Christian Website Social Cross Refused Service by Web Developer Over Views on Gay Marriage

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE CHRISTIAN POST)

 

Christian Website Social Cross Refused Service by Web Developer Over Views on Gay Marriage

(PHOTO: SOCIALCROSS.ORG)

The organizer of a new social media platform for conservative Christians is voicing his displeasure after he claims that he was refused service from a web development company because of his views on same-sex marriage.

Rich Penkoski, an evangelical preacher who helped organize the new Christian Facebook alternative SocialCross.org and runs the West Virginia-based online ministry Warriors for Christ, is speaking out after he says he was refused service when he tried to enlist the services of Open Social, an organization that provides intranet solutions for nonprofits and companies, and powers over 250 online communities.

Penkoski told CP Monday that he was looking for a way to improve the 12,000-user SocialCross.org and was interested in learning more about how Open Social could help the site, which was launched earlier this year.

After talking initially with a representative of Open Social about a possible free trial last week via email, Penkoski was later contacted by the co-founder of Open Social’s parent company on Friday.

Penkoski shared an email he allegedly received from Taco Potze, co-founder of the Netherlands-based company GoalGorilla and the Open Social distribution.

“Thanks for your interest in our services. We as a company unfortunately can’t align our mission of equality with yours, for example when it comes down to equal marriage rights for both straight and gay people and your warrior merchandise advocating to ‘make marriage straight again,'” Potze wrote in his Dec. 9 email, referencing the “Warriors for Christ” merchandise page that features a $26 “Make Marriage Straight Again” hat.

“Seeing how our principles differ, there just wouldn’t be a good fit cooperating.”

Potze’s email also offered an alternative for Penkoski and gave him a link to other agencies that could help him implement the open-source software for SocialCross.org.

“I am always looking for things to make the SocialCross better. I wanted to see what they offered by using their trial. In this case, I asked about how I could migrate my users over to this particular platform because theirs is open-source. I just wanted to see what they offered compared to what we are doing right now to see if there are any changes that are better. We are always on the lookout for stuff like that. But they refused service to me,” Penkoski explained.

“I went back and forth with the representative and all of a sudden, I got that email. I never even mentioned Warriors for Christ, not a word. How they found the merchandise from SocalCross, I don’t know because we don’t even sell that stuff on SocialCross.”

The Christian Post reached out to GoalGorilla and Potze for comment on Penkoski’s claims. An update will be provided once a statement is received from Potze or a GoalGorilla representative.

Penkoski is not afraid to let his opinions be heard when it comes to LGBT issues on the “Warriors for Christ” webpage and social media pages. One of the reasons Penkoski created SocialCross was because he had been suspended from Facebook a number of times because of posts about same-sex marriage and LGBT issues.

Penkoski explained that although everyone is welcome to join SocialCross, there are some limitations about what users can and can’t say when it comes to LGBT advocacy on the platform.

“People come on there and are supposed to have dialogue without the trolling, without that anger that Facebook breeds. Even with LGBT members who want to join, that is fine as long as they don’t advocate and don’t try to push it on people,” Penkoski said. “If they have genuine questions about why Christians don’t support same-sex marriage, and other genuine questions, we have no problem with that.”

“We have had a couple that have come on and joined SocialCross and say, ‘I love being gay’ and they use the profanity and that kind of stuff,” he added. “That is the line.”

The company’s refusal to offer service to Penkoski and SocialCross.org came during the same week in which the U.S. Supreme Court heard the oral arguments in the appeal of Colorado baker Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who was punished by the state government for acting in accordance with his faith and refusing to bake a cake for the wedding celebration of Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012. It’s important to note that Colorado didn’t recognize same-sex marriage until 2014.

“This is a private business and I believe that in America, you should have the right to refuse,” Penkoski said. “But the double standard is where I have the issue. If you can do it to Christians then Christians should be able to do it to you without a problem.”

The ‘Gravity’ Of Religion

THE ‘GRAVITY’ OF RELIGION

 

A couple of hours ago I was contemplating writing an article for this site, yet I was stuck in that I wasn’t settling on a subject matter. I don’t remember where or how the word ‘gravity’ got stuck in my thoughts yet it did. I decided to look up the meaning in the dictionary so I used the website of ‘Dictionary.com’ to see what it had to say. I was also intending to look up the word gravity in the index of my King James Bible to see what it may say about the word gravity, the answer to that question is that my KJV doesn’t say anything about it. I did find out through Dictionary.com that the word gravity has a Latin root from the year span of 1500-1510 A.D.. Even the Gutenberg Bible that was written in the area of 1450 says nothing about gravity, and now I know why, it (the word gravity) hadn’t been invented. The KJV was published in 1611 A.D., basically 100 years after it ‘became a word’ yet it doesn’t mention the word. So, that reality cut off a big portion of what I was planning to write. I am not going to just make things up and say things that I know are not true to you so, I will simply say true things for you to consider please.

 

In the Dictionary.com definition it gave 7 examples of the meaning. I am going to give you 4 of them as the other 3 didn’t appear to me to be even a little bit relevant with our discussion. First of all it says that gravity, is a noun. 1) The force of attraction by which terrestrial bodies tend to fall toward the center of the Earth. 2) Heaviness of weight 3) Gravitation in general 4) Serious or dignified behavior; dignity: Solemnity.

 

Some of you may be thinking, well, what has gravity and religion got to do with each other, and that is a fair question so I will now explain why I have put them together. Those of you whom are regular readers of my articles know that my religion is the Christian Faith. I did not say Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran excreta. There is only one Christian Faith, it is humans whom have made the splinters, yet this would be a totally different subject for a different article. In this article I am going to be pointing toward the Christian Faith yet folks who believe in other Religions can easily picture in their own minds the parameters of the Religion that you do believe in. Like a lot of my articles this article is simply designed to get us all to think, to dig inside ourselves, to know ourselves better.

 

The force of attraction, one body gravitating toward another body. Yet I am not speaking of two humans, I am speaking of you, or me, as a human growing closer to a Deity, a God, that we believe in. Can a person really have love for or faith in that which we do not have believe in, or love for? If we humans are to gravitate toward God then we must honestly and urgently seek Him. If we are not pulled together then we will not meet together. If we do not seek God, then we will not find Him. If we do not have faith in Him, if we do not believe Him then we do not love Him. Without faith it is impossible to please God, our own Creator.

 

The heaviness of the weight of believing in God: For many, in fact, most people who call ourselves Christians know little about what the Scriptures actually say so we are easily deceived even by some sermons within the Churches. For so many people they believe that there is a ‘God’ even though they know almost nothing of Him. Many people, and I am speaking about people who call themselves Christians, feel a weight on their shoulders and their conscience because they still want to do all the ‘Earthly’ things like wild partying, getting drunk regularly and do a little whoring around or even a little bit of stealing once in a while. Many folks who do all of these things will still tell you, if none of their drinking buddies are around, that yes they are a Christian. Many of these same folks who are staying up all night Saturday night will still be sitting in a Church Pew on Sunday morning. The Lord tells us that if we love Him, then we will obey Him. As a person’s faith grows in God, the things of the world mean less and less to us. Folks, the Church, is the ‘Bride of Christ’, it is ‘the Church’ that the Lord will be coming back to get, His Bride. Folks either we gravitate toward God, or we are running away from Him. It is not possible to have the world and God at the same time.

 

Serious or dignified behavior; dignity: solemnity/oneness. My question for all of us now is, do we have a serious dignified behavior, a oneness with God? Do we believe in God? If we do, do the people around us know that we do? Do they see the love of God within us? Would our neighbors or coworkers be shocked if they happen to see us walking into a Church building one Saturday of Sunday morning? If we truly believe that there is a God, do we act like it? We don’t have to yell from street corners to tell everyone that we are a Christian, the quietness of our actions prove whether we really believe or not. If I were able to give a million dollars to the Red Cross or to a hurricane relief fund but then turn around and blab it to the world about what I had done, then I am seeking the attention of the world, not of God. Gravitating toward God is a matter of our own dignity.  If we are not serious about our love for God, are we so unwise that we think God doesn’t know why we do, or don’t do things? Do we honestly think that God is blind, or ignorant? “If you love me you will do like I ask of you”. Just as if our love is for our spouse, do we act like it each day? Does our spouse know without a doubt that we love them? Do you have doubts that your spouse loves you? The Gravity of our Faith in God is a very serious matter folks, our own Soul lay in the balance. God seeks a oneness with us yet we must seek this same oneness with Him, but, do we?

 

 

Heroic Mother Died Shielding Own Children in Texas Church Slaughter

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE CHRISTIAN POST AND FOX NEWS)

 

Heroic Mother Died Shielding Own Children in Texas Church Slaughter: ‘She Was Epitome of Christ’

(SCREENSHOT: FOX NEWS)Vonda Smith, a close friend of slain mother Joann Ward, speaks with Fox News on November 8, 2017.

Three of the 26 victims in Sunday’s mass church shooting in Texas were a mother and two of her young daughters, though the woman’s two other children reportedly survived only because she sacrificed her life for them, a family friend has said.

Vonda Smith, a close friend of slain mother Joann Ward, told Fox News in an interview on Wednesday that she spoke with 9-year-old Rihanna, one of Ward’s children that survived the shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

“The first thing she told me was that the reason she didn’t get shot like everybody else was that her momma threw her on the ground and told her to hide,” Smith said.

“As soon as she threw her on the ground, she scooped up her other three that were sitting next to her in a pew — Ryland, who’s 5, and Brooke, who’s 5, and Emily, who’s 7 — and she immediately covered them with her body. And that’s exactly how Rihanna described it.”

While Rihanna and Ryland survived the attack, Emily and Brooke died alongside their mother.

Smith explained that her friend was strong in her relationship with Jesus, and would tell people to “live for Christ, no matter what.”

“She was dragging people to Church. She was begging her best friend, Cody, to go to Sunday school with her. That was her heart,” Smith recalled.

The family friend noted that the community is not surprised at Ward’s ultimate sacrifice for her children.

“If they needed anything, it was [at] the drop of a hat. It was about her children. And that’s Joann’s heart,” she said. “It’s the thing that you hear sometimes parents say, but you never think they’ll have to. She said, ‘I would die for my children.’ And she ended up having to do that, in the very end.”

“She loved them so. And she gave it up for them ultimately,” Smith continued. “She was the epitome of Christ.”

The tragic stories from Sunday’s shooting carried out by 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley that has shaken Christians across the country continue flowing in.

Pastor Frank Pomeroy of First Baptist Church and his wife, Sherri, were away on the day of the shooting but revealed that their 14-year-old daughter was among the victims.

Sherri Pomeroy said in a statement that the church was not composed of “members or parishioners,” but was a “very close family.”

“We ate together, we laughed together, we cried together, and we worshiped together. Now, most of our church family is gone, our building is probably beyond repair and the few of us that are left behind lost tragically yesterday,” the pastor’s wife said.

“As senseless as this tragedy was, our sweet Belle would not have been able to deal with losing so much family,” she said, referring to her daughter.

On Monday it emerged that a pregnant mother and three of her five young children, along with several other members of her extended family, were all killed in the shooting.

Crystal Holcombe was killed within minutes of the attack, alongside her children Emily, Megan and Greg, with her father-in-law, his wife, her brother-in-law and his 18-month-old daughter being among the victims as well.

Michele Hill, Holcombe’s aunt, said in a GoFundMe campaign message:

“Through all the pain we still hold on to the unshakable truth that we serve a mighty and just GOD. HE is on HIS throne and is kneeling down to hear our prayers and is collecting each and every tear we shed. We do not mourn their death because we are unsure of where they are, we mourn the loss of their presence in our lives. We have no doubt that their last breath here was their first breath in the presence of our GOD and HE welcomed them with open arms.”

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Jakarta Ex-Governor Ahok Standing Strong In His Christian Faith Through The Storm

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF ‘OPEN DOORS’ CHRISTIAN WEBSITE)

EX-GOVERNOR AHOK STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

April 26, 2017 by Open Doors in Prayer updates

Basuki Cahaya Purnama “Ahok,” a Christian and ethnic Chinese, and Jakarta’s first non-Muslim governor in 50 years, lost re-election on April 19. The next morning, his blasphemy trial continued with the prosecutor demanding a sentence of 1 year imprisonment and 2 years’ probation.

What is surprising in this development is that the prosecutor did not use the original charge of blasphemy, which had resulted in mass protests against Ahok for several weeks. Instead, he is now charged for “expressing hostile feelings or hatred towards a particular group.” In this case, the particular group refers to his political opponents.

“God gives the authority and so God alone can take it back,” said Ahok to his supporters after the quick count which confirmed his loss. “No one is allowed to rule without God’s permission. I once lost in the governor’s election in 2007, but then I still became Jakarta’s governor. So, don’t be sad. God knows best.”

As much as they could have anticipated the election results in the current political climate, the Christian community could not help but feel deeply sadden and disappointed. Pray for God to continue to work good for Ahok and his future. Pray also for peace to be restored and for God’s justice to prevail in Ahok’s trial.

Father, we pray Your protection over Ahok in the wake of this political defeat as he faces a trial because of his faith in Christ. As he proclaimed, You put him in office and even now, in the midst of defeat, You still know best. We pray now for the Christians in Jakarta, that You will protect and encourage them in this disappointment. We pray for peace to be restored following the bitter election season and we pray for Ahok’s protection and for justice to be accomplished as the trial progresses. In the name of Jesus, who “works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed” (Psalm 103:6). Amen.

It is Jesus who saves not doctrine

Possessing the Treasure

What R.C. Sproul discusses in the following video has been heavy on my heart over that last several months. I have Facebook friends who really need to grasp what he says here. For the rest of us, rejoice!

Soli Deo Gloria!

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My Surprising View About Kentucky Clerk Ms Davis From A Fundamentialist American Christian

 

As most wired folks in America know a young Christian lady named Ms. Davis (who is the Head County Clerk in an eastern Kentucky community) refuses to obey/submit to the American Supreme Court ruling telling her to issue marriage license to gay couples. Ms. Davis recently served six days in jail for not obeying the law of the land concerning the issuing of those marriage license. Ms. Davis says that her Christian faith and belief’s prevents her from issuing those license. I do admire Ms. Davis for standing up for her beliefs and standing up for the teachings of the Scriptures (Jewish and Christian). I believe that this country was built on Christian faiths but the Founding Fathers of this Country decided to not make it an official ‘Christian country’ but instead to write a binding Constitution for all its people. They had the option of a ‘State Religion’ type set up like they had in Great Britain where many had migrated from. They chose instead to leave one’s own faith (or lack of any) up to the individual person. In doing this they made the Constitution as the law of the land, not the Bible, not the Quran or any other ‘holy book’. We as Christians are appalled when we hear of places where the cruelty of Sharia Law is forced upon all the people of the land but even with the love and kindness of Christianity as the law of the land they knew there would be unending religious strife. They chose to go with the Constitution and in Ms. Davis’s case I believe she has to also.

 

The job that Ms. Davis is employed in is an office that she is required to obey the Constitution, her job is not to enforce her opinion on issues but to enforce and obey these man-made laws. When she or anyone else that work in those type office positions refuse to obey the law sent straight to them from the Supreme Court they must be fired at once. My wife tells me that she can’t be fired because she was elected by the people. If there is no escape clause written into Kentucky state law allowing the State to remove such elected officers that would be a bit surprising to me, that would seem stupid even for Kentucky. If another person was elected to this type office and they were of Islamic, Hindu or Buddhist beliefs and they were only allowing marriage license to people of their faith how would we all feel about that tweak?

 

If I were a person in Ms. Davis’s position I would have resigned the day the Supreme Court came out with that ruling. I believe that if all people of faith in all of these job positions had mass resigned that would have sent a clear message of faith that could be respected by most folks around the country. Instead Ms. Davis is coming off like a bit of a comic book character to the unfaithful and as a character to be mocked. Ms. Davis (in my opinion) comes across most of the time like she is mad, seldom smiles, there is no shine in her eyes. Why do you think that the main stream media dug into her background looking for dirt? Ms. Davis they say has been married four times and they are using this as a slur toward her character. Did all three of her first husbands die and or cheat on her? I don’t know I haven’t checked into her personal history, like us all, that is between the person and God Himself, I am no judge, don’t want to ever be either. But the reality of this situation is that Ms. Davis must obey the law in this matter or be removed from the county payroll, she is not doing the job that she was hired to do and the people should no longer have to feed her.  We all have to do our jobs we are being paid to do, if we don’t or won’t do them the one backing our pay check has every right to fire us. In this case the county is going to have to fire her or imprison her, I hope she chooses being fired instead of spending the rest of her term in a jail cell.