This is What Churches Do- They Hold Their Members Accountable

Jess Sessions is a member of a Church.  And that Church is holding him accountable.  Donald Trump is not a member of a Church.  Were he, that Church, if it were really a Church, would hold him accountable.

Trump’s so called religious advisory council is supposed to have pastors on it, but none of them are real pastors or they would remind Trump of his accountability to God.

More than 600 members of the United Methodist Church have issued a formal complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a fellow church member, charging that his “zero tolerance” policy on immigration violates church rules and may constitute child abuse.

Officially, the complaint charges Sessions with violating the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline, its code of laws and social principles. Such charges could lead to a church trial, though few expect that to happen to the attorney general, the country’s top lawman.
Instead, the 640 Methodists charging Sessions, who include both clergy and lay members, have asked for a “reconciling process that will help this longtime member … step back from his harmful actions and work to repair the damage he is currently causing to immigrants, particularly families and children.”
The complaint is addressed to the pastors at two churches Sessions attends, in Mobile, Alabama, and Clarendon, Virginia. It charges Sessions with violating church rules or principles on child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination and “dissemination of doctrines contrary” to those of the United Methodist Church.
“While other individuals and areas of the federal government are implicated in each of these examples,” the complaint reads, “Mr. Sessions — as a long-term United Methodist in a tremendously powerful, public position — is particularly accountable to us, his church.”
This is Church.  This is why Trump needs to be in Church.

Quote of the Day

Jeremiah teaches us, by his own example, that our constancy and firmness ought not to be weakened though the whole world loaded or almost overwhelmed us with reproaches. We ought, then, to understand that courage of mind ought not to fail or be weakened in God’s servants, however wickedly and contumeliously they may be treated by the world. – John Calvin

Signs of the Times

Besides Satan, Who is This OK With?

Seriously. If this is ok with you, only God’s righteous judgment awaits you.

Twitter Theology that Makes me Sigh

Nope- Love isn’t God.  Scripture nowhere says love is God.  Saying love is God is idolatry, pure and simple.

Signs of the Times

Nope.  Sorry, Sparky, not even close contextually.  Try again.  Or better, don’t try at all until you’ve actually studied the Bible.  A LOT.

Handing the Evil One over to Satan for the Destruction of His Flesh

For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present I have already pronounced judgment in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing. When you are assembled, and my spirit is present with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord  (1 Cor 4:3-5).

Let the reader understand.

Signs of the Times

Ιησους….   I’m speechless.  I pray God destroy those responsible for this monstrous evil.

Mission Zwingli: Prophezei

To The Followers of Donald J. Trump

If you attend church and you think it’s ok to mistreat children, the only thing you should be doing is kneeling at the altar begging God for forgiveness and repenting.

Signs of the Times

If This Doesn’t Suffice To Guide Your Views of Immigration, You Just Don’t Care What the Bible Says, About Anything, So Stop Talking About It

Exodus 23:9 —  “You must not oppress foreigners. You know what it’s like to be a foreigner, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.”

Deporting the ‘Illegal Immigrant’ Pregnant Mom But Allowing the Fetus to Stay: How the ‘Prolife’ Right Works

Prolife judge Anthony Gabel ordered Fairuz Naoum, a pregnant illegal immigrant, to be deported back to Iraq last week, just moments before giving her unborn baby permission to stay in the United States.

Gabel told EOTT this morning that 27-year-old Naoum, a Christian living in Dearborn, Michigan, would have to leave the country immediately, though her deportation back to her native Iraq meant a possible death sentence.

“I understand the gravity the situation,” Gabel said as he brushed off some lint from his “Choose Life” t-shirt. “I’m not stupid. I know that sending anyone, let alone a Christian, back to Iraq essentially means sending them back into ISIS territory, where they’ll will be hunted down for the foreseeable future. But unfortunately, she’s already outside of the womb, which means I owe her nothing.”

Gabel went on to say that the fetus inside Naoum had rights bestowed upon him by the Creator, and that he could not “in good conscience deport one of God’s creatures.”

“Under the ruling,” Gabel explained, “Naoum will be forced to either voluntarily leave the United States with her unborn baby, or to induce labor and to have the child, which would give the baby the right to…wait, giving birth to the baby would automatically make it no longer unborn, meaning I, a good Christian man, don’t have to give a crap about it.”

At press time, Gabel is looking into changing the ruling so that Naoum does not spawn another illegal immigrant that would most likely become a terrorist.

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Yes, EOTT is a satire site.  But satire usually makes sense because it sounds true.  It’s mockery at its finest.

The ‘Prophezei’: The Most Significant Contribution to the History of Theological Education to Come from The Reformation

The first Reformed ‘University’ in the world was founded on the 19h of June, 1525 in Zurich under the name of the ‘Prophezei’.  Of it Schaff writes

A theological college, called Carolinum, was established from the funds of the Great Minster, and opened June 19, 1525. It consisted of the collegium humanitatis, for the study of the ancient languages, philosophy and mathematics, and the Carolinum proper, for the study of the Holy Scriptures, which were explained in daily lectures, and popularized by the pastors for the benefit of the congregation. This was called prophesying (1 Cor. 14:1). Zwingli wrote a tract on Christian education (1526). He organized this school of the prophets, and explained in it several books of the Old Testament, according to the Septuagint. He recommended eminent scholars to professorships. Among the earliest teachers were Ceporin, Pellican, Myconius, Collin, Megander, and Bibliander. To Zwingli Zurich owes its theological and literary reputation. The Carolinum secured an educated ministry, and occupied an influential position in the development of theological science and literature till the nineteenth century, when it was superseded by the organization of a full university.

There is little doubt that the establishment of the Prophezei was the most important and lasting contribution Zwingli made to the history of Christian theology.

Each day of classes began with the following prayer:

Omnipotens sempiterne et misericors Deus, cuius verbum est lucerna pedibus nostris et lumen semitarum nostrarum, aperi et illumina mentes nostras ut oracula tua pure et sancte intelligamus et in illud quod recte intellexerimus transformemur, quo maiestati tuae nulla ex parte displiceamus: per Jesum Christum dominum nostrum. Amen.

Perhaps theological education in our own day could benefit by the sincere utterance of that prayer. Certainly, our own theological work could.

The Prayer Which Opened the Daily Sessions of the Prophezei

Omnipotens sempiterne et misericors Deus, cuius verbum est lucerna pedibus nostris et lumen semitarum nostrarum, aperi et illumina mentes nostras ut oracula tua pure et sancte intelligamus et in illud quod recte intellexerimus transformemur, quo maiestati tuae nulla ex parte displiceamus: per Jesum Christum dominum nostrum. Amen.*
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*Written by Zwingli

The Birthday of the Prophezei

Under Zwingli’s leadership…

A theological college, called Carolinum, was established from the funds of the Great Minster, and opened June 19, 1525. It consisted of the collegium humanitatis, for the study of the ancient languages, philosophy and mathematics, and the Carolinum proper, for the study of the Holy Scriptures, which were explained in daily lectures, and popularized by the pastors for the benefit of the congregation. This was called prophesying (1 Cor. 14:1).  Zwingli wrote a tract on Christian education (1526).   He organized this school of the prophets, and explained in it several books of the Old Testament, according to the Septuagint. He recommended eminent scholars to professorships. Among the earliest teachers were Ceporin, Pellican, Myconius, Collin, Megander, and Bibliander. To Zwingli Zurich owes its theological and literary reputation. The Carolinum secured an educated ministry, and occupied an influential position in the development of theological science and literature till the nineteenth century, when it was superseded by the organization of a full university. — Philip Schaff

The Prophezei

Politicians Should Not Be Allowed Within 500 Miles of the Bible

They all distort it.  They are all dilettantes.

A new report performed by a coalition of Christian theologians confirmed Monday what many have already suspected: that the nation’s Democrats and Republicans are more divided than ever before over exactly how the Bible should be misinterpreted, misapplied, and misused to support their own political agenda.

The nation’s leftists and conservatives are drifting further and further apart as proponents of both worldviews grapple with how the Bible should be contorted in order to fit one’s political philosophy. While both Democrats and Republicans agree that the Bible should be ripped out of context at will in order to support one’s position, they couldn’t be further divided when it comes to exactly how the Bible should be exploited for political gain.

“While Democrats prefer to cite passages about treating the stranger and foreigner with compassion completely out of their original context, Republicans tend to focus on passages about obeying government authorities, while they themselves encourage dissent and resistance when given laws contradict the Bible,” said one researcher. “Although the left and the right have been split over many issues over the years, the deep divide over which Bible passages to cite and which to ignore in the midst of a given national policy debate represents perhaps the widest philosophical chasm we’ve seen between the two parties.”

When The Swiss Troll you, You Are Well and Truly Trolled

Politicians are Ripe for Judgment

If you need proof that politicians are contemptible simply take note of their silence about the inhumane and godless mistreatment of children at the border until the ground swell of public opinion forced them to break silence. Were they truly moral people, they would have decried the evil when it first came to light. Period. Full stop. They are without excuse.

16 There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that hurry to run to evil,
19 a lying witness who testifies falsely,
and one who sows discord in a family.  (Prov 6)

America’s politicians are guilty of 7 of these.