Latest Articles: Religion
Historic meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox head 'getting closer'
Post Date: 2015-06-30 16:03:26 by cranky
The meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is "getting closer every day," a senior Orthodox prelate has said. The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054. "Now such a meeting is getting closer every day but it must be well prepared," Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church's foreign relations department, said in ...
Gay Marriage Supreme Court Ruling -- Rand Paul
Post Date: 2015-06-29 08:12:00 by tpaine
http://time.com Gay Marriage Supreme Court Ruling Rand Paul While I disagree with Supreme Courts redefinition of marriage, I believe that all Americans have the right to contract. The Constitution is silent on the question of marriage because marriage has always been a local issue. Our founding fathers went to the local courthouse to be married, not to Washington, D.C. Ive often said I dont want my guns or my marriage registered in Washington. Those who disagree with the recent Supreme Court ruling argue that the court should not overturn the will of legislative majorities. Those who favor the Supreme Court ruling argue that the 14th Amendment protects rights from ...
Obama: Americans need to shift religious views to accept gay marriage [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2015-06-27 15:05:46 by lana
Obama: Americans need to shift religious views to accept gay marriage After the Supreme Court issued its ruling on gay marriage Friday, President Obama gave a speech in which he said Americans need to change their religious views to be accepting of gay marriage, the Daily Caller reported. To that end, he encouraged gay marriage supporters to "help people overcome their deeply-held religious views. I know that Americans of goodwill continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue, he said. Initially, he exhibited a bit of respect for those who oppose same-sex marriage. "Opposition in some cases has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs, he ...
The Scientific Pantheist Who Advises Pope Francis
Post Date: 2015-06-24 10:31:50 by redleghunter
The scientist who influenced Laudato Si, and who serves at the Vatican's science office, seems to believe in Gaia, but not in God. St. Francis of Assisis hymn Laudato Si spoke of Brothers Sun and Fire and Sisters Moon and Water, using these colorful phrases figuratively, as a way of praising Gods creation. These sentimental words so touched Pope Francis that he named his encyclical after this canticle (repeated in paragraph 87 of the Holy Fathers letter). Neither Pope Francis nor St. Francis took the words literally, of course. Neither believed that fire was alive and could be talked to or reasoned with or, worse, worshiped. Strange, ...
Is It Okay for Christians to Use Marijuana (Cannabis) and Other Drugs?
Post Date: 2015-06-22 21:39:36 by Gatlin
A number of young Christians these days use marijuana and other recreational drugs. Some of them write to ask if this kind of behavior is acceptable for Christians. Click here for the remainder of the article. Poster Comment: I think a Christian does not approve of the taking of illegal drugs, including recreational drugs and all those which can alter the mind. What do you think?
Bible Teaching Could Soon Become A Crime With 'Anti-Extremism Banning Orders'
Post Date: 2015-06-18 13:43:47 by Don
Bible Teaching Could Soon Become A Crime With 'Anti-Extremism Banning Orders' June 18, 2015 | JOHN BINGHAM Share this article Traditional Christian teaching could effectively be "criminalized" in some settings in Britain under David Cameron's plans for new anti-extremist banning orders, a top Anglican theologian and former Parliamentary draftsman has warned. The Rev. Dr. Mike Ovey, a former lawyer and now principal of Oak Hill Theological College in London, a training school for Church of England clergy, said proposals for new "Extremism Disruption Orders" could be a "disaster area" for people from all the mainstream religions and none. ...
Southern Baptists urged to reject any laws legalizing gay marriage
Post Date: 2015-06-17 22:36:45 by Tooconservative
Prepare for civil disobedience. Thats the message one prominent pastor is sending to some 16 million members of the Southern Baptist Convention. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Texas, said American Christians should be prepared for massive fallout if the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex unions. We want to stay in the system, Graham told me in a telephone interview. We want to work in the system. We want to support our government. We want to obey its laws. But. But theres a coming a day, I believe, that many Christians personally and churches corporately will need to practice civil disobedience on this issue. The ...
Pope Francis: Tax Collector for the U.S. Government (Mission Accomplished: Theocracy)
Post Date: 2015-06-13 20:46:43 by Hondo68
The Anti-Liberty Union of Church, State, and Bank June 12, 2015The Guardian reports that along with the ongoing clean-up efforts to correct its own history of corruption (including charges of money laundering), the Vatican bank has also agreed to comply with the U.S.s Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Whats FATCA? A 2010 law designed to target non-compliance with US tax obligations. Under US law, American citizens who live abroad or have foreign bank accounts are required to report those accounts to the Internal Revenue Service. So, the Pope and Vatican bank are now in-effect tax collectors for the U.S. government. Why? In a signing ...
If Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians was Published in Christianity Today
Post Date: 2015-06-05 13:06:02 by redleghunter
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Christianity Today: In response to Paul D. Apostles article about the Galatian church in your January issue, I have to say how appalled I am by the unchristian tone of this hit piece. Why the negativity? Has he been to the Galatian church recently? I happen to know some of the people at that church, and they are the most loving, caring people Ive ever met. Phyllis Snodgrass; Ann Arbor, MI Dear Editor: How arrogant of Mr. Apostle to think he has the right to judge these people and label them accursed. ...
Nancy Pelosi: Gay ‘marriage’ is ‘consistent’ with Catholic teaching
Post Date: 2015-06-04 12:04:28 by redleghunter
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, says that same-sex marriage is perfectly "consistent" with Catholic Christianity. Pelosi brought her grandchildren to see her receive an award from the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, to show the young, impressionable children that "marriage equality is important." In an interview with Thomas Roberts on MSNBC, Pelosi said she took the children to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund gala because "it's really important to see what the practice of our faith is." Pelosi, who described herself as a faithful Christian and mainstream Catholic, ...
The Gospel According to Nancy Pelosi
Post Date: 2015-06-01 08:36:43 by cranky
Jesus and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seem to have different ideas of what it means to be a good Catholic. On Friday evening, Pelosi lashed out at Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for being a polarizing figure and not a good mainstream Catholic like her. When Rubio expressed his (very Catholic) opposition to same-sex marriage, Pelosi responded by pulling out her purported superior Catholic credentials, crowing that she had grown up in a mainstream Catholic family. She expressed her belief that Rubios opposition to same-sex marriage is polarizing, which threatens mainstream Christian thinking. Pelosis reasoning presents two enormous ...
Are Our Pastors Puppets For The New World Order?
Post Date: 2015-06-01 05:25:08 by Gatlin
When pastors and churches succumb to the notion of submitting to a domestic Police State, they unwittingly become puppets for the New World Order. Americas Founding Fathers wisely instituted a federal government with three separate branches with the intention of creating built-in checks and balances designed to protect the liberties of the American people and the independence of the sovereign states. Each branch of government was given authority to check the other branches when they became oppressive or unconstitutional. In addition to the checks and balances built into the federal government, they assumed that additional checks to power outside the federal government would serve to ...
Faith & values: New survey suggests marked decline in Christian affiliation
Post Date: 2015-05-31 18:10:08 by Gatlin
According to America's Changing Religious Landscape, the Christian share of the population has declined from 78.4 percent in 2007, to 70.6 percent in 2014, with the biggest dropoffs taking place among mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. In 1999, Chris Bolinger and his family joined the Evangelical Covenant Church in Hudson, where they found a thriving congregation of more than 300 members. By 2004, it was down to 100 people. It closed in 2009. It sent me into a depression, he recalled. It was the only church my kids had ever known.The closing of Bolingers church illustrates a new report by the Pew Research Center that suggests that ...
Post Date: 2015-05-31 17:19:50 by Gatlin
I read an interesting article from CNN awhile back in which author Kenda Creasy Dean, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, warned that American teenagers are embracing what she called a moralistic, therapeutic deism. As she interviewed teenagers about their faith, she discovered that many teenagers thought that God simply wanted them to feel good and do good. In other words, they were fake Christians. Now, let me explain. A fake Christian is not a struggling Christian, because every Christian struggles. Every Christian has times of falling short and sinning and slipping up. But that is not a fake Christian. A fake Christian is a poser, a pretender, an actor and an ...
Hillary Clinton Calls Bible 'The Living Word;' Impresses South Carolina Pastor With Knowledge of Scripture
Post Date: 2015-05-31 07:26:01 by Gatlin
In an impromptu conversation with a local pastor at Main Street Bakery in Columbia S.C. yesterday, Hillary Clinton calls the Bible "the living Word" and impressed a local pastor with her knowledge and command of scripture. The former First Lady and Secretary of State then recited 1 Corinthians 13:4, the well known verse about love, from memory "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud." Clinton's biblical knowledge made an impression on the local assistant minister of Columbia's First Calvary Baptist Church. "You're doing what is the most important thing to do, it's continuing to study and learn what ...
Family: Pastor shot and killed by Lancaster deputies
Post Date: 2015-05-30 08:22:15 by Gatlin
LANCASTER, S.C. A pastor of a small church in Lancaster County has been identified as the armed gunman killed by deputies Thursday. The coroner confirms the man shot as 60-year-old Darrell Morgan. Deputies were called to Carolina Corner Store on Highway 521 near Harris Hill Road around 2 p.m. The sheriff said an armed man inside of the business was "clearly a threat" to many customers inside at the time. Paul Alford, tells NBC Charlotte that Morgan had recently separated with his wife of 40 years. He said Morgan was devastated and felt betrayed having lost his wife to his best friend and neighbor. "Of course he was angry for a while, he loved Julie still. But I ...
The Decline of Christian America
Post Date: 2015-05-26 00:16:51 by nativist nationalist
This is a Christian nation, said the Supreme Court in 1892. America was born a Christian nation, echoed Woodrow Wilson. Harry Truman affirmed it: This is a Christian nation. But in 2009, Barack Hussein Obama begged to differ: We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation. Comes now a Pew Research Center survey that reveals the United States is de- Christianizing at an accelerated rate. Whereas 86 percent of Americans in 1990 identified as Christians, by 2007, that was down to 78 percent. Today only 7 in 10 say they are Christians. But the percentage of those describing themselves as atheists, agnostics or nonbelievers has risen to 23. ...
Church members push to use marijuana during religious services
Post Date: 2015-05-24 07:48:15 by Gatlin
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) Members of a church went to downtown Providence to show it is their constitutional right to use cannabis. Services are normally held at the home of the churchs leader and former Rhode Island Gubernatorial candidate Anne Armstrong, but the group recently decided to pray publicly at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence. Earlier this week, three members were cited for possessing a controlled substance. Armstrong says, This is a very important constitutional issue and if it cant be decided here. I dont think there is any hope for America frankly. Alan Gordon is a member of the church and says, Ive been a ...
Pastor Calls Police & Lied About Being Shot and Robbed by a Black Man and His Bi-Racial Family
Post Date: 2015-05-24 06:45:29 by Gatlin
On Thursday Pastor George Hunley called police to report that he had been robbed and shot twice after being a Good Samaritan and stopping to help a multi-racial couple who appeared to be having car trouble. Hunley says the husband a black man brandished a gun and demanded money. The 54-year-old Louisa, Virginia pastor claimed a struggle ensued resulting in him sustaining two gunshot wounds to the leg before he was able to escape. During the police call Hunley claimed his attacker had a white female partner wearing a stocking cap. He also claimed they had a baby in their late model Ford Taurus. However, it only took a day for police determined that this ...
York County pastors call on Christians to love Muslims, ‘fear not’
Post Date: 2015-05-24 00:07:50 by Gatlin
Two dozen Christian pastors in York County have joined together to publicly call on members of their faith to embrace Muslims as their brothers and sisters. The Rev. Sam McGregor, pastor at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church near Lake Wylie, said he has jump-started the local effort because of recent threats against Muslims in the United States that came to light during the trial of Robert Doggart. Doggart, a failed congressional candidate from Tennessee, pleaded guilty this month to plotting to kill Muslims who live in a religious community in New York. The FBI uncovered and stopped Doggarts plan. A similar community, called Holy Islamville, has existed in York County for nearly 30 ...
Video Proves Pastor, NAACP Lied About Police Mistreatment
Post Date: 2015-05-24 00:02:36 by Gatlin
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -A week after a Salisbury pastor teamed up with the NAACP to express concerns about police mistreatment, WBTV has obtained video that contradicts the pastor's statements. Reverend Bill Godair of Cornerstone Church held a press conference last week with the head of the Salisbury-Rowan NAACP to say citizens were being mistreated by officers with the Salisbury Police Department, and the Godair himself had been a victim. "Approximately one year ago, I felt I was extremely mistreated by a Salisbury Police officer (I have never shared this with you)," Godair said in an email to Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson and city council member Karen Alexander. "My wife ...
Mom: Outed pastor told gay son he's going to hell
Post Date: 2015-05-23 06:55:51 by Gatlin
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) - A mother came forward with new accusations against the local pastor who resigned after being outed as gay. Click here to read the church's just released letter on it's website. She said what that pastor told her son nearly drove him to suicide. Jennifer Kish is angered over the recent revelation that Matthew Makela might be gay, not because of his alleged sexual preference, but because of how he treated her son while they were parishioners at his church. Makela is a Midland pastor who resigned after being outed by a website. The website said it outed Makela because of his outspoken stance in recent years against homosexuality, a stance one woman said was ...
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