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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

EMERGENT HERESY PART 2

We continue on in our look at the Emergent Church. As we get closer to Brian Mclaren's appearance at Congress 2006 in Boston this week, it is helpful to look at what is actually believed by the leaders of the movement. In their quest for something authentic and real they have surrendered truth. I appreciate the idea that salvation is not just a prayer but must have evidence, that is the truth of God's Word. But in their reaction against cheap grace the Emergent movement has opened the door for heretical teachings to be given the same standing with Scripture, under the guise of we can not really know objective truth. And as we will see today an exaltation of man, and a devaluing of God.

Today we consider Rob Bell's teaching. He is another leader in the movement and the author of the recently released "Velvet Elvis". Consider this quote from the book;

"Who does Peter lose faith in? Not Jesus; he is doing fine. Peter loses faith in himself. Peter loses faith that he can do what his rabbi is doing. If the rabbi calls you to be his disciple, then he believes that you can actually be like him. As we read the stories of Jesus life with his talmidim, his disciples, what do we find frustrates him to no end? When his disciples lose faith in themselves.....Notice how many places in the accounts of Jesus life he gets frustrated with his disciples. Because they are incapable? No, because of how capable they are. He see what they could be and could do, and when they fall short if provokes him to know end. It isn't their failure that's the problem, it's their greatness. They don't realize what they are capable of....God has an amazingly high view of people. God believes that people are capable of amazing things. I've been told I need to believe in Jesus. Which is a good thing. But what I'm learning is that Jesus believes in me....God has faith in me."

There are too many Scriptural errors in this statement to cover in one blog, but let me make a few observations. First, take note of Bells statement that Peter loses faith in himself. Is that what Scripture tells us, that Peter sunk because he lost faith in himself. Would not the Bible indicate that it was Peter's faith in Christ that got him out of the boat and the lack therein that led to his sinking? Secondly, note his reversal of the gospel. If Bell is correct then we are told to believe in Jesus to know how great we are, but the Bible would indicate that we are to believe in Jesus to see how great He is! Do you see the blatant man centerdness in these statements? This is the consequence of a movement like the Emergent movement, the exaltation of man and the devaluing of God. Not only is truth up for grabs, but so is the glory of God.

I must give you one more statement from Bell, in speaking of the church he says that Jesus;

"left the future of the movement (the church) in their hands. And he doesn't stick around to make sure they don't screw it up. He's gone. He trusts that they can actually do it."

Is that what Gods Word says? That Jesus left us with the church and did not stick around to make sure we do not screw it up? Do you hear the exaltation of man? What he is saying is that we are so good and capable that Jesus does not need to have any part in what the church is doing. The only problem with his statement is again Scripture would teach differently. Scriptures like Jesus saying, I am with you always (Matt. 28:20), and apart from Me you can do nothing (John 15:5). Then there is the problem for Bell of the Holy Spirit that came to dwell with us.

So again we see that when tested with Scripture, much of the teachings of the Emergent movement does not stand. It is a man centered heresy that many embrace. I am sure at Congress this weekend Mclaren will say the right things and use the right words and call for authenticity and evidence for true faith. Things on the surface we all would agree on, but it is when you get beyond the surface statements and see the underpinnings of those statements that you realize you are dealing with a movement that strikes at the foundation of Biblical Christianity.


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pastor tom

Monday, January 30, 2006

EMERGENT HERESY PART 1

This weekend in Boston, Vision New England will be presenting their conference called Congress 2006. It is a yearly gathering of believers from throughout New England. They attend to go to workshops and hear keynote speakers. It has been a well attended event in the past, though in recent years they have seen a large decline in attendance. I could make some observations as to why, they all would fall under the category of a drift from Scripture. One of the greatest examples is their Women Pastor's forums they hold each year. But that is a topic for another time. This weekend one of the keynote speakers will be Brian Mclaren. He is a pastor and one of the leaders, and probably most articulate spokesmen of the Emergent Church Movement. It would take too long to explain all of the movement to you, but what I can do is take this week and introduce you to some of the comments from the leaders of this movement, and see where they line up with Scripture.

Let us begin with the Gospel. Because if the Gospel is wrong then everything else does not matter. The Word of God tells us in Galatians 1:8 as Paul wrote under inspiration of the Holy Spirit:

"if we, or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he to be accursed."

So the stakes are high when it comes to the Gospel, there is only one. Let us hear from Brian Mclaren :
" it bothers me to use exclusive and Jesus in the same sentence. Everything about Jesus’ life and message seemed to be about inclusion, not exclusion,”
(The Last Word and the Word After That)

Did Jesus not say in John 14:6 that He was the only way to the Father, that no one could come to the Father but by Him? If Jesus was anything, He was exclusive. He made it clear He was the only way and with good reason, He was God in flesh. He was the one to die and rise from the dead, He has every right to be exclusive and the Word of God clearly tells us that He is. If Mclaren has a problem with the idea of Jesus and exclusive going together then he has a problem with the gospel and the Word of God. His problem with exclusive opens the door wide to another gospel or no gospel at all.

So we will consider some statements from the leader of this movement this week. It is a shame that Vision New England has given this movement this platform, but it is not surprising given the road they have been traveling lately. I hope the blog this week encouraged you to check all things by the Word of God, regardless of where they come from.

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pastor tom

Friday, January 27, 2006

HATE SPEECH?

Here is a sure sign of things to come, back to the wire:

"Christian Vanneste, a member of the UMP representing the Lille region was found guilty in December on charges of violating a French law barring "hate speech" against homosexuals."

This parliamentarian was found guilty of hate speech against homosexuals, so what did he say? What were his "hateful" statements? Here is what he said;

"Homosexual acts are socially and morally inferior . . . To describe a behavior which is not beneficial for society is not discriminating against those who make the choice of homosexuality"

He actually made those statements in a debate in Parliament over the actual topic of hate speech. He opposed making statements about homosexual behavior hate speech, he went on to say;

"the idea of making "homophobia" illegal was a "contradiction in terms ... This will bolster the notion that homosexual behavior has the same value as any other kind of behavior, when, in fact, it is obvious that it is a threat to the survival of humanity."

He is the first politician to be convicted under this law, and it is a sad sign of things to come. Consider just what it is he said. His statements were about homosexual behavior and the effect on society. He makes the obvious statements about the obvious effect this behavior would eventually have on society. He is stating his belief about a behavior and he is convicted of hate speech.

Though this is across the pond in France you can be sure this is coming to our country. It has already been put out there by politicians seeking to add homosexuality to the list of criminally punishable topics of hate speech. What this means is that soon and very soon, if a pastor were to preach that homosexuality is a sin, he would be breaking the law and worthy of punishment. Those who would hold to a biblical world view will be open to the long arm of the law, seen as criminals.

This is soon to be your America. The question will be soon brought to your doorstep, who will you serve man or God? How will you answer?

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pastor tom

Thursday, January 26, 2006

SORRY JUDGE!

We read this from the wires:

"A judge who was widely vilified for giving a child molester a 60-day jail term imposed a new sentence Thursday, increasing the man's prison time to from 3 to 10 years.

Judge Edward Cashman said he felt he could now impose the longer sentence because the state had agreed to provide treatment to the man while he is behind bars. The state had initially said such treatment would not come until after the man served his time."

So here is what happened, the judge unbelievably gave this 34 year old man who had sex with a girl starting when she was 6, a sentence of 60 days in jail! People went crazy from the Governor on down, calling for the judges resignation. I don't think a resignation would be enough, they should put him in jail as well, as an accessory to the crime.

But after all of the heat, all of a sudden the judge has "found out" that their would be treatment available in prison. Does anyone believe this? It is insulting to every thinking person that this judge would have the nerve to come up with such a weak reason for his flip flop. It would have been refreshing for him to come clean and say I made a mistake and should have put this pedophile behind bars for a long time. Instead he hides behind some trumped up excuse about treatment.

And even if that were true, is it not about time that we cared more for the victims in our society than the perpetrators? Shouldn't the real desire be for the care of he victims and justice for those involved. But this is our culture, we care more for those who are preying upon our children than we do for the children themselves.

This judge should be ashamed to look in the mirror. The nerve of him trying to let off the rapist of a six year old with only sixty days in jail. Thank God people would not stand for it. It is time for more of us to make the same stand!

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pastor tom

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

MAKE IT THE LAW EVERYWHERE!

For the most part when you listen to politicians you have to wonder how it is that they can get elected with the ideas, or lack of that they come to office with. But every now and then you hear something that makes a lot of sense, and reminds you that there really are some clear thinkers still in politics. A good example of that is this from the wires:

"Oklahoma Senator Jay Paul Gumm is committed to making Oklahoma the safest state possible for your children.

The Senator has written legislation to ensure that repeat child molesters face the toughest penalty possible. It's called Senate Bill 1747. It would make repeat child molesters subject to life in prison without parol or even the death penalty. "

This is maybe one of the best things I have heard about in a long long time, as far as legislation. The question you must ask yourself is, why not? Why wouldn't you put a repeat offender of child molestation to the ultimate penalty? If anyone deserves the death penalty it is the one who continually preys on children. This should not only be for Oklahoma, this should be the law of the land in every state in the union!

What better than to declare war on pedophiles everywhere. Particularly in our day and age where more and more offenders are getting slapped on the wrist for the rape of kids. Those who would repeatedly prey on our children in society should simply be removed from society. By the way a great place to start would be right in the Roman Catholic Church. Start with the organization which has for years propagated the rape of children. Round up those in leadership who knowingly put priests who were pedophiles in positions of leadership in the church. Arrest those who knew and enabled, starting from the Pope on down! There is no other organization, in my opinion, this side of NAMBLA that has done more to promote and enable the rape of kids than the Roman Catholic Church.

So good for the Oklahoma Senator, it is about time people began to speak up for those children of our society who have been preyed upon, regardless of who the perpetrators are!

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pastor tom

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

THIS DANIEL IS NOT COMING OUT OF THE LIONS DEN!

Good news for us today, NBC's new show, The Book of Daniel, the one touted as "the riskiest show of the year", is now gone. That's right gone. The show that had an Episcopal minister using drugs, his wife drinking martinis and his kids in more trouble than that, is now gone. The show that had the minister's lesbian secretary sleeping with his sister-in-law is now gone. The show whose homosexual creator had put in the only regular prime time drama "gay character", is now gone. The show which had a regular appearance of a Jesus character who was about as far from Jesus, and a mockery of Him, is now gone. Why? Why is it gone? Primarily it is gone because of the offensive content of the show. This drove people to do something about it, to protest, to call sponsors. In fact at the shows end only one sponsor, Burlington Coat Factory was left. Local affiliates refused to carry the show and sponsors backed out and thus here we are with the much deserved cancellation of a disgusting television show.

What do we learn from this? One huge lesson is that we still have a voice. You and I can get things done if we put our minds to it. America, decent God fearing Americans said enough is enough, and here is where we draw the line. Decent God fearing Americans told the perverted creators of this show and all who would support such shows that we are not going to sit idly by any longer. And guess what, the show is gone. Not that it might not be picked up by some cable network somewhere, but this is a victory for decency! We learn from this that we have a voice and we have more power than we are led to believe.

This victory should encourage more to be involved and be a voice for common decency in our culture. Believe it or not we are the majority. Unfortunately we have been the silent majority sitting idly by and allowing our culture to literally go to Hell. So be encouraged good and decent God fearing American, you have been heard, and for goodness sake do not stop here. Step out into the arena of public ideas and lend your voice to the battle. You have as much right to be a voice in this society as anyone else. You have just believed for too long the propaganda that has been fed to you, that you do not matter and should not speak.

Now I can anticipate some who would read this and want to say they are good God fearing Americans who also happen to like the show, The Book of Daniel. Sorry, you cannot fear God and support the mockery of His Son, and the mockery of His ministry, and the mockery of His people. It just does not pass the Truth test!

So The Book of Daniel is gone, what next?

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pastor tom

Monday, January 23, 2006

IS JESUS FOR REAL?

To follow up on a story I wrote about some time ago, the trial of Jesus is going to begin this week. From the wires;

"Viterbo, Italy, north of Rome, is the venue where Rev. Enrico Righi is being sued by his childhood friend, atheist Luigi Cascioli, for deceiving people into thinking Jesus was an actual historical figure"

There is going to be an actual court case where the existence of Jesus Christ will be the issue. The burden is on Rev. Righi in court to prove Jesus existed, as his friend is taking him to court under the accusation of deception. This is truly a fascinating development that you should follow. It will be interesting to see the evidence Righi's attorney put forth. The problem they will have is not finding evidence but rather deciding which of the overwhelming evidence they want to use.

But there is a bigger issue for all concerned, in fact for every person reading this blog. If Jesus Christ did exist, as Gods Word says He did, then every person is accountable to Him. Jesus did not just exist, He clearly proclaimed that He was the only way to the Father. Jesus did not just exist, He went to a cross and died a brutal death to forgive the sins of people just like you and me. And one day every person will give an account of their faith of lack of it. The reality of Jesus is not just some interesting historical fact, it is a truth that demands every person coming into account to Him.

Many people live their lives in denial of the reality of Christ. Many others live with their own version of Jesus, a Jesus of their own making. It is always interesting how people will tell you how Jesus would or would not do and say certain things, yet these very same people do not believe in Christ as the only way to the Father. They do not believe in the necessity of being born again. They do not believe in the exclusivity of the gospel, and many do not accept the reality of Hell. They seem to have an opinion about Jesus but yet they do not believe any of the things He taught and spoke about. The Jesus they speak of is one of their own making.

You can be sure Jesus Christ existed and you can be sure that He died on a cross for sinners just like you, and that one day you will stand in front of Him and be judged on your receiving or rejecting Him as your Savior. The reality of this coming day is not dependent upon your belief or disbelief in it happening. Jesus Christ did exist, and came to this world to expose the deeds of the world as evil, and to call all who are His to faith and repentance. As Jesus said, "You must be born again!"

blog you later,
pastor tom

Friday, January 20, 2006

LIFE MATTERS!

As the sanctity of life week winds down it is important for us to not forget. Not forget that over one million babies are killed each year. Not forget that Planned Parenthood is out there in force, well financed with the marketing plan of having your children have sex as early as possible in order to create pregnancies that will bring girls to their offices and money to their bank accounts. Their plan is clear, simply promote sex, facilitate pregnancies in order to increase the bottom line through the murder of babies.

On Monday my church is opening a pregnancy health center, Family Matters, in Southbridge Mass. I would ask you to pray for us as we seek to be good neighbors and be a part of God saving babies and moms and dads. It is our desire to serve the community in this way and be a part of the true war on terror which is abortion. It is a sad state of affairs when not only society seems to have made peace with this issue, but so has the church. Let us not forget that He is the Creator of life and it is only His to give and to take.

His people historically have been the ones who have been apart of saving babies from murder, from the days of the Roman Empire right up to the present. The Church has been there to take the babies off of the garbage heap, and the Church needs to be there today with the alternative of life. And it is only the true Church that can give the message to those post abortive women who struggle with emotional trauma, that Jesus Christ went to the Cross as Calvary to forgive all sins, even the sin of abortion. We have the mandate, we have the message, we have the one and only God, Jesus Christ, let us take what we have and be a light in a dark world!

Monday is our open house, I will be doing the radio show live from two to three in the afternoon, but we will be there from eleven to six, stop by and say hello.

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pastor tom

Thursday, January 19, 2006

HERE COMES THE JUDGE!

You want disgusting? You want outrage? Here you go, from the wires two stories;

" Gregory Pathiakis, 26, of Brockton, Mass., pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of rape of a child, enticement of a child under 16, five counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of harmful material to a child, according to the Enterprise newspaper of Brockton, Mass."

"Gary Hoff, a 44-year-old former choir instructor for the Parkview School District in Orfordville, Wis. pleaded no contest to one count each of disorderly conduct and misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy, who now is 17. "
As for Hoff, another child he molested in 1993 came forward as well.

So we have two homosexual child predators, pedophiles in court caught and convicted, so what is so outrageous you ask? The outrage is not in the conviction that is the good part, no the outrage is in the sentencing. Again to the wires, this time on the sentences of both.

First Hoff; "According to the Janesville Gazette, Rock County Judge Alan Bates sentenced Hoff to three years probation after he pleaded no contest to one count each of disorderly conduct and misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy, who now is 17.

Bates also ordered Hoff to pay a $1,000 fine, serve 30 hours of community service and have no contact with the victims. Hoff must also surrender his teaching license and participate in counseling and treatment required by his probation officer"

Now Pathiakis; "Prosecutors asked Brockton Superior Court Judge Suzanne V. Delvecchio to give Pathiakis four to eight years in state prison, followed by five years probation. But she issued a suspended, 2 1/2-year jail term, followed by five years probation."

Are you kidding me? For one, three years probation for the other, a suspended sentence, bottom line neither one does any jail time! This is the pinnacle of depravity from the bench. Can you imagine being the parents of those kids and hearing that the pedophiles that raped your boys will not go to jail? How far from justice we have fallen in our decadent, tolerant, perverse loving country. Oh and by the way, this might be some information you will want to know about the judge in the Massachusetts case;

"Delvecchio, the first woman to be appointed chief justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, was honored in 2000 as the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Bar Association's annual dinner."

Isn't that interesting that a judge who was the keynote speaker at the Mass Gay and Lesbian Bar Association's annual dinner, when confronted with a homosexual pedophile in her court and asked by the prosecution to give him 4 - 8 years in prison, she just gives him a suspended sentence and out the door the pedophile goes. But yeah I guess we should not speak to our culture because it does not matter right? Lets live and let live right? Lets not offend right? Sure, tell that to the parents of the raped boys!

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pastor tom

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

VANILLA OR CHOCOLATE?

On Monday , the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr's birthday , Charles Nagin the Mayor of New Orleans, said the following;

"We ask black people ... It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans, one that should be a chocolate New Orleans,And I don't care what people are saying in Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day."

He also noted: "This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans"

Now as of today he had apologized for the statements, trying to back away from the statements as much as he could. But for this Mayor this is just the latest in a number of unbelievable statements. The real question becomes, where is the outrage? Where are all the talking heads on television round the clock decrying the racism and bigotry of these statements. Where are the cries for investigations? Where are the petitions for his immediate dismissal? Oh thats right, I forgot, he is black! A black man in our country can make racist bigoted statements with little if any consequence.

But imagine with me a different scenario. Let us pretend that a white Mayor of a major city made that same statement, only instead of a chocolate city he called for a vanilla city. Do you think it would have received as little press as this? Do you think he would be in office today? Do you think it would have been anywhere but the front pages of all the major newspapers? You know the answer to that as well as I do. If a white man in the same position made the same racist bigoted statement it would be all you we would be hearing or reading about.

And here lies the problem of our society, the incredible double standard at the expense of truth. It does not matter what is true, what matters is who is saying it. People today lack the moral courage to call things what they truly are. Mayor Nagins statements were racist, bigoted and an insult to people of all race, period. He is as much of a fool in his calling for New Orleans to be a chocolate city, and stating that God was judging America for the Iraq war, as was Pat Robertston stating Ariel Sharons life threatening condition was Gods judgment on him for giving up land in Israel! A fool is a fool regardless which side of the camp he is from. As far as Gods judgment on America, I believe there are lot easier places to look for reasons for that, than the Iraq war, like the 1.3 million babies murdered each year.

blog you later,
pastor tom

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

POLLY WANT A CRACKER?

There is a story from London, it is reported in the Telegraph News. It is a love story. A love story between Suzy and Chris, that has gone bad. It seems that Chris has a Parrot named Ziggy. A few months ago Ziggy began to say the name Gary. When the phone rang Ziggy would say "Hi Ya Gary". Not much was thought of it until around Christmas when Ziggy blurted out " I love you Gary", while Chris and Suzy sat on the couch. Chris looked at Suzy and she just ran out of the room, only to shortly confess to the truth that she had been seeing Gary on the side, but wanted to stay with Chris. The bird had exposed her discretion. At least that is how it is reported.

I would take a different slant on it. I would say that God was in the process of showing all involved the truth Gods Word tells us, that our sins will find us out. That we cannot hide them or hide from them. God will expose them all eventually, but He knows about all of them now! This is a key truth to understand, that can actually bring freedom. Once you realize God knows, you are free to live that life of repentance from that besetting sin.

It is also interesting in the reporting to see the lack of concern for two people living together outside of the bounds of marriage, which I believe is a lost concern for society in general. But tragically I believe is has become a lost concern for the Church. The Church should be as passionately opposed to the epidemic of people living together in sexual immorality before marriage, as it is any other immorality, but you scarce find a mention of that anywhere. I think tragically the Church has made peace with that sinful lifestyle, to the extent that in many places it is simply accepted within the body of believers.

Well Chris got rid of Ziggy and Suzy. Maybe God is going to teach him that his true contentment is not in a bird or a bird brained girlfriend, but in the Lord Jesus Christ! And maybe the Lord is going to teach Suzy that Jesus Christ died at Calvary for sinners like her, that adultresses are not beyond the love of God in Christ Jesus!

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pastor tom

Monday, January 16, 2006

DOES LIFE MATTER?

This morning at the gym I was walking by one of the television sets and noticed some footage of an attack by two teenagers on an older man. On closer inspection it was two guys beating up and killing a homeless man. Two teens in Broward County Florida stand accused of beating to death a homeless man with a baseball bat. The question is, "how do you get there?" How do two teens get to the point of attacking a harmless homeless man? It was a display of total depravity in action as well as a striking comment on life and its lack of value. There is an incredible connection to be made.

When life is devalued in a society as it is in our society then not only will the killing of millions of unborn children be commonplace, so will the attacks on the weak, feeble and helpless, like the one in Florida. Children today grow up in a culture that is desensitized to killing, through media and video games. It is common for kids to spend hours in role play games on line and in front of their television sets. Television shows are available that show random acts of violence on people. There is a show where homeless people are paid to be hit and beaten up. It is the devaluing of life.

Life is a gift from God, precious and sacred. It should be valued as such from the womb to the grave. It will not be as long as people can deceive themselves into denying their Creator. You see once a person has to admit to their being a Creator then they are beholden to that Creator. Then they must answer to that Creator, then they are responsible and accountable to that Creator, and that is the real issue. People deny that in their futile attempt to go through this life denying His existence and His right on their lives. Graciously He has given His Son Jesus Christ to reconcile and make right the relationship between the Creator and His Creation. For those who receive Christ there is the opportunity to value and live out life to His Glory. For those who do not, there continues a whistling by the grave existence, hoping there is nothing after this.

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pastor tom

Friday, January 13, 2006

MARRIAGE? PICK ANOTHER WORD!

If history teaches us anything and it does, it tells us to look across the pond to see what trends might be heading our way. Well, we read this from the Birmingham Post in England:

"The word 'marriage' is to be taken off register office signs in case it offends gay couples turning up for civil partnership ceremonies.
Councils in the West Midlands are being recommended to remove references to marriage suites at register offices after the introduction of the new partnerships last month".

Now the word marriage is under attack, because it is offensive to those who would be coming in for civil unions? You see the point is simply this, it does not stop unless there are people to stop it. The movement, the push, the desire to shape society to their own liking by the homosexual activist community will not just stop. To their credit they are diligent, purposeful and well organized in the execution of their plan. You want civil unions? OK you can have civil unions. Civil unions not enough, you want marriage, ok you can have marriage. You do not like the term marriage, ok we will not post it or even use it anymore. It does not and will not stop on its own.

The reason this is a constant issue and theme is just for that reason, it does not stop. The homosexual agenda is simply this, normalization and acceptance of their behavior by all of society and culture. I have said this and written this ad- nauseum, but I stay amazed at those who would hide behind the "Jesus is not confrontational" heresy to enable their not keeping watch as a good ambassador. Yes the answer for all is Jesus Christ, and nothing happens until people are moved on by God and receive faith in Christ. Praise God for that truth! But that does not mean you do not engage culture and society and stand for God's truth. It does not mean you tolerate the deterioration of your culture, giving up your children and grandchildren. Do you not realize that they are the prize here? Do you not realize the world they will grow up in ten to twenty years from now, and what will your answer be when they ask you, "Grandpa what did you do to fight the cultural battle?" What will your answer be, will you have an answer? The word marriage is now under attack in England, if that does not wake you up, nothing will!

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pastor tom

Thursday, January 12, 2006

COLLEGE ANYONE?

This is a different type of blog today, it is me thinking aloud on the blog. The question I want to consider and hear from you on is, what is the value of college these days? The costs are enormous and the teaching in many places very often is nothing more than an indoctrination into the most liberal of agendas. Has college as we know it run its course? Is there a better alternative? It seems to me that the skyrocketing prices of tuition are fueling not better teaching, but bigger buildings. Couple that with the dumbing down of education through preferences, ie if you are classified as a minority the standards are dropped to admit you, and what do we really have? Preferences and quotas are inherently insulting to those it intends to be of assistance to. It is telling people that because of your minority status we believe you are less qualified and unable to compete with others so we will lower the bar for you.

So what has college become in 2006 and where is it heading? Is it worth what it is advertised to be, or have we like cattle just been herded along with the rest not bothering to stop and take stock (pun intended) of what is happening. I am interested in your take on the question!

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pastor tom

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

AND ON IT GOES!

Here is another reason to be concerned where our culture is headed and what we as believers should or should not do to combat that. This from the wires today:

Sony Music has launched the first major music label dedicated to nurturing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artists.
The label, Music with a Twist, is a joint venture with Wilderness Media & Entertainment, the company led by Matt Farber, who has founded MTV's new gay and lesbian channel LOGO.
"It's an idea whose time has come," Mr Farber said.
"Only now are media and entertainment brands being created for the gay and lesbian audience following the success of brands for other minorities," he said."

Do you see it? Did you hear that? Matt Farber likens gay and lesbians to minorities, equating them to a race! This is what the homosexual activists have earned with all of their activism, and to their credit they have done an admirable job of creating a society that accepts them as a minority.

The problem is that they are not a minority, they are not a race! Homosexuality is no more a race than is covetousness, they both fall under the category of sin, not race. But as long as we sit by quietly it is just accepted. And so now homosexuality is given equal footing with racism, meaning that affirmative action for homosexuals is not far away! This is why believers need to be a voice in culture. This is why we need to speak for how God designed us and the glory of His creation, not sit by idly watching passively while those who would pervert it have free reign to define it on their terms.

A homosexual music label, a homosexual television station, homosexual curriculum in schools, my two mommies in your local library, isn't it time for believers to be a voice? Now in being a voice let us be clear and truthful, speaking the truth in love, and most loving thing we could ever do is what Jesus did, call sin sin and point sinners to the cross.

To the bloggers , lets keep the insults and accusations from the blogging, let us engage with ideas not gratuitous slaps at one another!

blog you later,
pastor tom

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

NO GIRLS ALLOWED!

Sorry to have missed you yesterday, but it was a sick day for me, unplanned but one never the less. Today consider this troubling reported recently by the Times in London:

"According to a study published yesterday in The Lancet, more than ten million female fetuses may have been aborted in India in the past twenty years after gender checks.

Shirish Sheth, of the Breach Candy hospital in Bombay, a co-author of the Lancet report, said: "To have a daughter is socially and emotionally accepted if there is a son, but a daughter's arrival is often unwelcome if the couple already have a daughter.

"Daughters are regarded as a liability. Because she will eventually belong to the family of her future husband, expenditure on her will benefit others. In some communities where the custom of dowry prevails, the cost of her dowry could be phenomenal."

She added: "We conservatively estimate that prenatal sex determination and selective abortion accounts for 500,000 missing girls yearly. If this practice has been common for most of the past two decades since access to ultrasound became widespread, then a figure of ten million missing female births would not be unreasonable."

More than ten million girls murdered in twenty years. They can call them fetuses but we know they are human beings and they were disgracefully killed for being the wrong gender. This is what you become when your ethics are situational and your God is tolerance and non-offense. I mean, why shouldn't they have the right to decide what gender of child they want, why shouldn't they be able eliminate the unwanted? You better not tell them they are wrong, or they will get offended and you do not want to commit the sin of offending someone do you? No, the right thing to do is look the other way and just accept what they are doing, as it is their right and their choice and hey, if it makes them happy so be it!

Isn't that the most ridiculous line of thinking? Unfortunately it is the thinking of many people these days. Those who would sit back and allow their culture and society to disintegrate into one where people are murdered because they do not fit the mold. And they allow it under some mis-guided mis-informed view of Gods Word that they believe would instruct them to never speak up or out on anything. Just sit back and wait for God to come. What a shame that so many who name Christ as Savior would remain silent on the issues of the day.

Ten million girls have been murdered in the last twenty years just for being girls. What will you do about it? What can you do? We can all pray for a change of heart from stone to flesh in those who control such policies. Some of us maybe need to go to India and give our lives as missionaries. I do not know Gods will for you but I do know He would have us do something! Unfortunately we do not have to look that far to see such heinous behavior, as boys and girls are being murdered at an alarming rate right here in our land. This is why our church is opening a crisis pregnancy center in a few weeks, to be a voice for Him in our neighborhoods.

Finally, where are all of the women's advocate groups? Where are all of these groups who run around claiming their purpose to be the rights of women? Why are they not in an outrage over ten million baby GIRLS killed in the last twenty years. Their silence speaks for itself!

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pastor tom

Friday, January 06, 2006

MR HETERO LIVES!

Mr Heterosexual lives! Yesterday I made the announcement that the event will go on at the historical arena, Mechanics Hall 321 Main St. Worcester Ma. Feb 18th at 6:00 pm, tickets are $12.00. This is a great venue for the event and it is always exciting to see how God works in these types of situations. When the Sturbridge Host cancelled it would have seemed to be a possible deathblow to the event, but that was not to be. In fact the new venue has caused me to expand the event to include other politically incorrect events. We might say the Pledge of Allegiance and even use the term, "One nation under God", who knows, we might do that a few times. There could also be random outbreaks of "Merry Christmas" during the evening. I welcome those of you who comment here to weigh in on what other politically incorrect activities could add to the event.

One thing that will not change is the testimony to be given by a person who has formerly lived the homosexual lifestyle and has received Jesus Christ as their Savior and has been forgiven and freed from all sin, including homosexuality! I praise God for the opportunities He has given me through this whole ordeal to share the good news that Jesus Christ is the answer for our sinfulness and died for sinners like us! So if you are not busy on the 18th of February come and join us at the Mr. Heterosexual 2006 contest, a celebration of Gods design, and other politically incorrect activities! And check out the new web design at www.mrhetero.com.

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pastor tom

Thursday, January 05, 2006

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WORLDWIDE!

As Prime Minister Sharon the leader of Israel clings to life, his enemies rejoice. They not only rejoice but they do so publicly. One example for you from the wires:

"I am ready with my candies and my rockets and praying to Allah that Sharon dies. We have prepared a celebratory barrage of rockets ready to fire into Israel on the occasion of the death of our enemy," said Abu Abir, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, an umbrella group of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists responsible for firing hundreds of Qassam rockets and mortars at Jewish towns."

Can you imagine if this was the position and statement of an Israeli leader at the death of Arafat? Certainly he had his enemies in Israel but you would be hard pressed to find some leading Israeli figure celebrating with plans of attacking Palestine. This is not surprising at all, considering the source, but what continues to be surprising is the rest of the civilized nations acceptance of Hamas and others like them. Most surprising to me is our Presidents acceptance of Palestine as a nation and a legitimate entity in the world community. It is political correctness at the expense of credibility. Credibility would dictate that if you are fighting a war on terror then Hamas and all those related are classified as enemies, and should be treated as such. But though they are technically classified as terrorists they are not treated that way. Palestine is seen as legitimate, its leaders credible and the land theirs.

Prime Minister Sharon might die in the next few days, and the terrorists will celebrate. They will celebrate by killing and attacking. Israel will watch in disgust, and our countries leaders will again look the other way. Here is a novel idea, go public with our support for Israel, be as public about our support for them as they are in their unwavering support of us. That will not happen, because political correctness does not stop at our shores, it is a worldwide epidemic!

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pastor tom

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

PROUD TO BE A COAL MINER!

I cannot imagine the incredible heartache that must be consuming those who have lost loved ones in the mining tragedy in West Virginia. It was bad enough for those who knew one of their family was trapped in that mine, but then the news came that twelve of the thirteen were alive and the people and the nation rejoiced. Then in a devastating twist it was found out that only one of the miners had actually survived. Seemingly there was a tragic miscommunication and it went from cell phone to cell phone and thus the mistake. The roller coaster of emotions is hard to fathom. As we pray for these families who have lost loved ones, and I hope you will pray for them, let us also remember the contribution made by them to our way of life.

We are indebted to those who work the mines for many things like heat and electricity and even the surfaces used to defend our country in battle! It reminds me of how many people toil day in and day out in professions and occupations where they literally put their lives at risk, like these miners. And like the miners people by and large take an incredible pride, not just in the pay check earned, but in the way they earn it. That is the American way, the American work ethic, but it is more.

It is the reminder that work is a God honoring God glorifying thing to do. It is not as some have falsely taught a result of the curse. Work is a gift from God that brings Him glory. I hope you can see your work that way, and approach it with passion and honor. As we remember these who have died, let also remember the blessing from God it is for us to be able to work. I leave you with this in honor and memory of those who have just died doing their jobs:

"When the whistle blows each morning, And I walk down in that cold, dark mine; I say a prayer to my dear Savior, Please let me see the sunshine one more time.

When oh when will it be over, When will I lay these burdens down? And when I die, dear Lord in heaven, Please take my soul from 'neath that cold dark ground.

I still grieve for my poor brother, And I still hear my dear old mother cry; When late that night they came and told her, He'd lost his life down in the Big Shoal Mine.

When oh when will it be over, When will I lay these burdens down? And when I die, dear Lord in heaven, Please take my soul from 'neath that cold dark ground.

I have no shame, I feel no sorrow, If on this earth not much I own; I have the love of my sweet children, An old plow mule, a shovel and a hoe.

When oh when will it be over, When will I lay these burdens down? And when I die, dear Lord in heaven, Please take my soul from 'neath that cold dark ground.

Yeah, when I die, dear Lord in heaven, Please take my soul from 'neath that cold dark ground."

Dwight Yoakam, Miner's Prayer, 1990.

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pastor tom

Monday, January 02, 2006

TWO QUESTIONS FOR YOU

Alright all of you engaging your world bloggers, today I make it short and sweet, first of all, Happy New Year to all of you. Secondly I am interested today in two things, first what do you think was the biggest story of 2005? Second, did you make any New Year resolutions? That is all for today, we will keep it light before we get back into to it tomorrow!

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pastor tom