Trump supporter Candace Owens has started something she calls Blexit which stands for Black exit from the Democrat party. It is a movement and a website.
African-Americans haven’t voted in great numbers for a Republican presidential candidate since 1960 but Owens hopes to change that with her movement of Black conservatives. However, she will need to clean up her historical act if she is going to succeed. As Princeton historian Kevin Kruse pointed out today on Twitter, the first three historical claims on her website aren’t accurate.
If you click the tweet, you will get to a thread which debunks the claims made by Owens. A little later in the thread actress Stacey Dash challenges Kruse with a altered photo of Margaret Sanger at a KKK rally.
On the Blexit website, I did not see any citations or sources for information. Some of claims appear to have originated with David Barton and/or Dinesh D’Souza. Some appear to be deliberate misinformation. It is an insult to the intelligence of the audience OWens and others are trying to reach to put up so much faulty material.
I am thankful that Kevin Kruse is so “informative” to quote Ms. Dash. If only she and others would go a little further and question the rest of the material.
Long time readers of this blog will recognize the name Asia Bibi, a Christian women imprisoned in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy against Muhammed. She was on death row for eights years and had one last appeal to Pakistan’s Supreme Court. This morning, it is being reported widely that she was acquitted.
This is of course tremendous news for her and her family. Her cause has been a focus of many groups, religious and non-religious, since her wrongful conviction eight years ago. Many in Pakistan wanted her to be executed for blasphemy. Pakistan’s high court did not find the evidence compelling and acquitted her. There isn’t any news at this point about when she will be release or where she will go. She certainly won’t be safe in Pakistan. She has been offered asylum in France among other places in the world.
The Family Federation for a Heavenly USA (aka the Unification Church) has added worship artist Israel Houghton to the lineup of high profile Christians who will help evangelize New Yorkers for self-described True Mother and the only begotten daughter of God, Hak Ja Han Moon.
In the newest video ad for the November 12 Nassau Coliseum rally Peace Starts with Me, the organizers announced the addition of Grammy award winner Houghton. View the video below:
Houghton joins Hezekiah Walker, Yolanda Adams and Bishop Noel Jones as self-proclaimed Christian performers/speakers at an event which Moon’s followers hope will help establish her as a mainstream religious figure. She and her followers claim that Jesus failed in his mission by being crucified. In the modern era, her husband was the fulfillment of the Messianic promises and she is the daughter of God and only through she and her husband — True Parents — is their hope for reunion with God.
I have heard no response from Adams, Walker or Jones regarding their support for this non-Christian event.
“I started looking because I was curious. I kept looking because I was suspicious. I continue looking because I am incredulous.” I wrote these words over a month ago in the middle of discovering significant number of problems in the writings of Tim Clinton. But they are still true today – I continue to look and I am still incredulous.
I refuse to believe this is an unimportant topic. And so, despite a tepid response initially from many readers, I haven’t let it go. In fact, I began to wonder if I needed to broaden my search. Questions began nagging me. If Dr. Clinton is setting this kind of example, who is following? Is this a common practice among other leaders (both formal and informal) in the AACC? Is what I have found reflective of a broader culture within the AACC? I didn’t like the questions, but I decided they needed answers. What I have found so far has been disappointing and Warren has been gracious enough to give me space to share some of my discoveries.
Enter Eric Scalise
Eric Scalise has long been involved in the AACC. For many years, he was the Vice President for Professional Development. A quick glance at his LinkedIn profile suggests he was heavily involved in leading the AACC. After that and for some time until very recently, he was the Senior Vice President of the AACC. His LinkedIn profile does not describe his duties during that time, but it is reasonable to assume they were leadership responsibilities equal to or greater than before.
Since Dr. Scalise appeared to be Dr. Clinton’s right-hand man for many years, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised by what I found in some of his writings. But I was.
In Christian Counseling Today (vol.17, no.1), Eric Scalise and Tim Clinton co-authored an article, “Manifesting Christ: The High Call of Every Christian Counselor.” (click the link for a large picture; a pdf is here.)
The material in yellow shows up word for word (or nearly so) in one article by Eric Scalise here (below highlighted in yellow). And the material in orange shows up word for word (or nearly so) in another article by Eric Scalise here (below in orange circle). Unless I am mistaken, it seems the most likely possibilities are 1) Scalise used large sections of the original article without giving any credit to his co-author, Clinton. Or, 2) The words in yellow and orange always belonged to Scalise, but Clinton’s name was added to the first article anyway. Either way, there seems to be a problem of author attribution.
Late Insufficient Citation
Even more notable is an article in Christian Counseling Today (vol.20, no.3) by Eric Scalise, “The Neurobiology of Trauma and Traumatic Relationships.” It was published in 2014. (A reprint of that article is still available on the AACC website.) Here are some highlighted excerpts from that article:
It is worth noting that Scalise does make a citation (#1) for a different Courtois source in his article. I have two observations about that: (1) A significant amount of copied material shows up well before that citation. (2) Scalise says the “observations are based on the work of Courtois.” In reality, they are the observations of Courtois. It appears that he or someone working for him copied the words of Courtois and added the words of Cross to them.
I have discovered other, perhaps less serious infractions (like where Scalise appears to co-opt the words of Jay Neugeboren). But this is enough for me now to read all of Scalise’s writings with suspicion.
More to Come
In addition to Scalise, I’m on the trail of at least one other AACC insider.. If/when I can complete that research, perhaps Warren will allow me another post to provide an update. And at some point, it may be also worth re-visiting the story of Les and Leslie Parrott using ResultSource to boost their book sales.
All of this has left me profoundly disappointed. The AACC certainly is not the only show in town for Christian psychologists and counselors. But the leaders, speakers, and authors affiliated with the AACC are well-known and influential. I have a vested interest in the field of Christian counseling and I wish that these questions did not have to be raised concerning AACC. If AACC was an actual professional association where the member voted for leaders, then members could express themselves via election of new officers. However, since AACC is Tim Clinton’s business, the members have no ability to bring change.
As it stands, there is a path forward for those involved and I’m sure they know what it is. Some semblance of an honest and contrite apology along with a promise and a plan to do better in the future would go a long way to restoring some trust. Until then, I’m afraid AACC and by association Christian counseling will suffer from the appearance of untrustworthiness.
Over the weekend, Gateway Church hoped to guide members in the way they should vote by providing voter guides. After all, who doesn’t need a little political guidance with their spiritual guidance?
Things didn’t go exactly as planned. At some point after many guides had been distributed, someone noticed that the guides were very un-Gateway like. According to a reader, here is what was mixed in with Gateway’s guides:
Below is how Gateway wants members to vote.
This was a pretty elaborate prank. The guides look very similar in these pictures and must have cost a lot to produce. Someone wanted to make a point.
One of the individuals lamenting this turn of events pointed church members to vote.gatewaypeople.com which contains links to the approved Vision America voter guides.
Politicians in Church
Not all Gateway folk are happy with obvious Republican politicking in the church. On a church social media site, two people expressed reservations about the voter guides.
Politicians in church; one can’t escape that at Gateway Church. They even tell you how to vote.
One principle from the page has been violated by the Gateway effort:
Here’s one more point: Don’t align yourself too closely with a political party or a politician. That is unwise because we need to be free to call all political parties and politicians to repentance when they step outside of biblical morality and principle.
It is possible that the anonymous prankster wanted to get across something like this with the alt-voter guide. There is more than one way to look at biblical principles when it comes to politics and policy.
Last week, Judge Timothy Brooks approved the plan offered by plaintiffs in the fraud case against Gospel for Asia. Brooks had already certified the case as a class action suit. The plan is detailed in the following documents and was approved by Brooks without apparent modification.
For 33 years, since 1985, I have had the rare and enriching privilege of serving The Master’s University and Seminary as president.
I originally signed up for 5 years, thinking I would be able — along with my pastoral ministry at Grace Community Church — to help strengthen the University and Seminary. I underestimated the hold that educating young Christians for gospel influence on the world would have on me.
Class after class, year after year, as new students arrived, I found it impossible to let go of the opportunity to educate their minds and hearts to take the Light of God’s truth into this dark world. So, I have stayed and loved every day of my service.
However, with the growth of the University and Seminary, demanding more leadership now and in the future, the time has come for me to transition to the position of Chancellor of the University and President of the Seminary.
The transition will provide for a new president for the university. This will occur over the next 18 months.
I rejoice in the 91-year impact of this institution, because of its faithfulness to the Bible, to the glorious Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and His beloved church.
I am confident of the continuing influence of these schools for the kingdom of our Lord and I look forward to continuing to serve The Master’s University and Seminary in the years ahead.
Yesterday, The Master’s University released this statement to faculty.
October 19, 2018
The Master’s University and Seminary
Since 1986, The Master’s University and Seminary has been a beacon of Christian education preparing men and women for gospel ministry and professions around the world. Over the last three decades, TMUS has trained and sent out over 8,500 graduates to proclaim the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These graduates have established other global training centers which have resulted in another 5,500 graduates trained for ministry and deployed around the world. For 33 years God has blessed this institution through the leadership and efforts of our President, Dr. John MacArthur.
Today, the President and Board of Directors determined that over the coming months, The Master’s University and Seminary will enter a period of transition. In May 2020, Dr. John MacArthur will continue his involvement in the institution by becoming Chancellor of The Master’s University. At the Seminary, he will continue in his role as President. During this transition period, the future relationship of the two schools will be clearly identified. Moving into the future, TMU and TMS remain firmly committed to the authority of Scripture, the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the mission of training men and women for kingdom work.
The Board of Directors is extremely grateful for the leadership that Dr. John MacArthur has provided for this institution over the past 33 years and is eager for his influence to continue impacting both organizations after this transition is finalized. We understand that this announcement may prompt questions, and it is our intention to address those questions in forthcoming communications as this process unfolds.
There will be staff meetings at both TMU and TMS in the coming week week that will answer any questions the staff or students may have related to this announcement.
Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership with the ministry of TMUS.
For the Master,
The Board of Directors
For reasons I don’t understand, TMU’s board refers to Rev. MacArthur as “Dr” even though MacArthur doesn’t have an earned doctorate and as far as I know doesn’t have an honorary doctorate from TMU.
Using “Dr” when only having an honorary degree isn’t considered acceptable in most academic institutions I have surveyed (see link for more information).
K.P. Yohannan has taken on a fancy new name in his role as head of Believers’ Eastern Church. The K.P. formerly known as Metropolitan will now be known as Moran Mor Athanasius Yohan Metropolitan. The reason for the change is described on the church Facebook page:
I wonder if they kept the same secret handshake and hand kissing ceremony.
Mor in Syriac is a title of Lordship or sainthood. Various eastern churches use Mor and/or Moran in titles of religious leaders and Believers’ Church has followed the pattern.
On November 12, Bishop Noel Jones, pastor of City of Refuge Church in Los Angeles and gospel singers Yolanda Adams and Hezekiah Walker will support the Unification Church as the church brings the “Only Begotten Daughter of God” to the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island for an evangelistic rally titled “Peace Starts with Me.”
Hak Ja Han Moon, the widow of Unification Church founder the late Sun Myung Moon, is called “True Mother” by the Unification faithful (Mr. Moon is True Father). True Parents are considered to be God’s chosen vessels to bring peace to the world and succeed in that mission where Jesus failed. The Unification Church hopes to use the Nassau event (and a similar one held in 2017) to enter the American religious mainstream and gain converts for their movement. Surprisingly, they have been getting help from several high profile Christians.
In a 2017 Madison Square Garden event by the same title, Trump evangelical advisor Paula White-Cain spoke along with gospel singers Adams and Walker. Pastor T.L. Barrett of the Life Center Church of God in Christ triumphantly introduced Hak Ja Moon as “our True Mother.”
Who is True Mother?
In essence, Unification theology compensates for what Sun Myung Moon considered to be the failure of Adam and Eve, and then Jesus to accomplish God’s mission on earth. Moon (True Father) and his wife (True Mother) are the fulfillment of that plan and will successfully bring heaven on earth (known as Cheon Il Guk). The Unification Church hopes to unify all religions around Moon’s Divine Principle and establish world peace. According to them, Christians are misguided about Jesus.
In a March 2018 speech, the same Hak Ja Moon who will be exalted in Nassau said that blasphemy against her will not find salvation.
The Messiah; all of humanity yearns for the Messiah and the advent of the Messiah should at least take place at the national level. Unfortunately, 2,000 years ago, even though Heaven worked to prepare the people of Israel, they failed in their responsibility and Jesus could not stand on a national level and emerge as the True Parent. Hence, [Jesus] prophesied that he would come again. Therefore, with regards to Heaven’s providence, when looking at the 2,000 year history of Christianity, what is more important than the Second Advent of the Messiah, is the advent of the Only Begotten Daughter who comes from Heaven’s lineage with no relations to Satan, just as Jesus did 2,000 years ago. Unless the Only Begotten Daughter is born, the returning Messiah cannot advance to the position of True Parent.
In the gospel of Matthew, it is written that people can be forgiven for slandering the Messiah. However, whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven. Do you remember this passage? This means that with regard to the history of the providence of restoration through indemnity, we are in the Last Days. Whoever blasphemes against the Only Begotten Daughter, True Mother shall find no salvation. You must understand this. We are in the Last Days. Do you understand?
In the July 2018 issue of True Peace Magazine, Hak Ja Moon describes her view of Jesus’ mission.
Was Jesus welcomed? Jesus Christ was not born to be crucified. He came to realize God’s dream and humanity’s wish for all human beings to become sons or daughters of God. He came to guide and lead people to become God’s children. Where did the theory that states that believers can only receive salvation through the crucifixion and blood of the cross, come from? They did not understand Jesus’ true nature. Human beings have institutionalized salvation through priests and bishops, resulting in many problems during the past two thousand years. However, the Protestantism did not express understanding of Jesus’ true nature. Protestants did not know why Heaven’s providence led to sending the Messiah. Jesus died on the cross and said he would return. He would return to host the marriage supper of the Lamb.
After waiting for two thousand years, was Christianity prepared to welcome Jesus? This is the issue. Fallen humanity cannot directly return to God. That is why fallen humanity needs the Messiah. The Messiah is humanity’s True Parents who can resurrect, revive and guide humanity to become God’s children once again. Heaven’s providence must reach its conclusion; therefore, the providence has advanced even with endless waiting and numerous difficulties. Thus, for the fulfillment of the providence, Heaven has prepared a foundation for True Parents to be born. The central figures are the True Parents and I am God’s only daughter, the True Mother.
While waiting for the returning Lord in his Second Coming, Christianity’s mission was to find and raise God’s only daughter. That they still do not understand the providence is phenomenal. I can no longer delay the providence. Six years ago, I proclaimed a new era by announcing that I am God’s only daughter, for whom Heaven has been searching and the returning Messiah has been waiting. (p. 15)
Death on the cross was not the original plan according to Hak Ja. But since he did die, a Messiah is needed now, and that Messiah has come in the form of True Parents. With True Father gone to the spirit world, the mission of Christianity isn’t salvation through the cross but to find and raise God’s only daughter. God’s daughter is humanity’s True Mother who is here now to usher in God’s kingdom of peace.
In Unification scripture, Hak Ja is referred to as God’s Only Begotten Daughter. She is also referred to, along with her husband, as the only hope for mankind. Notice that the second passage from Chambumo Gyeong is from “True Mother.”
In 2012, almost two months after the death of her husband, Hak Ja ridiculed “old-fashioned Christians” who waited for the return of Jesus. She chided them for not recognizing that “The Lord (her husband Sun Myung Moon) came and went” while they lived. She said Christians waited two thousand years “for nothing.” She added that she planned to create a book which will make them throw away their Bibles. As quoted in the November 2012 issue of Today’s World, Hak Ja said on October 27, 2012:
That is why I am doing so many things now. It is all for you and your future generations. How could you possibly deal with the Christians of today? Not knowing that the Lord has come again, those old-fashioned Christians hang on to their worn-out Bibles and offer prayers and devotions asking the Lord to come on the clouds. If they come to understand the providence, how much will they repent and lament? “The Lord came and went while I was still alive!” How devastated would they be by that thought? This fact would dumbfound them more than the fact that they waited two thousand years for nothing. I will create a book that will make them throw away their Bibles, a book that will make them feel that Father is eternally alive.
This book is the Cheon Il Guk Holy Scriptures and was completed in 2015. The video clip above contains readings from it. Given these concepts, it is surprising and disturbing that high profile Christians would enthusiastically support the Nassau rally.
True Mother is Coming!
The rally is central to church plans for mainstreaming their views. In a September sermon a Unification church service in New Jersey, Family Federation Vice President Demian Dunkley created enthusiasm for the Nassau visit by chanting repeatedly that “True Mother is coming.” He also spelled out the importance of the Nassau rally for the movement by telling the crowd that the 2017 Madison Square Garden meeting and other prior meetings around the world led by Hak Ja Moon had helped convince world leaders that Unificationists could be trusted not to be “some crazy cult.” In light of those successes, Nassau will be even more important.
So what do you think Nassau is going to do? Do you understand how important it is? It’s protection for our world wide movement. It’s an investment for our world wide movement. It’s the elder son’s [United States is considered an elder son nation to Korea which is the promised land] responsibility to welcome True Mother on behalf of America and raise her up publicly, not at a private party.
There is precedent for this use of public events within the Unification Church. On March 23 2004, the church arranged an event in the Dirksen Senate Office building which church leaders later portrayed to insiders as the crowning of Moon and his wife as the “King and Queen of Peace.” At that time, Moon declared himself Messiah and humanity’s savior at a ceremony attended by several U.S. lawmakers and international representatives.
Have Jones, Adams, and Walker Converted to Unificationism?
I attempted to contact Noel Jones, Yolanda Adams, and Hezekiah Walker through their websites. Noel Jones operations manager got back to me to clarify my questions but I have yet to get any answers from any of them about their support for the event. They are obviously scheduled to be there but I would like to understand their rationale for evangelizing another religion, unless of course, they have converted, which they should disclose.
To be sure, Christianity and Unificationism are two different religions. In Christianity, Jesus is Savior and only Lord. In Unificationism, he didn’t achieve his mission and God’s only begotten daughter is here to establish peace on earth.
Although I wouldn’t attend if it was simply an ecumenical expression of a desire for peace, it isn’t just that. Let’s be clear that the church is hoping that this event and the Christian cover given to it will help them become more mainstream and help them grow their movement.