Klein v. Oregon: Religious Liberty & Freedom of Speech vs. Gay Rights

What are the Constitutional claims supporting the positions of faith-guided commercial providers who are asked to set aside their religious beliefs by customers who ask them to offer services contrary to their convictions?

The first basis for relief from the reach of the anti-discrimination laws is the claim that such laws violate the freedom of speech of the providers. At first blush, it may seem a stretch to regard baking a cake or arranging flowers as “speech.” However, federal Constitutional cases have long recognized that protecting speech is... Continue Reading

Has the PCA Become A De Facto ‘Side B’ Church?

“Side B Gay Christianity” refers to professing Christians who identify as homosexuals, but who say they will remain celibate.

So what proponents of the “Side B” position in the PCA are demanding is that either that we join them in burning the pinch of incense and saying, “Side B is Good” or that we silently submit to the de facto position. They have in essence declared that for someone to respond publicly to TE... Continue Reading

Will America Go To War With Iran On The Basis Of A Theological Fiction?

Mistaking modern day Israel for biblical Israel is not just some innocuous theological framework if it’s being used as a possible justification for going to war.

Going to war with Iran for any reason, short of Iran directly attacking the United States of America, would be a foreign policy blunder with disastrous results. But going to war based on the theological fiction which confuses the modern nation-state of Israel with biblical Israel, equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, and singles out Iran for... Continue Reading

Defending Door-to-Door and Open Air Evangelism

A rejoinder to the article on “City to City Evangelism” that appeared on Ref21.

I take exception, however, with Nick’s assessment that door-to-door evangelism is not for today, that it was probably not taught by Jesus, and that open air preaching was unique, reserved for “the intertestamental period which was a transitional period during which the New Covenant church was being established among unreached people…”   I first met... Continue Reading

The Cracks in the Edifice of Transgender Totalitarianism

The transgender revolution is happening without any credible scientific evidence to support it. The concept of changing one’s biological sex is nonsense, as sex is determined by unalterable chromosomes.

The transgender castle that radicals have constructed by sheer force of will is built on shifting sand without supports of any kind. The wave that will sweep it away is gaining strength. May the time come soon when we will all say, with observers of past hysterias, “How could we have believed that?”   “What... Continue Reading

Papal Paganism’s Kiss of Death

Pope Francis is walking away from most forms of historic Roman Catholicism, taking countless followers with him.

I use the word apostasy deliberately. Apostasy means a complete “standing away from,” an abandonment of essential truth. In three areas, the Pope is leading the Catholic Church into areas of doctrinal and practical heresy that go far beyond any they have promulgated in previous history—in the areas of homosexuality, of interfaith relations with Islam,... Continue Reading

Can Broad and Narrow Complementarians Coexist in the SBC?

Paul grounds his prohibition in that divine design, “For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve” (1 Tim. 2:13).

Narrow Complementarianism” teaches that headship applies narrowly to ordination and to marriage. “Broad Complementarianism” teaches that headship reflects a comprehensive set of differences between male and female that have broad implications for our lives together in the church, in the home, and in society at large   Tom Schreiner is a world class New Testament... Continue Reading

Cultural Magisterium or Biblical Magisterium?

The culture has unabashedly committed itself to eradicating the sanctity of marriage, the sanctity of life, the sanctity of family, the sanctity of sexuality, and the sanctity of gender.

So unashamedly let us proclaim the Gospel to a culture seeking to shame us into silence, while it shamelessly embraces evil, calls evil good, and good evil. To a culture that in vanity attempts to remove the shame of sin, we must speak the Gospel which alone can remove not only the shame but also... Continue Reading

Sometimes We Have to Ask: “Can We All Just Get Along?”

Can promoters of Revoice and confessional Presbyterians coexist in the same denomination?

Coexistence didn’t work.  Liberals cried for tolerance until they had enough power to demand that everyone agree with them.  The PCUSA now ordains transvestites, non-gender-binaries, and open atheists, but there is one position they will not tolerate – – anyone who questions women’s ordination.    In “Revoice, the PCA, and a Way Forward?” Pastor Todd... Continue Reading

Celibate but Compromised “Gay Christianity” Pushes into Conservative Churches

The “gay but celibate” movement has started to drown out voices like Butterfield’s because activists have deftly exploited the fears of Christians who don’t want to be called haters.

That the “gay but celibate” movement has made so many inroads with such a morally compromised agenda reflects the degree to which far too many conservative Christians have been emotionally manipulated to see LGBT people as victims who must be treated with special sensitivity, even if that means giving celibate “gay Christians” exemptions to biblical... Continue Reading