From Albert Mohler in The Briefing
Hempel actually surveys the contemporary controversies, considering the transgender movement, looking at issues such as the North Carolina legislation on bathrooms. She describes all of this as a backlash to the inevitable victory of the entire LGBT movement and, in this case, most particularly the “T,” transgender. She then writes,
“Pregnancies like Evan’s—and the many that are likely to follow—will stretch our cultural perceptions of gender norms even further. Americans are just starting to open up to the idea that you may be born into a female body, but believe that you are really a man. But what if you are born into a female body, know you are a man and still want to participate in the traditionally exclusive rite of womanhood? What kind of man are you then?”
She asked the question, and operating out of the biblical worldview we have to respond to her question. She asked, what kind of man are you then? And the answer is, you are not a man. You are simply declaring yourself to be a man, and the society is cooperating in a massive act of self-delusion to declare that a person who can get pregnant and carry a baby to full term and then deliver that baby and nurse that baby is a man. That is a biological impossibility, and this is the inevitable result, however, of a moral revolution that has severed itself from every form of objective truth.
Read the rest at the link.
Michelle Bachman has said she thinks God is raising up Trump to be president. I can believe this. I wholeheartedly believe in the sovereignty of God. But I think people fundamentally mistake the role in which Trump would be cast if God is raising him up for His purpose. Instead of Gideon or Ehud, Trump would be the modern day counterpart to the Moabites or Canaanites of Judges.
“Whether we get Trump or Hillary, one thing is certain. We deserve worse than that. We have to take up our problem with God, because He is the one visiting this plague of an election on us. And He is doing so for reasons that are righteous, holy and just. We deserve the rulers we have gotten, are getting, and are going to get. Wicked people get wicked options in their elections. The problem is not the RNC, or the DNC, or whoever else we might want to blame. We have met the enemy, as Pogo said, and he is us.
If the hand of the Lord is upon us, the way out is repentance. We cannot manage our way out. We cannot do a little voting triage. We cannot game the system. What is happening is the judgment of God. And if God is judging a stiff-necked people, as He manifestly is, it is no solution to suggest that we try to dodge the flaming hailstones. The way out is repentance. And I don’t primarily mean repentance at the polling booth. Right repentance will eventually show up at the polls, but I am talking about the country turning back to Jesus Christ through a great reformation and revival. If you want anything else, you are desiring salvation without a Savior.”
This was a response to Wayne Grudem. You can read the entire thing here: https://dougwils.com/s7…/dodging-flaming-hailstones.html
Trump may have a Daniel 4 moment and humble himself before God. But God also uses evil people for His purposes, usually for chastisement and to carry out His judgement, and Trump seems like he more likely fits into the latter than the former. God can do whatever He wills, but my best guess is that, if God has chosen to raise Trump up for His purposes, it will not be as a modern day Moses. My guess is that our nation is standing in line waiting for a modern day Babylon or Assyria to come and give us our due. And, while God certainly ordained those occurrences and used them for His purposes, I don’t believe He expected the Israelites to vote for Nebuchadnezzar or Sennacherib.
“I am as sure as I am of Christ’s reign, that a comprehensive and centralized system of national education, separated from religion, as is now commonly proposed, will prove the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christiand and atheistic unbelief, and of antisocial nihilistic ethics, individual, social, and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen.”
– A.A. Hodge 1869
“Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism. What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour a week and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?”
– Charles F. Potter in Humanist magazine 1930
“I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity. The teacher must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new – the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of Humanism.”
– John Dunphy in Humanist magazine 1983
We’ve been warned. Our clergy told us how this would end. Then the humanists told us their intentions. Why do we not believe?
What is sin?
The glory of God not honored.
The holiness of God not reverenced.
The greatness of God not admired.
The power of God not praised.
The truth of God not sought.
The wisdom of God not esteemed.
The beauty of God not treasured.
The goodness of God not savored.
The faithfulness of God not trusted.
The promises of God not relied upon.
The commandments of God not obeyed.
The justice of God not respected.
The wrath of God not feared.
The grace of God not cherished.
The presence of God not prized.
The person of God not loved.
That is sin!
– John Piper
“But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion?
As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.
By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion.
Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”
-Saint Teresa of Calcutta
“No true education can take place without reference to God. Education is for a purpose. If the purpose does not have God in view, then it is godless education, and it will eventually produce godless results. The objective of Education is not service to self, the community, business, church, or state, but service to God. Education which does not serve God is an empty education, and that emptiness will be filled by other gods to serve.”
– Teaching the Trivium