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  • Trump's Evangelical Advisers Meet Saudi Crown Prince In Rare Visit

    11/01/2018 8:16:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    NDTV ^ | November 2, 2018 | Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post
    A group of prominent U.S. evangelical figures, including several of President Donald Trump's evangelical advisers, met Thursday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose role in the killing of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi remains unclear. In a statement that included smiling photos, the group said "it is our desire to lift up the name of Jesus whenever we are asked and wherever we go." The meeting at the royal palace in Riyadh comes amid widespread questions about the role the prince played in the operation that left Khashoggi dead after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul...
  • Why Evangelicals Will Vote (It's Not What You Think)

    10/26/2018 8:10:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/26/2018 | Tony Perkins
    When the stunned political class woke up to a world in which Donald Trump was president, plans began almost immediately over what they would do when they held power again. Even civility and basic human decency could wait until left-leaning leaders gained control of the country, opined Hillary Clinton. This culture clash was on full display during the confirmation process of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but those saying that the Supreme Court controversy is the lever motivating the electorate in the midterms are missing the bigger picture.The issues that animated some of Trump's most dedicated voters leading to the 2016 presidential upset, which were under the...
  • Finding 'Common Good' Among Evangelicals In The Political Season (NPR)

    10/25/2018 10:30:15 AM PDT · by Drango · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | 10/25/18 | SARAH MCCAMMON
    On a recent evening in Houston, under the heavy branches of live oak trees, Doug Pagitt stood before a couple dozen people gathered on blue folding chairs on the Rice University campus. "You've heard it said that to be a true Christian, you must vote like a Republican," he said. "But we are here to be reminded that just ain't so." You have heard it said, 'America First,' but we are here to be reminded to 'seek first the Kingdom of God,' on behalf of all those everywhere in the world. Doug Pagitt Pagitt, 52, describes himself as a progressive...
  • Soros's Formula for Killing America: A Brief Guide, for Americans

    10/23/2018 7:42:09 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 26 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | October 23, 2018 | Jason M. Reynolds
    Soros's Formula for Killing America: A Brief Guide, for Americans Christian Leaders Release Video on Soros’s ‘Rented Evangelicals’The AAE on Monday released an explosive three-minute video, “Soros’s Rented Evangelicals” exploring the George Soros network’s funding of “evangelical mascots” and a “Rent-an-Evangelical” tactic to confuse and divide the Christian vote for the pro-faith, pro-life Republican party.Democrat ministers the Rev. Jim Wallis and allies are touring many states on “Vote Common Good” buses to “flip Congress” and “reclaiming Jesus” to split the evangelical vote before the mid-term elections. ¶ Rom 1:18 - For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against...
  • Beto O’Rourke May Benefit From an Unlikely Support Group: White Evangelical Women

    10/10/2018 11:47:26 AM PDT · by Morgana · 61 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 10, 2018 | Elizabeth Dias
    DALLAS — After church on a recent Sunday, Emily Mooney smiled as she told her girlfriends about her public act of rebellion. She had slapped a “Beto for Senate’’ sticker on her S.U.V. and driven it to her family’s evangelical church. But then, across the parking lot, deep in conservative, Bible-belt Texas, she spotted a sign of support: the same exact sticker endorsing Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat who is challenging Senator Ted Cruz. “I was like, who is it?” she exclaimed. “Who in this church is doing this?” Listening to Ms. Mooney’s story, the four other evangelical moms standing around...
  • NCC Calls for Withdrawal of Kavanaugh Nomination

    10/03/2018 11:41:25 PM PDT · by blueplum · 66 replies
    The National Council of Churches (NCC) ^ | 03 Oct 2018 | staff/Steven Martin
    The National Council of Churches (NCC) calls for the withdrawal of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. We believe he has disqualified himself from this lifetime appointment and must step aside immediately. We note several reasons for this. During his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Kavanaugh exhibited extreme partisan bias and disrespect towards certain members of the committee and thereby demonstrated that he possesses neither the temperament nor the character essential for a member of the highest court in our nation. In addition, his testimony before the Judiciary Committee included...
  • Christian conservatives believe in Trump's power to turn away a Democratic 'blue wave'

    09/24/2018 10:35:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 23, 2018 | Seth McLaughlin
    Predictions of a looming Democratic “blue wave” haven’t soured Christian conservative activists, who say President Trump has notched so many surprise wins that they have faith he will again defy the naysayers and deliver Republican victories in November. Leaders on the religious right are more measured, saying Republican control of the House is very much in jeopardy and warning the Republican faithful not to become overconfident in Mr. Trump’s ability to deliver the impossible. The midterms could be much closer than many expect, Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, told reporters last week. “I think what you are...
  • Why Hasn’t Trump’s Refugee Policy Repelled His Christian Supporters?

    09/21/2018 4:33:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 21, 2018 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Refugees are not simply impoverished migrants. A refugee is defined, by a 1951 international convention, as a person who, “owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted … is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.” The maximum number of refugees that the U.S. should accept in a given year is a fraught question. Dara Lind reports that in the final year of the Carter administration, federal officials settled on the answer 231,700. Under Reagan, the answer fluctuated between a high of 217,000...
  • Donald Trump – holy ground

    09/02/2018 8:38:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | September 2, 2018 | Mike Evans
    On Monday, August 27, the White House hosted a dinner in honor of evangelical leadership. It was truly on the level of a State dinner. I attended and spoke briefly at that dinner, but when I saw the media reports about the evening, I could not believe what I was reading. As a journalist for more than 40 years, I can only describe what I read as fake news. President Trump allowed us to speak that evening. It was mostly ministers praying, preaching and praising God for His blessings. The only words I can use to describe the dinner at...
  • Left-Leaning Fast Food Fans Lose Appetite After In-N-Out Burger Donates To CA GOP

    08/30/2018 11:26:20 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 57 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | 8/30/2018 | GRACE DOBUSH
    The late CEO, Rich Snyder, was an evangelical Christian and supporter of Republican candidates, and current president Lynsi Snyder is also devout. Like cult chain Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out doesn’t make its founders’ Christian values a secret, per se. Customers just might be so focused on their Animal Style burgers that they don’t notice the references to Bible quotes printed on the wrappers. However, it’s not clear that the company’s current leadership is nearly as aligned with the Republicans as that of Chick-fil-A, a company that has publicly come out against LGBT rights. According to campaign finance filings, In-N-Out Burger also donated...
  • Trump warns evangelicals of 'violence' if GOP loses in the midterms

    08/28/2018 6:00:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 28, 2018 | Jeff Zeleny and Kevin Liptak
    "This November 6 election is very much a referendum on not only me, it's a referendum on your religion, it's a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment. It's a referendum on so much," Trump told the assemblage of pastors and other Christian leaders gathered in the State Dining Room, according to a recording from people in the room. "It's not a question of like or dislike, it's a question that they will overturn everything that we've done and they will do it quickly and violently. And violently. There is violence. When you look at Antifa -- these are...
  • Pro-Trump pastor: We support his policies but not extramarital affairs

    08/28/2018 5:20:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 28, 2018 | Aris Folley
    Pastor Robert Jeffress said on Monday night that evangelical supporters of President Trump don’t support his alleged “extramarital affairs” but do support his “excellent policies.” “I know a lot of people are still perplexed- why are Christians so supportive of Donald Trump?” Jeffress said during an appearance on Fox News. “Well, it’s really not that hard to figure out when you realize he is the most pro-life, pro-religious liberty, pro-conservative judiciary in history and that includes either Bush or Ronald Reagan.” The pro-Trump pastor went on to say that is why he believes so many evangelicals remain committed to the...
  • Evangelists Praise Change in Ex-KKK, Nazi Member Who was Baptized by Black Church

    08/26/2018 8:12:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/26/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Franklin Graham and other evangelists are praising the godly change in a former neo-Nazi and KKK grand dragon who was recently baptized by a black pastor in Florida. Ken Parker, who just a year ago was joining other white supremacists at the so-called Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was recently profiled in a NBC News report that examined the radical change in the man's life. Parker explained his feelings of wanting to protect his race while he was a part of the Ku Klux Klan. But his attitude began to change after he met Pastor William McKinnon III...
  • Porn is slowly killing Evangelicalism

    08/24/2018 10:41:00 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 92 replies
    Patheos ^ | June 12, 2018 | Grayson Gilbert
    Pornography is single-handedly one of the worst epidemics facing the Evangelical church today. There are a myriad of other factors which appear to be eroding the Western church from the inside-out, yet Evangelicals scarcely address the root of the problem of pornography within the church. On the whole, human sexuality is undergoing an existential crisis. Yet the church is placed squarely in the midst of this crisis, often not even addressing its own underlying issues until far too late. Leader after leader (after leader!) disqualifies himself through sexual misconduct, all the while the name of Christ is slandered. Lest we...
  • The Epidemic of Denial about Sexual Abuse in the Evangelical Church

    08/23/2018 12:56:19 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 2018 | Joshua Pease
    “Sexual abuse is the most underreported thing — both in and outside the church — that exists,” says Boz Tchividjian, a grandson of Billy Graham and a former Florida assistant state attorney. As a prosecutor, Tchividjian saw dozens of sexual abuse victims harmed by a church’s response to them. (In one case, a pastor did not report a sexual offender in his church because the man had repented. The offender was arrested only after he had abused five more children.) In 2004, Tchividjian founded the nonprofit organization Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE), which trains Christian institutions...
  • Trump Harms Religious Freedom by Intolerance to Some, Favoritism to Evangelicals, NYT Says

    08/21/2018 10:06:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/21/2018 | Samuel Smith
    Evangelical leaders have responded to the New York Times' claim that the Trump administration is undermining its own priority of protecting religious freedom by emphasizing the policy priorities of evangelical Christians. On Saturday, The New York Times editorial board published an opinion piece titled "A Too-Narrow Vision of Religious Freedom." The piece essentially argues that although "the Trump administration embraces a laudable desire to expand religious tolerance" across the globe, it is the administration's "own intolerance toward some" that "undermines the message." For examples of intolerance, NYT mentions "Trump's disgraceful attempts to ban Muslims from some countries from entering the...
  • Evangelicals in Cuba: Controlled, Repressed, but Still Multiplying

    08/18/2018 5:07:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/18/2018 | Michael Mutzner
    Like every other UN Member State, Cuba was reviewed earlier during this year in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) conducted by the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva. At this occasion, our Geneva Liaison Office worked on a report explaining the situation of the Evangelical churches in Cuba. Following years of steady growth, Evangelicals currently amount to about 10% of the Cuban population. While a small minority of churches are protected, most still face some forms of restriction and yet hope for the government to guarantee more freedom. In this current context, it has not been possible...
  • Willow Creek Megachurch Paid $3.25M in Lawsuits Over Sex Abuse of Disabled Boys

    08/17/2018 8:03:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 55 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 8/16/18 | Stoyan Zaomov
    Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois reportedly paid $3.5 million in lawsuits over the sex abuse of two developmentally disabled boys. The evangelical megachurch, which recently saw its entire elders board resign over unrelated accusations that former lead pastor Bill Hybels sexually abused women, made the payments in the lawsuits over several years, court records obtained by The Chicago Tribune show. One payment of $1.75 million was apparently made in February, while another one of $1.5 million was made last year. Former Willow Creek volunteer Robert Sobczak Jr., now 24, pled guilty in 2014 of abusing an 8-year-old with special...
  • Brazilian evangelicals, swinging hard to the right, could put a Trump-like populist in the [tr]

    08/10/2018 7:29:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    The Conversation ^ | August 6, 2018 | Staff
    Even as the overall population of Christians in the United States declines, evangelicals have become an energetic right-wing voting base, helping President Donald Trump win the presidency in 2016. In Brazil, where Pentecostal and other charismatic Christian churches are rapidly gaining members, evangelical voters are only beginning to flex their electoral muscle. In 1970, 90 percent of Brazil’s population identified as Roman Catholic. By 2017 just under 65 percent did. Evangelicals now make up an estimated 27 percent of Brazil’s 208 million people. As their numbers have grown, so has the evangelical influence over Brazilian politics. My demographic research in...
  • Willow Creek Elders and Pastor Heather Larson Resign over Bill Hybels

    08/09/2018 1:38:31 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 24 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 04 Aug 2018 | Bob Smietana
    In the summer of 2008, Bill Hybels stood in front of thousands of pastors and other church leaders gathered at Willow Creek Community Church and admitted his megachurch had failed. “We made a mistake,” he told the crowd gathered for the 2008 Global Leadership Summit (GLS). A detailed Willow study had found that the church had helped many people find new faith in Jesus, but had failed to teach them how to practice the spiritual disciplines needed to grow their faith. He vowed the megachurch would do be better in the future. Ten years later, Willow Creek’s leaders confessed even...