....liberating the woman to be her freely liberated self, free from the burdens of children, a husband, and any other thing put upon her by the patriarchal society in which we look to destroy.
Right, Mrs. Warren. If abortion rights are human and economic rights, what about the rights of those murdered babies who were just an inconvienence that were executed before they could become a burden on the country through public education/baby-sitting?
When a person's sexuality defines that person's existence rather than that person's image bearing of the True and Holy God and that person's relationship to that God thru Christ, all sorts of weird stuff starts to happen...like Mrs. Warren. People are not expendable. But to the Deomcrats in their march to the glorious socialist republic, anyone who gets in their way can wind up dead, babies included.
While polls have a bearing on the political process, they do not add to, change, or negate what the Lord has to say. He is against abortion, out if wedlock sex, and Socialism. Jim has been shown that time and again as well.
Jim's main roll here is to set up Progressive straw men so that we have to knock them down lest some visitor be confused. I think he is just seeking attention.
Certainly not a surprise that parents would grapple with this issue. It is also not a surprise that many of them do so anonymously for fear of losing their child thru a social services intervention. The article does not state that. But when parents are afraid of how their child's school will view them, that's what it means. Despite the significant pushback by some doctors and medical professionals, the trend is moving ahead full steam.
They can't, John, because they can't see it. They are spiritually blind to the truth of God's word and instead seek their own opinions over His. Until the Lord removes the blinders, we are unable to see Him as He is or respond to Him with the gift of faith He planted in us (John 9, Ephesians 2). Ultimately, it's 100% God and 0% us in salvation.
So can a leopard change his spots? Absolutely not. But with God, all things are possible. He can change them.
O Lord, thank You for being a Gracious God to us, none of whom deserve your mercy. I lift to you Jim of Lincoln. He has traded the truth for the lie and has replaced You with with the din and rancor of the crowds who look to cast You off. Please, O Lord, have mercy on Him. May He find his sufficiency in You rather than in stirring up trouble amongst the saints here. Lead Him, and us with him, in paths of righteousness for Your name sake. In Jesus'name. Amen.
Not every one, Joe. There is one in our area that plays classical music instead of the instrumental versions of CCM. They also do not display the signatures with Bible verses on that family photo that hangs in every store. There is a demographic difference in that particular community which probably drives that. It is not our favorite store, lacking the friendliness and attitude of other stores, and we typically choose to go elsewhere,
Amen, Frank. I'm with you, Brother, and rally appreciate your wise comments. I was forced to scale back or at least change how I displayed my Christian witness when I was in the Service. It's a fact of life today. Ephesians 6 gives some solid advice for dealing with bosses, and our witness can come thru various forms including just doing a good job when others aren't so anxious to get it right. Yet to have your Bible on your desk is as unobtrusive a witness as anything. And if it causes such chaos, then that's the world around us, not us. But we do have families who rely on the provision the Lord brings thru our hard work.
I skimmed the article. It's the logical "next step" for those churches who hold Bible studies at a bar over, ahem, "adult beversges."
Everyone has preferences in life and some like things extra casual. But there is such a thing as the Regulative Principle of Worship -- those things that make a church service a worship service. While Jesus calls both the pew warmer and the bar fly, nowhere in Scripture is it suggested that we seek the lowest common denominator. Instead, faith influenced behavior looks something like this --
For it is sufficient for us that we have spent the time past of the life, after the lust of the Gentiles walking in wantonness, lusts, drunkenness, in gluttony, drinkings, and in abominable idolatries. Wherein it seemeth to them strange, that ye run not with them unto the same excess of riot: therefore speak they evil of you. - 1 Peter 4:3-4
Another denomination pushed to the brink of extinction by pervasive liberalism and Progressive stances. They are asking what they can do. He story ends with an apology to the LGBT community for not supporting homosexual marriage as a body after a vote over the summer failed to garner sufficient support.
Repenting of actual sins defined by the Lord they claim to follow and uphold would be the best start. They do need to say they are sorry, but they need to say "sorry" to God first and foremost for supporting things He abhors.
Lots of impeachment smoke-and-mirrors to protect the guilty. This is what the Republicans get for not going after Obama after he left office after the last election for being unqualified for presidential office due to his citizenship status.
The protests play into the CCP's hand anyway. The identities of those protesting are likely already known and databased. The PRC is giving them enough rope to hang themselves. This little display of "soft power" is meant to show that the PLA is very ready to step in...and not in gym shorts and matching T-shirts at some point. Like the Three Self Church movement identified Christians so to make them easier to root out, these protests have done a wonderful job of doing them same for those who aren't going to go with the flow but maintain those "Western" ideals of freedom.
May the Lord be with His people who are intermixed in this situation.
And may the Democrats and other Progressives not take too many notes for when they decide they have amassed enough power to attempt to eliminate true Christian witness from this land.
Having been in the Service for many years, this is no shock and surprise. I really appreciate the way that the article writers described the integration of genders as a "social experiment," fantasizing of a military in which every member is interchangeable and asexual. Nonsense!
The experiment was a failure back when it was just women e tearing the military ranks, but no one is permitted to say so but is immediately shouted down by the powers that be. Now that we have expanded our integration to the LGBT+ community, which oddly means that they are not asexual, we introduce further angst and difficulty...breaking down unit cohesion, breaking marriages, and hurting the young people who are supposed to be defending us. These kids are at the height of their sexuality being late teens and 20s -- almost NO ONE is older than 45 -- and we don't think that's a problem?
Some day, the Lord will restrain His hand of protection from this land as He did on 9/11/2001. We would do well to not encourage Him to do so.
Now that everyone's favorite pot-stirrer has pulled attention away from our youth to himself, as he really like to do, let us reconsider the article in question.
The piece is a press release of sorts from the Assemblies of God. Essentially what they are saying is that kids are leaving the counterfeit of their parents and grandparents for their specific, Pentecostal brand of Christianity with contemporary worship.
Kids do leave the counterfeit of the main line denominations. I did. What the main liners have sought to do is lurch further left, with their rainbow flags and welcoming stance toward anyone and anything as an anything goes stance.
AOG may be seeing some of these kids seeking a more authentic Christian witness, but my prayer is that any stay with the AOG is short as they mature in Christ and look for more solidly Biblical congregations in which to join. Meanwhile, I have personally seen that the contemporary style of worship isn't as important, AOG would argue that their contemporary styles make a difference, as the quality and the warmth when it comes to attracting this kind of seeker after Christ - genuine, traditional worship done well is very attractive to those the Lord is calling to Himself.