Watch Out For the Evangelical “Marxist Brain Trust” Who Gathered at Wheaton College This Week!

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Wheaton College apparently hosted the “Marxist Brain Trust” this week

I have never heard of the blog Pulpit & Pen, but apparently they spent a lot of time offering readers “theology,” “polemics,” and “discernment.”  The website is run by a Southern Baptist pastor in Montana named JD Hall.  You can read more abou this website here.  It should also be noted that Hall is not new to controversy.

Apparently Pastor Hall was not very happy about the evangelical leaders who met at Wheaton College earlier this week to discuss evangelicalism in the age of Trump.  (He is not the only one).  Check out his April 17 post at Pulpit & Pen titled “Marxist Brain Trust Gathers at Wheaton to Discuss Moving Evangelicals Left.” (Thanks to David Swartz for bringing this to my attention).

A taste:

In the meantime, these same evangelical “thought leaders” – aka the Evangelical Intelligentsia (EI) – have gathered at Wheaton College to discuss how to shift evangelicals away from supporting conservative politics in the name of “saving evangelicalism.” Yesterday and today – April 16 and April 17, 2018 – these leaders are in a closed-door meeting that, according to the Washington Post, was organized by avowed Marxist and Gospel Coalition co-founder, Tim Keller. Approximately 50 such leaders from the EI are discussing the best ways to shift evangelicals away from supporting conservatism, and they include Keller, Ed Stetzer, A.R. Bernard (the pastor who very publicly resigned from Trump’s faith advisory panel over Trump’s lack of political correctness following the Charlottesville race riot), Doug Birdsall (an honorary chair of the rabidly globalist and pro-Roman Catholic Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, which you can read about in E.S. William’s book, here), Jenny Yang of World Relief (which signed a public statement condemning President Trump over his enforcement of U.S. immigration law regarding the “Dreamers”) Bishop Claude Alexander (who signed a letter from evangelicals condemning Trump, using the ideology of Critical Race Theory to do so), Mark Labberton of Fuller Seminary (who wrote a book, Still Evangelical?, which is a collection of essays encouraging evangelicals to abandon their title for the sake of not alienating the political left), Jo Anne Lyon of the Wesleyan Church (who is a part of Evangelicals for Social Action, along with other progressives like Rachel Held Evans), and Gabriel Salguero of the National Latino Evangelical Association (who, as you would expect, has written articles in places like the New York Times encouraging evangelicals to go politically left if they desire to coalesce with Hispanic believers).

Read the entire piece here.  I am not sure whether to laugh or cry.

4 thoughts on “Watch Out For the Evangelical “Marxist Brain Trust” Who Gathered at Wheaton College This Week!

  1. Some of the quotes that came out of the meeting via CT’s Katelyn Beaty are disturbing to me. One of her Tweets was deleted b/c it outed Tim Keller’s thoughts on “red evangelicals”. Later, when Beaty removed the Keller quote from Twitter, Daryl Bock from DTS tried to explain, “What tweets are are snapshots. A quote by itself without a context doesn’t actually help you understand what is going into that remark and that concern. You are getting small snippets of the whole thing into which not only were the points made, the points were responded to.” All I know is that these 50 so-called evangelical leaders aren’t my leaders. The meeting was to talk about divisiveness as Keller put it, “we have red evangelicals and blue evangelicals” in the Church today and we have a schism. Ironically, the meeting itself was divisive as Jenny Yang (Soros’ crony from World Relief) and African-American Bishop Claude Alexander (a darling of the DNC and Obama) were the co-chairs. Yang called white evangelicals that voted for Trump, “grotesque caricatures of the faith.” Leaves me drained!

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  2. I think this is what happens when Christians abandon God’s kingdom for the “kingdoms of this world” which will become and have become the “kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ.” Christians who do this betray the Lordship of Christ, they reject the theology of the cross in favor of power. Jesus’ kingdom is not established by the sword or by political decree of any stripe. It is hard to take their use of the name of Jesus seriously when they do not think his thoughts after him.

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  3. The Marxian stuff is an outlier. Pay attention to the real concerns and let that stuff go. And there are real concerns. This Council of 50 is going to drive the wedge deeper. Those who voted for Trump are not creating this Evangelical division. They voted. That’s what they did. The Council of 50 is going after them. Please let the outliers go. The more you pay attention to them, the cloudier things get. I voted for Trump. Pastor Jeffress doesn’t represent me. JD Hall doesn’t represent me. Jerry Falwell Jr doesn’t represent me. The more you saddle me with these guys, the less attention there is to more serious issues. Evangelicals are by and large conservative. That’s mostly the explanation. Occam’s razor and all that.

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