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Eat-the-Rich Socialist Michael Moore Owns Nine HousesSadly, the Leftists who cheer this hypocrite will never know these facts.  Their media of choice won’t tell them.

Far left propagandist and rabble-rouser Michael Moore righteously proclaims that he is of the proletariat and not part of the 1% (video). Yet hawking his anti-capitalist B.S. on the capitalist market has earned him enough to buy nine houses. The dumping of Kathy Glynn, his wife of 22 years, is bringing embarrassing details to light regarding his conspicuous consumption:

His hit movies and best-selling books have begat a lifestyle far from most ballcap-wearing, duck-waddling denizens of Flint [a rustbelt hellhole that he falsely claims as his hometown].

How to believe – Great points by Stan about challenging verses on how the Bible teaches that we come to believe in Jesus.

Planned Parenthood Counselor Caught Telling Teen to Let Her Boyfriend Beat Her – And the third video comes out.  The “rogue” counselors all follow the same script and couldn’t be more practiced at what they are saying.

If you want to prove you don’t hate gays, all you have to do is worship at their feet – Exactly.  Have you noticed how the iconically macho National Football League now reports to the gay lobby?  Same thing for the NBA, MLB, etc.  What a bunch of wimps.  They join loads of apostate Christian churches and weak-willed people who would rather bow to political correctness than speak the truth.  The truth sounds like hate to those that hate the truth.

The ’10 Percent Gay’ Myth Is Dead – Just 1.6 Percent of U.S. Adults Identify as Gay or Lesbian, and .7 Percent as Bisexual, Major Federal Survey Finds – They’ve been spreading the 10% lie for decades.

ISIS reportedly orders women and girls of Mosul to undergo ‘genital mutilation’ – And yet the Leftist “war on women” crowd will be silent.  Hillary, Elizabeth Warren, Planned Parenthood, NOW, etc. are too busy protesting Hobby Lobby for only paying for 16 forms of birth control.

Israel Supporters Attacked by Crowd Shouting ‘Kill Jews’ in Canada – Subtle.  This isn’t isolated, either.  They’ll be doing the same to other groups as soon as they get the chance. Or read here about an “honor killing” of a 10 yr. old rape victim.

Cohabitation: Still a terrible idea – a new study confirms what people should have known already.

Dollar Shave Club – Shameless plug.  Got some as a great Father’sI enjoy sticking it to the man (i.e., Gillette).  Funny commercials, too.

Study: Socialists Twice as Likely to CheatThis speaks volumes about why the President and other leading Democrats are so willing to lie, and why the media is so willing to overlook the lies.

Individuals exposed to socialism were twice as likely to cheat as those who had not been in a socialist system, says a new study from a collaboration between Duke University and the University of Munich.  “The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task.”

Export-Import Bank crony capitalism kills American jobs – Crony capitalism is not real capitalism, and not something Conservatives support.  This is something that should unite Democrats and Republicans who aren’t feeding at the trough.

‘I Got Him in a Bloody Puddle for You’: Father Beats Gay Teen Molesting Son – Some fitting pre-justice before the guy goes to jail for a long time.

Intelligence Report: Invasion Caused by Expectation of Amnesty, Not Violence in Central America – If you are surprised, then I’m surprised that you are surprised.  This influx as as choreographed as a ballet.  It was designed to take your money to support people who will vote against you.  It is a Leftist dream.

Repaid Kindness – This is symptomatic of the Islamic mindset: No qualms about encouraging a family member to literally blow up herself and the people who healed her.  Hat tip: Glenn

On 20 June 2005, twenty-one-year-old Wafa Samir Ibrahim al-Biss was detained at a crossing into Israel when something about her gait struck the guards on duty at that post as somewhat amiss. This Palestinian woman was arrested after a search revealed she had been carrying 22 lbs. of explosives strapped to her body. While al-Biss had ostensibly been attempting to enter Israel to attend a follow-up appointment at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva, questioning revealed that it had been her intent to detonate the payload she’d been carrying at that institution. The would-be bomber had been treated there five months previous for severe burns received after a gas canister exploded on a fire while she was cooking at her refugee camp home in the Gaza Strip.

The Real Reason “50 Shades of Grey” is so Popular

I think women gravitate to 50 Shades of Grey (and other similar erotica) because they haven’t embraced the proper roles in sex and marriage. Feminism has taught them that they can never, ever, in any fashion submit to a man…unless it’s during sex, if that sort of thing is their cup of tea. Anything goes in the bedroom. Feminism told them that it’s degrading to be a stay-at-home mom or to submit to a husband or to want a lot of children. They should never have sex with their husbands unless they feel like it. They should never let a man make decisions for their family. But having a stranger use and abuse you sexually? Well, that’s empowering, don’t ya know.

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Apology to an Anti-Chicken Bigot – If you need a good laugh then read Mike Adams’ piece exposing Leftist hypocrisy.

Black Christians and the Myth of Prosperity PreachingGreat points by someone who caught on to the scam and broke free.  Tip offs: The pastor mainly talks about giving, all giving is directed to go to his church (i.e., him) and he pressures you to give to him rather than pay other obligations that you committed to.  Yes, we should give generously, but not to frauds.  See 2 Corinthians 9.

After I completed a couple of degrees and began associating with a group of financially intelligent individuals, I started to learn and apply sound financial principles.  I then realized that my financial situation had improved for two reasons: more education (resulted in a better job with higher pay and/or promotion on current job) and knowledge of how to manage and invest my income.  I also realized that my pastors never mentioned education or investments (other than investing in the kingdom of God) as a means to acquire wealth.

I then began to wonder why my wealthy pastors never encouraged their members to acquire as much education as possible as a means to a higher-paying job, or to seek out a professional financial planner to advise them on how to set up a budget and invest some of their income.  Is it because the wealthy pastors know that if their faithful followers become educated, it will more difficult to manipulate them?  In fact, on many occasions the pastors would mock the members who did have college degrees.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About CashewsSummary: Tastes good, and good for you!

An ounce of cashews is 150 calories, but will keep you satiated longer than a processed-carb snack of equal calories. Cashews are a good source of healthy fats and protein, with 5 grams of protein per one ounce serving and 9 grams of unsaturated fats.

Elizabeth Warren’s Eleven Tenets of Moonbattery – She is much more likely to be the Democratic nominee than Hillary.  This link is a keeper to help translate what she really means.

More Violent Gang Members Turn Up Among Illegal Alien Children – What morbid irony: They are bringing in these dangerous illegals to vote Democrat so they can take away our 2nd Amendment rights while simultaneously ensuring that we’ll need guns more than ever.

Australia Triumphantly Shakes Off Carbon Tax – Good for them!  I hope we wise up and stop letting the “climate change” lies harm so many people.

Concealed carrier saves stabbing victim – Good news!  Don’t expect to see this in the mainstream media.  It doesn’t fit the narrative.

Dem Governor: Let The Children Through Our Borders …Just Don’t Send Them To My State! – A perfect example of Leftist “compassion” and hypocrisy – thoroughly “generous” with other people’s money.

Child Porn Bust Provides Insight Into Gay Adoption

Police protect Jewish students from Pro-Palestinian mob . . . in Boston – from the “Leftists are all kinds of crazy” category.

The mere presence of a gay pro-Israel couple at the rally “set off a hailstorm” of venom from Hamas supporters that would no doubt be national news by now if the epithets had been hurled by, say, Tea Partiers.  (Incidentally, I’ve never been able to square the circle of grassroots Lefties’ anti-Israel attitudes.  The tiny nation is an oasis of pluralistic democracy in an autocratic and oppressive neighborhood, it boasts a robust nationalized healthcare system, and it proudly protects the rights of women and gays.  And yet many on the far Left aggressively side with Israel’s violent, intolerant — and in some cases, genocidal — adversaries.  Why?)  In any case, let’s forget about these Holocaust- and death-celebrating slurs, and ignore disgusting scenes like this.

Right-To-Work Study Destroys Obama’s Claim That Forcing Americans To Join Unions Helps The Economy

The verdict is in: if the President really wants increased personal-income growth, population growth, and job growth, he should encourage states to get rid of forced unionism and adopt right-to-work laws today.

Still one of the best music videos ever.  And a great song to dance the Tango to!  Seriously.

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“Recycled” hard drive at the FEC too? – And of course, the employee at the Federal Election Commission accused of partisan political activities is a former co-worker of former IRS chief Lois Lerner.  Getting rid of email trails isn’t something one person can do.  This has to be a wide-scale conspiracy that dwarfs anything Nixon did.  And they are doing it in such a ridiculous in-your-face way, because they know the media won’t call them on it.  That will only embolden them.

Tattoo removal surges 440% over the last decadeIf there was a mutual fund of tattoo-removal companies I would definitely invest in it.  Nothing says, “I can’t think 15 minutes into the future,” to potential employers like visible and often inappropriate tattoos. 

Bible Hub – This is a great site for quick searches or deep study.  It is easy to drill into the Greek or Hebrew for key words.  Best of all, it has 25 translations but does not include The Message! 

My Nobel Peace Prize Gaza Plan : The Other McCain.Clever way to call the bluff of the Left and their irrational Israel-hatred: Offer to relocate everyone in the Gaza strip to the U.S. 

Twenty billion dollars — by my calculations, that’s what it would cost to solve the problem of the Gaza Strip.

The population of Gaza is estimated at slightly more than 1.8 million people. So if we figure $10,000 for every man woman and child in Gaza, that’s $18,000,000,000, give or take a few hundred million dollars. Add $2 billion for administrative expenses.

How to Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit BackGood tips.  Always take pictures and/or video.  Do this with rental cars as well in case they try to say you caused previously existing damage.

Illegal Aliens Allowed to Fly Without Verifiable ID – Stunning.  Apparently they are too busy patting down grandma, making little kids cry, pouring out baby formula, wasting your time, etc. than to check the people who are authentic risks.

Government Employee Union Yanks Black Education Money After Charity Accepts Funds from ConservativesGet back on the plantation!  No thinking for yourselves!  I hope more and more blacks are exposed to the truths of how the Democrats use and abuse them – starting with their radical pro-abortion extremism in the policies that help kill black babies at a rate three times that of whites – and which they want to grow via taxpayer-funded abortions.

One at a time, please. – A great take-down of the “serial monogamy isn’t being promiscuity” fallacy so prevalent in the world and much of the church. 

Serial monogamy is elevated to such lofty heights in our society that it would be easy to forget that all it really means is one at a time.   Women will always search for a societal definition of the boundary between good girls and sluts, and our current answer is:

Good girls don’t do more than one man at a time.

Many would assume that modern women no longer care about such trivialities as the difference between good girls and sluts, especially since we now have sluts literally marching down the streets of every major western city.  While this mistake is understandable, it misconstrues what the slutwalks are all about.  The slutwalkers claim to embrace the term slut, but if they didn’t feel a powerful stigma they wouldn’t be protesting.  If the slutwalkers really wanted to show how unconcerned they are with the stigma of the word, they would proudly display the number of penises they had personally sampled, each eager to one up the more prude and inexperienced in their ranks.  But this would be taking the whole slut thing a bit too far, so very few women would be willing to march with an honest number.

Rebecca Vipond Brink at The Frisky recently posted an excellent example of all of this in Girl Talk: It’s Not Wrong To Date While You’re Divorcing:

I started dating immediately after I told my now-ex that I wanted to get a divorce. This was because, as one of my friends very aptly put it, I wasn’t really “rebounding” so much as just “bounding” — rebounding assumes that you’re bouncing off of something, and I wanted a divorce because my marriage no longer qualified as a relationship.

The problem occurred when some of the men she was dating declined to have sex with her because she was still legally married:

I think I dated maybe eight men in a six-month period. Two of them (so we’re talking 25 percent) enjoyed my company, enjoyed the sex, and then all of a sudden decided to tell me that they “couldn’t” date me because it was morally wrong because I was “still married.”

Obviously she felt the burn of being slut shamed by these men, or she wouldn’t have bothered writing an article complaining about the terrible unfairness of it all. 

So she apparently slept with 8 guys in 6 months and was wounded that two of them decided to stop sleeping with her because of their consciences (or was that just a good excuse?). 

Raising Daughters Who Will Attract and Recognize the Right Kind of Men – Read it all.

Instead of intimidating all your daughter’s potential suitors, raise a daughter who intimidates them just fine on her own. Because, you know what’s intimidating? Strength and dignity. Deep faith. Self-assuredness. Wisdom. Kindness. Humility. Industriousness. Those are the bricks that build the wall that withstands the advances of old Slouchy-Pants, whether you ever show up with your Winchester locked and loaded or not. The unsuitable suitor finds nothing more terrifying than a woman who knows her worth to God and to her family.

Bowe Bergdahl: Possibly Obama’s Most Potent Weapon in His War Against the US Military – Make no mistake: Obama is an enemy of the U.S.

Obama has attacked the military in part by pulling the rug out from under it financially and redirecting the money to pernicious social programs that encourage indolence, dependence, and illegal immigration, but more effectively by eroding its morale.

Toward this end, Obama has gone out of his way to homosexualize the military. He has thrown away the gains that thousands sacrificed their lives for in Iraq. He has eschewed victory as an objective in Afghanistan, reducing troops to sitting ducks with absurd rules of engagement. He has purged the officer corps of patriots, replacing them with political flunkies. He has overseen a VA that lets vets die by the dozens on secret waiting lists, even as invaders across our undefended border receive excellent healthcare promptly and for free. He has let it be known that with more “flexibility” he will betray American interests for those of our adversaries in Russia.

But perhaps most damaging of all, his regime has treated Bowe Bergdahl as an honorable soldier.

Abortionist Leroy Carhart Botches Another Abortion, Sends Black Woman to Hospital – This is all over the mainstream media, right? 

An African-American patient of the notorious late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, 72, was transported to the hospital after suffering a medical emergency at Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

This represents the EIGHTH known medical emergency for which Carhart has been responsible since March, 2012. The recently injured women include Jennifer Morbelli, who died on Feb. 7, 2013.

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A friend asked, “If homosexuality is genetic, then why are there still gay people?”  (He’s on the correct side of the issue and just wanted to confirm his understanding).  My response: 1. It isn’t genetic (twin studies and the like). 2. Even if it was, it would still be a sin.  3. Darwnists tie themselves in knots trying to say why it and abortion fit with their “it’s all about getting your genes passed on” worldview.  They argue for both so strenuously that if the world had no gays or abortions they’d probably be wondering why they didn’t exist!  4. Yes, in theory, a gene would die out.  But of course they’ll claim that social pressures made gays reproduce.  5. I love to point out how the pro-gay/pro-abortion people wouldn’t vote for restrictions on hypothetical gays in the womb, whether genetic or even predispositions to be gay.  I’d be glad to vote for any restrictions on abortion, including that one, because it would save lives and prove the point that all abortions kill human beings.  And of course, it is consistent with my views that we should not be violent against gays — just that we should share the truth with them.

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Please Don’t Say These Six Things at My Funeral – Good list.  I like #1: When I die, don’t say, “He was a good man.”  Don’t wait until I die, say it now, as often and as loudly as you can!  Seriously, don’t say it at all.

Don’t turn my funeral into a celebration of my moral resume. For one thing, I don’t have one. I’m guilty of far more immoral acts than moral ones. Secondly, even if I were the male equivalent of Mother Teresa, don’t eulogize me. Talk about the goodness of the Spirit who calls, gathers, enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps us in the true faith. Talk about our good Father who’s made us all His children in baptism. Talk about the good Husband that Christ is to His bride, the church. Don’t say, “He was a good man,” but “our good God loved this sinful man.”

Side note – I saw a great reply to the “What do you want on your tombstone?” question: Someone else’s name.

Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Pro-Lifers Have Free Speech at Abortion Clinics – Great news, and powerful and surprising that it was unanimous.  It shows just how ridiculous the pro-abortion free speech limitations were.

Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry – This is a fantastic ministry.  Click the link to get access to their Facebook page or go to www.CARM.org .  You’ll get a steady stream of sound articles on lots of important topics.  Examples: Questions for Mormons, The Danger of Universalism, The Elements of Liberalism.

Rep. Gohmert: Obama Wants $67,912 for Every Illegal Alien Minor – Our President is an enemy of the U.S.  Just ship the kids back to their countries for a few thousand dollars each and they flood of illegals will slow down to a trickle.

Pres. Obama is asking Congress for $3.7 billion – $67,912.28 per child – to deal with 57,000 minors illegally entering the U.S., Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) tweeted today.

But, the problem is more than money, Rep. Gohmert tells MRCTV, since Obama’s threats and imperial actions are sending “the message that America has become lawless”:

“His lawlessly announcing his one-man legislation allowing people to come illegally and stay illegally sent the message that America had become lawless and would not be enforcing our own border or laws. Now, demanding money or else he’ll allow even more devastation to our health, education and housing systems should not be condoned nor encouraged.”

.@BarackObama’s $3.7B plan for 57k children illegally x-ing costs ordinary #American #taxpayers $67,912.28 per childhttp://t.co/FmdeqHh6lU

— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) July 10, 2014

“The United States has been invaded by about twice as many people as invaded France on D-Day,” Rep. Gohmert tells MRCTV.

The Festival Where ‘Christianity’ Is Just Earth Worship – These Leftists masquerading as Christians get more bizarre every year.  In a weird way it is good, because anyone following them is obviously not interested in following the one true God.

Every year, Hot Springs, North Carolina hosts the Wild Goose Festival, a four-day musical and spiritual festival marketed towards Progressive Christians. This year, I made the trip to catalogue the more outrageous presentations, speeches, and goings-on. There was the usual contingent of liberal heroes such as Sojourner’s Jim Wallis, “Moral Mondays” leader Dr. William Barber, and Frank Schaeffer, a self-described “Christian atheist.” There were all the overwrought panels on topics such as “Post Traumatic Church Syndrome” and “First Decolonize Your Mind.” But easily, the most bizarre highlight of the trip was the Carnival de Resistance.

According to a promotional email, the Carnival de Resistance is an “art intervention” experiment determined to “[throw] off the yoke of social niceties, restless sanitation, and religious piety to provide a raucous expression of grief and longing and hope for Creation.” Besides their performances, the Carnival also promised to transform “shape-shifting-trickster-style” into a village touting “energy alternatives and attempt various sustainable practices in regard to food, waste, and transportation.”

Sexual Purity: 16 Things You Need to Know — Good advice from Randy Alcorn

ISLAM & EQUALITY? NOT IF YOU’RE BLACK – One of the many things the mainstream media won’t tell you.

Planned Parenthood Gives Clinic Award for Killing More Babies in Abortions 

“Safe, legal and rare” my ass.  These people are in the baby-killing business, and like most businesses, they reward those who sell the most goods and services. 

50 Fun Free Activities My Family Enjoys – Good tips.

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Former Employee of ‘Big Cheese’ Wrote FDA Letter that Put NY Artisan Cheese Makers Out of Work – Just another variant of Crony Capitalism, which isn’t capitalism at all – just big businesses buying favors from both parties.  The bigger the government is, the more of this you’ll get.  This should be common ground for the Left and the Right. 

12 Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ – Good questions to ask about any media you consume.

Study: most couples who stick it out through an unhappy period return to happiness – Good news, and one more reason not to divorce (although the Bible is the only reason you really  need).  As some famous guy noted (C.S. Lewis, I think), wedding vows aren’t for when times are good, because you don’t need them then.  The vows are for when things are tough.

The Pathology of the ‘Male Feminist’ – Yep.  There is a reason you find lots of frauds in those roles.  Typical “Bro-choice” guys. 

“He Dropped Me Off at the Abortion Clinic and Never Returned, Now Every Day I Mourn My Baby” – And yet another “bro-choicer.”  This is a common theme: Women who don’t want to kill their children but do so to keep a jerk of a guy who will end up leaving anyway.  Please consider that guys who want to kill their kids probably aren’t “keepers.”

VA destroyed records to cover up massive cancellations for wait-list fraud – More predictable results of a large, mostly unaccountable government institution.  They should have just given veterans discounts on insurance and let them use regular institutions.  More competition = lower costs, better service and less corruption.

Convicted Heavy Metal ‘Christian’ Singer Admits Being Atheist, Duped Fans to Sell Music – He tried to have his wife killed.  The guy isn’t terribly credible, but it was interesting that he noted that only 1 in 10 bands they toured with were really Christian.  Fame can be poisonous.  His atheistic worldview sure helped him rationalize a lot of evil: Adultery, conspiracy to commit murder, living as a fake Christian for profit, steroid use and more.  But there is still hope for him if he repents and believes. 

“The first time I cheated on my wife, my interpretation of morality was now convenient for me,” Lambesis explained. “I felt less guilty if I decided, “Well, marriage isn’t a real thing, because Christianity isn’t real. God isn’t real. Therefore, marriage is just a stupid piece of paper with the government.”But he continued to profess to be a Christian, as did others in the band, in order to sell records to Christian music fans.

I wonder if the atheists realize that his behavior counts against their worldview, not ours.  He was apparently persuaded by “New Atheists” like Richard Dawkins. 

Stay classy, Hillary — It doesn’t sound like it was a “hard choice” for her to attack a 12 year old rape victim.  This is a thousand times more of a “war on woman” than anything the media exaggerates for Republicans.  If the media is forced to talk about this it will hurt her.

The Daily Beast’s Josh Rogoin took a break from his national-security beat and tracked down the victim in that crime, now 52, who alleges that Hillary Clinton did attack her as part of the defense, and much more. In the exclusive interview, Rogin reports the woman’s accusation that Hillary Clinton lied in court documents to portray her as a sex-crazed spoiled brat who threw herself at older men and then accused them of rape:

The victim’s allegation that Clinton smeared her following her rape is based on a May 1975 court affidavit written by Clinton on behalf of Thomas Alfred Taylor, one of the two alleged attackers, whom Clinton was appointed to defend.

“I have been informed that the complainant is emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing,” Clinton, then named Hillary D. Rodham, wrote in the affidavit. “I have also been informed that she has in the past made false accusations about persons, claiming they had attacked her body. Also that she exhibits an unusual stubbornness and temper when she does not get her way.”

Clinton also wrote that a child psychologist told her that children in early adolescence “tend to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences,” especially when they come from “disorganized families, such as the complainant.”

The victim vigorously denied Clinton’s accusations and said there has never been any explanation of what Clinton was referring to in that affidavit. She claims she never accused anyone of attacking her before her rape.

“I’ve never said that about anyone. I don’t know why she said that. I have never made false allegations. I know she was lying,” she said. “I definitely didn’t see older men. I don’t know why Hillary put that in there and it makes me plumb mad.”

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Addendum: It’s worth noting that the Free Beacon has been banned from the University of Arkansas library archives after making the audio of the interview public. That decision, Alana Goodman reports, was made by a donor to … Hillary Clinton.

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR CHRISTIANS WHO BELIEVE THE BIBLE SUPPORTS GAY MARRIAGE – Great list.  Number 4 is always interesting.  Mention this and watch the pro-gay “Christians” squirm.  Gays have 40+ times higher rates of Syphilis and HIV, partly because 62% of men who know they are HIV-positive have unprotected sex with men.  Then there are the health risks cited below. Why don’t the Leftist churches, mainstream media and “comprehensive sex education” classes tell you about these things?  Apparently facts can be “homophobic,” too.

4. What will you say about anal intercourse?

The answer is probably “nothing.” But if you feel strongly about the dangers of tobacco or fuss over the negative affects of carbs, cholesterol, gmo’s, sugar, gluten, trans fats, and hydrogenated soybean oil may have on your health, how can you not speak out about the serious risks associated with male-male intercourse. How is it loving to celebrate what we know to be a singularly unhealthy lifestyle? According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the risk of anal cancer increases 4000 percent among those who engage in anal intercourse. Anal sex increases the risk of a long list of health problems, including “rectal prolapse, perforation that can go septic, chlamydia, cyrptosporidosis, giardiasis, genital herpes, genital warts, isosporiasis, microsporidiosis, gonorrhea, viral hepatitis B and C, and syphilis” (quoted in Reilly, 55). And this is to say nothing of the higher rates of HIV and other health concerns with disproportionate affects on the homosexual community.

Where the Next School Shooting Will Not Take PlaceGreat to see people implementing crime-preventing, life-saving policies.

Union Grove ISD officials [last month] put up signs outside their schools stating employees are armed and will “use whatever force is necessary” to protect students in the district, according to News-Journal news partner KETK.

The Union Grove ISD board in January enacted a policy to allow select, licensed and trained teachers and administrators to possess a firearm on campus. Community members wholeheartedly supported the move.

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This guy is great. He even names names.

The United States produced enough energy to supply 84 percent of its needs in 2013 – This is truly great news.

While we should always be wary of advocating for the canard of “energy independence”purely for its own sake — because doing so means eschewing the competitive, price-controlling, and wealth-creating powers of free and open trade and instead inviting the protectionism that generally benefits special interests over all consumers — it’s always worth looking at just how far the United States has come in terms of oil-and-gas production capacity in just a few short years, both in terms of boosting our energy security with diversified sources (including ourselves) and for boosting our ability to compete in the global economy by growing our own.

ER use skyrocketing with Obamacare?Of course.  Overwhelmed ERs were supposed to get relief due to Obamacare, but the easily anticipated law of unintended consequences says otherwise.  Obamacare reduces supply (fewer doctors willing to accept Medicaid and Obamacare plans) and increases demand (free money!).  That couldn’t do anything but increase demand for ER visits.  Were they foolish for not anticipating this?  Probably, but the more likely scenario is that they knew but didn’t care.  This is all about government control and single-payer.  It was never about increased health care coverage.

Before you say, “That could never happen!,” remember that just a few years ago no one thought the government could force you to participate in a “same-sex marriage” and that if you refused you could be fined and either lose your business or be forced to go to “reeducation” training.

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New study: relationship problems, not family rejection, leading cause of higher gay suicides – This is an important article, as it debunks many myths about the tragedy of gay suicides.  Disagreeing with people does not make them kill themselves.  Our media, entertainment and schools hate Christians but that doesn’t make me want to hurt myself.  As the article shows, even those gay leaders trying to make a case for happiness end up wildly disillusioned.

I think that the problem is that in the gay lifestyle, you have a typically male emphasis on physical appearance, sex and pleasure. There is none of the moderating influence of women, which tends to push men into commitments, responsibility and stability.

If you really love a person, then you don’t tell them that the dangerous thing they want to do is not dangerous. That’s not love. It’s easier for you to approve of them and be liked by everyone, but it’s not love.

Causes of Death in 1900 vs. Today: One Chart Puts Firearms & Natural Disasters Threat in Perspective – Deaths from guns and natural disasters makes the news because they are rare, but the attention makes people think they are the real problem.  Eating a little less and a little healthier and exercising a little more would save countless more lives than any counterproductive “climate change” or gun control measures.

What you’ll see is that America has been whipping infectious diseases for over a century, thanks to better sterilization, sanitation, and vaccination techniques, and now, Americans are living nearly twice as long. Currently, the average age is around 79 years old, and back in 1900, it was about 47 years old. Some “crisis” we have on our hands.

But it’s what you don’t see on this chart that is really the story. Natural disaster and extreme weather-related deaths don’t even make the chart.

In light of the federal government’s drive to enforce stricter environmental regulations for the reason of combatting manmade “climate change,” it should be said that 98% fewer people are dying from extreme weather events or natural disasters than in the 1920s. Extreme weather events currently comprise about 0.07% of all fatalities globally.

We’re also being told about the danger posed by law-abiding citizens possessing firearms. But where is that threat on this chart? Let me help you: It’s not there. Deaths from firearms totalled 31,672 in 2010 (just to keep the comparisons apples to apples). In that year, around 19,392 of those deaths were from firearms-related suicides (half of all suicides).

What about accidents? Around 570 of those were from firearms of a total of 126,100 accidents. Firearms murders, mostly by handgun, came to about 8,775 counts (of 12,996 total murders) in 2010, according to FBI statistics.

Where does this put these in the big picture? Deaths from heart disease in 2010 were 595,444 total, while deaths from cancer were 573,855.  One factor for such high rates to keep in mind is that Americans are dying from causes that strike those who live longer than human beings ever did before (risk factors go up after age 47).

Boy Scouts’ Gay Leader Ban Preserves Worst Stereotypes, Holder Says – Kevin Johnson | God’s Politics Blog | Sojourners — Gee, why would the blog of Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis do a fluff piece like that?  Because they are wildly pro-gay but trying to pretend they are not.

What is most despicable about this is that they are advocating to have homosexual men spend time alone — even on overnight trips! — with young boys.  That’s just sick.  Even honest gay leaders will tell you about how aggressively many gays will pursue young men.

Wallis & Co. just get more and more despicable.  They actually think that being pro-abortion and pushing to have gays hang out with young boys is “social justice.”  These Leftists mock God 24×7.

BRAZIL’S CHILD SEX WORKERS FORCED TO CASH IN ON WORLD CUP – What a tragedy.  This will be even worse at the next Olympics.  The numbers are staggering.

A good Hillary summary – Hopefully someone will throw a bake sale or something to raise money for her.  Then again, your definition of “dead broke” is pretty elastic if it includes buying a second mansion so you can carpetbag your way into the Senate while your husband pulls down huge lifetime retirement payments.

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A great way to respond to an insult.

CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS KILL BILL TO OUTLAW SEX-SELECTION ABORTIONS – The real war on women.

21 QUESTIONS FOR THE ‘TOLERANCE’ CROWD – Excellent questions to expose hypocrisy.

NYC Council to Walmart: Stop sending your “dangerous dollars” to our city’s charities – Have I mentioned that Leftists fail at basic economics?  Because they do.  And it hurts the poor.  Yeah, you wouldn’t want someone to come to town and offer lower prices to your residents and to donate to local charities.

Illegal aliens are fed up with politicians or something – It is interesting how an illegal alien can go to work for a congresswoman, among other things, and not get deported.  But while she is there she realizes that the Left doesn’t really want to solve the immigration problem, because they use it as a club against Republicans.  Make no mistake: I think large parts of both sides like the ongoing battles on abortion, immigration, etc. just because it raises funds and keeps them in business.  If they actually solved problems – à la Ronald Reagan and the Cold War – they might lose money.  Too much of politics is like carefully choreographed Big Time Wrestling.  Someone appears to lose, but both sides get paid.

The Chamber Of Commerce, National Right To Life, & The National Rifle Association Are Waging War On Conservatives – Another sad political case.  These groups pretend to be Conservatives but usually support RINOs and Democrats.

It’s past time true conservatives reject these organizations. Stop sending them money, burn your memberships cards, and join organizations that actually represent your values. instead of supporting the Chamber of Commerce, support the Club for Growth. Instead of supporting National Right to Life, support the National Pro-Life Alliance. Instead of supporting the NRA, support Gun Owners of America and the National Association for Gun Rights. These are uncompromising organizations with plans for action.

 

Texas GOP endorses ‘reparative therapy’ for gays — Good for them!  Of course the Left will spin this, but no one is making anyone take the therapy.  It is just absurd, hateful political correctness that makes it illegal in some states.  Leftist states will permit you to make your child transgender but won’t let you counsel them out of homosexuality.  They think it is bad to steer people from the dangers of homosexuality but good to encourage them to permanently mutilate themselves because they think they are the wrong gender. Depravity.

Another 1st grader suspended for a toy gun – These are fairly common.  People have lost their minds when it comes to guns.

This sad story happens so often these days that it barely qualifies as news, but it needs to be kept in the spotlight because it’s such a perfect image depicting why the anti-gun lobby creates such a pathetic narrative in the eyes of the public. This time it happened in Pennsylvania.First-grader Darin Simak is a little shy, a little upset and a little confused about why he can’t go back to Martin Elementary in New Kensington, but he knows it’s the result of him bringing a toy gun to school in his backpack Wednesday.Jennifer Mathabel said her son left his usual backpack in a friend’s car the night before, so he packed another one but missed the toy gun inside.“So I send my child to school. My child discovers a fake toy gun at about 1:30 p.m. He turns it in to the teacher and he’s sent to the office and suspended,” said Mathabel.The updates to the story inform us that Darin’s mother sent him to school the next day anyway, rejecting the idea of a suspension. Darin was then held in “in school suspension” until his father showed up to pick him up. One option under discussion was for Darn to actually be expelled from school for the year, but that was later reduced to a two day suspension and Darin will be back in school on Monday. The incident is still on his record, though, with the school admitting no wrong-doing.Jim Treacher formed the correct, succinct response.Another day, another cowardly school administrator punishing kids for being kids and then hiding behind a “zero-tolerance” policy.

 

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CHRISTIAN DEATH: MOURN OR CELEBRATE?

When a brother or sister in the Lord passes away, there should be grief and rejoicing. They both have a place. We grieve for what is lost and rejoice at what is gained. That is a good Christian theology of Christian death.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus — Apologetics matter.  Note how the conversion began when a friend was able to handle some common yet simple objections about Christianity.

Nabeel chose to attend Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, simply because it was close to his home and he could continue to live with his parents. It was here that he met David Wood, a young man who was as passionate for Jesus as Qureshi was for Allah.
Qureshi’s maternal grandfather and great-grandfather had been Muslim missionaries and he saw himself in that light – as a missionary with the job of converting others to Islam. The logical place to start was with Wood. He began by asking why his new friend would believe what the New Testament said about Jesus given that it had been altered and re-written so many times.
Wood was ready for the challenge and explained why the Christian could rightly accept the reliability of Scripture. But he did one thing more. He challenged Qureshi to consider the Quran’s dubious history. Taught that it was a perfect book, dictated by God through the Archangel Gabriel to Muhammad and never changed at any point in history, Nabeel discovered that it had been altered time and time again, until finally someone decided to standardize one version of it and have the many other variations destroyed to bring unity to bickering Muslims (228).
Qureshi notes that his parents had always encouraged him to examine his beliefs, but that “examination” consisted only of learning how to defend them because it was an unchallengeable given that they were true (107). At school, he was taught to do the opposite, using reason to critically assess what he believed. While Islam dictated that he should never question authority, Western culture insisted that he should question everybody and everything to reach the truth. And that’s exactly what Wood was asking of him, too. Thus, the ball was set in motion, and Qureshi’s journey to Jesus began.

The VA scandal should be front page news until Obamacare is repealed, but it won’t happen.  It couldn’t be more obvious: Unions + socialized medicine = the VA debacle = Obamacare.

Huzzah: Minnesota legislature’s “unsession” repeals 1,200 nonsensical laws and red tape – This good news.  All government entities and even businesses should do this regularly.

Science illiteracy on the liberal left: PZ Myers and Amanda Marcotte can’t face the facts of life – If it weren’t literally a matter of life and death, it would be funny to watch allegedly pro-science pro-aborts deny basic scientific facts.

Bipartisan Corruption in the Texas Legislature the Media Mostly Ignores | RedState – This is the first I’ve heard of this.

It all began when Wallace Hall dared to do the unthinkable — his job. He began asking questions about enrollment practices in the University of Texas system. In particular, he wanted to know about the University of Texas law school. Within weeks of his investigation beginning, he had identified members of the Texas legislature applying pressure to the UT system for their friends and families’ benefit. Two weeks later those same legislators began impeachment proceedings against him. Now the legislators also want him carted off to jail for uncovering the corruption.

The Decision That Changed My Life: Keeping My Baby by Maya Angelou – I hope some pro-choicers hear about this.  (Yes, I know she was an extreme Leftist who supported Planned Parenthood.)

Love Porn? Then Don’t Watch This. Because This Guy Is About To Convince You To Delete Your Porn Stash – Even secular people can see the truth. Any consumption kills your soul, is addictive, encourages sex trafficking and more.

Epic: It Took Just 3 Minutes For Trey Gowdy To Shame An Entire Room Of Journalists Into Silence – Sweet. Hard not to like that guy.

Get ‘Em While They’re Young: ‘Gay’ Clubs for Kids in Middle Schools – These creepy perverts should be in jail for this.

My only objections to this meme are that he wasn’t necessarily sick, just a depraved sinner.  And he also used his car as a weapon.  No calls to ban cars or knives just yet, but of course the gun-grabbing ghouls latched onto this before the bodies were cold.  And while obviously not an excuse, it was interesting that the kid was so impacted by his parents’ divorce and his early exposure to porn.

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25 Images Show That Climate ‘Changes’ – Whether or Not Man Does Anything About It – Here’s a bonus image.  Not as technical as those in the attachment, but just as true.

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Sheriff: Investigate Planned Parenthood That Didn’t Report Rape of Teen, Allowing Man to Rape 18 Other Girls – People who kill babies for a living have no standards.

Gun-Free Restaurants Keep Drawing Armed Robbers –  Well, duh.  Criminals may not use elaborate spreadsheets to calculate risks, but they understand the basics of how to steal the most amount of money with the least chances of getting shot / caught.  You might want to avoid Jack-in-the-Box (no problem there!) and Chipotle (Noooooo!) until they reverse their silly politically correct policies.

You have to wonder if the CEO of Jack in the Box is kicking himself after making the decision to request all gun owners to leave their guns at home. It was not even 2 weeks ago that Jack in the Box essentially banned guns from their fast food joints, and now the third armed robbery has taken place since then.

It isn’t only employees who pay the price for these moronic signs that serve as magnets for armed robbers looking for sites of least resistance.

According to Click2Houston, 4 men put on gloves and masks before walking into a Houston Jack in the Box, robbing the restaurant at gunpoint. The armed crooks robbed both employees and customers who were eating at the fast food place.

Who would have thought that criminals would break the restaurant’s policy? But at least they did not have any law abiding gun owners to try and stop them and make their job more dangerous. These gun owners would have to either leave their guns at home or eat somewhere else.

For this to happen for the 3rd time in about 10 days has to make one wonder if armed criminals are just targeting Jack in the Box since they know law abiding citizens will not be armed there.

Steve Brown – great voice, lousy teacher.

Scooters Create More Pollution Than Large TrucksSchadenfreude alert!

Don’t Go to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on ‘Gay Days,’ Saturday, June 7 – Homosexual Pete Werner Warns –  It is pretty bad when even a gay leader warns families to stay away.

Saturday, June 7–which is when the massive “Gay Days” celebration is scheduled for Magic Kingdom (See entire “Gay Days 2014″ schedule for June 3-9 above or go HERE.) For years, Pete Werner, an openly homosexual man and “gay rights” advocate, has been warning parents not to bring their children to Disneyworld’s various theme parks on the respective days targeted for “Gay Days”–due to the excessive homosexual PDAs (public displays of affection) and homo-erotic flaunting that goes on there, much of it aimed at scandalizing families and kids. Disney officials do not warn families in advance that their parks will be inundated by “Gay Days” celebrants–so every year outraged parents who arriving unknowingly on that date demand their money back.

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“Over the years I have heard about, and have witnessed, what is commonly referred to as PDA (public displays of affection) during Gay Days, and almost always it’s done in full view of a family, or at least children. I don’t care if you’re straight or gay, there are some things kids don’t need to see – and trust me, two queens [flamboyant homosexual men] frenching outside Cinderella castle is really high on that list.” Homosexual advocate Peter Werner, “Why I’m Not Going to Gay Days This Year”

How to Avoid Making the Worship Leader the Performer – good tips.  Sadly, I’ve seen churches make these mistakes.

Mainstream Media Shows No Interest in Warren Buffett Giving $1.2 Billion to Abortion GroupsWho cares if he has good investment advice if he is the world’s greatest baby killer?  What good does is it for a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

Are biological fathers or unrelated men more dangerous for children?This should be front-page news and a key part of any “comprehensive” sex education classes.  God’s way is the best way: One man, one woman for life.

Specifically, the British study found that the incidence of abuse was an astounding 33 times higher in homes where the mother was cohabiting with an unrelated boyfriend than in stable nuclear families. Even when the boyfriend was the children’s biological father, the chances of abuse were twice as high.

These findings are consonant with those published a year earlier by Leslie Margolin of the University of Iowa in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect. Prof. Margolin found that boyfriends were 27 times more likely than natural parents to abuse a child. The next-riskiest group, siblings, were only twice as likely as parents to abuse a child.

More recently, a report by Dr. Michael Stiffman presented at the latest meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in October, studied the 175 Missouri children under the age of 5 who were murdered between 1992 and 1994. It found that the risk of a child’s dying at the hands of an adult living in the child’s own household was eight times higher if the adult was biologically unrelated.

. . .Why, then, do we ignore the problem? Fagan has a theory: “It is extremely politically incorrect to suggest that living together might not be the best living arrangement.”

Sweden goes insane – Mass Islamic immigration has made the country unsafe for free speech, women and Jews.  The leaders are committing suicide on behalf of the country by not allowed people to talk about the problem.  Our country is going down the same path with both Islam and the gay lobby.  Watch the video for more.

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How Diet Soda Makes You Fat (and Other Food and Diet Industry Secrets) 

  1. Diet sodas raised the risk of diabetes more than sugar-sweetened sodas!
  2. Women who drank one 12-ounce diet soda had a 33 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes and women who drank one 20-ounce soda had a 66 percent increased risk.
  3. Women who drank diet sodas drank twice as much as those who drank sugar- sweetened sodas because artificial sweeteners are more addictive and are hundreds to thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar.
  4. The average diet soda drinker consumes 3 diet drinks a day.

You might say that people who are overweight and just about to get diabetes drink more diet soda, but they scientifically controlled for body weight. And they found the artificial sweeteners increased diabetes independent of body weight!

This and other research shows how diet sodas make people fat and sick.

And that diet drinks may be even worse than regular sugar sweetened sodas!!

How does that happen?

  • Artificial sweeteners are hundreds to thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar activating our genetically programmed preference for sweet taste more than any other substance.
  • They trick your metabolism into thinking sugar is on its way. This causes your body to pump out insulin, the fat storage hormone, which lays down more belly fat.
  • It also confuses and slows your metabolism down, so you burn less calories every day.
  • It makes you hungrier and crave even more sugar and starchy carbs like bread and pasta.
  • In animal studies, the rats that consumed artificial sweeteners ate more, their metabolism slowed, and they put on 14 percent more body fat in just two weeks – EVEN eating less calories.
  • In population studies there was a 200 percent increased risk of obesity in diet soda drinkers.

I love Taylor Swift, I met her last summer. She is a wonderful person with great integrity.  I don’t think she knows about this research and I hope someone shares it with her so she can save millions of children and fans from drinking Diet Coke because she endorses it.

Bottom line:  There is no free ride.  Diet drinks are not good substitutes for sugar-sweetened drinks.  They increase cravings, weight gain, and type 2 diabetes. And they are addictive.

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Bottom Line: The key point here is that all calories are NOT the same.  Swap out sugar and starch for good fats such as nuts, avocados, olive oil, and grass-fed animal products or wild fish.  Be a “qualitarian”.  Focus on quality, on real food and the rest takes care of itself.

Script Your Main Talking Points to Combat Social Awkwardnessinteresting tips.

To Get a Better Deal, Learn How to Use the Vise GambitGreat negotiating tips.  Don’t give in easily when buying cars or other big items. 

Key points to remember:

  • Respond to a proposal or counter-proposal with the Vise technique: “You’ll have to do better than that.”
  • If it’s used on you, respond with the Counter Gambit, “Exactly how much better than that do I have to do?” This will pin the other person down to a specific.
  • Concentrate on the dollar amount that’s being negotiated. Don’t be distracted by the gross amount of the sale and start thinking percentages.
  • A negotiated dollar is a bottom line dollar. Be aware of what your time is worth on an hourly basis.
  • You’ll never make money faster than you will when you’re Power Negotiating.

Gibbering Lunatics From Towson University Win National Debate Contest – Wow.  How tragic.  They actually seem to think that they have debating skills.  And the poor judges had to sacrifice their integrity to execute their politically correct agenda. 

 

LATEST EXAMPLES OF THE UNDENIABLE LINK BETWEEN HOMOSEXUALITY AND PEDOPHILIA – Make no mistake: The pedophiles are using the same arguments and tactics that the LGBTQX lobby did to normalize their behaviors.

This article is not meant to indict all homosexuals as pedophiles or even to imply that most homosexuals actually support such a horrendous thing. Nevertheless, the dangerous link between homosexuality and pedophilia is one that must not be ignored.

Despite the vociferous LGBT protestations to the contrary, homosexuals males actually do commit a disproportionate number of the child-sex abuse cases. A study in the Journal of Sex Research found that “although heterosexuals outnumber homosexuals by a ratio of at least 20 to 1, homosexual pedophiles commit about one-third of the total number of child sex offenses.”

Therefore, armed with this critical information, we can confidently conclude that since almost thirty percent of child sexual abuse is committed by homosexual or bisexual men — but less than 3% of American men self-identify as such — that homosexual or bisexual men molest children at 10 times the rate of heterosexuals. And this statistic is based upon the unlikely assumption of full reporting, meaning that the problem is probably worse than we know.

. . . These not-so-isolated incidents clearly demonstrate the precise reason why we must continue to keep homosexual men as far away as possible from our young boys, especially when we’re talking about settings like a Boy Scout campout or any other all-male overnight gathering where “gay” sexual predators are known to malevolently prowl.

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Watch an honest “gay” man, Walter Lee Hampton II, explain how older men pursue sex with underage teen boys — something he has seen a lot of in his life as a homosexual. Here is his own description of the video, published February 8, 2014.

Based upon my life experiences ..if I had Teenage sons I would NOT allow them around GAY MEN!..because over the years I have seen many GAY MEN pursue TEENAGE BOYS (ages 14-17) for SEX. and I have seen this VERY OFTEN.

. . . Even Academia has inexcusably jumped on the reprobate bandwagon by co-opting the homosexual “born that way” argument and applying it to pedophilia as well. Prof. John Money of Johns Hopkins University has publicly stated that pedophilia is “no more a voluntary choice than are left-handedness or color blindness” and that it can’t be “altered, suppressed or replaced.”

Why Asian-American Students Outperform Their White Peers – Spoiler alert: They work harder.  Shocking.  Must be racism or something.

Elizabeth Warren knows absolutely nothing about how our economy works – Not a surprise, considering that 1. It is proven that Leftists fail at basic economics and 2. More poor people mean more voters for Democrats, so why would you expect them to actually reduce poverty?

This video is a great reminder to spend much more time focusing on Jesus than on our sins.

“And what if we picked the wrong religion? Every week we’re just making God madder and madder.”

Someone Tweeted this today so I thought I’d rerun it with some bonus features.

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The title is from the episode of The Simpsons where Homer decides to stop attending church.

Marge: I can’t believe you’re giving up church, Homer.

Homer: Hey, what’s the big deal about going to some building every Sunday?  I mean, isn’t God everywhere?  And don’t you think that the Almighty has better things to worry about than where one little guy spends one measly hour of his week? And what if we picked the wrong religion?  Every week we’re just making God madder and madder.

Bart: Testify!

Marge: [Groans]

In one of those odd ways where someone speaks some truth without knowing it, it reminds me of this important passage:

1 Corinthians 15:12–18 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.

So the Apostle Paul seems to agree with Homer, at least in one sense: If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, we are misrepresenting God – and that’s never a good place to be.   And the writers even have Homer realizing that not all religions are the same.  How do you discern which is right?  Look at the facts.

But the evidence points to the fact that He did rise from the dead, and that changes everything.

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As I noted in a recent post, Christianity is unique in that it is testable and falsifiable.  You can research the truth claims yourself.  Christianity involves knowledge, truth claims and faith in evidence.  Many people think religions are just a matter of opinion or are the result of “blind faith,” but that is the opposite of Christianity.

There are all sorts of apologetics resources (see the links to the right of this blog) or even simple things like the minimal facts approach, where nearly 100% of historical scholars from 1975 – present agree with the following statements and 75% of the same scholars agree that the tomb was empty:

  • Jesus really lived and was killed on a Roman cross.
  • Jesus’ disciples believed He appeared to them.
  • Jesus’ brother, James, went from being a pre-crucifixion skeptic to a post-crucifixion church leader.
  • The Apostle Paul believed Jesus appeared to him and he wrote most of the books attributed to him, including Romans, I & II Corinthians, Philemon and others.  He converted from persecuting Christians to being the greatest evangelist ever, despite nearly constant challenges, persecution and ultimately dying for his faith.

The Christian view that the physical resurrection of Jesus best accounts for these facts is highly supportable and logical.

This explains those who reject God.

Romans 1:18–20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Romans 2:15-16 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

This sums it up as well:

To defy the Creator’s commands, you must ignore His exclusive right to rule His own creation as He wishes. You have to exalt yourself to a level of imaginary importance that would make Him at least second in command–if you are that generous–and place yourself first in command over the part of His creation you want to control–in this case, yourself. The arrogance of such a feat is astounding…No wonder there is a Hell! — Jim Berg

It is foolish and rebellious to think that you get to define whether God exists and what He must be like. Repent and believe while you still have time. Eternity is a mighty long time to suffer for your pride.

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How to Lead a Good Prayer Meeting – These look like great tips.

Why Have Women Deacons? – Excellent analysis.

Agreement with Ehrman – Bart Ehrman makes a good living being an “ex-Christian.”  Yet as a textual critic he has a surprising number of points of agreements with us that are useful to remind atheists of when they parrot common sound bites. 

In Rob Bowman’s review of Bart Ehrman’s new book, How Jesus Became God, he enumerates the many points of agreement evangelicals have with Ehrman:

I think evangelicals should be quick to acknowledge and even capitalize on a large number of agreements that they can have with Ehrman about Jesus and Christology. These include but are not limited to the following facts:

Jesus was a real historical person, a Galilean Jew who preached the kingdom of God. Ehrman has devoted a whole book to defending this fact.

The canonical Gospels are the earliest and, for all practical purposes, the only valuable sources of detailed information about the historical Jesus. The “Gnostic” gospels and other apocryphal writings date from much later and are not significant sources of historical information about Jesus.

Jesus thought he was, or at least would become, the Messiah.

Jesus was crucified at the order of Pontius Pilate.

Jesus actually died on the cross.

Some of Jesus’ original followers sincerely believed they saw Jesus alive from the dead.

(Already, we’ve eliminated about 90 percent of the nonsense we so often hear from skeptics about Jesus! And we’re not done.)

Bill Maher defends Sterling: “Who wants to live in a world where the only privacy you have is inside your head?” – From the “when pigs fly” category where I appreciate what Maher said. 

Remember “HANDS” When Arguing for Jesus’ Deity – This is helpful!

Does the Bible teach that Jesus is God? Over at Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes, Lenny Esposito has a summary of the acronym “HANDS” given in the book Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ (by Rob Bowman and Ed Komoszewski):

1. Jesus shares the HONORS due only to God.

2. Jesus shares the ATTRIBUTES of God.

3. Jesus shares the NAMES that are used of God.

4. Jesus shares in the DEEDS that only God can do.

5. Jesus shares the SEAT of God—that is, Jesus sits on God’s throne.

Hollywood’s Sexual Predator Problem Explodes – Creepy, but not terribly surprising.

Hollywood is sick, sick, sick. Behind its curtain of holier-than-thou progressivism, the entertainment world’s top A-list stars have engaged in the most depraved sexual abuse against vulnerable children and teens, according to a growing number of victims. After years of cover-up, the institutional scandal is exploding. Finally.

The latest alleged atrocities involve “X-Men” director Bryan Singer and at least three other power players in the business: veteran television executive Garth Ancier, former Disney executive David Neuman and producer Gary Goddard. Last month, former child actor and model Michael Egan filed civil suits against the men, alleging that they passed around underage boys “like pieces of meat at sex parties” in the late 1990s. Egan’s X-rated lawsuit exposes a cabal of alleged predators who plied young boys and teens with hard drugs and alcohol before sexually assaulting them.

Six ways for women to stamp out the risk of divorce 

From the liberal Huffington Post, of all places.

First, here’s the list of skills for women to develop to avoid divorce:

  • Skill #1: Do at Least Three Things a Day for Your Own Pleasure
  • Skill #2: Relinquish Control of People You Can’t Control
  • Skill #3: Receive Gifts, Compliments and Help Graciously
  • Skill #4: Respect The Man You Chose
  • Skill #5: Express Gratitude Three Times Daily
  • Skill #6: Strive to be Vulnerable

How Christianity Created Science (and Why Atheism Wouldn’t Have) – We expect to find order.  Atheists would not.

Theologians deliver multiple knock out blows to Matthew Vines’ gay Christian ideology 

The results are in: Truth Wins Out and Matthew Vines’ weak gay Christian ideology is knocked out cold.

Although a featherweight could have taken down the childish lore of Matthew Vines’ theology du jour, it was interesting to watch the fight which was quickly over in round one.

Read or download the free e-book entitled God and the Gay Christian: a Evangelical response to Matthew Vines. The book was edited by  Dr. Albert Mohler.

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Friends, family don’t understand why teen home invaders were shot dead – Sad case, but if you break into a house – especially more than once – then you should know that one of the options is getting killed.  The gun-grabbing Left would have left her defenseless. 

Only “Pharisees” Question the Validity of Colton Burpo’s “Heaven Is For Real”?

If Christians question how biblical the hit movie Heaven Is For Real is, well, “they must be Pharisees,” according to Todd Burpo in a recent Christianity Today article. Burpo is the father of the little boy, Colton, who allegedly went to heaven and came back. Todd Burpo collaborated with his son, who was 4 years old at the time of his alleged heavenly encounter, to pen the runaway bestseller Heaven Is For Real, which has now been turned into a hit movie.  Todd Burpo was also asked in the interview what his response would be to those who have challenged or raised concerns about Heaven Is For Real.  His response: “Read your Bible.”

We do read the Bible.  A lot.  Which is why we think books like this are false.

EXCLUSIVE: Amy Grant In Her First Gay Press Interview — I’m with the Wintery Knight on this one.  Grant equates sexual behavior with skin color and even hair color.  Ugh. 

I have this suspicion of Christian celebrities, because I think they are far too worried about being liked, and far too unable to base their views on logic and evidence. I don’t think we should have the respect we have for sports people, artists and actors. They are there to entertain. If you are looking for authentic Christianity, look to Christian scholars or even ordinary Christians who are able to make a defense for their views.

THE FALL FROM GRACE OF CONTROVERSIAL EPISCOPAL BISHOP GENE ROBINSON CONTINUES – His utter selfishness has been manifested throughout his false-teaching career, from divorcing his wife and abandoning his two kids so he could pursue his aberrant sexuality to splitting a major denomination.  His pretend marriage has been followed by a pretend divorce.  Like the blind men of Sodom he continues to grope at the door in rebellion against God.  I hope that he repents and believes and that those he has misled do so as well.

The #RapeCulture of Planned ParenthoodYet another tragic example of them hiding rape.  People who kill babies for a living will do all sorts of evil things.  Planned Parenthood* 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, they teach kids the joys of BDSM, and so much more. Their leaders and abortionists get rich off of death and misery, aided by your taxes.  They use some of that money to fund propaganda telling women that if they aren’t willing to kill their children that they can’t be equal in value to men.

From Moonbattery via The Bumbling Genius – this sums it up well.

Islam perfectly concentrates everything liberals say is evil into a single ideology (male dominance, abuse of women, imperialism, violence, religious fundamentalism, intolerance of perversion, etc.), yet liberals side with Muslims reflexively, elevating them even above homosexuals to the top of their caste system.

Of leprechauns, mermaids, and “loving homosexual couples” – Yep.  That term is a favorite of the faux orthodox theological Left, but it is just another lie.

The whole stands or falls, of course, on the definition of “love.” If “love” means sexual arousal, well then, okey doke sport, I guess if you say so. Or if it means fondness, affection, attraction, or a hundred other emotional and even volitional states… well, how would we even have the discussion? If it’s all about emotion, the “discussion” is really beside the point, isn’t it? Feelings are thought…well, felt… to be self-validating. After all, you’ve got to follow your heart, right? And your heart is all about what you feel. Right?
Unless you start with the fear of God (Prov. 1:7) instead of the lordship of Ego. Then, everything changes.
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It is to acknowledge that our hearts cannot be trusted (Prov. 28:26 {NAS]; Jer. 17:9). It is to acknowledge that real life is only found in knowing God through His word (Prov. 3:18; 4:13; John 6:63, 68). It is to see that rebellion and unbelief are the sure way of death and misery (Gen. 2:17; Pro. 8:36; Rom. 6:23).
As we learn from God how He wants us to treat others, we learn that He wants us to love them, even if they are our enemies (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 5:44). We learn that love is not primarily about feeling. Love is about doing what is for the greatest good of the other, even if that costs us (cf. Exod. 23:4-5; Prov. 25:21). We see the grandest display of love in the Father’s gift of His son for our salvation (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9).

So, you see, there never was such a thing as a “loving homosexual couple.” Nor was there ever yet a “loving adulterous couple,” or a “loving fornicating couple.” Accomplices? Yes. Co-conspirators, co-perpetrators? Sure. But loving? Never.
Love is a commitment to the good of the other — and rebellion against God is never for the good of the other. Sin against God is never for the good of the other. Turning away from life and love and forgiveness and reconciliation, and embracing guilt and wrath and doom and despair, wrapped in a straitjacket of rationalizations and distractions — these things are never about the good of the other.
Real love will point someone away from sin and death, and to Christ, the Gospel, life and forgiveness. If that
Christward call to repentant faith is absent, so is love.
This is one of those cases where the crystal-clear thinking that the fear of God teaches can stand as a bright beacon of witness to God’s wisdom, in our murky, fogbound culture.

Third-ranking House Democrat won’t condemn calling Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom” – Yet he is still employed.  Racism: Still a one-way street.

The problem with zero-calorie sweeteners – Health risks and counterproductive impacts (i.e., making you crave more sweets).  Just stick with sugar – but use less of it.

Is there evidence for Jesus outside the Bible? – Yes, lots, including references to specific events with apparently widespread awareness.

Phlegon (80-140AD)
In a manner similar to Thallus, Julius Africanus also mentions a historian named Phlegon who wrote a chronicle of history around 140AD. In this history, Phlegon also mentions the darkness surrounding the crucifixion in an effort to explain it . . .

Former NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks he is God – That is, he thinks he gets to sit in judgment of the real God and tell him how eternity works.  This is a sad but predictable view of lost people.  They think they get to decide what “good” is, then do a little of it – or, more precisely, demand that others do it – then do a victory lap and insist that God must let them in Heaven.  They need to hear the bad news (they are sinners in need of a Savior) and then the Good News (that Jesus is that Savior, but only if they come on God’’

But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Roundup

The Framing and Betrayal of Cliven Bundy – I haven’t followed this case closely, but I do know two things.  First, the media edited the videos to make the guy look like a racist so they could dismiss him.  Second, if Bundy’s actions warrant Federal intervention, then the Feds should be a million times more aggressive with what illegal aliens are doing.

Hillary Clinton: Source of the Benghazi Video Lie – Not that we didn’t know this before, but the latest email makes it even more clear.  The Left is still trying to ignore/spin this, but the facts are there.

Google hires NARAL to justify banning crisis pregnancy center ads – Google is pretty evil.  Of course they won’t ban Planned Parenthood because that kill 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, they teach kids the joys of BDSM, and so much more. Their leaders and abortionists get rich off of death and misery, aided by your taxes.  They use some of that money to fund propaganda telling women that if they aren’t willing to kill their children that they can’t be equal in value to men.

Democrats Abort Their Texas Takeover – Great news!  The Left has given up on Abortion Barbie’s chances. 

The Donald Sterling Precedent – Yes, Kareem nailed it.  People knew how bad Sterling was for a long time.  He is a super jerk.  But do we really want people to be destroyed for something they said in private?  Be careful what you wish for, folks.  If you think that people won’t (or haven’t already) found out how to record audio and video of you through your computer then you are mistaken.  Do you want them to be able to use that against you?

Better yet, will the Left try to destroy all the Sharptons, Jacksons, rappers, etc. saying racist things? 

She’s back: Mia Love clinches the Republican nomination in Utah’s 4th – Yea!  And of course, if you agree with me about how great this is you must also be a racist misogynist or something. 

Toyota bailing on California – to Texas, of course!  Keep ‘em coming, folks. 

What about gluttony?  — “Why do conservative Christians make such a fuss about homosexuality and give everyone a free pass—most notably themselves—when it comes to gluttony?”

U.S. now producing more than 10 percent of the world’s crude oil – Yea!  Now if we could just get Keystone approved.  Think of all the jobs, lower energy costs, energy independence and more!

Just a Reminder – for those lamenting the “botched” execution of Clayton Lockett.  The solution is to find ways to kill them more quickly.

The left is terribly outraged about Clayton Lockett’s death. They likewise have a hard time understanding how someone can be pro-life, but also support the death penalty. These people treated Kermit Gosnell as a local crime story, but demand national outrage over Clayton Lockett’s execution.

One person not morally preening or saying anything at all on the matter of Clayton Lockett’s execution is Stephanie Neiman. In all the discussion over how Clayton Lockett was executed, few have paid attention to Miss. Neiman.

Clayton Lockett beat her, bound her with duct tape, covered her mouth, shot her, then buried her alive.

Just remember that while you are posturing over how Clayton Lockett died.

Paul Weston Arrested in Britain for Reading Winston Churchill Aloud – Stunning.  Arrested for criticizing Islam – and via direct quotes of Winston Churchill!  Coming soon to a country near you.

Hollywood Pedophilia Scandal: Did Democrats Know About Gay Donors? – Hey, maybe Hollywood will make a movie about this.  Or not.

The false teachers – Pope Francis – Another in a great series.

Illegal Aliens Given $Billions of Our Money by IRSHey, that’s great.  And of course it is not an accident.  The Left, in conjunction with RINOs, makes this happen.

 

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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.)

Disappointing: “God’s Not Dead” appears to have missed an opportunity

Spoiler alert: Skip this post if you don’t want to know too much about the God’s Not Dead movie

Note: I haven’t seen the movie and probably won’t, but this review seemed pretty thorough and came from a site that would presumably be predisposed to like a production like this.  Go ahead and see it if you like, but either way I encourage you to use it as a springboard to candidly discuss the points of the movie, the gaps and how we could be more effective in sharing the Good News.  My goal with skeptics isn’t to fully address every item in their Big Book O’ Atheist Sound Bites, but to give thorough, meaningful answers to a couple key questions to remove some barriers and then encourage them to read the word of God, which will do the real work.  

And remember that apologetic reasoning isn’t just important for addressing legitimate questions of non-believers as we seek to point them to the truths in the Bible, but also to strengthen the faith of believers.  So it is important to always use good arguments and to consider the counter-arguments.

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When I first heard of God’s Not Dead I thought it might be a good opportunity to present some key apologetic arguments in a movie.  Sounds like the effort may end up being counterproductive.  Apparently they used arguments that weren’t fleshed out very well and that atheists could easily refute.  If Christians new to apologetics try to use the arguments presented by the movie, they will probably fail with the atheists and may end up with less confidence themselves.  Yes, we have been given the truth, but if you love people you won’t send them off with a false sense of confidence and pretend that they can be white-hot apologists in one easy lesson.

There are multiple subplots in the movie which are all introduced in its first few minutes, but not developed immediately, and it seems to take a while before the details emerge allowing the viewer a chance to catch up. However, the main story is that Josh, a college freshman, is taking an Introduction to Philosophy class from an infamously atheistic professor, Dr. Radisson (played by Kevin Sorbo who is known for his role on the TV show Hercules, among other roles). The very first class, the professor stands up and gives a short discourse about the virtues and intellectual superiority of atheism. He then gives the class their first assignment. He passes out blank papers, and demands that each student write “God is dead” and sign their names in order to get a passing grade. Josh refuses, so the professor forces him to take an alternate assignment; Josh will be given time in the next three lectures to prove the existence of God. If the students in his class are convinced, he passes the assignment. If not, he fails the semester, and thus his chances at a prestigious law degree.

This “hostile atheist professor” is a pretty common scenario, though usually not in such a heavy-handed way.  I am a big believer in equipping kids to stay strong in their faith when they leave your house.  But you can’t give them superficial or partial arguments.

And you should never expect some sort of immediate and across the board conversion of a group of people even if you make sound arguments.  The Holy Spirit goes where He will. We can honor God by stating the truth about him regardless of whether He has made them spiritually alive and they accept the truth.

I don’t want to be too hard on the movie, because there is only so much you can cram into two hours.  But it sounds like they could have used better arguments and that they made the characters and scenarios a little too extreme.  I would have stuck with things like the cosmological, design and moral arguments.  These are very sound yet also accessible to the average person.  But I would not have missed the opportunity to work in the minimal facts* arguments.  Consider the benefits of that:

  • You would be talking directly about Jesus, not some generic god.
  • You would point to facts that the history professors on that very campus would agree with (e.g., Jesus really lived and died on a Roman cross, that Paul was a convert and wrote extensively about Jesus close to his death, etc.).
  • You would be bursting the myth that we have a blind faith.
  • You would be talking about the crucifixion and why it occurred, and the resurrection and what that meant.

And I definitely wouldn’t have missed an opportunity to highlight Romans 1, which would demonstrate that in the Christian worldview no amount of arguments will work on people who are suppressing the truth in unrighteousness and that God will judge them based on Christ’s standards, not their’s.

Romans 1:18–20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Romans 2:15-16 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

We know why atheists hold their worldview, but all they have to explain our worldview is their beloved Darwinian evolution (however they are defining that this week). And if the manifestation of their theory is the cause of our trust in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, why are they so angry about the outcome?

Whether you see it or not, be sure to be prepared to address the topic when it comes up.  Point them to resources like Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent DesignDarwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design or Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels, or to my favorite apologetics blogger, the Wintery Knight.

You can remind people that Christianity is a faith based on real events in history.  We readily concede that if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead then we are completely wrong about God (1 Corinthians 15).

But we have great reasons that He did rise from the dead, that He is fully God and fully man, that if we repent and believe in him we can be saved from our sins and have his righteousness imputed to us, that He is the only way to salvation, and more!  Point them to the word of God and trust him with the results.  And don’t be surprised if they dislike you even more after you share the truth in love.

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*Summary of the “minimal facts” approach: Nearly 100% of historical scholars from 1975 – present agree with the following statements:

  • Jesus really lived and was killed on a Roman cross.
  • Jesus’ disciples believed He appeared to them.
  • Jesus’ brother, James, went from being a pre-crucifixion skeptic to a post-crucifixion church leader.
  • The Apostle Paul believed Jesus appeared to him and he wrote most of the books attributed to him, including Romans, I & II Corinthians, Philemon and others. He converted from persecuting Christians to being the greatest evangelist ever, despite nearly constant challenges, persecution and ultimately dying for his faith.

75% of the same scholars agree that the tomb was empty.

None of the alternative theories can be true in light of these facts.  The physical resurrection of Jesus best accounts for these facts.