Actor Jim Caviezel put on his preacher’s hat during a recent conference held at the Fellowship of Catholic University Students SLS Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois, where he warned those in attendance against false Christianity Continue reading
What should Christians do with the Bible’s God-ordained violence?
A NOTE FROM THE BISHOP: Just this last week, while reading comments on a secular news article, I encountered an attack on the Christian Old Testament; the commenter tried to make the case that passages in the Old Testament–such as the battle of Jericho–were just as violent as similar passages in the Muslim holy book, the Koran. From an academic standpoint an apologist for the Christian belief can successfully argue that the differences between the Koran and the Christian Bible are like the difference between night and day, in fact there are so many we will not attempt to address those arguments here. The reasoning behind sharing this article by Joseph Hartropp, is not to further the case of the differences between Islam and Christianity but to educate those Christians who have not had the benefit of being instructed in proper exegesis or an explanation or critical interpretation of the Holy Bible. A casual reading–without the benefit of classical exegesis–can leave one with the false impression that the Old Testament is rife with text that claims God is vengeful and excessively violent often encouraging genocide against innocent civilian populations. Mr Hartropp addresses one of these often troubling passages, the case of the battle of Jericho, explaining some of the peripheral conditions surrounding this story and how there maybe another interpretation other than just the casual reading.
Let’s be clear, this isn’t the case for taking scissors to Scripture and cutting out the bits we don’t like – nor am I Continue reading
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Is Prayer Useless If It Can’t Protect Christians at Church?
Greg Laurie, Ronnie Floyd Respond
Is prayer useless if it can’t protect Christians at church?
Prominent pastors are responding to that claim which was spurred by a debate on social media after the mass shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday.
“Granted, it’s hard to understand why God would allow a tragedy like this to Continue reading
Some Protestant preachers continue to “dishonor God’s word” 500 years after the Reformation, evangelical theologian John Piper has said, listing six common ways in which this danger manifests.
In response to a question from an anonymous church leader about Continue reading
Editors note: The action detailed below is partly in response to actions taken by The church of England such as those as reported by BRIETBART NEWS: Church of England Votes in Favour of ‘Marking’ Gender Transitions with Religious Ceremony These actions taken in the interest of inclusion and in the hopes of drawing more people to the church has in reality produced the opposite effect of driving people away. The Episcopal Church of America continues to lose membership to the conservative Anglican Church of North America while the conservative Anglican churches of Africa threaten to part from the greater Anglican communion as well.
“500 years ago Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to a church door in Germany. He did it because the church had become corrupt. Today a Declaration is being fixed to a cathedral door here in England because the Established Church in our land is becoming corrupt.”
So begins a document nailed to five British cathedral doors by anonymous Continue reading
By Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post Contributor | Oct 14, 2017 Excerpted from The Christian Post
The persecution of Christians is now “worse than at any time in history,” according to a report by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, which states that not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, they are also experiencing the Continue reading
By Billy Hallowell October 13 2017 Excerpted from Faithwire
Actress Roma Downey is on a mission to turn the tables on America’s divisiveness, launching a new platform aimed at inspiring the masses with hopeful content that offers an Continue reading
by Bill Muehlenberg on 15 October, 2017 Excerpted from Barbwire.com
Whereas other civilisations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense.
While it may come as a surprise to many, most of the great universities of the western world were originally founded by and/or for Christians. Theology was often a primary subject, and a combination of ‘pagan’ and Christian learning was involved in most of the early medieval universities.
For example, in the UK we see that this was certainly the case. Oxford University was established during the twelfth century by various religious orders, and Cambridge University was established in 1209 by Christian leaders. The oldest university in Scotland, Saint Andrews was mainly founded to teach and study theology.
The early America universities were also by and large the product of Christianity. Consider Harvard’s original motto, Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae (Truth for Christ and for the Church) which was later changed to simply Veritas. It was founded in 1636 by the Puritans.
Yale University was founded in 1701 and had this as its motto: Lux et Veritas (Light and Truth). Princeton University was founded in 1746 as a Presbyterian school Dei Sub Numine Viget (Under the Protection of God She Flourishes) Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island was founded by Baptist leaders in 1764 with the Latin motto In Deo Speramus (In God We Hope).
Today however most Western universities are hardly known as institutions of religious fervour or the Christian worldview. Indeed, they have become places hostile to Christian teaching and values, and are mainly hotbeds of secularism and leftism.
Let me offer just one very recent illustration of this. It concerns Oxford University, and one news report covers the shocking story this way:
An Oxford College has banned the Christian Union from its freshers’ fair on the grounds that it would be “alienating” for students of other religions, and constitute a “micro-aggression”. The organiser of Balliol’s fair argued Christianity’s historic use as “an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism” meant that students might feel “unwelcome” in their new college if the Christian Union had a stall.
Freddy Potts, vice-president of Balliol’s Junior Common Room (JCR) committee, said that if a representative from the Christian Union (CU) attended the fair, it could cause “potential harm” to freshers. Mr Potts, writing on behalf of the JCR’s welfare committee, told the CU representative at Balliol, that their “sole concern is that the presence of the CU alone may alienate incoming students”.
In email correspondence, seen by The Daily Telegraph, he went on: “This sort of alienation or micro-aggression is regularly dismissed as not important enough to report, especially when there is little to no indication that other students or committee members may empathise, and inevitably leads to further harm of the already most vulnerable and marginalised groups.
“Historically, Christianity’s influence on many marginalised communities has been damaging in its methods of conversion and rules of practice, and is still used in many places as an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism.” He said that barring the Christian Union from the fair “may be a way of helping to avoid making any students feel initially unwelcome within Balliol”.
Thankfully not everyone was happy with this draconian move:
The move sparked a backlash among students, with others within the College criticising it as a “violation of free speech”. The JCR passed a motion on Sunday evening condemning the JCR committees for “barring the participation of specific faith-based organizations”. The motion said the ban was a “violation of free speech, a violation of religious freedom, and sets dangerous precedents regarding the relationship between specific faiths and religious freedom”.
Dr Joanna Williams, a university lecturer and author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity, said the decision to ban the Christian Union was “completely bizarre”. “It is intolerance being exercised in the name of inclusion,” she said. “They are saying: ‘Your religious society is not welcome here’. Essentially they are saying that the Christian Union is not allowed to recruit new members.”
The best thing we can do right now is expose them.
By MICHAEL BROWN From The Stream
Which is more insidious, the enemy that you recognize or the enemy that appears to be your friend? Which is more dangerous, a rag-tag bunch of poorly-funded White Supremacists or a well-organized, massively-funded, “civil rights” organization which demonizes Christian conservatives? And which lie is more likely to spread, one that is false from beginning to end or one that mixes falsehood with truth?
Based on the obvious answers to these questions, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is the most insidious and dangerous. And the lies of the SPLC are more likely to spread. The SPLC even has blood on its hands. By its own definition, it should be listed as a hate group (more on both claims below).
Holocaust Deniers, Islamic Terrorists and … Catholic Ministries?
To give you an idea of just how dangerous the SPLC is, consider this recent headline from the San Diego Union-Tribune: “Eight hate groups are in San Diego’s backyard, civil rights organization says.”
Really? Eight hate-groups in San Diego’s backyard? How does that make you feel if you live nearby? What protective action should you take? And who, exactly, are these groups?
Some are Black Supremacist groups. One denies the Holocaust. One supports Islamic terrorism and wants to establish Sharia Law. And two are conservative Christian organizations.
That’s right, two conservative Christian organizations, including the Ruth Institute, a Catholic, pro-family organization, led by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, are listed side by side with radical Muslims, Black Supremacists, and Holocaust deniers.
This is the insidiousness of the SPLC. It exposes genuine hate groups alongside fine Christian organizations whose great sin, according to the SPLC, is being “anti-LGBT.”
Put another way, you are “anti-LGBT” if you believe that it’s best for kids to have a mom and dad. Or that marriage should be limited to the union of one man and one woman. Or that homosexual practice is sinful. Or that gays can change, or that Bruce Jenner is not a woman, or that a 15-year-old boy should not be able to play on the girls’ sports teams and share their locker rooms and showers.
And since you are “anti-LGBT,” according to the SPLC, you are a Continue reading
Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.
In a 25-page letter delivered to Francis last month and provided Saturday to The Associated Press, the 62 signatories issued a “filial correction” to the pope — a measure they said hadn’t been employed since the 14th century.
The letter accused Francis of propagating seven heretical positions concerning marriage, moral life and the sacraments with his 2016 document “The Joy of Love” and subsequent “acts, words and omissions.”
The initiative follows another formal act by four tradition-minded cardinals Continue reading