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February 22, 2017
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Beware of New Movie “The Shack” Coming Out on March 3, 2017 (February 21, 2017) reports that:

New York Mets outfielder and former NFL great Tim Tebow recently praised the upcoming film “The Shack,” a movie that is based
on William P. Young’s bestselling novel of the same name, which some say contains universalistic doctrine and other unbiblical

The movie is coming out on March 3, 2017 and Christians need to beware of it. Even though it is being hailed as a “Christian” movie by
some leaders in our country, it presents a view of God that is unbiblical.

The movie is adapted from a book written by William Paul Young by the same name.
David Cloud ( writes the following:

Fundamentally, The Shack is about redefining God. Young has said that the book is for those with “a longing that God is as kind and
loving as we wish he was” (interview with Sherman Hu, Dec. 4, 2007). What he is referring to is the desire on the part of the natural
man for a God who loves “unconditionally” and does not require repentance, does not require obedience, does not judge sin, and
does not make men feel guilty for what they do…

…Young…admits that the God of The Shack is different from the traditional God of Bible-believing Christianity. He says that the God
who “watches from a distance and judges sin” is “a Christianized version of Zeus.” This reminds me of the modernist G. Bromley
Oxnam, who called the God of the Old Testament “a dirty bully” in his 1944 book “Preaching in a Revolutionary Age.”

Young depicts the triune God as a young Asian woman named “Sarayu” * (supposedly the Holy Spirit), an oriental carpenter who
loves to have a good time (supposedly Jesus), and an older black woman named “Elousia” (supposedly God the Father). God the
Father is also depicted as a guy with a ponytail and a goatee. (* The name “Sarayu” is from the Hindu scriptures and represents a
mythical river in India on the shores of which the Hindu god Rama was born.)

Young’s god is the god of the emerging church. He is cool, loves rock & roll, is non-judgmental, does not exercise wrath toward sin,
does not send unbelievers to an eternal fiery hell, does not require repentance and the new birth, puts no obligations on people,
doesn’t like traditional Bible churches, does not accept the Bible as the infallible Word of God, and does not mind if the early
chapters of the Bible are interpreted as “myth.”

There is a South Korean cult that has similar views of God. It is spreading in America, and teaches that God is a woman and that the Holy
Spirit is a man who founded their religion. This writer actually had two “witnesses “ of this false faith knock on my door, in Winston-Salem,
two weeks ago with their opening statement being: “We would like to introduce you to God the Mother.”

Cults are always in the business of transforming God into someone other than who He is.

Christians must not be persuaded to accept false depictions of God, or use those depictions as legitimate examples, to persuade people to
turn to the Bible. A false presentation of God is not a way to the Truth.

This movie and book are examples of a false Gospel and false theology, and they must be treated as such.  It is a dangerous attempt to
persuade people who know nothing about the God of the Bible to trust in a figment of imagination created by man. The lure is a tragic
story that people can associate with - but the trap is lowering your guard to accept a lie as the truth.

It is also an attempt to blur the lines between the Truth of the Bible and the falsehoods of cults like the one that originated in South Korea.

Penn State Professors Advised to Not Assume Gender of Students

The latest example of academic stupidity comes from Penn State University where professors have been advised to not assume boys are
boys and girls are girls. (February 21, 2017) reports that:

In response to growing concerns over “implicit bias and stereotype threat,” Penn State professors have been provided a checklist
suggesting ways to avoid microaggressing students, as well as ideas on how to make their curriculum and classroom more

One bullet-point on the list: “Avoid assuming the gender of any student.”

It’s among 53 tips on Penn State’s “Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms: Workshop Activity,” which was recently posted as an online
resource for campus educators in response to “reports from students that they experience implicit biases, stereotype threat, and
micro and macro aggressions in our classrooms,” the university’s website states.”

The university wants to promote diversity without insult:

The strategies, found on Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence’s website, serves as “a checklist of best practices for
creating a welcoming climate for diversity in the classroom,” according to a faculty report.

To create an inclusive curriculum, professors are advised to “use visuals that do not reinforce stereotypes, but do include diverse
participants” and to “analyze the content of your examples, analogies, and humor” to ensure they don’t “ostracize students.”

The following suggestions are also given to professors by the school:

Avoid religious holidays when scheduling tests.
Avoid expressing racially charged political opinions.
Do not assume all students speak English fluently.
Do not ask or expect students to represent an entire group, either by look or by request.
Allow students to accumulate grade points in a variety of ways.
Assign group membership randomly. Do not allow students to choose their own groups.
Use a variety of teaching methods; do not rely solely on lectures and didactic questions.
Allow students to work on projects that explore their own social identities.

The price for a college degree at this university is too steep - even if it is free.

Liberal Judge Block Texas Defunding of Planned Parenthood (February 22, 2017) reports that:

A judge temporarily blocked Texas from defunding Planned Parenthood of Medicaid reimbursements on Tuesday.

In 2015, Texas moved to defund Planned Parenthood of Medicaid dollars because the abortion company was caught trafficking
aborted baby body parts. The scandal involved Planned Parenthood abortionists altering abortion procedures to obtain body parts to
sell. According to the Texas Attorney General's office, the state didn't want to fund an organization that was caught "making false
statements to law enforcement and misleading multiple courts.

The Attorney General of Texas will appeal the judge’s decision:

Today’s decision is disappointing and flies in the face of basic human decency," said Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas. "The
raw, unedited footage from undercover videos exposed a brazen willingness by Planned Parenthood officials to traffic in fetal body
parts, as well as manipulate the timing and method of an abortion. Even the remains of the most vicious criminals are treated with
respect. But the children who never had a chance at life become so-called medical waste or, alternatively, a commodity to be
bartered for. No taxpayer in Texas should have to subsidize this repugnant and illegal conduct. We should never lose sight of the
fact that, as long as abortion is legal in the United States, the potential for these types of horrors will continue.

Paxton said he will appeal the order, which will be in place until the case is argued in court.

The biggest obstacles to saving unborn babies in our country are liberal judges. They act like they lose all common sense when they pull
the black robe over their heads.

Trump Wants States to Decide Transgender Laws not Federal Government (February 22, 2017) reports that:

The Trump administration is working to undo an Obama-era directive that allows students to use school restrooms that correspond
with their gender identity, the White House said Tuesday.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not go into specifics on the new set of guidelines being prepared by the Justice
Department, but said Trump has long held that such matters should be left to the states -- not the federal government -- to decide.”

I think that all you have to do is look at what the president's view has been for a long time, that this is not something the federal
government should be involved in, this is a states' rights issue," Spicer said.

The Washington Post obtained a draft of the letter to the nation’s schools, which is planned to be released Wednesday.

The White House plans to say that they are rolling back the directive allowing transgender students access to restrooms and
allowing them to participate in school athletics according to their gender identity and not their gender at birth.

Obama wanted to impose federal regulations on public schools. Trump believes that the states should decide for themselves. That places
the majority of the burden on citizens and citizen groups to persuade state politicians to do the right thing.

One thing about Trump’s ideas on this issue - he removes the excuse from citizens in individual states that the problem is in Washington.





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