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If the Nashville Statement was the Dearborn Statement would the media still freak out?

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What is the Nashville Statement and why is there so much controversy surrounding it? If you are not familiar with the fourteen articles of the Nashville Statement, it can be boiled down to this. We believe the Bible to be the only and true word of God, and God has revealed through His word that sex is reserved for marriage. Marriage is a sacred institution ordained by God to be a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman. All sex outside of marriage is sinful. God has also revealed that there are only two genders and these genders correspond to the biological sex. Thinking of oneself as a woman trapped in a man’s body is the result of a sinful and depraved mind and not based in reality.

This statement should not be controversial. The church has been teaching this for two millennia. Just like the saints of the Old Testament did for thousands of years before Christ founded the Church.

So this isn’t anything new. It is just the church reaffirming to the world that they believe what God has declared in His word. So why is there such controversy over a doctrine that goes back thousands of years?

Some might think that it is about LGBT rights and anything that runs counter to their movement must be stopped. The truth is this has nothing to do with LGBT rights at all. All this is an attack on Christ, His word, and His Church. Let me show you why.

Let’s change the name of this statement from the Nashville Statement to the Mecca Statement. Or better yet, let’s make it the Dearborn Statement to give an American ring to it and make a few changes.

WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian Islamic faithfulness and witness.

WE DENY that the approval of homosexual immorality or transgenderism is a matter of moral indifference about which otherwise faithful Christians Muslims should agree to disagree.

Let me ask you a question. Do you seriously think if this statement came out from a group of Imam’s that you would get the progressives and their political allies to come out and condemn this statement?

Of course, they would, (insert long and uncomfortable pause) right? It would be like that time when the feminist organized a march and protested Islamic countries treatment and subjugation of women. Or that LGBT march against certain Islamic countries, like our ally Saudia Arabia, which may punish homosexuality with being stoned to death.

Remember those marches and how the progressive left and their politicians came out screaming and rioting in the streets? Neither do I because this never happened.

You see it’s not about LGBT rights. It’s about fighting the common enemy, and that common enemy is Jesus Christ.

You can call Christianity and the Nashville Statement hateful and bash on Christianity all day long, and the Left will love you. Dare to come out against Islam, and you will be shut down.

Take for instance the darling of the Left, atheist, and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. A man who has gained notoriety by relentlessly mocking Christianity. No progressive college campus or media outlet would ever deny him access in furthering his message of hate for Christianity. As long as he is bashing Christianity, we are all for it.

But what happened to Richard Dawkins? He dared to step out of line, and in his intellectually consistent hatred for all religions he came out and called Islam, “the most evil religion in the world.” Dawkins is a bad boy now, and we must punish him.

In a recent effort to promote his new book, “Science in the Soul.” Dawkins began doing speaking engagements. His next stop, uber liberal Berkeley, CA. Berkeley would seem like a perfect venue for Dawkins. They are just as anti-God as he is, and his anti-God message would be welcome. Or at least if that God is the God of the Bible and not Islam, Allah, or the prophet Mohammad.

The event sponsor and host KPFA-FM in Berkeley would not tolerate his Islamaphobia and canceled the event. Their reasoning. KPFA does not endorse abusive speech.

“While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech…We apologize for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins’ views much earlier.”

Dawkins responded in an open letter to KPFA and stated:

“I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?”

Mr. Dawkins, the reason Islam gets a free pass, and Christianity doesn’t, is that the enemy isn’t religion, it’s Jesus Christ.

There is a spiritual battle going on and a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. The goal of the progressive left isn’t to destroy religion, it is to destroy all things, Christ, and as long as faithful Christians proclaim His word, they will attack you.

Christ said it clearly in John 15:20:

“Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.”

The reality is there is nothing new under the sun going on here. The backlash to the Nashville Statement is just the latest target of the Christ haters. Christ promised us that if you stand with Him, you will be mocked and persecuted. If you expect the world to react another way, then you have completely misunderstood how offensive the Gospel is to an unbelieving world.

The Nashville Statement is not a political statement or a legislative agenda. It simply is a statement for the church to remind them not to be conformed to the progressive, Christ-hating religion of the world.

Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised when politicians like Nashville Mayor Megan Barry or liberal “so-called Christians” like Jen Hatmaker come out against the Nashville Statement. If they do, they might just find themselves alongside Richard Dawkins.

 

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CNN does 67 updates for Sri Lanka story with ZERO mentions blaming Islamic terrorists

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CNN does 67 updates for Sri Lanka story with ZERO mentions blaming Islamic terrorists

The narrative has already been set by American mainstream media on how they’re supposed to handle the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. There are certain things that can be said and others that must be avoided at all costs. With reporting that has spanned nearly 24 hours and included 67 updates to the story, guess how many times CNN blamed Islamic terrorists for the attack.

If you guessed anything higher than zero, you gave CNN way too much credit.

I scanned the entire series of live updates they’ve been doing since the news broke. It’s all within one long story, making it easy to search for individual words, so I did. The results were depressing but expected. Even at this late hour, they still have not acknowledged the possibility that the act was committed by Islamic terrorists.

The closest they came to blaming radical Islamic terrorists in their primary coverage story was a mention in a quote by Diplomatic editor Nic Robertson in which he notes the obvious – that it has the “hallmarks” of Islamic terrorism – but then quickly notes that there are no known radical Islamic terrorist groups in the area.

“It is a very confused picture in terms of who may or may not be responsible. The Sri Lankan civil war ended 10 years ago, a 25 year long civil war, and the Tamil separatists there were a secular group. It would be very, very unlike them and their tactics ever to attack churches and particularly on such a holy day.”

“It has the hallmarks — or is intended to have the hallmarks — of Islamic extremists. But, again, these kinds of groups are unknown in Sri Lanka.”

This last notion is absolutely untrue, of course, as we now know the Chief of Police in Sri Lanka issued a warning about the Nations Thawahid Jaman (NTJ), an Islamist group led by Mohomad Saharan.

The CNN report mentioned the word “Muslim” four times: twice to note the percentage of the population of Sri Lanka that is Muslim, once to warn against reprisals against Muslims, and another to note there have been attacks against Muslims by Buddhist groups. Not once was it even speculated the attacks were carried out by Muslims.

The leftist narrative must be maintained and CNN will not break their allegiances. This was just some people that did something. It may look like an apple, but CNN will scream “banana, banana, banana” for as long as they can.

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Since leftist media won’t say it: Radical Islamic terrorists murdered hundreds of Christians

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Since leftist media wont say it Radical Islamic terrorists murdered hundreds of Christians

Update: CNN still hasn’t acknowledge the possibility it was Islamic terrorism after 67 updates over the last 24 hours.

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The dramatic shift in how mainstream media characterizes terrorist attacks over the years reached what I hope is the pinnacle of their obfuscation today. The terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka against Christian churches and areas where Christians were likely to gather were committed on Easter Sunday by Muslims in a city known for radicalization. This was a clear and unambiguous attack by radical Islamic terrorists specifically targeting Christians.

But you’ll have a hard time coming to that conclusion if all you’re reading or watching is leftist mainstream media.

The reporting today has been in stark contrast to the immediate labeling and narrative-building surrounding the terrorist attacks in New Zealand mosques last month. There was zero doubt based on media reporting that the attacks were targeting Muslims. But today, it’s hard to even find the word “Christian” in any of the posts or news reports. On top of that, there’s a stark difference when reading the Tweets of condolences from leftists who refuse to acknowledge this as an attack against Christianity despite the immediate and crystal clear labeling of the New Zealand mosque incidents as attacks targeting Muslims.

Some of this was noted by Brittany Pettibone:

OAN’s Jack Posobiec added that a new phrase has been coined by the media regarding the Notre-Dame fire:

Was this the same response they were giving following the Christchurch attacks? No. As Imam Mohamad Tawhidi noted, the differences were very clear.

Why do the media and leftist politicians do this? Why are they quick to label attacks against any other religious group exactly as they appear, but they’re so unwilling to call out any attacks against Christians as attacks against Christians?

This is the time we’re in, folks. The left has a narrative they want jammed into our heads and that narrative has no room for acknowledging violence and persecution is committed against Christians. The only stories that fit their narratives are stories that can blame Christians for wrongdoing. In those cases, the perpetrators’ status as Christians is broadcast loud and clear. But if Christians are victims, the left will go to extreme lengths to negate that fact from the record.

Of all the major news outlets, I was only able to find one that didn’t shy away from the truth. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board stands alone in declaring the intended victims of this attack as who they are and why they were targeted.

WSJ Editorial Board

The intentional suppression of what happened, who committed it, and who was targeted is beyond insulting. The terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka are being framed by the media as some people did something.

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Romans 8:18 – ‘sufferings of this present time’

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Romans 8:18 sufferings of this present time

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. – Romans 8:18 (KJV)

There has been suffering around the world since the fall of man to sin. While this suffering will persist until the second coming of Christ, we are to remember that it our suffering is not to be regarded as important. It doesn’t matter what hardships face us. The reward at the end is so much greater than anything we can be put through in this life.

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