San Francisco's Attempt to Ban Circumcision

Gen 17:9 Then God said to Abraham, "As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You are to undergo circumcision , and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner — those who are not your offspring. 13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant."

It is quite obvious from the passage above that the attempted ban on circumcision in San Francisco is an attack on God and the covenant he made with Abraham and his descendants. You will hear many other reasons for this law, but as Christians we know what really lies at the heart of this and all cultural issues. It's the battle that goes back to Genesis. Man keeps eating the fruit offered by the serpent so that they "will be like God" (Genesis 3:5) and that puts enmity between the two (Genesis 3:15). That is exactly what we see happening with this law.

There used to be a cry against "legislating morality," at least when there was an attempt to pass laws that were moral as defined by Scripture, such as outlawing abortion, prostitution and gay marriage. However, it is clear that they are perfectly fine with legislating morality, as long as they get to define what is and is not moral. Is that not what they are attempting to do here? They claim it to be morally wrong for a parent to circumcise their child because the child can not consent to the surgery. Well, is it morally wrong for a parent to do that? The answer to that question depends on where you get your answers.

Those who get their morals from a higher source do not need to wonder what is or is not moral. We have a guide that does not depend on what a person feels or what society thinks. It is not subject to chance, or change. The laws of God always have been and always will be moral. It's not up for a vote.

Mal 3:6 "I the LORD do not change .

Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Matt 5:18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

But it is not so with the morals of man. Man's definitions of morals not only change over time they are inconstant with other laws they deem "moral" at the same time. Let us compare this initiative to some other laws in California and the San Francisco area to catch a glimpse of how inconsistent their morality is.

The initiative to ban circumcision outlaws the procedure on any male "who has not attained the age of 18." What if a male wants to decide for himself that this procedure is something he wants, but he is only 16 or 14? This law would still make it illegal. Is this because medical procedures are too important to entrust a minor with? To answer that question let us consider parental consent laws in the state.

California is one of the states where parental consent is not necessary to obtain an abortion. If you are going to protect men from having a medical procedure that they may one day later regret, why not protect women too? After all, there is a vast amount of evidence that many women who have abortions actually do later regret it and suffer great psychological damage from the procedure. However, there is very little evidence that men suffer nearly as often or as deeply from having been circumcised, even though they never had a say in their procedure and the minor women who "chose" abortion actually did.

Is this law to protect men from a medical procedure because of how risky it is? Again, abortion also carries great risks, both physically and emotionally and can cause damages that can alter the life of the person who had it and yet they won't protect minor women from being allowed such a procedure.

We can see here the issue is not based upon protecting persons up to the age of 18 from something they may later regret or from a medical procedure that may actually cause great harm. It's about protecting their definition of morality. To clarify that, let us look at their laws about education.

Intelligent design can not be taught in public school because it is not "science." That would cause us to think that science should take precedence in determining what should or should not be taught in public school. Then just the other day I read about how schools in California are offering "gender diversity" classes. The claim with gender diversity is that science alone is not enough to determine what one's sexual identity is. Besides the anatomical science that is ignored with gender diversity training, there are also "scientific" genetic testing that is done to determine your gender by chromosomal structure (XX for females; XY for males). Yet, in THIS case, suddenly science does not matter. Instead they are teaching children your gender is NOT based upon science but upon how an individual perceives themselves. Based upon the arguments against teaching Intelligent Design in school we would think that it should also be wrong to teach biological information that has no basis in science. However, that is not the case. It is apparent that their argument against one curriculum is indeed inconsistent with their argument for another. Science is only important if they think it can counteract religion but suddenly science is no longer important if actually supports religious claims.

There are many other inconsistencies we could point out, but in the end what we come down to is this. These laws are not about protecting children but rather they are about indoctrinating them. They believe that society, the culture and the state should mandate what children can learn, do and believe. It's not about allowing children to choose for themselves, because ultimately an adult IS the one making the decision. The only question is, which adult gets to decide?

Our society used to believe that parents were the ultimate authority for their own children, but that is not good enough for our culture today. They not only want the freedom to believe and do what they want, but they want to keep others from disagreeing with them. They know the best way to to do that is get control of the children and they can only do that if they can take control away from the parents. We have written about this before, but it bears repeating again, the fight for parental rights is one that we could very soon lose if we are not careful. To learn more about ways to protect parents from this type of interference visit parentalrights.org.

No matter what argument they use for these laws it is obvious to us as Christians they are an outright attack against God. The Bible says:

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
Yet society says we are whatever gender our we perceive ourselves to be.

The bible says:

Heb 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

Yet society says that sexual promiscuity is to be rewarded and praised.

The Bible says:

Gen 2:24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Lev 18:22 "'Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

Yet society claims marriage and sexual relations can be between people of the same sex.

The Bible says:

Jer 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

Yet society says it is only a fetus, not a human being created by God.

The Bible says:

Prov 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
And with this verse society somewhat agrees which is why they want the state, not parents (especially religious and Christian parents), to train their children. Ultimately that is what this law is all about. It is about keeping parents from making decisions about their child's health, welfare, education and yes, religion.

The Passing of Harold Camping's Judgment Day

Today is Sunday May 22nd and it is no to surprise to most Christians that we are still here. The rapture has not yet taken place. Harold Camping spent millions of dollars warning the world that Judgment Day was coming on May 21 at 6:00pm. Today, he and his followers have to face the fact that his message was not true.

We already knew that the Scripture says no man knows the day or hour when Christ will come for his church.
Matt 25:13 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."

Luke 12:40 "You also must be ready , because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."
Mr. Camping had ways around explaining these passages, but that is what every false teacher does. They take a clear teaching of Scripture and argue it away. We have said it before and it bears repeating now. When interpreting a passage of Scripture always remember, if the plain text makes perfect sense, then seek no other sense.

While the rapture has not yet taken place, we know that some day it will. The rapture itself is not a myth but the world believes that it is. Non-believers and believers alike have had a field day making fun of Harold Camping and his followers, but while he had the day and the hour wrong, what he had right was the event. What he also had right was the fact that the world needs to hear that message. His false teaching and foolishness will now make sharing that message more difficult, but it still needs to be done. The world needs to hear the truth.

Not only does the world need to hear the truth, Harold Camping and his followers need to hear it too. Can you imagine standing here on earth today when you were absolutely, positively sure that you would not be? That has to be very disappointing and I pray that now they have seen the errors of their ways that they will be willing to open their eyes and search the Scripture for the truth.

There is an open Letter to Harold Camping and Those Who Expected Judgment Day on the blog Philosophical Fragments by Timothy Dalrymple. He has already done an excellent job reaching out in a very loving way to those who have followed this teaching and helping them answer the question, 'what now?' Now that we know we have followed a lie, where do we turn and what do we do? If you are one of those people, who expected NOT to be here today, please read his letter and know that there is still hope.

For the rest of us. Remember that our task is difficult with or without people like Harold Camping. Atheists, agnostics and peoples of every other faith do not believe in the rapture or the resurrection of the dead as taught in the Holy Bible. They will use this silly prediction and any other excuse they can to mock us, ridicule us and scoff at us. But we should expect that they would.
2 Peter 3:3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.

The world has deliberately forgotten God and his teachings. We can only preach the gospel and if they scoff, then let them scoff. Keep the faith and keep sharing the truth. Of course, be sure that the message you are sharing is just that, the truth. We must be guarded from error and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and then stand firm in the promises of God.

2 Peter 3:17 Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

James 5: 8 You too, be patient and stand firm , because the Lord's coming is near.

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Can a believer's name be blotted out of the book of life?

We had an email question from a reader which asked about whether or not our names can be blotted out of the lamb's book of life. Below is the question and our response.

"I am a believer (has accepted Christ). I used to believe as you that once saved always saved. And I think I still DO believe that. However, recently, a man a work who belongs to Assembly of God church tells me that we can lose our salvation and have our names blotted out of the lambs book of life. He says that if you are back-slidden and don' repent you will NOT go to heaven, and that you WILL LOSE your salvation. He states Revelation 17:8 and Revelation 3:5 pertaining to "those blotted out" are believers, otherwise their names would not have been written in the book. Please decipher this message for me. Now, all of a sudden, I feel that I have lost the joy of my salvation and am extremely worried that sins I have committed or am going to will make me lose salvation"
I am not sure what he is trying to do with those verses, but they do not say that anyone has ever had their name blotted out of the book of life. In fact, they say just the opposite, that no believer will ever be blotted out.

Rev 3:5 He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life , but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.
NIV

Rev 17:8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.
NIV

They have either never been written in it or were promised to never have it removed. Other Scriptures say it the same way.

Rev 13:8 all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.
NIV

Rev 20:15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life , he was thrown into the lake of fire.
NIV

Rev 21:27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life . NIV

God promised to never blot out the names of those who are saved and Rev 17:8 says those who go into the abyss had never had their names written in it to begin with, not that their names were in but later blotted out.

They might be trying to make the word "overcome" sound as if it means that we must "work" to overcome and keep our names in the book of life. However, we know from Scripture that is not true. Who is it that overcomes? He who works for it? No. The Scripture tells us plainly.

1 John 5:5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
NIV

That is how we overcome, we believe. And if we overcome, which means if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then we will never have our names blotted out of the book of life.

As we can see, it is essential that we test all of mans teaching against the Scripture. The exact Scripture they were using to make their point actually contradicted it. Never take any man's word for it, but go to the Word of God and read it, in it's entire context. If it contradicts what they are teaching then what they are teaching is wrong. It's that simple.