We live in a day when it seems the electorate has been reduced to the choice of who or what they're voting against. After the John Warner Act which begun the process of doing away with Habeus Corpus and Posse Comitatus (a process further accelerated by the NDAA passed by Obama under the cover of darkness in 2011), the increased government promotion of Sodomite marriage (even in the military), and Obamacare, please forgive me if I am not exactly moved by whether or not marijuana is legalized. http://images.sa-media.com/images/smilies/embarrassment.gif
Michael Hranek wrote: MS Thank you for your post regarding Slowly Becoming Catholic For me it is a heartbreaking accurate observation of not just the SBC but pretty much most modern day churches perhaps you might be blessed by this brief clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGMG_PVaJoI A Call to Anguish - David Wilkerson "That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection, AND the Fellowship of His Sufferings ........" Phil 3:10 kjv
Thank you for that clip. The Lord use it as a wake up call for His church. Brokenness is one of revival's prerequisites.
Phillip Mezzapelle wrote: In my opinion, the most christian and best tax code would be to just simply have a flat tax rate for everyone. For example, 10% of an individuals income. No more, and no less. Of course, we need to realize that for this to take place we would need to have God fearing and honest political leaders. It would probably also require the elimination of the federal reserve with its corrupt banking. And in the case of the United States, it would mean having to abbandon its sinful foreign policy of starting wars and conflicts. Of deposing and establishing foreign dictators all in the name of democracy. A "democracy", however, that our founding fathers would never have embraced.
My sister was a sweet and normal playful toddler. Unfortunatly a vaccine she received at birth being administered by the British government caused her body to painfully atrophy just before her third birthday, this process lasting an excruciating 2 years also leaving her in a state of mental retardation to boot. She suffered in this condition all the way to her death at age 32. She was a normal and happy child that bought my parents a lot of joy, until the delayed side effects of that vaccine began occurring. This happened to thousands of other children in the UK during the 1950's and 60's resulting in a massive lawsuit against the British government filed by many of the parents of these children. You can guess which side of this issue I fall on. And I'm not promoting any so called healthy alternatives neither do I have any money trail to speak of. This much I will say, and that is that government has no business mandating foreign substances to be injected into my body or the body of my children. No business...WHAT....SO....EVER!!
BTW, The parents won. I'm sorry my parents didn't partake.
I agree with Chuck Baldwin this much. In that the church, 501c3 or no, has no business being a government propaganda mouthpiece, or a servant of the state in any way shape or form. You either serve God or the state. You cannot serve two masters. It's one thing to be a good citizen and obey all wholesome laws, and another to be a statist. While I've long since ditched reconstructionism and the right wing social gospel (the left wing social gospel I won't touch with a 10 trillion foot pole), there is a balance to be struck. Christians need to render unto Caeser, in part by supporting and promoting those things which are good and pure. (see the Westminster Larger Catechism on the sixth and seventh commandments) Adolf Hitler bragged that his most powerful domestic tool used by the Nazis was the servile clergy and their tortured and distorted interpretations of Romans 13. He was actually quoted to have said, ‚ÄúThe parsons will dig their own graves. They will betray their God to us. They will betray anything for the sake of their miserable jobs and incomes.‚ÄĚ Is this what we want for our Lord's churches?
Michael Hranek wrote: FG Thanks for replying I believe it is safe to say we desperately need an aware understanding discernment of these kind of things in our churches and Pastors who will stand up for the Truth as well.
Michael Hranek wrote: FG Does your awarness extend to celebrity authors and works such as CS Lewis and Narnia or J. R. R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings (Harry Potter? Star Wars? Perhaps even "Veggie Tales?"
I don't know about veggie tales, but to the rest I would have to say yes. (Especially Harry Potter.)
Overt occult symbolism is not necessarily something to scoff at. It's one way that entertainers proudly advertise to the world, the "god" they worship and love. Some (like Kate Perry and Tore Ames) are a little more obvious about it than others. In reform circles(which circles I dwell) it's somehow considered unsophisticated to actually know about this stuff. So they allow their kids to absorb this stuff in the name of "Christian liberty." In my church the results can be seen in the rude disrespectful behavior of many of the children. These entertainers are doing us a favor by putting their satanic and occultic devotions on display. We should be taking advantage of this by marking and avoiding. It's hard enough dealing with the sin that exists naturally in our kids' hearts, we don't need to make our jobs harder as parents by exposing them to the demonic elements that will stir up that sin all the more. As for us we need to be guarding our hearts and putting a sentinel at the eye and ear gates, the entrances to the soul. And this not just on Stupor Bowl Sunday, but everyday. We see the outward symbols put on display by Kate Perry. Is it surprising to find such filth in her songs?
This is not an Arminian vs. Calvinist issue. The type of Calvinism that would not allow for self defense or defense of family may well be a form of hyper-Calvinism that would not even allow for the open call of the Gospel. And I say this as a Calvinist myself. I also say that there is nothing unbiblical about self defense. Even Jesus recognized that that there were times when it was necessary to be armed. Luk_22:35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Luk_22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. You see it's one thing to live by the sword and another to defend yourself with one, or a gun for that matter. I hope that I do not have to explain that that principle applies to both swords and guns. While I myself do not own a gun (though maybe I ought to), I support the individual's right to bear arms, and if the bible has anything to say about it, it looks like Jesus would not have had anything against an armed populace. And no, there was no evidence in that passage that Jesus was merely engaging in hyperbole.
The public perception of the police over the years is changing. Wherein at one time they were perceived as a member of the community, a helper and a servant, that perception has largely changed to one of an occupying force. I personally have been pulled over and ticketed three times for trumped up offenses that I did not commit probably for nothing more than to try to provide "revenue" for the local municipalities. One gets the idea that they are becoming less about law enforcement and more about enforcing the will of individuals. (I.E. politicians, special interest etc.) I remember reading what William Penn said once, that a people who would not be ruled by God would eventually be ruled by tyrants. I personally am not for a police state, but I can't help but wonder if what William Penn said is not the dynamic at work here. And no, I'm not for the killing of police, OK?!
It's not New Year's Eve yet. Didn't he pass NDAA when everybody was too busy partying on New Year's eve 2011? You know. That's the law that says that an American citizen can be arrested without warrant, imprisoned indefinitely without trial, without anyone else's knowledge and even be executed if he were merely suspected of being a "terrorist." (see FBI's list of potential terrorists) Ever since the Patriot Act this kind of stuff was piled on under the cover of darkness while we were busy watching football or attending our "Passion" conferences. It doesn't help when Christians are being turned into Romans 13 zombies that do not do the work of a Berean when it comes to they're favorite 'those who seem to be somewhat' pastors' distorted teachings on that passage that do not contain the entirety of the of the biblical witness regarding a Christian's true relationship to the government. Personally I will console myself with the truths in Ps. 37 in regards to wickedness in government. Psa 37:1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. Psa 37:12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. Psa 37:13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.