Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Jerry Brown's Law about women board members and the Equal Rights Amendment


 ... "LOS ANGELES (AP) — When then-California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's first law requiring women on boards of publicly traded companies, he suggested it might not survive legal challenges." 

And it shouldn't. 

Women should not be discriminated against when being considered for board member positions, but to require a person be appointed to a position based on sex and not merit is nuts.

True gender-equality both morally and under the law demands that no one be either favored or discriminated against based on sex. Women can and should be considered for any position they are qualified for but without discriminating against men. Gender should not be a factor in choosing board members for publicly traded companies.

In this instance, the Equal Rights Amendment, that was never passed in this country but should have been, would have protected men against Jerry Brown's unconstitutional law. 

 Trial to determine if requiring women board members is legal (msn.com)


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Monday, November 29, 2021

The Complementarian Truth about "Selfish" Rights for Women

 


 Complementarian authors accuse Christian feminists of agitating for "selfish" rights, but the facts are that most Christian feminists (until very recent times) focused almost exclusively on righting social wrongs against all people, not just women. 

The American Woman's Rights movement came into its own when women found that they were handicapped in their efforts to help other people by the mere fact that they were women

At the Seneca falls Woman's Rights Convention in 1848, the issue of the oppression of women was finally being dealt with [primarily because of the Abolition movement] and Christian women were beginning to focus on themselves as well. But even in that respect, when civil war broke out over Southern secession (because of the slavery issue), leaders of the Woman's Rights movement agreed to forestall efforts towards securing the vote for women until after the war was ended. They had no problem agreeing that slavery was a far greater evil than women not having the right to vote.

Fairly "un-selfish" I'd say.


 Author and speaker, Jocelyn Andersen, is an eclectic Christian writer. She is a Bible teacher who writes about many subjects including Bible prophecy and equality of the sexes. She is best known for her advocacy in domestic violence awareness. Her book, Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence, has been a staple in the library of resources on that subject.  

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Complementarian Extremism: Either radically submissive or Radical Feminist

 


 Nancy Wilson made the following statement: "The modern woman has been deceived...and led away by her own lusts. Loaded down with sin, discontent, and envy, she is promised freedom and happiness if she will just forsake her domain--the home--and neglect her responsibilities, husband, and children."


Nancy Wilson is wrong. She, along with Mary Kassian, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Carolyn Rainey, and a host of others deceive and polarize Christian women, by convincing them they only have two choices, thereby dividing them into two camps, either radically submissive or radical feminists. 

But there is another choice, a choice supported by scripture that says there are no gender "roles" but rather the sexes were created to support one another equally and manage the earth's resources together, in a functionally equal capacity. 

Thankfully, women who embrace their God-given autonomy and unapologetically walk in it, do not need to make the tragic and unnecessary, radical, choice of forsaking home and family in exchange for adult autonomy. In fact, women who walk in the light of God's Word, fiercely love their families and are strong examples living godly and positively impactful lives. 

The ancient paleo Hebrew is clear about the relationship between father and mother in the home:

AB: Hebrew for Father, means the physical strength of the house (physical protector) symbolized by an ox and tent.
EM: Hebrew for Mother means the emotional strength of the Family, symbolized by an ox and water (strong water=GLUE) Read my article about this.

Without turning natural, God-given, tendencies and desires into stereotypical and prescribed "roles," it is easy to see that fathers are natural physical protectors of their families. This makes total sense, because men tend to be overwhelmingly physically stronger than women. It is equally as easy to see that mothers are natural nurturers and emotional protectors of their families, as women tend to be much more in tune with the emotions of others. That also makes sense, as women have been shown to be more empathetic with those around them and better communicators in personal relationships. 

There are always exceptions, of course. So we cannot paint all women and all men with the same broad brush. So, which is more important and more qualified to lead in families, father or mother? 

The answer, is Neither! 

Both women and men bring strengths and weaknesses to the table, and neither has the market on having all the info on any given situation or hearing from God concerning every circumstance. 

An equal but prayerful balance of leadership is what scripture prescribes: "So God created 'âdâm in his own image in the image of God created he him male and female created he them And God blessed them and God said unto them Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth...This is the book of the generations of 'âdâm In the day that God created 'âdâm. In the likeness of God made he him Male and female created he them and blessed them and called their name 'âdâm in the day when they were created."

Traditional role religion and the complementarian controversy is rife with extremes, and doesn't the Bible warn against extremes when temperance (self control) and moderation are commanded? This goes for every aspect of life--including how we approach relationships--not just eating, drinking, partying, etc....

Complementarians claim there is a sliding scale from moderate to extreme when it comes to practicing their doctrine. But that is simply not true. We cannot espouse the concept of moderation within complementarianism, because the paradigm itself is extreme. All complementarians teach that from birth to death and through-out eternity, men are  born into the the leadership caste and women are born into the assistant and follower caste. That is extreme by any standard.

Even complementarians who consider themselves moderates must accept the above definition, as there is no other. So that makes every complementarian an extremist, even if they are loath to admit it.

Christians must reject the wrong and radical, either/or, labels and choices provided by complementarians regarding their extreme twist on traditional-role-religion. Choose, instead, the scriptural choice of a moderate and prayerful, give and take, balance of power within marriage and most personal relationships between autonomous adults

Humans are commanded in scripture to dominate all nature, but never other humans.

 

Author and speaker, Jocelyn Andersen, is an eclectic Christian writer. She is a Bible teacher who writes about many subjects including Bible prophecy and equality of the sexes. She is best known for her advocacy in domestic violence awareness. Her book, Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence, has been a staple in the library of resources on that subject.  

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Did you know the first feminists were godly men and women? Read about them in, The Evangelical Caste System. Read also about the role of Christian leadership in suppressing women's rights and even censoring the historical record of Christian initiatives in the women’s rights movements. Many of the same arguments used to support institutionalized slavery are still used today in suppressing the rights and autonomy of Christian women through traditional-role-religion and the patriarchal complementarian movement. This book is an excellent resource for all who desire an in-depth biblical and historical study of the subject.

What readers are saying:

"This book is well written, well researched, and a real eye opener."

"Andersen is a gifted writer, and the book was easy to read even as it covers thoughtful and sometimes technical information. I am glad I read it. I’ve read a great deal about women in the church and home, and it is easy to think there is nothing new to be learned or considered – but this book has a unique approach and covers aspects overlooked by others. Everything is well documented with footnotes in case you have questions or want sources."

"The author is not only a gifted writer but clearly well-studied and informed."

" I was pleased that translation bias was covered in a chapter, an issue that needs to be addressed, and one that I find quite hard to bring up with lay people or everyday believers who lack knowledge about Bible translation. We can trust our Bibles, but we also need to acknowledge that certain passages are difficult to translate and bias can come into play."

"Andersen tackles most of the primary the teachings of complementarianism with an impressive exegesis"

Woman this is WAR! Gender, Slavery & the Evangelical Caste System: Andersen, Jocelyn: 9780979429323: Amazon.com: Books


Monday, November 15, 2021

Christian Witchery in Mainstream Churches

New Age Christianity Part Eleven 

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The eastern [Hindu] spiritual discipline of contemplative prayer is a New Age practice known as transcendental meditation. That and other aspects of New Age spirituality have found their way into the Christian community through the teaching of leaders such as Rick Warren.  

   Included in his Ministry Toolbox [a pastor’s resource emailed to thousands of ministers each week], is an article by Dan Kimball which contains a basic outline for beginning practitioners of Christian Witchery.

   Kimball does not identify it as such. However, Christian Witch Rawna Moon, agrees with Kimball, point for point, on the essential steps for successfully practicing Christian Witchery.[1] 

Sacred Space

   Kimball instructs his readers to attend to “the notion of sacred space.”

   Moon does the same thing when she instructs beginners in Christian Witchery that the first thing they need to do is get a sacred space and, “Always keep before you that what you are doing here is not using the sacred space as a thing, but relating to it as fellow creatures of the Creating One and so your brothers and sisters.

   Try to let this place be a place where you let go of the modernistic idea of humanity above and separate from nature. Instead realize that you are part of this place and you are not above it or more important than it.

   Begin to learn how to listen to it as your teacher.”

Contemplative Prayer

   Kimball advocates contemplative prayer in his push for a more experiential form of relating to God. He recommends that churches begin “Implementing ancient forms of worship" in addition to more recent ways.” Kimball recommended implementing “Lectio Divina” or some other contemplative praying of the Scriptures.

   Rawna Moon and Kimball agree on this. She believes contemplative prayer to be of inestimable value to Christian Witchery. She wrote: “Different spiritual traditions call this practice (we call centering) by many different names. It is the basic idea in Transcendental Meditation. It was the core spiritual discipline in many streams of Christian Monasticism and was called Contemplative Prayer.

   Buddhists are basically doing this when they chant.

   In current Christian spirituality, Father Thomas Keating, a Catholic priest, has been vital in reintroducing this practice to the Church, often referring to it as centering prayer….

   To Shamans and Witches of many diverse faith systems throughout the ages, centering is the first step in entering a spiritual realm.

   This doesn’t mean centering doesn’t have all the value that those who see it as the ultimate spiritual discipline say it has. It probably has a lot more, in fact.

   The simple truth is that if we can’t center, we can’t do anything.”

Symbols

   Dan Kimball recommends using symbols to aid in worship. In Rick Warren’s Pastor’s Toolbox, he advised the following: “You can use the worship space itself as an expression of worship by attending to the notion of sacred space. Use religious symbols and artwork…. 

He suggests using the symbol of the cross as a focal point during worship.

This is nothing more than turning the cross into an idol. When the scriptures refer to the cross of Christ, it is always in reference to the atoning work done there. Not to any physical symbol of the cross itself.

   Satanists wear crosses.

   The symbol of the cross represents the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil which was critically involved in the fall of humanity and is the oldest symbol in history. Crosses are used in all forms of occult and witchcraft. It is not the symbol of the cross we focus on during worship, it is Christ himself and the atoning work he did there.

   Jesus is not embodied in any symbol.

   That is one of the reasons for the 2nd Commandment, “Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing…”

   Rick Warren must agree with this idolatrous practice as the article promoting it is found on his Pastors.com website.

   Christian Witches cannot practice their craft without symbols. Moon makes this clear when she instructs her protégés to: “Brainstorm symbols you can use to help you focus on the Divine as Goddess and Jesus as the living Sophia. Also brainstorm symbols which may be neutral gender-wise but will remind you of the Christian Good News and help you focus on your life in Christ.

   Get some of these symbols… construct your own altar. Place on it the symbols you have determined you need on it.”

Why was a cross chosen for Jesus to die on? Was it really necessary for his sacrificial death to be so cruel?

   When the Bible speaks of the cross of Christ, it is referring to the atoning work done there—not to the symbol itself.

   The cross, however, was chosen for a specific reason.

   The symbol of the cross is an ancient symbol. It pre-dates Christianity and represents the ultimate sin, the conjunction (meeting or mingling) of opposites, i.e., good and evil.

   The symbol of the cross is the oldest symbol known to humanity and has enjoyed widespread acceptance by occultist and Christians alike.

   The cross symbolizes the conjunction of opposites, and that relates directly to the knowledge of good and evil…which Satan tempted the first couple with, and by which successfully orchestrated the downfall of an entire race.

   The symbol of the cross, the conjunction or mingling of opposites, is in direct opposition to a holy God who never mingles the opposites of good and evil.

   God gave the first couple only one, “Thou shalt not,” which would have kept them ignorant of all evil—other than the simple fact that it existed and would have kept them completely safe, forever.

   The serpent told the couple they were missing something, and he would help them get it. He told them that God had not really given them everything they needed to be complete. They knew only about the good in life, and Satan told them that if they acquired the knowledge of evil along with the knowledge of good, that would make them whole. They would then become just like God (that is also where the yin/yang symbol and principle comes from).”

   God says there is no common ground upon which good and evil can meet and co-exist successfully, not in the same mind, not in the same body, not in the same home, city, country, planet, or universe.

   The symbol of the cross has always been the ultimate symbol of the mingling, conjoining and conjunction of opposites (the place where good and evil meet i.e., The Tree).

   The cross has always symbolized the lie that the knowledge of both good and evil are necessary to achieve ultimate balance, oneness, or wholeness.

   That is why Jesus had to die on a cross.

   He completely atoned for sin…

   By paying the ultimate price for sin…

   Upon the ultimate symbol of sin…

 

   The cross.

Praying With Crystals

   Kimball recommends using crystals as an aid to prayer. He wrote, “Set up a table with salt crystals and a map of your town, and have people pray for your community as they drop [the] salt [crystals] on places on the map”

   New Agers and all other practitioners of the occult also use crystals for healing and prayer (among other things). We read on the webpage “The Wonderful World of Crystals,” “We project a certain appeal into the heart of a crystal. We ask a crystal to help a person with a certain disease, to preserve his emotional balance or to help with any other thing. We direct the energy of a crystal. The dispersed energy of a crystal will flow according to our request. This radiation will vibrate in the field of our aura.”

   Dan Kimball has Rick Warren’s blessing in advocating the integration of occult practices into the worship of Jesus Christ in our church services. We know this because Warren published Kimball’s article as a resource for Pastors.

   One wonders what is going on with all the pastors who failed to cry out against Warren’s endorsement of Kimball and his article instructing God’s people in witchcraft?

   This is a dangerous and sinful practice. We are admonished in scripture not to learn the way of unbelievers. Simply because the name “Christian” is attached to something, does not mean it is endorsed biblically. The practices advocated by Rick Warren via Dan Kimball (and others) are without a doubt, occult practices being introduced to unsuspecting sheep under the guise of worship by trusted shepherds.

   “Therefore you shepherds hear the Word of the Lord As I live says the Lord God surely because my flock became a prey and my flock became food to every beast of the field because there was no shepherd neither did my shepherds search for my flock but the shepherds fed themselves and fed not my flock Therefore O you shepherds hear the word of the Lord Thus says the Lord God Behold I am against the shepherds and I will require my flock at their hand and cause them to cease from feeding the flock neither shall the shepherds feed themselves anymore for I will deliver my flock from their mouth that they may not be food for them…” Ezekiel 34:7-10

   The scriptures further say to Rick Warren, Dan Kimball, and all others who are leading the flock of the Lord astray with these abominable teachings, if they do not repent and turn from their wicked ways, they will fall into the pit along with all the unfortunates who follow them, and they will stand before the Judge of all the earth and answer for their sin.



[1] Rawna Moon has removed her website since the first edition of this book was published, but she is still featured in other Christian witchery websites.


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Sunday, November 14, 2021

Do you struggle with reading your Bible?

 

 Are you reading a commentary such as "Our Daily Bread" or some other devotional every day and considering that your daily Bible reading? Devotionals should be in addition to actual Bible reading and not instead of it. Pick up your Bibles first. Be influenced by the Bible first, and not someone else's interpretation of it. Read your Bibles every day, always picking up today where you left off yesterday.


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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Doctrine is not a dirty word

 

New Age Christianity Part Ten

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Those who are committed to the prophetic movement love to tell those who love the Bible that their theology is getting in the way of their faith and spiritual growth. To them the word “doctrine” has become a dirty word, unless it is an ever-evolving, Darwinian, type of doctrine that morphs with each tasty morsel of new light that proceeds from the mouths of the “prophets.”

   If one chooses to follow the leaders of this movement, the Holy Scriptures must be discarded, because the “new light/present truth” that is continuously spewing forth from the mouths of these apostles and prophets contradicts the written Word of God. The followers of these clouds without water choose to reject what is written in favor of “present truth” spoken by present day oracles.

   When Jesus was tempted, he did not entertain Satan’s seductive offers for a second. He was stubborn in his choice of clinging to what was already written.

   We must be just as stubborn in clinging to the written Word of God as our Lord was.

   Satan had a comeback which many fall for despite Jesus’ example. He too said, “It is written.” Satan can quote scripture quite well, and so can his ministers. If we are not doers of the Word, if we are hearers only, we... will... be... duped!

   We are commanded in the Bible to give attention to doctrine. That means read it, study it, act on it, teach it.

   The Bible says that in the last days, people will not endure sound doctrine.

   What is doctrine?

   Is doctrine that complicated incomprehensible stuff that theologians spend their lives analyzing, obsessing with, writing, and debating about? I hope not! For if that is what it is, I do not want anything to do with it either!

   Fortunately, that is not what doctrine is. The word “doctrine” means instruction. That entails a bit more than simply teaching. However, the Bible says that in the last days, sound doctrine will be despised, and people will heap teachers to themselves—specifically teachers whose words make the hearer feel good.

   That is happening now. The time Paul spoke of in 1 Timothy 4:1 and in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 is upon us in force.

   Biblical doctrine is purely and simply what God has to say about any given subject. And he arranged to have that Written. God also promised that his written word—the Bible—would endure forever, and would be preserved to every generation.

   Notice the Psalmist said the written Word of God would be preserved to every generation—not evolved or edited according to Bill Hamon’s or anyone else’s definition of “present truth.”

The reason for that is two-fold:

   1.) The written Word of God is timeless. It is never outdated. It was written by the great I Am, not by the great I Have Been or the great I Will Be.

   Any “time” with our awesome God (the one who inhabits eternity) is always the present time. Therefore, essentially everything written in the Bible is present truth.

   “Present Truth” has already been written and is contained within the pages of scripture.

    2.) The basic needs of humans, who are created in the image of God, remain the same from generation to generation. There really is nothing new under the sun. 

   What is wrong with being clear about our doctrines, which are simply biblical teachings, instructions, and beliefs?  What is wrong with being clear about the authority we base those beliefs upon?

   Do we base them on the unchangeable, rock-solid, foundation of the written Word of God, which is preserved to every generation? Or do we base them on the words of those who build on sand and change with every wind of Doctrine?

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Tuesday, November 09, 2021

You Can't Get Saved by Just Saying a Prayer


 Titus 3:5-7
 Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to his mercy he saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life [1]


[1] Commentary on Titus 3:5-7… Believers are derisively told [by some], “You can’t get saved by just saying a prayer.” That is true. But neither can we be saved unless we say a prayer. It all begins with a cry from our hearts, a prayer. The infallible Word of God says so in John 3:3, 16 and Romans 10:9-10,13.

The scriptures say we must call on the Name of the Lord to save us from our sins. That is a prayer. That is the prayer uttered from a heart of faith and repentance that saves us.

Though obedience is part of our faith-walk, salvation of our souls is not something we achieve gradually or earn through obedience to Bible commands Ephesians 2:8-9. Jesus said “You must be Born Again.” John 3:3

Salvation happens in that moment of time when we are Born Again, when God saves us “by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” Titus 3:1. We read in scripture that the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the Body of Christ 1 Corinthians 12:13.

If we are not members of the Body of Christ, then we are not saved.

Putting John 3:3 together with Romans 10:9-10,13, Titus 3:1, and 1 Corinthians 12:13, we see that Eternal Life can only be attained by being Born Again, by calling on the name of the Lord to save us, by believing in our hearts and confessing with our mouths that Jesus rose from the dead. That is prayer. And when we pray that prayer, God promises to hear us and regenerate us [translate us from death to life] by washing us clean from our sins and renewing us by the power of the Holy Spirit, who baptizes us into the Body of Christ…the very moment we believe.

Eternal Life happens in a moment of time when our faith connects with our Creator…and it all begins with a heart-cry, a prayer. So I ask, Have you called on God to save you through faith in his Risen Son? Have you been Born Again?



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