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News In Brief – 3

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/florida-college-suspends-christian-student-who-challenged-muslim-prof-s-jesus-assertion-178733/

After talking with the professor about his grade on the essay, Polston said that Zufari then reported him to Rollins’ “Dean of Safety” and even canceled class because she felt “unsafe
Absolutely absurd. These same people would be up in arms if a Christian professor did the exact same thing. This over-protection for some groups of people needs to end and sanity needs to be restored in American Educational institutions.
California Gov. Jerry Brown appealed to the touted Christian values of President Donald Trump and his evangelical supporters Sunday when he called undocumented immigrants “children of God” and suggested the construction of an estimated $20 billion wall along America’s Southern border is not Christian.
He does not know what Christian really is nor does he know how to apply biblical teaching. He also doesn’t understand the difference between legal and illegal immigration. breaking the law is not to be supported even in the Christian faith.
A year after North Carolina’s controversial HB 2 “bathroom bill” was signed into law requiring transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in public buildings, a new analysis by the Associated Press says the bill will cost the state $3.76 billion over 12 years.
Pandering to sin and delusions is not the correct way to handle these problems. Transgenders should be told the truth and made to use the bathroom matching their birth gender.
A week after disgruntled Princeton Theological Seminary alumni complained that Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, should not receive the school’s Kuyper Prize because of his church’s position on the ordination of women and LGBT individuals, the seminary decided Wednesday not to give the award this year.

So now you have to hold liberal and sinful views to receive awards. Hmmm… Pathetic.
 

Distorting Other People’s Actions

is not of God. we were not really going to post today but this article caught our eye:

http://www.christianpost.com/news/4-reasons-evangelicals-should-oppose-trumps-muslim-ban-2-0-177036/

4 Reasons Evangelicals Should Oppose Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0

We will take a look at those 4 reasons.

It’s the same as Trump’s first immoral Muslim Ban

Using religious words in opposition to someone’s actions is distorting the issue.  The ban is NOT immoral. There is no biblical command stopping the ruling governments from not allowing different groups of people from entering their land. Governments are granted the right to rule by God and those governments have the same freedoms as individuals. They can choose to follow God’s ways or they can choose to go their own but to call something immoral just because you disagree with the move is distortion of what others are doing. Governments also have the right to adjust the rules governing immigration to their land thus if they want to stop people from entering while that renewal is taking place that is their right.

We must reject any religious test

We do not ban people from our country based on religion. Period

Aside from the fact that we do not like any author who uses the word ‘period’ to finish their thought, there is no rule stating that certain religions have an unstoppable right to move to different countries. If members of their faith have done notorious and criminal acts then guess what, a few people have spoiled it for others and it is up to the members of that religious group to reign in their zealots who have no care for anyone or anything. Governments have a right to know who is entering their nation. They have a right to investigate the people who want to migrate to their lands. This means even innocent people have to be put under scrutiny. I do not know how many innocent people came to Korea to teach who eventually committed crimes from importing and using drugs to pedophilia. Governments have a right to protect their own people.

We must defend the religious freedom of all Americans

That author seems to forget that those immigrating are NOT Americans and do not hold American citizenship. The ban is not infringing upon religious freedom by Americans it is examining the rules of those who want to move to America. This distortion is so bad it ruins that author’s argument.

Doesn’t make us safer

Using the fear factor doesn’t make one’s argument rational,logical or even good. It is obvious that governments have limits in protecting its people but it should not be vilified for trying to protect its people. If the ban was an actual crime then we would have no problem with those who oppose it but the government has not broken any laws in instituting the ban, as far as we can see. The problem with this issue is that those who oppose the ban do so with blinders on or with rose-colored glasses fixed to their faces.They only see the issue through their own perspective and do not take the time to be honest in their examination of the facts.

Many people hold up the words on the Statue of Liberty but they forget that those words are not the law of the land, not part of the constitution and really plays no role in guiding government when it comes to immigration.  Christians cannot afford to distort what other people say or do. Distortion is dishonest, lying and sin. Their witness/testimonies as well as the gospel message are at risk when they take to distorting what other people say or do. They also show that they are influenced by secular forces and not the word of God.

We all know that anyone can use the Bible to support whatever they want to. It has been done for centuries and it is being done in opposition to this travel ban. It may also be done in defense of the travel ban.  It should be noted that Jesus never taught insurrection, protest or disobedience to government laws and governing authorities.He did teach to pray for them, to do good to them, to obey  them and we must be careful when declaring something immoral.  What we consider to be immoral may not be. God sets the standard for morality not humans and believers are told throughout the book of Proverbs to get wisdom, understanding and so on.  Writing articles like the one linked to above is not helping anyone but using scripture and religion to further one’s personal views. It certainly doesn’t enhance the gospel.

The use of the word ‘period’ demonstrates a very closed-minded attitude on the part of the author who thinks that only his way is best. That is reducing one’s argument to a subjective nature and not based upon the standards set by God. How can that author prove that his way is better than Mr. Trump’s? He doesn’t do it in the article and he does nothing but whine and complain because someone with elective authority has done something he does not like. He distorts the action because he is not in favor of it and he wants to convince or manipulate others into going along with his way of thought. That is wrong as well for he should be teaching God’s way in this issue and convincing his readers to go along with God’s thinking.

Is the ban a violation of God’s word? Not yet. It depends upon the new rules that will be implemented during the ban period. Again, governments have the right to restrict whomever they want from entering their borders. People need to be wise in this issue not blindly devoted to some personal agenda. It is not smart to open one’s borders to all who want to enter for the government must make sure there are enough resources to take care for all the people under their care and that includes those who are born in the nation. The people attacking this ban seem to forget about the rest of the population they share America with and think their ideas trump everyone else’s and that is not wise, smart or biblical.

 

Bits And Pieces2

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/toni-the-tampon-coloring-book-that-teaches-men-get-periods-amounts-to-child-abuse-says-expert-177040/

The Adventures of Toni the Tampon: A Period Coloring Book that teaches children men get periods too is causing a stir, with one critic calling it “child abuse.”

No it is not child abuse. Le’s stop abusing the word ‘abuse’. This is called lying to children and lying is a sin. The Bible reminds us that liars do not go to heaven. Let’s not sin in exposing sin.

#2. http://www.christianpost.com/news/justin-trudeau-donates-650-million-fund-abortions-worldwide-pro-lifers-horrified-177143/

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to donate $650 million for abortions worldwide on International Women’s Day, with “horrified” pro-lifers calling it a “sick” decision.

We call it misusing ones authority and power.

“It is important that as a world we recognize that empowering women, that respecting their rights, is fundamental to building a world in which everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed,” he added.

Women do not have the right to hurt or kill the child or its body developing in their womb.

 

#3. http://www.christianpost.com/news/i-was-a-skeptic-of-the-shack-then-i-spoke-with-the-author-177146/

People had warned me not to read the book. And when I heard that God, who is called Papa, was portrayed as a large black woman, I really wasn’t inspired to read it.

The author of the book and the producers of the movie seem to have forgotten that God does not show himself to humans. If he did the person seeing him would die. Why would God appear as a black woman? There is NO logic to maintain that idea. Then when God has met people the person is told to remove their shoes for they are standing on holy ground. We do not see that vital act used anywhere in this movie. At least it i not mentioned taking place anywhere we have read about the movie.

People may like this film but it is theologically and biblically wrong

#4. http://www.christianpost.com/news/isis-radicals-disguised-as-doctors-massacre-over-30-sick-and-wounded-in-hospital-177142/

Islamic State militants have killed over 30 patients and staff at an Afghan hospital and wounded twice as many others after managing to disguise themselves as doctors in what some have called an “abhorrent new low.”

If you need a modern example of why God destroyed the world with a flood… Now all the people of the pre-flood world were not this bad but they did think of evil all the time. Sin is evil, God set the boundaries for sin not humans. be careful.

#5. http://www.christianpost.com/news/when-should-elderly-pastors-retire-ten-diagnostic-questions-176314/

There are a lot of us Baby Boomer pastors and Christian leaders around. And it’s cliché, but we aren’t getting any younger. It’s a quiet question that many are asking, but they are asking it nonetheless: What age should I retire?

People like Ranier need to go away. They are sticking their noses in where they do not belong. They are what was once called busybodies. They are minding everyone else’s business but their own. They also think they are in charge of the church and Christians, placing themselves over God with their views. We have never liked Ranier, his articles or the book he wrote. We find him treading in areas where he does not belong and uses the wrong standards to make his judgments.

 

A Word Or Two On Scholars

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/bible-interpretation/first-person-misogyny-in-the-bible/

It is an interesting article on a topic we are fully aware. We do not agree with Mr. Shanks or Dr. Rollston as neither person has the spirit of truth guiding them to the truth. This is the confusing thing about scholarship. Many people claim to be Christian, who are scholars, yet they throw out God’s rules that would guide them to the truth of a topic and embrace the rules of man. Rarely do scholars come to the truth using that formula. They try to please men, not God.

Christopher Rollston is one of the world’s leading paleographers of ancient Near Eastern inscriptions. I have been harshly critical of some of his views, principally regarding unprovenanced inscriptions—inscriptions that have surfaced only from the antiquities market, not from a professional archaeological excavation. They may be forgeries, he argues. Although my criticism of Chris’s position is intense,1 we remain good friends and regularly share a meal.

Yes he is a leading scholar but we find his answer wanting and lacking in anything that is helpful to the believer. We know this as he refused to provide a direct answer to some our questions when we asked him point-blank, when does a Hebrew script mean a Hebrew script? Scholarship should be dedicated to finding the truth and informing the people of that truth. Sadly, too many Christians opt for constructing new theories for discussion and avoid the truth like the plague. This is why we used the word ‘confusing’ earlier. Even Christian scholars bring confusion to the church and confusion is not of God. These men and women are trained  in ancient languages and other disciplines thus they are in a unique position to help the church…unfortunately, this rarely happens.

Rollston finds the marginalization of women obvious and “clear” in the Ten Commandments: “The wife is classified as her husband’s property, and she’s listed with the slaves and work animals. There is also a striking omission in this commandment: Never does it say, ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s husband.’”

People like Rollston tend to read too much of their own or some other secular person’s views into scripture and make a mole hill into a mountain.  When the word woman is or wife is used in the 10 commandments she is not being listed as property. That is an idea that is read into the passage of scripture. The idea that women were ancient men’s property is more of a secular cultural idea than a spiritual one for we never read any passage of scripture instructing men to make women their property. But when a couple marries and becomes one they do belong to each other and no one else. it is a different concept than the one proposed by Dr. Rollston.

Men have specific instructions from God on how to treat women and none of them tell the man to make a woman their property.But these passages are ignored when scholars, like Dr. Rollston, publish their views on scripture.

Rollston continues with other examples:

An unmarried woman could be compelled to marry her rapist, as long as the rapist could pay the standard bride price and the woman’s father was comfortable with the marriage (Deuteronomy 22:28–29). Polygyny (a man having multiple wives at the same time) was not condemned, but was an accepted and legal custom (Deuteronomy 21:15–17; Genesis 4:19–24; and 2 Samuel 3:2–5). A woman’s religious vow could be nullified by her father or her husband (Numbers 30:3–15). And the assumption of the text is that the priesthood is all male (Leviticus 21). In short, within the legal literature of the Bible, women were not accorded the same status as men.

What we find when scholars make these type of points is that it is not God who is in error. Rather, it is the scholar who does not understand scripture properly and attack the passage from their own understanding not using God’s wisdom or spirit of truth to help them grasp what God is saying. Dr. Rollston, there, is pulling passages out of context and without proper exegetical work to understand why God said what he said. Scholars cherry pick as well. They also ignore passages that would clarify what God is saying for those passages stop the scholar from writing what they do.

But there’s more: “Let a woman learn in silence and full submission. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to be silent” (vv. 11–12). The author’s rationale: “For Adam was formed first, then Eve, and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor” (vv. 13–14). According to this text, women were to be silent in worship gatherings (and men were certainly not told to be silent)

Another example of cherry picking a verse to support a bad agenda and another example of understanding what God is saying. Does the word silent mean that women cannot worship or pray? We do not think so. Most likely the women was not to teach or preach to men but as you can read it looks like Dr. Rollston is importing his own ideas to the text and not taking out exactly what God means. We get a clue when men are not told to be silent. Dr. Rollston seems to forget that if men are to be silent then there is no teaching, preaching or worship going on in the service, everyone just sits around watching each other grow. This is the problem with scholars and scholarship. They leave God out of the process and think their conclusions trump what God wants for his church. God owns the church thus he gets the say how it will operate.

Rollston recently told us in writing what we already knew. This criticism of the Bible led to his “forced ouster” from Emmanuel Christian Seminary.

We know this story and yes there was nothing wrong with his ouster. He was teaching contrary to the ideology of the institution that employed him and he taught things that were not of God.This is the result of scholarship when you leave the spirit of truth out of helping–you leave God and speak something God did not teach or say. Dr. Rollston, then, becomes a false teacher and those people have no place in God’s academic institutions or churches. He has no business teaching young Christians nor do those pastors who do not believe God’s word any more. The Bible warns us against false teachers and the church and academic institution must obey God and get rid of those who do not teach what God wants or commanded. There is no alternative to that position.

If you cannot believe, preach or teach what God wants, then you have no right to teach or preach in what is God’s. Christian scholars are to be servants of God and they must present what God wants– the truth in love– not contrary theories or lead people to false teaching. They are to obey God in all areas of life and cannot adopt secular ideas to guide them in their work. Christian scholars need to bring the truth for they have a great responsibility given to them by God and they fail God and the people when they allow themselves to be led astray by those who reject God, Jesus and the aid of the Holy Spirit.

 

Abortion & Rape…

There are many anti-abortionists who allow abortion in times of rape or incest and to us that is an inconsistent point of view as well as a sinful compromise. The problem with that viewpoint is that it look sat the crime, the supposed feelings of the mother to be and ignores what scriptures tells us

20 The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. Ez. 18 NASB

This is but one passage that reminds us that the unborn child, as a result of rape or incest, shall not be punished for the sins committed by their fathers.  The child did not do anything wrong and should not be deprived of life because of the sexual sins of others.We say this because of the following article

http://www.christianpost.com/news/a-child-conceived-by-rape-is-still-a-human-being-176324/

Which would have been a lot better if the author had relied upon a spiritual support for her argument. What is missing from most pro-life arguments, and articles like the one linked to, is that they ignore what God instructs or commands. They base their arguments more on logic than spiritual direction. While that author makes some good points, her punch is missing because she makes it more of a subjective point of view instead of a divine objective instruction. Allowing a baby conceived by rape or incest is not legitimizing or condoning the crime. It is acknowledging the innocence of the child,something we can never forget.

Then when rape or incest occurs, we must set aside the emotional part of the crime and deal with the violation with clear heads, following God’s rules on justice and we must be just. Getting justice for the victim does not mean we throw justice out the window or ignore God’s instructions on being just. Emotion is not part of the process and that is one reason why we do not like these victim impact statements or statements by relatives. Those pervert justice not aid it by allowing emotion to alter what is just.people may not agree with this but we must do what God wants even when our women are attacked and victimized.

It is not easy but there are no escape clauses allowing us to pervert justice when our wives, daughters or mothers are raped or made victims of rape. Women need to learn what true justice is just like the men do.

 

The Death Penalty

We have discussed this before and we do not want to rehash old arguments but we feel that many believers are very misguided in this issue. The thing is we do not believe that misguided thinking is solely on the side of those who support the death penalty for certain crimes.

Writing on his blog last year, Olson opined that authentic Christians must oppose the capital punishment for one distinctly theological reason.

“When we take another human life unnecessarily, we usurp God’s prerogative for that person’s eventual salvation or, if they are already saved, for that person’s future service for the Kingdom of God,” Olson wrote
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-lethal-injection-ethicists-death-penalty-175641/#YLl6FB5iRAsEDpB7.99

The problem with that is God did not make that exception when he established the death penalty. Of course we can use mercy and let those deserving of death live but let’s not put ourselves in the place of God and establish reasons God did not create when he instituted the death penalty. If we are not going to put them to death,let’s be honest about it. No one knows if a man or woman sentenced to death will convert so the logic behind that quoted reasoning is very flawed. We are not usurping God’s prerogative for the death penalty recipient by obeying God. God knows the hearts of the criminal and he knows which one will or will not repent of their sins and accept Christ as their savior. It is best to follow God’s leading when he implement mercy and allow God to choose who gets a reprieve from the death penalty and who does not.Evangelism does not influence obedience nor allows us to ignore God’s instructions on how we are to behave in all issues.

BUT since governments exile God from their rule, then this cannot take place unless the believer really prays and asks God to intervene.

 

When The Say It Better Than Us

http://www.christianpost.com/news/4-recent-events-that-should-wake-christians-from-their-slumber-175617/

This is a very well written article by Michael Brown and great food for thought. We will post only a few excerpts

This is not rocket science, and Beggs would not be allowed to compete in a college-level or Olympic or professional match while on steroids. (Is this why Beggs is undefeated this season?)

Steroids and other performance enhancing drugs are banned for logical, obvious reasons, yet logic seems to stop at the door when it comes to transgender activism.

Accordingly, Beggs grandmother (and guardian), rather than recognizing how unfair this all was to the other girls who worked so hard to be there, could only say, “Today was not about their students winning. Today was about bias, hatred and ignorance.”

 

And, she alleges, “People were deliberately trying to hurt me all of the time. I had never been called the B-word so many times in my life than I was in my rookie season. I’d never been thrown to the ground so much. The message was: ‘We want you to know we don’t like you.'”

Could this be true?

If it is, even if her estimate about the percentage of lesbian players is too high, don’t expect her story to get much traction in the news. After all, straights are never the victims, only gays are the victims, and because Wiggins is straight and therefore part of the dominant culture, she can’t be the victim. Straights are the bullies, so suck it up, lady, and stop complaining.

 

Back in Texas, the NFL and NBA have warned the state that if they pass a bill similar to North Carolina, which, among other things, forbids boys who believe they are girls from playing on girls’ sports teams or using the girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers, the state will be severely punished by the leagues.

Responding to the NFL, which was the first to threaten Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said, “The last thing the NFL needs to do is to get into the business of telling states how to operate their own political operations.” Indeed.

And what will the NFL and NBA (and NCAA and others) do if state after state does the right thing and protects the privacy and rights of its citizens? Hopefully, we’ll find out in the years ahead as the pushback against radical LGBT activism continues.
When USDA officials were touring the plant for an inspection, “they noticed a handful of brochures on the breakroom table about natural marriage. As Don tells it, the article was mixed in with the stacks of newspapers celebrating the recent Supreme Court decision redefining marriage. Even so, the on-site officers took offense to the literature, walked into Don’s office, closed both doors, and told him they’d call off the inspection if the material wasn’t removed.”

So, the Christian owner of a meatpacking center employing 45 workers was given an ultimatum by USDA officials – who were there to inspect the meat operation, not the beliefs, of Vander Boom – telling him that if he didn’t remove the material on marriage, there would be no inspection, as a result of which the center would be shut down.

We have always been against sports organizations forcing certain views upon different states. It started with Arizona many years back when the people of that state did not vote for establishing a Martin Luther King holiday. Sports organizations do not have the right to force their views on a people of a state, usurp the democratic process and step on the rights of the people of any state. The sports organizations are wrong in this matter and need to be slapped down and spanked for their violation of democratic princip-les.

Government, on the other hand, tends to go too far in ‘protecting’ certain group of people. Their rush to protect the rights of a minute minority has them trampling the rights of others.That is not right especially when those small groups already enjoy the same rights as other members of a nation. It is not the fault of those who follow the rules when some ultra-small groups reject the rights they have access to. That responsibility lies with the alternative groups. If they reject the rights that are available to them, they are not entitled to create rights tailored to their abnormal preferences.

Right and wrong, good and evil, normal and abnormal and morality and immorality do not depend upon ‘rights’ to establish  the norm for society. Those standards come from God and no matter how hard the practitioners of the latter words of those groups of terms try they cannot use ‘rights’ to change their sinful, abnormal, wrong, evil, immoral behavior and pronounce them good, normal, correct or even moral. Their status depends upon God’s declaration and so far God has not changed his mind on what is or isn’t sin.

 
 
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