I have a seasonal campsite right outside Lancaster with Amish farmland all around me. About a month and a half ago we saw a couple Amish buggies show up and pitch a tent on a campsite for a couple nights. It was 3 guys and 3 girls in their late teens maybe early 20's. They weren't married because the guys didn't have beards. The campers next door to them complained because the Amish were up all night making a ruckus. Who knows what went on. I was pretty shocked by that. I always thought the Amish were very morally strict. We have an Amish friend, she's in her early 20's and she said that type of thing isn't uncommon. She said they are not that much different than the English (she was talking about worldly behavior).
I was on another "Christian" forum and the topic was homosexuality. I mentioned that in the Bible it said how in the last days good would become evil and evil will become good. And that Christians will be persecuted for standing up for what is good and Godly. I gave some scripture verses and of course a poster said my interpretation of those verses were all twisted. They also said that God would reward the homosexuals in Heaven for all the persecution they endured on earth. It's simply amazing the stuff people come up with to justify sin.
HC, if you don't mind, I'd like to respond to TheSword's question. You can remove if you like. I really love my church for the most part. I call it "my church" because I attend there regularly. I stay because the preaching cannot be beat and the music is outstanding. There are only a couple of things I don't agree with, other than that I'm a conservative IFBer and wouldn't have it any other way. Maybe God is still working on my heart with these things. I NEED conservative preaching. I just don't care for the inconsistencies with the rules or should I say the hypocrisy but we are all sinners so I'm sure this happens in all churches. I really don't think I could find a better IFB church.
I agree that it is a personal choice. I know our church is against it, in fact in order to be a member I think you have to sign an agreement saying you won't attend movie theaters. See, I'm not a member mainly because I don't agree with that. Especially since I know that our Pastor has gone to pro football games in which everyone is drinking and spilling beer on you and and cussing, fights breaking out in the stands and half naked cheerleaders dancing on the sidelines. But that seems to be ok. Now I will admit I rarely go the movies because 1. most current movies are trash and 2. it's VERY expensive. One thing my local theater has been doing is showing classic movies for a one night only showing. Last year I saw Gone With The Wind on the big screen which I waited my whole life to see. They also showed The African Queen but I had to work so I couldn't see it. I'm thinking about seeing Son of God but kind of hesitant because I don't know how watered down the message will be. I really don't see any difference between someone seeing you entering a theater or going into a rental store to rent a dvd.
My favorite station on the internet! I love them so much I pledged $25 during their last pledge drive and plan on donating during their spring drive. They also have an app you can download on your smartphone.
My father-in-law had several Bibles through the years and each and every one of them was so marked up you couldn't read them! I had told him one day that when he ever passed away if I could have one of his marked up Bibles. He looked surprised and said "Sure". Well, he passed away several years ago and we have one of his Bibles. It's quite a testimony. As long as I've known him, he RARELY watched television or read any books outside of the Bible or Sunday School related books.
I'm a Republican only because of their pro life/anti gay/ conservatively fiscal platform (I know they are far from perfect). If they abandon that I will no longer be a Republican and the fallout would be disasterous. I think enough evangelical christians would leave so the party would have no chance of winning another election. I would have to say "I didn't leave the republican party, the republican party left me."
If you have a smart phone, you can download a radio app which has a few conservative christian stations on it. I use Live365 and Tune In Radio. Live365 has Old Christian Radio and Tune In Radio has Abiding Radio.
I watched a documentary on youtube not too long ago that was about a couple of Old Order Amish families who were considering leaving their church because they realized that the Bible required salvation to get to Heaven, not works. They were saying that the Amish are not allowed to read the English version but must read the German. However, many cannot read the German. So they are finding out the Truth from reading the English version. Here's the youtube video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtNXvE_rLoE
In the movie "Shane" the title character says, "A gun is only as good or bad as the person using it." Even if all guns were banned, if a person wants to kill, he will kill whether it is 1 person or 20. He may use a homemade bomb or whatever means necessary to get the job done.