A plan to add "gender identity" to a Virginia school's nondiscrimination policy has enraged parents and preachers, but leaders of the nation's tenth largest school district say unless they make the change, the U.S. Department of Education could withdraw federal funding.
Critics warn the Fairfax County Public School policy would allow boys who identify as girls to use the locker rooms and bathrooms of their choice – as well as participate on athletic teams of their choosing.
Martin Baker, the pastor of Burke Community Church, warned, "the damage and destruction to our children, teens and impacted adults will be incalculable." more >>
Good news exists in Christian communities ministering to gay communities. New Testament professor Scot McKnight highlights an approach I've experienced in every community I lived in both in America and abroad. In A Fellowship of Differents, McKnight addresses how Christians biblically address "Sexual Bodies in a Church."
As is the case with most theologians, McKnight provides historical context to best understand Paul's letters to new believers. Common sexual practices ranged from same-sex relations, orgies, multiple partners, and only in Jewish communities fidelity and/or celibacy. Paul's teachings about marriage and sexual relations to the Ephesians and Corinthians were radical and contrarian to social norms: Christ followers must be celibate or faithful to one's spouse.
Not only were new believers to conform to these two choices, but Paul also instructed them "not to associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people" (1 Cor. 5). more >>
MIAMI BEACH — Christians who have so far avoided controversial "culture war" issues will likely be pulled into those battles as their religious freedom becomes threatened due to gay marriage, Dr. John Inazu warned Monday.
Theologically conservative Christian non-profit organizations, including churches, could face losing their tax exempt status or being shut down, and Christian doctors, lawyers, counselors and other professionals could be forced out of their professions, he explained.
Inazu, associate professor of law and political science at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, was delivering a presentation, "Religious Liberty and the American Culture Wars," at the Ethics and Public Policy Center's "Faith Angle Forum." more >>
Several prominent Christian leaders including recently declared 2016 GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, pastor John Hagee and Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, say if the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage next month they have no plans to honor that law.
The Christian leaders are among more than 36,000 people who have signed The Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage co-drafted by Deacon Keith Fournier, a Catholic deacon, and Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, according to Fox News. Rick Scarborough, president of Vision America Action and James Dobson, founder of Family Talk Radio were also involved in organizing the pledge.
"We're sending a warning to the Supreme Court and frankly any court that crosses the line on the issue of marriage," said Staver. more >>
For over eight years I have been involved in the battle to protect natural, biblical marriage. Soon, the most consequential ruling in the Supreme Court's 226-year history will be revealed. If they decide, as I expect, that gay marriage is a "constitutional right", then it becomes federal law and we cannot "discriminate" against any gay couple or gay person.
SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) would impose same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination restrictions on every person and state in America. This redefines marriage, opening the door for polygamy, polyamory and polyandry. Curriculum in schools will change to align with this position.
End of the matter? Actually this represents only the beginning of an avalanche of court cases related to this issue. Leaders and people in churches, schools, ministries and universities will face the revoking of tax-exempt status, penalties and jail time if they don't comply. more >>
Some Christians think the church shouldn't harp on the whole sin thing so much. Especially when it comes to homosexuality – our culture's "special" sin. "It's not our job to convict," they say. "That's the Holy Spirit's work. We just need to love on them and pray for them."
And I get it. I really do. All too often the Word flows freely from our mouths but lies dead in our lives. We preach, preach, preach but aren't willing to take the time to get involved in these people's lives and love on them. That's actually what the point of this post is about. But, before I get into that, I want to state something as clearly as I possibly can:
The body of Christ has a responsibility to call all types of sinners to repentance and faith in God through the good news of the gospel and this includes sinners of the homosexual type. more >>