A Tennessee megachurch pastor publicly admitted to engaging in a “sexual incident” with a 17-year-old girl when he was a college-aged church staff member 20 years ago. His admission — which was made on the platform of Memphis’ Highpoint Church on Sunday — received a standing ovation from the congregation.…
In Britain, for instance, the All Saints Church in Kingston upon Thames recently held a joint birthday celebration for Jesus and Mohammed. The “Milad, Advent and Christmas Celebration” on December 3 was aimed at “marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed and looking forward to the birthday of Jesus.” The hour-long service included time for Islamic prayer and was followed by the cutting of a birthday cake.
The prominent Christian blog “Archbishop Cranmer” rebuked the church for its lack of discernment:
“Note how this event is ‘Marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed,’ but not looking forward to the birthday of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Mohammed gets his prophethood, while Jesus gets neither his prophethood nor his priesthood; neither his kingship nor his messiahship. It’s the exalted Prophet Mohammed along with plain old Jesus, because to have added any of his claims to divinity would, of course, have alienated many Muslims (if they hadn’t already been alienated by the haram [forbidden by Islam] celebration), which wouldn’t have been very interfaith or sensitively missional, would it?”
Teenage volunteers in Israel are helping archaeologists uncover the incredible remains of a Byzantine monastery and church.
Impressive mosaic floors have been found at the site in Beit Shemesh near Jerusalem. Over 1,000 teenagers are participating in the excavation, which is being conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority.
“We were surprised by the wonderful state of preservation of the ancient remains, and the richness of the finds being uncovered,” said Benyamin Storchan, director of the excavations for the Israel Antiquities Authority, in a statement. “The artifacts found in the large building, which seems to be a monastic compound, may indicate that the site was important and perhaps a center for ancient pilgrims in the Judean Shephelah region.”
A Pennsylvania police officer has been suspended for attending church services during his shift, reports The Christian Post.
TRUTH BOMBS: So I guess the definition of Holinessis completely excludes the Lord’s teachings on Holiness. Because that would make too much sense.
ARTICLE: The act of worshipping God is a common practice subscribe to by many people across the globe.
However, how people worship God differs from one religion to another, hence the various distinctions.
The new addition to these existing religious distinctions or sets is probably what the new Gobola Church in Johannesburg in South Africa has introduced.
Gobola Church, which has been in existence for only four months, worships God with their dexterity in smoking and alcohol drinking.
TRUTH BOMBS: What is your opinion? Is it the music irreleavent? Is this irreverent to God in His holy Sanctuary?
ARTICLE: FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The worship band of a non-denominational “church” in Indiana recently performed the song “Money Talks” from the secular rock group AC/DC—also known for its “Highway to Hell” tune that celebrates having a party in Hell with one’s friends—during the Sunday morning service to correspond with the pastor’s sermon series. “Come on!…
TRUTH BOMBS: At lreast they are honest with them selves.
ARTICLE: The Evangelical Luther Church of American was founded in 1988 with 5,288,230 members. By 2016, less than twenty years later, the ELCA had shrunk to 3,563,842 members. With that kind of “growth,” the ELCA has less than forty years before the final member throws her hands up and quits. Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary, N.C., believes that they’ve found the answer to stopping the mass exodus of tithing members. They’ve stopped preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and have embraced progressive theology and social justice.
Writing for Religion News Service, Yonat Shimron tells the story of Christ the King Lutheran Church:
[The ELCA’s] successful churches, such as Christ the King, located in a bedroom community of Raleigh, are pushing forward with a new vision, one that has less to do with upholding the purity of Luther’s theology and more with the spirit of Luther’s reform agenda.
That spirit of reform is evident in the casual clothes sans-collar Pugh wears for Bible study, in his embrace of technology and audio-visual enhancements — the Bible study is posted to the church’s YouTube channel — and in his theological exploration that brings recent academic scholarship into the pews and challenges members’ understanding of their faith.
Christ the King Lutheran Church wants to move beyond the hidebound traditions of American Protestantism, take risks, attract younger people and make Christianity more relevant to the 21st century.
They definitely moved past the “hidebound traditions of American Protestantism.”
In a sermon series about Genesis posted on YouTube, Christ the King Lutheran Church gives evidence to how far removed from orthodox Christianity they now are.
In the video, the pastor tells the crowd, “When we’re looking at Genesis, we’re not looking at our sacred texts. We’re looking at somebody else’s.” According to Daniel Pugh, the church’s associate pastor, Genesis and the entire Old Testament belong to Judaism and not to Christians.
While it’s true that Judaism counts the Torah as their sacred text, Christians also count the Old Testament as part and parcel of our sacred text. Second Timothy 3:16 says that “All Scripture is breathed out by God.” That “all” includes the Old Testament.
Not content with simply attacking the Christian doctrine of the Bible, Pastor Pugh brings up Martin Luther’s famous Latin phrase, “Simul Iustus et Peccator.” A rough translation is, “I am a saint and a sinner.” Pugh rightfully recognizes that Luther’s basis for that belief is found in the first three chapters of Genesis. He then dismisses Luther (and Protestantism) and says, “Today, we’re going to look at Genesis 1-3, this thing we’ve been calling ‘the Fall’ for a long time, and I’m going to show how our Jewish friends read their sacred text.”
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A worker at the Church of Santa Maria, located in Cappella, Italy has reportedly found ancient bones which are believed to belong to the Apostle Peter.
Christian non-profit organizations have outdone FEMA and provided the vast majority of the relief aid to victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Faith-based relief groups are responsible for providing nearly 80 percent of the aid delivered thus far to communities with homes devastated by the recent hurricanes, according to USA Today. An alliance of non-profit organizations called National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), 75 percent of which are faith based, has helped FEMA distribute relief assistance to communities hit by disasters and assisted families in navigating government aid programs to begin the process of rebuilding.
“About 80 percent of all recovery happens because of non-profits, and the majority of them are faith-based,” Greg Forrester, CEO of NVOAD, told USA Today.