"These churches in Wuhan keep themselves away from all the rumors and political issues, they just do what a true Christian should do in this situation: preaching gospel and being wittiness of true peace and true hope that come from Jesus Christ in front of the non believers who are in panic and hopelessness. ..."
I sure wish we could say that about more churches in this country.
âThe church goes along with everything and stands against nothing â until she is convinced that it is the safe and popular thing to do; then she passes her courageous resolutions and issues her world-shaking manifestos â all in accord with the worldâs newest venture â whatever it may beâÂ (A W Tozer â 1956)
https://tinyurl.com/r8zcxsh (A Response to the Recent Banning of Franklin Graham)
https://tinyurl.com/ua8bth5 (Free Church of Scotland (since 1900))
I like what this church said about the freedom of speech đ I like quite a bit with the article said but then it's a conservative Church, and being a Scottish denomination that's rather small - 60 pastors and about a hundred and some congregations. But, I think most of you will like what was said.
Kathryn Fuselier wrote: .... Decline In most of the Western World, religious commitment is declining. Scotland is no exception to this tradition and has in fact become particularly secular compared to countries like England. Many scholars point to the post-World War II era as the marker of modern religious decline. Census data shows that church adherenceâthe proportion of people raised in a religion who remained in that religionâhas declined sharply since at least the 1960s. Additionally, where the Church of Scotland and Catholic Church are concerned, retention rates are declining while recruitment rates also remain low. For example, 95% of current Church of Scotland adherents were raised in the faith, while only 5% of adherents are converts. Therefore, as more and more people leave the Church, the institution cannot replace the lost members....
excerpt from, 'âThe Pews Are Empty Nowâ...'
The second largest group of people who call themselves Christians in Scotland are the Catholics, and are having their problemsâ
https://tinyurl.com/yclpzjnh (A sickness has infected the Catholic church in Scotland)
I have sometimes and interesting time of it, when looking for one thing and finding another. looking around for the evil effects of a state Church on a thread about Scotland I came up on this interesting article about !Attorney General Barr. It is worth reading. Apparently Mr. Barr is a Catholic? His Notre Dame speech certainly raise some questionsâ
Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti wrote: Bill Barrâs âsecularistsâ speech runs counter to key themes of Catholic, and more broadly, Christian theology.
excerpt from, "The unholy alliance of the religious right and Trumpism is deeply anti-Christian"
The author who I somewhat suspect isa Catholic gives his reasons in a somewhat long Guardian article. Well, long for a Guardian article
S. Michael Craven wrote: .... It may surprise you to learn that the efforts to advance No-fault divorce legislation were underwritten, in large part, by Hugh Hefner through the Playboy Foundation, which financed an "army of young lawyers" working to eliminate the legal protections previously afforded women and children. Alfred Kinsey also played an instrumental role in reducing these legal protections by falsely reporting that adultery was commonplace in most marriages. This reduced the stigma associated with adultery and ultimately served as the basis for eliminating all laws against adultery. Hefner and Kinsey both saw marriage as the final barrier to sexual freedom and thus determined to remove its inhibiting influence upon unrestrained sexual liberty....
excerpt from, "No-Fault Divorce: A National Catastrophe"
I don't know about the rest of the article, I just glanced at it that the above I have certainly seen in other places. I'm going to assume that is true.
Natalie, aren't you glad for all the social Improvement ideas that come from America?
Any Christian in the Episcopal Church should have left it at least 16 years agoâđ
R. Albert Mohler wrote: "For a church to move to ... elect a homosexual bishop is to abdicate biblical authority in such an extreme way that it raises questions about the whole integrity of the church," Mohler said.... .... "This is exactly what the Scripture itself warns that the church must not do -- to be tossed to and fro by every passing wind of cultural change," Mohler said. "In this case, the culture has [been] set against the Word of God. Most tragically, we see a church moving to join the culture over against clear biblical authority."
The Bible is "absolutely clear" that homosexuality is a sin, he added....
excerpt from, "Scripture abdicated in Episcopal vote for homosexual bishop, Mohler says on TV"
This is what R. Albert Mohler had to say about the first queer Bishop in the American Episcopal Church. Any Christian in the Episcopal Church should have taken it as a hint the for them to get out of there as fast as possible âđ
Robert P. Sellers wrote: Stephen Prothero, religion professor at Boston University, agrees that Franklin has diminished the Graham name. His essay in Politico Magazine https://tinyurl.com/yd63mt95 concludes: âThe qualities of temper and judgment that made Billy Graham so singularly successful are almost entirely lacking in his son, who now imperils his fatherâs legacy. . . . [He] seems blissfully unaware of the possibility that there might be even the slimmest of gaps between the words that come out of his mouth and the words written down in scripture. . . . Thanks to Franklin Graham and his cronies on the Religious Right, American evangelicalism has now become first and foremost a political rather than a spiritual enterprise.â
excerpt from, "Franklin Graham: the apple that fell far from the tree"
Frankie Graham should realize that he's now a toxic product, and at best could help other evangelists to win people of England to Christ with financial aid. He sure won'tâ
Timothy you are a different Timothyâ A lot of what you said is interesting. Unfortunately, the closest religious person to Trump is a heretic. He can't get good guidance from her. One of the more complete articles about her is from RNS.
Jack Jenkins wrote: ...White comes to her new position having survived repeated controversy. Her ministry was among six religious broadcasters investigated over three years by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, for allegations of lavish spending. When the probe concluded in 2011, Grassley's report said several former staffers of her Tampa megachurch wanted to speak to Grassley staff but âwere afraid of being sued by the church.â White has even proven controversial among her fellow conservative Christians. Often called a purveyor of the âprosperity gospelâ â a theology that champions money as evidence of Godâs blessings â she has drawn fire from conservative Christians such as Russell Moore and R. Albert Mohler Jr., who consider the theology heretical or a âfalse gospel.â...
excerpt from, "Paula White to head Trumpâs faith office"
I forgot to mention in some of my earlier posts I'll answer the question of WND - - that Pastor is probably worshipping Christ.âđ Now there's a novel ide
This has been re broadcasted on one of the sub channels of my Nebraska educational TV network. I don't know if it just been released or Nebraska just got their hands on it. The URL for the program on YouTube is given below the description, you apparently can still see it on Iowa PBS for that matter:
Iowa PBS wrote: Published on May 8, 2018
While George Washington Carver's rise from slavery to scientific accomplishment has inspired millions, time has reduced him to the man who did something with peanuts. This documentary uncovers Carver's complexities and reveals the full impact of his life and work.
excerpt from, "George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life"
There are interesting Snippets about Henry Ford and Booker T Washington, which are also interesting.
If you're a fan of MLK - or not one, you should know about George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washingtonâđ
Michael Gerson wrote: ..... If evangelicals were to consult their past, they would find that their times of greatest positive influence â inÂ late-18th-century and early-19th-century Britain, or mid-19th-century America â came when they were truest to their religious calling. It was not when they acted like another political interest group. The advocates of abolition, prison reform, humane treatment of the mentally disabled and womenâs rights were known as malcontents in the cause of human dignity.
Today, far too many evangelicals are seen as angry and culturally defensive, and have tied their cause to a leader who is morally corrupt and dehumanizes others. Older evangelicals â the very people who should be maintaining and modeling moral standards â have ignored and compromised those standards for political reasons in plain view of their own children. And disillusionment is the natural result.
excerpt from, "Why white evangelicals should panic"
Not a perfect Christian, but one that articulates the important things quite well, as in the above opinion piece, which I would suggest people readâđ
Megan Henney|FOXBusiness wrote: .... In 2015, 10 percent of the worldâs population lived on less than $1.90 a day, according to World Bank estimates. A recent study conducted by Oxfam, a Nairobi-based charity, found that the worldâs richest 2,153 people controlled more money than the poorest 4.6 billion combined....
excerpt from, "Pope Francis pushes for higher taxes on wealthy"
Considering where this article came from, you can imagine the comments to it, were unfriendly.
Tony, do you mean like the National Prayer Breakfast?
Michael Gerson wrote: At the 68th, and perhaps last, National Prayer Breakfast, the main remarks were made by the former president of the American Enterprise Institute (and Post columnist) Arthur C. Brooks, who spoke on the themes of his wonderful 2019 book âLove Your Enemies.â President Trump then prefaced his speech by saying: âArthur, I donât know if I agree with you. But I donât know if Arthurâs going to like what Iâm going to say.â...
...The prayer breakfast was intended to foster personal connections across party differences. Trump turned it into a performative platform to express his rage and pride â the negation of a Christian ethic. Democrats have every right and reason to avoid this politicized event next year....
excerpt from, "Trumpâs politicization of the National Prayer Breakfast is unholy and immoral"
Dr. Rugh wrote: .... Turn on the Christian radio station and see if psychology dominates the programming. A local station ran two days of programming by James Dobson and Gary Collins, encouraging young people to go into the study of psychology. Their response to those who oppose the mixing of psychology and the Bible was, âWho is going to help people in future years if our young people donât go study psychology?â .... âUh, well, we feel there is a better program than John MacArthurâs Bible teaching,â they say. âO.K., but who are you going to replace J. Vernon McGee with?â Tune in and listen to the programs that have replaced the Bible teaching that has been taken off. Suddenly there is no room in the schedule for Bible study, but there is room for James Dobson three times a day. There is room for Minirith and Meier. There is room for this family program and that family program.
The isolation has begun to set in. The influence of psychology will continue to be a battle for the Church of Jesus Christ. It will not go away....
Lela Gilbert, Arielle Del Turco wrote: Following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the international spotlight is once again on the Islamic Republic of Iranâs many human rights violations, particularly its incessant persecution of Christian converts. .... A new report released in January by Christian Solidarity Worldwide found that over the last year, Christians in Iran were regularly subjected to hate speech from government officials, invasive government surveillance, and harassment by authorities. Open Doorsâ 2020 World Watch List reported that at least 169 Christians were arrested during the most recent annual reporting period. The relatives of Christians often face public humiliation while their family members await trial and serve long prison sentence.
....Traditionally, Christian families amount to around 250,000, while the remainder consists of converts from Islam. Most converts from Islam belong to the underground Protestant house-church movement, which Iran considers to be illegal. Meanwhile, according to Islamic and Iranian law, conversion from Islam is a capital offense....
excerpt from, "Are Iranâs Christian converts at greater risk after Soleimaniâs demise?"
19. Donât seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to Godâs wrath. For it is written, âVengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.â 20. Therefore âIf your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.â 21. Donât be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
https://tinyurl.com/wtn3kjg (Donald Trump and his Democratic opponents are grappling with life after impeachment)
He was impeached, Timothy, what part of that you don't understandâ