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August 16 2018 By dvirtue In Praise of the Puritans

I have written before about the Puritans. See here for some more background to these influential Christians:

Consider some of the great Puritans. Let me list ten of them chronologically, and offer just one of their main works each:

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August 13 2018 By dvirtue Pope Francis' new teaching on the death penalty rewrites the Bible

I'm not asking for revenge or retribution. I'm not arguing that the death penalty serves as a deterrent. I'm not calling for murderers to be executed so they will be incapacitated and won't repeat the heinous crime of homicide.

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August 08 2018 By dvirtue Groundbreaking Study Finds Majority of Those Seeking Help for Same-Sex Attraction Find It

Stephen Black is the Executive Director for First Stone Ministries. For more than twenty-five years they have collected data and responses from participants who willingly sought help for same-sex attraction, many who had been sexually abused. Those who remained in counseling for a year or more found the greatest freedom. In all cases, those who participated did so volitionally.

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August 06 2018 By dvirtue Torn Between Two Cultures? Revoice, LGBT Identity, and Biblical Christianity

Just a few days ago, a conference was held in St. Louis. The "Revoice" conference was advertised as "supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality."

The name was no accident, as the organizers called for a "revoicing" of the evangelical message on issues of sexuality, sexual identity, and beyond.

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July 31 2018 By dvirtue Pink Apostates

That sounds like apostasy to me: deliberately moving away from Christian truth once upheld and affirmed. Let me offer two clear examples of this rainbow apostasy which have just occurred. The first is from the UK. Many Christians know and love John and Charles Wesley, and the ministry they had three hundred years ago.

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July 27 2018 By dvirtue 'Intimidation' Overtaking Church on Sexuality Issues, Says Pastor Who Challenged Vicky Beeching

In a lengthy article last week on his blog, TheWeeFlea, David Robertson, who is the pastor at St. Peters Free Church in Dundee, Scotland, described what happened when Beeching -- who came out as a lesbian in 2014 -- commented on his and another pastor's review of her book, Undivided, in which they addressed her arguments and commented on the experiences she had that informed her conclusions.

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July 25 2018 By dvirtue Hormone therapy for transsexuals has fatal health risks

Hormone 'therapy'

Hormone 'therapy' involves giving testosterone to women and oestrogen to men.

The US study compared medical records of over 5,000 transgender people against more than 97,000 others.

It also suggested that men who took hormones for more than six years were ten times more likely to have a stroke caused by a blood clot than the general population.


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July 24 2018 By dvirtue Five Spiritual Dangers in the Human Rights Campaign's 'Guide' for LGBT Evangelicals

HRC's push to encourage churches to accept people who suffer with same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria is laudable, and Christians have been too dismissive of these people in the past. But Christians must be careful to preserve the teachings of Jesus while extending His grace to those who struggle with these issues. God calls Christians to love LGBT people, but not to affirm LGBT identity, and HRC's "guidance" undermines that crucial mission.

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Four years later, we have a field guide published by the Human Rights Campaign encouraging activists to infiltrate evangelical churches including those of the Southern Baptist Convention, to push Christians to abandon the Biblical view on sexuality and replace it with a heretical homosexual identity politics that adopts a thin veneer of scriptural reference.

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