After Chile Eases Ban on Abortion, President Michelle Bachelet Seeks to ‘Legalize Gay Marriage’

SANTIAGO, Chile — A week after a Chilean court allowed the nation to ease its complete ban on abortion, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has presented a bill that would “legalize” same-sex “marriage” in the country.

“We can’t let old prejudices be stronger than love,” she said as she signed the proposal during a ceremony at the presidential palace on Monday. “We do this with the certainty that it is not ethical or fair to put artificial limits on love, or to deny essential rights just because of the sex of those who make up a couple.”

The bill, which would also allow homosexuals to adopt children, now heads to Congress for deliberation and debate. It would change existing law that defines marriage as being between a man and woman to rather being a “union between two people.”

It is not clear whether there will be limits on the “two people” allowance, such as prohibitions against familial relations or age limitations.

“There are no conditions to love. To keep moving towards an inclusive Chile, today I signed the equal marriage bill,” Bachelet wrote on social media on Monday, including a photograph of herself holding a rainbow pin.

Since 2015, the nation has allowed for civil unions, and in 1999, Chile decriminalized homosexual sexual activity.

While the bill will not likely be passed before Bachelet leaves office next year, homosexual advocacy groups cheered the development.

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“This day will be remembered as much as the day when women were granted the right to vote, slaves were freed or children born out of wedlock were granted the same rights,” Luis Larrain, the founder of the Iguales Foundation, told reporters.

Former President Sebastián Piñera, who is running for re-election in the November ballot, says that while he favors protecting the rights of homosexuals, he does not believe the institution of marriage should be altered.

“There should not be discrimination, but at the same time the essence of an institution such as marriage should be respected, which has always been about conserving the human race,” he said.

As previously reported, just last week, the Constitutional Court of Chile ruled 6-4 that an abortion bill presented in 2015 by Bachelet and passed by Congress earlier this month does not violate the nation’s constitution.

The measure permits unborn children up to 12 weeks in gestation (three months) to be killed in the instances of rape, risk to the life of the mother, or if the baby is not expected to survive in the womb.

For most of its history, abortion has been illegal in the country, with the exception of the period between 1931 and 1989, when a law was passed allowing for the unborn to be killed when the life of child’s mother is at stake. Gen. Augusto Pinochet restored the ban by declaration in 1989 during the last weeks of his regime.

Chile is mainly a Roman Catholic nation, with 66 percent of its inhabitants identifying as Catholic.


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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    the recent Nashville Statement ………….

    The Nashville Statement

    ARTICLE I

    WE AFFIRM that God has designed marriage to be a covenantal, sexual,
    procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman, as husband and
    wife, and is meant to signify the covenant love between Christ and his
    bride the church.

    WE DENY that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous,
    or polyamorous relationship. We also deny that marriage is a mere human
    contract rather than a covenant made before God.

    ARTICLE II

    WE AFFIRM that God’s revealed will for all people is chastity outside
    of marriage and fidelity within marriage.

    WE DENY that any affections, desires, or commitments ever justify
    sexual intercourse before or outside marriage; nor do they justify any
    form of sexual immorality.

    ARTICLE III

    WE AFFIRM that God created Adam and Eve, the first human beings, in his
    own image, equal before God as persons, and distinct as male and
    female.

    WE DENY that the divinely ordained differences between male and female
    render them unequal in dignity or worth.

    ARTICLE IV

    WE AFFIRM that divinely ordained differences between male and female
    reflect God’s original creation design and are meant for human good and
    human flourishing.

    WE DENY that such differences are a result of the Fall or are a tragedy
    to be overcome.

    ARTICLE V

    WE AFFIRM that the differences between male and female reproductive
    structures are integral to God’s design for self-conception as male or
    female.

    WE DENY that physical anomalies or psychological conditions nullify the
    God-appointed link between biological sex and self-conception as male
    or female.

    ARTICLE VI

    WE AFFIRM that those born with a physical disorder of sex development
    are created in the image of God and have dignity and worth equal to all
    other image-bearers. They are acknowledged by our Lord Jesus in his
    words about “eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb.”
    With all others they are welcome as faithful followers of Jesus Christ
    and should embrace their biological sex insofar as it may be known.

    WE DENY that ambiguities related to a person’s biological sex render
    one incapable of living a fruitful life in joyful obedience to Christ.

    ARTICLE VII

    WE AFFIRM that self-conception as male or female should be defined by
    God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption as revealed in
    Scripture.

    WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is
    consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.

    ARTICLE VIII

    WE AFFIRM that people who experience sexual attraction for the same sex
    may live a rich and fruitful life pleasing to God through faith in
    Jesus Christ, as they, like all Christians, walk in purity of life.

    WE DENY that sexual attraction for the same sex is part of the natural
    goodness of God’s original creation, or that it puts a person outside
    the hope of the gospel.

    ARTICLE IX

    WE AFFIRM that sin distorts sexual desires by directing them away from
    the marriage covenant and toward sexual immorality— a distortion that
    includes both heterosexual and homosexual immorality.

    WE DENY that an enduring pattern of desire for sexual immorality
    justifies sexually immoral behavior.

    ARTICLE X

    WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or
    transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential
    departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.

    WE DENY that the approval of homosexual immorality or transgenderism is
    a matter of moral indifference about which otherwise faithful
    Christians should agree to disagree.

    ARTICLE XI

    WE AFFIRM our duty to speak the truth in love at all times, including
    when we speak to or about one another as male or female.

    WE DENY any obligation to speak in such ways that dishonor God’s design
    of his imagebearers as male and female.

    ARTICLE XII

    WE AFFIRM that the grace of God in Christ gives both merciful pardon
    and transforming power, and that this pardon and power enable a
    follower of Jesus to put to death sinful desires and to walk in a
    manner worthy of the Lord.

    WE DENY that the grace of God in Christ is insufficient to forgive all
    sexual sins and to give power for holiness to every believer who feels
    drawn into sexual sin.

    ARTICLE XIII

    WE AFFIRM that the grace of God in Christ enables sinners to forsake
    transgender self conceptions and by divine forbearance to accept the
    God-ordained link between one’s biological sex and one’s self-
    conception as male or female.

    WE DENY that the grace of God in Christ sanctions self-conceptions that
    are at odds with God’s revealed will.

    ARTICLE IV

    WE AFFIRM that Christ Jesus has come into the world to save sinners and
    that through Christ’s death and resurrection forgiveness of sins and
    eternal life are available to every person who repents of sin and
    trusts in Christ alone as Savior, Lord, and supreme treasure.

    WE DENY that the Lord’s arm is too short to save or that any sinner is beyond
    his reach.

    • TheKingOfRhye

      Nashville mayor Megan Berry’s tweet in response:

      The @CBMWorg’s
      so-called “Nashville Statement” is poorly named and does not represent
      the inclusive values of the city & people of Nashville

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        Okay …… So …..

        • TheKingOfRhye

          That was pretty much what I thought after reading the “declaration”.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            again …. so ………..

          • TheKingOfRhye

            So, I guess you don’t care what the Nashville mayor says, and I don’t care what the Nashville Declaration says. Let’s just watch everybody sit there in stunned silence at the shocking way this conversation unfolded! lol

            One thing, though….the last line of that “declaration”….”WE DENY that the Lord’s arm is too short to save or that any sinner is beyond his reach.”

            Doesn’t that go against some of the things you believe? Didn’t we have a few conversations about how some people are “the elect” and some are not? It seems to me that if, as they say, no sinner is beyond God’s reach, then there is no such thing as an “elect”, and no “predestination”, etc.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            “One thing, though….the last line of that “declaration”….”WE DENY that the Lord’s arm is too short to save or that any sinner is beyond his reach.”
            Doesn’t that go against some of the things you believe?”

            nope .. it does not ……. that is my view … God reaches into and intervenes in peoples lives at His discretion …. and those people are the Elect …. the Elect are any person whom God has intervened in their life ….. once God intervenes there is an irresistible grace that is applied by God, drawing the sinner to Him and then to Christ …… they are the Elect, all saved persons ….. and the ones whose lives He has not intervened in …. are not saved …. they might be at sometime … but it is God who has predestined all of the saved that are saved …. the unsaved world are not of the Elect ………. and may never be …. but only God knows which ones and when they might be saved ………… we as believers drawn by God to Christ can determine which ones have already been saved ….. but we do not know which ones He will select in the future ………….. but we can know if they have not yet been selected yet ….

          • TheKingOfRhye

            “but only God knows which ones and when they might be saved”

            Ah, wait a minute…..WHEN they might be saved? Well, we’re talking predestination here, right? So, isn’t “when” irrelevant? And isn’t God “outside time” anyway?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            God has placed man in time …. Gods knows who will be saved and who will not ….. He does not have to wait for time to pass …. He can intervene at any moment …. it is relevant to when a person is saved … so God acts within the construct of time He has placed man in …… time is in a way irrelevant to God ….. but it is not irrelevant to His creation and His Elect …………. who are predestined ……….

          • MCrow

            I’ve been meaning to pick this bone with you: you do realize this means that God is, in fact, evil, yes? It requires that we have no choice in the matter, but that we are punished for it regardless. You can argue that we do evil, but God forces us to do that evil. This is why Calvinism fell by the wayside.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nope … God is not evil ….. all men have a limited free will to choose according to their nature and God decides which ones He will draw to Himself and save ….. all men act according to their nature and they will always act according to their nature unless and until God intervenes …. God is sovereign and is the only one with true free will ….. men are free to choose God without His intervention …. but they never will as they do not see it as an option ….. you can take a room and put a pile of carrots in one corner and a pile of meat in the other corner and put a vulture in the room right next to the carrots ….. the vulture will always choose the meat, according to his nature, put a bunny in the same room next to the meat and it will always choose the carrots according to its nature ….. put an unregenerate sinning man in a room with his particular sin and a Holy God and man will choose according to his nature … he will choose his sin ……..unless and until God changes that mans nature ………….

          • MCrow

            Ok, two things.

            1) That isn’t an actual choice. That’s like pushing someone off a cliff and saying they died because they didn’t choose to fly. If an option isn’t possible, it’s not actually an option. This means my original point stands: if something will never be chosen, that means God created us in such a way we will always make the wrong choice. That means he programmed us to choose evil. Speaking of…

            2) According to you, God created us, meaning he created our nature. If that’s true, it means God created us in such a way that he knew we would never choose to obey him and then punish us for it. Goes back to point one, and further means God created us evil, and thus created evil. That makes him, if you’re correct, evil

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            1. it is absolutely a choice …. and no one is pushing you off anything …. no one forced you to choose what you chose …….. you are free to NOT choose it ….. you just wont ………. you will act according to your nature and you will CHOOSE according to that nature …….. like a dog returns to his own vomit ……

            2. God created us ALL with the EXACT SAME NATURE …… so we are ALL IN THE SAME starting place …….. some are saved from birth …. most are not ….. some are saved just before their death ….. we are all free to choose Him with our “limited free choice” ….. we just wont …… what else you got ….

          • MCrow

            1: It is a false choice. You are saying we won’t due to how we are programmed. Your example with the vulture? They can’t eat carrots. They would starve because they can’t digest it. And punishing the vulture for eating meat is, again, like punishing a human for not being able to fly. You say we have a choice that *no* human will ever make. That’s not a choice.

            2. “We’re all created the same, except some of us are special and saved for no reason while the rest of you are condemned to eternal suffering through no fault of your own except God didn’t choose you. You can make this choice, except God, who made us, didn’t make us able to make it.” That’s not a choice. That’s your God saying that people deserve to suffer because of how he made them. he could save everyone, and chooses not to. That means he chooses to allow evil. He’s a tyrant

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nope … it is the exact same choice the unregenerate sinning man has ….. his sin or a Holy God ……. one is repellent to him and one is not ….. one is against his nature and one is not …. and unless and until that nature changes … for the vulture, the bunny or the unregenerate man …… the will always choose according to their nature …… “You say we have a choice that *no* human will ever make.” ……. no UNREGENERATE man would make ……. we all choose according to our nature …..

            “”We’re all created the same, except some of us are special and saved for no reason while the rest of you are condemned to eternal suffering through no fault of your own except God didn’t choose you. You can make this choice, except God, who made us, didn’t make us able to make it.””

            not what i said … maybe what you heard …. but not what i said and it is dishonest to put it in quotes ……… none of us are special …… your objection is that God is unfair …. and to that i say ….. YUP ….. He is sovereign … not us …. if God were “fair” ….. then you would be destroyed as you left the womb …… but God is merciful …. and He is omniscient …. and He knows that your “free will” is more important to you than Him ….. and to others it is not …. not sure that equals special …. i do not even know if that is the standard He uses …. but is God unfair ………… YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP!!!!! ….

            “That means he chooses to allow evil. He’s a tyrant”

            men choose evil …. God did not force them to choose that ….. so your outrage is noted …. and again …. you want God to be “fair” ……. God is not fair other than you value your “free choice” …. and the manner you CHOOSE to exercise that “free choice” ….. is to rebel against Him ….. according to your nature …………

          • MCrow

            Again, you say “all men have a choice” at the same time you say “but God is the only one who actually gets a say.” Again, like the rabbit and vulture, according to you, GOD created the evil human nature. GOD, in his omniscience, knows no one will choose him. He could have made it otherwise, but did not. So GOD is evil, as he CREATED humans to BE evil, and punishes them for it.

            That. Is. Not. Choice. You can argue it all you want, but a choice means, and listen carefully, means both options are possible. Saying to someone “you have a choice: fly or die” is not a choice. He can’t do one of those things. Saying “I gave him a choice! He didn’t choose to fly” is inherently flawed.

            “God is unfair.”

            Hence why he is not worthy of my worship or devotion

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            again … NOT what i said and if you are going to use quotes then do it HONESTLY as in QUOTING what i ACTUALLY SAID ………..

          • MCrow

            I’ll stop using quotes, fine. Can you stop murdering the ellipsis?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nope …………………………………

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            “Again, like the rabbit and vulture, according to you, GOD created the evil human nature”

            and again … lying about what i said …….. you bear all responsibility for your choice …. God did not FORCE you to choose anything …. nor did He create you to choose evil …. you do that on your own ….. when you act according to your desire and nature …. you are the one saying you have “free will” and you desire your “free will” … but then you turn right around and DEMAND GOD REMOVE IT FROM YOU ……. “He could have made it otherwise, but did not” ……… so do you have “free will” or not …. do you want the “free will” or do you not ….. because you are contradicting yourself massively here ………..

          • MCrow

            Is it our nature or our choice, Amos? You either get to say humans get a choice or that it’s all up to God. We either have some say in things or we don’t. You don’t get to have this one both ways: either you must acknowledge that we have choice in our lives or that god made us evil. So which is it: choice or fate?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            your nature is a determiner of your choice ….. they are inexorably linked ……. and until God changes your nature …. you will continue to make the same choices ….. and we were all created with that same nature …. as unregenerate sinners ….. you have a limited free choice and your choice is a result of your nature …. i do not have nor want it “both ways” …. i have said, i just said it and i will say it again ……… YOU HAVE A LIMITED FREE CHOICE …. now ….. do you want that “free choice” ….. or did you want God to remove it …. see …. when a person gets saved ….. MOST of their choice is REMOVED …… so is that what you are asking for ………..

          • MCrow

            “your nature is a determiner of your choice”

            From where does my nature originate? Keep in mind, I had no say in being born, nor being born human. If we all will inevitably sin, why are we born that way?

            “until God changes your nature …. you will continue to make the same choice”

            Then it’s not a choice. Either God magics us as saved or we, through no fault of our own, are condemned.

            “YOU HAVE A LIMITED FREE CHOICE”

            Saying we are able to choose, but saying no one can because our nature compels us otherwise is not free will. Not even limited free will. Again, telling someone falling off a cliff they can choose to die or flap their arms and fly is a false choice: one is impossible. Keep in mind, I think free choice is all we have, so in my mind, we have to make the best decisions with what we have.

            “do you want that “free choice” ….. or did you want God to remove it …. see …. when a person gets saved ….. MOST of their choice is REMOVED …… so is that what you are asking for ………..”

            The following is speculative in my part, but yes. I’d say remove free will. All of it. From everyone. Forever. Make our natures perfectly in harmony with God. The alternative is being punished in hell for all eternity for a finite deviation. What kind of monster would not choose that option?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            you nature is derived from the fall of man … when men fell from grace their DNA was altered and every men woman and child inherits that trait …. you know … SCIENCE ….

            “Saying we are able to choose, but saying no one can because our nature compels us otherwise is not free will.”

            all things have a nature …. all things act according to their nature …. BTW that is the SCIENCE of it ….. you say you have “free will”, am i correct ….. so if i am WRONG, and you have such a “free will” ….. then let me see you choose Him ….. you cant because you do not see it as in your interest, you do not see an advantage to you to do so, and you will always act in your own SELFISH SELF INTEREST and that is YOUR NATURE ….. now …. how is it that you have a PROBLEM with YOUR OWN NATURE ……….. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ …………..

          • MCrow

            I don’t have a problem with nature, you just have an issue accepting that if your beliefs are correct, then God created evil.

            If god created man, and god made man unable to defy his nature, and made man in such a way that his nature would be evil, god created evil. There’s no way around that

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            God created you …. so if God is evil …. THEN YOU ARE EVIL …. is that what you believe …. because there is no way around that ………….

          • MCrow

            I don’t think there is a god, so no. You seem to think humans are evil regardless. Still haven’t answered my point.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i see …. humans are evil regardless … all you have to do is read history ………..

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            and what point do you think i have not addressed ……..

          • MCrow

            If God created us to obey our natures, and we have no say in our natures, and our natures are evil, then how do we have free will, even “limited” as you seem to stubbornly insist? And, further, if we have a nature, created by God, and that nature is evil, how is God not evil?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            God created us with a nature that we obey no matter what that nature is … and that nature for the unregenerate sinner is to act in his own selfish self interest …. and this is mans condition and nature …. SELFISH SELF INTEREST … and the only one who can change that nature is God Himself ………..

          • MCrow

            If that is true, then God created evil, and, again, is unworthy of worship as he makes us slaves to evil, and gives us no ability to defy that nature unless he wills it, and only selects some while essentially creating others to serve no purpose other than to eternally suffer. That is monstrous and sadistic. You would call such a being good?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nope … you have a choice to act or not act …. you just CHOOSE to act ……… you have limited free will and one of those choices is to CHOOSE God …. you are responsible for your choices and your acts …. you love your sin more than you love God ………

          • MCrow

            As for my contradictions, if god had the power to eradicate all evil and save all men, yes, I’d surrender my will to end the suffering and ensure others did not. However, bear in mind, I don’t believe in a deity, so I think that it’s far more crucial to ensure people make good decisions

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            “if god had the power to eradicate all evil and save all men, yes,”

            God has three options …. 1. Save everybody ….. this brings no Glory to God …. 2. Save nobody ….. this brings no Glory to God …. 3. Save those whom He chooses ….. this brings Glory to God ….

            sorry to tell you …. God …. IS NOT ABOUT YOU ………. He is about God …..

            “I don’t believe in a deity”

            and … you NEVER WILL ………. unless and until God intervenes in your life …….

          • MCrow

            I’ve dealt with enough narcissistic sociopaths to know I want nothing to do with your version of God, Amos

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            takes one to know one? …………….. but as i said ….. unless and until God intervenes in your life you never will …. but if He does …. you will not be able to walk away ….

          • MCrow

            It doesn’t, actually. Just an abusive father.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            I’m still not understanding how this supposedly works. If it’s “predestination” then everything is already determined, right? But then you say “we do not know which ones He will select in the future” and some “have not yet been selected”. How is that not a contradiction?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            God knows those things … He has not shared all He knows with His creation … we do not have the capability to take that in ……..in our temporal existence within time that information is withheld from us until it occurs …. but God is omniscient and His creation is going to come out as He has designed it ……..

          • TheKingOfRhye

            So, you’re basically saying it IS all predestined, but we just don’t know how it will all play out? Uh…I understand that, but….that’s totally beside the point. It doesn’t answer any of my questions at all. You said God will select people in the future. Not that people who don’t exist in the mortal plane yet have been selected, but that there are, or will be, people who have either will or will not be selected.

            I mean, I’m a big fan of professional wrestling….and yeah, that’s totally scripted and predetermined and so forth, but still, I don’t know how it’s going to turn out. But I wouldn’t say that how a match or storyline turns out isn’t planned just because I don’t know how it will happen.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            God will select people in the future from our perspective as we are locked to time ….. God is not and has already selected them as a being not bound by time … but also they were selected and their sins forgiven even before the creation was created …. God knows the end from the beginning and has told us what the end will be from the beginning ….. if we build a motor and we turn it on we know how the motor will operate …. and we know this BEFORE we build it …. this is no different …….

          • TheKingOfRhye

            Okay, I think I finally understand what you are saying. You’re saying it IS all predetermined, but we just dont know how it will all play out. You could have made it a lot simpler by saying that at the start.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            we know a certain amount …. but all the details are not available to us …. it is not a simple process and for your understanding some of the details needed to be fleshed out …. you are asking questions which lead into very big answers ……. thats a good thing …………

          • TheKingOfRhye

            I still fail to see how “no sinner is beyond God’s reach” does NOT contradict the whole idea of predestination.

      • Dealerdeb1

        in a word? BULLSHIT! Deny God at your own peril don’t make your laws mine. The people of Nashville are NOT all too happy with this nonsense of yours. Better look for a new gig come election day

    • Bob Johnson

      So does Article I mean that these signatories won’t be supporting Donald Trump in 2020?

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        well i am not sure who all the signatories are …. but my guess would be no ………..

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  • The General

    Redefining reality is not wise.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    “a “Syphilis Tsunami.””

    Syphilis rates are soaring

    When Rocha started working at the department, syphilis seemed to be on its way out. Case numbers were so low that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a nationwide campaign in 1999 to eradicate the disease.

    Yet syphilis rates have risen almost every year since the new millennium, picking up steam in the last few years. The number of infectious syphilis cases nationwide quadrupled in 15 years to 23,872 in 2015, according to data from the CDC.

    The majority of new infections for years have been in men, particularly gay and bisexual men. This summer, the L.A.-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation erected billboards in the city as well as in Oakland, Dallas and Chicago warning of a “Syphilis Tsunami.”

    latimes;com/local/la-me-ln-syphilis-investigator-20170830-htmlstory.html

    change the ; to a .

  • TheKingOfRhye

    Wait a minute here….Seeks to ‘Legalize Gay Marriage’??

    Why, oh why, do we have to have the word “legalize” in quotes? And I notice they did it again in the story. Okay, I get why they always put gay marriage in quotes. Don’t agree with the reasoning, but I see what it is, at least. It’s not really marriage, or something like that, right? Call it what you will, I guess, but if this does happen, it will indeed be legalized. No need for ‘scare quotes’ there.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      “No need for ‘scare quotes’ there.”

      they are not “scare quotes” …… they highlight the false legalization that God does not recognize ….

      • TheKingOfRhye

        So, what they are is exactly ‘scare quotes’

        • Amos Moses – He>i

          nope …. it highlights the lie ……….

          • Garbage Adams

            No, what they are is scare quotes.

  • InTheChurch

    Chilean churches, please continue to preach the Word, preach the truth and preach about sins.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    Pro-LGBT Christians Take Aim at Bible-Based Nashville Statement

    Charisma ………

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    Preamble

    “Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…” –Psalm 100:3

    Evangelical Christians at the dawn of the twenty-first century find themselves living in a period of historic transition. As Western culture has become increasingly post-Christian, it has embarked upon a massive revision of what it means to be a human being. By and large the spirit of our age no longer discerns or delights in the beauty of God’s design for human life. Many deny that God created human beings for his glory, and that his good purposes for us include our personal and physical design as male and female. It is common to think that human identity as male and female is not part of God’s beautiful plan, but is, rather, an expression of an individual’s autonomous preferences. The pathway to full and lasting joy through God’s good design for his creatures is thus replaced by the path of shortsighted alternatives that, sooner or later, ruin human life and dishonor God.

    This secular spirit of our age presents a great challenge to the Christian church. Will the church of the Lord Jesus Christ lose her biblical conviction, clarity, and courage, and blend into the spirit of the age? Or will she hold fast to the word of life, draw courage from Jesus, and unashamedly proclaim his way as the way of life? Will she maintain her clear, counter-cultural witness to a world that seems bent on ruin?

    We are persuaded that faithfulness in our generation means declaring once again the true story of the world and of our place in it—particularly as male and female. Christian Scripture teaches that there is but one God who alone is Creator and Lord of all. To him alone, every person owes glad-hearted thanksgiving, heart-felt praise, and total allegiance. This is the path not only of glorifying God, but of knowing ourselves. To forget our Creator is to forget who we are, for he made us for himself. And we cannot know ourselves truly without truly knowing him who made us. We did not make ourselves. We are not our own. Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be.

    We believe that God’s design for his creation and his way of salvation serve to bring him the greatest glory and bring us the greatest good. God’s good plan provides us with the greatest freedom. Jesus said he came that we might have life and have it in overflowing measure. He is for us and not against us. Therefore, in the hope of serving Christ’s church and witnessing publicly to the good purposes of God for human sexuality revealed in Christian Scripture, we offer the following affirmations and denials.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    SATIRE WARNING ……… SATIRE WARNING ……… SATIRE WARNING ………

    If you’ve come within fifty miles of Twitter or Facebook this week, you’ve probably heard about a mysterious new document called the “Nashville Statement.” Depending on which crowd you run with, you probably think it’s either a 67th book being added to the canon of Scripture, or else a modern, revised version of Mein Kampf. But unlike the unwashed masses on your social networks, you’re a smart person, and so you came to The Babylon Bee to get the story straight.

    So here they are: just the facts about the Nashville Statement.

    What does the Nashville Statement say?

    It says some really controversial stuff for Bible-believing Christians, like that God made Adam and Eve as (trigger warning) male and female, that marriage was created by God to be the union between one man and one woman, that He loves people with gender dysphoria and same-sex attraction even if He doesn’t approve of all of their actions, and that He offers His grace and mercy to sinners of all stripes.

    Who has signed the Nashville Statement?

    A whole mob of fringe, hate-filled bigots with zero credibility, such as John Piper, J.I. Packer, Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, Al Mohler, Russell Moore, Francis Chan, and Matt Chandler. Just look at that list of theological lightweights—couldn’t they at least have gotten some people who’ve proven themselves as faithful witnesses of Christ?

    Who has come out in opposition to the Statement?

    A bunch of folks who believed everything it says just a couple years ago.

    What is their main argument in opposition to the Statement?

    That those supporting the Nashville Statement are not doing so because they believe the Word of God, but because they are homophobic, neo-nazi white supremacists who worship Donald Trump—which makes sense, as long as you don’t think about it for longer than about three seconds.

    How should I respond to the Nashville Statement?

    You could start up a hashtag-based movement telling people to abandon the faith because the Bible doesn’t line up with their personal feelings, or you could launch into a 500-tweet-long rant about the Statement so that everyone knows how sensitive and caring you are. If you really want to effect social change, you could even change your profile overlay to a rainbow flag or #RESIST image macro for the next week or so. BUT, whatever you do, above all else, definitely do not read the Statement and actually attempt to honestly engage with its claims. That way, madness lies.

    Babylon Bee ………..