Saturday, June 27, 2015

Paul T. McCain, official of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, compares Gays and Lesbians with Goats

June 26, 2015  U.S. Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in all 50 states.

"A tragic day when sexual perversion and lawlessness won a battle. The war continues. ...we should not use the words the homosexual movement wants to use.  It is "homosexual marriage" not "same-sex" or "gay" marriage.

"Sodomy" is precisely what male anal copulation is. It is time for Christians to NOT lose their natural and innate revulsion and disgust for such disgusting sexual behaviors. Any man who puts his penis into another mans anus for sexual pleasure is engaging in a vile, abhorrent, unnatural and perverse activity. "Perverse" is precisely what homosexual sex acts are. Truth.

The Christian Church has been around for thousands of years, and simply because a court of a nation has said that a perverted sexual relationship is a "marriage" makes no difference to it. The truth remains the truth.  You can go ahead and declare human/goat relationships 'marriage' for all we care.  Two men indulging in sick, disgusting acts do not change the truth."

                                                                               ---Rev. Paul T. McCain
                                                                                         Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod



Source:  here and here.   (Rev. McCain often uses aliases when posting comments on the internet.  Rev. McCain uses the alias, "Kleine (Little) Luther" on the fundamentalist, right-wing, gay-bashing blog from which these quotes are taken and to which these links will take you.)


McCain
The Reverend, Paul T. McCain
Publisher & Executive Director of Editorial,
Concordia Publishing House
 Official publishing house of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
Ordained minister and a member of leadership in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod



Friday, June 26, 2015

Justice and Liberty for All

The Supreme Court struck down state laws banning gay marriage today.  Gay and lesbian Americans are now free to love and marry just like the rest of us.  We've come along way!  Americans should be proud of this day.  It is an historic day.

Ask, and it shall be given to you


“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.   I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me[a] for anything, I will do it.            
                                                               
                                                                                                                ---Jesus of Nazareth 


Do you remember asking Jesus for the BIG stuff when you were a little kid?  You asked Jesus to give you three ponies ( a black one, a brown one, and a white one) for Christmas.  You asked Jesus to bring back your favorite GI Joe after he washed down the street drain in a storm.  When your dog, Tippy, died you asked Jesus to bring him back from the dead.  When you heard about all the starving children in the world, you prayed to Jesus to leave an envelope with one million bucks inside on your doorstep the next morning so you could feed all those starving kids.

So why don't you ask Jesus for the BIG stuff anymore?  He said to ask for anything and he would do it!

Answer:  When we get a little older we realize that Jesus didn't really mean what he said.  What he meant to say was this,

"If you ask anything in my name, I will do it...if...it is my will to do it.  If it isn't my will, I won't."

So as we get older we stop asking Jesus for the big things, the hard things, because we have learned that Jesus never answers those prayers.  Ok, maybe once in a great while Jesus answers a big or hard prayer but it is always something that could have happened by chance anyway, isn't it?  Even really rare things can happen by chance.  But Jesus never resurrects Grandpa or Grandma from the dead, no matter how hard we pray, does he?  Jesus never reattaches a severed limb from an amputee, does he?

No, Jesus doesn't answer those prayers.  That is asking Jesus for just a little too much, isn't it, dear Christian?  That is why when you get older you only ask Jesus for the easy stuff:  To bless your food.  To give you a "nice day".  To keep your kids safe. 

And when it is time to go to bed at night, you get down on your knees by your bed and you ask Jesus to bless everyone in your life; you thank him for having let you and your children live one more day...and then you fall asleep into your pillow...to wake up in the morning...to repeat the same prayer...full of easy requests, so you don't ask too much of Jesus...who promised to give you anything that you asked for.

But, maybe you're not asking Jesus for too much.  Maybe the reason Jesus doesn't answer the big or the hard prayer requests is because Jesus can't hear you.  Jesus can't hear you...because Jesus is dead.

Dear Christian:  You are an adult now.  Just as you stopped believing in imaginary beings called Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, it is time to stop believing in and praying to an ancient man/god who died 2,000 years ago.  The "Virgin Birth", the "Resurrection", etc.,  are ancient folk tales.  Jesus doesn't answer your prayer requests any more than Santa and the Tooth Fairy answered your requests to them when you were a kid. 

It's a silly superstition and nothing more, friend.  The fact that Jesus doesn't answer your "big" prayers is proof.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Asking Fundamentalist Baptist Pastor Bill to provide Evidence, not Bible Verses

I had the following discussion by email with (Fundamentalist Baptist) Pastor Bill approximately a week ago.  I haven't heard from him since so it is possible that he has decided not to continue our discussion regarding my loss of faith and the reliability, divine inspiration of the Bible.  Time will tell, I guess.


Pastor Bill:

...salvation is a wonderful thing, the more I try to give it away the better it is
to me. Actually, I've enjoyed writing, I've enjoyed the study, I've enjoyed the
prayer in preparing.

It is exciting to think that maybe someone, someday reading your blog would come
to know Christ as their Saviour.

Let me know... I actually have an answer about ready concerning the word "Hell"
and the Jewish Bible...

In Christ and Happy,
Pastor Bill
Col 2:6


Gary:

Dear Pastor Bill,

Thank you for offering to continue our discussion.  However, I am very hesitant,
for two reasons.

First:  One year ago in February, I was a happy believer in Jesus Christ as my
Lord and Savior.  At that time, I believed that I had been saved as a nine year
old boy when I prayed to Jesus to forgive me of my sins, to come into my heart,
and to be my Lord and Savior.  That belief did not change when I became a
Lutheran. 

In February of 2014, I became involved in an on-line discussion with a group of
atheists/agnostics/and other skeptics of the Bible...kind of like what you are
doing now.  My intention was to point out their errors, to preach the Gospel
them, and to win them to Christ.

However, four months later, they were still atheists and agnostics, and I had
become one of them!  I no longer believed that Jesus had been resurrected, that
Jesus was God, or that Yahweh ever existed.  I no longer considered myself a
Christian.

Are you, Pastor Bill, psychologically prepared for the same thing to happen to
you?

I was devastated by my loss of Faith.  I fear you would suffer even more
psychological trauma.  I do NOT want to be blamed for causing you to suffer a
terrible crises of faith.  If we proceed to discuss the Bible, I must know that
you accept the responsibility and consequences if you were to one day realize,
due to our discussions, that your faith is false and an illusion.

Secondly, if we are going to continue our discussion I must request (and insist)
that we discuss actual evidence for your claim that the Bible is the inerrant
Word of God.  I am not interested in reading Bible verses that support your
position.   I can look up Bible verses on my own.  I am very well versed in
fundamentalist Baptist beliefs.  I am not interested in further discussion if
the only evidence you have to present for the Bible being true...are Bible
verses saying that the Bible is true.  You are welcome to quote Christian
theologians, apologists, historians, etc., but I need more than Bible verses to
have a discussion with you.  If I want a sermon, there are plenty of
fundamentalist Baptist churches in my city.

So if we are agreed, I will be happy to continue our discussion.

Have a nice evening!

Gary

I never heard God speak to me

 

Growing up fundamentalist/evangelical, I was told that as a born-again Christian God would “speak to me”, “move me”, and “lead me” so that I would know and could follow his will. I listened to others talk about how God spoke to them, moved them, and led them to do this and to do that…but He never did the same for me. I finally came to the conclusion that there must be something wrong with me because God had decided he didn’t want to talk to me.  So I left the Church.

Many years later I became an orthodox Lutheran and was told that God doesn’t work like that. The evangelicals are wrong. The voice they are listening to is their own. According to “true” Christianity, God speaks to Christians in only one manner: through his Word, the Bible.

That gave me a lot of peace…until I found out that the “Word” is full of discrepancies, errors, and scribe alterations.

I was very sad (and angry) to find out—it is ALL nonsense.

So what about my problem of not hearing the "voice" that other evangelicals were hearing speak, move, and lead them?  After deconverting completely from Christianity, I came to realize that it was THEM, not me, that had the problem. They were hearing voices. I was the sane one...who did not.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Evidence that First Timothy and Titus were not written by Paul


The Naked Emperor's tailors must have been Episcopalians.




I and my wife attended Episcopal churches for several years at the beginning of our marriage as a "compromise" between her Roman Catholicism and my Lutheranism.  To this day, I still do not know the "official" Episcopalian position on any Christian doctrine!  At the time, it seemed to me that for every one Christian doctrine, Episcopalians had five different positions, with all five positions considered by the Episcopal Church as perfectly good "Episcopal teachings", no position contradicting the others...at least in the their minds.

Leave it to an Episcopalian to make sense out of utter nonsense, I say.

If you have been following this blog recently you know that I have been posting video lectures by New Testament Bible scholar, Dale B. Martin, professor of Religious Studies at Yale University.  If you have listened to Martin's lectures I'm sure that you will agree that he is an excellent speaker and very intelligently discusses fascinating insights into Early Christianity as revealed by close analysis of the biblical texts.  Here is what one conservative Christian blogger had to say about Professor Martin:

"...he’s not conservative on what the Bible teaches, for sure, and strikes me as one of these postmodern Jesus Seminar people who uses religious words, but is a naturalist who believes in a liberal Jesus as a nice idea, but doesn’t believe in the conservative historical Jesus at all. He seems to be more like these John Dominic Crossan / Marcus Borg types."

In his lecture series, Professor Martin picks apart the historical Jesus of conservative Christianity, leaving this branch of the Christian Faith in tatters.  However, during his lectures, Professor Martin refers to himself as "a good Episcopalian".  How can one believe that Jesus was simply a prophet, not the bodily resurrected Lord God, Ruler of Heaven and Earth, and still consider oneself a "good" Episcopalian, with the Episcopal Church being a church body with a long history of membership within orthodox Christianity, I must ask?

Leave it to the Episcopalians to "spin" a belief system so clever that one can claim to be a good Christian without having one stitch of Christian doctrine. 

The naked Emperor's tailors were surely Episcopalians!

Paul says that Abraham was justified by Faith. James says Abraham was justified by Works. Which is it?


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Which Gospel is this Passage from?


Peter Paul Rubens - Last Supper - WGA20255.jpg

10. Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world, and look, I'm guarding it until it blazes."
11. Jesus said, "This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away.
The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?"
12. The disciples said to Jesus, "We know that you are going to leave us. Who will be our leader?"
Jesus said to them, "No matter where you are you are to go to James, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being."
13. Jesus said to his disciples, "Compare me to something and tell me what I am like."
Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a just messenger."
Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher."
Thomas said to him, "Teacher, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are like."
Jesus said, "I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended."