CRI September 2021 Resource

Yes, Hank! Failing to stand against the madness of cancel culture is nothing short of a societal death wish. And I’m unwilling to surrender our faith and freedoms without a fight for all that we hold dear. Enclosed is my gift to continue equipping fellow believers to ‘fight the good fight of faith’ (1 Timothy 6:12).

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Christians in a Cancel Culture

Speaking with Truth and Grace in a Hostile World

By Joe Dallas

 

The WHO, WHAT, and HOW of Responding to Those Who Want to Silence You

You’ve based your understanding of today’s sensitive social issues on the Bible’s truth. Mainstream culture not only sees these issues differently but calls you bigoted for rejecting views they’ve deemed self-evident. So how do you witness Christ’s love to those ready to write you off as hateful?

Christians in a Cancel Culture breaks down how you can speak wisdom about politically charged and personal subjects with equal parts compassion and conviction. This book will affirm your understanding of the Bible’s views on sin, salvation, racism, gender identity, homosexuality, and abortion while teaching you…

  • why today’s world has grown so hostile to Christians and biblical values
  • where you can find room to minister within challenging conversations
  • how you can sustain relationships with those who feel threatened by God’s truth

Walking in faith isn’t about fighting culture wars but witnessing Jesus’s restorative grace to those who haven’t yet found it. Christians in a Cancel Culture will prepare you to stay true to your beliefs as you address today’s controversies while opening doors to deeper discussions about Christ’s redeeming love.


 

Live Not by Lies:

A Manual for Christian
Dissidents

by Rod Dreher

The New York Times bestselling author of The Benedict Option draws on the wisdom of Christian survivors of Soviet persecution to warn American Christians of approaching dangers. For years, émigrés from the former Soviet Bloc have been telling Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of “soft” totalitarianism cropping up in America — something more Brave New World than Nineteen Eighty-Four. Identity politics are beginning to encroach on every aspect of life. Civil liberties are increasingly seen as a threat to “safety.” Progressives marginalize conservative, traditional Christians and other dissenters. Technology and consumerism hasten the possibility of a corporate surveillance state. And the pandemic, having put millions out of work, leaves our country especially vulnerable to demagogic manipulation.

In Live Not by Lies, Dreher amplifi es the alarm sounded by the brave men and women who fought totalitarianism. He explains how the totalitarianism facing us today is based less on overt violence and more on psychological manipulation. He tells the stories of modern-day dissidents — clergy, laity, martyrs, and confessors from the Soviet Union and the captive nations of Europe — who offer practical advice for how to identify and resist totalitarianism in our time. Following the model offered by a prophetic World War II-era pastor who prepared believers in his Eastern European country to endure the coming of communism, Live Not by Lies teaches American Christians a method for resistance:

• SEE: Acknowledge the reality of the situation.
• JUDGE: Assess reality in the light of what we as Christians know to be true.
• ACT: Take action to protect truth.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn famously said that one of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming totalitarianism can’t happen in their country. Many American Christians are making that mistake today, sleepwalking through the erosion of our freedoms. Live Not by Lies will wake them and equip them for the long resistance.


The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Douglas Murray

What’s fascinating about Douglas Murray and his book The Madness of Crowds is that, although he is openly gay and not a practicing Christian, his observations about the diabolical imposition of the new morality and metaphysics of identity, gender, and sexuality — and their Marxist undercurrents — resonate with the concerns of Christians. Although clearly not a Christian book,  The Madness of Crowds a must-read for Christians  because it demonstrates just how far the cultural madness has progressed!

From the Inside Cover
Murray examines the twenty-first century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology, and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools, and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics, and intersectionality. We are living through a postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed. In their place have emerged a crusading desire to right perceived wrongs and a weaponization of identity.

Contradictory Settlements and Impossible Demands That Cannot Be Met
“A woman must be allowed to be as sexy and sexual as she pleases, but she must not be sexualized.”

“Allegations of abuse are indeed always to be taken seriously, unless the victim is a man or the accused is a professor of feminist literary theory.”

“One precept not just of feminism but of any decent, civilized society, is that men should not hit or beat up women. And then the world turns its face away from the discovery that in a variety of contact sports people who were born men are now regularly beating women to the ground.”

“The metaphysics that a new generation is imbibing and everyone else is being force-fed has many points of instability, is grounded in a desire to express certainty about things we do not know, and to be wildly dismissive and relativistic about things that we actually do know. The foundations are that anyone might become gay, women might be better than men, people can become white but not black, and anyone can change sex. That anyone who doesn’t fit into this is an oppressor. And that absolutely everything should be made political.”

Sow Doubt, Division, Animosity, and Fear
“It is a curiosity of the age that, after the situation appears at the very least to be better than it ever was, it is presented as though it has never been worse.”

“The aim of the social justice campaigners has consistently been to take each issue — gay, women, race, trans — that they can present as a rights grievance and make their case at its most inflammatory. Their desire is not to heal but to divide, not to placate but to inflame, not to dampen but to burn. In this the last part of a Marxist substructure can be glimpsed. If you cannot rule a society — or pretend to rule it, or try to rule it and collapse everything — then you can do something else. In a society that is alive to its faults, and though imperfect remains a better option than anything else on offer, you sow doubt, division, animosity, and fear.”


 

The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality

by Joe Dallas and Nancy Heche, general editors

One of the hot–button issues of our day is fully addressed in this comprehensive new resource on homosexuality. This well–researched and highly readable guide is the perfect go–to manual for families, church workers, counselors, pastors, civic leaders, schools, and those who themselves struggle with same–sex attraction.

Readers will find the answers to these and many more important questions:

  • What is homosexuality?
  • Is the tendency for homosexuality genetic?
  • How should the church respond?
  • What’s the proper response when a relative or friend announces they’re gay?
  • What are the legal and civic ramifications of homosexuality?
  • Should homosexuals serve openly in the military?
  • What about gay marriage and adoption?

Authoritative authors Joe Dallas (Desires in Conflict, When Homosexuality Hits Home) and Dr. Nancy Heche (The Truth Comes Out) tackle the hard questions about same–sex attraction in this helpful volume.