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  1. Em says:

    #9 – i won’t say it’s the most neglected, but grace is the most misunderstood

    perhaps, holiness?

  2. Laura Scott says:

    #1: We are so in love with what we choose to define as freedoms, we cannot let that go enough to recognize when they are killing us.

  3. Em says:

    “What is it that abortion supporters love so much that they choose to be blind to the truth?”
    this is very insightful… your mind is bent, Michael, but it seems to be bent in a good direction
    i think, the more intellectual one is, the more pride one takes in being educated, blinder they become to reality… denial is so deep seated, buried in the ego

    and then there’s granny’s (& mom’s love) 🙂

  4. Em says:

    amen, Laura … freedom has really become a distorted term…

  5. Michael says:

    Laura…I think that’s part of it at least.

    Em…I’m bent for sure… 🙂

  6. Col46 says:

    Freedom combined with love of self…free to do what I please no matter what

  7. “What is it that abortion supporters love so much that they choose to be blind to the truth?”

    I don’t know that it’s a matter of what they love, but rather what they hate. Romans 8:7 “…because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,”

  8. Papias says:

    #1 – “What is it that abortion supporters love so much that they choose to be blind to the truth?” They choose blindness because the truth would change their worldview. “the fool says in his heart there is no god..”. There no intellectual reason to not believe that there is a god, but a person says that from their heart, hoping that He doesn’t exist.

    #2 – I’m pro-life, but I’m for the death penalty for murderers. See Gen 9:6. God has never come back on that one to change His mind.

    #3 – I grew up with comic books so fiction is OK, but I have to be in the mood to tackle. Generally read a few books at a time.

    #4 – We are very concerned about the fires and weather in your part of the country.

    #5 & 6 – Another round of “pin the tail on the Anti-Christ” coming up soon. Which candidates name spells out 666? Find out the answers to these questions and more if you buy my book or send your gift today!

    #7 – I know a few folks getting divorced now, when I thought it was only people I knew through acqauntice. I am bummed for them as well as for T. Sigh.

    #8 – I thought it was a third of Europe died from the plague, but I get the point. I have heard that it was the only time in recorded history that the population of the earth actually went down….

    #9 – Salvation? Grace? Holiness? Zombies? (Sorry, had to throw that one in!)

    #10 – Hmmmm…What about tithing as a principle? Some might take that and run with it…

  9. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    per 8, as Jeffrey Burton Russell has explained in his books on medieval theology, the Church in the West had made a case against both pre-millennial and post-millennial a priority at that stage.

  10. Jtk says:

    “What is it that abortion supporters love so much that they choose to be blind to the truth?”

    49% of registered Democrats have had or paid for an abortion. (It’s close to 30% for Republicans).

    The innocent blood cries out….but those with blood on their hands try very hard to suppress the truth of it being a life. Planned Parenthood won’t EVER show the woman an ultrasound.

    One man who escorted women for an abortion clinic I talked to said the pictures of fetuses was completely false, insisted they were photoshopped.

    The good news is that the baby massacre didn’t work in Egypt, or with Herod.

    And with the increase in technology, science will clearly show us more and more….science and technology will help the prolife cause.

  11. London says:

    Where did this figure come from??
    “49% of registered Democrats have had or paid for an abortion. (It’s close to 30% for Republicans).”

  12. Josh the Baptist says:

    There is no way those numbers are correct.

  13. Captain Kevin says:


  14. Babylon's Dread says:

    My new name for the shemitah crowd is the Blood Moonies.

  15. Ms. ODM says:

    That’s a good one BD #14 — Charisma Publishing is making out like a bandit.

  16. Josh the Baptist says:

    I had no clue there was a Shemitah crowd.

    Reads alot like horoscopes.

  17. Disillusioned says:

    “End times porn” – perfect.
    “Blood Moonies” – hilarious… And true.

    All of it: manipulation.

    Please God, help us to not be so flippin’ gullible!

  18. Papias says:

    Shemitah… Shematah…

    Kind of reminds me of…

    “.. shlemiel, schlemazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated..”

  19. Josh the Baptist says:

    We’re gonna do it.

    On your marks get set lets go now.

    Got a dream and we just know now.

    We’re gonna make our dreams come true.

  20. Michael says:


    Tithing isn’t the principle…giving is.

  21. Josh the Baptist says:

    Other principles can also be gleaned from OT tithing.

    Recognizing that all you have belongs to God.

    Giving a portion of what you have received.

    Giving your very best at all times…etc.

    While the 10% is not required by law, to totally throw away every OT verse that deals with it is incorrect also.

  22. Brandon says:

    An imperfect/partial stab at #1: those that support abortion think the science is on there side. If science says it’s just a mass of cells then that’s what it is regardless of whether or not it walks like a duck or quacks like a duck. A number of people I know hold on to this staunchly almost as if it was religion and have said that even though vids might look or seem horrific, science affirms the position. The worth of those vids I think is waking up an indifferent populace- those that aren’t true believers so to speak. The mainstream utilitarian cry will never likely accept the vids, but I do know of people that weren’t thinking before but are now.

  23. Michael says:


    That was a pretty decent stab, actually. 🙂
    Welcome aboard…

  24. Bsbylon's Dread says:

    The doctrine you neglect totally depends upon the tribe you frequent. However, right now the holiness of God is both unspoken and unfelt by the ‘christian’ public. We often talk about reductionist Christologies which of course define heresy. Today we get mostly a reductionist theology proper, a truncated and muted doctrine of God.

  25. Michael says:


    That was well said…as usual. 🙂

  26. Scott says:

    Michael, I think there’s a huge difference between a seared conscience, incapable of rendering any kind of sorrowful emotion or anger for the horror that is the aborting of a poor helpless child and the blind love and empathy your grandmother had for you.

    The other reason I give for so many Christians not speaking up and against this grisly practice in our nation is because they have either had abortion, encouraged an abortion of know someone who has and don’t want to “offend” them. We are the don’t offend, politically correct generation you know.

  27. Jim says:

    “The videos have been “debunked” and the practice of abortion defended by people who on other issues have been known as thoughtful and intelligent.”


  28. Muff Potter says:

    @ # 2 :

    I’m a liberal. And I’m also staunchly pro-life and anti-abortion.
    My conscience will not authorize me otherwise.

  29. Patrick Kyle says:

    “What is it that abortion supporters love so much that they choose to be blind to the truth?”

    Because they love the world and the things of the world, the love of the father is not in them. This is one of the most glaring differences between those spiritually dead and those made alive in Christ. The whole world lays in the power of the evil one says John.

  30. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    It’s been disturbing to see the determination on the part of abortion advocates to deny that the “clump of cells” is human. Dehumanization is a fairly standard issue process to get soldiers who are otherwise unable and unwilling to kill to kill. It bothers me that a publication like Salon can publish a celebration of abortion as an elective option when over the last ten years they were vehemently opposed to the pre-emptive use of lethal force to preserve consumer lifestyle options for the United States as a whole. If it’s immoral to pursue at a national level how did it become an inalienable right to celebrate for the individual? Even if someone were to make the concession that Roe v Wade will never be overturned why should the government subsidize abortion? In that sense I think I have some guess where Michael was going with his point 2.

  31. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    One of the few times I think Frank Schaeffer wasn’t just being a troll was when he wrote that the Democratic party shot itself in the foot by deciding to stake out only one acceptable position on abortion.

  32. The Dude says:

    Abortion is just flat out evil. Hearts have been revealed.. and it’s pretty wicked.

  33. Steve Wright says:

    Democratic party shot itself in the foot by deciding to stake out only one acceptable position on abortion.
    On the contrary…best thing they ever did politically. If politics (and getting elected) is what matters.

    It obviously has not hurt them for the Presidency and just about every election cycle they win one or two races they have no business winning because they (along with their allies in the media) are able to villify some bumbling Republican (usually male) with the war on women crap. Remember the MO Senate race awhile back? (Why these guys can’t memorize a clear, sensible response to the inevitable rape, incest question is beyond me…except most of them are only prolife because of political convenience and not true conviction)

    Out here in CA, Democrat country, every time Feinstein or Boxer has been up for reelection the pro-choice ads are the very first ones to run and seemingly the first statement out of the mouth at a debate. Of course, the GOP statewide here is so dead they often offer an abortion candidate anyway…

    In case it has been missed, the Republican establishment has been pushing for the party to become pro-choice and take the issue away from the Democrats…that same establishment that foolishly thinks the pro-life voter will keep voting GOP if they do.

    Schaeffer may not have been trolling, but he was still wrong on this too.

  34. Brandon says:

    Thanks Michael! I’ve commented once or twice in the past but have been a longterm reader. The linkathons hooked me several years ago.

    I’ll add, I love the term “end times porn”. I’ve recently been reading a fantastic book called “Spent Matches” and it makes use of a similar word: “etymological pornography” which describes any word (in this context religious) whose meaning has been grossly objectified. “shemitah” seems to fit that bill 🙂

  35. David says:

    I’m a little late to the game, but I have noticed that #2 is a big way for the Progressive Evangelicals to evade the issue and declare themselves “More Pro-Life” because the support everything from universal healthcare to mandatory pre-K to free contraception.

    Nevermind that Pro-Lifers instituted crisis pregnancy centers. Nevermind that pro-life Catholics have taken in fatherless and widows for centuries. Nevermind food shelves and and before/after school programs instituted by churches and Christian non-profits. Nevermind ministries and outreaches aimed at the disabled. Nevermind the evangelical church down the street from me that gives out clothes and food to the needy every week. Nevermind the one a mile away from me that does the same.

    Yes, I would say that Pro-Lifers need to step up their game if/when abortion is more severely restricted. But to say that Pro-Lifers only care about life until it is out of the womb is a simple lie, albeit a useful one for those who don’t want to break with their popular friends on the left.

  36. Surfer51 says:

    “Who would have ever thought that Oregon wouldn’t get enough rain?”

    Could it possibly be…

  37. Em says:

    every time i read a thread that expresses outrage at the prevailing acceptance of abortion i find myself wondering, where is the penitent heart? long before Planned Parenthood gained its power, we turned a blind eye to our daughters (& sons) accepting premarital sex as natural and unavoidable… we didn’t seem to have the conviction or the backbone to raise our children to stand against the tide…
    maybe the world IS too much with us, maybe we could NOT stand… dunnno … but every time we mourn the convenience killing of these unborn children, we need to mourn the moral weakness of our children and ask God’s forgiveness for our failure IMHO

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