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Proverbs 14:34 says: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
To the editor:
Mayor Aron Cromwell said, “This is not about morality. It is about discrimination” in reference to the recent City Commission approval of an ordinance on transgender discrimination. Of course, no one should be singled out for special disfavor.
Cal Thomas’ Nov. 15 column relating the Penn State situation with our nation’s is right on target.
“Repealer keeps anti-gay law on books” read the Jan. 20 front page Journal-World headline.
The following passage by Jude in Jude 1:3-4 (ESV) is addressed to Christians: “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.
The April 15 article about physician assisted suicide sounds attractive except for Christians who believe that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away (Job 1:21). I do not believe that suicide is an unforgivable sin but one where Christians (and non-Christians) are deceived by Satan. Christians, who take their own lives, fail during their time of desperation to remember God’s truth that all things (even the trial they are going through) work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). Even in the darkest times, we can still cry out to God and He will deliver us and we will glorify Him (Psalm 50:15).
If any of us are ignorant about God’s ways, then we can choose to accept His truth and can begin living an abundant life by faith in Jesus Christ.
In this time of idolatry, perverted sex, premeditated murder, greed, character assassination, killing of the unborn, political hatred, fiscal irresponsibility, etc. (see II Timothy 3:1-5 for an expanded list); Ephesians. 5:15-16 says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” How do we walk wisely? We do it by following God’s righteous standards and trusting Him even in the worst of situations.
“Repent” is such a simple word but seems to be losing its meaning in our more sophisticated and fast-paced world.
The tragedy at Newtown is very painful, but I can’t imagine how a parent or others close to the victims must feel. I don’t like the word “victim,” but it does have implications beyond the immediate circumstances of Newtown.
Jesus addresses tragedies similar to those in Boston, Texas and Bangladesh in Luke 13:1-5. The issue with the people seemed to be whether those who survived were less sinners than those who perished. Jesus’ response looked beyond this: “Unless you repent you will likewise perish.” Seems pretty harsh given the circumstances, yet that is exactly what he meant and means today.
The May 28 Journal-World article entitled “Tiny town had close call with monster tornado” supports the power of prayer when dealing with the Prince of the Power of the Air. However, Job’s children encountered this power when God allowed Satan to attack Job the first time.
The question posed in the Faith Forum last Saturday was: “Was Satan a real person?” He is best described in Revelations 12 as a heavenly being who is cast out of heaven to earth with his angels. He accused the brethren day and night; just like he did with Job. I John 3:8 says, “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” James warns the proud (James 4:7), “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Leonard Pitts’ column of last Sunday castigates Tony Perkins of the Family Reseach Council about his view of homosexuality. Pitts claims a counter view is one based on scholasticism and hardcore biblical truth. The simple truth is that this lifestyle is sinful, just like adultery, lying, stealing, etc. That’s why we need a savior, Jesus Christ.
Anything for the team, Florida State University alumni, the state of Florida? Is that how it works?