So Paige Patterson is now President Emeritus at @swbts.
It’s a sad day in @sbc land, as the trustees merely expedited his retirement and gave him all the benefits, including another title (Theologian in Residence) and a free place to live for the rest of his life.
Their decision is less than a slap on the wrist for his tasteless, irresponsible remarks, and possible criminal behavior (from his time at SEBTS). The trustees’ vote says a great deal about their devotion to Patterson as opposed to their devotion to Jesus and the SBC (and common decency!).
If only the @sbc would rescind their invitation for him to preach at next month’s annual meeting…. (But I’m not holding my breath).
God, forgive us as a denomination! Extend your grace and mercy as we are so undeserving!
(Note: I posted this on Facebook a few minutes ago 5/23/18)
Dare I say it?
It isn’t a “Gun Problem”.
Really, it’s not.
Prove it? Sure! Genesis 4:8 – Cain didn’t kill Able with a gun. We don’t know how he did it; we just know he did it. He did it before guns were invented. And he did it long before the founding of the NRA.
It isn’t a “Mental Health Problem”.
Really, it’s not.
Yes, mental illness is a real thing. Mental illness can be mild, or it can be very ugly. And yes, we need to be concerned about those who are not mentally healthy. But not all mentally unhealthy people have psychotic tendencies. And not all killers are mentally ill.
It isn’t a “Public Schools Problem”.
Really, it’s not. Neither is it a “Video Games Problem” or a “TV Violence Problem”.
It’s a Spiritual Problem; it’s a Heart Problem.
At the very deep root level, it really is!
And we will continue to see violent outbursts and murder unless/until hearts — not laws — are changed.
And lest someone say that this Bible passage was written only to Israel and Judah and America: yes, I agree. But there is a practical application to any and all whom God calls “My people”. He invites us to pray. And He promises to answer.
So let’s pray.
Yes, you read that correctly. Today, in the state of my residence, a transgender boy won the girl’s state wrestling championship. What?!
The Transgender debate has been forced into the open for all to see in its glorious absurdity. According to our local newspaper, seventeen-year-old Mack Beggs “was born a girl, yet from as early as 3 years old, his parents remember, he has considered himself a boy. Now more than a year after starting testosterone treatment that is transforming his physical appearance and increasing muscle mass to that of or near a boy of similar age, Beggs is required by the University Interscholastic League to compete as a girl and against girls.”
The UIL “exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests” in the Lone Star State. UIL rules require student-athletes to compete according to their birth gender. UIL rules also state that students can be on testosterone if prescribed by a physician. So what we observed today is a girl, who is on testosterone therapy (in order to transition to a boy) snatched the state wrestling title away from girls who are not on testosterone therapy.
Words cannot describe a more unfair athletic competition, all in the name of Transgender Rights!
Today’s events highlight just one issue in an entire Pandora’s Box of claimed “Transgender Rights”. Tucker Carlson rightly identified just a few of the issues that demand a response. He posed the question to Zac Petkanas, a DNC senior advisor, “What constitutes male and female?” In the back-and-forth, Carlson asked his guest to provide the name of one credible scientist who agreed with Petkanas’ assertion that “Gender identity determines gender.” In other words, you alone (independent of biology) decide if you are a man or woman. Of course, Petkanas was unable to do so, although he claimed that this is “settled science”.
If this is the direction our Culture is taking, buckle your seatbelts; we’re in for a very wild ride!
- Biological males can sue for being denied a Small Business Administration loan for women-owned businesses.
- Women-only colleges must admit biological male students.
- Biological males cannot be denied being sent to women’s prisons.
Yes, the debate has been forced into the open for all to see in its glorious absurdity.
“Transgender advocacy is not just opening the door to the women’s locker room for men confused about their identity; it’s opening the Pandora’s box of metaphysical subjectivism and unleashing on the world a horde of unintended consequences that we cannot even imagine.” Please read the source of this quote and to watch the clip from Tucker Carlson
God, please forgive us!
WOW! Not many people saw it coming. We have a President-elect who is clearly an outsider with no political experience. He overcame vicious lies propagated by the liberal left and lapdog Mainstream Media. As I have said here on my blog, from my pulpit and on Facebook, Donald Trump has major character issues. He was not my candidate of choice.
However in light of Hillary Clinton’s very radical ideas, Trump became the only viable candidate to stop her agenda. (Yes… radical: outside the view of even mainstream pro-choicers). Her views on abortion would allow for late-term, partial-birth abortion up until just before delivery; she said in the last Presidential debate that she would litmus-test her SCOTUS nominees in order to politicize the Court in order to push her very radical views.
Our Nation’s Founders set up a Democratic Republic. We do not have a true democracy…. by design.
For better or for worse, this is America. If you don’t like the outcome, voice your objections at the voting booth in two years and four years; that is exactly what happened in 2014 and this past Tuesday. The People have said that enough is enough; we are tired of the political and media elites telling us how we should live our lives. Anyone who disagrees with the narrative has been dismissed and ridiculed. The former “watchdog” media has become the lapdog of the DNC and other leftists. The People have said “ENOUGH!”
It’s time for us to realize that the choices have been made. We must come together. As President Obama said several years ago, “Elections have consequences.” It’s time for the left to adjust to the populist views. It’s time for the Republican Party to deliver on what it says it will do and reduce government, reduce spending and protect our nation’s interests.
It’s time to come together. Our real enemy isn’t the people on the other side of the political aisle. Our real enemy is Radical, Jihadi, Shariah Islam which seeks to eliminate the US and the only Democratic nation in the Middle East, Israel.
It’s time to come together.
But mostly, it’s time for the Church to be the Church. It’s time to PRAY!
It’s been a while since I posted anything of political nature on my blog. However, I think I need to weigh in on the recent Presidential Campaigns.
We, as a country, decided in 1992 that “character doesn’t matter”. In 2016, both the Republican and Democrat Presidential Nominees reflect that we, as a country, still believe that “character doesn’t matter”.
Both Nominees are failures in terms of character. Both are despicable and both are possibly criminals.
Let’s move on from the “Your Candidate is flawed, unqualified and would be dangerous to this country” arguments and look at the differences of the policies and goals of the Candidates.
Regardless of who you want to be our next President, these are our options. This is a binary election. In January 2017, the US will have a President Clinton or a President Trump. A non-vote and a third-party vote are not options if you care about the future of the country. A lot is at stake. Possibly more so than any other election in our Nation’s history.
- National Security
- Foreign Policy
- Supreme Court vacancies
- The Economy
- Abortion on demand
We need to pray a LOT in the coming days. (Ephesians 6:12-18; 1Timothy 2:1-6).
Read up on the issues. And vote. (Romans 13:1-7)