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  • The Best and Funniest Country (esp. the South and Mid-West) Expressions [Vanity]

    09/21/2012 3:48:36 PM PDT · 118 of 249
    Can i say that here? to KittenClaws
    “They’re so poor they don’t have a pot to pee in nor a winda to throw it out of”

    I heard this exact phrase just the other day.

  • Food stamps a helping hand, not a handout

    09/07/2012 10:33:01 AM PDT · 12 of 57
    Can i say that here? to SmithL

    Considering that food, second only to air, is one of the highest priorities in survival, every first dollar that every individual has should go towards it.

    Food stamps do not subsidize food. An honest person will spend any and every dollar available to feed their family at the expense of comforts and lifestyle.

    Food stamps subsidize cell phones and gas, car payments, and everything else that the receiver is then free to spend those first dollars on.

  • Poll: Akin-McCaskill race still a tossup

    08/30/2012 12:43:51 PM PDT · 25 of 34
    Can i say that here? to soycd
    So, a poll from the left says he's leading because they want him to stay in.

    A poll from Family Research Council says he's leading because they want him to stay in.

    And being the pessimistic Republicans we are, we assume the Democrats know what they are doing and the conservatives don't. I see.

  • Missourians recanting; Todd Akin just might win. (Vanity)

    08/25/2012 11:41:46 AM PDT · 91 of 99
    Can i say that here? to pistolpackinpapa
    Well somebody has. There has been a 20 point swing in the polls. It went from Akin up by 11 to down by 9 now. Somebody changed their mind.

    It hasn't translated into a 20 point increase in support for McCaskill. Her support went from 45-49% in the St. Louis Post Dispatch poll. A 4 point jump in the height of the controversy isn't exactly earth shattering.

  • Missourians recanting; Todd Akin just might win. (Vanity)

    08/25/2012 7:53:51 AM PDT · 53 of 99
    Can i say that here? to Gay State Conservative
    Wow! One voter.Well,that's it then,we can stock up on champagne in Missouri..

    No one I know cares about this AT ALL. Whether on Facebook, conversations, etc. Not a single person I know has changed their mind about Akin.

    To my knowledge, none of us voted for Akin; everyone I know voted Steelman or Bruner, but we support him now as the candidate.

  • Time to move on from Todd Akin

    08/21/2012 7:43:59 PM PDT · 69 of 79
    Can i say that here? to Truthsearcher

    I live in Missouri. I voted for Steeleman. I can’t picture a scenario that will improve on where we are now. If he drops out, we get...Talent?

    He lost to McCaskill last election and the only hope he would have of winning this go round is that fact that Missourians are energized about this election; we showed up in droves for this primary.

    Pulling the elected candidate in favor of some “chosen” republican establishment type does nothing but alienate those of us who showed up to be heard. We are supposed to prefer a chosen moderate over an elected conservative who made a gaffe?

    Add to that the fact that his comment becomes the litmus test for whoever takes his place. “Mr. Candidate, you favor abortion, right?”. Suddenly the media and the left are pushing to replacement to alienate the conservatives even further. A guaranteed win for McCaskill.

  • The Bloody GOP MO Senate Primary

    08/07/2012 1:56:04 PM PDT · 10 of 12
    Can i say that here? to Da Bilge Troll

    I pulled the lever for Steelman today. I was impressed with her campaigning during the Governor primary in 2008 when she lost to Kenny Hulsoff.

    Regardless of who wins, I feel like any of the 3 would defeat McCaskill this year and we will be better off for it.

  • As Baptists Prepare to Meet, Calvinism Debate Shifts to Heresy Accusation

    06/22/2012 10:55:37 AM PDT · 163 of 448
    Can i say that here? to Persevero
    You are walking into the purpose of the law now, which is an entire other subject. A very deep subject.

    Agreed. A very deep subject, but arguably necessary to this discussion as far as the idea that man would never choose God on his own.

    So you have to take the Scripture as a whole.

    Again, agreed. But this means we must reconcile your quote and mine, "justification that brings life for all men" vs "Moreover, whom He predestined, those He also called; and whom He called, those He also justified; and whom He justified, those He also glorified."

    Since Calvanism seems to make the more absolute statement, how does Calvanism reconcile those two Biblical statements?

  • As Baptists Prepare to Meet, Calvinism Debate Shifts to Heresy Accusation

    06/22/2012 5:49:11 AM PDT · 121 of 448
    Can i say that here? to Persevero
    It teaches that men are totally depraved, and that left to their free will, they will choose evil every time. Unless God in His Mercy restrains you from evil. He gives you the gift of salvation. In your sin, you’d never take it. In His mercy, you do.

    I realize I'm coming into this discussion late, but I've read the posts to this point and haven't seen this brought up yet....

    Paul makes the point twice in Romans (4:14 & 5:13) that apart from the law, there is no transgression. They were still subject to physical death, "even over those who did not sin by breaking a commandment (5:14)".

    Paul says in Romans 7:9 that he was "once alive apart from the law.." the implication seeming to be that his knowledge of the law brought conviction which led to repentance.

    The story of Josiah in 2 Kings 22 provides a similar example. The book of the law was found. Josiah became aware that they were violating the law and immediately initiated repentance.

    The story doesn't mention any intervention of the Holy Spirit causing them to repent. In 22:19 God responds, "Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard..." It appears that God's grace and mercy was a response to their choosing. There is no indication in the scripture that God chose them to be responsive.

    In Romans 5:18, Paul says, "Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men." If God chooses the elect, is Paul offering a false promise, or is he ignorant of God's intentions?

  • Get real, getting married before age 25 is not too young

    06/10/2012 5:58:00 AM PDT · 24 of 81
    Can i say that here? to Conservaliberty

    Apparently Jennifer Nagy has never witnessed the effects on urban areas where no one gets married and young men run around making babies with every single girl they can find. I hope she included a demand for abstinence as part of her proposal, but I won’t hold my breath.

    I’m sure everyone she knows spent their 20’s “growing up” in college, but I don’t think these “intellectual elites” understand was a stabilizing for marriage is on young men who actually consider themselves adults at age 18.

    We live in a rural area and the 20-somethings that have a wife and kids go to work and try to provide for their families. The ones who don’t spend all their time and money partying and barely staying out of trouble.

  • Udder nonsense: Raw-milk confiscations begin

    05/23/2012 6:15:38 AM PDT · 32 of 53
    Can i say that here? to savagesusie
    Even worse. According to cows and politics, this is Russian communism.

    "RUSSIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk."

  • ‘RING OF FIRE’ May 20, 2012 Solar Eclipse Starting 5:30 pm PDT (7:30 pm CDT)

    05/20/2012 7:57:50 PM PDT · 37 of 43
    Can i say that here? to Yosemitest
    Took the kids out and tried to have some fun getting pics of the eclipse. We only had a small one here in SW Missouri


  • Eduardo Saverin doesn't owe us anything (Is Facebook co-founder a traitor for giving up on America?)

    05/17/2012 5:41:39 AM PDT · 11 of 27
    Can i say that here? to SeekAndFind

    I thought all these whiny big government leftists were also the champions of helping out the developing nations?

    It would seem that opportunities Saverin has to invest his billions will be much more effective in the emerging Asian markets around Singapore than keeping it here in the US where his taxes are just another drop in our 1.5 Trillion dollar bucket.

    It sounds to me like they just don’t want to share.

  • Have You Seen the Attention-Grabbing New TIME Cover?

    05/10/2012 2:54:03 PM PDT · 8 of 96
    Can i say that here? to CitizenM

    She’s only doing it to stay skinny. As soon as she quits, she’s gonna blow up like a balloon.

  • The Selfishness Debate: Ayn Rand vs the Dalai Lama

    04/30/2012 10:27:25 PM PDT · 34 of 42
    Can i say that here? to albionin

    An excellent reply and I am better for having read it. While I disagree with her assessment of religion (though sadly, I admit it is not all without merit), I agree with your points completely on the mindset and beliefs of the looters and the moochers.

    It seems that you and I may have reached our opinions of leftists from opposite sides of the same coin. I came to your conclusion by living among those who had their humanity stripped away by “well intentioned” welfare programs and public assistance. I understood it to be evil when my aunt told me that she made more money NOT working. Watching my family members “race” to see who get on permanent disability first, like it was a competition.

    I have never doubted that the “sympathy” of leftists was driven by the fact that they despise the poor and that they found them to be incapable of any meaningful existence on their own. They dole out welfare like table scraps to a mangy dog and expect the recipients to be grateful.

    Take care.

  • The Selfishness Debate: Ayn Rand vs the Dalai Lama

    04/30/2012 8:40:43 PM PDT · 32 of 42
    Can i say that here? to albionin

    First, let me say, no persuasion will be forthcoming.

    Next, let me say thank you. An interesting, thought provoking discussion on such a potentially divisive topic is a rarity, but it is one of the hallmarks of Freerepublic.

    This is interesting because I agree with her rebuke of Altruism as portrayed in her books. But what I notice in the characters is that they are unable to invoke altruism in themselves. It is always demanded of others, but never of the characters demanding it. Not that I can remember anyway. It was demanded of Hank and Dagny by their family members, but those characters gave nothing.

    Is there any character in her stories, or examples in her other writings of a person, real or fictitious who actually personified Altruism? Do you recall what her assessment was of that person?

  • The Selfishness Debate: Ayn Rand vs the Dalai Lama

    04/30/2012 6:44:05 PM PDT · 30 of 42
    Can i say that here? to albionin

    That is an interesting response worthy of a good chewing over. The first thing that your example would require is that the Objectivists acknowledges the deity of Christ, which, while I greatly admire Rand’s books, I don’t recall being one of her themes.

    If I am accurate that most Randian Objectivists reject the deity of Christ, then by their measure, he was simply a man sacrificing himself for undesirable others benefiting neither them nor himself. If so, the honest Objectivist (again assuming they reject his deity) would proclaim Christ to be evil.

    Personally, I agree with most of Rand’s concepts. They seem to be in line with Adam Smith’s idea of the Invisible Hand. Each man, acting in his own self interest, will find it in his best interest to make sure that he treats his neighbor fairly in order to continue doing business with each other.

  • Dentist pulled out ALL boyfriend's teeth after he dumped her

    04/28/2012 3:48:54 PM PDT · 56 of 77
    Can i say that here? to DIRTYSECRET

    I’m having a hard time deciding if you are trying to be serious, or if you forgot the sarcasm tag. If not, that might be the most astoundingly ignorant thing I’ve ever read on this site.

    Here is some mildly humorous education reading for you.

  • The Selfishness Debate: Ayn Rand vs the Dalai Lama

    04/28/2012 6:49:18 AM PDT · 28 of 42
    Can i say that here? to albionin
    Altruism is not good according to objectivism. It is evil. “A love above and apart from one’s self interest is not only evil it is impossible” and that is what objectivism holds. And to hold that love apart from ones self interest is exactly what altruism demands.

    I think the difficulty with this statement comes when you get to the issue of religion. The Bible states, "no greater love has any man shown than that he lay down his life for his friend.....

    Romans 5:7 "Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

    By your definition stated here, the event that the Bible declares the greatest act of love would have to be considered the greatest evil.

    Not trying to start an argument, just pointing out why some people would have a problem with Rand's philosophy on altruism.

  • 'Warming hole' delayed climate change over eastern United States: study

    04/27/2012 5:22:29 AM PDT · 17 of 23
    Can i say that here? to allmost
    "For the sake of protecting human health and reducing acid rain, we've now cut the emissions that lead to particulate pollution," he adds, "but these cuts have caused the greenhouse warming in this region to ramp up to match the global trend."

    That's interesting. He just said that environmental regulations are causing global warming.

  • Thinking Can Undermine Religious Faith, Study Finds

    04/26/2012 9:00:39 PM PDT · 60 of 106
    Can i say that here? to kosciusko51
    If I look at this logically, I see only three options: the universe is eternal, which according the the mathematics of eternity it is not, there is something greater than the universe which is eternal that brought forth the universe, or the universe itself sprung out of nothingness. This really boils down to one option: there has to be an uncaused cause (cause and effect).

    I am working my way through this concept in the Sunday School class I teach. It took us three weeks to get the class to understand this logical conclusion. They have never been challenged to consider their Christianity through the prism of logic and reason, yet they are coming to understand that logic and reason lead us to God, not away from Him.

  • NYT Ethicist A Contest: Tell Us Why It’s Ethical to Eat Meat

    03/20/2012 7:09:35 PM PDT · 94 of 109
    Can i say that here? to SMGFan

    This was fun. Here’s my answer:

    The fact that this challenge comes with the modifier, “at least when human survival is not at stake” indicates an important assumption on the part of the ethicist. It assumes a distinction between the decision to eat meat for survival and eating meat as a “dietary preference”. This may be done on the basis that “other animals” eat only for survival and therefore we should do so as well.

    As we explore the comparison between humans and “other animals”, it would only be fair to point out that we are the only species that considers this to be a matter of choice. The natural world acts on instinct; prey is hunted for survival. As this is the natural order of things, I suppose the ethicist would consider this to be “good”. Even so, the wolf will always take the life of a rabbit when the opportunity is presented. The wolf knows no mercy and in fact would be detrimental to himself if he did. To show mercy would be to deny his nature.

    To even ponder this question is an indication that we do not share the nature of the wolf. That we allow our selves the luxury of contemplating mercy demonstrates a strength and superiority over the animal world. Mercy is an attribute of the strong; the wolf does not have the luxury of affording mercy to the rabbit as both are engaged in a struggle for survival.

    Is there a virtue in imposing upon ourselves that standard of “only for survival”? Do we restrict ourselves to the nature of the wolf while at the same time making it perfectly clear that we are above the wolf by virtue of the fact that we are “choosing”.

    As a civilized people, are we obligated to show mercy? If is the opinion of one man that we ought to impose mercy, a strictly human attribute, on the natural world then we must consider another strictly human concept, freedom. If you choose mercy, and you find virtue in that, then your conscience is clear.

    But are we virtuous to impose mercy on our fellow free men? Can it be considered mercy if choice is removed? If mercy is an attribute of the strong, then mercy can not be given by those who are powerless to choose otherwise. If the ethicist values mercy and freedom as virtues he must acknowledge that freedom is a prerequisite for mercy.

    The ability to harvest meat as easily as we harvest crops demonstrates once again our superiority over “other animals”. The ability of one man to harvest meat for the nutritional benefit of a thousand others demonstrates our superiority. To impose upon ourselves a restriction that nature would not oppose upon itself is not a demonstration of our superiority, it is a demonstration of our arrogance.

    To believe that a self imposed “survival only” standard brings us closer to nature is akin to believing buying organic at Whole Foods brings us closer to our African brothers and sisters who have been denied access to DDT to protect their crops.

  • Atheists Wash Florida Road Christians Anointed With Oil

    03/17/2012 8:14:30 PM PDT · 9 of 125
    Can i say that here? to Steelfish

    “We’re not going to tolerate their bigotry,” Wachs said”.

    It’s amazing how easy it is to be tolerant; unless it pertains to something you don’t like. I wonder what Ms. Wachs “coexist” friends think about her statement.

  • Tebow

    01/08/2012 5:26:42 PM PST · 12 of 299
    Can i say that here? to edpc

    I love the Steelers. Still glad Denver won. Pittsburgh had no chance of making it to the Super Bowl, so if they are gonna lose, I’m glad it was this game for Tebow’s sake.

  • Why Americans Won't Do Dirty Jobs

    11/18/2011 5:31:59 AM PST · 137 of 154
    Can i say that here? to JerseyanExile

    It sounds like this guy may be fighting a losing battle.

    He is trying to compete with a large influx of imported catfish. It looks like the imported fish already sells for close to 2/3 the price of domestic. Increasing labor cost would basically shut him down.

    Not trying to defend hiring illegals, just looking at the other side of the argument that the job is worth more than minimum wage.

  • Guess How Much Money Angry Customers Moved Out Of Banks In Support Of Bank Transfer Day

    11/07/2011 8:59:03 AM PST · 37 of 43
    Can i say that here? to SeekAndFind

    I am torn on this issue. I started receiving notices from my bank, Regions, about new fees a few weeks ago.

    When I discovered this was response to Dodd-Frank, I told my wife I wanted to move our business to the local bank who holds our mortgage. They are a strong, solid bank which hasn’t instituted any policy changes due to new regulations.

    I didn’t do it to punish Regions. I did it because I didn’t feel comfortable anymore with a bank large enough to be at the mercy of federal regulation.

    Then I hear about these idiot liberals calling on people to leave their banks and nearly changed my mind. I don’t want to be associated with their reasoning. But at the end of the day, I think we are better off supporting a good local entity with only minor inconveniences.

  • Thieves preying on fellow protesters (Occupy Wall Street)

    10/18/2011 4:40:52 AM PDT · 46 of 92
    Can i say that here? to SMARTY
    HA! HA! HA!!! Welcome to the real world

    A liberal is just a conservative who has never been mugged.

  • Zotted Poster and Tea Party founder (ha ha) (Karl Denninger) backs Occupy Wall Street

    10/14/2011 3:29:02 PM PDT · 19 of 115
    Can i say that here? to oldbrowser

    From Wikipedia:

    “Karl Denninger is the former CEO of MCSNet in Chicago, one of the area’s first Internet providers.

    He is most notably, however, a founding contributer to conservative blog and is one of the early members of the Tea Party movement (”I cannot take credit for the idea floated on the forum, but I do like it.”).[1]. Rick Santelli’s CNBC mention of a tea party[citation needed] followed Mr. Denninger’s Blog entry on January 20th.

    On January 20, 2009 Denninger published an article regarding the suggestion to mail tea bags to the white house and to congress. The title of his post was “Tea Party February 1st?,” and it was written in direct response to President Obama’s inauguration occurring on the same day, even though he openly voted for Obama. The article took issue with the bailouts, the US national debt and “the fraud and abuse in our banking and financial system” which included the predatory lending practices currently at the center of the home mortgage foreclosure crisis.[2]

    Karl Denninger, who helped form FedUpUSA in the wake of the March 2008 Federal Reserve bail out of Bear Sterns, has been a guest on MSNBC, Glenn Beck and CNBC Reports.[3][4] By February 1, the idea had spread among various conservative and libertarian-oriented blogs, forums, websites and through a viral email campaign.[5]

    On Oct 20, 2010, he blogged that Republicans had hijacked the Tea Party movement, and perverted its original goals to the standard Republican concerns of “guns, gays and God.”[6].

    Denninger stated on RT that he supports the Occupy Wall Street movement.[7]”

  • Police: Cavity search produces 50 bags of heroin (you'll never guess where)

    03/22/2011 2:58:21 PM PDT · 112 of 119
    Can i say that here? to Red in Blue PA

    “Hey baby, I sure would like a little p@$$^”

    “Yeah, me too. Mine’s as big as a hat!”

  • Breaking:Explosion at Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi plant heard around 0630 GMT

    03/12/2011 7:55:16 AM PST · 685 of 798
    Can i say that here? to Justa

    “The value of your sensationalistic information to any reasond mind is actually less than 0. So please reformat your information into a rational explanation which conforms to accepted laws of physics so people can gain something from it.”

    Well, I understood exactly what they meant and I am slightly irked that I wasted the time to read your post in the mistaken assumption that it somehow contributed to the conversation.

    And you misspelled “reasoned”.

  • Judge: Media must reveal IDs of online posters

    03/06/2011 2:32:01 PM PST · 34 of 46
    Can i say that here? to digger48

    Would a newspaper be allowed to protect the identity of an letter writer who made a defamatory statement that was then printed by the paper on its editorial page?

    It sounds like the issue is that the paper is expected to take ownership of its online comments section just as it would a letter to the editor.

  • Senators’ Bid to Force Governor to Accept High-Speed Rail Money Fails

    03/06/2011 6:05:27 AM PST · 31 of 43
    Can i say that here? to John Semmens
    Senator Joyner disagreed with the Governor’s take. “Constructing this rail line would mean jobs for Floridians right now, when we most need them,”

    A visiting diplomat from Russia was traveling the streets of New York City with the mayor. He noticed men shoveling snow from the sides of the streets. "In Russia, we use plow trucks to clear the streets. It is much more efficient. Why do you have so many men shoveling?" The mayor replied, "Unemployment is pretty high now. We're trying to keep as many people working as possible." The Russian said, "Then why not give them spoons so everyone can have a job?"

    I use to think that was just a joke. I didn't want to believe that people really think this way.

  • BARE YOUR SOUL: Talking to a stripped-down therapist to get to naked truth

    03/01/2011 5:06:46 AM PST · 43 of 61
    Can i say that here? to Waverunner

    “Just try to relax and let’s talk about the first thing that comes up”.

  • Coffee and an aspirin 'best hangover cure' after all

    01/17/2011 8:16:12 PM PST · 24 of 54
    Can i say that here? to Arec Barrwin
  • 'Gringo' essay aired on NPR raises questions about rhetoric

    01/14/2011 11:06:46 AM PST · 12 of 32
    Can i say that here? to Crush

    I heard the airing of this essay. My impression was that Ms. Hernandez would have assumed the shooter to be illegal had he been Latino.

  • Target Cashier Didn't Charge Me For DVD. Should I Tell Them?

    12/21/2010 8:25:30 AM PST · 33 of 234
    Can i say that here? to Tazzo

    It would be worth the trip back just to see the look on their faces when you bring it in and explain what happened. That type of honesty is so lacking today, they won’t know what to do.

  • LIVE THREAD--Election Day 2010!

    11/02/2010 6:23:00 PM PDT · 1,562 of 3,201
    Can i say that here? to Can i say that here?

    Ike Skelton (d)currently down 50-44 with almost 10% reporting. Huge Republican win if we pull it off.

  • LIVE THREAD--Election Day 2010!

    11/02/2010 6:03:58 PM PDT · 1,453 of 3,201
    Can i say that here? to SE Mom

    Here in Missouri, we have congressman Ike Skelton (D) in a very close race for the first time in 30 years. I would be surprised if Vicky Hartzler pulls off the win, but it is encouraging just to see him challenged.

  • Tennessee Firemen ignore burning house over unpaid subscription fee

    10/03/2010 8:42:42 PM PDT · 141 of 251
    Can i say that here? to Charlespg
    WTF are taxes for? Good question this is extortion pure and simple

    If I read the story correctly, the family offered to pay and they turned them down. I'm not sure that meets the definition of extortion.

  • Tennessee Firemen ignore burning house over unpaid subscription fee

    10/03/2010 8:37:34 PM PDT · 139 of 251
    Can i say that here? to ThomasThomas

    I am in rural SW Missouri. I pay just under $1,000/year on $135,000 coverage. It would be significantly less if we were in a town with a fire department.

  • Tennessee Firemen ignore burning house over unpaid subscription fee

    10/03/2010 8:35:19 PM PDT · 138 of 251
    Can i say that here? to Pontiac

    I am an insurance adjuster, but I’m not familiar with that. I looked through some policies for various farm coverages and didn’t find any clauses to that effect.

    There are a lot of unique policies when you get into small companies and farm/rural coverages, so I won’t pretend to know all the variations.

  • Tennessee Firemen ignore burning house over unpaid subscription fee

    10/03/2010 5:54:48 PM PDT · 47 of 251
    Can i say that here? to counterpunch

    I live in a rural area with a similar FD arrangement. You pay your membership fee. It’s pretty clear when they send the notices out that you have zero access to services if you don’t.

    As the story notes, the firemen were on hand to protect the property of the neighboring owner. Everyone who lives in a rural FD area knows the rules.

    These stories pop here from time to time, and they are usually misunderstood. There are no hydrants. It’s usually a couple of trucks with water tanks on the back. The resources are limited and you don’t expose the paying customers to extra harm by using up the water on the house that didn’t pay.

    They tried to skimp on $75 and it didn’t pay off. It is sad that they lost all their possessions, but most of that would probably be lost in the smoke and water damage anyway. Their insurance will pay for the house and contents. Hopefully, they will choose to pay their membership fee in the future.

  • To Tithe Or Not To Tithe ( Vanity )

    08/30/2010 5:14:30 PM PDT · 63 of 237
    Can i say that here? to SouthDixie

    You’ve gotten plenty of responses, but I’ll share with you my personal approach to the topic.

    First, take a moment to review the old testament instructions regarding the tithe. Deuteronomy 14:22 points out that the tithe was supposed to be consumed at a great festival each year. On the 3rd year, it was given to the storehouse for the priests and the widows and orphans.

    So two thirds of the tithe was consumed, the other third went to the ministry. The purpose was as much about setting aside your first fruits in order to honor the Lord as it was about ministry.

    It was a sign of trust, that you would consume 10% at one feast of worship, trusting God to sustain you on the other 90%.

    I don’t think that concept is strictly Old Testament. I feel it is alive and very practical to my life today. I tithe because I trust him and I desire to honor him.

    The other aspect is the character of giving. Giving is an attribute of God. He made us in His image. I give because my God is a giver and I want to be more like him. It isn’t a legal issue. It isn’t a salvation issue. It is an issue of the heart and an issue of trust in God.

    Good luck in deciding how you feel on the issue. I pray God will lead you in the proper direction.

  • Some Evangelicals on Defensive over partnering with Glenn Beck

    08/30/2010 4:55:02 PM PDT · 104 of 131
    Can i say that here? to Robulus

    Nope. I get it my friend. I’ve been a Bible believing Christian since my youth and I’m pretty suspicious of false doctrine, especially within the Christian religion.

    What you leave out of your reference is vs 7, “ For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.”

    Beck preaches Christ crucified. I’ve been listening to his radio show since 2004 and in all the hours of air time, I’ve never heard him speak any way to salvation except Christ crucified.

    Consider Matthew 12 “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

    If Beck’s doctrine is of Satan, why would he condemn “Collective salvation” and social justice?

  • Some Evangelicals on Defensive over partnering with Glenn Beck

    08/30/2010 5:35:28 AM PDT · 92 of 131
    Can i say that here? to Robulus

    Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

    “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. Mark 9:38

  • The Great Glenn Beck-a-Palooza

    08/30/2010 4:58:03 AM PDT · 64 of 124
    Can i say that here? to Ronbo1948

    I don’t have any experience with AA philosophy or mentality, but I would like to note that Beck routinely criticizes Obama’s “Collective salvation” concept as “pure evil” and notes that it is the springboard into social justice.

    His message on his radio show is that Jesus Christ saves you individually and is as far from groupthink mentality as anyone I hear.

  • Islamic Radicals Threaten Suicide Bombings Against Gainesville Church

    08/25/2010 8:17:48 AM PDT · 79 of 80
    Can i say that here? to Immerito

    This is an interesting discussion. Thank you for participating with me.

    I do think we should point out that to be literal about our application of this verse to this situation, Paul said, “to the Jew I became a those not having the law, I became as one not having the law..”

    I cannot imagine conceding to Sharia law in order to win over the Muslims to Christ.

    Regarding the motives of this church...anything not of the Spirit is of Satan. I will be very slow to attribute something that could be of the Spirit to Satan. This constitutes blasphemy of the Spirit and I will refrain from that unless we know without a doubt that it is so.

    If their actions were expressly forbidden, I would be more comfortable agreeing with your assessment.

    One last thing to consider- if the Muslim extremist react violently, perhaps that will affect the conscience of the Muslims that may be open to Christ. They realize the true intent of their religion and choose Christ. It could happen.

  • Islamic Radicals Threaten Suicide Bombings Against Gainesville Church

    08/25/2010 3:58:34 AM PDT · 72 of 80
    Can i say that here? to wideminded

    Speaking as a Christian...
    It’s a book. I can buy another at Wal-Mart.

    More to your point, there are some people who would over react. My thought would be that they were not acting in obedience to God, which means their actions would be sin by our standards as there is no Biblical mandate for such action.

    The difference being that any Christian who acted in violence to a Bible burning would likely be committing sin, while a Muslim who acted similarly would likely be considered obedient by the standards of their faith.

  • Islamic Radicals Threaten Suicide Bombings Against Gainesville Church

    08/25/2010 3:48:50 AM PDT · 69 of 80
    Can i say that here? to Immerito
    Unless you have evidence that this has occurred with the church in question, there is no reason to believe that principle applies in this particular case.

    My comment was that it seems we are fast approaching a time...

    I do not know the history of this church. I also want to be slow to condemn the actions of a fellow Christian if they are following the will of God. Is there a biblical mandate not to antagonize the pagans?

    It seems that most of Paul's writings in regards to the pagan cultures and religions were quite hostile by today's standards. They would surely have been considered inflammatory at the time.

  • Islamic Radicals Threaten Suicide Bombings Against Gainesville Church

    08/24/2010 8:01:38 PM PDT · 60 of 80
    Can i say that here? to Immerito

    Jesus also said that if they will not listen to you, leave their city or home and shake the dust off your feet.

    Paul said, “as much as it is possible,” to live at peace with one another.

    It seems that we are fast approaching a time when it is no longer possible to live at peace with them.