Religious Liberty

The Mayflower Compact and the Foundations of Religious Liberty

The Mayflower Compact and the Foundations of Religious Liberty

By Angela Sailor

Out of necessity, the Mayflower Compact brought those of different religious backgrounds together into one community, in a solemn agreement under God.

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Religious Liberty on Trial in Supreme Court’s Foster Care Case

Religious Liberty on Trial in Supreme Court's Foster Care Case

By Virginia Allen

Heritage Foundation scholar Ryan T. Anderson hosts a discussion breaking down the case and why it is a critical battle for thousands of foster children and religious liberty in America.

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What Does It Mean That God Chose Us?

What Does It Mean That God Chose Us before the Foundation of the World? (Ephesians 1)

Benjamin L. Merkle

What does it mean that God “chose us in him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4a)? Why is this significant? What is God’s end goal in this?

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Religious Freedom Isn’t Hypothetical, Federal Judge Tells Washington State

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Today’s BreakPoint: Religious Freedom Isn’t Hypothetical; Federal Judge Tells Washington State

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…So, in the process of becoming licensed to care for their own great-granddaughter, the Blaises were asked to react to hypotheticals such as “what if H.V. wanted to undergo hormone therapy to change her sexual appearance,” or “wanted to dress like a boy and be called by a boy’s name.” Again, remember H.V. is a one-year-old…

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Pro-Life Updates (Various Sources)

Wednesday 
September 23
12:00 PM
Join us for our
Kickoff Rally
2903 North State Street
Jackson, MS

 

 

Please, join us as we kickoff 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. Pray, that the women will know the child growing inside them is a creation the Lord has made and that child has a purpose. 

With everything that is going on in our world today more than ever before we need God’s Children to rise up and pray, fast and seek God’s Face.

“Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins.
Isaiah 58:1

Please join us in prayer and fasting as we go to the last abortion facility in Mississippi to be a public witness for God!

This kickoff will be different than any we have had in the past. Everyone will need to wear a mask and everyone is asked to spread out along both sides of North State Street being sure to keep a 6ft social distance. If you are bringing your family they will not need to spread out between individuals. Only spread out from people outside your group or family. We will have a pastor to lead the opening and closing prayer for the hour. We will not have a speaker, but are asking that you take the time to pray, sing, and be the light of God for all the world to see.

Stand 4 Life

23 Week-Old Premature Baby’s Miraculous Survival Shows the Humanity of Unborn Babies

New Survey Shows Less Support for Abortion Worldwide, Even in Secular Europe

Abortion groups sue over Tennessee law requiring abortion pill patients to receive information on reversal

Iowa Dem Dodges on Support for Late-Term Abortion – Washington Free Beacon

The Witness of Sr. Deirdre Byrne | National Review 

14 Texas Towns Have Outlawed Abortion. This West Texas City May Be Next

Trump vows to work to ‘fully defund’ Planned Parenthood if he wins second term

Foster family makes young boy’s dream comes true

Fourth Circuit clashes with Ninth Circuit over Trump Administration’s ‘Protect Life’ rule

Joe Biden Needs Schooling in the Thought of John Paul II | National Review

Fourth Circuit Abortion Antics | National Review

Federal Court Blocks Trump Admin Restrictions On Maryland Abortion Clinics

Twins Rescued From Abortion After Brave Mother Changed Her Mind

BURKE: Washington Abortion Mandate Violates Letter, Spirit of Constitution

Researchers say aborting first child makes a woman more likely to abort future pregnancies

Fourth Circuit Abortion Antics | National Review

Candace Owens: Seeing my baby’s ultrasound made me fully pro-life

Hey HBO, abortion isn’t a joke

‘I was abandoned at the age of 3’: Local pastor holds suitcase drive for foster care children

Micropreemie twins overcome the obstacles: ‘Miracles still happen’

Washington Post Columnist: Dismemberment Of Humans Is ‘Banal’

Report: House leadership plans to fight for federal taxpayer-funded abortions next year

During Hurricane Laura, these medical professionals fought to keep 19 babies safe

Kamala Harris Supports Abortions Up to Birth, But Snopes Tries to Hide Her Extremism


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Pro-Life News Report

Top Stories
 Jim Caviezel Slams the “Barbarism of Abortion.” Killing Babies is “Immoral and Wrong”
 Catholic Bishop Says Catholics Can’t Vote Pro-Abortion Democrats: “Heed This Message!”
 Disney Threatened to Boycott Pro-Life Georgia But It’s Fine With China Killing Babies in Abortion
 Andrew Cuomo Blames President Trump for Coronavirus Killing Thousands of New Yorkers

More Pro-Life News
 President Trump and Joe Biden are Tied In Florida, Trump Leads Among Hispanics
 Pro-Life Group Backs President Trump: “He is a Proven Champion for Life”
 BLM Activists Vandalize Church’s Sign Saying “Unborn Lives Matter”
 Vice President Mike Pence Condemns Abortion: “Every Life Matters”

Read these news stories and more, LifeNews.com

Pro-Life Updates (Various Sources)

REMINDER: Please help us get the word out

Once again this year FSM will be partnering with Mission M25 to support Falcon Children’s Home and Family Services and the fight against Abortion. Naida and I were honored to lead the March for Life in Dallas (along with other M25 Motorcyclists) this year. Now it is time for all of us to once again step up and help mothers and their unborn children have a future.

See the full story here

Your monthly news & updates

In this Issue: The Buffer Zone Battle: PLM and M25 Diaper Run; National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children; White Ribbon Sunday; 40 Days for Life; Life Chain 2020; Wlak for Life and More…

Pro-Life Mississippi – The latest news for you


 

Stand 4 Life

During Hurricane Laura, these medical professionals fought to keep 19 babies safe

Study: Schools Hide Planned Parenthood’s Extermination Of The ‘Unfit’

Washington Post Columnist: Dismemberment Of Humans Is ‘Banal’

Feminist Defends Killing Babies in Abortions: “I’ve Witnessed at Least 20,” It’s No Big Deal

Economists: Coronavirus Could Result in ‘Baby Bust’

Micropreemie twins overcome the obstacles: ‘Miracles still happen’

Abby Johnson Tells GOP Convention the Reality of Abortion: The Baby “Fought Back, Desperate to Move”

Catholic priest prays for God to ‘open our hearts’ to unborn children in DNC closing prayer

Pelosi Says Tax Dollars Will Fund Free Abortions for Medicaid Recipients in 2021 | National Review

Kamala Harris Supports Abortions Up to Birth, But Snopes Tries to Hide Her Extremism

Texas pro-lifers sue city of Austin for giving taxpayer funding to abortion groups

Missouri Pro-Life Law Saving Babies From Abortions Heads to Federal Appeals Court

Video: Planned Parenthood Staff Admit To Performing Illegal Abortions

Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy: If you believe the Bible, you cannot support abortion

College Professor Threatens to Dismiss From Pro-Life Students From Her Class

Abby Johnson Tells GOP Convention the Reality of Abortion: The Baby “Fought Back, Desperate to Move”

‘Fact Checkers’ Going To Great Lengths To Hide Joe Biden’s Support For Late-Term Abortion

DC Police Reveal Why They Arrested Teens Writing Pro-Life Messages In Chalk


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Pro-Life News Report

 

Top Stories
 Catholic Bishop: Christian Voters “Cannot Support Candidates Who Will Advance Abortion”
 Trump Admin Tells UN: There is Absolutely No Right to Kill Babies in Abortions
 Nancy Pelosi Will Force Americans to Fund Abortions if Joe Biden Wins
 Bishop Says Catholic Politicians Can’t Support Abortion. Joe Biden Should Pay Attention

More Pro-Life News
 Feminist Defends Killing Babies in Abortions: “I’ve Witnessed at Least 20,” It’s No Big Deal
 Joe Biden Supports Abortion, But President Trump Stands for Babies’ Right to Live
 What Biden and Harris Stand For is Horrifying: Ripping Babies Limb From Limb in Abortions
 Grammy Winner Kacey Musgraves: Anyone Voting for Trump is Committing an “Act of Violence”

Read these news stories and more, LifeNews.com

Pro-Life Updates (Various Sources)

REMINDER: Please help us get the word out

Once again this year FSM will be partnering with Mission M25 to support Falcon Children’s Home and Family Services and the fight against Abortion. Naida and I were honored to lead the March for Life in Dallas (along with other M25 Motorcyclists) this year. Now it is time for all of us to once again step up and help mothers and their unborn children have a future.

See the full story here

 

Stand 4 Life

Micropreemie twins overcome the obstacles: ‘Miracles still happen’

‘Let Me Be Clear’: Nurse Says Trump’s Coronavirus Leadership Saved ‘Thousands Of Lives’

UN Special Rapporteur says opposition to abortion is a ‘religious belief.’ There’s a problem with that.

The New York Times, Also Factually Deficient on Abortion | National Review

President Trump Has Made Pro-Life Values a Cornerstone of His Administration

Video: Planned Parenthood Staff Admit To Performing Illegal Abortions

Police Arrest Man For Pulling Gun On Pro-Life Activists Outside Planned Parenthood

‘I Wish I Had A Mom’: Teen In Foster Care Demonstrates Incredible Hope And Resilience

Catholic priest prays for God to ‘open our hearts’ to unborn children in DNC closing prayer

GOP Congressmen Write to DOJ over Arrest of Pro-Life Demonstrators | National Review

Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy: If you believe the Bible, you cannot support abortion

Three Reasons the Democratic Convention Downplayed Abortion | National Review

Judge allows online and pharmacy dispensing of abortion pill during COVID-19

A Biden Administration Would Erase Progress on Pro-Life Policies | National Review

Schumer Might Scrap Filibuster to Advance Biden’s Abortion Agenda: “We’ll Do Whatever It Takes”

College Professor Threatens to Dismiss From Pro-Life Students From Her Class

DC Police Reveal Why They Arrested Teens Writing Pro-Life Messages In Chalk

New Pro-Life Map Shows Which States Force Residents to Fund Abortion, Planned Parenthood

The Supreme Court’s Abortion-Affirming Decisions Aren’t ‘Settled’

Abortion Pills Are So Dangerous To Women, The FDA Should Ban Them

Democrat Party Approves Platform Supporting Abortions Up to Birth at Taxpayer Expense

Chris Cuomo Makes Fun of Christians: You Stupidly Think We Want to “Kill All the Babies”

Planned Parenthood Withdraws Lawsuit against Indiana Ultrasound Law | National Review


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Pro-Life News Report

 

Top Stories
 Kamala Harris: “We Must Keep Fighting to Defend” Killing Babies in Abortions Up to Birth
 Republicans Officially Nominate Pro-Life President Donald Trump for Re-Election
 New Biden Ad Calls for “Healing America.” You Can’t Heal America by Killing Babies
 Planned Parenthood Leaders Admit Under Oath to Killing Babies in Illegal Partial-Birth Abortions

 CNN: Republicans are Racists. Tim Scott, Nikki Haley Just Tokens for Racist White People
 Cardinal Dolan Opens GOP Convention Boldly Proclaiming: “In God We Trust”
 Liberals Trash Herschel Walker With Racial Slurs After Football Star Endorses President Trump
 Joe Biden Will Force Christians to Fund Killing 60,000 Babies Every Year in Abortions

More Pro-Life News
 You Can’t Call Joe Biden a “Devout Catholic” When He Supports Abortions Up to Birth
 Kamala Harris: It’s a “Distraction” to Point Out My Previous Attacks on Joe Biden
 ABC Trashes Pro-Life Teen Nicholas Sandmann Before He Speaks at Republican Convention
 Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the Most Anti-Catholic Ticket in History

 Kamala Harris Tried to Put Pro-Lifer in Jail Who Exposed Planned Parenthood Selling Baby Parts
 Nurse Says President Trump’s Leadership on Coronavirus Saved “Thousands Of Lives”
 GOP Convention Gets Five Times More Views on First Night Than Democrat Convention
 President Trump Has Made Pro-Life Values a Cornerstone of His Administration

Read these news stories and more, LifeNews.com

Unless you are heartless, Abby Johnson’s speech last night at the RNC was one that should convince all but the die-hard abortion advocates (those blinded by greed and evil lies) that this is ethically and morally wrong. 

Adoption Is Beautiful, Surrogacy Isn’t

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Adoption Is Beautiful, Surrogacy Isn’t

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Responding to Concerns and Questions

JOHN STONESTREET  WITH MARIA BAER

Recently, prompted by the news that CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and his homosexual partner paid a woman to carry a child for them, my colleague Maria Baer and I released a BreakPoint commentary on the serious ethical problems of surrogacy. Surrogacy intentionally breaks the mother/father/child connection, commodifies both babies and women’s bodies, and puts both women and children at risk of exploitation. That this immoral practice is now normal is, as we said, another chapter in the bad ideas of the sexual revolution and its victims.

A few readers and listeners wrote in to ask whether our concern that surrogacy intentionally severs the bond between mothers, fathers, and children also extends to adoption.

In short, the answer is no. Adoption repairs a fracture. Surrogacy creates one.

God’s design for the family is that a man and wife become one flesh and raise children together. The Fall frustrates this design in different ways. Families can break. Couples may find that their sexual union is infertile. Biological parents find themselves unable to care for their children for various reasons. A sexual act, disordered toward illegitimate pleasure or even selfish violence, produces a life unintended and unexpected.

Whatever the brokenness, adoption offers a means of restoration. Implicitly, the act of adoption recognizes that something is not as it should be, whether or not someone is morally culpable. A family break of some kind, typically at the beginning of the procreative act, is addressed and, many times, even restored by a new family. As open adoptions become more common, there is even, to some degree, a merging of families or of biological parents into the new family.

In all of these ways, adoption portrays God’s relationship with us. Adoption is among the many marriage-and-family metaphors used in Scripture to describe how God relates to His people. Paul, in Ephesians, calls Christians “adopted” sons and daughters of God, though Jesus Christ. The fracture created in the Garden and extended by our own brokenness is repaired by Jesus. As a result, we are adopted children of God, with all of the rights and benefits and status involved.

In the comments we received about the previous commentary on surrogacy, some questioned whether a woman’s relationship to the children she bears is really all that important. This was asked by adoptive moms who are just as emotionally and spiritually connected to their children as any biological mother could be. In our view, that’s obviously and beautifully true, and not something we questioned in our commentary.

What we did say is that women who bear children do have an inherent connection to the children they bear. This is true whether or not she enters into a surrogacy situation or an adoption contract. When a mom relinquishes her right to raise a child, which in some adoption cases is a wise and selfless thing to do, she is still a mom. Adoption recognizes that reality and attempts to, at some level, redeem the brokenness. Surrogacy intentionally creates the brokenness. A mother-child relationship is created only to be knowingly and intentionally severed.

Adoption is proof that physically bearing children is not the only way a woman becomes a mother. Among the darkest evils of surrogacy is that it treats a mother as less than a whole person, wanted for her procreational parts that are increasingly treated as consumer products, especially as commercial surrogacy becomes more common (driven as it is today as part of the LGBTQ remaking of marriage and sexuality). Surrogacy also treats children as consumer products, instead of as gifts.

We received other feedback on the surrogacy commentary, too. Unfortunately, it confirmed the concern that led us to take on this issue in the first place. Surrogacy has been so normalized, even in the Christian world, that speaking against it is quite controversial.

It shouldn’t be. In our fallen world families break, but we should never break them on purpose.


Resources:

Anderson Cooper and the New Normal

John Stonestreet & Maria Baer | BreakPoint | May 8, 2020

New York Legalizes Commercial Surrogacy

John Stonestreet & Roberto Rivera | BreakPoint | April 15, 2020

Why God Sent His Son

 | DECEMBER 7, 2018

Here is an excellent three part series from my friend and Pastor John Divito

Our Slavery
Our Savior
Our Sonship

John Divito currently serves as Pastor of Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Newburgh, IN. He is also a Director of African Pastors Conferences and a Board Member of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary. John and his wife Jennifer have been married for 20 years and have four children. He received his MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Adoption, Sanctification and the 2LBCF

I highly recommend this Excellent series of articles on Adoption and Sanctification, written by some of the finest scholars and pastors I know. – Mike

February 28, 2018

The issue of the Founders Journal gives exposition of two biblical doctrines discussed in the twelfth and thirteenth chapters of the Second London Confession, adoption and sanctification. The adoption of sinners as sons of God with a view to transforming them into the image of His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, constitutes one of the most unfathomable blessings of grace. It is a gleaming two-edged sword in the arsenal of God’s weaponry to subdue rebel creatures to constitute them loving sons.

One edge of the sword kills, and the other makes alive. One edge divides the indivisible and lays us bare before the eyes of Him with whom we must contend both now and in eternity. The other opens blind eyes and dead affections to see and love and trust the Son of God in our nature, tempted in all points as we but never with the effect of sin. In His ascension to the throne of God as our advocate, intercessor, righteous propitiation, and brother we are bidden to draw near with confidence to receive mercy. Not only forgiven and justified, we are granted the privileges of sons of God. Grace, unmerited, unfrustrable, freely sets out gifts to be enjoyed and operates internally that we might see how inexhaustibly pleasurable such gifts are.

Contrary to our merits but fully consistent with Christ’s, we are changed from rebellious aliens and strangers into loving, adoring subjects and sons. He adopts us! We have received a “spirit of adoption whereby we cry ‘Abba! Father!’” while the “Spirit Himself testifies along with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:15, 16). All the privileges of sonship and family dignity and likeness become ours. We have an inheritance “incorruptible, undefiled, that does not fade away, reserved in heaven” for us (1 Peter 1:4). We also have an anticipation for the beauty of its glory that makes us sing sincerely, “Fade, fade each earthly joy.”

 Continued at Source: Introduction: From Profane Strangers to Holy Sons

II:  From Heirs of Hell to Heirs of Promise

III: The Practice of all True Holiness

IV: The Imperfections of Our Sanctification

V: Our Battle With Sin

The Founders Blog

 

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 27 February

p-day-byCHASTENING AND SONSHIP

 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons – Hebrew 12:7

 Chastisement, whereof all are partakers – Hebrews 12:8

 The Lord uses his flail of tribulation to separate the chaff from the wheat. – john Bunyan

 Affliction is a badge of adoption. – Thomas Watson

 A Christian’s life can no more be ‘sine luctibus’ {without grief} than the sea ‘sine fluctibus’ {without waves]. – Thomas Adams

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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