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Dealing With the Bullies

Protection Money…you know, the money a business pays to a criminal group or gang to not mess up the business’s business. Of course it is illegal, but businesses become convinced that if they don’t pay it – the gang will seriously inflict harm on the business or even on the owner or employees. They become afraid to go to the police for help. This kind of intimidation occurs at many different levels. With the spiritual/religious groups it might be a threat of name calling. Being called bigots, racists, homophobic, haters, etc. can sometimes stop a church or denomination in its tracks from doing God’s work and speaking His truth. In a case in Great Britain against Archbishop Justin Welby, “The Rowes, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, pursued the case against the government after they and their six-year-old son were labeled "transphobic" by a primary school for refusing to "believe" in transgenderism.”[1]

These concerns may have to do with the church’s felt need of being accepted by the world and not be seen as confrontational and argumentative about these issues. Is this a rational fear? As Christians, are we called to be accepted by the world? “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both the body and the soul in hell.” (Matthew 10:28 NIV). Too often today’s church is soft-pedaling the Gospel and the directives given in God’s Word in order to avoid these conflicts.

“An official in the Church of England has refused a request to trash the religious organization's transgender-affirming guidance for its schools. It is Christian Concern that reported that Justin Welby, an archbishop, has, instead, affirmed the guidance that is called "Valuing All God's Children."[2] While sounding pleasant, “Valuing All God’s Children” simply affirms the world’s view of transgenderism, gender identity, teaching these untruths to the children and bullying parents and churches into accepting Satan’s lies. Along with CRT (Critical Race Theory) these bullies have convinced some churches and even denominations to turn away from God’s Word and play “safe” with the ways of the world.

The Bible informs us that, “…in the world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33 NIV), and, “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” (James 4:4 NIV). Are we, as God’s church, softening our stance with God and becoming friendlier to the world? We are instructed to love the world as Christ does, but not to love the world’s message of sinful living (Mark 16:15, John 3:16, 1 John 2:2). Jesus came to be the atoning sacrifice for sin, not the friend of sin.

It is well past time to stand up against these bullies of the church and, once again, protect our children and families from the brutality seen in the consequences of the sin we see permeating our culture. "As part of the case, the parents presented international expert evidence to the DfE [Department of Education] which revealed how trans affirming policies lead to 'catastrophic outcomes' for gender-confused children," Christian Concern confirmed.[3] May we stand only on the Word of God even when it may mean being bullied by the world. “May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face top shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26 NIV).

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