At a Time When Progressive Agendas Are Pushed Even at Our Most Vulnerable Children, Southern Evangelical Seminary ‘Stands Firm on the Principles of the Gospel Message’
August 16, 2021
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Today’s LGBTQ+ agenda is often front-and-center in many American classrooms—and the latest example of one “inclusive” school’s approach toward its youngest students has many people reeling. When a couple learned that controversial books would be part of their kindergartener’s class curriculum—books about sexual orientation, transgenderism, and other progressive ideologies—they reached out to the principal, hoping to move their child to another class. Instead, the principal lectured about “equity policy”—and said the only way to avoid progressive topics at their Atlanta school would be to leave the district.
Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, ses.edu), commented on this worrisome story and its larger implications from a Christian apologetics perspective.
“As the father of four daughters and now the grandfather of five precious grandchildren, I’m troubled by what I see and hear emanating from classrooms in our country,” said SES President Judge Phil Ginn. “We have too often sacrificed the concept of classical learning to the gods of the secular liberal agenda. I am not too surprised to learn that an Atlanta school district is attempting to force-feed even kindergarten students an anti-Christian message couched in the terms of ‘equity and social justice,’ and centered around the acceptance of LGBTQ+ principles. Certainly, this is not isolated to Atlanta—but is rampant across our nation.
“There was the additional demand of, ‘If you don’t like what we are doing, then leave.’ This attitude raises several red flags for Christians, and it places Christian parents in a conundrum of how to react to such an egregious attack on the traditional family structure, which is at the heart of people of faith.
“Though it may sound cliché to some, all Christians should fall on their knees and pray earnestly that God intervenes in our present situation and particularly in the lives of our precious children.” Ginn continues, “We are fighting the powers of darkness, and we simply do not have the power in our own strength to contend with them. Without the might of God Himself, we will continue the descent into the abyss.
“Secondly,” noted Ginn, “we as Christians ought to regard the next generation as our most important mission field. We should be generous in supporting quality Christian education, from preschool through the doctorate level. That’s where institutions such as Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College are so important. We need to multiply solid Christian education at every level if we are to win the battle for the souls of our children.
“Finally, and perhaps most importantly,” said Ginn, “we need to stand firm as Christians even in the face of ridicule and persecution. So long as the Lord allows, SES will stand firm on the principles of the Gospel message, the inerrancy of Scripture, and the logical balance of a proper Christian worldview. We are inviting Christians everywhere to join with us—for what could be more important in this world than the very souls of our children? Time is short in America,” added the SES president, “but I earnestly pray that it is not too late.”
SES just wrapped up a key livestreamed event, “Awaken,” held on August 7th. This event examined issues related to systemic racism in America, police violence, and people of color; the nature of true social justice; and how individuals can escape today’s “wokism.” Featured speakers included SES President Judge Phil Ginn, former police officer Eric Muldrow, and Monique Duson of the Center for Biblical Unity.
The mission of SES is to train men and women, based on the inerrant and infallible written Word of God, for the evangelization of the world and defense of the historic Christian faith. SES offers the 15-hour Certificate in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).SES believes that one must minister to the present generation according to its needs—and to do so with truth and power. Students need training in the ethical, political and economic implications of the unchanging Faith “once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). The PPE can also be used as a concentration within most master’s degrees (excluding Master of Arts in Religion).The combination of PPE training and classical seminary education can be a potent one in combating the new heresies and false doctrines rooted in a secularist, progressivist worldview.
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