Alabama has a lot of conservatives and a lot of churches, but it doesn't seem to be enough to keep degenerate ideologies from getting a foothold in the culture.

In last week's episode of "1819 News: The Podcast," show host and 1819 News CEO Bryan Dawson asked Eric Conn, CEO of New Christendom Press and host of the "Hard Men Podcast," why what should be an overwhelming counterforce can't keep woke ideology and Marxism at bay.

Conn, whose commentary has generated a lot of controversy on social media, places much of the blame on the loss of masculinity in the church and how men have abdicated their leadership roles in society.

"Part of the problem is the church has become predominantly, in the pew, women. Many denominations over 70% female pews," Conn said. "Well, what happens? You start catering to feminine sentiments then that becomes the tenor of the church."

He said this often leads to a one-sided view of Christ and his teachings.

"We talk about Jesus who is meek and mild. We really like that in the modern church," Conn continued. "We don't like Jesus who overturns tables. We don't like Jesus in Matthew 23 who has a whole chapter of 'woe to you' curses upon the religious establishment and the religious leaders of his day."

Conn explained how Communist ideologues Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles devised a plan to destabilize the home and country through the feminist movement.

"Some of the history is important," Conn said. "When you look at Marx and Engles, in the 1800s, when they set out with their Communist Manifesto … one of the core tenets that Friedrich Engles wrote about what his desire — he said, 'Look, if we want Communism, we have to destroy the middle class, and to destroy the middle class, we have to destroy the nuclear family. And the only way we can do that is by pushing feminism and undermining headship, male rule in the home.'"

He continued, "Fast forward through the 20th century and it's all about Marxist feminism that's invading the church. The church offers very little to no pushback. In fact, now our pulpits are actually pushing feminism."

Too many Christians practice "functional egalitarianism" instead of biblical patriarchy, Conn said, which is why men are leaving the faith and churches are failing.

His solution: return to the ways of manly religious leaders who established a successful Christian society on churches that weren't afraid to preach the Bible.

"What we need to do is re-dig the wells of our fathers," he said. "We need to go back, and we need to look at how did the first Christendom, how did that get built. And what you find is guys like the Puritans. They had simple, clear, blue-collar messages that were practical and could be understood… The first person that's listed in the book of Revelation burning in the lake of fire are cowards. They're cowards. And we have a land of cowardly pastors. They're afraid of their wives. They're afraid of the women in their church. They're afraid of society; they're afraid of getting called a bigot."

He added, "You have to be courageous. You're going to have to take a stand on issues. Yes, use the scriptures, reason well, be gentle with people who oppose you, but I think it's also, why did Jesus have to warn us, 'Hey, they're going to hate you. You know that, right?'"

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