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Former LGBT Millennials Speak Out Against California Law Banning Anyone From Helping Those Struggling With Same-Sex Attraction

On Tuesday, California AB 2943 was passed into law.

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On Tuesday, California AB 2943 was passed into law, effectively banning the practice of offering or receiving therapy for anyone looking to overcome homosexual attraction.

The text of the bill says that “advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” would be illegal under the state’s consumer fraud law. “Sexual orientation change efforts” are defined as “any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”

A group of former homosexuals who had been campaigning against the bill want the world to know that it is a tremendous attack on religious liberty to ban these services, and are using their testimonies to do so.

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The Christian Post reports:

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Luis Javier Ruiz, a survivor of the deadly 2016 Orlando Pulse Gay Nightclub shooting, has since walked away from a life of homosexuality and credits godly counsel and the Bible. He was invited to the California State Capitol on Tuesday by California Family Council to speak out against the bill. He said he’s now “lovesick” for Jesus and will not allow the bill to silence his truth and limit others from receiving the support they need.

“If they do pass that [bill] in California it will take away the rights of counselors, pastors, people that want to give you guidance on coming out of homosexuality, or any kind of help, prayer, which will include the BIble, because the Bible has six verses that speaks out about it, so that would take away the Bible and hurt the church,” Ruiz told The Christian Post ahead of the vote.

“I came to Christ through the word of God, I came to Christ over Godly counsel — pastors, people that prayed me through,” Ruiz continued. “Me coming over there as a Pulse survivor, sharing my story is going to show a lot of people that if this does get passed in California it can probably hit all over the U.S.”

“As we know it, the church is going to be in a lot of persecution,” he warned.

Ruiz, whose life was impacted through the film Here’s My Heart: A Documentary of Surrendering to Freedom by Uprooted Heart INC, feels that now is the time for the church to unite over such clear attacks on our freedom as Christians, and feels that God can use this for his glory:

“God has a way of moving and I believe this opens the door of a wave of God’s glory,” Ruiz shared. “This will provoke the church to rise and get out of the church and walk in relationship, not religion. They voted yes to the bill but we still serve a big God and we are not defeated.”

MJ Nixon, the founder of Uprooted Heart INC, has joined forces with Ruiz and other “overcomers” to interject their testimonies and the praise the give the Lord into the conversation about homosexuality and faith. Together, they founded the Freedom March, which was held for the first time in Washington, D.C. on May 5th. The founders have been working with California Family Council to bring awareness to AB 2943, and warn it could spread to other states.

But if it’s going to spread to other states, Nixon says, they will as well.

“The stronger, unified we are, the greater our voice,” Nixon told CP. “I found the LGBTQ community, the greatest strength they have is if they have an event so many people come out. So we’ve actually now put together a Freedom March.”

“We want to go all around the United States into the cities,” she added. “Where the Pride Marches are all about sexual perversion, we want to have a march that’s about purity, about righteousness, and about the truth of what Jesus did in all of our lives.”

 

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12-Year-Old Hailed as Hero After Saving His Friends Life After Disturbing Snapchat Posts

We certainly hope there are many more young people like Gabe out there willing to reach out and intervene when their friends are in trouble

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Most of the time, when we think of preteens using Snapchat, we think of all the scary things that can happen online. Bullying, predatory behavior, pornography. It’s a scary cyber world out there. But oddly enough, when one 12-year-old with a good heart and sharp instincts managed to use Snapchat to get his friend the help she needed in the nick of time, by responding quickly right when he noticed something was amiss. Yahoo News reports: Gabe Rongier had been chatting with his friend, who he met on the social media app through a mutual friend, when he noticed a drastic change in the girl’s emotions. According to CBS Pittsburgh, the girl shared a disturbing post that read she “wouldn’t be here tomorrow.” Want daily pop culture news delivered to your inbox? for Yahoo’s newsletter. Gabe, not knowing how to alert the authorities in Texas about the girl possibly being a danger to herself, called the suicide hotline. “I called the suicidal prevention services and it linked me to Officer Chandler [in Texas,]” Gabe told the outlet. “He went to her house, checked up on her. The next day he called me and said, ‘She’s fine. It’s real.’” Gabe’s parents, Fred and Lori, were informed by investigators that they used geotracking to locate the girl and that they arrived in time to intervene with any plans she may have had. “Of course, I’m very proud of him, but I really hope that other young people his age might see the story and also be inspired to also take action to help somebody in need just like Gabe did,” Lori said. Fred added, “When he went to bed, I always kiss him and, I’ve been telling him since that day, ‘You’re my little hero.’” Officer Chandler also sent Gabe, who wants…

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Huge Fire Tears Through Church…You Won’t Believe Went Unscathed

Firefighters were absolutely shocked when they finally got inside the razed church.

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Truly and utterly, there are some time in which the truth is far stranger than any conjured fiction. Here in America, we seem to love these stories and the mysteries behind them.  We’re obsessed with unsolved true crime, the paranormal, and all things hypothetical…including bizarre notions about the ancient Egyptians galavanting around with extraterrestrials. Is this simply escapism run amok?  Perhaps, but we have been drawn to the impossible and improbable throughout the entirety of human history. That is why the story of a church fire in West Virginia is so compelling. Firefighters in West Virginia surveying the damage from an inferno that had gutted a church over the weekend were astounded when they discovered that a bevy of Bibles and crosses had somehow survived the conflagration unscathed. The remarkable find was reportedly made early Sunday morning after the Coal City Fire Department helped to battle a blaze that had engulfed the Freedom Ministries Church in the community of Greenview. Upon entering the building, the team of rescue workers was stunned to see that every Bible inside the church had apparently made it through the harrowing ordeal undamaged. Posting pictures of the amazing sight to Facebook, the department noted that the fire had, at one point, been so hot that they were actually forced to pull personnel from the building for their safety. The temperatures were so extreme, they explained, that everything inside should have been reduced to ashes. Firefighters also remarked that none of the crosses inside the church itself were damaged by fire either, adding to the mystery.

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