Illinois Family Institute Week In Review Online Newsletter: June 6, 2015

June 6, 2015

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Cartoon of the Week
The Test of Society
Top Recommendations
Gay Totalitarianism and the Coming Persecution of Christians
Written by John Zmirak
If you have been following mass media over the past few days, you will have learned from an economist at the U.S. Department of Labor that defenders of religious freedom are “Nazis.” Take a moment to ponder that assertion. Roll it around in your head for a while.READ MORE
  Illinois Senate Passes HB 217 – Heads to Gov. Rauner’s Office
Written by David E. Smith and Laurie Higgins
Last week, the Illinois Senate voted 34-19-1 to pass HB 217, a bill that will censor professional therapists who want to help children who suffer from unchosen, unwanted same-sex attraction.

Academia Abandons Wisdom, Then Reality
Written by Lauries Higgins
“Progressives,” always plagued by inconsistency and hypocrisy, have been for years waxing self-righteous about their deep commitments to diversity, to “honoring all voices,” and to “critical thinking.” They’ve also been devotees of relativism, subjectivism, radical autonomy,anddeconstructionism.

Come Hear the Remarkable Douglas Wilson!
Written by Laurie Higgins
A troublingandunbiblical notion has infected the church in America. Christians falsely believe that the Bible teaches that Christians should always and in every context speak “nicely,” and by “nicely” they mean in ways that listeners don’t find objectionable.

Christian Universities Could Lose Tax-Exempt Status If SCOTUS Rules In Favor of Marriage Redefinition
Written by Samuel Smith
U.S. Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, addressed concerns that faith-based schools and institutions would be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status for upholding their biblical belief of traditional marriage if the U.S. Supreme Court delivers a pro-gay marriage ruling this month.READ MORE
Week in Review
The Paramount Freedom of Conscience
Written by Rev. Thorin Anderson
An important lesson I learned early in my theological training was that I ought neverviolatemy own conscience and I must never put pressure on others to violate theirs.  To do so would be immoral and unethical.  One’sconsciencemay be incorrect, and it is appropriate to educate it when necessary, but in the mean time,itmust not be crossed lest that vital “alarm” be deadened.

Reparative Therapy: How Does it Work, What Does it Achieve? Reparative Therapy: How Does it Work, What Does it Achieve?
Written by Joe Dallas
Thirty one years ago I chose a new path. I’d been apprehended by God, who I now fondly call the Great Interrupter, and a clear reading of the scriptures told me I’d been wrong for years – wrong when I had lived as an openly gay man, wrong when I identified myself as a gay Christian…READ MORE
  Is America Turning Her Back On God?
Written by Micah Clark
Many people have made the comment to me over the last several years that they worry that America is not merely a post-Christian nation but one thatseemsto be shaking its collective fist at God with our political policies and cultural decay.

Of the Father’s Love Begotten
Written by Rev. Michael S. Heath
I am proud of my wife, Paulie.  She started young loving Jesus.  She gave her heart to Him when she was seven years old.  Her mother guided her to the foot of the cross.  And there she has remained.

  Taxpayer-Funded PBS Pushes Teaching Sex Ed to 4-Year-Olds
Written by Katie Yoder
In a May 27 piece for tax-funded PBS, NewsHour producer Saskia de Melker argued “The case for starting sex education in kindergarten.” In her piece, she held up the Netherlands as an example for the United States in “sexuality education” – for those as young as 4-years-old to learn “honest conversations about love and relationships.”

Upcoming Events
  IFI Fall Banquet with Douglas Wilson and Anthony Esolen
Mark your calendars for September 18th, 2015 for the largestpro-familygatheringin the state, as Illinois Family Institute presents: The2015IFI Faith, Family, and Freedom Banquet with Douglas Wilson andAnthonyEsolen.

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“A thinking person will question what he hears; examine what he sees; and evaluate what others would have him believe.”

“When did big government and its mainstream media tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?”

[Pastor emeritus Nathan M. Bickel] 


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Pastor emeritus Nathan M. Bickel

6 thoughts on “Illinois Family Institute Week In Review Online Newsletter: June 6, 2015

  1. Alec Satin says:

    Thank you for posting this. It does look like a remarkable source of news. I’m visiting and signing up now.

    Am also glad to have found moralmatters. Look forward to reading future posts.

    With kind thoughts,

    1. Alec –

      I’m elated that you found Moralmatters! Thank you for your comment! May I ask you how you happened about this website?

      As to the IFI In Review Online Newsletter, this is the 2nd week I’ve posted it on Moralmatters. I plan to post it weekly. I agree with you that it is “remarkable!”

      1. Alec Satin says:

        Hi Nathan – or do you prefer Pastor Bickel? –

        I found moralmatters through something you had written similar to this) posted on ichabod. It impressed me by both its content and Christian tone.

        Christian – Characteristic of Christian people; civilized; kind; kindly; gentle; beneficent. – Websters 1913.

        – Alec

        1. Alec –

          “Nathan,” is more than adequate.

          There was a time that I did much commenting on Ichabod. Dr. Jackson even posted some of my topical messages. It is through his website that I became more and acutely aware of one of the major problems of Christianity. When Christianity is reduced to “Universalism” it has betrayed its essence.

          1. Alec Satin says:

            “When Christianity is reduced to “Universalism” it has betrayed its essence.”

            Hi Nathan,

            Just before I left my previous church (Reformed) my old pastor warned me, “Lutherans are antinomians. They never followed the Reformation far enough.”

            His comment puzzled me at the time. From the outside WELS seems so confessional. But after having spent some time here I’m beginning to see what he was talking about. Only the cause seems not to be incomplete Reformation, but rather Universal Objective Justification.

            When UOJ was explained to me, I thought it a bit silly, but harmless – a simple example of the incorrect use of reason analagous to what some Lutherans see in Calvinists. But why hold on to this mental construct (UOJ) with such vehemence? What could possibly be wrong with plain old justification by faith? What does universal objective justification provide except confusion and wiggle-room? Isn’t the simplest explanation which fits all the facts usually the best one (Ockham’s razor)?

            I have to think that some of the pastors who teach UOJ have not thought through the implications. How many are strong enough to buck their seminary conditioning? And those that have enough independence of mind to do so must fear of the consequences of questioning this Shibboleth. Look how much they have to lose – family connections, friends, livelihood, position.

            This doesn’t even mention the elephant in the room of Church Growth.

            It’s a mess, to be sure. How much easier for them to “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil”, whenever objections are raised.

            And so what do we poor sheep do when there’s no other church to attend?

          2. Alec –

            I’m happy that you seem to share my sentiments about the destructive UOJ teaching in Chrisitan churches.

            As to your last sentence. I have to take exception to it. The premise is not accurate. If a person is a disciple of Christ, he is not “poor.” He [she] has all the blessings of Christ. The New Testament is full of descriptions that showcase believer’s spiritual riches.

            When there are no churches to “attend,” then it is imperative for Christ’s disciples to practice what the early Christians practiced. They met with one another, informally and in family and / or small groups.

            By the way, I’ll link some of what I’ve authored about “UOJ” so that web readers to these comments may have a better idea of what we are discussing:

            Part 1: The false teaching which molests the faith of Christians


            Part 2 – How does the false teaching of universal objective justification molest Christians’ faith?


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