Fellowship Friday #8 Have You Met These Christian Bloggers?

Welcome back to Fellowship Friday, a new weekly post on Stand Tall For Christ where I will share 4 Christian Bloggers with you I have met from around the world. It is my hope by doing this you will discover some of the amazing men and women doing the Lord’s work and spend time in fellowship with them. I want to encourage you to visit their blogs, follow their blogs, comment on their blogs, share their blogs and ultimately grow spiritually from the time you spend with them.

Here are this week’s bloggers:

thinking theologically

Thinking Theologically: “I have been the pastor of Hessmer Baptist Church in Hessmer, LA since July of 2015. My passion as a pastor is that all people would know Jesus and make Him known. I believe that as people get to know Jesus better, they’ll live holier lives; however, the process of learning about Jesus is more than just listening to sermons and learning theology. To grow in Christ, people must be committed to applying principles from the Christian worldview to every area of their lives.”

Bearded by Grace

Bearded By Grace: “Bearded By Grace is not just for the bearded manly man, a husband, or a dad. Bearded By Grace is for everyone. Mothers, daughters, grandparents, fathers, sons, all of God’s people. As I journey to a better understanding of what it means to be Living for the Lord, I hope to be an encouragement to you, in all your life’s travels. A place together we can grow, learn, and inspire each other’s gifts that have been so brilliantly graced to you by our God. Even if that happens to be a beard.”

Healing Writer

Healing Writer: “Being a devoted lover of Jesus and one of His many true, servant followers is how I want to be remembered. Did I love well today? is a question I ask myself repeatedly in self-reflection. I don’t always like the answer, but it is on those days that I rely heavily on 1 John 1:9, knowing, “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  I am very grateful that God’s mercies are new every morning; that every day is a fresh start at being a better Christ follower (Lamentations 3:23).”

Loft Forum

Living Our Faith Together: “Hi there, I’m Lois Robinson! I started LoftForum (Living Our Faith Together) with YOU in mind. LoftForum is all about empowering dating and engaged couples, married couples, and parents to have successful relationships.

In 2005, I married my husband and we began the beautiful journey of marriage. Shortly after returning home from our honeymoon, my father unexpectedly passed away and within the space of 3 years my husband lost both of his parents as well. We not only had to adjust to being a newly married couple but to the losses as well. Despite everything else that was going wrong, we fought through and held on to each other. We’re still holding on 13 years later!”


Thank you for taking the time to check out these Christian authors, all doing Kingdom Work in the name of Jesus… AMEN! Check back here every Friday for another installment of Fellowship Friday with all new bloggers from around the world.

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Want to submit your blog to be featured in a future edition of Fellowship Friday? Or maybe you are familiar with a blog that deserves to get noticed? Send me the information below… I do not promise to feature every site I review… but I sure do love to meet new Christian bloggers..

 

 

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Does Your Church Need a Security Team?

As you may know from reading my blog I helped launch a Safety and Security team at my home church a couple of years ago. Our church is by no means a large church, we average about 150 people per service on weekends. But since the launch of our team, we have had several incidents that very well could have ended much worse, without our team in position.

The first incident, I was inside the worship center during first service, and the worship team was playing music while people were finding their seats. I am the team leader, and all of our members have walkie talkies when they are serving. We generally run two team members per service, plus the lead. We have one member on patrol in the parking lot, with a focus on the entryway to the children’s ministry and another inside patrolling. During a normal service I patrol all areas and monitor everything. This particular morning, Big Mike one of the Elders comes to me in the worship center, and tells me a guy with two guns is trying to get in the front door.

As I follow Mike out into the lobby, I tell him to point him out, he was a white male – mid 30’s – about 6’1″ and maybe 175 lbs. He was wearing a gray blazer, black cowboy hat and jeans, with a big Texas belt buckle. Inside the front of his Jeans are two black semi-automatic pistols tucked on either side of his belt buckle. He is standing just five feet outside the entrance, with his arms on his hips and an angry look on his face. My approach to him was my normal approach, pleasant but forceful.

“Good morning sir, how can I help you today?”

“You can help by telling me why these Communists won’t let me come in this Church and worship my savior Jesus Christ!”

“Well sir, we do not allow firearms on our property, you are free to worship along side us, but you will have to secure your pistols in your vehicle first.”

“This is America, and I am free to worship my God without having my Second Amendment rights trampled! And I will NEVER put down my guns, because I do not trust ANY man, I only trust God.”

At this point I realize I am not dealing with someone who is thinking rationally, and this could develop rather quickly into a bad situation. My eye spots my first team member observing from about 15 feet away on my right. Now I have to position this guy and myself away from the front glass doors of this church, in case he decides to pull his guns and shoot. So I move in towards him, and as I do, he backs up around a wall blocking his view of the doors (good).

“Sir, this is private property and we reserve the right to prohibit the possession of firearms on this property. If you would like I can call Metro to the scene so they can explain the law to you clearly.” At this point he gets very angry and steps into my personal space with his finger pointing less than an inch from my face.

You are the problem with this Country, Goddamn Communists trying to take away my rights, you want me to show you the two AR-15s I have in my truck?”

“No sir, and as a matter of fact, I don’t appreciate the threats, so I need you to get in your car and leave the property right now. If you don’t leave you will be arrested for trespassing.” Both of my team members are only feet away at this moment, not knowing his next move, I stay calm and keep eye contact. In my mind I realize if he draws, I have to get control of the guns, and rely on my team to neutralize him. It will only take him seconds to discharge his weapons so we will have to move fast.

He chooses differently and disengages from me, turns around and walks off to his car cursing at us and calling us Communists. He then speeds out of the parking lot. Meanwhile my team had taken plenty of photos of him and his vehicle, while he was talking with me. My next move was to notify local police of what had happened, in case he drove off to another church that day.

A Man, A Gun and the Grace of God

Another incident, that didn’t turn out nearly as good, occurred on August 11, 2017 when a naked man with a gun was found meditating at the front door of our church. There is a link to an article I wrote about this incident above.

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But for the purposes of this article, this man was depressed and suicidal and tried to lure the Police to kill him that day, but they only wounded him to the shoulder. He is lucky to be alive, whether he knows that or not. Another blessing, was that he showed up on Saturday when the doors were locked.

But how common are Church shootings really?

There is an article on the Gospel Coalition that details some statistics on this matter.
The full link to the article is here. But here is some of what they had to say…

The Center for Homicide Research produced a study using online newspaper archive articles to document all cases of shootings on church property within the United States from 1980 to 2005. According to the data, there was a total of 139 shootings on church property with a total death toll of 185 people. During that 25-year period there were an average of six shootings on church property every year.

While that shows gun-related violence is rare, those statistics are for all shootings that occurred on church property, including some in the parking lot and unrelated to church activity and some that involved targeting of pastors outside of church services.

Let’s narrow the data further by considering media reports involving only shootings that occur within the church, and look at the period from 2006 (just after the study by the Center for Homicide Research) to June 17, 2015—the day of the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

During that nine-year period we find approximately 24 church shootings, an average of 2.7 per year.

If we assume that approximately three church shootings occur every year in the United States, what is the probability they could occur at any particular church? Church shootings are rarely random, and many are spillovers of domestic violence. But for our calculation let’s assume the targets are randomly distributed across all congregations.

There are an estimated 378,000 congregations in the United States, which means the likelihood of any congregation being involved in a shooting in any year is approximately one in 126,000 or 0.0000079 percent.

If we assume that each congregation meets at least once per week, there are a minimum of 19,656,000 church services every year in the United States. That means your odds of being in a church service in which a shooting occurs are at most 1 in 6,552,000 or 0.00000015 percent.

Well golly gee, that all sounds like we should all be safe as a bug in a rug! But then the real world happens and I have found through personal experience that it is not only likely that our church will have a security issue(s)… it is actually just a matter of time.

In the couple of years since our team launched, we have had two people with guns show up, several belligerent church goers, a few suspicious persons (one who just approached the alter during the sermon less than a week ago) two falls that resulted in injuries, and a few other safety and security matters.

Our team is out in the open for the most part, we have uniforms and radios, and we pray before each service. However, most days I will stay in plain clothes and monitor church activity from the background.

Praying Before Service
The Safety Team

When we first launched our team we had many people in the congregation who opposed us, thinking we looked like a security force and asking… is there a problem we need to know about? Is it safe to come to church?

My response was always simple… “No ma’am there is no problem, we are just going to be proactive and not reactive when a problem arises. We are here for your safety, if you need anything, just lets us know.”

At this point our team is well received and everyone is happy to have us around. What you should consider in your local church, is do you need a safety and security team? My answer is always a resounding YES. No matter what the size of your church, there is always a need.

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The Three Destructive Philosophies We Have Used To Replace Truth In Our Lives

This article was contributed to Stand Tall For Christ by my friend and fellow Christian Blogger Victor Uyanwanne. Please be sure to visit his blog and follow him if you find his writings inspiring and practical as I do.

Speaking of America’s increasing drift towards secularism, Pastor Rick Warren, recently wrote, “We’ve been systematically removing God from all areas of our lives — from schools to the government to the media. We’ve basically relegated God to Sunday mornings, if we even consider him [at all].”

This is the picture of the effect of secularism and similar philosophies not only in America but in many places around the world.

Instead of embracing God’s truth in our daily lives, “we’ve brought in three very destructive philosophies that have replaced truth in our lives,”

According to Warren, the three destructive philosophies, we have used to replace truth in our lives are:

  • Individualism
  • Secularism
  • Relativism

A society governed by these three ways of thinking can never have a strong moral fabric that can make it withstand the test of time.

Let’s now take a closer look at each of them:

Secularism, relativism

1. Individualism

You feel that no one should tell you how to live your life. You do what you think is right only in your own eyes.

You are your own standard. And you think no one else – not even God – should ‘interfer’ in the running of your life. You don’t even care that what you consider right may not be right in God’s eyes.

Replacing the principles of God’s truth in your life with the human philosophy of individualism will not take you closer to God.

Living your life by the philosophy of individualism, doing only what seems right in your eyes – will land you in trouble. As Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”

In the final analysis, living by the philosophy of individualism will not turn out well because, you cannot continuously be doing only what you like without hurting the people around you – friends and families alike, without running foul of the laws of the land, and most importantly without displeasing God.

2. Secularism

This has to do with a philosophy that thinks “God is unnecessary” in your life, or the thinking that, “you don’t need God.”

As a result, you focus on removing God from your daily consciousness and you persuade other people to do the same as well.

Don’t you really need God? I bet you do, even if you don’t want to acknowledge Him.

It is self deception to think that you don’t need God. You had better face the truth now: you are eternally lost without God. So you need Him.

The more you run from God the more your need for Him. And the more you fail to acknowledge Him, the greater the need for you to acknowledge Him.

3. Relativism

This is the belief that there is no absolute truth; that truth is relative, that what’s true for one person may not be true for another person.

Many people believe this lie and are running their lives with it. It is a dead end, because it does not consider the fact that God’s words are absolute truths that apply to everyone of us.

Anyone who believes in God must understand that God’s truths are not relative. God’s truths are eternal and are universal.

The philosophy of relativism is a weak foundation. A life built on it will collapse in your face.


Let us conclude this post with the following advice from Pastor Rick Warren:

Don’t be conned by individualism (love for yourself), secularism (God is unnecessary), or relativism (there are no absolutes). The consequences as a society and for us as individuals for falling for these cons is staggering. Without a commitment to truth and a commitment to the authority of God, our culture is crumbling.

What do you think?

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Victor Uyanwanne writes from Lagos, Nigeria where he lives with his wife and two children. You can visit his blog Victors Corner for more inspiring articles by him. Thank you again Victor for your contribution.

 

Disgusted: VA Hospital Replaces Military Flags with Gay Pride Flag

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) – Flags representing the branches of the United States Military were restored to their places outside Fort Wayne’s VA Hospital Tuesday afternoon — but not until after someone swiped the LGBT “pride” flag that had gone up in their place.

Some residents and veterans expressed their outrage to ABC21 after they arrived at the hospital Tuesday morning and noticed the military flags had all been removed. On one post, instead, a rainbow pride flag flew, in honor of LGBT pride month.

Source: Fort Wayne VA temporarily removes military flags to fly LGBT pride flag


Perhaps being a U.S. Army Veteran is the driving force, but I feel disgusted over this story. The LGBT Machine is non-stop, full force, in your face… and if I could blame just ONE person, it would have to be Obama. Anyone remember this pathetic display by his administration?

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Credit: The Jerusalem Post

This imagery was permanently etched into my memories, I mean the nerve of a sitting U.S. President to disgrace our Country in such a way. Now I may be going WAY overboard here, and if so tell me about it below… I just hope Donald Trump harnesses the power of twitter to make sure this never happens again.

So what say you?

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Rebuke: An Open Letter to Christians Who Are Against Homosexuality, From a Homosexual Christian

Today I found an article online titled “An open letter to Christians who are against Homosexuality, from a Homosexual Christian”. Obviously with a title like that I had to take a peek, what I discovered was a LONG list of justifications put forth by the writer for her sin. She signed the article Katie Breckenridge is a gay Christian from Sydney, Australia. To give you an indicator of her mindset, she places the fact that she is GAY ahead of her identity as a Christian, as you will soon see in her writings.

Link to Full Article – Click Here

Below I want to rebuke her article, one paragraph at a time, her writings are in blue.

Christians claim to be full of love. Christians claim to not be judgmental. But so many Christians have absolutely no idea how wrong and hurtful they are. They live in blissful ignorance, believing they are so holy that they could never hurt another person and that their way of thinking is absolutely correct.

I have never met the Christian she describes here. What does being holy have to do with hurting someone any way? Was Jesus holy? Did he say things truthfully or sugar coat everything?

This letter isn’t aiming to change anyone’s mind. Most Christians are set in their ways and will never admit that their interpretation of the Bible might be wrong. This letter is simply trying to let Christians know how hurtful and damaging their ignorance can be, even when they think they are being accepting and loving.

Ignorance of what exactly? Maybe we will get to the bottom of this if we keep reading.

Of course, many Christians don’t think like this. Many Christians don’t believe that homosexuality is a sin and they understand that the Bible was relevant to the context of the time, when homosexuality was not understood like it is today. Homosexuality back then was (generally) a lustful act. Today, however, we know that homosexuality is a real, loving commitment that two people have with each other. Furthermore, Jesus never mentioned homosexuality, not even once. If being homosexual is such a perverted and sinful thing, surely Jesus would have commented on it, like he did about divorce.

  1. If a Christian doesn’t believe homosexuality is a sin, they are wrong.
  2. The Bible, as every Christian should know is RELEVANT in ALL times, which is why we call it the Living Word of God.
  3. Homosexuality is about SEXUAL attractions and actions. Which is why it’s called homoSEXUALITY.
  4. Jesus didn’t mention rape, embezzling, arson, heroin addiction, animal cruelty, or a thousand other sinful behaviors. So by his silence, then these are all good things?

1 John 4:8 says “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Read that again. God is love. The fact that two people of the same sex can experience true and pure love for each other is proof that their love is real and God breathed. If their love was so wrong and so sinful, and God hates sin, how is it that they’re experiencing love? I guess some Christians would argue their love isn’t real love, that it’s just replicating real love, that it’s just lust or a perverted love—which truly shows their ignorance.

I can LOVE another man, in fact I DO Love other men, my father, my brother, and many friends in my life. There is nothing wrong with love, it is LUST and sexual desires of the same sex that are sinful. If you LOVE another woman romantically, that is sinful. This goes back to feelings… just because something feels natural to you, doesn’t make it less sinful. Talk to ANY person with any sexual desire you don’t agree with, they will state emphatically it feels natural to them.

A line many Christians like to say when they’re trying to seem like less of a judgmental asshole is, “Jesus called us to love everybody, including prostitutes, criminals, and tax collectors. We are called to love those who are especially hard to love, people like you.” To compare homosexuality to murder, lying, and rape is so hurtful. All the sins in the Bible are sins because they ultimately have negative outcomes either toward the individual or others. But homosexuality does not have negative consequences, because it is love, and there is nothing destructive about love.

Sin is not a sin because it has negative outcomes either toward an individual or others. Sin is Sin because it is a transgression of God’s law. It is shocking that she is trying so hard to justify her behavior, and yet lacks a basic understanding of sin… or worse willfully denies it. Homosexuality has plenty of negative consequences.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 tells us that “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” If two people experience all these amazing things, then it is a good thing, regardless of their genitals. Comparing same-sex love to other sins—sins entirely devoid of love—is incredibly wrong.

She is fighting hard to defend her sin, but if she is honest, there are lines she draws in the sand as well. If you ask her, can a grown man have a romantic loving sexual relationship with his grown daughter? She would most likely say no, yet it is all just love right? There are no negative outcomes right? Wrong. Whenever we deviate from God’s design and plan, there are always negative outcomes.

When Christians claim to love everybody, yet still oppose marriage equality, they sound so hypocritical: “I love you, so I advocate laws and policies that systematically discriminate against you!” Thankfully, more and more churches accept gay marriage for what it really is, marriage—two people in love who are committing their lives to each other.

Marriage is not defined by man or decided by a man’s desire, it is an institution that God designed for a very special purpose, one that a homosexual union cannot fulfill… bringing forth Godly people into the world. Before you mention the 60 year olds that cannot have children or a woman who is barren or man who is infertile, none of that changes God’s design. Men and Women unite as one flesh in marriage, something that cannot be achieved otherwise.

Some Christians still cry, “but marriage is our thing!” If marriage is so exclusive to Christians, why are adamantly anti-religious people allowed to get married, yet two gay Christians cannot? Christians seem worried that marriage equality will somehow invalidate their own marriages, which of course it does not. If you don’t believe that same sex people should get married, and don’t want your church to perform gay weddings, fine. You are allowed to believe that, you have religious freedom. If marriage equality laws are passed, your church cannot be forced to perform gay weddings. You can carry on preaching hate and ostracizing gay people as much as you want.

  1. Marriage is between one man and one woman. There is no restrictions to their belief or unbelief in scripture. However the Bible does teach it is UNWISE to be unequally yoked, but not forbidden.
  2. Truth is not hate. You are living a life of willful sin Katie, and it is only from a place of love I warn to you turn away from this behavior and repent. Your friends you love so much will cheer you on your path to Hell. While I sit by weeping for you and yet I am the hateful one?

But, even if you’re against same-sex marriage, you do not have the right to prohibit other people from getting married. Let people live their lives without you infringing on their rights—it does not affect you. Many Christians seem unable to understand the difference between religious freedom and discrimination. Religious freedom is the right to believe what you want: you are allowed to build a church and openly pray and not get arrested. But religious freedom is not the right for you to discriminate by refusing business services to gay people or to stop them living their own lives in peace.

This is the exact opposite advice you should be giving Christians. If laws are being passed that usurp God’s design and Sovereignty, it is our duty to STAND on the side of God. On a side note, the Supreme Court of the U.S. disagrees with you Katie, but I understand you are from the Outback and they may do things differently out there.

One of the most upsetting things Christians say is that they are against homosexuality, but that they still accept you: “I accept you as you are, so every night I pray that you will reject one of the most fundamental aspects of your identity.” Oh wow thanks, I am honored you still supposedly treat me as a human being, you are so Godly.

If one of the most fundamental aspects of your identity is your sexual desires, then you have a very low image of yourself and I would encourage you to embrace your Secret Identity. Which is a child of the Most High God.

But of course we know that being gay is not a choice. Though there is more to personal identity than our sexuality, who we love is an essential part of our being. Ask any Christian who has a partner if loving that person is one of the most significant aspects of their life. They’ll likely say, “yes absolutely.” Then tell them to imagine, really imagine, how it would feel if the church and most of society told them that their love for their husband or wife is wrong and evil, and that they should dump their partner. They would be horrified and hurt. This is what most Christians cannot grasp: that their love for their opposite-sex partner is identical to same-sex love. Love is love, regardless of gender. Too many people lack the empathy to compare their relationships to those of same-sex couples, and then fail to understand the cruel implications of their beliefs.

You assert that being gay is not a choice, which is necessary to help you escape any culpability. Who can blame you, even God… if you truly have “no choice” but yet we see people making a choice to be gay every day… and others leave the lifestyle every day. Choices are being made all the time to partake in sexual desires of all sorts.

But we have to make a distinction, between sexual desires and sexual acts. If you have an impulse or desire towards someone sexually, that doesn’t mean you have to act on it. Therein lies the choice. Does a pedophile CHOOSE to have a sexual desire towards a kid? No the impulses are there, but the act of doing it… that is a choice. If you ask that pedophile why he has those impulses he will surely explain how he has always felt that way, and how he loves those children. Sound familiar?

Christians also say “hate the sin, love the sinner.” The reasoning here is that being a homosexual might be ok, but practicing homosexuality is wrong. Ultimately they think that while you are ok simply being gay, you should be alone forever because you are unworthy of love. That hurts! To be considered unworthy of love by a community who spouts love to everyone is heinous. They expect gay people to abstain from connecting with another human, to be alone, and to never follow their heart.

No the expectation is not to be alone forever, but to ultimately understand sin in your life and get as far away from it as possible. When you align yourself with God, you will find greater joy than you ever imagined.

Why would God make a person gay (because, spoiler alert, it’s not a choice) if it is so wrong? Why would God make someone fall completely in love with another person and then be like, “oh just kidding!”? Why would God set someone up to have their heart broken? That would be malicious and cruel, which God isn’t. God loves love.

God didn’t make you gay Katie, it is part of your sinful nature.

Homosexual love is not a sin. Love is Love. “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” (1 John 4:16).

Homosexual love IE. desires, romanticism and sexuality are all sin.

God Is Love. Love is God. Love in all its forms.

Finally something we can agree on.

Fellowship Friday #7 Have You Met These Christian Bloggers?

Welcome back to Fellowship Friday, a new weekly post on Stand Tall For Christ where I will share 4 Christian Bloggers with you I have met from around the world. It is my hope by doing this you will discover some of the amazing men and women doing the Lord’s work and spend time in fellowship with them. I want to encourage you to visit their blogs, follow their blogs, comment on their blogs, share their blogs and ultimately grow spiritually from the time you spend with them.

Here are this week’s bloggers:

Something To STU over

Something to Stu Over: “I am just a man seeking God while trying to raise two Godly children. After heeding God’s voice I started two pages on Facebook to hopefully help others not make the same mistakes I did in life; Spiritual Leaders of the Family and Resurrecting The Redeemed From Porn Addiction. I have made many mistakes in my life, as have we all, but I praise God daily for His love, grace and forgiveness.”

The Lions Den

The Lions Den: “All are welcome, from the skeptic, learned, unlearned, religious, heck  just about anybody can jump on-board, where some days it is smooth sailing, and other days a whirlwind. You decide what the climate is. On the palette is commentary from soup to nuts,  nature, the daily news, good news, bad news, culture, politics, Hollywood, sports, all running through the prism of moral and spiritual thought. No apologies here though for the perfection of God’s word.”

Canadian bible Guy

Canadian Bible Guy: “There’s nothing particularly special about me. I’m an ordinary guy who lives in Ontario, Canada, serving as a youth pastor since 2009. My wife Sarah and I have been married since 2008 and share our home with some crazy kids: Bella, James, and Olivia. In my spare time I like to read, play baseball, and lift weights. But what I really love to do, and what this website is dedicated to, is teaching people the Bible. ”

A Grateful Life Lived

A Grateful Life Lived: “I started this blog as a naive 16-year-old with the goal of sharing what I was grateful for. But the more I wrote, the more my heart felt led to write. I want to document a life of gratitude, a life of true purpose. That looks different for each of us, depending on God’s leading, but for me: It’s living out my passion as a leader, runner, writer and explorer. Here’s what you need to know about Hannah: I’m deeply love with Jesus, I have an affinity for crossword puzzles and I’m passionate about human hearts. I love the outdoors, and I would spend every day running or hiking if I could. Seriously: I have three hiking vacations simultaneously plotted out, at any given time.”


Thank you for taking the time to check out these Christian authors, all doing Kingdom Work in the name of Jesus… AMEN! Check back here every Friday for another installment of Fellowship Friday with all new bloggers from around the world.

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California’s Shocking ‘You Must Stay Gay’ Bill

This article has been re-posted from The Christian Post – Full Article Here. It was written by Dr. Michael Brown, and while at the end of the article he encourages people to share this article… I still reached out via email for explicit permission to re-post it here. In the days since I received an automated response, but no follow up communication. If Dr. Brown contacts me to remove the article from my site, I will do so.


 

Dr Michael Brown
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries. He is the author of 25 books and hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire.

In a brazen assault on our most fundamental freedoms, California legislators are considering a bill that would make it illegal for anyone to receive professional help to resolve unwanted same-sex attractions or gender confusion. This would apply to people of all ages. People of all religious and moral convictions. It is an absolute outrage, and it must be opposed vigorously.

For the last few years, a growing number of states and cities have embraced legislation making it illegal for minors struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions or gender confusion to receive professional help, even with the full support of their parents.

This would apply to a 14-year-old girl who was raped by her uncle at the age of 8 and now feels repulsion towards men and attraction towards women. If her parents stood with her and she wanted to meet with a trained counselor to help to get to the root of her attractions, in some states, that would be illegal. No professional counselor or therapist or psychologist would be allowed to help her.

Yet in these same states, if an 8-year-old girl believed she was really a boy and wanted to receive professional help to affirm her female identity that would be perfectly legal. A counselor could tell her parents to encourage her to dress and identify as a boy. That counselor could also recommend that, at age 10, she start taking hormone blockers, then prepares to “transition” fully to male at age 16, then has sex-change surgery at 18, with hormones prescribed for life.

That would be perfectly legal. But for that same 8-year-old girl to say, “I want to be at home in the body God gave me. I don’t want hormones and surgery. Can anyone help me?” The answer would be, “No. Such help is illegal.”

California wants to take this one dangerous step farther, making it illegal for anyone of any age to receive such help. This defies all logic and can only be seen for what it is: a frontal assault on our freedom to self-determination. A frontal assault on our freedom of religion. And a frontal assault on our freedom of conscience.

And make no mistake about this. As ADF attorney Matt Sharp explained on my Line of Fire broadcast, this legislation would extend into the churches.

For example, let’s say that your church has the policy of offering free pastoral counseling for all tithing members. That would mean a financial transaction is involved in those services. So, you, a member in good standing want to receive some much-needed counseling.

You’re a married father of four, but you struggle deeply with gender identity confusion. You set up an appointment with one of the pastors, only to be told, “It is illegal for us to help you.”

I am not exaggerating.

Or you’re reading the Bible, which strictly forbids homosexual relationships, and you want help with unwanted same-sex attractions. You even read where the Bible says that some people used to practice homosexuality, but through the gospel, they no longer do (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

You try to set up that counseling appointment with your pastor, only to be told, “It is illegal for us to help you.”

That pastor could not even recommend a book on the subject from the church bookstore.

That’s how far this outrageous bill goes, and it’s only one of a series of bills being put forward in California. If the bills pass there, other states will be eager to follow suit.

What makes this even more outrageous is that: 1) there are thousands of ex-gays who can personally testify to their own transformation; 2) there are gay and lesbian psychologists who argue against the myth that homosexuality is innate and immutable; and 3) most children who identify as transgender no longer do so after puberty.

And remember, while California seeks to pass this monstrous legislation, it has no problem backing a psychologist who will help a man embrace his alleged male and female identity simultaneously. Or a counselor who will help someone embrace their alleged animal (or, alien) identity. All of that is fine. But to help someone be at home in their own body would be illegal.

The whole basis of the legislation is the claim that: 1) medical fraud is being practiced; and 2) harm can be done to patients who undergo such counseling or therapy.

But there are plenty of patients who attest to the life-transforming impact of the counseling they received. And there are plenty of Christians who attest to the life-transforming power of the gospel – including transformation from homosexual and transgender identities.

It’s also a fact that there is no definitive proof that such counseling harms a patient anymore than some patients claim harm after undergoing counseling for substance abuse or overeating or depression.

In fact, during my radio broadcast, Ann Paulk, an ex-lesbian herself, said that positive counseling outcomes for people dealing with unwanted same-sex attractions are higher than positive outcomes for those dealing with alcoholism. Yet no one in their right mind would seek to ban professional counseling or therapy for alcoholics.

No, this California assault on our most fundamental freedoms is simply the latest manifestation of LGBT activism. As I and others have warned incessantly for many years, those who came out of the closet want to put us in the closet. Do you believe me now?

And while critics of any kind of change therapy mocked us with the (false) claim that we were trying to “pray away the gay,” these same critics now want to pass a law that says, “You must stay gay” (or, “gender confused”).

Will you stand up and make your voice heard today?

Here are four things you can do: 1) share this article and my radio broadcast with your friends; 2) go here to find out more; 3) alert your friends in California and encourage them to contact their legislators; 4) pray for awakening in the Church and sanity in the society.

You have been forewarned.

Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.