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Christian High School Student Suspended for Sharing Faith

In Family, Political Issues on April 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm

The No. 1 selling book of all time -- not welcome at Gateway High

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. — 2 Timothy 3:12

The persecution of Christians in America continues to swell. But now some are challenging it. Kenneth Dominguez a 16 year old High School student at Gateway East High School in El Cajon, California was suspended in January 2010 for sharing the Gospel with his friends in school and defying an order from a school administrator to not bring his Bible onto school grounds. As the Christian Post reports, Dominguez is now suing the school for its punishment.

At the time of the suspension, Dominguez was a newly saved believer, who was excited about his faith and wanted to share it with his friends at school. Upon his return from Christmas break, he did just that. But soon he was reprimanded by a school official and told not to discuss the Gospel because of “separation of church and state.”

According to the attorney from the Pacific Justice Institute, which is representing Dominguez in this case, the young Christian man was not disrupting any school procedures. He did not preach during class or shout out to anyone. He limited his witnessing of the Gospel to his lunch time as he sat with his friends. There were also no complaints from any other students or staff about Dominguez.

After the warning, Dominguez continued to share the Gospel and bring his Bible to school. He was then informed by the administrator that he was not allowed to bring his Bible onto school grounds. When he continued to bring it, he was issued a two-day suspension.
As the article stated:

Defending the student, attorney Michael J. Peffer, who heads PJI’s Southern California office, contended, “No student should be forced to leave his faith and Bible at the gate when he enters school grounds. We are looking forward to this opportunity to vindicate Mr. Dominguez and protect students throughout California.”

It seems ludicrous that a school would prevent students from bringing books they like to read onto school grounds. In addition to this being a clear violation of this young man’s free speech based on the facts presented, it presents a greater spiritual issue. Many public schools all over the United States are seeking to silence the voice of Christian students as they attempt to erase any reference to the God of the Bible or Jesus Christ completely. Even though at the same time, public schools are catering to Muslim students by providing foot baths and prayer rooms for them to use during the school day, Christians are not even permitted to speak about their faith. How do prayer rooms for the Muslim faith not be an issue of “separation of church and state”?

Such hypocrisy is just the result of a spirit that is growing in this age. And that spirit wants the church silenced and the Word of God removed from American society — which of course will allow sin to flourish. We do not have to “fight” the system, God fights for us. But we do have to preach the Word as we are commanded by Jesus Christ our Lord. And Christians need to stand on their faith be ready at any moment to boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for this young man to keep his faith through this time and for the success of his lawsuit. And also pray to God for your own faith to keep sharing His message of love and eternal life in an age where the stakes for even speaking about it are getting much higher.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
— 2 Timothy 4:3

Arizona Town Bans Bible Study

In Persecuted Church, Political Issues on March 23, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Biblical Principles

Proverbs 25:29 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Matthew 5:10 10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Well the time of outright American persecution seems to have arrived. The story of a the town of Gilbert Arizona banning home Bible studies of town residents has been getting a decent of media coverage. Here is a basic summary:

In November 2009, Oasis of Truth Church was ordered in a letter from a Gilbert code compliance officer to stop church meetings in Pastor Joe Sutherland’s home, based on the town’s Land Development Code. The officer was not responding to a complaint, but to signs he came across near Sutherland’s home about the meetings.

The town contends that, under its zoning code, churches within its borders cannot have any home meetings of any size, including Bible studies, three-person church leadership meetings, and potluck dinners. This ban is defended based upon traffic, parking, and building safety concerns. However, nothing in its zoning code prevents weekly Cub Scouts meetings, Monday Night Football parties with numerous attendees, or large business parties from being held on a regular basis in private homes. In fact, the zoning code explicitly allows some day cares to operate from homes.

The Alliance Defense Fund, a legal advocacy group that has done great work over the past several years to defend the rights of Christians in America, has now filed an appeal to overturn the town’s decision. The ruling on this is expected today. But the message is clear: there are actual concerted effort to truly limit the Free Exercise of Christianity in America.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The law appears to be on the side of the Church.

When the Apostles were ordered by the authorities to stop preaching in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior they made their feelings clear:
5:27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, 5:28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Christians do not need to form their own government, secede or start any type of revolution. We also do not need to fight anyone. That is not what Jesus did on Earth and its certainly not what He commanded us to do. But He did command us to worship God, to believe on Him, to care for others and to share the Gospel. And we are to study our Word and pray with each other. And these are things that we should never have to compromise because of a “law.” I pray for the town of Gilbert to repeal this ordinance and for believers nation-wide to see this disturbing trend and increase their faith and devotion for the days ahead.