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    HappyChristian reacted to 1Timothy115 in Government Increases Freedom Suppression   
    Great answer! Yes freedoms are given by God. God uses governments at His discretion to defend those freedom. For a government to do nothing when laws are violated is the same as condoning the illegal activity and threatens the freedom of the people of that nation. Government here in the states is doing nothing on multiple fronts. I won't take advantage of the current administrations lack of mental prowess to act on behalf of their own citizenry, others have aided and abetted them (i.e. Clinton, Obama, G.W. Bush). I pray for their salvation instead. 
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Government Increases Freedom Suppression   
    It amazes me how many people think that the government is the one that gives us freedom. Freedom comes from our creator. If anyone feels that we have not lost any freedom, then they themselves are enslaved to the government. 
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    HappyChristian reacted to Jim_Alaska in Government Increases Freedom Suppression   
    It also gave you the freedom (excuse) to not attend without drawing criticism. 
    Hebrews 10:25 (KJV) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Government Increases Freedom Suppression   
    Huh? Makes no sense. You always had the freedom to stay in the cottage. To now say you have the freedom to read and write is a lie because you always had that freedom as that was always your choice to be in or out of the cottage. Sounds a lot like what Hitler did to gain control. 
    To now call staying in freedom is a lie because you always had that freedom to travel or stay home. That's the mentality I see in dictator leaderships
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    HappyChristian reacted to Salyan in Government Increases Freedom Suppression   
    The "freedom" to make the best of one's cage is not freedom.
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    HappyChristian reacted to Bouncing Bill in Government Increases Freedom Suppression   
    Restrictions of one form gives freedom in other forms. Nothing is always one way only. 
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Government Increases Freedom Suppression   
    Spoken like a true dictator 
     
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    HappyChristian reacted to Salyan in Government Increases Freedom Suppression   
    Why me? 
    To elaborate on my answer to Tony, I took the question as general - we the people, rather than specifically Christians. The question of whether we are actually being persecuted for our faith is much harder to answer at this point. But generally - and in my area of the world (because it's also location-dependent), yes.
    Canadian citizens are guaranteed free passage within Canada - yet this last few months saw us forbidden from entering different provinces - either at all, or without quarantining or vaccination. 

    Canadians are guaranteed freedom of religion, assembly and association in our Charter of Rights - yet in Alberta (which has been the freest province - it's kind of the Texas of Canada ), we have seen limits on church attendance - as low as 5 distanced people - which were not similarly put on other corporations. This is a limit on our freedom of religion, assembly & association. We have been forbidden from having other people - even close family members - in our homes. This is  a limit of our freedom of association. We have been forbidden from having outside gatherings of more than  people. This is a limit on our freedom of assembly. The Charter allows for these rights to be temporarily removed for pressing reasons (such as a real pandemic), but the government must prove the need for these. In Alberta, several court cases have asked the government to provide this information THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD BEFORE LIMITING ANY CHARTER FREEDOMS, and they do not have it to provide. They stall, ask for more time to gather it (after 14 months of Covid!), and ultimately provided nothing. This means that they have unlawfully removed our Charter rights.  
    In the last few months, our government in Alberta (whether provincial or federal) have restricted, removed the ability to, or required government permission to:
    Go to church with more than X people - smallest number being 5 (Alberta was the freest province for this. BC, Ontario and Manitoba have had months where churches were not permitted to be open at all.) Sing to God Sing at all Visit family/friends in their home Visit family/friends outside their home Go to a funeral Attend a wedding Check on or visit seniors in their nursing homes Leave your nursing home (if you're a senior) Have family with you as you die Have family with you in the hospital as a child or maternity patient Receive medical care without masking (even if you're allergic to masks or asthmatic or otherwise incapable of wearing one) Visit our national parks/camp outside Purchase necessities Go to school Go to work  Open your small business to make a living (particularly restaurants, personal care and gyms) Protest Hold an event/stampede/parade/concert/literally anything Hug your grandma Stand within 6 feet of someone else (this is actually a health order - a kind of law - that we aren't allowed to do this) Travel freely between towns (Alberta has actually been one of the better ones for this - merely 'discouraging' rather then enforcing. In Ontario, they were actively restricting movement between municipalities within the province. With police checks and everything! Travel freely between provinces (Alberta is actually okay for this - BC has discouraged travel with limited enforcement. The Maritimes have closed their borders to visitors and now the unvaccinated completely.) Leave the country by land (can't do it, period.) Enter the country (to fly into Alberta as a Canadian citizen requires a $3000 3-day stay at a sub-par secured hotel facility. If you have failed to get the right test before returning, you may be removed to an undisclosed location for the full quarantine period. This is a requirement - you are not free to go home without risking severe fines. Oh, but if you're not a Citizen? You don't have to do this. It's only for Canadian citizens.) Leave your home after traveling even if not sick Breathe freely This isn't even a full list... I KNOW there's more I'm not remembering, but there's been so many for so long - I'm forgetting them all now!
     We're not full-blown communist yet, but looking at this list, we hit totalitarian several months ago. Regardless of one's position on the dangers of Covid, allowing a government to exert this level of control is dangerous.
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    HappyChristian reacted to Salyan in Vaccine hesitancy morphs into hostility, as opposition to shots hardens   
    I fear that both sides (including me) are beginning to devolve to name calling, and this thread is going in circles. In the interests of keeping us civil, I’m going to lock this thread.
    Bill, more than one moderator have expressed a desire to see fewer (or no) Covid threads. I won’t lock any other current threads (unless they similarly devolve), but as requested earlier, you are to refrain from beginning any new Covid threads. If you do so, they will be hidden, and you may receive a warning. Let’s see if we can find common ground in God’s Word and take a break from all this fear-mongering from both sides. 😉
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    HappyChristian reacted to Salyan in Vaccine hesitancy morphs into hostility, as opposition to shots hardens   
    Here’s another way of looking at your experience. Covid came through, probably almost everyone caught it, those that were susceptible died, and everyone else now has natural antibodies. Since they’ve had it, no one is going to catch it badly again. Therefore there are no more serious illnesses.
    I had a friend who caught a bad case of Covid 18 months ago, then caught it again when it went through our friend group. The second time around, it was like allergy symptoms. She wouldn’t have thought to get tested if her sister hadn’t tested positive.
    Thanks, but I have had Covid. I now have natural antibodies (remember those?) so I’m good. It was a nasty flu, but nothing to end society over.  I am far more Concerned about the (untested) long-term effects of the injection, such as neurological damage and sterility, that are beginning  to be observed.
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    HappyChristian reacted to Salyan in Vaccine hesitancy morphs into hostility, as opposition to shots hardens   
    For this topic, the two are intricately aligned. Not in the sense of specific political parties, but regarding government actions and philosophies.
    Good medical science does not need to gag experts and local medical practitioners who express their genuine concerns. Good medical science does not require media censorship. Good medical science does not need to constantly propagandize to convince the masses that a pandemic is taking place. Good medical science does not require a million dollar lottery to convince people to get this injection (this is happening in Alberta). Good medical science does not pretend that a mask will stop a virus. Good medical science does not quarantine the healthy. Good medical science does not utilize arbitrary measures like requiring quarantine after travel for some people but not others, or pretending that it’s okay to have your mask off to eat but not to walk to the table. Good medical science does not allow thousands of strangers to walk through a Costco while prohibiting church cohorts of more than 15 people from meeting. Good medical science does not destroy economies for a sickness with a better than 99.9% survival rate. None of this is medical science - it’s all about politics and government control. Wake up, Bill! I’m not saying Covid doesn’t exist - it definitely does - but this whole scenario has been an excuse to institute government control and remove liberties on a global scale. I’d say ‘hitherto unheard of,’ but that wouldn’t be accurate. Go research the history of communism in every nation ever and you’ll see the Exact. Same. Pattern. 
    The only ‘false propaganda’ here is what you’re espousing.
    (And hey - you started the political bent anyways by linking those opposed to Covid vaccination to Trump supporters. Don’t be hypocritical.) 
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from Andy in Vaccine hesitancy morphs into hostility, as opposition to shots hardens   
    The only hostility I see is coming from those who believe they have a moral superiority over those who choose not to get the jab(s).  Beginning with the White House (sending out a "strike force," pushing for social media and texting to be tracked for "false" information) and trickling on down to people who choose to close their eyes to the deaths caused BY the vaccines.
    And I know a WHOLE LOT of Trump haters from both parties who will not get jabbed. 
    Possible sterility. Neurological problems. Heart problems, including inflammation. And more. Yeah, folks should really want to inject things into their bodies that can cause that, right? sigh...Again, the hostility is actually coming from those who are trying to guilt or otherwise pressure people into bowing to the god of big pharma, Bill G, and socialism.
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    HappyChristian reacted to Salyan in Vaccine hesitancy morphs into hostility, as opposition to shots hardens   
    I fail to understand why anyone would get an (a) experimental injection (not formally accepted for permanent vaccine use) that (b) already has more reported adverse affects than all vaccines ever to (c) protect them from a flu with a better than 99.9% survival rate (and that’s counting all the deaths wrongfully attributed to Covid), that (d) has a decent, cheap alternative treatment available, and that (e) a good number of us have already had, survived, and developed permanent antibodies for.
    What truly frightens me is the blind trend to trusting this experimental injection, and resisting such obvious alternative measures for resistance such as antibody testing.  But then they couldn’t train the whole world to accept and even force global acceptance of a ‘vaccine’/injection/identifier. Smacks of preparation for the Mark. Christians should resist this mindset if only for that reason!
     

    (puts on moderator hat)
    Bouncing Bill, you are spamming our board with Covid threads. There are other things to talk about. I strongly suggest you try a new topic for future posts.
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from Salyan in Vaccine hesitancy morphs into hostility, as opposition to shots hardens   
    The only hostility I see is coming from those who believe they have a moral superiority over those who choose not to get the jab(s).  Beginning with the White House (sending out a "strike force," pushing for social media and texting to be tracked for "false" information) and trickling on down to people who choose to close their eyes to the deaths caused BY the vaccines.
    And I know a WHOLE LOT of Trump haters from both parties who will not get jabbed. 
    Possible sterility. Neurological problems. Heart problems, including inflammation. And more. Yeah, folks should really want to inject things into their bodies that can cause that, right? sigh...Again, the hostility is actually coming from those who are trying to guilt or otherwise pressure people into bowing to the god of big pharma, Bill G, and socialism.
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from Jim_Alaska in Vaccine hesitancy morphs into hostility, as opposition to shots hardens   
    The only hostility I see is coming from those who believe they have a moral superiority over those who choose not to get the jab(s).  Beginning with the White House (sending out a "strike force," pushing for social media and texting to be tracked for "false" information) and trickling on down to people who choose to close their eyes to the deaths caused BY the vaccines.
    And I know a WHOLE LOT of Trump haters from both parties who will not get jabbed. 
    Possible sterility. Neurological problems. Heart problems, including inflammation. And more. Yeah, folks should really want to inject things into their bodies that can cause that, right? sigh...Again, the hostility is actually coming from those who are trying to guilt or otherwise pressure people into bowing to the god of big pharma, Bill G, and socialism.
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from wretched in Vaccine hesitancy morphs into hostility, as opposition to shots hardens   
    The only hostility I see is coming from those who believe they have a moral superiority over those who choose not to get the jab(s).  Beginning with the White House (sending out a "strike force," pushing for social media and texting to be tracked for "false" information) and trickling on down to people who choose to close their eyes to the deaths caused BY the vaccines.
    And I know a WHOLE LOT of Trump haters from both parties who will not get jabbed. 
    Possible sterility. Neurological problems. Heart problems, including inflammation. And more. Yeah, folks should really want to inject things into their bodies that can cause that, right? sigh...Again, the hostility is actually coming from those who are trying to guilt or otherwise pressure people into bowing to the god of big pharma, Bill G, and socialism.
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from SureWord in Vaccine hesitancy morphs into hostility, as opposition to shots hardens   
    The only hostility I see is coming from those who believe they have a moral superiority over those who choose not to get the jab(s).  Beginning with the White House (sending out a "strike force," pushing for social media and texting to be tracked for "false" information) and trickling on down to people who choose to close their eyes to the deaths caused BY the vaccines.
    And I know a WHOLE LOT of Trump haters from both parties who will not get jabbed. 
    Possible sterility. Neurological problems. Heart problems, including inflammation. And more. Yeah, folks should really want to inject things into their bodies that can cause that, right? sigh...Again, the hostility is actually coming from those who are trying to guilt or otherwise pressure people into bowing to the god of big pharma, Bill G, and socialism.
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    HappyChristian reacted to 1Timothy115 in Vaccine hesitancy morphs into hostility, as opposition to shots hardens   
    Thank God for this miraculous body He gave us!
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Texas Man in ICU After Getting J&J Vaccine...Has Delta Variant   
    Stop calling this a vaccine, none of the "vaccine's" vaccinates anyone. J&J even admits it. (not talking about you Bro Tony)-
     
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    HappyChristian reacted to Jim_Alaska in The Day of Creation   
    Date setting is easy and creates great interest....until it is proven wrong.
    "In the beginning" is good enough for me; if God had wanted me to know just when that was, He would have told me. 
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    HappyChristian reacted to Jim_Alaska in The Scandal Rocking the Evangelical World   
    And so it goes with conventions, associations and fellowships; none of which were, or are authorized by Scripture or the God of Scripture. All of these are man-made institutions and subject to all of the sin and apostacy of the human mind.
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    HappyChristian reacted to Pastor Scott Markle in Calvanism   
    Hmmmm, to me that does not seem Biblically valid.  Since this debate concerns the doctrine of the gospel, if one or another side is wrong, then they are "accursed" according to Galatians 1:6-9; and I for one could not comfortably engage in ministry fellowship with those whom the Lord our God has pronounced as "accursed."
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    HappyChristian reacted to DaveW in Herding cats.....   
    Or dealing with people.....
    I need no advice, no rebuke, no encouragement - the purpose is to give you a laugh, because that's about all that can be done.
    I have been preaching verse by verse through a book for adult Sunday School. 
    Someone said to me that they don't come to Sunday School because they don't like that style of preaching.
    Morning service I am preaching through a list of questions that people put on a list for that purpose.
    Someone said to me that there has been some discussion and 'a few people' have mentioned that they are getting more out of the SS series than out of the "snippets"( their word) I am doing for the morning service, and that I should swap them.
    And apparently I am preaching too much about salvation. Yep, you read that right. Last few week's messages have had a mention of salvation, but as a portion, not the focus.
    You can please some of the people some of the time....... but you can't slap any of them anytime. 😆
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    HappyChristian reacted to Ukulelemike in Are there "Cult-like" groups of Baptists still alive and well out there?   
    Within the IFB, I have known churches who have the 'cult" like mentality, where the pastor is not questioned, to have a disagreement is tantamount to  making a person attack on the pastor, and they often have a strong group of leaders who will circle the wagons to 'protect' the pastor at all times against any questioning or accusations of wrong-doing. One of them even has a statue built of him and his wife at the church he pastored, after his death, which personally, if I went to heaven and found my former church had built me a statue, I would be pretty embarrassed. And I have known men who came out from his school, who act in the same "touch not the Lord's anointed" attitude. 
    I believe in the authority of the local church, and the authority a pastor ought to have over a local church, but at the same time, the pastor is still just one of the sheep who has been given a responsibility to care for the other sheep of their local flock, and he ought not think himself unquestionable, but always willing to discuss issues of disagreement, properly  with Bible in hand. I have been known to be wrong, and no one has it all figured out yet.
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Are there "Cult-like" groups of Baptists still alive and well out there?   
    Yes, that still exists today, and that's one reason why I'm an Independent Baptist. Obviously I'm accountable to God first and foremost, but I am also accountable by our members. As a church we vote on the budget, where money gets spent, who the pastor is and other things that's outlined in our bylaws.
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