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Lance Armstrong’s Fall From Grace
The Christian Diarist ^ | October 18, 2012 | JP

Posted on 10/18/2012 11:32:12 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Seven-time Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong has long rejected the idea that God has dominion over his life.

He has refused to accept that his Creator saved him from testicular cancer (“If there was a God, I’d still have two balls,” he once sneered).

He has refused to credit the Almighty for his exceptional athletic prowess (“One of the redeeming things about being an athlete is redefining what’s humanly possible,” he once declared.)

The Bible warns that “God opposes the proud.” And Armstrong’s stunning fall from grace offers proof that God’s Word does not return void.

The disgraced cyclist has lost almost everything that mattered to him.

This past summer, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charged him with having used performance enhancing drugs, stripped him of all his cycling titles and banned him from every competing again.

Yesterday, Nike announced that it was severing its ties with Armstrong, going so far as to remove his name from its corporate fitness center (just as it removed the name of the late Joe Paterno from its corporate daycare center).

That prompted other Armstrong sponsors to follow suit, including Trek (which made Armstrong’s bicycles), Anheuser-Busch, 24 Hour Fitness, FRS and Honey Stinger to follow suit.

Then, perhaps, the biggest ignominy of all, the scandalized cyclist was forced to step down from his own Livestrong Foundation.

Were Armstrong a man of faith, now would be the time for him to drop down on his knees and humble himself before God; to ask the Lord to have mercy upon him, according to His loving kindness, and to blot out his transgressions.

But Armstrong believes he is master of his own fate. He doesn’t believe he is accountable to God.

“If,” wrote Armstrong, in his 2000 autobiography, “there was indeed a God at the end of my days, I hoped he didn’t say, ‘But you were never a Christian, so you’re going the other way from heaven.’ If so, I was going to reply, ‘You know what? You’re right. Fine.’”

That’s the kind of pridefulness God opposes.

It led to Armstrong’s fall from grace. And, unless he gets right with the Almighty, it will lead to his eternal damnation.


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: bloggersandpersonal; cycling; doping; lancearmstrong; livestrong; vanity
Armstrong deserves much credit for the work he has done on behalf of cancer survivors. But is by grace we are saved, through faith in Christ, and not by works.
1 posted on 10/18/2012 11:32:14 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

“He has refused to accept that his Creator saved him from testicular cancer (“If there was a God, I’d still have two balls,” he once sneered). “

If God saved him from testicular cancer then God also gave him testicular cancer.


2 posted on 10/18/2012 11:40:33 AM PDT by FewsOrange
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

If every team was doping, which it appears they were - and even coordinated among teams - Lance was still the champion. Non-issue.


3 posted on 10/18/2012 11:45:26 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Sorry, gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international. Gone.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Since they are taking away his titles, who do they give them to since 2nd, 3rd and 4th were doping too?


4 posted on 10/18/2012 11:47:20 AM PDT by microgood
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
That’s the kind of pridefulness God opposes.

God told you this? Or are you authorized to speak for Him?

It led to Armstrong’s fall from grace.

You know that how exactly? Has God spoken to you about it?

5 posted on 10/18/2012 11:57:05 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: FewsOrange
If God saved him from testicular cancer then God also gave him testicular cancer.

You seem to have too little information on the nature of God to be making such statements.

6 posted on 10/18/2012 12:17:51 PM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (A half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth. (J.I. Packer)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I wonder why he never sneered...’if there was a God, I wouldn’t have cancer’...?


7 posted on 10/18/2012 12:18:32 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: humblegunner
You know that how exactly? Has God spoken to you about it?<

It's all right there in your breakfast toast, HG.

8 posted on 10/18/2012 12:29:11 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Conservatism didn't magically show up in Romney's heart in 2012. You can't force what isn't in you.)
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To: microgood
Since they are taking away his titles, who do they give them to since 2nd, 3rd and 4th were doping too?

Lance ain't giving up!


9 posted on 10/18/2012 12:37:51 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

The old saying “Be nice to those you meet on your way up because you will meet them again on the way down” undoubtedly applies here. As does the shorter saying “Karma can be a real bitch”.


10 posted on 10/18/2012 12:41:10 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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He’s worth about $100 million. I’m sure he’ll get over this.


11 posted on 10/18/2012 12:42:56 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: microgood

It’s looking like the titles aren’t going to be awarded to anyone after Armstrong loses the titles.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/10/news/prudhomme-says-armstrong-victories-should-not-be-re-attributed_260748

I agree with that, both stripping Armstrong of the wins and leaving the titles for those years vacant.


12 posted on 10/18/2012 1:46:40 PM PDT by FreedomForce (Lesser Evil 2012)
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To: FewsOrange
If God saved him from testicular cancer then God also gave him testicular cancer.

BS, maybe his doping gave him ball cancer. God did allow him to survive it though.

13 posted on 10/18/2012 1:49:25 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

He is the master of his own fate. Everything bad that’s happening to him is because of things he did. These are direct consequences. Of course on the other side of it nobody is taking the money, he’s rich, he’s staying that way, so even his consequences aren’t that big.


14 posted on 10/18/2012 1:49:42 PM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: FewsOrange

“If God saved him from testicular cancer then God also gave him testicular cancer.”

Astute observation - I’d say ALLOWED him to get testicular cancer, since it was mankind that invited sin, death and pain in to the world.

But when all is said and done, God is sovereign. Not a sparrow falls unless to the ground without His will. Note, it is God’s will that the sparrow falls.

So, we’d all best be on God’s good side, seeking to please him, and accepting His will when it is time for us to go through a trial or even die, rather than ranting like Plankton on Sponge Bob.


15 posted on 10/18/2012 1:50:38 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: FewsOrange
If God saved him from testicular cancer then God also gave him testicular cancer.

So are you going to blame God for Lance doping? That doping is most likely what caused his balls to rot. But God did allow him to survive.

16 posted on 10/18/2012 1:52:35 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: thefactor
He’s worth about $100 million. I’m sure he’ll get over this.

He will not take with him, one thin dime of that 100 mil when his flesh returns to dirt. He will return to the Maker butt naked.

17 posted on 10/18/2012 1:56:34 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: humblegunner

Gunner, apparently you don’t see the spiritual side of it


18 posted on 10/18/2012 3:14:58 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: thefactor
He’s worth about $100 million. I’m sure he’ll get over this.

That won't do him much good at the White Throne of Judgement.

19 posted on 10/18/2012 3:58:05 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: yldstrk

Yeah, well I’m sure Lance has a pair and will prevail.

Oh wait....


20 posted on 10/18/2012 4:01:27 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

lmao


21 posted on 10/18/2012 4:05:12 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: humblegunner; CHRISTIAN DIARIST

‘That’s the kind of pridefulness God opposes.’

“God told you this? Or are you authorized to speak for Him?”

God tells us these lessons in the Bible. He expects us to understand them, and also expects, not just authorizes, the believers to warn the yet unbelievers of the consequences of their not understanding the lessons.

That said, not knowing if your humor is drier than mine, with respect to your post #20 about a pair “oh wait...”, even a trio on an unbeliever will not prevail.


22 posted on 10/18/2012 6:13:28 PM PDT by anathemized (cursed by some, blessed in Jesus)
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