There is no question that freedom of religion, one of the cornerstones of North American civilization, has been under assault both in Canada and the United States. Most recently, an Ontario court ruled that law degrees granted by Trinity Western in British Columbia would not be recognized in the province of Ontario. The reasoning has to do with its confessional adherence to biblical standards on the subject of homosexuality. Carl Trueman points to a recent law in the state of Iowa that would punish churches for teaching or preaching biblical standards that could be seen as oppressive to minorities. Obviously, what the law has in view is any talk or doctrine that would seek to undermine the LGBT agenda.
Dear Friends ,
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven” – Psalm 119:89
I am so grateful that the Word of God reminds us all that His commandments, His decrees, His promises and His eternal will is not subject to change, arbitration, flights of fancy and caprice. It has been settled, the final outcome has been determined and yes nothing that is happening in our culture has taken God by surprise.
I have been updating our new Facebook account over the last few weeks. It is interesting to share what is going on in the world around us. As you read how the Church intersects culture on different fronts, you sometimes can’t help but get drawn into the apparent gloom and despair that seems to be rampant. There is much to despair over.
Universities have billed themselves as institutions where young men and women can come to learn. The free exchange of ideas is one of the sacred mantras that have allowed many unsavory and questionable philosophies to gain ground in the minds of our populace. One would think that the free exchange of ideas would cut both ways allowing Christian, Secular, Atheist or whatever to voice their views. This has been the case for many years.
We strongly believe that books are an important component of personal and family growth. As such we live in age where solid literature is available on an unprecedented scale. Father’s especially should be cultivating their minds and thought life in order to pass on solid doctrine as well as critical thinking skills to their families.
As a Reformed Baptist I understand the doctrine of Total Depravity permeates all of creation, especially those of Adam’s descendants. All of us are sinners and all of us are capable of perpetrating all manner of heinous behavior. But for the Grace of God anyone of us can fall into a life of crime. Even those of us who have tasted the Grace of God are still guilty of all sorts of quiet unseen crimes against the Sovereign of the Universe.
Over the years I have heard many objections to any sort of reference to creeds, confessions or church traditions. Some of them are valid. Whenever a creed or tradition is used to trump Scripture, the creed is being used as an equal authority to Scripture. I recognize that this is an abuse of a legitimate resource. After all, The Reformation was largely about Sola Scriptura. In the final analysis, where there is a conflict between creed and tradition, creed and tradition must yield to the final authority of Scripture.
Since the LGBT movement gained traction only a scant few years ago, one of the arguments used to gain mainstream acceptance in our culture was that of racial inequality. There has been a regular drum beat to invoke the civil rights movements of the 1960’s as an equivocation of sexual discrimination on the part of LGBT persons.
John Hopkins Psychiatrist calls the LGBT nonsense for what it is. It is a mental disorder that needs to treated not a life style choice that needs to embraced. Whenever anyone on the Left makes a statement of obvious common sense, we need to applaud them for sane and rational thinking. Please click the link below for the full article: