Bugs Bunny once wisely stated: “why Granny, yer nuthin’ but a wolf in cheap clothing!” Present company excepted of course…
September 23, 2016 at 8:16pm
The judgment of men against other men is nothing more or less than opinion. The Pope may be right about gossip and rumor mongering, but unless one has a standard outside of one’s own views ie. The Word of God, one man’s terrorism is another man’s truth’. What is fearful for many of the religious who call themselves Christian is that an impartial source may call them out on the beam in their own eye all while zealously pointing out the mote in someone else’s eye.
 September 17, 2016 at 12:51pm
Good morning and long time since I posted to you! I understand the biblical admonition of charity toward strangers, but one must also employ wisdom. The Lord said He was not sent to anyone but “the lost sheep of the House of Israel”, when confronted by the gentile woman seeking healing. Yet, her faith in Him led Him to heal her in spite of her ‘gentilic nature’. The key is that she had faith. I wonder how many of these refugees we are letting in have that same heart toward the Lord Jesus Christ…
The Church of course has a mission to bring salvation to the lost, regardless of ethnic or national background, but the Church is also specifically given the gifting of ‘discerning of spirits’, (something one scarcely recognizes these days) as a valuable tool so as not to be deceived by others. On one hand, we can consider that the mission field is being brought to us, but on the other, how many of these refugees are wolves in sheep’s clothing? Discerning of spirits? Not the President for certain, unless you want to consider he may be working for the enemy of our souls… The Pope can speak for himself on that score, but as for me, I will be cautious about rushing to embrace a mass of people openly embracing a religion that has stated over and again that it’s mission is conquering the world by any means possible, especially violent ones. The deception that is at the heart of Islam in its missionary methods is also well known. Beware!
I agree with you. Although many of the refugees are Muslim men, some are families with women & children, and some are Christian. Some are opportunists, but some really do need help, so discernment is key.
I read the article and didn't see anything about welcoming murderous members of ISIS or the like.
Please point me to that. Clearly I missed it because I saw "refugees" and I know Christianity is becoming extinct in the Middle East due to evil men.
Why wouldn't we WELCOME them?
I don't get your form of Christianity.
"Why wouldn’t we WELCOME them"?
Because it has already been proven, and stated by ISIS, that many of these so-called refugees are Islamic terrorists, or militants seeking to force Islam into western civilizations. Therefore, we must be wise in whom we provide such help ensuring that those we help are truly in need of it, and not seeking to exploit our charity for their evil intentions. The bible does not tell us to welcome murderers, and thieves into our homes.
agreed, so why is everybody freaking out about the Pope's comments?
He is teaching the Lord's teaching.
Nothing about welcoming murderers.
It's like eisegesis - people are attaching meaning, seeing what they want to see, when he uses the term "refugees". It is up to the various nations to figure out whom to let in and how to welcome them. A warm welcome helps them to assimilate. A cold shoulder and fear and division is not Christlike. Period. It is also just really dumb policy/practice.
Look at it in a family. Your brother brings home a new wife that is VERY different, stuck up and opinionated. Do you shun her, making her justified in her self-serving opinions? Or do you warmly welcome her into the family, help her to get to know you, and watch her slowly melt her own preconceptions?
It's the human family. No different, really, when it comes down to it.
"people are attaching meaning, seeing what they want to see"
It's a human response to see the most direct factors that directly effect them. That is why we need to clearly define our goals.
 September 10, 2016 at 11:34am
Are you Blinknight in disguise? At any rate, the definition you presented is not a definition but an opinion borne from ignorance, but I am not surprised. I won’t bore you with a Biblical definition, as that would be ‘casting pearls before swine’ as it were. But a simple question to ask you would be “did Jesus Christ tell the truth or did He lie when He said ‘you must be born again’ ‘?
 September 9, 2016 at 8:10pm
As an addendum, I suppose I should give you the opportunity to state what you believe is required for one to become a Christian…. enlighten me.
 September 9, 2016 at 8:08pm
I am well aware that Christians for whatever reasoning they might claim end up denying the One who bought them. If that person truly was born from above, nothing will ever negate what was done in them. I realize this may be far too subtle for you to grasp (its that old thing about you being unqualified to understand, let alone judge spiritual matters.) but for one so steeped in the biological sciences as you claim to be, I would have thought you might understand the example of it being impossible to undo the conception of a human being through extraction of individual DNA. The spiritual realm is mirrored in the physical one quite often, and the comparison of spiritual birth to physical birth goes beyond what you are aware of. Don’t criticize me when you really are clueless about the subject.
 September 8, 2016 at 10:43am
Do you have children of your own? I don’t want to assume anything about you as a person, but from your postings here, my guess would be ‘no’. My two daughters, both adults now and thinking for themselves quite nicely, were far more aware at 5 than many adults I have encountered. The beauty and purity of a child’s view of life is that while they may not have the powers of logic and deductive reasoning nailed down, they are also not hampered by the jaded view of the world and/or reality like soooo many college aged adults have become. The old story of the Emperor’s New Clothes comes to mind, especially when applied (liberally??) to the issues you are known to champion. Politically correctness on display, and the kid is the only one who will speak out.
 September 8, 2016 at 10:35am
whatever happened to you to make you so sour on Christianity? And b.t.w. the concept “former born again Christian’ is an oxymoron. If one is born “from above” (which is the more correct translation of ‘born again’..) you can in no way undo what occurred any more than you can extract your father’s DNA from your own body, no matter how p.o.ed you might be with him as well.
 September 8, 2016 at 10:29am
“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” is a proverb that I think fits your grossly opinionated response.
 September 8, 2016 at 10:26am
Somehow I knew you’d be here pontificating, but, that aside, the Bible says, “train a child up in the way he should go, that when he is old, he may not depart therefrom.” You are correct in a way about brainwashing being a subjective concept, except that practice employs forcible “re-education” and is done against the person’s will. Teaching children is still the prerogative of the parents in this country, and the type of ‘brainwashing’ you refer to is obviously religious training of the type you tiresomely object to at any and every opportunity, ad nauseam, ad infinitum. Darwinian so-called science is a form of brainwashing that takes place at the high school and collegiate levels and is much like the deprogrammers of the 70′s and 80′s, what with the public shaming and character assassination that takes place for those who question “Saint Darwin”. You are guilty of that I’ll wager.
 September 5, 2016 at 12:11pm
Good enough get the point across, but consider the rest of the verse, which explains that such a decision not to honor God as Creator opens up those who rush to this error to many aberrant choices such as the one you describe. In modern English they have zero common sense. And you wonder why so many screwball decisions come out of Congress or the Courts. Never mind the Presidency….
 September 5, 2016 at 11:59am
Rat Fink?????? You have dated you have dated yourself with that comment But…. so have I…….
 September 1, 2016 at 12:29pm
You haven’t listened to much news “reporting” then. Suppression of facts is the name of the game. Lawyers routinely attempt to suppress testimony that is unfavorable to their anticipated outcome of innocence or guilt. Science is routinely mindful of the adage “publish or perish”. So called climate change research is highly dependent upon grants and gifts to support the outcome. As a professed Scientist yourself, I would have thought you would know this, but maybe you are suppressing some facts yourself?
 September 1, 2016 at 12:11pm
A clever person with words could have “acknowledged” the donation from the atheist, but make it look favorable toward the Christian organization such as: ” even atheists can see that a Christian charity can make a difference in a child’s life.”
I agree that the better way would have been to make a donation anonymously but then again, too many want their ‘reward’ for giving made public. The public response/reaction becomes their reward, when God may have had a better one available if done in secret as the Bible says.
Also there is a misconception that being good is the goal as we see many comments about “as an atheist I can be good without a god to tell me that I am”, or some such statements. The issue from the Adam/Eve record was not what was good or evil, but that mankind wanted to determine this issue apart from any input from God. We can see how that has worked out, given the bloody history of humankind.
They tried to make it anonymously, they where still told know. Read the entire truth.
 August 30, 2016 at 12:47am
I couldn’t agree more, but as I’m about 3k miles from Clemson, I won’t be attending..at least not in person. In spirit, yes. We have a saying (among my oldest Christian friends..) that goes “when the pressure is on, find some way to give”.. The best thing Christians can do is pray, and if possible to the source of this and pray there. It will twist some spiritual tails.
 August 29, 2016 at 9:39pm
As odious as I find some of your anti-Christian comments, I nonetheless would actively support your right to make them. I would not even object to them being made in public, but having said that, I should also be allowed to make my Christian statements in public. Fair enough? After all both of us would be making public statements involving a deity in some way or another.
It doesn't matter what the content was. They can't just set up shop like that where ever they want. What they were doing was irrelevant.
@blinkydink. He can setup 2 lawn chairs on public owned land (ie, Clemson University) if he wants... He can even pray with and for people if he wants. It's public land - no different than a sidewalk along a street.
With permission he can and only in designated areas.
Feel free to challenge it, every single court in the country will shut you down because how you imagine free speech works and how it actually works are not the same thing.
 August 29, 2016 at 8:55pm
Here is an idea: pray anyway. A confrontation with the rectal orifices that crafted this unconstitutional policy would be a good thing. Besides what would the University do? Haul him off to jai? Clap him in irons? Publically humiliate him by putting him in the stocks? No. The negative publicity this institution would get would readily dissuade them from any real attempts to silence public prayer. Christians need to cease being doormats for Jesus anyway. Don’t want prayer? Pray more.
This is a perfect opportunity for a true protest for anyone living near Clemson. Bring the masses and show the Occupy, BLM armatures how it's done. Just walk in unannounced and pray.
I couldn't agree more, but as I'm about 3k miles from Clemson, I won't be attending..at least not in person. In spirit, yes. We have a saying (among my oldest Christian friends..) that goes "when the pressure is on, find some way to give".. The best thing Christians can do is pray, and if possible to the source of this and pray there. It will twist some spiritual tails.
You got that right! Every Christian in the area needs to head down to the Clemson campus and pray until they get the clue that All of America is a free speech zone.
 August 20, 2016 at 11:02am
Don’t underestimate God’s ability to reach someone’s heart. Even a flawed book such as Purpose Driven can be an effective tool for God to plant seeds in a man’s life that will cause him to search further. The Bible says God is not hard to find, but ultimately it is best to look in it and not a book about God.
 August 20, 2016 at 10:57am
Your comment is among the most hateful ones I can recall reading on this site in a long time. You try fighting an addiction and have some calloused person flippantly judge their plight by calling them weak minded. I have known more than a few who have struggled with substance abuse and it is no easy path to escape. But the ones who have searched and ‘found’ Jesus Christ are almost always the ones who have attained complete freedom.
And there are far worse prisons than substance abuse that people need to be freed from. One is the intolerance of the mind of bigoted unbelief.
 August 20, 2016 at 10:51am
Prayer is not a room service menu and the Lord is not a cosmic bellhop delivering your orders to you. If one wants to receive from God, it stands to reason to search out those things God has promised to mankind; then search for how to ask for those things. Then, search out how best to use the things God has promised. It makes for an exciting and very rewarding life if one follows this simple plan.