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Bye...Jackie?

Bye...Jackie?

At this point, most are aware that famed Christian poet, writer and speaker Jackie Hill Perry has recently and publicly affirmed the ministries of several female heretics. Amid news of her participation at Propel Women’s Activate 2019 conference, Jackie has garnered a slew of controversy as many have attempted to make sense of her decision.

There might have been room to offer her the benefit of the doubt for why she signed on to the event, and many were prepared to offer it. Perhaps she didn’t know much about the ministries of the other speakers, namely the conference’s co-founder Christine Caine of Hillsong Church Australia. Or, maybe she was aware of these women and their errors, but wanted to share the Gospel and offer up a public rebuke. Yet, Jackie removed all doubt with a recent Instagram post and Insta-Story in which she unapologetically confessed her willingness to fellowship and do ministry with those whose doctrinal teachings oppose to the truth of God’s Word. 

Where Scripture says light has no fellowship with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14-17), Jackie cites her goal to better love her neighbor. Where Scripture says not to welcome or even greet those who bring a different gospel (2 John 1:10), Jackie cites a quest for “unity”.  While her goals may be Scriptural (Christ does tell us to love our neighbor and He did pray for unity in the Body), her application of these Scriptures don’t align with the context upon which these truths stand. Christ has warned us against sacrificing truth on the altar of peace (Matthew 10:34-36). Her twisting of the Scriptures in this way is most troubling and could be telling of deeper matters most, including myself, don’t yet want to admit.

So, in an attempt to be slowER to speak and quickER to listen, I’ve avoided saying much on this issue too soon, despite many tagging and messaging me for my thoughts on this soon after the news broke. 

While she’s done things and has had associations that have caused me great concern, I’ve still considered her a sister in Christ thus this news has only caused me grief, disappointment and frustration. As such, I thought it best to just collect my thoughts as anything stated too hastily might not have been coherent or edifying. So, over the past few days, I’ve examined my thoughts and Jackie’s statements under the light of Scripture. In the end, I have come away with the following open letter that takes care to directly respond to the various points she raised in her statement.

Beloved, Do Not Believe Every Spirit: On Signs, Wonders + Spiritual Gifts

Beloved, Do Not Believe Every Spirit: On Signs, Wonders + Spiritual Gifts

To be sure, no doctrinal debate has most wrecked my brain than the debate on the cessation versus continuation of miraculous spiritual gifts (ie; prophecy, tongues, healing). I mean, I guess IF the Lord has willed for the cessation of miraculous gifts, so be it. After all, Scripture says that the Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to each Believer as He wills (1 Corinthians 12:11). Thus, it is possible that He no longer wills to distribute to any Believer the gift of healing, for example. Nevertheless, after I've researched this topic for my own edification, I haven't found anything in Scripture which specifically speaks to the cessation of any of the spiritual gifts at any time before Christ returns. And despite the case for cessationism put forth by men I highly regard in the Body of Christ, I’m not personally comfortable with making that proclamation or emphatically holding to it as a matter of doctrine. (May all reformed proponents of cessationism forgive me. Thankfully, this isn't a salvific issue, thus I trust they will continue to receive me as a sister in the Lord.)  

"Then the Lord called to the man...'Where are you?'": Men on Abortion

"Then the Lord called to the man...'Where are you?'": Men on Abortion

After thousands of years of human existence, women remain the only gender (of the only two genders) that can biologically become pregnant with, carry, and give birth to another human life. As such, it is only natural and understandable that the female perspective is considered in discourse on abortion.  Yet, in the past 40 years, society has systematically and disingenuously presented the female perspective as the only perspective that matters, especially when that perspective is “pro-choice”. 

Sure, the very camp that’s long supported rhetoric like  “It’s a woman’s right to choose!” now also supports the “right to choose” of  women who feel they’re men (thus, per society, they are “men”) -  because, apparently, “men can get pregnant, too.”  But gender confusion and obvious delusions aside, the male perspective on, and a man’s experience with, abortion is typically silent and silenced. And with abortion in the news quite frequently in recent months, I’ve found their silence rather deafening - perhaps as deafening as Adam’s as he watched Eve eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6). 

Why the Church Ain't No Good to Meagan Good: The Truth About Church Hurt

Why the Church Ain't No Good to Meagan Good: The Truth About Church Hurt

During her recent appearance on the DL Hughley Show, professing Christian and actress Meagan Good opened up about why she often skips church. No..it’s not because of her busy work schedule or a debilitating illness. It’s because of….you guessed it: “CHURCH FOLK”.

“Church folk”, a pejorative for Christians, is often hurled in response to a Christian or Christians one might perceive as judgmental (condemning) or hypocritical.  In fairness to Meagan, she does share in the interview that she loves Christians, the church and her Lord and Savior. Yet, she immediately undermines her proclamation when she conversely notes her decision to “love” us from a distance to protect her spirit, which she says is too sensitive.

Thanks to Meagan’s now viral commentary, the topic of “church hurt” has been thrust back into the spotlight for mainstream fodder. As can be expected, the general public fully sides with Meagan and even encourages her to continue to forsake the assembling of the saints (Hebrews 10:25). In response, however, I felt compelled to dissect the concept of “church hurt” and discuss whether Meagan’s sentiments hold any merit.

God Wins: A Gospel-Centric "Pride Month" Series

God Wins: A Gospel-Centric "Pride Month" Series

As most of you may be aware, June is LGBT Pride Month.  However, most may not be aware that June is also Truth + Fire’s anniversary month. (Yay! We’re turning 4 this year!)  Of course, this blog’s mission and the LGBT agenda are diametrically opposed.  Yet, I’ve decided to intersect our respective celebrations with a Pride Month series.

You read that correctly!  

From my thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner and Kim Davis to answering some of my gay friends’ most pressing questions, all of Truth + Fire’s LGBT-related content has been curated into a single collection for your reading pleasure this June.

I pray you find this series edifying, and I hope God graces you to share it (and the Gospel of Jesus Christ) with your LGBT-identifying friends and family this month and beyond.


With all the peace and love God intends,

Veriteetfeu


Pro-Life, Pro-Logic: Thoughts on Abortion

Pro-Life, Pro-Logic: Thoughts on Abortion

With the recent passage of near total bans on abortion in several states, the pro-choice/pro-life debate has reached a fever pitch. While I’d prefer to stay far, far away from the highly contentious back-and-forth these discussions tend to yield, it’s been extremely challenging for me not to chime in. Indeed, if this were a matter where all stakeholders could plead their own case, perhaps I might be less vocal about this topic. But at the center of this issue lies the fate of innocent, unborn human beings who aren’t able to speak up for themselves, and the truth from which my passion for this topic stems is simply that God created humanity in His image (Proverbs 31:8; Genesis 1:26-27).

Pro-Life, Pro-Logic: Thoughts on Rape

Pro-Life, Pro-Logic: Thoughts on Rape

The unborn, though spiritual inheritors of a sin nature just as we all were, are innocent in word and deed. They’ve done nothing wrong for which to be sentenced to death. Though the pro-abortion position suggests the unborn are indeed guilty of being an inconvenient consequence of their parents’ choices. EVERY consenting adult knows full well that sex produces babies and that contraceptives aren’t 100% effective. To claim anything to the contrary is, put plainly, A WHOLE LIE. Even Alyssa Milano, who’s encouraging women to avoid the risk of pregnancy in the wake of Georgia’s abortion ban, has called for a “sex strike” rather than an increase in contraceptive usage. She knows the only sure way to prevent unwanted pregnancies is abstinence. So do most with at least a 7th grade education.

But what about rape? What about unwanted sex that produces an unwanted child?

Pro-Life, Pro-Logic: Thoughts on a Woman's Right to Choose

Pro-Life, Pro-Logic: Thoughts on a Woman's Right to Choose

While they do occur, fortunately rape is rare, pregnancies resulting from rape are rare, and abortions due to rape are extremely rare. Even when one includes aborting pregnancies resulting from incest, that’s still less than 2% of all abortion cases. As such, there are at least 98% of women who’ve elected to abort for reasons resulting from their own choices.

Pro-Life, Pro-Logic: Thoughts on Child Abuse + Other Strawmen

Pro-Life, Pro-Logic: Thoughts on Child Abuse + Other Strawmen

As I shared in the opening of this piece, I recently discussed abortion with a couple of colleagues that left me stunned. One believed abortion should be legal because the death penalty is legal. The other sees abortion as an answer to child abuse.

“If you’ve worked with unwanted and abused children, you’d understand why abortion is needed,” he said.

“So, to protect children from abuse we should kill them,” I asked.

“Well...yeah.”

Why I Renounced My Letters in AKA: Guest Feature

Why I Renounced My Letters in AKA: Guest Feature

In this guest feature, contributor Lily J shares how her faith in Christ led her to renounce her membership in the historically Black Greek letter organization Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. As she says, this piece is a long one, so get comfy!

“I used to be a member of AKA but renounced my letters back in 2016. I posted about it on Facebook & IG last year, and I think it’s important to continue to share my testimony with more people, especially since so many of my friends and associates are greek, some of whom are fellow Christians as well, but seem convinced that this was just a personal choice I made simply for me to honor God, based on my personal preferences but has no impact on them or in their lives.

“Today I want to tell you that it’s not this simple. This wasn’t something God called me to and only me. If you are a Christian, we are all called to assess where our salvation stands and whether it is being jeopardized or at stake with any of our affiliations and associations, so if me speaking on this topic again keeps just one from perishing, if it sets one more free, then it is worth me continuously repeating.”

~ Lily J, www.mylifeaslily.com