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  • Jerusalem as A Heavy Stone In The Road...pt 2

    In a previous article , “A Cup of Trembling” , I pointed out the amazing prediction of Zechariah 12:1-2 . In the last days, Jerusalem would become a point of international contention, ultimately drawing the whole world into the strife. In continuance of this theme, I would like to give a brief exposition of the rest of this chapter of scripture. “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples;all who would heave it away will surely be cut to pieces, though all nations of the earth be gathered against...
  • Joel Osteen on Why He Avoids Political, Social Issues: 'It's Not What I'm Called to Do;'

    07/03/2015 5:53:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Joel Osteen, the popular 52-year-old leader of America's largest protestant church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, bluntly revealed that the reason why he avoids speaking out on hot button social and political issues, such as same-sex marriage, is because he believes that's not what he's called to do as a pastor. In a recent interview on WBUR's "Here & Now" radio program Osteen, who was asked if he felt these hot button social and political issues are important, said: "I think they are important but I think everybody has their own calling." He further explained that "It's not what I'm...
  • Ex-Gay Gospel Singer Donnie McClurkin Under Fire After Speaking Out Against Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    07/03/2015 5:47:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2015 | BY CHRISTINE THOMASOS
    Donnie McClurkin, the pastor and gospel music singer who said God delivered him from "the curse" of homosexuality, is now under fire from critics after speaking out against last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling which made same-sex marriage legal nationwide. McClurkin, 55, received some harsh criticism after he shared his interpretation of the Bible's position on homosexuality on Facebook last Friday. We've just received the answer from man's Supreme Court ... we already received the answer from GOD," the pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in New York wrote. "With NO REGARD to what the Supreme Court of MAN decrees ......
  • Attitudes on Same-sex Marriage by Religious Affiliation & Denominational Family (Survey of 40,000

    07/02/2015 4:01:06 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 60 replies
    Public Religion Research Institute ^ | 4/22/2015 | Robert P. Jones
    ... Findings from PRRI's American Values Atlas, which draws on 40,000 interviews among a random sample of Americans, provides the most in-depth portrait to date of attitudes on same-sex marriage by religious affiliation. ... All Americans [percentages]... Strongly Favor 25 Favor 29 Oppose 18 Strongly Oppose 20 White Evangelical Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 10 Favor 18 Oppose 27 Strongly Oppose 39 White Mainline Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 28 Favor 34 Oppose 16 Strongly Oppose 14 ...
  • Israel's Final Conflict and Deliverance Draws Nigh...Zech 12 pt 1

    In view of the recent article,A Seat for the Pope at King David’s Tomb Op-Ed: ", I thought it fitting to re-run this 2010 esxposition of Zechariah 12. Prophecy is being fulfilled this very day! Maranatha! This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of...
  • Prayer request for High School Missions Team

    07/01/2015 7:53:03 AM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    Vanity | July 1, 2015 | Vanity
    Team Haiti 2015 - Riverside Christian School Hi FReepers,Youngest kid just graduated from High School and he, (squatting, lower right) and a team of other students and adults are bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Haiti as well as helping to build a new dental clinic.I know they will be in a safe area but I still worry for their safety.Prayers of protection and encouragement are appreciated.
  • The Gospel for Roman Catholics

    07/01/2015 7:13:05 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 473 replies
    For The Church ^ | June 14, 2015 | A.D. Robles
    Recently there has been a surge in prominent Evangelicals calling for unity with Roman Catholicism. In one sense there seems to be strong foundational similarities that would justify these calls to unity. Catholics are baptized in the name of the Trinity. God’s revealed word in the Bible -- setting aside their addition of the Apocryphal books, for argument’s sake -- is foundational to their worldview. Catholics love Christ and believe that he died on the cross and rose again to provide grace for sinners. Obviously there are theological differences associated with the specific teachings of each one of these perceived...
  • A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear

    06/30/2015 5:03:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 6/30/15 | Phil Lawler
    Having read scores of essays, op-eds, and blog posts about the Obergefell decision, I keep coming back to this outstanding piece by Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s commission on ethics and religious liberty. Moore drives home the point that marriage will endure, and the Church will endure, because both are established by God, who is not subject to the velleities of Supreme Court justices. That does not mean the cultural change wrought by last week’s decision will be painless, Moore warns; on the contrary. But in the end, “the Gospel doesn’t need ‘family values’ to flourish."...
  • Pastor, Worshipers Beaten After 200 Hindu Radicals Storm and Devastate Protestant Church in India

    06/30/2015 3:32:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 6/29/15 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Evangelical Fellowship of India has reported a violent attack against Christians in the country that was committed earlier this month when over 200 Hindu radicals stormed a Protestant church in the town of Attingal, Kerela, beating up the pastor and some of the worshipers, and breaking the altar.EFI shared the news with Fides News Agency, reporting that the attack took place on June 14. The radicals apparently shouted slogans like "Bharat Mathaki Jai" ("Hail Mother India") during the attack, which was broken up after police arrived.Christians in Attingal have since staged a protest march in the city, calling for...
  • Franklin Graham Warns Christians to 'Be Prepared' for Persecution After SCOTUS Marriage Ruling

    06/30/2015 6:32:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Leading Evangelist Franklin Graham is warning Christians nationwide that they should be ready to face persecution if they wish to stand by the biblical definition of marriage following last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States. Despite President Barack Obama claiming that the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is a "victory for a America," Graham, the president of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, asserted in an interview with Fox News' Todd Starnes last weekend that the United States is really the true "loser" because the ruling could bring...
  • Did the Early Church Fathers Believe in Sola Scriptura?

    06/29/2015 11:23:16 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 304 replies
    Reclaiming the Mind ^ | April 25,2015 | C Michael Patton
    Definition of Sola Scriptura Sola Scriptura: the reformed Protestant belief that the Scriptures alone are the final and only infallible authority for the Christian. This does not mean that Scriptures are the only authority (nuda or solo Scriptura), as Protestants believe in the authority of tradition, reason, experience, and emotions to varying degrees (after all, “sola scriptura” itself is an authoritative tradition in Protestantism). It does mean that Scripture trumps all other authorities (it is the norma normans sed non normata Lat. “norm that norms which is not normed”). Scripture is the norma normans sed non normata “norm that norms which is...
  • The Wisdom of God – Chapter 11

    06/29/2015 7:37:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Thou, O Christ, who wert tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin, make us strong to overcome the desire to be wise and to be reputed wise by others as ignorant as ourselves. We turn from our wisdom as well as from our folly and flee to Thee, the wisdom of God and the power of God. Amen. In this brief study of the divine wisdom we begin with faith in God. Following our usual pattern, we shall not seek to understand in order that we may believe, but to believe in order that we may...
  • On Breeding Spotted Mice - Chapter 23

    06/29/2015 7:25:55 AM PDT · by metmom · 16 replies
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LATELY CARRIED an interesting if somewhat depressing story out of London about a certain British peer who had died just a few days short of his eighty-ninth birthday. Having been a man of means and position, it had presumably not been necessary for him to work for a living like the rest of us, so at the time of his death he had had about seventy adult years in which he was free to do whatever he wanted to do, to pursue any calling he wished or to work at anything he felt worthy of his considerable...
  • Franklin Graham: Obama Leading America to Sinful Course; 'God Will Judge Him, Us if We Don't Repent'

    06/28/2015 9:22:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/28/2015 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR
    President Obama is calling the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage a "victory for America," but the Rev. Franklin Graham warns Obama is leading the nation on a sinful course and "God will judge him and us as a nation if we don't repent." At a Gay Pride event in the White House prior to the court ruling this week, Obama said, "There has been an incredible shift in attitudes across the country," and he was right, Graham wrote in a post on his Facebook page. "But it is definitely not a shift for the good of America. The shift...
  • Why I am not Protestant (Non-Denominational, Baptist, Pentecostal, etc)

    06/27/2015 6:34:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 329 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/17/2015 | By Shaila D Touchton
    According to recent statistics, in the United States alone, there are 327,717 Protestant churches and 19,863 Catholic churches. However, despite the numerous individual congregations here and throughout the world, there’s really only one true Church. Even though many churches have differences in doctrinal opinions or other characteristics, every church which is based on Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is a part of the true Church. Amazingly, there are thousands of different denominational and independent Christian churches who, for the most part, agree on the basic fundamentals of Christ, but who maintain their separate groups for relatively minor issues. They...
  • Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country

    06/27/2015 5:18:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 26, 2015 | Rod Dreher, editor, The American Conservative
    Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically. It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now. Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives...
  • The Apparition of Mary at La Laus, France (1664)

    06/27/2015 8:53:16 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 111 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | February 4, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    Statues depicting the apparition of Mary to Benoite Rencurel at La Laus, France. One of the most fervent forms of devotion in Roman Catholicism is to the visions of Mary, commonly called “apparitions.” For many centuries, in many locations around the world, Mary is alleged to have appeared to visionaries of the Roman Catholic Church. These visionaries typically report conversations with Mary, and the apparition of Mary has many times delivered messages that have been documented through the official channels of the Roman Catholic Church. There have been many hundreds of alleged apparitions throughout history, but only a few...
  • Board of General Superintendents releases statement on same-sex marriage (Church of the Nazarene)

    06/27/2015 8:50:04 AM PDT · by madison10 · 10 replies
    NCN News ^ | June 26, 2015 | nazadmin
    Societies across the globe are engaged in conversations to redefine marriage. Media debates, election-day balloting, and governmental court rulings have provided the platform for this redefinition. We believe a biblical view of marriage involves a monogamous, covenantal relationship between a man and a woman. Jesus said, “At the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one...
  • So-Called Same-Sex Marriage: Lamenting the New Calamity

    06/27/2015 6:24:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Desiring God ^ | 06/27/2015 | John Piper
    Jesus died so that heterosexual and homosexual sinners might be saved. Jesus created sexuality, and has a clear will for how it is to be experienced in holiness and joy. His will is that a man might leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and that the two become one flesh (Mark 10:6–9). In this union, sexuality finds its God-appointed meaning, whether in personal-physical unification, symbolic representation, sensual jubilation, or fruitful procreation. For those who have forsaken God’s path of sexual fulfillment, and walked into homosexual intercourse or heterosexual extramarital fornication or adultery, Jesus offers astonishing mercy....
  • LCMS response to SCOTUS ruling today

    06/26/2015 4:40:14 PM PDT · by Mom MD · 64 replies
    LCMS ^ | 6/25/15 | LCMS
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  • Catholic Church to Welcome Homosexuals at Philadelphia Meeting

    06/26/2015 1:26:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Voice of America ^ | June 26, 2015 | Zlatica Hoke
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A U.S. bishop says homosexuals will be able to attend a global meeting of Catholic families in Philadelphia during a visit by Pope Francis. About 15,000 people are expected to attend lectures and take part in workshops during that five-day event in September, aimed at strengthening sacred family bonds. The pontiff will visit during the last two days of the meeting. Same-sex parents are becoming a reality despite religious and civil laws. The Catholic Church has firmly opposed same-sex marriages, but Pope Francis has expressed more tolerance for homosexuality than his predecessors. On Thursday, a U.S. bishop visiting the Vatican...
  • Why I'm Still Catholic (And Why Other People Aren't)

    06/26/2015 10:18:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 312 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/24/2015 | y Anabelle Hazard
    My grandmother celebrates 100 years of being a Catholic. She will most likely be a Catholic till her last breath as all my other grandparents were. Me? I’m a mere forty-year cradle Catholic. I own that it hasn’t been easy to remain a faithful daughter of the Church, particularly during my turbulent twenties. There was a period I disagreed with, questioned, and criticized Holy Mother Church. There were times I watched people I love abandon their baptismal promises. Still, I remained true to my heritage. Why? Why am I still Catholic? It’s for the same reasons why people disagree, question,...
  • Texas Religious Schools Lose in Obamacare Abortion-Drug Mandate Case

    06/26/2015 4:20:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Elizabeth Slattery
    Earlier this week, religious employers suffered another loss at the hands of the coercive Obamacare Health and Human Services mandate. A U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit panel ruled against East Texas Baptist University and a group of other non-profit religious employers in their challenge to the Obamacare requirement that they facilitate health care coverage for employees that includes contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs and devices, or fill out a form notifying the Department of Health and Human Services that they have a religious objection to providing such coverage. This so-called “accommodation” then initiates the process of the government...
  • An American Dirge...

    06/26/2015 8:48:12 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 7 replies
    Take up this Lamentation for the Land of the Free,America, once the liberator of others, who will liberate you? Are you really free? Free of what? You have set your self free alright, By your social revolution, you are now free from Marriage, commitment, family, and fruitfulness Yours is the freedom of the madman,who observes no conventions, who wears no clothes, and who breaks all chains, (He will NOT be restrained) and who now lives among the tombs crying and cutting himself… Yours is the Freedom of Adam and Eve, Who broke away from God, and from Eden, and from...
  • In The Last Days, They will be unnatural in affection

    This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.( 2 Timothy 3:1-5)For those who have the stomach- here is a short , viral video making the rounds. I wouldn’t blame you for not seeing it, for it is shocking....
  • Removing Jesus

    06/25/2015 1:13:01 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 284 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | June 1, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    Long before Jesus turned water into wine, He turned Mary’s amniotic fluid into meconium, and her breast milk into transitional stools. Anyone who has ever changed a child’s diaper knows that the resulting odor offends the nostrils greatly. As Jesus would later instruct us, “whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly” and ends up in the toilet (Matthew 15:17), or in His case as an infant, in the diaper. Thus did Jesus’ lower gastrointestinal tract operate as it must for all men, and thus did our Lord endure the gastrocolic reflex, as all we mortals do. We...
  • The Perils of Ecumenical Straight-Talk

    06/25/2015 11:34:24 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    NOR ^ | May 2015 | David Mills
    The attempt to describe to a conservative Protestant the differences between the Catholic Church and his tradition usually ends in one of two ways: He will be your good friend or your enemy. He can become your enemy even when he has asked you to explain the differences, and even when you’re careful to ring your description with declarations of the respect and admiration you feel for conservative Protestants. In only a few cases, in my experience, will he respond neutrally, in a way that leaves your relationship unchanged. It’s not easy to predict who will react which way. I’ve...
  • Saying women should abstain unless they want children is “violence” says minister

    06/24/2015 10:58:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    clinicquotes.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    From pro-choice Methodist Minister John M Swomley: “There is also covert violence in the idea that women should not have sexual intercourse if they don’t want children. An act of sexual intercourse is not an implied contract to have children. While this may be the belief of those who accept the doctrine that every sexual act must be open to procreation, it would be violent for any government to decide that such a sectarian doctrine should be enforced against anyone, Catholic or non-Catholic, who does not accept that teaching.” John M Swomley Compulsory Pregnancy: The War against American Women (Amherst,...
  • Charleston: How our "Leaders" Play Us...

    06/23/2015 9:28:18 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 10 replies
    06-24-15 | Bill Randles
    <p>The fight for Civil Rights requires constant vigilance, as evidenced by the current war on the battle flag of the army of North Virginia.</p> <p>When the Vultures, (oops) I mean Civil Rights leaders and politicians descended on Charlotte, in the wake of the massacre of 9 Christians as they sat in Bible study, they soon realized that they couldn’t incite riots and commit mayhem as they had in Ferguson Missouri and other assorted scenes of violent tragedy.</p>
  • In Vain Do They Worship Me

    06/23/2015 10:06:16 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 280 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | April 13, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    The purest form of religion on earth, says Rome, is to bow before a piece of bread and worship it. “The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life,’ ” and “is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life,” says the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1324, 1407). And “the prayer of thanksgiving and consecration,” is “the heart and summit of the celebration” (1352). It is at the utterance of the consecration, the priest’s words, “This is My body,” and “This is the cup of My blood,” that the bread and wine are said to...
  • Every Businesses Should Be Gay Friendly,' Says Franklin Graham in Response to Critics

    06/23/2015 7:19:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/23/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    Evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham has responded to critics of his decision to discontinue business with Wells Fargo following the company's TV ad featuring a same-sex couple. The head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse had a column published last week arguing that the boycott was not about Wells Fargo being "gay-friendly." "Indeed, the bank we transferred our accounts to — BB&T based in Winston-Salem, N.C. — is also widely considered gay-friendly. In fact, it may surprise some to learn that I think every business should be gay-friendly," wrote Graham "By that I mean businesses —...
  • Billy Graham’s grandson steps down from Florida megachurch after admitting an affair

    06/21/2015 8:16:00 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2015 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Billy Graham’s grandson Tullian Tchividjian has resigned from his pulpit at Coral Ridge Presbyterian, a high-profile church in south Florida, after admitting he had an affair. He released the following statement to The Washington Post, saying it was on behalf of him and his wife: I resigned from my position at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church today due to ongoing marital issues. As many of you know, I returned from a trip a few months back and discovered that my wife was having an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, I informed our church leadership and requested a sabbatical to focus exclusively on...
  • Today's Service at Mother Emmanuel AME Church Including Full Sermon

    06/21/2015 12:12:18 PM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 06-21-2015 | Mother Emmanuel AME Church
    I am surprised no one has posted this. Not being Protestant (or from the African religious tradition) this was a bit different than what I am used to. But overall I found the tone and message moving. God bless these faithful Christians in their time of grief.
  • Taking his seat in the temple of God

    06/21/2015 8:10:26 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 73 replies
    triablogue ^ | December 10, 2014 | Steve Hayes
    Taking his seat in the temple of God For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God…9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders (2 Thes 2:3-4,9).  There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ; nor can the Pope of Rome,...
  • Bride or Harlot;You Chose...Bride/harlot pt 1

    Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.(John 14:1-3)I have been told that the words above, spoken by Jesus on the eve of his crucifixion, are almost word for word the typical engagement speech to a young bride to be, in...
  • Close Advisor of Pope Speaks about Pope’s Methods of Changing the Church

    06/19/2015 12:34:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 85 replies
    Catholicism.org ^ | June 18, 2015 | Dr. Maike Hickson
    On May 10, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera published an interview with Archbishop Victor Fernández who is a close collaborator of Pope Francis. He is said to have ghost-written Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium and to be now involved in the drafting of the Pope’s encyclical on questions concerning the environment. He had previously worked together with then-Cardinal Bergoglio in Argentina, and headed Cardinal Bergoglio’s team redacting the touchstone Latin-American bishops’ (CELAM) document of Aparecida in 2007. His words are therefore to be taken very seriously, since, more than most people, he knows the Pope’s mind. This...
  • Quick Thought on Laudato si': Set the Example, Help Save the Planet and Don't...

    06/19/2015 8:22:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    If the Pope is as concerned about environmental damage due to coal, oil, etc., used in transportation, buildings, etc., then I would like to make the following plea to Pope Francis:Please do not travel to the US in September and stay in Rome.Do you realize how much oil will be used to transport you, your aides, journalists, etc. from Europe to the US?Do you realize how much energy and resources will be wasted to set up the various events that you will attend?Do you realize how much energy and resources will be wasted with millions attempting to see and hear...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2)

    06/19/2015 6:54:04 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 80 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...
  • "No Catholic is free to dissent from the teaching of Laudato Si"

    06/19/2015 9:36:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 83 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 19 June 2015 | Revd Dr Ashley Beck
    One of the hymn books popular in our churches, the Complete Celebration Hymnal, contains an English version from the 1980s of the Italian hymn of St Francis of Assisi, “Laudato sii, O mi Signore” (no. 527 – it retains the Italian chorus). I don’t know how much it is sung these days but it would be good to revive it to celebrate Pope Francis’s new encyclical of the same name. There are already good initial appraisals of the letter. I simply want to draw attention to one thing the Holy Father writes early on (section 15): “It is my hope...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ?

    06/19/2015 12:01:57 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 724 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 23, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    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 Holy Scripture as it has been ever understood...
  • Accused Anti-Semitic Pastor Plans ‘March On Dearborn’ To Save Muslim Souls

    06/18/2015 7:12:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Christy Strawser
    DEARBORN (CBS Detroit) Because it has the “greatest Arab population in the United States,” a pastor with a soft drawl, earnest delivery and alleged anti-Semitic rhetoric plans to march on Dearborn. The suburban Detroit city is the target of Steve Anderson, pastor of Faithful World Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., for a march planned for Friday, June 26. Anderson says he’s going to bring as many followers as he can plus 1,000 copies of his movie “Marching to Zion” — which has been criticized as anti-Semitic — to distribute to what he perceives as a receptive Muslim audience. He urges...
  • Black Christian Pastor: “I Have Never Shed a Tear” Over Unborn Babies Killed in Abortions

    06/18/2015 12:04:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Jun 17, 2015 | Carole Novielli
    Nikki Brooks, a Black woman who claims to be a Christian and to have held leadership rolls in several churches, has published an astonishing video stating she has no sympathy for the unborn black baby targeted for abortion. “What I am about to say, I am a Christian, I’ve served in a Pastoral capacity in three churches, I uh, I am an active minister, and um, I don’t make apology for what I am about to say,” Brooks states in her video. She is apparently upset that the Black community, which is being targeted for abortion by racist eugenics groups...
  • NBA MVP Stephen Curry: I Knew God Was Preparing Me for a Bigger Stage to Be a Witness for Him

    06/18/2015 9:37:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 06/18/2015 | DEBORAH HAMILTON
    Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors captured their first NBA title since 1975 last night in a 105-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry and Andre Iguodala, the Finals' MVP who called the Warriors a "team of believers" in post-game interviews, teamed up for 50 points, while the Cavs' LeBron James added 32. Even after the greatest achievement in basketball, Curry knows there's a much bigger prize in life, long after the buzzer sounds. In 2013, Curry talked to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the March issue of its bi-monthly magazine, writing that his faith identifies him more...
  • Southern Baptists Vote to Uphold 'God's Definition of Marriage,' Despite Supreme Court Outcome

    06/18/2015 6:36:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/18/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    The largest Protestant denomination in the United States has passed a resolution stating that marriage is between one man and one woman regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court concludes later this month. Messengers for the Southern Baptist Convention voted Tuesday afternoon in favor of Resolution 5, which among other things, prayerfully calls for the Supreme Court to "uphold the right of the citizens to define marriage as exclusively the union of one man and one woman." "Southern Baptists recognize that no governing institution has the authority to negate or usurp God's definition of marriage," read Resolution 5, in part....
  • Southern Baptist Convention's statement opposing same-sex marriage

    06/17/2015 11:11:56 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 33 replies
    AJC.com ^ | 6/15/2015
    The statement [...], was released [...]Wednesday morning at a press conference: As Southern Baptist Christians, we are committed to Biblical faith and ethics. As a result, this body of Believers stands on the authority of Scripture and God’s Truth as central to our lives. What the Bible says about marriage is clear, definitive and unchanging. We affirm biblical, traditional, natural marriage as the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The Scriptures’ teaching on marriage is not negotiable. We stake our lives upon the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Consequently, we...
  • Can Someone Be Christian and Pro Choice?

    06/16/2015 2:51:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 65 replies
    patheos.com ^ | June 15, 2015 | Jack Wellman
    Can someone be pro-choice and still consider themselves Christian? What does the Bible say in regard to being pro-life? The Author of Life When Peter and John were witnessing to the Jews in what is called Solomon’s portico, Peter said “But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses” (Acts 3:14-15). Here Peter was saying that they chose a murderer over the “Author of life” and that of course was Jesus. The crowd...
  • Elisabeth Elliot, Iconic Christian Missionary, 'Through Gates of Splendor' Author Dies at 88

    06/16/2015 6:25:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/16/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Iconic evangelical Christian missionary and prolific author Elisabeth Elliot, who continued to minister to the Auca tribe in Ecuador years after her first husband, Jim, and four other missionary workers were "speared to death" in the 1950s, died Monday after battling dementia for about a decade. She was 88. There have been multiple reports on Elliot's Monday morning death and her status as one of the most influential women of the 20th century. In a brief biography from her website, Elliot sums up the very difficult loss of her husband when their daughter was just 10 months old. "A year...
  • The RPCNA & ARP Synods: A Family Reunion of Churches

    06/15/2015 1:00:20 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | June 15, 2015 | James Faris
    This week (June 8-12, 2015), the highest courts of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) met concurrently in Flat Rock, North Carolina at the Bonclarken Conference Center. The RP and ARP courts are both called “synod” – distinct from the term “general assembly” used by most other Presbyterian denominations. A general assembly is historically seen as the highest court, with a synod being lesser. In seminary, I was taught that our denominations have chosen to keep synods, in part, as a reminder that the visible church is yet fractured due to...
  • Protestant theologian says God will use ISIS to punish the USA for "gay rights"

    06/15/2015 7:43:27 AM PDT · by Bluewater2015 · 31 replies
    NewsCentral ^ | 8/22/14 | Bryan Fischer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIGDjl-IdGQ Protestant theologian Bryan Fischer says God will use ISIS To punish the West For "gay rights" just as used idolatrous Babylon to punish the children of Israel, and invokes the recent attack on Charlie Hebdo as an example.
  • Jones: Scripture Teaches That the Word of God is The Supreme Norm

    06/15/2015 6:30:36 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 275 replies
    Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics ^ | 7/18/96 | Douglas M. Jones III
    If the doctrine of Sola Scriptura is true, then, as a system of theology, Roman Catholicism ought to be wholeheartedly rejected. This quick inference is not as simplistic as it may first appear. Sola Scriptura not only negates any form of authoritative tradition in Roman Catholicism, it also eviscerates any Roman Catholic doctrine or practice explicitly drawn from Scripture, since the truth of such doctrines is, according to the Council of Trent, only guaranteed by the "holy mother Church" who has the sole authority to "judge of their [the Scriptures'] true sense and interpretation."[1] Therefore, if Sola Scriptura precludes such...