Archive for September 24, 2008

Universalism is one of the most dangerous schools of thought to hit Christendom since Jim Jones found a new flavor of Kool-Aid and went on a field trip to South America.

Today, pablum and psychobabble are roommates – each stroking the other for approval and support. Preachers and pastors alike extol this theory as if it really was Gospel.

Anyone from Carlton Pearson to [insert your local “seeker-sensitive” dude here], get to tell the world, “Don’t worry. Be happy” about each of us going to heaven and ignoring the flames licking at their heels.

Every two years, Baylor University comes out with a phenomenal survey showing America how it feels about its faith. This year, we read everyone is going to heaven, and bringing all their non-Jesus-believing friends with them! Good times, as we can see in some of these numbers:

  • More than 50 percent of respondents said they believed half or more of “average Americans” would get into heaven, compared with 72 percent of respondents who believed at least half of Christians would get in.
  • Few Americans, it seems, think heaven is a very exclusive destination. Less than 30 percent believe the nonreligious will be prevented from entering.
  • Americans also are enamored of angels. Some 55 percent of those surveyed claim they were “protected from harm by a guardian angel.
  • 20 percent have actually heard “the voice of God”.
  • 23 percent have witnessed a physical, miraculous healing.
  • 44 percent have felt “called of God” to perform a task.

These numbers can tell us so much – if only we were listening. Church, we have a lot of work to do because regretfully, many of the noted pastors don’t seem to be doing the trick. If only 44 percent have felt called of God to do anything, we need to get the other large part of the pie to realize God talks much more than that.

And perhaps the most telling and tantalizing statistics of the MANY in this riveting finding is: Only 63 percent of Americans believe in heaven, while 73 percent of those same Americans believe in hell?!

Why? Oh, that’s easy. More Americans feel like they are living in one place over the other. Maybe those feelings will change in November. I’m just sayin’.

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Kind of a harrowing headline, isn’t it? Well, it’s not fictional, I can assure you of that. Unfortunately.

Check it out here from Brookville, Penn.

For Brookville, a town of 4,000 people, the book is the law. Solicitor Stephen French has taken the church to court for housing the homeless in a commercial district, which he says violates the borough’s zoning regulations.

Now that is keeping it classy. Giving the homeless some shelter, shame on that church, right French?! Shame! Odds are in a commercial district there aren’t a whole lot of people complaining about the real estate value going down because of a couple of smelly fellas trying to stay warm on a cot.

So, in a quest to save face but still kick some bums out… well, back on the street, we have this quote:

“I personally think the work he does is wonderful,” French said of [Pastor of the church, Rev. Jack] Wisor. “But we’re not going to allow someone to violate the zoning laws because they do it in the name of Jesus Christ.”

You almost hope the spiking numbers of unemployment strike this cat flat in his behind so he can be among the living. You turd.

John Lennon wrote a thought-provoking song for a generation – that generation of free love, half-baked living and open protests.

Well, thanks to the self-entitlement and delusional mission of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), “Imagine” is now causing migraines today, as noted in the Pennsylvania Patriot-News.

The campaign to question religions value is focused mostly on state capitals so legislators will be aware they have a free-thought constituency, said Annie Laurie Gaylor, a co-president of the atheist and agnostic group.

Hey Annie, while you are waiting for the “sun to come out tomorrow“, how do you think it got there in the first place? What, outer space had some gas build-up, farted and Ta-Dah… we have heat. Um, not so much.

While FFRF is out promoting a free-thought constituency, ask yourself this, “Who cares?”

Why waste all your money on these snazzy billboards to further drive a chasm between church and state, when you can just do what we can all do – write your Congressman. If you don’t want your representatives influenced by God, then don’t vote for that person. However, if you don’t have a choice in the matter, then shut up and deal with it like oh… all of the country.

Just because an elected official professes a faith in God doesn’t mean said politico sits around his or her office staring at the ceiling until God shows up and gives direction. You see, we Christ-followers understand Jesus empowers us daily to do what we do, say what we say and think what we think.

If you feel bolstered by monkeys and whatever the heck “free thought” is, good luck with that. As for me and my house, I will serve the Lord and continue to look for officials who don’t mind a little help and inspiration on the job.

It’s “a hard knock life” indeed. Imagine that.