Moore makes a Hasty Generalization, and in any case, what naĂŻve academics like him don't understand is, Christians want rulers who will let them alone, and however flawed Trump may be, he's tons better than Commie Democrats who reward immorality and persecute the righteous.
Besides, Moore constantly pontificates on political issues and endorses "Christian Democracy," a species of Catholic Social Teaching. Sounds like he has transgressed your "political neutrality" doctrine.
Sure you want to popularize this "Dominionist" as a credible source?
Hebrews 11 tells us about faith which radically changed lives: "...And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth."
Totally foreign to the American experience, though this may change soon.
Since Dispy Premillers like Ryrie like to argue they're Biblical Literalists and their opponents are guilty of "spiritualizing" prophecy, consider that the Gk. word for "mark" used in Rev. 13 is "chĂˇragma," which according to Strong's G5480 means a stamp or engraving. To claim that a microchip under the skin answers to this definition, instead of a simple brand or tattoo as the Romans used on slaves and soldiers, violates their Literalism principle.
John for JESUS wrote: Neil from Tucson.... The Bible teaches it can go in the hand also. Amazing this stuff is becoming a reality and people are mocking it
Please answer my question, then. If you're correct, then your credit card, if it's chipped, is no less a sign of the Beast.
Baptist John Gill and his contemporaries had a totally different and perhaps more plausible view of the Mark. They identified the Beast as the RCC, alluding to how slaves had marks of their masters, but it's no longer fashionable to even consider that take on Biblical prophecy, as the Pretrib/Premill view has a stranglehold on the church today.
BTW I'm on the fence with End Times, as no view is bulletproof, and I'm not a fan of getting such ID tags inserted.
Junk statistics. 1st, MattressFirmâ„˘ commissioned the study, so researchers had a Conflict of Interest. 2nd, what's normal? I recall Puritan Richard Baxter claiming he needed only 4 hrs sleep, yet the man was hugely productive. Napoleon also got about that much.
Unprofitable Servant wrote: May I suggest you read Revelation 13:16.
Corrupt stores might.
OK, my stupid oversight. So what must such a mark contain that would make it uniquely of the Beast rather than someone/something else? Is my personal identification info, such as used by banks and the IRS, already of the Beast, but OK so long as it's not in my body?
Unprofitable Servant wrote: ...I am pretty sure youâ€™d stick out if you were carrying a severed hand to pay for your purchase
Of course, but why can't crooks do it in a back room? China is already experienced in harvesting body parts. BTW, a coworker who vacationed there said it's hard to find retailers who'll take cash anymore.
Revelation must be wrong since it says the Mark is supposed to be on the forehead, not the hand. Or else this is another example of foolish, overconfident interpretation of its symbolism. I remember when Hal Lindsey, who predicted Christ would return in 1988, suggested the Revelation locusts were Soviet Hind helicopters. The man deserved to be tarred and feathered as a false prophet, but it didn't seem to upset End Times enthusiasts at all.
From what I could find online, the already extremely well-financed DoD (Newspeak for "War Dept.") established a trademark-enforcement office in 2007, as if they are a business enterprise, even though businesses already pay Federal taxes.
They must've been inspired by the macho brand cults of Jeep and Harley-Davidson.
Maybe God is using reprobates to "clean house" of offensive idols in Europe since Christians haven't done it (if there are any). Unless I missed the memo, the 2nd Commandment is still in force, 1 John 5:21.
According to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, thieves were considered "Socially Friendly" by Communist dogmatists, explaining why thieves got easier treatment in the Gulags than "politicals." Democrats, natural allies of criminals, seem to be imitating this thinking, albeit in a different way.
But I predict that once their speed-bump, Trump, is gone and Democrats capture the Fed. gov't (which I consider only a matter of time), Christians will be treated worse than convicted felons.
Something to bear in mind: the purpose of local zoning laws is to reduce causes of conflict between neighbors. For example, your neighbor decides to use his property to process cow manure; you could likely sue him for causing a Nuisance with the stench, since: "A public nuisance is an unreasonable interference with the public's right to property. It includes conduct that interferes with public health, safety, peace or convenience."
Likewise, schools have a lot more weekly traffic than churches, which could annoy the neighbors. The article does not say whether this is even an ostensible concern of the County, and of course, it's not hard to imagine zoning laws being abused by hostile officials.
I think the influence of immature or perverted parents and peers is 10Ă— as bad as visual media. Delinquent children have existed long before film and TV, hence the Torah law for executing incorrigibles.
Catholics have been media "Moral Guardians" for a long time now. Here's plausible fodder for you Jesuit conspiracy theorists:
The leader of Parents Television Council, Brent Bozell [related to the late Wm F. Buckley], is on the board of advisers of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, an organization defending Catholics against defamation (i.e., any Protestant criticism of Catholic doctrine). It was founded by Jesuit priest Virgil Blum.
Surely there must be conservative lobbies in this country NOT involved with the RCC. Yet Catholic leaders also support Leftist causes like Latin American immigration, minimum wages, and universal health care.
Gratuitously incendiary and divisive "Christian" op-eds like these make me suspect the writer has been blackmailed or bribed by Democrats using FBI or NSA surveillance, given their demonstrated track record on Trump, and given the ethical depravity evident in much of organized Christianity.