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  • Polygamy could be the next sexual liberation campaign

    07/04/2015 1:22:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The London Spectator ^ | July 2, 2015 | Ed West
    Back in the early 1990s when the kind old 17th Duke of Norfolk was special guest at prize-giving night at our school he remarked that in Islam one was allowed up to four wives. ‘What a nightmare,’ he quipped, ‘imagine having four mothers-in-law’ (or something to that effect). I think back at the joke as indicative of a more innocent age; if he had said that now, some little Pavlik Morozov in the assembly would have tweeted his outrage and by the time the Duke left the building he would have been trending on Twitter, forced to step down as...
  • Night Is Falling

    07/02/2015 1:26:15 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 57 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 1 July 15 | Matt Ward
    As the end of the Second World War approached even the most diehard and fervent Nazis knew that the end was coming. During this critical time orders were issued which would completely baffle us. Instead of withdrawing the most experienced generals and fighters to defend the homeland the orders were instead given to send these generals to the death camps to speed up the execution of the Jews. In other words, it was more of a priority to speed up the killing machine we have come to know as the Holocaust than it was to safeguard their own survival...
  • Life and Death in Iraq (Christians and Yezidis)

    07/02/2015 11:24:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies
    Good News ^ | 29 Jun 15 | Jeff Gardner
    By Jeff Gardner -Last August, Joseph received the news he had feared for weeks: The armies of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, had invaded the region of Sinjar in western Iraq, the place where he and tens of thousands of Yezidis had lived for centuries. When Joseph got word that ISIS fighters were headed towards his home village of Tillqasab, he panicked — although he had left years ago, his elderly father still lived in the village. Arriving at the outskirts of town, Joseph realized that he was too late — Tillqasab had already fallen...
  • EXCLUSIVE: County Clerk Resigns Instead of Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses

    07/01/2015 1:52:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Linda Barnette has issued marriage licenses in Grenada County, Mississippi for 24 years. On Tuesday, she resigned.“I choose to obey God rather than man,” Mrs. Barnette wrote in her one paragraph resignation letter to the Grenada County Board of Supervisors.“I am a follower of Christ and I believe strongly that the Bible is my final authority,” she wrote. ‘The Bible teaches that a marriage is to be between a man and a woman. Therefore, because of the recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, I can no longer fulfill my duties as Circuit Clerk and issue marriage licenses to same...
  • Obergefell v. Hodges and Tax Exemption for Churches

    07/01/2015 7:52:04 AM PDT · by rhema · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 30, 2015 | Lee Cary
    The Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage settled little. It merely launched a bigger struggle over the definition of marriage. Now, resistance to Obergefell v. Hodges will join Roe v. Wade in becoming another, long-tailed comet moving across the socio-political skies of America. A third, landmark Supreme Court initiative waits over the horizon. It will involve the 2nd Amendment. Perhaps not soon, but coming. Following Obergefell v. Hodges, much discussion now centers on the potential loss of tax-exempt status to churches that resist. Same-sex marriage zealots will look for opportunities to cement the Court’s decision by forcing churches, through the...
  • Yes, I Am One of the Pod People

    07/01/2015 7:44:53 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 5 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 7/1/15 | Steve Berman
    Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance: the five stages of grief.  As a Christian, I’ve gone through these over the last few years, and now I’ve arrived at acceptance. I denied that God could remove His hand from our blessed country, America; that divorce among Christians was just as prevalent as the non-religious.  I denied that our youth were ever more questioning Christian teaching and doctrine, and were leaving the faith of their parents in droves.  I denied that the country was becoming more and more deaf to our 24/7 obsession with preaching the Gospel.  I denied that the church was...
  • Five True Lies Republicans Should Tell In 2016

    07/01/2015 7:42:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    It’s time to define the Democrats the way they’ve done to our people.Our readers don’t really need to see another column, post, or podcast about how the Supreme Court and the Obama administration has wrecked the America we used to know, and we’re past the time where we wallow in grief about how the country is lost. It’s not lost. The fight isn’t over until conservatives say it’s over. Are you really going to just sit there and let a bunch of high-school losers who found religion in campus cultural Marxism destroy the greatest society in world history? The Nazis,...
  • A real Grand Unification Theory: Christianity, Islam and Paganism | Humor

    06/30/2015 3:17:24 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | June 30, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Einstein tried but failed to develop a Grand Unification Theory. Perhaps he should have selected a name without the acronym GUT. Hope remains, and I developed one in less than an hour. It explains life, the universe and everything.I. posits:1. An infinite number of universes exist, all of which have infinite numbers of galaxies. 2. Some universes and some galaxies are Christian (whatever that may mean there), some are Islamic (whatever that may mean there) and some are Pagan (whatever that may mean there). Pagan refers to all religions other than Christianity and Islam. 3. The allegedly Christian, Islamic and Pagan galaxies generally,...
  • Loserville (The Triumph of the Cult of Liberalism)

    06/30/2015 9:19:53 AM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    ZBlog ^ | 6/29/2015 | Z Man
    ...Reading conservative sites the last week, I’m getting that vibe from both the chattering skulls and their readers who show up in the comments. There’s a state of shock at what has transpired over the two weeks.Their preferred party sold them out to please global finance. The court untethered itself from the English language and made itself the enforcer for the Cult of Modern Liberalism. Not only was the Right not winning, they were blown off the field. As I pointed out the other day, the gay marriage ruling is the biggest assault on religious liberty in the history of...
  • America's Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President

    06/29/2015 6:29:27 AM PDT · by rhema · 18 replies
    Wallbuilders ^ | 6/16/15 | David Barton
    When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general...
  • VIDOVDAN (St. Vitus Day) JUNE 28 - AND ITS CHRISTIAN LESSONS FOR TODAY

    06/28/2015 2:05:13 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Battle of Kosovo icon. ...The heart of Serbia, her soul, which was Kosovo, lay here. Lazar’s territory began to feel the threat for real in 1381 when the first Turkish raids in northern Serbia began. The pivotal invasion would come on a Tuesday, eight years later. That Tuesday, June 28, 1389, would become probably the single most important date in all of Serbian history, and the impact of the events of that single day would not only effect the Serbians and their lands, but all of the Balkans and the future of Europe as well. It is impossible to quantify...
  • How Christianity invented children

    06/26/2015 8:14:13 PM PDT · by annalex · 44 replies
    The Week ^ | April 23, 2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    How Christianity invented children Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry We have forgotten just how deep a cultural revolution Christianity wrought. In fact, we forget about it precisely because of how deep it was: There are many ideas that we simply take for granted as natural and obvious, when in fact they didn't exist until the arrival of Christianity changed things completely. Take, for instance, the idea of children.Today, it is simply taken for granted that the innocence and vulnerability of children makes them beings of particular value, and entitled to particular care. We also romanticize children — their beauty, their joy, their...
  • 5 Reasons the Catholic Church is the True Church

    06/25/2015 7:00:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 71 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/24/2015 | Amelia Monroe Carlson
    There are many reasons the Roman Catholic Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ, however, some of those reasons are necessary for discussions with those outside the Catholic Church. Jesus prayed for unity of believers and unity begins with understanding. The understanding of the Church’s beliefs is essential in working toward that unity. Here are some key reasons to keep in mind when speaking to non-Catholics: 1.) Authority- Jesus gave specific instructions regarding dealing with members of the Church who were in sin. Matthew 18:15-18 says “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between...
  • Air - Johann Sebastian Bach (vanity)

    06/25/2015 12:12:09 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    The "Air" by Johann Sebastian Bach from the 3rd Suite for Orchestra (D major; BWV 1068)
  • Government and Politics Won't Solve Our Racial Problem

    06/24/2015 2:55:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2015 | Star Parker
    When horrible things happen, such as the tragic mass murder that occurred at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, we try to understand because it is through understanding that we solve problems. Speaking about the incident, Hillary Clinton said: "It is tempting to dismiss a tragedy like this as an isolated incident -- to believe that in today's America, bigotry is largely behind us, that institutionalized racism no longer exists. But despite our best efforts and our highest hopes, America's long struggle with race is far from finished." Some of the Republican candidates for president are taking heat because...
  • The Purchasing, Manufacturing, And Selling Of Firearms And Weapon Is Completely Biblical

    06/24/2015 8:10:13 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 25 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 06/23/2015 | Theodore Shoebat
    ...One thing that I wish from Pope Francis is that he be more emphatic in his statements, and be more specific as to whether or not all weapons manufacturers are evil, or that only the ones who profit from evil are placing their souls in jeopardy. I doubt Francis himself takes the former position, since he is constantly surrounded by very tough Swiss Guardsmen who are all armed....All of the guns that the Swiss Guard uses are manufactured, and I doubt that Francis is condemning these manufacturers. Lets not forget that not too long ago the Vatican was pushing for...
  • Dear Pope Francis: Here Are Five Times Weapons of War That Saved Christians

    06/23/2015 11:20:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/23/2015 | David Harsanyi
    This week, Pope Francis informed an audience in Turin that gun manufacturers—and those invested in the weapons industries—were hypocrites if they called themselves Christians. Francis, who earlier this year accused weapons makers of participating in an “industry of death,” explained: “It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” Well, not really. This piece comes with customary caveat that English-speaking media tends to tweak the translation of the Pope’s messages just enough to mislead or strip it of proper context—or sometimes, miss...
  • Bibles Pour into Cuba to Meet Christianity Boom

    06/23/2015 9:26:44 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 12 replies
    CBN.com ^ | 06/23/2015 | CBNNews.com
    Christians in Cuba received more than 83,000 Bibles earlier this month from the International Missions Board. The Bibles come at a time of growth in the evangelical church in Cuba. The Baptist Convention in Cuba is distributing the Bibles to believers in more than 1,000 churches all over the island. Bibles have not been sold in Cuban bookstores for more than 50 years.
  • Something is coming (Editorial)

    06/22/2015 5:17:22 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 151 replies
    Flashtrafficblog Joel C. Rosenberg Blog ^ | 20 Jun 15 | Joel Rosenberg
    Something is coming. I don’t know what. But we must be ready. Here’s the key question: Is America heading towards a terrible implosion or a great awakening? I feel a tremendous sense of urgency about this column. The United States is hurtling towards severe trouble, and the events of the past few months — and what may be coming over the next few months — grieves me a great deal. Something is coming. I don’t know what. But we all must be ready in every possible way. Consider where we are in the summer of 2015: •Violence is exploding in...
  • Muslim Leader to Turn Thousands of Churches Into Mosques; Claims Worship 'the Same God' [Chrislam]

    06/22/2015 8:03:37 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 6/17/2015 | Samuel Smith
    A prominent Muslim leader in France has suggested that thousands of the country's abandoned Catholic churches should be turned into mosques to accommodate the growing French Muslim population, which is the largest Muslim population in Europe. In a Monday interview with France's Europe 1 radio, Dalil Boubakeur, the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith and rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris, explained that there are only 2,500 mosques in France, with another 300 under construction, which falls short of being able to serve the nation's estimated 5 million Muslims. Boubakeur asserted that at least 5,000 mosques are...
  • Miley Cyrus Mocks Christians Who Believe in Old Testament 'Fairy Tales'

    06/20/2015 7:38:06 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 169 replies
    Gospel Herald ^ | 6/10/2015 | Leah M. Klett
    Pop singer Miley Cyrus recently slammed Christian conservatives for believing in "fairy tales" like the story of Noah's ark and argued that those who hold to a traditional definition of marriage should not be permitted to make laws within the United States. In a recent interview with Paper magazine, Cyrus, who appears nude within the publication, refers to herself as the "least judgemental person ever." However, the magazine notes that while she was raised in a Christian home and was baptized in a Southern Baptist church, the "Wrecking Ball" singer "maintains a particular contempt for fundamentalist lawmakers who rally against...
  • Here’s Everything You Need to Know about Islamic Hate for the Christian Cross

    06/19/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/18/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Last May in Italy, a Muslim boy of African origin beat a 12-year-old girl during school because she was wearing a crucifix around her neck. The African schoolboy, who had only started to attend the school approximately three weeks earlier, began to bully the Christian girl — “insulting her and picking on her in other ways all because she was wearing the crucifix” — before he finally “punched the girl violently in the back [1].”What is it about the Christian cross that makes some Muslims react this way?The fact is, Islamic hostility to the cross is an unwavering fact of...
  • Christian Millennials - Not An Oxymoron

    06/16/2015 6:51:58 PM PDT · by sheworelemon · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/15/2015 | Chris Beach, Allison Howard
    ...churches should not be afraid to tackle controversial issues such as homosexuality, sexual impurity, and divorce. Where else but in church will young Christians hear Biblical truth and be prepared to handle the most pressing social and cultural issues of our age? Public school? Television? College? To paraphrase Flannery O’Connor, the church must push back as hard as the age that pushes against it.
  • For Leftists, It's Open Season on Christians

    06/16/2015 5:13:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    If you doubt that Christians are fair game for ridicule by the cultural left, take a look at the hit piece on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by Jeffrey Tayler for Salon. I can't decide which is worse, the title or the subtitle. The title: "Antonin Scalia is unfit to serve: A justice who rejects science and the law for religion is of unsound mind." The subtitle: "The justice claims to be an originalist, but his real loyalty is to religion and a phony man in the sky." The writer is trying to be cute, but don't conclude that any...
  • Surprise! Scientists ‘Crack Code’ to Happiness

    06/15/2015 5:38:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2015 | Matt Barber
    I love this quote by illustrious NASA scientist Dr. Robert Jastrow (1925-2008): “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.” I would just add to Dr. Jastrow’s keen insight, that it’s not merely theologians at large who have long lounged atop Mount Understanding. It is, more precisely, Judeo-Christian theologians....
  • Mary Statue Rebuilt in Ancient Syrian Christian Town

    06/13/2015 3:56:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 240 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/6/15
    The historic Christian Syrian town of Maalula celebrated Saturday as a new statue of Mary, worshiped in Christianity as the mother of Jesus, was erected in its center, replacing the figure destroyed in rebel attacks in 2013. Dozens of families gathered alongside government officials and religious dignitaries in the main square, which was adorned with government flags and a giant portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Located north of Damascus, Maalula is one of the world's oldest Christian settlements, and its inhabitants still speak Aramaic, a language spoken by Jews in Israel at the time Jesus was said to have...
  • An Appeal to Gov. Pat McCrory to Honor Your Christian Roots

    06/13/2015 4:06:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Dear Governor McCrory, With all due respect to your office and your many years of service to the people of North Carolina, I must say that I read your response to the congressional override of your veto to Senate Bill 2 with real disappointment. Are you the same man who stood so strongly against gay activism when you were the mayor of Charlotte? I remember, sir, sitting next to you at a luncheon at First Baptist Church in Charlotte in 2006 when Pastor Mark Harris commended to you my statement to the local gay and lesbian community, one in which...
  • The Top 20 Countries where Christianity is Growing the Fastest

    06/12/2015 7:38:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Where is Christianity growing the fastest? The Center for the Study of Global Christianity, based at Gordon Conwell Seminary, published In June 2013 an excellent report regarding Christianity in its Global Context. The full report can be found online at www.globalchristianity.org/globalcontext. From this report I identified the top 20 countries that have the highest percentage Christianity Average Annual Growth Rate (AAGR). They are listed in Table 1. I have also calculated the number of years for the number of Christians to double, based on the Average Annual Growth Rate. Table 1. The Top 20 Countries Where Christianity Has the Highest...
  • The Liger, The Wig & The Wardrobe

    06/12/2015 10:30:59 AM PDT · by xuberalles · 6 replies
    Self | 6/12/15 | Me
    If Jesus returned to Earth to ease the suffering of the poor, afflicted, and the persecuted, who do you think the liberal media would choose to honor: the Son of God or Caitlyn Jenner? This is how utterly delusional and myopic progressives have become in their quest to worship the LGBT community to the fall of Christianity, if not all humanity. How else can you explain ESPN giving the Arthur Ash Courage Award to a 65 year-old, cross dressing father of six – an accolade typically bestowed upon those bravely facing imminent death or grave injury – rather than a...
  • Islam as a Christian Heresy: 8 Quotes from St. John Damascene A.D. 749

    06/11/2015 5:43:59 PM PDT · by dila813 · 23 replies
    St. Peters List ^ | A.D. 749 | St. John Damascene
    The Fount of Knowledge is divided into three categories: 1. “Philosophical Chapters” (Kephalaia philosophika) – “With the exception of the fifteen chapters that deal exclusively with logic, it has mostly to do with the ontology of Aristotle. It is largely a summary of the Categories of Aristotle with Porphyry’s “Isagoge” (Eisagoge eis tas kategorias). It seems to have been John Damascene’s purpose to give his readers only such philosophical knowledge as was necessary for understanding the subsequent parts of the “Fountain of Wisdom”. 2. “Concerning Heresy” (Peri aipeseon) – “Little more than a copy of a similar work by Epiphanius,...
  • The Price of Forgiveness for Josh Duggar

    06/11/2015 4:39:42 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 5 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 6/10/15 | Steve Berman
    [caption id="attachment_1500" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image source: WENN[/caption] I was reading on Quora, which I like to do in the mornings to increase my knowledge of random subjects like WWII’s greatest atrocities or how astronauts aboard the ISS keep the toilet clean. I came across this piece titled “If Jesus forgives all sins what is the point in not sinning?”  Johnnie Lockett makes a really strong argument for living a righteous life. It’s actually the best, most concise answer I have seen, backed up with personal experience. And when people do such things well, those who watch are greatly impressed. We...
  • The Soul, Its Burdens, and the Path to Restoration (Part 5)PODCAST

    06/10/2015 8:22:09 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Podcast Garden ^ | 6/10/2015 | Rob W. Case
    In this episode, we pick up where we last left off on the concept joy, and what it has done (promising you what it can do) for people who truly find it in the Lord. Then, we discuss how God provides restoration to the soul, showing us, through personal experience, how he accommodates, aides, and provides purpose, and companionship, satisfying (and completing) our soul’s overall longings and yearnings, as we have discussed throughout this series. (The program can be accessed by clicking on the "Source" link, or by clicking HERE.)
  • Soteriology: The Doctrine of Salvation

    06/09/2015 4:56:09 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    The Domain for Truth ^ | April 8, 2013 | EvangelZ
    The doctrine of soteriology is a major concept and a major theme in the Bible.  The terms related to salvation are prevalent in the OT and NT.  In the OT, the Hebrew verb yasa and its derivatives appear about 353 times in the OT.  In the Niphal it bears the meaning “to be saved” or “be delivered” and in the Hiphil it means to “deliver,” “give victory,” or “save.”  The noun form of yasa is yesuah (64 times), yesa (31 times), and tesuah (19 times), which means, “help,” “deliverance,” and “salvation.”  When looking at the OT, the above verb yasa...
  • Can Gays And Christians Coexist In America? Part II

    06/09/2015 4:54:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 9, 2015 | Dan McLaughlin
    Standing against same-sex marriage is not at all like supporting slavery and Jim Crow laws. In part I yesterday, I addressed two of the three most common efforts to undermine the legitimacy of Christian doctrine on marriage and homosexuality. Part II deals with the third. The third major avenue of attack on Christian teachings on same-sex marriage and homosexual sex, and a particular favorite of anti-religious progressives, is to compare Catholics and other Christians who defend the New Testament’s teachings on marriage and sex to the defenders of Jim Crow and American slavery. This argumentum ad Wallace, mainly advanced by...
  • Gnosticism vs. The Incarnation: The Ancient Battle Renewed (contemporary sexual revolution)

    06/09/2015 12:26:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 8, 2015 | John B. Buescher
    The contemporary sexual revolution is thoroughly Gnostic, attacking the institution of marriage, thwarting the conception of children, and denying the differences between men and women “Temptation of Jesus Christ” (1901-03) by Ilya Repin [WikiArt.org] There is a tale, whose threads are too long to unravel here, of the meanderings of an idea through history—the idea that, as Nicolas Gómez-Davila parsed it, man is “a god imprisoned in the dull inertia of his flesh, or a god who elevates matter as his cry of victory.” This is the “knowledge” of both the old and the new Gnostics: We are not who...
  • Egypt: Terrified Christians flee homes following blasphemy accusations

    06/09/2015 2:05:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 6/8/15 | Robert Spencer
    The comfortable, suburban Christians who are sitting in their armchairs and tut-tutting at us for being so uncharitable as to hold a Muhammad cartoon contest should take careful note of this. Islamic law asserts authority over non-Muslims. To send the signal that we will submit to Sharia blasphemy laws regarding drawing Muhammad, even if we are doing so out of a misguided sense of “respect,” will only embolden Islamic supremacists to make more demands. The endpoint of these demands is shown in this incident in Egypt. These comfortable, suburban Christians in the West are ensuring a future of harassment, persecution,...
  • Among the ruins of Iraq, Christians' faith burns brightly

    06/09/2015 4:22:34 AM PDT · by EBH
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/9/2015 | Ann Schneible
    Erbil, Iraq, Jun 9, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the potential threat from the nearby Islamic State, several monks and students in northern Iraq have found refuge in an ancient monastery, certain they are in God's hands no matter what happens. Erbil’s Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda said that those who have chosen to remain in the fourth century Monastery of Saint Matthew have “expressed their faith that this is a secure place.” He told CNA June 8 that although these Christians are now being protected by the Kurdish military, their sense of safety is not only due to...
  • How the Cross Led a Starving North Korean to America

    06/09/2015 4:20:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aleteia ^ | June 9, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    In Korea, the only "god" he knew was the country's leader, Kim Il-Sung, and any perceived blasphemy against him could land a person in a prison camp. So when Joseph Kim finally crossed the Tumen river into China, he did what he was told—follow the cross—even though he didn't know what a cross or a Christian was. Kim tells his story in a new book, Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and at a time when North Korea occasionally surfaces in the headlines for its continuing beligerence towards the...
  • Letter: Cost doesn’t have Christian world view (Push-back on an anti-Cruz screed)

    06/08/2015 3:38:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Rock Hill Herald ^ | June 8, 2015 | Austin G. Abercrombie
    If Scott Cost thinks that Ted Cruz is scary because he declared in a speech, “our rights don’t come from man. They come from God Almighty,” then he would really be frightened of the Founding Fathers. Enshrined in our Declaration of Independence are terms such as the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” referring to God’s law written on the heart and God’s law revealed in the Bible, and “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” referring to rights bestowed by God and non-transferable to anyone else. Cost would be absolutely terrified of Martin Luther King, Jr....
  • Is American Christianity Committing Suicide?

    06/08/2015 8:37:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/07/2015 | Peter Heck
    Tear down that cross and toss it in the wood chipper because the American church is toast. So goes conventional wisdom after recent revelations from the Pew Research Center, which found that in just 7 years, the percentage of Christians in the United States dropped nearly 8 points. The news was met with uncontrolled fits of glee from liberal publications like Salon, where author Patricia Miller gloated that the benefits from the decline of Christianity would be, “huge.” No doubt the scores of natural disaster victims around the globe who have profited from all the atheist relief trucks rolling in...
  • X-Men Actor Patrick Stewart Defends UK Christian Bakery Fined for Refusing to Make Gay Marriage Cake

    06/06/2015 6:57:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/06/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    Actor Patrick Stewart, who starred in "X-Men" and "Star Trek," says he supports the right of a Christian baker in Northern Ireland who refused to make a cake with a gay marriage slogan on it. The baker was last month convicted of "discrimination," and fined. Speaking on BBC's "Newsnight" show in a video published Thursday, Stewart showed support for Ashers Baking Company – owned by Colin and Karen McArthur, in Belfast – which was fined last month for refusing to make a cake with "support gay marriage" written on it along with a picture of Bert and Ernie from "Sesame...
  • When The Wicked Rule A Nation

    06/06/2015 5:24:26 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 48 replies
    Fox News - Rapture Ready ^ | Published May 15, 2015 | By Todd Starnes - Geri Ungurean
    None of us would have guessed that America would be a modern Sodom and Gomorrah in these final days of history. We knew that Obama was a Marxist/Socialist, and that was disturbing enough. We knew that he had close ties with Planned Parenthood, and that his voting record in the Senate was termed “left” of Ted Kennedy. That spoke volumes. Now, in his final term, Obama is wreaking havoc with our country and specifically with our children. I read recently, that he threatened to cut school lunch funding if schools did not comply with his transgender program. Now I see...
  • Legal bids to challenge same-sex marriage result due (Ireland)

    06/06/2015 1:57:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Thu, Jun 4, 2015, 16:24 | Mary Carolan
    Two separate applications for leave to bring petitions challenging the result of the referendum clearing the way for same-sex marriage here will come before the High Court on Friday. Both matters are due to come before the president of the High Court, Mr. Justice Nicholas Kearns, and both applicants, should they get leave to bring their petitions, are seeking injunctions preventing the issuing of a certificate verifying the referendum result pending the outcome of their proceedings. One challenge has been initiated by Gerry Walshe, an electrician from Lisdeen Road, County Clare; while the second is brought by Maurice J. Lyons,...
  • Coming Out: Why Christians Can't Reconcile the 'Next New Thing'

    06/05/2015 12:39:00 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 12 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 6/5/15 | Steve Berman
    Darkness and perpetual struggle, knowledge that your body isn’t really the one you’re meant for, trying to seem “normal” to the world while confused and conflicted inside.  That’s the world of closet transsexuals.  Just a few decades ago, the same struggle—minus the gender change—plagued homosexuals. “Coming out” is a liberating event, moving from a secret world of stress and excuses to a bold declaration of “me.” Caitlyn Jenner came out in a big way, the way Bruce always did things, staying on top, gaining adulation and respect for being one-of-a-kind. In many ways, the journey into faith for Christians, and...
  • Report: ISIS Fighter Who 'Enjoyed' Killing Christians Wants to Follow Jesus After Dream

    06/03/2015 7:55:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/03/2015 | Nicola Menzie
    It has become a common occurrence over the years for Muslims in the Middle East who have converted to Christianity to claim to have been compelled to do so after dreaming of a person who they believe is Jesus Christ. Now, one militant belonging to the brutal Islamic State that has massacred Christians has converted to his victims' religion after dreaming of "a man in white" with a startling message, according to one missionary's account. "One of our YWAM workers in the Middle East was contacted by a friend earlier this year and they met up and he was introduced...
  • ‘Gay’ Activist’s Call for Churches to Be Forced to Take Homosexuality Off ‘Sin List’ Draws Concerns

    05/30/2015 5:59:01 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 81 replies
    Christian News ^ | 27 May 15 | Heather Clark
    Concerns are arising among Christians and online commentators after a homosexual activist recently told a national publication that churches “must be made ‘to take homosexuality off the sin list.'” Mitchell Gold is the founder of Faith in America, an organization that aims to “end the harm to LGBT youth and families from misguided religious teaching.” He served on the board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign for seven years, and was named on of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Gay People in America” in 2007 by Out Magazine. In an article written by Frank Buni of the New York...
  • Birth Control and the Church how did we get here ?

    05/30/2015 3:35:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | May 26, 2015 | saynsumthn
    A documentary film series produced in 2013, but one I have only recently viewed, maintains that the modern church’s stand in accepting birth control is contrary to centuries of early church teaching. Birth Control The Movie was directed by Kevin Peeples based on his own personal journey to answer the question: As a Christian, is birth control up to us? Little did he realize that his journey coincided with producers Scott Matthew Dix and Nathan Nicholson. The series consists of two DVD’s: BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?, which looks into why there is no fundamental difference between the...
  • ISLAMIC IDEOLOGY [Political Ideology masquerading as Religion - Allah vs Yahweh]

    05/29/2015 10:39:23 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/3/2015 | ADMIRAL JAMES A. "ACE" LYONS
    While America continues to face an expanding national security threat, President Obama has great difficulty in identifying the enemy that has been at war with the United States for over 35 years. Using terms such as “violent extremism” and “workplace violence” does an enormous injustice to our military forces, as well as to all law enforcement agencies that must be prepared to confront the Islamic jihadis on a daily basis. For example, the Obama administration directed all of our training manuals, that accurately portrayed the Islamic threat, to be purged by removing anything that didn’t portray Islam as a religion...
  • Pastor: 'I Never Thought’ My Nation Would Persecute ‘Bible-Believing’ Christians

    05/28/2015 3:25:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 44 replies
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Penny Starr
    The Rev. E. W. Jackson spoke at the Family Research Council's Watchmen onthe Wall event on May 22, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – The Rev. E.W. Jackson told attendees at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall event in Washington, D.C., last week that Americans who believe biblical teachings about marriage and the sanctity of life are being persecuted. “It bothers me to think my own country is a strange land,” Jackson said Friday at the pastors’ retreat. “I never thought there would be a day when my nation would persecute the Bible-believing Christian for standing...
  • A Genocide of Christians is Underway - and the West Sleeps

    05/26/2015 12:04:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5-22-15 | Giulio Meotti
    A new document attests to the genocide that is being ignored by the world. Every year, more than 100,000 Christians are murdered just because of their faith. This means that 11 Christians are murdered every hour. The numbers are contained in a new document presented by John McAreavey, president of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops of Dublin. A genocide of Christians is under way. In many Middle Eastern cities, from Aleppo to Mosul, the Islamists have dealt with each and every Christian by displacing, killing or forcibly converting them, and just like the Nazis painted the Star...