A. W. Tozer
John D. Rockefeller
My great-grandfather, who also lived in Georgia, was a man capable of great love and commitment. He loved his wife and his children. His daughter, my grandmother, loved him and remembered him as a kind, loving and committed man. He died when I was four years old, but I fondly recall sitting on my great-granddaddy's lap and tugging at his long white beard. I remember him wrapping his arms around me and how I giggled into his snowy beard as he cooed, "snuggle-boy, snuggle-boy." He also was committed and devoted and served causes in which he believed while receiving little or no compensation. His devoted and selfless commitment was rewarded when he was elected Grand Dragon of the Georgia Ku Klux Klan. It matters to what one is committed.
- That under the PUP Report presbyteries will not have permission to ignore the ordination standards stated in G.-6.0106b.
- If I reject the Lordship of Jesus, is this a scruple or a heresy?
- If I reject the authority of scripture, is this a scruple or heresy?
- If I reject Chapter 8 of the Book of Order, is this a scruple or a heresy?
- If I reject the ordination of women, is this a scruple or heresy?
- If I affirm pedophilia and rape, is this a scruple or heresy?
- If I affirm segregation, as several southern states did under the guise of states rights (which parallels the PUP Report’s advocacy for presbytery rights), is this a scruple or heresy?
- Peace, because it will bring upon us the judgment and wrath of God;
- Unity, because it will launch the PC(USA) into schism;
- Purity, because it will allow for the approval of behavior which is disobedient to God’s call for us to live holy lives.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"It can be an act of faithfulness to terminate the life of an unborn child"
OGA-88-109, "The Covenant of Life and The Caring Community", page 10, adopted by the 195th General Assembly (1983)
"I confess that to love Jesus means to live in faithful, monogamous covenants of love. ."
Susan Andrews, Moderator of 215th General Assembly
The First Presbyterian Church in Yorktown, NY, was the host of a "Universal Worship Service" in which the participants offered prayers to a smorgasbord of gods -- including those who, "whether known or unknown to the world, have held aloft the light of truth through the darkness of human ignorance." The service, which the Presbytery of Hudson River promoted by e-mail to its ministers, included readings from Islam, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, the tradition of the "Divine Female," Native Peoples and Judaism.
MINNEAPOLIS – To the tribal rhythms of bongo drums, about 200 women – plus a "few good men," as they called them – swayed slowly into the room for the opening worship of the 10th anniversary (and final) Re-Imaginined god Gathering.
They came on this cloudless day, June 19, to praise water, tell their stories and be reminded that, as women, they have creative license to change entirely what has been an orthodox understanding of the Christian faith. After all, they say they believe the Bible is a product of a patriarchal mindset that oppressed women.
"We don't need folks hanging on crosses and blood dripping and weird stuff."
PHILADELPHIA – When arguing for church acceptance of homosexuality, most advocates talk about monogamy. But others are bolder.
"I am a strong ally of those in healthy, polyamorous relationships," declared Debra Kolodny. She argued that having multiple sexual partners can be "holy." Kolodyn was leading a workshop at the WOW (Witness Our Welcome) 2003 convention, an ecumenical gathering for "sexually and gender inclusive Christians."
"Liberals are open to the truth of other religions," said Donald E. Miller in The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology, Westminster Press, 1983. "Christianity is not viewed as the only expression of man's search for God or of God's revelation to man. . . Liberals tend to assume a broadly ecumenical attitude."
Whenever we see people compromising God's standards to accommodate someone with a winsome spirit or a kindly demeanor, we see that the Nicolaitans are still at work in the Church today.
The Old Gray Dog