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“THE FOOL HAS SAID IN HIS HEART . . .”

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’ ” (Psalm 14:1a). This text is not talking about the avowed atheist who blatantly denies the existence of God. Rather, it is talking about the practical atheist who, while confessing with his mouth that he believes in God, nevertheless in his heart and by his life denies the reality of God. Of such people the apostle Paul wrote: “They profess that they know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work” (Titus 1:16).

There are many of these kinds of fools in the world at large, in the various religious organizations formed by men, and even in the church of our Lord. Consider the following. Continue reading

#atheism, #fool, #foolishness, #hughfulford, #hypocrisy

Then you can see clearly: Matthew 7.5 VOTD

“You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Matthew 7.5

Jesus condemned hypocrisy, not correction. Error should first be removed in one’s own life, then one can help one’s brother.

How can I recognize my faults? What steps are necessary to remove wrong attitudes and behaviors in my life?

#hypocrisy #correction #VOTD

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4-24-2017 Self-Praise Is No Praise

“Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, Than he who honors himself but lacks bread” (Proverbs 12:9 NKJV). A loyal “servant” knows his master, and serves, regardless of circumstance or outside opinion. Being “slighted” by others should not discourage a person from being honorable and respected at home. However, acting like things are better than they actually are is an exercise in hypocrisy and self-deceit! Putting up a front of self-honor when the facts are he “lacks bread” makes life look like a stage setting, all image and no substance. Self-praise is NO praise! Proverbs 27:2 (NKJV): “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.” We expect our parents and grandparents to “praise us,” so the emphasis here is “a stranger,” someone who is outside our family.

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

#hypocrisy, #praise, #self-deceit

September 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (Gems from the Pen of a Faithful Servant)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • God’s Grace (Carl Garner)
  • We Are Family (Carl Garner)
  • Famous Last Words (Carl Garner)
  • Are You a Dissembler? (Carl Garner)
  • God’s Authority (Carl Garner)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2015 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#authority-in-religion, #christian-worker, #church-as-family, #grace-of-god, #hypocrisy, #the-power-of-influence, #what-grace-will-not-do

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6-1-2015 Is There No Shame?

Josh Duggar’s 2006 police record was released about his teen-aged sins in 2002. His family at the time dealt with his problems with counseling and forgiveness. As the oldest of the children on “19 Kids and Counting,” his shame for his sins made him seek God as never before. The Learning Channel (TLC) has dropped the series, as has its sponsors, and HULU won’t even replay the program! “The Bachelorette,” 30-year-old Kaitlyn Bristowe, had sex with a suitor and said, intimacy, to me, is part of a relationship. I don’t know why everyone is so shocked by it.” Isn’t it sad to watch headline hypocrisy at work? Kaitlyn is shameless, Josh is ashamed. “A prudent man covers shame” (Proverbs 12:16 NKJV), and “the unjust knows no shame (Zephaniah 3:5 NKJV).

Let the proud be ashamed” (Psalm 119:78 NKJV).

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

#19-kids-and-counting, #headline, #hypocrisy, #josh-duggar, #kaitlyn-bristowe, #sex, #the-bachelorette

Scripture, Thought and a Prayer on Hypocrisy

Scripture: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.” (Matthew 23:25)

Thought: Who wants to drink from a cup that’s dirty on the outside, or eat off of a plate that has leftover food on the bottom? No one, right? But when it comes to cleanliness, how much good does it do to only wash the outside? We know the answer! And if we know the answer when it comes to dishes, then how much more so do we know the answer when it comes to our soul.

Prayer: Lord, help our righteousness to be right in your sight. Help us to focus on our heart so the things that we do in your name are done because you are in us. Help to us to be holy as you are holy, from the inside out, so we may continue to grow as disciples of your son.

#hypocrisy, #righteousness, #scripture-thought-prayer

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No “Separation of Church and State”

            It is bad enough for government anybody to cite Scripture for any authority for what they are about, but for someone discredited by his peers in government to cite Scripture is totally crass, completely off the scale of hypocrisy! Such is the case of Representative Charles Rangel:

Rep. Charles Rangel: Republicans risk eternal damnation with welfare cuts
By Jessica Chasmar-The Washington Times Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Rep. Charles B. Rangel, appearing on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” on Monday night, suggested that Republicans who oppose federal welfare may face eternal damnation.
Host Ed Schultz said that according to his faith leader, there is no biblical scripture that backs up Republican votes against Social Security and food stamps.
“Anyone that’s familiar with the Bible, anything like that, Jesus said that you’re going straight to hell if you don’t treat the lesser of his brothers and sisters,” Mr. Rangel, New York Democrat, said.
Speaking of the downtrodden, Mr. Rangel continued: “He said he was hungry, you didn’t give him food stamps. He was thirsty, you didn’t purify the water. He was naked, you didn’t give him Social Security. And God knows he was sick and you gave him no comfort. Can you imagine if 60 million Catholics became missionaries just for the poor, the sick and the uninsured?”
He also argued that people of all religious backgrounds, namely Jews and Protestants, do not support welfare cuts.

1. “Physician, heal yourself” Luke 4:23

Veteran Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., today [December 2, 2010] became the first U.S. House member in 27 years to be censured after a long trial that resulted in him being convicted on 11 counts of ethics violations.

The censure, the highest punishment short of expulsion, is reserved for serious offenses and requires the member in question to stand before his or her colleagues while a censure resolution is read.

An amendment reducing the punishment to reprimand prior to the final vote failed overwhelmingly.

The censure has been used only 23 times in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives. The last time a member of Congress was censured was 1983, when then-Rep. Dan Crane, R-Ill., and Rep. Gerry Studds, D-Mass., faced the penalty for having sexual relationships with minors.  —–by Huma Khan via World News

2. “And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ And they marveled at Him” (Mark 12:17).

The passage Rangel alludes to is found in Matthew 25:31-46, and the duties discussed are for “the righteous” to do. Is Rangel suggesting that the Federal Government of the United States of America is “the righteous?” If he is, then is the entire welfare system of the Federal Government “righteous” when it: (1) takes from workers monies they could use to help those in need (Ephesians 4:28); (2) supports those who “will not work” (2 Thessalonians 3:10); (3) renders to Caesar things that “are God’s;” (4) is “a terror to good works” (Romans 13:9)? If he is not, then he is one of the “untaught and unstable” people who “twist” Scriptures “to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16).

3. “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29).

If Rangel knew “the Scriptures,” he surely would understand that he is condemned by God’s Prophet, Enoch, who preached before the Flood in Noah’s day: “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him’” (Jude 14-15). If Rangel knew “the power of God,” he would never blithely apply God’s “everlasting punishment” (Matthew 25:46) to political opponents!

Charles Rangel has demonstrated his ignorance of the Word of God, crassness toward the righteousness that comes from obeying Jesus Christ (1 John 3:7), and how oppressive his government programs are to those of us who want to do right. Would the Apostles, “Peter and John” speak to Rangel and say: “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20)? Unfortunately, Rangel’s lack of knowledge of the Word of God may well represent  most in the Government, and that’s where Government today is so foreign to the Government of our Founders!                      —–John T. Polk II

#bible-study, #caesar, #christian-living, #federal-government, #god, #hypocrisy, #jesus-christ, #religion, #righteous, #scriptures, #truth

Parents, Put Your Foot Down

Read a story yesterday about a mom who punished her 11-year-old daughter for “twerking” at a school dance in which the school itself did nothing about. And some people think the preacher has no reason to still talk about the spiritual dangers of dancing to young people???

I for one was glad to actually read about a mother in the news that was trying to actually instill some self-respect into her daughter. I don’t know anything about the woman’s spiritual condition, but what I do know is that she obviously has some kind parental radar that’s actually turned on!

Parents need to put their foot down every once in a while when it comes to their kids, and it doesn’t need to stop as long as they are living under your roof. That’s right, your child needs to know who’s paying the bills, who’s buying the food, and who’s in charge of everything from their media diet, to the clothes they wear and right down to body that wears them until the baby bird leaves the nest.

I’m not saying kids shouldn’t have any freedom of expression – what I’m saying is that when they fail to show necessary discretion then it’s time for the parent to reserve the right of censorship, guidance and discipline!

If a parent refuses to put their foot down when it’s needed then the result will be a child that walks all over the parent. And if any parent thinks they’re doing their child a favor by being their friend instead of their parent or by not being proactive and reactive to the bad decisions they make, then they’re doing their child a disservice on multiple levels.

And parents, please, please, please don’t fall into the lame trap and so-called excuse that says, “Well, I did it when I was a kid so I can’t say anything about it.”

Just because you made a mistake doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to learn from that mistake or that you’re not obligated to try to instill some wiser wisdom learned from those mistakes into others. I just used a double, yes, even a triple negative in the previous sentence, but that doesn’t mean I can’t tell my daughter that it’s improper English to do so! It’s on me if I fail to warn my daughter about the dangers and stupidity of my past mistakes – and it’s on me if I stand by and allow her to intentionally make the same decisions because of some supposed hypocrisy accusation from her or anyone else. A person who calls that hypocrisy has no idea about what the word actually means!

Parents put your foot down as you raise up your child!

Give your heart to teaching, and your ears to the words of knowledge. Do not keep back training from the child: for even if you give him blows with the rod, it will not be death to him. Give him blows with the rod, and keep his soul safe from the underworld. My son, if your heart becomes wise, I, even I, will be glad in heart; And my thoughts in me will be full of joy when your lips say right things. Have no envy of sinners in your heart, but keep in the fear of the Lord all through the day; For without doubt there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Give ear, my son, and be wise, guiding your heart in the right way. Do not be among those who give themselves to wine-drinking, or among those who make themselves full with meat: For those who take delight in drink and feasting will come to be in need; and through love of sleep a man will be poorly clothed. Give ear to your father whose child you are, and do not keep honour from your mother when she is old. Get for yourself that which is true, and do not let it go for money; get wisdom and teaching and good sense.” (Proverbs 23:12-23 – BBE)

#children, #choices, #dancing, #guidance, #hypocrisy, #learning-from-the-mistakes-of-others, #news, #parenting

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(#54) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:9-Who Has Bragging Rights?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 12:9: “Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, Than he who honors himself but lacks bread.”

A loyal “servant” knows his master, and serves, regardless of circumstance or outside opinion. Being “slighted” by others should not discourage a person from being honorable and respected at home. However, acting like things are better than they actually are is an exercise in hypocrisy and self-deceit! Being proud when there is nothing of which to be proud is despicable. Putting up a front of self-honor when the facts are he “lacks bread” makes life look like a stage setting, all image and no substance. Self-praise is NO praise! “Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit” (Proverbs 25:16). “It is not good to eat much honey; So to seek one’s own glory is not glory” (Proverbs 25:27). Too much of a sweet thing is sickening, and so is it to be around those who praise themselves! It is one thing to receive the accolades of one’s peers, but quite another to be acknowledged by those outside of our personal sphere. Another proverb teaches this: Proverbs 27:2: “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.” We expect our parents and grandparents to “praise us,” so the emphasis here is “a stranger,” someone who is outside our family. It is even more pathetic to be around someone who cannot get recognition without self-promotion! An untreatable medical condition is caused by the sprained elbow of people patting themselves on their own backs! How pitiful is it for the best opinion about someone to be from that person! Even Jesus Christ had others who bore witness of Him (John 5:31-47) to show that “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true.”

Jesus Christ said to His disciples concerning people in the world: “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). “The world would love its own” is Jesus’ way of saying the worldly-minded will always support each other by propping up everyone who thinks like they do, and verbally or physically attack all righteous people who will not conform to their standards! Christians should not expect former “friends” to be encouraging: “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles–when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead” (1 Peter 4:3-5).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #bragging-rights, #hypocrisy, #peers, #practical-lessons, #praise, #proverbs, #self-deceit, #self-praise, #wisdom

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(#49) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:27-29: A Solid Life Or Full Of Wind?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 11:27: “He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.”

This speaks of genuineness of heart. There is no hypocrisy in love. Jesus condemned the “scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:27-28). Giving only the appearance of genuine love and concern is the same as a lie. James teaches us that “the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17). Real love is never “taken back” (1 Corinthians 13:8). Love “finds favor,” that is, seeks out the best (1 Corinthians 13:6).

Proverbs 11:28: “He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage.”

Trusting in “riches” rather than in God is not only guaranteed to fail, but misses out on the real product of life: righteousness! “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life” (1 Timothy 6:17-19). There is a big difference between trusting in riches, and using riches with trust in God!

Proverbs 11:29: “He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, And the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.”

Anyone who causes a dark cloud throughout the house “will inherit the wind” (or will have nothing good to come from it). Later, in the Book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon will show the emptiness of “grasping for the wind” nine times (Ecclesiastes 1:14, 17; 2:11, 17, 26; 4:4, 6, 16; 6:9)! How empty and meaningless is the “house” (family) of anyone foul-tempered, stingy, or riddled with anxiety to stifle faith, hope, and love in all those around him!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #fool, #hypocrisy, #inherit-the-wind, #jesus-christ, #love, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #trusts-in-riches

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God and “The Pope” Agree!

          According to the “Living faith” section C of The Huntsville Times, Friday, June 14, 2013, the article on Religion & Church News carried an item titled, “NO, I did not want to be Pope.” It was an interview from McClatchy-Tribune that quoted the 3-month-in-office “Pope” of the Roman Catholic Church, Francis, as saying: “’No, I didn’t want to be pope. A person who wants to be pope does not love himself,’ the pontiff added, in a trademark show of humility.’”  Based upon his comments, God would agree that:

1. Since “Pope” is a Latin term for “father,” and since Jesus Christ forbade anyone using the term “father” as a term for a spiritual leader (Matthew 23:9), then God would agree that Francis should not be “pope!”

2. Francis “didn’t want to be pope,” a position which is supposed to be the head of the Roman Catholic Church. But the Apostle Paul claimed that “the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:9-11). Since God’s “mighty power” raised Jesus from the dead and “put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:22-23), then God placed Jesus Christ over His church, not a “pope!” Thus, God would agree that He didn’t want Francis to be “pope” over the church!”

3. Francis said, “A person who wants to be pope does not love himself.” God’s Word has said that, after “the falling away,” “and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4), but whose followers would be “among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:10), then Francis must not “love himself” for taking the position of apostasy that God condemns! God would agree that any man who takes such a position “does not love himself” or the truth, either!

4. Contrary to the article cited above, there is no “trademark show of humility” in anyone who opposes God, sits in God’s temple, or claims to forgive sins which only God can do (Matthew 9:1-8)! Jesus Christ condemned public displays of the Pharisees, which are remarkably like that of a “pope:” “all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues” (Matthew 23:5-6). No “pope” has ever manifested a “trademark show of humility,” while claiming to be equal with God! The real head of the church of Christ, “humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). No “pope” has ever humbled himself to die on a cross for the church of Christ! God would agree that there is no “trademark show of humility” in this, or any other “pope.”

It’s too bad the “pope” refuses to tell his followers what Jesus said would give salvation in Mark 16:16: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” Will this “pope” agree with God?

#church-of-christ, #father, #god, #humble, #hypocrisy, #jesus-christ, #pharisees, #pope, #roman-catholic-church, #salvation, #show-of-humility, #teaching

Only the Outside???

This morning I’m going to wash my daughter’s sippi-cups (or however you spell those things). But it may be that I’m going to be as good a dishwasher as I am a speller!

dirty dishes

(Photo credit: .imelda)

Why’s that? Because I’m only going to wash the outside her cups. After all, it’s the outside that has all of the pictures that she likes to look at. And no one else can see the inside so they’ll think I did a good job. And it’s only the outside that I have to touch so why would I bother with the inside??? Maybe because the inside is what she’s actually going to be drinking from!!!

What if we treated our lives the way I talked about treating my daughter’s dirty dishes? What if we only spent time cleaning up ourselves on the outside spiritually speaking? What if we made sure that we appeared to be spotless to the eyes of others but the inside of our heart acted, reacted and thought in a completely opposite way? If we did that then we’d hear:

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.” (Matthew 23:25-26)

If it makes no sense to only wash the outside of dirty dishes then why would it make any sense to only have a desire to appear righteous? After all, isn’t it the inside that holds what’s important?

Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:19-22)

#cleansing, #god, #heart, #hypocrisy, #outward-righteousness, #pharisee, #spiritual-analogies

The Hypocrisy of Our Legal System and Abortion

There is a local story here in Tennessee that has been playing out for quite some time now. It involves a mother a woman who kept her pregnancy with twins a secret only to have the situation become very public after she suffocated each of them the moment they were born.

There has been plenty of head scratching/heart breaking moments that has followed since the details have come out in the trial. But to me, one of the most shocking things is the hypocritical nature of legal system concerning the thing…the crime that this woman has committed. She virtually did nothing any different from what already happens every day in our country with the support of our legal system! She performed a late-term, at-home abortion! She now faces multiple charges, including first degree murder, and rightly so, but how is it that multiple thousands of people can make the same decision but there are no legal consequences at all because they allow a “medical professional” to commit to the murder???

A few things that this case has shown once again are that a pregnant woman carries life within her womb and that abortion is sad and it is murder.

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#abortion, #hypocrisy, #legal-system, #news, #roe-v-wade

Hypocrisy on Stage

Let me say ahead of time that my comments here (along with their inserted comments) reflect the hypocritical use of religion by liberal (I don’t approve of conservatives doing it either in case you’re wondering) elected leaders in the American government much more than it reflects my stance on the issue at hand.

Diane Feinstein (Senator of California) had a press conference today (1/24/2013) concerning her proposal to introduce legislation to ban “assault” weapons. That seems like typical duck-tape politics to me, but the LOL (and that’s the first time I believe I’ve ever used that) moment came when remarks were made by a guest introduced by the senator before the proposal got underway.

The guest was “the Very Reverend Gary Hall” (forget reverend, could someone tell me how a man can be biblically called very reverend??? I wonder if that makes the regular reverend people feel a little smaller???) who represents the National Cathedral (not a church that belongs to God, but a bastion of moral and religious relativism) in D.C.. I’d like to say a thing or two about Gary’s comments and the prayer that followed.

Gary said,

As people of faith we have the moral obligation to stand with and for the victims of gun violence and to work to end it.

Statements like this make me wonder in a way that causes exasperation. No amoral law can solve a moral issue!!! It is already illegal to murder someone is it not? Regardless of the weapon being used, murder is a moral issue that this government is approaching in an amoral way. People need to be taught about the spiritual consequences violating God’s law along side the consequences of violating the law of the land.

Gary also said,

We’ve tolerated school shootings and mall shootings and theatre shootings and sniper shootings and workplace shootings and temple and church shootings and urban neighborhood shootings for far too long, enough is enough…I don’t want to take away someone’s hunting rifle, but I can no longer justify a society that allows people other than military and police to own weapons like these, or that permits the sell of high-capacity magazines….

If the issue is about the taking/protection of innocent life, then why aren’t all innocent lives given the same intolerant attention and care by Mrs. Feinstein? If life is sacred (and it is) then who sanctified it? How can you look for moral support for an issue like “gun-control” while ignoring real moral obligations to protect innocent lives who live within the womb of their mother? I’ll tell you how…you find someone dressed up in a hypocrite’s costume with a collar and you let them give a speech. Are the 50+ million innocent lives (approximately 3,700+ per day) that have been violently ended not enough? How can one not justify a society that “fails” to restrict the ownership of amoral objects like guns in the way a particular person wants (gun ownership is restricted to law-abiding people mind you) while finding the ability to justify a society that rips apart children piece by piece, or flushes them down the toilet!? Yes, enough is enough, and the pro-abortion senator who called the press conference should be told such.

Gary then prayed,

Oh God, you made human beings in your image, and you’ve given us hearts with which to feel the pain of others and minds to create solutions for human suffering…we ask all this in God’s holy name….

Where did the separation of church and state go today? A prayer to God (which I am in support of) sounds like religion to me…maybe it’s because he represents a “cathedral” instead of the church? I don’t know (or do I?). How is that prayers at graduations violate the “separation” rule but this didn’t? How is that prayers around the flagpole violate the “separation” rule but this didn’t? How? Seems to me that the “state” only approves of the “church” when the “church” approves of the “state’s” position. Be a contrarian (you could be called much worse) with that and you might be accused of being a “constitution thumper” (oh wait, that whole “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” is that little Declaration thing isn’t it?). What solutions are being offered anyways? Are people going to be taught to value life because we’re made in the image of our Creator??? Ah, that would violate that whole “separate” thing wouldn’t it? I guess they’re going to have to convince people who don’t mind violating the law by murdering others that it will be really bad if they do so with weapons deemed unacceptable.

There was much hypocrisy shown on that stage today. It was a show about a political stance, not a stance on a moral issue – murder is already wrong and illegal…unless it’s the murder of victims who cannot speak! Religion for hire is not a religion that brings one higher. Religion for hire reveals a religion desperate to stay in the lamelight. Dress it up in whatever way you want, hypocrisy only washes the outside of the cup while ignoring the nastiness on the inside.

And by the way, Gary, whose name was that prayer asked in again? We have to be careful with that one, don’t we?

May the longsuffering and patience of the Almighty God continue to be with our nation as it has been with us (1 Timothy 2:1-6).

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Tolerance today means Hypocrisy

 

I am so very tired of seeing such hate leveled at me and my fellow Christians who are some of the best, most loving people on the planet. Yet, we are painted as monsters.

It is so sad that people who talk the most about tolerance are some of the most intolerant people around. Moreover, these same folks are huge proponents of free speech but they will do whatever they can to get Christians to be quiet.

How can anyone see and hear these people without seeing the work of Satan? They are being used in such a transparent way that it is pathetic.

“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44, NKJV).

 

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