At the invitation of The Christian Post, I am answering the 40 questions put forward by "gay Christian" advocate Matthew Vines, after which I will put two simple questions to Matthew (and his allies). What is absolutely stunning, though, is that in these 40 questions, he failed to ask the only one that really matters, namely, "What does the Bible say about homosexual practice?" The reason for that is self-evident, namely, it is impossible to make a case for homosexual relationships using the Word of God alone.
That's why, for the last decade (and until this moment), I have offered to debate the issue of the Bible and homosexual practice with any qualified representative of the "gay Christian" position, yet I have had no takers. (Matthew and I did engage in a brief debate hosted by Moody radio, but as is well known, Matthew agreed to do the broadcast before realizing he would be debating me, after which he felt it would be worse publicity to drop out rather than do the show. Those interested can watch the debate here. For a relevant follow-up article, go here.) I also address many of the questions Matthew raises in my book Can You Be Gay and Christian?, but for the benefit of those who don't have the book, and so as to answer all the questions conveniently in one place, I've responded to each of them here.
Before addressing the questions, it's important to address Matthew's premise, namely, those of us who uphold Scripture "oppose marriage equality." Actually, we oppose redefining marriage; as for so-called "marriage equality," as I have pointed out, advocates of "same-sex marriage" represent just one group clamoring for changes in marriage laws, including polygamists, polyamorists, and adult incestuous couples. That's why the Marriage Equality Blogspot calls for "Full Marriage Equality," specifically, "for the right of consenting adults to share and enjoy love, sex, residence and marriage without limits on the gender, number or relation of participants." So, from that point of view, Matthew also opposes "marriage equality." more >>
The City of Cincinnati, Ohio is famous for its German heritage but mostly, it's famous for its food—Skyline Chili, Graeters Ice Cream, and the interesting meat creation that is "goetta". It's also the birthplace of former President Taft, baseball legend Pete Rose, and former mayor, Jerry Springer … but that's another story.
Then finally, Cincinnati is home to The Big Red Machine, the Cincinnati Reds. And this year on July 14, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held in their hometown at Great American Ballpark.
The All-Star Game always brings in a lineup of amazing players and stars, but events like these also tend to bring in another crowd, one that must be stopped … and a few Cincinnatians have made it their goal to do just that. more >>
As the Islamic State continues to recruit and train children to become the next generation of jihadi fighters in the terror group's militant ranks, ISIS has allegedly kidnapped over 1,200 children from northern Iraq in recent weeks and has shipped them off to a jihadi training facility in Mosul.
Iraq's al-Sumaria satellite TV network reported on Monday that the Kurdish Democratic Party spokesman in Mosul, Saeed Mamouzini, stated that ISIS recently kidnapped at least 1,227 children from various neighborhoods in Mosul, the city that has been the group's Iraqi stronghold since it seized the town in June 2014.
Mamouzini warned that ISIS has taken the abducted children to one of its "Cubs of the Caliphate" jihad indoctrination training camps on the eastern outskirts of the city, where ISIS often brainwashes children with its extremist theology and trains them to carry out terror and suicide attacks. more >>
As a way of celebrating the the month-long Islamic festival of Ramadan, the Islamic State terrorist organization is holding a seven-day Quran memorization contest in which the top three competitors will receive a sex slave as their grand prizes.
ISIS' fliers, believed to have been circulated around the Hasakah province of Syria, now renamed Barakah, were posted to social media outlets last Friday advertising the contest.
According to a tweet from Rita Katz, director of one of the leading counter-terror monitoring organizations SITE Intelligence Group, the advertisement states that the top winners of the Quran memorization contest will receive female slaves as a reward for their Quranic knowledge. more >>
Girls between ages 1-9 are kidnapped, sold, and bought at slave bazaars then married and remarried throughout Islamic-controlled areas. While ISIS may be orchestrating most of the child sex trafficking and condones institutionalized violence against women as a "righteous act," it is important to understand this is not extremism and mirrors Muhammad's behavior and instruction.
Muhammad did everything the Qur'an permits: marrying multiple women (4:3), including slaves (4:24) and prepubescent girls (65:4), and beating wives as a form of punishment (4:34). It is no coincidence that no 9 year-old girls can be found in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other areas experiencing humanitarian crises. This is Islam.
Muhammad's last wife Aisha, was 9 when he consummated the marriage, was 6 years old when he married her, and he punched her in the chest (Sahih Muslim 4:2127). more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group is being accused by local government officials of kidnapping over 500 children from the Anbar and Diyala provinces in Iraq, and there is fear that some of the children could be forced to carry out suicide bomb attacks.
Farhan Mohammed, a member of Anbar's Provincial Council, told the Turkish news organization Anadolu Agency on Saturday that the Islamic State abducted approximately 400 children in the Anbar towns of Ar Rutba, Al-Qaim, Anah and Rawa in raids that took place over the course of a week.
Mohammed further added that he believes more children in the area will be recruited to join ISIS and that they could be used to carry out jihadi attacks. more >>