As you know, I am unashamedly against what God is against. This includes Liberalism, Abortion, Homosexuality, Transgenderism, and heresy. As many of you also know, I am an unashamed member of #the15 and supporter of reform for the Southern Baptist Convention. That reform includes removing the before mentioned things that God hates (and those who support them or give credence to them) from SBC owned organizations, namely the ERLC. Recently, information on a woman named Karen Swallow-Prior has surfaced.
Russell Moore has said, "I wish we had 1,000 more Karen Swallow Priors in evangelicalism today. She models convictional kindness. She doesn’t give any ground, but she also doesn’t see people who disagree with her as her enemy.” So who exactly is this woman?
She is a professor at Liberty University and a fellow for the ERLC. While I don't want to focus on that University entirely, in recent years this university has gone off of the deep end, inviting people to speak there such as Christine Caine, Beth Moore, and Mark Burnett. It has even invited Glenn Beck, a devout Mormon, to speak. Something to keep in mind when discussing her.
Another surface issue is that she has, in the past, written for a progressive/liberal magazine called "Sojourner's Magazine".
One final thing worthy of noting is that she was formerly a member of a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Church. This group broke away from the Southern Baptist Convention in 1991 because they wanted to ordain women (And she formerly held a position of Leadership at said church). While it is important to note this, it is equally as important to note that she has left this church for unspecified reasons (I suspect her appointment to the ERLC). I merely say this to add context.
In an article at ChristianityToday.com, she wrote, "Since abortion is an act of violence not only against the unborn child, but also against the mother, I would favor the law treating it as something more akin to (attempted) suicide rather than murder." There are many things wrong with this quote. To start out, she makes the mother into the victim. A mother who kills her unborn child is no more a victim than a mother who kills her toddler or teenager. Tony Miano put it best when he said, "The only time there are two victims in an abortion is when unborn twins are murdered." I am convinced that the only time a mother is a victim is when the Child is murdered against her will.
In another article at Patheos.com, "As a matter of fact, unlike my opposition to capital punishment, which is rooted in Christian mercy, my opposition to abortion—under any circumstances except those rare times when it is necessary to save the life of the mother—is rooted in social justice, not Christian belief. Although my Christian faith compels me to act in accordance to that sense of social justice, it is not the origin of my pro-life ethic." I don't know where to start with this one. I'm getting this Social Gospel idea from that whole quote. Even in spite of that, she makes the huge mistake in saying that her idea on the atrocities of abortion isn't rooted in Christianity. If you don't start with God and the Bible, you don't have a basis for morality at all. The origin of your every moral claim should be God's word and decree.
I truly believe this woman is deeply rooted in the gay-affirming heresy known as Vinism (Named for Matthew Vines). That is the belief that homosexuality is not a sin, or the belief that a practicing homosexual can be a Christian. I am thoroughly convinced this is a heresy because Romans 1, particularly verse 32, equates those who approve of Homosexuality as idolaters and those who do not worship God.
One article written for ChristianityToday.com, a book review, says, “The LGBT movement is much like the Christian community in that it draws from diverse backgrounds and moral beliefs.” This is far from the truth. First off, a movement founded in the sins of Homosexuality and Transgenderism and an establishment by the One who was and is totally without sin is far from similar. And, while all Christians have different backgrounds, all true believers can agree with Biblical Morality. While it is true that the LGBT (and whatever other letter or number you want to add) crowd can vary on their moral beliefs, the Christian Church affirms all of the moral laws revealed in God's word.
In one article for Relevant Magazine, she praised the It Gets Better project, even after acknowledging, "The message of the campaign is two-fold: First, being gay is OK; second, life for the gay teen victimized by school bullies will someday get better." She praised an organization that said being Gay is Okay, by her own words.
She has taken pictures at Level Ground Christian Film Fest, a vinist film fest intended to be, "the world’s first film festival connecting lesbian, gay and transgender sexuality with faith and evangelical Christianity."
One of the people in that picture with her is a Gay Christian, who she affirmed in his sin according to this article. The other two are notable Vinists named Michael Kimpan and Tom Krattenmaker.
Not only was she an attender at this vinist event, but she was also a speaker.
Concerning the Preaching of the Gospel
A Godly brother, Todd Pearson, was preaching the Gospel to a lost man. Swallow-Prior and a man named David mocked Todd. And in front of said agnostic, no less!
There is just one such example. I am thoroughly convinced that the vast majority of professed believers who mock the preaching of the Gospel are not truly believers. If Swallow-Prior opposes a brother preaching the Gospel to an agnostic, why would we trust her in a ministry that claims to be gospel centered? If she is, in fact, a believer, she should be encouraging him and maybe even aiding him. At very least I'd expect someone to say nothing at all if they preached sound doctrine.
Another brother, Landon Chapman, said it well.
In the same book review mentioned above, she wrote, "The book also addresses some trickier issues with wisdom, humility, and generosity. For example, Stanton’s call to accommodate transgender persons in their use of public restrooms is as commonsensical as it is refreshing." Does anyone else find this as disturbing as I do? While, in other topics, the best of lawyers would be able to dig her out, she has directly aligned herself with the transgender agenda here. I have two biological sisters. The idea of a man being allowed use the stall next to them in the bathroom is not commonsensical or refreshing. In fact, it is nonsensical and disgusting. There are many sisters in the faith I hold dear, and I would be deeply disturbed if a man who decided to go into a Girl's bathroom used the same one they did. Furthermore, any support to this opens doors for perverse men to use a woman's restroom for more reasons than just feeling feminine (And the same with perverse women using men's restrooms). I can find no wisdom or generosity in that.
Concerning Feminism *Updated*
It has been brought to my attention that she also affiliates with a feminist organization known as Ladies for Liberty.
This organization has strongly opposed Biblical Gender Roles in favor of Feminist agenda. Here is an example of the things they post:
She has also denied being either Egalitarian or Complimentarian, stating that this is a construct of the 1980s. She tweeted this here.
JD Hall has said over and over again that we can't just call someone conservative because they are Pro-Life and believe the Bible is without error. And Karen Swallow-Prior isn't conservative, just less liberal. And, brace yourselves, so is Russell Moore, who would attend a Gay Wedding Reception and called Jesus an Illegal Immigrant. We are in dire need of reform in the Southern Baptist Convention. We need to be careful about who we would allow into leadership. While we allow men like Russell Moore and Ed Stetzer and women like Karen Swallow-Prior into the forefront, Godly teachers like Paul Washer and Voddie Baucham are shunned and fade into the background. As Christians, we are to fight heresies such as Vinism and oppose the Murder of the Child in the womb.
There is a phrase that has been used by people throughout reformed history, known as Semper Reformanda. It is short for a Latin phrase that means, "The church is always to be reformed". The general meaning of it is that we are to keep on reforming. We cannot keep on reforming when we allow destructive heresies like Vinism to take a hold in the Church. I plead with you, keep on reforming against those who would affirm a sinner in their sin and keep on reforming against those who would make a murderer of their own child into a victim. Keep on reforming against those who mock the preaching of the Gospel and those who would call giving opportunity to perverts and affirmation to transgenders "refreshing" and "commonsensical". Ecclesia semper reformanda est. The church is to always be reformed. So keep on reforming, brethren.
About the Author
Brandon C. Hines is a young writer from somewhere in northern Alabama who writes about Theology, Polemics, and Apologetics. His beliefs are best summarized by the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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