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Christopher000 wrote: I don't know...after reading through the article, it seems to me that the pastor and congregants were being intentionally difficult
Christopher000 You probably already know I am a Baptist-type believer
One of the things that mark "us" as different from Roman Catholics and many Protestants as well (when we are in our right minds) is a belief in separation of church and state (separation of Islam and atheism and state won't be bad either)
So when a church gets out of line and violates God's commandment in this case disturbing the peace, the state should handle the matter justly, as pastors (Popes too) are not above the word of God and the state ought to protect people from any church that genuinely hurts, harms and wrongs them, like with pedophiles and religous con men who steal people's money
And it goes both ways, the state ought to protect churches, their clergy, staff and attendees and membes, from those who would slander them, threaten violence and lawsuit (extortion) against them, invade them, vandalize them, gun down those who attend and preach, etc as it should do for all its citizens. BTW the State can best do this when it acknowledges God our Creator exists (different from establishing any denomination)
John Yurich Wrote: What kind of a moronic Catholic does not believe that the Bible states that homosexuality is a sin? I have always believed that homosexuality is a sin because the Bible states so.
There in lies the problem...the bulk of Roman Catholics are unaware of the contents of the bible and are never encouraged to read and study because only the church can interpret it properly. When we don't know what God's Word has to say concerning Christian living, and salvation, etc, then people will believe and live all sorts of ways, unaware...by choice, that they are headed for destruction. Instead of reading what God Himself has to say, they place the fate of their eternal spirits in the hands of a mere man, a church, and Mary. Most Roman Catholics find it unnecessary to read the bible because the church has taught them all they need to know and the way to Heaven. Then there's always Purgatory which gives the false assurance that no matter what, all will reach Heaven...eventually.
I don't know...after reading through the article, it seems to me that the pastor and congregants were being intentionally difficult. Seems to me that they probably turned it up because, in their minds, the complaints were from sinners who didn't want God in the neighborhood. In defiance, they either ignored the complaints and/or turned up the volume to say, "our God is greater and we obey Him, not you" when they should have respected their neighbors simple complaints of excessive volume at unreasonable hours. I don't know about the jail time but I guess if he just wouldn't listen and out up a fight, they didn't have a choice. Seems like they were being arrogant and disrespectful if such a minor issue had to end like this.
The Pope had better take this seriously, no matter what Vatican "intelligence" says they haven't heard. They say he won't be changing his plans, will roll through town in his open top pope mobile, and have a mass in the town square. I would take this very seriously, Pope...you don't mess with these people or laugh off their threats.
Wow, I am so impressed that they would reach out, in their grief, to that little girl in order to help her now and moving forward. What a burden to carry through life and I'm so glad they are helping to ease her and her familys pain, even though it was their father who was lost.
Jim I think it might be good for us to remember Balaam
Was not the anger of the LORD aroused against him, and the Angel of the LORD stood in the way with a drawn sword to kill him?
While Balaam is not the Pople and neither is the Pope, Balaam sin and rebellion against God and make no mistake about it all false Christianity, all false religions are sin and deserve the punishing justice of Holy God
And you and I and everyone of us ought to tremble that we play NOT politics and go awhoring after "prophets" to come and support and advance our political agendas and schemes, especially when they (our political affiliations) are cleary wrong, evil, rightfully hated by Holy God
I suppose Muslims (ISIL/ISIS) have no problem seeing Francis I, even though he is their brother in serving Satan, is a threat to their dominance and tyranny and having the world bow down to them and would want to kill him
Dorcas, my prayers go up for you, your dear husband and the prodigal in your life; you family, especially your parents are always included! I have a feeling you aren't taking a break to relax; may God sustain you with His power, for when we are weak, He is strong. Be weak sister, and let His light shine all the stronger. God keep you!
Compelling Must Hear! Oh that young men(and old)would heed the message given here! Sadly, it is a sobering truth that many a man refuses such counsel. Listen! Be wise! Be happy!
Or, don't listen and be foolish,miserable,sorry,and maybe even worse. Remember Samson!
Great Sermon! Great discernment!
May God open the eyes of His people who lay their heads anywhere there is no threat to their comfort in this life. We have too many places to lay our heads; unlike the Son of man many plan to stay in one place with one thought in mind -"Me." Its tradition.
Wasn't there a story around here about more children being homeschooled in North Carolina than attending private schools? I think that is a counterpoint to this story, and it deserves more study by some high minded academics in the ivy-clad halls of higher learning. The common sense answer is that private schools are too expensive when compared to having one spouse stay home to teach the kids. But it makes no difference to the taxman, so the school board taxes are still paid by the homeowner, whether they have kids or exercise equipment in their bedrooms.