THE controversy about free will is not controversial really. We are all born with our own will, but when we surrender our will to God's will, that's when we are wide open to the salvation of God. His election, not ours.
No Dave, no one has ever been able to get rid of all things Christ, many powerful despots have tried, but like the eternal flame, Jesus lives on. The mighty Mao Tse Tung said, "I will eliminate Christianity in 10 years. Today, still under severe persecution, China is one of the most fastiest growing Christian country in the world. "He lives, He lives Christ Jesus lives today, He walks with me and He talks with me along life's narrow way.........."
Just so happened to visit and have to give a comment. Jim, what you rationalize, God's Word defies. Where is there Biblical warrant for the murder of an unborn? Not so,long ago, the medical professionals told a mother that if she did not choose "pro-death" and murder her child that she herself would die. She maintained her Christian belief and both her and her child lived, contrary to what the doctors assured her would happen. Jim, since when is the child's life of a lesser value than the mother?
It used to be when one "heard God" it was taken with fear and trembling and awe! Now they laugh, sign Him up as their BFF and continue on... Our God is a God of love, and slow to anger, but when He's treated as a "cool" God, well, it's mocking Him and it's ungodly and, I dare say, one might make a case for it taking His name in vain. No one will be held innocent who takes His name in vain. Prayers for our youth that our Saviour would do a mighty work for His glory!
Colleges and universities have been hotbed for sexual immorality for a long time. In regards to Penn State, it is about as liberal as you are going to get. I believe they were the first university to sponsor a homosexual convention. Also, Michael Geer, of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, wrote an article in "Capitol Watch", stating how the university actually had a "sex faire", where individuals could enter and engage in whatever immoral activity they desired. Yes, in the good old U.S.A.
Tim F., you stated that the U.S.A. spends more than the rest of the world on its military. First of all, I do not know how anyone could possibly come up with that information accurately. Even if it is true, then maybe we should be thankful for the times when the most powerful nation in the world, is asked by smaller countries, eg., (Kuwait, when, Iraq and Saddam, wanted to annex it by force)to help in it's defense! BTW, if the U.S.A. Defense is only 20% of the budget and is more money than the entire worlds military spending and the so-called Entitlements (Medicare/Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance and Social Security), equal about 45% of the US budget, then we just might be spending more than 100% than the entire world on socialism!