Truth is stranger than fiction. This is what happens when people abandon the Word and just make stuff up as they go along. There is little chance this guy, an officer in the UMC, can possibly be a believer. It is bad enough that he has sold his soul for abortion, but then despite his official role in a CHURCH to mock those who are defending the unborn is just purely hateful. Let us all pray for Mr. Mefford, that he opens his Bible, and sees the light.
So in addition to being post-christian http://cities.barna.org/the-most-post-christian-cities-in-america/ we are also not bible-minded.
The mission field is here! 90% of your neighbors are it.
I hate to draw attention to this very sad story, but seriously, how could anyone buy a book like this by an author named “Malarkey”? No really, think about it. God knew that this was all going to happen, and saw to it that the family name was “Malarkey”. Yes it is sad, yes it is tragic, yes it brings discredit to our confession, but it wasn’t like we didn’t have any clues or tipoffs right?
Seems to me that the publishers were seeing dollar signs and didn’t do their homework. Let that be a lesson to all of us.
Those of you who, like myself, oppose the legal recognition of gay marriage, might be tempted to get your hopes up. After all the Supreme Court currently holds a supposed 5-4 “Conservative” majority. But before you get excited, recognize the following:
1. Anthony Kennedy is no conservative. He can be counted on to uphold gay marriage.
2. John Roberts is a fake conservative plant who has proven that he can be manipulated. If Kennedy falters, he will cover.
3. Justices Ginsberg (you know, the one who looks like “granny” on the Beverly Hillbillies), Sotomayor, Kagan, and Breyer will obviously vote in favor of gay marriage.
4. Justices Thomas, Scalia and Alito can be counted on to oppose gay marriage.
5. Roberts may vote against gay marriage as cover for his fake conservatism as long as Kennedy favors gay marriage. But rest assured, if Kennedy opposes it, Roberts will jump in with Breyer and company.
6. Nobody is going to want to be the guy who tells the gays that have already married that it doesn’t count.
7. If gay marriage gets upheld by the court, it will be the law of the land. Then watch how quickly it becomes a felony to speak against homosexuality. Then watch some Christian Pastors getting thrown in jail while other squishy manpleasers “toe the line”.
So my prediction is 5-4 in favor of gay marriage with either Roberts or Kennedy putting it over the top. Yes I realize my predictions are pretty obvious. I just didn’t want anyone to get their hopes up in vain. Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer, er, Denny?
The medical establishment has pretty much destroyed every aspect of the Hippocratic oath. Here are a few excerpts from the original Hippocratic oath that have been completely reversed during our lifetime.
“With regard to healing the sick, I will devise and order for them the best diet, according to my judgment and means; and I will take care that they suffer no hurt or damage.”
Today’s physicians have become pill pushers, prescribing medication to everything that moves, and being richly compensated by the Pharmaceutical companies accordingly, not considering the long-term effects on the patient.
“Nor shall any man’s entreaty prevail upon me to administer poison to anyone; neither will I counsel any man to do so. Moreover, I will get no sort of medicine to any pregnant woman, with a view to destroy the child.”
This clause of the oath completely forbids any manner of abortion or physician-assisted suicide. Yet so-called “physicians” are called upon to perform these heinous acts in our society today.
“Whatever, in the course of my practice, I may see or hear (even when not invited), whatever I may happen to obtain knowledge of, if it be not proper to repeat it, I will keep sacred and secret within my own breast.”
You cannot walk into a Doctor’s office today without first signing over your right of privacy. Today’s corrupt laws force Physicians to violate the Hippocratic oath by sharing private information with the state.
These are just a few reasons why I personally have zero faith in the medical establishment. I know there are many brilliant, compassionate and honorable people that are physicians. But the system to which they have all subjugated themselves is quite corrupt.
I’m so happy I didn’t send my son here. Of course he did go to Princeton and had Al “Jazeera” Gore as the one of the commencement speakers. Honestly, whatever. But I will bet any amount of money that not a single atheist will complain or raise even the faintest objection about this. Imagine the outrage from the atheists if Duke took a similar step toward promoting the practice of Christianity among its students! There is a reason for this. All of these people: atheists, Muslims, progressives (communists), LGBT, etc. are all worshippers of the Beast and are all marching in lockstep toward the same goal. It doesn’t matter that their supposed ideologies are in conflict. The ideologies are just a smokescreen. The real reality is enslavement to and worship of the Beast. That is the prevailing reality, logical contradictions notwithstanding.
A teacher gifts a Bible to a student, and legal action begins. This reminds me of Peter and John being arrested and threatened in Acts 4. No, he was not imprisoned like them, but that behavior is bound to happen in our the USA, and probably in the not-so-distant-future. He is being persecuted for his faith, both in losing his job, and being threatened with legal action.
It is important to note how the disciples responded to this threat in Acts 4:
27 For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy [t]servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the[u]Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. 29 And [v]now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence,30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and [w]signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy [x]servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were allfilled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
We offer a similar prayer for all those who suffer today.
Lord, truly You are the one who made the heavens and the earth, and the government and the people are gathered against this and other educators, just like in the time of the apostles, and just as you have ordained to happen. Please take note of their threats, and grant each and every believing teacher today, that they may speak Your word with all confidence, despite the threats against their jobs, their livelihood, and their position before the law. We pray that just as you provided signs and wonders by the Apostles, that you would put words in their mouths, and use them mightily to heal the hurting children. May we all, like them, follow the examples of Jesus, Peter and John, and speak the truth of the gospel with boldness, despite the opposition by the world. Amen.
Indications from 2Thessalonians 2:1-4 are that Jesus will not return until the antichrist (i.e. “man of sin”) is revealed and takes his seat in the temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
Presently that really cannot happen in any literal sense, since there is no temple. However there is definitely interest that is building on the part of Jewish Israelis to erect a temple on the original site of Solomon’s and Ezra’s (i.e. Herod’s) temples. That site is now occupied by the Al Aqsa mosque. Apparently when Jerusalem was recaptured in 1967 by Israel, there was some sort of “deal” made whereby non-Muslims can visit the site, but cannot pray there. Increasingly, Israel is chafing against this “deal” and is desirous of erecting a temple, perhaps on this site.
Thy kingdom come!
Christians long ago gave up the fight against abortion. But Planned Parenthood hasn’t given up their encouragement and sponsorship of the murder of babies in the womb and the destruction of Biblical values regarding human sexuality. Here’s Planned Parenthood’s 2014 Annual Report recording that they killed another 330,000 babies last year. Just as a reference point, only an average of 110,000 soldiers were killed each year during our own bloody Civil War. Planned Parenthood does triple that number EVERY YEAR. And keep in mind that Planned Parenthood is responsible only for about a third or less of all the abortions that take place every year.
Just in case we, like Pontius Pilate before us, seek to wash our hands of this and blame the Democrats (whom some of our own number, I’m ashamed to say, even vote for), it is OUR TAXES that provide 41% of Planned Parenthood’s annual revenue. So way to go, team! Keep paying those taxes and keep voting for Democrats and spineless fake Republicans. In case you’re wondering where the rest of Planned Parenthood’s baby-killing money comes from, here’s an article showing that the New York State Teacher’s union (which takes its money off the top from the salaries of public school educators which we also pay for) likes to write big checks to them.
I wonder when America’s cup of iniquity will be full and we will be made to drink the cup of God’s divine wrath — and it will affect ALL of us. With 56,400,000 abortions since Roe v. Wade to our credit, it ain’t gonna be pretty.
The sad thing is that the significant majority of Americans now OPPOSE abortion. Yet we still stopped fighting. What a bunch of cowardly sissies we are — just sayin’.
Revelation 18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues”
Preachers quote Isaiah 64:6,
“We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”
For the person who has not yet been born again through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, these words are absolutely true and applicable, just as they were for the people of Israel to whom Isaiah was prophesying. As Romans 8:8 declares, “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God”.
However, I have on occasion heard these same words applied not only to the unregenerate, but also to the Christian, as though God was STILL DISGUSTED with our works even after salvation. I believe this to be at best bad theology, and at worst an insult to the finished work of Christ on the Cross. As Paul continues in Romans 8:9 (speaking to Christians), “You however, are NOT in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.”
The New Testament clearly states that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION. The old has passed away, behold the new has come.” 2Corinthians 5:17. It also states in Ephesians 2:10 that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” In 2Timothy 2:21, Paul says “if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” Revelation 19:8 says “the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints”. I could go on and on, but you get the point.
I don’t know why someone would say otherwise. I suppose it could be an attempt at false humility. But what it does, perhaps unintentionally, is to diminish the work and saving power of Christ on the Cross. If there is no difference between a Christian and a non-Christian except for his ultimate destination (heaven or hell), then Christ’s death and resurrection is of no effect whatsoever in this life, and we might as well go back under the Law because that will be the best and only way to curb the power of our continuing unbridled wickedness. This of course is UTTERLY CONTRARY to the teaching of the New Testament.
If I think that my attempts at doing good as a believer are considered filthy rags by God, then it stands to reason that I wouldn’t bother making any such attempts at doing good lest I offend the Lord with an offering of filthy rags. Such a teaching would be likely to lead to the sad result that James addresses in chapter 2 of his epistle, where Christians were doing NOTHING and yet were confident of their salvation “by faith”. As James points out, this thinking is total error. God saved us for a reason — so that we could BEAR FRUIT for Him (Romans 7:4, John 15:16).
Ephesians 5:10 encourages us to “try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord”. If all our righteous deeds are STILL filthy rags even after we are born again, then NOTHING pleases the Lord and this would be a fools errand.
Satan is the father of lies. It would seem to me that he would WANT blood-bought Christians to languish under a false teaching that there is nothing they can do in their physical bodies that is pleasing to the Lord. Thus he would keep them from glorifying God by bearing fruit and from accumulating the treasures in heaven that He longs to lavish upon His children.
Yes we WERE wretches — B.C. Yes we WERE the walking dead — B.C. As Paul says in 1Corinthians 6:11 “Such WERE some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God”. The Cross changes EVERYTHING!
Of course as believers in Christ we are still CAPABLE of sinning and displeasing the Lord, and will likely continue to do so (hopefully less and less) as we go through His process of sanctification and are conformed into the image of His Son and transformed by the renewing of our minds from one degree of glory to another. And there is always forgiveness available to us as we remain by faith in His grace. But make no mistake, SIN is not plan A for the Christian and 1Corinthians 10:13 promises that God will provide the way of escape from every temptation, if we will but take it. The apostle John writes in 1John 2:1 “Little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin, but if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
Let us never buy into any lie that says Jesus’ death and resurrection is insufficient to make us and our Spirit-led deeds acceptable to God. Let us never consent willingly to live beneath the standard of priestly holiness that the Lord Jesus Christ has purchased for us and bestowed upon us. Let us never make so-called scriptural excuses for our sin, but rather run to Him in repentance and receive His forgiveness. Let us remember, as Psalm 11:7 says, “The Lord is righteous; He loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold His face.”