Thanks,Unprofitable but in order for us to help our brother remove the speck from his eye,we must first judge it to be something which must be removed in the first place. I don't think that's tantamount to self-righteousness. If we love God,we will want ourselves and our brothers and sisters to put away that which is unwholesome and destructive. But for the grace of God,go I. I would like to see Christians to be consistently zealous when it comes to protesting sexual sin-whatever its form. I can easily understand the homosexual agenda as Judgment on us all (myself included). Probably most all of us have contributed to the decadent society in which we find ourselves today. It's when we don't take heed and repent that we find ourselves ineffective. God cannot be pleased with this country and He has been ever so patient.
Rubio,seemingly,has Catholic ties.His name and birthplace kind of suggests that. We can pray that he would hear God's word rightly divided and praise God that His Word NEVER goes out void! Nor will it be compromised-en vogue or out.
Unprofitable,I'll start with this post of yours "...You mentioned that you find it hypocritical that people would speak out against a sin and yet have issues in other areas of their lives. That would silence the entire church of Christ, if we had to wait until we were perfectly righteous to speak out against the evils of our day." I would disagree.According to the Bible,we may judge anything (except hearts) as long as we are not guilty of that which we are judging...remove the plank from our eye so we may then be able to address the speck...if one is not guilty or contributing to sexual sin,one may judge other sexual sin. It's much easier to navigate the internet than television. Maybe there is just one or 2 stations on the t.v. that have wholesome viewing? I doubt it. Even the weather channel is inappropriate. Is it worth buying viewing time? Even the "christian" television stations are carnal. However,there are many clean Christian sites on the internet and except for a recent logging into my email where I got an unlovely gander at "saints" cheerleaders in their unholy garb, I can easily avoid unwholesome material.I don't go to secular sites.
Answers are in the Bible.There is no psychology in the Bible.There is no need for psychoanalysis. The only analysis necessary is to examine oneself to see if they be in the faith. We,of course,by the Holy Spirit are to care,encourage and support our fellow brethren who are downhearted;grieve with those who are grieving,and pray. The greatest Counselor is the Holy Spirit; "psycho logists" need not apply. And,not sure about the abortion issue,pennelope...no excuse for it. There is immunity within the human body for some junk food-pizza is actually beneficial.
Anyone who thinks that a person is overweight because they eat too much is ignorant of many common medical conditions which can be the cause. Even stress will cause a person to hold on to weight. And,"no",I'm not overweight. How unChrist-like to make assumptions. A fool speaks before knowing the truth and then after without discernment.
Well stated,Wayfarer. I still think that whenever people want to vandalize,loot and destroy a place then they should remove all the people who aren't to protect them and then just make the place that's all destroyed the new home for all of the derelicts who tore it up. Then they can live in their mess without police protection and the taxpayers wouldn't have to pay for it either-kind of like a territory prison. It may sound merciless but people shouldn't be allowed to destroy and kill others because they feel like it. And if they don't care for the police, then they should live in an area amongst themselves without police protection. ...sounds like Chicago. They kill each other there and no one says much but if they commit a crime and get shot in the process somewhere else-then everyone cares.Situational ethics or sin nature?
I'm not gauging it by this particular site. Most of the churches in my area would take issue with a lot of what is on this site as far as BG,ecumenical movement,the RCC,appropriate entertainment choices,CCM,etc. Surely,you can see where this country has been in grave sexual sin long before homosexuality became the topic du jour. If you haven't contributed,good for you. If you don't see cheerleaders,for example,good for you. If you don't have a problem with them,you need not have a problem with homosexuals. I use this example (cheerleaders),because it is probably deemed by the populace as the most socially acceptable one whereby someone can be naked in the Biblical sense. And,of course,someone like myself would be deemed the oddball for suggesting such. My point is,it is hypocritical to complain about homosexuality if one,at the same time,condones/watches Biblical nudity. This nation practically revolves around pro sports. Enough said. No plank...speak out. If one has a plank...no speck out.
Unprofitable,unwanted babies are the result of all of the hetero promiscuity that is embraced in this society and,for the most part,winked at within the Christian community.If a lot of Christians don't actually have an affair,they certainly aren't bothered by what is deemed as immodest and immoral, by the Bible standard,on their televisions. "Yes",sports programs included. I realize that this is "extreme" thinking but most of the sports' attire is considered highly immodest. Christians will speak against abortion but not many will speak against the promiscuity problem with which it starts. Homosexuality is judgment on a sexually perverted nation that didn't want to obey God in regards to His plan for marriage and family in the first place. It's not hard to figure out. Homosexuality isn't going away.
God is judging other sexual deviancy and their by-products (abortion) with homosexuality. It's interesting how homosexuality will evoke such outrage while countless babies have been offered up as a sacrifice at the altar of free sex/free choice without so much as a peep. Maybe we'll figure it out.
Thank you,Michael for your post. What you say about their view of the Bible is true. I had once quoted -I Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" to a dear RC friend of mine but she said that the Bible was written by man and Timothy was of less significance than Mary. What the RCC teaches is very sorry.
Stevenr, I doubt that there is much worth watching on the set anymore. I know how difficult it is just to navigate a talk show/weather radio station. I remember when I quit watching television. ...so liberating! I know that,while I was not imitating a lot of what I saw,I was condoning it and I was falling into a much less discerning mindset. An effective experiment to try out for those who still watch the t.v.- stop for a week or so and then try to watch it. You'll probably be much more sensitive to things that you probably don't even think about now...much like the boiling frog analogy. It's easy to get used to things,accept them and even have a relaxed attitude about them after very little exposure. Here's one Cooley pointed out- "magic kingdom"...what Christian can condone that? It's not even covert.
They really don't have to go to all that trouble; they can summon them easily enough through the internet,t.v.,radio,games,etc. Of course,I understand what some of you are saying which those who would intentionally try to summon demons do not- it's destructive to do so. It does sound like a version of the ouija (weegy) board. How 'bout picking up a squeegee board instead? "ouija" is supposed to mean "good luck" but only God is good and "luck" looks too much like "lucifer".
Carl,Jim and pizza Virgen del Carmen? (I read the link,Jim) His taste for pizza is okay but "plighting his troth" in regards to any matter to this Carmen person is cause for pause. If he read the Bible he would know that there are none good,no not one. Praise the Lord for making provision through Christ to remedy that.
Catholic "crosses" are offensive anyway as the have some emaciated,ineffective, blasphemous,phony christ on them. The crucifix,however,does better reflect who they serve. The guy on their cross never gets off of it either...always just gets re-"sacrificed".
Carl,I just listened to Charles Stanley on the radio and thought about you. You can listen to a message called the valley experiences on intouch.org Just press "listen" and it should pull it up. John MacArthur is also presently addressing trials in a Christian's life as well. Watch after that family of yours;it's honorable that you do so. Many men do not. God bless and keep you close!