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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Not at Dinner – A Preacher’s Position on Church, Taxes, & Planned Parenthood

One thing I enjoy about being a pastor is I get to talk about all the things you aren’t suppose to discuss at the dinner table, namely: religion, politics, and taxes. Today, I want to address taxes, government money, churches, and Planned Parenthood. Google, “church tax exempt” and you will find dozens of sites dedicated to lobbying for the removal of religious institutions’ tax exempt status. The opponents of the current tax exempt status for religious institutions argue this tax break violates separation of church and state. Also, it prevents churches from being taxed on millions and millions of dollars worth of assets.

Let me state for the record I have NO problem with my church losing its tax exempt status. The church has stood with governments out to destroy it through hate and violence. It has stood longer than many governments that tried to destroy it. It will stand without a tax exemption. I care far more about the movement for the government to defund Planned Parenthood than I do my church’s tax exemption.

I believe in my God to provide for my church’s needs. I believe in my parishioners’ loving hearts to give if more need arises. I have seen them give beyond what I thought possible. I believe my church doesn’t need a hand out from the government to survive and thrive. I believe my church would stand as strong…possibly stronger, in the future if we lost our tax exempt status today! A faithful God and a faithful people will provide for Sunnyside’s mission and ministry. I believe that without fear or hesitation. If we lose our tax exemption, we pay some taxes. Lives are at stake in the funding of Planned Parenthood.

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Radio Show 30: The Gospel According to…Red, White, and Blue

Radio Show Episode 30 for WNEG 630 AM Toccoa Georgia.

Devotion: Joshua 24:15, Freedom, Choice

Music: The Choir and Lindy Grafton

Tune in each week to hear us live at 8:15 am on WNEG 630 AM

Support Equality with a Smile Meme – Is the Bible Outdated? Part Two

imageLet me begin by saying if this meme were true it would be a damning condemnation of the Bible believing Christian churches, cherry picking which parts of the Bible to hold onto and which didn’t matter. But as you will see, that turns out to be one gigantic if. This meme sounds great and is at face value, a very powerful read, but this meme doesn’t know it’s scripture. In this meme, there are completely false statements, misleading statements, and a bout of Biblical gymnastics of epic proportions.

Before I show how laughable this pastor’s Bible knowledge truly is, let me again state, that Christians should love and show kindness to homosexuals. Christian’s unkind acts toward homosexuals is a deep dark sin. A Christian can show compassion without compromising God’s word.  All men and women regardless of how much or how little sin or of any lifestyle choice has value in the eyes of God, and are loved by God.

The first line of this meme is true. Homosexuality is a sin according to several verses in the Bible. Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-28, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:10, if you wish to read a few. Again, I hope my previous articles that I have written show that I do care for and will minister to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) community, but there isn’t a Biblical case to be made that homosexuality is a lifestyle that God’s word supports. Continue reading