Fleeing Liberal Churches? The INTOLERANCE of "Tolerance"

Evidently writers for the Los Angeles Times do not read their own newspaper.

Sunday saw a front page story about so-called "Mega-Churches" as a worrisome trend to those who fear these jumbo churches are "siphoning" parishioners from "smaller, more mainline" denominations.

Two days prior to this, the Times ran another front page piece showing a conservative Episcopalian packing aways his vestments as he prepared for eviction. Evicted from a church? Who would do that? The ACLU? The Communists? The Atheists? No, his fellow Episcopalians.

You see the "gay" marriage issue has split the Bible-believing Episcopalians from their "progressive, more tolerant" fellows who are in favor of the ordination of homosexuals and blessing same sex unions as "marriages" in the Episcopal church. The progressives are SO tolerant that they have evicted those who disagree with them on this issue.

Why mention these two separate stories together?

Well, let's see... Those who believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that it speaks to our lifestyles today are bursting at the seams with congregants while those who reject clear biblical teaching (Romans Chapter 1 anyone?) are desperate to keep seats in the pews.

Dave Shifflet wrote a book covering this phenomenon in his book EXODUS: Why Americans Are Fleeing Liberal Churches. The logic is simple.  "If the Bible doesn't mean what it says why aren't I at the beach on a Sunday Morning?"

Of course the L.A. Times does not see it that way. They seem to believe that Calvary Chapel has blossomed into one of California's largest churches because Pastor Chuck Smith wears Hawaiian "Aloha" shirts (I am not kidding --read the article!)

For all their blather about "Social Justice" (code word for warmed over Marxism with a strong helping of environmental extremism) and "compassion," the left wing of the old mainline denominations are positively venomous when it comes to those who disagree.

The local news ran a two minute feature on a handful of these "clergy" who asked Christians to "repent of the sin of 'homophobia."

If "homophobia" is a phobia then it is a mental illness that one can no more "repent" of that than the "sin" of claustrophobia. In a remarkable feat of cognitive dissonance these religious charlatans use the language of mental health and determinism to condemn those who disagree with them ( "homophobes") and simultaneously claim special innocence for their own personal/sinful choices because they were "just born that way."

"Who are you to judge?" they shriek as they judge from their debased houses of ritual (not much worship, except self-worship) into oblivion.

ELVISNIXON would think even an L.A Times reporter could put the two together.


 

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  • 10/13/2009 10:35 AM Debra JM Smith wrote:
    Great minds think alike. :o)

    Just hours before your post on the 12th, I sent the following in an email to a man who is fighting the hate-crime bill that homosexuals are trying to push into law.

    ...what I can never understand. If they really believe that we have a phobia of them (homosexuals), then why do they think that we could be some how forced, with laws, not to have such a phobia?

    A phobia is a disorder. So, in fact, wouldn't that put us in a protected position? I thought there were already laws against discriminating against a person, solely on the grounds of a person's disorder.

    Wikipedia says that a phobia "is an irrational, intense, persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, or people." So, I would think it is very wrong for our government to force people with such a phobia to have to be around that which they have such a phobia to. Hence, if you own a business, you should be able to not hire, those who you have a phobia to being around. And that is what they say we have. Is it not?

    Debra...
    [Debra J.M. Smith
    of
    InformingChristians.com]
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  • 10/13/2009 1:23 PM Jimmy Z wrote:
    I read this piece on the show today as well... great piece.
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  • 6/12/2010 8:25 AM PeaceByJesuscom wrote:
    It may be speculated that the widespread response to labeling all who oppose homosexuals homophobic may itself be driven by an irrational fear of those who oppose them, in which homosexuals imagine that most or all of those who oppose them are motivated by irrational fears, and wish to do them harm, and from which type of people they must be especially protected. Homophobia has also been stated to be the real cause of AIDS[25] Such fears may explain the perception that "the nuclear family is a microcosm of the fascist state...", [26] and similar attacks on heteronormativity. It has also been stated by preeminent pro homosexual psychotherapist, John J. McNeill, that "Interiorized self-hatred is the sin of gay people, and we must learn to see it that way." - http://www.conservapedia.com/Homophobia
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    1. 6/12/2010 11:50 AM elvisnixon.com wrote:
      Thank you!

      I believe that the average American has been so dumbed down by leftist controlled media/"education" that they do not comprehend just how extreme the "gay" agenda has become. The ideas that you mention sound like the rantings of the extreme but they have become "mainstream" because no one dares question them for fear of being labeled "homophobic" or "intolerant."

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  • 6/9/2012 8:33 PM lina wrote:
    Wrong. Homophobia is not a phobia of gay people(and before you say "well, if it's not a phobia, why is is called homophobia?" The word "homophobia" once referred to a phobia of men, never a phobia of gays. Words shift over time). The Oxford English Dictionary defines homophobia as an "extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality and homosexual people".

    Lucky for you, irrationality can be cured!

    I suggest:
    -Admit it. You have a sexuality. Everyone has a sexuality. Become comfortable with the concept of "straight people". Know that your beliefs are shaped by the straight experience.
    -Listen. When a gay person tells you about a homophobic experience, don't try to explain it away.
    -Educate yourself. Read up on homophobia, via the Internet or your local library. Read books & watch movies by gay people. Try to avoid asking disrespectful questions.
    -Broaden your experience. Spend time in events and places made for gay people, by gay people. You should have a diverse group of friends.
    -Take action. Use what you've learned to make a more equal world for all.
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  • 6/27/2012 12:23 PM steve wrote:
    Lucky for you, irrationality can be cured!
    Oh really? The way I see it your disease called SIN can be cured. The cure is Jesus Christ.
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