Monday, April 23, 2018

California Bill Could Ban Sale Of Bibles

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A pro-LGBTQ bill is quickly making its way through the California state assembly after it was approved on the floor last Thursday.

It now goes to the state Senate for a vote. It's expected to pass. The Governor is expected to sign it.

The homosexual activists are using the state's consumer fraud statute to threaten and restrict religious freedom and free speech regarding homosexuality and gender identity.

Other states are looking to follow this path.


Last week David French wrote in the National Review that California's Assembly bill AB 2943 "would actually...among other things...ban the sale of books expressing orthodox Christian beliefs about sexual morality. Yes, ban the sale of books."

He wrote, "Assembly Bill 2943 would make it an 'unlawful business practice to engage in' a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer that advertise, offer to engage in, or do engage in 'sexual orientation change efforts' with an individual."

In other words, any Christian book that offers help to someone struggling with same-sex attractions could be banned and the author punished under this law.

Will burning the books be the next step?

The Bible is explicit in its teaching regarding homosexual behavior.

French wrote, "This is extraordinarily radical."

Well, it is. So you might wonder how the homosexual activists in state government managed to push this bill through?

Easy. The California Assembly approved the bill Friday by a vote of 50-18. That's right, 50-18. Not even close.

The California Policy Council's website says, "Assembly Votes To Violate the 1rst Amendment."

They say:

The State of California has no right to deny its residents the resources to help them find happiness or to shut down counselors, schools, and religious organizations that provide those services. Every person experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria must be allowed to pursue help in achieving their desired goals and outcomes.
The implications of this legislation spread far beyond regulating the type of counseling offered by licensed therapists, who are already banned from helping minors with unwanted same-sex attractions. Several legal experts have confirmed that by targeting financial transactions, AB 2943 threatens the ability of religious non-profits, churches, and pastors from selling resources that help people practice their faith.

French says, "The California Assembly approved a bill today 50-18 that tells churches and others with traditional beliefs about gender and sexual orientation that advocating for their views could get them sued."

The church's biblical teaching on these matters will now be illegal under the state's consumer fraud law.

French says:

Christian orthodoxy is simple — regardless of a person’s desires (their “orientation”), the standard of right conduct is crystal clear. Sex is reserved for marriage between a man and a woman. When it comes to “gender expression,” there is no difference between “sex” and “gender,” and the Christian response to gender dysphoria is compassion and treatment, not indulgence and surgical mutilation.
Put another way, there is a fundamental difference between temptation and sin. California law would intrude directly on this teaching by prohibiting even the argument that regardless of sexual desire, a person’s sexual behavior should conform to Biblical standards.
Christians find their identity in Christ, not in their gender and not in their sexual orientation. The state of California says no. Your gender and your orientation are your identity, and you should engage in actions that celebrate and ratify your alleged essence. The state is creating a new religion of sexual libertinism, declaring that religions opposing it aren’t just false but harmful, and then prohibiting contrary religious exercise.
No one doubts that Christian orthodoxy is contentious. No one doubts that its teachings on sexual morality are increasingly unpopular. But they remain constitutionally protected, and no state legislature should be permitted to ban a “good” (such as a book) or a “service” (like counseling) that makes these arguments and provides them to willing, consenting consumers. In fact, state law would lock in a sexual-revolution orthodoxy that all too often hurts the very people the state seeks to protect.

Randy Thomasson with SaveCalifornia.com told CBN, "So this pastor is speaking, you buy a ticket to hear him speak. He speaks about overcoming same-sex desires...A church sells a book about overcoming same-sex desires...There's a sale, a transaction, that could be banned."

Clearly, churches and Christian schools that share biblical teaching on the subject would be open to a lawsuit.

The bill states that "contemporary science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, or bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness."

Many of us have been talking about this kind of possibility---given the mindset of the culture.

This is it. However, this dictate does not come from a third-world despot holed up in a palace who wants the Bible banned, but from homosexual activists who have convinced an uninformed public that their chosen sexual behavior is normal---and everything is just fine; And anyone who thinks otherwise, including God Himself, is banned and held legally liable.

Matt Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, says what makes this bill particularly dangerous is that California often leads the charge in the LGBTQ legislative agenda.

Other states are in fact considering similar legislation.

May God deliver us from evil.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Bold. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful.


7 comments:

  1. Well, that's about it then. The entire homosexual agenda must be banned by law.

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  2. But our identity in Christ is our identity, and we must pursue that, regardless of how we might sometimes feel. They always want special rights, something above everyone else. No more special rights. We've been telling them that for decades.

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    1. We're past the tipping point in Washington State where a majority of voters are proponents, supporters or sympathizers for this and every other liberal attack on the horizon. The gov and legislative majority are understandably liberal; there are several RINOs and inactive Republicans. When the California Bible issue arrives here, it will zip through. Who is at fault for this whole situation? Churches; they have abandoned their authority and duty to await rapture, or worse, but there still remains a remnant, small here, but strong in other less populated areas. ?

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  3. "The California Assembly approved the bill Friday by a vote of 50-18"

    "California State Legislature. It consists of 80 members, with each member representing at least 465,000 people." Wikipedia

    2 percent of 465,000 is 9,300 homosexuals per legislative district

    And one thing homosexuals have been rewarded with, time after time is a handful of individuals sitting in government, think the five on the US Supreme Court who dictated to 325 million

    Of course, this is a dangerous game because the law is ONLY respected when it serves to protect people from evil not subject them to it.

    When it does not, the result in greater lawlessness which in turn results in governments taking physical action to maintain order, which then results in having civil unrest and calls to overthrow the government, which then results in a small group ceasing power, which cause a dictator to immerge who then has all the trouble makers rounded up and shot

    Please, someone show me any oppressive government that has ever existed on the face of the Earth where homosexuals were at great liberty

    You cannot have the law do what it is impossible for it to do and still have the law

    The law oppresses no one, and if it does, it is not law, so all they are doing is bring about their own end

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  4. Should add, the word "evil" is used in the New Testament for the Greek work which means harm

    Any time you fear you are not a liberty. So to enjoy the greatest liberty is to remove the most harm and making laws which threaten a person's liberty is subjecting them to harm and is contrary to the law which is to protect us from harm

    If someone does not like an idea you are at liberty to debate, to denounce it, to reprove it, but to move the issue from words to threats to a person's property, liberty or person is contrary to the purpose of law and can only result in greater lawlessness

    Remember if you want more of a behavior reward it, want less punish it or ignore it

    This bill is a threat to how we govern, by words.

    It also proves there is no gay gene and they think their sexuality is such a delicate flower it will whither in the presents of mere words

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  5. This law, if left standing, will do more to transform the culture and demographics of California than any law, event, or person in the State's past. As Christians flee from Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, they will flee from California.

    This is, of course, not the will of the people of California in any near majority, but rather the will of those who run the government. Like the Federal Government, the California State Government has been invaded by Secular Left Progressive "squatters" who increasingly make their moves to "own" the state using the established government to do so.

    Those who blame the church are correct to do so, but the church cannot take responsibility for the mass apathy on the part of those who quite privately "identify" as Christians and Conservatives. When all the open discussion in the culture is "anti conservative and anti Christian" the masses begin to believe it is inevitable and they "go along". There is no better example in history than Hitler's Germany.

    From a worldly view there is always the option of a Constitutional challenge based on our "God Given" right in that document for freedom of expression and freedom of religions, and there is "always' the opportunity for citizens to 'throw the bums out' in coming elections. Then there is the opportunity for Christians and Conservatives to come out of the closet and refuse to be intimidated any longer by accusations of "homophobia" or "bigotry", etc.

    From a Spiritual perspective there is prayer, and prayer, and prayer, and .... prayer.

    The Secular Leftism is like an infection that will lie dormant when effectively confronted or even when beaten in a battle, but it will not go away. When it succeeds it does not sit on its laurels and give thanks, it increases its agenda to infect the entire body because the "anti-bodies' are weak. In TRUTH...this is the characteristic of Evil.

    As a blade of grass can, through perseverance, find its way through hardened cement. So the Spirit of Christ can prevail. One truth does remain however; our LORD is not going to do it for us. He will help if we come against evil , but sitting on our little self-righteous thrones repeating the words "God is in control", solves nothing. This is in truth simply an excuse not suit up and show up for what is the greatest spiritual battle in the history of America. Also, it is an insult to the God we claim to love.

    When a group of people attack someone you deeply love, what do you do?

    Stand safely on the sidelines stating that our beloved is on his/her own?

    In truth, when someone stands silent in the face of evil that someone is embracing shame.

    Luke 9:26-27
    Jesus said: ‘If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels”.

    It’s time to suit-up and show-up….across America.

    It is to the God we claim to love that we will be required to give an answer!

    Truth is a lonely warrior,

    G>T>

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  6. This law, if left standing, will do more to transform the culture and demographics of California than any law, event, or person in the State's past. As Christians flee from Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, they will flee from California.

    This is, of course, not the will of the people of California in any near majority, but rather the will of those who run the government. Like the Federal Government, the California State Government has been invaded by Secular Left Progressive "squatters" who increasingly make their moves to "own" the state using the established government to do so.

    Those who blame the church are correct to do so, but the church cannot take responsibility for the mass apathy on the part of those who quite privately "identify" as Christians and Conservatives. When all the open discussion in the culture is "anti conservative and anti Christian" the masses begin to believe it is inevitable and they "go along". There is no better example in history than Hitler's Germany.

    From a worldly view there is always the option of a Constitutional challenge based on our "God Given" right in that document for freedom of expression and freedom of religions, and there is "always' the opportunity for citizens to 'throw the bums out' in coming elections. Then there is the opportunity for Christians and Conservatives to come out of the closet and refuse to be intimidated any longer by accusations of "homophobia" or "bigotry", etc.

    From a Spiritual perspective there is prayer, and prayer, and prayer, and .... prayer.

    The Secular Leftism is like an infection that will lie dormant when effectively confronted or even when beaten in a battle, but it will not go away. When it succeeds it does not sit on its laurels and give thanks, it increases its agenda to infect the entire body because the "anti-bodies' are weak. In TRUTH...this is the characteristic of Evil.

    As a blade of grass can, through perseverance, find its way through hardened cement. So the Spirit of Christ can prevail. One truth does remain however; our LORD is not going to do it for us. He will help if we come against evil , but sitting on our little self-righteous thrones repeating the words "God is in control", solves nothing. This is in truth simply an excuse not suit up and show up for what is the greatest spiritual battle in the history of America. Also, it is an insult to the God we claim to love.

    When a group of people attack someone you deeply love, what do you do?

    Stand safely on the sidelines stating that our beloved is on his/her own?

    In truth, when someone stands silent in the face of evil that someone is embracing shame.

    Luke 9:26-27
    Jesus said: ‘If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels”.

    It’s time to suit-up and show-up….across America.

    It is to the God we claim to love that we will be required to give an answer!

    Truth is a lonely warrior,
    G>T>

    ReplyDelete

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