Evangelicalism has failed to detect and reject the biblically inconsistent starting points of an unholy trinity of cultural ideologies: Marxism, multiculturalism, and genderism.[1] Genderism, the third member of the unholy trinity, is a term borrowed from contemporary secular gender studies which is redefined as referring to the false and anti-Christian family of ideologies consisting of feminism, homosexuality, transgenderism, transsexuality, and other gender related ideologies relating the LGBTQA++positions that deny the creation order binary definition of male and female according to physical sex (Gen 1:27).[2] Genderism is currently undermining the foundation of the church by destroying the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). Evangelical academicians, pastors, and laypeople must take action against events taking place in the ivory towers of academia that have been and are continuing to shipwreck the local church (1 Tim 1:19). Whereas the last two posts outlined the history behind genderism’s destruction of ETS and the opposition actions, this article presents the third of the four points outlined in the first essay by explaining what is at stake in the devastation: (1) Definitions and History, (2) Opposition Actions, (3) The Stakes, and (4) Recommended Actions.[3]

As the flagship evangelical academic organization, ETS impacts evangelical churches. The significance of the society should not be underestimated as ETS “is the largest society of evangelical scholars in the world.”[4] ETS is the place where evangelical academics make contacts to fill seminary staff positions in evangelical schools and to get books (biblical commentaries and theological works) and articles published. The scholarly journal for ETS, The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS), is the main outlet for American conservative evangelical scholars and most likely one of the key sources, along with biblical commentaries and theological works, through which these scholars form their opinions about interpretation and doctrine. For example, according to a notable reference work, The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology, “the ETS has maintained a high profile of influence within evangelical scholarly circles in spite of some controversies.”[5] And regarding JETS, a popular guide, Religious Periodicals of the United States claims, “the Bulletin [of the Evangelical Theological Society] became the Journal of the Evangelical Society in 1969 to increase the society’s influence within and without the evangelical community. The contribution of the society to the renaissance of scholarship among a broad range of evangelicals is substantial.[6] What all this means is that pastors and laypeople need to be concerned about a genderist takeover of ETS because this is one of the chief evangelical sources in the theological formation of the professors who will be training the future pastors that will be leading your evangelical church. The genderists are aware of what is at stake and their intentional attempts to takeover ETS are motivated in part by these stakes as Mimi Haddad, president of the genderist organization Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE), explicitly asserts, “It’s time for a seismic shift in how the evangelical church, and especially the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), engages women leaders. That’s because ETS influences whether women are accepted as pastors and elders by denominations, seminaries, and even local churches.”[7] If you do not want your future pastor or your children’s pastor to be a Marxist, multiculturalist, genderist, then you do not want ministries such as ETS to be overrun by organizations such as CBE.

While justification and inerrancy are essential and foundational doctrines, the most important issue of our time is the unholy trinity of Marxism, multiculturalism, and genderism. Genderism is currently undermining the foundation of the church by destroying ETS. Evangelical academicians, pastors, and laypeople must take action against events taking place in the ivory towers of academia that have been and are continuing to shipwreck the local church (1 Tim 1:19). The next and last post will suggest actions for concerned orthodox believers to take in response to the nefarious events described in the previous article.[8]

 

[1]https://epecarticles.com/2018/08/18/a-fundamental-shift-in-evangelicalism-part-1-introduction-by-ronald-m-rothenberg-ph-d/. In this manner, the nature of evangelicalism has experienced a fundamental shift so that large parts of evangelicalism are no longer Christian. Each ideology is unholy because they promise good but deliver evil. They are a trinity because each successive ideology builds in some way on its predecessor, beginning with Marxism.

[2]According to Airton and Thorne, “legendary sociologist” Erving Goffman(1922–1982) coined the term “genderism” in a 1977 study. Liz Airton, “Untangling ‘Gender Diversity’: Genderism and Its Discontents (I.E., Everyone),” in Diversity and Multiculturalism: A Reader, ed. Shirley R. Steinberg (New York: Peter Lang, 2009), 242, note #15; Barrie Thorne, Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1993), 85. In Goffman’s original use, the term simply referred to “a sex-class linked individual behavioral practice.” Erving Goffman, “The Arrangement between the Sexes,” Theory and Society 4, no. 3 (Aut. 1977): 305.

Subsequent to Goffman’s minting of the word, Airton tracks its history through the educational and psychological fields and finally into gender studies where it has numerous definitions and even claimants for originating the term. Airton opts for using the definition from a 2005 study on “transphobia” by psychologists Hill and Willoughby. Airton, Untangling ‘Gender Diversity’: Genderism and Its Discontents (I.E., Everyone), 242, note #15. Airton’s decision appears wise as Hill and Willoughby’s definition is seemingly one of the most widely cited in the literature related to gender studies and also because it is very comprehensive. Darryl B. Hill and Brian L. B. Willoughby, “The Development and Validation of the Genderism and Transphobia Scale,” Sex Roles53, no. 7/8 (Oct. 2005): 534.

[3]https://epecarticles.com/2019/12/05/a-fundamental-shift-in-evangelicalism-part-5-1-genderisms-destruction-of-ets-definitions-and-history-ronald-m-rothenberg-ph-d-2/; https://epecarticles.com/2020/01/08/a-fundamental-shift-in-evangelicalism-part-5-2-genderisms-destruction-of-ets-opposition-actions-ronald-m-rothenberg-ph-d/.

[4]David F. Farnell, “Beware of the Impact of Historical Critical Ideologies on Current Evangelical New Testament Studies,” in I Am Put Here for the Defense of the Gospel: Dr. Norman L. Geisler: A Festschrift in His Honor, ed. Terry L. Miethe (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016), 89.Cp. Norman Geisler and William Roach, Defending Inerrancy: Affirming the Accuracy of Scripture for a New Generation, Kindle ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012), 191–92, 250–51.

[5]Emphasis added. Roger E. Olson, The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology, Westminster Handbooks to Christian Theology (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2004), 76.

[6]Emphasis added. Charles H. Lippy, Religious Periodicals of the United States: Academic and Scholarly Journals, Historical Guides to the World’s Periodicals and Newspapers (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1986), 306.

[7]Emphasis added. Mimi Haddad, “Email: #Metoo and ETS,” to CBE Constituency (2 October 2018).

[8]Since the previous article was published, it has come to my attention that ETS has started a Facebook group with the explicit purpose that, “more women will be encouraged to join and remain active members of ETS.” https://www.etsjets.org/news_stories; https://www.etsjets.org/node/10718.