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filthy
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  03:41:03  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Like all of us, I wonder how we managed to get the nation into the current mess it's trying to dig out from under. Well, this might shed a little light on some part of it.
When God is treated like "on-demand cable," the most fervent believers will have trouble adhering to basic rules of propriety, let alone values.

The last few weeks have been rather busy for Pentecostal/Charismatic types like Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Gov. Sarah Palin, and Bishop Thomas Weeks. Ensign alone has seen the headlines monopolized by his paid-off adulterous relationship, and the outing of his political and religious ties to The Family and his dabbling in the do-it-yourself exorcism movement. The senator's political career, despite his vow to run for reelection, seems suspect.

Then, when you consider the excitement sparked both by Sarah Palin's exit from the governorship of Alaska (to pursue a higher calling) and the news that Bishop Thomas Weeks has found a new wife after beating and divorcing Juanita Bynum, one might surmise that Pentecostals and Charismatics are primed to take over Howard Sterns' title as “King(s) of All Media.”

Given the avalanche of media attention on these Pentecostal and Charismatic “newsmakers,” one might expect to find more helpful information on the movement(s) to which all three belong. After all, understanding their affiliations and beliefs can help to make sense of the motivations of such disparate figures; to say nothing of the prosperity purveyors like Creflo Dollar, Paula White, and Joel Osteen who share their tradition to some extent. When God is like “on-demand cable”—standing by to provide instant forgiveness and prosperity—it is very hard to convince the most fervent believers to adhere to basic rules of propriety, let alone values.

There's not much I can add ro this article except: Recommended read!




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Paulos23
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  06:13:33   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Paulos23's Homepage Send Paulos23 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks filthy

In a way this highlights one of the main problems with concept of divine forgiveness. If you believe your going to get it no mater what, what is going to make you behave other then your own personal morals?

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Simon
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  09:32:10   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Simon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well; there is a sincerity clause.
If you sin willingly, coldly calculating to 'repent' later and wash it all away, one would assume that you are more hypocritical than sincere in your repenting.

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
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The Rat
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  09:38:18   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit The Rat's Homepage Send The Rat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When God is like “on-demand cable”—standing by to provide instant forgiveness and prosperity—it is very hard to convince the most fervent believers to adhere to basic rules of propriety, let alone values.


Just about everything that needs to be said is in that sentence.


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