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I realize this is a hot-button issue for many. Hopefully you will at least consider going to the link below and reading the insightful article by Ashley McGuire in its entirety as it relates to incidents at Target in conjunction with their new gender-identity-inclusive policies in restrooms and changing areas. Here are some excerpts from it:

“Until recently, bathrooms were one of the remaining places in society where men were not permitted to be with women and vice versa. Because of that clear barrier, even the sight of a man pushing open the door to a women’s restroom would raise eyebrows—and deter any would-be assailant with half a brain.

But all that is changing, as rules designed to protect privacy between the sexes are upended. Shortly after Target made its big announcement, a man recorded himself walking into his local Target and asserting his new right to use the women’s restroom. He did not state that he identifies as a woman; he simply said he wanted to make sure he had the right to use the women’s restroom. In the video, a manager assures him that he does, and when asked what the store will do if any women are upset, the manager says he will ‘take care of it.’

Apparently it was not long before Target’s lawyers got wind of the viral video; it was taken down almost immediately.

But the video was not an isolated incident. The following month, The New York Times ran the headline ‘Men Are Posting Videos of Themselves Testing Target’s New Bathroom Policy.’ The piece reported, ‘Multiple videos have popped up on YouTube showing men confronting store managers about the policy and asking what would stop them from entering the women’s bathroom inside the store. In the videos, the managers can be seen (or heard, since some of the video is poorly shot) patiently saying that nothing would stop the men from using the women’s room.’ Nothing.’

This Report Is Real

Two weeks after Target announced that its women’s bathrooms were open to anyone whose ‘gender identity’ led him there, police in a town in Texas issued a warrant for what was unmistakably a man who was spotted by a girl in a Super Target fitting room recording her as she undressed. The warrant charged him with ‘invasive visual recording.’ A month later, the same thing happened at a Target in New Hampshire: A man was charged with filming women in the fitting room

In the fake news story, a man who self-identified as a woman was captured photographing minor females in the bathroom. The only difference between the fake story and the real one was the location: In the real story, the snooping took place in the fitting room. As Snopes was forced to admit in a post about the fake story, “This fake news article was later confused with a somewhat similar real-life incident that subsequently transpired at a Target store.” On the post about the real story, Snopes had to clarify, “Unlike a fake news report from April 2016 involving a woman supposedly arrested for taking pictures of underage girls in a Target bathroom, this report is real.”

Read this carefully and discerningly. Decide for yourself if this is fake news. I think you’ll find it’s not. See full article here.

-e

 

 

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Gearing up for Trip to Israel

Posted: March 8, 2018 by pastorericrhann in Uncategorized

Should have some interesting posts and pics, to say the least, upon my return   -E

SURF TEL AVIV 

; )

This is a really interesting interview with Alice Cooper about his close friendship with the late Glen Campbell. Cooper, several times, mentions that one of their connections had to do with both of them being Christians. There are other interesting parallels as well.  -E

Yes, I’ve had people bring this film up as a refutation of Christianity. My wife once had a college professor who was fond of bringing up copycat theories like these. I had an interesting conversation with him once. Ironically, one of the long – standing jabs at Christians (“I guess you prefer blind faith to facts”) actually applies to those placing blind faith in the Zeitgeist film. You may enjoy the youtube video here.

-E

 

For this reviewer, there was plenty rotten in Pen-mark with Wm. Paul Young’s 2007 book The ShackNot in the least of this was when God (the Trinity) says to the human character (Mack) that the persons of the Trinity are submitted to humans the same way they are submitted to each other (see p. 145):

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Another fallacious zinger is found where, concerning the person Jesus Christ, it is explained by God that Jesus’ miracles, healings, and even raising people from the dead didn’t prove Jesus was Godmore than human, (but rather) it proves that Jesus is truly human (see p. 99):

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Still, the story must have contained enough slight of hand logic and emotional appeal distraction to keep the wool sufficiently pulled over the eyes of the unsuspecting. However, with the recent (March 7, 2017) release of Wm. Paul Young’s latest book Lies We Believe About God, there should remain no doubt about the erroneous beliefs of The Shack author. Here is a photo of my copy (which was already sold out at the local Barnes and Noble, so I had to special order it. The clerk specifically told me “these are selling like crazy”). 

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The book consists of what the author describes as 28 “lies” which many Christians have been duped into believing about God. I’m hoping to have a series of several posts on these – partly so you won’t feel the need to buy the book yourself. For now, here’s “Lie #13” – “You need to get saved.” 

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Young clearly states this is one of the 28 “lies” we Christians have been led to believe is true, but is not. He then goes on to succinctly explain (p. 117): “So what is the Good News? What is the Gospel? The Good news is not that Jesus has opened up the possibility of salvation and you have been invited to receive Jesus into your life. The Gospel is that Jesus has already included you into his life, into His relationship…”

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If there is still any hint of wiggle room left in what’s being said, he entertains the rhetorical questions (on p. 118): “Are you suggesting that everyone is saved? That you believe in universal salvation? ” To which he replies “That is exactly what I am saying!” 

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I suppose based on Young’s premise, when the jail-keeper in Acts 16 asked Paul and Silas “Sirs, what must I do to be saved” they should have responded “the need to be saved is a lie, you’re already saved.” Strangely, that wasn’t their response. They said:Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:30b – 31)

One of the proof-texts Young uses to support his universalism is John 3:17 which he places in conjunction with John 3:16 “For God so loved the world…” (3:17) “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemns the world, but to save the world through Him” (with the emphasis on world by Young, himself). In his mind, usages of “world” such as this imply automatic, universal salvation for everyone. It’s curious Young didn’t go on to the very next verse in John 3 which says “He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18 NKJV).

Rest assured the Bible doesn’t teach universal salvation for all – and rest assured the author of the Shack, does.

(More to come on this subject – and special thanks to our church youth pastor Jeremy Doyle for tipping me off about the release of this recent book)

-E

 

 

 

 

Yes, the wave continues. Info about this can be found by going right here – and how you can make your voice known can be discovered at this link (who knows, this very post might get removed at some juncture… ). A simple question: How long has your money been pouring into state schools as they’ve taught ideologies you diametrically oppose? (even pseudo-spiritual ideologies?) 

Last one out, make sure you grab a Bible  -E

 

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Hey Bakersfield/Kern County people:

There is still time to get registered for the Gary Thomas event at Valley Baptist Church, Bakersfield, Ca. There are 392 TOTAL registrants so far  (294 for marriage / 98 for “search” as of 12 noon Wed)  and names are still coming in. This is a “last call” reminder! It’s not often any church can have a nationally known speaker and prolific author come and speak in person. Thomas’ current speaking schedule even includes London. A number of people are purchasing tickets for their married kids, and singles. Final reminder – see you there 🙂 –Pastor Eric

Register here http://www.valleybaptist.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=182776

(or call Tracey 387-6328)