In response to my article on the cultish mindset of social justice warriors, Jan C wrote to warn of the same thing happening within churches:

From Jan:

Very well said, and extremely important for us to understand this.  Too, we must understand this trend is ALSO in the church.  I do not want to name names, but key buzz words and ideas we see there are:  "the marginalized," the attack on the American Dream, [and] the idea that American Christians are too political and more concerned about the things they are against (gay marriage, abortion, etc.) than their faith.  The Social gospel pervades the movement, which is actually “Christianized Marxism."  In my opinion, the church is the final "pillar" which the left is working to bring down.

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Then, to my surprise, Keri Smith, the woman in my article who had written to explain what SJWs are all about after spending the past two years “deprogramming” herself, wrote in response to Jan C’s letter:

From Keri:

Thank you, Laura, for sharing the piece.  I wanted to respond to Jan C and tell her I've been seeing and hearing about the same thing in churches.  It's called "SJW Convergence," where enough believers take leadership roles in an organization, school, company or church until the SJW ideology subverts the entity's original mission.  In the case of academia, for example, the primary goal becomes accepting and preaching this ideology –- and viewing everything through this lens –- so that learning and searching for truth is subverted.  In the case of the church, when this ideology takes hold it supplants the very word of God itself.  It becomes the *primary* objective, the lens through which everything is viewed. It IS a belief system, a religion of sorts, and you can't serve two masters.

Laura:

Thank you both so much for writing and warning about this.  (And, Keri, I’ll be reading more of your excellent work.)  I have done musical performances in churches that seemed to me to be examples of this --- very leftist, political, steeped in the same terminology.  I didn't have to sit through a sermon to get the picture --- I could tell just by the things they’d posted on their bulletin boards!

Jan, I find it interesting --- though not surprising --- that these “social justice” churches point fingers at Christians in general and accuse THEM of being “too political” when they themselves are being political.  Also, the concept of “Christianized Marxism” is rich with irony, in that, historically speaking, actual Marxists have tried very hard to stop the worship of anything other than the State.  But when you think about it, what better way is there to indoctrinate people in a twisted ideology than with the "Word Of God" in hand?

My impression is that churches whose congregations are primarily made up of those “marginalized” groups --- gay, black, etc. --- are likely to lean this way.  But wealthy and mostly-white congregations can be just as obsessed, perhaps because of guilt over being “privileged.”  SJWs are like carpenter ants, looking everywhere for soft wood.  Anyway, I see it happening, too, and am grateful that you brought it into the conversation.

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  • Linda Lee Clark Locke

    01/14/2019 04:37 AM

    I agree with you you cannot serve two masters. And sadly our churches are becoming of the flesh. As for myself i serve and Work for God ONLY. STANDING UP FOR MY LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS AMEN

  • Linda Lee Clark Locke

    01/14/2019 04:37 AM

    I agree with you you cannot serve two masters. And sadly our churches are becoming of the flesh. As for myself i serve and Work for God ONLY. STANDING UP FOR MY LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS AMEN

  • John Timko

    01/13/2019 06:23 PM

    It seems the intolerance displayed by ‘nonbelievers’ is having more influence on the ‘believers’ than the reverse.
    Evil has no conscience, no morals, no compassion, they can, therefore, impose their views of ‘tolerance’ on ‘believers’ while shaming ‘believers’ into believing they are too judgmental.
    Could it be that the ‘nonbelievers’ are more openly honest about their opinions, while too many ‘believers’ are less knowledgeable about what it means to be a true believer?

  • Keri Smith

    01/11/2019 01:09 PM

    Thanks for continuing this conversation, Laura. It's very nice to "meet" you and Jan. I am both fascinated with and alarmed by this topic lately, given how diametrically opposed Christianity and Marxism would seem to be. We'll probably be doing a "Deprogrammed" episode about it at some point, with folks who know more about it than I do.

  • Sharon Benjamin

    01/09/2019 01:43 PM

    Have you read Brannon Howse book Marxiatianity or viewed his Documentary Sabotage the movie? Very informative.

  • Lena Emo

    01/09/2019 11:50 AM

    Living in Canada, the church is all but dead. Sadly, home churches is what will be in the future. Tax exemption status will be taken next, the church will die.

  • Jan C

    01/09/2019 02:24 AM

    Thank you, Laura, for the encouragement. I always hesitate to bring this up as it is so easy to look like one is causing division in the church if ever too critical. But I have been deeply concerned about this for some time and I think it is important to bring awareness. Your comment about the SJWs being political themselves while condemning the conservative for being too political is right on and I think that needs to be exposed. Because yes, as you said the verbiage and "conversation" used in these churches, books and literature, is directly from the left's playbook. When cloaked with some truth from God's Word, people are easily deceived. My dad taught me a long time ago, (I'm 64) that it always takes a little truth to get people to believe a lie. And it is a shame the church and the Word of God is being used in this way.

    I absolutely agree with Keri that it IS a belief system that has become a priority, leaving Jesus, the cross and the need for repentance far behind. The NEW sinner to be concerned with now (according to SJW) is the wealthy, (or even middle-class) white Christian. We are the puffed up and greedy problem that must be called into account for the ills of the world. What better way than to promote their ideology? They first must condemn the American Christian's long-held values and convictions, before they can replace it with their own agenda.

    Anyway, thank you for your excellent articles and for being willing to respond to my comments and thoughts.

  • Jerry D Woods

    01/09/2019 01:50 AM

    My ! My ! Makes me wonder are they talking about our Southern Baptist Convention, seminaries, like the firing of President Paige Patterson, or ERLC's Russell Moore and his supporters ? Those code words sounded like she might have been, but who knows? Of course, I certainly would not call any names that seemed to stand out to me in last year's SBC!

  • Sara Sheets

    01/08/2019 08:31 PM

    U never saw what US SWJ??

  • Kathy miller

    01/08/2019 07:32 PM

    The Atlanta Presbytery has taken an anti-Israel position that is very troubling to me.