“INVESTIGATION” OF REVOICE IN THE PCA
By Rev Thomas Littleton
It was obvious to most people in
the PCA that Revoice Conference being hosted by/at Memorial
Presbyterian (PCA) church in St Louis represented a major cause
for concern within the conservative denomination. Also, the fact
that over half a dozen of the speakers at Revoice were from its
flagship Covenant Seminary in St Louis MO proved concerns were
Thankfully, faithful PCA ministers and elders from numerous
regions began efforts to challenge the Revoice movement in their
denomination through such actions as calls for discipline
against the host church. This writer was privy to one effort in
some detail. Due to multiple complaints, the Session of Elders
at Memorial Presbyterian Church who hosted Revoice has asked the
Missouri Presbytery to investigate and rule on the allegations
HERE IS THE RECENT STATEMENT ON THAT INVESTIGATION
Home News: Reference Concerning Memorial Presbyterian and
Reference Concerning Memorial Presbyterian and Revoice
In October of this year the session of Memorial Presbyterian
Church “referenced” Missouri Presbytery (BCO 31.2 & 4.1-4),
asking the presbytery to investigate and rule on allegations
against them and their Pastor regarding their hosting of the
Revoice Conference in July. In response to Memorial’s
request, the Moderator established an investigative
committee chaired by TE Ron Lutjens to review all these
concerns and present their recommendations to the presbytery
in 2019. In addition to this, after the October meeting,
Missouri Presbytery received a “Letter of Concern” from
Calvary Presbytery (PCA) regarding the Revoice conference.
The committee has also been tasked to look into the issues
raised by that letter as well.
Rev. Timothy R. Butler, Stated Clerk
WHO IS INVESTIGATING REVOICE?
The sad truth is that the time invested in the efforts to bring
some accountability to those in the PCA who helped incubate,
promote and host Revoice Conference 2018 will likely not go very
The moderator for the Investigative Committee has appointed T E
Ron Lutjens as chair of the investigative committee and to
recommend their findings to the Presbytery.
LUTJENS AND REVOICE TIES THROUGH FIRST LIGHT INC.
Lutjens is not likely to be able to bring objectivity to the
“investigation” in part due to his own ties to Revoice which lie
just one layer below the surface. PCA brothers and sisters
concerned about what is reflected by this event and the movement
behind it in their denomination should call their faithful to
weep and lament – not for the Sexual Minorities bemoaning
themselves at Revoice – but for their once faithful denomination
and its institutions.
T E RON LUTJENS ROLE IN FIRST LIGHT INC /MINISTRIES
As documented in links below, First Light Inc is a ministry to
Same-Sex Attracted people in the Church. Its offices are at
Revoice Host Church Memorial PCA, the church which is under
investigation. Two of First Lights employees were Revoice
speakers including Revoice VP, Stephen Moss. First Light’s
Principle Officer listed with non-profit tracking organization
GuideStar is Ron Lutjens
MEMORIAL CHURCH HOUSES FIRST LIGHT
Memorial Presbyterian Church
“Because the building is expansive, we house office space
for ministries such as First Light—a ministry for sexual
brokenness; ISI – an international student ministry; the
Chapel – a venue for concerts, art openings, and theatre
productions; four on-site professional counselors; and a
weekly home schooling group in addition to other various
FIRST LIGHT TEAM
FIRST LIGHT – SEXUAL MINORITY FELLOWSHIP COORDINATOR
“Since first sharing his story publicly in 2013, Stephen has
spoken and written about his experience as a Christian who
is gay and celibate. He’s a founding board member and VP of
Operations for Revoice.”
GUIDESTAR DOCUMENTS OF FIRST LIGHT INC.
First Light Inc.
PO BOX 430142
SAINT LOUIS, MO 63143
Now it is also important to note that Covenant Seminary whose
obvious “contribution “to the Revoice Conference of 2018 has
caused enough concern that the President of Covenant was asked
to address the issue at the June 2018 General Assembly in
Response to CTS President Mark Dalbey’s PCA General Assembly
Statement on Revoice
Last week the 2018 General Assembly of the Presbyterian
Church in America gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.
As part of my duties as a commissioner, I sat on the
Committee of Commissioners of Covenant Theological Seminary.
My time in that committee has been summarized here. During
our committee’s report on the floor of …
One concern General Assembly attendees were not made aware of is
that the Covenant Seminary President’s wife works with First
Light as well.
Ministry Matters – Counseling Women Whose Husbands Are
Involved in Pornography and/or Sexual Addictions
“This breakout session of Ministry Leadership is for all
MDiv wives and women students and meets separately from the
men for two hours weekly during the semester.
“This Week’s Speakers: Beth
Dalbey, MAC, works with First Light Ministries,
wife of Covenant Seminary President Mark
Dalbey; and Lilian Werner, Licensed Counselor,
Former Director of Women’s Ministries at First Light
Ministries, now a counselor in private practice, wife of
Brad Werner, a pastor and counselor”.
REVOICE DEEP COVER: SOMETHING ROTTEN IN ST LOUIS
The “investigation” makes for a tidy little in-house shop of
horrors for anyone in the PCA who sees the threat of the Revoice
movement. As Revoice brazenly boast its goals of “promoting
LGBT+ flourishing” including “Queer Christians, LGBT+
Christians, Sexual Minorities” in the church and ministry,
Churches “welcoming the LGBT+ Community” and becoming “Safe
Spaces” in the churches, it also commits to dredging up the
“unique treasures of Queer Culture, Queer literature and Queer
Theory for the church and the New Jerusalem.” Arguably, nothing
this unbiblical or beyond the bounds of Biblical or PCA
orthodoxy in the history of the PCA has gained more sudden
traction in the mainstream of the denomination or posed as deep
a threat to its future.
SOUTHERN BAPTISTS ARE EQUALLY AS INFILTRATED & IMPACTED BY
REVOICE, BUT NO ORGANIZED PUSHBACK HAS TAKEN SHAPE AS IT HAS IN
The only responses from the Southern Baptist Convention and the
president of its SBTS Seminary, Albert Mohler, have been to
skirt the greatest issue of concern for Southern Baptists. The
founder of Revoice is a long-time student and former teacher (14
1/2 years in total) at the SBC flagship seminary which Dr.
Mohler heads. His last effort to address the concerns of
believers in the SBC came on August 2nd, 2018, just after the
first Revoice conference in which Dr. Mohler finally mentions
the founder — his student — by name but never connects him with
SBTS. Mohler has also never commented about his disciple,
Russell Moore, and the ERLC’s multiple close ties to Revoice’s
promotion and speakers. No organized opposition exists in the
SBC to the Revoice efforts for “Queering of the Church” and
promoting “LGBT+ flourishing” in the SBC.
Given that the 2019 Revoice conference registration has already
begun, the PCA and SBC folk who are awake, watching, and praying
have little to look forward to on this front in the new year
except to find a small bit of humor in watching their leaders
exercise their poor skills in dancing the two step.
Perhaps soon the wake-up call will come to the PCA and SBC
leaders who have provided cover for the Revoice movement, as
weary believers, tired of the shell games and compromise, begin
the mass exodus from what had been the remaining uncompromised
denominations and leave these leaders to deal with the empty
church buildings those members of the exodus helped to build.
Perhaps the cost will be counted too late like others who have
passed this way before. At this time, the stage four
metastasized and leavened lump requires nothing short of a
miracle to save these denominations from becoming the valley of
dry bones. But nothing is impossible with God.
26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is
impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
1.The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the
Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley;
and it was full of bones. 2 Then He caused me to pass by them
all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley;
and indeed they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man,
can these bones live?”
So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” 4 Again He said to me,
“Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear
the word of the Lord!
IS IT TOO LATE FOR AN IDOLATROUS AND CO-MINGLED CHURCH?
8 “Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples;
Ephraim is a cake unturned.
9 Aliens have devoured his strength,
But he does not know it;
Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him,
Yet he does not know it.
10 And the pride of Israel testifies to his face,
But they do not return to the Lord their God,
Nor seek Him for all this.
11 “Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without sense—
They call to Egypt,
They go to Assyria.
12 Wherever they go, I will spread My net on them;
I will bring them down like birds of the air;
I will chastise them
According to what their congregation has heard.
SINNING THAT JUSTIFIES A SINNER’S SISTER?
“6 Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone
up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there
played the harlot…. 8 Then I saw that for all the causes for
which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her
away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous
sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.
9 So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she
defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.
10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not
turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the
PRAY FOR THE FAITHFUL IN GOD’S CHURCHES AND CALL LEADERS TO
No generation in the Western world has had a greater need for
the Church to be devoted to the call to holiness and
faithfulness as she seeks to be the Church in the midst of a
crooked and perverse generation. Compromises such as Revoice
movement in the name of cultural engagement or relevance are the
kiss of death to a church who will be salt and light and offer
the sweet fragrance of life to the world around it.
ARE WE TO BE A STENCH TO GOD IN ORDER TO APPEASE MEN?
2nd Corinthians 2:
14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in
Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge
in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ
among those who are being saved and among those who are
perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to
death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And
who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, as so
many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from
God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.