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  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 113 replies
    3/28/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Easter Day (April 5th, 2015), faithful Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus bodily from death. Later on this year, faithful Christians will also (on August 15th, 2015) celebrate the resurrection of Mary the mother of Jesus (before her body could see decay) and her Assumption into heaven. With the shows on CNN (Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact and Forgery) and O'Reilly's book, "Killing Jesus" on television (both this Sunday), there seems to be an uptick in the interest on the life of Jesus, the Apostles and early followers of Jesus - as well as Mary's role, too.
  • Defender of the (Eastern) Faith

    03/28/2015 11:05:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/26/15 | Ed West
    Prince Charles has a new obsession as strong as his passions for ecology and architecture. He is refusing to stand idly by as Christians are driven out of the Middle EastWho is the most formidable defender of persecuted Christians in the world today? Many would nominate Pope Francis, who has offered thunderous denunciations of attacks on the faithful ever since his election. But another candidate is emerging: the surprising figure of the future king of England. The media have barely noticed that the Prince of Wales has a new obsession, as powerful as his passions for architecture and the environment:...
  • Which Compilations of New Testament Scripture Were Inspired By God and Which Weren't?

    03/27/2015 3:11:53 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 32 replies
    3/27/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Moving back from the Theodosian Code, which stated the scriptures they believed to be heretical, back to the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., which decreed that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were to be in the fixed New Testament Canon of scripture, and back to earlier dates we find the following: A.) The Clermont List - a codex which embraced the Canon as it existed in Egypt (i.e. Alexandria) c.300 A.D. It lists the New Testament books which are the same as ours except that the Gospels are listed Matthew, Mark, Luke (the apostolic authors...
  • Church of England to have first bishop couple

    03/27/2015 2:48:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 25, 2015
    London (AFP) - The Church of England will have its first husband and wife bishops after nominating Alison White to be the next bishop of Hull on Wednesday. White will become the Church's of England's second female bishop at a ceremony on July 3 in York, the diocese which includes Hull. "This is an adventure I had never imagined setting out on," White said in a statement. "You may have noticed that I am married to a bishop. This may seem excessive! You would think that one in a family is more than enough. "Believe me, this has crossed...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/27/2015 5:47:10 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 3 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 27 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 27, 2015 Morning Reading Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled. —Matthew 26:56 He never deserted them, but they in cowardly fear of their lives, fled from Him in the very beginning of His sufferings. This is but one instructive instance of the frailty of all believers if left to themselves; they are but sheep at the best, and they flee when the wolf cometh. They had all been warned of the danger, and had promised to die rather than leave their Master; and yet they were seized with sudden panic, and...
  • Did Jesus Have Fleshly Half-Brothers?

    03/26/2015 5:03:18 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 280 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2003 | Dave Miller, Ph.D.
    ">Did Jesus Have Fleshly Half-Brothers? by  Dave Miller, Ph.D. The usual word in the Greek language for “brother” is adelphos. It possesses the same latitude of application that the English word possesses. Hence, it can refer to a person who shares the same religion (a spiritual brother). It can refer to a person who shares the same citizenship—a fellow countryman. It can refer to an intimate friend or neighbor. All of these uses are self-evident, and do not encroach upon the literal use of the term. By far the most prominent use of the term is the literal sense—a blood...
  • New York Congregation Is the First to Leave Presbyterian Church (USA) After Approval of Gay Marriage

    03/26/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/26/2015 | BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    A small congregation in New York has voted unanimously to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) following the mainline denomination's recent vote to approve gay marriage. Brighton Presbyterian Church, a 200-year-old congregation in Rochester, voted Sunday to seek dismissal from its PCUSA regional body, the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. The vote to disaffiliate came not long after a majority of presbyteries in PCUSA approved an amendment to their Book of Order defining marriage to include same-sex couples. Kerry E. Luddy, spokeswoman for Brighton Presbyterian and wife of the head pastor, told The Christian Post that the decision to leave "is not a...
  • Morning & Eveninig Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/26/2015 6:17:45 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | March 26, 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 26, 2015 Morning Reading Jesus said unto them, If ye seek Me, let these go their way. —John 18:8 Mark, my soul, the care which Jesus manifested even in His hour of trial, towards the sheep of His hand! The ruling passion is strong in death. He resigns Himself to the enemy, but He interposes a word of power to set His disciples free. As to Himself, like a sheep before her shearers He is dumb and opened not His mouth, but for His disciples’ sake He speaks with Almighty energy. Herein is...
  • MIRACULOUS - Divine Intervention [Charismatic Caucus]

    03/25/2015 2:11:31 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    Situational change comes when My Spirit enters where there has been limitations invoked by lies and it is as My Spirit of TRUTH dis-lodges(evicts) this strongman that TRUTH REIGNS SUPREME and divine creative intervention restores (( ( KINGDOM REIGN ) ))and "Reality" , So that Grace "IS" the Cornerstone and Mercy flows freely creating "THE MIRACULOUS"(pressed down shaken together and flowing over). . . Matthew 8:15 15 He touched her hand and the fever "left" her; and she got up and began waiting on Him. Matthew 12:13 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he...
  • The KEY to your daily life in Christ Jesus[Charismatic caucus]

    03/24/2015 8:48:41 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-24-15 | Jedediah ,bible
    Certain situations coming up now will not be explainable or even understandable without first coming to the Shepherd of your ways for truly as "THE" WORD(Eternal) now my children of light "will see" that to step out into unfamiliar ground will be utter futility and that inquiring first of Me before they take a step or speak a word will bring the correct illumination, judgment and the eventual decision or action to take . Here are the Keys to The Kingdom seek Me first in all you do and the other keys will reveal themselves to you . Matthew 26:40...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/24/2015 5:59:16 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 1 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 24 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 24, 2015 Morning Reading He was heard in that he feared. —Hebrews 5:7 Did this fear arise from the infernal suggestion that He was utterly forsaken. There may be sterner trials than this, but surely it is one of the worst to be utterly forsaken? "See," said Satan, "Thou hast a friend nowhere! Thy Father hath shut up the bowels of His compassion against Thee. Not an angel in His courts will stretch out his hand to help Thee. All heaven is alienated from Thee; Thou art left alone. See the companions with...
  • Presbyterians And Homosexuals Together: The Crisis Of Christ And Culture

    03/23/2015 8:46:15 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 3/23/15 | R. Scott Clark
    From its inception Christianity was a marginalized not a culturally powerful or influential religion. With the death of the mainlines we’re witnessing the last gasp of the informal Constantinianism in America, the gathering of cultural elites in the narthex of tall-steeple PCUSA congregations. The informal coalition of cultural and political power brokers in and with the mainline is dead. The WWII generation was probably the last to care to identify with the mainline or to seek the approval of the mainline. Now that the culture has got what it wanted, capitulation, even the NYT will ignore it. There is no...
  • God's Role in Regeneration

    03/23/2015 12:03:17 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 9 replies
    Grace to You ^ | January 27, 2013 | John MacArthur
    For this morning, I want you to open the Word of God to the third chapter of John, back to the third chapter of John and the opening ten verses. Now, you who have been with us the last couple of weeks know how important and critical this portion of Scripture is. You know something about it now that we’ve sort of penetrated it at least as far as verse 3. The good news, we’ll finish all the way down to verse 10 this morning. I can’t exactly tell you when but we will finish verse 10. Now I’m going...
  • PCUSA Ordains First Married Lesbian Couple as Ministers Days After Denomination's Marriage Amendment

    03/22/2015 7:48:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2015 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR
    Days after America's largest Presbyterian denomination approved an amendment to its constitution changing its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, a lesbian couple will be ordained as ministers Sunday at First & Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Kaci Clark-Porter and Holly, who married three years ago, will be the first-ever same-sex couple to be jointly ordained, according to USA Today, which says the denomination couldn't point to other examples. Last year, Presbyterian Church (USA) approved a vote on an amendment to change their official definition of marriage from "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a...
  • I’m a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesn’t Believe in God

    03/21/2015 7:33:01 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 116 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 17, 2015 | John Shuck
    “How can you call yourself a Christian, let alone a minister?!” I get asked that question frequently and the questioner is hostile more often than not. Still, I like to answer it if I believe the questioner is sincere. Though I self-identify as a Christian and I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I raised eyebrows a few years ago when I posted an article on my website about how my personal beliefs don’t align with those of most Presbyterians. For example, I believe that: - Religion is a human construct - The symbols of faith are...
  • The Unrepenting Repenter

    03/21/2015 2:38:59 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 7 replies
    The Unrepenting Repenter by Jim Elliff     The believer in Christ is a lifelong repenter.  He begins with repentance and continues in repentance. (Rom. 8:12-13) David sinned giant sins but fell without a stone at the mere finger of the prophet because he was a repenter at heart (2 Sam. 12:7-13). Peter denied Christ three times but suffered three times the remorse until he repented with bitter tears (Mt. 26:75). Every Christian is called a repenter, but he must be a repenting repenter. The Bible assumes the repentant nature of all true believers in its instruction on church...
  • The Rationale for Wrath

    03/21/2015 11:38:12 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 14 replies
    A cartoon depicted Noah’s ark surrounded by desperate people drowning in the water, begging for help. The rains were coming down hard while Noah and his family were safe inside. On the outside of the ark was a "smiley face" with the words, "Smile, God Loves You."Are you sure God loves everybody? John the Baptist didn’t think so. He said, "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" (Jn. 3:36). Why is God justified in having wrath toward...
  • No, Christ will not die tomorrow…

    03/20/2015 6:18:32 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 36 replies
    Disciple of Jesus Christ ^ | April 5, 2012 | disciple of Christ
    No, Christ will not die tomorrow. He died once for all almost 2000 years ago for our sins: “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). No, He will not die again: “knowing that Christ having been raised up from among [the] dead dies no more: death has dominion over him no more.” (Romans 6:9) Yes, He has risen once for all! And by their carnal traditions men teach people that Christ dies again and again each year, and then with this same...
  • No sprinklers required: How my church kept homeless people off church steps

    03/20/2015 6:11:17 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 47 replies
    cruxnow ^ | March 19, 2015 | Linda Kaufman
    WASHINGTON — St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco is getting bad press this week over a sprinkler system it installed to keep homeless people from sleeping on church grounds. People are outraged that a church would treat the poor so callously. But St. Mary’s isn’t alone. Many houses of worship all over the country face the question of how to keep safe, welcoming grounds while being compassionate to homeless neighbors sleeping on porches and in doorways. Here’s what we tried at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. A couple of months ago, we started a dialogue about...
  • Rome, authority and Argumentum Ad Infinitum

    03/20/2015 4:37:31 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 34 replies
    Daniel's Place - (Reformata et semper reformanda) ^ | December 26, 2014 | PuritanReformed
    An objection, however, is often made to the doctrine of infallibility, in limine, which is too important not to be taken into consideration. It is urged that, as all religious knowledge rests on moral evidence, not on demonstration, our belief in the Church's infallibility must be of this character; but what can be more absurd than a probable infallibility, or a certainty resting on doubt?— I believe, because I am sure, and I am sure, because I supposed. Granting then that the gift of infallibility be adapted, when believed to unite all intellects in one common confession, the fact...
  • Bishop Says China Has Ordered an End to Church Demolitions

    03/20/2015 6:48:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    UCA News ^ | 3/19/15
    400 crosses have been removed and 35 buildings destroyed in Zhejiang province since 2013China’s central government has ordered an end to a demolition campaign that targeted churches in Zhejiang province, according to a senior official of the state-sanctioned Catholic Church. Bishop Paul Meng Qinglu of Inner Mongolia, a vice-chair of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, said he heard the news during a recent religious meeting in Beijing. “Church leaders across China had complained about the demolitions over the past year,” he told ucanews.com. Bishop Meng said the orders to end the demolition campaign were supposed to have taken effect “early...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA): Where God Loves Abortion and Hates Israel

    03/20/2015 6:33:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/20/2015 | David French
    The Presbyterian Church (USA) is the Radio Shack of church denominations. It’s been in free fall for so long that it’s sometimes difficult to believe the church is still around. It makes news only when it makes bad news. This is a church that has long embraced a culture of death by accepting abortion on demand. Indeed, church materials have declared that abortion can even be “an act of faithfulness before God,” and church policy states: “The considered decision of a woman to terminate a pregnancy can be a morally acceptable, though certainly not the only or required, decision.”...
  • Jesus Fulfills the Beatitudes

    03/19/2015 3:23:32 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 2 replies
    Place For Truth ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Hall
    Toward the very end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, he enters Jerusalem—knowingly headed to the Lamb’s slaughter. With less than a week of his mortal life remaining, would-be kings or rulers would not have spent their time with the least influential in society.For example, what does a presidential candidate do in his final days before an election? He seeks to rally the troops. He presents his case and seeks to explain why he would be a better leader than the other candidate. He barnstorms and campaigns. He sprints to associate himself with the most powerful persons, teams, and symbols he...
  • The Blueprint for Being Born Again

    03/19/2015 1:35:47 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 29 replies
    Grace to You ^ | January 20, 2013 | John MacArthur
    “Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, ‘Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one can do these things that You do unless God is with him.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/19/2015 11:02:51 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 19 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 19, 2015 Morning Reading Strong in faith. —Romans 4:20 Christian, take good care of thy faith; for recollect faith is the only way whereby thou canst obtain blessings. If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith. Prayer cannot draw down answers, from God's throne except it be the earnest prayer of the man who believes. Faith is the angelic messenger between the soul and the Lord Jesus in glory. Let that angel be withdrawn, we can neither send up prayer, nor receive the answers. Faith is the telegraphic...
  • Reformation Museum in Geneva Blends Humor and Wonder

    03/19/2015 6:20:07 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | John Hanc
    Finding the International Museum of the Reformation is almost as complicated as explaining the historical movement it chronicles. You must first navigate the labyrinth of Geneva’s Old Town, down narrow, cobblestone streets and then up a long flight of stone stairs, skirting the shadows cast by a towering 13th-century cathedral. Finally you arrive at the tranquil courtyard of the Maison Mallet, the 14-room 18th-century mansion housing the museum, which opened in 2005. [SNIP] Given how practices have changed, museum officials set out to create a space that contemporary visitors, Protestant or not, would find appealing and meaningful, with creative high-...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/18/2015 7:23:11 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 18 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 18, 2015 Morning Reading Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. —Galatians 3:26 The fatherhood of God is common to all his children. Ah! Little-faith, you have often said, "Oh that I had the courage of Great-heart, that I could wield his sword and be as valiant as he! But, alas, I stumble at every straw, and a shadow makes me afraid." List thee, Little-faith. Great-heart is God's child, and you are God's child too; and Great-heart is not one whit more God's child than you are. Peter...
  • Three Words Catholics Do Not Understand

    03/18/2015 6:21:18 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 564 replies
    Proclaiming the Gospel ^ | March 18,2015 | Mike Gendron
    1/14/2015 8:04:57 AM Three Words Catholics Do Not Understand  It Is Finished - Three Words Catholics Do Not Understand The perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice of Christ that satisfied divine justice for all believers was accomplished 2000 years ago. Jesus cried out in victory - "It is finished." The work of salvation is done. The eternal debt for sin has been paid in full. No more offerings, no more sacrifices, no more priests! The Lord Jesus willingly died for man’s sins to pay the debt that we could never pay. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree,...
  • Presbyterian Church USA Latest to Fall into Apostasy

    03/18/2015 6:19:42 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 20 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 18 March 2015 | ن Teófilo de Jesús ن (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with you. According to numerous news sources, the Presbyterian Church in the USA has changed its constitution and now will allow, celebrate, and bless same-sex "marriages." Of course, this is wrong and unwarranted in Scripture, but the fact of the matter is that Mainline Protestant church bodies don't care one way or the other about Scripture unless examined through the distorted genderist, Postmodern lenses dominating discourse in their seminaries. Out of curiosity, I checked the Presbyterian Church's own membership statistics to see what's up, and I came with the chart below. If the trend holds, in...
  • (Vanity) Need a little feedback - NOT looking for donations (/vanity)

    03/18/2015 5:36:38 AM PDT · by SouthWall · 10 replies
    doyousaygrace.com ^ | 03/18/15 | Doug Wall
    This is NOT a solicitation for donations!!! I would like your feedback. Design, Functionality. I am having trouble with chrome. This also helps me rank the Graces Thank you for your time.
  • So Much Better Now” Are you Sure?

    03/17/2015 1:17:07 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 17 replies
    “So Much Better Now” Are you Sure? by Jim Elliff     The pain has been excruciating, the hours and weeks arduous. The cost to the spouse and family who love her has been gladly expended, but jobs and daily responsibilities will necessarily decrease the hours for the daily vigil now. Added to it all of this is the treatment cost itself, sending up in smoke years of saving.“Mother is so ill,” they say to concerned friends. “We know it will be such a relief for her when she dies.”What? So much better when she dies? Not if she...
  • Morning & Evening Charles Spurgeon

    03/17/2015 7:27:16 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 4 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 17 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 17, 2015 Morning Reading Remember the poor. —Galatians 2:10 Why does God allow so many of His children to be poor? He could make them all rich if He pleased; He could lay bags of gold at their doors; He could send them a large annual income; or He could scatter round their houses abundance of provisions, as once he made the quails lie in heaps round the camp of Israel, and rained bread out of heaven to feed them. There is no necessity that they should be poor, except that He sees...
  • Why San Francisco's biggest megachurch is wrong about sex

    03/16/2015 8:38:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    First Things ^ | 3-17-15 | Robert A.J. Gagnon
    The senior pastor and elders of City Church, the largest evangelical church in San Francisco will no longer require members to abstain from homosexual practice, so long as the homosexual activity occurs in the context of marriage. According to a letter written by senior pastor Fred Harrell on behalf of the Board of Elders, “We will no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation and demand lifelong celibacy as a precondition for joining. For all members, regardless of sexual orientation, we will continue to expect chastity in singleness until marriage.” “Our pastoral practice of demanding life-long ‘celibacy,' by which we meant...
  • Calvin contra Rome on Scripture (Introduction)

    03/16/2015 9:20:18 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 18 replies
    reformation21 ^ | March 9, 2015 | Aaron Denlinger
    I intend to offer, over the next several weeks, a four part series on Calvin's response to Rome's doctrine of Scripture as discovered in the fourth session of the Council of Trent. It's my impression that very few Protestants today -- even the confessing kind -- have informed views on what Rome actually says about the most important theological issues of every age (namely, how we know anything about God and his ways, and how we sinners can be reconciled to the God whom we have offended by our sins). The first and foremost purpose of this brief series, then,...
  • Muslim Prayers in Church of England Parish

    03/15/2015 6:22:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/13/15 | John Bingham
    Clergy accuse vicar of holding ‘illegal’ Islamic prayer service in landmark London churchA Church of England vicar is facing a storm of protest from traditionalist Christians after allowing a Muslim prayer service to be held in his church. Dozens of Muslims took part in the “Inclusive Mosque” event at St John’s church, Waterloo in central London, in what is thought to have been the first time a full Islamic prayer service has been held within the Church of England. The vicar, the Rev Canon Giles Goddard, a prominent liberal cleric, joined in the event, reading a passage from the Bible...
  • Fractal Symetry [Charismatic Caucus]

    03/15/2015 1:25:08 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    bible ^ | 3-15-15 | Jedediah
    My Fractal Symmetry balances The Father's Heart for He is the source of Love and I AM the Avenue to His Heart therein if you have seen Me, heard Me,listened and obeyed Me as your Shepherd then we are already one and the Kingdom is yours for in your obedience to Me "THE WORD" you dissolve into balance and I AM , therefore your quotient becomes Eternal and "We are one" . . . John 14:3 If I go and prepare a place for you , I will come again and will take you to myself , that where I...
  • Twin Bombings at Churches in Pakistan Kill 14, Wound 78

    03/15/2015 6:23:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 3/15/15 | Mubasher Bukhari
    LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday services, and witnesses said quick action by a security guard prevented many more deaths. A Pakistani Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility. Islamist militants in Pakistan have attacked Christians and other religious minorities often over the last decade or more. Many Christians, who make up less than two percent of Pakistan's population of more than 180 million, accuse the government of doing little to protect them, saying politicians are quick to offer condolences after an attack but slow...
  • Rome, authority and Argumentum Ad Infinitum

    03/14/2015 8:58:42 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 4 replies
    Daniel's Place ^ | 12/26/2014 | PuritianReformed
    <p>Before there was Catholic Answers, there was John Henry Newman, the apostate from Anglicanism. On the issue of the infallibility of the Roman Church, there is surely some continuity between the two. Protestants, in response to Roman claims on the infallibility of the Church, rightly ask how one can be infallibly certain of that. Newman's response is to say that this same argument can be used against the infallibility of the Apostles and the Scripture, the former probably as a polemic against Anglicanism and the latter against Protestantism as a whole. Since the same argument can be used against other views, either one has to abandon all usage of the words "infallibility, necessity, truth and certainty," or the argument is to be discounted altogether.</p>
  • The Evolution of the Sacrifice of the Mass: Part 1

    03/13/2015 4:11:15 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 26 replies
    One Fold ^ | March 12, 2009 | Brian Culliton
    The Evolution of the Sacrifice of the Mass: Part 1 March 12, 2009 The most ancient writing depicting what early Christian gatherings looked like come from a work called the Didache, also known as “The Teachings of the Twelve Apostles.” But every Lord’s day do ye gather yourselves together, and break bread, and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure. But let no one that is at variance with his fellow come together with you, until they be reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be profaned. For this is that which was spoken by the...
  • Which Bible do you believe to be the true Bible - the Protestant, the Roman Catholic, or the Coptic?

    03/13/2015 12:40:51 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 107 replies
    3/13/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    1.) The King James Bible and/or Protestant Bible contains 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books. Roman Catholics include all of these books within their sacred canon, with the addition of other books not included within the Protestant Canon. The Coptic Bible contains more books than all of the aforementioned (including the 27/39) and books that Roman Catholics believe to be canonical - and some other books. 2.) The First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD issued the Nicene Creed, adhered to by almost all Christians (Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Protestants and Coptics) with the exception of a...
  • ACCESS THE Heavenlies in an ETERNAL Manner For You ARE ( (( ZION ALIVE )) ) ![charismatic caucus]

    03/13/2015 9:58:54 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Bible, the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-13-15 | Jedediah
    I have given you My Children My access to the Kingdom of ZION(Heavenlies) and the Fullness thereof but many see this as a distant place but truly My Kingdom is more than near you for "I AM THE KINGDOM" and I reside "IN YOU" ( (( ZION ALIVE )) ) and so how can two walk together unless they agree as Enoch does even now ?! For I AM FOR YOU not against you and My Love is your Pathway to the Highway Of Holiness for I Command Love and I AM COMMANDER of You "MY ARMY". So Come Up...
  • A Tender Word for Pharisees

    03/13/2015 9:21:29 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 11 replies
    Desiring God ^ | February 18, 2014 | John Piper
    This Sunday I preached at Watermark Church in Dallas under the title “A Tender Word for Pharisees.” There are not many tender words for Pharisees in the mouth of Jesus. Mainly his words to Pharisees are tough, even terrifying (see Matthew 23). The most moving words of tenderness for Pharisees are in Luke 15:25–31, the words of the father to the elder brother in the parable of the prodigal son. Luke 15 begins with Jesus eating with “tax collectors and sinners.” The Pharisees grumbled, “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:2). Jesus explains what he is doing...
  • The Evolution of Heresy in the American Church or How to Kill a Denomination in 5 Easy Steps

    03/13/2015 9:02:49 AM PDT · by rhema · 28 replies
    Christus Lux Mundi ^ | 2/26/15 | Rev. C. J. Conner
    Christian theology in the American Church has seen no greater evolution than in the last 10 years. In fact, what the American Church has faced, particularly the Mainline Church, has probably been best described as a devolution or deconstruction of the “faith once received.” Another first, the culture has followed the American Mainline, particularly the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Church (TEC) in redefining human relationship, sexuality, and marriage. Dr. Del Jacobson, retired professor from Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN long ago outlined what the evolution of ideas or movements look like in Church and...
  • Morning and Evening Charles Spurgeon

    03/13/2015 7:34:57 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 1 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 13 March 2015 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 13, 2015 Morning Reading Why sit we here until we die? —2 Kings 7:3 Dear reader, this little book was mainly intended for the edification of believers, but if you are yet unsaved, our heart yearns over you: and we would fain say a word which may be blessed to you. Open your Bible, and read the story of the lepers, and mark their position, which was much the same as yours. If you remain where you are you must perish; if you go to Jesus you can but die. "Nothing venture, nothing...
  • Idolatry

    03/12/2015 6:55:28 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 35 replies
    Bible Hub ^ | 3/12/2015 | J.C. Ryle
    Idolatry by J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)   This updated and revised manuscript is copyrighted Ó1998 by Tony Capoccia.  All rights reserved.   "Flee from idolatry" (1 Corinthians 10:14)   Our text for today may seem at first to be hardly needed in our country.  In an age of education and intelligence, we might almost fancy it is waste of time to tell us to "flee from idolatry."   I am bold to say that this is a great mistake.  I believe that we have come to a time when the subject of idolatry demands a thorough and searching investigation. ...
  • 9 Thoughts on Church Splits

    03/12/2015 7:34:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/12/2015 | BY THOM S. RAINER
    For over thirty years I have been professionally and personally connected to the local church. I have served as a pastor, church consultant, author, seminary dean, and church resource provider. The most painful moments of my tenure have been those occasions where church dissension is great, and where church splits take place. There is little good that comes from church splits. The residual pain is lasting and the negative community impact is enduring. After reflecting on church splits over my thirty-year tenure, and after conducting an informal Twitter poll, I have nine major thoughts I would like to share with...
  • Early Church Evidence Refutes Real Presence

    03/11/2015 2:49:15 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 372 replies
    One Fold ^ | March 11,2015 | unknown
    Early Church Evidence Refutes Real Presence Introduction The real presence doctrine is probably the most important doctrine to Catholics today because it is the nucleolus of the Catholic mass. The doctrine insists that the eucharistic elements of bread and wine become the glorified body and blood of Christ when blessed by the priest. The doctrine further asserts that the substance of bread and wine are no longer present and only the accidents (characteristics or appearance) remain. Thus, the name derived from the explanation becomes transubstantiation (a change of substance). It is this belief that compels devout Catholics to worship the...
  • Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/11/2015 6:08:12 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 11 March 2015 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 11, 2015 Morning Reading Sin . . . exceeding sinful. —Romans 7:13 Beware of light thoughts of sin. At the time of conversion, the conscience is so tender, that we are afraid of the slightest sin. Young converts have a holy timidity, a godly fear lest they should offend against God. But alas! very soon the fine bloom upon these first ripe fruits is removed by the rough handling of the surrounding world: the sensitive plant of young piety turns into a willow in after life, too pliant, too easily yielding. It is...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA): 7 Votes Away From Redefining Marriage to Include Gay Couples

    03/10/2015 7:34:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/10/2015 | BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States is only seven votes away from having enough regional bodies favor changing its official definition of marriage to include homosexual unions. At last year's general assembly, Presbyterian Church (USA) approved an amendment changing their Book of Order's definition of marriage from being between "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman." Known as Amendment 14-F, the possible change to the Book of Order is leading with 79 regional bodies, or presbyteries, in favor and 37 opposed. These 79 regional bodies included the Presbytery of East Tennessee,...
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon Morning and Evening

    03/10/2015 6:20:06 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 3 replies
    http://www.blueletterbible.org/devotionals/me/ ^ | 10 March 2015 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 10, 2015 Morning Reading In my prosperity I said I shall never be moved. —Psalm 30:6 "Moab settled on his lees, he hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel." Give a man wealth; let his ships bring home continually rich freights; let the winds and waves appear to be his servants to bear his vessels across the bosom of the mighty deep; let his lands yield abundantly: let the weather be propitious to his crops; let uninterrupted success attend him; let him stand among men as a successful merchant; let him enjoy...