"There are no Biblical examples to support today's "Christian activism." Christ "suffered for us, leaving us an example that we should follow his steps" (1 Pe. 2:21). He sternly and repeatedly rebuked Israel's false religious leaders, yet He never spoke out -- not even once -- against the injustices of Roman civil authority! Nor did He advocate, organize, or engage in any public protests to pressure Rome into changing its corrupt system, or the society of His day its evil ways. He submitted to unjust authorities as Romans 13 tells us we should do today: "Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to Him that judgeth righteously" (1 Pe. 2:21-25). No "activism" here! So it was with the apostles and the early churches.
"If "Christian activism" is God's will, Paul would have been the first to pursue it fearlessly at whatever cost. Yet Romans 13 tells us to obey rulers, and 1 Timothy 2:1-4 to pray for them -- not to attempt to change them by coercion. It is not only foolish but counter-productive to attempt to persuade the unsaved to live like Christians. They can't do it -- and if they could it would only blind them the more to their sin and need of a Savior."---http://tinyurl.com/ypago4
Isaiah 28:7-8 .... For all tables are full of filthy vomit, with no space left.
2 Peter 2:22 What the true proverb says has happened to them: The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.---ESV " It's a good article in that you won't let a son or daughter have anything to do with a social fraternity after reading it. It's even worse than I could imagine!
The only thing that I didn't see is the mention of professors who cooperate with these social fraternities and give an unfair advantage to their members when it comes to grading. But from the article you would probably suspect that anyway.
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I am not going to give you the URL for this article. You can look it up for yourself, if you so desire. The language at the beginning is over the top as is some of the descriptions of what happens with these fraternities
"Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: Inside Dartmouth's Hazing Abuses" --Rolling Stone
An interesting article to wade through - - If you have the stomach for it. They are worse than dogs!
There is a need for A "planned" parenthood, as many women would testify. Of course except in rare cases abortion shouldn't be a part of that. There isn't good healthcare for women in this country,
BBC News wrote: Fact: Before ACA, pre-natal care wasn't normal women's care. Some 87% of insurance plans on the individual market did not offer maternity or labour and delivery as part of their coverage package.
Women have been going into debt, declaring bankruptcy, ruining their lives; all to give birth.
Michael Stafford wrote: ... The GOP is often described as America's pro-life political party. In reality, however, the GOP is not pro-life. At best, it's merely anti-abortion. At worst, it's simply misogynistic. Regardless, the Republican Party's concern for human dignity ends the moment someone is actually born. After that, it's the coldness and cruelty of Ayn Rand and social Darwinism, all the way down.
The SA article gives a little more depth to this one. This gives some more history of the Kurdish movement. What you need to know about the Kurdish referendum ---"Ironically, the vote has led to a rare moment of unity in the Middle East as every one of Kurdistanâs neighbors, plus some of the worldâs leading nations including the United States and the United Kingdom, have condemned the referendum and urged Kurdish leaders in Erbil, Iraq, to call it off. Even bitter rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran are in agreement over this one."
Dave of Oz, the United States was founded by war and was kept together by a war, so there is probably a more intense interest in symbols and other matters of nationalism in this country than there might be another countries.
I noticed that Australia day was not going to be celebrated in one of your States. This didn't seem to cause too much consternation down there? Perhaps that has been reversed?
And apparently hasn't worked for a lot of them, Mike
This article they're really does need some updates and the latest one I could find came from CBS News,
Kate Gibson wrote: Under fire for much of its 100-year history, Planned Parenthood has survived bouts of controversy, legislative attacks and even violence. But the nationâs largest womenâs health network these days faces whatâs shaping into its biggest battle yet: the threatened loss of federal funding that represents more than 40 percent of its operating budget....
Planned Parenthood began receiving federal funds to provide services to low-income women starting in 1970, but since 1976 it has been barred from using public money for abortions. At stake in the current struggle now playing out on Capitol Hill is the roughly $500 million a year the organization gets, largely through Medicaid reimbursements, for services such as cancer screening, offering contraception and treating sexually transmitted diseases.
Chris GP, you have come to a very good conclusion.
A better report
Professor Des Cahill and Dr Peter Wilkinson wrote: ... Cahill, who assisted the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2015, said: âItâs been variously described as a problem or crisis or scandal or nightmare or scourge, but the sexual and emotional abuse of children within Catholic settings by priests, religious brothers and sisters, is ultimately a tragedy of immense proportions.
âMany thousands of lives across the world have been badly damaged, if not destroyed, in the continuing and tragic saga of the sexual abuse of children, which can be traced back to New Testament times in the first century.
âIt has become an unholy mess. It has always been an issue for the Church, not just in the 20th century.
"Peter Wilkinson and I set out to try to answer the question: Why has the Catholic Church and its priests and religious brothers, more than any other religious denomination, become synonymous with the sexual mistreatment of children?
Crux wrote: [ An explosive report airing ... on Swedish television charges that the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X knew about at least three cases of its priests being accused of sexually abusing minors, but failed to enforce a 'zero tolerance' policy. An alleged victim told Crux he believes the Vatican should have done more to hold the society accountable.
At the center of the report are four different men. Three are priests, who remain in active ministry, and one is a former seminarian and volunteer at a church run by the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) in Idaho whoâs been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of abusing seven boys over the course of a decade.
Crux wrote: Since its inception in 1970, the SSPX has been a lightning rod in the life of the Catholic Church. Itâs seen in a favorable light by some Catholics who harbor reservations about the liberalizing reforms unleashed by Vatican II (1962-65), but as retrograde and dangerous by others who object to its hard-line positions on matters such as ecumenism, inter-faith dialogue, religious freedom, and liturgical reform.
Chris G P wrote: .... It was in the plan of God. Many of the Puritans actually prayed for the restoration of Israel and their return to their historical land. Your Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and a lot of the Protestant Replacement theology actually says that God is a liar...
Sadly, many of the Protestant Reformers, with the exception of the above Puritans, couldn't quite get rid of the Replacement Theology and allegorical eschatology of the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox they had been brought up with before they broke with Rome.
Dr. Ice wrote: What do you think of the modern state of Israel? Hardly a day passes without seeing this small country, about the size of New Jersey, in the newspaper or on television news. Why? Because Israel is Godâs elect nation and He is preparing her and the world for "a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall" (Matt. 24:21). The emphasis is upon preparing, because we are still in the church age and not yet in the seven-year tribulation.
Professor Des Cahill and Dr Peter Wilkinson wrote: ... Priest and religious predators have benefited from easy access to children in parishes and schools, particularly those living in one-priest presbyteries and with access to a car. The risk was especially high in countries like Australia and Ireland which historically had a large number of orphanages and residential schools.
The risk of predation is highest in residential settings. That risk continues today, particularly in India and Italy, which have a significant proportion of the Churchâs remaining 9,500 orphanages.
Pope Pius Xâs 1910 decision to lower the age at which children make their first confession to seven years indirectly contributed to putting more children at risk.
Popes and bishops created a culture of secrecy, leading to a series of gross failures in transparency, accountability, openness and trust as they endeavoured to protect the Churchâs reputation as an all-holy institution above all else, even at the expense of childrenâs safety.
Carl I hope you are attending a good local church Look for one pronto, because, I would think while throwing articles like http://tinyurl.com/nqo6nj (Divorce on Trial) might be of some help, but you should have people you can talk face to face to, so you get close personal prayer rather than the long distance variety.
Suicide is not an option. |Divorce is a bad option, suicide is worse.
ABC Radio News wrote: A strong earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday morning, the third temblor to hit the country this month.
The latest quake sent shock waves hundreds of miles out from its epicenter to Mexico City, causing buildings to sway and raising alarm in the capital still reeling from Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake that Mexican officials say has killed 307 people.
Dr. Tim there is one advantage that a denomination has over autonomous churches. I know it's the one and perhaps only đ advantage that the United Methodist Church has in such areas. They stopped individuals that want to be,
3 John 1 9 I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say. 10 For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, neither does he himself receive the brethren, and he forbids those who desire to do so, and puts them out of the church.--NASB
Dr. James Emery White wrote: ...the greater dilemma is how many attenders of such churches would adamantly deny that a cult of personality is being intentionally fostered. Too many allow being fans, and having enthusiasm about ministry, to cloud their judgment. .... [10 Points] .... Some of you are scratching your head, saying âReally? This exists? People are actually engaged in ministry leadership like this?â
More than you might imagine, and yes, itâs repugnant.
1 Timothy 2:11-12 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. ---ESV
JFB Commentary wrote: Â 11. learnânot "teach" (1 Corinthians 14:34 1 Timothy 2:12). She should not even put questions in the public assembly (1 Corinthians 14:35). Â Â Â with all subjectionânot "usurping authority" (1 Timothy 2:12). She might teach, but not in public (Acts 18:26). Paul probably wrote this Epistle from Corinth, where the precept (1 Corinthians 14:34) was in force.
Â 12. usurp authorityâ"to lord it over the man" [ALFORD], literally, "to be an autocrat."
Apparently both branches of the MCUSA -- liberal and conservative have had women preachers for a long time, which of course is wrong no matter if they are liberal or conservative. Often women preachers are extreme in either direction.
My question would be How could a conservative Mennonite Church stay in such a denomination? How could any conservative Mennonite staying in a church that I wouldn't leave such a denomination
Johanna ??? wrote: My conversation partner explained to me that when conservatives agreed to join the newly-formed MCUSA denomination, they understood themselves to be entering into a covenant. As part of that covenant, churches within the new denomination would not bless same-sex unions or ordain gay pastors. That is what the Confession of Faith and the Membership Guidelines said. That is how they understood it.
So those of us who officiate same-sex weddings and support the ordination of LGBTQ pastors are, indeed, breaking the covenant that conservatives thought they signed on to.
Johanna ??? wrote: thing is, that is not the covenant that my church signed on to when it joined MCUSA. Peace Mennonite has been publicly welcoming and affirming since before MCUSA existed. And the denomination invited us in and never once said, âBy the way, youâll have to quit accepting gay people if you want to be in this denomination.â I can guarantee that if we had been presented a covenant that required us to excludesâ LGBTQ people from the full life and ministry of the church, we never would have signed on.