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Evangelical faction warns against 'Christian right'

Dec. 18, 2008 - Richard Cizik, former chief lobbyist and vice president for governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals, resigned recently after making controversial comments about supporting gay unions. Now a group of 60 evangelicals have written a letter to the NAE asking them to replace Cizik with another person who holds similar views.
Some signers were: Cliff Benzel of Evanglicals for Social Action, Randy Brinson of Redeem the Vote, Jason Chatraw of Ampelon Publishing, University of Missouri law professor Carl Esbeck, Peter Heltzel of New York Theological Seminary and Peter Illyn of Restoring Eden.
One of the drafters of the letter was David Gushee, a professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University and a contributing editor for Christianity Today.
Source: WorldNetDaily
The Letter - Christianity Today
Richard Cizik Resigns from the National Association of Evangelicals - Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, and 23 other politically conservative evangelicals called for Cizik's resignation in a March 2007 open letter. - Christianity Today

Ahmadinejad, religious leaders to meet in NY

Sept. 19, 2008 - The World Council of Churches, Mennonite Central Committee, and Quaker United Nations Office will sponsor an "Iftar" -- a dinner to break the Ramadan fast -- for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next Thursday in New York. Sponsors say the meal will allow them to...
..."explore faith perspectives for dealing with global issues such as poverty, war, and prejudice while deepening mutual understanding."
Pacifist churches under fire for Ahmadinejad dinner - Religion News Stories
Pacifist churches under fire for Ahmadinejad dinner - Christian News Wire
Don’t Legitimize Iranian President Ahmadinejad with Invitation to “Dialogue” - United States Commission On International Religious Freedom
MCC to co-sponsor peacemaking dialogue - MCC
Update: 10/2/08 - A Feast with the Beast - Weekly Standard

Planned Parenthood website promotes oral sex, casual encounters

Aug. 21, 2008 - An Internet video series called "Take Care Down There" promotes immoral youth behavior in the name of preventing sexually transmitted diseases!
Source: WorldNetDaily

Quarter of World’s Anglicans Boycott Conference

July 16, 2008 - Anglican Church officials said that 230 of the 880 bishops were staying away from the Lambeth conference in Canterbury, England. The church is on the brink of schism over the ordination in 2003 of Gene Robinson in New Hampshire.
Conservative Anglican leaders staged their own conference in Jerusalem last month at which they pledged to form a council of bishops to provide an alternative to churches who they say are preaching a "false gospel" of sexual immorality.

Gay Anglican U.S. bishop enters into civil union

June 8, 2008 - Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson and Mark Andrew were "married" in a civil ceremony Saturday.
The 77 million-member Anglican Communion, a global federation of national churches, has been in upheaval since 2003 when the Episcopal Church consecrated Robinson as the first bishop known to be in an openly homosexual relationship...
In the United States the Anglican Church is known as the Episcopal Church.
Source: Reuters
Gay N.H. bishop enters legal union with 20-year partner - Boston Herald

Holt ministry celebrates its love of God - and beer

Mar. 3, 2008 - Riverview Community Church in Holt, Michigan, is a 2,000+ member congregation that considers itself a non-denominational evangelical church that is generally theologically conservative. But they are "culturally fluid," so they have unorthodox methods of attracting people to the church. of the church's many ministries, is RiverBrew, a place where people can come to study the Bible and drink beer. Their goal is:
"To worship God through appreciation of his creation" and "to resume the Church's historical role as making the finest beer in town."
Source: Lansing State Journal

Study: Nearly Half of Americans Change Their Religious Beliefs

Feb. 26, 2008 - Among the findings of the latest study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life:

Nearly half of American adults leave their parents' faith.

Mainline Protestant churches are in decline.

Non-denominational churches are gaining.

The United States is now only 78 percent Christian.

Protestants comprise a bare 51% majority, and are slipping.

One in four adults ages 18 to 29 claim no affiliation with a religious institution.
Source: Fox
Results from Landmark Pew Forum Survey on Religion in the U.S. - Crosswalk
Positive aspects of the survey - Evangelical Christianity has become the largest religious tradition in this country - Prophecy Central Revival Section

Bishop: Christians don't go to heaven

Feb. 11, 2008 - Anglican Bishop, N.T. "Tom" Wright, the fourth most senior cleric in the Church of England has published a new book in which he says people do not ascend to God's dwelling place.
Instead, deceased believers are in a sleep-like state until God comes back to Earth.
His views on this subject disagree with accepted Christian teaching.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Archbishop of Canterbury seeks adoption of Islamic law

Feb. 7, 2008 - The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who is head of the worldwide Anglican Church, believes Muslim sub-groups in Britain should be allowed to observe Islamic law.
In a recent interview with BBC Radio 4's "The World At One Today," confirmed adoption of sharia "seems unavoidable."
Source: WorldNetDaily

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