Category Archives: Church

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


Church of England may scrap Sunday services – CNN.com

TRUTH BOMBS: Churches in every country are reporting this same issue. I often wonder: I have heard the same church growth strategy touted by ministers and Church leaders everywhere since I was a child and history teaches me that this movement has been occurring since long before I was born. This is what I call the “Love without Law” gospel. Under this we agree to disagree instead of excommunicate an unrepentant sinner. We ignore difficult scriptures so as not to offend anyone. We change the definitions of biblical words to better fit the unbelievers thinking. And we even poll the heathen to tell us how a Christian worship service should be conducted! Vanity, Vanity all is Vanity! Maybe we should try to obey what the Bible says instead of what the satanic world says.

ARTICLE: London (CNN)Canon laws, which have been in the books for centuries, require churches to hold services every Sunday. In the morning and in the evening.

But there’s a hitch.
Attendance is declining. And there are just way too many churches.
So the Church of England is now thinking of scrapping that law — particularly because many parishes are failing to hold services at all of their churches and consequently, are breaking the law.
“For decades, ever since we started having parishes with more than one church, it has been humanly impossible for the clergy to get around to all of them every Sunday,” a Church of England spokesman told CNN. “[So] according to canon law those clergy and those parishes are breaking canon law and it would be impossible for them not to.”
Earlier this year the Church published its 2014 attendance statistics which revealed there was a 12% decline in attendance over the decade and that only 2% of England’s population attended services.
But the Church of England’s spokesman denied the changes were to do with declining number in church attendances and said it was “purely to do with normalizing the current situation.”

Source: Church of England may scrap Sunday services – CNN.com


Baptist Minister Defends Aborting Her Baby: “God Helped Me Make the Best Decision” | LifeNews.com

TRUTH BOMBS: If your actions are different than your stated beliefs then you really don’t believe in the first place. If your stated beliefs and actions are antithetical to Christ’s teaching, you are not a Christian.

ARTICLE: Thousands, maybe even millions, of women sit in American churches each week, hurting silently because of a past abortion.

Abortion is tragically common even among American Christians, despite Christian teachings about the sanctity of life. In 2014, 24 percent of women who had abortions identified as Catholic, 17 percent as mainline Protestant and 13 percent as evangelical Protestant, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

For many years, Susan Chorley, a Baptist minister from Boston, Massachusetts, was one of the women who remained silent about her abortion in church. Chorley shared her story with The Daily Beast this week and urged churches to offer compassion, empathy and healing to women who have abortions.

Unfortunately, Chorley also argued that churches should accept that women’s decisions to have abortions. She never mentioned how that decision destroys the life of an innocent human being in the womb, or how Christianity teaches that killing an innocent human being is wrong.

The Baptist minister said her decision to have an abortion was “wrenching,” and it left her feeling “sad” with a sense of “loss.” Still, she justified her decision to abort her second child 12 years ago.

She wrote:

I was serving in a congregation in New England at the time I realized I was pregnant. I was far away from family and friends. I had always imagined I would have a second child and I knew that it would be a struggle on our family financially as well as add to the stress of our marriage, which was starting to fall apart. I didn’t want to bring a baby into the world that would feel it was a burden—and I prayed to God to help me make the best decision I could in a situation that seemed impossible.

Later, she added:

Faith is so much more than judging right from wrong. Faith is about how we make meaning in our lives, how we understand our God, and how we live our values. Decisions about whether and when to grow one’s family carry the deepest meaning, and religious women make this decision in conversation with God, just as we do every decision.

Chorley is correct that churches need to do a better job of reaching out to women who have had abortions, but she never acknowledges that the root of these women’s pain is the abortion itself. To prevent more pain, churches should not accept abortions. Rather, they should be doing more to help stop abortions by offering pregnant and parenting families love and support.

Abortions are not the answer. They are not good for women or their unborn children. Not only do abortions kill unborn children, they often cause mothers to suffer intense emotional and sometimes physical pain. A number of studies have linked abortion with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, drug abuse, suicidal tendencies and other psychological problems. Abortions also can have profound emotional effects on other members of the family, especially fathers and siblings of the aborted child.

Churches should be places where women and families can find healing and forgiveness when they are suffering because of an abortion. Debby Efurd, director of Post-Abortion Support for Involved Life in Dallas, Texas, explained that churches must reach out with compassion and understanding toward those who are hurting and need forgiveness.

“Understand their need for forgiveness,” Efurd wrote in 2013. “Many believe that because they knew it was wrong and did it anyway, abortion is a sin too big for God to forgive and often are unable to forgive themselves.”

Source: Baptist Minister Defends Aborting Her Baby: “God Helped Me Make the Best Decision” | LifeNews.com


Fear sweeps churches over bathroom policy

TRUTH BOMBS: We better start cleaning our governmental house. Our Churches are being desecrated by these liberals.

ARTICLE: A move by the state of Iowa to classify churches as “public accommodations” and require them to allow men who say they are women to use women’s restrooms is causing an “objectively reasonable” fear that they will be prosecuted, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose refused to dismiss a case brought by the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ against the state’s Civil Rights Commission, finding that the church already was self-censoring its statements because of a fear of prosecution.

“The court concludes the chilling of plaintiff’s speech constitutes an injury in fact for the purpose of standing,” she wrote.

The case is being pursued by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which said the ruling – even before the case advances further – provides “much-needed reassurance and clarification to churches.”

ADF explained the Iowa Civil Rights Commission claimed the Iowa Civil Rights Act applied to churches.

“The commission’s interpretation and application of that law could censor church statements on biblical sexuality in certain contexts and force churches to open their restrooms to members of the opposite sex under conditions that the government dictates. Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, which filed the suit through its Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, also has showers, which the law also affects,” the organization said.

“The government acts outside of its authority when it attempts to control churches. Neither the commission nor any state law has the constitutional authority to dictate how any church uses its facility or what public statements a church can make concerning sexuality,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steve O’Ban, who argued before the court on behalf of the church in August. “As the court found, government bureaucrats don’t get to decide which church activities have a religious purpose; that’s for the church to decide.”

The government had admitted in the court hearing that the church’s restroom policy “likely” is permitted under its antidiscrimination laws.

But the court warned that “such acknowledgement does not prevent the state defendants … from seeking enforcement against” the church.

“That’s why this lawsuit has been so necessary,” said ADF counsel Christiana Holcomb. “Though the state admitted to the court that the church’s shower and restroom policy isn’t subject to the law, those words alone aren’t sufficient to ensure that the state won’t try to enforce it against churches.

“Churches should be free to talk about their religious beliefs and operate their houses of worship according to their faith without fearing government punishment,” she said.

The case arose when the Iowa Civil Rights Act banned places of public accommodation from expressing their views on human sexuality if they would “directly or indirectly” make “persons of any particular … gender identity” feel “unwelcome,” ADF said.

The state claimed the authority to define “bona fide religious purposes” as well as other critical issues.

In fact, the state claimed it could enforce its agenda in a church if “the place of worship engages in non-religious activities which are open to the public.”

It cited such events as child care or a spaghetti dinner.

WND reported last week a similar case is under way in Massachusetts against a “gender identity” definition adopted in the state. The measure makes “gender identity” a special class, with more protections than ordinary citizens. Under the provision, the attorney general has claimed “houses of worship” are places of “public accommodation” and members, therefore, cannot even express ideas concerning “religious expression regarding biological sex and gender identity.”

The case was launched by the Alliance Defending Freedom after the state commission interpreted the law “to force churches to open church changing rooms, shower facilities, restrooms, and other intimate areas [to people] based on their perceived gender identity, and not their biological sex, in violation of the churches’ religious beliefs.”

Four churches are plaintiffs: Horizon Christian Fellowship, Swansea Abundant Life Assembly of God, House of Destiny Ministries and Faith Christian Fellowship of Havarhill. Several individuals also are named: George Small, David Aucoin, Esteban Carrasco and Marlene Yeo.

“The government shouldn’t encroach on the internal, religious practices of a church,” said ADF Senior Counsel O’Ban. “Neither the commission nor the attorney general has the constitutional authority to dictate how any church uses its facility or what public statements a church can make concerning a deeply held religious belief, such as on human sexuality.”

At the Volokh Conspiracy legal blog, Eugene Volokh pointed out that “churches hold events ‘open to the general public’ all the time – it’s often how they seek new converts.”

“And even church ‘secular events,’ which I take it means events that don’t involve overt worship, are generally viewed by the church as part of its ministry, and certainly as a means of the church modeling what it believes to be religiously sound behavior.”

Volokh continued: “My guess is that most churches would not turn someone away from a generally open spaghetti supper. … But some religious leaders, as well as the church employees and volunteers, may refuse to use pronouns that they believe are inconsistent with God’s plan as revealed by anatomy.”

“Under Massachusetts law, refusing to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun would be punishable discrimination. (At least this is true of ‘he’ or ‘she’ – I saw nothing in the document about ‘ze’ and other newly made-up pronouns.) The Massachusetts document … makes that clear in the employment context, and it also makes clear that the antidiscrimination law rules apply to places of public accommodations (including churches, in ‘secular events’ ‘open to the public’) just as much as to employment.”

Volokh warned: “Indeed, a church might be liable even for statements by its congregants (and not just its volunteers, who are acting as agents) that are critical of transgender people. Tolerating such remarks is generally seen as allowing a ‘hostile environment,’ and therefore ‘harassment.’ Indeed, the statement … specifically encourages people to ‘prohibit derogatory comments or jokes about transgender persons from employees, clients, vendors and any others, and promptly investigate and discipline persons who engage in discriminatory conduct’.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/10/fear-sweeps-churches-over-bathroom-policy/#YDAw8ZmRG1ojoP1A.99

Source: Fear sweeps churches over bathroom policy


Youth pastor arrested at church after admitting he impregnated a 15-year-old, police say – The Washington Post

TRUTH BOMBS: The church should be teaching on purity, resisting temptation, and holiness. The modern church has gotten away from those teachings. We teach now that everybody sins and that is ok, because Jesus forgives. Yes these things are true but it is also true “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,” 1 Corinthians 6:9

ARTICLE: A youth pastor at a rural Pennsylvania church has been fired and arrested on statutory sexual assault charges after police said he admitted to impregnating a 15-year-old girl, according to the Associated Press.

Police said the youth pastor, 35-year-old Wesley Blackburn, told his wife he was having an affair with the girl and that he wanted a divorce, the AP reported.

Distraught, Blackburn’s wife reportedly turned to Jim Espenshade, the senior pastor of Faith Brethren Bible Church in New Paris, Pa., about 100 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

“I was shocked. Absolutely shocked,” Espenshade told WJAC News. “You work with him and you’re there and you’re thinking, how could this happen? How could he do this?”

Blackburn’s wife told him she didn’t know what to do, Espenshade told the news station. “And I said, ‘I do.’ ”

Espenshade told the station that he rounded up the church’s other leaders in the parking lot, along with Blackburn, and they fired the youth pastor immediately, then called police.

“We didn’t even care what he had to say — we don’t tolerate this kind of stuff,” Espenshade told the station. “It’s inappropriate. It’s reprehensible.”

Blackburn is a father of five who met with seventh- and eighth-grade students weekly, according to WJAC.

Source: Youth pastor arrested at church after admitting he impregnated a 15-year-old, police say – The Washington Post