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Meet Obama’s new baby: Executive Order 11246

ObamagayAfter being pregnant for several years, President Barack Obama finally delivered a diseased baby.
“Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming.”, he told an audience on July 21st in the White House East Room.

And in keeping with the perverted upside down homosexual agenda, Obama wasn’t the father. He took on the role of the mother. The homosexual rights movement was the father.

Red State has all the details of what the new executive order amendment will mean for all US churches and nonprofits who hold the belief that homosexuality is a sin. After all, this was tailor made to persecute them and them only.

He With a Pen and a Phone will sign an executive order today forcing all private companies with government contracts to adopt policies giving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender applicants special protection.  There is no exemption for religious beliefs or conscience, except in the very narrow case of “ministerial” employment (clergy).
Most large, for profit companies already have non-discrimination policies, and most of them have detailed gender identity protections.  Even most small companies that deal with the government are used to hiring quotas, 8A requirements, and other federal red tape.  This executive order is targeted at one group in particular: non-profits.

 It means that non-profit, religious groups, such as church-based daycare centers, adoption services, and soup kitchens will, in order to receive federal money, be forced to hire transgender and cross-dressing men and women, who don’t agree with the organization’s own values.  In fact, they’ll be forced to hire people who work against the organization’s values and conscience.

Obama’s signature will accomplish by fiat much of what the failed ENDA legislation would have done, with two key differences.  ENDA had broad exemptions which were negotiated into the latest drafts, which would protect most religious organizations from having their core values violated, and ENDA would have applied nationally, across the board.

Today’s executive order has none of the exemptions, and applies only to organizations accepting government funds.  This will push most religious organizations out of any partnerships with government programs, hindering their funding.  A scenario like this happened in Massachusetts in 2006, when Catholic Charities shuttered their adoption service rather than comply with Mass’ rule to allow homosexuals to adopt using their service.

The hope is that such groups who will hold fast to their beliefs will be denied the money and/or sued by some test case gay activist. That of course, will leave the money open for liberal groups to grab up and enrich themselves. Its also important to note that the original plan of attack by homosexual activists was the so called ENDA (Employment NonDiscrimination Act). They had been trying to get ENDA passed since 1994. This was their grand slam plan to finally get revenge on churches that wouldn’t “hire” them. But when ENDA  included religious exemptions, homosexuals dropped it quicker than a black conservative speaker at an NAACP meeting. Read this. The ONLY reason this piece of prime time legislation they had pinned all their hopes on for the last 20 years was dropped was because it would not persecute any churches. So, with his Executive Order Obama gave them what they really wanted. Not, employment equality. Revenge.

What’s not being mentioned (because they don’t want to alarm democrat influenced black churches) is how this executive order will damage the massive number of inner city black churches who depend on federal aid to operate their community programs.  Most of the news stories will focus on Catholics and Southern Baptists whom they hold up as poster children of gay hate.  Just know that’s an intentional part of the deception. Most of these black churches hold unwaveringly to the belief that homosexuality is a sin.  Back in 2007, President Bush sent out an urgent plea telling black churches they were “missing out” of tons of federal aid money. Many of them went running to get it. Now, Obama has them trapped.

This is reminiscent of what happened when President Clinton demanded that black folk and their churches get preferential treatment in housing and building loans from corporations like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Clinton wanted to live up to his title as the “first black president” so he pushed hard to increase black home ownership. As banks and other financial institutions saw the potential to exploit financially ignorant blacks who desperately wanted to get into the “wealth building” phenom being preached to them nonstop from pulpits, an epic deception exploded. It became known as “predatory lending”. Since then, many churches have went into foreclosure and many black church members have lost the homes they testified “God blessed them with”.

GCMW told you in September 2013, this was coming.

“Not only that, they [gay activists] want the case against him to be the template against all of us who have like beliefs. We’ve prophesied this many times that homosexuals are eaten up with revenge. Every law they pass and every policy they advocate is about one thing: revenge.”

If a church accepts a 501(c)3 status it is granting the state the right to define a church as well as what a church can and cannot do, can and cannot say. Who they can and cannot accept or affirm. If a church refuses to submit to the requirements of the state (such as a requirement to marry two men or hire homosexuals who seek to destroy its belief system) the state can then penalize the 501(c)3 organization.

Homosexuals activists have been lusting for the day when they could tie “discrimination policies” to federal aid benefits, including 501c3.  As Obama reminded them, they have worked hard to see this day come to pass. Now, Obama has delivered.

God or mammon? The choice is now before you because you cannot serve both.

 

Notable Quotes: Pastor JD Greear

jdgreearResponding to the level of vitriol by progay supporters against profreedom Christian preachers, the Pastor JD Greear of Summit Church in said at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Summit “Preaching against homosexuality is about as popular as preaching against slavery in South Carolina in the 1800s.”

EXlesbian Janet Boynes to address Hispanic Pastors Convention in San Diego

From the Christian Post, a sound and seasoned interview with Janet Boynes prior to her addressing an upcoming Una Voz Hispanic Pastors Convention in San Diego.

CP: What is your message to Hispanic pastors about LGBT issues at the NHCLC conference?

Boynes: My message to Hispanic Pastors is to have compassion without compromise. We are to be compassionate towards someone who is living a homosexual lifestyle. It’s important to love them where they’re at without caving into their beliefs and philosophies. The Bible says, “God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance,” Romans 2:4 (RSV). We are to teach those that struggle with same-sex attraction the word of God and also exercise grace and become knowledgeable about the issue because homosexuality is the elephant in the room we can no longer ignore.

janet-boynesCP: How can churches embrace LGBT individuals who are seeking a genuine change without having them feel ostracized within the congregation?

Boynes: I would say the first thing is to teach churches that we all fall short. Their sin (homosexuality) might be more visible but we all struggle with one thing or another. It is our responsibility as the body of Christ to surround them with support because when they have cut out those connected with the homosexual lifestyle from their life, they are left with a tremendous void. We need to be constant reminders of God’s unconditional love, and be willing to put in the time to help those who are walking out of this lifestyle, be available to them and hold them accountable so they can grow to be mature in their walk with God.

CP: How should pastors address the topic of homosexuality within church?

Boynes: Pastors should consult with the experts working in this area, in other words, get informed. It would be wise to prepare your congregations on how to work with those who are struggling in your church. Be transparent and compassionate about this issue from the pulpit, but don’t sway from what the Bible says. We don’t want people to change from gay to heterosexual, but to become whole. If someone who is living a homosexual life is sitting in church under the power of the word his or her life will not remain the same.

CP: What is your take on individuals who consider themselves Christian yet lead a homosexual lifestyle such as openly gay clergy members?

Boynes: There are many “voices” today in our culture. The media, movies, political and educational systems, and even some churches try to influence our beliefs and attitudes regarding homosexuality with views that are not based on a sound Biblical understanding. Even well intentioned people such as family and friends can give advice lacking Bible truth. Without a foundation based on scripture, we become “tossed to and from by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by the craftiness in deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14). This has never been as evident as it is in answering the question, “can a Christian also be gay?”

Can there be a gay Christian? Yes, a true born-again believer can struggle with homosexuality. Yes, true born-again believers can fall into momentary rebellion in a homosexual relationship the same way one can fall into momentary rebellion in a heterosexual relationship. But repentance, an evidence of the Holy Spirit, will be ever present with a true believer for the Holy Spirit’s role is to convict and purify believers, and complete His good work.

However, to honestly believe oneself to be gay and to be living in or presumptuously practicing a homosexual lifestyle, the answer is no, a true born again believer cannot be a gay Christian. To claim to be a gay Christian as opposed to one who struggles, would be equivalent to someone claiming to be a Christian Muslim or a Christian Satanist, it’s oxymoronic. Two conflicting identities cannot cohabit as one agreeable identity; that is schizophrenia. It is God’s will that His born-again children be pure from sexual sin, and anyone who rejects this truth rejects God.

CP: What do you say to someone who doubts that change can occur in a person living as a gay individual?

Boynes: I would say look at my life, I have walked in freedom for sixteen years. I, along with many others, have experienced the redemptive power of Jesus. We are no longer slaves to sin, we are free to live in the fullness of all that He has for us. I’m not claiming that it is an easy process, however it is worth it. Grace empowers us to serve God acceptably; it empowers us to purify ourselves from what we could not purify ourselves from in our own ability. When we set our eyes on Jesus everything else falls short in light of all that He offers us. I am no longer searching for my identity because everything I need is found in Him, and everything I am is because of Him!

The ‘Imago Dei’ campaign has another face

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A very good read and alternative perspective on Rev. Samuel Rodriguez’ Imago Dei campaign. The religious PR effort was launched to widespread fanfare, but all is not what it seems according to Dr. Robert Gagnon, a top Christian theologian. Rodriguez  said his intent was only to end the “rhetorical bullying” and facilitate “redemptive and reconciliatory” interactions — not to “condone any behavior” or “endorse anything that runs counter to a biblical worldview.”

Although he drops a new social buzzword, Rodriguez doesn’t provide any examples of “rhetorical bullying”. For instance is it “rhetorical bullying” to say publicly that homosexuality is a sin and homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God?” Or is he referring to the Westboro Baptist Church?

The ID campaign’s ideology also includes a fair measure of diaprax.  Diaprax is an emergent church concept which attempts to forge unity between believers and nonbelievers under a false banner.

Writing in the Christian Post, Gagnon acknowledges the campaign as “well meaning, but flawed”. In particular the ID tries to hard to diminish the severity of homosexuality by couching it as some benign social disparity like the homeless. The problem is that ID is more about —as a previous article stated— converting Christians on the issue of homosexuality than it is about converting homosexuals by the gospel of Christ.

The ID seems to be a religious version of the famous Rodney King line “Cant we all just get along?”

I appreciate the fact that this “campaign” apparently continues to view homosexual practice as sin (though in extremely muted tones) and that it wants to promote love for those who engage in it. However, its half-orbed message that “the image of God exists in all human beings: black and white; rich and poor; straight and gay; conservative and liberal; victim and perpetrator; citizen and undocumented; believer and unbeliever” is flawed.

It lumps together very different categories. There is nothing intrinsically immoral about ethnicity, social status, party affiliation, citizen status, or even the mere experience of sexual attractions to do what God forbids.

I have a suggestion: In order to make clearer the message that affirmation of one’s creation in the image of God does not lead to support for all behaviors, the organizers of the campaign should add something more explicit like: “serial pedophiles, rapists, murderers, and the people they victimize.

The framers of the document probably won’t be amending anything they wrote but in case they are interested in comprehensive critique, here it is:

(1) It appears to regard a strong expression of disapproval of homosexual practice as equally at fault with a strong expression of its approval.

(2) It fails to address the crucial point that homosexual activity, like egregious immorality generally, threatens to mar the image of God stamped on people, dishonoring and degrading what God created in his image by treating another’s gender as only half intact in relation to its own sex.

The theme of marring the image of God is clear enough from Genesis 1:27 where the proclamation of the Imago Dei is immediately followed by an implicit affirmation of a male-female requirement for sexual relations: “In the image of God he created [the human] / male and female he created them.” It is clear too from Romans 1:24-27 where Paul speaks of the “dishonoring” or “degrading” effect of males having sex with males and females with females, with Gen 1:27 echoed in the background.

(3) This “campaign” will do nothing to stifle the advance of coercive and abusive homosexualism in this country but may deceive many faithful Christians into silencing their own resistance to this advance as incompatible both with a positive proclamation of “a relationship with God … through Christ” and with “loving actions,” as mere “rhetorical bullying” and “polarizing rhetoric” toward the “marginalized” and the “oppressed.”

As Gagnon pointed out the false unity espoused by the ID is a sad reality of the contemporary church’s lust to hold hands with sinners in an attempt to make them comfortable and less resistant to the church’s “love is all we need” message. It is an epic failure. Offering sinners love and friendship while treating truth like a red-haired stepchild, is a grave disservice to their souls.

The Imago Dei hasn’t moved any mountains. Homosexuals and liberals have had a blase reaction to it. The only ones who seemed to be celebrating its release are Christians who desperately want the homosexual community to accept them. Like its predecessors, the Covenant of Civility , the Manhattan Declaration and the abominable Affirmation Declaration, the Imago Dei campaign will become another sad example of failed religion attempting to circumvent the Great Commission.

 

Pastor Dwight McKissic: When Saints live in Sodom

mckissicPastor Dwight McKissic’s new blog post  is an insightful look at the past and the present. Its a significant blueprint for the 21st century church that strives to remain true to the will of God as we navigate growing governmental acceptance of homosexuality and the specter of persecution that waits silently in the wings.

In it, the influential black Southern Baptist pastor of Cornerstone Church in Arlington, Texas asks “How Should Kingdom Citizens Relate to Gay and A New Gay-Friendly America?”

The righteous of our day have been seemingly transported back to the spirit and age that existed in ancient sodom where perversion and the disregard for life were the dominant vices that gripped the region’s residents. Most may not realize that Sodom was prosperous and influential by modern standards. It was one of the reasons Lot was attracted to the area. Besides its moral perversion, Ezekiel pointed out that one of the city’s  fatal flaws that it had ‘excess of food and prosperous” (ESV) but had no concern for those suffering. (16:49)

Saints of today are increasing confronted by the challenges of a new sodom. Homosexuality is seen as a virtue to be celebrated and affirmed. Those who refuse to dance to the music are marginalized, demonized and subjected to punitive actions by the state.  Clearly, things have changed wrote Pastor McKissic.

“The world that I was born into in 1956 did not officially and affirmatively recognize a “gay” person as a sociological category that merited celebration, congratulations, affirmation, special rights in addition to civil rights, minority status, entitlements, or any of the like. Heretofore, identity and recognition as a human being, American citizen, male or female, a member of a people group, religious affiliation, or your Daddy’s name, was sufficient. Within the past decade, the U.S. military, pulpits, POTUS, SCOTUS, Halls of Congress, popular votes in certain states, the public school systems, and the NFL, have all upheld policies and affirmed same-sex relationships and homosexuality. We are all having to accept the fact that in the New America, there is a new demographic called “Gay American,” that are recognized as a legitimate, official, respected people group by all major American Institutions—including many church leaders and some (mainly liberal) denominations. The social acceptance of homosexuality has occurred in America primarily within the past ten years—from the fall of Gov. McGreevey to the rise of Mr. Michael Sam.”

While some churches and religious individuals are selling out and endorsing homosexual behavior sight unseen, others are digging in and throwing more condemnation wood on the fire. Pastor McKissic writes that those two extremes do not reflect the truth of scripture.

So, how do Kingdom citizens relate to gay and a new gay-friendly America? What are saints to do now that we recognize that we live in Sodom? I’ll tell you what we must do. We must love the homosexual unconditionally, while we preach and practice grace, love, and truth uncompromisingly.

1. First, we must acknowledge that at least three Scriptures indicate, or suggest that homosexual relationships would be widely accepted and approved of before Christ returns.

2. Not only are saints to accept the fact that living in Sodom is an inevitable biblical reality or prophesy coming true, we must also be like the two witnesses in Revelation and speak the truth in love to all who ask about our faith, or our belief in the Judeo-Christian concept of marriage between one man and one woman.

3. Finally, the best offense is a good defense. Seattle just proved that in the Super Bowl. Therefore, the remnant faith community needs to strengthen the bonds of our marriages.

Part prophetic and part introspective correction, the solution is one that wise saints will embrace, share and practice in these coming days.  The only thing I would add to Pastor McKissic’s counsel is be prepared to exit Sodom quickly when our call comes.

Read the entire When Saints live in Sodom

 

 

 

 

Notable Quotes: Bishop Paul Morton

Atlanta based  recording artist, author and the founding and former presiding bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, Bishop Pau502455l Morton tweeting in response to instances of marriage perversion on the Grammy awards show.
“I woke up mad at the devil! The world has many influential people speaking for same sex marriage what they want but not a lot of influential preachers talking about what God wants. Preachers who claim to Represent God it’s time to come out of the closet. same sex marriage on family TV was over the top we should be blowing twitter up.”

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