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  OPEN YOUR BIBLE - Clarity  
  May 26, 2016 Edition  
      True liberty and freedom is living as we should, not as we want. The Bible is clear about how we should live. But not everyone agrees with Biblical instruction. Early last week a “decree” went out from the White House for schools to make restrooms and locker rooms available for transgender students. The LGBT community is pushing forward its agenda with lightning speed. Any student can visit any restroom or locker room at any time, depending on the gender identity they are feeling at any moment.
      When I heard that a “decree” was issued from the White House, my first reaction was “when did we become an empire run by an Emperor like Julius Caesar, wielding supreme power?” Within an hour, the news feeds toned down the word “decree” to “directive” in order to make it more palatable for us common folk. But the blackmail was still in force by holding back federal money to non-compliant schools.
      At Fuller Theological Seminary, a group known as OneTable is advancing the LGBT community. In one of their seminars they led with the phrase, “The word of God is clear…until it’s not.” This leaves a gaping hole for perverting the Word of God.
      Open your Bible to 2 Peter 2:17-19. Scripture reads, “These people are springs without water, mists driven by a whirlwind. The gloom of darkness has been reserved for them. For uttering bombastic, empty words, they seduce, by fleshly desires and debauchery, people who have barely escaped from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption, since people are enslaved to whatever defeats them.” A companion verse is in Romans 6:16. It reads, “Do you not know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness?”
      I believe the Bible is clear in its instruction concerning righteousness and sin. When “decrees” are issued against the Word of God, we must decide who we will obey. I always choose God and His Word. I am free to live as I should, and that is in accordance with Biblical instruction, not by an Emperor’s decree. Be fearless Christian and do what is right. Obey the Lord.
      Open Your Bible is written every week by
      Pastor Larry Johnson, who serves as a chaplain
      for the Boardman Police Department.
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