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In the article titled “Christianity Doesn’t Endorse Homosexuality, No Matter What Eugene Peterson And Jim Gaffigan Imply” previously shared on this blog, the author Glenn T. Stanton took to task–among others–Eugene Peterson, the one time Presbyterian minister who now is the translator of the very popular bible adaptation The Message and a favorite writer in evangelical circles. Mr. Stanton’s criticism followed the announcement that if he (Peterson) we’re pastoring a church today he would consent to perform a same sex marriage. Coming from the mouth of a well known and respected member of the Evangelical movement, this revelation was near Earth shattering and caused the Internet to erupt in furor. While some progressives praised Peterson for his support of GLBT causes, conservative Christians and like minded organizations were quick to criticize, and rightfully so.

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Christianity Doesn’t Endorse Homosexuality, No Matter What Eugene Peterson And Jim Gaffigan Imply

By Glenn T. Stanton; The Federalist 14 July 2017​

NOTE: The following is an outstanding article that not only takes on the fallacious and heretical belief that the Bible and teachings of Christ condone homosexual activity, but also provides informative talking points that any Christian concerned with providing correction to those who believe this lie can use to expose this false teaching for what it is.

Eugene Peterson, translator of the very popular bible adaption The Message and a favorite writer in evangelical circles, shocked many this week, stating that he’s perfectly comfortable performing a same-sex wedding. He explained, “I think that kind of debate about lesbians and gays might be over. …I think it’s a transition for the best, for the good. …[I]t’s not a right or wrong thing as far as I’m concerned.” Update: the next day his literary agent released a statement saying Peterson did not imply this and holds to a biblical definition of marriage as between one man and one women. I take him at his word. This article has been slightly changed to reflect this new information.

Noted Catholics, comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie (whom Jim humorously describes as a “Shiite Catholic”) proudly took their five young kids to New York City’s recent Gay Pride parade, joyfully waving their rainbow flags. There have been a disturbing number of people who claim the name of Christ who would like us to believe that God and the Bible are totally cool with homosexuality. They are not. These folks are sowing a great deal of confusion among Christians today, which is troubling and must be set straight in clear terms.

Squaring homosexual sexual relations with the Jewish and Christian scriptures requires that one either ignore its clear and historic teaching or perform a clever textual sleight of hand. It’s the only two ways one can arrive there. Here are ten foundational truths that must inform the person who seeks to be true to faithfully orthodox Christian belief.

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Facebook Suspends Priest After Post About Islamic Jihad

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Reblogged from the CREEPING SHARIA blog

Facebook may be failing to keep up with terrorists who use the social media platform to incite, enlist, and organize would-be killers, but it’s Johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to Catholic priests who share politically incorrect thoughts about Islam.

Late last month Facebook temporarily suspended the account of Fr. John Higgins, the pastor St. Raymond Parish in Downey, Calif., in response to a post he had written about the history of Islam.

“There are peaceful and good Muslim people,” he wrote. “And then there are the Islamists who are defended by the ignorant who refuse to learn history.”

Via Church Pop:

He made his comment on a post on the Facebook page of his Congresswoman Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-D). On May 23rd, his post was deleted and he was suspended from posting on Facebook for a week.

“I wrote Facebook several times,” Fr. Higgins told ChurchPOP, “explaining that this post was just history. Of course there was no response.”

Fr. Higgins serves as the pastor of St. Raymond Parish in Downey, California and as the chaplain of his local fire department.

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A Secular Rapper Calls American Pastors to Account

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By MICHAEL BROWN Published on May 8, 2017 THE STREAM

You know we’re in trouble when a secular rapper urges pastors to get back to preaching that the Lord is a jealous God of “discipline and obedience.” As a recent article declared, “Chart-Topping Rapper Kendrick Lamar Is Preaching More Spiritual Truth Than Most of the Dead Churches In America.” So sad, but so true.

Lamar is a 29-year-old, Grammy Award-winning rapper, and his lyrics are typical, hardcore rap: filled with content, packed with protest, laced with profanity. Suffice it to say that he is not a pristine pure, born-again, Christian rapper. Yet he sees a gaping hole in many churches today, and it mirrors his experience as a boy.

A Perceived Imbalance
In an email to Hip Hop website DJ Booth he wrote,

I went to a local church some time ago, and it appalled me that the same program was in practice. A program that I seen as a kid the few times I was in service. Praise, dance. Worship. (Which is beautiful.) Pastor spewing the idea of someone’s season is approaching. The idea of hope.

He continued,

After being heavily in my studies these past few years, I’ve finally figured out why I left those services feeling spiritually unsatisfied as a child. I discovered more truth. But simple truth. Our God is a loving God. Yes. He’s a merciful God. Yes. But he’s even more so a God of DISCIPLE. OBEDIENCE. A JEALOUS God. …

And in words that mirror the words of Paul in Romans 11:22, which urge us to consider both the goodness and severity of God, he wrote, “So in conclusion, I feel it’s my calling to share the joy of God, but with exclamation, more so, the FEAR OF GOD. The balance. Knowing the power in what he can build, and also what he can destroy. At any given moment.”  read the rest of this article at The Stream

How I figured out Paul was right and homosexuality was wrong

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A Word From The Bishop:  Professor Lopez makes a very persuasive argument against the acceptance of Homosexuality–by Christians–as anything but a sinful act.  This is a must read for those concerned about the current dilemma of an increasing number of churches proclaiming to be accepting of such activity and life choices.

How I figured out Paul was right and homosexuality was wrong

by Robert Oscar Lopez, English Manif blog

As the Texas state legislature is fighting new battles against the //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“>LGBT agenda and in some cases winning ground, there also appears an uptick in people trying to discredit the proper Biblical position on homosexuality–which is, of course, that homosexual activity is a sin that any person is capable of committing, and any person is capable of resisting. They often come under hashtags like “#faithfullyLGBT” and proclaim they offer a safe space for people who want to be Christian but who do not want to give up their homosexual activities.
Below are some of the more colorful tweets that I have recently seen on Twitter:

Read the rest of this exceptional article at English Manif blog

Sharia Law in America?

Across the nation on Saturday June 10, 2017, Act for America organized protest marches calling for Islamic Sharia law not to be allowed in American courts.
At left is a computer screen shot of the web page featuring a photo taken by Shelly Yang for The Kansas City Star.

If you look closely at the young lady on the left, who is participating in the counter protest organized by the ALCU and other groups claiming to be against Fascism and islamophobia, you will note that she is holding up a sign proclaiming that Christians are the real threat to America; more on that assertion in a moment. Continue reading

An Easter Reflection

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Easter, like any of the holidays observed in the Christian tradition, should be a time for introspection and reflection. While we look within and ascertain our own spiritual hygiene, we must also reflect on the meaning, the lessons learned, from the real occurrences that became traditions we observe today. Typically Easter homilies and sermons are filled with one again remembering how Christ our Lord was crucified and on the third day rose again, triumphing over death.   Occasionally some ministers take license and compose lessons that depart from the usual; while visiting a local Evangelical church on a Easter Sunday several years ago we had the opportunity to not only listen to a radically different viewpoint but watch actors perform a skit illustrating this point.

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Let’s take another look at Christianity

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If the West discards its Christian heritage, little will remain to protect innocent human life

by Max Polak Mar 8 2017 published in the mercatornet.com
We are frequently reminded that ours is a post-Christian era. There is some basis for this — but only in the depopulating West. In China, India and Africa, Christianity is on the rise.

But what about those places where it isn’t? Is it irrelevant? Hardly. People who criticise Christianity don’t complain because Christians are attacking them with car bombs. They should remember that the core principles of Western society are Christian. Continue reading

In Age of Relativism, Christians Should Remind Ourselves: ‘This is the Truth. Deal With It.’

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By JIM TONKOWICH Published on March 8, 2017 on the Stream.org

The satirical Babylon Bee website hit it out of the park with this headline: “Culture In Which All Truth Is Relative Suddenly Concerned About Fake News.” The Bee “quotes” one man expressing his concern and goes on, “‘It just doesn’t seem right that they can publish stuff that’s just blatantly not true,’ added the man, who also noted his firm belief that everyone has the right to define their own version of truth.”

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Most College Humanities and Social Science Programs Have Become Enemies of Freedom and Reason

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By JOHN ZMIRAK Published on March 9, 2017 on the Stream.org

In the wake of the riots that have silenced free speech on one campus after another, it is clear that few colleges or universities still offer a real liberal arts education. Nor have most even lapsed into simple careerism, aiming solely at getting students ready to support themselves and their families. That would be bad enough, a grim decline from the reason that the Church created the first universities back in the Middle Ages: forming the “whole person,” as West Point still aims to do.

No, things are much worse than that. The reason that most students go to college is Continue reading