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  • Lady Gaga calls herself Christian, slams Mike Pence as 'worst' Christian

    01/22/2019 8:15:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/22/2019 | Leonardo Blair
    While declaring herself a Christian on Saturday, singer Lady Gaga slammed Vice President Mike Pence as the worst example of a disciple of the faith for supporting his wife’s decision to work at a Christian school that doesn’t endorse homosexual behavior. “To Mike Pence who thinks it's acceptable that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ. You are wrong," Gaga said in a recording from her performance at Park MGM in Las Vegas that was shared on Twitter. "You said you should not discriminate against Christianity. You are the worst representation of what it means to be a...
  • Attended Church 10 Years Ago? No Travel for You [China]

    01/21/2019 7:03:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 1/21/19
    Chinese believers are finding that their travel is being monitored or prohibited. They fear social credit system and growing pressure on family members.The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities have been registering the personal information of religious believers on a comprehensive scale. The data collection is nationwide, centralized into a unified database, and associated with a similar collection of data on religious venues. Religious and human rights advocates are concerned that this information will be integrated into China’s so-called “social credit system,” and could be used as a powerful weapon against believers. In 2014, the State Council promulgated a Planning Outline...
  • Letter to [Notre Dame] Campus Regarding Columbus Murals [from Jenkins]

    01/21/2019 6:50:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Office of the President of Notre Dame ^ | 1/20/19 | Fr. John Jenkins CSC
    January 20, 2019 Feast of Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy CrossDear Members of the Notre Dame Community, As we celebrate the feast of Fr. Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and as we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Walk the Walk Week at Notre Dame, I write to let you know of a recent decision. The murals by Luigi Gregori that adorn the ceremonial entrance to Notre Dame’s Main Building depict the life and exploration of Christopher Columbus. Painted in 1882-84, not long after a devastating fire and...
  • The Targeting of Karen Pence is a Wake-Up Call for All American Christians

    01/21/2019 5:56:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/21/2019 | Travis Weber
    Vice President Pence’s wife Karen has come under withering attack in recent days from many in the media. From this “reporting,” one might think she has transgressed some obvious social boundary of a civilized society. In reality, the big “scoop” is that this Christian wife and mother, whose Christian beliefs are important to her, is teaching at a Christian school, which being Christian, holds to Christian beliefs about marriage. Yet you wouldn’t know that from reading the headlines about her, which lead the reader to believe that the driving force of Karen’s actions is the targeting of those who identify...
  • Is There A War Between Science And Religion? Examining Jerry Coyne’s recent case arguments

    01/21/2019 10:28:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    ARC DIGITAL ^ | 01/21/2019 | Paul Manata
    Last month, The Conversation published biologist Jerry Coyne’s article, lovingly served up for audiences at Christmastime, “Yes, There is a War Between Science and Religion.” Coyne fancies himself a participant in a perceived war between faith and reason, science and religion. His mission: To show people they can’t believe the account of Christ’s birth—as depicted, for example, in the Book of Luke, Chapter 2—while simultaneously believing there’s crackers in the pantry. You use your eyeballs for the latter, but not the former, and it’s simply irrational to go through life with a bifurcated mind!It is of course odd to enlist...
  • How to keep college students in church amid high dropout rates?

    01/21/2019 7:01:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/21/2019 | By Leah MarieAnn Klett
    To combat the growing number of young people who leave the church, leaders must invest in student ministry and make an intentional effort to focus on individuals during traditional college years, the director of student ministry at LifeWay has said.A 2017 LifeWay Research survey released on Tuesday reveals that 66 percent of Americans between 23 and 30 years old said they stopped attending church on a regular basis for at least a year after turning 18, compared to 70 percent in 2007.The five most frequently chosen specific reasons for dropping out were: moving to college and no longer attending (34...
  • The Black Man's ONLY TRUE Friend on MLK Day - The Lord Jesus Christ!

    01/21/2019 6:19:03 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/21/19
    The white and black oppressors of the lawless Left Democratic Party, who abhor Almighty God the Creator and His RIGHTEOUSNESS (Rom. 1:18-32) only seek to agitate, control, use, enrage and scare their black Democratic voters and to keep them on their state plantation. This was NEVER MLK's vision for Africain Americans. The very ones who are black America's lawless oppressors are usually put back in power each time by Black America; making heavier their chains of social ills. The Left is horrified of losing their political stranglehold and power and truly care nothing about black America. The black population are...
  • Jesus Christ's Shed Blood and RIGHTEOUSNESS Ends Racism To Those Who Receive Him

    01/21/2019 6:05:50 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/21/19
    Dear friends, have you had enough of the lawless race baiters on both sides of the color chart today? Lawless blacks and lawless whites dividing America and creating a horrific wake of envy, violence, lawlessness and discord because of their hatred and lawless mindsets (Psalm 14, Rom. 1:18-32; 3, 1 Cor. 1:18, Gal. 5:17-21, James 4:1-7, Jude 1:10). Almost everyone today is offended by something and a victim of someone yet none seek to look in the mirror and make a judgment based on the Word of Almighty God. Such is the world of lawless moral relativism. Many celebrities and...
  • Joyce Meyer Takes a Jab at the Prosperity Gospel, Denounces Her Past Beliefs In It

    01/20/2019 4:31:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    FaithWire ^ | 01/20/2019 | By Lindsay Elizabeth
    January 14, 2019 Evangelist Joyce Meyer recently admitted that in the past, her views on the “prosperity Gospel” were “out of balance.”Meyer, who has received much criticism for her preaching on the prosperity Gospel, shared with her Instagram followers the dangers in taking such theology too close to heart.How do you balance having problems and having enough faith? Watch Joyce explain above…it could help set you free! #JoyceTeaching #balance #freedom #GoodWordA post shared by Joyce Meyer (@joycemeyer) on Jan 7, 2019 at 5:30pm PST “I’m glad for what I learned about prosperity, but it got out of balance,” the...
  • 20 years from now, I will be in Heaven

    01/20/2019 2:14:34 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 25 replies
    email ^ | 1/4/2009 | Nonie Darwish
    20 years from now, I will be in Heaven -This was written by a woman born in Egypt as a Muslim. Joys of Muslim Women By Nonie Darwish In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child. Consummating the marriage by 9. The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy. Even though a woman is abused she cannot obtain a...
  • WATCH — Christian Pastor Jacqui Lewis: ‘Our Common Enemy Is White Supremacy, Transphobia, Sexism

    01/20/2019 12:35:45 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/19/19 | Kyle Morris
    Rev. Jacqui Lewis, a senior minister at Middle Collegiate Church in New York, took the stage Saturday at the Women’s March and announced what she believed to be Americans’ greatest enemies. “I am so glad to be able to follow my indigenous family and share some words of blessing,” Lewis said as she opened her speech. “Standing here and looking at you and thinking about this movement makes me want to tell you what it means for me to be a Christian pastor.” “There’s all kinds of Christians, but I’m the kind that believes that there’s more than one path...
  • The 2019 D.C. Women's March - The Dominance of the Godless American Woman!

    01/19/2019 3:49:47 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 22 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/19/19
    Today there are absolutely no shortages of godless women in our post-Judeo/Christian American culture as we have seen with the Washington D.C." women's" march. What is the most telling part of all of this is that these female hordes choose to have their "protest, celebration" and high holy day on the anniversary weekend of the legalization of abortion. How evil is that! Celebrating women's rights on the foundation of death and barbarity! These women occupy all of society’s genres from politics to Hollywood, from the music industry to the fashion world, from the faculty lounge to the masses. They are...
  • North Sumatra Protests Against Protestant Church [Indonesia]

    01/18/2019 5:58:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/16/19 | Mathias Hariyadi
    Places of worship, especially non-Islamic ones, are one of the most controversial issues in Indonesia. The dispute began last August. Complaints stem from the lack of permits for the use of residential housing for religious purposes.Jakarta (AsiaNews) – The local Synod of Churches of Indonesia (MPH-PGIW) has condemned the latest "episode of intolerance" against a Protestant community in Medan Labuan, North Sumatra (Sumatera) province. Three days ago, local Muslims (picture 1) staged a protest that prevented the members of the Bethel Church of Indonesia of Philadelphia (GBI), in Martubung district, from entering a house of prayer. The authorities claim that...
  • America - Are You Ready for ETERNITY?

    01/17/2019 7:08:16 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 16 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/17/19
    May I ask you (America) this most serious personal question? Do you possess the perfect RIGHTEOUSNESS needed to enter into the holy perfect presence of Almighty God? That is exactly what Almighty God has provided in the Person of Jesus Christ for ALL those of Adam’s fallen race who place their trust in Him (Rom. 3:23; 6:23; 10:2-4; 2 Cor. 5:21). These turbulent and troubling days are only going to get worse (2 Tim.3:1-7, 4:1-4). There is nothing we can do to stop what is transpiring and radically taking place in our nation and in this world. We are indeed...
  • Florida Jury Gives Large Award To Worker Fired For Refusing To Work on Sunday

    01/17/2019 5:33:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 1/17/19 | Howard Friedman
    Law 360 reports [subscription required] that a Florida federal court jury on Monday awarded $36,000 for lost wages, $500,000 for emotional pain and $21 million in punitive damages to a Hilton Hotel dishwasher who was fired for swapping shifts with co-workers to allow her to have Sundays off for religious reasons. Plaintiff was a member of the Catholic missionary group, Soldiers of Christ Church. Florida has a statutory cap on damages which will lead to the court's reducing punitive damages.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis: A Real "Schism" Is Under Way - But Only In Politics

    01/17/2019 9:08:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 16, 2019 | Gloria TV
    Francis: A Real "Schism" Is Under Way - But Only In Politics Humanity encounters "serious difficulties", writes Pope Francis in a letter to the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life (dated January 6). According to Francis, the cleavage between the "obsession for one's own wellbeing" and the "shared happiness of humanity" seems to become deeper to the point that one may think, "that between the individual and the human community a real schism is underway." The term "schism" has primarily a religious connotation, meaning a breakaway from the Church. By using it in a political context, Francis seems to...
  • This country was removed from Christian persecution list; now a 'model' for religious tolerance

    01/17/2019 7:41:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/17/2019 | Samuel Smith
    Open Doors USA released on Wednesday its annual list of top 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted. Two countries were taken off the list and two were put on this year. Bahrain, a tiny Muslim-majority nation in the Persian Gulf, earned its way off the 2019 World Watch List after being ranked in previous editions because of religious freedom and human rights concerns. In previous editions, the leading international Christian persecution watchdog called out the “relatively religiously tolerant” kingdom of Bahrain for placing inhibitions on the freedom to assembly, prohibitions against Christians proselytizing and restrictions to religious expression. In...
  • Two Christians Discussing LGBTQ: Activists are stealing the hearts and minds of our kids

    01/17/2019 6:30:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/17/2019 | Lloyd Marcus
    Dear Brother in Christ, It was great talking with you. As per our conversation, I agree that we as Christians must love and pray for all people. However, there is an undeniable, extremely aggressive campaign by LGBTQ activists to force biblical principles, values, and Jesus underground. States and corporations are afraid to say no to anything LGBTQ activists demand. I've written numerous articles about LGBTQ bullying with links confirming the facts. Planned Parenthood successfully implemented mandatory sex ed in public schools teaching elementary school kids sex techniques. Students are encouraged to experiment with homosexuality and transgenderism. Teachers are being...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Open letter: Rethinking the future of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong

    01/16/2019 2:07:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Asia News.IT ^ | January 16, 2019 | Asia News
    Open letter: Rethinking the future of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong A group of Catholics, mostly young people, have addressed a letter to the diocesan Curia. Whilst appreciating the educational and charitable work the Church has offered so far, the petitioners demand the diocese not be China’s "vassal" and end the "colonial" phase of its work as a substitute services provider. It also notes the commitment of Christian in politics, defending the right of the faithful to religious freedom in China as well as Hong Kong’s freedom. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – A group of Hong Kong Catholics, most of...
  • New York Abortion Bill Could One Day Make Being Pro-Life ‘a Crime’

    01/15/2019 5:51:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/14/19 | Emily Benson
    Officials at the New York State Catholic Conference are calling the Reproductive Health Act “worse than we thought it would be.” “It foresees a time in New York where it’s a crime to be pro-life,” said Kathleen Gallagher, director of pro-life activities and the Catholic Action Network for the conference, which is the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops. The measure, introduced in the Legislature the week of January 7, will expand access to abortion in the state, despite being promoted as simply codifying Roe v Wade. It not only increases access to abortion across the board, including...