Golden gates? That's in San Francisco. Actually, the gates of pearl are in the New Jerusalem, while heaven it would seem, should have no gate, for no enemy could ever enter. But if it DID have gates, I suppose the COULD be gold. But yes, agreed, a sham, parents taking advantage of their child's misfortune, to MAKE a fortune.
I am approaching that time-at 51, still too young for the senior menu, but that's okay-that wouldn't fill me for the most part. Though I wouldn't mind the cheap coffee, but still gotta wait a few years. It is weird to get older-you never really think of yourself as 'old'. I think it began to really sink in, though, when young, attractive women no longer treated me like some creepy older guy who might be making the moves on them, and rather, as a harmless older gentleman who says funny, old-man things. And while I am in no way a 'flirt', I actually COULD flirt outrageously, and would still just be thought of a 'cute', but not in the way I always wanted to be when I was younger.
A muslim connection was mentioned earlier on by John81. Interestingly, if you are familiar with the Bacha Bazi (sp?) dancing boys, this is a Muslim sect that has these boys who are trained to dance for the older men, and are normally used as well for sex by them. This will continue on until they begin to grow facial hair, at which point they are removed from the ranks, because now it is seen as homosexuality. But before the facial hair grows, it is acceptable to have sex with boys, and in many cases, seen as better than with women.
So really, Islam is okay with homosexuality, just so long as it is pedophilic homosexuality, cuz it aint really homo unless he goes through puberty first. This is why our troops overseas were disallowed by the military to speak anything against pedophilia-its part of their 'culture' and of course, culture must be respected above all.
True, but it doesn't mean that everything that happens in the heavens is a specific sign. We have had people point to the planets aligning and prophesying things, and nothing happened. There have been series of 'blood moons' before when nothing of great importence occurred. Thje more recent ones in history actualyl occurred sometimes a year or more after the events Hagee attributes them to. Just because the Bible says they are for signs and seasons doesn't mean that everything is a sign or season. Sometimes an ecplise is just an eclipse. This is the same kind of assumption that Calvinists use to say "God is sovereign, we are evil: so that automatically means we have no free will to choose to receive salvation and it is God who chooses who will live and who will die. The first part is true, the second part is not to be found in scripture and is based on man's interpretations of it. Yes, signs ans seasons, but also, the Lord will let us know WHICH signs and seasons to look for through His signs in the heavens-He doesn't leave us guessing as to which will mean something. And He has told us of ONE blood moon, accompanied by a black sun and other signs, and THOSE are the ones we are concerned with. And my belief is, it won't be a lunar eclipse that we can know is coming, but will be something unexpected, and possibly based not on and eclipse at all-perhaps an eruption of a volcano, or ALL the volcanoes? THAT would cause a red moon! Maybe the mountain burning with fire spoken of in Revelation?
I believe the job of the deacon is to take as much off of his so he can concentrate on the study of the word of God and prayer, so he can be as effectve of a pastor as possible. I have no deacons and we don't really need them with such a small congregation.
I am a big advocate of home school, especially since I put my kids in public school and neither graduated, though they both took the GED later and passed, (they were out of my influence at the time). Yet, I did public school, and somehow managed to do pretty well. Me not too dumb. But I do know it has gotten much worse than when I was a kid, so I would tell ANY parent to teach themselves, if it is at all possible. My wife dropped from school after Jr. High and self-taught through HS, using books from the thrift store, and she is very well educated, even teaching herself Latin while a teen. But she is extremely self-motivated, more so than me, and that deifintiely helps.
ACtually, I was single for ten years, and am quite able to cook. I have even prepared fancy home meals, without boxes or cans, to dine young ladies at home for a date. I once prepared kaluha pork without having to dig a hole, for the whole church-20 pounds of fall-off-the-bone piggy goodness! We had a Hawaiian Sunday once-since I play the ukulele, it seemed natural. Even had someone do the "Lord's Prayer" in Hawaiian, the repeat it in English, accroding to proper use of tongues in the church, per Paul. Yes, I used to be into the gimmicky-Sundays.
You know, this brings up an interesting point: if a gay man rapes another man, can he go to court and claim that he was being discriminated against because that man was clearly willing to have sex with a woman, but not him, so its discrimination? A few years ago this would be a set up for a joke, but the way its going, it may not be too far from the truth.
I was answering on a post in Facebook on this subject, spelled out clearly what the intent of the law is, and what 'freedom of religion' means, (really, that religion is not just what one does in church or at home, but the entire life of the believer, which encompasses, or should, all aspects of a believer's life-and of course, I was told I was wrong.). And I was accused of being a bigot, a homophobe, hateful, etc. It really does no good to argue-no matter how one may say they love homosexuals, but it doesn't mean we have to agree with what they do, or support it, we will always be told that we really hate them. The lost have NO idea of what true biblical love and Christianty are. The best we can do it get folks saved, one soul at a time.