OK or Not OK in Marriage?

For several years I’ve  followed the ministry of April Cassidy.  April is a licensed pharmacist who has a heart for women and ministers to them through her blog posts, writing, and conferences.  She deals with many challenging topics from a Biblical perspective and many are addressed in her book, The Peaceful Wife – Living in Submission to Christ as Lord, which is available at Amazon.com (Click HERE).  The following is her most recent blog post which appeared at: peaceful wife.com  as: Are Particular Sexual Activities Wrong in Marriage? .  It is a sensitive and difficult topic and I’m impressed with the grace and wisdom with which April approaches the issue.  RMF

Are Particular Sexual Activities Wrong in Marriage?

by April Cassidy

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ABOUT MY APPROACH TO THIS POST:

April Cassidy "The Peaceful Wife"

April Cassidy
“The Peaceful Wife”

I haven’t stated my personal convictions about specific sexual activities in marriage for a variety of reasons. One reason is that last year, God convicted me that Romans 14 admonishes believers to keep our personal convictions about “disputable matters” private.

The sharing of personal convictions tends to cause a lot of division in the body of Christ.

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. Romans 14:1

So I took down any posts that were about my own convictions on a number of topics. I want to build the unity in the body, not create division over trivial matters.

April's Book The Peaceful Wife

April’s Book
The Peaceful Wife

So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. Romans 14:22

I decided to write about this topic after several requests. However, I am not going to be sharing my own convictions or details about my marriage in this area out of respect for God, for Greg, for myself, and for the body of Christ. I appreciate everyone respecting my approach. 🙂

I have decided not to have comments available on this particular post.

This topic lends itself toward becoming a debate that would probably not be productive.
I also don’t want to have any unwholesome conversations or inappropriate conversations in mixed company.
There are some resources at the bottom of the post. I invite you to check them out and prayerfully consider each issue for yourself with your own husband. 🙂

A FEW FOUNDATIONAL THOUGHTS:

First, I want to remember that my greatest goal as a believer is to bring glory to God in all I do.  Continue reading

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Moral Courage Needed to Defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism

I always appreciate an article about a topic of interest to me and one which is able to pretty much be balanced in its approach (which is different than saying that the author has no built in bias). The following piece by Caroline B. Glick is such an article.  Ms. Glick is the Director of the Israeli Security Project at the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles and the senior contributing editor of the Jerusalem Post, where this article first appeared as Our World: The Evolving Threat of Jihad in the West.  I found the article at the Jewish World Review website where is was printed with the caption: “The author has the, ahem, that few others do!”  RMF

The emasculated West’s death wish

By Caroline B. Glick

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Caroline Glick

Caroline Glick

One of the most important stories related to the September 11 attacks was the one that was deliberately left largely untold. That story is the response of some Muslims in America to the massacre of nearly 3,000 people by Islamic supremacists in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

According to a Washington Post article published on September 18, 2001, in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the river from the destroyed World Trade Center, “Within hours of the two jetliners plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.”  Continue reading

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National Geographic’s Gender Confusion and Delusion

The following article appeared at The Witherspoon Institute’s The Public Discourse  as: National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution.”  This article by Denny Burk and Andrew Walker provides a thoughtful critique to the current narrative concerning gender identity that is promoted by National Geographic and much of the media.   It is certainly worth being aware that the foundations of the narrative are on very shaky ground and that most of what is published as fact is actually very subjective with little scientific backing.   RMF

National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution”: Bad Argument and Biased Ideology
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Accepting the claims of transgender ideology requires papering over one’s conscience and making a mockery of the “law written on the heart” that our bodies bear witness to in our complementary design.

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Denny Burk

Denny Burk

The January 2017 issue of National Geographic is dedicated to exploring what it calls the “Gender Revolution”—a post-Sexual Revolution movement that seeks to deconstruct traditional understandings about human embodiment, male-female sexual dimorphism, and gender. In an article titled “Rethinking Gender,” Robin Marantz Henig cites evolving gender norms as a justification for the Gender Revolution. But Henig’s argument is not only unpersuasive, it’s also based on a radical proposal about human nature that is at odds with both natural law and biblical anthropology.

The purpose of this essay is not to address every facet of gender that Henig explores. Rather, our goal is to address some of the more glaring errors in the piece. Many of the criticisms below apply not only to Henig’s article, but to the broader philosophical problems inherent within the transgender movement.

Gender Identity, Category Confusion, and Moral Inconsistency

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

First (and most problematic): Henig offers no substantive argument for why one’s internal, self-perception of his or her “gender identity” ought to determine one’s gender or have authority greater than one’s biological sex. The essay offers testimonies of people who say that their gender identity is at odds with their biological sex. But testimony is not sufficient. Asserting a claim does not demonstrate the authenticity of that claim. Readers are given no explanation for why we ought to regard the claims of one’s gender identity as reality rather than a subjective feeling or self-perception.  Continue reading

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Ten Whoppers?

In his version of “Fact Checker” Benjamin “Ben” Shapiro takes serious issue with Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech regarding the United Nations’ resolution #2334 condemning Israel   To be sure the Israeli-Palestenian issue is complex and there is no easy path, diplomatic or otherwise, which will lead to an acceptable solution.  But the break with the US’s historic policy of supporting Israel is a major development with little bipartisen support.  Mr. Shapiro is an American conservative political commentator, nationally syndicated columnist, author, radio talk show host, and attorney. He is editor-in-chief at The Daily Wire and is the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of the media watchdog group TruthRevolt. RMF

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10 Lies Secretary of State Kerry Told During His Big Middle East Peace Speech
By Ben Shapiro

Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images

Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro

On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech on his proposed plan for peace between Israelis and Arabs. His plan: blame the Jews, pretend that Palestinian terrorism and incitement isn’t representative of the actual Palestinian government, and then blather for 69 more minutes. His speech razed facts to the ground in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.

Here were ten of the worst lies and lies-by-omission Kerry purveyed in his ode to lying and self-indulgence:

1. Equating Jewish Settlements and Palestinian Terrorism. Israel has been wracked by a wave of stabbings and shootings and rocket attacks from Palestinian terrorists over the last two years. Kerry spent a few minutes on that, but only in order to draw moral equivalence with Jews building additional bathrooms in East Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. “The truth is that trends on the ground, violence, terrorism, settlement expansion, and the seemingly endless occupation, they are combining to destroy hopes for peace on both sides,” Kerry said. This is nonsense. Before there were any Jewish settlements – when Israel did not control Judea, Samaria, or Gaza – the Palestine Liberation Organization called for the “liberation” of Palestine, meaning the complete destruction of Israel. The problem isn’t people building homes. It’s Palestinians murdering Jews, and refusing to accept that any home built by a Jew ought to exist in the Middle East.   Continue reading

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The Whacking of the US From Within

The impact of the US’s participation in the drafting and then abstention from the recent UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel has far reaching implications well beyond what is immediately apparent. The following article by Caroline B. Glick addresses the author’s assessment of the impact and consequences of the Administration’s actions.  Ms. Glick is Director of the Israeli Security Project at the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles and the senior contributing editor of the Jerusalem Post, where this article first appeared.  RMF

Obama’s war against America
By Caroline B. Glick
Dec. 28, 2016

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Carolyn Glick

Carolyn Glick

Jeane Kirkpatrick

Jeane Kirkpatrick

In 1989, following her tenure as President Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to the United Nations, Jeane Kirkpatrick described how the Palestinians have used the UN to destroy Israel.

Following outgoing US President Barack Obama’s assault on Israel at the UN Security Council last Friday, longtime UN observer Claudia Rossett wrote an important article at PJMedia where she recalled Kirkpatrick’s words.

In “How the PLO was legitimized,” published in Commentary, Kirkpatrick said that Yasser Arafat and the PLO worked “to come to power through international diplomacy – reinforced by murder.”  Continue reading

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Jesus with skin on

Peter Wehner is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and is a New York Times contributing opinion writer.  In the following article Mr. Wehner does a masterful job of describing Jesus in just the way I wish I could have done.  He portrays the Savior as a real life flesh and bones man who also happened to be God incarnate.  A man who came not only to die as a sacrificial atonement but also to model life as it should be lived.  I love the way Jesus is presented, as Wehner puts it, “as an actor in the human drama and not just as the author.”   I hope you’ll enjoy this article and learn from it as I did.  The article appeared at: NYTimes.com  as: Humanizing Jesus.  RMF

HUMANIZING JESUS
Peter Wehner
The New York Times

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Peter Wehner

Peter Wehner

Early in my Christian pilgrimage, as a young man struggling to understand the implications of a story I had only a surface knowledge of, I stumbled onto a theological insight. For followers of Jesus, salvation was based not on his life so much as his death. Jesus could have been incarnated as a man and been crucified within days. That’s all that was needed for his death to serve as an atonement, but that’s not what happened. God clearly wanted to instruct us about how we should live in this life, too.

He became not just the author of the human drama but an actor in it.

According to the Christian Scriptures, Jesus had a life story — born in a manger in Bethlehem, later moving to Nazareth, and dying in his 30s, just outside Jerusalem. The fact that we’re so familiar with the story has inured us to just how jarring and unexpected it was. God came to earth “not in a raging whirlwind nor in a devouring fire,” in the words of Philip Yancey, author of “The Jesus I Never Knew,” but in humility, without power or wealth, in a world marked by strife and terror. Continue reading

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Rumblings of the Hoi Polloi

Irrespective of your position on the election of Donald Trump it is clear that the pounding suffered by both the Democrat and Republican Party establishments signaled something very different in the United States.  This article by Victor Davis Hanson offers at least one clearly stated assessment of the why it happened.  Now, Mr. Hanson is an arch conservative and so the examples he has selected to illustrate his thesis are primarily of so-called “elite” individuals from the left of the political spectrum.  He could certainly have given examples from the right just as easily, although it does seem that those who inhabit elitist positions reside mostly on the left.  Mr. Hanson’s article appeared at: Jewish World Review – The Intersection of faith, culture, and politics as: Who Are Those Darned ‘Elites.’  As a Christian I could not help but think of Jesus when I read the article. He came as a suffering servant who lived as a perfect example of the loving sacrificial   life each of us should live.  What humility.  What a Savior!  RMF

Who Are Those Darned Elites?
By Victor Davis Hanson
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Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson

  The United States and Europe are seeing a surge in populist anger toward the so-called elites. The German public, for example, is furious at Chancellor Angela Merkel for her position on immigration from the Middle East. British voters have forsaken the postmodern European Union. And working class Americans have rallied around political outsider Donald Trump as their presidential favorite, something that neither the Clinton machine nor the establishment of the Republican Party anticipated.

But who exactly are these unpopular elites-and what exactly have they done that has enraged middle-class voters in Western democracies?

Since ancient times, elites have been defined various ways, sometimes by birth (the Greeks’ hoi aristoi), by capital (hoi plousioi), by perceived class (hoi oligoi), by acknowledged influence (hoi gnorimoi), by high culture (hoi beltistoi)-and sometimes by a combination of all of the above.

unknown-1  Today, people are especially mad at political elites, a loose term for those who govern at the state and federal level. They include not just our elected legislators, governors, and President, but also the unelected (and unaccountable) members of the vast government archipelago-cabinet officers, bureaucratic grandees, top military officers, and regulators. Beyond these politicos, the Western elite is comprised, too, of the transnational mega-wealthy, who have been enriched by globalization, especially international finance, investments, and technologies that lubricate worldwide dissemination of capital and communications. Continue reading

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