"O’Reilly first came to prominence when I was a teenager, and has ruled cable news almost since that time. He was one of the most successful anchors in the history of broadcasting, and wielded enormous influence. Now he will slink off the scene in disgrace. There will be no retirement party. No sentimental retrospectives on his career. No farewell special with a who’s who of political leaders. . . . As Christians observe the pitiful end to all this success we can learn several crucial lessons."
Conservative NC legislators made headlines this week by introducing HB780, the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act.” The bill, filed in response to Obergefell v. Hodges, clarifies that North Carolina’s marriage amendment is still valid, despite the Supreme Court’s opinion to the contrary. However, House Speaker Tim Moore has promised that the bill will not be heard due to "constitutional concerns." This bill brings to the surface a very significant disagreement about federal supremacy. And while it may not seem like it at first glance, both sides in this debate hold to a form of federal supremacy, either limited or unlimited. Which is the correct position? That's what I take a look at in this post.
Under HB2, the man who was found in the women’s bathroom at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) last week could have been charged with second degree trespassing (a Class 3 misdemeanor). HB2 clearly mandated that multiple-occupancy bathrooms in public agencies “be designated for and only used by persons based on their biological sex.” However, with HB2 repealed, it’s much harder now to find anything illegal with a man using the women’s bathroom at a community college like CPCC.
The sexual revolution has so subverted public opinion and Christian-influenced morality that teachings about sex that were previously considered immoral or even unthinkable eventually found their way into the classroom as school policy. But a quicker and more effective route to societal change is to simply reverse the process: force an issue to become school policy and eventually opposition to it will become unthinkable.
A bill filed in the N.C. House last week to “repeal and replace” HB2 is neither a compromise nor a viable solution to protect the privacy, safety and dignity of North Carolina citizens. House Bill 186 proposes to repeal HB2, the state’s Public Facilities Privacy and Safety Act, and replace it with a conglomeration of policies that will threaten the privacy, safety and dignity of citizens across North Carolina.
Kevin DeYoung addresses the often-asked question, "How can our church reach out to the gay community?" He says, "I’m never sure how to answer the question. For starters, I’m no authority on 'reaching the gay community.' Our church has always had men and women in it who struggle with same sex attraction. We have some good stories to tell and some disappointing stories, but experts we certainly are not. The other reason I’m hesitant to answer the question is that it’s one of those questions that can only be answered with more questions."
He was removed from his post as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. . . twice. In a nation that has rejected God's law, one man has stood against the insanity and the mass rebellion. Chief Justice Roy Moore joins Kevin Swanson on the Generations broadcast, to status his case, to challenge other Christians to faith and courage, and to warn what lies ahead for a nation that has gone astray.
In this article, Rosaria Butterfield (author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert) confronts three unbiblical ways of thinking about homosexuality: (1) The Freudian position, (2) The revisionist heresy, and (3) The reparative therapy heresy. "Worldview matters," Butterfield says. "And if we don't reach back before the 19th century, back to the Bible itself, the Westminster divines, and the Puritans, we will limp along, defeated."
Listen to Mark Shiver as he interviews Lt. Governor Dan Forest on his continued support for HB2. The interview is about 33 minutes long, with the discussion of HB2 lasting from 16:28 to 26:25.
Alabama resident Maggie Ford writes about the need for judicial reform in light of Chief Justice Roy Moore's politically-motivated suspension from the bench: "Regardless of what you think about Chief Justice Moore, his case reminds us why unaccountable bodies policing the judiciary were never consistent with Alabama’s quest to preserve the integrity of the judiciary and a balanced government of the people. It’s time for a new judicial reform."
Here are some good thoughts from John Piper on how to combat lust by meditating on God's magnificent creation: "Pure, lovely, wholesome, beautiful, powerful, large-hearted things cannot abide the soul of a sexual fantasy at the same time. I remember as I struggled with these things in my teenaged years and in my college years—I knew how I could fight most effectively in those days. And I’ve developed other strategies over the years that have proved very effective. And one way of fighting was simply to get out of the dark places, get out of the lonely rooms, get out of the boxed-in places, get out of the places where it’s just small me and my mind and what I can do with it, and get out where I am just surrounded by color and beauty and bigness and loveliness."
Former Lesbian Rosaria Butterfield responds to Jen Hatmaker's assertion that LGBT relationships can be holy: "If I were still in the thick of the battle over the indwelling sin of lesbian desire, Jen’s words would have put a millstone around my neck."
Lt. Governor Dan Forest releases the following statement regarding special session to repeal HB 2: "Charlotte repealed an ordinance that the General Assembly already voided months ago. I support HB 2 and do not favor its repeal. No economic, political or ideological pressure can convince me that what is wrong is right. It will always be wrong for men to have access to women's showers and bathrooms. If HB 2 is repealed, there will be nothing on the books to prevent another city or county to take us down this path again. The left has already publicly stated the removal of HB 2 is necessary for the rest of their agenda to move forward. With certainty, if HB 2 is repealed, we will fight this battle all over again with another city or county. The names will change, but the national groups who are pushing this agenda will not stop until their social engineering is accomplished. The only thing stopping them are those of us who continue to stand strong."
NC resident Micah Burke tackles the HB2 controversy and explains why lawmakers should reject any attempts to repeal the bill.
Bryan Fischer writes on Donald Trump's nomination of Rex Tillerson,—a pro-homosexual and pro-abortion activist—to Secretary of State: "To this point, I have been quite happy with Trump’s cabinet picks. But this choice is a clunker. Bottom line: Rex Tillerson is not qualified to serve this nation as Secretary of State."
Trevin Wax: "Supporters of same-sex marriage once leaned on libertarian terminology to make their case. 'Just live and let live,' we were told. Nowadays, despite surveys showing that only half of Americans support same-sex marriage, the traditional view, accepted by nearly all societies across the world for thousands of years, is treated as if it is a fringe position, worthy of public scorn."
In this special episode of Signposts, Russell Moore sits down with professor and author Rosaria Butterfield to talk about her conversion to Christ, her previous life as a lesbian, and what Christians need to remember when reaching out to the world around them.
Hear what Joseph Backholm and Chris Plante have to say about the lawsuit against Barronelle Stutzman on this week's podcast episode of FYI.
A Washington State florist and an Oregon baker have been persecuted badly for several years for their Christian faith. Court trials and exorbitant fines have been levied against them for refusing to support homosexual "weddings." Kevin Swanson and Bill Jack revisit the Baronelle Stutzman and Klein’s Bakery controversies in this edition of Generations Radio.
Who really benefits from the lawsuit against Barronelle Stutzman, the florist who didn't want to decorate a same-sex wedding? The Attorney General who is suing her. That's not how government should operate.
Here's another good article by Kevin DeYoung: "In Witherspoon’s Lectures on Moral Philosophy, he has a small section on the meaning of marriage. It is interesting to see how Witherspoon, a confessional Presbyterian, understands marriage to be an institution oriented not first of all toward personal fulfillment, but to the protection of children."
In this must-read, Kevin DeYoung responds to Brandon Hatmaker on what the Bible says about homosexual behavior: "If we tug at the Bible’s teaching on sex, family, and marriage–the basics of which have been affirmed for two millennia and are still affirmed by almost all Christians outside the West—we will lose more than logical and hermeneutical consistency. We lose important elements of the gospel itself."
Great open letter to Rep. Chris Malone on his recent HB2 flip-flop: "Dear Representative Malone . . . most Republicans in the General Assembly have continued to stand for the safety and security of our women and children—but you, Mr. Representative, are one of the few who has turned back from the plow. Regardless of how good or bad HB2 may be for our women, you simply don’t care anymore. You want out, because you’re not willing to take the heat. For this reason, I want you to be aware that I am no longer supporting you for reelection. As a Christian, I cannot in good conscience support a man for public office who stops protecting our women once the going gets too tough or the prices get too high."
Fact: Lyn Stuart is biased against Chief Justice Moore. When the Judicial Inquiry Commission files charges against a judge — nothing is over. You don’t rearrange things, you don’t clear the office computers, and you don’t move the executive assistant. If you do, you’re partial. When an illegal decision from the Court of the Judiciary is on appeal, you don’t act like it’s over, you don’t fire staff, you don’t ask the judge to clean house and hand over keys, and you don’t change the stationery — unless, of course, you’re blatantly partial.
On October 10, the Capitol Broadcasting Company (CBC) published an editorial entitled, “Back candidates who will repeal HB2, N.C.‘s suffered enough.” In the editorial, CBC calls for the all-out rejection of any public official who is not staunchly opposed to HB2. Leaving logic and common sense behind, the CBC uses emotional argumentation that has little basis in reality. In this article, Isaac Burke offers a response to the CBC.