Ed Litton appears on MSNBC again!
Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton appeared on MSNBC again to talk about his plans for the SBC. In an interview with Morning Joe, MSNBC showed that it loves Ed Litton more than it loved Russell Moore. What does that tell you? And Ed Litton told the Democrats at MSNBC that the Bible tells Christians to be Woke.
“In my community, a very conservative group of people, Woke is considered a pejorative unfortunately,” Ed Litton told MSNBC. “But the Bible tells us repeatedly that we are to wake up. And we all need to wake up to some realities.” H/T Reformation Charlotte.
What realities? Oppression of certain groups.
“When I look around and started seeing some things and seeing history, I had never really been aware of,” Ed Litton told MSNBC that was the start of his awakening. He continued, “When I related to people who are real and for two years, a group of us sat in a car dealership conference room every two weeks, had lunch together, and we talked about the most gut-wrenching realities, not that took place in 1957 but took place 57 days before that meeting. I love my city, but my city has a terrible, scarred past when it comes to race and there is a huge racial divide.”
In an earlier interview with MSNBC, SBC President Ed Litton agreed that Evangelical Christians need to become more palatable, less contemptible to the non-Christian, secular world.
A man is known not only by his enemies but by his friends. Ed Litton sure seems friendly with the Democrats and Progressive fanatics at MSNBC.
What is Ed Litton doing on MSNBC?
He is following in the footsteps of Russell Moore—his audience is not the Southern Baptist sitting in the pew. Ed Litton’s audience is the coastal secular elites.
Ed Litton is Russell Moore 2.0.
She wasn’t the only parent who was hopping mad — and with good reason, considering how far left the school board has gone.
Loudoun County, Virginia, must be an interesting place to be a parent right now.
The socio-scholastic dysfunction in the Washington, D.C., exurb first became national news in February. A statement from Loudoun County Public Schools discouraging any emphasis on the works of Dr. Seuss for Read Across America Day because “[r]esearch in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones” in his works was arguably Patient Zero in an epidemic of Seuss-canceling.
Six of Seuss’ books were pulled from publication and President Joe Biden omitted any mention of the author in his Read Across America Day proclamation — unusual, given that the holiday takes place on Seuss’ birthday for a reason.
That controversy helped take the ongoing battle in Loudoun County over its critical race theory curriculum and transgender policies from a local issue to a national debate. It’s a fracas so pitched that two parents were arrested after the school board shut down a meeting more than an hour early over opposition from angry parents, then declared it an unlawful assembly when the parents refused to leave.
This included one black mom who took down the woke school board in a speech in which she challenged the bedrock assumptions behind their racial policies and called them “Marxists.”
“My child is not oppressed, and don’t assume that,” the unnamed mother said.
“As long as you Marxists push your unconstitutional agenda on my child, she will not be returning,” the mother said to applause.
Clips from the Tuesday meeting were featured on Wednesday’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” And comments like the woman’s apparently so triggered the board that one of the parents who was arrested, John Tigges, told Carlson that the meeting was shut down because of applause “they didn’t like.”
Tigges said the meeting was supposed to last until 7 p.m. but was instead called at 5:45 with participants still waiting to speak.
“I was in a place where free speech has to happen,” Tigges told Carlson.
“If you want to redress your grievances about a school board, there’s no other place you can do it than in a school board meeting.”
It didn’t work out that way.
“Every single person there, all 500 parents, had their First Amendment rights trampled on by the Loudoun County School Board and its superintendent,” Tigges said, noting the meeting took place on public land in a public auditorium where citizens were invited to give public comments.
After it was shut down, he said, there was no reason for it to be declared an unlawful assembly.
“There was not violence, there wasn’t crazy going on,” Tigges said. “People stayed there, they actually started singing. And then we just encouraged folks that, if the school board didn’t want to hear it, we were going to hear from one another.”
According to the Loudoun Times-Mirror, the proceedings had to be stopped twice — both times involving debate over a draft policy involving the “Rights of Transgender and Gender-Expansive Students.”
The draft policy states that Loudoun County Public Schools staff must “allow gender-expansive or transgender students to use their chosen name and gender pronouns that reflect their gender identity without any substantiating evidence, regardless of the name and gender recorded in the student’s permanent educational record. School staff shall, at the request of a student or parent/legal guardian, when using a name or pronoun to address the student, use the name and pronoun that correspond to their gender identity.
“The use of gender-neutral pronouns are appropriate. Inadvertent slips in the use of names or pronouns may occur; however, staff or students who intentionally and persistently refuse to respect a student’s gender identity by using the wrong name and gender pronoun are in violation of this policy.”
The first time Tuesday’s hearing was stopped involved the parent of a transgender student who said that “hate … seems to be dripping off the followers of Jesus in [the] room.” That caused a negative reaction which led the head of the school board to declare a 10-minute recess, the Times-Mirror reported.
Shortly thereafter, former Virginia GOP state Sen. Dick Black spoke in support of Tanner Cross, a Loudoun County teacher who was suspended after speaking out against the policy in a meeting last month.
“It’s not my intention to hurt anyone, but there are certain truths that we must face when ready. We condemn school policies [that] would damage children, defile the holy image of God,” Cross said.
“I love all of my students but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences. I’m a teacher, but I serve God first and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it’s against my religion. It’s lying to a child, it’s abuse to a child, and it’s sinning against our God.”
According to the Times-Mirror, Black told school board members that if the comments by Cross “were not protected speech, then free speech does not exist at all.”
“It’s absurd and immoral for teachers to call boys girls, and girls boys,” Black continued, adding that the county’s policies were “teaching children to hate others because of their skin color.”
When the crowd cheered those remarks, the board decided to shut down public comment.
Here’s how the Times-Mirror described Tigges’ arrest:
“One adult male — who remains unidentified as of Wednesday morning — set up a speaker and a microphone which irate attendees used to direct criticisms at [Loudoun County Public Schools] personnel. He refused to leave the boardroom, leading deputies to detain him, according to [Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office] Director of Media relations and Communications Kraig Troxell.”
Why, pray tell, would those meeting attendees be “irate?” Maybe it’s because parents are sick of woke school boards deciding what social engineering is good for their children and then deciding, when those parents are angry about it, that they don’t want to hear from them.
That’s why we need tens of thousands more moms like the woman who told the Loudoun County School Board her “child is not oppressed.” It’s time for parents who are willing to stand up and proclaim the truth.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
— Sanctuary Counties (@SanctuaryCounty) June 21, 2021
The White House has literally been turned into a nursing home, with the head nurse being Dr. Jill who leads him around by the hand and tells him when he can and can’t speak.
What’s the old saying, ‘elect a clown, expect a circus’? Yep, that’s about right. But today the circus that is Washington DC took a page from ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ with dementia-addled Joe Biden grimacing and speaking in a tortured whisper nonsense that he is sending out ‘$1.9 trillion in COVID relief’. The man literally has no idea what’s happening, and is falling to pieces while we watch. The actual number is $242 billion, which is nowhere near $1.9 trillion, not even close. Does Biden really have the nuclear codes? Oh my!
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”Proverbs 29:2 (KJB)
From the beginning, we speculated that the pretend Biden presidency would probably last until sometime in the Fall, but at the rate he’s going, finishing out the month would be an accomplishment. I give high marks to the fake news media for refusing to cover Biden’s obvious dementia symptoms, just like the totally ignored the 15 instances of Hunter Biden using the ‘n-word’ in newly-discovered emails. This is why we call them fake news, and they renew our confidence in that label on a daily basis. The news media in America functions at the level of your average Socialist puppet regime.
Just yesterday, Joe Biden threatened American patriots who uphold our Second Amendment by telling them that they could expect ‘AR-15’s and Nukes’ as a response to another protest. His actual words, from a mental health perspective, again terrifying. This is what he said:
Those who say the blood of liberty, the, uh, blood of patriots, you know, and all this stuff about how we’re going to have to move against the government. Well, the tree of liberty is not watered with the blood of patriots. What’s happened is that there never been– if you wanna– think you need weapons to take on the government, you need F-15’s and maybe some nuclear weapons. The point is there’s always been the ability to limit– rationally limit the type of weapon that can be owned and who can own it. source
The White House has literally be turned into a nursing home, with the head nurse being Dr. Jill who leads him around by the hand and tells him when he can and can’t speak. But don’t worry, Joe Biden will soon be put out to pasture and Kamala Harris installed as your new president. And then the real fun will start.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a speech yesterday, President Joe Biden made a compelling and powerful argument in defense of the Second Amendment. The president ranted on and on about how if people were to rebel against his iron-fisted rule, he would nuke them and send F-15 fighter jets to attack them in their homes. These statements alone were enough to convince millions of Americans the Second Amendment is still desperately needed to protect their natural right to defend themselves.
People across the nation were swayed by Biden’s convincing argument that your own government would have no qualms about nuking them or sending fighter jets to attack them, convincing them once and for all that private gun ownership is super important for a free nation.
“The government would try to attack us with nukes and F-15s?” said one man in Iowa as he watched the video of Biden ranting incoherently about nuking his own people. “Yep, better hang on to this AR-15. In fact, I’d better go out and get five more.”
“Honestly, I couldn’t have made the case better if I tried,” said one libertarian man in New Hampshire. “Not that I try to do anything. Really I just complain a lot and argue on the internet. Oh yeah, and weed. I smoke a LOT of weed.” Still, he found enough energy to get up and go buy more guns.
At publishing time, every sporting goods store and gun shop in the country had named Joe Biden their salesman of the year, with the president narrowly beating out Beto O’Rourke for the honor.
The great tragedy that we just witnessed in Florida has shocked the entire nation, and it should be a major wake up call for all of us. Our nation really is literally falling apart right in front of our eyes. Just a few short months ago, at least 151 people died during a catastrophic failure of the power grid in Texas. Thousands of water pipes burst, and billions of dollars worth of damage was done. But most people that don’t live in Texas soon forgot all about that, and now we have another spectacular example of the rapid deterioration of the once beautiful cities that previous generations handed down to us. According to the latest report that I have seen, nearly 100 people are still missing, and officials say that they are hearing “sounds like banging” coming from the wreckage…
Miami-Dade fire officials said rescuers have heard “what sounds like banging” from within the rubble, but not voices, as they continue to search for survivors of the Champlain Towers South collapse.
Thirty-seven people have been pulled from the structure so far, and the portions of the building that did not collapse have been evacuated. At least 99 people remain unaccounted for.
Hopefully anyone that is still alive underneath all of that rubble will soon be rescued.
What makes this tragedy much worse is that it could have been prevented.
According to USA Today, a study that was conducted last year discovered that this particular building had been “sinking at an alarming rate” since the 90s…
A Florida high rise that collapsed early Thursday was determined to be unstable a year ago, according to a researcher at Florida International University.
The building, which was constructed in 1981, has been sinking at an alarming rate since the 1990s, according to a 2020 study conducted by Shimon Wdowinski, a professor in the Department of Earth and Environment.
So they knew that this was probably going to happen, and they did nothing to stop it.
They also know that our entire economy is heading for a massive implosion, and they aren’t doing anything to stop that from happening either.
I have been writing about America’s crumbling infrastructure for many years, and now we have gotten to a point where horrible “accidents” are occurring all around us on a regular basis.
Prior to the tragedy in Florida, the sudden collapse of a bridge in Washington D.C. was making headlines all over the nation…
SIX people have been injured after a bridge in Washington DC collapsed, reports say.
Shocking pictures show that the Kenilworth bridge caved in over a highway, halting dozens of cars.
Five people were rushed to hospital and six people in total were hurt, cops said during an afternoon press conference.
If you are not familiar with that disaster, you can see footage of the aftermath right here.
None of this should be a surprise to any of us. The ASCE has been sounding the alarm about America’s crumbling infrastructure for a very long time, but very few have been listening. To me, these numbers are simply astounding…
The topic of improving our national infrastructure is once again front and center in Washington. For years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has been urging policymakers to reinvest in things like waterways, bridges, energy grids, and roads. In fact, ASCE reports that 43% of America’s public roadways are in poor or mediocre condition, more than 230,000 U.S. bridges require repair and preservation work, and there is a water main break every two minutes, causing an estimated six billion gallons of treated water to be lost each day.
So now the Biden administration wants to make a big effort to patch up some of our decaying infrastructure.
That is a noble goal, but instead of using existing funds the Biden administration is proposing an enormous amount of new spending…
According to the White House, the price tag comes in at $1.2 trillion over eight years, with more than $500 billion in new spending. How the measure would be paid for was a central point in negotiations, with Republicans opposed to undoing any of the 2017 tax cuts.
The plan “makes transformational and historic investments in clean transportation infrastructure, clean water infrastructure, universal broadband infrastructure, clean power infrastructure, remediation of legacy pollution, and resilience to the changing climate,” said a White House fact sheet on the plan released Thursday.
We can’t do this.
Our politicians have already borrowed and spent trillions and trillions of dollars that we did not have over the course of the past year, and this has created very painful inflation throughout our economy.
Stealing hundreds of billions more dollars from future generations may seem like a good short-term solution, but it just makes our long-term financial problems even worse.
I am all for fixing up our infrastructure, but existing funds that are already being greatly wasted elsewhere should be diverted for that purpose.
But that isn’t going to happen. Our politicians are absolutely addicted to spending money, and after this “infrastructure package” gets passed I am sure that they will soon come up with even more ways to flush our future down the toilet.
Every dollar that we borrow and spend now is a dollar that we will be expected to pay back later with interest.
During the past year, our politicians have been on the biggest spending binge in American history by a very wide margin, but most Americans don’t seem to care.
And the Federal Reserve has been committing economic suicide by pumping trillions upon trillions of fresh dollars into the financial system, but most Americans don’t seem to care about that either.
Our entire society is absolutely addicted to immediate gratification, and so the vast majority of the population wants our leaders to do whatever is necessary to make life better right now.
Meanwhile, the long-term outlook for our nation just gets bleaker and bleaker.
It was just a matter of time before that building in Florida fell, and it is just a matter of time before the entire U.S. economy collapses.
The whole system is crumbling all around us, but very few people are concerned enough to try to save it.
CRT is getting out of hand, but resistance to it is taking place:
There is good and bad news concerning Critical Race Theory (CRT), the latest neo-Marxist assault on the West and its values. The bad news is, it seems to be everywhere in America – and increasingly in the West. The good news is, people are starting to fight back. For those not in the know, and who need a simplified layman’s outline as to what CRT is all about, it would go something like this:
Premise 1: The West is inherently and systemically racist – all the time.
Premise 2: All whites are privileged and racist – all the time.
Premise 3: All non-whites are oppressed because of white racism – all the time.
Conclusion: SMASH the evil racist white system!
But don’t take my word for it. The picture I am using in my article very nicely summarises the whole thing. It comes from this page: http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/06/critical-race-theory-one-perfect-photo-lloyd-billingsley/
And as can be seen in my outline, this is not mere theory. Action is required. Whether it is BLM rioters burning down our cities, or the radical demands being made for things like reparations, these folks want action. I have written before about all these matters.
As to BLM, see this piece: billmuehlenberg.com/2020/06/09/the-truth-matters-about-black-lives-matter/
As to reparations and the case against it, see this article: billmuehlenberg.com/2019/06/15/reparations-for-slavery-social-and-political-considerations/
As to a more generic background piece on CRT, read this article: billmuehlenberg.com/2021/05/10/critical-race-theory/
Those promoting CRT are becoming increasingly militant and radical in their claims and demands. The examples of this are endless. Here are just two more recent cases. First, check out this headline: “Black holes are racist? Space is the final frontier for the woke on their mission to redefine the universe”!
No, I am not making this up folks. The article begins:
Not content with finding everything on Earth racist, the woke are now boldly going into space as Ivy League university Cornell offers a course that – wait for it – attempts to link cosmological terms with racial inequality. Almost all space is black. ‘Space’, you see: the name is a bit of a giveaway. Scientists say 99.9999999% of everything is, physically…empty. Black. ‘Black’, meaning the absence of light, the absence of color, the absence of matter. Empty. To us mere mortals, that is, to us humans with our inadequate monkey brains and not-very-advanced senses. So, with this solid fact of human existence in our tiny little minds, surely if space is offensive to anyone, it’s to whiteys like me, no? http://www.rt.com/op-ed/527453-black-holes-racist-space/
And here is another case – admittedly, not quite so nutty – also from America: the Iowa public school system has mandated CRT. But watch Dennis Prager as he nicely dissects all this: http://www.prageru.com/video/ep-192-disturbing-iowa-school-documents-leaked/
So that is the bad news. CRT craziness is everywhere. But as I said, there is some good news. Folks are starting to push back against all this activism. Let me offer two encouraging developments here. The first comes from here in Australia. One report puts it this way:
The Australian Senate yesterday voted in support of a motion calling on the federal government to reject critical race theory from the national curriculum. The motion was moved by Senator Pauline Hanson. Critical race theory, or CRT, is an academic theory developed primarily by Black scholars and activists to highlight the systemic and institutional nature of racism.
The motion comes after concerns reported in some media, such as The Australian, that the proposed draft national curriculum’s is “preoccupied with the oppression, discrimination and struggles of Indigenous Australians”.
A draft of the proposed revised national curriculum was released at the end of April. New revisions include a more accurate reflection of the historical record of First Nations people’s experience with colonisation, with a commitment to “truth telling”. This means in part recognising that Australia’s First Nations peoples experienced the British arrival as an “invasion”. (It also classifies as an invasion according to international law at the time.)
After the release of the draft curriculum, a conservative think tank claimed there were signs critical race theory was creeping into schools. theconversation.com/the-senate-has-voted-to-reject-critical-race-theory-from-the-national-curriculum-what-is-it-and-why-does-it-matter-163102
My second good news story comes from the US, and it involves ordinary mothers who have had enough of this crappola being force-fed to their children. Let me offer the headlines and opening paragraphs of one recent article – penned by an Australian living in America:
Moms Must Keep Hammering School Boards Until Critical Race Theory Is Dead
Nationwide, mothers in school districts are pushing back against Marxist-infused critical race theory curricula in order to protect their children.
There have been few things more glorious to witness in recent weeks than the impressive array of courageous and relentless mothers around the country lambasting school boards for their support of vile critical race theory. These moms of different socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds are confronting and boldly holding to account school board members, administrators, and teachers who are indoctrinating innocent children with a destructive ideology.
They understand perhaps better than anyone that Marxist-infused curricula intended to sow division and resentment have no place in a free and civilized society, and is endangering their children’s cognitive, psychological, and emotional well-being. It has been an exhilarating display of unity and common decency.
It turns out everyday women don’t want their children being brainwashed to view the world through the lens of “whiteness,” white racism, and white privilege. They don’t agree that America was founded on racist principles. They reject the claim that hard work, self-reliance, objectivity, deferred gratification, family, respect for authority, and respect for the written word are intrinsically racist values exploited by white Americans to relentlessly suppress people of color.
Mothers resent their children being defined as a collective based on race, gender and sexuality, and being told that their achievement in life is determined by these fixed categories as opposed to their endeavors. They don’t like the glorification of organizations like Black Lives Matter that undermine the nuclear family and promote violence against police.
Crucially, they intuit that when school curricula present as fact a pseudo-academic theory that is entirely unsupported by empirical data, and that ipso facto precludes criticism and dissent, students are being propagandized, not educated. Now, protective instincts are kicking in and moms are fighting back.
She closes her piece this way:
Yet as foolish and unacademic as critical race theory is, this poisonous ideology is imperiling children’s education and wellbeing and the preservation of free society. Moms flexing their muscles may be exactly what’s necessary to force ethically delinquent school boards back into the sphere of integrity, intellectualism, academic rigor, and basic morality. thefederalist.com/2021/06/21/moms-must-keep-hammering-school-boards-until-critical-race-theory-is-dead/
Now that is encouraging news indeed. It seems whenever I speak on these sorts of issues I am always asked by someone, “Bill, what can we do?” Well, what you just read is one very good answer to that question. The truth is, there is a million things we can do.
Simply being an ordinary mum wanting to protect one’s children from all this neo-Marxist gibberish is one way to proceed. Plenty of other things can be done. As usual, getting the word out on all this is basic. With the mainstream media fully promoting things like CRT, we need to make use of all the alternative media we can to get the other side of the story out far and wide.
And remember: we have a fundamental moral right to stand upon as we speak out against CRT. And that is because Critical Race Theory is racist. Let me close with one expert on this who speaks to the situation in America:
In addition to pointing out the dishonesty of the historical narrative on which critical race theory is predicated, we must promote the true story of America—a story that is honest about injustices in American history, but that places them in the context of our nation’s high ideals and the progress we have made towards realizing them. Genuine American history is rich with stories of achievements and sacrifices that will move the hearts of Americans—in stark contrast to the grim and pessimistic narrative pressed by critical race theorists.
Above all, we must have courage—the fundamental virtue required in our time. Courage to stand and speak the truth. Courage to withstand epithets. Courage to face the mob. Courage to shrug off the scorn of the elites. When enough of us overcome the fear that currently prevents so many from speaking out, the hold of critical race theory will begin to slip. And courage begets courage. It’s easy to stop a lone dissenter; it’s much harder to stop 10, 20, 100, 1,000, 1,000,000, or more who stand up together for the principles of America.
Truth and justice are on our side. If we can muster the courage, we will win. imprimis.hillsdale.edu/critical-race-theory-fight/
Mentally abusive relationships are not normal. But how do you know if you’re in a mentally abusive relationship? What are the signs?
Most often abusive tactics are purposeful and intentional, even if somewhat subconscious. The underlying goal is power and control; an abuser uses manipulation and abuse in order to control everything and everyone around them.
For many, it’s a learned coping mechanism. But being a learned behavior or subconscious doesn’t make it right or give anyone an excuse to abuse.
Abuse is wrong and unacceptable. And boundaries need to be in place to protect all victims of abuse in any relationship.
In my personal experience, one time my ex-husband exploded because he overheard me confide in a close friend for the first time that I thought I was being abused.
As I kept trying to explain, hoping he’d hear my pain, see how I always walked on eggshells around him, and ask me how I could feel safer and more loved in our marriage, he moved within an inch of my face and screamed, “I AM NOT ABUSING YOU!”
He was so loud and so close that I had to wipe his spit off my face along with my tears.
It was at that moment I knew I was either completely crazy or he was in fact using abusive and manipulative tactics to control me.
Mental abuse can sometimes be difficult to identify. I hope this article can shed some light and validation to your situation or of someone you hold dear.
What Is Mental Abuse?
Mental abuse is a tactic used to control another person.
Dictionary.com defines abuse as “to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way.” And YourDictionary.com defines emotional abuse as “behavior that causes psychological trauma or stress.”
Basically, when there is a repeated pattern of harmful treatment that causes trauma and stress, then it’s probably a mentally abusive relationship.
This is not how relationships should be.
When Abusive Tactics Aren’t Clear
Abusive people don’t always scream in your face, push, hit, kick, punch, or use other violent acts to show their abusive ways. These types of behaviors are easily described as abuse. But mental abuse is a little tougher to recognize and describe. Mental abuse is often subtle or covert, and hard to detect.
There are many things to look out for to understand if the relationship is healthy or to the point of toxic mental abuse. Here are 7 tactics that an abuser uses to control their relationship and/or partner.
7 Signs of Mental Abuse:
Enough is enough. The trans madness has gone way too far. It is high time for some sanity, some reality, and some common sense.
War has been declared on every person on planet earth who still believes in biology, in reality, and in truth. The trans militants have targeted all such people, declaring them to be dangerous enemies who must be silenced, persecuted, and forcefully resisted.
Increasingly these militants have the full force of the law at their disposal as they seek to shut down anyone who dares to oppose their lunatic agenda. Cases of people being fired from their jobs, being fined, or even being jailed for resisting the trans madness are everywhere to be found.
Consider some recent horror stories about trans moonbattery which is having a very real negative impact on those who dare to disagree. Here are just some cases—out of many—simply from the past few years. I present them with the date and headline (and sometimes with an opening line):
November 12, 2017—I called a trans boy a girl by mistake…and it may cost me my job as a teacher: Maths tutor suspended after praising pupil using the wrong gender
March 13, 2018—College student is kicked out of religion class for saying there are only two genders—A college student from Indiana University of Pennsylvania was banned from Christianity class for saying there are only two genders.
June 6, 2018—Indiana Teacher Forced to Resign Over Refusal to Use Transgender Pronouns—After teaching orchestra in Brownsburg Community Schools for four years, 28-year-old John Kluge is being forced to resign. The reason? He refuses to call transgender students by their preferred names, versus the names they were given at birth. “I really do care for all of my students,” Kluge said, “which is why I don’t want to be compelled to speak in such a way that I believe I’ll be encouraging them in something that’s dangerous.”
July 8, 2018—Christian doctor [in Australia] is SACKED by the Government for refusing to identify patients by their preferred gender because he believes sex is established at birth
September 21, 2018—Student editor who retweeted article pointing out that ‘women don’t have penises’ is fired from university journal.
November 13, 2018—Christian student’s stance sparks protests at UC Berkeley—More than a thousand of Isabella Chow’s University of California Berkeley classmates are demanding she resign as a student senator after she abstained from a vote [on transgenderism] she said contradicted her Christian values.
December 11, 2018—Teacher fired for refusing to use transgender student’s pronouns—A Virginia high school teacher who refused to use a transgender student’s new pronouns has been fired for insubordination, according to the school system.
January 7, 2019—Young mother is barred from her local pub for wearing a T-shirt saying ‘Woman: human female’ after a complaint that it discriminated against transgender people.
January 17, 2019—D.C. restaurant fined $7,000 after asking transgender woman for ID before letting her use bathroom—A D.C. restaurant will pay $7,000 as part of a settlement after an employee tried to stop a transgender woman from using a women’s restroom last summer, D.C.’s attorney general said this week.
February 7, 2019—Gamer reportedly banned from Twitch for claiming there are only two genders—A popular online gamer who regularly broadcasts on streaming platform Twitch claims she has been permanently banned from the platform for stating her “beliefs” that “there are only two genders.”
February 10, 2019—Mother, 38, is arrested in front of her children and locked in a cell for seven HOURS after calling a transgender woman a man on Twitter—Police officers detained Kate Scottow, 38, at her home in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
March 19, 2019—Christian journalist to be interrogated by police for ‘misgendering’ activist’s transgender child—A Catholic journalist in England is being told by police that she might have committed a criminal offense because she “misgendered” someone and will soon be interrogated under caution.
May 5, 2019—Tax expert Maya Forstater fired for saying trans women aren’t women—A senior researcher at a think tank is taking her former boss to court after she was accused of offensive language.
September 20, 2019—Esteemed professor of pediatrics fired after questioning dangerous medical treatment of children with gender confusion—Dr Josephson, the Division Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Louisville, was demoted and then effectively fired by the university.
October 2, 2019—Doctor’s Biblical belief ruled ‘incompatible with human dignity’—Dr David Mackereth, who had been an NHS A&E doctor for 26 years, was forced out of his job working for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after refusing to use “transgender pronouns.”
Neglecting to Read the Scriptures
Psalm 119:16; Proverbs 13:13; Hebrews 12:25
Shall God leave but one book to his church’s care and study, and shall it not be read? Shall we be told there is so rich a treasure laid up in this mine, and we continue so beggarly in our knowledge, rather than take a little pains by digging in it to come by it? The canker and rust of our gold and silver, which is got with harder labor than is required here, will rise up in judgment against many, and say, “You could drudge and trudge for us that are now turned to rust and dust, but could walk over the field of the word, where an incorruptible treasure lay, and would lose it rather than your sloth!”
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Offering Advice Brings Pain
Proverbs 15:12; 23:9; Jeremiah 18:18–23; 38:14–28; Acts 27:9–12
Wary and respective men would rather seek quietly their own, and wish that the world may go well, so it be not long of them, than with pain and hazard make themselves advisers for the common good.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. (Isaiah 49:13)
So sweet are the comforts of the Lord, that not only the saints themselves may sing of them, but even the heavens and the earth may take up the song. It takes something to make a mountain sing; and yet the prophet summons quite a choir of them. Lebanon, and Sirion, and the high hills of Bashan and Moab, He would set them all singing because of Jehovah’s grace to His own Zion. May we not also make mountains of difficulty, and trial, and mystery, and labor become occasions for praise unto our God? “Break forth into singing, O mountains!”
This word of promise, that our God will have mercy upon His afflicted, has a whole peal of bells connected with it. Hear their music—”Sing!” “Be joyful!” “Break forth into singing.” The Lord would have His people happy because of His unfailing love. He would not have us sad and doubtful; He claims from us the worship of believing hearts. He cannot fail us: why should we sigh or sulk as if He would do so? Oh, for a well-tuned harp! Oh, for voices like those of the cherubim before the throne!
Source: The Breastplate of Righteousness
The Highest Attainment We Can Reach
I am persuaded a broken and a contrite spirit, a conviction of our vileness and nothingness, connected with a cordial acceptance of Jesus as revealed in the Gospel, is the highest attainment we can reach in this life.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
A Defense of Images in Worship
Exodus 20:4–5; Deuteronomy 5:8; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15
Of old, God the incorporeal and uncircumscribed was never depicted. Now, however, when God is seen clothed in flesh, and conversing with men, I make an image of the God whom I see. I do not worship matter; I worship the God of matter who became matter for my sake and deigned to inhabit matter, who worked out my salvation through matter. I will not cease from honoring that matter which works my salvation. I venerate it, though not as God.
JOHN OF DAMASCUS
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also the loved the church and gave Himself for her. – Ephesians 5:25
Scripture reading: Ephesians 5:22-33
Not only has God ordained the husband to be head over the wife, and the wife to submit to her husband, but God now commands, “Husbands, love your wives.” Notice how the respective commands given to husbands and wives are vastly different. Wives are commanded by God to submit and respect their husbands (vv.22,33). Men on the other hand are commanded by God to love their wives.
In a culture where to love often means little more than romance and sex, or is reduced to mere sentimental or pleasant feelings, the Bible’s definition of love shows love’s true God-like quality and permanence. Love as defined in Scripture reveals a most significant character of God Himself “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.”
What is love? Well, the Bible’s definition of love is expressed simplest and best in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 where we read, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” Husbands, let us heed God’s command, “Husbands, love your wives” so that not only will our marriages be blessed, but let us do so to the praise and glory of God.
Suggestions for prayer
Help husbands to love their wives not as the world defines love, but as defined here in the Word of God.
Rev. Henry Van Olst felt called to the ministry at the age of 32 after 12 years of working in the accounting field. He served the Parkland Reformed Church (URC) of Ponoka, Alberta from 1993 to 2005; served in several other churches, and upon retirement in 2020 moved back to Ponoka, Alberta along with his wife Mary, to be closer to their four married children and fifteen grandchildren. Rev. Van Olst remains active in preaching and teaching as the church is currently vacant. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
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As Germany announces progress in Vienna, Iran claims oil sanctions lifted
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Abbas flouts Biden: Continues paying salaries to terrorists
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Vatican challenges Bible: Promotes evolution, that man evolved from apes
the Vatican Observatory Research Group (VRG) launched a new project, a website to present their theories, with the expressed mission of showing the world that “the Church and science can coexist.” A closer look shows that the Vatican project is challenged by the Biblical account of creation and comes very close to explicitly rejecting Genesis.
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Palestinian terrorist organizations in Gaza issued a joint statement on Tuesday calling on Egyptian and international mediators to pressure Israel to “lift the blockade on Gaza, finalize the rehabilitation matter, and stop the provocations in Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan.” The terrorist groups also called on Palestinians in Judea and Samaria, Jerusalem and within the Green Line to “prepare for a security escalation.”
Biden creates new ATF gun-trafficking ‘strike forces’ in gun control crackdown
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Source: 24 Jun 2021 – Rapture Ready