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HUMAN SEXUALITY AND THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE… John Stonestreet (Charles Colson Center)

09.17.17 | by Ray Jones

    516 Student Ministry

    Sunday Night Activities

    5:00 PM | Student Bible Drill (6th - 9th  Grade) in Room D202.

    6:00 PM | C Night in the Student Meeting Room.

    6:00 PM | Puppets and Drama in Room D202.

    6:00 PM | 11th Grade Sundaes with the Faulk’s.

     Wake Prayer Gathering | Join us for a time of prayer on Mondays at 7:00-7:30 AM at the Chick-Fil-A on the Circle.

     Wednesday Night Activities

    Gravity (6th- 8th grade) |  Meets upstairs at  6:00 PM in the RFC Meeting Room for Worship.

     Elevate (9th- 12th grade) |  Meets upstairs at 7:00 PM in the RFC Meeting Room for Worship.

     Gravity Beach Retreat  | Meet this Friday, September 22nd at the RFC at 5:15 PM for a great weekend of Bible study and fellowship time in Panama City Beach, Fl.

     9th Grade Mystery Retreat |  is October 14th. The cost is $50 (includes transportation, food and activities) We will meet at the RFC at 8:00 AM and return about 6:00 PM. Sign-up online by October 4th.

     Truth Seekers Children’s Ministry

    Bible Drill |  From 4:45-6:00 PM in room D-201 for 4th-6th grade.  Children completing this course and representing RBC at the Association drill  will receive a full camp scholarship ($200 - $300 value), a t-shirt and a trophy.  Carmen Pearce is our Bible Drill Director.

     RA FOOD DRIVE | Our RA boys will be picking up bags today.  Just put it outside your car and it will be picked up by our RA leaders and boys.  Food goes to stock the CBA food pantry.

     Recreation Ministry

    Gun Safety Class | We will be partnering with Trinity Defense in Dothan to offer a Basic Gun Safety and Defensive Handgun Course to our Ridgecrest Family on Saturday, September 23 from 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. The cost will be $60. Registration forms will be made available at the Welcome Center or in the RFC. Learn more about the instructors at

    www.trinitydefensellc.com

     Ridgecrest Women

    “Sowing Seeds” |  Will meet on October 5. Please pre-register for the class. Class will meet from 6:30-8:30 PM. Girls ages 8 to 18 years old. The cost is $15.00 per class and includes materials.  We will be making a pullover shirt, and measurements are needed by September 21st. Please Contact Pam Dawsey or Melissa Wimbish for more information.

    A Word from the Pastor

    HUMAN SEXUALITY AND THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE… John Stonestreet (Charles Colson Center)

     I rarely reprint an article for my column, but a recent article from apologist John Stonestreet so insightfully captures the current anti-biblical direction of our culture that I felt I must pass it on to you.

     “More than 125 years ago, The Chautauquan, a scientific journal, first posed a question that we’re all familiar with: “If a tree were to fall on an island where there were no human beings, would there be any sound?” People have debated the answer to that question ever since.

    Today I want to raise a different question: If a group puts out a statement on an important subject and very few people take notice, and those who do are all virtually disagreeing, was anything really said?

    Usually, the answer is “no.” But in the case of a recent statement, the opportunities for teaching and clarification are enough to warrant an exception.

    The statement was put out by a group calling itself “Christians United in Support of LGBT+ Inclusion in the Church.” The statement’s animating conviction is that “A new day is dawning in the Church, and all Christians are being called to step out boldly and unapologetically in affirmation and celebration of our LGBT+ siblings as equal participants in the Kingdom of God.”

    What follows are a series of affirmations and denials. What’s being affirmed is the new sexual orthodoxy expressed in theological language that’s completely untethered from either Scripture or two millennia of Christian teaching. Not surprisingly then, what’s being denied is the teaching of Scripture, tradition, and even nature itself.

    This denial is present in the very name of the group—specifically, the term “LGBT+, which prompts an obvious question “Plus what?” The polyamorous? What about the “Otherkin,” people “who socially and spiritually identify as partially or entirely non-human?”

    The “+” is a reminder that, to a large extent, the selling of the new sexual orthodoxy from the very beginning has been a case of “bait and switch.”

    Americans, including many Christians, have been swayed by sentiments such as “you can’t help who you love,” and Lady Gaga’s “born this way.”

    What they don’t understand is that this was only the tip of an ideological iceberg whose goal was about a lot more than “civil rights, tolerance,” or even “legitimacy.” It was, as a 1993 (!) cover story in the Nation put it, the possibility of “changing America forever” by “altering the way we all live, form families... . and understand the very meaning of identity.”…In a world where “the very meaning of identity” is up for grabs, what the statement calls the “wide spectrum of unique sexualities and gender identities” seems limitless.

    Lately, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that for Christians, biblically-shaped Christian teaching about human sexuality, and therefore identity, isn’t something we can agree to disagree on. The Bible and two thousand years of Christian tradition are unequivocal on this matter.

    In 1 Thessalonians 4, for example, the Apostle Paul tells the Thessalonians, “This is the will of God, your holiness: that you refrain from immorality, that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himself in holiness and honor, not in lustful passion as do the Gentiles who do not know God.” He adds “Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who [also] gives his holy Spirit to you.”

    First Thessalonians is widely regarded as the oldest book in the New Testament. From the start, traditional Christian teaching on sexual ethics has been a part of the apostolic proclamation.

    People who disregard this teaching are not, as the statement insists, following the “calling” of the Holy Spirit to “return to the Scriptures and our traditions.” In fact, it’s quite the opposite. They’re abandoning the Scriptures and tradition altogether, at the prompting of a very different spirit, the spirit of the age.  An age in which truth and even reality itself is up for grabs.”

     The truth of God’s Word doesn’t change, whatever the spirit of the age. And remember, the “spirit of the age” gives us the opportunity to be Jesus’ loving “lights” in the darkness. I love being your Pastor!

     For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray