Transgender Lessons for Two Year Olds?

Transgender Lessons for Two Year Olds?

“For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had encouraged moral decline in Judah and had been continually unfaithful to the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 28:19, emp. added). Have we reached the point in this country where we are encouraging moral decline?

I had a conversation recently with a public school teacher, who, with tears running down her face revealed that she was leaving her cherished job after more than twenty-five years. The reason? During her last evaluation a little boy was brought in who was “identifying” as a little girl. This little boy demanded to be called “Sally” and wanted to participate in everything as a girl. The evaluators wanted to make sure this teacher referred to the little boy using female pronouns (e.g., she, her, etc.) and called him by his preferred name, “Sally.” This was the straw that finally broke the camels back. For years, this teacher told me she had been buried in bureaucratic paperwork and had watched as authority and respect left her classroom. But this was a whole new level of corruption.

Oh say the transgender propaganda isn't so!

Oh say the transgender propaganda isn’t so!

If you think this example is far-fetched, you might want to look around. The New York City Department of Education instructed teachers and faculty to address transgender students by their preferred pronouns  — whether that be “he,” “she,” “they” or “ze.” Samuel Post, a reporter for the Christian Post quoted a 10-page memo that was sent out stating, “Every student is entitled to be addressed by the name and pronoun that corresponds to the student’s gender identity that is consistently asserted at school. Students are not required to obtain parental consent or a court ordered name and/or gender change as a prerequisite to being addressed by the name and pronoun that corresponds to their gender identity.” (see http://www.christianpost.com/news/nyc-teachers-must-refer-to-transgender-students-by-preferred-pronouns-memo-says-176442/)

In a separate report ,Amanda Prestigiacomo noted, “Chicago Public School (CPS) system released new guidelines mandating all students and employees to use the pronouns and names requested by the transgender and ‘gender non-conforming’ individuals, or face consequences.” (see http://www.dailywire.com/news/5727/chicago-public-schools-now-forcing-students-use-amanda-prestigiacomo). Likewise, the University of Tennessee has come under fire recently for inventing pronouns, ze, hir, hirs’ (see http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/university-tennessee-invents-new-pronouns-article-1.2341537). It is just a matter of time before this because standard in all public school systems.

It is no wonder then that the National Union of Teachers (NUT) recently announced, Transgender lifestyles and same-sex relationships should be ‘promoted’ to children as young as two. Two!! Their rationale is that this will prevent hate crimes. (This might explain why they are known as NUT!) Virginia Hale reported, “Delegates at the union’s national conference in Cardiff on Monday voted for its members to teach about ‘LGBT+’ issues and lifestyles to toddlers starting from nursery school.” (see http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/18/promote-lgbt-lifestyles-two-year-olds/) Read that again. Starting from nursery school!!

And the Lord brought Judah low… Why? Because they encouraged moral decline! Friends, this is not about hate crimes or protecting children. This is about promoting an immoral lifestyle and abusing children. Christians have no business supporting this horrendous trend, and those who are members of teachers’ unions need to let your Christian light shine. As Christians, we must not encourage moral decline!

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The Work of a Preacher – Part 1

The Work of a Preacher – Part 1

2 Timothy 4:1-5 – “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.  For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.  As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

" Preacher, minister, evangelist " - These are not titles, they are descriptions of a life choice.

” Preacher, minister, evangelist ” – These are not titles, they are descriptions of a life choice.

The words given to Paul by the Holy Spirit and shared as a pattern of work for the evangelist Timothy are a beacon for minsters of God today.  Quite often, ministers are expected to be men who stand behind the traditions and behaviors the congregation has engaged in for decades.  Many a minister has caught fire for declaring the actions of a congregation apathetic, negligent, unfaithful, or sinful.  In the eyes of many congregations these men stand simply as paid employees, without benefits, to be dismissed when they upset the apple cart.  Yet, the text above declare ministers are something more.

To begin this series of articles, let us first establish what exactly a minister, evangelist, preacher, exactly is.  A minister of Christ is someone who has given his life to proclaiming the Gospel of Christ.  He shares many similarities with other Christians, but above all differences, there stands a very prominent one.  While all Christians are to be enrolled as scholars sharing the gospel with all creation (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15), the preacher dedicates his energies first and foremost to this task.  This is why Paul establishes that one should be able to make his living doing so (I Corinthians 9:14).

Throughout this world, there are men who are earnestly studying and proclaiming the gospel.  Some travel from country to country sharing the gospel.  Others, share the fruit of their labors with only one congregation.  Adding to this number are preachers who are not being supported by  a congregation, but still having their focus on the gospel – teaching classes, preaching sermons, holding meetings, conducting Bible studies.  These men tent make (secular work to provide for their families).  Everyone of these men, still have the same obligations before God to fulfill their ministry.  If they are visiting your congregation or if they are sitting in your pews as the non-located preaching member of the congregation, they are still accountable to their charge.  If they see sin, they are called upon to correct it.  At times with gentleness and at times with open rebuke (2 Timothy 2:24-26, 2 Timothy 4:1-5).

It is not uncommon for evangelists to recall the lives of Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the apostles.  They do this as they converse with one another, as they talk with their spouses, or when they commune with God in prayer.  They draw upon these Biblical examples to draw hope and courage to keep proclaiming the gospel of God.  These Biblical mouthpieces of God were often shunned, criticized, ridiculed, brow beaten, condemned, and even physically threatened or harmed.  Preachers in their charge are not unfamiliar with hostile Christians or a cruel, evil world (John 15:18).  It seems people declaring to be the faithful of God, those proclaiming to be atheists, and everyone in between, desire most of all to do their own will and not God’s.  The evangelist stands in the middle as a messenger of truth, though thoughts of giving up and refusing patience are always at the ready.  Still, they continue on, dealing with triumphs and frustrations.  Why??? Because a Savior once did so for them and they love mankind such that they do not want to see souls continue in sin separating themselves from God.

It is a joy to every minister’s heart to see the faithful of God supporting, loving, comforting, and repenting together when they fall short of Christ’s perfection.  It is the balm to the preacher’s wounds when the lost of the world discover their heavenly Father has a plan for them and they accept it.  It is a blessed incentive to the evangelist when Christians embrace growth and change transforming themselves further into a holy vessel.  Constantly embossed in the minds of those who proclaim the gospel is the vision of Paul’s words in I Thessalonians 2:19: “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?”

The minister, as all men, has the Word of God as his judge (John 12:48).  The blessed opportunity to lovingly serve (John 13:15) and the warning of a more harsh judgment (James 3:1), presses upon a preacher’s mind continually.  This series of lessons aims to aid us in understanding the minister a little bit better and perhaps it will aid us in not making his efforts burdensome.

This next article in this series will focus upon “Preaching the Word”.

 

 

 

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The Death of Romans 6

Romans 6:3-4

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

“…now saves you” (1 Pet. 3:21)

“…now saves you” (1 Pet. 3:21)

Here’s an interesting question.  It is commonly stated that the gospel, or good news, of Jesus Christ is the good news of his death, burial, and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-4).  We also know that eternal condemnation awaits those who “do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus” (2 Thess. 1:7-9).  With these two facts in mind, how in the world does one “obey” a death, burial, and resurrection (since that is what the gospel is commonly referred to)?

What must first be pointed out is that the Bible never says that the gospel message consists of solely the good news of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.  In actuality, the inspired apostle called Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection “of first importance” when it came to the gospel message (1 Cor. 15:1-4), thus implying that there were other parts of the gospel message which, while not as important, nevertheless were included as parts of the whole.

Putting that aside, however, notice that today’s scripture basically tells us how we “obey” Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  God does not expect us to physically die, be buried, and be resurrected in order to be saved…but he does expect us to do so spiritually.  This is one of many reasons why baptism, literally immersion, must not be overlooked as part of God’s plan of salvation.

The apostle tells us that we are baptized into the death of Christ, that it is through baptism that we are buried with Christ into his death, and that it is through baptism that we are resurrected just as he was to walk in a new life as a Christian.  It’s important we understand this, especially in light of how so many downgrade the importance of baptism when it comes to our salvation and our obedience to the gospel.  Jesus himself required baptism along with faith for salvation (Mark 16:16), Peter preached that baptism after repentance would produce forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38), and later he would write that baptism “…now saves you” (1 Pet. 3:21).  Today’s scripture passage gives us many reasons why Jesus and Peter said these things.

Do not believe people who tell you that baptism is not necessary for salvation or forgiveness of sins.  God’s Word says otherwise.

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