Jim, Your repetitous comments and links about politics not being the answer only seem to apply when Christians are trying to stop evil. You never make the same application when talking about liberal godless socialism and the policies promoted by Democrats. And why you think abortion, the murder of children, is only a political issue just shows how twisted your thinking is. Abortion is a moral issue and a crime against God and humanity. There is no way you can dance around the issue and expect anyone but a baby-killing liberal to take you serious. As Michael Savage says, "Liberalism is a mental disorder." Of course, we're not talking about the biblical definition of liberalism which is generosity, we are talking about the popular use of the word which is Marxist-based atheistic socialism enforced by totalitarian measures. The worthless reprobate currently in the White House is just as Louise described and yet you have never criticized him once that I can recall. You have always deflected the issue in an attempt to obfuscate the truth of the matter. I hope, for your sake, you will repent of your defense of evil and stop with all your duplicitous comments.
ladybug, This not the first time you and penned have had this discussion and it seems you are talking past each other. She was not attacking someone's affection or veneration of God. She didn't even use the word PIETY which you defended. She used the word PIETISM which is a different thing altogether. Pietism has been used by many besides penned to describe exactly what she was saying: an inward retreat from the world being only concerned with one's personal spiritual experience. Or, as others have said, being so spiritually minded that you are of no earthly good. PIETISM, not piety, is what led to the monasticism of Roman Catholicism as well as a dead formalism of many Protestant denominations. It's always good to have our meanings well defined and be on the same page in order to have a harmonious and fruitful discussion. I hope my comments are helpful. Soli Deo Gloria!!!
While public education is for the most part funded at the state level, it is disengenuous to suggest the federal government plays no part. The feds are a big promoter of Common Core. As Mike said, "getting rid of the Dept. of Education" is really the best solution. President Reagan wanted to do that, but was unable. Nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government authorized to control education, but with a nanny state as we have now, socialist control of education means control of the population through the propagandizing of youth by government schools. The public education system run by powerful union interests is what has brought this country to the brink of destruction through the promotion of immorality and normalization of perversity. The rioters in the streets crying about the election results are exactly what the global socialists have produced with their education system hostile to Christianity and accepting of every deviant culture in existence. Of course, the media and popular culture reinforce this propaganda and so children are saturated with an anti-Christian worldview most of their waking hours unless their parents protect them from this social engineering through homeschooling or private schools and biblical teaching daily, not just on Sundays.
Jim, Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism are not the only choices out there in interpreting Scripture. There are many who believe in the doctrines of grace who are neither covenant nor dispensational, but hold to a historical redemptive approach that some are now calling New Covenant Theology though I wouldn't necessarily embrace everyone in that camp which includes some of the so-called New Calvinists such as Driscoll, Piper and Keller whose abberant teachings and beliefs cause me to avoid those three altogether. A.W. Pink's writings referred to by narroway are particularly interesting since he was a dispensationalist before refuting it. I left Schofieldism in 1989 or 90.
PS. Jim, Besides his odd views on the zodiac, what nonsense of D. James Kennedy are you reffering to. I thought most of his preaching was biblical, convicting and no-nonsense.
It was a Gideon New Testament, not in a motel, but given to me by an Army Chaplain, that God used 11 years later to open my eyes. I wonder if the Gideons have other ways to distribute Bibles besides motels and the military, especially with atheist groups attacking any display of Christianity in the military and the fun-loving millennials disinterest in traditional Christianity. And, Jim, what about those fun-loving amillennials?
Jim, I've watched enough PBS News Hour to know that Brooks is no conservative. Brooks and Shields rarely disagree on anything. Brooks, like most in the mainstream media, is just another elitist. His comment from the quote you cited proves it: " between us enlightened, college-educated tolerant people and the supposed primitive horde driven by dark fears and prejudices." The neo-cons always featured in the Establishment Media Cartel bear no resemblance to TRUE conservative constitutionalists. Enough of your liberal spin!
As a believer and someone of Scottish heritage, Scotland's decline is very troubling. When I think of the rich Christian history Scotland has, this is sad to see. Scotland needs another John Knox to blast the trumpet.
Of course, that "hate and vilifying of Muslims" has nothing to do with the fact that Muslims all over the world are killing people in the name of Allah on a daily basis, not to mention the rapes and other multiple crimes committed by those "poor little Muslim refugees" pouring into Europe and the United States thanks to the globalist politicians who ignore the fact that they are supposed to represent their people and nation, not an army of foreign jihadists.
Jim just can't help but confuse the facts and obfuscate the issue. Those Founding Fathers who were Masons, such as George Washington, were almost a hundred years later and are not to whom we refer when thinking of the First Thanksgiving. The Pilgrim Fathers who arrived on the Mayflower were NOT Freemasons, but Puritan Separatists fleeing religious persecution. To suggest that America has no distinctly Christian heritage is to ignore the facts of history and replace it with a "politically-correct" revisionism which is exactly what the impostor from Kenya and other liberals always do. The Mayflower Compact declares with no ambiguity that they came to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Glory of God the Father! Thank God that our new President has the courage to speak the truth and the humility to thank the God of the Pilgrim Fathers!
PS. Contrary to Barry's lies, there were no followers of the pagan moon god of Islam in the founding of America. Neither were there any atheistic socialists nor Alinskyite street thugs promoting themselves as "community organizers" better described as communist agitators.
The indigenous in this case would be Americans, both natural born and legal immigrants who assimilate, as opposed to jihadis imported by the Muslim Brotherhood impostor from Kenya in order to destabilize the country just as other globalists have destabilized their countries through this same method, ie. Mad Merkel in Germany. To compare this to Ellis Island is a mistake. That was controlled immigration, this is not. Ellis Island had "extreme vetting." This proves Donald Trump right in his desire to halt immigration from these countries. These animals don't want to become Americans. They want to destroy America by turning it into the hell-hole they came from with all their godless, deviant practices. This insanity needs to stop and the death penalty is entirely appropriate for these types of crimes! It's sickening that anyone in law enforcement or government would look the other way because of politically-correct pressure or expediency!!
Ladybug, That verse out of Corinthians was exactly what came to mind when reading her quotes. Roman Catholic Mysticism is just another variation of New Age Meditation also practiced by Charismatics under another name, none of which is Biblical. God never instructs us to "empty our mind" in order to pray as is done with "centering" prayer and the like. Too many are following this Emergent Church practice of blending Roman Catholic mysticism with Christianity. Walking labyrinths are another modern "Evangelical" phenomenon to be avoided.
There are certainly too many people who look to celebrities as role models and engage in what I call celebrity-worship, but I saw nothing in the article to suggest that the 40% of out-of-wedlock births are occurring among God's people. Of the Christians I know, there are NO single pregnant women.
ladybug, I certainly don't agree with everything that comes out of Savage's mouth. I listen to alot of different sources for news and commentary. I just happened to catch him the other night when he made that comment to a caller. I'm not on "the Trump party bus" as you put it, but like yourself I'm grateful Clinton didn't win. Her unwavering support of abortion was enough for me to pray for her defeat. And I'm also praying that God would guide Trump and company with wisdom and grace and that he will be humbled by the tough job that lies ahead of him. I also hope he will be gracious to those who are upset by his victory. Soli Deo Gloria!!!
ladybug, I haven't done any research myself, but according to Michael Savage in response to a caller who referrenced VICE News, he said it is not a legitimate nor reliable news source, but simply an online blog. If that's your only source, then I would refrain from making unproven accusations against Trump. The Bible says we are to have two or three witnesses before we bring a charge against someone.
As far as your comments against Constitutionalists, we have stood against the evils you mentioned all along. You're not the only one grieved by abortion. There are many of us besides yourself who have spoken out against this genocide since 1973 and before.
And we are not expecting politicians to "fix" everything that is wrong with America. Obviously, spiritual problems need a spiritual solution, but God instituted civil goverment and we are simply using the tools God has given us to prevail upon those "ministers of God" to do their civic duty as magistrates as mentioned in Romans 13. There is nothing unbiblical nor un-Christian about that. I see no reason why I cannot do both: preach the gospel to every creature and also hold government officials accountable to their God-given responsibilities.
The Republican Party platform rejects this perversion of God's institution of marriage and reaffirms marriage between one man and one woman.
Jim, It is your beloved Democrats who have embraced and pushed this perversion. You need to get your facts straight and leave your liberal bias behind. And the Libertarian Party is no better on this issue. They and the Democrats both support what God says is an abomination.
And it's hypocritical of you to constantly rail against Christian political involvement on the right while you sing the praises of political involvement when it comes to left-wing, socialist, marxist, anti-Christ Democrat causes.
If Christian involvement in politics is wrong, then it is wrong on both sides, not just for "right-wing Republicans." Of course, Romans 13 refutes the idea that politics and civil government is "off limits" for Christians. That's a liberal LIE! Liberals know that Christians are their greatest impediment to a totalitarian atheistic one world government. Choose you this day whom you will serve! GOD or Baal?