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Nashville Statement is so basic, it’s controversial



The Nashville Statement was nothing new and should come as no surprise to those who are spiritually mature or familiar with Christianity. However, the uproar over the Articles are just as unsurprising. The statement was a much-needed declaration that the church will not bend to the whims of modern day in its opposition to God’s word. Churches all across America needed a refresher on God’s view on sexuality. This past summer, we have seen Eugene Peterson publicly waver on the biblical view of marriage. Without something to stand united on, it would only be a matter of time before legitimate churches reject Christian doctrine. The Nashville Statement is a clear and concise summary of the biblical view of human sexuality and gender.

The Nashville Statement condemns sexism early on in Article 3 which I thought was empowering to both men and women. I believe the church needs to make progress with gender equality (second wave feminism) and this statement helps because it reflects Jesus’s treatment of women. It’s ironic for people to call it sexist.

The angry tweeters out there call the Nashville Statement hate and bigotry hiding behind religion. However, many critics lack basic reading comprehension. The others just didn’t read. Article 8 acknowledges that people experience same sex attractions which biblically speaking is no different than any other temptation. Article 6 understands that there are certain disorders that do not make a person less in the eyes of God. These articles bring a compassion that the church has often been criticized for lacking.

Most of the backlash has been about the condemnation of homosexuality and transgenderism. Article 7 clearly states that living a homosexual or transgendered lifestyle is inconsistent with God’s holy purpose for creation and redemption. With all the backlash, you would think people didn’t already know this is Christianity. However, these two are not singled out. Article 9 condemns sex outside of the marital covenant which like homosexuality has traditionally been viewed as a sin by the church.

Article 10 is where the Nashville Statement draws a clear line. It is an ultimatum like that in Joshua 24 where you will either follow God’s design or not at all. In a country and world where people and churches are caving to political pressure by liberalism, Article 10 makes it clear that if a person or a church endorses homosexuality or transgenderism, they have strayed. It’s ether God’s way or man’s way. Churches that stray from God’s way are to be viewed as apostate. This is nothing new. Christians don’t look at a church performing gay weddings as following God. The Nashville Statement is simply restating the conclusion that Christians had already made.

Yet with all of this talk of human bodies, the Nashville Statement concludes with the Gospel message. Article 12 states that God forgives mercifully. Article 13 says God has the power to change hearts and lives. Article 14 concludes by saying Jesus came for us all, for we are all lost. His love will always be greater than your sin.

The CBMW is a specific organization centered around this topic. I don’t doubt they prayed long and hard about the words they chose when crafting this message of compassion and accountability. They didn’t come up with anything new. They just stuck to the basics. Thus, why all the controversy is really a reflection of humanity’s rebellion against God.

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



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



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.

Original Story:

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’



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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