Applaud the Courage of the Sinner?

From The Recovering Legalist:

If homosexuality is to be considered a sin no longer, all because it corresponds with one’s sexual desires; and if one’s sexual desires should not be repressed if one’s sexual desires constitute one’s identity; what other up-till-now adherent abhorrent behavior, along with all recognized “normal” behavior, could be used to justify breaking the clearly outlined command of God, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”?

Countless men are walking away from marriages and being praised for it. “Brave” and “courageous” are what they’re called. They succumb to desires which for some reason have become attached to their nature and demand to be respected. The wife and children are mentioned only as a sidebar to the “valor” of the adulterer, and the clearly delineated commands of God are relegated to a dusty “suggestion” box.

Anthony Baker is right that even the church is redefining sin, excusing some and in some cases applauding the courage of the sinner.  

We’re all sinners.  I won’t pick up a stone against a gay man or woman, or even one who can’t figure out which category fits them.  Yet sin is wrong for more than one reason: The damage caused by some who are simply following their heart, or whatever…that damage is permanent in the lives of their families.

What then of the regular adulterer? What then of any number of definers by which one self-identifies? Fill in the blank with whatever you want – voyeur, philanderer, exhibitionist, pedophile, scumbag. Who are we to ostracize any of these if in the event of coming out of their own closets they bring about the destruction of a family unit? Should we not praise them for being brave?

(UPDATE, fixed a typo.)

 

Applaud the Courage of the Sinner?

Prince, The Greatest and Hell

From Change-Obey-Endure Project:  (Read the whole thing!)

Though the Bible is unambiguous in its proclamation that saving faith in Christ is the only means by which anyone will experience eternity with God (John 14:6;Romans 10:9), many Christians treat it as optional when it comes to the death of the celebrities they revere. This mindset represents a theological duality that was widely expressed by Christians when Prince, who was a Jehovah’s Witness, died several weeks ago, and again in the aftermath of the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, himself a devout practitioner of Islam.

That both Prince and Muhammad Ali subscribed to worldviews that deny the deity of Jesus, is apparently of no consequence to many Christians today. The only thing that really matters is that they appear to have lived a “good life”, employing their talents, gifts, and resources to bring happiness to countless millions of people all over the world. After all, isn’t that why we’re here – to live a moral life by doing good to one another and treating each other with respect? What in the world does the deity of Jesus have to do with anything? Besides, we are all God’s children, aren’t we?

The author reminds us that without Christ, we have no redemption.

The other important lesson is to feel sadness over the deaths of unbelievers without making their death a teachable moment.

“Yeah.  Too bad he’s dead.  Especially since he’s in hell!”

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty bad at figuring out who is going to hell, and who isn’t.  I don’t gave great insight into the Grace of God, nor do I understand what is in the heart of someone like Muhammed Ali.

Both Prince and Ali put their stamp on the popular culture.  I think that Ali had talents outside of the ring which God would have used for good.  Thus, he’as a missed opportunity.  Many of the rest of us fall into this also.  We’re teachers, writers, singers and givers but we fail to volunteer for Christ.

 

 

 

Prince, The Greatest and Hell

WHY ORTHODOXY IS THE TRUE FAITH

The Holy Trinity-St.Sergius Lavra

Today all of us are in such a situation that by no way it is possible to separate ourselves from the world. What is the true faith? We live in the world of religious pluralism. We face so many missionaries, each of whom offers his ideals, his life standards, his religious views that the previous or my generation would not envy you for this. We had it easier. The major choice we faced was the choice of religion and atheism.

Now your choice is wider, but by far more difficult. Finding the answer to the question, whether God exists or not is only the first step. If a person comes to believe there is God, what happens afterwards? There are many faiths, but which should one convert to? Should one become a Christian, or why not a Moslem or a Buddhist or a Krishnaite? I am not going to call all of them. Today there are so many religions, you know it better than me. Why? Well, having made his way through the thickets and jungle of this multireligious tree a person has become a Christian. He understood that Christianity is the best, the right religion.

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Reminder of My Past Sins and Crimes

As I try to do every quarter, I post publicly my sins and crimes from my past on my blog/Twitter and Facebook accounts.

I am a convicted felon, having been convicted in Federal court of two counts of Bank Fraud for depositing checks totalling over 4 million dollars in my personal accounts at a federally insured bank and a federally insured credit union via checks sent to my by my business partner Hussein Fawaz, a citizen of Lebanon with which I was engaged in creating a business based in Kuwait to service a proposed contract with the Kuwait Ministry of Defense. I had supplied the original funding for this effort ($3.5 million USD) and the checks he sent me were repayment of that amount, supposedly from other investors. Those cashiers checks he sent me, drawn on the National Bank of Kuwait, turned out to be fraudulent. I was arrested and detained for 26 months before accepting a proffer from the US Attorney’s office to plead guilty to the two counts of bank fraud and four counts of uttering a false security for depositing said checks and trying to negotiate two others. To my knowledge, I am the only person arrested and prosecuted for this crime. I served a total of 33 months in custody, the first 26 months in a county detention facility in Kentucky, then 7 months in a minimum security Federal work camp in Pensacola Florida where I suffered a heart attack and I acquired my first five cardiac stents. This resulted in the Bureau of Prisons to declare my fully disabled and I was released to a halfway house in Tampa for the remainder of my incarceration. I was released from the halfway house to my home with an ankle monitor on house arrest after 22 days and fully released from incarceration/house arrest a month later, to begin my supervised release period of 5 years, which was successfully completed on 28 Feb of this year and I was released from all supervision a I had successfully completed my sentence and was considered a free man once again.

There used to be a Wikipedia page with all the allegation and half-truths levelled against me but that disappeared a few months ago. I used to link to that page and tell everyone to go look at it, i cannot do so any longer.

I have publicly confessed many times over, my involvement in Iraq, my deceptions and cons, the fact that years ago I ‘floated’ some checks and got caught and paid restitution and served some county jail time.

All these things, the attendant lies and sinful behaviors I have confessed to my confessors and been absolved. I have satisfied the requirements of both civil and ecclesiastical authorities regarding my sins and crimes.

Having said this I pray: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner.

If anyone wishes more information or a deeper and more concise of my past, you are welcome to email me at plemmen55@gmail.com for a more concise and detailed confession of my acts. I shall respond in the spirit you ask me. I know there are haters out there who will jump at the chance to further denigrate me and my family, they will be ignored.

Merry Christmas to you all.

 

Reminder of My Past Sins and Crimes