My friend, it is time to come out of the closet…

The Closet Christian
“I am a closet Christian. At least, I was until now. Because in my circle, nothing is more embarrassing than being religious.” Ada Calhoun, Salon Magazine

We have every controversial group in America coming out of the closet, but many of you Christian men (and women) are still hiding in there with the light switch off and the door locked. Here you are receiving all of God’s truly remarkable blessings, and you still won’t swing open that closet door and tell the world who you are.

Tony Evans, Th.D

This post is dedicated to my friends and associates, the individuals that I have had the pleasure of participating with in cycling, swimming, running, cross country skiing, and rock climbing and mountaineering over the last couple of decades.

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Secular Humanism & It’s End Result

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The newly elected Pope, John Paul II (Karol Jozef Wojtyla) of Poland, October 19, 1978. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Man can build a world without God, but this world will end by turning against him.

Pope John Paul II on secular humanism and it’s end result.

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Create in me a new heart…

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Take a good hard look around you and tell me what you really see in our world. I see selfishness, greed, anger, prejudice, hatred, and war. I also see peace, patience, kindness, tolerance, and love. I see the moral image of God in humanity, but I also see our desperate brokenness and fragility as humans.
1 John 4:9-11 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

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The Great Confusion Part 2: The Solution

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In a previous post I touched on the subject of the human heart or soul as being the source of our actions, whether for good or evil. I also mentioned the theological concept that all of humanity has been separated from God through sin, i.e., we have all missed the mark of God’s highest standards for our lives, as individuals and as nations. Finally, I referred to the historical life and death of Jesus Christ as God’s way of reconciling Himself to all of humanity.

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The Great Confusion Part 1: The Problem

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It is not difficult to understand the societies we live in when we look at the actions of individuals as stemming from the human heart or soul. All our actions stem from the desires of the human heart, both good and evil. A group of individuals is what makes up our villages, our towns, our cities, our provinces or states, and our nations. It is the corporate thoughts and desires of a group of individuals that also determines whether something good or evil will come out in our corporate actions.

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For my Catholic friends in Christ…

From Pope St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Reconciliatio et Pænitentia (1984): A glance at certain aspects of contemporary culture can help us to understand the progressive weakening of the sense of sin, precisely because of the crisis of conscience and crisis of the sense of God already mentioned. “Secularism” is by nature and definition a movement […]

via Present-day culture weakens our sensitivity to sin — DC Latin Mass

Living In An Upside-Down World: Moral Relativism

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Living in an upside-down world. Get yourself a pair of anti-gravity boots – you’re going to need them!

I have often referred to the fact that we are presently living in an upside-down world. A society in which truth, morality, and ethics are based on relativism rather than absolutes. Lies, lies, and more lies are becoming the norm rather than the exception. Darkness and deceit is rapidly becoming the underlying guiding principle in society. The battle for the hearts and minds of a new generation is raging at a feverish pitch.

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