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Todd Rhoades over at MMI admonishes Ed Young Jr. for his video rebuke to pastors. While Ed makes some good points, I tend to agree with Todd – you don’t need to cuss to tell people not to cuss.

Check it out at:

What the @$&*? Ed Young Swears to Prove a Point: Don’t Swear

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Interesting take by Ed Young Jr on how the new mind should lead us to communicate.  I know “grace” means we’ve been forgiven and free to live without the wrath of God.  But when we use vulgar and abusive language, there’s a heart issue involved.  I’ve heard preachers and church leaders curse, even from the pulpit.  Some even look on it as a freedom they have in Christ.   If you think this is a privilege, you not only need to clean up your speech, you need to take a hard look at cleaning up your doctrine.

(Matthew 15:18) But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

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A growing trend in the United Kingdom and other countries is “de-baptism.”  In a reactionary move against the politics of the Catholic Church and the Pope, over 100,000 people in the U.K. alone downloaded “de-baptism” certificates. The National Secular Society provides them online, at a cost, for those who wish to renounce their faith publicly.

As with all other trends in the European nations, this too will begin to make its way into the United States if it hasn’t already.  Scripturally speaking, baptism doesn’t provide and could never provide an ounce of righteousness before God.  But viewed from the larger cultural context, baptism is at least an acknowledgement of a belief in God.  The “de-baptism” movement is further indication that not only is our society becoming apathetic about God, it is becoming downright hostile.

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In case you aren’t in the habit of reading dictionaries, the 2003 edition of the Merriam Webster Dictionary gave a new definition to the word “Marriage.”

1 a (1): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage <same-sex marriage> b: the mutual relation of married persons : wedlock c: the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage

Yes, it now includes same sex couples in the definition of marriage.  If you would like to see the online version for yourself, look here.

The Lord Jesus Christ gave His definition of marriage as:

(Mark 10:6-8)  ” But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.”

God still defines marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman.

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