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  • The United Methodist Church Has Appointed A Transgender Deacon

    07/18/2018 8:23:51 AM PDT · by bkopto · 49 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 7/16/2018 | Julie Zauzmer
    Barclay, a transgender person who identifies as neither male nor female and thus uses the pronoun “they,” was commissioned on Sunday as the first non-binary member of the clergy in the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church is one of the largest denominations in America, falling behind only the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention. The mainline Protestant denomination has been bitterly divided over sexuality and gender identity: Its official rules say clergy must either be celibate or in heterosexual marriages, and can perform only such marriages, but American bishops have ordained gay and transgender clergy before, and...
  • World’s oldest Methodist chapel to host homosexual ‘celebration’

    07/17/2018 6:43:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 07/16/2018 | Calvin Freiburger
    LONDON -- The oldest Methodist chapel in the world is about to be the site of an LGBT “celebration,” in direct contradiction of Scripture and the chapel’s own founder. On Saturday, the pro-homosexual group Christians At Bristol Pride will hold a “Service of Celebration” at The New Room in John Wesley’s chapel in London, Christian Concern reports. The chapel was built in 1778 under the direction of English theologian John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. The pro-gay group says the event will be “an affirming service with songs, prayers and symbolic actions,” after which attendees will be invited to attend...
  • World’s Oldest Methodist Chapel to Host Homosexual ‘Celebration’

    07/17/2018 4:13:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/13/18 | Calvin Freiburger
    LONDON, July 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The oldest Methodist chapel in the world is about to be the site of an LGBT “celebration,” in direct contradiction of Scripture and the chapel’s own founder. On Saturday, the pro-homosexual group Christians At Bristol Pride will hold a “Service of Celebration” at The New Room in John Wesley’s chapel in London, Christian Concern reports. The chapel was built in 1778 under the direction of English theologian John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. The pro-gay group says the event will be “an affirming service with songs, prayers and symbolic actions,” after which attendees will...
  • Jimmy Carter: Jesus Would 'Approve' of Gay Marriage, Some Abortions

    07/09/2018 8:16:05 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 110 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 9, 2018 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    Speaking of his faith, Mr. Carter said in his career as a politician he never ran across "any really serious conflicts between my political obligations and my religious faith." Asked about gay marriage, he replied that it is "no problem with me. I think everybody should have a right to get married regardless of their sex." Regarding whether he thinks Jesus would approve of gay marriage, Carter replied "I don’t have any verse in Scripture," but added, "I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage." "I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere...
  • US Archbishop Hosts Conference Put on by Pro-Homosexual Priests Who Want to Remake Church

    07/08/2018 7:02:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/27/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, June 27, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – The Archdiocese of Albuquerque is currently hosting a conference run by a dissident priest organization with the full support of Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester. The conference, put on by the Association of United States Catholic Priests (AUSCP), is in full swing until June 28. It features Archbishop Wester as its Episcopal Moderator. AUSCP has advocated for homosexuals to be admitted to the priesthood contrary to Church teaching, championed the ordination of married men, and pressed for the ordination of women to the diaconate. The AUSCP is part of an “international coalition...
  • When Christians Stop Warning of Judgment and Say Only Nice Things

    07/07/2018 8:00:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/07/2018 | Michael Brown
    I heard a tragic story recently, some of the very bad fruit coming from Rob Bell's book Love Wins. (This was Bell's hell-denying book in which he effectively announced his apostasy from evangelical faith.) In light of a growing epidemic of deception in the Church today, a deception that is making people deaf to divine warnings, it seemed that now was a good time to share the story.Earlier this year, a university student was responding to my lecture on God's love for the LGBT community during a time of Q&A. He tried to undermine the authority of the Scriptures and...
  • Indianapolis church puts holy family in ‘ICE detention’ in bold statement about immigration policy

    07/03/2018 11:50:26 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 78 replies
    Christ Church Cathedral put up the display at their lawn on Monument Circle overnight. It shows statues of Mary, Joseph and Jesus in a cage. “On our lawn tonight we placed The Holy Family…in #ICE detention,” the church wrote on its Twitter page. The display has a sign saying #EveryFamilyIsHoly and its Spanish equivalent, #CadaFamiliaEsSagrada.
  • Diocese led by pro-gay bishop says it’s ‘up to each parish’ whether to promote homosexuality

    07/03/2018 8:37:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Jully 3, 2018 | Doug Mainwaring
    LEXINGTON, Kentucky, July 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic church in the heart of Appalachia has attracted media attention for the Gay Pride Month banner stretched across its front lawn. The local ordinary, Bishop John Stowe, has a record of collaborating with a group that rejects Catholic moral teaching, and his spokesperson says individual parishes may decide if they want to promote the homosexual cause. The rainbow banner in front of St. Paul’s parish in Lexington, Kentucky proclaims: LGBTQ+ CATHOLIC FAMILY, FRIENDS & ALLIES ALL ARE WELCOME “Making this kind of statement is a decision a spokesperson for the Diocese of Lexington says is up...
  • Catholic bishop Jaime Soto denounces “campaign of terror being forced upon families at the border”

    07/01/2018 3:02:12 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 19 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 07/01/2018 | Robert Spencer
    "... last April the “the U.S. Catholic bishops submitted a brief to the Supreme Court declaring that President Donald Trump’s ban on migration from five Muslim countries was ‘blatant religious discrimination.’” Is it really? And do the U.S. Catholic bishops feel any obligation to support measures that would protect Americans from jihad attacks? Apparently not. The message that the bishops are sending to Americans is simple: drop dead. The U.S. Catholic bishops appear to be absolutely unconcerned about the following facts: Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab...
  • LA Religious Leaders Plan Rally to Support Maxine Waters in Response to Death Threats

    07/01/2018 10:49:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    EUR Web ^ | July 1, 2018 | Fisher Jack
    LOS ANGELES – A coalition of religious leaders and black pastors in Los Angeles will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2018 in front of the office of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), located at 10124 South Broadway in Los Angeles. The coalition (Pastors in Soladarity) is being organized by Pastor Shane B. Scott, who is a senior pastor at the Macedonia Baptist Church. At the press conference, the pastors will show support for Congresswoman Waters, who has received criticism from the White House as well as death threats for her call to publically confront White...
  • Catholic church in Lexington hangs banner welcoming LGBTQ community (KY)

    06/29/2018 6:53:05 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 36 replies
    WKYT News ^ | 06/28/2018 | WKYT News Staff
    A Catholic church in Lexington is making a statement that's getting attention. St. Paul Catholic Church on W. Short Street put up a banner letting members and supporters of the LGBTQ community know they are welcome at their church. "This is a church that's open to all people and hopefully, this sign gets that across," said Stan "JR" Zerkowski, facilitator of Catholic LGBT ministry. The sign reads, "LGBTQ+ Catholic - Family, Friends & Allies - All Are Welcome." The banner has been up for weeks and will continue to stay up through Lexington's Pride Festival.
  • “Christian” Writer Claims Christian Voters Aren’t Really Christians if They Voted for Trump

    06/26/2018 8:20:43 AM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | June 25, 2018 | Isaac Cross
    While some of the most notable commands from God are “you shall have no other gods before me” and “you shall not murder,” it seems that evangelical historian John Fea has discovered another divine decree: “thou shalt not vote for Donald Trump.” On June 24th, The Atlantic published an article by Fea with the headline “Evangelical Fear Elected Trump.” In the piece, Fea, the author of the book Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump, offered his explanation for why 81% of evangelicals voted for the current president – and claimed that the “fear” which motivated his fellow believers...
  • White House to evangelical critics: 'Open your doors' to undocumented families

    06/19/2018 9:22:46 AM PDT · by DFG · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/18/2018 | Gabby Morrongiello
    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders urged religious groups on Monday to "open their doors" to undocumented families, after several prominent conservative evangelicals criticized the Trump administration for separating children from their parents at the border. "I think any evangelical, or any church for that matter, that feels strongly about that, should open their doors and facilitate some of these individuals," Sanders told reporters during a tense late afternoon briefing. "That’s their calling, and if they want to change the laws they should call their members of Congress," she added.
  • Hundreds of members at Sessions's church write formal complaint over immigration policy

    06/19/2018 9:06:46 AM PDT · by detective · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/19/18 | Brooke Seipe
    More than 600 members of the United Methodist Church signed on to a letter Monday condemning Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant parents and children at the U.S. border. In the letter, the group of churchgoers, including clergy and church leadership, accuse Sessions of child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination and dissemination of doctrines contrary to the standards of the doctrine of the United Methodist Church. They note in the letter that Sessions is a member of Ashland Place United Methodist Church, in Mobile, Ala.
  • Evangelicals Oppose Drilling in the Arctic Refuge

    06/18/2018 9:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/18/2018 | Mitch Hescox
    Over 16,000 pro-life Christians have recently signed a petition asking that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be protected from drilling. The reason we are speaking out is because we are "called by God to be a steward of America's majesty." And the Arctic Refuge is one of the most majestic places in our nation. Unfortunately, the Arctic Refuge has never been more imperiled. After four decades of attempts, last year drilling proponents succeeded in attaching an amendment allowing drilling to a must-pass spending bill. Even past staunch Republican defenders of the Arctic Refuge voted the wrong way this time. Before...
  • Southern Baptists Call Off the Culture War

    06/16/2018 4:56:13 PM PDT · by Salman · 78 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 6-16-2018 | Jonathan Merritt
    America’s largest Protestant group moves to cut ties with the Republican Party and re-engage with mainstream culture. It was immediately clear that change was afoot in Dallas. I’ve attended the annual gatherings of the Southern Baptist Convention dozens of times, but walking around the convention center this week, I was struck by how unfamiliar it all felt. When I was a child, the convention hall was a sea of silver combovers and smelled of denture paste. While the older, more traditionalist crowd was still present in Dallas, the younger, fresh-faced attendees now predominated. “The generational shift happening in the SBC...
  • Leveraging MRTI’s Christian witness to climate change

    06/12/2018 1:14:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Presbyterian Outlook ^ | June 12, 2018 | by Kerri Allen
    We live in times where moral ambiguity can have devastating and even deadly consequences. When it comes to the reality of climate change, there is no ambiguity of the disastrous impact of human degradation of the planet. Just in the past two weeks, a Harvard University study estimates that over 4,500 lives were lost as a consequence of Hurricane Maria. Well over a decade following Hurricane Katrina, white New Orleans has recovered; black New Orleans has not. See a pattern here? The devastating effects of climate change are undeniable, as is this disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable communities throughout...
  • United Methodists Remove ‘Father’ from Apostle’s Creed to Be More Gender Inclusive to God

    06/12/2018 11:40:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 120 replies
    Pulpit and Pen ^ | JUNE 11, 2018
    The Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church has removed the term, ‘Father,’ from the Apostle’s Creed in an attempt to be more gender inclusive to God. The ancient creed of the Christian Church reads: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. However, United Methodists in the Minnesota Conference decided that referring to God as “Father” wasn’t inclusive...
  • ‘This Is Not of God’: When Anti-Trump Evangelicals Confront Their Brethren

    05/29/2018 4:03:32 AM PDT · by Cronos · 46 replies
    The New york times ^ | May 23 2018 | Laurie Goodstein
    The night before Shane Claiborne came to town to preach at a Christian revival, he received a letter from the chief of police at Liberty University warning that if he set foot on the property, he would be arrested for trespassing and face up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine....to the leaders of Liberty, he was a menace to their campus. He and his national network of liberal evangelicals, called the Red Letter Christians, were holding a revival meeting to protest in Liberty’s backyard. Their target: Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty’s president and a man who has played...
  • Southern Baptist Denomination Severs Ties With DC Baptists Over Homosexuality

    05/26/2018 4:33:38 PM PDT · by upchuck · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 26, 2018 | Joshua Gill
    The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) cut relational and financial ties with the D.C. Baptist Convention (DCBC) for refusing to disfellowship a church with two lesbian pastors. The Executive Committee of the SBC issued a warning to the DCBC in February in which the D.C. convention was given 90 days to remove any church in its fellowship that “practice affirming, approving or endorsing homosexual behavior,” according to Baptist Press. The executive committee gave the warning specifically with regard to Calvary Baptist Church, which affirmed a lesbian couple as co-pastors in 2017, according to Juicy Ecumenism. The D.C. Baptist Convention failed to...