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Since 2002, LAF has refuted the follies of feminism and promoted a strong, intelligent, biblical view of womanhood. We love femininity and are delighted to share the beauties of the womanly virtues with women all over the world. New to LAF? Start here! Looking for older articles? Please visit the archives!

Marriage equality? What about equality for kids?

March 9, 2015 | Author:

[Editor’s note: The premise in this article that grants a right to free speech should be questioned. I think it’s fair to say that the broadcasting of abominable acts which often coincide with such parades, the representation of abominable acts that are in and of themselves defiling should be considered sinful and unlawful]

The 37th Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras last Saturday was one of the best-publicised events in Sydney’s social calendar. About 10,000 people participated, with 150 floats chugging through the gay district. An estimated 200,000 watched the spectacle…

Three local TV channels broadcast live coverage of the sexually-explicit activities, which have become so much a part of Sydney life  that they hardly provoke hostile comments any more.

But this year there was a protest.

Channel 7 and Channel 9, two commercial stations, and SBS, a government-funded station, agreed to broadcast a 40-second advertisement from the Australian Marriage Forum which criticised same-sex marriage during their coverage. (The YouTube version has gone viral and has been viewed about 200,000 times.)

The commercial stations lived up to their agreement, but SBS buckled under pressure and cancelled the ad the day before the event. “I’ve unfortunately been instructed to advise you that we choose not to run this TVC for the Marriage Forum during the Mardi Gras telecast,” an SBS official told the head of the Australian Marriage Forum, Dr David van Gend.

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Moving the Ancient Boundaries by Andrea Schwartz

March 9, 2015 | Author:

By Andrea Schwartzboundaries
March 9, 2015

Mankind has always been faced with a choice:  either accept God’s terms (and His definitions of terms), or construct independent and self-serving ones. When a culture constructs new ways of referring to Biblical concepts, it is evidence that it is in active rebellion against God and its laws and conduct will reflect such rebellion. When the people of God succumb to altered definitions and modern adjustments to God’s Word, the results are detrimental and decidedly wicked. What’s more, issues that are clear-cut in the Bible and clearly defined in Scripture become muddied and unnecessarily complex.

In the law of God as given to Moses and fulfilled (put into force) by Christ, certain behaviors are deemed capital offenses. This means that God requires the death penalty to be imposed by the civil government on people who commit these crimes. In addition to the justice demanded by God for these crimes, the death penalty also purges evil from among the people. Yet in our day and age, due to antinomian compromise within the church and outright humanism in the secular world, we have replaced Biblical terms with euphemistic ones and compounded the problem by inserting the concept of “mitigating circumstances” to areas where the Scripture speaks plainly and clearly.

An example of this is the term “fornication.” In Scripture this refers to and umbrellas any sexual behavior that is outside the bounds of godly, covenant marriage between a man and a woman. R.J. Rushdoony notes,

In Proverbs, all extra-marital sexuality is condemned, and the counsels concerning the evils of prostitution, adultery, and premarital sexuality are all given as age-old wisdom and implicit in God’s law. Marital chastity is declared to be the standard (Prov. 5:1–23). It is presented, not as an impoverishing life, but as a well-spring of joy and health to man’s being.1

Some like to posit a different set of rules under the New Covenant. There is no Biblical basis for this antinomian perspective,

The New  Testament forbad all non-marital sexual intercourse, and pre-marital relations therefore as well, without any concern other than to restate the Biblical law for Greek and Roman converts (Acts 15:20, 29; 21:25; Rom. 1:29, 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:13, 18; 7:2). Christ forbad the thoughts leading to it (Matt. 5:28).

Clearly then, Biblical law is designed to create a familistic society, and the central social offense is to strike at the life of the family. Adultery is thus placed on the same level as murder, in that it is a murderous act against the central social institution of a healthy culture.2

As adultery requires the death penalty under God’s law, so too do other specific acts of fornication: rape, homosexuality, and incest. But today these transgressions of the law are given euphemisms in our modern culture. Adultery is sanitized to “having an affair.” Rape has lost much of its meaning due to promiscuity being the norm rather than the exception, not to mention how in some circles, any act of sex between a man and a woman is deemed rape depending on the mindset of the woman.3 And, words such as “gay” and “queer” have replaced the term homosexual that is used in Scripture.  Parents or parent-figures are said to have molested or abused their children—terms not found in Scripture—rather than having committed incest with them and by extension adultery against their spouse if they are married. Add to this the societal conditioning, where perjury is expected, yet rarely prosecuted, not to mention that the death penalty is all but extinct. Is it any wonder that within and without the church there seems to be no end of the reports of gross sexual misconduct?  In truth, the people of God often prove helpless in separating the fact from the fiction and have no inkling as to how to apply God’s law to these situations. (more…)

Double Indiginity: Scientists transplant organs from aborted babies into rats for future harvest.

March 9, 2015 | Author:

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[Editor’s Note: There is debate as to whether or not this is even possible. Discussion has been going on for sometime about organ harvesting and the necessity of the host to be alive before organs can be harvested. Either way the idea is in the minds of the medical community and as this article points out, will lead to more atrocious practices in future. I have wondered why with medicine advanced as it is that abortion procedures are as archaic as they are. With this evil in mind I don’t think it is impossible for a push for c-section abortions or some similar where in organs are preserved. The tender mercies of the wicked are indeed cruel.]

(CNSNews.com) – Live Science reported in January on research being done by scientists at Ganogen, Inc., a biotech company in California, that transplants organs from aborted babies into lab rats with the goal of growing them for use in patients who need organ transplants.

“Researchers say they have developed a new technique that will get more kidneys to people who need transplants, but the method is sure to be controversial: The research shows that it is feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus, and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size,” the Jan. 21 article stated.

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BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?
Abortion: A Rational Look At An Emotional Issue
A Biblical Worldview On Abortion
Blood Money: Getting Rich Off a Woman’s Right to Choose
Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line (Focus on the Family Books)
The Heidi Group
Rescued: The Heart of Adoption and Caring for Orphans
Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood
Won by Love: Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe V. Wade, Speaks Out for the Unborn As She Shares Her New Conviction for Life

Review: The Monstrous Regiment of Women

March 7, 2015 | Author:

In their documentary,  The Monstrous Regiment of Women, Colin and Emily Gunn have produced an incredible, well-researched, articulate, and powerful expose’ of feminism, its agenda, and its far-reaching, destructive influence on society. They do not just dwell on the negative, however, but give hope by standing firmly on God’s Holy Word and revealing His high esteem of, and plan for, women.

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Singleness And the Sovereignty of God

March 6, 2015 | Author:

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By Pastor Scott Brown, of Hope Baptist Church

His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence. (Mat 19:10-15)

When these words were given, our Lord was teaching his disciples about what the kingdom of heaven is all about and as we have been walking our Lord’s explanation we can see what a wonderful kingdom it is and how good it is to live in the kingdom that is governed by God the father, by the Son the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God. The Lord has just finished correcting the disciples view of marriage and then their view of divorce because they’ve become so saturated with a bunch of wrong ideas about marriage and divorce that the Lord sets the record straight, takes them back to the scriptures to establish the foundational principles of marriage and divorce.

He turns from the foundational principles of marriage and divorce and the issues of singleness, and we’ll spend most of our time there, and of children. (more…)

Western Culture, ISIS, and the Longings of the Heart

March 6, 2015 | Author:

BBC News UK

BBC News UK

Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase, and Shamima Begum seemed like three typical teenage girls; they grew up in normal middle-class families, went to high school at an academy in London, and enjoyed spending time with their friends at the mall. Then they made headlines in news outlets worldwide when they left their country and their families last month and traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State. Their teachers and school friends were horrified to learn that these three straight-A students had run away to a war-torn country with the intention of marrying ISIS fighters, and the rest of the western world was equally shocked by the story.

They weren’t the first young women to run away from home to join up with ISIS, however; and it’s almost certain they won’t be the last. While it’s impossible to know exact numbers, it has been estimated that up to 500 young women have traveled to Syria so far in order to join this radical Islamist group. These three teenage girls aren’t an anomaly—they’re part of a dangerous and growing movement that requires our attention. What causes these young women to go from teenagers concerned with homework to terrorists concerned with holy war? What makes girls from typical western families leave everything behind in order to become jihadi brides?

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5 Myths to Let Die in 2015

March 6, 2015 | Author:

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© Ah, the Life… Design

Feminist Christina Hoff Sommers sets Feminism straight.

If we’re genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women, we need to get the facts straight.

Much of what we hear about the plight of American women is false. Some faux facts have been repeated so often they are almost beyond the reach of critical analysis. Though they are baseless, these canards have become the foundation of Congressional debates, the inspiration for new legislation and the focus of college programs. Here are five of the most popular myths that should be rejected by all who are genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women.

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The Effects of Marriage vs. Cohabitation On Crime

March 3, 2015 | Author:

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In Florida, it is still technically illegal for an unmarried man and woman to live together, but that might be about to change.

Senator Eleanor Sobel recently filed a bill to repeal the outdated law, which CBS reports “has been on the books for decades,” in spite of a 2011 attempt to change it. Ms. Sobel’s bill “would also remove a provision that allows a judge to prevent a parent from having contact with their child if they are convicted of breaking the cohabitation law.”

As many view cohabitation as the new marriage, this story made few headlines. But new research indicates that many states and municipalities have more of a reason for interest than they might realize in this seemingly innocuous behavior of their constituents.

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Recommended Resources
The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective
She Shall Be Called Woman: Victoria Botkin’s Study of Practical Wisdom From Scripture for the 21st Century Woman
The Ministry of Marriage
Marrying Well: Practical Wisdom on Courtship for Parents and Children
Family Reformation

Kids Aren’t Expensive But Greed Is

February 28, 2015 | Author:

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[Editor’s note: Your kids don’t even know who the Jones family is but unmistakably they’ll be dazzled by all the things they see around them, all the activities they see others doing and it’s easy to let them pull on our heart strings. Couple that with what we see in other families and what appears to be a different economic level than us and we start to believe it’s true, raising kids ‘right’ without cutting corners is impossibly expensive. When we measure ourselves by ourselves, we not only find we will always fall short of someone else but we’ll fall into the trap of setting goals and pursuing ambitions that may have nothing to do with our own families and God’s particular calling for us. We’re also essentially defining ourselves by man and man’s ever changing culturally influenced standard of success rather than God’s standard for mankind. In a success driven culture it’s important to remember that we’re called to be primarily faithful and in so much that the Lord blesses our faithfulness with prosperity to work His own ends we’ll enjoy it.

The author rightly points out that children will seem expensive if we have a material view of life. Materialism will set us at odds with our children and child bearing. Children become an accessory and our material lives are the show case. But children are not pets. Having children will cut into our own materialistic desires and while some remedy the frustration by not having children, we’ve found that some of the happiest, self-less, well rounded, culturally influential and highly educated kids come from having a focus on God and his kingdom. A supernatural god’s design and intents for man is much better than a superhero or a super-exaggerated, hyper-inflated lifestyle.

Consequently, it doesn’t take money to be materialistic. It just takes an unchecked sin nature and an earthly self-glorifying ambition.]

My husband and I have always wanted a lot of kids. (Of course, “a lot” is a relative term, depending what your social circles look like, but for the purpose of this post, we’re going to call “a lot” more than 3. Ha.) Over the last 6 years, when we’ve made our feelings known, we’ve often been met with one particular phrase: Kids are so expensive!!

Well, on the one hand, I suppose they are. Depending on your particular situation – medical bills, dental care, school tuition, etc. all definitely add up. So I’m not trying to be flippant with what I’m about to say, but I do think it’s an important distinction to be made when one is saying how “expensive” children are.

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Three Decades of Fertility
Start Your Family: Inspiration for Having Babies
The Ministry of Marriage

The Difficulty of Admitting We Want to Be Married

February 28, 2015 | Author:

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell

[Editor’s Note: It’s okay to want to get married. Feminism has made it seem a crime. But the Lord has designed us for it and calls us to it. Pity is a dangerous thing, don’t accept it. Self-pity is an addicting sin. It breeds discontentment, insatiable self-interest, makes you emotionally needy, weak and annoying to others, and it feeds the notion that God is not sovereign which leads to faithlessness. You can rest assure that as soon as you feel sorry for yourself, you’ll tell someone. Keep in mind that there isn’t a single person on this plant that doesn’t have something they could sorrow over. Whenever you’re feeling sorry for yourself purpose to go do something selfless for someone in need. If you are taking practical, emotionally mature steps toward helping yourself get married, when people hear of your desire to marry they’ll resist pitying you and instead be inspired by your example. They may even help you find the spouse you’re looking for.]

By Jennifer Adams and Boundless

She looked at me wanting to know what I wanted to do with my life. We were merely acquaintances meeting for a meal and a chance to get to know each other better. She continued, “If you could do anything you wanted, what would you do?” There was nothing about her that suggested I couldn’t trust her with the truth. In that moment I should have said, “I want to be a wife and mom. I want to serve in ministry in the context of a family. I want to be an example of Christ in a marriage, my marriage.” But those words were not the words that came out of my mouth. In all honesty, I’m not sure what I said. I probably said something about wanting to serve in ministry or about wanting to work with young pregnant teens or maybe even about wanting to help in the fight against trafficking. I don’t know. I do know I left off the part about wanting to be married.

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Recommended Resources
Marrying Well: Practical Wisdom on Courtship for Parents and Children
Family Reformation
The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective

Newly Wed Thoughts: Does Culture Influence Marriage?

February 27, 2015 | Author:

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www.raanetwork.org

In 2012, Steven James Dixon, relationship expert and author, wrote a short piece titled, “Why I Married a Black Woman” for Essence. In it Dixon, a black man, lists a string of reasons why he “had to have me a sister”, most of which pointed to cultural similarities. He wants to marry “someone who understands that Thanksgiving means collard greens, cornbread, peach cobbler and honey ham” or his need to have “somebody to watch Love Jones with me.”

The article was most helpful towards the end, in its exhortation to black men and our relationships with black women. Dixon tells black men, “when you attack the Black woman, you attack yourself. When you look at her, you should see your mother, your sister, your aunt, your niece, your likeness.”

But I thought what preceded this conclusion painted a monolithic picture of black women and black men, for that matter. It assumed cultural preferences and unintentionally defines what being black means.

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The Ministry of Marriage
What He Must Be: …If He Wants to Marry My Daughter
Joyfully at Home: A Book for Young Ladies on Vision and Hope
Feminine by Design

Correct thinking about singleness – SermonAudio.com

February 26, 2015 | Author:

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In this message, Scott Brown reveals some important matters that single Christians need to consider as they navigate the sometimes difficult waters of singleness. First, he begins by speaking of the times we live and the questions and problems that modern single living presents. Second, he identifies important matters of the culture you build in your church that are either a blessing or harmful to singles. Third, he speaks of the kind of preparations that singles need to make to get themselves ready for marriage. Fourth, he explains some of the critical things that Jesus spoke on singleness. Finally, he reveals the most important matter for understanding the single years – the sovereignty of God.

via Correct thinking about singleness – SermonAudio.com.

Recommended Resources
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Family Reformation
The Blessed Marriage

An Old Problem, a New Enemy: Why We Don’t Love Home

February 24, 2015 | Author:

I think often about that woman in the Bible, the woman hanging out in Proverbs 31, the model for a godly woman. She does many things, wears many hats.

But one thing she does well, one thing is her priority: her home, husband and children. Her other pursuits fall around that.

“She looks well to the ways of her home, she is not idle…” Prov. 31:27

Somewhere along the way, a few generations back, the priority of homes, children and husbands took a backseat to promised fulfillment. Women became lured by the sirens of career, accolades and accomplishment, and the daily, hard, sleeve-rolling work became more mundane and distasteful in light of the exciting, interesting activity available. Women became distracted from their families because, quite frankly, family work is lackluster.

That was disconcerting enough.

But something looms dangerously familiar, now, even in homes where for a time, women had returned as stout, home-builders.

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A Vision For Homeschooling

February 24, 2015 | Author:

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I remember the day we decided pull our daughter out of school. The day we “made it public”—this decision to homeschool.

I.Was.Terrified. Really. My knees were knocking as I walk[ed] into our oldest daughter’s grade school. I liked her teacher. I had no complaints, really, except that we knew in our hearts there was something missing.

We longed for more. More shared experiences. More tailored education. A greater focus on the Creator of the beauty that surrounded us. A desire to dig deeper into family life. More story time. More field trips. Less rushing to go our separate ways every morning. More LIFE.

That was fifteen years ago. Our beautiful second grader is now a beautiful wife and is expecting her own child this year. Time goes by fast.

In the past fifteen years, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the homeschool community. There is much more pressure being put on homeschoolers to excel academically. We’ve gone from a few brave moms who, without access to mainstream “curriculum”, managed to give their children an excellent education—but we’ve forgotten what made it excellent.

It was excellent because these moms had a vision for homeschooling—they weren’t trying to re-create school at home. They were simply being obedient to the One who had called them to be different. They knew that if He had called them, He would equip them. And they were right.

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Curriculum Advice, Vol. 1
Curriculum Advice Vol. 2
Chucking College: Achieving Success Without Corruption
Pajama School – stories from the life of a homeschool graduate

Sociologist Becomes Stay-At-Home Mom

February 23, 2015 | Author:

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[Editor’s Note: Grateful for this article. If we prepare ourselves for being keepers of our homes and families we’ll have the opportunity to disciple and educate our children as well. Much of what we regularly outsource can be done by us. Outsourcing our labors can also be turned into home businesses and family economies where children will learn a business and work ethic along side you and surprisingly, they’ll love it in place of hours, days, and weeks on end of being entertained and engaging in fruitless activities.]

Firstly, we need for mothers to recognize the value that the work of the home has and its impact. We need to value the little things that we do each day in the home, and do them out of love, with a spirit of service, thinking of others, of our loved ones and our society. Too often we attribute more value to formal, well-paid work as recognized by society, and we forget the true worth of the little acts that we carry out in the comfort of our homes.

Secondly, we need to recognize the value of our role as parents. We need to dedicate time everyday to doing things better. It is worth it to invest in our family.

The home is where the child learns to be a person, to socialize with those around them and with society. It is in the home where values are learned, where children learn to be independent and responsible, and where their basic needs are met. Our children are the adults of the society of the future.

This is where we can start building a better society. It is the cradle of society, where people learn, internalize values and acquire customs and habits.

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Passionate Housewives Desperate for God
Three Decades of Fertility
Start Your Family: Inspiration for Having Babies
The Ministry of Marriage