Conservative Evangelical Leaders Enabling Radical Islamic Groups
Matt Chandler’s Village Church and the American Left: Giving Leftist-Islamic Groups a Foothold in the Church
The conservative movement, and more importantly the conservative evangelical church, is being undermined and compromised by well-known evangelical leaders. Men such as Matt Chandler are accommodating and participating in interfaith dialogues with groups who share ties to radical Islam. It is no longer leftists in this country finding friends only within organizations of the religious left. Today the agenda of the American left has also found a home within the mainstream leadership of the conservative, evangelical church.
Pastoring one of the largest churches in Dallas, The Village Church, Matt Chandler currently serves as president of the ACTS 29 network, and he is also on the leadership council of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. (The current president of Ethics & Religious Liberty is Russell Moore, who has recently been embroiled in a battle over his organization’s decision to file an amicus brief on behalf of a Muslim group attempting to build a mosque in New Jersey.)
In addition, Chandler is a popular speaker at Christian conferences across the country. Therefore, his far-reaching influence amongst conservative Christians cannot be underestimated.
In response to the growing interfaith movement between Muslims and Christians, Shahram Hadian, an Iranian Muslim convert to Christianity, says Christians are being played like a fiddle. They are either naïve or deceived. He is now a Christian pastor who recognizes the dangers of blending Islam and Christianity.
Taking a close look at the activities and the alliances being formed, it is clear that this is not about Christian evangelism. To the contrary, it is about the conservative Christian church being seduced by those who practice Islam, a false religion. While the followers of Allah join with Christians in interfaith campaigns, Christian participants continue to ignore Scriptural warning against it. Consequently, those who in the past may have been considered conservative Christian leaders are being robbed of spiritual alertness and discernment.
Furthermore, it is too serious to ignore the dangerous mixed messages Chandler’s church is currently sending, and, as we have learned from Mark Driscoll, former president of ACTS 29, there can be two sides to a ministry: one side that speaks the truth while the other side undermines and perverts it.
Therefore, as we will see in the case of Matt Chandler and the ministries he supports, two radical Islamic groups have been involved with ACTS 29 leaders, and even most recently within Chandler’s own church. Collaborating behind the scene are CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations and ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America–two groups very involved in Christian/Muslim bridge-building projects.
It is well documented that both CAIR and ISNA were founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Their objectives in America have been declared: destroy our society from within.
Per Jamie Glazov, the managing editor of FrontPage magazine, they “manipulate and exploit dialogue with us as a weapon to weaken and destroy us…a tactic found in Muslim Brotherhood documents.” Furthermore, Glazov warns, “ISNA…was an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal prosecution of the Hamas-funding Holy Land Foundation. It was listed in a Muslim Brotherhood memorandum as one of ‘our organizations and the organizations of our friends.’ Based on its long record of advancing the Islamist worldviews, ISNA has been described as ‘one of the chief conduits through which the radical Saudi form of Islam passes into the United States.”
Therefore, it is alarming that on November 2, 2016, two pastors on staff at The Village Church, including the director of The Village Church’s SEEK THE PEACE spoke and showed their support at an event co-sponsored by ISNA, the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign and FFEU, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. (Russel Simmons is the chairman of FFEU.) The meeting was held at the Islamic Center of Frisco and as stated by FFEU, participants publicly signed the Religious Freedom Pledge, which was launched in 2016 at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.
The pledge commits leaders to “uphold and defend the freedom of conscience of all individuals by rejecting and speaking out, without reservation, against bigotry discrimination, harassment, and violence based on religion or belief.”
Furthermore, per FFEU, the endorsers of the pledge will “call on public officials to uphold these same values, particularly in this season of heightened anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate crimes.” Additionally, an Imam said that by coming together at the Fresco mosque just days before the election, the participants were making the case that we “will not allow the poisonous political discourse penetrate our communities. WHEN WE JOIN TOGETHER LIKE THIS, IT IS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE.”
Village staff pastors participating were Pastor Richard Brindley and Pastor Kyle Worley, and a Village Church layman, Jason Clarke, who is director of SEEK THE PEACE, a group financially supported by The Village Church (source). The Village Church pastors that are participating are Richard Brindley and Kyle Worley. The director of SEEK THE PEACE is Jason Clarke and shows his partnership with The Village Church.
Seek the Peace is also actively involved in the liberal politics of the resettling of Syrian refugees into the country. On January 20, 2016, a posting from “We Welcome Refugees” was on Seek the Peace’s Facebook page calling on followers to stop a bill in the Senate, which they said would “grind to a halt the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.” Their stated position was to increase in the coming year the number of refugees to 200,000 (including 100,000 to be Syrians refugees) to be admitted to the U.S.
Then to fit the liberal narrative, The Village Church has also bought into the social justice language of the old social gospel describing Jesus as a Refugee (source). In addition, they further this agenda by linking from their church site to the International Rescue Committee. The President and Chief Executive Officer is David Miliband. Miliband is currently running for a top United Nation’s development job and he has also been an outspoken critic of the Brexit movement, and conservative/Trump efforts to protect American borders. The following article reflects his political support of global and “international order.” It has been reported he had been tipped for a senior job in a Hillary Clinton administration if she had won the US presidential election.
The politics of International Rescue Committee is clearly fighting against conservative Republicans and the Trump administration’s temporary ban of immigrants entering the country. Consequently, one would be negligent in not asking why Matt Chandler and his church ministries are validating and accommodating groups working against the efforts of conservative Christians? (Listed overseers of the International Rescue Committee include: Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Rhonda Weingarten, President of American Federation of Teachers.) (source, source)
Another internally very connected group to The Village Church is Peace Catalyst International. This group has is not only linked to online from Village Church sites but also the profile of Peace Catalyst staff member, Sarah Long, shows she is also on staff at Chandler’s Village Church. Long’s active involvement in setting the tone of a liberal, politically correct agenda within the church is evident in her article titled Engaging Muslims.
Per her article following her mosque-speaking experience where she presented her stand against so-called discrimination, hate crimes, and oppression, Ms. Long provided clear instructions on how Christians must stand against the rise of “Islamophobia.” Usage of this liberal term by Sarah Long is telling because it is a term created by the left to silence and intimidate anyone that disagrees or interferes with their political position.
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