The word is SIN! Oh I know. . .we’d rather think in terms of making an error, a failure, referring to it as a shortcoming—anything but sin.
Carl Menninger, the famous psychiatrist wrote a book titled, “What Ever Happened to Sin? Good question!
It’s a word that just dropped out of mention.
It comes from the Greek word, “amatia”—to miss the “bulls-eye”!
You don’t even hear it much in pulpits.
Pastors aren’t saying it.
It just doesn’t occur in the language—Christian or not.
Proverbs 20 verse 9 asks: “Who can say I have kept my heart pure? Who can say I am clean—without sin?”
. . .and when we do?. . .let’s not call it anything but what it actually is—sin.
The Giffords own a beautiful farm in upstate New York.
They cheerfully open the property to events for the public to enjoy, including an occasional wedding.
They’ve hosted birthday parties for homosexuals and welcomed them to hold other events at the farm.
But when it comes to marrying same-sex ceremonies, the Giffords have kindly, but firmly refused.
In light of new state laws, a complaint was filed against them.
The judge found the Giffords guilty of discrimination, fined them $13,000, and promised to keep fining them if they ever say “no” to a same-sex ceremony.
The Giffords are standing by their convictions to challenge this unjust law.
Stand firm for your faith!
When all is said and down, the hope for a nation—including our nation—is conformity to God’s ways.
Secularists certainly wouldn’t agree.
And often I wonder if we Christians really get it.
So what’s holding us back?
We certainly know we can’t operate as an individual against God’s ways and succeed—we can’t operate as a family against God—certainly not as the church. So why do we think it would be different for a nation of individuals?
What gives us the idea we can be anti-biblical as a nation, in many of our fundamental policies, and somehow be preserved?
The biblical way is “preservational”—of all that’s good—for your sake and my sake.
. . .and our nation needs to be committed to biblical values!
Donald and Evelyn Knapp have operated the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for 25 years.
The chapel is their ministry—performing wedding ceremonies that invoke God’s blessing on the union.
But City officials told the Knapps that unless they agreed to perform same-sex ceremonies that go against their faith, they’d be in violation of city law. The penalty? 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines each day the violation continued.
How this case is ultimately resolved is yet to be determined.
But it underscores how the very government invested with protecting our personal religious freedom, is trying to force us to forfeit that freedom.
Make sure your church leaders have the legal guide, “Protecting Your Ministry” put together by Alliance Defending Freedom.
It is my desire and the desire of our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom that we as Christians be free to live out our faith every day in our homes, our business, in our schools and on our university campuses. It’s exactly what allied attorneys with ADF are doing as a ministry across the country every day.
The bottom line is: True belief requires action.
I’m very interested in the new film out this month, “Do You Believe?”
It’s all about action required of ordinary Christians confronted with a choice!
It’s a movie I highly recommend! Check it out >>
It’s time to stand firm for what you believe!
In June 2014, Houston’s city leaders implemented a sexual orientation identity law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of “gender identity” in places like public restrooms.
Houstonians opposed the decree by 82% and collected three times the signatures needed to vote on the law—only to see the mayor and city attorney “disqualify” the bulk of the signatures.
The citizens filed a lawsuit and the City subpoenaed five local pastors despite the fact none of the pastors were a party to the lawsuit, demanding they turn over sermons and personal communication with anyone about the “bathroom law”, homosexuality, or gender identity.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a motion to block the subpoena. After a barrage of negative media, the mayor backed down—for now!