Category Archives: Church

Major decision on gender mandate for churches

TRUTH BOMBS: A Victory! But it is not over yet. Christians must continue to be the example and guidance in our culture.

ARTICLE:  A strategy that has surfaced in several states to require churches to accommodate transgendered people by calling their buildings “places of public accommodation” has been reversed in Massachusetts after state officials were sued over the alleged constitutional violations. The Alliance Defending Freedom says four Massachusetts churches and their pastors are voluntarily dismissing their lawsuit after the […]

Source: Major decision on gender mandate for churches


How Many Christians Are There In The World?

Truth Bombs: Ok. Please brothers and sisters in Christ. Please, please please… Out of love for you I say this: Stop believing the garbage articles out there written by so called “christians” who can’t even define the word faith properly. The Church is not loosing people because we need to show more arbitrary emotions that the world calls “love”. The church is losing people because we are not holding ourselves accountable to each other for holiness.

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:15-16 (KJV)

The people who are writing these articles never write one comment about sin, holiness, doctrine or accountability. The articles are deliberately designed to be superficial and generalized. They are the product of a generation driven by social media influence not the gospel.

Well… I may get some flack for this but if your house is burning down while you were sleeping, wouldn’t you want me to warn you?

Now, yes people are leaving the church! This is a big issue! But if we compromise with the world, we are only closing the church and opening a social club!

Article:

For most Christmas season means parties, gifts and some quality time with friends and family. The season is most important for Christians, who believe Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Day. Christianity is the largest religion in the world and according to the Pew Research Center, is likely to remain so for the next four decades.

As of 2010, the latest year for which figures are available, there are an estimated 2.2 billion Christians around the world. They represent a third of the world’s population and are geographically widespread with the Americas boasting of the largest number and the highest proportion of Christians. The number of Christians worldwide has risen in the last century from an estimated 600 million in 1910 to over 2 million in 2010.

Between 2010 and 2050, the world’s total population is expected to rise by about 35 percent. While the number of Christians worldwide is expected to rise by 35 percent, the number of Muslims around the world is expected to shoot up by 73 percent. As a result, by 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal to the number of Christians in the world for the first time.

In 2010, Christians made up over three-quarters of the total U.S. population. However, by 2050, their numbers are likely to dwindle to about two-thirds. Islam is also set to beat Judaism as the largest non-Christian religion in the country. The number of Christians in the U.S. is projected to decline from 78 percent in 2010 to 66 percent in 2050 while the number of people following other religions is expected to nearly double.

Meanwhile, the number of people who identify themselves as atheists, agnostics and who do not affiliate with any religion is expected to decline worldwide. However, their numbers are expected to rise in the U.S. and France.

In the U.S., the number of people who are not unaffiliated to any religion is projected to grow from an estimated 16 percent of the total population in 2010 to 26 percent in 2050.

Source: How Many Christians Are There In The World?


Are Christians Racist? | The Huffington Post

TRUTH BOMBS: There is so much garbage in this article, I almost don’t know where to start! Let’s start with a definitional analysis: The author’s use of the word Christian seem to denote a definitional retreat. A Christian by definition is not a racist: Colossians 3:11 (KJV) – “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.”

The author quotes the pope who also seems to have an issue with the proper definition of a Christian: “A person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” This statement is so far removed from reality that that can be arbitrarily applied some of the holiest people in history.

Next the author writes “Christians are called to welcome the stranger, to lift up the poor (both individually and through public policy), to be seekers of justice and reconciliation” WOW, someone please explain to this guy that the nature of truth is that it is natural exclusive and not inclusive. Even Jesus Himself said in Matthew 10:33-36 (KJV) :But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” (emphasis added)

I could go on. This is more double think from a liberal nonthinker. I just thought I would point out some of the flaws. How many other fallacies can you find?

 

ARTICLE: As Donald Trump waged a white nationalist campaign, Christian voters were left questioning how to vote. Christians, particularly evangelical Christians, lean toward the Republican Party. On Election Day, preliminary data available from Pew Research shows that 81% of evangelicals voted for Mr. Trump. Now Christians have to struggle with the question of what it means to have entrusted the country to a misogynist businessman who courted the altright with racist rhetoric aimed at Latinos and African-Americans (not to mention bigoted words directed to people of faith outside the Christian tradition). Is it a fair question to ask if Christians are racist based on the election results?

The question is complicated even if the answer is easy (yes, there is a deeply racist strain within American Christianity). Evangelical voters in the Deep South and the Midwest often come from economically depressed areas where demagogues from Huey P. Long to Donald Trump have stoked economic fears by blaming people of color and immigrants for the problems of the nation. The fears of these voters – will our family be able to keep our house? – are real. It does not take a lot to transform fear into bigotry. President Obama did remarkable work to bring America out of the Great Recession, but Congress blocked further progress like the American Jobs Act that could have improved the lives of Americans across the board for purely partisan reasons while Mr. Trump stalked the county questioning Mr. Obama’s citizenship.

On issues like abortion and gay marriage, there is a big divide among Christians. Other issues are more likely to draw Christians together. Evangelical leaders like Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention called out Trump’s views on women and immigrants as disqualifying stances for someone seeking the presidency. Leadership from people like Moore was not enough to stop the Trump train, however. Are we surprised? After all, the Southern Baptist Church has a long history of racism. It was created to be a religious voice for slavery and up until the 1970s would not ordain African-Americans to ministry. Moore’s church no longer ordains women to ministry. It is difficult to envision Southern Baptists ever seeing an African-American or women as qualified to lead the country.

Pope Francis had harsh words for Mr. Trump. “A person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” replied the pontiff back in February when asked directly about Mr. Trump’s promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. 60% of white Roman Catholics voted for Mr. Trump in the end. 67% of Hispanic Roman Catholics voted for Hillary Clinton, according to Pew, but Mr. Obama won Hispanic Roman Catholics with 75% of the vote in 2012. It is worth asking if sexism played a role in Clinton’s dip with Hispanic voters when compared with Mr. Obama along with the close nature of this race overall. The answer is self-evident.

Christians are called to welcome the stranger, to lift up the poor (both individually and through public policy), to be seekers of justice and reconciliation. Most Christians did not vote that way last week. African-American Christians did. So did many mainline Christians (a dwindling force in American life). Jewish and Muslim voters resoundingly rejected racism and bigotry by rejecting Trump and embracing Secretary Clinton’s message of inclusion.

Plenty of decent GOP leaders denounced Mr. Trump. So this is not a question about partisanship. We are talking about morality, faith and where racism intersects with Christianity. Christians will need to pray and reflect on this because whatever occurs next will be partly our responsibility. My hope lies with those pockets of Christianity, from African-Americans congregations to progressive mainline Christians, who already are pledging to oppose the policies of the Trump Administration.

We have to repent of our sins. It is time for all good people of faith, regardless of our tradition, to repair the sin-sick soul of the nation. That requires acknowledging that racism infects the church universal, rejecting outright any policy from the Trump Administration that harms God’s creation – the earth itself – while welcoming the stranger and helping to lift those in poverty into a better life.

Source: Are Christians Racist? | The Huffington Post


200 New Christian Converts are Baptized in Iran – Christian News Headlines

TRUTH BOMBS: Sharing a bit of good news this morning as the Church continues to save people in an evil world.

ARTICLE: Two hundred Iranians and Afghans recently converted from Islam to Christianity and were baptized into their new faith.According to ChristianToday.com, the new believers shared their testimonies of how Jesus changed their lives.”I never thought I would find freedom from my past, but Jesus has set me free,” stated one convert.Christianity has been growing in Iran despite persecution. Mark Howard of Elam Ministries, which reported on the baptisms, stated, “Twenty years ago, everyone thought there were 2,000-5,000 believers in Iran.” Now, however, he says there is an estimated 300,000 to 400,000.”We see incredible opportunity,” he said, “reaching Persian speaking refugees in Europe, planting churches in Iran — people are so open right now.””Every day we have many coming to the Lord. If you give a starving person food and water they will want to share it. That’s what they find in Jesus. They are so hungry and thirsty for the truth. They are experiencing it in a powerful way. When they do they want to share it with others,” Howard continued.Iran ranks ninth on Open Doors 2016 World Watch List for countries where persecution is worst.

Source: 200 New Christian Converts are Baptized in Iran – Christian News Headlines


An Open Letter To The Evangelical Church – From The Black Girl In Your Pew | Huffington Post

TRUTH BOMBS: This letter posted on Huffington Post is a great example of how people of liberals do NOT think rationally. She declares that she espouses multiple contradictory beliefs that are diametrically opposed to each other all the while thinking that she is making a rational argument for her case. She wrote:

“Because the truth of the matter is, while you may be claiming a win for the church, the church cannot win if the body is hemorrhaging. And the church cannot turn a blind eye to the needs (and feelings) of its poor, immigrant, disabled, brown and female members.”

God “HATES” every false way (Psalm 119:4). This is an emotional article without any rational substance behind it. It is a special pleading of emotions. If a person is a Christian, then they hate evil and love righteousness. They shun the world and it evil ways and embrace the truth of God.

Truth is by nature EXCLUSIVE and NOT INCLUSIVE. Yet this woman is calling for more inclusiveness in the church and says that is why the body of Christ is hemorrhaging. No, my dear doctrinally uneducated sister in Christ, Christ came to separate the goats from the sheep, the wheat from the tares, and the believer from the unbeliever. All you are asking for sister is for us to allow the world (and the god of this world) into the church and be ok with that. NO!

Job 8:22 (KJV)
22  They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

Psalm 34:21 (KJV)
21  Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

Psalm 97:10 (KJV)
10  Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

Proverbs 8:13 (KJV)
13  The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

ARTICLE:

Dear Evangelical Church,

For over 20 years, I have grown with you, gotten married with you, raised my kids with you, suffered loss and indescribable healing and restoration with you. I have witnessed miracles with you. I have gone on missions with you. I have saved souls with you. I love you. And it is because of this that I can (and must) write this letter to you.

I love you too much to not bring this to your attention.

I am a black, middle class woman. I am married to a black man who is a law enforcement officer. I am a Christian and an activist. I sit in the complicated intersection of being that seems to make you uncomfortable.  I am both black lives matter and blue lives matter. I am both pro-life and pro-entire life.  I am both conservative with my views, but liberal with my love. And today I wonder if there is really room for those who are more like me than you, in the church.

I know that for the conservative church, today is a day of celebration. You are waving the victory flag. But today, the day after the election of Donald Trump for president, is not the day to gloat. No, not today.

It’s not a day to tell your brothers and sisters how to feel. It’s not a day to tell them that they should not be afraid. They are afraid of a future that does not include them. They are afraid of a return to a time in our history where their civil rights were not protected. They are afraid for their safety and health and mental well-being.

Today is not the day to try and compare your feelings of eight years ago to their feelings today. Your life, your citizenship, your very existence was not minimized, marginalized or under attack; and it is not today.

In fact, if we’re honest (and this one is going to hurt a bit) . . . not only was your existence never under attack, but your success has been stitched into the very fabric of this country and tied off on the backs of the black and brown people whose feelings you are downplaying today.

So, if your words today do not demonstrate love, compassion, and kindness towards those who don’t experience life like you, then you should not be speaking them today. Because in the absence of grace, your words ring hollow as the clanging cymbal of privilege.

Patronizing Patriotic posts from your position of power are not welcome here today. No, not today.

Because the truth of the matter is, while you may be claiming a win for the church, the church cannot win if the body is hemorrhaging. And the church cannot turn a blind eye to the needs (and feelings) of its poor, immigrant, disabled, brown and female members. Not today.

So, as you prepare for your mid-week bible studies and your Sunday morning sermons, I need to ask you something. I need to know. What will your first words be to us when you see us face-to-face? When you come from behind the screens and look into our eyes, what will you say?

Will you stand behind the safety of your pulpit and tell us all to pray? Will you talk about how truth and justice and Christian values prevailed?

Or will you come down to the pews and wrap your arms around the survivor who is feeling triggered and vulnerable and unsafe? Will you sit with her, hear her story, and just seek to understand?

Will you kneel down and comfort that nine year old boy of Mexican descent, who is afraid that his family is going to be deported back to Mexico? Will you, dear church, take his hand in yours and never let it go?

Will you lock arms with that Saudi family and stand with them in the face of hate and prejudice? Will you demonstrate to them a love that knows no national or political boundaries?

That mom with a disabled son or a trans daughter . . . will you assure her and her family that they have a place, with you, to belong and be safe?

In the aftermath of this election, what will be more telling than what ballot bubble you filled in, will be how you step into the hurt, despair, fear, and life of those inside and outside of your walls that don’t look like you.

Church, you have an opportunity here. You can stand staunchly on your platform with joviality, singing a victor’s song today or you can roll up your sleeves and do the hard work of building a bridge of unity so that the church can become a credible witness to true biblical oneness. Starting today, you can engage in the real, raw, and hard work of reconciliation and be a light during a dark time. Today, you can truly exemplify the love and compassion and goodness that is Jesus. Today.

Yesterday, the nation cast a decisive vote for Trump.

But I ask you, will you cast a resolute and determined vote for love of all people today? So that tomorrow, those with broken hearts can talk about how truth and justice and Christian values prevailed?

Source: An Open Letter To The Evangelical Church – From The Black Girl In Your Pew | Huffington Post


The decline of Christian America

TRUTH BOMBS: Christianity has gone from having the most intelligent people in the world to the dumbest. I am not picking on any one person, only pointing out the reality for the church to face. We do not think or reason well anymore. We let television think and evangelize for us. We all have bibles and hardly ever read them. We look to fads for our happiness and neutral topics for our conversations.

 

ARTICLE: “This is a Christian nation,” said the Supreme Court in 1892. “America was born a Christian nation,” echoed Woodrow Wilson. Harry Truman affirmed it: “This is a Christian nation.” But in 2009, Barack Hussein Obama begged to differ: “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.” Comes now a Pew Research Center survey that reveals […]

Source: The decline of Christian America


During Heartfelt Prayer, Pastor Praises Planned Parenthood’s Murderous Agenda — Charisma News

TRUTH BOMB: Well why should she believe the Word of God at all? A woman “pastor” in not Biblical so if she thinks it is rational to ignore that part of scripture, why not just ignore the rest of it too. No Truth no Spirit.

ARTICLE: A Chicago-area pastor praised the atrocities of Planned Parenthood during her invocation at a centennial celebration.

“We celebrate today that on Oct. 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the doors of the first Planned Parenthood clinic right here in New York City. And with this act of courage and resistance, the doors were opened for women to overcome the silence and the shame and the stigma inflicted on our sexuality,” United Church of Christ’s Neichelle Guidry Jones prayed. “The doors were opened for women to rise up against the political, religious and patriarchal machines that sought to undermine our right to choose and decide what happens to our own perfect, beautiful and holy flesh.”

The pastor continued: “We can’t do this alone. We might be many, but with You we have been mighty. So come into our gathering with Your presence and Your insight and Your peace and Your power,” Guidry Jones declared. “Come with Your unity that we might be ready when You call. Call on us to stand, call us on us to press and fight, to speak to move and to march on into the next 100 years of Planned Parenthood.”

Meanwhile, many Christians believe abortion to be the biggest issue of the upcoming election.

Source: During Heartfelt Prayer, Pastor Praises Planned Parenthood’s Murderous Agenda — Charisma News


‘Non-Theistic’ Satanic Temple Seeks to Offer Invocation at Boston City Council Meeting | Christian News Network

TRUTH BOMBS: This is the rise of Pagan America. There is a distinct increase in the influence of paganism in our culture. From school clubs to the “Burn Man” festival. The worship of self and false gods are becoming the norm. And you thought that the Christians were just panicking back in the 80s when we warned this would happen.

ARTICLE: BOSTON, Mass. — The Boston chapter of the Satanic Temple recently sought to offer an invocation during their city’s council meeting, but the request was rejected.

“The religious oppression felt by those outside the Christian community in Boston is a blight on an otherwise liberal state,” the request letter, written by chapter head Travis LeSaffre, read. “Consider what your actions could do to increase the diversity of the city council’s current invocation schedule and the light it can shine on religious plurality within the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

He told reporters that the purpose of the mission was to ensure that various religions are represented during city council meetings—not only Christianity.

“Our goal in this specific endeavor is to either receive equal religious protection from the city of Boston or to prove the inequity and hypocrisy of the city’s leadership,” LeSaffre explained to the Boston Globe.

His plans were to use the invocation time to outline the tenets of the Satanic Temple and to speak about the separation of Church and State.

LeSaffre told the Boston Herald that he believes the city council misunderstands the Satanic Temple, as members are not conventional Satanists, but rather “non-theistic Satanists.”

“It is the position of The Satanic Temple that religion can, and should, be divorced from superstition. As such, we do not promote a belief in a personal Satan,” the group’s website reads. “To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.”

The national organization views Satan as a metaphor for rebellion rather than an actual living entity.

“Satan is symbolic of the Eternal Rebel in opposition to arbitrary authority, forever defending personal sovereignty even in the face of insurmountable odds,”the group outlines. “Satan is an icon for the unbowed will of the unsilenced inquirer—the heretic who questions sacred laws and rejects all tyrannical impositions.”

He sent requests to three entities to ask for sponsorship—Councilors Tito Jackson and Mark Ciommo, and City Council President Michelle Wu—but Jackson and Ciommo did not respond, and Wu declined.

“It’s individual councilors’ choices who they invite,” Wu told the Boston Globe. “It’s not based on anyone’s religious preference, but it does often recognize figures that have done work in the community and are representative of the district.”

As previously reported, in July, Satanic Temple member David Suhor was permitted to deliver a Satanic invocation during the Pensacola, Florida City Council meeting. He delivered a loud song, belting out, “That which will not bend must break” and “That which is destroyed by truth should never be spared. Its demise, it is done. Hail Satan!”

Suhor admitted that the invocation was offered to combat what he saw as “Christian privilege.”

“Adopt some [expletive] rules. Stop pandering for votes. Quit pushing Christian privilege as we’ve seen with the Bayview cross and so many other issues and instead go to a moment of silence, that lets everybody pray or not according to their own conscience,” he declared to councilors, angrily smacking his notebook on the podium.

Source: ‘Non-Theistic’ Satanic Temple Seeks to Offer Invocation at Boston City Council Meeting | Christian News Network