Neal, there's a great deal of difference between seceding and forming your own country when the present government fails to fails to follow The Constitution and rioting with the intent to tear down the established order. The war was about ill-gotten gains, but not on the South's account. Let me tweak your imagination as to why the War Between the States was fought: "so that Northern Industrialists could obtain the South's abundant natural resources for pennies on the dollar." There's your ill-gotten gain for you! That's exactly what the North got during Reconstruction. If you dig into the history of it you'll realize that slavery was only a "scapegoat" reason for starting that illegal war that cost almost 700,000 lives. In the words of President Jefferson Davis: "All we wanted was to be let alone."
Jim, he who is not against you is for you. John Y is right. The Assemblies of God adhere to the same basics of the faith that we all do. They are my brothers and sisters in Christ! And they are yours too, whether or not you choose to recognize them as such.
Jim Lincoln wrote: Ah, but as I have often pointed out, and too bad a person who I suppose is an atheist has to do say this, and she really shouldn't have to, excerpt from article. What is interesting is that the Gideons give out either the AV or NKJV, which should make 90% of the Christian parents unhappy, "AV only" types will be in an uproar and any Bible other then the AV, and the "Just about anything but the AV" types will be somewhat irritated they have something else to take the paper recyclers if their kids get an AV. Fifth grade is still too young for a person to comprehend the Bible, something that the Gideons should realize.
Bibles should be passed out to adults only.
Couldn't disagree more, Jim. If you worked oversees in a Muslim country, your kid might actually come home with the Muslim Scripture. So why shouldn't we!?
Included in mankind's mandate to rule over God's creation in Genesis is the mandate to tend it and to keep it.
(Gen 1:28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
(Gen 2:15) And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.