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Mormon Church backs Gay Rights

Published on 11/17/09

Taken from USA Today

“The church supports these ordinances because they are fair and reasonable and do not do violence to the institution of marriage,” Michael Otterson, the director of public affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said.

Once again, we find out that the Mormon Church caves in to the pressure of the media pressure and the “popular” thing to do.

If you can remember back to “Proposition 8” in California that said marriage should only be between a man and a woman. The Mormon Church put a ton of money into advertising in support of this proposition. Much to their dismay, the Mormon Church came under much scrutiny.

“with many protesting outside temples that singled out Mormons as the key culprits in restricting the rights of gay couples.” says USA Today.

So it is obvious that the Mormon Church officially stood (emphasis on the past tense) in opposition to gay marriage.

NOW, they are backing gay marriage rights. Hmmmm…why would they do this? Let’s briefly look into their history of doing this same thing.

POLYGAMY It is still in the scriptures, Doctrine and Covenants 132:60-66 that a man can have many wives. And these scriptures are supposedly “directly from God”. Then supposedly God conveniently changed His mind as we find out in the Manifesto to outlaw plural marriage (1890). I use the word “conveniently”, because this matter of polygamy was the only reason Utah was held from being a part of the United States and the U.S. armed forces was going to overtake them for being law breakers by practicing polygamy. So it was under the pressure from the U.S. that they changed their position. Then Utah became a state 6 years later.

RACISM Brigham Young (their prophet who supposedly speaks for God) said in his Journal of Discourses that black people are cursed and can never hold their Priesthood. This means that they can never be a part of the Mormon Church. He says that they are a cursed people and commanded that no white people be married to black people. This is quite different from where they stand today. When I visited Temple Square in Salt Lake City, there was a diversity among the Mormon Missionaries, black, white, hispanic, asian, etc. I asked how this could be if their prophet said that they are a cursed people. To which the missionary responded by saying something to the effect of, “they didn’t know any better back then.” Wait a minute. If Young speaks for God, that means God didn’t know any better back then.

All these things show a big lie that is told among the Mormon Church: Lie #1: Their Prophets speak for God.

Truth #1: God has not changed and will never change (James 1:17). What is a sin 5,000 years ago will be a sin 5,000 years into the future. Therefore their Prophets can not be speaking for God, since they change with the culture around them.

It is also interesting that even though their “position” as a church has changed, they still keep those false scriptures in their books. If they take them out, they are admitting that Joseph Smith prophesied falsely. If they leave them in, True Believers can point them to those areas to show them their lies. Either way, it’s bad news for the Mormon Church.

Pray for the Mormons that they might see the grace of Jesus Christ that can only had in faith. Ephesians 2:8-9

Resting in the power of God

Published on 11/12/09

The Apostle Paul is probably one of the boldest preachers that we read about in the Bible. He gets stoned in one city and gets thrown out (Acts 14:19). They left him alone after that, only because they thought he was dead. He then moves on to a different city to continue to preach the exact same gospel that got him stoned in the last city. I Corinthians 11:25-27 talks about the intense physical torment that Paul went through all for the cause of Christ. We look to Paul as the standard of Evangelism Excellence.

If anyone had the most experience and knew the exact things to say, it was Paul.

Read I Corinthians 2:1-5

Let’s take a close look at the amazing things Paul said to win people for Christ in Corinth.

  • Not Lofty Speech
  • Not Wisdom
  • In Weakness
  • In Fear & Trembling

Maybe Paul isn’t the guy we all thought him to be. He must have done something good in order for there to be a church in Corinth. What did he do that was good?

  • Tell them about Christ and him crucified (v.2)

That’s it? Yes, that’s it.

When sharing the gospel, you MUST SHARE THE GOSPEL. It’s not in your clever illustrations that someone will trust in Christ. It’s only in the power of Christ crucified that people can be saved.

Teens, I want to encourage you, that you can become a great preacher of the gospel. All you have to do is…...drum roll please…......get out there and tell people about Christ.

Pray for Opportunities Pray for boldness in taking those opportunities Pray that you will be diminished and Christ will be exalted in what you say.

The Cross of Christ is Not a Secular Symbol

Published on 10/16/09

This is a blog posted by Albert Mohler. You can find his blogs here:

A looming constitutional crisis now hangs over the Mojave National Preserve in California, and the stage is set for a constitutional battle at the U.S. Supreme Court. The story is a bit convoluted, but the issue at stake is a cross erected by the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Sunrise Rock in the Mojave Desert. The VFW erected the cross in 1934 as a memorial to the dead of World War I. Sixty years later, that piece of property became part of the Mojave National Preserve, which is under the supervision of the National Park Service. That sets up a legal battle that arrives at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The cross, just six and a half feet tall, is now covered with plywood. The Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the display of the cross is an unconstitutional establishment of religion. An appeal of that decision now goes before the nation’s highest court—and the eventual ruling could have sweeping effects.

The Supreme Court’s rulings in similar cases have bred nothing but confusion. In recent years, for example, the Court has held that a display of the 10 Commandments in Texas meets constitutional muster while a display of the same 10 Commandments in Kentucky is unconstitutional. The very fact that the Court accepted this case may indicate that it intends to clarify the confusion it has itself spawned.

The Mojave cross became the focus of legal action in March 2001, when Frank Buono, a former assistant superintendent of the preserve, filed suit to demand that the cross be removed from government land. Buono, a Roman Catholic, claims that he is not offended by the cross as a religious symbol but by the fact that it stands as part of a national preserve. He claims to be offended because the National Park Service will not remove the cross and that other religious groups are not allowed similar displays.

In an attempt to resolve the issue, the National Park Service transferred the property on which the cross stands to private ownership. Nevertheless, lower courts have found that this does not represent a satisfactory solution in light of constitutional questions.

The case before the Supreme Court, Salazar v. Buono, raises very few new issues. For this reason, many observers expect that the Court’s majority must intend to send a message as they rule on this case. If so, the Court could finally declare its unwillingness for the legal system to be used as a means of constantly challenging any religious symbolism on government property or under government supervision. If it does not rule in this direction, the stage could be set for an avalanche of legal claims against everything from the language on our coinage to the text of the Pledge of Allegiance.

In a brief submitted to the Court, lawyers for the American Center for Law & Justice made the following observation:

This case is only the most extreme example of a phenomenon that has plagued the federal courts for the past three decades. Ideologically motivated citizens and public interest groups search out alleged Establishment Clause violations, almost always in the form of a passive religious symbol or display of some sort, and make a federal case out of offense at the display. The basis for standing is typically that the religious display offends the sensibilities of the plaintiffs. The offense may be characterized as an affront to religious values, or as one in which plaintiffs feel stigmatized as political or community outsiders. But the sum and substance of the injury is that the display bothers the plaintiffs.

This raises one of the central constitutional questions faced by the Court: Is being offended or bothered by a display sufficient cause to be granted standing for a federal lawsuit? As numerous observers have recognized, the only claims accepted by the courts in this regard are those related to religious expression or symbolism. “Offended observer” status is a legal disaster. There is no end to the reasons why any citizen may be offended at any time by any display, language, or symbolism. If the Court does not put an end to this argument, the floodgates will be opened for a virtual flood of similar claims.

After all, the Mojave display is hardly unique in this respect. Far more visible is the Argonne Cross in Arlington National Cemetery, for example, or the Memorial Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland.

Arguing for the retention of the display, lawyers for the government are expected to argue that the Mojave cross is constitutional because it represents a secular symbol intended to honor those who died in the nation’s service in World War I.

At this point, Christians should pay particular attention. While the government’s lawyers try to press their case, Christians should reject any argument that presents the cross as a secular symbol. There is nothing remotely secular about the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Arguments for the constitutionality of religious language and symbolism based in the supposedly secular character of the speech or imagery may win in the courtroom, but the arguments are devastating to authentic belief.

Of all people, followers of the Lord Jesus Christ must be the first to insist that the cross is a symbol of Christian faith, pointing directly to the cross on which Christ died as our substitute. The cross must not be reduced to a generic symbol of death and the memory of loved ones.

Salazar v. Buono is a case worth watching. The eventual outcome of the case may set a direction for Establishment Clause challenges in decades ahead. Yet, the arguments presented in this case may be just as important as the eventual decision handed down by the Court. Even as the government’s lawyers present the arguments they believe will best serve their cause, Christians must serve the cause of Christ.

In this case, this means that we must defend the integrity of the cross as the preeminent symbol of Christian belief. As the Apostle Paul would remind us, we must frame our arguments carefully and never compromise the meaning of the cross. The cross is about Christ’s atonement for sin. We must never be even the slightest bit unclear about the meaning of the cross, lest it be robbed of its power.

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Gender Identity Disorder? Part Two

Published on 05/22/09

Read the first post again to remind you of the context behind these following quotes from Jeff Johnston

But Jeff Johnston, research analyst at Focus on the Family, said the parents are being steered in the wrong direction.

“They have bought into the delusion that this young boy is a ‘girl trapped in a boy’s body," he said. "Boys are designed to grow into their true, masculine identity. When something derails that process, they need help and guidance to embrace their God-given masculinity."

Johnston also said 8 years old is much too young to make a decision to reject one’s biological sex.

“Many boys who are troubled with gender-identity disorder grow out of it,” he said. “Good parental, pastoral and therapeutic support can help.”

There are a couple of questions that we need to ask ourselves in response to Mr. Johnston’s quotes. (Disclaimer) Now this is a short story, so we don’t know if Mr. Johnston expanded on what he talked about. This is all the information I have, so that is what I am going on. If you have more information on his quotes, please email me:

  • First Question: What is it that derails God’s perfect process?
    • Sin. One thing that Mr. Johnston fails to mention is sin. This is a crucial step into understanding their “God-given masculinity”. If God is indeed one who gives good gifts (James 1:17) and masculinity is God given, which I believe it is God’s plan for each male, then “derailing” that would equal sin and in danger of the fires of Hell. It is so important to call sin sin, because God has an answer for sin. Trusting in Christ as your Savior.
  • Second Question: What is gender-identity disorder?
    • According to, Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is when someone has “strong feelings of identification with the opposite gender”. It also goes on to say that you have to feel this way for two years before you can be diagnosed as having GID. At least they are honest about what they think causes this…here it is. “The cause is unknown”. They go on to say that children ages 2-4 yrs. usually have GID, but then grow out of it. Why do they grow out of it? Because they realize as they get older that what they thought as a child was wrong. The recommended treatment for this disorder proposed by is counseling. They also say that surgery to change genders is also an option. They say that though it is an option it can pose serious risks, so “a better outcome is associated with the early diagnosis and treatment of this disorder.”
      • We are making a serious mistake when we give in to these “disorders” that psychologists make up. I’m not saying that ALL “disorders” are not real, but it seems that there psychologists sometimes replace “sin” with “disorder”. There is a panic disorder (not trusting the Lord), Alcoholism disorder (drunkenness), Narcissistic disorder (selfishness), and Anxiety disorder (worry).

A disorder by definition an ailment that affects the mind or the body. We as born again believers know that the minute we stop calling sin sin, there is no hope. The minute that selfishness and pride is a “Narcissistic Disorder”, we lose the hope of calling out sin. Jesus Christ died on the cross for our SINS not for the many disorders in our life (Rom. 5:8). There is hope in Jesus Christ. Call on His name for salvation (Rom. 10:9).

So, is this really a big deal? YES!

As teenagers, you need to be able to see past the psychology terminology of the day and see the sin that is in peoples’ lives. Watch the news every day or read the paper and figure out where someone did something wrong. You will see how they were “misguided” or “they had a bad relationship with their parents” which caused them to act out in this way. As soon as you are trained to do that, you will be much better at witnessing.

Parents, in speaking with your children, call sin sin. If your oldest child punches your youngest child in the face don’t just say, “Oh well he’s just a kid, he doesn’t know any better.” You need to be the one who teaches your oldest TO know better. Train your child in the way that they should go and in the end they will not depart from it.

if you would like to make a comment about these past two posts, please go to The Loft, in the forum section for a discussion.

Gender Identity Disorder?

Published on 05/21/09

Taken from

A Nebraska couple has decided to let their 8-year-old son live as a girl, The Associated Press reported. They say he has wanted to be a girl since age 4.

Ellie Hites, an Omaha therapist, suggested it’s healthier to live as one’s chosen gender.

But Jeff Johnston, research analyst at Focus on the Family, said the parents are being steered in the wrong direction.

“They have bought into the delusion that this young boy is a ‘girl trapped in a boy’s body, " he said. "Boys are designed to grow into their true, masculine identity. When something derails that process, they need help and guidance to embrace their God-given masculinity."

Johnston also said 8 years old is much too young to make a decision to reject one’s biological sex.

“Many boys who are troubled with gender-identity disorder grow out of it,” he said. “Good parental, pastoral and therapeutic support can help.”

The Nebraska boy recently completed second grade at a Catholic school. He will be enrolled in public school next year — as a “girl.”

There are a few things wrong with this article, but let’s start with this picture of the parents letting their boy grow up as a girl.
  • First question, can you change your gender?
    • No. It is not possible for you as an XX chromosome boy can become an XY chromosome girl. You can have surgeries and grow up thinking that you are of a different gender, but it will not change that God has created you as a boy or a girl.
  • Second question, why would parents let their child grow us as a different gender?
    • This answer is complex. On the one hand you see that the child, even at this early age, running the home. Whatever the child wants the child gets. At age 8 this is especially not a good thing. What happens when your child (8 ys old) wants to stay up til 2am drinking soda and eating pixie sticks all night long? Parents have to draw the line somewhere saying, “I know what is best for my child. My 8 year old doesn’t always know what is best for him.” So where is that line? For unbelievers, unfortunately that line is wherever is acceptable by the culture. Allowing your boy to grow up as a girl would be unheard of even 5-10 years ago. As homosexuality thrives in our culture, so does gender blending.
What does God have to say?
  • Reading Lev. 20:13 we see that it is detestable for a man to lie with a man the way he would lie with a woman. Why is that detestable? Because God created for a man to be with a women and vice versa. Even IF the sole purpose of women is to bear children (Gen 1:22), that would still make women different than men. If there are no gender differences then our culture has a different idea of gender than God does. Therefore if parents allow their boy to grow up thinking he’s a girl, he will never be able to fulfill his role as male/husband/leader or even female/wife/helper/bearer of children.

Say that you (being an avid hunter) receive a nicely wrapped gift from your parents. It’s the nicest 12 gauge shotgun you have ever seen. You take the shotgun and you wrap it up in different wrapping paper and tell your parents, “Thanks for the nerf gun.” Now would your parents let you play with that 12 gauge in the house because YOU think it’s a nerf gun? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! What these parents are doing is allowing the child to choose to think whatever he wants to think no matter how crazy it sounds…a common horrible parenting phrase will then be used…”we just want him to be happy” Yikes.

In part two we will take a look at the response from Focus on the Family. Stay tuned…

Abortion: In the Majority, but Not Popular

Published on 05/19/09

According to the latest Gallup poll, presented by, says that 51% of Americans believe that Abortion is wrong. While 42% said they are “pro-choice”. Just last year 50% were pro-choice and 44% were pro life.

This leads us to the biggest question of all. If most Americans believe that abortion is wrong, then why is abortion legal?

President Obama, through controversy, spoke that the University of Notre Dame the other day. The controversy being that President Obama is pro-abortion while the Catholic based school is adamantly pro life. President Obama in his speech said, “maybe we won’t agree on abortion…we can agree that this heart rensing decision isn’t made casually, it has both moral and spiritual dimensions…let’s work together to reduce unintended pregnancy.”

He is quoted a while back as saying that “no one is pro abortion”, yet he will support Roe vs. Wade wholeheartedly.

I think that this is exactly what happens in America. While people would generally feel that abortion is wrong, they still support even more the women’s right to choose. This type of thinking could be where these numbers come from. Most people aren’t pro abortion, i.e. they don’t want to see it happen. But they are definitely pro abortion, i.e. giving the woman the right to choose.

So how should us Christians be thinking about this biblically.

Psalm 139:15-16 – “My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes say my substance, being yet unformed...”

What a powerful statement! God knows us even before we are formed. God also knows that amount of days, (Ps. 139:16) hours, or minutes we will be alive. God creates and forms each human being.

I just heard a statement made by a caller on the Albert Mohler Radio program saying, “If abortion is not murder…because it’s just a group of molecules and whatnot…then why is having an abortion such a great moral and difficult decision?”

The reason abortion is such a difficult decision is because every woman knows in their heart of hearts that they are carrying a child.

Let us be compassionate and loving as we discuss this topic. Let us treasure life…at all levels.

If you have any questions or comments on this, please post them in The Loft.

Here is Albert Mohler’s Radio Broadcast

Who or what do you follow?

Published on 04/28/09

Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8

Eccl. 11:9 shows us the penalty for walking in the ways of your heart. The penalty is that God will bring you into judgment.

We’ve heard the phrase a lot, “Listen to your heart.” What does that look like? How does that show itself in your life? What is most important in this case to you is happiness or feeling good.
  • You decide to do things based on whether it will make you happy as opposed to whether it’s right or wrong.
  • When people do things that are not YOUR way, then you dislike them for it. Again, your happiness is at the center. Your happiness is the way, the truth, and the life, anyone who thwarts it is in the wrong.
We all know the verse Proverbs 3:5-6. We need to trust God in all things. But what does that look like? How does that show itself in your life? What is most important here is that God is glorified in your life.
  • You decide to do things based on whether God will be glorified as opposed to whether you feel like doing it at the moment.
  • When people do things that are not YOUR way, then you love them more than you love yourself. Again God is at the center. God is the way, the truth and the life, anyone who thwarts Him is in the wrong.

Ask yourself the tough questions…Why am I happy? and Why am I sad? Your answer to these two questions will help you to answer whether you are following your heart or whether you are following God.

One of the main reasons Solomon is trying to get those who are young to seek God early on in their life is because times will get difficult (Eccl. 12:1) You will be better off trusting in God with all your strength, because when the going gets tough you will need God’s strength to help you through.

So teen, trust in God NOW, don’t wait until tragedy strikes.

Can there be unity in our music preferences?

Published on 03/26/09

We all seem to have different opinions on what music we should be listening to. You believe one style and some one else believes another style.

Paul tells believers in Ephesians 4:3 that we need to make EVERY EFFORT to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

You may ask, “Doesn’t Paul know that people have different tastes in music and that people are very passionate about their music?” “Doesn’t Paul understand that churches will split because of a certain style of music played in the church building?” “Does he really expect us to have unity?”

Before we get too excited, let’s look at what he says in the following verses. He explains that there is one body and one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and one Father, who is over all and through all and in all. What does this mean for us?

This means that the thing that brings us all together at church is the unity and commonality we have in Christ. We can have different opinions in our Christian liberty (as long as they aren’t against God’s Word) and still have unity. We need to make sure that our preferences in music styles does not hinder us from our worship and fellowship.

Don’t misunderstand. We can challenge each others’ thinking in regards to music choices, but we should always use God’s Word to back us up. And just because someone doesn’t agree with us…........get ready….......that’s o-k-a-y.

Back to our subject at hand, can there be unity in our music preferences? YES, if we think of unity as Paul thinks of it. As long as we all are glorifying our one Lord and God, we have unity. Whether you prefer a drum or guitar or piano or organ or nothing at all, as long we are keeping Christ as the center of our attention and the focal point of our affections, we can have unity.

Let us MAKE EVERY EFFORT to keep unity among us, even when we might disagree on styles. Let us MAKE EVERY EFFORT to glorify God with our music. Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” Let’s use that grace and freely dispense it to one another in the area of music.

If you have any questions that you would like to pose for this blog about music, please email me. I won’t use any names if you would not want me to.