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What do these two have in common? Nothing, unless you are a writer from the Daily Iowan. Apparently Shay O’Reilly believes that the doctrine of Total Depravity, among other things, was a factor in the sex scandal of Pastor Eddie Long..

“Calvinism, with its focus on the inherent inferiority of man and salvation only through divine grace, is the progenitor of the American Baptists. Faced with the suffering and evil of the world, John Calvin claimed, we understand the necessity of a divine savior…The belief in her or his own wretchedness enslaves an individual more thoroughly than any threat of violence. If you are inherently sinful and the world is cast as nothing but evil, what right is there to reject the authority offering you salvation? And if that authority is actually a predator, wearing the cloak of a shepherd and claiming that he knows what God wants, how would you know? How could you refuse?”

This is just completely laughable. Pastor Long is a pastor preaching the prosperity Gospel, not the Doctrines of Grace. He is more interested in fleecing his flock with the promises that God wants them happy and rich. It’s not the doctrine, it’s the people. Pastor Long is as Christian as this writer is Reformed (Calvinist).

The Reformed faith does teach in the total depravity of man. Meaning that sin has affected all parts of the unbeliever: body, soul, mind and heart.This state has caused an inability, or desire, to seek after God. It’s only after the regeneration by the Holy Spirit that can cause Faith. But this is the good news. If the pastor, Scott Gaskill, Shay mentioned didn’t say this after preaching the Law, and maybe he since Shay left, then he’s a bad teacher as well.

Epic Fail for Shay.

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Qu’ran controversy

   Much has been said in the news the last week or so about the Florida pastor who was, might still be, planning to burn Qu’rans on September 11th. I thought I would put my two cents out onto the Internets..

   There are a few aspects of this story that needs to be considered. As a Christian, I am definitely opposed to the idea of a Qu’ran burning day. It really it should be “Read the Qu’ran” day. We, as Christians, should always equip ourselves with the various religious and worldviews out there. When we evangelize, either to Muslims, Jews, Mormons, Hindus, etc, we should always try to represent their faith accurately, to the best of our ability. Of course this would mean reading various “Holy” books. In my view, this could cause someone to consider what you are saying considering you have taken the time to understand their faith. So for this reason, I a tomtally against an act that can only be judged as hateful and inconsiderate.

   There is another aspect, however, which is political. This pastor has the right to burn Qu’rans if he chooses so, permits aside in his case. We should try to reason with the man. Christians should be called to express their views in the hope that he would have a change of heart, which seems that he may have. This is a peaceful way of settling a disagreement. Let’s look at another example..

   Let’s take into consideration the building of the Islamic Center or Mosque in New York City near Ground zero. There have been many expressing how they consider this to be a wrong action, some people have expressed really strong opinions and have suggested motivates, which I will not get in to. They have stated that it’s not the building of a Mosque they are upset with, as there are over 100 in New York City. No, they say that it’s where they are building it they have a problem with. Which is understandable. It’s a horrible event in our Country’s past that many people have emotional ties to as some lost friends of loved ones. Has this caused Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to reconsider moving this Islamic Center elsewhere? Hardly..here’s a quote from him when asked such a question..

 ”If we move from that location, the story will be that the radicals have taken over the discourse,” Rauf told CNN. “The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack.

“There is a certain anger here [in America], no doubt,” he said later in the interview. “But if we don’t do this right, anger will explode in the Muslim world. If we don’t do things correctly, this crisis could become much bigger than the Danish cartoon crisis [over images depicting the Prophet Mohammed], which resulted in attacks on Danish embassies in various parts of the Muslim world. And we have a much bigger footprint in the Muslim world.”

 If we move the location, then the Muslim world will think Islam is under attack. Not if we don’t build the Mosque. No, no, no. If they don’t get that location, then people will die. Perhaps Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf should be more concerned with making peace WITHIN Islam, then with other faiths.

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