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 ‘America Is Headed for Totalitarianism at Breakneck Speed and the Family Structure Will Be Its Next Victim,’ Warns Judge Phil Ginn

October 18, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Today, more Americans view marriage as “old fashioned,” with just over half believing that marriage is needed to create strong families, according to findings released last week from the 2021 American Family Survey. The poll was conducted by YouGov, which drew its results from the input of 3,000 people. The results show that only 45 percent of Americans—the lowest percentage in the survey’s history—agree that society is “better off” when “more people are married.” In addition, when asked if they think marriage is “old fashioned and out of date,” 19 percent of respondents said they “agree” with that statement—a percentage considerably higher than in 2015, which only 12 percent of those surveyed said as much.

Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, ses.edu), reacted to the developments amid the wider context of a “woke” culture that includes a rebellion against family and faith institutions.

“One of the greatest tools of any autocratic society is the deconstruction of the family, to the point where the government controls not only what children are taught but also the type of ‘family’ structure in which they grow to maturity,” said Judge Ginn. “By doing so, innocent children can be indoctrinated and manipulated into being what the government wants them to be. We saw it clearly in Nazi Germany—and we see this in communist countries today. To accomplish this goal, these governments must first convince the populace that this whole process is good and acceptable. Now, a recent survey reveals that Americans are ‘growing less attached to marriage as an institution,’ according to a report in The Christian Post about it.”

Added Judge Ginn, “Unfortunately, this is not something new, as we’ve seen from the lack of emphasis, even among Christians, on marriage as a loving and lifetime commitment between a man and a woman where children can be nurtured appropriately. Today, we have politicians and school boards unabashedly stating that the government and liberal educators are the ones who should determine what our children are taught. This is not education, but indoctrination—not unlike what is seen in authoritarian regimes.

“The reality is that America is headed for totalitarianism at an increasingly breakneck speed and the family structure will be its next victim,” Ginn continued. “SES is committed to being steadfast in the truth, particularly when it comes to the importance of a real family for our children.”

Judge Ginn said as well, “It is time for America to—as the Apostle Paul wrote—‘wake up from our slumber and let Christ make day dawn on us’ before it’s too late.”

SES recently held the important livestreamed event, “Awaken,” on August 7, 2021. 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.

Judge Phil Ginn was appointed president of SES in April 2021 after a distinguished career as both a lawyer and a judge. He holds a B.A. from Appalachian State University, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Prior to his appointment as SES president, Judge Ginn served as SES Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

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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