8Jul

“ Rebellion against the natural order was thus salvific, a liberation of the true Self. This is why Gnosticism has historically gone hand in hand with the rejection of marriage and childbearing, as well as the embrace of bisexuality, androgyny, and communitarianism. Anything rooted in the natural arrangement of things—property claims, gender distinctions, procreation, natural cultural institutions—shackles the higher Self. ”

- Peter Burfeind -
8Jul

Shut Up

If you have any doubt about the agenda of the “Homosexual rights” movement, this should help you understand.

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service. … In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.

Shawn Mathis has written over 300 articles in six years for Examiner.com as a “Christian Perspectives Examiner.” On Wednesday he was fired. In an email Mathis tells Caffeinated Thoughts, he was told, “”We appreciate the time, effort and consideration you put into this work, but we feel that your content is not the right fit for Examiner.com at this time.”

7Jul

“ Love is dead. Feminists killed it. Having made it impossible that men and women could ever love each other — for how can the helpless victim of male supremacy be expected to love her oppressor? — feminists are now determined that sex should also be eradicated. ”

- Robert Stacey McCain -
7Jul

Basic Human Goodness

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This is where worldview intersects with how we actually live on a daily basis — what do we believe about people at their most basic level?

  • If you believe people are fundamentally evil, or even capable of being corrupted and doing great evil, then you favor controls on all people, even those who are in positions of power, such as the government.
  • If you believe people are basically good, they just need to guided in the right direction, or just need to right sort of social outcomes to be good, then you will be a “first stage” progressive. You will believe that it just takes a “nudge,” through government, social media influence, education, and other factors to make the world a better place.
  • This “first stage” progressivism, when confronted by reality, will either slip into a more conservative view of the world, or it will slide down the slope into a more progressive view. If you believe that the world could be a better place, if only we could put some group of supermen, which always resolves to a single superman, in power, then you have slipped to the point of tyranny in the name of the good.

There are, in reality, only two choices here — one leads to limited government and holds a realistic view of people. Christianity and Judaism clearly stand in this camp. The other leads here.

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6Jul

“ Christians are not meant to be worker bees trying to build up society by good works, but to be soldiers for Christ by proclaiming the Gospel message by their habits of being, with the end being the conversion of souls. ”

- Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg -
6Jul

“ Despite a whirling globe chock full of cautionary tales, spending other people’s money has yet to go out of style. Why should it, really? It’s certainly fun while it lasts. ”

- Heather Wilhelm -
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