If major U.S. organizations are exempt from the abortion-pill mandate, why are people of faith being forced to participate in acts that violate our biblical convictions?
Literally thousands of businesses and organizations—like Pepsi and Exxon, are exempt from the abortion-pill mandate—and for reasons having nothing to do with their religious convictions.
Yet people of faith are being forced to do what absolutely violates biblical principles.
Now the administration is targeting Christian colleges and universities.
In a recent Alliance Defending Freedom press release, Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University was quoted:
“The Wesleyan Church has stood firm for human freedom and the dignity of women since its inception some 150 years ago. I never imagined I would find myself at the Supreme Court, forced to defend the teachings of Christianity. . .”.
I couldn’t agree more!
Religious freedom and reproductive rights—is heating up in contentious debate in the Supreme Court!
There are a series of cases putting the Catholic church and other religious groups up against the Obama administration—and justices are split.
The Court’s liberal judges argue that the government has accommodated some groups by allowing them to “cede birth control coverage to insurers.” But they maintain that exempting non-profits completely, requires employees to find and pay for separate insurance policies for contraceptives.
Justice Ginsburg said in a recent Religious News Service article,
“It can’t be ‘all my way,”—suggesting, no one gets “everything” they want!
What concerns me is not that we don’t get everything we want!
What should concern us all, is the rejection of biblical principles and values that God has ordained in His Word. Not whether or not it’s a fair compromise!
Religion in the public square? Absolutely!
Don’t be intimidated by those people who’re trying to get God—or the Bible—out of the public square.
You’ll hear the ever-popular buzz of “separation of church and state.”
It’s not a phrase found in either the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution. And it certainly isn’t in the Bible.
It was Thomas Jefferson who coined the phrase—and in the 19th century it had an entirely different meaning than the way it’s being misused today!
God established three governments: the family, civil government, and church government.
All three are founded on God—so there can be no separation of church and state. All authority comes from God. And is only temporarily given to people, who then “loan” power to elected officials.
God in the public square? Absolutely!
Morally and economically, we’re at a crisis!
The cultural myth goes like this. The way things are, are the way things are always going to be. That’s NOT the case!
Any study of history says that nations begin, and nations end.
And some are saying, we’re at the end of the end.
I want to raise up as many people as I can who really understand that God’s Word has the biblical foundation of all these contemporary, gutsy issues.
I want to equip as many people as rapidly as I can, in all these issues! It’s what we’ll do here each day.
The world is on fire! And we need to be prepared to stand!
I say to my congregation, “I can’t tell you exactly what is coming, but I’m preparing you for whatever it is that’s coming!”
Stand firm! God’s Truth will win out!
Believe it or not—it’s the church that is often the most silent about biblical marriage!
So why is that, do you think?
I’m convinced that as pastors, we feel it will alienate some of the very people we’re trying to reach. Or it can come off sounding “too political.”
The truth is—we’re not being political at all—we’re being biblical!
Many in the church today—especially young people and on the other spectrum—the elderly—feel marginalized, largely irrelevant to the culture.
But these reasons cannot be an excuse for not speaking out in support of biblical marriage—the union of one man and one woman!
Be informed! Then speak out on biblical issues!
The Bible does have answers that work in society!
We can, and must, make a strong, clear defense for God’s exciting plan for marriage!
To be threatened with arrest for passing out copies of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights on a college campus? What?
A police officer threatened to arrest a student passing out copies of the Constitution at The College of DuPage in Illinois . . . because he didn’t have a permit!
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys contacted College officials which resulted in a revision to the policy.
The ADF attorney said: “It makes no sense for a public college to censor distribution of the very document that ensures free speech for all Americans.”
I couldn’t agree more!
Here’s the point—one to remember!
The First Amendment doesn’t tolerate any blatant suppression of free speech. Nor does it require “prior permission” for students or anyone else, to exercise their rights!
I hope other colleges and universities will follow DuPage’s example!