But What If My Neighbor is Transgender?

On January 29, 2015  the Idaho House of Representatives State Affairs Committee voted 13-4 to not pass House Bill No. 2 (2015) on to the full House.

House Bill No. 2 (2015) has become known as the “Add the Words” bill. Sponsors of the bill were asking that Idaho add four words to the Idaho human rights law; “Gender Identity” and “Sexual Orientation”. There is no doubt this discussion has to be had. There is no right place in the world where any person should have to live in fear of fellow citizens because of how they want to live their lives, especially in the United States of America.

Where I’m strongly opposed to adding this kind of description to Idaho code and law, I’m equally opposed to treating another sinner as a lesser person because their sin is not like my sin.

Even if a bill of this nature is never passed into law, how does the church love all of her neighbors?

If you haven’t had this discussion in your church it is past time to have it. If you haven’t had this discussion with your public school educated children you need to make a plan for that to happen, today. If you haven’t had this discussion with your private Christian school educated children you may be too late. If you haven’t had this discussion with your home-school educated children it’s past time to make it part of the curricula. If you haven’t talked about this within the light of Scripture you will likely be persuaded by emotionalism and be derailed and unable to think properly and biblically on the matter.

Here are some things worth discussing and acting upon.

1. Pray: This may seem to simplistic, but if you are not aware of your need to ask God for discernment and boldness in this matter you are likely poised for a serious stumble and fall in this difficult and complex matter.

2. Know Truth: If we are going to be able to have any kind of real discussion on the matter we must know what the Bible teaches on matters of sexual deviance.

3. Speak Truth: This kind of discussion must be weighed in the balance for every parent and the appropriate age of your children. (Parents: It is my experience and opinion that if your children are in any education system outside of your home, Christian or public, it is not too early to begin talking to them. If your children are not under your direct and immediate care you must be prepared to give an answer to your children’s influence.)

4. Speak the Truth in Love: If the idea of gender identity or sexual orientation is repulsive to you then know why it is. If it’s not related to the holiness of God then it’s possible you are rarely repulsed by your own sin and are pridefully repulsed because someone is not as ‘good’ as you are. If this is the case, you will not be able to speak the truth in love.

5. Never Condone Bullying: An amazing truth of the Christian faith is that we do not coerce or bully anyone into believing like you do. If someone doesn’t believe like we do we don’t treat them like a lesser human. We may appeal and plead but be are not to bully. Listen, Christian, we need to come to grips with the fact that we must not take on the persona of being a ‘red-blooded’ American. If you have not abandoned your sinful snarky comments when speaking about homosexuals and transgenders then you must understand that it is among the most unhelpful things you can do for yourself, your children and your neighbor. It does not represent the Lordship of Christ.

6. Speak the Gospel: This is your only hope in really helping your neighbor. Remember that your sin is worthy of the full wrath of God. Never forget this. The reality of the kindness of God and the weight of his glory will help you speak the gospel with compassion to your neighbor.

7. Love God: The Lord Jesus Christ told us this was the most important command. If we don’t get this, we don’t do anything, ever, rightly. Submit to the Lord Jesus Christ. Look at the holiness of God and don’t forget of the grace given us because Christ loved us first.

8. Love Your Neighbor: Yes, that even means you love your transgender neighbor. If you work with homosexual or transgender coworkers, be as kind to them as you are to others. Not more kind because they are not like you and surely not less kind. If a transgender coworker sits down next to you in the break room during lunch, be as willing to trade your salad for their peanut butter and jelly sandwich like you would any other coworker. Treat your transgender neighbor the way you would any other neighbor. He or she does not deserve your discriminating treatment, it’s actually already against the law. He or she is created in the image of God no more or no less than you. His or her sins are as able to be covered by the blood of Christ as your own wretchedness.

9. Pray and hope for Conversion: If any coworker, neighbor, family member repents of their sin, be prepared to help disciple them. Be prepared to be their only friend and be prepared to face criticism from others because of your kindness toward a converted sinner. It likely took some time for people to become comfortable with the professed conversion of the apostle Paul.

10. Prepare for the Unexpected: There is likely a moment of awkwardness for everyone involved. One of the main arguments at the hearings this past week in Boise was the use of public restrooms. Fist of all, don’t fool yourself by thinking harmful things can’t happen in public restrooms. Homosexuality and/or transgender behaviors are not the only sexually deviant activity happening in your community or church activity. Not every homosexual or transgender person going in to or out of a public restroom have been up to some sinful activity, they most likely were doing the same thing you were about to do.

11. Smile and be friendly: This may feel unusual or fake to you, but remember, you are an ambassador of Christ with every smile, hand shake, door you hold open and word you speak.


I don’t suggest these thoughts as the only thing or a minimum of things one should do or think about. I offer them for discussion and help.

Luke 22:31-32 (NASB)
31  behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

The Intoxicating Cup of Sinful Pleasure

It is not expected that a Christian who awakens an appetite for worldly pleasure is able to clearly see why God would forbid that which has inflamed their passions.

Lincoln Auditorium

January 26, 2015 – Lincoln Auditorium, Boise, Idaho

The prophet Isaiah gives strong warning in regard to this. I’ve just spent three days listening to testimony of “conservative” Idaho where the majority of those testifying are making argument to include what God calls sin be declared as natural and immutable rights.

This is no small matter. This does not deserve to be ignored, pastor. What is happening before our very eyes should call every God fearing parent to action, should cause every pastor to prepare his next sermon in fear and trembling reverence to Holy God, and should strike every citizen with a renewed interest in who they vote for.

What we’ve known was happening has happened.

An agenda promoting the normality of sexually deviant behavior has become an accepted norm. Sinful pleasure is an intoxicating cup.

Listen, this is not a new message. This has been the appeal of sin from the introduction of sin into the world.

Here is the warning from Isaiah: “Woe to those who…” (Isaiah 5:11-14)

  • Rise early in the morning to pursue what is forbidden.
  • Stay up late into the evening to feed a spiritually depraved apatite that seems to never be satisfied.
  • Participate in this atmosphere with mirth, excitement, and pleasure.
  • Consider the deeds of the Lord as silly, boring and useless.

The actual path of these actions do not deliver on the promise of a complete life. Isaiah warns…

  • People end up slaves and lack knowledge
  • Honorable men are famished.
  • The thirst for more is never satisfied and really delivers a parched condition.

The final result…

  • Hell is enlarged
  • Those who crave such an intoxicating drink of fleshly desire, as jubilant as it seems, descend into a pit that never gives what it (falsely) claims.

What do we do? I offer three considerations…

  1. Parents: Repent! You are the ones most responsible for what your children think of God. If God and his church is treated as lightly as many professing Christian parents do then there is little surprise that your children will embrace a similar opinion of God. You actually have tremendous influence upon your children. They indeed own their own opinion of God and responsible to respond to his holiness in light of their own depravity, but you have been purposely placed in the role of parent.
    1. Consider forms of entertainment that contradicts God and his word as an enemy of God. This is serious.
    2.  You are training your children in the way they will go when you whet that appetite of sensual cravings.
    3. Show your children your pleasure in God. Their sinful nature is a pursuer of pleasure.
  2. Churches/Pastors: Repent! I’ve listened to men representing churches and God speak silly, foolish things in the past three days. Will anyone in our culture hear a public word from you? Or are you going to continue to remain behind your safe fortresses you’ve built? Speak today with as much compassion, joy and delight in God as you can. The promoters of godlessness are. Why shouldn’t you who have tasted the goodness of God speak with more?
    1. Consider the forms of entertainment you are presenting. Then stop trying to entertain. Entertainment makes people numb. They think less and lack knowledge becoming slaves to the ones entertaining them.
    2. Stop trying to offer forms of “Christian” alternatives. Is there really anything more attractive in all of the created universe as the un-created God of the Universe? We only open an appetite for the alternative rather than a craving for God.
    3. Warn the nation of the wrath of God with an appeal to repentance and surrender to the lordship of Christ.
  3. Local, state, and national government: Repent! You do not have sovereign authority to behave against God. You are in an amazing place wielding with the least reaching jurisdiction of all. Do not legislate immorality. Do not declare “holy” what God calls sinful. The only way a people can be a self-governing people is when there is a freedom from a far reaching government.

It is possible for the favor of God to return to the land. But do not expect it until we humble ourselves, becoming passionate pursuers of the Holiness of God.

 


Isaiah 5:11-14 (NASB)
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink, Who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them! 12 Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD, Nor do they consider the work of His hands. 13 Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; And their honorable men are famished, And their multitude is parched with thirst. 14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged its throat and opened its mouth without measure; And Jerusalem’s splendor, her multitude, her din of revelry and the jubilant within her, descend into it.

Apostate Preaching

The experience at the Idaho state house on Monday (January 26, 2015) was memorable and made a profound impact upon my civil minded being. Yet, I can not escape the kind of blaspheme and apostate preaching that took place in the Lincoln auditorium from some “clergy.”

I was pleased to meet others from the Twin Falls area at the hearing. I was pleased to hear their appeal from Scripture. I am thankful for their willingness and kind appeal to the committee to not pass House Bill No. 2 out of committee for full house action. May the Lord bless their ministry.

But there were also some from the Twin Falls area representing various faith based churches that appear to have given little consideration to the authority of Scripture and exchanged obedience to God for popularity of men.

The Twin Falls Times-News reported the hearing HERE.

Because I was there, I can testify to you that the reporting of those quoted in the article is accurate. As usual, context is missing from some of the quotes, but as a whole, the article fairly represented the hearing. My full testimony is posted HERE.

Because the hearing and the reporting of the hearing is a matter of public record I am bound by duty to warn all of the apostate preaching of Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho, Brian Thom.

No, bishop Brian Thom, the bible is not ambiguous on homosexuality. It is not innate, unalterable, permanent and a gift from God. God does not want anyone to be “happy in a same-sex relationship.”

Can you offer any biblical evidence for your apostate opinion?

After reading this, and you are a member of an Episcopal church in Southern Idaho, you should ask your leadership for biblical evidence for this unbiblical position. When no biblical evidence is given to you, request for a removal of any bishop or spiritual leader in your church. If no removal or biblical evidence is given, flee from that apostate church.

P.S.
Gary Lancaster, pastor of Canyon View Baptist Church in Filer, Idaho testified last night. His testimony was biblically strong. His appeal to the committee was compassionately strong. I’m thankful to the Lord that I met him and his wife and will look forward to other gospel proclaiming moments in the future.

 

I’m Just A Bill?

Yesterday as Renee and I were walking up the steps of the Idaho Capitol Building I was trying to remember that classic School House Rock song “I’m Just A Bill”. I fear I could not recall many of the lyrics. But the real reason I was on Capitol Hill yesterday was of greater weight than a Saturday morning childhood memory of someone perhaps trying to redeem the time for something of greater value.

My purpose to be on Capitol Hill in Boise, Idaho yesterday was to give testimony. A copy of that testimony is available HERE.

My day old observation of the experience is one of appreciation for the process. It is from three vantage points.

  1. What country is like the United States of America? Wow. If you have never witnessed or participated in such an experience you should plan a family day outing to Capitol Hill. When a bill is in committee there is an opportunity that the committee has a hearing open for public discussion. It is an open invitation for the citizens to express their desire in regards to the committees action. It is an invitation to appeal.

    Here’s what I would do if I had privilege to raise young children in my home again. We would learn about a bill we wanted to follow all the way through the process. One of significance. And then I would plan regular field trips to Capitol Hill and make plans to participate at all available processes.

  2. I learned that I did not agree with everyone who spoke to House Bill No. 2 (2015). This was not a surprise, it is to be expected. There are opposing views on a bill of this magnitude. It would be expected that the person I sat next to would not be speaking to the bill in agreement. There would be no mistaking to anyone in the Lincoln auditorium that I was a man. And there would be no mistaking to anyone that I was sitting next to a man dressed as a woman, presenting himself as a woman with physical alterations.  No one in the room would have difficulty making this distinction.

    We sat next to each other in a civil manner. I said hello, commented on a few things while waiting for the proceedings to begin, and respectfully sat next to each other the entire time.

    I respect a process that lets every citizen testify and express emotion for their desires.

    I appreciated others who spoke against House Bill No. 2, as I too am opposed. I was pleased that there were others who spoke boldly of their hope that Idaho would honor God and not equate sexual orientation and gender identity as a simple civil rights issue.

    I was pleased to hear others speak with precision of the Lord Jesus Christ and the authority of the Bible, clergy and laymen alike.

    It was not long in the proceedings that the reality that I would not be in agreement with everyone who claims to be a bible believing Christian. I would find that I’m equally opposed to some of the defense of the bible from some on the same side of the bill as I.

    But even more troubling was to begin hearing clergy from some denominations defending sexually deviant behavior as ordained by God and supported from Scripture.

    This was a moment of great significance for me.

    It is not only important that a Christian voice be heard, it is of eternal importance that a Christian, a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ learn to articulate with pin point precision what one believes and able to defend this with kindness, compassion and appeal for the soul of all men and women.

  3. Finally, I have been spiritually, profoundly impacted by my time spent on Capitol Hill.

    Indeed there is a great sin in in the land. I sat next to an individual who is equally fit for hell as I. I have tasted the kindness of God upon my own soul. And I have a duty to all humanity to act compassionately and truthfully with all.

What If God Were Against Us?

My speech to the House of Representatives State Affairs committee:


The hearing can be viewed via live steaming here: http://www.idahoptv.org/insession/leg.cfm


Colossians 1:9-23 (NASB)

For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,
yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven…


Judges 21:25 (NASB)
In those days… everyone did what was right in his own eyes.


When humanity is zealous to support their own agenda and authority above that of God’s we become a public danger to all. When legislation is made in favor of personal desire rather than public wellness; or when we give a path to equate sinful liberty with civil equal rights we become positioned to invite the judgment of God upon us, our descendants, and the general prosperity of the land.

Rather, today, I call upon you as elected, public servants of the citizens of Idaho, appointed by the sovereign order of God, to give sober reality to this historic moment given you to be a blessing rather than a curse to all who live or hope to live in this great state. This sober reality is to submit to Jehovah God and be an agent of blessing. Better today to repent of rash oaths disguised as champions of equal rights and avoid the guilt of being wrong before God.

When law advises others to acts of pride, selfishness and idolatry it really proves a strong stubbornness and a blindness of the human mind. Legislating acts of lawful immorality is the result of the fatal effects of a conscience, under ignorance and error, and is paved with misguided hope and expectations.

I respect that not all will understand my plea to you. I mean no disrespect to anyone present. The jurisdiction of this proposed law moves dangerously beyond the jurisdiction of civic law and duty.

All citizens have equal rights already promised them by Idaho code and law. This proposed addition is really no addition at all and moves to legislation of the conscience of all and gives lawful permission to sexual deviant behavior that becomes a danger to all.

God is not confused over sexuality. God created us male and female. Will you act so arrogantly today and redefine what God has already ordered as good? There may be confusion within the mind but all created nature must submit to the Lordship of its creator. Sexual orientation and gender identity is already settled as male and female, not by you and me, but by Almighty God.

I’m not appealing to you on behalf of religious freedom or separation of church and state. This is the least of my concern… I’m appealing to you as one who has tasted the kindness of God. I’m a fellow citizen, a bond-servant under the Lordship of Christ, an ambassador of Christ’s reconciliation. My appeal is to everyone of you and everyone here today, repent of your sin and submit to the Lordship of Christ.

Equal rights law already protects male and female; don’t make law that protects acts against nature or sexually deviant behavior. This is a road that will surely not end well for any citizen in Idaho, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It is a law that will make a mockery of all things created and an offense to the Lord of creation.

In arrogance some may say, “if God be for us, who can be against us” but listen, if God be against us, it will no longer matter who is for us.

Thank you for hearing from all of us today.

Born with a Bias Toward Evil

J.C. Ryle offers timeless advice to parents: The Duties of Parents

1. First, then, if you would train your children rightly, train them in the way they SHOULD go—and not in the way that they desire.

Remember—children are born with a decided bias towards evil—and therefore if you let them choose for themselves, they are certain to choose wrong.

The mother cannot tell what her tender infant may grow up to be—tall or short, weak or strong, wise or foolish—he may be any of these things or not—it is all uncertain. But one thing the mother can say with certainty—he will have a corrupt and sinful heart! It is natural to us to do wrong. “Foolishness,” says Solomon, “is bound in the heart of a child” (Proverbs 22:15). “A child left to himself brings his mother to shame” (Proverbs 29:15). Our hearts are like the earth on which we tread; let it alone, and it is sure to bear weeds.

If, then, you would deal wisely with your child, you must not leave him to the guidance of his own will. Think for him, judge for him, act for him, just as you would for one weak and blind; but for pity’s sake, give him not up to his own wayward tastes and inclinations. It must not be his likings and wishes that are consulted. He knows not yet what is good for his mind and soul, any more than what is good for his body. You do not let him decide what he shall eat, and what he shall drink, and how he shall be clothed. Be consistent, and deal with his mind in like manner.Train him in the way that is scriptural and right, and not in the way that he desires.

If you cannot make up your mind to this first principle of Christian training—it is useless for you to read any further. Self-will is almost the first thing that appears in a child’s mind—and it must be your first step to resist it.

MORE HERE

The Word Preached

Today, Renee and I have listened to some spirit filled preaching from faithful proclaimers of revealed Scripture. You can listen live or view archived sermons at www.G3conference.com.

Preaching begins again in the morning.

2015 G3 Conference: the Bible is the Word of God pt.4 from Media Gratiae on Vimeo.

House Bill No. 2

Change in Idaho law may soon look like this… (underlined is the proposed change)

(2) To secure for all individuals within the state freedom from discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin or disability in connection with employment, public accommodations, and real property transactions, discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in connection with education, discrimination because of age in connection with employment, and thereby to protect their interest in personal dignity, to make available to the state their full productive capacities, to secure the state against domestic strife and unrest, to preserve the public safety, health, and general welfare, and to promote the interests, rights and privileges of individuals within the state.

The entire proposed law is HERE, it is worth reading.

The House Committee hearing is on Monday, January 26, at 8:00am in the West Wing auditorium in the capital building in Boise.

There are three places of greatest interest to me in the proposed law.

  1. I’m not in favor of civic law to govern spiritual morality. There is need for a civic form of morality that I favor, such as laws that protect against harm, danger, murder, etc… I favor laws that protect individuals and their private property and provide protection for them within civic law.
  2. I’m not in favor of civic law jurisdiction imposing spiritual sway over church jurisdiction. Only reason for civic law to give governing jurisdiction over church jurisdiction is in areas where the church may violate civic morality.
  3. It’s not clear that this law directly effects churches, however, if passed, this law opens the door to make it a crime in Idaho to speak in public that the sinful act of homosexuality and the wicked desires of men who want to be treated as women, or women who want to be treated as men is a sin against God. According to a recent Cornerstone Family Council e-alert, “the law will apply in almost all matters of employment, business, and public accommodations (including public restrooms and locker rooms). The criminal penalties will apply regardless of whether your own faith encourages you to view these behaviors as immoral. Violation will subject you to penalties of up to 6 months in jail.”
  • The Cornerstone Family Council e-alert offers suggestions of what you can do:
    1. Send two sets of emails today to the email list, below:
      1. First to all of Idaho’s Representatives as a group; and
      2. Then individual emails to each member of the House State Affairs Committee. This bill will be heard in that committee on Monday, January 26th at 8:00 a.m.
    2. Send an effective email to your Representatives:
      1. For all of these emails:
        1. In your “Subject” box put “Vote No on House Bill 2
        2. Compose a short and polite message explaining why the Representative should vote against House Bill 2.
        3. End by thanking them for their service to our state.
    3. E-mail and/or post this on all social media profiles you have.
    4. Then, attend the Committee hearing in the West Wing auditorium in the capitol building at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 26th. To let your voice be heard and your sacred liberties preserved. Indicate your opposition to the House Bill 2 when you sign in at the committee meeting. Last year there were over 400 people opposing our bill extending our religious liberties. Your presence – whether or not you speak – is crucial.

Here are some helpful resources for you in contacting Idaho Representatives and the House State Affairs Committee. courtesy of Idaho Cornerstone Family Council

All Idaho Representatives:

cut and paste all emails into one email or send individual emails:

hscott@house.idaho.gov; sdixon@house.idaho.gov; vbar@house.idaho.gov;eredman@house.idaho.gov; rmendive@house.idaho.govdcheatham@house.idaho.govlmalek@house.idaho.gov;
ksims@house.idaho.govcntroy@house.idaho.govsmcmillan@house.idaho.gov;
pshepherd@house.idaho.govtgestrin@house.idaho.govmbeyeler@house.idaho.gov;
rkerby@house.idaho.govjboyle@house.idaho.govbhixon@house.idaho.gov;gchaney@house.idaho.gov;
gbatt@house.idaho.govcperry@house.idaho.govranderst@house.idaho.gov;
ryoungblood@house.idaho.gov; bcrane@house.idaho.gov; gcollins@house.idaho.gov; mmoyle@house.idaho.gov;reedd@house.idaho.gov; lluker@house.idaho.gov; pmcdonald@house.idaho.gov; jpalmer@house.idaho.gov;jholtzclaw@house.idaho.gov; sharris@house.idaho.govtdayley@house.idaho.govjvanderwoude@house.idaho.gov;
jmonks@house.idaho.govrwills@house.idaho.govpnielsen@house.idaho.govlclow@house.idaho.gov;
shartgen@house.idaho.gov;mbell@house.idaho.govckauffman@house.idaho.gov;
smiller@house.idaho.govsbedke@house.idaho.govfwood@house.idaho.gov;kandrus@house.idaho.gov;
kpacker@house.idaho.govjthompson@house.idaho.govwendyhorman@house.idaho.gov;
nanderson@house.idaho.govjvanorden@house.idaho.govmgibbs@house.idaho.gov;
tloertscher@house.idaho.gov;jtrujillo@house.idaho.govlbateman@house.idaho.gov;
nater@house.idaho.govdraybould@house.idaho.gov;vburtenshaw@house.idaho.gov; promrell@house.idaho.govpjordan@house.idaho.govdrudolph@house.idaho.gov;
jrusche@house.idaho.gov; jmccrostie@house.idaho.gov; hkloc@house.idaho.gov; jgannon@house.idaho.gov; schew@house.idaho.gov;irubel@house.idaho.gov; pking@house.idaho.gov; merpelding@house.idaho.gov; mwintrow@house.idaho.gov;dpence@house.idaho.gov; mnye@house.idaho.gov; esmith@house.idaho.gov

Send one email to all on the House State Affairs Committee:

cut and paste all emails into one email or send individual emails:

Chairman Thomas Loertscher: tloertscher@house.idaho.gov Rep. Vito Barbieri:vbar@house.idaho.gov Rep. Gayle Batt: gbatt@house.idaho.gov Rep. Ken Andrus: kandrus@house.idaho.gov Rep. Linden Bateman:lbateman@house.idaho.gov Rep. Lynn Luker: lluker@house.idaho.gov Rep. Brent Crane: bcrane@house.idaho.gov Rep. Joe Palmer:jpalmer@house.idaho.gov Rep. Kathleen Sims: ksims@house.idaho.gov Rep. James Holtzclaw: jholtzclaw@house.idaho.gov Rep. Don Cheatham: dcheatham@house.idaho.gov Rep. Shannon McMillan: smcmillan@house.idaho.gov Rep. Pete Nielsen:pnielsen@house.idaho.gov Rep. Elaine Smith: esmith@house.idaho.gov Rep. Melissa Winthrow: mwintrow@house.idaho.gov Rep. Paulette Jordan: pjordan@house.idaho.gov Rep. John McCrostie: jmccrostie@house.idaho.gov

Here is my letter, you are welcome to modify it as needed.

Dear Representative,

My name is Paul Thompson, I am a citizen of the city of Twin Falls, in the county of Twin Falls, of Idaho.

I count it a pleasure to contact you today to express my opinion in relationship to House Bill No. 2 (2015) I have read the entire proposed change that you will hear on Monday, January 26, 2015.

Please vote ‘no’ on this bill for the following reasons:

1) I think it is a risky move to pass legislation that governs the expression of opinion of any citizen.
2) I find that our current law already protects all citizens from being discriminated against.
3) The jurisdiction of the state moves dangerously close to imposing a type of “state church” opinion with a law such as this.

I respect that you give serious and sober consideration to all changes to Idaho code and law. Thank you for taking the time to hear my plea to not pass House Bill No. 2 (2015).

respectfully,

Paul Thompson
Twin Falls, Idaho

Glory to God Alone (pastors’ conference update)


- Here is an update on the upcoming Glory to God Alone pastors’ conference, February 26-28,
at First Baptist Church, Provo, UT. -

REGISTER HERE


Dear pastor friend,

I know your days are busy, my inquiring of you to attend a three day conference at the end of February comes with awareness of your busyness. I don’t have a retreat to offer you, I don’t have a conference to lighten your load.

Where it is not my intent to add to your busy schedule I do invite you to a conference with serious purpose.

The worship of God is no small matter for the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is of great concern for the church and I want you to gather with me for the Glory to God Alone conference, February 26-28, 2015 at First Baptist Church, Provo, UT. Because of the kindness of the Southern Baptist of Texas, the Utah/Idaho Southern Baptist Convention and others, the conference is presented to you at no cost. Please receive this as a provision from the Lord.

The conference will have two parts, both dealing with aspects of worship.

  • Part one is February 26-27 and will address the matter of family worship. It was Richard Baxter, who said, “If we suffer the neglect of this, we undo all.” There is a great need across the land today; it is a need for the glory of God to be paramount in our homes again. Join us as we prepare to rebuild this family alter.
  • Part two is February 27-28 and will address the matter of corporate worship. Is what happens on any given Lord’s day gathering of the saints more about what we like than about what God requires of us in corporate worship? If so, we must repent and turn to the divine instruction from God alone, as revealed in Scripture.

Travel Assistance:

I’m happy to announce that through the kindness of Southern Baptists across the Utah/Idaho SBC that we have travel assistance available for pastors traveling more than 100 miles. When you register be sure to indicate if you want travel assistance. It is a limited amount of funding but it is our desire to help.

  • $25.00 for anyone requesting travel from 100-250 miles
  • $50.00 for anyone requesting travel from 250-400 miles
  • $75.00 for anyone requesting travel from 400+ miles

Lodging:

It is through the kindness of the Lord’s people at First Baptist Church, Provo, UT that we are able to offer lodging in host homes during the days of the conference. When you register be sure to indicate your need for lodging and we will match you up with a host home.

Free Resources:

  • The first 10 to preregister online HERE will receive a free copy of A Theology of the Family.
  • Other books will be provided to all attending.

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