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  • These Lawsuits Reveal The Left’s Goal To Banish Religion Altogether: Demonize those with different beliefs and characterize the Bible itself as hateful

    04/15/2021 8:03:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/15/2021 | Yaakov Menken
    If it weren’t clear before, it is now nakedly obvious the far left aims to silence all who question or disagree. It perversely misuses terms like “diversity” and “tolerance” for precisely the opposite ends — to enforce its ideology, stifle dissent, and prohibit any alternatives. The full-scale legal assault on faith-based schools is merely the latest example of its scorched-earth campaign.My son, a high school senior, plans to matriculate to a well-regarded rabbinical seminary in the fall. But let us imagine that he was so impressed by Baylor University’s NCAA men’s basketball victory that he suddenly changed his plans, wishing...
  • Why has Pastor John Piper’s son become a Bible-bashing Tik-Tok star?

    04/15/2021 7:43:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2021 | Michael Brown
    On a regular basis, we are hearing reports of high-profile Christian leaders renouncing their faith, most recently Dr. Paul Maxwell, an author, former Moody Bible Institute professor, and writer for Desiring God. Yet, for many of us, it was even more shocking to learn that Abraham Piper, son of the influential pastor John Piper, had become an internet sensation, best known for his videos mocking his former evangelical beliefs. As reported by Ruth Graham for the New York Times, “Abraham Piper became a sensation on TikTok nearly overnight. He posted his first video in November, and he now has more...
  • Facebook Locks [Orthodox] Abbot Tryphon (The Morning Offering) Out of His Account

    04/14/2021 6:52:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 4/13/21
    Abbot Tryphon, the head of the All-Merciful Savior Monastery on Vashon Island in Washington and the author of the popular “The Morning Offering” blog and podcast, has been locked out of his Facebook account, where he also posted his daily reflections. On April 3, the monastery website reported: “Just a short note here – Abbot Tryphon was temporarily locked out of his Facebook account due to security reasons.” However, yesterday, Fr. Tryphon reported that he was leaving Facebook for alternative social media site MeWe, having been permanently locked out of his Facebook account. His page remains on Facebook and past...
  • Bishop Treanor Urges Politicians to Avoid ‘Damaging Politicisation’ as Unrest Engulfs Belfast

    04/14/2021 6:44:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Irish Catholic ^ | 4/9/21 | Ruadhán Jones
    The bishop of Down and Connor has urged politicians to be more careful about their language as Belfast has been engulfed in nightly violence for over a week. Bishop Noel Treanor also appealed to young people “to stop engaging in disturbance and violent activity now” after 74 members of the police service were injured. The city has witnessed some of the worst rioting in recent years and last night (April 8) the police used water cannon to disperse young Protestants angry at the decision for the first time in six years. Petrol bombs, fireworks and stones were used to attack...
  • 10 Signs That Major End Times Events Are In Motion Here In 2021

    04/14/2021 5:03:00 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 60 replies
    eotad ^ | 4/13/21 | Michael Snyder
    There is so much confusion out there right now, and my hope is that this article will help to clear things up. Lots of people seem to think that we will soon see a “return to normal” and that good times are just around the corner, but that is not true at all. In fact, I believe that things will become progressively worse in the months ahead. I don’t know if we have ever seen a time when more major end times signs were in the process of being fulfilled, and I expect global events to soon accelerate even more....
  • Begotten Not Made: A Catholic View of Reproductive Technology

    04/14/2021 12:07:05 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    USCCB ^ | by John M. Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L.
    Human beings bear the image and likeness of God. They are to be reverenced as sacred. Never are they to be used as a means to an end, not even to satisfy the deepest wishes of an infertile couple. Husbands and wives "make love," they do not "make babies." They give expression to their love for one another, and a child may or may not be engendered by that act of love. The marital act is not a manufacturing process, and children are not products. Like the Son of God himself, we are the kind of beings who are "begotten,...
  • Birth Pains Headlines

    04/14/2021 9:06:57 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 6 replies
    RR ^ | 4/13/21 | Randy Nettles
    In Matthew 24, Jesus’ disciples asked about his 2nd Coming and the end of the age. “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the...
  • Bad news in Supreme Court’s ruling on behalf of religious liberty: The 5-4 Decision is Not the Only Cause for Concern

    04/14/2021 7:48:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/14/2021 | Michael Brown
    It was good to see the Supreme Court rule yet again in favor of religious liberty in the latest California case to reach the nation’s highest court. Yet the fact that the ruling was only 5-4, not to mention some of the reasoning in the dissenting opinion, gives real cause for concern. This should not have been a close vote at all. Instead, it should have been a slam dunk for religious freedoms. As reported on Forbes, “The Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 margin late Friday that California's coronavirus-related restrictions on gathering in private homes violated constitutional rights on...
  • Nigeria: Muslims Needed a Mosque. The Catholic Church Built One for Them.

    04/14/2021 7:45:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/14/2021 | Robert Spencer
    Although this happened in Nigeria, it is emblematic of what is happening all over the West today, including in the U.S. Non-Muslims are being generous, welcoming, and kind, without any particular concern for the possibility that not all of the recipients of their largesse might be interested in reciprocating their kindness. Bishop Stephen Mamza of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Yola, is building houses in Yola for people who have lost their homes due to jihad terror activity by the Islamic group Boko Haram, whose official name is People Committed to the Prophet’s Teachings for Proselytizing and Jihad. Since many...
  • The Ladder of Your Daily Life

    04/14/2021 7:34:13 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | April 14, 2021 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Perhaps the most prominent ladder in our culture is the one associated with careers. It is an image of the American road to success. We begin at or near the bottom and, step by step, make our way towards the top. It is a metaphor that works well with our modern notions of hard work, persistence and reward. It also serves as a justification for many of the structures in our society and colors our common view of those who linger around the bottom. It is through this cultural image that the Ladder of St. John of Sinai (Climacus) comes...
  • Kazakhstan"People Don't Have the Right to Distribute Religious Materials in Any Form Whatsoever"

    04/13/2021 6:40:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Forum 18 ^ | 4/9/21 | Felix Corley
    Courts fined at least 18 people in 2021 for distributing religious literature, texts, videos, audio and items in places and ways the regime declares illegal under its compulsory religious censorship. Most fines were of three weeks' average wages. "People don't have the right to distribute religious materials in any form whatsoever, whether text, video or audio," insists Kayrulla Kushkaliyev of Atyrau's Religious Affairs Department – which brought six prosecutions. The UN Human Rights Committee found an import ban on ten Jehovah's Witness publications violated Polat Bekzhan's rights.Courts have fined at least 18 people in the first three months of 2021...
  • Pope Francis ‘Hurt’ by CDF Repudiation of Homosexual Unions

    04/13/2021 6:19:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/13/21 | Martin Barillas
    Gay member of Vatican commission: I feel he'll repair thisSANTIAGO, Chile (ChurchMilitant.com) - Juan Carlos Cruz, a gay journalist and survivor of clerical sexual abuse, is claiming that Pope Francis is "hurt" by the Vatican's Feb. 22 declaration affirming Catholic teachings on marriage and human sexuality — despite having endorsed the declaration. "I spoke with the pope," Cruz told Chile's La Tercera newspaper in an April 10 article, adding, "I don't want to betray a confidence, but I know that the pope is a man who is very hurt by this, although ultimately he is responsible." It was Cruz who...
  • 13 Reasons Why It’s the Last Hour…: Pt 2

    04/13/2021 2:03:03 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 27 replies
    RR ^ | 4/13/21 | Jonathan Brentner
    Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign Because many believers reject the idea that we live in the last days before the events of the seven-year tribulation sweep over the earth, they fail to identify the many ways that make today radically different than any previous time in history. The purpose of this series is to present evidence of why we live in the last moments of human history as we know it. In part 1, I discussed how the rebirth of Israel is the key to identifying this day as the last moments in human history as we know it. This...
  • 13 Reasons Why It’s the Last Hour …: Pt 1

    04/13/2021 2:02:59 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 14 replies
    RR ^ | 4/9/21 | Jonathan Brentner
    The Rebirth of Israel Opens the Door Most Christians do not believe that we live in the last moments of human history before the events of the tribulation sweep over the earth. The reasons for this vary. Many belong to churches that have long since rejected beliefs in the pretribulation rapture, a seven-year tribulation, and the millennial reign of Jesus. Others remain unaware of how so many signs point to the nearness of Jesus’ appearing, either because their pastors do not teach biblical prophecy or when they do, they dismiss it as something irrelevant to the lives of those listening....
  • Vatican event on priesthood to explore topic of celibacy

    04/13/2021 1:33:28 PM PDT · by Marchmain · 23 replies
    Crux ^ | April 13, 2021 | Elise Ann Allen
    ROME – A top Vatican official in charge of organizing a major symposium on the priesthood next year has said the discussion will touch on several controversial hot-button issues such as priestly celibacy, the women’s diaconate, clericalism, and the clerical sexual abuse crisis. Speaking to journalists during the April 12 presentation of the event, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet said, “the question of celibacy is important.” “We have all spoken about it, and it will be discussed, but it will not be the central theme of the symposium,” he said. “It is not a symposium on celibacy, like it needs to...
  • Sri Lanka: Muslim cleric identified as mastermind of 2019 Easter jihad massacre that killed over 300 people

    04/12/2021 8:37:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | April 12, 2021 | Robert Spencer
    Sri Lanka: Muslim cleric identified as mastermind of 2019 Easter jihad massacre that killed over 300 peopleWhat’s that? A Muslim cleric? How did a man who has dedicated his life to understanding Islam properly and communicating it effectively so spectacularly misunderstand the Religion of Peace? Why does no one other than me ever ask this question?“Easter Terror attack 2019: Radical cleric identified as the mastermind of the deadly terror attacks,” by P C Thomas, News Track Live, April 7, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):Colombo: A top Sri Lankan minister said on Tuesday that a radical cleric, who is...
  • California’s Limit on Home Religious Gatherings Too Strict, US Supreme Court Says

    04/12/2021 7:17:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    California’s coronavirus restrictions on home-based religious gatherings like Bible studies, worship and prayer meetings were more strict than the constitution allows, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a 5-4 court order late Friday. Citing an appeals court decision in a different case, the unsigned majority’s court order said the state cannot “assume the worst when people go to worship but assume the best when people go to work.” California had said its restrictions on social gatherings was “entirely neutral.” Its current coronavirus mitigation rules have limited indoor social gatherings to no more than three households, and attendees must wear masks...
  • The Vatican Remains Silent on the Persecution of Chinese Christians

    04/12/2021 5:08:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | Aprril 12, 2021 | Fr. Mario Alexis Portella
    The Vatican Remains Silent on the Persecution of Chinese ChristiansLast November, Pope Francis, for the first time, called China’s Muslim Uighurs a “persecuted” people, something human rights activists have been urging him to do for years. However, during his solemn Urbi et Orbi Easter blessing on Easter Sunday, Francis snubbed the Uighurs as he carefully omitted any reference to those suffering human rights abuses under China’s Communist regime when he named an array of countries, such as Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Nigeria, and Tigray where people are plagued by violence and conflict.All things being equal, there is one group...
  • Catholic Priests Who Have Maskless Moms Arrested Are Tyrants, Not Heroes

    04/12/2021 11:05:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 12, 2021 | Carina Benton
    Catholic Priests Who Have Maskless Moms Arrested Are Tyrants, Not HeroesPastors who bully parishioners over masks appear to have forgotten the soul-saving mission of the church, and are instead tyrannizing those they should serve.Despite Texas Gov. Greg Abbot’s repeal of the state mask mandate, a pregnant Catholic mother was kicked out of Mass in the Diocese of Dallas for failing to wear a mask.Father Milton Ryan, pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, is alleged to have called the police while the service was underway and have the young mother threatened with arrest for trespass. Deidre Hairston returned to her pew...
  • Another high profile Christian walks away from the faith. What's going on?

    04/12/2021 8:16:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/12/2021 | Shane Idleman
    A headline this week has many people scratching their head: Former Desiring God writer Paul Maxwell announces he's no longer Christian. How can this happen? Did he lose his salvation? Below is my response about salvation that I’ve shared before. I also just released this short clip that goes into more detail on why Paul Maxwell may have fallen away. A common question for many is, “Can I lose my salvation?” I’ve heard both sides of the argument, and only God truly knows a person’s heart, but I can share a few thoughts. The reason there is a debate is...