Thursday, February 01, 2007

Jesus loves Osama, but not terror

From: http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21151564-5005941,00.html

Jesus loves Osama, but not terror

February 01, 2007 12:00

"Jesus Loves Osama" ... a Sydney Baptist church has asked people to pray for the world's most wanted terrorist. The sign's caption reads: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." / News Limited newspapers
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JESUS does indeed love Osama bin Laden - it is just that he does not approve of him or his line of work.
The head of the Anglican church in New South Wales has said "there is a truth" to a Baptist parish's billboard declaration that "Jesus loves Osama", but love does not necessarily translate to approval.

The Central Baptist Church on George St in Sydney's CBD yesterday defended the sign - outside its front doors and facing the street - and said it was designed to convey that Jesus Christ taught the importance of loving everyone.
The billboard also includes a quote from the Gospel Book of Matthew: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." It is reported that several other inner city churches have placed similar messages on their billboards.
Archbishop Peter Jensen, the head of the Anglican church, has said "there is a truth" in
the parish's message, but stressed that did not mean Jesus Christ approved of bin Laden or terrorist acts.
He has also said he would understand if people were offended by the billboard. "I'm hesitant about it frankly, it's a bit misleading," Dr Jensen has said on Southern Cross radio.
"If I were a relative of one of the victims of Osama's activities, I might take affront at this." Dr Jensen has said Jesus Christ did preach universal love, but there is a difference between love and approval. "There is a truth in it (the message of the billboard)," he said. "(But) what we've got to say is, Jesus doesn't approve of Osama. It makes it sounds like, 'Oh, Osama's doing the right thing'," he said.
Prime Minister John Howard has said churches displaying such a message might have their priorities askew. "I understand the Christian motivation of the Baptist church," Mr Howard has said. "But I hope they will understand that a lot of Australians, including many Australian Christians, will think that the prayer priority of the church on this occasion could have been elsewhere."
Compassion

Yesterday, a spokeswoman for the parish, Hy Lam, said the billboard was merely intended to spread a Biblical message of peace and compassion.
"Osama is the head of terrorism. We are saying that Jesus Christ loves everyone in the world, even this man," she said. "The Bible says God loves everyone – even Osama bin Laden is included in that. All we are doing is sharing the gospel."
Baptist Church spokeswoman Anne Cameron tried to distance herself from the sign, saying: "They are responsible for their own signage and it's usually not that controversial."
- The Daily Telegraph and AAP
Controversial? Perhaps to some... but Truth is often confronting to many...

Sunday, January 28, 2007

CrossWalk Forums consider me "too radical..."

I've been threatened with being booted from Crosswalk Forums for the following (and I quote) "lengthy list of offences"...

1) In a thread started by a practicing LaVeyan Satanist where he was being dumped on and accused of the whole 'goats and orgies' garbage (great way to reach out to someone involved in the occult and show the love of Christ guys - NOT!) I posted saying that I was sorry for the way he was being treated by some of the others at the Forum and that as an ex-practitioner of the Left Hand Path myself (tho' not a Satanist) I had some idea of where he was coming from and invited him to join "'The Son and the Moon Forums' - a Forum set up and maintained BY and FOR exWitches, exPagans and others who have come to Christ from an occult background"...
Just for the record, I have referred several people who had been abused by professing Christians at Crosswalk Forums for daring to seek honest answers to honest questions to a number of 'specialist' Christian Forums, dealing with subjects as varied as 'Survivors of Spiritual Abuse' within the Church to the above mentioned Forum for Christian exWitches and seekers, over the past 12 months... This had never previously earned the ire of the management at Crosswalk Forums
So what was the problem this time??? ... "advertizing another Forum in breach of our Terms of Service"... of course, no mention was made of the abuse heaped on a non-Christian who only asked honest questions of those there...

2) In a thread where someone was asking whether it was "permissable" for a married couple to enjoy sex or whether it was purely for procreation I said "God made orgasms for a reason" ... the offence? The use of the word "orgasm"...

3) In another thread I mentioned the site "GodHatesFags.com" as an example of what NOT to do... My offence? I said "Fags" not "gays" or "homosexuals"... Sorry guys but "GodHatesHomosexuals.com" is NOT the name of the site I was talking about...

Just glad I can say "Puritanical IDIOTS!!!!" here at my own blog without upsetting the Thought Police...
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UPDATE: It seems I am not alone in having run foul with the 'powers that be' at Crosswalk Forums. Many thanx to exWitch New Zealand for letting me know about 'The Badge of Honor' Website...
Rather than try and describe it myself I'll let them speak for themselves...

Are you a Christian? Do you visit so-called "Christian" websites and forums? ... Have you experienced blatantly inappropriate or unfair moderation, sanctions, or censorship at the hands of "authorities" on such sites?

There are sites from which, quite honestly, it's a badge of honor to be banned! Christians need to know about the un-Christ-like behavior of the people who run the sites they frequent. There is a time and place for removing people who can't abide by the rules. But when abiding by the rules applies to some but not to others, or the "authorities" make up the rules as they go along so as to target certain members of their communities, that's wrong. That's not how mature Christians are supposed to behave.

After even a quick read of the stories of others on the site it seems that Crosswalk Forums is not too good at making friends and influencing people... As they say in the classics - there is indeed something rotten in the state of Denmark...

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

When I say... "I am a Christian"...

When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not shouting "I'm clean living" I'm whispering "I was lost" Now I'm found and I'm forgiven.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble and need CHRIST to be my guide.
When I say.... "I am a Christian" I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak and need HIS strength to carry on.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say.... "I am a Christian" I'm not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far too visible but, God believes I am worth it.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches So I call upon His name.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I"m not holier than thou, I'm just a simple sinner who received God's good grace, somehow.
Author Unknown

Monday, January 08, 2007

Charis-Magick???

G'Day...

Here's a Teaser from a new Article at exWitch Australia entitled CHARISMATIC AND EVANGELICAL OCCULTISM... I am sure it will ruffle more than a few feathers... but *shrugs* that's never stopped me in the past... ;-D

When His disciples asked Jesus what the signs would be of the nearness of His return and the end of the world, the first sign He gave them was religious deception: "Don't let anyone mislead you" - Matthew 24:4 His reply came as a warning. He went on to explain the nature of the deception, repeating this first and most important sign three times:

"Many will come in my name, saying, `I am the Messiah.' They will lead many astray... And many false prophets will appear and will lead many people astray... For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great miraculous signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God's chosen ones. See, I have warned you." - Matthew 24:5, 11, 24-25 (emphasis added).

Obviously, Christ's warning is not about atheists or rank unbelievers or leaders of some opposing non-Christian religion. There is no deceit involved in such frontal assaults. Christ's warning is about a deception which is all the more subtle because it comes from within the church - and in His name! more > >

PLEASE NOTE: Due to its sheer size, this article has been broken down into three sections, each of which can be read as a separate article in their own right. However, it is strongly recommended that all three sections be taken together as a whole and read in their entirety.
N'joy... 8-D

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

"The Prayer of a Righteous Man Availeth Much" (James 5:16)

Want proof that God answers prayers????

Well here it is...

Visitors to The Son and the Moon Forums will remember how I asked for prayers for those affected by the bushfires raging thru Australia... See - http://sonandthemoon.10.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=1609

Well here's God's answer....

from:

White Christmas douses fires

Richard Kerbaj and John Stapleton

December 26, 2006 07:02am

At least nine inches of snow fell at Victoria's Lake Mountain yesterday, much to the delight of Melburnians Derek Chan, Derby Chan and Samuel Wong. / News Limited picture

Mt Buller firefighters Andy Kelly and Carly Reudavey celebrated the bushfire-ending snowfall with a snowball fight. / News Limited picture

CHRISTMAS JOY: Mt Buller CFA Captain Andrew Kelly, Carly Reudavey and Luke Corbett revel in the Christmas snow

WHILE Perth residents took to the beach in 34C (93F) heat yesterday, Victorians enjoyed a white Christmas as snow doused bushfires.

Heavy snow transformed the fire-blackened landscape in Victoria's east into a brilliant white as Melburnians, shrouded by smoke for the past fortnight, had their coldest-ever Christmas Day and were pelted with hail and chilled by biting winds.

Just days after fearing deadly fires would destroy their mountain, residents atop Mt Buller, northeast of Melbourne, were hurling snowballs at each other and shaking their heads in amazement. Likewise, in parts of Tasmania, and Thredbo, in the NSW snow territory, snowmen were the order of the day.

As much as 30mm of snow fell at Mt Baw Baw overnight.

"I've never seen snow fall before in my life, so I thought it would be worth it on Christmas Day just to go up there and have a look," 25-year-old Peter Tuffley said, gripping girlfriend Andrea Innes in the thick snow. "I loved it, it was great."

There is more on the way for Thredbo and Perisher in NSW. Adelaide shivered through its coldest Christmas Day in 13 years. And Hobart hasn't had a Christmas quite as cold in more than two decades. And the weather was amiss in Sydney, too, where the traditional backpacker pilgrimage to Bondi was subdued - only about 10,000 of the usual 40,000 plonked themselves down on the famous stretch - because of the cooler temperatures and the early-morning drizzle.

At Perth's Cottesloe Beach, Deb Webb and her group of family and friends were among 10,000 crammed on to the city beaches.

"Same beach, same time, same beer and champagne every year," she said yesterday.

The group gathers at the beach each Christmas morning for champagne and strawberries and nibblies in the sun before heading home for a full festive dinner.

But in Victoria, it was the coldest Christmas Day in 150 years that brought "significant" amounts of snow to Victoria's southern regions, including a 30mm drop at Mount Baw Baw, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

"I don't think I've seen Christmas spirits like this for a long time. Maybe because there's a sigh of relief because of the fire (threat) being dampened for a little bit longer ... everyone is elated," Mt Buller Chalet's Eric Siewart said.

Local Jacqui Whitby said she was "ecstatic" to see snow. "This is what we all live up here for - for the snow," she told The Australian. "So to have it on Christmas Day, given what we've faced in the last three weeks, is just unbelievable and there's a lot of happy faces around."

Country Fire Authority captain Andrew Kelly said the snow "settled" the fires in the region and gave crew members a rest ahead of more fires expected by the end of the week when temperatures begin to rise again.

"The snow's been unreal, really good for Christmas," he said.

Weatherwatch's Don White said the wet and cool conditions were caused by a low-pressure system in the Tasman pushing up winds from the south across the southeast corner of the country.

"And they're fast-moving, so consequently they don't have a chance to warm up a lot by the time they hit the Australian mainland," he said. "They bring the snow because there's temperatures low enough to produce snow."

While the cool and wet conditions had all but a few hundred firefighters home for Christmas Day, the longer term forecast is not promising.

The dominant weather patterns, which have created appalling bushfire conditions and made the lives of many farmers so miserable, will persist throughout summer and into early autumn. Mr White said there was not expected to be any major rainfall at least until March.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Ward Rooney said southerly winds were expected to keep the temperatures down in the region until Thursday before a forecast warm change sweeps in and begins to build up into the weekend.

Let's see someone try and explain THAT away by saying it was 'Global WARMING' *winks*
"The Prayer of a Righteous Man Availeth Much" (James 5:16)

Thank you ALL for your prayers... from EVERYONE Down Under...

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Attn: All Forum Owners - Beating the Spam Bots...

G'Day all...

Quite by accident I stumbled across a veritable goldmine of info for Forum Owners, Admins and Moderators that may be - as we have been at The Son and the Moon Forums - on the recieving end of a large number of posts by Spam Bots...

One forum on colourblindness seems to have come up with a rather unique solution to the problem of Spam Bots... let them spam a specific folder (dunno HOW they get them to ONLY hit THAT folder tho') http://www.vischeck.com/bb2/viewforum.php?f=3

Anyway while it's NOT a solution I'd use it DOES provide a massive list of known spammers screen names that we've made use of at The Son and the Moon Forums and 'pillaged' the list and added all the posters screen names to our 'Disallowed Names' listings ...and... found quite a few useful 'keywords' and phrases to be blocked by our 'Word Censor' ...

Hope you guys out there can make use of it...

Monday, November 06, 2006

Tears of Angels Website and Forum

A new Christian Website and Forum for those of an artistic bent created and maintained by Richard Marks.

The Tears of Angels exists to promote and encourage the artistic talents of it's community, and to provide helpful advice and critisism if and when asked for. We believe that all individuals have the right to express themselves through what ever artistic medium they so choose to express themselves in.

Hope to see you all there... 8-D