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
Author: More teens becoming ‘fake’ Christians – how about your church and your kids?
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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.