Gay ‘Christian’ Journalist, Jonathan Merritt, Leaves Evangelical Faith — Finally! It is always good when wolves take off the sheep’s clothing. The video was illuminating. He obviously didn’t care what the Bible said. As with most apostates, they never explain what changed with the Jesus they allegedly worshiped.
The First Sexual Revolution: The Triumph of Christian Morality in the Roman Empire — Great summary of the history as well as the right applications for us.
If there were “winners” and “losers” in the Christian transformation of sexual morality, you could say that gay men and promiscuous Roman males were the losers, while women, slaves, prostitutes, and young boys were the big winners. “At the beginning of our story,” Harper writes, “the Mediterranean was home to a society where an emperor’s male beloved, victim of an untimely death, would be worshiped around the empire as a god; in this same society, the routine exploitation of slaves and poor women was a foundation of the sexual order. By the end, we are in a world where the emperor will command the gory mutilation of men caught in same-sex affairs, even as he affirmed the moral dignity of women without any civic claim to honor”
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Lessons to Be Learned
Harper’s book is a work of academic history. For the most part, he doesn’t comment on the history he presents either to approve it or condemn it. It should go without saying—but I’ll say it anyway—that the first centuries of the church’s history were not necessarily purer or better than subsequent centuries. I trust that few Christians today are pining for Christian Empire, let alone the enforcement of Christian morality by physical mutilation. The lesson for the church today is not to attempt to recreate the church from another age.And yet, there are lessons to be learned from the transformation of sexual morality in late antiquity. Let me mention three.First, for most of its early history, the church’s power came through preaching, writing, and through its own rigorous system of membership and discipline. Even when she was ignored, harassed, or outright persecuted, the church still wielded important power simply by consistently preaching the truth, developing an apologetic for the truth, and insisting that its members believed and lived out the truth. You can’t win the larger culture by losing your own.
Second, Christianity went from cult to culture in part because the sexual ethic was considered better and safer and more freeing for more people. Obviously, not everyone found Christian morality to be an improvement on traditional Roman standards. But Christian ethics meant a profoundly improved lot in life for women, children, the enslaved, and the poor. The changes came slowly—over centuries, not over years and decades—but changes did come. Virginity, for example, became a loud advertisement for the Christian religion, and women in particular took notice.
Third, we should expect conflict over sex. If Christians in late antiquity had made peace with the world over sex, Christianity would not have been true to itself. The same can be said today. Profoundly different versions of sexual morality cannot be wished away by civil discourse (though civility is good), nor washed away by theological compromise (that would be bad). “Because the problem of sex is inevitably tied to the problem of Christianity’s relation to the world, it is a tension that will surface during any great readjustment in the relationship between Christianity and the world” (160). In other words, the problem is not going away. Let’s hope the church’s winsome commitment to beauty and truth doesn’t either.
StemExpress CEO admits selling beating baby hearts, intact baby heads in Daleiden hearing — Sick, but not surprising. The media did a great job of aiding and abetting these ghouls by perpetuating the “highly edited video” lie. I was so sad when I heard my parents reflexively repeat that sound bite.
Don’t Be an Islamophobe and Notice His Name — Political correctness is deadly. Muslims and their Leftist enablers both exploit it 24×7.
An American Airlines mechanic accused of tampering with the navigation system on a flight scheduled from Miami to the Bahamas had reportedly been fired from Alaska Airlines a decade ago after a series of performance issues. Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, 60, was arrested by the FBI on Thursday and charged with willfully damaging, destroying or disabling an aircraft after he allegedly obstructed a tube underneath the cockpit with foam.Alani’s reported motivation was to collect more overtime pay.
His past performance issues included maintenance errors. At one point, his mechanic’s license was suspended by the Federal Aviation Administration. Alani appears to be a malcontent and troublemaker; he has unsuccessfully sued American Airlines for “discrimination.”
Alani was born in Iraq and became a US citizen in 1992 — 27 years ago. Yet he still required an interpreter when brought before a judge yesterday. Assimilation has been a little slow.
Finland: Christian MP Under Police Hate Crime Investigation After Posting Bible Verse — Coming soon to a country near you. Be ready. And remember all the ignorant and/or cowardly and/or malicious people who said LGBTQX rights and oxymoronic “same-sex marriage” wouldn’t hurt you.
Bernie: Let’s fund abortions in other countries for population control — No matter what the problem, they think that killing children will help solve it. Sick.
Benny Hinn: Pretending to Change His False “Seed Offering” Sales Pitch — No surprise that his video where he said he was changing his ways was just another scam.
Best of the Bee
Parents Fulfill Duty To Bring Kids Up In The Lord By Dropping Them Off At Youth Group For An Hour Every Week | The Babylon Bee — I knew countless parents like that. Took their kids to church and youth group, where they mainly played. Never talked about it or made it real at home. Never read the Bible on their own or taught their kids to.
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Trump Administration Considers Letting Tech Giants Help Determine Who Shouldn’t Have a Gun — I really, really wish this was the Babylon Bee.
Gov’t Intelligence Analyst/Counterterrorism Expert Issues Warning About P&P, “Evangelical Dark Web” — We aren’t going away. Interesting that they fear Christians.
Pastor Questions Bible’s Truth Because Not Enough Black People Helped Translate It — Wait, what?! Hey champ, learn Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew then show us what the translators got wrong.
We’re gonna need a lot of millstones to clean this up . . .
Drag Queen Who Acted Inappropriately With Children Responds, Blames Children — Brought to you by the Left — including the “Christian” Left.