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Judge Phil Ginn: Christianity ‘Is an All or Nothing Proposition’

November 8, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A recent study found that while the majority of millennials see Christ as “a little positive,” about 30% of that majority claim to be LGBTQ+. The study found that millennials tend to reject traditional organized religion on the whole. Instead, they find aspects within a religion appealing while ignoring the entirety of the religion’s teachings, “resulting in a paucity of knowledge, understanding, experience, and growth in this realm.”

In light of this new information about the millennial age range, Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, ses.edu), commented on the “pick and choose” nature the report suggests millennials lean towards.

“There’s a lot of talk these days about the efficacy of vaccinations,” Judge Ginn commented. “When it comes to diseases like Covid and the flu, then there is certainly something to be said for an individual voluntarily receiving a vaccine to avoid the rigors of an epidemic. However, when this same concept of inoculation is applied to true Christian faith, the end result is catastrophic. 

“A. W. Tozer explained it this way: ‘A whole new generation has come up believing that it is possible to accept Christ without forsaking the world.’ So, when we hear that most of the so-called millennial generation ‘like’ Jesus, but that 30% identify as LGBT, then we should at least recognize the source of the malaise. I certainly don’t mean to isolate the LGBT community by calling out this one sin because many of us are tempted to hold onto our own pet sin that is no different in its nature. The simple truth is that you cannot be a true Christ follower by receiving the smallest dose of a dead virus to avoid a full-blown life dedicated to the one and only Lord Jesus Christ. It is an all or nothing proposition.”

Judge Ginn continued, “Jesus did not die on the cross for the sins of the world in order to be ‘liked.’ No, that kind of sacrifice together with His resurrection demands obedience to the whole of the spirit-filled life of a true believer, not just the parts that we might find convenient at the moment. Because we recognize the Lordship of Jesus Christ to be preeminent in the lives of His people, Southern Evangelical Seminary has endeavored to be steadfast in the truth for nearly 30 years. With Martin Luther we will continue our efforts to live out the mantra, ‘Here we stand; we can do no other.’”

SES recently held the important live-streamed event, “Awaken.” 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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