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The UCSB Shooter: Pride, Envy, Lust, and Wrath

It wasn’t mental illness that drove this young man to murder… it was Pride, Envy, Lust, and Wrath, which are four of the Seven Deadly Sins…. Continue reading

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“All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people”

“[H]e [Apollos] powerfully refuted the [unbelieving] Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.” (Acts 18:28). This writer’s hope and belief – “I believe in the risen Christ – the Son of the living God – who is the living savior of all humankind. I believe that this good news of our salvation, which comes to us only through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, is for both Jew and Gentile. I believe that anyone who hears and willfully rejects this great offer of salvation, who willfully refuses to turn away from doing evil, and who willfully refuses to do good works, is forever and rightfully damned to receive the eternal punishment of almighty God, because I believe what Jesus, in the Gospels, has said. My hope is that all – both Jew and Gentile – will repent of (turn away from) their evil deeds (sins), believe in the resurrected Christ (have faith), and begin doing good for all peoples everywhere (good deeds) so that all might be saved and so that none should ever be damned. This is the only way we, together, can do God’s will, which is to love one another, as a human community on earth, just as his will is being done by the community of angels and saints who are in heaven.” ~ A. J. MacDonald, Jr. “It is true that the church is the new people of God, yet the [unbelieving] Jews should not be spoken of as rejected or accursed as if this followed from holy scripture. Consequently, all must take care, lest in catechizing or in preaching the word of God, they teach anything which is not in accord with the truth of the Gospel message or the spirit of Christ.” Declaration on the Revelation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions: Nostra Aetate; proclaimed by his holiness Pope Paul VI on October 28, 1965 (emphasis added) “As regards the gospel, they [unbelieving Jews] are enemies of God for your sake [Gentiles]. But as regards election, they [unbelieving Jews] are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you [Gentiles] were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they [unbelieving Jews] also may now receive mercy. For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.” (Romans 11:28-32; emphasis added) Continue reading

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Their feet run to evil, and they are swift to shed innocent blood

No one enters suit justly; no one goes to law honestly; they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies, they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity. Their feet run to evil, and they are swift to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their highways….The way of peace they do not know, and there is no justice in their paths; they have made their roads crooked; no one who treads on them knows peace.

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