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 As Progressive Agendas Are Pushed in New and Startling Ways on Our Young People, Southern Evangelical Seminary Is ‘Called to Be a Watchman on the Wall to Proclaim the Truth’

August 23, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Out of James Madison University in Virginia comes some shocking news. The college has been instructing its student employees to believe that people who identify as male, straight, cisgender or Christian are “oppressors” who engage in the “systematic subjugation” of other social groups, according to reports. The JMU training materials listed specific races and nationalities that they considered to be “privileged” or “agents,” as well as those they characterized as “oppressed” or “targets.” Even more troubling, student employees were told after the training to “not share these materials with others.”

Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, ses.edu), reacted to the troubling news and its larger implications from a Christian apologetics perspective.

“A part of the strategic repertoire of weaponry for any despot or totalitarian regime is to accuse the enemy of doing the very thing already being done by those who would be in total control,” said SES President Judge Phil Ginn. “This scenario certainly played out in the Nazi takeover of Germany and in the Bolshevik takeover in Russia. Today, it continues to rear its ugly head in our world when a certain group of people want to wrest control over a population in order to force their opinion on the entire group. Sadly, it is occurring more and more in our American educational system, from preschool through higher education.  

“Now, James Madison University has decided to sanction this primary move of totalitarian education through the only slightly veiled format of freshman orientation this fall,” Ginn continued. “Before slyly asking student employees not to share this information with others, the training materials listed all sorts of ‘bad’ people whom they labeled ‘oppressors.’ You might know a few of these ‘horrible’ folks—Christians, white males, Americans, able-bodied people, thin or athletic-build body types, anyone between the ages of 30 and 50, and so on. JMU insists these are the people causing trouble for the United States (I was going to say America, but that would be ‘oppressive-type’ language!). Then there was the oppressed group, which included nearly everyone who wasn’t on the original ‘oppressor’ list. Honestly, this would be funny if it weren’t such serious business. 

“This is how our educational tax dollars are being spent—by telling students essentially that all those paying taxes to provide their education are ‘oppressors,’” added Ginn. “Maybe it’s time someone speaks up and calls their bluff.” 

The SES president emphasized, “The truth is always intolerant of that which is not true simply because it sheds light on the situation and makes plain the dichotomy between right and wrong. That is what we are about at Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College—and that is why we’re now seeing students enrolling at our institution to escape this blatant type of tyrannical behavior of imposing a falsehood on a group of people in the hope that if they tell the lie long enough and loud enough, it will be accepted as truth. Perhaps more by destiny than by choice, SES has been called to be a ‘watchman on the wall’ to proclaim the truth. Not just any truth, but the truth found alone through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The truth that we all are ‘one blood’ through the life, death and resurrection of Our Lord—and that Satan himself and the sinful nature he nurtures are the real oppressors of our nation and her people. ‘Do not be misled, you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant’ (Galatians: 6:7).   

“I invite you to join with us at SES,” Ginn urged, “as we seek to be rebuilding the wall and standing in the gap for the truth and the whole truth for our nation and the world. The continued existence of our nation and the very souls of our young are depending on us to speak and live the real truth.”

SES recently held the important livestreamed event, “Awaken,” on August 7th. The 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.

For more information on SES, visit its website at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (704) 847-5600.


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