Natalie Duffy and Nate Sibley wrote: .... Donald Trump is setting himself up to rule as a kleptocrat.
Alarm bells on this subject began ringing soon after Trump was elected. The Washington Post‚Äôs Plum Line blog warned of ‚Äúthe coming Trump kleptocracy.‚ÄĚ New York magazine wrote that ‚ÄúTrump‚Äôs kleptocracy is so astounding it already feels like old news.‚ÄĚ
There are reasons for concern. Trump‚Äôs personality-based populism, his refusal to release his tax returns or place his assets in a blind trust, the prominent roles played by his family during the transition, financial ties between some members of his inner circle and Russia, and his own stance toward the Kremlin have all raised questions about how he intends to conduct himself in office....
Ultimately, only Trump knows what his plans for the highest office are. But U.S. constitutional safeguards and institutions are significantly more robust than those in countries where corruption has taken over.
it might be miserable, corrupt, and can indeed drive you insane (I have to leave every 5 months because i start to hate everything and everyone around me) but it is a wonderful and safe opportunity for western Christians to be a light in a dark place. But coming un-prepared and under estimating china is a big mistake.
Links don't prove anything. Of course any links someone gives are going to be other people who are trying to prove the same point. They just may have a more "scientific" veiw. You don't prove things by links. You prove them through the scriptures. And that is available without links...
John UK wrote: John, it is because of your unwillingness to read and study the NT that you come out with statements like this. I don't need to prove you wrong. All you have to do is read the Bible and you will see where you are going wrong. So read your Bible, John.
These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, "Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 10:5‚Ä≠-‚Ä¨6
I qouted scripture and it was not out of context, so I am not sure what you mean other than you don't like the fact that God was concerned first and foremost about the lost sheep of Israel.
Northerners are always finding ways to subjugate a community of people to their line of thinking. After the abolition of slavery, and that was to turn the tide of war, not the cause of war, the Union prevailed. Manifest destiny drove American expansion to all heights till all things were conquered. But, in the 1930‚Äô -1930‚Äôs, the old embrace of communism marched in and took over higher education. So now you had a Northern american embrace of communism and that included education, government , judicial and entertainment. But, natural science is always a problem. During the sixties, free love brought back millennium old diseases that hadn‚Äôt been seen in a long time. Venereal diseases and abortion was a plan to destroy the moring lines of the family unit. If it worked in the segregated African American community, then imagine if it‚Äôs the American nation. Enter feminism, thus sodomy and a willingness on the justice system, the destruction of our nation will and has been completed. But one problem still evades, nature. Natural science will prevail as it is God ordained. Those who dabbled in gross mis conduct and sin , will reap the consequences of nature , showing up both physically and spiritually .
China really is a miserable place. For thousands of years its people have excepted despotism. From Emperor gods to Communist gods, these people never collectively turned towards individual freedom. And what, after all this time, did they have to show for it? Forced abortion, no home schooling, state churches - may God share is mercy with them as we lose His here as we turn towards despotism.
Uniting President, and 265 member panel announcement/declaration:
"To honor the diversity of Christian belief among our members, we will hold two equal and distinct statements of belief on marriage."
Diversity of Christian belief? Sola Scriptura. Period. Here is yet one more evidence that the OBama snowball effect has had on a nation by signing sodomite marriage into law, and a law that will never be reverted or recinded...it's here to stay. The virus took over, and infected the entire public school system, and has now crept its way into so-called Christian churches which claim to preach Christ. The end of days is unfolding before our very eyes, and as troubling and dark as this world has become, what an interesting time to be alive in to witness God's living Word continue to prove its perfect accuracy on prophesy, and all else.
Good catch, John/Oz, on the 50,000yr Aboriginee comment. Seems to be yet one more system that picks and chooses which parts of God's Word they will believe, or believe that His Word is fluid, and ever changing with the times of man, and man's new ways. Woe to the leaders who turn their flocks astray. The flocks can't claim ignorance, but any leader will face a greater punishment.
Dr Tim, have you looked at any of the links I have provided about the shroud of Turin? As I have stated before, you are dismissing the shroud based on its association with the RCC, rather than looking at the evidence. Why don't you follow the Bible and "put everything to the test, hold fast to what is good"? I don't think you have a good answer for any of the evidence in favor of the shroud.
US Wrote:"As I do many times with my responses, I wrote one and let it sit before posting."
Good morning, US. I do the same, and have been for years. I can't even tell you how many times I've typed out some lengthy response, or whatever, sat on it, and was glad I did. I'll especially practice this when I'm typing in anger, or on a sensitive topic, and sitting on things at times in order to give it some additional thought, or even time to cool back down, often proves to be a wise choice.
Thanks MS...I think you and Frank are right, and US as well. I don't believe the other side of the scale is close to being empty, but I was looking at too large of a picture. Once I filtered out the faith healers, the prosperity preachers, those claiming new revelations to preach new things, and those who tread a fine line so as not to offend, etc., etc., the numbers really do begin to thin. However, if anyone is on a quest to find the perfect preacher with a perfect flock, good luck. I also get that nobody should ever need to settle on any church that disagrees with their conscience, just to attend a church, because if the Pastor is out of line, his flock are as well. The reason we're not to forsake fellowship is because we draw strength from those of like mind, and vice-versa. Some are strong enough on their own, and scripture, along with audible sermons/videos, etc., keep their strength up. Me, I'm not strong on my own and need other Christians for added strength because I can be sucked into this world quickly. Considering what I came out from, I need every little bit of strength I can get, and am fortunate enough to have some God-fearing Pastors/church bodys around me. I understand that some others are not as fortunate.
John for JESUS wrote: 1) Maybe I could have been more clear, but no. Sheep are believers! However, at the time they were first believers in God, they didn't know Jesus Christ until He was revealed to them and they didn't all learn of Him at the same time. So the sheep herd belonging to the Father was given over to the Shepherd who then had to round the sheep up. 2) Jesus' ministry didn't involve the Gentiles. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, "Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 10:5‚Ä≠-‚Ä¨6
As I do many times with my responses, I wrote one and let it sit before posting. Wisdom dictates I just need to let it go. Plus you have, as John UK indicated, added a new twist which seems to indicate you are not an avid reader of the Gospels. Have a good day down there in Atlanta area.
John for JESUS wrote: Jesus' ministry didn't involve the Gentiles.
John, it is because of your unwillingness to read and study the NT that you come out with statements like this. I don't need to prove you wrong. All you have to do is read the Bible and you will see where you are going wrong.
Even before this declaration, this ecumenical mishmash of a denomination was ordaining sodomites to ministerial positions.
According to wiki, it is the third largest denomination in Oz behind the Catholic and Anglican mishmashes.
It reminded me very much of the state of the church in Wales, where it is hard to find fellow believers who still hold tenaciously to the scriptures and serve the Lord with a whole heart.
And please don't forget folks that the United Bible Societies - another mishmash - embraces almost every Bible Society in the world, in order to further ecumenism and corrupted Bible versions. The Trinitarian Bible Society of London stands aloof from this, and is still publishing only the King James Bible in English, and other foreign Bibles based upon the same uncorrupted Received Text.
Modern social teaching proven false! Refreshing, the plain words of Christ on slavery! The entire sermon is worth listening to as the pastor, like John the Baptist, lays the axe to the root of the tree of Democratic and Egalitarian philosophy which has supplanted the Holy Scriptures in regard to social order and teaching even in the most conservative churches. Not just teaching regarding slavery, but also modern family and feminism is exposed as well. The historical facts mentioned are very much appropriate because of the context from which Error has preceded. Scripture destroys Political Correct philosophy of this age by greater Authority. Warning: snowflake professing Christians may be triggered. This is about facts vs feelings.