$1000 Fine for Biblical Counseling?
Will a $1000 fine and be banned from doing biblical counseling coming to America? It looks like it just may happen as two recent developments related to so-called “conversion therapy bans” merit attention from Christian pastors, counselors, parents, and all of us.
These bans and fines threaten the rights and responsibilities of those tasked with teaching, discipling, and caring for the people in US and Canada churches, ministries, and families.
Prophecy News Watch and Family Research Council reported:
Imagine being stuck in a cycle of depression or an unhealthy relationship and not being able to get help. Well, unfortunately, people in 22 states don’t have to imagine it. Thanks to a string of bad laws, something as simple as sitting down and talking to a counselor about your struggles with sexuality isn’t allowed because it is illegal. And if the far-Left has its way, small towns like West Lafayette, Indiana will be next.
It’s a city of about 50,000 people, but it may be the next battleground in the LGBT’s movement to stop free speech. Since last November, local leaders have been plotting to pass a radical ordinance that would crush churches and local ministries who are involved in biblical counseling.
When a reporter tipped off Faith Church Senior Pastor Steve Viars that the idea was brewing, Viars was horrified.
His church started a biblical counseling center 45 years ago for anyone in the community. “We just want to show love to people in our town,” he explained on “Washington Watch.” “So if there are people struggling with their marriages or family issues or finances or anger, worry, fear, depression, whatever it might be, we’ve trained people in our congregation to open the word of God to help people… to lovingly come alongside them and show them what the gospel says about such matters.”
Over the last four decades, the ministry exploded. Thirty-two men and women, made up of a number of doctors, professors, pastors, and other mentors come together every Monday to offer 60-80 hours of free counseling to anybody who wants it. Now, thanks to those who want to use the force of government to change the culture to exclude biblical morality, the whole project is in jeopardy.
The proposed ordinance is being promoted as a ban on “conversion therapy,” but as Pastor Steve points out, the church has never practiced that sort of “barbaric” behavior. “But that’s part of the trick here. That’s why it’s so important for people to carefully read the definitions, because it’s deceptive.
Pastors in Canada and the United States are speaking out about C-4. In Canada, the Canadian Religious Freedom Summit encouraged pastors to read a statement to their congregations on January 9 expressing their concern about the new law and their intention to continue preaching the “whole counsel of God.” In the United States, John MacArthur, the pastor of Grace Community Church, encouraged pastors to preach on biblical sexual morality on January 16. According to The Daily Wire, at least 4,000 pastors in the United States responded to MacArthur’s call by preaching on texts such as 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Romans 1:26-27, and 1 Timothy 1:10.
Incredibly, but not surprisingly, YouTube removed a clip from MacArthur’s sermon that Grace Community Church had posted to the site. In the clip titled “Transgenderism is a War on God,” MacArthur stated, “God made man male and female. That is determined genetically, that is physiology. That is science. That is reality. This notion that you are something other than your biology is a cultural construct intended as an assault on God. The only way you can address it, honestly, is to say, ‘God made you and God made you exactly the way He wanted you to be. You are not only fighting God in His physical creation, you are fighting God in His sovereignty. You are fighting God in His spiritual relationship to you.’ This is a war on God.”
Read more at Prophecy News Watch and Family Research Council.
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