"Are conservative Christians hypocritical and selective when it comes to the Bibleâ€™s condemnation of homosexuality"
I think the debate which has emerged in these last few decades over homosexuality is more about Liberalism in the church and society than what reprobates might perceive in a moral way on homosexual practice.
The debate directly embraces the law of God and forces the non-Christian population to consider a choice which previously didn't bother them too much.
For thousands of years mankind has observed and agreed that homosexuality was abnormal as well as morally wrong. They didn't require Scripture to teach this, they simply saw that it was naturally the wrong way to have sex. Homosexual practice stood alongside rape, incest and paedophilia in previous times. Even adultery was frowned upon by the majority of society.
In recent times we have observed sex before marriage, single parenting, adultery and abortion emerge as acceptable in western societies. There are even parts of society which try today to legalise paedophilia.
During these times of the rejection of church, Bible and therefore God, it is no big surprise to see homosexuality, transgender and other forms of unnatural sins become valid to lawless and evil hearted sinners who are without God.
First Table wrote: Does the 2nd Commandment prohibit a photograph of an animal or loved one in "heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth" (Ex 20:4)? If not, then why would a painting, sculpture or even a photo
Yes! Of course the 2nd Commandment has been violated here just as Angela has stated below. This is a "graven image" in its true definition and disobedience.
Of course I would not expect our "dumb idol" worshipping Roman Catholic apostates to be able to grasp this simple fact, since their reading of Scripture has always been and still is ambiguous and vague to say the least. After all this kind of insult is a regular rite and blasphemy for the papists.
This cartoon is an inappropriate and carnal display of the ignorant Liberals and their attacks upon the Lord and true Christianity.
Ex 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
"The Lordâ€™s Prayer should be taught to children in the nationâ€™s schools, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said"
Whats this Rowan? Evangelism through the schools because the C.of.E cannot reach anybody anymore - children or adults!!
Desperate measures for Liberals trying to justify their existance under the title of "church."
Phil 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
"â€śThe Olympic movement has always been clear that it should not be used to promote any religion,â€ť says a source at the Games."
The Bible Society should have checked, obviously someone in management failed to do their job properly. Anyway I should imagine they have other non-logo Bibles on the shelf to use. In todays politically correct western world these things cannot now be taken for granted. Christianity, church and Bible are being actively rejected and fought against by the reprobates and their increasingly secular society. There is no fear of God in them!
Rom 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
""Men and women, out of emptiness of their current situation spiritually, are turning to faith in Jesus Christ despite the literally lethal risks in doing so," Moeller said. "Thatâ€™s only attributable to the work of the Holy Spirit.""
Persecution is not only a painful process but provides the perhaps curious basis on which the church grows.
Matt 5:10 "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
Praise the Lord for His continued work and witness in this fallen world.
"In a speech designed to convince the world that â€śgay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights,â€ť Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said religious objections to homosexuality should not stand in the way"
Hillary Clinton being a Liberal is anti-Christian, anti-Bible and therefore anti-God.
Her immoral stance on this evil practice this abomination is typical of the satanic evil community of Liberals.
However this disease is becoming epidemic amongst politicians and bureaucrats in western nations.
Ultimately Satan's aim will be to establish enough doubt amongst the non-Christian community to alienate the Bible and Christianity.
And as Peter teaches in 2Peter2 there are many false churches who support this abomination to the rejection of Scripture, like the Anglican/Episcopalian church of deceit.
God's law states Lev 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
But Liberals such as Hillary cannot receive the truth of Scripture, they belong to Satan and the dominion of sin.
Gradually Biblical Christianity is being marginalised and seen as irrelevant by the reprobate majority.
Liberalism as an epidemic is spreading through the institutions such as governments, judiciary, establishment churches, schools and industry. These institutions lack real authority which comes only from God. The most obvious example of this is moral authority which no longer even exists in the establishment (national) churches and in political leadership.
The True Church therefore is sidelined and rejected by bureaucracy which becomes the authority amongst the people. The Bible is reduced to mythological status and seen to be old fashioned relating to a time when people were naive in their thinking and philosophy of life.
Predictions: Matt 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools"
Homosexuality, CNN and the Roman Catholic church all come from the same evil source. Satan and sin!
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
WMXE wrote: A) If he were Roman Catholic, his priest could rebuke him privately or he could be excommunicated by his bishop/pope (Matthew 18).
B) In the Protestant world, every man interprets the Bible himself
A) No Need. ALL Roman Catholics being idolatrous and blasphemous hypocrites and deceivers are already excommunicated from the True Church which follows Scripture and not some silly Traditions invented by sinners. Thus as the Bible predicts the blind follow the blind; - The blind papist follows the blind Vatican.
B) NO! In the real world of the Protestant Church we follow the Word of God which states, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you." John 16:13
So "popes" whether little or big are irrelevant in the lives of the elect of God. We are taught by the Holy Spirit indwelling within us and working Faith in our hearts.
The true Protestant Reformed Church are lead and taught by divine hands. - Unlike the Roman Catholic salvation by self help (works) and Vatican Traditions.
Jim Lincoln wrote: the Sabbath and First Day are not the same thing, The Sabbath will always be on Saturday
Not only do you use a bad translation of Scripture but you are not acquainted with the Christian Sabbath.
"The subject is one which is of immense importance. It is not too much to say that the prosperity or decay of organized Christianity depends on the maintenance of the Christian Sabbath. Break down the fence which now surrounds the Sunday, and our Sunday schools will soon come to an end. Let in the Hood of worldliness and pleasure-seeking on the Lord's Day, without check or hindrance, and our congregations will soon dwindle away. There is not too much religion in the land now. Destroy the sanctity of the Sabbath, and there would soon be far less. Nothing in short, I believe, would so thoroughly advance the kingdom of Satan as to withdraw legal protection from the Lord's Day. It would be a joy to the infidel; but it would be an insult and offence to God." Sabbath: A day to keep. J.C.Ryle.
â€śI believe the Bible is the word of God, so who am I to ignore something from it?"
Good to hear!!
With the doctrinal decline in the churches the Sabbath has suffered as well as all else Christian and Biblical. The Sabbath (Sunday) was one of the first casualties on this road to hell. I remember reading that an 19th century minister stated that if the Sabbath was lost to the nation then the nation would suffer badly. All too true!!
Jim Lincoln Sunday is the day on which the Christian Sabbath falls.
"a majority also believe that the importance of identifying with a denomination will diminish over the next 10 years."
At a time when the dread disease of Liberalism is killing all authority, decency and morals it should be noted at the core of Liberalism is "anarchy."
In the churches this means anarchy from God and His Holy Word, law and doctrines.
In society it means anarchy in the institutions of government, justice, education and administration of the community, marriage, and includes moral standards. Thus actual "authority" ceases to exist within the society.
Denominationalism is a form of authority over groups of people who pay allegiance to a specific creed. Being thus grouped together they fall under a specific authority.
Removal of authority is Satan's method of crowd control by chaos. The denomination, viz church is broken up and as they say "united we stand divided we fall."
Somewhere in the OT (I can't remember the verses) it talks of the people "going their own way" - significant of this kind of sinful practice.
Jesus, Son of God taught... Matt 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
And the hell bound reprobates of this world, in their ignorance of truth, cannot understand this either. So how are they going to understand marriage according to the law of God?
Prov 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Prov 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
Prov 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
Prov 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
Prov 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. 17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
"ROD" H7626, shêbeṭ. "From an unused root probably meaning to branch off; a scion, that is, (literally) a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or (figuratively) a clan: - X correction, dart, rod, sceptre, staff, tribe."
"research shows the children of cohabiting parents are at risk for a broad range of problems, from trouble in school to psychological stress, physical abuse and poverty."
Working against God as western nations now do is going to bring wrath upon nations and individuals. Marriage between man and woman was ordained and established by God. 'ANY' alternative to that which God has created is punishable by wrath.
Job 36:18 Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.
"calls to Muslims in Britain to launch Internet campaigns in support of the British rioters and to urge them to topple the government."
Most of the muslims in Britain and other western countries, have settled down to a "decent" civilised life. They are very happy with this life since they receive the benefits of an education, job, house, car and prestige in the community. Back in their old countries they "riot" to try to get some of these benefits, eg democracy, which the westernised muslims now enjoy in abundance.
Therefore the majority of muslims in western countries are not going to pay heed to these chaotic ideas to rock the boat.
Interesting that the western countries have the historic foundation of being Christian in their national religion.