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2013: God, Clergy and Congress Poll Numbers Down, Darwin’s Up: Who’s to Blame?
Dec. 31. 2013 -While Pope Francis was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, a Gallup poll revealed that 53 percent of Americans have lost trust in the
clergy. These are the worst ratings in 40 years. This article claims that the moral decline of the nation is the fault of the voices in the pulpit.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich recently said, “The only hope for America is for her
clergy to start preaching the Cross of Christ again.”
Charles Finney - the famous evangelist of the Second Great Awakening - faced a similar situation in 1873. In his message, "The Decay of Conscience" he said,
If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. ...If the church
is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it... If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it.
- Source: Dan Cummins - Charisma News
‘Duck Dynasty’ Phil Robertson suspended ‘indefinitely’ for gay quip
Dec. 19, 2013 - Phil Robertson, patriarch of the very popular "Duck Dynasty" is quoted in the January issue of GQ magazine saying that homosexuality
is a sin. He paraphrased a biblical passage [1 Corinthians 6:9],
- Source: Washington Times
God’s Kind of Success
Dec. 18, 2013 - Noting that one typical mega-church pastor said that Christians have a “branding problem,” meaning that we are seen as “judgmental,”
Hal Lindsey writes:
That’s certainly a danger, but the solution is not to suddenly be silent on sin, or to speak out against only those sins that are politically correct to condemn.
This excellent article explains that it is not loving to ignore or condone sin. We need to care enough to tell people that God loves them so much that He sent his
Son to die for their sins.
- Source: Hal Lindsey
Polygamy ban unconstitutional? Staver saw it coming...
Dec. 17, 2013 -
On Friday, Utah Federal Judge Clark Waddoups declared that state's law forbidding polygamy unconstitutional even though the Supreme Court ruled in
1879 that states can restrict polygamy.
- Source: OneNewsNow
The marriage penalty within ObamaCare
Nov. 20, 2013 - ObamaCare charges people thousands of dollars per year for being married. Dr. Janice Crouse of Concerned Women
for America says,
"And you incur thousands of dollars every year of penalty for being married. Over a lifetime, The Heritage Foundation says that comes to
more than $200,000. Couples are even considering getting divorced because of the profound anti-marriage bias within this ObamaCare bill."
- Source: - OneNewsNow
- Concerned Women for America
Record number want 'bathroom bill' killed
Nov. 13, 2013 -
More than 620,000 residents of California have signed petitions demanding that a “bathroom bill” adopted by the state legislature that allows students to
choose which gender they represent be killed. And they did it in just 80 days.
State officials will now check the names. Only 500,000 are needed to put the issue on the ballot for the 2014 election. A team of attorneys from the Pacific
Justice Institute will challenge any disqualified signatures they believe are valid.
- Source: WND
- Editor's Note: We are posting this on both "Apostasy" and "Revival" pages. It is a sign of an apostate culture that such a bill would have
been passed, but a sign of revival that churches and other concerned organizations were able to generate this response in such a short time. Hopefully, if it is
passed during the elections, the courts won't discredit the democratic process by nullifying it like they did with Prop. 8.
- Update 12/31/13 -
Calif. families warned transgender bathroom law just days away - OneNewsNow
- Notice to Parents: Download
Notice of Reasonable Expectation of Privacy to protect your child!
Group sues California over new transgender bathroom law - Fox
Falling on Deaf Ears? Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible
Oct. 15, 2013 - In an earlier article, “Yawning at the Word,” Mark Galli, the senior managing editor of Christianity Today, said,
“It is well and good for the preacher to base his sermon on the Bible, but he better get to something relevant pretty quickly, or we start
mentally to check out.”
Galli himself was advised by someone on his staff to go light on Bible quotations if he wanted to keep the attention of his audiences.
- Source: Albert Mohler - Religion Today
Bizarro! America morphing into its opposite
Sept. 7, 2013 - The September issue of Whistleblower Magazine documents astonishing changes in the greatest nation on Earth! This
article is a an advertisement to entice us to subscribe to the magazine, but we recommend that our readers consider having this kind of
incredible information delivered to your home every month. This particular issue exposes the immoral plunge of our nation's morality. Here
is their list of shocking developments in our generation. We are taking the liberty of quoting their entire list since doing so is beneficial to
the publisher of the magazine. And it is beneficial to our readers!
•“How America morphed into ‘Bizarro World’” by David Kupelian, who offers a guided tour of the upside-down realm we now inhabit – and the way out
•“California’s plan to help ‘infertile’ homosexual couples”
•“Boys in girls’ locker rooms!” by Joseph Farah, who shows that under new laws, schools create gender confusion while pretending to eliminate it
•“When politics collide with reality” by Thomas Sowell, on the “bouncing ball” effect that has led America into one disaster after another
•“Assaulting Christians but coddling terrorists” by David Limbaugh, who shows that even the U.S. military is increasingly infringing on believers’ religious liberty
•“Why do our ‘leaders’ announce our battle plans to our enemies?” by Thomas Sowell, on the absurdity of “proportional” response policies that just encourage aggression and war
•“Growing ‘rights’ movement opens girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, to boys” – on how schools are taking the position that, while other students “may feel uncomfortable” about having the other gender in their bathrooms, “this is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student”
•“School to kids: Time to dress like the opposite sex” – on a particularly controversial part of “spirit week”
•“’Gay’ lawmaker to Christians: ‘We’ll take your children’” by Matt Barber, a shocking story of how the legislator behind a controversial new policy claims helping children overcome their unwanted homosexual feelings is the equivalent of child “abuse” and “beating,” and that therefore such parents might lose their children to the state
•“Our government funds dependency” by John Stossel, who says the Obama administration is more interested in promoting welfare than independence
•“Schools punish brave students for saving lives” – a bizarre survey of schools punishing heroic students after they have stopped fights or prevented a suicide
•“Bert and Ernie and children’s innocence” by Dennis Prager, on why the left is seemingly obsessed with “prematurely sexualizing” kids
•“Pentagon aims to lower warrior standards” by Patrick J. Buchanan, on how our military is being forced to accept the irrational “dogma that women are just as good at soldiering as men”
•“The war on 18-year-old girls” by Phyllis Schlafly, on the sheer madness of drafting young damsels to fight dragons
•“Unhinged! Pro-abortion demonstrators go insane” by Chelsea Schilling and John Griffing. Find out why pro-abortion protesters consider late-term abortions “sacred ground” and respond to efforts to restrict abortions after 20 weeks by chanting “Hail Satan” and attempting to assault legislators with feces, urine, tampons and bricks
•“Trading the world’s best healthcare for a nightmarish federal bureaucracy” by Dr. Lee Hieb, in which the surgeon explains exactly how Obamacare creates disaster – and does it on purpose
•“Equating boys with rats” by David Kupelian, on the real reason animal-rights radicals claim “all life is equal”
•“Government’s complicity in fatherlessness” by Phyllis Schlafly, on how the court system incentivizes divorce and family breakdown
•“The greatest phony America’s ever known” by Ted Nugent, on the bizarre irony of Barack Obama using the P-word to describe his scandals
•“More Americans choosing ‘equality’ over ‘freedom’” by Patrick J. Buchanan, who explains that “Égalité’ is a ‘founding principle of Robespierre’s revolution, not ours’
•“Why some scientists embrace the ‘multiverse’” by Dennis Prager, showcasing atheists’ spectacular admission that they’ve lost the argument about intelligent design.
- Source: WND
- Editor's note: This article, and the whole issue of Whistleblower that it promotes, comes just at the time I was wondering
how to recommend another shocking
documentation: a video documentary produced by a young American lawmaker that shows how America is being conquered by the ideals of Communism without
most people even knowing it. Check out the link to a free viewing of the documentary below.
- Also highly recommended video documentary: AGENDA: Grinding America Down
Christians Entering a New Dark Age? - Hope for a new Great Awakening - Richard D. Land
Evangelical Fuller Seminary Says “Yes” to Homosexual Campus Club
July 25, 2013 - Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California has approved as an official LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, queer) student organization calling itself One Table. In response to negative reaction by evangelical voices, their new president,
Mark Labberton, issued a statement about its position on homosexuality.
"Every student, faculty member, administrator, and staff person at Fuller is expected to abide by the Community Standards that 'premarital,
extramarital, and homosexual forms of explicit sexual conduct (are) inconsistent with the teaching of Scripture.”
This statement seems to ignore the fact that One Table was formed by a confirmed homosexual who is convinced he can embrace the Christian faith
without rejecting what the Bible clearly says is sin.
In contrast to this position, last year Biola University, also located in Southern California, quashed a group called the Biola Queer Underground.
- Source: The New American
The Rise of Neo-Enlightenment Theology
July 11, 2013 - Dr. James Emery White of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary warns that Evangelicalism, which began as a
reaction to the Enlightenment and its elevation of reason above divine revelation, is sliding toward individual reasoning and less on God's Word.
The Enlightenment was a rebellion against one source of authority – that of the church and its appeal to God and His revelation – and the
enthronement of another authority, that of human reason.
He observes that today's Evangelicals are increasingly basing their beliefs on their own perceptions (“I have a gay friend who feels…”), and how many
times a precept is found in the Bible (“Do you know how few times it’s even mentioned in Scripture?”). He also warns that many biblical revelations
are ignored by invoking the over-arching principle that "God is love."
- Source: - Religion Today
Obama Plan B Decision: Feds To Comply With NY Judge's Ruling
Jun. 10, 2013 - The federal government has decided to comply with a judges' order to allow girls of any age to
buy emergency contraception without prescriptions.
- The decision ends a years-long fight between President Barack Obama's administration, which had argued that age limits for the morning-after
pill are common sense, and women's rights groups, which insisted the drug should be made as freely available as aspirin.
- Source: Huffington Post
The Morning-After Pill: Coming to a Vending Machine Near You? - Religion Today
First Gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson Talks About Jesus' 'Alternative Lifestyle'
May 29, 2013 -
In addition to hinting at a possible sexual orientation for the Savior of the world, he claimed that Jesus said nothing about homosexuality.
- The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson, made controversial remarks on ABC Australia's popular "Q&A" show on Monday,
noting that Jesus lived an "alternative lifestyle" while highlighting how Jesus spent time with male disciples and that he loved them.
Fred Nile, president of the Fellowship of Congregational Churches responded that Jesus did say, "A man shall leave his mother and father and shall
cling to his wife. The two shall become one." Jesus also spoke negatively about Sodom, which every Jewish listener knew was destroyed because
of its homosexuality.
- Source: Christian Post
Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Gay Youth
May 24, 2013 -
The Boy Scouts have ended their lengthy debate about allowing gay members.
Sixty-one percent of the delegates voted in favor of the resolution, but the organization will still not accept gay adult leaders.
- On Wednesday, the organization's president, Wayne Perry, called on the 1,400 delegates of the organization in a USA Today op-ed to adopt
the resolution charging that the BSA was not the forum for resolving such complex issues.
Faith-based organizations generally oppose the ruling. A mass exodus from the organization is expected and churches may offer alternative
programs featuring biblical values.
- Source: Christian Post
Emergent Church Star Rob Bell On Homosexuality
May 18, 2013 - Rob Bell, popular spokesman for emergent church concepts, was forced out of his Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich.,
after writing the controversial book "Love Wins." He has now endorsed homosexual marriage, and told a British radio host...
Carl Gallups, author of “The Magic Man in the Sky: Effectively Defending the Christian Faith,” says that Bell thinks that the church should
"ebb and flow with whatever culture it is in.” In reality, Gallups counters, the church should never compromise with the culture.
- "... it’s time the church catch up with the 'modern world' in accepting same-sex marriage and that questioning the orthodoxy of those who do
amounts to 'the sort of [expletive] that really, really, really pushes people away' [from Christianity]."
- Source: WND
- Christian Post, May 6, 2013
- The Emerging Church - Commentary by Roger Oakland - Understanding the Times
Poll: Americans Love the Bible But Don't Read It Much
Apr. 5, 2013 -
- More than half of Americans think the Bible has too little influence on a culture they see in moral decline, yet only one in
five Americans read the Bible on a regular basis, according to a new survey.
- Source: Religion Today
Federal judge rules morning-after pill must be available for women of all ages
Apr. 5, 2013 - U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ordered the FDA to make the Plan B morning-after pill, commonly referred to as the
abortion pill, available for all ages.
- Source: Fox
The Bible Gained Six Million New 'Antagonists' Last Year (Infographic)
Mar. 27, 2013 - According to the new State of the Bible Report from the American Bible Society, Americans are drifting away from
regular reading of the Bible, and a larger percentage of the population is antagonistic to it. The study is based on an annual survey conducted by
the Barna Group.
The "Mosaic" age group (18-28)read the Bible the least, but surprisingly are the most interested in "receiving input and wisdom" from it.
Another confusing result of the study is the fact that 66 percent of survey respondents agreed that "the Bible contains everything a person needs to
know to live a meaningful life," but 58 percent said they "don’t personally want wisdom and advice from the Bible."
- More than 3 in 4 Americans say the country is in a state of moral decline—and almost 1 in 3 attribute the cause to a "lack of Bible reading"
(narrowly beating out "negative influence of media").
- Source: Christianity Today
- State of the Bible Report - American Bible Society
Former Catholic friar: homosexuality is “the ticking time bomb”
Feb. 26, 2013 - Mark Dowd, who is himself openly gay former Dominican friar told CNN that, as the current Pope steps down,
homosexuality is “the ticking time bomb in the Catholic Church.”
- The Vatican announced on Monday that the archbishop of Scotland is resigning, a day after British newspapers published accusations of
decades-long sexual misconduct with other priests. An American Cardinal is facing fresh allegations of covering up abuse.
- Source: CNN
Ravens or Niners? Christians Face a 'Super' Dilemma
Feb. 1, 2013 - According to a very recent survey, more than a quarter of Americans think God will help decide the winner of the
Super Bowl. The problem is that both of the teams (Forty-Niners and Ravens) have a mix of "Bible-quoting believers -- as well as card-carrying cads."
In fact, some times the good Christian is also the bad guy.
Shirl James Hoffman, author of the 2010 book Good Game: Christianity and the Culture of Sports, criticizes the ethics of the modern pro football. He
complains that it is a consumer product that glorifies violence, not God.
- So what will Hoffman do on Sunday night? Root for whoever is the underdog, he says. "I think there's something essentially Christian in that.
You're rooting for the person who is down and out -- the object of Christ's Sermon on the Mount."
- Source: David Gibson - Religion Today
Morally Straight? The Transformation of the Boy Scouts of America
Jan. 29, 2013 - A decision by the Boy Scouts of America may come next week to drop their national policy prohibiting
openly gay leaders and scouts.
This move will probably shock many people who have not realized the pace of the revolution in morality in America.
- The BSA will offer what amounts to a local option. Each governing council and troop would come up with its own policy,
in consultation with the more than 100,000 sponsoring bodies.
The decision comes just six month after BSA board unanimously recommended keeping the policy.
- Source: Relligion Today
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