Will Congress Delay ObamaCare HHS Mandate?

ObamaCare is a nightmare, that much is sure. From how it was passed to the mountain of paperwork, the confusing language, the fact that Congress is exempt, the fact that Obama has given waivers to his closest friends and allies while requiring Americans to abide by it, it’s a nightmare. It also seeks to force Americans to violate their religious convictions by helping fund the abortion industry. In that respect it is unconstitutional. But at least some in Congress are working to fix it. A recent article reports:

“Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will introduce a bill to delay the health law’s individual mandate, requiring people without health insurance to buy it, until Obamcare’s numerous and serious technical problems are fixed…GOP lawmakers tried to delay the individual mandate during negotiations over the government shutdown, but Democrats refused to budge. Since then, a series of bombshell revelations about the failures of the Obamacare website has created such an uproar, Republicans hope Democrats will see the benefit in a delay.” This is a good first step that should only be the first step in repealing this awful bill. Otherwise we can expect the American health care system to get even worse. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Sex Education Part 1: Teaching 4 Year Olds About Masturbation

sex educationIf parents don’t stay actively engaged in the education of their child and accept responsibility for teaching them sex and morality, you can be sure someone else will. It is an absurd idea to send a child to school day after day never paying attention to what he or she is learning, the information being asked for by schools, or the fact that schools have decided to be a “role model” and primary teacher of “morality.”

What is the result of this madness called public education? How about a “Standards for Sexuality Education” program that teaches 4-year-olds about masturbation?

The new education program being unrolled in Europe has been called “A holistic approach based on an understanding of sexuality as an area of human potential helps children and young people to develop essential skills to enable them to self-determine their sexuality” says the document.

Hold on a minute. Why is it necessary for a school to teach “skills to enable them [kids] to self-determine their sexuality”? First of all, can any school legitimately claim the need to teach any “skills” related to sexuality as essential? It seems skills in math, reading, science, and other academic areas are far weightier and necessary over “skills” in sexuality. Second, why does a student need any direction from a school in order to “self-determine their sexuality”? Call me old-fashioned but I am fairly certain that sexuality is determined at birth with the genetic, biology of a child.

Does that make me hetero-normative? Traditional? I’ll accept those as compliments. [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Where is West Virginia When it Comes to ObamaCare?

A recent article writes: “South Dakota is joining 17 other states in a lawsuit against Obamacare’s employer mandate. The suit challenges a lower court’s decision that the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act does not violate religious principles in the operation of family-owned businesses. The plaintiffs, however, say the mandate infringes on individual and state rights. They also argue that the U.S. Supreme Court did not authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to implement the mandate and therefore it infringes upon people’s freedom of religion.”

A total of 18 states are now suing against the ObamaCare employer mandate. They are doing so because the mandate violates individual and states rights, along with the religious freedoms of individuals. Last I checked we have business owners with religious convictions against abortion in West Virginia. We certainly have individuals with religious convictions against abortion. Is West Virginia doing anything to protect the religious freedoms of citizens and business owners? According to this list I found, nope.

Why is West Virginia not protecting the religious freedoms of its citizens? Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Uncle Si: “It ain’t gun control we need, it’s sin control”

Those words were recently spoken by the outspoken uncle of the Robertson clan, Uncle Si. He was talking about recent calls for greater gun control laws, but those same words could easily be applied to a number of issues. Uncle Si shares some of his life story and reminded people that he isn’t perfect, still makes mistakes, and at one time turned to “alcohol and whoring around” in life. But Uncle Si found that those are not the answers and turned to Jesus to help.

Many won’t like Uncle Si’s words. Some in our culture don’t believe there should be any boundaries, and nothing should be off limits. But Uncle Si is right, the answer is not more government control or regulations, the answer is a changed heart that recognizes sin. Murdering an unborn child is sin. Homosexual acts are sin. Punishing people for adhering to a biblical definition of marriage is sin. While those seeking to change our nation want to distract us by calling these political issues, the fact is they are biblical moral issues. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Mark Driscoll and I Agree: Abortion is Murder

Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, has been no stranger to public scrutiny. He’s often considered controversial by people inside and outside Christian circles. One thing he has not done is weigh into “political” matters. Driscoll generally steers clear of politics in an effort to stay focused on the Gospel. He has done no less with a recent op-ed proclaiming that abortion is murder. Like many pastors, Driscoll is reminding people that abortion is not a political issue, it is a biblical moral issue that demands the attention of Christians. Driscoll wrote:

“Both science and Scripture are absolutely clear that life begins at conception. Taking a human life is murder, by definition, which makes abortion a murderous act…this is a matter of justice—for the one million babies slaughtered every year as we play God and determine who lives and who dies…Abortion is not a matter of politics. It’s a matter of life and death, for 55 million and counting. Enough. You shall not murder.” Using the 6th commandment as his basis Driscoll has succinctly reiterated that abortion is an immoral act of murder that cannot be justified. We applaud Pastor Mark for using the very large stage God has given him to bring the murderous acts of the abortion industry into the light of biblical truth. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Hobby Lobby Asks Supreme Court to Hear Case

The Hobby Lobby case took an interesting turn recently when the family owned craft giant agreed with the government and asked the Supreme Court to take the case. After finally receiving a temporary injunction against the pro-abortion HHS mandate, the federal government asked the Supreme Court to consider taking the case. Hobby Lobby agreed and filed their own petition asking for the high court to hear the case. An attorney from the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom representing Hobby Lobby explained this decision:

“Hobby Lobby’s case raises important questions about who can enjoy religious freedom…Right now, some courts recognize the rights of business owners like the Green family, and others do not. Religious freedom is too important to be left to chance. The Supreme Court should take this case and protect religious freedom for the Green family and Hobby Lobby.” This case, along with the many others suing the federal government over the HHS mandate, is among the most important in recent years. The outcome has implications for every person with a religious convictions against abortion in deciding whether the government can force you to violate your religious convictions. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Washington Redskins Player Openly Shares Faith in Jesus

You won’t hear stories of faith in most media outlets. But that doesn’t mean many athletes don’t have a personal story of faith to share. Washington Redskins defensive back Kedric Goldston is one such player. He recently shared his personal relationship with Jesus in an interview with CBN. Watch the video below to hear Goldston share his story of nearly losing his ability to play football, to being drafted by the Redskins. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Writer Suggests We Legalize Murder for Hire

An interesting article surfaced this week as a writer suggested we legalize murder for hire. We’ve all seen movies with hit-men and we all know that such a “profession” is strictly illegal. But one writer thinks perhaps it is time to legalize the practice. She writes: “Murder for hire is an uncomfortable subject, and I personally could never order a hit. The better course is to avoid unwanted marriage in the first place. Yet this is not a decision that anyone else can make for a woman. It is her marriage; only she can decide when it must end.”

That statement might be shocking. Try replacing the word “murder” with abortion and the word “marriage” with pregnancy. Now you get the true point of the writer’s article. She is drawing a logical comparison to the killing of a spouse with the killing of a child. The reality is that murder for hire shocks our senses and attacks our morals in the same way abortion did 50 years ago. Our society has sought to remove the stigma of abortion. If it can be done, why can’t it be done with murder for hire, euthanasia, or anything else? Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Engaging the Issues: What is the Meaning of Sex? – Denny Burk

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Is sex, in all its multi-faceted glory nothing more than a state of mind? Many in our society are beginning to answer yes. They are saying that regardless of gender or biology that sex is nothing more than what you decide. Denny Burk joins us to explain why sex, everything from our gender, biology, role, and even the physical act, was designed to bring glory to God.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Marriage Was Redefined in New Jersey Yesterday

A federal judge in New Jersey ordered the state to allow same-sex “marriage.” Gov. Chris Christie appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court which refused to hear the case or reverse the lower court ruling. That means that marriage was officially redefined in New Jersey via judicial activism without the consent of the people. Monday morning couples began seeking marriage licenses as the majority of the state was blocked from having a say in the decision.

I can’t help but wonder if the same thing will happen in West Virginia. We currently have a federal case challenging our state DOMA law and seeking to overturn it. Our lawmakers, as recently as 2010 have said that if anyone tried to overturn our DOMA law they would lead the defense of marriage as one man and one woman. Have they undergone an “evolution” on the definition of marriage like our president, or will they keep their word and defend traditional marriage? I suggest you, the citizens of West Virginia, remind them of their promise and hold them accountable to it. Go to www.legis.state.wv.us and click the “contact” tab to find the contact information for your state lawmaker. You want to make a difference? Make a call. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.