Jesus said in Matthew 7: “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house.
Yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, the winds blew and beat against that house and it fell with a great crash.”
Everything in these houses was identical.
Except one thing. The foundation.
The person who hears the words of Jesus and puts them into practice! It makes all the difference.
The real discrimination is this: CEO’s and companies who endorse radical activist groups.
They wrongly state that Religious Freedom Restoration Acts laws are a license for people of faith, to discriminate against people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender.
What these laws actually do is create a balancing test, for courts to use in cases where a law creates a conflict for a person of faith.
These mega companies want to stamp out religious freedom here, but continue business overseas with countries known for true human rights violations, including prison, torture and death.
Religious Freedom Restoration is exactly what’s needed to protect religious freedom for all people!
Oftentimes—most often in fact, we’re perceived as being against something.
But let’s not let the secularists label us.
Critics of Christians say we’re anti-abortion.
They say we’re anti-gay marriage.
No—we’re for traditional, biblical marriage.
In the Prop 8 battle in California against same-sex marriage, they said we were against them.
No. Proposition 8 was fourteen words simply affirming the reality of traditional marriage.
There are some legitimate things we have to be against.
In fact, some of the Ten Commandments say, “Thou shall not!”
Eight of the Commandments to be exact. So don’t be intimidated by critics who say, “Oh, you’re always so against stuff. . .”
Yes, we are against some things, but let’s also be known by what we are FOR!
Take education for example.
It’s not a stretch to say that 10 percent of K-12 students are in private schools, nearly all of which are religious.
And faith-based, private schools reduce the tax burden for public education.
You can apply the same kind of principle to all types of social services—adoption services, drug and alcohol rehab and treatment, assisted living centers, and the list goes on!
Religious freedom gives these ministries an opportunity to exist. And they, in turn, benefit millions of others whom they lovingly serve.
The record speaks for itself! Religious freedom in this country is clearly a benefit to all—religious and non-religious alike.
Let’s talk about it!
We often confuse forgiveness of a person with restoration of the person. And there’s a third category when it comes to leadership: reinstatement to ministry.
Forgiveness is an instant. Restoration is a process.
But reinstatement?. . .an even longer process.
Paul writes to Timothy about the role of elders and deacons and overseers—and how they should walk in righteousness—careful about what’s been entrusted to them.
It’s one thing to forgive a person, which can be immediate.
It’s another thing to restore that person which may take months, or even years. And quite another matter to reinstate a person to a position of leadership. All three are important, but they must be fulfilled in their own appropriate ways.
Live out your faith!
This past October, Alliance Defending Freedom filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over the California mandate that all employers, even churches, include elective abortion in their health insurance plans.
As the pastor of one of those churches, I do not want to be forced into paying for a health plan that covers abortions.
It violates my deepest convictions about the sanctity of life.
Just recently ADF senior counsel Casey Mattox testified before the California State Assembly’s Committee on Health regarding this assembly bill. The bill would have reversed the mandate that all employers, even churches, include elective abortion in their health insurance plans. Unfortunately, the bill died, so we need the federal government to act.