(1) THINK about the double standard!!
(2) THINK about this article and this one with the following passage in mind:
1 Corinthians 6:
9 Do you not know
that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not
inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived
(misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,
nor those who participate in homosexuality,
10 Nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor
drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and
robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.
11 And such some of you were [once]. But you were washed clean
(purified by a complete atonement for sin and made free from the guilt of
sin), and you were consecrated (set apart, hallowed), and you were
justified [pronounced righteous, by trusting] in the name of the Lord
Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God.
Clearly, these behaviors are placed into the category of sin, (a "controversial" notion itself); clearly, some of those to whom this was written had practiced these behaviors; clearly, the way out of them is by being "washed clean" by "...trusting in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy} Spirit of our God." I have no idea what approach is taken by the groups mentioned in the articles linked to above, but, this is the only one that will have not only temporal, but also eternal, effects. The behaviors noted above, and others noted elsewhere, are completely inconsistent with a profession of Christianity. It makes absolutely no sense for those who engage in these behaviors to claim to be Christian. God's Word is either true, or it isn't. It's not a matter of picking and choosing what suits you, and throwing out the rest.
(3) THINK about the evidence!!
(8) THINK: Why have you not heard this story in national news, but you've repeatedly heard about the murder in Wyoming? Could it be bias?
(13) THINK: While I have no argument with Scripture references cited, I'm having a hard time with the approach taken and language used by this bunch. When I think of Galatians 5: 16-26 (below) and compare that passage with their approach, something seems inconsistent to me. In addition to that, their claim God doesn't love everyone (although He is clearly against those behaviors that are sinful) would fly in the face of John 3: 15-16, II Peter 3: 9, and Romans 10: 9-14, among others........
16But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to
and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify
the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).
17For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the
[desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature);
for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in
conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from
doing what you desire to do.
18But if you are guided (led) by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not subject to
19Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are
immorality, impurity, indecency,
20Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper),
selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with
peculiar opinions, heresies),
21Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand,
just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit
the kingdom of God.
22But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within
accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper,
forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,
23Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint,
continence). Against such things there is no law [ that can bring a
24And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the
flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and
25If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the
Holy Spirit  we have our life in God, let us go forward  walking in
line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]
26Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and
challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and
being jealous of one another.
15 In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts
Him, and relies on Him] may  not perish, but have eternal life and
[actually] live forever!
16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even]
gave up His only begotten ( unique) Son, so that whoever believes in
(trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction,
be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
II Peter 3:
9The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He
promises, according to some people's conception of slowness, but He is
long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any
should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.
9Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is
Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth)
that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies
on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and
with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his
faith) and confirms [his] salvation.
11The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies
on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed.(1)
12[No one] for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. The same
Lord is Lord over all [of us] and He generously bestows His riches upon
all who call upon Him [in faith].
13For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as
Lord] will be saved.(2)
14But how are people to call upon Him Whom they have not believed [in
Whom they have no faith, on Whom they have no reliance]? And how are
they to believe in Him [adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him] of Whom
they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?
(14) THINK about this one
(15) THINK about "Kwanzaa"
(16) THINK about public education.
(17) THINK about all these stories "spiked" by the major news media throughout 2003 and previous years.
about this one. Read Parts I & II.