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  • 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...
  • Pennsylvania Congregation Pays UMC $100K to Leave Denomination Over Homosexuality Debate

    07/26/2015 6:09:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/26/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A congregation in Pennsylvania has voted overwhelmingly to leave the United Methodist Church over the growing debate that the mainline denomination is having regarding its position on homosexuality. Wesley Church, a congregation in Quarryville that has an average weekly worship attendance of about 650, voted to leave the UMC after months of discernment. Chris Lenhart, associate pastor at Wesley Church, told The Christian Post that leadership for the congregation saw a "considerable chasm forming between what Wesley believed and affirmed about the nature of God's word and what the denomination believed and affirmed about the nature of God's Word. "The...
  • Priest shocks flock by leaving wife for younger man

    07/26/2015 3:34:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/26/15 | Julie Kay and Isabel Vincent
    An Episcopal priest shocked his Queens congregation recently when he left his wife and married someone else — a much younger man. The Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, announced over Facebook last week that he got married in a Los Angeles church. The Cuban-born prelate was pictured on a beach with the caption: “I’m in Miami Beach with my new husband. God is good.” One churchgoer said many parishioners severed ties to the church after Quevedo-Bosch came out as gay at the pulpit a month ago....
  • THE Overcomer's Crown [Charismatic Caucus]

    07/23/2015 12:01:23 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    Bible. The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 7-23-15 | Jedediah
    I am alabaster in beauty ; the pearl in your crown , The voice of wisdom ; my words never fall to the ground , My majesty surrounds you for my heart you obey , My kingdom goes before you each and every day , There is no other that you serve , Your feet remain steady ; they never swerve , My heart is the path you joyfully anticipate , I AM your inheritance you pant for yet never need to wait , I AM your Shepherd ; your gateway , the pool of mercy you know , My...
  • The LCMS Calls a Post a Post

    07/22/2015 11:08:55 AM PDT · by NRx · 35 replies
    Chronicles ^ | 07-21-2015 | Aaron D. Wol
    If the role of religion in America today is to teach the faithful to bend over and kiss the ring of postmodernity and beg for forgiveness for actually believing something, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod just failed spectacularly, flubbed its lines, and fell off the stage. I, for one, am elated. Tuesday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch revealed the grand faux pas with this somewhat ironic lede: “The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod recently carried out what various members consider the equivalent of a modern-day heresy trial.” My enthusiasm is, of course, mixed with sadness. The Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker (the hero/victim of the breathlessly...
  • Devotional: The Cornerstone (Protestant Caucus)

    07/22/2015 6:13:00 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 7/22/2015
    The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes” (vv. 22–23). - Psalm 118:17–29 Mercy and grace define the Lord’s relationship to His people, and we see that quite clearly when He rescues His people from the discipline that they deserve. Ancient Judah experienced this in the days of King Hezekiah when God used Assyria to discipline His people for their unbelief but then caused the pagan empire to abandon its campaign to conquer Jerusalem (Isa. 7:1–8:10; 36–37). As we consider what it means for the Lord to...
  • A Time for Resistance (Protestant Caucus)

    07/20/2015 8:11:08 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    Monergism.Com ^ | 06/27/2015 | John Hendryx
    Institutionalizing Sin It is a very interesting time to be alive. By His grace, may God grant us an outpouring of His Holy Spirit in extra measure that we might resist every urge to accommodate to the philosophy of this age or remain silent on the new institutionalization of sin. Make no mistake, the recent Supreme Court ruling on re-defining marriage will have far-reaching ripple effects on every aspect of our society ... and it will require us as Christians to resist by disobeying every law which would force us to compromise the gospel. And while yesterday may have been...
  • Gay Michigan pastor marries partner days after being forced to resign [UMC]

    07/19/2015 7:53:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 97 replies
    Kalamazoo Gazette ^ | 7/19/15 | Emily Monacelli
    An openly gay United Methodist pastor said his "I Dos" in front of more than 30 clergy members and 100 guests Friday, days after he was forced to resign for having a partner.The Rev. Benjamin Hutchison married his partner, Monty Hutchison, in a ceremony on the steps of the historic Cass County Courthouse.Hutchison called it a joyous occasion."Walking around the courthouse and seeing all the support, seeing all clergy there gathered standing there saying that they support it, they're not opposed to it, it really was a blessing today."Hutchison, 31, resigned earlier this week from his position as senior pastor...
  • India tolerant? Its Christians beg to differ

    07/19/2015 3:36:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/19/15 | John Allen
    At the level of sweeping stereotypes, most Westerners tend to think of India and its dominant religion, Hinduism, as bastions of tolerance. Ever since the Beatles traveled to an ashram to study meditation, there’s been a chic about Indian spirituality as the ultimate in “all paths lead to the same place.”One might profitably ask Christians in today’s India, however, whether those stereotypes have anything to do with their reality. The answer you’re likely to get is, “Are you kidding?”In truth, India’s small Christian minority has felt under the gun for a long time, and they say things have become considerably...
  • How Many People Died in the Inquisition?

    07/18/2015 11:11:54 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 76 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | FEBRUARY 28, 2015 | Nathan Busenitz
    How Many Protestants Were Killed in the Inquisition? A friend asked me that question earlier this week. And so I thought it might be helpful to share a few thoughts, from a historical perspective. Opinions about how to answer the question vary widely. Some suggest that just a few thousand people were executed during the Inquisition, while others project that there were tens of millions of victims. So how can the estimates be so widely divergent? There seem to be several explanations: 1. First, the imprecise nature of the historical records means that contemporary historians are forced to extrapolate on...
  • BE Encouraged " Rise UP " you ARE Forgiven ! [ Charismatic Caucus]

    07/17/2015 10:23:53 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Bible ^ | Jedediah
    You have been subjected to much scorn and many have bludgeoned you with words of iniquity in hatred spite but I AM here to wipe away the tears and touch your heart with ~ ~ The Winds of Forgiveness ~ ~ you find in ME "THE WORD" ! So come Now and be healed in the washing of My waters for I AM your "T"otal and Complete "YES" of your Redemption and in your surrendering all to Me I shall fill you to Overflowing even Now with My Love, Joy and Forgiveness. . . "NOW COME" Rise UP ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZVjKrmvYYQ&list=RDNZVjKrmvY...
  • Masses are about to come to The LORD [Charismatic Caucus]

    07/15/2015 2:18:33 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    Masses are about to come to Me, Not out of catastrophe but willingly, Soon you shall see My spirit pouring out "FREE", A Mountain of Love, Pouring down from above, And all the Earth shall see, My love for all humanity, A Love so Alive and True! And it's headed right at you, So My question to you from Me? Is "ARE YOU" ready for what you are about to see?! ( (( ( MY GLORY ) )) ) Joel 2:28-32Amplified Bible (AMP) 28 And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your...
  • Solzhenitsyn Mourned Bastille Day. So Should All Christians.

    07/14/2015 12:46:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 46 replies
    Stream ^ | 7/14/15 | John Zmirak
    >Tuesday, July 14 probably passes without much fanfare in your home, but the date, Bastille Day, marks the beginning of the greatest organized persecution of Christians since the Emperor Diocletian. This day, the beginning of the French Revolution, also planted the seeds for the murderous ideologies of socialism and nationalism that would poison the next two centuries, murdering millions of believers and other innocent civilians. Between them, those two political movements racked up quite a body count: In Death By Government, scholar R. J. Rummel pointed out thatduring the first 88 years of this century, almost 170,000,000 men, women and...
  • GRACE [Charismatic Caucus]

    07/09/2015 7:54:10 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Jedediah, Holy Spirit
    I was torn to lament over situations recently so I asked The Lord to explain His Grace to me and I share it for your consideration . . . Grace is sufficient is more than a statement it is an enactment for many in My Creation ask "Why"? When I have given them the gift to (( ( "DECLARE" ) )) ((( "GRACE" ))) ! And so it is with this enlightenment they "IN FACT" carry the KEY to their own Blessings and Grace ! For I AM GRACE ETERNAL and it is in this manner you must speak and...
  • China Cross Demolition Campaign Spreads to Other Dioceses

    07/08/2015 6:13:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    UCA News ^ | 7/7/15
    Authorities say church crosses violate policy of 'Sinicization'A Chinese government-led cross demolition campaign has spread from Wenzhou to other dioceses in Zhejiang province with five Catholic churches having their crosses removed last week. The crosses on churches in Songmun, Xinhe, Muyu and Dasi of Taizhou diocese as well as the Xiaoshan Sacred Heart of Jesus Church of Hangzhou diocese were demolished July 2. Authorities said the crosses were removed in order to “Sinicize” the churches, a local source in Taizhou told ucanews.com. “When we asked the officials what means by “Sinicize” the churches, they said they did not know either...
  • Zwingli will have his own movie

    07/06/2015 1:18:13 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    Evangelical Focus ^ | 06 JULY 2015
    The life of Ulrich Zwingli will be brought to the big screens, confirmed C-Films, a company which produced films like “Midnight train to Lisbon.” Many have discovered the Protestant Reformation through films about Martin Luther (especially “Luther”, lead by Joseph Fiennes), but not many other Christians leaders of his age have been portrayed in cinemas. Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531) was the most well known Reformer of the Swiss city of Zürich, a focus of the Reformation in the country alongside Calvin’s Geneva. The script is being written by journalist Simone Schmid, who is working on historical material of the Reformed Church...
  • Pro-084 - Prophecy Update, 5 July 2015

    07/05/2015 4:06:20 PM PDT · by sopwith · 2 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgJS5clQZwM ^ | 5 July 2015 | The Superior Word .
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  • METHODIST OFFICIAL: “I NEVER HAVE ASKED JESUS TO DEFINE MARRIAGE”

    07/05/2015 3:42:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    First Things ^ | July 4, 2015 | Matthew Schmitz
    One measure of the decline of mainline social justice activism can be found in a recent Facebook exchange between the Methodist civil rights leader Maxie Dunnam and the Methodist civil rights official Bill Mefford. Dunnam was a heroic opponent of Jim Crow as a young pastor in Mississippi and went on to become the president of Asbury Theological Seminary. He also happens to believe in the historic Christian understanding of marriage, so in response to Obergefell v. Hodges, he made the following post on his Facebook wall:To which Mefford, the “Director of Civil and Human Rights” for the United...
  • John Witherspoon’s Presbyterian Rebellion [Happy Presbyterian Rebellion Day, everyone!]

    07/04/2015 8:54:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/3//2014 | Joanne Butler
    Ben Franklin is the prototype for the celebrity-as-politician. His autobiography is still in print; if he were alive, he’d be on Drudge’s columnists’ list, and command speaking fees that would turn Hillary Clinton green with envy. A popular T-shirt has a quote erroneously attributed to Franklin: ‘Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.’ But John Witherspoon? He wasn’t a fan of self-promotion, which was no less prevalent then. Today, in D.C., his statue stands at a tiny triangle where Connecticut Avenue intersects with N Street and 18th Street N.W. It is routinely ignored. At...
  • Attitudes on Same-sex Marriage by Religious Affiliation & Denominational Family (Survey of 40,000

    07/02/2015 4:01:06 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 60 replies
    Public Religion Research Institute ^ | 4/22/2015 | Robert P. Jones
    ... Findings from PRRI's American Values Atlas, which draws on 40,000 interviews among a random sample of Americans, provides the most in-depth portrait to date of attitudes on same-sex marriage by religious affiliation. ... All Americans [percentages]... Strongly Favor 25 Favor 29 Oppose 18 Strongly Oppose 20 White Evangelical Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 10 Favor 18 Oppose 27 Strongly Oppose 39 White Mainline Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 28 Favor 34 Oppose 16 Strongly Oppose 14 ...
  • Episcopalians Vote to Allow Gay Weddings

    07/02/2015 2:40:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 1, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson with a friend The AP reports here from the Episcopal Church’s General Convention  that the Episcopal Church of the USA is now formally permitting same sex weddings.  Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church’s embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.the House of Bishops prayed and debated the issue for five hours earlier this week before passing it on to the House of Deputies.The Rev. Bonnie Perry of Chicago, a lesbian married to a...
  • Episcopalians OK Allowing Gay Marriage in Churches

    07/02/2015 6:13:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 7/2/15 | Brady McCombs and Rachell Zoll
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The new policy won overwhelming approval from the top Episcopal legislative body Wednesday, following decades of debate and conflict. It came 12 years after the denomination blazed a trail by electing the first openly gay bishop. "To finally get to this day is an incredible moment," said the Rev. Cynthia Black, of Morristown, New Jersey, a lesbian who has been campaigning for gay...
  • Episcopalians to Vote on Allowing Gay Marriage in Churches

    07/01/2015 6:03:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 7/1/15 | Brady McCombs and Rachell Zoll
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. In 2003, the denomination made the trailblazing move of electing the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Since then, many dioceses have allowed their priests to perform civil same-sex weddings. Still, the church hadn't changed its own laws on marriage. The vote on gay marriage is expected around midday in Salt Lake City at the denomination's national assembly. The proposal would eliminate gender-specific language from church laws on marriage so religious weddings...
  • THOUSANDS PROTEST PLAN TO CONVERT CATHOLIC HOSPITAL CHAPEL INTO ISLAMIC PRAYER ROOM

    06/29/2015 11:39:22 PM PDT · by Lil Flower · 24 replies
    BREITBART ^ | June 29, 2015 | Nick Hallett
    Nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition protesting a proposal to turn a Catholic hospital chapel into a Muslim prayer room.
  • Abortion is pro-life, not violence, says pastor

    06/28/2015 6:36:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    clinicquotes.com ^ | June 28, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    “Because the fetus feels no pain, a function of the brain as yet undeveloped, and the woman acts under her own will and conscience, it is still not violence to a human being.… It is not enough to say that abortion is not violent. Abortion is a positive decision and not a lesser evil. It gives women control over their lives, their fertility, their education, their vocations, and their responsibility to their families, and is therefore profamily and pro-life.” Pro-choice Methodist pastor John M Swomley John M Swomley Compulsory Pregnancy: the War against American Women (Amherst, New York: Humanist Press,...
  • Question For Lutheran FReepers

    06/28/2015 11:47:57 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 37 replies
    vanity | June 28, 2015 | Jim Noble
    Our semi-Liberal Catholic parish recently changed hymnals. Today was the first Sunday since the change that A Mighty Fortress is Our God was on the hymn list. Now, I come from 500 years of German Lutherans. I know the words to Ein Feste Burg, and I know the English version by heart (a bulwark never failing, Lord Sabaoth His name, etc, etc). So, anyway, the words in the new hymnal are different. My first thought, of course, was "Damn Liberal Catholics, can't leave any of our good old hymns alone", BUT, when I looked down, I saw the copyright was...
  • The Supreme Court Goes Gay, Episcopalians Rejoice

    06/26/2015 6:38:58 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 17 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | June 26, 2015 | Michael Heidt
    "This is just the beginning. This is a declaration of war by five judges who have spat in the face of their Creator, of marriage, of biology, and freedom. Now a major proper response for Christians and others is massive civil disobedience and defiance of this homo-fascist decision."
  • France’s Main Protestant Church Gives Blessing To Gay Marriages

    06/26/2015 5:47:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Rt ^ | May 18, 2015
    France’s Main Protestant Church Gives Blessing To Gay Marriages May 18, 2015 France's largest Protestant Church, the fourth-largest religious group in the country, has voted for its pastors to give their blessing to homosexual couples. The move comes two years after Paris legalized same-sex marriages. "The synod has decided to take a step forward in accompanying people and these couples by opening the possibility of celebrating liturgical blessings if they want," said Laurent Schlumberger, president of the Church. The United Protestant Church of France, claims it has about 110,000 active members and 400,000 believers. It was created back in 2012-2013...
  • ASK FATHER: Our Episcopal priest recently became a nun….

    06/25/2015 2:10:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 6/25/15 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    This was so quirky, that I had to post it. I asked a priest friend to write a response.From a reader…QUAERITUR: Our Episcopal [?] priest recently became a nun. She insists on wearing her habit when serving mass. Is this proper or even allowed under canon 284?. She is causing a split in our parish. We hired a priest, not a nun. Most of us are happy that she has found another calling, but we feel that when she is working (ministering) as a priest and serving God as a priest she should look like a priest, not a nun....
  • Former Archdiocesan Cathedral Musical Director: Why I’m Leaving the Greek Orthodox Church

    06/25/2015 9:07:39 AM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    The Pappas Post ^ | 06-24-2015 | Gus Chrysson
    Church has always been an important part of my life, and it will continue to be the central expression of my faith in God, and the core of my spiritual life. Attending Liturgy was always the pinnacle of my week, and I have virtually every word of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom committed to memory as a result of years as a church musician. My experience of church is beginning to take a different shape, however, after several years of difficult and painful discernment. I am now leaving the Greek Orthodox Church, and continuing to live out my Christianity...
  • Saying women should abstain unless they want children is “violence” says minister

    06/24/2015 10:58:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    clinicquotes.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    From pro-choice Methodist Minister John M Swomley: “There is also covert violence in the idea that women should not have sexual intercourse if they don’t want children. An act of sexual intercourse is not an implied contract to have children. While this may be the belief of those who accept the doctrine that every sexual act must be open to procreation, it would be violent for any government to decide that such a sectarian doctrine should be enforced against anyone, Catholic or non-Catholic, who does not accept that teaching.” John M Swomley Compulsory Pregnancy: The War against American Women (Amherst,...
  • First Priest to Marry Same-Sex Partner Sues Church for Discrimination [UK]

    06/17/2015 6:27:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/15/15 | Ben Quinn
    Canon Jeremy Pemberton argues at Nottingham employment tribunal that Church of England unlawfully revoked his permission to officiateThe first priest to marry his same-sex partner has begun a discrimination case against the Church of England over its withdrawal of his right to officiate as a priest following the union. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who married Laurence Cunnington in April 2014, had been informed that Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS trust was withdrawing an offer of a job after Bishop Richard Inwood refused him the official licence in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. The clergyman, who argues that Inwood unlawfully discriminated against...
  • If You Give a Gal a Bishopric…

    06/16/2015 11:58:25 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 130 replies
    R.C. Sproul Jr. ^ | 6-15-15 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    The attempt to change God the Father to God the Mother is full bore idolatry—a syncretism of the spirit of the age. I remember some of the most emotionally powerful moments of worship that I have experienced occurred in a context where there was the least amount of belief. There was a time in my life when I regularly went to worship at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, a beautiful church building that had this glorious liturgy. And it would be my habit to go there on Sunday morning and to sit in the pew and listen to the music...
  • The RPCNA & ARP Synods: A Family Reunion of Churches

    06/15/2015 1:00:20 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | June 15, 2015 | James Faris
    This week (June 8-12, 2015), the highest courts of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) met concurrently in Flat Rock, North Carolina at the Bonclarken Conference Center. The RP and ARP courts are both called “synod” – distinct from the term “general assembly” used by most other Presbyterian denominations. A general assembly is historically seen as the highest court, with a synod being lesser. In seminary, I was taught that our denominations have chosen to keep synods, in part, as a reminder that the visible church is yet fractured due to...
  • The witch, the crone, Christina Rees and others

    06/15/2015 3:12:25 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Ancient Briton ^ | 05-29-2015 | Ancient Briton
    Not satisfied with what Women and the Church (WATCH) has done to reduce the Anglican Church in Great Britain to a pale reflection of her former glory, its former Chair and "prominent Church of England campaigner", Christina Rees, will be among the speakers at a conference in Philadelphia later this year of the Catholic movement for women's ordination, Women's Ordination Worldwide. (H/T Ruth Gledhill). The BBC's Religious affairs correspondent, Caroline Wyatt, recently posed the question: Is the UK still a Christian country? The answer was 'Yes'. But based on analyses by the US Pew Research Center, the conclusions suggest that...
  • RUN into your "NEWNESS" forget the former things [Charismatic Caucus]

    06/15/2015 9:30:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 6-15-15 | Jedediah
    Relax in The Beam of My majesty and drink deep of My Forgiveness for there is great healing here and rebuke the Harlot that drinks the blood of the Saints and the Prophets for truly there is only condemnation there for you "ARE" Forgiven, cleansed in My blood alone and I AM "Your" Salvation. Enjoy My creation for I have set it as a table of remembrance of My Glory, before you were in the womb. You will see as you rest in Me you make yourself completely available to My Voice calling to you in the wilderness(DRY PLACES), all...
  • God's Glory and the Church's Weakness

    06/10/2015 4:26:47 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 4 replies
    monergism.com ^ | 05/25/2015 | John Hendryx
    Historically speaking, God's glory has often shone the brightest when the church was at its weakest. In fact, Christians should see times of cultural/political weakness as a time of the greatest opportunity to exhibit Christ. If God ordains that the Church should endure weaknesses, insults, distresses, persecutions or difficulties, for Christ’s sake, we should be well content, for when we are weak, Christ is strong. (2 Cor 12:10) Perhaps the greatest apologetic will be to respond to such hardships and difficulties with joy and love toward those who may bring them our way (1 Peter 3:13-22), along with steadfast perseverance...
  • Empty Pews Not the End of the World, Says Church of England’s Newest Bishop

    06/09/2015 8:24:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6/9/15 | John Bingham
    Young people won’t necessarily find faith in formal church services says the NHS's former Chief Nurse Dame Sarah Mullally as she is named as Bishop of Crediton Declining numbers at services should not necessarily be a cause of despair for churches because people will still “encounter God” without ever taking their place in a pew, the Church of England’s newest bishop designate has insisted. Dame Sarah Mullally, the former NHS Chief Nurse for England who has been named as the next Bishop of Crediton, said clerics must recognise that young people are as likely to hear the Christian message through...
  • The Tribulation, I have a couple for my FRiends.

    06/09/2015 3:51:50 PM PDT · by stockpirate · 253 replies
    VANITY ^ | 6/9/2015 | Stockpirate
    My questions pertain to the tribulation they are as follows: 1. If there is a rapture, does it happen before or after people start receiving the mark of the beast? 2. If before is there some event that happens prior to receiving the mark of the beast? I'm not looking to debate if there is or isn't a rapture, just where in the progression of events people are forced to receive the mark of the beast and we move to a cashless world.
  • Religious leaders call on US to support abortions for ISIS and Boko Haram rape victims

    06/06/2015 12:45:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Christian Today ^ | June 5, 2015 | Lucinda Borkett-Jones
    A group of religious leaders and health experts yesterday called on President Obama to provide access to funding so that women who have been raped by terrorists abroad can have abortions. Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders met at St John's Episcopal Church, just opposite the White House, to raise awareness of the need to provide post-rape care, including abortions, for the victims of groups such as ISIS in Syria and Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria. "Women are dying now. Families are being pushed further into poverty now because this care is not available to them," said Rev Harry Knox,...
  • Churches embracing homosexuality prepare members to accept the Anti-Christ: Russian Orthodox leader

    06/05/2015 6:57:12 PM PDT · by lightman · 27 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | 5 June A.D. 2015 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    MOSCOW, June 5, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Churches that have deemed homosexuality morally acceptable have rejected Christianity and are preparing their followers to accept the Anti-Christ, according to one of the leading figures in the Russian Orthodox Church. His statement came as the Russian Orthodox Church announced that it is ending “formal contacts” with the United Protestant Church of France and the Church of Scotland over those churches’ abandonment of traditional Christian sexual morality. In its statement, the church said ecumenical dialogue was pointless after France’s United Protestant Church last month voted to allow pastors to officiate at same-sex “marriages” and...
  • Church of England 'One Generation Away from Extinction' After Dramatic Loss of Followers

    06/05/2015 6:13:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Independent (UK) | 6/1/15 | Siobhan Fenton
    The Independent may not be posted due to legal issues but click HERE for the full article.
  • Does Jimmy Carter along with Josh Duggar (Both Baptists) Have Eternal Security (OSAS)?

    06/04/2015 2:31:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 145 replies
    6/4/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Jimmy Carter severed his ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, but apparently is still a Baptist (Maranatha Baptist Church). Josh Duggar and the Duggar family are Independent Baptist. Some will say that neither of them go to the right Baptist church or the correct one and thus neither of them are truly Baptist, just as some Methodists will say that other Methodists don't go to the right Methodist church and thus truly aren't Methodist. Some Jewish people may say that other Jews, (although quite orthodox in their beliefs) aren't quite Orthodox enough and thus aren't truly Jewish when it comes...
  • Anglican Leaders Push for Female Language in Descriptions of God

    06/04/2015 7:23:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/04/2015 | Chris Queen
    As the Church of England prepares to install its first female bishop this year, church leaders are growing bolder and louder in their call for the use of feminine language to describe God. Some of them are even going so far as to refer to Jesus, a historical figure — and a man — as “Jesa Christa.” Many priests and bishops already substitute “she” for “he” in parish services around the country. At a recent Westminster Faith Debate on women bishops, a woman rabbi sang ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ with female instead of male pronouns.Bishop of Buckingham Alan Wilson...
  • Russian Church Breaks Contacts with Protestants of Scotland and France

    06/04/2015 6:14:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/3/15
    Moscow, June 3, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate criticizes the decisions of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland to consecrate homosexuals and of the United Protestant Church of France to bless homosexual marriages. "These decisions of the Church of Scotland and the Church of France have deeply disappointed the Russian Orthodox Church as they seem incompatible with norms of Christian morals," the Department for External Church Relations says in its statement posted Wednesday on its official website. Guided by definitions of the Bishops' Councils, which say that future relations with many Protestant communities depend on their faithfulness to norms of Gospel...
  • 'God Will Forgive': Using Grace to Defend Abortion

    06/04/2015 2:34:39 AM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    breakingpoint.org ^ | June 2, 2015 9:47 PM | Rolley Haggard
    Ask any sidewalk counselor. Odds are he or she has heard some version of this from those heading into the abortion clinic: “I know it's wrong. But I'm a Christian and I've prayed about it and I know God will forgive. His grace is greater than all my sin.” What's wrong with this picture? (Other than the fact that a baby is about to be deliberately put to death.) Most Christians instinctively sense something's desperately out of whack here. But what? Sadly, few seem able to put their finger on it. Sadder still is that after they sift through their...
  • Calls to Refer to God as a Woman as Female Bishops Take Up Posts

    06/02/2015 7:41:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5/31/15 | John Bingham
    Support is growing within the Church of England to rewrite its official liturgy to refer to God as female following the selection of the first women bishops Support is growing within the Church of England to rewrite its official liturgy to refer to God as female following the selection of the first women bishops. Growing numbers of priests already insert words such as “she” and “mother” informally into traditional service texts as part of a move to make the language of worship more inclusive, it has been claimed. But calls for a full overhaul of liturgy to recognise the equal...
  • God's Will and Man's Will

    06/02/2015 1:33:40 PM PDT · by HarleyD
    The Spurgeon Archive ^ | Mar 30, 1862 | C.H. Spurgeon
    "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy."—Romans 9:16 "Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."—Revelation 22:17 The great controversy which for many ages has divided the Christian Church has hinged upon the difficult question of "the will." I need not say of that conflict that it has done much mischief to the Christian Church, undoubtedly it has; but I will rather say, that it has been fraught with incalculable usefulness; for it has thrust forward before the minds of Christians, precious truths, which but...
  • Mysterious Red Mark Beneath Painting of Crucified Christ ... Leads Pastor to Speculate on Jesus' ...

    06/02/2015 10:51:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    www.christianpost.com ^ | June 2, 2015|7:57 am | By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter
    FULL TITLE: Mysterious Red Mark Beneath Painting of Crucified Christ at Newport Church Leads Pastor to Speculate on Jesus' Presence ********************************************************************************* Mysterious red stain beneath painting of Jesus at St. John the Evangelist Church in Newport leads to speculation of holy presence in May 2015. A narrow red stain that has remained for years beneath a painting of a crucified Christ at the Saint John the Evangelist church in Newport, Rhode Island, has led the church's pastor to speculate on its possible meaning and the presence of Jesus. Providence Journal reported on Monday that the 140-year-old Episcopal church has recently...
  • It is No longer I who Lives But Christ that Lives in Me[Charismatic Caucus]

    06/02/2015 8:54:04 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Pseudonyms( it is no longer I that lives but Christ that lives in Me) of approach are openhearted assuredness and in these rivers you will find the truth and nature of Me. So speak to these rivers to rise up for as Ezekiel spoke to the dry bones so must you and as you declare expect the Kingdom to answer for Zion "IS yours for The Taking" for as you inhabit Me(ZION) I shall inhabit you So feed your wellspring daily for deep calls to deep even now ! Galatians 2:19-21 19 For I through the law died to the...