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SJR39 Religious Liberty

 

The proposed amendment to Missouri’s Constitution SJR39 is right for everyone, not just Christians. Some believe that this amendment is unnecessary because we already have the First Amendment to the Constitution.  Unfortunately lawmakers and judges forget, or should I say ignore it.  Therefore we have to rely on other legal means at the state level.  When a city circumvents the Constitution, the states can act as a reinforcement to the first amendment without ambiguity.

This proposed amendment is being touted as a law that would allow Christians to discriminate. Nothing could be further from the truth.  This bill would simply provide protection of religious liberty and property rights.

SJR39 is a shield against the nefarious non-discrimination laws such as SOGI. Non-discrimination laws open a door that has been closed since the 1960’s.  I have equated the non-discrimination laws passed by municipalities with the Jim Crow laws of the past.  There are some that believe these are strong words.  I agree, and not only strong, but accurate. SOGI in Springfield was a good example.  Imbedded within the law was the penalty of fines and imprisonment solely based on the right of conscience and the right to do what we want with our property.  Under the guise of non-discrimination the net outcome was discrimination through statutory law.  One group of citizens were, by law, given the right to force their ideals upon another group, or demand services that would violate their faith with the full power of the state behind it.  Under the current laws neither Christians nor non-Christians have that privilege.  The claim, “right to discriminate,” is being batted around as fact.  What makes it baseless is that the status quo found in the First Amendment is maintained. No one has power to deprive others of their right of conscience or property.

No one is making the case that Christians are persecuted on the scale witnessed in ancient Rome when Christians were fed to the lions, but we must take note that when that happened there were laws in place to authorize it. I beg the question, what good reason is there to revisit the 60’s and ancient Rome?  This amendment repels unfair SOGI laws. Continue reading

HEADLINES: CHRISTIANS ALLOWED TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST GAYS!!!

 

Every headline regarding religious liberty legislation portrays Christians as hostile towards the gay community. These types of narratives are just as dishonest as the radicalized leftist who created them.

There is no question that eradicating Christianity out of the public square is under way, and we and our leaders have participated in that effort through our silence, and by not engaging the political arena. If the time to do something about it is not now, then no time would be right.  Our backs are against the wall and the best defense is a good offense.  Let’s start by showing up at Jefferson City to address your representatives on April 19 and let your presence represent the Christian voice.

Show your support for Missouri’s Religious Freedom Amendment SJR39. This amendment is designed to provide protection from the bullying of the radicalized leftist agenda.  Our battle is not against the LGBT community and never has been, it’s against those who want to demonize Christians and marginalize us against the rest of society.  The alleged discrimination against the LGBT community is simply the means to discriminate against Christians.

The question is what will your response be? I cannot stress how important it is to show up at the rally.  Ask your pastor to announce this meeting from the pulpit and encourage the congregation to make every effort to be part of the battle for religious liberty.

This event is hosted by: Missouri Alliance For Freedom. Ryan Johnson, president. ryan@missourifreedom.com

Date: Tuesday, April 19 (Bring umbrella; rain or shine)

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Missouri Capital Building, 201 W. Capital Ave, Jefferson City, MO.

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http://www.religiouslibertyamendment.com/

 

 

Calvin Morrow

Executive Director

Christians Uniting For Political Action (CUPA)

calvin@cupasalt.org

www.cupasalt.org

 

Take Up Your Sword

 

Luke 22:36 Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it , and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.

I’ve been a Christian for thirty nine years and I have never heard a sermon on this scripture. Before I get into this subject, it is very important to analyze the back drop to this scripture to understand it. Jesus and the Disciples are celebrating the Passover in the upper room and He is preparing them for His crucifixion, and speaking of a new order called the kingdom of heaven.  In verses 28-30 He says, “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials.  “and I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Israel as a nation is about to go through some dramatic religious and governmental changes. The changes are a transfer of authority (to appoint the kingdom to His followers and their spiritual posterity, and the judgment of apostate Israel described in Matt 23).  God is about to officially end one covenant and ratify a new covenant.  Take notice that covenant and Jerusalem are used synonymously in Galatians 4:25, 26 and in Hebrews 12:22 where the covenant is called the heavenly Jerusalem.

The death and resurrection of Christ introduced the new covenant in seed form which is referenced numerous times as firstfruits, or a fore shadow of what’s to come of the promise. These firstfruits are the saints that lived during the times of Christ until the official end of the sacrificial system that Jesus talked about in Matt 24:2, 3. He did so by declaring that the temple would be destroyed, and the disciples responded by asking when will this happen and what will be the sign of Your coming.  If we dare to value context when interpreting Matt 24 we would see clearly that Jesus is audience specific regarding who He is talking to, which are the people of that time period that are standing directly in front of Him.  He is geographically specific regarding Israel and its cities.  Notice that He calls the cities by name.  They are not futuristic, hypothetical or symbolic cities. He is chronologically specific indicating that the destruction of the temple is the trigger mechanism for His coming and the end of the age (Note: that some translations use the word world, and world in the Greek is usually translated cosmos or aeon. In this case the word aeon is used meaning specific time period).  The question is what time period is He referring to?  The obvious answer should we dare to interpret scripture with scripture within the given context is the official end of the ritualistic old covenant.  If there is no temple in Jerusalem then there is no method to obey the traditional ritualistic sacrificial system.   Continue reading

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