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  • Differences Between Left and Right: Part I

    05/26/2015 6:31:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Dennis Prager
    Most Americans hold either liberal or conservative positions on most matters. In many instances, however, they would be hard pressed to explain their position or the position they oppose. But if you can't explain both sides, how do you know you're right? At the very least, you need to understand both the liberal and conservative positions in order to effectively understand your own. I grew up in a liberal world -- New York, Jewish and Ivy League graduate school. I was an 8-year-old when President Dwight Eisenhower ran for re-election against the Democratic nominee, Adlai Stevenson. I knew nothing about...
  • Bin Laden Papers: 'Homosexual Marriages & Infant Butchery' Reasons to Kill 'Sinful' Americans

    05/22/2015 10:36:09 AM PDT · by drewh · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | | May 22, 2015 | 6:22 AM EDT | Susan Yost
    Among the papers found in Osama bin Laden's compound is a 15-page document that urges bomb-makers to join al Qaeda to kill "drunkard, sinful" American voters who permit "alien satanic practices" such as same-sex marriage and abortion. Written by Abu-Salih Al Somali, a senior al Qaeda operative, the attempt to recruit explosives experts and other Muslim scientists explains who they will be killing: "It is the VOTERS, who choose their leaders who deploy their armies against Muslims, and pay billions of (their produced tax money) to Israel to massacre our brothers and sister(s). It is the voters who vote on...
  • Methodist Pastor Says Caring About Unborn Babies Who Die in Abortions is “Idolatry”

    05/18/2015 2:16:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt | May 18, 2015
    The United Methodist Church has been a subject of controversy for years as it supports legalized abortion within the context of supposedly being a Christian denomination. Now, one pro-life advocate has uncovered a quote from a Methodist pastor who says that caring about unborn babies who die in abortions is “idolatry.” Sarah Terzo, who has a knack for documenting the history of the abortion debate and the abortion advocacy movement by posting quotes from pro-abortion activists through the years, posted a new quote today that features Minister John M Swomley. Swomley is an ordained United Methodist minister, Terzo explains and,...
  • Why the Church Distinguishes Between Mortal and Venial Sin, Part I

    05/08/2015 2:03:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 143 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 8, 2015 | MARK SHEA
    Many supposed "theological differences" between Catholics and Evangelicals are, I think, founded in semantics rather than in substantial disagreement. For example, when I was an Evangelical one of the periodic arguments I ran across against Catholic moral theology was that the concept of mortal and venial sin is unbiblical. Sin is sin, say Evangelicals, and there's no good in trying to make out some sins as "minor." To us Evangelicals such nice distinctions smelled a great deal like rationalization and looked like an escape clause from the commandment "Be holy, for I, the Lord, am Holy." After all, James wrote,...
  • On Praying for a Deep Hatred and Fear of Sin and Its Darkness

    04/24/2015 7:12:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Praying for a Deep Hatred and Fear of Sin and Its Darkness By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe ought to ask the Lord to inspire us with a holy hatred of sin. There is a kind of inverse relationship that we ought to seek: if we love the truth staunchly we will detest sin and lies more fully. It is impossible to love the truth vigorously without also detesting error. Similarly, as we grow in the love of God, we grow in the love of holiness, for God is holy.As our love for Him deepens, we become increasingly averse to all that...
  • A Meditation on the Sins of the Intellect

    04/09/2015 8:22:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 131 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Meditation on the Sins of the Intellect By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhen I was in the seminary, my Moral Theology Professor, Fr. Robert Zylla (R.I.P.), encouraged us to meditate on the sins of the intellect during the third sorrowful mystery (The Crowning with Thorns). In his years of teaching he had surely witnessed the intellectual pride that could beset theologians and seminary students who figured they knew a few things. And added to this human tendency to intellectual pride was the rather prideful sense of the 20th century that we had somehow “come of age.” Dissent from church teaching was rampant and...
  • Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy

    04/01/2015 7:50:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 223 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy By: Msgr. Charles PopeWednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday,” since it was on this day that Judas conspired with the Temple leadership to hand Jesus over. He would not accomplish his task until the evening of the next day, but this day he made the arrangements and was paid.One way to reflect on this terrible sin is to consider that Judas was among the first priests called by Jesus. We see in the call of the Apostles the establishment of the ministerial priesthood. Jesus called these men to...
  • Some Strategies for Overcoming Temptation

    03/24/2015 7:41:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Strategies for Overcoming Temptation By: Msgr. Charles PopeThis is part two of an article on temptation. See yesterday’s post for part one.How can we overcome temptation?Remote Battles are Essential! When people ask about overcoming temptation they most often have in mind what to do “in the moment” of temptation. But if we focus merely on the moment of temptation we are missing the bulk of the work that needs to be done. For in order to become more successful in withstanding temptation, a strong foundation needs to be established. There is much “remote” work to be done such...
  • The Gift of Sorrow for Sin – A Meditation on the “Mass for the Gift of Tears” in the Missal

    02/20/2015 6:33:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gift of Sorrow for Sin – A Meditation on the “Mass for the Gift of Tears” in the Missal By: Msgr. Charles PopeMost pastors and confessors are aware that in any parish there are going to be a few who are scrupulous, even in times like these. Some have a kind of scrupulosity that is mild and almost admirable.  A sensitive conscience is a beautiful thing and bespeaks a kind of innocence that is rare today.Some others have a more unhealthy form of scrupulosity, rooted too much in cringing fear of a God who is seen more as a...
  • Our Shameless World

    04/14/2015 2:03:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | April 2015 | Andrew Davis
    The first mention of shame in Scripture actually celebrates the absence of it: Adam and Eve were naked and felt no shame (Gen. 2:25). The final destination of Scripture is the New Jerusalem, where nothing shameful will ever enter (Rev. 21:27), a place where the redeemed from every nation will celebrate their eternal cleansing from shame by the blood of Christ. In between, however, a tragic and sordid history unfolds in which the descendants of Adam probe with ever-increasing boldness the depths of the shame to which our race can plunge. Here we will highlight three ways that our...
  • The Homosexual Agenda: CNN Reporter Ambushes Christian Florist

    04/08/2015 7:17:11 AM PDT · by detective · 40 replies
    The New American ^ | April 7, 2015 | Selwyn Duke
    You know, the Ten Commandments, it says you can’t commit adultery; it says you need to honor your father and mother. If someone didn’t honor their parents or commit adultery, would you serve them?” This question was posed by CNN reporter Gary Tuchman to Georgia florist Melissa Jeffcoat, who had previously said she’d refuse to service a homosexual commitment ceremony. When she answered affirmatively and was pressed on why (supposedly) she’d serve adulterers and those dishonoring their parents but not homosexuals, she replied, “It’s just a different kind of sin to me. I just don’t believe in it.” Tuchman surely...
  • Müller suggests new task for Congregation for Doctrine of Faith [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2015 4:44:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 4/07/15 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    In one of the numerous interviews he has given over the past few weeks focusing on the next Synod, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke about a new task for his dicastery. It is a task that is never been mentioned in the documents outlining the precise competencies of the former Holy Office. In an interview with French Catholic newspaper La Croix, the German cardinal stated: “The arrival of a theologian like Benedict XVI in the Chair of St. Peter was no doubt an exception. But John XXIII was not a...
  • Most Americans now say Jesus actually a sinner [Hebrews 4:15]

    04/02/2015 5:09:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 37 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/2/2015 | Staff
    Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Despite more than nine out of 10 Americans agreeing Jesus was a historical figure, what they believe about Him diverges widely, according to a newly released survey from the Barna Research Group, a nonprofit organization that has been analyzing cultural trends related to religious belief since 1984. The survey of more than 4,000 U.S. adults online and by phone suggests Americans are conflicted about the central figure of...
  • Mercy! So Great a Gift – Why Many Parishes Need to Reconsider When They Offer Confession

    03/31/2015 7:51:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-30-15 | catholic, apologetics, history, theology
    Mercy! So Great a Gift – Why Many Parishes Need to Reconsider When They Offer the Sacrament of Confession By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt tonight’s Chrism Mass, the Cardinal chose to focus his remarks to the more than 300 priests in attendance on the beauty of the Sacrament of Confession and the power of mercy. What a magnificent gift the Lord gave His Church through the ministry of priests, that we can hear His blessed words, I absolve you from your sins … go in peace.My mind goes back to a beautiful story of St. John Paul II and a certain bishop (not of...
  • Cardinal Raymond Burke: Gays, remarried Catholics, murderers are all the same

    03/27/2015 4:43:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    Religion News Service (RNS) ^ | March 27, 2015 | David Gibson
    When Pope Francis last year effectively demoted U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke by moving him out of a senior post in the Vatican to a largely ceremonial role as head of a Rome-based Catholic charity, it was viewed as a way to sideline one of the pontiff’s most outspoken critics on the right ... Now the American churchman has spoken out again, telling an interviewer that gay couples and divorced and remarried Catholics who are trying to live good and faithful lives are still like “the person who murders someone and yet is kind to other people.” ...
  • Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception

    03/26/2015 11:36:04 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 224 replies
    Fallibility ^ | May 1, 2013 | Michael Taylor
    Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception Should we believe something because we think it is true, or should we think something is true because we first believe?  For example, if you believe that extra-terrestrials have visited the earth, then you are likely to believe in UFO sightings and  alien abduction stories, and conspiracy theories about government coverups as confirmation of what you already believe.  This doesn’t mean that you believe that every UFO sighting or abduction story is real.  Nor does this mean that you buy into every conspiracy theory out there.  But if you...
  • What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources?

    03/23/2015 8:03:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources? By: Msgr. Charles PopeI will be on the Catholic Answers radio show today (Monday, March 23) at 6:00 PM Eastern Time. The topic will be temptation: what it is and how to avoid and overcome it.  I’ve assembled some notes in preparation and I’ll present them (in two parts) in the blog. Today’s post focuses on what temptation is, why God allows it, and what its sources are. Tomorrow I’ll present the second half of the notes, which center on how to avoid and overcome temptation.What is Temptation? A seminary teacher of mine once defined...
  • "I bedded 12 strangers in a year — with my husband’s permission"

    03/22/2015 3:11:07 PM PDT · by jonatron · 86 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 16, 2015 | Jane Ridley
    <p>Bored after 18 years with her husband, Robin Rinaldi placed an ad seeking casual encounters with new men and women. She tells what happened on her yearlong sex odyssey in her memoir "The Wild Oats Project."</p> <p>I broke the news to Scott that I wanted an open marriage in early 2008, a few months after his vasectomy. “I won’t go to my grave with no children and four lovers,” I told him repeatedly. “I refuse.”</p>
  • Is God Angry Anymore?

    03/22/2015 8:12:43 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 47 replies
    Is God Angry Anymore? by Jim Elliff     When I was in public high school, we had to read part of a famous sermon called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, by Jonathan Edwards. He graphically pictured sinners as spiders dangling by a thread over the fire of Hell. He also asserted that God is angrier at this moment with some who are living than with others who are already in Hell.Do you believe that? Is God angry? I don’t believe my teacher thought so. When I later studied the Bible on the subject, I was...
  • The Unrepenting Repenter

    03/21/2015 2:38:59 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 7 replies
    The Unrepenting Repenter by Jim Elliff     The believer in Christ is a lifelong repenter.  He begins with repentance and continues in repentance. (Rom. 8:12-13) David sinned giant sins but fell without a stone at the mere finger of the prophet because he was a repenter at heart (2 Sam. 12:7-13). Peter denied Christ three times but suffered three times the remorse until he repented with bitter tears (Mt. 26:75). Every Christian is called a repenter, but he must be a repenting repenter. The Bible assumes the repentant nature of all true believers in its instruction on church...
  • The Rationale for Wrath

    03/21/2015 11:38:12 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 14 replies
    A cartoon depicted Noah’s ark surrounded by desperate people drowning in the water, begging for help. The rains were coming down hard while Noah and his family were safe inside. On the outside of the ark was a "smiley face" with the words, "Smile, God Loves You."Are you sure God loves everybody? John the Baptist didn’t think so. He said, "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" (Jn. 3:36). Why is God justified in having wrath toward...
  • DO CATHOLIC LEADERS BELIEVE IN SIN ANYMORE?

    03/20/2015 6:01:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    American Life League ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jim Sedlak
    If Catholic leaders do still believe in sin, many sure don’t act like it. A secular dictionary defines sin as “an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains the following definition in paragraph 1850: Sin is an offense against God. . . . Sin sets itself against God’s love for us and turns our hearts away from it. Like the first sin, it is disobedience, a revolt against God through the will to become “like gods,” knowing and determining good and evil. Sin is thus “love of oneself even to...
  • Alabama Baptist church dis-fellowshipped over pastor’s gay friendly views

    03/19/2015 10:30:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    BaptistNews.Com ^ | 3/17/2015 | Bob Allen
    An association of Southern Baptist churches in Alabama voted March 16 to dismiss a church over its pastor’s support of same-sex marriage. The executive board of Madison Baptist Association voted 74-5 to withdraw fellowship from Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., according to a statement to media.The voluntary association of 85 churches affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention investigated Weatherly Heights, which is primarily affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, after news reports that an unpaid staff member ordained by the church officiated at a same-sex wedding Feb. 9.Discussions revealed that the church’s pastor, David Freeman, also does not...
  • When mercy is viewed as a license to sin

    03/18/2015 9:54:43 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 20 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 18, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    In a post which may be found here, Father Robert McTeigue, SJ writes: "Very often, I hear folks speak of mercy as if it were a cancellation of justice. On this view, “justice” means, “you have to pay off your debt—or else.” “Mercy”, then, says, “About that debt—never mind!” And who wouldn’t breathe a sigh of relief when told that one’s debt has been dismissed, made irrelevant? That’s an appealing, even tempting image of justice and mercy, especially if you’ve ever been deeply in debt. Unfortunately, such a view tragically distorts justice and mercy. If left uncorrected, such a view...
  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Embraces LGBT-Inclusive Definition Of Marriage

    03/18/2015 8:24:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | March 17, 2015 | Carol Kuruvilla
    The tide has turned for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to be married in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Following years of debate and introspection, America’s largest Presbyterian denomination has announced a change to its constitution that allows for a more inclusive definition of marriage. Officially called Amendment 14-F, the new wording in the denomination’s Book of Order will describe marriage as being “between two people.”
  • Why San Francisco's biggest megachurch is wrong about sex

    03/16/2015 8:38:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    First Things ^ | 3-17-15 | Robert A.J. Gagnon
    The senior pastor and elders of City Church, the largest evangelical church in San Francisco will no longer require members to abstain from homosexual practice, so long as the homosexual activity occurs in the context of marriage. According to a letter written by senior pastor Fred Harrell on behalf of the Board of Elders, “We will no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation and demand lifelong celibacy as a precondition for joining. For all members, regardless of sexual orientation, we will continue to expect chastity in singleness until marriage.” “Our pastoral practice of demanding life-long ‘celibacy,' by which we meant...
  • Sin and the Internet: 4 Frightening Lessons

    03/16/2015 9:02:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 16, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    Social media is ubiquitous in a way that the lives of previous generations never had to deal with, and everyone from the high and mighty to the lowly and rowdy are learning hard lessons. Here are some spiritual truths that are reflected in social media scandals. 1. We cannot rid ourselves of sin. “To uproot sin and the evil that is so imbedded in our sinning can be done only by divine power, for it is impossible and outside man's  competence to uproot sin.” —St. Macarius, Homily 3.4 Hillary Clinton’s email system is teaching her a lesson many have...
  • The Church Fathers, A Door to Rome!

    03/07/2015 2:48:45 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 121 replies
    Way of Life ^ | David Cloud
    The Church Fathers, A Door to Rome Nov/14/12 07:15 Many people have walked into the Roman Catholic Church through the broad door of the “church fathers,” and this is a loud warning today when there is a widespread attraction to the “church fathers” within evangelicalism. The Catholic apologetic ministries use the “church fathers” to prove that Rome’s doctrines go back to the earliest centuries. In the book Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic, David Currie continually uses the church fathers to support his position. He says, “The other group of authors whom Evangelicals should read ... is the early Fathers of...
  • Why we'll never bake your fake 'wedding' cake

    03/07/2015 8:57:13 AM PST · by Woodland · 66 replies
    WND ^ | Matt Barber
    Dear homosexual, We are your fellow sinners and no better than you. We know this. We are saved from eternal torment, self-wrought, by the grace of Christ alone. If you are an unrepentant, “out and proud” homosexual practitioner, then you are not. It is our deepest prayer that you, too, will accept the free gift of eternal salvation, repent and “go and sin no more.” The alternative is a living hell. Let us be direct. According to the unequivocal moral precepts of biblical Christianity, explicit throughout both the Old and New Testaments, your homosexual behavior is sin. Sin is evil....
  • Biden Invokes Selma in Push for LGBT Rights

    03/06/2015 6:17:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | March 6, 2015
    The fight for African-American rights and LGBT rights is 'in fact the same,' the vice president says.Addressing a convention of LGBT activists in Washington on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden compared the 1965 demonstrations in Selma for African-American voting rights – the 50th anniversary of which is being commemorated this week – to the ongoing battle for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. “The same basic human rights were at stake when John [Lewis, an African-American civil rights leader who is now a U.S. congressman] led that march over that bridge,” Biden said, referring to the Edmund...
  • Why Are There So Many “Bad” People in Church?

    03/06/2015 9:56:03 AM PST · by bad company · 63 replies
    http://www.pravoslavie.ru ^ | 04 / 03 / 2015 | Denis Akhalashvili
    I often have to hear how people say about our Church, “You know, I don’t go to your church and won’t go, because it’s like a train station there—who don’t you see there? It would be alright if they were good people, but they’re not! I met one of them. Do you know what sort of man he is? And that girl is not any better. I won’t even mention the rest. And they go to services, cross themselves and don’t even blush…” Why are there so many unfortunate, wretched, broken lives, strange and simply bad people in the Church,...
  • The Challenge: Understanding Repentance

    02/26/2015 8:57:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Editor's note: This piece was co-authored by the author's daughter, Kristin Carey. If you showed up at an Ash Wednesday service last week, chances are you heard the word “repentance” quite a few times. It isn’t a term we often use outside of a church context. It’s one of those scary-sounding “Christianese” words that few of us feel comfortable with, probably because it conjures up images of crazy old men standing on street corners, holding picket-signs and yelling at people as they pass by. Look it up in the dictionary, and you’ll find explanations like “to feel sorry,” “conscience-stricken,” and...
  • “And no small tempest lay on us …” The Story of a Storm That St. Paul Endured and What...

    01/05/2015 6:31:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “And no small tempest lay on us …” – The Story of a Storm That St. Paul Endured and What It Has to Teach Us About SinBy: Msgr. Charles PopeIt is an interesting fact that St. Luke devotes and entire Chapter of Acts (27) describing a storm at sea that St. Paul endured. The level of detail is high and thus we are signaled that such details are important. The Holy Spirit has something to teach of here of how we get into trouble, and how we can get out.Storms in life often come to us out of our...
  • The Sins That Come From Being a Busybody – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory

    12/30/2014 7:25:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-29-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Sins That Come From Being a Busybody – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory By: Msgr. Charles PopeFaults in others I can see, but praise the Lord there’re none in me!The term “busybody” usually refers to one who is intent on the matters of others but looks little to his own issues. Busybodies also tend to focus especially on the faults, foibles, and troubles of other folks. Seldom are they chattering away about good news related to other people; more often it is the scurrilous and scandalous that occupy their minds.Merriam-Webster online defines a busybody as  “a person who...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MORTAL SIN, 02-09-15

    02/09/2015 9:08:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-09-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:MORTAL SIN An actual sin that destroys sanctifying grace and causes the supernatural death of the soul. Mortal sin is a turning away from God because of seriously inordinate adherence to creatures that causes grave injury to a person's rational nature and to the social order, and deprives the sinner of a right to heaven. The terms mortal, deadly, grave, and serious applied to sin are synonyms, each with a slightly different implication. Mortal and deadly focus on the effects in the sinner, namely deprivation of the state of friendship with God; grave and serious refer...
  • In what way was Jesus ‘made sin’ on the cross?

    02/06/2015 5:05:04 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 46 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | February 3, 2015 | Nathan Busenitz
    February 3, 2015In what way was Jesus ‘made sin’ on the cross? by Nathan Busenitz Yesterday, as I was reading through portions of Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians, I came across the following:“Christ took upon Himself our sins, not by constraint, but of His own good will, in order to bear the punishment and wrath of God: not for the sake of His own person (which was just and invincible, and was not in any way guilty), but for our person. So by means of a joyous substitution, He took upon Himself our sinful person, and gave to us His innocent and victorious person: with which we, being now clothed,...
  • Nashville Evangelical Church Comes Out for Marriage Equality

    02/02/2015 6:31:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Time ^ | January 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Dias
    "Could you be a church in Selma and not march, just handle your own community?" says pastor Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church. "I don’t think I can do that." Three Sundays ago in Franklin, Tenn., twenty minutes south of Nashville and in the heart of the country’s contemporary Christian music industry, pastor Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church preached what was perhaps the most important sermon of his life. You can watch it above–start around 44:40 if you are short on time.
  • Huckabee Compares Being Gay to Drinking, Swearing

    02/01/2015 4:48:20 PM PST · by lbryce · 70 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 1, 2015 | Dylan Stableford
    Video at site Possible Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says homosexuality is a lifestyle choice like drinking and swearing — which is why he can accept friends who are gay, despite his religious convictions. "People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle," Huckabee said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. "I don't shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view. I don't drink alcohol, but gosh — a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know,...
  • What It Means to Be Evangelical

    01/22/2015 12:51:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    RealClearReligion ^ | 01/22/2015 | Rob Schwarzwalder
    A number of thoughtful Evangelical commentators (captured here by my brave and faithful friend Owen Strachan) have responded pointedly to Elizabeth Dias's Time story, "Inside the Evangelical Fight Over Gay Marriage." They have demonstrated logically, theologically and philosophically why the movement to abandon Scripture's teaching on human sexuality in order to accommodate supposedly Evangelical advocates of normalizing same-sex "marriage" and attraction is an offense to God and the Gospel.At the Family Research Council, we have joined them in addressing the concerns of younger Evangelicals regarding homosexuality, in recognizing the uniqueness of male-female complementarity and in celebrating God's plan for sexual intimacy...
  • What Do the Scriptures Mean which speak of “the flesh?”

    01/09/2015 7:27:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 160 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Do the Scriptures Mean which speak of “the flesh?” By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a common misunderstanding of the meaning of the Biblical phrase “the flesh.”  There are many references to “the flesh” in New Testament Scripture, especially in the letters of St. Paul. The phrase confuses some, who think it synonymous with the physical body or merely with sexual sin.It is true that there are many times when Scripture uses the word “flesh” to refer to the physical body. However, when the definite article “the” is placed before the word “flesh” we are most often dealing with something...
  • The Messiah Was Made Under The LAw...a nativity sermon pt 5

    But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.(Galatians 4:4-5)When God became a man, He put himself under the law. In every sense possible Jesus was yoked underneath the heavy load of the Law of God. The entire moral, sacrificial and ritual law were placed upon the MEssiah from birth. At the very beginning we are told of Jesus’ circumcision. He too was circumcised the eighth day according to the Law...
  • Pope Francis curses sinners

    12/18/2014 8:27:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | December 18, 2014 | The Tenth Crusade
    I kinda wasn't too surprised to hear the pope say he prays that people fall to temptation. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out the kind of Catholics he curses. You know the irony of his ruthless perversion of prayer and role of a Pope? Catholics who want their religion taught to them are the very Catholics who humbly acknowledge their temptation and sin. That is why we constantly beg for pastoral perspectives on ways to recognize the devil long before he has us duped, ways to circumvent temptation and sin and remain in a state of Sanctifying...
  • Franklin Graham: America glorifying sin

    12/12/2014 1:27:33 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 13 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 12, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Writing for the Christian Post, Melissa Barnhart notes that, "The Rev. Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritans Purse, says the government's attacks against Christianity and bans on traditional Christmas themes while society glorifies sin is 'like little children shaking their fist at Almighty God.' 'What's happening is we're glorifying sin, we're lifting up sin. And it's like little children shaking their fist at Almighty God,' Graham told Fox News host Megyn Kelly during a Wednesday segment of 'The Kelly File.' Speaking about atheists and secularists' actions to ban celebrations of Christmas in schools and government...
  • Evangelicals with gay children challenging church (AP vs. Christianity)

    11/27/2014 12:19:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 90 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 27, 2014 2:00 PM EST | Rachel Zoll
    Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians. When their 12-year-old son Ryan said he was gay, they told him they loved him, but he had to change. He entered “reparative therapy,” met regularly with his pastor and immersed himself in Bible study and his church youth group. After six years, nothing changed. A despondent Ryan cut off from his parents and his faith, started taking drugs and in 2009, died of an overdose. “Now we realize we were so wrongly taught,” said Rob Robertson, a firefighter for more than 30 years who...
  • What is "Sin"? (Vanity)

    11/23/2014 5:12:09 AM PST · by BwanaNdege · 100 replies
    Self | 11/23/2014 | BwanaNdege
    Hello Freepers! I need help with research for a paper. Your ideas are needed and welcomed. I especially would appreciate comments from Libertarians and any lurking Liberals/Progressives and Atheists/"Brights".
  • May You Sleep the Sleep of the Just: A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings

    11/21/2014 6:58:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-20-14 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    May You Sleep the Sleep of the Just: A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s an old expression, seldom used today although I remember the old folks used it sometimes when I was young, “May you sleep the sleep of the just.” When my Great Aunt Polly used it, she meant simply, “May you sleep well.” But more richly and historically, the phrase speaks to a serenity that comes from having a quiet conscience, a conscience that is untroubled by the burden of unconfessed and unrepentant sin. A serene and clean conscience is an...
  • Billy Gilman Reveals He's Gay

    11/20/2014 2:46:39 PM PST · by napscoordinator · 123 replies
    Country News ^ | 20 November 2014 | Unknown
    [2 Billy Gilman Reveals He’s Gay By Billy Dukes 34 minutes ago Hours after one country artist revealed he is gay, another followed. Billy Gilman followed. On Thursday afternoon, he took to YouTube to reveal he is gay.
  • Billy Graham: In ‘Lawless and Wicked Age…We've Taught Philosophy of the Devil--‘Do As You Please’

    11/19/2014 7:15:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    World renowned evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, the founder and chairman of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said that our children are growing up in a “lawless and wicked age,” infused with the “philosophy of the Devil, who says, ‘Do as you please.’” Further, rearing children in this culture is difficult because “we have taken God out of our educational systems and thought we could get away with it,” said Rev. Graham. “We have sown the wind, and we are now reaping the whirlwind. We have laughed at God, religion and the Bible.” Reverend Graham’s commentary, first broadcast in August 1955,...
  • Catalog of Sin – All Items are in Stock, Free Shipping and Handling from the Supplier

    11/18/2014 7:50:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 99 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-17-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Catalog of Sin – All Items are in Stock, Free Shipping and Handling from the Supplier By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video at the bottom of the page is something of a spoof on drug commercials, treating sin like a drug. Wait till you hear the side-effects disclaimer at the end. I also thought today of doing a little post on the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance since I was talking to a parishioner today, who is suffering because his employer has not paid him for three weeks. The employer, a shipping agency says this is  due to “administrative...
  • Family now under the influence of the Pope Francis attack

    11/09/2014 10:10:11 AM PST · by ebb tide · 65 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | November 9, 2014 | The Tenth Crusade
    I can't subject myself to the articles about Pope Francis demotion and exile of Cardinal Burke posted by long suffering Catholic journalists who have been luring our children into adultery and sexual debauchery, but I have been reading the headlines. I have also been fielding questions from readers who tell me stories about how their relatives and loved ones have put adultery on full throttle, citing the counterfeit deposit of faith Pope Francis has generated with his...I am groping for charity here...statements and actions contrary to Church teaching and obfuscation of teaching. These journalists have been permitted to use the...