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  • Islam Can’t be Reformed, the Hardliners Will Shut Down All Who Try

    07/05/2017 6:29:10 AM PDT · by davikkm · 17 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    A Turkish born, German citizen, Seyran Ates, has done something that needed to be done. She has tried to drag Islam into the 21st century by opening a Mosque that is open, inclusive and genuinely Liberal in its outlook. There is only one problem standing in her way…Since opening its doors, she has been the subject of a mass death threat and hate mail campaign and is now under 24-hour Police Protection. The Ruschd-Goethe Mosque (named after the Islam scholar and philosopher Ibn Ruschd, and the German poet Goethe), opened doors in mid-June and set out to preach Religious freedom...
  • Reformed Churches Accept Joint Catholic-Lutheran Statement on Justification

    07/04/2017 5:45:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The World Communion of Reformed Churches has accepted that Joint Declaration on Justification that was originally signed by the Catholic Church and the World Lutheran Federation in 1999, and later by the World Methodist Council in 2016. The World Communion of Reformed Churches will formalize its assent to the statement at an ecumenical prayer service to be held in Wittenberg, Germany, on July 5. The Pontifical Council for Christian Unity welcomed the acceptance of the statement by the Reformed Churches as an “important milestone” in ecumenical affairs. The Vatican body said: One of the crucial issues of dissent between the...
  • Diversity is Offensive

    11/03/2016 10:11:24 AM PDT · by truthxchange · 16 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 11/3/2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    truthXchange just finished a marvelous conference on the important issue of “Gay Christianity,” in which we thoughtfully examined the biblical content that informs our decisions about homosexual practice in relation to the Church. We also heard powerful testimonies from some who have lived and left the gay lifestyle. Very few Millennials attended. This is disconcerting, since 75% of them accept homosexuality as normative. A recently converted Millennial, who works for a student Christian ministry and attended the conference, observed that almost all Millennials (including Christians) resist controversial subjects. If Christian Millennials will not think or talk about this, the future...
  • Covenant College Forfeits Women’s Tennis Championship Match Because Scheduled On Sunday

    04/18/2016 3:34:20 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 34 replies
    Aquila Report ^ | Apr 17, 2016 | Kyle Taylor
    “Covenant College has elected to forfeit the Women’s Tennis USA South Conference championship match, scheduled for April 17, 2016. The championship match takes place on a Sunday, and as an institution owned and operated by the Presbyterian Church in America we observe the Sabbath by not competing in athletic events on Sunday. This conviction is clearly stated in our Student Handbook and is informed by the Bible, the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the PCA Book of Church Order. In national tournaments, the NCAA makes accommodations for institutions that do not compete on a particular day for religious reasons. Bylaw...
  • The Mystery Of The Olive Tree...Romans 9-11 pt 16

    Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I would not,...
  • Disappearing Act: Presbyterians Embrace Leftist Politics, Shun Reformed Roots

    07/03/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 7-3-14 | Stan Guthrie
    Over the last two decades, more than three-fourths of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country, driven out by a combination of Muslim fanaticism and economic and social collapse. Iraq, however, isn’t the only place to experience a mass Christian exodus in recent years. Look at the Presbyterian Church (USA), the 10th largest denomination in this country. But you’d better look fast. The PC(USA), which is the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination (at least for now), is driving out members through its own brand of leftist fanaticism. From a high of more than 4 million members back in 1965, the Louisville-based PC(USA)...
  • Presbyterian Church USA Defeats Motion to Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortion

    06/24/2014 1:57:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The Presbyterian Church USA has voted to endorse Kermit Gosnell. Delegates meeting in Detroit at the 221st General Assembly of the 1.8 million–member Presbyterian Church (USA) voted down a measure that would have the church endorse care for babies born alive after abortions.From World Magazine: Also Thursday, 78 percent of the PCUSA General Assembly struck down a resolution condemning the killing of babies born alive during abortions, as occurred with notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Initiated by the South Alabama presbytery, it called for inclusion of pro-life Presbyterians and an investigation into doctrinal and financial support of abortion. Dissenters cited pro-abortion...
  • Actions of the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA

    06/23/2014 4:25:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-23-14 | Staff
    Actions of the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA Overtures dealing with homosexuality, pro-life, child abuse, Insider Movement, theistic evolution, and others discussed and voted on Written by Staff | Monday, June 23, 2014 The 42nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has adjourned in Houston, Texas. There were many issues considered including Insider Movements, child abuse, and prayer for Christians facing penalties for their stance on abortion and homosexuality. What follows is an overview of some of the main actions of this year’s GA. Unlike previous years, there was very little discussion or debate over the...
  • Presbyterians [PC(USA)] Become the Silly Church; A dying mainline church speeds its decline.

    06/23/2014 6:39:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.21.14 | Mark Tooley
    At one point during this this week’s General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the hundreds of delegates, known as commissioners, gleefully bounced scores of red balloons in the air. At another point, they collectively broke into dance, confirming that most Protestants, especially if they’re old, white and Anglo, don’t look so great wiggling around. (Here’s a video, for mature viewers only.) Mainline Protestantism, at least in its official curia, has been liberal for nearly 100 years. But for most of that century it was a thoughtful, dignified liberalism that still roughly adhered to historic Christianity’s moral architecture, even if...
  • The PCUSA On Guns

    06/23/2014 7:54:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 6/22/2014 | Herschel Smith
    Presbyterian Church (USA) on guns: Among other things, the Assembly’s action calls for: formation of support, healing and advocacy groups for those who have experienced gun violence in their families; opposition to legislation that exempts gun manufacturers and marketers from legal liability and/or financial accountability for the medical and security costs of predictable gun misuse and availability to criminals, the unstable, and the self-destructive; opposition to “stand your ground” and other legislation that may entitle gun owners to shoot before taking alternative measures (such as relying on law enforcement and/or other de-escalation techniques) in perceived defense of persons or property;...
  • The Coming Collapse of the PC(USA)

    06/22/2014 1:42:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-14 | Jeff Gising
    In terms of giving insight into the current battles raging within the PC (USA) and the exodus of evangelical churches, the report is quite helpful. Consider the following statement: “only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved.” Among pastors, 45% disagreed or strongly disagreed. 41% agreed or strongly agreed. Among our clergy, there is a clearly demonstrable variance about a fundamental tenet of Christian belief that is central to the mission of the church—the proclamation of the Gospel. The Presbyterian Church (USA) recently released the findings of its “Religious and Demographic Profile of Presbyterians 2011” (the report). More than 6,000...
  • U.S. Presbyterian Church to shed investments in Israel protest

    06/21/2014 6:02:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 13 replies
    courant.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Eric M. Johnson
    A deeply-divided gathering of U.S. Presbyterian Church elders and ministers narrowly voted on Friday to divest the religious group's holdings in three American companies it says have ties to Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian Territories. As a result of the vote the church will divest holdings worth roughly $21 million in Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. "We as a church cannot profit from the destruction of homes and lives," said Reverend Gradye Parsons in a statement about the decision at its meeting in Detroit. "We continue to invest in many businesses involved in peaceful pursuits in Israel." Members of...
  • Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage

    06/20/2014 2:02:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 20, 2014
    The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), one of the United States’ leading Protestant denominations, has voted to allow its pastors to perform “any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform, where legal by state law.” The motion, which passed by a 61%-39% margin, takes effect immediately. By a 71%-29% margin, the assembly also recommended that the church’s Book of Order be amended to describe marriage as a “unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” This change will go into effect when it approved by the majority of the church’s presbyteries....
  • Presbyterian Assembly (PCUSA): Gay Marriage Is Christian (Ministers Can Do Homosexual Weddings)

    06/19/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by xzins · 50 replies
    ABC ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | KAROUB AND RACHEL ZOLL
    The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to redefine Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people" instead of only "a man and a woman." The amendment requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, which will vote on the change over the next year. But in a separate vote that will take effect immediately, the Presbyterian General Assembly allowed ministers to preside at gay weddings in states where gay marriage is legal. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage. Alex McNeill, executive director of More Light...
  • Presbyterian Pastors Can Preside at Gay Marriages

    06/19/2014 1:18:33 PM PDT · by alancarp · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2014 | Uncredited AP
    The largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S. will allow pastors to preside at gay weddings in states that recognize same-sex marriage. The Presbyterian General Assembly voted 61 percent to 39 percent in favor of allowing ministers to decide whether to perform the ceremonies. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize gay marriage.
  • University Reformed Church Votes To Leave The RCA

    05/29/2014 2:51:33 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    TGC ^ | April 27, 2014 | Kevin DeYoung
    On April 27, 2014, University Reformed Church (URC) voted 282-9 in favor of leaving the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and affiliating with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The following Wednesday, the consistory of URC voted unanimously (14-0) to file a petition with the Classis of South Grand Rapids that we might leave the RCA with all our real and personal property and join the Presbytery of the Great Lakes in the PCA.For the past three years, our church has wrestled with our place in the Reformed Church in America. We have prayed, studied, strategized, spoke, listened, prayed, asked...
  • VANITY: Question Regarding Precepts Upon Precepts with Kay Arthur

    01/28/2014 3:58:39 PM PST · by georgiegirl · 12 replies
    Please forgive this vanity question, but I have tried googling for an answer and have come up empty. Does anyone know Kay Arthur's beliefs on Reformed Theology or Calvinism? Are her Precepts Upon Precepts Bible Studies based on these beliefs? Thanks!
  • A Response To Rachel Held Evans Regarding Wilson And The Definition Of “Reformed”

    11/04/2013 7:46:32 AM PST · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    Heidelblog ^ | October 30, 2013 | R. Scott Clark
    Jonathan Merritt published a critique of Doug Wilson this morning on his Religion News Service. For younger readers, who might not remember the Federal Vision (FV) controversy, Wilson is the leader of the de facto denominational home of the FV, the Communion of Reformed and Evangelical Churches. Despite the fact that the CREC has the word “Reformed” in its title, it is not a recognized Reformed communion. It is not a member of nor does it qualify to join the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC). It is essentially a boutique denomination that orbits around Moscow, ID the headquarters of...
  • 9 Things You Should Know about John Calvin

    07/10/2013 9:14:33 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 7-10-13 | Joe Carter
    Today is the 504th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin (July 10, 1509). Here are nine things you should know about the French theologian and Reformer.
  • Reformed Church in America (RCA) removes conscience clauses

    06/21/2013 3:34:37 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    On Thursday afternoon, General Synod officially ratified the removal of the “conscience clauses” from the Book of Church Order (BCO). Last year’s General Synod voted to remove from the BCO the “conscience clauses”–statements that spell out how RCA members can and cannot conscientiously object to the ordination process of women. In the time since General Synod 2012, the required two-thirds of RCA classes voted in support of synod’s action, with 31 classes voting in favor of removing the clauses and 14 voting to keep the clauses. Originally adopted in 1980, the “conscience clauses” were intended to maintain unity and peace...