What LGBTQ Spells

There was a man snowboarding recently who triggered an avalanche that took his own life. We live in a generation in full rebellion against God that has created a moral and spiritual avalanche that is sweeping many to the destruction of themselves, destruction for eternity in the judgment of God, and bringing destruction to our culture.

We have noted in the Democratic Presidential Debates the two issues that have most united and impassioned the candidates. One is the right of a mother to terminate the life of her unborn child. The other is the absolute embrace of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) agenda. The growing acceptance – if not total embrace – of this sexual agenda goes far beyond the stance of political candidates. The cable Hallmark Channel showed an ad that featured two lesbians being married who embraced in a passionate kiss. When objections were raised, the ad was pulled. When even more objections were raised, the ad was reinstated. Chick-fil-A, which describes itself as a company with Christian values, stopped contributing to Christian organizations as these organizations stood for Christian sexual values and marriage reserved for a man and a woman. The actions of Chick-fil-A not only had significant financial impact to the ministries, but it also pushed them under the cultural avalanche that LGBTQ has created. Chick-fil-A like so many others is caught and is being swept along by the avalanche of the LGBTQ movement.

A Mother Goose nursery rhyme describes the challenge of standing up for the teaching of the Bible in our day. It goes like this:

“There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;
He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a crooked little house.”

In the nursery rhyme crooked is normal, and of course anything that is straight would seem strange. In the avalanche of the LGBTQ agenda the use of the word queer is used for the direct purpose of making queer seem normal and straight abnormal. Its goal is to create a queer world.

In the Bible’s teaching on sexuality, it is clear what LGBTQ spells; it spells the open defiance of God’s plan and purpose for mankind and our sexuality. The Bible clearly states in Romans 1 that when the LGBTQ agenda is accepted as right the society is absolutely morally upside down and living in open defiance of God and His right to rule (Romans 1:32). What makes the LGBTQ agenda so defiant is that it directly rejects God’s purpose for our sexuality and the SEXUAL use of our bodies. A LGBTQ lifestyle is not normal. This is never the nature of a person. Romans 1:26 states that it is relations that are “contrary to nature.” The Bible calls the sexual acts shameless leading to God’s judgment.

Desires that are contrary to God’s purpose do not surprise us. We know that as mankind we are sinners, dead spiritually and living under the lies and power of sin and Satan. We know that we are all sinners falling short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We know that our sexuality is a gift of God to the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman. Sex is a powerful and important gift to marriage. Its purpose is to procreate us, but beyond that sex is a gift to marriage to both bring pleasure and to express and maintain intimacy. Our sexual desires once aroused are strong, which is why the Bible calls us to flee sexual desires and to put strong hedges of protection around them. It is sin and Satan that pervert those desires natural to a man and woman in marriage and distorts them in ways that makes sex an idol which must be served.

Since sin is rooted in the lies and pursuits of temporary pleasure, we should expect those lies and desires to pervert our sexuality. That the lies come even in our identity as male or female is an expected way that sin works. The Bible says we are tempted by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life. All of those lusts and pride are at work in sexual rebellion. As the avalanche of LGBTQ grows it will capture more and more in the deceptions of sexual identity. We know there is not confusion in our DNA, we are either male or female. There is no fluidity or choice in identity. It is who we are. The absurdity of this was shown in an athletic competition in Wyoming this year as a transgender male running as a female was named “Woman Athlete of the Week.” Males and females are genetically different. Our sexual identity is part of our identity from conception. To pretend it is not is to create a crisis that will destroy us. To do this will damage far more than athletic competition.

What makes the sexual agenda of the LGBTQ proponents so serious is that sexual sin is unlike other sins in that sexual sin is against our very soul. When two or more are engaged in a sexual act it is not just physical. There is a spiritual joining together. The Bible’s teaching from 1 Corinthians 6:16-19 states, “Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, ‘The two will become one flesh.’ But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?” Sexual acts bring a person to a joining of spirits. Sexual immorality is devastating to our souls. Sexual immorality has no life in it, as spiritual life is from God. It is one reason the suicide rate among those in the LBGTQ activity is higher than for others. The suicide rate among transgenders is astronomically high. In the end sex is just sex, it cannot bring life.

One of the Presidential candidates, Pete Buttigieg, is in a same sex marriage with another man, yet he calls himself a practicing Christian. This is just another form of the deception and self lies that are part of the LGBTQ world. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says no one who continues in a homosexually active life, or other forms of sexual immorality, will be part of the kingdom of God. Jesus addressed this issue when He said in Matthew 15:19 that sexual immorality comes from our darkened hearts and that it spiritually defiles a person. All sexual engagements outside marriage, including homosexuality, are included in the meaning of that word. 1 John 1:6 says, “If we say we have fellowship with him (Jesus) while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” I was recently walking in a city that is unfamiliar to me and I sincerely thought I was going in the right direction to the hotel, but in fact I was on the right road going the opposite direction –- every step took me further away. There is a blindness and self deception in the LGBTQ world that is leading many into an empty darkness and certain judgment.

Yet in the midst of all this, the Bible has an amazing promise and invitation. As to all sinners, Jesus stands with loving arms open calling people to repent, be forgiven, and find freedom in a new spiritual life. Of all the lies of the LGBTQ world, none is more powerful than the lie that says if I have sexual desires, that is who I am — that is the real me. Yet the Bible says the desires are contrary to our nature (Romans 1:26). It is not the real you. Sinful desires are lying to you. Our desires promise us pleasure if we satisfy them, yet they lie to us in ways that make us the slaves of the desires and passion of the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, the pride of life. The pleasure of sin is temporary, illusive, and leads to deeper slavery to it. But Jesus stands with open arms and calls us to freedom, true freedom. Jesus offers us a new heart and the invitation to live in the new realm of the resurrection life and power of Jesus.

Jesus says the one who sins becomes a slave to sin. He said in John 8:34, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.” Jesus also says those who sin are children of the Devil doing his will. He said in John 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” But Jesus says He is truth, and in pursuing Him as truth He promises true freedom. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus has come to save sinners and to lead them in a life of true freedom and joy. Jesus has come to break the power of sin over us and lead us to a holy, righteous life.

In this new life that Jesus gives for those who daily walk with Him there are still temptations to sin. As we walk with Jesus, the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, the pride of life still tempt us and demand that their desires be satisfied. As one soft drink advertisement line said, “Obey your thirst.” Our appetites demand obedience. Thus Christians should not be surprised that sexual temptations still seek to mislead us. For some persons who come out of the LGBTQ world, Jesus will forever take away those desires. But for some they will be an everyday temptation. That is the weakness of the so-called conversion therapy. Not all will have their desires change. Each in Christ will have freedom, but for some it will be saying no to sexual desires and choosing to live a celibate life. In my own life there are still daily temptations that I have to turn from as I follow Jesus.

In the battle against temptations and desires the Bible has a great promise. It says in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” God through His Son the Lord Jesus and by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit will enable us to overcome the temptation. As Christians we know the temptation to sin is not itself sin. Sin still lives in us and in the world, and it still wants to control and destroy us. But in Jesus I always have enough to say no to sin and walk in Jesus’ paths of righteousness.

The church of Jesus is full of people who used to live in all the ways sin can lead us. Just as it says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 that those who live lives of sexual immorality, or who practice homosexuality, will not inherit the kingdom of God, it also says in 1 Corinthians 6:11, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” As Christians we face this issue with compassion, love, and hope.

As followers of Jesus we don’t condemn those in a LGBTQ lifestyle we love them and pray for the chance to share the Good News of Jesus and salvation. But they are being lied to about sexual issues, and we can’t love them and not expose the lie, share the truth, and call them to Jesus and true freedom. It is like loving someone in a different form of addiction. I can love and accept them as persons, but how can I truly love them and not call them to the freedom from the addiction. I can love someone who is an alcoholic but I would as lovingly as I can call them to Jesus, forgiveness, and power over the choice of alcohol.

We cannot let the cultural avalanche of the LGBTQ rebellion silence us. We are the loving truth tellers because in the truth of Jesus is true life and freedom. We can’t just be silent and watch as the LGBTQ avalanche sweeps others away to judgment. We cannot be silent. We must try.

When all is crooked, straight seems …

There is an old Mother Goose tale that describes today and the challenges for us who live for Jesus Christ and His Word. It’s a poem about a crooked man.

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile; in
He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

 

The challenge is that when everything is crooked, straight seems odd, unnatural, and not right. We live in a world morally that has embraced crookedness in almost every moral form. No longer does crooked seem odd and not right; crookedness has become the standard.

I have been thinking of this as I have watched the Democratic candidates for President in debates and forums. While there are a multitude of candidates and opinions, on two issues there is universal agreement and even passion. One is the right of a woman to have her child aborted. The second is a wholesale embrace of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) agenda. It gives evidence of a society in full rebellion against God. It reflects a society upside down, ‘crooked’ morally, a place where wrong is boldly asserted to be right. As described in Romans 1:32, “Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”

When it comes to the right of a woman to abort her unborn child, there is great passion. They phrase it as if it is about a woman’s right to have control of her body. Her right to abort is called a civil right that no one has the right to challenge. They generate great fear of those in the other political party who would take away the right of a woman to her body. It is never acknowledged in the discussion that there is another person and life involved. The child developing is a person as well. We were created as a nation with the truth that each person has been endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The right of an unborn child to life is not controlled by a mother. The unborn child is a person with a soul made in the  image of God. The Bible says God actively knits us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:15-16). Life belongs to God alone, and no one has the right to take the life of another.

We gain insight into God’s view on this in Exodus. Exodus 21:22-25 describes what happens if men are fighting and a pregnant woman is struck and prematurely delivers her baby. If the baby is unharmed, the man is fined, but if the baby is harmed, justice must be served. “Life for life…”. The baby is not regarded as an appendage to a woman’s body, but as a person made in the image of God. This is not about “men” telling a woman what she can do with her body; this is government being used as an instrument of God to protect the sacredness of life. It is life at its most innocent and vulnerable. The one place in the world a child should be safe is in her or his mother’s womb, yet in our world this can be a place of ultimate violence, with a woman giving the right to somebody to take the life of her baby.

The statistics on voluntary abortion are staggering.  This year already in the USA over 860,000  unborn babies have been put to death. People note the number of total children aborted is declining, but the reality is that this is just a result of less people becoming pregnant. 18% of children in a given year will be voluntarily aborted in the USA. Almost one in five children conceived are voluntarily put to death. So far in the world this year over 36 million children have been aborted. In Genesis 4, God noted to Cain that the blood of the brother he killed calls out to God for justice. As God’s rising judgment is increasingly being shown, surely a nation that allows its children to be aborted cannot know God’s blessings. To God and those who share His heart, every life is valuable, sacred, and to be protected.

However, the influence of this crooked world is evident even in the Christian community. According to a survey done in May, less than 50% of evangelical Christians consider themselves pro-life. Only 25% believe that abortion is always wrong (except in the case of saving a mother’s life).

God has given to women the unbelievable honor of bearing and nurturing life. It is not a curse from God or from men. Could there any other achievement in life that matches that of bearing life? But with the privilege comes the responsibility and accountability for that life. The most basic role of government is to protect life. To support mothers in their pregnancy and to support them as they nurture young life is a responsibility we all have. For politicians to state that the purpose of government is to protect the right of a woman to have her baby aborted is to disqualify themselves for consideration for support. A political party that passionately advocates for a woman’s right to have her baby’s life taken has turned justice absolutely upside down. It is a crooked party calling us to join them in their rebellion against God.

In a subsequent post I will address the issue of LGBTQ. For now, it is so important that we realize that each unborn child is a person that has the right to live. I had a personal experience of significance one summer. I was the evening speaker at a family camp at Forest Home Conference Center. At the same time there was also a camp for students. One morning as I was studying in a cabin, a small group of students met on the porch outside. They didn’t know I was there, and I didn’t want to interrupt them. The counselor shared her story. When her mother was pregnant with her in Chicago, she decided she didn’t want her. An abortion at a clinic was scheduled, but the night before, a massive snowstorm hit Chicago, and the city was shut down. Because of weather, the clinic was closed, and the appointment was canceled. Her mother never rescheduled. As she shared her story and God’s providential intervention to spare her life, I was so impressed that these issues of unborn children are not just statistics. These are lives in development who have given by God the right to life.

Now, alongside this call of God to protect life, there is also a path given from God for forgiveness, acceptance, and new life for those who have taken life. The Bible says that Jesus took upon Himself the wrath for the guilty judgment of our sin upon the cross. Jesus has paid in full, so that whoever repents and calls on Him for forgiveness and commits to follow Him in His paths of righteousness will be forgiven, accepted, and helped by God. The Bible says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The Bible promises in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” If you are guilty, turn to God’s Son Jesus in true humble repentance and trust, and He will bless you in the life He has for you from this point on.

In this crooked world we must speak for the unborn and their right to life. We must call those who stand for public office to uphold the inalienable rights of children to life. Those who do not stand for the innocent in the womb will not truly bring justice to the living. Repent, Presidential candidates, repent. America’s hope is God’s favor. He cannot and will not bless the crooked in their crooked ways.

Who Defines Love

Love is definitely the operative word in our culture these days. We hear that “love is love,” or in Christian circles, “God is love. Period.” From liberal to conservative, everyone can agree that they want to do the loving thing. We just can’t agree on what the loving thing actually is.

I propose that in order to determine what the loving thing actually is, we need to first figure out who gets to define what love is. When two different people are defining what love is, you’re going to get two different answers. For example, a toddler wants to eat nothing but cookies for dinner, but her mother insists on feeding her a protein and fruits and veggies. Now, the toddler is going to define the loving thing as someone giving her a cookie for dinner. She will perceive this as loving, not only because cookies satisfy her hunger, but because they will taste awesome while they are doing it. Clearly, to her, the loving thing is to give her cookies. The mother, on the other hand, will define love as giving her child a healthy meal. This is clearly the loving thing because the healthy meal will not only satisfy her hunger, but will give her body and brain what they need in order to grow and develop in a healthy way. These two are at odds on what the loving thing to do is, and this disagreement (if it’s anything like my house) may go on for years.

Who is right? Well, we know, based on experience and scientific research, that the mother is right on what the loving thing is in this scenario. It is loving to give a toddler a healthy meal regardless of the fact that the toddler does not perceive that to be loving. The toddler has limited understanding and has elevated her feelings and desires over what is good and loving. The mother has greater wisdom and discernment in this matter. The mother should define love despite the protestations of the toddler.

If the mother had greater wisdom and knowledge in this scenario, then in real life, no one has greater wisdom and knowledge than God. Therefore, God is the one who defines what the loving thing to do is in our world. He is the source of wisdom and knowledge. He created us. He can define what the loving thing to do is. He tell us in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thought are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” In our limited wisdom and knowledge, we can not always discern what the loving thing to do is, so we must turn to the source of knowledge to discern. This is especially true when we are dealing with what is sin. Our thoughts and feelings and desires cannot define what is sin. Only God can.

Referring to the fact that God has delivered us from the corruption of the world to partakers of His divine nature, 2 Peter 1:5-7 states “For this reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.” I can’t help but think there is purpose in love being last in this list. To accurately be able to discern what is the loving thing, we need to have the other parts of the list in order.

We need faith; that is, we need to believe that God is, and that the Bible is His word to us. To that we add virtue; we need to want to be like God in moral excellence, goodness, and righteousness. To that we add knowledge; we need Biblical knowledge to know what God is like and what He desires. To that we add self-control; we need to act on what we have learned and discipline ourselves. To that we add steadfastness; we need to stay fixed on what we have learned and to steadily aim to become more Christ-like. To that we add godliness; as we walk in this matter we become imitators of God. To that we add brotherly affection; now we look outward to others, to the church, the bride of Christ, and our desire is to serve the church and see her become more like Christ. Finally, we add love; now we can define love as God defines it and desire to see God’s redemptive love change people and save souls. This is a proper love whose foundation comes from God.

There will always be sins we struggle with, part of love that we don’t always understand. Like the toddler, we may grow to see God’s wisdom, why He defined something as sin or why He said no to something. Some things, we may wrestle with all our days on earth and only understand once we reach heaven. In either case, we rest on this: God defines love, God is love, and nothing can separate those who have found Christ Jesus from His love.

A Step Too Far

The spiritual madness of our times can be seen in current events. In a week when a Bible translator in Cameroon was murdered and his wife’s hand cut off, the talk in the USA is of a pastor sitting in the seat of scorn demeaning, denigrating, and dismissing a teacher of the Bible who happens to be a woman.

John MacArthur this week made a pithy statement about Beth Moore to “go home” before an room echoing with loud guffaws from those who understood the meaning of the remark. In fact, many who heard this understood its meaning to be that a woman’s role is to stay home, have babies, and run the kitchen. He then added unchallenged accusations of narcissism and equated her skills to those of a woman hawking products on a shopping channel.

I find statements like this to be deeply discouraging and an embarrassment to those of us who hold complementarian views. His tone evidences male bias and colors all of us with stains that make it hard for people to see the Spirit and the truth of what God has said. In a seeming effort to uphold the truth of God’s Word, his statement in fact undermines it. It is a step too far. It is not worthy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

One way to recognize whether a person is speaking by the Spirit of God, by the flesh, or by the spirit of this world is that the Holy Spirit never goes a step too far. The Spirit of God never upholds truth at the expense of grace. It also never, as so many do today, upholds grace at the expense of truth. The church has always had the problem of people who step too far with God’s Word. John MacArthur is not unique in this. I have heard other Bible teachers who I respect go a step too far. They do it in ways that are not worthy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Again, I affirm the teaching that the role of teaching/ruling elder in the church is reserved for men. I don’t apologize for that, as it is God’s Word and not mine. However, the application of this truth is exclusive to weekly worship services and teaching/ruling elders. When the Apostle Paul instructs women who pray or prophesy in worship services to do so with their heads covered (1 Corinthians 11:4-6), it seems obvious to Paul that women in worship services were praying and prophesying. He addressed who was to oversee that the preaching of the Word was in accordance with truth, but did not exclude women from roles in public worship services.

The arguments given to support this by John MacArthur and others seem rooted in the idea that the ability to rightly handle, understand, or teach the Word of God is exclusive to males. As if woman have no insights to give the rest of us in understanding and applying the Word of God, because this is exclusive to male genes. This is a shocking step too far. It is not worthy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We know from the Bible that every believer has an anointing of the Holy Spirit and thus is able to understand the Bible (1 John 2:20). We know that the one who illuminates our minds to understand the Word of God is the Holy Spirit, and that we all, male and female, have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:6-16). We know that in this age, the Holy Spirit is given to all disciples of the Lord Jesus. Peter preached in Acts 2:17-18, “… I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy…even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.” As we understand from Scripture, another word for prophesying is preaching. Preaching is to declare the Word of God with authority. Clearly this gift of preaching is not exclusive to men but given to females and males. It is a step too far to declare that this is only for men. It is not worthy of our Lord Jesus Christ. The question is not whether women have been given this spiritual gift and calling, but where it is best to be used. I personally have benefited greatly from insights into Scripture by many women, including Beth Moore.

Another aspect of this which is a step too far is the spirit in which it is given. To demean, denigrate, and dismiss because you don’t agree with someone is such a violation of Scripture, it is shocking to hear it from a man who claims to know and stand for the Word of God. Ephesians 4:29-32 and 5:1-2 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God”

Whatever may be said of words like “go home”, they do not build up. They tear down. The words do not give grace to those who hear, but give a kind of mocking and dismissive contempt. To compare a woman of God teaching the Word of God to a woman hawking things on a shopping network is not kind, it is not tenderhearted, it is not loving, and it is not true. It is not worthy of a man who offers himself as a teacher to pastors. It is a step too far that grieves the Holy Spirit. It is not worthy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Even if we aim to correct an error in some aspect of teaching and application, it is always to be done in a spirit of humbleness, kindness, with an evident desire to correct and restore. The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy this way in 2 Timothy 2:24-26, “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” I am not saying Beth Moore needs correction. However, if a fellow believer does, it should still be done in a spirit that is kind and gentle. It is hard not to see in these comments those who are quarrelsome and frankly joined in the Devil’s work in dividing, destroying and driving away. It is a step too far. It is not worthy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Another step too far is to presume to be able to accurately judge the heart and motivations of another. To accuse someone of being narcissistic is to judge and condemn a heart and to take a place no one should have in evaluating another (1 Corinthians 4:5). We should at times point out behaviors that contrast with Scripture (which I am trying to do in this post), but to judge the heart and motivation of another is a step too far. No one has the right to take this place but the Lord Jesus. All of this criticism of a narcissistic spirit comes from someone sitting in seat of judgment, making scornful comments to the guffaws of the audience, in clips that have gone viral and stand uncorrected. This raises the same questions of the one who gave them as those that he and his partners on stage raised about Beth Moore. It is embarrassing and not worthy of a man known for his teaching of the Word of God. It diminishes and demeans the Word of God that he aims to uphold.

This also points out the danger that Paul warns about in 1 Corinthians 8:1, “This knowledge puffs up but love builds up.” When knowledge becomes a club that we feel free to use to demean, denigrate, and dismiss others, we have left the truth of Jesus. It is a step too far. It evidences a male mindset of superiority, not from the seat of a teacher, but from the seat of scorn. It joins the spirit of the accuser of the brethren, which already has too many voices.

I pray this blog is not given — or perceived to be given — in the same spirit that I have said falls far short of a mature person of faith. I hope it brings reflection, correction and repentance. I pray that those who see this for what it is — the evidence of male bias and discrimination against women — will realize that this is not the truth of Scripture or the way it should be used. It is a step too far.

There is only one Lord in the church, and that is Jesus. There is only one who renews the minds by the Word of God, and that is the Holy Spirit. Every part of service and teaching in the church is important. In a week where a brother was murdered for his service of Christ and his wife’s hand cut off, let’s understand who the true enemy is. The church is to be a safe place. Teaching, correction is to be done in love, with a spirit of building up. Let us teach the Word of God as Jesus did in the perfect balance of grace and truth (John 1:17).