Judges Remove the Crown While the King Laughs in Derision

LaughAt the first meeting of the City Council for the newly formed Zion, Illinois in 1902, the Reverend John Alexander Dowie presented the city with a proposed corporate seal.  Rev. Dowie had created a shield draped by a ribbon reading, “God Reigns” within a circle of the words, “Corporate Seal” and “City of Zion.”  Under the ribbon were four images, one of a cross, the others were of a dove, a sword, and a crown.

As he presented the seal to the newly formed City Council of Zion, he did so with this explanation:

I ask you to accept (this seal) and use it reverently.  Let no hand ever hold this lever and put this seal to anything that God does not approve.  Let the officer who uses this seal feel, as he pulls this lever and makes this impression, “God reigns,” that the document must be such a one as God approves.

Dowie did not leave the chosen symbols to suspect meaning.  Before the City Council unanimously accepted his proposal, he explained the meaning of each: [Read more...]

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Pentagon Removing Christianity from Military

There has been a number of incidents recently involving the military and what can only be perceived as a deliberate effort to remove all things Christian from our nation’s defense force. The latest is a simple piece of art that makes reference to a biblical passage being removed from an air force base in Idaho. A recent article shared details:

“Ron Dicianni’s painting is called “Blessed are the Peacemakers” and references the scripture Matthew 5:9. It was part of a collection to honor the heroes who responded to the 9-11 terrorist attacks. The painting was removed from Idaho’s Mountain Home Air Force Base less than an hour after a complaint from Mikey Weinstein, the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.” Don’t let the name fool you. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation seeks to suppress religious freedom in the military and make sure nothing remotely religious is seen ot heard. It’s the military version of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. 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.

Jesus is “Bi-Sexual” and the Gospel is “Queer”

homosexual GospelThe radically liberal homosexual agenda must destroy the traditional teaching of Scripture if it hopes to succeed. The Bible clearly teaches that homosexuality is a sin and the clear teaching of Scripture was understood and taught for centuries. But in seeking to legitimize homosexuality as part of an agenda to erase the Judeo-Christian values of America, homosexual advocates are now attacking the Bible, the Gospel, and Jesus.

No self-respecting evangelical scholar would attempt to make the case for supporting homosexuality using Scripture – it’s just not there. Everything from the biological differences between men and women, the principles given to govern marriage, the gender roles given to men and women, and the teachings on family all conclude that Scripture neither condones nor supports homosexuality.

After exhaustively trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, homosexual advocates are now attacking the very source of Scripture – Jesus Christ.

A “homosexual seminary professor” is spreading the word far and wide that Jesus was, in fact, bi-sexual, and the Gospel itself is a “queer Gospel.”

Patrick Cheng, of the Episcopal Divinity School in Massachusetts is making waves with his message that Jesus was bi-sexual, and used by God to “queer the world” because God and Christianity are both “queer at its core.”

Cheng was quoted in a recent article as saying: [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.

Who Says There Is No Effort to Destroy Christianity in America?

war on christianityChris Graham’s Christmas Day column for WND.com hit the nail on it’s head.  Those that claim there is no war on Christmas need look no further than his message to get a huge list of events that have taken place over the past year that are enough to make one sick.

The brief article lists more than twelve significant events that have taken place that show an outright hostility toward Christian thought in the public square (even though the courts have ruled in several cases that restrictions on Christian speech that is voluntary and not disruptive are not acceptable.

So let’s take a few of the worst offenses and see just how they were engineered to look acceptable:

One, a demand that a football coach in TX cease dropping to one knee and bowing his head during a team prayer within public view, is particularly troublesome in its logic.  So, it’s OK that the kids pray as a group under the latest court rulings, but it is not OK for the coach to show respect for that activity or to participate in it (ostensibly because he “represents” the school staff and therefore cannot demonstrate any recognition of God for fear he might knock down that “wall of separation between church and state?”)  How desperate will they become?

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About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

Will the Principles of Christianity be Eroded Away?

A UK couple owning a bed and breakfast type guest-house is at the center of a lawsuit for their policy which forbids unmarried couples from sharing a room together. What was once a policy people respected is now considered discriminatory and intolerant. Benjamin Bull, writing at Townhall.com shares the following: “As the effects of Christianity have steadily eroded, the tentacles of secularization (its proponents would call it an “enlightened” secularization) has taken hold. It is marked by egalitarianism and utopian fantasies, but especially tolerance. Tolerance for everything, except that which is intolerable, of course. And at this particular turn in the road, a hotel policy that won’t allow two unmarried people to share a bed is at the apex of what will not be tolerated.” This is a prime example of what can be expected if same-sex “marriage” is legalized and policies are put in place which seek to force everyone to accept and affirm homosexuality. While one claims to be more tolerant, they show increasing intolerance for the religious beliefs and convictions of others. 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.

Is it a Sin Not to Vote?

In America, we place a premium on self-governance.  Not incorrectly, I might add.  Self-governance is the best form of human government, even with its necessary pitfalls and problems.

Within Christian America, there has been a decades-long drive by some to encourage voter participation.  Well, it’s longer than that, I suppose.  Christians have been involved in government since the days of Joseph and, in this country, from its very inception.  As a natural consequence to self-government, there has always be a press by some within the Christian community to remind fellow believers of the need to vote.

Without question, however, the Moral Majority, Ralph Reed, Jim Dobson, Gary Bauer, Jerry Falwell, and others really catapulted the discussion about Christians and voting in the decades of the 80′s and 90′s.  It’s a debate that continues to this day – and rightfully so.  When statistics tell us that only about 1/3 of professing Christians bother to vote and only half are actually registered, it’s an easy target for politically inclined Christians to shoot at.

Have we elevated voting to an issue of morality?

I mean that with all seriousness.  If it is our responsibility as citizens to vote, do we then sin as Christians if we do not vote?  As you ponder the answer, think of the potential consequences.  If it is a sin to not vote, are members of individual churches subject to church discipline for failing to vote?  Can one’s failure to vote separate you from the promise of eternal life?  By failing to vote, can a Christian be denied the sacraments?

Is it a sin not to vote?  In short, no.  Here’s why:

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About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

I’m a Good Christian, So I’m Ignoring Your Political Post on Facebook

It’s that time of year again.  It happens every four years.  Someone says something publicly about a political topic.  Others respond just as publicly.  A video is posted.  A link for more information about a candidate is thrown in too.  Someone cites a CBO study while another points to a favorite fact checking website.

Yes, it’s political season.  On Facebook.

What used to take place around the kitchen table or at the local pub, is now taking its game online.  And, along with it comes my latest annoyance: politically pious protestants on Facebook opting out.

Ok, so they’re not all protestants, but you know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you?  We all have that friend (or 20) that declare, “I can’t wait until the election is over.  I’m sick of reading all the negative political arguments on Facebook.”  The really pious ones usually add, “Jesus calls us to something that is bigger than politics.”

Yeah, sure, ok.  Jesus has called us to something bigger than politics, but he has also called us to politics.

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About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Will We Allow the Left to Tear Down What God Built?

by Tom Stark, 08/08/2012

Karl Marx

Karl Marx

A friend of mine here in Parkersburg has spent considerable time and effort studying the history of America and what made it great.  Along with that effort, he added more study and research into the roots of the progressive/liberal movement as it is manifesting itself inAmericatoday.  We have had many enlightening exchanges in these areas and he has helped me tremendously in my understanding of just what is behind the troubles we are seeing develop across America with regard to religious freedom, attacks on Christianity both here and abroad and just what it all means.

The writings of Karl Marx are resplendent with references to the need to create a utopia where everyone receives all that they need and contributes all that they can to that effort.  Everyone gets along, nobody has more than what they need so there is no rich or poor there are only “citizens” of the world.  Government is said to be benevolent and protective of all.

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About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

New Show “Good Christian B*****S” Ridicules Christians

by Nathan A. Cherry, 03/09/2012

GCBA new television show takes blasphemy and ridicule of Christianity to a new low. The show “GCB,” shortened from the original title of “Good Christian B*****s,” portrays Christian woman as catty, gossipy, shallow and immoral.

Based on the novel by the same name, author Kim Gatlin says the book was intended not to make fun of Christians but to realistically portray “those of us who love God and don’t always make the best choices to honor him.”

Gatlin goes on to say:

“All Southern girls are taught to love Jesus, but just because we’re Christians doesn’t mean we’re perfect…In every affluent neighborhood and every trailer park you have people who are going to gossip and disappoint each other and betray one another. That’s just an ugly part of human nature.”

And while this does reflect a very small minority of professing Christians, the reality is that the show in no way resembles a majority of people seeking to be genuine disciples of Christ. So in the end it simply makes fun of Christians and serves to offend, especially “southern girls,” more than anything else.

Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE gave the following critique:

“The ABC Network has taken blasphemy against God, the Bible, God’s church and Jesus Christ to new levels of depravity…An advertisement for ABC’s new program, ‘GCB,’ found in a New York subway, not only is a blasphemous use of the biblical command to ‘Love thy neighbor,’ it also blasphemes Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to save the souls of all people who have faith in Him.”

Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council made a sobering comment the new show:

“ABC’s decision is not only an affront to women, it blatantly attacks the world’s largest faith…The ‘B-word’ is toxic and is used to degrade, abuse, harass, bully and humiliate women. And the ‘Christian’ element only adds insult to injury…Would ABC even consider another faith to denigrate. Would they even consider a program title or a plot line based on ‘Bi—es’ who were Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist? I suspect not, and I certainly hope not. So why the double standard?”

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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.

Should Christians be Involved in Politics?

Listen to Tom Minnery’s take and then let us know what you think in the comments:

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.