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03 Mar

We may make this into a new series to discuss news in brief or specific articles that directly impact the faith.

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/why-should-evangelicals-observe-lent-176320/

“I’ve seen that surge in the church where I pastor, without any promotion from me,” Ponder wrote. “I’ve seen the same on social media, going hardly more than two minutes without bumping into a post by a friend describing what they are doing, reading, or giving up for Lent.”

Mere Orthodoxy also noticed this not so long ago, mentioning that the Lenten “devotional expression, long a hallmark of more liturgical churches, is now a growing trend among low-church evangelicals.”

Pastors need to be careful how they relate Lent and other fad practices to the church. One can support almost anything from the Bible and it is not a wise practice to follow false teaching even if it has scriptural support. False teaching is false teaching and if one is not careful, they may be fooled because the false teacher has supported his or her heresy from the scriptures. Case in point:

CP asked Packiam to respond to the objection that since Lent is not explicitly in Scripture, not a “divine statute,” it should therefore not be practiced.

“Forty-day fast periods are there in Scripture. So, early Christians, one of the first things they did as a way of preparing new believers for baptism, was to have a 40-day fast period. And, if you think of it that way, we are using a practice that ancient Israelites used. A 40-day fast period is a way of seeking God, as a way of repenting,” he said.

Yes 40 day past periods were part of the early church but the purpose behind those fasts were vastly different from what is behind Lent. Then just because the fast is present in scripture does it mean that Lent is okay. Lent is not a real fast nor is it biblical. We do not follow what  is not biblical.
In keeping with what the company describes as a longstanding policy to be inclusive, Disney XD, for the first time in the company’s history, included several gay characters kissing in an episode of “Star vs. The Forces of Evil,” one of its most popular cartoons on Monday. And conservatives are not happy about it.

Disney has lost its way. Parents need to be strong when they teach their children for their children will face a lot of peer pressure concerning many different activities not just inclusion of those who do wrong and call it good. Christians are not to ‘go along to get along’ but need to be wise and instruct their children correctly so that the latter can handle the problems that come their way when they do not participate in the popular activities. It is not the schools that give children their moral training but the parents and the churches need to train the parents well and properly so that they can handle these difficult issues.
When I was working in a group home many years ago, the founder came to me and said ‘you got to yoke em when the are young’. His yoking was not that Christian in nature though he claimed to be a Christian and sadly it seems that someone at Disney heard the same statement for that is what they seem to be doing- yoking the young so that they will accept evil as good. Evil is never good, never right and not to be taught to little children. They need to learn God’s standards of right and wrong, good and evil, and morality and immorality. They also have to learn God’s commandments and instructions so that they may grow strong in the Lord and fear him not man.
Some Christian parents are voicing their disapproval after the U.K. government mandated that sex and relationships be taught in all English schools. They argue that they should be the ones taking the lead on such an important issue and protecting their children from things like pornography.

Yes Christian parents should take the lead for the secular world does not have superior objective standards to govern their behavior and presentations. Do not expect the secular world do operate according to Christian principles.
The New York City Department of Education has instructed teachers and faculty to address transgender students by their preferred pronouns  — whether that be “he,” “she,” “they” or “ze.”

Case in point. This is just dumb and shows that God is no longer in New York Education. The New York department errs as we do not reinforce mental illness or confusion. We are to straighten out the thinking of the young so that they know the difference between right and wrong and help them make the right choices.
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