I have the honor to speak again at this year’s Men’s Rewired Conference. This year’s conference is divided up into “Truth Tracks.” My Truth Track is: Becoming Men of Truth and Integrity in God’s Divine Intent for Sexuality. This truth track will encourage men to embrace God’s divine intent for their sexuality. The goal will be to embrace the Father’s truth and to be equipped with practical Biblical steps for freedom where one walks with consistent relational and sexual integrity. This will be a call of opening up one’s secret world of thinking before God, and then eventually before men who are safe to confess. We will discuss many verses of the Bible and in the discussion bringing practical application of the word of God so it becomes alive and active in the soul; not merely hearing the law being proclaimed. It is imperative that the word of God is received relationally in the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome all forms of sexual sin. When Romans 6:12-14 & Romans 12:1-2 is lived out in the power of God’s transformative–grace by the Holy Spirit, God’s Word and His perfect Ways bring about change and joy in men’s lives!
“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:12-14
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
Key Verse: God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…, So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Imago Dei). Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it…” (Gen. 1:26a, 1:27a).
Identify: Knowing the amazing plan and gift of God in ‘Imago Dei’ (the image of God in male and female) and His Divine Intent for Human Sexuality. The goal of God is for men to be conquerors in the divine romance.
Immerse: Exploring the Biblical Truths to impart the power (grace) of God in a world that has made sexual sin normal.
I will be one of several speakers this year’s Men Rewired Conference. I look forward to sharing these four truth tracks: Identify, Immerse, Share and Endure. These tracks will empower us in overcoming common struggles and enduring as men of integrity in our sexuality.
The conference takes place in southern Oklahoma in the beautiful Arbuckle Mountains at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Centers. (Here is my complete Handout for ALL four Tracks).
MAN TALK from Men’s Rewired 2015
“If GOP leadership doesn’t understand the basics in Genesis of Imago Dei and human sexuality, they don’t get my support as it is depraved to believe homosexuality is acceptable behavior. Used to be the abortion issue that was politically incorrect, however now homosexuality becomes a litmus test of dividing between conservative character and those who are playing politician.
It is politically incorrect to be for traditional natural marriage, and call homosexuality sin.
You will know them by their fruit of political correctness – their belief on homosexuality.
I want a leader of courage and godly character.”
2011 and last year, 2012 were very difficult years in my life. Filled with great pain! My wife and I endured the most painful thing one can endure, the death of an adult child. Our Charity Hope went to be with Jesus Christ our Lord on April 24, 2012. I feel like I am just now coming out of a fog of grief. Understandably I have not put energy into this blog site, blogging or writing. As a parent, you never fully recover; you learn a new ‘normal’ much like an amputee, or someone suffering with PTSD.
Before April 20, 2012 when our daughter was suddenly admitted to the hospital, I was also dealing with the heartbreaking decisions of many in the Church at large to embrace an emergent theology. I was in personal discussions (Matt. 18:15-20) with many leaders in the United States concerning the ‘new directions’ that are embracing of a non-culture effectiveness “staying out of policy and politics” and a shift in an emergent antinomianism theological belief systems; turning the grace of God into a license for sin. These discussions were with believers I once walked with in ministry across the USA. There was a lot of grief in the division in ministry, much like the grief in a church split. Therefore I did not give much time to writing, perhaps this will change in the near future, I hope so.
If you can sympathize, prayer covering is sincerely appreciated, thank you, Sincerely, Stephen Black
I have received some very interesting emails about my previous post.
Let me clarify again; I am not trying to communicate that Carrie Prejean is to be compared to the godliness of an Esther or that her sacrifice of giving up the Miss USA crown is the same level of sacrifice as Ether’s submission to an evil king. This post should be read in context with Pastor McPherson’s message and Carrie’s behind the scene testimony.
This blog post went up because I merely find it amusing and interesting how this issue – (A Biblical Standard of Holiness) was brought to National attention; it took a 21 year old “beauty queen” persecuted by a gay activist – Prez Hilton, a silent Donald Trump, and the gay sympathizing Ms. USA judge panel bias. Another reason for this post was the amusing and sad part of this whole account; that this wasn’t brought to National attention by the CHURCH or godly men.
I find it interesting that I received emails from hateful gay blog bullies and religious folks who are unwilling to come out of the shadows to actually talk to me and reveal their identities but are content to spew their hate and religious talk.
I close with this thought. My original post was not an endorsement of Carrie Prejean’s past behavior of taking photos half nude or even being a beauty queen. However it is about a mere observation of a 21 year old, growing adult, willing to come full circle and surrender a pageant title to her faith in God and her personal belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. This took a lot of courage, and unfortunately it is more courage than many pastors. I am still waiting on the pastors who are unwilling to speak out against this new President’s pro-gay agenda; the very pastors that endorsed Obama and voted for him as President; as this President has set this country into a new level of homosexual acceptance. Sadly it seems there has been more courage displayed in this “beauty-queen” than most “Christian” men in the Church who are unwilling to take a public STAND about these social issues of our day.
However Pastor McPherson gave us very good reminder that we are to STAND!
This is very good advice given to me from a friend who has an avid use of the Internet in blogging and dealing with trolls. Don’t give a morsel or a bone! “Don’t feed the trolls!” Feeding is responding back to their craziness! DNFTT! They will only harass you more and use what ever you say against you, as they have no interest for mature or professional dialog, they’re bullies.
What is a troll? A troll is an internet bully(s) who insists on being a nuisance by attacking and writing distorted, untrue and hateful things about you in a newsgroup or on a blog – or somewhere on the Internet. They will usually contact you through emails, comments on a blog and will try to stir up controversy through blog postings. When individuals or groups continuing in this behavior it is called trolling. Unfortunately it can also develop into what is stalking.
There are groups of people who are watching ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who are watching ex-gay leaders with stalker mentalities and even incitements to assassinate a person’s character. It can become difficult when a troll becomes a stalker, and legal action must be taken. I really appreciate godly lawyers who desire help people in ministry. There are good lawyers with the Alliance Defense Fund, Thomas More Law Center, and then there are local lawyers who have been very helpful to me and to First Stone Ministries. There are groups of liberal blog bullies and trolls who actually advocate for stalking or suggest ways to actually trouble Christian conservatives, ex-gay ministry leaders and their staffs.
Truly we are living in new days when those who screamed the loudest for tolerance are now become some of the most intolerant hateful people in our society. Some people are actually becoming violent in adolescent demands as has been reported in the news with the riots in California over Proposition 8 in this last election in November. Ironically these are people who actually cry out, “no to hate” and yet are very people who are demonstrated extremely hateful behavior, crying out for the burning down of churches and the killing of Christians, and then demand hate crimes legislation for preservation for themselves. This would be laughable if it were not so insanely dangerous. It seems that anarchy has begun in California with recent events in Oakland, CA, the city next door to San Francisco, and this of course where a Christian missionary was beaten with her own Bible and kicked repeatedly for merely singing worship songs on the streets with her group in the gay Montrose District of San Francisco.
I have encountered several mean-spirited gay activists and blog bullies in the past few years. However, 2008-2009 has given me some extra experience than in past years. Most of these new experience started after sharing my story in finding freedom from homosexuality and sharing my feelings about free speech at the Oklahoma State Capitol on April 2, 2008. I have also had more experiences after posting my personal beliefs here on my personal blog, and after writing articles about freedom from homosexuality. I am grieved, but not surprised at the level of hate that has been spewed out at me and First Stone Ministries, the staff, volunteers, even my wife and children from people who claim to be so tolerant. It is sad how other Christian and ex-gay leaders through the country are being treated. I could write for an hour telling the stories.
Bottom line, if you share something contrary or in opposition to the politically correct liberal leftist position about homosexuality, there is NO tolerance of your views. Freedom of speech for the Christian is coming to an end IF the liberal left have their way. It has become clear that tolerance is only for those who have the gay political point of view. Accept homosexuality as normal, or you are a bigot, and a hate monger. So ironically intolerance is coming from the groups of people who demanded tolerance. There is no room for tolerance for conservative Bible believing ministries like First Stone, Focus on the Family, Exodus International, and scores of many other Christian organizations with who are in opposition to politically gay-agenda-minded motivated groups. The Internet is full of personal blogs of gay men/woman and gay organizations who wish the demise of Christian organizations.
DFTT! – Don’t feed the trolls, and sound advice from my lawyers: document everything, keep everything, start filing police reports and get a team of lawyers.
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Recently I had an opportunity to read, The Shack. It was wonderful. It was every bit as good as I had been told by others who told me it was a “must read.” I concur, this book really is a must read! It was excellent.
This story will especially speak to those who have experience great adversity, traumatic events and profound grief. Unfortunately and fortunately I have experienced all three; unfortunately because pain is never fun and you would never wish it upon anyone, but fortunately – because the Father in Heaven has used very painful events in my life to shape me and cause me to grow more in Him and be more compassionate. I love God’s ways. They truly are so different than the ways of man, the flesh, the world and demons.
The Shack for me was a journey to know God more intimately, and to know Him through the real and possible tragedies of this life. This book is fiction. However, the life-like quality of the story had many readers convinced it must be a true story and to initially seek out the author to know the main character – “Mack” or “Mackenzie.” Yet no person exists as the book is indeed a beautiful authored work of fiction. Though it is fiction the Biblical truths of an intimacy with God to be sought after is compelling and heart burning. You will not be disappointed by this story. I am excited to see what the movie will be like. I hope it is as full of the wonderment from pages processed in the heart and mind of the soul reading, it was fantastic!
My experience in reading this book: I was able to grieve, laugh, meditate, pray a lot, process my own abuses, get angry with the characters and remember my own anger, and fantasize about being with the Father in great joy. I was also able to look into my own life brokenness and experience great joy in knowing the depths of healing, freedom and forgiveness. Truly this book is about reconciliation and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book – actually it is a “must read.” This would be a wonderful Christmas gift. God bless you as you read, THE SHACK.