Confidence in God
“So we see something rather remarkable in Isaiah 40. After the promise of deliverance in 40:1-11, we see a series of demonstrations of God’s power. God demonstrates His power over creation and the mighty forces of nature. He measures out the seas, He weighs mountains in a scale, and He knows the vast multitude of stars by name.”
An Appeal to Elders
“Whenever a pastor falls, one has to ask: Where were the elders? Sometimes, of course, the pastor can be good at hiding his faults; At other times, elders just turn a blind eye to peccadilloes, assuming that the pastor is a good chap and could not possibly be heading in a spiritually lethal direction.”
InterVarsity Regains Access to Cal State Campuses
“InterVarsity has experienced tensions over its religious requirements at more than 40 college campuses in recent years, including most notably Vanderbilt University and Tufts University. Meanwhile, a surprising number of evangelicals disagree with faith requirements at public universities.”
Gearing Up for Fortnight for Freedom
“Constructing a narrative with Christianity — Calvinist or Roman Catholic — on the right and liberating side of history is just that, a construction. Sometimes it was, sometimes not so much. But shouldn’t a church gain high marks not for being on the side of John Locke but for proclaiming the good news of the gospel?”
No Secret Key To Living The Christian Life
“Perhaps the “secret” is surrender to the Lordship of Christ, or abiding in Christ, or being filled with the Spirit, or another great biblical truth. Suddenly, the beauty and glory of this truth shines in their soul and from that instant they are changed. This becomes the key that unlocks everything that had prevented their spiritual progress.”
You Can’t Serve God and Entertainment
“If I’m honest, I’ve had an unbridled love for frivolous entertainment — over the years I’ve used it primarily as a means of escape. Entertainment was used to distract me from the guilt of sin, friction in relationships, or anxiety about work. It became what daily prayer and Bible reading should have been — a safe haven to retreat for rest and comfort.”
Samuel and the Witch at Endor
“However, after studying this a number of years ago, I came to the conclusion that a stronger case can be made for this being an evil spirit impersonating Samuel (just as the devil can transform himself into an angel of light). Here are some of the points I remember from that study.”
Is Preaching Really Foolishness?
It was inconceivable to the Greek that there could be an incarnation. So what happened when Paul preached in Athens? They laughed, because his message seemed foolish. What Paul had to say to the Greeks was that mind was separated from matter, that spirit was separated from flesh. What Paul had to say to the Greeks was that this message, which appears to be foolishness, and which is communicated in a manner that is conceived to be the height of folly, is actually the wisdom of God.
The SCOTUS Decision on Marriage: Will It Change Our Ministry?
Since this is such an important ruling from the Supreme Court, what should EPC do differently? Nothing. We at EPC need no new strategy to minister in this cultural context. We will continue to be the people that God has already been shaping us to be: We will continue to be a church that preaches the gospel clearly and the whole counsel of God regularly. We will continue to be one of the friendliest churches you have ever visited regardless of your background.
Brief Thoughts on King v. Burwell
The war on words is a war on meaning. It is a rebellious war, a “breaking of the chains” and “loosing of the fetters” (Psalm 2) of God’s design for creation and for bearers of his image. And the rebellion goes all the way down, even to the core of our biological identities. The war against God and transcendent meaning is always, ironically, a war against ourselves as human beings. How could it be otherwise? Hate the Creator and his constraints, you surely must hate his creaturely icons, the imago Dei.
A Review: “Compassion without Compromise” by Adam Barr and Ron Citlau
This brings the authors to not only encourage Christians to return to God’s design, but to approach other sexual-sinners with humility, which may be what “our standing for truth needs” because none of us “lives up to the standards our faith demands.” If we do so, then, maybe “this posture of humility will gain the gospel a fresh hearing.”
The Charleston Tragedy – Is Forgiveness Required?
Although there is considerable doubt in my mind about the need to forgive apart from contrition, one thing that is clear in the Bible is that we are to love our enemies. Maybe this is what these families are trying to do in a round-about way? Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven” (Mt 5:44-45). This is proof that we are the children of God.
I am not so naïve to think I understand much of anything from a press release, and that by one party. Only God knows whether the expression of regret proceeds from godly sorrow or the mourning of being caught. But I know that the gospel is not at stake and that it remains God’s remedy for sin’s guilt and power. I also know that we as the body of Christ need to pray against the efforts of the evil one to do harm to Christ’s sheep and the witness of His church.
But what have we done with those simple assertions of our Fathers? We’ve said, in good Supreme Court majority style, that they can also mean several other possible concepts such as Day-Age, Analogical, or Framework. Well, I do not see any significant difference between what we have done with documents that we have vowed to maintain and defend, and what the majority of the Supreme Court Justices have done with the Fourteenth Amendment.
Fragile Foundation of Marriage Equality, Part 2
Entitlement to self-fulfillment creates a solid philosophical basis for justifying same-sex unions. Who wants to deny anyone their inherent right to be happy? If some have same-sex attraction and that makes them feel good, then nobody should get in the way of their happiness. Approval of same-sex marriage is quite likely only a symptom of a much larger epidemic of narcissism that is infiltrating every part of our culture.
Marriage Canon Changes at GC2015 Could Seal Fate of Anglican Communion
If the Church should consider committed same-sex relationships blessed by God, should it do so as a part of the practice of Christian marriage that we have not yet recognized, or rather as an analogous yet distinct good that we have not yet named? The answer is NO on both counts. Same-sex relationships have never been countenanced by God and General Convention won’t change God’s mind for Him.
Cheers to the Magna Carta
The Magna Carta talks of rights, but these are not Lockean Natural Rights, given to individuals through the unmediated powers of their Creator. Quite the contrary, the opening articles of the Magna Carta clearly assert that rights come from God (not “the Creator”) to the king who then bestows them, not to individuals, but to communities. All these communal, inherited rights come with duties attached to them. If any community failed to uphold their obligations, their freedoms would be jeopardized, and not only for themselves, but for their descendants, too.
In any war there are actually always two enemies: an external enemy and an eternal enemy. By internal I mean when our own side does not fight because of fear, indifference, cowardice, laziness, and so on. When one is under attack yet refuses to engage the enemy, or just tries to sit on the fence, that is being an internal enemy.
In the many battles over faith, family and freedom we see this very thing occurring. The many adversaries are obvious: the new atheism, secular humanism, radical feminism, the militant homosexual lobby, expansionist Islam, and so on. They are obvious threats and genuine enemies.
But often the real problem is when our side simply refuses to engage, or is not even aware that we are in a war. Or even worse yet, when we basically side with the opposition, and betray our side. All this and more has been happening for far too long.
Anyone with their eyes open, and/or not pushing the secular left agenda, should know by now that when special rights and marriage rights are granted to homosexuals, everything changes, and those who suffer the greatest are biblical Christians.
The two are of course incompatible: biblical morality cannot coexist with sinful sexuality, whether of the homosexual variety or otherwise. But it is the militant homosexual lobby which is working overtime to silence the churches and force Christians to embrace their agenda – or else.
I have documented plenty of cases of the pink mafia in action. It always gets much worse when homosexual marriage “rights” are legislated. For example, within hours of the SCOTUS decision we had one newspaper declaring that any opposing viewpoints are now off limits.
Justice Scalia Issues Scathing Dissent in Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ruling: ‘Pride Goeth Before a Fall’
Christian News Network reports:
As one of the four justices that dissented from today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring that all 50 states must legalize same-sex “marriage,” Justice Antonin Scalia issued a sharp rebuke of his colleagues’ arrogance, warning that “pride goeth before a fall.”
“The opinion is couched in a style that is as pretentious as its content is egotistic,” he wrote. “It is one thing for separate concurring or dissenting opinions to contain extravagances, even silly extravagances, of thought and expression; it is something else for the official opinion of the court to do so.”
Scalia was speaking of his disapproval of five black-robed justices issuing an edict that he opined was “highly unrepresentative” of the nation and “hardly a cross-section of America.”
“Today’s decree says that my ruler, and the ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court,” he said. “And to allow the policy question of same-sex marriage to be considered and resolved by a select, patrician, highly unrepresentative panel of nine is to violate a principle even more fundamental than no taxation without representation: no social transformation without representation.”
Churches who will not perform same-sex “weddings” can say goodbye to their tax-exempt status, and pastors who preach against the LGBT agenda must be prepared for jail time.
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Matthew 24:9 (KJV)
Rod Dreher, writing in an article in Time Magazine, has this to say about the recent US Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage: “LGBT activists and their fellow travelers will be coming after social conservatives. The Supreme Court has now, in constitutional doctrine, said that homosexuality is equivalent to race. The next goal of activists will be a long-term campaign to remove tax-exempt status from dissenting religious institutions. The more immediate goal will be the shunning and persecution of dissenters within civil society.”
America in 2015 has officially become a post-Christian society, led by the treasonous activities of our post-American president, Barack Hussein Obama. The massive paradigm shift towards the full-throated embrace of same-sex culture will be the main legacy that Obama will leave behind. That is if he actually ever leaves the White House. Obama ran for president on the platform of being a “committed Christian“, but obviously, he is nothing of the kind. He has completely fulfilled his promise to “fundamentally transform America”, and Christians are now in the cross-hairs of the coming persecution.
This week’s US Supreme Court decision has set up a number of situations that American Christians must be wide-awake and prepared for. One of the first casualties in the coming war will be the ostracizing of all those who will not go along with the “new normal”. Keep in mind that the LGBT have never wanted “tolerance” or “acceptance”, what they are after is control of the narrative, and this is exactly what Obama and the Supreme Court have handed them on a silver platter. Churches who will not perform same-sex “weddings” can say goodbye to their tax-exempt status, and pastors who preach against the LGBT agenda will be silenced. Already, we are seeing whole Christian denominations making the shift to embracing the LGBT agenda in order to preserve their income levels and avoid jail time.
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26,27 (KJV)
In our new LGBT-centric society, the Holy Bible will be one of the first casualties. Because the Scriptures clearly declare, in both Testaments, that God is against same-sex anything on any level, the LGBT police are busy rewriting the Scriptures and attempting to explain away what God has to say about the same-sex lifestyle. One of the most vocals proponents of this is Matthew Vines, who wrote a book called “God And The Gay Christian”. Vines is conducting a very active campaign to convince Christians that God approves of the LGBT lifestyle, and that the Bible doesn’t really speak against same-sex unions.
Since most Christians do not actually read or study their Bibles, his slick presentation, I am sure, will serve to sway some of the them to his side of the argument. But Vines argument is filled with holes and easily defeated. First, there are no examples anywhere in the Bible of a positive example of a same-sex relationship. Not one. But there are hundreds of verses dealing with the man and woman relationship. Secondly, in Romans 1, where Vines is attempting to argue that Paul is really talking about “people who turn from God to worship idols” and not condemning same-sex relationships, he intentionally glosses over Paul’s main point. Paul refers to homosexual and lesbian relationships as “vile affections”, and finishes by saying that men with men and women with women are not natural, but against nature. That all by itself is a complete refutation of Vines whole argument, and all of Vines smoke and mirrors fails to explain that away. But what you see in this video is the future of Laodicean Christianity in America now that the LGBT is control of the narrative.
America, in the past, has been greatly used of God to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. But that open window of evangelism effectually closed with the Supreme Court decision, as the coming dark days ahead will prove. Christians who will stay true to God’s word should not be surprised when their employment is terminated, when they are denied health care coverage for being anti-LGBT, and when they are hauled into court for “hate speech”. The tide has turned, and “one day, someday” has arrived. America in 2015 has become something that our Founding Fathers would only not approve of, but wouldn’t even recognize.
Are you ready for what comes next?
On the heals of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision to legalize same-sex “marriage,” Peter Jones of truthxchange penned a piece with this warning: You cannot introduce into society a life style, now considered legal, without it redefining what the culture must receive as morally and spiritually acceptable. Putting blue dye in one end of the pool affects […]
Proposed ‘Homage to Satan’ Near Ten Commandments Monument to Be Unveiled
According to Christian News Network:
A New York-based Satanist group has announced the unveiling of its sculpted ‘homage to Satan,’ which it seeks to place next to a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol building.
As previously reported, the Satanic Temple issued a news release about its intentions in 2013 following the filing of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which asserted that the presence of the Ten Commandments display on government property violated the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.
Supreme’s Decision – Terry James
The buying, selling, planting, the marrying –heterosexual or otherwise– is a way of life that is going to end in one stupefying microsecond of time. The Christian will stand before his or her Lord and give an account of whether we have been working and watching for Christ, or whether we have been caught up totally in the cares of this world, with callous disregard for being salt and light as we see the end of the age approaching.
What Your Church Needs to Know—and Do—About the Court’s Marriage Ruling
Pastors and churches have exhibited a great degree of uncertainty preceding the decision, wondering what the impact of the decision will be on their ministry. But now that the decision has been released, we can respond with greater clarity.
Here are the immediate things you need to know.
Graham told me that Christians should be prepared for persecution in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage.
“You better be ready and you better be prepared because it’s coming,” Graham said just moments after the court handed down its ruling. “There will be persecution of Christians for our stand.”
“I’m disappointed because the government is recognizing sin,” he said. “This court is endorsing sin. That’s what homosexuality is – a sin against God.”
Judicial Tyranny and Dark Days in America
How should Christians respond? For those who believe the Bible is God’s Word, what should we do when laws are passed or upheld that go against our faith and conscience?
Wide is the Gate: The Emerging New Christianity
Jan Markell and her co-host Eric Barger, talk to filmmaker Caryl Matrisciana for the hour about her latest DVD, “Wide is the Gate: The Emerging New Christianity” (volume 3). Their topics include Dominionism, Latter Rain, Fresh Fire, IHOP, “drunk in the spirit,” grave sucking, Bethel Church (Redding, CA), counterfeit laying on of hands, we are all gods, Todd Bentley, and much more.
7 Things Jesus Would Say to the LGBT Community
Pastors have training in handling the other sexual sins, but the sexual sins becoming so dominant today bring in their wake very little counsel so far for helpers and many undiscussed problems to work out. Yet we are biblically commanded “to speak out to warn the wicked to turn from their wicked deeds and lifestyle so that they may live” (NET, Ezek. 3:1). We also hopefully can follow in the steps of Jesus who was able to treat first the heart and then tell his listeners to go and sin no more.
May the following seven things begin to move us to thinking and action. The Lord seems to say in his word to all sinners (and that includes those in the LGBT community):
Where is America in Biblical Prophecy?
A resounding question asked by many today is, “Where is America in Biblical prophecy?” The simple answer is that our nation will still exist during the Great Tribulation period, but our military power and socio-economic position will have been diminished to the level of a godless, base nation. For many years this was a hard reality for many American believers to grasp because in many ways it was so hard to see! But by faith in God’s Word we knew it must be!
Chief Justice Gives Ominous Warning on Marriage & Faith
National Religious Broadcasters is repulsed by the Supreme Court’s decision today to undermine the institution of marriage by imposing “gay marriage” nationwide. Moreover, taking note of Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissenting opinion, NRB is concerned about the Court’s intentions for the clearly delineated guarantee in the U.S. Constitution that citizens may freely exercise their religion.
Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, declared, “This judicial activism is a slap at democratic governance and shows disdain for a holy institution that has been the bedrock of human society for millennia.”
Supreme Court: Gay Marriage is now the Law of the Land
Jun 26, 2015 10:52 am | A. S.
Will the real pastors please stand up? Five unelected judges have spat in God’s face and declared war on marriage and family. This is now full-on open warfare. God have mercy on America and the world. Link to the story here. Berean Research has this White Paper with excellent resources for you and your church.
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Does U2’s Bono, a professing Christian, believe the Bible?
Jun 26, 2015 10:12 am | Marsha West
Any [teaching] that is good is in the Word of God, and any that is not in the Word of God is not good. I am a Bible Christian and if an archangel with a wingspread as broad as a constellation shining like the sun were to come and offer me some new truth, I’d ask […]
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The Great American Purge of Decentralized Thought Continues
Jun 26, 2015 10:12 am | Scott Alan Buss
The Great American Purge of decentralized thought continues. Anyone advocating the radical decentralization of power must be silenced. Anything inspiring people to seriously consider and possibly embrace such decentralization must be eliminated. Any challenge to the supremacy and indivisible nature of the almighty American Corporate State cannot and will not be tolerated. (See: The God of Government […]
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With ObamaCare and “Gay Marriage” upheld, when (if ever) should we simply say no to Federal control?
Jun 26, 2015 10:12 am | Scott Alan Buss
So the Pagan Political Right has once again saved the day for the Pagan Political Left by advancing the cause of State/Corporate control of the health care system through the “legal” preservation of ObamaCare. This decision comes on the heels of the Pagan Political Right going to ridiculous extremes to eek out passage of ObamaTrade. […]
What would happen if Christians just said no to American Statism?
Jun 26, 2015 10:12 am | Scott Alan Buss
“Follow the money.” “Money makes the world go ’round.” These are reliable clichés for good reason; they point to truth. The ability to control individuals, cultures and civilization through control of their ability to pursue, attain and multiply wealth is as well established a fact of human history as one will find. Money is practical. It’s […]
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Murder and medication sure seem to go hand in hand these days.
Jun 26, 2015 10:12 am | Scott Alan Buss
Ladies and gentlemen (and Bruce Jenner), we have indeed entered a Brave New World in America. In our detachment from the Nature of Christ as our standard in every area and detail of life, we’ve become detached from – and disdainful of – reality itself. We want to be whatever gender we feel like being. (See: […]
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Do we love America enough to call her to repentance? Or are we too proud for that?
Jun 26, 2015 10:12 am | Scott Alan Buss
Nobody likes to have a spotlight shine on their own huge sins. We recoil at even the thought of it, and understandably so. We naturally want to preserve the lie that while “nobody’s perfect” and “we’re only human” just like “everyone else”, we’re really not nearly as bad as this obviously awful dude over here or that glaringly […]
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MEASLES!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!
Jun 26, 2015 10:12 am | Scott Alan Buss
Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Can you smell it? There is a dark terror stalking the land. [insert Darth Vader breathing here] A great evil has come. And it is hungry. [insert Jaws theme music here, accompanied by Darth Vader’s breathing] It feeds on misery and pain. Few can imagine the horror […]
Ten answers to those “What about socialization?” questions from public school advocates.
Jun 26, 2015 10:12 am | Scott Alan Buss
Evidence of the evils of State-controlled children’s education continues to multiply, amplify and explode all around us, but in a culture still loaded with minds molded on State-run assembly lines, those evils are typically dismissed, ignored, or even spun into virtues. This is the climate into which God has placed His people. Even now in America, […]
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The Message of the Message “Bible”
Jun 26, 2015 07:05 am | Mike
There are many translations of The Bible we can choose from these days. Some are more literal while some take great liberties to present the original language in a more ‘reader friendly” format. Then there are those that are not really Bibles at all–and today we discuss a paraphrase of the Bible that is becoming […]
Remaining Faithful in a World of Humanism
Jun 25, 2015 08:06 am | Mike
Next Monday the U.S. Supreme Court should weigh in on the defining decision regarding homosexual marriage in our nation. If the Court dictates that homosexual marriage is a protected right the church will face a very interesting future. If you believe the Church will not come under heavy pressure to affirm and support unbiblical marriage–well […]
America’s Preferred (and Protected) Symbol of Slavery and Oppression
Jun 24, 2015 05:17 pm | Scott Alan Buss
As you may have noticed, people are talking a lot about flags lately. And slavery. And oppression. And hate and feelings and sensitivities. And how Confederate flags and icons are uniquely worthy of a purge here in “the land of the free” and the home of the NSA. That’s the Corporate American Statists’ spin on […]
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More holy laughter and “slain” bodies” to infect Northeast Wisconsin
Jun 24, 2015 11:34 am | A. S.
Once again we need to warn our local audience about an event coming to Valley Harvest Church in Neenah, Wis., a signs-and-wonders (think gold dust, manna from the ceiling, glory clouds), conference hotspot for past speakers like Todd Bentley, Patricia King, Joshua Mills and many others. More on that in a moment. First, you’re probably […]
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A sneaky little letter shows how the LGBTQ is ministering to kids
Jun 24, 2015 09:58 am | A. S.
A few days ago, a local listener to our radio station shared an email that demonstrates our tax dollars hard at work, pushing the homosexual agenda on our youngest citizens. She shared her concern and alarm in this email: I don’t know why it continues to stun me, seeing how far into the gutter our […]
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Jun 24, 2015 08:26 am | A. S.
Often times we can get things out of order, but God’s Word tells us that order matters. For example, we in our flesh can often go to our default thinking that God will love us if we obey Him. But is that true? Or did Jesus tell us that if we love Him we will […]
Following movements and the fear of God
Jun 23, 2015 09:01 am | A. S.
Do you follow the latest conference trends, book author, celeb pastor or social campaigns? There are many of them trending right now, and for a nice fee you can keep up on the cutting-edge coolness of Christian modernity. It’s attractive. We’ve all done it. And as a body of Christ, we’ve paid a heavy price […]
Evangelicals and Truth: The Mass Exodus
Jun 22, 2015 08:52 am | A. S.
What happens when Evangelicals depart from the long-held doctrine that the Scriptures are authoritative, inerrant and sufficient? It’s been happening for many years now, and we’re seeing the consequences in the modern church as many celebrity pastors are leading their flocks in a stampede away from the truth of God’s Word. This, plus racially- and […]
“Where are my comments?”
Jun 19, 2015 11:22 am | A. S.
If you’ve been commenting on our posts but can’t see your comments, or if you receive a message telling you that your comments are being instantly deleted, I promise it’s not me doing it. Yes, sometimes it takes me a few hours to get to the moderation queue, but I do my best to find […]
I am a pastor. I preach the word of God regularly to the congregation that I serve. And this morning I am thinking about and praying for other pastors across the country who will be ascending the sacred desk tomorrow morning to deliver a message to God’s people.
By Jim Fletcher Prophecy Matters Lynne Hybels is a woman of vast influence in the evangelical world. She and her husband, Bill, founded Willow Creek Community Church in 1975; today the Willow Creek Association (9,000 member churches worldwide) is one of the most influential groups in Christendom.
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The Supreme Court decision yesterday won’t just affect marriage. Giving the government the power to redefine a pre-political institution changes the relationship of the government to all of our rights.
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision on same-sex marriage, I’m posting an article I wrote a few years ago where I dealt the ridiculous notion that Jesus never addressed homosexuality. That He never said anything about homosexuality is utter nonsense. Moreover, it is one of the most outrageous lies foisted on the public by those […]
I have already written on the fateful decision of the US Supreme Court to redefine marriage and show its utter contempt for the majority of Americans who know that marriage is always about a one man, one woman relationship. As I argued there, this is as momentous as the 1973 abortion decision, and is just as evil: http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/06/27/scotus-declares-war-on-marriage-and-family/
The fallout of course continues with plenty of commentary from all sides of the debate. This is one of the most far-reaching and radical decision ever made by SCOTUS, and we will feel the negative after-effects for decades to come. The only good news is four of the judges had the sense, and moral and mental clarity, to strongly denounce the decision of the other five.
For example, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote: “They know that an institution as old as government itself, and accepted by every nation in history until 15 years ago, cannot possibly be supported by anything other than ignorance or bigotry. And they are willing to say that any citizen who does not agree with that, who adheres to what was, until 15 years ago, the unanimous judgment of all generations and all societies, stands against the Constitution.”
And Justice Samuel Alito said, “The decision will also have other important consequences. It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy. In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. …Today’s decision shows that decades of attempts to restrain this Court’s abuse of its authority have failed.”
I have already penned two pieces on the SCOTUS decision to redefine and destroy marriage. I have looked at the very real implication for marriage, family and society, for the well-being of children, for religious freedom, and so on. I have quoted a wide-range of people on how this decision will adversely impact on all of us.
But those of us who are Christians must think carefully and prayerfully about the biblical, theological and spiritual implications of all this. In many ways we are now in uncharted territory. Or, more specifically, we are now in a place that we have not been for a very long time: the place of being a persecuted minority in a hostile environment.
The early church of course went through all this and survived, and managed to spread the Christian faith around the world. For a millennia at least to speak of Western civilisation was to speak of Christian civilisation. But that is no more. We are not just in a post-Christian West, but a decidedly anti-Christian West.
We are much like the early church. Now we have to start afresh. We have to evangelise anew, disciple anew, and once again work for things like the proper understanding of marriage and family. All these battles were fought before, but now we are losing it all.
We are entering into a new paganism, and all the old Christian realities are being thrown in the air. We no longer have a Christian consensus, we no longer have a marriage culture, and we no longer have a belief in absolute truth and universal morality. So we must begin again.
There are other spiritual truths we need to keep in mind here. Here are just a few of them:
SCOTUS Decision: Best Articles & Videos
I can’t say anything better than has already been said by countless courageous Christian leaders around the country. So here’s a round up of the best articles I’ve found. If you want to make clear that, regardless of majority opinions and Supreme Court decisions, you will obey God rather than man, you can begin by joining me in signing the ERLC statement: Here We Stand.
Some books to help you explain the Biblical position to others and to prepare for the inevitable onslaught.
Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom by Ryan Anderson.
What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung.
What does Birmingham’s gay pastor, churches in debt, free speech, and the SCOTUS decision have in common?
The historic Pilgrim Church in Birmingham [a UCC denomination] has hired an openly gay senior pastor who is ready to officiate same-sex weddings. … He is ready in the event that the U.S. Supreme Court rules to make gay marriage legal nationwide, which could happen next week. “I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s going to happen,” Tucker said.
The United Church of Christ has been a pioneer among Protestant denominations in ordaining women pastors and openly gay ministers. It’s a historic, predominantly white denomination that embraced the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Tucker married his partner, Bill Eknes-Tucker, in Toronto in 2005. Bill is a retired nurse. Tucker said he knows first-hand how his marriage not being legally recognized in Tennessee and Alabama has been a hardship. … The congregation could serve as a major hub for gay weddings. “We’re ready Day One (that gay marriage is ruled legal in Alabama),” he said. “They wanted someone who was ready to do that.
The first gay marriage in my adopted state of Georgia took place at 12:31 pm on the day SCOTUS ruled. This is the “Bible Belt”, the “Deep South”.
We can see that the homosexual lobby is ready to advance their banner. Are we ready to advance ours? The Banner of Christ? (Exodus 17:15)
I see a few things ahead. Not prophetically, lol, just following the train tracks to the horizon. It’s pretty clear. It is only going to become harder from here on out.
There are a lot of articles coming out about the same-sex marriage ruling from the US Supreme Court. Here are a few reflections and items on implications worth reading:
- Top 10 Quotes from the Dissenting Justices on Same-Sex Marriage (Trevin Wax)
- We’ve Been Here Before: Lessons for the Marriage Debate from the Pro-Life Movement (Russell Moore)
- When Christians Really Lost the Marriage Debate (Aaron Earls)
- The First Amendment Defense Act: A New Bill Before Congress (Justin Taylor)
- Explainer: What You Should Know About the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling (Joe Carter)
- A few quick thoughts on the #SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision (Marty Duren)
More Resources for Understanding and Discussing the Marriage Decision
Tom Gilson of Ratio Christi has gathered together “Top Christian Resources on the Marriage Debate (Books, Articles, Videos, Podcasts on Gay Marriage/Same-Sex Marriage).” Take a look and spread the word.
The decision itself and the four dissenting opinions are a lot to get through, so here are a few short cuts for you:
- Explainer: What You Should Know about the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling – Joe Carter, Acton Institute
- 50 Key Quotes from the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling – Joe Carter, Acton Institute
- What’s in the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling – Orin Kerr, Washington Post
- Here Are the Key Excerpts on Religious Liberty from the Supreme Court’s Decision on Gay Marriage – Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post
Nancy Responds to “Same-Sex Marriage” Ruling
Anchoring in God’s Word: Thoughts on the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
In a historic, Romans 1-esque move today, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the 14th Amendment requires all 50 states to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples and recognize those marriages performed in other states.
Among professing Christendom, there has been everything from shock, outrage, fear, and indifference. Whatever our response, surprise must not be one of them and anchoring in God’s word must be all of them. In addition to what the Cripplegate has previously said on this issue, here are a few things for us to keep in mind in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling:
A coalition of evangelical leaders assembled by ethicist Russell Moore has issued a joint statement decrying the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage. Titled “Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage,” the statement warns of the “incalculable risks” the court’s decision poses “to an already volatile social fabric” in America.
(RNS) I suspect I am not the only one who does not believe that my gay friends are vile sinners or that my traditional religious friends are retrograde bigots.
I am excited. While I would not choose this direction for our country or our culture, and though I lament the very real harm that this Supreme Court decision will do in millions of lives, I also believe that a sovereign God rules supreme in human affairs and He is at work making of the nations a heritage for His Son.
5 people v. 5000 years: Homosexual Marriage for all the land redefined, affirmed, and applauded
Why Same-Sex Marriage [Homosexuality] Is Sinful, Part 4
This brief-audio blog series is answering the question:
Why is same-sex marriage [homosexuality, transgenderism, same-sex attraction, LGBTQ, et al] sinful in God’s eyes?
This contains all of the messages in this audio-blog series.
Same-Sex Marriage Is Sinful because…
Part 1 = It defies God’s created design | listen
Part 2 = It refuses to learn from past history | listen
Part 3 = It presents a damning gospel | listen
Part 4 = It ignores the coming wrath of God | listen
Part 5 = It destroys a people & sends them to hell | listen
Part 6 = It attempts, pridefully, to ‘play God’ | listen
Part 7 = It provides no hope of eternal salvation | listen
Conclusion: The hope available to the homosexuals | listen
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 — Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
• J.P. Moreland on Culture
• 5 Tips For Beginner Apologists
• The Big List of Christian Podcasts
• Why We Should Expect Witnesses to Disagree
• J.P. Moreland on the Command to Do Apologetics
• Andy Bannister and the Atheist Who Didn’t Exist
• Do Miracles Count as Evidence for God’s Existence?
• The Events in Charleston Contradict the New Atheists
• 5 Ways to Incorporate Apologetics into Your Preaching
• Why the Case for Christianity Is More Important Than Ever
• How Do We Defend Christian Values to Non-Christian Audiences?
• Video: What is the Quran? (Introduction to Islam) by David Wood
• Is the probability of getting a universe that supports complex life 100%?
• William Lane Craig debates Walter Sinnott-Armstrong: evil, suffering and God
W4YW: Readers Are Leaders, Life’s Meaning, & Same-Sex Marriage
Your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web.
Podcasts of the Week Year
37 Christian Podcasts Worth A Listen, Clayton Kraby. We often get questions about podcasts—namely, which ones are any good. And while we’ve got our own preferences, it was with delight that we stumbled across Kraby’s list. It’s not exhaustive, but it’s the best one-stop-shop we’ve seen to date. He helpfully categorizes the podcasts by topic, and gives a brief summary of each. Peruse and find a new podcast or two. (Also, don’t miss The World and Everything in It. It didn’t register on Kraby’s list, but it’s too top notch to go unmentioned.)
Articles of the Week
Why The Church Should Neither Cave Nor Panic about the Decision on Gay Marriage, Russell Moore. There will be much, much more commentary to come on the heels of today’s landmark Supreme Court decision, in which they voted 5-4 to make same-sex marriage legal nationwide. But Moore offers a helpful perspective as we enter a new chapter in America. There is cause for concern, but much more cause for hope.
Eight Ways Young Preachers Can Help Their Hearers, Eric Geiger. As with most preaching advice, this applies to the ministry more broadly. Geiger is candid about the disadvantages of being a young man in the ministry, but instead of just telling you to wait until you happen to be old (a decent first step, admittedly), he offers practical help along the way.
How Do People Find Meaning in Life? David Brooks, N.Y. Times. Some of the testimonies in here are touching, others rather sad. But it’s impressive how many people reflecting on life’s meaning are forced to look outward. The full life, even for those who don’t profess Christ, simply isn’t one of success and wealth. (This article, sad to say, ends with a bit of a whimper.)
Five Ways Reading Makes You A Better Leader, Michael Hyatt. John Wesley used to tell young pastors, “Read or get out of the ministry.” Harsh words, but wise ones. You won’t get very far—in ministry or in leadership in general—if you refuse to read. Which is what makes the current trends about readership decline so disturbing. Hyatt points out that a readership crisis is actually a leadership crisis, and backs it up with some tangible reasons why you should be reading (and not just reading this blog).
This ‘n’ That
- Joseph Smith “carried off my daughter.”
- An exceptional article by Dr. Michael Kruger on postmodernity in light of recent current events.
- Totally bummed about this. I was hoping to be featured on the second season.
- How am I only now finding out about The Driscollizer?
- This whole assisted suicide, euthanasia thing is so interesting. Tell me why it is necessary to obtain society’s acceptance of one’s decision to end one’s life. Does that justify the action? Does it bring the person solace? It is not more dignified to die with the aid of a physician. In fact, it demonstrates just as much if not more cowardice than opting to pull the trigger oneself. And let us not forget that God is the One who has numbered our days (Psalm 139:16; Job 14:5).
- Sigh. Now a whole slew of Christians will be running around boycotting Tylenol.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- Mike Abendroth recently interviewed Dr. Abner Chou of The Master’s College. What a great discussion!
- If your pastor says that preaching through the Bible is risky, especially during football season because someone might miss a Sunday and not be caught up on the passage, then you need a new pastor and a new church. Now. RUN!
- Wretched man that I am!
- Some thoughts on Dr. James Boice.
- Pastor Don Green’s latest sermon is a must-listen: ‘Kiss the Rod‘.
- Why does God allow evil?
Brothers, sisters, and fellow apologists: how many times have we ever heard, “This is really interesting stuff, I’m glad someone is doing it.” Or maybe, “I just don’t have the brain for remembering all those facts; I haven’t been blessed with that.” Or even, “I don’t really feel called to be intellectual about the Bible, […]
A word to pastors preaching in the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges
I am a pastor. I preach the word of God regularly to the congregation that I serve. And this morning I am thinking about and praying for other pastors across the country who will be ascending the sacred desk tomorrow morning to deliver a message to God’s people. Some of them are wondering what to say in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that seems designed to marginalize our ancient faith. I don’t know that I have anything particularly earth-shattering to offer here, but I would like to encourage you in several specific ways as you prepare.
We frequently post articles written by researcher John Lanagan that bring to light the A.A. co-founders’ involvement in spiritualism and other anti-biblical activity. In this short piece Lanagan offers convincing evidence that these men were up to their ears in what the Bible calls sorcery during A.A.’s formative years. It’s unfortunate that many people have been led to believe that A.A. is a Christian based organization, when nothing could be further from the truth.
“The ouija board began moving in earnest. What followed was the fairly usual experience-it was a strange melange of Aristotle, St. Francis, diverse archangels with odd names, deceased friends–some in purgatory and others doing nicely, thank you! There were malign and mischievious ones of all descriptions telling of vices quite beyond my ken, even as former alcoholics. Then, the seemingly virtuous entities would elbow them out with messages of comfort, information, advice—and sometimes just sheer nonsense.” (A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson, quoted in PASS IT ON, Wilson’s official A.A. biography, pg. 278) (emphasis mine)
“Do not seek out mediums and spiritists; do not seek out and be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)
“…[AA co-founders] Bill and Dr. Bob believed vigorously and aggressively. They were working away at the spiritualism; it was not just a hobby.” (Early A.A. member Tom Powers, quoted in PASS IT ON, pg. 280) (emphasis mine)
Want to learn more? Seances, Spirits, and 12 Steps
My Favorite Posts on Mental Illness and Medication
The “My Favorite Posts” series on my blog is how I catalog posts I’ve written to help my readers find the material that is the best-fit for their interest or need. I hope this series creates a more user-friendly experience for my readers and allows this site to become a trusted resource hub for the church.
- Towards a Christian Perspective on Mental Illness – video of presentation and panel discussion
- Towards a Christian Perspective on Mental Illness – PDF article
- 6 Steps to Wise Decision Making on Psychotropic Medications
- SBC Panel Discussion on “Mental Illness and the Mission of the Church”
- SEND North America Interview on “Mental Health, Counseling, and the Local Church”
- The Role of Language in the Stigma of Mental Illness
- Medication and Despair
- NY Times Article on Pastors’ Role in Helping Mental Illness
- Seasonal Affective Disorder, Eskimos, and Cultural Intelligence
- Blame It on the Body?
- Dr. Benjamin Mast on the Psalms and Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease
Time to fight back
The Joy of Living in a Hostile Culture
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
To the ends of the earth.
To fulfill this calling of Jesus – to take the gospel to the ends of the earth – has always meant that we, as Christians, are going to find ourselves living, serving, and witnessing in cultures that are hostile to our Savior, to his gospel message, and thus, to us.
There’s a temptation to panic when we get to these moments. But we need not panic, of course, because Jesus is still King of Kings, Lord of Lords. But not only that, there’s also quite a bit of joy when we are called to proclaim the gospel in a hostile culture.
So on this day when the Supreme Court has handed down a decision opposed to the very design of God for humans – right from Genesis – it would do us good to remember the joy that can be ours when we live in a culture that’s hostile to Christ and his teachings.
A stand with God’s people throughout history
First, there is the joy of getting to stand with God’s people throughout history. Think of Joseph in Egypt, Daniel in Babylon, Paul in the Roman Empire. The list goes on. When you stop to think about it, many of our biblical heroes were not called to cultures where Christian teachings ruled the day. They were called to incredibly hostile cultures. And why did God want them there? To do his work.
These were faithful believers to whom God entrusted important ministry by setting them in difficult places. He wanted them in these trying situations to do his work.
So, as we enter a new era in America, we get the joy of standing with God’s people throughout history, doing what he has so often called his people to do: to bring his message to hostile cultures and places.
A fresh opportunity for evangelism
And with that, I really believe we have the joy of a fresh opportunity for evangelism – especially if you’ve lived in the “Bible Belt.”
What I’ve observed in my years of pastoral ministry is that it is often far easier to share the gospel with an atheist than someone who is a Christian-in-name-only. The atheist knows that they’re either following Christ or they’re not, while the Christian-in-name-only can often “give the right answers” without having a genuine faith in Jesus Christ.
But in a hostile culture, there will be fewer and fewer Christians-in-name-only. People will see all the more clearly that you either stand with Christ or against Christ.
Especially in the “Bible Belt,” this is going to help our evangelistic efforts, as fewer and fewer people will give us the right answers apart from genuine faith. And not only that, we will surely have more opportunities to talk about Christ, as we will stand out all the more and people will ask us increasingly why we aren’t going with the cultural flow.
A movement of love, truth, and compassion
In our culture today, Christians are frequently accused – fairly at times, quite unfairly at others – of being lacking in love and of using the cultural sway we’ve had for years without compassion.
Now that we’re “losers” in the cultural debate, we have a chance at a new reputation. What will we be like when our chips are down?
I’m thinking here of Roe v. Wade. Out of that “loss,” many, many Christians around the country made their love for the unborn very practical by starting pregnancy care centers and by stirring compassionate care for mothers with unwanted pregnancies and the children they carried. Roe v. Wade sparked a movement of love and compassion in harmony with truth, since we could no longer rely on the law of the land when it came to abortion. (Of course, not every Christian responded like this, but that should not keep us from celebrating the many, many who did.)
I expect that the Spirit of God will move among us to do much the same in this most recent “loss.” We will not back down from the truth of the Bible’s teaching on marriage. But, we will find new, compassionate ways to interact with the LGBT community in truth and love, now that we cannot rely on the law of the land to promote our views.
What a joy it would be in twenty years to see that Christians have responded to our challenges today with the same kind of love, truth and compassion that has marked the response of so many, many Christians to Roe v. Wade!
An assurance of our fellowship with Christ
Christ is so clear throughout John 15. A servant is not greater than the master. If people reacted with such hostility to him, we should expect the same.
Living in a hostile culture, then, gives us the joy of knowing we are Christ’s servants. We are walking with Christ. We are sharing in his sufferings.
Suffering has always been a mark of the faithful because Jesus himself was the suffering servant. Our sufferings in a hostile culture, then, can actually strengthen our faith and strengthen our assurance, for, in suffering, we show that we are following our Master.
A freedom to lean on Christ alone
Finally, there’s a joy that comes when we lean on Christ alone.
When we feel like we’re “winning” culturally, it’s often tempting to trust in legislation to change our world, in our own skills and talents for the church to be built up, and in our own abilities to persuade others about Christ’s teachings.
But in a hostile culture, we are forced to rely on the work of the Spirit – we are forced to lean on Christ alone – because now we have no human power to lean on!
Read some missionary biographies. Consistently, there is a testimony of joy when God’s people come to learn that, truly, “All I have is Christ.”
A hostile culture, you see, often takes away the things that we are tempted to make into idols. And with idols removed, we will more fully lean on Jesus and, thus, discover sweeter and sweeter fellowship with him.
So yes, I mourn today over our culture’s further rebellion from Christ and his truth. And yes, we, as Christians in America, will feel more and more like we’re living in “the ends of the earth.” But I also look forward to the joy we will discover as we, nonetheless, fulfill Jesus’ words: “You will be my witnesses.”
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- Fruitful Evangelism, Gospel Flexibility
- Ten Factors that Distinguish Us According to the Flesh
Number Specific Rapture Timing
You have said, “I believe the Rapture is based on reaching a specific number of believers rather than a specific date.” You keep saying that as though it is mutually exclusive; the number comes in on a certain day, and on a certain day, the number is full.
How Long Is Half An Hour In Heaven?
Your site is much appreciated, and I have recommended it to many friends. Rev. 8:1 says that “…there was silence in Heaven for about half an hour.” How does this verse fit with a timeless Heaven, i.e. time doesn’t exist.
Supreme Court Vs. Supreme Being
What do you think about the Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage?
Will Daniel’s 70th Week Begin This Year?
How soon do you think the period known as “Daniel’s 70th week” could possibly come (worst case scenario)? Is there any feasible way that it could occur as early as 2015? Doesn’t 2016 or 2017 sound more plausible?
What’s worse: Abortion or gay marriage?
Which is worse: Sanctioning abortions on demand or legalizing same-sex marriage? I know both are sins, but why do most Christian leaders feel that legalizing same-sex marriage will bring the full wrath of God upon us all? Isn’t the killing of unborn babies a far “greater” and heinous sin than two people of the same-sex getting married? Thank you in advance for your answer and I look forward each day to your question/answer emails. God bless you and all that you do!!
More On Homosexual Marriage
I read your teachings on homosexuality, and I understand OSAS, but what about people who refuse to repent, or Christians who support them? Gal. 5:21 says people who continue to do these things will not inherit the Kingdom. Rom. 1:32 talks about people taking pleasure in those who do these things, which seems to be saying if you approve of homosexual behavior, you are as guilty as if you were doing it. I am worried that loved ones who support gay marriage will be left behind.
A Letter From James, Part 2
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
We continue our study of the letter from James. In part 1 we determined that the letter was written by James, the half brother of Jesus, around 50 AD when most of the Church was still of Jewish origin. They had been scattered throughout Israel and surrounding countries in the persecution that began after the stoning of Stephen in 36 AD, and James was sending what was probably the first letter ever written to the growing Christian community. This week we’ll look at chapter 2.
Aren’t All Religions Basically the Same?
One of the most common claims I hear is that all religions are basically the same. Is this true? Andy Bannister of RZIM Canada looks at this important question in this helpful video.
The Daily Discovery (June 27-28, 2015)
Why I Stopped Singing Hillsong – “Hillsong Church is a Pentecostal megachurch affiliated with Australian Christian Churches (the Australian branch of the Assemblies of God). It is one of the world’s fastest-growing ministries with a 100,000-plus strong congregation throughout campuses in Australia, London, New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, Stockholm, Moscow, Kiev, Barcelona, Germany, South Africa and Copenhagen.”
So-Called Same-Sex Marriage – “Jesus died so that heterosexual and homosexual sinners might be saved. Jesus created sexuality, and has a clear will for how it is to be experienced in holiness and joy.”
Same-Sex Marriage and the Future – “The Bible tells us that the king of Israel once wanted to hear from the prophets, as to whether he would be victorious over his enemies. All the court prophets told him exactly what he wanted to hear. Yet the king of Judah, wisely, asked whether there might be another voice to hear from, and Israel’s king said that, yes, there was, but that he hated this prophet ‘because he never prophesies good concerning me’ (1 Kings 22:8).”
Newspaper no longer accepting opinion pieces opposing gay marriage – “A Pennsylvania newspaper has just announced that it will no longer accept op-eds and letters to the editor that are critical of gay marriage. Here’s what the editors say in their statement…”
A prophetic word from eleven years ago about today – “Eleven years ago, John Piper delivered a message about ‘Discerning the Will of God Concerning Homosexuality and Marriage.’ The message made an impression on me, and for many years now I’ve been reading a portion of this sermon every semester to my undergraduate hermeneutics students.”
Matt Chandler – Homosexuality Part 1 | Culture and Theology
How Can Homosexuality Be Wrong If It Doesn’t Harm Anyone?
Voddie Baucham on Homosexuality and Civil Rights
“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper
‘Outrage and Panic’ Are Off-Limits, Say Evangelical Leaders on Same-Sex Marriage
Yesterday I avoided all photos and news and social media regarding the terrible Supreme Court decision to allow legalized sodomite marriage in the US. However this morning I was listening to Reformation Network (Refnet.fm, a must listen-to radio station online! By Ligonier). I heard a great sermon and was eager for the next sermon, but in between was Al Mohler’s The Briefing. I rolled my eyes but I stayed with the channel. I’m so glad I did.
Dr Albert Mohler, Jr. is an “American theologian and the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky” according to Wikipedia. He also has a radio broadcast called “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview. He has an exceptional knack for distilling a wide range of news and drilling it down to what it means for Christians.
I listened to his analysis of the SCOTUS decision and it is superlative. I learned, sadly, that the news from the Court is even worse than we thought. The three streams of thought I gleaned from Dr Mohler’s article “Everything has changed and nothing has changed” analyzing the SCOTUS decision:
1. It’s worse for Christians. “Justice Clarence Thomas warned in his dissent of “ruinous consequences for religious liberty.” … Justice Samuel Alito stated bluntly that the decision “will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.”
2. It’s worse for marriage. “The Kennedy opinion opens wide a door that basically invites looming demands for the legalization of polygamy and polyamory. As Chief Justice Roberts observed: “It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.”
3. It’s worse for the Republic. “The Supreme Court’s over-reach in this case is more astounding as the decision is reviewed in full, and as the dissenting justices voiced their own urgent concerns. The Chief Justice accused the majority of “judicial policymaking” that endangers our democratic form of government.”
Listen to Special Edition of The Briefing or read the above article (it’s not the transcript) for context as to why each of those three will soon no longer be recognizable.
I know, no one wants to hear that the decision is much worse than we thought, because it’s already pretty bad. We want good news, we want to stay above the fray. I personally believe that this was a significant advance for satan, however. God lengthened the leash satan is on and it extended almost to the limit, perhaps. We are not to be unaware of his schemes, and we MUST be prepared. It is a spiritual battle after all, and though we don’t have to absorb every crumb of satan’s doings nor read every piece of news, this one above all is important to understand. The Briefing does that. Listen to it.
That said, I’m going to reverse myself. The culture at Sodom was worse than it is in America. The culture at Corinth was worse than it is currently in America.
I truly believe that in listening to The Briefing Special Edition, however, and/or reading the transcript (when it’s up) or the linked article, that we are WELL on our way to becoming Sodom or Corinth.
James R. White posted on Facebook this morning
God: We do not want You, Your ways, or Your law. We are our own creators, we are autonomous. We hate your good gifts—the gift of marriage, the gift of gender. We no longer want the joy of motherhood, fatherhood. We will make women husbands, men wives. We will twist and pervert everything that gives us life and light. Go away. Leave us alone.
God’s answer: as you wish.
He also posted this collage of iconic buildings or places in the US that celebrated and applauded (Romans 1:32) the nationalization of sodomy by splashing rainbow colored lights on them:
Really brings it home when you see rainbow-gay splashed coast to coast…Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.
However there is no need to panic.
For most evangelical leaders, today’s discussion of the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage revolves around how best to express their dissent amid the legal uncertainties for churches and pastors.
“Outrage and panic are not the responses of those confident in the promises of a reigning Christ Jesus,” read a joint statement organized by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and signed by more than 100 evangelical leaders, including David Platt, J. I. Packer, Richard Mouw, Jim Daly, Al Mohler, and Ron Sider.
“While we believe the Supreme Court has erred in its ruling, we pledge to stand steadfastly, faithfully witnessing to the biblical teaching that marriage is the chief cornerstone of society, designed to unite men, women, and children,” the group stated. [Full text]
Someone asked me about what to do in these last days to warn people about the era seemingly coming to a close. How do we warn? What should be our next steps? I responded this way:
I firmly believe that as the world darkens, the Light of Christ will shine brighter. To that end, I also firmly believe our responsibilities are still the same as they always have been since Pentecost, but to be pursued diligently and fervently knowing that we are that much closer to the rapture than Simon Peter was.
1. To remain prayerful. Connection with Jesus through prayer is our energy and power. It’s also commanded.
2. To remain in the word. Reading of and meditation on the word of God is how we keep our sword sharp. The word of God is the ONLY way to break the hardness of a Gentile’s heart and mind. It pierces. We plant the word and the Spirit grows it. But we can’t plant it if we don’t know it, and if we don’t know it we are exposed in this pitched battle that is life on earth. It pierces them, and protects us. And the battle is terrible these days, don’t leave your bible alone for even a day!
3. To find a local congregation, become a member, and to consistently worship there. Make sure to do our parts to use the Spiritual Gifts for the edification of the body. Every platoon at Boot Camp has soldiers who rely on each other, you would not want to para-jump from a plane where you know the person packing your parachute had skipped the class that day. So we go to church without skipping, involve ourselves in fellow believers’ lives, and we use the gifts the Spirit gave us for their edification and they for ours.
4. Speak frequently of prophecy. Not Illuminati/conspiracy/newspaper exegesis. But credible biblical prophecy. Many churches don’t want to or aren’t familiar with prophecy. I speak of the rapture often, and matter-of-factly. I also speak of the wrath a lot. Just because other people DON’T. I study the prophecies in Revelation and talk about them. I bring it up in conversation. The end matters!! If the creation in Genesis 1 is important to the faith and making one wise for understanding, so is Revelation’s UNcreation. As a matter of fact it is the only book of the bible that promises a blessing for reading it. So I try to be an example in fervency to diligently study all of God’s word (so when I exhort biblical truths people will listen because they know I’ve studied and I’m serious about living a holy life). Bring prophecy back into the mainstream, but not sensationally, not by date-setting, but by including it as a normal part of the bible student’s readings and interest. It’s been ignored too long.
5. Live a holy life and not one of hypocrisy. This is all-important, the more we are moral in Christ (not of our own strength) the more we will stand out in the world.
6. Be joyful! If we are just as worried about the way things are going as the pagans are, then we are no different! We have the joy of knowing the future, the peace in being reconciled to God, and the wonder of knowing Him through His word. Show it. That will speak loudly!
7. Witness with urgency, not just because of the last days, but because the person you’re speaking to may die in the next hour. Death (or rapture) comes suddenly and usually unexpectedly. Therefore don’t be afraid to say things like sin-wrath-judgment. God isn’t ashamed of His wrath, we should not be either. Removing all talk of wrath and sin and judgment takes the News out of the Good News. Witnessing is not “God loves you and has a great plan for you life.” If God already loves them then why change, and many people already like the plan they have for their life, again, no impetus to change. But every person has a conscience, understands morality and sin, and secretly wonders about heaven.
So how we act in these last days in the face of looming fulfilled prophecy is not sexy nor mystical. It is really no different than a person would have in 1843 or 1721 or 1698 or 1400 or 65AD.
As for prophecy, I’m not writing books about last days signs and I’m not doing numerology to count secret codes and I’m not receiving new revelation prophecies from some kind of trumped up not-Jesus and I’m not on nationwide speaking tours or doing anything that’s any different than the usual Christian’s slog through the bible via hard work and application. Living to His glory is hard but we persevere in joy, and simply growing in holiness is the toughest of all in these days but if and when we do do, it is a beacon to the lost!
So in order to keep our light bright, we continue to look at Jesus. It’s very simple and it’s never changing.
What is The Gospel?
“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime
9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.
The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?
Our Time is Short
Ready to start your new life with God?
Who do you think that I am?
With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more
Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!
30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.
New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.
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