The end of the world as we know it?

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I have been intending to write on the subject of Charlottesville all week however other obligations have prevented such; in retrospect–considering the most recent turn of events–perhaps being tardy to elucidate or even offer my opinion may have been advantageous as the left continues to show their hand and further expose their ulterior motives that are far more ominous than the destruction of statuary.

I think the order given to law enforcement to stand down at Charlottesville was intentional—given by an activist Democratic Governor—the orders to stand down and the ensuing melee between two diametrically opposed groups of protesters encouraged a small number of fringe activists to commit the unthinkable. This action by the governor Continue reading

What Road Do You Travel

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Proverbs 16:17 Those who are good travel a road that avoids evil; so watch where you are going—it may save your life.

Note:

1. It is the way of the upright to avoid sin, and everything that looks like it and leads towards it; and this is a highway marked out by authority, tracked by many that have gone before us, and in which we meet with many that keep company with us; it is easy to find and safe to be travelled in, like a highway, Isa_35:8. To depart from evil is understanding. [1]

2. It is the care of the upright to preserve their own souls, that they be not polluted with sin, and that by the troubles of the world they may not be put out of the possession of them, especially that they may not perish for ever, Mat_16:26. And it is therefore their care to keep their way, and not turn aside out of it, on either hand, but to press towards perfection. Those that adhere to their duty secure their felicity. Keep thy way and God will keep thee. [1]

What road do you travel? Gods way or one of your own making?

Jesus said:

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14

[1] From Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible

Go and sin no more

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As Christians we are often told we should disregard tradition, ignore the word of God, and accept any manner of that which we have been instructed to reject.  We are accused of being judgmental of the individual person when we point out what God’s Holy Word says about certain lifestyles and choices made by entire groups.

Jesus said:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you… Mathew 28:19 & 20

Sometimes people say that as Jesus didn’t address certain topics that are of great concern today we are to assume that he was neutral on these specific sins.  However Jesus also said: Continue reading

Correction is compassion, not judgment…

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In the article titled “Christianity Doesn’t Endorse Homosexuality, No Matter What Eugene Peterson And Jim Gaffigan Imply” previously shared on this blog, the author Glenn T. Stanton took to task–among others–Eugene Peterson, the one time Presbyterian minister who now is the translator of the very popular bible adaptation The Message and a favorite writer in evangelical circles. Mr. Stanton’s criticism followed the announcement that if he (Peterson) we’re pastoring a church today he would consent to perform a same sex marriage. Coming from the mouth of a well known and respected member of the Evangelical movement, this revelation was near Earth shattering and caused the Internet to erupt in furor. While some progressives praised Peterson for his support of GLBT causes, conservative Christians and like minded organizations were quick to criticize, and rightfully so.

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Christianity Doesn’t Endorse Homosexuality, No Matter What Eugene Peterson And Jim Gaffigan Imply

By Glenn T. Stanton; The Federalist 14 July 2017​

NOTE: The following is an outstanding article that not only takes on the fallacious and heretical belief that the Bible and teachings of Christ condone homosexual activity, but also provides informative talking points that any Christian concerned with providing correction to those who believe this lie can use to expose this false teaching for what it is.

Eugene Peterson, translator of the very popular bible adaption The Message and a favorite writer in evangelical circles, shocked many this week, stating that he’s perfectly comfortable performing a same-sex wedding. He explained, “I think that kind of debate about lesbians and gays might be over. …I think it’s a transition for the best, for the good. …[I]t’s not a right or wrong thing as far as I’m concerned.” Update: the next day his literary agent released a statement saying Peterson did not imply this and holds to a biblical definition of marriage as between one man and one women. I take him at his word. This article has been slightly changed to reflect this new information.

Noted Catholics, comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie (whom Jim humorously describes as a “Shiite Catholic”) proudly took their five young kids to New York City’s recent Gay Pride parade, joyfully waving their rainbow flags. There have been a disturbing number of people who claim the name of Christ who would like us to believe that God and the Bible are totally cool with homosexuality. They are not. These folks are sowing a great deal of confusion among Christians today, which is troubling and must be set straight in clear terms.

Squaring homosexual sexual relations with the Jewish and Christian scriptures requires that one either ignore its clear and historic teaching or perform a clever textual sleight of hand. It’s the only two ways one can arrive there. Here are ten foundational truths that must inform the person who seeks to be true to faithfully orthodox Christian belief.

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Facebook Suspends Priest After Post About Islamic Jihad

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Reblogged from the CREEPING SHARIA blog

Facebook may be failing to keep up with terrorists who use the social media platform to incite, enlist, and organize would-be killers, but it’s Johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to Catholic priests who share politically incorrect thoughts about Islam.

Late last month Facebook temporarily suspended the account of Fr. John Higgins, the pastor St. Raymond Parish in Downey, Calif., in response to a post he had written about the history of Islam.

“There are peaceful and good Muslim people,” he wrote. “And then there are the Islamists who are defended by the ignorant who refuse to learn history.”

Via Church Pop:

He made his comment on a post on the Facebook page of his Congresswoman Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-D). On May 23rd, his post was deleted and he was suspended from posting on Facebook for a week.

“I wrote Facebook several times,” Fr. Higgins told ChurchPOP, “explaining that this post was just history. Of course there was no response.”

Fr. Higgins serves as the pastor of St. Raymond Parish in Downey, California and as the chaplain of his local fire department.

Read the rest of this blog post at Creeping Sharia

A Secular Rapper Calls American Pastors to Account

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By MICHAEL BROWN Published on May 8, 2017 THE STREAM

You know we’re in trouble when a secular rapper urges pastors to get back to preaching that the Lord is a jealous God of “discipline and obedience.” As a recent article declared, “Chart-Topping Rapper Kendrick Lamar Is Preaching More Spiritual Truth Than Most of the Dead Churches In America.” So sad, but so true.

Lamar is a 29-year-old, Grammy Award-winning rapper, and his lyrics are typical, hardcore rap: filled with content, packed with protest, laced with profanity. Suffice it to say that he is not a pristine pure, born-again, Christian rapper. Yet he sees a gaping hole in many churches today, and it mirrors his experience as a boy.

A Perceived Imbalance
In an email to Hip Hop website DJ Booth he wrote,

I went to a local church some time ago, and it appalled me that the same program was in practice. A program that I seen as a kid the few times I was in service. Praise, dance. Worship. (Which is beautiful.) Pastor spewing the idea of someone’s season is approaching. The idea of hope.

He continued,

After being heavily in my studies these past few years, I’ve finally figured out why I left those services feeling spiritually unsatisfied as a child. I discovered more truth. But simple truth. Our God is a loving God. Yes. He’s a merciful God. Yes. But he’s even more so a God of DISCIPLE. OBEDIENCE. A JEALOUS God. …

And in words that mirror the words of Paul in Romans 11:22, which urge us to consider both the goodness and severity of God, he wrote, “So in conclusion, I feel it’s my calling to share the joy of God, but with exclamation, more so, the FEAR OF GOD. The balance. Knowing the power in what he can build, and also what he can destroy. At any given moment.”  read the rest of this article at The Stream

How I figured out Paul was right and homosexuality was wrong

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A Word From The Bishop:  Professor Lopez makes a very persuasive argument against the acceptance of Homosexuality–by Christians–as anything but a sinful act.  This is a must read for those concerned about the current dilemma of an increasing number of churches proclaiming to be accepting of such activity and life choices.

How I figured out Paul was right and homosexuality was wrong

by Robert Oscar Lopez, English Manif blog

As the Texas state legislature is fighting new battles against the //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“>LGBT agenda and in some cases winning ground, there also appears an uptick in people trying to discredit the proper Biblical position on homosexuality–which is, of course, that homosexual activity is a sin that any person is capable of committing, and any person is capable of resisting. They often come under hashtags like “#faithfullyLGBT” and proclaim they offer a safe space for people who want to be Christian but who do not want to give up their homosexual activities.
Below are some of the more colorful tweets that I have recently seen on Twitter:

Read the rest of this exceptional article at English Manif blog

Sharia Law in America?

Across the nation on Saturday June 10, 2017, Act for America organized protest marches calling for Islamic Sharia law not to be allowed in American courts.
At left is a computer screen shot of the web page featuring a photo taken by Shelly Yang for The Kansas City Star.

If you look closely at the young lady on the left, who is participating in the counter protest organized by the ALCU and other groups claiming to be against Fascism and islamophobia, you will note that she is holding up a sign proclaiming that Christians are the real threat to America; more on that assertion in a moment. Continue reading

An Easter Reflection

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Easter, like any of the holidays observed in the Christian tradition, should be a time for introspection and reflection. While we look within and ascertain our own spiritual hygiene, we must also reflect on the meaning, the lessons learned, from the real occurrences that became traditions we observe today. Typically Easter homilies and sermons are filled with one again remembering how Christ our Lord was crucified and on the third day rose again, triumphing over death.   Occasionally some ministers take license and compose lessons that depart from the usual; while visiting a local Evangelical church on a Easter Sunday several years ago we had the opportunity to not only listen to a radically different viewpoint but watch actors perform a skit illustrating this point.

The Easter Sunday in question, was an Continue reading