It is rather like the madness and chaos in the nation of Venezuela, where President Maduro, is clinging in to power with the help of his Army, and friendly Marxist neighbour, Cuba, and bigger powers, such as Russia, China and Iran, while his country falls apart and descends into chaos. At least his infamous predecessor, President Chavez had some charisma, and could even sing a little. He hasnât even got that, and neither do these folks in the US Congress.
âconversion certificateâ, and do virtually the girl or woman is effectively imprisoned for life in the home of her abuser., and is never able to see her family again. We must pray for these victims, and also for a complete turn round and repentance for their abusers.
We had here in Britain not all that long ago, the disgraceful cases of Rotherham, Rochdale, and some other towns, where vulnerable girls of teenage years, many of them in public care, were literally taken off the street by gangs of almost entirely Muslim men and abused, over a long period of time. Social workers, police, teachers, health professionals, and other authorities knew or suspected what was going on, or had complaints made to them, by concerned individuals, yet it was swept under the carpet because of political correctness, and they didnât want to offend the Muslim community.
Thankfully after very long and protracted investigations, many, but probably not all, of the perpetrators were finally brought to justice, and sent to jail, and there were some resignations in town halls and other places of power.
Tragically, justice is completely denied in many Islamic countries, where Muslim men, sometimes individuals, sometimes groups, will take non-Muslim girls and young women (particularly Christians), off the street, kidnap them, forcibly marry and âconvertâ them to Islam, and when their families complain, the local authorities and police either do nothing or even threaten the families with prosecution, as the perpetrators produce a âmarriage certificateâ or a âconve
That is precisely what happened in Birmingham here in Britain recently, when the homosexual deputy headteacher of a large primary (elementary), with about 99% Muslim pupils, brought in a revolutionary âNo Outsidersâ LGBT friendly sex education programme as approved by both the British Government, and the infamous OFSTED, the childrenâs and young peopleâs inspectorate for England and Wales.
The Muslim parents, backed up firmly by their community and religious leaders protested as one body, 600 children taken out of school, even though the school and LEA insisted the lessons had to continue.
The school has now backtracked, stating that the lessons are âtemporarilyâ suspended, though I doubt they will ever be resumed.
I suspect that the award winning LGBT deputy head, will be quietly spirited out of the school sooner or later, and given an irresistible offer of a promotion as head, not deputy, of a large and prestigious primary school not located in a Muslim area, where his programme can be carried out without interference!!!!
I just wish the Christians were as strong as the Muslims in this point.
Yes, it is true that the people not the building are the church. Interestingly, the Bible translator and martyr William Tyndale, refused to use the word âchurchâ as the translation for the Greek âecclesiaâ but used the word âcongregationâ. (I have a facsimile reprint copy of his 1525 NewTestament translation!)
Having said that, if a Christian congregation or local church owns or has exclusive rent of a building, they should obviously ensure that it is used exclusively for their work and witness for the Lord and not for wrong purposes.
Also with more and more restrictions on religious freedom imposed by local, state and federal governments, it is just not wise for them to claim tax exempt or official charity status, that involves any kind of official registration. Too many strings may be attached and they may be put under pressure to compromise.
This whole transgender and LGBT affirmation nonsense and wickedness for kids, along with such things as âdrag queen story hoursâ and compulsory LGBT / Transgender friendly sex education for schools without parental consent, and with no religious exemptions allowed, together with a criminalisation of all counselling that would question this, and virtual banning and disciplining of any teacher or other professional, no matter what their religious beliefs and objections, who do not cooperate with this agenda, will tragically lead to the corruption of a whole generation.
The reason for this strange turn around is simply that the school is almost 99% Muslim, and the Muslims just will not put up with it!!!
The âgayâ deputy head who piloted all this nonsense, will I am sure be given a nice diplomatic sideways promotion to a better paid and more prestigious headship at a non-Muslim primary school, where he can push his LGBT-friendly sex education programme without any parental or community interference.
Needless to say, outside Islamic and Muslim areas, our âLiberalâ Conservative Government, and OFSTED, the schools inspection authority in England and Wales, (and folks, that is not just for state or public schools, but private schools as well), with its aggressive secular humanist chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, is absolutely and resolutely committed to forcefully implementing LGBT and Transgender friendly sex education at all levels of education without parental consent.
I do believe that there is a Foundations Bible College and Collegiate Church, in Dunn, North Carolina, with Dr HT Spence, which is totally separate from any denominational foundation, thoroughly evangelical and fundamentalist, and also has a 24 hour radio station with very conservative Christian Music, and regular conferences. It does not generally broadcast on Sermon Audio, although some special sermons Dr H T Spence did on music which I have heard, on Sermon Audio, which he gave at Toronto Free Presbyterian Church some years ago, were excellent.
Yes, Christopher, you are right about Tai Chi, and what about Yoga? It is at the heart of Hinduism, and the word âYogaâ means yoke, as in yoking with Brahman, the Hindu concept of the Supreme Being, the summation of all their millions of gods.
Whether it is the full blooded Hindu Yoga form, or a watered down âsecularisedâ version, or worse still, a pseudo-âChristianisedâ form of it, it is still pagan!!
A large Methodist Church near me, has a large notice board, announcing âChurch Activitiesâ, but apart from a lone church service on Sundays at 11.00, and a huge sign on the side of the church which says in large letters, âWORSHIP FOR THE PEOPLEâ, whatever that means, the only other activities, on nearly every night of the week are Zumba, with some Kick Boxing, and Aerobics, and even, I think, Tai Chi!!! No prayer meeting, no Bible Study, and not even any Christian Young Peopleâs or Childrenâs activities, only a daytime secular French language pre-school that rents the church basement. John and Charles Wesley would definitely have something to say about it!!
The only other possible application of a female deaconess or similar female pastoral worker could be as a kind of chaplain to women in a womenâs prison, school or institute, where it may not always be appropriate for a male to carry out these kind of activities.
Before the disastrous and unbiblical decision to ordain women as full deacons and priests, and now later on as bishops, the Church of England did have a separate order of deaconesses, abolished by this move, which were separate from the male deacons. The Lutherans still, I believe, have something similar.
The only way I could go along with female deaconesses, is if they were indeed totally separate from male deacons, and their role was solely and only for purposes of female counselling and visitation, as sometimes it is not always wise or appropriate for a male pastor or elder to visit or counsel a woman.
Having said that, often a pastorâs or elderâs wife often unofficially acts as a kind of deaconess, and may well carry out this activity, but in any case any such female workers must at all times be answerable to the pastor and elders of the church, and submitted to them. There is no biblical case for a woman to be a full male type deacon, and definitely not an elder or pastor.
The PCA need to be very careful that this is not the thin end of the wedge, leading to wrong ordination of women as full deacons, elders or pastors!!
This doesnât sound at all like the Liberty University I heard of from the 1960âs and 1970âs, where there were strict rules in this kind of thing. I hope that Bob Jones hasnât gone that way!!
I think the trouble is that the churches these students have come from have gone very soft, and maybe even very nominal, and as stated by Wayfarer Pilgrim, a quick and not well regulated âadultâ child baptism at 14, without proper examination will not do.
Also the lure of government money, grants, public scholarships and so on, together with official tax free status, leads inevitably to compromise.
I did not know about this lady until I read a newspaper or magazine article about women in science and engineering. This also suggested she had a lesbian relationship.
It seems typical of the low standard of the popular media today, that anything and everything has to have a sexual element to it, previously only heterosexual, but now increasingly homosexual/ lesbian / transgender.
Some people seem to have forgotten that there are some men and some women who actually prefer to be single and function that way.
Mary Anning lived at a time when women could not attend university, and she probably could have published her findings under a male name if she had found a publisher that would do it. It was only later in the 19th century, that women could go to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, but only to segregated womenâs colleges, and they would not get a degree, but a kind of certificate at the end of their course. The new University of London was more forward in this, and finally Oxford and Cambridge very reluctantly allowed women to take degrees, and the major scientific professions such as medicine followed some fine after, admitting women to their numbers.
That is why it is iniquitous that state after state, country after country, is banning and criminalising counsellors and other professionals who help, often very confused, hurting and abused people to come to a real knowledge of their problem, to see reality and to get the help they really need, and particularly for children, instead forcing them and pushing them into a course of action that is totally disastrous, dangerous for health and in many cases irreversible.
Even if this chap had no surgery, just taking the chemical hormones can do irreparable damage to the body, and cause cancer, heart disease, strokes and other diseases later in life, as well of course as sterility.
We can only pray that more people like this man, despite this, are able to come out of the woodwork, despite the mockery and anger they will receive, to leave this terrible lifestyle, and to come to a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and that both pastors and friends will be able to share the scriptures lovingly with them and show them practical love, even if threatened with dismissal from jobs and legal sanctions from the powers that be!!
The second largest Pentecostal group in Brazil, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, a health / wealth / prosperity church, has actually many churches in major urban centres here in Britain, offering many daily services in English, Spanish and Portuguese praying for every conceivable personal need, and no doubt raking in large tithes and offerings!!
A much more sedate and presumably doctrinally balanced group in Brazil is the Congregacao do Cristo, with men and scarved women sat separately in their very large churches, in separate blocks of seats, with a huge all male orchestra, and a lone female organist!!
Yes, when I saw some YouTube. videos of this break away AOG Brazilian group, I did think of the Toronto Blessing, the so-called Lakeland ââRevivalâ with Todd Bentley, and so on, although O get the impression this group are not directly influenced by it but are âdoing their own thingâ.
The spiritual situation in Brazil is indeed chaotic.
Prosperity gospel churches and heavy duty cell system churches are everywhere.
Many Brazilians who scorn this are involved in Afro-Brazilian spiritist groups, ( while often claiming to be Catholic), and others are involved in more Western style spiritism and occultism. Other heretical groups like JWs, Mormons, and of course Islam are spreading their messages with some success.
While the mainstream Pentecostal Assemblies of God is broadly gospel centred, there are some spin offs that are definitely very odd. One group, actually have services where people whirl round or lie on the floor kicking up and down, while pastors or a lady misioneria shouts out repetitive songs, with a musical accompaniment through a microphone.
We must indeed pray for this land. It is good that the new President there is making a stand on some issues, but there needs to be a good solid number of churches preaching the real Gospel.
Dear Mr Lincoln, I am sure that this chap running as DA for SAN Francisco, a left city with a huge LGBT population and real problems with drug addicts on the streets, and in the Metro, with syringes and paraphernalia lying everywhere, as I read it, so much so that major conventions have cancelled their visits to the city, is perfectly genuine, and hopefully unlike his parents opposes and eschews violence.
However, I believe that the infamous Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York us much the same, and Senator Bernie Sanders, and our own Labour leader here in Britain, Jeremy Corbyn, are the same and yet look at the absolute chaos they wish to unleash upon us, both in the United States and in Britain.
We only have to look at President Maduro and his benighted chaotic country of Venezuela, and the awful rigid dictatorship of Kim Jong Un in North Korea to see where it will all end up!!!
These LGBT activists will not give up their stranglehold lightly, and are impelled by the fact that in the UMC, as in many mainline apostate Protestant denominations, though the members of a local church have poured money and donations into their building, the freehold belongs not to the local congregation but to the denomination, and if they leave they will lose their church building and have to either rent or buy somewhere, or engage in an expensive law suit to regain it.
They will therefore stay in, cause havoc, getting the local senior clergy and bishop on their side, and continually working to undermine the âTraditional Planâ, until they get it reversed, and their denomination follows all the others in being the gay friendly church.
As to the disgusted foreign delegates, the colonialist Leftist LGBT USA leadership that will emerge, can soon have them tossed out as âbigotsâ and âhomophobesâ, and then they can get their majority.
The modern Chinese Communist government are obviously, in their mind, going to try to finish the work that their predecessor, Chairman Mao-tse Tung, started in destroying the Christian Church, and other religions as well, but along with the brute force as used by him, they are also using technology and economics as well.
They have however forgotten that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church, as we find out from the fall of the mighty 70 year old Soviet Union and its empire.