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  • Federal Court Dismisses Entire Justice Department Mosque Case

    09/01/2017 1:41:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Sept 1, 2017 | J. Christian Adams
    Yesterday, I reported on an outlandish effort to shake down a Christian pastor about his views on Islam by the Justice Department in an Obama-era holdover case. Today, a federal court entirely dismissed the Justice Department's case. United States District Court Judge Norman Moon ruled that the case was moot because the mosque settled with Culpeper County. The mosque obtained a settlement allowing it to pump and haul sewage from the land. The United States had sought to keep the case alive, and to conduct wide ranging and intrusive discovery against third parties such as Pastor Steve Harrelson of...
  • Justice Department Forces Christian Pastor to Testify on Islam Views

    08/31/2017 10:16:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 31, 2017 | J. Christian Adams
    The United State Department of Justice has issued subpoenas to force a Christian pastor in Virginia to disclose under oath his views on Islam. Pastor Steve Harrelson of the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Boston, Virginia, has been served with a wide-ranging subpoena by lawyers for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. The subpoena demands his presence to testify under oath in response to questions from Justice Department lawyers about his views on Islam as well as several other issues: DOJ Subpoena listing documents targets must provide to the government Harrelson is not a party to any lawsuit or other...
  • Message Bible Author Eugene Peterson: Homosexuality Not Wrong, Megachurches Aren't Real Churches

    07/13/2017 11:00:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/12/2017 | Brandon Showalter
    (Photo: Q via The Christian Post)Eugene Peterson concludes his discussions with Q Ideas Gabe Lyons today with a conversation on Being Immersed In Scripture.Eugene Peterson, the Presbyterian pastor who wrote the The Message, has come out in support of gay marriage, saying that he would officiate a same-sex wedding if asked.In an interview with Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service Wednesday, the author of more than 30 books said that he knows many gays and lesbians who "seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do," noting that he would not have said that 20 years ago. He...
  • Who is Trump calling a 'nasty guy'?

    05/02/2017 9:27:18 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 4 replies
    WND ^ | 5/1/2017 | Jim Fletcher
    In an election year that will rank as perhaps the oddest in history, Donald Trump last fall tweeted his displeasure with an attack from … an evangelical leader. What weird corner of the universe are we living in? When Trump said that Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore is a “nasty guy,” he was referencing a person that only months before had never crossed his path. New York City is far from Nashville, geographically and in every other way. Moore, the president of the SBC’s “Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission,” is unlike any other SBC leader before him. A former staffer...
  • Exclusive: The letter Russell Moore will send Trump about the refugee order

    02/01/2017 9:20:12 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/30/2017 | Russell Moore
    Dear President Trump and Vice President Pence, In June 2016, the Southern Baptist Convention reaffirmed its decades-long commitment to care for and minister to refugees. The resolution states, “Scripture calls for and expects God’s people to minister to the sojourner.” Southern Baptist churches throughout the United States lead the way in carrying out this calling. The church’s commitment to welcoming the stranger has long been reflected in our country’s policies toward those fleeing persecution in their home countries. A commitment given voice through the inscription on our Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning...
  • TX Baptists exercise church discipline over marriage issue

    11/18/2016 1:43:15 PM PST · by fwdude · 7 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | November 18, 2016 | Bill Bumpas
    A religious watchdog organization is applauding a denominational group for its handling of a sexual ethics issue. The Baptist General Convention of Texas, aligned with the Southern Baptist Convention, recently notified a Dallas and an Austin church that their stances on affirming sexual relationships outside the scope of biblical marriage between a man and a woman puts them outside the bounds of cooperation with the state convention. That means the BGCT will no longer accept funds from the church, seat its messengers to the annual meeting and allow the church to express affiliation with the state convention, among other things.
  • Southern Baptists See 9th Year of Membership Decline

    08/24/2016 5:52:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 6/8/16 | AP
    The denomination lost 200,000 members in 2015.The Southern Baptist Convention lost more than 200,000 members in 2015— the ninth straight year of decline for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Membership stands at 15.3 million, down from 15.5 million in 2014, according to denomination statistics released on Tuesday. Baptisms also fell by more than 10,000 to just a little more than 295,000. Baptisms are an important measure for the Nashville-based denomination because of its strong commitment to evangelism. After the numbers were announced, some denominational leaders emphasized the positive news that the number of Southern Baptist churches increased last year by...
  • The Southern Baptist Ban on Confederate Flags

    06/15/2016 12:52:03 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 52 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 6/15/16 | MATT VASILOGAMBROS
    Southern Baptist churches in the United States will no longer display the Confederate battle flag.
  • Russell Moore Says Christians Should Defend Religious Freedom for Non-Christians, Including Muslims

    06/10/2016 6:58:39 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 33 replies
    BCCN1 ^ | 6/10/2016 | BCNN1
    Baptists and other Christians should defend religious freedom for non-Christians, including Muslims, because it is morally right, as well as helpful to their own cause, says Southern Baptist religious liberty leader Russell Moore. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), advocated for religious freedom for people of all faiths in a blog post Wednesday (June 8), which came two days after a Baptist state editor questioned providing such liberty for Muslims. Religious freedom is not a government benefit “but a natural and inalienable right granted by God,” Moore wrote. “At issue is whether or not the civil...
  • Southern Baptists see 9th year of membership decline

    06/07/2016 8:44:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2016 6:00 PM EDT | Travis Loller
    The Southern Baptist Convention lost more than 200,000 members in 2015—the ninth straight year of decline for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Membership stands at 15.3 million, down from 15.5 million in 2014, according to denomination statistics released on Tuesday. Baptisms also fell by more than 10,000 to just a little more than 295,000. Baptisms are an important measure for the Nashville-based denomination because of its strong commitment to evangelism. …
  • Donald Trump: 'Russell Moore is Truly a Terrible Representative of Evangelicals'--Really?

    05/10/2016 7:30:51 AM PDT · by sonrise57 · 136 replies
    CP Politics ^ | May 9, 2016 | Samuel Smith
    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump believes that leading Southern Baptist Convention ethicist Russell Moore is a "truly a terrible representative" of Evangelicalism. The Manhattan billionaire businessman-turned-politician, who frequently takes to Twitter to attack the character of his critics and opponents, lashed out at the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission with a sharply worded tweet Monday morning. "@drmoore Russell Moore is truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!" Trump tweeted at 5:05 a.m. EST Monday morning. Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/donald-trump-russell-moore-is-truly-a-terrible-representative-of-evangelicals-163596/#8z7IBK3EGz8hrlOJ.99
  • Russell Moore: Saying America Is a Christian Nation Is Contrary to the Gospel

    05/05/2016 12:41:01 PM PDT · by fwdude · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | May 5, 2016 | Michael Gryboski
    Russell Moore says the belief that the United States is a Christian nation in the respect of being a divinely ordained country is "theological liberalism." In a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, the head of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention tackled the question of whether or not the U.S. is a Christian nation. "If what you mean by that is a nation in which most of the people profess to be Christians, then certainly the United States of America was and is a Christian nation," said Moore.
  • Southern Baptists present at private Cruz rally

    12/30/2015 9:57:31 AM PST · by Isara · 54 replies
    Baptist News ^ | Wednesday, December 30, 2015 | Bob Allen
    Current and former leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention were reportedly in attendance for a two-day meeting in Texas to galvanize the Religious Right behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2016 presidential election.A Southern Baptist Convention official gave positive reviews to a private gathering of roughly 300 pastors and faith leaders aimed at consolidating religious conservatives to support Sen. Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican presidential primaries. Paige Patterson Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, described remarks by Cruz to the two-day gathering at the Cisco, Texas, ranch of fracking billionaire Farris Wilks...
  • US evangelical leaders urge Christian acceptance of refugees

    12/17/2015 5:54:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2015 7:40 PM EST
    Evangelical leaders are urging fellow Christians to welcome refugees from Syria and Iraq despite opposition by many governors and presidential candidates. Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Assemblies of God, World Relief and other Christian groups said they would not surrender to fears surrounding the issue. ...
  • Russell Moore, Conservative Christian Leader Blasts Anti-Refugee Rhetoric, Calls For Compassion

    11/20/2015 8:23:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 11/20/2015 | McKay Coppins
    A leading voice on the religious right sharply criticized the "dangerous" anti-refugee sentiment that has permeated the recent political debate in the United States -- and warned that some Republican presidential candidates may turn off Christian voters with their lack of compassion. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, told BuzzFeed News on Thursday that he was shocked by the "overheated" rhetoric being employed by high-profile politicians in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. "Donald Trump is saber-rattling about shutting down mosques in this country, which, as somebody who...
  • Hattiesburg church dismissed from Baptist Association for affirming homosexual lifestyle

    11/03/2015 8:33:32 AM PST · by PAR35 · 63 replies
    WDAM-TV ^ | October 27, 2015 | Margaret Ann Morgan
    HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Baptist church in Hattiesburg that is self-described as "a different kind of Baptist church" was kicked out of the Pine Belt Baptist Association. A written statement by University Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Rusty Edwards said members of the association voted to dismiss UBC from its membership on Tuesday, Oct. 20. ... The statement specifically outlined University Baptist Church's decision to openly affirm the practice of a "homosexual lifestyle" into their church. According to the statement, the church is listed as an "affirming" church on the website gaychurch.org. The Pine Belt Baptist Association said that doctrine...
  • Macel Falwell, widow of Rev. Jerry Falwell, dies

    10/16/2015 7:36:55 AM PDT · by Borges · 5 replies
    Macel Falwell, the widow of the Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr., has died. She was 82. Jonathan Falwell, the pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church and one of the Falwells’ three children, posted a message on Twitter late Thursday night. “My sweet mom slipped into Heaven just a little while ago. I can’t believe I’ve been so blessed to have her in my life,” he wrote. Additionally, the Thomas Road Baptist Church website has a photo of Macel Falwell with the accompanying text, “In Loving Memory of Mrs. Jerry Falwell.” Macel Falwell was born Macel Pate on Oct. 4, 1933. Jerry...
  • Baptist Church Founded by First SBC President Allows Ordination of Gay and Transgender Ministers

    08/20/2015 8:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The South Carolina church that was founded by the Southern Baptist Convention's first president has adopted a new non-discrimination policy that will allow for the congregation to not only marry same-sex couples but also ordain openly gay, lesbian and transgender ministers. Dr. Jim Dant, senior minister of the 184-year-old First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina, explained in a recent interview with Greenville Online that his church, which is no longer Southern Baptist, voted earlier this year to take up a new policy that does not allow the church to discriminate in any facet of its ministry on the basis...
  • Southern Baptists pass resolution opposing gay marriage

    06/17/2015 12:28:53 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 48 replies
    AL.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Greg Garrison
    Southern Baptists pass resolution opposing gay marriage Arkansas Pastor Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, gives the presidential address to the Southern Baptist Convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, in Columbus, Ohio, June 16, 2015. Floyd exhorted members to stand united against same-sex marriage and vows that he will never officiate a same-sex union. The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution Tuesday, June 16, opposing gay marriage, reaffirming a long-standing position of the denomination. "The Southern Baptist Convention calls on Southern Baptists and all Christians of like-mindedness to stand firm on the Bible's witness on the private...
  • Southern Baptist Convention's statement opposing same-sex marriage

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