Tuesday, January 13, 2015
ATLANTA FIRE CHIEF PERSECUTED AND FIRED FOR SPEAKING TRUTH ABOUT SEXUAL SINS
WE ARE CHRISTIANS WE WILL BE TREATED THE SAME.
2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5 (WHY WE ARE PERSECUTED BY THE WORLD)
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous (DANGEROUS) times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me (JESUS) before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
1 PETER 4:16-19
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain(BEHEADED) for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands;(WILLINGLY-THEY CHOSE THE IMPLANT) and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL) will be a wild man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)
Anti-Gay Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran Says He Was Fired Over His Christian Faith-January 11, 2015 | Miss Andry
We’re barely into 2015 and we already have another example of so-called anti-Christian persecution. Like Pastors Donald and Evelyn Knapp before him, and Phil Robertson before them, and Scott Lively before him, former Atlanta, Georgia Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran believes he is a victim of vicious anti-Christian bigotry. The reason? Well, I’ll let Kelvin Cochran (aided by Todd Starnes and other Christian Rightists) tell his side of the story first. Via Fox News:[N]ow Chief Cochran’s storied career is up in smoke – all because of a book he wrote for a men’s Bible study group at his Baptist church.Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Tuesday that Cochran had been fired. The announcement came on the same day Cochran was supposed to return to work following a 30-day suspension.“The LGBT members of our community have a right to be able to express their views and convictions about sexuality and deserve to be respected for their position without hate or discrimination,” Cochran told me in an exclusive interview. “But Christians also have a right to express our belief regarding our faith and be respected for our position without hate and without discrimination. In the United States, no one should be vilified, hated or discriminated against for expressing their beliefs.”Cochran had been suspended in November because of a passage he wrote about homosexuality in a book titled, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” The book’s theme is about biblical morality.Cochran wants to make clear that he does not hate anyone.“The essence of the Christian faith is a love without condition, sir,” he told me. “I have demonstrated that love in the fire service for 34 years. There’s not any person of any people group that has interacted with me for any measure of time that can say I have hate or disregard or discrimination in my heart for any people group.”Cochran’s plight has drawn condemnation from a number of religious groups across Georgia including the influential Georgia Baptist Convention.“This is appalling,” said Robert White, president of the Georgia Baptist Convention. “This has everything to do with his religious beliefs.”White told me he believes the mayor succumbed to pressure from the city’s LGBT community.“It’s a frightening day in the United States when a person cannot express their faith without fears of persecution following,” he told me. “It’s persecution when a godly fire chief loses his job over expressing his Christian faith.”
And don’t go feeling sorry for Chief Cochran.“I’m not discouraged and I’m not downtrodden,” he said. “This is a God thing and He’s going to do great things and He will vindicate me publicly.”Believe me, I do not feel sorry for (former) Chief Cochran, because there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Although Starnes’ article focuses primarily on Cochran’s good, “godly” character, he isn’t telling the whole story.In 2013 Cochran wrote his book Who Told You That You Were Naked?, and in it, he not only publicly identified himself as Atlanta’s fire chief, but stated that his top priority as fire chief was “to cultivate [the fire department’s] culture to the glory of God.” His book, as noted by Starnes, possessed rabidly anti-gay content, such as referring to homosexuality as a “sexual perversion” akin to “pederasty” and “bestiality.” Elsewhere in the book, he wrote that “naked men refuse to give in, so they pursue sexual fulfillment through multiple partners, with the opposite sex, the same sex and sex outside of marriage and many other vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.”Moreover, he personally handed out copies of his book to some of his employees.For a public official this is, at a bare minimum, deeply inappropriate. Think of it this way, how would you, as an LGBT or non-Christian employee, feel about your boss holding fundamentalist and homophobic beliefs? How would you feel if that same boss gave you self-published literature about your “sinful” ways? How about if you were the owner of an Atlanta gay bar and needed the fire department’s aid? Would you be confident that they would treat you fairly and impartially? That the fire chief would work to help you, in spite of his belief that you’re no better than someone who has sex with children and animals? I for one would doubt that he could treat me in a fair, unbiased manner. I doubt that Mr. Cochran could refrain from discriminating against LGBT, atheist and other non-Christian employees or constituents. At least if I lived in Atlanta, it would be in the back of my mind. What we have is a case of inappropriate behavior on the part of a public official. Not a case of anti-Christian persecution. As Jay Bookman of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution wrote:If Cochran had instead written a pro-gay, anti-Christian diatribe and shared it with his employees, would practicing, devout conservative Christians in his department feel confident that they would not be discriminated against? My sense is that they would worry — correctly — that he had created a hostile work environment. If he were an adherent of Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, and if he distributed Black Muslim pamphlets to the men and women who work for him, would the Georgia Baptist Convention defend that action under the banner of religious liberty? Bookman is entirely correct in his assessment. Just don’t expect Todd Starnes to catch on any time soon.