Marriage is Under Attack and It’s Our Fault

divorce ringsBy now I think we can all agree on the fact that marriage is under attack. Not merely traditional marriage, that would, at this point I dare say be a good thing if we were simply talking about defending traditional marriage. What is taking place now is an all-out attack on marriage as a fundamental institution and cornerstone of our society.

Some want to redefine marriage. They argue that traditional marriage, the union of one man and one woman, is discriminatory and want to include homosexuals. Others argue that if homosexuals get to marry then others, polygamists, polyamorists for example, ought to have the same “right.” Such concessions would alter the foundational makeup of the family unit into something wholly unrecognizable.

Still others, though they are thankfully few at this point, argue that “love” between an adult and child should be acceptable. This idea that pedophilia ought to be considered in any way “normal” would reduce the understanding of what it means to be a parent and rob children of their innocence. It’s unconscionable.

And yet, that is exactly the goal for advocates who believe marriage, fundamentally, is flawed and against human nature. So rather than engaging in holy matrimony and wedlock, we should now encourage “wedleases,” which are akin to leasing a car or apartment. Allowing people to commit to one person (or two, or three) for a period of time (1-3 years) makes more sense in our consumer driven culture, according to advocates. Consider what one such “advocate” wrote: [Read more...]

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Can We Use the Bible to Justify Polygamy and Homosexuality?

confused BibleAdvocates attempting to redefine marriage like to use religious arguments in their efforts to undermine traditional marriage. It’s a strategic move to gain sympathy from religious people. They rationalize that if they can prove the Bible approves of such things as polygamy and doesn’t specifically condemn homosexuality, Christians will get on board and further their cause. To their credit the tactic has worked with younger generations of believers and liberal mainline denominations that are struggling to retain members.

I read an article that discusses the often contentious parts of the Bible that seem – on the surface – to legitimize polygamy. I would commend the article to you as a resource during cultural discussions advocating for polygamy, polyamory, and other sexual arrangements outside traditional marriage.

While advocates of marriage redefinition are eager to point to instances involving Abraham, David, or Solomon’s multiple wives as a justification not just for polygamy and polyamory, but complete redefinition to include homosexual marriage. The reality is that the Bible doesn’t support that lifestyle anymore than it supports the homosexual lifestyle.

In the article New Testament expert Darrell Bock, one of the most respected biblical minds alive, correctly points out:

“They are right that polygamy is described in several [Old Testament] texts, but they ignore that it never turns out well with jealousy and divisions resulting and that by the time of the New Testament it is rejected as an option.” [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.

The Unfortunate Demise of Exodus International

Exodus InternationalExodus International, a 37 year old ministry seeking to help people with unwanted same-sex attractions, is shutting down. The shocking announcement came last week as Exodus president Alan Chambers issued a public apology for the “harm” caused by his group and said he is seeking to “see bridges built, we want peace to be at the forefront of anything we do in the future.” The apology and news of Exodus shutting down went viral as both supporters and detractors weighed in with their thoughts. Not surprisingly, homosexual advocates praised Chambers for his courage and honesty, applauding him while asking him to go farther and condemn reparative therapy.

Sharon Groves, a leader with the Human Rights Campaign said:

“This is a welcome first step in honestly addressing the harm the organization and its leaders have caused…Now we need them to take the next step of leadership and persuade all other religious-based institutions that they got it wrong.”

Evangelical leaders on the other hand lamented the decision and noted the further confusion and harm it would cause those dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary commented: [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.

The Engaging Essentials

Planned Parenthood Unmasked – Live Action Films, and Lila Rose, continue to pull the mask off the face of Planned Parenthood.  What’s beneath is nothing much to look upon, but you need to know how to respond to the “exaggerated misstatements” PP is offering after getting caught in wrongdoing.

The Shifting Political Beliefs of Catholics – Michael Gerson observes what we might learn from the changing political mind of Catholics in Congress.

What the Bible Says About Sex . . . Really? – Does the title from Dr. Al Mohler really need any further elaboration?

99 Balloons – Every innocent human life is worthy of respect and recognition.  This family lived it out (grab your tissues):

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.

The Engaging Essentials

Hey, remember me?  When the legislative session is in full-swing, as it is right now in WV, it’s a bit difficult for me to maintain my faithfulness to this intentionally irregular series I like to call, “The Engaging Essentials.”  Alas and alack, it must be what it is.  But, for today at least, here’s a bit of what you should be reading:

Chick-Fil-A Locked in Epic Battle – Well, that’s they way the story is being reported, anyway.  What is the pro-cow, pro-family outfit accused of this time?  Helping to strengthen marriages.  Wow.  And to think, just this weekend I had a big, fat helping of “anti-gay Jesus Chicken” (I can’t make this stuff up!) at my local CFA.

Why Regulate Abortion Mills? – Kermit Gosnell, that’s why.  Gosnell is the back alley, rusty coat hanger abortion doc that the pro-choice always laments.  The only difference, of course, is that Gosnell was legally conducting the “safe and rare” practice of abortion to the tune of millions of dollars, thousands of dead babies, and several dead women.  Shameful.

In His Own Words – Pastors, please take note: this example by Dr. Al Mohler is how we are asking you to use your prophetic voice in speaking Biblically for life, marriage, and religious freedom.  Here, Mohler takes on the pro-abortion statement of our President as he marked the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

ADF and Separation of Church/State – Have the great wall tearing down attorneys at the Alliance Defense Fund capitulated to the idea of separating church and state?  Hardly.

Stand for Life – Lila Rose of Live Action fame offers this moving challenge to the pro-life community.  Watch and share:

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.

Engaging Essentials

Trusting each of you had a blessed Thanksgiving.  I was struck during our celebrations of how uniquely American Thanksgiving is.  Not just that, but how conjoined it is to Christianity.  It’s an interesting demonstration of our nation’s religious heritage.  Now, on to the essential reading list:

Single Member Districts – Hoppy’s Commentary calls for, “single member districts” in the WV House of Delegates.  Start reading up on this and getting familiar.  You’ll be hearing a lot about this in 2011, I’m sure.

Who Needs Marriage? – Al Mohler does his usually excellent, incisive critique of the importance of marriage and reveals some things we may not want to think about ourselves in the process.

Abortion and the 2010 Election – RedState examines how abortion did play a monumental role in the 2010 election and any suggestion that libertarianism = pro-life conservatism is incorrect.

Learning from Westboro – Pastor and author Kevin DeYoung examines the protestors from Westboro Baptist Church with an eye toward learning from their overt foolishness. He has three main points: (1) Any truth promoted to the exclusion of other truths can become untruth, (2) It matters how we’re heard, and (3) We must refuse to play into the binary stereotype which says the opposite of unconditional affirmation is fuming hatred. Read and learn.

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.

On Homosexual Behavior, Should Churches Just Cue ‘Kumbaya’?

Conservatives v. Liberal Episcopals: Can we all just get along?

Al Mohler is a tremendous thinker.

Ok, I’ll admit it: I’m jealous.  Not only do I wish I could think as clearly as he does, I wish I could articulate such clarity of thought in the right way.

Yesterday, on his blog, he discussed the recent ordination by the Episcopal Church of Mary Glasspool of Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles.  This is noteworthy, not simply because of her gender, but also because she is a professed lesbian (something of an orthodox double-whammy, really).  Glasspool joins Gene Robinson as the second to be ordained, openly living a homosexual lifestyle Bishop within the Episcopal Church.

This, of course, is something that is making waves throughout the Anglican/Episcopal community worldwide.  Conservative, orthodox Episcopals/Anglicans decry her ordination as against Scripture.  Liberal/progressives of the same cloth think otherwise.

Mohler does a fine job explaining the divide and I’ll leave it to you to follow the link and read his explanation.

But what has caught my eye is that a reporter with The Times in London that has reported on the Anglican church for decades has uttered a familiar cry – familiar, at least, to those of us who hear from the theologically liberal denominations with some regularity.  What is that cry?

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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.

Al Mohler: Is Social Justice Forbidden Territory?

Al Mohler recently offered commentary against Glen Beck’s hyper call for men and women to leave their church if they hear the words, “social justice” anywhere therein.  Within his comments, Mohler makes an excellent case for why we are to be faithful in both the presentation of the gospel and its societal (or social) implications.

Do you agree with Mohler?  After you read the quote below, post a comment to share your thoughts.

The church is not to adopt a social reform platform as its message, but the faithful church, wherever it is found, is itself a social reform movement precisely because it is populated by redeemed sinners who are called to faithfulness in following Christ. The Gospel is not a message of social salvation, but it does have social implications.

Faithful Christians can debate the proper and most effective means of organizing the political structure and the economic markets. Bringing all these things into submission to Christ is no easy task, and the Gospel must not be tied to any political system, regime, or platform. Justice is our concern because it is Gods concern, but it is no easy task to know how best to seek justice in this fallen world.

And that brings us to the fact that the Bible is absolutely clear that injustice will not exist forever. There is a perfect social order coming, but it is not of this world. The coming of the Kingdom of Christ in its fullness spells the end of injustice and every cause and consequence of human sin. We have much work to do in this world, but true justice will be achieved only by the consummation of Gods purposes and the perfection of Gods own judgment.

Until then, the church must preach the Gospel, and Christians must live out its implications. We must resist and reject every false gospel and tell sinners of salvation in Christ. And, knowing that Gods judgment is coming, we must strive to be on the right side of justice.

via Glenn Beck, Social Justice, and the Limits of Public Discourse – AlbertMohler.com.

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.