Gay M Allen wrote: Its been in the works since George Washington who was a Mason and before that, what was Jesus's meaning "mystery babylon already at work".
That Jim Lincoln promotes this too ought to put you on notice! Tell us, what sort of gov't was America supposed to have absent this nefarious "Masonic Plot"? Here I thought Babylon was possibly Rome, but that's too simple and boring a theory.
Leftists: Washington was bad because he was a White Man Conservatives: Washington was bad because he was a Freemason.
I guess I should stop listening to Mozart because he was a Freemason. Funny how I never got the impulse to join a lodge because of this.
No name wrote: Neil from Tucson writes: What name wrote: Time to get your battery serviced.
No, it isn't: last dealer visit revealed nothing wrong with it, nor has it behaved differently since new. And as I said before, our Prius shuts off EV well below 40mph (per the Owner's Manual), so your experience is clearly irrelevant to us.
Pundits on the right like predicting or wishing for civil war, but it sounds like fantasy, since geographical and political divisions are much more diffuse than in the highly sectionalized America of 1861. Plus, the modern, well-funded and manned Armyâ„˘, unlike the more militia-based, amateur one of 1861, would quickly crush any organized rebellion even allowing for the traditional incompetence of most US generals. Unless soldiers mutiny or something.
It would take a long-running insurgency instead, but I don't think conservatives have the stomach or the wit for it. And look at how pusillanimous most Repubs have been.
Don't assume all of these people were Trump supporters just because media reports say so. MAGA types have usually been non-violent.
For all we know, these vandals could be Democrat False Flaggers or Antifa leftists, for they have a history of violence and misrepresentation. Maybe this was learned from the CIA's Operations Ajax and PBSuccess, although done in the name of anti-Communism.
It all comes down to this: Few Americans fear God, and are capable of doing anything to get what they want. Even Christians are not immune the such pragmatism.
Kieron wrote: Neil, what is the Thomistic Catholic answer? If you don't mind me asking?
Not at all! I should admit it's not just Thomas, who had a very complicated discussion about faith and reason, but the Catholic doctrine is, faith absent works will not save, implying that there is a faith which saves and a faith which does not. This is where the discussion by Protestant teachers of the Latin notitias/assensus/fiducias (and MacArthur's Lordship Salvation debate) comes in. However, the NT Greek has no such terminological or conceptual distinction: you either have faith (and are saved) or you don't. Faith may be great or small, but it still saves. Works follow from faith, as James says, and are not intrinsic to it.
Analogy: smoke is a byproduct of combustion; smoke is not required for combustion.
Tim, if my terms bother you, then just say so, instead of nursing a grudge and sniping at me. At least Fundamentalists don't peddle Latin nonsense like the supposedly more educated Reformed do.
Dr. Tim wrote: Neilies, of course, have the true answer, but it is beneath them to reveal it.
Can't you ask respectfully, without nasty sarcasm?
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved." Intellectual assent is belief. Elegantly simple, isn't it, yet theologians like Louis Berkhof spend pages complicating it with Noticias/Assensus/Fiducias nonsense, even though the Bible isn't written in Latin.
Once again, JBS writers tacitly label Roman Catholicism as Christian. But this is unsurprising when so many "conservative" Christian "leaders" have compromised with Rome.
And not just the big shots: One of the most basic and important Christian questions is, "What is saving faith?" Most pastors, even Fundies and know-it-all Reformed theologians, give the false Thomistic Catholic answer, not the Biblical one.
So contrary to what JBS thinks, the biggest threat to the church is not the gov't, but false doctrine.
What name wrote: Time to get your battery serviced. We drive around the city on electric all the time in a Prius C and save a lot of $
Different model, the heavier hatchback, it's been like that since new. Most of the time, we drive at speeds (more than ~12mph) that EV Mode won't tolerate, so I don't know what its max EV range would be.
I did a spreadsheet study before deciding to buy. At the time, Toyota offered a discount which reduced the price premium vs. a Corolla.
It takes under 10min to refuel a petroleum-powered vehicle. And they still have superior range, even more if one carries extra fuel in Jerry Cans or the like. These plus cheap gas are reasons why EVs will be a niche product for the foreseeable future, unless fool politicians force the issue.
Plugin hybrids are a good compromise, though more costly than regular hybrids.
And if you live in California, don't assume you'll have reliable electric power, as that state's utilities seem to be devolving to Mexico's quality of service. Archeologists wonder why civilizations collapse. Well, we're living it.
ladybug wrote: ...his favorite political party is doing everything they can to tear down the family and to mock God's creating them 'male and female...
The American nuclear family has been declining since the '60s at the latest. Politicians have been following this trend, not leading it.
Not often mentioned in articles like this: Americans have, over generations, been trained to be perpetual children, fed by a "Perfect Storm" of toxic propaganda and "culture" manufactured by artists, bureaucracies, NGOs, and corporations, for whom irresponsibility has proven highly profitable. Children are more easily sold advertising and script lines saying that children are wise, fathers are fools, housewives are unfulfilled, rules are made to be broken, never defer gratification, self-fulfillment is noble, and other such foolishness.
You have to be a committed iconoclast to push back against all this.
Remember that we Christians are "strangers in a strange land," and we are living among dissolute, irrational people who hate God. I am learning to adjust my expectations. And worse, many supposed Christians, like the Pharisees of Jesus's time, say they love God, but act differently.
America began with the dream of being a City on a Hill, but wound up being a City of the Plain.