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Mainline Protestant (Religion)

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  • The Erroneous Notion That Is Causing an Exodus From the Church

    03/21/2018 7:22:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/21/2018 | Christopher Benek
    People are fleeing the institutional church and there should be no question as to why this exodus is happening. The vast majority of people who claim to represent God in the United States have been perpetuating a Biblical misconception that has been leading the church into decline for decades. That erroneous notion is Escapism Theology. Escapism theology is the concept that humanity needs to get away from this mess we call Earth and go "home" to Heaven. I hear this kind of verbiage all of the time from church leaders almost everywhere. They say things like: "Accept Jesus as your...
  • ACNA’s Anglo-Catholic Crisis- A Case Study in Anglo-Catholic issues

    03/21/2018 7:13:01 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Anglicanorum Coetibus Society ^ | 03-21-2018 | Simon Dennerly
    After Monday’s article about the Anglican Church in North America’s  Anglo-Catholic section, the Missionary Diocese of All Saints contemplating leaving the ACNA we received a statement from the Sufferage Bishop of MDAS, Richard W. Lipka: ” I want to be clear that we have not made any decision to leave ACNA. We have simply begun to explore relationships with other  non-papal Catholic entities”An ACNA clergy source, which wishes to remain anonymous, has stated they do want to leave, but they need some place to go to. Despite members of the MDAS clergy making enquires with the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair...
  • Pro-LGBT Lutheran Seminary President Unceremoniously Purged for Leading Ex-Gay Group 17 Years Ago

    03/18/2018 3:12:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/18/2018 | Tyler O' Neil
    Less than a year after Theresa F. Latini was hired as the first president of United Lutheran Seminary in Pennsylvania last April, she was unceremoniously ousted from the institution of higher learning after news broke that she once led a Christian ministry helping believers overcome same-sex attraction. She left that organization in 2001 and has since sworn off the idea that LGBT people can reject their identities, but that did not save her from ideological cleansing.United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) was formed in 2017, as a merger between two seminaries in Gettysburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Latini was named its first...
  • Justified By Love[Charismatic Caucus]

    03/16/2018 2:04:38 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    Bible ^ | 3-16-18 | bible
    Justification is but one word ~ "Love" and in this miracle all others shall be found for even My spirits hang upon this lamp stand(Menorah) of Eternal Truth "God is Love" ~ Elohim Ahavah . . . Matthew 22:37-40 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
  • Lutheran seminary president ousted in controversy over past "conversion therapy" work

    03/15/2018 10:06:44 AM PDT · by lightman · 56 replies ^ | 14 March A.D. 2018 | Charles Thompson
    A prominent Lutheran seminary with two campuses in Pennsylvania is having a stormy moment of reckoning over the early-career, "conversion therapy" work by its first-year president. That moment reached a climax at the United Lutheran Seminary Wednesday, with the school's board of trustees voting to end the Rev. Theresa F. Latini's tenure as president. Latini, who answered some questions from PennLive via email Wednesday night, called the board's action unfair. "I have been scapegoated by an historically divided institution resistant to unification," she wrote, "and have been given little chance to respond to the accusations against me." United Lutheran Seminary...
  • Luther: The Musician; The great reformer did more than write theology.

    03/10/2018 7:56:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 03/09/2018 | Colin Holman
    Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. ... But any who remain unaffected [by music] are clodhoppers indeed and are fit to hear only the words of dung-poets and the music of pigs.” As might be guessed, these are the words of Martin Luther, the reformer who didn’t mince words. But in more ironic words before these, he said this about music: "Looking at music itself, you will find that from the beginning of the world it has been instilled and implanted in all creatures, individually and collectively. ... Music is still more wonderful in living...
  • Harvard Has Abandoned God and Its Christian Principles

    03/09/2018 7:44:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/09/2018 | Ron Henzel
    When Kelly Monroe Kullberg's book, Finding God at Harvard, came out in 1996, those who followed The New York Times' Best Sellers could not miss the title's reference. Several years earlier, Ari Goldman's The Search for God at Harvard (1991) not only made the list but was named a "Notable Book of the Year" by the Times. The difference between the two books is stark. Goldman's spotlights a Harvard where religion is celebrated, as long as it is not the Christianity of the school's founders, especially with its claim to salvation exclusively through Christ. Kullberg's spotlights Christians whose faith survived...
  • Police Consider Investigation into Former Archbishop as CofE Braced for More Revelations of Abuse

    03/08/2018 6:13:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 3/5/18 | Harry Farley
    The Church of England is bracing itself for more revelations of how senior figures covered up child sex abuse with police considering whether to press charges against the former archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey. Anglican leaders will come under the most intense scrutiny they have faced over their handling of abuse allegations as the Church goes before the independent inquiry into child sex abuse for the next three weeks. Police are considering whether to launch an investigation against the former archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, after he was forced to step down as an honorary bishop last year. Carey was...

    03/06/2018 7:16:34 AM PST · by Jedediah · 13 replies
    Your posture before me is the door opener to all you hear and say through My spirit , for truly it is the Gethsemane(garden) experience of total surrender and the ability to sit quietly before your King of kings that allows Me to become Lord over everything in your life as you lay them all before me holding nothing back ! I AM your answer and bank of knowledge but without intimacy with me, your understanding will be lacking the eyes to see and the ears to hear all I have to speak into your life for I AM giving...
  • Cardinal Müller Criticises German Bishops’ Plan for Communion for Protestant Spouses

    03/05/2018 5:35:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/1/18 | Staff Reporter
    The cardinal said the idea of only allowing Communion in specific cases was a 'rhetorical trick'Cardinal Gerhard Müller has criticised the German bishops’ document that opens Communion to Protestant spouses in certain situations. In an interview with Die Tagespost, the cardinal said the bishops had interpreted canon law incorrectly, and warned them against making vague statements when the full document is published. Canon 844 §4 allows Protestants to receive Holy Communion under very specific “grave circumstances”. The German bishops said that this can apply to Protestant spouses of Catholics who wish to end “serious spiritual distress” and a “longing to...
  • Presbyterian Church in Canada Issues 'Letter of Repentance' to LGBT Community

    03/02/2018 9:51:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/02/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    A leader with the Presbyterian Church in Canada has issued a "letter of repentance" to the LGBT community over the denomination's purported mistreatment of sexual minorities. The Rev. Peter Bush, moderator of the PCC's 143rd General Assembly, which was held last year, wrote in the letter that "we are all harmed" by homophobia. "No one should ever be harmed for naming their sexual identity. We live in a culture and a world where LGBT persons are bullied, brutalized and sometimes killed," said Bush. "Presbyteries and sessions fail to hold church members and church leaders accountable for their hateful acts. For...
  • Persevere[Charismatic Caucus]

    03/02/2018 9:27:41 AM PST · by Jedediah
    Perseverance is The blood , sweat and tears of the persecuted for My names sake but be reassured that all of Heaven is with you in all you do and say by My spirit and for My glory . 1 Corinthians 9:24 24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let...
  • Seven Steps for United Methodism's Future (Reversing the Huge Membership Slide)

    02/27/2018 8:40:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/27/2018 | Mark D. Tooley
    The United Methodist Church's Council of Bishops is meeting this week and again in April to consider proposals from the special commission on denominational controversies about homosexuality. That commission meets one more time in March to finalize its ideas for consideration by a specially scheduled General Conference in 2019.Meanwhile, new membership statistics show USA United Methodism slumping below seven million members for the first time in 100 years, while globally the church is at a record 12.5 million members, thanks to church growth in Africa. The emerging new majority in Africa has prevented United Methodism, uniquely among historically liberal Mainline Protestant denominations,...
  • Presbyterian Minister Writes New Book to Make the “Christian Argument for Abortion”

    02/26/2018 12:01:25 AM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb 23, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    There seems to be a concerted effort among abortion activists to pervert Christian teachings by using religious arguments to justify killing unborn babies. A new book by Presbyterian minister Rebecca Todd Peters pushes the notion that killing an unborn baby is not wrong. In “Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice” from Beacon Press, Todd Peters argues for abortion from a religious perspective. Todd Peters, who also is a professor at Elon University, wrote, “The starting point of our ethical conversation should be women’s lives, [yet] the problem that we face in this country is our failure to...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Says Islamic Rules are Incompatible with Britain's Laws

    02/25/2018 5:49:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 2/24/18 | Steve Doughty
    * Justin Welby said Sharia law should never become part of the UK legal system* His predecessor Lord Williams had said Sharia law could be incorporated* Welby said British law had 'values and assumptions' rooted in Christian traditionsSharia law should never become part of the British legal system, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday. Justin Welby said the Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain’s laws, which have developed over 500 years on the principles of a different culture. He added that high levels of immigration from Muslim countries can ‘have an impact on the accepted pattern for choosing a partner,...
  • The Harvest is ready now [charismatic caucus]

    02/25/2018 8:22:06 AM PST · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    The time to plow is over for the seeds are bearing fruit for I have gone before you as David in the Valley of Breakthrough . So speak and declare My Words of Righteousness given to all those that believe on Me for "Truly" The Harvest is ready to be brought into the Storehouse That is , "My Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven" for "Truly" You "ARE " My Keepers of My Love and ONE True Light EMMANUEL ( God with us ) JOHN 4:34-38 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will...
  • Cult Weddings in Church of England Buildings Could Become a Reality, Bishop Warns

    02/24/2018 6:00:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 2/23/18 | Harry Farley
    Cult-type 'New Religious Movements' could hold weddings in Church of England churches if proposals contained in a new bill pass, according to an Anglican bishop. John Gummer's ecumenical marriage bill, which passed its second reading in the House of Lords on Friday, could allow 'New Religious Movements', which include controversial groups like Scientologists, the right to use Church of England buildings for weddings. That is according to Tim Dakin, the bishop of Winchester, who spoke against the bill this morning. The private member's bill is designed to allow Catholics, Methodists and other Christian denominations' marriages to take place in Church...
  • Controversial pastor Freeman resigns from Menifee church

    02/24/2018 8:56:49 AM PST · by Hebrews 11:6 · 12 replies
    Menifee 24/7 ^ | 2/23/2018 | Doug Spoon
    Rev. Bill Freeman, whose liberal doctrine at Menifee United Church of Christ resulted in backlash from the conservative Sun City community the last 3 1/2 years, will deliver his final sermon for the church on Sunday. Freeman announced recently that he is resigning his position, saying in a news release, "I feel I've taken the church about as far as I can." He told Menifee 24/7 on Thursday that he and his wife plan to move back to Michigan, where they have family and where Freeman served as a pastor before moving to California in 2014. The United Church of...
  • Church Spires to Boost Digital Connectivity in Rural Areas

    02/21/2018 6:05:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies ^ | 2/18/18
    Church spires across the UK will be used to boost digital connectivity in rural areas following an agreement between the Government and the Church of England. The accord (PDF, 74.9KB, 3 pages) , signed by the the National Church Institutions (NCIs) of the Church of England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) encourages the Church of England to use its buildings and other property to improve broadband, mobile and WiFi connectivity for local communities. 65% of Anglican churches and 66% of parishes in England are in...
  • Where Protestants and Catholics Go When They Leave Their Churches

    02/20/2018 11:58:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 02/20/2018 | RYAN P. BURGE
    Much of the switching in religious identity in the United States over the past several years occurred among the “nones,” specifically Americans who identify as agnostic or as “nothing in particular.” But the Christian landscape hasn’t remained static in the meantime. Though academics have long wondered whether the US will follow the secularizing trend found in most of Europe, the greatest shifts among believers have occurred within Christianity, not away from it. The three-wave Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES)—which surveyed the same individuals in 2010, 2012, and 2014, and started with 9,500 respondents—reveals how few Catholics and Protestants have changed...