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  • Birthday 01/01/1900

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  1. It sounds like you sought out and found God in spite of that experience; not because of it. Let’s say that someone is introduced to the concept of sexuality by being raped. There is an element of truth in that experience, but it has been severely perverted. However, after having had that experience, that victim seeks out and finds true, godly, biblical sexuality within the bounds of biblical marriage. The victim has found the true expression of sexuality in spite of their horrible experience and not because of it. That violation could, just as easily, have encouraged them down a depraved path or even soured them on pursuing sexuality entirely, just as it is possible that you could have become a devout Muslim instead of a devout Christian. There is absolutely no redeeming value in the original act that introduced the rape victim to the concept of sexuality in the first place and, in my view, there is no redeeming value in anything that includes false teachings. My experiences with being raised in the Catholic Church poisoned me and pushed me away from true, biblical Christianity from the time I was ten years old until I was 32 years old. The nuggets of truth within the Catholic Church were not worth the damage it caused by being exposed to it. In addition to the falsehoods in the series, some of the people involved in its creation can also have negative effects. If those, who have found interest in The Chosen, look up the actor who plays Jesus (Jonathan Roumie), to see what else is in the works for that actor (who is a Catholic ministry leader), they will discover that his next role, which he filmed while still playing Jesus, is that of Lonnie Frisbee; the drug using, alcohol drinking, partying, hippie sodomite preacher, from the Jesus Movement of the 70’s, who died of AIDS. So, would this, along with false or twisted teachings, included in The Chosen, be more likely to make newly interested viewers open to a true biblical understanding of the Gospel or, would it be more likely to attract them to a perverted, worldly, judge-not understanding of the Gospel?
  2. The same could be said about The Last Temptation of Christ or the Lucifer television series. “Yeah, they include false teachings, but, at least, they get people thinking and talking about Jesus.” Shows and films like these are how more false teachings become widely held unbiblical beliefs. God does not need to use lies, mixed with truth, to get people interested in Him. Paul warned people to stay away from such people.
  3. I have been hearing a huge number of Christians making the argument for leaving the Word of God out of discussions about morality when talking to people who don't believe the Bible is the Word of God. Their reasoning is that their focus is on making social changes and that you need to use secular reasoning to convince non believers to agree with you. I couldn't disagree more because my focus is not on getting lost people to behave themselves. My focus is on playing whatever part I can in them finding salvation through Christ.
  4. I'm watching it as a study and for purposes of warning. It is an hugely popular series and there are many people being influenced by it. Many people's only exposure to biblical stories are through the perverted lens of the entertainment industry. I want to be prepared to refute the errors and nonsense and tell them the real stories. It's not just the lost who are being manipulated.
  5. In the beginning of episode 5, During a flashback scene, Joseph tells Jesus that his going to the temple without telling them, causing them to have to look for him, was a transgression and makes him promise to never do it again. Joseph asks Jesus, "What are you going to do for your mother for this transgression?" It was said in passing and, perhaps, partly in jest, but that line was intentionally written. It may be a minor line, but it accuses Jesus of having sinned. Later in the episode, Christ and some of the disciples are walking to the wedding in Cana and Jesus says, "The most important and powerful person I know will be there: My mother." In that same scene, Jesus describes himself as a "clumsy teenager who cracked my head open" at a childhood party. Mary is helping to decorate for the wedding and she says, "We had a wedding, it just wasn't like everyone else's" When asked, "Why not?" Mary responds by saying, "You know why," and pantomimes a pregnant belly. The other woman says, "I would have gone." This is all implying that Mary and Joseph had a shotgun wedding and that they were ostracized and shamed. The woman goes on to ask Mary about how Jesus is doing, since she hasn't seen him in a long time. She says, "I bet he's handsome... I bet he is." And Mary seems to confirm it. (The actor chosen to portray him has quite the female fanbase because of his handsome appearance.) However, (Isaiah 53:2) "For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him." They perpetuate the fallacy that Jesus made alcoholic wine at the wedding. They show Jesus fooling children with the deceptive, slight-of-hand trick of cups and balls (like today's three card monty). This sows the seed that Jesus used tricks and illusions in his ministry. There are very involved story lines that have no connection to scripture, whatsoever. They are just fanciful speculation. It all serves to dilute the truth of God's Word and inject doubt and uncertainty and a carelessness about His Word. (By the way, I am intentionally not capitalizing the pronouns in reference to the Jesus character in the show.)
  6. I was just watching an interview with the actor who portrays Jesus in the series and he was talking about how , during the break between season 2 and season 3, he played the role of Lonnie Frisbee in another forthcoming film entitled, "Jesus Revolution" (coming Feb 2023) Lonnie Frisbee was a very well known and influential hippie preacher, who was also an active homosexual who died of AIDS.
  7. I just started to watch this show (just starting the 5th episode) and there are loads of issues with it already. Peter is portrayed as being a dishonest, manipulative, disobedient con man with debts. Nicodemus is shown attempting to exorcise a demon from Mary Magdalene, Peter is shown having his ear sliced by a Roman guard (probably the foreshadowing of a future explanation for Peter having severed the ear of Malchus). These are just a few examples. So far, the vast majority of his show is complete speculative or revisionist fiction. Some might say that "artistic license" is acceptable for shows like this, but I disagree 100%. If this show was not based on God's Word, they could do whatever they like, as far as I'm concerned. But I do not believe we have any right to add to, take away from, manipulate, paraphrase, or, in any other way, change God's Word. (Revelation 22:18-19) "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: {19} And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." If I were connected to the production of this show, I would be absolutely TERRIFIED!
  8. If a person knowingly supports someone who is in favor of ensuring the legal right to murder unborn children, if a person knowingly supports someone who wants to ensure the legal right to sodomy and the legal right for sodomites to get “married” and raise children, they are supporting those things themselves. They are actively ensuring the promotion of those things and are in need of far more than “spiritual growth .”
  9. People can graduate from Bible colleges and hold unbiblical views. Men can pastor churches and hold unbiblical views. Credentials are pretty meaningless to me. I’m interested in what an individual actually believes.
  10. We should not be concerned about whether or not someone has “conservative” views or “liberal” views. We should be concerned about whether or not they have biblical views.
  11. I don’t think we can discern whether or not they are lost by the information the way that you provided it. They may have voted without being informed and may not be aware that the candidate holds those positions. However, if they knew that they were voting for someone who holds those positions, and they are aware that those positions are at variance with God, then I think there is a fair possibility that they are not saved. I don’t believe that we can know what God says about sin and disagree with Him and still be saved. I don’t believe we can say, “I know what Your word says, Lord, but I think You’re wrong,” and be saved. I think we can say, “I don’t understand, Lord,” and be saved, but I don’t believe we can say, “You’re wrong, Lord,” and be saved.
  12. When Christ says, (Matthew 7:14 KJV) [14] Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”, the use of the word, “few,” implies most will not. The word, “all,” is used 4680 times in the KJV and, “most,” is used 132 times. If someone does not like those words, it is not me they have an issue with. However, both, “all” and “most,” can be used appropriately or inappropriately. If I have used either of them inappropriately, I am willing to be corrected.
  13. Just because one calls one's self a Christian, it does not mean that it's true. Admiring Christ and His teachings don't make you a Christian. Gandhi admired Christ and His teachings, but he was not a Christian. Acknowledging Christ as the Son of God does not make you a Christian. Satan and his demons acknowledged that Jesus is the Son of God, but they are not Christians. I believe that most people, who claim to be Christians, are not. They sprinkle some Christian-flavored sprinkles on top of their life, but ignore the vast majority of Jesus' teachings as antiquated or unimportant. If you do not hold fast to God's word and the teachings of Christ, if you do not strive to follow Him and obey Him and agree with Him about sin and turn from it, I believe that excludes you from being defined as a Christian.
  14. I've been working on an analogy/illustration that sheds light on the morality behind the argument for abortion to save the live of the mother. Let me know what you think of what I have come up with so far. The Hot Air Balloon Argument - B. Joseph Stafford Imagine, if you will, that you are the mother of a newly born child. On your way home from the hospital, you see a sign on the side of the road that reads: “Free Hot Air Balloon Rides for New Mothers. See the Grand Canyon the way the birds see it.” So, you decide to stop and go for a balloon ride, holding your newborn baby. The man in charge of the ride tells you that the balloon is completely self guided, so there is no need of a pilot to ride in the basket with you. There is, however, a built-in, two way radio; just in case any communication is necessary. The man helps you into the basket, which is suspended by four ropes. He bids you farewell and you and your baby lift off the ground and begin your journey across the Grand Canyon. When you’re about a quarter of the way across, one of the ropes begins to unravel and then, suddenly, it snaps; leaving the basket suspended by only three ropes. The man’s voice comes across the radio and he assures you that there is nothing to be concerned about. “This happens, from time to time, but the remaining three ropes are plenty strong, ma’am. Enjoy the rest of your ride.” When you and your child reach the halfway point, another rope begins to unravel and it, too, snaps. The basket shifts and you let out a scream as you clutch your baby to your breast. Again, the man’s voice is heard on the radio, “Ma’am, two ropes breaking is rather unusual, I’m not sure what’s happening, but the remaining two ropes should hold long enough for you, and your baby, to reach the other side. But, please, remain as still as possible, ma’am.” Shaking with fear and holding your baby as tightly as you can, you crouch down into one of the corners of the basket, terrified of moving even an inch. And then, slowly at first, then faster and faster, the third rope begins to unravel, right before your eyes, before finally snapping, causing the final rope to twang like a giant bass string. As you pass the three-quarter mark, you are absolutely petrified with fear as you hear the man’s voice come across the radio once more: “Ma’am, that rope was not rated for the amount of strain it’s under. There is absolutely no way that rope will hold the both of you long enough to reach the other side. If either of you have any chance at making it to the other side, one of you will have to leave the basket!” (This is my way of responding to the idea that abortion is acceptable in cases where the life of the mother is at risk. The mother who aborts her child, to save her own life, would chose to throw her baby out of the balloon basket, to be dashed to pieces in the canyon below, to increase her own chances of reaching the other side of the canyon.)
  15. I was listening to another Conservative Catholic podcaster, over at the Daily Wire, named Michael Knowles. He was interviewing a young lady who had just turned her back on the occult and became a Christian about a year ago. When she said that she doesn't believe in ghosts, but believes that they are probably demons, Mr. Knowles goes into trying to convince her that ghosts are real and that they're in the Bible. So, I had to say something about it and I do just that in this video:
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