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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/23 18:10:00 (327 reads)

Stop Twisting the Bible … to Make it Fit Same-Sex Marriage

By Gary DeMar
http://americanvision.org
April 23, 2014

I love a challenge. I’m competitive by nature. I hate to lose. Having made an admission of my competitive nature, it’s more important to get the facts straight than to manipulate the facts so you can be right.

So when I saw the headline that there is no message against same-sex marriage in the Bible, I felt a challenge coming on. Has somebody come up with an argument I’ve never encountered? I’ve read all the arguments pro and con, did I miss something?

Michael Brown writes, “As I note in my book [Can You Be Gay and Christian?: Responding With Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality], there are ‘no new textual, archeological, sociological, anthropological, or philological discoveries [that] have been made in the last fifty years that would cause us to read any of these biblical texts differently.’”

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/21 11:50:00 (886 reads)

Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins

by Jonathan Parnell
http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/topic-index/homosexuality
April 21, 2014

Homosexuality is not the only sin mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

It’s not the only sin mentioned, but it is different from all the rest, at least right now. At this moment in history, contrary to the other sins listed here, homosexuality is celebrated by our larger society with pioneering excitement. It’s seen as a good thing, as the new hallmark of progress.

To be sure, the masses increasingly make no bones about sin in general. Innumerable people are idolaters, not to mention those who are sexually immoral, or who commit adultery, or who steal and are greedy and get wasted and revile neighbors and swindle others. It happens all the time. And each of these unrepentant sins are the same in the sense of God’s judgment. They all deserve his wrath. And we’re constantly reminded that “such were some of you” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/17 11:30:00 (966 reads)

This is Not Equality

By Wendy Wright
Turtle Bay and Beyond
http://www.turtlebayandbeyond.org
April 16, 2014

In Nigeria, gunmen kidnapped more than 100 schoolgirls and torched the surrounding town on Tuesday. A day before, a deadly blast killed 71 people. A day later, 18 people were killed in another attack.

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department is laser-focused on . . . promoting homosexuality.

In 2011, former Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Obama directed all federal agencies working abroad to protect and promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/16 15:20:00 (996 reads)

SCOTLAND: Funds lost as wealthy churches quit in new gay protest

By Brian Donnelly
THE HERALD
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/
16 April 2014

Two of the wealthiest Church of ­Scotland congregations are quitting the Kirk just weeks before the General Assembly over the issue of gay ordination.

The move is a new cash blow with the two congregations contributing £315,000 between them to the Church.

One of the congregations has already left, with the second negotiating terms.

The departure of St Catherine's Argyle, in the leafy Grange district of Edinburgh, and New Restalrig in Willowbrae, also in the Scottish capital, comes as almost 1000 key figures are due to gather for the annual meeting of the Church in the city in May.

The two confirmed breakaway congregations are in the "higher givings bracket" and so among the wealthiest in terms of donations.

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/15 15:20:00 (670 reads)

Archbishop Welby Struggles with a Greater Truth

By A.S. HALEY
THE ANGLICAN CURMUDGEON
http://accurmudgeon.blogspot.com/
April 11, 2014

As the Anglican Curmudgeon, it behooves me now and then to comment upon matters Anglican. And just now, there is a tempest in the Anglican teapot which I have refrained from noticing, because after all, it is still a small storm in a very small teapot.

And indeed, it is a “storm” only if you take its measure by the winds from the West – or (which comes to the same thing, direction-wise) from the left. By all other measures, including one which takes note of the fact that the winds are blowing only from the West, something must be going well in Anglican Land.

For the Archbishop of Canterbury has seen fit to share with Anglicans in the West his insights gained from a visit with Anglicans to the South. And from the reactions in the West, it would appear that neither group can even begin to comprehend why the other proceeds as it does. Even worse, it would appear that each group would prefer that the other did not call itself “Anglican.”

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/10 16:30:00 (3460 reads)

Even LGBT Historians Admit No One Is 'Born Gay'

By ALEX KOCMAN
CHARISMA
http://www.charismanews.com/
April 5, 2014

Born Gay?

In his article, David Benkof writes, "Sure, there’s substantial evidence of both discreet and open same-sex love and sex in pre-modern times. But no society before the 19th century had a gay minority or even discernibly gay-oriented individuals."

Whether it's Macklemore's "Same Love" or Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," our culture is pretty convinced that homosexuality is inherent from birth.

But as it turns out, those within the LGBT movement aren't that convinced themselves.

In an article in the Daily Caller, gay writer David Benkof presents the solid case of the historians—several of whom are also LGBT—who maintain that the sexual orientation of homosexuality didn't exist until about 150 years ago.

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/10 15:40:00 (667 reads)

Why Are Marriages Plunging & Unwed Births Soaring?

By Mike McManus
April 10, 2014

The American family is falling apart. Consider two grim trends.

The U.S. marriage rate has plunged 57% since 1970, according to “The State of Our Unions” for 2012. Two-thirds of Americans over age 15 used to be married. Now it is only 48%.

The unwed birth rate was only 5% in 1960 and 10.7% in 1970. However, that figure has soared to 40.8% in 2010. In fact, 53% of all births to women under age 30 were to unmarried women.

What’s gone wrong? Uncle Sugar, as Mike Huckabee puts it, is the culprit.

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/10 15:10:00 (964 reads)

Homofascist Tyranny
The tyranny of homofascism must be opposed

By Michael Voris
The Vortex
April 9, 2014

Grab a pen and write the word down as quickly as you can and start using it everywhere – the word is .. homofascists .. as in homofascism.

A working definition you ask? How’s this for starters?

Homofascism – “a way of organizing a society in which homosexualists impose their agenda with which no one is allowed to disagree or have any appeal to the contrary without being subjected to severe consequences of ridicule, slander, libel, fines, public demonstrations, distortions, denial of free speech rights, loss of employment, and having the word “hate” attached to you in some form.”

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/9 11:00:00 (738 reads)

Why 'move on' won't wash over same-sex marriage

By Julian Mann
http://www.christiantoday.com/
April 5, 2014,

Such is the huge social pressure now for accepting same-sex marriage that even its erstwhile parliamentary critics are telling voters to move on. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond claims that now Parliament has made its decision opponents of same-sex marriage will 'get used to it'; the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has conceded that Parliament has "spoken very clearly and we accept that and that's right and proper".
But here is why "move on" is a message socially conservative voters are not going to heed. First, a personal political recollection.

In 1986, when the Westland crisis hit Mrs. Thatcher's Second Administration, I, then aged 21, had a vigorous political debate with a friend who later became a Conservative parliamentary candidate. I argued with passionate conviction that the political contoversy over the takeover of the Westland helicopter firm producing the resignation of one of Mr Hammond's predecessors, Michael Heseltine, would be a major issue at the next General Election, which fell in 1987.

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/8 11:40:00 (640 reads)

United Kingdom Koran Censorship

By Andrew Harrod
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/andrew-harrod/the-united-kingdoms-continuing-koran-censorship/
April 6, 2014

Mark Stephenson confessed at a February 28, 2014, United Kingdom trial “threatening behavior” while watching a December 7, 2013, Birmingham soccer game. Stephenson’s behavior involved Koran desecration, merely the latest case demonstrating deferential British censorship with respect to Islam’s holy book.

According to one news account, a woman gave pages of a Koran taken from her handbag to Stephenson and about 20 other soccer fans during the game. Stephenson ripped the pages and pretended to burn them with a lighter while saying to a stadium worker that he had the “Muslim bible, we hate Muslims.” Another worker overheard fans shouting “Koran, Muslims and burning.”

Stephenson received a £235 fine for a “religiously-aggravated public order offence,” a British hate crime that, among things, encompasses “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behavior.” “We hope that in the future you will not ever, ever participate in any such incident,” Judge Ronald Healey declared in sentencing Stephenson. It is “considered extremely offensive to some members of the community.”

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/7 10:30:00 (531 reads)

Recovering the Meaning of Marriage

By Robert Knight
http://www.washingtontimes.com
April 7, 2014

The stage is being set for the U.S. Supreme Court to manufacture a "right" to homosexual "marriage" in the Constitution. That's the document written by the same American Founders whose minds the court read in 1973 to include fever dreams of unlimited abortions.

This time around, the court might desist. We can only hope.

Meanwhile, the Orwellian juggernaut of intolerance in the name of tolerance rolls on, with Mozilla Firefox CEO Brendan Eich the latest victim. Mr. Eich resigned Thursday for the crime of donating $1,000 in 2008 to support Proposition 8. He was in good company. California's marriage amendment was widely approved by the electorate - including 70 percent of black California voters.

I guess they should all be fired from whatever jobs they have.

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/3 11:20:00 (751 reads)

New Conservative Issue: Cohabitation Reform

By Mike McManus
April 2, 2014

If I were running for governor In this election year, I’d propose Cohabitation Reform. Currently, your tax dollars are supporting couples to live together.

Last year 8 million couples were cohabiting. Two-thirds of those who married were living together. However, with only 2.2 million marriages in a year, that means only 1.4 million cohabiting couples tied the knot.

What happened to the other 6.6 million cohabiting couples? Most broke up. On average, cohabitation lasts only 15 months. While some were still living together after a year, the grim odds are that four of five couples who cohabit will split before a wedding.

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/2 11:30:00 (754 reads)

Drowning in Distortion — Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”

By ALBERT MOHLER
http://www.albertmohler.com/2014/03/31/drowning-in-distortion-darren-aronofskys-noah/
March 31, 2014

My first experience teaching the Bible came when I was asked at the last minute to teach a Sunday School class of first-grade boys. I was only 16 years old, and I did not exactly volunteer to teach the class. I found myself telling a familiar Bible story to six-year olds and explaining it as best I could. There have been very few Sundays since when I have not taught or preached, usually to a congregation a bit less fidgety than my first.

You learn one thing fast when teaching the Bible to six-year-old boys — they often think they can “improve” on the story as found in the Bible. First-grade boys are big on special effects, blowing away bad guys, exploding just about anything, and what we might gently call “narrative overkill.”

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/2 10:10:00 (602 reads)

Aged Out of Church
Even in our congregations, midlife has become a joke

By Michelle Van Loon
CHRISTIANITY TODAY
http://www.christianitytoday.com/
April 1, 2014

Ask anyone who's hit midlife, and they'll tell you: this stage is no joke for us.

The emotional, spiritual, physical, and relational shifts that occur at midlife can lead to disconnection from old social networks and a profound sense of loneliness, which brings with it serious health risks. At this point, many also feel drained by the increasingly common occurrence of death, disease, divorce, and the changes that redefine old friendships.

And yet, rather than engage these important but uncomfortable issues that come with aging, our culture—including, at times, the church—would rather laugh it off. We see midlife as a caricature: the man with a bad comb over buying a red convertible or a thick-waisted woman drenched with sweat after her internal thermostat cranks itself up to the "temporary inferno" setting. We make the middle-aged into a punchline:

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/3/31 11:20:00 (606 reads)

IRELAND: Pro-gay anti-discrimination laws will one day ban teaching Christianity: Irish singer Dana Scallon

by Peter Baklinski
www.LifeSiteNews.com
March 27, 2014

Famed Irish singer, politician, and pro-life leader Dana Rosemary Scallon warns that Christians in the West could soon be banned from teaching their faith because of the tightening grip of pro-homosexual anti-discrimination laws.

“We are going to find very soon, I believe, that it will be against the law to teach our faith. It’s going to be against the law to proclaim our faith — our teachings on this subject [of marriage-and-family and respect for life] in particular — because of anti-discrimination laws,” said Scallon in an interview with LifeSiteNews.

Scallon, a world class musician who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1970, said she witnessed first hand the deliberate eroding of her country’s morals and values by a heavy-handed European Union (EU) while serving as a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004.

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