Homosexuality and religion

Christian denominations hold a variety of views on the issue of homosexual activity, ranging from outright condemnation to complete acceptance. Most Christian denominations welcome people attracted to the same sex, but teach that homosexual acts are sinful. Some Christian denominations do not view monogamous same sex relationships as bad or evil. The United Church of Christ and the Alliance of Baptists also condone gay marriage , and some parts of the Anglican and Lutheran churches allow for the blessing of gay unions. The Episcopal Church’s recent actions vis-a-vis homosexuality have brought about increased ethical debate and tension within the Church of England and worldwide Anglican churches. In the United States and many other nations, the religious people are becoming more affirming of same-sex relationships. Even those in denominations with official stances are liberalizing, though not as quickly as those in more affirming religious groups. As such, it is argued that sexual desires and actions that contradict God’s design are deemed sinful and are condemned by God e. Since love does not rejoice in unrighteousness or iniquity cf. Where the Catholic view is founded on a natural law argument informed by scripture and proposed by Thomas Aquinas , [60] the traditional conservative Protestant view is based on an interpretation of scripture alone.

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Marriage campaign won’t offend gays, watchdog warns 14 Jun While these findings do not offer conclusive evidence, they also don’t refute the theory first proffered by the Bulgarian archaeologists who found the remains while excavating under an ancient church on the island. Many sites around the world claim to hold relics of the saint, including the Grand Mosque in Damascus which says it has his head. The right hand with which the prophet allegedly baptised Jesus in the River Jordan is also claimed to be held by several entities, including a Serbian Orthodox monastery in Montenegro.

The box bore inscriptions in ancient Greek that referred to John the Baptist and the date that Christians celebrate his birth, June The findings of another Oxford researcher, Christopher Ramsey, using historical documents, suggest that the monastery of Sveti Ivan may have received a portion of John the Baptist’s relics in the fifth or early sixth centuries. St John, who is especially revered by the Eastern Orthodox Church, foretold the coming of Christ before being beheaded on the orders of King Herod, with his head served up on a plate.

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Before I get started I must premise this section by telling you that this is one of the most dangerous and destructive false teaching of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Denomination. Teaching tithing is absolutely unbiblical and nothing more than mind control manipulation. There has been a lot of good information on the truth about tithing made available online and I will provide some links at the bottom of this page to web sites that I have read and agree with.

The purpose of this page is not to go into a lot of detail about tithing. I would simply like to point out the false teachings of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Denomination in this area and touch on some of the important points about tithing that show why it is wrong. When I recently asked an Independent Fundamental Baptist Denomination minister about tithing this was his reply was: However, God has categorically promised to bless those who will so honor Him.

The Independent Fundamental Baptist Denomination teaches that there is a difference between the two. They teach that if you wish to give over and above the tithe you can do so by giving more to the local church or to another ministry. They teach that if you tithe God will protect your property and your finances through Divine Intervention and not allow bad things to happen that take up your resources such as cars breaking down and leaky roofs. It may have been by high winds, hail, or a combination of them.

God had gotten His tithe. They sight Proverbs 3:

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The Preaching of St. John the Baptist by Pieter Bruegel the Elder The Gospel of Mark introduces John as a fulfilment of a prophecy from the Book of Isaiah in fact, a conflation of texts from Isaiah, Malachi and Exodus [34] about a messenger being sent ahead, and a voice crying out in the wilderness. John is described as wearing clothes of camel’s hair, living on locusts and wild honey.

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The name Independent Fundamental Baptist Church is used traditionally by churches which pattern themselves strictly after the example of the early church as found in the New Testament. Today the name Baptist is used by many churches who are not truly following the teachings of the New Testament. Some of these churches have gone so far to even deny the fundamental teachings of the Bible, such as the deity of Christ, the virgin birth and salvation by the Grace of God, through faith.

Others have to a lesser degree compromised the Word of God by their teaching, practices and church polity trying to confront to popular religious tends. The true Independent Fundamental Baptists have no association or fellowship with these churches because they teach or practice things contrary to the New Testament. The name Fundamental Independent Baptist is of recent origin and came into being because many modern day Baptist churches compromising the Word of God and teaching and practicing false doctrines.

There were however, many Baptists who loved the Word of God and held true to it and refused to abandon teaching the New Testament. In order to distinguish between the doctrinally unsound Baptist churches and those that believed the Bible many Baptist churches changed their name. These true Baptists added the adjectives Fundamental and Independent to their name in order that they not be identified with the false practices and teaching of the doctrinally unsound churches using the Baptist name.

An Independent Baptist Church would not be apart of a national organization that would exercise authority over the local church. Independent churches have no organized organization over them in authority.

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The Importance of Nonverbal Communication June Connie Hon Family Therapist and Counsellor specialised in multicultural issues Good communication is the key to successful relationship. A study reported that majority of communication is transmitted non-verbally. This finding is a great encouragement for many whose mother tongue is not English. We are living in a multicultural society, where more than languages are spoken in this country.

Language barrier can be overcome by a better understanding of nonverbal communication.

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Jan 10, Marriage: Keller argues persuasively from sociological evidence and examples from Western media e. Wonderfully Readable for All Audiences This marriage manifesto is highly accessible. The Meaning of Marriage is based on a Keller sermon series, making it distinctly readable. Like any good preacher, Keller strives for clarity, makes striking statements, and provides numerous illustrations and examples from daily life and history.

I found myself flying through The Meaning of Marriage, not just because it was so rich, but because it was so interesting, enjoyable, and easy to read. This is a great marriage book for those who do not consider themselves great readers. Where The Meaning of Marriage really stands out among Christian marriage books is that it is aimed at both married people and singles.

The presentation of marriage in this book, however, challenges, convicts, and encourages the reader. Singles will find themselves challenged to repent of thinking that marriage will ultimately fulfill them, and to alter their criteria for potential spouses. This is because Keller is such an insightful student, not just of the Scriptures, but of American culture. One of the most powerful features of The Meaning of Marriage is that Keller demonstrates, through both Scripture and history, that so much of what we assume about romance and marriage are actually wrong assumptions that have actively been taught to us by Western culture.

Specifically, that the main purpose of marriage is to provide for us and satisfy us relationally and emotionally, and also that powerful romantic feelings are essential and inevitable. Kathy Keller argues that biblical headship and submission are not primarily about division of labor in the home and are actually something much more glorious.

Dating the crucifixion

They now consider us betrayers, and we are cut off from their lives, but we know they are well-intentioned. We will never not love them. Ms Phelps-Roper wrote that she regrets the hurt she caused while being part of spreading the Westboro message which included picketing funerals of U. Made up mostly by the Kansas-based Phelps family, the religious group blames most tragedies on what they call a ‘pro-gay’ agenda in America She acted as a spokesperson for the group and did hundreds of interviews with journalists from all around the world.

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Subject matter[ edit ] The piece depicts St. John the Baptist in isolation. Through the use of chiaroscuro , the figure appears to emerge from the shadowy background. John is dressed in pelts , has long curly hair and is smiling in an enigmatic manner reminiscent of Leonardo’s famous Mona Lisa. He holds a reed cross in his left hand while his right-hand points up toward heaven like St Anne in Leonardo’s Burlington House Cartoon.

John represented “the eternal question mark, the enigma of creation”, and noted the sense of “uneasiness” that the painting imbues. The grace of Leonardo’s figure, which has a disturbingly erotic charge, nonetheless conveys a spiritual meaning to which Saint John refers when he speaks of the fullness of grace from God.

I’m a Baptist minister and I’ll be voting ‘yes’ for same-sex marriage

Peter used the sky as a proof that Messiah had come, but which sky did he use? A body of scholarly work addresses the date of the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. This body of work, together with Roman and Jewish histories, archaeoastronomy and the words of the Bible allow us to identify the day and almost the moment of his death.

This post gives an overview of the independent fundamental baptist church, what they are and what their history is.

These believers have an individual relationship with God. This view, known as the priesthood of believers, is a foundational issue for the Baptist faith. Since the beginnings of Baptist thought, this individual freedom has been a basis of doctrine. Because of this insistence on individual conscience, Baptists have always rejected formal, binding creeds. Refusing to hold such creeds as infallible, Baptists have suffered persecution.

Banishments, torture, and even executions fill Baptist history.

John the Baptist

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Vision courtesy Seven News Melbourne. In his letter to the church in Rome, Saint Paul speaks of sexual failings as far more impacting than all others. Because our sexuality takes us beyond a particular sexual act to our embodied nature, our personhood.

“If you’re undecided on when baptism is proper, or if your mind is made up but you want to understand why equally faithful Christians have an opposite position to yours, read Baptism: Three Views.” (Marvin Olasky, WORLD, August 15, ).

The Preaching of St. John the Baptist by Pieter Bruegel the Elder The Gospel of Mark introduces John as a fulfilment of a prophecy from the Book of Isaiah in fact, a conflation of texts from Isaiah, Malachi and Exodus [30] about a messenger being sent ahead, and a voice crying out in the wilderness. John is described as wearing clothes of camel’s hair, living on locusts and wild honey. John proclaims baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin, and says another will come after him who will not baptize with water, but with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus comes to John, and is baptized by him in the river Jordan. The account describes how; as he emerges from the water, the heavens open and the Holy Spirit descends on him ‘like a dove’. A voice from heaven then says, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased. It is introduced by an incident where the Tetrarch Herod Antipas , hearing stories about Jesus, imagines that this is John the Baptist raised from the dead. It then explains that John had rebuked Herod for marrying Herodias , the ex-wife of his brother named here as Philip.

Herodias demands his execution, but Herod, who ‘liked to listen’ to John, is reluctant to do so because he fears him, knowing he is a ‘righteous and holy man’. The account then describes how Herod’s daughter Herodias NRSV ; other translations refer to the girl as the daughter of Herodias dances before Herod, who is pleased and offers her anything she asks for in return.

When the girl asks her mother what she should request, she is told to demand the head of John the Baptist.

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