Monthly Archives: April 2017

UMC clergy demand LGBT ordination

Monday morning, the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus (UMQCC) issued a letter to the UMC that presses the denomination to be more inclusive of LGBT members inside the church.

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There is nothing Christian about abortion 

Can you claim to be “born-again” when you won’t allow others to be born in the first place? Here’s how abortion strikes at the heart of the Christian faith.
Catholics and evangelicals are often told how obsessed we are with so-called “culture war” issues like marriage, religious freedom, and abortion. If we’d only stop being so political and focus on proclaiming Christ, say some, we’d win a lot more converts.
But this isn’t how a Christian worldview works. The Scriptural premise, that God made human beings in His image, naturally leads us, as it has Christians throughout history, to protect and cherish those who bear that image. Ignoring evils perpetrated against bearers of the divine image denies what we know to be true about God. In other words, a distorted view of human beings always goes hand-in-hand with a distorted view of God.
Take, for example, a new book by self-proclaimed “born-again” Christian, Willie Parker titled, “Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice.” As Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission describes, the book is a would-be manifesto on the morality and even godliness of abortion.
Parker, an OBGYN, has performed countless abortions. He describes working a circuit of Planned Parenthood clinics in the South, performing abortions “over and over, like the athlete who goes to the gym after practice to shoot three-pointers.”
And as the recipient of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger award, it’s clear Parker has made the fight to keep abortion legal a major life goal. But unlike most pro-choice activists, this OBGYN tries to root his case for killing the unborn in his Christian faith.
Citing writers like C. S. Lewis (who would definitely take exception), Parker argues that abortion is consistent with Christian love. He even claims that Jesus Himself would have been an abortion supporter. In a 2015 New York Times piece, Parker recasts Christ’s beloved parable of the Good Samaritan as an endorsement of the so-called “right to choose”:
“It is the deepest level of love,” he writes, “that you can have for another person, that you can have compassion for their suffering and you can act to relieve it. That, simply put, is why I provide abortion care.”
Not surprisingly, Parker radically dehumanizes the unborn to reach his conclusion that killing them is an act of love. To call a fetus a “baby,” he argues, is to “anthropomorphize” the entity in the womb. Even liberal women do this, he complains, when they come in for ultrasounds and hear their babies’ heartbeats. He can’t understand what he calls the “fetishization of motherhood and children.” Little wonder for someone who compares killing the unborn to practicing basketball.
But he also finds it necessary to depersonalize God along with His unborn image-bearers. Parker chides believers for viewing the Almighty as a personal Being Who judges the living and the dead, calling this a “tendency to anthropomorphize God.” And the idea of conception or birth as “a miracle,” he writes, “does an injustice to God.” He prefers, instead, to view life as a “process.”
As Russell Moore points out, Parker’s willingness to strip the unborn of their identity has led him to strip God of His identity. Let me be clear: there’s nothing biblical—and therefore nothing Christian—about Parker’s views about either God or man. And so, there’s nothing Christian about his views of or participation in the killing of innocent unborn life.
And Parker’s Judas routine just makes matters worse. Only his thirty pieces of silver takes the form of fawning endorsements from Cecile Richards and Gloria Steinem, both of whom are more than happy to gloat, “See, you can be a Christian and support abortion.”
But moral issues like abortion are inseparable from the core beliefs of Christian worldview, like the imago Dei. To embrace abortion requires rejecting what God has revealed about both Himself and about humanity.
Parker and other self-proclaimed Christian abortion supporters may claim they’re doing “life’s work.” But what they preach is no good news at all. It’s a gospel of death.

God’s Grace is enough ( a thought on the Bible ) 

Listen to a thought on the Bible right here, or read it below.

If you are a follower of Jesus, and right with God you should always be happy, along with healthily, right? 

   Hi I’m Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

This is what it says in 2 Corinthians 12.

:8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

  The teaching which says you should always be healthy, and happy is a lot of times referred to the health,and wealth gospel.

 We can learn from what Paul teaches in 2 Corinthians 12,that the health, and wealth gospel is not Bible.

 There are times God will take away our pain, but other times like for Paul here he wants to teach us something. He wanted to teach Paul his grace was sufficient to see him through his trial.He might want to do the same for you. You see God’s grace not only allows us to come into a relationship with Christ. It also allows us to deal with setbacks, and the hard stuff in life.

   Those who teach the wealth, and health gospel must believe Paul was not right with God. Though they may not admit that. 

     I don’t know what you are facing today. It may be a divorce, death of a love one, a health issue, a child who is struggling in the faith. A parent who is getting older. Like I said I don’t know what you are facing, I do know just like it was for Paul,God’s grace is enough to see you through what you are facing. 

   The Bible says we can do all things through Christ, but we must let him into the driver’s seat. He is not our copilot. He is the Master, the Lord, and Savior.Turn your issue over to him. Do it today.

 That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 
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The true colors of Margaret Sanger ( she has blood on her hands ) 

Margaret Sanger: “We Do Not Want Word to Go Out That We Want to Exterminate the Negro Population”

Lordship of Christ, the grace of God, and repenting of sins

( Below is my thoughts on some Christian doctrines which I put in a newsletter I send out to friends. I hope it will bless you. Most of all my desire is it would challenge you.)

     I have a question for you. What did you do to get right with God, or what can you do to stay right with the Lord? 

       I have heard teachings which say we should not use the term accept Christ. We should just preach repentance, and the Lordship of Christ. I also know of a speaker who said the best thing God gave us was the law, the Ten Commandments. 

   I believe the law is a powerful tool we can use to show good, and religious people they are sinners. The law is not the best thing God gave us. The law can not save one soul. 
       At the same time there are souls who love the Lord,who are concerned by what they call easy believism. 

              I saw this years ago when I helped out at a junior high camp. The speaker for the most part asked who wanted to go to heaven. That was his way of getting kids to embrace Christ. Now I know God can use a soul’s desire to go to heaven to bring him to Christ. At the same time that is the end result of a relationship with God.That should not be the main goal in receiving Christ. I am sure God saved some of those kids who wanted to go to heaven. But I believe we need to be careful when our preaching is just about going to heaven. 

    On the other hand I think those who are concerned about using the term accepting Christ are missing something. If they are not careful they may forget God’s grace, love, and mercy. They may judge other ministries. And at times if they do not watch out, they could become fruit police. “She doesn’t have true saving faith because she has not really repented. That ministry is just telling people to accept Christ. They are not preaching the need to repent.”What does it mean to repent? It means to turn away from known sin. To embrace Christ is an act of repentance. Yes, we should preach sin. But preaching sin, and the law will not make one right with God. It is God’s grace which saves us. I think some churches don’t preach on sin along with repenting enough. All churches,and believers should preach grace. After all that is what will save us. Some folks need to be shown they are sinners by using the law. Others just need to be shown God loves them. My experience has been those who concerned about making salvation too easy, is they don’t preach grace along with God’s love enough. 

Far as not telling folks to accept Christ. What does the Bible tell us in John 1:12. “To those who receive him, he gave the right to become children of God.”If it is done the right way,it is Bible to tell folks they need to receive Christ. Also we don’t make Christ Lord, or Savior. He is both of those. When we come to Christ we receive him as those. 

  We in the body of Christ should learn from each other. Those who are concerned about easy believing have some good points. 

If this was a joke it might be funny, the UN  thinks Saudi Arabia is a good place to talk about women’s rights 

The United Nations is proving once again how out of step it is with western values.

Here is the story.

‘Complete Fabrication’: Sean Hannity Responds To Recent Allegations

Here is the news story.

John 3:16 written on the head of a former NFL player who took his own life, ( only God knows where his heart was ) 

Read the post, and the story. 

Colleges need to discipline youth, which try to stop those on the right from talking 

A conservative group on Friday threatened to take legal action against UC Berkeley if student sponsors are not allowed to pick the date and location for an appearance by commentator Ann Coulter.
Coulter had been scheduled to speak on the demonstration-weary campus on April 27, but Berkeley officials refused permission, citing safety concerns. Amid public criticism, the administration on Thursday agreed to set the event for May 2, at midday, in a science hall away from the central campus.

( Billy’s thoughts – I for one am tired of colleges not taking action against those who try to keep folks on the right from giving talks. Some college kids need discipline. Discipline is a good thing, if you are two years old, or 19 years old. Read the rest of the above story here. )

Freed American charity worker returns to US after Egypt detention ,( thank you President Trump )

Here is the story.