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September 08 2018 By dvirtue Is the Queer Reckoning upon Us?

They cried out with a loud voice: "Lord, the One who is holy and true, how long until You judge and avenge our blood from those who love on the earth?" So a white robe was given to each of them, and they were told to rest a little while longer until the number would be completed of their fellow slaves and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been.

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September 07 2018 By dvirtue Masterpiece Cakeshop Round 2: Baker under Fire Again for Traditional Christian Beliefs

On June 4, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling against Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission because of the "clear and impermissible hostility" certain members of the Civil Rights Commission had displayed toward Phillips' Christian beliefs.

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September 05 2018 By dvirtue The Latest in Radical Rainbow Repression and Revisionism

The first one comes from the UK. And yes, I thoroughly checked the page at least three times to make sure it was not just a satire piece. Here it is:

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August 29 2018 By dvirtue California Family Council Calls on Senator Ricardo Lara to Apologize for Claiming Biblical Views "Perpetuated" Murder and Torture of Children

The disgusting slur from Lara claimed that beliefs about "conversion" lead to torture, and even "perpetuated the brutal murder" of two children in Los Angeles at the hand of their parents. Sen. Lara is referring to these horrendous crimes in Southern California:

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August 25 2018 By dvirtue California Christians, Prepare for Civil Disobedience

In an August 16 email, Greg Burt, Director of Capitol Engagement, California Family Council, explained the significance of AB 2943, which I previously dubbed the "Must Stay Gay" bill. He wrote, "With Thursday's [Senate] vote, elected leaders told churches and those with biblical beliefs about gender and sexual orientation that advocating for their views could get them sued."

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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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