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  • Real Spiritual: Decline

    08/31/2015 7:55:40 AM PDT · by TBP · 8 replies
    ItsReally Real,org ^ | August 30, 2015 | Rev. Brian Akers
    Over the past few years as a minister there has been a growing narrative that, for many reasons, I haven’t been able to escape. It would seem that the statistics and facts all say that “church” is in decline. Don’t take my word for it either… there are plenty of other Huffington Post authors chiming in about this apparent trend too. Some say that it’s all about the lack of religion in our schools, laws and culture as if the country is devolving. Some say that the “immediacy” of God, also described as an apocalyptic culture, has been lost. You...
  • An Open Letter To Donald Trump

    08/27/2015 12:22:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Dear Mr. Trump, Like millions of Americans, I am intrigued with your meteoric rise to the top of the polls. You have truly captured the imagination of this nation. Because I would love to see you succeed, I’ve got some unsolicited advice for you. And you’re going to love this. It’s free! If you’ll allow me to introduce myself, I’m a Jewish follower of Jesus (just like Peter and Paul and John and the rest of the apostles), an author, professor, minister, and national talk radio host. My wife, Nancy, and I have been married for almost 40 years, and...
  • UPDATE=> 76 Yr-Old Woman Beaten-Robbed in Back of Cathedral – SUSPECT ARRESTED

    08/20/2015 2:10:45 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 49 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | Aug 19th, 2015 10:17 am | Jim Hoft
    On Sunday two criminals entered St. Cecilia’s Catholic Cathedral in Omaha. One of the men snatched the purse from a 76 year-old woman. The other man slugged her in the side of her head. The attack tool place in the back of a cathedral! snip UPDATE: One suspect was arrested today.
  • 92-year-old Georgia woman kicked out of church for not tithing

    08/19/2015 8:46:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 131 replies
    wncn.com ^ | August 16, 2015, | WKRN Web Staff
    BAINBRIDGE, GA (WATE) – A 92-year-old woman is no longer allowed to worship at the church where she was a member for more than 50 years because she was not tithing. Josephine King said that was the reason she was kicked out of Bainbridge’s First African Baptist Church. Her family members said they hope the situation will bring change to churches across the nation. “Josephine King is no longer considered a member of the First African Baptist Church of Bainbridge, Georgia,” read Gerald Simmons, as he skimmed over the letter addressed to his aunt. The letter, signed by Senior Pastor...
  • Alabama Church Opens Gun Range Behind Sanctuary

    August 16, 2015 FoxNews.com Praise the Lord . . . and pass the ammunition. An Alabama church has opened a gun range behind its sanctuary as an extension of its fellowship, WIAT reports. The red-clay dirt range behind the Rocky Mount United Methodist Church in Jemison began as an overgrown gully once filled with snakes and vermin, according to the station, and has turned into a ministry that includes guns, bullets and the Bible. Mount Union’s pastor, Phillip Guin, says the idea of a gun range came up because “we had quite a number of church members, some elderly ladies,...
  • Church Builds Gun Range, Launches Range Ministry ‘In The Name Of Jesus Christ

    08/14/2015 3:37:19 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Aug 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Rocky Mount United Methodist Church decided what to do with the gully behind their church–they built a gun range and launched a gun range ministry “in the name of Jesus Christ.”
  • Jehovah's Witnesses face child sexual-abuse investigation in Australia

    08/14/2015 3:31:08 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, August 14, 2015 | A. Odysseus Patrick
    SYDNEY -- The abuse was meticulously catalogued. From 1950 to 2014, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society amassed some 5,000 files detailing sexual abuse of Australian children by 1,006 of its members, who believe only they -- the Jehovah's Witnesses -- proclaim the truth about God. Young girls were assaulted by neighbors. Teenagers were raped by their fathers. Victims were forced to pray with their abusers. When the children reached out for help, the church's obsession with secrecy and hostility to outsiders kicked in. Victims, ordered to keep quiet, were forced to confront their abusers in person. All complaints --...
  • Protestors greet Planned Parenthood baby parts doc at her home

    08/12/2015 3:21:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    saynsumthn.wordpress.com ^ | 8.11.2015 | saynsumthn
    On August 9, 2015 Planned Parenthood abortionist Savita Ginde was greeted by 50 members of Denver Bible Church outside her Colorado home condemning her practice of abortion and participating in a gruesome baby parts operation. Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Savita Ginde does abortions at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and was recently exposed negotiating a fetal body parts deal with “buyers” from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). The group of protesters exposing Ginde’s horrific practices held a large sign which read, “Savita turn state’s evidence.” And “Planned Parenthood sells baby parts.” According to Leslie Hanks who...
  • Plakon files bill to shield churches from same-sex marriage lawsuits

    08/12/2015 2:43:49 AM PDT · by flfreedom · 3 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 8/12/2015 | Flfreedom
    TALLLAHASSEE – In what could become a rallying point for social conservatives next year, state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, filed legislation Monday to prevent clergy members and churches from being sued because they refuse to preside over same-sex marriages. He filed HB 43 in reaction to this summer's landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling same-sex marriage legal throughout the country. "We think that this is something that people on all sides of the debate should at least be able to agree on is that pastors and religious practitioners should never be compelled to perform a ceremony that violates their sincerely...
  • In the New Church, masculinity is anathema

    08/11/2015 10:54:33 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 67 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | August 11, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    As this article explains: "Though the New Evangelization has been a major effort in the Catholic Church for over forty years, it has failed to stem the disastrous losses of the faithful in the U.S. The New Evangelization is faltering: since 2000, 14 million Catholics have left the faith, parish religious education participation of children has dropped by 24%, Catholic school attendance has dropped by 19%, baptisms of infants has dropped by 28%, baptism of adults has dropped by 31% and sacramental Catholic marriages have dropped by 41%.[1] Something is desperately wrong with the Church’s approach to the New Evangelization....
  • Close papal advisor heads conference attacking Church’s moral teaching

    08/10/2015 7:03:37 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 8/10/15 | Maike Hickson
    On August 5, German Catholic author Mathias von Gersdorff posted some important information about an upcoming event in Rome on his own website: “In the meantime, the liberal camp prepares another conference in Rome, to be held on 10-12 September 2015, and which is to deal with the themes of the Family Synod of this Fall.” And he continues: However, this time, it is not organized by the Germans, the Swiss, and the French. They had already convoked and hosted a similar conference at the end of May 2015, which had caused noticeable irritations. One even considered it to be...
  • Christians Burn While Pope Worries about “Worldly” Matters [Revelation 13]

    08/10/2015 4:02:23 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 8/9/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    In June, Pope Francis released his first independent encyclical. It merely served to highlight the indifference to the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. The Pope warned about issues dealing with the environment, but he did not once mention the plight of persecuted Christians — even though he is well acquainted with it, and even though previous popes mentioned it when Christians were experiencing far less persecution than they are today. Encyclicals are formal treatises written by popes and sent to bishops around the world. In turn, bishops are meant to disseminate the encyclical’s ideas to all the priests...
  • EXPLOSIONS NEAR TWO CHURCHES IN LAS CRUCES,NM

    08/02/2015 10:23:29 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 38 replies
    8/02/2015 | Self
    I can't post this story direct because of copyright issues but the "Las Cruces Sun-News" is reporting TWO EXPLOSIONS NEAR CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH AND HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH IN LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO THIS MORNING. THE EXPLOSION CALLS CAME IN BETWEEN 8 AND 9AM LOCAL TIME. NO APPARENT INJURIES WITH A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAYING THE EXPLOSIONS INVOLVED A LOT OF SHREDDED PAPER APPARENTLY FIREWORKS. SERVICES WERE GOING ON AT BOTH CHURCHES AT THE TIME OF EXPLOSIONS. CHURCHGOERS WERE EVACUATED AND TOLD NOT TO USE THEIR CARS TO LEAVE.......
  • Are lawsuits ahead for church-based Boy Scout troops?

    07/29/2015 9:44:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/29/2015 | By Adelle M. Banks | Religion News Service
    If the Boy Scouts of America approve gay adult leaders, as they are expected to do late Monday (July 27), does that mean troops based at churches may end up in court if they ban gay Scoutmasters? Scout officials predicted that would be “unlikely” in a document they released earlier this month to BSA members and leaders. “We live in a litigious society, and frivolous lawsuits are threatened and filed every day,” reads the 14-page memo from the Boys Scouts’ law firm, Hughes Hubbard & Reed. “However, any lawsuit challenging the religious requirements in a Scouting unit chartered by a...
  • ROC Seek Return of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg

    07/28/2015 11:45:21 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie RU ^ | July 26, 2015 | Paul Gilbert
    The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) have confirmed that they have filed a petition to local politicians in St Petersburg to discuss the return of St. Isaac's Cathedral, which is currently an historical monument and a museum. Russian media sources report that the news of the proposal has generated heated discussion in Russian society. Maxim Reznik, the deputy of the St. Petersburg legislative, and who also chairs the legislature’s commission for culture, confirmed on Thursday that he had received information on a petition filed by Metropolitan Barsanuphius, the ruling hierarch of the diocese for the return of the city’s landmark cathedral....
  • Proselytizing climate change from the church pulpit

    07/27/2015 11:20:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 7/27/15 | Judi McLeod
    The triumvirate imposing man-made global warming on civil society as the 21st century’s top issue may have started at the United Nations, but it picked up steam with President Barack Obama somewhat, then surrealistically moved on to include the Vatican through Pope-Gone-Activist-Francis-Bergoglio. The climate change movement has long dictated what the masses could eat and wear, what they could drive and where they would live. They are now dictating to the masses what religion to practice, and their green religion is not Christianity. The hierarchy of the global warming/climate change movement pay loyal allegiance to the pagan religion of Gaia...
  • Church members complain about collection notices

    07/17/2015 9:18:52 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    ABC News WFTS ^ | Jul 14, 2015 | ABC News
    Most people who attend church are used to seeing the offering plate passed around the pews. People donate what they can as a proud member of the congregation. But a Tampa woman told ABC Action News her church says she must pay more than $1,000 a year in donations or she wouldn't be considered a member. "People were really friendly there, and I really enjoyed being there," said Candace Petterson.
  • 5 reasons to seriously doubt the story the papacy likes to tell about its origins

    07/16/2015 4:09:21 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 98 replies
    Dominic Tennant's Bnonn Blog ^ | February 4, 2014 | James T. Shotwell, Louise Ropes Loomis
    The Shepherd of Hermas is an early second century church document. We’re interested particularly in Visions 2.4 and 3.9, which indicate a plurality of eldership in Rome as opposed to a monarchical episcopate: But you yourself will read it to this city [Rome], along with the elders (presbuteroi) who preside (proistamenoi – plural leadership) over the church. (Vis 2.4) Now, therefore, I say to you [plural] who lead the church and occupy the seats of honor: do not be like the sorcerers. For the sorcerers carry their drugs in bottles, but you carry your drug and poison in your heart....
  • Rapper Slim Thug and pastor Joel Osteen collaborate on new song

    07/15/2015 4:45:07 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies
    Channel 39 News Fix ^ | July 14, 2015 | mabarbagallo
    HOUSTON, TX – A new song by two of Houston’s own cranks out the bass, all while beating down boundaries. The unlikely duo of gangster rapper Slim Thug, and preacher Joel Osteen is breaking the internet as much for their pairing, as for their musical message. Slim, a member of Osteen’s Lakewood Church for many years, used clips of the pastor on “Chuuch”, a song on the rappers latest release “Hogg Life Volume 2″. And while mixing religion and rap might not be the norm, for many the sermon and the song are a perfect fit. The message of the...
  • For Churches That Won’t Perform Same-Sex Weddings, Insurance Begins to Look Iffy

    07/14/2015 12:54:11 PM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    NRO ^ | 07-08-2015 | David French
    In the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges, pastors and church members are experiencing a wave of anxiety over what many of them deem the “nightmare scenario”: lawsuits or government action designed to force them to perform or recognize same-sex marriages. While there are — so far — no meaningful judicial precedents that would permit such dramatic interference with churches’ core First Amendment rights, lawsuits challenging church liberties are inevitable. Indeed, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission has declared that prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity “sometimes” apply to churches and has stated that a “church...
  • Churches Opposed to Gay Marriage Would Be Protected from IRS Under Proposed House Republican Bill

    07/14/2015 9:37:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/14/2015 | Ray Nothstine
    A bill introduced to protect churches and religious organizations from IRS and other federal punishment may be gaining steam according to lawmakers; however, only one Democrat currently co-sponsors the religious freedom bill. Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), a co-founder of the conservative Freedom Caucus, is pushing support for the "First Amendment Defense Act" (H.R. 2802) that is designed to protect same-sex marriage dissenting religious churches and organizations from possible IRS penalties and persecution. While America's "first freedom" is no longer a foregone conclusion in today's cultural climate and new understandings of sexual rights, the "First Amendment Defense Act" would only affect...
  • Taxing churches is a form of religious persecution — and liberals need to stand against it

    07/14/2015 8:31:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Week ^ | 07/14/2015 | Damon Linker
    How long will it be until we begin to see a movement — egged on by activists, encouraged by receptive judges — to revoke the tax exemptions currently enjoyed by churches? A few months? A year? I don't know precisely when it will happen. But I do know that it's going to happen. The arguments have already begun. New York Times religion columnist Mark Oppenheimer recently made the case against such tax exemptions in a much-discussed essay for Time. We also know that the solicitor general of the United States believes that the opposition of religiously affiliated institutions to same-sex...
  • Israeli police arrest suspects in torching of Church

    07/12/2015 8:46:00 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 1 replies
    LidTime.com ^ | 07/12/2015 | LidTime.com
    A police investigation into last month’s arson attack on the Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha in the Galilee has seen a “new development”, Israeli media reported over the weekend. The Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, is at the site where many Christians believe Jesus fed the 5,000 in the miracle of the five loaves and two fish. The Rabbis for Human Rights group said there have been 43 hate crime attacks against churches, mosques and monasteries in Israel and the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since 2009. ....
  • American Churches: On the Wrong Side of History

    07/11/2015 7:12:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/11/2015 | By John L. Hancock
    The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has sent a shockwave through the Christian community. Many are wondering how it came to be that a nation built on the freedom of religion is now forcing people of faith to choose between obeying the government and following their religious convictions. For an answer to that question they need not look further than their own churches. For several decades, Christians have accepted the premise that politics has no place within the churches. Whether this is rooted in an extreme interpretation of the concept of the separation of church and state or pastors’...
  • For Churches That Won’t Perform Same-Sex Weddings, Insurance Begins to Look Iffy

    07/09/2015 5:32:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/09/2015 | David French
    In the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges, pastors and church members are experiencing a wave of anxiety over what many of them deem the “nightmare scenario”: lawsuits or government action designed to force them to perform or recognize same-sex marriages. While there are — so far — no meaningful judicial precedents that would permit such dramatic interference with churches’ core First Amendment rights, lawsuits challenging church liberties are inevitable. Indeed, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission has declared that prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity “sometimes” apply to churches and has stated that a “church...
  • Is Your Church Abetting Sanctuary Nation?

    07/08/2015 7:50:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    The random, heartless murder of a young tourist on San Francisco's Pier 14 by a five-time illegal alien deportee who benefited from the "progressive" city's sanctuary policy has law-abiding Americans, law enforcement officials and political opportunists of all stripes up in arms. But for decades, feckless government leaders ignored the pleas of families who suffered the bloody consequences of open borders. For every Kate Steinle who died at the hands of an illegal alien sanctuary beneficiary, there is a Tony, Michael and Matthew Bologna in San Francisco. A Jamiel Shaw (age 17) or Xinran Ji (age 24) in Los Angeles....
  • The Supreme Court Ruling Has Just Removed The Wall Of Separation Between Church And State

    07/06/2015 11:53:54 PM PDT · by knarf · 33 replies
    self | July 7, 2015 | knarf
    I've been mulling this over for a few days ....
  • The Marriage of Church and State: It’s Time for a Happy Divorce

    07/06/2015 7:31:33 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 10 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 6 July 2015 | Joseph Pearce
    The Supreme Court’s bizarre decision to impose same-sex “marriage” on all the States is the making of history by the breaking of history. It is to make something that humanity has never sanctioned and has always shunned not only legal but compulsory. Until a few short years ago, the very thought that marriage was anything other than the union of a man and a woman would have been impossible because the very thought would have been unthinkable. The Supreme Court has, therefore, divorced itself from the collective experience of humanity as manifested in the continuum of moral norms that are...
  • Idiot spray-paints [n-word] on Dan’s church . . . and the pastor offers the most awesome response ev

    07/03/2015 9:39:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/03/15 | Dan Calabrese
    And yeah, we used the word, because we're going to deal with instead of running from it I got a phone call yesterday morning from my pastor, wanting my help with a matter that had come up. That in itself is not unusual, but the nature of the matter was. In recent weeks we’d had a series of break-in attempts at the church, and while they hadn’t succeeded in getting inside the building, they had stolen the very large grill we keep outside for church barbecues and other special events. Well that can be replaced, although not cheaply. But whoever...
  • South Carolina Church Fire [Likely Due to] Lightning

    07/02/2015 7:35:26 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 24 replies
    (CNN) — Federal investigators suspect lightning may have caused the fire at the Mount Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina, senior officials in the FBI told CNN contributor Tom Fuentes. The FBI has been working with the National Weather Service to determine whether heavy storms in the area contributed to the fire. A forensic report from CNN meteorologists shows that there were four strikes in the immediate vicinity of the church at 7:18 p.m. ET Tuesday.
  • Tony Perkins speaks at FBC Dallas

    07/01/2015 8:05:30 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 8 replies
    FBC Dallas ^ | 06/28/15 | Tony Perkins
    Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council, spoke at FBC Dallas and addressed how Christians should respond to what's happening in this country. It's worth a listen
  • Secret DOJ Memo To Legalize '12 New Perversions,' Including Bestiality And Pedophilia

    07/01/2015 4:47:49 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 29 replies
    Right Wing Watch ^ | July 1 2015 | Kyle Mantyla
    Tom DeLay appeared on Newsmax TV yesterday, where he told host Steve Malzberg that, just as he had predicted, all Hell is now breaking loose because of the Supreme Court ruling striking down gay marriage bans. Things are now so out of control, DeLay said, that he even knows about a "secret memo" from the Justice Department aimed at legalizing "12 new perversions," including bestiality and pedophilia. "We've already found a secret memo coming out of the Justice Department," DeLay claimed. "They're now going to go after 12 new perversions, things like bestiality, polygamy, having sex with little boys and...
  • Vanity: Church Burnings, False Flags, Disinformation and Russia

    07/01/2015 9:10:42 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 8 replies
    Ion Mihai Pacepa, born 28 October 1928 in Bucharest, Romania) is a former three-star general in the Securitate, the secret police of Communist Romania, who defected to the United States in July 1978 following President Jimmy Carter's approval of his request for political asylum. He is the highest-ranking defector from the former Eastern Bloc, and has written several books and news articles on the inner workings of the communist intelligence services. In 2013, Lt. Gen. Pacepa published "Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism" co-authored with law professor Ronald Rychlak, a prominent...
  • Fanning the Flames of Another Black Church Arson Hoax

    07/01/2015 5:37:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    America is still reeling from the horrific Charleston, S.C., massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that claimed the lives of nine innocent people. The last thing the community and our country need are hysterical journalists compounding the pain with inflammatory reporting on an unsubstantiated "epidemic" of black church arsons. On Monday, a Baltimore Sun lead editorial decried "a series of mysterious fires at African-American churches across the South" in the wake of the Charleston murders. The newspaper cited a "pattern" of attacks, including what it claimed was an "uptick in attacks on 37 black churches in the South" in...
  • South Carolina church fire: Mt. Zion AME burns in Greeleyville

    06/30/2015 9:18:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 66 replies
    cnn.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Ben Brumfield and Sam Stringer, CNN
    (CNN)A fire broke out at the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina, on Tuesday. Up to 50 firefighters fought to extinguish the blaze, a fire official said. As yet, authorities do not know what caused it, said Williamsburg County Fire Chief Randy Swinton. The local sheriff, local police and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division have also responded to the fire at the traditionally black church. The FBI and five agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also investigating, said ATF Special Agent Tom Mangan. "Anytime there is a house of worship...
  • What your Church Needs to Know- and Do- About the Court's Marriage Ruling

    06/30/2015 7:15:06 AM PDT · by keats5 · 32 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 6/30/2015 | Erik Stanley
    By now, you have heard the Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated decision that imposed a 50-state same-sex marriage mandate. Pastors and churches have exhibited a great degree of uncertainty preceding this moment, wondering what the effect will be on their ministry. Now that the decision has been released, though, we can respond with greater clarity. Here are the immediate things you need to know.
  • Let's Make All Non-Political Giving Tax-Deductible

    06/29/2015 7:34:14 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 8 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 6/29/15 | Steve Berman
    Time Magazine wasted no time in calling for the end of tax exemptions for religious institutions, with writer Mark Oppenheimer firing the initial salvo.  Oppenheimer writes the “beliefs” column for The New York Times, in which he studies religious matters with the alacrity of a medical examiner performing an autopsy: God is dead, let’s find out what killed Him. I have a different view on the subject, that God’s not dead, but attempts to kill Him surely result in self-impalement on His extremely sharp sword.  Churches don’t need tax-exempt status for God’s sake, but for society’s sake, and I offer...
  • TIME Op-Ed: Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

    06/29/2015 7:01:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    TIME ^ | 06/28/2015 | Mark Oppenheimer
    The Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn't be subsidizing religion and non-profits Two weeks ago, with a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on the way, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which ensures that religious institutions won’t lose their tax exemptions if they don’t support same-sex marriage. Liberals tend to think Sen. Lee’s fears are unwarranted, and they can even point to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in Friday’s case, which promises “that religious organizations and persons [will be] given proper protection.” But I don’t think Sen....
  • It Begins: New Calls To Strip Churches of Tax Exempt Status After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    06/29/2015 5:02:53 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 103 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/29/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    For years conservatives and proponents of religious liberty in America have warned that if same-sex marriage became legal, the left would then pursue revoking the tax exempt status for religious institutions, particularly Christian churches, around the country. Just days after the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that gay marriage is a constitutional right, progressive activists like Mark Oppenheimer of the New York Times are calling for tax exempt statutes to be stripped. The Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn't be subsidizing religion and non-profits. Rather than try to rescue...
  • Sundays will never be the same

    06/28/2015 6:37:20 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/28/15 | Judi McLeod
    While the witch-hunt against Confederate flags, statues, paintings and even stained glass windows continues to distract the masses, it’s really the churches Big Government most covet Now that Gay Day June 26th has come to pass, and Barack Obama had the White House flooded in the colours of the gay rainbow, Sundays will never be the same. Sunday, that is, as the day Christians come to church to worship the Creator. The progressives want Sunday, and as sure as Lucifer is now calling the shots, they will be coming for it. Sunday, the day of rest, will ultimately become the...
  • National Socialist Workers Party against the Church, PT II

    06/27/2015 10:39:28 AM PDT · by ealgeone · 12 replies
    wikipedia ^ | 06/27/2015 | unknown
    The Nazis disliked universities, intellectuals and the Catholic and Protestant churches. Their long term plan was to de-Christianise Germany after final victory in the war.[3][10] Their ideology could not accept an autonomous establishment, whose legitimacy did not spring from the government, and desired the subordination of the church to the state.[2] To many Nazis, Catholics were suspected of insufficient patriotism, or even of disloyalty to the Fatherland, and of serving the interests of "sinister alien forces".[11] Aggressive anti-Church radicals like Joseph Goebbels and Martin Bormann saw the conflict with the Churches as a priority concern, and anti-church and anti-clerical sentiments...
  • The Nazis against the church

    06/26/2015 9:53:48 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 8 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | Unknown | Wikipedia
    In 1933, Hitler signed the Reichskonkordat (Reich Concordat), a treaty with the Vatican that required the regime to honour the independence of Catholic institutions and prohibited clergy from involvement in politics.[135] However, the regime continued to target the Christian churches and to try to weaken their influence. Throughout 1935 and 1936, hundreds of clergy, nuns, and lay leaders were arrested, often on trumped up charges of currency smuggling or sexual offences.[136][137] Goebbels widely publicised the trials in his propaganda campaigns, showing the cases in the worst possible light.[136] Restrictions were placed on public meetings, and Catholic publications faced censorship. Catholic...
  • SOME ENCOURAGING WORDS FROM OUR LORD

    06/26/2015 3:59:52 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 19 replies
    self | 06/26/2015 | ealgeone
    16“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. 17“But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; 18and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19“But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20“For it is not you who speak,...
  • 1,782 Years Old: Inside the Oldest Church in the World

    06/26/2015 2:38:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Church Pop ^ | June 25, 2015
    Marsyas, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons / ChurchPOP The Church is the mystical body of Christ. In Scripture, Jesus says “where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Mt 18.20)So the Church doesn’t strictly need special buildings, because the Church is the people. Nonetheless, from early on, Christians dedicated buildings for their communal worship to God. Most of these early churches are long lost to history, yet a few from the first few centuries still remain, at least in some condition. Here is a picture of the oldest known church that’s still standing (at least partially): Wikimedia...
  • Why the church should neither cave nor panic about the decision on gay marriage

    06/26/2015 11:16:43 AM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 26JUN15 | Russell Moore
    As I write this, the Supreme Court has handed down what will be the “Roe v. Wade” of marriage, redefining marriage in all 50 states. This is a sober moment, and I am a conscientious dissenter from this ruling. The Court now has disregarded thousands of years of definition of the most foundational unit of society, and the cultural changes here will be broad and deep. So how should the church respond? First of all, the church should not panic. The Supreme Court can do many things, but the Supreme Court cannot get Jesus back in that tomb. Jesus of...
  • Supremes guarantee national right to gay marriage in 5-4 ruling

    06/26/2015 10:07:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/26/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Justice Anthony Kennedy, as expected, was the deciding vote and wrote the majority opinion. No state now has the right to define what marriage is. Just coming in, but we know it’s a 5-4 ruling, and it’s not limited in scope. Gay marriage is now the law in all 50 states - not because state legislators or voters approved it; in fact, many did just the opposite - but because the Supreme Court has invented a new right every bit as blatantly as it did in Roe v. Wade. Justice Anthony Kennedy, as expected, was the deciding vote and wrote...
  • To the Supreme Court: ‘Mother, May I’?

    06/26/2015 10:05:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/26/15 | David Hunter
    The government and the Court should stay out of our bedrooms, our churches and especially our bakeries Equal protection under the law does not equate to equal results in American society. Liberal progressives have co-opted and perverted the intentions of the Founding Fathers in order to promote their divisive anti-American agenda: pitting one group against another; in the case of the marriage issue, the gay community against conservative Christians. The concept of marriage between one woman and one man has informed societies throughout history for thousands of years. Despite its religious connotations and inherently stabilizing influence on society, its primary...
  • CHURCHES ARE THE NEXT TARGET

    06/26/2015 7:18:11 AM PDT · by ealgeone · 149 replies
    self | 06/26/2015 | ealgeone
    The ruling by SCOTUS now legalizing homosexual marriage opens a very dangerous door. The church will be attacked next....and very soon. Mark my words. There will be text cases where homosexual "couples" will go to conservative Bible believing churches and ask to be married there. They will be denied, hopefully, and then the church will be sued for denying Constitutional rights. Will the pastor go to jail? Will the church lose its tax exempt status? It has been the goal of the homosexual community to have the stigma of their lifestyle as accepted by the church. Satan is moving fast....
  • Hero of 1993 church attack calls for being armed

    06/24/2015 9:44:38 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 1 replies
    WND ^ | Published: 6 days ago June 18, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    "The only person who can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun" His experience has been chronicled in book and DVD versions in “Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense.” On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the shooting, he told WND, “The moment of chaos and carnage unfurled is forever etched in my mind.” Van Wyk, who blogs at Mission Liberty, described what happened to him: On Thursday, in told WND, “My heart really goes out to the families of those who are feeling the pain of having lost loved...
  • Face-tracking tech knows when you skip church services

    06/23/2015 9:16:53 PM PDT · by Altariel · 25 replies
    More than two dozen churches around the world have installed a facial-recognition system that monitors which members of the flock have actually shown up for the Sunday sermon. The system is called Churchix and was developed by Israeli software company, Face-six. It continually scans the religious center's CCTV feed and matches congregation members to a pre-existing database of their faces -- reportedly with 99 percent accuracy. Connected fingerprints with faces drawn on them More than two dozen churches around the world have installed a facial-recognition system that monitors which members of the flock have actually shown up for the Sunday...