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LGBTQs Do NOT Love God

It is bad enough that we have to endure stories like the following

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland-thorns/2017/02/abby_wambach_announces_engagem.html

Soccer legend Abby Wambach announces engagement to Christian blogger Glennon Doyle Melton

but to call oneself a Christian is going too far. Not only are the women not Christian,for being Christlike is to be holy not practicing sin, they do not love God with all of their hearts, souls and minds. How do we know this? They have refused to give up their sin for God.Do not say you love God and Jesus and still keep practicing your sin. It is easy to say Jesus and God love me because they do and that knowledge makes one feel good, but that love does not mean one gets to keep being sinful. Love is a two-way street and to show love for both God and Jesus one must give up all their sins, accept God’s identification of what is or isn’t sin, and follow the Bible correctly. Jesus said, ‘if you love me, keep my commandments’ and no commandment of Jesus allows people to continue in any sin.Nor do they allow people to flaunt their alternative lifestyle and identify as a follower of Christ. If you remain in sin, you are not following Christ for he called people to repentance and to be born again.

Sorry LGBTQ people you are not Christian if you continue to practice your sin of homosexuality

 

Is Evolution A Religion?

Ham told The Christian Post last week that “God’s Word” is at battle with evolution, which he described as a religion to explain the origin of the universe.
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/ken-hams-creation-museum-tv-ads-seek-to-give-biblical-answers-to-kids-questions-175213/#OoXjmZyl86vpfAZF.99

We do not believe that evolution is a religion and that Mr. Ham is wrong in describing it as such. Evolution takes a lot of faith but then so does driving a car or flying in an airplane, does the faith used in those areas of life make driving or flying a religion? Of course not. We find evolution to be part of the strong delusion that God promised to send in 2nd Thess. It is a scientific theory that has no hope of being verified in any way shape or form. This means that it is a false idea, a lie meant to deceive people and draw them away from the truth found in Genesis 1 & 2 as written in the Bible. God spoke and it was. There was no process or more than 7 24 hour days involved.

Ham has accused evolution-supporting secular personalities, like Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy,’ of trying to indoctrinate children by teaching them about evolution — something which Nye has also accused Ham of doing with Creationism.
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/ken-hams-creation-museum-tv-ads-seek-to-give-biblical-answers-to-kids-questions-175213/#OoXjmZyl86vpfAZF.99

This is true. Evolutionists do try to indoctrinate children. If evolution were true they would not need a monopoly on the science classroom. Demanding a monopoly means they are indoctrinating not educating.

 

News In Brief

Just taking a look at different stories that have hit the news

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/david-platt-apologizes-for-division-caused-by-support-of-islamic-societys-right-to-build-mosque-175218/

David Platt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, apologized Wednesday for the division caused by the organization’s decision to join an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief to support a New Jersey Islamic society’s right to build a mosque.

We have no problem with this action as we think where would Christians be if the situation were reversed?  Wouldn’t they want help from others? Do unto others is a good verse for this issue and so is the thought that planting seeds come from doing good works, we may be opening up hearts to the gospel by doing nice things like this for unbelievers, including Muslims.his help is not supporting the Muslim faith nor saying it is correct but respecting the law of the land, freedom to practice one’s religion. Christians want the same freedom so they need to give it to other faiths, even though they are false, as well.

#2. http://www.christianpost.com/news/conservatives-stunned-by-devastating-blow-to-religious-liberty-as-court-rules-against-christian-florist-175205/

Conservatives ‘Stunned’ by ‘Devastating Blow’ to Religious Liberty as Court Rules Against Christian Florist

Why are conservatives stunned? Washington is a very liberal state and the court is very secular, what kind of result do conservatives expect? Everybody already knows that the minority of LGBTQ people enjoy unprecedented support and protection from the government, this decision is not a surprise, though it is sad to see. How about praying first that God would change the hearts of the people of Washington state so that more people are brought into the kingdom and God’s justice can prevail.

#3. http://www.christianpost.com/news/when-christian-schools-are-rocked-by-sex-scandal-174889/

When Christian Schools Are Rocked by Sex Scandal

To be honest, this article aid absolutely nothing of value on this subject. We will say that this problem is very easy to fall into and believers, especially Christian leaders, need to be extra careful not to allow themselves to be found in these situations. Protecting one’marriage and the reputation of the church is vital. DO NOT TAKE CHANCES, avoid these situations and take precautions.

#4. http://www.christianpost.com/news/pentecostal-church-counselor-safe-sex-is-ok-for-teens-who-cant-control-themselves-174875/

The Church of Pentecost in Ghana is clarifying its position on sex and marriage after one of its counselors suggested that sex is permissible for teenagers who can’t control themselves, as long as they use contraception.

Uhm…No it isn’t. We have to ask why do certain Christian people, who are in delicate influential positions,disagree with God on a regular basis? Why are they in those positions and why are not churches doing more to weed them out?

#5. http://www.christianpost.com/news/white-evangelicals-voting-for-trump-represents-a-crisis-in-the-church-jim-wallis-says-175156/

Exit polls showing that 81 percent of evangelical voters and a majority of white Christians voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election represents a “crisis in the Church” and shows that the Church is more racially divided than ever, the Rev. Jim Wallis has warned.

Wallis, who heads the progressive Christian social justice group Sojourners and is also a research fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday that evangelicals and Christians who voted for Trump are “responsible” for his presidency and any “racist” policies that might come out of the Trump administration.

We are tired of these attacks upon a man who has held office for only 1 month. It is ridiculous to expect him to perform perfectly or as his opponents want. If you examine H. Clinton closely you will see that their foundation was merely for influence peddling yet no one said a word when that foundation closed its doors recently. They had to as the Clintons lost access to the White House.There are many other sins of H. Clinton that are swept under the rug and all we can say about Trump and political leaders is– you who are without sin, cast the first stone.

#6. http://www.christianpost.com/news/ann-coulter-donald-trump-head-of-church-175214/

Best-selling conservative author Ann Coulter recently claimed that President Donald Trump is, in her opinion, “head of state” and now “head of church.”

No one has ever accused Ms. Coulter of being theologically sound. It is dangerous to elevate other humans to positions that challenge or place them above God. Humans are the servants of God thus when the servants do well, we praise God for that is who the servants obeyed.

 

The Search Goes On

http://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeologists-to-search-for-ark-of-the-covenant-10-commandments-at-unexplored-jerusalem-site-175066/

Archaeologists from France and Israel are reportedly planning on embarking on a mission in August to search for the Ark of the Covenant, which is believed to contain the stone tablets bearing the 10 Commandments handed to Moses by God.

According to MailOnline and The Times of Israel, the researchers are set to excavate the ancient site of Kiryat Ye’arim outside Jerusalem, which is one of the last remaining unexplored locations in the region.

“The place is important for several reasons,” said Professor Israel Finkelstein, from Tel Aviv University. “It’s a large, central site in the Jerusalem hills that hasn’t been studied until now.

“It may be the only key site in Judah that hasn’t undergone a systematic archaeological excavation.”

The Bible mentions Kiryat Ye’arim on a number of occasions, describing it as a Judahite town situated near Jerusalem during the period of the judges and King David, also known as the Iron Age.

Don’t hold your breathe that they will find anything or anything soon.If minimalists are involved, do not expect to be told the truth either.

 

Take With A Grain Of Salt

http://patternsofevidence.com/blog/2017/02/16/copper-smelting-site-from-the-time-of-king-david/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Thinker55CopperCamp&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=Thinker55CopperCamp&inf_contact_key=d06c7f13641adee8e57c208a33cd1bb16b7d8f9fa7387289657d912c53eac741

We are not sure if that link will work or not so we will copy and paste much of the article here:

COPPER SMELTING SITE FROM THE TIME OF KING DAVID

After the exciting discovery of a wall that once stood 16.5 feet tall and hundreds of meters long and a gatehouse at a site known as “Slaves’ Hill,” coupled with previous finds, archaeologists believe that the mining camp in the Timna Valley dates to the 10th century BC (conventional dating). This would place it in the biblical era of King David and King Solomon in the southern part of the contentious border region between Israel and the Kingdom of Edom. It would also substantiate the biblical story of the capture of Edom in the time of King David.

And David made a name for himself when he returned from striking down 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. Then he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became David’s servants. And the LORD gave victory to David wherever he went. – 2 Samuel 8:13-14 (ESV)

Led by Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University, archaeologists think these features show that the settlement, “had a highly organized defense system and depended on an impressive network of long-distance trade”, as noted in Live Science.

The area is known for its rich resources in copper and had been mined for hundreds of years. Previous evidence shows that the miners ate well, which suggests that they were respected for their craft. According to an article, published in 2014, Live Science reported:

The archaeologists said they think that whoever was running this mining camp was importing food and saving the best cuts of meat for the metalworkers, not the people who were doing auxiliary tasks, such as cooking the food, crushing the ore and preparing the charcoal, nor slaves who might have been working in the actual mines.

“What we found was that the guys working at the furnace, which is supposedly very hard work with very high temperatures above 1,200 degrees Celsius [above 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit], these people were treated the best,” Ben-Yosef said. “They were highly regarded. It goes together with the need for them to be highly specialized and very professional.”

In 2014, during the excavation, Ben-Yosef and his team focused on the only entrance on the top of the mesa leading into the camp. It is believed that the mine was thus able to keep tight control of the flow of people and products in and out of the mining camp. Copper was very valuable to the way of life.

Copper is the main component of bronze, which was used extensively by King Solomon and his successors in their building projects. The ongoing use would have required some type of source. While the evidence suggests the workers here were Edomite, it is unclear who employed them.

…He also took away all the shields of gold that Solomon had made, and King Rehoboam made in their place shields of bronze, and committed them to the hands of the officers of the guard, who kept the door of the king’s house. – 1 Kings 14:26-27 (ESV)

Also of possible importance are the number of sling stones found near the site. They could be evidence of the battle mentioned in 2 Samuel 8:13, the researchers noted.
“While there is no explicit description of ‘King Solomon’s mines’ in the Old Testament, there are references to military conflicts between Israel and the Edomites in the Arava Valley,” Ben-Yosef said in a statement.

As reported in Breaking Israel News, the Bible describes a battle between the Edomites, a semi nomadic tribal confederacy, and King David’s army in the Arabah (also spelled Arava) Valley. The historical accuracy of this account is debated, but the discovery of elements of a sophisticated fortification at Slaves’ Hill suggests that copper might have been the resource at stake during military struggles in the region, Ben-Yosef said.

Ben-Yosef continued, noting that, “Copper was a rare product and very challenging to produce. Because copper — like oil today, perhaps — was the most coveted commodity, it landed at the very heart of military conflicts. The discovery of the fortification indicates a period of serious instability and military threats at that time in the region.”

For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. – Deuteronomy 8:7-9 (ESV)

Inside the gatehouse, rooms were found that archaeologists believed were used as stable for donkeys. The researchers found intact dung piles outside both rooms of the gatehouse. After the dung was investigated, the contents revealed that rather than being fed straw, the donkeys were fed hay and grape pomace (the skins, pulp and stems of grapes). They believe that this is further evidence of trade as these would have likely been delivered from the Mediterranean region, hundreds of miles away. “The food suggests special treatment and care, in accordance with the key role of the donkeys in the copper production and in trade in a logistically challenging region,” Ben-Yosef said.

“We have plenty of archaeological proof to determine that the miners who worked the Timna mines weren’t humble slaves, as had been assumed, but rather expert miners who oversaw the complex, demanding work by apprentices,” said Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University, who headed the biblical archaeology team that uncovered the wall” He added, “Today, we are discovering more and more evidence of a concentrated, hierarchical society that interacted extensively with its neighbors, which matches up with texts from the Bible and other sources.”

We know the people who made the film Patterns of Evidence, where this story came from and while we like the movie we worry about how people like the producers of that film influence unwary believers.

 

Quotes From Billy Graham

The following quotes have been taken from his World Aflame book.

pg. 47-8 — And as Carl Henry says: In his desire to control the universe, man repeatedly puts himself in God’s place but the idea of God’s Son as a substitute in man’s place he dismisses as incredible nonsense

pg. 48 — From many universities come these ideas: First, man is only an animal; Second, existence is a chemical accident; Third, the struggle for survival has made man what he is; Fourth, morality and standards of conduct are derived only from a sociological context; Fifth, man lives in and for this world only and any further thought is unscientific.

pg. 51 — In a bull session at Harvard, a student observed: Does it not seem strange that millions should be spent trying to create life or to discover its origin? Is not our number one problem to care for the life we already have?

pg. 51 — Either man began nowhere and is looking for someplace to go or he began somewhere and has lost his way.

pg. 83 — There is a strong movement… to recast the Christian message in order to make it acceptable to modern man.

pg. 83 — Karl Barth…in a scathing denunciation of these demythologizers says… In trying to make Christianity plausible for skeptics they have succeeded only in making it meaningless.

pg. 88 — The inescapable implication of a counterfeit is that the real thing exists. No one ever counterfeited a seventy-five dollar bill. Every counterfeit bears witness to the reality of the currency it captures

pg. 127 — Ask the scientist and he cannot give an answer. I have asked a number of scientists questions concerning life after death an most of them say ‘we just do not know’.Science deals in formilas and test tubes. There is a spiritual world that science knows nothing about.

pg. 141 — At birth our sex is settled, the very frame of our body is already determined.

As to the second to last quote, all we can say is that scientists need to be evangelized not have their theories accepted. Science, especially secular science, does not know more than God. For the quotes from page 83, even today we have people trying to change the christian message to make it more attractive to unbelievers. IF you change God’s message then you are not bringing God’s message to the lost. Finally, the last quote reminds us that transgender issues are not a 21st century problem ut has existed for a long, long time. The gender one was born as is the gender they are, anything else is a product of deception.

 

A Word To Vegetarians/Vegans

We will use the word vegetarian here to include vegans and all other non-meat eaters.

Everyone knows you think your diet is superior to a meat-eating one; everyone knows you judge meat eaters and insult them; everyone knows you are rude to your hosts when you bring your own food to a dinner party  hosted by meat eaters. We have heard the vegetarian argument ad nauseam.

But there are a few points you need to consider which we hope will change your attitude. Yes, your attitude is terrible when it comes to your diet. First, when God gave the Israelites their divinely commanded diet he did not ban all meat products or animals. He allowed the Israelites to eat different kinds of beef and fish along with some other animals.

God told Peter in a vision about going to the Gentiles- ‘do not call unclean what I have cleansed’ This directive can also be applied to one’s food intake. What God has approved no one can call wrong, unclean or inferior.

Second, Jesus ate Kosher. This means that Jesus ate meat according to the laws set down for the Israelites by his father in heaven. We read about this in the Bible. Too often vegetarians think that they are greater than both God and Jesus and that they know better than them.  They think they can make a better diet than the one Jesus ate or God instituted. They can’t. It is not sin to eat meat nor is it less healthy as the Bible does not teach that one diet is greater than the other or that eating a certain way will extend their lives.

Third, When the Israelites were on their Exodus, they got tired of eating certain foods and complained . God fed them meat. He did not send a bunch of vegetable vendors to provide food for the wandering people instead he sent birds. If God had commanded that the Israelites could not eat meat, why would he help them sin by sending them meat?

Fourth, Vegetarians forget that God rejected Cain’s meatless offering.  Meat is a prime ingredient in making offerings to God for only meat contains the blood needed to meat God’s requirements for forgiveness of sins and other sacrifices.God never allowed for a vegetable substitute. The priests were allowed by God to eat part of the meat sacrificed to him. If God wanted his people to be meatless then he would not have provided that permission. If God approves of meat then no human can declare meat to be wrong or unhealthy.

Then to address a couple of our introductory remarks. The Bible tells us to eat what is placed in front of us. But we are not going to be strict here because there are a lot of foods placed in front of us that we just cannot get down or keep down. The point of this is that vegetarians need to learn that their diet is not divinely commanded and they will not sin if they break it. It is okay to eat meat and then go back on your diet when you are in your own home, etc. Since a vegetarian diet is not biblically commanded one is not disobeying God when they break it. There is no divine consequence if a vegetarian has to eat a little meat to be polite to their hosts.

Vegetarians are not greater than meat eaters. Nor are they perfect so stop breaking the command  ‘do not judge’. It is not a sin to eat meat nor does eating meat make a person inferior to vegetarians. The verses in the Bible talking about humbleness apply to vegetarians and how they view their diet.

Finally, get over yourselves. You are free to not eat meat if you so choose but you are not free to make other people go meatless. You have free choice as to what you will eat and how you will construct your diet so do meat eaters. You do not have the right to force your dietary rules upon others. nor make their decisions for them. Other people get to freely choose what they will eat. If you are going to be a zealot about your diet then stay away from meat eaters. There is no divine command to convert people to a vegetarian diet. If you sit at a table with meat eaters then keep your mouth closed about your diet and just enjoy the other person’s company and have a good discussion on anything else.

Vegetarians die from the same corruption, diseases and other causes of death just like meat eaters. Their diet does not extend their life nor protects them from dying. No matter what you eat, death comes eventually so chill out and take it down a few notches because you are not being biblical when you give your diet divine status or make it superior to the teaching of the bible.

 
 
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