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Albert Mohler: A Statement Of Direction On Religious Liberty

Billy Graham

The President’s recent signing of his executive order dealing with religious liberty was much anticipated by all concerned with First Amendment liberties in our fast-changing nation.

An executive order is not legislation and it is never a substitute for legislation.

And yet an executive order can impact the entire executive branch for the duration of a president’s administration.

In his order, President Trump directed, “It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom.” Here’s how we should understand it: This is the president’s statement of direction.

The executive order also—and this is significant—effectively reverses the contraception mandate of the Obamacare legislation and thus addresses an immediate issue in America’s public life.

No: It’s not substitute for legislation. But it is a signal of direction and that’s significant … it’s yet one more reminder of why elections matter.

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Albert Mohler: The Unraveling

Billy Graham

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently wrote a letter to the state’s medical insurers saying that they will now be required to provide coverage for reproductive infertility to single persons and same-sex couples.

The move was celebrated by Leftists and progressives as a win for the decoupling of reproduction and the traditional family.

Bella DePaulo, an advocate cited by the New York Magazine, said the change is part “of the long unraveling of the components that all used to be tied up in the one package of marriage: sex, having children, living together.”

Now note carefully. Here she is celebrating the taking apart of what had previously throughout human history, unquestionably, belonged together.

Those things are now unraveling, she says, and that’s progress. She said, “the whole bundle is coming undone.”

And at this point, even though we lament what she celebrates, we have to acknowledge, she is exactly right.

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Albert Mohler: Turkey And The Powerful President

Billy Graham

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, recently announced that his government has won a big political victory. In a referendum vote, Turkey has amended its constitution to concentrate power in a single person, namely the president.

This referendum reminds us that when human beings are given the choice between liberty and security, they often choose security. The reason is that part of the necessary foundation for freedom is that very security.

This partially explains why liberty has been such a fragile reality throughout much of the world and in particular throughout the Middle East. Where you find instability, you will find people that crave for that stability even at the cost of liberty.

It may turn out that the voters in Turkey have made a very bad deal in concentrating power in its presidency. But many people in Turkey do have the luxury that many in Europe and North America experience.

We need to remember that stability is, indeed, a necessary prerequisite for liberty.

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Albert Mohler: Coptic Christians Embattled In The Middle East

Billy Graham

Two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt were attacked by ISIS affiliated suicide bombers on Palm Sunday.

The Associated Press reported that, “the Copts have long been a favored target of extremists—they were struck with a similar church bombing just weeks before the country’s 2011 Arab Spring uprising, and Islamic militants gave them a particular focus during a crackdown on them in the 1990s—but the past five months been particularly bloody. U.S.-based think tank the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy said the attacks brought the total number of sectarian incidents against Copts to 26 in 2017, with a total of 88 killed including those at a major church bombing in December.”

What we saw in Egypt was no accident. These were intentional attacks, carried out when these churches were filled for the Christian observation of Palm Sunday.

This most recent attack puts in sharp relief the increasingly embattled plight of Christian minorities throughout the Middle East.

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Albert Mohler: Promise Of Easter

Billy Graham

This Sunday is Easter, a great celebration day for Christians. The Church bears a mandate to proclaim the truth that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. The resurrected Lord gave the Church a sacred commission to take the gospel—the message of Christ’s victory over sin and death—throughout the world.

So, as the Church gathers to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christians look back in thankfulness to that empty tomb and forward to the fulfillment of Christ’s purposes in us. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the promise of our resurrection from the dead, and of Christ’s total victory over sin and death.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is at the very center of the Christian gospel. The empty tomb is full of power.

Happy Easter to all. May the joy of the resurrection be yours.

 

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Albert Mohler: Syria Crosses The Red Line

Billy Graham

The U.S. sent an unmistakable signal Thursday night—and it was sent late, and it was sent in the form of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from two U.S. Navy destroyers in the Mediterranean sea. They were fired at the very same Syrian air base from which it is now believed the Syrian government had sent an attack on its own people, an attack in the form of chemical weapons—identified as sarin nerve gas—killing upwards of 80 people.

Sarin gas is banned by every civilized nation and international treaty, and the use of it is considered a war crime.

In a statement he made to the American people late Thursday night, President Trump said the strike was in the vital national security interest of the United States. He went on to say,

“We ask for God’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world.”

Will this military action bring an end to the Syrian civil war? Almost assuredly not. Will it make a difference? As the President said, we must pray so.

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Albert Mohler: Yet Another Lesson From California

Billy Graham

The Attorney General of California recently announced that he is filing 15 felony counts against the two undercover filmmakers from the Center for Medical Progress who have exposed Planned Parenthood in a series of videos.

David French, writing at National Review, points out that this is a case of selective prosecution. Back in 2014, a group known as Mercy for Animals released an undercover video that showed widespread animal abuse, they claimed, and cruelty at one of the largest duck farms in California. The state responded by investigating the farm. Apparently, in California, the lives of ducks are more important than the lives of unborn human beings.

The reality is that California is undeniably guilty of selective enforcement. It is using a law against these two activists that is not used against others in a similar situation.

For these two journalists and for the larger pro-life movement, at least in the state of California, the trial is only beginning.

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