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Israel Prophecy: The Enemy is Stirring an Unimaginable Conflict

</p> <p><img width=”618″ height=”340″ src=”https://charismamag.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Eckstein-Israel-independence.jpg” alt=”” title=”” srcset=”https://charismamag.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Eckstein-Israel-independence.jpg 618w, https://charismamag.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Eckstein-Israel-independence-480×264.jpg 480w” sizes=”(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) 618px, 100vw” class=”wp-image-450344″/></p> <p> </p> <p><iframe title=”Israel Prophecy: The Enemy is Stirring an Unimaginable Conflict” width=”1080″ height=”608″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/KJFFqAgykmU?feature=oembed” allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”>[embedded content]</iframe></p> <p> A cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect late Sunday in a bid to end nearly three days of violence that killed dozens of Palestinians and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis, according to NPR. But…

Chinese Christians Survived Discrimination in Indonesia

When Christians around the world today think of Indonesia, the first thing that may come to mind is “the country with the largest Muslim population in the world.” However, Indonesia is a culturally and religiously diverse country. Christians are an estimated 10 percent of Indonesia’s population of 210 million, putting Indonesia in the upper third of countries with the largest numbers of Christians. Today, millions of the Chinese diaspora community live in Indonesia (estimated numbers range from more than 2 million to more than…

Prophecy: Jesus Said These Events Are Indicators of His Imminent Return

Rumors of wars, monkeypox, escalating tensions, division and confusion are all running rampant across the world stage right now at a rate that is unprecedented. Military analysts are saying that we are now entering into World War III, and we are looking at the destabilization of global economies. Monday night, President Donald Trump announced a raid on his Mar-A-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida. “These are dark times for our nation,” Trump wrote. Americans nationwide are continuing to wonder. “This sort of move requires…

Editorial: Orbán at CPAC: Beware the misuse of Christianity

Viktor Orbán, prime minister of Hungary, spoke Aug. 6 at CPAC Dallas. At first blush, this doesn’t seem to matter to a publication like the Baptist Standard. But given what he said about Christianity and its role in the world, his words matter a great deal. For those who don’t make a habit of memorizing acronyms or keeping up with political events, CPAC here stands for the Conservative Political Action Conference. It’s sort of a big deal. In fact, it’s worldwide, with conferences in…

A NC high school football coach is converting kids to Christianity

Reading Time: 3 minutes When the Supreme Court ruled that a public high school football coach was allowed to pray silently after games (even though he was actually showboating at midfield for effect), the question in the minds of many church/state separation advocates was how far other coaches would stretch that decision. How would they subvert the new rules so that they could keep converting kids to Christianity? In the case of Sherman Holt, the new head football coach at Swain High School in Bryson…

What is ‘progressive Christianity’?

I was recently asked to debate whether “progressive Christianity” (henceforth PC) was “another religion” (meaning, a religion other than Christianity) based on critical statements I had previously made about this so-called “progressive” version of the faith. The problem was that the professor who invited me to debate him defined PC differently than I did. In fact, he denied that my definition of PC was valid. In short, I claimed that the “progressive Christians” I had interacted with affirmed the validity of same-sex “marriage,” supported…

Christianity is not partisan

To the Editor: During the past several weeks, a seemingly coordinated series of increasingly vitriolic letters to the editor have appeared in The Smoky Mountain News. One specific letter, titled “Religion doesn’t belong in schools” by Ms. Cory was shocking to me, as well as to many other readers of The Smoky Mountain News. Though many of the points seemed gratuitously inflammatory, the anti-Christian remarks specifically stood out to me. It was stated, “religion doesn’t belong in schools.” I’m not sure if Ms. Cory is aware,…

Ex Lady Gaga Fan Staten Harry Rebrands to Promote Christianity Instead – Out Magazine

Put your paws…er, I mean…Psalms up, Little Monsters! By Bernardo Sim July 19 2022 11:12 AM EDT Put your Psalms up. Staten Harry went viral for his adorable videos as a young kid lip-syncing to Lady Gaga. However, he has now shared newer videos reading the Bible and promoting Christianity, making it clear that he’s no longer a supporter of Mother Monster. Harry wrote below one of his recent videos: “March 28th used to be a VERY demonic day for me because it’s Lady…

What Banner on Boston Church Says About Decline of Christianity

On the front of one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the country, the Church of the Covenant in Boston, hangs a large banner on which is written: “And God said … “Protect Abortion Access 4 All “Ensure Black Lives Matter “Honor Bodily Autonomy “Defend LGBTQ+ Rights “End Voter Suppression “Turn Guns into Plows “Abandon Fossil Fuels “Provide Sanctuary “Abolish Prisons “Disarm Hate “Speak Truth “Breathe “In other words … “Love” If you needed one example of how destructive leftism has been…

What is Progressive Christianity? – The Stream

I was recently asked to debate whether “progressive Christianity” (henceforth PC) was “another religion” (meaning, a religion other than Christianity) based on critical statements I had previously made about this so-called “progressive” version of the faith. The problem was that the professor who invited me to debate him defined PC differently than I did. In fact, he denied that my definition of PC was valid. In short, I claimed that the “progressive Christians” (henceforth, PCs) I had interacted with affirmed the validity of same-sex…

Opinion: Christianity out of the barrel of a gun

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. Religious beliefs have varied enormously over the centuries around the world, including in the U.S. today, where articles of faith differ radically between individuals. Ordinarily, one could argue this is good, that our breadth of views validates the complexity of the topic, proving, once and for all, the grand and sacred mystery of life. Having a breadth of views is admirable, but it becomes disastrous when different dominations feel compelled to…

Opinion | American Christians in the Political Arena – The New York Times

To the Editor: Re “On Far Right, Devout Efforts to Get Elected” (front page, July 9): Separation of church and state was a foundational precept of the American Revolution. And that wasn’t because all the founding fathers were freethinkers or agnostics. One thing they all knew, after centuries of religious wars in Europe, was that theocracy was not what they wanted. At this hour of stress and flux, illiberal demagogues instinctively sense that they can make inroads to the chambers of power by using…

Christians strip down at nudist community

Outside the small Texas town of Elsa, a sheet metal fence too tall to see over surrounds a few acres of prime Rio Grande Valley land. In front of the compound’s drab, gray gate, bright orange letters spell out “Nature’s Resort.” The gate opens to reveal a seemingly ordinary community. RVs and small homes line the roads, péntaque and pickleball courts offer residents recreational spaces, and the front office acts as the community’s nucleus. Nothing looks amiss, except that is, for what’s missing —…

PASTOR’S PEN: What CHRISTianity is not

If you want to describe something, you can do it positively by telling what it is and negatively by what it is not. You can say the game of cricket is like baseball in that it has a ball, a bat, fences, two teams, you hit the ball after it is thrown and you catch the ball for an out. However, cricket has no gloves, diamond, foul lines, bases (wickets), pitcher (he’s a bowler), one man bats until he is out, a ball hit…

Was the US founded on Christianity? | Other Opinions

Some would argue that, yes, our country was founded on Christian principles. They fear that secularism will be our nation’s downfall. But secularism was in fact a basic principle of the founding fathers. James Madison was private about his own religious convictions but was a champion for religious liberty. He was insistent that government should not legislate what one should or should not believe. Benjamin Franklin, in his autobiography, described himself as a “thorough deist.” Deism is the belief in a supreme being based…

More on “Christianity and Equity”

In the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Law, Paul Miller and I are contributing a chapter on “Christianity and Equity.” We’ve just posted a substantially revised version of the chapter. The new version has less coverage of Aristotle, but it adds a section on equity in the Hebrew Bible, has a bit more on canon law and the Magisterial Reformation, and has new sections on the early modern Chancery and post-seventeenth-century developments. You can read the new version here. One thing we found but…

What Is the Relationship between Judaism and Christianity?

Since I teach courses in comparative religions at Biola University and through Reasons Institute, people sometimes ask me what I think about the relationship between the biblical religions of Judaism and Christianity. And in that specific context, I’m also asked about Messianic Judaism. In fact, some time back I was contacted on social media by a Messianic Jew who is very supportive of the science apologetics ministry of Reasons to Believe but is critical of historic Christianity overall. In fact, the person expressed a…

What Happens if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned? Key Questions and Answers

A leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade describes a United States not seen in half a century, in which the legal status of abortion is entirely up to the states. If the draft, from February and published Monday night by Politico, ends up being similar to the court’s final opinion, expected next month, reproductive rights will be rewritten almost immediately. If Roe were overturned, would abortion become illegal everywhere in the U.S.? No. Individual states would decide whether and…

Christianity Is Under Trial With the “Praying Coach”

This week, the trial of football coach Joseph Kennedy will be heard at the U.S. Supreme Court. Kennedy was fired after he repeatedly prayed at the 50-yard line after football games. According to Kennedy, he was saying a prayer of thanks for his team’s performance: “That’s where I made my commitment to God before I even took the coaching job. There on the field of battle.” The case against Kennedy is that his public prayer was violating the first amendment’s disestablishment clause—otherwise known as…

The Rise of Pentecostal Christianity Current Affairs

Elle Hardy is a journalist who has reported from all over the world and written for GQ, Foreign Policy, Business Insider, and Current Affairs. Her new book is Beyond Belief: How Pentecostal Christianity is Taking Over the World. The Sunday Times says Hardy is a “first-class reporter. Beyond Belief makes for an often gripping story full of twists and turns.” The Telegraph calls it an “elegant account” and says that Hardy is an engaging usher around the Pentecostal world. The Irish Times calls it…

The Roe Leak Spotlights America’s Crisis of Credibility

As I write this, pro-life Americans don’t know whether to celebrate, and pro-choice Americans don’t know how to protest. That’s because all of us are looking at the news—a leaked-but-not-yet delivered majority opinion from the United States Supreme Court overturning the Roe v. Wade decision from almost 50 years ago. For years, many of us working in the pro-life space have anticipated the day that the Supreme Court would announce the repeal of Roe v. Wade. Years ago, when my team and I were…

A Christian view of the coming Temple

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is the focus of ongoing Bible history and prophecy. This is the center of the world, where Abraham offered up his son Isaac, where King David purchased land and where his son Solomon built the First Temple. It is also where Jesus cleansed the Temple and a poor widow gave an offering of two copper coins that Jesus said was greater than all the most extravagant donations.  Ancient biblical Mount Moriah is Jerusalem’s most recognizable landscape— to the Jews…

Arlin Sanford’s newly released “Thy Kingdom Come: Thy Will Be Done” is an engaging fiction with a grounding in prophetic scripture

“Thy Kingdom Come: Thy Will Be Done” from Christian Faith Publishing author Arlin Sanford is a fascinating tale of Jesus’s return and what becomes of humanity during the end days. MEADVILLE, Pa., May 3, 2022  /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — “Thy Kingdom Come: Thy Will Be Done”: a compelling look into prophecy. “Thy Kingdom Come: Thy Will Be Done” is the creation of published author Arlin Sanford. Sanford shares, “Signs of the times are pointing to the reality of these being the last days. Bible prophecies are…

The Positive Impact of Christianity

Perhaps you have heard of Lee Strobel, the Chicago Sun Times journalist who set out to prove Christianity was not true. Ironically, in the process the atheist became a believer, and eventually a pastor. Their backgrounds are not identical, but John S. Dickerson shares several things in common with Strobel. He too was an award-winning journalist. He also wanted to discover whether Jesus was who Christians claim he is, but he wanted to also know if Christianity has improved the world. His research eventually…

Christianity is a force for love and compassion, not a symbol of narrow morality

A recent letter writer (“Christian parents need to assert themselves in public school instruction,” April 20) refered to herself and unnamed others as “we Christians,” as if all who call themselves “Christian” are in lockstep with one another on the issues of the day, let alone how they understand Christ Jesus. That just isn’t so, and perhaps it never has been. It seems when something is represented as “Christian” these days, it is less as a trust in Christ Jesus of the Scriptures than…

The Positive Impact of Christianity

Perhaps you have heard of Lee Strobel, the Chicago Sun Times journalist who set out to prove Christianity was not true. Ironically, in the process the atheist became a believer, and eventually a pastor. Their backgrounds are not identical, but John S. Dickerson shares several things in common with Strobel. He too was an award-winning journalist. He also wanted to discover whether Jesus was who Christians claim he is, but he wanted to also know if Christianity has improved the world. His research eventually…

Ukraine in Prophecy: The Jeremiah Factor | Guest Contributor

Even before the Russian invasion, the Lord had begun to show me Ukraine in the prophecies of Jeremiah. The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” Jeremiah 1:11–12 This almond tree will help us unlock Jeremiah’s prophecies about Ukraine. One of the things we know about almond blossoms is…

How Revelation Gives Wisdom and Hope in Difficult Days

In these difficult days marked by deep divisions, deadly diseases, and societal decay, we need discerning wisdom and dogged hope. There’s often more heat than light in our social media feeds and news cycles, which offer vast oceans of drama and worry but with tiny islands of wisdom and hope. As Jeffrey Bilbro writes, “We don’t just need the media to cast a more piercing light; . . . we need to reevaluate the light we rely on to understand our times and discern…

Antizionism in American Christianity

Israel is now a far more prominent player on the world stage than its size suggests. As The Times of Israel’s Diplomatic Correspondent, I’m well aware that Israel’s security, strategy and national interests are always scrutinized and have serious implications. It takes balance, determination, and knowledge to accurately convey Israel’s story, and I come to work every day aiming to do so fully. Financial support from readers like you allows me to travel to witness both war (I just returned from reporting in Ukraine)…

Letter: Will court give preference to Christianity?

After every football game a coach in Bremerton, Washington runs to the bench and brings out his prayer rug, unfurls it on the field and then kneels down on the rug and prays a Muslim Prayer to Allah.  He is joined by many Black Players from his team and the opposing team in the religious ritual.  People are of course outraged at this violation of the Constitution. But wait, that isn’t how it happened.  As explained in the New York Times without mentioning the…

Can Christians be sex-positive? These church leaders think so.

Placeholder while article actions load Jo Neufeld, a 40-year-old living in Manitoba, Canada, used to feel that she was sex positive despite being Christian. Then, about 10 years ago, she started following Twitter accounts like those of Kevin Garcia, a gay pastor based in Atlanta, and other Christians who talked openly about sex. WpGet the full experience.Choose your planArrowRight Neufeld said the accounts introduced her to “ideas around God wanting pleasure for us” and helped her to reconcile her Christianity with her sex positivity:…

The death of Christianity –

In the New Testament book of Acts of the Apostles, we find this statement: “These fellows who have turned the world upside down have come here, too…” Acts 17:6. Of course, at the time, they had not turned the entire world upside down, but it must have seemed so to the communities that were being impacted at the time. And, while the early Christians were limited in how far they could travel, Jesus did instruct his followers to “go into all the world” and…

No, Western Christians Are Not In Exile

If you attend a mostly white, evangelical church in the 2020s, you have probably been told by your pastor that you are an “exile.” This is not by accident. He or she has been taught to imagine himself, his flock, and the church in our country as exiles from our worldly culture. At its heart, this modernized exilic framework grieves secular shifts in Western culture and laments the loss of place the Christian church once had in our society. It equates our situation with…

How has Christianity provided a sense of community for Afghan refugees?

An Afghan woman who fled the country has said that she is “free now” to worship, as she celebrates her first Easter in the UK. Pari moved to the UK a few months ago, following the Taliban taking control of the country in August 2021, to join her husband, Ghul Zaman, who has lived in the UK for several years. Ghul Zaman and his wife Pari (Danielle Desouza/PA) The couple’s names have been changed to protect their identity. Her husband is Christian and whilst…

Penance and plague: How the Black Death changed one of Christianity’s most important rituals

Confession, circa 1460/1470. Artist unknown. Photo by Heritage Art/Heritage Images via Getty Images The 14th century is known for catastrophe. By midcentury, the first wave of plague spread through a Europe already weakened by successive famines and the Hundred Years War between England and France. And crises just kept coming. After the first wave, which has come to be called the Black Death, the disease returned at least four more times before 1400. All the while, fresh conflicts kept erupting, fueled in part by…

Cross Walk sheds light on the darkest hour of Christianity

NORTH EAST — Twelve feet tall and 200 pounds and every man from Restoration Tabernacle’s Sons With A Testimony took a turn carrying the cross on Good Friday. Starting at the parking lot of the North East barrack of Maryland State Police the men’s group from the church on Pleasant View Road in Port Deposit began walking along Route 40 heading to Perryville to make the turn onto Route 222 and head toward their congregational home. This was the seventh year the church hosted the…

Why the Cross Is Essential to Christianity

When archaeologists dig through the ruins of antiquity, they have one certain way to identify a place of Christian worship. They look for a cross. When they find it painted on a wall, carved into stone, or even worked into a floor plan, they know they’ve found a church. Since the beginning, Christians have identified themselves with the cross on which Jesus died. And whether it’s carved in wood or etched on our hearts, the cross is the chief symbol and defining reality of…

Much ado about Good Friday: Why it’s so important in Christianity

The weekend that ends Christians’ Holy Week is upon us, and it starts with Good Friday. It’s on this day that, according to the Gospel, Jesus was crucified and died for the sins of man, leading to his eventual resurrection on Easter Sunday. While many faithful Christians might already know, it does seem a bit odd to name the commemoration of the death of your savior “Good” Friday, doesn’t it? Vicar Eric Heinrich of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Norwich was able to help break down…

Prophecy Pros podcasters help Christians understand End Times, eschatology in new book

By Nicole Alcindor, CP Reporter | Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Prophecy Pros podcasters Todd Hampson and Jeff Kinley, known for their thoughtful, biblically-sound views on hot-button issues like the End Times, have released a book detailing the answers to 100 questions on the foundations of biblical eschatology. The book, titled The Illustrated Guide to Tough Questions About the End Times, was written based on information shared on their podcast. The two podcasters told The Christian Post they conducted extensive research to answer the questions,…

Jesus lives; Christianity is ‘the only true religion,’ pastor says

“Christ Carrying the Cross,” by Hieronymus Bosch, c. 1510 When I was growing up, I do not think I ever heard one person say to me that he did not believe that Jesus literally came back from the dead. Nor have I ever taken a survey to find out how many people do not believe the fact that Jesus rose from the dead after being completely deceased for three days. Easter Sunday is just a few days away, so it is important that we…

‘Now There Is No One’: The Lament of One of the Last Christians in a Syrian City

On Christmas Day, Michel Butros al-Jisri, one of the last Christians in the Syrian city of Idlib, didn’t attend services, because the Islamist rebels who control the area had long since locked up the church. Nor did he gather with friends and relatives to celebrate around a tree because nearly all of his fellow Christians have either died or fled during Syria’s 10-year civil war. Instead, Mr. al-Jisri said, he went to the city’s Christian cemetery, which no one uses anymore, to sit among…

Webinar to look at “The Materiality of Armenian Christianity: Gospel Books as Sacred Objects”

Konrad Siekierski The Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), and the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center will present a webinar with Konrad Siekierski on “The Materiality of Armenian Christianity: Gospel Books as Sacred Objects” on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 7 pm (Eastern) / 4 pm (Pacific). The webinar will be accessible live on Zoom (registration required) and on NAASR’s YouTube Channel. Konrad Siekierski is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theology and…

Brookings Register | Criticism of Christians off base

Rev. Carl Kline began a recent column, “Sometimes Jesus isn’t enough,” in a curious critique against Christians who simply “go to Sunday school from day one, sit through church services week after week,” but then fail to “truly engage the world of reality around us…” (Register 11-22-21). “How can followers of Jesus do this?,” Kline scolded, “How can they act this way?” These glaring deficiencies, according to Kline, are evidenced by church-minded Christians not committing themselves to “the Jesus Model” and the “Mahatma Ghandi”…

The 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Follow Jesus in 2022

A thousand more Christians were killed for their faith last year than the year before. A thousand more Christians were detained. Six hundred more churches were attacked or closed. And Afghanistan is the new No. 1, according to the 2022 World Watch List (WWL), the latest annual accounting from Open Doors of the top 50 countries where it is most dangerous and difficult to be a Christian. “This year’s findings indicate seismic changes in the persecution landscape,” said David Curry, president of Open Doors…

Afghanistan became most dangerous place on earth for Christians following Biden withdrawal: watchdog

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! A Christian persecution watchdog says that Afghanistan has become the “most dangerous place on earth” for Christians following the Biden administration’s chaotic withdrawal from the war-torn country.  “For the first time ever, Afghanistan is the most dangerous place on the planet to be a Christian,” according to a statement from Open Doors outlining its 2022 World Watch List. “The World Watch List is a definitive, comprehensive research-based report that ranks the top 50 countries where it is…

Wondrium’s “The Triumph of Christianity” Explores Religion’s Rapid Growth

By Jonny Lupsha, Wondrium Staff Writer Christianity began in a polytheistic and Jewish Rome and expanded exponentially. However, at the same time, early Christian practices were even more varied than they are now. The Triumph of Christianity reveals how it “went viral.” </p> <p><img width=”1024″ height=”555″ src=”https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Hands-Feature-1024×555.jpg” alt=”Hands open for prayer” class=”wp-image-162014″ srcset=”https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Hands-Feature-1024×555.jpg 1024w, https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Hands-Feature-300×163.jpg 300w, https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Hands-Feature-768×416.jpg 768w, https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Hands-Feature.jpg 1209w” sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px”/></p> <p>Christianity eventually became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Photo Rachata Sinthopachakul / Shutterstock In modern times, Christianity is…

Christians Are Going Back to Church—But Maybe Not the Same One

Houston Northwest Church suffered heavy damage from Hurricane Harvey in 2017. By the time its flooded facilities were finally rebuilt a couple years ago, the congregation was only back at full capacity for six weeks before services were shut down by the pandemic. As the church endured one setback after another, senior pastor Steve Bezner has seen the flock ebb and flow. “About a third of our congregation worshiping in person are new faces,” he said. His church currently draws 1,600 attendees each week,…

Christianity and ‘The Great Resignation’

In an early 1960s television sitcom all but forgotten except by strange people with a fixation for old television sitcoms, there was a character of the best friend of the lead who was, in the parlance of the time, played as a “beatnik.” This character was a “free spirit” who wore a goatee (something unusual for the time) and marched to the tune of his own bongo drums. Nothing bothered this character unless someone mentioned a certain four-letter word. If that word was uttered,…

Christianity produces generosity

The Apostle Paul told the church at Corinth that God loves a cheerful giver. But studies show that the best formula for cheerful giving turns out to be love for God. The American Bible Society recently released findings from their annual State of the Bible survey that interviewed participants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The study showed that practicing Christians are far more generous than the rest of the American population: Americans who identify with a Christian tradition and attend…

Think we’re living through the Apocalypse? So did first-century Christians

In some circles, these scare tactics have gone out of favor. Rather than scaring people away from sin, the new strategy is to attract them to virtue by the love and example of Christ and his people. I prefer the attraction strategy, but if I need to stop someone from hurting another, I am not above scaring the hell out of them. Story continues below advertisement But what do we do with these Scripture passages forecasting the end of the world? Advertisement Some fundamentalists…

Michael Flynn and the Christian Right’s Plan to Turn America Into a Theocracy

This past weekend, infamous FBI fibber Michael Flynn stood on a stage at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio and spoke his truth: “If we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion. One nation under God, and one religion under God.” Christian nationalist mic drop. He’d finally said the quiet part out loud. Which, to be fair, was maybe not even the craziest thing that happened at Cornerstone last weekend as it hosted podcast host…

1709: Prophecy, Enthusiasm, and Religious Crisis

One of the greatest popular culture events in Early Modern London was Bartholomew Fair, a three day extravaganza held each August. A major attraction in 1707 had a religious theme, in the form of “a choice droll or puppet-shew” mocking religious fanatics and so-called prophets, and their deceived followers. The would-be “French Prophets” were a special target of derision. “There … their strange voices and involuntary agitations are admirably well acted, by the motion of wires, and inspiration of pipes.” Assuredly, that show allowed…

Column: Negative image of Christians can be combatted by loving widely, deeply

The Rev. Luther Young Years ago, we had a pair of neighbors move in next door to us. I remember seeing them come and go but didn’t have the opportunity to meet them. I came home from work one day and my partner told me he met one of our new neighbors. He learned they had just moved from California and were starting to get settled in. After some time, she revealed that they were apprehensive about meeting us because they heard a minister…

So You Want to Write an Article Deflecting All Blame From Christianity

FacebookTweet For over five years, the brief presidency of Donald J. Trump and its wake have produced a certain kind of editorial that still doesn’t have a name. You know the topic, and the template: earnest reporter from a coastal city visits patrons at a diner in rural America, ostensibly to find out why such folksy, salt-of-the earth people—white evangelicals, typically—would vote for a philandering, incompetent liar from Queens. The results are frequently irritating, occasionally hilarious, and always baffling.  No matter how many times…

The Liverpool Bomber and Fake Muslim Conversion to Christianity

Emad Jamil Al Swealmeen (السويلميين), who studied cake decorating at the City of Liverpool College in 2018-19, looked like a nice person. The case of Emad Jamil Al Swealmeen, 32, highlights the danger of Muslims fraudulently converting to Christianity. Swealmeen came to public attention on Nov. 14, when he (probably inadvertently) detonated an improvised explosive device outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital at 10:59a.m. as he rode in a taxi, just seconds before the national two minutes’ silence for Remembrance Sunday at 11a.m., killing himself and…

Christians in Haiti Worry About Release of Kidnapped Missionaries

As months of routine violence and kidnapping take their toll in Haiti, some residents have resorted to humor. “The average person lives with fear and trembling,” said Edner Jeanty, executive director of Barnabas Christian Leadership Center in the capital city, Port-au-Prince. “Many joke that the life expectancy of Haitians is now 24 hours, renewed every morning.” For many, the dark humor hits too close to home—literally. A month after the kidnapping of 17 American and Canadian missionaries drew international attention and scrutiny once again…

Christians are terrified of the metaverse

What virtual reality should Jesus join? None. At least that’s what numerous Christians are arguing. They’re convinced the metaverse is going to steal their souls. On Oct. 28, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made two announcements. First, Facebook has rebranded as Meta. Second, it’s creating the metaverse, an immersive virtual reality connected to the internet. “From now on, we are going to be metaverse first, not Facebook first,” Zuckerberg said. Virtual reality is far from a new concept. People have been virtually hanging out with…

Why I’m Inviting John Leland to Thanksgiving Debates

As someone who studies religion and politics, I often find myself in “fun” conversations at the Thanksgiving table. As the turkey’s carved, the stuffing passed, and the pies put out to cool, my aunts or cousins or their plus ones will ask me to agree that America is in decline. It used to be, they will say, that this was a Christian nation, but now the government isn’t doing what it needs to do to defend our values. As they nostalgically recall a golden…

Bernice King: We need Christians like my father in today’s social justice movements

On “The Gloria Purvis Podcast,” host Gloria Purvis talks with Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., about how white Christians have responded to racist incidents, the concept of racial colorblindness and the New Testament roots of nonviolent resistance. This transcript has been edited for length and clarity. Gloria Purvis: How would you say Christian communities—all of us Catholics, evangelicals, Protestants—in the United States responded to the murder of George Floyd and the movement for racial justice since 2020? Bernice King:…

Michael Flynn calls for ‘one religion’ at event that is a who’s who of the new Christian right

While it made headlines thanks to former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn urging the United States to “embrace one religion,” the three-day event — the latest stop of the “Reawaken America Tour” — was remarkable in itself for its collection of election conspiracy theorists, such as My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell and Flynn, alongside Alex Jones of Infowars and anti-vaccine champion Sherri Tenpenny. Attendance was filled out by QAnon believers and pro-Trump preachers and activists, all of whom periodically filled the air with…

Premarital Sex Is More Taboo for Today’s Devout Christians

Religious worldviews and attitudes may be a key motivation for abstaining from pornography, viewing premarital sex as wrong, and refraining from sex until marriage. So does religious behavior correlate with sexual abstinence? The answer is yes. While there has perhaps been a modest increase in sexual abstinence among religious nonattenders or occasional attenders, the lion’s share of the increase in sexlessness has been among the relatively religiously devout. Since 2008, among never-married individuals under age 35 who attend religious services more than monthly, the…

At the End of the World, It’s Hyperobjects All the Way Down – WIRED

Perhaps unsurprisingly, reactions to Morton have been intense and polarized. Hyperobjects has (and hyperobjects have) been called “pessimistic,” “provocative,” “disempowering,” “groundbreaking,” “disturbing,” and just plain “weird.” At the same time, Morton’s ideas have found a passionate—and growing—readership outside traditional academia, drawing in everyone from artists and musicians to science fiction writers, architects, and students. In the near-decade since its publication, Hyperobjects has been referenced in a ­Buddhist blog post about ecological crisis, a New York Times op-ed on digital privacy, and a BBC report…

Interpreting Prophetic Revelation (Prophecy)

Good morning,    Here is the Zoom link to November 11th “Gift of prophecy prophetic training” called “Interpreting Prophecy” https://vimeo.com/646039225  followed by some tidbits below that we covered during the session. You can also view this and other recorded sessions by going to the Gift of Prophecy FB page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/268569051289784 Part 1: There are three components to prophecy as follows.       1. Revelation – that which God reveals to a person. Revelation in its basic form is simply information. It does not…

Opinion | It’s Time to End the Pandemic Emergency at the Border

President Biden took office pledging to rescind the Trump administration’s deliberately harsh policies toward migrants who show up at America’s doorstep. But as Mr. Biden’s first year in office draws to a close, his administration continues to lean heavily on one of those policies: Title 42, an emergency public health order that allows the government to turn away migrants at the nation’s borders during a pandemic. The Biden administration says that border patrol agents are simply following orders from the Centers for Disease Control…

The Church has failed in COVID-19 pandemic

Rev. David Wilson Rogers When it comes to COVID-19, the church has failed. As Christians, we have failed to follow biblical mandates, failed to honor and respect others, and failed to authentically embody the love of Jesus Christ. The root of the failure is idolatry. An idol in Scripture is anything that becomes the focus of worship, attention, and dedication which is not God. Although idolatry is nothing new in Christianity, the perverse distortions of the Christian faith that have permeated so much of our…

Christianity and TV

Reza Aslan’s recent column on how to communicate Islam (“Watching TV helped me see America. Can it help America see Muslims?,” Sept. 12)brought several thoughts to mind. The first is to congratulate Reza on understanding the best way to influence people is through storytelling. His idea of a network sitcom featuring an Islamic central character is brilliant. The second thought is that an even rarer network show would be one featuring an actual believing Christian. While Reza found television helped him see America, it…

Pope Francis: It is a sin to use Christianity to judge and exclude

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians must be on guard and avoid the temptation of thinking themselves better than others, an attitude that risks turning the church into a place of “separation and not communion,” Pope Francis said. “Let us ask for the grace to overcome the temptation to judge and to categorize,” the pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square Sept. 26 during his Sunday Angelus address. “And may God preserve us from the ‘nest’ mentality, that of jealously guarding ourselves in the…

The Devout Beauty and Horror of Midnight Mass’ Christianity – Paste Magazine

The best place to find engrossing religious stories on television right now is in horror. It might be easy or even fashionable to suggest that’s because organized religion is a horror show itself, preying upon vulnerable people and enacting atrocities for centuries. But that’s not what’s going on here—at least, not entirely. Series like Midnight Mass (Netflix) and Evil (Paramount+) are more interested in investigating the quandary of what it really looks like, practically, when the mundane meets the divine; those thin places in…

Man charged with murdering mother because she converted to Christianity

A 27-year-old man from northern Israel was charged on Monday with murdering his mother and hiding her body last month, after she converted from Islam to Orthodox Christianity. According to the charge sheet, Rasha Muklasha, 46, left her husband and severed ties with her five children — including the suspect, Muad Hib — in 2006. She then moved from the town of Zarzir to Nof HaGalil and converted to Christianity. Recently, she resumed contact with her children following the death of her ex-husband. Prosecutors allege that her…

COLUMN: Evangelical Christianity, Freewill Individualism and Medicaid

Robert P. Jones is CEO and founder of Public Religion Research Institute. Jones’s family moved to Jackson in 1975 as he entered the third grade. He grew up in Woodville Heights Baptist church, graduated from Forrest Hill High School, and majored in Computing Science and Mathematics at Mississippi College. Jones then went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree, then on to Emory University for a Ph.D. in religion. Jones’s personal experience and education combine to give him…

Christians, religious minorities in Afghanistan now face greater danger under Taliban rule

The highly criticized United States withdrawal from Afghanistan leaves local Christians and many other religious minority groups fearful following the Taliban takeover of the country. Before the Taliban took control over Afghanistan, the country ranked second on an annual report of countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution released by Open Doors. NIKKI HALEY SLAMS BIDEN FOR NOT PUBLICLY DEMANDING UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY ‘NOT RECOGNIZE’ THE TALIBAN The international NGO advocating on behalf of persecuted Christians, also found that there was a 60%…

Moroccan Christians Welcome End of a Decade of Islamist Government | News & Reporting

For the first time in his life, Rachid Imounan cast a vote—and overturned Morocco’s Islamist-oriented government. He is not alone. Turnout surged to 50 percent as liberals routed the Justice and Development Party (PJD), which led the North African nation’s parliament the past 10 years. Its share of the 395-seat legislature dropped from 125 to 13. The PJD finished eighth overall. “We thank Jesus, the Islamists are gone,” said Imounan, a church planter who lives in the southern city of Agadir. “God answered our…

The Trump prophets regroup

This spring, media mogul Stephen E. Strang made an unusual apology to readers in the pages of his glossy magazine. Strang presides over a multimillion-dollar Pentecostal publishing empire, Charisma Media, which includes a daily news site, podcasts, a mobile app and blockbuster books. At 70, he is a CEO, publisher and seasoned author in his own right. Despite all that, Strang worried something had gone awry. “I’ve never been a prophet,” he wrote in a pleading March editor’s note. “But there were a number…

What’s True About Christian Fiction

Danyell didn’t like This Present Darkness. In fact, she hated it. The 1986 novel by Frank Peretti tells the story of demons invading a classic American small town until the local Christians are roused to prayer. The book was wildly popular when it came out, and after more than 30 years, it still sells about 8,000 new copies annually. There are a lot of readers who really love This Present Darkness. For some, it’s changed the way they pray. It has shaped their understanding…

Christianity without the cross is ‘sterile,’ pope says in Slovakia

PREŠOV, Slovakia (CNS) — Falling into the temptation of rejecting the cross and choosing a triumphalist form of Christianity leads to a faith that is superficial and sterile, Pope Francis said. Presiding over a Divine Liturgy Sept. 14, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Pope Francis said that although God saved humanity by “allowing the evil of our world to be unleashed upon himself,” the world views the cross as a “failure.” Christians too, he warned, can also fall into the…

Pope criticizes politicization of Christianity

ROME — Pope Francis rejected in stark terms Tuesday the use of the cross as a political tool, an apparent swipe at nationalist forces in Europe and beyond that have used the imagery of Christianity for personal gain. “Let us not reduce the cross to an object of devotion, much less to a political symbol, to a sign of religious and social status,” Francis said in eastern Slovakia during a four-day visit to that country and to Hungary, his first trip since undergoing intestinal…

Judaism, Christianity and Islam can play a key role together: Aram I addresses international forum ahead of G20 Summit

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia was a keynote speaker at a forum in Italy, which took place from September 10 to 14, ahead of the G20 Summit of world leaders. Speaking to more than 300 high-ranking political, diplomatic, academic and religious leaders from around the world at what is known as the G20 Interfaith Summit, Aram I discussed the role of religion resolving conflicts in the Arab World. Saying dialogue among various religions can contribute to the establishment…

Can God be found outside Christianity? – Baptist News Global

A few weeks ago, I attended my very first “energy workshop.” It’s taken years of deconstruction and healing from religious trauma for me to open up and allow myself to explore the energy work of more Buddhist traditions. My former beliefs taught me that, at best, it was too “woo-woo,” too “new age” or too “out there,” and at worst, that you were opening yourself up to demonic powers and/or participating in “devil worship.” The reality was, I knew nothing about Buddhist teachings. Everything…

Card. Koch: Pope seeks to deepen bonds of friendship between Christianity and Judaism

By Vatican News staff writer Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has written to two Jewish leaders, addressing concerns about the Pope’s catechesis during a recent General Audience. The Cardinal’s letter, written at the direction of Pope Francis, comes in response to Rabbi Rasson Arussi’s letter, dated 12 August, and Rabbi David Fox Sandmel’s letter, dated 24 August, in which they both referred to Pope Francis’ catechesis at the General Audience of 11 August, during which the…

The afterlife is having a moment. ‘Beyond’ will help Christians and nonbelievers alike discuss what lies beyond the grave

The afterlife is having a moment. In the past two years, no fewer than three well-publicized books by prominent intellectuals have explored the history and ethics of heaven and hell. While David Bentley Hart sought to challenge the justice of eternal damnation in That All Shall Be Saved and Bart Ehrman argued in Heaven and Hell that Christianity invented its afterlife with scant help from Jesus, Catherine Wolff’s new book Beyond is a gentler and more personal journey. In it, she mixes well-written impressionistic…

A consideration of Christianity that allows for little disagreement

RELIGION Christians: The Urgent Case for Jesus in Our World Greg Sheridan Allen & Unwin, $32.99 There is so much beauty and warmth in this heartfelt book that its shortcomings become all the more painful. Greg Sheridan is an intelligent Christian with deep concerns for the wellbeing of the human family. He believes that Christianity is second to none as a resource for healing a broken world. Christians goes over many of the issues and arguments to be found in God is Good For…

He Is the Way: A Convert’s Journey to Christianity

The following is an excerpt from Jeff King’s upcoming devotional book focused on spiritual lessons from the persecuted. For information about pre-orders, please contact moreinfo@persecution.org. 09/09/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.” – Matthew 19:29 (NLT) The simple meaning of the above verse is often lost on Western…

Billy Boyd Lavender’s newly released “The Father’s Secret: A Modern Perspective on Ancient Prophecy” is a thought-provoking discussion of Biblical prophecy

MEADVILLE, Pa., Sept. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — “The Father’s Secret: A Modern Perspective on Ancient Prophecy”: a gripping examination of prophetic writings and personal study. “The Father’s Secret: A Modern Perspective on Ancient Prophecy” is the creation of published author Billy Boyd Lavender. Lavender shares, “Like sands through an hourglass, there will come a time when our Father in heaven will reveal the secret that only he holds—not the Son, nor the angels but the Father only. That moment in this day and the hour…

Opinion | Christian Exemptions to Vaccine Mandates Lack Sound Basis

Vaccine hesitancy has never been a core religious belief of evangelical Christians. The vast majority of evangelicals have historically chosen to be immunized against polio, measles, tetanus and other diseases. As a child, I attended evangelical summer camps that required vaccinations, and as an adult, I worked for ministries with similar mandates. Some conservative evangelicals just don’t like the political taste of this particular vaccine on the menu. Even if we grant that individual Christians sincerely (though mistakenly) believe that their religious faith prohibits…

New book discusses all about the end times and the exclusiveness of Israel in the Bible – Yahoo Finance

‘Biblical Eschatology: A Study on the End Times and The Exclusiveness of Israel in the Bible.’ released PYEONGTAEK, South Korea ” have spent most of my life studying the ‘doctrines of men’ in one form or fashion. However, it was not until I had finished my doctorate, that a Bible verse had gotten stuck in my head and just did not go away. For about two weeks, I let that verse roll around in my head, and then I decided to find out just…

John Patrick Grace: Theological seminars discuss trends in Christianity

WASHINGTON — Ecumenical dialog among the churches, ways of identifying and combating racism and the question of prayer and its power: What could possibly be the connection among these three issues? Answer: My brief “summer residency” for the online master’s of catechesis curriculum at the Catholic University of America (CUA) here. The blending of the three themes made for a compelling two and a half days in the nation’s capital, which is still recovering from the ravages of the Jan. 6 riot aimed at…

Principles of Christianity built this nation

On July 4th we are celebrating the birth of our nation, a nation that was founded more than 200 years ago. The United States of America has been the brightest beacon of hope and freedom in the world. Our founding fathers built our nation on the principles of life, freedom of speech and religion, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Many of our countrymen have given their lives for these principles in the name of freedom. Without them our nation would not be the…

Christianity and patriotism

As the 4th of July approaches my mind is drawn to our country and how to best help it. Like many of you, I am an American by birth and a Christian by grace. How does a Christian, a citizen of a heavenly, eternal kingdom bless the temporal kingdom or nation where he has earthly citizenship? I think of a man in my church named Rod. He is a citizen of Peru by birth and a citizen of the U.S. by choice. At 28…

Why the Chinese Communist Party Fears Religion

In 2018, the Vatican signed a deal with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), attempting to regularize the status of the underground church. The details of the arrangement were kept secret from the laity. Three years later, however, the repression of Christians, whatever their denomination, is at its highest point since the Cultural Revolution. As the Chinese Communist Party celebrates its centenary, Christianity—and other faiths—remain among the challengers it fears most. Religious controls have been part of communist practice since the foundation of the People’s…

Christians, let’s stop fighting each other and serve our neighbors in need instead

A few weeks ago, I invited an influential evangelical pastor in Northern California to tour a local Bethany Christian Services location and meet with our social workers. We talked about a variety of things, including care for parents facing an unintended pregnancy, children waiting for adoptive homes, the foster care crisis in America, and welcoming our neighbors who are refugees or unaccompanied children. We discussed another interesting topic as well. I asked, “How can we help Christians move forward in unity for the sake of…

Orbán: “Christianity has created the free man, the family and the nation”

(This article is a translation of an original interview by Branimir Stanić and Ivan Tašev) Earlier this month Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán—long maligned by the Brussels machine as an authoritarian reactionary inside the ever-so-progressive European Union—gave an interview to the Croatian Catholic weekly Glas Koncila (The Voice of the Council, 20 June 2021). Orbán made several important points in the course of this interview: on the civilizational challenges currently facing Europe (including immigration), on national sovereignty challenged by Brussels, and on the nature of politics…

For some evangelical Christians, climate action is a God-given mandate

The first time I interviewed Matt Humphrey,we were driving in his pickup truck through southern British Columbia, passing fields and forests, only three miles from the U.S. border. Humphrey, then 31 years old, is a father of three and an evangelical Christian with a keen appreciation for the Bible. He is also an environmentalist, one who believes fighting climate change is a moral duty.&nbsp; On the 18-acre property we were heading to, Humphrey and others from an evangelical Christian group called A Rocha (pronounced…

Christian Nonprofit Challenges City’s ‘Obvious And Unconstitutional Discrimination’ Against Christians

A Christian nonprofit reportedly challenged Boston’s “obvious and unconstitutional discrimination” against a Christian organization at the Supreme Court. The Christian Post said the Florida-based legal organization Liberty Counsel has filed a petition at the United States Supreme Court against the city of Boston for denying the Christian organization Camp Constitution from flying their flag during the group’s 2017 Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Per the report, Camp Constitution requested Boston’s City Hall’s permission to do so but was denied it, even though the city approved other…

Christianity’s Most Famous Beer Enthusiasts

Christians and beer have a complicated relationship. In recent decades, many conservative evangelical camps have deemed alcohol consumption to be a cultural no-no, relegating it somewhere between church taboo and sinful behavior. However, craft beer in Christianity is making a comeback as a new generation (many of whom were raised by teetotalers) is now setting their own rules for church. However, abstinence from alcohol wasn’t always the norm in Christian communities (after all, Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine). For centuries, alcohol—especially…

Mohler: Religious liberty vital to Christianity

By ERIN ROACH, Baptist Press NASHVILLE (BP) – A theology of conversion, such as Christianity, necessitates religious liberty because regeneration of the heart cannot be achieved by coercion, Albert Mohler said Tuesday (June 15) during “Baptists Thinking Biblically: A Conversation on Religious Liberty.” The late-night event, hosted by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at the Music City Center in Nashville, featured Mohler, Southern’s president, and Andrew Walker, associate professor of Christian ethics and apologetics and associate dean of the school of theology at Southern. “In…

Colorado Springs apocalypse symposium reflects on end of world

Signs of the apocalypse are everywhere. Or, at least, the signs of people’s interest in the end of the world are everywhere. No matter if you’re religious, you’ve likely contemplated the idea of the end times. Will there be such a thing? And if so, what exactly will plunge us into the final dark night of our souls? When? Will there be an after party? The apocalyptic worldview is easy to spot in pop culture. Think of the vast number of dystopian novels, such…

Christians and Israel – Council on Foreign Relations

How will Christian supporters of Israel react to the replacement of former prime minister Netanyahu with a new and very different Israeli coalition? A new letter from a broad and potent group of Christian leaders appears to give the answer. Led by the Philos Project, which is “dedicated to promoting positive Christian engagement in the Near East,” the letter is signed by dozens of Christian leaders from very mixed ethnic and denominational backgrounds. Certainly their followers are in the tens of million, many times…

Uncovering the Mystery Behind Election Prophecy Failure of 2020

Rev. Victor Vidal’s new book, “How Are the Mighty Fallen?” discusses the reasons behind the prophetic failure of election results by some Evangelical pastors. He explains the reason that led to the false prophecy and offers solutions. The book outlines different challenges within the church regarding apostasy, false doctrines, worshipping of idols, conspiracy theories, and the danger of preaching the gospel of politicians instead of the gospel of Christ. In view of the challenges facing the church today, the author is concerned about Christians…

Chinese Communist Party-linked newspaper highlights political cartoon mocking Christianity, West after G-7

A Chinese Communist Party-linked newspaper is highlighting an anti-Christian, anti-West political cartoon deriding the U.S. as “feeble” and destined for death. “The Last G-7” shows the U.S. and other G-7 nations depicted as animals bustling over a table where toxic wine and a China-shaped cake are being served. India and Australia, regional rivals of China, are also present, as an elephant and kangaroo. “Through this, we can still rule the world,” the caption reads. The Global Times, an English-language newspaper with ties to China’s…