St Helen’s Bishopgate hints it will leave Church of England unless next Bishop of London is conservative on sex

One of London’s largest Anglican churches is hinting it will walk away from the Church of England if the next Bishop of London is not conservative on sexuality.

William Taylor, Rector at St Helen’s Bishopgate, said his first question to the new Bishop of London, who is yet to be announced, will be to ask whether they are prepared to ‘declare as sin what God calls sin’ and to summon them to repentance.

If the new bishop refuses to do so publicly, Taylor said he will have no choice but to distance his parish from the Church of England.

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St Helen’s BishopgateWilliam Taylor, rector at St Helen’s Bishopgate, gave his sermon on Romans 16 last Sunday.

St Helen’s Bishopgate is one of the biggest and most influential evangelical churches in the country, attracting nearly 2,000 people to its four Sunday services each week. Its associate rector, Charles Skrine, is on the panel who will nominate the next Bishop of London and he is also a member of the Church’s ruling general synod.

Taylor said the previous Bishop of London, Richard Chartres’, willingness to describe sexual relationships outside marriage between one man and one woman as sinful meant St Helen’s could work with other Anglican churches around London.

Quoting a passage in the Bible which instructs Christians ‘to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned’ and to ‘keep away from them’, Taylor said there was a necessary ‘avoidance’ of Christians who accept ‘what the Bible calls sexual immorality’.

He told his congregation there was a group in the CofE ‘denying the teaching of the Bible on marriage’, an apparent reference to pro gay marriage activists.

‘My first question to him or her will be: “Are you prepared to openly to declare as sin what God calls sin and to summon all people to repentance and to do so publicly?”

‘If the answer is “no” then there is an “unavoidable avoidance” for us all.’ This is an apparent reference to the necessity of the church distancing itself from its bishop.

Christian Today has approached St Helen’s Bishopgate for comment and clarification but they declined to comment.


The final interviews for the new Bishop of London concluded last week. The panel, whose deliberations are secret, will now hand the suggested name to Downing Street and, if approved, the announcement will be made in January.

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WikipediaSt Helen’s Bishopgate is one of the largest CofE churches in the country with an average weekly attendance of nearly 2,000, including at a dedicated Mandarin service every Sunday afternoon for local Chinese Christians.

Taylor went on to criticise the Archbishop of Canterbury for asking Church of England parishes with different views on sexuality to ‘walk together’, saying that ‘flatly contradicts’ the Bible.

‘For that reason I have made perfectly plain both in private conversations and in formal meetings with the current acting Bishop in London that from now on as a church in all our relationships in this diocese we can no longer walk together with those who take that position [affirming of gay relationships].’

He added: ‘At this stage I don’t think it is necessary for us to leave the Church of England – we are not the divisive ones, we are not the ones who have walked away.’

It comes after St Helen’s withdrew itself from relations with its immediate Anglican neighbours last week. In a letter to the area dean in the City of London, Rev Oliver Ross, Taylor cited ‘the widely publicised views held by certain members of the deanery chapter’ as reasons for the split.

‘We (the clergy, wardens and PCC of St Helen’s) no longer consider these church leaders who have ceased to ‘believe and uphold the Christian faith Church of England has received it’ to be ‘walking together’ with us in any meaningful partnership’, he said without naming which churches he was particularly concerned about.

However Rev Bertrand Olivier, the openly gay vicar of All Hallows by the Tower which is half a mile from St Helen’s, told Christian Today he was ‘not surprised’ by the decision.

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Twitter / St Helen’sThe letter was tweeted by St Helen’s Bishopgate on Thursday evening.

While the decision will likely only have minor local ramifications, Taylor’s threat over the new Bishop of London will prompt fears St Helen’s could leave the wider Church of England in the near future.

It comes as tensions over sexuality in the Church are escalating with Anglican Mission in England – a rival Anglican movement to the CofE – ordained its own clergy for the first time last week.

Taylor was at the ordination service in east London last Thursday night and AMiE could provide a home for parishes who want to keep to an Anglican model of church but dislike what they see as the CofE’s growing tolerance towards gay relationships.

 

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Celebrating 100 Years of Jewish Revival and the ‘Return of Christian Rule’ in Jerusalem

One century ago, on December 9, 1917, the first night of Hanukkah and two weeks before Christmas, the British Imperial Army entered Jerusalem under the command of General Edmund Allenby. Two days later, Ottoman Jerusalem fell to the British in an event often deemed a “Hanukkah and Christmas miracle.” The event ushered in a new era in the history of Jerusalem – for Jews, the beginning of the fulfillment of a Biblical promise of Jewish revival and sovereignty over their holy land; for Christians, a return of Christian rule for the first time since the fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.

It was Allenby’s establishment of British rule over Jerusalem that eventually led to the founding of the State of Israel under the British Mandate.

“Jerusalem became a holy city again,” explained Dr. Nirit Shalev-Khalifa, a curator of the Tower of David Museum’s special exhibit commemorating General Allenby. To honor the centennial of the event, the museum featured a festive reenactment and opened a new exhibition at the museum.

General Allenby dismounts to enter Jerusalem on foot, December 9, 1917. (Wikimedia Commons)

Eilat Lieber, the Director and Chief Curator of the Tower of David Museum, called Allenby’s dramatic entrance to Jerusalem, marking the end of a 400-year Ottoman rule, an event that “shaped our city.”

The show reenacted the moment when, just a little more than a month after the Balfour Declaration was signed, on December 11, 1917, General Allenby stood on the steps of the Tower of David, proclaimed British martial law, and accepted the keys to Jerusalem along with Major General Shea.

Allenby’s proclamation, which was issued in seven languages, promised a different world with new values and order following Jerusalem’s thousands of years of crisis, as well as epidemics and famine inflicted during the Great War. British military law provided Jerusalemites with supplies of food and water, established the collection of taxes, renewed postal service, and introduced British coinage.

Sir Edmund Allenby (Wikimedia Commons)

Moreover, Allenby recognized the uniqueness and importance of Jerusalem, promising protection for Jerusalem’s holy sites and freedom of worship, religion, and tradition for the city’s inhabitants.

At the museum reenactment, which featured readings of the proclamation in several languages, Jerusalem Mayor Barkat lauded General Allenby as a “liberator of Jerusalem.”

“General Allenby was a great military man who conquered the land of Israel, but in addition to his military strength, he was also a distinguished thinker and understood the city of Jerusalem and its role in the world,” said Barkat. “He understood that Jerusalem has unique properties as a uniting force for the entire world, open for all tribes, as represented here in the ceremony.”

Barkat continued, “Allenby was an essential part of Jerusalem’s history, ensuring the city could fulfill its role in the world as a place where religious tolerance and mutual respect are our highest values. The city of peace as General Allenby described represents our aspirations for the city today and into the future.”

According to The Palestine News following the proclamation, that night, Church bells rang throughout Europe and special prayers were held in synagogues. The Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem were lit up with the first candle of Hanukkah as people danced joyfully by their menorahs, seen from every window.

The sages refer to Jerusalem as “the light of the world,” and Israel, the “light unto the nations.” The menorah, a special candelabra used in the Temple, is said to emanate such light. It is also a Hanukkah symbol and the emblem of Israel, representing the Jewish people’s historical attachment to their homeland and Israel’s return to its former luster.

After Allenby’s proclamation, the Jews of Palestine referred to the English as the Hasmoneans, the Jewish dynasty that ruled Israel after the successful Maccabean rebellion against the Greek Empire which was the backdrop of the Hanukkah story. They likened General Sir Allenby to Judah Maccabee, the Jewish priest who led the Maccabean Revolt.

Also present at the reenactment were John Benson, the great-grandson of Major General John Shea; Henry J.H. Allenby of Megiddo and Felixstowe, the great-great nephew of Field Marshal Edmund Allenby; and Sarah Viscountess Allenby, the current Lord Allenby’s mother and the wife of third Viscount.

Each guest expressed pride and emotion in their ancestors for their role in shaping the history of Jerusalem. “I’m so glad I got to come here to absorb it all,” said Allenby, in Jerusalem for his first visit to Israel.

The entrance of the British forces under General Edmund Allenby into Jerusalem in December 1917. (Wikimedia Commons)

“There is a great passion here in Israel for what happened,” he said.

Benson, also in Israel for the first time, said it had been an emotional visit. Benson’s great-grandfather, who was instructed to take Jerusalem as a “Christmas present for Christianity,” stood with General Allenby on the Tower of David steps after the Ottomans surrendered the city to him.

“The warmth of welcome here has been very moving, and it is humbling to be here and be part of it. This is part of our family and we are enormously proud to play a part of the history of this wonderful city,” Benson concluded.

 

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EU to Israel: Don’t expect us to move embassies

More than likely they are too busy moving Muslims into Europe and the USA?

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini told Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to expect EU states to follow the US in moving embassies to Jerusalem. “The PM mentioned a few times he expected other countries to follow president Trump’s decision … he can keep his expectations for others, but from the European Union member states’ side, this move will not come,” she said on Monday after a two-hour meeting.

 

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‘United States of Europe’ by 2025

Martin Schulz, the leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) urged his fellow members on Thursday (7 December) to enter into coalition talks with chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives to form a grand coalition.

Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament, urged his party to push for the creation of a “United States of Europe” by 2025.

The SPD party congress on Thursday will decide whether the Social Democrats will join forces with Merkel once again, despite fears that the party would not be able to revive itself in the embrace of the Christian Democrats.

After a bruising election in September, Schulz said his party should go into opposition. “We lost not just 1.7 million votes this time, but 10 million since 1998 – half our voters,” he said then.

The approximately 600 SPD delegates are reluctant. The party’s youth wing said the SPD had a “historic responsibility” not to enter government, because it would make far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which came third at the elections, the official opposition.

On the other hand Schulz has some personal popularity, and many also see an opportunity to push forward with a social agenda in Europe with Emmanuel Macron at the helm of France.

“Europe does not always work for its people, rather too often for the big companies,” Schulz said.

But if the SPD members do not back the coalition idea, Schulz’s leadership will come into question.

The Social Democrats are Merkel’s best hope for building a government in her fourth term in office, after discussions with the Greens and the liberal Free Democrats failed.

“The question isn’t grand coalition or no grand coalition. Nor minority government or fresh elections. No – it’s about how we exercise our responsibility, including to the next generation, Schulz was quoted by Reuters.

United Europe

Schulz also called for deeper European integration that could result in a “United States of Europe” by 2025.

“I want a European constitutional treaty that creates a federal Europe,” he said.

He said the treaty would be presented to EU member states for ratification, and those that reject it automatically should leave the bloc.

Schulz argued that only a reinforced EU could act as a bulwark to right-wing nationalists, who have made gains in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, France and the Netherlands recently.

He said that with SPD in the coalition, Germany’s European policy would be less focused on austerity, and argued that the eurozone should have more investment, a common finance minister and budget.

 

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Can Demons Cause Homosexuality? (Video)

Ken Davies was on the streets, a homeless, drug-addicted homosexual who had one-night stands with other men just so he could have a place to sleep.

Davies says the root of his affliction, though, was demonic. And to escape, he needed deliverance.

Watch the video to see his testimony.

 

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Student-led prayers will continue in Texas and beyond

Student-led prayers will continue in Texas and beyond

A leader in the Christian legal field isn’t surprised that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a case filed by the American Humanist Association challenging prayer before school board meetings near Dallas.

In March, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of the Birdville Independent School District that allows students to open school board meetings with student-initiated prayers. So the progressive organization fought back by taking it to the next level: to the Supreme Court.

Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel founder and chairman, believes the American Humanist Association v. Birdville Independent School District petition was unanimously rejected by the Supreme Court last week because of Town of Greece v. Galloway. In that May 2014 case, the high court ruled in favor of a city in upstate New York that opened city council meetings with prayer.

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“It was unanimous because the Supreme Court of the United States has spoken on this issue not very long ago,” contends Staver. “Not with regards to school boards but with regards to the local governmental level – and the precedent is exactly the same. I think after this, you’re going to see more and more school boards allow this kind of prayer and certainly not be intimidated.”

Birdville ISD has been allowing elementary and middle school students to open board meetings with a statement or prayer since 1997.


Obama’s transgender recruits hit boot camp Jan. 1

Obama post-Dallas speech

Obama’s transgender legacy lives on

In November, court orders were issued to temporarily block Trump’s ban on transgenders, and a courtroom decision was made several days ago that will keep the administration from delaying Obama’s July 2016 lift of the restriction on transgenders in the military any longer.

“Last month, district court judges in Washington, D.C., and Maryland issued preliminary injunctions in two federal lawsuits that prohibit the Pentagon from moving ahead with Trump’s directive to phase out transgender service and gender reassignment surgeries,” the Examiner recounted. “The D.C. judge issued a further ruling last week that specifically prohibits Defense Secretary Jim Mattis from delaying earlier plans to begin transgender recruitment into the military next month.”

The month before Trump tweeted about his orders to keep transgenders from serving in the military, Mattis divulged his plans in June for the commencement of transgender troops’ enlistment and commissioning to be delayed for six months.

Trump took Mattis’ plans one step further in late July, declaring via a series of tweets to put an end to transgender troops serving in any capacity – an announcement that was followed up in August with orders to the Pentagon.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow … [t]ransgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump’s firstsecond and third tweets posted on July 26 read. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming … victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

The Pentagon’s shift on the matter reportedly has a lot to do with leftist activism infitrating the legal system.

“It’s mainly because of the well-funded legal teams pursuing lawsuits against the nation and the activist judges who affirm their complaints,” WND reported. “Ironically, they have decided that while the Barack Obama administration was allowed to arbitrarily change the U.S. military rules on the issue, President Trump is not allowed to change them back.”

A bad move for the military

Center for Military Readiness President Elaine Donnelly says that she and her independent public policy organization view the outcome of the matter as “very disappointing.”

“If they haven’t already done so, the Department of Justice should have asked for an immediate stay of the court ruling handed down in the D.C. Court on October 30 and in Baltimore on November 21,” Donnelly asserted, according to WND. “Both rulings exceeded the authority of the district judges, who have no constitutional power to run the military.”

The leader of the conservative group that focuses on analyzing social issues in the military insists that LGBT activists in the court system should not be allowed to usurp the court system – and president – to forward their politically correct agenda.

“The high-handed rulings also disregarded the process of review ordered by President Trump on August 25,” Donnelly added. “If motions to reconsider and stay the rulings are denied, DOJ should file appeals at the Circuit Court levels and the Supreme Court, if necessary.”

The debate goes on …

It is reported that at least four lawsuits – in Washington, D.C., Maryland, California, and Washington state – are pending as they review Trump’s reversal of Obama’ pro-transgender recruiting move in the military.

“Federal Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued a temporary order concluding – based on equal-protection arguments – it was OK for Obama to open the door to transgenders, but not acceptable for Trump to reverse Obama,” WND informed.

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins, who is a Marine veteran, showed frustration over the social experimentation taking place in the military at the expense of America’s safety. He condemned Kollar-Kotelly’s ruling, which he says is an indication that she believes she can run the military better than the commander-in-chief.

“This is where judicial activism is leading us,” Perkins stressed. “The courts have moved beyond legislating on the invented rights of abortion and same-sex marriage to clearly usurping the constitutional authority of the executive branch. The president has the primary task of protecting Americans, but we see the courts weakening his immigration policies designed to protect America from threats and now telling the commander-in-chief how to run the military.”

Another legal expert at FRC, Peter Sprigg, is assured that the law in the four cases is clearly on Trump’s side.

“This was a policy decision on the part of the Obama administration to reverse the longstanding policy that excluded transgender persons from the military,” Sprigg noted, according to WND. “It is a policy decision of the Trump administration to reverse that. This is really not a constitutional issue.”

Pro-LGBT coverage of the transgender ban is blamed for the judge’s radical left ruling.

“I think that the judge has internalized the way that the media covers this, which is that it’s a civil rights issue,” Sprigg offered. “It’s a matter of discrimination. It’s a matter of irrational animus toward people because of who they are. They’re simply failing to look at the real issues.”

LGBT mobilization in the military

GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi insists that transgenders’ acceptance into the military is a done deal.

“January 1 means January 1,” Levi stated in response to the district court ruling enforcing the deadline to permit transgenders in the military, according to Marine Corps Times. “That’s the date when the military can no longer deny transgender people from enlisting. The court’s earlier order was clear on that point.”

The LGBTQ activist maintains that any legal action contesting the decision is futile and should be dropped because she believes the matter is over.

“This latest ruling is an exclamation point – not that any was needed,” Levi insisted.

But conservatives at the DOJ already expressed last week that they are not lying down – as they continue to weigh their options.

“The Justice Department had indicated in legal filings that it may seek an emergency stay in the D.C. judge’s ruling so that the accessions could be delayed,” the Examiner’s Travis J. Tritten noted.


Christian in Uganda Who Lost Family to Muslims Beaten Unconscious

Islamic extremists attacked former sheikh Mulangira Ibrahim. (Morning Star News)

NAIROBIKenya (Morning Star News) – A former sheikh (Islamic teacher) in eastern Uganda has been in hiding since he lost his family for putting his faith in Christ two years ago, but last month he was tricked into a life-threatening encounter.

Mulangira Ibrahim, 27, was on his way to his pastor’s house after a church service on Lake Victoria’s Jaguzi Island, in Mayuge District, the evening of Nov. 16 when he received a telephone call from an unknown person saying the pastor wanted to see him back at the church compound.

Without a second thought, Ibrahim turned around.

“On my way to the church premise, four people stopped me and then got hold of me and started threatening me that if I do not recant Christianity and return to Islam, then they were going to kill me,” Ibrahim told Morning Star News. “I did not answer them, and one began slapping me, while another hit me with a blunt object. As I started screaming for help, I received more blows and from there I lost my consciousness.”

When he came to, he found himself surrounded by police, the pastor and church members, he said. Pastor Charles Musana of the Evangel World Vision Church rushed Ibrahim to a nearby dispensary for medication.

“Ibrahim suffered backache, head and leg injuries, and we found him in a pool of blood,” Pastor Musana said. “We rushed him to a Jaguzi dispensary, and the following day we recorded the incident with the police under police Reference No. SD 14/19/11/2017 on life-threatening violence.”

Ibrahim is now recovering at the pastor’s house.

“The attack was so severe that it will take more than a month for Ibrahim to recover from the multiple injuries,” the pastor said.

Since his conversion two years ago, area Muslims took his wife, Nalunkuma Joweria, and their three children ages 8, 6 and 4, from him upon learning that he had left Islam, he said.

From Butegwa village, Bukooli County in Bugiri District, Ibrahim had been sent to propagate Islam on the island of Jaguzi as the sheikh of Madrasat Noor Islamia Mosque.

On the island, he had a vision in which he saw himself holding a Bible, followed by another in which he was attending Islamic studies in Iran, he said. Most Iranians practice Shia Islam, anathema to Sunni Muslims in Uganda, but in any case Ibrahim said both visions troubled him.

He decided to visit the pastor of the Evangel World Vision Church and, to allay any religious tensions, he asked a small Muslim child from the Islamic school where he taught to accompany him and inform the pastor that he was outside the church offices, Ibrahim said.

Upon arrival to the door of the church building, he said, he was temporarily blinded in such a way that he fell to the ground, and the child became frightened and ran to the nearby mosque shouting, “The sheikh has been killed by the Christians.”

The pastor said he came out of his office and found Ibrahim on the ground praising Jesus. Muslims who dashed to the site also found Ibrahim praising Issa, Jesus Christ, as Lord. They beat him before fleeing when a large number of Christians arrived. It was Oct. 4, 2015.

The area Muslims went to Ibrahim’s house and took away his wife and children. Ibrahim said they left behind a written note that he should not return to the house, which they had rented for him. They also terminated his services as sheikh of Madrasat Noor Islamia Mosque.

Back at his home in Butegwa village, his Muslim family took his house away and sold its plot of land, rendering him homeless, he said.

“Since then, life became very difficult for me,” Ibrahim told Morning Star News. “I had no place to lay my head. But thank God the church gave me a place to reside within the church compound.”

Immediately after becoming a Christian, Ibrahim began receiving threatening messages.

“For the last two years I have confined myself within the church compound and pastor’s house, which is 1.5 kilometers away, as Muslims are continually posting messages that they needed my head because I ditched Islam,” he told Morning Star News by phone.

Police are investigating the Nov. 16 assault but have not arrested anyone, sources said.

The incident is one of many recent attacks by non-state figures on Christians in eastern Uganda. Uganda’s constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith to another.

Muslims make up no more than 12 percent of Uganda’s population, with many concentrated in the eastern part of the country.


The Virgin Birth Is Not Fake News

The writer says My wife and I have four daughters, and I was in the hospital room for each birth. There was a normal amount of blood, but no serious complications. Our oldest took forever to be born. Our second was in such a hurry that we thought she might end up on the floor of a hospital hallway. Our third tied her umbilical cord in knots in the womb. And our youngest calmly slipped out as if to say: “OK, I’m born. What’s next?”

I had very little to do in the delivery room. My wife was the hero. She sweated, strained, pushed and gasped for hours. I stroked her arm a few times—and ate some doughnuts.

Normal births are amazing, whether they occur in hospitals or homes or the back seats of taxis. But when I consider the birth of Jesus, I’m in total awe—not just because of Mary and Joseph’s bumpy ride from Nazareth, Mary’s lack of a doctor (and anesthesia!) and the crudeness of the manger, but also because of how Jesus was conceived.

Mary was a virgin. Joseph, the “father,” had nothing to do but stand in the background.

Secularists and liberal theologians have mocked the virgin birth for centuries. Thomas Jefferson called it a fable, while Episcopal heretic John Shelby Spong called it an “entrance myth.” The concept of a woman giving birth to a baby without a man’s involvement is ludicrous to unbelievers. It contradicts all the laws of biology.

This Christmas season, the American Atheists organization has launched a billboard campaign to question whether the birth of Jesus actually happened. The signs feature a nativity scene with the statement: “Just skip church. It’s all fake news!”

But the Virgin Mary was not a scoffer. She asked the angel how she would bear this child, and he said: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Luke 1:35a).

I would have asked for more scientific information. (“Um, thanks Gabe, but how does this process of miraculous impregnation work?”) But Mary didn’t quibble over details. She believed Gabriel’s announcement and submitted to God in childlike faith.

The Greek word for “overshadow,” episkiazo, is a reference to the cloud of God’s presence that materialized in Moses’ tabernacle. The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, translates Luke 1:35 as: He “will overshadow you [like a shining cloud],” This same cloud hovered over the ark of the covenant, led God’s people through the wilderness and filled Solomon’s temple with shimmering shekinah glory.

Think about it. The same cloud of glory that caused Moses’ face to shine hovered over a virgin and deposited a divine seed in her womb. The God who hid behind a veil in the Old Testament clothed Himself in human flesh in the New Testament.

The Incarnation cannot be explained in purely biological terms. There was nothing sexual about it, yet Mary’s ovum was fertilized without Joseph’s sperm. Divinity merged with humanity. Jesus, fully God and fully man, began a nine-month gestation.

When the Savior was born, there was a normal amount of blood, sweat and tears—because Mary was human. But this birth was surrounded with wonder because Joseph was not the real father. He came from a royal line of kings, but his pedigree was not enough to save the human race. He could not contribute to this miracle.

Doubters think Joseph got Mary pregnant out of wedlock. If that were true, Christianity itself would be a lie because (1) if Jesus were not born of a woman, He could not have identified with our sins fully; and (2) if God were not His biological father, He could not have redeemed us.

This is the most glorious revelation of the nativity. Bible teacher R.T. Kendall put it this way: “The virgin birth of Christ shows that salvation can never come through human effort.” God performed this science-defying miracle without our help. All we can do is receive His amazing love and forgiveness.

We just stand there in awe, beholding the glorious mystery of the Incarnation. As you prepare for this holiday season, ponder the miracle of the virgin birth. I pray you and your family will be overshadowed in a fresh way by the presence of the Savior


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Canadian Schools Cancel Operation Christmas Child over Organization’s Stance on Homosexuality

Canadian Schools Cancel Operation Christmas Child over Organization’s Stance on Homosexuality

Schools in two Canadian provinces will not be allowing students to participate in Operation Christmas Child due to the organization’s stance on LGBT issues.

Operation Christmas Child is run by the Christian ministry Samaritan’s Purse. As a Christian organization, Samaritan’s Purse holds to biblical beliefs on homosexuality, which the school district trustees believe is incompatible with their school’s policies.

According to CBC News, school district trustees voted on Nov. 25 to end the school districts’ participation in Operation Christmas Child.

Students and teachers will now no longer have the opportunity to fill shoeboxes with Christmas gifts to send to children in need around the world.

Director of Education Tony Stack explained the reasoning behind the district’s decision:

“This organization is on record with its statement of beliefs that it requires its co-ordinating volunteers to sign statements of faith that are in direct conflict with our inclusive philosophy, particularly as it pertains to the LGBT community,” he said.

“For example, a child with two moms or two dads, unfortunately, has been put in the position of choosing between fitting in and partaking with other classmates in an activity, or supporting an organization opposed to the very existence of that very child’s family unit,” he continued.


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