Tuesday, 29 August 2017

What the Porn Industry Doesn't Want You to Find Out

With the proliferation of smartphones and i-Pads, what was once a more isolated problem has exploded into a very common one: 68 percent of churchgoing men and 30 percent of women reported viewing porn on a regular basis in a five-year, national survey of churches.

Even four years ago, the Huffington Post reported that porn sites were receiving more traffic than Amazon, Netflix and Twitter combined.

Unfortunately, there's no going back.

Porn's tentacles are everywhere, affecting virtually every aspect of users' lives.

Pornography can impair your ability to connect with a real partner.

The way porn disconnects you from bonafide humans is one of the most little-known effects of frequent porn viewing and, arguably, the most damaging.

‘The only thing standing were holy things’ after hurricane destroys homes

A statue of the Virgin Mary was the only item to withstand a devastating fire that destroyed three Corpus Christi-area homes during Hurricane Harvey.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

The Demonic Roots of White Supremacy

I had just finished performing a wedding in North Carolina last Saturday when I checked my phone and saw the alarming news: White supremacists were marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of a Confederate statue. A few minutes later, when my friends were about to begin the wedding reception with a barbecue feast, I learned that a 20-year-old white nationalist had plowed his Dodge Challenger into a group of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring 19 others.

I lost my appetite.

God Speaks to My Friends But Not Me—So What's Wrong With Me?

"If you're stepping out in faith, why doesn't God reward that faith?" In this clip from Questions With God, a roundtable of pastors wrestle with that difficult question. Pastor Darren Davis offers a surprising answer.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The Dangers of the Last Days

Is That like You?

Lesbian teens are getting pregnant more than twice as often as their peers

Statistics show that women who identify as "lesbian" become pregnant at a much higher rate than "straight" women and "homosexual" men are impregnating women at a significantly greater percentage than heterosexual men.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Are You Succumbing to These Common Humanistic Lies?

What is ideolatry? Ideolatry sounds familiar and foreign at the same time. I discovered an 1869 book by S. Baring-Gould, The Origin and Development of Religious Belief, in which the Church of England clergyman used that term. In 1873, ideolatry was cited by Fitzedward Hall in his book Modern English, where he described it as a "monstrous formation" of a word. It appeared in a few publications, but for the most part, it fell out of use for several decades. But over the last several years, it's begun to appear more in search engines. But even though it increased in usage, there was no consensus as to its official meaning.

In my view, ideolatry is the merging of two activities of the mind.

The first is thought. Thoughts originate in the human intellect and give rise to ideas. We choose to either push them aside or nurture them so they can grow and flourish. Ideas form the way we view life. Some can be true. Others can be false.

The second activity of the mind is desire or lust. These desires can be either broad or focused and good or bad for us. Our desires can push us toward moral, ethical and religious behaviors. Or they can push us to achieve success, status, acceptance or control. We may passionately pursue sports, material wealth, food or a variety of other things. Some of these things benefit us, and others don't. Sometimes our desires are so intense, it borders on worship, also known as idolatry.

Idols aren't just statues or trinkets. Things we desire or place high value on can become idols to us. Ideolatry is the blend of two words: idea and idolatry. The mind, will and emotions of man unite in thought to form ideas. Our emotions can stimulate an attitude of idolatry about a thought or idea. Ideolatry is the blend of these universal human traits that may or may not be founded on truth.

Ideolatry can be a way of thinking that elevates human intellect above truth. It's been said that your perception is your reality. But is your reality founded in truth or is it based on some errant perceptions?

Your ideolatry can have a vast effect on your view of who or what God is or isn't, and it can influence how you interpret what you read in the Bible.

Thousands of South Sudanese find refuge in Cathedral

As the civil war in South Sudan heightens, millions are fleeing their homes for safer ground, which many have found at St. Mary Help of Christian’s Cathedral in Wau, the country’s second largest city.

“Those who flee believe that even rebels still fear God and would not slaughter civilians in the backyard of a church,” said Fr. Moses Peter, a priest at St. Mary’s, according to IRIN News.

“Many other churches have also taken in hundreds of people,” he said.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

CNN Publishes Fake Hate List—Targeting Well-Known Christian Groups

Many Christian organizations are fearful for their safety after CNN published a bogus "hate map" concocted by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"Here are all the active hate groups where you live," CNN's headline declared.

FOCUS expands to 15 new campuses this year

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has announced that it will expand to 15 new campuses for the 2017-2018 school year.

This brings the total number of campuses with a FOCUS presence up to 137.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

London developer must build gay bar in new development, or it won’t get building permit

A U.K. City Council has ordered a private company that it cannot build luxury flats and offices on a site it recently purchased that included a closed gay-bar unless it agrees to include a new gay bar as part of the development plan.

Theologian Pia de Solenni appointed Diocese of Orange chancellor

Moral theologian and cultural analyst Dr. Pia de Solenni has been appointed chancellor for the Diocese of Orange in California, effective Aug. 28.

“Pia is an inspirational and well-respected theologian and has proven herself a thoughtful and humble leader within our Church,” said Bishop Kevin Vann in a statement announcing the appointment.

“We are blessed as a Diocese to benefit from her expertise, passion, and faith. I look forward to the many gifts that she will continue to bring to bear in service to the people of Orange.”

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Anglican Bishop launches scathing attack on 'lying, amoral' Donald Trump - and the 'Christian Right' for backing him

An Anglican Bishop has launched a scathing attack on the 'narcissistic amorality' of 'lying' Donald Trump, along withthe American 'Christian Right' for failing to recognise the president's traits before he was elected last November.

Nicholas Baines, the liberal-leaning Bishop of Leeds, launched his comprehensive assault on 'shameless' Trump and his evangelical backers in a blog post written in the wake of the violence carried out by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, which Trump initially failed specifically to condemn.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Liberal ‘Catholic’ outlet: Time is right for Church to abandon its sexual morality

An “alternative” Catholic news service in the U.S. that has fought Catholic sexual morality for decades is saying that under Pope Francis’ “new culture of encounter in the church” the time is ripe for a change.
The Missouri-based National Catholic Reporter (NCR) has issued a call for a “change in the church’s teaching on sex and sexuality,” suggesting that the Church must catch up with the times and change its “moral norms” on contraception, sodomy, masturbation, and in vitro fertilization.

What Causes 56 Percent of Divorces?

A crisis is brewing: With 68 percent of churchgoing men struggling with pornography on a regular basis, and 56 percent of divorces citing porn use as a contributing factor, it's time to get serious about dealing with this problem.

Pornography is breaking marriages apart, leading men into unrealistic fantasy and leaving their wives feeling hurt, betrayed and as though "there must be something wrong with me."

Thankfully, over 450,000 men are in training to conquer porn and walk in freedom with the Conquer Series, a six-disc cinematic DVD series designed specifically for men that uses war analogies to help them understand the battle they're facing.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

‘It doesn’t pay enough’: Doctors want more money for killing people in Canada

Canadian euthanasia doctors are lobbying to be paid more money to kill their patients.

Complaints from doctors that euthanasia doesn’t pay enough have been in the media lately, with the Toronto Globe and Mail publishing an article July 4 entitled “Canadian doctors turn away from assisted dying over fees,” and MacLean’s Magazine followed up with: “Should doctors be paid a premium for assisting deaths?” on July 10.

2 Major End-Times Signs You May Have Missed

Though it seems Matthew 24 continues to unfold before our very eyes, more specific headlines have the hosts of Revelation In the News perking up their ears.

"A nation dividing itself. Technology infringing on the liberty of citizens. But are these reasons to be frightened?" Kora Chrzan breaks down exactly what is happening in the world and how it relates to Bible prophecy.

Watch the video to see!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Pope Francis offers prayers after deadly Nigeria attack

After a bloody attack at a Catholic Church in southern Nigeria left 11 dead and several more wounded, Pope Francis conveyed his sympathy to the victims and their families, assuring the community of his prayer.

In an Aug. 7 telegram addressed to Bishop Hilary Paul Odili Okeke of Nnewi, Pope Francis said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and injury following the violent attack in Saint Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu.”

Thursday, 3 August 2017

German bishops contradict Pope with ban on traditional order presiding at weddings

Germany’s bishops are defying Pope Francis’ authorization allowing the Society of St. Pius X to celebrate marriages, a new report says.

The German bishops issued guidelines for marriages in the Traditional Roman Rite, according to Gloria TV. The guidelines were reported Tuesday in katholisch.de.

Episcopal Church wins court victory in long-running battle with conservatives

Conservative parishes in America that split from The Episcopal Church over issues such as gay priests cannot take their buildings and land with them, a court has ruled in what could be a pivotal decision for future US Anglican fissures.

The Diocese of South Carolina, which contains around 50 churches and 20,000 parishioners, left the national Church body  in 2012 and is now part of the breakaway Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

The long-awaited and complicated ruling means the diocese, which dates back to 1785 and was one of the first to join and form The Episcopal Church, will not be allowed to keep its $500million worth of Church property.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Pastor Celebrates Pride With Festivities That Include a Trans Priest

A Church of England minister has come under fire for holding an "LGBT+ Service" to mark the city's homosexual pride celebrations.

Revd. Canon Dr. Neal Barnes, vicar of Hull Minster, held an evening service on July 21 to coincide with Pride in Hull and the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offenses Act 1967.