Fear mongering from the left wing media blowing it out of proportion, fear mongering from right wing fanatics like Alex Jones insisting that Obama is infecting the US with ebola to usher in martial law. To be honest, I cant help but wonder if the whole thing is a hoax to keep your focus off of something else. Im not saying I believe that, but it is a thought.
I know what your thinking: Did he fire six shots, or only five? Well, to tell you the truth I lost count myself in all this excitement. But being as this is a 44 Crayola mag, the most powerful crayon in the world, and could blow your head clean off, you got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky?
Its simple. If God controls every action I take, then must be responsible for the sinful ones as well, or else he is only responsible for the non sinful ones, meaning he is not responsible for every single action I take.
Just to be clear, I dont fully understand all this, but I do know that God cannot be responsible for every action I take because some (or many) of them are sinful, and God does not cause us to sin.
What did you see, a demon or something? Can you describe it? If your not comfortable doing so, dont worry about it. Ive always found stories like that interesting.
I had a friend once who told me that when he was younger he would be laying in bed and immediately he can just sense a presence in the room. Then he said he would feel what seemed like a hand over his mouth and nose and he couldnt breathe very well, and felt like he was suffocating. Then after so long (I cant remember how long he said it was) it would just stop. I forget how long he said that went on for, and there may be more to story than I remember. I could tell he wasnt lying as he wasnt the type. After he told me that, I wasnt thrilled about staying the night at his house lol. I believe his story and yours as well, since demonic oppression is a very real thing. Sometimes I think Christians forget there is a darker, nefarious side to the spirit realm.
Thanks for the info about Mars Hill Mitchell, I found it interesting. When I first got saved, I found Mark Driscolls sermons online, and at the time he appealed to me because he has something of a college humor type way of preaching, and I was only like 21. His adoration of UFC, and heavy metal matched my own Idols of that time. Well, even in my ignorance then, I knew enough to know this guy was bad news the more I listened to his sermons. I think his sermon on humor in the Bible was the last straw for me as it was so irreverant, that I couldnt believe a man of God would say such things. Thankfully, by the grace of God Ive come a long way since then, and probably couldnt stomach five minutes of this clown now.
Since a church has to apply for a 501c3, Im not sure what your getting at. To answer your question, I dont know. Ive only been attending for a short time, and it hasnt occured to me to ask. Im pretty sure they are not though.