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Alex

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  • [1] February 4, 2016 at 6:45am

    The non-endorsement of Ted Cruz by Jimmy Carter is probably the best endorsement Cruz could get. Consider yourself in good company not being liked by Jimmy Carter, Ted. Another way to look at this is that a democrat will never tell you who they think would be the best president (because it will always be a democrat), but instead whom they want their candidate to face in the general.

  • [7] January 26, 2016 at 6:29pm

    My wife and I both saved ourselves for each other. We are the only ones each of us have ever been with, and this year we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary. Waiting for marriage gives you a clear conscience and no regrets. It also is a blessing and gift to your children.

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  • [1] January 26, 2016 at 2:42pm

    On 12 May 2012, Mitt Romney spoke at Liberty University to quell “deep” Evangelical concerns about his values. Imagine that. He had to reassure them that their values on life, religious liberty, etc. were also his. Even though he got the Evangelical vote by in large, there were plenty who had reservations–many so called experts on values and conservatism. I even know of Evangelical pastors who encouraged their members not to vote for him because of the M word. You were so worried about cults.

    Fast forward four years. Today, too many Christians all too easily jump on the Trump bandwagon. There seem to be no concerns about Trump supporting partial birth abortion, an assault weapons ban, eminent domain laws, single payer healthcare, tax increases, Hillary Clinton for President, and impeaching George W. Bush. Romney had to bow before these hypocrites 4 and 8 years ago, to prove time and time again that his conversion on legalized abortion was real (It was.). Trump, on the contrary, has to prove nothing to many evangelicals. Many of these “discerning” Christians who were once the “guardians of Bible truth and morality” in 2012 are now throwing their credibility overboard.

    While many of you Evangelicals are rock solid on values, I’m frustrated that too many self-proclaimed authorities on cults are all too eager to join a cult of personality that is Donald Trump.

  • [10] January 20, 2016 at 10:00am

    Gen.Jack.Ripper:

    You’re preaching to the choir, my friend. There are a lot of betrayed conservatives in this country who vote every election, including me. Even so, we have a candidate in Ted Cruz, who has proven he is comfortable in his conservative skin. He is not ashamed of this country’s founding, and he has proven he will buck the system. He is reliable, and although no candidate can possibly give us everything we want, he has shown that he can be counted on to sustain, uphold, and defend the Constitution.

    While I respect Trump’s boldness, and would vote for him in the general if he were the nominee, I have reservations about him being our nominee. We have better choices than Trump.

  • [24] January 20, 2016 at 6:47am

    If I’m not mistaken, was it not Palin who was criticizing Romney for not being conservative enough? Now lo and behold, here she is endorsing someone to the left of him. To those of you who criticized Romney for not being conservative enough but are now on the Trump bandwagon: do you realize how utterly PHONY you and Palin look?

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  • January 8, 2016 at 10:00pm

    jendeux-cher,

    You didn’t even address my argument. I suppose I hit a nerve with that one, since you immediately got personal. I suppose it is par for the course.

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  • [-1] January 8, 2016 at 12:38pm

    I know a lot of Evangelicals want to say Muslims worship a different God. While I agree that the fruits of Christianity and Islam are different, it is hard to say that a difference in belief about God constitutes a belief in a different deity, especially since Christianity as it exists in the world today is neither monolithic nor uniform in beliefs. There are over 40000 denominations claiming to be Christian that disagree with each other to various degrees. If worshipping the same God means that you agree on who God is, then you have, in theory, at least 40000 different Christian Gods alone. Unless we concede that there is only one Creator of all mankind, then we must confess to believing in the existence of a pantheon of Gods.

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  • [6] December 9, 2015 at 11:13am

    Another lie is that intentionally foregoing marriage past your prime child-rearing years in your twenties makes you wiser when you do marry. More often than not, what it really does is gets you set in your ways, and him set in his. You become less compatible with anyone, and less amenable to work and sacrifice for the other, and build a life together by the sweat of your brows. There is a time and a season for everything, and the twenties, in general, is the time to begin a family. If a person isn’t mature enough, or skilled enough to support a family at this time, then he should grow up, and quit being a perpetual teenager. Our society will keep you a perpetual teenager, if we as parents to counteract it with our teaching and example in the home. We ought to take it upon ourselves the responsibility for our own children to prepare them to be responsible adults before they leave.

  • November 14, 2015 at 12:12pm

    I’ll tell you what I’m doing. I will help my children get a college education ONLY if it is a step to professionalize themselves in a field that doesn’t involve the social sciences, where they’ll probably end up dumber than when they came in. My children know this and they are at the top of their class. They need to be able to come out of their bachelor’s degree with something they can DO, and support a family with. If their major will not allow them that, then I will steer them into a trade like perhaps an electrician, where they are in high demand, and can fetch decent money. I will not subsidize the giving of my own self the middle finger, by supporting an “education” that makes them a pawn of the state: demanding and worthless.

  • [6] November 10, 2015 at 6:13pm

    I’ve gotten to the point that I feel absolutely no obligation, moral or otherwise, to give a flying crap about whether my views on any subject matter are considered racist or not racist. I blaspheme racial politics altogether. Some of the souls I’ve seen that fancy themselves as the most racially sensitive are some of the most miserable people I have ever known. Being racially sensitive means NOTHING. All that I care about is my relationship with God, and how that translates into how I treat my fellow man. That’s it. No more.

  • [1] November 7, 2015 at 11:00am

    ocrt,

    That’s not what I said, nor what I implied. We are NOT forcing them to have to make those decisions as minors, which is why we have this policy. Look, as a general policy, we ALREADY require parental permission for minors to be baptized, regardless of whether their parents are gay or straight. By preventing them from being baptized in this case, we are taking that decision out of their hands while an impressionable youth, so they won’t have to deal with that kind of dissonance they will face. The parents will have to answer for the sins of their children based on their poor example, and not the children.

  • [3] November 7, 2015 at 8:33am

    The Bible is a library of sacred scripture that gives some indication and direction on governing the Lord’s church, but it was not compiled as an administrative document. We in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in continuing revelation. Through experience and direction from the Lord, we in the church have a handbook of instructions for the administration of the church in all parts of the world. As apostles like Peter, James, John, and Paul governed the church in ancient times, so prophets and apostles govern the church under the direction of the Lord in our day and time. We consider their pronouncements to be authoritative and adapted to the situations that the saints in modern times find themselves in.

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  • [4] November 7, 2015 at 7:20am

    Elder D. Todd Christopherson of the Quorum of the Twelve had this to say,

    “We recognize that same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States and some other countries,” he said, “and that people have the right if they choose to enter into those, and we understand that, but that’s not a right that exists in the church. That’s the clarification.”

    He said the new policy restricting children of same-sex couples from baptism until they are 18 originated from “a desire to protect children in their innocence and in their minority years.”

    “We don’t want the child to have to deal with issues that might arise where the parents feel one way and the expectations of the church are very different,” he said.

    (Deseret News)

  • [2] November 6, 2015 at 10:29pm

    The sin is NOT transferred to the children. Not being able to be baptized is not the same thing as rejecting baptism, or being excommunicated from the church. We believe that ALL will have the opportunity to receive ALL the blessings of the Gospel, whether in this life or the next, including them. If a person is not able to receive Christ, he does not become responsible for his acts in relation to his commitment to Christ, until he is capable of accepting or rejecting the covenant. Minor children of same-sex marriages who are not able to join the church will not be condemned until or unless they are able to make that decision for themselves.

    Therefore, it is not a condemnation. They are under grace. It is merciful to withheld until they have a better opportunity. Living in a home of sin like they do does not provide an environment conducive for them to live the Gospel in a family setting. That will change someday, and when it does, we will be happy to see them baptized, if they choose to. To put it in perspective, most people in this world have not been able to receive Christ in their lifetimes through no fault of their own. Similarly, we believe that the mercy and grace of Christ extend beyond the grave to a time in the next world, when circumstances allow them all the blessings and gifts of God.

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  • [-2] November 3, 2015 at 5:59pm

    The day of decision is always now, and always will be. You cannot remain neutral and uninvested in the battle for your soul and be safe, because eventually the choice will be made for you. If you choose to delay and procrastinate the day of your returning to God, you will discover you have cheated yourself. Turning to God will ALWAYS be easier now than later.

    Prayerfully read the Bible or the Book of Mormon today, and go before God, asking Him where you stand. You will find the guidance and peace that will help you to change your course.

  • October 28, 2015 at 2:37pm

    While I believe all alleged criminal and/or fraudulent activity should be prosecuted without regard to religion, I am quite uncomfortable shutting down any religion on the basis that its members have committed crimes. It is one thing to prosecute crimes against evenly administered laws, and it is quite another thing to police and ban speech, conscience, and thought. I don’t care how wrong, silly, or misguided their beliefs may appear to most people. The religious freedom guarantees that would protect YOUR free exercise of conscience, assembly, and religion, also protects theirs as well. You can’t tamper with their rights without tampering with your own.

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  • [7] October 22, 2015 at 1:48am

    While I have not had an NDE personally, I have met a few that have. They have no rational reason to lie about their experience. I suppose it is easier for me to believe their testimony, since I have already had spiritual experiences that I cannot in good conscience dismiss as merely a product of my own mind. Often I read arguments on the Blaze about whether God exists. People go back and forth, everybody wanting to “prove” their opinion one way or the other. To me, it is all a meaningless academic exercise.

    I stand firm in my experience and conviction that there is reality beyond what science can explain. I would urge you not to take my or anybody else’s word for it, but rather to seek God with all your heart and soul. I know that He answers prayers in a way that is unmistakable. I also have learned by actual spiritual experiences that Jesus Christ lives, and that He forgives sins. This might sound crazy to you, unless you have experienced it. When His love penetrates your soul, you have an actual knowledge of something that you cannot prove, but it is just as real.

  • [1] September 9, 2015 at 7:39pm

    While I respect and recognize the defense of traditional marriage, and the condemnation of homosexuality on biblical grounds being put forth by Evangelicals, I find that the foundation of Evangelical doctrine on the issue is less robust than that of the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Mormon traditions. In these latter three, marriage between a man and a woman is not only recognized scripturally, but is also a sacrament of the church. The doctrine of marriage in the Mormon tradition even goes a step further, where the most exalted state of man and woman in the afterlife is to be eternally united to each other and to God. In short, marriage between man and woman is hard-wired into our doctrine and practice. It is non-negotiable.

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  • September 9, 2015 at 4:59pm

    titaniumnape,

    I’m well aware of the power that the Catholic Church has wielded at times in history. Heaven forbid the Catholic Church (or any other group, religious or non-religious) ever has that kind power of the sword. I’m not even a Catholic, though. I’m a Mormon. Catholics and Mormons don’t agree on everything, but we do have a common understanding of the concept of authority residing in the church, rather than in the scriptures alone, as authoritative as those scriptures are. Of course, to both you Evangelicals and Catholics, I am a heretic, so touché.

  • [-5] September 9, 2015 at 3:44pm

    History has shown us that Sola Scriptura virtually guarantees the disintegration or fragmentation of groups who espouse it, and yet even after the countless times this cycle has played out since Luther, those whose doctrine was born of the Protestant reformation are still shocked, when it happens yet again. In saying this, I don’t mean any ill-will towards Protestants and Evangelicals, nor do I impugn their motives, but I can’t help but notice this continuous pattern. You apparently have recognized the this as well.

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