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Inconvenient Truth, Indeed http://www.foxnews .com/scitech/2009/ 12/15/inconvenient -truth-gore-claims -dont-add/ Just tell a big enough lie...  (Dec 15, 2009 | post #7054)

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Thousands Protest Roe V. Wade Decision

Hypocritcal: Los Angeles Man Arrested in Death of His Unborn Child http://www.foxnews .com/story/0,2933, 569572,00.html?tes t=latestnews She kills the child, they would say the "fetus" is "part of her body". He kills the child, they label the unborn as a "child". And when the media wants to prosecute, they sure throw around the "child" label. Either way, an unborn is killed. Nobody "chooses " to "cease the pregnancy"; we just like to feel better by using a euphemism. Just call abortion "people killing children", perfectly consistent with this article and the resulting prosecution. It CANNOT be a fetus, or unborn, in one instance and a child in another, or murder in one case and not the other. JUST PICK ONE! Be moral or immoral, but pick one and be consistent, godless or otherwise. Given it's Fox News, people won't believe it anyway.  (Oct 26, 2009 | post #26411)

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Allentown's Lutheran bishop -- ordaining gays, blessing s...

Not sure who you think I am. I'm no Pentecostal, that's for sure, so forget the language and tongues garbage. Still, you said something about "love", really, what DID Jesus mean by that, since you are now all about what Jesus MEANT (not said)? Yet, do you think Paul knew when He got saved? What about the Ethiopian eunuch? What about the Jewish pilgrms in Jerusalem at Pentecost, think they remember getting saved? Exact date and time? Not written down. Such record-keeping not necessary for salvation, for sure. Do I remember exactly the occurence when I got saved, absolutely! How could I forget, save Alzheimers. So when the Lutherans teach that Jesus went to Hell, that's OK with you? When they teach that the Holy Spirit is magically in baptismal water, you are good with that? When they teach that some preacher can forgive my sins on God's behalf, that flies with you? OK, just making sure. So much for Sola Scriptura, huh?  (Sep 3, 2009 | post #56)

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Allentown's Lutheran bishop -- ordaining gays, blessing s...

And your meaning of "love" from long ago? So, when Paul fraudulently teaches (here are just a few of his heresies) to accept Christ as Savior, that Husbands should love their wives as Christ loved the church, that Christ is God, that grace comes by faith? Yeah, I could see Jesus taking exception with those, for sure.  (Sep 3, 2009 | post #55)

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Allentown's Lutheran bishop -- ordaining gays, blessing s...

Very poor hermeneutics, if you or anyone were to adhere to all that. Context is everything in literature. According to your exegesis, then Peter actually was a rock. Literal meaning is what is meant by those who take the Bible literally. Poetry is not prose, prophetic writing is not narrative, and so on. Be honest, do you really think the Bible teaches all those things you mention as doctrines to be followed by a New Testament church, a church who embraces the entire council of God? Really, is that what you are being told to believe? Is someone trying to get you to follow such beliefs? IF someone is, please ignore him/her, as they don't know the Bible. Take your last one, women shall be silent in church. Look it up, go to 1 Corinthians 14:33-35. Tell me a bit about that passage and what it really means. Come on, I bet you know. What is the context? Who wrote it, and to whom was it written? What else is going on here in Corinth? What is Paul's letter all about to begin with? What was the culture of that early church? Amazing, on one hand, as Christians were really one of the first societies in that area to allow women some equal treatment, they could be Christians all on their own. Why should they be silent in church? But here they are told to be, why? What could be the point by writing that? You're missing the huge issue in that chapter if that is what you focus on. Do you care about any of this? If not, then don't throw it around recklessly, since you likely disregard the Bible anyway. Great, excellent applications for the believer for each of your pet topics above, so let me know if you do want to engage in theology and its application.  (Sep 3, 2009 | post #52)

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Thousands Protest Roe V. Wade Decision

1 Corinthians 3:19 Really, really smart people don't need God.  (Sep 3, 2009 | post #24963)

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Allentown's Lutheran bishop -- ordaining gays, blessing s...

Back on topic, enough of my history. Unless you want to allegorize it away, the Bible teaches homosexuality to be sin. You really have to twist it and ingore the obvious to say otherwise. So are lots of other things, and I still sin, won't be done sinning until Glory, yet I try hard not to make sinning my daily routine or lifestyle. That struggle is indeed the Christian life. Obviously it's not a life that everyone wants or desires. And for a denomination that claims adherence to the Bible, it is blatant and abject behavior in defiance of Scripture to do what the ELCA did. Summary, if you don't believe or adhere to the Bible, then we agree to disagree, as nothing I say will make a difference anyway. Be well.  (Sep 3, 2009 | post #50)

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Allentown's Lutheran bishop -- ordaining gays, blessing s...

Lutheran, and I'll leave the specific synod out of the conversation. Luther's catechism was THE primary source of teaching. Sure, some Bible is in there, but they developed their theology first and then found a way to make the Bible fit what they believed. It's backwards. Thus, they ended up with "religion " vs Christianity.  (Sep 3, 2009 | post #49)

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Allentown's Lutheran bishop -- ordaining gays, blessing s...

This is not even close to what Jesus explained to Nicodemus. No gross misunderstanding at all. Nicodemus specifically asked how he could go back into his mother's womb after Jesus told him he had to be born again, and Jesus further explained he had to be born of water (human birth, water here is the water involved in birth, think amniotic) and of the Spirit (a new "birth" involving a spiritual relationship with God). Couple that with Romans 10, where we are told to "confess " the Lord Jesus, and the literal language for "confess " is "to say about oneself what God has already said about you", chiefly, that you (and me) are a sinner and that you recognize the need for salvation from God's wrath. This is born again theology, despite whatever else you've heard or had someone with no sound hermeneutic or understanding of such tell you. And I don;t care what version of the Bible you use or what label in on the church. Being Christian is a personal choice, regardless of the family you are physically born into. And really, don't worry, the Christians are horribly losing the battle, only 19% of people calling themselves born again hold to a biblical worldview. We'll be gone soon enough, so just ignore the few of us that are left. You'll sleep better in this life, I suppose.  (Sep 3, 2009 | post #47)

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Allentown's Lutheran bishop -- ordaining gays, blessing s...

I asked you to define "love" as you used it. And you did not. And no, you are wrong, the Protestant church I grew up in did NOT teach the Bible. Not even close. So not all "Christian " churches teach it or preach from it. Most base their teaching on what some person deem to be important to "religion ". How would you define a "Christian "? So now I've asked you two questions, and honestly, I do appreciate the dialogue with out the labels, I try to be very sincere and not personally offensive, and I've never even thought about handling a snake. :)  (Sep 3, 2009 | post #46)

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Allentown's Lutheran bishop -- ordaining gays, blessing s...

Expository preaching, which certainly includes extensive teaching based on sound hermeneutics, is one of the biggest hallmarks of a healthy church. No church or preacher should ever tell you what the Bible says, with out inviting yoto read it and study it yourself. Most denominations have long since left being anything close to Biblicist.  (Sep 3, 2009 | post #45)

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Allentown's Lutheran bishop -- ordaining gays, blessing s...

To clarify, there are believers out there that promote their hate. This is not the norm in sound Bible-preaching churches. Just the wackos seem to get the press coverage.  (Sep 2, 2009 | post #38)

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Allentown's Lutheran bishop -- ordaining gays, blessing s...

Please define "love". I'm assuming you ARE talking about the word agape which is used in the context you discuss. And what, then, do you do with the the entire pericope of Matthew 7 (not just verse 1!), where we are told how to judge properly? And we are told to judge, make no doubt about that. Are we to be rude and inconsiderate and mean-spirited? Of course not. And so you have true Christians, born-again believers, who do not help the cause, as they use hate as opposed to righteous anger.  (Sep 2, 2009 | post #37)

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Allentown's Lutheran bishop -- ordaining gays, blessing s...

If you truly seek sound doctrine and Bible-based teaching, focused on glorifying God and clear Christ-centered teaching, I'd love to touch base. You can e-mail me at blastusinacts@yaho o.com. I promise, no harrassment, no preaching, no cult-like behaviors. I am seriously looking for peopel fed up with watered-down Christianity. I know well of what I speak, having been raised a "religious " Protestant, and I was never taught the truth.  (Aug 26, 2009 | post #2)

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Mrs. Bush: History will vindicate her husband

http://www.crosswa lk.com/news/commen tary/11607599/  (Aug 26, 2009 | post #50065)

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