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Rationalize all you like, but . . .

. . . immoral actions are still immoral actions.  Examine works like Macbeth, The Telltale Heart and Crime and Punishment and consider the themes.  People think they can get away with things because they have made careful excuses about them. But they are still wrong, and it haunts them.  At least it haunts some of them.  Some people have such seared consciences that they eventually are immune to guilt.

This happens all the time when people rationalize abortion as being good for the kids being killed.  Seriously, I’ve seen countless Christians say, “But otherwise they’d be poor!”  Note to self: Don’t take those people on mission trips.  At least not with any weapons.

It happens with divorce as well. “The kids will be better off this way.”  Isn’t it interesting how easy it is for people to indulge their desires while simultaneously crediting themselves with helping children?

It also happens with homosexuality and other sexual sins: They need to sleep together before marriage to ensure they are compatible, etc.  They say that if the sinful relationships are “committed and loving” then they are OK and the Bible is wrong.  Indeed.

We can all do this.  I joke that I have the spiritual gift of rationalization.  But that isn’t a good trait.  We should consume the word of God daily and strive to be conformed to his image.

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The remedy to religious guilt — good lessons here.  Even if you are saved you can subject yourself to unnecessary guilt.

  1. They are converted.
  2. They have been equipped, not entertained.
  3. Their parents preached the gospel to them.

Kenyan Leaders Ask Obama to Respect Christian Beliefs, Policies on Homosexuality — Consider all the things Obama hasn’t done then ask why he cares so much about exporting all things LGBTQ.  Good for the Kenyans!  I really enjoyed my 5 trips there.  I met tons of Bible-believing people.

A good analysis on why Mary is not the “mediatrix” between God and man and why we shouldn’t pray to her.  For starters, he is right.  But even if not . . .

What if I’m wrong? – if I’m wrong when I die I go to heaven and I meet Mary and she’ll say “Dude, you were soooo wrong about that blog you wrote.” I’ll say “I’m sorry, can you forgive me? Please tell me the real story.” Maybe we’ll find John and Paul and maybe Tamar and Rahab and go get lunch. But what if I’m right? If I’m right then everyone that’s been worshiping a nice Jewish girl has a lot of explaining to do before the judgement throne when the very first commandment is brought up.

Again, women and pretty much everyone else supportive of restricting late-term abortions — this shows who the real “extremists” are.

Interestingly, Q poll shows women more supportive of 20-week abortion ban than men. Women back it 60-25, men 50-35.

CNN Host Don Lemon’s ‘Tough Love’ for Black Community Inspires Hate-Filled Backlash — I’m not a big Don Lemon fan but he made some outstanding points.  It is hard to believe anyone could disagree with them.  Go read the expanded version.

5) How sagging pants evolved from prison culture and reflects poorly on the self-esteem of the perpetrator of this fashion statement

4) Use of the n-word in popular culture degrades blackd

3) Littering your own community shows disdain for yourself and those around you

2) Not making use of the educational opportunities afforded you

1) Having children out of wedlock erodes educational and economic opportunity

A good reference for the importance of fathers — statistics on prison, poverty, behavioral issues and more.  Fathers count for a lot.

An Open Apology to All of My Weight Loss Clients

I owe you an apology, my former client and now friend, who I helped to lose too much weight. Who I watched gain the weight back, plus some. Because that’s what happens when you put someone on a 1200 calorie diet. But I didn’t know. If you’re reading this, then I want you to know that you have always been beautiful. And that all these fad diets are crap meant to screw with your metabolism so that you have to keep buying into them. I think now that I was a really good weight loss consultant. Because I did exactly what the company wanted (but would never dare say). I helped you lose weight and then gain it back, so that you thought we were the solution and you were the failure. You became a repeat client and we kept you in the game. I guess I did my job really well.  

The fast winds on Venus are getting faster — Hmmm . . . climate change . . . on Venus.  It must be because Al Gore and Barack Obama didn’t buy enough offsets for their massive carbon footprints.

Waiting till the wedding night – getting married the right way — Good for Stephen Crowder

5 reasons why Catholic is not Christian — The Reformation happened for a reason.  Actually, 95 of them.  I know lots of Catholics whose beliefs would more accurately be described at Protestantism, but the core of the Roman Catholic church is false.

Campus porn culture: a real ‘war on women’ — And people pay $50,000+ per year for this.

If you’re not already following The College Fix, run by author and Yale alum Nathan Harden, you should be. It exposes the depraved, anti-woman atmosphere that dominates too many campuses.

I interviewed Harden last year, after the debut of his book, Sex and God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad. An entire section of Harden’s book is titled “Yale’s War on Women.”

He exposed how Yale women are constantly degraded on campus. They are valued for their looks, bodies, and sexual prowess – not their minds. They are often required to watch hardcore porn in class and encouraged to participate in “porn star lookalike” contests during “Sex Week,” the biggest event of the year. Yale has made headlines for a string of incidents involving fraternities, in which young men marched around campus chanting, “No means yes, yes means anal” and carried signs declaring, “We love Yale sluts.” This hostile, threatening environment eventually brought Yale under federal investigation for gender discrimination.

Congress to Investigate Planned Parenthood Abortion Business — That’s good news.  It would be better news if the mainstream media would report it.  Not surprisingly, people who kill babies for a living and encourage out-of-wedlock sex are also willing to defraud taxpayers.

Obama has explicitly stated that he can’t even conceive of victory in Afghanistan. There are no coherent objectives, and the rules of engagement barely permit fighting back when troops are attacked by hostile locals. There would appear to be no point to this tragic waste of blood and treasure. Yet as a social engineering operation, the campaign is bearing fruit — or should I say fruits:

U.S. soldiers deployed to Afghanistan are using Craigslist to meet and have sex with each other on bases across the war-torn country, leading to concerns about a breakdown in discipline overseas. …

The vast majority of the posts on Craigslist involve male soldiers seeking sex with other men – a practice that could have resulted in the discharge of both parties from the military under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell…


WOW! Egyptian Cleric Instructs and Explains on how European Muslims should beat their wives – YouTube.  And not a word from false teachers about this.

Pro-Life Presentation for Men Based on the Movie ’42’ — Branch Rickey of the Dodgers stood up against racism.  More men should follow this advice and stand up against abortion.

Frederick Douglass Republicans Are Fighting To Win Hearts, Minds & The Masses — Meet the messenger bringing the Grandfather of the Civil Rights Movement’s message back to the Republican Party

Laws reduce abortions — even if abortions aren’t completely illegal, these laws make a difference.  Pro-aborts know that, which is why they fight them so strenuously while disingenuously claiming that “people will have them anyway, so we should let the doctors do them.”

I remember a theologically Leftist woman in a Sunday School class rationalizing abortion because “they might be poor.”  She obviously considered herself to be compassionate.

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Do you accept God’s forgiveness?

I’ve enjoyed R.C. Sproul’s Does Prayer Change Things? that is available for free on the Kindle app (you don’t need to own a Kindle).  As always, Sproul makes profound points in brief and understandable ways.

Here he tackles a common issue, namely that of confessing to God and asking forgiveness but not forgiving ourselves (or not accepting forgiveness, however you want to look at it).  I’ve experienced this myself and seen it with others, especially when doing Kairos Prison Ministry.  We do a lot of forgiveness exercises — forgiving others and asking forgiveness — but as you can imagine these guys have a lot to feel badly about.

We have God’s promise that when we confess our sins to Him, He will forgive us. Unfortunately, we don’t always believe that promise. Confession requires humility on two levels. The first level is the actual admission of guilt; the second level is the humble acceptance of pardon.

A woman distraught about a guilt problem once came to me and said: “I’ve asked God to forgive me of this sin over and over, but I still feel guilty. What can I do?” The situation did not involve the multiple repetition of the same sin, but the multiple confession of a sin committed once.

“You must pray again and ask God to forgive you,” I replied.

A look of frustrated impatience came into her eyes. “But I’ve done that!” she exclaimed. “I’ve asked God over and over again to forgive me. What good will it do to ask Him again?” In my reply, I applied the proverbial firm force of the board to the head of the mule: “I’m not suggesting that you ask God to forgive you for that sin. I’m asking you to seek forgiveness for your arrogance.”

The woman was incredulous. “Arrogance? What arrogance?” She was assuming that her repeated entreaties for pardon were proof positive of her humility. She was so contrite over her sin that she felt she had to repent for it forever. She thought her sin was too great to be pardoned by one dose of repentance. Let others get by on grace; she was going to suffer for her sin no matter how gracious God was. Pride had fixed a barrier to this woman’s acceptance of forgiveness. When God promises us that He will forgive us, we insult His integrity when we refuse to accept it. To forgive ourselves after God has forgiven us is a duty as well as a privilege.

That is some serious good news, and a great reminder that God’s standards are infinitely higher than mine, and that I should immediately accept his forgiveness and move on.  Otherwise, among other things, I am ungratefully refusing his extravagant gift of grace.

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Hi all — I’m phasing back in after moving houses then moving my oldest daughter to where she’ll be dancing with a professional company and going to college part-time.  Nothing like a 1,000 mile trip (each way) dragging a U-Haul 5 days after a house move!

I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, though.  Non-stop unpacking and house projects are almost through.  If a day goes by without a trip to Lowe’s I half expect them to call to see if I’m sick.   Update: I just saw that Lowe’s posted lower than expected earnings for the 2nd Quarter.  If they don’t improve in 3Q then don’t blame me! 

Things went very smoothly overall, and I thank God for that.  Looking forward to getting into regular routines (with a shorter commute!) and some ministry things (teaching a Fireproof / marriage class at church, a Kairos Prison Ministry weekend and a couple other projects). 

Guilty as charged: When you don’t feel forgiven 

Believing you’re forgiven is difficult. But faith is never easy. In fact, it’s impossible for us, and that’s why it’s a grace from God. Cry out to Him for it (Mark 9:24). Confess that you’re having a hard time believing that you’re forgiven, and ask Him to grant you the faith to believe it. Even if your feelings don’t change, your only hope is to take God at his word, and cast yourself on His Son. Believe that all the wrath is gone, and there’s no more condemnation (Romans 8:1). Your Father in heaven is waiting for you, not with an angry frown, but with open arms.  He’ll run to meet you, as sinful as you are. Believe it. Meditate on it. Let it sink in. The result will be unhindered fellowship with your Creator and life transforming gratitude.

The Prosperity Gospel is as nauseating as ever — I was hoping that one of the bright spots of the recession would be to make followers of these false teachers recognize the sham that these “ministries” really are. 

On the one hand, I feel sorry for those duped by these false teachers.  But I also think they get what they deserve.  They want to believe that just sending money to some phony will result in riches for them.  Does it ever occur to them that the “ministers” claiming that God made them rich are only wealthy because they are pulpit pimps who sell a give-to-get scheme?

Does the Left want Obama to be hated so they don’t have to defend his policies?  I still see a fair amount of “you don’t like him because he’s black” comments instead of real debate.  I’d just laugh them off except the topic is so serious.

A good summary of Classical Wesleyan Arminianism vs. Standard Calvinism (though I preferred to refer to it as Reformed Theology as that has less baggage).  There is more in common than you might think. 

This is one of those issues I’ve shifted on over the years, going from mostly Wesleyan to probably 60/40 Reformed.  I view this as a “debate, don’t divide” issue for Christians.  I like hearing well informed scholars on both sides debate this. 

I know this has been around but it is timeless and so telling.  It’s a great video (just a minute long) showing one of the “crazed extremist” health care town hall protesters and the loving, caring, selfless public servant paying close attention to one of her constituents:

Jackson-Lee is from the Houston area so we get to see her a lot.