From: Sondra Brasile (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Jun 04 2003 - 12:48:30 EDT
To whoever cares,
Since Don Winterstein felt compelled to set the record straight; so will I,
and since Don apparently has chosen to leave out the part where I explained
to him that my "off color" remark (including an expletive) was to bait him
into questioning my "faith" which he promptly obliged in his next, and last
reply back to me, it was; "Your comments make a telling witness to your
(capitals are used for inflection only)
I asked him "I see that this was sent off the list, is it because you don't
want everyone to think you're an a-----e?" Except I wrote out the whole
"bad" word. I intentionally chose that sentence and that wording because I
thought it would surely get the desired response AND it doesn't "curse" him
in the way that I understand curses, instead I asked him if he was afraid
someone would think that he was; that is not cursing him.
I was trying to point out to him that he would quickly question MY faith for
using an expletive even though swearing, is *not* distinctly forbidden in
the scriptures (remember, I did NOT direct it AT him so as to curse "him",
but in fact only asked him if that's what he was afraid people will think of
him) I did it simply to try to show him that A. swearing is not distinctly
forbidden B. homosexual relations ARE but C. he would defend a homosexual
union apparently 'till the death and reason that it does NOT endanger their
"faith" (even though is *distinctly* forbidden) and D. that he would quickly
and easily question MY faith because I said a "bad word".
To Don, you talk about the "law of love" and love, love, love where
homosexuals are concerned, I really am not sure if you mean because they
share "love" they are not sinning or what, but you act as if "love" means
you have to indulge ever whim, relieve every discomfort and the same goes
with God he has to allow everything because anything less would not be
*nice* or loving. Don, have you ever "loved" someone enought to tell them
NO? Have you ever "loved" someone enough NOT to make them comfortable in
their current state? Sometimes the truly "loving" thing to do is to exact
punishment or enforce rules.
To everyone, I ask forgiveness for speaking evil, in my defense I thought
the end would justify the means and I would maybe prove my point.
Isaiah 5:20,21 "Woe to those who [Prov 17:15; Amos 5:7] call evil good, and
good evil; Who [Job 17:12; Matt 6:22, 23; Luke 11:34, 35] substitute
darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever
in their own sight!"
Prov. 17:15 "He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous,
both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD."
Amos 5:7, 10 "For those who turn justice into wormwood and cast
righteousness down to the earth....They hate him who reproves in the gate,
and they abhor him who speaks with integrity."
Proverbs 18:5 "To show partiality to the wicked is not good, nor to thrust
aside the righteous in judgment."
"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should
restore him gently..." Gal. 6:1
"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
walking after their own lusts...
not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
2 Pet. 3:3,9
"Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not
fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame." Zeph. 3:5
"...and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong
path." Ps. 119:128
"Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order
that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what
was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful."
"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[Or my
flesh] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out."
"Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." Rom. 12:9
"Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins."
I could go ON and ON and ON.
>From: "Don Winterstein" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: "asa" <email@example.com>
>Subject: Fw: Do non-U.S. Christians say "God Bless America?"
>Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2003 03:00:33 -0700
>Sondra Brasile accused me of something like cowardice (for her benefit I
>won't repeat the word she used) for responding offline to her attack on a
>post I'd made, so I need to set the record straight. Please consider this
>my online response to her remarks as well as my defense against her
>First, I responded offline because I did not receive an online message, so
>I assumed she had written offline. She told me she did not. She then
>accused me of calling her "ignorant," which I did not. Everyone is
>ignorant, so it is meaningless to accuse someone of being so unless you go
>into detail. In fact, she herself implied I was ignorant in a sphere where
>I'm actually fairly knowledgeable.
>I said that her comments stemmed from ignorance, because without any
>evident basis she called the Holy Spirit, whom I worship as God, "the
>spirit of antichrist." If that remark was not made in ignorance, then it
>was malicious; so I gave her the benefit of the doubt. I might also have
>accused her of not reading my post, as she came up with very inaccurate
>opinions about what I'd said. In addition, her tone was disrespectful, an
>aspect I found offensive under the circumstances despite my thick skin.
>My response in its entirety was the single sentence that follows:
>I forgive your comments, as they stem from ignorance.
>Ms. Brasile's comments on my post (see below) were:
> > Actually the 'spirit' you speak of is the spirit of antichrist.
> > You can haggle over and argue about what relates to physical science and
> > Biblical references to the physical world, but when you start saying
> > morality can be broken down to our own, twisted, distorted,
> > selfish, fallen, sinful interpretation, you've "left the building".
> > So everybody's going to heaven, is that what you're saying? Because
> > 'everyone does right in his own eyes' but see, God (and Jesus) have a
> > completely different perspective on what's right and wrong, they are the
> > *authority* not you or I, not our emotions. Have you ever even studied
> > Bible? If you take such a liberal approach to the scriptures as that; if
> > you've read it and don't get meaning out of it other than that, I'd say
> > aren't 'enlightened' and I seriously worried about your actual
>Some of the comments people (not just Ms. Brasile) have made on this thread
>emphasize how depraved mankind is. There is another side to the story.
>Many statements in the NT say how virtuous and knowledgeable children of
>God can be when living a life sanctified by the Holy Spirit (e.g., John
>14:26; I John 2:20, 3:9).
>Compassion for fellow humans led Jesus himself to set aside OT laws and
>rules more than once. By his actions and words he demonstrated that
>compassion trumps law. Should we ignore his lessons? Should we now become
>fixated once again on details of the law?
>The exchange that led to Ms. Brasile's comments (above) was as follows:
>Sondra Brasile wrote:
> > So what part about the word "abomination" are you not grasping?
>Scientific discoveries force us to reinterpret the Genesis creation
>accounts, the Flood account, the Tower of Babel account, etc., etc. All
>this necessary reinterpretation means the Bible and its inspiration were
>what a lot of conservative Christians thought they were.
>Where does the need to reinterpret end? In heaven. On earth we need to
>integrate our experience of the world with our personal knowledge of God
>through the guidance of his Holy Spirit. When our world changes as
>drastically as it has over the past several centuries, we can't expect
>directives to people thousands of years ago necessarily to apply in fine
>What does apply today? God has given us his Spirit and minds to integrate.
>Inspired by his Spirit we should not look at religion as a set of laws and
>rules but instead as guidance for living lives pleasing to him. The number
>one moral principle that Jesus gave was that we love one another. This
>principle transcends all other laws and rules, and all other laws and rules
>need to be interpreted in terms of it.
>Just as we have looked in detail at evidences for the great age of the
>world, and that look forces us to reject a strictly literal interpretation
>of the Genesis creation accounts, so also Christians have looked in detail
>at sexuality and the lives and motives of homosexuals and have concluded
>that some of the directives from thousands of years ago are less consistent
>with the law of love than certain revisions of those directives.
>If behavior is approved by a proper application of the law of love, no one
>should call it an abomination.
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