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Sexual hegemony grows: laid off from Examiner.com
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"I WAS FIRED from my part-time job at Examiner.com for services no longer needed. Yesterday they had promoted me as a reliable news-source. My hits were going up the last few days. Bing cycled two of my articles on their news-feed. I have been a faithful writer for six years with not one complaint. Now, after five articles on gay marriage, written in an irenic or newsy tone, my last one, on harassment of Christians, is a fitting note for a new age of conformity. All my articles are purged even as other writers with defunct accounts still have theirs up. Diversity is dead. Long live Uniformity.
[This is not a substantial source of income, praise God.]"

Thus I wrote on my Facebook page this Wednesday afternoon. Below is the last article I wrote, 30 minutes before I was terminated for no specific reason:

The increasing marginalization of Christianity and why it is a good thing

Christians in America are becoming increasingly marginalized. They are not persecuted in the traditional sense of the word. Rather they are legally harassed by the homosexual lobby. A lobby that has now legalized gay marriage, promising greater marginalization.

And it is not going to get any better. Over the last ten years, almost double the number of Americans support same-sex marriage, according to a new Wall Street poll. More people are embracing the second sexual revolution. This will lead to more cries of freedom from religion.

Marginalization and harassment, intimidation and bullying, these are the words to describe the church's future. And that will be a good thing.

Why?

Consider: many Christians in American are still confused about Jesus. And with a nation claiming over 70% of its population as adherents to Christianity, biblical ignorance is a given.

With these sad statistics, it is unremarkable that the church in America will see dark days. For God is not pleased with ignorant Christians:

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children" (Hosea 6:7).

Another sin that needs purging is the sin of indifference. Indifference to God's Word, to be sure, and indifference to God's people. Barna has shown what many pastors in the thick of it know: Christians are attending worship less consistently. Public prayer, preaching and the sacraments are vital for Christian growth.

But it is not only biblical ignorance and lazy practices that God purges. He also purges the false doctrines that are a cancer in the body of Christ.

A 2013 essay in The Atlantic,"The Quiet Gay-Rights Revolution in America's Churches,"argues persuasively that the churches of America were a leaven of "tolerance" in society, preparing the way for support of homosexual unions.

The natural response for some may be: "Well, that is the liberal churches for you"—is it? The acceptance of homosexuality among Evangelicals has only risen over the years.

It is not just the rationale against sinful practices that is rejected, many deny Jesus is the only way to heaven. Many believe good works contribute to salvation. And the vast majority of them do not even have a nominally Christian worldview.

Different church traditions will certainly have different sins. But, thus far, the numbers have shown for decades widespread ignorance, sinfulness and theological error.

This is not a finger-pointing exercise but a clarion warning. We ought to look to ourselves, our families and our churches with the penetrating light of God's Word and Spirit. We ought to cry out to the Lord for purity and protection.

God uses persecution and marginalization for the good of the church, to purge her from sin, to redirect her eyes back to her Savior. And she needs it. And I need it too.

Shawn Mathis Shawn Mathis

Pastor Shawn Mathis was raised by God-fearing parents, served in the Air Force, worked as an electrical engineer and then entered the ministry by God’s grace....

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Sunday Morning Sermon: A Cry for Justice for the Unborn
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Sunday Morning Sermon: Trust in God's Judgment or A Cry for Justice for the Unborn
Psalm 11
1 In the LORD I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain"? 2 For look! The wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. 3 If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do? 4 The LORD is in His holy temple, The LORD's throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. 5 The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. 6 Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup. 7 For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.

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Summary evidence of Christian influence upon early America
FRIDAY, JULY 04, 2014
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Christians decry modern historical errors, pointing to historical facts that our founders were specifically conservative Christians. Yet, how many conservative Christians know that it was not a generic conservative Christianity that substantially...
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Family-integrated churches properly defended
THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014
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Christian liberty is not merely freedom from man-made laws. It means that although I have the right to do or not do an activity not forbidden by God, I also have the obligation to uphold that liberty for others. It is the responsibility of those...
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Family integrated church talk at Presbytery of Midwest seminar, March 20
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
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The Presbytery of the Mid-West of the Orthodox Presbyterian Churchis hosting a talk on the family integrated church movement by localPastor Shawn Mathis . The seminar will be March 20, at 7PM, at New Covenant Community Church in New Lenox,...
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Reflection on essay, Homeschool Apostates
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013
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There are series of jokes passed around on the internet from time to time: You know your are a homeschooler when…Your teacher wears PJs.Your stacks of books to check out is taller than the librarian.Your first real date is on your...
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Review of The Cross, Billy Graham's last movie
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2013
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Billy Graham is known world-wide as a preacher. So it is quite the change to see him in his new movie,The Cross, sitting in a comfortable chair, talking with his audience. It was his same old come-to-Jesus message but packaged in the new internet...
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How to respond to Doug Phillip's admission and resignation
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2013
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With Mr. Phillip's recent public admission of an "inappropriate relationship" with another woman, there has been much speculation on internet websites and blogs. Not all the speculation is coming from those who disagree with his approach...
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Legal harassment of Christians in America
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2013
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For Christians the future of America is looking grim. Imagine an America of tomorrow where: Christians are forced out of public service industries--photography, hotels, etc.--and many government jobs because discriminatory laws force the selling...
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Celebrating the Christian roots of July 4th
THURSDAY, JULY 04, 2013
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This Fourth of July may be a somber time for Christians as they reflect upon the demise of traditional marriage, the waning influence of common sense and the rise of raw paganism. But it is, in fact, a time to praise God for His goodness to...
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Homeschooling academic success exaggerated for years
FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013
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A recent Breitbart news article continues to propagate exaggerated claims of homeschooling academic superiority. Quoting an older article that summarized various unsubstantiated claims about homeschoolers in general, the Breitbart article garnered...
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Four more years of Obama
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2012
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What will the next four years of an Obama presidency be like? To know the future one must investigate the past. In this case, the place to start is with his own words: "Implicit in [the Constitution] structure, in the very idea of ordered liberty,...
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