“By What Standard,” the controversial trailer, by Founders Ministry
In this documentary trailer Tom Ascol of Founders Ministry rightfully exposes the liberalism, feminism, egalitarianism and sexual sins amongst the Southern Baptist Convention. He states that one of the causes of the rise of heterodoxy and liberalism amongst Christendom, is they are told “what they must do is sit down, be quite, and listen!” In other words, if you don’t agree with their progressiveness, keep your mouths shut.
He sure hit the nail on its head. As I’ve said before, “these liberals remind me of that 1970’s bumper sticker that says, ‘Get in, sit down, hold on, and shut up!’
This reminds me of the 1912 disaster of the Titanic that crashed while on its maiden voyage. The Captain of that cruise-liner was Edward J. Smith. He was chosen as Captain because he was “popular” amongst their prominent passengers. Captain Smith willingly ignored the warnings of others, that he would collide if he did not change course. Consequently due to his pride and human err, most of them perished into the ocean.
Similarly was the 1983 collision of Avianca Flight 011. That Captain was also warned of his unsafe descent, but he too ignored their warnings. I have not confirmed this. But it has been said that this was the origin of the phrase “Shut up Gringo!” As he ignored the others warnings, to the fatal demise of everyone on board.
Though in the end, the gates of hell will not prevail against the Lords true church. But in the meantime many professing Christian leaders are sinking their vessels with their own pride, and human err.
Brethren, Jesus is thee head of the church. Not a general session, not a convention, and not an association. Jesus is the anchor of my soul, and the “Captain” of my salvation.
More about this soon coming documentary here –
“In 1979 the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) formally entered into the “Battle for the Bible” that was raging within North American evangelicalism. Over the next 15 years, the SBC was returned to its historic commitments on the inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture. Many of those who resisted this conservative resurgence were driven by religiously progressive convictions.SOURCE: https://founders.org/cinedoc/
Their advocacy of ideals and positions that developed out of radical feminism and deviant sexualities were exposed and refuted by those holding to orthodox, Protestant and historic Baptist positions on the issues.
Now, 25 years after the clear success of the conservative resurgence, it seems like evangelicals, including Southern Baptists, are in danger of loosening their commitments to those basic, Christian commitments. Dangerous ideologies like Critical Theory and Intersectionality are gaining inroads into the thinking of some leaders, churches and organizations.
These ideologies are even being promoted among some evangelicals as reliable analytical tools that can assist our understandings and efforts in gospel ministry.
The result is that, in the name of social justice, many unbiblical agendas are being advanced under the guise of honoring and protecting women, promoting racial reconciliation, and showing love and compassion to people experiencing sexual dysphoria.
By What Standard? God’s World, God’s Rules is a documentary that presses those questions by showing how godless ideologies are influencing evangelical thought and life.
Founders Ministries is producing this cinedoc to sound an alarm and issue a call for pastors and churches to stand firm against this onslaught by reaffirming the authority and sufficiency of God’s written Word. If we care about true justice—what God has revealed to be just—then we must stand against what is being promoted under social justice. If we care about the true gospel—the gospel revealed in the faith once-for-all-delivered to the saints—we must reject the agendas being promoted by godless ideologies.”
This trailer can be seen via the below link (hopefully they will make a YouTube version that can be better shared on web sites & blogs).
UPDATE 08/01/19: This controversy has caused some Founders board members to resign. For Tom Ascol’s article about this, click here. Many people have commented to his Facebook post. To review my response to that post, go to my comments section below.
IN RESPONSE TO FOUNDERS BOARD MEMBERS RESIGNING:
Brother Tom forgive me for rambling, but my comment approaches this from a different angle than what the others have commented. Perhaps this will be a ‘bitter sweet’ movement for yourself, and the remaining Founders. If they left because of their aforementioned struggles with their “conscience,” then we must respect their decisions to go. But if they left because of the opposition and controversy that this has created for them, then I cannot respect that. Nonetheless, we have differences in every church, ministry, and board that any of us have sat on. And those differences do not always justify resignations. But the more important issue is this – the ‘victim’s advocacy.’
Through two decades of Law Enforcement, and then another ten years as a licensed board certified criminal defense investigator, I testify that many of the sexual abuse allegations that I’ve investigated, have been proven to be false. And it’s a shame that a person that has been a previous victim of sexual abuse, has so much influence over this controversy. Many of the court appointed ‘victim advocates’ here in California were once victim’s themselves. Frankly most of them are not impartial, and cannot remain objective. Though there may be a role for ‘victim advocates’ in the judicial system, I don’t believe they belong in the church.
Again, albeit there are many legitimate victims out there. I remember investigating a case here in California. Two sisters alleged that their pastor sexually molested them. It is my opinion that the Prosecutor had a disdain for the church (or Christians). I was able to later prove that these girls lied, they even gave me statements recanting their original stories. I found a witness just before trial that told me the victim’s mother had boasted about the settlement that she would win thru a law suit against the church. Knowing these girls had lied, and that the love of money was their motive, the DA still took this case to trial. I watched the victims advocate sit with those girls during the long trial, enabling and encouraging them to press-on with their original statements.
Though the jury could not agree on a verdict (they deadlocked), I watched that pastor, his church and family diminish thru all of this. This is just one of many many stories, of how victim’s advocacy can hinder or impair our justice system, and how they can have a wrong impact on victimology or criminology. Hence, we mustn’t recognize victim’s advocacy as an office (or influence) within the Lord’s church, lest it become part of the social justice gospel. As the Scripture says “we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” For He is the only Advocate that should be promoted our exalted within our churches, and our ministries.
Having said all that. I encourage you to press-on with the film. Understanding Ephesians 5:1-21 is not that difficult for us, but to demonstrate these great commands requires much courage, and I pray the Lord will continue to provide the Founders ministry with the courage that you have been demonstrating.