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BreakPoint This Week: Gender Identity vs. Christian Identity

It's time for Christians to take a clear stand: We cannot accept gender identity as a civil right.

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  • Christian leaders sign statement on sexual orientation and gender identity laws: SOGI laws intended to turn LGBT groups into legally protected classes are gaining acceptance among some religious leaders. The Colson Center has prepared a statement explaining why Christians can't embrace such laws or agree to recognize gay or transgendered persons as special classes with special rights. You can read and sign the statement here. You can also hear John Stonestreet's BreakPoint commentary on SOGI laws here.
  • Many evangelicals have embraced culture of death: New data reported by LifeWay Research shows that a startlingly high percentage of those with evangelical beliefs believe that the terminally ill or disabled should be able to seek out the assistance of a physician in committing suicide. For Christians, human life should be sacred and off-limits because we bear the image of God, but also because Scripture teaches that suffering is redemptive and used for our eternal good and the Lord's glory. Voices like Joni Eareckson Tada and Kara Tippetts have done more than proclaim this truth. They've lived it.
  • Theologian Tom Oden dies: The Christian Post has more on the passing of an important figure in Methodism and evangelical Christianity. Dr. Timothy George at Beeson Divinity School has a moving eulogy in Christianity Today.
  • Churches closing on Christmas Sunday: A couple of times a decade, Christmas falls on a Sunday. This year, it's reignited a controversy among evangelical Christians over whether to close churches on Christmas day in order to give members more time with family, or to hold services as usual. Writing at The Gospel Coalition, Kevin DeYoung urges pastors who may be planning to cancel Sunday services to reconsider. Ed Stetzer points out in Christianity Today that the vast majority of Protestant churches aren't skipping worship on Christmas.

"BreakPoint This Week" is hosted by John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center, and Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Chair, and Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College.

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Civil vs. Constitutional Rights
Speaking within a Christian worldview context, it is clear to me that the reason we now have a conflict between civil and constitutional (including religious) rights is because previously, civil rights were aligned or undergirded by a Judeo-Christian worldview, whereas today they are not. Once we - as a nation - began to make accommodation to non-Christian / humanistic beliefs, it would only be a matter of time before the law (adapted to another system of beliefs) would conflict with the original Constitution (based on J-C worldview).
Christian ID Vs. Gender ID
I as a Christian cannot accept gender and SOGI. I believe a true Christian cannot compromise the Bible. While there are many who say they are a Christian and believe in Jesus and the bible, yet condoning homosexuality as natural or some other scientific or spiritual belief. This dichotomy is like saying righteousness and depravity are two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups. It's either or. Either a person has righteousness in Christ, or he doesn't. If his theology is in error then his doctrine is also in error. Christ will determine who is worthy and pure when He returns.

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