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Here is my response to a letter from “ONE TWU” to Trinity Western University, a Christian university in Langley, BC, Canada. (My words are in green, interspersed with the letter’s paragraphs.)

— Richard Peachey — r.d.peachey@gmail.com

ONE TWU   https://www.onetwu.com/letter-to-twu

A community of LGBTQ+ students, alumni, and allies of Trinity Western University

TO THE TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY:

Although Jesus commands us in Matthew 22:39 to “Love your neighbour as yourself”, the Christian church still struggles with how to love our neighbours when they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Trinity Western University has similarly struggled with this same question, particularly over the past few years.

Genuine love is concerned with helping people out of their sins, not acquiescing while they remain in their sins. 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 — “Love . . . does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

Sexual immorality, along with other sins, will lead people to eternal destruction — unless, of course, people repent of their sins and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Then God will graciously receive them into his kingdom, as indicated in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 — “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of  the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Motivated by a desire to make our community a more loving, accepting, and safe place for all students and inspired by the example of movements such as OneWheaton and OneBiola, One TWU seeks to give a voice to LGBTQ+ community members and their supporters at TWU. Towards that end, we seek to affirm and promote the following:

As a Christian educational institution, TWU is not called upon to “give a voice” to or make a “safe place” for sinners who want to remain in their sins, justify their sins, and complain against others who decline to celebrate and endorse those sins. Furthermore, those parents and “allies” who take the side of such sinners are also acting contrary to God’s will, since the Bible clearly condemns not only those who commit same-sex sexual acts but also those who approve of such acts (Romans 1:26-32).

• We believe in the equality of all people. LGBTQ+ community members are in no way inferior, abnormal, or less than their heterosexual or cisgender counterparts. Therefore, we affirm the humanity of our LGBTQ+ neighbours and seek to include them as equals in all our endeavours.

All people are equal before God in that we are all sinners, and we are all commanded to repent of our sins and come to God through the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Saviour for sinners. To repent means to turn away from our sins, not to attempt to normalize them or justify them.

• We believe that homophobia and transphobia are affronts to our Creator God. We stand in opposition to the stigmatization of LGBTQ+ people just as we stand in opposition to racism, sexism, and the like.

Same-sex sexual acts are sins (i.e., they are affronts to God). These sins are consistently condemned in both Old and New Testaments (Leviticus 18:22,24-30; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:9-11; Jude 7). The Bible uses a variety of negative, disapproving terms (never positive) to describe same-sex sexual activity: “detestable,” “defiling,” “sinful,” “impure,” “degrading,” “shameful,” “unnatural,” “indecent,” “perversion,” “wicked,” “lawbreaking,” “rebellious,” “ungodly,” “unholy,” “irreligious,” “immorality,” and “contrary to sound doctrine.”

Practicing homosexuals, unless they repent, will be excluded from the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). It is the Christian church’s duty — and TWU is an extension of the church — to include all ethnic groups and both sexes, but at the same time to exclude self-proclaimed Christians who insist on continuing in sin.

• We believe that LGBTQ+ people should be able to live their lives freely without fear of shame, harm, or punishment.

Asking to live sinful lives “freely without fear of shame” is the same as attempting to normalize and justify sin. Whenever we experience shame for our sins, that is God’s good gift to help us move awayfrom those sins.

Regarding “punishment”: all sexually immoral persons, unless they repent, will — like all other unrepentant sinners — be punished forever in hell. Jesus is very clear: “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!” (Luke 12:4f.)

• We believe that love has no asterisk. “Christian Love” should never be characterized by condemnation and judgment, which can still be deeply felt regardless of how carefully worded or well intentioned the church’s statements on LGBTQ+ people may be. Rather, we believe in a church where LGBTQ+ people are loved and accepted free from conditional statements and impossible burdens.

The desire to be loved and accepted unconditionally, no matter what sins you are involved in, runs completely contrary to Scripture. Be honest before God, repent of your sins, turn to Jesus Christ as Lord and ask him for help in forsaking all attitudes and behaviours that are displeasing to God. Stop trying to justify yourself in your sins.

• While we accept that we will not always see eye to eye on every issue, we refuse to engage in judgment or tearing down one another. We will always seek to express discordant views in a way that respects the humanity of others.

Ironically, you are putting on a “non-judgmental” façade after accusing others of “homophobia.” Those who oppose your attempt to justify yourself in your sins are not “phobic.” We are actually concerned for God’s glory and for your well-being. It is we, not your “allies,” who are truly your supporters.

• We believe reconciliation and healing is needed to bridge the gap between the Christian church and the LGBTQ+ community at large. For too long, the relationships between Christians and LGBTQ+ people have been characterized by distrust, cynicism, and even hatred on both sides. Instead of accepting this as the status quo, we believe that this is a situation that can change, and we seek to be catalysts in bringing people together.

Do not ask for “reconciliation and healing” apart from repentance for your sins. Stop trying to justify yourself in your sins. Repent of your sins and come to Jesus Christ the Lord, whose goal is to sanctify you and wash you from your sins, and to justify you from your sins, not in them.

One TWU seeks to live out these goals through healthy dialogue, relationship building, and peaceful activism. In order to achieve these goals, OneTWU seeks like-minded individuals in our community to support us.

Any “like-minded individuals” you may attract to your cause will actually be your partners in sending you to eternal destruction. What you really need is people who will lovingly counsel you to forsake your sins and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour from sin. That is the sort of “healthy dialogue” that is needed, for you and for any others who are determined to continue in their sins, to their own eternal peril. 

If you are a member of the TWU community and would like to sign this letter as a public show of solidarity with our values, contact us at one_twu@outlook.com with the subject line “OneTWU Letter” and we will add your signature to the bottom of this letter. We hope that by collecting numerous signatures, we may show a united group of people ready to live these values out and bring change to our community and our world.

With much love,

One TWU

No matter how many may be attracted to your “united group of people,” no plan that opposes the will of God can hope to succeed ultimately. Accept the clear teaching of God’s Word, turn from your sins, and flee to the Lord Jesus Christ for relief from all your sins, your shame, and your heartaches. I implore you, be reconciled to God. Do not be conformed to this world which is passing away, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind and discern what the will of God is (Romans 12:2).

— Richard Peachey — r.d.peachey@gmail.com

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“I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; forgiveness without repentance; salvation without regeneration; politics without God; and Heaven without Hell.”

– William Booth

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From: Gerda Peachey <gerdapeachey@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 8:03 PM
Subject: Fwd:
To: Prime Minister/Premier Ministre <pm@pm.gc.ca>, cbcnewsvancouver@cbc.ca, “ProvLetters (VAN_Exchange)” <provletters@theprovince.com>, sunletters@vancouversun.com, letters@ottawacitizen.com, CKNW News Talk 980 <webmaster@cknw.com>, letters@nationalpost.com

Prime Minister Trudeau:

“Hate and fear” are the chants directed at anyone who still dares speak up about your mad rush to normalize one religion’s rules on Canadian Muslim women, while threatening anyone who objects with ridiculous charges like “Hate speech.”

Well I am not driven by hate and fear, and this is not hate speech.  I love Canada.  I love democracy.  I want this vast and beautiful land to be a place of hope and freedom and opportunity for anyone who also want to live in harmony with the rest of Canada.

Canada is a wonderful country, built on some foundational freedoms, that do not align with the repressive aspects of sharia law.

That Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberals want to make criticism of SPECIFICALLY  the religion of Islam is a frontal attack on the bedrock of Canadian freedom.  Certainly the Jewish and Christian religions are not shielded from verbal attacks,………nor should they be.   There are lots of things wrong with man-made religions, even mine.  Only the Lord God is holy and beyond reproach, but we all see through a mirror dimly, and will until we leave this temporal home.

Sharia law binds women.  Some Muslim women certainly declare their enjoyment of wearing their burka’s and niqabs, but sharia law compels women to obey religious laws, laws that if enforced, ensure no Muslim woman can know the freedom available to other Canadian women.   TWO SETS OF LAWS.   Leaving their Muslim-controlled countries behind will make very little difference to women who are kept in bondage to these religious laws.

And what ever happened to our much vaunted, ‘Separation of church and state’, which though born in the USA is still a mantra we hear invoked a lot.  Why this bending over backwards to accommodate just this one religion?

I had a really dear friend who was a university instructor in Teheran.  Sharia law moved in with the Ayatollah Khomeini, and life for women became repressive, oppressive and unbearable for most women, according to my friend.   Compliance was compulsory, not voluntary.  And for her and most of her educated friends, life become almost intolerable.

Over the years I’ve noted an odd disparity in photographs showing Muslim families, out for a day of frolic.   The men and the boys are dressed in cool summer clothing, short-sleeved shirts, ……even shorts,………..but the women??   Black, full-length clothing.  Covered from head to toe with only slits allowed for eyes to look out on the wonderful fun their men are having under blue skies and beaming sun.

Prime Minister Trudeau, why do you want to inflict prison garb onto the women in the country you govern?

Do you really believe that women in homes run by men who take Sharia law as their inviolable right, always use that power nicely?  Not modified by the democratic freedoms available to Canadian women, ……..do you really believe Muslim men are more noble than men in general, given such heady powers over the lives of women?

The daily news gives us awful examples of men from every culture and religion who’ve hurt and repressed the freedom of women, under their thumb, sometimes with ghastly, tragic ends.  Now you want to tell Muslim men they can do whatever they want to their women in Canada?  Because that is what Sharia law will mean for some of those men, unconstrained by the democratic laws of our country.

Do not grant Sharia law in Canada.   Do not shut down legitimate criticism of any person or group.   Do not give in to this ridiculous Motion 103 that sets Islam up as being above critical analysis, or reproach.

My Iranian friend would give you ample reason to remember Lord Acton’s words, ” Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

You are about to bestow absolute power on the Muslim religion.

My friend left the repression of Sharia law for the free West.  What you are doing is stripping democracy out of Canada, a place cherished for the freedom it offers people fleeing oppression.

Sincerely,

Gerda Peachey,   Abbotsford,  BC.

Art and Linda Martens are long-time friends, beginning with the Fraser Valley battle with the US power plant, Sumas Energy 2.  The Martens now live in Hedley where they continue to contribute richly to their local community.

Art has done a nice job of looking back at the career of one of our really hard-working politicians.Van Dongen article

From Evolution News and Science Today

Happy Darwin Day! German Natural History Museum Is Our 2017 Censor of the Year

David Klinghoffer | @d_klinghoffer

The often-heard assertion that a scientific “consensus” exists in favor of orthodox Darwinian theory is true on the surface, but otherwise deceptive. Yes, a large majority of scientists if pressed, especially in public, would hastily affirm that neo-Darwinism explains the development of complex biological forms.

We know, however, that this apparent agreement conceals a great deal of intellectual and personal turmoil, just behind the facade. The unanimity is maintained by a tight discipline that includes outright censorship. That’s why every year Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture recognizes a Censor of the Year, an outstanding example of a person or institution that contributed to this pro-Darwin “consensus” through intimidation, agitation, or professional retaliation.

Now, with the debate about intelligent design (ID) taking place on an increasingly international stage, we reach across the Atlantic to name Germany’s Natural History Museum in Stuttgart as our 2017 Censor of the Year.

If you follow us at Evolution News, you’ll already have an inkling of the story that lies behind this choice. On Friday we announced a new Senior Fellow with the CSC, the distinguished German paleo-entomologist Günter Bechly, formerly curator of amber and fossil insects at the Natural History Museum. In welcoming Dr. Bechly, a specialist in dragonflies, we left out one thing. After coming out as an ID sympathizer in 2015, following his private exploration of the evidence for design in nature, Bechly was the victim of retaliation and censorship by his institution. Though the addition of Dr. Bechly to our scientific community is a wonderful boon to us, the ensuing parting of the ways with his museum came with heavy personal, professional, and health costs.

As told in the documentary Revolutionary (see an excerpt below), his doubts on evolution were first stirred in 2009 when he organized an exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. The exhibit included a display of a “scale” weighing the Origin against a collection of ID books by Michael Behe, Stephen Meyer, William Dembski, and others. Bechly’s “mistake” was to actually read those books.

This commenced a journey for him, motivated by scientific curiosity, not religion. As he recalls in the film, he had no religion to begin with, but only a love of and fascination with nature and animals.

He kept his interest in and support of ID private until October 2015, when he broached the subject on Facebook and a personal web page. Even then, Günter kept his ID writing strictly separate from his work for the museum. But word got out. He has shared it all with us, though some must be kept back, including names and positions, to protect innocent parties.

It began with strange smiles from colleagues, icy faces, and backstabbing gossip, moving on finally to open hostility. Without warning, his applications to acquire new fossil material — say, a collection of mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber — were blocked by unprecedented bureaucratic obstacles. He learned that a position he relied on, his amber preparator (handler), was proposed to go unfilled after its previous occupant retired.

Emails among his fellow scientists asked, “Have you already heard that Bechly has become a creationist? How shall we react and what can we do about it?” Conspiratorial meetings took place behind his back, as a colleague wondered, “How can we help Günter?” as if he were unwell. Co-workers placed phone calls to scientists outside the museum to ask if they knew about Bechly’s turn to “creationism.”

He was told that the large amber collection he was responsible for as curator would be moved away from his office. He was directed to resign from a position as ombudsman for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), a research-funding group.

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A colleague sought to draw out evidence of his heresy in a seemingly friendly email exchange, after which Günter was summoned for a discussion of his future at the institution. Says Dr. Bechly, he was told that “as a big threat to the credibility and reputation of the museum,” he was “no longer welcome, and that it would be appreciated if I would decide to quit.” The museum also informed him that colleagues no longer want to collaborate with him.

To reinforce the impression that Bechly would no longer enjoy a comfortable, supportive, and productive professional life there, the museum deleted his webpages (which made no mention of ID) and erased him from its own website. It dismissed him as scientific head of a major exhibition he had conceived and designed, “Life in the Amber Forest.” Dr. Bechly was now forced to report as an underling to a colleague with no expertise in his area. He asked if he was being accused of any misconduct, and received the answer that, no, that certainly wasn’t the case. On the contrary, his 17 years of work at the museum had been exemplary.

Seventeen years of fine work! And he was being gradually forced out over privately held views. “After a few days of soul searching and long discussions with my wife,” says Bechly, “I decided that it did not make sense anymore to continue working in a hostile environment that makes productive research and collaboration with colleagues impossible.” He resigned this past December, and now joins us.

“It was offensive, humiliating, and unfair,” Bechly concludes in an apt summary. A few weeks after his resignation he received a troubling medical diagnosis of severe heart problems. He faces heart surgery later this month.

His story reminds us of many other cases, some involving past Censors of the Year. It recalls in particular evolutionary biologist Richard Sternberg’s experience at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. That was after Dr. Sternberg published a peer-reviewed article by ID proponent Dr. Stephen Meyer in a journal that Sternberg edited, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. (I wrote about that in the Wall Street Journal and at National Review Online.) For his offense — editing an article! — Sternberg suffered retaliation including being denied access to specimen collections, having his master key taken away from him, and an internal investigation of his religious and political belief. As with Bechly, colleagues refused to work him, and he was eventually forced out of his position.

This is how the “consensus” for Darwinian evolution is maintained. Oh, not only or primarily through outright censorship. Vanity is the single most effective tool that ensures uniformity of opinion. Men are monsters of vanity — males especially, but women too. The pressure to be on the prestige side of any significant disagreement is intense, a fact often unacknowledged unless you are pretty honest with yourself. This holds across science, the media, education, politics, religion, and other fields.

Dr. Bechly was among the contingent of ID-friendly scientists present at the Royal Society meeting (“New Trends in Evolutionary Biology“) in London last November. Another scientist on hand, we noted, a senior figure with views on Darwin overlapping with ours but allergic to ID itself, was visibly skittish about even being seen talking with us. So it goes.

Doubts about Darwin are also held in check by fear of what will happen to you if the suspicion gets around that you’re in league with the “creationists.” That word alone — a masterpiece agitprop tool in the hands of Darwin enforcers, applied to everyone from Biblical literalists to the most sophisticated scientists examining objective evidence of design in nature — does all the work of intimidation needed to keep most people in line.

But fear of punishment is a major factor too. When a scientist really does cross the line, as Günter Bechly did, the hammer almost always comes down, ruthlessly. So it proved at Stuttgart’s Natural History Museum.

Günter’s case, like others, is revealing. We know of many science professionals whose career or research would be endangered if we said a word here about their ID sympathies. Instances like that come to our attention all the time, and prudence keeps us from saying more.

Someday, a tipping point will come. Numerous closets will open in a swell of confessions: “I’ve doubted the straight Darwin story for years.” “I’ve long suspected that design or teleology of some kind must have played a role in evolution, but I would never admit it till now.” And at that time we’ll stop giving out Censor of the Year awards. But that day has not yet arrived.

I’m on Twitter. Follow me @d_klinghoffer.

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Be inspired! Rare opportunity to hear renowned speaker, Jennifer Maggio, in person,  Oct. 21st in Langley.  

“AN EVENING OF EMPOWERMENT” FOR SINGLE MOMS & THE WOMEN WHO SUPPORT THEM

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Jennifer Maggio is an award-winning author and speaker, whose personal journey through homelessness, abuse, and multiple teen pregnancies is riveting audiences around the globe. At 19, Maggio was pregnant for the fourth time, living in government housing on welfare. She shares with great openness her pain, mistakes, and journey to find hope. She ultimately became an 11-time Circle of Excellence winner for HSBC Bank, where she worked for the Fortune 500 Company for 10 years as Assistant Vice President, Regional Hiring Manager, and she oversaw $55MM in accounts.

Her personal story motivated her to leave her corporate successes behind to found “The Life of a Single Mom” in 2011. The Life of a Single Mom is a non-profit organization that exists to see that “no single mom walks alone.” Maggio is author of four books, and is considered a national expert on single parenting & women’s issues. She has been featured in The New York Times, Power Women, and on more than 200 radio & television shows, as well as magazines and newspapers. – WINNER OF THE 2016 JOHN MAXWELL LEADERSHIP AWARD

Bring the women in your life, “SINGLE MOMS AND THE WOMEN WHO SUPPORT THEM,” to hear her story on October 21st  at a special event called “EVENING OF EMPOWERMENT,” brought to the community by Church in the Valley and Acts of Kindness. Doors open at 6:15 pm for event registration and there is free childcare. At 7 pm, the children will get to climb the rock wall, play games, and jump in a bouncy castle while their mothers and friends spend time enjoying appetizers and listening to Jennifer Maggio share her riveting story.

INVITATION:

“AN EVENING OF EMPOWERMENT” – For Single Moms & The Women Who Support Them

Absolutely Free – A Warm Invitation to all the Women who Care!

When: Saturday, Oct. 21st, 6:30 PM

Where: Church In The Valley,  23589 Old Yale Rd, Langley

No cost, absolutely Free! Childcare will be Provided. Delicious Chocolate & Desserts for the Women!

Don’t miss this inspiring evening! To answer questions or to preregister for a free gift, please

call 604-514-8335, or email hello@churchinthevalley.ca

Life of a Single Mom is the industry leader in single mom support development and reaches more than 50,000 single mothers annually. Maggio and her organization are committed to equipping women to help each other, ensuring no single mom walks alone.

images-124Spike Psarris (B.Sc. electrical engineering) was an engineer in the United States’ military space program. He entered that program as an atheist and an evolutionist, and left it as a creationist and a Christian. He was convinced of the overwhelming evidence against secular origins models, and supporting the truth of the Bible. Now he speaks on science, creation, and the Bible. He is the author/producer of the DVD series “What You Aren’t Being Told About Astronomy.”

Saturday, October 14, 7:00 pm
 The Heavens Declare the Glory of God  Olivet Church
 2630 Langdon St, Abbotsford