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We are now in our eighth year, and we are grateful that many from Montana and Wyoming are helping us promote biblical worldview ideas. Great ideas compete for people's minds and hearts, and followers of Christ should be interjecting ideas that reflect Biblical wisdom into the public square. 2015 and 2016 demonstrated that need in spades as we saw same-sex marriage endorsed by the courts. 2017 will require us to communicate our worldview concepts in an even more effective way.
Billings is No. 3 in divorce percentages - Glenn has something to say to us?
Nobody speaks and writes with more clarity on these issues than Stanton. And, nowhere will YOU be challenged more about Romans 12:1-2 than in these issues of manhood and feminism. The body of Christ has been so conformed to the world’s message of feminism that only the mercies of God will allow us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds on these issues.
Conformed and transformed - Glenn will lead us on a journey to examine what our culture is not doing to conform boys into manhood and what it is doing to transform girls from natural womanhood
In the last century, radical feminism has so transformed our thinking about these roles that speaking of them is to go where angels fear to tread. Feminism has wreaked havoc on the family like no other agenda. Its goal was to make women into men and feminize men. Speaking of the God intended roles for women that were accepted until the sexual revolution, invites mocking-slander even from conservative women. Truly our minds have been transformed – slowly, subtly, and surely.
Manhood has to be taught. Glenn will describe how, unlike a woman, a man has no civilized role or agenda inscribed in his body.” In terms of human development, healthy masculinity is not natural. Maleness just happens, manhood does not, and there is a great difference between the two. The first is a biological event. The second is a developed character quality. Manhood must be constructed - the boy has no onboard GPS directing him toward his future. His transition into manhood can only come into being with significant, intentional work by other men. You will find his teaching helpful for fathers and young men.
Feminism and Indoctrination: Conversely, if girls are not indoctrinated otherwise, they will grow into the natural desires and attributes of “womanhood.”
One can’t research feminism without constantly encountering its ties to Marxism. Marxist totalitarianism is embedded in the DNA of radical feminism – they demand complete conformity to their system of thought. Feminists like Hillary Rodham Clinton set out to “teach the world the error of its ways.” Radical feminism has completely transformed our thinking about women’s roles.
While this comparison appears strong, feminism is aligned with Marxism, its goals are the same – the destruction of the traditional family. Women are portrayed like the “Proletariat” of Marxist thought – the “victims” of a Patriarchal society.
Betty Friedan and her predecessors set out to indoctrinate women – to totally transform them. Elizabeth Powers described it like a conversion:
“The experience of becoming a feminist was, for many, akin to a sudden spiritual conversion, a radical turnaround… in which “everything that was on the right hand of the journey is now on the left.” (p.4)
Their bottom line was that “the creature herself [traditional women] had a distorted nature.” The old tradition of marriage, wife, mothering, and homemaking had distorted her. These women are the “victims of a mistaken choice – not to enter the marketplace” say the Marxist Left. Interestingly, most countries that embraced Socialism are now rejecting it while America seems fascinated with it. Likewise, even Chinese women are rejecting Feminism even as American women continue to embrace it – as Carolyn Graglia document in her book.
Feminists’ ideology teaches that professionals in child care facilities are better educated in child nurturing and superior to most common housewives in this task. Being a homemaker and mother was portrayed as emptiness, idleness, boring and unworthy of her investment.
Feminist perspective now governs most public discourse on marriage and family. Dissenting voices are considered intellectually suspect. This has all been pushed along by a taxpayer funded cottage industry - “women’s studies” departments in universities.
Feminism has given us the sexual revolution, no-fault-divorce, the devastation of the family, and has destroyed sixty million babies. It has also conditioned the culture - opening the door to same-sex marriage, gender confusion, homosexuality, and transgenderism.
Can we encourage boys to be men and redeem the honored role of mother, home maker and wife? Glenn will point us towards logic and good reading that will start us down that path.
American kids spend the equivalent of a part to full-time job entertaining themselves on screens. But it’s more than loss of time - it’s the anxiety, addiction, depression, stupidity, and lack of development that comes with it. Did I mention brain damage? Joy will!
Put on Your Parenting Pants: Sixty percent of American parents think their kids are addicted to screens, yet keep supplying them. Their development is our responsibility. Last year, the McDowell’s showed us the dangers of internet porn. Joy will speak especially to parents and how they need to take control of their families. She will show us how “screens” are destroying our kids. This forum will be the perfect complement to what the McDowell’s did and no, you have NOT heard this all before!
Education – the LEFT’s Indoctrination Machine:
The Father of Public Education - John Dewey - was a committed Marxist. His theology was “there is no God, there is no soul, hence there is no need of the props of modern religion.” He was an atheist and a Materialist. His impact on public education has only been amplified today. In the 45 Goals of the Communist Party, Marxists clearly state their goals of converting public education in America to Progressive ideology (see #17).
Mrs. Pullman is the author of The Education Invasion: How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids. She is an educator in the fullest sense and will speak to the dangers of what our kids are being exposed to – every day for about eight hours.
She will document that the Progressive’s goal of dumbing down our students has been successful. Common Core (initiated by Obama) has decreased student performance. Our kids would have been better off if C.C. had never existed.
How did this latest and most sweeping “reform” of American education come in mostly under the radar? Joy Pullmann started tugging on a thread of reports from worried parents and frustrated teachers, and it led to a big tangle of history and politics, intrigue and arrogance. She unwound it to discover how a cabal of private foundation honchos and unelected public officials cooked up a set of rules for what American children must learn in core K–12 classes, and how the Obama administration pressured states to adopt them. Thus a federalized education scheme took root, despite legal prohibitions against federal involvement in curriculum.
This brilliant, no-nonsense lady will inspire, inform, and encourage you that YOU can do something about the education of your children.
Dr. Sean McDowell is one of the brightest minds of our day and the best communicator I know. This will not be some apology about how we are to love those we disagree with and live and let live. He will help us understand that tolerance does not necessarily mean agreement. Sean is a guy that wades into communicating with those he disagrees with. He goes to their conferences and sets in on their discussion groups. He will help us understand that we can be tolerant and gracious while still being intolerant of the LEFT's ideas. This guy will help your kids understand how be loving and amiable while disagreeing and confronting ideas that are detrimental to our culture.
I John 4:1 warns "Beloved, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have hone out into the world."
Dr. Johnston says "The American church is the best educated it has ever been from a worldly perspective but we are the the dumbest we have ever been. We are the most discerning we have ever been."
That observation is an understatement in my opinion. Weather if be just every day gullibility or discernment about cultural issues, frequently, I am flabbergasted at the dumb things I hear Christians saying or doing. Paranormal activities would include telekinesis, clairvoyance, necromancy etc. - things the average Christian knows nothing about. Google Paranormal and see how many societies there are in Billings and where they are located, you will be shocked.
Are you prepared to answer questions about these things? Are you aware of how many people in the church are involved with witchcraft? Do you understand demonic activity and how to coup with it productively.
Jeremiah says that he lectures on apologetic topics, THIS subject garners more interest than all the others. And we should be shocked? If you don't realize that demonic activity is behind cultural issues like abortion, same-sex marriage etc. Get ready to learn what you should have heard in church.
Alan Shlemon is an author and speaker for the well respected STR apologetics ministries group. He trains Christians to share their convictions in a persuasive yet gracious manner. Known for teaching on some of the most controversial issues of our time, Alan tackles topics from Islam to homosexuality with grace and truth. Alan is a favorite at Summit Ministries and will be one of yours too.