Latest Articles: Religion
Killing Christians: persecution of Christians is worse than ever, so why is the Church growing so fast?
Post Date: 2015-04-14 09:32:19 by redleghunter
We are living in a time of unprecedented persecution of Christians in the Middle East and around the world. The Lord Jesus warned His disciples that they would be persecuted, and that persecution would intensify as the time of His return drew near. Today, we are seeing His prophecies come to pass as never before. Recently, my friend, Tom Doyle, published an important book titled, Killing Christians: Living The Faith Where Its Not Safe To Believe. Tom not only describes the general wave of brutality against Christ-followers worldwide; he also tells specific, personal stories of believers boldly standing for their Savior and courageously proclaiming the Gospel of forgiveness and ...
Russian TV broadcasts 6 1/2 hours of Orthdox Easter Services
Post Date: 2015-04-12 22:23:25 by Orthodoxa
Putin and Medvedev were shown prominently to be in attendance. Here is an English translation of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kyrill's sermon: "Beloved in the Lord my brothers the archpastors, all-honourable fathers, pious monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters! It is with joy that I greet you with the ancient and yet eternally new and life-affirming victorious exclamation: CHRIST IS RISEN! This wondrous resonance of truly life-creating words contains the foundation of our faith, the gift of hope and the fount of love. Just yesterday, together with the Lords disciples, we grieved at the death of our beloved Saviour, while today with the whole world, both visible and ...
Pope calls Armenium slaughter genocide
Post Date: 2015-04-12 10:28:38 by rlk
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis on Sunday honored the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling it "the first genocide of the 20th century" and urging the international community to recognize it as such, a politically explosive declaration that will certainly anger Turkey. Francis, who has close ties to the Armenian community from his days in Argentina, defended his pronouncement by saying it was his duty to honor the memory of the innocent men, women, children, priests and bishops who were "senselessly" murdered by Ottoman Turks. "Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it," he said at the ...
Indiana And The Long Retreat in the Culture War
Post Date: 2015-04-10 01:21:14 by nativist nationalist
The Republican rout in the Battle of Indianapolis provides us with a snapshot of the correlation of forces in the culture wars. Faced with a corporate-secularist firestorm, Gov. Mike Pence said Indianas Religious Freedom Restoration Act would not protect Christian bakers or florists who refuse their services to same-sex weddings. And the white flag went up again. Politics follows culture. And the cultural revolution of the 60s is triumphant. Traditional Christianity, driven out of schools and the public square, is being whipped back into the churches and told to stay there. America has gone over to the revolution. Looking back, the sweep of the capitulation becomes stark. ...
Post Date: 2015-04-06 09:48:58 by redleghunter
Easter is upon us. But who is Jesus? Upon reading the Scriptures, it becomes clear that the real Jesus, as opposed tothe tamed, lame, and maimed Politically Correct Jesus who Christian clerics as much as anyone have been promoting for years, was the antithesis of the meek, mild mannered, nonjudgmental man of whom Christians and non-Christians alike hear about at every turn. The latter placates this generations political-moral sensibilities, but he hardly fits the profile of a person who gave rise to a religion claiming billions of followers. The truth about Jesus, in His own day as in ours, is hard. For starters,Marcionism was a school of thought from the second century ...
Israeli scholar says 1st century Jews awaited Messiah who would die & rise again.
Post Date: 2015-04-05 10:32:02 by redleghunter
This is the week of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the Feast of First Fruits. Millions of Jews in Israel and around the world are celebrating the story of how the Jewish people were saved from the angel of death in ancient times if they put the blood of a perfect slain lamb on the doorposts of their homes in Egypt. This is also the week of Good Friday and Easter. Billions of Christians around the world are celebrating the death of Jesus of Nazareth, and His resurrection from the tomb three days later, and the belief that all mankind can be saved from the angel of death in our times if we, too, trust in the blood of a perfect slain Passover Lamb. But ...
Jesus Of Nazareth, Enemy Of The State, Executed For Treason
Post Date: 2015-04-03 18:16:05 by Tooconservative
Jesus of Nazareth was executed today on the orders of the Roman State. Method of execution: Crucifixion. The charge under Roman law was treason, and under Herodian law blasphemy against the Temple. The evidence against this anarchist was so strong that authorities of both the Roman State and the Kingdom of Herod concurred with the arrest and execution, and he was subjected to trial by both governments. And in a rare uprising of spontaneous collective justice, the mass of people who were gathered for Passover called for his execution as well. The mob affirmed their loyalty to the state, chanting, We have no king but Caesar. Fridays execution ended a career as an ...
Neil deGrasse Tyson: Scientology Is No Different than Judaism, Christianity
Post Date: 2015-04-03 08:45:33 by Willie Green
Neil deGrasse Tyson is defending Scientology. The famed astrophysicist and host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey told The Daily Beast, "So, you have people who are certain that a man in a robe transforms a cracker into the literal body of Jesus saying that what goes on in Scientology is crazy?" Tyson was asked about Scientology in connection to the new HBO documentary Going Clear. Tyson said he hadn't yet seen the film, but still opened up about his feelings on the religion. "Lets realize this," Tyson continued. "What matters is not who says whos crazy, what matters is we live in a free country ... If we start controlling what people think and why ...
Study: Muslims To Outnumber Christians Worldwide At 2070
Post Date: 2015-04-02 14:00:05 by redleghunter
WASHINGTON (CBS DC) Shifts in the worlds major religions will see Islam growing faster than any other faith, with the number of Muslims nearly equaling that of Christians by 2050. A new Pew Research Center study finds that with the exception of Buddhists, the worlds major religions will all see an increase in numbers by 2050, although some will make up a smaller percentage from today. Muslims are the only major religious group projected to increase faster than the worlds population as a whole. Over the coming four decades, Christianity will remain the worlds largest religious affiliation, but Islam will see a major increase that will make the two religions ...
Blood Moon With Total Lunar Eclipse & Eerie Biblical Message Rising Over U.S. Easter Weekend
Post Date: 2015-04-02 12:09:07 by redleghunter
(CBS SF) Get ready to feast your eyes on an extra special and rare total lunar eclipse Saturday morning that has some Christians worried this Easter weekend. For the third time in less than a year, the moon will dip into Earths shadow, turning its bright white globe a deep coppery red in a matter of minutes. The action begins at 3:16 a.m. PST on the morning of April 4 when the edge of the moon first enters the amber core of Earths shadow. For the next hour and 45 minutes, Earths shadow will move across the lunar disk, ultimately covering the entire moon at 4:58 a.m. PST. The total phase of the lunar eclipse will only last about 5 minutes, making it the shortest ...
Post Date: 2015-04-01 18:32:54 by redleghunter
Watchdog group questions Cruz appearance at Liberty University
Post Date: 2015-03-30 13:55:07 by Willie Green
The watchdog group Americans United for Separation of Church and State is calling foul on Sen. Ted Cruzs appearance at Liberty University last week and pointing to it as an example of the need for renewed IRS enforcement. In a letter to the IRS, Americans United said Cruzs speech at an LU convocation on March 23 amounted to a campaign rally that students had to attend or risk being fined. This is precisely the sort of activity that should warrant an investigation into the schools tax status, reads the letter signed by Americans United Executive Director Barry Lynn. It sure looks and smells and walks and feels like an endorsement to us, Lynn ...
Indiana religion law is Jim Crow of our time [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2015-03-29 04:44:12 by Willie Green
The arguments for Indianas Religious Freedom Restoration Act arguments are strikingly similar to the arguments for racial discrimination some 50 years ago. Then, the nation debated whether it was right and just for someone to be barred from service at a lunch counter because of the color of his or her skin. Astonishingly, here we are again, having to combat arguments that it should be legal to bar someone from the same lunch counter based on the gender of the person they love.Lets tell it like it is: The so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act is the Jim Crow legislation of our time. Today, African-Americans are protected from discrimination of this kind and ...
Arizona state senator wants mandatory church attendance
Post Date: 2015-03-28 13:52:47 by Willie Green
PHOENIX, March 28 (UPI) -- Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen said she is unapologetic after suggesting the state require Sunday church attendance to precipitate a "moral rebirth." During a committee debate on allowing concealed guns in public buildings, the Republican senator said mandatory church attendance would stem a moral crisis she says is eroding the "soul of America." "I believe what's happening to our country is that there's a moral erosion of the soul of America," she said. "It's the soul that is corrupt. How we get back to a moral rebirth I don't know. Since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. ...
Post Date: 2015-03-21 13:16:03 by redleghunter
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound... So begins one of the most beloved hymns of all times, a staple in the hymnals of many denominations, New Britain or 45 on the top in Sacred Harp. The author of the words was John Newton, the self-proclaimed wretch who once was lost but then was found, saved by amazing grace. Newton was born in London July 24, 1725, the son of a commander of a merchant ship which sailed the Mediterranean. When John was eleven, he went to sea with his father and made six voyages with him before the elder Newton retired. In 1744 John was impressed into service on a man-of-war, the H. M. S. Harwich. Finding conditions on board intolerable, he ...
Christian chaplain fired for preaching compassion and love over violence of American Sniper
Post Date: 2015-03-20 06:04:31 by Tooconservative
On February 10th, MidAmerica Nazarene Universitys (MNU) chaplain Randy Beckum gave his morning sermon, which wasnt unusual it was his job. But what was different that day was the response to the sermon as one student paper put it, the sermon sparked an outcry and a torrent of criticism particularly on social media. The criticism ranged from complaints that Beckum had politicized his sermons to the idea that he had insulted Christians who served in the military. What was this controversial sermon that Beckum gave? Heres the full text and below youll find an embedded video of the sermon:Beckums sermon that day was about ...
My Jewish Trek [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2015-03-18 17:47:20 by Willie Green
In the spring of 1991, I had the privilege of spending a month aboard the good old NCC-1701-D. That's the starship Enterprise to you, then the flagship of Star Trek:The Next Generation, and the only interstellar craft I'd been on (and as a bureau chief for the acclaimed sci-fi film and TV magazine Cinefantastique, I'd been on a few) that boasted carpeting on the bridge. The occasion was the 25th anniversary of Star Trek, a series I had watched assiduously since its debut on September 8, 1966. I was 12 then, the proverbial Golden Age of science fiction. And by the end of Man Trap, an episode featuring the last of a race of mind reading, shape shifting, ...
Why You Should Think Twice before Bad-mouthing Obama [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2015-03-18 11:21:41 by redleghunter
Conservative ex-rocker Ted Nugent recently described President Obama as a subhuman mongrel. Later he told Dallas-based talk radio host Ben Ferguson, I do apologizenot necessarily to the presidentbut on behalf of much better men than myself. PJ ORourke said, Barack Obama is more irritating than the other nuisances on the left, according to brainyquote.com There is even a Facebook page called People Against Our IDIOT President Obama It doesnt surprise me that people would make these kinds of comments about our president. People have probably said similar things about every president. But what grieves me is when I hear ...
Largest Presbyterian Denomination Gives Final Approval for Same-Sex Marriage
Post Date: 2015-03-17 21:11:44 by Willie Green
After three decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to change the definition of marriage in the churchs constitution to include same-sex marriage.The final approval by a majority of the churchs 171 regional bodies, known as presbyteries, enshrines a change recommended last year by the churchs General Assembly. The vote amends the churchs constitution to broaden marriage from being between a man and a woman to two people, traditionally a man and a woman.The Presbytery of the Palisades, meeting in Fair Lawn, N.J., put the ratification count over the top on Tuesday on a ...
The Confession of St. Patrick
Post Date: 2015-03-17 10:47:34 by redleghunter
1. I, Patrick, a sinner, a most simple countryman, the least of all the faithful and most contemptible to many, had for father the deacon Calpurnius, son of the late Potitus, a priest, of the settlement [vicus] of Bannavem Taburniae; he had a small villa nearby where I was taken captive. I was at that time about sixteen years of age. I did not, indeed, know the true God; and I was taken into captivity in Ireland with many thousands of people, according to our deserts, for quite drawn away from God, we did not keep his precepts, nor were we obedient to our priests who used to remind us of our salvation. And the Lord brought down on us the fury of his being and scattered us among many ...
Turkish teacher convicted for cutting schoolgirl’s throat
Post Date: 2015-03-17 02:52:29 by rlk
Turkish teacher convicted for cutting schoolgirls throat Hürriyet ^ | March/16/2015 A teacher in Ankara has been convicted to five months in prison for cutting a 12-year-old schoolgirls throat with a box cutter, Turkish media reported March 16 in the latest episode of violence against women in Turkey. Onur Özbek, a 35-year-old science class teacher at Ülkü Ahmet Durusoy Secondary School in the Turkish capital, received a five-month sentence for deliberately injuring a person. The schools principal received the same sentence for not reporting a crime committed by a public servant, daily Habertürk added. The lightly ...
Ferguson rising, the spiritual awakening in middle America
Post Date: 2015-03-16 09:23:32 by redleghunter
As I write, there is a huge fire burning in Ferguson, Missouri, but its not making headlines. The Rev. Al Sharpton and his divisive circus of opportunists blew in and out of town long enough to grab national attention, but those who truly care for the broken community and the long-term healing of the hearts of the people arent seeking headlines or shouting in a microphone. Today, the looting and destructive fire of the rioters has been replaced with the fire of spiritual renewal. Theres more than rebuilding going on in Ferguson, Missouri. It is called the Ferguson Response and it is powerful! Its a direct answer to the Prayer for Ferguson, Mo., I wrote ...
Should Christians Be Hospitable to Cult Members? [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2015-03-11 16:41:49 by redleghunter
In verse 10 John sets out one practical application of how to defend the truth: If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house. Hospitality for traveling teachers was common in the culture (cf. Luke 9:1-6; 10:1-12). The prohibition here is not to turn away the ignorant; it does not mean that believers may not invite unbelieverseven those who belong to a cult or false religioninto their midst. That would make giving the truth to them difficult, if not impossible. The point is that believers are not to welcome and provide care for traveling false teachers, who seek to stay in their homes, thereby giving the appearance of affirming what ...
Americans are turning away from organized religion in record numbers [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2015-03-06 12:42:16 by Willie Green
Atheist teen girl holding a banner with the inscription-"THERE IS NO GOD" (Shutterstock)With fire-breathing religion figuring anew in global conflicts, and political discussions at home often dominated by the nuttery of the Christian right, you might get the sense that somebodys god is ready to mug you around every street corner. But if youre the type who doesnt like to hang your hat on organized religion, heres a bit of good news: in America, your numbers are growing. There are more religiously unaffiliated people in the U.S. today than ever before. Starting in the 1980s, a variety of polls using different methodologies have come to the same ...
Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty
Post Date: 2015-02-27 17:18:40 by Willie Green
(Reuters) - A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found. The poll of 2,827 Americans was conducted in February to measure the impact of moral language, including interventions by Pope Francis, on the climate change debate. In recent months, the pope has warned about the moral consequences of failing to act on rising global temperatures, which are expected to disproportionately affect the lives of the worlds poor. The result of the poll suggests that appeals based on ethics could be key to shifting the debate over climate change in the United ...
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