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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Declared Guilty of Ethics Violations, Suspended for Rest of Term Without Pay

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By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network:

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ), led by a chief judge who also serves as an elder in his church, has declared Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore guilty of all six charges of ethics violations surrounding allegations that he ordered judges in the state not to issue same-sex “marriage” licenses and has been suspended for the rest of his term without pay.

The COJ said in its decision on Friday that it did not agree that Moore’s Jan. 6 memo was “merely to provide a ‘status update’ to the state’s probate judges,” but could indeed be considered an order.

“We … do not accept Chief Justice Moore’s repeated argument that the disclaimer in paragraph 10 of the January 6, 2016, order—in which Chief Justice Moore asserted he was ‘not at liberty to provide any guidance … of the effect of Obergefell on the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court’—negated the reality that Chief Justice More was in fact ‘ordering …

3 Ohio Christians Vow to Continue Crusade to Classify Abortion as Murder

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By Rod Kackley - Posted at PJ Media:

“Quit is not in our vocabulary,” Anthony Dipane said when he told the Columbus Dispatch that he and two other Ohio residents would never stop trying to get a proposal on a statewide ballot that would classify abortion as a case of aggravated murder.

Their proposal would have called for a blanket prohibition against the “abortion of all unborn human beings, without exception…in Ohio.”

An “unborn human” was described in the ballot language as “an individual organism from fertilization, whether fertilization occurs inside or outside of a human, until live birth.”
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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore at ‘Gay Marriage’ Ethics Trial: ‘I Don’t Encourage Anyone to Defy a Court Order’

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By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network:

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore took the stand during his ethics hearing on Wednesday, telling those gathered that he never told probate judges in the state to defy the United States Supreme Court’s opinion on “gay marriage.”

“I don’t encourage anyone to defy a federal court or state court order,” Moore stated, remarking that it is “ridiculous” to believe otherwise. “I gave them a status in the case, a status of the facts that these orders exist. That is all I did.”

He said that he sent a memo to his colleagues at the Alabama Supreme Court, which had issued an order in March 2015 halting the issuance of same-sex licenses in the state apart from Moore, urging them to provide guidance in light of the federal Obergefell decision.

When they did not, he released a memo in January advising judges about the status quo until the court issues instructions as requested.
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“Be Still and Know That I Am God” is Bad News

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By Nicholas Davis - Posted at CCC Discover:

“Be still and know that I am God.” —Psalm 46:10
Often this verse is used as a source of encouragement, and it is one of the most “liked” verses in the Bible. I remember hearing this verse often in Bible studies back in college and reading it in a daily devotional. Sadly, though, it has become just another cliché Christian phrase that is repeated in Christian circles.

Notice to whom this line is directed. It’s actually not an encouraging verse written to Christians. It’s a call to the nations to cease fire and bow down to the Lord who is God. “Be still and know that I am God” is not a great devotional memory verse; rather, it’s a severe warning.

Psalm 46:10, in context, is a warning to all of the armies of nations who oppose God and his people. It’s as if God is saying, “Be still! Stop!!! CEASE FIRE! Know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” In other words, “If you oppose me, I will crush you. This …

Roy Moore trial leaves supporters hopeful

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By David Roach - Posted at Baptist Press:
"I don't encourage anyone to defy a federal court or state court order," Moore said according to the Associated Press. "I gave them a status in the case, a status of the facts that these orders exist. That is all I did." MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- As Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore stood trial today (Sept. 28) on charges he defied federal court rulings on same-sex marriage, an attorney for the Alabama Baptist Convention's public policy auxiliary said he was "optimistic" Moore would retain his job.

Rules of the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC), the nine-judge panel before which Moore was tried, state that failure to issue a ruling within 10 days "shall constitute an acquittal." A unanimous ruling is required to remove him from office, though a six-judge majority may impose lesser penalties.

"It's difficult to predict what the judges that are sitting on the Judicial Inquiry Commission…

The State of Theology

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Posted at TheStateOfTheology.com:

What do Americans believe about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible? Ligonier Ministries and Lifeway Research partnered to find out. These are the fundamental convictions that shape our society.

What do Americans actually believe? The State of Theology data set is rich with information useful for discerning the beliefs of Americans about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible in a way that goes beyond simple labels and religious affiliations. Read some of our key findings below and explore the data for yourself.

Evangelical?

Many self-professing evangelicals reject foundational evangelical beliefs. The survey results reveal that the biblical worldview of professing evangelicals is fragmenting. Though American evangelicalism arose in the twentieth century around strongly held theological convictions, many of today’s self-identified evangelicals no longer hold those beliefs.
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What is Heresy?

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By Amy Spreeman - Posted at Berean Research:


Heresy is a false teaching about the essential doctrines of our faith – the ones we must adhere to, regarding who God is, who Jesus is, salvation by grace, and Jesus’ resurrection. Non-essential beliefs are certainly worth discussing with passion (and love of course), but not to the point where those who hold opposite non-essential beliefs are considered heretical. It is also important to remember that sanctification (our growth in holiness, truth, and wisdom), often is on a different timeline from other brothers and sisters in Christ.

So what constitutes a heresy? There’s no better resource than what CARM (Christian Apologetics & Resource Ministry) has put together on the subject. At the bottom of this article is a list of heresies determined by church councils throughout the centuries, with links and explanations:

“Heresy is a belief or idea that is in contradiction to orthodoxy. In the context of Christianity, heresy is that which devi…

Abortion, the Supreme Court, and Civil Idolatry

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Published on Sep 26, 2016
Attorney Bradley Pierce addresses the argument that to end abortion we should vote for Republican presidential nominees in order to overturn Roe v. Wade. In doing so, Pierce calls Christians across America to repent of putting more faith in princes than in God. This talk was given at the Stand Fast in the Faith conference hosted by Forge Ministries (http://www.forgeministries.org/).

Free Presbyterians Protest False Ecumenism

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By Rev. Ian Brown:



Protest @ False Ecumenism in St Anne's
September 25, 2016

125 Free Presbyterians assembled in Writer's Square opposite the main doors to St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, this afternoon. Several famous Gospel hymns were sung, the Scriptures were read, and a message delivered by the Deputy Moderator, Rev. Kenneth Elliott, which exhorted God's people to turn their backs on the kind of compromising signals being sent out by Belfast's cathedral church. ...
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Defund? Or Defend?

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By Kevan Myers - Posted at There's Still Time to Win a Battle Before the Sun Goes Down:
In the past year there has been an outcry to DEFUND Planned Parenthood.

Prolife leaders are demanding it!

Prolife citizens are demanding it!

Prolife politicians are demanding it!

Some are calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded because they were selling body parts of babies they had slaughtered.

Other more right-minded people are calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded because they are killing the babies, period.

Some brothers and sisters in Christ have asked for my thoughts about whether we should go for the DEFUND button, and as Paul said before Agrippa, my response is, "I think myself happy...because I shall answer for myself this day..." (Acts 26:2).

Donald Trump has sent a letter to Prolife leaders, making an attempt to get them to back his candidacy. In it, one of the things he promises to do is to "defund Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortion…

Florida Abolitionists Petition to Outlaw Abortion as 1st-Degree Murder

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Posted at Christian Newswire:

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 25, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- The political committee Abolish Abortion Florida (AAFL) has launched a ballot initiative to amend the state's constitution to punish abortion as capital murder. Under the proposed amendment, anyone who performs or procures an abortion would be charged with first degree, pre-meditated murder. "Abortion" would include any abortifacient drug or device that can kill an embryo by preventing implantation, as well as the intentional destruction of unwanted IVF embryos. The amendment would define life as beginning at fertilization rather than "conception," and declares that "abortion deprives an innocent human being of the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

According to AAFL, the idea is not only to collect enough signatures to get the measure onto the 2018 ballot, but also to encourage legislators to begin putting forward legislation to abolish abo…

Abortion in Christian and World History

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By J. Williams - Posted at Sola Reformed:


Abortion and Infanticide have been opposed as murder by Christianity throughout church history (and often also outside of Christianity). Some early Christians, influenced by Aristotle (Colossians 2:8), wrongly advocated "delayed ensoulment", while still opposing abortion. We could not be saved if Jesus' full humanity did not begin at conception (Hebrews 2:17, c.f. Genesis 2:7).

As Machen said, “To that doctrine it is essential that the Son of God should live a complete human life upon this earth. But the human life would not be complete unless it began in the mother's womb. At no later time, therefore, should the incarnation be put, but at that moment when the babe was conceived. There, then, should be found the stupendous event when the eternal Son of God assumed our nature, so that from then on He was both God and man.”

Below is a non-exhaustive selection of quotes condemning abortion and infanticide from a variety on sources…

Bible Thumping Wingnut group - "Abortion is not child sacrifice"

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By Rhology - Posted at Abolish Human Abortion:

Consider this. The Bible Thumping Wingnut page (administered by TimHurd and Len Pettis) actively argues that:

1. Abortion is NOT Child Sacrifice.
2. The babies abandoned to death by abortion are in no way orphans.
3. Abortion is not a holocaust.
4. Abortion is not a love your neighbor issue for Christians in general but only a special calling.
5. You cannot really preach the gospel AND seek to rescue children; you must choose to do one or the other.

But their primary aim would seem to argue that we are a cult because we think that:

1. Abortion is child sacrifice
2. The babies abandoned to death are orphans that we should seek to rescue.
3. Abortion is a 43 years long legalized holocaust.
4. Preborn humans are our neighbors and fellow image bearers and that all Christian should work together using their various gifts and situations to establish justice for them.
5. And that we can preach the gospel and save lives at the same time. In fact, we literal…

A Word to (Some) of My (Fellow) Internet Calvinists

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By Kofi Adu-Boahen - Posted at Entreating Favor:

Originally published Oct. 1, 2015.

I’ve wrestled with how to say what I’m about to say for close to a year and a half. If there is one group of people who generally fail at self-criticism, it would probably be Reformed folks. Even now, I’m sure some people are preparing their copies of  The Institutes of the Christian Religion to launch at me in a manner consistent with causing bodily harm. Please, hear me out first.

First off, this is not an anti-Reformed rant. I am a card-carrying five-point-Calvinist with a great appreciation for historical, confessional Reformed theology. I don’t agree with every tenet of classic Reformed thought (my view of the covenants would be one example – another would be my view of baptism) but I would say it speaks closest to what I believe as a Christian. In short, guys, I’m on your side.

It is exactly because I am on your side, friends and brethren, that I have to call a huddle in session. For folks who pro…

Why America Burned Spurgeon’s Sermons and Sought to Kill Him

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By Dr. Christian George - Posted at The Spurgeon Center:

Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation 154 years ago today, promising liberty to some 3 million enslaved black men and women.

Charles Spurgeon also fought the evils of slavery: “[The] hope of deliverance seemed far away, it was God that gave an Abraham Lincoln, who led the nation onward till ‘Emancipation’ flamed upon its banners” (MTP 29:243). Spurgeon exchanged correspondences with Frederick Douglas, received former slaves into his Pastors’ College and pulpit, and condemned slavery in his sermons and media articles:
“I do from my inmost soul detest slavery . . . and although I commune at the Lord’s table with men of all creeds, yet with a slave-holder I have no fellowship of any sort or kind. Whenever one has called upon me, I have considered it my duty to express my detestation of his wickedness, and I would as soon think of receiving a murderer into my church . . . as a man stealer” (Pike, The Life and Work of Ch…

Calvin on Civil Government

By Stephen Nichols - Posted at 5 Minutes in Church History:



Let’s return to our good friend [John] Calvin and see what he had to say about civil government. The fact is, he had a lot to say. In fact, Calvin ends his magnum opus, the Institutes of the Christian Religion, with a discussion of civil government. In book four, chapter twenty, the very last chapter of the Institutes, Calvin turns his attention to civil government.

He opens this chapter with these words: “For although this topic seems by nature alien to the spiritual doctrine of faith, which I have undertaken to discuss, what follows will show that I am right in joining them, in fact, that necessity compels me to do so.” Calvin is telling us that not only should a discussion of civil government be included in his discussion of theology but that it is necessary, it must be there, and so he turns his attention to it. He tells us right off the bat that we need to recognize the distinction between Christ’s spiritual kingdom, as …

‘The Fabric of Our Society’: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Commissioners’ Prayers at Public Meetings

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By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network:



RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court has upheld the rights of commissioners in one North Carolina county to pray during public meetings, overturning a lower court ruling declaring the invocations in Jesus’ name to be discriminatory.

As previously reported, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) had filed suit against the Rowan County commissioners in March 2013, complaining that their invocations have asserted that “there is only one way to salvation, and that is Jesus Christ,” and thank the Lord for the “virgin birth,” the “cross at Calvary” and “the resurrection.”

“I want my local government to be open and welcoming to people of all beliefs,” Nan Lund, a local resident who was among three plaintiffs named in the suit, stated in a news release announcing the legal challenge. “But when officials begin a public meeting with prayers that are specific to only one religious vi…

The Beatification of Murder

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By Rolley Haggard - Posted at BreakPoint:

HOW THE CHURCH UNWITTINGLY BLESSES ABORTION

It is generally held by both Protestant and Catholic scholars that those dying in infancy—including those whose lives are ended by abortion—are graciously, if mysteriously, covered by the blood of Christ and received into heaven.

But what is often construed as the corollary to this noble belief—even by pastors, according to Randy Alcorn—is something profoundly disturbing: namely, that since aborted children go straight to heaven, abortion isn't such a bad thing. After all, the reasoning goes, those who are born sometimes grow up to reject Christ and perish. Abortion ensures their salvation.

One might assume such bizarre thinking is rare. But evidence suggests it is far more prevalent than commonly acknowledged. ...

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Muslim Rebels Massacre Christians in Central African Republic

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Posted at Morning Star News:


NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Muslim militants slaughtered 26 civilians in a predominantly Christian village in the Central African Republic on Friday (Sept. 16), the worst violence in the embattled country in months, sources said.

Rebels from the former Seleka group attacked the village of Ndomete, about 220 miles north of the capital city of Bangui, at 8 p.m. and went door-to-door killing Christians, a source in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo told Morning Star News.

Fighting between Seleka, officially disbanded in 2013, and Christian “anti-Balaka” militias has increased in the past year, but government and U.N. officials said Friday’s attack targeted civilians. Violence between Muslim and Christian militias hit nearby Kaga-Bandoro, where the Central African Republic’s U.N. peacekeeping mission reportedly quelled the violence over the weekend, but an area Christian leader cast doubt on the country’s ability to bring order.
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Report: Those Who View Images of Aborted Babies Are Less Likely to Support Abortion

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By Garrett Haley - Posted at Christian News Network:



CALGARY – New research from a Canadian pro-life organization shows that public support for abortion decreases measurably if people are shown images of abortion victims.

Whether or not opponents of abortion should disseminate images of abortion victims is an ongoing debate within the pro-life community. While some argue that doing so in an important and effective means of persuasion, others contend that the images—which often feature bloody, mangled babies—are too graphic and unpleasant.

Now new research suggests that people are in fact prone to change their minds about abortion after viewing images of aborted infants.

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Constitution History: 'Conspiracy in Philadelphia'

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Join host and president of NiceneCouncil.com Jerry Johnson as he presents exactly how the U. S. Constitution came about and who and what the founding fathers were opposed to in it's draft.

Link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfQugOiwino

See also:
Conspiracy in Philadelphia by Dr. Gary North (.pdf - 353 pages)The NRA (National Reform Association) and the Christian Amendment


Gaynelle's Story - God Forgives Murderers

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Abolitionist Gaynelle Merriwether tells her story of sin and repentance and the mercy of God.



Link: https://youtu.be/Z3cgK5Junok

Evangelical Misogyny and the Spiritual Oppression of Christian Women

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By Michelle Lesley


Weak women- always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Captives to false teachers. Led astray by their feelings. There is hardly a better way to describe a significant portion – dare I say, the majority – of evangelical women today.

There’s plenty of blame to go around. Satan dresses himself up like a Christian and deceives as many as he can. Women (and men, too) give in to the temptation to seek out false teachers who will tell them what they want to hear. Pastors fail to fight off, and in many cases, welcome with open arms, the false doctrine and false teachers creeping into their churches. And the false teachers themselves are out to make a fast buck on false doctrine.

And the result of it all is a generation of evangelical women held prisoner by Satan in the gilded cage of biblical illiteracy and feel-good “Christianity.” And most of them don’t even know they’re inmates.

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Kaine cites Genesis 1, pope to support gay marriage

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By David Roach - Posted at Baptist Press:

"...because my church also teaches me about a creator in the first chapter of Genesis, who surveys the entire world including mankind and [says], 'It is very good,'" Kaine said, referencing Genesis 1:31. "Pope Francis famously said, 'Who am I to judge?' And to that I want to add: Who am I to challenge God for the beautiful diversity of the human family? I think we're supposed to celebrate it, not challenge it." - Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine WASHINGTON (BP) -- In a speech to America's largest pro-gay lobbying group, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said the Bible buttresses his support of same-sex marriage. And he predicted the Roman Catholic Church eventually will change its mind on the issue, like he has.
Evangelical theologians, however, said Kaine appeared to distort biblical teaching and Catholic doctrine in service of a political agenda.

Speaking Sept. 10 at the an…

Measuring Success in Ministry

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By Caleb Kolstad - Posted at The Master's Seminary:

How should we define success in ministry?

Take a look at the most-celebrated names in broader evangelicalism, and it would be easy to conclude that numerical fruitfulness is what defines ministerial success. But both Scripture and church history remind us that steadfast faithfulness is actually the true measure of success.

Consider the prophet Jeremiah, for example, whose tireless preaching was met with little to no visible fruit. Or William Carey, at the outset of his heroic missionary career, who waited years before there was any response to his evangelistic efforts.

In today’s post, I would like to consider some of the dangers that come from measuring success by the wrong standard.

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Decision Making & “I Have a Peace About It”

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By Eric Davis - Posted at The Cripplegate:


A professing Christian was in a rough marriage for many years. It came to the point where they felt as if they could not take it anymore. Divorce entered the thoughts. They sought counsel from other Christians. Some opened Scripture, some didn’t, and some prayed. Though no biblical grounds for divorce, it came to the point where they could not see how God would want them to be unhappy in marriage. The marriage did not bring feelings of peace and comfort. So, they went through with the divorce on the grounds that both they and their close Christian friends “had a peace about it.”

Perhaps you’ve said it. “I have a peace about it.” Sometimes it takes on a different form. “I have prayed about it, so it’s God’s will.” Or, “I have a peace about it, so God is calling me to…” Those words are often-assumed gateways to what God wants me to do in the throes of life. But, is my “peace” God’s enthusiastic permission slip for my “it”? Is my prayer and peace…

Ohio Ballot Proposal That Would Have Prosecuted Abortion as Murder Rejected for Insufficient Signatures

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By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A proposal to amend the Ohio Constitution and classify the performance of an abortion as an act of aggravated murder was rejected on Monday by the state attorney general for failing to meet the required minimum of valid signatures from registered voters.

Ohio law requires that petitioners submit at least 1,000 signatures for any measure to advance as a ballot proposal, but Attorney General Mike DeWine said that the pro-life petition only had 842 signatures that could be considered valid.

“Because your submission did not contain the verified signatures of at least one thousand qualified electors, we must reject it,” DeWine wrote to petitioners Laura Burton of Cleveland, Anthony Dipane of Monroe Falls, and Dustin Paulson of Strasburg on Monday.
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Genesis 3:16

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By Sam Powell - Posted at My Only Comfort:

…And thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee (Gen 3:16 KJV)
The publishers of the ESV recently announced that they have changed their translation of Genesis 3:16 to this:
…Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.
I believe this translation to be in error. In this brief post, I shall attempt to explain my reasons.

First, a confession. At one point not too long ago in the past, I also succumbed to the same faulty reasoning. In the paper “Promoting a Biblical Sexual Morality”, of which I was the primary author, I wrote the following:

Second, the curse was on her relationship with her husband. “Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee” (Gen. 3:16). Her intense longing would be directed towards her husband. The preposition translated “to” primarily indicates motion towards or into. Metaphorically it is used for “against”. Her longing, instead of a covenantal opening hers…

Rusty Lee Thomas: Bloodguilt

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November 2, 2014, at Abolish Human Abortion,s (AHA) Conference, Pastor Rusty Thomas delivered a talk on the consequences of shedding innocent blood.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIPGujnmFWU

Abortion: The Evil of Our Age

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Abolitionist Alan Maricle
Link: https://youtu.be/2MPi4_OoYpk

Transgender restroom bill applied to Mass. churches

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By David Roach - Posted at Baptist Press:



BOSTON (BP) -- A Massachusetts government commission's claim that churches may be subject to the state's transgender restroom bill has drawn expressions of concern from local evangelicals.

"The United States Constitution has been understood since the founding of our nation as specifically protecting the rights of churches to function in keeping with their deeply held religious beliefs," Terry Dorsett, executive director of the Baptist Convention of New England, told Baptist Press in written comments. "Any attempt by a small vocal activist group to strip churches of that right should be vehemently opposed by all people. If they can take a church's right to practice their faith away, imagine what else they can do."

At issue is a document released by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) Sept. 1 explaining how a ban on gender identity discrimination in public accommodations adopted in July will b…

The Towers Fell and We Feel It Not.

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By Kevan Myers - Posted at There's Still Time to Win a Battle Before the Sun Goes Down:
September 11, 2016
This day marks the 15th year since 9/11/2001. We are almost at the close of the fateful anniversary.

This day forever is imprinted on those who were old enough to remember the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center crashing, which killed almost 3,000 people.

Many today, I am sure, have told family, friends, or even strangers about where they were or what they were doing when they first heard of the attacks.

I myself was in Iowa with my family, en route to Kansas City from Minnesota, to take part in a church missionary fair. We were at a station, pumping gas, when a man came over and knocked on the window, saying, "The second tower just fell!" We had no idea what he was talking about. Hearing a bit more from him, we ran over into a nearby Walmart, and watched the horrific news in their TV department.

The nation wept brokenly over the tragedy. There were great cries …

America Remembers Lives Lost as Nation Marks 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Terror Attack

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By Heather Clark Posted at Christian News Network:

NEW YORK — The nation paused on Sunday to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost 15 years ago when Islamic terrorists launched a coordinated attack on two World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and hijacked a fourth plane destined for an unknown location.

Memorial services were held in New York and Washington today, as well as in a Pennsylvania field where passengers aboard Flight93 lost their lives after valiantly fighting their hijackers.

“It’s all very beautiful because you are surrounded by people who are going through and feeling the same thing you are going through,” Nancy Shakouri, sister of Dennis Scauso, a firefighter who lost his life helping others, told reporters. “We can’t imagine being anywhere else on this day.”
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3 in 4 Evangelicals Don't Want Pastors Endorsing Politicians from Pulpits

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By Bob Smietana - Posted at Christianity Today:

Since the 1950s, the IRS has banned preachers from endorsing candidates during church services. Donald Trump has pledged to eliminate the ban, calling it his “greatest contribution to Christianity” if he is elected president.

However, most Americans—including evangelicals—seem to like the status quo.

Four out of five Americans say it is inappropriate for pastors to endorse a candidate in church, according to a newly released report from LifeWay Research. Three-quarters say churches should steer clear of endorsements.

For the most part, Americans with evangelical beliefs agree that pastors and churches should abstain from using their resources—including the pulpit—to campaign for a particular candidate. Seventy-three percent say pastors should abstain, while about 65 percent say churches should abstain.
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Politically Incorrect?

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Editor's Note: This article appears to have been originally written during the 2008 Presidential Election season, but its truth is timeless. AW


By Phil Johnson - Posted at Grace to You:

Matthew 20:25–28; Luke 10:21; John 6:37; John 10:27; Romans 13:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:21-25; 1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Galatians 2:21; Galatians 3:21; 1 Peter 1:23

If you came thinking I’m going to tell you how to vote this year, or suggest ways to mobilize your people to sway elections in your home town, you are probably going to be disappointed. In fact, those of you who know anything about me might be surprised that I’m even dealing with a topic like this one. I was frankly surprised when the guys who organize these seminars assigned me this session. Election-year politics are not really my cup of tea. And I don’t mean I’m not interested in the subject. I mean that I purposely try to keep my distance from it.

There’s a good reason for that. Before I became a Christian, I was a hard-core…

The Blog in Our Eyes

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By Nathan Busenitz - Posted at The Cripplegate:

What principles should guide Christians who interact on blogs (and other social media)?

This article was originally published several years ago on Pulpit as a multi-part series. I’ve updated it slightly and republished it here because I believe it is still a helpful reminder for those who regularly communicate online – either through blogs or other forms of social media.

At times, the blogosphere can be notoriously nasty — a breeding ground for slander, gossip, misinformation, bickering, name-calling, arrogance, and quick-temperedness. Even Christian blogs can sometimes deteriorate into something between a tabloid and a talk show, built on a few provocative tidbits of juicy news and the massing of ignorance in response. Armed with anonymity and eager for an audience, bloggers (meaning both those who post and those who comment) often shoot first and ask questions only after they’ve trashed other people and embarrassed themselves.

So how can w…

Abolish Abortion Ohio: Fight It Again. End It Forever.

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Our Lawmakers Will Not Be Able To Wash The Blood Of Christians From Their Hands

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Posted at Voice of the Persecuted:



(Voice of the Persecuted) What in the world is going on with our lawmakers? While the Western media puts all the focus on our election, their silence covers up the continued persecution and genocide of Christians. Is it any wonder that a large majority in the U.S. are still ignorant that persecution is even taking place, today?

Iran is increasing pressure on Christians, even raiding their family outings, beating and arresting them on trumped up charges of attempting to overthrow the government. (Read more)

Iran continues to violate international human rights agreements and treaties, whose signatories are supposed to respect basic rights such as the right of religious freedom, personal security and dignity, the right to be free from arbitrary detention, the right not to be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the right to humane conditions of detention, the right to a fair trial and the right of victims to …

Proposed amendment: Abortions would be prosecuted as murder in Ohio

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AP - Posted at 10tv.com:

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A group has submitted paperwork to the state attorney general seeking to amend Ohio's constitution to criminalize abortions.

The proposal is the second of its kind nationally. It would "prohibit abortion of all unborn human beings, without exception" and declare the act aggravated murder.
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A Response to Pastor JD Hall and his article on AHA and Theonomists

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By Angela Wittman - Posted at For Christ's Crown & Covenant!



Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3 AKJV
I've recently taken the "plunge" regarding my views on ending prenatal child-killing which were "100% Pro-life: No Exception! No Compromise" to the total abolition of abortion. I did this after much time studying abolition, reading abolitionists' articles and watching their response to criticism, backbiting and slander. I'm also a former theonomist who advocated God's Law for the Nations for a decade through my work in political and "pro-life" activism. You can read the reasons for my changes of heart here:
Why I've Become an AbolitionistA Change of Heart Regarding Theonomy So, when I read that there is danger in theonomists and abolitionists teaming up, I feel I might know a bit about both ideologies.

First of all, there is no organized group for either theonomy or abolition - but abolitioni…

A Warning: When Hypocrites Don't Listen

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By Rhology - Posted at Abolish Human Abortion:



JD Hall, a prominent four-point abolitionist, has spent significant time recently making hay about the evils and dangers of the Abolish Human Abortion movement. Sadly, he does so while disingenuously claiming to adhere to abolitionist ideology and while ignoring the attempts by abolitionists to correct the things he consistently gets flat wrong about the movement and about people who are involved in the movement. Though he has been approached privately and publicly, he simply does not seem to care.

He puts on airs that he has limited time for online engagement because he is a busy pastor. And he has written at least five articles about AHA in the past three weeks and talked extensively about it in at least one lengthy segment of his podcast.He pretends to be friends with abolitionists. And then he refuses to listen to their clarifications of errors he has made, so as to modify his critiques in the interests of avoiding strawmen.He prides h…

All On Fire: The Evil of our Age

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In this seminar from the November, 2013 "All On Fire" Conference in Portland, Ore., Alan Maricle presents the case that child sacrifice, like in the Old Testament, is the evil of our age and must be combated with the Gospel. (54 minutes)

Link: https://youtu.be/zVl5pZshTzQ

CREC Review Results: Will We Ever See Them?

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By Natalie Greenfield - Posted at A Voice Regained:

Nearly one full year ago, on October 3rd, 2015, Christ Church (located in Moscow, Idaho and pastored by Douglas Wilson) announced they were launching an internal review to look into the possible mishandling of two sexual abuse cases that had occurred approximately a decade earlier. Within a few weeks of the announcement, two members of the review committee emailed me and asked several questions about my sexual abuse case and how the church had handled it. While I was uncomfortable answering those questions via private correspondence, and though I felt very strongly that an external investigation was required, I wrote a series of three blog posts addressing the questions I was asked. Those can be found here:

Part I: http://natalierose-livewithpassion.blogspot.com/2015/11/on-october-3rd-2015-following.htmlPart II: http://natalierose-livewithpassion.blogspot.com/2015/11/my-response-to-crec-internal-inquiry.htmlPart III: http://natalieros…

'Sex Change' Surgery is Toddlers' Choice: Schools

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Posted at Culture News:

Gay/Transgender Agenda advocates advancing the government-backed "Safe Schools" program are heralding "transgender" preschoolers who choose sexual mutilation surgery prior to kindergarten as well as their doctors who perform the procedures in Australia.

“We have a number of students who are going through gender transition in our schools, with the youngest being a four-year-old at the moment.”
-- Gregory Prior, Deputy Secretary of School Operations, New South Wales (NSW) Department of EducationRead more... 

What to do when the Worldlings Sneer!

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By Bob McEvoy - Posted at The Salty Scivener:

Text . Isaiah 36

Marching on while the worldlings sneer… It’s a popular hymn, and it is certainly true in part. Christians constantly face a tirade of abuse from the world. In this narrative, we see the opening gambit of the Assyrians. It is to demoralise the people in the city, to prepare them for their surrender.

1. The Sneering Spokesman!

Let’s just look at some of the mocking sneers from this Assyrian ambassador.

Who are you trusting now? V4-5. What confidence have you! Are you still trusting in:-Egypt? V6 Where are they? He uses an illustration of a brittle reed. Egypt is like that reed, totally unreliable, unable to help, causing pain to those who depend upon its supposed strength. So, then are you trusting in…God? V7 Now here is something really interesting. This Rabshekah has an elementary understanding of theology, – just enough to get it wrong! He has been watching Israel, and watching the actions of Hezekiah. He thought tha…

Time for Reflection: 'Why Churches are Unfriendly and Cliquish'

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By Joe McKeever - Posted at Crosswalk.com:

“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:33-34).
I stood before the congregation holding two letters in my hands. “Both came to my office this week. I thought you’d like to hear what they say.”

“The first letter is from a member who moved several hundred miles away last year. She is missing this church. She wrote, ‘The churches here are not friendly like our church back home. No one speaks to visitors. I miss our loving, friendly congregation.”

I said, “Do we have a friendly church?” Heads nodded all over the building.

“Well, then, listen to this.”

“Dear pastor. We visited your church last Sunday and not a single person spoke to us. You have a most unfriendly congregation. We will not be back.”

The people sat there in shock. T…

Of Course Abolition Is Not The Gospel

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By Alan Maricle - Posted at Pulpit & Pen:



Tony Miano recently wrote an article titled “Abortion Abolition is Not the Gospel“. As far as that goes, we agree with Miano: abolition is not the Gospel. We have said the same thing ourselves on numerous occasions. We are Gospel-centered, and as we have explained to our critics before, we believe that the work of abolition follows from the Gospel, even though it is not the Gospel itself. However, despite our apparent agreement on this point, Miano nonetheless put in the time and effort to write a nearly 8000-word article to try to demonstrate that somehow, we replace or distort the Gospel with the message of abortion abolition, at least in our open-air preaching.

However, Miano does not explicitly argue that AHA, as a whole, distorts the Gospel, though the title implies as much, and the article is written to leave the reader with that impression. Rather, Miano takes issue with one person within the abolition movement, Toby Harmon. It should…