Archive for June 3, 2016

bathroom confusionWe are in the midst of open rebellion against God and the rejection of His created, divine order including the most basic truths in Scripture.

Many think Bruce Jenner was the one who catapulted moral relativism into the spotlight; it was actually Oprah Winfrey. In 2008, she promoted “the first pregnant man,” but she was actually a woman named Tracey who had a double mastectomy and doses of hormones for facial hair. She did not have genital reconstruction surgery at that time and has had three children.

June is LGBT Pride Month and naturally, the President proudly announced his annual proclamation celebrating sin while suggesting bible-believing Christians are backwards in their thinking. He claims it is a fight for “dignity and equality, justice” to “forge a more inclusive society.”

He’s definitely representing the minority. Research proves most American citizens are more concerned about religious freedoms and increasing immorality. The problem is we are uncertain about truth and morality itself!

As confusion and ambiguity are promoted above clarity and truth, the tendency is to toss out biology, science, facts, history, and of course, the Bible.

God’s Word provides instruction on how mankind should live and is extremely clear about our origins, the deity of Christ, truth, morality, salvation, and sin; but by observing our culture one might conclude professing Christians are as lost as those outside the Church.

Our biblical illiteracy has been exposed because our foundations were not built on the Rock. As a result, not only is the church in desperate need of repair, but the nation is being destroyed on our watch because we’ve lost our influence.

The left however, has not lost theirs. One of its goals is to blur the lines of right and wrong via the agenda to eradicate Christianity because to them, man is god. How do we respond to this worldview?

If there’s no truth and if there are no fixed, objective, universal moral standards for all people at all times; then God, life, marriage, family, sex, justice, and gender can mean whatever culture or individuals decide.

According to new Barna research on absolutes,

Christian morality is being ushered out of American social structures and off the cultural main stage, leaving a vacuum in its place—and the broader culture is attempting to fill the void.

Most Christians say they are concerned about immorality in America, but the church has not been equipped to deal with the onslaught of evil and we have been influenced by the growing tide of secularism and religious skepticism.

A few key findings include:

  • Only about one-third of Americans believe moral truth is absolute while 59% of practicing Christians do.
  • Ninety-one percent (76% of Christians) agree the best way to “find yourself” is by looking within yourself.
  • Sixty-nine percent of people (40% practicing Christians) agree that “any kind of sexual expression between two consenting adults is acceptable.”
  • Eighty four percent of Americans agree the “highest goal of life is to enjoy it as much as possible” along with 67% of Christians.

What does this indicate about our society and the church? It reveals the degree to which Americans pledge allegiance to the “morality of self-fulfillment,” a new moral code that has all but replaced Christianity as the culture’s moral norm. The greatest good is ‘finding yourself’ and living life in pursuit of pleasure.

Since many Christians are on a happiness quest instead of a quest for truth, why should the world be any different? No wonder people are confused about the very nature and origins of humanity.

On our daily radio program, Stand Up for the Truth, I’ve said several times I don’t want to talk about issues such as bathroom laws or gender identity, but I believe it’s necessary to do so.

For years the transgender movement advanced under the radar of same sex marriage battles, for which the path was paved by no-fault divorce. So today, like frogs in a slowly-boiling kettle, we are being set up for genderless marriage in a godless society.

It’s not about “love” (what do they mean by love?) or “equal rights,” but power and control.

Wanting to live and let live, some will argue, ‘why can’t we just take care of ourselves and our families? Why should we care about the push to redefine terms and erase gender distinctions by law and through public opinion?’

Writing for the Federalist exactly two years ago, Stella Morabito cautioned:

[I]t would serve to legally un-define what it means to be human. A new legal definition of human—as neither male nor female—would apply to you whether you like it or not. Already, there is social pressure for everyone to comply with the gender theory notion that biological facts are mere “social constructs.”

…While Americans have been distracted by same-sex “marriage,” transgender activists have been quietly changing laws all across the nation to redefine humanity on their terms. In fact, the enactment of gender identity laws has in many cases outpaced same-sex marriage legislation.

Many states have already passed laws prohibiting “discrimination” based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Morabito describes how the left can “take an implausible idea and make it seem plausible” by marketing and raising its availability in public discourse. They’re masters at shaping public opinion through the usual channels—Hollywood, public schools and academia, the liberal media, social media, and so on—which paves the road to public policy.

It’s part of the agenda.

Consider these selected events:

2008: Oprah Winfrey promoted “the first pregnant man,” but it was actually a woman named Tracey who had a double mastectomy and doses of hormones for facial hair. She did not have genital reconstruction surgery at that time and has had three children.

2009: Chaz Bono announced her “transition” to the public.

2010: President Obama boasted the first presidential transgender appointee.

2012: Jennifer Braly, an Arkansas transgender student fought and won the right to use the ladies’ washroom saying the state recognizes him as a woman since he legally changed his name [and gender]. Even though he did not have surgery to complete the “transition,” Braly said, “I feel like I should be treated equally as a woman because that’s what I’m transitioning into.”

2014: The Department of Education announced a radical reinterpretation of the term “sex” in Title IX to include “gender identity.” It then began enforcing its plan to require school districts across the nation to allow students to use the private facilities of students of the opposite sex. (A biological male can enter and use the girls’ locker rooms, restrooms, and showers.) Districts resisting this agenda could have federal funding revoked.

Time Magazine ‘s cover story of transgender, Laverne Cox, announced the U.S. is at the “tipping point” of the mainstreaming of transgenderism.

The first openly transgender priest (Episcopal) preached a sermon at Washington National Cathedral.

2015: Bruce Jenner became the most famous face of the transgender movement as he changed his name to “Caitlyn.” Glamor Magazine named him Woman of the Year, and ESPN awarded him for his courage.

2016: Transgender athletes will now take part in the Olympics. Female-to-male athletes can compete ‘without restriction’, while male-to-female athletes must undergo hormone therapy according to new IOC guidelines.

States are debating the Fed over bathroom bills, religious freedom protections, gender identity, and even the First Amendment.

People have been duped into thinking the purpose of the LGBT movement is to grant equality to a minority demographic. But it’s really about changing the language which leads to changes in our thoughts and behaviors, which leads to a transformed culture and country.

Pray, persevere, and don’t lose heart. Our true citizenship is in Heaven. Bible-believing Christians should not be deceived by this moral relativistic corruption and evil being called good. Though it be uncomfortable or unpopular, let’s stand on the truth of Scripture because people need to be saved – starting in the church.