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  • "Jesus Was Not a “Bible Believer” let Alone an Evangelical" (F-word warning)

    07/22/2014 2:22:53 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 91 replies
    Frank Schaeffer/Patheos ^ | 7/22/14 | Frank Schaeffer
    Jesus certainly was not a “Bible believer,” as we use that term in the post Billy Graham era of American fundamentalist religiosity that’s used as a trade-marked product to sell religion. Jesus didn’t take the Jewish scriptures at face value. In fundamentalist terms, Jesus was a rule-breaking relativist who wasn’t even “saved,” according to evangelical standards. Evangelicals insist that you have to believe very specific interpretations of the Bible to be saved. Jesus didn’t. He undercut the scriptures. A leper came to Jesus and said, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” If Jesus had been a good...
  • Republican Rep. David Jolly (Fla.) announces support for gay marriage

    07/22/2014 4:45:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/21/14 | Sean Sullivan
    Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) announced his support for gay marriage Monday, saying that he believes it is "fully appropriate" for a state to recognize both same-sex marriages and "traditional" ones, even though he, as a Christian, believes in the the latter. When asked by The Washington Post whether he supports gay marriage, in light of a Florida judge's decision last week to overturn the state's ban, Jolly said that his personal views on marriage are that it should be limited to one man and one woman. But, he added, states should not be defining the "sanctity" of marriage.
  • Pro-Abortion Lena Dunham’s Book Tour May Be Coming to a Church Near You

    07/21/2014 4:07:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | Cortney O'Brien
    Lena Dunham isn’t exactly the first person you’d expect to see singing hymns in the pew behind you. Starring in the raunchy HBO show ‘Girls’ and bragging that voting for President Obama during the 2012 election for the “first time” was like losing her virginity are just a couple examples of Dunham’s racy behavior that would make any Christian blush. But, the controversial actress is embarking on a tour for her new book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” coming out in September, that will take place in some churches around the country. On her tour, Dunham will be reading excerpts...
  • Rise of the Christian left: Why the religious right’s moment may be ending (Salon)

    07/21/2014 4:34:55 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | 7/21/14
    It’s hard to tell if the near-constant stream of millennial-centric political think-pieces are perpetuating or reflecting growing curmudgeonly fears about the future of the country. Maybe it’s a little of both, and Fox is probably observing within its competency when it pegs more than a handful of us as “deluded narcissists” – but it appears there’s room for some political optimism among all the moral panic and the reign of the religious right. With millennial religious and political attitudes in flux compared to our predecessors, the upcoming years could be the Christian left’s big moment. Which isn’t to say the...
  • Abortion’s new underground railroad

    07/20/2014 11:19:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    According to the Guttmacher Institute, in 2009 the median cost of a first-trimester abortion was just under $500. Add the bus travel or gas and up to three nights in a hotel, and the cost can jump by several hundred dollars. That’s the impetus behind Clinic Action Support Network, which was founded last summer in response to the new law, and aims to help Houston-area women clear the growing hurdles to abortion access. But regulations and requirements like those in HB2 are not limited to Texas. Twenty-seven states have passed abortion regulations…. The trend has given rise to networks like...
  • WashPost Columnist: Christians Spew the Most ‘Hateful Internet Speech’

    07/19/2014 7:55:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/19/2014 | Katie Yoder
    Everyone is exactly who he or she says on the internet – at least according to one Washington Post writer. That conclusion is her rationale to say Christians are awful people. Sally Quinn, Washington Post columnist and OnFaith founder, claimed that, “When it Comes to Hateful Internet Speech, Christians Are the Worst.” In her July 17 article, Quinn examined a white-supremacist site and comments on her articles to conclude that Christian “haters” “need a place to unleash their dark sides.” For her introduction, Quinn pointed at white-supremacist Stormfront to note how the site targeted others: 39 percent Jews, 33 percent...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Hopes Approval of Female Bishops will not Block Ecumenical Progress

    07/19/2014 10:23:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to the other Christian leaders, saying that he hopes ecumenical progress can continue after the decision of the Church of England ordain women as bishops. Dr. Justin Welby acknowledges that some “ecumenical partners may find this a further difficulty on the journey towards full communion.” But he observes that a shared Christian faith provides “much that unites us,” and argues that there is “so much troubling our world today that our common witness to the Gospel is of more importance than ever.” In his letter the Anglican primate explains the drive to approve the...
  • Megachurch pastor: Denominations that allow gay ‘marriage’ are ‘Satan’s church’

    07/16/2014 2:00:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 48 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    In the wake of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s recent decision to celebrate same-sex “marriages,” celebrity pastor John MacArthur of “Grace to You” has come out with some strong statements condemning “false churches” that abandon Biblical teachings against homosexual behavior. “They have no allegiance to the Bible,” MacArthur told The Blaze online news service. “You go back to every one of those seminaries … for a century [they] have been deniers of biblical authority, they have no relationship to scripture, they are the apostate church, they are Satan’s church.” While it seems clear MacArthur was implying that self-professed Christians who accept...
  • Religious activists push back against immigration crackdown

    07/15/2014 2:03:17 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | July 14, 2014 | Andy Reid,
    Fender benders and minor traffic stops aren't supposed to send someone to jail. But that's the risk faced by immigrants living in Palm Beach County without U.S. citizenship, local religious activists say. A coalition of nearly 30 religious congregations maintains that too often identification problems and citizenship questions result in the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office taking someone to jail who otherwise just would have faced a ticket or a requirement to appear in court.People Engaged in Active Community Efforts, or PEACE, maintains that jailing immigrants after minor traffic offenses because of citizenship questions is unfair, adds costs for taxpayers...
  • Desmond Tutu: I support assisted dying

    07/13/2014 3:06:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:06AM BST 13 Jul 2014 | Miranda Prynne
    Desmond Tutu has supported calls for a rethink on the Church of England’s stance on assisted dying claiming life should not be preserved “at any cost”. The retired Anglican archbishop said laws to stop people being allowed help to end their lives removed their “human right to dignity”. Tutu branded the treatment of Nelson Mandela, who was kept alive through a long and painful illness which saw him wheeled in and out of hospital and forced to take part in PR-driven photo shoots, an “affront to Madiba’s dignity”. He claimed he did not want his own life to be “prolonged...
  • Conservative Dallas Pastor Stands By His Remarks About Jesus, Border Fence

    07/12/2014 8:42:23 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies
    CBSDFW.COM ^ | 11 JULY 2014 | CBSDFW.COM
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The leader of one of Dallas’ largest congregations is facing some criticism, based on statements he made on a national newscast. After Pastor Robert Jeffress offered an assessment on the border crisis involving unaccompanied minors, some accused him of invoking scripture in an inappropriate manner. Dr. Jeffress told CBS 11’s Steve Pickett while Jesus loved children, he also respected the law. In that context, Jeffress believes a complete act of compassion for these children starts with tightening the border they’re allowed to cross.
  • FIRST-PERSON: Why sexual deviance is getting worse

    07/12/2014 8:08:31 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 55 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 7-11-14 | Kelly Boggs
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- There are atheists and liberals, some who are both, who believe there is no need for God in order for morality to be maintained in a society. They argue that people can act morally apart from a supreme authority. I agree that people can act morally apart from God's standard. However, the real question is why should they? If there is no supreme authority -- no God -- then why behave morally? If there is no God, there are no objective standards for moral behavior. The logical progression leads to anarchy. Everyone does what is right...
  • How America’s Biblical ignorance enables the Christian right

    07/10/2014 4:08:45 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 51 replies
    The Bible doesn’t mention anything about contraception or abortion, but this hasn’t stopped 89 million American evangelicals acting as if “thou shall not consume a pregnancy pill” were one of the Ten Commandments. For the benefit of my mostly American audience, it’s not. In fact, the first four of the Hebrew God’s Decalogue amount to nothing more than “maniacal throat clearing,” to steal a phrase from the late Christopher Hitchens. The decision of the five conservative justices to rule in favor of Hobby Lobby, thus granting religious personhood to 90 percent of U.S. corporations, which means that certain for-profit companies...
  • Schumer To Religious Americans: Pick One—Your Faith or Your Business

    07/10/2014 2:16:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 10, 2014 - 4:13 PM | Eric Scheiner
    At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the ObamaCare contraception mandate can choose their faith or “you don’t have to form a corporation.” “You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra—you don’t have to form a corporation,” Schumer said. Schumer claims the Supreme Court’s decision that closely-held firms have a right to deny coverage for certain types of birth control they find objectionable under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was...
  • JOE SCARBOROUGH: GLENN BECK'S BORDER GESTURE 'CHRIST-LIKE,' OUT OF 'JESUS’ HANDBOOK'

    07/10/2014 11:54:01 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7-10-2014
    “A lot of people are saying that he's actually playing into Barack Obama’s hands, that he's playing by Obama’s handbook,” Scarborough said. “He’s actually playing by another person's handbook, Jesus’ handbook. I mean, this is -- Jesus was very clear. He said the people that are blessed are those that understand I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I needed clothing, and you gave me clothes.” “What Glenn Beck is doing is the most Christ-like thing anybody can do, and so for a lot of people on the right who...
  • Administration Official on Illegal Aliens: ‘Jesus Was a Refugee’

    07/08/2014 6:21:20 PM PDT · by equalator · 56 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7-8-2014 | Penny Starr
    “I happen to believe in [the] refugee program, not just because Jesus was a refugee -- because I was also myself a refugee,” said Negash, who was named to his post by the Obama administration in 2009. “Yes I was once described as an alien myself, if that’s a proper term to use,” Negash said.
  • HHS Official On Flood Of Illegal Immigrants: "Jesus Was A Refugee"

    07/09/2014 5:50:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 9,2014 | Breitbart News
    The man who heads the federal agency responsible for many of the 50,000 unaccompanied alien children from Central America who have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months told attendees at a conference on Tuesday that those working with refugees should look to Jesus Christ as a role model.
  • Pro-Abortion “Christian” Pastors Distribute Condoms Outside Hobby Lobby to Protest SCOTUS Decision

    07/04/2014 9:51:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Pro-abortion pastors from different “Christian” denominations distributed condoms outside a Hobby Lobby store to protest this week’s Supreme Court decision giving it and other companies the ability to opt out of the Obamacare HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. This comes after a NARAL board member suggested abortion activists have sex in Hobby Lobby stores as a protest. The Chicago Sun Times has more on what happened: hobbylobby27Christian clergy and activists from different faiths protested outside a Hobby Lobby on Route 59 Wednesday in protest of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that says...
  • Disappearing Act: Presbyterians Embrace Leftist Politics, Shun Reformed Roots

    07/03/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 7-3-14 | Stan Guthrie
    Over the last two decades, more than three-fourths of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country, driven out by a combination of Muslim fanaticism and economic and social collapse. Iraq, however, isn’t the only place to experience a mass Christian exodus in recent years. Look at the Presbyterian Church (USA), the 10th largest denomination in this country. But you’d better look fast. The PC(USA), which is the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination (at least for now), is driving out members through its own brand of leftist fanaticism. From a high of more than 4 million members back in 1965, the Louisville-based PC(USA)...
  • Kentucky Baptist Church to Hold Gay Wedding

    07/03/2014 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 27 replies
    A Baptist congregation in Kentucky has garnered national headlines for its intention to hold a gay wedding at its facility, despite most of their fellow Baptist churches' disapproval. Highland Baptist Church of Louisville recently announced their intention to hold a same-sex wedding for David Bannister Jr., 29, and Steven Carr, 25. It is scheduled for next May. Joseph Phelps, pastor at Highland Baptist, told The Christian Post that the gay couple "have been active and faithful members of the congregation for over five years." "Our deacons concluded that conscience would not allow us to welcome gay and lesbian members as...
  • Apostate Pastor’s Pro-Homosexual Sermon Earns Him Special Trip to White House

    06/28/2014 7:02:47 AM PDT · by massmike · 21 replies
    http://christiannews.net/ ^ | 06/28/2014 | Garrett Haley
    An apostate former Southern Baptist pastor, who endorsed homosexuality in a recent sermon, has been invited to attend a ‘gay pride’ reception at the White House with President Obama. As previously reported, Danny Cortez leads New Heart Community Church in southern California. Earlier this year, Cortez surprised his Baptist congregation by declaring that he has accepted a pro-homosexual position. In his letter, Cortez further explained that his 15-year-old son came out as “gay” soon after he changed his mind on the homosexuality issue. Now, according to reports, Cortez and his son have been invited to attend a reception at the...
  • The real reason liberal churches are losing members

    06/27/2014 12:15:05 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 25 June 2014 | Michael Brown
    Almost every day conservative Christians are told that if we don't become more enlightened and progressive, we will become irrelevant to society as our numbers continue to decline. In reality, the opposite is true: We will only be relevant to the extent we honor God and hold fast to biblical truth, which is why the more "progressive" and "enlightened churches" are the ones losing members the most rapidly. God will back His gospel, not some man-made, watered-down message. God will back the exaltation of Jesus, not some muddled, every-path-leads-to-God nonsense. God will back the call to take up the cross...
  • United Church of Christ to Be First Mainline Denomination to Financially Support 'Gay Games'

    06/27/2014 10:31:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/27/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    The left-leaning protestant denomination United Church of Christ announced that it will sponsor the sporting event "Gay Games 9" in August as the first mainline denomination to provide major financial support. The event, which takes place every four years and attracts LGBT athletes, will be hosted in Cleveland, Ohio, home of the UCC's national headquarters, where church leaders will help organize events for 30,000 participants in an effort to embrace the LBGT community. "Serving as a major sponsor of Gay Games 9 is a perfect fit because of the UCC's longstanding commitment to social justice issues," said the Rev. Dr....
  • United Methodist Pastor Defrocked for Blessing Son's Gay Wedding Reinstated

    06/25/2014 3:48:54 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 20 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 6/25/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    A United Methodist Church pastor defrocked for officiating his son's same-sex marriage had his clergy credentials reinstated by a church court on appeal. Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania pastor defrocked last December, was reinstated Tuesday courtesy a decision from the Northeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals. In a statement following the decision, Schaefer called the appeals committee's decision "a hopeful sign for our LGBTQ community." "They recognized that I was wrongfully punished for standing with those who are discriminated against," said Schaefer immediately following the decision. "Today's decision shows that the church is moving toward love over legalism. It is the path...
  • Presbyterians OK with Killing Born Babies

    06/25/2014 6:49:05 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 24, 2014 | By Wesley J. Smith
    The Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly has been making a lot of news on the same sex marriage issue. But this vote has my eyebrows raised. The convention voted no on protecting babies born alive after a failed abortion. From the failed motion: 1. Call for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and member congregations to enter a two-year season of reflection upon the plight of children unwanted by human society, both born and not-yet born, and to purposefully seek to enter the pure worship of God by offering aid, comfort, and the Gospel to those responsible for the care of our...
  • Presbyterian Church USA Defeats Motion to Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortion

    06/24/2014 1:57:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The Presbyterian Church USA has voted to endorse Kermit Gosnell. Delegates meeting in Detroit at the 221st General Assembly of the 1.8 million–member Presbyterian Church (USA) voted down a measure that would have the church endorse care for babies born alive after abortions.From World Magazine: Also Thursday, 78 percent of the PCUSA General Assembly struck down a resolution condemning the killing of babies born alive during abortions, as occurred with notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Initiated by the South Alabama presbytery, it called for inclusion of pro-life Presbyterians and an investigation into doctrinal and financial support of abortion. Dissenters cited pro-abortion...
  • Second Priest Defies Church of England to Marry His Same Sex Partner

    06/23/2014 6:26:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 6/22/14 | Andrew Brown
    Rev Andrew Cain puts wedding pictures on Facebook as first cleric to marry same sex partner stripped of permission to work as a priestA second priest has defied the Church of England's official line to marry his same sex partner. On Saturday, the Rev Andrew Cain, vicar of St James church in West Hampstead, London, posted on Facebook pictures of his wedding to Stephen Foreshew. The wedding took place as the first priest to marry his partner, Canon Jeremy Pemberton, confirmed that he had been stripped of the permission to work as a priest in the diocese of Southwell and...
  • The PCUSA On Guns

    06/23/2014 7:54:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 6/22/2014 | Herschel Smith
    Presbyterian Church (USA) on guns: Among other things, the Assembly’s action calls for: formation of support, healing and advocacy groups for those who have experienced gun violence in their families; opposition to legislation that exempts gun manufacturers and marketers from legal liability and/or financial accountability for the medical and security costs of predictable gun misuse and availability to criminals, the unstable, and the self-destructive; opposition to “stand your ground” and other legislation that may entitle gun owners to shoot before taking alternative measures (such as relying on law enforcement and/or other de-escalation techniques) in perceived defense of persons or property;...
  • Gay marriage: Top US Presbyterian Council Approves Same-Sex Weddings

    06/19/2014 6:49:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 49 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | June 19, 2014
    Gay marriage: Top US Presbyterian Council Approves Same-Sex Weddings Substantial majority on national assembly votes to recognise unions of 'two people' and let ministers hold ceremonies 19 June 2014 The top legislative body of the Presbyterian church in the US has voted by a large margin to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman". The amendment approved by the Presbyterian General Assembly requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, which will vote on the change over the...
  • U.S. Presbyterian Church to shed investments in Israel protest

    06/21/2014 6:02:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 13 replies
    courant.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Eric M. Johnson
    A deeply-divided gathering of U.S. Presbyterian Church elders and ministers narrowly voted on Friday to divest the religious group's holdings in three American companies it says have ties to Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian Territories. As a result of the vote the church will divest holdings worth roughly $21 million in Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. "We as a church cannot profit from the destruction of homes and lives," said Reverend Gradye Parsons in a statement about the decision at its meeting in Detroit. "We continue to invest in many businesses involved in peaceful pursuits in Israel." Members of...
  • Presbyterians [PC(USA)] Become the Silly Church; A dying mainline church speeds its decline.

    06/23/2014 6:39:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.21.14 | Mark Tooley
    At one point during this this week’s General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the hundreds of delegates, known as commissioners, gleefully bounced scores of red balloons in the air. At another point, they collectively broke into dance, confirming that most Protestants, especially if they’re old, white and Anglo, don’t look so great wiggling around. (Here’s a video, for mature viewers only.) Mainline Protestantism, at least in its official curia, has been liberal for nearly 100 years. But for most of that century it was a thoughtful, dignified liberalism that still roughly adhered to historic Christianity’s moral architecture, even if...
  • The Coming Collapse of the PC(USA)

    06/22/2014 1:42:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-14 | Jeff Gising
    In terms of giving insight into the current battles raging within the PC (USA) and the exodus of evangelical churches, the report is quite helpful. Consider the following statement: “only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved.” Among pastors, 45% disagreed or strongly disagreed. 41% agreed or strongly agreed. Among our clergy, there is a clearly demonstrable variance about a fundamental tenet of Christian belief that is central to the mission of the church—the proclamation of the Gospel. The Presbyterian Church (USA) recently released the findings of its “Religious and Demographic Profile of Presbyterians 2011” (the report). More than 6,000...
  • Transgender priest to preach at National Cathedral

    06/21/2014 5:16:01 PM PDT · by don-o · 117 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | June 21, 2014
    WASHINGTON – An openly transgender Episcopal priest is set to preach at Washington National Cathedral. The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, will be a guest preacher on Sunday. He'll be the first openly transgender priest to preach from Canterbury Pulpit at the cathedral.
  • Presbyterians narrowly vote to divest from companies used by Israel

    06/21/2014 7:49:11 PM PDT · by Hildy · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 21, 2014
    DETROIT – The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday became the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, voting to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories. The General Assembly voted by a razor-thin margin -- 310-303 -- to sell stock in Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions. Two years ago, the General Assembly rejected a similar divestment proposal by two votes.
  • PCUSA Votes to Allow Clergy to Marry Same-Sex Couples; Approves Redefining Marriage

    06/20/2014 10:11:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/20/2014 | Lillian Kwon
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s highest governing body voted Thursday to allow ministers to perform same-sex marriages. Presbyterian clergy can now marry gay and lesbian couples wherever same-sex marriage is legal. The Presbyterian Lay Committee released a statement repudiating the action of the PCUSA General Assembly. "The Presbyterian Lay Committee mourns these actions and calls on all Presbyterians to resist and protest them ... God will not be mocked and those who substitute their own felt desires for God's unchangeable Truth will not be found guiltless before a holy God." The PCUSA's 221st General Assembly, which is meeting in Detroit this...
  • Presbyterian Assembly (PCUSA): Gay Marriage Is Christian (Ministers Can Do Homosexual Weddings)

    06/19/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by xzins · 50 replies
    ABC ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | KAROUB AND RACHEL ZOLL
    The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to redefine Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people" instead of only "a man and a woman." The amendment requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, which will vote on the change over the next year. But in a separate vote that will take effect immediately, the Presbyterian General Assembly allowed ministers to preside at gay weddings in states where gay marriage is legal. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage. Alex McNeill, executive director of More Light...
  • Presbyterians vote to allow same-sex marriage

    06/19/2014 6:25:10 PM PDT · by kingattax · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | June 19, 2014 | Dana Ford
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to allow pastors to marry same-sex couples in states where it is legal. The church also voted, by an overwhelming majority, to change the language about marriage in the church constitution to "two persons" from a "man and a woman," according to More Light Presbyterians, a group that supports gay rights. To take effect, that change would need to be approved by a majority of 172 local presbyteries, which have a year to vote, the church said in a statement. However, starting Saturday, pastors can go ahead and begin marrying same-sex couples in the...
  • The Coming Evangelical Divide

    06/18/2014 7:11:18 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 127 replies
    Keep Believing ^ | 17 June 2014 | Ray Pritchard
    The evangelical movement is about to divide. Nothing could be clearer. It’s true that we have often disagreed over things like church government, views of the Second Coming, baptism, lifestyle habits, worship style and musical preference. But those differences, though deeply felt, were intramural debates over secondary issues. This time we are going to divide over a primary issue. It is isn’t just about homosexuality or even about gay marriage, though that is the most obvious factor. When all the cards are out on the table, it will be clear that we have divided over biblical authority. Some of us...
  • It’s time for evangelicals to come out for evolution

    06/17/2014 6:17:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 198 replies
    ABP News ^ | 06/17/2014 | Chuck Queen
    Whenever I engage in conversation with people I meet for the first time I try to avoid being asked the question, “What do you do for a living?” But if I am asked I say, “I am a minister.” Generally, the one who asks then inquires, “What denomination?” or “What kind of church?” Here is where I always have to clarify, depending on the most recent news headline involving Christian leaders: “I am a Baptist minister, but I am not a science-denying Baptist minister who thinks that dinosaurs lived alongside humans a few thousand years ago.” What a strange irony...
  • United Church of Christ votes to boycott Washington Redskins

    06/17/2014 1:14:15 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 28 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | June 16, 2014 | Kim Allegrezza
    At the annual meeting of The Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ on Saturday, June 14, a resolution was passed to pressure the National Football League and the Washington Redskins to change the team’s name and refrain from using any images, mascots, or behaviors that are demeaning to Native American cultures or peoples, according to a report in Indian Country Today. This resolution calls for members to do more than just speak out against the use of the name Redskins. It calls for a complete boycott the football team.
  • Baltimore Catholic Church Celebrates Homosexual "Pride" Month

    06/16/2014 8:51:55 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 380 replies
    "Celebrate Pride Month with the St. Ignatius Community!" "As members of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church, we are called to celebrate and share the gifts of diversity of sexuality in our church today. Our organization, Embracing God's Gifts, has been formed as an instrument for recognizing these gifts and incorporating their goodness and use into the life of our parish."
  • Hillary Clinton: By the book (Credits the Bible for who she is today)

    06/16/2014 5:40:31 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 22 replies
    The N.Y. Times ^ | 6/11/2014
    ...If you had to name one book that made you who you are today, what would it be? At the risk of appearing predictable, the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking. I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it. I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement...
  • Traditional Priest Kicked Out Of New York

    06/10/2014 5:29:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 61 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 6/10/2014 | Patrick Archbold
    Updates: I have been provided some background and additional info: Ever since the archdiocese learned of his homily remarks, he has been forbidden to offer public Masses in the NY archdiocese. A letter of complaint has been ldged with his home diocese of Johannesburg, S. Africa, as well as with his nuncio in Pretoria. Fr. Wylie has been in NYC as a visiting priest for three years. His term at the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the UN was supposed to end in July. Once his remarks got out, he was sent packing immediately; he no longer works there.
  • Satanists seek religious exemption to pro-life laws, call gay unions their ‘sacrament’

    06/10/2014 4:59:00 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6-10-14 | Ben Johnson
    Whenever the American people try to curtail abortion or maintain marriage laws, the followers of Satan will be there to fight back, promises the national spokesman for the Satanic Temple. “Lucien Greaves” told Detroit's Metro Times that he would like to help women avoid complying with pro-life laws by saying abortion restrictions violate their Satanic religious beliefs. He added that gay “marriage” is a Satanic “sacrament.” He said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican from the party's moderate business wing, “has been trying to make it untenable for women to terminate a pregnancy.” A bill that Snyder signed – which...
  • Support for Israel Now Grounds For Expulsion at New York Unitarian Church

    06/05/2014 4:05:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 5, 2014 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Support for Israel Now Grounds For Expulsion at New York Unitarian ChurchPosted By Spyridon Mitsotakis On June 5, 2014 @ 12:31 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments The Unitarian-Universalist Community Church of New York, after 10 years of cooperation with and sponsoring events of the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), is now concerned that their tax-exempt status may be threatened, internal Church sources say. It comes at a time when persistent RCP presence on the Church has led to a polarizing climate.In the background is an escalating conflict between the RCP and an alliance of moderate leftists, Israel...
  • Cantor: Amnesty For DREAMers Is 'Biblical'

    06/04/2014 7:41:53 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 55 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/4/14 | Caroline May
    Majority Leader Eric Cantor offered a new explanation for why he supports granting amnesty to individuals brought into the country illegally as minors, often called “DREAMers” in reference to the “DREAM Act.” It's “Biblical,” he said in a local radio interview. “I’ve always said that there’s a Biblical root and a tradition in this country that says we don’t hold children liable for their parents’ acts and when you have kids who may have been brought here let’s say at 2 months old unbeknownst to them and they’ve been here all their lives and they want to serve in our...
  • Opelika ministry rents, removes billboard with Hitler quote

    06/03/2014 12:59:41 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 7 replies
    Ledger Enquirer ^ | 06/02/2014 | Adam Carlson
    A billboard at the Village Mall in Auburn, Ala., features five smiling kids beneath a quote from Adolf Hitler: "He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future." According to Lamar Advertising's Montgomery office, the billboard was rented out by Life Savers Ministries, based in Opelika, Ala. Hitler's quote traces back to his speeches of the '30s, and has historically been tied to the Nazi youth programs. The billboard went up Friday and will be taken down Tuesday, per LSM's request. "We are pulling the billboard and certainly never intended to cause confusion. "We are a children’s organization and had...
  • California Baptist Church Changes Views On Homosexuality After Pastor's Gay Son Comes Out

    06/02/2014 5:30:06 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 62 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 6-2-2014 | Antonia Blumberg
    A Baptist church in California has voted to welcome the gay community despite going against the Southern Baptist Convention's views on homosexuality. The New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, CA faced a difficult decision in early 2014 when lead pastor Danny Cortez told the congregation that his son, Drew, had come out -- and that he himself no longer agreed with the church's teachings on homosexuality.
  • Wow: Planned Parenthood points to the BIBLE to justify having an…

    06/02/2014 12:29:42 PM PDT · by topher · 44 replies
    youngcons.com ^ | June 2, 2014 | David Rufful
    This “pastoral letter” was sent by Planned Parenthood and it reads: Many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders disapprove of abortion. The truth is that abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures—Jewish or Christian—and there are clergy and people of faith from all denominations who support women making this complex decision. The letter text: The decision to have an abortion is personal. Though your reasons may be complicated and private, you’re not alone. As religious leaders from a number of religious traditions, we’re here to support you in your decision. Many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders...
  • Ordination of 6 women in Cleveland comes 20 years after pope affirmed ban

    05/25/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT · by EBH · 26 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 5/22/2014 | Tom Feran
    "I don't accept the verdict that I am excommunicated," said Mary Collingwood of Boston Heights, who will be ordained a "servant priest," as she put it, by Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan of Sarasota, Florida. "The men made that rule, and a man-made rule can be changed -- especially if it's unjust. "I align myself with the belief that I am part of the people of God," she said, noting that saints from Joan of Arc to the Australian nun Mary MacKillop, canonized in 2010, once were declared excommunicated. Susan Guzik of Eastlake, who will be ordained as a deacon, said...