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[In the early 2000s,  nearly 80%  of Americans identified as Christians.  By 2014 that number had dropped to  about 70% .  By 2018 that percentage remained  about the same , though the percentage of Americans who actually live biblically (revealing their faith to be real rather than fake) has apparently remained  fairly constant  for decades.  While the dominance of Christian self-identification has diminished, clearly the majority of Americans still at least claim to be Christians.  As we so often do on these pages, ASND simply asks, “If most Americans claim to be Christians, why don’t American Christians  vote  to have Christian (i.e. biblical) values represented and presented in Washington, D.C.?  Answer: Because not all  professing  “Christians”  are  actual Christians .   We offer dozens of examples for that answer  — with the requisite evidence — on this page. ]  

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mat+7%3A21&version=ESV

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith     by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons…
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Tim+4%3A1&version=ESV

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.  For people will… [have] the appearance of godliness, but [will be] denying its power.  Avoid such people.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2Tim+3%3A1-5&version=ESV

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Timothy+4:3&version=ESV

They {[who rejected] ‘sound [i.e. biblical] teaching‘} went out from us [Christianity], but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us.  But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Jn+2%3A19&version=ESV

Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+14%3A23&version=ESV

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+5%3A11&version=ESV

Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6:10&version=ESV

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?  Can that faith save him?…  But someone will say, You have faith and I have works.Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  You believe that God is one; you do well.  Even the demons believe — and shudder!  Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?  Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?  You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+2%3A14&version=ESV
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+2%3A18-24&version=ESV

By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Jn+3%3A10&version=ESV

Seek, first, the kingdom of God and His righteousness
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6:33&version=ESV

‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’  And [Jesus] said to him,          ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+22%3A36-38&version=ESV

[Christians must] destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+10%3A5&version=ESV

I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot.  Would that you were either cold or hot!  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+3%3A15-16&version=ESV

For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.  But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+6%3A7-8&version=ESV

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+1%3A22&version=ESV

So, whether you eat or drink [or vote], or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians+10:31&version=ESV

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Anti-Christian Politics:

“[Liberals] openly declare their desire to obliterate [Christianity].  In their own minds, their intentions are noble — they want to save the human race from the social injustice and oppression that [Christianity] allegedly inflicts on humanity.  ‘Religion must die in order for mankind to live,’ proclaimed left-wing commentator and comedian Bill Maher in Religulous, the most-watched documentary feature of 2008.

https://www.thenewamerican.com/print-magazine/item/32393-the-war-to-destroy-christianity-in-america

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“There is a deep spiritual crisis in… the United States.  Society has become void of any kind of fundamental values. In fact, morals and morality have been turned completely upside down.  It means that we are actually having a kind of mercy towards people [liberals] who want to do evil to our society, and we are very angry with people who tell the truth…  [Christians are] get[ing] socially marginalized [by liberals who are]… criminaliz[ing] your opinions…  [Liberalism has become] cultural Marxism [devoted to sexual] identity politics [e.g. homosexuality, transgenderism, etc.]…  It appears tolerant and loving, but it’s anything but.  It is a completely anti-Christian system.  And the most diabolical part of it is that [many professing ‘Christians’ are] using Christianity to welcome this [outright evil]…  [These professing ‘Christians’] are using… [left-wing, anti-Christian] ‘Christianity’ to break down the Christian culture…  I don’t think it’s possible to understand what’s going on today on the political scene if you don’t understand spirituality and these dominions that are unseen… we’re not fighting against flesh and blood but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  And I think they’re very much at work today…  [These anti-Christs] never come to you and present themselves as evil forces. They come in the disguise of something that is beautiful [i.e. liberalism] and looks really great and, you know, light.

https://stream.org/a-revolution-against-god-what-happens-now-that-europe-and-the-west-turned-their-backs-on-christianity/

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There’s a symbiosis to the way culture works.  We create culture by what we choose to do in the world [above all else, in how we choose to vote], and then culture in turn shapes us as it affects our perceptions of reality.”  [Rom 12:2]

https://salvomag.com/article/salvo43/watch-rescue-ops

[It is neither an accident or a coincidence that the right to vote — i.e. democracy — emerged in the Christian west centuries before it began to  spread  around the world.  Democracy is both a  logical  consequence  of biblical Christianity and a  gift  from Christ to His faithful church.  That His church —  i.e. evangelicals — have begun to ignore His explicitly expressed will (see above) in how they are to vote reveals the transience (i.e.  falsehood ) of their faith.]

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[I]f you really want to influence people in the Christian direction you must not only talk politics and deal with social conditions in speech, you must take an active part in them.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, M.D.,  30+years pastor, Westminster Chapel, London.

https://www.agradio.org/when-your-pastor-becomes-a-social-justice-warrior.html

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Legislating Morality:

Legislating Morality

http://trevorgrantthomas.blogspot.com/2013/03/legislating-morality.html

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Who Are You To Impose Your Morality on Others?

http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/201003/201003_114_IMPOSE_MORAL.cfm

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‘You can’t legislate morality’ actually means ‘You shouldn’t make laws based on              your morality, but on mine instead.’

http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/13/can-legislate-morality/

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You Can’t Not Legislate Morality

https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2013/06/you-cant-not-legislate-morality/

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Fear Theocracy?  That’s misguided.
All political beliefs are philosophical beliefs, and all philosophical beliefs are theological beliefs.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/05/fear_theocracy_bad_news_all_politics_is_theocratic.html

 

Is Legislating Morality Biblical?

http://www.equip.org/article/is-legislating-morality-biblical-2/

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Because every law springs from a system of values and beliefs, every law is an instance of legislating Morality…  The question before us is never whether or not to legislate morality, but which moral system ought to be made legally binding.

http://www.equip.org/articles/law-and-morality/

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The Separation Of Church And State Is An Impossible Fiction
It is impossible even at the conceptual level, let alone at the level of practice.

http://thefederalist.com/2019/01/21/separation-church-state-impossible-fiction/

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Should Christians Impose Their Moral Standards on Society?

http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2012/02/should-christians-impose-their-moral-standards-on-society.html

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If [Christians] don’t cast our votes [based on Christian principles], we will quickly lose our voice – not just politically but in other ways.  We will quickly find our rights disappearing. Hostility to Christians will become the national norm. We will be silenced on many fronts.  Why?  Because those who hate us won’t stop voting. And those who despise our morals won’t stop campaigning.  And the [anti-Christian, leftist] activists who feel a sacred calling to oppose us will be empowered.

https://stream.org/evangelical-christians-quandry-politics/ 

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Christians, Be Like Athanasius and Machen.  Stand Against the World.

https://stream.org/athanasius-machen-against-the-world/

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“Christianity”  Today:

[T]he Bible teaches a religion of public involvement; it’s actually a matter of Christian doctrine [see the many biblical citations just above].  And in a democracy, that necessarily includes political involvement.  So when people [including, amazingly, many professing “Christians”] tell [real] Christians we should keep our religion out of our politics, they’re imposing contrary, un-Christian [actually, anti-Christian] views on us.

https://stream.org/problem-evangelicals-and-politics/

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[I]t is now controversial to affirm the Christian Scriptures [even] in… allegedly Christian schools [which are several years behind the social and moral decline of society at large]…  To be unmoved [to action, especially in the voting booth] by this [reality] is to be indifferent, apathetic, compromised, and complacent.

https://stream.org/why-we-cannot-be-silent/

[ASND simply asks, “Where is Christ in any of those?”]

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The beliefs and practices of most people who call themselves Christians do not look like what we’d expect from people who are actual disciples of Christ…  Such ‘nominalism’ impacts everything [including] the rule of Christ [in political choice-making].”

https://www.whitehorseinn.org/2019/04/the-mod-christians-in-the-age-of-outrage-how-to-bring-our-best-when-the-world-is-at-its-worst-by-ed-stetzer/

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Christian Leaders Agree: The Church Isn’t Ready for What We’re Facing Today
The older churched generation still tends to think we live in a Christian culture, where people would believe in Christ if only they heard the message clearly enough.
Those days are long over.

https://stream.org/spiritual-leaders-agree-church-isnt-ready-facing-today/

[To understand why the church “isn’t ready for what we’re facing today,” see the From The Pulpit” section below.]

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Many “Christians” Now Cheer the Criminalization of Christianity

https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/16/dont-be-shocked-when-many-christians-cheer-the-criminalization-of-christianity/

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Based solely on the historical record compared with explicitly biblical standards of morality (the answer is not a matter of mere opinion), who was — far and away — America’s most anti-Christian President?

Hint: Like the “Christians” cited in the previous article, He claimed to be on himself.

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273643/americas-most-anti-christian-president-david-horowitz

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The story of Daniel and his friends is a clarion call to our generation to be courageous; not to lose our nerve and allow the expression of our faith to be diluted and squeezed out of the public space and thus rendered spineless and ineffective.

https://salvomag.com/article/salvo35/steeled-faith

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WWJD?

God Does, Indeed, Take Political Sides
Therefore Political Partisanship Is Morally Obligatory

https://www.str.org/articles/does-god-take-sides-why-political-partisanship-is-morally-obligatory

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God’s Side in Politics

http://www.str.org/articles/does-god-take-sides-why-political-partisanship-is-morally-obligatory

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Preaching the Gospel Does Not Mean Abandoning the Culture

https://stream.org/preaching-gospel-not-mean-abandoning-culture/

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The Good Samaritan does not show that government should confiscate wealth through taxation and redistribute it.  The Good Samaritan emphasizes voluntary charity to help people.
Subsidiarity: If a problem can be addressed by a lower level of society (family) then we shouldn’t make higher levels (government) address it; e.g., the best place to take care of children is within the family.

https://winteryknight.com/2018/11/10/jim-wallis-debates-jay-richards-on-christianity-and-economics/

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God certainly is not on the side of lawbreakers who happen to be poor…
Just as the rich are often tempted to be proud, denying God’s goodness, so the poor are tempted to covet the possessions of others [via  taxes  to pay for  unneeded  welfare ].

http://james-dave.com/conservlib2pfv.html

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Did Jesus advocate the socialistic, class warfare approach of the political left?
Not at all.

http://james-dave.com/conservlib1pfv.html

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Was Jesus Christ Was a Liberal/Progressive?
The fact is, one can scour the Scriptures with a fine-tooth comb and find nary a word from Christ that endorses the forcible redistribution of wealth by political authorities.
None, period.

https://fee.org/articles/42-jesus-christ-was-a-progressive-because-he-advocated-income-redistribution-to-help-the-poor/

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“Caring for the needy is certainly the work of God, but God’s work must also be done God’s way…  Ultimately, poverty  cannot be defeated  through human means, political or otherwise.  Despite more than a century of progressive reform, including the formal Progressive movement of the pre-World War One era, FDR’s ‘New Deal’, and LBJ’s ‘War On Poverty’, poverty is still a devastating reality to countless people…  This fact alone should provoke us to seriously reexamine both [liberal] priorities and [liberal] methods [since those were all failed liberal policies]…  in some cases, these programs have proven to be nothing more than [ ineffectivefalsely defended , and economically  debilitating ] political grandstanding.

http://james-dave.com/conservlib3pfv.html

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The Nine Deadly Sins of Liberalism/Progressivism

http://bruceashford.net/2019/the-nine-deadly-sins-of-progressivism/

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Christians who shun politics to supposedly advance the Gospel are actually allowing others to stop the Gospel.

http://townhall.com/columnists/frankturek/2012/10/23/north_korea_and_christians_in_politics/print

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Christians: The dumbest voting bloc in America?
With such a large percentage of people declaring themselves “Christian” everywhere across America, why have they not risen up and voted against the radical, anti-Christian Democrats?

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/01/the_dumbest_voting_bloc_in_america.html

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Just Some Of The Problems With Liberalism

https://www.firstthings.com/article/1996/03/the-problem-with-liberalism

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Liberalism’s war to destroy Christian America

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273176/defender-faith-bruce-thornton

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Wake Up, Christians.  There Is No Place For You In The Democrat Party.

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/wake-up-christians-there-is-no-place-for-you-in-the-democrat-party/

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Sex & Sexuality:

[See, also,  this page .]

Liberal [or progressive] ‘Christianity’ regards the Bible as a good book but insists it must be reinterpreted to comport with contemporary society…  [Proponents insist Christians must] affirm the new sexuality embodied in the LGBTQ movement or affirm the full authority of Scripture and be anathema in the postmodern culture… [effectively relegating Christians] to the outer margins of society…  [While it is]  tempting  for Christians seek a ‘middle ground’ on such issues, the Bible [i.e. God] provides no such option… [because] issues such as homosexuality cannot be defined on the world’s terms…  There’s no middle ground between affirming and denying the bodily resurrection of Christ.  There’s also no middle ground between defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman and saying it can be something else.

https://www.wnd.com/2019/06/billy-graham-mag-calls-out-lie-of-progressive-christianity/

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Since the early doctrinal creeds of Christianity omitted any mentions of human sexuality, does Christian orthodoxy require a particular position on human sexuality?
Absolutely.
The absence of an ethical stance in the creedal affirmations of the early church doesn’t mean there is no such thing as moral orthodoxy or an ecumenical ethical consensus.  Take infanticide as an example.  Christians over the centuries have defended the intrinsic worth and dignity of newborn babies, standing apart from ancient society when they refused to abandon their infants to the elements and rescued the abandoned infants of others.  This doctrine of human dignity and the corresponding ethic that prohibited infanticide is a good example of an orthodox ethic that, even though not explicitly spelled out in the creeds, follows as a good and necessary consequence of doctrines about God’s fatherhood, the nature of creation, and the broader theological vision assumed by the creedal tradition.  The same is true of sexuality.  The early Christian witness was both doctrinal and ethical.  Among early Christians, we find a strong emphasis on both beliefs and behaviors.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/really-orthodox-view-sexuality/

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10 Truths About Sex and the Bible

https://stream.org/10-challenging-truths-sex-bible/

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Defending the Biblical View of Sexuality

https://www.equip.org/article/defending-the-biblical-view-of-sexuality/

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What Christians Should Know About the So-Called “Equality Act”

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/faqs-christians-know-equality-act/

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Liberal “Equality” = Legal Persecution Of Christians
By excluding any religious consideration of sexual morality, the federal Equality Act would impose on an entire culture the unhealthy lifestyle of homosexual and transgender sexuality.

https://www.theaquilareport.com/equality-legal-persecution-of-christians/

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How is Christianity different from other religions when it comes to homosexuality?
As it turns out, it differs quite profoundly from all others, but not in the way the dominant [liberal] cultural voices say it does.
In a naturalistic worldview, people practicing [homosexuality]… are nothing special…  [N]one of [the pantheistic religions, like Hinduism] provide[s] any objective grounding for human value or identity.   Worse for the struggler looking for solid answers [about same-sex attraction and/or homosexuality because those religions] hold that suffering is an illusion, which is flat out insulting to a person in pain [not to mention an abject falsehood]… Islam is openly hostile to homosexuality. In some Islamic countries, homosexual acts are punishable by prison, flogging, and in some cases death…  [But Christians] intuitively know there is something about sex that makes it more than just a physical act… there is something sacredly fragile about sexuality, and sacred things are so special, they are worthy of protection.  God wants to protect the sacredness of sexuality from becoming common, and the boundaries given through the biblical sexual ethic guard the sacred specialness of sexuality…  [According to Christianity,] God created man and woman in the image of God.  [But m]an and woman being created in the image of God is a blasphemous concept to Islam, [it’s] a foreign concept in any pantheism, and [it’s] an absurdity in any naturalistic secularism.  Only the biblical worldview, which holds that all men and all women bear God’s divine image, gives any objective grounding for inherent human dignity and value…  [T]his leads to the reason why human sexuality is worth limiting to male-female marriage: It’s because sex is the way human life comes into the world.  Sex between a man and a woman is the only means by which such a precious being comes into this world…   because a human being is the sacred product of sex, the sexual process by which that person is made is also sacred.  The biblical ethic limits sexual expression to monogamous, male-female marriage because God is protecting something sacred and beautiful.  As we submit ourselves to the creational guideline, we are given the honor of reflecting an aspect of the divine splendor.

https://salvomag.com/article/salvo45/saving-truth-on-human-sexuality

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The concept of sexual orientation was first used by Freud… [who] was a product of the Romanticism of his day…  It makes sense that Freud would adopt an unstable, narcissistically self-referential lens through which to construct an identity for himself. He was an atheist…  Romanticism claimed that you know truth through the lens of your personal experience [rather than objective evidential analysis], and that no overriding or objective opposition can challenge the primal wisdom of someone’s subjective frame of intelligibility…  Romanticism says that you know the truth about reality through your own personal experience [alone]…  The Romantic period is typified by an uncontested embrace of personal experience, not merely as self-expression or self-representation, but also as epistemology and personal identity (i.e. who I am, ontologically).  So not only is experience the [only] way you know the truth about reality, it is also the [only] way you know the truth about yourself.  Or, to be more specific, it is the [only] way you discover who you are.  Into this self-referential milieu, Freud added sexual desires as an epistemological indicator. This precipitated a seismic shift in the way we think about people and sex.  It redefined men and women from people who are made in God’s image with souls that will last forever to people whose sexual drives and gender identifications define them and liberate them and set them apart…  ‘[S]exual orientation’ is what we call a neologism — a newly made-up [term].  It creates fictional identities that rob people of their true identity and re-maps personhood in a way that God does not…  Scripture gives the Christian clear categories of personhood grounded in the eternal, unchanging Creator…

https://salvomag.com/article/salvo36/vacating-freud

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“[Christians are called to] speakthe truth in love‘ [Eph 4:15].  Yet truth is love [2Th 2:10], [but many professing Christians] simply [do] not want to tell the truth about homosexuality… [First of all,] nobody is really [homosexual].  That is, nobody is fated to live the life of a [homosexual] and engage in that kind of degrading sex for their whole lives…  [Secondly, homosexual] sex combines the banality of masturbation with the danger of promiscuity.  You get all the  shamemisery, alienation, embarrassment, pain, filth,  disease,  and  self-doubt;  but you get no spontaneity.  You can never sire children in the same act that gives the other person pleasure.  And you will never get the wondrous feeling of knowing your body parts can bring your sex partner to a level of ecstasy that one can never achieve alone…  [Thirdly,] God’s perspective [sees] homosexuality [as] a huge deal. Sodom stands out as the great symbol of evil and its downfall went hand in hand with rampant homosexuality.  The first chapter of Paul’s key [doctrinal] epistle to the Romans places homosexuality front and center as it discusses the process by which people deceive themselves and become delivered to a depraved mind.  Homosexual intercourse was forbidden and vilified for thousands of years because it is too vile to be placed on par with normal sex. Homosexuality coincides overwhelmingly with slavery, rape, prostitution, prisons, drunkenness, and pedophilia precisely because gay sex requires at least one party to be damaged and humiliated by sodomy in real time.  Only someone who has been forced, paid, brainwashed, or groomed to accept self-harm as pleasure can make homosexual acts possible…  [Homosexual] men can come out of every closet save one.  They will never admit that what they do for sexual pleasure is half nightmare, half farce.  I got out of the [homosexual] lifestyle because I met a girl, fell in love, and gained the confidence to pursue what I always wanted: a lifelong romantic relationship that involved true sexual fulfillment, intimacy, pleasant companionship, and children.  That’s heterosexuality. Homosexuality provides none of those things…    [Christians] misfire tremendously by avoiding the confrontation with what [homosexual] sex has always been and protecting people from its harms…  No human being, created in the image of God, can be reduced to an identity based on sodomy.  [Homosexual] sex is dirty, dangerous, and bad [i.e. evil].  If our discussion standards stipulate that we cannot speak about dirty, dangerous, or [evil] things, then [Christians] might as well not [even participate in any] discussion [about homosexuality].

https://stream.org/the-lgbt-juggernaut-time-for-christians-to-face-our-failure/

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“Is the Bible fully authoritative over and sufficient to address human sexuality in a day when sexual perversion is being mainstreamed? [If not,  why  does someone who denies the full authority of the Bible identify as “Christian” ? If so, then why do we tolerate any ambiguity about same-sex attractions being anything other than ‘dishonorable passions‘ that, if acted upon, result in doing that which Scripture calls an  abomination  and ‘contrary to nature‘ ( Rom 1:26Leviticus 18:22 ).  Certainly, these biblical truths — like that of hell — should be taught with reverence, humility, and fear.  But they should be taught without any embarrassment or apology by those who are unashamed of the inerrant, authoritative Word of God.

https://founders.org/2019/04/05/same-sex-attraction-and-biblical-christianity-and-the-fractures-in-our-evangelical-mist/

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Is it possible for a genuine Christian to be attracted to someone of the same sex?
Yes, it is.
But can he or she ‘flourish’ while this attraction continues and defines them?
No.
If one would object that the attraction does not define them then why do they label themselves ‘same-sex attracted Christians’?  This is the very heart of the matter…

http://www.theundershepherd.com/lgbt/same-sex-attracted-christians

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There are at least four different positions held by professing Christians on same sex attraction (SSA):
1) Some define SSA as sexual desire and therefore always sinful (Denny Burk, Heath Lambert, Owen Strachan [and Robert Oscar Lopez,, featured prominently in this section of this page]).
2) Others see SSA as a pattern of temptation, which should be resisted (Sam Allberry, Edward Shaw, Rosaria Butterfield, with some nuance).
3) Others define SSA as a condition that can be transformed into something good (Wesley Hill, Nate Collins).
4) Some affirm the goodness of homosexual identity (Matthew Vines).
Each of the first three views affirms that sexual desire (lust) constitutes sin [outside of the context of and/or desire for marriage]… [View 3 alone allows for the] phrase [‘homosexual (or “gay”) Christian’, which] wrongly describes a Christian (i.e., by using the anthropological word ‘gay’ which theologically refers to a pattern of sinful desires).
[Only View 4 is wholly and completely devoid of biblical truth and therefore ontologically anti-Christian at its core.]

http://wyattgraham.com/what-is-the-disagreement-on-same-sex-attraction-about/

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The Biblical Case for Reparative, ‘Conversion’ Therapy Out Of Homosexuality

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/12/the_biblical_case_for_reparative_therapy.html

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Christians Who Oppose Conversion Therapy Need a Reality Check
I want Rosaria Butterfield, Sam Allberry, and Jackie Hill Perry to answer a simple yes-or-no question: Do you agree with the Anglican church’s ban on conversion therapy?  Yes or no.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/09/christians_who_oppose_conversion_therapy_need_a_reality_check.html

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“Identity” Politics:

It is no secret that [liberal] American politics ha[ve] been overtaken by identity politics — one of the popular layers in the social justice agenda…  Through [liberal] intersectionality‘, the more victim groups a person identifies with — the more power they can obtain… [and] intersectionality is now being used to leverage a social justice movement within evangelicalism…  [The new] grievance industry is a very lucrative industry and it has now entered evangelical circles… [One example:] A large number of Southern Baptist pastors would not embrace Beth Moore’s theology, but due to identity politics and the perceived need to empower women within evangelical denominations — she receives a pass on her  deficient theological positions … [Another example: B]oth the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) have been marked by the Revoice Conference controversy of 2018 that has promoted many troubling ideas and positions regarding same-sex attraction and LGBTQA+ Christianity…  Now, another ministry has arisen within evangelical circles with a similar purpose under the name, ‘Living Out’… [Another example:] Many black Christians are instructing white Christians to be quiet and listen on matters of social justice…  In some cases, [church elders] are being encouraged to choose lesser qualified black leaders over more qualified white leaders in order to reach the goal of diversity among church leadership… [S]ola Scriptura been [been] replaced by sola identitatem…  [I]dentity politics [has] hindered our ability to exercise good biblical discernment…  Pragmatism is the historic thorn in the church’s side.  The wave of the pragmatic movements such as the church growth movement have left the evangelical church weak and superficial in many ways.  When churches, seminaries, and denominations make decisions based upon the desired benefit rather than the truth of God’s Word — it weakens the church.  The desire to be culturally relevant has caused many churches and denominations to crumble…  While many conservative evangelicals embrace the sovereignty of God and the sufficiency of Scripture — they give greater priority to pragmatism in how they make decisions…  The church in America today is being driven off course by identity politics.  The identity of the church today is being attached to the color of skin and the priority of gender empowerment rather than Jesus Christ…  If the church continues to feed the monster of identity politics — it will eventually bite the arm that feeds it.  Consider the direct connection between identity politics and the freedom of speech restrictions and hate crime legislation that are quickly approaching the church in our day.  These items are not isolated nor are they disconnected from the overarching social justice agenda.  Today the church is becoming increasingly woke, but in reality it needs to be awakened to the truth of the gospel alone…  When Paul wrote to the church in Galatia —he pointed to the union that [all true Christians have] in Christ.  The bond is Jesus [alone] and the church’s identity cannot be focused on ethnicity or gender. Paul wrote, ‘For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. (Gal. 3:27-29).  Paul said almost the same thing in Colossians 3:11.  We don’t find our identity as the ‘woke church’ or the ‘black church’ or the ‘white church’ or the ‘hipster church’ [or the ‘gay church’]. Instead, we find our identity in Jesus [ALONE].  We are CHRISTians… [and as Christians w]e must boldly stand in opposition to the intersectionality politics in light of the fact that we have a sufficient Word that is capable of guiding us along the broken roads of our culture (Ps. 119:11).  For me and countless thousands of Christians across America — the Word of God is enough.

http://www.deliveredbygrace.com/identity-politics-changing-church/

and…

The Woke Church is More Informed by Anti-Christian, Leftist Lies than Gospel Truth

https://stream.org/the-woke-church/

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Religious Liberty:

For the first time in American history, it has become respectable [due to liberalism — which was voted into public office and political control by professing “Christians”] to publicly oppose religious liberty and its supreme value in our polity.  This unprecedented turn is ominous.  It will not only diminish our constitutional law, it will remap our common life, for religious liberty has always been a linchpin of our political culture.

https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/04/50836/

and…

The Christian Case for Religious Liberty
Religious freedom has its origins in Christianity.  Unfortunately, in today’s liberal political climate (created, in large part, by professing “Christians” in their local voting booths), that fact may actually be viewed — by liberals — as an argument against religious freedom.

https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/04/50589/

and…

In the final analysis, liberalism is antithetical to biblical, Christian values

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/04/leftism_a_warped_reflection_of_christianity.html

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From The Pulpit:

The issues pastors feel most pressured to preach about are the same issues they feel most uncomfortable addressing for fear of offending congregants.
Pastors — like most people — often succumb to the sinful desire for acceptance by people more than acceptance by almighty God.

https://www.faithwire.com/2019/04/08/half-of-pastors-worry-theyll-offend-someone-if-they-preach-on-controversial-topics/

and…

2/3 of U.S. Christians “want more information from their church about what the Bible teaches in relation to current social and political issues” but less than 1/4 of U.S. Christians say their pastors provide such teaching.

https://www.ifapray.org/blog/should-pastors-preach-more-about-political-issues/

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Most “Evangelical” Pastors: “My calling is to preach and teach the gospel, not to be a cultural commentator.
But the Bible, in fact and often, comments on culture and intersects with society, and all the biblical prophets openly and repeatedly confronted the cultural evils of their days.
Most “Evangelical” Pastors:My calling is not to be political, it is to make disciples.
But the Bible, in fact and often, instructs disciples on how to live as a disciple.  Looking back on history, we see many examples of “evangelical” pastors who ignored numerous anti-Christian cultural issues of their days, such as slavery, the holocaust, and segregation.  They, too, were disobedient to the gospel by refusing to “be political.” As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said,Silence in the face of evil is itself evil.  God will not hold us guiltless.  Not to speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act.
Most “Evangelical” Pastors:The Bible speaks clearly about the key moral and cultural issues of our day.
But fewer than 10% of those same pastors ever actually speak and act from their pulpits according to those Biblical teachings.  This in spite of published research revealing that among professing Christians who actually attend church regularly, the majority believe that their churches should be more involved in the political process, not less. In particular, they want their pastors to preach and teach what the Bible says about today’s social and political issues.
To fail to preach and teach from the pulpit is to fail to equip (Eph 4:11-12), protect (1Jn 5:18), and love (1Cor 13:6) the very people pastors are called, trained and ordained to equip, protect, and love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOPB2hbrqsM
&
https://stream.org/dont-pastors-speak-moral-cultural-issues/

and…

Pastors, You Must Preach on Current Controversies

https://www.spiritualreadiness.org/articles/pastor-must-preach-current-controversies-part-1/
&
https://www.spiritualreadiness.org/articles/teaching-timeless-biblical-truth-un-teaching-current-lies/
&
https://www.spiritualreadiness.org/articles/how-when-preach-current-controversies/

and…

Why Pastors Must Stand Up to Government Tyranny

https://stream.org/california-pastors-must-stand-government-tyranny

and…

The Slow-Moving Crisis of Comfortable Christianity
The Damage It Does, and How Christians Can Overcome It

https://stream.org/crisis-comfortable-christianity/

and…

“… if your house is dirty, you don’t sit back and stay away from cleaning up your house, because that’s not going to get it any cleaner.  In fact, it’s going to get dirtier if you don’t do something about it.  The way we make things better is we engage.  We get involved.  We clean it up.

https://stream.org/myfaithvotes-why-voting-is-important-for-christians/

and…

How should Christians approach elections?
1. Be informed, not ignorant.
2. Be discerning about politics, not dogmatic.
3. Seek to persuade, not pulverize.

https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/how-should-christians-approach-election-day

… &

Cultural winsomeness will not be enough for Christians

https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/cultural-winsomeness-will-not-be-enough-for-christians

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The Best Book on Politics for Christians
What Christians face (or choose to ignore) in the world of politics today.
The power of social media to censor and silence.
The corruption of our courts.
The completely unearned sense of superiority which ignorant, sneering 20-year-olds display toward seasoned believers.
The slow-motion train wreck of the Democratic Party, which has ceased to be a patriotic or even a sane organization.
The rise of a new, inquisitorial religion, which worships a flittering shadow called ‘social justice.’
The slow grind of laws meant to persecute our faith.
In his new book ‘Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America‘, David Horowitz exposes in fewer than 200 pages the motivations, strategies, and logic of [liberal, Democrat-driven,] anti-Christian campaigns… to erase every trace of Christian culture.. [a]nd America, from its free economy to its culture and Constitution.

https://stream.org/best-book-politics-christians-2019-david-horowitz/

[That article cites liberal “corruption of our courts“.  The word “our” there was intended to mean “American” but it is easily and often misinterpreted to mean “our liberal” or “our conservative” courts, as if the courts belong to an ideology rather than to the entire nation.  In a very real sense, however, the courts actually do belong to a particular ideology, i.e. whichever ideology is willing to actually vote its own interests into national (federal) political power because all federal judges — including all Supreme Court justices — are appointed by the elected President of the United States and then confirmed (or rejected) by the elected U.S. Senate.  Whichever ideology has been elected into control of those two branches of U.S. government, therefore, gets to decide which ideology will be permitted to interpret the Constitution with regard to U.S. (federal) laws.  Tragically, many professing ‘Christians’ either couldn’t care less about these facts or they can’t be bothered to exercise their biblical responsibility to vote in accordance with their professed Christian ideology.  Because they haven’t, the following realities have inevitably resulted.]

Until The Supreme Coucrt Acts, Christians Will Be Punished For Thought Crimes
Courts can’t stop the corrosion of liberalism, but they can stop state-sponsored attacks on individuals.

https://thefederalist.com/2019/06/10/supreme-court-acts-christians-will-punished-thought-crimes/

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Abortion: Life vs. Death… The Most Christian-Defining Issue Of All

A civil war is coming to America.
Only this time it will be about abortion rather than slavery.

https://stream.org/coming-civil-war-abortion/

and…

Many people claim to be pro-life but not nearly as many [vote] on their pro-life convictions.

http://www.breakpoint.org/2018/11/talking-pro-life-vs-being-pro-life/

… &

Christians Cannot be “Personally Opposed” to Abortion But Still Support Legal Abortions For Others
Abortion is murder and murder is the ultimate crime and epitome of evil.

https://www.lifenews.com/2019/08/08/you-cant-be-morally-opposed-to-abortion-but-still-support-legal-abortions/

and…

Elections Don’t Matter?
Democrat Governors are Pushing Abortions Up to Birth and Infanticide

https://www.lifenews.com/2019/04/25/elections-dont-matter-democrat-governors-are-pushing-abortions-up-to-birth-and-infanticide/

and…

Those who avoid all political discussions and engagement are essentially casting a vote for the [ anti-Christian , liberal ] status quo.  American churches in the early 19th century that did not speak out against slavery because that was what we would now call ‘getting political’ were actually supporting slavery by doing so.  To not be political is to be political.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/opinion/sunday/christians-politics-belief.html

[Tim Keller, in that article, gets that point exactly right (as he has been on several  other  critical  points ).  Most of the rest of his essay following the above-qoted point, however, was glaringly erroneous (as he has been on  some other things  as well).]

[W]ith regard to that sensitive matter of church and state… there are other Christian leaders, like Mariam Bell, more qualified [than Tim Keller] to speak and advise in this area…  Dr. Keller argues that Christians don’t ‘fit into the two-party system‘ and that ‘they are pushed toward two main options‘…  In the past this would certainly have been true, and there would have been no argument.  However, things are [very, very] different today…  For instance, when one political party in our two-party system votes into law that which is Godless in every way, and disciples others (especially our children) in this same godlessness while in public schools; and when the other party does not, and even upholds the Moral Law of God, isn’t this party the only one supporting Christian teaching (especially in the areas of biblical marriage, born and un-born children, and gender)?  Aren’t we just stating the obvious?…  Are all ‘thoughtful Christians‘ trying to obey God’s call, as Dr. Keller… says [by citing an aquaintance of his]?  I don’t think so [actually, ‘hardly’].  Otherwise ‘thoughtful Christians‘ on the Left and ‘thoughtful Christians‘ on the Right would all agree that abortion is murder; that the definition of marriage is given by God, not the state; that gender is determined by God [and, therefore, also by science since  all truth is God’s truth ], not the individual; that bearing false witness [i.e. lying] is very serious to God, even if [liberals] don’t think so.  Such thinking is biblically and politically naïve [actually, it’s not ‘thinking‘ at all; it is godless, anti-Christian self-deceit borne not of God but of Satan]…  Today, the differences between good and evil are stark, with the Democrat Party supporting infanticide, euthanasia, gay marriage, gender identity, and the list grows every day.  Is it possible for ‘thoughtful Christians, all trying to obey God’s call‘, to ‘reasonably appear at different places on the political spectrum, with loyalties to different political strategies‘?  The answer is [biblically and unequivocally] no‘, it is not possible if we honor the same God and His Word…  The church’s mission is to speak of saving grace, of sin, of common grace to everyone.  This involves knowledge of God’s Moral Law and action on the believers’ part…  Churches today not dependent on God, especially in something as critical as the state’s ability to legislate immorality, are in danger of becoming ‘useless‘ in God’s eyes [Rev 3:15-16].  Being useful, on the other hand, by confronting [governmental] as well as individual sin, and showing grace, is exactly what the church should be doing all the time.

https://www.theaquilareport.com/a-response-to-tim-kellers-new-york-times-op-ed/

… &

Keller makes a dangerous mistake in assuming moral equivalency between both of the major political parties in the United States today, and the positions they take on certain important issues; most importantly, the issue of abortion…  By finding ways to compromise the philosophies of both political parties…  Keller is acting as if the preborn are not fully human…  Clearly, a political party which is engaged in advocating for and defending all of these practices is NOT one that is in line with a Biblical worldview, nor is it one which Christians concerned with upholding a Biblical worldview of truth and justice should support.  As Pastor Keller himself points out,The biblical commands to lift up the poor and to defend the rights of the oppressed are moral imperatives for believers.  For individual Christians to speak out against egregious violations of these moral requirements is not optional…  If an entire political party were openly in support of slavery and vowed to back candidates who would use their office to defend the practice legislatively, I am sure Pastor Keller would say Christians had a moral duty to oppose that party until they changed their position on the issue or until society as a whole opposed the practice.

https://humandefense.com/and-who-is-my-neighbor/

and…

I Am a Single Issue Voter: Child Mass Murder.
If You Claim To Be a Christian, You Should Be Too.

https://stream.org/you-should-be-single-issue-voter/

… &

Why the Supreme Court is the Most Important Issue for Christians

https://stream.org/supreme-court-important-issue-voters/

and…

When You Vote, Remember How Democrats Even Opposed Protecting Babies                Who Survive Abortions

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/10/30/when-you-vote-remember-how-democrats-even-opposed-protecting-babies-who-survive-abortions/

… &

Why Christians Should NEVER Vote for Pro-Abortion Democrats

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/11/02/heres-why-christians-shouldnt-vote-for-pro-abortion-democrats-this-election/

and…

Yes, Legislation And Education Do Effectively Reduce Abortion Rates

http://thefederalist.com/2019/03/07/yes-legislation-education-effectively-reduce-abortion-rates/

[So why, then, don’t professing “Christians” vote for legislators who will outlaw abortion and participate in the education process (especially of their own children, but also of their friends and neighbors) about the  truths of abortion ?
Once Again: Because not all  professing  “Christians”  are  actual Christians .]

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Illegal Immigration:

Open Borders, Not the Wall, Would Be the True Immorality

https://stream.org/open-borders-not-the-wall-would-be-the-true-immorality/

and…

9 Things Jesus Might Do About Immigration

https://stream.org/9-things-jesus-might-immigration/

[Notice that not a single one of them is supported by liberals.]

and…

Three Reasons Why Christians Should Support Enhanced Border Security To Eliminate Illegal Immigration
1. The Bible upholds the right to self-defense.
2. The Bible upholds the sovereignty of nations.
3. God upholds just and fair laws for all people.

https://pjmedia.com/faith/three-reasons-why-christians-should-support-president-trumps-border-policy/

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Christians are so narrow-minded!”  Really?

http://www.bethinking.org/introductory/you-christians-are-so-narrow-minded.htm

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“Christian” Socialism:

The God of the Bible Is NOT a Socialist

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2015/09/15/note-to-bernie-sanders-the-god-of-the-bible-is-not-a-socialist/?print=1

and…

What Does the Bible Say About Socialism?

https://pjmedia.com/faith/2016/03/08/what-does-the-bible-say-about-socialism/?singlepage=true

and…

Was Jesus a socialist?
Short answer: No. Not even close.

https://fee.org/media/14934/reed_rendering_unto_caesar.pdf

[For a satirical version of that answer, see  here .]

[Speaking of satire…]

Man Bravely Abandons Unpopular Christian Belief To Affirm Extremely Popular Cultural Belief

https://babylonbee.com/news/man-bravely-abandons-unpopular-christian-belief-affirm-popular-cultural-belief

and…

Was the Early Church Communist?
Short answer: Not even close.

http://pleaseconvinceme.blogspot.com/2012/10/was-early-church-communist.html

and…

“Christian” Socialists and Other Enemies of Mankind

https://stream.org/catholic-socialists-and-other-enemies-mankind/

and…

Note to Bernie Sanders: The God of the Bible Is NOT a Socialist
He commands us to take care of the poor, but His commands don’t apply to governments — they belong to individuals, families, churches, and synagogues.

https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2015/9/16/note-to-bernie-sanders-the-god-of-the-bible-is-not-a-socialist/?singlepage=true

and…

Christians Cannot Be Both Followers of Christ and Socialists
Given [socialism’s] dismal track record with [and inherent, definitional opposition to] religion… [socialism, a.k.a. Marxism] will [never] be able to sacrifice its true nature — implacable hostility to religious faith — in order to take on the self-emptying love and gentleness, non-violence, and patient forbearance that so sharply distinguish…  Christianity from what [“Christian” socialists] argue is [Christianity’s] rightful heir… [Even Pope] John Paul II [a product of Marxism himself] chose to denounce Marxism for its fundamental incompatibility with [Christianity] — on intellectual and theological grounds… not [just] for the countless examples of its real-world barbarism.  Marxism could not be a partner to Christianity, [JPII] taught, because it was [inherently, definitionally, and] implacably hostile to God, and to the Christian understanding of man…  The reason that Marxism is ‘systematically atheistic’ [i.e. anti-Christian] is given by Marx himself… [in his] denial of individual free will… shut[ting] the door fast against the Holy Spirit’s working in each person’s heart…  [Liberal “Christian” socialists] want to meld Christianity and Marxism, but attempting to do so will require changing one or the other so fundamentally — forcing so ‘radical a sacrifice’ of their essential teachings — that the [inherent, definitional reality of one or the other is utterly ignored].

https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/05/51620/

and…

[M]any ‘Christians’, eager to accommodate the spirit of the age [i.e. liberalism/socialism/Marxism], are… try[ing] to baptize the ‘race/class/gender’ [i.e. liberal/socialist/Marxist] dialectic that captured our [college] campuses.  But [liberalism/socialism/Marxism] is no more compatible with genuine Christianity than polygamy or human sacrifice.  [Liberalism/socialism/Marxism] is alien to [true Christians] and what we believe [because liberalism is alien to Christ and His word, the Bible].  Not because Marx was Jewish but because he was anti-Jewish.  He rejected divine transcendence, and inalienable human dignity — the two greatest legacies which our gentile ancestors received as gifts of the Jews.  Efforts to tart up Christian faith in the hope of attracting [fellow liberals] whose minds are [infected with] Marxist [logical fallacies and historical fakeries] are doomed to ludicrous [philosophical, self-contradictory] failure.

https://stream.org/cultural-marxism-is-real-and-threatens-us-everywhere/

and…

What do you call it when someone takes someone else’s money openly by force?
Robbery.
What do you call it when a politician takes someone else’s money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him?
Social Justice

https://twitter.com/ThomasSowell/status/1145739595885268997

… &

Why Limited Government is Integral to Biblical Understandings of Governance      and Social Justice
The scriptures emphasize limited models of government to protect our natural, God-given rights.  Limited government broadens the path to flourishing by liberating each person to use his resources to best serve himself and others. Governments that extend beyond the protection of person and property into the provision of positive rights — such as medical care, education or a job — can only do so at the expense of other rights.  Moreover, states do not create wealth.  They are only capable of taking and transferring wealth.  The more we expect the state to provide positive rights, the more we limit the people’s broader abilities to help create opportunities for others. This is especially damaging to the poorest among us, for whom we are called to care. As Christians, we should want everyone to have a job, shelter, food and medical care. Yet a good understanding of economics, history and human nature helps us understand that the state cannot fulfill many of our desires, no matter how much we might wish it could.

https://stream.org/why-limited-government-is-integral-to-biblical-flourishing/

and…

Expert: Christians face being driven out of health care by socialized medicine
‘Medicare-for-all’ plan likely would demand abortion, euthanasia

https://www.wnd.com/2019/06/expert-christians-face-being-driven-out-of-health-care/

and…

The Biblical Case for Limited Government and Low Taxes

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/the_biblical_case_for_limited_government_and_low_taxes.html

and..

Another Biblical Case for Limited Government

https://tifwe.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Chad-Brand-Limited-Government1.pdf

and…

Yet Another Biblical Case for Limited Government

https://tifwe.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/A-Biblical-Case-for-Limited-Government-Moreland.pdf

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True Christians: Liberal or Conservative:

Christianity and Politics: How Shall the Twain Meet?

http://www.modernreformation.org/default.php?page=printfriendly&var1=Print&var2=736

and…

How should Christians apply a Biblical worldview to social and political issues?

https://www.probe.org/christian-worldview-and-social-issues/

and…

What is a Christian’s Responsibility to Government?

http://www.ligonier.org/blog/christians-and-government/

and…

[Christians] must decide what in our culture is worth conserving and what needs to be rejected so that we can progress beyond it.

http://www.canonandculture.com/the-religious-problem-with-conservatism-and-progressivism/

and…

Christians can “love” Trump without overlooking his faults

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/03/love_trump_without_overlooking_his_faults.html

… &

NeverTrumpers Such As David French Say Evangelicals Who Voted for Trump are Hypocrites.
Not So…  The rhetoric and logic of NeverTrumpers follows this trajectory:

Our NeverTrump diatribes slandering Evangelical Trump voters as hypocrites, if successful, will result in the election of a Democrat who promotes infanticide, GenderQueer coercion, left-wing court tyranny, and mandatory speech.  Thank God we aren’t like those moral compromisers who practice double standards.

NeverTrumpers refused to cast votes against a Democrat — Hillary Clinton — who stood, and continues to stand, for a long list of policies which are absolutely abhorrent to Christ and therefore also to faithful Christians.

https://stream.org/nevertrumpers-evangelicals-hypocrites/

… &

[E]verything French says on this subject [of Christian faith expressed in politics] is based on a… false premise…  That [false] premise is this: Christian citizens discredit their faith and give scandal to the Gospel itself if they choose a lesser evil in public life  instead of accepting a much greater evil, and keeping their hands “clean” by giving up any [political] influence, even in self-defense.

https://stream.org/david-vichy-french-wants-christians-to-surrender/

and…

From time to time Christians may find themselves in tactical alliance with conservatives, just as with liberals, over particular policies, precepts, and laws.          But they cannot be in strategic alliance, because their reasons for these stands are different; they are living in a different vision.

https://www.firstthings.com/article/1996/04/the-problem-with-conservatism

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Christian Economics:

Why Should Christians Care About Economics?

http://blog.tifwe.org/why-should-christians-care-about-economics/

and…

[Dr.] Walter Williams [and Dr. Thomas Sowell] explains why capitalism is moral in 5 minutes

http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/walter-williams-explains-why-capitalism-is-moral-in-5-minutes/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

[Both Drs. are black American heroes.]

and…

Bible doesn’t command wealth redistribution, presenters say at theological meeting

http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=39349

and…

Is there such a thing as a distinctively Christian economics?  Yes…
Throughout the book of Proverbs a strong emphasis is placed on the validity of honest labor and its many rewards. “A slack hand causes poverty,but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” (10:4).  Even more emphatically, “He who is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.” (18:9)…
Why, then, should wealth be [redistributed socialistically] to the ungodly [‘slackerswho refuse to work]?…
[Throughout the Old Testament, m]en are [also] warned against envying the prosperity of the [wealthy], for the end of such prosperity is destruction [Ps. 73Prov 24: 19-20Ezek. 16:49.].
[In the New Testament,] Jesus claimed that he was engaged in the fulfilling of the law of the Old Testament (Matt. 5: 17)…  He assumed that the Old Testament provisions are valid in practice…  Jesus [therefore was] not a social reformer with a social message. The message he had was… within the traditional framework of the Old Testament [capitalistic] economy.  Any systematic teaching by Jesus on economic matters is limited almost exclusively to the economic framework of his spiritual parables.  These are generally conservative in their outline: first, private property is affirmed in them; second, men are encouraged to add to their wealth.

http://www.garynorth.com/freebooks/docs/pdf/intro_to_christian_economics.pdf

Christian Economics [Audio]

http://www.4shared.com/mp3/i8554gdz/ChristianEconomics__Pt_1_.html
&
http://www.4shared.com/mp3/V5np3B4O/ChristianEconomics__Pt_2_.html

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Social Justice:

Social Justice is a modern form of collectivism founded in 19th century Hegelianism, the same fundamental philosophy behind the theological movements of  Modernism and  Neo-Orthodoxy [both of which became the] foundational principle[s] behind [atheistic] Marxism , [anti-ChristianSocialism , [and anti-Christianpolitical  and  theological Liberalism .”

https://www.theaquilareport.com/social-justice-vs-the-gospels-liberty-of-conscience/

and…

What should Christians believe about economic policy and social justice?

http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/what-should-christians-believe-about-economic-policy-and-social-justice/

and…

Social Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine The Gospel

http://www.wordfoundations.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/social-justice-beisner.pdf

and…

Th[e] social ‘gospel’ approach [to preaching, a.k.a. ‘social justice’ or ‘woke’ preaching] is nothing other than a bullying technique and classic legalism… this very approach we are seeing unfold in our times became the cause of the emptying of the churches in the U.K [in the mid-20th century]

https://www.agradio.org/when-your-pastor-becomes-a-social-justice-warrior.html

and…

Critical Theory & Social Justice: Are They Compatible With Christianity?
Short Answer: No, because the former are core concepts of  modern liberalism , which is antithetical to Christianity.

http://www.dennyburk.com/critical-theory-social-justice-and-christianity-are-they-compatible/

and…

The Satanic Origins of Certain Equality and Justice Doctrines

https://www.monergism.com/blog/page-hells-playbook-subterranean-origins-certain-equality-and-justice-doctrin

and…

The Research Proves The No. 1 Social Justice Imperative Is Marriage
For the last 20 years, marital status has increasingly become the central factor in whether our neighbors rise above, remain, or descend into poverty.  The research is astounding.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/11/03/research-proves-no-1-social-justice-imperative-marriage/

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Should Christians support the death penalty?

http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.5410739/k.C212/Capital_Punishment.htm

and…

The Ethics of Capital Punishment

http://www.equip.org/articles/the-ethics-of-capital-punishment/

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… studies confirm that if all Christians tithed, poverty would just about end.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/the_biblical_way_to_care_for_the_poor.html

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War:

What Does [The Bible] Say About War?

http://pleaseconvinceme.com/2012/what-does-god-say-about-war/

and…

Was Jesus a Nonviolent Pacifist?

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/03/was_jesus_a_nonviolent_pacifist.html

and…

Pacifism, Matthew 5 and “Turning the other cheek”

http://www.beretta-online.com/wordpress/2012/pacifism-matthew-5-and-turning-the-other-cheek/

  &

The oriental [i.e. middle easterner] guards with jealous care his cheek from touch or defilement, therefore a stroke on the cheek was, and is to this day, regarded as an act of extreme rudeness of behavior, a deadly affront. Our Saviour, however, teaches us in Matt. 5:39 and Luke 6:29 that even this insult is to be ignored and pardoned.

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (Electronic Edition), Definition: Cheek.

    &

To smite someone on the cheek was a serious insult… Jesus’ command to turn the other cheek when struck is an important statement of how those who follow Him are to respond to insult.

Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Definition: Cheek

    &

[Matthew 5:39] supplies another example of the need for ascertaining the scope of a passage before attempting to explain it.  Through failure to do so many have quite missed the force of this contrast.  It has been supposed that our Lord was here enjoining a more merciful code of conduct than that which was exacted under the Mosaic economy; yet if the reader turns to ‘Deuteronomy 19:17-21’, he will find that those verses gave instruction to Israel’s ‘judges’:that they were not to be governed by sentiment, but to administer strict justice to the evildoer-  ‘eye for eye,’ etc.  But this statute, which pertains only to the magistrate enforcing judicial retribution, had been perverted by the Pharisees, giving it a general application,thereby teaching that each man was warranted in taking the law into his own hands.  Our Lord here forbade the inflicting of private revenge, and in so doing maintained the clear teaching of the Old Testament (see Exod. 23:4, 5; Lev. 19:18; Prov. 24:29; 25:21, 22, which expressly forbade the exercise of personal malice and retaliation).

–Arthur W. Pink, Interpretation of the Scriptures (Electronic Edition), Chapter 6 [excerpt]

    &

Jesus specifically mentions the right here, even though a blow from a right-handed person would normally fall on the left cheek.  This probably means that the blow is delivered with the back of the hand, since then it would indeed fall on the right cheek. We know for certain that such a blow was considered particularly insulting.  The injustice that is willingly accepted here is therefore not so much a matter of body injury as of shame.

— H.N. Ridderbos, Matthew: Bible Students Commentary, p. 113

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A backhanded blow to the right cheek did not imply shattered teeth…; it was an insult, the severest public affront to a person’s dignity… this was more an affront to honor, a  challenge, than a physical injury.

— Joachim Jeramias, The Parables of Jesus, p. 28.

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National Sins and National Judgments
A sermon by John Owen

https://purelypresbyterian.com/2016/08/15/national-sins/

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Christian Environmentalism:

In Search of an Eco-Friendly Religion

http://www.equip.org/articles/in-search-of-an-eco-friendly-religion/

and…

Christians and the Environment: How Should Christians Think about the Environment?

http://www.equip.org/articles/christians-and-the-environment-how-should-christians-think-about-the-environment/

and…

Radical Environmentalism

http://www.equip.org/articles/radical-environmentalism/

and…

Avatar: A Postmodern Pagan Myth

http://www.equip.org/articles/avatar-a-postmodern-pagan-myth/

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