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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says - Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
The growth of the transgender movement has left many unanswered questions, but the media never seems to accurately represent both sides. In 2015, Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg collaborated with Dale O’Leary to produce a comprehensive 42-page policy paper, “Understanding and Responding to the Transgender Movement.” Now, Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation has provided an even more comprehensive treatment of the topic with a 251-page book. When Harry Became Sally is a fair and informed assessment of the transgender ideology written not to convert the activists, but rather to inform the average American that the implications of gender identity, gender fluidity, and transitioning may go beyond what we have been told by the media. In an engaging walkthrough of every aspect of this growing movement, Anderson makes it clear that we have much more to learn.The stories of psychologists, biologists, and philosophers give the book more depth than any other response to the transgender movement thus far. In a crusade dominated by emotion and skewed statistics, it is refreshing to readdress the core meaning of male and female and the differences between the sexes. Anderson moves beyond statistics and engages with literature of both sides, seeking to give readers the tools to address this movement in an informed and persuasive way.Even more moving are the testimonies of men and women who found “transitioning” was not the answer. Often squelched and silenced, the voices of these “detransitioners” are shared with no sense of bias, allowing raw experiences to do the talking and the readers to make their own conclusions.When one looks at the dangers of gender transition and accompanying reckless treatment plans, it becomes clear that transgenderism is turning medicine into a playground with no rules. Anderson draws from the care plans of physicians and psychologists to give us the data our newspapers would never publish. He tells the stories of doctors ambushed for asking questions and children being given more authority than an average adult. Things are changing, medicine is being politicized, and children are becoming the choosers, even though all the research points in the opposite direction as the path to comprehensive health.This deviates from the typical brash narratives of transgenderism. As Anderson makes clear, he is not seeking to destroy a movement, but to save lives. Never failing to speak with love, the author has given us one of the most systematic and sensitive approaches to gender identity. As we follow the different waves of feminism and philosophy, it is evident that this ideology had been percolating for years, but our society is only now coming to face the ramifications. His brilliant overview of policy shows that everyone is affected by this movement. While legislative bans and surgical operations seem like the simplest solution to our problem, they only put a Band-Aid on a very large wound and drive a wedge deeper into a cracked foundation.With grace and humility, Anderson acknowledges that our society is not perfect. In fact, he admits that societal stereotypes greatly contribute to many distortions of gender identity. Anderson is not seeking to validate stereotypes, but to illuminate how complex the issue is. We have rushed to medical and political decisions that have radical implications, without truly understanding what we have done. Anderson asks us to think, not simply with our hearts, but with our heads.Anderson’s main goal is to inform and encourage, reminding us that taking a position is not enough. There is still much to be done, still much to be explained, still much to be researched. In the meantime, we are doing irreparable damage and silencing voices, rather than empowering them. Anderson proves that we must hold on to the reality of humans being embodied as male or female, even while society diminishes the importance of human nature altogether. Our culture believes that breaking foundations is the only form of progress, but this will only destabilize the moral architecture of society.Hannah Borchers is an intern at Family Research Council.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-25-20182 Peter 2:6-8Introduction: A. In our text for tonight, we find the ultimate deliverance of God's people in the midst of false teachings, falling away, and ungodliness in this present, evil world.B. The grace of God is both evident and marvelous in light of history.1. God delivered Adam and Eve from presumptuous sin in the Garden of Eden by shedding the blood of an animal to make atonement for their sinfulness. Then, God gave Genesis 3:15, the promised Seed of the Woman, for eternal remission of the sins of those who believe upon Christ.2. God delivered Noah and his family from the destruction of the flood through obedience to God's commandment to build an Ark. Noah's family was kept safe through the promise of God and was given the promise that God would never destroy the Earth by water again.3. God delivered Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked because of his imputed righteousness through faith.C. I have always marveled at this passage because of the compromise and sinfulness found in Lot.1. The Book of 2 Peter deals with the problems associated with the end-times and the second coming of Christ. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah are a type of the impending doom of those who have rejected the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. Lot is a type of the end-time church with its association and consequent defilement just prior to the Rapture. These Old Testament examples are written for our admonition and need to be scrutinized in light of the times in which we live. 2. The last mention of Lot finds him living in a cave, getting drunk, committing incest with his two daughters, with no mention of him ever getting right with the Lord. Lost his salvation? There is not place in Scripture where a saved man was ever lost again. D. Let's look at the marvelous grace of God manifested in an Old Testament saint.1. Who Was Lot?a. Lot was a man of great heritage - Genesis 12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.b. Lot was a man of great wealth - Genesis 13:5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.c. Lot was a man of great rebellion - Genesis 13:8, 10-11 Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. d. Lot was a man of great compromise - Genesis 13:12-13 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.e. Lot was a man of great salvation - 2 Peter 2:7-9 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with [their] unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:1) He was declared Just in verse 7 - a judicial term meaning “just as if he had never sinned”2) He was declared Righteous in verse 8 – imputation of Christ's righteousness3) He was declared Godly in verse 9 – meaning pious or devout(like it or not, Lot was eternally saved!)2. How Was Lot Defiled?a. He dwelt – 2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.b. He saw – Psalms 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.c. He listened – Colossians 2:8 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.d. He vexed (to oppress) - 2 Peter 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. e. He continued – “day to day”3. Why Was Lot Delivered? a. Because of God's eternal promise.John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, b. Because of God's eternal love.Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
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Coward. That's what the Attorney General of the United States just called you. A coward. No, you're not the only one who lacks the courage to do something unpleasant. Apparently the entire nation is, and just to make sure that he topped the icing with a nice red cherry, he also denigrated over 200 years worth of our majestic heritage. His words are forthcoming, but I want to make sure that you understand that in the mind of Mr. Eric Holder, the greatest nation on the planet is made up of a bunch of milquetoasts. He must have gone to the same history class as our finally-proud-of-my-country First Lady. His exact words, according to an AP story were, â€œThough this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.â€ He said, â€œwe have always beenâ€ cowards. Besides being both childish and elitist, I think it was a good strategy. I mean, didn't schoolyard insults always promote tolerance in your neighborhood? Consider it on this level: I think Chavez and Ahmadinejad alone fulfill the slander quotient for our nation. Apparently some people are just not content to leave well enough alone. Do they teach all law students to call everyone sissies while sounding extremely pious? Don't answer that. Instead, let's take a quick roll call. The most racially integrated nation in the world, made up of people from every nook and cranny on the globe, that since its inception has championed freedom of speech and religion around the world? Check. Plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty that reads, â€œGive me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me...?â€ Check. Thirteenth Amendment? Check. Interracial president? Check. AG using his pulpit for race-baiting during Black History Month? Check. Don't believe me about the race-baiting? Disagree with Mr. Holder and see what you get called â€“ a racist. State publicly that the government can only force segregation so far and you instantly become a bigot. What Holder doesn't get is that you can't socialize or regulate friendships. Most often people choose their friends based on something much deeper than skin color. I learned from organized sports that there's only one color â€“ the one on the jersey. From the military I learned that the only colors that really matter are the ones on the flag, and from the Bible I learned that God concerns himself with only a few colors â€“ the crimson stain of our sins and white purity which comes with forgiveness in Christ. I'm Caucasian, meaning my skin is a lighter tone than others, but that has nothing to do with the color or size of my heart. No, I don't have a problem talking about race and I doubt you do either. Yet, I do have a big problem with a high ranking government official perpetuating a culture of guilt and divisiveness. He would have done better to call me a honky or a cracker. He could have called me white bread. I would have been less offended. That doesn't really bother me. Call me a racist if you want. My friends know better. Just don't call me a coward. Those are fighting words. Yours for Portugal, Bro. Michael Andrzejewski Bro. Michael Andrzejewski currently serves with his wife and five children as a missionary to Portugal and is sent out of Milledgeville Baptist Church in Milledgeville, TN.Â For more information about their ministry please visit MBC Portugal Missions.
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