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Romans 8 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.---NASB
John MacArthur wrote: "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith" (Gal. 6:10; cf. Titus 3:1-2). It would also display a lack of gratitude for whatever amount of religious freedom the government allows us to enjoy. Furthermore, such pious apathy toward government and politics would reveal a lack of appreciation for the many appropriate legal remedies believers in democracies have for maintaining or improving the civil order. A certain amount of healthy and balanced concern with current trends in government and the community is acceptable, as long as we realize they were that interest is not vital to our spiritual growth, our righteous testimony, or the advancement of the kingdom of Christ. Above all, the believer's political involvement [ ] should never displace the priority of preaching and teaching the gospel. [ ]
Rock of Offence wrote: We are only repeating and amplifying the Scriptural position of the first century apostolic leadership of the Church, with special emphasis on the epistles of Saint Paul. When the institutional church goes astray from the truth of the Bible, as they have today, only a deep and painful repentance and realignment with Scripture can solve the problems. However, many denominations and churches may not be willing to pay the price to obtain these necessary changes that God requires...
One of the most dangerous influences (as if we need another one) is commonly found in most mainline denominational churches. It should be FIRST on any list of warnings about false doctrines due to its covert and lethal characteristics.it influences most things they hear from the pulpit. It‚Äôs commonly referred to as ‚ÄúReplacement Theology‚ÄĚ...
Marcia Pally wrote: .... "new evangelicals" have changed the way they approach the issue, away from the sort of activism that garnered so much publicity from the 1980s to George W. Bush's first term. This activism - from harassing women at family-planning clinics to threatening or killing doctors who perform abortion - is seen as contravening the most basic of Jesus' teachings and ethics.
Instead, "new evangelicals" hold that the Christlike relationship to pregnant women is one of service, requiring that evangelicals provide financial, medical, and emotional support for pregnant women pre- and postpartum.
On this view, if one wishes to reduce abortion, one must remove the central financial and emotional reasons to abort.
FactCheck wrote: ACOG, [ American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists] Oct. 19: [2012?] Contrary to the inaccurate statements made yesterday by Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), abortions are necessary in a number of circumstances to save the life of a woman or to preserve her health. Unfortunately, pregnancy is not a risk-free life event, particularly for many women with chronic medical conditions. Despite all of our medical advances, more than 600 women die each year from pregnancy and childbirth-related reasons right here in the US. In fact, many more women would die each year if they did not have access to abortion to protect their health or to save their lives.
ABC News Radio wrote: As a candidate for president, Donald Trump was open about his displeasure of then-President Obama‚Äôs deal to retrieve Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan after his 2009 disappearance and capture by the Taliban.
Beyond condemning the deal itself, Trump also verbally attacked Bergdahl repeatedly, calling him a traitor and a deserter.
R.L. Dabney wrote: ... I will grant that a zealous female may convert or confirm several souls by her preaching. But isn‚Äôt it also possible that she may, by this bad example, in the future introduce an amount of confusion, disturbance, strife, error and scandal which will greatly outweigh the initial limited good? This question cannot be answered until time is ended, and it will require an omniscient mind to judge it. Thus it becomes perfectly clear that present seemingly good results cannot ever be a sufficient justification of conduct, which violates the clear Word of God. This is our only sure guide. Bad results, following a course of action not commanded in the Word, may present a sufficient, even a commanding reason for stopping. Likewise, good results following such action may suggest some probability for continuance, however when the course of action transgresses the command of Scripture then such probability becomes worthless.
I really don't care well up to a point anyway, a source of an article, if it is good. If it has too many obnoxious advertisements and other things surrounding it, then I won't use it. It's a pity but some articles have fallen into that category. So go look over Chaucey's article again.
Michael Stafford wrote: ... George Monboit (no friend of religion's role in politics) has correctly described the GOP's brand of libertarianism as
"a pitiless, one-sided, mechanical view of the world, which elevates the rights of property over everything else, meaning that those who possess the most property end up with great power over others. Dressed up as freedom, it is a formula for oppression and bondage. It does nothing to address inequality, hardship or social exclusion. A transparently self-serving vision, it seeks to justify the greedy and selfish behaviour of those with wealth and power."
This is a soulless, materialist, view of the world that transforms unbounded greed and selfishness into positive goods. It is a recipe for creating a reckless and irresponsible rent-seeking elite, and then keeping it in power. It bears no resemblance to the world-view articulated in the Sermon on the Mount.
ABC News Radio wrote: The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia pummeled Ireland Monday, leaving at least three people dead in storm-related accidents, Ireland‚Äôs National Police said....
... Ophelia is likely to be the most powerful storm to hit Ireland since Hurricane Debbie in 1961, forecasters said. Ireland closed schools and hospitals ahead of Ophelia, placed troops on standby and warned people to stay inside. The government said that schools will remain closed Tuesday. More than 350,000 homes and businesses are already without power.
The very strong winds will probably extend to parts of northern England along with some southern and central parts of Scotland in the evening, the U.K.‚Äôs meteorological service said.
The Met Office issued an amber weather warning for Northern Ireland from 12:00 p.m. ‚ÄĒ 11:00 p.m. GMT Monday, saying power cuts are likely and that cancellations and longer journey times are to be expected as some bridges might close while road, rail, air and ferry services might be affected....
Chauncey DeVega wrote: ... Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said this during an interview on CNN:
My understanding is that [the new proposal] will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool. That helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they‚Äôre healthy, they‚Äôve done the things to keep their bodies healthy. And right now, those are the people ‚ÄĒ who‚Äôve done things the right way ‚ÄĒ that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.
These comments are abominable. Brooks believes that babies and children with serious illnesses deserve their fate, or that those who have "done the things to keep their bodies healthy" and still develop chronic diseases like cancer have done things the "wrong way". The Republican Party's war on the American people and the common good should be condemned by all decent human beings. Any Republicans who vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act should be publicly shamed and voted out of office.
James Macintyre wrote: The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday told the annual conference of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) that Christian evangelicals were Israel's best friends in the world.
In a video address to the Washington gathering that was notable for the pointed absence of any reference to President Donald Trump or his administration's efforts in the region, Netanyahu said: 'When I say we have no greater friends than Christian supporters of Israel, I know you've always stood with us.'
Netanyahu was speaking to CUFI on the same day that Mike Pence told the same audience that God had a hand in creating the state of Israel and promised that Trump's administration administration would make good on its promise to move the US embassy from Tel aviv to Jerusalem.
The SA article and the following one, definitely shows http://tinyurl.com/gn4kqok (The Inadequacy of Islam) When they run out of Christians and other people to kill then they turn on each other,ūüí£ūüí• QUOTE][AUTHOR]ABC News Radio[/AUTHOR]Two powerful truck bombs in the heart of Somalia‚Äôs capital Mogadishu on Saturday killed at least 300 people and injured about 300 more, in what authorities call the deadliest attack in the country‚Äôs history.
Funerals have begun for the killed who have been found. But the death toll from the attacks is expected to rise, as rescue workers continue attempts to pull victims from the rubble....
A true gesture made by the Republicans but an entirely hypocritical one
James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, Go in peace, be warmed and filled, without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. ---ESV
Michael Stafford wrote: The GOP is often described as America's pro-life political party. In reality, however, the GOP is not pro-life. At best, it's merely anti-abortion. At worst, it's simply misogynistic. Regardless, the Republican Party's concern for human dignity ends the moment someone is actually born. After that, it's the coldness and cruelty of Ayn Rand and social Darwinism, all the way down.
ABC News Radio wrote: -- Storm Ophelia was beginning to pummel Ireland early Monday and is expected to hit Scotland and Northern Ireland today, bringing "violent and destructive" wind gusting up to 90 mph as well as flooding due to heavy rain and storm surges.
Forecasters said Ophelia is likely to be the most powerful storm to hit Ireland since Hurricane Debbie in 1961. Ireland closed schools and hospitals ahead of the Ophelia, placed troops on standby and warned people to stay inside.
In the U.K., media have compared Ophelia to the Great Storm of 1987, which hit the country exactly 30 years ago and killed 22 people.
ABC News Radio wrote: ... despite "exploding propane tanks, twisting metal, and the hot swirling winds," one of their beloved dogs refused to come with them. Instead, Odin, a Great Pyrenees, stayed with the family's eight "bottle-fed rescue goats" as the family and Odin's sister Tessa fled....
Days later, when it was safe for the Hendels to return to their charred home, they found "a burned, battered, and weakened Odin surrounded by his eight goats, and several small deer who had come to him for protection and safety," Hendel wrote.
Job 33:27-30 He sings before men and says: I sinned and perverted what was right, and it was not repaid to me. He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit, and my life shall look upon the light. Behold, God does all these things, twice, three times, with a man, to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be lighted with the light of life. Job 42:1-6 Then Job answered the Lord and said: I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me. I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.---ESV
Well, Noah did have some things to repent of though there's no record that he did?
Genesis 9:20-21 Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. ---ESV