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Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think it Is) – This is an important issue for us all, but especially as parents.  Of course you want your kids to behave well.  But you don’t just want to raise well-behaved pagans.  You want to point them to the Gospel.

We are justified by faith alone, saved by grace alone, and redeemed from our sin by Christ alone. Moralism produces sinners who are (potentially) better behaved. The Gospel of Christ transforms sinners into the adopted sons and daughters of God.

The Church must never evade, accommodate, revise, or hide the law of God. Indeed, it is the Law that shows us our sin and makes clear our inadequacy and our total lack of righteousness. The Law cannot impart life but, as Paul insists, it “has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.” [Gal. 3:24]

The deadly danger of moralism has been a constant temptation to the church and an ever-convenient substitute for the Gospel. Clearly, millions of our neighbors believe that moralism is our message. Nothing less than the boldest preaching of the Gospel will suffice to correct this impression and to lead sinners to salvation in Christ.

Is the Qur’an the Word of God?Short answer: No.  Medium answer: Because of its claims about the Bible, the Qur’an loses whether the Bible is the word of God or not (The Bible is the word of God, of course, but if the Bible is right then the Qur’an is not, and if the Bible is wrong then the Qur’an is also wrong).

 

Time to Kiss RINO Vance McAllister GoodbyeEven if he was a real Conservative we should dump him.  The guy poses as a conservative family man and cheats on his wife.  And there is no indication that this was the first or only time.  I realize that the Left wouldn’t do anything because you have to have standards to be a hypocrite.

 

Former NASA scientist: Global warming is rubbish – Yep.

In spite of the seemingly overwhelming tide of scientific opinion on the matter, there are still some who steadfastly refuse to jump on the ‘global warming’ bandwagon.

Emeritus Professor Les Woodcock is one of them. When I ask the former NASA scientist about ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’, he laughs.

“The term ‘climate change’ is meaningless. The Earth’s climate has been changing since time immemorial, that is since the Earth was formed 1,000 million years ago. The theory of ‘man-made climate change’ is an unsubstantiated hypothesis [about] our climate [which says it] has been adversely affected by the burning of fossil fuels in the last 100 years, causing the average temperature on the earth’s surface to increase very slightly but with disastrous environmental consequences.

“The theory is that the CO2 emitted by burning fossil fuel is the ‘greenhouse gas’ causes ‘global warming’ – in fact, water is a much more powerful greenhouse gas and there is is 20 time more of it in our atmosphere (around one per cent of the atmosphere) whereas CO2 is only 0.04 per cent.

 

Thinking Upside Down – The Abiogenesis Paradigm – By their own words, atheists believe in the spontaneous creation of self-replicating molecules that are chock-full of information-rich DNA.  Paging Romans 1!

Heather Catchpole: Have you put any thought into the beginning of life and into what kicked that off?

Dawkins: Not personally.  I mean, it’s increasingly clear that the big step that had to be taken – and it was probably a step that involved a large element of luck – was the origin of the first accurately self-replicating molecule.  Colloquially, you could say the first gene.  Which probably was not DNA, it might have been RNA.

That’s the step that must have been taken in the origin of life, and that’s what people are working on all around the world.  It’s hard to work on it because it happened a very long time ago under very different conditions, and it is a problem in chemistry rather than biology, it is pre-biology.

But the event in chemistry that must have taken place was the spontaneous arising of a self-replicating molecule.  That’s how I stated it in The Selfish Gene and that hasn’t changed, but people are now actively working on various theories of how that might have happened.  I’m not working on that.

 

The False Teachers: Marcus BorgTim Challies has an excellent ongoing series on false teachers, and his latest piece highlights a popular contemporary wolf.  Borg is so hostile to the essentials of the faith that I don’t even feel sorry for those who follow him.  Anyone agreeing with Borg has no business pretending to be a Christian.  I wrote about Borg back in 2006 after a false teacher in our former church was teaching a class based on a book by Borg and N.T. Wright.  Wright is generally sound but is too wimpy to call Borg a non-Christian.

 

Gay theology is as demonic as it gets – seriously.  This is the kind of thing that Liberal denominations defend. 

According to “gay pastor” Timothy R. Koch, in his article “Cruising as Methodology: Homoeroticism and the Scriptures,” the description of Elijah in 2 Kings 1:8, wearing goat skins and a leather belt, means that he was “channeling goat gods” as the scriptural prototype of the homosexual “leather” subculture. Koch also makes many other such disturbing “discoveries.” For instance, 2 Kings 10:12–17 contains an account of Israel’s King Jehu and Jehonadab taking an innocent ride in a chariot, but to Koch’s warped mind, the text is pregnant with sexual innuendo as he envisions this episode as a “clear” reference to a homosexual pleasure trip. And in Judges 3:12–26, when Ehud plunged an 18-inch knife into Israel’s Moabite oppressor, Eglon, Koch takes great interpretive liberties to distort this passage into a scene of sexual penetration by a phallus.

In the same Queer Commentary, Lori Rowlett’s article “Violent Femmes and S/M [Sadomasochism]: Queering Samson and Delilah” makes the preposterous claim that, “Delilah is a the femme dominatrix teasing and tormenting Samson, who has all the characteristics of a ‘butch bottom’” [a lesbian sexually receptive partner].

And this:

Robert E. Goss, a former Jesuit priest, abandoned his Catholic ministry to pursue a homosexual relationship. His books include Jesus Acted Up: A Gay and Lesbian Manifesto and Queering Christ: Beyond Jesus Acted Up. Goss is a recognized theological “leader” in the Metropolitan Community Church, the primary “gay Christian” denomination. Goss even achieved a false air of respectability when he won the 2000 Templeton Course Prize in Religion and Science. According to Rev. Edward Ingebretsen, Director of American Studies at Georgetown University, Goss is a “preeminent” voice who fulfills a “prophetic role” for the Christian “resistance.” And what does this foremost homosexual “prophet” have to say? Goss writes: “Jesus evolved from a friend in childhood, to lover, and to the Queer Christ calling me out of the closet into the streets as an activist priest…I trace my first unspoken words of physical attraction to the crucified Jesus, wanting to strip off his loincloth and gaze at his genitals … I lusted after the figure of Christ, imagining him as the bearded hunk depicted by Michelangelo.” Moreover, this offensive “prophet” of perversion also deviously interprets the Roman centurion’s spearing of Christ as an erotic image of “a penetrated male, a bottom [the passive sexual partner in a male homosexual act].”

 

Did God say . . . that homosexuals (and other practicing sinners) wouldn’t inherit the kingdom of God?  Yes.  Yes, He did. 

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:9-10).

Many people – including those who claim the name of Christ – claim that Paul didn’t mean practicing homosexuals in the sense that we think of them today.  But as the link notes, even a “hostile witness” like the “encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & queer culture” concedes the point:

The bad news from the Christian Bible is that it condemns same-sex desire and same-sex acts without qualification of age, gender, role, status, consent, or membership in an ethnic community.

Once again, Bible-believing Christians and even two out of the three types of pro-gay people* (religious or not) can see these truths:

  • 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior describe it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
  • 100% of the verses referring to God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
  • 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
  • 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions of any kind.

* The three general types of pro-gay theology people: 

  1. “The Bible says homosexuality is wrong but it isn’t the word of God.” (Obviously non-Christians)
  2. “The Bible says it is wrong but God changed his mind and is only telling the theological Left.” (Only about 10 things wrong with that.)
  3. “The Bible is the word of God but you are just misunderstanding it” (Uh, no, not really.)

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The Addiction: Novelty; The Cure: Preach the Worddoes your church preach from the Bible or from novelty?

10 Reasons to Love Eggs –  Mmmmmmm . . . eggs – it is unfortunate that eggs had a bad rap for so many years.

We often hear people complain that it is too expensive or challenging to eat healthily. The truth is that there are many real food options that are nutrient rich and won’t break the bank. A perfect example – eggs.  When it comes to convenient, affordable and nutritious foods, eggs deliver the perfect package. Eggs play a significant role in mind and body energy, weight management, muscle strength, brain function, eye health and more!

Here are ten reasons eggs should be a part of your daily diet:

1. Eggs are real food – They come unprocessed, in their original packaging, and let *you* decide how to prepare and eat them. Pair them with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy foods and small amounts of heart healthy oil, as part of an overall healthy diet.

2. Nutrient-dense – Eggs have an awesome protein to calorie ratio. One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids, all for just 70 calories.

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9. Fast and easy – An egg meal or snack is quick and easy. Simply beat an egg in a small bowl or coffee mug, place on high heat in the microwave for 60 seconds and add it to a toasted whole-grain English muffin. Top with low-fat cheese and a slice of tomato for a balanced meal. It takes less than two minutes to prepare!

10. Eggs make cents – Eggs are very affordable compared to other high-quality protein foods. At just $0.15 each, eggs are the least expensive source of high-quality protein per serving.

‘Camp Epic’: Gay California Teacher Molested Boys as Young as 11 –  But this will never happen with the Boy Scouts, right?

Obama Regime Calls for Wooden Skyscrapers to Stop Global Warming – As Dave Barry has noted, wood is great for buildings because it can both rot and burn.  It is hard to believe anyone would even consider this nonsense. 

New study, new confirmation that dumping money into schools doesn’t fix themnot a surprise.

Evolutionary biologists say: Darwin’s tree of life “is wrong” – Hey, we agree!

Muslims Subject Christians to Ritual SacrificeYet another truth you won’t find in the mainstream media.  Doesn’t fit the narrative.

31 Days of Purity: Rejoice in the Wife of Your Youthgood message.

But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:2)

We hear it all the time, practice “protected sex”! But for the Christian man, protected sex means something much more significant and wonderful than birth control. Enjoying your wife sexually (and inviting her to enjoy you!) is a God-installed sentry for guarding your heart in the fight for purity. Think of it as one of your first lines of defense. God says, “because of the temptation to sexual immorality,” I’m giving you protection—it’s called your spouse. Rather than squandering your sexual desire in pornography and lust, fulfill it by having wonderful, God-honoring sex with your wife. Love her sacrificially and enjoy her often!

A must-see about the global warming / climate change scam.

Pope Francis seems to be misunderstood quite a bit.

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How Do You Explain Home Field Advantage? – Interesting research shows that the real impact of the home crowd is not on the players but on the referees, who tend to favor the home team.

Abortion supporters help hide crimes like this one

. . . the abortion clinic in question didn’t report the abortion to authorities.

No kidding. They are too busy hiding statutory rape, incest and sex trafficking. Abortions kill the innocent children, hide the crimes and compound the trauma for the victims.  Planned Parenthood has been caught on audio and video countless times.

Another atheist myth – No, Giordano Bruno wasn’t martyred for his scientific claims.

I doubt if many of you have met Giordano Bruno. You may have heard of him. Bruno is listed as “a martyr of science”. This poor man, a Dominican friar, was put to death by the Roman Inquisition in 1600 (which is why I’m pretty sure you haven’t met him) for believing in science over religion. Modern commentators see him as a brave martyr for free thought and scientific ideas. Sigh! What a hero!

Of course, what is important in this is that you never actually consider the facts of the case over the interpretation.

As it turns out, Giordano Bruno was not put on trial for his heliocentrism. . . .

God Is with You in Depression 

Alcorn also offers a word of counsel to pastors and Christian leaders looking to minister to the depressed. Be careful not to oversimplify the causes, and don’t lead with a lecture. Depression’s causes and cures can be mysterious. And some of the greatest saints have walked through the deepest depression. Case in point: Charles Spurgeon.

Rather, with patience, manifest love, a listening ear, and grace-filled words, you can be used as God’s instruments to bring sustaining grace into some of life’s most dreadful seasons.

In this new episode of Theology Refresh, Alcorn both shares from his own experience, as one who has walked the dark path, and gives direction for those hoping to minister to the depressed.

Setting the Record Straight on ‘Gay Conversion’ Therapy for MinorsThis is an important topic where the gay lobby, as usual, has hijacked the conversation to the detriment of people who want help.  Satan wants to keep them in bondage, but there are a lot of helpful tools out there that are being hidden.

Folks, Christopher Doyle–a former homosexual himself who is now living happily as a married heterosexual family man (somebody report him to Homosexual Hatemonger Wayne Besen!)–is doing outstanding work through his new organization, Voice of the Voiceless. Doyle is the lead pro-family advocate confronting the Orwellian campaign by Besen and other homosexual militants (and the Southern Poverty Law Center) to outlaw pro-heterosexual therapy for minors–apparently using big lies when necessary (see the “transgender tale” below).

If Besen and his ilk win, children and freedom lose. . . .

An open letter to liberal feminists: girls don’t have it any worse than boysA great response to the pointless and hypocritical “ban bossy” campaign. 

Inconvenient though it might be, liberal feminists, I’d like to discuss the reality.

Here it is:

Boys — particularly boys in public school – are most assuredly NOT encouraged to be opinionated, assertive, loud, boisterous, or confident. Do you know what happens to boys like that?

We punish them.

We label them.

We medicate them.

Their opinions and their personalities aren’t just discouraged – they’re chemically obliterated.

10 nations that execute gays based on religious reasonsHint: Not Christian nations.  I wonder why our administration and the gay lobby  are so quiet about this?

 

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Jephthah’s Perfect Vow – An interesting take on a challenging passage where one of Israel’s judges appears to sacrifice his daughter.

“Jephthah is a rash fool who made a stupid vow and an even more stupid decision to keep it by offering his daughter as a burnt sacrifice.”

That’s the most common view of Jephthah that I’ve come across in the commentaries.

And it’s totally wrong.

Jephthah was a godly man who made a godly vow and who kept that vow in a godly way. No, he did not offer his daughter as a burnt sacrifice. But that’s because he did not vow his daughter as a burnt sacrifice. Here are 10 proofs . . .

Some counterpoints here.

Planned Parenthood Produces Video Promoting Bondage and Sadomasochism to Teens – Go to the link to see the video made with your tax dollars.  Planned Parenthood also kills babies for a living, they systematically hide rape, incest and sex trafficking, they encourage kids to have all sorts of out-of-wedlock sex and pretend that it can be done without risks, they would rather destroy a breast cancer charity than part ways amicably, they commit Medicaid fraud, and so much more.

31 Days of Purity: Putting Sin to DeathThis applies to all sins.  I just finished reading The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin and it hit many of the same themes.  I like how this passage from the post emphasized how sin is fought as a gift of the Holy Spirit and as part of our duty.

The Christian learns early on that sin still has a hold on him and remains in him, even “besetting” him, dogging his steps and burdening him with guilt and shame. Paul describes this remaining sin as “another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind” (Rom. 7:23). How does the believer respond to this “law of sin”?  We must mortify (put to death) what Paul calls “the old man and his deeds,” and “the lusts of the flesh” (Rom. 8:13, 13:14; Col. 3:15). This mortification is both a gift (of the Holy Spirit) and a duty (ours). In our own strength we cannot accomplish any lasting mortification, without the Spirit’s grace. But by the powerful and enabling grace of the Holy Spirit, we may and must hate sin, strangle it, and put a sword through it. We must meditate often on the horrific consequences of sinning against our beloved, triune God and Savior. We must know our own hearts and weaknesses, and avoid those situations that tend to promote the temptations that we are weakest in battling against. We must cast off all remnants of the life we left behind when we began to follow Christ. We must put ourselves under the death-dealing power of the cross of Christ (Gal. 6:14) so that the Spirit of Christ may put to death what is earthly in us.

Crimea River – a great analysis of the foreign policy debacles of the Left.  And they are adding to this list daily.

In exchange for Russia’s laughably empty threats about Cuba, JFK removed our missiles from Turkey — a major retreat. As Khrushchev put it in his memoirs: “It would have been ridiculous for us to go to war over Cuba — for a country 12,000 miles away. For us, war was unthinkable. We ended up getting exactly what we’d wanted all along, security for Fidel Castro’s regime and American missiles removed from Turkey.”

Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon Johnson, famously escalated the war in Vietnam simply to prove that the Democrats could be trusted with national security.

As historian David Halberstam describes it, LBJ “would talk to his closest political aides about the McCarthy days, of how Truman lost China and then the Congress and the White House and how, by God, Johnson was not going to be the president who lost Vietnam and then the Congress and the White House.”

LBJ’s incompetent handling of that war allowed liberals to spend the next half-century denouncing every use of American military force as “another Vietnam.”

Wealthy Escape From de Blasio’s New York – NY is Detroit 2.0.  Things can spiral down in a hurry when you chase off your tax base.

As Bloomberg often noted, about 5,000 very wealthy families paid 30 percent of the city’s income tax. Losing even a few of them means significantly less money for filling potholes and hiring cops.

Why I Don’t Go to the Movies Anymore – It is hard to imagine a more stupid and insulting movie than Non-Stop.

If you have any intention of watching the new action thriller Non-Stop, read no further, because this review will completely spoil the suspense. But more importantly, it will save you from wasting your time and money.

Greenpeace Cofounder: There Is No Evidence of Anthropogenic Global Warming 

Not even this will be enough to convince gullible true believers that anthropogenic global warming is a hoax:

A co-founder of Greenpeace told lawmakers there is no evidence man is contributing to climate change, and said he left the group when it became more interested in politics than the environment.

Patrick Moore, a Canadian ecologist and business consultant who was a member of Greenpeace from 1971-86, told members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee environmental groups like the one he helped establish use faulty computer models and scare tactics in promoting claims man-made gases are heating up the planet.

“There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years,” he said.

Even if the planet is warming up, Moore claimed it would not be calamitous for men, which he described as a “subtropical species.”

Biggest virus ever: “We don’t understand anything anymore!” – And yet another repudiation of Darwinian evolution.  Too bad most of the Darwin fans are 20 years behind on the research.

“There is a mechanism of permanent creation going on in amoeba producing a new repertoire of viruses and predisposing giant viruses to become pathogens once they specialise”, Raoult said.

He said the mechanism was not foreseen by Charles Darwin’s theory that life comes from a common ancestor.

“The idea of a common ancestor makes no sense in the light of viruses,” he said. “That was Darwin’s idea, but he was clearly wrong.”

10 Reasons to Avoid Sexual Immorality—a great list based on Proverbs.  Go read them all.

Perhaps making your own list will help you to remember these things when you face temptation.

1. You’ll participate in evil

To preserve you from the evil woman,
from the smooth tongue of the adulteress. (Prov 6:24, ESV)

Immorality is evil, and temptation is an invitation to do evil. But wisdom preserves the wise from evil. When you believe the smooth and deceitful promises of immorality, you choose guilt by association: You are now evil as well.

2. Your desire will take you captive

Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes. (Prov 6:25)

t was for freedom that Christ has set you free, but immorality seeks to enslave you. Capitulation will become easier and easier. Resistance will become more and more difficult. Far better for you to rid your heart of these fantasies while you can.

3. You’ll lose everything

For the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread,
but a married woman hunts down a precious life. (Prov 6:26)

The cost begins low: only a loaf of bread. But with diminishing returns, you’ll need to give more and more until your very life is forfeit. Immorality hooks you while it’s cheap. A glance here, a touch there. But before you know it, you can’t sleep without sexual release. You simply can’t keep your hands off, and you’ll lose everything in the process.

4. Your punishment is inevitable

Can a man carry fire next to his chest
and his clothes not be burned?
Or can one walk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?
So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
none who touches her will go unpunished. (Prov 6:27-29)

You can’t tinker with immorality and hope to escape. You may be able to cover it up for a time, but you will eventually be found out. God sees everything, and he is a consuming fire.

5. You can’t repay what you’ve stolen

People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;
he will give all the goods of his house…
[A jealous husband] will accept no compensation;
he will refuse though you multiply gifts. (Prov 6:30-31, 35)

The point is not to justify theft, but to condemn sexual immorality. People can understand a thief’s motives, though they still make him repay what he stole. How much less will they understand you when they find you out?

Perhaps you rob your present or future spouse of your best love and attention. Maybe you steal someone’s innocence. Or perhaps you continue supporting the horrific porn industry, which destroys young women and holds them captive. Pictures are never harmless; we must not lie to ourselves.

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This is what happens when perverts write elementary school text books . . .  and more perverts buy them to use in government schools.  This is one of those surreal posts where you feel odd quoting it on a blog for adults, yet the content is only part of what they teach little kids.  This is government schools teaching 10 year olds to masturbate, and more.  This is what you get when you let Planned Parenthood-types into government schools.  People who kill babies for a living have no problem doing all sorts of perverted things.

A lot of people got upset when they shared Walsh’s post on Facebook and one of the images from the book appeared on their page.  I hope they all caught the irony: They were embarrassed to have it on a page geared to older teens and adults, yet the Left insists on forcing it on 10 yr. olds. 

This is clear cut, folks. Yes, I’m Mr. Absolutist. You’re absolutely right about that, and here’s an absolute statement: it is a deeply depraved and disordered understanding of childhood and sexuality that leads one to believe that such a book belongs on a public school reading list.

Imagine a stranger came up to your son on the playground and said: “Hey little boy, if you touch yourself it’ll feel good and tingly. I drew some cartoons of kids masturbating. Wanna see?” What would you do? Would you shake his hand and thank him for the helpful sex ed lesson? Or would you call the cops and see to it that this sicko has to alert the neighbors every time he changes his address?

There is no discernible distinction to be drawn between the creep on the playground and the public school official who approves this kind of material for children. This is child abuse, plain as day.

Fewer farms, richer farmers, and why agriculture subsidies are inexcusableThere is no good reason for the government to be involved here.  It just results in more corporate welfare and rich politicians.

Once upon a time, there were all sorts of politically quaint justifications for why the federal government needed to dish out billions of dollars worth of tender, lovin’ subsidy care to the agriculture sector. Farmers need all of the direct payouts, and the tax credits, and the crop insurance, and the trade barriers that Congress so generously offers them, you see, because food is super important, and the federal government really needs to step in and ensure that we have a stable food supply. Plus, farming is a really tough and risky job, and who’s going to help all of those small, struggling family farmers that will hit hard times in down years?

All of which was and is utter baloney, of course. The federal government doesn’t feel the need to ensure that we have a stable supply of door knobs or washing machines, and yet somehow, we manage to get along just fine — and in fact, the federal government inflicts a lot of damaging free-market distortion onto the agriculture industry that subsidizes overproduction. As for those small, struggling family farmers we’re meant to visualize when we think of agriculture? Farming today is a largely corporate endeavor, and the vast majority of subsidies go to the biggest growers of mostly corn, soy, cotton, rice, and wheat. Those smaller farms growing the organic chard and strawberries the government tells us we’re supposed to be eating? Not so much.

Salon Editorial Calls for More Black on White Violence

The disconnect between factual reality and the make-believe world inhabited by the liberal elite has reached the point of total psychosis. As Gateway Pundit notes:

Blacks are 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against whites then vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit a robbery.

But that’s only down here in the real world. The situation is very different as viewed from the Castle. At liberal Salon, Brittney Cooper is calling for a violent response to the violence — that is, to the man bites dog type violence inflicted on blacks by whites. She hypes the hardly typical case of Michael Dunn, a guy with a screw loose who blew his top during an argument over loud rap and shot a black kid.

. . . Add that to the killing of Trayvon Martin in self-defense and Brittney has enough for a call for vengeance:

How much more are black people in this country supposed to take?

“I’m a deep believer in and practitioner of nonviolence.”

She wants blacks to take vengeance against whites who didn’t kill blacks?  Wow, good thing she is a deep believer in and practitioner of nonviolence. I can only imagine what she’d do if she wasn’t.  And I can only imagine the reaction if a white journalist called for vengeance on blacks because they are 39 times more likely to commit violence against whites.

“The reason why I will kill you is you are infidels…we must establish Islam in this country”Muslims leaders aren’t that subtle.  It isn’t like they haven’t warned us over and over.  Yet useful idiots and false teachers continue to pretend they are the “religion of peace.”  Yes, some are peaceful – and thank God for disobedient Muslims like that! – but their core teachings are very clear.

“We Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad are fighting Christians wherever we meet them and those who believe in democracy, those who pursue Western education wherever we meet them. By Allah, we will kill whoever practices Democracy.

First Presbyterian of Houston about to break from PCUSA over gay sinGood for them!  If your church supports “same-sex marriage” it isn’t a real church.

Review: Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg I wish Leftists would read this book — or at least read this review! They like to blame corporations and capitalists for everything, never realizing how their love of big government makes increased lobbying and corruption inevitable.

I also enjoyed the book for its discussion of Fascist economics; the author makes an excellent observation of how government regulation of business paradoxically brings in more business intrusion into government via lobbyists.  The explosive growth of lobby industry in WashingtonD.C. is a good example of that.  Can we blame the business if they are out to protect their interests when every regulation for an industry will impact them?  The unintended consequence of this is that big businesses in their industry have advantage for these regulations so as to kill smaller competitors with more regulations and need for more employees (and specialists such as lawyers, accountants, etc) to follow through with the regulation.  What you end up producing is a fascist-like relationship of government and businesses.  The irony of government intruding in business is that it brings every business interests into the affair of politics, either to go against a competitor or defend against a competitor.

Joe Carter nailed it on Facebook.  They mocked us when we said we needed a Constitutional marriage amendment.  “Oh, you don’t need that, the states can make their own laws.”  Then they cheered when activist judges overturned those state laws.  They said that schools wouldn’t force LGBTQX propaganda on kids, then cheered when they did.  And so on.  Satan doesn’t mind being inconsistent.

Just five years ago we had assurances from LGBTQ activists that no one would be forced to violate their religious beliefs or conscience because of same-sex marriage. Now, we even have evangelical Christians saying that refusing to serve and support same-sex weddings is akin to Jim Crow laws. Some have even claimed that to say it is an issue of conscience is “unbiblical” and “illogical” since “Jesus would bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.”
Christians are getting tired of being told they are ridiculous scare mongers when they claim something is bound to happen, only to be later told they are bigots for not supporting the very claim they were told was never going to happen in the first place.

Five Lessons Your First Job Can Teach You About Your Entire Career – Good advice.

Ann Coulter on the minimum wage issue and illegal immigration – great points to use when people say how swell Australia because of their $14/hr. minimum wage (“try immigrating there.”).  Don’t miss the last paragraph.  The Republican leadership disgusts me in their inability to communicate on these issues. 

Or, as the White House puts it on its website promoting an increase in the minimum wage, “Today, the real value of the minimum wage has fallen by nearly one-third since its peak in 1968.”

Why were wages so high until 1968? Because that’s when Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 Immigration Act kicked in, bringing in about a million immigrants a year, almost 90 percent of them unskilled workers from the Third World.

Our immigration policies massively redistribute wealth from the poorest Americans to the richest. It’s a basic law of economics that when the supply goes up, the price goes down. More workers means the price of their labor plummets.

Unfortunately, politicians spend a lot more time talking to rich employers than to working-class Americans. And the rich apparently have an insatiable appetite for cheap labor.

Having artificially created a glut of low-wage workers, now Democrats want to artificially raise their wages.

It’s win-win-win-win-win for Democrats.

– Employees who get a higher minimum wage are grateful to the Democrats.

– Employees who lose their jobs because of the minimum wage hike are grateful to the Democrats for generous government handouts.

– Poor immigrants who need government benefits are grateful to the Democrats.

– American businesses enjoying the deluge of cheap labor are grateful to the Democrats.

– Democratic politicians guaranteed re-election by virtue of ethnic bloc voting are grateful to the Democrats.

Do Republicans have any principles at all? Why isn’t the GOP demanding an end to this dump of unskilled workers/Democratic voters on the country?

Democrats show how much they love the poor by importing a million more of them to America each year. But then they prevent the last batch of poor immigrants from getting decent, well-paying jobs by bringing in another million poor people the next year.

You want a higher minimum wage? Turn off the spigot of low-wage workers pouring in to the U.S. and it will rise on its own through the iron law of supply and demand.

In response to the Democrats’ minimum wage proposal, Republicans should introduce a bill ending both legal and illegal immigration until the minimum wage rises naturally to $14 an hour.

Australia has a $15 minimum wage for adults — more than twice the U.S. minimum wage. Meanwhile, their official unemployment rate is lower than ours: 6 percent compared to 6.6 percent in the U.S. — and that’s with a lousy $7.25 minimum wage.

Sound good? Try immigrating there. Australia has some of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world. Their approach to immigration is to admit only people who will be good for Australia. (Weird!) Applicants are evaluated on a point system that gives preference to youth, English proficiency, education and skill level.

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This is a must-watch.  People who repeat the fallacious sound bite that “same-sex marriage” won’t impact you are either wildly misinformed or malicious.  Watch and see just how many far-reaching effects this has had on Massachussetts.

Take Them A Meal — This is a really clever, time-saving site that our church uses when coordinating meals for people during illnesses, births, deaths, etc.  This isn’t a ministry I’m involved in, but I appreciate how much more effective and efficient it would be to use something like this.  It makes it easy to sign up, get reminders, know about allergies and preferences, and more.

Pyromaniacs: Seeing yourself as a disciple, and the difference it makes

Spread the word. Make it loud, plain, and inescapable: if you’re a real Christian, you’re a student. Your priority is to get taught, and to learn. It is to learn the words of God.

And if you’re not being a student, you’re not being a Christian.

It’s definitional.

Not optional.

And it should affect how we approach church selection, organization, and involvement.

Killing Christians Is the Way to Martyrdom – The Shocking Message Being Taught in Pakistan’s Schools – Does the mainstream media tell you about this?

Man Gets 25 Years After Raping His Daughter, Taking Her for Abortion to Hide Crime – Keep this in mind when those argue for rape and incest exceptions for abortion.  Among other reasons, killing the innocent child often hides the crimes and results in more trauma for the victims.  Planned Parenthood has been caught doing this countless times.

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments — an easy to read primer on how to think and write more carefully.

Hijacking Back Your Brain from Porn — an important message — take it as a recovery tool or a cautionary tale.

65,000+ Reddit users flock to forum founded by atheist to quit pornography, masturbation — Even the atheists are seeing how harmful it is to deviate from God’s ideals for sex.

19 facts about illegal immigration – go read ‘em all.  Amnesty will be an even bigger disaster than what we have currently.  It is basic economics that you get more of what you subsidize.

The following are 19 very disturbing facts about illegal immigration that every American should know…

#1 57 percent of all households that are led by an immigrant (legal or illegal) are enrolled in at least one welfare program.

#2 According to one study, the cost to U.S. taxpayers of legalizing current illegal immigrants would be approximately 6.3 trillion dollars over the next 50 years.

#3 The Obama administration has distributed flyers that tell illegal immigrants that their immigration status will not be checked when they apply for food stamps.

#4 The Department of Homeland Security says that it has lost track of a million people that have entered this country but that appear never to have left.

#5One out of every five children living in Los Angeles County has a parent that is in the country illegally.

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What are the historical arguments for the empty tomb narrative?This is the central argument to Christianity – and life itself – so everyone should be familiar with the evidence. 

Fighting pornography — Our church did a great seminar on fighting pornography.  I’m glad they tackled this issue directly.  I highly encourage people to listen to it.

Don’t Know the Party of a Politician Caught in a Scandal? He’s Probably a Democrat – More examples of a timeless issue.

How to spot a player

. . . these are the men who know how to open the bra, and opening the bra means being the kind of man a feral woman will fall in love with.  Such men are in limited supply to begin with, but this brings us to the second reason the man a feral woman falls in love with is almost guaranteed to be a player;  men who can open the bra and want to settle down are not only rare, those who fit this description have almost certainly already settled down.

So long as a woman is playing the uncommitted sex game, she is going to find herself seeking the best players of that game.  The mistake is in pretending she wasn’t playing the uncommitted sex game in the first place, not in failing to identify a man who will play it better than she does.

More about Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling book – The latest revision deleted her reference to the New Age book that inspired her writings.  Worse news: There are 9 million copies of the original out there.  Ugh. (Thanks to Glenn for the link!)

Disney goes gay – It was just a matter of time. 

Here is a clip from a recent episode of The Disney Channel show Good Luck Charlie, featuring a lesbian couple coming over with their adopted child, Taylor, for a play date. Note how the main mother character, Amy (Leigh Allyn Baker) is nonchalant about exposing her daughter (Charlie) to homosexual parenting. (Amy goes on to call the lesbians a “great couple” [go to 1:45 in the longer video segment]. Also note how she apparently never discussed the “lesbian moms” visit with her husband Bob (Eric Allen Kramer–of course, the dumber one). Get the message? A visit by homosexual parents is so inconsequential it doesn’t even merit a family discussion!

 

Prominent white homosexual activist exposed as a racist gay pedophile This isn’t to say that all gays are pedophiles and/or racists, merely that it is highly unlikely that the mainstream media told you about any of this.

The Muslim Agenda Yes, there is an agenda and yes, they are executing it (pun intended) very well. 

The Papacy – a great overview, including a link to a free book.

Popery is the counterfeit of Christianity,–a most elaborate and skilfully contriven counterfeit,– a counterfeit in which the form is faithfully preserved, the spirit utterly extinguished, and the end completely inverted. This counterfeit Church has its high priest,–the Pope,–who blasphemes the royal priesthood of Christ, by assuming his office, when he pretends to be Lord of the conscience, Lord of the Church, and Lord of the world; and by assuming his names, when he calls himself “the Light of the World,” “the King of Glory,” “the Lion of the tribe of Judah,”[1] Christ’s Vicar and God’s Vicegerent. This counterfeit Church has, too, its sacrifice,–the mass, which blasphemes the sacrifice of Christ, by virtually teaching its inefficiency, and needing to be repeated, as is done when Christ’s very body and blood are again offered in sacrifice by the hands of the priests of Rome, for the sins of the living and the dead. This Church has, moreover, its Bible, which is tradition, which blasphemes the Word of God, by virtually teaching its insufficiency. It has its mediators,–saints and angels, and especially the Virgin; and thus it blasphemes the one Mediator between God and man. In fine, it blasphemes the person and the office of the Spirit as the sanctifier, because it teaches that its sacraments can make holy; and it blasphemes God, by teaching that its priests can pardon sin, and can release from the obligations of divine law. Thus has Popery counterfeited, and, by counterfeiting, set aside, all that is vital and valuable in Christianity. It robs Christ of his kingly office, by exalting the Pope to his throne; it robs him of his priesthood in the sacrifice of the mass; it robs him of his power as Mediator, by substituting Mary; it robs him of his prophetical office, by substituting the teachings of an infallible Church; it robs God the Spirit of his peculiar work as the sanctifier, by attributing the power of conferring grace to its own ordinances; and it robs God the Father of his prerogatives, by assuming the power of justifying and pardoning men.

And yet another example of how common descent has been disproved – but the science lobby has forgotten to tell the mainstream Darwin fans.

Today these uncooperative findings have become undeniable and in response evolutionists have all but dropped the common descent prediction, replacing it with a lineage-specific model where evolution is constantly creating new genome features, even between nearest neighbors on the evolutionary tree. What evolutionists have not reckoned with is the implications of this move. If evolution can produce a lineage-specific pattern as well as a common descent pattern, then the comparisons lose their confirmation power. If evolution explains either A or B, then the observation of A, or of B, cannot support evolution very well. Nonetheless evolutionists continue to proclaim those comparisons that align with common descent as powerful and compelling proof texts for evolution.

Why I Quit My Sorority Over Racial DiscriminationGood for her.  What idiots those sororities were to be so racist. 

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One Great Question to Ask a Friend – “If you were the devil, where would you attack yourself?” 

Daily prayers sent to your email – Sign up at the link to get some biblical, simple prayers to start your day.  These serve as a good reminder and a sort of “jump start” to my prayers.  A sample:

YOUR WORD

I am grateful to You, O God, for the blessing of your forgiveness.  I thank You that in Christ, You set me free from the guilt of the past and give me hope for the future.

O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger
Or chasten me in Your wrath. 
Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am weak;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in distress. 
My soul also is greatly troubled;
But You, O Lord, how long?  (Psalm 6:1-3)

Let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying, “The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression.”  (Numbers 14:17-18)

Take a moment to ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin.  Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.

MY PRAYER

Direct my footsteps according to Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.  (Psalm 119:133)

Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?  Who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol or sworn by what is false.  (Psalm 24:3-4)

Lord, I thank You for Your beloved Son and for Your unfailing love.  I thank You for Your wonderful thoughts, and I ask that I would follow Your word and walk in purity of heart.

Writing Checks to Mel GibsonI don’t know if the new Son of God movie will be faithful to scripture or not, but let’s not lose sight of how over-hyped the impact of The Passion of the Christ was.  If you can use the new movie to point people to scripture, that’s great.  But don’t kid yourself and think it will do the work of evangelism for you.  The longer I’ve been a Christian the more I trust the word of God to do what it claims.  We don’t need gimmicks. 

Back in 2004, I was a member of a Southern Baptist church that tried to ride the Passion wave by mimicking just about everything Rick Warren did. The pastors raised tens of thousands of dollars from the congregation, then bought movie passes, booked theaters, distributed tickets, formed small groups, bought Warren’s follow-up curriculum, and waited to transform the city. Giving away the tickets was the easy part—people gladly accepted free movie passes to the film everyone was talking about. All the tickets went, but as far as I know, not a single person—not even one—came to any of the follow-up studies. No one was saved. Nothing happened. All the time, energy and resources gained nothing.

Useful Idiots for Baal – Erick Erickson does a great take down of Rob Bell, Rachel Held Evans, Donald Miller, Jim Wallis, Joel Osteen and more.   We need more of this!

Too many of these people, often hipster prophets, make people comfortable in their sin while trying to sell Jesus. One comfortable in his sin rarely sees the need to embrace one who will extricate him from his sin. These peddlers of pop Christianity are useful idiots for Baal because they claim their faith in Christ without ever making anyone uncomfortable in their here and now. Christ made people uncomfortable.

As a friend noted this passage from Bonhoeffer last night in email:

“The messengers of Jesus will be hated to the end of time. They will be blamed for all the division which rend cities and homes. Jesus and his disciples will be condemned on all sides for undermining family life, and for leading the nation astray; they will be called crazy fanatics and disturbers of the peace.”

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “The Cost of Discipleship,” 1937.

The useful idiots of Baal are not willing to go along for that ride. They’d rather their Jesus bake cakes for gay weddings.

Study: Democrats more likely to think astrology is scientific, less likely to know Earth revolves around the sun – Conservative Republicans were the most likely to get both answers right.  Let me know if this gets reported in any Leftist media outlets.  Friendly reminder: Liberals fail at basic economics.

Former Planned Parenthood worker: ‘It was a money-grubbing, evil, very sad, sad place to work’ – Your tax dollars at work.  Not surprising, given that they kill babies for a living, but it is always grisly to hear the details.

Marianne Anderson is a nurse who assisted Planned Parenthood abortionists by partially sedating women who paid extra for that luxury.  She told The Criterion newspaper that she saw many women pressured into abortions they did not want, including minor girls.

“One young girl came in with her mom,” Anderson told the paper.  “She was about 16. Her mom had made the appointment. That’s not supposed to be how it works. It’s supposed to only be the patient who makes the appointment. I checked her in, and she thought she was there for a prenatal checkup. The mom was pushing it. She blindsided her own daughter.”

Another time, said Anderson, “This guy brought in a Korean girl. I had no doubt in my mind this girl was a sex slave. This guy would not leave her side. They could barely communicate. He wanted to make all the arrangements.  During the ultrasound, she told one of the nurses that there were lots of girls in the house, and that the man hits them. She never came back for the abortion. I always wondered what happened to her. One of my co-workers said, ‘You’re better off to just let it go.’”

When women cried during the abortion procedure, Anderson said, abortionist Michael King would shame them. “These girls would start crying on the table, and Dr. King would say, ‘Now you chose to be here. Sit still. I don’t have time for this.’”

“One doctor, when he was in the POC [products of conception] room, would talk to the aborted baby while looking for all the parts. ‘Come on, little arm, I know you’re here! Now you stop hiding from me!’ It just made me sick to my stomach,” Anderson said. “The sound the suction machine made when it turned on still haunts me.”

Anderson told The Criterion she started working at the facility because she believed that as long as women were having abortions, they should be safe about it.

But Anderson quickly abandoned her illusions of safety once she began work at Planned Parenthood.  “I started feeling uneasy working there when people came from national in New York City to teach us the conscious sedation process,” Anderson told the paper.  “It was disgusting. These two ladies had this chant they would do: ‘Abortion all the time!’ I thought, ‘I’ve got to get out of here.’ That was about six to eight months after I started.”

Anderson said the overall experience of working for Planned Parenthood was “absolutely miserable.”

“It was a money-grubbing, evil, very sad, sad place to work,” she said. “I was always getting in trouble for talking too long to the girls, asking if they were sure they wanted to do this.”

Venezuela Begins to Ignite, as MSM Looks AwayDoesn’t this seem a little newsworthy?  Apparently realities that reflect poorly on Socialism can’t be highlighted. 

Over the past week, Venezuelan protesters have been fighting against corruption in the government, high inflation, and a high murder rate.

Former Lesbian Jackie Hill Responds To Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ – Good response.

Pastor David Slautterback expels unrepentant homosexual from congregation – Key word: Unrepentant.  That should apply to anyone coming in shaking their fist at God and trying to teach that sin isn’t sin.  I hope pastors like him also take the same stand on unrepentant heterosexual sins.

N.T. Wright lectures on the resurrection of Jesus: did Jesus rise from the dead? – Wright is squishy on some topics, but he gets this one right. 

To conclude, Wright makes the argument that the best explanation of all of these changes in theology and practice is that God raised Jesus (bodily) from the dead. There is simply no way that this community would have made up the single resurrection of the Messiah – who wasn’t even supposed to die – and then put themselves on the line for that belief.

And remember, the belief in a resurrected Jesus was something that the earliest witnesses could really assess, because they were the ones who saw him killed and then walking around again after his death. They were able to confirm or deny their belief in the resurrection of Jesus based on their own personal experiences with the object of those beliefs.

 

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Donald Miller’s “trinity” votes church involvement optional – Isn’t that convenient.  Run, don’t walk, from “Christian leaders” like him.

Good brothers Denny Burke and Todd Pruitt are writing about this post from Donald Miller in which is says he doesn’t go to church much.

Why not?

Because: I, Me, My.

(That’s shorter Miller, distilling a post [as our elders might have said] utterly innocent of the least allusion to Scripture.)

All I have to add is to say that you Pyro readers would have been already abundantly well-prepared to respond to Donald Miller decisively and finally, as well as to all the thousands of anonymous donald millers running about clutching their notes from “god” excusing them from doing what the actual living real God of Jesus Christ has called all believers to do for the last 2000 years.

Hot Bods, the Bible, and the Brain: Understanding Porn Addiction – Good article.  I like how they emphasized the role of personal responsibility. 

Reframing Boundaries in Dating – Good tips.

Darwin’s Wikipedians misrepresent Lincoln again, already – As if you needed another reason to distrust Wikipedia on anything remotely controversial, or to wonder if the Darwinists would resort to lying or suppression to advance their rebellion against God.

Apparently, Wikipedia recently invented a mythical count of Lincoln reading and being deeply move by Darwin’s Origin of Species.

Were that true, one wonders what he would have thought of The Descent of Man, wherein Darwin advanced his view that black people were becoming a separate species and predicted that Lincoln’s key political problems would be solved by exterminations, as just the way things were. There would have been no point in being Lincoln if one believed that. But the story is, in any event, a Darwinian fiction, as political scientist John West explains (February 13) at Evolution News & Views,

In its entry on Lincoln and religion, Wikipedia claims:

William Herndon, Lincoln’s law partner, stated that Lincoln… had read and knew of Charles Darwin before most. Herndon says Darwin’s book “interested him greatly, and he was deeply impressed with the notion of the so-called ‘universal law’ — evolution….and he became a warm advocate of the new doctrine.”

If the person(s) who posted this account to Wikipedia had bothered to read the sources they were citing, they would see that they had mangled the facts. Herndon does indicate that he was a voracious reader of Darwin, Spencer, and a number of other writers, but he says that he “had little success in inducing Lincoln to read them. Occasionally he would snatch one up and peruse it for a little while, but he soon threw it down with the suggestion that it was entirely too heavy for an ordinary mind to digest.” (Herndon’s Life of Lincoln, p. 353) So while it is theoretically possible that Lincoln may have read a little bit of Darwin, there is no evidence that he did, and he certainly wasn’t “deeply impressed” by Darwin’s book.

Gradualism: The Darwinist Article of Faith | Uncommon Descent – The fossil record does not support gradualism – that is, gradual changes from one species to another.  Did your government education, mainstream media or entertainment sources ever tell you that?

Resistance to Perverted Sexual Indoctrination in Government Schools

The indoctrination of innocent children with progressives’ unspeakably vile sexual ideology has encountered pushback in an unlikely place — liberal Hawaii:

State Rep. Bob McDermott, who enrolled his eight children in Hawaii’s public schools, doesn’t want his 11-year-old son exposed to a controversial taxpayer-funded sex education program.

That program is taught in 12 public schools across the state, and the Hawaii Department of Education is planning to expand the curriculum to others. …

The 10-hour program, called Pono Choices (pono is a Hawaiian word that translates to “the right way”), is designed for youth aged 11 to 13. It has been taught to 1,700 Hawaii middle school children through an $800,000 pilot program.

McDermott said the program is “medically inaccurate” and not biology based, and that it teaches children about topics such as anal sex, sex with multiple partners and how to put on a condom — using a cucumber or wooden replica of a penis.

Only Big Government could manage to waste $800,000 of other people’s money telling little kids about the glories of anal sex.

Kudos to McDermott, who has produced a report entitled “The Pono Choices Curriculum: Sexualizing the Innocent.”

“The program normalizes a homosexual lifestyle and anal sex, while failing to warn students of the extreme dangers of anal sex; it references multiple sex partners, while failing to inform students about the health benefits of monogamy; it fails to warn students about the ineffectiveness of condoms against HPV, herpes, and anal sex; and fails to educate students on the stages of human reproduction,” McDermott said, providing Hawaii Reporter with an early copy of his report.

“Any talk of anal sex — which the curriculum does frequently — is instinctively repulsive for pre-pubescent children. Additionally, calling the anus a genital — as Pono Choices does — is just plain medically wrong,” McDermott said.

95 THESES AGAINST DISPENSATIONALISM – Part 7 | Defending. Contending. – Good series.

One Month After Prison Release, Sex Offender Raped Girl, 13, Police Say – Tragic.  If he would have gotten any of these girls pregnant then Planned Parenthood would have been glad to destroy the child (oops, I mean the “evidence”).  For a fee, of course.  Because the “rape exception” isn’t just a poorly thought out justification for limited
abortions, it is a blank check for unlimited abortions. And it hides countless
crimes of rape and incest.

If there’s so much real hate out there, why make it up?The hoaxes continue. 

Sure, hate crime happens and every instance is a tragedy.  But it is not an epidemic and shouldn’t be marketed as such.  Hoaxes like this trivialize the true victims.  When problems like hate crime is over hyped, your cause and those associated with it are seen as exaggerators, and credibility is lost making your plight easily dismissed.  Let’s be honest, when you have the number of victims of the “target” population down to .00015%, I’d say you have the problem as under control as humanly possible.

Heather McDonald: Campus sexual assault crisis is based on a fiction

The reality on campuses is not a rape epidemic but a culture of drunken hook-ups with zero normative checks on promiscuous behavior.

It’s important to understand that many women who regret recreational hook-up sex afterwards deliberately choose to get drunk at parties so that they can hook-up with guys. Check out the words of some college students from this study of relationships on campus published by the Institute for American Values.

Excerpt:

A notable feature of hook ups is that they almost always occur when both participants are drinking or drunk.

A Rutgers University student observed, “You always hear people say, oh my gosh, I was so drunk, I hooked up with so and so…” Perhaps not surprisingly, many noted that being drunk helped to loosen one’s inhibitions and make it easier to hook up. A number of students noted that being drunk could later serve as your excuse for the hook up. A Yale University student said, “Some people like hook up because they’re drunk or use being drunk as an excuse to hook up.” A New York University student observed, “[Alcohol is] just part of an excuse, so that you can say, oh, well, I was drinking.”

A Rutgers University student commented, “If you’re drinking a lot it’s easier to hook up with someone… [and] drugs, it’s kind of like a bonding thing… and then if you hook up with them and you don’t want to speak to them again, you can always blame it on the drinking or the drugs.”

Other women observed that being drunk gives a woman license to act sexually interested in public in ways that would not be tolerated if she were sober. For instance, a University of Michigan student said, “Girls are actually allowed to be a lot more sexual when they are drunk…”

A University of Chicago junior observed, “One of my best friends… sometimes that’s her goal when we go out. Like she wants to get drunk so I guess she doesn’t have to feel guilty about [hooking up].”

Some reported that drinking had led them to do things they later regretted. A University of Virginia student said, “My last random hook up was last October and it was bad. I was drunk and I just regretted it very much.”

This is actually the new feminist-approved way of landing a husband, because traditional courting is sexist. Don’t believe me, believe feminist academics writing in the New York Times. . .

Growing Kids the Ezzo Way – DANGER!—This is a child-rearing program to avoid!  They call it Growing Kids God’s Way, and the course is as wrong as the title.

Freakonomics » The Inefficiency of Long Hours

The perplexing thing about the cult of overwork is that, as we’ve known for a while, long hours diminish both productivity and quality. Among industrial workers, overtime raises the rate of mistakes and safety mishaps; likewise, for knowledge workers fatigue and sleep-deprivation make it hard to perform at a high cognitive level. As [David] Solomon put it, past a certain point overworked people become “less efficient and less effective.” And the effects are cumulative. The bankers [Alexandra] Michel studied started to break down in their fourth year on the job. They suffered from depression, anxiety, and immune-system problems, and performance reviews showed that their creativity and judgment declined.

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IMF Plots to Plunder Your Assets – So you save all throughout your career only to have it confiscated to pay off debts or to redistribute to those who didn’t save.

No wonder liberals are so keen to take our guns away. We are coming up fast on the point where people start to say, If you want to confiscate any more of my property, you will have to step over my dead body to get to it. Forbes reports on what our rulers have in the works:

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) quietly dropped a bomb in its OctoberFiscal Monitor Report. Titled “Taxing Times,” the report paints a dire picture for advanced economies with high debts that fail to aggressively “mobilize domestic revenue.” It goes on to build a case for drastic measures and recommends a series of escalating income and consumption tax increases culminating in the direct confiscation of assets.

Got Same-Sex Attraction? Things Can Change – Don’t believe the “born that way” lie used to prop up the LGBTQX lobby and now the pedophilia / polygamy lobbies (see below).

Most of the world seems to believe that same-sex attraction can’t be changed. I believe this is a myth.

I attended the NARTH (National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality) annual convention in Phoenix a few weeks ago and learned a lot about the current state of research helping people with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA). I’m not a therapist of any sort, but I go almost every year to keep abreast of the work being done in this field.

It turns out that not only is sexual orientation fluid, but many instances of change occurwithout any therapy or intervention. For example, a study from the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that 68% of 15 year-olds with same-sex attraction had opposite-sexattraction (OSA) by the age of 21.* Again, these changes occurred spontaneously.

It’s interesting to note that sexual identification appears to be most fluid during these teenage years, precisely when youth are most likely to be affirmed by the culture as “gay.” Yet what we find is that it’s more likely that they will naturally fall back to predominately OSA within a few years.

Normalization of Pedophilia Proceeds

According to the authorities, homosexuality is no longer a behavior or a disease, much less a sin, but an identity. It is therefore protected from criticism, and rewarded with special privileges that accompany identity politics. Inevitably, the same attitude will be applied to other aberrant behavior, starting with a closely related form of perversion, pedophilia:

Pedophilia has been widely viewed as a psychological disorder triggered by early childhood trauma.

Now, many experts see it as a biologically rooted condition that does not change — like a sexual orientation — thanks largely to a decade of research by Dr. James Cantor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health [in Toronto].

Cantor’s team has found that pedophiles share a number of physical characteristics, including differences in brain wiring. It’s now thought that about 1 to 5 per cent of men are pedophiles, meaning they are primarily attracted to children.

What Would Polygamy Do to Society?

Nobody wants to ask, “What happens if anybody can be polygamous any time that they want to, and you have a full-on polygamous society?” Well, what happens in those societies typically—and I challenge anybody to show me a society that contradicts this—is that the rich men have more than their share of wives. They have multiple wives, and guys with modest means are kind of scrambling around, looking for somebody to marry.

And so the systemic pressure in those societies is, number one, to drive the men out of society—to find some place for young men to go. So in [polygamous] Mormon culture, you’ll find the teenage boys being “driven off the ranch” kind of a thing, and you’ll also find pressure for girls to get married younger and younger. That’s the way the gap is filled is through younger and younger marriages. And you’ll also find more possessiveness of women. You don’t find a lot of choices among women. Women become prized, and they’re prized by those who are wealthy enough to afford multiple wives. And it doesn’t end up being more free for women, it ends up being less free for women. And so, like I say, I challenge anybody to show me a society that is a serious counterexample to that—where you’ve got widespread, society-wide acceptance of polygamy where you don’t end up with those types of effects.

And so, we’re moving—on the basis of individual rights and individual freedom—we’re moving to a system that is going to be less equal and less free, and certainly less equality between men and women. So I think this is a dark day for anything that would have ever called itself feminism or freedom….

They’re not thinking it all the way to the end and asking, “What happens when you don’t have a marriage institution?” What happens to women? What happens to children? What happens to your idea of equality? What happens to your idea of personal liberty, personal freedom, when women become something that’s so valued that they have to be controlled because rich men want a lot of women? That’s the dynamic that is being set into motion here.

Troops Told Christians Are Terrorists — At Fort Hood – This perversely Orwellian story from 2013 shows how brazen the Left is when you don’t stop them early.

Fort Hood is best known as the base where self-described Soldier of Allah yelled “Allahu Akbar” and proceeded to murder 14 unarmed Americans in the name of Islam. Politicized Army brass responded by gibbering that the worst result of the massacre would be if it inhibited the pro-Muslim political correctness that left Nidal Malik Hasan in a position to commit this atrocity despite the numerous indications he had given that he was likely to engage in terrorism against this country. The government of the aggressively Islamophilic Barack Hussein Obama trivialized the incident as “workplace violence” and refused to grant Purple Hearts or appropriate combat death compensation, even while showering money on Hasan. Now Fort Hood has returned to the news, serving again as the front in the war against Western Civilization. Todd Starnes reports:

Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

9 Things You Should Know About Persecution of Christians in 2013 – Ask yourself why the media doesn’t cover this.

Christians are the single most widely persecuted religious group in the world today. As we pray for the persecuted church, here are nine things you should know about the plight of believers around the globe:

1. Christian churches around the world have set apart the month of November to remember and pray for the persecuted church, through the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).

2. According to the U.S. Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Christ.

Study: abortion more than doubles the risk of child abuseand it increases the risk of breast cancer.  Don’t expect the mainstream media or the Democrats to tell you about that.

  1. Decide Whether You are with God or Against Him
  2. Apply the “Sexual Sin Substitution Test” (S3T) — substitute another sexual sin for “gay” and see if it makes sense. [This was by far the most popular based on the feedback we received! - Editor]
  3. Get Off the Sidelines and Start Speaking Out!
  4. Publicize Ex-”Gays” — the “Greatest Story Never Told” (by the Media)
  5. Reject LGBT Hate-Slurs (“Bigot, Hater and Homophobe”)

Via Sola Sisters, Christianity vs. Roman Catholicism, side by side – Just compare and contrast.  I know lots of Catholics who talk a lot like Protestants and are surprised to find what Rome teaches.

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Valentine’s Effect Causes 40% to Explore Divorce — Another reason that Valentine’s Day can a ridiculous, lose-lose holiday, where those in relationships must do all sorts of things out of obligation and those not in relationships are made to feel like they are missing out.  If you celebrate and enjoy it, that’s great, but don’t let the “Valentine’s Day Tax” suck the fun out of it for you.  And the link offers more evidence that people are lousy at honoring their marriage commitments, and that no-fault divorce should be done away with.  These are the most important contracts made in society, yet are the only ones in which one side can unilaterally walk away from without cause.

Studies show that egalitarian marriage results in less sex – and  more divorce!  Uh, so why do so many churches and Christians push these failed ideas? 

The more traditional the division of labor, meaning the greater the husband’s share of masculine chores compared with feminine ones, the greater his wife’s reported sexual satisfaction.

[...][Study co-author] Brines believes the quandary many couples find themselves in comes down to this: “The less gender differentiation, the less sexual desire.” In other words, in an attempt to be gender-neutral, we may have become gender-neutered.

[...]The chores study seems to show that women do want their husbands to help out — just in gender-specific ways. Couples in which the husband did plenty of traditionally male chores reported a 17.5 percent higher frequency of sexual intercourse than those in which the husband did none.

Naturalism is stopping more science today than fundamentalism | Uncommon DescentDespite what Bill Nye & Co. think, Darwinism is the science-stopper, not Intelligent Design.

The decision to endorse a naturalistic explanation rather than advance agnosticism about the origins of hidden overlapping codes is a pointer to hidden ideologies in origins-science. It seems that as long as materialism/naturalism is presumed, then a great number of unwarranted assertions (usually linked to Darwinism or abiogenesis) go unchallenged in academic papers. As soon as it is pointed out that only intelligent agents write codes, there is an outcry that science is being subverted by religious fundamentalists. However, the converse is true: intelligent design theory is based on the evidence of complex specified information. The evidences for naturalistic alternatives all evaporate under close scrutiny. More.

Naturalism is stopping more science today than fundamentalism, by forbidding many discussions and making many questions unaskable. By preferring famous fables and long, convoluted just-so stories by definition.

Primaries Matter | RedState.

Primaries matter. Mitch McConnell was the deciding vote in the Senate to move forward. John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and House GOP leaders structured this deal in the House. Primaries matter. Until you defeat these guys, you will do nothing to change Washington.

If they are going to give Barack Obama a blank check, we should cancel their paychecks at the ballot box.

De Blasio Crony Orlando Findlayter Gets Out of Jail Free for Delivering Black Vote – New York City = Detroit 2.0

Facebook adding new gender options for usersFifty of them.  If you really care about people you won’t encourage them in self-destructive delusions.  If a male thinks he’s a female, he’s still a male.  If he thinks he’s a dog, he’s still a human. 

Facebook said the changes, shared with The Associated Press before the launch on Thursday, initially cover the company’s 159 million monthly users in the U.S. and are aimed at giving people more choices in how they describe themselves, such as androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid or transsexual.

Winning Olympic Skier Alex Bilodeau of Canada Inspired by Disabled Brother|This is a great story.  But it was odd to see pro-legalized abortion people cheer for this.  They would have applauded killing his brother in the womb.  That’s the “right” that people like Wendy Davis fight for so strenuously: To kill the (potentially) disabled in the womb. 

Canada’s Alex Bilodeau explained his motivation after becoming the first freestyle skier to repeat his gold medal win: “When I’m on my skis my colleagues are my inspiration. They are pushing me every day to be a better skier – to go faster, to go longer. But a four-year process is very long, and when I wake up in the morning, it’s my brother.”

See the NBC background piece on Alex and his brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy,here. Says Alex: “I always complain – and he has every reason in the world to complain, and he never does. And why is that? He enjoys life. He takes the best out of it.”

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“The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands” is required reading for women who want to marry

We’re Not Good at Estimating Our Goodness – We tend to think we’re good because we selectively compare our best traits with the worst traits of others.   But Jesus is the standard.  Even prisoners think they are better than average at almost everything!

Compared with “an average prisoner” the participants rated themselves as more moral, kinder to others, more self-controlled, more law-abiding, more compassionate, more generous, more dependable, more trustworthy, and more honest. Remarkably, they also rated themselves as higher on all these traits than “an average member of the community”, with one exception – law-abiding. The prisoners rated themselves as equivalent on this trait relative to an average community member.

The “Spiritual” Truth Behind Alcoholics Anonymous—And Why Christians Should Think Twice About Joining A.A. – The founders were not really Christian and the program is explicitly unbiblical, pretending that you can choose your own God.  Don’t just trade one problem for another.   Hat tip: Glenn

In other words, Wilson was open to meditative knowledge wherever it could be found—whether in Hinduism, Buddhism, distant libraries, the local Catholic church, or anywhere else.

This is an overall belief in twelve-step theology—there are absolutely no boundaries when it comes to defining the “higher power.”

This undefined “God” is meant, of course, to help. Tormented people, in the grasp of some overwhelming bondage, enter a twelve-step group and are told they must turn to a higher power. It doesn’t matter what you believe in, they are told, but it is crucial you believe in something.

‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ vs. Academy’s ‘Ethics’Another way Hollywood mocks you: Withdrawing the Academy Awards nomination for a Christian song under the flimsiest of pretenses after Leftists complain about it, all the while lauding people like Woody Allen. 

The title song is sung by painter, author and speaker Joni Earackson Tada, a quadriplegic, who is known and respected among many evangelicals. Whether “Alone Yet Not Alone” deserves an Oscar should be up to the voters, not the Academy hierarchy. Whatever its merits, the title sounds more appealing than the 2005 Best Original Song winner, “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.”

Maybe the only bad publicity is no publicity. The controversy over this song has lifted the film from obscurity. Regardless, the Academy should restore the song’s nomination because of the clear advantage in money, promotion — and, yes, campaigning — that other nominated songs have enjoyed.

Joni took it in her usual gracious way.

Annoying Things in Worship Songs – This is probably not what you think it is.  A lot of the commenters missed the sarcasm.  Click the link for the entire list.

Here are some of the things I really hate in a worship song.

  1. Too simplistic, banal, lacking in depth, shallow, doctrineless: Consider that one that just talks about unity among brothers that only mentions God in passing at the very end.
  2. It’s so repetitive. I mean, come on, how many times can you repeat “His steadfast love endures forever” before you start thinking the song is going to go on forever? Examples: here and here.
  3. For some songs, the focus is too much on instruments, and the sheer volume leads to its seeming more like a performance than worship and prevents quiet contemplation.
  4. There might be too much emphasis on too intimate a relationship with God, using first-person singular pronouns like “me” and “I” or second-person pronouns like “you” instead of words like “we” and “God.” This fosters a spirit of individualism, and it generates an atmosphere of religious euphoria rather than actual worship of God. Worship should be about God, not about us. Or what about the ones that use physical language to describe God and our relationship with him? Can you really stomach the idea of tasting God?
  5. Some songs have way too many words for anyone to learn.

RadFem: ‘No Woman Is Heterosexual’ – OK, we all need Jesus, but radical feminists really, really need Jesus.  My guess is that very, very few of them tried to follow God’s model for sexuality. If they had lots of out-of-wedlock sex I can see how they would get jaded about men.  They are so radical that they even violate the PC nonsense about how gender is fluid (these people are all female, all the time – man-hating females, that is) and they concede that they weren’t “born that way” (they view a change to lesbianism as inevitable).

How many times have I explained that feminism is an ideology of man-hating Marxist lesbian baby-killers? This is what feminists themselves say, if you bother to study feminist theory:

Professor Bettina Aptheker is by her own proud admission both a Communist and a self-described “lesbian activist.” . . . Aptheker’s course syllabus describes lesbianism as the “highest state of feminism” . . . In other words, change in sexual orientation is an inevitable final stage in the development of the socially conscious individual.

It gets worse from there.

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The True Story of Christian Missionaries – Yes, there have been some misguided and even bad missionaries.  But on balance — and not surprisingly — they have done great good:

Areas where Protestant missionaries had a significant presence in the past are on average more economically developed today, with comparatively better health, lower infant mortality, lower corruption, greater literacy, higher educational attainment (especially for women), and more robust membership in nongovernmental associations.

. . .Woodberry applies this result specifically to missionaries who were “conversionary Protestants,” which he defines this way: “Conversionary Protestants (1) actively attempt to persuade others of their beliefs, (2) emphasize lay vernacular Bible reading, and (3) believe that grace/faith/choice saves people, not group membership or sacraments.”

Obama’s IRS Scandal Cover-Up – This should be front page news until it is fully investigated.  The media is complicit in this cover-up. The lack of attention and outrage just makes the Left that much more brazen.  This is far worse than Watergate.

120 EXhomosexual video testimonies – Don’t believe the “born that way” lies that even the experts on the Left know aren’t true.  There is hope.

In their own unscripted words, 120 men and women from all races, ethnicities and backgrounds tell of coming out of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism. GCM Watch is committed to bringing you the good news of God’s amazing grace and his inclusive love that reaches out to bring out those in sexual darkness.

Cultural Diversity Coordinator Ran Phone Sex and Escort Services, Keeps Job – Diversity organizations are a joke.

Homosexual and Bisexual Men Account for 75 Percent of Syphilis Cases: CDC – The real rate is probably higher, as straight women who contract it from bi men aren’t counted in these figures.  This is taught in all the “comprehensive” sex ed classes in public schools, right?  In Orwellian fashion, the CDC blames it on “homophobia.”

Linda Harvey’s ‘Maybe He’s Not Gay’ Book Hits Home Run, Catches Homo-Activist Flak – The “born that way” lie — which even pro-gay “experts” know isn’t true — is the foundation of the movement.  Without that, everything else falls apart.  With it we will also get legalized pedophilia and polygamy.

When women lust

We all know that men struggle with lust. But what about women? While it’s becoming more common to hear of women’s struggles with pornography use, many women still perceive that they have the moral high ground over men. Such comparisons don’t help because men and women often struggle in different ways.

When a beautiful woman walks in the room or flashes on a screen or billboard, all eyes are transfixed. While men might be thinking about sex, a woman might be thinking, I wonder what it would be like to have such a body? Men want the body, women want the body. They want the body that attracts everyone. Lust can be either a strong feeling of sexual desire, or a strong desire for something.

We know when a man has sinned as he takes the body he wants through indulging in pornography or visiting a prostitute. But what does it look like for a woman to act out on her lust? She cannot take the body she desires to have, so what does she do? For the most part, her sin remains hidden. Still, there are some tell-tale signs of her sin, which I will describe in the first person because I struggle with this too.

How the Nazis mandated and used evolution and Darwin in the textbooks – Truths you’ll never hear from the Darwin lobby or at your local apostate church’s celebration of Darwin’s birthday.

The Nazi regime sought to influence young people via educational programmes and youth movements. The curriculum made connections between what was taught and its social and political implications. Darwinism was explicit, and the textbooks followed suit.

Free Apologetics Bible Inserts from J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace, author of Cold Case Christianity, former detective, member of Stand to Reason, and a “one dollar apologist,” continues to supply a steady stream of helpful resources through his websiteColdCaseChristianity, his podcastblogtwitter feed, and through speaking. (He’s my first recommendation for a guest speaker at a church or event.) And here’s one of Jim’s many resources he offers at his website:Apologetics Bible Inserts. Topics include:
• Evidence for the Deity of Jesus
• Evidence for the Resurrection
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You can check out the Apologetics Bible Inserts and download them here.

Atheism and fatherlessness (or bad fathers) – what a sad correlation.  Here are just a few people who took their misery and aggressively shared it with others.  The correlation of bad/absent fathers with the radical feminists is similar.

  • Voltaire(1694–1778): This biting critic of religion, though not an atheist, strongly rejected his father and rejected his birth name of Francois-Marie Arouet.
  • David Hume(1711–76): The father of this Scottish skeptic died when Hume was only 2 years old. Hume’s biographers mention no relatives or family friends who could have served as father figures.
  • Baron d’Holbach(1723–89): This French atheist became an orphan at age 13 and lived with his uncle.
  • Ludwig Feuerbach (1804–72): At age 13, his father left his family and took up living with another woman in a different town.
  • Karl Marx(1818–83): Marx’s father, a Jew, converted to being a Lutheran under pressure — not out of any religious conviction. Marx, therefore, did not respect his father.
  • Friedrich Nietzsche(1844–1900): He was 4 when he lost his father.
  • Sigmund Freud(1856–1939): His father, Jacob, was a great disappointment to him; his father was passive and weak. Freud also mentioned that his father was a sexual pervert and that his children suffered for it.
  • Bertrand Russell(1872–1970): His father died when he was 4.
  • Albert Camus(1913–60): His father died when he was 1 year old, and in his autobiographical novel The First Man, his father is the central figure preoccupation of his work.
  • Jean-Paul Sartre(1905–80): The famous existentialist’s father died before he was born.12
  • Madeleine Murray-O’Hair (1919–95): She hated her father and even tried to kill him with a butcher knife.

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How God Healed Me from My Abortion – The pro-life movement isn’t just about fighting the evil of killing unwanted children, it is about the Good News of healing and forgiveness available through Jesus.

Higgins Defends and Explicates Russian Law Banning Homosexual Propaganda Among Minors – Despite what “experts” like Elton John tell you, the Russian law makes perfect sense and is actually quite Liberal with respect to adult freedoms.  It is telling that Obama, Elton and the rest of the radical Left go after laws like this and ignore the violence done by Muslim countries to gays (as well as to any straights that promote Christianity).

Most Americans favor increasing abortion restrictions – Just in case the mainstream media forgot to tell you this.

The death penalty deters crime.

This alone should result in a near total-turnover in Congress.  If they would just read the bills before passing them we’d have a lot less bills.

Why did the White House and State Department lie in such an extended and choreographed fashion?  This is a must-watch.

Watch porn and you’ve produced porn — Our pastor recently led a 90 min. session on how to fight porn (audio here).  It was very well done.

Six-Year-Old Girl Humiliated in Class for Referring to Bible – Yep.  This is how low we’ve sunk.

Not willing that any should perish – Pastor Timothy does a great job explaining a passage that is often misinterpreted.

‘Gay’ Doctor, Stephen Goldstone: Anal Sex Like a ‘Battering Ram’ for which Your ‘Sphincter Is No Match’ – Graphic title?  Yep.  But as with pictures of abortions, which is worse, precise words/images about an act or the act itself?

How to make accountability work — a great summary of how to have productive accountability groups.

Accountability Is… Accountability Is Not…
1. Effective accountability does not rely exclusively on accountability. …one weapon among many. …the only weapon in the fight against sin.
2. Effective accountability is involved early rather than late. …calling out for help in the moment of temptation andbefore you sin. …delayed confession—the regular reporting of sins already committed.1
3. Effective accountability involves someone with maturity. …able to function best when it occurs under the leadership of someone who has a track record of victory over the sin in question. …going to work well if you are seeking accountability with someone who is struggling and sinning in the same area as you.2
4) Effective accountability involves someone with authority (Heb 13:17). …involving those who can speak with authority. It may also involve those who “…watch over you as those who must give an account.” …fighting on your own; by definition, accountability is not a solo effort.
5) Effective accountability should avoid explicit details (Eph 5:11-12). …describing sin and temptation in general terms with the goal of enabling your accountability person to help you best. …not a place where explicit details are shared; we must avoid fueling further temptation.
6) Effective accountability places the responsibility for confession on the person with the problem. …full and free confession without prompting, pushing or demands for honesty. …going repeatedly through a list of questions without making honest and up-front confession of a particular sin.3
7) Effective accountability must actually hold people accountable. …being actively involved in the life of another Christian with regular and caring communication.4 …simply the commitment to meet regularly and work through a list of questions.

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About the impact of violent video games on kids — turns out they may have some benefits and actually reduce violence.

Mark Driscoll’s Failed Publicity Stunt That Ended With Him Lying About What Really Happened – This guy gets more and more odd.

Inventing God – a great response to the atheist objection that people made up God to control people.  Just use the part in bold (emphasis added) if you hear that excuse.

From where I sit, there is no need to concoct a non-corporeal being who may, or may not, have the power to exact justice for wrong doing when there already exists the means to control behavior: the end of a sword, spear, or gun. Each is greatly more behaviorally corrective than a potential future in hell isn’t it? Threats of force: torture, bodily mutilation, and death, are reliable motivating tools to keep the masses in check.  As Calogero from A Bronx Tale said, “Your guy may be bigger than my guy up there, but my guy is bigger than your guy down here.”  For the most part, people are more motivated by what is immediately confronting them.  Threatening a person with future potential punishment is not as effective as an officer of authority standing before you with a weapon. This is real world provable. If you’re ever in the unfortunate predicament of being robbed at knife point, tell the robber he may end up in hell and observe his reaction. When he stops laughing, point a gun in his face and observe his change in behavior.

New study: school anti-bullying programs actually increase bullying – Not a big surprise.  All you need is a simple and thoroughly enforced anti-bullying policy: If you physically or verbally harass other students on or off school grounds you will have swift and serious consequences. It doesn’t matter if you are bullying because they are gay/straight/fat/thin/smart/dumb/pretty/ugly/etc., or if it is just because you are a mean jerk.

New CDC study: 62% of men who know they are HIV-positive have unprotected sex with men – Also not a big surprise.  What is also not a surprise is how the mainstream media ignores their pathology.  Seriously, if someone made you do the things that transmit HIV for gays wouldn’t you be begging for a dozen full-body condoms to wear?  Toilet paper is an enormous business for a reason.  But no amount of persuasion can get these gays to wear condoms even when they are likely to infect someone else with HIV.

New study: casual sex linked to poor mental health and suicidal thoughts – Ohio State published this.  I wonder if they tell their own students?

Fined for Sending Kids to School Without Crackers – Seriously.  The Nanny State at its best.

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What would you do if you knew you would die at midnight tomorrow?  Compare it to John Wesley’s answer.  Hat tip: Ray Comfort

John Wesley (the famous preacher) was asked what he would do with his life if he knew that he would die at midnight the next day. His answer was something like this: “I would just carry on with what I am doing. I will arise at 5:00 a.m. for prayer, then take a house meeting at 6.00 a.m. At 12 noon, I will be preaching at an open-air. At 3:00 p.m. I have another meeting in another town. At 6:00 p.m. I have a house meeting; at 10:00 p.m. I have a prayer meeting and at 12:00 midnight, I would go to be with my Lord.”
If we knew we were to die at 12 o’clock tomorrow night, would we have to step up our evangelistic efforts, or could we in all good conscience carry on just as we are?

Praise: The Consummation of Joy – Some people mistakenly think that it is morally wrong for God to want us to praise him. But think of how praising great things in other aspects of life is appropriate and how it completes our joy.

So, Lewis is telling us that God’s pursuit of our praise of him is not weak self-seeking but the epitome of self-giving love! If our satisfaction in God is incomplete until expressed in praise of him for satisfying us with himself (note well, with himself, not his gifts), then God’s effort to elicit my worship (what Lewis before thought was inexcusable selfishness) is both the most loving thing he could possibly do for me and the most glorifying thing he could possibly do for himself.

Home schoolers are leaner than those in public school — someone please let Michelle Obama know. — The Raw Essence of the Welfare State – This sounded like a hoax when I read it but the audio is pretty compelling.  Her plan is to stay on welfare her entire life.  She isn’t even sure if she wants her kids to work or not.

“While workers out there or people like you that are preaching morality at people like me living on welfare, can you really blame us? “I mean, I get to sit home. I get to go visit my friends all day. I even get to smoke weed. Me and my friends, people that I know that are illegal immigrants that don’t contribute to society, we still gonna get paid. Our check’s gonna come in the mail every month, and it’s gonna be on time, and we get subsidized housing. We even get presents delivered for our kids on Christmas. Why should I work? “So, you know what? “Y’all get the benefit of saying, ‘Oh, look at me, I’m a better person’ … because y’all go to go work. We’re the ones getting paid. So can you really blame us?”

60 ex-homosexual video testimonies — Wait, that can’t be right — those people don’t exist!  Seriously, there is hope, and if you really love people you won’t encourage them to stay in a lifestyle that is physically, emotionally and spiritually destructive.  It isn’t love when you value your popularity over the well-being of others.

Also see Domestic violence rates are higher for homosexual couples than for heterosexual couples.

Also see Accused Gay Teen Sex Offender Worried Scandal Would Cost Him White House Job – Note that the victim is suicidal.  While it should be well known that bullying doesn’t increase suicides, note how this suicidal situation appears to be driven from the abuse, not the alleged nature of the victim.

5 Reasons Not to Give Up on the Marriage Debate – Lots of good reasons, especially this one (oh, and that it is never wise to give up fighting for what God proclaims as true).

2. The fickle factor. When you think about how quickly public opinion has swung in favor of gay marriage, it’s clear that the new conclusion has not been reached because of deep, ethical reflection. There was a tipping point—it likely coincided with President Obama’s “evolution”—where opposing gay marriage became a public liability.  Large swaths of the American people are now for gay marriage because it seems too costly—culturally, socially, politically—not to. But what happens when posting that equal sign on Facebook feels so 2013? What happens if the cool crowd gets bored with the new status quo? I suppose many of them will push into darker sexual waters, but what if some push back? What if five years from now we have a Juno-style movie that humorously, and yet provocatively, questions whether our sexual orthodoxies are all they’re cracked up to be? If supporters of marriage don’t cave in, those who swung one way may swing back when it no longer looks like they are “on the wrong side of history.”

Unspeakable Evil: Planned Parenthood Obstructs Child Rape Investigation – Why would anyone be surprised?  Planned Parenthood has been caught countless times on audio and video hiding rape, incest and sex trafficking.  People who kill babies for a living are capable of anything!

When mass shootings don’t matter… to the media – If your media of choice didn’t tell you about this mass shooting in Detroit, you need to expand your horizons.

The best ice-breaker of all time.  One of my nephews told me about this one. Use this at the next party you attend.