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-Revival on Military Base in Missouri?

by Dr. D ~ August 21st, 2018

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(Image source: Facebook/Jose M. Rondon)

According to reports, there is an on-going revival happening on a military base in Missouri. From Faithwire:

A US army chaplain has described what he believes to be somewhat of a “revival” occurring on a military base in Missouri. The number are staggering: over the past six months, nearly 2,000 troops have reportedly come to the Lord.  …

Among the scores of soldiers coming to Christ, there are multiple testimonies of lives transformed and hearts turned to Christ.

        <Read the whole article>

Response: I wonder how the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) will respond to this development. See my last post concerning the atheist group’s actions against a Christian commander who they claim should be in jail for merely sharing his faith on a private website. Here in Missouri hundreds are being converted to Christ on a military base.

Keep praying that this will continue and that government authorities will not be pressured by atheist organizations to shut it down or curtail it in some way.

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-MRFF: Christian Air Force Commander Should Be Jailed for Sharing His Faith

by Dr. D ~ August 20th, 2018

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The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) complained to the Secretary of Defense about the private website where an Air Force Brig. General shared his Christian faith and convictions. The MRFF believes that the commander should be investigated and jailed for violating Defense Department rules about religious proselytizing. From CBN:

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) sent a formal complaint … calling for an investigation of Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert, a Christian and the newly installed commander of the 412 Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. 

The group is furious at Teichert for posting links to articles, a Christmas video, and scriptures on his personal website called Prayer at Lunchtime for the United States. The website also has a list of prayer requests.

The MRFF says the website is in violation Air Force and Defense Department rules about religious proselytizing. …

In a press release sent to media outlets Monday, the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based anti-Christian MRFF said Teichert "should be doing time behind prison bars, not commanding a wing wearing general’s stars."  …

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Response: The website in question is a private one and not part of the general’s official military website nor linked in anyway with his official duties.

This whole reaction by the MRFF begs the question- do military personnel have a right to practice their faith and share their own religious convictions privately? Does the 1st Amendment and freedom of religion apply to the USA military? During the last administration under Pres. Obama, there was a push to restrict the public sharing of ones faith in any way and rules were devised to curtail it by labeling it- ‘proselytizing.’ We wrote about that effort several times. Fortunately now the administration under Pres. Trump values religious liberty. It will be interesting to see how the current SecDef responds to the MRFF protests.

In the past we concluded that practicing and sharing ones faith should only be a problem if someone tries to pull rank and force others under them to convert. Otherwise, observing ones faith and the sharing of ones convictions in the military should not be officially regulated or curtailed. If so, freedom of religion would actually be diminished.

In the case of the MRFF, they only seem to be bothered by conservative Christians publically observing their faith. Muslims can pray somewhat publically on the bases and that seems to be OK. But if a Christian happens to have a Bible or prays at their desk or even on a private website then the MRFF calls it a violation. 

Here’s a good article from Fox News on the same issue:“Todd Starnes: Air Force general is attacked by extremist group because he prays for others

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-Lessons from Canada: Christianity is Not Part of the ‘Diversity’ the Left Seeks?

by Dr. D ~ August 17th, 2018

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A new law school in Canada wanted its student body to maintain traditional Christian standards when it comes to marriage and sexual behavior. Several provincial law societies declared that graduates from that school would not be allowed to practice law in their provinces. It finally went to the Canadian Supreme Court which sided with the provincial law societies.

The following is a good article containing some of the lessons coming out of the Canadian Supreme Court decision:

Secularism and Diversity: Lessons from Canada” by Brian C. Stiller

From the article:

Trinity Western University, a Canadian liberal arts university, planned to open a law school as part of its vision to prepare Christians to serve in public and civic life. It wasn’t long before their plan triggered the ire of provincial law societies…their objection to the university’s community covenant: It requires students to agree to abstain from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and woman.”  …

First, it shows how a country’s top court can render a verdict in favor of human rights but biased against religious freedom. When the two ideas butted heads, religious freedom was the loser.

Second, it makes short shrift of the model that within a diverse society a plurality of ideas and beliefs can exist together.  …

Third, it keeps faith from being public.  …

Fourth, it assumes that Christian standards and beliefs for an institution are not essential to its identity, self-definition, or existence, but a preference.

Fifth, the decision is based on what the justices determined are “values,” neither defined nor included in the Charter: Here they become what the court deems is implied.

<Read the whole article>

Response: This may come from Canada but I believe that it illustrates where the left would also like to take us in the USA. Fortunately we still have a Constitution and a Supreme Court that mostly supports it.

There are several lessons to be gained from this affair:

One: traditional Christianity has no place in the ‘diversity’ that the left says it is seeking. Most leftists hold that Christianity must be changed and/or forced to reflect modern values or be taken out of the public square and be relegated to private worship and faith only.

Two: Many on the left believe that diversity and civil rights should trump religious freedom. At least when it comes to conservative Christianity and maybe not so much when it comes to Islam.

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-InterVarsity Sues University of Iowa After Expulsion Over Leadership Policies

by Dr. D ~ August 10th, 2018

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The InterVarsity Christian student organization has sued the University of Iowa after being expelled off of the Iowa campus. It is all about leadership. The Christian student group wants their leaders to be actual Christians while the university policies demand that leadership position be ‘non-discriminatory’ and available to all comers. From the Christian Post:

An InterVarsity Christian student group is suing the University of Iowa after the school kicked it and several other religious groups off campus over what has been deemed as discriminatory leadership policies.

InterVarsity Graduate Student Fellowship filed a federal lawsuit against the university Monday after the club was de-recognized as an official campus student group last month because of its policy requiring that all group leaders be Christian and sign a statement of faith.

<Read the whole article>

Response:  It will be interesting to see how this lawsuit plays out. Universities and colleges all across America have adapted similar student group policies which originally seem to be intended to target Christian groups. In many cases the college administrators have ignored Muslim groups who demand actual Muslims as leaders or some political organizations while kicking Christian groups off campus.

At least the University of Iowa has been consistent and has applied their policies to other groups including Muslim and Mormon student groups. Nevertheless, these policies need to be challenged and resolved in federal court or Christian Student groups will cease to be anything like they have been in the past. That is why I submit that these university policies were originally formed to target Christian and conservative groups. It is ironic that the university rule that ends up causing discrimination against Christian groups is referred to as a ‘non-discrimination’ policy.

The following are some of the articles were have written in the past on this issue:

-Colleges Continue the Assault on Christian Student Groups

-Christian Student Groups Seek Help from Civil Rights Commission

-Catholic Student Group at Vanderbilt U. Forced Off Campus

-Update on Vanderbilt U. ‘Nondiscrimination Policy’ Directed Against Christian Groups

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-Town Demands Family Stop Hosting a Bible Study

by Dr. D ~ July 27th, 2018

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Officials trying to shut down a home Bible studies are becoming far too common occurrences in America considering that freedom of religion and speech is still guaranteed in the Constitution.

When we read about government authorities trying to shut down home fellowships we try to post about it and send out an alarm to the Christian community hoping that the controversy which follows will help to resolve the situation. Usually it is all about parking and noise. But in this case the ‘offending’ family lives on a farm so this situation is rather unique. Plus the family has been threatened with a $500/day fine  plus court costs for non-compliance.  From Charisma News:

The owners of a Pennsylvania farm have been ordered by the Sewickley Heights Borough to cease and desist holding Bible studies on their private property.

Borough leaders accused Scott and Terri Fetterolf of improperly using their 35-acre farm as a place of worship, a place of assembly and as a commercial venue. …

The Independence Law Center filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the farmers against the borough alleging an egregious violation of the U.S. Constitution.

<Read the whole article>

Response: For hundreds of years families in America have hosted Bible studies in their homes. In fact lots of churches have gotten their start in home fellowships and for many generations home Bible studies were considered to be a ‘Good’ thing. But we are now in a ‘post-Christian’ era when some folks are actually ‘offended’ when their neighbors worship or study the Bible with friends.

But in any kind of reality what kind of actual offense and harm can be done by a family and friends worshipping and studying the Bible on a 35 acre farm? Plus this is a case of outright discrimination since apparently other groups meeting in homes have not been restricted in any way by town officials. This cannot be allowed to stand.                *Top

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-China: Robot Priests to Perform Funerals?

by Dr. D ~ July 20th, 2018

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A new job for robots was recently introduced at an expo in China- conducting funerals and praying for the dead. From PJ Media:

China unveiled a robot priest capable of performing funerals and praying for the dead, using artificial intelligence (AI) to meet the needs of a burgeoning funeral market.

The AI robot priest made an appearance at the 8th China International Funeral Expo (CIFE) in Wuhan city, central China’s Hubei province, on June 18.

According to a caption from Imaginechina,

     "This AI Robot priest provides funeral services and can pray for the deceased."

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Response: Sometimes priests seem like robots when performing their duties and giving prayers but this is ridiculous. One wonders what kind of value or meaning can possibly be assigned to actual robots praying to God.

Presumably the atheist Chinese government is ok with generic unaffiliated AI priests performing ‘religious’ services including ‘artificial’ prayers.

For years the Communist government has been contending with the Catholic Church officials over choosing and ordaining Bishops and priests. This takes it to an entirely different level. It is just a matter of programming which can be entirely controlled.

Meanwhile, government officials are trying to get the growing Christian community under control though one of the most severe times of persecution ever; which recently included the tearing down of several large independent churches. Plus a new campaign to force Christian families to take down pictures of Jesus and replace them with those of the Chinese president in their homes.               *Top

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