Friday, January 25, 2008

Liberal lessons in tolerance, pride, and hate speech 101


ABC fired an actor because of an anti-gay comment, but gave anchorwoman who told an audience 'F---Jesus' what amounted to a one-week vacation.


Last June, when actor Isaiah Washington, star of ABC's show Grey's Anatomy, made an anti-gay slur in reference to openly homosexual T.R. Knight, the network immediately fired Washington.


But when ESPN (owned by ABC) anchorwoman Dana Jacobson publicly said "F--- Notre Dame," "F--- Touchdown Jesus" and finally "F--- Jesus," the network gave her a one week suspension. In essence, ABC gave Jacobson a one week vacation.


ABC has two standards, one for anti-gay comments and one for anti-Christian comments. Those who use anti-gay comments are punished. Those who use anti-Christian comments are supported.

Monday, January 21, 2008

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: STRAIGHT FROM THE MIND OF HITLER


When Adolph Hitler took power in Germany, he recognized immediately that the major threat to his tyrannical designs would come from the church. If he could neutralize the voice of the church, he correctly reasoned, there would be no one else to stand in his way.


Consequently, he immediately cranked up the Nazi propaganda machine to develop slogans designed to silence the voice of the church, slogans which were then relentlessly hammered into the minds of gullible Germans and their pastors, who meekly complied.


Hitler crafted two slogans in particular, and these became the bulldozers he used to push the church to the margins of the culture and so squelch its freedom to speak truth to power that the liberty of the entire world was soon threatened. Liberty was only preserved at the cost of millions of lives, including hundreds of thousands of America's finest young men.


These slogans, mind you, do not come from the United States Constitution or from Thomas Jefferson or from the mind of the Founding Fathers. These slogans come straight from the mind of Adolph Hitler, and bear a sobering similarity to the mantras of the ACLU, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.


Here they are, straight from the mind of Adolph Hitler:


"Politics do not belong in the Church."


"The Church must be separate from the State."


If they sound eerily familiar, it will only be because you instinctively recognize in these words the voice of tyranny and repression.


Hitler himself drove the pilings even deeper when he said, in December of 1934, "The Nazi State will however not tolerate under any circumstances any new or any continued political activity of the denominations."


In the same speech, he added these ominous words: "But we will ensure the purging from our public life of all those priests who have mistaken their profession and who ought to have been politicians and not pastors."


The objective of the Nazi regime was virtually identical to the agenda of today's ACLU: Contain the voice of the church within the four walls of its buildings, turning them into nothing more than echo chambers, and punish any effort of church leaders to make their voices heard in the public square.


Further, in a manner that is strikingly reminiscent of efforts to purge any references to God from our public systems of education, Josef Goebbels said the following in August, 1935:"To educate the young people into religious ways may perhaps be the task of the Church, but to educate the young in politics is very much our affair. The youth belongs to us and we will yield them to no one."


All church youth groups were banned in favor of the Hitler Youth, which became the only legal youth organization in the country. Churches were no longer permitted to hold any meetings in public venues. They were instead locked up inside their sanctuaries, forbidden to speak their message outside the four walls of their church buildings.


And the rest, as they say, is history.


The current restraint on the freedom of the church in America to speak truth to political power was imposed in 1954 through the efforts of then Sen. Lyndon Johnson. Johnson, incensed at some non-profit organizations for opposing his most recent run for office, suspended the sword of the IRS over the necks of any religious leader who would dare to stand for justice and truth in the nation's political life.


And so today's church is still paying the price for this small-minded politician's petty and vengeful ability to use the power of the federal government to punish his adversaries.


Prior to 1954, churches had the freedom to be as engaged in matters of public policy as they chose. They were free to be actively engaged without fear of punishment, and free to be completely uninvolved in political matters if they so chose. That, my friends, is liberty, both of the religious and political kind.


While churches may still today distribute non-partisan voter guides, and pastors are free to speak to the moral issues of the day, watchdogs from the ACLU and other leftist groups are lurking around every corner, looking to pounce on any religious leader who would dare use his influence to help shape the direction of America's public policy.


Just this week, an IRS investigation has been requested by Americans United into a pastor who endorsed Barack Obama from his pulpit last Sunday. In a free country, he should be free to do so without fear that his voice will be strangled by the federal government.


Judicial activism has turned the First Amendment on its head, and the very provision intended by the Framers to protect religious liberty is now being used to repress it.


The remedy? First, Congress should repeal LBJ's onerous 1954 IRS restriction. Second, we must elect a president who will appoint justices to the Supreme Court who understand the original intent of the First Amendment and will restore constitutional freedoms of religion and speech in full to America's churches.


Then, and only then, can we be assured that true American liberty will be preserved for us, for our children, and for their children after them.


Nazi Persecution of The Churches, 1933-45," by J.S. Conway, Basic Books, 1968)
Bold mine.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Twisting Scripture:

Monday, January 14, 2008 Homosexuality and What Paul’s Letter to the Romans Really Says

There are numerous scriptural arguments against homosexuality, but none as commonly used as Paul’s Letter to the Romans, which describes the apostle’s vision of the Gospel for the mixed Jew/Gentile church in Rome. Paul wrote it in the 1st Century, long before the idea of “sexuality,” when people spoke merely of various sexual acts. Even so, we’ll take a look at this proof text to see what it says about God’s attitude toward what we call homosexuality today.

In other words, Paul and others were just ignorant first century folk. The concept of 'sexuality' was foreign to them. Nothing could be more clearly wrong. The sexual boundaries God had set forth had been well known for thousands of years. Sexual sin carried a death sentence in the law; the law, Paul a Pharisee, knew all to well.

Of course, because we worship the Creator, rather than any creature in this material world that God breathes into existence, AUR understands that denying the possibility of human error in the process of transcribing, compiling, and transmitting scripture is irrational at best, ecclesiolatrous at worst. Scripture and its human stewards are mere creatures, and for the true believer God alone is perfect.

A common heresy here. God is prefect, man is not. Even God's Divine breath leading man, man still screws it up. This denies two fundamental qualities of God, His truthfulness and His complete sovereign rule. There is no book in antiquity that is more closely scrutinized than the Bible. It remains God's holy and perfect word in 2008, all 66 books!

Therefore, we have to look for God’s wisdom through God’s messengers and messages, not always in them. Even assuming a certain work is “God-breathed,” it has to be read with consideration given to the limited understanding of those inspired by God to write. A 1st-Century mind cannot speak truth with a 21st-Century understanding of sociology, biology, and psychology.

More common heresies here. Notice how the author begins ever so gently to lead you away from the authority of God's word. As if God's word and authority changes over time? The author is really asking you to make excuses and to re-interpret the scripture through a 21st century lens. In other words, see God's word through the world around you, not the spirit. God can only do so much to inspire men to write it down correctly. Once again, the author denies God's fundamental qualities of truth and complete sovereignty.

Even so, let us read what the proof text states with a serious eye to the spiritual truth therein. The proof text most often cited from the Letter to the Romans begins:

1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.


The list of idolatrous imagery here demonstrates the point from above: Paul did not have a modern understanding of biology when he categorized living creatures as “man and birds and animals and reptiles.” Does this error in material fact mean that the underlying spiritual truth of the Letter should be dismissed?

Absolutely not. Despite Paul’s unscientific laundry list of creatures, there is still wisdom in worshipping the wholeness of uncreated God, in whom all things are reconciled, rather than worshipping images as represented in God’s creatures, whether those creatures be living or not.


For starters lest use the NASB: 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.


The author here is clearly confused. Paul clearly says that foolish men; men who do not know God, make idols of Him. Whether the idols be in the image of another corruptible man, birds, or crawling creatures. The Roman pantheon of gods, which Paul most assuredly was aware, comes to mind. The more shocking arrogance and ignorance of this author is asking should we dismiss this letter based on his/her own 'wisdom' of interpretation. More confusing and quite typical of the Unitarian heretical spin cycle is this idea of worshipping 'the wholeness of uncreated God". I know gnostic garbage when I hear it, now you do as well. Lastly, Christ was made flesh (living and breathing) for a reason, it matters.

Let’s read on:
1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.


Paul’s more general statement here, using “created things” rather then a list of examples, is much more to the point, and less subject to being rendered obsolete by new discoveries about the material Creation. Turning from the worship of the Universal for the worship of the particular, Paul’s subjects were given over to self-destructive fetishism. The connection seems reasonable.


Lets use the NASB 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.
25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.


Fairly clear scripture here folks. God does not intend His word to be a hidden truth, no matter how hard this author desires that to be. They loved the creature more than the Creator. As we read on, we will discover this author also will ask us to seek truth in the creation and not the creator's word, the Holy scripture.

The author goes on...

One final objection: if homosexual behavior is not categorically “faithless, heartless, ruthless,” what about “senseless”? Are homosexuals behaving in a way that defies sense and reason?

Applying outside standards of sense and reason to biblical morality is a touchy subject for scripturalists and bibliolaters, so let’s see what the Letter itself says about how can we identify God’s Eternal and Universal intent, behind the creaturely limitations of God’s mortal servant Paul.
Take a look at the verses introducing the proof text above:


1:18 The wrath of God is being revealed from Heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

The Creator’s invisible qualities have been known “since the creation of the world,” meaning long before the existence of scripture, and are “understood from what has been made,” i.e., by studying the created world.

Lets use the NASB 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.


These verses have nothing to do with studying the created world and verse 20 has everything to do with Mark 10: 6"But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. Further evidence:

Ephesians 5: 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Colossians 3:6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,

Jeremiah 5:21'Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, Who have eyes but do not see; Who have ears but do not hear.

It is our duty as Christians and servants of the One True Creator God to seek truth not merely in the mouths of God’s mortal servants, but by studying “what has been made” by God. This dedication to rationalism would not only lead us to question the material facticity of Paul’s categories of living things, but also his categories of sexuality, without having to doubt the divine inspiration of his underlying moral lesson.

This is pure apostasy: Seeking God's truth in the creation. Does anyone remember the Apple in the garden? The tree of knowledge? Were these things not created? Enough said.

By turning a rational eye to the objects of Creation, it is clear that there is a distinct difference between those for whom homosexual behavior is a matter of love, sacrifice in love, and commitment of character, and those for whom homosexual behavior is reduced to an obsessive fetish, often in the context (and in violation) of an otherwise heterosexual lifestyle.

Actually by having an ounce of common sense, putting the words 'love', 'sacrifice in love' and 'commitment of character' in front of adultery does it no more good than putting it in front of homosexuality. The author would like you to turn your attention away from God's design for sexuality and concentrate on 'fetishes'. The snake's are alive and well.

and more...

“Literalist” worship of Scripture as perfect and sufficient is precisely this sort of image-worship. As scripturalist preachers demonstrate again and again, bibliolaters who turn away from God and “suppress the truth” of human sexuality end up ”senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless” and given to “shameful lusts.”

Using the scripture to establish authority in a false doctrine and in the same breath denying that authority is the two faced doubled minded teaching and life of the gay christian movement.

A clear line has to be drawn between homosexual behavior as natural psychology and homosexual behavior as an “unnatural” psychology, homosexual behavior informed by commitment and character and homosexual behavior absent of moral boundaries. This same line must be drawn through heterosexual behavior as well

Actually a clear decision has to be made: My way or God's way? Your eternity, your choice.

Consider 2 Peter 3:16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.

This is one of the clearest statements in the Bible that affirm Paul is writing scripture. The NT apostles just as the OT prophets were aware they were writing the word of God. See 1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.

The author concludes:

Given the knowledge to be learned from God’s own Creation using their God-given reason, as Paul’s letter makes clear, these bigots “are without excuse.”

Ah, I knew the word 'bigot' would rear it's ugly head in a sad attempt to silence those who live and abide in God's word.

Be aware of them who preach “ANOTHER” Jesus, “ANOTHER” Gospel, and “ANOTHER” spirit - 2 Corinthians 11:4

Wherever God erects, a house of prayer,
The Devil always builds a chapel there:
And 'twill be found upon examination;
The latter has the largest congregation.
- Daniel Defoe

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Design Found, Intelligence Lacking in Latest Attack by Darwinians


FRC update:

The National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine have mounted yet another attack on the scientific theory of intelligent design, publishing an 89-page book titled Science, Evolution, and Creationism. The new publication falsely equates "intelligent design" (a scientific theory which infers the necessity for intelligent design from scientific evidence) with "creationism" (a term usually used for a theory of origins that begins with the Bible or some other religious text). It also lumps together concepts of microevolution within species (such as the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria), which are not controversial, with the more contested theory of macroevolution, which seeks to trace all existing forms of life to a common ancestor. It appears to dodge altogether the crucial question of how living things could have arisen from non-living things in the first place. It also slanders intelligent design as "unscientific" despite peer-reviewed articles on the concept and the credentials of 700 doctoral-level scientists who have publicly questioned Darwinism. Perhaps the biggest problem with the defenders of Darwinian evolution is that, ironically, they have reversed the roles in the supposed historical "war between science and religion," by declaring Darwinism to be inerrant dogma, and punishing its doubters by burning them at the academic stake.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

What the 'gay christian marriage' will never be

And the Two Shall Be One
by Mark Toohey

There is a great and profound mystery at work in the earth today; so great a mystery that it was first initiated in Eden's long ago garden and secured by a covenant of death. This ponderous mystery is a product of heaven itself, born out of the incomprehensible wisdom of God, and imparted unto man wholly by His grace; and yet this mystery is known unto all. Multitudes of men and women partake of its sublime reality every day of their lives, unaware of the magnitude of its portent. It is trampled under foot, mocked, and discarded as much as it is revered, cherished, and made sacred by those who have given themselves to it. In the realm of spirit it is the revelation of the highest calling of God upon the life of a man or woman, yet in the natural it is as common as the rain. And it took no less than an apostle of some notoriety to unveil its secret:

"For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church" (Eph. 5:31,32). The marriage of a man and a woman is, indeed, the greatest of mysteries, for it is, in reality, the unveiling of God's purpose unto humanity in this age the completion of THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST. Few who have repeated their vows and exchanged their rings have even the slightest sense of the immensity of their actions; yet the continuous repetition of that ceremony the world over, in every nation and every culture, gives perpetual testimony to the work and purpose of God in bringing humankind into oneness with Himself. Even the most unregenerate of men unwittingly bear testimony to the surety of God's word with the pronouncement, "I do." And while marriage may at best be a lifelong commitment to love, honor, and obey until death do we part for the average couple, it is for those of His calling nothing less than an open door to the heavenlies. It is among the most blessed opportunities that a man or woman will ever be afforded to ascend to the high realm of spirit and to enter in to the fullness of the reality of Christ which they so earnestly seek.

Here, in the union of a man and a woman, we see portrayed in the natural the higher spiritual marriage of Christ and the church, the sanctification of His most precious bride. The marriage relationship is the very exemplification of our own personal relationship with the Lord, the union of spirit by which we are begotten of Him and brought to the fulness of redemption. It is in the daily outworking of love's commitment that we experience the subduing and overcoming of the carnal man by the inner man of spirit, until both spirit and soul are wed in blessed harmony, a new creation in Christ Jesus. It is upon the proving grounds of marriage that we become schooled in that elusive unconditional love of God until we become that very nature of love for all the world to behold. Here we shall surely encounter the beast, the serpent of old, and become skilled in the mastery and dominion of the spirit over that ancient adversary. We will learn of death and partake of its sting; and having died, we will know the reality and power of a resurrected life. We will know the laying down of our lives, the emptying of ourselves, the bearing of the cross, and the discovery of an entirely new life not our own. In the procreation of that one flesh shall we see the revelation of the man child, the manifestation of the Son, brought to the birth. We shall know the Father's heart, His tender mercies, His unending grace, His corrective judgments. The simple format of marriage is one of the most effective avenues to spiritual maturity, one of the highest forms of spiritual instruction and understanding of which a mortal may partake.