There’s no question that the usage of hymns in worship, though employed and beloved by the faithful for centuries, has been in sharp decline for decades. The Hymn Society wants that to change—so they are offering a new hymnal with a twist.
The new hymnal, Songs for the Holy Other: Hymns Affirming the LGBTQIA2S+ Community, promises “queer hymns—hymns by, for, or about the LGBTQIA2S+ community.”
The collection includes nearly fifty hymns with titles like “The Kingdom of God is the Queerest of Nations,” “Quirky, Queer and Wonderful,” and “God of Queer, Transgressive Spaces.” The Episcopal Church in the US and the Anglican Church of Canada have both publicized the hymnal.
The hymns offer worshippers a dangerous theology that flies in the face of Scriptural truths about God, sin, gender, and sexual ethics.
One hymn gives “thanks to God for grave disorder,” in direct contradiction to the divinely revealed truth that “God is not a God of disorder but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33). In a ploy to defend gender-bending as godly, another hymn refers to God as “our Father, Mother, Parent,” despite God’s revealed insistence that we call Him “Father.”
Many of the hymns—including “God Calls You Good” and “A Hymn for Self-Acceptance”—promote the heretical belief that God’s love for us means we don’t need to repent and turn from our sins. Instead of being redeemed and transformed by God’s grace, we just need to “accept” ourselves and celebrate those harmful desires and activities which God calls sinful.
What a stark contrast with the hope proclaimed at the Changed Movement event that took place in Washington, DC, last week, when 18 individuals who formerly identified as LGBT met with legislators to share their testimonies of how God transformed their lives by His grace.
Many states have banned counseling that helps individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria. A bill that would ban these therapies nationwide is now being considered in the US House of Representatives. Efforts to ban so-called “conversion” or “reparative” therapy in Idaho have failed so far.
Without access to the help and tools counseling provides, the “formers,” as they call themselves, don’t think they would have found liberation from their destructive lifestyles.
These brave men and women are walking monuments to the transforming power of God. “Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral… nor men who practice homosexuality… 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” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
Instead of condoning our sin, God promises to regenerate us. He sanctifies us in His Truth and calls us into righteousness.
That is good news for all of us. In Christ Jesus, there is hope, redemption, and deliverance. And that is a message and power worth singing hymns about.
Standing for hope,
Director of Advocacy
P.S. Have you downloaded the Parent Resource Guide: Understanding the Transgender Issue? It’s a free resource designed to equip parents with the tools they need to navigate the transgender issue. We pray it will be helpful for you and your family!
Our faith makes us “the wicked,” … at least according to a gay activist who has spent more than $425 million to advance the homosexual agenda, fight religious freedom laws and “persecute Christians along the way.”
Lest you think that the focus of those dollars will be on traditionally blue, less evangelical states, this effort is being focused on more conservative states, with Georgia at the top of the target list.
It’s rare that a convergence of stories come together to highlight the aggressive and (sadly) successful nature of what we are up against. However, several news items this week underscore the need for our unity in standing up for God’s design. Consider the following:
- Women who sign up to join our nation’s military are not only laying their lives on the line, they are being forced to expose their bodies as well. In the U.S. Army Training Guide, it is made abundantly clear that gender and biology apparently have no relationship.
- An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, the Hartzler Amendment, that would have protected tax dollars and the Defense budget from being used to fund gender reassignment surgeries failed when 24 Republicans representatives voted with a united front of Democrats to impose their agenda on our budget and our military.
- The Republican Party, the only major party that has generally acknowledged God’s design for the family, may nominate Bruce (who goes by Caitlyn) Jenner as its nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018 for California. Before you shrug this off as “California Being California,” consider that the party with which most evangelicals identify possesses such a big tent that it encompasses transgender activists who believe our girls should be forced to use the same bathroom as men.
- Right here in Atlanta, $196,000 of taxpayer money is being used to fund permanent rainbow crosswalks to honor the homosexual movement. Beyond the abuse of taxpayer funds, consider the message that sends to our children, that the homosexual community is considered so worthy of honor that the city will spend more than the median value of Atlanta homes to pay for these crosswalks! Consider also that, some are angry because only the “Gay Pride Flag,” and not the “Transgender Pride Flag” is being used!
It’s easy to read these – and countless other – stories and be dismayed. However, as is always the case for the Christian, we have many reasons for hope.
First, when we are called “wicked” for our faith and we feel displaced in our own communities because of the rapid advance of the Left, we are merely experiencing the biblical truth that we are “aliens and sojourners” and “if the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”
Second, among the votes in the House of Representatives against gender reassignment surgeries paid for by the Defense Department was Congresswoman Karen Handel. Yes, that’s only one vote, but it’s a vote that our movement won with hard work and unity just a month ago – a vote that would have been radically different if concerned Christians had not made their voices heard at the ballot box.
And third, we have finally developed the model needed to combat the Left. The Family Policy Alliance has built state-based organizations (as we have here at Family Policy Alliance of Georgia) designed to identify, recruit and elect godly candidates; train and equip leaders; and advocate for good, pro-family policy with sound messaging, professional communications, and strong relationships with policy makers. And, empower Christians to Unleash Biblical Citizenship. This model is what will lead us to victory!
Thank you so much for standing with us and for your encouragement. Now, we ask that you encourage those Georgia members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted for the Hartzler Amendment – that includes every Republican House member in the Georgia delegation – by calling their office to thank them for their efforts. You can find contact information and send a message through our Action Center.
Together, we can push back against the discouraging news! We serve a great God, have the right plan, and are lovingly standing for truth. It’s an honor to partner with you.
In His Service,
TAKE ACTION – Make sure our House of Representatives members in Washington are encouraged for resisting the tide of the Left. Call the offices of those from Georgia to thank them for their vote supporting the Hartzler Amendment.
CitizenLink is proud to work with an alliance of nearly 40 state-based family policy councils, including the North Carolina Family Policy Council. John Rustin is the President and Executive Director of the group.
to Gov. Pat McCrory to show your support! We’ve made it easy for you through our Action Center.
God’s Not Dead 2 takes on one of the most pressing issues of our time – religious freedom.
In the sequel, a school teacher (played by Melissa Joan Hart), is challenged because she mentioned Jesus in answer to a student’s question. The story unfolds as she heads to court to defend her faith.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Erik Stanley defended a case in real life that served as the inspiration for one of the subplots of the film.
“The movie really illustrates the ongoing attack on Christianity in the public square, in the schools and on university campuses,” Stanley said. “And we see that every day in the number of cases that we deal with on this issue.”
In a secondary plot, pastors face pressure to turn over their sermons as part of the case. It mirrors a case he worked on involving Texas pastors who opposed a bathroom bill that allowed men access to women’s locker rooms.
“All that these pastors did was to stand up and speak out against an ordinance that they felt was immoral,” Stanley said, “and in return the city of Houston subpoenaed their sermons, their communications with their members about issues such as homosexuality — really as a message to these pastors that you better be quiet, you better not speak out.”
Grace, the main character in God’s Not Dead 2, stands firm despite intense pressure. It’s a lesson Stanley says more American Christians may have to learn.
“People might think this is sensationalized,” Stanley explained. “but Christians will have a decision to make in the coming days. Do you stand and do you fight, or do you sit down and take it? We know that more often than not, when Christians stand and fight, we win.”
The movie opens in theaters April 1.