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Nashville Statement is so basic, it’s controversial

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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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The truth about Thanksgiving

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The truth about Thanksfiving

Thanksgiving for many of us has been presented as a time when diversity worked. When a group of people who came seeking refuge from religious persecution was saved by another group of people. A time when different cultures could come together and share what they had to offer one another, culminating in a feast consisting of corn and turkey that was made to honor that moment.

Sadly, the most recent depiction of this pivotal moment in our history has been turned into an American horror story. A story that depicts white Europeans who came to wipe out all the innocent natives by disease and war. The evil white man brought with them more evil white men who only wanted to destroy and kill, to take land that didn’t belong to them and annihilate anyone who wasn’t white. Because that’s all white people want.

Neither of these versions are remotely true.

The Pilgrims were not fleeing from persecution. Nor did they spread disease or kill an entire village of Native Americans. They simply came to a new world filled with the hope of freedom – freedom to live by the values and principles as defined by the word of God. They came to the new world to give their families that chance rather than being overtaken by a society they felt did not reflect those values. It was so important to them that they risked their lives and the lives of their children to make the voyage. A voyage that landed them far from where they were expecting.

After arriving to the new world it was clear that God had a plan. The circumstances which led up to the first thanksgiving – for both the Europeans and the Native American that helped them – could only be explained by divine providence.

Despite being told this is a time to apologize or to be shameful for our history as a nation, the truth is Thanksgiving should be the most important and revered time for all Americans. A time of remembrance of God’s grace and divine providence for a group of people that risked everything to honor Him, including a Native American by the name of Squanto.

The diversity of God’s grace is what we, Americans, should be celebrating. Not multiculturalism.

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

There are two prevailing opinions pertaining to the Florida election and subsequent recounts. Democrats generally feel like it’s good to “count every ballot” until they win, even if that means “finding” more ballots to add to their candidates’ tallies. Republicans have been fighting against the recounts despite that play coming across ingenuously to voters on both sides.

We should want every valid vote counted. The operative word there is “valid.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, Tweeted a Bible verse that seemed apropos to the current debacle in Florida.

One might even say this draws in one of the favorite punching bags for Republicans, former presidential candidate “Crooked” Hillary Clinton. That wasn’t the intent, I’m sure, but it’s always fun to laugh at Hillary.

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

There are certain political moves that can be considered “no-brainers” for anyone in Washington DC. Offering persecuted Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi asylum is one of them.

The drawbacks of doing so are few but potent. It would enrage hardline Muslims in the United States who may go after Bibi and her family, but that’s a risk she’ll face anywhere she goes. It would put US citizens and military personnel at greater risk than they already are when traveling abroad, especially in Muslim majority nations like Pakistan. Lastly, it would spark negative press against the President who would ask whether or not he would do the same for a Muslim in a similar circumstance.

All of those negatives are mitigated by three important positives.

  1. It goes against the bigotry narrative. Don’t get me wrong. Mainstream media and leftists will still try to paint the act of offering asylum to a persecuted Pakistani family as racist because she’s Christian. Thankfully, most Americans are smart enough to see through that false narrative.
  2. Pakistan won’t mind. If anything, their preference would be for America, which is already evil in the eyes of most hardline Islamic Pakistanis, to accept a burden that will only perpetuate a narrative that already exists.
  3. It’s the right thing to do. Any time the President of the United States can do the right thing, he should. Lately, there just haven’t been many opportunities to do so.

Every day that passes brings Asia Bibi and her family closer to the dangers that are closing in on them in Pakistan. They need to be taken in as soon as possible. Italy, Germany, and even Canada have offered to step up. The United States needs to do the same.

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