Letters to the Editor: March 31, 2014

other_letters_editorHomosexual morals are sin Sunday … and on Monday

Al Bratton’s March 17 letter saying views are changing with younger generation on same sex marriage and homosexuality. However, how do morals and sin become a popularity contest? Yes, children grew up bombarded with liberalism’s new moral values for years.

If sexual sin is sin on Sunday, is sin moral on Monday? Also, if homosexual sex is moral because liberals said so, then nothing is sin. And they can make you all a new god. Even if the place of God is already taken before time.

Tim Holland

Marietta

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Force Obama to obey the laws as written

America is now a dictatorship. The Obama administration has already demonstrated its willingness to ignore valid laws and court orders. To counter those illegal acts the House of Representatives passed the ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 (H. R. 4138) that would require President Barack Obama to obey and enforce the laws as written.

This law would empower members of Congress to sue the executive branch in federal court when it fails to obey or enforce existing law. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has vowed to try to block the bill in the Senate, and Obama has vowed to veto it if it passes Congress. There is only one reason for opposing this legislation, and that is if the executive branch intends to keep ignoring or violating valid laws and legislating through executive agency regulations.

The Constitution empowers the executive branch to implement and enforce laws passed by Congress. It does not authorize the executive branch to ignore valid laws or to legislate by regulation in areas Congress has not addressed. When the executive branch begins supplanting the legitimate authority of Congress, it has become lawless and dictatorial. When Obama vowed to veto H. R. 4138, he declared his intent to become a dictator. It was a clear statement that he has no intention of confining his actions to those allowed in the Constitution. What can we as citizens do about this situation? Vote only for candidates in November that will uphold the Constitution and oppose this lawless power grab by a dictatorial executive branch.

Raymond Settle

Blue Mountain

  • FrereJocques

    Re Mr. Holland’s comments: What a bunch of non sequitur statements. Absurd arguments that are not relevant or logical. Who has ever questioned whether sin is sin all 7 days of the week? Who has recommended replacing God? Where do you get these things?

    If these are the strongest arguments you can make, no wonder the Religious Right’s war on gay rights is being lost on a daily basis.

    • Ells Worth

      Bro. John seems to be obsessed with homosexuality, seems rather queer to me. Since homosexuals are non believers why all the fuss. Jaquey likes to flaunt his/her knowledge of greek and athiest philosophers. Who cares about the denial of scripture with nonsense just to sound your symbols.

      • FrereJocques

        *I’M* obsessed? What about all the continuous rants on the subject by organizations like the Dark Side AFA’s Mr. Wildmon? And TV’s Pat Robertson? Just to name two of them? My “obsession” is to protest those I’ve mentioned and others of their ilk who constantly strive to deprive gay people of their civil rights. Hey, if they’ll all shut up, so will I.

        Gay people are non-believers? Sorry, I know a number of gay people who believe in Jesus. Perhaps not the same Jesus you do, since your Jesus seems to reject certain people based on who they love. My Jesus never rejected anyone who came to Him, based on their sexual orientation. My Jesus rejected a number of people: Selfish people, hypocrites, liars, the greedy, and the self-righteous. Never have found a passage in Scripture where He rejected a gay person. He also took a liking to those that society had rejected at the time, including fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes, and the poor and sick, especially those whose illness was considered a “social disease”, or a God-given judgement, such as leprosy.

        Gay people did not leave their church–their church rejected THEM.

        I myself have never been a scholar of ancient languages. That does not mean that I can’t read the works and writings and conclusions of those who have studied such things, and learn from them.

        I do not DENY Scripture that I know to be true and accurate. What I will not accept is Scripture that has been misinterpreted, or slanted to agree with the philosophies of those who have “translated” it to suit their own values and morals, as I believe has been done when it comes to defining sexual sins.

        Here’s a conundrum for you, Mr. Worthless: You claim that the Bible is inerrant, and contains nothing but the truth, and anyone who deviates from its plain and simple interpretation is a sinner. So, what day of the week do you worship on (go to church, that is)? The Bible CLEARLY states, in the Ten Commandments, that God wants you to worship Him on the Seventh Day of the week. Which is SATURDAY. Also known as the “Jewish Sabbath”. So, if you go to church on Sunday, WHY? The Fourth Commandment is very clear. There are no “weasel words” in it. Practically nothing that can be misconstrued. In fact, the Fourth Commandment is one of the LONGEST of the Ten, and goes into great detail as to what day of the week is the Sabbath, and what you should do and NOT do on that day. The explanation is given SPECIFICALLY as to why you are to worship on the Sabbath and not any other day.

        To answer some of your most likely comments:

        1. Looking at the calendar, Saturday is clearly the Seventh Day of the week.
        2. Yes, we CAN know that the accuracy of which day of the week is the Sabbath has been maintained throughout history.
        3. Search the Bible as much as you will, you will not find ANY passage that authorizes the change from worshiping on Saturday to worshiping on Sunday (or any other day of the week).
        4. The Bible not only certifies that Saturday is the Sabbath, but warns in several places that anyone who says they have changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday are doing so on their OWN authority, and not God’s, and that any such change is not lawful.

        Looking forward to your reply!

        • barney fife

          The bible is but a series of fictional tales edited & rewritten multiple times over the centuries, bending it to the will of whomever was in power at the time.

        • Ells Worth

          You just wasted your time proving nothing except that you are very conflicted. Murder is not a sin by your logic. Why struggle, you have to make the choice, not me.

          • FrereJocques

            Non sequitur. Conflicted by what? Murder is not a sin by my logic? Where do you get THAT? And WHAT choice?

            What YOU have shown is that you don’t have logical replies to my challenges. You and your beliefs don’t have a leg to stand on. If you don’t like the message, then you attack the messenger.

            We are done on this thread. Trying to show you the truth is like trying to teach a pig to sing. It wastes my time and annoys the pig. Good day.

          • TWBDB

            It appears FrereJocques has made the choice, I quote, ” I do not Deny scripture that I know to be true and accurate”.

            Mr Worth, it appears that you’ve made the choice to sit in judgement.

          • Ells Worth

            Thank goodness, I do not have the responsibility to sit im judgement, my ONLY OBLIGATION is to adhere to the scriptures as written and point out without changing what is written. God will judge without argueing.
            Since I am responsible only for myself, whatever. Others decide they take their lives to the grave, then face judgement.

          • TWBDB

            Mr Worth, we are all given the promise of judgement followed by subsequent reward or punishment: something all believers can agree upon.

            On scripture, I have no proof, only faith, that Biblical scripture is alive through the open discussions we on this Earth have with one another about its history, meaning, and application in our current existence. I believe scripture is meant to be read, studied, and for each of us to find Our Truth in it. For me, this is the main reason I don’t follow organized religion. Religion is personal.

            As always, our discussions of civil matters tend to turn religious. I would ask you to consider an Earthly realm where religion dictated all civil matters and then share with us where that has been successful.

      • TWBDB

        Gay and believer here.

  • barney fife

    How about the Legislative Branch adhering to the laws & policies that govern the rest of us?

  • TWBDB

    Acceptance of civil equality for gay people does not require a turn from religious fundamentals, be they Christian or otherwise. It does not require a conflict in morality. We are a tapestry of people –
    we aren’t cut from the same cloth no matter from which perspective you come.

    The Constitution establishes a separation of powers: I find it fascinating the same people who tout ‘Constitutional this and that’ are the first to stomp on it.

    • Ells Worth

      You can argue equality and the constitution until you die, then present you case to God.

      • TWBDB

        The path we all must follow my friend.

      • 1941641

        Present your case to the God/ Gods that man created! Is that the answer?Ells Worth?

  • TWBDB

    Should we also ban marriage for the self-rightous? Homosexuality of any kind is mentioned in the Bible 7 times: how many times do you think the sin of self-righteousness is mentioned?