Last year Apprising Ministries was the first to expose “…the latest apostasia-palooza thrown by the sinfully ecumenical [i.e. Reformation repudiating] Emergent Church aka the Emerging Church.” At the Wild Goose Festival (WGF) held at Shakori Hills, NC June 2011.
Largely unnoticed by those of us in the discernment work, another WGF type conference held 10/18-21, 2011 in San Diego by some of the same feathered birds of WGF continuing to propagate the various heresies of the Emergent Church – as well as a strong emphasis to reach out to the homosexual.
So what is Soularize? Their own site overview call it:
A 3-Day Learning Party!
Join us in sunny San Diego for a three day “learning party” that will stretch your mind, fill your heart, and encourage you toward the future. At each Soularize, we bring together an unparalleled combination of keynote presenters and workshop leaders to give you a broad view of the current (and future) conversations in the Church today.
> WRESTLE through an attractional/missional approach to ministry.
> CHALLENGE what it means to be about social justice…not just talking about it.
> STRETCH your mind with new ways of thinking about heaven, hell, and our journey on the Earth.
> CONNECT with other women and men who are passionate about following the Way of Jesus.
However, this is part of a continued attack on Biblical Christianity’s view of sexuality by the likes of Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt and Brian McLaren who spread doubt and confusion in the church in order to welcome the unrepentant homosexual as a fellow brother or sister in Christ.
Though there are plenty of other items regarding Soularize that could be written, it is clear they passionately follow the way of another Jesus! For example, the workshop titled The Church and Homosexuality 101, by Brian Ammons is summarized as follows, “In this workshop, Brian will unpack the range of responses to and engagements with “the homosexuality question” drawing attention to the underlying beliefs about biblical authority and the nature of identity.”
While I have not been able to find the actual Soularize session, consider this about Ammons:
“Brian Ammons is an educator, spiritual director, author, and ordained Baptist minister. He lives and works in the intersections of gender, sexuality, spirituality, and justice, with particular attention to how systems of knowing shape our understanding of the possibilities (or impossibilities) of how those threads might be woven together.”
“Though his postmodern aesthetic makes it unlikely that he would use these words to describe himself, he is mostly okay with being understood as a gay Christian evangelist to the evangelicals.” (Source from his own bio on his Internet blog “Nekkid Resurrection” link not provided due to nudity on the site’s header & page emphasis in bold mine)
Brian Ammons is an openly homosexual man who has come under criticism by fellow emergent church leaders in the publication of the book Baptimergent wherein the chapter he created was banned for being too gay! Obviously the Baptist part of “Bapti” -mergent are those Ammons criticizes elsewhere,
“Being a very proud Baptist, one of the things that continuously embarrasses me is NOT our fundamentalist cousins in the SBC but the uber-wussy “moderate” Baptists who basically pretend to be radically different than their SBC friends because they ordain women (and hire very few of them). I have long hoped for a Baptist community that is a big enough fellowship to permit every disciple of Jesus to be present, honest, and then encouraged to take the next step in their faith.” (Bold emphasis mine) http://homebrewedchristianity.com/2011/03/02/thats-too-gay-brian-ammons-banned-chapter-from-baptimergent/
What is that “next step” Ammons is pushing these neo-evangelical churches (Baptist in name only) to take?
More from Ammons own lips,
“I never asked to be the litmus test even we committed post modern types have tended to revert to liberal and evangelical camps as soon as the GBLT questions come up. So in the big tent we’ll all get under the big tent until somebody starts to talking about gays and we’ll run back to our sides. Um and I am ready for a different conversation, I am tired of being the object by which other folks define themselves as a good liberal, or a good conservative, or a good moderate…” Big Tent Sexuality with Brian Ammons & Richard Rohr http://homebrewedchristianity.com/2011/02/25/big-tent-sexuality-with-brian-ammons-richard-rohr/
For more on the “Big Tent” click http://apprising.org/2011/01/26/big-tent-circus-of-postmodern-liberalism/ and on Spencer Burke who appears to be one of the driving forces behind Soularize http://apprising.org/2008/11/26/spencer-burke-im-a-universalist-who-believes-in-hell/
My conclusion: Ammons wants people to quit running from the GBLT questions and normalize homosexual behavior in the church. Even the unrepentant homosexual can see the hypocrisy of the “uber-wussies” who are just Baptist pretenders, afraid to make a stand FOR homosexuality which true Christians know is AGAINST the teachings of the Bible, God’s final word on the matter! As for the lie that the homosexuals are born that way, even science disagrees. Only tainted studies twisting the facts are on their side.
No study has proven that homosexuality is genetic, hormonal or environmental! An article from Hastings Center Report even challenges the science in key research studies that have suggested a genetic base for homosexuality! The whole argument for genetic homosexuality is flawed. It is being pushed upon the public through the guise of being “normal” insisting we must accept their behavior or suffer consequences, lawsuits! Homosexuals are pushing an agenda, along with propaganda, attempting to redefine laws and making it a crime to have an opinion against them! Calling anyone who stands against them as being hateful homophobic bigots! Stand Up For Morality!, 2001 by John Beardsley http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/behavior.htm
So-called Christians attending these WGF type conferences are being used by those pushing the homosexual agenda in the church working toward undermining our freedom of religion. The strategy is plain to see as the behavior is normalized in what is called the church that it will lead to persecution to those of us standing for the unadulterated Word of God. The day will come when the law makes it hate speech for true Christians to object or debate the behavior of homosexuality as wrong or sinful according to the Bible and even for physical science that dare oppose it!
Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting (Quakers) Publically Affirms GLBTQ Marriage
This is their formal statement, discerned and minuted during their annual sessions, July 27-31, 2011. Short and sweet:
Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting Friends have been led by the Light of the Living Christ to understand that God’s love extends with equality to all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The understanding that Christ has given us as Quakers today leads us to three conclusions. We affirm the full humanity of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgenderpersons. We are committed to their equal status within the Religious Society of Friends and the wider world. We celebrate their covenant relationships, including marriages under the care of our constituent meetings, as just as sacred, just as valid, and the cause for just as much joy as those of any other persons.
So if Ammons was not enough evidence to make the case of what normalizing homosexual behavior REALLY means – do not marginalize the others belonging to GBLTQ – Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender and Queer!
What Does It All Mean and Why You Need To Be Concerned
My home state faces a same sex marriage vote that should never have come due to weak liberal leaders in North Carolina. New York had a vote passing this same legislation last year! The connections are frighteningly clear, Christians who believe the Bible is true need to stand up and be heard! We also need to show the pseudo-science of homosexual research for the sham it is. Homosexuality is as much a behavioral choice as any other sin, like heterosexual sex outside of marriage – both are evil before a Holy God! Repentance and forgiveness can be found in Jesus Christ by His shed blood on the cross.
Without a doubt, based on my past experience opposing the homosexual movement, there will be argumentation based on psychology that this thinking is backwards and verbal personal attacks of my person. It is not “hate” to show sin as sin, it is hate not to point it out so that someone may repent. To point out sin – is not discrimination unless you are calling the God of Heaven a bigot! It is hate for you to compare me to some disreputable hate group. Additionally, talking about your homosexual tendencies constantly and making them a federal issue shows your heart is of the flesh, not of God. It would be just as wrong for me to constantly discuss that I am heterosexual in the same fashion it is unhealthy physically and spiritually because all the importance is placed on the flesh and not God. It is not homophobia to oppose homosexuals any more than it is adulterer-phobic to oppose adultery or witchcraft-phobic to oppose witchcraft. The homosexual is no more a victim of homosexuality, than a murderer or a thief that is caught for their wrongdoing and acceptance of such behavior should not be tolerated by society – much less a Church that would dare call upon the name of Jesus Christ! Sin is sin, the Bible is crystal clear on this topic:
Romans 1:26-28 “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”
So there is no common ground; there can be no bridge building to do what God has condemned. What those behind Ammons, Keefe-Perry and others at Soularize are doing is yet another attack on foundational teaching of the Bible and an abomination to God. Such actions are predictable by those who care nothing for doctrine and the truth of the Bible even willing to reinterpret and reimagine it to prop up their aberrant teachings. My only hope is this article serves as a way to warn those caught in this devilish snare so that they might escape!
Jude 1:22-23 And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.