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Unfair??

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/church-of-england-s-stance-on-gay-marriage-is-untenable-say-mps.html

A number of MPs responded to the crisis, calling the Church’s stance on gay marriage “untenable,” “unfair,” and “hard to justify,” according to Christian Today.

It seems that those MPs have a very different definition f the word ‘unfair’ than the rest of the world. How is it unfair to make people who want to be part of the church, follow the rules of the church and by extension the God they claim to serve? One would think that, by any normal definition of the term, it would be unfair to those who follow the rules to allow rulebreakers in without discipline, correction and a warning to follow the rules.

“Is it not increasingly untenable for our Church, which enjoys significant privileges in this country because of its established status, to continue to discriminate against its own members simply because they happen to be gay?” asked Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter who is himself in a gay relationship and belongs to the Anglican Church

Making people follow the rules is NOT discrimination but telling people that there is a line between good and evil and that line should not be crossed. What good is having rules if no one abides by them or are told to abide by them?

Dame Caroline Spelman, Second Church Estates Commissioner, added that “Changes have taken place and more need to happen.”

The changes that need to be made are that churches should get back to the word of God and not alter it because some people want to practice and bring evil into the church.

 

Bits & Pieces

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.
 

News In Brief- 2

{We forget the numbers so We may have erred in the title}

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/alabama-megachurch-wants-own-police-force-governor-may-allow-it-176331/

According to AL.com, a bill proposing that Briarwood Presbyterian Church and Briarwood Christian School get their own police department passed 9–2 in the House Public Safety Committee about two weeks ago.

Some lawmakers argue that allowing a private church to have its own police force is a slippery slope.

Democrat Rep. Chris England also raised concern about who the police officer would answer to. A church official said the officers would answer to the leadership of the church.

England raised concerns, however, about transparency. Questions were raised about a drug investigation at the Briarwood Christian School in 2015 and whether a private, internal police department would cover up a drug problem.

We understand why the church is asking for this but we agree with the concerns and wonder how wise it would be to allow a private police force to operate on church grounds.

#2. http://www.christianpost.com/news/witches-casting-spell-on-trump-is-real-jesus-himself-warned-of-dark-spirits-afa-176188/

Conservative radio host Bryan Fischer warned that threats of spiritual warfare and reports of witches placing curses on President Donald Trump should be taken seriously. He pointed to Jesus Christ who warned of “dark spirits” in the world

Pray for your leaders. if you don’t then evil has an easier time of manipulating them and that is not good for the believer. Praying for one’s leaders, even if you do not like them, in time helps the believer as better decisions are made, less persecution and so on.You are helping yourself when you pray for all of them.

#3. http://www.christianpost.com/news/assisted-suicide-sounds-compassionate-but-reality-is-different-human-rights-advocates-say-176070/

Legalizing assisted suicide opens the door for all kinds of human rights abuses, puts a price on human life, and diminishes the dignity of the human being, according to conservative leaders gathered at CPAC.

Wisdom is needed to guide this issue. We are against any form of suicide even though we know people suffer greatly with their diseases. Thou Shalt Not Kill did not leave an escape clause for the terminally ill or chronic sufferers.

#4. http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-charity-retools-after-young-missionary-gets-40-years-for-sexually-assaulting-children-176068/

When the caretaker inquired about his behavior, “several of the children stated Durham often touched them in a sexual manner or told them to touch themselves while he watched.”

The founder of the home was told about the allegations and confronted Durham in early June 2014. He denied the allegations “but admitted to be struggling with homosexuality and child pornography.” He, however, admitted to church members on June 17 that year that he had performed sex acts on the children.

People have problems, even Christians. BUT we do not run for the hills or circle the wagons and keep the failing Christian from receiving true Christian help. They need the same help everyone does to keep them on the straight and narrow. We cannot afford to turn our backs on them but lead them back to repentance and conquering of their sins through Jesus.

#5. http://www.christianpost.com/news/boys-have-penises-girls-have-vulvas-bus-ad-banned-in-madrid-for-offending-transsexuals-176321/

The Madrid City Council has banned a Catholic group’s full-length bus ad that says “boys have penises, girls have vulvas” over concerns that it might offend “transsexual children.”

Take a chance, tell the truth and offend them.

Madrid City Council Socialists spokeswoman Purificacion Causapie called the bus ad “contrary to the dignity and rights of transsexual children,

Sorry but, the transgendered children are claiming and behaving like something they are not. They lost their dignity a long time ago.

 

The Intolerance Of Unbelievers 2

We’ll post the link first then comment:

http://www.christianpost.com/news/democrat-congress-romania-marriage-vote-176195/

Thirty-seven Democrats in the United States Congress have told lawmakers in Romania not to allow a referendum supported by 3 million Romanians that would create a constitutional amendment identifying marriage as a union between only one man and one woman to proceed.

And what business is it of those democrats what Romania does? This is outrageous to say the best thing about this behavior.

The letter also warns that any change to exclude the LGBT community from receiving benefits and rights allowed to hetrosexual couples could result in violent backlash.

So instead of showing love for those who disagree with the liberal agenda, threats, bullying and intolerance ensue. How sad.  Many of those democrats may claim to be Christian yet we have never found in the Bible any verse where people are allowed to bully those citizens of another nation and force them into doing what one wants.Fortunately, the Romanian leader is smarter than those democrats:

Costea said that he was “taken aback” and “shocked” to see the Democratic congress members meddle in Romania’s marriage debate and is alarmed that they would encourage Romanian lawmakers to prevent the referendum from proceeding.

“You are talking about a Democracy that is only about 27 years old and people are trying to exercise their constitutional rights and Congress members in the United States who are supposed to protect our civil rights in the United States, they go to a different country and say, ‘Hey, don’t exercise your civil rights.’ They tell the Parliament, ‘Don’t even vote on this issue,'” Costea said. “It’s not just meddling. It’s fairly malicious and an attempt to prevent the people from speaking their minds on the issue.”

 

Costea was so upset by the letter that he even sent his own letter to Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who was listed as a signatory on the letter.

“This was the most significant citizens-initiated constitutional referendum in Romania ever,” Costea’s letter reads. “As one who is intimately familiar with the vicissitudes the people of Romania faced throughout their history, as well as the cruel communist system under which they were condemned to live for 45 years, I must state, respectfully, that the note from the [37] members of the U.S. Congress is, to great extent, an affront to the 3 million responsible Romanian citizens who signed the petition in support of the constitutional amendment.”

The Democrats said the following in their letter:

Along with many of Romania’s western partners, the United States has recognized, through its judiciary, that our country is stronger when marriage is conditioned on mutual love and commitment and when the rights, benefits and responsibilities of civil marriage attach equally to all persons who make that commitment,” the letter continues. “We also recognize that violence and further discrimination follows any instances of inequality. We urge Romanian authorities take no step that would divide your country from its partners in this recognition and to be wary of any ensuing violence that may occur.”

Yet they will threaten someone with violence if an honest vote is taken and those who oppose the democrats ideology win. The Bible does not teach intolerance but it does teach punishment for sin, something the democrats ignore as they rush to support sin and evil.  In order to make everyone ‘equal’ etc., one has to wipe out God’s standards of good/evil, morality/immorality, and right/wrong. When that is done we have nothing but anarchy as there is no real standard guiding anyone. Anything goes and we see that with these bathroom policies in the transgender issue and when homosexuals are told no. This is just not right and the believer has to stand with God and his standards so that those who want to sin will know that they are wrong and in error.

Of course, that stand is done correctly and not with bullying, intolerance or violence.

 

We Like This Article

http://www.christianpost.com/news/caitlyn-jenner-man-wearing-dress-176062/

I do not write these words lightly, and there is not an ounce of mockery or, God forbid, hatred in my heart when I say that Caitlyn Jenner is a man wearing a dress.

1. there is no settled science confirming transgender identity

2. we still know very little about many operations of the brain, including those related to what is now called gender dysphoria (previously known as gender identity disorder, or GID)

3. studies continue to indicate that the vast majority of children who identify as transgender do not do so after puberty (even if many ultimately identify as gay)

4. there must be a better way than our current approach to treating gender dysphoria

5. it is unfair to impose the struggles of less than 1 percent of the population on the rest of the population, especially on impressionable kids

6. gender distinctions should be celebrated and appreciated, rather than branded patriarchal or heterosexist or the like.

And while I’m at, let me say this to CNN’s Chris Cuomo: Sir, it is not intolerant for a father not to want his daughter to see a boy’s penis at school. That’s called being a good dad.

He is direct and to the point. Transgender people are only fooling themselves and being deceived by evil.There is nothing normal about rejecting your birth gender and people who support such changes are aiding evil’s attempt to destroy God’s creation.

 

When The Say It Better Than Us

http://www.christianpost.com/news/4-recent-events-that-should-wake-christians-from-their-slumber-175617/

This is a very well written article by Michael Brown and great food for thought. We will post only a few excerpts

This is not rocket science, and Beggs would not be allowed to compete in a college-level or Olympic or professional match while on steroids. (Is this why Beggs is undefeated this season?)

Steroids and other performance enhancing drugs are banned for logical, obvious reasons, yet logic seems to stop at the door when it comes to transgender activism.

Accordingly, Beggs grandmother (and guardian), rather than recognizing how unfair this all was to the other girls who worked so hard to be there, could only say, “Today was not about their students winning. Today was about bias, hatred and ignorance.”

 

And, she alleges, “People were deliberately trying to hurt me all of the time. I had never been called the B-word so many times in my life than I was in my rookie season. I’d never been thrown to the ground so much. The message was: ‘We want you to know we don’t like you.'”

Could this be true?

If it is, even if her estimate about the percentage of lesbian players is too high, don’t expect her story to get much traction in the news. After all, straights are never the victims, only gays are the victims, and because Wiggins is straight and therefore part of the dominant culture, she can’t be the victim. Straights are the bullies, so suck it up, lady, and stop complaining.

 

Back in Texas, the NFL and NBA have warned the state that if they pass a bill similar to North Carolina, which, among other things, forbids boys who believe they are girls from playing on girls’ sports teams or using the girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers, the state will be severely punished by the leagues.

Responding to the NFL, which was the first to threaten Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said, “The last thing the NFL needs to do is to get into the business of telling states how to operate their own political operations.” Indeed.

And what will the NFL and NBA (and NCAA and others) do if state after state does the right thing and protects the privacy and rights of its citizens? Hopefully, we’ll find out in the years ahead as the pushback against radical LGBT activism continues.
When USDA officials were touring the plant for an inspection, “they noticed a handful of brochures on the breakroom table about natural marriage. As Don tells it, the article was mixed in with the stacks of newspapers celebrating the recent Supreme Court decision redefining marriage. Even so, the on-site officers took offense to the literature, walked into Don’s office, closed both doors, and told him they’d call off the inspection if the material wasn’t removed.”

So, the Christian owner of a meatpacking center employing 45 workers was given an ultimatum by USDA officials – who were there to inspect the meat operation, not the beliefs, of Vander Boom – telling him that if he didn’t remove the material on marriage, there would be no inspection, as a result of which the center would be shut down.

We have always been against sports organizations forcing certain views upon different states. It started with Arizona many years back when the people of that state did not vote for establishing a Martin Luther King holiday. Sports organizations do not have the right to force their views on a people of a state, usurp the democratic process and step on the rights of the people of any state. The sports organizations are wrong in this matter and need to be slapped down and spanked for their violation of democratic princip-les.

Government, on the other hand, tends to go too far in ‘protecting’ certain group of people. Their rush to protect the rights of a minute minority has them trampling the rights of others.That is not right especially when those small groups already enjoy the same rights as other members of a nation. It is not the fault of those who follow the rules when some ultra-small groups reject the rights they have access to. That responsibility lies with the alternative groups. If they reject the rights that are available to them, they are not entitled to create rights tailored to their abnormal preferences.

Right and wrong, good and evil, normal and abnormal and morality and immorality do not depend upon ‘rights’ to establish  the norm for society. Those standards come from God and no matter how hard the practitioners of the latter words of those groups of terms try they cannot use ‘rights’ to change their sinful, abnormal, wrong, evil, immoral behavior and pronounce them good, normal, correct or even moral. Their status depends upon God’s declaration and so far God has not changed his mind on what is or isn’t sin.

 

The Boy Scouts Have Lost Their Way

http://www.christianpost.com/news/north-carolina-megachurch-cuts-ties-boy-scouts-transgender-policy-175636/

Last month, the Boy Scouts of America announced they were going to allow girls who self-identified as boys to become members of their organization.

Their reasoning is not well thought out or strong:

“For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs,” stated the Scouts.

“However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.”

 

 

Confusion is not of God thus when the secular world starts to bring confusion to life areas, the churches and the believer must stand up for what is right and cast God’s light over the problem correctly. We can see this confusion enter life through this transgender issue. Transgenderism is a deception not a normal life choice and parents need to counsel their children accordingly and correctly. They are the ones, not the state nor the public school system, that are to help their children through these difficult issues showing their children how evil is trying to destroy them through rejection of their birth gender and acceptance of being something they are not.

Pray for the boy scouts and those parents who face these difficult issues. Get them proper help as well so that parents do not lose a child to sin

 
 
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