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—Christianity: No more pretensions, con’d

Revelation 7:4 (New International Version)
4Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%207:4&version=NIV

Revelation 7:9-10 (New International Version)
9After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%207:9-10&version=NIV

Romans 14:5-6 (New International Version)
5One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans%2014:5-6&version=NIV

Romans 14:17-19 (New International Version)
17For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. 19Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans%2014:17-19&version=NIV

—APA: No Choice for Homosexuals

 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NIV)

9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.  [my emphasis]

Psychologists Reject Gay-to-Straight ‘Therapy’ – Health News | Current Health News | Medical News – FOXNews.com

The APA, of course, is speaking from political expedience rather than any sort of scientific or professional rigor.  Like “justice” in America, “science” is whatever makes important people feel more important—almost always at the expense of making some other group feel less important.   

How do you know you’re dealing with charlatans?  It’s the oldest trick in the quack’s little black bag;  the “science cannot prove” dodge:— “There’s no evidence… ” a proponent of the APA report says, that remedial therapy is of any use for those whose homosexual tendencies conflict with their religious beliefs. 

The report advises “…therapies that do not attempt to change sexual orientation, but rather involve acceptance, support and identity exploration and development “.  

When advocates of various sorts of sexual “diversity” first began to co-opt the momentum of the Civil Rights movement of the ’60’s and ’70’s (I first heard these sorts of arguments at the U. of Texas, in around ’73), they steered public consciousness down a dark alley.   As far back as the early ’80’s, we were already seeing attempts by advocates of pedophilia to construe themselves as a disadvantaged “lifestyle”.  The collective decision of politically influential people and groups to go in this direction will have—actually already have had— consequences—what sorts of other behavior will receive public acclaim and advocacy next?  There are, in fact, studies which almost reasonably argue that murderers and other criminals are genetically predisposed—have a “natural tendency” —to their “lifestyle”.  I mean, why not? 

Of course, Paul’s list in 1 Corinthians (the Biblical letter, not the South American soccer club) includes all sorts of behaviors, in addition to homosexuality, which are destructive to the Church and society in general;  thieves, swindlers, and even malicious gossipers are included.  Paul also makes no distinction of the degree of evil these behaviors represent, and they all have the same outcome.  Those practicing these things will destroy themselves, unless they repent and pursue God’s way (see also Phillipians 3:12-14 ).  Paul makes it clear that people in the Church at Corinth had been guilty of the behaviors listed, but that faith in Christ had brought them out of those things.  Now they are new people (2 Corinthians 5:17), and the old, destructive ways no longer enslave them. 

Political and social expedience has had its say in the matter, and has proved to be a complete waste of time and peoples’ lives for centuries—“maybe it will work this time”, but it’s not a good bet. 

Jesus gave us a way to set aside behaviors and ways of thinking that can only destroy us, and move toward rescue and rebirth, hope and a new life, safely guided by His Spirit toward an eternal home.   Ignore what the “important people” say—we have a choice!

—CURE

This is different:

CURE:  About Star Parker

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do About It

I’ve been “out of the house” enough to see how government “programs” affect the people we thought they were supposed to help.   I was around when they launched the “War on Poverty” in the ’60’s.  Almost fifty years later, the government is still spending huge sums to perpetuate and expand poverty. 

Julius furthered his political career by buying grain for the poor of Rome.  Modern politicians have refined the technique by using other peoples’ money.  But letting the poor “off the hook” by providing them with genuine education and opportunity—or encouraging moral and Spiritual growth, to say the least— so they can progress out of dependence on the government  is not part of the big plan.

—Former Hamas Member Receives Jesus

FOXNews.com – Son of Hamas Leader Gives Glimpse Into Terror Organization

[I’m recording the referenced Foxnews documentary on Yousef now.  I hope to learn additional details soon.]

This is a remarkable story by just about any standard—elaborated in more detail in a Fox News TV special.  Mosab Hassan Yousef became so disillusioned by what he saw of the inner workings of the Hamas organization that he left the group.  He relates in the TV documentary that a Christian tourist in Jerusalem invited him to read the Bible, where he heard the remarkable phrase “…love your enemy….”.  He has now done the unthinkable—converted to Christianity and moved to the United States.  He also tells a lot of details about what Hamas and radical Islam are really like.