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Gender dysphoria and its “treatment” Imagine a small child, perhaps as young as ten years old. Imagine a little boy or a little girl, or a young teen—your child—distressed and “unable to function emotionally for at least six months” for some or all of the following reasons: A strong desire to be of the other gender or an insistence that one is the other gender; a strong preference for wearing clothes typical of the other gender; a strong preference for cross-gender roles in make-believe play or fantasy play; a strong preference for toys, games or activities stereotypically used or engaged...

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By Rev. Martyn McGeown. Previous article in the series: Fellowshipping in the Light (1): Wonder of Fellowship __________ Not all those who claim to enjoy fellowship with God speak the truth. Fellowship with God and with other believers occurs in a certain sphere. Fellowship is compatible with a certain kind of life. Fellowship, writes John, is in the light, and only in the light. “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth” (1 John 1:6). A man who claims fellowship with God while he walks in darkness is a...

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I John, who am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira,...

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Critical theory beyond postmodernism Christianity is the revelation of the truth. Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), and He gave a good confession before Pontius Pilate: “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice” (John 18:37). Our society is increasingly hostile to truth, not only to the truth of God’s Word, but also to the very idea of truth. The modern assault on truth was concentrated for a while in postmodernism....

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Religious liberty under Trump President Trump was and is certainly a controversial figure in the USA and across the world. However, what cannot be denied is his promotion of religious liberty. Whatever Trump’s personal religious convictions might be (he grew up in liberal Presbyterianism under the ministry of Norman Vincent Peale, and has among his spiritual advisors prosperity-preacher charlatans such as Paula White), politically he favoured a robust defense of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. One of his most significant Executive Orders was EO 13798, titled, “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” In that order, signed on May 4, 2017,...

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“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:6–7 The word “fellowship” appears four times in 1 John 1 and is the key idea in the chapter, perhaps even in the epistle. “That ye also may have fellowship with us” (v. 3). “Our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ”...

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John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California is embroiled in a legal battle with the County of Los Angeles (LA County) over the right to worship indoors during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Grace Community Church (GCC) is a nondenominational, evangelical congregation with an average weekly attendance in excess of 8,000 people. On March 4, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a State of Emergency in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has since issued a number of executive orders to curtail public gatherings in the State of California. An order on March 19, 2020, required almost all...

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Moïse Amyraut (1596-1664) intended to study law, but Philippe de Mornay, who had founded the Huguenot university and seminary L’Académie de Saumur in 1593, persuaded him to study theology. Amyraut was appointed by the provincial synod of Anjou to the chair of theology in 1633, where he remained until his death in 1664. Amyraut’s life was largely uneventful, as he labored as a pastor and theological professor in the city of Saumur for some thirty years; but his theology engendered intense controversy within French Protestantism and weakened the Reformed Church in France. The controversy began with the publication in 1634...

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Introduction “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) is not only a slogan but also a movement and an organization that the Christian cannot support. The founders of the movement are Patrise Cullors, a “queer activist” married to a woman; Alicia Garza, another “queer activist” married to a transgender man, that is, to a woman who identifies as a man; and Opal Tometi, a Nigerian-American human rights activist. Two events, both perceived injustices, sparked the creation of the organization: the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of African- American youth, Trayvon Martin, in Florida (July 2013); and the shooting of Michael Brown,...

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The Church’s Hope: The Reformed Doctrine of the End: Volume 1: The Millennium, by David J. Engelsma. Jenison: Reformed Free Publishing Associations, 2021. Pp. 350. $29.95. ISBN-13: 978-1-944555-67-2.  The church must have hope, a great future blessing that God has promised and that, therefore, is certain of fulfilment. “Hope—[true hope]—maketh not ashamed” (Rom. 5:5). Like everything that the church has, believes, and teaches, hope is controversial. It ought not be so, but it is because of the malice of Satan and the sins of men. False teachers misconstrue the church’s hope, while Satan seeks to rob the church of her...

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