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  • Christianity Faces Biggest Split In a Millenium

    10/12/2018 12:07:23 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    The Week UK ^ | Oct 12, 2018
    Ukraine has secured approval from the global head of Orthodox Christianity to create its own Church independent of Russia’s patriarchate. Russian Patriarch Kirill said last month that his church would break ties with the Istanbul-based patriarchate. Such a separation would “catastrophically undermine the unity of global Orthodoxy..." The threat was echoed by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. “We the Russian Church will not recognise this autocephaly, of course, and we will have no other choice but to sever ties with Constantinople." The question of whether the new Ukrainian Church will take over the Moscow Patriarchate’s property in the country is another...
  • Ukraine's Orthodox Church officially granted Independence from Russia

    10/11/2018 10:31:42 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 11 October 2018 | Roman Olearchyk, Henry Foy
    The head of global Orthodox Christianity has decided to grant Ukraine its own church independent of Russia’s patriarchate, in a politically charged move that defies sharp warnings from Moscow. The decision is a victory for Ukraine in a wider struggle against Russia that encompasses Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its continued support for separatists fighting against Kiev in the east of the country. But it has been condemned by Russian officials, who have warned it threatens to trigger the biggest Christian schism in a millennium. While both Ukraine and Russia share the same orthodox Christian roots that date back...
  • Witches Outnumber Presbyterians in the US; Wicca, Paganism Growing 'Astronomically'

    10/11/2018 8:00:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/11/2018 | Brandon Showalter
    The population of self-identified witches has risen dramatically in the United States in recent decades, as interest in astrology and witchcraft practices have become increasingly mainstreamed. While data is sparse, Quartz noted, the practice of witchcraft has grown significantly in recent decades; those who identify as witches has risen concurrently with the rise of the "witch aesthetic." "While the U.S. government doesn't regularly collect detailed religious data, because of concerns that it may violate the separation of church and state, several organizations have tried to fill the data gap," Quartz reported. "From 1990 to 2008, Trinity College in Connecticut ran...
  • Christian Woman Appeals Death Sentence for ‘Insulting’ Prophet Muhammad

    10/07/2018 8:59:39 AM PDT · by ZeroToHero · 51 replies
    NN ^ | 10/07/18 | Jay Greenberg
    The Supreme Court will hear a Catholic Christian woman's final appeal against her sentencing of execution after she was found guilty of "insulting" the prophet Muhammad.
  • Violence, Threats, and the Christian Response

    10/04/2018 4:48:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | October 3, 2018 | Tony Perkins, et al.
    Being conservative is a dangerous business these days. Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md.) is the latest Republican to find that out, Capitol Police say. A clash over marijuana policy outside Dr. Harris's office turned violent when a group of protestors stormed into Harris's office and assaulted him. Huffington Post reporter Jennifer Bendery was there and tweeted that Congressman Harris was "trying to hold his office door closed but was not successful." The demonstrators, she insisted, "were smoking weed."Across town, officials were busy investigating at least two packages of ricin that had been sent to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Admiral John...
  • Video: Why Paul Wrote Philippians

    10/03/2018 1:37:21 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 2, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    It's Wednesday Bible Study, everyone! This is continuing our weekly video series on why the books of the New Testament were written - this week (part 8) we're taking a look at Philippians.Video: Why Paul Wrote PhilippiansFor those of you who've complained that I can be a tad long-winded, this is the shortest video I've made so far...clocks in at 6:36.
  • What Is the Greatest of All Protestant “Heresies”?

    10/03/2018 7:21:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 169 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 10/3/18 | Sinclair Ferguson
    Let us begin with a church history exam question. Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621) was a figure not to be taken lightly. He was Pope Clement VIII’s personal theologian and one of the most able figures in the Counter-Reformation movement within sixteenth-century Roman Catholicism. On one occasion, he wrote: “The greatest of all Protestant heresies is _______ .” ...How would you answer? What is the greatest of all Protestant heresies? ...What he wrote was: “The greatest of all Protestant heresies is assurance.” A moment’s reflection explains why. If justification is not by faith alone, in Christ alone, by grace alone —...
  • School commissars declare Christianity a crime {Canada)

    10/01/2018 6:34:19 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    The Conservative Woman ^ | October 2, 2018 | Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
    If you ever doubted that progressivists have Christianity in their sights, go to western Canada. In Alberta, the prairie province run by the amusingly misnamed New Democrat Party, progressive intolerance is in full swing. The NDP, instead of wishing to see a healthy public space where differences can be discussed respectfully, seek to silence alternative viewpoints. In pursuit of their LGBTQ-friendly agenda, they are set on destroying independent schools which insist on retaining their Christian ethos. Around 34,000 Alberta students attend 61 independent schools. As required, the schools submitted their ‘Safe and Caring’ anti-bullying policies to David Eggen, Alberta’s Minister...
  • Secret Protestant Churches in Donetsk: Ukraine's Religious War

    09/30/2018 5:12:28 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    YouTube/Vice ^ | Simon Ostrovsky
    The war in eastern Ukraine hasn't just been about territory — religion has deepened the divide. In Donetsk, Protestants are being forced to conduct their services in apartments, persecuted by pro-Russia separatists who believe there’s only room for one religion in the region: Russian Orthodoxy. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to Donetsk to attend secret Protestant churches, and spoke with members of the Donetsk People’s Republic as well as the Orthodox Church to find out whether the DPR’s vision for the rebel-controlled region includes the coexistence of religious beliefs.
  • Video: Why Paul Wrote Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians

    09/26/2018 4:55:10 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 25, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Hey everyone! Welcome to Wednesday night Bible study!This is part 7 of our weekly vlog series on why the books of the New Testament were written. This lesson is a three-for-one, as Paul wrote his first three imprisonment letters (Colossians, Philemon and Ephesians) at the same time for essentially the same reason.Why Paul Wrote Colossians, Philemon, and EphesiansVideo clocks in at 14:19.
  • How Can You Share the Gospel with Muslims?

    09/22/2018 12:54:34 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 44 replies
    Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc. ^ | Sep 2016 | Tiffany Jothen
    “I will be so happy if my Lord Jesus Christ accepts me as one of His followers. Is it possible if I was born a Muslim?” That’s a question from a man in the Middle East who reached out to BGEA’s internet evangelism ministry, Search for Jesus, after hearing about Christ through Christian friends. Search for Jesus has over 500 trained volunteers ready to respond to online visitors with the hope of the Gospel. Two of those volunteers, Brian and Kimberly of North Carolina, spent years as missionaries to Muslims in Southeast Asia and now answer emails from Muslims around...
  • Mizoram: Leaders of 14 Churches reject Supreme Court order order on Section 377 [homosexual; India]

    09/19/2018 10:20:17 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    OpIndia.com ^ | Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | OpIndia Staff
    While the country is celebrating the historic Supreme Court judgement to decriminalise Homosexuality, the Churches in Mizoram have "rejected" https://www.time8.in/mizoram-meghalaya-churches-say-gay-sex-is-immoral/ the apex court's ruling on Article 377. A congregation of 14 major churches in the state, Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee, on Monday has said https://thenortheasttoday.com/mizoram-state-churches-reject-scs-section-377-ruling/ that it wished the apex court had never scrapped Section 377. The leaders of the Church stated that homosexuality, lesbianism should continue to be criminalised as it was in the past. In Meghalaya, the Church has said, https://nenow.in/north-east-news/meghalaya-shillong-catholic-church-thumbs-gay-sex.html "What is legal is not equal to moral acceptability. The Catholic Church and many others  hold that homosexual...
  • Lauren Daigle's 'Look Up Child'...Biggest Sales Week for a Christian...in Nearly Nine Years

    09/16/2018 6:39:14 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Billboard.com ^ | 9/16/18 | Keith Caulfield
    Lauren Daigle makes a splashy debut at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart with her new studio album, Look Up Child, earning the singer-songwriter her highest charting album and first top 10. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units.... Look Up Child, which also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart, starts with 115,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 13, according to Nielsen Music. That’s the largest overall week for a Christian music album...
  • Video: Why Paul Wrote Romans

    09/12/2018 2:29:33 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 11, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Welcome to Wednesday night Bible study!I was off last week due to a vacation. This week, however, we're resuming the vlog series on why the New Testament was written, focusing on Romans.Why Paul Wrote RomansA little shorter than last time, but the history behind Romans isn't all that complicated. Video runs at 11:16.
  • Franklin Graham: Pray for Boldness Amid Opposition in Blackpool, England

    09/11/2018 3:25:22 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    billygraham.org ^ | August 6, 2018 | Franklin Graham
    Dear Friend, Blackpool, a city in Lancashire on England’s northwest coast, desperately needs a message of hope. But some in Blackpool are determined to prevent that. For a large portion of the city’s population today, hopelessness is part of everyday life. A number of churches in Blackpool and the surrounding Lancashire area have been praying for their community for several years and extended an invitation to me to come hold evangelistic meetings in September. I’m going to share the Gospel—a message that is the only hope for the world—that God sent His Son to take our sins, that Jesus Christ...
  • Church of the Firstborn (Part III): Raised Up, Seated with Christ, and Ready to Rule

    09/11/2018 11:53:07 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 3 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 9/11/18 | Jeff
    And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Look! He is coming with the clouds...(Rev. 1:5-7, NRSV). In this third and final installment of the Church of the Firstborn series (see Parts I and II), I will be diving into another messianic mystery tucked away in the OT. There...
  • The Birth of Jesus and the Day of Trumpets... Jesus Born on September 11th

    09/10/2018 10:03:09 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 118 replies
    The historical evidence I have presented in this book shows that Jesus was born in the year 3 B.C.E. It appears most probable that a late summer birth in 3 B.C.E. has the best credentials. I need not rehearse my reasons for this, but they are very strong. Indeed, the evidence from the priestly courses alone suggests that a September nativity is the most likely. This gives a pretty close approximation that most scholars would probably accept as reasonable. But now, we come to the nitty-gritty! To propose an early evening birth on September 11, 3 B.C.E. appears almost impossible...
  • What Kind of Justice would James Madison appoint to the Supreme Court?

    09/10/2018 12:32:55 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    American Minute ^ | by William J. Federer
    His father was a Boston Tea Party "Indian." He graduated second in his class from Harvard, was a U.S. Representative, then was elected Massachusetts Speaker of the House. At age 32, he was appointed as the youngest Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. His name was Joseph Story, and he died SEPTEMBER 10, 1845. Joseph Story served on the Supreme Court for 34 years. He helped establish the illegality of the slave trade in the Amistad case, 1841. When the Supreme Court ruled against the Democrat's Indian Removal Act (Worcester v. Georgia, 1832), Justice Joseph Story wrote March 4, 1832:...
  • The Pre-Trib Rapture is Solid Biblical Truth. Here's Why.

    09/10/2018 9:22:16 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 96 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 9/7/18 | Hillary
    As I've shared before, most of my life I believed in what is known as the “post-trib rapture.”  “Why should we escape?” I would ask. (In today's vernacular, it might sound like, “Why are we such special snowflakes?”) While I turned this part of me off for several years, I still believed the Church would be tested during the seven-year tribulation, face the mark of the beast, have to endure to the end to be saved, and should prepare to hide in the woods with extra jugs of water, first-aid supplies, and well-preserved food. (The movie The Road illustrates what...
  • The Church, Sexual Immorality, and Fake Christianity

    09/09/2018 10:46:39 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 18 replies
    www.TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 9/9/2018 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    …Fewer and fewer Americans these days seem willing “to contend with the explicit repentance of a definite, fully recognized, sin.” Of course, to a great extent, this is because fewer and fewer Americans are able to recognize what is sin—or, many Americans are simply becoming comfortable with their sin and are eagerly strolling along the “gentle slope” to hell. In a foolish desire to be “relevant” or “tolerant,” churches across the world—especially mainline Protestant churches and the Catholic Church—have abandoned long-heeded truths for heresy. This is especially the case when it comes to matters in the sexual realm. At this...