Gargano wrote: Most local Christians know that this cult is insane and dangerous: https://www.chinasource.org/resource-library/articles/combating-the-cult-almighty-god-church/ "The murder of a woman last May by cult members of the Almighty God Church (AGC) at a McDonaldâ€™s restaurant in Zhaoyuan City, Shandong Province, shocked China and the world. Two of the five criminals were sentenced to death in October, and the rest received prison terms.[i] Back in December of 2012, the cult staged over 40 antigovernment riots throughout China ,[ii] announcing judgment on the â€śRed Dragon,â€ť by a returning Christ, as a Mayan prophecy of doomsday on December 21, drew near. The red dragon, mentioned in Revelation 12:3, was interpreted by the cult as referring to the communist government."
Back in December of 2012, the cult staged over 40 antigovernment riots throughout China ,[ii...The red dragon, mentioned in Revelation 12:3, was interpreted by the cult as referring to the communist government....
HerbalMama wrote: Watcher, please note where I said, "so says your leftist views " I do not hold to the opinion that a man is unable to speak against abortion. However, Jim's lefty friends do and Jim is in bed with them therefore he should live what he preaches and shut his mouth on abortion. See what I'm saying?
Indeed my friend. It just hit me wrong is all. I have met women who demanded that I keep quiet about abortion as I didn't know what I was talking about because I wasn't a woman.
On a side-note, I contacted PETA one time and told them I knew of an organization that was murdering baby animals en masse. They were incredulous. They asked me which organization was perpetuating the crimes and I told them it was Planned Parenthood. They ripped into me for my deception and I frankly told them because they considered man an animal, then why were they not protecting a class of animals that were going unnoticed in society? They refused to respond because I backed them into a corner they couldn't get out of. They know full well that abortion is wrong, but they have closed off their consciences so much that they can commit murder and sleep soundly at night.
HerbalMama wrote: What disease, Jim? What disease is so life threatening that a woman has to kill her child? What percentage of abortions are performed for life saving reasons, Jim? You have no uterus. You can't speak on this matter so says your leftist views.
Forgive me if this wasn't your intention, but please don't reduce pro/life issues to being a woman or not being a woman. I don't have a uterus, but I would gladly take in a baby into our home in order to save it, and we have inquired many times to do so.
It doesn't matter if you're a man or woman, what matters is the fact that under no circumstances or situations is abortion a viable option. It's a life, made in God's image, and should be protected at all costs.
The difference between a program like Facebook and a knife is thus:
One can be programmed to control thoughts and actions, we all know this. The power of advertising is well known. I can threaten someone with a knife to do something, but if the knife just sits in the knife-block, it has no sway over the thoughts and minds of society.
Facebook and Twitter were used extensively throughout Trump's campaign. Why? Because they are powerful tools that can be used to control the masses. Facebook, run by antichristian people who support Islam, homosexuality, environmentalism and the like cannot be trusted to guide us on a daily basis in the ways of truth. Hence the reason to either limit your time on it or get off altogether.
Boy, this thread got out of line, and for once, I'm not at fault!
I do believe that Lurker needs to do some of his own research and come to an educated conclusion on this topic. FB has long been known for controlling its users. An easy way to figure this out is my wife went on Canadian Tire for one thing or the other and all of the sudden, FB had ad after ad on with coupon from Canadian Tire for her to see. Not only that but she has Facebook Purity installed because of all the ungodly ads. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that FB can be quite dangerous, it just takes a brain.
Christian wrote: Anyone that defends Facebook has there head in the sand or denies the agenda they push. Itâ€™s a matter of study and research. Facebook is a simple tool created by the evil people to guide goats in the church from ever being sheep!
Actually, there has been evidence that FB has used algorithms and subliminal suggestions to force its users to do different things. Mark Zuckerberg has admitted to as much. I think it is a dangerous thing to spend many hours on FB or any other internet site. I come and go throughout the day and comment or reply, but I most assuredly do not spend hours here. There are many psychological and physiological effects from doing so. Everything in moderation.
Michael Hranek wrote: So,let me be a humbly lovingly candid as possible
He who seeks to save his life shall lose it, but He who loses his life for My Sake (Jesus Himself saying ) shall find it. Perhaps you remember Simon attempting to get Jesus to somehow avoid the Cross and not die. Simply NOT Enough room to tell of the Immeasurable Worth of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of His Kingdom.... Why He is and it is worth dying for, let alone merely suffering some embarresment
Thank you for your grace in allowing me to have my opinion.
I will stand for Christ no matter what. I will proudly proclaim the Gospel in any manner He desires me to, no matter the consequences. If I lose all for the sake of the Gospel, so be it. It's a small price to pay for thanking Him for saving me.
But...I will not lose my family or my life because I railed out against Islam, homosexuality, or the gov't. Those are secondary issues and are not worth being persecuted over. Like I said, if I am put on the spot and asked to give an answer, will I tuck tail and run? No. I will give a truthful answer according to the Bible and what I have learned therein. But being politically and socially active won't save souls.
1. We are Christians, pilgrims, slaves, and strangers on this earth. This earth is not our home. Our home is in heaven. Therefore, we are only here passing through. Just as an ambassador who visits a foreign country shouldn't be looking for work and setting down roots. It's not his home.
2. We are called to be lights in the darkness. We are called to be examples. How? By being voiceboxes yelling from the corners and rooftops of the world? No, by being examples of what it means to emulate Christ. We are told that we have no business telling the world what to do. Are we called to be political activists? No. If we are placed in a position where we must give testimony, then speak out, but don't think for a minute that this is your mission. You change the world through the Gospel, not through social reformation.
3. Jesus had a mission on earth. We are commanded to act like Jesus but no do what He did. There's a huge difference between the two. We are supposed to emulate His character, not His actions. Jesus was crucified because He was THE light in a dark world and exposed the sin and rebellion of the world through His words. The Gospel is an offensive thing. Most hate it.
Unprofitable Servant wrote: No one is disagreeing with you Watcher about the truth or the importance of the gospel. We are saying that Christians standing up and pointing out wickedness that needs to be stopped is just as Scriptural a duty and you have not shown that to be unBiblical. Any problems you and John UK have with social media can be said of the internet in general yet here you are. We appreciate your reminder that ultimately what solves issues is redemption and we put no faith in politics. That doesnâ€™t mean we donâ€™t use means given us by God to do good to all men by resisting evil Thanks for your thoughts
There's a time and place for everything, and this was not the place for her to spout off. Fine stand up and speak out against evil but do it in a peaceful and quiet manner. Getting others to sign petitions, criticizing the hand that feeds you...she was just plain asking for it. Golden apples spoken at the right time, are worth more than all the harsh words available to the human tongue. Another quaint ditty: Honey attacks more flies than vinegar. If you want to get your point across be nice. That's one bit of advice I'm still learning.
Question for you: what kind of masks were you wearing?
You see we wear N99 masks that are very tight and form-fitting to our faces, plus I went out and picked up activated charcoal filters and cut them up as well and that adds yet another layer of protection. We haven't been sick once since wearing them.
I have a cat (a little Bombay cutie), and when I change her litter, my wife puts on her N99 mask so she doesn't have to smell it. Without the mask, she gets the full-frontal assault on her nose, with the mask she doesn't smell a thing.
Can't say much more, but if you're wearing a cloth mask or one of those typical surgical masks that are all loose on the sides of your face, then it's no wonder why you're having trouble.
HerbalMama wrote: I haven't worn one either, LB. Ended up sick, as expected this time of year, but NOT with covid. Thought this little guy was easy to catch. đź¤· I've dealt with your kind, Watcher. Not pleasant people. Where ever you live that people are "disobeying" in droves is full of freedom loving folks. You should be thankful. Y'all ain't all dead yet so maybe time to question things.... But here we go round the mulberry bush, round the mulberry bush, round the mulberry bush, here we go round the mulberry bush on a cold and fearful morning.
I won't react. I'll just smile and throw a holy kiss your way!
MS wrote: Dear Heavenly Father, please restore kindness, and peace to this forum once again. Let brotherly love continue, dear brother and sister.đź™Ź
Amen. I whole-heartedly agree. I am to blame as well. LB is like someone slapping your back when you have a sunburn. It's hard not to react. May God give me the patience to be kinder and less abrasive.
ladybug wrote: Don't you ever get tired of trolling me Watcher? I guess if I were a man, you would have backed off by now. But, since it's easy to bully and pick on the weaker vessel, you take delight. You don't seem to know much about humility either bud, you are using psychological projection as well, here's that definition, " is a defense mechanism in which the ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves by attributing them to others. For example, a bully may project their own feelings of vulnerability onto the target. It incorporates blame shifting and can manifest as shame dumping." Now, put your mask on and stay FAR away from me. I don't want to catch what you have...
Yawn...same old same old eh? Sorry LB, you won't catch what I have. It's obviously not contagious.
ladybug wrote: And I haven't worn a mask since this started, but I have boosted my immune system. No symptoms, no sickness, so that must be helping right? I've had to disinfect areas from those who tested 'positive' for this virus, and yet, I have no sickness, no symptoms...nothing. I did not wear a mask, special suit, etc. I wore some gloves and that was it. That was about 3 months ago. They keep flip flopping on how it spreads,etc. There's more error than truth available, so it boils down to what you CHOOSE to believe. The CCP virus has killed some, but not nearly as many as they'd like you to believe. Don't worry, I am sure they have something much more lethal cooked up in their labs that they can and will release. Eugenicists/Philanthropists have to get those numbers down. You're right WP - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/02/17/nih-disease-official-anthony-fauci-risk-of-coronavirus-in-u-s-is-minuscule-skip-mask-and-wash-hands/4787209002/ "â€˘Masks. The only people who need masks are those who are already infected to keep from exposing others. The masks sold at drugstores aren't even good enough to truly protect anyone, Fauci said.
ladybug wrote: Amen sister MS. I know of several sovereign grace preachers who use facebook to speak His truth, posting their sermons there as well as interacting with others who have no fellowship outside of that. So many legalists on SA point their self righteous fingers at others, looking down their noses at anything they deem 'not Christian enough', yet they come HERE daily, on this internet forum, and spew out their views, opinions, etc. Funny how you aren't Christian if you're on FB, but you can be on SA every day and that's 'living the way we're supposed to live'. Hypocrisy is rampant in 'Christendom'. SA is NOT a Christian forum either, just look at some of the comments.
Sigh...don't you ever get tired of your self-righteousness LB? A little humility would go a long way for you. As much as you might think, most of us here don't appreciate your railing down on every saint to ever live. There's always something wrong with someone in your eyes. Come down off your high horse and act like the One who gave you the example to live by. Y'know...meek, lowly, humble, peaceful...?
MusicGal wrote: Covid was thought to be isolated to droplet transmission. If someone sneezes coughs etc it is suspended in the air a short time and so social distancing of 2 meters was advised. The masks were thought to help protect those droplets from transmitting. Airborne transmission is when the virus becomes aerosolized. This now means that the virus can stay suspended in the air much longer and further distancing is needed versus the previous thought 2 meters. Not creative but informative.
Totally agree MG. I asked a person once in a grocery store when they smiled at my wearing a mask, "What would you do if I had a spray bottle filled with a virus in solution, then sprayed you with it?"
They answered and said they would run out of the building for fresh air, hoping they didn't get any of the spray in their mouth or nose. I stared at them, waiting for it to sink in, but alas, it didn't. That's why we wear masks and that's why we've been wearing them since January. We have known that the virus is airborne or aerosolized (new word alert!), so we have taken great pains to protect ourselves with the best masks we could buy. Some may say it won't help, but we haven't been sick since January, so they must be helping.
Unprofitable Servant wrote: So are you saying churches concerned about paying their bills are just being greedy? Or that JMacâ€™s only desire for church meetings is just monetary? Not accusing just asking for clarification please
All I am saying (or at least trying to say) is money matters especially when you run such a large corporation as JMac's. It is a business with a lot of overhead. We would be foolish just to think that JMac's only concern was to minister to the community.
I've sat through tithing sermons and known because I was an elder/deacon that there were bills that needed to be paid and the pastor in charge of the finances needed to dust off his sermon so that people would be pressured/encouraged into giving. It's less of trusting in God to take care of those finances than trusting in the offering. It's just the truth, at least with what I've seen and heard down through the years.
Not saying JMac's heart is greedy, just that money matters speak very loudly, and unless they are addressed forthwith, then certain people will get their ire up and perhaps leave for greener pastures.