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‘Atheist invocations’ are oxymoronic

How can you have an ‘atheist invocation‘, when, according to atheist dogma, there is no supreme, creator being, and there are no deities, so therefore, who or what is being invoked in an ‘atheist invocation’?

Following the ruling, Dan Courtney of the Atheist Community of Rochester asked that he be allowed to present an invocation at an upcoming meeting, and was granted his request.

“We, as citizens, the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega of our destiny are not, as the great philosopher Immanuel Kant warned, mere means to the ends of another, but we are ends in ourselves,” Courtney said during his invocation.

Ah; invocation and therefore worship of humanity; typical secular humanist…

They of course fail to realize that in doing this, they are no longer atheists, but have replaced worship of God with worship of humanity… Fools.

Of course, we know the real reason why they’re doing this: they simply want to push Christian witness entirely out of the public square, being hatetheists…

 

Southern Baptist Leaders: Christians Should Make Themselves ‘Marry-able’ Younger

Will wonders never cease?

Some decent advice from the SBCers

Christian couples should marry sooner, an ethicist and a pastor with the largest Protestant denomination in the United States argue.

Andrew Walker, director of policy studies for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Jon Akin, senior pastor of Fairview Church in Lebanon, Tennessee, made the argument in a column for the Baptist Press earlier this week. While not advocating a specific age for marriage and noting the diverse situations for people, young people should still look toward marriage sooner, they said.

“We do not advocate a specific age; rather, we believe that young people should make themselves ‘marry-able’ younger,” wrote Walker and Akin.

“They need to push against the cultural norm that extends adolescence for an indefinite period of time and reach maturity more quickly so they can be ready for marriage sooner than the national average.”

Walker and Akin also stated that it’s “impractical and unhelpful to advise and encourage young men and women who reach sexual maturity at the age of 12 or 13 to wait 15 years before marriage and still remain pure.”

“Ultimately, there are Southern Baptists who will agree and disagree with us, which is expected given our denomination’s size and vastness. Even some in our own churches would disagree with us,” continued Walker and Akin.

“The question of when a couple is ready for marriage is one that requires wisdom and discernment for each person considering marriage and, ideally, the involvement of a local church that seeks to shape and influence potential spouses in a way that prioritizes and mirrors the Gospel in covenantal fidelity.”

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Walker and Akin are not the only SBC ethicists in recent years to advocate for marriage coming sooner. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, also made a case for marrying early.

Al Mohler. Hmm. How about that.

Well, I guess even stopped clocks are right twice a day…

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in America, good news, religion, spirituality, Theology

 

Is Homosexuality a Sin? Tim Keller, John Piper, and Joel Osteen Give an Answer

Will S.:

I couldn’t be arsed to watch more than a minute and three quarters or so of any of them.

They’re all weasels, all weak, all trying to get around categorically, unequivocally, outright condemning such behaviour as sinful and grossly wrong as we ought to do, before God and in the presence of a watching world; but normally I’d expect better from ostensibly Reformed / quasi-Reformed brethren than from a mushy churchian, evanjellyfish type like Osteen.

Disappointing, to say the least.

Originally posted on Literate Comments:

Who gives the best answer? Presbyterian Tim Keller, Reformed Baptist John Piper, or Televangelist Joel Osteen?

Shockingly I would say Joel Osteen!

Keller:

Piper:

Osteen:

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Strip Club Dancers to Protest Topless Outside of Ohio Church During Sunday Service

Strip Club Dancers to Protest Topless Outside of Ohio Church During Sunday Service.

WARSAW, Ohio – Dancers at an Ohio strip club plan to protest topless outside of an Ohio church during this Sunday’s services, reports state.

New Beginnings Ministries in Warsaw has been standing against Foxhole North in Walhonding for several years, and the strip club has protested the church in return. In 2010, the matter made headlines after dancers from Foxhole showed up outside of the church in bikini tops while holding signs quoting from the Book of Matthew, such as “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing” from Matthew 7:15.

“Everybody has sinned, and that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna get into heaven,” stripper Laura Meske told the Associated Press. “I believe in Jesus. I don’t believe what they preach. They preach hate.”

“You don’t stand up there for years for hate. That’s not hate. That’s love,” replied church member Debi Durr, as a fellow congregant offered food to the strippers outside.

Interesting. Protest / counter-protest; to be expected, I suppose.

 

Does Fornication Matter When It Comes To Marriage?

Will S.:

Convert discovers old post of ballista74, gets upset and bleats about it; ballista74 responds here.

Originally posted on The Society of Phineas:

It’s been a generally accepted tenet over time, even in Scripture, that marriage is the only arena where sex is to take place and be pleasing before God.

The current proclivity of women (even Christian women) to ride the carousel, being an independent and empowered woman who enjoys career, traveling, and other experiences with that hot guy, it is a definite concern of Christian men. To be sure that they select suitable wives for themselves, considering a woman’s sexual partner count is important.

Reach out and touch faith!

Reach out and touch faith!

Fortunately, we have TRing and her Personal Jesus to set us straight and tell us all that we should man up and marry the sluts because we’re not exhibiting God’s grace:

What have you to say about women (and men for that matter) who get saved later on in life, having gone through somewhat salacious existences? Yes, Christ’s redemption…

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We will not be destroyed by global warming; we have God’s promise of that

Will S.:

Whether or not catastrophic anthropogenic global warming is real, and if so, whether or not we will suffer, or perhaps even profit thereby (see here and here), we can have confidence, from God’s Word, that any flooding that potentially could result (according to doomsayers), no matter how catastrophic such could be for coast-dwellers, it will not be the end of humanity, or life on Earth. So be of good cheer, brethren! :)

Originally posted on Will S.' Sunny Side Blog:

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Some Bible verses for your day

Isaiah 36:12

Ezekiel 23:20

Why don’t we ever read these verses in church?

Psalm 137:9

Why don’t we ever sing this in worship?

Just askin’.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in religion, spirituality, Theology

 
 
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