Pastor's Corner

25 Jul
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Mid-Week Challenge

It has happened again.  A report out of Leesburg, Florida states that a woman had her Planet Fitness Club membership revoked after she complained about a man using the women’s locker room.  You might remember a similar thing happened in 2016 in Michigan. That case ended in court and this one is headed that way too.   

According to the report a female patron encountered a man in the women’s changing area when she arrived at the club.  He was standing in front of a mirror applying lipstick.  The mirror he was using just so happened to be in total view of the shower area and changing area.  The woman completed her workout and returned to the changing area about an hour later to discover the man still there, still attempting to apply lipstick.  The woman asked the man to leave but he remained.  The report went on to identify the woman as an attempted rape survivor and “keenly aware of and sensitive to men” being in places “where they do not have a legitimate purpose, and where she and other women are in a position of vulnerability.”  Upon the complaint, Planet Fitness revoked the woman’s membership stating a violation of their “no judgment” policy. 

Planet Fitness issued a statement: 

“Under our gender identity non-discrimination policy, members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity. Furthermore, all of our locker rooms include private changing areas for those that seek additional privacy. As this is pending litigation we are unable to comment further.”

Liberty Counsel has taken the woman’s case and is in talks with Planet Fitness.  As noted last year, this is not going away.  Businesses like Target and Planet Fitness have adopted policies that place women and children in harm’s way.  To knowingly allow potential deviants to prey on the innocent is reprehensible.  The only way to send a message is to find somewhere else to take your business.  Please do not support businesses who have adopted these perverse policies.  

We need to move forward with truth and grace, the way Jesus did. Unfortunately we can no longer simply quote what Scripture says because most of our culture rejects biblical authority. Instead, science rules today’s thinking so one would think simply pointing out physical differences would be enough.  However, we all know that this is not the case.  As we learn more about what motivates those who adopt these lifestyle choices it points directly to the destructive nature of the lost and hurting world we live in.  Jesus warned us about these days.  We must protect ourselves while at the same time sharing the Gospel message.  That means sacrifices must be made.  Do you risk your safety or that of another’s to save a few dollars?

Look, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. But beware of men; for they will hand you over to their councils and flog you in their synagogues. On My account, you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how to respond or what to say. In that hour you will be given what to say. For it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  Matthew 10:16-20

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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