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Churches Fight Iowa’s Bid to Silence Biblical Teaching on Sexuality| CBN.com

Two churches in Iowa are challenging a state law that would censor churches from expressing biblical views on sexuality and gender identity – even from the pulpit.Fort Des Moines Church of Christ filed a federal lawsuit against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on Monday, arguing that the agency’s interpretation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act prohibits church members from making public comments that could be viewed as unwelcome to people with gender identity issues.

The lawsuit comes after the Civil Rights Commission released a brochure titled, “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity – A Public Accommodations Provider’s Guide to Iowa Law.” The publication says that churches are public accommodations and therefore generally subject to the Iowa Civil Rights Act.Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City also has concerns about the interpretation of the law. Church leaders are asking the commission to assure that Iowans have a right to speak from church pulpits about biblical teachings on sexuality.They have requested a declaration that churches would be free to follow their religious doctrines in how they accommodate people in restrooms at the church.

Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents Fort Des Moines Church, said the Civil Rights Commission is violating the First Amendment rights of churches.”Churches should be free to teach their religious beliefs and operate their houses of worship according to their faith without being threatened by the government,” ADF attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “That is a foundational First Amendment principle.”The federal lawsuit also names the city of Des Moines as a defendant because it has enacted a similar ordinance probhibiitng discrimination by public accommodations.The case in Iowa comes at a time when national attention and debate over transgender rights have been making headlines across the country.”This is a clear case of the state violating the sanctity of the church. It should send chills down the spine of every congregation in Iowa,” Chelsey Youman, counsel for First Liberty Institute, said, which represents Cornerstone.”The State of Iowa claims it has the power to regulate what churches can teach about human sexuality and how they operate their facilities,” she said. “The government has absolutely no authority to force a church to violate its religious beliefs. This is a massive violation of the First Amendment.”

Source: Churches Fight Iowa’s Bid to Silence Biblical Teaching on Sexuality

Several Faith-Based Dating Sites Now Required to Allow Users to Search for Same-Sex Matches | TheBlaze.com

TRUTHBOMBS: More ways that the rule of Government is forcing the Church of he Lord Jesus to change. Christians wake up!! They already have indoctrinated your children, forced fines  on nonprofits for noncompliance, and threaten preachers with hate-speech. Does this sound like freedom?

Source: Several Faith-Based Dating Sites Now Required to Allow Users to Search for Same-Sex Matches | TheBlaze.com

Sorry, But We Won’t Rewrite the Bible for Gays and Lesbians — Charisma News

In response to my open letter to Isaac Archuleta, who describes himself as a bisexual Christian, Richard S. posted a lengthy comment on my personal Facebook page, including this statement: “The logical conclusion to your theology (gays can change and if they don’t it must be because they don’t have faith or are deceived) is extremely damaging to the souls of gay people. That was the point of Isaac’s letter. No amount of nice words will erase the damage. Only honest reconsideration of your theology will bring healing. Please don’t discount/deny the faith of your gay brothers and sisters. They have much to contribute to the church.”Of course, Richard has completely misstated what conservative Christians believe (we don’t say or believe that if gays don’t change “it must be because they don’t have faith or are deceived”), just as other parts of his comment not quoted here were also based on serious misunderstandings.But that is secondary to the bigger issue, and Richard is one of many who are telling serious Bible believers that, “Only honest reconsideration of your theology will bring healing.”He could not be more wrong.First, what Scripture says on homosexual practice is not negotiable, and no amount of new books or videos or personal stories will change that.As I explained in my book Can You Be Gay and Christian?, “no new textual, archeological, sociological, anthropological, or philological discoveries have been made in the last fifty years that would cause us to read any of these biblical texts differently. Put another way, it is not that we have gained some new insights into what the biblical text means based on the study of the Hebrew and Greek texts. Instead, people’s interaction with the LGBT community has caused them to understand the biblical text differently.”Simply stated, if not for the sexual revolution, no one would be reexamining what the Scriptures state about God’s intention for His creation.No one would be wondering if two men or two women could “marry” or if a husband could also be a wife.No one would be doubting that the Lord made men for women and women for men and that any deviation from that pattern was contrary to His design and intent.As one New Testament scholar was candid enough to admit, it was clear to him that the Bible forbade homosexual practice, but when his own daughter came out as a lesbian, he changed his opinion on the subject.That’s why I’ve often stated that there is not a single argument that can be brought from God’s Word to defend homosexual practice, but there are powerful emotional arguments that can be brought. In that context, I’m often reminded of Jesus’ words that, “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matt. 10:37).The father of a “gay Christian” activist changed churches when his home congregation rejected his son’s views on homosexuality. When asked about these words of Jesus, he commented that there were other churches he could go to, but he had only one son.I could only wince when I heard his words, so loving in one way but so destructive in another.Second, if there was something to reconsider in our theology we would gladly do it. The truth be told, as impossible as the “gay Christian” arguments struck me, I went to the Lord about them, buying the books that defended this new way of reading Scripture, reading the stories and listening to the stories of professing gay Christians, allowing my heart to be torn and my mind to be challenged.At the end of the day, as a biblical scholar, a lover of Jesus and a lover of people, it was impossible for me to accept their arguments. The Word is just too clear on this, and without some kind of emotional or social or other pressure to reconsider what Scripture states, no one would deny this.Third, those who argue that Christians agree to disagree on lots of things without denying each other’s faith fail to realize that they do not agree to disagree on behaviors that Scripture strongly condemns—unless they themselves are living in some kind of moral compromise.We’re not dealing here with a question of whether speaking in tongues is for today or whether Christians are required to tithe or whether Jesus is coming before the tribulation.We’re dealing with redefining the very meaning of marriage and claiming that a behavior that is plainly condemned in the Old and New Testaments—I’m talking about same-sex cohabitation—is now blessed by God.And while God alone is the judge of every professing Christian, be that person gay or straight, we cannot embrace as fellow brothers and sisters those who are affirming, practicing and even celebrating homosexuality.We will put our arms around everyone who struggles with same-sex attraction, loving them and embracing them and encouraging them in their walk with the Lord, whether their walk entails transformation from homosexual to heterosexual or whether it entails celibacy.But we will not and

Source: Sorry, But We Won’t Rewrite the Bible for Gays and Lesbians — Charisma News

Letter to a Christian friend: This is worse than a witch-hunt — it’s an anti-religious Inquisition | PJ Media

Members of traditional religions became moral outlaws in the United States once equal rights for sexual preference and gender choice were enshrined in regulation and law. To believe that homosexual relations are sinful, as does biblical religion, defines the believer as a bigot in the view of liberal opinion, which is backed by the federal regulatory apparatus and the regulators of most American states, as well as by most of the judicial system.As Mary Eberstadt reports, expressions of religious belief that society considered innocuous and normal until quite recently are now grounds for dismissal from jobs, denial of employment, and boycotts by the media. Devout Christians believe they must choose between their faith and job security, and they commonly conceal their faith in the workplace to avert discrimination. (Muslims are exempt because liberals consider them a threatened minority and make allowances for their misogyny and gay-bashing.)Actions or speech (quoting a Bible verse or leaving a religious symbol in plain view) elicit persecution. In some cases, evidence of past incorrect opinion is sufficient: The CEO of the software firm Mozilla, Brendan Eich, was hounded from his post in 2014 for a $1,000 contribution to a 2008 California referendum campaign against gay marriage, evidence of a position he shared at the time with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Source: Letter to a Christian friend: This is worse than a witch-hunt — it’s an anti-religious Inquisition | PJ Media

Mississippi: Judge Rules County Clerks Must Marry Same-Sex Couples – Christian News Headlines

A federal judge has struck down a Mississippi bill that allowed county clerks to cite their religious convictions to avoid issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Source: Mississippi: Judge Rules County Clerks Must Marry Same-Sex Couples – Christian News Headlines

‘Fame’ High School Crowns First Gender-Fluid Prom Queen; Sparks Controversy, Jealousy

TRUTHBOMBS: Non-Binary? These people have severe psychological problems. They are living a dangerous life in fantasyland. We should be be getting them the help they need and not pandering to their delusions. This is what is known as anti-realism!

Matthew Crisson, who was born male but is non-binary — meaning he does not identify as either gender — shot straight to the top when he was voted the first non-female prom queen at Fiorello LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. Crisson accepted the honor of prom queen in a glittery gold cocktail

Source: ‘Fame’ High School Crowns First Gender-Fluid Prom Queen; Sparks Controversy, Jealousy

Rule Requires Doctors To Treat Trans Patients As Pretend Sex

This is Sick! these people should be treated for mental illness and not given to fantasy. Why don’t  we run over to mamby-pamby fantasy land for their healthcare too since they choose to live in fantasy land.

Doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies may soon face lawsuits for treating male and female patients according to their biological sex, thanks to a health care rule finalized in May as part of the Affordable Care Act.On the same day President Barack Obama announced his controversial transgender school bathroom policy last month, a somewhat more sinister mandate was finalized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with consequences for health care providers, insurance companies, and American taxpayers.

Source: Rule Requires Doctors To Treat Trans Patients As Pretend Sex

Democrats, LGBT activists’ sinister plan to crack down on Christian schools | Fox News

If California Democrats have their way, Christian colleges and universities will no longer be allowed to require students attend chapel services or require them to profess a relationship with Jesus Christ.Senate Bill 1146 would close a loophole that lawmakers say allows Christian universities to discriminate against students based on their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

Source: Democrats, LGBT activists’ sinister plan to crack down on Christian schools | Fox News