I publish the following not as a means by which to shame specific people publicly, as they have already received this and it is my hope and prayer their hearts will open to the gospel and turn away from the world, but as a guideline for those who are dealing with similar situations with their churches turning to the religion of this world, the false teaching of social justice, that you may have these scriptures and arguments at your disposal to be able to right the ships in the instances where you have the power to be heard, or to burn the ships as you need to make known why you and your family must leave the places of heretical teachings.
Dear CPC Leadership Team:
My family and several others have seen many warning signs that CPC Church has become inverted to its purpose over the last year or more, in that its primary focus has shifted to how the church appears to the world, rather than rebuking the evil of the world and presenting a different way of living that is apart from the world as we are commanded. This has been a common problem with churches, especially in the United States of America, where broadcasting certain held beliefs in what many refer to as “social justice”, a philosophy that has no basis in Biblical truth or the Gospel of Jesus Christ, have become a symbol of status among elites and among upper-class social circles.
The sermon Sunday, June 21st started out as something promising, speaking against false teachings straight from the word of St. Paul, but the tone of the sermon took a quick turn after the point of “do not ADD to the word”, which is solid and true advice, but when elaborating on “do not detract from the word,” it went into a segment where it was not scriptural, based on Christ’s teachings, nor anything God has shown to us through natural order or law, but completely based on current events and current left-wing political agendas which are getting heated due to the 2020 presidential election.
The sermon was a culmination of the church choosing the prince of this world over the teachings and faith in Jesus Christ and presents a dangerous and near-Satanic vision for the future of CPC. I will elaborate on why this weekend’s sermon is anti-Biblical, and therefore anti-Christ and evil, though the trend and pattern of worldly concern is not solely because of this single sermon, but a path CPC’s been sliding along. The sermon of this weekend is the line where it must be rebuked as preaching false-doctrine is a slide too far into wickedness.
First, we will need to define a few terms:
1. Social Justice – a social philosophy based on liberation from “oppression”, of which the latter word is defined through postmodern critical theory, specifically “forms of authority and injustice that accompanied the evolution of industrial and corporate capitalism as a political-economic system”, representing primarily those who identify as a “progressive” political ideology.
2. Racism – Any conscious or unconscious bias, preference, or prejudice based on race, and in postmodern social justice terms, also including end results of socio-economic outcomes of averages of situations with non-white races, regardless of intent. In modern arguments, “racism” and “systemic racism” can go so far as to mean community solidarity.
3. BLM – a radical left-wing organization that organizes protests and riots throughout the United States and the rest of the world with the objective of removing President Trump from office and creating anarchist societies within major metropolitan areas through the removal of police.
The Global Socio-Political Situation:
It’s impossible to discuss the topics at hand without the global socio-political situation, whereas a populace who was told to quarantine for 3 months because of the virus COVID-19, in essence, imprisoned and disconnected from each other as a community – already putting us into a godless and unholy state, being one of no connection and of no hope. People have lost jobs, they’ve been cooped up, misery has triumphed, and this, I believe is the will of Satan to break the spirits of humanity to ripen his yield for strife, division, and violence. Without this situation, one where we are all on social media constantly, attached to “the news” – which we know at this point is sensationalist falsehoods we commonly refer to as “fake news” in order to get us agitated and act in a constant state of anger.
The church has over the course of this crisis already put too great an emphasis on the social media realm as it’s transitioned to livestreams, obsessing over multiple takes, revisions, etc., rather than letting the Spirit flow naturally through live interaction and stream of consciousness. The focus has changed to one of performance and appearance rather than one of prayer and reflection. This shifts the mindset of the church from one where we are pruning branches for our sanctification as life of believers, to one of attempting to gain “likes” and focus on metrics. This has been mentioned by Pastor Scott in frustration in sermons with talk of attendance/views going down, and likewise, monetary giving going down. I know from being around church leadership that this attitude is not new, but something whispered regularly amongst the staff.
Viewing humans as metrics is a secular way of looking at humans as product consumers, rather than as creations in the image of God. In essence, numbers don’t matter, only truth matters. Christ’s main concern in his ministry was never the multitudes giving him views nor money, nor growing a lukewarm flock for numbers’ sake, but rather He would speak unpopular truths against the mainstream culture in order to cull the flock to those who truly believed. As He stated in Matt. 7:14: “small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Likewise, He followed the statement, as is a common theme across Scripture to “look out for false prophets,” and gave us a way to determine false prophets via their fruits. This ties into the overall socio-political situation, as we can pull back and look into the global big picture, and whether we should be supporting and condemning such actions of these socio-political movements as a church.
On False Prophecies and Messages
The church and its prophets must stay on message to the Word’s truths that: the way to enlightenment is slim, indeed there is only ONE way (John 4:16), and that we should “not conform to the world” (Romans 12:2) because the world is inherently fallen. It is the devil’s domain, and trying to appeal to the world is a hubris and a sign of false prophets, they and the world are apart from God.
Being set apart from the world is spoken of so often in the Bible, it seems to be one of the most important and difficult to attain tenets of the faith, otherwise, God wouldn’t drill it into our heads over and over again, telling us not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Cor 6:14). We must be set apart from them, as we are chosen to be so, and this is how we display leadership and our difference to the world.
Over the past two weeks, every major news organization, every major corporation, every academic institution, every media, and entertainment outlet, have all repeated one same message, religious in the way they present it, which is “Black Lives Matter” and “racism is evil!”
You’ll notice in the world’s secular messages there are no specifics, there is no hope to be better in any tangible way, it’s just an endless, nihilistic chant into the void that there is this phantom “bad” going on, and everyone is somehow unanimously opposed to it, yet somehow there are so many victims it’s staggering (again without specifics), and all white people as a race are inherently guilty somehow of this neo-original sin.
It’s easy to see what fruits are borne of this message, which is rioting, looting, violence, hatred between men, destabilization, and destruction. These fruits are not good, as they are the absence and opposite of the fruits of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and especially self-control.”
Therefore, we know two facts of this “anti-racism” BLM movement: 1. The entire secular, fallen world is in chorus speaking for it and cheering it on 2. It bears fruits of devilry.
By those factors alone, the church and God’s people should be unequivocally against it. When these fruits are advocated for on the pulpit, the church is bearing false witness.
The prophets speaking these words are easily identifiable as wolves in sheep’s clothing, addressing another warning Christ gave us. They use the words “Black Lives Matter”, “anti-fascism”, and “anti-racism” because it makes it seem to any reasonable person that they couldn’t disagree with it. Who in their right minds would want to say black lives don’t matter? No one, and no one has, which starts to peel back the onion and the wolves’ natures involved in this false witness movement.
Social Justice As Secular Religion
The devil has been attacking the Church for a long time, stripping us of cultural power, relevancy (which is a trap in and of itself for us to conform to the world and further water-down the church), and any say in society. But this is okay, to be expected, and rejoiced over, as our Master said to us: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” (John 15:18) If we are hated by the secular, we are likely on the right path.
The false witness being borne here is therefore another path which is being brought upon the world. This is where Social Justice becomes its own religion in essence as a philosophy devoid of religion. It exhibits the same qualities as many religions: trying to service the same human needs as a real religion while masquerading as a cause.
The social justice cause under the banner of BLM and its neo-Babel globalist funding agents, exhibits control over a group of humans, organizes them for their religious ceremonies (protests/riots), by creating a moral communal tribe by which they have to signal their virtue to one another. This again is an antithesis of Christianity, where Christ calls on us to display humility and not to broadcast our virtues to the world. Christ clearly states, “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven,” (Matthew 6:1).
The Social Justice religion tribe in the last several weeks has forced people to come out and state words “Black Lives Matter” – and there have been instances where events, companies, and people have been canceled because they didn’t say that exact phrase like a litany or prayer, even when they were virtue signaling about their “anti-racism” in other ways.
Real people have been hurt with lost jobs and ostracization because of a showing a lack of faith in this secular religion, again to reiterate, an evil fruit which is sewing bad crops in creating hatred in violence. In fact, those preaching anti-racism often seem the most bigoted about the topic and rigid in their religiosity in regards to social justice, another indicator of idol worship.
These are signs that not only is CPC repeating a false witness of the world, but actively diminishing the purpose of the church in giving credence to a different moral arbiter other than scripture of God, ceding it to a secular religious cult which is creating new sins and doctrine – exactly the kind of false teaching that Pastor Scott opened his message warning against at the beginning of the message. This stems from adding to the Word where it does not need to be added to.
Racism Is Not A Sin
When we get to the core of Pastor Scott’s teaching this weekend, it in and of itself is unbiblical in nature, and merely based on social pressure from the above religious cult to say what sounds like a good truism on the surface (racism is bad), but when we drill into the truism, we are repeating messaging which has nothing to do with the good news of Jesus Christ nor God’s will.
The following is going to be unsettling, but I specifically defined racism in the way that’s meant when we speak of it in society in general, as these social justice movements like to use it as a “catch-all” term to conflate normal behavior with real problems. No one at all is defending lynching, TV and movie-style representation of beatings and abuse, nor Nazi-gas chambers. Those are not “racism” in the sense it’s been defined by Pastor Scott’s message, but those examples are aggressive violence, which, no matter their motive or thought behind it, is quite obviously a sin.
By the modern use of the term racism, we mean the preference for or prejudice against another race in any sense, conscious or subconscious. Ironically, in focusing on “white privilege” and “white fragility” and calling out whites as a race, Pastor Scott clearly displayed racism on the pulpit against the Caucasian race while decrying the philosophy, as “fragility” of a specific race is a negative quality inherent to said race, and therefore a negative prejudice based on race.
Logical conundrums in the message aside, the word racism has been so nebulous as used in recent weeks by the secular media which has influenced this message, and it’s done to confuse and befuddle the population with the intent of bringing about demonic energies to our society. Especially when coupled with the word “systemic” as mentioned above, the word itself becomes something near meaningless, almost in taking a definition of “action I don’t like or makes me angry”.
Much of what’s accused of racism is truly simply community solidarity around like-willed people, of which there is nothing wrong with such solidarity when it comes from a place of charity and love, and can be a positive thing, of which God demonstrates multiple times in His own solidarity or “racism” in many points of the Bible.
In St. Peter’s first Epistle he speaks specifically to his Jewish congregation’s community solidarity, or racism as it would be referred to in common vernacular, in regards to Gentiles (emphases mine): “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9), where the context is Peter speaking to the Jewish Christians about God’s racial preference of them over others. He further elaborates the context by telling the intended audience of the letter how to act around Gentiles or the non-chosen people: “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” (1 Peter 2:12)
But in case St. Peter may have written fallible words or been misconstrued, we can turn to Christ’s own ministry in how he handled and preferred the Jewish race over others:
He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. 5In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
“Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”
Jesus refused a miracle to a woman because she was a non-Jew, and was so insensitive to the concept of racism that he referred to her race as DOGS when referring to the Jews preferably as Children (which is of greater importance because children have inheritance rights in the culture). This is under no uncertain terms a wildly racist statement, and the woman actually did the right thing and accepted her place and humbled herself before him, and so he took pity on her.
We are supposed to have pity and compassion for everyone, but we are also clearly supposed to prioritize our deeds and concerns based on community solidarity. God prioritized his miracles and his chosen people by race countless times across the Bible, which is not to say we should do so in every instance, as we have been given the gift of discernment depending on situations, but it does demonstrate clearly that God himself, Christ, has and does display “racism”, even after the New Covenant, in the manner in which Pastor Scott condemned the philosophy.
Since God has in many instances displayed what we refer to as racism, God is infallible by nature, and God cannot by definition sin, it follows logically that racism is NOT a sin, NOT evil, and therefore should not be preached about as such from the pulpit, as it is an indication of “adding to the gospel” which was aptly warned about in Galatians.
Moreover, nowhere in the Bible does it state we are to admonish people based on their race (i.e. white privilege / white fragility / etc), as Jesus never speaks to such matters, nor do the apostles. In fact, it specifically states quite the opposite, in that we SHOULD be blind about such matters, as “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” There is no “white fragility” in “not seeing nor discussing racism”, as implied by Pastor Scott’s message and the push of the secular book he implored the congregation to read to feel guilt over the majority’s own race. It sets us apart from the world to be above such matters, and we should always demonstrate love to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Preaching In Favor of BLM and “Anti-Racism” Is Evil
Above, I’ve argued that BLM is a subset of a social justice modern religion, with its own services, in service of the world, amplified by worldly institutions of all stripes, and none of its leadership nor major messages have anything to do with the Gospel or Truth. It is an anti-Truth, and anything which is an anti-Truth is leading people astray from God.
Racism is also not something which is inherently a sin, even necessarily a precursor to sin, and nor should it be called one. There are real, tangible sins to which many of us in the congregation suffer from and struggle with which do not get preached upon with any regularity (chastity, abortion, adultery, sloth, greed), which is shameful by itself. Making up new sins which didn’t exist in Biblical terms is not in our purview, but is something reserved by God. Since God is unchanging, he will not be creating new sins any time soon. He warns us on this in Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
Moreover, the inappropriateness of using Father’s Day, a day in which we should be encouraging fathers to be good leaders to the young and raise children in the faith, by accusing the congregation of racism, is off the charts tone-deaf for leadership to have let through in the messaging. It is damaging to the goodwill of the church and the solidarity of the body.
There is no good in this racially divisive movement of BLM or its philosophy of social justice, of which the sole purpose is to instill fear into the populace of the United States that they will destroy everything we hold dear, injure and kill our families, threaten our livelihoods and worse unless we bend to their political will. Its interests are to tear down institutions of Christianity and remove our influence from culture. We cannot be a part of it and still be preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We can dance around the subject all day, but the BLM movement’s real and stated goal (Source, BLM co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, on CNN’s Jake Tapper Show June 18th, 2020), is to convince the world that President Donald J. Trump is evil and must be removed and destroyed for a Marxist and globalist revolution and new world order. We should not be advocating for them in such because that is not the purview of the church.
I will leave you with one thought. At the president’s rally the other day, whereby in their fruits there was no violence, no destruction by his followers, he stated we are to be one nation UNDER God, and that we are a nation of faith and will always remain so. He professes Christ and is your brother in Christ as much as he is mine, and the hatred and absolute derangement that the wicked world displays for this man means he is onto something good. As I’ve said in this letter, you will know them by their fruit.
You can see the difference: those like Mr. Trump and Pence who worship the cross do not crack under the strain, but the demons screech because their master and his slaves are being defeated. In the end, we can rejoice because the Truth will always win, even if it does not do so immediately within the building of the CPC Church.
At this point, the fruit of CPC is one of calling matters which are not sins, sins, in order to further a dangerous political movement, using the platform to speak untruths to a congregation which doesn’t apply to them whatsoever. I can only imagine the intent, but it appears as if it’s to signal to the world “we are one of you, join us because we’re just like you”, and if this is the case, then CPC is doing the work of the Devil.
I do not have the power in the church to enact leadership change, which needs to be done at this point in order to right the ship, as the leadership has proven repeatedly that its concerns are more about worldly appearances than about this congregation’s spiritual welfare, so I will be taking my family and leaving. We will not be influenced by false witness, nor party toward taking a knee to the Prince of this world.
Jon Del Arroz