Friday, June 16, 2017

President Trump--No LGBTQ June Proclamation

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On May 31, President Trump signed 5 proclamations---none of them declared June to be "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender" month---a departure from President Obama's evolving and undying support for their agenda.

Perhaps June could be dedicated to praying for those trapped in the destructive lifestyle, and for those churches that are obsessed with affirmation rather than deliverance and restoration.

President Trump signed proclamations declaring June to be "National Ocean Month", "African-American Music Appreciation Month" and "Great Outdoors Month"---all have been prior proclamations by previous presidents.

Trump added 2 of his own; "National Homeowners Month" and "National Caribbean-American Heritage Month."

The homosexual activists will, of course, carry on with their parades, festivals, and resistance to Trump events.

In fact, they say this year they focus on "resisting Donald Trump."

In today's cultural environment, who knows what that might mean?

June could also be a month for Christians to pray specifically for those in bondage to the homosexual lifestyle and behavior. Pray for deliverance and help.

Pray for Christian parents who have children that have become involved in the lifestyle and behavior.

And perhaps June could be a month of focus on prayer for the churches that have been misled and are now caught in the web of trying to prove they are inclusive and loving by affirming the lifestyle---a lifestyle the Bible condemns.

The United Methodist Church has been under seize by homosexual activists during the past several years.

The Washington Post ran a feature article last week noting that "a transgender person who identifies as neither male nor female and thus uses the pronoun 'they' was commissioned on Sunday as the first non-binary member of the clergy in the United Methodist Church."

The "person" goes by the name "M." Last name is Barclay.

The Post says, "It was a long journey before Barclay got the chance to be ordained. Raised in a conservative community in Pensacola, Fla., Barclay said they identified as a straight woman when deciding to enter the ministry."

The Post says, "A year or so of reading theology---feminist theology and queer theology included---helped Barclay realize that they weren't straight after all. Barclay came out, initially as a lesbian woman."

The Bishop of the Conference where "M," or Barclay was commissioned, issued a statement saying, "While 'M's' journey over the past few years has included gender identity, all those who were commissioned or ordained Sunday have been on some kind of journey that has brought them to new places of faith, life and relationships. Likewise, I hope the church will find itself at a new place in the near future when it comes to full inclusion."

Pray that God will restore this church to its intended vision---a light in the darkness, proclaiming God's Word as the answer to human need---not an enabler of darkness and destruction.

John Lomperis United Methodist director of The Institute on Religion & Democracy says this is an obvious case of someone not genuinely interested in church doctrine or even serving the church.

"This is somebody," he warns "who is just seeking the church as a vehicle that she can really hijack for her own political agenda."

He says, "Until very recently it was pretty universally recognized by psychologists and psychiatrists that gender identity disorder was a mental disorder. And we want to be very compassionate for somebody that is suffering from severe mental health issues."

"But," he says, "a person suffering from mental health issues shouldn't be put in a leadership position in a church."

This movement to bring the church of Jesus Christ to a "new place" of full inclusion regarding church leadership is not unique to the United Methodist Church. It is actively at work in many, if not most Christian church denominations and fellowships.

Pray for the church this month.

And finally. Sunday is Father's Day. Pray for the dads. Celebrate them. Do or say something nice to them.

And have a great weekend.

Be Blessed.