The Entire ‘LGBT’ Narrative Just Crumbled – Two Articles

By Matt Barber
TOWNHALL.COM
http://tinyurl.com/hzrcfsm
If your daughter, sister, mother or friend “identified” as a fat person trapped in a perilously emaciated body — if she truly believed she was obese, but, in reality, suffered from anorexia — would you affirm her “fatness” and get her liposuction, or would you go to the ends of the earth to help her bring her subjective (and mistaken) identity into alignment with objective reality? When someone is engaged in demonstrably self-destructive behavior, it is not loving, but hateful, to encourage persistence.

It was, ironically, lesbian activist and writer Dorothy Allison who once wrote, “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.” In validation of this truism, a series of new peer-reviewed studies have just been released that serve to utterly debunk and deconstruct key “progressive” homosexual-activist talking points.

‘Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences’

This study, conducted by world renowned Johns Hopkins University scientists Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, is a meta-analysis of data from over 200 peer-reviewed (and left-leaning) studies regarding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” It was published in the fall 2016 edition of The New Atlantis journal and is, far and away, the most objective, exhaustive and comprehensive study on the topic to date.

The research established, among other things:

“The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings — the idea that people are ‘born that way’ — is not supported by scientific evidence.”

“Sexual orientation” in adolescents is “fluid over the life course for some people, with one study estimating that as many as 80 percent of male adolescents who report same-sex attractions no longer do so as adults.”

“Compared to heterosexuals, non-heterosexuals are about two to three times as likely to have experienced childhood sexual abuse.”

“Gay”-identified people are “at an elevated risk for a variety of adverse health and mental health outcomes.”

“Gay”-identified people experience “nearly 2.5 times the risk of suicide.”

“The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex — that a person might be ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ — is not supported by scientific evidence.”

“Studies comparing the brain structures of transgender and non-transgender individuals … do not provide any evidence for a neurobiological basis for cross-gender identification.”

“[S]ex-reassigned individuals [are] about five times more likely to attempt suicide and about 19 times more likely to die by suicide.”

“[T]he rate of lifetime suicide attempts across all ages of transgender individuals is estimated at 41 percent, compared to under 5 percent in the overall U.S. population.”

“Only a minority of children who experience cross-gender identification will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood.”

Lest you buy the liberal talking point that so-called “homophobia” leads to high rates of suicide and other devastating consequences of the “LGBT” lifestyle, a recent study from “gay”-affirming Sweden dispels this myth. The research, published in the May issue of the European Journal of Epidemiology, found that people entering into a “gay marriage” were, as mirrored above, nearly three times as likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.

“Even in a country with a comparatively tolerant climate regarding homosexuality such as Sweden,” observed the researchers, “same-sex married individuals evidence a higher risk for suicide than other married individuals.”

To borrow from James Carville: It’s the lifestyle, stupid.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Meanwhile, the CDC, no bastion of conservatism, just released this month a report establishing and detailing the devastating effects of “LGBT” identity and behaviors on teens “grades 9-12.”

Writing at WND, child advocate Linda Harvey expressed frustration that, despite its irrefutable conclusions, the CDC yet insists upon using such propagandist terms as “sexual minorities” to describe same-sex-attracted teens. She notes that “these adolescents no more qualify as ‘minorities’ than kids who eat junk food,” and cuts through the smokescreen to summarize the report’s findings:

“Self-labeled homosexual and bisexual teens were twice as likely as heterosexual teens to have been victims of sexual or physical dating violence, to be regular cigarette smokers, to have tried marijuana before age 13, to ever have used cocaine, hallucinogenic drugs, ecstasy, taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription, or to have felt sad or hopeless.

“They were more likely to be current marijuana users than heterosexual students, more likely to drink alcohol, and over four times as likely to have used methamphetamines or heroin.

“They were four times as likely to actually attempt suicide.

“Homosexual and bisexual students were about 25 percent more likely to have had sexual intercourse, and more likely to be currently sexually active and to have had four or more partners.

“They are more than twice as likely to have had sexual intercourse before age 13. Can we just have a heart and ask: with whom? Were these adult ‘partners’? (aka molesters).”
It’s notable here that, in past studies, researchers with the CDC have indeed discovered that “gay” men are “at least three times more likely to report CSA (childhood sexual abuse),” while the left-leaning Archives of Sexual Behavior similarly determined in a 2001 study that nearly half of all “gay”-identified men were, as children, molested by a homosexual predator: “46 percent of homosexual men and 22 percent of homosexual women reported having been molested by a person of the same gender. This contrasts to only 7 percent of heterosexual men and 1 percent of heterosexual women reporting having been molested by a person of the same gender.”

Considering the above non-biased, replicated, empirical and irrefutable scientific facts, its little wonder that an earlier study in the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE), determined the “life expectancy at age 20 years for gay and bisexual men is 8 to 20 years less than for all men.”

Unnatural behaviors beget natural consequences. “Gay” is not who they are. “Gay” is what they do.

You think me callous. You think I hate. I’m not and I don’t. Truth is hate to those who hate truth. I love self-identified “LGBT” individuals with a love beyond my own power to summon. I love them because Christ first loved me. I love them because, like them, I am a sinner in need of a Savior. They are under deception. The enemy of man is the father of lies, and he prowls like a lion seeking to both deceive and devour us all.

I know what it’s like to have someone close to me struggle with same-sex attraction and adopt an aberrant sexual identity. I have a dear family member wasting away with AIDS at this very moment. While I love him, I also understand that if I were to affirm his lifestyle and offer well-intentioned yet dangerously misguided “compassion,” I would be hurting him, not helping him.

I offer true compassion. I offer truth, in love.

If you truly love someone, you should never, ever encourage them in a demonstrably destructive and subjective “gay,” “lesbian,” “bisexual” or “transgender” identity. Love them unconditionally, but encourage them to find freedom from it.

Because, whether spiritual, physical, or both, it may be the difference between life and death.

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Latest Scientific Research Says Homosexuals are Not “Born that Way” and Transgenderism is “Not Supported” by Science!

By Onan Coca
http://constitution.com/l
August 24, 2016

“Nearly all children ultimately identify with their biological sex. The notion that a two-year-old, having expressed thoughts or behaviors identified with the opposite sex, can be labeled for life as transgender has absolutely no support in science. Indeed, it is iniquitous to believe that all children who have gender-atypical thoughts or behavior at some point in their development, particularly before puberty, should be encouraged to become transgender.”

“Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence.”

— From a Special Report on Sexuality and Gender in The New Atlantis journal.

What is likely the most important scientific report ever conducted on the issue of sexual preference and gender confusion has just been released and it is sending SHOCKWAVES throughout the world.

In particular, the report is enraging militant LGBT activists on the Left who believe that any notion that their personal life choices are anything but perfect, is hateful.

The report was undertaken by two respected scientists, one of whom is regarded as one of the most influential and important American psychiatrist of the last half century. Neither man is a cultural conservative and both have strong empathy for the people in the LGBT community; however, both men also respect the scientific process and so the travelled where the evidence took them… even as it led them to argue that the current cultural trends to defend homosexuality and gender confusion are misguided at best, and culturally destructive at worst.

Professor Lawrence S. Mayer of Arizona State University and Paul McHugh of Johns Hopkins University co-authored the groundbreaking sexuality and gender report that looked at the top peer-reviewed studies across the major scientific fields.

See report:

http://www.thenewatlantis.com/docLib/20160819_TNA50SexualityandGender.pdf

Here are some of their “key findings”:

• The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings–the idea that people are “born that way”–is not supported by scientific evidence.

• Compared to heterosexuals, non-heterosexuals are about two to three times as likely to have experienced childhood sexual abuse.

• Members of the non-heterosexual population are estimated to have about 1.5 times higher risk of experiencing anxiety disorders than members of the heterosexual population, as well as roughly double the risk of depression, 1.5 times the risk of substance abuse, and nearly 2.5 times the risk of suicide.

• Members of the transgender population are also at higher risk of a variety of mental health problems compared to members of the non-transgender population. Especially alarmingly, the rate of lifetime suicide attempts across all ages of transgender individuals is estimated at 41%, compared to under 5% in the overall U.S. population.

• The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex–that a person might be “a man trapped in a woman’s body” or “a woman trapped in a man’s body”–is not supported by scientific evidence.

• According to a recent estimate, about 0.6% of U.S. adults identify as a gender that does not correspond to their biological sex.

• Compared to the general population, adults who have undergone sex-reassignment surgery continue to have a higher risk of experiencing poor mental health outcomes. One study found that, compared to controls, sex-reassigned individuals were about 5 times more likely to attempt suicide and about 19 times more likely to die by suicide.

• Children are a special case when addressing transgender issues. Only a minority of children who experience cross-gender identification will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood… There is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender.

Ladies and gentlemen, the scientific evidence tells a compelling story. The cultural left is wrong about almost everything when it comes to gender and sexuality. The confused morality that they are currently forcing upon our government, our schools, our families, and our culture is not just detrimental to our nation — it may literally be destroying our future.

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Church of England parishes consider first step to break away over sexuality

By John Bingham, religious affairs editor
The Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/
A group of parishes is preparing what could be the first step towards a formal split in the Church of England over issues such as homosexuality, with the creation of a new “shadow synod” vowing to uphold traditional teaching.

Representatives of almost a dozen congregations in the Home Counties are due to gather in a church hall in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, later this week for the first session of what they say could eventually develop into an alternative Anglican church in England.

Organisers, drawn from the conservative evangelical wing of Anglicanism, say they have no immediate plans to break away – but are setting up the “embryonic” structures that could be used to do so if the established church moves further in what they see as a liberal direction.

The new alliance will be viewed as a “church within a church” but founders have not ruled out full separation if, for example, the Church of England offers blessing-style services for same-sex unions – a move expected to be considered by bishops in the next few months.

Differences over sexuality have already triggered a major rift in the 80 million-strong worldwide Anglican Communion and formal splits in the US and Canada after the ordination of openly gay bishops, which traditionalists say goes against the teaching of the Bible.

Congregations from three dioceses — Rochester, Canterbury and Chichester — are to become founder members of the new grouping, which does not yet have a name, but they expect others to join.

They claim the Church of England’s leadership is progressively “watering down” centuries-old teaching, not just over the issue of sexuality but many core beliefs including the authority of the Bible.

The ordination of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire in the US triggered a split.

Top of their agenda will be discussing founding new “Anglican” congregations in England — with or without the blessing of the Church’s hierarchy.

Crucially, they may decide to withhold money from the offering plates in their dioceses, instead channelling funds towards finding their own “missionary” plans.

And they are likely to consider joining forces with an existing network of congregations outside the Church of England with links to a powerful alliance of Anglican bishops overseas, particularly in Africa.

It came as the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby spoke of being “constantly consumed with horror” at the Church of England’s treatment of gay and lesbian people.

During a session at the Greenbelt Christian festival over the weekend, a gay audience member asked the Archbishop when, if ever, the church would be in a position to bless their civil partnership.

He replied “I don’t have a good answer to it,” but admitted the issue kept him awake at night.

The Rev Dr Peter Sanlon, Vicar of St Mark’s Church in Tunbridge Wells, who is hosting this week’s meeting, said: “If senior leaders of the Church of England water down the teaching of the Church of England on key issues like homosexuality, then this synod could easily evolve in to a new Anglican jurisdiction in England.

“The Archbishop of Canterbury has signalled that he is aware of the possibility that a significant proportion of the church will not accept a change in the church’s teaching.

“This could be the beginning of that playing out.”

He added: “I am not leaving the Church of England – but in order to stay, I need new partnerships and structures to discharge the mission of the Church of England, which is to bring the message of Christ to every postcode in England.

“We have set these structures up in a very small embryonic form across three dioceses.

“My only problem now is coping with the number of clergy contacting me wanting to know how they can join in.”

The Telegraph understands that so far 11 local Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have scheduled debates on a motion upholding a traditionalist creed-like statement known as the “Jerusalem Statement” and taken part in a new “Anglican synod of churches” committed to upholding it.

Of those, five have passed the motion, and six others are due to.

Some evangelicals believe the Church is moving away from its Christian foundation itself. Eyebrows were raised earlier this year, for example, when it emerged that York Minister had introduced a Zen Buddhist meditation group.

Dr. Sanlon added: “Clergy like me are not going to just leave the Church of England. However, we need new structures to establish new churches to fulfil the mission that the Church of England ought to be discharging.

“My overriding concern is to see the mission of the Church of England effectively discharged: the partnerships to do that are not possible between churches which promote ambiguity about teaching on sexuality.”

The Rev Canon Dr. Gavin Ashenden, a royal chaplain, said: “The energy behind this new jurisdiction comes from a growing perception that the CofE is so desperate to remain chaplain to a country that is turning its back on Christian ethics, that there comes a point when it fails to be faithful to Christ and in particular his teaching on marriage.

“At that point, and it may already have arrived, there will be a rupture and the orthodox will make arrangements to safeguard the integrity of the Church for the future.”

A spokesman for the Church of England said a recent process of “shared conversations” involving bishops, clergy and laity would lay the foundations for “further formal discussions” about sexuality in the Church of England.

For more click here: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/anglicans.consider.new.synod.to.oppose.gay.marriage/94145.htm
And here: http://www.ecumenicalnews.com/article/church-of-england-threatened-by-split-over-homosexuality/50744.htm

RHYMING THE REFORMATION

RHYMING THE REFORMATION
Reformational Poets of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

By Roger Salter
Special to VIRTUEONLINE
www.virtueonline.org
The age of the Reformation was obviously an era of enormous intellectual and doctrinal ferment and keen controversy. Confessional issues were hammered out with great mental power and precision on all sides – Roman, Lutheran, Anabaptist, and Reformed. Over a period of a century and a half statements of faith were honed and consolidated to demarcate the positions of various parties comprising Western Christendom. The fervent theological pursuit of orthodoxy and accuracy in belief and in articulation of the articles of faith was in the ascendancy and the Christian mind was severely taxed over many significant, and even more specifically fine matters of dispute, creed, and conduct considered to be apt in faithfulness towards Jesus Christ and his Church.

Titanic struggles between champions of differing causes ensued over decades and their tomes bequeathed to succeeding generations are eagerly perused by specialists and scholars to this day, although only rarely do their findings and discoveries overlap into the interest and concern of average church members. The general loss of historical perspective and the development of doctrine is a huge loss to the health and effectiveness of the organized people of God. Laity have a huge responsibility to hold experts to account for what is taught and current in debate in the academy. Explanation must be sought and the mystique of intellectuals thoroughly probed. The church must check out its educators in responsible and fair-minded ways. Professionals are not to be in search of notoriety or engage in profit and competition, but to feed the flock in sacrifice of personal ambitions. Lay theology is a duty and many can handle it with competence given the encouragement and opportunity. Intelligence and the influence of the Holy Spirit are more widely dispersed than supposed confinement to colleges and seminaries where pride and envy may prevail as much as in other departments of learning. The passions of professors contribute to theology almost as much as learned perception and theologues are sinners too, swayed by unsuspected influences. Rivalry in academia is a curse to the cause of truth and genuine learning.

Dogma, so-called, is derided as dull and dry, and the indifference to history means that mistaken notions and attitudes are recycled through lack of critical discernment. Congregations are stunned by sensationalism, deceit, and error among the elite thinkers of Christian institutions and the prevalence of heresy (the striving for originality and the exaltation of private opinions and preferences over the consensus of sound godly conviction). Our vast heritage of right religious thought is largely going to waste in a time when it is urgently needed. In many instances, highly capable minds in many other (secular) areas of valuable knowledge and vital expertise seem to be satisfied with trivia when it comes to Christian literature. The espousal of the faith in some cases (scanning church bookstalls and libraries) seems to be demoted to the level of a hobby or relaxed reading when our society needs informed and competent advocates of the teachings of Holy Scripture and the tenets of the Gospel. Centuries ago humble Scottish crofters were tackling theological volumes of the quality and complexity that our generation would only encounter in seminary or college. Church members knew how to expound the confessional stance of their denominations and recount the origin and history of their tradition. Days may be recalled when believers conversed amiably over Scripture and systematics at a pronouncedly able level. It was a privilege to sit among the elders.

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Murder for hire plot targets Ugandan archbishop

Author:

George Conger

A hired mob attempted to lynch the archbishop and bishops of the Church of Uganda on Tuesday, but were foiled when police arrived and drove off the attackers. On 23 August 2016 the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop of Uganda and 34 members of the House of Bishops were inspecting a parcel of church owned land in Ntawo in the Mukono District when the attack occurred.

Sources in the Church of Uganda, who asked not to be named as they were not authorized to speak on behalf of the bishops, reported that at the House of Bishops’ Meeting held before the start of the 23rd Provincial Synod the bishops discussed a ten-year development plan for the church. One of the issues under discussion was the status of a one square mile parcel of land donated to the church in 1940.

Held by the church in trust for Uganda Christian University, a portion of the land has been leased to the government’s National Agricultural Research Organization, with the bulk of the land remaining undeveloped. Under former Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stephen Noll, the university proposed building a commercial housing estate on the site to provide income for the church as well as an agricultural research station for the university.

However, squatters had moved on to the land in recent years and built informal settlements. Church officials have been working to move the squatters of the land, but not all of the 800 new residents are landless peasants. Several walled compounds have been built on the church land with multi-story homes occupied by senior government leaders, including the state water minister Ronald Kibuule and Brigadier Proscovia Nalweyiso, the senior presidential advisor on defence and security.

A Church of Uganda source told AI the bishops decided to inspect the land for themselves, so as to better understand the situation. The members of the House of BIshops and the vice-chancellor of UCU were driven to Ntawo in a university bus. Before they left their meeting, local government officials were notified of the trip in order to provide security for the bishops.

However, no police were present when the bishops arrived in Ntawo. AI was told a mob formed round the bus and began to pile wood and flammable materials under it to set it and its passengers on fire. Using his mobile phone, the Bishop of Mukono, the Rt. Rev. James Ssebaggala, called the District Police Commander Fred Ahimbisbwe who rushed to the scene to break up the mob. One man was arrested in the melee.

On Wednesday Mr Ahimbisbwe addressed the provincial assembly, apologizing for the incident. He explained his superiors had prevented him from providing security. “It is true I received the letter from UCU requesting us to accompany the bishops. We were supposed to give you security but I was in a meeting so I did not know that you had gone to the place,” Mr Ahimbisbwe said, according to the Kampala Monitor.

Following his remarks to the synod, Archbishop Ntagali rose and addressed Mr. Ahimbisbwe, saying he and his fellow bishops forgave him and their attackers. “We have forgiven them but they must repent,” he said, adding the attack underscored the breakdown of the rule of law in Uganda. “We want to protect our land from encroachers which is part of corruption in Uganda and has to be avoided.”

Ugandan church leaders declined to speak on the record about the incident, pointing to the archbishop’s public remarks. However, concerns have been raised in the Ugandan press and are rife among church leaders that the withdrawal of police protection was not a careless oversight, and that a mob had been hired to attack the bishops.

“This is not the first time residents are attacking us. The last time we came here, they damaged one of our vehicles,” UCU vice chancellor Dr John Ssenyonyi said, explaining why the university had asked for a police presence during the inspection.

He told the Monitor, “How can a powerful official in the army and government be among those trying to grab church land? They have money to buy land elsewhere but they are also acting like they are poor and want to get free land.”

State water minister Mr. Kibuule was defiant. He told the Monitor the church was to blame for the incident for not respecting private property rights. The minister said he leased the land from an individual where he had built his home. “The bishops disguised themselves by travelling in a bus which confused people to mistake them for land grabbers,” he said.

The bishops were “hiding in God’s name to steal land. We shall resist such an attempt. The church cannot evict tenants illegally.”

A spokesman for Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said the government would investigate the incident and take appropriate action.

God has spoken to the liberals

Anglican Samizdat

John Clarke, the archdeacon of Prince Edward Island region believes that because the vote to approve same-sex marriage passed at general synod, its passing must be God’s will and the Holy Spirit must have guided the members of the synod to vote as they did.

That means God has been misleading every church synod for the last couple of millennia; he is still misleading the Roman Catholic church, the rascal.

I suppose it’s possible that, having thought one way for thousands of years, God has changed his mind and now thinks the opposite, convinced, perhaps, by the pious, saintly behaviour of those participating in gay Pride marches. Or maybe he just wants to be more relevant.

From here:

There are those who would argue that the church is not a democracy, but the Body of Christ in the world, with Jesus Christ as head. True; however, neither is our church a dictatorship. We have put into place reasonable and fair rules to help us collectively discern the will of God in the life of our church. There is no one person ruling the church. It is our collective responsibility to use Scripture, tradition and reason to help discern the will of God in our lives today. We have no option but to take seriously the idea that God’s Holy Spirit might be calling the church to a new thing—a new thing that is reflected in the overwhelming majority of prayerful, careful members who voted yes on the resolution to change the marriage canon.

Since God has clearly spoken, those who oppose homosexual marriage should grit their teeth, shut up and stop disrupting the unity of the church:

It is inappropriate, at this point, for people to oppose the action of General Synod regarding same-sex marriages. The responsibility now lies with those who voted “no” to honestly consider if, in fact, the Holy Spirit is leading our church in a new direction.

The odd thing about all this is that liberals have spent decades sneering at orthodox Christians – fundamentalists or fundies as they are fondly known amongst the dog collar elite – for claiming to hear from God. Now, all of a sudden, it is liberals who have a direct line to God – well, to some sort of god.

Human Identity in Crisis  

By Dr. Peter Jones

A few weeks ago Rush Limbaugh announced that the fastest growing crime in the West is identity theft. It is true that we hear a lot about illegal hacking in the news cycle, as individuals, businesses and even nations have their deepest secrets exposed. But the real crime is the theft of the source of human dignity, namely, the Creator. The removal of God from cultural consciousness, eliminates the true source of human identity. According to a recent study, 91% of adults agree that “the best way to find yourself is by looking within yourself” and 86% say that “to be fulfilled in life, you should pursue the things you desire the most.””[1]  The radicals smell imminent victory. Progressive professor Mark Tushnet, of Harvard Law School declares: “The culture wars are over; they lost, we won….taking a hard line (“You lost, live with it”) is better than trying to accommodate the losers.”[2] There will be no accommodations or exceptions.

In once “Christian” Scotland an evangelical youth group from Texas offered a free concert in a shopping center. National newspapers compared this to Nazi or ISIS indoctrination.[3] In these conditions, we are losing the Christian identity of our Western culture but we are also losing our individual identity.
In these new conditions, liberated from God, people believe they can create their own identity–males who think they are female and females who believe they are males, or a 58-year old husband and father who now is sure he is a six-year-old girl. True human identity now depends on how we individually define ourselves sexually.[4] And just recently Hugh Hefner, creator of Playboy, confirms this, declaring the victory of the sexual revolution that he helped begin in the 1960s.[5]
At truthxchange we have often focused on the rise of homosexuality and the presumed right of same-sex attracted people, some within the church, to self-identify as “gay” and to practice homosexual sex legally, thereby denying the image of God as male and female. (See our conference, October 7-9, 2016). However, this is not the only problem. One of the major causes of identity loss is the massive fixation on pornography-even in the Church!
The statistics for Christian men between 18 and 30 years old are particularly striking: 77 percent look at pornography at least monthly; 36 percent view pornography on a daily basis; 32 percent admit being addicted to pornography (and another 12 percent think they may be).[6] In 2016, the Barna Research Group discovered that nearly 40% of “practicing Christians who actively seek out porn” feel comfortable with how much porn they use. Only “1/3 of practicing Christian porn users” say they “feel a sense of guilt when they use porn.” In the culture at large the results on teenage sexting are equally disconcerting for the rising generation. “Teens and young adults [are] coming of age in a culture…that encourages and rewards the pornographic impulse.” The rising new identity is pornographic.
A sensitive article evaluating the Barna report makes some valid points:
1. Pornography isn’t going away anytime soon;
2. Our moral trajectory is convoluted. “Teens and young adults surveyed said it was worse to not recycle (56%) than to look at pornography (32%)”;

3. Porn destroys sex and marriage. “[P]eople’s perspective on the purpose of sex is moving away from “an expression of intimacy between two people who love each other” and toward “self-expression and personal fulfillment…”;
4. Deception is deadly. Barna found that “if you use porn often, you’re more likely to feel okay about it.”

If porn destroys marriages, what will happen to the general moral tenor of our society? The young people of today will become the public officials of tomorrow, brainwashed into serving their desires and fantasies and unable to make sound judgments.
The Bride of Christ must be above reproach. She must offer wise and serious marital counseling for those caught up in this perversion, and intentionally teach her children from their earliest age to avoid this satanic trap.
Things have changed. The “Four Spiritual Laws” or “Evangelism Explosion” no longer work for many. People are losing their identity. They long for human rights and personal dignity, but these things only come from God the Creator, whom they reject. The Gospel is still the answer, which they unknowingly long to hear. The God who created us in His image restores our fallen identity by the death of His Son, who stood in our place to bear our sin and has become, by grace, our new identity.

[1] The Barna Research Group’s 2016 survey, The Porn Phenomenon.
[2] Laurie Higgins, “Harvard Law Professor to Conservatives: You’re Losers, Live With It,” BarbWire, (June 30, 2016).
[3] http://www.wnd.com/2016/07/christian-youth-choir-likened-to-nazis-isis/#!
[4] See a very useful article on this report by Gareth Kell: http://theaquilareport.com/12-observations-after-reading-the-porn-phenomenon/.
[5] http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2016/07/10/hugh-hefner-declares-victory-sexual-war-republicans/.
[6] A 2014 survey, Proven Men Ministries. http://www.charismanews.com/us/45671-shocker-study-shows-most-christian-men-are-into-porn

Oh Canada! and Oh Scotland!

The campaign by a highly competent and organised global lobby group to change the teaching and practice of Anglican Churches about marriage continues apace.

Evangelicals Now  September 2016 Chris Sugden
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Parliament of Canada, Peace Tower | photo: iStock

In July the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) voted to allow its clergy to solemnise same sex marriage. The vote secured a two-thirds majority among the bishops and laity, but initially failed to secure a two-thirds majority among the clergy by one vote. After a recount, the General Secretary was found to have been counted as non-voting. He had been registered as nonvoting throughout the Synod, but was now found to have a vote. The required majority was thus secured.

Bishops’ letter

Six diocesan bishops of the ACoC (out of 32) and one suffragan have written to the Anglican Communion as follows:

‘The entire process, beginning with the hasty vote in 2013 and concluding with the vote and miscount this past week, has been flawed and has inflicted terrible hurt and damage on all involved. We absolutely condemn homophobic prejudice and violence wherever it occurs, offer pastoral care and loving service to all irrespective of sexual orientation, and reject criminal sanctions against same-sex attracted people.

‘Though the change to the Marriage Canon would require a second vote in 2019 in order to come into effect, some bishops have vowed to proceed with same sex marriages immediately, contrary to the explicit doctrine and discipline set out in our constitution, canons and liturgies.

‘In passing resolution A051 R2 the General Synod has taken a further step in ordaining something contrary to God’s Word written and imperils our full communion within the Anglican Church of Canada and with Anglicans throughout the world. We believe that our General Synod has erred grievously and we publicly dissent from this decision. Resolution A051 R2 represents a change to the sacrament of marriage inconsistent with the Scriptures and Apostolic Tradition of the Church Catholic and the Book of Common Prayer. This would be a fundamental departure from the faith and teaching held by the majority of the Anglican Communion on the doctrine of marriage. Sadly, this complicates relationships within the Anglican Church of Canada and as a Province with the Anglican Communion.

‘We unambiguously reaffirm our commitment to Jesus Christ, the Saviour of all, his body, the Church Catholic, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican Communion, the scriptural, traditional and catholic definition of marriage as the lifelong union of one man and one woman as set out in both the Book of Common Prayer and the Book of Alternative Services, and the pastoral care of all within our jurisdictions and the communion.

‘The Resolution as carried does not provide adequate protection for the consciences of dioceses, clergy and congregations. We are concerned for all those of a traditional conscience on marriage within the Anglican Church of Canada. We call on our Primate and the Archbishop of Canterbury to seek ways to guarantee our place within the Anglican Church of Canada and the Anglican Communion.”

Secular Western values imposed

The statement is a model of its kind. David Virtue points out the internal contradiction the vote represents for the Anglican Church of Canada. It has long advocated the rights of Canada’s First Nation people. David Virtue writes: ‘Native Americans oppose same sex marriage as a Western behaviour not approved by them, their understanding of the faith or their culture.’ Some bishops who signed this dissenting statement have many such people in their dioceses in the North of Canada who regard this as an imposition of secular Western culture on their land and churches. No conscience clause has been allowed.

Vinay Samuel points out that this contradiction is embraced under the ideology of social progressivism by which same sex marriage is the inevitable direction in which history and culture is moving and those who resist, however poor, marginalised and vulnerable, are bigots whose views must be steamrollered by the march of progressivism.

Oh Scotland!

In June the Scottish Episcopal Church voted that a change to its Canon Law governing marriage should be sent for discussion to the Church’s seven dioceses ahead of a vote at the 2017 synod.

Some of the largest churches in the Episcopal Church of Scotland are evangelical. But ‘evangelical’ now no longer necessarily entails being biblically orthodox on marriage, or regarding biblical teaching on marriage as fundamental Christian teaching. Before the Shared Conversations at the York Synod of the Church of England in July, in Journeys in Grace and Truth – Revisiting Scripture and Sexuality edited by Jayne Ozanne, Bishop Colin Fletcher (Area Bishop of Dorchester in the Diocese of Oxford) and Bishop Bayes of Liverpool, both ‘evangelicals’, explain why they have moved towards an ‘affirming view’ of same sex relationships.

GAFCON UK wrote to the Scottish Anglican Network in the light of the vote: ‘the GAFCON UK Panel of Bishops offers to provide alternative episcopal oversight, and thereby your recognition as faithful Anglicans by the worldwide GAFCON movement, which represents the majority of Anglicans worldwide.’

Bishop Tom Wright points out in Good Disagreement, Grace and Truth in a Divided Church, edited by Atherstone and Goddard, that biblical teaching and practice on marriage was one requirement of the Jerusalem Council when the Gentiles were welcomed into the church. The Revd Dr Rollin Grams, a New Testament scholar and priest of the Church of Uganda working in the United States and South Africa, has collaborated with Donald Fortson to publish Unchanging Witness, The Consistent Christian Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition. They liken many arguments brought forward by the advocates of gay marriage to substitutes brought on to the field of play when earlier players get worn out.

And they do get worn out against the unchanging witness, both of the Bible and the Christian community throughout history, that views which bless behaviour which God calls sinful, are in fact claiming to be superior to the teaching of Jesus.

https://www.e-n.org.uk/2016/09/world-news/oh-canada-and-oh-scotland/