Christine Rhyner

Meet Christine

I am a wife, adoptive mother, non-fiction writer, defender of human life, amateur photographer & scrapbook-maker. Christians lost the culture war. I believe this is a critical hour for each member of the church to embrace his or her identity in Christ, unite in one mind and one Spirit, and boldly share the gospel with a hurting world.

New Book

‘You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.’ C.S. Lewis.

We are all born with an innate sense of the spiritual world…spiritual beings living a human experience through our earthly bodies. The spirit life is forever, the one on earth, a blip on the screen of eternity.

Authors Journey

People say,

"It’s the journey, not the destination."

The Israelites did not think so when they wandered through the desert for forty years in search of the promised land.

My Book

How Much Did You Pay For Her?

Understanding why people say what they do is the first step toward compassion, as it allows us to glimpse another perspective. This can lead to giving others grace an undeserved gift of letting people off the hook for what they say that eventually leads us to forgive them.



Recent Posts

Whatever Their World View, No, The Kids Are Not Alright, Part 4 of 4
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Confusion and deception hang thick over America, perpetuated by people who have either on purpose, or unwittingly succumbed to be vehicles for it. Kids raised by Christian parents should be taught prophetic truths. They need an understanding that in these last days deception and hatred for Christians is on the increase…even in America.

It is just as Jesus warned, “In the last days perilous times will come” (2 Timothy 3:1). 2

Timothy goes on to talk about the degradation of man’s character at this time. There will be “lovers of self.” We have millions living “my own truth” and gender, and selfishly killing their babies in the womb while they feel inspired enough by murder to “Shout their abortions.” There will be the “unholy blasphemers.” And, the open mocking of God has never been seen like it currently is in this nation. “…despisers of those who are good and false accusers.”

Condemnation and persecution of Christians is growing. There has been the seizure of children’s Bibles simply because they are reading them on public school grounds during lunch. Red lines have crossed out the name of Jesus from their papers by teachers, and there are endless lawsuits against Christians. Silently praying in public came with an egregious cost to a dad doing so with his son outside of an abortion clinic. He was suspended from his job as a police officer. This current administration wants to jail several pro-lifers for up to ten years.

But the good news is that God’s Word tells us, “Dear friends don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12). The truth is, Christian persecution has been rather the norm for thousands of years. Yet we see a generation of youth in need of firmer grounding in the faith to defend it. In this way, they can make an impact on the Rachels on campuses who desperately need the Lord and to be saved.

For years during my walk with the Lord I never heard preaching on eschatology in order to understand the times we are living in. Neither did I hear solid, Biblical preaching on spiritual warfare and the power given to us through Christ to effectively battle the devil and his cohorts. Estimates are that up to eighty percent of churches do not preach about end times. Reasons may range from pastors not really believing we are close to Christ’s return based on the prophetic clock when Israel became a nation again, to not wanting to alarm their congregations. Yet, it is true at the same time that many a pastor and church feel burdened by this nation’s rapid degradation and depravity. We must stop being blindsided by Satan and his minions doing what they have always done, even at Christian denominational universities or churches. He is especially active where God’s children are, intimidating, manipulating and dominating.

For our young people, piercing the growing darkness of culture does not happen by mimicking those who live in that darkness with objections of feeling triggered, offended or targeted. We have a mandate to be fearless in following Christ, expecting and even rejoicing in persecution.

Sadly, statistics are that anywhere from fifty to eighty percent of Christian students walk away from their faith or stop attending church during their college years. The number one pattern among students who do is new worldviews learned in their classes and from other students. (Italics mine). Other patterns include apathy and underdeveloped spiritual habits like prayer (Christian Standard, 09/05/22, “Preventing Christian Drop Outs: Helping Students Stay Faithful Through the College Years”).

I believe we are living in the age of the Laodicean church. The Lord is urging His church away from complacency and compromise with the world. My heart breaks for Rachel, who appears to have “…traded the truth about God for a lie. So, she (they) worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise!” (Romans 1:25). My heart also breaks for the presumed Catholic student penalized for referring to God as male, unprepared with an answer. Who will mentor her in or out of a church in order that she may understand and utilize the authority given to all of us in Christ to defeat our enemy? Satan is already a defeated foe through His death and resurrection on the cross, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ tells us to “Take heart, He has already overcome the world” (John 16:33).

America has a mission field right on its own soil, not just in faraway, third-world nations. In fact, places in African nations, the Middle East and Asia put we Americans to shame with their miles’ long walks to attend church, real risk of torture or martyrdom, and their Spirit-filled peoples who may worship for the entirety of the Sabbath day. Here, the mission field is walking straight into classrooms all over America and other Western nations. Righteous adults, pastors, clergy and other students of the faith should not shy away from being out of their comfort zones. Rather, the focus should be on just how ripe this harvest is. The only thing that will help young adults to be healthy psychologically, emotionally and spiritually is the good news of the gospel message and Jesus. We need Him more than ever.

Whatever Their World View, No, The Kids Are Not Alright, Part 3 of 4
Wednesday, May 8, 2024

 

One definition of the transitive verb father as in “fathering,” according to Merriam-Webster is “to accept responsibility for.” In this country, due to generations of welfare, sex outside of marriage and divorce, the result has been millions of single mothers. God knew how this would create a societal longing among children for fathers.

Male inmates at a prison asked guards for Mother’s Day cards. They were granted their request. But when it came to Father’s Day a month later, not a single inmate asked for a card to send to their father. One can surmise they weren’t around to raise their sons. Or, if they were, perhaps it wasn’t consistently or with the kind of love and characteristics God expects of fathers.

God designed the father to be the head of the household and to take charge of the spiritual lives of his children. He is also to provide for his family financially. God is the perfect Father. But if you have had an absent or overly punitive father, you struggle to see God for Who He is. My father had excessive expectations of me, while not valuing the worth of girls. He had six daughters. No matter how critical, I still wanted the approval of my father. It also led to troubles with feeling valued by God.

It is not the student, but God, Himself, who is the professor’s target and Biblical truths once instilled in college students, that they might take them into their professions. However, now DEI mandates that oppose Godly principles are perpetuated by antagonistic professors and administrators who punish and squash the expression of Christian values. But these mandates are actually smokescreens for partiality, racism and Progressive uniformity of thought.

There is plenty of religious zeal on college campuses in America, but it is for things like the sanctity of the planet, rather than life in the womb. It is also about minorities as more deserving of admissions and good grades based on their skin color, and “safe spaces” for them to self-segregate. It is about the transgender movement and recently, Hamas sympathizing antisemitism. These evil and delusional things create great pressure on students to not only acknowledge, but promote. If they do not, from peers to professors, they may likely be ostracized, alienated or suffer academically.

The other half of the student’s response to her professor is that she was raised in church with the belief that God is male. That did not gain her any traction with having her grade elevated. Being raised in church is not what university staff care about. What matters is pronouns and power over the patriarchy—though they are just fine with females attempting to turn themselves into males with transgender surgeries. The theology professor’s response was a cool: “Resubmit your paper adding a footnote stating your reasons as a scholar to opt to preserve the male language for God.”

This smacks of the cunning of the devil asking, “Is God really male?” The enemy knows that God is Spirit (John 4:24) and cannot be placed in a gender box.

When parents heard this story, they complained that young adult children should be safe from “subjective, punitive and unjust actions at Catholic institutions.” Ouch. There is that word “safe” that is running head-bobbing college administrators and diversity departments ragged to provide comfort zones for young adults to protect them from imaginary dragons of harm and offense. Christians need not apply though. Truly, the world will hate us because it also hated Christ (John 15:18).

Parents should expect their children to be physically safe at universities, but God never said to shield young adults from suffering for the faith as followers of Christ. “But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats” (1Peter 3:14).

Whatever Their World View, No, The Kids Are Not Alright, Part 2 of 4
Sunday, April 28, 2024

           

 

 

           Yet, no doubt the same noble sacrifice ascribed to Rachel would not be given to the Christian student in prayer and fasting against the cultural tide of rebellion against God—a real existential threat to the survival of America and other Western nations.

            Consider a college student attending Catholic Loyola Marymount College. She was stunned to receive a poor grade on a paper from her theology professor for referring to God as male (“Catholic University Student Penalized for Referring to God as a Man” The Federalist, 12/22/21).

            Her response to her LGBT++ activist professor, “I feel targeted by your comment…” left me a bit dismayed. She engaged in the very same feelings-based, victimology verbiage so common on the Left. They never stop feeling offended by everything from our Constitution to Mr. Potato Head.

            The fact that a radical, LGBT++ activist is even on staff as a theology professor at a Catholic University is a barometer of where we are as a society. A.W. Tozer said, “Religion today is not transforming people; rather it is being transformed by the people. It is not raising the moral level of society; it is descending to society’s own level, and congratulating itself that it has scored a victory because society is smilingly accepting its surrender.”

The Pope is doing such. He leads the way in a kind of Marxist Liberation theology heavy on social justice rather than on pointing people to Jesus to be saved. But then, he has said that everyone, including atheists are saved. He is the only figurehead of any denomination of Christianity that gets a seat at the U.N. table to perpetuate the deception of Climate Change—which he does. He also has an issue with the sovereignty of nations and the right to protect their borders from unlawful, mass migration. And, just recently, he gave his approval for same-sex couples to be blessed by priests.

Many other churches too, have begun filling pastor appointments with homosexuals, draping the entrances to their houses of worship with rainbow flags and taking up a pro-abortion, detestable-to-God shedding of innocent blood advocacy. Others inject Critical Race Theory, or the concept that in order to stop racism, one must be racist towards Caucasians, into children’s Sunday school lessons. If churches are becoming less inclined to counter culture, how much more so are colleges, even though many were founded on Biblical principles?

The fact is, even at faith-based colleges, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) mandates reign supreme. The student appears to be in a no-win kind of situation. Just what does academic pursuit have to do with defending how God chose to reveal Himself to mankind? If this student wrote a paper about her father as a “he,” would she be taken to task for referring to dads as males? Maybe. Even our own Congress has tried to toss out gender in favor of being “woke.”

In an article titled, “No more ‘he’ or ‘she,’ House Approves Gender-neutral Terms in its Official Language,” McClatchy DC, 1/4/21, Nancy Pelosi is quoted as saying: “As House Speaker, I am pleased to join Chairman Jim McGovern in introducing this visionary rules package, which reflects the views and values of the full range of our historically diverse House Democratic Majority.”

The package she refers to is specific, official language found in the House rules. Here are just a few of the words found in various parts of the code they voted to eliminate: mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother, and himself and herself replaced with themself.

It seems the fix was already in with a poor grade that could only be raised if the student convinced her professor that it is acceptable to preserve God’s reference to Himself. To do so she would have to find a way out of dragging Him into twenty-first century academia’s obsession with gender inclusivity and preferred pronouns.

We cannot dispute or cancel God’s choice to reveal Himself to humanity in the male form. From the Book of Acts to the Book of Revelation, the Greek word “Theos,” or a reference to God as male is mentioned nine-hundred times. One-hundred-and-sixty times, Christ referred to God as the Father. Yet, as of right now, Bibles are being re-written with gender-neutral pronouns so as not to offend the gender confused, the “toxic masculinity crowd” or those who rail against the patriarchy.