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  • Three Things You're Probably Getting Wrong about Praying to the Saints

    04/20/2015 1:46:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 950 replies
    Shameless popery ^ | April 20, 2015
    As Christianity Today acknowledges, prayers for and to the Saints date back to the early Church (in fact, these practices date back far earlier, even to Old Testament Judaism, but I'll talk more about that tomorrow). Nevertheless, these practices are controversial within Protestantism. Today, I want to look at just one of them -- prayer to the Saints -- and show why the opposition to it is grounded in a faulty view of life after death. Tomorrow, I'll look at the Biblical support for both prayer to the Saints and prayer for the Saints. First, a word on why...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA): Evangelicals suddenly on the wrong side in gay marriage debate

    04/21/2015 8:30:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Penn Live ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ivey DeJesus
    Across Christian denominations, the debate over gay marriage has fundamentally pitted the views of socially progressive - if not radical - congregants and church leaders who are in favor of gay marriage against that of the conservative, evangelical sector that subscribes to a traditional and biblical definition of marriage. For the most part, proponents of gay marriage have been on the outs - at times waging tough battles that tear churches apart and put their ordination on the line. In the Presbyterian Church (USA), the tables seemed to have turned. Increasingly, the conservative, evangelical members of the 1.8-million-member mainline Protestant...
  • Leader of Coptic Orthodox Church to visit Armenia on April 20

    04/22/2015 6:11:07 AM PDT · by OK Sun
    Armenian News Agency ^ | 15 Aprill, 2015 | Armenian News Agency
    YEREVAN, 15 APRIL, ARMENPRESS. On April 20, the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, the Leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church His Holiness Tawadros II will arrive in Armenia and participate in the events of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated  against the Armenians by the Turks.  As “Armenpress” reports, citing the Egyptian news outlets, His Holiness will leave for Europe from Armenia to participate in the conference of Coptic Diaspora. Tawadros II will return to Egypt from his trip in about a month. In his two years tenure, he paid Pontifical visit to...
  • LAODICEAN APOSTATE TONY CAMPOLO SAYS HES STARTING EVANGELICALS FOR HILLARY

    04/18/2015 8:04:18 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    This is what he (Tony Campolo) has to say about Hillary Clinton and why Christians should vote for her: Some of my Evangelical friends raise questions about her views on abortion. But Hillary Clinton is one of the few candidates on the political stage who has a plan for cutting the abortion rate in America by at least 50 percent. I know Hillary Clinton to be a committed Christian. As a teenager, Hillarys religious beliefs were heavily impacted by hearing a sermon by Martin Luther King, Jr. The youth pastor of her Methodist church mentored her through her teenage years...
  • TEN EVIDENCES OF SALVATION (vanity)

    04/19/2015 1:43:46 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 10 replies
    Happy Heralds, Inc. Articles ^ | undated | Fred Wittman
    TEN EVIDENCES (PROOFS) OF SALVATION Notes by Dr. Fred Wittman 1. The Witness of the Holy Spirit . . A. Within the child of God (Romans 8:9-16; 1 John 3:24); . . B. With another child of God (Romans 8:16); . . C. By fellowship with God (Romans 8: 14; 1 John 1 :7) 2. The Witness of God (Chastening) (Heb. 12:5-11) 3. The Witness of Love (John 13:34,35; 1 John 3:14-19; 5:1-3; 4:7,8,11) 4. The Witness of Your Life (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:7-10). 5. The Witness of God's Word . . A. Your reaction to it...
  • [Response to 2013 WSJ article] Cultural Catholicism and the End of Life: You Earned It

    04/17/2015 12:12:16 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 337 replies
    309 words of Wall Street Journal article posted on triablogue Blogspot ^ | Wall Street Journal August 29, 2013 : blog on August 30, 2013 | by PAUL MOSES Wall Street Journal copied by John Bugay
    Ive mentioned that Roman Catholicism is so onerous because it puts its hooks in you at various times in your life from baptism as a child, to first confession and first holy communion, then Confirmation as an early teen, then marriage, baptism of your own children, etc. Its a programmatic cycle. There is another point at which Rome is prominent, and that is at death. As the Baby Boom generation continues to age and die, people will continue to be focused on this phase of life, either as people focused on the end of their own lives, or that...
  • Catholic bishops should learn from the Mormons (No, he's serious. Ref: "Gay Marriage" & Polygamy)

    04/17/2015 10:05:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 17, 2015 | Father Thomas Reese, S.J.
    The U.S. Catholic bishops could take a lesson from Mormon leaders on how to deal with religious liberty and gay rights. The Mormons have been strong allies of the Catholic bishops in the fight against gay marriage and the protection of religious freedom. But when the Mormons saw they were on the losing side in this fight, they were willing to compromise to protect what they considered essential. Like the Catholic church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints respects tradition and does not change teaching easily. But Mormons do have a pragmatic side. With the entire nation aligned...
  • What Is Grace?

    04/13/2015 9:16:19 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 16 replies
    ligonier ministries ^ | Mar 10, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    A number of decades ago at the Ligonier Valley Study Center, we sent out a Thanksgiving card with this simple statement: The essence of theology is grace; the essence of Christian ethics is gratitude. In all the debates about our role versus Gods role in sanctificationour growth in holinesswed stay on the right track if wed remember this grace-gratitude dynamic. The more we understand how kind God has been to us and the more we are overcome by His mercy, the more we are inclined to love Him and to serveHim.Yet we cant get the grace-gratitude dynamic right if...
  • Total Absorption and Breakthrough

    04/13/2015 1:36:46 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 4-16-15 | Holy Spirit inspired
    Total Absorption and Breakthrough I am drawing you deeper into My Spirit then ever before for I AM your Wellspring of Life and so now as I call and you answer I will feed you from The Tree of Life great and mighty things. First you will delve into and devour My very Virtue for without this nothing exists so you must come into and completely walk in My Worthiness for "HOLY" is My Name "Yeah" even the angels cry out unrelentingly My Truth . Second I will cause you to drink in My love and this door opens to...
  • Does God Love America?

    04/12/2015 11:45:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Criterio Hidalgo ^ | April 12, 2015
    If you want to choose in the US, you'd better praise God. The Americans do not seem to care much what church leaders pray; just want to kneel .. It was built in the 1920s in the style of the Spanish missions, topped off with one of those thatched roofs of red clay so popular in southern Florida by then. Catholics put their foundation a few steps from the famed Biltmore Hotel (inspired by the Giralda, the tower of the Cathedral of Seville in Spain) and named their church in honor of St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as the...
  • How Many Highly Religious Conservative Republicans Are There?

    04/10/2015 11:54:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Christian Post's Opinion Section ^ | April 10, 2015 | Frank Newport, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz chose a conservative, evangelical Christian university as the setting for his announcement that he was running for president. This underscored his apparent strategic decision to focus relentlessly on the conservative, highly religious segment of his party, both in terms of attempting to become their candidate of preference, and also in terms of maximizing their turnout in the 2016 primary elections. The Republican Party in general has a disproportionate percentage of conservative and highly religious Americans in its ranks, so Cruz's strategy would appear to make numerical sense -- as it would for other conservative politicians, like...
  • The Resurrection & The Eucharist

    The Resurrection & The Eucharist by Fr. Rodney Kissinger S.J. (Former Missouri Synod Lutheran) http://www.frksj.org/homily_ressurection_and_the_eucharist.htm There is an important connection between the Resurrection and the Eucharist. The Eucharist IS the Risen Jesus. Therefore, the Eucharist makes the Resurrection present and active in our lives and enables us to experience the joy and the power of the Resurrection.

The Resurrection is the reason for the observance of Sunday instead of the Sabbath. According to the Gospel it was early in the morning on the first day of the week that the Risen Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene. It was also on the...
  • 30,000 Protestant Denominations?

    10/11/2014 8:36:27 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 110 replies
    JustforCatholics-Evangelical and Evangelistic Ministry for Protestants ^ | Joe Mizzi, M.D. Reformed Baptist Church of Malta
    Question: If one thing is clear, it's that there is one, single, visible Church that Jesus founded. This multitude of competing, conflicting denominations is no sign of God's work; therefore, it must be the work of the Evil One. Somewhere in the midst of these 30,000 denominations, there is one true church, and the rest are in sin and rebellion. Answer: The "thousands-of-denominations" argument is very often employed to prove all sorts of things. Here are some citations from letters received from other Catholics: How can all these denominations claim to follow the Bible yet all come to different conclusions?...
  • The Concept of Catholic Unity in the Doctrine of the Eucharist at the time of Trent

    04/09/2015 10:36:50 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 31 replies
    Reformation500 ^ | January 1, 2013 | Paul Bassett
    The last time I posted here I examined Bryan Crosss claim for unity in the Roman Catholic Church. It was my intention to apply Bryans guidelines to a specific case that he mentioned i.e. abortion to show that his claim, in at least that instance, did not meet the visibility standard he required for unity to exist. I hope to have been fair in my examination and believe that said examination disproved Bryans thesis on his own grounds.But that exercise caused me to reflect more broadly on the Roman claim to unity as it might apply to other...
  • A Word of Life and Hope Restored [Charismatic Caucus]

    04/06/2015 11:26:46 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 4-6-15 | Jedidiah
    You are not alone look beside you and find me filling your Wellspring with hope even now as the enemy flees with his lies and " T "rue hope becomes your warmth and understanding, that My light is upon you to shed all darkness and though things now seem out of reach "Truly " (( ( I AM ) )) and this is all you Truly need to know for I have already laid out your steps before Me and nothing can alter your path in Me alone . So come closer and completely dissolve all your worries into Me...
  • Happy Easter!

    04/05/2015 10:45:01 AM PDT · by Grateful2God · 10 replies
    me | Easter Sunday, April 05, 2015 | Grateful2God
    A joyous, peaceful and Happy Easter to all my fellow FReepers, especially those who have enriched my life with their correspondence and posts! Have a special and beautiful day full of blessings, love, and gratitude! He is Risen!
  • Woman Arrested For Allegedly Starting Fire In Plymouth Church

    03/30/2015 2:40:57 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | March 29, 2015
    PLYMOUTH (CBS) A woman has been arrested after fire officials say she set a fire in one of the oldest churches in New England. Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the First Parish Church in Town Square shortly after 6:30p.m. Sunday. Officials said a woman inside had put items in the front entryway of the church and set them on fire. The woman allegedly threw items at responders. According to the parishs Facebook page, the woman had been hiding inside the church after Sundays service. The fire caused some damage to the foyer carpeting. No one was hurt.
  • In Summation: Does any Church or Council possess infallibility or did Jesus alone possess this?

    03/30/2015 8:34:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 83 replies
    3/30/2015 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    Here is the summation for the previous threads and the last of this for some time: Jesus Christ alone possessed the intrinsic quality of infallibility, was unlike any man that has ever lived, and was in a class all by Himself. There were some (like the Ebionites) who believed that Jesus was the messiah but also believed that he lacked divinity. Some, like those who ascribed to Arianism or semi-Arianism, who were somewhere in between the Ebionites and those who believed/believe that Jesus was fully God and Fully Man. Each of these nonetheless believed that Jesus was unlike any man...
  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 159 replies
    3/28/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Easter Day (April 5th, 2015), faithful Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus bodily from death. Later on this year, faithful Christians will also (on August 15th, 2015) celebrate the resurrection of Mary the mother of Jesus (before her body could see decay) and her Assumption into heaven. With the shows on CNN (Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact and Forgery) and O'Reilly's book, "Killing Jesus" on television (both this Sunday), there seems to be an uptick in the interest on the life of Jesus, the Apostles and early followers of Jesus - as well as Mary's role, too.
  • Which Compilations of New Testament Scripture Were Inspired By God and Which Weren't?

    03/27/2015 3:11:53 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 37 replies
    3/27/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Moving back from the Theodosian Code, which stated the scriptures they believed to be heretical, back to the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., which decreed that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were to be in the fixed New Testament Canon of scripture, and back to earlier dates we find the following: A.) The Clermont List - a codex which embraced the Canon as it existed in Egypt (i.e. Alexandria) c.300 A.D. It lists the New Testament books which are the same as ours except that the Gospels are listed Matthew, Mark, Luke (the apostolic authors...
  • Praying of the Rosary Is NOT Bible-Based Teaching

    03/24/2015 8:06:07 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 927 replies
    The Disciplers ^ | 2011 | Ptr. Vince
    Praying The Rosary Is Not Biblical, And Is A Form Of Idolatry Just last Sunday, a local newspaper paper released an article teaching that the praying of the Holy Rosary is Bible-based. In the first two paragraphs, the writer admittedly says that there is no passage in the Bible teaching nor mentioned about the praying of Rosary. However, in the following paragraphs, the writer justified the praying of the Rosary basing it on the repetition of historical events of some Bible characters (like Gideon as he mentioned) about Israels history. I dont know if the writer of this article did...
  • MIRACULOUS - Divine Intervention [Charismatic Caucus]

    03/25/2015 2:11:31 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    Situational change comes when My Spirit enters where there has been limitations invoked by lies and it is as My Spirit of TRUTH dis-lodges(evicts) this strongman that TRUTH REIGNS SUPREME and divine creative intervention restores (( ( KINGDOM REIGN ) ))and "Reality" , So that Grace "IS" the Cornerstone and Mercy flows freely creating "THE MIRACULOUS"(pressed down shaken together and flowing over). . . Matthew 8:15 15 He touched her hand and the fever "left" her; and she got up and began waiting on Him. Matthew 12:13 13 Then he said to the man, Stretch out your hand. So he...
  • The KEY to your daily life in Christ Jesus[Charismatic caucus]

    03/24/2015 8:48:41 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-24-15 | Jedediah ,bible
    Certain situations coming up now will not be explainable or even understandable without first coming to the Shepherd of your ways for truly as "THE" WORD(Eternal) now my children of light "will see" that to step out into unfamiliar ground will be utter futility and that inquiring first of Me before they take a step or speak a word will bring the correct illumination, judgment and the eventual decision or action to take . Here are the Keys to The Kingdom seek Me first in all you do and the other keys will reveal themselves to you . Matthew 26:40...
  • Why Creflo Won't Be Getting My Dollars [Why does he need a $65 Million Jet for Ministry?]

    03/16/2015 6:54:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/15/2015 | Michael Brown
    Im all for generous giving, and Im all for taking care of ministers of the gospel, but I will not be sending Creflo Dollar $300 to help him buy a $65 million jet for his ministry. The very thought of it is obscene. On a manipulative video now removed from his website, the narrator explains how Pastor Dollars ministry is touching people worldwide and how the old private jet theyve been using for years has become unusable, also explaining how it is actually dangerous to fly. Now, we are told, in order to travel around the world, he needs a...
  • Fractal Symetry [Charismatic Caucus]

    03/15/2015 1:25:08 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    bible ^ | 3-15-15 | Jedediah
    My Fractal Symmetry balances The Father's Heart for He is the source of Love and I AM the Avenue to His Heart therein if you have seen Me, heard Me,listened and obeyed Me as your Shepherd then we are already one and the Kingdom is yours for in your obedience to Me "THE WORD" you dissolve into balance and I AM , therefore your quotient becomes Eternal and "We are one" . . . John 14:3 If I go and prepare a place for you , I will come again and will take you to myself , that where I...
  • Which Bible do you believe to be the true Bible - the Protestant, the Roman Catholic, or the Coptic?

    03/13/2015 12:40:51 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 107 replies
    3/13/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    1.) The King James Bible and/or Protestant Bible contains 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books. Roman Catholics include all of these books within their sacred canon, with the addition of other books not included within the Protestant Canon. The Coptic Bible contains more books than all of the aforementioned (including the 27/39) and books that Roman Catholics believe to be canonical - and some other books. 2.) The First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD issued the Nicene Creed, adhered to by almost all Christians (Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Protestants and Coptics) with the exception of a...
  • The Peace of Jesus ~ [Charismatic Caucus]

    03/09/2015 9:03:22 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Bible,The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-9-15 | Jedediah
    The Peace of Jesus ~ He gives us his Peace but More importantly he Gives Us Himself and His Authority to quiet any Storm ... Peace to you "As I AM" for where ever you go now in these days ahead My Peace shall not only calm the Seas and quiet the Storms turmoil but The Lions shall lay quietly with The Lamb as My Spirit moves AS The Father's Will endowed now in You ! My Shalom is not only with you but "I AM". My "BE STILL" IS yours to breathe ~ ~ ~ John 14 :1,27 Do...
  • Plausible Hypothesis on What Exactly the Abomination of Desolation Might Be

    02/28/2015 1:13:39 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 48 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | 2/26/15 | Ann Barnhardt
    I recently tweeted THIS PIECE on the attempts by Francis and his felonious thug toadies to execute a de facto abrogation of the Sixth Commandment, written under a nome de plume (or is that nome de guerre?) over at The Remnant Newspaper. When I read the authors two concluding paragraphs, one thought entered my mind, and has not left since. That thought was, Oh my gosh. THAT is the Abomination of Desolation. First, let me quote the final two paragraphs from The Remnants piece: The gravity of this looming crisis cannot be overstated. If this proposal is adopted, it will...
  • Defending The Pre-trib Rapture

    02/28/2015 2:38:16 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 196 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 28 Feb 15 | Todd Strandberg
    Defending The Pre-trib Rapture After reading countless messages and articles that attack the pre-trib rapture, I've noticed a certain number of arguments that are repeatedly sent to me. Instead of trying to answer every individual e-mail I receive, I thought it would be a good idea to create a web page that addresses the most commonly mentioned points of debate. This way, I can avoid repeating myself so many times; thereby, maintain my sanity. Nowhere in the Bible, can you find the word "rapture"It amazes me that some folks write to me, questioning the validity of the rapture, simply...
  • When Jesus Says 'I Never Knew You'

    02/25/2015 7:05:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/25/2015 | Dan Delzell
    The words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 are often quoted, but commonly misapplied. In this familiar passage our Lord declared, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" Unfortunately, this passage is often presented to genuine believers...
  • The Eternal Love of The Father

    02/24/2015 8:15:54 AM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    bible , ^ | Jedediah
    THE Eternal Love of The Father Virtue upon virtue , line upon line of My Word is truly a River of Life as you walk in My Love and not your own for as your Father in Heaven I AM with you always even onto forever but it is My desire you carry My Heart and not your own for your love can be injured But My Love for you ,in you and through you is an unstoppable Truth that sheds off the lies of the enemy and before which all condemnation Must Fall! For My Love is Sovereign and...
  • Breaking News . . . Joseph Smith Had Forty Wives . . . I'm Shocked . . .

    02/17/2015 2:22:11 PM PST · by Gamecock · 97 replies
    Earlier this month, the Mormon Church officially acknowledged what the most ardent of Mormons did not know (or refused to believe); that Joseph Smith had at least forty wives. According to a recent article in the The New York Times (a once reputable and respected publication), Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the churchs founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old. The churchs disclosures, in a series of essays online, are...
  • Churches ask: What can we do to help undocumented immigrants?

    02/17/2015 2:33:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | February 13, 2015 | Roxana Kopetman
    The presentations at two Orange County church meetings were similar. The crowds were not. One was predominantly Anglo. The other was Latino. Both focused on President Obamas upcoming immigration plan and what church members could do to help 100,000 eligible undocumented immigrants across the county apply for deportation relief. The first application opening is days away. Local churches and other organizations are busily working to organize forums and training sessions. Theyre looking for volunteers. They aim to help eligible immigrants apply for temporary reprieves from deportation that come with work permits. Such sessions are happening nationwide. A federal judge in...
  • Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery 2

    02/14/2015 8:26:46 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 27 replies
    Beggars All Reformation Blogspot. ^ | May 28,2010 | John Bugay
    Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery 2 The right way to understand history is to start from the beginning. What was it like to be a Christian in the earliest church in Rome? We have a marvellous picture of this earliest church, provided by the New Testament scholar Peter Lampe, author of the work "From Paul to Valentinus: Christians in Rome in the First Two Centuries."The Catholic historian Eamon Duffy writes in his work, "Sinners and Saints": "All modern discussion of the issues must now start from [this] exhaustive and persuasive analysis by Peter Lampe. Lampe seemingly searched...
  • The Pursuit of God: Restoring the Creator-creature Relation - Chapter 8

    02/14/2015 5:55:22 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.-Psa. 57:5 It is a truism to say that order in nature depends upon right relationships; to achieve harmony each thing must be in its proper position relative to each other thing. In human life it is not otherwise. I have hinted before in these chapters that the cause of all our human miseries is a radical moral dislocation, an upset in our relation to God and to each other. For whatever else the Fall may have been, it was most certainly a sharp change...
  • Bowing the Knee to Rome

    02/13/2015 10:04:31 AM PST · by WXRGina · 270 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | February 1, 2015 | T.A. McMahon
    We live in strange times. When I became a born-again believer nearly four decades ago following thirty years as a Roman Catholic, not one non-Catholic Christian chided me for leaving the Church of Rome. In those days it was fairly obvious to evangelicals that the teachings and practices of Roman Catholicism were at odds with the teachings of the Bible. Yes, there were a few things, at least superficially, that Catholics and Bible-believing Christians held in common. The virgin birth of Christ, which involved the conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit, is one example. Yet, regarding Christs miraculous birth,...
  • Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery, part 1

    02/13/2015 5:56:00 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 124 replies
    Beggars All ^ | May 26, 2010 | John Bugay
    Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery, part 1 J. Gresham Machen said, in his 1915 lecture "History and Faith," that "The student of the New Testament should be primarily an historian." And in fact, thanks to the last few centuries' worth of historical criticism, and a couple of historical Jesus quests, both the life of Jesus and the history of the New Testament have undergone a thorough historical examination, and in the process, have only had their historical reliability enhanced. On the other hand, what we've been told about the early papacy has fallen away like chaff. Instead...
  • Did Christ go to hell after he died?

    02/10/2015 8:55:01 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 97 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | August 5, 2014 | Lyndon Unger, pastor/teacher currently between ministry work
    On my personal blog, and through e-mail, I sometimes get reader requests for posts. People often have interesting questions about a wide variety of issues, and I do what I can to try to tackle reader questions when I can. One of my relatives sent me a question a little over a year ago, and seeing that I had the same question boiling around in my mind many years ago (before I figured it out), Im thought Id tackle it and clear up what is a somewhat common question.The question has to do with whether or not Jesus went...
  • Cruz: 'Mitt Romney Didn't Show Up on Broadway Trying to Blow Up' Book of Mormon

    02/11/2015 5:19:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 11, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    At a Defeat Jihad Summit hosted by the Center for Security Policy, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) noted Wednesday that former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is Mormon, did not travel to New York launch a terrorist attack on The Book of Mormon."Right now on Broadway, a play is showing, the Book of Mormon, that is ridiculing and making fun of the Mormon faith," said Cruz. "Last I checked, Mitt Romney didnt show up on Broadway trying to blow up the stage." (VIDEO-AT-LINK)"It is not a permissible response for anyone of any faith to say if you disagree with or...
  • Obama: "No god condones terror."

    02/10/2015 3:46:50 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 62 replies
    2/10/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    President Obama, during his National Prayer Breakfast speech, Thursday: "No god condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives or the oppression of those who are weaker of fewer in number." All people at all times and locations have the right to defend themselves from terror. Despite Obama's words that have clearly angered people, we can see the following as an example: Christians within the confines of the Byzantine Empire had a right to defend themselves from Muslims who terrorized them, but we all know that Pope Urban II could in no way possible know that anyone who...
  • 'Held at gunpoint': Scandal rocks biggest Christian network

    02/10/2015 10:18:27 AM PST · by Morgana · 44 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 2.5.2015 | Bob Unruh
    The former chief financial officer of Trinity Broadcasting, the nations largest Christian broadcasting network, has filed a lawsuit against her former company and its top bosses for allegedly threatening her with a loaded gun when she objected to unlawful distributions of $100 million to themselves and others. The lawsuit was filed Jan. 29 by Brittany Koper, the granddaughter of TBN founder Paul Crouch Sr., who died last year, and her husband, Michael Koper, against Trinity Christian Center, International Christian Broadcasting, Matthew Crouch, Janice Crouch and John Casoria. Brittany Koper was TBNs CFO and treasurer until she was fired in 2011,...
  • Christ Our High Priest In Heaven

    02/07/2015 4:12:53 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 13 replies
    Since then we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession HEBREWS 4:14 This is a valuable text to consider. Its value is that it summarizes much of the teaching of the book of Hebrews. It enables us, in other words, to get a handle on the whole of Hebrews. Further, it provides us with this summary, not in a remote, academic way, but in a way that bears very directly on our lives. In particular, we will see, it has a crucial bearing on the...
  • Why I left Protestantism for Catholicism

    02/06/2015 8:31:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 148 replies
    February 06, 2015
    http://www.reformed.org/webfiles/antithesis/index.html?mainframe=/webfiles/antithesis/v1n5/ant_v1n5_why.html Why I Left Protestantism for Catholicism Jeffrey A. Tucker I am no fan of "conversion" essays, which are sometimes pompous and self-serving. My purpose is to achieve a greater spirit of mutual respect. How rare are Protestant conversions to Catholicism? More rare than reverse, but I know enough cases, including my own, to make the subject worth exploring. J.I. Packer recently wrote in Christianity Today (May 1989) that the contrast between the "zany wildness" of Protestantism and the "at-homeness" of Catholicism alone is sufficient to explain conversions to Catholicism. It is the only Church that can, and does, claim...
  • 5 Signs of Spiritual Maturity (reprise)

    02/06/2015 5:38:48 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 17 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | February 2, 2015 | Clint Archer, Pastor Hillcrest Baptist Church
    February 2, 2015 Let me start by saying that its not wrong for a new believer to be immature any more than its wrong for a child to be childish.Puerility is only annoying in an adult. When a four year old dons a cape and wears his underwear over his pants, claiming x-ray vision its cute. When his dad does that its concerning (or certifiable).When youve been a believer for many years though, lack of these indicators should be concerning.Mature believers possess these 5 indicators1. An Appetite for MeatIts good to enjoy the milk of the gospel with every meal....
  • Caesarea Philippi... Gates of Hades?

    02/05/2015 1:39:00 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 36 replies
    In plain Site: Section 11... Cults/Catholicism ^ | "Added January-February 2014 Section 11... Cults/Catholicism " | Carol Brooks
    Caesarea Philippi... Gates of Hades?Carol Brooks He asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven....
  • Mass as nourishment, not as obligation

    02/05/2015 2:50:39 PM PST · by NYer · 419 replies
    OSV ^ | February 5, 2015 | Melinda Selmys
    Most Catholics know we are supposed to attend Sunday Mass every week and observe various holy days of obligation throughout the year. It’s an obligation, however, that many do not observe. As my parish priest joked years ago when the pews of our sleepy rural parish were unexpectedly full, “There must be nothing going on in Tweed [Onterio] today.”I suspect part of the reason so many Catholics ignore the Sunday obligation is, counter intuitively, the very word “obligation.” Our culture is not one that deals well with concepts like duty and obedience. The words “I was just following orders”...
  • An embrace that swayed the Mormon Church on gay rights [LGBT's been meeting with Lds reps 5 years]

    02/04/2015 11:24:17 PM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    LATimes.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Maria L. La Ganga
    <p>Matthew Aune and Derek Jones were...strolling through Main Street Plaza just east of the Salt Lake Temple, the holiest site in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.</p> <p>Aune bussed his partner on the cheek. Church security guards appeared. The twentysomething men said they were cuffed and forced to the ground. The church's official statement said the couple had been "engaged in passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language" on private church property, an account the two men vigorously contested.</p>
  • LDS Church Wants Mormons' Opinion About Temple Garments [Give Mormon church underwear feedback]

    02/04/2015 9:00:32 PM PST · by Colofornian · 68 replies
    MidUtahRadio.com ^ | Feb. 3. 2015 | Doug Staples
    The LDS Church is asking for Mormons to weigh in about Temple garments. LDS officials are requesting public comments about the fit, fabric, size and style in an effort to propose changes and improvements. The move comes after last year when the Utah-based faith posted photos and videos of the misunderstood clothing to explain them to so-called gawkers.
  • Roman Catholicism, Part 7, Mary

    02/03/2015 6:46:06 AM PST · by Gamecock · 265 replies
    Roman CatholicismLoraine Boettner 1962Part 7 MARY. 1. Marys Place in Scripture. 2. Mother of God. 3. Historical Development. 4. Contrast between Roman and Protestant Teaching. 5. Mary as an Object of Worship. 6. Mary Usurps the Place of Christ. 7. Mary Represented as more Sympathetic than Jesus. 8. One Mediator. 9. Adoration or Idolatry? 10. LatriaDuliaHyperdulia. 11. Jesus Attitude towards Mary. 12. The Protestant Attitude towards Mary. 13. Were There Other Children in the Family of Joseph and Mary? 14. The Immaculate Conception. 15. The Assumption of Mary. 16. Romes Real Purpose in the Exaltation of Mary.1. MARYS PLACE...
  • Dachau: The Largest Cemetery of Catholic Priests in the World

    02/03/2015 7:14:02 AM PST · by marshmallow · 67 replies
    2,579 Catholic priests, seminarians, and religious were deported from across Europe to the Dachau concentration camp, according to a newly published French book. 1,034 of them, 868 of whom were Polish, died there. According to Guillaume Zellers La Baraque des prtres, Dachau, 1938-1945, the priests included German priests who spoke out against euthanasia, Polish priests who were considered part of Polands elite, French priests who resisted the Nazis, and a French bishop who aided the Jews. The Dachau camp remains the largest cemetery of Catholic priests in the world, said Zeller in an interview with Le Figaro. They maintained their...