Resolution on Gender Transitions, Praying for America & Foundations of Our Freedom
Rob Collingsworth says a resolution on the topic of gender transitions approaches the issue in a way that “balances grace and truth.” As we approach the July 4 holiday, Kie Bowman has posted an article offering suggestions on way to pray for America. And, while celebrating freedom is important, praying for our country should be a priority for American according to retired U.S. Army Major General Doug Carver.
Rob Collingsworth says a resolution on the topic of gender transitions approaches the issue in a way that “balances grace and truth.”
Collingsworth, director of strategic relationships at Criswell College, and a member of this year’s SBC Resolutions Committee said the group wanted to reflect the overwhelming consensus among Southern Baptists that gender transitions, particularly among children, is a grievous result of the sexual revolution.
“And while we can, at the same time, hold genuine sympathy and care and compassion for those affected by gender dysphoria, we can also state very plainly that the long-term effects of gender transitions on children are devastating. While that may be a very controversial opinion in the world in 2023, that is a very uncontroversial opinion among Southern Baptists.
He is sensitive knowing there is potential that some who read the resolution may have attempted to change their gender, but he emphasized there is still Gospel hope.
“God loves you, you are made in His image, and He longs for you to be in relationship with Him,” Collingsworth said.
As we approach the July 4 holiday, Kie Bowman has posted an article offering suggestions on way to pray for America.
He says first, believes, must make prayer a priority. Rather than simply celebrating their freedoms, American believers should obey the mandates in Scripture to pray for political leaders.
He says believers should also pray without partisanship. Pray for all leaders he says.
Finally, he encourages believers to pray with evangelistic purpose.
Our nation needs praying churches because God wants to save the people we’re praying for. Never forget your prayers are heard by a merciful, loving, saving God who still saves in response to prayer. The 19th century evangelist D. L. Moody once reminded us that, “Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.” In other words, God hears and answers prayer.
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While celebrating freedom is important, praying for our country should be a priority for American according to retired U.S. Army Major General Doug Carver.
On Baptist Press, he encourages Christians to pray the Lord provides the members of our Armed Services with the unwavering strength and courage to support and defend the American people and to bring a hopeful future to countless nations across the earth.
He remembers prayers offered in Philadelphia back in 1776 and says “As we celebrate Independence Day this year, let us once again thank Almighty God for our many freedoms. Let us remember the terrible cost of lives who paid the price for freedom. And let us remember that deliberations for our nation’s freedom began with Congressional leaders down on their knees in prayer.”
Church Responds to Online Threat, Worship Pastor Wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ & Praising God in Prayer
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