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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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Divided from NCFIC on Vimeo.
  • 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
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 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...
  • UNDERSTANDING THE FULL IMPACT OF THE ELCA'S DECISION TO SANCTION PRACTICING HOMOSEXUAL CLERGY

    07/31/2010 4:14:58 AM PDT · by rhema · 57 replies · 3+ views
    DavidBarnhart.com ^ | 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...