And why does pro-abortion far Left atheist George Soros want to contribute to “centrist evangelical” Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis?
So many questions.
You often hear from politicians that we must protect the Social Security “trust fund,” but the truth is that there is no such thing. They know that – or at least they should know that. So they are ignorant and/or trying to deceive you, both of which are bad.
The government does not have the capability to set aside funds in a bank account like we do. When the Social Security funds come in they are spent on Social Security, or, as they have done for decades, on other spending projects they didn’t want to raise taxes to fund. Decades of dishonesty and financial mismanagement by both parties are becoming more visible.
If some of these Social Security funds went to private investments that you could control then that would limit how much the politicians could abuse. But they don’t want to lose control, so they play on your fears that something bad will happen.
Yes, the market could crash and you could lose your investments. It is a risky world. But think about this: Whether your private account crashed or not it isn’t like the government is saving our taxes today to pay out tomorrow. Either way the payouts they will make 10 years from now will come from taxes paid 10 years from now.
Simply put, we can’t lose by having at least part of current contributions devoted to private accounts. The politicians will lose because they’ll have to find a way to fund current spending, or not spend the money at all.
Don’t let fear-mongering by politicians fool you. The system has been broken for a long time. Democrats didn’t want you to be informed and Republicans didn’t try hard enough to inform you. But it isn’t that complicated.
Speak the Gospel — use deeds when necessary – Seems that St. Francis probably didn’t say “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” I didn’t realize that when I wrote Taking St. Francis too literally, but the content there still applies. Even if he had said it, a cursory review of his life would show that he said it as hyperbole. He was all about using words to share the Gospel. Hat tip: The Pugnacious Irishman
Does the Old Testament condone slavery? – Excellent post on a common objection to the Bible. Very clear and concise. Read it and save the link.
The Old Testament speaks of slavery often, and lays out rules on how slaves were to be treated. This has caused some to become confused…but a basic understanding of the context for ancient near-eastern slavery shows that the Old Testament does not condone slavery. Let’s look at some common assumptions . . .
Hat tip: Wes from Facebook
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Al Sharpton is a professional bigot. During his long career the Reverend has incited two anti-Semitic pogroms; the Crown Heights riot and the firebombing of the Jewish-owned Freddy’a Fashion Mart in Harlem. Each of the Sharpton-incited pogroms resulted in deaths, but now for some unknown reason Reverend Al believes he is the caretaker of religious tolerance in the country, as well as the protector of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy of peaceful protest.
Hat tip: The Other McCain
Darwinism requires that stupid, materialist explanations based on survival be preferred to obvious ones that start with the reality of the human mind and human cognition, so far as I can see.
As noted in Media Deeply Concerned About Missouri Abortion Law, Not So Much About Sharia, Missouri gets the science right in a new law about informed consent for abortions.
The media tried to twist it into a debatable religious angle, even though the law just adds a simple, factual phrase to a pamphlet:
“The life of each human being begins at conception,” according to Senate Bill 793, which will add new regulations to the state’s 24-hour informed consent law for abortions. “Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.”
Those words will be displayed “prominently” on brochures that abortion providers will be required to hand out to every woman seeking the procedure — even if they don’t happen to believe the Christian theology the words represent.
Of course all Christians should know that God created life and that we should protect innocent human beings from being aborted.
But this law isn’t based on religion, it is based on an irrefutable scientific fact: The unborn are unique, living human beings from conception. Go check out those pesky embryology textbooks in the link. Or just think about the logic for about 5 seconds: What other type of being would two human beings create? Of course it is a human being. Who cares if / when it has a soul? If you think the timing of the soul is important then you need to prove exactly when it comes into being or explain why we wouldn’t err on the side of caution.
The article also highlights how ridiculous it is to protest the requirement to share scientific facts with women about to have their unborn children destroyed while turning a blind eye to the creeping Sharia law of Islam. What does Sharia declare?
- Women are inferior to men.
- Women should have fewer rights and responsibilities than Larry the Cable Guy.
- Women count for one-half of a dude in giving evidence in a court of law.
- Women should be horse whipped if they ever make their husband feel like a dork.
- Victoria’s Secret Miraculous Bra (with extreme level 5 cleavage) makes God angry.
- Women can’t say squat in regard to whom they’ll marry, what they’ll wear, where they’ll live, or whether or not they can divorce their cheating and/or abusive husband.
- Girls can be wed beginning at the ripe old age of frickin’ nine.
- Women should be cool with hubby having a couple of hoochies or female slaves on the side.
- Women, on the pretext of “honor,” should be locked up, isolated and unable to have a girls’ night out at Mango’s on Ocean Drive.
Say, where are all the feminists yelling about “my body, my life” when it comes to Islam?
As noted in False teacher Chuck Currie outdoes himself, false teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie got caught in his game of hypocritical race-baiting. His premise was allegedly to call people to reason and discussion, but he tipped his hand when when accusing a pastor of being and anti-black racist. It seems that Chuck couldn’t be bothered to check a pesky detail like the skin color of the person he sought to demonize (turns out the pastor was black).
As a bonus, Chuck parroted a wrong translation of a Bible passage by the National Council of Churches (NCC). In fairness, fake Christians like Chuck and authentic Christians both take verses out of context at times. We can all make mistakes and get a little sloppy.
But I’m trying to think of any that Chuck gets right. He reads John 14:6 and preaches that Jesus is not the only way. He uses the Matthew 25 “least of these” phrase in roughly every other post but doesn’t realize any of the following:
There are so many more. His abuse of Isaiah 1:18 is just the latest.
The prophet Isaiah (1:18) declares God’s message to the people to “Come let us reason together”. This injunction might serve us well in the present moment. Reason, (yakah), in this passage does not refer to a dispassionate meeting of the minds but, rather calls for convincing, persuading and presenting a case for a point of view. Vigorous, principled debate advances our thinking and clarifies the challenges before us. Respect for neighbor strengthens the fabric of our communities.
He pompously pretends to care about reason and problem-solving. But let’s look at the context of this verse. Even if you just look at all of verse 18 you’ll see that Chuck and the NCC have misapplied it. Read the surrounding verses and their problem gets worse.
Isaiah 1:15–20 (ESV)
15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen;your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,
17 learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
The verse and passage don’t give some generic advice for people to reason together. God is telling sinful people to come to their senses and repent and believe. Oh, if only Chuck and the NCC would preach that message! But then, they’d have to believe it first, right? And that is the problem: They are false teachers. They pretend to be experts by quoting the Hebrew word for reason, but they miss the context of the word within the passage and even the verse.
What did they do here? They just searched for the word “reason” and grabbed whatever verse popped up. It makes them sound all “churchy,” I suppose, but it has nothing to do with the text.
What is worse is that Chuck uses it hypocritically. He doesn’t want to reason with the other side. He wants to be perceived as wanting to reason while continually playing the race card. He is the one driving division. If he told the truth then race-baiters like him would be out of a job.
By indulging us? By encouraging us in our sins? By letting us make up our own version of him?
No, He does it like this:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Don’t confuse Jim Wallace of Please Convince Me with Jim "the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution" Wallis, the faux centrist who who distorts the real Gospel, lies about taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from pro-abortion atheist George Soros and who gives free posters of Hindus to subscribers of his magazine.
Jim Wallace has a terrific ministry for anyone to follow, but especially those involved with youth. He offers many apologetics lessons for free. They have excellent production values. They have a very personable Q&A format that is as accurate as it is accessible.
I encourage you to listen to the May 17th Podcast of Stand to Reason (though you should really be listening to their Podcast every week!) to hear the interview with Wallace and Greg Koukl.
See Glenn Beck Day | RedState and ask why false teachers like Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis and Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie defend the NYC Mosque and criticize those who object to the Mosque, yet they vilify Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin for a non-political event?
Even the NY Times — that radical Right newspaper — reports no link between disasters and “global warming.”
Hillbuzz on Liberal Myths About Taxes – read the link – lots of nice graphs.
MYTH: The Bush tax cuts caused the deficit.
FACT: In 2002, tax revenues were $1.85 trillion. In 2007, revenues were $2.57 trillion — a 39 percent INCREASE.
MYTH: The rich don’t pay taxes.
FACT: The top 1% of income earners pay 40% of all federal income taxes. The top 5% pay 60%. Everyone in the $200,000 plus tax bracket pays MORE than one fourth of their adjusted gross income in federal taxes. They almost certainly also coughed up a great deal in state and local taxes as well.
MYTH: People who object to the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agendas are right-wing extremists.
FACT: People who agree with Obama, Pelosi and Reid are left-wing extremists.
Planned Parenthood spent $638k to fight Alaska’s parental notice initiative – wow! They really, really don’t like the idea of parents being informed that they grandchildren are going to be destroyed and that their children are going to undergo a surgery that has serious medical and emotional risks. But you still need to jump through many hoops so your kids can take an Advil at school. Aren’t you glad that Planned Parenthood gets hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding?
Outsourced Call Centers Return, To U.S. Homes – What?! You mean if wages inevitably rise in other countries when jobs shift there, and if you offer better quality locally, that businesses might reconsider where to source their labor? The “Invisible Hand” works, again. I heart capitalism. Hat tip: Total Transformation (he’s back!)
False teachers like Jim "the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution" Wallis and Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie support the NYC Mosque and demonize those who dare criticize it, so they should be going ballistic over this: Obama’s Hometown, Vastly Democratic Chicago, Denies Permit To Mosque : Stop The ACLU. Why do the conservative, bigoted hate-mongers in Chicago oppose the freedom of religion of these Muslims? Remember, the situation in New York is merely the right of citizens to exercise free speech in criticizing the Mosque location. In Chicago, it is the government denying the freedom of the Muslims.
More importantly, why don’t wolves in sheep’s clothing like Jim Wallis and Chuck Currie stand up for the Muslims in the racist and conservative city of Chicago? Hey, isn’t that where the President is from? The answer, obviously, is that they are hypocritical fakes.
Remember, the situation in New York is merely the right of citizens to exercise free speech in criticizing the Mosque location. In Chicago, it is the government denying the freedom of the Muslims.
One of my favorite preachers made some excellent points about the “pastors” who are judging that President Obama is a Christian see — Gay Christian Movement Watch » Religious false prophets rush to defend SOTUS.
False teachers like Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis and Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie rushed to defend the President and to demonize those who dare raise questions about the fruit of a self-professed Christian.
But as Pastor Foster noted, these wolves have ignored many errors made by the President:
Let’s talk about misrepresentation
When Obama misrepresented the Arizona immigration law by saying if he and his daughter went out for ice cream he could be arrested, these pansy yes men released no statement.
When Obama misrepresented the Bible by saying that Romans 1 was an obscure passage, these hypocrites released no letter correcting him.
When Obama misrepresented God’s intent for marriage by promoting homosexual marriage as “just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman”, none of these whitewashed leaders released any letters condemning SOTUS gross statement.
When Obama said he had written off the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality as “worn arguments and old attitudes”, we heard not one single objection from the religious leaders.
When Obama misrepresented the facts about the excessively high number of death by abortion in the black community, these false prophets released no letter.
When Obama misrepresented fatherhood by saying two homosexual men are legitimate fathers, not a peep out of the so called religious leaders.
Obama has even misrepresented himself (aka lying)!
The Detroit News Continues Misinformation Campaign Over Stem Cell Research – great points by Stephen. The media continually – and presumably deliberately – gets it wrong on stem cells. Adult stem cell research doesn’t kill innocent human beings, so the many findings from them are attributed to generic “stem cell” research. That way, the embryonic stem cell research (the kind that destroys human beings in the process) gets a halo effect. That’s just one of many tricks they use to conflate the two and avoid the hard truths: Adult stem cells have resulted in many great findings without destroying human beings, while embryonic stem cells kill humans and have not had success.
Good points by Ray Comfort about a dying atheist (presumably Christopher Hitchens, but they apply to anyone in that situation) – Christianity doesn’t need “trophy converts.” We’ve got all we need to share the truth of Jesus. I hope Hitchens and many others have authentic conversions, but not so we can wave it at atheists as some sort of proof point. The proof is that Jesus rose from the dead.
Turns out the firebomber of Democrat Russ Carnahan’s office was an ex-campaign worker and not a Republican or (gasp!) a Tea Partier. The guilty party had a history of harassing Tea Party activists. Anyone care to speculate if the media attention would have been different had the roles been reversed?
James Cameron, Mega-Climate Creationist, Chickens Out On Debate – yep. What’s new?
The news is out: sea sponges share almost 70 percent of human genes.
If people want to debate the morality or effectiveness of the Iraq war I can understand that. But too often numbers are made up on the fly and the is used as a scapegoat for anything. If you want facts about what the Iraq war really cost (hint: not $3 trillion), read this. Obama’s stimulus package cost $100 billion more than the whole war.
Aren’t these also the same folks who tell us how well JFK and LBJ ran the economy back in the roaring ’60s? During the eight years of 1961-69, 46% of all federal spending was on national defense. During President Bush’s eight years, defense spending did not even average 20% of federal outlays. Under JFK/LBJ, defense spending was 8%-9% of GDP. Under Bush, it was about 4%.
I wanted to rerun this post about one of our favorite ministries.
One of our favorite organizations is International Cooperating Ministries, a “non-profit, trans-denominational Christian organization that works toward the mission of nurturing believers and assisting church growth worldwide. With our partners, we leverage simple church growth principles to see our vision of growth in the faith of individual believers, the number of people within each church, and the number of churches within a nation-truly actualizing Christ’s commission to “make disciples of all nations!””
They primarily build churches (roughly $7,000 each) and church/orphanages (roughly $25,000). The church/orphanages are exciting projects because they not only help the local church and the orphans, but the widows who take care of the orphans as well. Almost sounds kinda biblical . . .
Here is their basic model:
When a church is built in a poor village, it more than stands out among the surrounding mud and thatch huts … it shines! And that’s just the beginning of the community’s transformation when a new church is opened…
• Worshippers abandon the shady tree that previously served as their Sunday sanctuary.
• Curiosity draws unbelievers to the new church and the congregation doubles.
• Weeknight small group Bible studies are started using the Mini Bible College.
• Church members share their faith with neighbors, citing God’s miraculous provision of a beautiful new church.
• Weekdays, the building is filled with eager children who now have a school.
• The village leader holds community council meetings in the place where Christians worship every Sunday.
• Visiting doctors and nurses use the church as a temporary medical clinic during their humanitarian missions.
Soon, the pastor is raising up young leaders and they each start new churches in neighboring villages where they meet under a tree – and the whole process starts over again.
When a church is built in a poor village, it more than changes lives, it transforms a community … and reaches a nation!
The transformation begins . . . with your help!
They use a “web” approach, so that each church that receives a building needs to help 5 other churches start in their vicinity.
They offer a “mini-Bible college” to help the churches have sound doctrine.
One of the things I like about them is that their administrative costs are paid for by a foundation, so 100% of what you give goes straight to the projects.
They build churches around the world, including many countries where persecution is rampant.
Check out their web site and see what you think. You might want to donate or get a group to raise funds for a church. Perhaps you’ve been seriously blessed and could pay for a whole church yourself! Think about that for a while. It is a great way to encourage other believers, help widows and orphans, and spread the Gospel! Who knows, you might get to go visit them someday in this life, but if you are a believer you can be sure you’ll catch up with them in Heaven someday.
As Jesus said, where your treasure is there your heart will be also. When you donate to projects around the world your heart will go there as well.
Someone left a good comment on Martin Luther King Jr. Was a Social Justice Christian – Jim Wallis – God’s Politics Blog. I wonder if it will stay on there and if people will be able to describe more about the lies around the Wallis / Soros connection. I had two different logons banned on that blog even though I was unfailingly polite. In fact, I followed their commenting guidelines while pro-Wallis people didn’t, yet I was the one banned.
Mr. Wallis –
I’m assuming that my posting will be removed by the Sojourner censores. I find it strange that you would attack the veracity of Glenn Beck when you don’t want to seem to come clean on you affiliation with billionaire George Soros. Just how much money has Sojourners accepted from Mr. Soros, and what influence did Mr. Soros buy with that money? Before anyone cries foul and calls me a slanderer, do a simple google search of Soros and Wallis and you will see what I am talking about.
Since Wallis saw fit to call Glenn Beck a liar again (I don’t watch Beck so I don’t know if he lied about Wallis or not), I hope Wallis will respond to the complaint about his lies. He said he didn’t take money from atheist pro-abort anti-capitalist George Soros, then tried to pretend that he wouldn’t notice a $200,000 donation. Yeah, right.
Wallis’ whole post is an exercise in twisting words. Glenn Beck appears to be thinking of something particular when he decries “social justice” leaders, but Wallis treats the phrase as having the same meaning for all who utter it. That is nonsense. MLK’s “social justice” was different than Wallis and different than Beck’s, or as the same commenter noted:
Would disagree that Mr. Beck is against social justice, just the Sojourner definition thereof.
Jim Wallis distorts the real Gospel, and more.
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And then they are all mine – the real agenda of some college professors. Hey parents, have you prepared your kids for these college educators who will take $100,000+ from your wallet while deliberately trying to separate them from your values and religion? Church youth groups should focus more on apologetics and sound biblical analysis than entertainment. Hat tip: Stan
Jesus.org looks like a very good set of resources by some solid contributors.
Liberals Spend Your Money Promoting Islam Overseas – what happened to that separation of church and state thingy?
Four Pointer has two great series going: “Paul Never Quoted Jesus,” where he demonstrates just how often Paul did quote the Lord directly or indirectly, and Jesus is Lord in _____, where he examines all the passages noting the deity of Christ. Good stuff.
Catholic apologist would rather threaten to sue James White than agree to normal debate terms. Sheesh, why not just stop whining and debate?
The poor and social justice – great summary of how theological Liberals misinterpret the Bible to make up their own gospel. Here’s a sample:
…the alleviation of poverty is simply not the main storyline of Scripture. Some Christians talk like the Bible is almost entirely about the poor, as if the story from Genesis to Revelation is largely the story of God taking the side of the poor in an effort to raise the minimum wage and provide universal health care. As we tried to show earlier, the biblical narrative is chiefly concerned with how a holy God can dwell with an unholy people. Granted, one aspect of living a holy life is treating the poor with compassion and pursuing justice, but this hardly makes poverty the central theme in the Bible. If our story does not center on Jesus Christ, and the story of Jesus Christ does not center on his death and resurrection for sin, we have gotten the story all out of whack.
More evidence of the myth of pro-life democrats – why do they protest a 24 hour waiting period before a human being is destroyed, the choice to view an ultrasound of the human being about to be destroyed, or even health regulations of medical facilities? They aren’t pro-choice, they are pro-abortion.
Nice summary by Ann Coulter:
Evidence for the Proposition That Liberals Lie About Republicans Being Racist: Video of a supporter of Rand Paul’s opponent pretending to be a racist Paul supporter; Oregon public school teacher Jason Levin caught operating a website asking liberals to show up at Tea Parties pretending to be right-wing racists; The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd claiming she heard Rep. Joe Wilson shout, “You lie, boy!” when he shouted “You lie!” during Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress; and the mainstream media lying about civil rights hero John Lewis being called the N-word 15 times at an anti-ObamaCare protest, with no one ever being able to produce a videotape, despite a $100,000 reward.