The article below written by Campbell Campbell-Jack for Christian Today is spot on. Brilliant. Yet there is one weakness, one errant argument that ironically falls prey to the purpose and theme of the article.
From the article below;
“If you want to change a society, the most efficient way is not with guns and tanks but with a dictionary. Progressives know the power of language and they prioritise it in their efforts to restructure society. Change the language and you change the way people think, change the way people think and you change the way people act, change the way people act and you have changed society; all without firing a shot. It takes longer than a violent revolution but it is much more effective and longer lasting.”
Spot on. Except for one very important, the most important detail. Which at this time only a minute number of people appear to acknowledge and understand. There has been an orchestrated organized revolution objective to change language and change the way people think, act, and changed the entire society. Because EVIL knows the power of language, as examples from the beginning in the Garden of Eden. The cunning, friendly, seemingly innocent, and correct way to think and thus speak and act, “Go ahead, eat the beautiful fruit, surely you will not die!”
Seems harmless. Even instructive, helpful, and truthful.
Such is the way with the rotted root of deception. Lies. Evil.
I get it. People don’t like speaking or writing about what is right versus evil. Sorting things out as being either right or evil. Much easier, much better, isn’t it to separate and categorize in terms still volatile and divisive — liberal, progressive, conservative, traditional — and so on. Democrat Republican. Tory Labour. Left Right. This is an easily understood POLITICAL label rather than that SPITITUAL distinction and clarification.
But until and unless individuals, and it begins with one person, each individual, sees this, understands this, and has the integrity, the strength internally to be more concerned with being truthful and speaking or writing to the root cause rather than being so concerned with being liked, perhaps avoiding confrontation then EVIL wins. As it has done over the past 40, 50 years or so in engaging in an organized, orchestrated overwhelmingly successful offensive to pervert, corrupt, and alter the language to the point utterly nonsensical and illogical, irrational words are created and supplanted for language that had existed through the ages.
All in order to dilute, pollute, and proselytize the doctrine of evil in this escalating spiritual war as time and history as it has been known winds down to its end.
And the people, almost to a one, fall into lockstep, thus goosestep, marching along in unison always obliging EVIL. With their tongues, their minds, and their words obeying the directives handed to them from the high commander, Satan, to the generals, colonels, majors, captains, and lieutenants carrying out the orders and handing these orders down to the enlisted all too eager to obey.
Even professed Christians, most professed Christians blind to the distinction, actually what is going on here. How and why language is so, so, so important to get right rather than serve it up serving wrong. Serving the Evil One.
Who, along with his officers and ministers in this raging spiritual war being waged without pause dance a perpetual jig in glee as they see all the people so keen to speak, write, think, and act as they are directed by EVIL rather than righteousness.
But, then, this is easily understood since there are so few caring more about thinking, seeing, speaking, and living according to God’s Word, as righteous, holy disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ than there are those that care more about fitting in, being liked, accepted, current and not appearing peculiar, separate, or truly a child of God, truly a disciple of Christ that would come under condemnation by the world for using proper language, correct language, intelligent, rational, sensible, logical language rather than the distorted, perverted, corrupted, twisted dung ingested and regurgitated out daily by the billions.
It isn’t about being progressive or liberal.
It’s only about being recognized as a light unto the world, the salt of the earth, a true child of God rather than a child of disobedience [see Satan, evil, the world alien to God and Christ], a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ willing to suffer for the faith. And this requires an understanding of what is really going on in this world. Now. This requires strength. This requires diligence, perseverance, and overcoming fear. The fear of not being liked and accepted. This requires real faith and a love of God, of Jesus, of the Holy Spirit, and of the Word of God more, much more than a love of this world and complying with its dictates, doctrines, decrees, and demands.
And language is the core, the root, and the heart of it all.
It truly is.
Now read on in the wonderful article by Campbell Campbell-Jack, wonderful except for the errant labeling as to the source of the revolution in language.
It isn’t progressives my friends, it isn’t liberals. It isn’t a political, or cultural war in our society.
It’s always been and remains foremost a spiritual war.
But, when only a remnant knows this what we hear, read, and see will decidedly be words and ways of the fallen, evil world. Yet we need to ask and seriously ponder — why do so many professing to be God’s people, disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ comply with the world appearing, sounding no different?
Where is the distinction?
In the diction, in the dictionaries of the hearts, minds, and tongues of those professing to be God’s people?
Inclusive language or godly language, correct language? Of the world or of the Lord? Where is the distinction if not within the language used, written, and spoken by those that are to be a peculiar and separate people, God’s people?
True, accurate inclusiveness requires proper language usage. And that isn’t the language, the words given to people by the ministers of evil serving Satan. And think for a minute, please — if this were only a democrat versus republican, a liberal versus conservative, a political root cause why is it that almost all the people comply and now use the lexicon fed to them over the past number of decades, and why don’t liberals speak one distinct language and conservatives another? There is no distinction. And evil, this true evil being what it is, being the true root of it all traverse the seas, the air, the lands of this earth, and the peoples of this earth no matter the cut of their political cloth or where they may live. Even the meaning of inclusiveness has been perverted! It’s now a select, intolerant inclusiveness. Either speak and write, think as directed, or face condemnation.
Well, I’d rather face evil’s condemnation than the condemnation of God.
How about you?
And we will give an accounting for every word ever spoken. If you do not believe this search the Word of God.
So many are keen to comply with the world, thus evil, rather than being keen to please the Lord and use the correct language, and the correct words to define.
Language is too important a tool to be left in the hands of evil, the ministers of Satan, in evil’s insatiable pursuit to mislead, seduce, corrupt and keep people from the Way, the Light, the Truth, and the Life. And just writing and speaking correctly, accurately, honestly, rationally, logically, and intelligently. Making sense. And this requires knowing and using the right language. All the time. Relentlessly. Just as evil has been doing.
Ken Pullen, A CROOKED PATH, Friday, March 24th, 2023
24 March 2023
Reprinted from Christian Today [in the U.K.]
If you want to change a society, the most efficient way is not with guns and tanks but with a dictionary.
Progressives know the power of language and they prioritise it in their efforts to restructure society. Change the language and you change the way people think, change the way people think and you change the way people act, change the way people act and you have changed society; all without firing a shot. It takes longer than a violent revolution but it is much more effective and longer lasting.
The establishment pursues inclusive language. The British government has several style guides about how to speak on such subjects as disability or ethnicity. Every university has its own language guide. Edinburgh University sees inclusive language as an important aspect in pursuit of its ‘vision of making the world a better place’. The latest advance of the language manipulators is the 92-page Inclusive Language GuideOxfam have issued for their staff.
We can laugh at the contortions Oxfam force themselves into in order to avoid the possibility of offending any group they see as vulnerable. Former Tory minister Robert Buckland said: ‘Most people will find this particular use of valuable time and resources by Oxfam totally bizarre.’ Some proposed changes are beyond parody. The guide does not want employees to refer to ‘headquarters’ because it ‘implies a power dynamic that prioritises one office over another’ and ‘reinforces hierarchical power issues and a top-down approach’.
However, laughing then dismissing the guide as another example of out-of-touch wokery underestimates the purpose and effect of such language. This is not bizarre, this is revolutionary and we should take it seriously. Although the Oxfam International Secretariat has fewer than 300 staff, Oxfam affiliates have around 10,000 employees and nearly 50,000 interns and volunteers in 67 countries, and 1,200 shops worldwide. Oxfam are seeking to change how people see the world.
They apologise for printing the guide in English because English is the language of a ‘colonising’ nation: ‘We recognise that the dominance of English is one of the key issues that must be addressed in order to decolonise our ways of working and shift power.’
Oxfam’s staff and volunteers have been advised to drop ‘mother’ and ‘father’ from their vocabulary and replace them with ‘parent’. Oxfam argue that allowances should be made for trans families who might not identify with the conventional roles of a man and woman in parenthood.
We might think that this is merely Oxfam bending over backwards to prevent a vanishingly small group of people from feeling uncomfortable, but there is more going on here. Oxfam claim the word ‘parent’ describes ‘the role in raising children without directly ascribing gendered roles’. They argue: ‘In patriarchal culture, social norms around gender result in designated roles for parents that reflect expectations of that gender.’ They object to men acting as fathers and women as mothers.
The underlying aim of these language changes is to eradicate the differences between men and women. Oxfam say: ‘We are proud of using inclusive language.’ But language, to be useful, has to be exclusive with definitions which help us negotiate our relationships. When we no longer speak of ‘father’ and ‘mother’ but the interchangeable ‘parent’ we no longer acknowledge any difference.
The words ‘father’ and ‘mother’ are meant to be exclusive, describing specific people with specific roles. Mothers are not ‘breast-feeding people’ or ‘people who become pregnant’, they are women. Take away the exclusive nature of language and we take away our ability to appreciate the differences between men and women, fathers and mothers.
Oxfam wish to avoid terms such as ‘biological male/female’ and ‘male/female bodied’. Their staff are instructed to speak of those ‘assigned female/male at birth (AFMB/AMAB)’. The reason is that no one, ‘whether cisgender or transgender, gets to choose what sex they’re assigned at birth’.
There is a grass-roots reaction to this push by the progressive elites to alter the way we speak and think. An ‘inclusive language guide’ published by the Local Government Association(LGA) was rapidly withdrawn after being pilloried by LGA workers and the public. The document included advice such as avoiding the use of the words ‘Caucasian’ and ‘homeless’. It suggested using the expression ‘welcome, everyone’ instead of ‘welcome, ladies and gentlemen’ and ‘birthing parent’ rather than ‘mum and dad’. I am no fan of daytime television but viewers of ITV’s Good Morning Britain spoke for all of us when they expressed bemusement at the Oxfam guide.
This drive to alter how we speak should be of concern to all, but particularly to Christians. In our biblical faith, words and their precise meanings matter. Christians understand that when we lose clarity and definition we lose understanding. Would we be improving the inclusivity of Scripture if we altered the nearly 300 times ‘mother’ is used in the Bible to ‘parent’? Altering the Lord’s Prayer to speak to our ‘Parent’ in heaven alters its meaning in a significant way.
With imagery we lose impact when we make alterations to accord with the sensibilities of the perpetually offended. In Isaiah 1:18 we read, ‘Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.’ The Oxfam guide would have us stop using ‘white’ as a term for cleanliness and purity on the (spurious) grounds that it has racial overtones. How then do we capture the clear imagery of the change brought about by redemption?
Language is too important to be left a tool in the hands of progressive ideologues in their fruitless pursuit of woke utopia.
Campbell Campbell-Jack is a retired Church of Scotland minister. He blogs at A Grain of Sand.
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