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  • TIME Op-Ed: Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

    06/29/2015 2:13:42 PM PDT · 51 of 52
    John Leland 1789 to Bryher1

    That is too acqiescant to the taxation idea, because they will use that just to bankrupt the churches and steal their properties.

  • What Did Your Pastor Say?

    06/29/2015 7:39:26 AM PDT · 101 of 258
    John Leland 1789 to Jagdgewehr
    Nine people walked out.

    Assuming your pastor took the Biblical position and stand, perhaps the church body and the church's efforts are better off without those nine.

    And perhaps we will no see more purging of the churches, separating the Bible-believers and the genuine Christians from the false professors and mere religionists.

  • What Did Your Pastor Say?

    06/29/2015 7:34:11 AM PDT · 92 of 258
    John Leland 1789 to envisio
    "My church doesn’t get into politics. Thats one of the reasons I like it."

    The issues here are spiritual issues and spiritual warfare issues, not politics. These issues with the SCOTUS ruling have very much to do with family and child-rearing and child education, whic are BIBLE issues.

    It is always correct to praise the Lord Jesus Christ (make sure the "Jesus" you are praising isn't "another Jesus"--2 Corinthians ch. 11), AND there is a whole lot more than that to a Scriptural ministry and church.

  • TIME Op-Ed: Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

    06/29/2015 7:25:24 AM PDT · 21 of 52
    John Leland 1789 to SeekAndFind
    We do not deduct our giving to our church. Millions of others around the country also do not. To tax our church would be tantamount to double taxation on most of our members.

    Charities are tax "exempt" because of the perceived good they do, or potentially do for the country's people, without which, much or all of that burden might be shifted to the taxpayer.

    The preaching of Bible-believing churches (can't speak for liberal main line churches or denominations), and their training of young people especially, go a very long way to preventing . . . .

    unwanted pregnancies and teen pregnancies; abortions; drug and alcohol abuse; spousal abuse; child abuse; indingency; joblessness; many other social problems that present huge costs to society.

    If their were no churches, no private organizations to help curb these problems, the cost would end up being entirely on the back of the taxpayer.

    Of course, that makes the liberals and progressives smile because that is exactly what they want . . . . government takeover and control of all such.

    The liberals and progressives actually do believe that they know better than the remainder of us just how to solve these problems, and that centralized government is the answer to all ills.

    The truth is that privately operated charities and churches are much more careful frugal, and efficient with money than government ever could or would be.

  • The First 10 Popes of the Catholic Church

    06/20/2015 2:37:02 PM PDT · 47 of 299
    John Leland 1789 to rwa265
    The assembly of which Jesus Christ instructed Peter in Matthew 16 has not appeared on this earth yet. There is NO "church" on earth since Acts 7 which meets its qualifications or description . . . . only some counterfeits . . . and a whole lot of men and denominations who try to use Matthew 16:13-18 to claim unwarranted authority and control over men and their wealth.

    But it, the church of Matthew 16:18, will show up at the end of Daniel's Seventieth Week.

  • " St. Patrick Was a Baptist"

    06/20/2015 8:01:16 AM PDT · 115 of 115
    John Leland 1789 to LilOlLady

    Every regenerated, sanctified soul in Jesus Christ is a saint. All references to saints in the Scriptures are saved people; no special class of regenerated people called saints.

  • GOP Critical of New Obama Rules To Create 'Utopian' Neighborhoods

    06/12/2015 8:13:43 AM PDT · 23 of 57
    John Leland 1789 to HomerBohn
    I'm sure now that this is why my father served in combat during WWII and the Korean conflict. I'm sure that this is why I served in the Air Force during the Viet Nam era on Cold War posts. I'm sure now that this is why thousands of our soldiers have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    /sarc

  • Is American Christianity Committing Suicide?

    06/08/2015 10:33:22 AM PDT · 23 of 39
    John Leland 1789 to SeekAndFind

    Our work does nothing but intensify.

  • Robert Gates to Boy Scouts: Surrender Your Principles

    05/28/2015 6:51:56 PM PDT · 31 of 32
    John Leland 1789 to NYer

    TRAIL LIFE USA is growing rapidly in the southern Indiana counties near Louisville.

  • Marriage Redefined: Young Evangelicals in Crisis

    05/28/2015 6:19:27 PM PDT · 11 of 47
    John Leland 1789 to Mrs. Don-o
    I have never met a Quaker. I don't think they are "evangelical."

    Quakers, interestingly, are specifically named in Indiana state law as not requiring a marriage license.

  • On Fox, Geraldo Rivera Compares Pamela Geller to Aryan Nation, Skinheads, KKK (Video)

    05/08/2015 6:36:54 AM PDT · 34 of 61
    John Leland 1789 to Citizen Zed

    Some major and significant event should take place every day of the calendar to signal to all Islamists, pro-Sharia people that in the United States we WILL exercise and KEEP the First Amendment and the right to free OFFENSIVE speech-——we will not bow to Islam’s purposes to limit free speech. This is Pamela Geller’s objective, and Geraldo misses it altogether.

  • Chinese province to ban rooftop Christian crosses (Chekiang)

    05/07/2015 9:47:17 AM PDT · 6 of 8
    John Leland 1789 to Opinionated Blowhard
    "China is fast becoming a Christian nation and the Communists are scared to death of it."

    Well . . . . . maybe nominally so.

  • Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

    03/27/2015 9:38:15 AM PDT · 46 of 56
    John Leland 1789 to grumpygresh
    "Once gay activists succeed in forcing principled religious institutions to perform gay marriage or disband, or go underground, we will have lost religious liberty entirely."

    Churches don't need to "disband" except in the sense of dissolving their corporation and do away with their 501(c)3 Status. Basically they would be going underground. There are already thousands of local congregations around the country meeting just that way. Many more will have to do so in the near future for many reasons.

  • Soros, Birchers fight constitutional fix to limit Obama, Congress

    03/27/2015 9:25:50 AM PDT · 63 of 77
    John Leland 1789 to VitacoreVision
    As more light is brought to the movement to convene a Convention of States, the more fear from the left comes with it.

    You would think the Birchers would at least wait to see what develops.

  • Homosexuals in Newfoundland hit by 'astronomical' syphilis outbreak

    03/26/2015 4:06:46 AM PDT · 52 of 58
    John Leland 1789 to PROCON
    HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana (southern Indiana), said to be from needle sharing.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/indiana-hiv-epidemic-n330206

  • Chino High School Teacher Who Learned As An Adult That She’s Genetically Female Goes Public

    03/24/2015 12:52:13 PM PDT · 28 of 68
    John Leland 1789 to fwdude

    Reprobate minds believe these lies quite readily.

  • " St. Patrick Was a Baptist"

    03/21/2015 10:55:34 AM PDT · 110 of 115
    John Leland 1789 to Coleus
    "Reformation Leaders Tortured and Killed Dissidents!"

    CORRECT. They did. Baptists, Quakers, and others were tortured, murdered, deprived of liberty and property by Reformed Protestants of New England. Anglican priests ordered British Militia into the North Carolina Piedmont in the 1740s to burn the farms and homes of Separate Baptists.

  • " St. Patrick Was a Baptist"

    03/17/2015 12:40:58 PM PDT · 101 of 115
    John Leland 1789 to John Leland 1789

    St. Patrick A Baptist!

    by Dr. L. K. Landis

    For centuries Roman Catholicism has laid claim to the supposition that Patrick of Ireland was a Roman priest. However, over 100 hundred years ago W. A. Jarrel, much respected author and church historian, put into print what had been known by Baptists since the very beginning, that Patrick was not a Catholic priest, but rather a Baptist missionary. It is because of this much neglected fact that we put into print this material so that this present generation may know the truth and great heritage of this early Baptist missionary to Ireland. So zealous were these historians of the 1800’s and so spirited was their conviction to this that one wrote, “Rome’s most audacious theft was when she seized bodily the Apostle Peter and made him the putative head and founder of her system; but next to that brazen act stands her effrontery when she ‘annexed’ the great missionary preacher of Ireland and enrolled him among her saints” (A Short History of the Baptists [1907], Henry C. Vedder, pg. 71-72).

    Most church historians agree that Patrick, originally named Succat (or Succathus) Patricus, was born sometime between the years 360 AD and 387 AD, probably near what is now Dumbarton, Scotland. It is also generally accepted by those knowledgable of the subject that he lived to a well advanced age, some placing him at over 100 years old at the time of his death.

    Cathcart, the dean among Baptist apologists, suggests that Patrick is not his name, but rather a title of honor meaning noble and illustrous and was bestowed upon him by his grateful admirers (The Baptist Encyclopedia [1881], by William Cathcart, pg. 886). His writings reveal that his father, Calpurnius, was a deacon in a Baptist church (we know that there were Baptist churches on the British Isle as far back as A.D. 63, History of the Welch Baptists [1770], by J. Davis, Page 14), having apparently been converted to Christ while on a business trip to Rome as he also served as a Roman civil officer. In spite of being reared in a godly home and taught the ways of the Scriptures, Cathcart also states that the young Patrick was “...wild and wicked until his sixteenth year...” when, while working on his father’s farm, he and several others were seized and carried away captive by a band of pirates to Ireland, where he was sold into slavery to a petty Irish clan chieftan. For over five years he suffered the atrocities of slavery. Later, however, he would recount that it was during this most dark period of his life that he, himself, was converted to Christ remembering the Christian training he had received from his godly father while but a child.

    Regarding this, W. A. Jarrel wrote over one hundred years ago, “...the truth which saved him when a youthful slave in pagan Ireland was taught him in the godly home of...his father” (Baptist Church Perpetuity or History [1894], W. A Jarrel, pg. 472).

    Historians also record that “...upon his twenty-first year, he escaped the chains of servitude...” and returned to his father’s home in Scotland, only to find that he had died and his land acquired by others. It was during this time that Patrick, “being a stronger Christian, the Lord soon called him back to Ireland as the missionary for that blinded country” (Ibid.). Jarrel further suggests that the more one studies the life, ministry and writings of this Irish “apostle”, “...the more he stands out as a Baptist.” He, Jarrel, is perhaps among the greatest authorities on the subject of Saint Patrick, as one full chapter of his makes several suggestions as to why Patrick could not have been a Roman Catholic priest:

    1. “At the time of Saint Patrick the Romish church was only en embryo”.

    2. “In St. Patrick’s time the authority of the bishop of Rome was not generally recognized.”

    3. “There is no history to sustain the Romish claim that Patrick was sent to Ireland by Pope Celistine.” Not one of the early biographers of his life mentions any ties to Rome. Even in all the writings of Saint Patrick himself there is never any mention of connection with Rome.

    Neander, the church historian, wrote, “If Patrick came to Ireland as a deputy from Rome, it might naturally be expected that in the Irish church a certain sense of dependence would always have been preserved towards the mother church. But we find, on the contrary, in the Irish church a spirit of church freedom, similar to that in Britain, which struggled against the yoke of Roman ordinances. We find subsequently among the Irish a much greater agreement with the ancient British than with Roman ecclesiastical usages.

    This goes to prove that the origin of the church was independent of Rome, and must be traced solely to the people of Britain... Again, no indication of his connection with the Romish church is to be found in his confesssion; rather everything seems to favor the supposition that he was ordained bishop in Britain itself” (Neander’s History of the Christian Church, Volume 2, page 123).

    Another Irish scholar says, “...Leo II, was bishop of Rome from 440 to 461 A.D. and upwards of one hundred and forty of his letters to correspondents in all parts of Christendom still remain and yet he never mentions Patrick or his work, or in any way intimates that he knew of the great work being done there.”

    Professor George T. Stokes, still yet another prominent scholar, declares that prior to the synod of Rathbresail in A.D. 1112, the rule of each Irish church was independent, autonomous, and “...dioceses and diocesan episcopacy had no existence at all.”

    Considering these indisputable and undeniable facts, it is impossible for Patrick to have been the patron Roman Catholic saint of Ireland. The material is just not there to substantiate any such claim. Baptist pastor, author and historian Gillham says that in the middle of the nineteenth century, Baptists universally accepted the fact that Patrick of Ireland was of apostolic tradition and therefore a Baptist. It was also commonly accepted that the baptism of the heirs to his ministry were also investigated and found to be New Testament in origin. It was only during these last 150 years that Baptists have been willing to relinquish Patrick to the hands of the papacy.

    However, the insurmountable evidence of his position among the Baptists of antiquity comes from the writings of this great man himself. While several letters written by Patrick and sent to Christians converted to Christ under his ministry still exist, most of what we know of his beliefs are taken from two documents that he wrote: St. Patrick’s Confession, or Epistle to the Irish; and an “Epistle to Coroticus.” In these two writings that still survive, it becomes very apparent that this great preacher was not of Roman Catholic persuasion. He was a Baptist through and through, holding recognized Baptist positions on all the cardinal doctrines. Consider these eight (8) conclusive reasons why Saint Patrick was a Baptist!

    Number One: St. Patrick Baptized Only Professed Believers

    Contrary to Catholic dogma, which teaches that infants are to be “baptized”, in all of Patrick’s writings he does not mention one single incident when he baptized an infant, much less someone who had not professed Christ as their Saviour. Patrick records the baptism of one convert named Enda the night after his infant son, Cormac, was born. What an ideal opportunity to record the baptism of an infant, and yet Patrick makes no mention of it at all.

    Only Enda, a professed believer; not his infant son who could make no claim of Christ. In all of his writings, the great Irish preacher never mentions or even alludes to pedobaptism (the baptism of infants). In fact, each time he refers to baptism at all he calls those ready for the ordinance of baptism “baptized captives”, “baptized handmaidens of Christ”, “baptized women distributed as rewards”, “baptized believers”, “men” and “women.” In one place, Patrick wrote, “Perhaps, since I have baptized so many thousand men, I might have expected half a screpall [a coin worth six cents] from some of them...” Notice that he refers to having baptized “...so many thousand men..”, no infants, but men; adult, professing, believing, responsible men. Another place he writes, “So that even after my death I may leave as legacies to my brethren...whom I have baptized in the Lord, so many thousand men.” Again he acknowledges the fact that he has baptized thousands of men, but not one infant.

    Number Two: St. Patrick Baptized By Immersion Only

    This has been a leading principle among the Baptists since the days of the Apostles and still is today. Again, in all of his writings there is not one shred of evidence that the Irish preacher knew anything of sprinkling. All of the records of his baptisms tell of immersion. Cathcart (along with Nennius, Todd, O’Farrell and other church historians) records one such instance, “When the saint entered Tirawly, the seven sons of Amalgaidh assembled with their followers. Profiting by the presence of so vast a multitude, the apostle entered into the midst of them, his soul inflamed with the love of God, and with a celestial courage preached the truths of Christianity; and so powerful was the effect of his burning words that the seven princes and over twelve thousand more were converted on that day, and were soon baptized in a spring called Tobar Enadhaire” (The Baptist Encyclopedia [1881], by William Cathcart, page 887). Dr. Cathcart further states, “There is absolutely no evidence that any baptism but that of immersion of adult believers existed among the ancient Britons, in the first half of the fifth century, nor for a long time afterwards.”

    In 1631 the English Baptists discovered, and subsequently corresponded with, small communities of Baptists in Ireland and found them to be sound. These churches, located in Dublin, Waterford, Clonmel, Kilkenny, Cork, Limerick, Galloway, Wexford, Carrick Fergus and Kerry are listed in Joseph Ivimey’s comprehensive History of the English Baptists [1811], Volume 1, Pages 240-241. It is believed that some of these churches had histories dating to the time of Patrick. Many of them can substantiate and confirm their claims of such for nearly 1100 years, which places them within two hundred years of Patrick.

    Number Three: In Church Government,

    St. Patrick Was A Baptist During his ministry, Patrick is recorded to have “founded 365 churches and consecrated the same number of bishops, and ordained 3,000 presbyters (Ancient British and Irish Churches, William Cathcart, page 282). Anglican Bishop Stillingfleet refers to an account of a great council of Brevy, Wales at which there were 118 Irish bishops. Noting that if these were Catholic bishops this little island was in danger of “...going to seed -— in bishops.” Other historians concede that “...Saint Patrick placed a bishop in every church which he founded; and several presbyters after the example of the New Testament churches.” One such scholar, a Dr. Carew of Maynooth, admits that a bishop “...was simply the pastor of one congregation.” The Catholic and protestant idea of a bishop being the head over several churches in different cities was totally unknown among those early churches on the British Isles. This can be confirmed from writings of Irish clergymen dated from A.D. 1112 and reconfirmed from the same in A.D. 1057.

    Number Four: Patrick Was A Baptist In Independence From Creeds, Councils, Popes, etc.

    Patrick never attended one council and recognized no authority over him, save that of the Lord Jesus Himself. There is not any evidence whatsoever that even remotely suggests that the famed Irish preacher acknowledged any man to be of superior authority, power or position than he. He recognized no Pope. He recognized no Cardinal. In all of his writings it cannot be found where one time he subscribes to even the most insignificant and remote catechism, creed, or dogma of the Roman Catholic system. Of all the great Christians that Patrick refers to in his letters, he never pays homage to any Pope, nor mentions any man as being superior in church clergy. Instead, the great Irish missionary speaks of his love, regards, and terms of affection for those men whom had been ordained as pastors of the churches he founded. Upon the authority of the little Baptist church in Scotland where he was saved and from which he received his commission much as did Paul and Barnabus (Acts 15:22).

    Number Five: In Doctrine

    Patrick Was A Baptist In all of his writings, all of the doctrine that Patrick espouses adherence to is consistent with historic Baptist doctrine. The venerable preacher wrote, “It is Christ who gave His life for thee (and) is He who speaks to thee. He has poured out upon us abundantly the Holy Spirit, the gift and assurance of immortality, who causes men to believe and become obedient that they might be the sons of God and joint heirs with Christ.” In this one statement, Patrick alludes to six (6) major Baptist doctrines:

    a. Patrick believed in the substitutionary atonement of Christ. He did not believe that salvation comes through catechism, communion, confession or christening. He believes what Baptists have always believed, that all are saved by the Grace of God, through faith in His Son, coming in repentance, and by His blood. William Cathcart wrote, “There is no ground for doubting but that he preached the gospel of repentance and faith in Ireland, and that his ministrations were attended by overwhelming success” (The Baptist Encyclopedia, page 887).

    b. He believes in the free gift of the Holy Spirit which comes to the believer at the moment of salvation. He does not believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit is a separate work of grace, nor is He manifested by speaking in tongues (John 14:16).

    c. He also firmly conveys the message of the eternal security of the believer in that those who are genuinely saved have put on immortality (II Timothy 1:10).

    d. He confirms his belief that men must be drawn by God in order to be saved (John 6:44).

    e. Patrick affirms his conviction in the sonship of the believer (John 1:12). He believes that while Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, every true believer in Christ is also a son.

    f. And the great Irish theologian attests to the fact that all believers are joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:16-17). Patrick’s doctrine is also recorded by his disciples. Comgall writes, “religion does not exist in bodily efforts...” Muirchu states that the ancient poet Dubthac was redeemed under the ministry of Patrick and that he “...first on that day believed in God and it was imputed to him for righteousness” No mention of baptism for salvation. No mention of a confessional. No mention of communion. Patrick taught his disciples well that salvation comes only by and through the grace of Almighty God.

    Number Six: In Terms Of The Lord’s Supper, Patrick Was A Baptist.

    From his writings we know that he rejected the Roman Catholic view of salvation in the ordinance. Also from his writings, we know that Patrick believed that the believer himself should partake of both elements of communion, the bread and the cup, and not just the administrator exclusively. In writing of the conversion of the two daughters of Irish King Loeghaire under his ministry, Patrick tells them to put away their idols and trust Christ alone. His instructions to them regarding the Lord’s Supper is that they receive both elements representative of His body and blood.

    Number Seven: Patrick Rejects The Roman Catholic Dogma Of Transubstantiation

    Patrick believed that the elements were only pictures of Christ’s body and Christ’s blood. Dr. Jarrell wrote, “In all the descriptions of the Eucharist quoted there is no evidence that it is...”, or literally becomes the flesh of Christ and His blood. The elements are merely symbols of such.

    Number Eight: Patrick Never Affirmed His Belief In, Or Adherence To, Many Crucial Catholic Pecularities

    St. Patrick was a Baptist and the first Irish churches were Baptist churches. He knew nothing of priestly confession and priestly forgiveness. He was not acquainted with extreme unction. He strictly forbade the worship of images. Never once did he instruct his converts that they were to pay homage to Mary or worship her. He never mentions the intercession of Mary or of any departed saint. In all of his writings there is no mention at all of purgatory, of indulgences, of keeping holy days, of praying to anyone but God Himself, of the persecution of opposers of the church, of distinguishing clerical garments, of the rosary, of last rites, of mass, of allegiance to the Pope. None of these crucial Catholic doctrines and dogmas were practiced by or even mentioned by the great missionary to Ireland.

    It is my firm conviction that it has sufficiently been shown that Saint Patrick was not a Roman Catholic in doctrine or practice, but rather an early Baptist preacher following in the footsteps of the Apostles themselves, believing what they believed, practicing what they practiced. In conclusion, it seems that the words of W.A. Jarrell on this subject are most fitting, “Were Patrick not turned to dust, and were the body able to hear and turn, he would turn over in his coffin at the disgrace on his memory from the Romish church claiming him as a Roman Catholic” (Baptist Church Perpetuity or History, page 479).

  • " St. Patrick Was a Baptist"

    03/16/2015 8:16:21 AM PDT · 1 of 115
    John Leland 1789
  • Chinese immigrant spared prison for Chicago Merc trade secrets theft

    03/09/2015 6:18:38 PM PDT · 8 of 10
    John Leland 1789 to george76

    But one can go to prison for 10 years for “structuring.”

  • Teacher admits he wrote Common Core to end white privilege

    03/09/2015 7:28:55 AM PDT · 35 of 88
    John Leland 1789 to SeekAndFind
    " . . . all kids deserve an “equal opportunity to learn how to read”

    We raised seven children. All of them could read by age 4. By age 12 they were reading college level books.

    None ever attended a public school. My wife is a high school graduate with only a few hours of college work. She taught all of our children to read, write, pass advanced grammar exams. Our eldest son is a degreed and trained linguist. Our eldest daughter is a published poet.

    When I hear people talk about "rights" to be educated in any manner, I have no sympathy whatsoever. Our country has good libraries just about anywhere. There are people who love to teach others how to read well.

    Really, there is no excuse for not educating one's self in this country.

  • School Votes for Communism-Themed Dance Dubbed 'Prom-Munism'

    03/07/2015 7:49:16 AM PST · 41 of 42
    John Leland 1789 to Snickering Hound

    The Chinese are more likely to roll around the lethal-injection wagon for these purposes nowadays. Some of those wagons are fully equipped to do organ harvesting, too.

  • School Votes for Communism-Themed Dance Dubbed 'Prom-Munism'

    03/07/2015 7:45:28 AM PST · 40 of 42
    John Leland 1789 to E. Pluribus Unum
    If I were an employer conducting a background check, and found this in the records of prospective employees, it would likely set their application back.

    This will also show up on background investigations for security clearances needed for important military, foreign service, and other positions.

  • Three way gay marriage

    03/06/2015 10:02:50 AM PST · 13 of 22
    John Leland 1789 to fuzzylogic
    On its way to affirming natural marriage, the Alabama Supreme Court made several key observations about the historical and societal underpinnings of the marriage institution:

    • “[M]arriage, as a union between one man and one woman, is the fundamental unit of society.” • “[M]arriage has always been between members of the opposite sex.  The obvious reason for this immutable characteristic is nature.  Men and women complement each other biologically and socially.” • “[O]ne legitimate interest behind the laws (among others) is recognizing and encouraging the ties between children and their biological parents.” • “Government is concerned with public effects, not private wishes.  The new definition of marriage centers on the private concerns of adults, while the traditional definition focuses on the benefits to society from the special relationship that exists between a man and a woman, i.e., the effects for care of children, the control of passions, the division of wealth in society, and so on.” • “[I]f love was the sine qua non of marriage, then polygamy also would be constitutionally protected . . . .” • “[W]hat ultimately is at issue is the entire edifice of family law . . . an edifice that has existed in some form since before the United States was even a country. . . . It is no small thing to wipe away this edifice with a wave of the judicial wand.”

    ______________

    I take special note here of the point

    “[I]f love was the sine qua non of marriage, then polygamy also would be constitutionally protected . . . .”

    And if there is polygamy among members of the opposite sex, there would be polygamy in same-sex relationships, there is recognized marriage there.

  • The B-52 Is Becoming A Terrifyingly Intelligent Smart Weapons Truck

    02/20/2015 9:15:50 PM PST · 29 of 54
    John Leland 1789 to lbryce
    Sure did walk around a lot of them in the early 70s. Detachment of four (at a time) B-52s, each with its own KC-135 tanker, on alert, all detached from Blytheville to Whiteman, Missouri. They would rotate in and out.

    Whiteman was primarily a Minuteman 3 base at the time. Different mission at Whiteman now. B-2s.

    What a great aircraft, the B-52. When working a security post on an adjacent taxiway, I would often have to challenge alert flight crew members who would jog on the taxiway at night. For some reason, we often failed to be notified of their jogging on our post.

    But when the crew members were checked-out, we heard some great stories of missions. Most of those flyers had flown missions over SE Asia (Viet Nam, and those places where we had no missions . . . officially). Many of those B-52s were seriously patched up.

  • Walker vs. Cruz on Gay Marriage - [Oct - 2014]

    01/25/2015 4:57:49 PM PST · 34 of 73
    John Leland 1789 to SoConPubbie
    “I’d rather be talking in the future now more about our jobs plan and our plan for the future of the state. I think that’s what matters to the kids. It’s not this issue,” he says.

    "What matters to the kids." It would matter to my kids that the sodomites want to imitate being married. They seek to destroy marriage. They want to adopt other people's children. They want to use the Foster Parent programs to acquire other people's children for adoption.

    My kids have kids, and many things could happen these days that would allow the government, rightly or wrongly, to remove children from people's homes, temporarily or permanently. I loathe to think of some strange scenario in which my grandchildren were taken and placed in the home to "married" sodomites.

  • Martin Luther King Was a Crusader but Was He a Christian?

    01/17/2015 8:59:40 PM PST · 1 of 98
    John Leland 1789
  • US Supreme Court to Decide on Same-Sex 'Marriage'

    01/17/2015 4:59:34 PM PST · 30 of 37
    John Leland 1789 to babygene
    "It seems to me that if the USSC rules that the marriage laws in a state are unconstitutional , then wouldn’t those couples that are married under those same laws are no longer married…"

    Wouldn’t they have to remarry to be legal?

    I believe this to be an excellent question. I know this: If two men in the State of Missouri can get the same marriage license as a man and a woman, then mine and my wife's Missouri license actually means nothing at all. It has no moral significance whatsoever.

  • Upon This Rock

    01/16/2015 5:05:40 PM PST · 29 of 227
    John Leland 1789 to RnMomof7
    But what if the church of Matthew 16:18 is not at all talking about the Body of Christ Church of the current dispensation? What if our Lord was prophesying the Great Assembly Church of the Kingdom (verse 19), the gathering of a converted and restored Israel and believing Gentiles out of Daniel's 70th Week? The Millennium, the Messiah's earthly Kingdom.

    That Kingdom Church (Great Assembly) was not a mystery; it was prolific in prophesy.

    At the time of Christ's words in Matthew 16, the Body of Christ Church of the current dispensation was a mystery hid in God---unsearchable in Old Testament prophesy.

    There is nothing in the context mandating the word "church" refer to anything that can be seen on earth today or until the return of Christ.

  • Martin Luther King and Black Privilege!

    01/15/2015 11:09:33 PM PST · 1 of 15
    John Leland 1789
  • U.S. healthcare executives say Obamacare is not going anywhere

    01/15/2015 4:52:03 PM PST · 37 of 64
    John Leland 1789 to mdittmar

    This is one of the best illustrations of fascism, is it not? Corporations in conspiracy with the dictator to oppress the people.

  • Should adultery be illegal?

    12/29/2014 9:27:04 AM PST · 75 of 246
    John Leland 1789 to rfreedom4u

    Government legislates morality every day.

  • Who will Obama be courting next?

    12/17/2014 7:52:19 PM PST · 19 of 29
    John Leland 1789 to Slyfox

    I believe this courtship is already in place.

  • STUDENT ROBBED AT GUNPOINT, SAYS HE DESERVED IT DUE TO HIS 'PRIVILEGE'

    11/29/2014 9:04:59 PM PST · 54 of 121
    John Leland 1789 to South40
    It is the same with regard to amnesty for illegal invaders. They are not to be blamed! (sarc)

    People like this will become lawmakers and create amnesties for criminals whose income is under the poverty level.

  • Black Activist Supports Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

    11/25/2014 5:40:48 AM PST · 20 of 21
    John Leland 1789 to Altura Ct.

    Rev. Peterson is a Common-Sense activist who is black and has good sense.

  • Rick Warren at the Vatican: "We’re More Effective and Better Together Than We Are Apart"

    11/24/2014 8:21:19 AM PST · 13 of 99
    John Leland 1789 to marshmallow
    In our county seat of 6 Thousand people, a half dozen churches went through the "The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life." books, workbooks, literature, and classes, series, etc., when all that was at the peak of popularity.

    There's been no positive spiritual changes, no revival or anything like that, in the town or its environs that anyone can document.

    But I'm sure Mr. Warren did enjoy the royalties though.

  • What different religions say about aliens: A brief guide

    11/04/2014 10:07:27 AM PST · 45 of 68
    John Leland 1789 to LambSlave
    Not all of the angelic beings expelled from Heaven with Lucifer came this Earth. Also, many of those unclean spirits have access to the heavenlies (more than one sphere of heaven).

    For those fallen angelic beings to be responsible, over the long centuries, for using their powers to dupe men on this Earth into believing that there are alien races from other planets appearing on and around this earth would not be inconceivable at all.

    I believe Scripture would easily allude to the above.

  • Which World Leader Deserves To Be Called "Leader of the Free World"

    11/04/2014 9:51:57 AM PST · 22 of 42
    John Leland 1789 to ComtedeMaistre
    The world is ALL free now, isn't it? Didn't Communism collapse in the 1990s? Didn't China open its door to the West? (sarc)
  • TO THE EDITOR: Same-sex marriage debate may never be settled

    11/01/2014 8:38:06 AM PDT · 6 of 8
    John Leland 1789 to 2ndDivisionVet
    The debate will never be settled because there is, in truth and reality, no such thing as same-sex "marriage."

    But a false legitimacy will be forced on us against truth and reality with punishments for not accepting it as reality. It will be forced on us by fines, loss of our businesses, jobs and incomes, children removed from our homes so that there will be pool of children for adoption by perverts, jail cells, and . . . .

  • Charlie Rangel: 'The Things We Believe in Are Spiritual Damn Things'

    10/27/2014 11:42:05 PM PDT · 31 of 37
    John Leland 1789 to 2ndDivisionVet
    When Marxist-Communists have altogether taken over any country, they abolish or outlaw Christianity in its Biblical sense. They allow the existence of some churches, controlled by a Party bureaucracy, of course, as a showcase, to try to convince foreign journalists and duped religionists that they believe in "freedom of religion."

    Until they can take over a country outright, they use people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, etc., to pervert definitions of Biblical and Christian things, to dupe those who want a system that gives them everything for nothing; those who pervert the teachings of Christ and the apostles for their own fleshly gratification to be paid for by some one else.

  • Evangelical Church Grapples With Growth of Gay Rights

    10/27/2014 11:23:08 PM PDT · 45 of 60
    John Leland 1789 to Steelfish
    What is "Evangelical Church"???
  • Detroit officials bristle at UN visit, scolding over water shut-offs

    10/21/2014 4:16:06 PM PDT · 61 of 70
    John Leland 1789 to Responsibility2nd
    " . . . the UN DOES have knowledge about third world hellhole conditions."

    The method of the UNO, however, regardless of their "knowledge," is to bring about wars and police actions, in much the same way Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton foment violence in inner cities.

    We don't need the UNO as long as we have our own community organizers.

  • When guys find out I’m a virgin [author is a 26 year old female Christian]

    10/14/2014 10:27:58 AM PDT · 257 of 396
    John Leland 1789 to 82nd Bragger
    Very few young people today pay attention to the admonition to only marry a Christian.

    However, it's as easy to lie about being a Christian as it is to lie at the border and say, "I don't have Ebola symptoms."

    We have seven children---three now married.

    We did not admonish our children and then release them to date whomsoever they wanted.

    We trained our children to watch the behavior and interests of potential mates prior to expressing interest, and to investigate the propensities of potential mates by speaking to pastors and others involved in their lives.

    Is the 'potential' known to have been openly practicing Biblical Christianity in and through their local church prior to knowing that my children even exist?

    So, the admonition is "Only consider an individual whose life had already been openly and certifiably demonstrating their faith in Christ prior to meeting you."

    Obviously, to do that, it requires exposure to 'potentials' within a limited range of churches and multi-church activities, where high standards of courtship, marriage, and childhood/teen discipline already exist across the church or fellowship of churches.

  • Gun-Rights Advocates Should Fear History of Second Amendment

    10/11/2014 11:02:23 PM PDT · 23 of 73
    John Leland 1789 to ForYourChildren

    The Battle of Alamance in North Carolina, a decade prior to the War for Independence, explains “a well regulated militia.” It is a militia, like the British Militia under Tryon, confronted by REGULATORS. Armed citizens REGULATING the excesses of despotic government by force of arms.

  • Would Jesus OK Same-Sex Marriage?

    10/04/2014 9:33:07 PM PDT · 39 of 82
    John Leland 1789 to Steelfish
    Matthew ch. 7 is tied to Deuteronomy ch. 19.

    If one makes a false judgment (accusation) against another, the Biblical sentence for that offence is carried out against he false accuser.

    That is the interpretation of Matthew ch. 7, as Jesus was born under the Law of Moses.

    Turning a blind eye is certainly not the interpretation.

    Tolerating that which God has instructed would destroy society is certainly not the interpretation.

  • FReep This Poll! Do You Think It’s OK for Parents to Spank Their Children?

    09/20/2014 3:13:34 PM PDT · 65 of 78
    John Leland 1789 to DogByte6RER
    Raised seven children. All well and well-educated. Home schooled.

    Never used: pipes, ball bats, clothes hangers, 2x4s, etc.

    USED: wooden spoons, 3/8" dowel rods, ping pong paddles, plastic balloon sticks, etc.

    Never struck: head, face, bones, joints, back, neck, throat, chest, stomach. The exception was when little hands tried to get in the way, lightly smacking the hand.

    STRUCK: fleshly portion of the posterior and backs of thighs.

    NOT WHILE ANGRY.

    NEVER carried without accompanying positive training.

  • Couple Fined For Refusing To Host Gay Wedding Shuts Down Venue

    08/30/2014 8:05:39 PM PDT · 113 of 113
    John Leland 1789 to Rusty0604

    Eventually even churches will be given similar orders by judges.

  • Why do Protestant lay people hate clergy?

    07/31/2014 8:31:43 PM PDT · 983 of 1,112
    John Leland 1789 to michaelwlf3
    ". . . a continuing Anglican church . . ."

    Sir, is this a designation for a group of churches? Would you define, please? Just curious.

  • Chinese Police remove church cross amid crackdown

    07/28/2014 8:24:51 PM PDT · 4 of 6
    John Leland 1789 to MikeinMotley

    Those churches belong to the government. The facilities, including any cross on the top, belong to the government. The government provides (or at least vets and approves) the pastors. The preaching content is monitored. The government tells those churches which doctrines must be avoided in the pulpit.

    So, render unto Beijing the cross that belongs to Beijing.

  • 173 unaccompanied immigrant children placed in Minnesota; 50 in Wisconsin

    07/26/2014 6:53:23 AM PDT · 6 of 27
    John Leland 1789 to TurboZamboni

    Just how long has there been an “Office of Refugee Resettlement,” and under what law was it created?