The difference between “freedom of religion” and “freedom of worship” is very distinct. The fact that our president says he believes in “freedom of worship” over “freedom of religion” is a warning to be taken seriously.
A group of Pentecostals were meeting in a home church group when the local police came and said they would drive them from the home in accordance with a new law. That new law allows “freedom of worship” but severely restricts “freedom of religion.”
Recently in Russia, a proposed law received overwhelming support from lawmakers and was approved by president Vladimir Putin. That law put restrictions on missionary work, teaching, preaching, or seeking to “recruit” people into a religious organization. The law also restricts people from sharing their faith in their home, online, or anywhere outside of a church building.
This is important because so often we hear our own president declare his support for “freedom of worship” and then explain that people should always be free to worship and express their faith at church without fear. This might sound promising but, in reality, it is a concerning choice of words. The difference between freedom of religion and freedom of worship is critical and should be understood by every Christian. Continue reading
Benjamin Watson has been a professional tight end for more than a decade. Watson has played for the Patriots, Saints, and now with the Baltimore Ravens. But being an NFL player is only part of who Ben Watson is.
When you think of the NFL, you typically do not think about outspoken Christians regarding moral and social issues. And yet, that is a perfect way to describe Benjamin Watson. Watson has been an outspoken Christian throughout his career and continues to speak up for biblical truth concerning some of the most pressing issues of our day.
Recently, Watson was giving an interview with the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, based in San Diego. During the interview, Watson shared some thoughts on how abortion and race relations go hand in hand. He said:
“I do know that blacks kind of represent a large portion of the abortions, and I do know that honestly the whole idea with Planned Parenthood and Sanger in the past was to exterminate blacks, and it’s kind of ironic that it’s working. We [as minorities] support candidates, and overwhelmingly support the idea of having Planned Parenthood and the like, and yet, that is why she created it…We are buying it hook, line, and sinker, like it’s a great thing. It’s just amazing to me and abortion saddens me, period. But it seems to be something that is really pushed on minorities and provided to minorities especially as something that they should do. In the public, it seems to be painted that when minorities get pregnant they need to get abortions, especially when it comes to teen pregnancy. It’s like when black girls are pregnant, it’s like a statistic, but when white girls get pregnant, they get a TV show.”
Apparently, Watson knows his history. He is familiar with the fact that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a racist that believed in eugenics. She desired to reduce the population of blacks in America through sterilization and abortion. And, like Watson pointed out, her plan is working very well. Planned Parenthood markets to minorities in America and positions their abortion centers in heavily minority areas. Coincidence? I doubt it.
Read the rest of Watson’s interview, it’s worth a few minutes of your time. Share it with others so people will begin to realize the deceptive and devious mission of Planned Parenthood.
The momentum caused by a federal judge blocking the Obama Administration’s bathroom policy is having a positive impact. People are mobilizing to put a permanent end to this terrible policy. For anyone who has ever wondered “what can I do” about such a bad policy as the bathroom bill, take a look at the suggestions from a top family advocacy group and determine which of these action points you can do.
The Family Policy Alliance works to defend traditional values with its network of advocacy groups across the United States. Recently, they published an article with four ways you can get involved in the fight to defend privacy against the bathroom bill.
What I like about the suggestions in this article is that there is something for everyone. Whether you want to take action on a large, statewide scale. Or, if you prefer to do something locally, there is something you can do to take part in protecting the privacy and dignity of our students.
One simple suggestion is for parents to “get informed” by reading several key pieces of data on the issue. For example, you can read the Obama administration’s “Dear Colleague Letter” for yourself here. Once you’re done with that, you can read a legal analysis rejecting the administration’s guidelines here. That document will share the fact that “Both federal and state courts have almost uniformly rejected arguments suggesting that Title IX requires schools to give students access to opposite-sex restrooms and changing areas.”
For those that would like to speak to school or college officials about the rights of their students, be sure to read up on the legal rights of K-12 students here, and college students here. And you can find many free resources at TrueTolerance.org.
The point is that you can do something. You can take action and seek to make a difference. If you have a child or grandchild in a school, you owe it to that child to say something. Even a letter makes a difference to a principal weighing the issue, or a school board member seeking to cast a vote. You’ve got the tools you need so now it’s time to do something.
To anyone that knows what Planned Parenthood is and what they do, the fact that they say abortion is only 3% of the services they offer is a conundrum of the highest order. Abortion is the #1 service at Planned Parenthood. It is what they are known for and what they are most proud of. How could anyone at Planned Parenthood (or their supporters) say that abortion is only 3% of what they do (and keep a straight face)?
A new video from Live Action is making the math make sense for the millions of Americans that reject the abortion culture being fed by our culture. The simple explanation is that Planned Parenthood uses tricky statistical reporting to get to their oft-repeated 3% number. The actual number is around 30% for abortions and far less for the other “women’s services” Planned Parenthood says they offer. Live Action gave an accurate report of the numbers in a recent post.
Here’s the numbers:
- Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for Pap tests is 0.97%. It performed 271,539 tests in fiscal year 2014-15, out of 28.1 million tests nationwide (source)
- Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for clinical breast exams is 1.8%. It performed 363,803 exams in fiscal year 2014-15, out of 20 million exams nationwide. (Note: These are physical exams, not mammograms. Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms.)(source)
- Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for abortions is 30.6%. It committed 323,999 abortions in fiscal year 2014-15, out of approximately 1.06 million abortions nationwide. (source)
- Planned Parenthood aborts 160 children for every one child it refers out for adoption. (source)
Watch the video. Share the video. More people need to understand exactly what Planned Parenthood is and what they are all about: abortion. Not women’s health. Not women’s services. Not adoption or life. Abortion.
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For some reason the Obama Administration thought it would be a good idea to let school students to use whatever bathroom and locker room they choose. This means that boys that “identify” as girls can use the girls’ facilities and vice versa. Anyone with a little common sense can clearly see what a bad decision and policy this is.
Texas, along with 12 other states agreed that such a decision is not safe for students. So a challenge to the mandate began as greater public outcry against the mandate continued. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor agreed with the challenge and blocked the mandate saying the Obama Administration did not follow the law in issuing the mandate. Specifically, the judge said the Obama Administration failed to give adequate notice of the impending law and allow for a comment period.
That means that for now, the mandate is blocked while the challenge moves forward.
Besides Texas, the other states taking part in the challenge are: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Continue reading
In this very short video clip, Dr. Paul Roth of the University of New Mexico Health Science Center admits that students at a summer camp dissected aborted baby brains.
The clip shows Dr. Roth admitting on camera that a faculty member obtained and used fetal brains in one of the summer workshops. Specifically, he states:
“Yes, we had a faculty member who obtained some tissue, and during one of these summer workshops, uh, dissected I think one or two fetal brains.”
A recent article on this deviant incident says that a House Select Panel has sent a letter to the New Mexico Attorney General recommending that the University of New Mexico and the supplier of the baby brains be charged with violating state and federal laws. The article states: Continue reading
The story of a mother and son in New Mexico is getting much deserved attention. The very same arguments used to defend and legitimize homosexual “marriage” are now being used to defend and legitimize incest.
If you support homosexual “marriage,” you owe it to yourself to read what Matt Walsh says about a mother and son fighting for their right to “love” one another. All of the arguments used to defend and legitimize homosexual relationships and “marriage” are being used by the mother and son to defend and legitimize their incestuous relationship. And the things is: if you support the logic and reasoning used to defend homosexual “marriage” then you have no moral or legal ground to refuse to support incestuous relationships.
To prove that point, Walsh runs through the main arguments used to defend homosexual “marriage” and then applies them to incestuous relationships. Namely, he cites:
- It’s consensual
- It’s not hurting anyone
- Love is love
Looking over the arguments it would be hard to deny a mother and son the “right” to love and engage in a relationship. If these arguments can be used to legitimize homosexual relationships then there is no logical, moral, or legal reason to refuse to allow a mother and son the right to their relationship. Continue reading
The effort to normalize transgenderism in our culture is in full swing. Men and women that believe they were “born in the wrong body” want to live as the opposite gender and want us to treat that decision as normal. Grown adults making the decision to live as the opposite gender is a disturbing reality.
But what about kids?
The fact that we have to even have a discussion about kids, many of them elementary aged kids, is heart breaking. Those that believe they were born in the wrong body and want to live as the opposite gender are confused, disturbed individuals in need of loving, compassionate help. They do not need encouragement. When it’s an adult in this situation, making such decisions, it’s one thing. When it is a child being encouraged into hormone treatments in order to support their confused decisions, it’s another thing entirely.
Recently, the American College of Pediatricians released a study on “Gender Dysphoria in Children.” The study has some important scientific conclusions regarding kids and transgenderism that need to be read by everyone. This is an important issue because it directly affects children. Adults are, in many ways, complicit in their decision to be transgender. Kids often don’t have the mental and emotional maturity to know what is happening and make the right decision. If the people they trust, parents, schoolteachers, encourage them to make a confused decision; it could impact the rest of their life. Continue reading
People trying to “build a bridge” will often say that “doctrine divides” and that we should focus on Jesus and love rather than any kind of doctrinal distinctives. The problem here is that doctrine is precisely what makes us evangelical Christians and not Muslim, or Mormon, or Buddhist. To ignore doctrine is to ignore who we are.
The claim that “doctrine divides” is accurate. Doctrine does give us distinction from other religions. Many false religions have their own unique set of doctrines that depict what they believe. The doctrine of the Bible is, for biblical Christians, the core and foundation of our beliefs. Without these essential doctrines there is nothing to separate biblical Christianity from the rest of the world’s religions.
If you’ve never seen The Gospel Project curriculum, it would be in your best interest to take a moment and review it. The prominent difference between The Gospel Project and other church curriculums is that it focuses on the essential doctrines of Scripture over a three-year period. The student will be taken on a theological trip through the Bible, highlighting critical doctrines such as the Bible, God, Creation, Sin, and Redemption.
Below is a list of some of the essential doctrines discussed in The Gospel Project. Take a minute and review the list. How many of these doctrines could you clearly communicate to someone if asked? This is just 20 of the 99 essential doctrines The Gospel Project studies. Consider looking deeper into this study if you are unfamiliar with these critical doctrines. Continue reading