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1 March, 2018 13:03

March 1, 2018

Guest Article by Thomas Littleton


Infiltration of the Church – Cultural Marxism and the redefining of the Gospel

This outline is to help navigate a personal investigation of dangerous trends within the broader biblical conservative evangelical church. Denominations such as the PCA and Southern Baptist Convention have been impacted as have the Nazarene , CMA ,Assemblies of God . The new wave independent, multi-site and church planting networks are a further product of the influences behind these trends.

The church is experiencing a massive infusion of new language like Community, Social Justice, Faith Based, Same Sex Attracted Christian Trans Christian and others. Theologies of Work, Vocation, Economics, and the participation of the local church in Community Development, Community Transformation, Building Community is being touted as the churches calling to equality and Social Justice. This includes the vision of providing health and social services ,disaster relief, and to operate in these capacities as part of Faith Based Partnerships (FBP) WITH State and Federal Governments, large corporations and private foundations. The main issue is not with the work itself but with the partnerships.

The origins of and dangers of FBP to both the autonomy of the church and the Gospel itself are outlined here . The weakening of the churches resistance to progressive policies like gay marriage and the LGBTQ agenda and the adoption of radical immigration policy and participation in massive Muslim refugee resettlement are part of the FBP vision being sold to and by many denominational and church leaders.

Health Care is another area of massive problematic, long term impact by the FBP vision.

A Cultural Marxism Invasion and Vision Casting

A close examination of the origins of the leadership principles and vision reveal the use of Sociology, Theories and Processes of Social Change, Critical Theory, Race, Queer, and Social Theory on unsuspecting trainees ,pastors, seminary students and churches

Influential pastors who have been promoted, funded and trained by these influences now have their own organizations to train, equip, and vision cast for smaller churches and leaders as they carry out massive church planting strategies . Tim Keller’s, City to City and New York Leadership Center , and The Gospel Coalition are leading the promotion in the once conservative PCA and now reformed SBC affiliates. Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Association and his Global Leadership Network, with the help of disciple Andy Stanley, reach a broad audience of both denominational and independent churches with the ideology. Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven and PEACE Plan alone boast over 400,000 churches internationally involved in his network. Association of Related Churches is creating large multi-site non-denominational church /planting networks with similar vision .

Funding, resourcing and training from outside the church is making the unnatural growth of these models possible. Here is one example of such funding discussed in Philanthropy Roundtable.

A recent infiltration of evangelical and reformed seminaries with the Jesuit curriculum for social justice /liberation theology provided by Acton Institute and funded by The Kern Family Foundation began in 2013. Both Acton and Kern have very radical history with or partnered with promoters of the LGBTQ movement. These issues are discussed and extensive researched linked here and here

Most disturbing are the plans to exploit the churches resources once these distortions of the Gospel and vision casting is fully in place. The Obama Era FBP tool kit shows the extent of these goals co-opting the churches mission of both local outreach and domestic and foreign missions. It is worth the investment to read it.

Little has changed so far under the Trump administrations FBP vision. Massive dangers to religious freedoms and protections still exist. Though the work of the FBP may seem attractive however the churches and ministries/ denominations involved become government contractors and prohibitions to any actual gospel ministry are in the Obama era reforms and doubled down upon in 2015 . The Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution is used to validate such restrictions. The focus on dominion theology style /seven mountains / redeeming culture /cultural engagement – along with the yoking together of the church with government and extreme progressive corporate and private foundation funding goals (Warren, Hybels, Keller work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ) are and will continue to have a devastating impact on the churches eternal vision of the Kingdom of Christ in the Hearts of men. Have we have forgotten His words to Pilate “My Kingdom is not of this world “ John 18:36 or the reminder of Paul that” our citizenship is in heaven from where we eagerly await His return” Philippians 3:20 ?

These trends are not going away nor the concerns they present the faithful church and ministers of the Gospel. For more information you may contact me at revcoltom Thomas Littleton


12 February, 2018 10:17

February 12, 2018


Yesterday was one of those cold icy February days. One look outside made you feel like spending the day in front of a roaring fire drinking hot chocolate. Yesterday also happened to be Sunday and so despite the objections of our flesh my wife and I set off for the early 9 am Church service. The roads were icy as stated by the weather service but I drove carefully only to arrive at an empty parking lot. Yes, the service had been cancelled due to the parking lot being too dangerous to walk on let alone drive on. We headed home determined to go to the second service beginning at 11am. Fortunately I looked at my iPad and found the second service was also cancelled. This was indeed going to be one of those hot chocolate days. ( Perhaps I should have listened to my flesh after all.) The email notifying us of the second meeting closing said that there would be a live broadcast available on the church website. Sure enough right on time the service began with only a handful of brave hearts that had weathered the weather along with one of the worship teams. I settled down to listen. There was one song in particular they sang that got me to thinking. The words were:

The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
Sorrow may come in the darkest night
But the cross has the final word

Perhaps I’m just wired this way but I found myself saying that’s not true. Now God forbid that I should stand in opposition to the Cross. I too, can agree with the old hymn writer who penned those wonderful words.

In the cross of Christ I glory,
Tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.

My objection was not regarding the Cross, but the words ‘has the final word.’

We sometimes forget that the Cross as incredible as it was, was altogether pointless apart from the resurrection. There was no final word if Christ had not risen. Listen to Paul’s very poignant word in First Corinthians the fifteenth chapter. “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.”

The Cross apart from the resurrection, would have left us still in in our sins.

The Cross apart from the resurrection, would have left us powerless over an undefeated enemy.

The Cross apart from the resurrection, would have left us without the hope of Christ’s return.

As much as we emphasize the cross, and rightly so, we need to also magnify the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who conquered the grave, and ascended to the right hand of the Father; and will return one day in God’s perfect timing.

Thank God for the Cross, but the resurrection has the final word!

9 January, 2018 14:59

January 9, 2018


I consider myself Pentecostal, Charismatic, Evangelical and Fundamental. In other words I believe in the whole council of God. As the old song states ‘Every promise in the book is mine, every chapter every verse every line.’

Growing up I would often hear my Father emphasize Paul’s words to young Timothy “Preach the word”. By the grace of God I have sought to do that throughout the past fifty three years of ministry. Paul’s admonition to Timothy concerning the last days was that teachers would gather around them followers who would turn from the truth and turn aside to myths.

While what I’m about to say may not fully describe those I’m about to refer to nevertheless, they are edging that way. I’m referring to those who add the word ‘spirit’ to something or someone. For example the Jezebel spirit. Nowhere in the Bible do you find such a term and yet in recent years thousands of tapes and CD’s, numerous books and countless sermons, have been dedicated to this teaching. I vividly recall a well-known prophetic leader in the Body of Christ who has since passed on to glory; thirty years ago he wrote a book on the Jezebel spirit. John Wimber read the manuscript and rejected it for not having a sound Biblical base. Unfortunately that didn’t stop those with ‘itching ears’ from picking up the ball and running with it. First of all we have no right to combine the Jezebel of the Old Testament with the Jezebel of the New Testament. They are two totally different people and therefore we have no right to make a hybrid teaching by combining the two.

Jezebel was a self-appointed prophetess who seemingly taught and led in such a way that her teaching led to acts of immorality. Perhaps this was a perversion of the grace message, that all future sins have already been forgiven, therefore live as you please. What we do know is that the Spirit of God told the angel of the Church of Thyatira that Jezebel had been given time to repent; not that she had a spirit that needed to be bound or cast out.

Now I know that when you place the word spirit after some aberrant teaching that it helps to sell books and CD’s but it can also damage the lives of those who simply need to repent and yet are branded as some type of witch. As a former pastor I’ve had to deal with some of the fallout this type of labeling has caused.

Only the other day I was reading an article that was warning people about the Ichabod prophets. Once again this is a figment of somebody’s imagination and not a Biblical term. According to the writer, an Ichabod prophet is someone with a harsh or judgmental word. My recollection of why the prophets were stoned to death was not due to some sugary, syrupy word, but rather a word that went contrary to their beliefs and actions.

The point I’m trying to make is that when we begin to drift away from God’s Word and begin to fashion our own speculative theories and doctrines we are treading on thin ice. Remember Paul’s admonition ‘Preach the Word’!

1 December, 2017 11:35

December 1, 2017


I may be left-handed and tone deaf but I love to sing. My problem is that if I raise my voice too loudly I’m prone to draw the attention and ire of those around me. The only way to overcome this troubling and embarrassment predicament is to have those around me sing louder than I do. While that sounds like a simple solution to my problem it doesn’t help. The fact is, I’m surrounded by fellow believers who barely sing.

I’m a committed member in one of the largest churches in town with an incredibly gifted group of singers and musicians and yet when the worship leader points his microphone out toward the congregation you can hear a pin drop.

Recently our daughter was home from the mission field and after we arrived home from a morning service, she said to me ‘Dad, why don’t they sing at your church?’ I told her that this had been troubling me for some time and thanked her for confirming my own observation. She went on to tell me that the church she attends in _____, the entire congregation sings at full volume drowning out the worship team.

The scriptures abound with exhortations about singing, clapping hands, raising hands, dancing and shouting to the Lord etc. The fact is that according to Peter, we gather as living stones to form a temple in which we are to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

One of those sacrifices we are exhorted to offer is the sacrifice of praise. Notice though that the sacrifice has to be acceptable. In other words the Great High Priest the Lord Jesus Christ either accepts or rejects our sacrifice depending on whether the sacrifice meets His standard or not. We read all about this in the book of Malachi, where we find God rejecting the sacrifices of His people because they didn’t measure up to His requirement. God even goes as far as to tell the gatekeepers to shut the gates of the temple because their worship from His viewpoint is useless.

In the third chapter of Malachi we are confronted with robbing God due to not bringing Him our tithes and offerings. Everyone knows that this passage is used (and perhaps abused) effectively when it comes to reminding the congregation to give. The fact is this also applies to ‘the sacrifice of praise’ When the congregation assumes the role of being more of a spectator than a participator then we too are guilty of robbing God of the worship due His Holy Name.

The role of a worship leader is to lead. Many times the worship team are caught up in their own world with their eyes closed and lost in wonder, love, and grace. The worship leader especially should be aware of the congregation’s involvement or lack thereof. His role is to inspire, exhort, encourage and stir the people to offer God their very best; not just some half- baked, mediocre, lackluster expression passed off as worship.

Perhaps I just need to forget about those around me and raise my voice regardless. After all, my focus should be God alone and He looks at my heart more than what’s coming from my head.

This is the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Christ and recall the story of the three magi bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They clearly understood that their gifts had to reflect the worth of the one to whom they brought them. Shouldn’t our worship do the same?

2 November, 2017 13:53

November 2, 2017


For months prior to our last Presidential election I found myself repeatedly praying that God would bring to light the hidden things of darkness. I’ve continued to pray the same ever since. Much of our political system, I believe, is driven by demonic forces. These spirits seek to manipulate and influence whoever they can to oppose any and all righteousness. Our former President and many of his appointees were pawns to these powerful spirits of darkness. Although we now have a new President in the White House these same forces continue to work to undermine God’s purpose for our nation. One thing is certain and that is that these spirits can’t be banned but they can be bound! No legislative act is going to limit their influence so that means there is no political solution to the problem, only spiritual. The Church alone has been entrusted with the power to change things. That power is released through the fervent praying of God’s people. God has provided us with weapons that are more than adequate for the task. Yes, we can pull down strongholds and effect Godly change in our nation.

I recently read the following article that clearly exposes what is going on in our nation to undermine our current government. Keep in mind that a nation divided cannot stand. Hopefully this article will provide you with some insight as to what is going on behind the scenes. It is then up to us to ask God just how to effectively pray and stop these destructive forces from dividing our nation.

The Enemy Amongst Us!!

"When Krauthammer provides his opinion and facts, he’s definitely someone to listen to!" DS

Oct 11 2017

Krauthammer is about the best and brightest journalist and political analyst we have, in my opinion. His words of warning in the below message should be taken seriously and spread throughout the country so as many of our citizens as possible are made aware of what is happening right under our noses!

An article from the New York Post:

I do not understand how living in a country with its democracy established over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history, suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group called "Organizing for Action" (OFA).

OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that our current president’s administration is trying to do. This organization goes against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy our way of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and the processes established over 200 years ago. If it is allowed to proceed then we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries are run. What good is it to have an established government if it is not going to be respected and allowed to follow our laws?

If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out in America!

Our ex-president said he was going to stay involved through community organizing and speak out on the issues and that appears to be one post-administration promise he intends to keep. He has moved many of his administration’s top dogs over to Organizing for Action.

OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of the resistance to the Trump Administration that we are seeing across America, and politically active courts are providing the leverage for this revolution.

OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for "progressive" change. Its issues are gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, sexual equality, climate change, and of course, immigration reform.

OFA members were propped up by the ex-president’s message from the shadows: "Organizing is the building block of everything great we have accomplished Organizers around the country are fighting for change in their communities and OFA is one of the groups on the front lines. Commit to this work in 2017 and beyond."

OFA’s website says it obtained its "digital" assets from the ex-president’s re-election effort and that he inspired the movement. In short, it is the shadow government organization aimed at resisting and tearing down the Constitutional Republic we know as AMERICA.

Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says, “The OFA will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the ex-president will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House."

Sperry writes that, “The ex-president is setting up a shadow government to sabotage the Trump administration through a network of non-profits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40 million) and has some 250 offices nationwide.

The OFA IRS filings, according to Sperry, indicate that the OFA has 32,525 (and growing) volunteers nationwide. The ex-president and his ‘wife’ will oversee the operation from their home/office in Washington DC.

Think about how this works. For example: Trump issues an immigration executive order; the OFA signals for protests and statements from pro-immigrant groups; the ACLU lawyers file lawsuits in jurisdictions where activist judges obstruct the laws; volunteers are called to protest at airports and Congressional town hall meetings; the leftist media springs to action in support of these activities; the twitter sphere lights up with social media; and violence follows. All of this happens from the ex-president’s signal that he is heartened by the protests.

If Barack Obama did not do enough to destroy this country in the 8 years he was in office, it appears his future plans are to destroy the foundation on which this country has operated on for the last 241 years.

If this does not scare you, then we are in worse trouble than you know.

So, do your part. You have read it, so at least pass this on so others will know what we are up against. We are losing our country and we are so compliant. We are becoming a "PERFECT TARGET" for our enemy!

Charles Krauthammer

7 July, 2017 15:01

July 7, 2017


The role of any Christian father is to raise his children to be Godly, obedient, polite, hard working, honest, compassionate, prayerful and purposeful. Imagine then having the job of evaluating a father’s effectiveness in his role as a father.

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You begin by checking his marriage license to make sure he is married. Then you talk to his wife to see how they are getting along together. You may even go as far as having him take a complete physical with x-rays and blood tests. Following that you ask to examine their financial records to make sure everything is in order and that they are paying all their bills on time. Having completed that task you then delve into the way the father keeps his home; are his lawns well maintained and does the house need painting? Following this thorough examination you announce that the father has passed with an A+ and is in fact an exemplary father for all to admire.

Perhaps as you read this you thought to yourself did anyone ask the children what their father was really like? If anyone knew what the father was like it would be the children, and yet they were never asked.

I recently attended a church service where one of the board members told the congregation that they had recently been audited by several pastors. These men were brought in to go through the books, to make sure the church was financially sound. Then they spoke in detail to the pastor and his wife all of which took several days to complete. The board member then proudly announced that they were in ‘good hands’ spiritually because those giving oversight had found nothing wrong. My only objection with this whole approach was that the sheep were never asked to give their opinion. Ask any married man how his marriage is doing and he will possibly say, great! Then ask the wife about her husband and she may give you an entirely different story.

This type of assessment is carried on year after year in some congregations without ever hearing from those who sit faithfully in the pews every week supporting the church with their tithes and offerings. Added to this is that in many churches the congregation is taught to honor and respect their leaders no matter what they do. While I am in full agreement with honoring those in authority, we must be careful not to over do it lest we create immunity for those who may be self-serving rather than serving the people. You may recall God’s anger against Eli who honored his sons more than the Lord. He knew they were acting ungodly and yet he let them get by with it. God eventually took their lives as a result of their actions.

Here is my suggestion to evaluating the spiritual condition of a church. By all means go through the financial records, the marital state of the pastor(s) but then randomly select 10-20 people from the congregation who have no official position in the church and ask them for their opinion on how things are going. At least in that way you’ll have a more accurate assessment of the true condition of the church and leader.

8 June, 2017 20:10

June 8, 2017


Several days ago virtually every media organization in the country covered the story of a 27-year-old father in Oklahoma who went to the home of his estranged wife and held her at knifepoint while he tried to drown their three-month-old twins in a bathtub. Fortunately, a twelve-year-old girl who was in the home at the time ran to a neighbor’s house for help. That neighbor grabbed his revolver, entered the house, and shot the father twice in the back. He died later in the hospital of his injuries.

The two children, a boy and a girl, were airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and were released the following day. According to the police the babies are doing great.

There is little doubt in my mind that this father was seriously mentally deranged or demon possessed. What loving, intelligent, compassionate father would ever dream of harming his own children, let alone taking their lives in such a heinous and cruel way?

Stories like this make your blood boil. Jesus defended the little children by stating that ‘whoever offends one of these little ones that believes in Me, it would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea.’

While I have difficulty trying to comprehend such evil I can rationalize to some degree that this resulted from man’s fallen, sinful, selfish state. What I really fail to understand is the belief that God the Father would indiscriminately plunge his own creation to eternal destruction, not because of their sin, but simply because He so chooses.

Look at this statement from a nationally known speaker and author.

“But I am not ignorant that God may not have chosen my sons for His sons. And though I think I would give my life for their salvation, if they should be lost to me, I would not rail against the Almighty. He is God. I am just a man. The potter has absolute right over the clay. Mine is to bow before His unimpeachable character and believe that the judge of all the earth has ever and always will do right.”

What the writer is reasoning here is not in favor of a loving God who so loved the world but rather a God who only selected a limited number of souls to be saved. The doctrine of a limited atonement is no different than the Oklahoma man who simply choose to kill his two children for no other reason than his own perverted pleasure. What I find repulsive about this author’s statement is that he basically says that he would willingly offer his own life for the life of his sons thereby declaring his earthly love is superior to God’s.

Didn’t Jesus say ‘If you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children how much more shall you heavenly Father give…’ According to the Bible I read and the God I love, He takes ‘no delight in the death of the wicked.’

Prayer: God forgive us for teaching such a distorted picture of your incredible nature and character. As our heavenly Father you are not willing that any should perish but you ever ‘seek for ways to bring back your banished ones.’

Thank you for not sparing your own Son but freely offering Him up for us all.

You truly are a good, good Father!