pennned, According to the tax code a church is tax exempt whether they have a 501c3 exemption or not, so there is NO NEED and certainly NO BIBLICAL WARRANT for any church of the LORD JESUS CHRIST to seek such an exemption from the IRS.
I have a friend who was starting a church in Galveston and he was going to apply for a 501c3 until I told him it was unnecessary. He didn't and he has never had a problem. He became friends with a patsor of an old Baptist Church in Houston which also had no 501c3. It is the devil's lie that churches need this and it has hamstrung many from preaching the truth because of fear of what the IRS might do.
For those of you who think I am being self-righteous and too hard on Driscoll, you obviously don't know me or Mark Driscoll. I won't go into my list of failings, but I am not saying I am a better person than Driscoll. However, I do believe that anyone who gets up in the pulpit to preach God's Word should have a holy reverence regarding God and His Word. The pulpit is no place for corrupt speech, coarse jesting and the like. And the things that Driscoll has said that were published in his books show no regard for the person or holiness of Christ. They are downright blasphemous. I have sinned and I deserve hell as much as anyone, but I could never say the things that I have seen quoted from his books. They are disgraceful! Even a wretch like me can see the wretchedness of his words! Read them for yourself if you don't believe me.
It's about time and good riddance! Mark Driscoll's blasphemous, potty mouth should have never been in the pulpit in the first place. His vile and vulgar comments about Jesus should be enough to open the eyes of anyone that he is no man of God. Maybe he'll repent, but I'm not holding my breath. My question is when will the congregation at Mars Hill repent for sitting for so long under the teaching of this blasphemer?
Mike from New York, I'm sure there are many in Houston like elsewhere that have a faulty concept that what Romans 13 teaches is blind submission to civil government, but like Francis Schaeffer said in his Christian Manifesto, if there is no place for civil disobedience then you have made government the final authority; you have made government god.
To paraphrase Jamie from Iowa, "How long before armed citizens come into the house of government to enforce God's edict that they know is in the best interests of the public?" As one of the many that have been fighting against this ordinance, I can tell you that this fight is not over and we will not give up or back down. Remember, this is the state where the Alamo is located. We take a dim view of anyone who infringes upon our God-given liberties!
Well, Louise, I haven't seen Kinsey nor most of Neesons movies (only seen Rob Roy & Michael Collins along with The Pilgrim's Progress, Neesons first), but if it did indeed promote Kinsey as opposed to exposing him then that is a shame. I certainly wouldn't defend all of Liam Neesons choices of roles or the acting profession in general, but I do think the Ken Anderson Films version of The Pilgrim's Progress is edifying along with God's Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale, John Wycliffe, John Hus, Martin Luther, etc.
Read the verses before and after to see the context. The children were brought unto him "that he should put his hands on them, and pray:" (verse 13) "And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence." (verse 15) There is NO MENTION of baptism ANYWHERE in this passage!!!
Jimmy needs to read his Bible more often if he thinks Jesus never discriminated against anyone. As others have already pointed out, when Christ talked about marriage he referred to God's design, that being a man and a woman. That discriminates against two sodomites entering into their perverse version of "marriage." When He spoke against lusting after a woman and said that was adultery in the heart, He discriminated against adulterers.
By the way, Jim, I agree with you. The Impostor from Kenya doesn't hate his country, but he sure hates America! That's why he is doing all he can to destroy it & her liberties!
John, I don't think Jimmy is senile. He's just like most liberals who think they are smarter than God and can pick which parts of the Bible they want to believe while rejecting God's Word when it doesn't suit their fancy. And since Jimmy obviously doesn't believe the Bible, that's why Jim said he should go build houses rather than teach Sunday school.
As a previous comment pointed out, the black flag of Allah was raised over the White House the second the Impostor from Kenya was voted into office. He's nothing but an apologist for the devil and his followers.
Once again, rather than dealing with the issues raised, Jim would rather sling mud at the Paul family who believe in following the Constitution rather than violating it at every turn like the Impostor from Kenya.
As for Jim's false accusation, Ron and Rand have never advocated sticking your head in the sand, but they do advocate minding our own business (falsely called isolationism) rather than the interventionist policies promoted by the globalist neo-cons who would have us in a perpetual war with no end in site, sacrificing our military in wars in foreign lands while our own borders go largely unprotected and open to a biological/ nuclear/ chemical/ or whatever type of attack the terrorists dream up.
The Impostor from Kenya is a fraud and his allegiance to the Muslim Brotherhood is becoming more obvious each day. He continues to aid and abet these criminals and barbarians by running interference for them in order to confuse those who fail to see the obvious and continue to see him as an American which he is NOT! His loyalties are nefarious and anti-Christ to the core! He is a cancer on the body politic!
Anyone who supports the Impostor from Kenya and the over-rated Roosevelts (as presented by the over-rated & hardly objective Ken Burns) has got to be a Democrat and therefore NOT much of an authority on true Republicans, much less so on Constitutionalists like Ron and Rand!
Don't anyone take this wrong. I had a brother who commited suicide, so I would never joke about such a thing, but I was wondering if the UN included suicide bombers in their numbers. I wouldn't put it past them.
Okay, Jim, now it's your turn so you can bash, berate and belittle a family that has the integrity to honor their oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution, which is something you can never say about the impostor from Kenya.
Victoria Osteen's comments sound very similar to what John Piper teaches. Obviously, Lakewood wouldn't be the largest church in the U.S. if they started following the Bible. If they started talking about sin, holiness, and God's coming judgment, the place would start emptying rather quickly.
John j from Mississippi, First, You misquoted me. I did not write, "Jesus will say depart from me." I only quoted the words "I never knew you." True, I was referencing that passage of Scripture, but I never "tried to quote" the whole passage. I fail to see how I used it out of context as you imply. The point is that irregardless of what Michael Brown may have confessed, his actions didn't match his words. I'd like to think God had mercy on him, but I have a hard time believing that his professed new faith was real saving faith in light of his criminal acts.
Thug acts like a thug and dies like a thug. Where was his new-found faith when he was roughing up the store clerk and stealing property? Where was his repentance unto life when he was beating the police officer in the face, fracturing the bone around his eye, and trying to steal his weapon? A profession is not the same as possession. Jesus said there will be many who profess to know Him and He will say unto them, "I never knew you."