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Todd Friel

Todd Friel studied to be a pastor for four years but neglected to actually get saved. He abandoned church ministry plans and did secular TV, radio and stand-up comedy for 6 years. But God then saved him.

Posted 1/15/13 at 11:43 AM | Todd Friel

Fox News: Not so Fair and Balanced in the Religion Department

As Fox News is the cable news station of choice for most Evangelical Christians, this information may be of interest to you.

Rupert Murdoch: The 81 year old founder, chairman and CEO of Fox News holding company News Corporation was dubbed a Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II.

Roger Aisles: According to Newsmax, the CEO of Fox News has not officially converted to Catholicism, but he attends mass every Sunday with his Catholic wife.

Bill O’Reilly: The man who is looking out for you is a self-professed Roman Catholic. So is his regular substitute host, Laura Ingraham. So is regular Monica Crowley.

Sean Hannity: The Irish conservative commentator is of course, Roman Catholic.

The Fox Morning Team: Both Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade are Roman Catholics.

Megyn Kelley: Roman Catholic.

The Five: Four out of five ain’t bad. Bob Beckel, Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg Guttfeld are all Roman Catholic. FULL POST

Posted 1/10/13 at 12:25 PM | Todd Friel

Is it a Sin to Bake a Cake for a Gay Couple?

Thanks to our progressive government, Christians are suddenly confronted with conundrums that once belonged in the category of “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?”

Conundrum #1

Due to new laws allowing gay marriage, Christian bakers, innkeepers, florists, photographers and caterers are suddenly forced to answer a question once thought unthinkable, “Is it a sin for a Christian business owner to provide a service for a gay couple?”

It is a Sin

Discover Annapolis Trolley Cars has determined to go out of business rather than compromise their Christian convictions. They believe it is a sin to provide a trolley ride to gay couples as they believe they would be participating in a sinful activity: gay marriage.

It is Not a Sin

Some would argue that providing a wedding service for a gay couple is no different than providing a service for any other sinner. Certainly Discover Annapolis Trolleys has provided a ride for some couples who were having affairs. We can assume that Discover Trolleys gave a wedding tour to couples who were unequally yoked, therefore, providing a service for a gay wedding couple should be no different. FULL POST

Posted 1/7/13 at 11:22 AM | Todd Friel

Your Bedroom Might Be Next

You don’t have to be Daniel to interpret the writing on Hobby Lobby’s wall. If one of America’s largest Christian owned businesses loses its fight against the federal government, you and I may be forced to provide birth control to our daughters.

Yes that is a Glenn Beck-like prediction, but this slope has been slipped down more than once. Permit me to make my case.

In 2003 the US Supreme Court voted 6-3 to overturn the Texas sodomy law heeding the cries of homosexual activists who insisted the government “get out of our bedrooms.” Lawrence v. Texas effectively invalidated every law against homosexual sex in every state in the nation. Pundits were mocked for predicting that this ruling would open the door to gay marriage. Nine years later, the pundits were proven correct.

In 2012, Christian innkeepers, bakers, photographers and trolley car owners were forced to rent rooms, bake cakes, take pictures and provide train rides to gay couples taking advantage of the new marriage laws.

In the cross-hairs

The Green family owns and operates Hobby Lobby’s 500 retail locations and they happen to be Christians who believe that providing the morning after pill is a sin. Hence the rub. FULL POST

Posted 12/28/12 at 1:46 PM | Todd Friel

Let’s Ban Cars While We’re At It

Rain falls and the ground gets wet. A school shooting occurs and liberals call for gun control. Unfortunately, they are seeking to solve a tragic situation with the wrong solution.

Drunk drivers kill more people than people with guns but nobody is calling for an automobile ban. Why? Cars are not the problem, drunk drivers are the problem. You will search long and hard to find an organization called MAC: Mothers Against Cars.

On the same day that emotionally disturbed Adam Lanza misused legal guns to cruelly massacre children in a schoolhouse, an insane man used a knife to slash 22 school children in China. You don’t hear the Chinese calling for knife laws.

Cain killed Abel with a rock. Should we ban boulders?

Muslims throw sandals at people they hate. Should we outlaw open-toed footwear?

If we wish to have a helpful dialogue to keep our society safe, let’s stop focusing on weapons and focus on the people misusing the weapons.

Guns are neither good nor bad. They can be used to protect and save or they can be misused to maim and murder. Guns are a-moral objects; it is immoral people that cause the problem. There is not a lawyer on the planet who blames misspelled words on pencils. FULL POST

Posted 12/17/12 at 12:37 PM | Todd Friel

Why?

Pigpen makes a mess everywhere he goes as people get caught in the storm of filth that follows him. God is not like Pigpen. While the world may look like it is spinning out of control, it is not. The world is completely, totally, thoroughly under the sovereign reign of God and nothing happens without His consent. Every molecule in the universe is under the authority of King Jesus (Heb.1:3).

If I told you about a wonderful man who loved everyone he met, but the people he loved brutally murdered him, you would think that was evil and senseless. But if I told you that man was actually the God-man Jesus Christ who came to save us from our sins as part of God’s pre-arranged plan, you would say, “While His murder was still evil, it makes sense.”

The murder of Jesus was the worst expression of evil in history, yet we rejoice at His death and resurrection because we see how God used sin sinlessly for His good purposes and our benefit.

You see, nothing happens by chance. While God may send a storm to punish a guy named Larry, He sends the storm with every single human in mind knowing exactly how it is going to affect them. In other words, tragedy is custom designed for every single person. The same is true with evil, God knowingly allows evil because He uses it to glorify Himself and grow us. FULL POST

Posted 12/12/12 at 1:04 PM | Todd Friel

May a Christian Smoke Pot?

Undoubtedly we can agree that it is a sin to murder a person in cold blood. Why? Because the sixth commandment is clear: thou shalt not murder. Most likely you would also say a punch in the nose is a sin despite that fact that there is not a Bible verse that says, “Thou shalt not pop someone on their honker.”

How did you conclude that it is a sin to smack someone in the mush even though there is not a definitive Scripture? Because you put all of your Bible skills to work and reached a conclusion. That is precisely what we must do with the issue of smoking pot.

Because there are no specific Bible verses that instruct us to abstain from marijuana, we are left to employ all of our theological skills to determine a correct position on an issue that is suddenly thrust upon us due to the legalization of recreational marijuana in two states.

As the Bible is not crystal clear on the subject of pot smoking, we must proceed with caution and humility. Good Christians might disagree on different facets of a complicated issue. Let’s take it one cautious step at a time.

1. Lose your pre-understandings. We all have an opinion about this issue, but we must recognize the influences that helped us form our position and leave them at the door. FULL POST

Posted 12/6/12 at 12:45 PM | Todd Friel

Hey O’Reilly, Jesus is not a Philosopher

Guantanamo Bay has nothing on the O’Reilly Factor. Watching Bill O’Reilly’s recent debate with Gov. Chafee of Rhode Island was downright torturous. Waterboarding is preferable to enduring Bill’s staggeringly dangerous defense of Christmas as a national holiday.

Bill has been trying to fend off the assaults of the secular left by labeling Christianity as a philosophy and not a religion. While this is contrary to every single dictionary on the internet, Bill claims that Christianity is a philosophy while Catholicism, Methodism, Lutheranism are religions.

Wait, it gets even goofier. He also demanded that Judaism is a religion but Christianity is not. For a moment I thought I was watching the Pat Robertson program.

To his Roman Catholic credit, Bill is trying to defend Christmas as a secular celebration in our country. While we Christians do not need Christmas to be recognized as a non-religious event, we must reject Bill’s labeling of Christianity as a mere philosophy. If his argument takes hold, he may rescue a holly jolly Christmas but he will have compromised our religion.

Christianity is not a philosophy

Jesus never claimed to be a philosopher, He claimed to be God. That is why they killed him. FULL POST

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