Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Bible Commentary wrote: Leviticus 19 33, 34. if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex himâThe Israelites were to hold out encouragement to strangers to settle among them, that they might be brought to the knowledge and worship of the true God; and with this in view, they were enjoined to treat them not as aliens, but as friends, on the ground that they themselves, who were strangers in Egypt, were at first kindly and hospitably received in that country.
White Evangelicals of America have turned into the same types of people as the ancient Egyptians?
Gentleman: https://tinyurl.com/yapvm8uy (The Deadly Dangers of Morality)
The sermon / article above by John MacArthur more than adequately explains why forcing morality even God's morality, on a society is God's business and not man's â
Dave Hunt wrote: .... I went on to explain that we cannot force the ungodly to live by Godâs standards. Nor is abortion the only or perhaps even the worst evil. Prostitutes and homosexuals destroy the lives of untold millions of young people; drug dealers, more millions than abortionists. And what about those psychiatrists and psychologists who have devastated lives for eternity, or the atheistic high school and university teachers who have corrupted the faith of millions more? Should we kill all such persons? I cannot find teaching or example in the entire Bible to indicate that Christians are to combat the worldâs sins except with the gospel....
from "Political/Social Activism"đ
If you want a society to have Christian values, the society has to be Christian.
I wonder which charities were hit by the tax plan?
Nicole Goodkind wrote: As the president works to limit access to welfare programs in the United States by creating strict work requirements, lowering the poverty thresholding and purging food stamp rolls, Americans living below the poverty line may also find it harder to depend on private charity for help.
New data shows that Americans itemized $54 billion less in charitable donations this year, after the enactment of the Republican tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. At the time of the bill's signing, some economists predicted there would be a significant drop in donations, but not to this extent.
"The amount is just jaw-dropping," Michel Nilsen, vice president of communications and public policy at the Association of Fundraising Professionals, told MarketWatch. "This is a really significant drop. This to me is a sign that giving was hurt." ....
from "Trump Tax Plan Leads to $54 Billion Decline in Charitable Giving"
John MacArthur wrote: .... There is, however, today in Christianity in its evangelical element, an emphasis on another kind of effort. It is an effort to produce morality. And this is growing rapidly. I have through the years addressed the issue on a number of occasions but it seems as though it needs to be addressed again because the interest is only being heightened today.
There is a call to Christian to get involved in calling our nation to a higher level of morality, in engaging ourselves with all of our energy and all of our resources, all of our time and money in an effort politically, through the media, through pressure groups to change the moral character of our country. Many Christians are engaging themselves in this effort.
In the year 2000 I wrote a book called Why Government Can't Save You, it could have been....And what I tempted to say in that perhaps somewhat sarcastic title was if you're dealing with the issue of salvation, the government won't help. But I was really trying to say and did say in the book was that for Christians the mandate is not about some kind of cultural morality, the mandate is about salvation and the government plays no role....
https://tinyurl.com/yapvm8uy (The Deadly Dangers of Morality)
I would suppose Canadian theater owners might as well, Make hay while the sun shines." From a Canadian poll done in 2017: https://tinyurl.com/yy258jvn (Support for abortion rights strong in Canada, but Ipsos poll shows we are âmiddle of the packâ globally) from which:
Monique Scotti wrote: .... American attitudes ....
âThe opposition towards abortion is concentrated in the evangelical demographic, and thatâs a demographic that is much more prevalent in the United States than it is here in Canada,â Simpson explained.
While the Catholic Church opposes abortion and around 40 per cent of Canadians are Catholic, he added, many of them donât attend church on a weekly basis, and those that donât tend to support the right to abortion.
In America, conversely, evangelicals are far more likely to adhere closely to their churchâs teachings.
I would suggest conservative American churches send more missionaries to Canada!
Oh, the latest poll in the United States,
https://tinyurl.com/y6dot3ug (Support for legal abortion matches its 24-year high: Poll)
Chase Madar wrote: But GOP healthcare politics are at the moment spectacularly incoherent. Many GOP voters have told opinion polls that they hate Obamacare, but like the Affordable Care Act. And as the GOP healthcare bill continues to be massively unpopular, Donald Trump has lavished praise on Australiaâs healthcare system (socialized, and eating up only 9.4 percent of the GDP there). Even in the GOP, this is where the votes are: Trumpâs move to the center on questions of social insuranceâ...âwas a big part of his appeal in the primaries. The rising alt-Right, not to hold them up as any moral authority, donât seem to have any problem with universal Medicare either.
It will fall on âreform conservativesâ to convince themselves and others that single-payer or some kind of universal care is perfectly keeping with conservative principles, and, for the reasons outlined above, itâs really not much of a stretch. Lest this sound outlandish, consider how fully liberals have convinced themselves that the Affordable Care Actâa plan hatched at the Heritage Foundation for heavenâs sake, and first implemented by a Republican governorâis the every essence of liberal progressivism.
--"The Conservative Case for Universal Healthcare"
I would suggest you fellows read the first paragraph that SermonAudio put up for this article
It appears that the liberals in the Methodist Church even consider it has racist elements in it. Being a member of the Methodist Church many years ago, it appears that nothing has really changed in it when it comes to a racist problem. It did and I still does apparently have a racist problem.
RNS wrote: âI argued that white evangelical voters have really shifted from being values voters to being what I call ânostalgia voters,ââ said Jones. âTheyâre voting to protect a past view of America that they feel is slipping away. Thatâs driving evangelical politics much more than the old culture-war dynamics.â
--"Most US faith groups say country is on the wrong track"
The Irish Times wrote: .... So, for the greater part of the last millennium the Catholic Church did not hold that human life began at conception - its current teaching.
Indeed its adoption of that teaching in 1869 was dictated, not so much by a decision on when human life began, as by the dogma of the Immaculate Conception promulgated by Pius IX in 1854. It teaches that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was conceived without original sin.
In 1701 Pope Clement XI had declared the Immaculate Conception a feast of universal obligation. He settled the feast date at December 8th, exactly nine months prior to the feast of Mary's birth on September 8th.
It meant the church believed Mary's sinless soul came into being at the moment of her conception. When in 1854 Pius IX proclaimed the Immaculate Conception as a dogma of the church, he stated that Mary had been free from sin "in the first instant of her conception". In 1869, therefore, he was being consistent with that teaching when he revived the penalty of excommunication for abortions at any stage of pregnancy. (This, by the way, was the same Pope who in 1870 promulgated the doctrine of papal infallibility)....
---"Time for a rational debate on when human life begins"
QC, of course this was some decades ago, but if a person was in the typical Methodist Church if he looked around all the people people see would be White ones. IFB congregations would be more racially mixed than that-- at least in later years. Methodist congregations certainly were divided by race and culture. So why even many of the Whites in the congregations -usually- did not express racists' ideas, though for a fact I knew it happened, I don't think the article is off about saying that there are racist problems. These are modern day Methodists stating as such.
Scott Horsley wrote: ... Foster, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, argues that restricting their access just makes poor women poorer. After all, it's hard to work full time with a baby or toddler. And government safety-net programs don't make up for that lost income or the additional cost of an extra person in the family. About 10% of the women denied abortion in the study put their babies up for adoption....
"If the government is going to step into reproductive decision-making, it's going to have to consider the economic implications of doing that," Foster said...
excerpt from, " " https://tinyurl.com/y67hylyk
As far as I've seen, the Republicans have not come up with a plan to support women for the high cost of giving birth, something they should be demanded to help these women out
The GOP is a party of death, in that it doesn't support something like, https://tinyurl.com/n4bpr8t (...Trump right about Australian healthcare...) Or even, https://tinyurl.com/6rhyyvp (If ObamaCare Is So Bad, How Does RomneyCare Survive?) -- actually RomneyCare is better than ObamaCare
Well this fellow said it before I did.
Michael Stafford wrote: .... The GOP is often described as America's pro-life political party. In reality, however, the GOP is not pro-life. At best, it's merely anti-abortion. At worst, it's simply misogynistic. Regardless, the Republican Party's concern for human dignity ends the moment someone is actually born. After that, it's the coldness and cruelty of Ayn Rand and social Darwinism, all the way down.
-- https://tinyurl.com/bx4zbqd (The politics of abortion: America does not have a pro-life party)
Something of an interesting article in that it is an accurate description of what's happening in the "United" Methodist Church. The number of women bishops are appalling.
The article is correct in saying that American Methodists aren't supporting non-white Methodist Church is outside the United States for racist reasons. The Conferences in the United States probably have some residual ideas that those are the actual Christian groups or at least groups closest to being Christian in the Methodist Church are part of the Central Conference. The church outside the United States probably could use the physical aid that the American church can provide.
But, the article also shows that the American Methodist churches are theologically bankruptâđ
Neil, yes we should have looked more at Doug Wilson then Klavan (thanks to my inattention and Google voice recognition, I have Klavan as Craven ). But you have made a very good point about Doug Wilson, a more detailed article about him can be found at:
https://tinyurl.com/y3g835ly (Scandal in Moscow)
Doug Wilson is not the proper guest for either a liberal or conservative school âđ