YouTube: “We Will Not Bow” – John MacArthur

“God, and Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and the Bible, and the church, and truth are the enemies of Satan. And Satan rules the world. He rules the world of sinners. And he has his power in high places. He is the ruler of the kingdom of darkness, and he hates and seeks to destroy all that is light, all that is truth, all that is pure, all that is holy, all that is virtuous, and all that is good.

“I’m saying all of this to let you know that you don’t need to be surprised. I admit, that for a few hundred year America had a very rare reprieve from this normal kind of conflict that most of the world has always known. But that reprieve has come to a screeching halt. And I want to remind you that homosexuality, homosexual marriage, gender transition—these are not the real battlegrounds. The real battle ground is against God, and Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and the Bible, and the church, and the gospel. Any blasphemy against God comes from God haters, Christ haters, Bible haters, gospel haters. And they are fueled by the arch-hater, Satan himself.”

(John MacArthur, “We Will Not Bow”)

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News of Note: “YMCA Kicks Out Students for Wearing Pro-Life T-Shirts”

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1. “YMCA Kicks Out Pro-life Students”

“YMCA Kicks Out Pro-Life Students” – YMCA in Austin, Texas kicks out students after receiving complaints about their pro-life t-shirts. (Fox News)

“A group of pro-life students from around the nation said they were banned from an Austin, Tex. YMCA after pro-choice activists complained about an agreement allowing the students to use the YMCA’s shower facilities.” – Todd Starnes, Fox News

“Texas YMCA Boots Pro-Life Student Group” – Todd Starnes’ updated article on the YMCA incident in Austin, Texas. (Christian Post)

2. “When Is a Ban on Abortions ‘Extreme’?” – Weekly Standard report on why Europe’s abortion laws are far more restrictive than America’s. (The Weekly Standard)

“The American left loves Western European democracies for their cultural sensibilities and for their policies on everything from crime to health care. One policy area where you won’t hear American liberals cite the European example, though, is abortion. The reason is simple: Abortion law is far more restrictive in Europe than in the United States. As the table below shows, 16 of 18 countries on the continent limit abortion to the first trimester of pregnancy (with certain exceptions in various countries). The banning of late-term abortions now being considered in the House of Representatives and some American states would seem only civilized to most Europeans.” – Jon A. Shields, The Weekly Standard

3. “Pastoral Bullies” – Sam Storms describes some characteristics of a pastoral bully. (The Aquila Report)

4. “Civility, bullying and same-sex marriage” – Ryan T. Anderson on the consequences of same sex marriage proponents scorched earth policy. (Kansas City Star)

‘(Supreme Court Justice Anthony) Kennedy’s words highlight a larger cultural dynamic: The principal strategy of the forces that have worked for 20 years to redefine marriage to include same-sex unions has been cultural intimidation -bullying others by threatening the stigma of being “haters” and “bigots.” Marriage re-definers don’t tend to say what many opponents have said, that this is a difficult question on which reasonable people of goodwill can disagree. No, they’ve said anyone who disagrees with them is the equivalent of a racist. They’ve sent a clear message: If you stand up for marriage, we will, with the help of our friends in the media, demonize and marginalize you. This kind of grotesque incivility is toxic for any democratic community. And the fact that it has found its way into a majority opinion of the Supreme Court is not only outrageous but frightening.’ – Ryan T. Anderson, Kansas City Star

5. “E:60 – Perfect” – ESPN story about father who changed his mind about aborting his down syndrome child, and then started running marathons with her. (E:60)

Notable Quotable: “The Real Problem With Gay Marriage – Restriction of Religious Liberty” – Ben Domenech

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“The problem with gay marriage is not about gay people getting married – they’ve already been doing that, or living that way. The problem with gay marriage is not that it will redefine marriage into a less valuable social institution in the eyes of the populace – that is already happening, has been for decades, and will continue regardless of whether gays are added to it or not. And the problem with gay marriage is not about the slippery slope of what comes next – though yes, the legal battle over polyamory and polygamy is inevitably coming, as the principle of marriage equality demands it does (these relationships already exist below the radar, albeit with more poly than amory involved – of the 500 gay couples followed in the respected San Francisco study, about half of the partners have sex with someone else with their partner knowing).

“No, the real problem with gay marriage is that the nature of the marriage union is inherently entwined in the future of the first line of the Bill of Rights: our right to religious liberty. Orthodox believers of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths were slow to understand this. I’m talking about something much bigger here than the discrimination lawsuits brought across the country against bakers and photographers: I’m talking about whether churches will be able to function as public entities in an era where their views on sin, particularly sexual sin, are in direct conflict with not just opinion but the law – and proselytizing those views from the pulpit or in the public square will be viewed as using the protection of religious expression to protect hateful speech.”

(Ben Domenech, “The Future of Religious Liberty”, ricochet)

News of Note: The Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA; Same Sex Marriage Legal in California (UPDATED: Al Mohler, Jesse Johnson, and Peter Jones’ Commentaries; Rod Dreher on Justice Anthony Scalia’s Dissenting Opinion; Polygamists Celebrate Gay Marriage Decision)

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1. Decisions by U.S. Supreme Court on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 (UPDATED: June 27)

“Pastors Hesitant to Comment on SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling” – Most Evangelical Pastors are hesitant to comment about Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. (Christian Post)

“Public reaction from pastors to the United States Supreme Court’s decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 was sparse and came slowly on Wednesday and did not include as many opinions as seen in the rapid-fire response by the general conservative Christian population.” – Alex Murashko, Christian Post

“Scotus Scotches the Scriptures.” – Dr. Peter Jones on the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Christian church. (truthxchange)

“This action by the Supreme Court will create major divisions with the Body of Christ. The cracks have appeared but now they will becomes canyons. Some churches will be silent on the whole issue of sexual sin. Some will even justify homosexuality as a “good” thing. Others will seek to follow the clear teaching of Scripture and say what Paul said as he wrote to gay Rome: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed…” (Rom 1:16-17) – Peter Jones

“Polygamists Celebrate Supreme Court’s Marriage Rulings” (Christian Post)

“While some same-sex marriage advocates have attempted to distance themselves from polygamists by saying the “slippery slope” argument is a myth, others have abandoned all pretense. Slate writer Jillian Keenan argued in her article “Legalize Polygamy!” that the practice is “no better or worse than homosexual marriage.” “Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist and sex-positive choice,” she wrote.” – Daniel Distant, Christian Post

“Polygamists Celebrate Supreme Court’s Marriage Rulings” (Buzz Feed)

“Anne Wilde, a vocal advocate for polygamist rights who practiced the lifestyle herself until her husband died in 2003, praised the court’s decision as a sign that society’s stringent attachment to traditional “family values” is evolving. “I was very glad… The nuclear family, with a dad and a mom and two or three kids, is not the majority anymore,” said Wilde. “Now it’s grandparents taking care of kids, single parents, gay parents. I think people are more and more understanding that as consenting adults, we should be able to raise a family however we choose.” “We’re very happy with it,” said Joe Darger, a Utah-based polygamist who has three wives. “I think [the court] has taken a step in correcting some inequality, and that’s certainly something that’s going to trickle down and impact us.” – McKay Coppins, Buzz Feed

“Christian Groups React to Supreme Court’s Ruling in Favor of Homosexual ‘Marriage’” – Christian News reports Christian groups reaction to Supreme Court decisions. (Christian News)

“Michael Marcavage of the Philadelphia-based evangelistic ministry Repent America called the ruling “an act of high treason against the holy, Most High God.” “The reason why Christians fought to oppose attempts to redefine the Biblical institution of marriage is because we love God and our neighbor,” he said. “We love children and don’t want them to be raised in a nation that teaches them that it is permissible to live however one pleases. If God is not the standard of absolute truth, then who is?” “Romans 13 declares that those in civil government are to be ministers of God for good, not evil,” Marcavage continued. “Despite the court’s ruling, it is not — and never will be — a marriage before God, but only a mirage.” – Heather Clark, Christian News

“Where the Prop 8 ruling leaves us:” – Jesse Johnson on the Supreme Court’s decision on California’s Proposition 8, and the failure of the legal system. (The Cripplegate)

“2 lies behind the Prop 8 challenge” – (The Cripplegate)

“Waiting for the Other Shoe” — The Supreme Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriage – Al Mohler’s commentary on the Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage. (AlbertMohler.com)

“How Should Same-Sex Marriage Change the Church’s Witness?” – How the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage should change the church is our gospel witness and our marriage witness to the world. (Moore to the Point)

“Scalia: ‘Open Season On Marriage Traditionalists’” – Rod Dreher comments on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia’s dissenting opinion on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down DOMA, and to uphold the California Supreme Court’s decision on Proposition 8. (The American Conservative)

“A sweeping decision in the DOMA case” – Denny Burk on the DOMA and Proposition 8 rulings by the Supreme Court. (DennyBurk.com)

“9 Things You Should Know About the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Cases” – Joe Carter on 9 things we should know about the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and gay marriage. (The Gospel Coalition)

“In Landmark Ruling, Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act” (Time Magazine)

“In a landmark 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed by bipartisan majorities and signed by President Bill Clinton, is an unconstitutional violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

“In a separate 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California, ruling that those appealing to uphold the ban known as “Proposition 8″ did not have legal standing. The Court’s technical ruling — that outside appellants don’t have standing to defend a law if the state declines to defend it — is narrowly tailored and avoids a ruling on the constitutionality of all same-sex-marriage bans.”

“The Heart of the Issue on Legal Gay Marriage” – Denny Burk on Ben Domenech’s article “The Future of Religious Liberty”. (DennyBurk.com)

2. “Surge in ‘digital dementia” – South Korean doctors are warning of the affects of digital dementia in young people as a result of overuse of smartphones and computers. (Telegraph U.K.)

3. “Nature Deficit Disorder — Is Your Child at Risk?” – Al Mohler reposts a 2005 article on children who no longer have a connection with the outdoors and nature due to the digital age. (AlbertMohler.com)

News of Note: “How Will the Supreme Court Rule on Gay Marriage”

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1. Two articles from Denny Burk on the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage and the closing of Exodus International

“How will the Supreme Court rule on gay marriage?” Denny Burk comments on the New York Times’ infographic (How the Court Could Rule on Same-Sex Marriage)
on how will the U.S. Supreme Court may rule on the gay marriage issue- (DennyBurk.com)

“Wesley Hill comments on the end of Exodus International” – Denny Burk’s post on Wesley Hill’s First Things article (“After Exodus, What?”) on reparative therapy for homosexuals and the end of Exodus International. (DennyBurk.com)

2. “The Southern Baptist Convention on Mental Illness and the Sufficiency of Scripture” – SBC’s new resolution on mental illness and the sufficiency of Scripture. (Grace and Truth)

3. “9 Things You Should Know About the Bible” – 9 things you should know about the Bible. (The Gospel Coalition)

4. “Why Seminary? Exhibit A: Joel Osteen” – Clint Archer gives one reason why potential pastors should attend seminary: Joel Osteen. (The Cripplegate)

Notable Quotable: “Bill O’Reilly Fails to Realize that the Only Solution is the Bible” – Richard Phillips

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“. . . Bill O’Reilly fails to realize that the Bible is the revelation of a true and living God: as Francis Schaeffer put it, he is “the God who is there.” For this reason, the decisive issue of our time pertains precisely to our attitude to God’s Word. Apart from a respectful embrace of biblical authority, there is nothing to halt our plunge into the abyss. Or, to put it differently, the true issue today is not what the Supreme Court will think about gay marriage but what the true and living God thinks about America.

“Biblically, there is no other explanation for the wholesale breakdown of our society and the rapidly accelerating sexual perversity than God’s judgment. The only solution is the Bible. So instead of persuading Christians to accept the societal marginalization of God’s Word, O’Reilly would do better to urge Christians to become more militantly biblical. Like every other once-godly nation, we will stand or fall based on our attitude towards God’s Word.

“Finally, this reminds Christians that the most important institution in America today is the church. Unless our pulpits proclaim the truth and grace of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, and unless Christians live such bold and gracious lives that attract the interest of the watching world, there can be no hope for our generation. Whatever the Supreme Court decides and whatever confusion is wrought by the pundits of the left and of the right, there is great hope for America if God’s people regain a missionary zeal for the gospel and a holy passion for God and his Word.”

(Richard Phillips, “Bill O’Reilly, Gay Marriage, and the Bible”, Reformation 21)

Here is the Bill O’Reilly/Laura Ingraham segment from Fox News:

News of Note: “Release of Joni Eareckson Tada and Ken Tada’s New Book on Marriage”

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1. “Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story – Joni Eareckson Tada & Ken Tada” – YouTube interview with Joni Eareckson Tada & Ken Tada about their marriage and new book, “Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story”. The book will be released on April 2.

2. “John Wesley’s Failed Marriage” – Nathan Buesnitz on John Wesley’s failed marriage. (The Cripplegate)

3. “Family Groups Warn of ‘Explosive’ Consequences if High Court Affirms Homosexual ‘Marriage’” – Family groups warn of consequences if the Supreme Court affirms homosexual marriage. (Christian News)

‘”This would be a devastating setback for our country,” Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality told Christian News Network. “This would be the Roe v. Wade of the homosexual issue. … This could really create a crisis for our country.” “The ramifications for all of society would be absolutely explosive,” agreed attorney Stephen Crampton of the Christian legal group Liberty Counsel. “I think we have not taken adequate stock of what we’re playing with here. This is a radioactive kind of issue.” The men explained that most Christians do not realize that the consequences would reach much farther than just than the issue of marriage, and would essentially affect every area of society. “If they have the mantle of marriage, regardless of how fraudulent that is, they will use that as a hammer to push their radical agenda throughout the culture, because it doesn’t end with marriage,” LaBarbera said. “This just fuels gay activists to push even harder.” “They will leave no stone unturned into trying to turn society into a monolith that is supporting, and in effect, worshipping at the altar of homosexuality,” Crampton concurred.’ – Heather Clark

4. “Lust & Chastity” – Thabiti Anyabwile contrasts lust and chastity. (Ligonier Ministries)

5. “The Divine Institution of Marriage” – IV Conerly’s 2012 video “The Divine Institution of Marriage”.

News of Note: “More on the Supreme Court Deliberations”

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1. More on the Supreme Court Deliberations over the Gay Marriage Issue

“Corner Rights for Tapioca” – Doug Wilson uses an illustration to show why gay marriage and Biblical marriage don’t fit. (Blog and Mablog)

“How not to have a debate about gay marriage” – Denny Burk on the Piers Morgan, Suze Orman v. Ryan Anderson debate over gay marriage. (DennyBurk.com)

“When Did Idolatry Become Compatible with Christianity?” – Joe Carter on the Supreme Court deliberations, gay marriage, and idolatry. (The Gospel Coalition)

“Christ & Sexual Sin” – John Freeman on how we can evangelize and counsel homosexuals in a Christ-like manner. (Ligonier Ministries)

“A Few Months From Hell” – Matt Moore on struggling with the temptations of homosexuality (Matt Moore)

2. “Minnesota lawmakers fiddle with meaning of ‘parent'” – A child can have up to six biological parents according to two new proposed Minnesota bills. (StateTribune via The Pearcey Report)

News of Note: “Supreme Court Deliberations over Gay Marriage Issue”

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1. Coverage on the Supreme Court’s Deliberation on the Gay Marriage Issue

“Marriage in the Dock—The Supreme Court Considers Same-Sex Marriage” – Al Mohler on the Supreme Court deliberating on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 cases. (AlbertMohler.com)

“The Supreme Court shows its on hand on gay marriage” – Has the Supreme Court showed its hand on the upcoming gay marriage ruling? Denny Burk explains. (DennyBurk.com)

“Homosexual Marriage: Following in the Footsteps of Roman Emperor Nero” – Gary DeMar on the consequences of homosexual marriage in ancient Greece and Rome. Is Amercia far behind? (Godfather Politics)

2. “Christ or Coffee? Ex-Homosexual Turned Evangelist Dumps Daily Dose of Starbucks After CEO Remarks” – Ex-homosexual turned evangelist boycotts Starbuck’s coffee after Howard Schultz’s remarks. (Christian News)

3. “North Dakota Governor Signs Bill Banning Most Abortions” – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs three new abortion bills. (Christian News)

4. “After Steubenville: 25 Things Our Sons need to know about Manhood” – Ann Voskamp’s letter to her son after two teenage boys were convicted for raping a 16 year old girl in Steubenville, Ohio. (A Holy Experience)

5. “The Agonizing Prayer” – Jerry Bridges on Jesus’ prayer and God’s wrath. (Ligonier Ministries)

Notable Quotable: “It Will Be the Church’s Responsibility to Honor Marriage, No Matter What the Supreme Court May Decide” – Al Mohler

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“For Christians, the issue of marriage is not merely a legal or constitutional issue. The Bible reveals marriage to be the sacred union of a man and a woman for a lifetime. The goods of marriage are revealed to be intimacy, union, companionship, friendship, procreation, children, and a host of related gifts. Christians must see marriage as essential for human flourishing and not open for human negotiation.

“The very fact that the march for same-sex marriage has reached this point is telling. It reveals a fundamental confusion at the very heart of our society. The ideological support for same-sex marriage is deeply embedded in a host of ideas that are driving our society to the point of moral breakdown.

“The U.S. Supreme Court may well decide the future of marriage as a legal institution, but the church must hold to marriage as far more, but not less than, a legal reality. Marriage is one of God’s most gracious gifts to humanity. It will be the Church’s responsibility to honor marriage, no matter what the Court may decide.”

(Al Mohler, “Marriage in the Dock—The Supreme Court Considers Same-Sex Marriage”, AlbertMohler.com)