"Both campaigns spread the message that kids cost a lot of money and carry a lot of responsibility without mentioning the joys of child rearing"
America and the other western nations are going to run out of children because of mammons philosophy.
"Make money not kids" will provide the nation with major health problems such as how to afford taxes and healthcare when all you have is old age pensioners and no young to pay taxes and do the hard work.
From the article "They (Arminians) believe, after all, that the human will must make a free decision to follow Jesus or to walk away. That means a clear presentation of what the Gospel entails, with all the ‚Äúcost-counting‚ÄĚ that Jesus tells us about. This must be a personal, free decision, and can‚Äôt be outsourced to or vetoed by some emperor or bishop or bureaucrat." (Russell D Moore)
Apparently this idea of Arminian "free will" is being linked to the idea of quote "religious liberty" in this article. Hence religious liberty becomes acceptance of theology in this case Arminianism.
Clearly the author is an Arminian, (Russell D Moore) and apparently the SBC follows this path of 'religious liberty' equals acceptance of differing theologies.
Only an Arminian could leap to that error.
When a Calvinist "receives" Arminian theology as an acceptable co-author of witness to the congregation then I doubt the theological position of the Calvinist. Is he a true Calvinist? No!
History records the differences, debates and polemics of these two opposing theolgical forces. And history records the vehemence with which the two sides have argued against their different interpretations of Scripture.
This cannot be assuaged into insignificance to embrace quote "religious liberty"
Any Christian worth his/her salt should have long since left the Kirk. Now that Liberalism has taken over the CofS/CofE Britain has no real national Christian church. The policy of these organisations is ditch the Bible - keep the sin.
GOD states; Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
Britain is defiled according to God.
Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
The churches of England and Scotland have "changed the truth into a lie" - Thus does the Word of God condemn them.
"Pope Francis‚Äė recent suggestion that good deeds can earn atheists entrance to heaven."
Since salvation by works is a doctrine of the Roman Catholics it is no real surprise they can share it with the atheist. The central principle of human action participating with God, as an act which they believe would please God to equate it with Christ's sacrifice!! Is naturally complete heresy but all too Roman Catholic.
More and more antagonistic and hostile reactions to Christians are emerging in western society in these days. Clearly the spiritual battle is on and on a pace. These last few decades have demonstrated the increase beginning with abortion and the abomination. Many of the denominations who have succumbed to the worldly iniquities have come up wanting on these issues, so that true Christians have been able to identify Satan's "Liberal" religious hypocrites. This enables us to reject denominations such as Anglican/Episcopalean, PCUSA, ELCA, etc who are obviously no longer Biblical or Christian.
But the Remnant becomes smaller and smaller in this world of ours and we cannot help feeling sad and sorry for our families, communities and nations. The future appears to be even worse for our kids and grandkids. We know that God, Christ and the Holy Spirit remain in complete authority over all and their will be done, but that does not prevent our natural apprehension.
Definition of marriage by Christ. "Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
A male and female shall join together and become one. It is an act of God to join them together.
There is no other form or definition of marriage, except that act of God.
What two perverted and degenerate reprobates do is none of God and all of Satan and sin. As God Himself declares it is an abomination.
Therefore there is no such thing as "same-sex marriage" nor will there ever be. Those who believe otherwise are bound for hell and damnation.
As for homosexual practice destroying America - or any other nation - Scripture confirms this .... Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 24 DEFILE not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these THE NATIONS ARE DEFILED which I cast out before you: 25 AND THE LAND IS DEFILED: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants."
"The pontiff washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual"
The significance of Christ washing the disciples feet is from that culture and time when the lowliest servant of a house washed the desert dust from the feet of visitors. Therefore Jesus demonstrates by example, to the disciples that even HE could bring Himself down to that level and was willing to serve. Therefore so should they.
But the Pope doing this, in modern culture, is coming from another angle which demonstrates instead his arrogance and pride as the "great Pope of the RCC" stoops condescendingly down to the lesser mortal - only to rise again as the demi-god of Roman Catholic superstition.
Pope Francis being a sinner and under the dominion of sin only reveals himself in this soap opera as playing with culture and aspiring to impress the masses. He also shows that he cannot read the Bible.
And no doubt they are gullible enough to be so impressed.
"It is not so unwelcome that people who formerly identified as nominal Christians, but really weren't biblically orthodox, should now recognize that they are non-Christians and non-religious. In one sense, that is a positive thing,"
So called 'nominal' Christians traditionally knew very little of the Bible, nor studied to find out the facts. In many western nations there have been and still are nominal Christians who accept the title with little or no real conviction and faith. It is a curious thing in man that he accepts a personal religious conviction without a true faith, as Romans chapter one illustrates.
Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."
Now that the Satanic disease of Liberalism has changed the image of God into their own design in the Liberal non-Christian churches, God has given them up to sin and corruption. Thus the Liberal god accepts what they dictate which is to allow the sinner free reign to do whatever they want in the dominion of sin. Their aim is to change the truth into lie(sin) which is always the opposite of Bible precept and doctrine.
This is the reprobate 'playing' at religion and constructing their own version of it in a fallen world - and "their" world without God. It is amazing that the reprobate bothers with religion and yet that must be built into the flesh as part of the evil contrary nature of man, Gal 5:17.
Christians have read the Bible for thousands of years and condemned the abomination as sinful, defiling and wicked. Now some kid from Harvard joins the Liberal anti-Bible satanic clamor to redesignate "sin" as acceptable to God.
Satan is working very hard with the insidious deceit of Liberalism to poison and pullute the church and confound and confute the sound doctrine of the Christian, seeking as always to destroy the Word of God.
Many will follow Satan's insidious and pernicious ways "by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of" as Peter states.
The battle is on for truth, Church and Christian and Satan has raised the stakes during these recent times. The victory of course is in Christ and that is without doubt. The one thing which Satan and his Liberals cannot do is overcome the true Church as Jesus states " the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Sodom and Gomorrah is a recorded historic event which demonstrates God's Justice and punishment of the abomination of homosexuality. That truth is recorded in the Word of God. Romans Chapter one teaches God's wrath against and His rejection of what He terms "is against nature" (v26). God made them man and woman and creates marriage ONLY for such.
Matt 19:4-6 "And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them ***MALE AND FEMALE,*** And said, For THIS CAUSE shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain SHALL BE ONE flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore GOD HATH JOINED together, let not man put asunder."
This so called 'church' is anti-Christ and its perversion of marriage is vile and degenerate. Whats more their teachings are sending people to hell by saying that evil is good. Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! 24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel."