Obama: Victims were ‘living by faith when they died’

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President Barack Obama speaks in front of the casket of Rev. Clementa Pinckney during funeral services for Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015.


President Barack Obama speaks in front of the casket of Rev. Clementa Pinckney during funeral services for Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — The president had two basic messages: The nation once divided over slavery has made undeniable progress in race relations over the years, but there is still a long way to go.

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  • Fran

    They also have the hope of resurrection back to life on the earth (John 5:28,29) cleansed of all wicked ones (Psalm 37:10,11) during Jesus’ millennial rule from God’s kingdom.

  • Greg1

    Yes, when Our Lord comes again to Judge the living and the dead, the souls of the dead will receive their glorified bodies, unlike the first time that happened at our Lord’s resurrection: Matt 27:50-53: “Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit … tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised. And coming forth from their tombs after his resurrection, they entered the holy city and appeared to many.” The next resurrection of the dead will be more glorious: 1Cor..15:12-13, 21, 42: ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?’ … [At] the resurrection of the dead. What is sown perishable…[will be raised] imperishable. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body…I will tell you a mystery…in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable…” Ah, but until then, only the soul enjoys heaven: Philippians 1:23-24.

  • Greg1

    It’s amazing, though, how politicians will talk about God only when it is beneficial to them. Rest in peace Rev. Pickney.

  • David Frensley

    While the new King Bera – Barack Obama – tries his heartfelt political best to sway African Americans to stay Democrats, here is the stance of the AME Church on Obama’s sodomy:

    In August 2003, after an article in USA Today incorrectly stated that the African Methodist Episcopal Church ordained gay ministers, Bishop Richard Franklin Norris issued this statement refuting that position and instructed all AME pastors to read it to their congregations:

    “The official position of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is not in favor of the ordination of openly gay persons to the ranks of clergy in our church. This position reaffirms our published position papers, public statements and prior rulings, all of which indicate that we do not support the ordination of openly gay persons.”

  • We say “God works in mysterious ways” because we don’t want to empty the void of all the self-destructive ways we try to fill it. “God’s amazing grace” absolves of us all responsibility. Obama ended his eulogy with “May God continue to bless the United States of America.” Given its state of disintegration I have to agree “God works in mysterious ways.” http://thelastwhy.ca/poems/2015/6/25/life-a-reaction-to-the-void

  • Fran

    You are referring to those who are born-again, who will be resurrected back to life as spirit persons (“raised a spiritual body”) in God’s kingdom and take part in the “first resurrection” at Revelation 20:6.

    Those mentioned at John 5:28,29 refer to millions of persons who will be resurrected back to life on earth, again in their physical bodies, throughout Jesus’ millennial rule.

    There are two separate and distinct resurrections: one to the heavens (God’s kingdom); and the other to the earth (to receive the rule of God’s kingdom).

  • Greg1

    Yes, between abortion, and now this latest thing, God is clearly withdrawing his grace upon the USA.

  • bqrq

    Obama supports gay sex for other people’s children but not for his own daughters.Tell us why its good for our sons but not for your daughters.
    Obama is a liar and a hypocrite. Gay marriage is legalized child molesting.

  • David Frensley

    But reprobates have no ability to know that or to understand that. It is up to every individual Christian, or group of Christians to pray for themselves, each other and the universal Church of believers. Jesus preached quite definitely about people like Barack Obama and the world and its ways. He preached not to be like them. Obama acts and sounds more like a humanist, an atheist, than he does a Christian. He uses religion to gain voters for the Democratic party. So do bad people in the Republican party for their political cause.

    Christians need to renew a call to focus on the Gospel and contend for the faith and stop trying to “save” those that have clearly decided to reject a life dedicated to justifying sin and sinning. The Christians that were murdered in the AME Church were not on a mission to glorify the world, but to preach and live the Gospel of Christ Jesus.

  • David Frensley

    There seems a very great chasm between Obama and his LGBT minions and the Gospel of Jesus. Obama has definitely supported the stumblin of children. His judgment is clear:

    Matthew 18:1 and 7 – “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes”

    Mark 9:42
    “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.

    Luke 17:1 And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come!

    Warnings about and to people like Obama.

  • Greg1

    Fran, the “first resurrection” is the resurrection of the soul at Baptism (Colossians 2:12-13). The second resurrection is the resurrection of the body at the end of time (John.11:24-25, 1Cor..15:12-42, Heb.6:2).

  • bqrq

    President Obama has never bothered to explain to America how and why gay sex is morally righteous and this would suggest that he simply does not care. However, he probably does not want some random gay man to come over to the White House and engage in anal intercourse with his beautiful daughter (but he supports this practice when it involves other people’s sons). For some reason, Obama does not seem capable of explaining his moral justification for promoting gay sex.