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  • Was the American Revolution sinful?

    08/05/2014 7:14:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 64 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 8/2/14 | Rod D Martin
    A father explains to his son why the Founding Fathers were justified in overthrowing the rule of King George... There is a recurring—albeit ill-informed—question in Christian circles regarding Romans 13 (which counsels dutiful subordination to legally established authorities) and the American Revolution: Were the Founding Fathers in sin when they rebelled against King George? Most recently, my son (a Harvard- and Yale-educated Mayo Clinic doctor who performs heart and lung transplants daily but does not have a lot of time for historiography) asked me for some references he could read to help answer this question, which was raised by some...
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 [Limited Atonement]

    08/03/2014 2:21:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 24, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 In my last two blog posts, we examined the first two of the “five points” of Calvinism popularly known by the acronym, TULIP, which represents 1. Total Depravity 2. Unconditional Election 3. Limited Atonement 4. Irresistible Grace 5. Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this post, we will tackle the third point:Limited AtonementNo Christian that I know of would deny that some doctrines are more or less clear than others in Scripture. When it comes to the atonement of Christ, the Scriptures are most clear: Jesus Christ died on the...
  • No, Christians Should Not Believe in 'Left Behind's' Rapture Theology, Says Prominent Apologist

    07/31/2014 8:11:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 155 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | Morgan Lee
    "This doctrine is not really found in the book of Revelation. If you read the book of Revelation, you won't find any mention of the rapture there," said William Craig, a Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. Instead, Craig says, the idea of the rapture comes from a "misinterpretation of 1 and 2 Thessalonians where Paul is describing the coming of the Lord and resurrection of the dead, which will occur at His coming." "If you compare what Paul says there to what Jesus says about the End Times,...
  • Millennial Series: Part 6: Amillennialism as a System of Theology

    07/27/2014 4:05:57 PM PDT · by wmfights · 16 replies
    Bible.org ^ | 1950 | John F. Walvoord
    The Growing Importance of Millennialism While the millennial controversy is nothing new, it has come to be recognized only recently that it plays such an important part in determining the form of theology as a whole. Instead of being simply a way of interpreting prophecy, millennialism now is seen to be a determining factor in any system of theology. Premillennialism, amillennialism, and postmillennialism each influence the system of theology of which each is a part. The controversy between amillennialism and premillennialism for this reason has taken on a new and sharper antagonism and its outcome is now seen to assume...
  • Why do Protestant lay people hate clergy?

    07/26/2014 4:41:46 AM PDT · by michaelwlf3 · 1,111 replies
    I am coming up on my first year as an ordained minister in a continuing Anglican church, and I have noticed that participating on political forums (even when the topic is religious) I find that my opinions and postings more often than not generate more hatred than anything else. Among the things I often hear are that the laity are the real priests and that I am a Pharisee, that my vocation disqualifies me from offering an opinion on anything Christian because I am too narrow minded, and (my personal favorite) because I look too Catholic I must be a...
  • Multimillion-dollar S.C. Episcopal split heads to trial Tuesday

    07/07/2014 3:02:15 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    Post and Courier ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jennifer Berry Hawes
    Like many divorces, this one began with small tiffs that escalated. After years of arguing over theology and administrative control, disputes among Episcopalians boiled over in 2012 when the local bishop and a majority of parishes left the national church. The aftermath flows Tuesday into the courtroom of a circuit judge in St. George who will decide the future of more than $500 million in church property - although her ruling is likely to be appealed. As the much-anticipated trial begins, two men will be in court, each in Anglican bishop purple, each claiming to be the rightful leader of...
  • 7 Reasons the Old Testament is Neglected

    07/06/2014 3:19:13 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 60 replies
    Ligonier Ministry ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | David Murray
    “You’ll find our text this morning in the Old Testament…” I know this is a rare announcement on a Sunday morning, but when you heard it last, what did you think? “Oh no! Not another historical lecture.” “We’re going to get a whipping with the law today.” “Why? I came to church to hear about Jesus.” “What’s Israel and Babylon got to do with my family struggles?” Or maybe you didn’t just think it. You said it or emailed it to the pastor afterwards. And pastors are feeling the pressure. Some surveys put the ratio of Old Testament to New...
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 [Unconditional Election]

    07/06/2014 3:44:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 In my last post, I began a series of critiques of John Calvin’s famous “five points,” most often referred to using the acronym, TULIP, which represents Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistibility of Grace, and The Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this installment, we’ll deal with Unconditional Election.Calvin’s idea of Unconditional Election simply means that God “elected” certain men for salvation and others for damnation from all eternity, rooted in texts of Scripture, as we will see below, like Romans 9:10-12:And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived...
  • Why “Let Go and Let God” Is a Bad Idea

    06/22/2014 11:28:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 39 replies
    Ligonier ^ | Andrew Naselli
    What is “let-go-and-let-God” theology? It’s called Keswick theology, and it’s one of the most significant strands of second-blessing theology. It assumes that Christians experience two “blessings.” The first is getting “saved,” and the second is getting serious. The change is dramatic: from a defeated life to a victorious life; from a lower life to a higher life; from a shallow life to a deeper life; from a fruitless life to a more abundant life; from being “carnal” to being “spiritual”; and from merely having Jesus as your Savior to making Jesus your Master. People experience this second blessing through surrender...
  • Are We Living in the End Times?

    06/14/2014 4:58:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 170 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | June 13, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    In the fundamentalist Bible church I attended as a child we would regularly have long sermons about the “end times”. These were based on an interpretative system of the Bible called “Dispensationalism”. The roots of this theology were the idea that history could be broken down into various “dispensations” or time periods and that God behaved differently and different things happened to the human race in these different dispensations. Part of this teaching was that the “rapture” would take place in which all the Christian people would be supernaturally whisked up into heaven and the sinners would remain behind. Thus...
  • 9 Things You Should Know About John Calvin

    05/28/2014 7:41:25 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 155 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 5-28-14 | Joe Carter
    Yesterday marked the 450th anniversary of the death of John Calvin. Here are nine things you should know about the French theologian and Reformer. 1. From an early age, Calvin was a precocious student who excelled at Latin and philosophy. He was prepared to go to study of theology in Paris, when his father decided he should become a lawyer. Calvin spend half a decade at the University of Orleans studying law, a subject he did not love. 2. Calvin wrote his magnum opus, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, at the age of 27 (though he updated the work...
  • FALLING AWAY FROM GOD'S GRACE

    When it comes to the topic of if a Christian can fall from God's grace, the "once saved, always saved" people bring up the sheep example. Very oddly, they miss something. Jesus said, "28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand." John 10:28f. Jesus also said earlier, "11 I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His...
  • Explaining the Heresy of Catholicism (John MacArthur)

    05/26/2014 4:13:56 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 232 replies
    Grace To You ^ | Pastor John MacArthur
    Praying to Mary, celebrating the Mass, venerating the Pope—you won’t find those doctrines in the Bible. And yet more than one billion Roman Catholics throughout the world follow such practices in line with the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. With that many Catholics around the globe, it’s likely you know some of them as relatives, friends, neighbors, or co-workers. Find out what they don’t know—the origin and error of Catholic doctrine—so you can help the Catholics you know out of the darkness and into the light.
  • Four Marks of the Church [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    05/24/2014 11:53:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | 1995 | Kenneth D. Whitehead
    Four Marks of the Church by Kenneth D. WhiteheadWe can show how the Church of the apostles resembles in all essentials the Church of today by showing how the early Church already bore the marks, or "notes," of the true Church of Christ which are still professed today in the Nicene Creed. The Nicene Creed declares the Church to be One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.Thus, the Church of the apostles was definitely one: "There is one body and one spirit," Paul wrote, "just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one...
  • The strange tension between theology and science

    04/25/2014 1:42:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2013 | Michael Gerson
    In the late 1920s, astronomer Edwin Hubble established that the light we detect from galaxies is shifted toward the redder colors of the spectrum, indicating that they are moving away from us at enormous speeds. And the farther away galaxies are, the faster they are fleeing. Rewinding that expansion through mathematics — dividing distance by speed — indicates that something extraordinary happened about 14 billion years ago, when the entire universe was small, dense and exceedingly hot. Scientists such as Alexander Friedmann and Georges Lemaitre had anticipated the big bang — which Lemaitre described as a “Cosmic Egg exploding at...
  • Theologians Challenge Bart Ehrman's 'Sloppy' Scholarship in 'How Jesus Became God' With New Book

    04/25/2014 7:48:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/25/2014 | Nicola Menzie
    Bart Ehrman, prolific author, New Testament scholar and former evangelical Christian, says it took him eight years to research and complete his new book, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. Yet, a group of fellow scholars responded in their book, How God Became Jesus, by claiming that the Christian-turned-agnostic's "sloppy" scholarship on Jesus' divinity leaves much to be desired. Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, says his research reveals that Jesus, a first century Galilean, never claimed to be God, and that it...
  • Comedian Lewis Black Wants Socialism as “Forced Christianity”–Here’s Why He’s Wrong

    04/17/2014 3:16:47 PM PDT · by IChing · 9 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 4/16/14 | Donald Joy
    Someone needs to explain to those (especially socialists) who have been misled otherwise–Jesus Christ did not preach public charity. In fact, he taught the opposite. Deranged, hyper-manic left wing comedian Lewis Black made a complete fool of himself Monday when he gave a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., delivering a slobbering, convulsive tirade in his usual style, that of a bombastic barroom boor who pontificates wildly in a blind rage on matters of which he knows next to nothing. Black claims that he is one of only a handful of true socialists still alive in American...
  • Predestination: Should We Even Talk About It?

    03/20/2014 7:47:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 82 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | March 20, 2014 | Daniel Hyde
    Full Title: Predestination: Should We Even Talk About It? Is the doctrine of predestination an obstacle to the usefulness of preaching? I’d like to begin a series on—get ready—predestination. Yes, I said that word. I know this is not the most popular topic to bring up among polite company; in fact, it’s downright divisive, isn’t it? In the fifth century, Augustine recounted in his letters that some said, “The doctrine of predestination is an obstacle to the usefulness of preaching.” And who wants an obstacle? In the sixteenth century, John Calvin had to go out of his way to state...
  • Bill Maher Absolutely Trashes the Bible and ‘Psychotic Mass Murderer’ God

    03/15/2014 12:49:04 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 56 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11:22 pm, March 14th, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    Maher began the monologue by declaring that America is “stupid” because 60 percent of the country reportedly believes the tale of Noah’s ark is literally true. He went on to slam the film Noah as “floating giraffe cr**,” but said it “must be doing something right” since it’s been condemned by both Muslims and Christians. And the fact that it might lose a lot of studio money, he joked, “may put it in hot water with the Jews too.”
  • The Biblical Evidence for Hell

    03/02/2014 10:59:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    ligonier ^ | February 2014 | Christopher W Morgan
    Would a loving Jesus really teach about hell? Yes, and so does every New Testament author. Let’s consider what they teach.Hell in MatthewIn the Sermon on the Mount, often known for its emphasis on love and the kingdom, Jesus teaches the reality and nature of hell (5:20–30; 7:13–27). In Matthew 5:20–30, Jesus contrasts hell with the kingdom of heaven and warns that hell is a real danger to unrepentant sinners. The fire of hell, the justice of hell, and the extreme suffering in hell are particularly stressed. The unrepentant are warned to use extreme measures to avoid being cast into it by God.As...
  • Is the Founder of the Christian Religion Paul of Tarsus or Jesus of Nazareth?

    02/24/2014 2:10:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 111 replies
    Evidence for God ^ | 02/24/2014 | Rich Deem
    Many skeptics assert that Paul of Tarsus (the apostle Paul) hijacked the early Christian religion, changing the theology from what Jesus originally taught. Usually offered as proof for this claim are the doctrines found in Paul's great theological work, his letter to the Romans. Without a doubt, the book of Romans contains the most complete exposition of orthodox Christian doctrines. Are these doctrines contrary to what Jesus taught? Do they conflict with the teachings of the Old Testament from which they were purportedly derived? If Paul really "invented" Christianity, then one would expect that his teachings would be different from...
  • The Scientific Proof of the Existence of the Soul

    02/23/2014 5:18:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Waking Times ^ | February 27, 2013 | Debbie West
    Michael Hathaway, author of 10 books on psychic development, past lives, regression, hypnosis and spirituality, and a board certified Past Life Regression Therapist is one of the most respected hypnotists in the country. He published a book entitled, “It’s Time to Simplify Your Soul’s Code”, an easy how-to guide for discovering our unique special purpose and to enrich our life experience by delving into the aspects of higher self and soul contracts. In this book, Mr. Hathaway emphasizes the source energy of the loving universe as a means to connect to our divine purpose as incarnated souls. He brilliantly describes...
  • House of Deputies President Accuses Africans of "Homophobia" and "Repression" of Gays. But is it tru

    01/30/2014 3:13:09 PM PST · by Epistolizer · 13 replies
    The President of the Episcopal Church's lay and clergy House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Jennings has blasted laws in parts of Africa that she says, "are brutally repressive to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people."
  • Did Jesus Die for All or for Only the Elect? Two Theologians Debate

    01/26/2014 7:24:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/26/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    For whom did Jesus die? For the sins of the entire humanity or only for the elect? This was the topic of a live debate between Messianic Jewish apologist Dr. Michael L. Brown and Alpha and Omega Ministries Director Dr. James White on RevelationTV.com Friday evening. The issue boils down to what the intention of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit was in Christ going to the cross, said White, who heads the Phoenix, Ariz.-based evangelical Reformed Christian apologetics organization, as the debate began Friday at 9 p.m. EST. "Jesus' death on the cross was a covenantal death,"...
  • Evolution is Most Certainly a Matter of Belief... and so is Christianity

    01/15/2014 8:57:46 AM PST · by xzins · 155 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | January 15, 2014 | Albert Mohler
    One of the most misleading headlines imaginable recently appeared over an opinion column published in USA Today. Tom Krattenmaker, a member of the paper’s Board of Contributors, set out to argue that there is no essential conflict between evolution and religious belief because the two are dealing with completely separate modes of knowing. Evolution, he argued, is simply “settled science” that requires no belief. Religion, on the other hand, is a faith system that is based in a totally different way of knowing—a form of knowing that requires belief and faith. The background to the column is the recent data...
  • When is the Rapture ?

    12/23/2013 7:16:44 PM PST · by Uri’el-2012 · 752 replies
    Jesus is coming 2016 ^ | current | Jesus is coming 2016
    Why I believe the Rapture of the Church will take place between December 25, 2013, and January 4, 2014 The Lord has been giving me pieces to a puzzle for the last 13 years, leading me to the date for the firstfruits Rapture of the Church. The puzzle ends between December 25, 2013, and January 4, 2014. I very strongly believe that the Rapture will take place on January 3/4, 2014. However, it is possible that the puzzle can end as early as December 25, 2013.
  • Catholic Sacraments - Explained without Protestant Bias

    12/16/2013 6:05:21 AM PST · by vladimir998 · 56 replies
    Youtube - posted by Jeremy Hochstein ^ | October 11, 2011 | Karlo Broussard
    Karlo Broussard does a very good job of explaining the sacraments without the distortions or misrepresentations of Protestants who never even walked the earth until more than 14 centuries after Christ established the sacraments.
  • The EITHER/OR of "It's EITHER Calvinism OR Arminianism" has proven useless

    12/12/2013 2:20:13 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 24 replies
    12/12/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Did God provide for the salvation of sinners that he chose to be saved, or did God provide a way of salvation and then it is up to sinners to choose it? Wrong question that has been asked... The question that SHOULD be asked: Did God know which choice we would make (as to salvation) when He created this universe and bring into existence that choice to be saved, or did He bring into existence His choice for whom He would save when He brought this universe into existence? Is the ultimate, final answer to this either/or, neither/nor, or both/and?...
  • [Fr.] Edward T. Oakes, S.J.: An Appreciation [Ecumenical]

    12/07/2013 12:09:45 PM PST · by sitetest
    First Things ^ | December 7, 2013 | Thomas G. Guarino
    Father Edward T. Oakes, S.J., professor of dogmatic theology at Mundelein Seminary and University of St. Mary of the Lake, has gone to God, dying on December 6, 2013. Readers of First Things know Fr. Oakes well. Over the course of two decades he has been intimately linked with the journal, publishing essay after essay on subjects that extended from Shakespeare to original sin, from the latest movie, to the nature of evolution. Oakes wrote well on many themes, but he will surely be remembered as one of the earliest and most insightful interpreters of the extraordinary thinker, Hans Urs...
  • Edward T. Oakes, R.I.P. [Ecumenical]

    12/07/2013 6:37:44 AM PST · by sitetest · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | December 6, 2013 | David Mills
    Father Edward Oakes, S.J., distinguished theologian, gifted writer and teacher, generous ecumenist, and our friend, has died, of pancreatic cancer, at 8:00 this morning. The announcement from the Academy of Catholic Theology, of which Father Oakes was president, reports: Father Oakes entered the Society of Jesus in 1966, and was ordained a priest in 1979. He received his doctorate in theology from Union Theological Seminary in 1987. He taught at New York University, Regis University, and Mundelein Seminary, where he was deeply loved and valued by his colleagues, students, and indeed everyone on the staff as well.
  • There Is No Hope. But I Really Don't Give A Flying Flip And Neither Should You

    12/05/2013 8:07:28 AM PST · by IChing · 27 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 12/5/13 | Donald Joy
    A couple decades ago I was talking with a Christian friend about the vicissitudes of life, and about the maddening corruption and treachery we saw all around us. “This world is hopeless,” my friend said conclusively, in spiritual summary of what we’d discussed. I recognized his attitude as a core feature of orthodox Christian doctrine, which assesses a fallen world, full of sin, and resignedly accepts that fallen man is simply incapable of improving conditions. Incapable, that is, beyond temporary intervals of marginal revival and renewal, however worthwhile and glorious. Hoping for some kind of man-made, permanent solution to evil,...
  • The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism (new book)

    11/25/2013 9:44:04 AM PST · by fishtank · 26 replies
    The Armoury ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 | Michael John Beasley
    Thursday, November 14, 2013 The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism by Michael John Beasley From the website: This book examines Dr. Wayne Grudem's controversial teaching on fallible prophecy in view of various lexical, exegetical, and historical points of analysis. It also addresses the teaching's popularity and continuing advancement through many charismatics within the "New Calvinism" movement. The doctrine of fallible prophecy is neither benign nor harmless, rather it constitutes a troubling strange fire for the body of Christ and continues to spread through the advocacy of popular continuationists like Wayne Grudem, D.A. Carson, John Piper, and Mark Driscoll: 1. Chapter...
  • Author of 'Mormon Christianity' Claims Christians Can Learn From the LDS Church

    11/14/2013 9:24:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 358 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | November 11, 2013 | Tyler O'Neil
    A Roman Catholic scholar and former philosophy and religion professor has released a new book that defends Mormonism as "one of the youngest branches on the Christian tree," and claims that Christians can learn from the Mormon religion. Stephen H. Webb, former 25 year professor of religion and philosophy at Wabash College and author of the book, Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints, told The Christian Post that, among other things, "Mormon theology teaches us to think of matter in new and creative ways." "Traditional theology teaches that matter is lifeless, without the soul it's...
  • God Talks To Our DNA

    11/14/2013 1:00:43 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 23 replies
    www.YouTube.com ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Yosemitest
    ISON is in an Outburst Now. The Hidden Code This is the quote from the 12 minute 35 second video that BPEarthWatch posted on YouTube.com:"God talks to our DNA." This quote comes from the 3 minute 14 second to the 3 minute 18 seconds part of that video.BPEarthWatch has a lot of information in this video and information that, I believe, should be discussed. He took 200 or 300 pages of information and tried to boil it down to this video and he's talking about ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) Waves and the Earth's Resonance Frequency of 7.8 Hz or...
  • Salvation Lessons from the Thief on the Cross

    10/22/2013 1:22:32 PM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 63 replies
    The 1024 Project ^ | 10-21-13 | Dr. Andy Woods
    The thief who became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ hung helplessly naked from his cross, yet was granted the opportunity to be a historical eyewitness, in a most anguishing experiential way, of God's great salvation event as he watched the suffering of "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)." The thief on the cross is the ultimate example of the law free gospel that offers salvation by faith through grace without works (Romans 3:21-4:8; Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • Theology in colors: Icon of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross [Ecumenical]

    10/05/2013 1:06:11 PM PDT · by annalex · 6 replies
    Theology in colors: Icon of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross In the Middle Ages there was no audio and video recordings, photographs, Internet. Historians worked on the basis of tradition and written documents, the lives of the saints were written according to the "literary decorum." Visual imprinting of historical events occurred sometimes many years later, and sometimes centuries, and was conducted in accordance with the canon. Studying the works of art, you can learn a lot about the events themselves, and on the attitudes of people in different eras. Illuminated gospel [Urbin. gr. 2] page 21. AD 1122. Apostolic...
  • CALVINISM’S FALSE DOCTRINE

    09/24/2013 1:43:25 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 56 replies
    Peacemakers ^ | September 14, 2007 | Cathy ??
    CALVINISM’S FALSE DOCTRINE Posted on September 14, 2007 by Cathy “Calvinism” is very popular and many Christians, though they would not identify themselves as Calvinists, may have embraced some of Calvin’s doctrine without realizing it. The doctrine is named after a man named John Calvin, a reformer, who lived in the 1500′s. Calvinism propagates error. Knowledge of error helps us to be discerning when listening to or reading Christian material. If a teacher is a Calvinist, all that they teach will be taught through the lens of Calvinism. The result of this Calvinistic “bent” will be teachings that are dangerously...
  • Syria Conflict Is Fulfillment of End Times Prophecy? Christian Theologians Weigh In

    09/05/2013 6:34:09 AM PDT · by Center2Right
    The Christian Post ^ | September 4, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Rally for America, against immigration reform,09-07-2013, West Chester, OH, 2pm (Boehner's home turf).
  • Jesus As Mary's First-Born

    09/03/2013 5:38:10 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 337 replies
    Question: It is obvious that Mary had children after Jesus was born. As long as Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, why was it necessary that Mary have no previous children? I am not asking why it was necessary that Jesus be conceived by the Holy Spirit—I understand that. I guess my question is, Why would it matter that Mary had other children first, as long as Jesus was conceived by the Spirit? Answer: I agree with you that from what is said in Scripture, it appears to be "obvious that Mary had children after Jesus was born. "...
  • Calling Priests "Father"

    09/01/2013 2:10:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | August 31, 2013 | Tim Staples
    The other day I received a rather lengthy email from a fellow responding to a chapter in my book, Nuts and Bolts - A Practical How-To Guide for Explaining and Defending the Catholic Faith, specifically responding to my defense of calling priests "father."Score One Up For the ProtestantsI have answered this question hundreds of times over the years, but this fellow's critique caught my attention first of all because he used my own style of argumentation against me. I liked that. "Matthew 23:9," he reminded me, "says, ‘Call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father,...
  • Joel Osteen Rebukes Apostles Paul, Peter, and John

    08/28/2013 12:22:54 PM PDT · by Sopater · 147 replies
    United for Awakening ^ | 8/27/13 | Peter Michael Martinez
    According to Joel Osteen – Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, these first century apostles are wrong and outdated and he has come out boldly to infer indirectly that Apostles Paul, Peter, and John whom wrote much of the New Testament were wrong and need to be corrected and rebuked.When asked directly if people whom are openly practicing homosexuals are accepted into the Kingdom, Joel Osteen responded with “Absolutely, anybody is.”We all need to listen carefully to the words that this “man of God” speaks as he goes on interviews so we too can find the errors in the...
  • Does God Harden Human Hearts?

    08/28/2013 4:18:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 27, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more difficult Biblical themes to understand is the concept of God hardening the hearts and minds of certain human beings. The most memorable case is that of Pharaoh wherein, before sending Moses to him God said he would “harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 4:21). But there are other instances where biblical texts speak of God as hardening the hearts of sinners, even from among his own people.What are we to make of texts like these? How can God, who does no evil, be the source of a sinful mind or heart? Why would God do such a thing...
  • Catholicism For Protestants

    08/22/2013 3:56:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 583 replies
    Catholic in the Ozarks ^ | August 22, 2013 | Shane Schaetzel
    Like the article?  Read the book! INTRODUCTION Naturally, any blog entitled "Catholic in the Ozarks" is going to require a page dedicated to answering basic questions that are common to people in the Ozarks.  Since most people in this part of America (the "Bible Belt") are of Baptist and Pentecostal belief, they often don't have much knowledge of what Catholicism really is, or what Catholics really believe.  They may even be under some false impressions or have misunderstandings. This article is a Question and Answer (Q&A) format designed specifically for people in this area, or anyone else who might...
  • Does The MSM-e Support Female Rabbis & Imams? They Push For Female Priests Within Roman Catholicism

    08/13/2013 11:52:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    8/13/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The MSM-e, hollywood, activist atheists, activists within the Roman Catholic Church (RCC),etc, have been, and are pushing really hard for the Roman Catholic Church to change its stance on not allowing females to serve as priests. I don't see these same usual suspects pushing for greater "inclusiveness," i.e., pushing for Sunni, Shiite, or Sufi Islam to allow female Imams or pushing for female Rabbis within Orthodox Judaism, or even other branches of the same.
  • Blessed Grapes and Hymns of Glory: The Feast of the Transfiguration in the Eastern Churches

    08/06/2013 4:22:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 6, 2013 | Christopher B. Warner
    Transfiguration icon by Theophanes the Greek (15th c.). August 6th commemorates Christ’s transfiguration in glory on Mount Tabor. The Transfiguration is one of twelve major feasts on the Eastern Christian liturgical calendar. A major feast is the equivalent of a solemnity on the Roman calendar. A glimpse of this feast through the hymns and traditions of the East gives a fresh perspective on God’s plan of salvation for us. “My favorite part of this feast is singing the troparion,” says Robin Roxas of Morning Star Family Farm in Hartland, Wisconsin. Robin and his family of ten traveled an hour from...
  • Does The Orthodox Presbyterian Church use the Crucifix?

    08/05/2013 10:31:02 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 961 replies
    Question: Does the OPC use the crucifix in the church? If not, are they opposed to it? Answer: Thank you for your question. The answer is, so far as I know, the crucifix is not used in OPC churches, and here is why: 1.The Second Commandment (Ex. 20:4-6 and Deut. 5:8-10) forbids any picture or image of God, and that would include the Son of God, even as man. At any rate we do not know what Jesus looked like as there is no physical description of him. 2.The crucifix will always end up being an object of worship—regarded as...
  • Is Biblical Creation a Distraction to Evangelism? (article)

    08/01/2013 10:40:10 AM PDT · by fishtank · 93 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | August 2013 | James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D.
    Is Biblical Creation a Distraction to Evangelism? by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. * The Institute for Creation Research and other biblical creation ministries are sometimes criticized as distractions from the ministry of evangelism. The alleged concern is that the promotion of biblical creation as taught in Genesis creates controversy by derailing the evangelism process—distracting people from learning about who Jesus is and trusting Him as their Savior. Does teaching biblical creation truth interfere with a proper presentation of the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior? Before that question can be squarely answered, consider the context of the controversy. Dr....
  • Archbishop Tutu 'would not worship a homophobic God' ("Would rather go to Hell")

    07/27/2013 2:36:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    BBC ^ | July 26, 2013
    South Africa's Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he will never worship a "homophobic God" and will rather go to hell. The retired archbishop was speaking at the launch of a UN-backed campaign in South Africa to promote gay rights. Despite sex-same relationships being legal in South Africa, it had some of the worst cases of homophobic violence, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said. Archbishop Tutu, 81, is a long-standing campaigner for gay rights. 'Toilet brush attack' He retired as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996, but has remained the moral conscience of the nation, correspondents say. Same-sex...
  • What The Economist Gets Wrong About Calvinist Baptists

    07/12/2013 8:38:23 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 98 replies
    Patheos / Get Religion ^ | July 10, 2013 | Joe Carter
    Today is the 504th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin (July 10, 1509) — and the 497th anniversary of misunderstanding Calvinists. To commemorate the event, let’s look at a recent notable example provided by The Economist. The article is out-datedly titled, “Dippers divided” and the subhead is “Where evangelicals disagree.” Where evangelicals disagree, apparently, is on whether to maintain, the “theocon” alliance in American politics between Catholics and evangelicals, who have set aside their doctrinal differences (over the Virgin Mary, for example) to take a joint stand against abortion and in favour of the traditional family. What could be...
  • "Theoanonsía" as the fatal flaw of heterodox "feminist theology"

    06/11/2013 1:02:57 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 10 replies
    Vivificat - from Contemplation to Action ^ | 11 June 2013 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    In which Bishopess Schori’s “Theo-fantastic” Curacao sermon is reexamined, evaluated, judged, and ditched. Brethren, Peace and good to all of you. I can't listen to this sermon! I’ve been asking myself what (or who) possessed Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Episcopal Church’s presiding bishopess of the Episcopal Church, to deliver this sermon in Curacao. As you might remember, I commented on it not long ago on a previous blog post. I think I got the answer after reading a chapter of this book, God or Goddess?: Feminist Theology : What Is It? Where Does It Lead?, by Manfred Hauke....