The Criminalization of Christianity in “the land of the free”

November 5, 2014

Thorner:  The Criminalization of Christianity in “the land of the free”


By Nancy Thorner – 

A “Teaching Banquet” was hosted by Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, headed by Peter LaBarbara, on Saturday, October 25, at the Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Height. Calvin Linstrom, pastor of the Christian Liberty Church, hosted the event. In past years the Gay Liberation Network was present to protest LaBarbara and his group making it uncomfortable for those present, but this year all was quiet, although police cars were at the scene just in case there was trouble. Keynote Speaker was Dr. Michael Brown whose presentation was built around the theme of his new book: Can You Be ‘Gay’ and Christian?

 Dr. Michael Brown (background as a heroin shooter and hippie Jewish rock drummer)

Michal L. Brown holds a PhD from New York University in Near Eastern languages and literatures and is recognized as one of the leading Messianic Jewish scholars in the world today. Dr. Brown is founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry and host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire.  Author of more than 20 books, Dr. Brown is a contributor to The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion and other scholarly publications. In his latest book, Can You Be ‘Gay’ and Christian? Dr. Brown debunks “gay Christianity.”

Introduced by Peter LaBarbara, Dr. Brown’s background in his youth was of a heroin shooter and hippie Jewish rock drummer.  It was not until Brown and his wife moved to Charlottsville, North Carolina, that his activism began, spurred on when the Human Rights Campaign moved its organization to the city with its very public and disturbing agenda. The issue of what two individuals do in their own bedrooms was not a battle Brown was looking for, but it had to be addressed. But in order to have a serious dialogue, Dr. Brown knew he had to understand the issue and this involved “getting in the shoes” of homosexuals.  Because of Brown’s love of people and for God, caring about homosexuals was essential to him.  In January of 2005 Dr. Brown established this policy of action: “to reach out with compassion, but to resist the agenda with courage.”

According to Dr. Brown, it is important to watch the trajectory.  Most Americans wish to be fair-minded and are careful about discrimination.  The Civil Rights movement has hi-jacked the Gay Rights movement, but the pubic didn’t sign up for girls using the boy’s room.  Under CA law, students from K-12 can use any bathroom.  Likewise, students can join sports teams of their choice.  Gays have come out of the closet, but they wish to put us back in the closet.  Then there is the 5-1 media bias that exists.  TV shows celebrate incest, and on and on it goes. In culture normalization is one thing, but normalization can become a slippery slope.  Consider gaining the right to marry multiple wives?   Even states where citizens vote against gay marriage, the will of the people is often overturned by the courts.

Only when God’s people get it right will there be a lasting positive effect on society.  True love for God will help us do the right thing for others.  Seduction when young, often lead to shame and an attitude of “I don’t care.”  Accordingly, we must have hearts of compassion, but at the same time hearts of steel. Our emotions can get in the way if someone we love has professed to being gay, but we can’t allow emotions to override the truth, because truth is stable.  The Word of God can separate our emotions to let us too look at the truth.  Ask Dr. Brown can be heard from 1 – 3 CT, a call-in radio show where Dr. Brown answers questions from those in need of help.

Following Dr. Brown, Rev. Steven Black and Linda Harvey spoke passionately about their endeavors to bring a healing process to the bondage of sexual brokenness.

 Rev. Steven Black (background as an ex-gay)

Steven Black, Executive Director of First Stone Ministry – “Let him who is without sin cast the First Stone”, John 8:7 — was  ordained through International Ministries Fellowship. The purpose of First Stone Ministry is to lead the sexually and relationally broken into a liberating relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, with an emphasis of overcoming homosexuality and lesbianism.  Rev. Black believes that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that an obedience to God’s Word will bring about the healing process and freedom from the bondage of sexual brokenness.

Rev. Black is ex-gay. Stephen Black had been sexually molested age 6, being told at the time that he deserved to be molested because he was so cute.  As such sexually molested children must deal with shame; many may even think that they were born gay.  From age 14 to 22 Black was a sexually addicted individual.

In 1983, at age 22, Steven Black cried out to the Lord and was delivered.  All of a sudden the spirit of God came on him and His word became true and alive within him.  “If you do not accept me tonight, you will die.”  Opening his Bible at random, the page had a caption that read: “Laws on Sexual Morality,” Leviticus 18.  Realizing that God’s laws had been around for a long time, Steven Black came out of Hell that night.  Now in his 22nd year of full-time ministry, Rev. Black teaches that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can transform souls.

Handouts from the ministry of Steven Black included:

Linda Harvey (background as a liberal and an agnostic)

Linda Harvey’s  media ministry is an outgrowth of her Christian faith and a successful career in journalism, marketing and public relations.

In 1995 Linda Harvey founded “Mission: America”, a non-profit organization whose objective is to equip Christians with current, accurate information about cultural issues, one of them being homosexuality.  Ms Harvey is a frequent guest on radio talk shows and her articles have appeared in national publications.  Linda Harvey has a radio talk show host on WRFD in Columbus and writes commentary for WorldNetDaily. Twenty-one years ago Ms. Harvey was a liberal and an agnostic.

Fox News bends to public sentiment of gay marriage

Shortly after the Supreme Court ducked the gay marriage issue in early October, Brit Hume appeared on Fox News with Bret Baier.  Politically speaking, Brit Hume believes that the issue of gay marriage is now politically dead.  Hume also believes there is no momentum against the issue at this point, further pointing out that the gay marriage issue is the fastest change in public he has ever seen.  If this is so, why can’t this issue be reversed just as quickly the other way?

Granted it is much easier to be pro-life than it is to be against gay marriage.  Just as the life movement has been able to educate the public on the issue of pro-life, the same must be done to educate the public to support pro-marriage by recognizing that marriage is the union between male and female. A new project of “Americans for Truth About Homosexuality” was announced by President Peter LaBarbara at the Oct. 25 “Teaching Banquet.  His organization will take its message to college campuses.

John Biver, originally of Champion News, asked those present to check out Barb Wire.  Biver is political editor and a columnist for Barb Wire; Matt Barber is founder and editor-in-chief.  Barb Wire presents Politics & Culture/News & Opinion — From a Decidedly Biblical Worldview.

We must defend the truth or the truth will die in our culture which is becoming more and more hostile to Christians and Christianity.


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