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HBO Documentary Celebrates 4-Year-Old Transgender Boy

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER SHARON LIESE:

DR. DUKE PESTA EXPOSES THE EVIL:

MATTHEW 18:6-"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

BY TYLER O'NEIL

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/culture/tyler-o-neil/2020/11/24/child-abuse-hbo-max-documentary-celebrates-4-year-old-boys-transgender-identity-n1170213;

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This month, HBO Max released the documentary Transhood, a film celebrating transgender identity for children as young as age four. According to director/producer Sharon Liese, the film’s central characters — children ages 4, 7, 12, and 15 — “redefine ‘coming of age.'” Many conservatives rightly condemned the film as “child abuse,” launching a Twitter hashtag “#BoycottHBO.”

While the documentary’s basic premise is disturbing enough, the outrage focused on a clip slightly longer than one minute in which a pro-LGBT church celebrates the “transition” of a 4-year-old boy identified as “Phoenix.”

“Today, we choose to recognize, honor, love, and celebrate anyone here who would claim their identity publicly as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, pansexual, asexual, or any category that I’ve left out,” a female minister says in the clip.

A mother brings her two children to the altar and introduces her four-year-old boy. “This is Phoenix,” the mother says. A woman hands the boy a microphone to announce his transgender identity as a girl, but Phoenix turns to his mother, saying he is “shy.”

“Do you want to tell everyone if you’re a boy or a girl?” his mother encourages.

“I just want to tell them that I’m a girl,” the boy says to his mother.

“Okay, you can tell them that,” his mother says. The boy turns to the crowd, holds up the microphone, and then reconsiders, saying, “I don’t want to do it.”

“Phoenix would like you to know that she’s a girl and she prefers ‘she’ and ‘her’ pronouns,” the mother says as the embarrassed boy walks off the stage.

The mother brings her son back to the stage as the congregation joins in a disturbing prayer. “May you be well, safe, and whole. We honor you exactly as you are,” the minister says.

Ironically, the minister, the congregation, and even the boy’s mother did not honor him exactly as he is — they honored him according to a profession of transgender identity that he is too young to make. Even if he were old enough to understand the meaning of gender and biological sex, the boy could not change the fact that he is male — that every full cell in his body carries X and Y chromosomes and that from conception, through his time in the womb, and before and after puberty he has developed and will continue to develop as male.

The minister’s Orwellian prayer about accepting the boy “exactly” as he is involves denying the plain biological reality right in front of her. This is bad enough, as it encourages the boy to grow up with a false understanding of biological sex. Yet this ceremony and the attitudes it encourages may also harm the boy physically.

Biden Endorses Transgender Activism for 8-Year-Old Children

Many medical professionals now encourage experimental “treatments” to “confirm” children’s “gender identity.” Major medical associations have embraced transgender ideology, recommending experimental “puberty-blocking” drugs with long-term side-effects for kids and cross-sex hormones for older children and young adults. Endocrinologists have warned that the “treatments” actually cause a disease that will likely stunt these children’s growth and cause long-term harm.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who has encouraged transgender “treatments” for some who suffer from gender dysphoria, has rightly warned about “a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people, who are being set on a lifelong path of medicalization that may result in the loss of their fertility and/or full sexual function.” She shared a documentary about the gender clinic in Britain, where whistleblowers have voiced concerns that some parents push transgenderism on children because the parents prefer a “straight” transgender child over a “gay” child.

Men and women who once identified as transgender have grown to reject that identity, lamenting the serious damage they did to their bodies. “I am a real, live 22-year-old woman, with a scarred chest and a broken voice, and five o’clock shadow because I couldn’t face the idea of growing up to be a woman, that’s my reality,” admitted one woman who once identified as a man and took cross-sex hormones. One man described his artificial female anatomy as a “Frankenstein hack job.”

Evidence from the 10 available prospective follow-up studies from childhood to adolescence for gender dysphoric kids (who identify with the gender opposite their biological sex) shows that about 80 percent of those kids lose their gender dysphoria around the time of puberty. For these and other reasons, many pediatricians have condemned the mainstreaming of transgenderism among children as “child abuse.”

Similarly, the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh condemned the HBO documentary as child abuse, urging an HBO boycott.

“HBO is promoting and normalizing the most horrific forms of child abuse with its ‘Transhood’ documentary. If you have HBO’s streaming service, cancel it. Don’t give your money to this evil,” Walsh tweeted.

“It’s grotesque to tell this tiny boy to be ‘well, safe, & whole’ when probably they’ll chemically castrate him with puberty blockers as part of their destructive trans ideology,” political commentator Liz Wheeler tweeted. “He’s not old enough to walk on stage by himself. He can’t ‘pick’ a gender.”

Transgender activism involves a great many societal changes that will undermine the rights of girls and women to privacy in spaces like bathrooms and changing rooms, as well as their right to fair competition in sports. Yet the disturbing advocacy of transgender identity for young children — likely later to involve experimental treatments that amount to chemical castration — is utterly sickening.

Episodes like this should jolt Americans out of their complacency on this issue, and encourage them to stand up for truth against this nefarious movement.

Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.

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New Documentary Transhood Shows Mother Declaring Her 4-Year-Old-Son Is a Girl

SEE: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/milton-quintanilla/new-documentary-transhood-shows-mother-declaring-her-4-year-old-son-is-a-girl.html

EXCERPTS:

One tweet featured a picture of Phoenix and his mother reading a book called Jacob’s New Dress; a book Walsh called “LGBT propaganda.”

“You're literally watching her brainwash the child into thinking he's a girl,” Walsh wrote. “It's no mystery how children end up ‘trans.’ This is it. Right here.”

Transhood, which was released on HBO on Nov. 12, follows four transgender children and their families as the children explore their chosen gender identities. The film follows the children between 2014 and 2019.

 

 

Globalist retired general Mattis: Biden Should ‘Eliminate America first’ Policy

"We hope they will quickly revise the national security strategy to eliminate 'America first'"

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2020/11/24/mattis-hopes-biden-wont-put-america-first-n1170533

AND: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/11/mattis-says-he-hopes-biden-wont-put-america-first

ANOTHER "DEVOUT" CATHOLIC TEARS INTO TRUMP & HIS PROTECTION OF THE CONSTITUTION

Mattis: Nation must remember ‘core principles we used to know, live by’

ABOVE: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, center, and 2019 Happy Warrior Award Recipient Mary Ann Tighe, right, applaud former U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, left, after he delivered the keynote address during the in the 74th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in New York. (Credit: Mary Altaffer/AP.)

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, pauses while speaking as James Mattis, then U.S. Secretary of Defense, listens during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on June 21, 2018.

Mattis & Military Industrial Complex sends a warning to US President Trump

BY STEVE WATSON

SEE: https://www.infowars.com/posts/globalist-mattis-biden-should-eliminate-america-first-policy/;

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Globalist general James Mattis has called on Joe Biden to ‘eliminate’ the America first policy instituted by President Trump where foreign policy is concerned, claiming that it has ‘damaged’ US national security.

Mattis, who served as Secretary of Defense under Trump from 2017 until last year, is still annoyed that Trump refused to carry on the endless war policy in the middle east, instead ordering troop drawdowns.

In an op-ed published by Foreign Affairs, Mattis writes that “The United States today is undermining the foundations of an international order manifestly advantageous to U.S. interests, reflecting a basic ignorance of the extent to which both robust alliances and international institutions provide vital strategic depth.”

“In practice, “America first” has meant “America alone.” That has damaged the country’s ability to address problems before they reach U.S. territory and has thus compounded the danger emergent threats pose,” Mattis also claims.

The retired four star general then effectively calls on Joe Biden to take America back to the mire it was in after the Bush and Obama administrations.

“In January, when President Joe Biden and his national security team begin to reevaluate U.S. foreign policy, we hope they will quickly revise the national security strategy to eliminate “America first” from its contents, restoring in its place the commitment to cooperative security that has served the United States so well for decades,” Mattis writes.

“The best strategy for ensuring safety and prosperity is to buttress American military strength with enhanced civilian tools and a restored network of solid alliances—both necessary to achieving defense in depth,” he adds, echoing the neo-conservative advocation of interventionism and  ‘peace through strength’ (war) doctrine.

Moments after a report stating more fake news on the illegitimate President-Elect, Joe Biden, President Trump makes a statement about the threats made against Emily Murphy by Democrats.

Mattis also threw in a dig at Trump’s coronavirus response, noting “The pandemic should serve as a reminder of what grief ensues when we wait for problems to come to us.”

Mattis earlier this year compared Trump to a ‘Nazi’, and called the President a threat to the Constitution, yet here he is literally calling for the next President to ‘eliminate’ America first.

It is no surprise that such characters are again circling the halls of power with the prospect of a Joe Biden presidency.

 


Pope Francis Plans to Take Us All Back to Rome in a World Church, But I’m Not Going

SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/11/20/pope-francis-plans-to-take-us-all-back-to-rome-in-a-world-church-but-im-not-going/;

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The Roman Catholic Church in recent days has been rocked, shocked, and mocked by the irresponsible comments of Pope Francis. It may be that the impact is as profound as in 1378 when there were two “legitimate” competing popes, one in Rome and one in Avignon, France. Known as the Western Schism, the split lasted from 1378 to 1417 when two men claimed to be the true Pope and in 1410, there were three contenders for the title!

Each of the three Popes excommunicated the others.

The Church managed to survive that fiasco, the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the Reformation, but will it survive the global sex scandal and the machinations of Pope Francis?

In recent days, it was revealed that Francis has been up to some hanky-panky when it was discovered that he “liked” a seminude model’s picture on Instagram. The Vatican announced today that it has launched a probe into the nudie caper.

It seems the Pope keeps stepping in it almost weekly. Maybe he believes any publicity is good publicity.

Many Roman Catholics think Pope Francis is a loose cannon that has broken away from its mounting and constitutes a danger to the whole Church as it shoots in all directions. Headlines in the Daily Mail blared, “Vatican at War!” Even cardinals are running away from his latest folly. His latest shot was an endorsement of civil marriages for the LGBTQ crowd, thinking that such action would help him win a global popularity contest.

And stop the bleeding of money and members or, more crudely, nickels, and noses.

The Pope’s goal is to bring us all together in an attempt to undo the sixteenth-century Reformation and have a world church supporting a world government and world economy.

Was the Reformation a mistake, or was it one of the most significant events in world history?

Most educated people don’t have a firm grasp on the world’s religious, political, economic, and social conditions in the Middle Ages. Nor do they know what has been the dream, some say nightmare, of globalists—a united worldwide church. After all, who will disagree with everyone getting along? Of course, no one will, but there is much difference in getting along with people and uniting with those with whom you have vast differences.

The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) has always considered Protestants as “separated brethren” even though the Roman Church declared for hundreds of years that there was no salvation outside the RCC. They always invite non-Catholics back into the fold with the understanding that the Vatican will still run things, and their peculiar doctrines and practices will prevail. Catholic officials are willing to overlook minor theological disputes and ignore them as a condition of bringing the breakaway denominations “back home.”

As long as they bring their checkbooks and don’t try to run things.

While Rome is willing to concede on minor differences, they will not concede on the veneration of Mary or the mass. During the 18th century in France, ordinary Frenchmen ridiculed the Roman Catholic Church (their national church) for their teaching of turning a piece of bread into God. However, Rome will not concede on the mass.

Get ready, folks, the world church is being formed with headquarters in Rome, but here is one Bible-believer who will never “return to Rome” since my crowd was never in her! Independent churches were publicly baptizing converts in huge tubs throughout Germany, Switzerland, and other European nations long before the Reformation. I will stay independent (as were all original churches) as a hog on ice and free as an eagle until shrimp learn to whistle and pigs learn to fly.

An all-inclusive, world church is not going back to the Bible but back to bondage!

According to LifeSiteNews of August 22, 2019, a multi-faith committee was announced “to implement the ‘Human Fraternity’ document signed by Pope Francis and a Grand Imam in February that stated, among other things, that a ‘pluralism and diversity, of religions, is willed by God.’”

But then, the only way we can know the will of God is what is revealed in His Word. The Bible does not endorse a world church but a definite coming out from among them. Not unity but separation. The Bible never teaches denominationalism or world church, but each local church is to be a group of simple, sincere, and scholarly Christians who meet to sing, pray, and preach without any interference from any government or denominational authority.

The Pope has no more biblical authority than an ordinary pastor or priest in an obscure village.

Francis is aware that his biggest problem in constructing the world church will be Muslims who are accustomed to running everything, including the guillotine. Also, the Jews have been around longer than anyone has, so they will not be quick to respond to this theological courtship or, more correctly, seduction. Some Jews even believe all non-Jews are of a different and inferior species! How will that play in Rome? Or Tehran?

So, headlines yell, “Vatican issues a happy Ramadan to all ‘Muslim brothers and sisters’”; however, traditional Muslims do not consider any non-Muslims as spiritually related. The Koran often identifies all non-Muslims as “polytheists,” “unbelievers,” “infidels,” etc., with which Muslims are not to be friendly. And for sure not to cooperate with them.

The Pope asserted, “We Muslims and Christians are called to open ourselves to others, knowing and recognizing them as brothers and sisters…. this way, we can tear down walls raised out of fear and ignorance and seek together to build bridges of friendship that are fundamental for the good of all humanity.”

When Reformers broke with Rome in the 16th century, they did not do so out of fear or ignorance but because of overwhelming convictions and intelligence. The Bible had been translated and was now available to everyone, and it was obvious that what Catholic leaders were teaching was not found in its pages. The Bible reader had been intimidated and harassed and had his pockets picked for centuries to construct massive cathedrals all over Europe.

With the translated Bible, they discovered that the Bible said nothing about Popes, archbishops, cardinals, holy water, rosary beads, hail Mary, the immaculate conception, lent, the sign of the cross, vestments, relics, statues, purgatory, limbo, penance, confession to a priest, elevation of Mary, indulgences, pilgrimages, etc.

When one gets rid of all that, he almost ends up with an independent Bible or Baptist Church!

The average Christian finally read in the newly translated Bibles that independent churches were to be filled with simple and sincere people, where someone read the Bible, another prayed. Then the preacher (not a priest) delivered a sermon followed by the singing of hymns. No liturgy, no ceremony, no mass, no richly dressed preachers. The Europeans could find very little in the Bible that reflected what they had experienced for a lifetime in their vast cathedrals.

While Pope Francis spoke of “brothers and sisters” and friendship, ordinary Christians were chaffing under sharia in Muslim nations. Many were being persecuted as Francis gushed platitudes to appease and impress Muslim fanatics. He did not demand religious freedom or even tolerance on the part of Muslims in the Middle East nations.

Francis demands that Protestants forget about the doctrines and practices that precipitated the Reformation but does not require or even suggest that Muslim leaders must make major concessions with Koranic commands that deal with hating and killing Jews and Christians or even making friends with them. No demands that female sexual mutilation is barbarity and must be stopped; no demand that honor killings are beastly; no requirements that killing any Muslim if he or she converts to Christ is criminal; and no demand for Islamic nations such as Saudi Arabia to permit Christian churches (not one in the whole nation). It seems Francis is quiet about the absurd and vile teachings of Islam.

But then, Francis is a bridge-builder; however, here is one dude who will never cross that bridge.

Pope Francis is a hypocrite who is more interested in public relations than helping the hurting and Gospel-deprived people under Islamic rule. But how can he give something he probably doesn’t have?

The Pope shamelessly speaks of building bridges rather than a hated wall to keep out unwanted immigrants while he lives behind a massive wall. Did I mention that Francis is a hypocrite?

But the Pope keeps trying. He is the only person in Europe who can give an order and see it carried out by non-thinking zealots. Only the Pope can break the barriers and usher in the World Church.

For sure, I’m not going to be a part of his world church, not even if I am promised the Pope’s tiara, the keys to his Popemobile, and the combination of the Vatican vault.

I had to struggle with the combination to the vault.

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SEE ALSO: https://christiannews.net/2020/11/23/berlin-house-of-one-promotes-ecumenism-between-christians-muslims-and-jews/

 

POLICE STATE N.J. Seeks to Mandate LGBT-approved Books

BY ALEX NEWMAN

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/n-j-seeks-to-mandate-lgbt-approved-books/;

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Lawmakers in New Jersey are considering legislation that would ban textbooks that are not in a database approved by radical homosexual and transgender activists, sparking alarm about religious liberty and government indoctrination of children.

The proposal, dubbed S1512, would force the state Department of Education to maintain a list of textbook publishers that include “inclusive material” in their products. However, “inclusive material” does not include being inclusive of people of faith who reject LGBT propaganda in the classroom.

Critics blasted the legislation, warning that it threatens religious freedom, strips parental rights, silences First Amendment-protected freedoms, shatters the innocence of children, forces divisive indoctrination into the class, and represents taxation without representation.

Parents and faith leaders are also warning that the legislation would encourage bullying of children who come from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim homes. By teaching that there is something wrong with those who consider homosexuality sinful and believe that there are only two genders, the schools would stigmatize and demonize children from religious homes, critics warned.

Under the bill, local school districts would be stripped of their authority to purchase textbooks that did not include “diversity” in “such areas as gender, … gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation.” In other words, books that do not peddle homosexuality or gender confusion would be banned from school.

“This legislation will force publishing companies and textbook authors to elevate sexual attractions and gender identities in their publications in order to be approved by the state of NJ to sell books to your school district,” explained Director of Advocacy Shawn Hyland with the Family Policy Alliance before urging parents to get involved in the fight.

“Elected school board members, in collaboration with parents serving in curriculum committees, should decide what is best for their community — not the all-encompassing overreach of state government,” Hyland added in an email to activists. “Education is best left to local school boards and parents.”

Conservative grassroots groups across the state are gearing up to fight the bill, too. The Morris Patriots of Northern New Jersey, for instance, sent out an e-mail alert over the weekend including Family Policy Alliance’s warning and urging activists to reach out to legislators to stop the bill before it comes up on November 16 at noon.

“There is no longer religious freedom in NJ when school boards will be mandated to purchase and students will be mandated to read textbooks that normalize LGBTQ behavior,” the Morris Patriots organization said in its mass email encouraging N.J. activists to get involved.

Another group fighting back is Team PYC – Protect Your Children, which has been organizing people of faith all across the state to stand up for religious liberty and against anti-Christian indoctrination in public schools.

In an email about the legislation, Team PYC urged those who value parental rights to prevent the far-left from transforming the state with radical LGBT legislation and tax-funded propaganda targeting children.

The group also warned about another piece of legislation in New Jersey, S2781, set to be considered next month. It would order school districts to “provide instruction” on “diversity” in sexual orientation and gender identity as part of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education.

Among other concerns, Team PYC, which is active across the state, blasted the idea of teaching a 10-year-old child that children should get a sex-change or that it is normal to have “fluid ever-changing sexuality or identity.” And yet that is coming, with these bills paving the way.

“The Inclusion Bill (if passed into law) will mandate changing terms and definitions and that is 100% going against the HOLY WORD of GOD how God has made man and woman, not a combination of the two,” explained Victoria Jakelsky, state director for Team PYC.

The extremism that has engulfed New Jersey schools and lawmakers in recent years is getting worse. And it is hardly limited to New Jersey. The consequences will be devastating. Americans across the nation must take action, or it will be all downhill from here.

This article originally appeared at FreedomProject Media and is reprinted here with permission.

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SEE TEXT OF BILL: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2020/Bills/S2000/1512_I1.HTM

 

 

ALISA CHILDERS INTERVIEWS ALLIE BETH STUCKEY: How to Escape the Cult of Self-Affirmation

In this podcast, Allie Beth Stuckey joins us to analyze the popular ideas promoted by self-help gurus like Jen Hatmaker, Glennon Doyle, Rachel Hollis, and Brene Brown. We discuss questions like, am I enough? Do I have to love myself before I can love others? What is the cult of self-affirmation? What is "meology," and why is it such a popular way to interpret the Bible? Allie also tells us about her new book, You're Not Enough and That's Okay, and its message that runs contrary to some of these other popular teachers. To order Alisa’s book, “Another Gospel”: https://www.alisachilders.com/another... This video is not sponsored. Product links are affiliate links which means if you buy something we'll receive a small commission. To order Allie Beth's book, "You Are Not Enough, and that's OK": https://amzn.to/35r8ucq For all links to Alisa’s recommended reading, podcast studio gear and other items, visit the Alisa Childers Amazon Store at https://www.amazon.com/shop/alisachil...

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Brené Brown and the Lie of the Divine Self

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SUPREME COURT JUSTICE Alito: ‘You Can’t Say That Marriage Is a Union Between One Man and One Woman’ in America Today

Justice Alito Discusses: Abortion, Speech, Assembly, Religion, Guns, Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito made compelling remarks on variety of important topics, including recent threats against the Supreme Court by politicians. This video condenses the content, but the full speech can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/tYLZL4GZVbA?t=940

BY TYLER O'NEIL

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2020/11/13/religious-freedom-free-speech-are-under-assault-in-the-covid-constitutional-stress-test-alito-warns-n1142962;

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In a Federalist Society speech on Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito raised the alarm about threats to religious freedom, free speech, and the rule of law — threats exacerbated in the “constitutional stress-test” of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. These threats are by no means limited to lockdown restrictions and COVID-19 issues, but the virus has highlighted them.

“The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty,” Alito said. “I am not diminishing the severity of the virus’s threat to public health, and putting aside what I will say shortly about a few Supreme Court cases, I’m not saying anything about the legality of COVID restrictions. All that I’m saying is this… we have never before seen restrictions as severe, extensive, and prolonged as those experienced for most of 2020.”

Alito mentioned many “live events that would otherwise be protected by the right to freedom of speech” that state and local governments have prohibited, including the fact that churches were closed on Easter Sunday by government fiat.

“The COVID crisis has served as a sort of constitutional stress-test. And in doing so it has highlighted disturbing trends that were already present before the virus struck,” the justice argued.

Alito first highlighted “the dominance of lawmaking by executive fiat rather than legislation.” He rightly traced this idea back to “the vision of early twentieth-century progressives and the New Dealers of the 1930s … that policy-making would shift from narrow-minded elected legislators to an elite group of elected experts, in a word, that policymaking would become more scientific.”

For instance, a Nevada law gives the state’s governor extraordinary powers. If the governor finds that there is “a natural, technological, or manmade emergency or disaster of major proportions, the governor can perform and exercise such functions, powers, and duties as are necessary to promote and secure the safety and protection of the civilian population.”

Yet the Supreme Court has a duty to step in “whenever fundamental rights are restricted.”

Along those lines, Alito warned that religious freedom has grown increasingly out of favor.

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“It pains me to say this but in certain quarters, religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right,” he lamented. He briefly mentioned the Supreme Court case Employment Division v. Smith and Congress’s passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill, while the Senate passed it, 97-3. President Bill Clinton signed it into law.

“Today, that widespread support has vanished. When states have considered or gone ahead and adopted their own versions of RFRA, they have been threatened with punishing economic boycotts,” Alito said.

He also briefly covered recent Supreme Court cases illustrating the threat to religious freedom.

Alito mentioned the Little Sisters of the Poor, “women who have dedicated their lives to caring for the elderly poor, regardless of religion.” Some of their beneficiaries have testified that the Little Sisters “will keep you alive for ten years longer.”

“Despite this inspiring work, the Little Sisters have been under unrelenting attack for the better part of a decade. Why? Because they refuse to allow their health insurance plan to provide contraceptives to their employees. For that, they were targeted by the prior administration,” the justice noted.

The Obama administration threatened the Little Sisters with hefty fines “if they did not knuckle under and violate a tenet of their faith.” While the group of nuns won a Supreme Court case last spring, the case went back to the Court of Appeals. President Donald Trump created a religious freedom exemption in the contraception mandate, but Joe Biden has pledged to drop that exemption.

In another case, the State of Washington required pharmacies to carry all contraceptives, including the morning-after pill. The Christian pharmacy Ralph’s refused to carry that abortifacient pill, but it gladly referred women to nearby pharmacies that did carry it. The state decided that this work-around was not enough.

Alito also mentioned Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop who notoriously refused to bake a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding. He cited a member of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission who said that freedom of religion had been used “to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the Holocaust, we can list hundreds of situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination.”

“For many today, religious liberty is not a cherished freedom. It’s often just an excuse for bigotry, and it cannot be tolerated,” Alito warned.

He mentioned that not a single employee of the Little Sisters has asked for contraception, no woman lacks contraception because of Ralph’s, and no same-sex couple has failed to get a cake because of Jack Phillips.

“A great many Americans disagree, sometimes quite strongly, with the religious beliefs of the Little Sisters, the owners of Ralph’s, and Jack Phillips. They have a perfect right to do so. That is not the question. The question we face is whether our society will be inclusive enough to tolerate people with unpopular religious beliefs,” the justice noted.

Alito cited Harvard Law professor Mark Tushnet, who notoriously wrote, “The culture wars are over. They lost, we won.” Terrifyingly, the professor compared social conservatives to the defeated Axis powers in World War II.

“My own judgment is that taking a hard line (‘You lost, live with it’) is better than trying to accommodate the losers, who – remember – defended, and are defending, positions that liberals regard as having no normative pull at all,” he argued. “Trying to be nice to the losers didn’t work well after the Civil War, nor after Brown. (And taking a hard line seemed to work reasonably well in Germany and Japan after 1945.)”

This hostility to traditional religion has bled into COVID-19 restrictions.

Alito referenced a Supreme Court decision on Nevada’s restrictions upholding the state’s double standard on casinos and houses of worship. The governor opened casinos — some of which are truly humongous — at 50 percent capacity while restricting religious services to 50 people or fewer. “If you want to worship and you’re the 51st person in line, sorry, you are out of luck. The size of the building doesn’t matter, nor does it matter if you wear a mask or stay 6 feet apart.”

“The state’s message is this: forget about worship and head for the slot machines or maybe a Cirque du Soleil show,” Alito said.

“Take a quick look at the Constitution. You will see the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment which protects religious liberty. You will not find a craps clause, or a blackjack clause, or a slot machine clause,” the justice quipped. “Nevada was unable to provide any plausible justification for treating casinos more favorably than houses of worship, but the Court nevertheless deferred to the governor’s judgment, which just so happened to favor the state’s biggest industry and the many voters it employs.”

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The justice contrasted this “blatant discrimination” against religious freedom with a Maryland district judge’s decision to strike down an FDA rule providing that women who want medication abortions must go to a clinic in person to access them. The judge struck down this rule in the name of protecting women from COVID-19, even though Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) had allowed people to go to gyms, casinos, and hair and nail salons in a limited reopening at the time.

Alito also warned that “support for freedom of speech is also in danger and COVID rules have restricted speech in unprecedented ways.”

While coronavirus lockdowns have shut down attendance at speeches, conferences, lectures, rallies, and more, “even before the pandemic, there was growing hostility to the expression of unfavorable views.”

Alito quipped that there are “seventy times seven” things that Americans cannot say if they are students or professors at a college or university, or employees speaking for a corporation.

“You can’t say that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. Until very recently, that’s what the vast majority of Americans thought. Now, it’s considered bigotry,” he warned.

“That this would happen after our decision in Obergefell [the 2015 case striking down state laws on marriage] should not have come as a surprise. Yes, the opinion of the Court included words meant to calm the fears of those who cling to traditional views on marriage. But I could see, and so did the other justices in dissent, where the decision would lead,” Alito warned.

He quoted his own dissent in the case, “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes. But if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and being treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.”

“That is just what is coming to pass,” the justice lamented. Indeed, in one recent case, the Kroger Company fired two women in Little Rock, Ark., who refused to wear a rainbow-colored heart emblem on an apron because they did not want to endorse LGBT activism.

Religious freedom and free speech are indeed under assault in America today, and even if the coronavirus pandemic fades away tomorrow, these threats to fundamental rights will persist.

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Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.

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BOB JONES UNIVERSITY then and now…Christian Learning Center, an apostate, ecumenical partner

BJU'S PRESIDENT STEVE PETTIT & HIS GROWING APOSTASY

BY MACHEN.WHITE

SEE: https://bjugrad2004.blogspot.com/2020/11/bju-then-and-nowchristian-learning.html;

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     Christian Learning Centers of Greenville County (CLC) is a self proclaimed gospel ministry ministering to public school students through the Released Time program in Greenville SC area public schools. The CLC mission statement reads, "[CLC] exists...to encourage [children] to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ". CLC's ministry verse, John 4:34, carries with it a clear missions meaning. The CLC calls us to "worship with us" on its fundraising page.

Janice Butler Founder and CEO of CLC

    CLC, however, is not what it seems. The CLC leadership and sponsoring churches are made up of everything from conservative evangelicals, to left leaning charismatics, to rank theological liberals. The Chairman of CLC board, Kevin Brady, attends Advent United Methodist Church. Board member, Richard Furman, attends First Presbyterian Church of Greenville. Board member, Gabe Vicks, attends Word of Life. Board member, Todd Hyneman, attends Holland Park Church of Christ. Among sponsoring churches, three United Methodist churches, a liberal Presbyterian church, several charismatic churches, and a half dozen SBC churches are listed on the CLC website. Social justice is often promoted on CLC podcasts. In the CLC doctrinal statement, the gospel is at best supplemented and at worst replaced with social justice. Three podcasts produced by the CLC present a wildly liberal view of race relations and a posting of this extremely worldly music video promoting social justice/social gospel can be found on CLC's official Facebook page. For the 2019 event, far left actor Kevin Sorbo was the keynote speaker.

 

Kevin Brady
   On Tuesday, May 12, 2020 CLC had as their special guests for its fundraising event North Greenville University (NGU) president Gene Fant and Dr. Steve Pettit president of Bob Jones University (BJU). From a video recorded on BJU campus, Pettit gave lavish praise and full endorsement of the CLC. "We are fully engaged in helping the [CLC]...Dr. Bobby Wood one of our vice presidents is now a new member of the [CLC] board and we are so glad he is there...as a university we are FULLY SUPPORTIVE of the CLC...I'd like to to highly encourage you to consider a financial gift to the CLC because they are a FRONT LINE MINISTRY GETTING THE GOSPEL OUT to those who live in darkness".
Pettit 
    On Thursday, October 22, 2020 the CLC again had as their special guests for its fundraising event  NGU president Gene Fant and Dr. Steve Pettit. Pettit once again paid lavish praise to CLC. "I'm joining you for a few moments this evening to ENDORSE the work of [CLC] and to encourage you to SUPPORT their ministry...[BJU] has the privilege of PARTNERING with [CLC] in providing the gospel and biblical training to public high school students...we SHARE a common mission...we share the gospel...We feel privileged to sew into the spiritual harvest WITH [CLC]...we are thankful for the opportunity to FULLY ENGAGE with the center...this is the kind of PARTNERSHIP we so value...let me challenge you to determine how you could PARTNER with the Christian Learning Center to promote the gospel...so I encourage you to make a gift to this ministry. They are worthy of our support. This is an organization that is on the front lines of ministry...and it is a ministry that we can get behind".
    The CLC is NOT front line gospel ministry. At the helm of this organization are those who attend churches that deny gospel. They go into schools to teach what their own denominations teach - a false gospel. Pettit is not only solidifying his position of fellowship with highly compromised SBC Gene Fant, he also, along with Dr. Bobby Wood, finds himself shoulder-to-shoulder in MINISTRY COOPERATION with new evangelicals and apostates. Dr. Pettit has fully engaged himself in a classic ecumenical relationship; a relationship which is strictly forbidden in Scripture. Of the likes of CLC, the Scriptures are clear..."do not receive him into your house nor greet him, for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds (2 John 1:10) "...[anyone] who preach[es] another gospel to you than what we have preached to you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED (Gal 1:8). 
  Dr. Pettit says endorse, support, partner, share, fully engage with an apostate. The scriptures say let them be accursed, do not receive him or greet him, have no fellowship. This partnership is not just an issue of secondary separation, it is that of primary separation. Dr. Pettit is not continuing in the footsteps of the biblically separated leadership of the past, he is following in the footsteps of the late Dr. Billy Graham. Graham contaminated the gospel for untold generations and led God's people into sin by welcoming apostates and gospel deniers into ministry cooperation with him. Dr. Pettit's compromise and disobedience, I believe, will snuff out the Greenville gospel light and remove the Bible from the "buckle of the Bible belt." 
WARNING: Please understand the BJU of today is nothing like the BJU of yesterday. Pettit continues to insist that BJU remains a biblically separated fundamentalist institution of yesterday.
NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH
Machen White
Ephesians 5:11
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SEE OUR PREVIOUS POSTS ABOUT PETTIT: 
 

Oregon becomes first state to decriminalize hard drugs like heroin and cocaine~Grants COVID Relief Funds to Strippers, Lap Dancers, Hookers

SEE: https://www.foxnews.com/us/oregon-first-state-decriminalize-hard-drugs-heroin-cocaine;

republished below in full unedited for informational, educational & research purposes:

Oregon became the first state to decriminalize hard drugs like heroin, cocaine and meth in a 59-41% vote as of early Wednesday morning, according to the Associated Press. 

The "Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act" will transition Oregon's drug policy from a punitive, criminal approach to "a humane, cost-effective, health approach."

"People suffering from addiction are more effectively treated with health care services than with criminal punishments," the bill reads. "A health care approach includes a health assessment to figure out the needs of people who are suffering from addiction, and it includes connecting them to the services they need."

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Instead of treating drug users as criminals, Oregon will now offer them addiction services funded by marijuana tax revenue, which is more than $100 million a year in the state. 

Only small amounts of drugs are decriminalized, such as less than 1 gram of heroin or MDMA; 2 grams of cocaine or methamphetamine; 12 grams of psilocybin mushrooms; and 40 doses of LSD, oxycodone or methadone.

Criminal penalties for possession of these amounts are replaced with a fine of up to $100, which can be waived if the user is evaluated at Addiction Recovery Centers. 

Crimes that are associated with drug use, such as manufacturing drugs, selling drugs and driving under the influence, are still criminal offenses. 

More than 100 organizations endorsed the measure, including the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Oregon Nurses Association, Oregon School Psychologists' Association, Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, the ACLU and others. 

There was also a fair amount of opposition to the measure, with two dozen district attorneys in the state saying the measure “recklessly decriminalizes possession of the most dangerous types of drugs (and) will lead to an increase in acceptability of dangerous drugs.”

Multiple countries in Europe, including Portugal, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, have decriminalized hard drugs without rampant negative effects. 

Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001, which did not lead to an increase in drug use, but did result in a dramatic reduction of pathologies associated with drug use, such as sexually transmitted diseases and overdose deaths, according to a 2009 Cato Institue study

2015 European Drug Report also found that Portugal's drug overdose death rate is five times lower than the European Union average. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Oregon Grants COVID Relief Funds to Strippers, Lap Dancers, 
Hookers 'Who Are Falling Through the Cracks'
BY VICTORIA TAFT
SEE: https://pjmedia.com/culture/victoria-taft/2020/11/11/oregon-grants-covid-relief-funds-
to-strippers-lap-dancers-hookers-who-are-falling-through-the-cracks-n1139079;
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The COVID “CARES Act” bailout money is being doled out to Oregon strippers, hookers, and lap dancers. And you thought there might be waste, fraud, and abuse in the system.

Oregon, which may have the nation’s most elastic free speech code, announced that strippers and other “sex workers” are eligible for COVID relief funds because they have nowhere else to turn and are falling through the cracks in the pandemic.

The PDX Stripper Strike, a chapter of the Portland-based Haymarket [Stripper] Pole Collective has been granted $600,000.00 in taxpayer money to give out to black, indigenous, and transgender “sex workers.”

George Soros’s Open Society Foundation, which, besides agitating for legalizing all drugs in Oregon, wants to legalize all sex work. It defines “sex workers” as:

[A]dults who receive money or goods in exchange for consensual sexual services or erotic performances, either regularly or occasionally.

The term “sex worker” recognizes that sex work is work. Prostitution, on the other hand, has connotations of criminality and immorality. Many people who sell sexual services prefer the term “sex worker” and find “prostitute” demeaning and stigmatizing, which contributes to their exclusion from health, legal, and social services.

Please note where your tax dollars will go in Oregon. In addition to helping to pay rent and food bills, the Oregon Health Authority also wants you to know that tax dollars will go toward several important priorities, among them, “professional development” for hookers and strippers.

  • Professional development
  • Education grants
  • Internet service
  • Personal hygiene items
  • A COVID test lap dancers, strippers and hookers can mail in

We have no idea what “professional development” is either.

The PDX Stripper Strike founder, Cat Hollis, told KOIN 6 News that the need is great.

[Sex workers] are suffering right now, and they don’t have anywhere to turn. We’re providing educational grants, professional development grants, and direct aid—rent support, food, and hygiene supplies—to sex workers most impacted by prejudice and COVID. Organizations like ours are the only things keeping sex workers from falling through the cracks.

Donations for the Oregon sex worker relief are also being taken under the auspices of the Young Woman’s Christian Association, also known as the YWCA.

Victoria Taft is the host of “The Adult in the Room Podcast With Victoria Taft” where you can hear her series on “Antifa Versus Mike Strickland.” Find it at your favorite podcast outlets. Follow her on Facebook,  Twitter and Parler @VictoriaTaft 

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David French Joins Southern Baptist Leaders in Praising Joe Biden for “Character”

David French

SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/11/09/david-french-joins-southern-baptist-leaders-in-praising-joe-biden-for-character/;

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David French, a political commentator at the National Review — who also happens to be in bed with the leftist wing of Evangelicalism — has joined hands with progressive Southern Baptists such as Russell Moore of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and president of the denomination, J.D. Greear to congratulate and extend a warm welcome to Joe Biden as their future pastor-in-chief. After years of relentless attacks on the current president Donald Trump over his “character flaws,” these men now praise Joe Biden for carrying the moral high ground despite the fact Biden opposes God from every conceivable angle.

In a recent piece at his personal blog titled May God Bless President Biden, David French asks, though he may disagree with Biden on policy issues, “since when do we require perfection or agreement to appreciate a good moment in a man’s life, especially when he has endured such terrible grief, including the recent death of his beloved son?”

Now, let that sink in for a moment. French, who claims to be a Christian and runs in circles with Southern Baptist elitists, demands we set aside our policy differences with Joe Biden because he has endured “terrible grief” in his life. Nevermind that Joe Biden wants to kill babies, force the LGBTQ agenda down your children’s throats in public schools, steal from hard workers to give to sluggards, destabilize the nation through open-borders policies and defunding law enforcement, and silencing the gospel by flushing religious freedom down the proverbial toilet. David French wants Christians to embrace him — all while he wanted Christians to reject Donald Trump.

FACT: Donald Trump is not a Christian. He may profess Christianity, but he does present the fruits of a born-again believer.

FACT: Donald Trump has done more for the unborn over the last four years than the vast majority of the professing Church, especially David French and his ilk.

FACT: Joe Biden is not a Christian. He is a Roman Catholic, but he is certainly no Christian. In fact, he does not even believe and follow what the Roman Catholic Church teaches on morality, let alone follow the Scriptures and believe in Christ.

FACT: Joe Biden has done nothing in 47 years to advance the cause of the Church, promote righteousness in our nation, defend the freedoms of Christians, or to give a voice to conservatives. In fact, he has fought for the exact opposite.

Joe Biden does not hold the moral high ground between him and Donald Trump. Hell, he wants to kill babies and force you to pay for it against your conscience. That alone should be enough to set any Christian against him. But his list of moral failures far exceeds anything Donald Trump could muster up. It’s just that these progressive leftists don’t see an anti-Christian agenda as immorality — and that’s what’s wrong with the Church.

 

Record Number of Sodomites Ran in 2020 U.S. Elections, Pastors Cheer

SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/11/09/record-number-of-sodomites-ran-in-2020-u-s-elections-pastors-cheer/;

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Sodomites from around the country are celebrating as a record number of homosexuals and sexually aberrant candidates ran for office in this year’s elections. According to Crooks and Liars (that’s the actual name of this blog…fitting), “more LGBTQ candidates ran for office in the United States in 2020 than ever before – at least 1,006,” Timothy Bussey wrote. “That’s a 41% increase over the 2018 midterms, according to the LGBTQ Victory Fund.”

The Scriptures speak of homosexual celebrity as judgment against a nation. When a nation turns its back on God, according to Romans 1, God gives that nation over to sexual immorality. There can be no question that God has given America over to the lusts of their hearts. A nation filled with evil people — even those who claim to be conservatives — celebrate homosexuality and abortion at record rates.

Bussey argues that “better representation” in the political arena could “help LGBTQ Americans maintain some of their hard-won rights, which have come under attack over the past four years.”

These “rights,” however, are nothing more than wrath and judgment being poured out. These “rights” are signs that a nation does not worship the one true God, but has, instead, refused to acknowledge him (Romans 1:28). Even the Church has joined with Sodom to celebrate this immense perversity.

The Church deserves every bit of persecution she will see come her way in the next decade. Even if God decides to extend mercy, the Church, in her weakness and refusal to boldly proclaim the one true living God and the gospel of Jesus Christ, will face an increasingly difficult and perilous time. God will not allow other gods before Him. If you think it’s bad now, just wait.

 

 

Pastor Carl Lentz’ Five-Month Sexual Affair With Muslim Woman Began at His Anniversary

PROFESSING "CHRISTIAN" HAS AN ANTINOMIAN AFFAIR WITH A MUSLIM HARLOT; SHOWS NO REPENTANCE

The 34-year-old said that they had much more than a 'fling'

SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/11/09/carl-lentz-five-month-sexual-affair-with-muslim-woman-began-at-his-anniversary/;

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A Muslim woman who claims to have had a five-month affair with befallen celebrity Hillsong NYC pastor, Carl Lentz, says that their relationship was much more than just a fling. According to Ranin (pictured above), a 34-year-old designer who spoke with The Sun, they had an emotional break-up after they were busted by Lentz’ wife who found sexting messages and “naughty photos” on his church office computer.

Lentz, who was fired last week amid “moral failures” — which were not mentioned in a letter sent by Brian Houston, Hillsong’s founder and CEO — admitted to being unfaithful in his marriage, but did not go into detail. According to Ranin, after she found out that they had been exposed, Lentz came over to “say goodbye in person” where they were intimate, once again.

Interestingly, according to when this affair began in May according to Ranin, Carl Lentz has had a pinned post on his Twitter account celebrating his marriage and anniversary.

17 years of marriage, today! I remember being told “the only competition you should have in your marriage, is who can serve each other better.” When our marriage is strong, that theme is protected and valued.  When…

“17 years of marriage, today! I remember being told the only competition you should have in your marriage, is who can serve each other better,” Lentz hypocritically wrote on Instagram as he was sleeping with another woman, “When our marriage is strong, that theme is protected and valued. When our marriage has struggled, that theme has been distant… and thats because ‘Serving’ is not a word that we instantly gravitate towards because it involves putting yourself, your needs, your opinions second.”

Lest one be fooled into believing that Lentz is truly repentant and sorry for this, don’t be fooled. He did not stop because he felt remorse or shame and wanted to repent. He stopped because he got caught. All these years of leading a church, who can actually be surprised that sexual immorality would be so pervasive in a church so worldly with such a false gospel?

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Ranin said she 'broke things off so many times' but Carl 'always pursued her'

ABOVE: Ranin said she 'broke things off so many times' but Carl 'always pursued her'

Ranin said that she 'loved Carl and he loved her back'

ABOVE: Ranin said that she 'loved Carl and he loved her back'

Justin Bieber's pastor Carl Lentz lied to NYC beauty during affair and said he was an unmarried sports agent

SEE: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/13137365/justin-bieber-pastor-carl-lentz-affair-lied-sports-agent/

EXCERPTS:

Ranin, whom wishes to keep her last name private, revealed to The Sun she wanted to tell her story so Carl’s followers know “there was another person on the other side of his statement that got hurt.”

She said his Instagram post about his firing was “offensive,” and made it seem like they “just had a fling."

The stunning brunette said: “I wasn’t there for just sex, we both found comfort and a deep, special connection with each other. I am very hurt because we both feel the same way about each other. 

“He loves me and I love him. It was a love relationship that wasn’t planned. It wasn’t just a fling or just a sexual relationship."

She explained that the pair met in May at Domino Park in Brooklyn, New York, when he approached her to flirt and make small talk. 

“I have no knowledge of the Christian world, I’m Muslim,” she said, insisting she initially had no idea that Carl was a famous celebrity pastor.

“He told me the most beautiful women come from the Middle East and we kept talking from there. We walked and talked more for a little bit and exchanged numbers. 

“He told me his name was Carl but that’s it, he wouldn’t tell me his last name. And he told me that his job was as a sports agent,” Ranin claimed of his alleged secrecy regarding his occupation.

She claimed Carl, 42, refused to give his last name because he did not want to be “Googled” so she can “get to know him in person.”

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DOMINO PARK, BROOKLYN, NY: https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7138494,-73.9676011,18z

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Celeb pastor Carl Lentz, ousted from Hillsong NYC, confesses he was ‘unfaithful’ to his wife


FROM: https://religionnews.com/2020/11/04/carl-lentz-pastor-of-hillsong-east-coast-and-
justin-bieber-terminated-for-moral-failure/
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An email sent to church members on Nov. 4 cited the reason for Lentz’s termination as ‘leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.’

NEW YORK (RNS) — In an Instagram post on Thursday (Nov. 5), Carl Lentz, the lead pastor of Hillsong NYC, admitted to an extramarital affair, ending a day of speculation as to why he had been fired.

On Wednesday, Hillsong founding pastor Brian Houston notified staff and members of Hillsong East Coast by email of Lentz’s termination. The email, which was obtained by Religion News Service, cited “leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures” as the reason for the firing but did not reveal more details, saying to do so “would not be appropriate.”

“I know this will come as a shock to you, but please know that this action was not taken lightly and was done in the best interests of everyone, including Pastor Carl,” Houston wrote.

In his Instagram post, Lentz admitted to being “unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life.”

“This failure is on me, and me alone and I take full responsibility for my actions,” according to the post.

“When you accept the calling of being a pastor, you must live in such a way that it honors the mandate. That it honors the church, and that it honors God. When that does not happen, a change needs to be made and has been made in this case to ensure that standard is upheld,” Lentz said in the post.

He expressed gratitude for his time at the church and said leading Hillsong NYC “has been an honor in every sense of the word.”

“This is a hard ending to what has been the most amazing, impacting and special chapter of our lives.”

In a statement Houston posted on the church site later in the evening on Wednesday, he repeated much of his initial email but added praise for Lentz’s work at Hillsong and said he was grateful for the years of service Lentz and his wife gave to Hillsong NYC.

“They have a heart for people and we are confident that after a time of rest and restoration, God will use Carl in another way outside of Hillsong church. In terminating his tenure, we in no way want to diminish the good work he did here,” the statement said.

Lentz, in his post, also acknowledged a need for rest, for rebuilding trust with his wife and children and “taking real time to work on and heal my own life and seek out the help that I need.”

In his statement, Houston assured readers ministry would “proceed as usual,” and the leadership team was “praying that God would bring about an exciting new season for our church and this region.”

Lentz, 41, was one of a number of pastors GQ Magazine has described as “hypepriests” who lead churches frequented by celebrities. Friends and congregants include Justin Bieber and his wife, Hailey Baldwin Bieber, as well as the Jenner sisters.


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Lentz, along with Houston’s son Joel, began Hillsong NYC, the first Hillsong East Coast church, in 2010. The church, part of the global network of Hillsong churches, quickly drew attention for the long lines waiting to be “let in” on Sunday mornings — and for the demographic waiting in those lines. The worshippers who flocked there were — like their lead pastor — young, hip and dressed looking more like they were headed to a rock concert than to Sunday morning church. Indeed, their venue, Irving Plaza in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan, was a church by day and concert hall by night.

Lentz, relatively unknown before taking the helm of Hillsong NYC, became a darling of major media outlets for his hipster dress, his tattoo-covered arms and his celebrity congregants, including Justin Bieber, who according to GQ was baptized by the pastor in the bathtub of Tyson Chandler, a New York Knicks player at the time.


RELATED: How a Sean Feucht worship service convinced me I am no longer an evangelical


Lentz was raised in Virginia and played basketball at North Carolina State, where he told the New York Post he was “doing my own thing, being my own god.” He moved to Los Angeles to attend King’s College and Seminary, then headed to Australia to join Hillsong’s training program, Hillsong College, where he met his wife, Laura. He worked in youth ministry in Virginia Beach before moving to Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood to launch Hillsong’s first U.S. location, according to media reports.

“While I have no doubt in my heart that this is the right course of action, I must mention Bobbie’s and my personal sadness, as we have known Laura her entire life and Carl for well over 20 years,” Houston wrote in his letter.

Lentz, in his post, apologized to his congregants and expressed a wish to tell them in person “because you are all owed that.” But he acknowledged that he could not. 

“I am deeply sorry for breaking the trust of many people who we have loved serving and understand that this news can be very hard and confusing,” said the post. “To our pastors Brian and Bobbie, thank you for allowing us to lead, allowing us to thrive and giving us room to have a voice that you have never stifled or tried to silence.”

Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston founded the original Hillsong Church in 1983 in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia. It now has locations in 28 countries around the world and, pre-pandemic, saw an average 150,000 attenders each week, according to its website.

Hillsong is also known for its popular worship music and conferences.

Neither Hillsong nor Carl Lentz immediately responded to requests for comment.

Emily McFarlan Miller contributed to this report.

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Speaking out: Hillsong founder Brian Houston shared the news with church members in a letter sent on Wednesday (pictured). A similar statement was issued publicly later that day

Bible Belt States of Ga., Tenn. Elect Their First Homosexuals, Including Lesbian Priest, to State Legislatures~DELAWARE ELECTS GAY “DRAG QUEEN”

BY HEATHER CLARK

SEE: https://christiannews.net/2020/11/04/bible-belt-states-of-ga-tenn-elect-their-first-homosexuals-including-lesbian-priest-to-state-legislatures/;

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Voters in the Bible Belt states of Georgia and Tennessee elected the first openly homosexual members to their state legislatures on Tuesday, including a lesbian Episcopal priest.

Georgia state Senate candidate Kim Jackson won the heavily Democratic District 41 by a landslide, defeating Republican challenger William Park Freeman 74.9% to 25%.

According to reports, Jackson is an ordained Episcopal priest, is the interim vicar at the Church of the Common Ground in Atlanta, and a graduate of Candler School of Theology.

“Jackson, the first black LGBTQ+ person ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, previously served as chaplain at the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and the Atlanta University Center, and as associate rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church,” the website for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta states.

In Tennessee, two openly homosexual candidates were chosen by voters to serve in the state House of Representatives: Democrat Torrey Harris and Republican Eddie Mannis.

“I believe women and their doctors are in the best position to make informed decisions about what is best for them, no one else,” Harris said in a campaign video posted online.

He unseated longtime incumbent John DeBerry, a pro-life Democrat who supports biblical marriage and was forced to run as an Independent after the Democratic Party removed him from the ballot. DeBerry has preached at Coleman Ave. Church of Christ for the past 20 years and has been elected to the state legislature 13 times.

“My work in Nashville as a legislator is nothing more than an extension of my work as a child of God, as a Christian,” DeBerry explained to the Catholic News Agency in September. “And I take to heart Ephesians chapter 6, ‘We wrestle not against flesh and blood.’ People are not the enemy,“ but “there are those who make laws that are blasphemous of God’s law.”

Harris won District 90 with 77% of the vote, Local Memphis reports.

“Both Torrey and Eddie sent a clear message that LGBTQ candidates can win in a deep red state while being their authentic selves,” remarked former Houston, Texas Mayor Annise Parker, who now leads the LGBTQ Victory Fund. “Their presence in the state legislature can dilute the most toxic anti-LGBTQ voices and lead to more inclusive legislation.”

As previously reported, all three “LGBT” candidates in Delaware won their races on Tuesday, including a man who identifies as a woman and a homosexual who moonlights as a drag queen.

Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

President George Washington also warned in his first inaugural address, “[T]he propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”

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DELAWARE: Voters Choose Homosexual Who Moonlights as 'Drag Queen' for House Over Republican Challenger

BY HEATHER CLARK

SEE: https://christiannews.net/2020/11/04/voters-choose-homosexual-who-moonlights-as-drag-queen-for-del-house-over-republican-challenger/;

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GLASGOW, Del. — Voters in Delaware’s 27th District have chosen to elect an openly homosexual man who moonlights as a drag queen to represent them in the state House of Representatives over his Republican challenger, who lost by a significant margin.

According to reports, Eric Morrison won 61.4% of the vote (7,844), compared to the 36.8% (4,699 votes) garnered by Donald “Tripp” Keister III. Only 1.8%, or 225 residents, selected Libertarian candidate William Hinds.

Keister is the manager of the Fredericksburg Nationals minor league baseball team and was said to have done little campaigning for the job. However, in speaking with the Newark Post, he contrasted his positions with those of Morrison.

“My opponent has been very vocal about what he wants to do: He wants to defund the police, have community policing and have Delaware become a sanctuary state,” he said. “I really want to make sure that our communities are safe, our schools are safe, and that we’re easing the burden on our families.”

The Philadelphia Gay News reported in January that, along with “with LGBTQ rights and women’s reproductive rights [a.k.a. abortion], Morrison plans to support criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization, the expungement of records, campaign finance, elections and environmental protections.”

On Oct. 20, Morrison tweeted a graphic that read, “I’m a better Christian than any Trump supporter, and I’m an atheist.”

As previously reported, in September, he likewise was preferred in the primaries over current Rep. Earl Jaques, Jr., a “moderate” Democratic lawmaker who voted against same-sex “marriage” in 2013, as well as a 2017 bill to “modernize” the state’s laws to align with Roe v. Wade.

Morrison, who has been performing in drag for over 20 years and goes by the name “Anita Mann,” held a “Dude Looks Like a Lady” drag show as a fundraiser for his campaign. Jaques told reporters that he thought Morrison was “far off base” for the district — remarks that he later apologized for.

“You can have fundraisers; I don’t care about that. But dressing in drag? Really?” he said. ““I’m not sure he represents the people who attend those places of religion. If he’s actually having a fundraiser in drag, I don’t think those churches would endorse that. … I’m just saying it’s a little different, that’s for sure.”

In addition to Morrison, Human Rights Campaign’s Timothy “Sarah” McBride also won a seat in the state Senate, becoming the first “transgender” to do in American history. Lesbian social worker Marie Pinkney likewise was elected to the Delaware Senate by a significant margin of 76% to 24%.

In 1 Samuel 8, the Bible speaks of the nation of Israel’s desire to have a king, a human leader to guide the people, as in other nations.

God then spoke to the prophet Samuel, saying, “Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee, for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken Me and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.”

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Hillsong Pastor, Carl “I May Be Open to Affirming Gays” Lentz, Fired for “Moral Failures”~APOSTATE SBC PASTOR MARK DEVER IS A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT

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SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/11/04/hillsong-pastor-carl-i-may-be-open-to-affirming-gays-lentz-fired-for-moral-failures/;

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Popular NYC Hillsong pastor, Carl Lentz, has reportedly been terminated from his position as lead pastor for “moral failures.” In a letter sent to the staff of Hillsong NYC and obtained by Religion News Service, Hillsong founder and CEO, Brian Houston expressed regret in his decision to let Lentz go.

The letter did not go into detail, according to RNS, in exactly what these “moral failures” were, however, Houston explained that his actions were not in light of “leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.”

“I know this will come as a shock to you, but please know that this action was not taken lightly and was done in the best interests of everyone, including Pastor Carl,” Houston wrote.

“Please understand that it would not be appropriate for us to go into detail about the events that led to this decision. However you can be assured that this decision was made in order to honor God and pastorally care for you, our East Coast family, Pastor Carl and his family,” Houston continued.

Lentz was recently under fire by Christians after he announced to a CNN host that he may be open to affirming homosexuality at some point.

During an interview with CNN, Lentz was asked if he could see his church changing views in the future since there are so many people who are “turned off” from church because of conservative politics.

“Anything’s possible,” Lentz said, after saying he refuses to endorse political candidates.

While we don’t know the exact reason for Lentz’ termination, we can rest assured that it will come out at some point. Often, when a church leader or pastor is terminated citing “moral failures,” it often involves some sort of sexual immorality.

Lentz, a good friend of Justin Bieber, is well-known for his affinity for worldly things. He wears highly expensive clothing and lives a luxurious lifestyle. In 2017, Lentz and Justin Bieber were caught together in a bar in New Zealand removing their clothing and acting promiscuously while taking liquor shots.

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Donald Trump’s Lawyer Rebukes Southeastern Seminary Professor For Being a Liberal

SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/11/02/donald-trumps-lawyer-rebukes-southeastern-seminary-professor-for-being-a-liberal/;

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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), increasingly one of the most liberal seminaries in the Evangelical Church, recently hired a liberal English professor — who supports ministries that promote woman-to-woman and man-to-man intimate relationships — from Liberty University. Karen Swallow Prior, who served many years on the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) as a research fellow, has been outspoken in her support of “gay Christianity” over the years.

Prior makes no qualms about her unbiblical positions as many have been warning about her for years. It wasn’t until recently, however, that Swallow Prior has completely unveiled herself as a totally “woke” leftist without a conservative bone in her body and people are finally starting to notice.

Recently, Donald Trump’s lawyer, who also represented John MacArthur’s church in a battle against Los Angeles over religious freedom, called out Swallow Prior for defending far-left radical Vice-Presidential candidate, Kamala Harris. While conservative Malachi O’Brien tweeted favorably that Kamala Harris had been “canceled” because of a lack of support in Texas, Swallow Prior jumped in to defend Harris.

Swallow Prior’s defense when Trump’s and MacArthur’s attorney, Jenna Ellis jumped in:

Here is where Ellis’ response was gold.

Karen Swallow Prior is a liberal activist and sadly, she represents a large majority of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Evangelical Church. Increasingly, the divide between the liberals and the conservatives is growing, and thankfully so. Christians cannot in any way support the Democrat party — to do so is to support the things that God hates.

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David Platt Says You Should Leave His Church if You Oppose People Supporting Pro-Abortion Candidates

David Platt

SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/11/02/david-platt-says-you-should-leave-his-church-if-you-oppose-people-supporting-pro-abortion-candidates/;

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David Platt has been on a leftist trajectory for several years. Platt, who has at many times been a staunch defender of the faith and a great expositor of the Scriptures, has sadly, as so many have, lost his focus, forgotten his first love, and embraced the gospel of social justice — described in the words of the Apostle Paul as “another gospel.”

Platt, like John Piper, has embraced a grossly unbiblical idea — that Christians have the freedom of conscience to support whatever political candidates they want. This idea embraces the notion that politics, in general, are subjective and the positions held and policies enacted by the different parties are morally neutral and not subject to the law of God.

But this ungodly postmodern idea is contradictory to the nature of God who has set in stone his law and is unchangeable and unwavering. As Christians, we do not have the freedom to “vote our conscience.” We are obligated to seek God’s view and to hold to that and vote accordingly.

Despite this biblical truth, David Platt, the popular Bible teacher who hosts the annual Secret Church simulcast conference that many Southern Baptist churches take part in, has made it clear that if you openly oppose other members in his church who support Democrats, you don’t belong at his church.

Comparing the horrific act of abortion — and the Democrat position to increase and expand it at an indefinite rate — to Donald Trump’s personal immorality, Platt equates the two as morally equivalent. Platt treats Donald Trump’s boasting and personal immorality as equally repugnant as the killing of innocent children. But what Platt, and the rest of the increasingly liberal pastors, fail to understand is that Donald Trump is not legislating his personal immorality into national policy. Unlike Donald Trump, the Democrats, whose political platform is to kill, steal, and destroy, want to push every iota of that down everyone’s throat and make it illegal to oppose them.

And this is what David Platt supports and says if you oppose, you don’t belong in his church. In a recent sermon, Platt calls on Christians to unify under a false unity, one where his church members are not of one sound mind or accord, and instead, just keep it to yourself.

Do not divide the church over political positions, convictions, or calculations that are not clear and direct in God’s word… We will not tell people to vote for this candidate or that party…I fear calling you to do something that I can not show you clearly and directly in God’s word he has called you to do…

I have full confidence calling you to oppose abortion and to defend the lives of children in the womb because God makes his work in the womb clear in Psalm 139. You cannot follow Jesus as a member of this church and advocate for abortion. (Editor’s note. This is more than we can say for JD Greear’s church, who does not abide by this maxim.)

I have full confidence to call you to promote a biblical understanding of sexuality and marriage because God makes his definitions of male and female and marriage clear in Genesis 1 and 2 and throughout the rest of the bible. You cannot follow Jesus as a member of this church and disregard God’s word in these ways.

I have full confidence in calling you to care for the oppressed, the poor, the orphan, the widow, and the sojourner, because God says these things multitudes of times to his people in his word You cannot follow Jesus as a member of this church and be calloused to the oppressed, poor, orphan, the widow, or the sojourner.

And I have full confidence calling you to never affirm or overlook sexual immorality, boastful pride, vulgarity, dishonestly, name-calling, and strife -stirring in your life or others’ lives, because God has said all over his word that all of those things are deadly.

So then how do you vote? For this candidate? For that candidate? For third candidate? For no candidate? And I don’t have a verse that answers that question for you. Different, genuine followers of Jesus will therefore come to different conclusions on the answer to that question. And assuming you are applying God’s word as prayerfully and as wisely and as faithfully as you know how to your political decision, then we will not break fellowship in Christ over that decision.

Now as soon as I saw that, I realize some people think we should break fellowship in Christ over the vote. Some people think, ‘I cannot be in the same church with someone who votes for Biden.’ Other people think, ‘I cannot be in the same church with someone who votes for Trump.’

And if you think either of these things, and I say this as thoughtfully and compassionately as I know how, Mclean Bible Church may not be the right church for you. Because we are not going to divide over the vote here. And if you think we should, if you think I or other pastors in this church should promote a political candidate or party, and you think this is worth dividing the church over, then I’m sincerely sad about that, because I treasure our fellowship together in Jesus, but at the same time I’m truly happy for you to be in another church as long as that church is preaching the gospel.

David Platt via Protestia.com

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Jerry Falwell Jr. Sues Liberty University for ‘Damaging His Reputation’ Following ‘Forced’ Resignation

BY HEATHER CLARK

SEE: https://christiannews.net/2020/10/30/jerry-falwell-jr-sues-liberty-university-for-damaging-his-reputation-following-forced-resignation/;

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LYNCHBURG, Va. — Jerry Falwell, Jr., former president of Liberty University, which hails itself as the world’s largest Christian university, has filed a lawsuit against the school to allege that officials “needlessly injured and damaged his reputation” via statements made following his resignation. Falwell had been placed on leave after posting, and then deleting, a photo in which he had his pants unzipped, and then was asked to resign after a former business partner revealed that he had an affair for years with Falwell’s wife and claimed that Falwell was privy to it.

According to a press release, Falwell argues that Giancarlo Granda, who engaged in sexual activity with his wife, Becki, had made false allegations against him in an attempt to extort money out of the couple. He says that Liberty University board members accepted the allegations without investigation in order to “force” his resignation.

The suit states that officials then released statements that, by effect, served to “tarnish, minimize, and outright destroy the legacy of the Falwell family and Mr. Falwell’s reputation.”

“We attempted to meet several times with the Liberty University Board of Trustees Executive Committee but were unsuccessful in doing so. Thus, we were forced to seek remedy for Mr. Falwell’s ongoing injuries and damage to his reputation through the court,” attorney Robert Raskopf of the law firm Quinn Emanuel said in a statement.

As previously reported, Falwell, the son of the late Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell, Sr., resigned from Liberty University in August after acknowledging that his wife had a years-long affair with a young business partner.

Granda, who worked with the couple surrounding a hostel that he owned in Miami, Florida, took the story to the media, claiming that Falwell sat in the room or watched from a camera while sexual encounters happened over the course of seven years.

He also released a recorded phone call in which Becki Falwell expressed that she struggled with the idea of him dating other girls, even to the point of tears, and Jerry Falwell Jr. remarked, “You’re going to make her jealous, Gian.”

Falwell denied having any participation in the affair, stating that he “learned” about it and became so upset that he lost 80 pounds.

“Becki had an inappropriate personal relationship with this person, something in which I was not involved,” Falwell said in a statement to the Washington Examiner after Reuters first reported on the matter. “It was nonetheless very upsetting to learn about.”

He stated that he forgave his wife, and the couple sought to put distance between themselves and Granda, but he became “aggressive.”

“Eventually, he began threatening to publicly reveal this secret relationship with Becki and to deliberately embarrass my wife, family, and Liberty University unless we agreed to pay him substantial monies,” Falwell alleged. “We were doing our best to respectfully unravel this ‘fatal attraction’ type situation to protect our family and the university.”

Thursday’s press release from Falwell’s attorney also contended, “Based on research and investigation, this individual appears to be supported financially by political opponents of Mr. Falwell in the midst of a heated presidential campaign, likely including the anti-Trump political action committee called The Lincoln Project.”

Granda has denied that engaging in extortion, posting a statement to Twitter that read in part, “[L]et me be clear, I am not profiting in any way, shape or form from coming forward and telling the truth about the Falwells.” He said that Falwell was lying in an attempt to “discredit” him.

“[A]s recently as last year, [Jerry] participated in video calls where Mrs. Falwell was naked and Jerry was watching,” Granda wrote.

He also alleged that Falwell sent him an inappropriate photo of a student, but Falwell sought to defend himself by telling the Washington Post that it was a screenshot from a video where his daughter-in-law’s friend showed her “granny panties” under her skirt, which he thought was funny and subsequently shared with others.

Falwell had already been placed on indefinite leave two weeks before his resignation after he posted — and then deleted — a vacation photo to Instagram where he mimicked his wife’s pregnant assistant, but was photographed knowing that his pants were unzipped.

Falwell told WLNI “MorningLine” that neither he or the assistant were able to button their pants.

“She’s pregnant, so she couldn’t get her pants up,” Falwell stated. “I had on a pair of jeans that I hadn’t worn in a long time, so I couldn’t get mine zipped either.”

“So, I just put my belly out like hers,” Falwell continued. “I should never have put it (the photo) up and embarrassed her.”

The photograph was taken at a “Trailer Park Boys”-themed outing on a yacht, where the Falwells were on vacation. The vile Canadian-based show filled with profanity, alcoholism, drug use, sexual immorality and other ungodliness features episode titles such as “[Expletive] Community College, Let’s Get Drunk and Eat Chicken Fingers,” “I’m Not Gay, I Love Lucy … Wait A Second, Maybe I Am Gay,” “Gimme My [Expletive] Money Or Randy’s Dead”, and “You Want The Lot Fees, [Sexual Vulgarity]”.

A coalition of Liberty University alumni, students and faculty soon launched a petition calling for the Board of Trustees to permanently remove Falwell from his position as president and “replace him with a responsible and virtuous Christian leader.” They said that the matter was not over a single incident but a pattern of behavior throughout much of his tenure.

“I was never called to be a pastor. My calling was to use my legal and business expertise to make Liberty University the evangelical version of Note Dame,” Falwell told ABC News surrounding the resignation. “Some of us are called to be preachers, that wasn’t mine. I was called to make Liberty University the greatest Christian university in the world, and I couldn’t have done that as a preacher.”

A week after his departure, it was revealed that Becki Falwell called 911 after being contacted by her husband to advise that he had fallen and was hurt. She broke into the house to find him bleeding and admitted to the operator that Falwell had been drinking, but when asked how much, she replied, “I’m not going to answer that question.”

In his most recent statement, Falwell accused Liberty University of “jumping to conclusions” about the Granda matter. While it is not clear exactly which remarks from the school he takes issue with, the Executive Committee had commented in one press release, “[W]e have learned enough about the past to know that we had no choice but to take the leadership of Liberty University in a new direction.”

“I am saddened that university officials, with whom I have shared so much success and enjoyed such positive relationships, jumped to conclusions about the claims made against my character, failed to properly investigate them, and then damaged my reputation following my forced resignation,” he said.

“While I have nothing but love and appreciation for the Liberty community, and I had hoped to avoid litigation, I must take the necessary steps to restore my reputation and hopefully help repair the damage to the Liberty University brand in the process.”

As previously reported, Liberty University has hired a forensics firm to investigate “all facets” of the school’s operations throughout Falwell’s tenure as president, including financial, real estate and legal dealings.

It said in a statement on Aug. 31 that, going forward, Liberty University wants to ensure that its leaders reflect the spiritual mission of the institution by their “words, actions and example.”

“That is why, in addition to starting a search for a new president, we are also reviewing options to establish a new role in the top leadership of the university for someone who will serve as a spiritual coach, mentor, and guide to help ensure that every member of the university leadership fulfills his or her spiritual responsibility to live out the Christian walk expected of each and every one of us at Liberty,” the committee outlined.

Acting President Jerry Prevo, a former pastor, has also been tasked with improving university operations “enrich[ing] the spiritual mission” of Liberty University.

 

 

THE NEW AMERICAN: “MAGA Nuns” Who Attended Trump Rally Explain Why

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF CATHOLICISM, POPE FRANCIS, ITS RELIGIOUS ORDERS, AND/OR CATHOLIC UNIVERSITIES OR SCHOOLS. IT IS SIMPLY AN ENDORSEMENT OF THE RIGHT TO VOTE, REGARDLESS OF RELIGION AND/OR FAITH PRACTICES, AS PER THE FIRST AMENDMENT.

“MAGA Nuns” Who Attended Trump Rally Explain Why

BY BOB ADELMANN

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/maga-nuns-who-attended-trump-rally-explain-why/;

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Three nuns from the Children of Mary in Cincinnati who sat behind President Trump at his rally in Circleville, Ohio, on Saturday became instant celebrities, and targets. Known now as the “MAGA Nuns” — each wore a mask with Trump’s favorite expression on them — they were immediately asked why they were there expressing their support for the president’s reelection.

They responded in a statement published by LifeSite News:

Thank you to the vast majority who have responded with love and support. To those who have responded with criticism or simply questioned why we would send Sisters to the rally, we are happy to have this opportunity to explain:

There are indeed many issues concerning the quality of life that need to be addressed. However, the pre-eminent issue is the intrinsic evil of taking innocent human life through abortion. We, as faithful Catholics, consider it our duty — a joyful duty — to support a president, regardless of party affiliation, who upholds the Gospel of Life.

Mother Philomena Maria told LifeSite News, “We’re trying to do what we feel the Lord wants us to do.”

Although most responded favorably to the nuns’ public display of support, others weren’t so charitable, including an individual who described himself as a “former” Republican who “doxed” the group on Twitter, claiming that “I like nuns with no political agenda.”

But he appeared to be in the minority. Sister Deirdre “Dede” Tyrne, a sister with the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, spoke at the Republican National Convention this past summer, contrasting Trump’s record as “the most pro-life president this nation has ever had” with the Biden/Harris ticket which she said was “the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide.”

Recent polling data from EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) and RealClearPolitics showed that Trump leads Biden among Catholics “who regularly attend Mass.” Overall, according to that poll, Trump leads Biden among Catholic voters by 51-43, with 43 percent of them saying that practicing Catholics should follow the teachings of the Catholic Church and oppose abortion.

Abortion is the most important issue for Teresa S. Collet too. Collet, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and a well-regarded advocate for the protection of human life, told America, The Jesuit Review:

Had President Trump proven unfaithful to his promises to protect the unborn and religious liberty, I would consider voting for someone else. Had a significant number of his judicial nominees been unqualified or unsuitable, I would be looking at other candidates more closely….

In fact, the president has been faithful to his promises and delivered more than I hoped for when I voted for him in 2016.

Taylor Marshall, another well-known Catholic apologist, advocate for traditionalist Catholicism and board member of Catholics for Trump, excoriated Joe Biden. He told his followers back in July that he was supporting President Trump in his reelection bid because “Joe Biden is vehemently pro-choice, pro-abortion, and supports a number of policies that grind against Catholic doctrine and Catholic school teaching.”

Catholics, according to James Keane, writing in America, are being pushed into the arms of Trump by the now-radicalized Democratic Party. He wrote:

Perhaps no issue in U.S. politics over the last half-century has driven more Catholics from their traditionally Democratic leanings into the arms of the Republican Party than abortion law….

The consistent leftward drift of the Democratic Party on abortion is a huge stumbling block to Mr. Biden’s pursuit of widespread Catholic support.

If nothing else the “MAGA Nuns” have awakened Catholics to the preeminent issue of life, and the threat to it by the positions taken by Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris.

 

SOUTHERN BAPTIST PRESIDENT JD Greear Says: Christians are Cursed Since They Don’t Fight for “Gender Justice”

JUDGES 5:23-"Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.

SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/10/29/jd-greear-says-christians-are-cursed-since-they-dont-fight-for-gender-justice/;

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JD Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention — who denounced Southern Baptists as racists and white supremacists, called on Christians to stand up for LGBTQ rights, and has a pro-choice woman leading bible studies at his church and also says that people who are followers of Jesus will think about the “rights of immigrants” while at the ballot box — has denounced the Church as “cursed” like Meroz for not fighting for “racial justice” and “gender justice.”

Greear, recently complained in a sermon that Christians today, like Christians during the time of American slavery, have a “malaise” about matters of justice because, he says, it doesn’t “directly affect them.”

“Whether we’re talking about racial justice or gender justice or what have you,” he says, “tragically…there’s often been a malaise in the church…because the injustice did not directly affect those of us sitting in places of privilege. Like Meroz, it didn’t affect our tribe.”

Of course, he doesn’t exactly explain what “gender justice” is, however, the website, Gender Justice U.S. defines it as “a world where everyone can thrive regardless of their gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation.” And since Greear has called on Christians to stand up for gay rights and says that using “preferred pronouns” for transgender people is “pronoun hospitality” and that he believes he should do it, one can draw their own conclusion as to what Greear means by the term.

Greear argued that Christians are “cursed,” like Meroz, for sitting back and “doing nothing” while oppressed people are bearing the burdens of the privileged.

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Besides the obvious fact that this is just stupid, it is biblically ignorant and does not represent what the Scriptures actually teach about justice. This is a Reconstructionist revision of the theology of justice and deserves nothing less than outright rejection by all Christians.

 

Judgment is Here: Seventy Percent of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage

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God has no doubt unleashed his wrath and judgment upon this nation. While many of us are struggling to hang on to the last thread of conservatism in this country — hoping that Donald Trump can pull off one more election — the country has undoubtedly already been given over to a debased mind.

Earlier this week, we reported that the vast majority of Roman Catholics and an increasing number of Protestant Christians now believe that abortion should remain legal. Despite the fact that the Scriptures are clear — those who hate God love death (Proverbs 8:36) — those who profess the name of Christ continue to rot away like corpses in the muck and mire of anti-God, anti-life politics.

Romans 1 speaks of God’s judgment upon a nation that has turned its back on Him. The judgment is the sin itself — it is the act of being given over to a debased mind; to do things that are contrary to God’s will.

“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” –Romans 1:28

It needs to be clear that America is not under judgment because of rampant abortion and homosexuality, but that rampant abortion and homosexuality are the actual judgment.

Recently released is another American Values Survey that finds that the overwhelming majority of Americans, including the vast majority of the Christian Church, are in favor of same-sex marriage. Among the findings is that seventy percent of Americans in total support gay marriage. To be broken down further, eighty percent of Democrats and fifty percent of Republicans are in favor.

Most major religious groups support homosexual marriage as well, including

  • Mainline Protestants (79 percent),
  • Hispanic Roman Catholics (78 percent),
  • Religious non-Christians (72 percent)
  • Hispanic Protestants (68 percent),
  • White Catholics (67 percent),
  • Black Protestants (57 percent) and
  • Other Christian denominations (56 percent).

However, white Evangelicals stood out as the only group that opposed same sex marriage with 63 percent not in favor.

While conservative Evangelicals have traditionally stood against the influx of cultural perversions such as same-sex marriage, even this group is slipping away because, while they may oppose it, do not find it politically expedient to speak out against it. This is why the Scriptures gives us the fair warning; it should be heeded with urgency.

“For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” — 1 Peter 4:17
 

EX-CATHOLIC MIKE GENDRON’S “PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL”: VOTING WITH A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW

SEE: http://www.proclaimingthegospel.org;

republished below in full unedited for informational, educational & research purposes:
Voting With a Biblical Worldview

The sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage and the protection of religious freedom are the key issues for Christians as they cast their vote in this year's election. There is only one party that upholds and supports these Christian values. Therefore, the decision should be easy for those who desire to please God. Yet recent polls indicate that many Christians will vote for the godless party platform which opposes Christian values and promotes a woman's "right" to destroy her unborn baby. What hope do the American people have if the people of God will not stand against evil and the powers of darkness? America is at a crossroads, and the Church must continue to be salt and light and the restraining force against the willing pawns of the evil one. We cannot be cowardly, or complicit or silent. We must stand up and speak out for what is right and true!
Voting Is Our Privilege and Responsibility
What is our Christian responsibility as American citizens? Is it a matter of conscience and Christian liberty as to how we vote? How can we approach this election with a biblical worldview? Our guiding principle should be to honor our Creator by submitting to the authority of His Word. As we make moral decisions, we must obey biblical commands and biblical prohibitions. It is true that we have two flawed candidates; however, the two platforms they represent are polarized morally, politically, and theologically. The two platforms are diametrically opposed on the issues of the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage. It is important to consider that these are spiritual and moral issues because they are clearly revealed throughout God's Word. All other issues must be secondary to these. As Christians, we must always oppose infanticide, the destruction of traditional marriage, and the pending loss of Christian liberty. Scripture exhorts us to destroy every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God and to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).
Our Votes Could Help Put An End to What God Hates
God hates hands that shed innocent blood. They are an abomination to Him (Prov. 6:16-17). There is nothing more evil or wicked than destroying the innocent life of a defenseless baby in a mother's womb. Those who support politicians who give women the right to murder their unborn children are complicit with those who disobey the clear commandment of God - "...Do not murder" (Luke 18:20). Abortion is morally evil and a serious capital offense that must be outlawed and punished, not condoned, excused, overlooked, or allowed. "Whoever sheds man's blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man (Gen. 9:6). Even an inadvertent killing of an unborn baby justified killing the responsible person (Exodus 21:22-23). How much more serious is it when done intentionally? Let us vote righteously to save unborn children who are the most defenseless and helpless of all people. We can be the voice for the voiceless. 
Our Votes Reveal What We Approve or Disapprove
The apostle Paul warned those who give approval to people who practice such wickedness. He wrote: "...although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them (Rom. 1:32). We are to "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Eph. 5:11). Christians who support an immoral, ungodly, and unbiblical platform are giving approval to their wicked works of darkness and clearly not reproving them. We are called to "abhor what is evil and hold fast to what is good" (Rom. 12:9). Since God requires government to restrain evil, voting is about supporting the candidate who will restrain as much evil as possible (1 Pet. 2:14).
Our Votes May Determine if We Rejoice or Groan
There is so much at stake in this year's election. After it is over, we will either rejoice or groan. "When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, people groan" (Prov. 29:2). We must vote and vote righteously because "righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people" (Prov. 14:34). Christians have been called out of the world, sanctified by the truth, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live lives pleasing to our Lord. May all of our decisions of the conscience be fortified by a biblical worldview. Let us pray for God's people to do what is right!
How Are 53% of Protestant Pastors Voting?

Nashville-based LifeWay Research found 98% of Protestant pastors in the U.S. say they plan to vote in the presidential election. When they cast their ballot, 53% of pastors plan to vote for Donald Trump. Joe Biden is the choice of 21% and 22% say they are still undecided. About 4% say they are voting for a different candidate. When asked which characteristics of the candidates are important in deciding how to vote, clear majorities of pastors say the candidate's position on abortion (70%), their ability to protect religious freedom (65%) and their likely Supreme Court nominees (62%) are key factors. In terms of the most important issue in determining their vote, evangelical pastors are more likely than mainline pastors to say abortion is most important (33% to 5%). Read more. 
An oxymoronic group that calls itself "Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden" has released a document calling for evangelical Christians to vote for pro-abortion candidate Joe Biden for president. Billy Graham's granddaughter is part of the group. It is inconceivable that all Christians would refuse to take a stand against abortion, yet Southern Baptist president, J.D. Greear, allows a pro-abortion woman to teach Bible study at his church. John Piper will not vote for the prideful pro-life candidate because it is "presumptuous to assume that pro-abortion policies kill more people than a culture-saturating, pro-self pride." What hope does our country have if the church cannot get it right? 
Biden Was Asked: "How Will You Explain Supporting Abortion to God?"

A Tennessee Catholic bishop asked Joe Biden how he will account to God for his support of killing innocent unborn babies in abortions. Bishop Rick Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee has not been shy about criticizing the Democrat presidential candidate. Biden claims to be a devout Catholic, but he supports abortions without restriction and wants to force taxpayers to pay for them. He and his vice-presidential running mate, Kamala Harris, are being described as the most pro-abortion presidential ticket in history.
The Catholic Church clearly condemns abortion and teaches that every human life is valuable from conception to natural death. Biden claims to faithfully live out his Catholic faith, but he openly opposes the church's teachings about the sanctity of human life. For these hypocritical claims, he is being called out by Catholic leaders across America. In 2019, a South Carolina priest even refused to give Biden communion because he supports killing unborn babies in abortions. Read more.
In the last presidential debate Joe Biden told 32 lies In 96 Minutes.
Catholic Teachings that Oppose John's Gospel

The Roman Catholic Church does not build its theology on the historical text of Scripture or on the authors' original intent. Instead, it has added 1600 years of religious traditions that nullify, distort and oppose the Word of God. The tragic result is that millions of Catholics are embracing a distorted gospel that is leading them down the wide road of destruction. Evangelist Mike Gendron gave a message on Catholic Teachings that Oppose the Gospel of John. As you listen to the message, you can view the Keynote slides here.

 

YouTube Age-Restricts the Gospel of Jesus Christ

DAVID WOOD OF ACTS 17 APOLOGETICS REPORTS: 

The YouTube Trust and Safety Team is now age-restricting videos explaining basic Christian theology.

According to their interpretation of the Community Guidelines, anyone under eighteen years old should not be exposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Watch "How Can God Die?": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM0Pj...

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