In The News- 13

10 Jul

#1. Does Anyone Know What The Words ‘Be Ye Holy’ Actually Mean Anymore?

“This is actually a fundraiser for our Apologia Kauai church plant, so people of the church are donating to have another member of the church tattoo them so they can go to Kauai and we can plant a church there,” Pittman explains. “So, it’s pretty cool.”

Weeks prior, on June 1 – 4, Pittman and Durbin, along with Les Lanphere of Reformed Pubcast, also hosted a conference called ReformCon, which included a time of “talking theology over beer” at a local pub. Attendees could participate in a beer flight, which is a sampling of various beers.

We won’t condemn these actions but we won’t condone them either. Instead, we would like to point people to do an honest word study on what it means to be holy and how that character influences our outreach or fundraising programs.As we look at the recorded instances of Jesus’ life, we do not see him doing or saying anything that would be considered ‘cool’.

He ruffled feathers but that was only because he brought the correct message His Father wanted his creation to hear. He may not have spoken directly about tattoos and drinking beer but he did remind us, as did the other NT authors, that our bodies were the temple of God and we must treat them with that fact in mind. Tattoos were outlawed in the OT but that prohibition was not overturned in the New. It was just stated in different terms.

As for beer, again the NT talks about not being drunk with wine, and though it does not directly use the word beer does not mean we are free to drink that beverage or other alcoholic drinks. Freedom in Christ does not mean we are free to sin.

#2. Human Rights Commissions

The Iowa Human Rights Commission has altered the language of its public accommodations brochure in an attempt to assuage concerns about requirements for houses of worship, but one group says that it doesn’t go far enough to protect religious freedom.

The key point that believers need to remember when addressing human rights commissions is that they come from the ‘rights’ perspective not a ‘right and wrong’, ‘moral or immoral’ ‘good or evil’ perspective. They have no concern about those latter points of view. Their focus is very limited and restricted thus do not be surprised when they make decisions like telling churches they must change their bathroom signs.

Until these commissions adopt the right and wrong point of view, they will always make decisions that will run contrary to biblical beliefs.

#3. Corporations Are Only Concerned About Making Money

Nearly 70 major U.S. corporations joined in a legal brief this week against North Carolina’s bathroom bill, which requires those who identify as the opposite sex to present their birth certificate before using government restrooms that correlate with their gender identity.

They are looking for an edge over their competitors in order to gain more customers and make more sales. They too are not concerned with right and wrong but how much money they can make. It is the bottom line that matters to them and they will, when these transgender and alternative sexual preferences fall out of favor, change their tune in order to jump on the next bandwagon which will make them a lot of money.

For these corporations and for the human rights commissions, we can only pray and point out the danger of their actions while guiding them to the correct way to think.

#4. I Would Probably Cheer Too (silently)

Among cheering crowds, four street preachers were arrested in the UK on Wednesday for causing a “disturbance” while exhorting men to “obey God and keep His commands.”

While they may be obeying God’s leading most are not and most are a pain as they create stumbling blocks to Christ. They forget that the people they are preaching too have needs and problems with which they need help. Sometimes that help needs to come first before the unbeliever realizes that they need Christ. We cannot expect people to convert when they are on their way to make money at their jobs to support their families, nor can we expect them to convert when the street preachers condemn them as they walk by.

Unbelievers need to see God in action and that he cares for them and street preaching doesn’t necessarily bring that action to the lives of those passing by. The apostles did street preaching yes, BUT they also healed the sick, cast out demons and other good works. They did not preach alone and only condemn those they encountered. Street preachers lack the love and understanding they need in communicating their message to the unsaved.

They also are biblically illiterate and do not know how to apply scripture correctly to their own lives and situations:

The officer warned that if Overd did not stop preaching, he would be arrested.For God so loved the world, guys, that He gave His only begotten…” Overd declared, resisting the order.

They lack the wisdom and knowledge they need in order to properly discern what God wants them to do and usually make Christian work far more difficult for true believers who know how to approach people.

#5. We Are Torn On This

A Canadian appeals court has ruled that a Christian law school can be denied accreditation due to its biblical beliefs about the institution of marriage.

As previously reported, Trinity Western University had filed suit in October 2014 after the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society (NSBS) refused to recognize graduates as being attorneys until the Christian institution changed its policy on sexuality.

While Christian schools want to train their students for different professions and being accredited helps those institutions attract students, there is this problem when the Christian institution seeks acceptance by the unchurched world. This issue is far more difficult than the space alloted here but suffice it to say that when one is educating others, they are not supporting the alternative sexual life by allowing practicing homosexuals, etc., in as students.

Far more thought has to be done here but one question that needs to be answered is, are we depriving unbelievers of opportunities to change by keeping them out of the student body unless they sign these purity agreements? Another question that needs to be addressed is, ‘are these purity agreements biblical?’ If churches banned people from its services because they are not Christian and practicing Christian beliefs, then what message are they sending?

I can see Trinity having these agreements for prospective employees and academic leadership but not students. I am not in favor of the sexual alternatives but we need to be careful how we apply restrictions.


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