Cane Caldo pointed out the SJW convergence at Acts 29:
The SJW-convergence aware crowd might be interested in Matt Chandler’s vision for the Acts29 Network since he took control. Here are the values:
1. Plant Churches that Plant Churches
2. Be Known for Holiness and Humility
3. Become a Radically Diverse Crowd
4. Be Serious about Evangelism and Conversions
It’s not an irony that Chandler stands and moves like a woman. It coincides.
I wasn’t aware of this, but this is indeed Chandler’s Hope #3 for Acts 29:
My third hope for Acts 29 is that we might boldly and unapologetically become a radically diverse crowd over the next few years.
Why? Ethnic harmony/diversity is core to being explicitly Christian.
This is of course what SJW entryists always do; they re-purpose the organization towards “diversity” and claim this is essential to achieving the organization’s original mission. In this case, harmony becomes diversity, and university ethnic studies values predictably start supplanting the original mission.
Make no mistake, this isn’t about harmony, it is about the racial grievance industry and white privilege. During the Ferguson riots in November 2014, Acts 29 Vice President and The Gospel Coalition (TGC) Council Member Darrin Patrick* published an article at TGC titled How Should You Respond to Ferguson. The article opens with:
We learned last night that Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown, was not indicted by the grand jury. Multiple businesses have been looted and burned, and our city—St. Louis—is trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces and move forward. Leading up to the grand jury decision, we wanted to prepare our church, regardless of the verdict, to rightly respond to the issues this case has unearthed.
Over the last few months, the elders and other leaders at The Journey have been encouraging our church and the wider community to let their guard down and step into hard conversations about justice, privilege, and race.
What follows is a standard issue SJW discussion about racist police and white privilege. The language and frame of mind are exactly what you would find in the African American Studies department at your local university, and this is no accident. One of the experts on the panel is introduced as:
- multi racial background
- majored in African American Studies at Wash Univ.
- speaks and leads workshops on diversity training
You can see Sabrine’s introduction in the video embedded below. Drag the cursor to the beginning if you want to see the whole thing:
Pastor Chandler isn’t just pushing SJW racial theory as core to being a Christian. He is also slightly more subtly doing the same with feminist theory as well. In his sermon Man’s Purpose Chandler quotes 1 Tim 3 on the qualifications of elders, and then explains what this means (emphasis mine):
Two sentences. Where an all-male eldership practices authority in the church that is harsh and uncaring, then they are outside the bounds of the beautiful design of God and outside the boundaries of Scripture. Where an all-male eldership does not create and nurture lanes for the flourishing of women in their gifts, they are outside the bounds of God’s beautiful design and outside the bounds of Scripture.
Once again, male headship is the unique leadership of the man in the work of establishing order for human flourishing, and Christ is our model. That’s work. We are to cultivate in the home. We are to cultivate in the church.
This is not what 1 Tim 3 says, and moreover the far more relevant Scripture for women’s roles in the Church is the instruction immediately prior to 1 Tim 3 (1 Tim 2:8-15):
8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. 11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.
The Apostle Paul reiterated his point from 1 Tim 2 in 1 Cor 14:34-35:
34 Let your[d] women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. 35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
Pastor Chandler seems to be directly mocking this Scripture when he says:
Let me just share my heart for all women, married or single here at The Village Church. I don’t desire, and the elders do not desire, that you would be the type of “pat your head, bless her heart, be quiet, ask when we get home” women.
Complementarian affirmative action.
Pastor Chandler practices what he preaches. He not only has women leading in The Village Church, he has women in leadership who instruct pastors. Jen Wilkin is identified as a Minister on the church website, and wrote the article Counsel for a Complementarian Pastor explaining the need for affirmative action for women in church leadership:
3. Help them lead.
If Deborah or Huldah were a member of your church, would she have a place to exercise her gifts? We complementarians have some work to do to reclaim and celebrate the notion of women as leaders. Regrettably, many of our churches hold simultaneously a pure theology and a broken practice: We may affirm equal value and dignity with our lips, but our ministry structures tend to be far from it. And women are taking note. Seeing few or no places to serve, women with untapped gifts often conclude they must change their theology to be able to serve meaningfully in the church. We don’t want our female leaders to leave. We want them to find their places in leadership with us, but how?
We must actively help them. Leaders rarely develop in a vacuum; most can point to a senior leader who advocated for them. Pastor, what gifted and able women in your church need your guidance and advocacy? Be proactive about identifying and empowering women to lead. Pursue them to serve, and then lend them credibility by publicly celebrating their gifts. Evaluate and, if necessary, adapt your ministry structures and hiring practices to ensure they reflect your belief in the vital contributions of women.
Wilkin explains that complementarian affirmative action means meeting women more than half way:
4. Set them up to win.
Because women are typically primary caregivers, ministry to women is a “ministry of more-than-halfway.” It requires us to think not just in terms of, “What discipleship opportunities can we make available?” but to meet women more than halfway by asking, “How can we remove as many participation barriers as possible?”
*You can see Pastor Patrick discussing chivalry with fellow TGC Council Member John Piper here.