pennned wrote: BJU lost their status and had to pay million in back taxes and more. "Revocation of exempt status is a financial death penalty for most churches, as an estimated 85% of them barely break even or operate at a loss, with most of their efforts geared toward helping the needy. [...] have we not learned enough from roe v wade what a worldly movement can do?
God bless penned, these are some of my notes/thoughts in examining this argument:
Affirming the Consequent: Invalid
If Artery is saying that Churches who lobby to have âfreedoms taken away from ANYONEâ should have their tax exemptions revoked, then Artery is saying these Churches should be shut down. Artery is saying that these Churches should be shut down.
If p then q q Therefore p
Modus Ponens: logically valid, yet is it sound?
If Artery is saying that Churches who lobby to have âfreedoms taken away from ANYONEâ should have their tax exemptions revoked, then Artery is saying these Churches should be shut down. Artery is saying that Churches who lobby to have âfreedoms taken away from anyoneâ should have their tax exemptions revoked. Therefore he is saying these Churches should be shut down.
What really concerns me about the Roman Catholics now being referred to as Christian, is that those who are ready to attack the Christian faith are given more ammunition with the fallacy of equivocation ("the misleading use of a term with more than one meaning or sense"). Atrocities that were once attributed to, The Catholic faith, are now (even in historical documentaries), blanketed over the Christian faith in terms of responsibility. When in truth, persons who had been following Jesus' teaching during these alluded to points in history, would have been tortured, executed, and/or exiled as heretics.
If people represent themselves as police officers unlawfully, they are charged for impersonating a police officer. Moreover, in every occupation people expect to see the attributes of the said occupation in the person professing that line of work before they hire them. Yet, if individuals, or groups say they are Christians, people accept without merit. I have experienced this in general, and I have experienced this personally with a professor who went against me vehemently to argue that the Nazi's were Christians.
âFor a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit." â Luke 6:44 (NKJV)
"But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust. Glory to God for His Grace
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus."
~ 1 Timothy 1:8-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
May God be with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering great trials, giving them a clear vision, and comfort of the glory that awaits them! May they be as the martyr Stephen, and, Christ Himself Who asked The Father that their persecutorâs sin not be held against them... O help us, Abba Father!
"...in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them..."
"Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."
Jeran Artery is quoted: "Churches that lobby to have rights and freedoms taken away from ANYONE should absolutely have their 501(c)3 status revoked!!!"
In my view the title of the article is misleading. What Artery is saying is that he thinks these Churches should lose their tax exemption status. Since he has not plainly stated that they should be "SHUT DOWN," I believe that the article may be making a fallacious claim/statement. The article maintains that many Churches would need to shut down if their tax exempt status was revoked, but no evidence is presented that this is what Artery is saying. From this article all I can go on from the information presented, is that Artery believes that particular Churches should not be Government supported.
May God bring you His comfort, hope, and everlasting peace that transcends all understanding.
"Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.â'
~ Genesis 2:18 (ESV)
"Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted."
~ Psalm 25:16 (ESV)
"I lie awake; I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop."
~ Psalm 102:7 (ESV)
"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand himâa threefold cord is not quickly broken."
~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 English Standard Version (ESV)
I am chronically ill and isolated and rarely get a visitor, yet Jesus says: "I was a stranger and you welcomed me," "I was sick and you visited me," and, "I was in prison and you came to me."
âWhen the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, âCome, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.â Then the righteous will answer him, saying, âLord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?â And the King will answer them, âTruly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'"
Puzzled wrote: "He said to them, âYou will surely say this proverb to Me, âPhysician, heal yourself!" (Luke 4:23a). Jessica, I think you should pray that the Holy Spirit teaches you why Luke 4:23a was spoken. Also, how can you apply it to BH? My, my, my. I am amazed at the longsuffering of God. I am a recipient of this also. He is patient, gentle, kind, merciful, and wanting men to repent. We see this clearly in BH's case. Was he teachable? Did he receive correction from fellow believers? When he is better, do you think he'll visit Sierra Leone and other parts of ebola stricken Africa? Will patients in the same hospital be healed? Or, are Africans the only recipients of his healing powers?
Greetings and God bless,
As for the proverb: "Physician heal thyself," my concern was that our precious Lord Jesus would hear His people using such hateful words, which He also heard in His time on earth, against another human being made in the image of God.
Jesus used to say to people: "Your faith had made you well." Thus, I do not keep it in mind to follow Benny Hinn's teachings, nor do I keep it in mind to condemn him.
I just watched the video in question, and in my view it is not Mr. Smith having a pro-Gay stance that got him into trouble, but that he was very rude and hostile to a an employee who showed him nothing but respect as a potential customer and as a person. I had to hold back from getting tears in my eyes seeing how he treated the young woman, in asking how she could live with herself regarding her place of employment.
He also criticized customers for eating food that was in his expression: "filled with hate." Many people are not able to have the choices of food to eat that a person making two-hundred-thousand a year has the freedom to make. Many people have food insecurity and are fortunate if they are able to eat healthy food everyday and have a roof over their head.
That being said, I pray Adam Smith finds employment and a way to support his family again. God bless and peace to you all!
Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.
"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We donât want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
SteveR wrote: Ye of the new age do whats right in your own eyes gospel [...] Deuteronomy 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: Deuteronomy 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. Deuteronomy 6:9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
God bless you SteveR,
May I point out that the words of the commandment which God asked parents to, "teach diligently to [their] children," in Deuteronomy 6:7-9, is in Deuteronomy 6:4 which you did not mention:
"'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength."
~ Deuteronomy 6:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jim Lincoln, thank you for sharing about the children's classes, and may God bless you in your daily study of His Scriptures!
Andrea wrote: I think it's very sad when Christians refuse to pray for a person,I felt very sad when I read that people will only pray for Benny Hinn's salvation and nothing more.Is that really what Jesus would do? We have to have love for one another,I just felt so grieved with comments that stated they will ONLY pray for Benny Hinn's salvation.We must love one another,and true love,Christ's love prompts us to pray for our brothers and sisters.God truly bless you all.
Thank you Andrea, I was also uncomfortable with the comments, especially people using the proverb that was used to condemn, Christ Jesus, our Lord and Saviour: "He said to them, âYou will surely say this proverb to Me, âPhysician, heal yourself!" (Luke 4:23a).
While I was in elementary school (here in Canada) it was still under the teacher's discretion whether they chose to do daily Bible readings each morning. I heard the Bible daily in grades 1, 2, and 7, and, I believe that is how I learned about circumcision. (Unfortunately, it is also how I learned about other really other traumatic subjects like violent rape. ex. Judges 19) The Bible readings were not (in my view) age appropriate.
As for the aforementioned: Thankfully under The New Covenant, it is a matter of 'the circumcision of the heart'!
"Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them."
~ Colossians 3:19New King James Version (NKJV)
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones."
âBefore I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.â
~ Jeremiah 1:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
"And the Lord said to her: 'Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.'"
~ Genesis 25:23New King James Version (NKJV)
"But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.â
~ Luke 1:43-45 New King James Version (NKJV)
"I was cast upon You from birth. From My motherâs womb You have been My God."
"Then He said to the disciples, 'It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones."
"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."