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-School District Wants to Kick Church Out Over Sermons on Homosexuality?

by Dr. D ~ July 26th, 2012

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From FoxNews Todd Starnes:

The head of Miami-Dade County Public Schools wants to evict a Southern Baptist church that rents space in one of their buildings because of the congregation’s opposition to homosexuality.

Supt. Alberto Carvalho released a statement to a local television station alleging that Impact Miami’s opposition to homosexuality “appears to be contrary to school board policy as well as the basic principles of humanity.”

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Response: This is happening so fast that it is hard to keep up with it all. Now it is considered to be “contrary to…basic principles of humanity” if one stands up for traditional marriage and preaches from the Bible on homosexuality?

The message this gives to any of the churches renting Miami-Dade school facilities is this- don’t you dare support traditional marriage and preach from the Bible against homosexuality or you’ll find yourself in trouble also? I wonder what other issues and Biblical teachings the school board would like to censor?

The church in question is not some weird cult but part of the largest protestant denomination in America- Southern Baptist Convention. The sermons in question reflect the teaching of that denomination and a hundred million or so believers in Evangelical, Pentecostal, and Charismatic churches all across the nation.

From Impact Miami’s pastor Jack Hakimian:

“It’s about a message that homosexuality is a sin that God wants to redeem as all other sins.” …

“I never thought I would be penalized for teaching on Christian marriage and sexual ethics from the Bible – the very bible that presidents swear on.”

Here’s the reaction from Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter:

“We’re living in a day and time when people are calling wrong right and they’re calling right wrong. Any time a man of God stands up for the Words of God, I think we should expect opposition – simply because of the fact that God’s ways are not man’s ways.”

We have been writing and warning Christians and the church on this very issue for some time now. I have been looking for homosexuality to eventually bring on a crisis for Christians and the church in America. I have expected and have predicted that gay rights could well end up trumping religious freedom and free speech regardless of the Constitution. I saw it coming as a logical extension and conclusion to several trends in the dominant culture. But I really didn’t expect it all to happen this quickly.

I find myself shocked and nearly speechless in face of the real threats proposed by this school board to free speech and religious freedom.  All in the name of s0-called ‘basic principles of humanity.’ Do you see what is really happening here and what is being said? Traditional Christian beliefs and Biblical principals need to be censored, silenced, and marginalized for the greater good and the ‘basic principles of humanity’ and modern American society.  Unfortunately this is probably just the beginning.             *Top

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4 Responses to -School District Wants to Kick Church Out Over Sermons on Homosexuality?

  1. Brian

    I am shocked by how far this nation has gone, in the last 2 years or so, down the road to utter rejection of God and oppression of any person who stands up for Biblical truth, and refuses to embrace mandatory secular dogma.

    Honestly, Dr. D., would you have foreseen our current state of affairs two years ago? And where will we be two years from now – even if Romney wins?

    Brian

  2. Dr. D

    Brian,
    Actually I thought we had 5-10 years before we would see the start of this but now it is upon us with a vengence. Remember it was only 4 years ago that liberal California supported traditional marriage but today I am sure the vote for Prop 8 would go the other way. The zeitgeist is definitely against us now.

    I see 3 different trends that are bringing us to were we are now far more rapidly than anyone could have predicted.
    First, there is a headlong dash towards secularism that I believe was brought on by a reaction to 9/11. After the towers fell the churches were filled for a couple of Sundays and America could have repented and received a new awakening and revival but most of America chose to go another direction entirely. A philosophy now dominates in our culture that equates and blames all religions for the radicalism that brought down the towers and brought us into war.
    Secondly, we have the rise of gay rights and activism that is piggy backing on that growing anti-religious philosophy in a geometric multiplier fashion.
    Third, you have an entire generation of Americans coming of age, the vast majority of which were not raised in a religion nor ever darkened the door of any church.
    Now in the midst of those three trends, American churches have been involved in one scandal after another (particularly the Catholic Church) which has called into question the moral authority of the Christian church.

    All of this has got us where we now are. If Romney wins then I fear that it will only slow it down some. But can the trend be reversed? Not without a sovereign move of God that is usually preceded by at least some turning toward repentance. I hope and pray for revival and a new awakening in America but realistically I don’t see any major turning to God without a major cataclysmic event or economic collapse.

  3. Dr. D

    Also- Brian, when it comes to Romney, I will say this. I had hoped for a Conservative Christian but at least Mormons share most of our same values and when it comes to issues of ‘freedom of religion’ they are very sensitive to the issue and can be counted on to stand up and respond.

    Early in their history they were kicked out of 2 states and the Governor of Missouri even issued an ‘extermination order’ to kill any Mormons on sight. That is why they moved all the way out West to be alone. Romney’s own family even moved to Mexico to be free to live by their faith as they saw fit.

    So I believe if nothing else, he could be counted on to stand up for our Constitutional rights when it comes to freedom of religion and also choose judges that would be supportive on that issue.

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