Donald Trump is accused of being unstable and thin skinned. As if Hillary was any better emotionally? Say something she or one of the gaulieters in her biddy brigade didn't like and you are accused of being a predator on the level of Harvey Weinstein. Furthermore, how many that have crossed Trump have met with “mysterious ends” in comparison to the Clintons? And how is Trump's skin any thinner than Obama's? Tick Obama off and you'd feel like an Israelite in the desert having an “I am the Lord thy God” judgment handed down against you in terms of how loud Obama would get. Would remind one of Loud Howard on the Dilbert cartoon.
It was said in a revival sermon that the multiple hurricanes to hit the southern United States this past season were surely judgment from God. So if the pattern returns to normal and there are no major storms for the next several years, ought we to therefore conclude that sufficient contrition and repentance has been offered to mollify the Almighty?
So if we aren't supposed to believe J. Edgar Hoover regarding the dirt he had on Martin Luther King, why should we automatically believe what the FBI Director is now revealed to have said regarding the Kennedy Assassination?
In a sermon on II Chronicles 7:14, it was said that the Christians of a nation are at fault for the evil and decay in their respective lands. So when the House Church in Red China is persecuted, if we follow this revivalist's logic, are we to assume that the oppression is their own fault?
In a sermon, it was said that things were different in the nation's schools just a few short decades ago. To an extent, this is correct. But in terms of the doctrine taught, weren't the seeds of upheaval actually being planted then?
A pastor in a homiletical illustration claimed that a relative's home repair project failed because it was undertaken on the Lord's Day. Given that the Sabbath and the Lord's Day are two different occasions, where does it say in Scripture someone cannot make home repairs on Sunday? Especially if church is over by noon?
Devoted Papalists are seething with anti-Luther animus over the celebration of the Protestant Reformation. It seems that the mutual respect called for by the likes of Bill Donohue of the Catholic League is apparently only a one way street. For some, it has become something of a hobby to point out the ethical and theological shortcomings of this particular religious figure under consideration. As if Lorenzo de Medici was elevated to the Papacy solely on the merits of his devotional piety and theological acumen. Perhaps a more level headed Reformer might have stepped forward if institutional Catholicism had not been so insistent about upholding doctrinal and organizational conformity at the edge of a sword.
How is condemning from the pulpit those not doing more than they are comfortable with different than the Osteenism that fundamentalist expositors often rail against? So would this same sort of minister be as supportive if what a person felt the Holy Spirit was nudging them towards was another sort of church altogether?
If God is omnipresent, who is to say that those that remained in the pews during revivalistic theatrics were not as much communing with God as those kneeling at the “altar steps”?
Where does it say in the Bible that it is a manifestation of the sin nature not to do something that the pastor wants that is merely a matter of opinion or procedure rather than something clearly delineated in the pages of revelation? There's definitely saying you are obligated to give up a free weekday morning for prayer meeting.
It was said in a sermon that it is hurtful for members to run from small churches into megachurches because the pastor of the small church simply wants to preach the word of God. Maybe so. But where is the mere pewfiller supposed to find the sorts of opportunities that they want to experience just as much as the small church pastor? So are we supposed to put our lives on hold just so such a pastor can be fulfilled in terms of career and ministry? And when the rare opportunity becomes available in these small churches, will the person that has been forced to sit there never be allowed to do anything that they might have a desire to such as teach Sunday school be allowed to because they have never been granted an opportunity or are these opening going to be bestowed upon someone that gained the experience in one of these megachurches? And in regards to some of these small churches, if the parishioner dutifully remains, is that person going to be made to feel less than fully human or Christian if that person never marries as often occurs in hardline congregations because there are no other singles in that church?
If someone has the tune “Tomorrow” from Annie playing in their head as an earwig, is that really something that needs to be confessed during testimony time like it is some sort of grave shortcoming?
Given that Allison Mack has been accused of being what amounts to a priestess in an abusive sex cult, shouldn't the reference to her Smallville character Chloe been removed from this week's episode of Supergirl if precedent regarding other thespians accused of similar offenses is to be adhered to?
Apparently any attention directed towards a woman is now harassment. The sorts of women now raising a fuss are the very same ones that then turn around and pitch a fit when men of discernment come to the conclusion that these gals aren't worth it and turn to lives of seclusion and solitude to wait out the Apocalypse or at least the collapse of civilization.
Didn’t the same liberal culture elites lamenting the antics of Harvey Weinstein and now making unprovable allegations against Roy Moore at one time foist upon the culture propaganda insinuating that, if you are still a virgin at 40, you are somehow even more defective than Forrest Gump because even that cinematic retard sired a bastard by the town whore?
Do Evangelicals such as Russell Moore eager to condemn Roy Moore for his unconventional courtship practices also plan to condemn their theological colleagues insisting that young believers should be married by the time that they are 23 years of age or that a girl is on the verge of being an old maid if she's not married by the time she's had her first “monthly”? Wasn't Roy Moore simply living out the sort of worldview advocated by Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” who suggested girls out to be married by the time they are 16 years old?
If one of the targets of Moore's pitched woo is quoted as saying that she in part felt flattered, that means at one point she liked the attention. In regards to the allegedly forced kiss, if the outcome is that men no longer kiss short of a notarized affidavit, these sorts of wenches going to refrain from criticizing such men as passive or unassertive?
According to the Guardian, a Christmas card depicting a redbreasted robin has been censored from Facebook for being allegedly “adult themed”. Will Kentucky Fried Chicken be similarly banned from from the social media platform because of the perennial quandary it forces consumers to make in favor of breasts or thighs?
The desiccated marms tossing a fit over Roy Moore attempting to date young women still over the age of consent are likely the same skanks that just a few short months ago that went ballistic over Vice President Mike Pence refusing to dine alone with a woman other than his wife or being in a room without his wife where alcohol is served.
Mitch McConnell suggests that Roy Moore should step down as a Senate candidate largely on the basis of unproven allegations over conduct on the part of the seemingly devout jurist some might find objectionable but that likely was not illegal. So should McConnell himself be required to step down largely on the basis of a rumor on the part of a disgruntled female? After all, having been divorced once and married twice, there has got to be at least one woman out there claiming he did something overwhelmingly unacceptable which can consist of nothing more than a raised voice or a single misemphasized word in a sentence these days. That's usually enough to get the feminist goon squad worked up into a frenzy just about calling for a public castration.
I fail to see an inability to remember the reference coordinates of a particular passage of Scripture indicates an insufficient level of gratitude for it. While the numbering system is a useful tool in locating specific texts, these are man made division and not divine in origin.
Perhaps people living in the twenty-first century shouldn't stand in judgment of the past. But that said, neither should those in the distant past figuratively stand in judgment of those now living in regards to issues not clearly spelled out in Scripture. Just because something was done a certain way “back then” does not necessarily make it correct by default.
In a sermon, it was insisted that one must thank God for misery and suffering. Apparently it is not enough as Scripture counsels to be thankful in all things. If such is as the homilist insisted, wouldn't it be wrong to pray for suffering to end? After all, one does not pray for things considered blessings to end or be taken away. For example, one never prays, “Lord, we thank you for this food, but please prevent it from nourishing our bodies.” I am thankful that my dad and brother are here with me to go through this and that my mom is no longer suffering and is in Heaven. But no, I am not thankful that she died. If we are to express gratitude for all things, why do clergy never express gratitude for collection plates being lighter or for their being fewer rears in the pews for Sunday School or the Sunday evening gig?
Almost as disturbing as PBS propagandist Charlie Rose cavorting naked before fellow employees is that apparently is so gripped by a secret society mentality apparently bordering in Bohemian Grove levels that no one jumped at the chance to break the sort of story that they should have been chomping at the bit to publish even if initially anonymously in a tabloid or gossip website.
A pastor is taking guff for suggesting that Roy Moore dated younger woman for their moral purity. Frankly, nowadays a man is probably better off assuming that the young are just every bit the skanks (and possibly even more so) that the older ones are. However, if Roy Moore did not begin dating until older in life, why is he obligated to settle for sloppy seconds? Jesus might forgive, but for whatever reason in this life He doesn't remove STD's.
An episode of Generations Radio is titled “Did Moore Commit Sexual Sin?” Did this program broadcast an episode explicitly asking such addressing why its former cohost Dave Buehner suddenly vanished for allegedly similar reasons?
The Canadian Prime Minister has apologized to the so-called indigenous population there for in the past snatching such children for the purposes of indoctrination. Wonder if he will extend a similar sentiment to parents (particularly Christians) there refusing to go along brainswashing their children with the contemporary prevailing orthodoxies in regards to multiculturalism, the acceptance of alternative lifestyles, and even vaccinations.
A story published in the 11/24/17 edition of Newsweek makes note of the “Far Right's Pedophile Obsession”. The article is subtitled “Why are pro-Trump provacetuers are using allegations of pedophilia to smear the left”. But aren't the ones on the left making a fuss that Roy Moore's antics permissible under Alabama law ought to result in the sorts of raised eyebrows getting the attention of law enforcement and the placement of the accused offender on some sort of registry?
The owners of a Maryland farm rented for a conference shut down the proceedings mid event upon learning that racialist Richard Spenser was the organizer. As such, shouldn't this venue be subjected to the same penalties that befall Christian bakers refusing to prepare cakes for gay weddings?
Some of Matt Lauer's ribald shenanigans were alleged to have taken place at the Winter Olympics. Perhaps the next sexcapade that needs to be detailed is how the Olympic village is usually as debauched as the Playboy Mansion.
Interesting how no one has actually refuted the accuracy of the controversial videos retweeted by President Trump of Islamist violence but rather have fired back with “Kneel before Zod!” pronouncements about inclusion and divisiveness.
Frederick Meekins is an independent theologian and social critic. Frederick holds a BS in Political Science/History, a MA in Apologetics/Christian Philosophy from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a PhD. in Christian Apologetics from Newburgh Theological Seminary.