The Equality Act (An Update)

The Equality Act passes the House of Representatives.

The equality act, officially known as H.R.5, passed the House on 17 May 2019and has been submitted to the Senate.  Eight republicans passed the bill while 100% of the democratic base voted for the act.

A link to an article about the possible impact on the Christian Faith can be found here, facilitated by the Liberty Counsel.

A link to the actual text of the act can be found here. If you have not read this bill, I would encourage you to read it for yourself (do not just take my word for it) so that you can get an understanding of the breadth of the impact that this will have on the Christian faith.
The spirit of the act will allow the government to dictate to you what you believe about biological sex and the covenant of marriage just for starters. Your faith and religious belief have no bearing.  The members of the progressive and liberal parties have stated that you will believe what they believe or you will be forced to believe it. If your religious beliefs are different then you will have to get in line with the new belief system or suffer severe federal penalties. When the act was in committee in the House, the minority republican members of the committee worked to include a clause in the Act that would allow the church (i.e., all churches, including Judaism and Islam) to maintain their standards of faith; this attempt was immediately shot down and crushed by the majority democrat members, telling the minority embers that this was the intent.
The act, as written and presented, is unprecedented in US History according to Dave Barton of Wallbuilders. As one of the dominant constitutional and governmental scholars, Dave Barton argued that this is the most intrusive and invasive act that he is aware of. This act is the greatest threat we’ve ever had to religious liberty and the free exercise thereof, ever, in American history.
If this act passes the Senate, churches will be required to hire members of the LGBTQ community, including leadership positions; statements of faith will not apply and will be null and void. 
  • If members of the LQBTQ community decide to become members of the church, they must be allowed to serve as ushers and greeters. 
  • Pastors and teachers will NOT be allowed to teach sermons or make reference to scripture that speaks negatively of the sin of homosexuality. The truth of the bible does not matter. Pastors and elders will not be allowed to discourage discussions in the sanctuary or anywhere on church grounds that are in full support of the LGBTQ lifestyle. What if an LGBTQ member wants to teach a class on the subject to the children of the church or host a lifegroup? Church staff will need to encourage this lifegroup just as they do all others.
  • Faith based adoption agencies will be shut down if they refuse to place children into homes of those that include same sex couples or cross dressers.
  • Faith based schools and colleges must hire LGBTQ members or be unaccredited or shut down entirely.
  • What about youth groups?

This act also serves as a potential attack on women:

  • Men must be allowed into woman’s sports teams if they decide that they feel like a woman.
  • Men will be allowed into every woman’s restroom – this will no longer be a state by state issue
  • Men will be allowed to occupy homes that currently provide a service to sexually abused women.

The bill in front of the Senate is categorized as S.788 and is currently sitting in front of the Judicial Committee of the Senate.  Read the bill for yourself, it will blow you away. Also, please be aware that 47 members of the Senate are already on bored for the Senate bill, we are precariously close to watching the free liberty of religion be destroyed. 

So, if this is something that concerns you, what can you do?

   1.    Go to sign the petition sponsored by the liberty counsel. You can probably find similar positions on other websites such as the Heritage Foundation or Family Research Counsel.

  1. Go to the following website for the US Senate and find your applicable Senators (remember that you have two).
    1. Go to your Senators contact page and send them an email letting them know your views about this act

The Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson and edited by his fellow delegates, contains a theory of rights that depends on a Supreme Being, not man, for its validity. The Declaration states that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is possible to see in these words an affirmation of the Founders’ religious faith. Arguing for our religious rights DOES NOT mean that we hate or despise members of the LGBTQ community. We love all, even if the bill should pass the Senate. Nonetheless, this bill is terrifying in that it will force people to violate their religious convictions and discriminates against people of faith. If we go back over 200 years, government persecution of religious freedom was one of the pillars that forced the United States to separate from Great Britain.

In stating that people’s rights were given to them by their creator, the Continental Congress endowed those rights with a legitimacy that knows no parallel in mortal sources (i.e., written by man). What God has given to man cannot be suffered by any monarch or government (this is in the Declaration). Liberty is the inviolable birthright of all.  If a man wants to marry a man or a woman a woman, they can do so. I believe that most members of the LGBTQ will leave churches alone, as well as faith based small businesses; but, there will be enough that will force the issue on others for media attention and lawsuit purposes.

The Declaration contains several other references to a higher power. The introduction states that the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” entitle the American people to a separate and equal station among the powers of the earth. In the conclusion, Congress appeals to “the Supreme Judge of the world” for the rectitude of its intentions and professes its “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” In each case, reference to a deity serves to validate the assertion of independence.

Bottom line is that our nation was founded based on the principle of God given rights above all others. This legislation will violate the provision of those God given rights. If you concur then I would encourage you to sign the petition in this email, as well as other petitions of you find them. Also, write to your Senator letting them know your position.


Collapse of American Culture?

Note: this post is taken and rewritten from an idea expressed by Lance Wallnau.

Regardless of your religious affiliation, or lack of one, this ought to catch the attention of all concerned; nevertheless, the issue expressed in the attached article is clearly another step towards the collapse of parental rights and American Culture in general.  This is a dangerous precedent being set here for all parents, current and future.

In Ohio, for now, children under the age of 18 are being removed from parents custody if the child desires a gender transition and the parents refuse.  The legal decision is being made via an alliance of liberal lawmakers (liberal lawyers and liberal judges) who are siding against the wishes of the family (whether due to religious beliefs or not). This type of action is not necessarily new but this new action has taken a dangerous twist. Courts are now ordering fathers and mothers to turn over their children to the power of judges who support the gender reassignment agenda. Children are being taken from parents by the state so the children can receive state-sponsored injections to change their sex. Families that refuse to support their child’s sex change can lose custody of their sons and daughters.

In this instance, Judge Sylvia Hendon removed the child from parents’ custody solely because the parents would not consent to giving their daughter gender-suppressing, gender-manipulating, hormone-manipulating drugs. Never before in American history has this happened that we know of. Judge Hendon’s ruling is even more extreme in that she charges legislators to draft criteria to help the courts decide whether and when minor children have a right to obtain sex change drugs without parents’ intervention. She implies that government officials and medical professionals, “who will profit” from this, care more about the child than the parents. While this isn’t just an issue of parental rights, it is clearly also a religious freedom issue!

Think about what is happening. This judicial invasion of family rights is a manifestation of wreckless overreach and ignorance at a moral, intellectual and constitutional level. First, it is an assault on personal liberty, religious liberty and the fundamental protection of citizens from the tyranny of government at levels not seen since the Founders rebelled against King George! This blatant assault on the beliefs of parents actually expands the power of activists over any rights of parents regardless of belief – even scientific rejection of the spurious and often contradictory research underlying the whole gender fluidity field. 

Secondly, and perhaps, more importantly, is the issue of the maturity of children in making this decision. The girl in this particular story is 17 but, if a child of 12 to15 years of age is capable of making such a fundamental and life-altering decision regarding their own gender and the medical procedures needed to make such decisions permanent, should they not also be judged mature enough to leave home, drive a car, get a job, drink, marry, get drafted, and own a gun?

And if not – why?

What if, large what if, the same activists who advance this agenda will say, “why should they not have these rights?” And the reason they would say so is that they would also get the right to vote. I think they can. We may soon have 16 year old children voting.

Ohio groups fight back after parents lose custody of daughter for refusing gender ‘transition’


God’s Approval

Galations 1:10 (NIV) Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

God is calling us to gain His approval, not the approval of people. People will only approve of us when our performance meets their expectations, but once we slip below the minimum line, we are out.  When our performance becomes the standard for other people’s approval, our dignity is reduced to a performance goal or an objective. Most people conform by learning how the system works and give other people what they want: performance.   However, the bible also tells us in Galatians 5:13 that we are to serve one another humbly in love.  I am not trying to please people with my performance, but I am also not to use this “freedom” to indulge lashing out at people or being judgmental. If we work with and help each other, we can humble ourselves by loving our neighbor just as we love ourselves.

Simple obedience is the secret to pleasing God.  Jesus did not die so that you can get away with “whatever” on a regular basis; He died to save your spirit.  The Bible tells us to “Have Faith”, but its not just telling you to have faith, it is telling you to believe in your heart. When you have faith in Christ, the love of God is so real that you feel you could do anything for Jesus.

To believe, you need to experience Jesus more. To experience Jesus more, you will have to become friends with the Holy Spirit.  It is these moments with the Spirit that will change you, not a one line message on Facebook, twitter, or Instagram.


The God I wanted vs. The God I needed

Gal 5:22-26 (NLT) ……the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there.  Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. 

Many Christians were born and raised in a Christian household and cannot recall not being a Christian. They have been immersed in a Christian environment practically their entire lives – their conversion was slowly absorbed into their heart, soul, and body versus one giant, dramatic leap from someone that had been living a “worldly” lifestyle.  These Christians do make their own independent declaration of faith in Christ, but they generally do not experience a dramatic experiential transformation – they have already been walking in His grace.

Walking from the “world” into a life of Christ is a conversion where a lightbulb is suddenly turned on, going off in front of your eyes.  I have come across a few since my connecting with Christ that cannot identify with that unmistakable moment (a small number have been fascinated by it). For me, my experience in September 2008 was immediate and very dramatic (I was shaken to my core and knocked to my knee’s), but then, tapered off over time due to my conflicting worlds (materialism vs. Christian “morality”) and silly events that would breed whispering seeds of mistrust. To be clear, I am accountable for my tapering off, not the Father. 

Rom 5:3-5 (NLT)  We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. 

The true turning point for me came when I stopped seeking the God I wanted and started seeking the God who is. I surrendered completely and fully committed myself to a relationship with Him and followed Him.  I surrendered my will, my heart, my mind, my soul and my strength to Him.  We dealt with, and still deal with, temptations and made/make some wrong choices, we have been taken to the mat a few times, but the Lord has always been there for us and we have walked away victorious. Actually, these moments are becoming much more clear to me personally, adding strength to my spirit and deepening my resolve and determination to follow Jesus wherever He takes me. We will experience a series of battles and trials, but it is through these events in our lives that we are made stronger as we honor Him and when we give Him the glory.

1 Peter 1:7-8 (NKJV)  that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 

It is not the way of Christ that leads to everlasting life, it is the Person of Christ. It is not what we follow, but whom we follow; not a set of values, but a Person. This has been my lesson over the last few years – learned via some hard knocks. Jesus said “Follow me.”, He did not say, “Follow My principles”. If we imitate His life but don’t know Him personally, we will become exhausted. In the beginning, I was trying to simply follow a set of rules and what I thought of as Christian principles and values. This was me “yesterday”, it is not me “today” or “tomorrow”.