We do owe a lot to our Judeo-Christian heritage, (What does Judeo-Christian Mean?) However, the article itself didn't identify the religious people as Protestants, many could be Catholics, a church infamous for not pushing the work ethic The only state that appears to be associated with a particular religion was Utah, infamous for the Mormon cult, q.v., Roman Catholics, Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses. I suppose one should look further and see how productive they are in secular occupations?
Proverbs 6 6 Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, 8 Prepares her food in the summer, And gathers her provision in the harvest. 9 How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? 10 "A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest"-- 11 And your poverty will come in like a vagabond, And your need like an armed man.---NASB
Edward H. Palmer wrote: Do not give them a loaf of bread, covered with an inedible, impenetrable crust, fossilized by three and a half centuries. Give them the Word of God as fresh and warm and clear as the Holy Spirit gave it to the authors of the Bible. . . . For any preacher or theologian who loves God's Word to allow that Word to go on being misunderstood because of the veneration of an archaic, not-understood version of four centuries ago is inexcusable, and almost unconscionable
Strat, the Free Masons will be glad you consider them Christians! George Washington and others were Free Masons, Thomas Jefferson was a Deist, and Franklin could have been an atheist, he was a lion in French society, and that's no surprise.
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: Only the Gospel changes lives in ways that are presently and eternally transforming. Involvement in political and social activities undermines, distracts from, and potentially corrupts the proclamation of the Gospel.
Ex-Catholic Journal wrote: Crucifix Definition: A sacramental depicting the crucifixion of Jesus that is typically hung on walls and worn as jewelry. Sacramentals are religious objects or practices that resemble the sacraments. They are used to invoke the intercession of the Church. While they do not impart grace to the same degree as the sacraments, sacramentals make the person more disposed to receive grace. A crucifix can be used as an amulet for protection from evil....
, excerpt from Entry on Crucifix. It's really excellent John Y., you should go read it. Protestants don't have crucifixes, or other pagan amulets like the Romish Church. Christ is arisen, so it's obscene to depict him on a cross -- as far as Protestants (Christians) are concerned.
Actually, there's some who think that teaching and using a 450 year-old Bible is the way to go, and pastors don't need to know Greek and Hebrew, wrong
Martin Luther wrote: If through our neglect we let the languages go (God forbid!), we shall lose the gospel too. It is inevitable that unless the languages remain, the gospel must finally perish.
When our faith is held up to ridicule, where does the fault lie? It lies in our ignorance of the languages; and there is no way out than to learn the languages. It is also a stupid undertaking to attempt to gain an understanding of Scripture by laboring through the commentaries of the fathers and a multitude of books and glosses. Instead of this, men should have devoted themselves to the languages.
Doraa, I'm glad you liked my comment on the other thread, about Light Fingered Franny. However, it should be pointed out,
Luke 16:10 "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 16:11 "If therefore you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous mammon, who will entrust the true riches to you? 16:12 "And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?---NASB
I would assume this crucifix/fetish should have went to the family of the man, unless they specifically said it should be buried with him.
John Y., and others about the antichrist, see chapter 13 of Revelation, you can use the summary to Sermon, The Antichrist and the Lamb for guidance in going through the chapter, and for that matter listen to the sermon itself.
Oh, a new nickname for his Unholiness Light Fingered Franny! Pope Confesses He Stole Priest's Cross from Casket. So, John Y., if you have this Pope do your funeral mass, make sure your coffin is closed and locked! You might be stripped naked before you make it to the cemetery! Good thing this priest wasn't Elvis, no telling what this Pope would have stolen off his body!