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Everything posted by RTCarroll

  1. None whatsoever. One was a man of God the other gives empty lip service to God.
  2. I am an old headbanger from the 70s when I started listening to KISS, Meatloaf, Black Sabbath and a dozen other heavy metal bands. I then found Rush and Pink Floyd and Yes and a more mellow version of rock. I still listen to them today. But also like some mellow music like Chicago, ELO and the like. All good music that I listen to depending upon my mood or my activity. I used to listen to the Christian music station, but there is just no variety, it all sounds the same after a while.
  3. It is not only likely, it is reality. I do not know anyone that drinks to get drunk or buzzed of what have you. They all do so for the same reason people drink Ice tea or whatever it might be. You should not judge people on things you know so little about.
  4. Yet nobody will tell the Christian driving a $75,000 car they should sell it because it caused a weaker brother with envy problems to stumble. Yet nobody will tell the three hundred pound pastor they should lose weight because it caused a weaker brother with gluttony problems to stumble. Has anyone ever known a Christian to not eat meat because they were causing a vegan to stumble?
  5. Unless you are drinking it because you really like the taste of a good craft beer and not for any "effect".
  6. Yet it seems 'fair' to see someone with a 6-pack and see the appearance of evil...it is 'fair' to see a man with a woman not his wife and assume the worst.
  7. They would not trigger the gene if they had a healthy lifestyle. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5792082/ 1. Modifiable factors Persons diagnosed with diabetes are behaviors that persons can change in order to manage their diabetes and to lower blood glucose levels, such as altering diet, increasing exercise, and eliminating unhealthy lifestyle activities (e.g., smoking, excessive alcohol, insufficient sleep) [2]. Modifiable factors in persons who are pre-diabetic, regardless of their age, are a diet high in fat and low in fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Foods containing low levels of sugar may also prevent and/or delays diabetes onset. In addition, the maintenance of normal cholesterol and blood pressure levels may also reduce pre-diabetes symptoms and diabetes onset.
  8. Yes, it is the first symptom of type 2 diabetes, and type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease. Unlike Type 1 diabetes which is an autoimmune disease, Type 2 is almost always the result of lifestyle choices. Too many calories and not enough exercise. Type 2 does not make people fat, being fat causes Type 2. Belly fat is not the indicator, it is part of the cause. Stop giving people a free pass for their poor lifestyle choices. https://www.verywellhealth.com/top-risk-factors-for-type-2-diabetes-1087693
  9. And that insulin resistance is due to lifestyle and food choices. Most insulin resistance is the result of excess body weight, too much belly fat, a lack of exercise, smoking, and poor sleeping habits.
  10. One word...example. Live as an example to them. Show them how much God means to you and they will learn from watching you. Congrats by the way....I am very happy for you and will be praying for a safe delivery.
  11. One thing that never changes is change itself. It will always be happening, it is the nature of the universe that God created.
  12. Of course you do not, because you base your view of alcohol on your own opinions and not the word of God. I say wearing it while fat defeats the purpose just as much. My argument is that people have pet sins that they care about more than other sins, and with each post you prove my argument correct.
  13. True, but it made the point. Second, that is baloney. Less than 10% of the people in this country have a thyroid issue. Most fat people are fat because they eat too much and exercise too little. Having an expensive car does not make you greedy, nor does having a beer make you a sinner, yet we are up to 16 pages of people that have no problem judging people for having alcohol. My whole point is that drinking a beer is no more a sin than being fat or having a nice car. Yet we do not treat them equally, and that is based upon man's biases...not God's word
  14. But alcohol is not a sin, Jesus' first miracle was to create alcohol. It seems to be it is very highly judgmental to consider something a sin that God does not consider a sin. The bible tells us that gluttony is a sin, one of "7 deadly" ones at that. Greed is also a sin, in fact the love of money is the root of all evil. Yet we never worry about appearing to have those sins...why is that? This goes back to my first point in this thread, too many people in churches today have a hierarchy of sins, some are ok and some are unforgivable. Is this what God calls us to do?
  15. You did not seem to have an issue with people saying that others should not drink due to giving the appearance of evil.
  16. It is not about proving gluttony nor being a lover of money ,it is about giving that appearance. We have been told over and over again that even holding a beer can give the appearance of evil...if that is true why is it not true for being overweight or owning an expensive car? Why is it ok to tell people they should not drink because of the appearance of evil but wrong to tell someone not to be fat to avoid the appearance of evil? Why is the former accepted and encouraged and the latter not acceptable?
  17. Should we be basing our actions on the views of man or of God? 99.9% of us are not trying out for elder, so not sure how that applies to this situation.
  18. But they are all tied together in a common thread...they can all be sins and they can all not be sins. Yet you never see anyone being told sell their car because it is making a poor brother stumble. Or telling a pastor to lose weight before they start to preach on the evils of alcohol. Why is that?
  19. Yes, and it was deemed a bad thing to do. But wearing a Jesus shirt while weighing 350 pounds is not Wearing a Jesus shirt while driving a $75,000 car is not. Why is the sin of alcohol singled out for not being able to wear a Jesus shirt?
  20. All of these comments highlight what I see as a problem in the church, we have chosen sins that are worse than other sins. Some sins give the appearance of evil while other sins do not. Is that consistent with God's word? Does God think that drinking a beer with dinner is worse than the love of money or gluttony? I think the answer is no, yet we are happy to create a hierarchy of sins whose appearances are ok and others are not. This is not what we should be doing. Yes, alcohol can causes problems, it can harm your health. Yet alcohol is no where near the health issues in this country that obesity is. How many men have put their jobs before their families and their God because of greed? I would say far more than have done so because of alcohol.
  21. Greed and the love of money is not associate with evil? For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. Slothfulness and gluttony are not associate with evil? Are you sure about that?
  22. Would combining the Jesus shirt with driving a 75,000 dollar car also give an appearance of evil? Would wearing the Jesus shirt while weighing 350 pounds also give an appearance of evil?
  23. Just about anything can create an appearance of evil.
  24. How about wearing the Jesus T-shirt while drinking responsibly?
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