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FRONT PAGE  |  5/19/2019
THURSDAY, FEB 16, 2017  |  62 comments
Trump Retains LGBT State Department Official

President for less than a month, Donald Trump has come through for the overwhelming numbers of religious conservatives who helped put him in office — but not so much on LGBT issues.

Conservative Christians in particular cheered his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and Trump’s promised “fix” for the Johnson Amendment, which restricts pastors’ ability to politick in the pulpit.

But for the second time since his inauguration, Trump has decided to preserve an Obama-era initiative to protect sexual minorities.

The State Department announced Monday (Feb. 13) that it would retain Randy Berry, the special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons. In 2014, the Obama administration created Berry’s position to support efforts abroad to protect gay people from violence and death. ...


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News Item2/20/17 9:05 PM
Dave | Oz  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dave
How to vote
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News Item2/20/17 6:21 PM
NeedHim  Find all comments by NeedHim
Jim if a dying person had only 3 & half minutes to live, what would you tell them?
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News Item2/20/17 3:20 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Mike wrote:
Oh thank you for qualifying a racist remark, Jim. You did say "almost" after all.
btw, we need not pretend too much- Gore won more Catholic vote than Bush, yet lost, and Obama won more Catholic vote than McCain or Romney, and won. Not sure why your concern over Trump winning it this time.
Actually, Mike the way Gallup Poll identifies "Evangelicals," [URL=http://www.gallup.com/poll/17041/Who-Evangelicals.aspx]]]http://tinyurl.com/62g7cm (Who Are the Evangelicals? --Gallup Poll)[/URL], and as I hope I implied it is most definitely a racist movement Now, many the Evangelicals I will say, aren't as bad as, a segment of them, [URL=http://tinyurl.com/jpey6y3]]]http://tinyurl.com/jpey6y3 (Identity: A 'Christian' Religion for White Racists)[/URL], But yes, they are certainly identified by race, and by political party, something a Christian should never be! Eveangelicals of any color should be, [URL=http://tinyurl.com/hbtgqek]]]http://tinyurl.com/hbtgqek (Politically Incorrect?)[/URL]

Hmm, that's interesting about Gore, many people said he won the election a Republican SCOTUS stole the election from him, he certainly had more popular votes than Baby Bush.

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News Item2/18/17 10:38 PM
Dave | Oz  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dave
I'm glad I'm not chosen on merits or decisions that are of my own determination, lest I fail like those under the old covenant, which offers salvation, not.
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News Item2/18/17 9:38 PM
NeedHim  Find all comments by NeedHim
John for Jesus, your take on Reformed Churches teachings on the Doctrine of Salvation is laughable. As any pastor, who cares about their walk, & love for Christ & His Word, knows their is a stricter judgment for one, who is a Shepard of his flock. No Reformed Pastor I know or ever read, would ever,teach
teach, such an unBiblical message you are, trying to portray. As the Bible message on how one is saved & justified, in how one becomes a child of God is, clearly put forth out. As salvation has & will always be of the Lord alone, as one is saved when one is spiritually adopted as Child of God, not of man, but from up above alone, as Jhn 1:12-13, is crystal clear on that point!
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News Item2/18/17 6:01 PM
John for Jesus | Atl  Find all comments by John for Jesus
I'm afraid that Reformed churches have way to many people in them who think they were chosen by God and really aren't because they were never taught how to be saved. One could go to these churches thinking, I believe there is a God, I attend church, and I try to be nice, therefore I am saved. There is no favoritism with God! If He loves one sinner then He loves them all.
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News Item2/18/17 3:05 PM
Dave | Oz  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dave
The scripture used by those denying it plainly states who chose who, when it was decreed.
Allow them to deny god and his word, forget them, leave them be. They have been given the gospel, and still believe in their merits not god's.
I have no time for them.
There are people who need the gospel of Christ presented truthfully that need our attention more than those who think they choose god.
They have eyes but cannot see as evident by the 2nd comment below this one
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News Item2/18/17 7:49 AM
John for Jesus | Atl  Find all comments by John for Jesus
Anne...

I'm married and still love other people. We are even commanded to love our enemies! If you consider homosexuals your enemies or friends, then you should love them either way. To me, that would mean you are okay with protecting them from violence or death. If that is even what this official is doing.

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News Item2/17/17 7:00 PM
John for Jesus | Atl  Find all comments by John for Jesus
Adriel...

Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him BEFORE THE FOUNDATION of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having PREDESTINATED *US* unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will"

Who are in Christ? Believers.

It's not like you were in Christ before the foundation of the world! A person is in Christ through faith and by the Holy Spirit upon faith. Once a person is in Christ, they are then adopted, holy, and without blame.

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News Item2/17/17 6:07 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
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What's all this talk about Christianity on this thread? Everyone knows that Who Are the Evangelicals?--Gallup[/URL] at least the White American Evangelical has almost nothing to do with Christianity
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Oh thank you for qualifying a racist remark, Jim. You did say "almost" after all.

btw, we need not pretend too much- Gore won more Catholic vote than Bush, yet lost, and Obama won more Catholic vote than McCain or Romney, and won. Not sure why your concern over Trump winning it this time.

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News Item2/17/17 5:44 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Mike an even better article on the question of the Romish voter.
Robert David Sullivan wrote:
... it is essentially impossible for Mr. Trump to win by carrying only self-identified white Protestants, who make up a majority of the population in just six states. If he fails to keep white Catholic voters in the fold, they will surely be included with Hispanic voters as the focus of any post-election “autopsy.”
excerpt from,[URL=http://tinyurl.com/hxz7h6m]]]http://tinyurl.com/hxz7h6m (Why Trump can't win without white Catholics)[/URL], from "America," The jesuit Review.

What's all this talk about Christianity on this thread? Everyone knows that [URL=http://www.gallup.com/poll/17041/Who-Evangelicals.aspx]]]Who Are the Evangelicals?--Gallup[/URL] at least the White American Evangelical has almost nothing to do with Christianity

[URL=http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/2/donald-trump-holds-high-flag-gay-equality/]]]http://tinyurl.com/o587oda (Donald Trump holds high the flag for gay equality)[/URL]---"The Republican nominee seeks to represent and serve ALL Americans"

President Trump has made it plain he doesn't personally support queer marriages.

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News Item2/17/17 5:39 PM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
By the way, I was speaking in general, J4J, not singling you out. We've all had our own cracks at the topics I mentioned.
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News Item2/17/17 5:36 PM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Unfortunately, this is among those topics that will go on and on with no resolution or benefit by the time the thread disappears. Other similar topics include: Predestination, alcohol consumption, defending one's self, firearms, and others.
I still follow though in order to get everyone's personal take, and the scriptures they use to argue their cases.
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News Item2/17/17 5:33 PM
Kev | San Diego  Contact via emailFind all comments by Kev
I've tried helping you John4 I will no longer give you a platform.
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News Item2/17/17 5:05 PM
John for Jesus | Atl  Find all comments by John for Jesus
Kev...

1) RMS 9:13 is a quote from Malachi! Do you know when it was spoken?! Looonngg after both men had died!

“I have loved you,” says the Lord . “Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’ Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” Says the Lord . “Yet Jacob I have loved;
Malachi 1:2

When God says, "I have loved you", He is speaking to Israel. Notice the plural "us" in the verse? It was the burden of the word of the Lord to the country of Israel.

2) Let's review!
Ezekiel 18:23
Ezekiel 33:11
1 John 4:19

3) Sure you can, He is way more loving! However, if you love some that you think God hates, are you guilty of sin? Do you think God doesn't love better than you? How do you explain that? Can you?

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News Item2/17/17 4:26 PM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Thanks Kev and Dave. Just wanted to see what the followup answer would be.
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News Item2/17/17 4:20 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
I believe in particular redemption, but I don't have a problem with John 3:16 like some have. That's okay.

But in the sort of work I do out on the streets, my gospel is not John 3:16, because sinners out there need some groundwork first. Telling them that God loves them is neither here nor there. They need to hear about things they've never heard of concerning the Lord Jesus Christ: his creation of the world, his deity, his incarnation, his perfect sinless life, his sacrificial death as a propitiation for sin, his resurrection and ascension, his coming again in glory to judge the living and the dead.

YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN

The sinner needs to understand he is under the wrath of God, that there is nothing he can do to save himself, that he deserves the lake of fire for rebellion against God, that he is a sinner who has broken God's law from birth, and that only through faith in Jesus Christ can he be saved and made a new creature in Christ.

If there is no conviction of sin by the Holy Ghost, I do not encourage anyone to say a prayer; there has to be conviction of sin which produces true repentance of sin, leading to calling on the name of the Lord.

Well, there you go.

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News Item2/17/17 4:01 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Mike wrote:
I hear what you're saying, Jim. But all I said was liberal Catholics voted for Clinton. They did. And liberals of any stripe are the ones promoting the things of 1 Cor 6:9. It doesn't matter if conservative Catholics voted for Trump. This is merely your way of diminishing Trump's win. After all, if Catholics voted for him, it must be an invalid election, right? And since you incorrectly imagine you can say nothing directly about a sitting president, you can say it indirectly, right? Isn't going to work, waste of time. A bit dishonest, too. Let me ask a very simple question, did liberal Catholics vote for Trump or Clinton?
Mike, how do I add or subtract from Trump's victory by pointing out, [URL=http://tinyurl.com/jmozfab]]]http://tinyurl.com/jmozfab (How the Support of Catholics Helped Donald Trump’s Victory)[/URL] from the "rightish" Fortune Magazine.

The simple matter **no one** can win the Presidency without majority Catholic support.

The Catholic author of this article did a good job explaining why Trump got the votes he did out of the Romish community.

[URL=http://tinyurl.com/khpzmn3]]]http://tinyurl.com/khpzmn3 (Religious Belief and Views of Homosexuality)[/URL], to see where Catholics stand.

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News Item2/17/17 3:49 PM
Anne | the long winded  Find all comments by Anne
cont.
Remember He likens it to a bride and groom. The groom does not love many women, only His bride. A thorough reading of Romans (especially chapter 9) explains this concept fully.
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News Item2/17/17 3:48 PM
Anne | the Wild West  Find all comments by Anne
If John is "for real" here and not just trolling to stir the pot, this subject is a difficult one for the person who believes they must act on their own part. I was there, and these were not foreign concepts to me but I had been taught they were wrong. The burden on my soul to save myself was staggering! When God woke me to His truth... Well, nothing so crushing and humbling and joyous and liberating had ever entered my mind. And now I look at this with awe - my God acts ALONE. He needs no one and nothing. He never wrings His hands waiting for something to happen or hoping we make a good choice. He is never taken by surprise. It is ALL in His control because He has ordered it, caused it, made it, exacted it, willed it, blessed it to be so. It has been done and He has determined who will go to be with Him and who will burn in the lake of fire - the choice is from a sovereign God and what a relief for His people! The verse where Christ says to take up His yolk (Matt 11:29) has a whole different meaning for His elect verses the vain pursuit of those who do not believe in a God big enough to be in control. Adriel and Kev have posted some of the most beautiful words to a sinners ears. God doesn't have to love anyone but He does love His children with a jealous love. Remem
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