One of the main differences between the LGBT crowd and Christiansânot the only difference, of course, but a significant one nonethelessâis that they sin and are proud of it, whereas we sin and are ashamed of it. The affront to God is not only in the action, but in the attitude. Psalms 51:17âThe sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
If Benny is abandoning the prosperity gospel, I feel obliged to follow suit. Thatâs why Iâm practically giving away my book âHow God Wants You to Grow Rich as a Possum Farmerâ now for a love offering of only $499.99, and Iâll even throw in a free prayer Kleenex (sorry, Iâm all out of the handkerchiefs). If you order in the next seven days, youâll also receive a coupon for 50 percent off on any order for ten dollars or more at Possum-fil-A. To show that Iâm sincere about living a life of poverty, Iâm taking all of the diamond ear studs off of my goats and donating the proceeds from their sale to the tax-exempt Dr. Tim Evangelistic Association.
J4J, when I was a youngâun, there were only two places people could eat in Woodstock. They could go to the Old Dixie Inn, or they could stay home. Do they have a Chick-fil-A now? I remember when Perimeter Mall had one of the early franchises, all of which were in Atlanta-area malls back then. And youâre right, the restaurants donât hate queers. Queers just hate the restaurant and anyone else who wonât agree that their lifestyle is not sinful.
R.A. Torrey said, âMen tell us that poverty is an evil, and I believe it. They tell us sickness is an evil and I believe it. But the monster evil, the evil that lives at the root of all other evils, is sin.â When you and I agree on that, Jim, weâll probably be able to agree on a lot of things.
The answer John has given over the years is that psalms, hymns and spiritual songs are all psalms, despite the fact that they are three different words both in English and in Greek. Others have shown from scripture that there is no such stricture as that which John believes and teaches on the subject of singing in church, but when one is glued firmly to the saddle of a hobby horse it is nigh impossible to gracefully dismount.
From the last will and testament of Samuel Adams: âPrincipally, and first of all, I resign my soul to the Almighty Being who gave it, and my body I commit to the dust, relying on the merits of Jesus Christ for the pardon of my sins.â Hardly sounds like the words of a mere deist.
Ainât no way, JAG! They were all possum-eating, goatcart-driving, Independent Fundamental Baptists, and at least eighty percent of them were nicknamed âBubba.â The other forty percent were math teachers.
James Madison: âReligion [is] the basis and Foundation of Government.â James Madison: âWe have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.â James Madison: âA watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of renown and bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the annals of heaven.â I find it interesting, Jim, that you are consistently opposed to imposing righteousness on society, but not necessarily against imposing wickedness.
The persistent myth, Jim, is the myth of deist Founding Fathers. Samuel Adams: âThe right to freedom being the gift of the Almighty...The rights of the colonists as Christians...may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutions of The Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.â Ben Franklin: âI have been religiously educated as a Presbyterian; and... I was never without religious principles.â Thomas Jefferson: âMy views...are the result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and very different from the anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions...I am a Christian...â