Paige Brown, who recently spoke at the TGC 2021 Women’s Conference, made an absurd comparison between a liberal and a conservative approach to the Kingdom and concluded that they were both very similar and were both sinful.
Brown starts by describing what she believes a conservative worldview to be, which she completely misses the mark anyways, and says that conservatism is completely isolationist. While in many ways it is true that conservatives are isolationist, it is because we are commanded by Scripture to be so.
“Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,” 2 Corinthians 6:17 states and Jesus himself said that His Kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). Therefore, conservatives obey the Scriptures by not dwelling on redeeming the things of this world and, instead, focus on training our children up in righteousness (Proverbs 22:6), teaching them to lay up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:20).
However, for Paige Brown, she concludes that things like homeschooling, abstaining from worldly affairs, and essentially being separate from the world are, somehow, sinful. Instead, she embraces a view that is eerily similar to the New Apostolic Reformation’s “seven mountain mandate” which teaches that it is the responsibility of the Church to pave the way for Christ’s return by redeeming every aspect of culture and society.
While it is not necessarily wrong to try to impact the world for good, this is not a focus of the Church. The Great Commission is to make disciples and to call people OUT of the darkness and into the glorious light.
Working her reasoning out to its logical conclusion, she’s essentially saying that things like homeschooling are sinful because we can’t “redeem the culture” by pulling our kids out of it. We must be active in these different spheres of culture–like entertainment, business, technology, etc.–so that we can redeem it. To believe otherwise, she’s saying is sinful.
Of course, referring to a conservative worldview as sinful is patently absurd and unbiblical, but the reason these woke people try to do this isn’t that they necessarily want to go full-on leftist; they know that if they do that, they’ll lose everyone. Their purpose, however, is to try to decouple conservative ideology from biblical theology. That way, they can make slow inroads into the destruction of the conservative worldview altogether.
These people are clearly creeping in unaware and deceiving people, even the elect if that were possible.