New Mexico ‘Church’ Becomes First in Mennonite Church USA to Appoint Openly Lesbian ‘Lead Pastor’

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A “church” in New Mexico has become the first in the Mennonite Church USA to appoint an open lesbian as “lead pastor.”

Albuquerque Mennonite Church, which affirmed homosexual relationships a decade ago, made the announcement on Monday that it had chosen Erica Lea as its new leader.

It remarked that Lea has a “strong call to connect with and serve people affected by current immigration policies and racial, social and economic discrimination—as well as a call to provide a beacon and safe haven for the LGBTQ community.”

“We look forward to finding more ways of articulating and sharing an Anabaptist faith that can flourish in locally derived expressions of Jesus’s call to discipleship, peacemaking and justice,” said search committee member Andrew Clouse. “We think Erica is well-equipped to help us do this.”

Lea has heretofore mainly led professing Baptist assemblies, but did serve as an interim pastor for Houston Mennonite Church, Mennonite World Review reports. She has been at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. for the past three years.

According to the site Sojourners, Lea plans to move to New Mexico to take the role at Albuquerque Mennonite Church after she “marries” her female partner in November.

“It’s like the Grand Canyon distance between becoming open and affirming and actually calling an LGBTQ pastor who is out,” she told the outlet. “A lot of churches struggle to make that movement. … I want LGBTQ people and women to be celebrated and encouraged in pastoral and ministry leadership roles.”

She also asserted to the Mennonite World Review that “it is quite possible that the Spirit might be calling them (homosexuals and transgenders) to these types of roles.”

Lea is a graduate of Truett Seminary at Baylor University in Texas, and also has a background in ecofeminism, which “sees a relationship between the serious environmental damage done to the earth and the repression of women.”

While Lea is the first openly lesbian “lead pastor” to be appointed by a Mennonite Church USA congregation, in 2014, the Mountain States Conference approved the ministerial license of Theda Good, a Colorado woman who identifies as a lesbian, to serve as as pastor of nurture and fellowship at First Mennonite Church of Denver.

As previously reported, the development prompted a Mennonite Church in Ohio to leave the denomination in part due to concerns over the lack of discipline against those who engage in homosexual behavior.

“We felt that Mennonite Church USA and [our church] were going in different directions concerning scriptural authority and holiness,” Ross Miller, pastor of Hartville Mennonite Church in Lake, told reporters.

“We felt there needed to be church discipline, and there hasn’t been,” he said, referencing disappointment that the Ohio Conference failed to pass a resolution urging the denomination headquarters to address the Mountain States’ actions, as well as a statement from an executive board member that he felt was less than satisfactory.

According to 1 Timothy 3, leaders of the Church are to be men and are to be examples of holiness, including in their own homes.

“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity,” it reads. “For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the Church of God?” (Click to Site)

Government Agency Blacklists Couple for Not Supporting Gay Marriage

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A couple who resigned from a National Trust property because they refused to wear gay pride badges says they have been blacklisted from volunteering.

Bob and Linda Gates resigned from Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk, having worked there for 14 years.

When they applied to volunteer at Blickling Hall, a nearby National Trust property, they received no reply for over two weeks before they were eventually told there were no vacancies.

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However, before the couple was rejected, Mr. Gates created a fake applicant with no experience who was told there were several vacancies.

The applicant, named “Joan Simpson,” was told within 48 hours that Blickling Hall needed more members of the visitor welcome team and room guides.

The couple was then told that the property’s managers were “unable at the moment to offer you an opportunity.”

Mr. Gates said: “If that’s not blacklisting, I don’t know what is. They have brushed us aside”.

Politically Correct

He wrote to Blickling Hall asking why he and his wife had been rejected, saying: “We suspect that conversations have taken place between Blickling and Felbrigg Hall and because of our resignation we have been blacklisted.”

He expressed his disappointment at the National Trust’s push for a politically correct agenda, saying: “We are just so annoyed at the way the National Trust have treated everybody.

“Its remit was to look after old buildings and that’s what it should stick to. I definitely think they have lost their way.”

‘Pernicious’

Last month, more than 70 volunteers at Felbrigg Hall expressed their objections to LGBT rainbow badges and lanyards for the National Trust’s “Prejudice and Pride” season developed in conjunction with Stonewall.

The volunteers were told if they refused to wear the badge they would not be permitted to work in a public-facing role—a move The Daily Telegraph described as “pernicious”.

The situation escalated when Dame Helen Ghosh, the National Trust’s Director-General, suggested those unhappy with the program were free to quit.

Hours later, the National Trust made a dramatic U-turn by stating the badges and lanyards were optional.

In 2014 grandfather Bryan Barkley, who spent almost 20 years volunteering for the Red Cross, was dropped by the organization for opposing same-sex marriage. 

This article originally appeared on The Christian Institute.

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Brand New Film On Youtube Teaches Little Children To Sodomize Each Other

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A new short cartoon teaching little children to sodomize each other on Youtube that already has millions of views in a few days and is currently the #1 video on the site. The cartoon, called In A Heartbeat, and was produced by Beth David and Sebastian Bravo, depicts two boys attempting secretly disclose their homosexual love to each other:

Plans for this film apparently had been under way for a while, as back in November 2016 they had a Kickstarter page where they solicited funds for their project, which they say was for college:

We’re a team of two senior Computer Animation majors at Ringling College of Art + Design, and we’re mid-production on our thesis film, “In a Heartbeat!” This film is not only a culmination of our four years of education and hard work at the college, but also an expression of a subject that has not been explored in computer animation. It’s a film that deals with a real and personal topic in a very sweet and lighthearted way and we are so excited to be able to share it with you!

Working on this film has been a true labor of love for us both, and we need your help to make it the best it can be. Your donation will enable us to hire an extremely talented composer and sound designer to create a unique, original soundtrack for our film.

We are so grateful for any contribution you can make, be it a donation or simply sharing the project and spreading the word! As tokens of our gratitude, we’ve assembled exciting packages of rewards including stickers, t-shirts, custom Heart plushies by SquishyHappies, artwork by the film’s creators, and more!

Thank you so much! This project is very dear to our hearts, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

All our love,

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It’s okay to decorate a police car with rainbow flags, but not Bible verses

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It’s permissible in the United States to decorate police cars with rainbow flags to celebrate gay pride, but it’s not permissible to decorate police cars with Bible verses honoring law enforcement officers.

The Houston Police Dept. is debuting a “Pride Car” for the city’s gay pride parade, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Police Chief Art Acevedo is downright giddy about the new rainbow cruiser and the parade. (Click to Article)

 

Liberal Oregon official who fined Christian bakers loses election

 

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November 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Brad Avakian, the Oregon labor commissioner who investigated and then fined Christian bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein for refusing to bake a “gay wedding” cake for two lesbians, lost his race for Secretary of State last week in a historic election that broke the Democrats’ 14-year hold on statewide offices.

Oregon Republican Dennis Richardson defeated Avakian for Secretary of State — the first GOP victory in a statewide race since 2002. Richardson is a social conservative opposed to homosexual activism, The Oregonian reported. On his campaign website, Richardson promised to ”restore Accountability, Transparency, and Integrity to state government.” He was endorsed by many newspapers, including the liberal Oregonian, despite his socially conservative views.

The Kleins and their Gresham, Oregon, bakery were fined $135,000 by the State of Oregon for an alleged “civil rights” violation in 2013 for declining to make a homosexual-union celebration cake for two lesbians they had served many times before. The state’s punishment of the Kleins and their Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, which first closed its physical location and then shut down entirely because of their “discrimination” ordeal, is the most visible case in recent years among dozens of cases nationwide pitting religious freedom against LGBT “rights.” (Click to Article)

Proposed California Law Could Take Away Tax Exemption

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The Senate Governance and Finance Committee of California voted 5 to 2 in favor of moving forward a new law that will certainly force churches and many other Christian organizations that minister to youth to lose their tax-exempt status.  The law is titled The Youth Equality Act.  Senator Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, sponsors it.

In essence, the law denies tax-exempt status to organizations that have youth groups.  If in the state’s determination the group discriminates on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or religious affiliation, the state will revoke its tax-exempt status.

More than just youth

It is said that the law will only go after Little League, Bobby Sox, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Campfire, Inc., Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, Future Farmers of America, Future Homemakers of America, 4-H Clubs, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, Collegiate Young Farmers, Boys’ Clubs, Girls’ Clubs, Special Olympics, Inc., American Youth Soccer Organization, California Youth Soccer Association, North, California Youth Soccer Association, South, and Pop Warner football.  But the language of the new law leaves plenty of room to go after churches that have private schools, active youth groups, church little leagues, and other sports such as soccer and football.  To further leave the door open, the law ends by stating that the organizations that are subject to this new law shall include but not be limited to those mentioned in the law.

It is clear that the intent of the law is to go much further than what is listed in the law.

What if a church loses tax exemption in California?

If a church in California has a youth group and in the process of hiring their youth pastor they discriminate to only hire Christian heterosexuals that live a lifestyle according to the church’s doctrine, that church’s tax-exempt status in California would be revoked.   The church would have to pay annual corporate and franchise taxes on their tithes and offerings and other donations including moneys made from fundraisers.

How to prepare

At StartCHURCH we have been teaching pastors and leaders to prepare for the hostile legislative culture we are living in today.  It is not just California.  A growing number of states are considering laws that would put the church at odds with the state, simply by the church’s practice of its disciplines of faith.  We are teaching pastors strategies that give their churches solid foundations upon which to stand if a new law attempts to force them to engage in or allow an activity to take place that violates their disciplines of faith.

 

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Survival Food for Uncertain Times

Judgement of a Righteous God

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While all eyes are turned upon the topic of homosexual marriage, it is an important time to turn their attention to the issue that is most important: THEIR SALVATION.

Voters are deceived into thinking this is an issue for the courts and federal regulation. School students are deceived into thinking this is an issue of equal rights. Both are wrong. Laws cannot make “good” what God calls evil. Courts cannot sanctify as a “marriage” what God did not sanctify (See Genesis 2:24). Everyone needs to be educated by what God says about these matters.

God is the Ultimate Judge, far above the Supreme Court or any other court of man. And He will decide all cases set before Him. We must bring all eyes to the fact that we will be judged by a holy and righteous God. No amount of “rights” will save their soul. Only faith in the shed blood of the only begotten Son of God can save them.

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