Assault on the Church and Biblical Christianity

Last week some leaders from our church, New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA, attended the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) national conference in Nashville, TN.  From all accounts it was a super event.  Instead of me describing it here permit me to share with you a brief article by Dave Brown, a Pastor at Large and Director of the Washington Area Coalition of Men’s Ministries (WACMM).  I receive Dave’s monthly newsletters and always find them a great source of information and inspiration.  (You can check out WACMM and subscribe to their newsletter by visiting the website, wacmm.org,  HERE.)   A great feature of  Dave’s article is his recommendations concerning some of the key presentations by selected speakers and a link to the videos captured at the entire conference.  If you’re interested in the church, the future of marriage, and/or are involved in men’s ministry I know you will appreciate Dave’s and the conference’s ministry in making the videos available.  Enjoy.  RMF

Washington Area Coalition of Men's Ministries

Dave Brown Director, WACMM

Dave Brown
Director, WACMM

Brothers,
All of us know there’s an unprecedented, virulent secularism infecting America with its god-less worldview. It is tirelessly seeking to marginalize, discredit and intimidate Christ followers. This juggernaut has been redefining not only marriage and manhood but also sexuality, morality, conscience, liberty and freedom. Most recently we’ve seen the blatant subpoena assault against five Houston pastors. The secularists hurl charges against us of ignorance, bigotry and intolerance that go unchallenged and are perpetuated by like-minded acolytes in the media, academia and Hollywood. Before our eyes we see the dismantlement of the unique American social contract and the rise of a new culture of licentiousness, depravity and corruption. How then should we as blood-bought brothers think through the implications of all this? How should we respond to it? How should we push back with grace and truth?Last week I was with 1,300 other pastors in Nashville for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) national conference addressing “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage”. It was the first significant, broad-based gathering to address the moral revolution surrounding homosexuality and same-sex marriage. It focused on how churches, ministries and individual Christians should think about and respond to these historic changes, how  we are to minister to LGBT’s, how to defend and strengthen biblical marriage, and to explore what the gospel means for the future of marriage and sexual identity.The nearly fifty speakers were so challenging and helpful and the networking with other pastors so rich and encouraging I wanted to share the link below of these presentations with you. Regrettably the Christian men’s movement has been silent on these issues and so I strongly urge you to watch/listen to these talks and let us all learn together from them so that we might have a shared gospel understanding and a courageous resolve to engage this battle for the sake of the gospel and the truth and authority of God’s Word.http://erlc.com/conference/liveblog/While all the talks are worthwhile, several I particularly commend are:

  • Al Mohler’s opening session
  • Russell Moore’s Interview of Rosario Butterfield “Secrets of an Unlikely Convert”
  • Questions & Ethics Live with Russell Moore
  • Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God | Christopher Yu
  • Is There Really a Slippery Slope? A Gospel-Centered Assessment of Gender Identity, Transgender, and Polygamy | Denny Burk
  • Marriage and Missions: How Singleness and Marriage Connect to the Great Commission | David Platt
  • J.D. Greear’s closing session – “Preaching Like Jesus to the LGBT Community and Its Supporters”
  • The Daily Recaps section at the bottom is also good.

Hope this is edifying, challenging and helpful to you and your ministry.

Locking Arms Together,

Dave

Dave Brown

Director and Pastor-at-Large

Washington Area Coalition of Men’s Ministries (WACMM)

Chairman, Foundation for Manhood

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About ronfurg

Former naval officer, federal investigator, forensic scientist, senior executive service member and pastor. In retirement serves as volunteer and life group leader at New Life Christian Church (www.newlife4me.com). Devoted to beautiful wife, kids and grandkids. Looking forward to the time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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