#1. Stick With God— http://www.denverpost.com/arapahoeco/ci_27024313/evangelicals-gay-children-challenging-church
The tragedy could have easily driven the Robertsons from the church. But instead of breaking with evangelicalism — as many parents in similar circumstances have done — the couple is taking a different approach, and they’re inspiring other Christians with gay children to do the same. They are staying in the church and, in protesting what they see as the demonization of their sons and daughters, presenting a new challenge to Christian leaders trying to hold off growing acceptance of same-sex relationships.
Individual churches may be misguided on how to handle the ‘coming out’ of children of church members but that is no excuse to protest biblical teaching and work to get sin into the church. It is not an easy thing to do for parents but they must side with God instead of allowing their children to lead them astray from God’s truth about homosexuality and where it belongs.
When their 12-year-old son Ryan said he was gay, they told him they loved him, but he had to change. He entered “reparative therapy,” met regularly with his pastor and immersed himself in Bible study and his church youth group. After six years, nothing changed. A despondent Ryan cut off from his parents and his faith, started taking drugs and in 2009, died of an overdose.
Not every program will work. There will be failures and that is for a number of reasons. I am not going to recommend any therapy here as I have only met one person who has said that they were successful in being redeemed from their homosexuality. I have met many who didn’t even bother to change but went to their own church in hopes that the Bible is wrong. The key is that parents need to make a hard decision–stick with God and treat their children as God leads or go with the children and disobey God. BUT do not blame the church if things do not work out.
Now we realize we were so wrongly taught,” said Rob Robertson, a firefighter for more than 30 years who lives in Redmond, Washington. “It’s a horrible, horrible mistake the church has made.”
Is the church wrong because their child died or because it was using misguided strategies and applications of scripture? Just to say that the church is wrong is not enough and more of an emotionally get even way of thinking. Churches are not perfect but then Jesus’ commands make finding the truth an individual responsibility not one that is given solely to the church. If a strategy is not working then it is up to the parents to follow god’s leading to what will or what will keep them in the kingdom.
Parents don’t have anyone on their journey to reconcile their faith and their love for their child,” said Linda Robertson, who with Rob attends a nondenominational evangelical church. “They either reject their child and hold onto their faith, or they reject their faith and hold onto their child. Rob and I think you can do both: be fully affirming of your faith and fully hold onto your child.”
That depends if the thinking is biblically based and in line with biblical teaching. This won’t work if it is allowing people to disobey God in the process. You do not have to kick the homosexual child out of the home but you cannot accept his sin or practice of it as a legitimate Christian practice. Christians need to remember the lesson God taught us all through his test of Abraham– do you love your child more than you love God? This lesson doesn’t mean you sacrifice your child and send them from your presence but it is testing you on your love for God and his ways seeing if you put God above your child.
In other words, are you going to reject God and his ways in order to accept the sinful child and his sinful ways?
We do not do things to look spiritual, we become spiritual by correctly obeying God and his word.
Kathy Baldock, a Christian who advocates for gay acceptance through her website CanyonwalkerConnections.com, said evangelical parents are speaking out more because of the example set by their children. Gay and lesbian Christians have increasingly been making the argument they can be attracted to people of the same gender and remain faithful to God, whether that means staying celibate or having a committed same-sex relationship
And the parents would be wrong and falling for false teaching. You can’t be staying faithful to God by practicing sin and throwing it in his face.
There are going to be many opinions out there telling you what to do–follow God’s leading to the truth and take the correct action and stay in line with God and his word.
#2. The Ancients Were Smarter Than You Think— http://io9.com/the-mysterious-antikythera-mechanism-is-more-ancient-th-1664080893
The clock-like assembly of bronze gears and displays was likely used to accurately predict lunar and solar eclipses, as well as solar, lunar, and planetary positions. It also tracked the dates of the Olympic Games. It wasn’t programmable in the modern sense, but some refer to it as the first analog computer. Whatever its purpose, nothing like it would appear for another 1,000 years; it’s truly an object out of time.
This is kind of insane because it means the mechanism was already very old when the ship carrying it sunk sometime between 85 and 60 BC. It also suggests that the connection to Archimedes is very unlikely.
Just an update on the Greek computer to remind everyone to make their own decisions about the past and not rely upon the experts but look to God to lead you to the truth.
#3. It Only Takes 1— http://www.christianpost.com/news/houston-pastor-reportedly-refused-to-host-funeral-for-93-y-o-member-because-she-didnt-tithe-enough-130321/
The pastor of a Houston, Texas, church reportedly refused to host the funeral of a 93-year-old woman who had been a member of his congregation for 50 years because she was not current with her tithing to the church.
To ruin the reputation of Christians and the church. Or to raise stumbling blocks in unbelievers which then makes their work far tougher than it should be.
Jacques said Houston told him: “I am not changing my bylaws for someone who was not active
Here is a mistake made by many pastors. It isn’t his bylaws and it isn’t his church. The church belongs to God and the pastor is merely the steward of the congregation. But far too many pastors take unauthorized ownership of God’s church creating problems that should not exist nor hurt the church. Pastors need the right attitude before taking over the leadership of a local congregation. It is God’s kingdom, God’s church thus it is God’s rules that reign over them.
#4. Evolutionists Have A Bad Attitude— http://www.crocoduck.com/about-2/
But Cameron and his consociate, Ray Comfort, aren’t exactly abnormal when it comes to creationism. Sure, they may be a slightly more clamorous duo, but their lack of understanding about the process is shared by a large chunk of the population. The problem is, of course, that this cross section of people has it wrong.
The evidence for Evolution is undeniable, and anyone who disagrees simply doesn’t understand that evidence. Yet, idiotic notions like a 6000 year old earth have managed to find a sort of cultural protection under the umbrella of intellectual freedom. People seem to think that their opinions about reality should have some influence on the way we perceive the facts about existence, but this a self-important, absurd way to think.
So, as a public service, the Crocoduck aims to dismantle this umbrella of intellectual freedom through the only tool we know how to use: ridicule.
The evolutionist cannot share the realm of intellectual freedom with others even though it is not theirs to control or mandate who gets to use it. ‘Evidence for evolution’ is deniable because the process of evolution does not exist. It is a lie. Christians do understand the evidence because there is none supporting evolution but you have a hard time convincing evolutionists of that fact. You can see that nothing of God is in evolution for its supporters ignore and fail to practice God’s ways in opposing those who disagree with them.
#5. Another Christian Story Mishandled By Hollywood— http://www.christianpost.com/news/exodus-gods-and-men-exclusive-clip-christian-bale-tackles-role-of-moses-with-intensity-130327/
Ridley Scott’s latest film “Exodus: Gods and Men” starring Christian Bale is headed to theaters on Dec. 12, but an exclusive clip offers an early look at the pivotal role of Moses on Wednesday.
Bale, who is best known for his roles in “American Psycho” and “Batman,” takes on the part of Moses with an impassioned concentration that harkens back to his aforementioned films. In a clip exclusively released to The Christian Post, the Oscar-winning actor’s Moses confronts Pharaoh Ramses, portrayed by Joel Edgerton.
Moses was said to be the meekest man alive– Numbers 12:3
Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.
It would be nice if Hollywood portrayed the man correctly instead of making him out to be some comical action figure.
#6. There Is A Thing Called Privacy— http://www.christianpost.com/news/devon-franklin-opens-up-about-wife-megan-goods-nude-photo-leak-130238/
Many criticized Good, wondering why she would pose for such photos and send them to her husband, a well-known pastor. The couple stayed relatively quiet on the topic, but Franklin spoke about the situation with The Christian Post this week.
I have no problem with a wife or husband posing for such pictures if the pictures are for their spouses, though I wonder why a married couple would need such photos since they can view the real thing in person. What bothers me is the placing of these photos in areas where the wife or husband knows could be hacked or stolen. Also, I question the need to have a third-party photographing the session especially if that third-party is of the opposite sex. We have biblical rules for a reason and God did not write about being modest just to waste our time or spoil our fun.
I really question the judgment and motivations behind such photo sessions.
#7. Just Because You Do Not Like Them— http://www.fishwrapper.com/post/2014/11/26/josh-duggar-video-family-thanksgiving-politics-religion-awful-sad/?adid=pubexchange_huffpost_entertainment
Josh, of course, had to spend the entire video talking about his backwards political views, because in addition to being thankful for his beautiful family, he’s also thankful for oppressive new laws on abortion and that a good few politicians that support his ignorant views were elected into office. Lovely, right? No, no it’s not. It’s actually kind of disgusting. It’s like he’s using his adorable babies and a nice holiday to fool us all into listening to his ignorance. And really, how much lower could you get?
Does it mean you get to trash them publicly or insult them. Even though everyone has an opinion on different topics does it mean we should express those opinions in ways that degrade others and make ourselves look like angry, jealous fools. Whether you like or dislike someone, there are correct and proper rules to use to guide one’s expression of their opinion. This is not one such example.
#8. This Is Another Bad Example— http://www.christianpost.com/news/kirk-cameron-blasts-haters-and-atheists-for-dropping-rating-of-saving-christmas-130223/
Kirk Cameron responded to low ratings of his latest film, “Saving Christmas,” by ‘blasting haters and atheists’ on Friday.
If the movie, acting and thinking is bad don’t blame the viewers, blame yourselves and try to do a better job next time after seeing where you may have went wrong. learn to properly turn the other cheek, be humble, be christian but do not sin in your response to those who did not like your work. I’ve only read about it and I don’t like it so I guess I am a hater.
#9. Conspiracy Theories— http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/26/benedict-xvi-pope-francis_n_6227988.html?utm_hp_ref=religion
When Benedict XVI stunned Catholics by announcing that he would become the first pope in six centuries to resign, it immediately raised concerns — which were dismissed just as quickly — that an ex-pope around could undermine the legitimacy of the new pontiff.
Now, nearly two years later, those fears are emerging again, fueled by the growing discontent of conservative Catholics with Benedict’s successor, Pope Francis, and by Benedict’s presence, if not quite as a player, in church debates Francis has sparked.
Just a reminder conspiracy theories depend upon fear, irrational thinking and no real evidence. The above link is just an example only as I do not share in the conspiracy thoughts of the RCC. I am more concerned about the lack of real investigation, the lack of real evidence, the lack of honesty, and justice and so on carried out by the Christian church and its members on their own people and those outside of the Church. We need to be biblical at all times, coupled with compassion, wisdom, understanding and so on.
The Christian church and people must set the right example because no one else will. The unsaved people see God via the words and actions of his followers so strive to get it right. Let Jesus guide you and you follow correctly because more is at stake than who leads a false church. Let’s not do more damage to our Christian members than what has already been done to them by life.