James Dobson: Christians Soon To Be ‘Hated Minority’

New warning of fallout from Supreme Court

James Dobson hosted a panel of Christian leaders on his “Family Talk” radio show Wednesday and warned that Christians are about to face a new status in America as a “hated minority” if the U.S. Supreme Court decides, as many expect, to mandate same-sex “marriage.”james_dobson

“The heart of what’s happening is an attempt to impose a new morality on all of America,” said Maggie Gallagher, a traditional-marriage advocate for 25 years.

The author of “The Case for Marriage,” Gallagher is co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project.

Homosexual advocates have no interest in a “live and let live tolerance,” she said. “After redefining marriage, the next thing on their agenda is to redefine Christianity.”

Under the new regimen, there will be no difference between man and woman, husband and wife, she said.

The attitude is that if you “see something different, there’s something morally wrong with you.”

Christianity, she said, “will enter a new phase, as a hated minority group.”

She and several others joined Dobson to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court case in which justices, including Elena Kagan and Ruth Ginsburg, who already publicly have endorsed same-sex marriage, will hear arguments April 28.

The interview is available online.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals previously ruled states have a right to define marriage.

Also visiting with Dobson, who recently clashed with the Obama administration over its abortion mandates, were Jim Garlow, senior pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego, and Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage.

Dobson noted that marriage has been defined as the union of a man and a woman since God created the institution thousands of years ago, predating any government.

And he detailed how in 31 state elections, 31 times voters adopted the traditional definition.

A petition has been created in support of ordinances that allow Christian business owners to live by their faith.

The courts, however, Dobson said, “have steadily been ruling that traditional marriage is unconstitutional and discriminatory and those decisions have found their way now into the Supreme Court.”

“Almost all the court watchers are predicting the highest court in the land is about to redefine marriage.”

If that happens, he said, it “will change everything in the culture,” including churches, schools, businesses, the military and family.

“Who knows where it will end?”

Brown said the judiciary doesn’t have a right to rule on the issue.

“All of us can see there’s nothing in the U.S. Constitution that says anything about the redefinition of marriage,” he said.

But, he said, “We’re at a point in history where ideology trumps all, the notion that judges should be bound at all by what the Constitution or what precedent says.”

He noted that in 1971, the Supreme Court dismissed a case regarding redefining marriage, saying there was no federal question there.

He said Christians are going to have to stand up for their beliefs.

Garlow continued, “If I were the evil one, I would set out to destroy marriage.”

And he warned that the attacks by homosexuals now on businesses will expand.

“What we’re seeing happen to businesses today will happen to churches tomorrow,” he said. “[They may] lose their buildings, or keep their buildings and agree they’re going to perform same-sex marriages.”

He cited existing cases stemming from attacks on Christians who run the Ocean Grove camp in New Jersey, a wedding chapel in Idaho and Houston pastors who opposed a transgender-rights ordinance.

WND has compiled a “Big List of Christian Coercion” with dozens of cases in which Christians have been fined, threatened or penalized for recognizing the biblical definition of marriage.

“It’s evidence of what’s’ going to come to the church,” he said.

Dobson added that ministries “better decide now what you will do when forced into that corner.”

Dobson is a familiar critic of government. He recently described President Obama as the “abortion president” and warned America is heading toward “depravity.”

In his October 2014 newsletter, he wrote about the Old Testament account of Abraham’s nephew Lot, “who chose to take his family into the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.”

“The men living there had become desperately depraved, burning with lust for each other. Jehovah told Abraham that their sin was so grievous that the Lord decided to rain utter destruction upon them. Abraham pleaded with the Lord on behalf of the people, but the patriarch could not find even ten righteous men in either of the cities to justify mercy,” he wrote.

“Why have I chosen to recount this biblical story from so long ago? Because I am convinced that America and other Western nations are sliding in the same direction,” he warned. “We have not yet reached the depravity of Sodom and Gomorrah, but that appears to be where we are headed.”

Dobson added: “Judge Robert Bork, the brilliant jurist who was shamefully denied a seat on the Supreme Court, wrote a book about this danger 18 years ago. It was titled ‘Slouching Towards Gomorrah.’ I think he had it right.

“Many influential men and women of the judiciary are leading us toward perdition,” he said.

His concerns were shared by the Rev. Billy Graham in a Sept. 30 column for Decision magazine.

Only Graham didn’t hold quite as positive an opinion about America as Dobson. While Dobson said America is on a moral slide, Graham said it’s already hit bottom.

“Even though America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were, and as deserving of the judgment of God, God would spare us if we were earnestly praying, with hearts that been cleansed and washed by the blood of Christ,” he wrote.

Dobson pinned part of the blame for a crumbling America on federal judges – especially those who of late have found ways to undermine traditional marriage.

“Modernists, libertarians and atheists today recognize no condemnation of sexual perversion in the Bible. However, this historical account illustrates how God views it. The outrageous behavior of the wicked men of Sodom and Gomorrah sealed their doom. Fire and brimstone fell from the sky on both cities and utterly destroyed them,” Dobson explained.

“The story of Abraham and Lot also illustrates how entire societies can become so corrupted by evil that divine judgment eventually destroys them, or they simply fade away. It happened to the people of Greece, Rome, Pompeii and other cities and cultures where wickedness became the order of the day. One thing is certain. God is the holy Sovereign Lord of all heaven and earth, and He will not be mocked.”

WND reported previously Dobson described Obama as “the anti-religious freedom president.”

In his newsletter at the time, Dobson said, regarding Obama’s abortion mandates, “Among other things, [Obama] was targeting religious freedom and set about accomplishing that from the beginning. That was the activity to which I objected strenuously during my comments in Washington. I offer no apologies for expressing those views now. The effort to force Christians to violate their consciences must be opposed with all vigor, regardless of the consequences – primarily because it is unconstitutional. Christians are being chastised, dismissed, harangued and sued for daring to practice their deeply held convictions in the public square. Family Talk is among those who have been pressed against a wall.”

WND also reported that when Dobson spoke to the National Day of Prayer, hundreds stood and cheered his condemnation of the government’s ongoing attempts through Obamacare to require Christians to participate in something that profoundly violates their faith – abortion.

Dobson, through his Family Talk, had fought the Obamacare requirement that employers must pay for abortion-causing agents for their employees. The U.S. Supreme has struck down that requirement now.

Dobson at that time bluntly backed up his opinion.

“[Obama] has made it so that every American will have to pay toward the support of abortion,” he said, citing hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds that already go to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

“How can anyone challenge my characterization of Mr. Obama as ‘the abortion president? … He even voted three times in the Illinois state senate not to protect babies who were born alive after surviving botched abortions,” he said.

Regarding the current fight over the definition of marriage, WND has reported several state judges already are suing for being told they must perform same-sex marriage services.

A petition has been created in support of ordinances that allow Christian business owners to live by their faith.

WND has done a series of reports on friend-of-the-court briefs submitted in advance of the ruling. One argues changes could have far-reaching effects.

“If the traditional definition of marriage is not a rational basis for legislative action, it is hard to imagine what is. Put another way, if rational-basis review invalidates traditional marriage, it seems likely that few other laws would be safe from the federal courts.”

Such a determination “would enable federal courts, through mere disagreement with the wisdom or utility of state policy, to overturn scores of state laws that afford government benefits or impose government costs on some (but not all) citizens. That result would undermine federalism, liberty, and our nation’s democratic processes.”

WND reported longtime conservative leader Pat Buchanan urged Christians to fight the “LGBT fanatics” who are demanding they betray their faith, even if it means civil disobedience.

In an interview with WND, Buchanan, the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” and other bestsellers, spoke on the controversy over the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Buchanan forcefully condemned defeatism among social conservatives and rejected retreat or even compromise. Instead, the one-time presidential contender and Reagan White House aide urged Christians to put the laws of God above the laws of man.

“This battle can be won, but it cannot be won if we do not stand our ground and fight against this moral onslaught from the left,” he said. “The hill to stand on and fight on is the God-given natural right and the constitutional principle that people of faith may choose not to associate with those whose actions are abhorrent and whose lifestyle is insulting and offensive to that faith.”

Buchanan dismissed arguments that “gay”-rights activists are simply asking for political freedom or the same rights as any other citizen.

“The LGBT militants are not asking to be left alone,” he said. “They are demanding that we accept the morality of homosexuality and same-sex marriages and manifest that acceptance, under pain of law and sanctions, in our daily lives.”

What’s America’s future going to be? Pat Buchanan offers his opinion in “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”

Buchanan added: “As the Romans demanded of the Christians, the LGBT fanatics want us to burn incense to their gods. The answer is no. If it comes to civil disobedience, so be it.”

WND also reported a team of prominent Christian leaders worked on a statement to inform the public – including Supreme Court justices – that they will engage in civil disobedience rather than follow a ruling that establishes homosexual marriage in the United States.

Among those leading the charge are Dobson, Rick Scarborough of Vision America Action, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel and James Robison of Life Today.

(Article from WND Faith at http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/christians-facing-new-status-as-hated-minority/ written by Bob Unruh)

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HOW TO ENCOURAGE OURSELVES?

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“Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”  (1Samuel 30:6)

David went through a terrible terrible time here in his life.  This must the time he felt most lonely and venerable. However, the bible tell us he strengthened himself in the Lord.  We must remember that David did not encourage himself in himself, but he encourage himself in the Lord his God. What is the difference here, you may ask?  The difference is self-encourage can be self-protectionism if we rely on our flesh.  But self-encouragement in the Lord is reliance on God.

Many churches go through church splits, some even go through it more than once.  This causes pain and disappointment, some even felt being betrayed in the result especially the leaders and the pastoral body of the church.  We know discouragements do not come from God but from the adversary, the devil.  Discouragements often prevent progress and caused vision to be clouded so they we cannot find our way around.  It make us feel insecure and sorry for ourselves so that we will fall back on our own self preservation instinct which rely on our fear and our humanly wisdom.

What are the common reactions of a church who just went through a split?

1.     The head (AKA “the leadership”) will start to keep a closer watch especially of the leaders. Leaders are often advise not to organize any fellowship without the approval of the leadership.  At least they must informed beforehand.

2.     The leadership finds it hard to trust.  Delegation of responsibilities are often partial and comes with strict instructions that forbid the use of personal skills and gifting restricting creativity.  The leadership is extremely weary of gifted leaders especially those with strong inter-personal skills. This fear is often regard as wisdom of God mistakenly.

3.     Unity in church is still being promoted but it tends to become superficial type rather than bonding in the love of the Lord.  Examples of activities like games, food and outings which are fun and promote unity in fun but not in the bond of love.

4.     Under the above spirit, believers in the church are usually superficial as well.  They are encouraged to participate and excel in areas regrading Christian works rather than the walk.  Believers are often busy but not strong, Church-reliance but not self-reliance on the Lord.  this often create followers but not thinkers.

5.     Often obedient individuals are praised and a welcome sight for the leadership, especially the leaders. These are often named as like-minded individual.   On the other hand, voices of suggestions and criticisms are not welcome and are curbed eventually citing wrong spirit or different mind-set.

6.     The church usually dictate forced groupings.  Force groupings are a sign of control separation.

7.     Under the excuse of mingling with one another, the church will feel need to regroup periodically.  Like the worldly organizations, to prevent over familiarization which may cause trouble.  Church is not a society club!

8.     The leadership will over react in any event of cross group fellowship or meeting.  Leaders are often advised not to cross the boundary of their groupings even if relationships have been build before that.

9.   The church will feel the need to enforcing strict rules, for example, no holding of hands or hugging between a boy and a girl unless spouses or siblings ; no boy girl relationship until 21, no listening or singing of non-christian songs, Christians are friends but non-Christians are not, just targets … etc.  Such rules seemed sounded but are overly controlled discouraging personal convictions and the use of Godly sense. Believers will never grow strong but will fall in the first encounter of problems.  These are just rules based on individual and personal convictions.

These behaviors will cause the church to be suspicious of one another.  Doubts will flow among the believers with fear of being taken advantage of.  Gifting and skills are being oppressed in the name of God’s timing.  Godliness is being treated as weirdness.  The Holy Spirit is not given the freedom to move as it please in the name of Order.  The people became dry and not spirit-led since even the worship methods and style is being dictated by the leadership.  The people are not founded strongly in the Lord and the Word but in activities and fun.  They will grow itchy ears swayed to every wind of doctrine.  The church is freed from the death of sins but are entrapped by their own fear unable to be effective for the Lord.

Understand that such a church will continue to lose people and the splitting will continue because the only remedy for it is strong relationship and good Godly values.  It is not disagreement that caused the church to split but the inability to deal with disagreement.  A mature and strong congregation is the answer.

How to encourage ourselves in the Lord?

1.     Know that being discourage is a choice, you can choose not to be discourage.  the bird may fly above your head but you don’t have to let it build a nest on your head.

2.     We have a covenant with God and He has committed Himself to take care of you in every situation.  God is faithful.

3.     Stop thinking and speaking the lies of the enemy but start speaking the promises of God who loves you and you will condition your thinking accordingly.  Perfect love cast out fear.

4.     Meditate on the Lord.  Talk to God.  Fill your mind with Him and His Word.  Do not allow doubt or fear to enter.  In ALL you Ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.

5.     Gather yourself with encouraging people to encourage one another, not to complain or gossip or wallow in pity parties but to support one another in the Lord through prayer.

6.     Continue to trust and love one another.  Usually strong relationships are built in such a time as this.  A relationship that have gone through hardship together are hard to break.

7.     Always acknowledge mistakes and not blaming it on anyone.  Don’t even give any excuses for the mistakes.  Only then, we will learn from it and become stronger.

8.     If God send help, remember to trust.  Do not doubt God.  Trust beget trust.

9.     God is still in control.  Remember that you will always emerged stronger and better.  Be patient! God timing is always perfect.

Let us build a church that is founded on the Word and focused on the Lord.  A church of love and not fear.  A church that shines in the the darkness and reflect the light of Jesus in this dark world so that those who live in it can find their way to the Lord.