HR-5 Equality Act And SB-43 Protect Religious Meeting Places

The below information is via three sources, Pastor Richard Owen (from VA), Brother Edwin Hayes (from OH) and Return America (from NC). The latter is mainly for our North Carolinians, but I strongly urge each and every born again child of God in the US who’s reading this, to pray, inform their friends and/or congregations, act otherwise accordingly and urge said friends/congregations to do the same.

I’ve not received any special prayer requests, personal that is. Yet there is a major
Bill is going through congress that will effect all religious works. It’s HRS Equality Act, and it will give liberty to the people that are against your beliefs. All that the Bible stands against immorality and unnatural affection. Our liberty to worship as you believe the Bible teaches, will be gone with no recourse. This is going to take much prayer and strong faith that God is able to work in men to take a stand that will bring much persecution upon them. This is a three times a day prayer Requests. HELP, The Goodly men are, perishing.

My very good friends in Denominational Leadership,

I just received this from Travis S. Weber, The Family Research Council’s Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs and I wanted to pass it along to you quickly and ask for your efforts in sharing and equipping those you lead to respond a quickly as possible.

“While many across our country are facing severe winter weather crises, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is creating a different type of storm in our nation’s capital as they try to push through one of the worst bills imaginable – the so-called “Equality Act HR-5.” I realize that by now you may be tired of hearing about the Equality Act and the problems it poses. Yet we have been warning about it for some time because it represents a grave threat – not just on one issue – but to many of the values that our nation holds dear. And the threat is truly serious. The Equality Act would overhaul our federal civil rights framework to mandate abortion access and special privileges for sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), leaving many to suffer the consequences, including women, children, medical professionals, and people of faith.”

The Equality Act mandates an anti-life, anti-family, and anti-faith agenda upon all Americans.

Please contact your Representative today to tell them NOT to cosponsor and NOT to support the Equality Act.

Here is a brief overview of some of the problems with the Equality Act:

The Equality Act jeopardizes women’s privacy and safety.

The Equality Act’s expansion of the Title II “Public Accommodations” definition means that females would no longer have privacy in public bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, or even battered women’s shelters. State and local laws to this effect are already causing fallout: A kindergartener was assaulted by a boy in her school bathroom. A rape survivor was forced to quit her job when her employer began allowing men into women’s private facilities. A man was allowed residence in a shelter, and nine women are suing because they were sexually harassed.

The Equality Act unfairly penalizes female athletes by allowing biological men to compete in women’s sports.

For example, biological boys won first and second place at a Connecticut girls’ high school indoor track championship. As a result, two biological girls fell below the threshold to advance to the next meet, inhibiting their ability to be seen by college recruiters and obtain scholarships. Scholarships are sometimes the only avenue students have to pursue higher education, which could lead to better job opportunities and better pay.

The Equality Act would undermine real civil rights gains women have made.

For example, the Small Business Administration Office of Women’s Business Ownership, whose mission is to “enable and empower women entrepreneurs through advocacy, outreach, education and support,” would have to give biological men who identify as women access to its programs.

The Equality Act would interfere with the medical profession.

It would force doctors and others who provide legitimate hormone treatments and surgical procedures for patients with certain physical conditions to offer those treatments for individuals with gender dysphoria. Their moral or medical opinions about assisting individuals in physically altering their bodies would be disregarded. Medicine would be politicized despite science telling us these treatments are actually harmful. A 2011 Swedish study, one of the most robust on the issue, found that post-surgery individuals had a suicide completion rate 19 times higher than the general population. The risk of psychiatric hospitalization was 2.8 times higher even after adjustment for prior psychiatric disease. Additionally, death by neoplasm (a benign or cancerous mass) and cardiovascular disease was 2 to 2.5 times higher. There is also evidence that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones can cause cancer, heart disease, diabetes, blood clots, stroke, and more. The Equality Act’s requirements would override a doctor’s concern about any of these points.

The Equality Act could erode parental rights.

When Ohio parents declined hormone treatment for their child, the Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati involved child protective services, and the parents were ultimately stripped of their parental rights.

The Equality Act would severely erode religious freedom.

The Equality Act expressly exempts itself from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), our flagship religious liberty law.

The Equality Act’s expansion of public accommodations could require churches and houses of worship to violate their beliefs regarding how they use their facilities.

Its changes to employment law would prohibit some houses of worship from ensuring their clergy and employees abide by their doctrines or beliefs about marriage, sexual behavior, and the distinction between the sexes.

Federal aid could be denied to students attending faith-based institutions unless those institutions abandon policies and practices reflecting their sincerely held beliefs about marriage and sexuality.

The Equality Act would inhibit faith-based charities’ ability to operate.

Faith-based organizations and others play a vital role in the adoption and foster care system and generally receive funding under Title IV of the Social Security Act to help do their important work. The Equality Act would force them to violate their beliefs or shut down, displacing children like the thousands left hanging in Illinois when Catholic Charities was shut down under a similar law.

The Equality Act could be the most pro-abortion legislation to pass the House in a decade.

Not only would this bill expand “public accommodations” to include health care providers, but it would add sex discrimination as a protected class. It would then define prohibitions on “sex
discrimination” to include preventing treating “pregnancy…or a related medical condition” (which can include abortion) less favorably than other physical conditions. This change would essentially create an abortion mandate. In conjunction with the RFRA exemption and expansion of what constitutes a public accommodation, this also jeopardizes long-standing federal conscience laws that protect those opposed to abortion. The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion, would also be in jeopardy.

The Equality Act shamefully attempts to usurp the civil rights movement’s history and legacy.

In no way are one’s sexual conduct and inclinations equivalent to skin color. Suggesting or implying as much diminishes the hard-fought gains of this movement. Indeed, scientific evidence shows that “sexual orientation” is quite fluid and that “gender identity” is not fixed. But if the Equality Act becomes law, its backers may use the courts to force its ideas into public school curricula around the country. Indeed, the idea that these notions are equivalent to skin color is false, and failure to recognize this falsehood only harms all affected.

The Equality Act mandates an anti-life, anti-family, and anti-faith agenda upon all Americans.

Please contact your Representative today to tell them NOT to cosponsor and NOT to support the Equality Act.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have or if there is any way I can serve you please give me a call.

All the best

Tim Throckmorton
Midwest Regional Director for Church Ministries
The Family Research Council
801 G St NW
Washington DC 20001
740-935-1406
tthrockmorton@frc.org
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As most of you probably know, it is illegal for a church congregation with a Christian school attached to carry weapons during church services to protect its worshipers. A bill, Senate Bill 43 (“Protect Religious Meeting Places”), would give churches with Christian schools the legal ability to protect worshipers during non-school hours. Some of us testified before a committee hearing on this bill on Tuesday of this week. The bill has now been voted out of two committees and is now on the calendar to be voted on by the senate on Monday, March 1, 2021.
Please call your North Carolina senator in Raleigh and ask him or her to vote “yes” to confirm SB 43 (“Protect Religious Meeting Places”). Whether your church has a Christian school or not, please call and express your desire that this bill be passed.
Below is information to help you contact your state senator. It is vitally important that you contact your state senator immediately. Thank you,
Dr. Ron Baity
President
Return America
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Click Here to Find Your State Senator’s Contact Information
https://www.ncleg.gov/FindYourLegislators

Romans 11:33-36 KJB

Josh
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Friends Of The Faith Meeting In East Bernstadt, KY

The Calvary Baptist Temple, located at 6041 North US Highway 25, East Bernstadt, KY, will be holding their next Friends Of The Faith Fellowship meeting on Saturday, February 27, at 6pm, with Pastor Denver (Denny) Roberts of the Star Independent Baptist Church, Williamsburg, KY, preaching! For more information, please email Pastor Tim Perry, at calvarybt@windstream.net or visit the church’s website, at http://www.calvarybt.com. Pastor Tim Perry and
congregation, invite everyone to attend!

Romans 11:33-36 KJB

Josh
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Canadian Pastor Jailed Until He Promises To Stop Preaching Amid Lockdown

Canadian Pastor Jailed Until He Promises to Stop Preaching Amid Lockdown February 19, 2021
David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org
The following is excerpted from “Canadian Pastor,” NC Daily Gazette, Feb. 18, 2021:

“A Canadian pastor remains in prison after being arrested for violating a public health order which prohibits houses of worship from gathering at more than 15 percent capacity, and will not be released until he pledges to desist from preaching and having church services if freed, an act he refuses to agree to.

“He is the first Canadian Pastor to be jailed for holding a church service. Pastor James Coates of Grace Life Church in Edmonton, Alberta, has been in custody since Tuesday, the end result of a month’s long protracted battle with the province trying to shut them down. …

“His wife Erin shared an update: … ‘He could walk if he just sets aside his God-given pastoral duties but he can’t do that. … The Crown has called him a danger to the health and safety of Albertans. May God have mercy on our nation! I read to my children the work the Lord is doing in people through James so they can see the sacrifice of their father is not in vain. My prayer is that men wills stand! They can’t see that if they shut us down on this issue, they will shut us down on any issue they deem to be ‘a danger to the health and safety of Albertans.’

“In an email to members, Grace Life elders also state the same: ‘The conditions currently in place prevent Pastor James from preaching, leading worship and even setting foot inside GraceLife Church until the time of his trial which is yet to be determined. Pastor James could not in all clear conscience abide by his current conditions so he remains behind bars.’ Coates will remain remanded there until February 24, at which time he and their lawyer, James Kitchen (with the JCCF), will appear before a Judge and seek Pastor James’ release condition appealed or modified.”

https://www.wayoflife.org/reports/canadian_pastor_jailed_amid_lockdown.php

Romans 11:33-36 KJB

Josh
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A Good Message For This Season

I posted this message a few years ago, under similar circumstances and I trust as we revisit it, that it will be a blessing.

Snow – the late Evangelist Billy Mitchell
https://jeremiah616.sermon.net/main/main/20588772

Romans 11:33-36 KJB

Josh
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Callcast: (563) 999-3967
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Jubilee On The Hill Services

Pastor Tim McCulley of the Philadelphia Baptist Church, Calhoun, GA, has been a friend for many years, although we haven’t been that close since our family moved away from GA. His church’s Jubilee On The Hill, held every February, was a great blessing to us, when we lived in GA and attended it, therefore, I’m gonna try and post the links to the services, when I come across them. These first three, are from yesterday and earlier today (I believe), with subsequent ones posted as replies to this post. Due to a redirect issue, these may not work, someone please let me know either way, I’d greatly appreciate it.

Live – 2021/02/14 (36)
https://philadelphiabaptistcurch.sermon.net/main/main/21743855

Live – 2021/02/14 (37)
https://philadelphiabaptistcurch.sermon.net/main/main/21744632

Live – 2021/02/15 (38)
https://philadelphiabaptistcurch.sermon.net/main/main/21745088

Romans 11:33-36 KJB

Josh
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Two Services In One!

Due to the weather, we had one service, at Noon, with both choirs and two preachers! Evangelist David Wells preached on, Hell Is An Awful Place. Brother Josh Calloway preached, Why Don’t You Straighten Up!

Sunday Morning Broadcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6iM-TjWFyI&t=22s

Romans 11:33-36 KJB

Josh
Podcast: http://www.jeremiah616.sermon.net
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Times Are Changing In America Resource Center

Most every Friday afternoon, I receive the NCFWB Newsletter, have been for some time now. While some of it is irrelevant to me personally, some announcements (such as the free pulpit, select services and the below legal information) I feel, would prove beneficial to y’all, therefore, I share them, when applicable. I trust you don’t mind and this information is indeed, helpful.

The Biden administration has now signed over forty-two executive orders/actions, signaling a dramatic shift in policy in our country. In this episode, we will discuss your organization’s statement of faith and code of conduct and why these documents are more critical than ever for your church or ministry. Click HERE (links provided below this text) for the latest update from our partners in ministry, Dr. David Gibbs III, and the National Center for Life and Liberty.

02/08/2021 – Times Are Changing in America Resource Center | Statements of Faith and Codes of Conduct
LEARN MORE

https://www.ncll.org/news-alerts/times-are-changing-statements-of-faith?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTWprM09UQTFNV00yWm1JeCIsInQiOiJSU2xHSzEwQkFoeUFISjJSR0REWVFCdGlycEt0clFKcWw2ejZFMzdUdW56MkhRZjZzMXNRUVBWVGZkQjJNa0lmZUpEdFwvNjEwZVVTNWx0dnl1bXZcL0I5TkJUWnluejQ3Tm1BNmhFbkNETUhnQTlLTDNPak50S2JpMnpIa1U4azN2In0%3D

https://www.ncll.org/news-alerts/times-are-changing-statements-of-faith

Romans 11:33-36 KJB

Josh
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Six More Messages From Church

As some of you may remember, a while back, I started posting select messages from our church, which before that time, weren’t available for download, or at least, not for most of us LOL! Once again, I posted links to the videos of the services after they were live, but again, these are downloadable MP3s, for on-demand listening. I’m glad the LORD lets me be a little part of His work, through our local church! Here are six more messages, trusting they’ll be a help and blessing, as always. If they are, please feel free to pass them along, as the LORD leads, as always, too. Since these are from different preachers, I will take the time to put their names after the message titles.

I’d Rather Be A Conie, Than A Phony (I’d Rather Be An Old-time Christian, Than Anything I Know) – Evangelist Keith Voyles
https://Jeremiah616.sermon.net/21734426

The Answer To It All – Josh Calloway https://Jeremiah616.sermon.net/21735341

Two Questions – Evangelist David Wells https://Jeremiah616.sermon.net/21738063

A Meal For Everyone – Pastor Dale Massengale
https://Jeremiah616.sermon.net/21739040

Bible Repentance – Pastor Dale Massengale
https://Jeremiah616.sermon.net/21741683

Knowing The Time – Pastor Dale Massengale
https://Jeremiah616.sermon.net/21742458

Romans 11:33-36 KJB

Josh
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Some Bible Contrasts Between The First Adam And The Last Adam

Since we’re not having Prayer Meeting tonight, figured I’d provide an Online Service of sorts, featuring two classic broadcast from the late Dr. Ben A. Byrd, who was (during the time I knew him) Pastor of Gospel Baptist Church, Newton, NC and President of Bread Of Life Ministries, Inc., Hickory, NC. His zeal, authoritative Bible preaching and humor, have impacted me in ways that only Heaven will reveal. I trust our presentation of said this evening, will do the same for you.

Part One https://jeremiah616.sermon.net/main/main/20650200

Part Two https://jeremiah616.sermon.net/main/main/20652348

Oh and as a side-note, WZAP, Bristol, VA (the station from which these particular broadcasts were recorded), no longer has their website, as advertised.

Romans 11:33-36 KJB

Josh
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