STOLEN THUNDER

They are saying what we should be saying.  Millions have seen their videos.  They are credited for starting a revolution of thought in North America.  Here’s the rub: they are stealing our thunder.  They are putting preachers to shame.  They are Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro. 

You may be the last human in America who hasn’t seen their confrontations and then eliminations of post-modern secularists.  They tackle every hot button issue from transgender, abortion, gun rights, feminism…in short, everything your pastor may be afraid to preach on.

Here’s the thing—they do it with an aplomb that devastates their opponents.  They produce clear facts and irresistible common sense to show how ancient morality is key to sanity.  In other words, they are doing our job.

There is one audience that is especially resonates with Jordan Petersen: young men.  This is a key demographic that the church has almost entirely lost. 

Ben Shapiro destroys the case for abortion in take-no-prisoners style on the most liberal college campuses.

Jordan Petersen champions free speech in a way that you are not hearing in any pulpit today.

What they are, is what preaching used to be in America.  What they have done, is destroy our great excuse: the lie that young audiences do not want to hear classic morality. And they have destroyed the sister lie that if you take on the false arguments of the left you will be shot down in flames.

The fact that they don’t preach the Gospel or refer to that many Bible verses only increases our embarrassment.  That’s because, they are still closer to the counsel of God than most celebrity pastors.

While most mega church pastors seek the non-offensive sermon, these two wade into the fallacies of sin and atheism.  They prove that there is a vast young audience for moral absolutes.

They prove what I have long declared: it is time for sermons with content.  Paul said he did not come with the excellency of man’s wisdom but the demonstration of the power of God.  That does not mean he was not compelling.  We are not compelling because we are so afraid of telling people where they are wrong.

There was a day when a Jordan Petersen and a Ben Shapiro would not have been such a novelty.  We used to have preachers who were anointed with content that exposed the bankruptcy of secular culture.

Billy Graham was such a preacher.  He stood unapologetically before lost souls, of all races, and educational levels, and declared the Word of God.  He left nothing out. 

The notion that he was a simple preacher is misleading.  He once said, “the new morality is nothing but the old immorality.” A simple yet profound observation that is more at home in a meeting with Jordan and Ben than our present churches.

Billy  seized headlines, current events and never shied away from explaining why sin destroyed and Jesus offered peace that passes understanding. 

Today the church is talking to itself because it does not know how to talk to modern minds.  We do not change hearts and minds.  We are not adding daily to the church such as should be saved. 

You know I believe in miracles.  However, those who continually offer the world emotional experiences are missing the great power of preaching like Jesus promised, “I will give you a mouth and wisdom that your adversaries will not be able to gainsay or resist.”

On the other hand, those who leave out the power of the gifts of the Spirit—that are a sign to the unbeliever—are equally crippling the Church’s power to transform lost souls.

This dynamic duo of gifts of power with piercing preaching was embodied by Paul the Apostle.  Until Paul, the church was led by Peter.  Peter had fire but not the trained mind of Paul the Apostle. 

When Paul told the initiative his dual gifting of heat and light caused the Gospel to spread to all the known world.  It can be that way again.

It is not enough to tell harmless stories to the already converted.  We need to penetrate those who never darken the door of a church.  It is not enough to dazzle them with logic as Jordan and Ben do.  They need both a convicting declaration and the confirming signs of the Holy Spirit.

Jordan and Ben have done the heavy lifting.  They proved our shallow sermons are unjustified.

Maybe we needed to be shamed into action by two men who have proven that millions—many who we thought wanted nothing to do with Christ—are hungry for truth.

Feds’ push for trans rights in US schools is simply insane

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Feds’ push for trans rights in US schools is simply insane

Sheer lunacy: That’s the only way to describe the Obama administration’s decision to enforce the full “trans rights” agenda on the nation — in public accommodations, and in school bathrooms and locker rooms.

Yes, polite society in progressive precincts has embraced the idea that those with non-standard “gender identities” deserve the same protections as racial and other minorities.

But that idea surely never entered the mind of any lawmaker who voted for (or against!) the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or any of the other laws Team Obama is citing as authority for its actions.

And while Americans are good with “live and let live,” most will be outraged at Uncle Sam ordering their local school to let biological boys change in the girls’ high-school locker room.

Yet the Justice and Education departments on Friday sent out a letter directing schools to let every student use the “facilities” that fits his/her “identity.” In fact, Education officials had already pushed many schools to make the locker-room concession.

It’s madness: As a practical matter, administrators should figure out the best accommodation for their particular school, in their particular town. The right answer in Scarsdale won’t necessarily be the best solution for Newark.

Transgender folks are a minuscule minority; the question’s not even relevant to most of the country. It’s insane to put this issue atop the agenda when countless schools in this nation don’t even provide a decent education.

Look: The vast majority of Americans still see two sexes, male and female, with the differences obvious and biological. Most will humor the rare person who feels otherwise — and won’t be bullied to go any further.

Maybe the progressives will manage to re-educate us all into seeing things their way, but they’ve got a long, long way to go. Trying to force their views on everyone now is just begging for populist fury.

The more so, since the feds are starting with schools, when countless parents are already outraged at other ham-handed diktats from America’s elites.

Pull your social-engineering crap with your own d–n kids, and leave ours alone.

BELIEVERS BASHING BELIEVERS OVER BRUCE JENNER

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Believers bashing believers over Bruce/Kaitlin

Back in the day, parents felt guilted into reading Dr. Benjamin Spock.  “Understand your child without correcting your child,” became the mantra of modern parenting.

Modern Parent/Daddy watches 7 year old Jeffrey play with his food. Out of nowhere, the imp grabs a large portion of degraded spaghetti and throws it in daddy’s face.  Without changing expression daddy calmly says, “Jeffrey, I know you are trying to tell me something.”

This morning the American Church woke up to Christian pundits who wanted you and me to slowly wipe away the spaghetti and say, “Bruce Jenner, I know you are trying to tell me something.”

Here is one example:

“What I AM doing is asking my fellow believers to get over however repulsed they might be by the sin around them and let their ears hear our culture’s cry of desperation, the cry for identity. It’s louder than it’s ever been before.”

Get over however repulsed we might be?  YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS! We are so over our revulsion to sin! We are so, so into hearing the cry!

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The very idea of a massive, intolerant church is nothing but a cruel fantasy. There is not a city, hamlet or berg anywhere in America today that does not have an outreach ministry standing ready to answer the slightest whimper.  America is overrun with ministries to the homeless, single moms, addicts, and every other human tragedy you can name.

Somewhere at this moment a Christian worker is braving their way into a crack house.  Last night, a staff member in Any Town, USA sat up all night with a vomiting heroin addict.

In communities everywhere, pastors walk out of county meetings with tears running down their face because their plea to add a youth center has again been denied by a liberal city council.

The media has falsely applied 60 lashes to the American church.  Do we need yet another lecture/lash on tolerance and acceptance from within our own ranks?

This propagates the monstrous lie of liberals.  They take a zit like the Westboro Baptist Church and use it to equate us with ISIS.  We should be exposing this false equivalency, not enhancing it lecturing believers on intolerance.

But here’s the real proof that the vast, right-wing, intolerant church is nothing but a canard: The church growth movement.  This marketing scheme feeds a pastor’s lust for new members.   They have more zeal than competing car dealers.

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Seeker churches run to and fro to make known their devastating need.   They pine for you to visit their convenient campus.  You will be out in an hour and pastor is nothing but a harmless video.

Sin is not mentioned for fear of losing people. They vigilantly guard against any hint of Christian doctrine that smacks of repentance.  Their sonar is turned all the way up to hear the faintest heartbeat of a potential tither.  We have something for everybody!

Yes, indeed, my fellow pundit, we have achieved the non-judgmental utopia for which you yearn. We are the all-accepting jelly fish.

The compassion you claim we do not have, we have in spades.  We have a full complement of real compassion and a gigantic overdose of false compassion.

Are you asking a desperately listening church to listen harder?  This condemns those who least deserve it while excusing perversion where it is most glaring.

That tact is how we got into this mess in the first place.   We feared putting souls under conviction.  We could have drained this moral swamp by now; instead, we kept condoning and capitulating and played right into the hands of Satan.

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And the Bible could not disagree more: “And if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—  if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.  This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority.” 2 Peter 2: 7-10

Peter is telling us, “I know these times make you sick, and they should, but God is able to hold you and keep you clean!”  That is what we need to say to the church.  Amping up the guilt on Christians already worn out by persecution is just wrong.  Comforting them and explaining their natural outrage is true compassion.

Do we hear our culture’s cry? It seems to be the only thing we do hear.  The one thing we do not hear is the cry of God as He grieves over a sin-sick nation.  He yearns to arm us with authority to stand and take our nation back.

The Bruce Gender: How this wild acceptance of mentally ill behavior confirms Christianity.

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The Bruce Gender:  How this wild acceptance of mentally ill behavior confirms Christianity.

By Mario Murillo

A well known blogger said, “The former top psychiatrist at John’s Hopkins, Dr. Chapman, penned a Wall Street journal article several months ago, making it clear that “transgenders” are mentally disordered. Boldly affirming the indisputable findings of every credible biologist who’s ever existed, Dr. Chapman reported that sex change is biologically impossible, and to tell a transgender he can be “reassigned” or “transitioned” from one gender to the other is to “promote and collaborate with mental illness.

As the doctor points out, “transgenders” have a suicide rate 20 times higher than the general population —after surgery.”

There is no version of Bruce becoming Katlin where he is either heroic or a role model.  In the quiet recesses of your common sense, you know that.   (I will use quotes from authors whom I will not name in order to protect them from the Nazism of the present media.   (Pardon their unusually graphic nature.)

“On Friday night, a mentally ill cross-dresser named Bruce Jenner was interviewed for two hours during prime time about his plan to gruesomely mutilate his genitals in a macabre pseudo-medical ritual often erroneously described as a ‘sex change.’ He concluded that the next best course of action is to castrate himself and live the rest of his life pretending to be a girl. He’s already undergone extensive cosmetic surgery, including shaving down his trachea (which is a thing that doctors will actually do, apparently) in pursuit of some perverse, bastardized notion of synthetic femininity.”

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And if we are going to celebrate this illness, why not celebrate Apotemnophilia?  “Apotemnophilia is a fetish in which people wish to become an amputee. They find sexual satisfaction and ultimately, happiness, through the act of the removal of limbs or simulating the removal of limbs. There are websites, message boards and get-togethers devoted exclusively to the activity. As a general rule, society doesn’t consider this to be healthful. Some of us may accept it, ignore it and move on with our lives, but we don’t praise it or trot apotemnopheliacs out as heroes. And let’s be honest… most of us think it’s pretty d___ weird.”

“Now, change that limb to the male organ. If you don’t accept it, even worse, if you don’t praise it, you’re deemed hateful. The politically correct lobbyists of the day will take great care in avoiding the staggeringly high suicide rate of transgenders, they will ignore the medical reality that sex change operations and hormone replacement therapies come with a litany of very serious health problems, heck, they’ll ignore overall science.”

“Bruce Jenner is not a hero.  A hero is someone who has done something brave or noble, who has sacrificed for others.  Bruce Jenner has done none of these things.  He is a man who has posed in women’s clothing on the cover of a magazine, garnering excessive media attention.  What’s more he has waited to do so until the optimum moment when he was most sure to receive praise and acceptance.  Heroes risk much and gain little.  Bruce Jenner has risked little and gained much.”

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The celebration of Bruce Jenner has nothing to do with reality, morality, courage, honesty or love. It is driven by a force that the Bible said would dominate mankind.  Ignoring science, bending reality, calling all who disagree “hateful” is the spirit of this time.  But it also confirms Christianity.   With more vivid detail than any other book, the Bible said there would be days like these.

1. The Bible predicted that people would do harm to their own bodies based on fantasies. Jude 1: 8 “In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings.”

2. The Bible predicted that many who were Christian would lose their faith and join the charge of immorality and perversion. It would become nearly impossible to tell the natural from the unnatural and truth from falsehood.

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“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-7

3. The Bible predicted that the love of money would become all consuming, leading to hatred of God, blind ambition and violence. “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” -2 Timothy 3:1-4

Bruce Jenner is doing this for money; the networks and magazines are celebrating him for money.  As another author said, “It’s worth noting, too, that it doesn’t generally require ‘courage’ or ‘bravery’ or ‘strength’ to do something that is sure to result in television deals and roaring applause from a sea of adoring fans. Usually, courage is not defined as ‘the willingness to endure immense popularity, esteem, fame, and profit.’”   All that Bruce Jenner is doing is what he has always done; he is keeping up with the Kardashians.   We just never imagined how far someone would go for money, but the Bible did.

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Not to mention the doctors who perform procedures that of those who want limbs removed.  It is only about money?  What of ESPN?  Will they give Bruce/Kaitlin the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for courage or for ratings?

The Bible is issuing a solemn warning: “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’” -Acts 2:40    Peter said that on the day of Pentecost and it is truer now than ever.   Turning mutilation into a miracle is just the beginning of the dark days ahead for those who do not heed the warning.

You can still get out of all the addiction, perversion and the pain.  The promise of a new, free life is greater than ever because the Bible says, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” – Romans 5:20. That is my prayer for Bruce Jenner.  As one author said, “He is not a hero and he is not a woman.  He is what we all are: lost, sinful, and desperately in need of Jesus. I pray he finds Him.”