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  • John T. Polk II 11:02 am on 2015-09-15 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: homosexuality, transgender,   

    8-31-2015 University of Tennessee’s Neutral Pronouns 

    In Knoxville, The University of Tennessee’s Pride Center Director, Donna Braquet requested on their website “that teacher, rather than calling roll, will instead ask each student to provide the name and pronoun he or she—or “ze”—wishes to be referred by. She says it relieves a burden for people expressing different genders or identities.” (The [Nashville] Tennessean, “Tennessee students asked to use gender-neutral pronouns,” August 30, 2015). Why would anyone send their children to be educated by people who don’t even recognize basic pronouns? In English, a noun is “the name of a person, place, or thing,” and a pronoun takes the place of a noun. What noun are these manufactured pronouns replacing? Try paying U.T. with checks signed by “ze!” “Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes” (Proverbs 26:5 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • TFRStaff 2:16 pm on 2015-07-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (June 26, 2015 . . .) 

    JUNE 26, 2015: A DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN (IM)MORAL INFAMY!

    June 26, 2015, is a day that will live in (im)moral infamy in the United States of America! On that day, by a vote of five to four, the United States Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states. For God-fearing, Bible-believing, self-respecting people, this brought our country to a new low, morally speaking. One wonders if it can get any worse? Perhaps the only bright spot to be seen is that now we have only one way to go and that is up! (More …)

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:12 am on 2015-03-24 Permalink | Reply
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    What should be the proper response by faithful Christians who respect the word of God towards the increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage? I suppose some judge that I hate gays and lesbians or at the very least hold them in contempt. But don’t hasten your prosecution. I believe that we need to preach the love of God for all, as well as encourage righteousness and purity in every phase of life. I understand that some tell us they are troubled with same-sex attraction. To these we should offer emotional and spiritual support, just as we do to others who struggle with alcohol, anger, or any other sinful proclivity. But what we mustn’t do is cave-in to the claims of Hollywood, the ACLU, left wing activists, Supreme Court justices, the president, and even some churches. . If God declares a certain behavior deviant and perverse, let not man claim it is normal and acceptable. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
    • docmgphillips 10:05 am on 2015-03-24 Permalink | Reply

      Absolutely! “Political correctness” is killing both the weak in the church and our country.

  • Ed Boggess 10:35 am on 2015-03-13 Permalink | Reply
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    How do you go about converting America to accept homosexuality as an alternate sexual norm. Back in 1989, a psychologist and an advertising executive set out to redefine the homosexual movement. Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen outlined their plan in After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the ’90s. They spelled out a strategy that is now being followed that is calculated to make the aberrant behavior appear as normal as possible. Judging by the television network shows, their plan is being followed to the letter. Not a night goes by that at least one TV show and often several broadcasts this corruptness. It has become so commonplace that I find myself turning the channel or the TV off more than ever before. While that works for me, I know that in most homes the perverseness will be allowed to run its course and the result over time will accomplish a climate of acceptance to that which has always before this generation been contrary to nature and deserving of condemnation. I object but I doubt my solitary voice joined with others here and there will make much difference. But of one thing I am confident, America is begging for judgment! “Wherever the corpse is, there will the vultures circle.”

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:47 am on 2015-03-13 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ACLU, Father Knows Best, homosexuality, , stereotypes   

    I am fed up with the ACLU protecting my rights, with Hollywood redefining our morals, with left wing activists demanding center stage, with a president who doesn’t know the difference between what is natural and what is perverse. As homosexuality gains increasing acceptance in America, one wonders how big a closet they emptied out of. OK, I grew up with Father Knows Best, Leave It To Beaver and Ozzie and Harriet. The current generation believes they have progressed beyond these old-fashioned stereotypes, but what they claim is progress is actually a free fall towards hell! What’s wrong with Ozzie loving Harriet instead of Harry? What’s wrong with a marriage that strengthens and a love that deepens as the years pass by? What’s wrong with a mother who focuses first on her family and home? If you ask me, I’ll go with the old-fashioned stereotypes! This is Just-A-Minute.

     
    • docmgphillips 9:55 am on 2015-03-13 Permalink | Reply

      So true…and sad. We saw what happened with a lesbian mayor in Houston. I fear it will spread.

  • Ed Boggess 8:34 am on 2015-03-10 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , homosexuality, ,   

    NFL player Michael Sam announces he is gay and there is a tsunami of support. NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay and makes the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Boy Scouts of America votes to allow openly gay boys into its ranks. The US Supreme Court gives federal recognition to same-sex marriage. The president of the United States scolds the president of Russia for signing into law a ruling that restricts homosexuality. Not only have gays and lesbians come out of the closet, they have managed to convince many that their agenda is a matter of civil rights. But there is nothing civil and nothing right about sodomy! It is shameful, perverse and contrary to nature. Rather than upbraiding Russia for trying to restrict the spread of homosexuality among its young people, our president would fare better taking his stand alongside Russia and the word of God. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
    • Loy Pressley 9:35 am on 2015-03-10 Permalink | Reply

      How shameful it is, “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

    • docmgphillips 9:39 am on 2015-03-11 Permalink | Reply

      Since Muslims are currently busy killing homosexuals, I am made to wonder how the president thinks they will receive hi who supports the same.

  • TFRStaff 3:14 pm on 2014-10-16 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: homosexuality, Houston mayor,   

    Live tonight: GBN discusses Houston mayor's curb on religious liberty 

    Mark Teske, Director of Operations at Gospel Broadcasting Network shares this news:

    Earlier this year, the city of Houston, Texas, led by its openly homosexual mayor, passed an ordinance that requires any public restrooms to allow either men or woman to use the restroom of their choice. Many citizens of the city were outraged by the ordinance and several local denominational preachers organized a petition drive to have the new ordinance repealed by the people in accordance with the city codes. (More …)

     
    • John Gaines 3:43 pm on 2014-10-16 Permalink | Reply

      It would be helpful if the announcement informed readers of the time of the broadcast and links to watching online.

    • Mark Teske 4:06 pm on 2014-10-16 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry about that, John. It’s at 7:00pm Central (5:00 pm Pacific) tonight. You can watch online at http://www.gbntv.org/live and catch the feed in High Definition.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:08 pm on 2014-10-14 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , homosexuality,   

    They want to see their papers 

    In a disturbing move, a group of “pastors” have been given subpoenas that demand that any sermon or other shared forms of communication dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker (who is the city of Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor) be turned in to authorities or face contempt of court charges.

    Is it just me or does anybody else hear someone with a German accent saying, “Let me see your papers.”

    On a “related” note, the Catholic Church (i.e. the Vatican, from where no wrong can come I’ve been told) isn’t worried about such news at all since it sounds like they may soon be requesting their own “pastors” to do the same.

    Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time I punish them, they shall be cast down,” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 6:15)

     

     
    • Randal 6:09 pm on 2014-10-14 Permalink | Reply

      There is none so dictatorial and oppressive as a progressive in power.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:19 pm on 2014-10-14 Permalink | Reply

        For every created right there must be a wrong, and those in power are only beginning to think of how much wrong they can create with all their warped rights.

    • Loy Pressley 6:53 pm on 2014-10-14 Permalink | Reply

      If you can’t see it coming, you have to be blind!!!

    • Jack 7:47 pm on 2014-10-14 Permalink | Reply

      “Is it just me or does anybody else hear someone with a German accent saying, “Let me see your papers.”

      Thankfully the German thing ended seven decades ago, the Russian thing five decades ago, while the Canadian thing is right next door, speaks the Queen’s English, where anything outside of the Church building is hate speach. And of course the hundreds of years of Sharia Law is raging where they execute Moslem converts. Bibles are banned in Saudi Arabia as well as anything and everything that refers to Israel.

      This is not the first openly homosexual Houston has elected. They have the largest block of homosexual voters in the Country_ over 100,000 every election.

      Albuquerque tried to make us pay for an annual permit 14 years ago, we were backed by the Rutherford Foundation and let them know we would take it all of the way to the Supreme Court, and they withdrew.

      • Eugene Adkins 9:07 pm on 2014-10-14 Permalink | Reply

        “We want to be like the nations around us.”

        Didn’t work out too good for Israel, and America won’t be any different – expect our nation doesn’t enjoy the luxury of having a personal covenant with God like Israel of old did…we’re more akin to Nineveh, Babylon and Rome.

        • John Henson 1:41 pm on 2014-10-15 Permalink | Reply

          Actually, the “German thing” is alive and well. In Russia, a traveler must present his passport and visa to the local police within 24 hours of arrival. Police will want to see the passports of anyone they don’t recognize, and that includes people traveling out of their province.

  • TFRStaff 7:37 am on 2014-07-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Ashby Camp on the Bible and homosexuality 

    Ashby Camp has added a new study in PDF format about “The Bible and Homosexual Conduct” to his Bible studies page. It can be accessed here, along with others:

    http://www.theoutlet.us/miscellaneousbiblestudies.html

    Ashby is a thoughtful student of the Word. You’ll be benefited by his material.

     
  • TFRStaff 4:44 pm on 2014-06-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Stoning Adulterers) 

    HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

    ON STONING ADULTERERS AND NOT EATING SHELLFISH

    Periodically, at least three or four times a year, someone feels compelled to demonstrate his or her lack of knowledge of the Bible by writing a letter to the editor of the local newspaper railing against Bible-believers who oppose homosexuality. (Capital punishment of convicted murderers is another popular target of such uninformed railing.) Their argument regarding homosexuality runs as follows:

    “If you are going to condemn homosexuality because the Bible condemns homosexuality, then you also must condemn eating pork and shellfish because the Bible also condemns that. And the Bible also commands that adulterers be stoned, so why don’t you do that?” (More …)

     
    • Bernad Barton 6:16 am on 2014-06-03 Permalink | Reply

      That is the trouble with most religious & nonreligious people-they like to go back to the Old Testament
      to support their arguments & beliefs instead of looking only in the New Testament to support their beliefs
      and arguments

  • TFRStaff 4:25 am on 2014-04-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Cafeteria-Style Religion) 

    HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

    CAFETERIA-STYLE RELIGION

    In our increasingly eclectic, “many options,” postmodern world, religion is being reduced to a cafeteria-style approach. Just as one can go through a cafeteria line picking the food items he or she wants to eat and rejecting the rest, so many people approach religion in the same fashion: they pick from the Bible (and even from various World Religions) those ideas, notions, commands, and practices they personally like and agree with and reject the rest.

    George Barna, in his book If Things Are So Good, Why Do I Feel So Bad?, has correctly captured the contemporary attitude toward religious faith. He writes: “The prevailing concern of people is no longer, ‘Is my faith pure and true?’ The dominant concern today is ‘Does my faith make me feel good and help me understand the world in a way I find reassuring and personally beneficial'” (page 91). (More …)

     
    • Joe Slater 8:50 am on 2014-04-15 Permalink | Reply

      “Professing to be wise, they became fools . . .” (Romans 1:22).

  • Eugene Adkins 6:58 am on 2013-11-13 Permalink | Reply
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    How many states does it have to be before the foundation is gone? 

    If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

    The scripture reference above wasn’t written to the nation of America, but America should pay attention to the whole principle of the chapter, not to mention the single verse!

    You want to destroy a nation? You don’t need bombs or bullets. That only affects the outside. Destruction comes from hitting the underpinnings that strengthen the core. Go for the family. Go for the spirit. Go for the moral compass and make it spin till north is south and south is north. Put light for darkness and darkness for light; put sweet for bitter and bitter for sweet – you know, the tried and true stuff (Isaiah 5:20).

    From the first state that began the 50 (Delaware) to the last state that entered the union (Hawaii) there are now 15 states (plus D.C.) that have legalized homosexual marriages. That’s the wrong alpha and omega my friend!

    But how many states does it take to constitute the foundation? I guess it depends upon which end of the pyramid is touching the ground!

    Look to politicians to lead a nation and you get politics – politics that destroy! But America thinks that she’s immune to such ends. America best think again. Two-hundred and some odd years are nothing in almost any scheme of things. There are toilets in Europe older than America! But we won’t be outdone will we? Instead of paying attention, it seems as if we’re more than happy to become the leading spiritual toilet of the western world. Go ahead and let politicians lead, but don’t be surprised when they flush it all away.

    What will be the outcome of the not-so-United-States? When will the cracks give way to the sink hole? It’s not for me to say, but America will speak for herself. And what she’s saying isn’t sounding too good.

    But I do know this for sure – the LORD is still in his holy temple. He still reigns no matter how wild the eagle may want to become. For the foundation of a nation can be washed away, but the word of God will live forever (1 Peter 1:23-25).

    The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The LORD tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.” (Psalm 11:4-6)

     
    • John T. Polk II 9:25 am on 2013-11-13 Permalink | Reply

      Eugene,
      Your article is well-stated. All 50 State Constitutions, mostly in their Preambles, state their dependence upon “God.” Therefore it is incumbent upon all of us to keep the Word of God ever before all who participate in government, whether State, Federal, or local levels. God’s men have a consistent pattern of calling those in “high places” to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God, and this was before and regardless of any political party! Let faithful brethren boldly speak.
      John

      • Eugene Adkins 9:45 am on 2013-11-13 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the words of support brother. You’re right, “In God We Trust” was meant to be more than lip service on a quarter. But unfortunately our leaders seem to have their faces set toward a walk down the Nebuchadnezzar path, and if they refuse to learn from the stroll on that path then eventually the route of Belshazzar will be the only other option left.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:44 am on 2013-09-04 Permalink | Reply
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    In the news… 

    Here are some stories that may be of interest to some. Just remember that I do not endorse all stories that appear on these websites; I only wanted to bring attention to the linked story in particular due to its content.

    So you think the days of people needing “signs” to believe are over? Unfortunately it’s not even close, as you’ll find out in this “tear jerker” of a story.

    For years the homosexual movement has been claiming that their efforts revolve around tolerance, and for years I’ve been saying it has everything to do with acceptance. Read this story for another example of how their anger-driven agenda closed down a small business with their demand for acceptance while showing great intolerance towards those who disagree with them.

    So you think if your state says that marriage is between one man and woman that settles the issue? Not according to a federal judge in Ohio who says the state of Ohio must recognize the “marriage license” of two homosexuals that was issued in another state. He thinks their “bond” should be “binding” upon the people of Ohio according to this story.

    Need to read about some good news? Here’s a story about some people who got a “little tip” that helped to keep them going.

     
    • doc 9:37 am on 2013-09-04 Permalink | Reply

      How the mighty are fallen! What used to be shameful because God said so, we are now being forced to accept or face legal action. Sad.

  • TFRStaff 5:10 am on 2013-09-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Lime Green Cars) 

    HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

    LIME GREEN CARSAND SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

    For several years I have been a member of an internet discussion group dedicated to a study of the history of the Restoration Movement, a movement that began in the early 1800s and that has as its aim a return to the Bible alone as the authority in religion and a restoration of the church as set forth on the pages of the New Testament. We are a diverse group, made up of a wide range of people whose notions about what it means to restore and be the New Testament church in the present age are by no means uniform. In addition to our main objective, we sometimes wander far a-field into other areas that are interesting to talk about but have little direct bearing on our main purpose. We have been known, for example, to discuss where the best barbeque is to be found (North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas); foods unique to different parts of the country; which college football conference is the best (as if there is any real question about that!); favorite Christmas music; moves, retirements, birthdays, anniversaries, travel plans, and speaking engagements of various group members; what it means to be chic; what it means to be a part of the “Old Guard” elite, as well as a host of other matters. All in all, we have a lot of fun, and as one of my old college professors, W. Claude Hall, used to say, “If one is not careful, one will learn something!”

    A few weeks ago in a rather rhetorical fashion, I asked, “If some of the early leaders of the Restoration Movement men such as Thomas and Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, Walter Scott, “Raccoon” John Smith, and Samuel Rogers, or later leaders such as David Lipscomb and T. B. Larimore, should return to the scene today what might be their reaction toward homosexuality and the growing phenomenon of same-sex marriage?”

    One list member was quite forthright to say that he had no doubt but that they would be greatly shocked by these things.

    Imagine my surprise, however, when he went on to say that if Henry Ford should come back today he also would be greatly shocked to find that the cars marketed under his name were being sold in colors such as lime green rather than the uniformly black of Ford’s day.

    I find it utterly amazing that anyone would make what Moses the prophet of God called an abomination (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13) and what Paul the inspired apostle of Christ labeled as being that which “is against nature” (Romans 1:26-27) analogous to lime green cars! I hardly see how it would be possible for anyone to more egregiously trivialize such a serious moral matter! Lime green cars and same-sex marriage on an equal level?!

    Recently, Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop (Anglican Church of South Africa) of Cape Town, made international headlines when he went on record as saying he would not worship a homophobic God, would “refuse to go to a homophobic heaven,” and, instead, would choose “the other place.”

    I wonder how long the Bishop would have to be in “the other place” before he decided that he would like to leave that place and be allowed to enter the “homophobic heaven”! Has he ever read the story told by Jesus and recorded in Luke 16:19-31? (More …)

     
    • Morris G. Monkus 5:22 am on 2013-09-03 Permalink | Reply

      Tu Tu will learn, hopefully in this life, that he isn’t going to be able to make rules by his own thoughts. Hopefully he will learn that God has already made the rules and we will play His way, be saved His way or end up in hell.

    • Morris G. Monkus 5:26 am on 2013-09-03 Permalink | Reply

      Hugh, it sounds as if the lime green car guy has no clue to what goes on spiritually.

      1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

      2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

    • doc 10:06 am on 2013-09-03 Permalink | Reply

      This is a growing problem in the Lord’s body. Many have bought in to the “political correctness” movement and the “liberal” philosophy. Sadly, we, too, are hearing many “feel good” sermons and not enough good, hard, Scripture-based truths. Did Paul not say that he had not neglected to preach the “whole” truth? Why are our preachers today afraid to let us know what sin is and why we should be careful to avoid sin? Can you truly appreciate the goodness and mercy of God if you know nothing of His anger and vengeance?

  • Eugene Adkins 6:44 am on 2013-08-28 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Gene Robinson, , homosexuality, , , , Time Magazine   

    Guest Article: A “Timely” Reply by Joshua Gulley 

    The following is an email sent by my friend and brother in Christ, Josh Gulley, to “Time Magazine” in response to an article written by a religious figure in which the word of God was deceptively twisted in an attempt to change the will of God before the eye’s of his readers.

    Dear Time:

    I was a little shocked after reading Gene Robinson’s commentary entitled “The Pope’s Baby Step on Gays” in August’s issue. I was downright horrified by his last sentence, and I’ll get to that shortly. The gist of his article was that the Pope’s comment, “Who am I to judge?” is a baby step forward for the Catholic church in becoming up-to-date, meaning accepting gay people and their activities as righteous. He seems to think the Catholic Church needs to get with the program and take a strong stance that the gay lifestyle is an acceptable one.
    The increasing acceptance of the gay lifestyle within the Catholic Church and Christianity at large is a very bad sign. It’s even worse that men who approve of this lifestyle are being appointed as leaders. Men who wear the title “Bishop,” “Pope,” “Pastor,” “Preacher,” “Evangelist,” etc. are supposed to be characterized by a devotion to faithfully interpret the words of the Bible, which they believe to be the word of God and therefore authoritative over anything any man anywhere says. So it must be the case that former Bishop Robinson, who seems to consider it a tragedy that Christians everywhere have not embraced homosexuals and their actions, has never read passages like 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Romans 1:18-32, and a handful of other Scriptures which condemn the actions of homosexuals along with a host of other actions which society still considers bad–like murder; and some which strike a lot closer to home–like gossip.
    I find that hard to believe, though, since Robinson must have gone through some biblical training before being elected as a bishop in the Episcopal Church. But perhaps it’s true, given the way he misused the two Scriptures he quoted. The first was a quotation of Jesus saying, “Judge not, that you be not judged,” which Robinson implies to mean that actions which Scripture clearly condemns should not be considered sinful. So, to be consistent, we must apply this standard to all the actions which Scripture condemns. When someone robs a bank, we should turn the other cheek; when someone murders their spouse, we should ignore what happened; when someone sets off a bomb in a hospital, we may frown, but we should not seek punishment upon them. (More …)
     
    • doc 9:41 am on 2013-08-28 Permalink | Reply

      Good letter. I applaud your courage to address this issue FOR God when so many are addressing it against the Bible and God.

    • Bernad Barton 8:04 am on 2014-07-02 Permalink | Reply

      Amen Brother-WE as Christians need to take a stand more than ever against Homosexuality & other
      sins that are being accepted today in the religious world today-NO Sin is accepted by God, Christ & the Bible-so we must not accept sin even if it is not popular

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