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"O Man of Desires"
A. B. Simpson

O man of desires was the divine character given to Daniel. The thought is translated in the King James Version, A man greatly beloved.

But it literally means, O man of desires. Desire is a necessary element in all spiritual forces. It is one of the secrets of effectual prayer.

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"Spiritual Fervor or 

Frenzied Activity"

A. W. Tozer

Not the quantity of zeal matters to God, but the quality. The significant question is not how zealous is the Christian but why is he zealous and to what does his zeal lead? 

To the church at Laodicea our Lord said, "Be zealous, therefore, and repent" (Revelation 3:19, KJV). The zeal that leads to penitence, restitution and amendment of life is
surely dear to God. 

The ardor that drives a man to his knees in intercession for others was found in men like Moses, Daniel and Ezra; but there is a kind of zeal that gives to the world such misshapen religious examples as Joseph Smith and Mary Baker Eddy.

That many Christians in our day are lukewarm and somnolent will not be denied by anyone with an anointed eye, but the cure is not to stir them up to a frenzy of activity. That would be but to take them out of one error and into another.



Danny Cortez's and the
Southern Baptist Association's
Day of Infamy

On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, HI. Immediately following the attack, President Franklin Roosevelt described that day as a “…date which will live in infamy.” The President’s declaration officially entered the United States of America into World War II.

On February 9, 2014, Danny Cortez, pastor of New Heart Community Church in LaMirada, CA, announced that “…he no longer agreed with the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality and was instead ‘gay affirming.’” (1) 

At that time, New Heart belonged to the Southern Baptist Association of churches through its membership in the Los Angeles Southern Baptist Association of the SBA.

Shortly after that declaration, Danny Cortez's son, Drew, proclaimed his homosexuality. New Heart voted to approve Pastor Cortez's position, too.

February 9, 2014, marks a day of infamy for Cortez and the Southern Baptist Association.

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"Alas For Us, If Thou Wert All, and Nought Beyond, O Earth"
C. H. Spurgeon

YOU WILL UNDERSTAND that the apostle is arguing with professedly Christian people, who were dubious about the resurrection of the dead. He is not saying that all men are now miserable if there be no hope of the world to come, for such an assertion would be untrue.

There are very many who never think of another life, who are quite happy in their way, enjoy themselves, and are very comfortable after a fashion. But he speaks of Christian people—"If we, who have hope in Christ, are led to doubt the doctrine of a future state and of a resurrection, then we are of all men most miserable."

The argument has nothing to do with some of you who are not Christians; it has nothing to do with you who have never been brought out of a state of nature into a state of grace; it only respects those who are real, living followers of the Savior, and who are known by this, that they have hope in Christ—hope in his blood for pardon, in his righteousness for justification, in his power for support, in his resurrection for eternal glory.

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 The Irony of the Bible Thumping Of Pope Francis and Politicians

A new wave of Bible thumpers has emerged. Politicians join religious leaders in quoting the Bible, yes, the Bible, to support their agendas. Not surprisingly, Pope Francis has quoted the Bible in his messages for reform. To the astonishment of many, however, those who reject the Bible as true and authoritative for life, who even ban it from public forums, hold it high to reenforce their arguments and influence approval of their programs. Suddenly, Jesus rides a new wave of popularity!

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Tim Keller: Human Reason
 vs. Biblical Authority

"We live in a post-modern world, and postmodernism is about relativism. My truth is your falsehood, and your falsehood is my truth. But there is such a thing as the plain truth."(Barukh Binah)

Barukh Binah captured succinctly one of the pillars of postmodernism, the suspicion of truth. In accord with postmodernism, current culture proclaims the death of objective truth. Thus, no one can refer to an external source for truth nor claim that (s)he possesses it. It does not exist.

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“Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing”: Homosexuals, Christians, and the Church

In recent years, society’s attitudes on homosexuality have changed. Previously, people regarded it as an unmentionable topic, seldom, if ever, discussed among Christians or in the Christian Church.

Even today, with increased awareness, many Christians refuse to discuss it. They respond with hatred or indifference toward homosexuals, who strive for full acceptance from Christians and the Christian church.

Because of the discord between homosexuals and the Christian Church, Christians must reassess their beliefs and practices. They must endeavor to recognize God's design for humanity. Christians and the Church need to respond in a loving, Biblical manner to those who suffer same-sex attractions. (1)

The following steps, though not all-inclusive, outline the foundation for Biblical responses to homosexuality from Christians to this divisive issue.

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“Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing”: The Apostle Paul Condemned Homosexuality

 

Currently, the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community asserts forcefully that the Apostle Paul did not denounce homosexuality in his writings.

In their minds, their interpretation of Paul’s comments confirms their attempts to legitimize, even Biblically, homosexuality. Despite extraordinary efforts, their attempts fail.

Paul wrote three different passages in which he commented on homosexuality, a prominent practice in his day. The following sections evaluate the LGBTQ opinions.

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“Clobbering Biblical Gay Bashing": Jesus Condemned Homosexuality



Jesus’ Commentary on Marriage, homosexuality and same sex marriage

Currently, the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community asserts forcefully that Jesus never spoke against same sex marriage nor homosexuality.

They allege that since Jesus never spoke against these issues, he clearly found them irrelevant. This group asserts that since Christ found them unimportant, people today should respond favorably to the LGBTQ agendas.

They believe that the Church must follow Christ's example of noninterference and indifference toward homosexuality.
  
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“Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing”: Homosexuality: Orientation Or Abomination?


When confronted with Biblical commands, the LBGTQ (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer) community responds as one would expect.

They cannot dismiss these commands flatly; the Scriptures speak too clearly to the issue.

To legitimize their homosexual lifestyles, they must overcome the obvious meanings of these verses.

To deny the application of Biblical texts to the present day the homosexual community employs several methods. These methods fit into three categories.

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“Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing”: Sodom’s Behavior: Homosexuality Or Gay Rights?

Many people attempt to reconcile homosexuality with the Bible. However, such efforts fail.

You cannot reconcile truth with error. The battle to legitimize homosexuality begins with an all out attack upon the Biblical record of Sodom.

This assault changes the story of Sodom from homosexuality to in-hospitality. It further misinterprets the other references to Sodom in the Bible to refer to acts other than homosexuality.

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“Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing”: Verbal Terrorism?


"Mark Sandlin wrote an article title "Clobbering 'Biblical" Gay Bashing" in defense of homosexuality. (1) In his article, Sandlin emphasized the necessity of love from the non-homosexual community toward homosexuals (commonly abbreviated LGBTQ: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer). In particularity, he stressed the lack of love shown them from professing Christians.

As part of Sandlin’s commentary, he referred to Jesus Christ. He opined that Christ loved and welcomed everyone equally. To explain his views further, Sandlin mentioned Rob Bell’s provoking book on love (Love Wins), not by name but by its emphasis. Bell and Sandlin agree that love always wins. (2)

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“Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing”: Biblical Authority?

"Mark wrote an article titled “Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing” in defense of homosexuality. (1) In recent years, this subject has increasingly captured the attention of people of all lifestyles. Sandlin remarked upon attitudes frequently associated with this subject and expanded them to include other issues commonly abbreviated LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transvestite, queer). 


In his article, he commented upon several passages from the Bible that address same sex issues. Sandlin attempted to deny that these Biblical references had any anti-homosexual or LGBTQ concepts in them. He concluded his article with the assumption that he had clearly proved false all of the references that he analyzed."

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"The Bible TV Miniseries:
Fact or Fancy?"

"Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey produced the History Channel’s Miniseries blockbuster, The Bible. Millions of viewers have watched the series, perhaps including you, providing it with epic ratings. This dramatic presentation attempted to condense the Bible’s message from Genesis to Revelation into five two-hour segments. It has received acclaim from viewers and critics alike."


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"Rob Bell Affirms Gay Marriage.
Will Affirmation Of Adultery, Rape, And Pedophilia Follow?"



"Rob Bell publicly confirmed what many concluded from his earlier statements: he affirms gay marriage.

“Whether it’s a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man — and I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs to just — this is the world we’re living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are,” he said.

All of them deserve affirmation by the Church, he said. Rob stated that he came to this conclusion based upon events in our culture."

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