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Dear Friends,In Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus says, “You have heard it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.”This passage in Scripture comes to mind in reflecting on the tragic incident that occurred yesterday in Alexandria, Va., in which a murderous gunman attempted to kill members of Congress and their aides on a baseball field, wounding six. It’s important to ponder and take heed of this vital teaching of Christ in the volatile times in which we live.Christ is teaching us that when we harbor malicious thoughts about other people in our hearts, they can easily fester into physical action, like angry outbursts and violence. This is why Jesus says that we must go well beyond the avoidance of outright killing. We have to get at the root of the problem, which starts in our hearts. We must root out every thought and attitude that causes us to hate others. (In these polarized times, we must insist on the true definition of “hate,” which is “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury.” Therefore, disagreeing with certain lifestyles and public policies is, by definition, not “hate.”)This is an important lesson for all of us who are involved in public policy and government. When it comes to politics, most of us have passionate viewpoints, which lead to passionate disagreements, which is very fitting in a free democracy such as ours that requires open and free debate in order to function. However, we must never let our passionate viewpoints turn into anger, as Christ said. As we have witnessed time and time again in our country, anger can lead to vindictiveness towards others, which can lead to violence and murder. Christ has perfect understanding of this dangerous fallibility that is present in every human heart, and therefore warns against it in the strongest terms.May all of our most passionate views always be rooted in love for our fellow man, never anger. Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesThe Bigotry of Bernie Sanders – Travis WeberTrump’s Rule on the HHS Contraceptive Mandate Ensures Religious Freedom for All – Travis WeberSanders’ Religious Test Goes Against Founders’ Vision – Tony PerkinsBern Victim: Christians Need Not Apply – Patrina MosleyThis Pill Could Reverse a Third of Abortions – Arina GrossuPresident Trump Names Abstinence Education Leader to Top Post at HHS Department – Tony PerkinsCommunity Health Care Centers Offer Full Spectrum of Primary Care, Unlike Planned Parenthood – FRCAn Open Letter to Bernie Sanders from a Vermont Pastor – Tim CountsFRC Summer Reading List – Dan HartTestimony in Opposition to H. 1190 and S. 62 – Peter SpriggWe’re Better Together – Dan HartStanding for Christ – Travis WeberEven Liberal Feminists Can’t Resist Committed Love and Marriage – Chris GacekGiving to Caesar and to God – Peter Sprigg Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareBernie Sanders’s Religious Test for Christians in Public Office – Emma Green, The AtlanticPolicy at Michigan College Results in Arrests for Handing Out Constitution – Alliance Defending FreedomTrump Administration Considering Rule That Would Help Little Sisters of the Poor – Rachel del Guidice, The Daily SignalThe Campus Speech Police Come to Fresno State – Jake Curtis, National ReviewTown Stands up to Atheist Bullies, Refuses to Remove Cross – ToddStarnes.comBernie Sanders Doesn’t Think Christians Are Fit For Public Office – John Daniel Davidson, The FederalistSchool: Students May Not Pray or Mention Jesus – ToddStarnes.comThis Farmer Won’t Host Same-Sex Weddings at His Orchard. Now a City Has Banned Him From Its Farmers Market. – Fred Lucas, The Daily SignalInternational Religious FreedomPetition calls for repeal of ‘totalitarian’ bill allowing children to be taken from Christian homes – Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNewsIreland's abortion law violates human rights, UN rules – Kenza Bryan, IndependentPublic board orders Christian school to stop reading ‘offensive’ Bible passages – Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNewsMilitary Religious FreedomSupreme Court refuses to review case of Christian Marine who claims she was discharged over Bible verse – Samuel Smith, The Christian Post LifeAbortionDaughter’s thank you note to her parents who chose life as teens goes viral – Nancy Flanders, Live ActionMore abortions, more money, less real support for women – Samantha Gobba, WORLDHarvard Law Journal: Unborn Babies are Constitutional Persons – The StreamIsrael’s modern-day midwives offer solutions, not abortion – Jay Hobbs, The StreamMost Pro-Life Laws are Based on Sound Science – Michael J. New, National ReviewWhy We Kill Disabled Kids: For the Same Reason Cain Killed Abel – John Zmirak, The StreamDelaware legalizes abortion through all nine months – Samantha Gobba, WORLDAdoptionChristians who reject transgenderism banned from adoption, working with children in Illinois – Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNewsStreamlining adoption the goal of bipartisan working group – David Meade, Lexington Herald LeaderBioethicsBasic bioethics: How Christians should think about bioethics – Joe Carter, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionDoctor: Insurance companies are denying treatment and pushing assisted suicide on patients – Cassy Fiano, Live Action NewsOregon Senate votes to allow dementia patients to be starved to death – Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNewsCanadian nurse forced out for refusing to participate in euthanasia – Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNewsObamacareStates scramble to prevent ObamaCare exodus – Rachel Roubein and Nathaniel Weixel, The HillFate of Planned Parenthood funding tied to Senate moderates – Jennifer Haberkorn, PoliticoYes, Obamacare Really Does Disadvantage Disabled Americans – Christopher Jacobs, The Federalist FamilyEconomics/EducationNew Poll Shows What College Students Really Think About Safe Spaces – Katrina Willis, The Daily SignalWhat Happens at Home Doesn’t Stay There: It Goes to School – Nicholas Zill, Family StudiesTax Reform for Working-Class Families – Josh McCabe, National ReviewMarriageMaintaining Your Marriage During the Parenting Years – Arlene Pellicane, Focus on the Family5 Memorable quotes that taught me how to be a better father – Michael Rennier, AleteiaA Vow Worth Keeping: A Review of Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give – Alysse ElHage, Family StudiesMillennials Are Looking for Parental Guidance on Love – Kat Talalas, Family StudiesWhat It Feels Like To Be A Man Struggling With Infertility – Aaron Gleason, The FederalistThe global culture each child needs – Patrick F. Fagan, MercatornetFaith/Character/CultureHow Christians Should Engage in Culture – Rob Schwarzwalder, The StreamAuthentic community: How online substitutes damage our empathy – Jonathan C. Edwards, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionGal Gadot’s Wonder Woman Manages The Tough Task Of Winsomely Portraying Virtue – Gracy Olmstead, The FederalistThe Bible Got It Right: Why Going to Church Keeps You Alive Longer – Lorie Johnson, CBN NewsKathy Griffin and the Vanishing of Argument – Bp. Robert Barron, National Catholic RegisterBernie Sanders and the Danger of Theological Ignorance – Rob Schwarzwalder, The StreamHuman SexualityStudy: Less sex education leads to less sex – Kiley Crossland, WORLD4 biblical truths to help fight sexual temptation – Casey B. Hough, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionSame-Sex Attraction and Therapy: It’s Time to Let People Choose – Arther Goldberg, Public DiscourseHuman TraffickingCambodia’s Child Sex Industry Is Dwindling—And They Have Christians to Thank – Kate Shellnutt In Phnom Penh, Christianity TodayPornographyHow Porn Dehumanizes Women Through Sexual Objectification – Fight the New Drug
Temple Baptist Church - 5-28-2017Romans 1:1-5Introduction:A. As we finished 2 Thessalonians, I tried to get the mind of the Lord as to what Pauline Epistle that I needed to begin. The Book of Romans kept coming to mind so we will begin a long series of preaching through this delightful book of the Bible. 1. This epistle to the Roman believers is said to be the “greatest letter every written.” Though several of Paul's epistles were written at an earlier date, the Holy Spirit saw fit to place it as the first or prelude to all other epistles. It possibly set forth first because it gives a comprehensive overview of the salvation, justification, sanctification and responsibility of the child of God. 2. I have spent years preaching through the Pauline or Church Epistles. If I had it to do over with, I would have preached them in the order in which they are placed in the Bible. At least, in the beginning of my ministry here at Temple Baptist, I taught through Romans in Sunday School.B. The Book of Romans is a doctrinal book. 1. I read that it has been called “An anchor in the shifting sands of human theology.” I can find no better title to give to this epistle. Rome was the center of Satanic suppression. As Caesar was Rome's “god,” Satan used Rome as his stronghold to hinder and stop the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. Notice that Paul was writing to individual and not to a local church or churches. Rome would have been a hard and dangerous place for Christians to assemble! That further amplifies the importance of the Roman Epistle. 3. The time of Paul's writing this epistle is also important. It was written somewhere between 60-62 AD. a. Nero Claudius Caesar (58-64 AD), called the most despicable manifestation of human flesh every born, was the Emperor of Rome. He was the Caesar that Paul appealed to and apparently won his appeal because his deliverance was noted in the Book of 2 Timothy, chapter 4.b. 2 Timothy 4:16-18 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. (17) Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. (18) And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.4. Nero later put Paul to death.C. Nero hated Christianity and destroyed many of the Christians living there. The Neronian persecution was vicious indeed.1. Tacitus (c. A.D. 60-120), a Roman historian, has preserved a record of this situation. We quote the following from his Annals (XV.44).“And so, to get rid of this rumor, Nero set up [i.e., falsely accused] as the culprits and punished with the utmost refinement of cruelty a class hated for their abominations, who are commonly called Christians. Christus, from whom their name is derived, was executed at the hands of the procurator Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius. Checked for a moment, this pernicious superstition again broke out, not only in Judea, the source of the evil, but even in Rome.... Accordingly, arrest was first made of those who confessed [to being Christians]; then, on their evidence, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much on the charge of arson as because of [their] hatred for the human race. Besides being put to death they were made to serve as objects of amusement; they were clothed in the hides of beasts and torn to death by dogs; others were crucified, others set on fire to serve to illuminate the night when daylight failed. Nero had thrown open his grounds for the display, and was putting on a show in the circus, where he mingled with the people in the dress of charioteer or drove about in his chariot. All this gave rise to a feeling of pity, even towards men whose guilt merited the most exemplary punishment; for it was felt that they were being destroyed not for the public good but to gratify the cruelty of an individual.”2. Because of the time frame in which Romans was written, these were relatively new believers and, were possibly without a pastor or local church; therefore, they had possibly had little or no doctrinal grounding. 3. Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, knew that the only thing that would protect and stabilize these new believers was sound, biblical doctrine. The Word of God was to be their “anchor” in a turbulent sea of wickedness and persecution.D. “The shifting sands of human theology” is befitting of the times in which we also live. 1. Virtually every major denomination has left the “old paths” of the inspiration and infallibility of the Scriptures, the practical sanctification of the believers, and doctrines of the faith once delivered that were so precious to Christians in years gone past. 2. Paul, when writing his second epistle to Timothy (a young pastor in Ephesus), prophesied of the turning away of the churches from hearing the Truth. It was also prophetic of the days in which we live.3. Doctrinal preaching will do one of two things: ground the recipients in the Truth of the Bible or run the rejecters off. In both the Old and New Testament, people in general refuse to hear the Word of God, especially when sound doctrinal preaching and teaching go forth.Zechariah 7:8-14 And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying, (9) Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: (10) And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. (11) But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. (12) Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts. (13) Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts: (14) But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.2 Timothy 4:1-5 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (5) But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.4. The result will always be the same: churches permeated with worldly, lost people. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.E. Sound Biblical Doctrine is the foundation of the church. Psalms 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? 1. The question was asked and the answer was evident: NOTHING! Without sound doctrine, the church will drift and the people will be destroyed.2. Therefore, Satan has “chipped away” at the foundation as a termite undermines the foundation of a home: subtle and unnoticed to the casual observer.)F. God's house is a house of doctrine. Satan hates God, hates the child of God, hates the local church, and is actively working to destroy all.1. De-emphasizing of Sound Doctrine - A tactic of the devil to bring about the ecumenical movement which teaches that where you go to church is not important. This form of doctrinal ignorance is leading to the rise of the modern day ecumenical movement. It does matter where you go to church and it does matter what that church teaches doctrinally.2. Demonizing of Sound Doctrine – A tactic of the devil that portrays God's men in a pharisaical light and the Bible believing local church as cultic. This form of doctrinal ignorance drives away those who listen to such tactics and opens wide the door for false teachers and preachers.3. Dividing of Sound Doctrine – A tactic of the devil to bring about division within the fundamental churches. Fundamental churches once had basically the same doctrine. Today, the word “fundamental” has become an irrelevant term. G. There is a decline in the teaching of Bible doctrine in the churches today as many churches, pastors, and teachers shy away from it and go from “heart pricking” to “ear tickling.” To these, doctrine is neither important nor is it relevant to our day. I want to reiterate that sound doctrine is imperative! Sound doctrine is imperative to:1. The stability of the local church - 1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (If the church is not doctrinally correct, then it cannot be trusted. The Head of the church is Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ is the Word of God; therefore, if the Head and the Word are right, the local church can be trusted to be right also.)2. The detection and rejection of the infiltration of false teachers - Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (God gives to the local church pastors who rightly divide the word of truth, feed the flock of God, and equip the saints to be able to discern false teaching. Theological “food poisoning” is a good term describing false doctrinal teaching. It brings joy to the pastor's heart when his people can detect false statements.)3. The spiritual well being of the believer - Colossians 2:6-8 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: (7) Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. (8) Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (One of the greatest accolades that can be given to the local church is that of a people who know what and why they believe. A knowledgeable people are both productive and protected. Too many churches are characterized by biblical ignorance. Paul often addressed the believers with the statement, “I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren.”)4. The biblical training of our children - Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (The Bible and doctrinal truth are essential to the spiritual upbringing of our children. Our children need to be taught the Word of God, not just entertained and the Bible taught must be right and the doctrine correct. I have seen people purposely confuse their children in order to show rebellion toward the preaching and teaching from the pulpit.)
We hope you have been enjoying our member spotlights and have been able to better get to know our members. This month we are spotlighting Dan and Shannon Penrod. Dan grew up in a godly Christian home where his dad was a lay pastor. From birth to graduation he attended a church that taught the Gospel. While doing devotions with his mother at the age of seven, he got saved. Shannon was raised in the Catholic Church. When she started dating Dan during her freshman year of high school, she heard the Gospel message while visiting his church, Parkview Church of the Nazarene. But it wasn’t until the age of 24 that she decided to put her trust in Jesus and believe in His power to save her. Dan had asked her before if she would like to step out of the pew and go to the altar, but she had always felt too embarrassed. But one particular Sunday, Pastor Graves kept pleading “take Jesus home with you today!” Dan and Shannon just had to look at each other and they started making their way toward the altar. That day, Shannon “took Jesus […]
Dear Friends,Self-professed atheists like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins often say that Christianity is an absurd religion that believes in things like “talking snakes.” While it’s lamentable that Maher and Dawkins feel the need to take Scripture passages out of context to prop up straw man arguments, I often wonder what they would say in response to profound Christian witness that gets to the heart of why our faith is the Truth.I came across an example of this kind of witness recently from Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., who makes this penetrating insight about the nature of our God and how He conforms to the natural desires of our hearts:If you look into your heart and consider the kind of god you deem ideal, what you come up with is Jesus. Given the chance to custom order the divinity who best satisfies the desires of our heart, we would design a deity tender and compassionate, whose joy was to accompany us as a friend in our earthly travails. We would want a god infinitely wise, eager to teach us the things we need to know in order for life to be filled with meaning and joy. We would insist on a god who was merciful and ever swift to forgive our sins… one with a special preference for the poor and the needy. We would want a god of perfect peace, promising happiness, blessing us with hope… one who was extravagantly generous and totally giving of self. We would want a god who was in love with us.But, in fact, when we meet such a man in Jesus Christ, we can’t help but to respond the way people in the Gospel do: Where did this man get all this? Don’t we know his father and mother? Isn’t this the son of the carpenter? Which means that the automatic impulse when we meet Jesus Christ is to presume that what makes him so unique and exceptional—unlike anyone else we have ever met—is his Father.The Son of God exposes our presumption: You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true (Jn 7:28). The more we gaze upon Jesus Christ in all his ineffable goodness, the more we are compelled to cry with Philip, Show us the Father (Jn 14:8). (Excerpted from Magnificat, Vol. 19, No. 4 / June 2017, p. 3-4)May we be forever grateful to our amazing God, who consummately fulfills our truest human desire for a perfect Father.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesSecretary Mattis: Focus on War-Fighting, Ditch the Social Engineering – Lt. Gen. Jerry BoykinMaxine Waters: The Left’s Best Against Donald Trump? – Ken BlackwellRolling Thunder, ‘Missing Man’ tables and the Bible – Lt. Gen. Jerry BoykinDemocrat Outreach to Pro-Lifers Will Take More Than Talk – Tony PerkinsNew Research Shows “Adult-Like” Nerves in Very Young Embryos: Affirming the Likelihood of Fetal Pain – Arina GrossuHungarian Megachurch a Model of Salt and Light in Europe – Peter SpriggBudapest Family Summit Explores Ways to Revitalize the Family – Peter SpriggA Fitting Tribute to Memorial Day – Chris GacekFRC’s Arina Grossu Speaks at New D.C. Abortion Business Operated by Controversial Abortionist – Arina Grossu“Blasphemy Laws” Violate Religious Liberty – Travis WeberEmotionally Manipulative Videos Can’t Save Planned Parenthood – Dan Hart Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareVICTORY: Court affirms Christian’s right to refuse in good faith to make ‘LGBT Pride’ shirts – Peter LaBarbera, LifeSiteNewsRage at Rubio’s Bible Tweets: More Evidence of Troubling Bias Against Christians – John Zmirak, The StreamSheriff Ordered to Remove ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’ Decals – Todd Starnes, The StreamUndercover Planned Parenthood Video Removed from YouTube at Judge’s Order – Alexandra DeSanctis, National ReviewParents Sue San Diego School District Over ‘Initiative to Combat Islamophobia’ – Heather Clark, Christian NewsWhite House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers – Robert Pear, The New York TimesInternational Religious FreedomThe continuing tragedy of Egypt’s Coptic Christians – Samuel Tadros, The Washington PostTrump Should Adopt an International Religious-Freedom Policy with Teeth – Tina Ramirez, National ReviewWives of Chinese torture victims beg Congress for help – June Cheng, WORLD5 Ways to give persecuted Christians help beyond the hashtag – David Mills, AleteiaIndia Arrests Christians for Taking Kids to Bible Camp – Samuel Smith, The Christian Post LifeAbortionWhy The Latest Planned Parenthood Video Is A Breakthrough – Becky Visosky, The FederalistPlanned Parenthood’s Main Abortion Clinic Has Injured 4 Women in Botched Abortions Already This Year – Cheryl Sullenger, Life NewsPlanned Parenthood to Close Three Abortion Clinics in California – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNewsNew law may force pro-life groups to hire abortion activists – Fr. Mark Hodges, LifeSiteNewsUndercover Video Exposes Deep Contradiction at the Heart of Planned Parenthood – Jay Hobbs, The Daily SignalPlanned Parenthood’s newly released annual report shows abortions have increased – again – Susan Michelle-Hanson, Live ActionAdoptionWhy women aren’t choosing adoption – and how pro-lifers can change that – Matt Hadro, CruxTexas Adoption Law Could Jumpstart Christian Agencies Again – Kate Shellnutt, Christianity TodayIllinois Purges Social Workers and Foster Families Who Don't 'Facilitate Transgenderism' – Mary Hasson, The FederalistBioethicsCreating babies from skin cells turns procreation into transaction: scientist – Maggie Maslak, CAN/EWTN NewsTime for a "Populist" Bioethics Commission – Wesley J. Smith, First ThingsThe Dangerous Advance on Assisted Suicide You Probably Haven't Heard About – Bobby Schindler, NewsBustersPope Francis Cautions Against Dangers of Genetic Manipulation That Can Create 'Super Humans' – Felix N. Codilla, The Christian PostObamacareMcConnell steps into Obamacare firing line – Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn, PoliticoMcConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate – Alan Fram, Associated Press FamilyEconomics/EducationDeliver Us from iPads – Heather Wilhelm, National ReviewWhat Exactly Are Christian Schools Selling (or Marketing)? – Robert F. Davis, The Christian PostMany Women Want Careers That Are Compatible with Raising Children – Naomi Schaefer Riley, Family StudiesThe Closing of the American Mind Thirty Years Later: A Symposium – Nathan Schlueter, Public DiscourseDo-It-Yourself Biology – Deacon James H. Toner, CrisisObama’s regulations in 2016 to drain economy by $2 trillion – David Sherfinski, The Washington TimesMarriageDelaying Marriage and Parenthood – John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera, BreakPointStudy: Growing Number of Millennials Believe in Traditional Gender RolesThe Surprising Link Between Broken Families And America’s Opioid Crisis – Tamás Ungar, The FederalistWhat The New York Times Gets Wrong About Marriage, Health, and Well-Being – Tyler J. VanderWeele, Family StudiesFaith/Character/CultureTo Repair Our Fractured Republic, Get To Know Your Neighbors – Gracy Olmstead, The FederalistThe Kids Are Not Okay—and Neither Is America – Collin Hansen, The Gospel CoalitionAnne With an E Trades Realism for ‘Realism’ – Esther O’Reilly, The StreamVideo: On Pride, Humility, and Social Media – Bp. Robert Barron, Word On FireAmerica’s Social Fabric Is Eroding. Government Must Avoid Feeding the Problem. – Sen. Mike Lee, The Daily SignalHuman SexualityNevada governor signs bill to ban conversion therapy, with exemption for religious organizations – Chandrika Narayan, Fox 13What’s at Stake in the Left’s Effort to Redefine ‘Sex’ in Pennsylvania Law – Michael Geer, The Daily SignalMen and Women Are Not the Same – Alastair Roberts, The Gospel CoalitionWhat’s in a Name? Why Christians Should Be Wary of the Word "Transgender" – Andrew T. Walker, Public DiscourseWhy the New York Times Now Favors Adultery – Austin Ruse, CrisisHuman TraffickingNew Human Trafficking Foundation May Support Abortion and Prostitution – Austin Ruse, C-FamA vulnerable approach to ending human trafficking – Raleigh Sadler, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionPornography5 Steps for Finding Freedom From Porn and Masturbation – Alice Neaves, The Christian Post5 Reasons Satan loves pornography – Tom Hoopes, AleteiaChris Rock Gets Real About 'Damaging Affects' of Porn – Jeannie Law, The Christian PostWhy Fighting Sex Trafficking Absolutely Involves Fighting Pornography – Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Fight the New DrugFighting the New Drug: Pornography – Sue Haggerty, Catholic Digest
Dear Friends,A few weeks ago, an event occurred on my morning commute to work that has stuck with me ever since. As I was exiting the metro car at my station stop, I noticed a man standing to the side of the door outside of the car, waiting for myself and other passengers to exit before entering. His head was turned to his right, angrily glowering at a woman who was also outside of the car waiting to get on. As I stepped out of the car, I overhead the woman say in a low, even, and slightly nervous tone, “You heard me.” I instantly knew that she must have just uttered an insult, and was doubling down on it.As I walked out of the metro station, I felt a churning clump in the pit of my stomach and a tinge of shame warming my cheeks. It was the same feeling I always get when I witness one person maltreating another, or right after I myself have wronged another person and immediately realize it. Think of those times when we observe a bitter argument, with insults and vilifications flying in every direction, or even in smaller disparagements that go unanswered but are no less cutting and hurtful. That bitterness seems to hang in the air, taking on a metaphysical reality that can be clearly sensed by our God-given consciences. Since our conscience is built in to our souls and delineated by our minds, and since our personhood is a union of mind and body, it makes perfect sense that our bodies react this way. When we witness the sins of others or commit sin ourselves, they physically manifest in our bodies, leaving a pit in our stomach and a bruise in our heart.I say all this to emphasize an important principle of Christianity: nothing we do in life occurs in a vacuum. Every action has consequences. This reality is often ignored and rejected in our culture of individualism. Somehow, the idea of “victimless crimes” has become an accepted fact. This is wrong—our burning cheeks and sensitive souls tell us otherwise. The fact that we identify ourselves primarily through relationships (as a son, daughter, wife, husband, member of an organization, etc.) underscores how interconnected we are with one another and why our actions affect those around us so intimately. May we always remember that great adage that the character of Maximus instills in his soldiers in the film Gladiator: “What we do in life, echoes in eternity.”Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesGOP religious freedom bill restores free speech, not 'dark money' – Mandi AncalleCounterpoint: Trump — Destroying the Johnson Amendment – Travis WeberMotherhood is Life-Giving – Dan HartQuestions Abound Regarding Air Force Academy Commandant Nominee – Peter SpriggYes, Trump’s HHS Appointee Charmaine Yoest is Pro-Life. Deal With It – Dan Hart Religious Liberty"Free to Believe"Geologist Denied Samples from Grand Canyon Because of His Faith – CBN NewsProfessor Tells Student to Stop Reading Bible – ToddStarnes.comChristian Firefighter, Axed for Sharing His Faith, Now Heading to WA High Court – Mark Martin, CBN NewsVictory! Teacher fired for giving student a Bible -- gets job back – Todd Starnes, Fox NewsInternational Religious FreedomGlobal Persecution Rises for First Time in Three Years – Medium‘Under Caesar’s Sword’: A Project to Aid Persecuted Christians – Jim Graves, National Catholic RegisterThe Land Of Athanasius and Its Lessons – Charles J. Chaput, First ThingsPersecution of Christians isn't rare – Franklin Graham, USA TodayCatholic School Faces LGBT Backlash for Canceling Gender Show for 5-year-olds – ToddStarnes.comSentencing is a stark reminder of the global Islamist threat – Mischel Yosick, American Islamic Forum for DemocracyWhoever Wins Iran's Election, Its Religious Minorities Lose – Kristina Arriaga, Wall Street JournalHuman rights lawyer unjustly tried for subversion in Hunan, pleads guilty after months of torture – ChinaAidMilitary Religious FreedomTrump’s Army Secretary nominee: The left trying to ‘paint me as a hater’ for my Christian views – Peter LaBarbera, LifeSiteNewsReligious Liberty in the Public SquareReligious Liberty and the Common Good – Gerard V. Bradley, Public DiscourseGay couple can sue Kim Davis for damages, appeals court rules – Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNewsChristians Fight for Freedom of Conscience in Indiana – Peter Heck, The Christian PostBible club for 1st-, 2nd-graders shut down by school district after complaint – Dave Urbanski, TheBlaze‘Catholic’ college bans Chick-fil-A over gay students’ complaints – Peter LaBarbera, LifeSiteNewsLifeAbortionThe Problem With Linking Abortion and Economics – Lori Szala, The New York TimesLeft Wants To Make Abortion An Economic Issue To Sideline Its Atrocities – Cullen Herout, The FederalistThe Real Life of the Pro-Life Home – Rachel Jankovic, Desiring GodThaddeus was almost aborted because of a rare disorder. His parents chose life, and saw a miracle – Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNewsAdoptionChildren Before Politics – Kevin D. Williamson, National ReviewBill protecting the religious freedom of Alabama faith-based adoption agencies officially becomes law – Jordan LaPorta, YellowhammerEmotional Video of Adopted Man Thanking His Birth Mother Goes Viral – Steven Ertelt, Life NewsBioethicsSex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female—and Childbearing – Alastair Roberts, The Gospel CoalitionThe Embryo Orphanage: A Cautionary Tale – Ana Maria Dumitru, Public DiscoursePhysician-Assisted Suicide Tells People Like Me That Our Lives Are No Longer Worth Living – Zachary D. Schmoll, Public DiscourseCanada Considering Proposal to Allow Euthanizing Mentally Ill Patients – Eric Metaxas, Life NewsInternational furor erupts over embryo jewelry business – Samantha Gobba, WORLDObamacareAetna to exit Obamacare exchanges in 2 remaining states – ReutersThe House Has Passed Its Health Care Bill. Here’s What Senate Republicans Are Up To. – Sen. Mike Lee, The Daily SignalFamilyEconomics/EducationThe Decline of Mobility and the Decline of the Family – Robert VerBruggen, Family StudiesThe Men Who Take 'Women's' Jobs – Alana Semuels, The AtlanticHidden horror of school sex assaults revealed by AP – Associated PressMarriageThe Norm of Marital Monogamy Is Not Crumbling – Alan J. Hawkins, Family StudiesStuffing Emotions is a False Way to Keep the Peace in Your Marriage – Lysa TerKeurst, Focus on the FamilyWhat Makes Motherhood Worthwhile? – Rhonda Kruse Nordin, Family StudiesVideo: Reclaiming Fatherhood Promotes Equality – The Wheatley InstitutionThe Brain Boosting Power of Motherhood – Ashley McGuire, Family StudiesWhat our stay-at-home mom taught us about human dignity – Jill Waggoner and Allison Hucks, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionFaith/Character/CultureBreaking Free From Identity Politics – Stephen Adubato, Ethika PolitikaThe real tragedy in the shooting of Jordan Edwards – Jemar Tisby, CNNHistorian George Marsden revisits C.S. Lewis’s remarkable case for 'Mere Christianity' – Richard Ostling, GetReligionHow to Take Every Thought Captive – Rob Schwarzwalder, The StreamHuman Sexuality4 Really good reasons ‘hooking up’ is a bad idea – Chloe Mooradian, AleteiaHow Can You Live Without Sex? – Ed Shaw, The Gospel CoalitionDemocrats introduce bill to ban LGBT ‘conversion’ therapy – Steve Weatherbe, LifeSiteNewsSharing Dinner and Jesus with Strippers – Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, The Gospel CoalitionHow Conversion Therapy Bans Will Trap Transgender Children – Marcus Gregory, The FederalistToo young to cross a street but old enough for a sex change – Julie Borg, WORLDResearchers Identify 6,500 Genes That Are Expressed Differently in Men and Women – Weizmann Wonder WanderPornography4 Dozen Millennials Were Asked If They’d Watch Porn With Their Partner—Here’s What They Said – Fight the New DrugIs Porn OK If It’s Made by Women? – Chelsea Samelson, Acculturated
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