Bakery sued for refusing to make a gay marriage cake

Here’s the latest in Homosexual silliness. To be fair there’s no indication on the Ashers Bakery website to show they are a business that operates on Christian principles. (Does this mean Christian businesses in the catering and hotel industry – probably other sectors too – need to be more explicit about their commitment to Biblical values?) So I’m assuming the ‘couple’ concerned didn’t know they were asking Christians to bake their ‘wedding’ cake. However, I suspect they knew it was a Christian business.

But let’s assume they didn’t know. Upon hearing the devastating news that Ashers would be unable to bake the cake, what was the reaction. Naturally it was to go blubbing to the Equality Commission. ‘They (the wicked evil Christians), sob, have refused, wahhh sob, to bake our cake, blubber sob’. Of course they knew the ‘rights’ of Homosexuals trump all other rights. They had the right to take their business elsewhere – perfectly fine. They have the right to boycott Ashers. They have the right to tell their friends not to buy cakes from there. They actually could have had a cake made and had the offending words put on some other way – but noooo.

Quite where this leaves the moral or ethical right of people who don’t agree with the homosexual lifestyle is not entirely clear. To be sued for refusing to bake a cake must for any sane person be the height of silliness. What this is, this is nothing less than the imposition of a minority ideology upon the Nation. It’s not enough for their ideology to be accepted. I read the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland has given Ashers a week to  “remedy your illegal behaviour”. It must go further than mere acceptance. Now it has to be endorsed, approved and promoted. That isn’t free-speech. That is propaganda. That being so it kicks into touch any rational thinking – after rejecting the Bible why would any homosexual couple want to get married in a Church of all places. Aside from the clear prohibitions found in the Bible there is also a clear creation mandate and design placed upon humanity. The male female partnership is endorsed by Jesus as is the design for procreative activity found in marriage.

After quite a while being quite mystified about how we have arrived at this situation I concluded some time ago that we as a Nation, and especially ideologically driven homosexuals are under and are experiencing the wrath God. I’ve written about this before, but put out of your mind the idea of a bolt of lightning striking people dead (though it could happen). Rather, realise the wrath of God means handing people over to do the very thing that ought not to be done and yet is being done. Rebellion against God, plain and simple, is what it is.

Homosexuality and associated behaviours (LGBT) is sinful. I’ll go further, these lifestyles are against the created order. It isn’t natural, it’s un-natural. Why? Because the Bible says so (see Romans 1: 24-27). Some of us actually still believe what it says and that it is the very Word of God.

What is the answer to homosexuality? The answer is just the same whether to the Homosexual sinner or the upright moral self-righteous person. Repent and believe the Gospel (Mark 1:15). So before any us get on our high horse let’s remember before God we are all deserving of the righteous judgement of God ‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23). ‘There is none righteous, no not one’ (Romans 3:10).

NEWS STORY BELOW FROM Christian Concern. More from the Christian Institute: Here.

Bakery sued for refusing to make a gay marriage cake

A family-run bakery in Northern Ireland has been threatened with legal action for refusing to decorate a gay marriage campaign cake.

Ashers Baking Company Limited in Belfast was asked to print the words “Support Gay Marriage” on one of their cakes. But the owners, Colin and Karen McArthur, felt that doing so would go against their sincerely-held religious beliefs.

They contacted the customer, a volunteer activist for QueerSpace, to offer a full refund and explain that they could not, in good conscience, complete the order. The following month, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland contacted the bakery and said they’ll be sued unless they change their stance.

Happy Independence Day

 Happy 4th July to all my Colonial Friends & Family in the Americas.

Independence

 

I know, strictly speaking there should only be 13 stars.

 

Pro-lifers: the student censor’s favourite target | Abortion | Down with campus censorship! | Free speech | spiked

Pro-lifers: the student censor’s favourite target | Abortion | Down with campus censorship! | Free speech | spiked.

Good article as an example of (almost) how the ‘tolerant’ would like ‘Free Speech’ to be policed.

The idea of ‘Free Speech’ is very challenging as this quote from the article demonstrates:

‘if you take it seriously, you have to defend the free speech of precisely the people who drive you up the wall.’

Cranmer: Canon Andrew White deserves a knighthood

Cranmer: Canon Andrew White deserves a knighthood.

Canon Andrew White is known as ‘The Vicar of Baghdad’. This post by Cranmer makes for very Sober & Prayerful reading.

 

Iraq crisis: British jihadi fighting for Isis in Syria was ‘radicalised by imam at Coventry mosque’, father says – Home News – UK – The Independent

Iraq crisis: British jihadi fighting for Isis in Syria was ‘radicalised by imam at Coventry mosque’, father says – Home News – UK – The Independent.

Confirming these news stories, I have it on good authority that an Iman in Coventry in sending young men out to Lebanon for training in Jihad. But apparently the same Iman is making sure his own sons go to university.

Mudeford – Order is everywhere!

Took this photo at Mudeford beach on the South Coast a few days ago. I really like it. Everyone likes it that I’ve shown it to. Why? I think it’s because we are naturally attracted to order. There is order everywhere you look. There is order everywhere because God has made it to be so. This is an example of how presuppositionalists view evidence. Everything points to God!

Mudeford Beech Huts

Mudeford Beach Huts

We have been visiting the Lymington & Milford-on-Sea area for years but for some reason have never been to Mudeford Quay. We have been many times to the beach – a short walk along from the Quay. Just missed it I guess.

 

Looking towards the Key - Beech huts behind me.

Looking towards the Quay – Beach huts behind me.

Lobster pots stacked on the Key.

Lobster pots stacked on the Quay.

Let both grow together until the harvest.

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

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The Harvest is coming soon!

Review: Christianity and the Role of Philosophy by K. Scott Oliphint | The Domain for Truth

Review: Christianity and the Role of Philosophy by K. Scott Oliphint | The Domain for Truth.

Another fine review from Jim over at The Domain for Truth.

This looks like a good little introduction to Covenantal Apologetics. (Also known as Van Tillian or Presuppositional Apologetics) We need to get away from elevating worldly philosophy over the Word of God and this book will, I think from the review, help with that task.

It’s available in the UK HERE for £3.97.

Christianity and the Role of Philosophy

‘The New Calvinism Considered’ by Jeremy Walker – A Review

New CalvinismI started this post months ago after reading ‘The New Calvinism Considered: A Personal and Pastoral Assessment’ by Jeremy Walker. The other week I finished re-reading it, this time marking and underlining the text. It didn’t take long to read but I wanted to leave it a little while before writing a review to give some time for reflection. It has proved to be a good decision to wait. This is not the latest book from Pastor Walker but is very current and dare I say relevant. It’s an easy read and a necessary read. There are not too many notes but I would have still preferred them to be footnotes and not the awkward end notes – though admittedly not so difficult for a book of 126 pages in total. The cover is fairly plain (my son is an Illustrator) but don’t be misled into thinking this is a bland book – it isn’t.

Once you launch into the book, if you are expecting a very precise categorising of ‘The New Calvinism’  in a 1. 2. 3. style you will be disappointed. Jeremy goes out of his way to show how this movement is not so easy to label. It’s a broad spectrum, like the meaningless term ‘evangelicalism’. Though you would think the word Calvin does narrow it down a bit – but not too much.

The first chapter goes through the movement seeking to be as generous as possible. And I can see how Jeremy could come in for some criticism here. Rather than go for the theological jugular, he finds points of agreement or aspects of the movement that are to be commended. Not everyone appreciates this approach. Don’t be mislead though, In terms of sheer page numbers the difficulties with the movement take up more than any other section.

I’m glad of reading it through twice because my thinking has crystallised somewhat. I couldn’t have made some observations by simply reading and then commenting straight away. I have no idea generally how the book has been received. I believe it has had some good reviews. But here’s some questions I was asking and I’m not at all sure what the answers might be!

I heard that one Church examining The New Calvinism decided to use a different book on the subject because Jeremy doesn’t draw the line clear enough. Make no mistake, this book covers a lot of ground mentioning several names. It’s good to be loving, it’s good to be charitable, it’s good to look over one another’s faults and we must do all of those. But what’s the point of holding any truth at all in that case. There is an attitude out there for example about Mark Driscoll: because some of his sermons are powerful exhortations to Godly living and the clear call of the Gospel is sounded he should be given a free pass. My question again about this particular position is why believe anything? Don’t get me wrong we need loving charitable Godly people and they are without doubt a blessing to the Church but someone has to stick their head above the parapet and be ready to get shot – and in the case of Jeremy, shot by both sides!

The Sovereign Grace scandal has continued to rumble on sucking others into the vortex. I wouldn’t like to make a correlation between that and the New Calvinism though. This is affecting The Gospel Coalition.

The issue of Antinomianism is also rumbling on. Tullian Tjvidian is mentioned by name. Since first picking up the book I heard him interviewed by Janet Mefford and Chris Rosebrough because of his move away from The Gospel Coalition. Chris aired one of Tullian’s sermons asking, is Tullian an Anti-Nomian? On that sermon – definitely not.

Here’s the areas covered:

Jeremy calls for a fully worked out Doctrine of the Church, Belief and application of the Confessions, Evangelism, Sanctification and Worship. Unless a person is already on that wave-length and willing to start thinking confessionally it will mostly wash over them. For this reason I jotted some questions down that would be worth asking any Evangelical Church. How seriously should we take this book and what it is saying? How should / does this affect our / your Church? My suspicion is that in the age /aim of ‘niceness’ the book will be largely passed over and the huge points Jeremy makes will be ignored. A bit harsh you say – time will tell.

I don’t mean to use ‘Sacred Enclave’ pejoratively but that is probably the group that will benefit most from the ‘Trumpet Sound’ from this book.  I’m probably in that group myself. Recent experience has demonstrated the truth ‘you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink’ quite powerfully.  I don’t mean we should be looking in a hyper-critical manner at everyone to see if they pass the test of Orthodoxy. But I repeat, if there’s no intention of doing anything at all what’s the point in believing anything.

All in all I found it to be a helpful and informative book. But unless the thinking  behind the book is your thinking it will sadly have little impact. What the answer is I have no idea. Jeremy wrote the book partly because he was asked to and out of Pastoral concerns (clue is in the title) not because he wanted make a name for himself.

I absolutely recommend this book. However, unless you are already Reformed (I include Reformed Baptist) or heading towards being Reformed the book will be lost on you. May the Head of the Church use this book for His Glory.

Sudan Christian Meriam Ibrahim ‘detained’ again: Call to Prayer and Action | The Domain for Truth

Sudan Christian Meriam Ibrahim ‘detained’ again: Call to Prayer and Action | The Domain for Truth.

Lots of contact info from The Domain for Truth.