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  • Mormonism as a 'Theological Cult' Is Not News, Says Baptist Minister

    10/12/2011 6:51:43 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 53 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Oct. 10, 2011 | Allison Summers
    Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, said Monday in an interview with Fox News' Bill Hemmer that "no one goes to heaven in a group," when asked about the eternal state of Mormons. When prompted by Hemmer to discuss whether or not he believes Mormons will go to heaven, Jeffress replied, "We all go to heaven or hell individually based on what we do with Jesus Christ. I don't think all Baptists are going to be in heaven, I don't believe all Catholics are going to be in heaven, I don't believe all Mormons...
  • Bachmann, Cain won't say Romney is a Christian

    10/09/2011 11:10:24 AM PDT · by Clairity · 227 replies
    Dalls News ^ | Oct 9, 2011 | Wayne Slater
    Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann dodged questions Sunday whether Romney is a Christian. The issue arose during the just-completed Values Voters Summit in Washington, exposing tensions among evangelicals over Romney's religious faith, as we reported today. Dallas Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress kicked things off by endorsing Rick Perry and declaring that Mormonism is a cult and Romney is not a Christian. Speakers went back and forth on the issue -- and Romney himself weighed in, denouncing "poisonous speech" that doesn't help the nominating process. Asked about Jeffress' comments, Perry said he doesn't believe Mormonism is a cult.
  • The Media's Mormon Fixation

    10/11/2011 4:43:53 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 63 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Oct. 10, 2011 | Howard Kurtz
    After the Trump tease, the Daniels Dalliance, the Huckabee hesitation, the Palin pretense, and the Christie charade, the press corps has reluctantly turned its lonely eyes back to the once and future frontrunner, Mitt Romney. But having already exhausted the usual storylines—he’s stiff, he’s changed positions, he’s inauthentic—journalists have returned to the one that generated so many sparks in the last campaign: he’s a Mormon!This is not quite breaking news, of course, but it does inject a note of dramatic divisiveness into an otherwise tepid candidacy. Admittedly, news organizations had a legitimate reason to pounce on the question of Romney’s...
  • The Reverend Jeffress And Mormons

    10/08/2011 11:37:24 AM PDT · by wmfights · 54 replies
    Red State ^ | October 8, 2011
    Yesterday at the Value Voters Summit, Texas Governor Rick Perry was introduced by the Reverend Robert Jeffress. This, according to the Washington Post, is how the introduction went. 2:27 pm: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is introduced by Southern Baptist Convention leader Robert Jeffress, who endorsed the candidate recently. Jeffress called Perry “the most pro-life governor in the United States of America.” He also alluded to Perry’s recent debate fumbles, saying, “do we want a candidate who is skilled in rhetoric, or one who is skilled in leadership?” Perry came on stage to loud, enthusiastic applause. What generated the news were...
  • Local Miami TV station tells thugs time and place to gather for "Occupy Miami" Idiocy

    10/08/2011 5:38:37 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 15 replies
    Just noticed the story this Fox station did on the unemployed sleazebags across America. Viewers are informed the demonstrations are "peaceful"...no word on the reports of anti-semitic rhetoric or attacks on cops...also no report on how some demonstrators were HIRED. Then the occupy morons are given a free "here is where you gather today in Miami" info-graphic.
  • Tax the rich gets backing from some industry chiefs (Hussein will highlight this today)

    10/06/2011 7:06:19 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/6/11
    WASHINGTON (Reuters - Captains of Google, Bank of America and Citicorp say they are ready to pay higher taxes, as long as Congress uses the money to get the U.S. economy back on its feet.
  • Normal Mormons

    09/30/2011 10:53:33 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 35 replies
    Christian Century ^ | Sept. 26, 2011 | Jana Riess
    The public affairs department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently noted an uptick in the media's use of the word cult to describe Mormonism, even in august publications such as the New York Times and the Economist. It is probably not coincidental that two Mormons, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, are running for president. The peculiar place of Mormonism in American culture was made even more evident in a comment by Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt. Speaking in July with two other commentators about the presidential chances of Texas governor Rick Perry, she said she expected...
  • COLUMN: Can the LDS religion be considered a cult?

    09/22/2011 5:49:53 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 355 replies
    Utah State Statesman ^ | Sept. 21, 2011 | Liz Emery
    In 1820, during the second Great Awakening of religious revival, a young man named Joseph Smith claimed to see God in a grove in New York. This claim started one of the most controversial religions in recorded human history, including, at various times, polygamy and racism; and many assert today that sexism is still inherent in the religion. In this article, the LDS, or Mormon, belief system will be called a church or religion for clarity's sake. Whether these things are right, wrong or even true is a topic of endless debate. Today, however, I want to address a very...
  • Hussein Worship Begins Tomorrow on NBC's "Today Show (Just announced on NFL Sunday Night Football)

    09/11/2011 7:05:06 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 40 replies
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    Halftime show being wrapped up, Bobby Costas just announced Brian Williams would be worshipping Barack Hussein Obama on an interview on the "Today" show tomorrow. Be sure to not watch.
  • Sarah Palin: Did she save the Republican Party?

    09/09/2011 8:15:24 AM PDT · by techno · 54 replies
    September 9, 2011 | techno
    One of the most important articles ever written about Sarah Palin was by Paul Goldman, a Democratic political strategist and former chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party,in September 2010, about 6 weeks before the 2010 midterm election. This article was originally posted at FR and at the WAPO: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2590825/posts http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/16/AR20100901606348.html In the article Goldman claims there is a good possibility that Sarah Palin has saved the Republican party (from extinction)by not going the third party route (via the Tea party) and in Goldman's words "to allow Republican anger to boil, yet not boil over." And then Goldman reflects on the...
  • Worst Governor Ever (Bad Attempt at Comedy Site? Republican Bashing)

    After a hotly contested online summertime election, with tens of thousands of votes streaming in from across the country, Governor Rick Scott of Florida has been elected Worst Governor Ever by the American people. Scott’s rejection of high speed rail funding, attacks on teachers unions and billions of dollars in cuts to the middle class, while creating tax breaks for the rich, proved to be a very successful campaign strategy in the race for Worst Governor Ever. Governor Scott beat out many close competitors, including Texas Governor and now Presidential candidate, Rick Perry, Ohio’s Governor John Kasich and the man...
  • Maxine Waters - "When You Unleash Us" - What does it mean?

    08/20/2011 8:57:45 AM PDT · by Roger-SD · 139 replies · 1+ views
    Stop Obama Now ^ | 10/20/2011 | by SoNSanDiego
    This clip explores what that expression, "when you unleash us," can mean. The end times cosmology of Black Nationalists calls for a final confrontation between the black and white races, to be led by black messiahs (plural). Black Liberation Theology is a pseudo-Christian Black Nationalist doctrine that was derived in large part from that of the Nation of Islam. The Nation of Islam is a black cult-like sect, using Islam as a facade, much as Obama's Trinity church in Chicago fronts as a Christian church.
  • An Iranian Cult and Its American Friends

    08/14/2011 7:48:52 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | Aug. 13, 2011 | Elizabeth Rubin
    A FEW weeks ago I received an e-mail from an acquaintance with the subject line: Have you seen the video everyone is talking about? I clicked play, and there was Howard Dean, on March 19 in Berlin, at his most impassioned, extolling the virtues of a woman named Maryam Rajavi and insisting that America should recognize her as the president of Iran. Ms. Rajavi and her husband, Massoud, are the leaders of a militant Iranian opposition group called the Mujahedeen Khalq, or Warriors of God. The group’s forces have been based for the last 25 years in Iraq, where I...
  • Barack Obama Cult of Personality Video (Excellent)

    08/09/2011 2:42:20 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/2/08 | In Living Colour, et al
    Barack Obama Cult of Personality music video with a comprehensive look at the craze, double-speak, and controversy.
  • The Cult That Is Destroying America: Obama Is Actually a Moderate Conservative President

    07/27/2011 1:19:42 PM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies
    New York Fishwrap ^ | 7/27/11 | Krugman
    Watching our system deal with the debt ceiling crisis — a wholly self-inflicted crisis, which may nonetheless have disastrous consequences — it’s increasingly obvious that what we’re looking at is the destructive influence of a cult that has really poisoned our political system. And no, I don’t mean the fanaticism of the right. Well, OK, that too. But my feeling about those people is that they are what they are; you might as well denounce wolves for being carnivores. Crazy is what they do and what they are. No, the cult that I see as reflecting a true moral failure...
  • World Net Daily officially 7th Day Adventist?

    07/24/2011 6:54:25 AM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 264 replies
    July 24, 2011 | Self
    I just received an email from World Net Daily advertising some books. Not unusual, as I'm on their list, and they send ads all the time. What is strange though, is the fact that all the books in this ad are religious AND take the oddball "7th-day Sabbath" position--definitely a very minority position among conservative evangelicals, and Christians of all stripes. The ad also hints at some dark conspiracy amidst conventional Christians, accusing us of not reading the bible carefully.Some evangelical apologists too categorize Adventism (which started with those who firmly predicted Jesus to come again in the 1840s) itself...
  • Arianna Huffington, The Men and the Madness

    I did a lot of reading on Zsa-Zsa last night and, aside from the lying and NewAge cultism, what stood out for me is the whoring-your-way-to-the-top ethos, and the men she used (or was used by) to get there. Here's a break down of what the "Greek Goddess" has been doing in the real world:
  • *Warning, Video is Graphic* Taliban video shows fighters shooting dead 16 Pakistani police officers

    07/20/2011 4:18:57 PM PDT · by Karliner · 9 replies
    Guardian.uk ^ | Monday 18 July 2011 | Declan Walsh
    Taliban video shows fighters shooting dead 16 Pakistani police officers* Warning: Graphic footage records cold-blooded killing of police captured when Taliban crossed from Afghanistan into north-west PakistanThe Pakistani Taliban have released graphic video footage of the execution of 16 Pakistani policemen and tribal guards who were captured last month following a cross-border raid from Afghanistan. The video shows a masked Taliban commander angrily denouncing the men lined up before him, hours after they were captured in a firefight. "These are the enemies of Islam," he declares. Moments later the men are killed a hail of automatic gunfire, followed by individual...
  • Mormon official challenges 'cult' designation

    07/19/2011 5:56:11 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 286 replies
    Deseret News ^ | July 19, 2011 | Joseph Walker
    SALT LAKE CITY — Mike Otterson, head of the LDS Church's Public Affairs Department, has a message for those in the media who persist in referring to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a "cult": "expect to be challenged." Writing in the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog, Otterson asserts that the words continues to crop up in news stories about Mormonism because "it's a neat, shorthand and rather lazy way of putting a whole group into a box." From the archive Looking for understanding in the Mormon spotlight – July 1, 2011 LDS public affairs rep responds...
  • Father Corapi — Still Teaching

    07/14/2011 4:59:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    CE ^ | July 14, 2011 | Patti Maguire Armstrong
    When giants fall, the ground shakes. Father John Corapi was a giant and many are still shaken at his downfall. I’ve read all the terrible twists and turns in this surreal case of a SOLT (Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity) priest who had many in the Catholic world by their hearts. It’s a great plot for a movie: popular, iconic priest who leads many to God and, in the end, himself falls. Wait, “fall” isn’t a big enough word. Maybe: plunges from meteoric heights of esteem among the faithful.His Darth-Vader-like voice that preached Christ resonated with...
  • IS MORMONISM CHRISTIAN?

    07/10/2011 4:10:43 PM PDT · by delacoert · 208 replies
    The question is often heard and debated: Are Mormons Christian?  The real question is not whether Mormons are "Christians" or not.  Certainly Mormons are "Christian" just as much as any "new age Christian", Scientologist, Jehovah's Witness or others could claim the title of "Christian" - because they all have elements (more or less) of Christ in their doctrine.  Do they believe in Jesus Christ?  Sure they do. And all who claim a belief in Christ would naturally get their backs up when the assertion is made that they are not "Christian".   The label itself is not the real issue, however. The real issue...
  • The Great Scientology Implosion: Author Details Church on the Decline

    07/09/2011 10:51:05 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 48 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 5, 2011 | Ruth Davis Konigsberg
    The Church of Scientology is a notoriously difficult subject for journalists. The press has long been considered an enemy of the church, which was founded half a century ago by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. (To give but one example, in the 1950s, Hubbard wrote that TIME's purpose was to "cause riots and disaffection.") In a new book, Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion, author Janet Reitman tells the fascinating history of the mysterious organization and its members. "I have sought to understand Scientology: not to judge, but simply to absorb," she writes. "What I have found...
  • Obama News Conference (Hussein Worship Today, 11:30am EDT)

    06/29/2011 6:52:04 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 220 replies
    Hotlanta Urinal-Constipation ^ | 6/28/11 | Jamie Dupree
    ...Obama will hold a news conference on Wednesday morning at 11:30am EDT, giving reporters the chance to ask....
  • Mitt Romney: can a Mormon take the White House?

    06/04/2011 9:05:59 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 91 replies
    Archbishop Cranmer: His_Grace ^ | June 3, 2011 | Archbishop Cranmer
    Mitt Romney has confirmed that he is to make another bid for the White House in November 2012. He will base his campaign on the assertion that ‘Barack Obama has failed America’. His focus will be the economy, hammering home the message that ‘the Government under President Obama has grown to consume almost 40 per cent of our economy’ which apparently means that the US is ‘only inches away from ceasing to be a free-market economy’. The problem for Mr Romney is that whatever he attempts to make the political focus or the central message of his campaign, he will...
  • Despite court order, Google's already renamed Durango (Caesar Chavez)

    05/26/2011 9:48:35 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 13 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 26 May 2011 | Josh Baugh
    California-based Google has renamed Durango Boulevard — even if San Antonio is prohibited by a court from doing so itself. Since at least Tuesday, a portion of Durango Boulevard appears on Google Maps as “César E. Chávez Boulevard” — something that “shocked” San Antonio Conservation Society President Rollette Schreckenghost “We're very disappointed,” she said. “I'm stunned.” The conservation society sued to stop the city from changing Durango to Chávez Boulevard in honor of the late labor leader. A district judge blocked the change Monday, pending a full hearing next month. Until then, the city can't proceed. Neither can outgoing Councilman...
  • Iraq—A Province of Iran? Once America Leaves, Tehran Will Take Control.

    05/10/2011 6:58:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/10/2011 | Daniel Pipes
    After American forces leave Iraq at the end of 2011, Tehran will try to turn its neighbor into a satrapy (i.e., a province, a satellite state), to the great detriment of Western, moderate-Arab, and Israeli interests. Intense Iranian efforts are already underway, with Tehran sponsoring militias in Iraq and sending its own forces into Iraqi border areas. Baghdad responds with weakness — with its chief of staff proposing a regional pact with Iran and top politicians ordering attacks on the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian dissident organization with 3,400 members resident in Camp Ashraf, 60 miles northeast of Baghdad. The MEK...
  • White House Easter Egg Roll (Media Worship of Hussein Pics)

    04/25/2011 11:54:35 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 19 replies
    See B.S. Asskissers ^ | 25 April 2011 | See B.S. Asskissers
    ...[Hussein] high-fives children at the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington,
  • Stages of Cult Recovery Applied to Mormonism

    04/19/2011 1:11:02 PM PDT · by dragonblustar · 19 replies
    After leaving a high-demand group, there will be many possible symptoms, including depression, confusion, guilt, indecisiveness, phobias, loneliness, and anxiety. These feelings do not in any way prove the Church is true, that you've lost the Spirit, or any such thing. It is typical for anyone leaving any cult to have similar problems. They can't also be experiencing a loss of the Spirit, otherwise, all such organizations would have to be true. This article contains a list of post-cult recovery stages along with a brief description of how these steps fit Mormonism. The list is taken from Recovery from Cults,...
  • Jesus Christ, the Son of God

    04/08/2011 7:39:38 AM PDT · by ZULU · 181 replies
    Mormon Church ^ | 2010 | Jeffrey R. Holland
    By and large any controversy in this matter has swirled around two doctrinal issues—our view of the Godhead and our belief in the principle of continuing revelation leading to an open scriptural canon. In addressing this we do not need to be apologists for our faith, but we would like not to be misunderstood. So with a desire to increase understanding and unequivocally declare our Christianity, I speak today on the first of those two doctrinal issues just mentioned.
  • Video: Joseph Smith, prophet of the restoration (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    04/01/2011 7:37:54 AM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 123 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xVw6PsSinI People around the world now have a new way to learn about Joseph Smith, the founder and first president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A film called Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration is now available online, marking the first time the Church has shared a full-length film on the Internet.
  • Proof is in the eye of the beholder (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/31/2011 5:32:42 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 25 replies
    Mormon Times ^ | Michael R. Ash
    Proof is in the eye of the beholder   Source: For Mormon Times21 March 2011 5:00am  Critics frequently claim that one reason they reject the Book of Mormon is because it is unsupported by archaeological evidence. Some have gone as far to claim that they would believe in the church if archaeology could “prove” that the Book of Mormon is true. The next several installments will deal with evidence, proof, faith and Book of Mormon archaeology.I should note two important points regarding the nature of evidence and the necessity of faith. First, I’m unconvinced that any critic would “convert” because of...
  • Obama rewarding local stations in battleground states with biggest ‘get’ in TV news (Cult Lives)

    03/30/2011 7:37:57 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3.27.11 | Peter Wallstein
    Ever since he quit smoking, President Obama has been staving off nicotine cravings by reaching for celery sticks. He thinks Americans who help Mexican drug cartels should be “thrown in jail.” And he has an open invitation to enjoy lemon martinis in Miami. These are just a few of the exclusive news nuggets to emerge from the White House in recent days.
  • Comparing LDS Beliefs with First-Century Christianity (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/29/2011 3:19:02 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 451 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Daniel C. Peterson and Stephen D. Ricks
    Comparing LDS Beliefs with First-Century Christianity     By Daniel C. Peterson and Stephen D. RicksDaniel C. Peterson and Stephen D. Ricks, "Comparing LDS Beliefs with First-Century Christianity", Ensign, Mar. 1988, 7   Latter-day Saints reject the doctrines of the Trinity as taught by most Christian churches today. These creeds were canonized in the fourth and fifth centuries A.D. and do not reflect the thinking or beliefs of the New Testament church.   Since the inception of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many critics have denied that it is Christian. Surprisingly, the basis for the claim has little to do with the...
  • What critics don't understand about testimony (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/28/2011 7:12:57 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 95 replies
    Mormon Times ^ | Michael R. Ash
    What critics don't understand about testimony    Author: Michael R. AshSource: For Mormon Times28 March 2011 6:00am   In last week’s issue, I argued that secular evidences alone can never offer the power to convert anyone to the restored gospel. Undeniable secular evidences for Joseph Smith’s prophetic status would frustrate the necessity of agency and would still likely not change the hearts of those who adamantly reject the Prophet.Critics typically claim that Latter-day Saints rely on “feelings” in lieu of “evidence” — thereby implying that there is no rational thought that factors into their spiritual testimonies. This is unmitigated nonsense and contains...
  • Commit Thy Way unto the Lord (REAL LDS / Mormon)

    03/20/2011 3:45:41 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 75 replies · 1+ views
    LDS.org ^ | Jerald L. Taylor
    Commit Thy Way unto the Lord     By Elder Jerald L. TaylorOf the SeventyJerald L. Taylor, "Commit Thy Way unto the Lord", Ensign, July 2003, 54  How can we strengthen our commitment to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ?   Some time ago I presided over a stake conference in Momostenango, Guatemala. Prior to the conference, I was surprised when stake president Francisco Rosales recommended that the Saturday meetings be held in the morning instead of in the afternoon, when these meetings are usually scheduled. When I asked the reason for the change, President Rosales said it was safer for the people to travel...
  • Death Blow to Mormonism – The Book of Abraham is a Fake?

    03/19/2011 9:47:13 PM PDT · by delacoert · 82 replies
    PomoTheo ^ | 2006 | Pomo
    First off, some information, what is the Book of Abraham? Well the book was derived from a set of Egyptian papyri purchased by the Joseph Smith in 1835 from a traveling mummy show. Although no formal training in Egyptology, Joseph Smith created a translation of part of the papyri, and the work was published called the The Book of Abraham. Today it remains a component of the Mormon quad--their canon of scripture. [The text is published as part of the Pearl of Great Price, one of the four canonical scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.]...
  • Messiah: Behold The Lamb Of God (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/17/2011 4:58:35 AM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 169 replies
    In a day when many scholars have reduced Christ to a historical or purely figurative being, this seven-part documentary series stands to affirm His divinity by reconciling the historical Christ with the Christ of religious tradition. Filmed in part on location in the Holy Land and in conjunction with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Messiah: Behold the Lamb of God is the first documentary that covers all phases of the Savior's life - spanning His premortal existence to the resurrection and restoration of the gospel - all told from a Latter-day Saint perspective. http://byutv.org/messiah/
  • Follow the Instructions (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/14/2011 3:04:10 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 25 replies · 1+ views
    LDS.org ^ | Rex Gerratt
    Follow the Instructions     Elder D. Rex GerrattOf the SeventyD. Rex Gerratt, "Follow the Instructions", Ensign, May 2003, 90–91   As you open your mind and heart to feel the Spirit, the Lord in His own time and in His own way will give you the instructions which will bless your life.   Some years ago while I was serving as a ward clerk, the ward supplies for the new year arrived on my doorstep. Among the numerous boxes, one box addressed to the ward clerk caught my attention. Taped to the box was a tag with bold type: “If all else fails—Please! Follow...
  • The Unspeakable Gift (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/11/2011 3:42:07 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 4 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Joseph B. Wirthlin
    The Unspeakable Gift     Elder Joseph B. WirthlinOf the Quorum of the Twelve ApostlesJoseph B. Wirthlin, "The Unspeakable Gift", Ensign, May 2003, 26–29  If [we] would open [our] hearts to the refining influence of this unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, a glorious new spiritual dimension would come to light.  It is a privilege to be with you today. I love hearing the word of the Lord spoken by our leaders as they are guided by the divine gift of the Holy Ghost. Today I would like to say a few words regarding this wonderful gift.Have you ever thought about the amount...
  • Pedophile Cult leader convicted for "Satanic" rape campaign

    03/10/2011 1:15:16 PM PST · by GeronL · 26 replies
    A man has been found guilty of leading a "satanic" sex cult from his home in a small Welsh town. Colin Batley, 48, of Kidwelly, west Wales, presided over a group that preyed on young children and held occult rites. He was found guilty at Swansea crown court of rape and carrying out perverted sexual acts on children and adults. Batley was the self-styled high priest of the group, which operated from a series of homes in a cul-de-sac in the seaside town. He and five other alleged members insisted throughout the five-week trial that no cult had ever existed....
  • Holy Place, Sacred Space (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/09/2011 2:58:23 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 45 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Dennis B. Neuenschwander
    Holy Place, Sacred Space    Elder Dennis B. NeuenschwanderOf the Presidency of the SeventyDennis B. Neuenschwander, "Holy Place, Sacred Space", Ensign, May 2003, 71–72  Our ability to seek, recognize, and reverence the holy above the profane, and the sacred above the secular, defines our spirituality.   In answer to Pilate’s question “Art thou the King of the Jews?” the Savior answered, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:33, 36). With these few words, Jesus declares His kingdom independent and distinct from this world. The Savior’s teachings, doctrine, and personal example lift all who truly believe in Him to a divine standard...
  • War and Peace (REAL Mormon/LDS)

    03/08/2011 4:19:26 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 83 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Gordon B. Hinckley
    War and Peace     President Gordon B. HinckleyGordon B. Hinckley, "War and Peace", Ensign, May 2003, 78–81  I hope that the Lord’s people may be at peace one with another during times of trouble, regardless of what loyalties they may have to different governments or parties.   My brethren and sisters, last Sunday as I sat in my study thinking of what I might say on this occasion, I received a phone call telling me that Staff Sergeant James W. Cawley of the U.S. Marines had been killed somewhere in Iraq. He was 41 years of age, leaving behind a wife and two...
  • Blessed by Living Water (REAL Mormon/LDS)

    03/05/2011 7:00:08 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 38 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Kathleen H. Hughes
    Blessed by Living Water     Kathleen H. HughesFirst Counselor in the Relief Society General PresidencyKathleen H. Hughes, "Blessed by Living Water", Ensign, May 2003, 13–15  Living water heals. It nourishes and sustains. It brings peace and joy.  Early in Christ’s ministry, He traveled from Jerusalem to His boyhood home of Nazareth, in Galilee. He passed through Samaria and, weary from His journey, stopped to rest at Jacob’s ancient well. As Jesus waited and His disciples sought food in a nearby town, a Samaritan woman approached the well. You know the story. When Jesus asked for a drink, she was surprised that a...
  • Facts Seventh Day Adventists won't tell you

    03/02/2011 10:22:55 AM PST · by OrthodoxKirkPresbyterian · 75 replies
    MacGregor Ministries ^ | 2001 | MacGregor
    Seventh-day Adventists won't tell you they are behind the "Revelation Seminars" they sponsor. They act all" interdenominational" if questioned. Watch out for these SDA outreaches as well: Voice of Prophecy, Faith for Today, It is Written, The Quiet Hour, Amazing Facts etc. They also hide behind Heath oriented shows on the networks, and sponsor stop-smoking clinics etc, all as introductions to Seventh-day Adventism. They very much want to be perceived as Evangelical Christians, seeking a place on the ministerial fellowships. All this is good PR for them, but what do they really believe? What facts won't they tell you? They...
  • When Does a Religion Become a Cult?

    02/27/2011 8:35:02 AM PST · by Colofornian · 166 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 25, 2011 | Mitch Horowitz
    America has probably supplied the world with more new religions than any other nation...the country's atmosphere of religious experimentation has produced dozens of movements, from Mormonism to a wide range of nature-based practices grouped under the name Wicca. ...how do we tell when a religious movement ceases to be novel or unusual and becomes a cult? ...Hollywood writer-director Paul Haggis...left the Church of Scientology and has accused it of abusive practices, including demands that members disconnect from their families... In the early 19th century, the "Burned-over District" of central New York state—so named for the religious passions of those who...
  • Words of Jesus: Humility (REAL LDS / Mormon)

    02/26/2011 4:23:02 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 9 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Athos M. Amorim
    Words of Jesus: Humility     By Elder Athos M. AmorimOf the SeventyAthos M. Amorim, "Words of Jesus: Humility", Ensign, Mar. 2003, 48–51  “Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29).   Many times, the Savior used only a few words or a simple act to emphasize a wondrous eternal principle. For example, after feeding the 5,000, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost” (John 6:12), teaching them and us to avoid wastefulness. And when the Apostles returned from their missions, Jesus took them by ship and “departed … into a...
  • Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Empty House (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/21/2011 3:07:25 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 78 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Victor D. Cave
    Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Empty House     By Elder Victor D. CaveArea Authority SeventyVictor D. Cave, "Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Empty House", Ensign, Mar. 2003, 45–47  True repentance is not merely eliminating the negative but replacing it with positive attitudes and actions.   As Jesus traveled through the cities and villages of Galilee performing miracles, a man who was possessed with a devil was brought to Him; the man was also blind and unable to speak. Jesus healed him, causing many to be amazed and wonder if He was the promised Messiah (see Matt. 12:22–23). When certain...
  • Words of Jesus: Riches (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/20/2011 2:37:45 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 46 replies
    LDS.org ^ | William R. Bradford
    Words of Jesus: Riches      By Elder William R. BradfordOf the SeventyWilliam R. Bradford, "Words of Jesus: Riches", Ensign, Feb. 2003, 52  “For a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15).   Generation after generation, mortal men have developed cultures and traditions for their time. A common practice that occurs in nearly all cultures is the ranking of people and placing them into social levels or castes. Invariably the highest positions in these social systems are given to those who have the greatest wealth.To understand what the Savior taught about riches as He walked...
  • American Way: Barack Obama, cult figure of 2008, left behind by new anti-spending zeitgeist

    02/19/2011 4:03:48 PM PST · by fightinJAG · 17 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | Feb. 19, 2011 | Toby Harnden
    Something momentous is happening in the United States right now and Barack Obama doesn’t get it. In Madison, Wisconsin last week, up to 40,000 public employees, organised by their unions, the Democratic party and the grassroots Organizing for America group that elected the president in 2008, gathered at the state capitol. Teachers left their classrooms, forcing schools to close. Their objective? To rail against an attempt to balance the budget and curtail union power by newly-elected Governor Scott Walker, a Republican. The Democratic party’s response? Its state senators have fled Wisconsin to Illinois, dodging state troopers as they went, in...
  • Our Thorns in the Flesh (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/18/2011 3:40:16 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 32 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Ray H. Wood
    Our Thorns in the Flesh    By Elder Ray H. WoodOf the SeventyRay H. Wood, "Our Thorns in the Flesh", Ensign, Feb. 2003, 31    Each time I read of the Apostle Paul’s “thorn in the flesh,” I learn something new. Paul’s testimony of the blessing and power of adversity in his life reminds us that if we endure it well in our own lives, “God shall exalt [us] on high” (D&C 121:8).Paul relates his lesson in four verses in 2 Corinthians 12:7–10 [2 Cor. 12:7–10]:“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given...