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“Mr President, some of us wept for joy at your inauguatrion” J. Piper.
I hope the joyful weeping has turned to mournful weeping now John!!
Thursday, 6 August 2009.
A play portraying Jesus as a transsexual is set to run in a Glasgow Theatre – funded by the same public body behind an exhibition inviting the public to deface the Bible Bible defaced for gay art exhibition (23 July 2009)
The production is due to run in November at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre as part of Glasgay, an annual publicly-funded gay arts festival.
Supported by Culture and Sport Glasgow (CSG), a quango set up by the City Council, the festival has already provoked worldwide outrage at an exhibition which encouraged the public to graffiti a Bible.
Many obscene and offensive messages were scrawled before public outcry resulted in the Bible’s enclosure in a secure transparent case.
Publicity material for the Jesus, Queen of Heaven play shows the writer and lead performer – transsexual actor Jo (formerly John) Clifford – posing as Christ with crucifixion wounds and a halo.
The theatre advert reads: “Jesus is a transsexual woman. And it is now she walks the earth.
“This is a play with music that presents her sayings, her miracles, and her testimony.”
CSG has confirmed it is part-funding the production but the sums involved have not been revealed.
The Christian Institute’s Simon Calvert said: “If Glasgow’s council taxpayers were consulted, I doubt they would consider this was a good use of their money.
“What with this and the Bible defacing exhibit, you have to wonder what is the next outrage Glasgow City Council has planned.”
Gordon Macdonald of Christian group CARE for Scotland said: “Organisers of these events are trying to placate the gay rights lobby while riding roughshod over everyone else – at public expense.”
A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church said: “Coming in the wake of the outrageous Bible exhibition, which encouraged the defacing of the Bible in the name of gay rights, the funding of another production with the provocative title Jesus, Queen of Heaven will leave most citizens of Glasgow aghast.
“Serious questions must now be raised about the agenda being pursued by CSG.”
Glasgow needs to be reminded that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 6:23.
BBC NEWS REPORT
An atheist summer camp for children set up in Somerset is to offer a “godless alternative” to religious camps.
The 24 places on Camp Quest UK, which will be held next month near Bath, have already been booked up.
Organisers said the purpose of the camp was to encourage critical thinking and provide children with a summer camp “free of religious dogma”.
The camp, supported by scientist Richard Dawkins, plans to expand after receiving hundreds of inquiries.
The event has been set up by Samantha Stein, a postgraduate psychology student from London.
She said: “It is not about changing what they think, but the way that they think.
“There is very little that attacks religion, we are not a rival to religious camps.
“We exist as a secular alternative open to children from parents of all faiths and none.”
“THE FOOL SAYS IN HIS HEART THERE IS NO GOD”
Where is Michael Jackson now?
It would be the most wonderful thing to know that Michael Jackson is now in Heaven and no doubt there are many who would believe he is. However man’s eternal and final destination has nothing to do with who we think should be in heaven, God has already determined the plan of salvation.
Jesus Christ was God on earth and suffered so that sin (in your life) can be destroyed. Jesus died on the cross and endured the wrath of God, so that man could be reconciled to Him and no longer enemies of each other. This death not only guarantees Heaven for the person who has repented and turned away from their sin and is trusting in Jesus but more importantly, a right relationship with God with a new life totally committed to Him.
With this new life comes a lifetime of expression, to the world, that Jesus is Saviour and Lord of your life. One of the ways you know that you are a born again Christian and on your way to Heaven is when you publicly confess Jesus as Lord, and you tell people on a regular basis that Jesus is the only way to God.
Not only that, you publicly make it known by your life style that you and God have a relationship.
There are certain outward appearances laid down by God in Scripture which qualify a person to have the absolute assurance that they will spend eternity with God in heaven when they leave this earth.
So judge for yourself (according to the Holy Scriptures which are man’s only reliable source on the subject of Heaven and Hell) if Michael Jackson is in heaven.
“In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil”. John 3:3-6; 12-19.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. Ephesians 2:4-10.
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6:22-23.
“Repent therefore and return that your sins may be wiped away.” Acts 3:19-20
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. ”Romans 10:9-10
“Whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36.
“I am the way and the truth and the life, no–one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14: 6.
Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to be able say with certainty that Michael Jackson is in Heaven. But I would be deceiving myself if I believed that and so would you.
Look at his life in the light of Scripture. Was he truly “born again” by God’s Holy Spirit?
Did he publicly confess Jesus as Lord and Saviour?
Did he believe in Jesus Christ as the only way men can be saved?
Was his life totally committed to God and His ways?
Did his lifestyle tell the world that Jesus was his God?
The Scriptures make it abundantly clear that salvation will not be available forever. There is no “later “There is only “NOW” God takes note of being put off!
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation” Hebrews 2:3.
“Now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation”! 2 Cor 6:2
Thanks to ProclaimHisWord for this video.
Comedy writer and Atheist, Ariane Sherine, debates with David Larlham of the Trinitarian Bible Society over bus ads which say “There’s probably no God” The Trinitarian Bible Society responded with their own bus ad “The fool hath said in his heart there is no God” which has prompted 400 requests for Bibles.(source: BBC).
Article From: The Christian Institute.
A Christian group has received hundreds of requests for Bibles following a campaign to rival atheist bus ads which claimed “There’s probably no God”.
The ad, placed by the Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS), included an offer of a free Bible and has so far prompted 400 requests from the public.
Quoting from Psalm 53, the ad read: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God,” and was placed on the side of 100 London buses in February.
The TBS is a Christian charity working to provide Bibles to people at home and abroad in a variety of languages.
The Assistant General Secretary of TBS, David Larlham, recently reported on the campaign in the group’s quarterly magazine.
He said not only had the ads prompted Bible requests, but they had also attracted “a spate of objectionable, aggressive or mischievous calls, letters and e-mails from atheists, evolutionists and those of similar anti-Christian mindset”.
The ad was investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority after it received a number of complaints claiming it was “offensive” and “insulting to atheists”. The investigation was quickly dropped.
The Bible Society placed the bus ads in response to the atheist bus campaign backed by prominent atheist Richard Dawkins. The ad, placed by the British Humanist Association, stated “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”
Thanks to christianorguk for video.