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In The News 18

02 Sep

#1. http://christiannews.net/2016/08/31/youth-minister-no-longer-allowed-to-reach-students-at-illinois-school-following-atheist-complaint/

A Baptist youth minister is no longer allowed to reach students at an Illinois high school after a professing atheist organization lodged a complaint, asserting that his presence violated the U.S. Constitution.

We have posted our thoughts on the atheist behavior before so we will not rehash old ground.  I do not see this as a problem for the youth minister nor something that is hurtful to the church as there are other ways to reach high school students. This method was risky and church staff should use a little foresight and wisdom when doing outreach to students or even just trying to answer their questions.

#2.http://christiannews.net/2016/08/31/high-school-football-coach-fired-for-praying-on-field-files-federal-lawsuit/

A high school football coach in Washington state who was placed on leave last year until he agrees to stop praying at the 50-yard line has filed a federal lawsuit against his former employer, alleging religious discrimination.

We have nothing against praying and the football coach may have been unlawfully terminated but the Bible warns about being punished for doing wrong.  The Bible teaches us where to pray and while corporate prayer can be done there is no teaching that we should be praying on the football field.The Bible says to go to our prayer closest and he who sees in secret will reward us openly so prayer is not a public activity to be done just anywhere.

Christians need to learn a little discretion and that God’s way has rules to follow. God does not support anarchy nor do we have the freedom to ignore or alter God’s instruction. Believers need to be more discerning and wise in the practice of their faith.

#3. http://christiannews.net/2016/08/29/chicago-man-who-identifies-as-woman-sues-over-citys-ban-on-toplessness-in-bars/

A Chicago man who identifies as a woman has filed a federal lawsuit over the city’s ban on toplessness in bars, asserting that it is discriminatory against women….Sullivan-Knoff, a self-described “queer transgender woman, poet, playright and performance artist,” asserts that in his case, performing topless would help to combat negative societal perceptions about those who identify as transgender.

This is just getting too absurd. These people just cannot abide by any rules. To think that going topless is going to help anti-transgender views is actually going beyond absurd and well into the territory of just plain stupid. The first thing wrong with that person is that they think that they have become a woman just because they think they are a woman.

Second, there is no discrimination or violation of the constitution but the transgender won’t see that. All they see is that they are not allowed to do what they want and they cannot see that they have no regard for anyone else. It is all about them. The transgender are as selfish and narrow sighted as the homosexual.

There is a story over at the Christian Post where a transgender person gets all upset and claims a hate crime took lace because someone used the ‘wrong’ pronoun. Transgenders go beyond absurd and need to grow a thicker skin if they are going to publicly display their deception and lack of intelligence.

#4. http://christiannews.net/2016/09/01/iowa-asks-judge-to-dismiss-congregations-concerns-over-applying-gender-identity-laws-to-churches/

An attorney for the state of Iowa asked a federal judge on Wednesday to dismiss a congregation’s concerns that the Iowa Human Rights Commission might interpret local laws pertaining to gender identity as prohibiting houses of worship from living out its beliefs on the issue.

Should the church be surprised or even upset by this after the decades they have spent using the law and courts to force Christian views on those who do not believe?

#5. http://www.christianpost.com/news/gay-activists-attack-the-messengers-mayer-mchugh-lgbt-168933/

After a major new report was released a little over one week ago, challenging the standard LGBT talking points, I predicted that rather than interact with the findings of that report (specifically, a 143-page analysis of 200 previous, peer-reviewed studies), most gay activists and their allies would attack the authors of that study.

Before the day was out, the prediction began to come true, and it has been confirmed numerous times since then.

The Bible says they cannot do anything against the truth so the believer must find and go with the truth only. They are not to use lies, interpretation or any alternative to the truth. The Bible teaches that the truth is obtainable so it is not an impossible task and we encourage everyone to do a word search in the Bible and see all the verses that pop up when you search for the word ‘truth’ Your eyes will be opened at how interpretation i snot mentioned and how Jesus wants us to know the truth.

Speaking the truth in love is the only way for the believer to participate in discussions no matter how bad the attacks get in return. We must not assume we have the truth or have been taught the truth by our church leaders but double-check to make sure we have the actual truth.

#5. http://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeology-discovery-3000-year-old-israeli-site-supports-old-testament-account-philistines-169007/

An ancient palatial building excavated in modern Israel that dates to around the time of King Solomon adds credence to the Old Testament account of the area.

Archaeologists at Tel Gezer found what Haaretz described as a “monumental building” dated to the 10th century BC, which included artifacts that added weight to what the Bible says about the region’s history.

“According to the Old Testament, the city was also associated with the Philistines in David’s time: the king broke their power ‘from Geba to as far as Gezer’ (2 Samuel 5:25; 1 Chronicles 14:16),” reported Haaretz.

“This excavation season has proved the Philistine link too, when the archaeologists revealed a layer with Philistine bichrome pottery. The archaeologists also found a tell-tale fragment of a so-called ‘Ashdod figurine,’ … Such figurines have been found associated with Philistine remains in other excavations, such as in Ashdod, Timna, Ekron and Ashkelon.”

Haaretz also noted that the Gezer site “features a large central courtyard, like contemporary palace-like buildings found throughout the southern Levant, including at Hatzor and Megiddo.”

We will let the article speak for itself. Archaeology does verify the Bible but we must keep in mind that archaeology is still a very limited field and we must be careful in drawing our conclusions about a given site.

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