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APOSTASY RISING4 Denominations Defy God’s Word
By Jennifer LeClaire l Charisma News
The United Church of Christ (UCC) bills itself as "the church where God is still speaking." Apparently, God's Word is falling on deaf ears of the leadership. The UCC, which considers itself a mainline Protestant denomination—claiming over 1 million members and about 5,200 congregations in the U.S.—proudly announced it will serve as a major sponsor of the Gay Games. The UCC will now go down in Christian history as the first major denomination to sponsor the homosexual Olympics when the games roll into Cleveland, Ohio, in August.I guess my jaw shouldn't have dropped when I read the news, considering the UCC in April filed a gay marriage rights lawsuit in North Carolina. But not only did my jaw drop, I'm shaking my head. J. Bennett Guess, one of the UCC's national officers and its first openly gay church executive, calls it a social justice issue and says the denomination prides itself on "being a bold voice for progressive Christianity." In case you aren't familiar with what the term "progressive Christianity" really means, let's take a moment to define it. Progressive Christianity has a strong focus on social justice and environmentalism. Progressive Christianity focuses on concepts like "collective salvation"—where entire cultures and societies, rather than just individuals with faith in Christ, are redeemed—and bends toward a Marxist economic philosophy.
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW NEWSWhat Does The Announced Caliphate Mean?
By Michael Youssef l Christian Post
The ISIS, which has conquered vast portions of Syria and Iraq, has now declared itself to be the new Islamic caliphate. There has been no caliphate (an Islamic state led by a “successor” to Muhammad) since 1916, after the end of more than 400 years of Turk-enforced rule over a resentful but helpless Arab world. Since then, most Sunni Muslims have informally recognized the legitimate successor of the prophet Muhammad to be the king of Saudi Arabia, whom they call the “Guardian of the Two Holy Places.”But in recent years, many rival factions have risen across the Islamic world, each claiming to be the one to bring about the legitimate succession.
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW NEWSSenate Democrats Trying to Pass a Bill to Wipe Out All Pro-Life Laws on Abortion
By Steven Ertelt l LifeNews
Senate Democrats are attempting to pass a bill that would wipe out every single pro-life law on abortion. S.1696 is deceptively titled the “Women’s Health Protection Act” even though it revokes protections for women and their unborn children. Instead, the bill would be far reaching in how it would topple pro-life laws passed in virtually every state in the country.Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state right-to-life organizations, is one of the only pro-life speakers testifying against the legislation. She reports that four months before the mid-term congressional election, Senate Democrats are pushing into the national spotlight “the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress.”
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW NEWSHostility Growing Toward Christians Following Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Ruling
By Heather Clark l Christian News
Hostility toward Christians and Christian teachings is growing since the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, with lawmakers even moving forward with efforts to overturn the protections afforded to religious-owned businesses through legislation. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 30 in Burwell v.Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood SpecialtiesCorp. v. Burwell that government cannot force owners of closely- owned corporations to provide contraceptive drugs to employees if they hold religious beliefs that oppose them. “The government has failed to show that the contraceptive mandate is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest,” the court held in a 5-4 decision. But political commentators, pro-choice protestors and apostate churches alike have now come out swinging against the Christian-owned company, and Christians in general, asserting that the “religious right’s” intent is to force morality upon the people.
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW NEWS2 Things Churches/Christian Non-Profits Should Know About Obama’s LGBT Order
President Barack Obama issued an executive order July 21st, prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for federal contractors. What does this mean for Christian organizations that remain faithful to the biblical teaching on homosexual behavior? Here are two main points that those groups need to be aware of: First, the order only applies to government contractors and sub-contractors, it does not apply to groups that receive government grants. Most religious non-profits that provide services for the government do so through a government grant. They would not be affected. A grant recipient is awarded money for general purpose, but how that purpose is fulfilled is decided by the recipent and spelled out in their grant proposal. Contractors and sub-contractors are hired to provide specific products or services. Second, there is no blanket exemption for religious organizations, but Obama did maintain the religious hiring exemption that was put in place during the George W. Bush administration.
By Napp Nazworth l Christian Post
Christians Now Labeled as “Anti-Gay” & “Judgmental”
By Dr. Jim Denison l Christian Post
Adults ages 18-33 fall into a category called "Millennials." As the next generation of parents, prime ministers and presidents, they are the future of any society. What they think says a great deal about what their culture will think.For those of us who believe God's word on issues such as same-sex marriage, the news is not encouraging. Nearly 7-in-10 Millennials support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. Not surprisingly, only one-quarter believe that evangelical Christians are somewhat or very friendly toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered people. In fact, nearly two-thirds agree that "anti-gay" describes Christianity somewhat or very well. And more than 6-in-10 younger Millennials believe that Christians could be described as "judgmental."How should the church respond?
Ex-Planned Parenthood Director Speaks Out:Every Baby Killed in Abortion Makes Planned Parenthood $313.29
By Steven Ertelt l LifeNews
In a new expose’ video released Tuesday, July 22,, a former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director says Planned Parenthood put a price on the value of a human life: $313.29. That’s the amount of money Abby Johnson says the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic she ran in south Texas would make every time it would kill a baby in an abortion. Johnson, who is now pro-life, released a video this morning exposing the abortion quotas that take place at Planned Parenthood. In the video, Johnson says her supervisor informed her that her clinic needed to double the number of abortions it was doing and that it should be killing 1,135 babies per year to make the financial goals set up for her clinic by Planned Parenthood’s head honchos.
“All’s fair in love and war,” they say. If that is so, let’s allow this current war between Israel and Hamas (Operation Protective Edge) to remind us of how Satan, the enemy of our souls, knows nothing of love, only war. Satan’s aim is to discredit our God by attacking mankind, the crown of creation—and he pulls all stops to do it. I watched media footage of Hamas soldiers raising their heads above their underground lair, like deadly vipers, to snipe soldiers in the Israeli Defense Force.“Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made. The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads” (Psalms 7:16-17)I saw reporters travel through Hamas’ tunnels that must have required painstaking hours to burrow through dirt, rock, and silt to infiltrate Israel ....
CHRISTIAN INSPIRATIONCollector of Cracked PotsBy Gene Markland l The Church Guide
One of my favorite movie heroes is Indiana Jones. I love to watch his adventures as he searches for artifacts from past civilizations. Real life archeologists sometimes search for years to find only scattered pieces of pottery. It’s amazing how painstakingly they put all the shattered pieces together. In many instances they are able to completely reconstruct the pottery to its original form. Other than the obvious cracks, once the repairs are made, it looks as good as new. Once restored, a quality piece is usually placed in a museum where it is illuminated by special light and prominently displayed on a pedestal for all to see and enjoy.But there are also private collectors of such treasures. One day while praying in the Spirit, I saw such a place in a vision. I entered a large building, which was rather plain, and followed a dimly lit carpeted hallway into a large room. The room was dark except for an area to the left, so I made my way there.
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW NEWSAmerica Must Have a Great AwakeningBy Awakening America Alliance
Graham Urges Christians to Follow God’s Word, Not Ignore Unpopular Parts
The Rev. Franklin Graham has made a call for Christians to follow God's word in its entirety, and not simply pick the parts they like and ignore the parts that are unpopular or cause division. In his call for Christians in America to stand for biblical values despite social opposition, Graham insisted that "Heaven is not for cowards!" He was exhorting his position in a new column published in the July-August edition of Decision magazine. Graham, who is the head of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote: "Christians cannot ignore parts of God's Word because they are unpopular or cause division. Our commission is to proclaim Christ and all He stands for. "This is what the church's presence in the world is all about. We cannot sincerely proclaim the truth of God's love while ignoring what He hates, and God hates sin."For social issues, Graham urged Christians to make a firm and biblical stand on abortion and homosexuality.He wrote, "We are soldiers in God's army, and we cannot stand down on biblical issues out of fear of being labeled a homophobe or judge. "People make judgments every day. The world's system passes judgments accepted by governments and citizens. But the world considers Christian judgment to be biased, judgmental and intolerant."
AG to Investigate Planned Parenthood’s Teaching Teens S&M Sex, Gagging
The Colorado Attorney General says he will investigate a shocking video that busted the Planned Parenthood abortion business, where its staffers are teaching teenagers about S&M-based sexual relationships and concepts such as gagging, whipping and asphyxiation. In a series of undercover audits, Live Action investigators documented Planned Parenthood counselors and nurses advising our investigators, who the Planned Parenthood staffers thought were minors, on how to practice torture sex.
Prime Minister David Cameron Calls on Britan to Rise to the Challenge of “Monstrous” ISIS
In a sobering message, British Prime Minister David Cameron issued one of the most challenging calls to the West yet about the threat of ISIS to western democracies Comparing the current situation with ISIS to Hitler in pre-war Europe, Cameron said "Islamic militants in Iraq are planning to attack us here in the UK," and insisted the United Kingdom must help defeat them before it was too late. In the Sunday Telegraph, Cameron was quoted as saying, "If we do not act to stem the onslaught of this exceptionally dangerous terrorist movement, it will only grow stronger until it can target us on the streets of Britain."We are in the middle of a generational struggle against a poisonous ideology," wrote Cameron, "which I believe we will be fighting for the rest of my political lifetime … Already [ISIS] controls not just thousands of minds, but thousands of square miles of territory, sweeping aside much of the boundary between Iraq and Syria to carve out its so-called caliphate." "This is a clear danger to Europe and to our security," he concluded. "It is a daunting challenge. But it is not an invincible one, as long as we are now ready and able to summon up the political will to defend our own values and way of life with the same determination, courage and tenacity as we have faced danger before in our history. That is how much is at stake here; we have no choice but to rise to the challenge."
By the time you read this article, you've undoubtedly had the pleasure of celebrating Resurrection Sunday or as many still call it Easter Sunday. Perhaps you donned yourself in your Sunday best and attended church for the first time since last "Easter." If you really knew the meaning of Easter—Resurrection Sunday, I guarantee you your outlook on life would drastically change. Recently I saw the movie "The Son of God." I read my Bible often, so I was able to follow along quite well. What became clear was the diseased hearts of the religious leaders. They had no idea that Jesus was God clothed in flesh. They were blinded by their own traditions that they couldn't see Him with the eyes of their heart; that He not only was whom they were awaiting (the Messiah, their King), but that He would reconcile man back to God. In John 3:17, Amplified version, the author says, “For God did not send the Son ...
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Present conditions in the church and nation demand united, decisive action. We need more than one positive election ... one godly, Supreme Court decision ... one good sermon series or one significant, local church revival. America is desperate for a change. Overall church attendance is declining. An entire generation is emerging with little understanding of absolute truth. The only hope for change is in the spiritual climate of our nation, and it begins at the grassroots level. Founded following the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks, Cry Out America is a grassroots prayer initiative signaling that hope. September 11, 2001 was a moment that forever changed America. "It was a national event which affected us all," stated Ashley Wilson, former COA National Coordinator and current pastor of Lifegate Church in Lexington, KY. "It was the JFK assassination moment of this generation," commented Dr. Billy Wilson, founder of the Awakening America Alliance and current Oral Roberts University President.
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ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFEAre You Content With Your Life?By Joyce Meyer l The Church Guide
It seems there are very few people who are consistently content with life. It’s more common to be up and down mentally and emotionally, depending on what our circumstances are. So I want to ask you: How content are you? Are you consistently enjoying your life? God loves us and has a good plan for our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 says His thoughts and plans for us are “for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome” (AMP). And John 10:10 says Jesus “came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” (AMP). It was such a revelation for me when I realized that God wants me to enjoy my life now, and not just barely get by, hanging on until I get to Heaven. It was also a life-changing revelation when I understood that my joy and contentment don’t have to be based on my circumstances. In Christ, I can learn “how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am” (Philippians 4:11 AMP).