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Posts by JAKraig

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  • A Sin Unforgiveable (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus)

    09/02/2015 10:30:42 AM PDT · 15 of 17
    JAKraig to caww

    Not one word in the Bible - not even one - suggests that there will be a second chance after death for those who have willfully rejected Christ in this life and chosen to shut Him out of their lives. . . .


    You must not have read all of my post. I did not mean in any way to say that those who reject Christ will have a second chance after this life. I was speaking about those who have never heard of Christ. What did they do to earn eternal damnation?

  • A Sin Unforgiveable (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus)

    09/02/2015 9:19:21 AM PDT · 12 of 17
    JAKraig to caww

    The unpardonable sin is to deny the finished work of Christ ....some might do so for a time in their life and later come to accept it for themselves.....If they die in denial they are lost.


    I would disagree in that the work of Christ is not finished. His work that He performed while on the earth was finished when He gave up the Ghost but He is still striving with man to bring man unto Him so that man can have eternal life.

    I know it is crazy but even after death I wonder if there are opportunities for man. While Christ was dead but before being Raised to immortality He preached to the dead. I have always wondered why He did that if there was not some opportunity for them to be saved. I have also wondered about the majority of mankind who have never heard of Christ, through no fault of their own they are damned to Hell forever? I don’t think we can believe in a just God and at the same time believe that because we were lucky enough to be in the minority that heard The Gospel and accepted it that we will be saved and they that didn’t hear it won’t.

    Unless my spirit existed before earth and I did something wonderful to earn the opportunity of hearing The Gospel it doesn’t make sense and I do not believe that I am being rewarded for something I don’t remember doing. I don’t know the methodology but I do believe that there is a way for those who through no fault of their own who don’t know Jesus will have the opportunity to know and accept Him. This is a real problem in my view of Christianity one that no one seems to address. If God is no respecter of persons why would He give me something more than someone else?

    I know of no sect other than Mormons who have an answer to this question but their answer requires you to be Mormon. Surely there is another answer.

  • Teen fatally shot while taking selfie

    09/02/2015 6:48:34 AM PDT · 26 of 33
    JAKraig to TXnMA

    Had the “teen” been white he would have been called a young man. In the press the word “teen” nearly always means black youth.

    This teenager got a woman pregnant 4 years ago. What are we doing to ourselves in this country? “Finding” a gun was one of the best things this “teen” could do for society.

    The loss of a life is sad it is not nearly as sad as the commentary on society that this story is.

  • A Sin Unforgiveable (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus)

    09/02/2015 6:25:15 AM PDT · 5 of 17
    JAKraig to Gamecock

    If I understand what the writer is saying I disagree.

    First he says a Christian can’t sin against The Holy Ghost. I vehemently disagree in that it is nearly impossible to commit this sin unless you are a Christian, for it is only Christians who have this witness from The Holy Ghost that Jesus is Christ.

    In my understanding it is only people who have had a sure witness from The Holy Ghost who can commit this sin. For instance, When Christ asked His Apostles “Whom do people say that I am?” After the others answered Peter said that He was the Son of God, even Christ. After Peter said this Christ explained that no earthly person had given him this knowledge but that he got it by revelation, I think from The Holy Ghost. If Peter had later denied The Christ after having received this spiritual witness then he would have committed the unpardonable sin.

    I do not believe this sin can be committed by anyone to whom the Holy Ghost has not given sure witness of the divinity of The Christ.

    One of the difficulties of Christianity is that for most of us our practice of Christianity is based on faith, not a pure knowledge. Perhaps after the exercise of our faith we will gain a witness from The Holy Ghost of the truthfulness of the Divinity of Christ but I’m not sure that most Christians have this knowledge. Once we have been privileged to receive this witness of the Holy Ghost we are no longer unable to commit the unpardonable sin but are very much subject to it.

    I do not necessarily believe that just because The Holy Ghost communicates with you that you have received this witness but once you KNOW whom it is that Jesus really is that you could commit this unpardonable sin. You can’t fall off the precipice until you have reached it.

    I imagine that all the Apostles knew by a witness of The Holy Ghost that Jesus was The Son of God even Judas. It is my belief that Christ called him perdition because of this sin. Woe be unto Judas, his suffering will be eternal.

    As I read scripture I believe that I feel the Holy Ghost telling me the truthfulness of what I read. Once He tells me the truthfulness of reading about The Savior then I am subject to the law of the unpardonable sin.

  • To Teach as Jesus Taught Ė A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

    09/01/2015 12:47:57 PM PDT · 4 of 5
    JAKraig to Salvation
    There is little to argue in this treatise. The few things I find that I don't completely agree are hardly worth mentioning but there is one thing that bothered me. Please don't be offended by anything I say, I found what you wrote to be very interesting and a great compilation of the scriptural facts on the subjects you treated. I enjoyed your mentioning your own experiences but, yes I have a few thoughts to add. I have not had the benefit of seminary and therefore I will not see all things the same way as someone who has had learned professors explaining the facts of the Bible that are likely beyond my ability. I do not see things the same way as someone who has had to prepare countless sermons on the Life of Jesus Christ. I do however seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost as I read the scriptures and have thoughts that might be worth adding to yours.

    First, yes Jesus could speak about His father from experience but that is not the same thing as having the authority to do so. There were many that were disciples of Jesus Christ but only 12 were called and ordained by Him during His earthly life to be special witnesses, they had authority. This authority thing is a big deal to me. Jesus was not just some wilderness preacher He was the Son of God. Though He was the Son of God and needed no more authority than that we are given His genealogy to make sure we understood that He was the legitimate heir to the throne of David, that He, Jesus Christ was rightfully the King of Israel. We are also told that He was a priest, indeed a High Priest after the order of Melchisedec according to Paul. Because Jesus was a rightful Priest He could offer sacrifice for the people. He did indeed do that.

    To me these two things, Him being heir to the throne of Israel and His holding the priesthood makes Him more than a prophet. The Son of God is more than a prophet.

    When a man is the son of the king we don't call him the son of the king we call him a prince. Likewise when The Son of God philosophizes about some topic we don't call Him a prophet, we call Him The Son of God.

    Islam says that Jesus was a prophet. He philosophizes for sure but He was not a Prophet, He was the Son of God. To me calling Him any less than this is getting awfully close to the abyss you referred to from your teacher.

    Jesus Christ taught us because He loves us. He suffered, bled and died because He loves us. He authorizes His priests to preach to us on earth today because He loves us.

    He sounded like He preached as one having authority because He did have that authority. He taught perfectly so that all could understand because He was God and His mind could understand much more than ours therefore knew what to say to make us understand. When He died on the cross nobody took His life He gave it. Even in dying He was in control. He told His Father when it was done and He gave up the Ghost. What a most remarkable personage the Son of God is, what a great and loving God He is.

    While I may not hold the authority we speak about when we speak of Him I can say, even without authority, that I know Him to be the very Son of God, the Redeemer of the world, the Great I Am.

  • Shocking video shows two Texas deputies fatally shooting a man who had his hands up

    09/01/2015 9:15:43 AM PDT · 31 of 42
    JAKraig to Above My Pay Grade

    an armed criminal who beat a woman and a baby and resisted arrest is dead. My tear ducts must be clogged because I can’t manage any tears for him


    Perhaps you are correct, perhaps the police are telling the truth that he was a wife beater and hurt the child but, I have my doubts that it is that simple.

    Whatever happened it looked like the bad guy gave up. He was standing still with his hands in the air and got shot dead. While the video we have does not show that as clear as we would like the video the police have shows it even more clearly that the cops erred.

    Sometimes cops have a hard job to do, that is not an excuse to make life and death errors. Had the guy been arrested he likely would have received some counseling and perhaps lived happily ever after with the woman and kid, whatever happened it doesn’t look like he committed a capital crime, maybe the cops did. It is sad all the way around. The cops lives are likely ruined and so is the families.

  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    08/30/2015 5:31:30 PM PDT · 49 of 116
    JAKraig to the_daug
    Did God need Mary’s ovum? . . . . . .


    Of Course God needed Mary even if He could have made children out of stones. Jesus needed to be the Son of Man and the Son of God, there was no other way other than Mary or some other woman.

    God has already proven that He can make Man from the dust of the earth, that is how Adam came about.

  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    08/30/2015 12:37:24 PM PDT · 22 of 116
    JAKraig to fluffy
    If God possessed male and female character then what was the need of Mary. God is God The Father not God the Father Mother.

    There are very good arguments in The Bible to support the Trinity just as there are very good scriptural verses that support the opposite view.

    The Church got along well for hundreds of years without the Doctrine of the Trinity and I don't personally worry about it one way or the other.

    God is the Father of Jesus Christ, whether they share a body or have bodies made of the same stuff but inhabit them individually is of no importance to me. I don't think I know of any good reason to care one way or the other.

  • Shannon Miles Arrested And Charged In Execution Of Texas Sheriffís Deputy

    08/29/2015 4:28:42 PM PDT · 38 of 89
    JAKraig to SkyDancer

    What people here don’t seem to understand is that is just the reaction the administration and Democrats want. This is the way that that they can say society is out of control and that they must implement martial law for our own good and protection.

    I realize that many people here will think I’m nuts but that really is exactly what the left wants. They know that they can’t get Congress to pass the laws they want so they hope to make society fall apart and then the leftists will be forced to take over everything for our own safety. When this happens hold on, you ain’t seen nuttin yet.

  • Questions on Acts 3

    08/28/2015 10:36:21 AM PDT · 11 of 17
    JAKraig to knarf
    I think it is rather absurd to believe that anyone needs a theology degree to understand the Scriptures. The writers, at least of the New Testament, had no theology degrees, instead they lived for three years with the Savior Jesus Christ.

    The lame man was expecting silver or gold.

    When the lame man got up leaping into the Temple the people in the Temple definitely recognized the man and wondered how it was that he was doing what he was doing. When they asked questions of Peter, Peter gave them a lecture/sermon. Peter explained how it was that the man was healed by what power it had happened and how they, the Jews in attendance at the Temple, were among those who just disowned Jesus and threw him to the wolves to be crucified.

    While not explicitly forgiving those in attendance Peter explained to them that he realized that they did what they did in ignorance and that therefore God would accept their repentance and forgive them.

    Peter explained who Jesus was by listing the references to other prophets in the past and explaining that Jesus had fulfilled all the prophecies.

    While the good news is that they could be forgiven of their mistakes if they repent the bad news is they will suffer eternally if they don't.

    Many people in our society today think they will sit on the fence and avoid offending anyone and avoid offending God but that concept is preposterous, the Savior condemned people for not being hot or cold but for being lukewarm they would be spewed out of the mouth. Fence sitters are as guilty as those who nailed the Savior to the cross and will be punished in the same way if they do not repent just like those who hammered the nails will be punished if they do not repent.

    Peter makes it clear that the descendents of Abraham were very privileged to be the first to receive the good news of Jesus Christ but that through the descendents of Abraham the whole world would be blessed because the good news would be taken to the whole world where all could partake in the Gospel. Peter did fully understand the significance of being a descendent of Abraham, of being a Jew and how that through the Jews the Gospel would reach the entire world and gave his life to help that to happen.

    Other people may interpret the Scriptures differently than me that does make not make them more right or less right than me, what I have said is what this means to me and after all is said and done that is what is really important to me. If it means something different to you then I'm ok with that.

  • Editorial: Jeb Bush the responsible one on immigration

    08/27/2015 12:05:42 PM PDT · 27 of 28
    JAKraig to tumblindice

    From the article: “Bush understands immigration, and he recognizes that immigrants illegally entering the United States from Mexico are searching for jobs and better lives for their families. “


    My response is, yes bank robbers, home invasion teams, burglars, purse snatchers, tax evaders and any number of other criminals are only trying to help their families have a better life.


  • The most damning part of Donald Trumpís political rise

    08/27/2015 11:58:33 AM PDT · 50 of 52
    JAKraig to ilgipper

    Trump dwarfs the field on both sides in lifetime achievements.


    yes, the big difference between Trump and all the others, well maybe not Rand Paul, is that the rest all spend other peoples money while Trump contributes millions of dollars in taxes that they spend.

    Trump is what my father always hoped all his children would be, contributing members of society.

  • Myths and Exaggerations About Teacher Pay

    08/27/2015 11:40:30 AM PDT · 26 of 29
    JAKraig to mountn man

    You know what they say, “those that can do, those that can’t, teach”.

  • Yes, Trump does mean the end of the GOP

    08/27/2015 11:11:57 AM PDT · 104 of 134
    JAKraig to Uncle Miltie
    There was a time when GOP meant conservative, it was a long time ago though.

    I have no desire to get rid of the Republican Party, I would just like to see new leadership in that party, for instance, Ted Cruz.

    The problem that American politics has is career politicians. Our system of government was not designed to have career politicians instead we were supposed to have people who would volunteer to take a little time away from their work and lead the government.

    I would rather see a new, revitalized, conservative Republican Party with term limits than I would see a third-party. I realize that the Republican Party came about as a third-party but I have no desire for us to go through that again. The last time we did that we had a civil war.

  • Why Polls Alone Don't Show the True Leaders of the GOP Race

    08/25/2015 8:18:13 AM PDT · 6 of 10
    JAKraig to Slyfox
    I really believe that the way things are now and if there are no unforeseen circumstances to change them that Trump will be the nominee.

    Ok, why would I say such a stupid thing, after all Trump has no organization, no donors, and is hated by the press and GOP/e.

    Our economy is sour, we have been lulled into a false sense of security by the fake money Obama is giving to all the unemployed and those that say they can no longer work. Food stamps have doubled, Disability has increased over 50%, true unemployment is likely approaching 50% yet everyone has money. Spending counterfeit money only works for so long. People are starting to understand the situation. Only 60% of Americans own a home. 93,000,000 Americans are unemployed. The number of Americans working is lower than in the 60’s when there were 100,0000,000 less Americans. Americans are having to sustain not only the unemployed but the 40,000,000 illegals in the country who are invading us through our porous borders.

    People are starting to understand where we are. Record numbers of people are purchasing guns because they don't trust the government to protect them.

    People believe Trump when he tells them he understands business and hope he will bring America back. They believe that perhaps Trump will end the Socialist spiral we have been in for the last 7 years.

    So, even though Trump may not have much organization he has publicity, he does know how to get that. What Trump does not have is political experience, he needs a vice president who can work with congress and that would be Ted Cruz. After four years of Trump if the economy is turning around trump will be in his mid 70’s perhaps it will be time for Ted Cruz to take over, then finally we will have someone in the White-house who understands and revers the constitution.

    I don't care much for Trump, I have nothing against him he just isn't a conservative but if it will get Cruz in the White-house I'll vote for him.

  • Hillary's email scandal will head for the bone yard, right there with the others

    08/21/2015 9:28:31 AM PDT · 22 of 28
    JAKraig to Calpublican
    Gowdy has been wonderful but don't short change Judicial Watch. They have been steadfast in pushing, pushing and pushing this issue.

    I think Hillary is unlikely to go to prison but I do think she is toast politically. If she could pull off the nomination and then win the general and pardon herself maybe she could get away with her crimes but I'm convinced that Trump will be the next president and he wouldn't pardon her on a bet.

    I think if Trump wins she is prosecuted and will have to elocute about all the crimes to stay out of prison.

    I personally realize it won't happen, that she goes to prison, but I would sure enjoy her worrying about it. She and her husband are the worse lairs to hit politics until Obama came along.

  • Vigil for homicide suspect fatally shot by police

    08/19/2015 8:08:42 AM PDT · 19 of 22
    JAKraig to raybbr

    I am as hard on bad cops and bad shoots as anyone on the FR but that is not what this was.

    This post and replies is getting a little silly. The cop shot a fleeing murder suspect. If the guy would have stopped his car raised his hands he would be in jail awaiting trial.

    When someone shoots an unarmed innocent the cops need to go after him with all they have.

    It would have been fine for the suspect to go to trial, but, he made the decision to risk his life in fleeing from the police. Do you think he expected the cops to just give up and hope he turned himself in? The cops did the right thing in this particular instance. They did what we would hope they would do, they protected society from a violent murderer.

    Suspected felons are fair game for police to use lethal force to stop. This wasn’t just a suspected felon, he was a suspected Violent felon who was in route to kill.

    Way to go cops, keep up the good work.

  • Two former Ga. police officers charged with murder for stun gun death of handcuffed man

    08/18/2015 2:57:36 PM PDT · 6 of 20
    JAKraig to Responsibility2nd
    You can say all the snarky things you want, the guy was a bum, the family are just taking the city for what they can get, whatever, BUT, the cops killed someone they didn't have to.

    Let them kill your brother after he had an argument with his wife and see how you feel. I'll guarantee you a million wouldn't even start to satisfy me. The city and police department are lucky to have gotten off for a million dollars. I hope the bad cops rot in prison before they rot in Hell.

  • The Gospel Part 2: You Better Get It Right

    08/18/2015 7:12:21 AM PDT · 126 of 153
    JAKraig to MHGinTN

    I personally do not believe in the concept of once saved always saved, I believe that when God put Adam and Eve into the garden of Eden and told them not to partake of the tree with the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil that while he gave them the command he also gave them the opportunity to choose.

    God sacrificed his son and gives us the opportunity to take advantage of the gift that He has offered us, Grace. No one is forced to accept Jesus Christ as their savior, no one will be forced into heaven.

    I do not know of any scriptural reference that describes the taking away of our ability to choose. For those who believe they are saved and cannot fall it would mean that they no longer have the ability to choose evil, that would mean that God has taken away our agency. I do not believe in that kind of Christianity.

    I understand the concept of choosing Christ Jesus as Savior and following Him forever but I do not accept that we cannot fall away. Judas Iscariot was an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ yet he fell.

    I love the Lord Jesus Christ, I suspect I will always follow Him. I am imperfect, I am a sinner and will need the forgiveness of God and that the grace He offers for those who repent and do their best to follow His son Jesus Christ.

  • From Trump To McDaniel: Is Ted Cruz Running A Brilliant Stealth Campaign?

    08/17/2015 1:18:25 PM PDT · 64 of 67
    JAKraig to right way right

    When I first heard the name of Donald Trump I did not believe he was serious. Now that I have seen him devote a lot of time and money I realize he wants to be president of the United States.

    I like Ted Cruz, I like him a lot, a lot better than Donald Trump but I like Donald Trump whole lot better than Jeb Bush. It is Jeb Bush that the Republican establishment wants as president, Mitch McConnell would love Jeb Bush as president. I do not believe that Jeb Bush has a chance, the only thing that a Jeb Bush primary winner could give us would be president Hillary Clinton.

    Donald Trump has donated money to Democratic candidates including Hillary Clinton. While I do not like that I do understand it.

    The press acts as though Donald Trump is a buffoon, nobody who is a billionaire, self made billionaire is a buffoon. It is obvious to me that Donald Trump knows how to negotiate and win, he has even written books on the subject.

    It is obvious that Donald Trump knows how to state a position as he has done so well with immigration. He is the first candidate that I have ever heard who has said that all 40 million or so need to go back home, it is humorous when he says families can stay together, as they go home.

    I love the way that he ignores the political correctness that everyone else seems to worship.

    I like Ted Cruz enough that I have donated money to him but I will not cry if I have to vote for Donald Trump.

  • The Gospel Part 2: You Better Get It Right

    08/17/2015 12:29:30 PM PDT · 59 of 153
    JAKraig to metmom

    We can’t do a THING to be allowed into the kingdom except throw ourselves on the mercy of God.

    It’s ALL Christ and His righteousness credited to our account.

    Jesus told us God’s will. Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.

    Not a one of us can attain that. Not even close.

    THAT is why Christ had to die for us. . . .

    Christ did not have to die for us. He Chose to die for us because He loves us. He died for us because we are imperfect and only perfect beings can reside with God. To be less that perfect requires a punishment, the punishment is banishment from the face of God and death.

    Christ was and is perfect. He did not deserve either death or banishment but He suffered both so that when we stand before the judgment seat of God and the books are opened and we are found to be sinners Christ can say, “yes, he is a sinner and I have already received his punishment, he/she stays with Me.

    The attitude expressed here and in many replies strikes a discordant nerve with me. Since not one of us can attain perfection I guess we shouldn’t even try? We should all be whore mongers, thieves and murders? Even Jesus Christ Himself told the adulteress to go and sin no more. He didn’t tell her He forgave her, only not to sin anymore. We must ask for forgiveness. We don’t simply recognize Christ as Savior and expect the miracle of Grace to have effect in our lives.

    Believing that you can receive the Grace of God without trying is a sure fire way to end up in Hell. Believing that you can receive the Grace of God without trying as hard as you can to be perfect is just as sure a way to end up in Hell.

    No matter how hard you try you will not reach perfection, if you have sinned once you might as well have sinned a million times, but, if you have sinned and repented of the sin with sorrow in your heart and then tried to right the sin and beg Jesus Christ for forgiveness then I would expect that His Grace will be sufficient for you. If you can’t do this I suggest you move to the Sahara desert and start getting used to the heat.

  • If Hillaryís Server Was ĎBlank,í Why Was It Kept At A Data Center In New Jersey?

    08/14/2015 5:56:50 AM PDT · 39 of 81
    JAKraig to Jaxter
    Somebody on a different forum stated that they were requested to be printed out. . . .

    They were not requested to be printed out. When State Department asked Clinton for her Emails that is the format Clinton decided to give it to them in. That way there was no way to have access to any electronic format related to her computers. The printed emails were simply a guarantee that the drives could not be searched. She's a crook of the highest order, makes Nixon look like a kid stealing a cookie. These people, not just Clinton but the entire Obama administration are traitors of the worst kind and should be behind bars for the rest of their life which should end at the end of a rope.

  • TX: AK-47 clone used to defend Home and Family

    08/13/2015 8:54:09 AM PDT · 9 of 9
    JAKraig to Sasparilla

    One of my sons works at a gun store, one of the largest on line stores in the country, he is in charge if IT, any way he suggested I purchase an AK 47 clone pistol and a couple 30 round magazines. It is really cool to shoot. I hope I never have to use it for protection in my house because cleaning up the mess after using it will take a very long time.

  • Fiorina on Trump: 'There. Is. No. Excuse.'

    08/08/2015 5:21:36 PM PDT · 257 of 261
    JAKraig to GeronL

    Ted called GOP leader McConnell a liar on the floor of the Senate. . . .


    You are right and Cruz has paid dearly for it. Sometimes the truth hurts. McConnell is a liar, Cruz could have said it more politely but in truth I was glad to hear him say it. I likely would have been just as glad for him to have said it differently however.

  • Fiorina on Trump: 'There. Is. No. Excuse.'

    08/08/2015 10:24:39 AM PDT · 139 of 261
    JAKraig to GeronL
    Are you trying to say that Trump is above criticism or something.


    One Republican should not denigrate another Republican, there are plenty of things to say about Democrats that are much worse than anything that could be said about any Republican.

    There are only two Republican candidates right now with any backbone, Cruz and Trump.

    I would like to see a Cruz Carson ticket. Until her comments about Trump and Kelly I would have liked to have seen a Cruze, Florenia ticket. I have no love for the leftest liberal press.

    Trump was harsh, I don't care much for him but it was sure nice to hear a Republican with a backbone for a change.

  • Venezuela troops occupy Polar food distribution warehouses

    07/31/2015 8:33:06 AM PDT · 36 of 37
    JAKraig to Hardens Hollow
    I does seem that every time there is a disaster in the US that the “LDS Helping Hands” are there in their yellow T-Shirts. I have heard that when FEMA got to a couple of places wanting to know where to start they contacted the local Mormon Bishop to ask what they could do.
  • Trumpís Lawyer Threatens To Drain Daily Beast Reporterís Bank Account

    07/29/2015 8:46:04 AM PDT · 60 of 61
    JAKraig to NorthMountain
    Hildebeeste had a romp with Webb Hubbell. . . .


    I don't doubt that Web and Hidbeast were a thing, not for a moment, Chelsa looks just like Web. That doesn't mean she's not AC/DC.

  • Trumpís Lawyer Threatens To Drain Daily Beast Reporterís Bank Account

    07/28/2015 9:21:40 AM PDT · 12 of 61
    JAKraig to NorthMountain

    Hillary is queer and has had romps in the white house with other women, will you ever see that in the mainstream press? Not likely, because they know she will inundate them with legal troubles.

    I don’t like Trump but I sure like the way he handles the press.

  • LDS Church Re-evaluating Scouting Program (official statement)

    07/27/2015 6:51:54 PM PDT · 20 of 67
    JAKraig to SZonian
    If I know anything about the LDS they will come up with another activity. They will not make a big issue of it, there will just be a letter saying that scouting activity by The Church is no longer allowed.

    I expect the Catholic Church to do the same thing even though they aren't nearly as anti-queer as the LDS.

    The BSA has nothing without church sponsorship, it will be a thing of the past shortly.

  • Cruz: 'McConnell led effort to keep Planned Parenthood funding'

    07/27/2015 4:33:57 PM PDT · 37 of 63
    JAKraig to dforest

    I apologize to everyone on Free Republic, I have voted for Mitch McConnell in every election he has ever been in.

    I don’t think he was always what he is today but today he is worse than a Democrat, he is a lying Republican.

    He will, I assure you, never get another vote from me.

    I’m Sorry, truly.

  • Gold is doomed

    07/27/2015 5:39:24 AM PDT · 27 of 95
    JAKraig to elcid1970
    Could somebody explain how gold would be used to buy necessities? . . . . .


    First, precious metals are purchased as an insurance against loosing other parts of your portfolio. Gold is not an investment although some invest in gold, they buy and sell almost every day.

    Gold is hard to trade except in small amounts. Gold has never not had value. It is likely to always have value. Cash some day may not have value. Stocks may some day not have value. CD’s may easily some day have little or no value but, even though the value of gold fluctuates it will always have value.

    I personally like junk silver better than gold. I store some gold because you can get a lot of value in a small package, but, if you ever have to “spend” your precious metals, old dimes and quarters will be easy to “barter” with. They may not be much better than ammo but much more portable. In a bug out situation portability is essential.

  • 5 reasons to seriously doubt the story the papacy likes to tell about its origins

    07/18/2015 6:30:24 AM PDT · 83 of 99
    JAKraig to aMorePerfectUnion

    When you said “it is certainly worth your time to know the saving Gospel of Grace that can alone lead you to eternal life.” I would agree completely. But when you look at your statement there is an important word, “lead”.

    Faith can lead you to Grace and Grace can lead you to that Eternal life.

  • 5 reasons to seriously doubt the story the papacy likes to tell about its origins

    07/18/2015 6:28:12 AM PDT · 82 of 99
    JAKraig to MHGinTN

    Certainly I have never said that works save anyone. Works are simply the evidence of faith. Grace will not save the faithless. Again you show me your works and I will show you your faith said the Apostle James.

  • 5 reasons to seriously doubt the story the papacy likes to tell about its origins

    07/17/2015 8:57:23 AM PDT · 52 of 99
    JAKraig to MHGinTN

    What regimen of sacraments and toil did the folks in the house of Cornelius go through to have God’s Holy Spirit enter them, giving them immediately Eternal Life?


    What most Protestants believe and teach is that by confessing that Jesus is Lord you are saved, that simply is not true. the Holy Ghost can witness to someone but that does not save them. Someone seeking the truth can be given the truth by the Holy Ghost but they still have to accept or reject it.

    While it is true that pride has nothing to do with being saved, being saved does require work, please let me explain. I will agree that no matter how much a person does, no matter how good a person is he can not be saved because of his work. But there are things that must be done to be saved. Confessing Christ is only a start, Christ is the gateway. Christ explained to Nicodemus that he must be born of water and spirit to enter the kingdom. Modern Christians recognize that as meaning that we must be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. Christ while on the Earth himself instituted the sacrament of the Lord’s supper or what is called the Eucharist. Christ told his apostles to do this often in remembrance of Me. Christ ordained his apostles. So we now see that ordinances are a part of Christ’s gospel, saying we believe in Christ is simply not enough. Begging for entrance into heaven simply not enough. Christ taught that we must repent of our sins. Repentance is work. Repentance can cause much pain and agony, many tears. Perhaps repentance does not equal “works”, but it is work.

    In the epistle of James, James explains that faith without works is dead, what did he mean? Again in his epistle he says “show me your works and I will show you your faith”. Faith and works are inseparable. We can make fun of works all we want to, we can make fun of people who you say believe in works but God-fearing Christians better believe in works because without works there is no faith without faith there is no repentance without repentance there is no saving, there is no grace to be had.

    Mormons have a saying, I can’t quote it exactly but it goes something to the effect of “we are saved by grace after all we can do”. Many people make fun of the statement because they believe there is nothing we can do to save ourselves but if you think about the statement realizing that without works there’s no faith then it makes sense.

    Believing in Christ, repentance of sin, baptism for remission of sins and receipt of the Holy Ghost is the gate by which we enter into Christ’s church. It is only the beginning, a life of love and obedience to the laws of the Gospel, enduring to the end is how we qualify for Grace. People who think that Christ will save them without their trying to follow Christ are ignorant of the truth. We cannot wish our way into heaven, Christ will not cast his pearls before swine, he will not offer grace to those who are not willing to work for it.

  • 5 reasons to seriously doubt the story the papacy likes to tell about its origins

    07/17/2015 6:02:35 AM PDT · 47 of 99
    JAKraig to Elsie
    Most Catholics I know and certainly Mormons too love the Lord Jesus Christ and do what they believe is right to try to follow Him. It is hard to fault someone for truly trying to please The Lord. Catholics don't worship the Pope and Mormons don't Worship Joseph Smith. You may bring all the out of context 150 year old quotes you like but they are mostly irrelevant to what Catholics and Mormons actually believe and how they act.

    Catholics do revere the Pope and Mormons do revere Joseph Smith. To Catholics not accepting the Pope is to not accept the doctrines of The Church, while that may not seem a big deal to us it is a big deal to them because the doctrines of The Church include the Godhood of Jesus Christ and what we now call the Apostles Creed.

    The same is true in the Mormon Church. If you don't accept Joseph Smith then you can't accept a portion of the doctrines of the LDS Church because he first promulgated them. There are doctrines of The LDS that if not accepted then in the eyes of That Church you can't be saved into the highest heaven.

    When we enter the next life or at sometime after that we will likely see all truth and learn if the Universal Church is after all the Church Peter led or some other. We will find if the Mormon Church is the re-institution of that Church that Peter led or some other. We will learn whether the doctrine of Transubstantiation is real or silliness.

    There is much then we will learn and we will likely learn that what really mattered in this life is whether or not we followed Jesus Christ to the best of our ability.

    The Pope could be evil but it doesn't make the Catholics evil. Joseph Smith could be evil but it doesn't make the LDS evil.

    Barack Obama is evil but it doesn't mean that Americans are evil. One more parting thought, it is the Catholics who brought us what we have of the Gospel, it is they who nurtured it through the many centuries. If there is a protestant religion it is only Catholicism lite. Mormonism makes more of your argument of the dead Catholic Church than you do. The Mormons believe you can't take a part of a dead church and bring the whole of it back to life, they believe that a new church had to be started without using the ashes of the old. Active Catholics and Mormons on the whole are the salt of the earth. They are the very best of people and the very best of Christian Love. More power to them. They may not believe what I believe but then again I may not believe what they believe except that we all love Jesus and Him being raised from the dead so that we too may be raised from the dead to live with Him forever.

  • 5 reasons to seriously doubt the story the papacy likes to tell about its origins

    07/16/2015 8:43:35 PM PDT · 19 of 99
    JAKraig to MHGinTN

    The attitude many here have of a bunch of Catholics and Mormons that will be misled into believing in another Jesus Christ than the “Real” Jesus Christ is just plain silliness.

    Whether or not the Catholics or Mormons practice a “true” Christianity is a non argument. They worship Jesus Christ therefore they are Christian. They may indeed be misled by their leaders about some facet of the Gospel but they strive to the best of their ability to follow Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Basically The Lord has said if they aren’t against Us they are for Us.

    There will be a day when we will have surprises maybe the Mormons and Catholics will have a good share of those surprises but they won’t be surprised when they come face to face with their Savior and see the prints of the nails in His hands and feet, they will know Him as He will know them.

  • Windows 10 Is Finished And Ready To Be Released To Manufacturers Ahead Of Launch Date

    07/15/2015 2:54:51 PM PDT · 26 of 42
    JAKraig to Cold Heat

    I have windows seven on two machines and I have two tablets that both have 8.1. I love the 8.1 on the tablets however I really like seven on the desktops.

    I guess it makes sense to have two different operating systems if you have two different types of computers but it makes even more sense to have one universal platform for every device including phones.

    Several years ago when Windows phones first came out I had one and liked but you had to use a stylus with it. I have gotten used to android and really like it now.

    I’m hopeful for the future but I have my doubts. I will upgrade at least one of my desktops to 10 to see how it is. If I like it perhaps I will switch my tablets also, we’ll see.

  • How Do You Dress for Church? Some Helpful Encouragement from a New Video

    07/13/2015 7:28:30 AM PDT · 32 of 73
    JAKraig to Mr Rogers

    I can’t imagine anyone turning someone away from a worship service no matter how they are dressed. That being said, I believe that the way you dress is a display of the respect you have for coming into the presence of God.

    I love The Lord with all my heart, to me wearing less than a nice suit would be disrespectful. I would not go to a meeting with the president of the United States in blue jeans. I would not go to visit the Queen of England in a Tee Shirt. In those two circumstances you can bet I would be wearing a freshly cleaned suit with a winkle free clean white shirt and nice tie. My shoes will be shined, my skin will be clean and my hair combed.

    Some people probably don’t feel as close to The Lord as I do and to them they don’t understand this feeling of respect, they may be coming to find out if there is a God, how can you respect something you aren’t sure you believe exists, so for those people less formal attire may be appropriate. I know Him and I will not disrespect Him. I will wear the best I have when I come to His House.

  • We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the HORRORS (actually a good in-depth review)

    07/07/2015 9:40:58 PM PDT · 45 of 84
    JAKraig to 21twelve

    I have several machines, my favorite however is my Surface Pro 2.

    I like Win 8.1 and I’m disappointed that they are making such big changes in it with 10.

    I use Office ‘97 on my Surface, it runs beautifully and unbelievably fast. I don’t want anything with ribbons on it, and I sure don’t want anything that I have to pay for over and over again.

    I can’t imagine getting rid of my Note 3 for a windows phone but if 10 works well I may consider trying it as long as they have a really good platform to run it on.

    I did get a little Lenovo tablet to try out 8.1 on before I got the Surface, the Surface is 10 times better and much, much faster, it never fails, never has to be re-booted and makes a wonderful reading machine. I do wish the battery would last more than the 6 hours I get out of it.

    I suppose I will put 10 on it and see how it goes but will likely wait a good while before changing.

  • A Black Libertarianís Thoughts on the Confederate Flag: No One "Won" the Civil War

    06/26/2015 11:34:18 AM PDT · 81 of 84
    JAKraig to lacrew

    Well written and thought out.


    It is only well reasoned from a lopsided point of view. Recall that Slavery was as legal in the North as it was in the South. The US Constitution recognized slavery as legal. This fact takes the well reasoned idea that everyone keeps referring to off the table.

    Slavery is immoral, sinful and just wrong but it was legal. We don’t invade states for following the law.

    We invaded the South for a variety of reasons but the biggest reason of Mr. Lincoln was to preserve the Union.

    Mr. Lincoln made it clear early on that the war was not about slavery and in fact he didn’t make it about slavery until he saw the Union as losing the war. After the proclamation the North got behind the war. One of my great, great grandfathers died from the war. Another great, great, grandfather heard Mr. Lincoln speak and thought that was one the highlights of his life. My great, grandmother told me about 60 years ago how her father’s face would light up as he spoke about Mr. Lincoln.

    Personally, I believe the war should be called “The War of the Northern Aggression”. That being said I am glad the nation was held together but I believe there would have been much easier ways to do it. It would have been a relatively simple matter for the US to purchase the freedom of all slaves. That would have been much cheaper than the war and saved a million lives.

    The war to me will always have been a mistake. We should have sued for peace and come back together and solved the problem.

    The Republic as it was before the Civil War did not survive. We no longer have a republic where the Federal government derives its powers from the States but just the opposite, it is sickening when I think about it.

    No, I’m afraid the article was not well thought out, not at all.

  • Love Her Or Hate Her, Ann Coulter Warned Us About John Roberts 10 Years Ago

    06/26/2015 11:15:58 AM PDT · 57 of 57
    JAKraig to Wpin
    Ann Coulter, just like everyone else I know is not right 100% of the time. Ann Coulter has one thing that we all should learn, she cuts to the chase right away. She knows the heart of an issue and explains it easily.

    Her acerbic tongue is the most marvelous speaking device I have ever herd. She ALWAYS knows what she is talking about. When speaking about facts she is always right.

  • What Does It Mean to Preach With Authority? The Concluding Line of the Sermon on the Mount

    06/26/2015 10:59:16 AM PDT · 5 of 7
    JAKraig to Old Sarge
    I am reluctant to get in on this because I hate to have rocks thrown at me or say what someone else has said is wrong but I will put a few words down here.

    First, Exousia has several meanings. Likely in the days of the King James translation the words most popular translation meant “Authority over mankind”.

    In Hebrews, Paul tells us that Christ is The Great High Priest. This is a significant title. It was the High Priest in the Temple at the time of Christ who authorized sacrifice. If you didn't hold the priesthood you were not authorized to offer sacrifices. Today in the Roman Catholic Church and the churches derived from it, only the priesthood can prepare and offer the sacraments to the people. There are cases where authority is important, the authority that is important comes from God.

    I hope it doesn't sound like I'm getting away from the subject here but the point is that Christ was The Great High Priest and offered Himself a sacrifice for all the people.

    The authority we are speaking of that the people recognized at the Sermon on the Mount was that. Christ spoke as one with authority over mankind.

    There were many times that Christ preached and referred to scripture for example but here He said “I say”. The Jewish Rabbi would never say I say because he had no authority to do so, he would always refer to scripture or tradition but never his own words. Christ on the other hand was the author of The Scriptures, the Great Law Giver and the only name by which mankind can be saved. He has authority over us.

    I hope I haven't offended anyone, if I have I beg your pardon.

  • Britain faces FREEZING winters as slump in solar activity threatens 'little Ice Age'

    06/24/2015 7:21:18 AM PDT · 57 of 71
    JAKraig to spokeshave
    The last time the sunspots disappeared altogether was in the 17th and 18th century, and coincided with a lengthy cool period on the planet known as the Little Ice Age....and lasted 400 years. . . .


    I'm reluctant to get into this but there are a variety of misunderstanding of “facts” by most people who know a “little” about global warming.

    There hasn't been any global warming since 1997.

    The Maunder and Dalton Minimums were not connected events and happened as much as a hundred years apart.

    The Dalton Minimum and it's “Little Ice Age” were mild compared to the Maunder Minimum where the “Little Ice Age” probably caused the plagues and starvation we often hear about in Europe.

    Since there is no “Global Warming” it follows that it would be impossible to for the Global Warming to offset a new little Ice Age.

    Something else to consider is this, the normal condition for the earth is Ice Age. Ice Ages last on average about 100,000 years, again, thats one hundred thousand years. We are currently in what is called an interglacial period. That is a period between the 100,000 year Ice ages where we have a warm climate. We have been in the current interglacial period for nearly 12,000 years. The 100,000 year Ice age is over due.

    In some previous Ice Ages the Polar ice cap has extended as far south as the Ohio River with ice depths has much as two miles. It is very hard to farm on two mile thick ice.

    Global warming on the other hand if it were real would be a very good thing for the world. Carbon Dioxide is plant food. Plants take water, Carbon Dioxide and sun light and make food for us, oh they also make oxygen for us. Carbon Dioxide saturation is approaching about 400 parts per million currently. When Carbon Dioxide falls below 300 parts per million plants struggle to survive, at 250 parts per million most plants don't survive.

    Glass Hot House growers feed plants Carbon Dioxide. The purchase CO2 cylinders and pump it into their Green Houses until the level is at about 1000 parts per million. The CO2 is harmless to animals at that rate and at high concentrations of CO2 plants require about 1/3rd to 1/2 less water to grow.

    Believe me when I say, Global Warming is good, Global Cooling is very bad.

  • Cantor's fall still haunts lawmakers (why the Establishment is so vengeful!)

    06/24/2015 6:26:42 AM PDT · 12 of 14
    JAKraig to Joe Boucher

    Boehner and McConnel need to go.


    There was a time when I really stood by McConnell, but after the last election he has gone full to the dark side. I’m done. I won’t ever vote for a Democrat, any Democrat ever but I will not support McConnell ever again.

    TEA Party all the way!

  • Poll Finds Republicans Cooling On Rand Paul After Announcement

    06/22/2015 11:23:00 AM PDT · 6 of 6
    JAKraig to Buffalo Head

    I met him several times when he was campaigning for Senate, he was very engaging and knew the score.

    He isn’t my man in the presidential race but we could do worse.

    I don’t think I could vote for another Bush. Don’t misunderstand me, George W was/is a fine man and a better president than any Democrat any day but he was a big spender and didn’t understand smaller government.

    I think Walker understands those principles as well as anyone running.

  • What VA scandal? Wait times for veteran's medical care still soaring

    06/22/2015 11:02:54 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    JAKraig to brivette

    In 1967 the recruiter trying to get me to enlist into the Navy told me that one good reason to do so was that I would have free medical care for the rest of my life.

    I lost my job about 15 years ago and ended up starting my own business but before that I could not afford medical insurance so I decided to take my recruiter up on what he said. The truth is, not so much. Yes I can go to the VA and see a doctor for $50.00, a pretty good price in todays market. They wanted to do a sleep study, the appointment was 11 months out. They wanted me to get an MRI that was only 2-1/2 months out. It isn’t always like that, twice a year I get a checkup and that is scheduled about a month in advance and I usually don’t have to wait more than a few minutes to make my appointment. Pills only cost $8.00 per month regardless of what the pill is.

    Most of the specialists are interns supervised by someone who knows what he is doing. That means they check you over tell the Dr. in charge who looks at you to confirm the intern was correct. Hey, for $50.00 who can complain.

    I’m glad I have it but it isn’t quite what my recruiter told me it would be.

  • Spider-Man Needs to Be White and Straight, Say Leaked Sony Emails

    06/22/2015 7:53:21 AM PDT · 17 of 48
    JAKraig to T-Bone Texan

    they want blood. They want to actually kill white people. They are frothing with hatred. . . .


    I do believe you are correct but that has been the case for at least the last 5000 years of recorded history. Blacks and Arabs have not been able (for the most part) to prevail over western whites.

    White Christians will take a lot of abuse and keep forgiving until they realize their very existence is on the line. Eventually educated people have enough of the abuse and organize to do something about it. So far European and American White Christians have not organized against the onslaught of the other cultures, they will and it won’t be pretty.

    I do not believe that there is anything genetic that makes blacks and Arabs have lower IQ’s but in general people who live on handouts tend to not exercise their mind/brains and therefore do not have the intellectual tools needed to survive in a battle against intellectual superiors.

    At the rate things are going that conflict will happen.

  • NRA official blames pastor for church massacre

    06/19/2015 11:17:10 AM PDT · 37 of 46
    JAKraig to Alberta's Child
    I carry.

    In my state a place of business can post a no weapons on the premises and it has the force of law.

    I carry.

    If I can't carry I don't go.

    When I go to the bank I use the drive through.

    Churches are legal carry unless they post a sign. When that happens I guess I won't go to church.

    Stupidity happens. Guns are a great thing to have on site, it protects all.

  • Cincinnati Police Officer Shot and Killed This Morning

    06/19/2015 11:05:45 AM PDT · 12 of 24
    JAKraig to manc
    I don't know of anyone on the “Free Republic” who says they hate cops or that all cops are bad, but, there are many like me that hate bad cops and think society should remove them from their job. It is wrong for a society to be afraid of cops.

    When a cop shoots a person not charged with a crime, shoots him in the back while he is un-armed, then that is a bad cop. When a cop shoots a dog that is tied up because it barked then that is a bad cop and shouldn't be in uniform. When a cop handcuffs a mans hands behind his back and handcuffs his feet together and then takes him on a rough ride in the back of a paddy wagon, so bad he dies from it then that is a bad cop.

    It has nothing to do with race, it has nothing to do with being a cop it has something to do with someone having the authority of being a cop but not being able to handle it. Those people need a different job or they need to pay for their crimes.

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    06/09/2015 6:27:54 PM PDT · 59 of 90
    JAKraig to mfreddy

    You need to go to your extensions in settings and turn them all off and then delete them, it is very easy.