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  • Al Sharpton: The True Meaning of Easter Is Revealed Through the Political Crucifixion of Obama

    04/16/2014 11:34:19 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 58 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 16 Apr 2014, 10:23 AM PDT | Pamela Key
    Wednesday on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show," Al Sharpton offered a curious explanation involving President Barack Obama for the meaning of Easter: "I think that the message is, no matter what the world may do to unfairly, no matter how your crucified, nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job that you can rise if you don't lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges. The story of Jesus on the cross. no matter what they humiliated him with. no matter how they mocked him he took it, because he knew he...
  • Obama Selects First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

    04/14/2014 9:57:36 AM PDT · by massmike · 60 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 04/14/2014 | Andrew Kirell
    Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: Bishop Gene Robinson @BishopGRobinson POTUS "preaches" at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG! #privilege Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive Center for...
  • Fred Phelps’ Death Prompts Westboro Baptist Church To Protest His Funeral

    03/20/2014 10:38:34 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 27 replies
    Duffel Blog ^ | 3/18/2014 | Paul
    TOPEKA, KS – On the same day that Fred Phelps’ body was found rotting in a chair in his upstairs office, members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church announced that they would be picketing his upcoming funeral. Phelps, born November 13, 1929, was the leader of the church — an organization that practices a strange, anti-homosexual version of Christianity that has been known to protest at celebrity and military funerals. The pastor’s daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, was the first to discover the 83-year-old’s body. “We haven’t brought dad out to very many protests for a few years now,” said Phelps-Roper. “In...
  • Bill Maher Absolutely Trashes the Bible and ‘Psychotic Mass Murderer’ God

    03/15/2014 12:49:04 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 56 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11:22 pm, March 14th, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    Maher began the monologue by declaring that America is “stupid” because 60 percent of the country reportedly believes the tale of Noah’s ark is literally true. He went on to slam the film Noah as “floating giraffe cr**,” but said it “must be doing something right” since it’s been condemned by both Muslims and Christians. And the fact that it might lose a lot of studio money, he joked, “may put it in hot water with the Jews too.”
  • United Methodist Bishop drops all charges..calls for end of “disciplining”..who perform gay weddings

    03/10/2014 12:24:11 PM PDT · by C19fan · 86 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 10, 2014 | John Shore
    Last October Dr. Thomas Ogletree (above), a clergyman in the United Methodist Church (UMC), performed the wedding ceremony for his gay son. UMC pastors are not supposed to marry gay couples, family members or otherwise. They’re instead supposed to believe what their Book of Discipline (which is to the UMC what, say, the Tax Code Book is to the IRS) tells them to believe, which is that “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” ....................................................... So guess what happened this morning instead of the trial of Thomas Ogletree? The UMC bishop overseeing the trial dropped all charges against the pastor. And...
  • Egyptian researcher: Jews were not in Egypt during Pharaonic times

    02/24/2002 3:30:15 PM PST · by naine · 260 replies · 2,264+ views
    February 17, 2002 Researcher refutes claims of Jews' existence during Pharaonic dynasties     Aided by evidence from mural inscriptions in temples, items in museums and most Importantly verses from the Holy Quran, the researcher Bassam Al Shama' gave proof that the Jews were not existent in Egypt in the age of Pharaonic dynasties and that Prophet Joseph came to Egypt when it was under the reign of the Greek. He also cast doubt on the assumption that the Pharaoh who stood in the face of Moses was neither Ramsis 11 nor his son Nebtah. Al Shama' has in fact ...
  • LDS Church follows Christ's 'blueprint,' speaker says [Lds leader says other churches invalid]

    01/16/2014 5:20:42 AM PST · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Jan. 12, 2014 | Scott Lloyd
    ...A frequently cited passage in LDS scripture identifies The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as “the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth”(...Doctrine and Covenants 1:30). “What does this mean?” asked Elder Tad R. Callister of the church’s Presidency of the Seventy during a devotional for college-age church members Sunday evening. “It does not mean that other churches do not have some truth, for certainly they do,” he said. “It does not mean that other churches do not render good, for they render much good. What it does mean is that this is...
  • "Watch and Remember": The New Testament and the Great Apostasy

    01/16/2014 5:19:52 AM PST · by Colofornian · 52 replies
    BYU Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarshiment and the Great Apostasy ^ | (Originally published 1990 by Deseret Book) | Kent P. Jackson
    Since its beginning, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has proclaimed to the world...there was an apostasy of the church which had been founded by Jesus during his earthly ministry...This is a fundamental belief of the restored church. In fact, it is the apostasy of early Christianity which creates the very need for the restored Latter-day Saint faith: if there had not been an apostasy, there would have been no need for a restoration.2 Latter-day Saint theology asserts...the church of Jesus and his apostles came to an end...the doctrines which its inspired leaders taught were corrupted and changed...
  • Church of England Proposes 'Blessings' for Gay Marriage

    11/28/2013 3:25:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11/28/13 | Belinda Goldsmith
    LONDON (Reuters) - Church of England clergy would be able to "bless" same-sex relationships under long-awaited proposals unveiled on Thursday as the church adopts a more open - but disputed - approach to homosexuality. Although gay couples would still not be able to legally marry in a church, the proposed change would officially sanction clergy to let gay and lesbian couples mark and celebrate same-sex marriages and civil partnerships in a church service. Critics swiftly condemned the "blessing" proposal as contrary to the church's teaching on sexual conduct. The proposal was among 18 recommendations put forward by a working group...
  • The Great Apostasy [Mormonism labels ALL Protestant, Catholic & Orthodox churches 'apostate']

    10/09/2013 11:14:38 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 129 replies
    Mormonism Research Ministry ^ | Aaron Shafovaloff
    Around the world the fame of Christ spreads. Men and women lift their hands to praise the name of Jesus, worshiping him as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Full of the Holy Spirit, they lift him up as their savior, redeemer, and advocate. His gospel is preached, his word is believed, and his death and resurrection are celebrated in the Lord's Supper. Millions are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, trusting in the person and work of Christ for forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and the transformation of their heart. Hundreds of...
  • National Cathedral Leader: 'Homophobia' a Sin; Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Performed

    10/07/2013 5:17:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 80 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/7/13 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The Very Rev. Gary Hall, chief ecclesiastical leader and executive officer of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., said in a sermon on Sunday that “homophobia” and “heterosexism” are sins. “In its wisdom, the church came to its senses and labeled both racism and sexism as sinful,” Hall said. “And now we find ourselves at the last barrier—call that barrier homophobia, call it heterosexism. “We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are,” Hall said. “They are sin. “Homophobia is a sin,” Hall said. “Heterosexism is a sin.
  • ELCA Repents for Holding Biblical View

    10/02/2013 2:40:58 AM PDT · by rhema · 39 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 9/30/13 | Dan Skogen
    Last week the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America installed Rev. Guy Erwin as Bishop of the Southwest California Synod. Rev. Erwin is the first practicing homosexual to be a bishop in the ELCA. The ELCA's Living Lutheran website reported that there were at least 10 ELCA bishops in attendance. (see here) Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson, the highest ranking ELCA leader, delivered the sermon at the installation. Bishop Hanson's sermon made it clear that there is no more debate in the denomination about whether homosexuality is sinful or godly. He then proclaimed the ELCA's repentance for once holding the Biblical...
  • The Conversion of Souls: Never Give Up!

    09/05/2013 4:27:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | September 2, 2013 | JUDY KEANE
    At a recent Catholic conference I attended, one of the guest speakers asked those present if they had a family member who had either lapsed from the Catholic faith or if they had family members who never had it to begin with. Out of the more than 700 attendees, nearly every hand in the audience went up. Not surprising since it is estimated that upwards twenty million Americans consider themselves to be lapsed Catholics. More than likely, we all know of someone within each of our families who simply no longer practice the faith or who have not yet come...
  • Obama’s Two Masters and the Smell of Desperation

    09/05/2013 7:42:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | September 5, 2013 | Keith Davies
    the president’s loyalty to the interests of the United States and its Constitution has been trumped by a different agenda or ideology. While many have suspected this since his initial presidential campaign, the Syrian Crisis makes it more obvious than ever for those who are informed and who understand the background of Barrack Hussein Obama. We know of Barack Obama’s past associations, we know that he was brought up a Muslim, and we know based on his policies over the last few years, that he wishes to empower the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. He’s been notably frustrated...
  • Christianity Is a Crime Punishable by Death under Sharia Law

    08/20/2013 4:00:43 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 9 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 20 August 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    I'm in the process of transferring here the articles I had on another, older blog which I'm closing down. They are still relevant, showing how things haven't changed at all in the Islamic world but maybe - just maybe - have developed a little bit chez nous. The Guardian article that I quoted from in here might have still made today the same unfounded, false claims that death for apostasy is not part of Islam that it made then. But, while it's becoming more and more obvious every day that the Muslim persecution of Christians throughout the world is the...
  • New ELCA Presiding Bishop, Same Old Disregard for What God Says

    08/16/2013 6:32:17 AM PDT · by rhema · 28 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 8/16/13 | Dan Skogen
    There is a new bishop in town, a new leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The old bishop, Mark S. Hanson, has been sent packing and none too soon. Under Bishop Hanson's watch, the ELCA has: - decided God was wrong, so they “unsinned” homosexuality - taken no step to protect the lives of the unborn - continued to gender neutralize God and also invented female names for Him - taken no steps to end goddess worship happening in their churches - continually called on government leaders to take actions that would harm Israel and seek to turn...
  • More Pastors Jumping Off the Rock into the Raging Waters

    08/05/2013 12:02:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/24/2013 | Michael Youssef
    When evangelical preachers lose their way and turn their backs on biblical Christianity, why is it they end up in the Episcopal Church? As a preacher who traveled in the opposite direction and left the Episcopal Church 22 years ago—or I should say the Episcopal Church left me—I think I have a clue. On March 18, the Huffington Post reported that Rob Bell, the one-time evangelical pastor who rejected the core of Christian faith, has endorsed homosexual marriage. Where was that endorsement made? Surprise, surprise: Grace Cathedral, the Episcopal Cathedral of the Diocese of California. Grace Cathedral is located in...
  • Apostasy in America: The Strange but Just Judgment of God

    08/05/2013 3:40:03 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 25 replies
    Renew America ^ | August 5, 2013 | Linda Kimball
    The age that saw the advent of Jesus Christ was a dark age rich in nature religions, superstitions, open intercourse with demons as well as philosophical and ethical systems encompassing the animism, sex worship and human sacrifice of the vast majority of the world to the Atomism (physical materialism) and pantheist Stoicism (spiritual materialism) of Greek nature sages, the Roman pantheon of deities and the Greek mystery religions. The darkness of sin was everywhere. Into this putrid cesspool of unfettered libido and perverted revelation came the "light that shines in darkness" (Isaiah 9:2; John 1:5), the Son of God, fully...
  • ‘Bro-choice’ students support abortion to make hookups more likely [VIDEO]

    07/17/2013 2:59:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/16/13 | Robby Soave
    Some male students who describe themselves as “bro-choice” — i.e., men who support abortion rights —believe legal abortion makes women more likely to sleep with them, a reporter found....
  • ELCA Hypocrisy

    06/19/2013 1:39:04 PM PDT · by rhema · 4 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | June 14, 2013 | Don Kriefall
    The unevenhandedness of the leadership of the ELCA is stunning. From synod to synod, the rules that bind the congregations of the ELCA are meted out without any type of consistency. Take, for instance, the issue of dual affiliation. Those congregations without a substantial value are either ignored by individual synod bishops or dismissed by the synod for violation of the ELCA constitution. Yet, those congregations having substantial assets are fought tooth and nail and even taken to civil court. The Grace Lutheran congregation of Eau Claire, WI was brought before Polk County Circuit Judge Molly Gale-Wyrick by the Northwest...
  • Baptist Apostasy [The Cycle of Apostasy]

    06/14/2013 1:02:47 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 44 replies
    BaptistPillar.com ^ | Gordon Silcox
    The Word of God clearly teaches that in the last days just before the return of Christ for the saints there will be a falling away from the Truth... ...The words “falling away” in this text are old English words for an abandonment, a defection, a desertion or a departure from one’s faith. It is a forsaking of something once believed. An apostasy or falling away is leaving the principles of one’s faith as set forth in the Word of God and either compromising them or clearly abandoning them. In the Word of God, the words “falling away” is the...
  • Just Sayin' [the ELCA's sordid treatment of Grace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire]

    05/04/2013 2:52:16 PM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | May 1, 2013 | Don Kriefall
    One is often judged, fairly or unfairly, by the company they keep. Hang with someone who is a thief and it may be assumed that you are also a thief. Affiliate with an organization and those values espoused by that organization are assumed to be yours. Fair or not, it is what it is. While our Lord and Savior hung around with those judged not acceptable by society, He came to heal their spiritual shortcomings. Jesus healed the sick, both physically and spiritually. So, when Jesus sat down with prostitutes and tax collectors, He did so to heal their hearts...
  • The Apostasy...Genesis 11 pt 1

    And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face...
  • Pope Francis:negotiating away parts of Faith is “the path of apostasy, of disloyalty to the Lord”

    04/06/2013 3:09:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 6, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    FULL TITLE: HEY DISSENTERS! Pope Francis says negotiating away parts of the Faith is “the path of apostasy, of disloyalty to the Lord” Some people are all quivery about Pope Francis new humble style. “Isn’t he wonderful?”, they exclaim. “He’s getting rid of all that fancy stuff for liturgy! The days of that obviously arrogant old Pope Benedict are over. Now we have a nice Pope. He cares!”People who talk that way are also usually squishy on doctrine, if not downright dissenters.I want to see how dissenters rush to embrace what Francis said in a little sermon today.I read at...
  • [November 1985] The Only True Church

    03/23/2013 4:02:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 129 replies
    Lds.org (Ensign magazine) ^ | November 1985 | Boyd Packer
    SNIP Surely we must appear at times to be very amateurish when compared to the professional clergy of other churches. One doctrine presents a particular challenge. It is our firm conviction that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is...“the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth.” (D&C 1:30) This doctrine often generates resistance and repels the casual investigator. Some have said, “We want nothing to do with anyone who makes so presumptuous a claim as that.” The early Latter-day Saints were...the butt of many clever stories. We, of course, are not free from...
  • [December 1971] The Only True and Living Church [Lds intolerantly claim]

    03/23/2013 4:02:29 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 83 replies
    Lds.org (Ensign magazine) ^ | December 1971 | Lds "apostle" Boyd K. Packer
    SNIP The position that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church upon the face of the earth is fundamental. Perhaps it would be more convenient and palatable and popular if we were to avoid it; nevertheless, we are under a sacred obligation and a sacred trust to hold to it. It is not merely an admission; it is a positive declaration. It is so fundamental that we cannot yield on this point. Now to those who think us uncharitable, we say that it was not devised by us; it was declared by Him, for...
  • History Channel’s Bible Is a Big Hit. Does That Mean TV Will Get Religion?

    03/08/2013 6:45:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    TIME ^ | March 5, 2013 | By James Poniewozik
    Up until now, the year’s big cable-ratings story has been the ever-growing success of zombie drama The Walking Dead on AMC. Sunday night, though, History channel had the highest-rated scripted drama on cable for the year, for the beginning of a story in which only one main character rises from the dead, and that not until nearly the end. The first two hours of History’s Mark Burnett miniseries adaptation of The Bible scored 13.1 million viewers, more than any fiction cable show of the year–and, as the New York Times notes, dwarfing anything on NBC for the past month. (The...
  • The FALSE POPE – Saint Hildegard

    02/24/2013 10:05:01 AM PST · by JosephJames · 18 replies
    spirtffood.blogspot ^ | February 22, 2013 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    The FALSE POPE – Saint Hildegard Forewarned is forearmed! Saint HILDEGARD of BINGEN (d. 1179), the newest Doctor of the Church, wrote that when the new Pope is elected immediately before the Antichrist, a cardinal will kill the elected pope before he is crowned through jealousy, he wishing to be Pope himself. Then when the other cardinals elect the next Pope this cardinal will proclaim himself (anti) Pope, and two-thirds of the Christians will go with him. She notes that this Antipope as well as the Antichrist are descendents from the tribe of Dan. If this private revelation of St....
  • Vatican dismisses reports linking pope's resignation to gay conclave discovery

    02/23/2013 7:20:55 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    guardian ^ | 2+23 | Conal Urquhart, John Hooper
    The Italian daily newspaper La Republica said the pope decided to resign on 17 December – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair. Last May Pope Benedict's butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested and charged with stealing leaked papal correspondence that depicted the Vatican as a seething hotbed of intrigue and infighting. The newspaper said the cardinals described a number of factions, including one whose members were "united by sexual orientation". It added that some Vatican officials had been subjected to "external influence" from laymen with whom they had links...
  • Viewpoint: 'Hold on to what you believe' [Lds: 'Does it feel...everyone you know is falling away?']

    02/17/2013 8:50:07 PM PST · by Colofornian · 34 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Nov. 12, 2012 | Laura Thomas
    A couple of months ago I ran into a dear friend of mine. After exchanging pleasantries and walking along campus, she turned to me and said, “Does it feel that everyone you know is falling away from the church?” Relieved that someone could understand how I feel, I looked at her and sighed. It seems like more and more of my friends are losing their faith in God and leaving the church. She and I have a close friend who recently told us that she’s now an agnostic. Or maybe she’s an atheist. I’m not too sure at this point...
  • Saudi rights activist faces apostasy charge

    12/17/2012 3:14:26 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    AFP ^ | Dec. 17, 2012
    A Saudi court on Monday referred a rights activist to a higher court for alleged apostasy, a charge that could lead to the death penalty ... ... Sharia Islamic law strictly applied in Saudi Arabia stipulates death as a punishment for apostasy, but defendants are usually given the chance to repent and escape being beheaded. Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari was deported in February from Malaysia to the kingdom and is being held in jail to face charges of blasphemy over Twitter comments deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammed. Kashgari's comments triggered a wave of calls to execute him, although he...
  • Early Church Errors Repeating?

    12/04/2012 6:46:21 PM PST · by fwdude · 71 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | Dave Hunt
    An excerpt from How Close Are We?The Blessed Hope With Christ’s I will come again! still fresh in memories, the early Christians eagerly waited and watched for their Lord’s return. He had said that they were not of this world, but that He had chosen them out of it. Paul would soon write under His Lord’s inspiration: “For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:20,21). The world held little interest for...
  • Jewish Uproar Over ELCA’s [and other moribund mainline denominations'] Attack On Israel

    10/13/2012 11:00:48 AM PDT · by rhema · 42 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 10/13/12 | Dan Skogen
    As reported by Exposing the ELCA in a previous blog (read here) the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Mark Hanson, and his liberal religious leader friends wrote a letter to the U.S. Congress seeking to stop military aid to Israel. Proud of their work, the church leaders publicized their letter on the newswire. Well, what do you know? Jewish leaders found out about Hanson’s letter and are not at all pleased. Here are some snippets from recent news articles addressing the situation: “The letter, signed by 15 Christian leaders, including representatives from the National Council of...
  • Obama knows not the God of America's Fathers

    10/10/2012 2:44:27 PM PDT · by hope_dies_last · 3 replies
    Obama, who like the pharaoh of Egypt that arose after Joseph's death, knew not Joseph, nor the God of his fathers, was wicked and a despot and enslaved the Israelites... Exodus 1:8-9 "There arose a new king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph." signifies he came to the throne; denoting his appearance in history, as in Deuteronomy 34:10. A "new king"; the other ancient versions, rex novus) is a king who follows different principles of government from his predecessors. Cf., "new gods," in distinction from the God that their fathers had worshipped, Judges 5:8; Deuteronomy 32:17. That this king belonged...
  • Affirmative Action Salvation and the big deception.

    09/28/2012 7:32:28 PM PDT · by fabian · 46 replies
    my good spirit | 9/28/12 | fabian
    Affirmative action salvation~ when you have not found nor even believe the true power of what Jesus did for the world; to have real salvation and total freedom over sin. So you water down the message and lower the standard of salvation. That way you help make other poor souls who have also not found full freedom, to feel better about continuing in their sin state. The teachers who propagate this are blind and shame on all of them. How dare they water down the power of our Lord’s victory in order to assuage themselves and the masses! And of...
  • An ideology without promise

    09/21/2012 7:03:14 AM PDT · by teflon9 · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sept. 20, 2012 | Michael Gerson
    Yet a Republican ideology pitting the “makers” against the “takers” offers nothing. No sympathy for our fellow citizens. No insight into our social challenge. No hope of change. This approach involves a relentless reductionism. Human worth is reduced to economic production. Social problems are reduced to personal vices. Politics is reduced to class warfare on behalf of the upper class. A few libertarians have wanted this fight ever since they read “Atlas Shrugged” as pimply adolescents. Given Romney’s background, record and faith, I don’t believe that he holds this view. I do believe that Republicans often parrot it, because they...
  • When He Stopped Believing [Mormon exodus underway]

    08/05/2012 12:37:13 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 43 replies
    Lds.org (Ensign) ^ | July 2012 | Name Withheld
    I never thought it would be me. Yet there I was, sitting across the bed from my husband while he told me that he no longer had a testimony that the gospel was true. ...my husband just didn’t believe in the gospel anymore. He didn’t even know if God really existed. SNIP This wasn’t supposed to happen to me—not my husband, not my marriage. In my naiveté, when I had read or heard of accounts where a spouse turned away from the Church, I thought, “Thank goodness that would never happen to our temple marriage...." ...Despite the abundance of spiritual...
  • 29 moral votes against a gay pastor

    07/25/2012 3:59:17 AM PDT · by rhema · 19 replies
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 7/22/12 | KATHRYN BERRY-KOPPANG
    I was surprised to see Amey Schnabel's article "22 votes for a pastor -- for progress" (July 10), in which she shared what felt like personal information about the workings of her hometown church. She wanted the world to know that 22 people voted yes to calling a partnered gay man to serve as their pastor. [ . . . ] In my 17 years serving ELCA parishes as a lay minister, I both saw the tears and heard the angry words of those who believe, like Schnabel, that they "read deeper into the meaning of what was written in...
  • Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?

    07/15/2012 4:35:34 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 14 2012 | ROSS DOUTHAT
    IN 1998, John Shelby Spong, then the reliably controversial Episcopal bishop of Newark, published a book entitled “Why Christianity Must Change or Die.” Spong was a uniquely radical figure — during his career, he dismissed almost every element of traditional Christian faith as so much superstition — but most recent leaders of the Episcopal Church have shared his premise. Thus their church has spent the last several decades changing and then changing some more, from a sedate pillar of the WASP establishment into one of the most self-consciously progressive Christian bodies in the United States. Go to Columnist Page »...
  • "Go and sin no more"...being born again and real salvation means no more sinning.

    07/12/2012 10:33:02 AM PDT · by fabian · 165 replies
    Youtube ^ | 07/12/12 | fabian
    There is a power and technique that the church has missed. The quiet stillness where real salvation is gifted to us effortlessly is real prayer. Please find it so we can all fight for our nation and right much more effectively!
  • Evander Holyfield moves out of foreclosed Fayette Co. mansion

    07/10/2012 12:59:31 PM PDT · by slumber1 · 32 replies
    WSBTV - Atlanta ^ | 07-10-12 | WSBTV
    News Chopper 2 captured video of former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield’s belongings being removed from his Fayette County mansion. Holyfield’s 109-room mansion was sold in a foreclosure auction in March. The home sits on 235 acres located near Fairburn.
  • Episcopal "Bishop" V. Gene Robinson: Let the demon of chaos reign in the churches

    07/06/2012 7:44:27 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 10 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | July 6, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    It was St. Peter Damian, a Doctor of the Church, who explained that the vice of sodomy "surpasses the enormity of all others," because, "Without fail, it brings death to the body and destruction to the soul. It pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of the mind, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, and gives entrance to the devil, the stimulator of lust: It leads to error, totally removes truth from the deluded mind . . . It opens up Hell and closes the gates of Paradise . . . It is this vice that...
  • The Mormonizing of America (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 3) [IF Lds lone true church, then are rest 'cultic?']

    07/01/2012 8:34:57 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 137 replies
    The presidential race of Mitt Romney and the success of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon have generated new interest in Mormonism. Stephen Mansfield's book The Mormonizing of America provides a careful study of this growing religion. The Book Stop blog is posting excerpts from the first two chapters of this book. The Mormons and the MediaNowhere in American society does this create an occasion of people talking past each other as when it comes to the media pursuing a prominent Mormon. Reporters naturally want to find something controversial about this visible person, so they ask about holy underwear....
  • The Mormonizing of America (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 2) [Lds: We ALONE only true church; rest 'corrupt']

    07/01/2012 7:48:15 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 27 replies
    The presidential race of Mitt Romney and the success of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon have generated new interest in Mormonism. Stephen Mansfield's book The Mormonizing of America provides a careful study of this growing religion. The Book Stop blog is posting excerpts from the first two chapters of this book. What Matters to a MormonFor a Latter-day Saint, the heart of Mormonism is the restoration of priesthood authority. It is impossible to overstate this. At the core of everything Saintly is the unshakable belief that something lost for centuries was restored through Joseph Smith. It is now...
  • Gazpacho (Ann Barnhardt)

    06/09/2012 11:22:39 AM PDT · by who knows what evil? · 16 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | June 8, 2012 | Ann Barnhardt
    1. A cattleman at a school I just taught, during lunchtime conversation, shared a "mini lesson" that he teaches to children whenever he gets the chance. I think it is very wise, and worth sharing. It is simply this: EVERYONE HAS A STORY. And, SATAN IS REAL. 2. Building on that, I suspect many people out there are thinking this, but are too afraid to say it because they think that people will look down upon them as rednecks or stupid or unintelligent. Let me go out front as a person who doesn't give a crap what others think of...
  • You Have Left Your First Love

    04/23/2012 5:33:25 AM PDT · by Music Producer · 18 replies
    Dean C. Haskins ^ | 04/22/2012 | Dean C. Haskins
    You Have Left Your First Love Dean C. Haskins But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Rev. 2:4 You have probably heard this verse numerous times in your life, and, like me, were given an explanation of its meaning that was something like this—that the passage is speaking of “losing one's original zeal and fervor for the things of the Lord.” Now, don't misunderstand me; I know that can happen in one's life. However, is that really what John was saying about the vision he had on the island of Patmos? Before delving into...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 23, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/23/2012 4:35:19 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    The Ability to Believe Today's Scripture “...God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One of the greatest abilities God has given each one of us is our ability to believe. If you believe God’s Word, you can be successful. If you believe God’s Word, you can overcome mistakes of the past. If you believe God’s Word, you can fulfill your God-given destiny. There is incredible power in what you believe. What you believe is greater than your circumstances, greater than your trials, greater than your medical report,...
  • The Passing of the Primitive Church: Forty Variations on an Unpopular Theme [Lds: JC's church died]

    04/17/2012 5:51:57 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    Maxwell Institute (BYU) ^ | 1987 | Hugh W. Nibley
    Reprinted by permission from Mormonism and Early Christianity, vol. 4 in The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1987),168—208. ...By its very definition church history requires unquestioning acceptance of the basic proposition that the church did survive. ...the normal reaction to the question—did the church remain on earth?—has not been serious inquiry in a richly documented field, but shocked recoil from the edge of an abyss into which few can look without a shudder. Yet today that question is being asked again... ...The purpose of this paper is to list briefly the principal arguments supporting the...
  • The Apostasy [What Lds believe re: Christians: Label us 'apostates' like Islam calls us 'infidels']

    04/15/2012 3:02:11 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 43 replies
    The Church...of Latter-day Saints affirms...there was a falling away...The long night of apostasy lasted well over a millennium. During this period, man-made creeds and practices were substituted for the plan of salvation that Jesus...taught. SNIP C. A universal apostasy occurred... “For over seventeen hundred years on the eastern hemisphere, and for more than fourteen centuries on the western, there appears to have been silence between the heavens and the earth. Of direct revelation from God to man during this long interval, we have no authentic record...The passing of the apostles was followed by...a universal apostasy...“...an absolute apostasy of the Church...”...
  • How the apostates take over (Part 2)

    03/25/2012 6:54:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Michael Yousaf ^ | 03/24/2012 | Michael Youssef
    In my previous column, “How the Apostates Take Over, Part 1,” I explained how apostates used the cause of equality to gain a destructive foothold within the church.Some of my readers have missed the point of this 2-part column all together, thinking it is about women’s ordination. People will see what they want to see. The deeper point is that those who deny the core of the Gospel used an innocent issue, such the role of women in the church, to flood the church with non bible-believing men, women, and homosexuals.This is how it happened:Initially, whole denominations acquiesced and allowed...