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–Happy Reformation Day!

by Dr. D ~ October 31st, 2018

Wittenberg Door

           (Wittenberg Door: Wikipedia)

Happy Halloween –Happy Reformation Day!

I know. October 31st is known for witches, goblins, pumpkins, and trick or treat.

It is amazing to me how in the last 20 years or so Halloween has gone from a one night ‘celebration’ to become an entire ‘holiday’ season of it’s own with parties and decorations that span nearly an entire month. Plus it has become an excuse for every TV station to flood the air with the worst horror movies of all time.  Not a genre that I am particularly fond of.

However, this is also the anniversary of a real earth shaking -game changing- historical event that altered the face of Europe and forever changed the Christian Church. 501 years ago on this day- October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany starting The Reformation.

The enemy (Satan) likes to use this day for propagating his dark agenda but on this day 501 years ago a genuine move of God was initiated that still continues. The beginning of a revival right in the face of the enemy on his own day.

Let’s redeem this dark day and pray for God to continue to reform and revive his church.  Let’s also in remembrance of the original Reformation pray today for a new awakening to begin in America. May a new door of renewal and revival open in America that no man can shut.  In Jesus name, Amen           *Top

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-Ethics: Assisted Suicide for Children?

by Dr. D ~ October 22nd, 2018

PARENTAL CONSENT

A Toronto Children’s hospital is talking about offering physician-assisted suicide to children without parental consent. From the Faith Wire:

A group of medics from a Toronto children’s hospital have released a shocking paper which outlines its controversial position on child euthanasia. In the paper, published at the British Medical Journal, Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children revealed that in some cases, the young person’s parents will not be notified of the intention to end their own lives until after the death is confirmed.  …

It is a terrifying prospect – that a child could choose to engage in physician-assisted suicide without the involvement of their own parents. Obviously, this has caused grave concern among certain ethicists and pro-life researchers.  …

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Response: Society has deemed it necessary to have laws in place that define when people become adults in order to protect minors. The traditional reasoning is that children do not have the capacity to make adult decisions.

We don’t send children to war, though 18 is too young as it is. Laws are in place to regulate and protect children in the workplace. Children can’t buy alcohol and tobacco or sign contracts and go into debt or vote.  Also these days schools need parental approval to even dispense aspirins anymore not to mention regular medical care by doctors and dentists.

But now these Toronto medics believe that children should be able to end their own lives without any input from their parents? How can this be ethically justified in any way? The drumbeat of the cause of euthanasia has now gone way beyond anyone’s imagination of just a few years ago when we use to talk about ‘slippery slopes.’ These folks are willing to over-ride parental consent when it comes to the ultimate decision of life itself.

Children that can’t sign a contract or vote are nevertheless deemed to be capable of signing papers for their own death? How is this even logical and certainly it is not ethical. Just think for a minute. Who exactly is going to make the decision to even offer the children a way to end their own lives? Obviously an adult medical person is going to do it and implied permission and pressure will be part of the mix. But the parents will be excluded until after it is all over?

Hopefully ethical issues will be raised by the disclosure of these ideas and plans. If not, I would hope that the first parents who lose their child to the ‘decisions’ of these medical quacks will sue their pants off. In the mean time, I would counsel any parent to avoid taking their children to this hospital. 

Here’s a related article from Family Policy Alliance on this issue with mention of what is happening along these line in Europe:  “Should Doctors Help Children Die–Without Parents’ Knowledge?” Apparently a 9 and an 11 year old has already been allowed to make their own decision to end their lives in Belgium              *Top

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-Mormons Aren’t Mormons Anymore?

by Dr. D ~ September 11th, 2018

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A couple of weeks ago the leader of the Mormon Church declared that we should stop calling them ‘Mormons’ and instructed his members and the press to refer to his church by the official name only: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From the New York Times:

The word “Mormon” is out, says the president of the Utah-based church. But the proper term for what to call the faith and its followers is a mouthful.

… President Russell M. Nelson insisted that Mormons and non-Mormons alike stick to the term “the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Mr. Nelson, 93, said that the policy change came to him in a revelation from God and that members of the church must work to adjust their vernacular. …

The church’s updated style guide specifies that “Mormon Church,” “Mormons” and “Mormonism” are no longer acceptable. And no, you should not use the abbreviation “L.D.S.,” either.

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Response: Every group or organization has the right to name themselves. However, the chances that this religious group will no longer be called ‘Mormons’ is somewhere between slim and none and far closer to no way.

I perceive that even members of this church will have some difficulty not using the nickname, L.D.S or Latter-day Saint, which was also outlawed by their leader. I can’t even begin to count all of the cars I have followed over the years with a ‘LDS’ bumper sticker or in the back window. Also I have noticed that among the Mormon acquaintances I do have, most have referred to other members of their church as LDS. I can’t imagine them saying- oh, he’s a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also. A real mouthful to say the least.

On the other hand, if members of this church revert to calling themselves members of ‘The Church’ instead of ‘LDS’ or ‘Mormons’ it could potentially be offensive to others on the outside. Historically Mormons have claimed to be ‘The’ Church of Jesus Christ and all others false in some way which was the reason given for its organization in the first place.

A little bit of history is in order. The original name of the Mormon church when it was organized in 1830 was- ‘Church of Christ.’ A few years later they became known as the Church of Jesus Christ and then the ‘Church of Latter Day Saints.’ Finally, in 1838 the official name became ‘the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ which it still is today.

Meanwhile those outside of the church began to call them ‘Mormons’ after the Book of Mormon which is part of the scriptural canon of the LDS and differentiates them from the majority of religious groups in America which accepts only the Bible. The term was descriptive and sometime used in pejorative way. Nevertheless, its usage became  dominant in reference to this religious group. So much so that even members of the LDS church finally became comfortable enough with it to use it themselves: Mormon Trail, Mormon History, and in the “I’m a Mormon” series.

Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic and Episcopalian- all nick names used in America for different religious groups instead of the official church names along with more general terms like Evangelical, Charismatic, and Pentecostal. After 188 years the name ‘Mormon’ and ‘Mormon Church’ has become part of the American language, culture, and history and it will continue to be used far more than the official name regardless of the recent declaration.                *Top

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-Evil and Suffering Equal No God? No, On the Contrary!

by Dr. D ~ August 18th, 2018

Here’s a great video by Greg Koukl that answers the old argument- ‘evil and suffering proves there is no God’ –and turns it on its ear submitting it as a proof of God’s existence instead.

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-Independence Day 2018: Freedom Comes from God

by Dr. D ~ July 4th, 2018

United_States_Declaration_of_Independence

Happy Independence Day 2018.

The following is our traditional message for the 4th of July:

Flags are flying, parades are moving, drinks are flowing, and politicians are speaking today in America.

242 years ago a message was confirmed by representatives of 13 colonies proclaiming their freedom, a freedom that was considered to be derived from God:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Much has been made of the variety of beliefs held by the founders of this country but their words and convictions remain not only on paper but also in the hearts of the people.

Declaration of Independence: The Emphasis Upon God

When it comes to the Declaration of Independence, the words- “by their Creator” were a major part of the message, the subject, and the emphasis.

Many secularists and atheists today want to de-emphasize the role of faith in the founding of this country to the point that many are attempting to actually rewrite history itself. For them, God could have easily been left out of the document with little or no effect.

But in the context of 1776, those words were the whole linchpin of the document and appealed to as the ultimate authority and source for the rights of the Americans to rebel against the King of England.

In the context of the 18th century the Europeans believed that their Kings reigned and ruled ‘by Divine right’ under the authority of God and were His direct representatives. In fact, the King of England was also the head of the church and was supposed to defend the Christian faith against heresy and all enemies. In that cultural context, to rebel against the King was tantamount to rebelling against God the Creator himself.

In the Declaration the founders made it clear that they were not rebelling against God but that the Creator was actually the ultimate authority they were appealing to saying that their ‘rights’ were derived directly from the Creator and not given to them by the King of England or some parchment or Parliament.

It was a radical document at the time and changed the whole course of human history and ‘the Creator’ was part and parcel of the Declaration of Independence and the ultimate authority appealed to in the whole process.            *Top

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