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  • Episcopal and United Church of Christ Clergy Praise Planned Parenthood for “Doing God’s Work”

    07/31/2015 2:14:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies
    lifenews ^ | Sarah Zagorski Jul 31, 2015
    According to a group of liberal clergy, killing babies in abortions and selling their body parts to the highest bidder is “God’s work.” On July 29, the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advocacy Board said the undercover videos portraying their executives haggling over the cost of aborted babies’ body parts are simply an attack on health care. Jeffrey Walton from the Institute on Religion and Democracy reports that the board is made up of religious leaders from the United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church and American Baptist Churches as well as clergy from Reformed Jewish and Unitarian Universalist congregations. In a statement...
  • The Shemitah Unraveled: What 2015-2016 Could Bring

    07/26/2015 12:10:38 PM PDT · by metmom · 163 replies
    CHARISMANEWS ^ | 3/10/2015 | Troy Anderson and Jessilyn Justice
    As the world waits to see what the end of a seven-year biblical cycle known as the Shemitah may bring this fall, New York Times best-selling author Rabbi Jonathan Cahn issued a warning to prepare for economic calamity, war in the Middle East or even worse. *snip* In The Mystery of the Shemitah, Cahn described how this biblical pattern is connected to numerous events in modern history, including the rise of America to superpower status, World Wars I and II, the return of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland, the Six-Day War and even the rising of the World...
  • THE Overcomer's Crown [Charismatic Caucus]

    07/23/2015 12:01:23 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    Bible. The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 7-23-15 | Jedediah
    I am alabaster in beauty ; the pearl in your crown , The voice of wisdom ; my words never fall to the ground , My majesty surrounds you for my heart you obey , My kingdom goes before you each and every day , There is no other that you serve , Your feet remain steady ; they never swerve , My heart is the path you joyfully anticipate , I AM your inheritance you pant for yet never need to wait , I AM your Shepherd ; your gateway , the pool of mercy you know , My...
  • Hi I'm Tony! I'm a child of God and a member of Christ's church! ['I have been married to HIS wife']

    02/16/2015 3:19:34 PM PST · by Colofornian · 121 replies
    About Me I am originally from Los Angeles, California and currently reside in Orem, Utah. I am an entrepreneur for Eklect Enterprises and a student at Utah Valley University majoring in Software Engineering. I have been a member of the church since 1991, and my parents were converts to the church in 1984. I served a full-time mission in the Colorado Denver North Mission from 2003-2005 where I earned multiple awards, including the Gold Award in the Gospel Scholarship Program. After my mission service, I have held different auxiliary positions and callings in the church, from Nursery to Bishopric; I...
  • You "ARE" Redeemed be at Peace [charismatic caucus]

    07/14/2015 9:39:21 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Redemption is on its way for those lost and trodded upon as a doormat "Truly" KNOW I stand before you and I have become this for you. So now your declaration is "REDEEMED" for I AM your Redeemer from the lies of the enemy. Redemption is yours eternally just come to Me that I may heal your broken hearts for I AM your Hope and Healer . So now just come and drink from My Love for you are My creation and I love you for you Are My Beloved friend and I have already laid down My life for...
  • GRACE [Charismatic Caucus]

    07/09/2015 7:54:10 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Jedediah, Holy Spirit
    I was torn to lament over situations recently so I asked The Lord to explain His Grace to me and I share it for your consideration . . . Grace is sufficient is more than a statement it is an enactment for many in My Creation ask "Why"? When I have given them the gift to (( ( "DECLARE" ) )) ((( "GRACE" ))) ! And so it is with this enlightenment they "IN FACT" carry the KEY to their own Blessings and Grace ! For I AM GRACE ETERNAL and it is in this manner you must speak and...
  • Why Does Torah Law Allow Polygamy?

    07/04/2015 2:11:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 120 replies
    Chabad ^ | June 27, 2015 | Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, senior editor
    Just to magnify your question somewhat, you’ll note that Torah presents the original paradigm of marriage—that of Adam and Eve—as monogamous. Furthermore, virtually every instance of polygamy recounted in the Torah is related directly by the narrative to some sort of calamity—whether strife between competing wives, as was the case with Hannah and Peninah,1 or between rivaling half-siblings, e.g. Jacob’s2 and King David’s sons.3 Even the very verse4 in which the Torah provides a green light for polygamy frames it within an undesirable circumstance: “If a man will have two wives, one beloved and the other hated . . .”...
  • Pro-084 - Prophecy Update, 5 July 2015

    07/05/2015 4:06:20 PM PDT · by sopwith · 2 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgJS5clQZwM ^ | 5 July 2015 | The Superior Word .
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  • Los Angeles Seminar

    07/04/2015 11:31:38 AM PDT · by tedw · 7 replies
    Foundation of Human Understanding ^ | 07/04/2015 | Roy Masters
    The Foundation of Human Understanding presents Stress Expert, Roy Masters, for an interactive 1-day seminar. Past seminars have been personal, spontaneous, enlightening, humorous, and always uplifting. Learn what's at the root of marriage problems, family conflicts, success and failure, and perceive stress in a new light.
  • 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 ...
  • Why can't the feds AND the states get out of Marriage?

    06/27/2015 6:16:55 AM PDT · by MalPearce · 39 replies
    Hi I don't post on here much anymore but in the wake of this decision I thought I might as well. Civil partnership is not a religious marriage, and a religious marriage is not a civil contract. They are not, and never EVER should've been, merged and confused in the first place. Half the mess the world is in now, and the reason marriage is so under threat, is because even on the freedom loving Christian right of politics, too many people don't seem to grasp that ANY regulation of marriage at ANY level (states or federal) is an intrusion...
  • Ted Cruz’ Callous Disregard of History

    06/27/2015 12:08:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's The Peace Pastor ^ | June 27, 2015 | Rev. Marty Troyer, Houston Mennonite: The Church of the Sermon on the Mount
    Texas Senator and Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz said 2 Supreme Court rulings were so wrong they constitute one of the “darkest periods” in US history. I can not even begin to understand the blinders you’d need to wear to make such a callous statement as this. Slavery. Lynchings. Trail of Tears. Triangle shirtwaste factory. Hiroshima. Nagasaki. My Lai. Kent State. 9/11. Hurricane Katrina. When we first learned about Abu Ghrab. 115 migrants dead in the Texas borderlands in 2014. Even Charleston just last week. These were dark days folks. People dying is a dark day. People dying because we killed...
  • Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni dies at 75

    06/26/2015 11:54:29 PM PDT · by annalex · 3 replies
    PanARMENIAN.Net ^ | June 25, 2015 - 18:44 AMT
    Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia Nerses Bedros XIX passed away Thursday, June 25 after suffering a heart attack, media reported, according to The Daily Star. The renowned Egyptian patriarch, who resided in Lebanon, was widely known for serving the Armenian community and promoting its interests. The patriarch had visited Armenian communities in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. to boost Armenian catholic schools. At his request, the archbishop of Mardine Ignace Maloyan, martyr of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, was proclaimed blessed by Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Square in Rome. The Catholicos Patriarch also sent the...
  • 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...
  • Historical sexual abuse and the Jehovah’s Witnesses: A v Watchtower Bible and Tract Society

    06/23/2015 11:42:55 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Law & Religion UK ^ | 06-22-2015 | Frank Cranme
    Ms A, now 29, claimed damages for personal injury and loss arising from sexual assaults by Peter Stewart from 1989 to 1994, when she was between about 4 and 9. She claimed that the abuse had occurred at least once a week [22]. Stewart is now dead; and in A v Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Trustees of) & Ors [2015] EWHC 1722 (QB) she sued the Jehovah’s Witnesses (“JWs”). The first defendants were the over-arching body of the JWs, while the second and third were the direct or indirect successors of the congregation originally known as the Loughborough Limehurst...
  • RUN into your "NEWNESS" forget the former things [Charismatic Caucus]

    06/15/2015 9:30:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 6-15-15 | Jedediah
    Relax in The Beam of My majesty and drink deep of My Forgiveness for there is great healing here and rebuke the Harlot that drinks the blood of the Saints and the Prophets for truly there is only condemnation there for you "ARE" Forgiven, cleansed in My blood alone and I AM "Your" Salvation. Enjoy My creation for I have set it as a table of remembrance of My Glory, before you were in the womb. You will see as you rest in Me you make yourself completely available to My Voice calling to you in the wilderness(DRY PLACES), all...
  • Religious leaders call on US to support abortions for ISIS and Boko Haram rape victims

    06/06/2015 12:45:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Christian Today ^ | June 5, 2015 | Lucinda Borkett-Jones
    A group of religious leaders and health experts yesterday called on President Obama to provide access to funding so that women who have been raped by terrorists abroad can have abortions. Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders met at St John's Episcopal Church, just opposite the White House, to raise awareness of the need to provide post-rape care, including abortions, for the victims of groups such as ISIS in Syria and Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria. "Women are dying now. Families are being pushed further into poverty now because this care is not available to them," said Rev Harry Knox,...
  • Does Jimmy Carter along with Josh Duggar (Both Baptists) Have Eternal Security (OSAS)?

    06/04/2015 2:31:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 145 replies
    6/4/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Jimmy Carter severed his ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, but apparently is still a Baptist (Maranatha Baptist Church). Josh Duggar and the Duggar family are Independent Baptist. Some will say that neither of them go to the right Baptist church or the correct one and thus neither of them are truly Baptist, just as some Methodists will say that other Methodists don't go to the right Methodist church and thus truly aren't Methodist. Some Jewish people may say that other Jews, (although quite orthodox in their beliefs) aren't quite Orthodox enough and thus aren't truly Jewish when it comes...
  • Addressing Signs of Leadership Fatigue

    06/02/2015 9:07:58 AM PDT · by OK Sun
    Thom S. Rainer ^ | May 21, 2015 | Chuck Lawless
    Previously, I posted on “13 Signs of Leadership Fatigue.” Several readers asked me to write a follow up post about ways to deal with these signs. Maybe these suggestions will help you move past leadership fatigue. 1. Living by a “get me through the day” philosophy – You may begin the day with prayer, but surviving the day is your prayer theme. •Ask God each day to help you see glimpses of His work like an answered prayer or a restored relationship. •Actually watch for those glimpses. Trust that God will show you 2. Losing vision – Fatigued leaders...
  • The Polygamists are Coming!

    06/01/2015 2:56:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | June 1, 2015 | Professor Mark Silk
    For years, religious conservatives argued against same-sex marriage by saying that it would put society on the slippery slope to (horrors!) polygamy. Now comes the New York Times‘ Ross Douthat, a day late and a dollar short. In yesterday’s column, Douthat seizes upon a new Gallup study that shows a broad shift to the left in Americans’ social values during the present century. The exception, he says, is on abortion, but actually it’s not an exception; the pro-choice position has gained some ground. The exception is adultery — where the old-time disapproval is holding firm at over 90 percent. You’d...
  • If Josh Duggar Did Certain Things & Had Salvation Can Someone Do Homosexual Acts & Have Salvation?

    06/01/2015 11:54:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 127 replies
    6/1/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I am not equation homosexuality or heterosexuality with pedophilia, nor am I saying that Josh Duggar ever committed homosexual acts at any point in time in any way, shape. form or fashion. The point of this thread is like all of the others threads that I have written, and it is not meant to bash Josh Duggar. The point is to look at this situation and use it as a catalyst to continue on with other threads that I have started that deal with the following: "What constitutes salvation?" "Who is truly saved?" "Do we go by Arminianism or Calvinism?"...
  • Extend The Father's Love Let Christ Arise in You [Charismatic Caucus]

    06/01/2015 11:21:53 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 6-1-15 | Bible , Jedediah
    Extend yourselves My Children , extend yourselves for as I love, you to must love even to the ends of the Earth. Give and it shall be given unto you, share in all I have blessed you with in an unending manner for My Love in you knows no boundaries and remembers no wrongs for as much as you allow My Grace in you to overcome all obstacles I then pour out My Storehouses upon you. So do not segregate your hearts from one another but give and not sparingly but lavishly for in this same way I shall give...
  • Five Ways to Go Wrong with Church Discipline

    05/30/2015 2:21:24 PM PDT · by OK Sun
    Credo House ^ | May 29, 2015 | C Michael Patton
    What is Church Discipline? There is hardly a practice in the local church that is misused more than “church discipline.” Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have many answers and its misuse is understandable. I think there are three primary ways we can find it misused: 1) It is never used at all, 2) it is used in an unbiblical way, and 3) people are brought in for discipline for “sins” that don’t require its use. Matthew 18:15-17 is the primary passage that speaks to the practice of church discipline (even if we are still left with a lot...
  • Open Heavens lead to Heavenly Armies [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/29/2015 7:36:02 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 11 replies
    bible, the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-29-15 | holy Spirit
    Supernatural Beings( Angels)are about to arrive on the scene assisting My children according to My Kingdom and now more than ever before they shall begin to naturalize before you as they truly are " Heaven on Earth " . Honor them as they honor you as My Creation and realize they ARE part of My Kingdom, My Power, and My Glory on Earth as it is in Heaven for now they shall be assisting you in this battle as never before. I have opened the Heavens now for you as I did for Jacob, as I did at My Resurrection...
  • WAYPOINTS ~ Inquire ~ Listen ~ OBEY [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/28/2015 10:42:25 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Situational requirements are changing daily now and even minute by minute . You see your Waypoints belong to Me and I AM your rest along the way of Holiness so that you remain steadfast, strong and nurtured as Daniel in My Ways and not the ways of man! See that you inquire of Me as David and listen as Samuel, remain steadfast as Daniel and fearless as Caleb for I AM your Meat and Spring of Life as long as you eat from My Tree alone and no other ! So Fortress your self in Me for I AM your...
  • The LAW OF JESUS(Mercy & GRACE) NOT MOSES(MERCY) ALONE [Charismatic caucus]

    05/27/2015 8:11:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Many of my children are still clinging to the law of Moses(mercy) usurping My Law ~ "The Law of GRACE". Did I not enter the Sheep's Gate and was there not one healed by The Law of Grace hanging from My Veil of Virtue ?! Then why the struggle My children ? Come! Cling to Me(Jesus) and be found at the feet of True Humility for I have already suffered all for you and Grace "IS" yours for The Victory "IS" MINE ! ! ! John 5 5 Later on there was a Jewish festival (feast) for which "Jesus went...
  • Satan's Toy: The New OUIJA Board: The 'Charlie Charlie Challenge'

    05/26/2015 8:04:51 PM PDT · by topher · 67 replies
    Various | May 26, 2015
    I have read the following 'fact filled book': Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism by Thomas B. Allen (ISBN 038542034X). In the book, the boy tries to reach his dead aunt using a OUIJA board. He instead is possessed by 10 demons. Fast forward to today. Children are playing a new game: The Charlie Charlie Challenge. One basically builds a 'OUIJA' board using a sheet of paper and two pencils. There is a YouTube Video that explains how to do this. There are also articles on the Internet about the 'Charlie Charlie Challenge': The Charlie Charlie Challenge - what...
  • Why I am No Longer a Dispensationalist

    05/22/2015 4:54:44 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 934 replies
    Credo House ^ | May 21, 2015 | C. Michael Patton
    My Dispensational Upbringing I have been taught Dispensationalism from my mother’s womb. I was born in a dispensational environment. It was assumed at my church to be a part of the Gospel. There was never another option presented. It made sense. It helped me put together the Scriptures in a way that cleared up so much confusion. And, to be honest, the emphasis on the coming tribulation, current events that prove the Bible’s prophecy, the fear that the Antichrist may be alive today (who is he?) was all quite exciting. But what might be the biggest attraction for me...
  • IN A MOMENT A SUDDENLY " PENTECOST IS TODAY " [charismatic caucus]

    05/21/2015 8:31:55 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 36 replies
    HolySpirit ^ | bible,Jedediah
    A new wind of "ADD " Venture is coming to you , Prepare for the wind that is blowing through , For what is coming is The One and The Three , All in agreement " The All Of Me " , The gates of hell shall not prevail , For what is coming is a HOLY GALE ! Isaiah 43:18-20 18 “ Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in...
  • Submit to the Lord [charismatic caucus]

    05/19/2015 9:46:07 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-1915 | Jedediah,Bible
    Submit to the Lord and you will find, Breakthrough of a new kind, For in submission Heaven becomes clear, And you will see into things others fear, For The Father's Heart is Pure Above All, And only The Holy may access and call, For The Eyes of The Cherubim guard what is pure, So only the Holy are able to endure . . . Isaiah 6:5-8 5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for...
  • Let The Pleasure OF His HEART BECOME Your LIFE and WELLSPRING'S SONG [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/14/2015 10:11:03 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    bible, Jedediah ^ | 5-14-15 | bible, Jedediah
    You are real ! You are alive IN HIM ! And it is His pleasure to flow ~ through you unobstructed as a pure and virtuous stream ~ ~ ~ To replenish those parched traveling through dry lands but you to must drink deep from His eternal forgiveness And as you raise your head from these waters never look back as Lot's wife but "focus on His heart for His children" For you "ARE" an Oasis of Him as you mirror His water alone for Truly all flesh must be left behind. As His words speak "I only say what...
  • Christian leaders in India protest recent spate of attacks after yet another incident

    05/12/2015 3:56:25 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 1 replies
    Barnabas Fund ^ | 05/12/2015 16:45 | barnabas aid
    Over 400 Christian leaders and social activists gathered together in Hyderabad, in India’s Telangana state, on 2 May, to hold a peaceful protest against a recent spate of attacks against Christians. The protest came in the wake of yet another brutal mob attack in the state, when at least 100 Hindu radicals stormed a Christian meeting shouting anti-Christians slogans and beating the believers with wooden clubs, iron rods, and knives.Christians in India meet to pray together First breaking the lights and sound system, the assailants then proceeded to attack the Christians who had gathered together in Pebber town, in Telangana...
  • The Edge of Deuteronomy (repeating) Grace [charismatic Caucus]

    05/12/2015 7:20:56 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | bible ,Jedediah
    As Deuteronomy(repeating grace) Edges into view, You see my promises coming true for you, Blessed above others because you believe, A walking Testimony regardless of reprieve, A hand of kindness to others in need of you, You don't turn your back but always plow through, Sowing the seeds of Grace each and every day, You reveal through your life to others I AM the way, Not all will find you for who you really are, Christ like and endowed with My Kingdom and car, For My very Throne of Presence I share with you, For you are My Beloved through...
  • MY HEART AND WILL FOR MY CHILDREN [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/11/2015 7:25:20 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Foundations are being laid now in my children that have crossed the threshing floor of My heart and will for all my children of light , for to partake of my cup you must enter into me in all fullness and truth therefore obey my statutes and “ live “ my words to you given upon the foundation of my kingdom “ My heart “ , for truly as I send my sent ones and speak through my prophets , the oracles shall reveal themselves to all those that receive me in the manner I choose to come, for many...
  • PURPOSE

    05/07/2015 1:13:03 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Purpose is driven by My Spirit's freedom to move in a country,in a people, in a kingdom, in a life! John 4:34 34 Jesus said to them, My food (nourishment) is to do the will (pleasure) of Him Who sent Me and to accomplish and completely finish His work. 2 Chronicles 15 15 The Spirit of God came upon Azariah son of Oded. 2 And he went out to meet Asa and said to him, Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him [inquiring for and...
  • Nun: 'Islam Is ISIS. Whoever Says Otherwise Is a Liar'

    05/09/2015 7:01:32 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 32 replies
    CBN News ^ | Friday, May 08, 2015 | Erick Stakelbeck
    [Embedded Video} WASHINGTON -- The Islamic terror group ISIS is leaving a trail of destruction across large parts of Syria and Iraq with a specific target in their crosshairs. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been displaced from their homes and countless others have been murdered or enslaved by the jihadist army, with no end in sight. Sister Hatune Dogan has been on the ground and witnessed the devastation of these ancient Christian communities. She's listened to survivors tell how Christians and Yazidi women are being sold into sex slavery. "They choose the most beautiful one, even if they have...
  • BREAKING THROUGH WITH INTIMACY [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/06/2015 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Intimacy is the key to your breaking through in your days ahead . So persevere as Daniel and Gabriel for I will send My angels of My Presence as Michael (AS GOD) as you spend time in mine . . . DANIEL 10:12-21 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael,...
  • The Reformation is over. Catholics 0, Protestants 1

    04/25/2015 10:33:08 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 576 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...
  • Blind Followers, Inconsistencies, Double Standards and More Confusion

    04/26/2015 1:05:20 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 178 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rome's Meaningless Claim to "Unbroken Chain Of Succession"

    05/03/2015 12:05:34 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 207 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...
  • 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,...
  • Are you infallible?

    04/28/2015 8:36:56 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 1,573 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...
  • How To Stop Whiners

    04/26/2015 3:41:13 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    kevinfitzmaurice.com ^ | Kevin Fitzmaurice
    Do you hate it when they whine? Do you hate it when they whine and say, "Don't you agree," "Do you see my point," "Ain't it awful," "Aren't they just terrible for doing that," etc.? Do you want to graciously stop them from wasting your time and using you to confirm their distorted views? Then memorize the following line: "Thanks for the honor of being a judge. But, to be a fair judge-- I will first have to hear the other side." If you stick to this line each time they whine--they will soon stop bothering you and move on...
  • 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...
  • Leader of Coptic Orthodox Church to visit Armenia on April 20

    04/22/2015 6:11:07 AM PDT · by OK Sun
    Armenian News Agency ^ | 15 Aprill, 2015 | Armenian News Agency
    YEREVAN, 15 APRIL, ARMENPRESS. On April 20, the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, the Leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church His Holiness Tawadros II will arrive in Armenia and participate in the events of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated  against the Armenians by the Turks.  As “Armenpress” reports, citing the Egyptian news outlets, His Holiness will leave for Europe from Armenia to participate in the conference of Coptic Diaspora. Tawadros II will return to Egypt from his trip in about a month. In his two years tenure, he paid Pontifical visit to...
  • 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...