Houston's lesbian mayor subpoenas pastors' sermons...

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Houston's lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, is behind subpoenas being issued to a number of the city's pastors whose sermons and other church communications will be examined for possible violations of the city's new anti-discrimination law. Enacted in June, among other things the law protects men who want to use the women's bathroom and women who want to use the men's bathroom.

This law might best be opposed through raised eyebrows, hands in front of our young son and daughter's eyes as we walk in and out of the public washroom, and other forms of public shaming. Shame is God's good gift—consider Adam and Eve after the Fall. Like clothing and jokes, shame testifies to the chasm between who God made us to be and who we are. To be shameless is to have lost the capacity to fear God.

Why has our society decayed to this point so quickly?

Because Christians think every interface with sexual perversion is our perfect opportunity to prove how compassionate and loving (like Jesus) we are, never obeying our Lord's command to be salt, light, and the pillar and foundation of His Truth. So our witness today never goes beyond the inane "God loves gays and has a wonderful plan for their life, too! God loves everybody, no exceptions! Yeah!" And we go home congratulating ourselves over our faithful Christian witness.

Is there any Christian willing to pick up litter along the highway? To unstop the clog in the city library's washroom so the...

stink may be flushed? To speak up in the college or university classroom or the meeting of the faculty senate to testify something akin to our Lord's Own words when He was publicly engaged in an ethical controversy:

But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. (Mark 10:6)

It's a shame how we leave such direct confrontation of the sin around us to the Lord. "It's not our place to do it, but He can," we say, "after all, he was Jesus."

The morality play of Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist did its work and all of us are busy bees making sure everyone knows we are the kind of Christian who attends the kind of church that welcomes sinners. Highly evolved and so progressive, you won't find us squeamish about lesbianism and sodomy. They've lost their yuck factor and we're on board with the project, except that we don't really want our own sons and daughters to turn out "that way."

But back to Houston: the pastors and their churches must comply with Mayor Parker's subpoenas or they will be charged with contempt of court. The subpoenas have everyone up in arms. Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious non-profit specializing in the legal defense of religious freedom, issued this statement:

The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented. The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions. Political and social commentary is not a crime. It is protected by the First Amendment.

"Needless" unless Mayor Parker views the religious condemnation of her sexual perversion by prophets of God tantamount to crying "fire" in a crowded theater—in which case it moves from "needless" to "necessary."

Here is the reason you should buy a copy of the latest title issued by Clearnote Press, Persecution in the Early Church. It's essential that every Christian and every church officer understands what these subpoenas down in Houston are all about and there is no better way of coming to understand them than reading this book. Our nation is moving whole-hog into the totalitarianism of those who view tolerance, pluralism, and inclusivity as the only way to hold our nation together. So these aspirational and ill-defined "values" are enforced as law by whomever whenever she sees fit. This is the same totalitarianism enforced by the Roman Empire concerning its pantheon of gods. Christians were persecuted and executed because they publicly confessed the true Christian faith in opposition to the Empire's tolerance, pluralism, and inclusivity.

Workman's Persecution in the Early Church is the needful preparation for the fight already begun between the inclusivity of idolaters and the exclusivity of Christians. As time passes, put away your false hopes: there will be no truce, no demilitarized zone, no live and let live, and certainly no First Amendment rights. It's a fight to the death and the integrity and boldness of our Christian witness against all these violations of God's Perfections and their codification in His Moral Law are the only hope of eternal life for us and for Mayor Parker.

True Christian love and compassion will work feverishly to restore shame and exclusivity to our naked public square, and faithful shepherds will lead the way through the public proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What is that Gospel?

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you. (Titus 2:11-15)

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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