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Better for Christians to teach their own children at home, like Paul says in his letter to Timothy: I Timothy 5 3 Honour widows that are widows indeed. 4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. 5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. 6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. 7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. 8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man. 10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. 11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; 12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. 13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house;
This does not surprise me in the least. Put this story next to the one we saw here at SA News about some Hillsong person saying they weren't Christians anymore, and you get the idea that what it means to be Christian is a very fluid concept, subject to the whims of anyone anywhere (yes, reminds you of those Old Testament days when 'everyone did what was right in their own eyes'). I remember how surveys of prisoners show that 99 percent of them believe in God. Now, as to what that God is like, that's another question. No doubt many of the black prisoners have been 'evangelized' by the Nation of Islam (with Farrakhan, the anti-Semite), so their idea of God is similar to the Muslim God. By the way, speaking of black prisoners, did you see in your local news about the knife attack in Tallahassee, Florida about a week ago? The black guy knifed about 5 white people, but the mainstream media were not out there claiming a racial bias in his attack, and I doubt he will charged with any 'hate crime'
A more interesting question is, "Why was HOnk Kong a British colony in the first place?" I think the answer has to do with the Brits getting the Chinese addicted to opium, which I don't think grows in Britain anyway.
But it must be a healthy state, at least, if you happen to check out the news story today over at Yahoo. SF is 1st, then LA, Irvine, and San Diego rank in top 10. I think these healthiest cities are about the author's or editor's personal habits, so having a good place to eat barbequed pork sandwiches is not high on their list, but drinking craft brews, riding mountain bikes on trails, and other 'socially acceptable' forms of recreation are on their list. They just craft a survey to show people in 'their' favorite cities rank high.
What happened to the hymn-singing that we read about here at SA a week or so ago? That article seemed to make the protest into a distinctly Christian movement. It made me wonder...are there so many Christians in Hong Kong? I know that Japan has very few Christians, and nearby Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world.
Many ways to look at this. 1. most Americans have no idea why the attack occurred, major news networks have not covered the war in the area. 2. shows you the importance of fracking for American energy independence. Every day every American who uses natural gas for heating their water, cooking, or heating their homes in the winter need to give thanks to God for the frackers, since it was those guys who discovered so much gas that it dropped the prices tremendously. Even in Florida they can give thanks to God for fracking because their public pools are heated in the winter now, thanks to the low price of natural gas. And what is ironic is that the frackers were not looking for gas but oil! Gas is only a byproduct. There is so much natural gas out there that companies have spent millions of dollars to build plants (one in Maryland, not far from Annapolis, and one in Louisiana) to freeze the gas so it becomes liquid and can be transported by ship (don't ask how much each ship costs)to other countries.
I was thinking the only thing these Dem debates is doing is souring the American voter on them. Once the real campaigning starts, and media starts covering with great love and adoration all these guys, it will just be worse---the average American voter will sour on the media reports. Once election time comes around, there will be a big defeat for Dems across the board, except in the areas where they already dominate, like NYC, LA, Chicago, Boston. Even Maryland elected a Republican governor, though their state legislature is still controlled by Dems.
I bet you will not see this on your local news and the major national TV networks like CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN. Their editors will say, "oh, that is too sensational, it will just fan the flames of the abortion issue and upset people."
I would bet there are a lot of churches in the US that would be very happy to preach these kind of sermons, and many probably already have, under the guise of 'all truth comes from God.' And then there are the constant flow of similar programs from PBS. Just like their 'Frontline' special about abortion--were they going to give numbers about how many were done at Planned Parenthood clinics, the racial breakdown of how many Hispanic, black and white babies were aborted, and how this works within the PP founder Margaret Sanger's clearly stated intention to reduce the black and brown populations in the US. Or did they go into the selling of baby parts from those same clinics? I doubt it, but if you watched it, let us know. Then, in terms of the US educational system, I would bet you can find more elementary schools who could quote something from Confucius, more than the ones who could quote Jesus.
I don't like the term prosperity gospel. The way it is used in this article is more of a transaction--you give $$ to a ministry, and God will bless you. That kind of teaching is not unusual in a lot of preaching. You hear it when you hear the preacher pleading, 'turn your life over to Jesus and he will change you, he will cleanse you, he will make you a New Man' In other words, you do this and God will do that for you. A simple transaction, right? And, how about this very common preaching, "God has a wonderful plan for your life" but you have to 'turn your life over to Jesus' to make it happen. What is left out is the verses in Hebrews 11, the 'Hall of Fame of the Faith" that talk about many bad things that happen. Obviously, no one told those people that 'God has a wonderful plan for your life" that included suffering, mistreatment, beatings, even death. Thanks to Charles Finney and many others, in the US, Christianity has been changed from what we see in the Bible. We can't even imagine what it would be like to follow something like 1 Timothy 5, the Guidelines for the Older Christian Woman. We can't imagine a church having a ministry to widows, or widows doing good works in the church in order to be qualified to receive the church's aid.
John Derbyshire, an ex-pat Brit married to a Chinese woman, added in a recent podcast that the Chinese in Hong Kong don't like the Chinese on the Mainland. There is real friction between them. To me, that is a big surprise, since 'they all look the same to me'
Thanks, 'Adriel,' for the Bible's reminder on raising up children, even from the Old Testament it has been the standard. It continues in the New Testament with verses like those in 1 Timothy 5, which could be subtitled, 'Guidelines for the Older Christian Woman.' First, it assumes we are talking about widows. Even today, 96 percent of all people have been married. Thus, Paul writes that it is important for families to take care of the widows in their own families, and for younger widows to marry, raise children. Only older widows who have met certain 'work requirements' (like doing good works, and.. 'washing the feet of the saints') should be included on "The List" that the local church has for people who will receive aid. Even James repeats the same idea about widows when he says, "True religion is taking care of widows in their distress'
Doesn't John Macarthur have his base of operations in California? I wonder how many Christian schools this will affect. I believe it is already the policy in many public schools around the country, which makes education more of a mess than if you just look at how dumbed down the curriculum is, and how politically correct it is.
You mean to say the Roman Catholic Church does not have a rigid ideology? Or does the Pope let slide the application of such biblical commandments against sodomites, which would mean many priests, monks, nuns, etc. would lose their jobs. Everyone should realize that much of the abuse by those people was done by males on boys, though the news media, so friendly to the sodomite cause, does not want to point that out.