Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Hopeless Generation

Our generation has nothing to look forward to but oblivion.  The entailments of this are terrifying: cloning, drugs, AIDS, suicide and euthanasia, alcoholism, broken homes, crime, child pornography, terrorism, and a host of other problems that are heartbreaking.  It is a short step from the “exploded” doctrines of the past to the disintegration of hope for the future.  Indeed, one author has observed:

In the 1950s, kids lost their innocence.  They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term—the generation gap.

In the 1960s, kids lost their authority.  It was a decade of protest—church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting.  Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.

In the 1970s, kids lost their love.  It was the decade of me-ism, dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self: self-image, self-esteem, self-assertion.  It made for a lonely world.  Kids learned everything there was to know about sex but forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.

In the 1980s, kids lost their hope.  Stripped of innocence, authority, and love, and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.

I would add that in the 1990s, we lost our ability to reason.  The power of critical thinking has gone from induction to deduction and very few are able to think clearly anymore.  I have often said the challenge of the truth speaker today is this:  How do you reach a generation that listens with its eyes sand thinks with its feelings?

Ravi Zacharias in "The Real Face of Atheism," pg.99-100

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cohabiting Can Be Dangerous for Women

Canadian and US studies both found that women in cohabiting relationships are about nine times more likely to be killed by their live-in partner than are women who are married to their partners.

One scholar concludes in the Journal of Family Violence, "Regardless of methodology . . .  cohabitors engage in more violence than spouses."

Men with rings on their fingers appear to be very different kinds of men.  Safer men.

Glenn T. Stanton, The Ring Makes All the Difference, pg.47

Monday, September 28, 2015

Government and Selfism

Selfism is now the standard position of much of the government bureaucracy that deals with social problems.  It is certainly the controlling system in the so-called "helping professions" -- clinical psychology, counseling, and social work. ...

Fifty years ago the "helping professions" were of little consequence; today they are huge and still growing as the government expands its social services.  The accompaniment of this growth by the self-theory ethic constitutes a powerful challenge to the Christian faith.  There is little reason to believe that this secular religion will change over the years, since it is not some arbitrary choice based on a fad in the 1960s but a necessary part of the extension of government programs into every aspect of our personal and family life.  This expansion of the state will continue until it either meets resistance or simply collapses of its own weight.  In any event, a secular ideology is a necessity for a secular state -- and as a result, it becomes harder and harder to be both a good Christian and a good American.

Paul C. Vitz, "Psychology As Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship," pg.144, 145

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Government Indoctrination of Children

The more time children spend away from home at government schools, the more they can be indoctrinated with the leftist ideology of "diversity," "multiculturalism," "gay rights," "moral relativism" and "social justice." 

Gregg Jackson, Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies, p.156

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sex Has Been Corrupted

We corrupt what God has perfectly designed for the good of His creatures, and we have turned sex into a carnival of orgiastic pleasures.  Not only have we severed sex from marriage, but as a society, we now look at marriage as an imposition, chastity as an embarrassment, and sexual restraint as a psychological hang-up.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Desire and Deceit: The Real Cost of Sexual Tolerance, pg.30

Friday, September 25, 2015

Unrecognized Bias

It is a common error to assume that a rejection of religion guarantees objectivity.  Many take it as a given that those who believe in the Bible are hopelessly subjective and incapable of seeing life as it is, while those who reject the Bible are--this is supposedly an infallible and eternal truth--clear-sighted, rational, objective, unbiased.  But this is itself only another kind of subjectivity and bias, more powerful because it is unrecognized.

Joseph Keysor, Hitler, the Holocaust, and the Bible, pg.11

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Influence of the Bible

The influence of the Bible and its teaching in the Western world is clear for all who study history.  And the influential role of the West in the course of world events is equally clear.  Civilization has been influenced more by the Judeo-Christian Scriptures than by any other book or series of books in the world.  Indeed, no great moral or religious work in the world exceeds the depth of morality in the principle of Christian love, and none has a more lofty spiritual concept than the biblical view of God.  The Bible presents the highest ideals known to men, ideals that have molded civilization.

Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix, A General Introduction to the Bible, pg.197

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Psychotropic Drugs Are Over-Prescribed

Overprescription of psychotropic medication by PCPs [Primary Care Physicians] has become a serious threat to public health, but has pushed Pharm revenue through the roof.  There is almost never a justification for the use of antipsychotic and anti-anxiety medication in primary care, but it is done all the time.

Allen Frances, M.D, "Saving Normal," pg.103

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Childhood Experience Does Not Shape Adult Personality

Despite several decades of anthropological work in cultures around the world, much of it done by anthropologists who had themselves been psychoanalyzed and were sympathetic to Freudian theory, there is virtually no cross-cultural evidence that supports the theory regarding the importance of childhood experience in shaping adult personality.

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., "Freudian Fraud: the Malignant Effect of Freud's Theory on American Thought and Culture," p.222

Monday, September 21, 2015

Creation vs Evolution -- Two Religions

When we discuss creation/evolution, in both instances we are talking about beliefs, that is, religion.  The controversy is not religion versus science, as the evolutionists try to make it out.   It is religion versus religion, the science of one religion versus the science of the other.

Evolution is a religious position that makes human opinion supreme.  ... its fruits (because of rejection of the Creator and Lawgiver) are lawlessness, immorality, impurity, abortion, racism and a mocking of God.  Creation is a religious position based on the Word of God, and its fruits (through God's Spirit) are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  The creation/evolution issue (is God Creator?) is the crux of the problems in our society today.  It is the fundamental issue with which Christians must come to grips.  The creation/evolution issue is where the battle really rages.

Ken Ham, The Lie, pg.12

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Day-Care Danger

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that preschool children were from 4 to more than 12 times as likely to contract meningitis if they attended a day-care center than if they were cared for at home.  The incidence of other diseases also rose with the growth of day care.  Studies have indicated that psychological problems are also more prevalent among children in day-care centers.

Thomas Sowell, "The Vision of the Anointed," pg.175

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Second Vision Is Winning

Thinking of what is happening to all of America, not just now but also tomorrow and next year, is important for another reason too.  It helps us see that there really are two utterly incompatible visions competing with one another for the soul of the land.  One view embraces God's role and welcomes His guidance on how to run our lives both private and public.  It insists that, as our founding fathers believed, a secular government and constitution can work only as long as the population conducts itself along religiously informed lines.  The second view vigorously rejects any notion of a godly authority external to our own wishes and inclinations.  It maintains that the secularism of government must be injected into every corner of American life, displacing the native piety that used to be such a conspicuous element in our national character.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, "America's Real War," pg.80

Thursday, September 17, 2015

True Equality

Man is unequal in time allocated for him; talent entrusted to him; and treasure required of him.  Man is only equal to man before the bar of justice.

Author unknown, cited by David A. Noebel, Understanding the Times, pg.702

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Non-Christians Abuse the Environment

Christianity has even been blamed for pollution and the destruction of the environment.  God's commandment in Genesis to "subdue" the earth and "have dominion" over the creatures is said to be a license for ecological plundering and pillaging.  Never mind that the destruction of the environment only emerged as a serious problem in the modern era, nearly two thousand years after Christ died and rose again.  Never mind that those who make the most noise about the destruction of the environment continue to enjoy their wasteful and environmentally destructive modern lifestyles while they attack the Bible.

Joseph Keysor, Hitler, the Holocaust, and the Bible, pg.1

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Arguing With A Madman

If you argue with a madman, it is extremely probable that you will get the worst of it; for in many ways his mind moves all the quicker for not being delayed by the things that go with good judgement.  He is not hampered by a sense of humor, or by charity, or by the dumb certainties of experience.

G.K. Chesterton, cited by George Grant, "Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood," pg.206

Monday, September 14, 2015

Human Nature vs Desires

The argument against same-sex marriage is based on the nature of human persons as beings with a gender who have a purpose derived from that nature.  That is to say, male human persons are meant for coupling with female human persons, even if their coupling does not result in procreation.  This argument is not based on a human person's function, ability, or desire, which could each be inconsistent with how human beings ought to be by nature.

For example, a person who is comatose, insane, sightless, or sexually desirous of his neighbor's young child lacks something either physically, psychologically, or morally.  But he remains a human person who by nature ought to be conscious, sane, seeing, and desiring well.  In the same way a sterile, aged, or willingly childless person is still a gendered human person whose purpose for marital union (unless called to celibacy) can only be consummated by one-flesh communion with a spouse of the opposite gender even if he or she has contrary desires.

Desires, after all, can be immoral and sometimes harmful to a human person's good, such as desires to overeat, commit adultery, molest children, and engage in gay bashing.

Francis J. Beckwith and Gregory Koukl, “Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air,” pg.123

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Promoting an Agenda

Social agendas are promoted through public education and the media.  A typical example starts with movies and television portraying a yet to be accepted social behavior in a humorous way, then progressively show that behavior in a positive light, then ultimately ridiculing those who oppose that behavior.

When a large enough percentage of the public considers that behavior normal, politicians get elected and change laws to discriminate and eventually criminalize those who do not embrace those views.  The homosexual agenda has successfully employed this method.

The Islamic agenda is just beginning to use this method.  In Canada a new television series, "Little Mosque on the Prairie," portrays the experiences of a Muslim family in a typical American city.

William J. Federer, What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur'an, pg.232

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Avoid Foreign Intrigue

A passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils . . . infusing into one the enmities of the other. . . .  It gives to ambitious, corrupted or deluded citizens . . . facility to betray, or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity: gilding with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption or infatuation.

As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent Patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public Councils! . . .

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence . . . the jealously of a free people to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.  Real Patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests . . . 

Taking care always to keep ourselves, by suitable establishments, on a respectably defensive posture. . . .  ’Tis folly in one Nation to look for disinterested favors from another . . . it must pay with a portion of its Independence for whatever it may accept . . .

In offering to you, my Countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression, I could wish . . . to warn against the mischiefs of foreign Intrigue.

George Washington, Farewell Address, 19 September 1796

Friday, September 11, 2015

Civil Rights vs 'Gay' Rights

Civil rights are rooted in moral authority; gay rights are rooted in a lcm of moral restraint.  Civil rights are rooted in constitutional authority.  Gay rights are rooted in carnal antinomianism. ... To compare gay rights to civil rights is to compare their sin to my skin.

Pastor Dwight McKissic, cited in Decision magazine, September 2015, p.15

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Character of Homosexuals

As a group [homosexuals] are characterized not only by strikingly disproportionate incidence of promiscuity, but also by a much greater incidence than among heterosexuals of alcohol or drug problems as well as of paraphilias.  According to the National Gay-Lesbian Health Foundation, drug and alcohol problems are three times greater among homosexuals that among heterosexuals.

Jeffrey Satinover, M.D., Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth, pg. 194

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Psychology is Culturally Influenced

It has been argued that the diagnoses of the Psychology Industry, which are revised frequently, are actually culturally influenced moral judgments which convert the person's behavior into pathology and make the psychologist an enforcer (or reinforcer) of changing societal values.  For instance, the Psychology Industry may pejoratively describe the construction worker who whistles at a passing woman as harassing and assaultive, while being more forgiving of such behaviors as consuming alcohol, using heroin or overeating, calling these "addictive diseases."

Dr. Tana Dineen, Manufacturing Victims: What the Psychology Industry is Doing to People, pg.85

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Stand Firm In Your Faith

If Christians are silent at our universities for fear of being disgraced; if believers are intimidated at work because of new laws that might keep religion out of the workplace; if a Christian nurse is silent about abortion because to speak out would put her job in jeopardy; in short, if we keep Christ to ourselves out of fear of reprisals, are we not taking our stand with those pastors in Germany who chose to close ranks with Hitler?  Is not our sin even greater since the consequences of our obedience to Christ are so minimal in comparison with what they faced?  Are we qualified to sit in judgment of the church in Germany if we ourselves have never lost a job or failed a course because we are Christians?

Erwin W. Lutzer, When A Nation Forgets God, pg.120

Monday, September 7, 2015

If A Law is Made, It Must Be Enforced

Any behavior that a society believes directly or potentially injurious to others may be legitimately outlawed.  Of course, a society is responsible to enact only laws that it intends to enforce and can enforce.  Any behavior, private or public, victimless or not, which a society declares criminal and then does not enforce undermines the rule of law, promoting a lawless society.

So the crucial element in lawmaking is not whether an act is private or whether there is a direct victim who complains, but whether that society judges the behavior to be potentially or actually injurious to others and whether society has the will to enforce the legislation.

Robertson McQuilkin, An Introduction to Biblical Ethics, pg.354

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Man's Inhumanity

Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!

Robert Burns (Scottish Poet), Man Was Made to Mourn

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Abortion Helps Men Exploit Women

Abortion allows and even encourages men to sexually exploit women without fear of having to take responsibility for any children that are conceived.  If the woman does get pregnant, the man can hand over three hundred dollars and buy a dead child.  When the man is long gone, with no child to have to support, the woman is left with the burden of having killed her child.  "Abortion rights" bring out not the best, but the worst in men.

Randy Alcorn, "ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments," pg.119

Friday, September 4, 2015

Promiscuity Rates Of Homosexuals

Even if monogamy could reduce health problems, monogamy is the exception rather than the rule among homosexuals.  The average number of sexual partners in a lifetime for a heterosexual is four, but for a homosexual it is fifty.  The vast Sex in America survey published by the University of Chicago found monogamy among heterosexuals to be 83 percent but less than 2 percent for homosexuals.  Another survey had more moderate results, but still found infidelity in about 62 percent of gay couples.  That led researchers in the Journal of Family Psychology to write, "The practice of sexual non-monogamy among some gay couples is one variable that differentiates gay and heterosexual couples."

Why is monogamy much more common between men and women?  Could it be because men and women are designed for one another and are therefore complementary?  Think about it.  One of the least-mentioned aspects of this debate is how men and women compliment one another.  Each sex balances and moderates the other by providing what's lacking in the other.

However, in same-sex relationships, the pairing of identicals propels them to extremes not balance.  Lesbians tend to push one another to emotional extremes as evidenced by the intense demands they put on one another, but male homosexuals experience the most damaging effects of imbalance.  Instead of the sex drive of the man being balanced by the emotional needs of the woman, male homosexuals reinforce and amplify the sex drive of one another.  That's why their behavior often becomes compulsive to the point of explosive promiscuity--anywhere from 21-43 percent of homosexual men have several hundred sexual partners!

Frank Turek, Correct, NOT Politically Correct, pg. 33

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Giving a 'Right' Also Removes One

 More serious yet, however, is the fact that giving gay rights invariably means taking away religious rights.  Make no mistake about it:  "Gay rights" means the elevation of the right to have immoral homosexual relations over the right to act pursuant to one's religious conscience.  Inevitably, it prioritizes immorality over morality.

F. LaGard Smith, Sodom's Second Coming, pg.182

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mental Illness is Cured When the Patient Can't Pay

It is estimated that the burden of illness, in dollars, from all mental health disorders exceeds that of all cancers.  Who is handling all these patients?  As the DSM grows, so do the number of people who are sick.  Eventually, the system must respond by fielding more mental health care providers.  It certainly has.  Between 1970 and 1995, the number of mental health professionals quadrupled.  People enter the mental health system and are on a perpetual carnival ride.  They get sicker and sicker but they cannot get off the nightmare.  Billions of dollars of research, millions of hours of counseling, increasing numbers of diagnoses, a nearly bottomless pipeline of drugs -- and not a single illness has been cured.  Cancers can be cured, broken bones can be set, infections can be eliminated, once-fatal inborn abnormalities can be corrected, and not one single mental illness can be cured.  Once diagnosed, people are always sick.  We never hear the term recovering ulcer sufferer, but one cannot listen to the evening news without hearing about a recovering addict of some sort or another.  Psychiatry is not in the business of curing.  It is in a perpetual business of generating appointments, sessions, prescriptions and the next theory to explain man's behavior.  The only cure offered by the mental health profession occurs after the person's insurance benefits are exhausted.  Miraculously, they are cured when they can no longer pay.

David Tyler & Kurt Grady, Deceptive Diagnosis: When SIN is called SICKNESS, pg.95

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What Marriage IS

First, marriage is not about equality.  Marriage is about setting norms for society for how we structure sexual relationships, for creating cooperative and respectful domestic relationships between the sexes, and for forming families for raising children.  Anthropologist Suzanne Frayser, after studying the role marriage plays across diverse civilizations, offers this universal definition:  "Marriage is a relationship within which a group socially approves and encourages sexual intercourse and the birth of children."  Edward Westermarck, who has written an immense three-volume history of human marriage, agrees.  He says marriage is always about bringing forth the next generation.

Glenn T. Stanton and Dr. Bill Maier, Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting, pg.34-35