Est. May 2008

29 July, 2015

Neutral Activities?

Can a Christian small-business owner or clerk provide a service for same-sex 'marriage' and not sin?  That's the question dealt with in the following article, which is actually two articles in one. 

Both articles answer the question, 'yes'; both suggest what I can only call 'deception' – self-deception.


28 July, 2015

Hints

During his trip to Africa, President Obama, speaking to the African Union in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, said:
"I actually think I'm a pretty good president. I believe if I ran again, I could win."

"But I can't," he added.
This statement of 'adherence' to Constitutional term limits for presidents is laughable coming from a man who's overstepped his Constitutional authority on so many occasions since his election in 2008.

But ... he can't run again?  Why not?  FDR did it, and managed a full three terms and two years into a fourth.  How?  National crisis, in particular, the run-up to World War II.

But, you say, we aren't facing anything like that.

I say, not yet.

Think about it.

The current Administration has entered into an 'agreement' with Iran which, from all accounts, is going to leave Iran the possessor of at least one nuclear ballistic missile in a very short time.  A nuclear Iran will be an emboldened Iran, and an emboldened Iran is an Iran which just might try to follow through on its 'Death to America' threats. 

If it does, we have a war ... and Mr. Obama has his excuse for running for a third term – just as FDR did.

Whether he'd win or not is debatable, even though a case can be made that it was the actions of his Administration which allowed – actually, gave – Iran the means to make intercontinental war.


Not so funny any more.

10 July, 2015

Checking the Sell By Date

Ohfercryin'outloud.

For the past three days, at least three – maybe for – folks on my Facebook news feed have posted articles linking to a story from The Christian Post which tells us:
A homosexual man has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, alleging that their version of the Bible that refers to homosexuality as a sin violates his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress.
Today, I saw the same thing pop up on some of the conservative sites I visit.  In every case, the impression is that this is just another example of the assault on religious liberty – particularly Christian liberty – that the Obergefell decision was predicted to cause.  For instance, one article begins with:
Remember, the gay lobby’s goal is not to be “accepted” and to otherwise be tolerant of everyone else’s views. Its goal is to destroy religious freedom and force everyone to tow their extremist rules. And here we see the next step in that crusade. A gay man in Michigan is now suing several Bible publishers because the book has “anti-gay” passages in it. Yes, folks, the gays now want the Bible either sanitized or banned.
And when you check the comments sections of both the articles and the Facebook postings, that's exactly how people are seeing it.

Problem is, it's wrong.  It's not a result of Obergefell, since the article all and sundry are breathlessly linking to was written, not on July 10, 2015, but on July 10, 2008, seven years ago.

And because whomever the first person was to post this article as an example of current religious-liberty assault didn't bother to read the publication date, and because everybody who subsequently linked to this article as proof of same didn't bother to read the original publication date, and because the vast majority of the people commenting on the articles and the Facebook postings seem to believe the link was published today rather than seven years ago, our Prog-lib opponents – you know, the ones we chide so often for not fact-checking their sources and for falling for obvious parodies –have just been handed a pretty good-sized stick to beat us over the head with: 'Seems the story was just too good to check, eh?  So desperate for this to be current you just went with it and didn't bother to check the publication date, eh?  Har, har, har, you bumpkins, you idiots, har, har, har.  Who's working out of Momma's basement now, eh?'


Check the dates on your sources, folks, or risk looking like fools.

08 July, 2015

Repentance


What does it mean for Christians to repent? According to different sources, what it isn't is simply saying, 'I'm sorry'. True Christian repentance is:
[R]epentance is a prerequisite to seeing and entering the Kingdom of God. Those who don't repent cannot be saved; they will perish in their sins.

Repentance is not a penance for guilt or a quick prayer for forgiveness. Repentance is a complete brokenness, a change of heart, and a detest of one's sin.

True repentance means grieving over our sin (which God hates) and coming to the sobering realization that it was our sin that put Jesus on the cross. The Bible calls this godly sorrow, and it leads to salvation.

Repentance is a change of mind that involves turning away from idols in the heart and making a complete change of direction (180° turn) toward God.When a person changes his mind about sin, a change in behavior will naturally result. (emphases in original)
It's also something we cannot do on our own:
No one can even begin to repent without God tugging at a person's heart and pulling that person toward Him (John 6:44). This is God drawing us near to His side, opening our eyes, and giving us the ability to recognize that we need repentance and salvation. We cannot do it alone, and God's amazing kindness and goodness doesn't give up on anyone He is drawing closer.
So, in order to honestly call yourself a Christian, God has to draw you to the point where you're fully aware of your sins, fully aware of what Christ's death means, brokenhearted over your sin, you have to detest sin, and you have to avoid sin to the best of your ability.

Does the following sounds like a true Christian talking?
I want to start by saying that I am a Christian. I always have been and always will be... and I'm also a gay woman who is happily married to a beautiful British Woman named Megan.
It seems ... lacking in that whole repentance thing, doesn't it?

Now, if I read the article rightly, it seems it can be condensed into 'you judgmental haters have no right to judge me', which smacked of being judgmental in itself. And, since the author doesn't elaborate on the 'hate' she's seen on-line regarding homosexuality, we're left to guess – which is a really bad place for her to leave us, considering even telling someone they're sinning, especially when it comes to homosexuality, is 'hate'.

In the midst of her 'anti-hate' diatribe, the author writes, 'Your hatred towards this is unjust and unfair and don't even try to the quote the Bible at me; you may want to actually read it first.' Considering your rather poor exegesis of Scripture, I can completely understand why you wouldn't want anyone quoting Scripture at you.

For instance:
If the sole reason you feel that gay marriage is wrong because it's a sin, and the Bible tells you this is wrong, then I sure as hell hope you don't have bacon with your eggs or indulge in shrimp.
Mark 7:14-19 and Acts 10:9-16 show this to be wrong. And, perhaps, if bacon is a sin, you might want to consider changing your last name, Ms Bacon.
It is not your duty to judge and tell others how to live theirs to ensure your angelic conscious is clear.
To clear our consciences, no; to keep our fellow Christians from sinning, absolutely (take a look at Matthew 18:15-17).
If anything, my relationship with God is better than ever, and I know that I am definitely not going to hell or that my lifestyle is wrong. It's important for people to know that you can be a Christian and gay.
The apostle John has a few things to say about this kind of attitude (all from the ESV):
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)

Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, (1 John 2:4)

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4)

No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. (1 John 3:6)

Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. (1 John 3:8-9)
The simple fact that the author shows such great pride in her homosexuality and in her non-Scriptural marriage shows she has little regard for repentance, something called for – in fact, commanded – fifty-three times in the New Testament (ESV).

That breaks my heart.

05 July, 2015

Kindred Spirits

Lloyd Marcus writes:
Leftists have a problem with Jesus; not with Muhammad, Islam or other religions. Some say Leftists hate Christianity because they are repulsed by moral standards. However, Islam suppresses women and Islamists execute homosexuals and non-believers.

And yet, Leftists defend Muslims to the hilt while attacking Christians at every turn. While Leftists do hate moral standards, their hatred for Christians is deeper, rooted in their disdain for Jesus; a spirit of anti-Christ.

Why do Leftists only target Christian businesses to be forced to service homosexual weddings while ignoring Muslim businesses?

Why are Leftists calling for the Bible to be banned for “hate-speech” while honoring the Quran which calls for the killing of infidels?
The most common explanation we hear is, 'Because Christians won't kill you for offending them'; but an article by Sonia Bailley might actually offer a better explanation.  She writes:
What lies at the heart of Islam is an antipathy towards non-Muslims, as well as a deeply-entrenched duty and commandment from Allah to wage Jihad and eventually subjugate non-Muslims worldwide to Islamic rule in the name of Allah.  Massive street prayer is one form of subjugation conducted only to intimidate and Islamize Western society, to remind non-Muslims who’s really in control.
Swap out a couple of words and you get the following:
What lies at the heart of  Leftism is an antipathy towards non-Leftists, as well as a deeply-entrenched duty and commandment from Progressive Leftism to wage Jihad and eventually subjugate non-Leftists worldwide to Leftist rule in the name of Leftism.  Massive rioting is one form of subjugation conducted only to intimidate and Leftize Western society, to remind non-Leftists who’s really in control.
Birds of a feather, and all that.