About Marsha West

Marsha West is the owner and managing editor of Christian Research Network, Apprising Ministries (the late Ken Silva's blog) and On Solid Rock Resources. Marsha is also co-founder of Berean Research. For two decades she was the owner and managing editor of Email Brigade website as well as the EMB News Report, a bi-weekly email report for conservative people of faith. Marsha is a regular contributor for several blogs including CRN, RenewAmerica, News With Views, and Web Commentary. Her articles have been translated into many languages and distributed worldwide. Visit Marsha's other sites: http://onsolidrockresources.com http://bereanresearch.com http://apprising.org

The Ignorance Factor

“The uninformed and/or apathetic American picks up on this.  No longer are politicians who deny due process or advocate Constitutional violations even challenged.  Now they stand on debate stages smiling at press moderators who have no problem with their radicalism and even, in the case of late-term abortion, embrace it.”

(Bill O’Reilly)  Many Americans, including this one, are perplexed by some disturbing opinions being put forth in this country.

Let’s start with a recent Gallup Poll that says 43 percent of Americans, including 52 percent of democrats, believe it was a mistake to send U.S. troops to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terror attack. Continue reading

Reminder: No Meaningful Evidence Corroborates Any of the Kavanaugh Accusations, Several of Which Fell Apart

“Evidence matters.  Any politician parlaying these unproven or discredited claims into an impeachment demand is a shameless, dangerous demagogue.  There should be repercussions for such obscene recklessness.”

(Guy Benson – TownHall)  Now that we’re revisiting the Kavanaugh mess — bring it on, I wrote this morning — it seems worthwhile to revisit the known facts of each supposedly ‘credible’ accusation leveled against him.  This insight strikes me as exactly correct, in terms of assessing the tactics, motives, and goals of the smear brigade.  It’s a deeply cynical pattern: Continue reading

Just Before Oilfield Attack, Saudi Prince Held Private Meeting with American Evangelicals

UPDATE

Pulpit & Pen now has a list of the evangelicals who met with the Saudi Prince just prior to the oilfield attack.

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Religion News services reported, “Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Tuesday (Sept. 10) with a delegation of American evangelical Christians in the Red Sea city of Jiddah as the kingdom works to forge closer ties with an influential electoral base in the U.S. that could be crucial to the 2020 elections.”

(Pulpit & Pen)  Just days before Saudi Arabia suffered a major terrorist attack that is currently being blamed upon Iran, the Saudi Crown Prince privately flew in powerful American evangelicals, and then rushed them again out of the country before the attacks occurred. Continue reading

Christian Artists Can’t Be Forced to Make Gay Wedding Invites, Arizona Supreme Court Rules

“These women of deep religious faith gladly serve everyone, including those in the LGBT community; their faith simply prevents them from expressing certain messages for anyone. So this case is not about whether businesses can decline to serve an entire class of people. It is about whether artists can freely choose which messages their own art conveys.”

(Tyler O’Neil – PJ Media)  On Monday, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the City of Phoenix could not use a criminal law to force a Christian arts studio to make wedding invitations for a gay wedding. Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio, faced up to six months of jail time, $2,500 in fines, and three years of probation for each day the city would find them in violation of the law. Continue reading

The Fading Light Of Pop-Christianity

Screenshot from a Hillsong music event dance number that included near-nude women covered by bath towels.

“The Hillsong brand of Christianity is one marked with pursuing earthly treasures, entertainment, celebrity, and sensationalism.  I like to call it “pop-Christianity”. Drawing from all the entertainment and commercial successes of the 21st century, pop-Christianity appeals to the temporal at the expense of the eternal.”

(Chris Saenz – Post Christian Era)  Many Christians were shocked in August when longtime Hillsong songwriter, Marty Sampson announced that he was “losing his faith”.

In a Twitter post (that has since been removed), Marty claims that he is “not in anymore” and wants “genuine truth. Not the “I Just Believe It” kind of truth”. His list of reasons that Christianity is “not for me”, according to Sampson, read like a laundry list of teenage rebellions to Christianity during youth group: Continue reading

NYC Repeals Prohibition Against Reparative Therapy Because It’s Unconstitutional

Obviously I didn’t want to repeal this. I don’t want to be someone who is giving in to these right-wing groups. But the Supreme Court has become conservative; the Second Circuit, which oversees New York, has become more conservative.

(Pulpit & Pen)  “The law is a gross intrusion into the fundamental rights of counselors and clients. Every person should have access to the counselor of his or her choice. No government has the authority to prohibit a form of counseling simply because it does not like the religious or moral beliefs of a particular counselor or client.” Continue reading

A Response to ‘From Celibate Gay Poster Child to Future Gay Husband’

The title of his article, “From Celibate Gay Poster Child to Future Gay Husband,” affords a key and primary clue as to why this happened.  It happened because he never renounced identifying himself with a sinful propensity or proclivity.  He failed to see his sinful bent was condemned by God, the Father; atoned for by God, the Son; and he was washed and sanctified by God, the Holy Spirit.

(Helen Louise Herndon – The Aquila Report)  The above titled article appeared in The Aquila Report and originated on the author’s blog entitled, “Queer Liturgy.” As a gay man, he claims he always upheld the traditional view of marriage and sexuality…. Continue reading

Jesuit Priest Gets Slammed On Twitter After Endorsing LGBT Lifestyle

“Perhaps the best thing now is that you should stand down/resign from the priesthood, since in advocating this you show utter contempt for it, for holiness and the supernatural origins of the order of marriage, whilst parading sin as a good.”

(Frank Camp – Daily Wire)  On Thursday, Jesuit priest and editor at large of America Magazine James Martin sent out a tweet about homosexuals not feeling welcome in the Catholic church: Continue reading

A timely call for a ‘charismatic code of ethics’

Rule Number 1: All charismatics leaders, I am challenging you to sign on to the charismatic code of ethics. Rule number 1 being no claims to miraculous healings will be made public by any charismatic leaders until the healings have been verified by independent third party medical doctors.

(Churchwatch Central)  In his latest YouTube broadcast, Ps. Chris Rosebrough is calling for the establishment of a ‘Charismatic Code of Ethics’. Many ex-charismatics will appreciate Ps. Rosebrough’s call for this ‘code’ because of the spiritual damage they experienced before the Lord drew them out to greener pastures and still waters. The first ‘code of ethics’ call is on the ‘claims of the miraculous’. Ps. Rosebrough states: Continue reading

Can You Be A Christian Without Going To Church?

“One reads the scenes in heaven and it’s never, never about being an isolationist! Those scenes around the throne are always with the masses of people redeemed by the blood of Christ, who share the joys of His presence together forever (e.g. Rev 5:11–14; 7:9–17).”

(Phil Newton – Founders Ministries) I’ve heard it many times. “Well, you don’t have to attend church to be a Christian.” “Attending church doesn’t make you a Christian!” “I don’t need the church; I worship God in my own way. Continue reading

The George Soros Funded Transformation of Evangelical Churches

“The Welcome. group includes a range of tools for the immigration activist. There are coloring exercises for children, meal conversation plans for the immigration community organizers and a Bible Study called The Ruth and Naomi Project: Welcoming the Stranger in Our Midst. These resources intend to remake evangelical theology.”

(Capstone Report)  Welcome. is a women’s group promoting evangelical involvement in immigration. Its website is welcomeimmigrants.org. That website’s Internet Registry information shows World Relief as its administrative contact, and an email contact address with the National Immigration Forum. The National Immigration Forum is a group funded by George Soros. Continue reading

Former LifeWay Executive Joins Host of False Prophets For ‘Worship’ and ‘Prayer’

“Now that Stetzer has left LifeWay, he holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College, serves as Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership at Wheaton College, and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center.” 

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  If you ever wondered why LifeWay stores — a bookstore owned and managed by the Southern Baptist Convention — is littered with heretical books written by false teachers, it’s that those who have been in charge over the years had no concern for the poison they fed the sheep and were hell-bent on making a profit, at all costs. Continue reading

The Life Of Jesus In Mortal Bodies

For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.  2 Corinthians 4:11

What we want, of course, is to be like Him. But the power of God is the miracle of others seeing in us, in the midst of our pressures and trials, the character and the life of Jesus. I have always been amused and challenged by the verse in Colossians 1, where Paul prays that his friends in Colosse may be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might (Colossians 1:11a). What are they going to use all this power for?… Continue reading

The Myth of Sexual Orientation

“The problem is that so many have bought the myth that they are intrinsically homosexuals … and they have no hope of changing.”  Dr. R.C. Sproul

“Why would a child of God who has been justified by the blood and righteousness of Christ alone, adopted into God’s family, and freed from slavery to sin by the powerful regenerating work of God in their life fight to apply such an abominable label, homosexual, to themselves? Our Lord bled and died not only to forgive people of the sin of homosexuality but also to liberate them from its enslaving power.”

(Patrick Hines – The Aquila Report) In an excellent lecture on homosexuality still available from Ligonier Ministries from long ago, the late Dr. R. C. Sproul said:

First of all, to deal with the homosexual is one of the most difficult problems we have to deal with. It would be so much easier for all concerned to just ignore the problem and say to people and to the world and to the homosexual, “Look, it’s ok. It’s alright. You’re just left-handed. It’s fine.”… Continue reading

Christians, Shake Your Heads: Vague Self-Help Book Spends 15 Straight Months Atop Bestseller List

“Hollis isn’t on the bestseller list because her book shares any great insight, wisdom, or truth. It’s because Hollis’s advice is wisdom to the world. It’s the best the world can offer. Here’s some therapy. Here’s a pill. Here’s some pretendy-God-talk. Feel better about yourself.”

(Pulpit & Pen)  Even the BuzzFeed knows this book isn’t Christian.

An “amalgam of stories, tough-love advice from a woman who has been there, and vaguely biblical encouragement,” Girl, Wash Your Face was the 2nd most popular book of 2018 on Amazon. It has now topped the ECPA Christian Bestsellers list for 15 months straight. Continue reading

Make No Mistake: The GOP is Losing Texas

“As noted, the reason for this is simple: demographics. For decades, the Republicans have told their voters that they were going to clamp down on illegal immigration and address the legal immigration policies that have facilitated this takeover. They have made excuse after excuse for not fulfilling those promises and now that lack of action is turning Texas blue one district at a time.”

(Joshua Foxworth – American Thinker)  To date, five congressmen from Texas have resigned instead of seeking re-election in 2020. Their resignations signal two things from GOP leadership…. Continue reading

‘The Con’

“Elizabeth Warren is a menace to traditional American society.  Her vision would curtail individual freedom drastically.  She is far more dangerous than any storm.”

(Bill O’Reilly)  Elizabeth Warren is a dangerous person because she has little concept of the truth or responsible governance.  The senator from Massachusetts apparently does not believe in honest reporting about herself or public policy.  In short, she’ll pretty much say anything.

Recently, Ms. Warren put forth her assessment of the current “climate crisis.” Continue reading

Polyamory: Limitless or Limiting?

Married households as the ideal is now being called into question. The latest debate is about whether it should be that marriage produces better outcomes. The argument is that with the right government policies, any conceivable family structure could be at least as good as marriage.

(Joseph Horton – The Aquila Report)  The Gottman Institute is one of the premiere organizations promoting evidence-based approaches to couple/marital relationships. The institute notes that it has” developed an approach that not only supports and repairs troubled marriages and committed relationships but strengthens happy ones.” The approach has been used with both opposite sex and same-sex couples, but the focus has always been on couples. Continue reading

Austin, Texas Becomes First City to Pay Women to Kill Their Babies in Abortions

“It’s a shame that as the years go by, more restrictive laws go into place, chipping away at Roe v. Wade and women in our community have less access to abortion care. This proposal will make sure that Austinites who need an abortion can access that care.”

(Micaiah Bilger – Life News)  While some Texas cities are voting to protect unborn babies’ lives, another is providing money to help destroy them.

On Tuesday, the Austin City Council voted to spend $150,000 taxpayer dollars to help Austin women get abortions, KADN News reports…. Continue reading

Senate Demands Pastors Reject Biblical Counseling For LGBT Californians

These slanderous statements were simply bizarre. ACR 99 does not clearly define so-called “conversion therapy.” It does not even mention psychologists, psychiatrists, or mental health professionals. Instead, it targets churches, counselors, and even formerly LGBTQ Christians. Sadly, these vitriolic and bigoted attacks on California’s faith community went largely unchallenged.

(California Family Council)  Last week, the California Senate gave party-line approval to Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99, a resolution demanding people of faith in the state change how they teach, preach, and counsel others related to LGBT identities and behaviors…. Continue reading

Michael Brown Defends the Worst of the Worst Blasphemer and Idolater

“The problem with men like this is that they want to speak orthodox language. They want to give a facade of orthodoxy, giving lip-service to the gospel and to the Bible, but they twist it just enough to make it difficult to detect. They will say they love Jesus and that Jesus is the only way — but their Jesus is a different Jesus.” 

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  Michael Brown is the world’s premier apologist for the ancient heresy of Montanism. Montanism is the heresy that teaches that certain spiritual gifts, such as prophecy, continue today and that it is possible to receive direct, divine revelation from God apart from Scripture…. Continue reading

Beth Moore Makes Habit of Using Acronyms For Cuss Words, Rebukes Her ‘Self-Promoting’ ‘Fellow Leaders’

“There is no doubt that she has defended her Queendom like no other in modern history when it comes to her status and notoriety among her peers.” 

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  Beth Moore loves attention. A lot. Beth Moore is the Southern Baptist darling who single-handedly led a movement to take down a long-standing leader of the Southern Baptist conservative resurgence and seminary leader, Paige Patterson, all in the name of feminism, intersectionality, and general all-round wokeness. Continue reading

LGBT Activists Seek to Destroy Christianity

“The evil implications are mind-boggling.  Explicitly Christian institutions will be forced to service acts they find sinful or be driven out of business.  Imagine Christian schools being forced to offer bathrooms of choice where everyone gets to decide his preferred sex.  Imagine Christian teachers being forced to teach and accept dozens of “gender identifications” in their classrooms within a Christian school.”

(Fletch Daniels – American Thinker)  Quarterback Drew Brees came under brutal attack last week for having the audacity to appear in a video encouraging Christian students to bring Bibles to school. Continue reading

Pete Buttigieg’s ‘Brother-in-Law’ Says Candidate Has ‘Manipulated’ the Bible, Calls on Him to Repent

“If we’re going to say we’re for all people and we love all people, but we don’t value human life in the womb, that’s being a hypocrite. You’re hypocritical if you don’t stand up for all life. So that’s why I’m speaking out.”

(Heather Clark – Christian News)  Rhyan Glezman, an evangelical pastor who is also the “brother-in-law” of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, has been speaking out after Buttigieg recently used the Bible to support his views in favor of abortion “rights,” suggesting that the Scriptures can be read by some to say that life doesn’t begin until one takes their first breath. Continue reading

Falwell Jr. says FBI to investigate ‘criminal conspiracy’ at Liberty University

“Falwell Jr. told Hill.TV that he believes the leak of internal emails was the result of a failed effort among former board of director members to oust him from control.’ 

(The Hill)  Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. told Hill.TV on Tuesday that he has begun sharing information with the FBI in what he alleged was a criminal conspiracy against him by former board members at the school.

Falwell said in an exclusive interview that in the coming days the FBI will review university documents at the Lynchburg, Va., campus…. Continue reading