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Christianity Not Allowed

Dec 2, 2016

Things are going absolutely nuts with the Christophobes in the West. They are so full of hate for any believer who dares to take his faith seriously, especially in the public arena, that they have launched an all-out war on the faith. They are on a search and destroy mission to hunt down and silence all public believers.

gaines-6And they are doing all this in the name of tolerance, diversity and acceptance of course. The secular left and the militant homosexual lobby are as intolerant and nasty as you can get. A recent example of this involves how a much loved American television couple has been treated, simply because they go to church! I kid you not.

The American private Internet media company BuzzFeed is at the centre of all this. Their headline and subtitle say it all: “Chip And Joanna Gaines’ Church Is Firmly Against Same-Sex Marriage.” “Their pastor considers homosexuality to be a ‘sin’ caused by abuse — whether the Fixer Upper couple agrees is unclear.”

Wow, so a couple is being crucified for going to a church which actually believes what the Bible teaches. What next? And the couple has not even said where they stand on this particular issue, so they are being tarred and feathered in a case of guilt by association.

In case readers are not familiar with the couple, the opening paragraph of the BuzzFeed article is one of the few which is basically factual and bias-free:

Chip and Joanna Gaines’ series Fixer Upper is one of the most popular shows on HGTV. The couple has recently graced the cover of People magazine; their book, The Magnolia Story, has been on the New York Times’ best-seller list for five weeks; and they were the subject of a long profile in Texas Monthly that credited them with revitalizing the city of Waco, Texas, where the show is set and where their businesses are located. The couple are riding a wave of success, largely due to their charm and appeal. Joanna’s design aesthetic — large kitchen islands, open-concept floor plans, and shiplap — is one of the show’s stars; Chip’s goofiness — his willingness to call himself fat, his sadness and terror when he has to deliver bad news to a client during construction, and his buoyant attitude — is the other.

This whole episode is so outrageous – and we are used to the manic secular left doing outrageous things – that plenty of people have weighed in on this, challenging the madness of political correctness and the hateful homosexual militants.

It really is about fascism in action. Let me share a few comments by others on this. Dan Calabrese said this:

The goal here is to marginalize what has long been understood as mainstream. It’s to establish a new limit on freedom of religion. Whereas before, people of faith could apply their faith in their daily lives, including in their business careers, the new paradigm says you can believe anything you want in private, but it can’t affect anyone else in any way – at least not if liberals don’t like it. So if you’re Christians and you have a TV show, that might result in that TV show doing something liberals don’t like (e.g., only having opposite-sex couples featured), therefore, you can’t be Christians and have a TV show. It’s a scandal.
And the weaponized secular left will attempt to apply this in every other aspect of life as well. Any Christian who owns a business will be confronted with a demand that they explain themselves on the matter of homosexuality, and if they don’t reject what the Bible teaches, they will be the target of an effort to hound them out of their business lest they ever say or do anything not in compliance with the agenda of the secular left.

The Benham brothers, who also had to undergo their own hell at the hands of the homosexual jackboots, know all about this. They lost their own HGTV show two years ago because of the militants. They said this was another case of the “bully mafia agenda” which is intended to “bully this family into submission to force belief upon them.”

They continued: “Chip and Joanna are a wonderful family, and Chip and Joanna are believers in Jesus Christ. They’re not anti-anything. They’re pro-God. They’re pro-Bible. They’re pro-people. They’re pro-Jesus…what’s happening right now is a witch hunt.”

Todd Starnes said this:

It’s absolutely true that the Gaines family attends a church that believes marriage is between one man and one woman. Should that disqualify them from having a television program on HGTV? Do the militant LGBT activists want to create a Black List – banning individuals who attend evangelical Christian churches from working in the industry? Is that what they really want?
Friends, this is nothing more than a modern-day witch hunt. And it’s time for all freedom-loving Americans to rise up and stand with HGTV and the Gaines family. To the militant LGBT mob, we say stand down.

Matt Walsh said this about the war on Christianity:

Anti-Christian forces in our culture have attempted to divide Christianity into two groups: bad Christians and tolerable, if not good, Christians. The bad Christians are the ones who take the moral teachings of Scripture seriously, and the tolerable Christians are the ones who think the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, all Scriptural references to marriage and sexual morality, all of the Pauline letters, and the entire Old Testament, expired sometime within the last few decades. According to the tolerable Christians, we can now do, say, and believe whatever we want and still be Christian, so long as we throw, “Oh yeah, and Jesus is the Messiah or whatever, sure,” at the end of it. Anti-Christian leftists are fine with these sorts of Christians, mainly because these sorts of Christians are not Christian. That’s the most striking characteristic of the tolerable Christian: namely, that he isn’t one. But any Christian who remains genuinely Christian will be seen as “the bad type” in our culture.

And he added this on Facebook:

The Gaines’ were attacked because they are, by all accounts, devout Christians. That’s the only reason. Christians will be attacked for being Christian. Christ promised us as much. The only way to escape the assault is to hide our faith away or to renounce it completely. Anyone who lives his faith authentically will find the pitchfork mob at his doorstep. It has always been this way, everywhere in the world, and it will always be this way until the end.
What that means, as far as this particular story is concerned, is that Chip and Joanna should be encouraged. They’re doing something right. And the rest of us should embrace the insults and criticisms when they come, knowing that it only comes because we are walking with Christ. On the flip side of that coin, we should be extremely concerned if we are NOT being attacked for our faith.

Even some homosexuals were aghast at the BuzzFeed attack. For example, Brandon Ambrosino wrote: “I do not think these conservatives should be shamed or mocked. I do not think they should be fired. And I certainly do not think they should be the butt of a popular BuzzFeed article.”

Another site also nailed this deplorable episode, and it is a satire site. But the piece by the Babylon Bee is about as close to the truth as you can get. Here is the brief piece in all its humour (or sadness):

Reports from around the nation Thursday indicate that millions of American citizens were still reeling from the revelation that a prominent Christian couple holds a historically Christian position. “We’re not saying people can’t be Christians,” a Seattle woman said in a Facebook comment. “This is a free country, after all. But when Christians decide to actually have Christian beliefs about things—I’m sorry, that’s just too far.”
A man in Denver agreed, stating that he prided himself on his deep appreciation of and support for freedom of beliefs and religious tolerance, “so long as Christians don’t publicly hold opinions I find disagreeable.”
“It’s almost as if they take the Bible seriously or something,” he added, shaking his head. This revelation comes on the heels of a national Gallup poll released earlier this week indicating that over 95% of Americans agreed with the statement, “Christians are allowed to practice their beliefs, as long as everyone agrees with them.”

Yep, that’s about it. Welcome, not to post-Christian America, but to anti-Christian America.

www.buzzfeed.com/kateaurthur/chip-and-joanna-gaines-church-same-sex-marriage?utm_term=.pgEYda6M5Z#.bp3ad7Lb5A
www.hermancain.com/apparently-its-now-a-scandal-if-you-belong-to
www.lifesitenews.com/news/whats-happening-right-now-is-a-witch-hunt-benham-brothers-defend-chip-and-j
www.toddstarnes.com/column/fixer-upper-stars-under-fire-for-attending-evangelical-church
www.theblaze.com/contributions/if-we-arent-being-attacked-for-our-faith-as-christians-were-doing-something-wrong/
www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/12/01/buzzfeeds-hit-piece-on-the-gaines-family-is-dangerous/?postshare=5661480594988477&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.001f9bf5b57e
babylonbee.com/news/nation-shocked-horrified-christians-hold-christian-position/

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14 Responses to Christianity Not Allowed

  • The church the Gaines family members attend and their pastor’s beliefs are none of the LGBT community’s business. The LGBT movement needs to extend to other citizens the same tolerance the movement wants for its own followers.

  • Meanwhile Muslims in Australia are being awarded Woman of the Year, Father of The Year, Man of the Year, Youth of the Year, Professional of the Year, Role Model of the Year and other celebrity awards and deals without a mention of their faith and what it entails.

    www.missionofhope.org.au/amaa-2016/

  • Chances are, it’s going to get worse. Time to put on the “whole armor of God” Christian. We are at war. Ephesians 6:11.

  • Yes quite right Roberta.

  • Don’t hold your breath Sheila.

  • Why is this story not the least bit surprising?

  • What is the matter with Americans? Have they utterly forgotten the original foundations of their country? That paragraph from Babylon Bee is beyond normal, I can hardly believe that people have said such stupid things.

  • This afternoon ACL sent out email requesting we write to MPs asking them to vote against the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exemptions) Bill 2016, Bill. Entitled “Daniel Andrews, stop the attack on religious freedom” the message says the Victorian Government’s top priority before Christmas is to attack religious freedom in Christian schools and churches! Dan Flynn Victorian Director asks “Why single – out religious organisations?” saying the Andrews Government has signalled that its top priority in the last sitting week before Christmas (6-8 December) is to attack religious freedom in Christian schools and churches. After we’ve emailed our Upper House MPs asking them to take a stand for religious freedom Dan Flynn asks that we ask our Priest or Pastor to raise the matter at church on Sunday and forward the email to friends and family.

    Seems to me we have a situation like that in the American media here and I’m wondering whether or not all Aussies not from Islam/Muslim heritage who voted to award those Nobel prizes, know that their beliefs are to put homos to death also the infidel (those who do not believe Allah is God) non Muslims? Is our Government protecting our constitutional rights to live a peaceful lifestyle or are they effectively risking the lives of every living soul in the country?

    When will they ever learn Bill? Blessings

  • Fight the Good Fight of Faith

    11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

    17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

    20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.

    Grace be with you.
    1 Timothy 6:11-21 ESV

    The Victorian Government is exactly all we are warned against in Scripture, do they deliberately set out to go against the word of God and do they not realise all the progress made in our sun burnt land is attributed to God and the coming Kingdom of Christ? The Government doesn’t recognise our Savior, they are just calling right wrong and wrong right, they are blind to the truth, sealing their own fate. Open their eyes Lord, help them see Jesus, come quickly Jesus! Blessings Bill

  • @Roberta

    Time to put on the “whole armor of God” Christian. We are at war. Ephesians 6:11

    Exactly! And the first item one puts on is the belt of Truth. It’s time to wake up Australia, and start strongly and effectively telling the truth about marriage and family.

    Marriage is a life-long, faithful, one-flesh union of a man and a woman, based on the practise of natural sexual intercourse, for the benefit of the children naturally born into it.

    The pinkshirts blocked the plebiscite because they know the majority of decent Australians, religious or not, will never accept anal and oral sexual activities as the basis of marriage; nor will they have these disgusting and dangerous behaviours being taught to their children as normal and healthy.

    Using a body part against its natural function is an abuse. Sex abuse of the digestive tract causes anal cancer, faecal incontinence, HIV, HPV, syphilis (now practically an epidemic), throat cancer, and oral STDs. Sex abuse of the female digestive tract results in another cause of faecal incontinence: fistula. Women are also at risk of green vaginal discharge, caused by getting faecal matter in there too.

    Not only do the gays want to recruit children into homosexuality by lying to them that they were bron that way, they want to promote anal and oral sex to everyone, to make the whole world ‘gay’.

    I have made a start fighting back: massresistanceaustralia.org/

  • NO doubt similar reasons came into play when Facebook deleted my 308,000+ member Facebook Page, “Wake UP, America.” While we had over 300K members, our REACH was averaging 20 MILLION people weekly up until a week and a half before the election when Facebook began ratcheting down our page views. I can cite a single post which received over 357,000 views in one day in the last couple of days the Page was still online. We were given no plausible explanation of why the Page was suspended, then deleted. One complaint we received several weeks ago was that a photo of Donald Trump contained nudity. It was a photo of Donald Trump’s face, and there was no nudity at all. Zuckerberg is as much a Nazi as his buddy George Soros.

  • More on what Sandra McMahon said:
    www.acl.org.au/attack_on_christian_schools

  • Albert Mohler discusses this at the following link:

    www.albertmohler.com/2016/12/02/briefing-12-02-16/

    Rgds: Mick Koster

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