In The News- 4

03 Feb

There exists 3 In The News posts without numbers so I better start labeling them correctly now.

#1. It’s About Time

A homosexual rights activist states that he has changed his mind and now supports the rights of a Christian bakery that was fined last year for declining to print the phrase “support gay marriage” on a cake. He says that while discrimination against people is wrong, rejecting ideas is indeed lawful…“I have changed my mind,” writes Peter Tatchell in a piece for The Guardian. “Much as I wish to defend the gay community, I also want to defend freedom of conscience, expression and religion.”..

He said that he views the case differently because of the wording that was requested on the cake, and said that businesses shouldn’t have to print messages that violate their conscience.

“[Lee’s] cake request was refused not because he was gay, but because of the message he asked for. There is no evidence that his sexuality was the reason Ashers declined his order,” Tatchell wrote.

Isn’t this what Christians have been saying all along?

#2. If You Are Training in The Bible Get Yourselves Under Control

A former priest-in-training has been arrested for allegedly seeking to have sexual relations with infants and toddlers in Mexico following an undercover investigation.

Joel Wright, 23, of Columbus, Ohio was arrested on Saturday and is expected to be arraigned in federal court today. He has been charged with traveling with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor and attempting to engage in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign country.

According to a complaint from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, Wright was the subject of an undercover investigation that began in November. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) had received a tip from a person in Mexico relating to an advertisement on Craigslist surrounding the adoption of infants.

If you want to be a christian leader or even a christian you need to deal with those sins that lead you away from God and towards destruction. Sinful desires are not from God but are temptations from evil. Modern people need to admit that evil, satan, exists in the world and that God is not guilty of having people sin.

#3. We Do Not Coddle People

A Unitarian congregation in the U.K. has announced that it is now offering baptisms for “transgender” members after a couple began attending services with their son, who identifies as a girl.

Jean Clements, the worship leader at New Chapel Unitarian and Free Christian Church in Tameside near Manchester, told the BBC that she proposed the accommodation after meeting the family.

She described her congregation as “a multi-generational community who are very willing to accept change and progress,” and said that Unitarians as a whole are proponents of “freedom” and “tolerance.”

“I felt saddened by the fact that this family were being shunned by many mainstream churches,” Clements said. “I would like to thank one courageous girl for inspiring me to think carefully about this issue in the first place.”

We teach them how to correctly handle sinful desires and how to remove sin from their lives or their family’s lives. We do not accept sin in the church nor do we alter biblical rituals just to keep people in the pews.  Jesus is about freeing people from their sins, not keeping them enslaved to it.

#4. This Clause Is Not Just In The Pres. Church

A Texas megachurch that recently voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences agreed to pay its former regional body approximately $1.5 million to maintain control of its church property.

First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio announced Sunday that it reached a settlement with Mission Presbytery over retaining ownership of its name and property.

I have seen it in evangelical documents as well. It is nothing more than stealing or to be blunt highway robbery by the denomination. The congregation usually pays for costs for construction not the denomination thus the property belongs to the people not the head office.

#5. He Is Free To Do This

“We have some exciting news to share from Mark Driscoll Ministries. Lord willing, in 2016 we’ll be launching The Trinity Church in Phoenix,” wrote Driscoll in a blog post publicized through his social media pages.

He also directed those interested in his ministry to a video where he and his wife, Grace, talked more about the new chapter in their life.

“We have a big announcement. At least it’s big for us and our family,” said Driscoll. “We have moved to Phoenix, love it here, healing up, making new friends and excited about this city and the future that God would have us to play in serving the people here along with some other great churches in the valley. And so Lord willing, we are hoping, trusting, praying, planning, and also a little bit worrying about planting a church here in early 2016,” Driscoll said, looking at his wife.

Whether it is right or not or even biblical is another story. But we look at his teaching to see if he is of God or not.

#6. Spanking Is Not Abuse

Christian Leaders Who Oppose Spanking Say Norway Not in Violation of Christian Parents’ Rights

Those Christian leaders should know better. While governments have the right to place certain limits on what parents can or cannot do when disciplining a child, those restrictions still have to be fair, just, honest and not interfere with a parent raising their child. I disagree with the removal of children from families who use spanking especially when there are so many other children whose lives are actually at risk but are kept with their parents regardless of the danger.

The over-emphasis on spanking shows that there is no clear thinking on this issue but personal preference rules the day.

{On a side note, we are going to have to stop using Christian Post as a source for news because its scripts, pop ups and talking ads interfere with the operation of this computer. I am tired of having my computer freeze up every time I access that website.}

#7. While This Is Good News

The Creation ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG) has won its discrimination suit against officials in the state of Kentucky for denying its Ark Encounter project participation in the state’s sales tax rebate incentive program.

As previously reported, the state of Kentucky has an incentive called the Tourism Development Act, where new attractions in the state can receive a partial refund of the sales tax paid in an effort to reward organizations that help increase tourism.

AiG was initially approved for the rebate, but following outcry from atheists and church-state separation groups, the decision was overturned. State officials say that the hangup they have over allowing the rebate under the tourism incentive is that the Ark Encounter is religious in nature.

Gov. Steve Beshear also told reporters last year that the state had rescinded its initial approval for the sales tax rebate because the Ark Encounter planned to hire only Christians, which he viewed as being discriminatory.

I remain opposed to his ark park. We do not need a theme park to spread the gospel, we need people who live the Christian life correctly to do that. When Jesus said ‘greater works you shall do’ I highly doubt he was referring to building theme parks. A lot of legal problems would go away for Christians if they stuck to following the Bible and not impact studies.

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