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  • Appendix D: Bibliographical Note on Latter-day Saint Writings on the Apostasy

    01/14/2011 11:41:27 AM PST · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    The idea that Christ's church no longer existed was central to Joseph Smith's prophetic claims, and as such was among the earliest of the doctrines established in this dispensation. Joseph quotes Christ as telling him during the first vision that he "must join none of [the sects], for they were all wrong; . . . that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: 'they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness...
  • A Reply to a Mormon

    12/28/2010 5:21:15 PM PST · by Colofornian · 48 replies · 4+ views
    Since moving to Utah in 1973, I have been asked many times, "Why do you pick on Mormons?" Please allow me to correct that misconception: I am not "picking on Mormons." Early Mormon leaders attacked Christianity, saying that it had disappeared from the earth, that all churches were an abomination, and that all preachers of other churches today are agents of the Devil (History of the Church, Vol. I, p. XL). They also claimed that one Joseph Smith had been visited by an angel and instructed on how to restore true Christianity. And, that the Church of Jesus Christ of...
  • Hawley church cuts ties with ELCA

    12/23/2010 5:08:27 AM PST · by rhema · 12 replies · 3+ views
    InForum ^ | December 20 2010 | Marino Eccher
    Hawley Lutheran Church will split from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America after members voted overwhelmingly Sunday to leave the denomination. The vote was the culmination of a yearlong debate sparked in part by the ELCA’s 2009 decision to allow gay clergy members who are in same-sex relationships. Previously, the church had permitted gay clergy but required them to remain celibate. In the same year, the ELCA also adopted a controversial statement on human sexuality that opponents said moved the church out of line with biblical teachings. The decision left the hiring of gay clergy at the discretion of member...
  • Dems Suggest the Bible Hates the Rich

    12/22/2010 1:12:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies ^ | December 22, 2010 | Michael Medved
    The debate over the extension of the Bush tax-rates revealed the deep hostility from many prominent Democrats toward Americans who have achieved financial success, and already carry the bulk of the income tax burden. Ironically, some liberals, including Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, even cited Biblical authority to back up their resentment of the rich. A favorite “proof text” for such attitudes comes from Matthew 19:24, where Jesus says, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” The classic 1706 Christian commentary by...
  • Fewer Missionaries Okay, Says ELCA Bishop

    12/11/2010 8:19:51 AM PST · by rhema · 4 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 12/11/2010 | Dan Skogen
    The Standard-Examiner newspaper, in Ogden, Utah, reported on a gathering at Elim Evangelical Lutheran Church with Bishop Allan Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain ELCA Synod. Exposing the ELCA found a couple of statements in the article noteworthy. The Standard-Examiner reports 1) The bishop “. . . said the synod supports 240 full-time missionaries, which is half the number of two generations ago. However, Bjornberg said a lower number is not a bad thing. ‘We did the job well,’ he said, noting that more missionaries are not needed.” 2) The bishop “. . . said fellowshipping continues to be at the...
  • ELCA council proposes changing rules to make it harder for congregations to leave

    11/25/2010 7:26:40 AM PST · by rhema · 35 replies · 13+ views
    Lutheran CORE ^ | November 2010
    Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are proposing changing rules to make it harder for congregations to leave the church body. At its Nov. 12-14 meeting, the ELCA Church Council proposed amendments to ELCA constitutions that would make the process of leaving the church body more difficult for congregations. The changes must be approved by the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. “How ironic that ELCA leadership is so committed to disregarding the Law of God on sexual ethics but so determined to use the law of humans to coerce congregations to remain in the ELCA ,” said the Rev....
  • ELCA Joins Effort to Keep Clean Air Act Regulatory Authority Intact

    11/24/2010 4:23:35 PM PST · by rhema · 19 replies · 6+ views
    ELCA NEWS SERVICE ^ | November 23, 2010
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) joined 56 denominations and faith-based organizations in calling on the U.S. Senate to leave intact the power of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, including ozone emissions. The denominations and faith-based organizations released a joint letter to the Senate Nov. 23 in which they stated they "are called to protect and serve God's great creation and work for justice for all of God's people." "We believe that the United States must take all appropriate and available actions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. We...
  • Is age-segregated youth ministry uniting or dividing the church?

    11/17/2010 5:17:23 AM PST · by RJR_fan · 13 replies
    Chalcedon Report ^ | November 16, 2010 | anon
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  • Episcopalians react with sadness to the retirement of Bishop Gene Robinson

    11/07/2010 12:58:02 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 27 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Nov. 7, 2010 | Kathy McCabe and Eric Moskowitz
    Across the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, congregants and clergy today reacted with heavy hearts to word that Bishop V. Gene Robinson is retiring. Robinson, 63, whose consecration seven years ago as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church divided the Anglican Communion worldwide, yesterday announced at the annual convention of the New Hampshire diocese that he plans to retire in January 2013, short of the mandatory 72-year-old retirement age for Episcopal bishops. He cited death threats and the considerable strain that the worldwide rift has placed on him, his family, and the church.
  • What Mormon Missionaries WON'T Tell You

    10/15/2010 5:39:02 PM PDT · by delacoert · 1,219 replies · 1+ views
    Most of us have had a Mormon Missionary knock at our door.  If you have ever invited them in and listened to a presentation of their beliefs, you probably found most but not all of what they said very similar to those beliefs held by Christians.  However, while trying to convince you that your Church is wrong and the Mormon Church is right, there are several points they intentionally leave out.  Below is a list of Mormon beliefs the missionaries will be reluctant to tell you about:   They will be reluctant to tell you that the God they...
  • Turning Churches Against Israel

    10/19/2010 5:35:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 10/19/10 | Mark Tooley
    “With God on Our Side,” the new anti-Israel movie produced by an evangelical pastor and aimed at evangelical audiences, is touring America this month, with anti-Israel British Anglican priest Stephen Sizer in tow. (Snip) The Evangelical Left is anxious to neutralize evangelicals as America’s typically most pro-Israel demographic, especially by focusing on the plight of Palestinian Christians, who are portrayed as victims exclusively of Israeli oppression. “With God on Our Side,” predictably, portrays pro-Israel Christians as mindless zealots indifferent to Palestinian suffering and exploiting Israeli Jews as merely tools for precipitating the Second Coming.
  • New York candidate Carl Paladino defends remarks about gays (They Pounce)

    10/11/2010 10:41:40 AM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 84 replies ^ | Oct 11, 2010 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    Republican Carl Paladino, a tea party candidate for governor of New York, said Monday on NBC's "Today" show that he doesn't discriminate against homosexuals. On Sunday, in a discussion of gay marriage at a meeting with Brooklyn Hasidic Jewish leaders, Paladino said children were being "brainwashed" into accepting homosexuality as "valid."
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Tells ELCA Leaders it's Time to Move Forward

    10/05/2010 12:12:06 PM PDT · by lightman · 18 replies · 1+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 5 October AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop Tells ELCA Leaders it's Time to Move Forward 10-261-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In a report to leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop, said it is time for the church to move forward and get over being "timid" about mission and ministry. "In the name of Jesus Christ our days of timidity are over," Hanson told the ELCA Conference of Bishops, ELCA synod vice presidents and ELCA seminary presidents Oct. 2. "I just think we have to say it. And we have to say it with the...
  • (Did you KNOW?) Obama goes to church to hear a Muslim speaker!

    Obama goes to church to hear a Muslim speaker! WHY DOES THIS “CHRISTIAN” ALWAYS FLOCK TO HEAR THE MUSLIM MESSAGE? by Brigitte de Maubec Did Obama attend a Protestant church on Sunday because a pro-Palestinian Muslim was invited to speak? (Sept. 20, 2010) — Yesterday, on Sunday, September 19, 2010, the Obama family attended church for only the third time in a year. They went on foot to the St. John’s Episcopal Church situated across the Lafayette Park. But what is widely not reported by the White House and the MSM is that on that particular Sunday in that particular...
  • SoCal Churches Respond to Quran Burning With Blessings [UGH]

    09/13/2010 2:16:25 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 35 replies
    NBCLA ^ | Sept. 10, 2010 | Jonathan Lloyd
    ...In Orange County, two churches also are planning events. Irvine mega-church Marines will conduct an all-day "Bridges" seminar. Organizers said the events is designed to replace fear and misunderstanding of Muslims. "Our goal at Mariners is to provide a contrast to the growing polarity and conflicts and tear down some of the walls of misunderstanding that lead to fear between communities," Sophia Marsh, a Laguna Beach resident and three-year member of the Christian church, told the OC Register. Irvine United Congregational Church will conduct a "Quran blessing."
  • Disaffected Lutherans Constitute New Body

    09/07/2010 12:11:19 PM PDT · by wmfights · 22 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | August 28, 2010 | Audrey Barrick
    Conservative Lutherans began forging the new body just weeks after the ELCA gave the green light in 2009 for non-celibate gays and lesbians to serve as clergy. Over the last year, hundreds of congregations have moved toward severing ties with the ELCA, which is the largest Lutheran denomination in the country with 4.5 million members. The ELCA experienced its biggest-ever drop in membership last year, with 90,000 less members than the year before. The vote on Friday to forge a new body took place during the annual Convocation of Lutheran CORE, a renewal group that seeks the renewal of Lutheran...
  • UCC Pastor to read Quran in Response to Dove Quran Burnings

    09/07/2010 10:48:17 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 45 replies
    The Creative Seminole ^ | 19 August 2010 | a blogger named Zach in Florida
    “If They Can Burn It, We Can Read It.” A UCC Minister’s Response to Burning the Qur’an. Posted on August 19, 2010 by Zachary| 81 Comments There are some things that really get under my skin. One of those things is religious intolerance, be it from Christians, Muslims, Jews, Agnostics, Pagans, Pastafarians, or the like. Larry Reimer, a minister of the United Church of Gainesville, has decided to read scripture from the Qur'an in worship service in response to a local Qur'an burning. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one, then, who sees Gainesville, Florida’s Dove World...
  • Goddess and Mother Prayers Prominent in Gay ELCA Service

    08/09/2010 8:03:33 AM PDT · by Enought · 50 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 8/2/2010 | Dan Skogen
    Many of you know the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recently added seven pastors who are gay, bisexual or transgender, to its clergy roster. This occurred at a Rite of Reception service. Here are a few things you may not have heard concerning this. 1) During the "festival Eucharist celebrating the reception and reinstatement of pastors," (p 4) the congregation recited the “Our Mother who is within us” prayer taken from the Goddess Rosary (read more about the Goddess Rosary here) . The prayer goes like this - "Our Mother who is within us we celebrate your many names. Your...

    07/31/2010 4:14:58 AM PDT · by rhema · 57 replies · 3+ views ^ | 7/30/10 | David Barhhart
    "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God" (1 Cor. 6:9-11). The decision by the ELCA's 2009 Churchwide Assembly to sanction the homosexual lifestyle by allowing practicing homosexuals to serve...
  • Novelist Anne Rice says she's leaving Christianity (Uncoverts after converting)

    07/30/2010 8:37:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies · 4+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/30/2010 | Hillel Itale
    NEW YORK – Anne Rice has had a religious conversion: She's no longer a Christian. "In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control," the author wrote Wednesday on her Facebook page. "In the name of ... Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen." Rice, 68, is best known for "Interview With a Vampire" and other gothic novels. Raised as a Catholic, she had rejected the church early in her life but renewed her faith in recent years and in 2008 released the memoir "Called Out...
  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Signals Support of Gay Revisionist Theology

    07/07/2010 6:19:20 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 69 replies
    Citizen Link ^ | 7/7/2010 | Staff
    The Presbyterian Church (PC-U.S.A.) elected Cynthia Bolbach – a strong supporter of same-sex marriage – as moderator of 219th General Assembly meeting in Minneapolis. Bolbach will oversee the deliberation of a number of contentious resolutions involving the issue of homosexuality within the denomination. The assembly kicked off Saturday and concludes July 10. Currently, the Presbyterian Church holds that marriage is "a civil contract between a woman and man" and requires clergy to live in "fidelity within the covenant of marriage between and a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness." However, an attempt to redefine marriage is up for...
  • Homosexual 'weddings' should be celebrated in church, says Chris Bryant...(UK)

    Homosexual "weddings" should be celebrated in churches, a Government minister has said in defiance of religious teaching. Chris Bryant, who once posed in his underpants on a gay dating website, said he wanted clergy to be "much more open" to the idea of treating civil partnership ceremonies like traditional marriages. However, his suggestion goes directly against the rules of the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church, which state that only the union of a man and a woman can be celebrated by a priest in church It comes as the Government is pushing through an Equality Bill that...
  • In GBCS article, UM elder argues against celibacy for single clergy

    07/02/2010 7:42:20 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 86 replies · 2+ views
    Methodist Thinker ^ | 6/30/10 | Methodist Thinker
    For the second time in less than a year, the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), an official agency of the denomination, has published an article arguing that sexual relationships outside the covenant of marriage are not necessarily improper. “An Ordained Single Woman and the Discipline,” published June 7 as part of the “Sex and the Church” series in GBCS’ weekly Faith in Action online newsletter, contends that sexual relationships should not be off-limits for unmarried UM clergy. Last August, the controversial series featured an article by Unitarian “sexologist” Debra Haffner who wrote that one can have...
  • Book review: Two-book set on the Apostasy Author: Jacob Hancock [Mormon - OPEN]

    06/23/2010 12:15:20 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | June 23, 2010 | Jacob Hancock
    First-time author Brent D. Russell takes on the mega-Mormon subject of the apostasy in his inaugural series, "Paving the way for the Restoration of The Gospel of Jesus Christ." Although his two-book set, "From Apostasy to Enlightenment" and "From Independence to Restoration," isn't a scholarly analysis of the 1,700-plus year spiritual dark ages, its organized and comprehensible. Russell's work allows readers to easily reference key people and events that played major roles in either disturbing "plain and most precious" gospel truths or restoring them over the years. The series is written in chronological fashion and is subheaded with the names...
  • Churches are paying closer attention to connection between humans and animals

    06/07/2010 12:07:51 PM PDT · by Borges · 47 replies · 60+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 06/07/10 | Lisa Black
    Factory farming, green living among topics sparking discussion Animal advocates gain ground in religious circles In Genesis, the Lord created animals, said they were good and then gave man permission to eat them. While not a universal belief, many Christians traditionally have embraced a biblical stance on animals as a source of companionship, food and labor, but not much else. "We know from the Bible that God created animals, he cares about them intimately and he wants us to care about them," said Ben DeVries, 30, of Kenosha, Wis., who started a blog, "Not One Sparrow," to encourage his conservative...
  • Debunking the Myth: There is No Biblical Basis for Global Warming Alarmism Says Theologian

    05/19/2010 9:41:08 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 28 replies · 589+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | May 19, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    It's a popular argument used by many in the global warming alarmist activist community - that there's a Christian basis for combating the threat of so-called anthropogenic global warming. In 2008, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean admitted as much - that his party use this issue in particular to win over the Christian community. And it is one that has been echoed by the media as well. From The Washington Post to CNN, the press has propagated the belief that Holy Scripture teaches that man has a responsibility to combat global warming. But that's not the case, according...
  • Charges Dropped against UK Preacher who Called Homosexual Acts a Sin

    05/17/2010 10:45:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 535+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Monday May 17, 2010 | Hilary White
    Monday May 17, 2010 Charges Dropped against UK Preacher who Called Homosexual Acts a Sin By Hilary White  WORKINGTON, UK, May 17, 2010 ( – Charges have been dropped against Dale Mcalpine, an evangelical street preacher from Workington in Cumbria, who was arrested April 20 after he was denounced to police by a homosexualist police community support officer (PCSO). Mcalpine had, in a private conversation with a passer-by during his day of preaching, said that homosexual activity is a sin, in accordance with Biblical teaching.The Christian Institute reports that after reviewing the evidence, crown prosecutors decided to drop charges...
  • Is Nancy Pelosi Anti-Antidisestablishmentarianism?

    05/17/2010 9:21:17 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 6 replies · 322+ views
    True Freethinker ^ | May 16, 2010 AD | Mariano Grinbank
    Barack Obama administration’s House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated, or admitted, The cardinals, the archbishops, the bishops that come to me and say, 'We want you to pass immigration reform,' and I said, 'I want you to speak about it from the pulpit. I want you to instruct your' -- whatever the communication is…The people, some (who) oppose immigration reform, are sitting in those pews, and you have to tell them that this is a manifestation of our living the gospels. Now, just what is Nancy Pelosi doing prescribing to cardinals, archbishops and bishops what they are to preach from their...
  • Jesus Didn't Die for Our Sins, Says ELCA Seminary Professor

    05/13/2010 10:16:16 AM PDT · by Enought · 80 replies · 1,408+ views ^ | 5/12/2010 | Dan Skogen
    Dr. David J. Lull, Professor of New Testament at Wartburg Theological Seminary gave a series of lectures in January 2010 titled, "Preaching Lent and Easter." It is amazing what ELCA pastors are being taught by our seminaries. For all of my life I thought Jesus died for my sins. Thankfully Dr. Lull set me and the 2000 years of Christian teachers and believers straight. Here is what Dr. Lull teaches. "Jesus did not have to die as a condition of God’s forgiveness of sins. Mark knew that Jesus knew that God had always forgiven the sins of “many/all,” and that...
  • What was the Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?

    05/13/2010 7:43:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies · 1,203+ views
    Stand to Reason ^ | 05/11/2010 | Greg Koukl
    People find what they want in the Bible. If one looks hard enough, he can find "biblical" support for reincarnation, Eastern religions, Jesus as a guru, divorce for any reason, and flying saucers. Every cult of Christianity uses the Bible to validate its claims and so does some of the occult. It's not surprising, then, that a recent trend in biblical scholarship holds that a careful reading of Genesis in its historical context offers no solid basis to conclude that the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah had anything to do with homosexuality. This view may seem far-fetched to biblical conservatives,...
  • Church Should Give 'More Consideration' to 'Quality' of Homosexual Relationships: Cardinal of Vienna

    05/11/2010 6:12:50 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 32 replies · 699+ views
    Life Site News ^ | ROME, May 10, 2010
    Monday May 10, 2010 Church Should Give 'More Consideration' to 'Quality' of Homosexual Relationships: Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna ROME, May 10, 2010 ( – The Church should "give more consideration" to "the quality" of homosexual relationships, the cardinal archbishop of Vienna said this weekend. Christoph Schönborn told the far-left British Catholic magazine the Tablet that the Church should also consider allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion since “many people don’t even marry at all any longer.” “We should give more consideration to the quality of homosexual relationships. A stable relationship is certainly better than if someone chooses to...
  • The Core of Lutheran CORE: American Civil Religion and White Male Backlash

    05/06/2010 7:30:58 PM PDT · by lightman · 17 replies · 424+ views
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 6 May AD 2010 | Jon Pahl , Ph.D.
    The Core of Lutheran CORE: American Civil Religion and White Male Backlash * Jon Pahl , Ph.D. See A Response to "The Core of Lutheran CORE" by Robert Benne You have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.... Do you despise the riches of God's kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on...
  • Christian Leaders See Problems With Being Politically Correct

    04/28/2010 11:46:47 AM PDT · by alleyesonCHRIST · 4 replies · 296+ views
    alleyesonCHRIST ^ | 4/28/2010 | Charles C. Matthews
    This is a strange day and time to be a member of the United States military. At a time when special interest groups beg a sympathetic President to allow gays in the military, the military is taking a hard line stance on Christian speakers. In the past two months the armed forces have rejected public speaking engagements featuring two of America's most prominent Christian leaders. First, Tony Perkins the president of the Family Research Council was dis-invited to speak at Andrews Air Force base. On the heels of that decision, the Pentagon dis-invited Franklin Graham to speak during the National...
  • Caption this protest against Arizona's SB1070 law, in Minneapolis (liberal barf alert)

    04/27/2010 5:02:19 AM PDT · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 40 replies · 1,413+ views
    Flickr Photos ^ | 4/26/10 | FibonacciBlue
  • New Testament Passages Concerning Homosexuality

    04/26/2010 12:14:18 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 8 replies · 615+ views ^ | 04/26/2010 | Don Costello
    Romans 1:21-27 “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and to fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature...
  • Paper for WordAlone Theological Advisory Board [ELCA convention's rejection of Creed & Commandments]

    04/25/2010 4:10:59 PM PDT · by rhema · 14 replies · 286+ views
    WordAlone Network ^ | 11/09 | J. Larry Yoder
    [ . . . . ] 18. But what has occurred is an overt challenge to—and alteration of—the content of the Sixth Commandment. Presupposed in the sixth is that “marriage is an holy estate, ordained of God and to be held in honor by those who enter therein.” Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female and said, ‘For this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife. And they twain shall become one flesh. Wherefore they are...
  • Vatican Appoints Strongly Pro-life Bp. Wenski to 'Gay-Friendly' Miami Archdiocese

    04/20/2010 1:50:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 382+ views
    Life Site News ^ | April 20, 2010 | Kathleen Gilbert and John Jalsevac
    VATICAN CITY, April 20, 2010 ( - Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Florida, to become the next metropolitan archbishop of Miami, which has gained a reputation as a "gay-friendly" diocese for hosting homosexualist events.Wenski will replace Archbishop John Favalora, whose resignation was accepted by the Vatican on Tuesday. Although Favalora will not turn 75, the usual age for requesting retirement, until this December, the Vatican did not give a reason for allowing the early resignation. He led the archdiocese for 16 years.Archbishop-elect Wenski, who speaks English, Spanish and Creole and will serve a large Cuban...
  • Play depicting Jesus as gay returns on Easter

    03/31/2010 10:14:37 AM PDT · by South40 · 23 replies · 603+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | March 31, 2010 | ELYSSE JAMES
    NORTH TUSTIN – A controversial play that drew protesters in November will return to the Church of the Foothills for an Easter Sunday performance. "Corpus Christi" depicts Jesus as a gay man living in 1950s Corpus Christi, Texas, playwright Terrence McNally's home town. The cast of 13 portray Jesus and the 12 Apostles. "It's a story of love and a story of passion, and the story of Christ, so actually it works out very well to have it on Easter," said Pastor Mike Holland of Church of the Foothills. Holland said the group chose to do the play on Easter...
  • Ricky Martin Announces: "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man" (BARF ALERT!)

    03/29/2010 1:33:43 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 137 replies · 14,383+ views
    Ricky Martin Music ^ | March 29, 2010 | Ricky Martin
    A few months ago I decided to write my memoirs, a project I knew was going to bring me closer to an amazing turning point in my life. From the moment I wrote the first phrase I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time. Things that were too heavy for me to keep inside. Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And thisis something worth celebrating. For many years, there has been only one place...
  • Restoration must be at the forefront of interfaith dialogue [Lds - Open]

    03/26/2010 2:33:24 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 26 replies · 217+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | March 26, 2010 | NIck Newman
    PROVO, Utah -- Mormons should push to openly talk about their differences in interfaith dialogue rather than overlooking them, a British religious scholar told listeners at BYU Studies' 50th Anniversary Symposium on March 12. "The important point is that, however other faiths are engaged with or viewed, it must be against the background of the First Vision," James Holt said. "Anything we do has to be informed by the Sacred Grove and the events that took place there. It can't be simply dismissed, because the Lord said it." Holt, senior lecturer and subject leader in religious education at the University...
  • Jesus gets 'gay' just days before Passover, Easter

    03/25/2010 12:18:51 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 54 replies · 1,187+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | March 24, 2010 | Joe Kovacs
    Just days before Christians worldwide commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus, a college student's production of a play depicting a Christ-like character as a homosexual is infuriating local residents who plan to protest this weekend's event. "Corpus Christi," written by Terrence McNally, is the Tarleton State University project for student director John Jordan Otte, a 26-year-old homosexual who also says he's Christian.
  • Archbishop Dolan will not deny Communion to pro-abortion politicians

    03/10/2010 7:50:03 AM PST · by Pope Pius XII · 61 replies · 1,002+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | March 10, 2010
    Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York told an Albany television reporter on March 9 that he does not favor denying Holy Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion and same-sex marriage. “NEWS10's John McLoughlin asked Archbishop Dolan if he favored denying the Church's Sacraments to politicians, like Governor David Paterson, who are Roman Catholic but also pro-choice and pro-gay marriage,” WTEN-TV reported. “The prelate acknowledged that some of his fellow bishops might favor such a ban, but Dolan said he does not, preferring to follow the lead of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who said it was better...
  • Gay Activists File Complaints against Dutch Priest over Communion Refusal

    02/25/2010 10:26:44 AM PST · by NYer · 40 replies · 778+ views
    Life Site ^ | February 24, 2010 | Patrick B. Craine
    The Dutch priest who refused Communion on February 13th to his town's openly homosexual Carnival “prince” is now facing police complaints from homosexual activists.The complaints follow a protest by homosexualists at the Catholic parish in Reusel on Sunday, which was held in response to the decision of the pastor, Fr. Luc Buyens, to withhold Communion from Gijs Vermeulen, 24, at the town's traditional Carnival Mass.Fr. Buyens had alerted Vermeulen in advance, stating that he must refuse him Communion because the young man had made a public display of his active homosexuality leading up to the town's Carnival festivities.Anticipating the protest,...
  • Tony Perkins Uninvited to National Prayer Luncheon

    02/25/2010 10:06:27 AM PST · by iowamark · 22 replies · 815+ views
    CBN News ^ | 02/25/2010 | CBN News
    Family Research Council president Tony Perkins was scheduled to give a devotional message Thursday at Andrews Air Force Base for the National Prayer Luncheon. However, CBN News White House Correspondent David Brody has learned that Perkin's invitation was rescinded. After Perkins spoke out against President Barack Obama's plans to lift restrictions on homosexuals serving in the military, Perkins received a letter from chaplain's office at the base. The letter referred to past statement by the council, and read the group is, "incompatible in our role as military members who serve our elected officials and our commander in chief." Perkins appeared...
  • Joseph Smith—Prophet of the Restoration [LDS Caucus]

    02/23/2010 1:01:25 PM PST · by TheDon · 4 replies · 218+ views
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ^ | Oct 2009 | Elder Tad R. Callister
    Suppose for a moment someone told you these three facts about a New Testament personality and nothing more: first, the Savior said of this man, “O thou of little faith” (Matthew 14:31); second, this man, in a moment of anger, cut off an ear of the high priest’s servant; and third, this man denied knowing who the Savior was on three occasions, even though he had walked with Him daily. If that is all you knew or focused upon, you might have thought this man a scoundrel or a no-good, but in the process you would have failed to come...
  • A New Kind of Christianity ("Emergent Church" Apostasy)

    02/18/2010 6:51:58 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 17 replies · 758+ views ^ | 02/16/10 | Tim Challies
    Early in George Orwell’s iconic 1984 is a particularly haunting scene. Winston, the hero of the story, is confessing to his diary a sexual encounter with a prostitute. Though Big Brother rigidly controls even sexual union and though sex is viewed as “a slightly disgusting minor operation, like having an enema,” still Big Brother cannot remove from humanity the desire and the need for intimacy...It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote about Brian McLaren and got in trouble. Reflecting on seeing him speak at a nearby church, I suggested that he appears to love Jesus but hate God. Based...
  • California Catholic college’s scholarship named after Planned Parenthood director

    02/04/2010 10:22:56 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 241+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 4, 2010 | Diogenes
    A Catholic college in California has named its Vanessa Bedient and Molly Reidelberger Scholarship for Excellence in Poetry after a Planned Parenthood director and a longtime Planned Parenthood volunteer. Mrs. Bedient “served as the director of Planned Parenthood in Santa Barbara, where her two children were raised, and later in San Francisco,” according to the web site of St. Mary’s College of California. “She loved literature and the arts, and was the soul of goodness.” Ms. Reidelberger, in turn, “volunteered at Planned Parenthood for 15 years.” According to the college’s web site, Dr. Shawny Anderson, the college’s Associate Dean for...
  • Which Jesus?

    01/09/2010 1:32:34 AM PST · by bogusname · 23 replies · 678+ views
    WND ^ | January 09, 2010 | Dave Welch
    In the same week, Britt Hume of Fox News had the audacity to evoke the name of Jesus Christ as a means of restoration for Tiger Woods and Pastor Joel Osteen evoked His name in blessing an activist lesbian as she was inaugurated as mayor of his city and while C-Span broadcast it nationwide. The first is being vilified, the second adored. Are they both talking about the same Jesus? Does Jesus both restore sinners and bless sin? My Bible says very clearly that the first is central to His coming and the second is utterly incompatible. Exhibit 1: Excerpt...
  • It's Time To Leave the ELCA

    01/03/2010 2:49:21 PM PST · by Enought · 92 replies · 2,472+ views
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 12/09 | Dan Skogen
    I believe it is time to leave the denomination that long ago left God. God's Word is true and the ELCA has decided that their thoughts are above God's thoughts. This is evident in many ways that I don't think the typical ELCA member is aware of. Below I outline a number ways the ELCA has turned away from God and deny the very Word of God. The ELCA church, that I am a member of, is in the process of deciding what they will do regarding the ELCA and if they will leave the denomination. If you believe the...
  • Rick Warren Asks for Urgent Donations

    12/30/2009 11:22:46 PM PST · by FTJM · 81 replies · 2,454+ views
    AP ^ | California, Dec. 31, 2009 | Staff
    Evangelical pastor Rick Warren is begging parishioners at his Southern California megachurch to cough up $900,000 before Jan. 1 to keep the parish out of the red. In an urgent letter posted on the Saddleback Church Web site on Wednesday, Warren says expenses are up because parishioners are out of work and "the bottom dropped out" when year-end donations dropped dramatically. He asks parishioners to donate before the new year to keep the Orange County church out of debt, The Orange County Register reports. A spokeswoman for Warren said the church does not release financial details, so it's difficult to...