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“Standing for Righteousness” (part 3 of 3)

transsexualToday I conclude my Memorial Day challenge that considered the question, “How can we, the benefactors of liberty and debtors of the sacrifices of others, express our gratitude to those who died in service to our nation?”

I have suggested believers consider three mandates: 1) We must embrace and exercise our freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States; 2) We must be willing to sacrifice our time, talents, and strength to stand and defend our liberties; 3) We must recognize the greatest threat to our nation and freedoms is not Islamic terrorists, but our own government.

Our nation’s drift into the abyss of moral depravity should awaken every believer to the undeniable reality that we are in an ideological war with our leaders, government, media, and much of society.restroom wars

Islamic terrorism is a very real threat to our nation and Constitutional freedoms; however, the greatest threat to our liberties is the terror posed by the occupants of the highest offices of our nation who have followed a pattern of ruling by fiat, apart from Constitutional law with its checks and balances.  Democrats and Republicans who do not represent or share the moral values of the citizenry have betrayed the American people and are actively destabilizing our marriages, families, and communities.

The Failure of American Churches

We, the American public, have ourselves to blame for not only tolerating the lies and imbecility of the immoral left, but also bear the burden of responsibility for our disengagement from the political process.  We are facing the reality that professing Christians, and the American church in general, have failed to be the Salt and Light Christ commanded us to be in the world (Matthew 5:13-16).

The Innocuous Reticence of Biblical Fundamentalism

The GospelMore disconcerting than the failure of American Christianity in general is the dismal spiritual slide of biblically fundamental churches, colleges, and seminaries.  Unlike early 20th century America that had a bevy of evangelistic heralders who called the church to repentance and unapologetically preached the Gospel to lost sinners, 21st century America’s “fundamental” evangelists, preachers, and teachers trumpet “The Gospel”, but cater to a Millennial Generation of fundamental church members who pursue carnality under the banner of “Christian Liberties”.  A failure to be “holy in all manner of conversation” (1 Peter 1:15) coupled with the failure of the pulpit to call the church to revival, has left our fundamental churches, colleges, and seminaries woefully unprepared to address the moral declension of America.

We are living in perilous times.

Knowing the heart of man is wicked and depraved (Jeremiah 17:9), when the restraints of conscience and law are weakened or removed, there is no limit to the depth of sin and depravity into which society will descend.  The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize “same-sex” marriage and the president’s impetus to enforce Transgenders’ access to bathrooms and showers of the opposite sex in public schools is only the beginning of an attack to destroy every vestige of Biblical morality in our nation.

Transsexuality is an abomination.

Men dressing like women and women like men has been a sign of depravity and degeneracy since ancient times.  God instructed Moses to command the people that the dress of men and women was to be distinctively different.  A woman was not to wear the clothing of a man, nor a man the clothing of a woman.

Deuteronomy 22:5 – “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”

Homosexuality was named as an abomination to God (Leviticus 18:22) and emasculated males (castrated men) were not to be numbered among God’s people (Deuteronomy 23:1).

1st century Jewish philosopher Philo Judaeus, a contemporary of the Jewish historian Josephus, writes concerning the sin of homosexuality and the feminizing of boys and young men:

Jenner“Moreover another evil much greater than that which we have already mentioned has made its way among and been let loose upon cities namely the love of boys, which formerly was accounted a great infamy even to be spoken of, but which not is a subject of boasting not only to those who practise it but even to those who suffer it and who, being accustomed to hearing the affliction of being treated like women waste away as to both their souls and bodies, not bearing about them a single spark of a manly character to be kindled into a flame, but having even the hair of their heads conspicuously curled and adorned and having their faces smeared with vermilion, and paint and things of that kind and having their eyes pencilled beneath, and having their skins anointed with fragrant perfumes…

And some of these persons have even carried their admiration of these delicate pleasures of youth so far that they have desired wholly to change their condition for that of women, and have castrated themselves and have clothed themselves in purple robes…”

In his letter to believers in Rome, Paul warned the church that homosexuality is a sign God has abandoned a nation and delivered it over to moral self-destruction (Romans 1:26-28).  Paul declared in his letter to believers in Corinth that the “effeminate” and “abusers of themselves with mankind” would be numbered with those who “shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

To those who might take the scriptures or me to task out of sympathy with transsexuals and justify that sin with the argument transsexuals are happier dressing and acting like the opposite sex, I will assert that feelings are not a justification for moral perversity no more than anger and hatred is a justification for murder.  Our nation’s embrace of homosexuality and transsexuality is indicative of a people who have strayed from and rejected God’s absolutes!

Good News…There is Hope.

Paul writes: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).  The membership of the 1st century church consisted of those who had confessed and turned from their sins, believing Jesus Christ had suffered the penalty of their sin on the cross, died, was buried and rose again the third day. In the midst of the churches were those saved out of the most abominable sins, including effeminism and homosexuality.open Bible

There is hope for sinners when the church fulfills its mission of not only preaching the Gospel, but also warning sinners of God’s wrath and judgment.  It is time for preachers and evangelists of Bible fundamental churches, colleges and seminaries to balance their emphasis on “The Gospel” with a call to the church to repent of its sin.

2 Timothy 4:1-5
1  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

“Will We Stand for Righteousness?”

freedomsMy Memorial Day blog posed three questions in reflection on the sacrifices made by those who gave their lives to secure the freedoms we enjoy as Americans:

How can we, the living, repay the debt we owe for the liberties we have inherited?

How can we express our gratitude to those who died defending the sovereignty of our nation?

What can we give in memory of those who gave their all that we might be free?

james-madisonI suggested three mandates as a response to our indebtedness to those who died serving our nation:

1) We must embrace and exercise our freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States.

2) We must be willing to sacrifice our time, talents, and strength to stand and defend our liberties!

3) We must recognize the greatest threat to our nation and freedoms is not Islamic terrorists, but our own government.

We are in an ideological war with our leaders, government, media, and much of society.

Right and wrongWe are in the midst of a spiritual war between Good and Evil; a struggle to define right vs. wrong and moral vs. immoral.  The Supreme Court, President Obama and his administration, the U.S. Senate, the U. S. House of Representatives, and federal agencies have all demonstrated a willingness to threaten, intimidate, and crush those who resist their efforts to promote a morality that opposes traditional marriage, family, and home.  The battle lines are drawn, but we face a foe that is more than flesh and blood.

In his letter to believers in Ephesus, Paul writes, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).  Satan, his demons, and their human instruments are assailing marriage, families, and our homes and, if the wicked have their way, the church and Bible believers will soon be silenced.

How did America get here?

For over two centuries, biblical morality held a dominant influence in American society.  From her founding by the Pilgrims (many who came to America seeking religious freedom), through the Great Revivals of the 17th and 18th centuries (referred to as The Great Awakenings, the first in 1734-1743 and the second in 1800-1840), the United States enjoyed a reprieve from the dominance of moral depravity and wickedness that has troubled humanity since the fall.  The Supreme Court’s recent decision to legalize “same-sex” marriage (June 2015) and the president’s advocation for Transgenders to use the restrooms and showers of the opposite sex in public schools (May 2016), removes all doubt America’s reprieve from the destructive consequences of moral depravity has ended.Biblical Christianity

Beginning in the late 19th century, several mitigating factors eroded Biblical Christianity’s spiritual and moral influence in America.  The introduction of Charles Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution” in 1859 and the rise of liberal theology that not only accommodated evolution, but also denied the historical and fundamental doctrines of the scriptures, overtook America’s Bible colleges, seminaries and eventually her denominational churches.

Christian fundamentalists, recognizing the devastating influence of liberal theology and its accommodation of evolution, began calling Christians and churches to return to the Bible for their sole-authority in faith and practice.   20th century Fundamentalist preachers like Dwight L. Moody, R. A. Torrey, Billy Sunday, Harry Ironside, Bob Jones, Sr., and Oliver Greene, not only called the churches to revival, but also founded Bible colleges and seminaries to battle the inroads of modernism.   A new generation of Christians, dedicated to the fundamental doctrines of the Scriptures as their sole basis of faith and practice, graduated from Bible colleges and started churches, schools, mission boards, colleges and seminaries.

dying churchSadly, many of the fundamental churches, Bible colleges, universities, and seminaries that had once been robust defenders of the Christian faith and bastions of spiritual separation, are today grappling with seeds of compromise and carnality that has divided Christian families and left fundamental churches and institutions weak and spiritually anemic.  At an hour America needs churches and Bible believers dedicated to the fundamentals of the faith, distinctively Christian and separated from worldliness, we find ourselves in the throes of compromise, weakened by a malice that labels the old fundamentalists “Legalists” and pursues “Christian Liberties” masking a carnality that has given rise to a piety for the Gospel, but lacks the trademark of Biblical Christianity–sanctification.

1 Peter 1:13-16 – “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

I will continue my analysis of our nation and the failure of America’s churches in my next post.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

“We Shall Stand” (part 1of 2)

Memorial Day

Today, Monday, May 30, 2016 is the day these United States pay tribute and reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.  Before you rush out into activities that give little time for reflection, permit me an opportunity of challenging you with questions I put before my church family on Sunday.

How can we, the living, repay the debt we owe for the liberties we have inherited?  How can we express our gratitude to those who died defending the sovereignty of our nation?  What can we give in memory of those who gave their all that we might be free?

soldier's widowMany will answer those questions quoting John 15:13;  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  Indeed, a wonderful verse of self-sacrifice that acknowledges Christ is the model of sacrifice, in that He “commendeth His love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

But what is the practical application of that verse to the questions I proposed?   What can we give in service to our country?   What can we sacrifice to preserve this nation and the freedoms others bought with their own blood and lives?

We must cherish our liberties by standing our ground against all who threaten them!

We must embrace and exercise our freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States:  Freedom of Religion; Freedom of Speech; Freedom of the Press; Freedom of Assembly; Right to Bear Arms; Right of Equal Justice; Right to own private property; and Freedom of Petition to request our elected representatives oppose proposed laws or request protection under the law on our behalf.

We must sacrifice our time, talents, and strength to stand and defend our liberties!   We must refuse to be silenced by those who would shout us down.  We must remember that, contrary to the actions of our elected officials and federal government agencies, these United States are a Republic, not a dictatorship!

freedoms

We must recognize the greatest threat to our nation and freedoms is not Islamic terrorists, but our own government.   

For more than a half-century, our public schools and secular colleges have indoctrinated America’s youth in a liberal, socialistic ideology.  Our children are woefully ignorant of our nation’s history and know little about the sacrifices of those who have gone before them.  Inflaming a rebellion against their elders that is often a natural passing of youth, secular schools, activists preachers (i.e. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson), liberal politicians, spineless conservatives, and the encouragement of liberal media have fostered a generation of youth that reflect the thoughtless mob rationale of Brown Shirt Nazis and Communist youth threatening to usher in an era of anarchy inflamed by our own government.  Given the immoral trajectory of our nation and its betrayal of God’s Law and Commandments, our government and society threaten to silence us all if we do not awaken.  I am afraid the “Silent Majority” of the early 1980’s has become the emaciated “Moral Minority” of the 21st century and the proponents of wickedness have risen to the highest offices in our nation.Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has become a terror to Constitutional Law and the Commandments of God.   The Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 and its decision to legalize “same-sex marriage” in June 2015 were direct assaults on traditional marriage and family.  Added to the moral erosion of America is President Obama’s mandate to open restrooms, showers and locker rooms to those declaring they self-identify with the sex opposite their biological gender.  The president’s action is not only morally reprehensible, it is a declaration of war on the moral innocence and character of our children.  Evidencing the maniacal extremity of the left is the threat to withhold federal funds from school meals programs if schools do not comply with the president’s edict!

Wake Up America!  The President’s heavy-handed enforcement of his ideology against school children should send a warning to every American—the government will inevitably crush us all if we remain silent.

(part 1 of 2)

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

The Transgender Wars: A Covert Assault on Femininity

Transgender paradeThe debate over Transgender Restrooms, Dressing rooms and Locker rooms recently rose from the dustpan of the trivial to a national hullabaloo after President Barack Hussein Obama declared an assault on childhood innocence, feminine grace, and moral sanity in the twilight months of his second and final term in office.

Understanding liberals estimate the Transgender crowd to be a paltry .03%, we are left wondering why the president, the LGBTQ crowd, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (DOE) suddenly feel an urgency to carry out a coordinated assault against the American public in the most private of matters…one’s use of public restrooms, dressing rooms, showers and locker rooms. For me, even more intriguing is why corporations like Target, whose lifeblood is catering to families, would jump on the bandwagon of moral depravity to their own harm.target

The federal government’s incursion into the private lives of the citizens of North Carolina after its legislature passed and the governor signed a statewide policy (House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act) on the use of public bathrooms corresponding to one’s biological birth is not only oppressive, but an overreach of the federal government and an assault on State’s Rights. Rather than question President Obama’s motivation, his end goal and purpose for stirring up a torrent of indignation over an issue that, to my knowledge, had never been a topic for him, his administration or the Democratic Party; we should focus on the effect of this maniacal offensive on American society. Why risk a backlash of criticism in the twilight months of his final term or enrage the American public in an election year?

From the beginning of his presidency, seven long years ago, this president’s liberal, socialistic ideology has stunned many by its lack of traditional family values, common sense and moral decency. I believe there is a “method to his madness” and the Transgender bathroom debate is no exception. The president’s directive through his U. S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division on May 13, 2016 set in motion an intended firestorm as the president through fiat apart from the rule of law, assigned to “Gender Identity” an equal standing with race and minority civil rights. Using the “power of the purse” and the threat of litigation, the president has threatened the federal funds of public school meal programs of institutions that do not comply to his will. In effect, the president and his administration are so bent on catering to the LGBTQ crowd and their amoral cohorts they will take the crumbs out of our children’s mouths if schools, teachers, coaches, administrators, and parents do not comply with his definition of morality.

Gay pride flagAcross America, children, parents, teachers, administrators, and school boards are facing the reality that, should this president, the DOJ and DOE have their way, designated restrooms, showers and locker rooms are no longer havens of privacy and security.

You are mistaken if you believe the battle raging over Transgenders and their access to public school restrooms, showers, and locker rooms of the sex with whom they “self-identify” has anything to do with the civil rights of a minority group. This issue is not about Title IX civil rights that states simply, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance”.

I agree in principle with those who see the president’s “Transgender restroom” demands as a threat to the innocence of our children; however, I submit there is a more diabolical purpose. I believe President Obama, the DOJ and DOE, the LGBTQ crowd, feminists, and liberals who hate America’s Christian heritage and support the inane “self-identification” movement are in effect the adversaries of femininity, feminine grace, and womanhood. They are adversaries of the fairer sex and a threat to the safety, security, and privacy of our wives and daughters when they are most vulnerable…in the privacy of their restrooms, dressing rooms, showers, and locker rooms.

motherhoodLet’s be honest, it is not our sons who are endangered by this leftist’s insanity; it is our daughters, wives and mothers whose safety and honor is threatened! The idea of male chivalry, respect and honor for the fairer sex is foreign to liberal idealists who would relegate our daughters to the battlefront of social engineering while they take refuge in their ivory towers of “self-identification”.

Feminists who support this madness are themselves at war with true femininity. They are cohorts of a president whose ideology I fear is directly infected (and yes, that is my word of choice), by his Muslim roots that too often denigrates women to serve as the possessions and property of their fathers and husbands.

The “Transgender Restroom” war is not about the civil rights of .03%.  The president and his cronies would love for us to be invested in that battle and the noble cause of protecting our children; however, the real battle is an assault on the femininity and psychological well-being of our daughters, wives, and mothers.

Allowing boys and men to enter the privacy of girl’s restrooms, showers, locker rooms and dressing rooms is psychological rape and strips from our daughters, wives, and mothers the noble vestiges of feminine grace and discretion.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

I “Self-identified” as a School Board Member Today

ObamaDear friends and followers of “Heart of a Shepherd”,

In the last two weeks President Obama informed Americans he, his Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of Education (DOE), intend to direct a moral assault on our sons, daughters, and employees of public schools under the guise of “Transgender rights” for those “self-identifying” with the sex contrary to their biological birth sex.

Transgender symbolThe intended end is that boys will be given the right to go to the same restrooms, showers, and locker rooms as girls, as long as they “self-identify” as girls, an assertion that none dare challenge at the risk of federal lawsuits. Of course, girls are granted the same insanity since our president and the officials of the DOJ and DOE are equal offenders of moral innocence.

Because the president has threatened the federal funding of pubic schools that defy his edict, especially funds for meal programs that feed the poorest students, I could not be silent knowing the Hillsborough County School Board members are facing enormous political and financial pressures to cower to the DOJ and DOE.   Today I took time out of my schedule to exercise my right and responsibility of free speech before the School Board.  Before the meeting I approached one of the armed security officers and shared with him that I “self-identified” as a school board member and would like to sit in one of the comfy leather chairs with the rest of the board members.  Unfortunately, the right of “self-identification” might apply to boys in the public school going to the girls restrooms, showers, and locker rooms; however, I learned my assertion of “self-identification” as a school board member would have me promptly removed from the board meeting.School Bd Logo

Because I respect the role of the board members, all elected by the citizens of the county, I approached them with the respect they are due, but chose to assert my “self-identification” with them in the following address I read before them:

This afternoon I “self-identify” as a Hillsborough County School Board member whose duly elected responsibility is not only the financial oversight of the 8th largest School system in the country, but also the safety and education of over 200,000 students and employees of the Hillsborough County Public School system.

As a “self-identifying” school board member, I understand I am foremost an employee of the citizens of Hillsborough County and entrusted with their most precious possession…the lives and welfare of their children as they fall under my jurisdiction.

titleIXAs a “self-identifying” school board member, I understand my duty is to uphold the laws and regulations of our nation. I accept my oversight of Title IX and Sex Discrimination is no more and no less than to ensure that:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

As a “self-identifying” school board member, I understand my sworn duty is the education of Hillsborough County children and I am incensed that President Barack Hussein Obama would threaten the financial funding of the school meals programs of our most needy children to achieve submission to his baseless interpretation of Title IX.

Therefore, I will not cower or accommodate the fanaticism of federal government entities or employees that are willing to sacrifice the well-being of our children, families and employees to dictate a social platform that is nothing short of social engineering at the sacrifice of the spiritual, psychological, and moral well-being of Hillsborough County children.

Finally, as a “self-identifying” school board member, I acknowledge my care and the welfare of Hillsborough County children bears eternal consequences for my soul as I read in God’s Word:Matthew 18-6

Matthew 18:6 – “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

I urge this board to embrace decency and common sense:

  • Do not sacrifice our children’s moral innocence and psychological well-being.
  • Do not incense parents who expect you to do what is lawful and in the best interest of their sons and daughters under your care.
  • Do not put school employees in a position whereby they are forced to accommodate the president’s “Transgender bathroom” edict that is morally reprehensible.

Sincerely,

Travis D. Smith

“Self-identifying” School Board Member

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

Professor Higgins, Your dream has come true!

Bruce-Caitlyn JennerTopic: Eight Tenets of Feminine Graces (part 2) (Titus 2:4-5)

Radical feminism’s boorish obsession with equality has become a cancer threatening marriage, home, and family.

The Broadway musical and classic movie “My Fair Lady” is an illustrative reminder of how much western civilization has eroded in 60 years.  The plot of the musical, first premiering on Broadway in 1956, centers on a bet between two Englishmen, a professor Henry Higgins and his friend Pickering.  Professor Higgins wagers he can take a simple, “uncivilized” flower street urchin and, through lessons in speech and etiquette, pass her off as a lady.  Among the many beautiful songs in the musical is one humorously titled, “A Hymn to Him” in which Professor Higgins bemoans the differences between men and women.  Higgins, openly expressing his frustration with Eliza, played by Audrey Hepburn, finds himself falling for her precisely because of the somewhat frustrating, sometimes maddening differences between men and women.  Higgins observes the following…Fair Lady

Women are irrational, that’s all there is to that!

Their heads are full of cotton, hay, and rags!

They’re nothing but exasperating, irritating,

vacillating, calculating, agitating,

Maddening and infuriating hags!

 

Why does ev’ryone do what the others do?

Can’t a woman learn to use her head?

Why do they do ev’rything their mothers do?

Why don’t they grow up- well, like their father instead?

Why can’t a woman take after a man?

Men are so pleasant, so easy to please;

Wherever you’re with them, you’re always at ease.

I fear professor Higgins observations regarding the wonderful and complementary differences between men and women no longer holds true in a culture that has become so inane it entertains the foolishness of those who allow for “self-identification” with the opposite sex.  Professor Higgins’ wish that “ a woman take after a man” has sadly come true as radical feminism’s boorish obsession with equality has become a cancer threatening marriage, family, and society.

Higgins’ observation that young women learn to “do ev’rything their mothers do” is precisely the reason Titus was to challenge older women to be “teachers of good things” (Titus 2:3).  Rather than follow their peers, young women were to look to the “aged women” for instruction in eight spiritual disciplines.  We considered three of the eight disciplines in an earlier devotion.  Older women are to teach young women “to be sober, to love their husbands, [and] to love their children” (Titus 2:4).old teaching the young

Titus 2:5 “To be discreet [soberminded], chaste [holy; pure from carnality; free from evil], keepers at [workers in the] home, good [honorable; pleasing to God], obedient [subordinate to; ranking under; submitting] to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed [reproached; discredited].”

The fourth tenet of feminine grace older women were to teach the younger is “to be discreet” (2:4a), literally “sober minded”.  Radical feminism has introduced into mainstream America the opposite; silliness, partying and drunkenness have become the trait of a gender that rejects discipline and discretion as a feminine grace and discipline.  Models themselves, the older women were to challenge the young women to be sensible, exercising good judgment.

The fifth tenet of feminine grace and discipline is chastity.  Granted, society has changed and the notion of chastity and fidelity has been relegated to Victorian taste; however, God’s Word has not changed and God’s will is that young women would be “chaste” in attitude, appearance and action.  Paul directed Timothy to teach women in the church to reflect in their dress and manner a modesty that is lost in our day of selfies and brazen nudity.

immodesty1 Timothy 2:9-10 – “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness [modest, rather than brazen demeanor] and sobriety [exercising good judgment and restraint]; not with broided hair [elaborate design], or gold, or pearls, or costly [expensive] array; 10 But (which becometh [befits] women professing godliness) with good works.”

The inconvenient truth is the dress and conduct of the average young woman in our churches today is far from “chaste”.  Rather than that “which becometh women professing godliness” (1 Timothy 2:10), too many young women, wives and mothers identify more with Madonna and Taylor Swift than with the Bible’s exhortation that wives are to adorn themselves in a “meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4).

To be continued….

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

President Obama’s Threat of Blackmail—Bow or burn

obama transgender demandAttached is a the “smoking gun” demand proving the Obama Administration’s blackmail of public schools and the President’s threat to withhold funding unless States, school districts, administrators, teachers and coaches bow to his will.

Should there not be an outcry or have we become the stupid sheep they believe us to be? sheep

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

President blackmails public schools to open restrooms to those who “identity” as the opposite sex

Mom and dad, are you going to sacrifice the innocence of your sons and daughters and allow this culture to take the treasures of your hearts and homes and allow them to be sacrificial sheep?
As a follow-up on my earlier post, here is an announcement that should have every parent of a public school student charging into the local principal’s office, the school superintendent’s office, the school board commissioners’ offices and their public meetings, and the offices of the Governor and State Senators and Representatives–telling them if they follow the moronic demand of this president you are pulling your students out of their institutions.
transgender bathroomsMy heart goes out to public school teachers and students caught in the web of this amoral president and his liberal cohorts.
 * My apology for the earlier “typo” in the title….
Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

Radical Feminism’s Assault on the Tenets of Feminine Graces

PayPal Gender WarsThe changes in our nation and world in my lifetime have been nothing short of extraordinary.  I have neither the time, space, or desire to enumerate even a few of the changes since this is a devotional blog and not a book; however, if my grandparents and great-grandparents were able to drop in for an earthly visit, would they not consider our world to be in the midst of moral lunacy?  For instance:

Are we so inane we need to debate the moral acceptability of presuming boys will use the boy’s locker room and girls the girl’s locker room?  [By the way, Christian and private schools have been fighting this idiocy for years while your public schools have accommodated it!]

Has the presidency of the United States become some irrelevant that the authority and leadership of the most powerful office in the world is engaging in bathroom wars while the Middle East is burning and Russia and China are building their military?Loretta Lynch

While liberal lunatics assault North Carolina’s right to protect the privacy of the 99.7% who expect privacy when nature calls, Attorney General Loretta Lynch lectures us on “transgender civil rights”…Really?

And now a word from the Word: “Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:4-5)

God created male and femaleMy friend, God, not man, defined the roles of the man and woman and entertaining the idea of transgenderism, like sodomy, trivializes the most basic, fundamental principle of nature:  God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” (Genesis 1:27)

The role of the “younger women” is the subject of today’s verses in Titus 2:4-5.  Paul has exhorted Titus to instruct the “aged men” to be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience (Titus 2:2) and the “aged women to be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things” (Titus 2:3).  The “aged women” were in turn to instruct the “younger women”.

Titus 2:4-5 – “That they [the aged women] may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5  To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

Most of my readers realize those verses, Titus 2:4-5, will send radical feminists into a frenzy of bitter attacks and vitriolic words.  Why?  Can we not embrace the different roles of husband and wife, father and mother, and accept those differences are essential for a well-balanced, nurturing home?  No wonder society is overwhelmed by dysfunctional children, teens and young adults; denying the very premise of God’s creative order has left us not only aimless, but foolish.

Bathroom warsRomans 1:22, 24, 26-27a – “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools…24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves… 26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men…”

We will consider in our next devotion eight qualities the “aged women” were to instruct the “younger women”.   I will close with my amplification of Titus 2:4-5.

Titus 2:4-5 That they [older women] may teach the young women to be sober [exercising sound judgment; prudent], to love [be affectionate for] their husbands, to love [affectionate for] their children, 5 To be discreet [soberminded], chaste [holy; pure from carnality; free from evil], keepers at [workers in the] home, good [honorable; pleasing to God], obedient [subordinate to; ranking under; submitting] to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed [reproached; discredited].

With the heart of a shepherd,

Pastor Smith

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