COMMITTED to train men and women
to have minds for the Lord Jesus,
hearts for the truth, and
hands that are skilled to the task.

09.14.2022 – Lesson One | Introduction to Progressive Evil

Luke 13:23-27
Matthew 7:13-14
Revelation 3:1-3
Let’s start with a few quotes that will get the ball rolling.
“The hallways of history point to moments when the Church was called to stand firm. The call of the Christian is to ‘contend for the faith once delivered to the saints’ (Jude 3).
The difficulty with social justice is that it appears to be virtuous and its sounds ‘Christian’ when its being employed by Christian leaders. However, social justice is one of the most devious and destructive movements the Church has faced in last hundred years.”
Josh Buice, pastor of Pray’s Mill Baptist Church, Georgia

“Just as under the guise of Liberation Theology Marxism was smuggled into the Catholic Church, so under the guise of Social Justice/Critical Race Theory, Marxism is being smuggled into evangelical churches across the country.”
Lous Markos, professor of English at Houston Baptist University

“Fascism is on the march again….unchecked corporate power has, to a significant degree, stultified the democratic process, and fascist groups in Europe and the United States feed upon this malaise.”
Martin Lee, “The Best Reawakens” 1997

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
George Washington

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The progressives’ assault on America demonstrates their mental illness and the resulting evil that could make America irrelevant, and therefore absent in the prophetic end times, albeit helpful to Satan in paving the way for the Antichrist.”
LTC Robert L. Maginnis “Progressive Evil” 2019

David Fioraza “Canceling Christianity – How the Left Silences Churches, Dismantles the Constitution, and Divides our Culture”
“Like the spiritual warfare over the souls of men, there are battles in heavenly realms over nations because of what they stand for as well as over the people in those nations. The enemy hates America because of the God we were once united under and the believers who represent Him.
Part of the epic battle manifests as hatred directed at Christians. There are cultural conflicts about worldview; heaven and hell, righteousness and unrighteousness, freedom and bondage, truth and lies, but it all comes down to three words; God or man. A person’s foundational assumptions about God and man directly influence their philosophy of law and government.
This is why we see the intense, moral battle for America’s soul and over whether or not to uphold the US Constitution as the law of the land. Though not perfect, America made it this far in history because we once sought to glorify the Lord, obey His commands, and there was no resistance to advancing the Christian faith.
A few months ago, however, George Barna released yet another disturbing study finding that less and less people in America today believe in or support Christianity. The alarming title was:
‘U.S. Moving Toward Elimination of Biblical Worldview as Cornerstone of Society’.
Stop for a few seconds and consider the word, ‘elimination.’ It took time to reach this point. While we were sleeping, the enemy of our souls and enemies of America have worked overtime to cancel Christianity. They have planted more weeds than we have seeds.”

Dr. Erwin Lutzer “We Will Not Be Silenced” – Responding Courageously to Our Culture’s Assault on Christianity
“I see much of contemporary Christianity submitting to the culture in many areas of life, especially in matters of sexuality. The only way to make Christianity appealing, we are told, is to move the markers – to be more inclusive, more affirming. I fear we are allowing culture to inform our thinking and even raise our children. We no longer are submissive to ‘the whole council of God” (Acts 20:27). We think we must accept or acquiesce to culture in order to redeem it.
Too often, compassion is used to override our better judgment and approve of ungodly lifestyles. We tell ourselves that we don’t witness about our faith because we fear offending someone; we are silent in the face of political and moral decline because we want to be thought of as nice and not judgmental. We don’t want to let people know that the way into the kingdom is narrow and there is a cost to following Jesus. The Christian poet Vasily Zhukovsky wrote, ‘We all have crosses to bear and we are constantly trying on different ones for a good fit.’
Christianity without courage is cultural atheism.”
“Who would have ever believed the day would come when men would say that they too can bear children and menstruate and thus must fight for ‘period-equity”?
Or that drag queens would be allowed to read fairy tales to very young children in public libraries? This kind of sexualist thinking and behavior is spreading rapidly in a nation obsessed with its overblown emphasis on individual rights for a select few at the expense of others.
It’s difficult to even have a real conversation on the many social issues of our day, such as policies advocating unrestricted immigration and sweeping proposals to combat climate change. Or issues regarding racism. To merely question the viewpoints of secular left radicals on social issues is denounced as hateful, bigoted, and racist. We who are Christians are told that if we want to be known as good citizens, we should keep our antiquated views to ourselves. We are made to feel embarrassed about defending tradition marriage and a sane understanding of gender. Like a deer caught in the headlights, we don’t quite know what to do and whether we are willing to pay the price of fidelity to Scripture. We are shamed into silence.”

Voddie Baucham Jr. ‘Fault Line’

“In the current climate, debate is becoming a lost art – partly because of a general decline in the study of logic and rhetoric, but mostly because of the general feminization of culture and its consequent disdain for open verbal combat.
Gone are the days of Luther and Erasmus slugging it out over the question of original sin. Today both men would be accused of being petty, mean-spirited, and downright un-Christlike. I have often said: “The Eleventh Commandment is, ‘Thou shalt be nice’….and we don’t believe the other ten.’
One of the negative results of this is no longer being able to deal with ideas without attacking the people who hold them. Disagreements quickly deteriorate into arguments and worse. Consequently, taking a position on an issue carries the automatic assumption that one is utterly opposed not only to the opposing view, but to all who hold it. Therefore, we don’t debate ideas at all, but go straight for personal attacks and character assassination. And this debate is no different.
To the anti-Critical Social Justice cam, those on the side of CSJ are all Cultural Marxists. Conversely, to the social justice camp, those who oppose their cause are all racists (even fellow black people like me who, according to their definition of racism, can’t be racists…..but I digress).
The result is a standstill – a demilitarized zone that exists, not because hostilities have ceased, but because we all tacitly believe there is no solution.
Meanwhile, well-meaning Christian lay-people find themselves at a loss. Which side do they choose? There are ‘big names’ on both sides, so who’s right?”

There are 10 topics, all found in Erwin Lutzer’s book “We will not be Silenced”

1. How We Got Here
A survey of the forces that seek to dismantle the core values that built up America.

2. Rewrite the Past to Control the Future
The strategies being used to delegitimize our Judeo-Christian past in order to make way for a wholly secular and Godless society.

3. Use Diversity to Divide and Destroy
How harmful cultural ideologies are keeping the races in perpetual, endless conflict.

4. Freedom of Speech for Me, but Not for Thee
The growing trend to stifle and shame those who uphold conservative or Christian worldviews.

5. Sell it as a Noble Cause
How propaganda is used to shape a populations’ perception of reality so they will not change their minds even when confronted by compelling counterevidence.

6. Sexualize our Children
How school curricula and popular culture are leading our children into sexual confusion and warped ideas of personal identity.

7. Capitalism Is the Disease; Socialism Is the Cure
Why socialism is initially attractive yet ultimately lead to failure, and how capitalism can create wealth that furthers Christian work everywhere.

8. Join with Radical Islam to Destroy America
Why and how two very different worldviews are willing to set aside their differences to eradicate Christianity and capitalism.

9. Vilify! Vilify! Vilify!
How disagreements today are no longer resolved with mutual respect and civility, but through shaming and outrageous denunciations.

10. Wake Up! Strengthen What Remains!
Jesus, speaking to a New Testament church, gives a warning that applies directly to us today, and His assessment is the only one that matters.