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In The News 19

09 Sep

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/4-year-old-child-starts-sex-change-transition-before-kindergarten-in-australia-169164/

A 4-year-old child in Australia has begun the process of having a sex change with financial assistance from the New South Wales Department of Education even though the child hasn’t yet started kindergarten. Many critics are warning the government that the child is too young to make such consequential life decisions.

When we let the deceived, blind, and unregenerated secular world take the lead, this is the kind of problems that arise. Not only is the kid too young to make such decisions but so are other children who think they are a gender other than their physical birth sex.

NSW deputy secretary of school operations Gregory Prior said during the hearing that there are “a number of ­students who are going through gender transition in our schools, with the youngest being a 4 year old at the moment.”

Christians need to stop abdicating their responsibilities and stop letting the unbelieving world lead the way, especially in this issue. The unbelieving western world knows little about evil and its work, They do not believe that evil is using deception in this issue and the most vulnerable are children which is where the homosexual and transgender feelings begin.

The parents need to stop letting the unbelieving experts tell them how to handle their children. The so-called experts do not have the truth about child rearing or sexual alternatives.

It is strange, as you read the article, that so many unbelievers are agreeing with us on this.

#2. http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/hillsong-united-performs-oceans-on-today-show.html

The popular Christian worship band Hillsong United recently performed their single “Oceans” on The Today Show.

Hillsong began in 1998 in Sydney Australia as the worship band for Hillsong Church. The band, as well as the church, has since grown into an internationally known ministry.

Hillson has gained even more attention recently because of a documentary on the band and church called Hillsong: Let Hope Rise which is set to be released in theaters on September 16.

Church is not entertainment nor is entertainment a proper evangelistic tool. If you want to get people into your church, then live the Christian life correctly. Obey the commands and instructions of God instead of the call to entertain those who do not know their left hand from their right.

#3. http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/mother-teresa-now-officially-st-teresa.html

Mother Teresa, the tiny nun who devoted her life to the poor, was declared a saint by Pope Francis at the Vatican as he celebrated her “daring and courage” and described her as a role model for all in his year of mercy.

At least 120,000 people crowded a sun-drenched St. Peter’s Square for the canonization of the acclaimed nun who may have worked in the slums of Kolkata but was a force to be reckoned with by political and religious leaders around the world.

“Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defense of human life, those unborn, and those abandoned and discarded,” the pope said in his homily at the Mass on Sunday morning (Sept. 4).

Two things. First, the church, any church, does not have the authority to declare anyone a saint nor are they instructed to teach the people that the saint can be an intercessor for them. That idea is purely heretical. Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. Jesus’ dead mother and dead saints cannot do anything for anyone.

Second, Mother Theresa was not as good as the RCC claims. If all reports of her life are accurate and true, she was no saint.By the way, the Bible does not teach us to elevate people to grand status for that takes our eyes of Christ and that is wrong.

#4.http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/billy-graham-explains-why-he-is-against-censorship-of-un-christian-content.html

I’m not a lawyer, of course, but while we may find programs like this offensive, they have the same constitutional right to free speech that we do. I also know that some people today would seek to limit or even take away our freedom of speech or freedom of religion, and I believe we should do everything we can to resist these pressures,” wrote Graham.

We like what he said but we do not feel that he went far enough in his exhortation on this issue.Do unto others is a better verse to use here than the right of free speech. If we want free speech etc., then we need to stop trying to take it away from others we disagree with.

Although Graham acknowledged that programs mocking Christians and their faith seem to be increasingly common, censorship is not the answer to this dilemma.

This may be so but instead of fighting fire with fire, let’s set the example for the secular world to follow. Then maybe they will be humbled and more open to the gospel

#5. http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/christians-observe-world-day-of-prayer-for-the-care-of-creation-on-september-1.html

In the announcement Francis said, “The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live. The celebration of this Day, on the same date as the Orthodox Church, will be a valuable opportunity to bear witness to our growing communion with our Orthodox brothers and sisters.”

We are not a fan of these ‘world day of prayers’ and we know that the evangelical world has them as well. The Bible tells us how we are to pray and these public days are not included in the instructions.

This does not mean that we cannot pray corporately, it just means that the group heads to a private place, like homes or church sanctuaries, and quietly pray to God bringing their needs and requests before him without fanfare or attention.

Going to our prayer closet is more important than telling the world that we are praying. Churches and Christians need to stop ignoring God’s instructions if they want to see success in their daily lives.

#6. http://www.christianheadlines.com/trending/should-christians-feel-guilty-for-enjoying-sports.html

All this begs a question though; as Christians, shouldn’t that time and money go towards feeding the poor, helping the sick, and getting people saved?

You have one answer at that link and ours is not so much different.

Christians can enjoy sports as long as they do not make sports, the athletes or the teams and their sellable goods gods. Nor should they make obtaining professional sports attire a priority over everything else.

Also, sports is employment so becoming an athlete is not wrong as long as you do so by following God’s rules and ways. You do not sacrifice God and his instructions in order to follow secular thinking on success and winning.

God’s way and biblical instruction applies to sports just like the do science or any other part of life.

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