If we don’t stand for truth, we will fall for anything. If as a society we can so easily give up two of the foundations of our free society, traditional marriage and traditional families, then there is nothing standing in the way of the demands of other minority bullies demanding their way.
Like giving a spoilt child what he wants because he persists and yells long and loud enough, that child never gives in, he is never satisfied, he just wants more. Then others start demanding we submit to their demands. Pretty soon it is all over.
The rapid speed with which homosexual “marriage” has bullied its way into Western societies and found limited resistance is just the beginning. If we can offer no answers against this we can offer no answers against anything. The floodgates being opened, we all sink or swim.
We can’t swim forever though so thankfully there is a lifeboat, but only one and His name is Jesus.
There are many seats in this lifeboat, the entry price has been paid by Jesus himself, and entry is available freely to all those who call on His name. That's all. No perfection required. No good deeds. No works. No dress code. No sacrifice. No offering. Nothing but a contrite heart and a turning toward the one who made us who will then bless you beyond your wildest dreams. But confession of past bad behavior and turning away from it is required. But don't worry, God will help you to do it.
SACRAMENTO – The following statement can be attributed to Andy Pugno, General Counsel for ProtectMarriage.com, the official proponents of Proposition 8, regarding today’s Supreme Court ruling:
“Today’s decision does grave injury to the basic concept that the people—not the courts—make the law. A bare majority of the Supreme Court has abruptly cut off this ongoing debate, unilaterally imposing its view of what’s good for society by suddenly discovering a new constitutional right that almost no one would have imagined just a few years ago. The ‘separation of powers’ they taught us in grade school is now dangerously out of balance, and it’s time to remind the government that all constitutional power ultimately resides in the consent of the governed—not in kings, dictators or judges.
“Regardless of today’s ruling, our coalition remains committed to strengthening and promoting the union of a man and a woman in a view of marriage that recognizes the higher purpose of serving the needs of children, not the personal desires of adults. We will continue to work toward a society that values the inherent right of every child to have both a mother and a father.”
Franklin Graham: America, the Storm Is Upon Us
By Franklin Graham • June 25, 2015
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For some time now, I’ve been warning about the coming storm of religious persecution and oppression in America.
Over the course of the past year, I’ve become increasingly convinced that the storm is no longer just approaching, it is hard upon us.
The threats to the historic and sacred history of our nation’s religious liberty are advancing on several prominent fronts.
On June 26, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, going against the once universally held definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
Before the ruling, Dr. James Dobson outlined the enormous consequences of the decision in a letter to his supporters.
“I do not recall a time when the institutions of marriage and family have faced such peril, or when the forces arrayed against them were more formidable or determined,” he said. “Barring a miracle, the family that has existed since antiquity will likely crumble.
“Marriage represents the very foundation of human social order. Everything of value sits on that base. Institutions, governments, prosperity, religious liberty and the welfare of children are all dependent on its stability. When it is weakened or undermined, the entire superstructure begins to wobble.”
It’s clear that the combined agents of cultural indoctrination—the judicial powers, the educational elite, the extremely biased and liberal media, and the hate-filled, intolerant gay/lesbian lobby—have gained enormous ground in the war against traditional marriage and biblical norms.
Listen to the words of a young Canadian adult who has seen how seismic the moral change can be when a country adopts the homosexual agenda into its governance. Dawn Stefanowicz was one of six adult children of gay parents who filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for the court to maintain the traditional definition of marriage.
“I want to warn America to expect severe erosion of First Amendment freedoms if the U.S. Supreme Court mandates same-sex marriage,” she wrote in an article for Public Discourse, an online publication of the Witherspoon Institute. “The consequences have played out in Canada for 10 years now, and they are truly Orwellian in nature and scope.
“In Canada, freedoms of speech, press, religion and association have suffered greatly due to government pressure. The debate over same-sex marriage taking place in the United States could not legally exist in Canada today. Because of legal restrictions on speech, if you say or write anything considered ‘homophobic’ (including by definition anything questioning same-sex marriage), you could face discipline, termination of employment or prosecution by the government.”
Unless we see a surprise reversal of the godless forces that are relentlessly seeking to undermine the bedrock, biblical precepts that have undergirded our moral behavior for centuries, I am afraid we could be in the same dreadful state as our northern neighbor.
As an anonymous professor who was interviewed by the American Conservative pointedly said: “We are now at the point at which it is legitimate to ask if sexual autonomy is more important than the First Amendment.”
The continued outcry of atheists against any expression of religious freedom (pages 8-17), the bullying tactics of LGBT activists (page 4) and the large numbers of people who care nothing about God or spiritual matters (pages 24-29) reveals that the moral state of our union is perilous indeed. I have no doubt our nation is teetering on the edge of a gaping moral abyss.
Our only hope is a spiritual awakening.
That’s why beginning early next year, I intend to travel to all 50 states to proclaim loudly and clearly that believers in the Lord Jesus Christ must take a stand now if we hope to see our children and grandchildren grow up in a nation with the profound blessings that religious freedom brings.
Decision America Tour In 2016, Franklin Graham will be proclaiming the Good News in all 50 states and challenging Christians to live out their faith.
As we elect a new president in 2016, I will do all I can to turn our attention to the priority and power of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. No political party can save us. No amount of legislation that ignores and forsakes moral precepts can bring about true, lasting hope and change.
I do believe, however, that bold Christian men and women should run for office at every level—local, state and national. Think about what a profound difference it would make if we had committed followers of Christ serving on local school boards, city councils, as mayors, in state halls and holding national offices.
Christians have a biblical commission—to be salt and light in a dark world—in addition to the Great Commission of evangelism and discipleship. We are to be the “good infection,” in the words of C.S. Lewis, touching our neighborhoods, communities, schools and businesses with the compassion and truth of Christ.
The Bible is clear that the world system has always been opposed to the things of God. The Apostle John wrote that “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19).
That said, I am standing up for the truth and principles of God’s Word. There is transformation power in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ—power to change hearts and souls, even cultures, as redeemed men and women live holy, uncompromising lives for Christ.
Now is the time to take a stand, before it is too late. ©2015 BGEA
The Destruction of Marriage
With the onslaught gaining momentum to destroy two of the key foundations of our society, traditional marriage and families, the proponents of men "marrying" other men, (and thereby trying to normalise the sexual acts they do to each other), are trying to abolish the terms "husband" and "wife" from the marriage act in Australia.
The appeasers of this bullying movement thought that by allowing "civil unions" some time back that that would be the end of it. They were wrong then, and will be wrong again if they give in to this imminent, potentially catastrophic assault on marriage and families.
This movement will not stop there. For example they will have to advance further to remove the terms "father" and "mother," then they will turn their juggernaut toward more open attacks on Christianity and Christians, as it is ultimately their futile attempt to rebel against God and push Him out of their lives which is their true motivation. As C.S. Lewis once said, “Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms,”
With the millions of married couples, and fathers and mothers, and children out there suddenly having their status as husbands, wives, fathers and mothers completely undermined, and their titles effectively outlawed, who is standing up for them against this mass discrimination and assault by a few on the age old roles and consciences of millions of people?
Where will the madness end?
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6).
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Kirsten Powers Stands Up and Speaks Out
By Eric Metaxas
Open debate, tolerance and honest disagreement are under attack. There’s a reason for that, and one voice on the left has had enough.
My friend Kirsten Powers is looking for a fight.
Let me explain. Kirsten, a popular Fox News contributor and USA Today columnist, has just released a new book called “The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech.” The intriguing thing here is that Kirsten herself is a lifelong member of the left. But it bothers her that many of her fellow liberals these days would rather force conservatives to shut up than actually have an open debate with them.
Kirsten has always believed, as she writes in her book, that “the fundamental liberal values” include “free speech, debate, and dissent.” And that’s what I meant by “looking for a fight.” She believes, and I agree with her, that it’s better to have a good, substantive argument out in the open than to simply try to silence one’s opponent.
But as she documents in “The Silencing,” there’s a new breed of liberals taking over—a breed that she herself dubs “the illiberal left”—and these people are all about the silencing.
The illiberal left wants journalists fired for not holding the “correct” positions on hot-button social issues. They complain of feeling unsafe and uncomfortable in class if their professors teach the wrong authors or use the wrong phrases. They charge all same-sex marriage opponents with bigotry and try to shut down their businesses. They claim that pro-life women aren’t really “women” at all, and can’t be trusted to vote the right way on “women’s issues” or anything else.
In short, the illiberal left’s answer to everything that doesn’t fit their narrow worldview is “Shut up.” Demonization and dehumanization are their tools, and they wield them every chance they get.
As Kirsten herself told me when I interviewed her on “The Eric Metaxas Show,” she started to notice this pattern while doing research for her columns at USA Today. She’s come under attack herself, just for working at Fox News, even though she continues to represent a liberal point of view there. (“Guilt by association” is another favorite technique with the illiberal left.)
But as Kirsten told me, this isn’t about her. She’s more concerned about what’s happening on a national level, to all the people who don’t have access to the outlets that she has and are easy to silence before they ever even get a chance to speak. It’s on their behalf that she’s speaking out.
As Kirsten writes, “Debate and persuasion should be the default response when someone encounters a person who does not share their view, not demands that the other person change their position or be pushed to the margins of polite society.”
Amen. I’m deeply grateful for her honesty and integrity in standing up to those on her own side and insisting on fair treatment of those they disagree with.
And I especially like her proposed solution to the problem of misunderstanding and intolerance: “We should all make efforts to invite people who hold different views into our worlds. . . . Now, go make some unlikely friends.”
I’m proud to have Kirsten Powers as my unlikely friend, and I hope you’ll read “The Silencing.” Come to BreakPoint.org, click on this commentary, and we’ll link you to it.
Corporates should rethink consequences of redefining marriage
12 June 2015
Businesses should think more deeply about their support for redefining marriage.
ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said businesses campaigning for same-sex marriage risked marginalising staff and millions of customers who support the timeless definition of marriage.
“These businesses are free to do what they like with their money but have they thought through the consequences of redefining marriage?” Mr Shelton said.
“By entering this divisive political campaign these businesses risk alienating millions of staff and customers who for religious and cultural reasons will never accept same-sex marriage.
“Marriage is a bedrock institution of our society.
“Redefining marriage would redefine family. Have these CEOs asked themselves how two men or two women would be able to acquire a child?
“By definition, same-sex parenting involves removing a child from either their mum or their dad.
“Overseas, redefining marriage has also had serious consequences and people who hold a conscientious objection to same-sex marriage have been punished by law for living out their beliefs.”
Mr Shelton said these businesses should think more carefully about the consequences of this divisive political campaign.
There is “a time to be silent, and a time to speak”. (Ecclesiastes 3:7). Now is the time to speak, so please speak up and defend children, truth and freedom.
“What the world needs most is a voice that courageously speaks the truth, not when the world is right, but a voice that speaks the truth when the world is wrong.” Fulton Sheen