Well, I donât think that churches should get tax exempt status for any reason. I donât think the below have changed and there are restrictions for the church:
In 1954, Congress approved an amendment by Sen. Lyndon Johnson to prohibit 501(c)(3) organizations, which includes charities and churches, from engaging in any political campaign activity. To the extent Congress has revisited the ban over the years, it has in fact strengthened the ban. The most recent change came in 1987 when Congress amended the language to clarify that the prohibition also applies to statements opposing candidates.
Currently, the law prohibits political campaign activity by charities and churches by defining a 501(c)(3) organization as one "which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."
Neil wrote: What nonsense! Weber offers not a shred of evidence for this ridiculous claim, unless "Evangelical" means "Gentiles endorsed by Israelis." So Kurds were descended from the Medes. How is this pertinent? Radical Zionists must think American Christians, like the fool in Prov. 14:15, are morons who will swallow everything they're fed by propagandists, no matter how absurd. And given the anti-intellectualism rampant in America, on all sides, I fear they may be right. Perhaps we should thank Jim for offering such astounding examples of shoddy journalism, even though it's irrelevant to the article anyway.
Good comment Neil. Jim is what I frequently refer to as a "cultural" christian which means in name only. The below is from the internet:
The most widely practiced Kurdish religion is Islam. According to a 2011 study conducted by the Pew Research Center, nearly all (98%) Kurds in Iraq identified as Sunni Muslim, while the other 2% identified as Shiite Muslims.
Earlier this week, a jury found Guyger guilty of murder in the first-degree for fatally shooting Botham Jean last year when she entered his apartment. On Wednesday, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison with the possibility of parole after five years.
Well, I havenât followed this case, so I clearly donât know the specifics. But, if 1st degree murder means 1st degree, then how in the world did she only get 10 years with possibility of parole after 5?
In the article someone asked what the sentence would be if the victim had broken into her apartment and killed her? That is a very reasonable question. My guess is life without parole or death?
Adriel wrote: Life begins at conception. Proof......... Your life began at conception. My life began at conception. Everybody's life began at conception. To stop any life from conception to your eighties -- You must KILL that life -- that is fact. Abortion is murder. The nation is culpable of murder.
Good comment; life does indeed begin at conception. I can easily show that from scripture.
I have read where 1 in 4 women in the U.S. have had at least one abortion. All this country does is try and regulate this murder. IMO, the mere fact that someone even suggests we can and should regulate the murder of these unborn children is ludicrous.
Neil wrote: Because the Scientific Method is logically fallacious, and research often involves Conflict of Interest as well ("He who pays the piper calls the tune"), it can never achieve the certainty its credulous promoters claim it has. The only thing constant about science is its varied conclusions!
Well said Neil! I remember when I was growing up they had a similar thought. It went something like if you donât like a scientific finding, just wait and it will change.
Unprofitable Servant wrote: Dr. Tim, would you share the N.T. admonition or command to tithe. When our Lord healed the leper He told him to go and make the appropriate sacrifices as Moses commanded and the night before His crucifixion He and the disciples had the Passover Seder, so He clearly operated under Old Testament law. His admonition to the Pharisees about tithing would have fallen under the same. Havenât read Jimâs comments so not agreeing or disagreeing with anything he said
Luke 17:10, I did a study on tithing years ago and came to the conclusion that tithing is not a NT mandate. So, I agree with you and just wanted to let you know.
Well he pushed the womenâs movement and the LGBT movement and basically said the U.S. would go against any government that hindered either movement. At the same time, part of his speech concerned what he referred to as the necessity of having religious freedom. Well what about those religious movements that do not adhere to his thoughts on homosexuality and the feminist movement?
And concerning abortion, all he basically did was say it should be regulated like most republican politicians do. Although he didnât use these words; safe, rare and personal that is his position.
Typical political speech that has little or no Christian perspective.
But like I have always said; I will vote for the politician that panders to Christianity the most.
Many Christians in the United States are âpractical universalistsâ who believe that many if not all religions will lead a person to Heaven, according to the son of famed evangelist Luis Palau.
The above is from the article.
Here is what pluralism really means. If someone says that faith in Christ is essential for their individual salvation but not necessarily for someone elseâs then they have logically said it wasnât essential for them, but was simply a matter of personal choice. The world has told us to think this way in all spiritual matters. So it is not uncommon for someone to apply a moral standard to their own lives, but not to the lives of others.
That is moral hypocrisy of the highest order and simply deludes the lost into reducing Godâs moral standards and requirements to personal choices, and if a personal choice then they canât be binding on anyone. This personal choice fallacy is one of the characteristics that separate the true church of Christ from all others. Pluralism is simply spiritual polygamy. There are lots of worthy husbands and Christ just happens to be the one I chose. But, Iâll sleep with whomever I want!
1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
Psalms 127:3 Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward.
Well all these people are doing is thumbing their noses at our heavenly Father. Children are no longer considered to be a blessing, but a hindrance to personal lives and now to the climate. God created our universe to exist until He Himself destroys it.
In order to run on the democratic ticket, you have to agree on the following:
1. Abortion is a woman's right. 2. Homosexuality is a god given choice. 3. The feminist movement is synonymous with women's liberation. 4. Christianity is an inclusive religion. 5. God's creation is subject to human control.
Carol wrote: Havenât read any comments from naysayers and nitpickers on here.Just because one is challenged concerning their theology is a far cry from being controversial or contentious, and being unjustly labeled by you Frank. As Quiet Christian rightly posted, we are not a bunch of neophytes that need constant instruction from the man from Wales.
Neil wrote: Formalistic, pushbutton/coin-op worship is more in line with Catholicism, Anglicanism, Shinto, and Buddhism; no surprise that the Rosary resembles Buddhist prayer beads. To these people, God is a bellhop or servant since they deny His sovereignty. BTW, contrary to the news item title, the remark about Protestants was in jest. But at least robots don't [yet] molest women and children.
Good comment Neil! In regards to your last comment regarding molestation; it would depend on who does the programming of the AI.
Adolescence is pretty much synonymous with childhood; therefore I think the below verse is appropriate.
Isaiah 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
The marches that I watched were mostly young adolescent girls. Why would anyone give credence to anything they say? They are not scientists and they do not have cultural maturity to decide the importance of anything in this life.
So, it would seem that their parents are the instigators and they somehow think their children can be more pertinent and persuasive.
Off topic, but I have also noticed where there are more and more children doing commercials.
What a sick society we live in. Come quickly Lord Jesus, come quickly and end this nonsense.
John UK wrote: When I "thought like a child" I too used to think like that. But not any more. I will exalt the Lord my God and his sovereignty and immense power, his providential workings and ability to bring to pass certain events, that his elect will get to hear the gospel in his time and in his way. People like myself, who have sat at the feet of Charles Spurgeon, have learnt not to throw water at a crate full of bottles, hoping to get some water into each one, but rather to carefully pour the water into just one of the bottles until it is full. There are people who have done hardly any evangelism who imagine themselves experts on the subject. Too bad. Hey Ho, back to sleep in Zion, folks. You have had your chance to learn a few things, but you prefer the lie rather than the truth, so I will not stay here to be used as a punch bag, thank you very much. I'll be back for the ChristMass debate, to see if anyone has woken up out of their spiritual RCC antichrist slumber.
Well brother, I hope you don't allow these naysayers and nitpickers to stop you from posting. You have been a blessing to me and so many others over the years.