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May 31 2018 By dvirtue Sin and Error in the Church

The Bible's reality includes its description of the Church. As Acts 4 draws to its conclusion with a description of the wonderful generosity of Christian people to those in need, we may think that the presence of the Spirit has led to instant and complete holiness. Then comes the story of Ananias and Sapphira to bring us back to reality. Grievous sin exists in the Church itself. Sometimes those who sin are merely outward Christians; sometimes their faith is much more than that.

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May 31 2018 By dvirtue Reconstructive Surgery on the Prayer Book?

The strategic goal of the task force is to ensure that same-sex marriage is available to anyone who wants it, in any domestic diocese of the church, with or without the permission of a bishop. There are, of course, already authorized rites that can be used for such occasions. These were adopted in 2015, but the enabling resolution specified that their use is subject to the consent of the ordinary.

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May 28 2018 By dvirtue How can I make sure I go to heaven when I die?

She is not alone in her confidence that she is going to heaven. According to a Harris poll, it turns out that about two-thirds of the people in the US believe they are going to heaven. But is her confidence reasonable? Should she expect to go to heaven and will it be because she has lived a good life? Can a person show up at the gates of heaven and say, "I deserve to be here?" Jesus had some things to say about this.

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May 26 2018 By dvirtue Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preached "Bad News" at Royal Wedding says Anglican Bishop

That's bad news! Who can truly follow his example? None!!! No one can truly follow his example. They and we need to hear the message of his atoning sacrifice and his enabling grace that comes because of that then and only then can we try to follow his example.

All I see in his sermon is a wasted opportunity to lift high the Cross of Christ before royalty and celebrities who desperately needed the gospel.

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May 25 2018 By dvirtue On Gaza and Israel

One lesson I learned from this is to be wary of what the media tell us about Israel.

I wish Rich Mouw knew about some of this. Rich is the distinguished scholar and President Emeritus of Fuller Seminary. He is a friend and ally on many issues.

But I am afraid that his recent screed against Israel over the violence in Gaza was uninformed and, and as a result, unfair. While desiring to help defend Palestinians, he perpetuates a false narrative that only hurts Palestinians.

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May 23 2018 By dvirtue The Presiding Bishop's 15 minutes of fame

Michael Curry had a captive audience.

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May 23 2018 By dvirtue A Gay Man's Reaction to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Sermon

Others have written more eruditely about the falsehoods propagated by this false teacher. What though is more significant is the apparent departure of many Christians in this country from the gospel. Either they did not understand it in the first place, and therefore are likely not to be Christians or the spirit of this world and the deceiver has blinded their eyes.

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May 20 2018 By dvirtue Episcopal Presiding Bishop gets bully pulpit at royal wedding; and he uses it

King originally preached this during a sermon entitled "Loving Your Enemies" when the young, not yet-30-year-old was pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

In trying to explain the power of love, the Presiding Bishop said: "Now the power of love is demonstrated by the fact that we're all here. Two young people fell in love, and we all showed up!"

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Am I being unfair? Read for yourself the following interview which Archbishop Welby gave in GQ magazine:

GQ: Is gay sex sinful?

JW: You know very well that is a question I can't give a straight answer to....

GQ: Why can't you?

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May 16 2018 By dvirtue What Should Christians Think about Israel's Seventieth Birthday?

First, Israel is a beacon of light in the darkness of the Middle East. The Jewish state is the only nation in that vast region where Arabs can criticize the government by day and not worry that thugs will knock on their door that night. It is the only country in the region where Arab Christians can raise their children with full religious freedom. Everywhere else in that neighborhood Christians take risks to go to church or train their children to follow Jesus openly.

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