Archive for November 22nd, 2005

‘Compromises’ on Human Sexuality Undercut Biblical Standards, Say Renewal Leaders

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

I agree with this completely!!

(AgapePress) – A coalition of denominational renewal groups is warning Christians in America that an “assault” on biblical standards regarding sexuality — in the guise of supposed “compromises” — is in reality subverting those standards so that church bodies and officials can disregard them whenever they wish.
For decades, it seems, several mainline Protestant denominations have wrestled with the issue of homosexuality among their clergy, their laity, and society at large — and how to deal with it in their official denominational procedures and doctrine. Seemingly unwilling to simply declare the lifestyle as sinful, instead they have taken to adopting different strategies toward homosexuality. The Episcopal Church USA, for example, concluded in 1996 that traditional Christian teachings opposing homosexuality were not “core doctrine.” Eventually ECUSA consecrated the first openly homosexual bishop, V. Gene Robinson, who now oversees the Diocese of New Hampshire.
Other examples include the United Methodist Church, which last year almost approved a resolution that would have added to the Book of Discipline a phrase “recogniz[ing] that Christians disagree” on the question of whether the practice of homosexuality is or is not compatible with Christian teaching. In a similar vein, the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America this year turned away a proposal that would have permitted exceptions to be granted even though ELCA ministers would be expected to “abstain from homosexual sexual relationships.”
And next year, the Presbyterian Church (USA) is expected to consider a resolution that would permit local churches to deem as “non-essential” the constitutional requirement of “fidelity in the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.”
While those who hold a liberal theology might consider such strategies as progressive, the
Association for Church Renewal (ACR) — a roundtable of conservative leaders from these denominations and others such as the American Baptist Churches, the United Church of Christ, the Church of the Brethren, and the United Church of Canada — sees the moves as a “compromise” intended to win the Church’s affirmation of homosexual acts. That, says the ACR, is an attempt to indirectly “subvert the [biblical] standards” and to invent “procedural devices permitting church bodies and officials to disregard the standards at will.”
In an open letter to Christians in the United States, the ACR warns that this compromise evident in several Protestant denominations “would sever the church’s practice from its doctrine,” essentially setting a “terrible precedent” in which a church openly acknowledges a biblical command — and then treats obedience to that command as “optional.”
“If denominations start granting exemptions from church discipline in one area,” states the letter, “it will be very difficult to maintain any kind of covenant of mutual accountability within the church.”
According to the ACR, advocates of compromise — or the “third way,” as the ACR labels it — claim their proposed solution would strike a balance between different interpretations of Bible passages and allow the church to “get beyond yes/no polarities” that force it to make painful choices. Such an approach, says the ACR letter, “is utter nonsense.”
“The Bible is filled with unavoidable yes/no choices,” the letter points out, citing Deuteronomy 30:19, Joshua 24:15, Matthew 25:33, and Revelation 3:20. “A church that systematically refuses to choose between truth and error has no place left to stand.
“To the extent that any church declines to distinguish the better from the worse biblical interpretations, it undercuts its own ability to teach clear doctrine from the scriptures,” add the signers of the ACR letter.
The letter concludes with the ACR’s reaffirmation that the standard of fidelity in marriage — and abstinence in singleness — remains “the most faithful interpretation of God’s will for human sexuality” and an essential component in the Holy Spirit presenting sanctified believers as “holy and blameless” before God.
“We ask you [brothers and sisters in the Lord] to stand steadfast with us in rejecting any compromise that would shift Christ’s church away from that godly endeavor,” says the letter, which is signed by more than two dozen individuals from 21 different organizations.
Read the ACR letter in full

Once a church fellowship starts to grant exceptions to the Word of God, they have started down a slipperly slope that few will ever be able to return from.

University of Kansas Offers Creationism Study (kind of -ed.)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

I have to wonder if statistics was offered at the universities where the theory of evolution was taught. I ask this because anyone who has studied statistic can apply it to the probability of life being created by an accidental sequence of events. They will find that it is statistically impossible for life to have been created by accident.
Don’t throw out the intelligent design theory yet.

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Creationism and intelligent design are going to be studied at the University of Kansas, but not in the way advocated by opponents of the theory of evolution.
A course being offered next semester by the university religious studies department is titled “Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and other Religious Mythologies.”
“The KU faculty has had enough,” said
Paul Mirecki, department chairman.
“Creationism is mythology,” Mirecki said. “
Intelligent design is mythology. It’s not science. They try to make it sound like science. It clearly is not.”

Read the rest here.

I think sometimes people get confused over evolution versus adaptation.
I went to Merriam-Webster Online to check out some things.
Here is what I found:

Main Entry: evo·lu·tion
Pronunciation: “e-v&-‘lü-sh&n, “E-v&-
Function: nounEtymology: Latin evolution-, evolutio unrolling, from evolvere
1: one of a set of prescribed movements

2 a : a process of change in a certain direction :
UNFOLDING b : the action or an instance of forming and giving something off : EMISSION c (1) : a process of continuous change from a lower, simpler, or worse to a higher, more complex, or better state : GROWTH
(2) : a process of gradual and relatively peaceful social, political, and economic advance d : something
evolved
3 : the process of working out or developing
4 a : the historical development of a biological group (as a race or species) :
PHYLOGENY b : a theory that the various types of animals and plants have their origin in other preexisting types and that the distinguishable differences are due to modifications in successive generations
5 : the extraction of a mathematical root
6 : a process in which the whole universe is a progression of interrelated phenomena

Main Entry: ad·ap·ta·tion
Pronunciation: “a-“dap-‘tA-sh&n, -d&p-
Function: noun
1 : the act or process of
adapting : the state of being adapted
2 : adjustment to environmental conditions: as a : adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation b : modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment
3 : something that is
adapted; specifically : a composition rewritten into a new form.

Some will say “Well, what does he know, it’s not his (my) field of study?” They are right, but I know that evolution is just a theory and I will thank educators to stop teaching it as fact.

Thought of the Day

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Hat Tip to my Wonderful Wife without whom, I would be lost.

Subject: Billy Graham’s daughter

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the CBS Early Show with Jane Clayson on September 13, 2001:

CLAYSON: I’ve heard people say, those who are religious, those who are not, if God is good, how could God less this happen? To that, you say?

LOTZ: I say God is also angry when he sees something like this. I would say also for several years now Americans in a sense have shaken their fist at God and said, God, we want you out of our schools, our government, our business, we want you out of our marketplace. And God, who is a gentleman, has just quietly backed out of our national and political life, our public life. Removing his hand of blessing and protection. We need to turn to God first of all and say, God, we’re sorry we have treated you this way and we invite you now to come into our national life. We put our trust in you. We have our trust in God on our coins, we need to practice it.

Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.

Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school . the Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said OK.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with “WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.”

People trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell.
We believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.
We can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.
The lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

“Good friends are like stars………You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there” -author unknown

Kings David & Solomon Were Muslims

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Jesus Groupie over on the Rapture Ready Bulletin Board found this article from Independent Media Review Analysis stating a common mantra of the islamic leadership that everyone throughout all of time were muslims first and then got duped by the Jews into believing all that Bible nonsense. Forget the fact that Judaism and Christianity pre-date islam by hundreds if not thousands of years.

Jordanian Professor/Terrorist on Saudi Al-Majd TV Says Kings David & Solomon Were Muslims Who Today Would Have Fought Israel, Supports Leading Holocaust Denier

-snip-

Nawfal: “The Jews dug 40 meters into the ground, and found nothing. There is no indication that a temple existed there. Brothers, they are making fun of you. Unfortunately, we are unwittingly legitimizing this nonsense of theirs. This is nonsense. This is heresy and blasphemy against God, history, human beings, and common sense. We, unfortunately, are being swept along with the tide. And then we write books that give them legitimacy. This is strange.

“Sir, if David and Solomon were to return to life, these [Zionist] criminals would fight them and they would fight back. David and Solomon were among our ranks. If Solomon had a temple, we would be worshipping Allah in it. We would not be worshipping idols and polytheism in it, like they do.

Read the rest here.
Read the post from Rature Ready too.

I guess you can believe them if you want to, but islam will also try to tell you that Adam was 90 feet tall and the sun set in a pool of muddy water.
Go figure…

Kings David & Solomon Were Muslims

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Jesus Groupie over on the Rapture Ready Bulletin Board found this article from Independent Media Review Analysis stating a common mantra of the islamic leadership that everyone throughout all of time were muslims first and then got duped by the Jews into believing all that Bible nonsense. Forget the fact that Judaism and Christianity pre-date islam by hundreds if not thousands of years.

Jordanian Professor/Terrorist on Saudi Al-Majd TV Says Kings David & Solomon Were Muslims Who Today Would Have Fought Israel, Supports Leading Holocaust Denier

-snip-

Nawfal: “The Jews dug 40 meters into the ground, and found nothing. There is no indication that a temple existed there. Brothers, they are making fun of you. Unfortunately, we are unwittingly legitimizing this nonsense of theirs. This is nonsense. This is heresy and blasphemy against God, history, human beings, and common sense. We, unfortunately, are being swept along with the tide. And then we write books that give them legitimacy. This is strange.

“Sir, if David and Solomon were to return to life, these [Zionist] criminals would fight them and they would fight back. David and Solomon were among our ranks. If Solomon had a temple, we would be worshipping Allah in it. We would not be worshipping idols and polytheism in it, like they do.

Read the rest here.
Read the post from Rature Ready too.

I guess you can believe them if you want to, but islam will also try to tell you that Adam was 90 feet tall and the sun set in a pool of muddy water.
Go figure…

Kings David & Solomon Were Muslims

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Jesus Groupie over on the Rapture Ready Bulletin Board found this article from Independent Media Review Analysis stating a common mantra of the islamic leadership that everyone throughout all of time were muslims first and then got duped by the Jews into believing all that Bible nonsense. Forget the fact that Judaism and Christianity pre-date islam by hundreds if not thousands of years.

Jordanian Professor/Terrorist on Saudi Al-Majd TV Says Kings David & Solomon Were Muslims Who Today Would Have Fought Israel, Supports Leading Holocaust Denier

-snip-

Nawfal: “The Jews dug 40 meters into the ground, and found nothing. There is no indication that a temple existed there. Brothers, they are making fun of you. Unfortunately, we are unwittingly legitimizing this nonsense of theirs. This is nonsense. This is heresy and blasphemy against God, history, human beings, and common sense. We, unfortunately, are being swept along with the tide. And then we write books that give them legitimacy. This is strange.

“Sir, if David and Solomon were to return to life, these [Zionist] criminals would fight them and they would fight back. David and Solomon were among our ranks. If Solomon had a temple, we would be worshipping Allah in it. We would not be worshipping idols and polytheism in it, like they do.

Read the rest here.
Read the post from Rature Ready too.

I guess you can believe them if you want to, but islam will also try to tell you that Adam was 90 feet tall and the sun set in a pool of muddy water.
Go figure…

9th Circuit Court of Appeals: Islam Can Be Taught in Schools

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Jennifer at The Scriptorium blog found this little gem concerning the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals latest bench legislation. They are the most hypocritical group of people I’ve ever encountered.
The sad part is that they know they are this way and they don’t care. In fact they don’t even try to hide the fact from people anymore.

Jennifer’s Post:

This wins the prize for the most hypocritical thing I’ve seen all year. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it was not overtly religious or unconstitutional for California schools to have children dress up as Muslims, recite Muslim prayers in class, and learn about the Koran and Islamic teachings. How can you get anymore overtly religious than that? Can you imagine the outcry (and the opposite ruling from the court) if California schools were having students read the Bible, recite Christian prayers, and wear Christian crosses or some such in school? I conclude from this ruling that the courts in this country have become so arrogant they no longer feel the need to even pretend they are not anti-Christian bigots.
Courts have ruled in cases against Christianity that students can’t even choose to pray alone inside a school building. Students at military schools have been barred from meeting for Bible studies in the school dorms on their own time. In fact, the 9th Circuit was the same court that ruled against reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in school because it is a “coercive exercise” and it mentions the word God. When we have bigots who seek to ban certain religions while allowing others, it’s time to start using the power Congress has to impeach judges. They should start with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Forget splitting up the court. Scrap it and start over.

This is what the court calls “not overtly religious”:
During the history course at Excelsior School in the fall of 2001, the teacher, using an instructional guide, told the students they would adopt roles as Muslims for three weeks to help them learn what Muslims believe.She encouraged them to use Muslim names, recited prayers in class and made them give up something for a day, such as television or candy, to simulate fasting during Ramadan. The final exam asked students for a critique of elements of Muslim culture.


Naturally, the court based it’s decision on a previous case brought by evangelical Christians.
The court cited its 1994 ruling rejecting a suit by evangelical Christian parents in Woodland (Yolo County) who objected to elementary school children reading texts that contained tales and role-playing exercises about witches. In that case, the court said classroom activities related to the texts, which included casting a make-believe spell, were secular instruction rather than religious rituals.


The whole article:
A Contra Costa County school was educating seventh-graders about Islam, not indoctrinating them, in role-playing sessions in which students used Muslim names and recited language from prayers, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit by two Christian students and their parents, who accused the Byron Union School District of unconstitutionally endorsing a religious practice.
“The Islam program activities were not overt religious exercises that raise Establishment Clause concerns,’’ the three-judge panel said, referring to the First Amendment ban on government sanctioning a religion.
During the history course at Excelsior School in the fall of 2001, the teacher, using an instructional guide, told the students they would adopt roles as Muslims for three weeks to help them learn what Muslims believe.
She encouraged them to use Muslim names, recited prayers in class and made them give up something for a day, such as television or candy, to simulate fasting during Ramadan. The final exam asked students for a critique of elements of Muslim culture.
U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled in favor of the school district in 2003, saying that the class had an instructional purpose and that students had engaged in no actual religious exercises.
The appeals court upheld her ruling Thursday in a three-paragraph decision that was not published as a precedent for future cases, which generally is an indication that the court considers the legal issue to be clear from past rulings.
The court cited its 1994 ruling rejecting a suit by evangelical Christian parents in Woodland (Yolo County) who objected to elementary school children reading texts that contained tales and role-playing exercises about witches. In that case, the court said classroom activities related to the texts, which included casting a make-believe spell, were secular instruction rather than religious rituals.
The brevity of Thursday’s ruling “underscores the fact that what the district and its teachers did was entirely within the mainstream of educational practice,’’ said Linda Lye, attorney for the Byron schools.
Edward White of the Thomas More Center, the attorney in the case for the two children and their parents, said he will ask the full appeals court for a rehearing. He said the panel failed to address his argument that the district violated parents’ rights.
“What happened in this classroom was clearly an endorsement of religion and indoctrination of children in the Islamic religion, which would never have stood if it were a class on Christianity or Judaism,’’ White said.


Before any liberals chime in with an argument in favor of allowing Islam in schools, do a little thinking. If you support schools who ban Christmas carols in school, or if you support banning student initiated/led prayer at school sports events, or if you have a problem with students even uttering the word Christmas at school, you have no argument. Unless, of course, you’re now ready to allow Christians the same freedom of speech and religion.
Michelle Malkin links to the
actual curriculum for the course.
See
exerpts from the curriculum at Michelle’s blog
See Also
Stop the ACLU

See the original article here.

Virginia Parish Leaves ECUSA, Pastor Awaits Possible Reprisal

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Well these folks at least are not willing to let the Word of God go into the waste basket. When you really come down to it, there is no wiggle room on the issue of homosexuality. You either believe what the Bible says or you don’t.

Pray for this pastor and his congergation.

(AgapePress) – A Virginia congregation says it has left the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) — and the pastor of that congregation fears his former bishop may take retaliatory action against the parish.
South Riding Church is the first parish to leave the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia after two years of conflict over ECUSA’s ordination of an openly homosexual bishop in New Hampshire. But Pastor Phil Ashey says his problems with the Episcopal Church run much deeper than its approval of Bishop V. Gene Robinson.
“Really the issue of Robinson’s consecration and the blessing of same-sex unions is simply the presenting issue of a deep, deep disease in the Episcopal Church and its leadership,” Ashey explains, “which is the abandonment of Holy Scripture as the basis for what we believe.”

Read the rest here.

1 Corinthians 6:9 (New International Version)
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders…

Verse of the Day

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”- Colossians 3:15

Today’s passage is from the New International Version.

Courtesy of BibleGateway.Com