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  • Taiwan a warning [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/04/2015 9:04:37 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 9 replies
    bible | Jedediah
    I had a vision of a tiny Asian country being used by two large countries to attack Taiwan unless they repent Jonah 3 3 And the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach and cry out to it the preaching that I tell you. 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city of three days’ journey [sixty miles in circumference]. 4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey,...
  • What to Say to a Pastor Who Wants to Officiate a "Gay Wedding"

    05/03/2015 3:21:08 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 38 replies
    Desiring God ^ | 4-30-15 | John Piper
    Question: “Pastor John, what should a church council or board do if one of their pastors asks to officiate a same-sex wedding?” I don’t feel like I can answer that question without dropping one level down. This is so sensitive and explosive and politically agitating that I want to go down to the bottom, and then come back up to the practical question. The practical question is relatively easy once you get the other things, which are not easy, sorted out. The emotional and physical sensations that we call same-sex attraction are disordered emotions and disordered sensations. And that disordering...
  • Rome's Meaningless Claim to "Unbroken Chain Of Succession"

    05/03/2015 12:05:34 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 183 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turrretin ^ | November 26, 2010 | TurretinFan
    The following is an example of Rome's claim of "unbroken succession" - provided by pope John Paul II:Nevertheless, the Roman Pontiffs have exercised their authority in Rome and, according to the conditions and opportunities of the times, have done so in wider and even universal areas, by virtue of their succeeding Peter. Written documents do not tell us how this succession occurred in the first link connecting Peter with the series of the bishops of Rome. It can be deduced, however, by considering everything that Pope Clement states in the letter cited above regarding the appointment of the first bishops...
  • Ted Cruz, our ayatollah: Fight back now, or welcome to the 2016 religious right hellstorm

    05/03/2015 5:00:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    Salon ^ | May 3, 2015 | Jeffrey Tayler
    Way too many of us believe in a magic book negated by science and peppered with all manner of misanthropic myths. A lawyer and an associate dean at Liberty University, a columnist for Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, and the founder of WND’s Christian fundamentalist site Barbwire.com, Matt Barber might seem like an evangelical fringe character, but, clearly, he means to have his voice heard and his pronouncements taken seriously: his work appears under the portentous slogan RELATIVISTS BEWARE: TRUTH TOLD HERE. Yet he is affiliated with Glenn Beck, so, in pursuit of Truth-Telling, he sees fit to publish such essays...
  • Temperament in the Christian Life - Chapter 20

    05/02/2015 1:16:32 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    A CELEBRATED AMERICAN PREACHER once advanced the novel theory that the various denominations with their different doctrinal emphases served a useful purpose as gathering places for persons of similar temperaments. Christians, he suggested, tend to gravitate toward others of like mental types. Hence the denominations. Undoubtedly this is oversimplification carried to the point of error. There are too many persons of dissimilar temperaments in every denomination to support such a sweeping classification. Yet I believe that we have here an instance where an error may serve to point up a truth, the truth being that temperament has a great deal...
  • The Eternity of God - Chapter 7

    05/02/2015 1:07:35 PM PDT · by metmom · 14 replies
    This day our hearts approve with gladness what our reason can never fully comprehend, even Thine eternity, O Ancient of Days. Art Thou not from everlasting, O Lord, my God, mine Holy One? We worship Thee, the Father Everlasting, whose years shall have no end; and Thee, the love-begotten Son whose goings forth have been ever of old; we also acknowledge and adore Thee, Eternal Spirit, who before the foundation of the world didst live and love in coequal glory with the Father and the Son. Enlarge and purify the mansions of our souls that they may be fit habitations...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2)

    05/02/2015 12:50:12 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 37 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 24, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2) Because neither the apostolic nor the earliest post-apostolic Christians refer to a jurisdictional primacy of the bishop of Rome, Catholics often cite references to any type of primacy of the Roman church. But a non-jurisdictional primacy of the Roman church doesn't prove a jurisdictional primacy of the Roman bishop. Even Peter himself isn't referred to as having papal authority among the early post-apostolic sources. Terence Smith explains: "there is an astonishing lack of reference to Peter among ecclesiastical authors of the first half of the second century. He is barely mentioned in...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 1)

    05/01/2015 11:05:57 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 68 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 23, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 1) For those who don't have much familiarity with the dispute between Protestants and Catholics over the doctrine of the papacy, I want to post two introductory articles on the subject today and tomorrow. The first article, this one, will be about the Biblical evidence, and tomorrow's article will be about the early post-Biblical evidence. Roman Catholicism claims the papacy as its foundation. According to the Catholic Church, the doctrine of the papacy was understood and universally accepted as early as the time of Peter: "At open variance with this clear doctrine of...
  • 2015 B.B. Warfield Memorial Lecture Series: Pentecost and the Work of the Spirit Today

    05/01/2015 10:22:22 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 3 replies
    What happened on Pentecost? What are the implications of what took place on Pentecost for the church today? What expectations ought Christians to have for the work of the Holy Spirit in their own lives and the lives of others? Christians today continue to be divided, sometimes deeply, over the answers to these questions. During the 2015 B.B. Warfield Memorial Lecture Series we will examine the Bible for the sound and reliable answers it alone provides.
  • Obama Abandons Pastor Abedini, Would Veto Bill That Requires Iran Release Him for Nuke Deal

    05/01/2015 7:22:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/01/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    President Barack Obama's administration has warned that it will veto a proposed amendment that would require the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other American citizens held prisoners in Iran before any final nuclear deal agreement is reached. The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini's family, called the admittance "despicable" and "outrageous." "That is simply unbelievable. Refusing to discuss the Americans being held hostage by Iran at the bargaining table and rejecting any congressional attempt to make any deal with Iran contingent on the release of the Americans is unacceptable. It's quite frankly appalling," the law...
  • Bowing the Knee to Rome

    04/30/2015 2:36:53 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 33 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | February 1, 2015 | T.A. McMahon
    We live in strange times. When I became a born-again believer nearly four decades ago following thirty years as a Roman Catholic, not one non-Catholic Christian chided me for leaving the Church of Rome. In those days it was fairly obvious to evangelicals that the teachings and practices of Roman Catholicism were at odds with the teachings of the Bible. Yes, there were a few things, at least superficially, that Catholics and Bible-believing Christians held in common. The virgin birth of Christ, which involved the conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit, is one example. Yet, regarding Christ’s miraculous birth,...
  • Ordinary "measures" will not do for all your steps must come from Me [ charistmatic caucus]

    04/30/2015 2:07:40 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles,Bible ^ | 4-30-15 | jedediah
    Position yourself in Me now Completely and cease ALL striving for I have already overcome FOR you ! As you step into the coals of My very spirit I shall paint you into My Portrait of Love and Worship for this is where you belong and you shall find yourself now as part of the very DNA Particles from the building blocks of My Manifold Wisdom completely and entirely of My makeup and knowing, the Eyes of Understanding all that is before you for you have eaten from The Tree of Life and the Salve of My Nectar so that...
  • Roman Catholic “presuppositions” on the early papacy are in retreat

    04/30/2015 10:26:38 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 23 replies
    triablogue ^ | January 17, 2014 | John Bugay
    Roman Catholic “presuppositions” on the early papacy are in retreat Galileo: “If I can do it, Bergoglio can do it” A “presupposition” is an elementary assumption in one’s reasoning or in the process by which opinions are formed… [In the case of Protestant/Catholic discussions], a “presupposition” is not just any assumption in an argument, but a personal commitment that is held at the most basic level of one’s network of beliefs. Presuppositions form a wide-ranging foundational perspective (or starting point) in terms of which everything else is interpreted and evaluated. As such, presuppositions have the greatest authority in one’s thinking,...
  • Ted Cruz To Brody File: Evangelicals Will Decide Who Becomes President Of The United States

    04/30/2015 9:49:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    CBN's The Brody File ^ | April 30, 2015 | David Brody, chief political correspondent
    Ted Cruz tells The Brody File that evangelicals are the key to who is elected President of the United States in 2016. “I think evangelicals, Christians, people of faith are going to play the decisive role in the republican primary. And I think we’re going to play the decisive role in the general election in 2016.” Cruz resonates with evangelicals but so do quite a few other candidates so it’s going to be an all-out “holy war” during GOP Primary season. This interview was done at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition near Des Moines this past weekend.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)David Brody, “...
  • There Is No “Bible” in the Bible

    04/28/2015 9:30:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 59 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-28-2014 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    ...The “Bible,” a single book with the whole of the Scriptures included, is indeed modern. It is a by-product of the printing press, fostered by the doctrines of Protestantism. For it is not until the advent of Protestant teaching that the concept of the Bible begins to evolve into what it has become today. The New Testament uses the word “scriptures” (literally, “the writings”) when it refers to the Old Testament, but it is a very loose term. There was no authoritative notion of a canon of the Old Testament. There were the Books of Moses and the Prophets (cf....
  • The All-Important Race for Iowa’s Evangelicals Is Wide Open (Cruz "lit up audience")

    04/28/2015 9:16:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 27, 2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    “The Evangelical voting bloc is a dead thing,” Iowa Republican activist Tom Stockebrand says, a glint of mischief in his eye. A top state party official nods in agreement. “If you didn’t see it tonight, it’s 2015 now. Those days are gone.” He’s speaking as attendees stream noisily out of a packed auditorium in Waukee, Iowa, at Point of Grace church, the site of this year’s Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in the state. It’s nearly 10:00 p.m., and for the past five hours around 1,000 conservative Evangelicals have sat on raised bleachers, listening to nine potential White House contenders...
  • The Story Behind The Song: 'It Is No Secret: What God Can Do'

    04/28/2015 8:44:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/28/2015 | Eric Metaxas
    We've all had the experience of getting a song stuck in our head for an extended period of time. If you're really unfortunate, that song may be one by Christopher Cross or Air Supply. But sometimes, these "earworms," as they are dubbed, can lead to good things. That recently happened to one of us right here at BreakPoint. While reading a biography of the early 20th century evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, my colleague and friend Roberto Rivera found himself humming and singing the gospel song "It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)." He's not sure why the song popped...
  • Are you infallible?

    04/28/2015 8:36:56 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 1,086 replies
    One Fold ^ | December 10, 2013 | Brian Culliton
    It’s a question that requires little thought to answer; are you infallible? It ranks right up there with, “Are you God?” But to Catholic apologists the question is quite serious; that’s because they believe that there is a man on earth who, on the subject of faith and morals, is infallible; they call him, “holy father.” See, it does rank right up there with, “Are you God,” at least when coming from people who think their leader is equal with God on deciding issues of faith and morals. According to Catholic apologist, John Martignoni, this question should cause Protestants to...
  • Radical Homosexuals Want to Have Their 'Ideological Cake' and Make You Eat it Too

    04/27/2015 3:31:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 27, 2015 | Fr. Marcel Guarnizo
    This past week, we witnessed the unseemly pandering of several Republicans to the radical homosexual lobby. Each stumbled over the other to present his credentials. Florida Senator Marco Rubio—in a display of complete incoherence—stated on Face the Nation: “I don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for a vast and enormous majority of the people… the bottom line is I believe that sexual preference is something people are born with.” Which one is it, are all people born that way, or just the ones who want to make that claim? Rubio’s incoherent view seems to boil down to...
  • What Evangelicals Are Saying About Hillary: At Iowa mega-church, voters skeptical of Dem frontrunner

    04/27/2015 12:38:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 27, 2015 | Melinda Henneberger
    Link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-27/hillary-clinton-crashes-the-iowa-s-faith-freedom-coalition-summit-without-actually-showing-up
  • Atheists Outnumber Southern Baptists in US Military

    04/27/2015 6:11:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 4/23/15 | Bob Smietana
    Yet Southern Baptists still provide by far the most chaplains. Likely presidential candidate and former Southern Baptist pastor Mike Huckabee recently urged Christians to stay out of the military until after the next election, saying they are no longer welcome. “Why would they want to be in a military that would be openly hostile and not just simply bring some scorn to their faith, but would punish them for it?” Huckabee said in a recent interview. In recent years, enough of his fellow Southern Baptists have left active duty that atheists now outnumber the denomination among soldiers. According the latest...
  • Blind Followers, Inconsistencies, Double Standards and More Confusion

    04/26/2015 1:05:20 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 177 replies
    Reformed Apologist ^ | December 17, 2012 | Reformed Apologist
    Roman Catholics often assert that Protestantism operates under the principle that Scripture is open to private interpretation because Protestants deny the need for an infallible magisterium to interpret Scripture. Is historic Protestantism really a religion of "me and my Bible?" Do the tenets of historical Protestantism really deny 2 Peter 1:20, which informs that no prophecy of Scripture is of private interpretation? An honest and informed Roman Catholic understands that Protestants do not think that Scripture has no need for an interpreter. 1. An honest and informed Roman Catholic understands and will gladly concede that historic Protestantism affirms that Scripture is the interpreter...
  • Bobby Jindal Wows Iowa Evangelicals

    04/26/2015 7:00:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2015 | by BRENDAN BORDELON
    Bobby Jindal is barely breaking 2 percent in Iowa polls — but you’d never know it from the way he wowed the crowd at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit on Saturday. The Republican governor from Louisiana is one of nine presidential hopefuls speaking at the Des Moines-area confab, which gathers evangelical Christians together to judge the GOP candidates’ social conservative bona fides. Freshman senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, the first candidates to speak, were both well received by the Iowan audience. Former Texas governor Rick Perry was next, though he didn’t exactly capture the same enthusiasm. But...
  • Santorum Falls Flat with Iowa Evangelicals, Despite 2012 Caucus WIn

    04/26/2015 6:56:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2015 | by BRENDAN BORDELON
    Rick Santorum was the returning champion at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition forum on Saturday. But inside Waukee, Iowa’s Point of Grace Church, it certainly didn’t feel like it. After his upset victory in the 2012 Iowa caucus – driven largely by the state’s powerful evangelical voting bloc – many expected the former Pennsylvania senator to be welcomed back with open arms. But compared to the other eight Republican candidates present at the Des Moines-area conference, Santorum’s speech fell strangely flat. The audience didn’t clap much, and when they did it was usually polite and perfunctory. Lines that felt...
  • 3 Important Church Trends in the Next 10 Years: Christianity in the USA may look very different

    04/26/2015 6:53:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 04/24/2015 | Ed Stetzer
    As someone who both cares about the mission of the church and leads a research organization, I watch the trends in the church and the culture. Occasionally, someone asks me to share some thoughts on the big picture, in the case of the North American context, questions related to "streams" of Protestantism. Based on research, statistics, extrapolation, and (I hope) some insight, I notice 3 important trends continuing in the next 10 years. Trend #1: The Hemorrhaging of Mainline Protestantism This trend is hardly news—mainliners will tell you of this hemorrhaging and of their efforts to reverse it. Mainline Protestantism...
  • The Reformation is over. Catholics 0, Protestants 1

    04/25/2015 10:33:08 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 571 replies
    triablogue ^ | April 13, 2015 | Jerry Walls
    I'm going to transcribe an article that Jerry Walls wrote when he was a grad student at Notre Dame: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am nearing the end of three very happy (with a brief interlude) years as a graduate student in the philosophy department at Notre Dame. The philosophy department is quite lively and stimulating and I have learned a great deal about my discipline. Along the way, I have also acquired an education of another sort–namely in the ways of the Roman Catholic Church. My education in this regard has been informal and piecemeal, to be sure. My insights have been...
  • Relaunched Congregation Grows in Movie Theater

    04/24/2015 9:09:47 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 24 replies
    PE News ^ | 22 April 2015 | Eric Tiansay
    Compass Church meets in a movie theater, has no live worship, and keeps its Sunday service meeting to 45 minutes. But the somewhat nontraditional Assemblies of God congregation is making an eternal impact in Winona, Minnesota. Pastored by Aaron Lindholm, Compass "exists to reach the 9,000 people in Winona that are far from God by creating a loving, giving, growing community, where it is safe to belong until you believe," according to the church's website. Lindholm, 38, moved to Winona from Claremore, Oklahoma, in 2009 when around 40 people attended the church regularly. Last year, Compass Church had more salvation...
  • “Assurance: Every Believer’s Birthright”

    04/24/2015 3:59:10 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 11 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | June 1, 2012 | Phil Johnson
    I was listening to a sermon by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones not long ago in which he pointed out that assurance is one of the most prominent subjects in the New Testament. Virtually every New Testament epistle was written to address some doubt, answer some question, settle some uncertainty—all of them aimed at stimulating or reinforcing the assurance of believers. Scripture encourages us to have assurance. It is not inherently brash or presumptuous to be confident in your faith.Shortly after reading that comment by Lloyd-Jones, while doing some research on a totally different theme, I had occasion to review The Canons...
  • Dear Churches in America: Prepare to Be Treated Like 1st Century Christians in Rome

    04/24/2015 7:07:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/24/2015 | Wallace Henley
    The United States Supreme Court may soon liberate the biblically conservative church from old "prejudices" that should have long ago been "jettisoned," forcing it into "rightly bowing to the enlightenments of modernity," in the words of a recent writer in The New York Times. Homosexuality must be removed from the "sin list" and, according to an MSNBC commentator, traditional marriage proponents must be forced "to do things they don't want to do." Sadly, this crusade will be like the Marxist "liberation" movements that promised to "free" people, but really were about control and suppression. The culmination may come as the...
  • Open Letter to David Brooks: Before You Consider Converting to Christianity, Try Judaism

    04/23/2015 7:44:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/22/2015 | Spengler
    David Brooks shares a stage with pundits during a panel discussion, “2012: The Path to the Presidency”, at the University of Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Dear David Brooks:We have never met, and I do not regularly follow your work. Because you are a public intellectual of Jewish origin, though, your spiritual peregrinations are of broader interest. It may be chutzpah for me to offer you advice, but I could not help thinking of the case of Franz Rosenzweig while reading a post at Aletaia claiming that you may convert to Christianity. Rosenzweig, one of the...
  • PCRT Q/A: How Can Churches Support Homosexuality?

    04/21/2015 8:37:59 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    Reformation21 ^ | April 16, 2015 | Rick Phillips
    I have been traveling and have not posted in a bit, so let me bring up another question that came from the Grand Rapids PCRT: "What is the root issue that would allow "Christian" denominations to ordain homosexuals and perform homosexual marriages?" The simple answer to this question is that such denominations have stopped granting ultimate authority to the clear teaching of the Word of God. In almost every case, they no longer regard the Scriptures as inerrant and therefore they find it easy to disregard teachings they consider offensive and antiquated. Having removed their confidence in the Bible, they...
  • Prayers For, To,and Through the Dead

    04/22/2015 2:34:02 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 508 replies
    Reformed Apologetics Thoughts of Francis Turretin Blog ^ | April 21, 2009 | Francis Turretin Fan
    Within Roman Catholicism (and within some other churches as well) there are prayers that are made for, through, and to the dead. We, as Reformed believers, reject all three of these categories but on different grounds. In discussing these issues with Roman Catholics it may be useful to be able to understand the different categories and to explain why it is that we reject each. We should pray for the living, to the living and true God, through the merits and intercession of Christ alone. 1. Prayers For the Dead In Roman Catholicism, there is a belief in Purgatory. Although...
  • Three Things You're Probably Getting Wrong about Praying to the Saints

    04/20/2015 1:46:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 983 replies
    Shameless popery ^ | April 20, 2015
    As Christianity Today acknowledges, prayers for and to the Saints date back to the early Church (in fact, these practices date back far earlier, even to Old Testament Judaism, but I'll talk more about that tomorrow). Nevertheless, these practices are controversial within Protestantism. Today, I want to look at just one of them -- prayer to the Saints -- and show why the opposition to it is grounded in a faulty view of life after death. Tomorrow, I'll look at the Biblical support for both prayer to the Saints and prayer for the Saints. First, a word on why...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA): Evangelicals suddenly on the wrong side in gay marriage debate

    04/21/2015 8:30:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Penn Live ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ivey DeJesus
    Across Christian denominations, the debate over gay marriage has fundamentally pitted the views of socially progressive - if not radical - congregants and church leaders who are in favor of gay marriage against that of the conservative, evangelical sector that subscribes to a traditional and biblical definition of marriage. For the most part, proponents of gay marriage have been on the outs - at times waging tough battles that tear churches apart and put their ordination on the line. In the Presbyterian Church (USA), the tables seemed to have turned. Increasingly, the conservative, evangelical members of the 1.8-million-member mainline Protestant...
  • Nigerian Bishop Says Christ Showed Him How to Beat Islamic Terror Group

    04/21/2015 3:46:42 PM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 118 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4-21-15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, head of the Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria's Borno State, was in a chapel praying before the Blessed Sacrament last December when, he says, something extraordinary happened: Jesus Christ appeared holding a sword, which He offered to the prelate. According to Bishop Dashe, the moment he took the sword from Jesus' hands, it transformed into Rosary beads. He then heard Christ repeat three times, "Boko Haram is gone." The bishop recalls, "I didn't need any prophet to give me the explanation. It was clear that with the Rosary we would be able to expel Boko Haram."...
  • The Gospel

    04/21/2015 3:14:30 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 19 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 4/21/15 | Gary R.
    It's really so very simple.  Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and rose again. Do you accept that message? I often over complicate the message to my own shame, but it is just that simple.  It amazes me how there are entire denominations (thinking RCC) that constantly refer to "the Gospel", yet when pressed they cannot even define what "the Gospel" is anymore... or if they do define it, it is some sort of faith + works complicated mess, far beyond what Paul described in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4: "Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached...
  • What is the law of Christ?

    04/20/2015 1:51:08 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 20 replies
    Disciple of Jesus Christ ^ | October 4, 2011 | unknown
    “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) The law of Christ misunderstood Some people read this verse out of its context, as if it suddenly fell from the sky, and they conclude that there is a new law given by God under the New Covenant, called the law of Christ, in contrast with the Law which they call “the Law of the Old Testament”. They say the Christian does not have to keep the Law of God (which they call the Law of the Old Testament), because the Christian is not under...
  • Dallas paper: Ted Cruz broadening appeal beyond those evangelical fringe groups

    04/20/2015 12:22:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Get Religion ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jim Davis
    Well, at least the Dallas Morning News was kinda nice to Liberty University. In the lede to its story on Ted Cruz in New Hampshire, the newspaper called it a "huge evangelical Christian college." Once upon a time, many mainstream media routinely slapped Liberty with the "F" word: "Fundamentalist." But the paper doesn't prove its claim that Cruz sounded less evangelical, more secular in his New Hampshire visit to sound more presidential. It therefore pushes a related stereotype: that Americans don’t particularly like evangelicals. DMN paints Cruz as a conservative's conservative as well as an evangelical's evangelical. It says the...
  • The Church Is Visible and One: A Critique of Protestant Ecclesiology

    04/20/2015 11:50:07 AM PDT · by NRx · 49 replies
    Introduction There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:6 And I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church ... The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed And if ever you are sojourning in cities, inquire not simply where the Lord’s House is (for the other sects of the profane also attempt to call their own dens houses of the Lord), nor merely where the church is, but where...
  • Reports from Israel reveal startling rerun of history ('Kaduri revival is exploding...)

    04/20/2015 10:22:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | April 18, 2015 | Unattributed
    They call it the “Kaduri Revival,” and reports over recent months have confirmed the teachings of one of Israel’s most venerated rabbi are leading Jews time and again to accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah. And face persecution. Baptist preacher and radio host Carl Gallups says the threats facing Messianic Jews now in Israel is “reminiscent of what we read about in the New Testament – in the early days of the church.” There, he said, Jews who followed Jesus Christ were persecuted. And today, they “are facing the same hardships and persecution the early church faced,” he said. “Gallups...
  • Marco Rubio’s DIY Christianity: Why He Switches From One Denomination to Another

    04/20/2015 9:04:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04/20/2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    The Florida senator’s dabbling in multiple denominations shows a country more and more inclined toward a consumerist approach toward religion. American presidential candidates are often a good lens for looking at the state of American religion. For instance, the fact that 2012 was the first election in American history where no candidate was a mainline Protestant, after that branch’s virtual monopoly on the White House, reflected the mainline’s precipitous decline in numbers and influence over the 20th century. While the two vice-presidential candidates were boringly Catholic, Barack Obama ran as a nondenominational, basically unchurched Christian, and Mitt Romney as a...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    04/20/2015 7:33:43 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | April 20, 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon April 20, 2015 Morning Reading That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death. —Hebrews 2:14 O child of God, death hath lost its sting, because the devil's power over it is destroyed. Then cease to fear dying. Ask grace from God the Holy Ghost, that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief of thy Redeemer's death, thou mayst be strengthened for that dread hour. Living near the cross of Calvary thou mayst think of death with pleasure, and welcome it when it comes with intense delight. It is...
  • Do You Really Believe in Jesus?

    04/19/2015 4:50:36 PM PDT · by wmfights · 52 replies
    Walvoord.com ^ | John F. Walvoord
    Have you ever really believed in Jesus Christ? I was talking to my five-year old son. He replied quickly, "Of course, dad." "But have you ever really been saved? How do you really know you are saved?" He replied, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,." He ripped off the words as fast as his little mouth could phrase them. It was a verse he had memorized, and he had heard it explained so many times. Perhaps you would have answered just as he did. "Of course I am saved. Of course I believe in Jesus...
  • Must Christianity Change Its Sexual Ethics? History May Hold The Key

    04/19/2015 1:56:33 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 35 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 4-19-15 | Trevin Wax
    Churches that accept society’s dogma on marriage and sexuality may think of themselves as “affirming,” but the global church sees them as “apostate.” Meanwhile, it is the height of imperialistic narrowness for a rapidly shrinking subset of white churches in the West to lecture the rest of the world — including those places where Christianity is exploding in growth or where Christians are being martyred — on why they are wrong and how everyone else in Christian history has misread Scripture regarding the meaning of marriage. (RNS) Whenever people today say that Christianity needs to update and adapt its moral...
  • LAODICEAN APOSTATE TONY CAMPOLO SAYS HE’S STARTING ‘EVANGELICALS FOR HILLARY’

    04/18/2015 8:04:18 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    This is what he (Tony Campolo) has to say about Hillary Clinton and why Christians should vote for her: “Some of my Evangelical friends raise questions about her views on abortion. But Hillary Clinton is one of the few candidates on the political stage who has a plan for cutting the abortion rate in America by at least 50 percent. I know Hillary Clinton to be a committed Christian. As a teenager, Hillary’s religious beliefs were heavily impacted by hearing a sermon by Martin Luther King, Jr. The youth pastor of her Methodist church mentored her through her teenage years...
  • TEN EVIDENCES OF SALVATION (vanity)

    04/19/2015 1:43:46 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 10 replies
    Happy Heralds, Inc. Articles ^ | undated | Fred Wittman
    TEN EVIDENCES (PROOFS) OF SALVATION Notes by Dr. Fred Wittman 1. The Witness of the Holy Spirit . . A. Within the child of God (Romans 8:9-16; 1 John 3:24); . . B. With another child of God (Romans 8:16); . . C. By fellowship with God (Romans 8: 14; 1 John 1 :7) 2. The Witness of God (Chastening) (Heb. 12:5-11) 3. The Witness of Love (John 13:34,35; 1 John 3:14-19; 5:1-3; 4:7,8,11) 4. The Witness of Your Life (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:7-10). 5. The Witness of God's Word . . A. Your reaction to it...
  • THE GOOD SIDE OF INADEQUACY

    04/18/2015 7:03:26 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 2 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 17 Apr 2015 | Dr. Charles Stanley
    How do you respond to challenges that seem beyond your capabilities? Some people feel overwhelmed with a sense of inadequacy, and therefore give up and walk away from the situation. Others approach the undertaking with confidence in themselves and their own abilities. For believers, neither one is the appropriate response—one exhibits a lack of trust in God, and the other displays pride. The apostle Paul described the right approach in 2 Corinthians 3:4-5. Our confidence is not in ourselves, but in Christ. There’s nothing within us that makes us competent for the opportunities God gives us. He alone is the...
  • [Response to 2013 WSJ article] Cultural Catholicism and the End of Life: “You Earned It”

    04/17/2015 12:12:16 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 337 replies
    309 words of Wall Street Journal article posted on triablogue Blogspot ^ | Wall Street Journal August 29, 2013 : blog on August 30, 2013 | by PAUL MOSES Wall Street Journal copied by John Bugay
    I’ve mentioned that Roman Catholicism is so onerous because it puts its hooks in you at various times in your life – from baptism as a child, to “first confession” and “first holy communion”, then Confirmation as an early teen, then marriage, baptism of your own children, etc. It’s a programmatic cycle. There is another point at which Rome is prominent, and that is at death. As the “Baby Boom” generation continues to age and die, people will continue to be focused on this phase of life, either as people focused on the end of their own lives, or that...
  • Franklin Graham Warns Holocaust Might Be Repeated With Influx of Muslims in US and Europe

    04/17/2015 8:39:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Rev. Franklin Graham warned on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday that another holocaust might become a reality, pointing to the influx of Muslim immigrants into Europe and the United States, who he said are "bringing their hatred of Jews and Christians with them." "Could the holocaust be repeated? I'm afraid so. Anti-Semitism is at the highest levels since the late 1930s. This is coming from the influx of Muslim immigrants to Europe, the United States, and other Western countries over the past few decades, and they are bringing their hatred of Jews — and Christians — with them," Graham...
  • The Communion of Saints - Chapter 19

    04/17/2015 3:54:06 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    "I believe in the communion of saints."-Apostles' Creed THESE WORDS WERE WRITTEN into the creed about the middle of the fifth century. It would be difficult if not altogether impossible for us at this late date to know exactly what was in the minds of the Church Fathers who introduced the words into the creed, but in the Book of Acts we have a description of the first Christian communion: "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine...