Romans 13: 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
There were those who said Ronald Wilson Reagan was the antichrist because each of his names had six letters. An internet search for George Bush and antichrist garners over 200,000 results. For Jimmy Carter there are over 89,000; for Bill Clinton there are over 302,000; for Bill Gates 61,000+; and for John McCain over 309,000. In other words, this is a non story written to inflame rather than to lead. Political propaganda, folks.
Minnow wrote: "I Wonder what "religious" means in this study???
Perhaps it doesn't refer to an organized religion but to a hunger for religion. Perhaps it points out that here is a field ready for the harvest which if not harvested by Christianity will yet be harvested by cults; by mysticism; by those who deify the mumblings of Nostradamus or Cayce or the Casseopians; by the devil. Hunger will feed on junk food if wholesome food if not offered. See Luke 14:23
I must have missed something. The Sheriff says: "I don't get precise answers, and yes, that concerns me." Answers to what? These people haven't been accused of a crime, have they? Is it a crime to be different? Is it a crime to believe differently? Or, is it a crime to lock your doors?
This article mentions James Dobson, it mentions Shirley Dobson, it mentions George Bush. It refers to "talking points, sample letters to governors and a list of "alternative inclusive observances."" And it speaks of the conflict between parties who seem to want to be the "star" of the organization. But there is no mention of Christ, of the Holy Spirit or of Holy Scripture. I conclude that they need to pray.
Or: (Luke 4:5,6)And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
I wonder what version he is reading. I searched the Sermon on the Mount and in chapter 5 verses 31 & 32 I find the wife referred to as "his wife" and as "her." And Romans chapter 1 verse 27 clearly (not obscurely) refers to relations between men as "error." I will wait for him to explain his stance with chapter and verse, but in the meantime I will consider that he has not read the Bible and that he is wrong. Perhaps we should send him a copy of the KJV New Testament.
A shot glass? I'd like to have a set. Now if only I can find which bars they'll visit tonight. Seriously, personally handing someone a shot glass is at least braver than leaving a tract on a bus seat or a bathroom basin because you're too ashamed of your belief to give them from your hand to his hand.
Bibles forbidden in schools. Bibles taken out of hotels. The words of Amos 8:12 " And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it." seem to be coming to pass. Buy a good sturdy Bible and hide it. Get others to do the same. Memorize as much as you can. Read it to your children and grand children.
What a wonderfully biased article. For example in the first paragraph: "Pentecostal or charismatic Christianity is...an emotional, theologically suspect form of the Christian faith." in the second the phrase: "...the charismatic gifts, such as tongues and healing..." So these Spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12) become emotional and suspect. Also we first see three in ten adults as charismatic a decade ago, now we have 36%. Three sounds so much smaller than 36. But the impact would have been lessened if it reported 30% ten years ago and 36% today. That doesn't sound like nearly as many, does it? Then the numbers appear to grow even larger when it is reported that 36% is about 80 million adults today without a contrasting total from ten years ago. From three, to 36, to 80 million. An epidemic. The growth of the charismatic point of view, IMHO, is best summed up in the paragraph: " Pastoral education is another major distinction. A large majority of the Senior Pastors of non-charismatic churches (70%) have graduated from a seminary. Not quite half of the charismatic pastors (49%) have a seminary degree." I read that as saying the 70% have had the spirit squeezed out of them. (And yes, I do have seminary degrees).