Check out "When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Yourself" by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett
Very much along the same lines discussed in the article.
Yes we need to be merciful and giving needs to go along with the gospel. But it is far to easy to send "stuff" to help and not really help people. We need to remember that God provides and while we can be his tools, that we need to be wise and discerning about how it is done.
Mike wrote: There shouldn't be a problem with purchasing out of state, as you will pay their sales tax, if any. ......
Some Christians say render to Caesar? Ok then, as long as they imagine Rom. 13 should be applied, we'll have to accept there are 50 Caesars, so render to one who does a better job of it.
In the US you are free to purchase anywhere. The issue is that most states already have "Use Tax" on the books. It has been hard to collect though. If you pay out of state sales tax of 5% and you bring that item back to your state and your state charges 6% sales tax, you owe your state 1%.
Do I like paying taxes? No. Do I think government wastes and charges too much in taxes? Yes. Does that mean I can lie on my tax return and not be committing a sin? No.
You do have the option of rendering to another "Caesar" in this country. All you have to do is move! Why do so many retirees move to Florida? The warm winters is only part of it. LOW taxes is probably the primary reason.
I agree there is a problem in this country, a simple flat tax or national sales tax would be much fairer and easier. Fortunately we have a future to look forward to, where we won't worry about money or belongings.
Frank wrote: Do you think that when you and I exchange thoughts about the Christian walk and scripture that glorify our Lord, that we are not coming together? Do I have to see you? Thanks for your kind response and concern.
I certainly believe we can learn and share in many ways where we don't see each other. However, it's still not worshiping as a community. While I know you are not alone in you acceptance of a private Lord's supper; there is no example of such a thing in the Bible. Even in the case of a home church, many believers gathered together to break bread.
If you seek out a Biblical church and find a good one that doesn't share all your beliefs, you don't have to immediately rule it out. I know at my church all are welcome to attend. To join one doesn't have to subscribe to all the doctrines, so long as they profess Christ and are willing to be educated on why the church believes as it does.
I pray that you find a church you can attend, if there truly are none - perhaps it is time to consider a move. I know when I last changed jobs this was a major consideration.
Frank wrote: I have nothing against those who attend a local body and fellowship and love their brothers and sisters in this manner. I could go into reasons why I donâ€™t attend a local body, but that might not be productive. I live in a populated area, and I know of no church that I would attend, much less join.
The issue with this is that you cannot participate in the Lord's supper in any regular way. Additionally you lack any real oversight, who is there to correct you?
Reading the Bible it always written to God's people as a group. While yes we are part of THE Church, look at the letters in the New Testament - all but one are written to Churches. The apostles went out to preach Christ and set up churches.
Is there really no Church - even within an hours drive you could attend and join? If this is really so, have you searched for denominations that you agree with and send out Church planters?
While it is not a requirement of salvation to join a church, I believe that is what scripture teaches we should do as followers of Christ. We are to come together and worship our Lord.
Scott McMahan wrote: Ugh. A pop-science report of an announcement of an article that's behind a paywall. We don't really know what this study says, just what a pop-science journalist thinks the article says based on a press release. Without being able to read the actual study, which we can't because it's behind a paywall, we don't know if this third-hand report is correct or not. I suggest relaxing to some music while we wait for real scientists to debate the merits of this study. Joe Jackson's song "Cancer" comes to mind. ("Everything causes cancer.")
I looked at the article, while they didn't do as large of a sample as I would have liked (9 different bulbs) and I'm not entirely sure how many cell tissue experiments they did - it looks to show (or at least suggest) that there are serious issues.
The bulbs they tested all had defects in the coating (the phosphor) which allows the UV light to "escape". As expected shining UV light on skin cells in culture caused defects.
adiaphora wrote: I remember being pretty good at Sesame Street's "One of These Things" game. In this list: drug use, alcohol, adultery and homosexuality, "one of these things just doesn't belong."
I agree with the above - I decided to look up the actual statement. See: http://www.shorter.edu/about/personal_lifestyle_statement.pdf
It turns out it doesn't forbid alcohol for faculty and staff completely - it looks like they were trying to compromise and came up with what is essentially it's ok if you drink just don't let anyone see you or talk about it with students.
If your church used wine at communion, you'd be violating this statement.
The problem here is the way the word "evolution" is used.
What they did was make mutant versions of a protein and then selected the best working version, which then underwent successive rounds of changes by mutation until a semi-efficient protein was found. So it's really mutation and artificial selection - like breeding dogs or farm animals with desirable traits, just on a molecular level.
Jerry wrote: Please, look around. Of course he wants it hidden. Believe me, they Ian and Bob Jones are not proud openly in the regular public or on line as being apart of Free Masonry and Luciferianism. BUT THEY FOR SURE ARE. http://www.evangelicaltruth.com/index.html Keep looking you will find enough about what the Orange order teaches. They are part of the same team with the Catholics. It only looks like the leaders are not together. That is to fool the people.
That exact site says explicitly that Paisley is not a member - he has preached for them. I cannot say if his intentions were good or bad.
Interesting- I cannot find any online evidence - other than comments like the ones below that Paisley is a Mason.
He appears to be affiliated with (though not a member of) the Independent Orange Order. Which is a fraternal organization, now I'm not a fan of such organizations but I don't see any non-christian overtones to the organization like you do see in masonry - their beliefs (at least published) seem reasonable.
Seems like a waste of Money and time to me to go to Israel and transport all the Harleys - and on top of it - the point was to stand in Solidarity with Israel. Shouldn't the job of ministers be to preach and spread the word?
Then again many of the doctrines of the IPHC are questionable.