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Christian Information – 03 July 2006

Christian Information
03 July 2006 
 

Contents

Sexual Depravity

New Study Seen to Support ‘Born Gay’ Theory
Commentary: Media provides cover for assault on traditional marriage (Must read! )
From Homophobia to Homofascism
If Gay Brother Research is Correct It Shows Homosexuality is Abnormal
(Must read! )

Science

Hidebound Nonsense
The blood-stained ‘century of evolution’
Fossil evidence for alleged apemen—Part 1: the genus Homo
 
Education

Valedictorian Complains of ‘Hollow’ Public School Education (Must read!)


Theology/Philosophy

Is Romans 7 the normal Christian life?
Adam’s Fall and Mine
 
Heresy
The Trinity, the Definition of Chalcedon, and Oneness Theology ( Must read!)

Pro-Life Issues
Hey Kids, I Didn’t Think We Were Getting Enough Time Together, So I Killed Your Baby Brother
Gates-Buffett Linkup Troubles Pro-Life Activists
Anne Lamott Publicly Confesses to Murder (Excellent!)

Sermons/Inspirational

Weber the Friendly Geist
I’M ON A MAN HUNT (Must read!)
Fools
The whole "pearl of great price" or just some of it?

Liberals
Planet of the Apes (Must read!)
Congress, Attorneys Scramble to Defend Historic Symbols of Faith
Politics
Explore Importance of Voting Your Values
So what if I gained from affirmative action — it’s still wrong (Must read!)
The second wrong
 

Miscellaneous
Keeping pastors accountable (Must read!)
Website of the week…
Quote of the week…
 

Sexual Depravity


New Study Seen to Support ‘Born Gay’ Theory
by Patrick Goodenough

A new study on homosexuality is being used to back up the contention that sexual orientation is determined in the womb and not by sociological factors.

North American researchers say a study of almost 1,000 Canadian men found a link between homosexuality and the number of older brothers a man has. Such an association has been reported before, but in the past left open the possibility that both biological or sociological factors may play a role.
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Commentary: Media provides cover for assault on traditional marriage (Must read!)
A Commentary for CNN
by Dr. James Dobson

On June 7, the U.S . Senate voted for a second time on an amendment to define marriage in the U.S. Constitution as being exclusively between one man and one woman.

Again this year, the amendment failed to pass by a wide margin, falling 18 votes shy of a required two-thirds majority. The final tally was 49 in favor, 48 opposed.
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From Homophobia to Homofascism
by S. Michael Craven

For those of you familiar with my thoughts and writings on this subject you know that I am very cautious in regard to the manner in which Christians express their opposition the homosexual agenda. I have always been very careful to distinguish between the "homosexual agenda," or the political movement, and the person, made in the image of God, who is trapped in the sin of homosexuality. I never want to be perceived as a "grace-less" Christian who opposes hurting people that desperately need the love of Christ. However, we are increasingly witnessing a subtle but dangerous transition from what was once supposedly an appeal for "equal and fair" treatment to what can now only be described as the tyrannical demand of submission to the homosexual agenda.
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If Gay Brother Research is Correct It Shows Homosexuality is Abnormal (Must read! )
by John-Henry Westen

The mainstream media resurrected the specter of the ‘gay gene’ theory this week in covering a Canadian study on the origin of homosexuality.  "Homosexuality influenced by biological factors, Canadian researcher says," proclaimed the CBC, the first to break the story on Monday. CNN was quick to jump on the bandwagon with "Study: Sexual orientation of men determined before birth."

In reality, however, the study was most intriguing for what the mainstream media failed to cover.  Namely that, if true, the study suggests that homosexuality is a congenital abnormality, and shares its origins with other disorders developed in the womb.
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Science

 
Hidebound Nonsense

Christianity and the Origins of Science
by Charles Colson
 
Earlier this year, Britain’s Channel Four aired a two-part special entitled "The Root of All Evil." No, it wasn’t about money, greed or materialism. Nor was it about racism and other forms of hatred. The "root" was religion, specifically Christianity.
 
The special featured Oxford professor Richard Dawkins, arguably the most famous apologist for the Darwinian worldview. While Dawkins may be an expert on Darwin, it’s clear that he knows little about history, especially the history of Christianity.
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The blood-stained ‘century of evolution’
by Carl Wieland

Those attacking Christianity sometimes point to the many religious wars and atrocities perpetrated in the name of Christ and the Church. They forget that not everyone self-labeled ‘Christian’ truly follows Christ. Also, that many times more people have been killed this century, most by their own governments, than in all religious conflicts, ever.1 And this slaughter happened because of philosophies openly hostile to biblical Christianity, and flowing directly from evolutionary belief.

Nazism openly proclaimed its dependence on Darwin.2 It was right and moral for the strongest race to survive; to have pity for the weak was to defy nature’s laws. It is doubtful whether this brutal ideology would have so captivated the nation that gave us Bach and Luther if not for the ‘scientific’ underpinning of evolution.
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Fossil evidence for alleged apemen—Part 1: the genus Homo
by Peter Line

Paleoanthropologist Milford Wolpoff writes: ‘In my view, "objectivity" does not exist in science. Even in the act of gathering data, decisions about what data to record and what to ignore reflect the framework of the scientist.’ Evolutionists John Gribbin and Jeremy Cherfas acknowledge: ‘… we must admit that the history of palaeontology does not read as a shining example of the pursuit of truth, especially where it was the truth of man’s origins that was at issue’. They later say: ‘… we do know that the popular image of the scientist as a dispassionate seeker after the truth could not be further from reality’.
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Education


Valedictorian Complains of ‘Hollow’ Public School Education ( Must read!)

by Kate Monaghan


The valedictorian of a Blue Ribbon-awarded high school in New Jersey has left teachers and administrators with a sour taste in their mouths after using his June 20 valedictory speech to describe his education as "hollow" and one filled with "countless hours wasted in those halls."

"I felt like the most important questions were not asked." said Kareem Elnahal, the top rated student at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, N.J. "Things like ethics, things that defined who we are, were ignored so in that way I thought it was hollow." he told Cybercast News Service Wednesday.
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Theology/Philosophy

 
Is Romans 7 the normal Christian life?
by Phil Johnson
 
This excerpt is from "The Fainting Warrior," a sermon preached January 23rd, 1859, at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens. I chose this excerpt today because Spurgeon’s text here was Romans 7:24-25, and I’m preaching on Romans 7 this weekend.
 
Of course, one of the tough questions people always raise about that passage is whether Paul was describing his experience as a mature apostle—because if he struggled with sin the way he describes here, there’s little hope any of us will attain any kind of perfection in this life. If Paul was calling himself "wretched" as a believer, this text more or less deals a death-blow to perfectionist doctrine of every kind.
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Adam’s Fall and Mine
by R.C. Sproul

ANOTHER difficult question that shrouds the doctrine of predestination is the question of how our sinful nature can be inherited from Adam. If we are born with a fallen nature, if we are born in sin, if we are born in a state of moral inability, how can God hold us responsible for our sins?

We remember that original sin does not refer to the first sin but to the result of that first sin. The Scriptures speak repeatedly of sin and death entering the world through "one man’s transgression." As a result of Adam’s sin, all men are now sinners. The Fall was great. It had radical repercussions for the entire human race.
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Heresy

The Trinity, the Definition of Chalcedon, and Oneness Theology (Must read!)
by James White

[Editor’s Comment: James White here writes about people that most of you know and perhaps even think are wonderful preachers or worship leaders. Some of them are: T.D. Jakes, Tommy Tenney, Gwen Shamblin, Philips, Craig and Dean. If you deny that the issue of the Trinity is fundamental and essential to who God is, then you assume that the very nature of God is unessential! I am sad to say that too many charismatics have fallen for these false teachers! ]

The doctrine of the Trinity requires a balanced view of Scripture. That is, since the doctrine itself is derived from more than one stream of evidence, it requires that all the evidence be weighed and given authority. If any of the foundational pillars of the doctrine (monotheism, the deity of Christ, the person of the Holy Spirit, etc.) be ignored or even rejected, the resulting doctrinal system will differ markedly from the orthodox position, and will lose its claim to be called "biblical." For centuries various small groups have rejected the doctrine of the Trinity. In modern times these groups have frequently attracted quite a following; Jehovah’s Witnesses as the modern heirs of Arius have over 3 million people actively engaged in their work; the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) are heirs of ancient polytheism and mystery religions, and nearly 10 million adhere to their teachings. A smaller number of people, however, cling to the third-century position of modalism – the teachings of men such as Sabellius or Praxeas or Noetus. Though fewer in number, it is this position, popularly called the "Oneness" teaching, that prompts this paper’s clarification of the Biblical position regarding the doctrine of the Trinity and the Person of Jesus Christ. Oneness writers strongly deny the doctrine of the Trinity.
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Pro-Life Issues

Hey Kids, I Didn’t Think We Were Getting Enough Time Together, So I Killed Your Baby Brother
by Freeman Hunt

This is the strangest editorial I’ve read in a long time. It begins thus:

The conservative politics of the Bush administration forced me to have an abortion I didn’t want. Well, not literally, but let me explain.

Oh, please do…

My husband and I both work, and like many couples, we’re starved for time together. One Thursday evening this past March, we managed to snag some rare couple time and, in a sudden rush of passion, I failed to insert my diaphragm.

Hey, wait a minute. . . I thought that this was going to be the Bush administration’s fault. . .
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Gates-Buffett Linkup Troubles Pro-Life Activists
The billionaires’ combining of forces almost certain to mean millions more for abortion, population-control groups.
by Pete Winn

Billionaire financier Warren Buffett announced this week he is going to leave 80 percent of his estate — more than $35 billion — to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

It’s a donation that is troubling to the pro-life community, according to Joseph D’Agostino of the Population Research Institute.

"It’s very scary," D’Agostino told CitizenLink. "The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has very close ties and gives a lot of money to pro-abortion groups, such as Planned Parenthood, and for population control around the world."
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Anne Lamott Publicly Confesses to Murder ( Excellent!)
One of the Emergent Church’s Darlings
by Ron Gleason


Anne Lamott belongs to the elite. She writes novels that people who are in psychotherapy read while they’re in their analyst’s waiting room (Hard Laughter, Rosie, All New People, Operating Instructions, Bird by Bird); she has published two books ostensibly dealing with faith—any resemblance between what she writes and what the Bible says is purely coincidental (Traveling Mercies; Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith)—, and the apostate Christianity Today describes her as "Jesusy." Cute. The word "Jesusy" applied to someone like Anne Lamott makes you wonder where CT is getting its journalists.
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Sermons/Inspirational

Weber the Friendly Geist
Christianity and the Rise of Capitalism
by Charles Colson

A century ago, the German sociologist Max Weber wrote The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. In it, he argued that the "manner of life well adapted to the peculiarities of capitalism" was the product of certain Reformed ideas.

Weber’s thesis was popular with secular academics and among some Christians who cited his arguments as part of their cultural apologetic for Christianity.

It’s an elegant theory, but only in part true. Much good, of course, like the Protestant Work Ethic came out of the Reformation.
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Fools
by R.J. Rushdoony

The root of the fool’s trouble is spiritual, not mental. The fool loves his folly, and he keeps returning to it, no matter what one does to keep him away from it. "As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly" (Prov. 26:11). Fellowship with fools is destructive: "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed" (Prov. 13:20).
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I’M ON A MAN HUNT (Must read!)
by Dave Daubenmire

We can win you know?

I’m not talking about Iraq. I’m talking about America, the cultural war, the fight for the soul of this nation, the war against Christianity. The battle for our country.

I’m convinced we can still win.

Unfortunately, very few of us believe it. But, like the Marines, I’m looking for a few good men. Men of the cloth, men of Faith, men who will stand on the Word, men who will fight for the Truth, men who will fight for their children, men who will not blink, men who have not sold out to the government, men who identify themselves as Christians rather than Republicans.
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The whole "pearl of great price" or just some of it?
by William Dicks

I was listening to The Listener’s Bible (ESV) on my way to work this morning. The reading was a very familiar part of the Bible. John 3!

It struck me how many people who read this chapter or preach on it switch off after verse 17.
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Liberals

Planet of the Apes (Must read!)
Spain leads a long-time-in-coming legal revolution.
by Richard G. Stevens

After a quiescence lasting half a millennium, Spain has distinguished itself by a return to the legal genius demonstrated by Francisco de Vitoria and Francisco Suarez in the 16th century. An eminent member of the Green party, and so of the Socialist Coalition now governing Spain, Francisco Garrido (note the name — is this the hand of God, or what?) has proposed legislation that would make Spain the first nation in the world to "give chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and other great apes some of the fundamental rights granted to human beings." Read more…

Congress, Attorneys Scramble to Defend Historic Symbols of Faith
How much longer will America be "One nation under God?"
by Pete Winn

The upcoming 4th of July Independence Day holiday finds pro-family groups working hard against uphill odds to protect important symbols of America’s heritage and faith.

‘One Nation Under God’

Members of the House Wednesday passed and sent the Senate the first piece of what they are calling the American Values Agenda — H.R. 42, the Freedom to Display the Flag Act, sponsored by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md.
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Politics
 
Explore Importance of Voting Your Values
by Wendy Cloyd
 
"Values voters" heavily influenced the 2004 election, not only returning President Bush to office but passing 11 marriage-protection amendments and electing seven new pro-lifers to the Senate.
 
To help even more Americans join the influential ranks of these ballot-casters, Focus on the Family has launched its iVoteValues.org Web site. Its goal: to motivate people concerned about the moral issues at play in the culture to be involved in getting values-oriented candidates elected to public office.
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So what if I gained from affirmative action — it’s still wrong ( Must read!)
by La Shawn Barber

"…We have seen the High Court of the country declare that discrimination based on race was repugnant to the Constitution, and therefore void." — President Lyndon Johnson, 1965

On Monday, June 23, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court disregarded the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and upheld the University of Michigan Law School’s race preference policy.
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The second wrong
Why affirmative action cannot lead toward racial reconciliation
by Marvin Olasky

California referendum, Texas case, Congressional legislation-affirmative action is being debated among God’s children throughout the land once again, with learned discourses on both sides. I’m not a very good "briefer," as they say in Washington, because I tend to throw complications at politicians who want simple answers, but on this issue I can keep it simple.

Here goes: God is our father. I’m a father too. And although I can in no way fathom the depths of God’s mind, I can know what God thinks about race from reading the Bible. I can get a sense of his emphasis on the importance of evenhanded treatment for all his children from the way my children-created in God’s image-explode when they believe they have been treated unfairly.
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Miscellaneous

Keeping pastors accountable (Must read!)
by William Dicks

It always amazes me that in the church, where people are to be the safest possible, one can find some of the most horrendous abuses of the very people that the church is to keep safe!

Just look at the sexual abuse cases in the church, from Roman Catholic to Independent Baptist. It makes me sick to the stomach that men who were trusted by the church, family, friends and little children could sink so law as to molest little children.
Read more…

 

Website of the week…

Grace and Truth Audio Sermons
 
Quote of the week…


"
The theologian’s task is not to divert the ears with chatter, but to strengthen consciences by teaching things true, sure, and profitable."

John Calvin,
Institutes of the Christian Religion 1.14.4



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  1. 8 July 2006 at 5:50 am

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  2. 4 July 2006 at 12:01 am

    Dissident JW member speaks out. The core dogma of the Watchtower organization is that Jesus had his second coming ‘invisibly’ in the year 1914.Their entire doctrinal superstructure is built on this falsehood. Jehovah’s Witnesses door to door recruitment is by their own admission an ineffective tactic. They have lost membership in all countries with major Internet access because their false doctrines and harmful practices are exposed on the modern information superhighway. There is good and valid reasons why there is such an outrage against the Watchtower for misleading millions of followers.Many have invested everything in the ‘imminent’ apocalyptic promises of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and have died broken and beaten. Now if you wanted to know about the quality of a product,would you listen to the seller’s pitch or a longtime customer?— Respectfully,Danny Haszard http://www.freeminds.org

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