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Obama and the Left are so desperate that they are having their media cronies like CNN show videos of victims (allegedly killed by Assad).  They are doing it reluctantly, of course.

Hey, does that mean they’ll start showing photos and videos of abortions?  That would change things in a hurry.

Bill Whittle had a great speech about conservative principles and how to win elections.  We’ve let the Left dominate with their lies and there are specific ways to fight back.

The idea is to stop letting moonbats use control of the media to ram through the same three concepts again and again until people mistake them for the truth: 1) wealth is unearned, 2) everybody is special (therefore achievement and individuality are meaningless), and 3) authoritarians just want to help you. These lies need to be replaced with three simple countermoonbat principles: 1) freedom, 2) private property, and 3) virtue. Just don’t tell anyone these values are conservative.

Chicago sex-ed will begin in kindergarten, promote gay lifestyle – Something about millstones comes to mind.  I remember predicting this when I first started blogging and being told it wouldn’t happen.  But it is an obvious consequence of pretending that the government should recognize same-sex unions.

“Comprehensive sex-ed dogmatists believe it’s appropriate for kindergartners to learn about families that are headed by homosexuals, whereas many parents believe that no child in early elementary school should hear anything about homosexuality,” Higgins said. “What’s worse, comprehensive sex ed proponents will present these disordered family structures positively.”

Higgins said the Chicago schools curriculum is part a National Sexuality Education Standards curriculum liberals are pushing around the country, developed by groups including the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, and the National Education Association.

Air Force sergeant who disagreed with homosexuality faces court martial – Silence isn’t good enough.  You must affirm them, or else!

The truth about “the truth about Keystone” – The only environment Obama cares about is his wallet.

I attended Ottawa’s Gay Pride parade. Here’s what I saw. – From everything I’ve read about these parades this is a typical account.  Some people sacrifice the innocence of their children by subjecting them to these parades.  For example, false teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie bragged about taking his 6 yr. old daughters to a gay pride parade. The Gaystapo has persuaded civic leaders and businesses to join in and support these.

I think the general impression of Pride among Christian activists is that it’s a lewd celebration of sex. Certainly that’s the takeaway from the photos you find online. But I’ve always harboured some suspicion that that might just be a caricature – that the photos are just rare aberrations, people picking out the most sensational pieces. So part of my reason for attending was just to see it for myself.

Now, as a witness, I can say that the impression is entirely accurate. While the majority of parade watchers are dressed rather normally, among those walking in the parade it was not odd at all to see semi-nudity and hyper-sexualized dancing. There were loads of people in nothing but underwear, dozens in leather bondage gear, and I saw at least a dozen topless women. I took everything I was handed, and walked away with a dozen condoms. Having now attended, I would describe Pride as a large-scale, state-backed celebration of kinky sex.

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NALT (“Not All Like That”) Christians = Not Christians

John Shore is a false teacher who has started a group perpetuating the false dichotomy that everyone claiming the name of Christ is in one of the following categories:

  1. Aligned with their pro-gay theology, where homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism, etc. are gifts from God and it is sinful to say otherwise.
  2. Someone like Democrat Fred “God hates fags” Phelps and his Westboro “church”

That is transparently ridiculous, of course.  There are countless Christians who believe the Bible and agree with God’s views yet can still reach out to gays with truth and love.  The message is simple: We don’t have to make people straight before sharing the Good News with them.  You can tell them that even if homosexual behavior wasn’t a sin they would all have plenty of other sins for which they need forgiveness, just like straight people.  But if you really love them then you won’t lie about God’s truths and you won’t affirm them in physically, emotionally and spiritually destructive behavior.

Here is more about the NALT group:

(Notalllikethat.org) – The purpose of the NALT Christians Project is to give LGBT-affirming Christians a means of proclaiming to the world—and especially to young gay people—their belief and conviction that there is nothing anti-biblical or at all inherently sinful about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

It is a train wreck of bad theology, and to make things worse they “especially” target to young people.  Something about millstones comes to mind.

The Bible couldn’t be more clear.  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).planned
  • 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 more you read about this group the creepier it gets.  When John Shore plugs himself on Amazon, his top three quotes reveal what he is all about.

One is from Rob Bell, a false teacher.  I can see why Shore would use him given Bell’s popularity, but Bell is still awful.

Then there is Shelby Spong, the fake Christian who always wears a clerical collar so people don’t confuse him with the head of the National Atheist Association.  That’s how anti-biblical he is.

But the first reference Shore uses in every site I’ve seen is from Dan Savage, an on-the-record Christ-hating atheist bully, the guy who coined the phrase “Santorum” to describe a disgusting by-product of gay sex**.

Dan Savage (“Savage Love”; It Gets Better) calls John Shore “America’s preeminent non-douchey Christian.” Rob Bell (“Love Wins”) has declared Mr. Shore “awesome,” and “a brilliant writer.” “John Shore is a gadfly,” wrote famed theologian John Shelby Spong, “calling the Christian Church everywhere to act the way it says it believes about love and justice, which of course makes him an uncomfortable presence in those churches that do not like to be forced to face reality. So were the prophets of old. So was Jesus of Nazareth.”

If Dan Savage likes your theology then something has gone horribly, horribly wrong.  That would be something to be ashamed of, not to be used as your top reference.

Not surprisingly, Spong compared Shore to the prophets and Jesus.  But Jesus and the prophets were wildly unpopular with the world, while Shore is loved by the world and those who hate God and his word.

I can’t think of a single person who pushes pro-gay theology that isn’t off the rails on the essentials of the faith.  Peel back the layers and you’ll find that if they are pro-gay then they deny most or all of the following: Jesus’ divinity, Jesus’ exclusivity for salvation, the authority of scripture, etc.  They pretend to like the Bible while undermining it at every turn.

My favorite tactic with them is to point out how the Bible teaches over 100 times that Jesus is the only way to salvation, so of course it is a view that every Christian must hold.  Then I ask if they agree with it.  Of course, they don’t.  That helps expose them for what they are.

You can comment on Shore’s NALT project here.  Here is another good response to these frauds.  

Run, don’t walk, from people who claim to follow Jesus yet talk like Shore, Bell and Spong. It is beyond parody that a Christian would consider an endorsement from Dan Savage to be a good thing.  The only thing worse would be an endorsement from Satan himself. 

Update: Here’s more about Dan Savage.

Meet Dan Savage. Liberals love him. He wants Sarah Palin to get cancer. He’s an openly gay anti-bullying activist and founder of the “It Gets Better Campaign,” which focuses on “giving hope to LGBT youth.” He’s made a lot of money by teaching college students around the country how to do things with their mouths (I’ll leave it at that). He’s an icon in liberal media circles. Dan Savage, ladies and gentlemen, thinks abortion should be mandatory for the next 30 years in order to control the human population.
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* 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 theological Liberals” (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.)

** In a spectacular irony, Savage infamously led to the coining of the term “Santorum” to describe the disgusting byproducts of a gay sex act: “the frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex.”

He was trying to get back at former Senator Santorum for labeling homosexual acts as sinful, but Savage didn’t realize the net result of his name-calling.  After all, it is Savage’s disgusting byproduct that is the problem. Assigning someone else’s name to your filthy output doesn’t demean them, it demeans you.  What self-mockery!

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Are Atheists Smarter or Simply More Self-Reliant and Self-Indulgent?  Biblical living = wise living.

Believers make wiser choices in their relationships

Studies repeatedly reveal believers are more inclined to enter committed relationships, more likely to make wise marriage choices, enjoy better marital stability and remain satisfied in their marriages. When both spouses are actively engaged in their religious communities, they are more than two times less likely to divorce than unbelieving couples.

Believers make wiser choices in their parenting

Believing mothers and fathers make wiser choices as parents. They are more involved in the lives of their children, more involved in their children’s educational experience, are more likely to invest in the lives of their kids, and report stronger and better relationships with their children.

Believers make wiser choices related to early sexual activity

The more committed a believer is to his or her religious practice, the lower the level of teenage sexual activity. As a result, committed believers are 2 to 3 times less likely to have a child out of wedlock.

Believers make wiser choices in their use of alcohol and drugs

Many studies confirm the relationship between religious belief and reduced likelihood of alcohol abuse, and researchers have also established a similar relationship between religious commitment and drug use. Religious people are far less likely to become alcoholics or drug addicts.

Believers make wiser choices in the way they live their lives

Committed religious believers are much more likely to make wise choices in their personal lives. Believers, for example, are less likely to commit acts of violence against their partners. The more committed they are to their religious belief, the less likely they are to behave violently. In addition, believers report they are happier, more satisfied with their lives, and have greater morale.

Believers make wiser choices related to education

Religious people have higher academic expectations, attend school more regularly, achieve higher levels of education and generally perform better in their academic environment. Studies demonstrate academic performance is positively affected by religious practice.

Believers make wiser choices related to compassion and charity

Studies also reveal religious believers are more likely to report compassionate, empathetic feelings toward disadvantaged people than their non-believing counterparts. This heightened compassion motivates religious people to be much more charitable; believers give far more to charitable organizations than do non-religious people.

Believers make wiser choices related to criminal activity

There is also a direct relationship between committed religious belief and criminal activity. Committed believers are far less likely to use weapons, engage in violent activity or commit other felonious crimes.

14 Principled Anti-War Celebrities We Fear May Have Been Kidnapped – Great satire!  I had to take Bruce Springsteen off my iPhone playlists after seeing him stump for Obama.  Every time I heard him I thought of what a tool he was.  Looks like he and many other anti-war celebrities have gone missing.

Our government is yet again marching us towards a war of choice in the Middle East and our non-partisan, peace-loving celebrities have gone missing since late 2008. We fear the worst.

What if ‘Gays’ Were Forced to Serve Westboro Baptist Haters?  The perfect response to those saying that it is unlawful discrimination for businesses to decline to sell things that violate their religious beliefs.  Should a gay baker have to bake a cake that says “God hates fags” for Democrat Fred Phelps?  Of course not.  And Christian bakers shouldn’t decline business just because the customers are gay (which is not happening) but they shouldn’t have to decorate cakes with oxymoronic “same-sex marriage” messages.

If a black man entered the store and ordered a birthday cake for his son, and Mr. Klein refused because of the customer’s race, then that would be unlawful discrimination. If that same black man ordered a “Kill Whitey” cake for a Black Panthers rally, and Klein refused, it would not be discrimination. The latter scenario is analogous to Mr. Klein’s and other Christian business owners’ refusal to provide services for “gay weddings” and similar such events (photographers, printers, bakers, florists and the like). The former scenario is not.

Would we charge a Muslim caterer with discrimination for refusing to serve Honey Baked Ham and BLTs at a decidedly unkosher bar mitzvah?

No.

Then why are we charging Christians with discrimination for refusing to endorse a message or event that Christianity itself finds expressly repugnant – that the Bible calls “an abomination”?

Scott Lively’s Fact Sheet on Uganda and Homosexuality – A common tactic of the LGBTQ lobby is to demonize people who dare to point out the truth.  They also love to distort events, knowing that most people don’t have access to the other side – or don’t want it.  The issue of homosexuals in Uganda is a perfect illustration of both.  Don’t believe the lies.  
I saw a fake over at that NALT site (see above) who brought up the Uganda situation to demonize Bible-believing Christians.  When I pointed out these facts she conceded that she knew them.  But that didn’t stop her from misrepresenting us in mean time.

1. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) which triggered the leftist propaganda attack on Uganda, was proposed but never actually voted on and is thus NOT a law in Uganda. It was proposed to combat “gay” sex tourism targeting desperately poor Ugandan boys and teenagers, a persistent problem across Africa. The unfortunate capital punishment provision (which neither I nor any other American missionary ever supported) was in a section of the bill targeting pedophilia, sexual abuse of the disabled, and the intentional spreading of AIDS, not simple homosexuality. Unreported in the media is that African criminal law is typically extremely harsh in the letter but very lenient in the application, so western fear-mongering about the bill was seriously overblown.

2. Suggestions that American missionaries “exported” disapproval of homosexuality to Uganda are untrue. Uganda is, in fact, the only country in the world with a national holiday that celebrates the rejection of homosexual sodomy. It is Martyr’s Day, June 3rd, the anniversary of the barbaric 1886 murder of Charles Lwanga and 21 other young men and boys who refused to submit to sodomy by the pederast King Mwanga, whose will was law in Uganda. When they repeated their refusal to engage in homosexual acts with the King, even after being torturously bound and marched 37 miles, they were roasted alive on a bonfire. These 22 Christian martyrs are the only Ugandans ever executed for violating any Ugandan law on homosexuality.

Whether we invade Syria or not, the actions of Obama, Clinton, Kerry, Pelosi, Biden, Reid and more should win the gun argument forever.  They have conceded that there is a time when citizens need serious weapons to defend themselves from a corrupt government.  You know, the kind of government that would harm citizens it disagrees with.

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Rationalize all you like, but . . .

. . . immoral actions are still immoral actions.  Examine works like Macbeth, The Telltale Heart and Crime and Punishment and consider the themes.  People think they can get away with things because they have made careful excuses about them. But they are still wrong, and it haunts them.  At least it haunts some of them.  Some people have such seared consciences that they eventually are immune to guilt.

This happens all the time when people rationalize abortion as being good for the kids being killed.  Seriously, I’ve seen countless Christians say, “But otherwise they’d be poor!”  Note to self: Don’t take those people on mission trips.  At least not with any weapons.

It happens with divorce as well. “The kids will be better off this way.”  Isn’t it interesting how easy it is for people to indulge their desires while simultaneously crediting themselves with helping children?

It also happens with homosexuality and other sexual sins: They need to sleep together before marriage to ensure they are compatible, etc.  They say that if the sinful relationships are “committed and loving” then they are OK and the Bible is wrong.  Indeed.

We can all do this.  I joke that I have the spiritual gift of rationalization.  But that isn’t a good trait.  We should consume the word of God daily and strive to be conformed to his image.

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I thought it was interesting how a nearly 3,000 year old Psalm was still relevant – almost as if Israel was kind of a big deal religiously and historically speaking, and how timeless the Bible is. 

Psalm 83 1 O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God! 2 For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads. 3 They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones. 4 They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”

Schadenfreude alert: Obama’s failing economy has hit his supporters the hardest – including the impact of Obamacare on the young.

To put that into dollar terms, in the four years between the time the Obama recovery began in June 2009 and June of this year, median black household income fell by just over $4,000, Hispanic households lost $2,000 and female-headed households lost $2,300.

The unemployment numbers show pretty much the same pattern. July’s Bureau of Labor Statistics data (the most recent available) show a national unemployment rate of 7.4%. The highest jobless rates by far are for key components of the Obama voter bloc: blacks (12.6%), Hispanics (9.4%), those with less than a high-school diploma (11%) and teens (23.7%).

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So, every cloud has a silver lining, and the silver lining to this Obama-cloud is that at least the people who voted for socialism are facing the consequences of their own economic illiteracy. I hope they learn. But if they don’t learn now, then they’ll learn when the welfare and entitlements run out. I hope that the people who voted for our American Idol president will take a Thomas Sowell book out of the library and learn something about economics for a change.

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Community Organizer Goes to War – Out of all the things Obama has done, this is the most bizarre.  He is so far off the rails that even some Liberals are opposing him (though at a tiny fraction of the volume they used against President Bush for doing far, far less).  This is what you get when you elect inexperienced narcissists.  But we should take advantage of this opportunity where we have something in common with those on the Left.  Contrasting Syria with other actions is a great way to do that.  I was ambivalent on the Iraq decisions at the time but only a morbidly biased person could claim that attacking Iraq was bad but that attacking Syria is good.

It would be different if Assad were stirring up trouble in the entire Middle East by, for example, paying bounties to the families of suicide bombers in other countries.
It would also be different if we could be sure that intervention in Syria would not lead to a multi-nation conflagration.
It would be different if we knew that any action against Syria would not put al-Qaida or the Muslim Brotherhood in power, but rather would result in a functioning, peaceful democracy.
And it would be different if an attack on Syria would so terrify other dictators in the region that they would instantly give up their WMDs — say, Iran abandoning its nuclear program.
If all of that were true, this would be a military intervention worth supporting!
All of that was true about Iraq, but the Democrats hysterically opposed that war. They opposed it even after all this was known to be true — indeed, especially after it was known to be true! The loudest opponent was Barack Obama.
President Saddam Hussein of Iraq had attempted to assassinate former president George H.W. Bush. He gave shelter to Abdul Rahman Yasin, a conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He paid bounties to the families of suicide bombers in Israel.
Soon after Bush invaded Iraq in 2003, Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi was so terrified of an attack on his own country, he voluntarily relinquished his WMDs — which turned out to be far more extensive than previously imagined.
Al-Qaida not only did not take over Iraq, but got its butt handed to it in Iraq, where the U.S. and its allies killed thousands of al-Qaida fighters, including the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Iraq became the first genuine Arab democracy, holding several elections and presiding over a trial of Saddam Hussein.

Homeschooled German Children Abducted by Government in SWAT-Style Raid — It isn’t an exaggeration to say the the 3rd Reich and Obama’s administration share the same philosophy about home schooling.  Hey, let’s let literally millions of illegal aliens in the country to devour our resources and kick a persecuted family like this out of the country.

Hitler explained the importance of mandatory government schooling back in 1937: “The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.” The Obama Regime is on the same page. After an immigration judge granted the Romeike family political refugee status due to the treatment homeschoolers receive in Germany, The Obama administration, unhappy with the outcome, appealed and obtained an order from a higher court that the family must return to Germany. The Obama administration has argued in court parents essentially have no right to determine how and what their children are taught, leaving the authority with the government.

Gender pay gap: The familiar line that “women make 77 cents to every man’s dollar” simply isn’t accurate

How many times have you heard that “women are paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men”? Barack Obama said it during his last campaign. Women’s groups say it every April 9, which is Equal Pay Day. In preparation for Labor Day, a group protesting outside Macy’s this week repeated it, too, holding up signs and sending out press releases saying “women make $.77 to every dollar men make on the job.” I’ve heard the line enough times that I feel the need to set the record straight: It’s not true. The official Bureau of Labor Department statistics show that the median earnings of full-time female workers is 77 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. But that is very different than “77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men.” The latter gives the impression that a man and a woman standing next to each other doing the same job for the same number of hours get paid different salaries. That’s not at all the case. “Full time” officially means 35 hours, but men work more hours than women. That’s the first problem: We could be comparing men working 40 hours to women working 35.


Gay activists want the death penalty for US Christian evangelists – They’ve been getting everything they want for a long time.  Why stop now?

Related story: Christian Bakery Forced to Close Its Doors for Standing Up to Homosexual Militants.

Aaron and Melissa Klein own and operate Sweet Cakes by Melissa. In the past few months, they’ve faced heated scrutiny — some in the form of physical threats — from those in the gay-rights crowd who decried their May refusal to bake for a lesbian couple who wanted to marry.

The Kleins cited their Christian beliefs of traditional marriage when they turned down that business gig, The Blaze reported. But the lesbian couple filed a complaint with the state, accusing the shop owners of discrimination.

Since, they’ve been hounded by vicious telephone calls and emails.

Some of those threats were shocking. One emailer wished for the couple’s children to fall ill. Another expressed hope that Mr. Klein should be shot and even raped, The Blaze reported.

And yet another wrote: “Here’s hoping you go out of business, you bigot.”

The couple said on top of that, their vendors were “badgered and harassed” into stopping all associations with the bakery.

The Kleins say they’re now closing up their doors and moving their operations to their home. Their business, they say, has suffered a serious revenue hit from the unexpected activism and backlash.

So much for Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian’s statement that “The goal is never to shut down a business. The goal is to rehabilitate [those who are not on board with the gay agenda].”

Did you catch that?  The government thinks you need to be rehabilitated if you don’t fully affirm oxymoronic “same-sex marriage.” 

But I don’t bother pushing back against homosexual fascism, because I don’t own a bakery. Plus I’m afraid someone might call me a homophobe.

Nero’s sickness: Gay activists on a blame the Christian rampage – Good recap of the Matthew Shephard murder and how it was blamed on Christians (as if the two non-Christians who killed him just came from a Focus on the Family “Love Won Out” conference).  The blind men of Sodom don’t care about the truth, they will just reach out and attack anyone they can.

A great article on the idiocy of “slutwalks.”  Hat tip: Marshall.  It takes a strong delusion to think that the following statements are contradictory.

1. Rape, murder, robbery, etc. are wrong.
2. If you do certain things (what you wear, how you act, where you go) then your odds of being raped, murdered, robbed, etc. increase.

The “slut-shaming” protests are a joke. Some things should be shamed, such as being sluts (male or female promiscuity).

And if being drunk automatically means the girl is a victim, then wouldn’t the true egalitarians insist that if the guy is drunk then he’s being taken advantage of — or at least incapable of being guilty himself? The Leftists can’t go three sentences without contradicting themselves.

 

Reverse missionaries & the Great De-Commission

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Typical evangelism for any religion involves someone going out at some degree of expense and risk to share what one believes to be true.  It is a pretty simple and logical concept: If you think you know the true path to forgiveness, joy, peace and eternal life and you truly care about others, then of course you’ll want to share the Good News (regardless of how you define it).

However, some people hold the view that all religions are equally valid paths to God.  As I was reflecting on the discussions on the Jesus is still the only way thread, I was reminded that people who hold the “all religions are valid” view should have a completely different model of evangelism.  Wouldn’t it be most loving for them to send “reverse missionaries” to encourage everyone to follow their local religions?  After all, consider the persecuted people around the world who could avoid pain, suffering, economic loss, prison and even death if they just held beliefs more palatable to their culture.

For example, you’d want to send people to Christians in India, N. Korea, China, all Arab countries and more to explain to them that Hinduism/Islam/Buddhism/etc. are just as good and that they should leave Christianity to maximize their comfort and happiness.  If you follow any organizations like Voice of the Martyrs you are probably familiar with how much Christians suffer for their faith in many parts of the world.  Why suffer like that if other religions are just as good?

And loving universalists (those who believe everyone is going to Heaven, regardless of what they believe) should go to China to encourage people to be atheists.

What a tragedy that hundreds of thousands or even millions of Christians died unnecessarily for their faith over the centuries.  They should have just recanted and gone with the local religion, right?

What I’ve found is that religious pluralists and universalists do no such thing. They typically think their “home religion” is correct (why else would they belong to those denominations?) but are afraid to offend someone or risk rejection for sharing their view, or perhaps are unwilling to work to learn their beliefs well enough to defend them.

Shouldn’t false teachers who insist that all religions lead to God lend their time and money to being reverse missionaries?  Yet I never hear of them undertaking such efforts to reduce the “needless” suffering of Christians around the world.  Real faith is behaving as if what you say you believe is true.  Yet these folks don’t follow through to the logical consequences of their worldview.  This is one of the easiest ways to spot false teachers.

Of course, since I hold the view that Jesus is the one way to salvation then it is on my heart to share that with people.

If you encounter “Christians” claiming that other or even all religions are valid paths to God, ask them simply and politely if that means we should end Christian evangelism efforts and “evangelize” people to follow whatever “valid” religion will result in the least persecution for them.  It will help expose their false view and hopefully encourage them to think more carefully.  They shouldn’t judge God for “only” providing one way to salvation, they should be eternally grateful that He offered a way at all.

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Why do bad things happen to “good” people? “That only happened once and He volunteered.” R. C. Sproul, Jr.

Video: Iowa Democrats, Candidates for Governor Pray for Abortion – They are praying to their god, Molech.  Or possibly Baal.

Stan on Satan – Great points, as usual.  This is a great test that will help people see why so much contemporary thinking is on the side of Satan, not God.

“Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s” (Matt 16:23)

And there you have it. How do you know if your thinking and planning and feelings are in line with God or with Satan? How do you know when you’re being deceived by the god of this world or lining up your mind with God? What is the key piece of evidence that told Jesus that Peter wasn’t merely mistaken, but actually working from Satan’s perspective? “You are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

BroChoice Activist Writes to Men on “How To Convince A Girl To Get An Abortion” – Yeah, pro-choice “men” are all about caring and nurturing women and children or something.  Cowards.

The Importance of Your Gag Reflex When Discussing Homosexuality and “Gay Marriage” — A great read on why we shouldn’t let the LGBTQX lobby talk about everything about what homosexual behavior really is.  They have tried to silence us for years for referring to the “ick factor” in addition to all our biblical and secular arguments.  But you can use the “ick factor” argument all you like without apology.  Example: Toilet paper must be a billion dollar or so industry for good reasons, namely that people like to keep feces far from their bodies.  Why anyone would regularly do that on purpose is beyond me. (Yes, I know that some heteros have anal sex, but it is still gross and I doubt many women like it).  The fact that you have to try and persuade gays to use condoms for anal sex is a sign of their pathology.  You would think that a normal person would beg to use six of them if they were forced to have anal sex.  Of course, false teacher Rachel Held Evans thought the link was homophobic.

Trayvonellas at Play – Celebrating MLK, I suppose.  Did your media of choice tell you about this?  You could find one every day in this country.

Here is a story they forgot to mention during Wednesday’s speeches: A woman who said she was brutally attacked by a group of black teenagers in Pittsburgh’s North Side Sunday said the girls savagely beat her while calling her racial slurs. Ginger Slepski said she suffered multiple injuries, including torn shoulder ligaments. She said she thought the girls were going to kill her.

Wapo editorial: Maybe we should just let teachers rape students – Your moral superiors at work.

Earlier this week we talked about the shocking case out in Montana where a 49 year old school teacher, Stacey Rambold, received a thirty day jail sentence for raping a 14 year old student who later killed herself. Just yesterday I was commenting to a friend on how I was surprised that the story hasn’t been receiving even more national attention than it has. Apparently I spoke too soon, because at least one editorial columnist at the Washington Post – Betsy Karasik – certainly had something to say on the subject. But against all belief, Betsy seems to think that the sentence Rambold received was a bit too harsh.

America’s Survival Special Report Documents FOX News’ Growing Pro-Homosexual Bias and Gay Journalists Group’s Record of Advocacy – I don’t watch FOX, but I didn’t realize they are caving to LGBTQX pressure as well. Pathetic.

This speaks volumes.

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Listened to this while driving the other day.  Best parody ever.

 

Roundup

Women’s morphing need for male investment – a interesting analysis of women and men, how they are behaving and why.  Sadly, so many women are opting for sleeping around now with no intentions of marrying, thinking they can still marry a great guy years later on their terms.  Bad idea.

This is a terrific and free online resource — An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments.  They should teach these to everyone in school.  Hat tip: Apologetics315.com.

Family Terrorized as Michigan Teachers Support Colleague Who Molested Boy –  the guy is lucky to be alive.  He molested him for three years!  One time should be enough for life in prison.  Any guesses as to the political party of teachers from Michigan who support a child molester?

Oberlin College Hate Hoax Exposed – Uh, if there is so much real racism like this why do these spoiled Obama supporters have to make things up?  These things are more common than you’d think.  Click the link to see a long list of them.  And consider how malicious and hypocritical the perpetrators are.  They make minorities think the situation is much worse than it is. And for what gain?

Arab Spring: Worst Soap Ever – A terrific summary of how (deliberately?) badly Obama has handled foreign affairs.  Where are the protesters?

If Obama Had A Son He Would Not Look Like Christopher Lane – Nothing from the White House.  Jesse grudgingly said it should be “frowned upon.”  This was obviously the worst kind of racism, yet the media is virtually silent.

Last Friday a young Australian was gunned down in Duncan, Oklahoma.

The facts are terrifyingly banal. Lane, who was in the United States on a baseball scholarship to East Central University in Ada, OK, was visiting his girlfriend in Duncan, OK, and decided to go for a jog. At some point he passed a house containing three young men: James Edwards, 15, Chancey “Baby Drake” Luna, 16, and Michael Jones, 17. They were bored – bored is what they told police — and decided to kill him. With Jones at the wheel they followed Lane in a car and, police charge, Edwards shot him in the back with a .22-caliber revolver. Edwards and Luna have been charged with murder, Jones as an accessory.

The critical part of this story involves the race of the killers. At least two of the killers, Edwards and Luna, are described as black.

This event has an interesting parallel to the Trayvon Martin case. The primary killer in this case as identified by police, James Edwards, has an internet presence eerily similar to that of Martin. He created a ganster-wannabe image, brandished weapons, etc. And like Martin, all three are “children.”

There the similarity ends. When George Zimmerman was attacked by Martin he was fortunate enough to be armed. Lane was not that lucky. And when Martin was shot, President Obama nearly injured himself getting in front of television cameras to proclaim his solidarity with Martin supporters. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” he emoted. (As an aside, I think that is probably true as Obama has treated the nation exactly the way Trayvon Martin treated George Zimmerman, he’s sitting on its chest and bashing its head against the metaphorical sidewalk.)

It was committed purely because of race. The blood is on the hands of the race-baiting people who are milking Trayvon’s death for profit and to foster division.

“On July 15, days after the George Zimmerman verdict, Edwards tweeted “Ayeee I knocced out 5 woods since Zimmerman court!:) lol shit ima keep sleepin shit! #ayeeee.”

“Woods” is a derogatory term for white people.”

George Zimmerman was not racist. This crime clearly was, and in the killer’s own words he was attacking whites because of what he “knew” about the Trayvon case. So Sojo should run about 10 times the stories on it as they did for Trayvon, right? Or do they think blacks aren’t capable of self-control?

More here.

And three days before what police call the indiscriminate shooting, the suspect, 15-year-old James Edwards Jr., tweeted, “With my n****s when it’s time to start taken life’s” — a line from the Chief Keef rap song, “I Don’t Like.”Back in April, he tweeted, “90% of white ppl (people) are nasty. #HATE THEM.”

Russia defends anti-gay law in letter to IOC – Good for them!  The law is about not letting people push pro-LGBTQ lies on children and about adoptions.  It is tragic that we haven’t done the same.

Teens and Unrestricted Access: Time to Repent – Do you give your kids unrestricted Internet access? If so, you need to stop.

How Do Mother Butterflies Avoid the Poison? – As if the caterpillar ==> butterfly thing wasn’t enough, they do many other things to mock Darwinian evolution.

A great response to the case where Christians are punished for not providing services to gays:

My friends, the case of Elane Photography v. Willock has been decided. As I tell you regularly, you will be made to care.

The case centered around Elaine Huguenin, a Christian in New Mexico who owned a photography business. She was asked to provide services to a gay commitment ceremony between two lesbians, Vanessa Willock and her partner. Ms. Huguenin and her husband declined to provide their services because they are Christians and the orthodox tenets of their faith tell them that marriage is between a man and a woman. See e.g. Matthew 19.

Vanessa Willock, in an act of spite and retribution, decided to file a discrimination claim and punish Mrs. Huguenin for adhering to her religious beliefs. In a very profound decision, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that Christians, Muslims, Orthodox Jews, and others must surrender the faithful practice of their religion in the name of citizenship.

In fact, Justice Richard Bosson in a concurring opinion, wrote,

At its heart, this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others…. That compromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people…. In short, I would say to the Huguenins, with the utmost respect: it is the price of citizenship.

Note that the tolerance is one way. In the name of tolerance, Mrs. Huguenin can be compelled by state power on pain of punishment to provide her services to Ms. Willock against Mrs. Huguenin’s several thousand year old orthodox religious beliefs, but Ms. Willock is under no obligation to simply tolerate those who disagree with her and find someone who is happy to provide the service.

Ms. Willock proved herself vindictive. Imagine other angry gay rights activists willfully and consciously trying to seek out Christian photographer to either make them comply or drive them from business. Given Ms. Willock’s actions, and the actions of other gay rights activists in Oregon, Colorado, Kentucky, and elsewhere, this is not a hypothetical, but a reality.

. . .

That Christians should be allowed to refrain from providing goods and services to gay marriages they oppose is something supported by 85% of the American public. It unites men, women, blacks, whites, hispanics, conservatives, moderates, and a fair number of liberals. This battle may be lost, unless the United States Supreme Court steps in and reverses, but this decision gives Christians, Muslims, and orthodox Jews the ammunition to win the war for religious liberty. No longer is coercion of the religious by gay rights activists a hypothetical.

A small band of gay rights activists will not stop on the one way street of tolerance. My friends, whether you want to believe or not, you will be made to care. New Mexico shows again that gay marriage and religious freedom are incompatible. You will not be allowed to opt out.

There is one organization at the forefront of this. That is the Alliance Defending Freedom. They represented Mrs. Huguenin and are considering appealing to the United States Supreme Court. They need our financial help to keep this going. I’ve given them a financial contribution and I hope you will to. They are lone and brave warriors in this fight against the left. They need every penny they can get.

Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, then seeks to silence good. We must fund the fight for Truth and Light.

The blind men of Sodom are most persistent.  Shame on those who elected people who let this happen.

This is great!

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Roundup

New study finds highest-ever risk of breast cancer from abortion – That should be front page news, but the radically pro-abortion media will buy it.

John MacArthur on Joel Osteen.  Yeah!

You know that these things are true because they work for you and your wife?  Sure, because you are at the top of the Ponzi scheme.

RINO Chris Christie signs bill banning gay ‘conversion therapy’– Apparently Christie is an anti-choice, anti-science zealot. Anti-choice because he thinks teens shouldn’t be able to choose to get help and anti-science because there is no evidence that they are “born that way.” And even if they were born that way, that wouldn’t make the behavior moral. Besides, who would want to change from a lifestyle that is 40+ times more likely to give you HIV or Syphilis? At least that’s what those gay-bashers at the CDC say the odds are. Here’s more on the scientific fact that they aren’t “born that way.”

What Happens When You Abolish Tipping – interesting article.

It is come this far, this fast: If you are a decent person who agrees with Jesus about what real marriage is, the government feels the need to rehabilitate you.  Hey, thanks to all the fools who bought the line that oxymoronic “same-sex marriage” wouldn’t impact us.

X3Watch is a free accountability software — Seems simple and effective.  Yes, people can try to find ways to cheat but this makes it harder.  I encourage all males (and females?) in accountability groups to use something like this.  And if you aren’t protecting and checking on your kids you need to start today.

X3watch is free accountability software program helping with online integrity. Whenever you browse the internet and access a site which may contain questionable material, the program will record the site name, time, and date the site was visited. A person of your choice (an accountability partner) will receive an email containing a list of all possible questionable sites you may have visited within the month.

9 Things You Should Know About Child Brides – This is a sad problem.  One thing was about the increased risk of HIV/AIDS in polygamous countries.  And I had never heard of “pleasure marriage” or “traveler’s marriage” in Muslim countries.  That is convenient for them.

In some Muslim countries, marriage is used as a cover for the illegal child sex tourism trade. Some Muslims groups allow temporary marriages such as Nikāḥ al-Mutʿah (“pleasure marriage”) and Nikah al-Misyar (“traveller’s marriage”) as a way to get around Islam’s prohibition against premarital sex. By making the unions temporary, Egyptian child sex tourism manages to capture much of the worst of child marriage and child prostitution. “Some girls have been married 60 times by the time they turn 18,” an Egyptian government official who works on the issue told Inter Press Service. “Most ‘marriages’ last for just a couple of days or weeks.”

Graphic ‘Face the Children’ postcard campaign is opening Canadian abortion debate – good for them!  As usual, those who object think it is worse to show the pictures than to do what is in the pictures.  Yes, they don’t want kids to see them — perhaps because their kids will ask why they aren’t doing anything about it.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. -Isaiah 55:9

What about the Crusades?! And the Inquisition?! Etc.?!

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A favorite updated for your reading pleasure.

When people try to dismiss Christianity or belief in God by asking, “What about the Crusades?!” (or some other bad thing), this is my first reaction:

  1. You don’t judge an ideology by those who violate its tenets.
  2. I make it a habit not to apologize for things that a) happened 1,000 years ago and b) I didn’t do.
  3. If there is no God then there is no moral grounding to criticize the Crusades or anything else.
  4. None of those things disprove the central claims of Christianity, such as the physical resurrection of Jesus, his divinity, etc.

Many critics try to use issues such as the Crusades, the Inquisition or just run of the mill hypocrisy as trump cards against Christianity. If people did the opposite of what the Bible teaches then at worst they were not Christians and at best they were, at least temporarily, bad ambassadors for Christ.  Those issues are serious, of course, but they have zero impact on whether the Bible is true and whether Jesus is the the only way to forgiveness of your sins, reconciliation with God and to eternal life.

The same goes for other religions and worldviews: We need to understand what they really teach to judge them properly.

Another possible response is to say that you’ll take responsibility for the thousands of people killed by “Christians” provided that the atheists take responsibility for the one-hundred million plus killed by Lenin, Mao Tse-Tung, Pol Pot and others.  The Salem Witch trials killed 18 people.  The Inquisition killed about 2,000.  That is 2,018 too many, to be sure, but keep in mind two things: The perpetrators did the opposite of what Jesus commanded and 2,018 murders was a slow afternoon for atheists like Stalin and Mao. And keep in mind that the Crusades were not what you see in the pro-Muslim politically correct version you hear about today.  They were largely a defensive maneuver.  Here are 4 myths about them:

  • Myth #1: The crusades represented an unprovoked attack by Western Christians on the Muslim world.
  • Myth #2: Western Christians went on crusade because their greed led them to plunder Muslims in order to get rich.
  • Myth #3: Crusaders were a cynical lot who did not really believe their own religious propaganda; rather, they had ulterior, materialistic motives.
  • Myth #4: The crusades taught Muslims to hate and attack Christians.

Also, if someone wants to claim that Christianity isn’t true because of bad things done in Jesus’ name, then they would need to concede that the vast number of good things done in his name would be evidence for Christianity.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we should gloss over bad things done in Jesus’ name.  Those are serious issues and an embarrassment to Christianity.  We can respond to them and use them to express Biblical truths.

Was the Inquisition wrong?  Of course!  It is completely un-Biblical to think you can or should force someone to believe something.  When the rich young ruler walked away sadly after being told he must give up everything to follow Jesus (Matthew 19), Jesus didn’t run and tackle him.  He didn’t even offer to negotiate and take half.   The text says that Jesus loved the young man, but He didn’t force him to believe.  You come to him on his terms or not at all.

Mainline Christian denominations have caved on important Biblical concepts regarding sexuality – easy divorce, promiscuity, abortion and various perversions.  These false teachers abandoned essentials of the faith such as the deity, exclusivity and sufficiency of Christ as well.  They have grossly misinterpreted the Bible, but that doesn’t mean Christianity isn’t true.  It means people have drifted from or abandoned Biblical teachings.  Ideally, people wouldn’t judge Christianity based on what those people do and say.

Some “Christians” abused scriptures to justify slavery (maybe they were really Christians, and maybe not . . . that was between them and God).  But what critics typically forget is that Christians who properly interpreted scriptures, such as heroes like William Wilberforce, were the ones who helped end that type of slavery.

Yes, self-proclaimed Christians have done many bad things.  But what is the answer – that Christianity is false?  Of course not.  The answer is more Christianity, or more specifically, more authentic Christianity.

Biblical illiteracy is part of the problem.  The more people know about what the Bible really says, the more quickly they can stop heretical movements.

Are bad actions done in the name of Christ a problem for Christianity even if the perpetrators may not have been true Christians and the acts were un-Biblical?  In a moral sense, no.  Again, you don’t judge an ideology based on the actions of those who violate its tenets.

But in a practical sense it is a problem for Christianity, because these issues can be a stumbling block for non-believers.  We need to be sensitive to those who were wounded by Christians (real and fake) and be prepared to explain the truth in love.

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Candid pastoral thoughts on depression and drugs — I highly recommend this piece by Dan Phillips.  It has wise advice and terrific balance on an important and complex subject.  Here is his closing advice, though I hope you read it all:

Ask your doctor:

  1. Do you think my problem is a sheerly-physical problem?
  2. Is there a test that has shown, or can show, whether my problem is a sheerly-physical problem?
  3. How long do you intend me to take these pills? That is, when will I stop?
  4. How will we know when I can stop taking these pills?
Even answers to just those four questions would be so helpful in a counseling situation.
After all, I hope we’re all agreed to hold three specific stances:
  1. Our goal in life is to glorify God to the greatest degree possible (1 Cor. 10:31).

  2. We don’t want to try to address physical issues spiritually,or vice-versa.

  3. While medicine is a gift from God, we don’t want to take either more or less personality-affecting medication than is necessary.

— A Darwinist referring to Christians: “I would like to cut off the heads of these fanatics and spit in it.”  How charming and tolerant!  What I would like to ask that atheist is why he is so angry with Darwinism.  After all, if his worldview is true then Darwinian evolution would be 100.000% responsible for my conversion from atheism to trusting in the facts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  What else could have caused it?  So if Darwinian evolution was the cause, why is he so upset? — 5 Common Objections to the Moral Argument – This is a powerful argument for God’s existence and a great way to advance conversations about him.  Go read them all!

The Moral Argument for the existence of God has been graced with a long tradition of defense from theistic (and atheistic!) philosophers and thinkers throughout the history of Western thought…and a long tradition of misunderstandings and objections by even some of the most brilliant minds. To be fair, the argument is not always as intuitive as theists like to think it is. Essentially, the moral argument seeks to infer God as the best explanation for the objective moral facts about the universe. One of the most popular formulations is as follows:

  1. Objective morality cannot exist unless God exists.
  2. Objective morality exists.
  3. Therefore, God exists.

There are a host of common objections that are usually blown in the direction of this argument, but for the sake of brevity, I will only deal with five. 1. “But I’m a moral person and I don’t believe in God. Are you saying that atheists can’t be moral?” The moral argument has nothing to do with belief in God. No proponent of the moral argument has ever argued that an individual cannot be moral unless they hold belief in God. Rather, the argument deals with grounding, or substantiating, objective morality. If God does not exist, then there can be no basis for objective morality. Sure, atheists can be moral. In fact, I know several atheists who are more moral than some theists! The issue of belief is not pertinent to the argument. The argument simply highlights the fact that there must be a basis– some kind of standard–that is outside of ourselves, in order for there to be objective morality. This objection makes a category error of confusing a question of moral ontology (Is there a moral reality?) with moral epistemology (How do we come to know or believe in the moral reality?). 2. “But what if you needed to lie in order to save someone’s life? It seems that morality is not absolute as you say it is.” 3. ‘Where’s your evidence for objective morality? I won’t believe in anything unless I have evidence for it.’ 4. ‘If morality is objective, then why do some cultures practice female genital mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and other atrocities which we, in the West, deem unacceptable?’ 5. ‘But God carried out many atrocities in the Old Testament. He ordered the genocide of the Canaanites.’

Why do Christians leave the faith? Dashed expectations of a “nice” God – careful Bible study and apologetics are make a big difference.

Randy Alcorn on the false but popular Heaven – Great points by Randy Alcorn. The popularity of these false “Heaven” books shows how discernment and biblical knowledge are lacking. If you want a fantastic book on Heaven read In Light of Eternity.

Wimps, Frauds, and Charlatans – I love how RedState will call out the RINOs.  We need real conservatives, not career Democrats-in-Republican-clothing.

Challenge: The Bible Only Mentions Homosexuality Six Times Various responses . . .

1. How many times does God have to say something before I should obey?

2. How many times does the Bible mention bestiality?

3. How many times does the Bible say not to beat up gays? (I think that is wrong, of course, but am taking her argument to its logical conclusions)

4. The Bible doesn’t just clearly say homosexual behavior is wrong — including the “exhibit A” example of rebellion in Romans 1 — there are countless passages showing God’s ideal. The Bible couldn’t be more clear. 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 theological Liberals” (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.)

Lost Weight? 5 Ways to Keep it Off for Good – good, basic tips from people who have succeeded.

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How skepticism masquerading as Christianity almost cost me my soul — Phil Johnson’s experience in a theologically liberal “church” mirrors that of many of us.  I grew up in a denomination like that.  If your place of worship denies things like the miracles of Jesus or that He is the only way to salvation, just get up and leave.  The group you are with is worshiping themselves or Satan, not the true God.  Oh, they’ll talk about the Bible, but in a nonsensical way — as if anyone would build these complex, multi-million dollar organizations and come to “worship” each week just because a book full of “lies” just happened to have a little bit of good advice that the members agree with.

Apparently “slutwalks” are back and Stacy McCain is rightfully whaling on them.The “slutwalk” thing is so moronic.  Of course they don’t “deserve it.”  The question is whether certain behaviors increase your odds of becoming a victim.  Answer: They do!  Getting drunk, being in the wrong places, etc. make it more likely you’ll get raped (or mugged, or whatever).  P.S. And yeah, guys hate it when you walk around topless.  You showed them!

Why I Called Out Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer – Good for him!  More people should do that.  These multi-multi-millionaires prey on people.

Conclusion for Joyce Meyer

What I wrote and linked in the first section should have been enough to completely remove her from our sphere of trust.  Her doctrine is horrific.  Her hermeneutics are horrible.  She is a woman who seems to have an unrestrained love for money and applause.  Her finances are questionable at best.  Her example is questionable at best.  Her impact on desperate people here, as well as churches and pastors around the globe is wildly destructive.

I lament with you a sense of loss if she was a teacher you trusted.  I lament that someone who is so wrong has so much influence with so many.  I do not regret, however, pointing to her as a false teacher and as one who should be rejected.

Networks Silent about Manning’s ‘Gay Soldier’ Defense – Nets mentioned leaker’s sexuality just 6.4 percent of the time, and haven’t since 2011 – How odd that they forgot to mention that fact!

Bradley Manning must be terribly lonely. After all, how many gay men have made news the last few years without being celebrated in the media for their gayness? And a gay man who also “struggles with issues of gender identity” can pretty much write his own contract with MSNBC.

But the media, and the broadcast networks especially, are oddly reticent about the sexual orientation and confusion of Manning, the army private convicted of the most extensive military intelligence security breach in U.S. history.

Of the 125 mentions Manning has received on ABC, CBS and NBC news programs between his arrest in 2010 and July 30, 2013, just eight included references to his homosexuality. This is even stranger since his sexual preference was central to his defense – what some called the “Gay Soldier Defense.” According to the Chicago Sun-Times, “Lawyers for Pfc. Bradley Manning began laying out a defense to show that his struggles as a gay soldier in an environment hostile to homosexuality contributed to mental and emotional problems that should have barred him from having access to sensitive material.”

Ten Simple Frugal Steps That Save Money Without Skipping a Beat – We weren’t doing any of the first example below, so no savings there.  But we did just swap out bulbs for LEDs.  I love the cost savings and how they are long-lasting and don’t need to be changed so often.  Conventional bulbs lasted about 2 years.  I know because we just helped our daughter with a bit of packing just before her marriage and it seemed that a light bulb went out about every 15 minutes (she had been there exactly 2 yrs.).  The LEDs will last much longer, generate less heat and use less electricity.

Are you a consumer of alcohol, tobacco, soda, energy drinks, or drugs? All of these things are needless money drains. They’re ingested, forgotten about, and then contribute a long-term negative to your health. They cost substantial money, too.

Are your light bulbs efficient? Are you leaving electrical items on when you go to work or to sleep? Stop by a hardware store the next time they have a demonstration of LED bulbs and take a look for yourself as to how efficient they are and how good the light is. Swapping all the lights in your home for LED bulbs can save you a ton on your monthly energy bill. Another way to cut that bill is to just make sure your lights and electronic devices around the house are all off before you go to work or go to bed.

CNN & NBC’s Close Ties to Obama, Anita Dunn, Bob Bauer and IRS Intimidation – In case you’ve been wondering why the media has ignored this “phony” scandal.  The IRS abuses alone should have been enough to fire up any real media and to sink this administration for eternity.

The Democrat Race Lie – This link is a keeper.  The Democrats do not have the best interests of blacks at heart and never have.

Please watch this video — especially if you are a Dawkins fan.  You’ll love it.

Vile Gay Threats Attack Christian Wedding Chapel Owners – Because they are all about tolerance.  Enjoy your vanishing religious freedoms.  In many areas the chapel owners could be fined or jailed.

A great column by Ann Coulter (yeah, I know she gets few style points, but her facts are usually vastly superior to the Leftist media) about the real causes of illegitimacy.  Government policies, as predicted, increased illegitimacy and that led to more poverty and incarcerations.  Poverty doesn’t cause these things.

“They About to Beat This Boy to Death” – Oh, but it was about black boys beating up a white boy.  Never mind.  The “social justice” people won’t be planning any protests over this one.

9 Things You Should Know About Human Trafficking – this is such a horrendous and common crime.  Please read the link. Here are my suggestions to address it.

Reduce the supply

1. Institute the death penalty for slave traders.  Hey, it was good enough for the Israelite theocracy!

Exodus 21:16 “Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death.”

Seriously, there needs to be some serious consequences for something so evil.  Put a few of them to death and that would save countless people from becoming slaves.  Or at least make it life without parole.

2. Increase education for at-risk groups, so they know the scams the traders use (i.e., offering jobs as nannies in other countries, then taking their passports).

3. Expose and de-fund Planned Parenthood, because they systematically hide statutory rape and sex trafficking.

Reduce the demand

1. Publicize the names and pictures of the customers and punish them.

2. Reduce access to pornography, which certainly fuels the demand for these girls.

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Good news on many levels: Virginia crime rate dropping after post-Obama gun buying spree.  This is a keeper for the next round of gun-control debates. The only people surprised were those who want to take your guns and/or who only consume the mainstream media.

More good news: Erika Harold: Harvard law graduate and former Miss America runs for Congress – pro-life, pro-abstinence, smart, principled, tough and conservative.  I hope she has a long and successful career in politics!

The real war on women is from the Democrats.  Newest Filner accusers: Women veterans who were raped while in the military – If he were a Republican you’d be hearing about this 24×7.  No, wait, it is worse than that: Democrats had to have known about what an aggressive abuser he was but still supported him — including Bill Clinton!  They have no shame.

The race industry feels about racism the way McDonald’s feels about a hamburger: It will sell it as long as they can turn a profit.

Kirsten Powers: The Stunning Ignorance of Abortion Cheerleader Wendy Davis – Great article, but is it really ignorance on her part or is Davis just lying? I think the latter is much more likely. Abortion Barbie is way too deep in the process to be that ignorant of the details.

The Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS): Worse than you think – See 13 Years of the GBCS’s Greatest Hits, Part One: Social Stances – pro-partial birth abortion, pro-gay, pro-sex out of wedlock for pastors, etc.  They are beyond parody.  Sadly, most Methodists have no clue what these goatherd leaders do.  I am so glad I left that denomination.

Of course Conservatives are racist.  That’s why we agreed with everything Bill Clinton said and will let Hillary Clinton run unopposed.

Authoritarians Use Grief as a Weapon

It isn’t your imagination. Whenever there is a tragic shooting, liberals deliberately exploit it to attack our constitutional right to bear arms. This conscious strategy is spelled out in “Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging” (PDF), a document created by Beltway consultants at the behest of gun control advocates. . . . It is important to strike while the iron is hot, because once people calm down, they begin to understand that gun control causes more, not less gun violence. The cliché is true: the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. The Jared Loughner rampage is the only mass shooting in this country since at least 1950 that didn’t occur in a gun-free zone.

A prayer request from the terrific Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry:

  • Catholic Nun – I do not want to give too much information out, but there is a Catholic nun in a foreign country who has come to the realization that Roman Catholicism is not Christian. (CARM has been part of that realization) She is still in that country and has an obligation to finish various duties. She will probably have to return to Italy for examination since she is in the process of leaving the Roman Catholic Church. She has no place to go (we offered our place). She does not know what the Lord will do with her. We have spoken over Skype via text and it has been a great joy to read how she loves the Bible and understands that salvation is found in Jesus, not by Jesus and works. She’s trying to witness, carefully, to her fellow nuns but it is not being received very well. So, if you can remember her in your prayers that would be great.

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Roundup

The remedy to religious guilt — good lessons here.  Even if you are saved you can subject yourself to unnecessary guilt.

  1. They are converted.
  2. They have been equipped, not entertained.
  3. Their parents preached the gospel to them.

Kenyan Leaders Ask Obama to Respect Christian Beliefs, Policies on Homosexuality – Consider all the things Obama hasn’t done then ask why he cares so much about exporting all things LGBTQ.  Good for the Kenyans!  I really enjoyed my 5 trips there.  I met tons of Bible-believing people.

A good analysis on why Mary is not the “mediatrix” between God and man and why we shouldn’t pray to her.  For starters, he is right.  But even if not . . .

What if I’m wrong? – if I’m wrong when I die I go to heaven and I meet Mary and she’ll say “Dude, you were soooo wrong about that blog you wrote.” I’ll say “I’m sorry, can you forgive me? Please tell me the real story.” Maybe we’ll find John and Paul and maybe Tamar and Rahab and go get lunch. But what if I’m right? If I’m right then everyone that’s been worshiping a nice Jewish girl has a lot of explaining to do before the judgement throne when the very first commandment is brought up.

Again, women and pretty much everyone else supportive of restricting late-term abortions — this shows who the real “extremists” are.

Interestingly, Q poll shows women more supportive of 20-week abortion ban than men. Women back it 60-25, men 50-35.

CNN Host Don Lemon’s ‘Tough Love’ for Black Community Inspires Hate-Filled Backlash – I’m not a big Don Lemon fan but he made some outstanding points.  It is hard to believe anyone could disagree with them.  Go read the expanded version.

5) How sagging pants evolved from prison culture and reflects poorly on the self-esteem of the perpetrator of this fashion statement

4) Use of the n-word in popular culture degrades blackd

3) Littering your own community shows disdain for yourself and those around you

2) Not making use of the educational opportunities afforded you

1) Having children out of wedlock erodes educational and economic opportunity

A good reference for the importance of fathers — statistics on prison, poverty, behavioral issues and more.  Fathers count for a lot.

An Open Apology to All of My Weight Loss Clients

I owe you an apology, my former client and now friend, who I helped to lose too much weight. Who I watched gain the weight back, plus some. Because that’s what happens when you put someone on a 1200 calorie diet. But I didn’t know. If you’re reading this, then I want you to know that you have always been beautiful. And that all these fad diets are crap meant to screw with your metabolism so that you have to keep buying into them. I think now that I was a really good weight loss consultant. Because I did exactly what the company wanted (but would never dare say). I helped you lose weight and then gain it back, so that you thought we were the solution and you were the failure. You became a repeat client and we kept you in the game. I guess I did my job really well.  

The fast winds on Venus are getting faster — Hmmm . . . climate change . . . on Venus.  It must be because Al Gore and Barack Obama didn’t buy enough offsets for their massive carbon footprints.

Waiting till the wedding night – getting married the right way – Good for Stephen Crowder

5 reasons why Catholic is not Christian — The Reformation happened for a reason.  Actually, 95 of them.  I know lots of Catholics whose beliefs would more accurately be described at Protestantism, but the core of the Roman Catholic church is false.

Campus porn culture: a real ‘war on women’ – And people pay $50,000+ per year for this.

If you’re not already following The College Fix, run by author and Yale alum Nathan Harden, you should be. It exposes the depraved, anti-woman atmosphere that dominates too many campuses.

I interviewed Harden last year, after the debut of his book, Sex and God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad. An entire section of Harden’s book is titled “Yale’s War on Women.”

He exposed how Yale women are constantly degraded on campus. They are valued for their looks, bodies, and sexual prowess – not their minds. They are often required to watch hardcore porn in class and encouraged to participate in “porn star lookalike” contests during “Sex Week,” the biggest event of the year. Yale has made headlines for a string of incidents involving fraternities, in which young men marched around campus chanting, “No means yes, yes means anal” and carried signs declaring, “We love Yale sluts.” This hostile, threatening environment eventually brought Yale under federal investigation for gender discrimination.

Congress to Investigate Planned Parenthood Abortion Business – That’s good news.  It would be better news if the mainstream media would report it.  Not surprisingly, people who kill babies for a living and encourage out-of-wedlock sex are also willing to defraud taxpayers.

Obama has explicitly stated that he can’t even conceive of victory in Afghanistan. There are no coherent objectives, and the rules of engagement barely permit fighting back when troops are attacked by hostile locals. There would appear to be no point to this tragic waste of blood and treasure. Yet as a social engineering operation, the campaign is bearing fruit — or should I say fruits:

U.S. soldiers deployed to Afghanistan are using Craigslist to meet and have sex with each other on bases across the war-torn country, leading to concerns about a breakdown in discipline overseas. …

The vast majority of the posts on Craigslist involve male soldiers seeking sex with other men – a practice that could have resulted in the discharge of both parties from the military under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell…


WOW! Egyptian Cleric Instructs and Explains on how European Muslims should beat their wives – YouTube.  And not a word from false teachers about this.

Pro-Life Presentation for Men Based on the Movie ’42′ – Branch Rickey of the Dodgers stood up against racism.  More men should follow this advice and stand up against abortion.

Frederick Douglass Republicans Are Fighting To Win Hearts, Minds & The Masses – Meet the messenger bringing the Grandfather of the Civil Rights Movement’s message back to the Republican Party

Laws reduce abortions — even if abortions aren’t completely illegal, these laws make a difference.  Pro-aborts know that, which is why they fight them so strenuously while disingenuously claiming that “people will have them anyway, so we should let the doctors do them.”

I remember a theologically Leftist woman in a Sunday School class rationalizing abortion because “they might be poor.”  She obviously considered herself to be compassionate.

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Great news out of North Carolina!  North Carolina Republicans get pro-life bill signed into law.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday signed into law a measure directing state officials to regulate abortion clinics based on the same standards as those for outpatient surgical centers, a change that critics say will force most to close.

6 eternal truths to remember each day — great advice.  These will keep things in perspective.  Visit the link for more detail.  Eternity matters!  At least that’s what the title of this blog says.  Spend more time thinking about it.

1. There are only two eternal destinations—Heaven or Hell—and I and every person I know will go to one or the other.

2. This world (as it is now) is not my home and everything in it will burn, leaving behind only what’s eternal.

3. My choices and actions in this life have a direct influence on the world and the life to come.

4. My life is being examined by God, the Audience of One, and the only appraisal of my life that will ultimately matter is His.

5. God is sovereign, and I can trust that He is working all things—including the most difficult things—in my life together for good.

6. My ultimate home will be the New Earth, where I will see and enjoy God and serve Him as a resurrected being in a resurrected human society.

100 fossil group study overturns evolution claims? But so? Still business as usual for the Darwin lobby – Don’t expect to read about this in the mainstream media or in public school textbooks.  This is huge.

In a new paper, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, evolutionary biologists from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry looked at nearly one hundred fossil groups to test the notion that it takes groups of animals many millions of years to reach their maximum diversity of form.

Contrary to popular belief, not all animal groups continued to evolve fundamentally new morphologies through time. The majority actually achieved their greatest diversity of form (disparity) relatively early in their histories.

Lead researcher from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Dr Matthew Wills said: “This pattern, known as ‘early high disparity’, turns the traditional V-shaped cone model of evolution on its head.

So what if those are the facts? The Darwin lobby still has pundits, lawmakers, and celebs to spread their “branching tree of life” message.

Demented California Bill Has Children Selecting Their Gender – What could go wrong with guys getting to go in the girls’ locker room at will?  These moral freaks just sit around thinking up more and more bizarre things to enact.

9 Things You Should Know About the Scopes Monkey Trial – This should be required reading for every student forced to watch the “Inherit the Wind” propaganda movie.

CNN bombshell: Dozens of CIA operatives were on the ground during the Benghazi attack, agency in panic over revelations – Too bad the media was busy hiding this story before the election.  Just another “phony” scandal that shows what a pathological liar the President is.

The real war on women: Nancy Pelosi must resign from the House over Bob Filner coverup.  That is typically horrible and cynical politics by the Democrats and their media accomplices.  While deliberately misinterpreting even the smallest phrases (“binders full of women”) they suppressed the truth about truly anti-women behavior.

Answer to Why Obama Wants to Destroy America – He is doing what his hero, Saul Alinsky, taught him to do.  And the consequences are already evident.  This will get worse with immigration “reform.”

The Washington Times reports:

“Under Reagan, adult black unemployment fell by 20 percent, but under Mr. Obama, it has increased by 42 percent. Black teenage unemployment fell by 16 percent under Reagan, but has risen by 56 percent under Mr. Obama. The increase in unemployment rates has been far worse for blacks under Mr. Obama than for whites and Hispanics. Inflation-adjusted real incomes are slightly higher for Hispanics and whites than they were in 2008, but are lower for blacks. The labor force participation rate has fallen for all groups, but remains far lower for blacks than for whites and Hispanics.”

Open Bathrooms, Drag Queens, and “Queerness” Beyond Marriage: Is the “Reconciling” Movement Getting Weirder? – If the Methodists didn’t let non-Christians into leadership positions these things wouldn’t happen.  Hat tip: Glenn

Saudi prince: The American shale boom is kinda’ bad news for OPEC countries – If we can just get more Conservatives elected we can really capitalize on this.

Sheila Jackson Lee May Head Department of Homeland Security – I really wish I was making that up.

Did you think that the federal government could not possibly become any more useless, pernicious, and absurd? Think again . . .

Weiner Communications Director Calls Intern “Slutbag,” Other Assorted Ladybit Pejoratives – It was about 100 times worse than anything Sandra Fluke was called, but don’t hold your breath waiting for “war on women” stories on this one.  It is all about protecting Hillary.

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It is bizarre but telling that pro-abortionists would react so strongly to accurate replicas of human beings.  Remember that to them showing a plastic model is extreme and unsettling but crushing and dismembering a real human being at that stage is not.

Normally I wouldn’t recommend this . . .

. . . but I encourage Bible-believing Christians to visit the Sojourners’ blog and comment there.   Yes, I know they are led by Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis and they live a lie each day, pretending to be centrists — and Christians — when they are really to the left of the Huffington Post.

But oddly enough they are letting Bible-believers post comments now without moderation.  I’m not sure if it is because they moved to a Facebook comment format or if their moderators changed.  Either way, there are several solid commenters there and we often outnumber the Leftists!  So be sure to visit and comment or at least “like” the comments you agree with.  It is great to know that visitors who read the comments will see some balance and the truth.

The commenters are often used to an echo chamber (they know that Sojo is really a Leftist front) so they go into full freak-out mode when their assertions are politely but thoroughly debunked.  I have had multiple theological Liberals get so frustrated with having their arguments annihilated that they deleted entire threads that they started!  Think about that: If you were winning a debate would you delete the thread?  It just happened again on this post where a Leftist calling God a “she” was referring to Shelby Spong, Marcus Borg, etc. as Christ-followers and great theologians.  I need to start copying those before they get deleted!  (Unfortunately, if the originator deletes a comment then the replies go with it.)

So be your usual polite, fact-based, Bible-based selves and weigh in when you have time, or at least “like” the comments you agree with.  It is a great opportunity to stand up for the truth and expose their dark, anti-biblical views.