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Lee Duigon — When the Church Goes Bad

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By Lee Duigon
July 14, 2016
NewsWithViews.com

A lesbian bishop in Sweden made news recently by proposing that a seamen’s mission church in Stockholm remove its cross and other Christian symbols so it could become some kind of “interfaith” prayer room catering to Muslims. I wonder what St. Paul would have thought of a lesbian bishop baldly practicing her sin without a trace of repentance and with the full approval of her church.

The alleged bishop called Muslims “angels,” and so made it clear to the world why the Stockholm Syndrome is called the Stockholm Syndrome. Happily, this particular church is not included in her diocese, so she has no power to force them to take down the cross. But she would if she could.

Here at home, the Presbyterian Church USA, at its annual wing-ding last month, called in a Muslim imam to lead the church delegates in a prayer to Allah, the Muslim deity. Naturally, such a prayer could not be offered up in Jesus’ name. To do that, the PCUSA reasoned, would be an offense to Islam. As to any possible offense to Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lords, the PCUSA is silent.

We’ve seen this pattern before, in both America and Europe: the self-inflicted death of churches.

First the church ordains women to teach and preach. There seems to be no objective reason why this should be wrong, other than that it goes against Paul’s instructions to the early Christian churches—but it rarely turns out as hoped. At any rate, this is usually the first step toward a church’s failure.

Next, invariably, comes a rapidly growing acceptance of assorted sexual “lifestyles.” As one young female pastor said to me, face to face, adultery is “no big deal.” But of course the main business at hand is to “affirm” lesbians and homosexuals in the acting-out of their temptations. What the Bible unambiguously brands as sin is declared to be no sin at all. Seminaries, so-called Bible scholars, and other high-profile churchmen—and churchwomen, even more so—hand down the word: the Bible’s wrong, it ain’t no sin at all!

This is quickly followed by a wide repudiation of God’s whole word on sexual morality, and the only sins that remain condemned are political sins—opposing abortion, supporting Israel, and Climate Change Denial, just to name a few.

The last step is the virtual replacement of orthodox Christian doctrine by substitutes—by false religion. A few years ago it was goddess worship, rejecting Jesus Christ as the atonement for our sins and replacing Him, and God the Father, with “Sophia” and other female idols. But today the in thing for the flatline Protestant churches is Islam. How they’ll please both “gays” and Muslims is anybody’s guess.

In the meantime, if something else comes along that’s even more anti-Christian than Islam, look for them to latch onto that, too.

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ABC Show Suggests the Church Is to Blame for Most of the World’s Atrocities — Charisma News

TRUTH BOMBS: More Hollywood propaganda about the church which HAS ABSOLUTELY NO HISTORICAL FACTS TO BACK IT UP.

ARTICLE: Join us on the new C-Pop podcast where Taylor and Jessilyn discuss, debate and sometimes deride pop culture with a strong sense of humor and a focus on Christ. Listen at charismapodcastnetwork.com.ABC’s Mistresses episode “What Happens in Vegas” delves into parenthood and religion in a surprising way.April (Rochelle Aytes) tries to get her 14-year-old daughter Lucy to come with her to the annual church fundraiser, but the teenager rebels against her mother, or as she calls her, “Mussolini in a maxi dress.” Lucy says she used to like church but now she knows what it really represents—”Most of the world’s atrocities are committed under the name of religion”—and she can no longer support it.

Lucy: I don’t want to go. Please don’t make me.

April: Where is this coming from? You’ve always had a good time at the church fundraisers.

Lucy: That’s before I thought about what the church really represents. Most of the world’s atrocities are committed under the name of religion. I just can’t support that with brownies.

April: Is that so?

Lucy: Yes.

What a childish and simplistic argument—no wonder liberals use it all the time!

That’s a no-go, but then April’s boyfriend pleads on Lucy’s behalf. April stands firm, saying, “Look, I didn’t want to go to church, either, when I was Lucy’s age, but I’m glad my mom made me. It’s given me a place to turn whenever I felt lost.”Later, Karen asks April why it’s so important to her that Lucy go to church: April: At the most basic level, spiritual guidance. Karen: But what if she’s not open to that right now? April: She’s 14 years old. She doesn’t always know what’s good for her.April’s right, parents know better than their children what’s good for them. It’s a parent’s job to do what’s best for their children, not to be their friend. And one day the child will look back and be grateful, like April was, that their parents made them do the right things, even if they weren’t always fun. Who would have thought that on a show called Mistresses there would be a few examples of good parenting and religious values? I guess every so often the blind squirrel gets the nut.

Source: ABC Show Suggests the Church Is to Blame for Most of the World’s Atrocities — Charisma News

Can Christianity save China?

TRUTH BOMBS: And because of this, the U.S. will someday be looking toward China for their moral compass.

ARTICLE: The growth of Christianity in China has been astonishing. At this point, it’s no longer a question of if China will become a Christian nation, but when. The ramifications of this religious shift are massive, and will shake China’s culture and economy to their cores.Since 1979, Protestant Christianity has been growing in China at a compound annual growth rate of more than 10 percent. There were 3 million Christians in China in 1980, compared to 58 million in 2010, according to Fenggyang Yang, director of the Center of Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University. By 2025, that number could swell to 250 to 300 million.Surprised? That makes sense. The Chinese Communist Party has done all it can to downplay this phenomenon and keep a tight media lid on it. Meanwhile, Western media outlets are so taken with the idea that religion is an irrelevant (and declining) facet of modern life that they don’t pay attention to its growth in most places outside calcified Western Europe.But this shift is happening, and it is astonishing, especially considering that China is officially an atheist country. From Chairman Mao’s accession to power until his death, China officially banned all religion, the only country in history besides Albania to do so. Then, in 1979, in keeping with its liberalization program, China cautiously allowed a few places of worship to open. But the government’s policy is still that religious expression must obey the party. Religion that is not officially sanctioned is still oppressed.While it might seem surprising that Christianity could grow in the face of such repression, it is repression that prompted the growth of Christianity in the first place. In the third century, the church father Tertullian famously boasted that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the church.”To better understand what’s going on in China, let’s look back at the Roman Empire. There, both government and society had values that were at odds with Christianity. The religion was so foreign, the reaction was an incoherent mix of savage oppression, benign neglect, and attempts at cooptation.Still, Christians eventually became the dominant group in the Roman Empire by compounding with a respectable yearly growth rate. But there was more to it than that. Christians were often over-represented among the intelligentsia, which gave them a strong cultural cachet, even as their innovative welfare work made them attractive to the poor. (Bone fragments show Christians were healthier and lived longer than pagans, almost certainly thanks to the church’s welfare system.) And of course, the church’s heroic work was great PR. After a plague, while most people fled to the countryside, Christians rushed in to help the people, like they did in China in the wake of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.Under Xi Jinping, the Chinese government has stepped up its oppression of Christianity. As the Chinese writer and dissident Yu Jie writes in the magazine First Things: An internal government document obtained by The New York Times in May 2014 shows that the church demolitions are part of a larger campaign to curb Christianity’s influence on the public. According to the nine-page provincial policy statement, the Xi administration wants to put an end to “excessive” religious sites and “overly popular” religious activities, but it names one religion in particular, Christianity, and one symbol, the cross. [First Things]If history is any guide, this will only increase the popularity of Christianity. As Yu writes: “One of the phrases I have heard most often among [Chinese Christians] is: ‘The greater the persecution, the greater the revival.'” Indeed, during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and ’70s, when oppression was at its fiercest, Christianity actually grew in China.Interestingly, Protestant Christianity is growing much faster in China than Catholic Christianity, almost certainly because the Roman Catholic Church has practiced a doctrine of appeasement to the Chinese government. Given that Protestantism is a do-it-yourself religion, where anyone is empowered to decide doctrine based on their interpretation of the Bible, we could see the emergence of new and seemingly strange versions of Christianity, acculturated to China, and perhaps mixed in with Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

Source: Can Christianity save China?

Muslim group erects billboards designed to fight terrorism, Islamophobia – Chicago Tribune

TRUTHBOMBS: Interesting Dilemma for muslims. If they do not support the violence then they are blaspheming their own prophet. Then again if they support the unjustified violence, they are committing an immoral act.

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A suburban Chicago Muslim group hopes two giant billboards hanging over busy Chicago highways will help to fight terrorism while also combating Islamophobia.

The billboards — which read “Muslims to Muslims: See Something. Say Something. Save Innocent Lives” — went up Sunday, one over Interstate 290, the other over I-55. They were paid for by members of the Association of Pakistani Americans of Bolingbrook, a community group that over the last two decades has brought an annual Pakistan Day celebration, two cricket fields and a Pakistani-flag hoisting ceremony to the southwest suburb. Two billboards with the same message had hung in other locations around Chicago earlier this summer.

“We are trying to tell average Americans this is who we are, and we do not condone (terrorism),” said Talat Rashid, founder of the group, who also is a member of Bolingbrook’s Planning Commission and was the suburb’s 2003 Citizen of the Year. “If we see anyone in our community that is off track, we will let the authorities know.”

But some Chicago-area Muslim leaders question the approach, arguing that the billboards perpetuate hurtful misconceptions about Muslims.

“It’s so vague,” said Mohammed Kaiseruddin, chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. “See something: That could mean profiling. That could mean somebody Middle Eastern wearing a long beard. And say something? Say to who?”

Kaiseruddin said he has been asked by officials at the Cook County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management to promote the slogan. But he refused, arguing that it is overly simplistic and creates a sense of hypervigilance that could lead to the reporting of innocent people — such as the 14-year-old Texas boy who was arrested in 2015 when his teacher suspected the clock he built may have been a bomb.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security uses the slogan, “If You See Something, Say Something,” without a reference to Muslims.

Others say the slogan could lead to other problems for the Muslim community.

“I think it’s kind of stating the obvious,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of Chicago’s Council on American Islamic Relations. “There’s no data to suggest that Muslims who see something don’t say something.”

Rashid, of the Bolingbrook Pakistani association, said he and members of his organization knew that some people wouldn’t like the billboards, and would view the message as Muslims admitting they have a role in radical acts of extremists involved in terrorist attacks across the U.S. and overseas.

But the group paid the nearly $7,600 advertising fee for four weeks of billboards because members think the message is a proactive way of educating the public about the difference between Muslim beliefs and extreme radicals who are not welcomed by the community.

GainPeace, a Muslim outreach organization based in Chicago, said it spent $12,000 on three billboards over Chicago highways that read, “Muslims Condemn All Violence.”

“There has always been a complaint from our fellow American neighbors that Muslims don’t speak out and they don’t condemn the violence,” said Sabeel Ahmed, director of GainPeace. “We want to show, big and loud, that we do.”

Rashid said while he and other members of his organization know that they have no connection to radical groups, Muslims here and elsewhere are left to explain themselves every time an act of terrorism makes headlines.

“Sometimes you have to bite your tongue and explain, hey, this is what it is,” Rashid said. “Like every average citizen, we are peace-loving citizens. If you look at us deeply, that’s what the message is.”

Kaiseruddin, whose group is an umbrella organization for 65 mosques, Islamic schools and other Muslim groups across the Chicago area, said the billboards are evidence of the nervous mindset Islamophobia has caused in the community.

There are about 400,000 Muslims living in the Chicago area, Kaiseruddin said, adding that in the last five years eight young Muslims from the Chicago area have been arrested on charges of providing support to terrorist organizations. In only two of those cases, the defendants pleaded guilty. The rest of the cases are still pending, putting families in limbo and leaving the community shaken, he said.

“It may be a small group, a very tiny group of people who are affected by (the arrests), but the consequences are so great that the entire community is panicked,” Kaiseruddin said.

At Chicago’s Council on American Islamic Relations, Rehab spends his days defending civil rights, fighting bigotry and promoting tolerance by speaking at schools and other awareness programs. He said he can understand the sentiment behind the Bolingbrook group’s billboards, but he favors a more direct approach.

“I’m in the business of countering Islamophobia. I know that work needs to be done,” Rehab said. “I just don’t think that cementing a misperception on a billboard is going to help.”

Still, Rashid said since the billboards went up, he has received more positive than negative comments. He saw one of the billboards himself while commuting to his office in Chicago earlier this week.

“Misguided people are putting shame through the whole Muslim world, and that’s very embarrassing,” Rashid said. “This is good for everyone. This is good for this country.”

Source: Muslim group erects billboards designed to fight terrorism, Islamophobia – Chicago Tribune

A florist caught between faith and financial ruin – CSMonitor.com

TRUTHBOMBS: Christians, in case you missed it, this is what is called PERSECUTION. I know, that doesn’t really happen in our country, right? [palm to face]. After all we are a “christian” nation [sarcasm]. Wake up and stand firm.

ARTICLE:When a florist was forced to choose between a beloved customer, who is gay, and following her Christian convictions, she made a decision that changed lives and, perhaps, how the law will see such cases in the future.
Barronelle Stutzman loved doing custom floral work for Robert Ingersoll. He became one of her best customers, often encouraging her creativity.

“Do your thing,” he would tell her when placing an order. And he loved what she did.

Over the years, Mr. Ingersoll spent nearly $4,500 on flowers and arrangements by the florist in Richland, Wash.

But one day, he made a request that was different from his earlier orders. He asked Ms. Stutzman if she would design the flowers for his upcoming wedding ceremony. The request thrust her into a moral dilemma.

Through a thriving nine-year business relationship, the fact that Mr. Ingersoll is gay had never been relevant.

But it was now.

As a devout Southern Baptist, Stutzman’s involvement in a same-sex wedding would violate her religious beliefs about the sanctity of marriage as a divinely blessed union exclusively between one man and one woman.

She did not object to selling flowers or floral arrangements from her shop to Ingersoll, as she’d done many times before. What she objected to was the possibility of a job requiring her personal involvement in the celebration of a same-sex marriage. That would be a denunciation of her faith.

So when Ingersoll arrived in her shop, excited to share his happy news, Stutzman was torn.

“Rob was asking me to choose between my affection for him and my commitment to Christ,” she would later write in a Seattle Times essay. “As deeply fond as I am of Rob, my relationship with Jesus is everything to me.”

That five-minute conversation with Ingersoll, she added, was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.”

Now, three years after the brief meeting in her flower shop, the 71-year-old florist is facing the prospect of financial ruin.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington have filed discrimination lawsuits.

In addition to targeting her business, Arlene’s Flowers, Inc., they sued Stutzman personally, ensuring that any assets she might own beyond the flower shop could be taken from her to pay their own legal fees if she lost.

“The point was to ruin her,” Stutzman’s lawyer, Kristen Waggoner of the conservative law group Alliance Defending Freedom, told the Monitor.

“It was to send a message to the [people of] the state and the nation that if you dare to say ‘I refuse to violate my religious faith,’ they will literally put everything you own at risk,” she says.

Stutzman is not alone in being forced by the government to choose between remaining faithful to traditional religious views on marriage or facing punishment for violating state antidiscrimination laws. Her flower shop is among a small number of wedding-related businesses nationwide run by religious conservatives whose faith prohibits any connection to the celebration of a same-sex wedding.

They include a wedding photographer in New Mexico, wedding cake designers in Colorado and Oregon, and a New York farm that rents its scenic property as a wedding venue.

In each case, the business owner cited their religious beliefs about marriage as justification for declining to serve same-sex weddings or commitment ceremonies.

In each case, they were found guilty of violating state antidiscrimination laws for refusing to offer same-sex couples the same services they offer to heterosexual couples.

In each case, the courts rejected legal arguments that the business owner’s religious beliefs should be exempt from state laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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Source: A florist caught between faith and financial ruin – CSMonitor.com

Teacher accused of relationship with 13-year-old returns to court Video

TRUTHBOMBS: So for all the atheists and God-haters out there, What makes this wrong? There is no objective morality without God.  Try as hard as you want but you cannot escape Him!

ARTICLE:According to court documents, Alexandria Vera says she and her summer school student were in love

Source: Teacher accused of relationship with 13-year-old returns to court Video

Canada’s Anglican Church reverses course, approves gay marriage – CBS News

TRUTHBOMBS: So they reversed the vote due to some voting glitch. Interesting. Well Anglican church YOU DON’T GET TO VOTE FOR KINGS! AND THE KING HAS PROCLAIMED IN HIS WORD: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” – Leviticus 20:13 (KJV)  “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” – Romans 1:27 (KJV)  GO AHEAD, TRY TO VOTE THAT OUT – HYPOCRITES!

ARTICLE: TORONTO — A day after the Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted not to authorize gay unions, questions about the integrity of the voting process emerged Tuesday, leading to a reversal of the result with the church approving the measure.More than 200 delegates attending the six-day General Synod 2016 narrowly rejected the resolution Monday night after hearing from more than 60 speakers, most of them in favor of gay marriage.

However, on Tuesday – the last day of the triennial conference – some members stood up to say their ballot had not been recorded during voting late Monday, when the resolution failed to pass by a single vote.Delegates requested a detailed hard copy of the electronic voting records, which lead to a recount. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the church then declared the resolution in favor of same-sex marriage passed, a resolution that aligns with secular Canada, which legalized same-sex marriage in 2005.In order for the resolution to have passed, it required two-thirds support from each of three orders – the lay, clergy and bishops.Meghan Kilty, the director of communications for the Anglican Church of Canada said Tuesday that 155 delegates voted in favor of the resolution and 68 against it, with three members abstaining from the vote. The initial result was one vote short of what was needed to pass the measure in the Anglican church – the third largest in Canada.The initial outcome on Monday night, which followed a bitter and divisive debate, stunned those on hand into silence. Some wept openly, others embraced. Some were clearly in anguish.

Before the vote recount Tuesday afternoon, Toronto’s Archbishop on Tuesday joined several other prominent clergymen who say they will bless same-sex marriages in defiance of a narrow vote by the Anglican Church of Canada not to authorize gay unions.The General Synod is held every three years, and the vote was the culmination of work that began when the last General Synod, the church’s legislative body, asked a panel to come up with a draft motion.About 1.6 million Canadians identify themselves as Anglican, according to Statistics Canada.The U.S. Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in the United States, is alone among Anglican bodies in approving gay marriage and has faced a backlash for its support of same-sex unions. Earlier this year, Anglican leaders temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the American church’s acceptance of gay marriage.Other Anglican national churches in Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand and Scotland have taken steps toward accepting same-sex relationships.AP

Source: Canada’s Anglican Church reverses course, approves gay marriage – CBS News

New Study Finds Correlation between Depression and Same-Sex Parenting – Christian News Headlines

Children who grow up in same-sex parented households may face a significantly higher risk of depression later in life. That’s the conclusion of a study published a few weeks ago, without fanfare, in the open-access journal Depression Research and Treatment. The study found that young adults who had grown up with same-sex parents were more than twice as likely to be depressed as those raised by a mother and a father. The findings add to a growing body of research examining the effects of homosexual family structures. Gay parenting is a relatively recent phenomenon, and the available data on such families has been sparse. The new study, “Invisible Victims: Delayed Onset Depression among Adults with Same-Sex Parents,” claims to be the first to “examine children raised by same-sex parents into early adulthood.” It uses survey data that followed adolescents over a period of 13 years. “We know that a lot of distressing experiences that children have growing up don’t really begin to manifest until they enter their 20s and start to form their own families,” said D. Paul Sullins, a sociologist at The Catholic University of America and the author of the study. (The Catholic University of America also funded the research.) Sullins’ study found that although only 18 percent of children in same-sex households reported feeling symptoms of depression as adolescents (about the same rate as children with opposite-sex parents), about half of same-sex-parented children had become depressed after reaching the age of about 28. By comparison, only about one-fifth of children of opposite-sex parents were depressed in adulthood. The high rate of depression was linked to corresponding higher rates of obesity, feelings of stigma, and a sense of emotional distance from parents among children in same-sex-parented households. For example, the study found that 72 percent of children from households parented by same-sex couples were obese as adults, compared to just 37 percent of adults from traditional households. Adults who grew up in same-sex-parented households were also more likely to report having recently thought seriously about committing suicide (30 percent, compared to 7 percent of adults with opposite-sex parents), and more likely to have experienced verbal, physical, or sexual abuse by a parent or caregiver. The study analyzed data from a large U.S. survey, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, which questioned more than 15,000 adolescent Americans between 1995 and 2008, following them from the average age of 15 to 28. Sometimes called “Add Health,” the survey is considered a reliable dataset for researchers because it provides a representative sample of the U.S. population. Same-sex parenting remains a controversial field of study, given the recent political battles waged in the West over same-sex marriage and other rights for homosexuals. Advocates of gay family structures point to dozens of previous studies that have concluded children of same-sex couples do not face special disadvantages. But critics say many of those studies have relied on “convenience samples” made up of survey participants recruited through websites, gay advocacy events, sperm banks, parent forums, word of mouth, or other nonrandom methods. Such recruiting methods can be prone to bias because families who are already faring well may be the most likely to volunteer as participants. By using the Add Health survey data, Sullins study shows the risk of depression, obesity, and suicidal ideation increased or decreased as adolescents grew older. For example, children in same-sex-parented households became less likely to experience suicidal thoughts as they grew older: 44 percent experienced suicidal ideation as adolescents, while 30 percent had such thoughts as adults. (Among opposite-sex-parented children, the prevalence of suicidal thoughts fell from 14 percent in adolescence to 7 percent in adulthood.) Similarly, participants were less likely as they grew older to say they felt distant from one or both parents. Among same-sex-parented children, 93 percent of adolescents said they felt distant from a parent, and 73 percent said so as adults. (In traditional mother-father families, 36 percent of adolescents and 44 percent of adults said they felt distant from a parent.) Adults who had grown up in same-sex-parented households were more likely to report feeling socially stigmatized (37 percent, compared to 7 percent of children from traditional households). But it’s unclear why they felt stigmatized. Sullins speculates the stigma could be linked to body image and the high rate of obesity. Sullins’ study benefited from using a representative sample, although that sample turned out to be very small: It consisted of just 20 same-sex-parented households (17 lesbian couples, three gay male couples). “I agree that it’s a small sample, and the results should be interpreted with caution,” said Sullins on Monday. But he noted that it was strik

Source: New Study Finds Correlation between Depression and Same-Sex Parenting – Christian News Headlines

Germany: Couple on Trial After 8 Dead Babies Found at Home – ABC News

TRUTHBOMB: When people do not believe in God, there is no boundary on morality. In fact there is no such thing as morality apart from the Word of God.

ARTICLE: A couple have gone on trial in Germany after the remains of eight babies were found at their apartment in Bavaria last year.The 45-year-old mother, identified only as Andrea G., is charged with four counts of murder in the trial at the Coburg state court. Her 55-year-old husband, Johann G., is charged with being an accessory to murder.Prosecutors say they couldn’t establish whether the four other infants were actually born alive.The mother told the court via her lawyer on Tuesday that she had wrapped the eight newborns in towels and hidden them, regardless of whether they showed signs of life, news agency dpa reported.The couple have three living children, and each has two from previous marriages.

Source: Germany: Couple on Trial After 8 Dead Babies Found at Home – ABC News