LaBarbera Warns Parents on ‘Love, Simon’ Movie: Teach Your Kids to Trust God’s Word over Pro-‘Gay’ Feelings

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

AFTAH in the News: assails teen “coming out” film as product of decades of Hollywood pro-LGBTQ activism

The following is reprinted from One News Now, the news service of American Family Association. We’ll have more on this film, Love, Simon (view trailer below, after the jump), which represents the first major box office hit of a movie about a same-sex romance with a homosexual teenager as its lead character (played by actor Nick Robinson, who is straight).

I saw this film in the theater and it pushes all the right buttons for a generation already way over-exposed to anti-biblical messages celebrating All Things Gay & Trans. It’s a pretty effective piece of Hollywood propaganda that hits on some of the simplistic LGBTQ activist themes of recent decades–most importantly, that being “gay” is “who you are.” (No moral or spiritual counterpoint is presented.) Teens and adults should never accept that false premise, which posits sinful behavior as the basis for one’s identity and denies the possibility of wholesome change away from homosexuality. (See ex-“gay” Christian Stephen Black’s video presentations at AFTAH’s 2017 banquet HERE.)— Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH: Twitter: @PeterLaBarbera; [email protected]

P.S. For some biblical advice on this issue, see this article by AFA’s Ed Vitagliano: “What Do I Do If My Kid Says He’s Gay?”

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A Trendy Romance? Be Wary, Parents

By Steve Jordahl, One News Now, March 19, 2018

Christian parents are being advised to be ready for a conversation with their children about a movie that opened this weekend that could have them talking.

Love, Simon (PG-13) is billed as a trendy romance – but in fact it’s the first “gay” romantic movie with a full-throated Hollywood marketing campaign. This movie was not made for LGBT audiences; instead, it’s a subtle message movie for the straight world:

From the movie trailer: “My name’s Simon. For the most part, my life is totally normal. I have a family that I actually like, and there’s my friends. So I’m just like you, except that I have one huge secret: nobody knows I’m gay.”

The story line focuses on how Simon “comes out,” or announces to the world that he’s gay. The characters are relatable, sympathetic, and loveable. The producers are hopeful audiences will yearn for Simon to be accepted and find his true love – and if data from the Barna Group and Impact 360 Institute is to be believed, many children from Christian homes are ready to get on board in today’s environment of moral relativism.

But Pete LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality warns young moviegoers to look closely. “If kids could see that this is the product of years and years and years of activism, [they’d understand] it’s not quite as innocent as it seems,” he tells OneNewNow.

LaBarbera, PeterHe advises parents, during that conversation with their children, to lean on God’s Word.

“We need to really go back to the Word of God and ask our children and their friends and everybody we talk to about this, Who are you going to trust? Are you going to trust this movement which is really built on feelings – or are you going to trust the Word of God.

And to those youngsters who truly love their gay friends, “you need to tell them Look, you can’t base your whole life, your destiny on feelings, because feelings lead people astray,” LaBarbera offers.

And he quotes a clear warning from Proverbs 14:12 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (NKJV)

“Thank the Lord,” LaBarbera writes, “that we can rise above the culture and its politically correct lies by trusting in God and his inerrant Word, the Bible.”

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VIDEO: Love Is Love – Coming Out of Lesbianism – Emily’s Story

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” – Jesus Christ (Luke 15:7, ESV)

We rejoice with Emily over God’s mercy, grace and goodness, and His unbounded love for sinners. Full information about the Anchored North ministry can be found following the video (after the jump). — Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH; Twitter: @PeterLaBarbera

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