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15 July 2015
The battle against the legalisation of same-sex ‘marriage’ continues unabated.
This week, more churches and church leaders have supported the proposal to have ‘civil marriages’ for any two people, performed and registered by the state, with churches having a ‘separate’ church ceremony for those who want it.
After discussing the developments, Peter felt led to write an article, exposing the compromise and encouraging everyone to stand for the TRUTH and to keep fighting to retain God’s design of marriage between a man and a woman.
A selection of articles on a range of current issues… with several on the last topic of transgenderism.
1. STUDY: Worse consequences when MIXING marijuana and alcohol
A recent study looked at the effect of using BOTH marijuana and alcohol at the same time…
A media report asked, “Is it a worse idea to use marijuana and alcohol together than alone? A study published in May and picked up by Scientific American has answered that question for what scientists say is the first time.”
“Researchers write in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research that no study has previously "directly compared those who use cannabis and alcohol simultaneously versus concurrently (i.e., separately) in the adult general population." What they found: People who both smoke marijuana and drink alcohol are twice as likely to indulge in both at the same time, with a press release stating they, "had the heaviest drinking patterns in terms of quantity and frequency." And that simultaneous use roughly doubles their odds of driving drunk over those who were just drinking, according to data from National Alcohol Surveys of more than 8,600 people in 2005 and 2010.
Partaking in both alcohol and pot simultaneously also doubles their odds of engaging in behavior that leads to negative social consequences (think arrests, work problems, fights, etc.).
What study author Meenakshi S. Subbaraman would like to see come out of her research: that "as the cannabis industry continues to grow, manufacturers will consider some sort of warning label related to increased risks when mixing alcohol and cannabis." Scientific American also points to a second study, published in the spring in Molecular Psychiatry, that exposed another downside to marijuana use.
It found, at least among chronic pot smokers, users are more likely to remember things incorrectly, even if they've abstained from using for a month, compared to people who don't smoke at all….
The Study: Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research
Article: Study looks at what happens when you mix pot, booze, Newser, 6/7/2015.
2. Countering the MYTHS About Redefining Marriage
A helpful short article on the re-defining of ‘marriage’, by Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council in Washington DC, USA.
For each of the ten myths, Peter gives a brief statement on the REALITY!
Great resource which will assist in arguing against the legalisation of homosexual ‘marriage’.
3. Sex Slavery and the Islamic State
Mark Durie highlights the practice of Islamic State using ‘sex slavery’ – and goes on to examine the wider issue regarding Islam itself and the use of ‘slaves’ and sex…
Article: Sex Slavery and the Islamic State, Mark Durie, 3/7/2015.
4. Transgenderism - and Bruce Jenner
It didn’t take long for Bruce Jenner to ‘reveal himself’ as a woman called ‘Caitlyn’ in a Vanity Fair feature article, after publicly announcing he wanted to transform himself into a woman.
Of course, the media love the story and are always encouraging… despite the fact that one CANNOT change oneself into the opposite sex.
In his initial interview, Bruce Jenner said he is a Christian, so it is important, in responding to this issue, that we consider how we should respond as Christians to transgenderism. We believe that God made us male and female and that we cannot change that. Mutilating our bodies does not magically change us from one to the other.
Here are some responses to Bruce Jenner’s situation, the first from Walt Heyer, who himself went down that path before realising that wasn’t God’s intention or design:
Walt, who has reverted to living as a man, has talked openly about his deep regret for having a sex change operation and living as a transgender woman and offers advice to Bruce Jenner. He says, “Changing genders is short-term gain with long-term pain. Its consequences include early mortality, regret, mental illness, and suicide.”
An article in Breitbart states, “Clinical studies would seem to confirm Heyer’s conclusions. A review of more than 100 international medical studies of post-operative transgenders carried out in the UK in 2004 found “no robust scientific evidence that gender reassignment surgery is clinically effective.”
Article: REPENTANT TRANSSEXUAL WARNS JENNER: THE ‘HANGOVER’ IS COMING, Breitbart, 3/6/2015.
Walt’s Personal Story - I Was a Transgender Woman, Public Discourse.
Walt’s Website: Sex Change Regret
Dr Gary Cass of Defend Christians
Gary considers how Christians and the church should approach this issue. Gary also notes that the decision to ‘change gender’ affects all the family.
Article: God loves Bruce Jenner?, Dr Gary Cass, 9/6/2015.
Dr Paul McHugh
Dr McHugh was involved in the transgender sex reassignment surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, which was the first American medical centre to do ‘sex reassignment surgery’. However, after a study, in the 1970s, “comparing the outcomes of transgendered people who had the surgery with the outcomes of those who did not”, they STOPPED doing the surgery.
He writes, “Most of the surgically treated patients described themselves as "satisfied" by the results, but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn't have the surgery. So we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a "satisfied" but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.”
An enlightening article by Jesse Johnson, the Teaching Pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA. He highlights the flawed claims of the transgender movement which “seeks to differentiate between one’s biological sex and the concept of gender”.
After showing this is really Gnosticism in practice, he explores three areas: Understand the motivation is to rebel against God, and to force you to approve of their rebellion; Understand the difference between sex and gender and Be a voice of reason.
Article: Transgendered Gnosticism, Jesse Johnson, The Cripplegate, 4/6/2015.
Bill Muehlenberg writes about Bruce Jenner
“The Bruce Jenner (not Caitlyn Jenner) photo shoot for Vanity Fair tells us about a tortured soul who needs help and therapy, but not praise and endorsement…”
Article: Bruce Jenner and trans sanity
A compelling article, which includes an account, written in The New York Times, of a young woman who had a sex reassignment surgery at age 18, to ‘change from being a male to a female’.
David writes, “And so begins the Times’s exploration of the new trend of helping even children “transition” from male to female, through puberty-delaying drugs early in childhood culminating in surgery that permanently damages their bodies while they are still teenagers. There’s a word for this — barbaric. The Times, however, chooses a different way to describe it — the “transgender moment.” The way it describes this moment, however, should give even the most ardent activist pause, especially when the “moment” imposes intense ideological pressure on parents to indulge troubled children — putting them in the hands of doctors who profit from their pain. And if you think that these “doctors” are simply helping kids who’ve always identified as trans, think again. . .”
Article: Mutilating Teenagers, to Thunderous Applause, David French, National Review, 17/6/2015.
Finally – an article expressing concern over a ‘ban’ on therapy to address gender
This article is from ‘the other side’ – from Alice Dreger, Professor of Clinical Medical Humanities and Bioethics, who actually supports the ideas of transgender, homosexuality and so on.
The writer considers the situation in Canada, where “the Legislative Assembly of Ontario is now considering the “Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Act,” known as Bill 77.”
They are concerned that legislation to ‘affirm one’s chosen gender’ and to ban therapy which helps children deal with gender issues might actually force parents, and the children themselves, into thinking they HAVE to act to ‘change gender’ by drugs and surgery, even when they are quite young.
She writes, “So, under this bill’s current form, if a seven-year-old male said he feels he’s a girl, then the clinician would have to effectively accept that he’s a girl. If the child indicates a belief that s/he’s a straight girl, then even if the clinician thinks the patient might be a gay boy—that the child might, with good familial and social support, grow up to be a well-adjusted gay man without the need for sex-altering surgeries or lifelong hormone replacement therapy—the clinician must not “change or direct” the child’s understanding.
But by not “changing or directing” the child’s understanding—by “affirming” a “transgender” identity as soon as it appears—the clinician might actually be stimulating and cementing a transgender identity.”
The writer tells Jess’ story… as a child and teenager Jess felt uncomfortable with being ‘female’. She writes, “Jess thinks that if, back then, a clinician had said to her, “you are transgender,” that might have made sense to her. She might have chosen to take puberty-delaying hormones that would have kept her from ever developing the anatomy and physiology typical for adult females. She might have followed up with some surgeries. But would that have been the right route for her?”
A discussion about sexuality and gender follows… Jess says she now identifies as “a genderqueer gay person with a female body” and is happy that she doesn’t need to have surgery or take replacement hormones!
Perhaps all those parents taking their children to the Royal Children’s Hospital’ Gender Clinic for hormones and changing gender need to read this article!
Article: The Big Problem With Outlawing Gender Conversion Therapies, Wired, 4/6/2015.
A round of some of the week's news.
More developments on homosexual ‘marriage’ – both in Australia and overseas.
Why do we focus on this at the present time?
Because the ‘other side’ are pushing hard to have homosexuality accepted as ‘normal’ and homosexual ‘marriage’ legalised and accepted.
Please pray and act as you read!
8 July 2015
GetUp! claims to be the leading left-wing lobby group in Australia (they like to use the word ‘progressive’). They recently conducted a SURVEY of Members – to “help them to prioritise” their TOP FIVE campaigns. Predictably, climate change came out on TOP.
But ‘marriage equality’, which we are being led to believe – by the media and the homosexual lobbyists - is the Number ONE priority for Australia - CAME LAST.
Yes, at number 16, with only 2.1% of the 30,818 people who responded saying it rated as a campaign for GetUp!
Mind you, in the GetUp! results page, they placed ‘marriage equality’ NEXT to the ‘climate change’ box to make people THINK it was important!
Steve Blizard posted the results.
The results show quite clearly that changing Australia’s marriage laws is simply not an electoral priority, even with GetUp! members, and will not help win votes for the Coalition at the next election…
See the GetUp! survey results BELOW…
Action – Contact Coalition MPs & Senators with ONE EMAIL!
ONE Email is all it takes!
We need to write to ALL Coalition MPs and Senators and ask them to stand firm in supporting the Coalition position of marriage between a man and a woman.
Tell them marriage between a man and a woman is the foundation of society for millennia – and is affirmed in the Bible. If we open it up to homosexual couples, why shouldn’t other relationships be recognised?
Tell them about the GetUp! survey results – and remind them that they WON’T WIN VOTES by supporting homosexual ‘marriage’.
Family Voice has an EXCELLENT NEW online tool that enables you to contact ALL federal Liberal MPs and Senators in ONE STEP!
Just enter your name, address and email, write your email and SEND!
Your email will appear as though it comes from your own email address – and will be individually addressed to each MP!
Click here for the FamilyVoice webpage for contacting Liberal MPs and Senators.
The results of the GetUp! 2015 Vision Survey
GetUp 2015 Vision Survey Results - just In.
“Marriage Equality” ranked absolute last out of 16 issues, attracting only 2.1% of the vote from 30,818 GetUp Members.
2015 Vision Survey!
With so many important issues, GetUp asked their members to help prioritise the top 5 campaigns.
From their membership of 950,000 people, 30,818 responded, telling GetUp what they think is the most important issues to them, and what their organisation should be campaigning for.
Here are the results, just in.
|Rank||% of the votes||Most Important Issue|
|1||23%||Climate Change & Renewables|
|2||13%||Fairer Treatment of Refugees & Asylum Seekers|
|3||11.1%||Coal Seam Gas|
|4||10.7%||Protecting the Great Barrier Reef|
|5||8.7%||A Fair Democracy|
|6||7.9%||Fighting the Trans-Pacific Partnership|
|10||5.8%||Issues affecting Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders|
|11||4.9%||Federal Budget – unnecessary handouts to corporations/wealthy|
|13||3.4%||Protecting Tasmanian Forests|
|14||3.2%||Issues Affecting Women|
|15||2.4%||Safeguarding our digital rights – internet filter/copyright laws|
Original GetUp! web link
7 July 2015
In the debate about homosexual ‘marriage’ we often hear the cry, ‘It’s all about love’! The argument goes, ‘Love is good’, ‘Love is love’ and ‘God is love’ so thus, some people wrongly conclude, homosexual love and ‘marriage’ must be good!
Of course, that isn’t the case – in this article, Murray McLeod-Boyle of Reformation Ministries, writes about this ‘catchphrase’, and exposes the flaws in the argument by asking ‘What is love?’ and referring to Scripture…
Murray writes, “Love covers a multitude of sins. This is Biblical when used Biblically. In this modern argument, love is once more being hijacked, like it was in the ‘flower power” generation, and used to justify sin and rebellion.”
Murray McLeod-Boyle, Reformation Ministries, 30/6/2015.
Catchphrases are about us everywhere. These tiny slogans, often only using a few words, are the droplets of a distilled philosophy. As the droplet hangs, it gorges itself on the rays of light emanating from the full philosophy and then diffuses the philosophy into the world as a bright, eye-catching display of colour. Many are bedazzled by this light display. The pretty lights, dancing before our eyes, are intoxicating and mesmerising. The trouble is that while your view is obscured by the coloured lights, someone is picking your pockets!
At heart, most slogans really do not portray the fullness of the philosophy or outline the extent of the philosophy’s application. When this is the case, the catchphrase becomes deceit. It does so of necessity due to the process of reduction. When anything is distilled its natural composition must be altered. Some elements will be eliminated. Some will be changed. Others will be intensified.
Take for example the phrase, God is Love. This is Biblical. It is right. However, if we take this as a catchphrase, intended to show the totality of God’s character, then it becomes deceit and a lie. If the lie is believed, it becomes a source of doom.
The latest catchphrase of doom to makes its way into the public arena is the homosexual lobby’s “Love is Love”. This slogan is designed to evoke an emotional response, of the Mill’s and Boon variety, in which reason is trumped by Man’s eternal desire both to love and be loved. I mean, please, pass the tissues! Here, in a world of turmoil, a world of hatred, a world of ‘wars and rumours of wars’ are these oppressed people who just want to Love each other. They simply want to be left alone to love and be loved–to foster an atmosphere of love wherever they go. I mean, ‘sob, more tissues, please’, “What could be more admirable than loving, being loved, and spreading love?”