published Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

'God loves everyone' and more Letters to the Editors

God loves everyone

Without a doubt the article (Sunday, front page) about Mr. Nevels, his wife and family is the most soul-searching article written about alternative lifestyles I have ever read. In addition, it struck a chord because my church turned its back on a young man struggling with this same issue. I did not and still do not approve of that action but unfortunately I was in the minority.

The Bible is a guide for us to live by. It has been translated many times over the years.

I believe in a God of love. I believe in "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." I believe God loves everyone -- gay, straight, black, white and anything in between.

M. JEAN MERRITT

Ringgold, Ga.


Small businesses need longer hours

I was glad when a new produce store opened on Signal Mountain because it stayed open until 7 p.m. I work downtown until 5:30. Most times I don't leave until closer to 6. It was nice to stop there on my way home. It's great knowing I'm supporting local farmers and a Signal Mountain business. However, the store now closes at 6 p.m.

Now, I can't buy fresh local produce anymore on my way home. Actually, I can't buy anything on Signal Mountain on my way home from work unless it's at one of the big chain stores, gas stations or restaurants. None of the small businesses have evening hours. I can't buy a book, toy or shoes. How am I supposed to support local business and keep my money in my town when the businesses are closed when I get home from work?

Am I supposed to spend my entire Saturday running from shop to shop? If I wanted to waste my Saturday shopping, I'd go to a mall. Small-business owners complain that large corporations are driving them out of business. Well, large corporations stay open when it's convenient for consumers to shop. Small businesses should do the same.

TERESA TAYLOR

Signal Mountain


Family's story fine journalism

The story about the Nevels family (Sunday, front page) is a high point in journalism for your paper in the last nine years that I have been reading.

THE REV. JEFF BRIERE


Keep Fleischmann to gain seniority

The voters in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District have been duped once on term limits. There aren't going to be any term limits. Congress is all about seniority. Why not return our current conservative and hard-working Congressman Chuck Fleischmann to Washington and let Chuck continue to build seniority. He has been there almost two years learning the ways of our federal government and listening to the citizens of the 3rd District as to their needs. Why replace a good man with another? Vote for Chuck on Aug. 2.

RON HENDERSON

Ooltewah

Methodists fail to be inclusive

I thank you for Sunday's front-page story, "Tempest in my soul." It was a helpful reflection of where our community stands in relation to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. It saddens me to think of the pain Matt and Frances Nevels suffered due to the division within the body of Christ over this issue.

I regret that my own denomination, United Methodist, has failed to be more inclusive. While the Methodist Book of Discipline claims that "Homosexual persons no less than heterosexual persons are individuals of sacred worth," we withhold the right of ordination from church members who are homosexual and disallow our clergy from performing same-sex marriages in states where it is legal.

When any church or denomination fails to grant homosexual persons the same rights, privileges and responsibilities which we grant heterosexual persons, we become part of a culture which leads to bullying and sometimes suicide.

I have no doubt that in time United Methodism will grant the same equality to homosexuals that it now affords heterosexuals. My fear is that history will record Methodism as the taillight rather the headlight on this issue, with tragic consequences for such people as Stephen Nevels and his parents.

THE REV. CHARLES NEAL

Signal Mountain


Leadership makes Lanier good choice

I believe that attorney Christian Lanier is the best choice to be the Soddy-Daisy judge. I have known Chris since 1980. We worked together on a Jaycee project. He has demonstrated hard work, know-how and leadership. He subsequently became the president of the organization. His honesty and integrity are of the highest order. He has many hours of courtroom experience and a great knowledge of law.

I have referred him to friends, and in every case they were extremely satisfied with his performance. I would have included a list of his vast amounts of accomplishments but there isn't enough room.

TOM TOMISEK


Use ammonia to soothe ant bites

Now that fire ants have invaded the Tennessee Valley -- there's a big fire-ant mound in my front yard that came back again this year -- I'd like to pass on a tip I learned while fighting the little devils in San Antonio. Plain old cheap household ammonia, applied a drop at a time to the bite sites, will instantly give relief to the burning and itching of the bite. If the bite site starts to itch again a day or two later, another drop of ammonia will work again. It's cheap and effective, and it may work on other insect bites and stings.

KIRK BUBUL

Kimball, Tenn.


Ethics issues lead to a vote for Wamp

After reading the article in the Times Free Press (June 23) about one of our local U.S. Congress representatives, I will endorse (if it matters) and vote for Weston Wamp (this does matter). I was disgusted to hear of the denials of guilt in past and present underhanded and what I would say were illegal campaigning ethics. I was reminded of a past U.S. president who was run out of office for such campaigning procedures.

Therefore, I urge everyone to evaluate how they are going to vote, and while doing so take a good look at the record both as an incumbent and their personal ethical values. Seems to me that those values are lost when one gets the taste of power and money. Shame on us for putting someone in office who wants only those things rather than what is best for their constituents, and shame on those who portray themselves as something they are not ... honest.

So, young Wamp, you have an old man's vote, and "It does matter to me" that you run the rooster out of the hen house.

GARY MOOR

Hixson


Let's keep Cobb at work for us

We need to keep Jim Cobb in District 31. We do not need a part-time representative. His opponent has a full-time job and also a special interest. That's the last thing we need!

We need someone who will be in Nashville doing his job, not back home running his businesses. Do you want to pay full-time pay for part-time work? I do not.

Jim has done a very good job and helped many people. He has helped the fire departments, senior centers and many others.

After the storms in April, Jim was out there with his chainsaw helping people clear the damage, and with food and money.

Jim really cares about people.

If it isn't broke, don't fix it.

I had much rather have someone who I know will do what they say they will do than take a chance on someone who I do not know.

You and I both know that many of those running will tell you anything to get in office and then not follow through with it.

Just think before you vote. Vote the man, not the party.

JOHN MARTIN

Spring City, Tenn.

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TERESA TAYLOR, it's not quite that simple. Finding the employees to stay open is a problem too, as is enough customers to cover the costs.

Even some Wal-Marts aren't open 24 hours.

June 26, 2012 at 12:04 a.m.
Everydaynewday said...

Ron - To say that we should vote for Chuck because there will never be term limits is like saying we should vote for Obama because Romney's not conservative enough. We must always continue to challenge the status quo in Washington. And Congress isn't about seniority. Bob Corker proved to us that being in Congress is about influence - not position. I thing Chuck is a good guy, but he simply doesn't have the ability to influence.

On the other hand, Scottie Mayfield is the only candidate in the race who is a proven jobs creator. People are upset that he didn't debate, but the truth is, debates are political theatre. Whoever can win the rhetorical race comes off as "most impressive." It doesn't show experience. It doesn't show character. It's an illusion.

Mayfield has my vote.

June 26, 2012 at 12:45 a.m.
raygunz said...

Chuck,the "ambulance chaser,bill collector" will never be anything more than that. He will vote the way the "leadership" tells him every time. Not the kind of representative I want!

June 26, 2012 at 1:23 a.m.
Yano said...

Maybe Teresa Taylor should work until 8 pm every day in case the produce shop employees want to go to her place of business after work to avail themselves of her services.

Or maybe Teresa should leave the tax haven and move to the city she works in if that would be more convenient for her.

Or maybe the good people of Signal Mountain could just ease up on the sense of self-entitlement.

June 26, 2012 at 7:56 a.m.
Livn4life said...

With due respect to Dr. Charles Neal and all who lauded the touching article about the Nevels family, the United Methodist Church has sought to be open in the sense of ministry to and with homosexual persons, heterosexual persons who violate the biblical principles of sexual purity and other "sinners". The United Methodist Church recently attempted to have a "middle ground" approach and the persons advocating for total inclusion would not have any part of it. Finally, is the church approach in the Nevels' article the only one taken by persons who claim to truly follow Jesus Christ? I think not. But in the politically correct arena of today we will not hear of churches who, though they do not condone the practice as compatible with Christian teaching(as the United Methodist Book of Discipline states)they seek to love and help all who are ill or struggle in life issues and help them develop their life in Christ. No matter how one interprets the Bible today, the only way he or she can defend homosexuality as of God has to be in looking through a humanistic lens and ignoring the truth. I disagree with how the pastor of Red Bank Baptist Church approached the Nevels' situation. He could have shown compassion and understanding. He could have been present for them. A true follower of Jesus Christ is supportive of other persons no matter if they violate church rules, one's own convictions, or even God's Law. This is called grace. But when one goes beyond showing compassion and grace to complete acceptance of something that is not in keeping with nature or true to what has been revealed, a line has been crossed. This is not judgmentalism, it is merely holding to truth. I hurt for all who have been negatively impacted by the church's lack of response in love on occasion. But then, every one of us, in church or out, faith or faithless, are part of what is referred to as fallen humanity. That alone means we will struggle and have pain in certain areas of living. We will both fail to understand at times and fail to be understood. Thus we make the journey and it is not always easy.

June 26, 2012 at 10:02 a.m.
anniebelle said...

I hate to bust your little idiotic bubble about 'not keeping with nature'. Animals in nature:This list includes animals (birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, fish etc.) for which there is documented evidence of homosexual or transgender behavior of one or more of the following kinds: sex, courtship, affection, pair bonding, or parenting, as noted in researcher and author Bruce Bagemihl's 1999 book Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity.

June 26, 2012 at 2:03 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Livn4life said..."But when one goes beyond showing compassion and grace to complete acceptance of something that is not in keeping with nature or true to what has been revealed, a line has been crossed. This is not judgmentalism, it is merely holding to truth."

Truth? Who's truth? Yours? Mine? I can outprove your dribble because there is no proof for what you say. How can you profess truth with no evidence? You can speak on belief, but your truth is lacking.

Your statement is ALL about judgement, your judgement of what others do, your judgement of what a book says, your judgement on the book's meaning. The way I see it, you must think you are holier than thou to be comfortable judging God's work.

June 26, 2012 at 3:52 p.m.
vboozer said...

I am simply disappointed that you felt like the article on the Nevels' needed to be on the front page of the newspaper.

June 26, 2012 at 10:15 p.m.

Great JAHCHILD, you're adopting Utilitarianism.

Maybe Homosexuals commit suicide because people like you are treating them so horribly?

In that case, why is society accepting you, when you are causing such great harm to others?

June 27, 2012 at 1:21 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Ken,

I don't think Jesus would be happy with your propaganda!

June 27, 2012 at 1:26 a.m.
HiDef said...

JAHCHILD-

Your comment has got to be the most disgusting thing I've ever read on this website. Absolutely appalling...

June 27, 2012 at 10:49 a.m.
Leaf said...

Re: Gary Moor. Although Weston Wamp is judged an arrogant little jerk by those who know him, I think I'll vote for him too. He'll just vote in lockstep with his party anyway, so what difference does it make politically? But I expect hugely entertaining scandals to ensue if this boy is sent to Washington without adult supervision.

June 27, 2012 at 5:10 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

If you loved homosexuals you would stop lying. HIV/AIDS is a risk to all segments of the population, gay and straight. Everyone needs to protect themselves, not just gay men.

June 28, 2012 at 6:36 a.m.
ebenji87 said...

JAHCHILD has been on every comment page I have looked at, copy and pasting the same propaganda. You seem to be rather obsessed with AIDS and gays, need a hobby much?

June 28, 2012 at 8:11 a.m.
dao1980 said...

Ken, your dishonesty, bigotry, and blind hatred of others knows no bounds. If anthropomorphic personifications within their own imaginary lands exist after death.... and the universe somehow owes our species above all others, more than one life... you will surely burn in your own imaginary lake of fire upon arrival.

June 28, 2012 at 10:01 a.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

I believe it's simply a two-way street. There is no "middle-of-the-road" here. There is NO MODERATION. There is either GOOD -- or there is EVIL. No "in-between" about it, either, folks. Anything else is compromise. And I don't care how much the lines have been blurred between good and evil when it comes to all the humanism being taught everywhere. I don't care what Universalism teaches people. It leads souls to Hell. I know there is either good or there's evil -- one or the other. There is no straddling the fence. There is no being lukewarm for me (Revelation 3:15).

June 28, 2012 at 12:01 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

Just look at how the New World Order has slowly manifested itself through creeping incrementalism. The public government schools, for one thing, have become a cesspool for not only just perversion of young children's minds, but dumbing them down. Look at how these youngsters now in this generation walk around everywhere up and down the street with their little apparatuses and electronic devices, i.e. cellphones, etc.-- whatever they have. This is all they really know in the new era of practical Babylon. It's all they ever do most all the time having their faces buried in those gadgets, or playing with their X-Boxes, or Sony Play Stations. They don't go outside most of the time nor do they get a lot of exercise much at all. They sit there eating fast food, donuts or other junk food their parents let them eat, giving themselves hyperactivity, or even diabetes, gaining weight, etc. Or they go around with their pants halfway down their rear-ends, or wear tattoos and piercings. Why don't they wear a belt? So they have their little gadgets and gizmos in front of their faces, texting, and so on. You may as well take their brain out of their head and put them in their hand, because that's what it is. And this is supposed to be the future of America???

June 28, 2012 at 12:02 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

And now we have people in the school systems -- what are they teaching them? How to eat crap or drink piss! This is what passes for public education now! And what else? They also now get to learn how to have sex with a man or a woman -- or BOTH! They teach kids to grow up and become sodomites or lesbians or how to have sex with adults at the age they are now. Who knows, maybe if the next item on the agenda is to teach them how to have sex with animals or pets?! And this is now called "diversity" in a "global" community. They tell us "welcome to the real world". What -- the NEW WORLD? You know we live in a SICK world, if anything! It's rotten to the core! They've already destroyed our social structure with homosexuality, and all these other wicked, abominable perversions. And yes, that's right, that's what I said -- perversions! That's what they are! We also see a Police State on the rise. We see a lot of that, too, which is why free thinkers are now being identified as "enemies of the State". Then strange types of Civil authorities come to our doors where we live here or where ever. They take us to some kind of jail or prison or probably even eventually some kind of concentration camp while they are at it.

You know, if the free thinkers somehow become privy to what is going on, and it has been revealed to them in some form or another, and if we are intuitive enough to discern the times that we are living in now, somehow we are considered as a threat to these global elitists. If we have been well-illuminated and God has opened our eyes to what is now occurring in this society, somehow we are put on some kind of "watch list" for being too suspicious. These Socialist, Progressive New-World-Order-Marxist Agenda bastards PERCEIVE US AS BEING "TERRORISTS"? But who are the REAL TERRORISTS?! The many of the slime-balls who have infiltrated this government! The fascist scum who have taken over this Republic with their tyranny! And so if they come to get us at our homes, and takes us out -- what happens then? Well, we know that it's over when that happens. See, we free-thinkers know very well that they know what we know about them. That is exactly why they do not want me of few others around in circulation to infect the population with the truth about them. They don't want me sprinkling seeds of knowledge like this out there. That's what the real problem is for them. They don't want me sowing seeds of knowledge in anyone's minds or hearts and souls. Okay? This is their dictatorial takeover of our society. That's what they want.

June 28, 2012 at 12:03 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Sean, you need to get out of your parents' basement and get a job. Psychoanalysis might be in order too.

June 28, 2012 at 12:18 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

The English language has become so perverted from its correct usage, thanks to those who want to re-invent its original word meanings. We have also found developments (social decline) through the generations in assigning unnecessary negative connotations to words in order to attempt to bring shame on them, but this only displays a sign of societal ignorance, as well as the devolution of education. Case in point, the word "gay". In the 1827 version of the Websters Dictionary, gay simply means: “merri: airy: jovial: sportive: frolicksome.” There is also the word "bigot". A bigot was originally a person who regards his own faith and views in matters of religion as unquestionably right, and any belief or opinion opposed to or differing from them as unreasonable or wicked. So they were basically someone who would be strong in their beliefs and would not compromise, under any pressure whatsoever. It was a sign of integrity and was considered somewhat noble for a person to take that kind of stand. It just meant simply that the person does not compromise or lower their standards.

And you know something? It sure is sad that very few people are willing to ever do that anymore. There is too much fear of what others might think or that they will be disapproved of. LET THEM! I personally don't care who doesn't approve of me. I know that I am right, no matter who else does NOT know that.

June 28, 2012 at 12:37 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

Hey lkeithlu, are you having delusions again? There's my "psychoanalysis" of you. You like to throw your remarks at anyone who steps on your toes, don't you? Poor thing. What's the matter? Did I strike a raw nerve? You sure exhibit an obvious sign that someone upset your little apple cart, didn't they? The only thing you know how to do is what most typical liberal psychotics do: insult people to hide your inner hatred of the truth.

By the way, lkeithlu, is that you in the picture next to your name?

June 28, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

Just a few questions: What basement are you talking about? I don't think I've ever seen a basement there whenever the last time it was that I visited either of my parents. Are you hallucinating? What gives you the assumption of my occupational status? I am afraid you were not as successful in your attempt to properly install your webcam from your computer to where you think I am using the computer at here on the other end. But then again, I can see that you are very unusually intelligent for your species. Are you sure they would let you have a computer there? Why does the zookeeper there think that animals like to use computers, anyway? That sure seems strange. How did you get a computer put in there? Is there an electrical outlet? You probably accidentally mistook the image you see on your computer, assuming where the camera is otherwise installed at elsewhere. You might want to check and make sure it is not still installed in your cage there at the zoo, from what your picture displays.

It seems obvious to me that you are projecting what is a reality for you onto others that you wish were just like yourself. Sorry you have such difficulty looking for a way to apply something that isn't valid to me. Is this something you expect me to entertain you with? That I contribute to your pretend-world of fantasy?

June 28, 2012 at 12:59 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Sean_Dickerson said... A bigot was originally a person who regards his own faith and views in matters of religion as unquestionably right, and any belief or opinion opposed to or differing from them as unreasonable or wicked................ I personally don't care who doesn't approve of me. I know that I am right, no matter who else does NOT know that.

all in one post

then, "The only thing you know how to do is what most typical liberal psychotics do: insult people to hide your inner hatred of the truth."

Gee, and all I am doing is showing you and others what hate and confusion you are spewing. You know not what is in the hearts of men. Yet you say you do. So whether you are meaning to or not, you are telling a lie.

June 28, 2012 at 1 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Hahahaha! You're so funny. Yes, that picture is of me-I reside in the San Diego Zoo, and have my own computer with wireless internet. Seriously-you need to get out and meet real people. I have been an educator for 30 years, and I meet very few young people that fit your awful, judgmental holier-than-thou stereotypes. In addition, I have no problem with people that disagree with me as long as they are honest and use real facts, not lies, distortions, or, yes, stereotypes to do so.

June 28, 2012 at 1:05 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

What is the purpose of your link? Do you believe the word gay is the first one that has changed its meaning over the decades? Languages change all the time-if we were teleported back to England during Shakespeare's time, we would not be able to understand the English spoken. So what?

June 28, 2012 at 1:09 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

Let's see who has the REAL hatred hidden within themselves:

http://youtu.be/65RGfRlSoH8

June 28, 2012 at 1:15 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Sean, the world must indeed be a terrifying place for you.

June 28, 2012 at 1:22 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

http://youtu.be/65RGfRlSoH8

Sure seems to look like there are a LOT more skeletons in THEIR closets, now aren't there?

It's clearly evident to me that you only wish to feather your own nest. That's why you attack people who do not share in your agenda to turn people into homosexuals, or to accept their choice of lifestyle. I have seen just as much (IF NOT SO MUCH MORE) "intolerance" on the part of homosexuals, etc. towards Christians. That's why there continues to be laws made to protect homosexuals, as well as many other special interests, EXCEPTING, of course the Christians. The double standards couldn't be more evident.

June 28, 2012 at 1:22 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Good grief-You Tube? About someone's paranoid delusions about what someone else wrote in 1987??? How about thinking for yourself for a change? How does one person's sexual orientation put another person at risk? Get a grip! Gays can't make someone who is straight be attracted to the same gender. They can't make kids gay. They do not threaten straight marriages or families. Gays pay taxes, hold jobs, love others, follow the law, just like us. You are chasing a bogeyman, focusing on something that is not important.

June 28, 2012 at 1:23 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

That's why there continues to be laws made to protect homosexuals, as well as many other special interests, EXCEPTING, of course the Christians.

And just what rights are Christians losing? I have not seen chains on church doors.

June 28, 2012 at 1:24 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

I realize that Satan wants to hijack the English language and sabotage its original meanings. If he can get people to use lighter terminologies, then it will not identify sin in its very nature, including the abomination of homosexuality, being one of the last death nails for a nation, by the way. You see, I know that Satan just wants to keep as many people as ignorant as possible in their comfort zones. He doesn't want them to wake up to the truth. He just wants to keep people's heads in the sand.

And he is doing a fantastic job, eschatologically speaking, especially in these last days. He wants to take as many people as he can with him to the Final Destruction.

And who invented the word "homophobic", anyway? Those who seek to justify what they know they really cannot? Obvious to me there is a matter of conscience conflicting with themselves? For that matter, I guess I could call those who are afraid of the truth "truthaphobes".

June 28, 2012 at 1:32 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Okay, I get it. You really are nuts. Satan? Final Destruction? You need help. Seriously-contact your nearest mental health professional. Signing off...

June 28, 2012 at 1:34 p.m.
dao1980 said...

You're right Sean, we're in the final days.... (snicker)

Hey, since you're guaranteed a golden mansion at 102 Golden St. Why not go ahead and rush off to your reward??

Why are you hanging around here with all of us evil, nasty, brain using rational thinkers?

June 28, 2012 at 1:45 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

First of all, there is nothing "gay" about being a sodomite or homosexual. I refuse to use the Devil's terms to describe what is clearly an abomination.

I guess it's too bad for you that God didn't see it your way when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for the very practice you are endorsing.

Read Romans 1:26.

Nobody is "born" that way, either. It is a perversion -- a lust. It's also not a sexual "preference", but a sexual CONFUSION and it is an agenda being pushed by those who seek to destroy this country from within. But Jesus can save you from that type of lifestyle. I am telling you the Truth, wether you like it or not:

Being a homosexual will lead your soul straight to hell.

SO REPENT! BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

What you tolerate today, you will embrace tomorrow. I'd like to know why you think your idea of tolerance holds up well with God.

Did he tolerate Sodom and Gomorrah? Did He accept Sodomy? Did He tolerate Babylon? What about Rome? Have you ever read Romans 1:26?

Or do you only like to read the part of the Bible that is convenient to you?

What you tolerate today, you will embrace tomorrow.

And those who know nothing about history are condemned to repeat it. Read what happens in every case for what is one of the last death nails to bring down a nation. God has not bent or changed his rules.

When we love and obey Him and serve Him, keeping his commandments there are blessings. When we forsake the Way and reject Him and follow our own wishes, desires and lusts, or wants of the flesh, committing idolatry, then there are curses.

We reap what we collectively have sown. And America is due and ripe for Judgement. If America was not judged, then God would have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. For that matter he would have to apologize to Israel. And this nation is worst than both.

We have become the spiritual Babylon described in the book of Revelation. The Great Satan.

Now I don't like that, either, but it's the Truth. I can't change it, either.

June 28, 2012 at 1:45 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

It is typical behavior for liberal Communists to seek to discredit their opposition...and also eventually put them into re-education camps.

June 28, 2012 at 1:47 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

"We live in times of which the truth is so obscure, and falsehood is so embraced, that unless you love the Truth, you can never know it." Blaise Pascal I do not defend the Truth for those who don't know it but for those who do. Naturally, those who desperately seek to disprove Truth or follow their own fleshly, earthly lusts and desires do not find that the Truth is convenient for them to live by or believe. The Truth does not need you to believe in it in order for it to exist, any more than gravity needs you to believe in its existence in order for you to keep from floating away. I will not compromise the Truth, no matter how unpopular it might be by today's culture and standards. You can reject or despise the truth to your own peril, but it will never change the facts. I shall continue to take a stand for the Truth, no matter how many ways you desperately try and refute this. Your contentions do not phase me at all. I don't really care what the rest of the world says, I do not follow their direction, or path, in their shadows or footsteps. If the whole world drank rat poison or jumped off of a cliff, would that mean that I should do the same? Of course not. I could care less whether or not I impress the world. The world and its ways are going to be cast into an eternal hell, so why should I feel lonely or rejected? I am not alone. I have God. The world can go fly a kite, for all I care. I do not follow what is right in the eyes of the world. Even if I was the only one left or singled out in the world that believes the earth is round and not flat, or that 2 and 2 equals 4 and not 5, I shall remain steadfast in my position. The truth is not voted on by a consensus or a majority, nor is it voted on through a popularity contest. This isn't American Idol. If this makes me "narrow-minded", then so be it. I actually consider that a compliment, really. After all, "straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, and few there be that find it". Lucifer knows this, and that is why through the New Age Movement, he has found ways to destroy the power of and works of Christianity, along with his obvious followers, such as yourself, being blinded by the angel of light as he has exploited your own ignorance of how much you have been beguiled by his lies and schemes.

June 28, 2012 at 1:50 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

They are hurting. They need Jesus to save them. They are very bitter individuals. They do NOT need to be encouraged of their lifestyle (more like SIN-style), but prayed for. You know what I say here is the truth, no matter how much you want to deny it.

when God said 'love your brother', I don't think he meant like that"....

And until you repent and turn your life over to Jesus Christ, you will never be free from what is a bondage. This lifestyle you people call a "freedom" is NOT freedom -- it is slavery.

Slavery to sin -- just that simple. And if you die in your sin, without recieving Salvation you will be cast into hell for eternity. You got that? It's your choice.

June 28, 2012 at 1:51 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

If a tree falls down in a forest, and nobody is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? Nothing you can say to me will ever discourage me. Nice try. I have the Blessed Hope to give me confidence that shall continue to sustain me continually. I look forward to my eternal redemption. Sorry that I cannot say the same thing for you. Deny it all you want. I would hate to have your conscience, especially if it is not just misguided, but seared -- perhaps even reprobate. It is well worth it. What is man (like you) but dust? Humankind is like grass, and it withers away. The Almighty shall have the last laugh when you stand before His Royal Great White Throne the day of judgement. So nothing you have ever yet to say even phases me. I am already written in The Lamb's Book of life. So go away, Satan. You have no effect on me, nor do your followers. You have no monopoly over the Truth regardless of how delusional you are about the Truth. Truth does not need you to create its reality. It exists even without you.

June 28, 2012 at 1:53 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Sean, you discredit yourself. No one could do your credibility more harm than you have, just within your past four or five posts.

If you are being for reals about all of this voodoo nonsense, I suggest you dig a very deep hole... and hide in the bottom of it. The world is out to get you, and there is no way of escaping all of this terrifying reality.

QUICK! RUN! HIDE!

June 28, 2012 at 1:54 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

It is well worth the wait for what God has promised to those who are His children.

June 28, 2012 at 2 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Golden mansions up on Golden hill, I know, I've heard.

Sounds more like love of money to me..

Also, ponder this: You are nearing the edge of irreversible psychosis as it is, and have not even lived your entire lifetime.

How are you going to cope with "eternity" when your mind is already failing?

June 28, 2012 at 2:08 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

I also happen to know that there are many "useful idiots" (a term Lenin would have gladly used for unsuspecting dolts) who are not aware of the goals The Communists have accomplished successfully for the past several decades, thanks to those who are clueless about the bigger picture, and the agenda goals that have been in operation right out of the same playbook that those of the power elite have carried the torch for more recently.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhV5ekC_6RY&list=PL88D1811C6014A38A&index=2&feature=plpp_video

June 28, 2012 at 2:10 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

By the way, I am glad you consider yourself such an "expert" in diagnosing people with supposed conditions you believe them to have, even though you don't even know them. At least you have wishful thinking about anything you think you might know about me. Jesus is MY doctor. He heals me of both physical AND spiritual problems.

June 28, 2012 at 2:19 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

Obviously, I cannot say the same thing for you.

June 28, 2012 at 2:20 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

(If I were the Devil):

I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;

I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's effort, instead of God's blessings;

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;

I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;

I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;

I would make it socially acceptable to take one's own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that life of animals are valued more than human beings;

I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit;

I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;

I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the minds of every family member for my agenda;

I would attack then family, the backbone of any nation. I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;

I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movies screens, and I would call it art;

I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;

I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agendas as politically correct;

I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, the Bible is for the naive:

I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;

I GUESS I WOULD LEAVE THINGS PRETTY MUCH THE WAY THEY ARE!

Source: "IF I WERE THE DEVIL"...By Paul Harvey

June 28, 2012 at 2:25 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

That Bill approved by the Federal Executive Council a few weeks ago prohibiting same sex marriages, passed into law should be strictly enforced to the letter. Homosexuality, including lesbianism, is repugnant to normal, decent minds. Homosexuality means warring against nature’s order, making human beings use their bodies in a way no animal, domestic or wild; no fowl, no bird of any description, no reptile; snakes, lizards and all would ever try. It is repulsive for respectable human beings who know what their reproductive organs were meant for, to indulge in any experiment that is contrary to nature’s order. Perverts, deviants, psychopaths and all such, will always find excuses to explain away their bizarre relationships. As when some person with the title Executive Secretary, Nigerian Humanist Movement (NHM), would want people to accept his doctrine that ‘the concept of marriage has been changing, and will continue to change as we gain more knowledge about humans and sexual relationships’. According to the Executive Secretary of NHM ‘Nigeria will remain a better, more progressive, more promising and more democratic nation without this homophobic bill.’ Permissiveness that has permeated our moral fabric has wrought havoc already on the nation’s social, political, educational and even religious thinking and practices. To endorse sodomy and bestiality so as to avoid what perverts call ‘ignorance, prejudice, hatred and religious fanaticism’ will be throwing the doors open for more devastating plagues to join HIV/AIDS now ravishing many homes. Thinking soberly and objectively: Has there ever been any occasion anywhere in the world where a cock had been seen climbing another cock to perform the same act that could make a hen lay eggs? Does any he-goat relate sexually with another he-goat or hen with another hen? Ram with ram? Sheep with sheep? Why then must human beings, said to be higher than ordinary animals; endowed with reasoning faculties, connected with more than a thousand cords to maintain links with the Creator, be determined to continue warring against nature’s order? What was the purpose of creation? Was it not so that every created being could procreate and multiply? Can people who call themselves ‘humanists’ say that they did not come to the world through the union of man with woman? Has the Creator not designed reproductive organs of male and female differently? Till today, is it not the male sexual organ that plants the seed, and female womb receives the seed that fertilizes the egg in the womb to cause conception? These people who call themselves humanists, who plan to ‘storm’ Benin City in June this year to celebrate their 10th anniversary, may not know how deadly their pursuit is.

June 28, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

Those men who marry fellow men and relate sexually with one another, can any of them conceive and bear children? If not, what is the essence of marriage other than procreation? When a man marries another man can either of them conceive, carry the pregnancy for nine months; at full time go into labor and bring forth a living human child, then it will be known and accepted that ‘the concept of marriage has been changing, and will continue to change’. Enacting law banning such sodomite marriages’ now is in order; it is long overdue. Those who prefer continuing with their sodomite amorous escapades should be prepared to bear the consequences. They should in addition to being jailed for as long as five years without any option of fine, be ostracized. They are dangerous to live with normal, orderly, morally-upright human beings.

June 28, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.
Sean_Dickerson said...

Homosexuals who would want to be tagged “gay”, should never be allowed to operate freely and comfortably in Nigeria. If they feel uncomfortable in this country, they can migrate to such countries as will offer them refuge to operate freely with those wearing the same badge and steeped in the same pot. That law against sodomy and bestiality must carry the full weight and sternly, strictly enforced everywhere.

It is easier to copy indiscriminately the negative attitudes, traits and habits of other people, especially those of foreign lands. It is also easier to please base desires. Some weeks ago in East Uganda, news filtered through of human beings experimenting sexually with pigs. Somewhere else, another had to do with a sheep. That sheep died as a result of receiving strange organ and fluid into its body.

There had been stories of women looking for quick, easy money in foreign lands and here in Nigeria, consenting to bend down to male dogs. Whatever happened to such women after may never be known publicly. Farm settlements located in different parts of the country as colonies for homosexuals and lesbians with their ‘marriage’ partners should be established urgently. Those caught in the act should, after being jailed and released, spend their days away from decent people,‘living happily ever after’.

If marrying more than one woman is frowned at by foreigners, what is the rationale, the sense, the decency in man marrying fellow man, and woman marrying another woman and cohabiting as registered ‘marriage’ partners?

Moral Instruction was a subject taught in schools. Hygiene was also a subject. Religious Instruction was honestly imparted and strictly adhered to. Such subjects should re-surface in all schools. Less time should be spent watching avoidable programs on television. Foreign cultures that war against nature’s order should be stoutly eschewed. Homosexuality, same sex marriage must be denied root here in Nigeria, because homosexuality is warring against nature’s order.

June 28, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Listen to yourself Sean, I don't need to "believe" anything about your thoughts and feelings when you reveal them so clearly with your rabble-rabble.

Oh, and you didn't answer the question: How will your mind endure across the "eternity"?

If you currently have trouble digesting what we as finite beings have learned to date, in regards to our surrounding planet, solar system, galaxy, and universe.... how will you cope with knowing all about all through the always?

June 28, 2012 at 2:32 p.m.
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