reasons a woman might be single?

  • Sue talks about how Christ upheld and affirmed singleness. Do you believe singleness is a gift?

  • How is the Body of Christ richer because Jesus brings together both married women and single women?

REVOICE, ALLBERRY AND THE DOWNUNDER SINGLES MOVEMENT: ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY


The Conference and Singles Movement in Australia 2018 has the Revoice and Allberry SSA A-list speakers all in one big “Happy Family” movement . They discuss the “Theology” behind celebrating singleness and engage a host of public polishing of the “Idolatry of Singleness".


“WHY FOCUS ON SINGLES AS A “THEOLOGY”


https://www.singlemindedconference.com/


KEYNOTE: Singleness in the Storyline of Scripture | Sam Allberry|38:38


First Keynote Talk – Saturday 22nd September, 2018


KEYNOTE: Myths About Singleness | SamAllberry|38:41


PASTORING SAME SEX ATTRACTED CHRISTIANS


We are talking about theology, maturity, history, emphasis, holiness, sin, language and culture. Our guests are Rev Dr Wesley Hill, from Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburg and Jackson Stace from Liberty Christian Ministries Inc. Sydney


“CAN I EXPERIENCE INTIMACY WITHOUT SEX?”


“Sam Allberry—TGC editor and author of ‘Is God Anti-Gay?’—reflects on modern notions of intimacy, and expounds the biblical view of intimacy found in married relationships as well as deep friendships.”


DOWNUNDER RESOURCES INCLUDE THE GOSPEL COALITION EDITOR ALLBERRY FULLY INTEGRATED SINGLENESS WITH ACTS 29 EDITOR TONY MERIDA


MORE ALLBERRY IN THE CONFERENCE


“Second Keynote Talk – – Saturday 22nd September, 2018

https://www.singlemindedconference.com/Multimedia”


“SINGLENESS AND PASTORAL LEADERSHIP”


“A healthy marriage is a tremendous gift and blessing. Marriage is God’s idea, and it is to be held in honor (Heb. 13:4). But one may also serve and glorify God in singleness. We follow a Savior who was single, and the greatest church planter ever—the apostle Paul—was also single. Single pastors have various advantages in ministry, such as flexibility in schedule.”


TGC SSA FAVORITE CHRISTOPHER YUAN SINGLES NARRATIVE


YUAN AND MOM


https://www.familylife.com/podcast/guest/christopher-yuan-and-angela-yuan/


The problem this project addresses is the sense of marginalization experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) and same-sex attracted (SSA) Christian college and university students. Data was collected via an online questionnaire and the study design mixed methods with an emphasis on the qualitative data. The study sample included eighty students/alumni from thirty-two Christian colleges/universities. Generally, respondents felt lonely, hid their sexuality, and reported a negative campus climate. Recommendations from respondents include: institutional policies must be clearer and applied consistently, improve campus climate, and form support groups for LGB and SSA students.


FOR BACK COVER:


This is the book to read on Christian faith and sexual identity at Christian colleges. Giving a Voice to the Voiceless is a book for every campus constituency from students to presidents, administrators, alumni, faculty, parents, trustees, donors and more!

–Leith Anderson, President of National Association of Evangelicals


Christopher Yuan’s wise and practical recommendations–firmly rooted in a faithful biblical ethic for human sexuality–will help campus leaders care for all of their students with truth and grace.

–Philip Ryken, President, Wheaton College


Giving a Voice to the Voiceless is an invaluable study of the experiences of college students who struggle with same-sex attraction…This book is a healing balm for these students and will edify, equip, and encourage. It is a must-read book for every college administrator.

–Rosaria Butterfield, Author; Speaker


For anyone who wants to understand better the experiences of students grappling with issues of sexual identity at Christian institutions, this book should be required reading.

–D. Michael Lindsay, President, Gordon College


Solidly biblical, relentlessly compassionate, and appropriately practical this book will be noted far and wide.

–Joseph M. Stowell III, President, Cornerstone University


I strongly urge college presidents, administrators, and trustees to read, digest, and incorporate this important material.

–J. Paul Nyquist, President, Moody Bible Institute


FOR INSIDE PAGES:


Fascinating. With candor and compassion, Christopher Yuan combines personal history, impressive research, biblical insights and practical recommendations to sexuality on the campuses of Christian colleges and universities. This is the book to read on Christian faith and sexual identity at Christian colleges. Giving a Voice to the Voiceless is a book for every campus constituency from students to presidents, administrators, alumni, faculty, parents, trustees, donors and more!

–Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals


Christopher Yuan has done careful research on the experience of students who navigate their same sex attraction or orientation at Christian colleges and universities. His wise and practical recommendations–firmly rooted in a faithful biblical ethic for human sexuality–will help campus leaders care for all of their students with truth and grace.

–Philip Ryken, President, Wheaton College


Giving a Voice to the Voiceless is an invaluable study of the experiences of college students who struggle with same-sex attraction on well-meaning Christian college campuses. Indeed the glossary alone is worth the price of the book. Faithful, biblical students who hold to a traditional view of sexuality and who struggle with SSA are even more voiceless today than they were years ago, as the rise of LGBT rights on college campuses does not speak for faithful Christians or reflect the complex emotions and challenges that students face. This book is a healing balm for these students and will edify, equip, and encourage. It is a must-read book for every college administrator.

–Rosaria Butterfield, Author; Speaker


Based on a pioneering study, this book provides relevant insights and counsel for Christian colleges and universities seek


Yuan's recent book has a forward by Rosaria Butterfield and drives the “Singleness” talking points.


https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/557224/holy-sexuality-and-the-gospel-by-christopher-yuan-foreword-by-rosaria-butterfield/9780735290914/


“ABOUT HOLY SEXUALITY AND THE GOSPEL”


From the author of Out of a Far Country, which details his dramatic conversion from an agnostic gay man who put his identity in his sexuality to a Bible professor who now puts his identity in Christ alone, comes a gospel-centered discussion of sex, desire, and relationships.


Dr. Christopher Yuan explores the concept of holy sexuality–chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage–in a practical and relevant manner, equipping readers with an accessible yet robust theology of sexuality. Whether you want to share Christ with a loved one who identifies as gay or you’re wrestling with questions of identity yourself, this book will help you better understand sexuality in light of God’s grand story and realize that holy sexuality is actually good news for all.


In Dr. Christopher Yuan’s Holy Sexuality and the Gospel, you are holding in your hands the most important humanly composed book about biblical sexuality and godly living for our times.

—Rosaria Butterfield, PhD, speaker and author”


Yuan again draws endorsement of Leith Anderson President of the NAE who which offered total compromise earlier in 2019 with the LGBT agenda along with the CCCU.


https://www.christianpost.com/news/nae-and-cccu-boards-back-sogi-compromise-for-religious-freedom-exemptions.html


Christopher Yuan pivots from human sexuality to holy sexuality as he writes with passion and compassion, scholarship and spirituality, personal experience and practical expertise.

—Leith Anderson, DMin, president of the National Association of Evangelicals


YUAN RE-TWEET SUPPORTING REVOICE/COLLINS AND AGAINST THE NASHVILLE STATEMENT WHICH IS SAID TO HAVE INSPIRED REVOICE MOVEMENT


Of note: @revoice, said president Nate Collins, was partly a reaction to the #nashvillestatement: He told me, “The NS embodied a posture towards the conversation about gender and sexuality that was pastorally insensitive…I personally view the NS as a form of spiritual abuse.”


REVOICE NATE COLLINS AND IS DAD CHIP 2013 TOUR AND THE COLLAPSE OF EXODUS EX -GAY MINISTRY. TWO SBTS TEACHERS AIDING THE NARRATIVE OF SSA IDOLATRY.


NATE COLLINS OFFERS BOTH THE SSA, ORIENTATION, SINGLENESS NARRATIVE AND HIS OWN “MIXED SEXUAL ORIENTATION MARRIAGE” NARRATIVE. NO TOTAL TRANSFORMATION IS OFFERED FOR “HOMOSEXUAL ORIENTATION."


https://web.archive.org/web/20150210062700/http://alignedgraceresources.org/about-us/who-we-are/


ON THE EXODUS COLLAPSE


https://web.archive.org/web/20150210072653/http://alignedgraceresources.org/resources/blog/


Who We Are


Nate Collins

Executive Director


“Nate (MDiv) is passionate about helping pastors and church leaders to be more informed and effective ministers of the gospel as they reach out in grace and compassion to individuals and families affected by same-sex attraction. Nate is currently pursuing a PhD in New Testament Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and enjoys sharing the story of his own journey of coming to terms with his same-sex attractions in ways that highlight the beauty and majesty of God’s provision of salvation in Jesus Christ. Nate and his wife, Sara, have been married for nine years and they have two sons. When he isn’t studying or playing with his kids, he enjoys running, gardening, and just about any other outdoor activity.”


Chip Collins

Associate Director


“Chip (EdD) has ministered in churches and college campuses in the US, as well as on the mission fields of South America and the Caribbean over the past 30 years. He has served as pastor, youth pastor, worship leader, missionary, professor, and administrator. Married for 35 years to his wife, Suzie, they have three grown sons. They live in the rural countryside of Kentucky, where they enjoy spoiling their seven grandkids as often as they get the chance.”


THE COLLINS MINISTRY “ALIGNED GRACE” NO LONGER EXIST


KELLER LEADING THE HERD


https://www.securesingle.com/theology-of-singleness-christianitys-unique-view-singleness/


Pastor Tim Keller, of Redeemer PCA Church in New York City, explains the Christian concept of being single and how the Bible offers a theology of singleness. Keller describes how this is a unique worldview. Christianity is set apart in that it was the “very first religion or worldview that held up single adulthood as a viable way of life.


It is important that Christian singles are aware of the theology of singleness that the Bible teaches and that Paul articulates in 1 Corinthians about being single. Christians should seek to become closer to God. The single life offers that opportunity since a spouse and a marriage can become idols and means of self-fulfillment instead of God. Single Christians must recognize this as they decide if they want to get married by realizing that Christianity teaches it is good to be single.


Western civilization idolizes individualism and self realization and views marriage as something to get after reaching a certain point in life. Marriage becomes a means of self fulfillment and an idol Eastern civilization idolizes the family and makes everything revolve around it. Family becomes an idol.


RESPONSE: CHOOSE THE GOD AND HIS FAMILY NOT THE IDOL


Why are the SSA celebrity A-list working to so hard to idolize singleness and vilify “Christian family as an idol"? The message is suspect for many reasons, but especially given its tight coordination by the ERLC and TGC, whose influence has introduced the entire SSA Celebrity genre and promoted them. These narratives redefine humanity, marriage, parental rights, civilization and life as we have known it. None of it is by chance, nor is this movement a spontaneous cry from real victims. This is critical theory along gender and sexual lines at it’s most obvious .


Coming from a heterosexual Christian who was a single for many years and waited for God’s promise and faithfulness, the biblical standard of Family, sexuality, marriage, the promise and desire for them in every human heart stands firmly against the the naked change agent efforts of Tim Keller, Russell Moore and the SSA Celebrities polishing the idol of singleness. Even for those who God chooses to lead into a lifelong commitment to remaining unmarried, there is no need nor healthy biblical reason to embrace the SSA Celibate Singleness idol as the new norm no matter how much “theology” Tim Keller and others can develop to support the idol. God’s Word and grace are more than enough to enable everyone to stand faithful and firm .


God has said it in the most clear and practical language possible .


And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.


And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said:


“This is now bone of my bones

And flesh of my flesh;

She shall be called Woman,

Because she was taken out of Man.”


Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.


-Genesis 2:18-25


This article was originally posted on Thomas Littleton's website here and was reposted with permission from the author.

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