Okay... I actually skimmed the article and watched the video - did you? She annotated a note, but the signature is his. Breitbart is a sensational "news" site that I would not use for even a cookie recipe. Steve Bannon is not unbiased and if you think he is, I can probably find some worthless swampland in Alabama for you to buy.
Folks, Please use discernment and be wary of sensational stories. I've heard that this news source lacks credibility. I reposted one of their stories in the past and came to regret it. BTW - Jim Lincoln often comes across as one of the more sensible participants at the SermonAudio news page. I find his links useful.
The Judge Moore allegations are bringing many things to light; but let's not paint with too broad a brush when it comes to evangelicalism. Something I'm encountering, which is very disturbing, are pro-life friends who stand in front of abortuaries and who see firsthand older men bringing in teen girls to abort and who are giving Judge Moore the benefit of a doubt regarding the accusations he pursued teen girls as a 32 yr. old man. It looks like hypocrisy of the worse sort to me. Of course we want a pro-life senator, but at what cost? Pro-lifers, your Christian witness and credibility is on the line.
I agree with Frank and ask the reader to use discernment...I didn't share this article due to concern about the Anabaptists women mentioned in it. Perhaps I'm just ignorant, but I thought the reformation was more about specific men taking a stand for Scripture Alone over a period of time. Of course women were helpmates, but it's okay to recognize the men as leading the charge.
John Y., I am very happy to hear of your salvation. Praise the Lord for planting you in a local body of believers. I haven't suffered a flood, though I live near the Mississippi, Meramec and Kaskaskia Rivers. But I have suffered through a tornado and have empathy for those undergoing the loss of property and loved ones in Texas. My prayers are with you all. May the good Lord keep you and your loved ones safe.
I am not a Charismatic, nor have I followed, listened to or read any of Joel Osteen's sermons and books, but I am a believer in the 9th commandment. Here's another article regarding the Osteen's church's response to Hurricane Harvey: "Lakewood spokesperson Donald Iloff, who is also Osteen's father-in-law, said Monday that the church had never closed their doors and would continue to serve as a distribution center to help those in need. "Iloff further elaborated: "We are prepared to shelter people once the cities and county shelters reach capacity. Lakewood will be a value to the community in the aftermath of this storm in helping our fellow citizens rebuild their lives." Link: http://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/scott-slayton/joel-osteen-responds-to-criticism-of-lakewood-church-after-houston-flooding.html
I'm no fan of Osteen's theology, but there is much false information circulating about the church he pastors and its response to Hurricane Harvey. Here's a link to a story with pictures of his response to the criticism: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/28/joel-osteen-lakewood-church-houston-hurricane-harvey/610947001/
I think social platforms can be good and beneficial as long as one doesn't substitute them for personal relationships or the organized church. As far as arguing - it takes two (or more.) I simply block or unfriend argumentative people as it reminds me of the Scripture to not cast pearls before swine.
It took me awhile to learn to navigate Facebook in what and who appears in my news feed. After unfollowing a few folks and unfriending others, I've found that FB can be encouraging and informative. Do I have it on my smartphone? No, but it's on my desktop and it is a useful tool for someone like me who blogs and shares news with others. Am I hooked on FB? No. I'll still survive if the good Lord takes it away from me.
Christopher is right and I also think that if one is left in a false church, they'll be taught false doctrine and actually will be motivated to share a false gospel. Would you want it on your conscience that souls are in hell because you didn't reject a false religion for the truth? How can one be effective for the kingdom if they're untaught? The Gospel truth will make a soul thirst for righteousness and do good works out of love for the Savior - not for fear of going to hell. John Y., you really need to make a decision and stop trying to keep one foot in Rome with the other seeking the Savior. You won't get very far in such a precarious position.
I have to respectfully disagree that this headline is misleading. I think it's on target as I've read and heard of Christian persecution in Russia for some time now... Of course, if you're Russian Orthodox, then things are just peachy, but if you're evangelical, religious liberties are restricted. One can probably Google "Christian Persecution in Russia" and find more proof.
SteveR wrote: Dave reminds me of a Mad Max rape gang character in desperate need of a brain fyi- For those who haven't seen the Mad Max movies, Catholic Mel Gibson slaughters the Dave types with little help
What a terrible thing to say! SteveR is way out of line here. Dave, I agree with you and Christopher. We have been blessed to live in a free nation where we still have freedom of worship.