The ‘Gospel’ Coalition Tries to Shame Pastors into Social Media Silence
The Gospel Coalition, which is largely funded by dark money with trails leading to felonious Clinton money-man, James Riady, is a progressive political organization masquerading as a Christian ministry. Founded by Marxist, Tim Keller, the organization attempts to sway evangelicals from a faithful conservative voting block by injecting the Christian church with liberal notions of “Social Justice.” Standing in the way of The “Gospel” Coalition’s politico-subversive work are local church pastors who use their social media platforms to call out the organization’s overt Democratic activism.
Speaking with the subtle sophistication of the devil, The Gospel Coalition ran an article this morning attempting to shame pastors into silence and encouraging churches to muzzle their prophetic ministers in social media.
Written by Justin Schell, who has tweeted thousands of times since he joined the platform in March of 2017, the article condemns pastors who are active in social media, claiming that public disputation (the kind that Paul engaged in throughout the time chronicled by Luke in the Book of Acts) is a violation of pastoral qualifications as per 2 Timothy 3.
Paul writes that a pastor must be blameless, not divorced or a polygamist, zealous, serious, well-behaving, hospitable, able to teach, not into booze as an addiction or hobby, not greedy, not a physical brawler, patient, not envious, have a well-ordered home with obedient children, not a novice, and of an honorable reputation. Again, the link is 2 Timothy 3:1-7 to read the Scriptures yourself.
However, notice TGC’s twisting of the passage:
“Therefore an overseer must be above reproach online; the husband of one wife, so therefore never seeking out explicit or inappropriate images; sober-minded in online searches; self-controlled when scrolling social media; respectable in the comment section; hospitable to all his online neighbors; able to teach, that is, using technology to spread truth and never lies; not a drunkard, addicted to hits, likes, and retweets; not violent toward people who post ideas with which he disagrees, but gentle; not quarrelsome, saying whatever comes into his head; not a lover of money, whose Amazon basket is never empty.
He must manage his own household well, able to unplug as is right and good, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, teaching them righteous online behavior, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, unconcerned by his son’s porn addiction or daughter’s inability to separate Instagram from reality, how will he care for God’s church?
He must not be a recent convert, his uninformed zeal oblivious to the fact that he doesn’t have to comment on every controversy, or he may become puffed up with conceit, taking shots at men far wiser and humbler because of hearsay, and fall into the condemnation of the devil, who prowls around like a deadly computer virus, seeking saints to crash.
Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, that is, Facebook friends, LinkedIn contacts, Twitter followers, and any comment-maker with whom he has interacted, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil, the one who has been spreading false news since the very beginning.”
If eisegesis were an Olympic sport, Justin Schell would take the gold.
Let me ask, what kind of Twitter love would be cast in the direction of the Apostle Paul if he were alive today? How would the Judaizers respond to him? Would John the Revelator have a good reputation on Facebook among the Gnostics? Would Peter not dispute with those who snuck into the church unawares? Would Jude not argue with those who turn the gospel into sensuality and lasciviousness?
Let’s be honest: What The “Gospel” Coalition wants is for local church pastors to be run out of their churches as “unqualified” if they dispute with Social Justice commies on Facebook and Twitter. They want men of God neutered, lobotomized, and Xanaxed into silence.
Remember, brethren, we are to “contend [wrestle, ἀγωνίζομαι] for the truth as it has been once delivered to the Saints” (Jude 1:3).
That might include busting the chops of feckless Social Justice latte-mustached skinny jeans posers in social media.