Tuesday, December 17, 2013

C. Jay Engel on Gays as Faculty Members in Christian Colleges

C. Jay Engel at The Reformed Libertarian has written an article on gays serving as faculty members in Christian colleges and the left-wing reaction to this. I recommend that everyone share it through Google+, Facebook, Twitter, email, and through any means possible, for it shows the importance of this issue in Christian circles.

Says Engel:

Brian McClaren linked to an article this morning written by a homosexual faculty member at an (undisclosed) “Christian” college.  The homosexual issue is one that has been garnering more attention recently, especially in progressive Christian circles.  Now, I realize that the issue has been around for nearly the entire previous century and has increased rapidly since the turn of the twenty-first century, but it has certainly not died off.  In fact, I see it arise every single day on one blog or another.  Which of course means that it is another opportunity for Christians who recognize the sin of homosexuality to stay strong and be prepared to defend the Biblical understanding of sex.  Challenges are healthy.
The author, who writes anonymously for fear of losing his job, provides us with a small list of “ironies and bright spots for gays in the Christian College World.”  I do want to tread this fragile issue quite carefully.  For while we should never compromise the eternal truth of the Bible, neither should we use it in an unloving way.  For those of us who do not struggle with the sin of homosexuality, we recognize that this sin is not thought of as worse in the eyes of God than our own sins.  If God can have mercy on those of us who struggle with non-homosexual sins, surely he can have mercy on those who do.  We all have different sin struggles and we worship a God who is powerful to overcome anything.
That said, it is also interesting to note that so many Christians who consider themselves gay and who also do not see it as a sin, treat the issue as if they are crusaders on behalf of another civil rights revolution.  For instance, the opening to the post is this: “As a gay professor at a Christian college where it’s not safe to be out….”  This can be taken in to ways.  First, it can be seen as a situation where the Christian college recognizes the sin of homosexuality, realizes that it compromises God’s plan for sex, and therefore has taken up a policy of heterosexuals only.  The other way of understanding this is that the situation is one in which there is a tyranny of legalists at the top of a hierarchy ready to impose their will on the modern day witch: the homosexual.  The tone of many “gay Christians in hiding” is the latter.  They, by all appearances, are the victims in a theocratic scheme.
The source of this tone lies in the fact that there is a fundamental disagreement about whether homosexuality is a sin.  Those who do not see it as a sin, and indeed practice this lifestyle, are inclined to victimize themselves by assuming that traditional Christians are out to get them.  The “not safe to be out” gives off an air of a “hunted man” with a fake identity.  An interesting framework indeed.  However these closeted gays do feel though, is not the theme of this post.

Read the rest here.

Harold Camping Is Dead

The Christian Post reports that Harold Camping, a controversial Christian minister and predictor of end times, has died at the age of 92.

The report says:

Camping, co-founder of Family Radio and controversial doomsday radio Bible teacher, died on Sunday at around 5:30 p.m., according to the Family Radio Network email sent out Monday evening.
"On Saturday, November 30th, Mr. Camping sustained a fall in his home, and he was not able to recover from his injuries. He passed away peacefully in his home, with his family at his side," the email reads.
Camping made national as well as global headlines in 2011 when he proclaimed that Judgment Day would come on May 21. Thousands of listeners of Camping's radio show around the world believed him and many sold all their possessions, emptied their bank accounts and prepared for the rapture.
Harold Camping made numerous predictions and all of them ended up being false prophecies that fleeced many Christians. The failure of these "predictions" to come to pass has given non-Christians an opportunity to blaspheme, just like King David's sin with Bathsheba gave God's enemies an opportunity to blaspheme (2 Samuel 12:14).
As to what I hold regarding end-times prophecy, I am a premillennial dispensationalist who believes that there will be a rapture of the saints before the seven-year tribulation before Christ comes again and the Millennium is brought about. However, I reject the need to predict dates for end times, for Scripture shows us that "of that day and hour no man knoweth" (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32). But that does not mean in any way that we should be neglectful of such matters. In fact, thinking about the last days should urge Christians to spread the Gospel even more.  And it ought to remind us from falling into the error Harold Camping and Family Radio fell into for so many years before they came back to their senses.

Letter of Liberty News Edition (12-17-2013)

Here is the Tuesday roundup of news from Letter of Liberty

Ryan McMaken shows that being an Austrian economist is easier than ever.

Fred Reed explores the psychology of drone operators for the USG (United States government).

Tom Mullen reports on a federal ruling on the NSA.

Kelly Vlahos shows how Snowden became the carol of 2013.

John Whitehead laments the decline of childhood in the police state of Amerika.

Jacob Hornberger shows why abolishing the NSA is the only solution to police statism.

Jean MacKenzie show the truth about America's Nelson Mandela policy.

Conor Friedersdorf gives new evidence that the NSA chief lied to us.

Eugene Robinson encourages Americans to demand their privacy.

Spencer Ackerman explores the flaws with the 60 Minutes report.

The New York Times gives an editorial on the recent rebuke of surveillance statism.

Dr. James D. Boys writes on Parkland and the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.

Tony Newman rebukes cops for entrapping kids and getting them charged with drug offenses.

C. Jay Engel shows the truly greedy system in contrast to free markets.

Walter Williams reminds the pope that free markets are the best economic system ever.

Laurence Vance reviews Lizzie Collingham's new book The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food.

Robert Wenzel picks the top books of 2013.

Peter Schiff defends his father Irwin Schiff.

Paul Rosenberg talks about when he said something positive about a politician.

Daniel McAdams on John McCain

Michael Snyder writes on the impending doom that will come next year.

Julian Adorney shows the lessons that Nazi Germany holds for us, and they are warnings against statism.

Ann Jones exposes the militarization of children by the American government.

Joseph Mercola shows the problems of too much sitting.

Daisy Luther on real-life survival

Paul Huebl writes on the reality of police brutality and corruption.

William Norman Grigg writes on Commissioner Wendy Olson.

Brian McWilliams on the first judicial hit to the NSA

Mike Holly shows how government regulations make healthcare expensive.