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Tuesday August 29th, 2017

 

Twitter has reportedly denied the request of a pastor to use the social media network to advertise his new book, which promotes a traditional view of marriage.

Pastor Craig Stellpflug paid for Twitter ads to promote his recently-published book titled One Man One Woman: God’s Original Design for Marriage. Twitter told Stellpflug that they do not allow tweet’s that contain “hate content, sensitive topics, and violence globally.” They further stated that Stellpflug’s ad contained “hate.” Stellpflug is a pastor at Sunrise Baptist Church in Custer, Washington.

Stellpflug had wanted to post this tweet: “One Man One Woman is about God’s original design for marriage carried from Adam and Eve in the garden through today.” The tweet also included an image of the book and a link to WestBow Press’ online bookstore where the book can be purchased.

“They started promoting it, they took my money,” Stellpflug told The Christian Post. “Then, I get that email that tweet was not approved and that it was determined to be hate.”

Stellpflug says his book is not about gay-bashing and actually addresses other topics than homosexuality. “In fact, I address different issues — homosexuality, adultery, divorce, pornography and other like issues,” he said. “I don’t give any special weight to homosexuality. I do give tremendous weight to God’s forgiveness, God’s judgment versus our judgment.”

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot… Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” Luke 17:28 and 30.


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 Illinois Forcing Foster Parents to Support Gender Transition or Lose Kids

 

Thursday June 29th, 2017 in

The state of Illinois’ social services policies now bar social workers from employment and foster families from caring for children if they refuse to facilitate a child’s gender transition. The state’s director of the Department of Children and Family Services approved “enhanced department procedures” that established “mandatory minimum standards for LGBTQ children under its authority.”

These state standards, reportedly drafted with the assistance of the ACLU, “will not tolerate exposing LGBTQ children and youth to staff/providers who are not supportive of children and youths’ right to self-determination of sexual/gender identity.”

“No matter that sexual difference is a scientific fact, or that billions of sane people across the world acknowledge it,” said Mary Rice Hasson, director of the Catholic Women’s Forum at The Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., noting that vulnerable children in the care of the state will not be entrusted to people who believe human beings cannot physically alter their sex.

What it ultimately amounts to is an “erasure of the human person,” said Meg Kilgannon, executive director of Concerned Parents and Educators. “If a government entity is set to be the ultimate arbiter of someone’s truth, being or existence, then at what point do parents get left out of the equation?” she asked.

In Illinois, according to the new policies, parents are already being left out in significant ways. “When a child is in state care, parents have no say in whether the child will receive puberty blockers or hormone treatments, as long as two physicians, or a physician and a counselor ‘who is culturally competent in transgender healthcare,’ sign off,” Hasson added, citing the new procedural guidelines. “If a child’s ‘permanency goal’ is to return home to the care of his parents, then the state will notify the parents that hormone therapy is being initiated, but parental permission is not required.”

Andrew Walker, director of policy studies for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, noted that gender dysphoria was once viewed as an “ailment” linked with gender identity disorder. But activists have politicized the field of medicine making “what was once a pathology into an identity, a worldview, and a political virtue.”

The language of transgenderism is important since those who control the language have the power to frame the debate on ultimately false premises, Walker argues. Those new words assign meaning to new concepts and those concepts become unquestioned truths as society becomes more accustomed to their use over time. “So the label ‘transgender’ not only denotes the positive affirmation of a mental illness, it communicates a metaphysical fiction seeking acceptance and adoption throughout all channels of the culture,” Walker said.

The Illinois procedures also state that DCFS staff must “provide supportive and affirming care regardless of one’s personal attitudes, beliefs, preconceptions and/or judgments, if any, surrounding matters of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Top of FormShould anyone have difficulty with this they will be referred to an “LGBTQ coordinator,” who is granted significant authority governing the department’s internal affairs.

Terms like “discipline” and “discharge” are used to describe what could happen to an employee or volunteer who in any way allows his or her “personal beliefs [to] impact the way individual needs of children/youth or families are met.”

Kilgannon said she knows of several foster parent couples who are devout Christians that when applying to be foster parents were subjected to all kinds of bureaucratic “LGBTQ trainings” in an attempt to reeducate them about sexuality and gender identity that violated their core beliefs. But they kept their mouths shut, opting to tune it out lest they be denied the opportunity to foster a child.

“It almost means that only if you are a liberal secularist can you be in service of foster kids,” said Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council. “And, frankly, I don’t think there are enough liberal secularists who are interested in serving as foster parents and maintain the system. I think it is ultimately going to hurt them by driving potential foster parents out, a negative consequence by anyone’s standards.” The procedures Illinois has adopted are “completely ideological,” he added.

“[Activists] may claim it is scientific but the fact that engaging in homosexual and transgender sexual conduct, particularly as an adolescent, is associated with numerous negative mental and physical health consequences. It cannot possibly be a health-related requirement to have this,” Sprigg asserted.

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot.” Luke 17:28.


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Monday June 19th, 2017 

The push for a cashless society is aided and abetted by the maturing of biometric technology. India is one of the leaders in the field of adopting biometric techniques.

“On an average, people in India (9 per cent) are three times more likely than any other country (3 per cent) surveyed to have used ‘iris recognition’ to identify themselves,” said HSBC in a report. It said people in Asia and the Middle East are ahead of the West when it comes to the adoption of new technologies due to greater understanding and optimism leading to more trust.

The report was compiled from research representing views of 12,019 people from 11 countries and territories — Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, UK and the USA.

India has led the world in driving consumer adoption of the technology because the Indian government has strongly (and forcefully) supported biometric adoption.

Other Asian nations are also ahead of the West in adopting biometrics. The accelerated adoption of fingerprint recognition in the East, a widespread consumer technology, highlights the contrast between East and West. People in China (40 per cent) are the highest adopters of fingerprint technology, followed by India (31 per cent) and the UAE (25 per cent) among the countries surveyed. On the other hand, just 9 per cent of people in France and Germany, and 14 per cent in Canada have used fingerprint technology to identify themselves, the report noted.

“Consumers living in countries in the East seem to have a better understanding and greater trust of emerging technology, and how it can benefit their lives. The speed of change and the insatiable rate of adoption put the likes of India, China and the UAE leaps ahead of most Western markets,” HSBC India Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management Ramakrishnan S said. In the case of India, a national mindset of openness coupled with government support for the roll out and promotion of new technology has had a transformative effect on the nation, he said.

The report revealed that Germany has the lowest adoption of smartphone or tablet banking with only 4 per cent claiming that phone banking is their preferred way of banking as compared to 9 per cent in Hong Kong and 15 per cent in the UAE.

Biotechnology is key to implementing a cashless environment, which will give banks and globalist institutions more power than ever. When it comes to enforcing a global religion, which the Bible predicts in Revelation 13, biometrics will be well-developed and a formidable tool in marginalizing those who refuse to obey worship laws.

“A refusal to obey the commandments of God, and a determination to cherish hatred against those who proclaim these commandments, leads to the most determined war on the part of the dragon, whose whole energies are brought to bear against the commandment-keeping people of God. “He causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16, 17. Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 8, page 117.

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“In this current situation the Diocese of Ahiara is without the bridegroom, has lost her fertility and cannot bear fruit … The Church is a mother and whoever offends her commits a mortal sin, it’s very serious … Therefore, I ask that every priest or ecclesiastic incardinated in the Diocese of Ahiara … write a letter addressed to me in which he asks for forgiveness; all must write individually and personally. We all must share this common sorrow. In the letter … 1. one must clearly manifest total obedience to the Pope … Maybe someone has been manipulated without having full awareness of the wound inflicted upon the ecclesial communion.” read more on the letter http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2017/june/documents/papa-francesco_20170608_diocesi-ahiara.html

The pope and Papal Church is showing it’s true colours here! There is not one single person on earth who we are to show ‘total obedience’ to. And the only one we are to show total obedience to is God. But the true colours of the Papal Church is shown here, and just as prophecy declares in Revelation 13, the world will be forced on day soon to show ‘total obedience’ to the Papal beast and it’s image, or ‘suffer the consequences’.

The world is ‘wondering after the beast’, just as Revelation 13 prophesied. The ‘kings of the earth’ will one day soon give their power and authority over to the Roman Catholic Church as Revelation 17 prophesied. And then those of us who proclaim the truth, which “offends the mother church” will be seen as the enemy, and they will seek to kill us. But fear not brothers and sisters, as we have the one true God with us!

 

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The Jehovah’s Witnesses have been banned as an extremist group in a Supreme Court decision that observers fear signals a further step back for religious liberty.

“For Jehovah’s Witnesses, this is going to be a frightening time,” Lorcan Price, ADF International legal counsel in Strasbourg said. “It effectively means that holding their beliefs and manifesting them is tantamount to a criminal act in Russia. They risk new levels of persecution by the Russian authorities,” which reverses positive trends seen in Russia in recent years.

“What we’re seeing really is the slide back into the type of attitude that characterized the worst of oppression in the 20th century by the Soviet regime in Russia,” he added. “It’s obviously very sad and disheartening to see that happening again.”

The Russian Orthodox Church, which is the official state church in Russia and its predominant religion, fears the influence of minority religions, in particular the Jehovah’s Witnesses. But will this lead to the persecution of other churches not favored by the Russian Orthodox Church as well? Russia’s federal security service, the FSB (formerly the KGB), also holds the denomination under deep suspicion.

Russia’s Justice Ministry in March ordered that the Jehovah’s Witnesses denomination be liquidated and disbanded. Judges ordered the closure of the denomination’s Russian headquarters and almost 400 local chapters. The denomination’s property would also be seized.

The denomination’s lawyer, Viktor Zhenkov, said the group would appeal the court ruling upholding the order. “We consider this decision an act of political repression that is impermissible in contemporary Russia,” Zhenkov told the New York Times.

The Supreme Court’s decision is more accurately characterized as religious repression with political consequences. For instance, Russia has duties under the European Court of Human Rights to protect freedom of worship and belief.

Svetlana Borisova, who represented the Justice Ministry in the Supreme Court, charged that the denomination’s members had shown “signs of extremist activity that represent a threat to the rights of citizens, social order and the security of society.”

“Last year in particular the government adopted some very draconian and far-reaching legislation that has severely disrupted the right of worship and freedom of belief in Russia,” he said. The government made it illegal to invite someone to a religious meeting, even on Facebook and other social media.

Also, anti-terrorism measures have given Russian police powers to disrupt private worship services, to arrest and detain individuals handing out unapproved religious materials, and to outlaw any public preaching without prior approval from Russian authorities.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses suffered intense persecution under the Soviet era until the fall of communism in 1991. A 2002 anti-extremism law and a broader definition of extremism in 2006 once again put legal pressure on the denomination.

Price said an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights could produce a positive response, but Russia has “a long history of ignoring decisions” from that court, which relies on diplomatic pressure to enforce its decisions. “For Christians and minority faiths in Russia this is a frightening time,” he said.

“What we hope is ultimately the Russian government will take notice of international condemnation and reverse these policies.”

The persecution of the Jehovah’s Witnesses lays a foundation for persecution of other religious minorities in Russia once case law has established precedents. The enemy is angling to restrict the true followers of Jesus by first establishing hatred and persecution of others.

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” II Timothy 3:12.

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Biblical World View in Danger of Extinction

Friday March 24th, 2017 in Briefings, Prophetic Intelligence Briefings By Keep the Faith Ministries

Of more than 75 million American Millennials (those born around the year 2000 and later) only four percent have a biblical worldview, says well-respected pollster George Barna. And he says that’s not good news looking down the road. Barna describes them as “one of the most spiritually challenging generations to reach adulthood in the past century.” They are “raising a new set of challenges to Christianity and to a nation whose morals and values have long reflected biblical principles,” he adds.

When asked questions that would identify their connection to a biblical world view, only one in 25 Millennials came up with answers that put them in the “biblical worldview” category. The younger set, he says, is trending in the wrong direction. “By and large they are not inclined to move toward Christianity,” Barna said.

“They’re less likely to describe themselves as Christians, they’re less likely to embrace Christ as their Savior, [and] they’re more likely to say that they have no kind of faith connection whatsoever.”

According to Barna, Millennials are living out worldviews that have no moral anchor in a stormy culture. “They’re much more accepting of lying, they’re more accepting of cheating, they’re more accepting of abortion and divorce and stealing and pornography,” he explains.

And the church is ill equipped to help. “Only about a third of born-again Christians in America actually have a biblical worldview,” he offers. “That indicates that churches may partly be struggling because they tend to rely on born-again adults as the backbone of the church.”

“The worldview that you have at the age 13 is essentially the worldview that you die with,” said Barna. And since the parents of Millennials may not be any more biblical in their worldview than their kids, those conversations may well fall to their grandparents, further decreasing its chances of transmission.

“…Because 24 of every 25 Millennials lack a biblical worldview today,” Barna says, “the probability of them transmitting such to their children is extremely low. You cannot give what you don’t have. In other words, if today’s children are going to eventually embrace a biblical worldview, people with such a perspective must exert substantial influence on the nation’s children to supply what their parents are unable to give them.”

To add to the problem, roughly a third (32%) of adults of “grandparent” age (50 or older) possess a biblical worldview. So, chances of transmitting a biblical worldview to future generations are seriously diminished.

“The light esteem in which the law of God is held, even by religious leaders, has been productive of great evil. The teaching, which has become so wide-spread that the divine statutes are no longer binding upon men, is the same as idolatry in its effect upon the morals of the people. Those who seek to lessen the claims of God’s holy law are striking directly at the foundation of the government of families and nations. Religious parents, failing to walk in his statutes, do not command their household to keep the way of the Lord. The law of God is not made the rule of life. The children, as they make homes of their own, feel under no obligation to teach their children what they themselves have never been taught. And this is why there are so many godless families; this is why depravity is so deep and wide-spread.” Christian Education, page 220.

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The popular children’s entertainment company Disney aired its first-ever same-sex kissing scene on Monday during a broadcast of its television cartoon “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” raising concerns from Christian and family groups who are calling upon parents to kiss Disney goodbye. The episode included a scene where main character Star and her friend Marco, both 14, attend a boy band concert together. During the song “Just Friends,” couples throughout the audience begin kissing.But in surveying the cartoon characters, at least one of the twosomes locking lips are boys and another later on appears to be two girls.Homosexual advocacy groups cheered the inclusion, stating, “We’re getting there, one kiss at a time.”However, others expressed concern, stating that Disney should not be pushing the homosexual agenda on children. The Bible is clear it says in the book of Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. Now this doesn’t mean that we as Christians should put to death homosexuals this is a principle(read 1 Corinthians 10:11;1 Corinthians 10:6)to help us learn how God feels about the homosexual life style it is detestable towards God because homosexuality is not in God’s own image but in the selfishness of man the Bible says about our sinful nature. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:7,8. The only thing you can do is to accept Christ’s pure gift and that is salvation. My works and yours works of obedience will not help you one bit in the justification experience. All who ask for salvation in faith will receive it. The worst reprobate sinner will be accepted on the same basis as the most moral do-gooder. The past does not count. Remember, God loves everyone alike, and forgiveness is for the asking. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9.

 

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