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  • Petition to stop "P*** Christ" display in Texas Art Museum

    07/24/2017 9:55:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    America Needs Fatima ^ | July 24, 2017 | America Needs Fatima
    The notorious “P*** Christ!” is a photo of a beautiful crucifix immersed in a famous artist’s own urine - - - and popularized without merit by a fawning art world and press. (Above, I’ve suppressed the vulgar ‘P’ expression which the artist used as its official title). And it’s being hosted by the art gallery The Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston, Texas. This is a high-profile, sacrilegious desecration of Our Lord’s holocaust on His cross, plunged in the artist’s own urine. You and I cannot sit by idly and do nothing about this awful blasphemy! We must do...
  • Losing Faith: Germany’s Christian Population Declining at Record Rate

    07/24/2017 9:00:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 7/22/17
    The number of Christians in Germany decreased dramatically in 2016, largely driven by demographic changes, the German press reports.The number of Catholics and Protestants in Germany sank to a new low in 2016, with the latter hemorrhaging almost 1.6 percent of members in comparison with the previous year, according to recently released figures. According to the Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD), at the end of 2016 there were around 22 million evangelicals in Germany. Demographics played the biggest factor in the change: in 2016, approximately 340,000 evangelicals passed away while there were just 180,000 baptisms. Some 190,000 people left the...
  • “They kept us as slaves”: AP reveals claims against church

    07/24/2017 8:36:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    washingtion post ^ | July 24, 2017 | Mitch Weiss, Holbrook Mohr and Peter Prengaman | AP
    SPINDALE, N.C. — When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told. Trapped in a foreign land, he said he was forced to work 15 hours a day, usually for no pay, first cleaning warehouses for the secretive evangelical church and later toiling at businesses owned by senior ministers. Any deviation from the rules risked the wrath of church leaders, he said,...
  • What Do the Hand Gestures in Icons Mean?

    07/24/2017 3:46:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 20, 2017 | Daniel Esparza |
    A classical Greco-Roman rhetorical tradition survives in Christian iconography  Have you ever wondered, while looking at religious icons, why the figures of Christ and the saints make certain hand gestures? Each gesture has a specific meaning, but it’s no wonder we can’t always understand them: they’re “written” in Greek! Classical Greeks and Romans developed a well-established, quite complex hand-gesture code, which was used by both orators and rhetoricians alike, when they were giving speeches in the agora or the Senate, during their private addresses, or even in the classroom. The gestures accompanying the oratory, of course, were a matter of public...
  • Is Emmanuel Macron the Antichrist?

    07/24/2017 9:29:52 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 27 replies
    RR ^ | 7/17/17 | Todd Strandberg
    Several of the people who contribute articles to Rapture Ready have addressed the possibility of Emmanuel Macron being the Antichrist. Most have approached the subject with a good bit of caution. Because the Antichrist comes to power after the Rapture, we, as the bride of Christ, cannot be certain of his identity. The Antichrist will be a man of such incredible charm and charisma, students of Bible prophecy may be able to place high odds on him being the man who will rule the whole world. The Tribulation starts with the Antichrist confirming a peace agreement between Israel and its...
  • Is Pope Francis the Antichrist?

    07/24/2017 9:28:32 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 40 replies
    RR ^ | 7/24/17 | Todd Strandberg
    Pope Francis has all the qualifications to be the False Prophet. He hasn’t yet called for a one world religion, but he is nearly there by stressing interfaith unity when he says, “We are all children of God.” Francis gives homosexuals a free pass by saying, “Who am I to judge?” He is clearly the type of man who would be for in favor of a movement to join together all of the world’s faiths. The biggest factor against Pope Francis fulfilling the Bible’s prophecies about the False Prophet is his age. If the seven-year Tribulation started today, the Pope...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 24 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/24/2017 8:05:09 AM PDT · by OneVike · 5 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 24 (NKJV)Do Not Envy Evil Men 01 Do not be envious of evil men, 00 Nor desire to be with them; 02 For their heart devises violence, 00 And their lips talk of troublemaking. 03 Through wisdom a house is built, 00 And by understanding it is established; 04 By knowledge the rooms are filled 00 With all precious and pleasant riches. 05 A wise man is strong, 00 Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; 06 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, 00 And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. 07...
  • Jesus Shrugged

    07/24/2017 8:05:00 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 16 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | July 20, 2017 | Addison Del Mastro
    We’ve all heard of the idea of a general worker’s strike. In her tome Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand posed a provocative question. What if, in response to an increasingly overbearing regulatory state, the entrepreneurs of America decided to go on strike? The resulting 1000 pages, if you can get through them, constitute one of the most creative, if overwrought, dystopias ever envisioned. Society’s producers quietly disappear, enclosed in their own hidden capitalist utopia, while innovation grinds to a halt, intellectual property languishes, and overconfident, arrogant bureaucrats run world-class factories into the ground. When all’s said and done, all that was...
  • On Russia’s Holy Road

    07/23/2017 4:53:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/21/17 | Alexander Groves
    The anxiety had been mounting for weeks, and now over breakfast on the first day of the Velikoretsky pilgrimage there was no escaping the feeling that I may have made a terrible mistake. I had seen a Russia Today short programme about the oldest, longest, and largest walking pilgrimage in Russia, how, although very much suppressed in soviet times, it was not only allowed, but now hugely popular. An inner feeling had developed that I wanted to experience this event and to be a small part of the religious revival in Orthodox Russia. So, visas obtained, injections endured, and all...
  • Tory Cabinet Minister Piles Pressure on Religious Leaders to Let Gay Couples Marry in Church [UK]

    07/23/2017 4:40:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | 7/23/17 | Ben Glaze
    Justine Greening urged faith chiefs to “keep up” with 21st Century attitudes as the Tories unveiled a string of measures to boost LGBT rightsA senior Cabinet Minister piled pressure on religious leaders today to let gay couples marry in church. Equalities Minister Justine Greening urged faith chiefs to “keep up” with 21st Century attitudes. She was speaking ahead of Thursday’s 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of gay relationships. The Government today unveiled a crackdown on homophobic playground bullying, including kids calling each other gay as an insult. Other announcements timed to mark the 1967 Sexual Offences Act’s anniversary include allowing...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/23/2017 9:52:14 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Here is some good advice I found years ago and saved in a file. Not sure where I gathered it from, but it's good advice on finances on how to survive during good, bad, and especially uncertain times by preparing for the future. It is never too late to change one's ways, since you know not when God will bring you home. So if you are nearing retirement with the understanding that none of your ancestors lived past 85, beware, you could be the one who lives to be 110. that would be 25 years longer than you believe...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/22/2017 8:51:12 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • Conservative Anglicans Are Close to Despair. Is the C of E About to Split?

    07/21/2017 6:38:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/20/17 | Andrew Sabisky
    As an Anglican, I used to think theological liberalism was on the wane. Not any moreAnyone with a lick of sense can see that the Church of England is in serious trouble. Congregational decline, child abuse scandals, and financially desperate cathedrals are just the most obvious symptoms of a very broad disease. As an Anglican, I have been confident that the Church would manage to turn things around in a few decades. After the most recent meeting of General Synod, however, I am no longer so confident. On the face it, the Synod’s changes were all fairly minor. For all...
  • Ecumenism of Hate: The "Hate" Is All Coming from the Left

    07/21/2017 11:11:52 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 19, 2017 | Unknown
    TRANSCRIPT So the international fallout from the Vatican's hit piece against Trump, America's political conservatives and us, here at Church Militant, continues. Father Antonio Spadaro's bloated and nonsensical article last week made the almost unprecedented move of actually singling out this apostolate as an example of what is wrong in the Church these days. Now, that's rich, coming from a priest who has openly backed ordaining women as priests and is good buddies with practically every lover of the agenda of sodomy in the Church that exists. The essence of his condescending article is that an ecumenical effort has formed...
  • When Jesuits and Popes Dance With the Devil

    07/21/2017 8:06:14 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | July 17, 2017 | Fr. Celatus
    Years ago I was brought in as a priest to a psych ward in a VA hospital to work with a suicidal Vietnam veteran. His family was convinced that the root of his problem was not merely mental but diabolical. After spending some time with the tormented veteran, I agreed that something diabolical was at work. One thing I remember the veteran saying was that he “danced with the devil.” I shudder at the thought! So I prayed the Rosary with him, taught him the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel and enrolled him in the scapular. For a while...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/21/2017 7:54:31 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • 80 Years Ago, Hilaire Belloc Predicted Radical Islam’s Re-Emergence Because Of Secularization

    07/21/2017 4:20:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 20, 2017 | Maureen Mullarkey
    Immersed in current news, we forget that the past is not really “past” in significant ways. Much of the news of the day is not so new at all. In relation to Islam especially, the past is far from over. We are simply watching it emerge from the hibernation it entered after the formal dissolution of the 600- year reign of the Ottoman Empire in 1923.British writer Hilaire Belloc, writing in the 1930s, put no date on Islam’s re-emergence. But while the West’s attention was elsewhere, he predicted its inevitability: Millions of modern people . . . have forgotten all...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/20/2017 6:50:56 PM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    A Sordid Affair & The Levirate Law Of Proverbs 20:16 There are many sordid story's with many shocking facts shared in the Scriptures about God's people. One such story is the twisted account of Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar? (Genesis 38:7-26) The story of Judah and Tamar is certainly not the most pleasant story in the Bible. In fact, most commentaries on the book of Genesis don’t spend much time on this chapter. After all, the story of Joseph (Genesis chapters 37-38), has a lot more preaching material and great spiritual lessons! Customs at the time of the Patriarchs...
  • Prayer request for a Friend severley injured in Train/Car Wreck

    07/20/2017 9:22:01 AM PDT · by mabarker1 · 58 replies
    Phone call ^ | 07/20/2017 | Self
    I got a call from My old Boss at a Water Plant in Texas about one of the Plant Operators being involved in a train wreck the other night on the way to work. He was Airlifted by chopper to the Hospital in critical condition that required surgery to remove His Spleen, several feet of Intestine removed,bruised Lungs,Head lacerations and multiple broken Vertebra in His neck. Last I heard He made it through surgery and was in a Medically induced Coma. I'm requesting Prayers for Steve, His Wife and Family as well as the Medical Team treating Him. He is...
  • Salem witch trial victims are honored in two different communities on the 325th anniversary of...

    07/19/2017 11:02:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | July 19, 2017 | Dailymail.com Reporter and Associated Press
    FULL TITLE: Salem witch trial victims are honored in two different communities on the 325th anniversary of the tragedy Two communities in Massachusetts where 20 people suspected of witchcraft were put to death in 1692 honored the victims on Wednesday. The ceremonies in Salem and Danvers comes 325 years to the day when Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Wildes were hanged at a site in Salem known as Proctor's Ledge. It was the first of three mass hangings at the spot. The 20th victim was crushed to death. Salem unveiled a memorial at noon on...