In 1943, as war raged around the globe, C.S. Lewis delivered a series of lectures that were later turned into an extraordinary book entitled, The Abolition of Man. As the world reached the height of its deadliest conflict in history, Lewis warned of a very different lethal threat emerging in his day. In the very first line of the book, Lewis writes, “I doubt whether we are sufficiently attentive to the importance of elementary text-books.”

Lewis explains his case by carefully dissecting a school textbook he calls, “The Green Book.” This book, based upon a real book (which we now know to be, “The Control of Language: A Critical Approach to Reading and Writing”) expresses “disgust” at the idea that a poem can declare a waterfall to be “sublime” or “pretty.” The reason for the teachers’ disgust is the claim that the poet can only speak of how he felt about a waterfall rather than state as a truth that a waterfall is “pretty.” Lewis’ concern was that the teachers were saying that things cannot be objectively true, that all value statements only explain the emotional state of the speaker and are therefore unimportant.

As I read Lewis’ work I could identify with his concerns, expressed nearly 80 years ago. He was uncanny in his prediction that the subjection of truth to feelings would lead to a future where a small cabal of people manipulate humanity through psychology. He relayed that the idea of relativism is patently absurd and that a deep thinker would never allow it. Then, he warns that the only way such an idea could sway minds is through the indoctrination of the young. He states:

“The very power of (the authors) depends on the fact that they are dealing with a boy: a boy who thinks he is ‘doing’ his ‘English prep’ and has no notion that ethics, theology, and politics are all at stake. It is not a theory they put into his mind, but an assumption, which ten years hence, its origin forgotten and its presence unconscious, will condition him to take one side in a controversy which he has never recognized as a controversy at all.” Lewis, C. S. (2019-09-29T23:58:59). The Abolition of Man.

Today, his prophecy has come true. Pop psychology insists that you are who you are based upon feelings rather than objective facts. Our nation starts to buckle under the question of which truth to follow or whether there is truth at all.

It is into this intersection, this junction of truth and culture that Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming stands tall and says, “Waterfalls can be sublime, truth is knowable, and mankind cannot be abolished in a sea of made-up feelings!”

I am asking you to stand with us. You can stand for truth. Please donate to this great cause by giving to Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming today.

Advancing Biblical Citizenship,

Nathan Winterws
Executive Director

 

 

 

Korean Airline Flight #007 departed Anchorage, Alaska, on October 31, 1983, for its direct fight to Seoul, South Korea. However, unknown to the pilot and crew, the computer engaging the flight navigation system contained a one and a half degree routing error. At the point of departure, the mistake was unnoticeable; 100 miles out the deviation was still so small as to be undetectable. But as the giant 747 continued through the Aleutians and out over the Pacific, the error was picked up by Soviet radar. Jets were scrambled for the intercept, and over mainland Russia Flight #007 was shot out of the sky and all were lost.

Someone summarized the lesson to be learned by saying, “A small error at departure point resulted in tragic trajectory and a destructive finish.” In the same way, whenever we depart from God’s moral laws, we will find ourselves on a tragic trajectory of loss and a destructive finish.

Having a biblical worldview might be compared to a flight navigation system that sets us on a good trajectory concerning standards for morals, justice, and equity. The Assemblies of God denomination recently worked with Barna Research and found sobering statistics concerning the worldview of most Americans. The results tell us that we have some hard work ahead of us if we are going to change course and have a safe landing for families, churches, and culture. Here is what Barna found:

The world is obviously not helping young people cope. The prophet Isaiah spoke for God to his struggling generation, “Come now, let us reason together!” (Isaiah 1:18).

While it’s true that you can’t force someone to act morally, it’s also true that good policy and legislation can protect people, religious freedom, and our culture from crashing and burning like Korean Air Flight #007.

Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming is working to change the worldview in our state to one of reason based upon eternal truth. Wyoming and our nation desperately need a course adjustment. As we begin a new fiscal year, please consider partnering with us as we work with churches and legislators to make our state a place where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

For Faith and Family,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

Korean Airline Flight #007 departed Anchorage, Alaska, on October 31, 1983, for its direct fight to Seoul, South Korea. However, unknown to the pilot and crew, the computer engaging the flight navigation system contained a one and a half degree routing error. At the point of departure, the mistake was unnoticeable; 100 miles out the deviation was still so small as to be undetectable. But as the giant 747 continued through the Aleutians and out over the Pacific, the error was picked up by Soviet radar. Jets were scrambled for the intercept, and over mainland Russia Flight #007 was shot out of the sky and all were lost.

Someone summarized the lesson to be learned by saying, “A small error at departure point resulted in tragic trajectory and a destructive finish.” In the same way, whenever we depart from God’s moral laws, we will find ourselves on a tragic trajectory of loss and a destructive finish.

Having a biblical worldview might be compared to a flight navigation system that sets us on a good trajectory concerning standards for morals, justice, and equity. The Assemblies of God denomination recently worked with Barna Research and found sobering statistics concerning the worldview of most Americans. The results tell us that we have some hard work ahead of us if we are going to change course and have a safe landing for families, churches, and culture. Here is what Barna found:

The world is obviously not helping young people cope. The prophet Isaiah spoke for God to his struggling generation, “Come now, let us reason together!” (Isaiah 1:18).

While it’s true that you can’t force someone to act morally, it’s also true that good policy and legislation can protect people, religious freedom, and our culture from crashing and burning like Korean Air Flight #007.

Family Policy Alliance here in Rhode Island is working to change the worldview in our state to a biblical one. This Saturday I will begin teaching a new course for Northpoint Bible College and Graduate School called “Engage the State.” This new course will help pastors and leaders understand the difficult subjects of our day from a biblical perspective. Here are some of the topics we’ll cover: separation of church and state, homosexuality, transgenderism and sex education. Northpoint is committed to strong biblical training for ministers and church leaders.

I have also been part of planning a timely two-day conference on October 29-30 called “The Bible, Gender & Sexuality.” It’s put on by the Ministry Training Network of Southeastern New England I strongly encourage you and other leaders to attend. You can register here.

Dr. J Alan Branch, Professor of Christian Ethics at Midwestern Seminary and Dr. Michelle Cretella, Executive Director American College of Pediatricians are the main speakers. There will also be informative and practical workshops. This conference is designed to help pastors and church leaders to understand and address the difficult issues of our day from a biblical perspective and with grace, love, and understanding.

Rhode Island desperately needs a course adjustment. Please partner with us as we work with churches and legislators to make our state a place where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

For Faith and Family,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

P.S. If you have a religious objection to a vaccine mandate at your school or workplace, here is a link where you can access resources from our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom.

We hear it all the time: “You can’t legislate morality!”

Such platitudes seem to make sense at first. We’re told that morality and legislation shouldn’t mix.

But consider the laws enacted by the founding generation of Americans. They didn’t think morality – and especially biblical morality – was off limits!

Take, for example, the laws passed by the Connecticut legislature within the first couple years after the War for Independence. Among other things, these laws included:

Laws that openly reflected Christian morality were ubiquitous in every state of the nation. Even the famous Thomas Jefferson drafted several Virginia statutes that legislated morality, including laws that provided for:

This must come as a shock the secular humanists who appeal to Jefferson and other founders to defend their misguided vision of a strict separation of church and state!

Should we legislate morality? Most certainly. All laws reflect one system of morality or another. Why does the law allow for this but not for that? Why does the law punish this one behavior but not this other behavior?

Murder, theft, arson, fraud, assault, rape, kidnapping, slavery, prostitution, and perjury are all illegal. Why? Because we all agree these behaviors are immoral and can’t be tolerated in any society that seeks to promote the common good and human flourishing. It would be nothing short of absurd if someone argued that we shouldn’t prohibit kidnapping because it amounted to legislating morality!

The Apostle Paul teaches us that government should “commend those who do good” while “punishing the wrongdoer” (Romans 13:3, 4). But where do we turn to learn which actions should be commended and which should be punished?

The Word of God, revealed in the Holy Bible, is the only infallible and unchanging source of morality. It is the ultimate authority. Anyone who builds a legal system or passes laws upon any foundation other than biblical principles is like the foolish man who built his house upon the sand (Matthew 7:24-27).

James Wilson, an original US Supreme Court justice and signatory to the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, taught his law students this important maxim:

“Human law must rest its authority upon the authority of that law which is divine.”

For hundreds of years the American legal structure has rested on the cornerstone of biblical truth. Everyone agreed that the Bible should undergird our system of laws. That firm foundation has provided generations of Americans with justice and liberty—and it has enabled our government to stand the test of time.

Standing with you for truth,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

 

Election season is fully underway, and, if you’re like me, you’re feeling a bit anxious. I look at so much of what’s happened in our nation – and the discourse that we constantly see – and I’m deeply saddened. And, I look at this election cycle and I see the grave threat the Harris-Biden ticket (c’mon y’all, we all know who’s really going to be running the show) poses to the last recognizable vestiges of our United States of America.

It’s scary.

It’s frightening, and it’s easy to look at “the other side” as this powerful force that would bring ruinous havoc on all we hold dear. It’s easy to be angry, partisan, and fearful.

I’m reminded in times like these that it is human nature to define the enemy as something outside of oneself, something we can see, understand, and hate.

This aspect of human nature has long permeated our churches.

I’ve long been convinced that many churches – and cultural Christianity as a whole – have given too much credence to the devil. Yes, he’s powerful. But, ultimately, he’s the best player on the low-level high school team that finds itself going up against the New England Patriots. He gets trounced in the end. And, when you compare his power to the might of the One whom he wishes he could rival, he is utterly helpless to do anything to thwart Him or act contrary to His plans.

Satan cannot win. He cannot separate you from God. He cannot force you to sin. He cannot deny your ability to worship. He cannot compel you to be a witness against your true King.

Only your sin can do those things. The number of times sin is mentioned is Scripture dwarfs references to Satan or his work. The wages of sin is death. Only sin brings death, not the devil. While he seeks to twist your heart, prey upon your nature, and feed into your desires, it is your action and yours alone that denies you communion with your Savior.

Too many Christians have fallen into the trap of loosely ascribing too much power to the devil. Is he important? Yes. Can he do great harm? Absolutely. Can he ever be truly in control? Absolutely not.

A similar view should guide us when we look at angst at a particular outcome politically.

The Harris-Biden agenda cannot defeat the Lord’s way. They cannot separate you from God. They cannot force you to sin. They cannot, truly, deny your ability to worship. They cannot compel you to be a witness against your true King.

They and their agenda can do great harm, yes. Fighting against their election and opposing their policies should they take control of our nation is important, certainly. But, they will never, ever be truly in control.

As we look at their agenda, in all its wickedness, it’s not fueled by the devil – it’s rooted in sin and it feeds into the sinful desires of those who would support that agenda.

So, as we look ahead to this election, understand who/what the “enemy” is. It’s not Sleepy Joe or Krazy Kamala. It’s not the socialists or the Democrats. It’s sin!

Understand that God calls you to reject sin and to be a light unto this world. You are called to engage – strongly and fiercely for His glory.

Understand that nothing that happens in this world can rob you of your place with the Savior. No matter what darkness surrounds you, it cannot overcome. It doesn’t have the power to.

Look with hope to the future. Know that the outcome is already written and we know the ultimate victor. As you approach an uncertain and frightening outcome, look upon it with inspired hope knowing that your enemy is not a person or a group but it is your own sin nature – and your Savior has defeated that for you, giving you new life. His death and resurrection give us hope in all things, including knowing that our bought and purchased soul can never be in jeopardy based on the politics of the day.

In no way do I seek to diminish the threat to our nation and the concern we should have for the generations to come should we fail to win in November. I merely seek to direct you against your true “enemy,” to point you to hope and confidence, and to assure you that nothing will happen outside His purpose and plan.

In Him we Trust,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

I recently read an article in The Dickinson Press entitled, “Full gender reassignment surgery believed to be the first in North Dakota.” While you may have some idea of what this is, let me provide an overview, what it means in a biblical context, and what it may signify for North Dakota going forward.

Before I tell you about Brianna Cassady, the transgender person who is the subject of the article, let’s define a few terms relevant to the discussion.

Transgender: Self-identification of a person who lives their life presenting to others as the opposite gender from which they were born (birth sex). If a man says he feels like a woman, dresses like a woman, acts like a woman, and calls himself a “woman,” then that individual has a “transgender identity.”

Gender Dysphoria (GD): A medical term used to refer to an individual who has intense unease or dissatisfaction with their biological body. GD is classified as a psychiatric diagnosis and can be treated as such; however, gender activists are adamant that GD is not a psychological problem and cannot be treated with therapy.

Transitioning: A person who is transitioning is in the process of trying to change (or transition) from, for example, living their life as a male to a female.

Brianna, who is a biological male, suffered from gender dysphoria. Rather than seeking comprehensive mental health care, he underwent full “sex reassignment” surgery at a clinic in Fargo two weeks ago (surgery to permanently change his physical attributes to that of a female). This is the final step in medically transitioning to a “female.” Although “Brianna” will have to take feminization hormones for the rest of his life. The doctor who did the surgery stated, “…one of our patients ended up being the centerfold in Penthouse magazine,” something he was obviously proud about.

What should we as Christians think about this?

First, God created humans as male and female. We believe our biological sex is intricately interwoven with how we live in society and how we relate to others. We believe that women and men are fundamentally different from each other in many biological, psychological, and emotional ways.

Second, sex and gender cannot be logically separated. Our sexual identity is not a random, meaningless, designation. A man or woman can never change their gender – it was established the day they were born.

Third, sex reassignment surgery is drastic and irreversible.

What is next? We need to be vigilant. Issues such as gender transition services for minors or public funding of gender transition services have arisen in similar conservative states with strong biblical values. We at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® promise to alert you if these or similar issues arise in our state and you can be assured that we will be there representing you and our shared biblical values. God clearly created us to be biologically unique, as man and women, so let’s honor and protect His creation order.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director