Sexuality

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity.…” – Ephesians 5:3

Sexuality is a gift from God, to be used for His glory. Of all gifts, perhaps this one has been the most misused and perverted since the Fall into sin. This is apparent in the way that our Parliament and courts have dealt with sexuality as well. We have an obligation to show the world what a blessing sexuality can be when it is used in conformity with God’s intentions – lovingly between one man and one woman who are committed to each other for life in marriage.

Featured: ARPA policy report on prostitution (sent to all MPs and Senators).

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24 Nov 2014 UPDATED: BMO & 72 Corporations Launch Assault on Religious Freedom

Updated February 12, 2015: Since we first made readers aware of the 72+ corporations which are uniting to oppose a Christian law school in Canada, many of you have taken action. We have heard of people cancelling their personal and corporate bank accounts with BMO and others following up with specific corporations they do business with (see attachments for two examples of letters to BMO from ARPA readers). It only took one day of this article being posted and ARPA received a call from CocaCola, asking why their logo is included below (we were happy to explain why it should concern them). The momentum is only growing.  On March 4, Canadians are being encouraged to move their money from BMO and send the bank a loud and clear message that their efforts against Christians will not go unnoticed.  A website called www.CorporateDiscrimination.com has been launched by the Institute for Canadian Values which profiles what BMO and the Legal Leaders for Diversity are doing. Stay tuned to that site for developments. Members of Parliament, Senators, and ordinary Canadians are speaking up. Read Senator Don Plett's powerful speech in the Senate here. Attached to this article are two other letters that our readers have submitted. Please give them a read and consider doing the same - also to your local branch.   We are very thankful to see that people are taking action. Please don't stop! Follow the ongoing developments at the website above, spread the word, call the corporations you do business with, and continue to pray that God will keep our land free. 
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05 Nov 2014 Bill C-36 passes 3rd reading in the Senate

With thankfulness to God, we are pleased to announce that Bill C-36, Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, has passed third reading in the Senate and now only requires royal assent to become law. You helped table this law - thank you! As we have communicated before, we have been supportive of it since it was released last spring and are thankful it has come this far. The bill needs only to receive royal assent, after which it will become law - in time for the December 19th deadline provided by the...

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10 Oct 2014 Stop Bill C-279 Before it Becomes Law

Bill C-279 would add "gender identity" as another identifiable group in a section of the Criminal Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act, giving individuals who feel they are transgendered extra protections under the law. The bill passed through the House of Commons and is now in the Senate. Now is the time to stop it before it becomes law! Our video below goes into detail to explain the many problems that arise when law and public policy are based on how people feel about themselves, rather an any objective reality. Transgendered Canadians, like everyone else, are already equally protected under the law. Please urge the Senators from your province to oppose Bill C-279.  1) Easymail letter for BC Senators2) Easymail letter for Alberta Senators3) Easymail letter for Ontario Senators4) Find a listing of all the Senators, along with sample letters here.  
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25 Sep 2014 Applauding New Prostitution Legislation

Mark Penninga, Interior News, Sept 23, 2014: On September 15th, BC saw its first ever conviction of human trafficking under Canada's Criminal Code. A 29 year-old man from Vancouver forced 11 teens, as young as 14, into prostitution. But this sure wasn't the first time someone was trafficked in BC. The US Department of State estimates that there are between 1500 and 2200 people trafficked through Canada to the US each year, and that doesn't include the trafficking that stays in Canada. For those who think that this is a problem for bigger centres like Vancouver and Toronto but not in places like Smithers and Hazelton, think again. Public Safety Canada's report on the issue reveals that it is Aboriginal women, youth, and children who are among the most likely victims in Canada. The leading cause of human trafficking in our nation is for the purpose of sexual exploitation, usually through prostitution. Our Supreme Court struck down Canada's prostitution law last year and gave Parliament one year to come up with a new one. The new legislation, Bill C-36, is excellent and worthy of our full support. For the first time in Canadian history, it makes the purchasing of sexual services a crime.
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04 Sep 2014 Trinity Western University: Taking a stand to defend a Christian law school

Update (December 16, 2015): Good news! The chief justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal has granted intervenor status to ARPA Canada to make arguments on behalf of the Reformed community in the TWU matter. Stay tuned for a date and a future decision that hopefully will overturn the lower court decision. May God bless the work of the intervenors defending freedom and liberty. Update (December 10, 2015): Another victory! We are very thankful to report that the chief justice of British Columbia has ruled in favour of TWU, quashing...

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14 Jul 2014 Prostitution and the Media Silence

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights has been listening to witnesses this week (July 7-11, 2014) as it relates to Bill C-36, Protection of Communities and Exploited Person’s Act. The media has been reporting on the hearings, but the coverage has not been all that balanced. Just as we saw with the Bedford v. Canada court case where only Ms. Bedford and other privileged prostitutes had their voice heard in court, it seems the media wants to undermine the voices of those who worked in the industry but...

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02 Jul 2014 Report Card: Assessing Canada’s Conservative Government

The following article, "Report Card: Assessing Canada's Conservative Government on 10 Key Issues" was originally published in the Reformed Perspective magazine. It has been updated and included here as a reference item for our readers. You can download a PDF of the updated version, linked at the bottom of the text if you wish to print a copy. By Mark Penninga (Updated July, 2014) In a June 2011 article for Reformed Perspective I detailed 10 realistic goals that could be accomplished for our nation under this Conservative government if our leaders have the courage to lead and if citizens give them the encouragement and accountability to do so. Now that we are about halfway through this government’s mandate, how are we faring on these issues? 1. Give Aboriginals the responsibility and hope that belongs to all Canadians Grade: B+ Not long after ARPA published a policy report on this issue in 2012, we were very encouraged to see the federal government announce a number of bills and policies to increase accountability, equality, and opportunity for Canada's Aboriginal peoples. In June 2013, the First Nations Financial Transparency Act became law. Aboriginal MP Rob Clarke has also introduced a private member's bill C-428 entitled the Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act. And the government has also taken steps towards allowing private property ownership on reserves and increasing parental responsibility in education. As encouraging as these changes are, they are small steps in light of the enormity of the problem. And given that the issue crosses into provincial responsibility, much more can also be done in having the provinces and federal government work towards a common vision. 2. Reform the Canadian Human Rights Commission Grade: C- In light of all the opposition from all sides of the political spectrum to problematic sections of the Canadian Human Rights Act, it is striking that it took a private member's bill (Brian Storseth's C-304) to finally abolish Section 13 in the summer of 2013. This was a huge victory, but the current government can't take much credit for it, apart from not actively opposing it. Much more can be done to reform or even abolish the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
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13 Jun 2014 ARPA in Vancouver Sun: All lawyers abide by religious covenant

Mark Penninga, Vancouver Sun, June 12, 2014: A strong majority of the B.C. lawyers who voted Wednesday made it clear Trinity Western University's law school grads should not be recognized by the Law Society of B.C. because of the school's Community Covenant. This vote should make our province pause and consider what this means for the broader institution of law and order. If pledging to uphold a Christian understanding of sexuality or marriage makes one unworthy of practicing law, then all lawyers should be unworthy of practicing law because they have also bound themselves to a community covenant which is based on religious convictions and principles. To practice law, lawyers must take the barristers and solicitors' oath. In British Columbia, they swear to diligently, faithfully, and to the best of their ability "uphold the rule of law and the rights and freedoms of all persons according to the laws of Canada and the province of British Columbia."
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05 Jun 2014 Prostitution law tabled, and you helped shape it!

*Update: the mainstream media is sharing many of the talking points we use on this issue as well. Check out excellent commentary from Calgary Herald, National Post, Globe & Mail, and The Catholic Register. As many ARPA readers know, the issue of prostitution has been a big one on our policy plate for the past few years. In the fall of 2011, ARPA Canada published its first Respectfully Submitted report on this issue, calling on the federal government to give serious consideration to rewriting our laws on prostitution to pre-empt the Supreme Court from striking down our current laws. The government did not act at that time, and the Supreme Court, in December 2013, did strike down our prostitution laws as we predicted. Thankfully, the Court gave Parliament one year to draft new laws. Today, they tabled the draft law titled, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. The preamble sets the tone of the document and is quite impressive. It's worth reproducing here. Note how it doesn't shy away from the public harm that prostitution is and how the commercialization of prostitution is so detrimental:
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05 Jun 2014 A biblical response to transgenderism

Update: We have posted links to a 5-part series from the Gospel Coalition on this issue below as well as a link to a detailed medical/phychiatric analysis from world-renowned physciatrist. Just click Read More and scroll to the bottom of the article. The issue of transgenderism is all over the mainstream news these days. The issue is a very emotionally sensitive issue, and a politically sensitive issue as well (to say the least). Yet we know that God has designed gender a certain way (that is, gender and sexual identity are binary for He created us male and female). Since we know this truth, Christians ought to have something to say about the modern phenomenon of gender fluidity. We've talked about the issue from a public policy perspective already a couple years ago. You can see our video explaining our position here. You can also read Senator Plett's speech in the Senate urging caution on moving forward with a gender identity affirming bill. For a refreshingly common sense approach to the issue, check out this frank commentay here. And for a well thought out Biblical response to the issue and how the church should respond, check out this link here as well as this resolution here, (or rather, 18 resolutions) which one of the largest Christian denominations in the world will consider in the first half of June, 2014. Hopefully the resolutions will be adopted and the Biblical truths and the freedom that come from it will be upheld.   Photo credit
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