Evangelicals draw critics with ‘Nashville Statement’ on sexuality

(My Comment) No matter the Critics, Gods word in the Bible about this, still stands and He says “Not one jot or tittle shall change” of His word in any culture or era. The world may change but God and what He has said does not!


A group of evangelical leaders who released “the Nashville Statement” on Tuesday — reiterating Christian viewpoints toward same-sex marriage and transgender rights — have come under fire from Nashville’s mayor and critics on social media.

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), consisting of a number of evangelical Christian leaders, published a manifesto aimed at addressing issues of sexuality. It was endorsed by scholars, pastors and leaders at a Nashville conference Friday.

“The spirit of our age does not delight in God’s good design of male and female. Consequently, confusion reigns over some of the most basic questions of our humanity,” CBMW President Denny Burk said in the statement.

“The aim of the Nashville Statement is to shine a light into the darkness – to declare the goodness of God’s design in our sexuality and in creating us as male and female.”

Those signing the statement include at least two prominent evangelical figures who are among President Trump’s evangelical advisers: Southern Baptist pastor Jack Graham and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, the Washington Post reported.

Perkins reportedly recommended to Trump to ban transgender people from military service, the New York Times reported.

The “Statement” includes 14 points on issues such as gay, lesbian and transgender rights, and marriage — rejecting what the signers describe as an attitude of “moral indifference” toward those issues.

The first point, for example, reiterates the mainstream Christian position that marriage is between a man and a woman:

“We affirm that God has designed marriage to be covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman, as husband and wife and is meant to signify the covenant love between Christ and his bride the church,” reads the point, while adding that the group is against same-sex marriage.

“We deny that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship. We also deny that marriage is a mere human contract rather than a covenant made before God.”

The manifesto also takes a swing at transgender rights, claiming in the fifth point that “the differences between male and female reproductive structures are integral to God’s design for self-conception as male or female.”

In perhaps the most criticized point, the coalition affirms that “homosexual immorality or transgenderism” is a “departure from Christian faithfulness” and it is not an issue which “otherwise faithful Christian should agree to disagree.”

The document attracted a number of critics. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry tweeted that the document that is “poorly named and does not represent the inclusive values of the city & people of Nashville.”

Other Twitter users denouned the statement for alleged bigoted views.

HBO’s Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani, tweeted to his 1.7 million followers: F*** the #NashvilleStatement. F*** the evil s— that people justify using religion.”

“The God I know does not support the #NashvilleStatement,” wrote Black Lives Matter leader Deray Mckesson.

Moms Demand founder Shannon Watts attacked the group that drafted the document for voting for Trump and suggesting “Jesus has been hijacked.”

Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro, however, pointed out that the statement’s points are merely mainstream Christian viewpoints.

 

Did I miss the part of the #NashvilleStatement where any serious Christian doctrine changed in the slightest?” he tweeted, adding “File this one under the same category as ‘Pope Condemns Abortion.’”

 

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Radical Erdogan Builds 9000 Mosques & Bans Christian Liturgy

 

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We see Radical Islam on the rise everywhere and what’s even more disturbing is that these radicals have penetrated almost every part of Europe and America.  Their clear intent is to have more kids than the women of their hosting nations.  Demographics indicate that Sweden is almost a gone case and that it has become the rape capital of Europe. England could follow a similar path in 10-20 years as Muslim women are giving birth to 4 kids on average to every 1.5 children European couples have.    The videos below illustrate how the situation is going from bad to worse.

Then we have Radical Insane Erdogan, the wannabe Sultan whose ambition it is to promote Radical Islam as far as he can. He has built the largest Mosque in the world, and it’s not in Turkey, but it has been constructed in America. Now we find out that he has built almost 9,000 new mosques in Turkey and is banning Christian liturgy.  If the Europe does not wake up to Radical Islam, there will be no Europe to wake up to in the years to come.  The only places that are actively destroying the jihadists are Russia and China

A total of 8,985 mosques were built between 2005 and 2015 by the Turkish government over the last decade in Turkey, according to statistics released by Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate

While the Turkish government has built so many mosques across the country with state funds, it has banned Orthodox Christian liturgy in the Sumela Monastery, a historic site in Trabzon.

 

“Trabzon was settled by Greeks probably by the 7th century BC,” writes researcher Sam Topalidis for the website Pontos World. “Trabzon was the ancient capital of the Greek speaking Komnenos Byzantine Kingdom (1204–1461). It survived until 1461, eight years after the fall of Byzantine Constantinople when both localities fell to the Ottoman Turks.”

According to Topalidis, Trabzon’s Muslim population increased dramatically under the Ottoman rule due to:

Muslims moving into the city (Most of the Trabzon’s Muslims were involuntary immigrants)
Deportations of Christians out of the city, probably to Istanbul
Christians converting to Islam, probably for fear of deportation
“However, the most important reason for the conversions was probably due to the higher taxes paid by Christians (compared to Muslims), a strong economic incentive for the poorest Christians,” writes Topalidis.

The tax he refers to is the “jizya tax” — money paid by Christians and Jews in order to be allowed to survive and to keep practising their religion, according to Islamic lawFull Story

 

Radical Erdogan Builds 9000 Mosques & Bans Christian Liturgy

President Trump Vows to Protect Religeous Liberty

 

President Trump vowed Thursday to “defend and protect” religious liberty on multiple fronts – describing his recent immigration executive order as part of that goal – during his first appearance as president at the traditional National Prayer Breakfast.

In wide-ranging remarks, the president spoke about the uniting power of faith, honored members of the U.S. military, and even took a swipe at his successor on “The Celebrity Apprentice,” Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“It’s been a total disaster,” Trump said of the show since Schwarzenegger took over as host, reprising his taunts that the ratings have gone “down the tubes” – after he was introduced at the breakfast by “Apprentice” creator Mark Burnett.

Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at the Israel 63rd Independence Day Celebration hosted by the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Schwarzenegger was honored at the event. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

“I want to just pray for Arnold if we can,” joked Trump, who is listed in the “Apprentice” credits as the show’s executive producer.

The movie star soon posted a video rejoinder on Twitter, saying, “Why don’t we switch jobs? You take over TV because you’re such an expert in ratings and I take over your job. Then people can finally sleep comfortably again.”

 https://twitter.com/Schwarzenegger/status/827169996866347008

After his ratings aside Thursday morning, the president moved on to describe his administration’s policies toward national security and immigration as part of an overarching fight for religious liberty.

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Amid criticism of Friday’s executive order suspending the U.S. refugee program and restricting travel from seven mostly Muslim countries, Trump said his administration is developing a new screening system so that those who want to spread violence and intolerance are not admitted.

“My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land.”

– President Trump

“We will not allow a beachhead of intolerance to spread in our nation,” he said. “… We want people to love us and to love our values.”

Trump also described terrorism as a “fundamental threat to religious freedom” – saying peace-loving Muslims are being targeted and Christians are the victim of “genocide” in the Middle East – as he vowed: “It must be stopped.”

“My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land,” he said.

Trump also used the faith forum to reiterate a vow from his campaign to eliminate the so-called Johnson Amendment, which bars some tax-exempt groups (including religious groups) from taking firm positions on political candidates.

“I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” he said.

The breakfast itself marked a moment of calm amid a turbulent start to Trump’s presidency.

His administration since Friday has been battling critics over his executive order on immigration. He unveiled his Supreme Court nominee Tuesday night, touching off an instant battle with Democrats hinting they may try and filibuster – as they simultaneously slow-walk consideration of a slew of remaining Cabinet nominees. Trump’s secretaries of Treasury, Health and more still are not in place.

At the same time, Trump is plowing ahead with a string of meetings with business leaders, phone calls (some of them tense) with foreign heads of state and other executive orders meant to jolt the economy and boost national security. A day earlier, his White House put Iran “on notice” over recent missile tests, a message Trump reiterated on Twitter shortly before Thursday’s prayer breakfast.

Shoring up a key U.S. alliance, Trump also met on the sidelines of the prayer breakfast with King Abdullah II of Jordan.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4654566/president-trump

Trump Vows To Protect Religeous Liberty

Well, videos are working again. I was looking back on some of Alex Jones videos about Obama and his war on America and found this. Seems to coincide with what is going on today. And now we have McCain and other NeoCon Republicans wanting to start an unwarrented war with Russia, anything to complicate Trumps inaugeration and getting things done. So fed up with these Elite Warmongering Globalists!

Also found some history of Trump and Hillarys ancestoral lineage and found out they are 19th cousins, video below. As Ive stated before I don’t go to any church and don’t really believe in organized religion just because of my past experiences, but I do believe in God above and wish our society was more God fearing, because to me, its a total mess right now and is so divided. At any rate, I found this video quiet thought provoking.

I listened to a woman whom calls herself a Sane Progressive and found what she spoke about quiet interesting as well, alot of truth in what she said. Video also provided below.

 

 

Washington’s Farewell: “The Voice of Prophecy, foretelling events, warning us of the evil to come.”

I would have never believed 45-50 years ago I would see this day! Back then, kids could be kids, out enjoying the fresh summer air, respecting their parents and other adult figures, respecting the flag and getting a decent education. Getting spanked was not a crime and people in my family believed in the Bible saying “Spare the rod and spoil the child”. Parents could be parents and Dads word was the rule. I believed in that because my Daddy served and I still look up to him to this day! The entire family does, hes still going strong at 80. In any case I have faith Trumps going to bring us back, if only a small part to begin with, a little of the age of Respect, Morals, and our American Values.

Reclaim Our Republic

Washington’s Farewell “The Voice of Prophecy, foretelling events & warning us of the evil to come.” -Pres. Andrew Jackson, 1837

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolken describes man’s insatiable lust for “the Ring of Power”:

“Always remember Frodo, the Ring is trying to get back to its master. It wants to be found.”

Power wants to concentrate.

In a real sense, George Washington held that ‘Ring of Power’ and gave it up…twice.

The first time was whenWashington resigned his commission as General of the Continental Army in 1783.

The American-born painter Benjamin West was in England painting the portrait of King George III. When the King asked what General Washington planned to do now that he had won the war.

Benjamin West replied:

“They say he will return to his farm.”

King George exclaimed:

“If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the…

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Military court claims power to decide ‘importance’ of religion

REALLY?  CLEARLY, there are many people in this country who need a basic history course explaining how and why this country was founded…  Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling, our prayers are with you.

 

In a stunning ruling that likely will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, a military court has decided it can determine whether or not a certain religious practice is “important” enough to be protected.

“This is absolutely outrageous,” said Kelly Shackelford, president of First Liberty Institute, after the decision in the case against a Marine who posted a Bible verse at her work station.

“A few judges decided they could strip a Marine of her constitutional rights just because they didn’t think her beliefs were important enough to be protected,” he said. “If they can court-martial a Marine over a Bible verse, what’s to stop them from punishing service members for reading the Bible, [talking] about their faith, or praying?”

“The Liberty Amendments” is the blueprint on how to fix our broken government by Mark Levin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “Liberty and Tyranny” and “Ameritopia.” Order it today at WND’s Superstore.

WND reported at the end of 2015 when a lower military court delivered the judgment against Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling, who, at three places in her work space, posted a phrase from Isaiah 54:17, “No weapons formed against me shall prosper.”

According to the brief, her supervisor said, “I don’t like the tone” and told her to remove the verses.

“When Sterling declined, her supervisor took them down at the end of the duty day. Sterling reprinted and re-posted the messages, but she found them in the trash the next morning. She was then court-martialed,” according to the complaint.

“No one in our military who goes to work every day to defend our freedoms should then be court-martialed for exercising those very freedoms,” said Daniel Briggs, a former Air Force JAG officer now with the Alliance Defending Freedom, at the time.

“This case is about Monifa, but it is also about every American who puts on the uniform in service to this country. The question is whether they will be allowed to exercise their faith in the military, or whether they will be denied the same constitutionally protected freedoms they have volunteered to defend and are willing to die for.”

The latest development, this week, was an affirmation by the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces’ punishment of Sterling.

The next step will be an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, her legal team said.

“This is a real-life example of why judges shouldn’t play theologians,” said Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel of the Becket Fund, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Sterling.

“Here, a few judges concluded that keeping scripture nearby isn’t ‘important,’ even though more than half of the world’s population belong to religions that teach the exact opposite. Avoiding obvious errors like this is why RFRA protects all religious beliefs, not just beliefs that government officials deem ‘important.’”

The organization pointed out that Sterling’s co-workers were permitted to keep nonreligious messages on their desks. And it argued her actions were protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

One judge on the military panel disagreed with the punishment, noting that federal law “does not empower judges to curtail various manifestations of sincere religious belief simply by arbitrarily deciding that a certain act was not ‘important’ to the believer’s exercise of religion.”

The Becket Fund’s brief was on behalf of religious faiths, including Anglican, Catholic, Jewish, Lutheran, Mormon, Muslim, Presbyterian, Sikh and Southern Baptist.

“Last I checked, Marines weren’t afraid of anything – and they certainly don’t need to be afraid of religious liberty,” said Blomberg. “In fact, it was the military itself that taught our young country how protecting religious liberty is good for our nation, good for mission accomplishment.”

Mike Berry, director of military affairs for First Liberty, pointed out: “Gen. Patton famously prayed on the eve of battle. According to the majority [court] opinion, if Gen. Patton couldn’t prove how important praying was to him, he could be court-martialed for his prayer.”

Shackelford took up the argument.

“This is shameful, it’s wrong, and it sets a terrible precedent, jeopardizing the constitutional rights of every single man and woman in military service. We will appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. This cannot be allowed to stand.”

The court’s dissenting minority pointed out the failings of the majority’s logic.

“At trial, LCpl Sterling adequately demonstrated that the actions for which she was being court-martialed constituted ‘religious’ conduct. [She] testified that both the substance and placement of her signs were inspired by her Christian faith. The slips of paper that LCpl Sterling placed on her workspace were organized in the form of the ‘trinity,’ an unmistakable Christian motif, and on them was printed a biblically inspired quotation: ‘No sword formed against me shall prosper.’

“There is no doubt that LCpl Sterling’s conduct required further analysis under the provisions of RFRA.”

The dissent warned: “It has long been recognized that courts are particularly ill equipped to govern what does or does not constitute ‘religion.’ … The majority opinion ventures beyond that which is necessary to decide the issue before us. In the course of doing so, the court not only fails to ensure the proper application of RFRA to LCpl Sterling’s specific case, it more generally imposes a legal framework that unnecessarily curtails the religious freedom of our nation’s servicemen.”

Before the decision was announced, Ron Crews, executive director of Chaplain Alliance for Religion Liberty, commented, “Congress and the courts have made it clear that religious freedom is truly our first freedom; it must not be watered down and should be burdened only in the most extreme circumstances.

“This is just as true in the military. Though it is a unique institution with a mission that must be accomplished, service members cannot be forced to check their faith when they put on the uniform. Their religious freedom is more precious than ever before and must be strongly defended. Those who are willing to give all deserve nothing less.”

“The Liberty Amendments” is the blueprint on how to fix our broken government by Mark Levin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “Liberty and Tyranny” and “Ameritopia.” Order it today at WND’s Superstore.

 

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Kim Kjaer July 18 News – YouTube

This man is reporting some news regarding Russia and the Religeous law Putin signed, along with freedom of conscious, Speech, and Civil rights. With that said we are losing not only our freedoms but our God given rights to worship God, just as He was from the beginning. We are on shakey ground where our religeous liberties are concerned.

 

Sidney Daily News | The freedom of religion

Would you want to live in a country that tells its citizens who to worship, how to worship and when to worship and make it mandatory? There are still a few countries that have strict state controlled religious practices. Some have relaxed their strict policies and now allow those with different beliefs to function without retribution.

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Independences day (July 4) in the United States, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, declaring our independence from Great Britain’s rule. John Adams, one of the signers wrote to his wife, “this will be the most memorable event in the history of America. It will celebrated by succeeding generations as a great anniversary festival.” He went on to say “it ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

Most of the early settlers of our country came from England and were referred to as separatist, by the British. They had fled from the political environment of England’s state controlled church that dictated church policy, which included mandatory Sunday and Holy Day church attendance and a prohibition on holding meeting or services not approved by the state. Violation of these acts were punishable with fines, imprisonment and in some circumstances even death. The founding fathers had a great devotion to God and Christian values, but they respected the rights of those with different beliefs and wanted to insure that future generations remained free from government control of religions, so they included in the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution that congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment or religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

It’s been two hundred and forty years since the U.S. Constitution was enacted. The foresight of the founding fathers has served us well to this point in time. We need to pray that our current and future government leaders have the foresight, willingness and courage of our founding fathers to make good decisions and deal with tough problems to keep our country safe, free and prosperous and not interfere with our right to practice our chosen religious beliefs. God bless America.

The writer is the Ministering Elder and member of First Christian Church, Sidney, Ohio

Source: Sidney Daily News | The freedom of religion

Football players kneeling in prayer branded an example of ‘Christian supremacy’ that may provoke ISIS  | Daily Mail Online

A former U.S. Air Force officer has branded the ritual of military football players kneeling in prayer a ‘putrid’ example of ‘Christian supremacy’ and demanded it must stop.

Michael Weinstein, president and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), insisted the public prayers so often seen on the football pitch before games are ‘a scandalous outrage’.

He said Air Force Academy football players had approached the MRFF claiming they were forced into joining the prayers, for fear of punishment.

He even claimed that such a public showcase of Christianity could be used in anti-American propaganda produced by ISIS and al-Qaeda.

‘It’s a disgrace,’ said Mr Weinstein, who graduated from the Academy in 1977.

‘It’s a putrid example of fundamentalist Christian supremacy, triumphalism and exceptionalism and it has to stop.

‘Those individuals that are dressed in the Air Force uniform; that’s their uniform of the day. They’re members of the military and they are under different rules that the civilian counterparts they’re playing on the field.’

Source: Football players kneeling in prayer branded an example of ‘Christian supremacy’ that may provoke ISIS  | Daily Mail Online

Mormon leader speaks out against Kim Davis, urges balance in religious freedom disputes – The Washington Post

This womans predicament reminds me of that chapter in the Bible where a woman was caught in the very act of adultery (note the man was no where to be found that was with her) and was brought before Jesus with the people telling him that she was caught and that she should be stoned according to the Law of Moses. Jesus wrote in the sand and kept writing in the sand and then stood up and said “He which is without sin among you cast the first stone”.  Every man walked away in shame….as should this man.  Whom is he or anyone else to judge that woman, irregardless of her past, he and no one else has the right to stand up in judgement against her is how I feel.

The Mormon Church has been among the most vocal in expressing worry that the expanded rights of LGBT people — among other liberalizing changes in the United States — are trumping those of religious Americans who may disagree with gay equality. On Tuesday, the church offered its first high-level comments on perhaps the most contentious case in that realm, saying through a top leader that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis erred and that more balance, tolerance and civility are needed when it comes to protecting religious freedom.Dallin Oaks, a member of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, laid out what should be seen as the church’s official view in a lecture Tuesday to the Sacramento Court-Clergy Conference, an event sponsored by Sacramento area judges and the Sacramento Superior Court. Oaks was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, a prosecutor in Illinois and a Utah state Supreme Court justice.[Here is a link to Oaks’ lecture]

Source: Mormon leader speaks out against Kim Davis, urges balance in religious freedom disputes – The Washington Post