Despite what many may think, Donald Trump is uniquely qualified to represent America at such a time as this. Here's why I believe he is God's perfect choice to make our nation great again.
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.
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.)
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).
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.
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,