Thursday, August 7, 2014

An Open letter to Pastors - Stop Ministry Bullying!

I have written this letter in my thoughts hundreds of times in the last few years. I have tried to write this several times in the immediate past few months. And finally this evening while mowing my lawn with my boys assisting me, did I get the freedom within my spirit to actually write it and post it.  The words written flow from a heart that is broken. The theme of this letter finds motivation in part of the calling that God has placed on my life - to help Pastors.

There are two ladies who write at Wartburg Watch who have done an incredible job of connecting some sad dots among a small sampling of men who claim to be ministers that portray a very sad and horrific picture. It is a picture that should never exist among Godly leaders. But it does. And it is time for good men to stand up and say enough is enough! The words of the Irish Philosopher Edmond Burke ring true at such a time as this: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

The Wartburg Watch article above clearly shows that a small group of men have participated in Cyber Stalking for several years. These two ladies may be the first to connect the dots in print highlighting the devastation that has been occurring disguised as standing for truth.  Anyone who has been targeted by this group knows the pain and agony they shovel. And it is this agony that now must be repudiated once and for all by Pastors of churches in every size.

Their Tactics
They bully people using social media and web sites. Ironically, their main approach finds them using anonymous twitter accounts and websites to bring about their desired action, usually "repentance" of their targets.

This small group will even speak against themselves on twitter and social media, using multiple twitter sites etc. while no one else knows its just one person talking to himself. They know how the internet works. They understand how to raise their pages in the search engine rankings. Their methods result in drawing attention to themselves so that if someone googles your name (their target), their material will be front and center. It is intimidation like many have never seen nor heard. They can ruin your online repetition without you their target person realizing it until it is too late. But there is more!

This group will call your office. They will contact your church staff. They will hack into computers and steal emails and files. They will break the law to accomplish their so called righteous activity. I have personally been attacked in such ways. They are evil! Alerts will be sent to their army and the target declared. All of this done in the name of ministry. No one escapes their wrath. If you go against them, you will pay dearly. They will reach out to your friends, co-workers, church members etc. No rock will be left unturned. You are marked and they never let up.

Their Out
This group knows how to score points and then how to hide. Their master teacher, James White, is known for his debates. Everything White does is done to score points and prove his super intelligence while remaining free from blame. The ugly is hidden. They walk away and hide. It is always the sin of their target. They never do wrong. The bogus attacks and anonymous web sites cannot be tracked unless authorities are brought in. They hide via fake IP addresses. They are in America, Canada, and London. They partner with Muslims. They partner with thugs. They care about one thing, the destruction of their target. If you want to know the real truth of James White, ask his sister. She can tell you the tactics used against her, a family member. They are identical to the one's being used today against Caner and others. They will attack anyone who associates with someone they deem evil! There is zero grace in anything they do.

Their Mistake
This group led by White and JD Hall have mounted a barrage of activity that included a failed attempt at making a video to expose their primary target, Ergun Caner. Their narcissism got the best of them when they openly showed video of White and Hall collaborating on the mission with one of Halls thugs.  A second mistake was made when Whites President of his ministry actually participated in the attacks on Braxton Caner with JD Hall. Yes, we have those tweets also. They could now no longer hide. Their cover was blown. Grown men were now caught in their own devious actions like mere children. They tried to hide it. The cleaning of their twitter feeds was not fast enough. And more obvious, the track record was clear for all to see. Ask Pastor Bucky Kennedy about the contacts his High School son received when Caner was about to be hired at Brewton Parker. They allowed their plan to become an obsession.

Obsession will destroy. These men have become obsessed with the destruction of the ministry of Ergun Caner. And their obsession led them down a path so disgusting and vile that it went as far as trying to divide a son and his father twice. They have become so pure in their own eyes in their pursuit that they could even know of a tragedy involving Caner before his family knew. They were stalking young Braxton's friends in an effort to rack up more dirt for points. They have become worse than the Pharisees.

The Tragedy
One son has taken his life. No one knows the effects of the obsession on this young life. No one can claim zero effect while no one can claim total effect. It obviously effected him in some way. It affects everyone they target. No rational person can say otherwise.

The Need
Good men must rise and say enough is enough! James White, JD Hall, and their thugs must be told ENOUGH! Ministry is not about attacking other ministers. Dr. Al Mohler, Dr. John Macarthur, and leaders of the every group of Pastors involved can and should speak with one loud and strong voice and say NO MORE! It is not enough to distance oneself from these workers of evil. They must be repudiated!

The Why
So ugly are the tactics that just one week and two days after the tragedy the tweets and harassment continue. Anyone who writes about the evil that has occurred is immediately the recipient of phone calls and emails. It was bad enough for James White to post a blog within one hour of the tragedy involving Braxton. It is beyond comprehension that this post threatened that more was to come after a period of time if Caner continued in ministry (“I, for one, will not pursue the issues relating to Caner’s past claims until after a meaningful period of time has passed, and they become relevant to his future actions,” White wrote.)  He proudly displays this post even today. His ministry President has bragged on twitter that he is taking notes and that his silence will end soon. Men tied to JD Hall have ramped up twitter accusing Ergun of being responsible for the tragedy. No time to grieve. All done in the name of ministry. And so it continues. Evil upon evil.

The Call
Pastors, it is time for us to speak out in one strong voice against the evil of this day. Ministry is about reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ministry is not about destruction and unlawful behavior. Ministry is not about bullying anyone, especially children. If a minister disagrees with another, so be it. God has not delegated His role as Judge to James White, JD Hall, nor any of the the rest of us. We need to stand for what is right and Godly. As Braxton rests from his labors, we good men who are on this earth charged to lead in reaching this world for Christ must speak out and not stop until the bully tactics cease.

It is time for good men to do something! Bully's must not be tolerated!







Saturday, August 2, 2014

Indeed Jesus is Weeping! Thank you Todd Starnes

The following is written by FoxNews writer Todd Starnes taken from his Facebook Page. He presents the disgusting reality that few have dared to share.
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(Note: The Caner family asked me to share my commentary with you. I am honored to do so.)

I did not know Braxton Caner. But I knew his father - Ergun - a Muslim convert who became a Christian preacher.

For years Ergun has been hounded by unrelenting critics accusing him of all sorts of ministerial misdeeds. They hunted him like prey -- as if it was some sort of spiritual sport.

In early July - they found a new target -- Ergun's teenage son - Braxton.

The 15-year-old was a son and a brother. He played football, dated a girl and drove a pickup truck. The young man's supposed "crime" was defending his father.

They wrote terrible things about the 15-year-old - beyond the pale. It was theological thuggery.

And last week - Braxton ended his life.

We do not know what led young Braxton to do the unthinkable. We do not know if the postings of these online agitators pushed this young child over the edge. But these are the facts.

A 15 year old boy was bullied. His reputation tarnished at the hands of grown men who professed to be doing God's work. And now Braxton Caner is gone. Bullied in the name of Christ.

Twitter allows us to express our thoughts in 140 characters.

But I only need nine.

Jesus Wept.



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Baptism - may be reduced to a sprinkling before too long!

I have been pondering a article published the other day by the Gospel Coalition, written by Bill Kynes entitled WHY I AM A "BAPTIST" (WITH A SMALL B).  I have reread the article more than 10 times. Though obviously presenting a mere glimpse of what may be occurring in some churches today, and written with evangelicalism as a whole in perspective, the article highlights a growing movement for Southern Baptist (I am one) and Biblical theology as whole.

Knowing the depth of change presented within the article, the editor at the Gospel Coalition decided to preface the article with the following disclaimer/explanation statement:

Last year The Gospel Coalition asked pastors and theologians why they changed their mind on baptism. While this argument from Bill Kynes does not defend a changed view, it sheds light on the spectrum of belief and practice related to baptism in evangelical churches. Previously in this series:
Notice in the paragraph that we are told the argument is NOT a defense of a "changed view". But the title of the article makes clear that the information presented by the author, and the author himself is presenting the case for why baptism should be reduced in our priorities of doctrinal insistence within our churches. Honesty demands the editor acknowledge that the article is a defense of accepting infant baptism within churches. This is what the article is about!

A simple reading of the article highlights the authors actual practice within the local church:

"The local church in which I serve as pastor practices the baptism of believers, so we might be considered "Baptists." But we also receive as members believers who have been baptized as infants. For that reason, you might call us "baptists with a small 'b.'" How do we justify such a hybrid position in the spectrum of church practice?"

From the authors own words and practice we now know that he advocates for, and practices a "...hybrid position..." in regards to Baptism.  And the remaining of article is a presentation of his explanation.

In defense of this position we are given three reasons: humility, charity, and theology.

And it is here that I will offer my total rejection of the path presented. An alarm should be sounding across the theological landscape of sincere conservatives. And Southern Baptist need to realize the extent of involvement many of our entity leaders have in this coalition.

The claim of humility:
Presented in this section is a flawed historical observation. The author heralds the error: "that paedobaptism has been the practice of the overwhelming majority of Christians throughout most of church history. This includes the practice of the Protestant Reformers to which I owe a great theological and spiritual debt" is a misrepresentation of many Christians. It further ignores the fact that Baptist did not grow out of the Catholic church - thus making a connection with such group is misleading, though common today.

A declaration that the author could be wrong about his understanding of baptism and thus in practice should accept a form that is contrary to that which the Bible teaches spells disaster when applied to any other doctrine; and this one. Such reasoning is illogical and more so diminishing of basic Bible doctrine of which Baptism is.

The claim of charity:
The author speaks the following:   " Even if the baptist position is correct, I still want to receive my paedobaptist brothers and sisters as fellow believers based upon our common understanding of the gospel. Evangelical paedobaptists recognize the three aspects of the gospel I have outlined, but in their practice of baptism they separate them in time. They baptize the infant children of Christian believers—objectively declaring the gospel to them before they can understand it. They do this with the prayer that their subjective and personal response of faith will come at some point in their life (whether it occurs at a clearly recognized moment in time or not). And then later, at some public act of confirmation, the social aspect of that personal faith is recognized as, upon their profession of faith, that person is received as a communicant member of the church. Our unity in the gospel outweighs our differences in the practice of baptism in relation to the timing of those three aspects of the gospel. Charity in the gospel calls me not make those differences a barrier to church fellowship."

It is here we see the Bible being lowered in place of a desire or fear. I, like the author, desire fellowship with all Christians. I have preached in churches were the practice of baptizing infants was done. But when asked concerning why I did not accept that form of Baptism, I could easily point to scripture and show the stated purpose and timing of the act of obedience that Baptism is. Not once was I considered rude or arrogant.  I question how allowing something that is NOT Biblical can be defined as charity. Is it not the responsibility of Pastors and churches to hold high the Word of God? Would allowing a wrong practice not be equal to failing to disciple. I find the opposite of charity in the position presented. Love is tough! Love speaks truth! Love does not compromise.

The claim of theology:
We see in this section one of the most dangerous statements I have read in years by any group claiming to hold a high view of God and His Word. Read this carefully:  "Baptism presents a visible and objective declaration of the gospel, and its validity as such is not nullified by the absence of the proper subjective response of faith."

If the author truly believes that baptism presents a visible and objective declaration of the Gospel then the timing of such can not be delegated to subjective reasoning. If baptism is as the Bible declares, the declaration of what God has done in a persons life, then any individual "baptized" before the work of God truly was NOT baptized. They simply got wet in a religious ceremony. 

The theological ramifications are huge with the subject of baptism. Either one obeys God and follows the Lord in scriptural baptism or one does not. Disobedience can not be explained away by a statement of compromise disguised as compassionate theology. 

For those of us in the Southern Baptist Convention, if we allow our entity leaders to bring the influence of groups such as the Gospel Coalition to our students, we will soon discover that we exist no more.

Not mentioned in the Gospel Coalition article was a huge Biblical point. Missing was the fact that we are commanded to go and baptize. Dr. Bart Barber has written a short statement fully addressing this most important fact. You can read it at SBC Voices here.

Some reading this will ponder the absence of my use of scripture so far. I am glad you noticed.  Not once in the article covered by this post was even one verse referenced. Since when can doctrine that is contained within the Word of God be understood, presented, and taught absent the very Word of God?

I will close this article with the very Word of God pertaining to Baptism. And I will pray that all people will understand that though not part of the work of salvation, baptism is specified Biblically. And thus my humble request, made in love, is for us to live right with God in practice developed from our theology, rooted in His Word. And in this, not once do we see infants being baptized.

Acts 2:41 - Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.

Acts 10:47 - Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?


Thursday, June 19, 2014

When votes mean nothing - trouble coming to Christians in America!

Today, the Presbyterian Church USA voted to change their doctrinal wording on marriage and open the door to allow their clergy to marry homosexual couples.  You can read the story from Detroit here.

No doubt some people will say that this is the first of many to follow this path. You can count on other changes being made by mainline denominations. The press will declare that we Christians are finally waking up.  Mark my words, the above comments will come even stronger than I have written.  And I say "ok, no problem!"

Some of you may ask me how in the world I could say that?

It is simple!

Votes by man nor words by people and the press mean anything. Only the Word of God matters! And the Bible is crystal clear that marriage is between one man and one women! Human nature affirms this reality regardless of what people may say.

God has no need of we humans to get enlightened on culture and grow in our interpretation of His Word. The Bible is the same yesterday, today, and forever! It does not and will not change!

I do not hate homosexuals. I do not want them to be miserable in life! I am not homophobic. I simply believe the Bible. I do not place homosexuals as second class citizens. I just read and know that God said in Matt 19:5-6

"4 And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,'
5    "and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?
6    "So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."
(NKJ)


And then speaking of the natural, the Bible tells us clearly:

Rom 1:20-32
20    For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
21    because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22    Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23    and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man-- and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24    Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
25    who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26    For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
27    Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28    And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
29    being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,
30    backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31    undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;
32    who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
(NKJ)
I dare not mess with what God has clearly spoken! And regardless of trends or votes by large groups of people, I and I alone answer to God for following His Word or not. Jesus will not say to God that "poor ol Tim had to deny the Bible because a group of people voted to change what it says - thus let him off for his disobedience."

Every Pastor and every church better settle this now. Either you will follow God or you will be in direct disobedience to Him.

No one knows what the consequences will be for standing with the Word of God in the area of marriage. Frankly, I do not care!

This I know - I will stand with God and His Word and no one will be able to force me to do otherwise. And if I go to jail for it? I will be in great company with the Apostle Paul and others.

Votes by people mean nothing in changing or altering the Word of God!

And it is here that I will loving and courageously stand!  

How about you?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Serious Questions Beyond Ordo Solutis for the SBC

Some questions when asked are destined for controversy. It is my immense desire that this post, asked in the form of questions, would avoid that destiny thus maintaining the level of seriousness that is highlighted by the mere questions at hand.  Fighting over historical superiority or preference in defining one's views on the process of salvation serve no purpose in the answer of the question (s). Far too often the camp one ascribes is perceived to confine intent and purpose in stating a belief or even in simply asking a question for perpetuity. Yet ethical questions that cry for reflection and dialogue go beyond Orde Solutis. Such is the case with this post.

Ethics demands a consistent pattern of behavior and activity.  Right is right and wrong is wrong.  The label of hypocrit would fit any person who takes one position on or against another while ignoring similiar issues from within one's own camp. Ethics demands consistency.

And this is the scenario that I raise as a ethical question for consideration and thought.

Issue #1
CJ Mahaney has worked for years to build a close relationship with one of our SBC institutions. The process has produced a close tie to one of our SBC entity heads. It is no secret that Mahaney has questionable activity related to leadership in the midst of a child abuse scandal within his ministry.

Note that the SBC passed in the form of a resolution that entity leaders cease from partnering with people tied to such issues. A wise and sound resolution.

So I ask the following: Why has Dr. Al Mohler continued to remain silent while also moving forward in partnership with Mahaney? And why have the YRR (Young Reformed and Restless) attack dogs and other Calvinists remained silent? Where are the cries for discipline and repentance?

Issue #2
A SBC Pastor highlights a known and documented issue involving a person with a serious family issue. The approach taken by the Pastor of such was wrong. This Pastor issued an immediate apology. YRR attack dogs were released from their leashes and to this day continue to pounce this Pastor, knowing the apology was made. The demands of action spread to anyone who associates or even has a picture made with this Pastor.  No forgiveness is given. Vengeance is demanded.


Question
How can the two issues coexist?

How can the YRR ignore the details in Issue #1 - completely ignore while relentlessly attacking the Pastor in Issue #2?  There have been zero words spoken about issue #1 from the YRR and the SBC Calvinist. The events surrounding the ugly situation in Issue #1 are clearly documented in court records and rulings. Still nothing!

Ignoring the apology of the Pastor in Issue #2 while ignoring the obvious need for outrage with Issue #1 highlights an ethical breakdown. Ordo Solutis is not an issue; nor should it be in this.  So why does it appear to play a role?

We are left to ponder why the YRR and other Calvinists provide cover for their own CJ Mahaney while demanding their own prescribed penance of the Pastor in Issue #2. 

Reflections
As I ponder the above situation I am forced to acknowledge simple and logical conclusions. There are some YRR and Reformed Calvinists that thrive on super spirituality while ignoring the sin before their own eyes. The preservation of a theological ideology and those on the team takes precedent over ethical prudence and consistency.  No doubt that any and all people who claim to advocate anything encounter such crossroads. But ethics requires consistency. Christian character demands even more.  I watched twitter with amazement as one of the SBC Calvinism Study Committee members pounced on the Pastor in Issue #2 and has continued to remain silent about Issue #1.  No spin can hide the obvious.  This member called for peace in the SBC over Ordo Solutis. So how can he attack the Pastor and simultaneously remain silent over Issue #1.

It is possible that Issue #1 has been dealt with behind closed doors. I can understand and would applaud this if it were the case. Some form of public acknowledgement of such would seem to be appropriate though.  And still we have heard nothing.  And, if this is the case, ethics then would also demand that the attacks on the Pastor in Issue #2 cease.  Clearly this situation has been dealt with- and done so publicly.

So why does the war rage against him?

I can only conclude that "brothers" and "cousins" may not reflect consistency in giving forgiveness while demanding others do the same. Some among us love calling out sin when it helps their cause while ignoring it if it would brush up against and scar their own camp.  Clearly the YRR and SBC Calvinists are protecting their own at all costs. And in this, the word hypocritical would clearly fit.

Then it dawned on me, we even have another SBC entity President who issued an apology and still he is getting continued attacks.  This is ethical hypocrisy.

And what is the only common denominator issue with all three? Ordo Solutis.

So when did Ordo Solutis negate ethics and responsible Christian conduct?


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hope for Today and Tomorrow in the SBC and Beyond!

I have not posted much lately regarding the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). I was actually spending the time reading and listening to others and seeing if any new trends were developing. I have found this time refreshing while mixed with some occasional frustrations. But overall, the refreshing things I have seen and heard rule the day.

Opinions are free and often hampered by one's perspective, thoughts and desires. The SBC is never short on opinions which could fuel the worlds energy needs for centuries if we could find a way to alter them into some new chemical. But even as I write, that last line speaks loud and clear to exactly what I see occurring. And I am encouraged. I see a fuel feeding a fire not seen in recent years.

I am hearing across the nation, even beyond the SBC, a cry for revival. This cry has increased more in the recent months. Within the SBC the cry is more than talk. I am sensing a burden. A real shouting out to the Lord to send revival. The election of Dr. Ronnie Floyd is one clear example of this new sound I am hearing. Revival has been the passion of Dr. Floyd's heart for years. He is passionate about it. He seeks it. He asks for prayer. He repeatedly asks for prayer and he himself prays for it. I can remember in the mid 90's Dr. Floyd and I spoke via telephone about crusades he was leading across the nation. The fire in his belly was burning then. That fire has swelled over the years and I sense that it is now engulfing others. May it be so!

There is a changing of the tone in the SBC. For several years we have been distracted by the sales pitch for more intellectualism in our theology and practice. Knowing what this meant seemed to change depending upon whom one was speaking with. No doubt there are far too many people who have never been discipled. And even more who seem to not even desire to grow spiritually. Though this is not a new thing to we humans, the positive of the cries for intellectualism have put the focus on some of our weak areas that are long past crucial points in spiritual disciplines. And while arrogance and pride seem to be the paths this cry traveled, a humbling can now be seen with increasing understanding that we need a move of God more than we need intellectualism. We are realizing more than ever that God has never brought about a great move of His Spirit upon His people tied to their intellect. Great moves of God have always and only been ushered in via the superhighway of PRAYER!

To my excitement I am also seeing some of the older warriors re-engaging. The vast change that has occurred in America slowed this from taking place for a season.  With every section of life in America changing so rapidly over the past 5 years, I wondered if this engagement would in fact ever occur in our nation.  But now I see the older among us catching a burden like not seen in recent days. And yes, this burden is beginning to spawn a new vision for ministry and evangelism. Thankfully the Bible never fails. Scripture tells us that this engagement will come. I am more than thankful that evidence points to the fact that it is not leaving we American Christians out.

Racial tension among Christians has dropped dramatically. The SBC is finally catching up in this area. When I travel and speak in other denominations, I seldom see a racial divide. And I am rejoicing that the divide among Southern Baptist is decreasing. May it vanish quickly! May our churches be filled with people from all races and ethnicity. May the world see a picture of heaven when they see us here on earth loving and reaching people of all generations and color, regardless of where they are from or what they look like. And may we in the SBC pray daily for our brothers and sisters in Christ regardless of what label they wear, that God would move in all of us.

With all the good that I am seeing there is one thing absent that I long for and know we must see. Pastors and leaders must be at the altar of God, but they cannot be there alone. I am praying that the people seated in our pews and chairs each week catch the vision of the greatest need of this hour! I long for the days when our altars are filled with people crying out to God to save a family member, co-worker, friend, or neighbor. I wait with anticipation for my daily schedule to be filled with people asking questions on how to answer the questions of the lost person with whom they are sharing Jesus. I long for the Sunday when it takes all day to Baptize those who have accepted Christ the past week! And I intend to work with all that is in me to this end as long as God allows! But I nor any other Pastor can do this by ourselves. May God move among the laity of our nation. May our people share Jesus with others daily. May the lost see Jesus in each of us!

My hope is growing! Is yours?

Though some among us seem to love and have grown comfortable in the mud hole, my prayer is that we who know Jesus, would rise above and step beyond to enter into the greatest harvest of souls the world has ever seen! May we catch the flame burning in the belly of Dr. Floyd and so many of our leaders. May the flame engulf us and those we come into contact with on a daily basis. May every aspect of our lives from our actions, words, use of technology and more, be a daily trumpet blast that Jesus is alive and that He died to save mankind from their sins. May the Gospel of Jesus Christ be our mantra from now till He returns.

May God send a great revival to each of us and our churches! And may we cry out and work until He does!



 


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The story of one cake!

Many people reading this article do not put much thought into how the battle for America is being fought and the radical changes that have occurred within just a few years. And few would think that a battle for religious freedom would be fought over a cake! Yes, a wedding cake.

The following article describes how Colorado has attacked the issue of religious freedom by using a wedding cake. Read it here. And as you read it, don't miss the most dangerous statement you have heard by an ACLU attorney. 

"ACLU attorney Amanda Goad, who heads up the organization’s LBGT group, heralded the ruling.

“Religious freedom is undoubtedly an important American value, but so is the right to be treated equally under the law free from discrimination,” she said in a statement."

Attorney Goad makes a specific statement with words chosen to transform the issue of homosexual rights and religious freedom. Fox News reporter Todd Starnes accurately catches the statement and highlights for readers of the article the danger of the wording and thought expressed by this attorney.

Goad ignores the historical facts of the founding of America. Further, she ignores the words clearly written in Article One of the Bill of Rights:

Article [I]
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Religious freedom is not a value. It is a right! It is a right for all American citizens.  It is as much a right for those of us who are religious as it is for those who practice homosexuality. 

The ACLU is setting up a precedence of terms seeking to change how people think about religious freedom with the new word chosen - VALUE.  Do not be caught off guard, this new word will be used in American education to shape the ideals of children in a manner that totally changes Article 1 and the meaning thereof.

When a person reads Article 1, it is clear that our Government is specifically forbidden from making laws that establish religion or prevent the exercise of religion. The laws are to protect the freedom of religion.  The founding of America was over the very issue of religious freedom.  And yet the Colorado case over a wedding cake shows us that in attacking the baker of wedding cakes for declining to make a sell of a cake for a homosexual wedding, is now "forced" to go through training and change policies of his business to prevent such a refusal ever again. It does the exact opposite of what Article 1 specifically states.

The owner responds and says NO WAY!

Good for him! We need to pray for this man and his family as he continues to challenge this overreach by the Government of Colorado.

The fight is over cakes, taking of pictures, the doing of weddings or not, and the forced acceptance of homosexual requests regardless of religious belief for christian business owners.

Any Pastor who has performed weddings in the past year can tell you of the drastic changes to the wording found on the Marriage License. 

And speaking of weddings - I have changed my wording in the pronouncement of the marriage. I am not an agent of the state. The authority of marriage comes from God alone. No longer will my wedding ceremonies have any wording that can be thought to encourage the right of the state or nation to dictate true Biblical marriage.

I knew this day was coming. But never did I think it would occur now.

And when you read the above story of one cake, you will know as I do just how much things have changed already and where the changes will continue.

Why could the gay couple not go to another bakery? They have their rights! But so do the owner of the bakery. They made the decision to force their beliefs on someone else; and the state of Colorado is backing them up. What about the rights of the owner of the bakery?

And this is the story of the cake! Wake up, cakes are not just good to eat these days!