PODCAST: Gallup poll shows record high 70% of Americans support same-sex marriage (BCNN1 06.09.21)

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First, Daniel Whyte III Says the Gallup Poll That Shows a “Record High 70 Percent of People in America Support Same-sex Marriage” Would Never Have Happened If Many Evangelical Pastors and Churches Had Not Lived Hypocritical Lives of Adultery, Fornication, Swinging, Child Molestation, and Homosexuality Themselves, and Then Compromised on Divorce and Remarriage and Then on Homosexuality, Lesbianism, and Same-sex Marriage. The Homosexuals and Lesbians Didn’t Defeat Christ, They Defeated a Hypocritical, Bought-off, Compromising, Laodicean Church. In addition, as has been suspected for many years, the Republican party, which is the political party that many white conservative evangelicals belong to, has been on board with homosexuals for years even though they have always portrayed themselves as moral and conservative. Even though most blacks are not for the abomination of homosexuality, it was the black church that backed a black president named Barack Obama who got the ball rolling to cause the government to go against God and sanction homosexuality and homosexual marriage.

According to Pastor Dwight McKissic, Sr., He Will Leave the Southern Baptist Convention if They Rescind Resolution 9 Affirming Limited Beneficial Aspects of Critical Race Theory at Their Annual Meeting Later This Month. In a post on his blog, McKissic writes in part: “When one reflects on the history and current reality of systemic injustice in America, there are some tenets that have been handed down to us that are beneficial in discussing and assessing structural racism in America. Structural racism in America today is not as potent and prevalent, or as visible and vicious as it was in previous generations, but it still exists. Therefore, it must be prophetically, educationally, and legally addressed and readdressed. We see it present in real estate appraisal differences based on color, prison sentencing differences based on color, job hiring discrimination toward names indicative of minority ethnicities, school discipline disproportional meted out toward minorities, income and net worth disparities that are generationally impacted, etc. … If, as some argue, CRT declares all White people everywhere are racists, solely by virtue of being White—I reject that, and so does the Bible. If CRT declares, as some argue, that Blacks cannot be racist, I reject that notion—and so does the Bible. Racism is a sin, and there are no sin Black people cannot commit—including racism. Because there are those who hold some aberrant, unbiblical views who may place them under the rubric of CRT, is not a valid reason to throw out the entirety of CRT, as the SBC is poised to do. It would be a slap in the face of Sid Smith, George McCalep, L.B. George, Emmanuel McCall, and so many of the Black SBC pioneers to denounce CRT in its entirety. The SBC may indeed do so, though. If they do, I will not be leaving because they rejected CRT. I will be leaving because they dishonestly rejected CRT; and in the process, denied and denounced (1) the value of storytelling; (2) the value of diversity and inclusion; (3) the value of intentionally opposing systemic and structural injustice and racial sins—all in the name of rejecting CRT. Honestly, it takes great audacity, given the SBC’s history, to take such a bold step, to denounce the entirety of CRT—particularly with the National African American Fellowship of the SBC unanimously opposed to denouncing CRT in its entirety. I am often asked how many Black churches may leave the SBC if Resolution 9 is rescinded. I honestly have no idea, and no desire to influence any to leave, which is one major reason why I am not going to attend the Nashville meeting. I do not want to be accused of leading churches away from the SBC. But what I do know is—as for me and my house—if the major thesis and thrust of Resolution 9, passed by a majority in Birmingham 2019, is gutted or rescinded—we will exclusively align with the National Baptist Convention and the Baptist General Convention of Texas.”

According to Christianity Today, Hillsong Church, known for its popular worship music, sounds different in Atlanta. At the new location’s first day of Sunday services, rapper Da’ T.R.U.T.H. kicked off worship in the dimly lit Atlanta Event Center, formerly Club Opera in the heart of downtown. Attendees—few were masked, despite the church advertising mask wearing and social distancing requirements—stood from black folding chairs and gold-seated booths to cheer for Sam Collier, who’s the first African American to serve as lead pastor of a Hillsong church. Collier, who came to Hillsong from Andy Stanley’s North Point Ministries, has deep connections in the city. He previously ministered at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the home church of Martin Luther King Jr., and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, another well-known Black church in the metro Atlanta area. Hillsong, which formed its own denomination in 2018, has locations in about a dozen US cities and 28 countries, averaging a total global attendance of 150,000 a week, according to its website. The services drew prominent Atlanta figures and celebrities and featured Hillsong Church global senior pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston. “It’s been a difficult year, but you’re the greatest leaders I’ve ever met,” said Collier, as he introduced the Houstons. He likely was referencing numerous revelations that have rocked the global church starting with the admission of adultery by Carl Lentz, former pastor of Hillsong Church’s New York City location, last November. “We pray against demonic forces, and that [the Houstons] will have victory in Jesus’ name.” Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center, was also in the congregation on Sunday to support Collier, whom she called a friend. Atlanta City Council member Michael Julian Bond presented the church with a proclamation. Most of Hillsong’s existing US locations are in the West or Northeast; the Atlanta church is its first in the South. Last year, Hillsong announced that Collier would copastor the church with his wife, Toni, but she stepped out of the role to write. On Sunday, the Colliers thanked their relatives as well as their “global family” for support before focusing on their vision for Atlanta. In his message, Sam Collier drew from Exodus 3:7 as he called for revival and racial reconciliation in the “birthplace of civil rights.”

According to The Guardian, African countries face a last-ditch battle against a third wave of Covid infections, as the supply of vaccines to the continent “grinds to a halt”, top health officials have warned. “The threat of a third wave in Africa is real and rising. Our priority is clear – it’s crucial that we swiftly get vaccines into the arms of Africans at high risk of falling seriously ill and dying of Covid-19,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) regional director for Africa. The WHO said the pandemic was now trending upwards in 14 countries and in the past week alone, eight countries had witnessed an abrupt rise of over 30% in cases. However, vaccine shipments to African nations have ground to a near halt. “While many countries outside Africa have now vaccinated their high-priority groups and are able to even consider vaccinating their children, African countries are unable to even follow up with second doses for high-risk groups,” Moeti said. Only 50m doses have been received in Africa, of which 31 million doses had been administered in 50 countries with a combined population of more than a billion. There are widespread fears among senior health officials that the continent could suffer similar or worse devastation to that seen in India, which has a more robust health system than many African countries.

According to the Associated Press, Author Wes Moore announced Monday he is running for governor of Maryland. Moore, a Democrat, focused his campaign announcement on addressing inequities in the state. “Here in Maryland we have some of the nation’s most prosperous communities and some of its most impoverished,” Moore said on a video released on Twitter. Moore, 42, also noted that the state is home to “world class medical institutions and people who can’t afford basic care,” as well as “some of the best schools and some of the most underfunded.” Moore is the former CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, which focuses on fighting poverty in New York. Moore, of Baltimore, wrote the bestselling book: “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.” He also has been the host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Moore is the sixth candidate to announce he will seek the Democratic nomination for next year’s governor’s race. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is term limited.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, Singer Pharrell Williams’ nonprofit plans to open a group of small private schools for students from low-income families, starting in Norfolk. The first school will open this fall in Ghent — the group declined to specify where — for students in the city in grades three through five with the goal of expanding on the equity-focused nonprofit’s decade of experience running summer programs for students. “If the system is fixed and unfair, then it needs to be broken,” Williams said in a news release. “We don’t want lockstep learning where so many kids fall behind; we want bespoke learning designed for each child, where the things that make a child different are the same things that will make a child rise up and take flight.” Called Yellowhab, yellow after Williams’ nonprofit and “hab” after the name of the Mars habitat in the movie “The Martian,” the school will be tuition-free for at least the first year. The costs of attendance will be covered by philanthropic support. One of the school’s early donors, the Walton Family Foundation, has spent millions over the last two decades to support and promote charter schools. And Yellow has other ties to charter advocates: Its executive director founded charters in Los Angeles, and the founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a New York-based nonprofit that runs three charters in the city, is the chair of Yellow’s board. But the school has no plans to seek local approval or funding to make this school a public charter, Executive Director Mike McGalliard said. “We are very clear here that we’re not taking away from the city or the district. We want to be additive and not put any kind of onerous, intrusive impact on those institutions,” McGalliard said. “It’s very important that we not disrupt that revenue stream.”

According to the Richmond Times, Isimemen Etute, an 18-year-old Virginia Tech football player, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of an acquaintance, 40-year-old Blacksburg resident Jerry Smith, authorities said Wednesday. The Blacksburg Police Department said officers were called to Smith’s apartment at around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday to perform a welfare check and found him dead inside. “The Virginia Tech and Town of Blacksburg communities are united in our shared concern for the welfare of all. Together, we denounce all acts of violence and stand together in support of one another,” the school said in a Wednesday statement. “Blacksburg Police continues to lead this ongoing investigation, and the university will assist law enforcement agencies working the case in any way it can.” Police said that shortly after Smith’s death was ruled a homicide, they learned that he and Etute “were acquaintances.” The freshman, who is majoring in human development, was quickly identified as a “person of interest” and later arrested after investigators spoke with several witnesses. Details about how Smith died, or what led investigators to Etute, have not yet been revealed as police continue to investigate. Etute is being held at the Montgomery County Jail without bond. Virginia Tech said Wednesday that Etute has already been suspended from the football team.

According to ESPN, Simone Biles claimed her record seventh U.S. title Sunday night, delivering another stunning — and stunningly easy — performance that served little doubt the pressure surrounding her bid to become the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic championships in more than 50 years is only pushing her to even greater heights. Shaking off a somewhat sloppy start Friday, at least by her standards, Biles put on a four-rotation showcase that highlighted why a goat emblem — a nod to her status as the greatest of all time — has become a fixture on her competition leotard. Her two-day total of 119.650 was nearly five points better than runner-up Sunisa Lee and good friend and teammate Jordan Chiles. Biles’ all-around score on Sunday of 60.100 was her highest since 2018 and served notice she is only getting better with the Tokyo Games less than seven weeks away.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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