Daily Archives: 16 Oct 2016

Sin: An Observation

Sin does as much damage to the body as it does to the soul.  Over time, the physical effects of sin take as great a toll as the spiritual affects.  That’s why God hates it so.

More Pentebabbleist Megachurch Nutbaggery

I thought this was in The Onion or the Babylon Bee… But it isn’t.  It’s in the Christian Post.  Because it’s real.

An Oregon church that instituted a ban on fat people as part of a slew of mandatory guidelines to be a part of the congregation’s worship team has come under fire online for the discriminating rule it says is necessary, in part, for the anointing to flow through team members.

Officials at the controversial church identified as the New Creation Church, in Hillsboro, Oregon, initially had the “Worship Team Guidelines” posted on their website but removed it after it began receiving unwanted attention. A copy of the guidelines, however, was made available elsewhere and it details the ban on “excessive weight” among worship team members along with a number of other typical holiness requirements common to Pentecostal churches, like evidence of speaking in other tongues.

“No Excessive weight. Weight is something that many people have to deal with. Make sure that you are taking care of your temple, exercising and eating properly,” the church warned.

The Christian Post reached out to the church on Thursday about the document and a frustrated church member responded: “Thank you for calling but we have no comment.”

It is made very clear in the document that while image is very important in this house of God, worship team members must also dress with moderation.

“We want the worship team to look the best they can! Remember that the way we look is of utmost importance. We are the first thing the congregation sees. People do judge by appearance. We never get a second chance to make that first impression. Please be sure that your style and clothing bring honor and glory to God, isn’t excessive and doesn’t draw unnecessary attention to yourself,” it said.

Despicable.  And deplorable.  This isn’t a Church.  It is a pentebabbleist cult.

News for the Barthians

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News For the Barthians

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The Republican Law Firm That Just Eviscerated Trump’s Claim of a ‘Rigged Election’

Let’s dispense with this notion that the election is rigged, shall we? First, US elections are held in public places, in open rooms, in plain view of all assembled. No back rooms, no secret doors or hallways. Ordinary citizens, not government bureaucrats, serve as election officials and conduct the election. They check in voters, confirm IDs, keep records.Laws require these election officials to be Republicans and Democrats, drawn from lists provided by local political parties. Laws also permit parties and candidates to place watchers in each polling place to stand over the election officials and monitor them as they work.

Political parties can (and should) train their watchers so they understand how the election is supposed to be conducted. Watchers can challenge the conduct of the election by pointing out errors and irregularities to election officials and asking to have them corrected. If election officials refuse to correct errors, party lawyers are standing by to intercede with state election administrators and courts if necessary.

Our elections are conducted on equipment that has been tested, in a public proceeding, that is observed by party and candidate representatives. Following testing, voting equipment is locked and sealed, then equipment keys are locked and sealed separately. Voting machines are equipped with multiple interconnected counters that make it impossible to add or remove votes secretly. Candidate and party representatives get to observe and cross-check those counters at testing, before polls open and after they close.

When voting is complete, election officials count votes and tally results. Candidate and party representatives observe this process, too. Then, following the election, there is a public canvass at which the results are redetermined, to make sure that we got it right. The canvass is a public proceeding that is conducted by the same ordinary citizens who ran the election, both Republicans and Democrats. And just as on Election Day, candidate/party representatives can observe the work of canvass officials, object to errors and improper procedures.

Throughout the election, officials keep detailed records – who voted, where, when and how, and how many people voted overall. After the election, these records are open to public inspection. Anyone who knows what they’re doing can reconstruct the election.

There is human error in every election – a lot of it, actually. But our election laws anticipate it and are designed to catch and fix it. There is attempted cheating too – and some very small fraction of it probably succeeds. That’s why laws permit party watchers.

But the election is not rigged. To rig an election, you would need:

  • (1) technological capabilities that might exist only in Mission Impossible movies;
  • plus (2) the cooperation of the Republicans and Democrats who are serving as a precinct’s election officials;
  • plus (3) the blind eyes of Republican and Democratic poll watchers;
  • plus (4) the cooperation of another set of Republicans and Democrats – the officials at the post-election canvass;
  • plus (5) the blind eyes of their watchers.

Then you’d still have to trick lawyers, operatives and election administrators, who are scrubbing precinct-level returns for aberrant election results.

So any candidate who implies that his/her followers need to take the law into their own hands on Election Day is horribly manipulating them inciting them to disrupt the election, setting them up to break laws and be arrested. Which may be exactly what he/she wants.

This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t watch the election.  We absolutely should. But watching means signing up, getting trained, understanding the election process and conducting yourself appropriately on Election Day.

Watching doesn’t mean loitering menacingly in and around a polling place. That’s not poll watching, that’s voter intimidation.

Republican leaders and lawyers should speak out against this fantastical nonsense. In addition to undermining public faith and confidence in our electoral system, which is foundational to the legitimacy of our government, it is undermining legitimate efforts to recruit and train watchers to observe this election to ensure that it is free, open, fair and honest.

Via.  Trump needs to stop lying.  And his supporters need to be the ones to tell him so.

Fact Check Your Books

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Here’s what Luther actually said-

As far as that goes, we are all consecrated priests through baptism, as St. Peter says in I Peter 2[:9], “You are a royal priesthood and a priestly realm.” (Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 44: The Christian in Society I (ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann; vol. 44; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 127.)

So, yeah, your thesis is wrong, Brazos.  ‘We are ALL consecrated PRIESTS’ means we are all, as believers, Priests.  If that isn’t the priesthood of the believer, pray tell, what precisely is it?

Fun Facts From Church History: The Outbreak of Bolsec-ianism

At a general meeting, held October 16, 1551, the minister of Jussy, Jean de Saint André, in preaching from the words of St. John, (8:47,) “He that is of God heareth God’s words …,” took occasion to develop the doctrine of eternal election, declaring that “those who are not regenerated by the Spirit of God, continue in a state of rebellion even to the end, because obedience is a gift accorded only to the elect.”

He had scarcely finished speaking when one of the hearers rose up, and pronounced this doctrine false and impious, accompanying his discourse with coarse abuse of those who make God the author of sin, and exhorted the people to guard against this new doctrine as a detestable piece of folly. This man was the old Carmelite monk, Jerome Bolsec, a physician, preacher, and poet, who, wandering by turns in France and Italy, had retired to Geneva some months previously, where he had already frequently attacked the doctrines of Calvin.

Unnoticed in the crowd, the Reformer, whom Bolsec had thought absent, immediately rose up, and by a succession of testimonies borrowed from the writing of Augustine, eloquently refuted his adversary.

Arrested on account of the temerity of his language, and interrogated by the magistrate, Jerome refused to retract, and was thrown into prison. The case was brought before the Council, where he boldly maintained his opinion, adding, besides, that many of the Swiss ministers shared in his sentiments.

Before pronouncing a judgment, which the ministers of Geneva earnestly desired, the magistrates wrote concerning the subject to three reformed towns, namely, Zurich, Berne, and Bâle, furnishing them with a list of the errors of Bolsec, and asking their advice as to how they should treat him.*

The proceedings of the trial have been published in two very excellent volumes.  Whatever you think of Bolsec’s ridiculous views, his willingness to spew them in Geneva shows him to be quite insane.

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*Jules Bonnet, Letters of John Calvin

Civics 101

American voters do not elect the President directly.  They vote for members of the Electoral College.  Those members of the electoral college vote on the President.  Popular voting numbers are meaningless.  Al Gore won the popular vote but George Bush was selected by the electoral college and he became President.  It’s Civics 101.

You can vote for whomsoever you wish and the Electoral College will select whomsoever it wishes.  It’s just that simple.  Thanks, Founding Fathers, for ensuring the power of the Oligarchy no matter what the populace wants.

Woe to You, America

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isa. 5:20)

‘Evangelicals’ Have Lost all Sense of Morality

How is it that Evangelicals- even 1 of them- actually believe that Trump is a moral person?  He’s a serial adulterer, profane, perverted, owns casinos, can’t be faithful to his spouse, multiply married, and more.  So how is he considered moral?

What’s wrong with you people?  The non believers and everyone else have more understanding of morals than you do.

What’s wrong with you?  You’re as depraved as Trump is.

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