Rick Warren: Protestants, Catholics must unite to defend life, sex, marriage – ‘we’re on the same team’

Rick Warren is on a mission to unite with the apostate Church of Rome in an effort to solve society’s social ills. As usual, Warren downplays the wide divide between Rome and biblical Christianity. CNS News writes:

Evangelical pastor Rick Warren, who leads the eighth largest church in America, Saddleback Church, and is the author of the hugely popular book The Purpose Driven Life, said that Protestants and Catholics must form a “unity of missions” to defend the sanctity of life, sex, and the family, stressing that, “If you love Jesus, we’re on the same team.”

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NASCAR legend declares to Obama, Dalai Lama at Prayer Breakfast: without Christ, you will go to hell

Christian Research Network reports:

During Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, NASCAR great Darrell Waltrip shared his Christian testimony with the thousands gathered, including Barack and Michelle Obama and the Dalai Lama, stating that he thought he was once a pretty good person, but “good people” go to Hell without Christ.

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Obama says Christians as guilty as Muslims: ‘People committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ’

Christian News Network reports:

During the National Prayer Breakfast held in Washington on Thursday, Barack Obama spoke against violence committed in the name of religion, and stated that Christians have been just as guilty as Muslims and other terror groups of this crime.

“It’s not unique to one group or one religion,” he said. “There is a tendency in us—a sinful tendency—that can pervert and distort our faith.”

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‘I’m now an atheist’: Newsboys co-founder renounces Christianity

According to Christian News Network:

In an article published by the faith site Patheos on Wednesday, one of the original co-founders of the popular Christian band Newsboys revealed that he has since renounced Christianity and now identifies as an atheist.

“I always felt uncomfortable with the strict rules imposed by Christianity,” George Perdikis, who co-founded the group in 1985, wrote in the guest post. “All I wanted to do was create and play rock and roll … and yet most of the attention I received was focused on how well I maintained the impossible standards of religion. I wanted my life to be measured by my music, not by my ability to resist temptation.”

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Pampers releases new ad celebrating babies – born and preborn

Live Action News reports that Pampers released a new ad in January entitled A Newborn Journey of Firsts:

Pampers has been known in the past for its beautiful, visually stirring ads that broadcast a pro-life message. A previous ad called babies miracles who “deserve protection” and referred to a baby on an ultrasound screen as a “he” instead of an “it.”

This time, Pampers’s ad — which has already received over 860,000 views on YouTube — opens as a mother lovingly caresses her pregnant belly. The scene switches to an incredible ultrasound where a baby is moving in the womb and, as Pampers puts it, is giving her “first hello.”

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Meet Ima-Do-Gooder and Mia Mystic – affable spokespersons for deception

Author, blogger, host of TRUTHTalk and co-host of WOMANTalk, Debra Rae, has penned a fascinating imaginary tale of what’s rapidly becoming the typical modern-day individual. In her story, both Ima and Mia are college educated self-proclaimed citizens of “one world.” The couple reside in a “green” apartment nestled in an urban-cluster development with easy access to public transportation. Personal spiritual development is important to them. Thus, they align themselves with the rapidly growing “spiritual formation” movement which is rooted in the ancient disciplines.

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Professor says ‘fear of man, not God’ led megachurch leader to accept homosexual members

According to the Christian News Network:

A Christian theology professor says that it was the fear of man, not God that led a Tennessee megachurch minister to announce full acceptance of homosexuals in his congregation, including the allowance of those involved in sexual sin to serve in leadership roles and to “marry.”

“If you fear man, God will become small to you,” wrote Owen Strachan, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History at Boyce College in Louisville, Ky. in a post on Friday. “The approval of fellow sinners will matter more to you than obeying God by the witness of His word.”

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“What Jesus was really saying is this: ‘I am the way,’ as in, ‘I know the way.’”

Stand Up For The Truth reveals that Steve McSwain, an influential leader who has the ear of Christian leaders, political leaders and leaders of other religions, recently commented that “the church must ‘repent’ of how we have handled homosexual Christians.” McSwain also made the following heretical statement in a piece he wrote:

Today, I realize that what Jesus was really saying is this: “I am the way,” as in, “I know the way.” “I’ve discovered it” which, by implication means, “you can, too.”

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An incomplete and unofficial guide to pointing to the truth in 2015

Millions are going to perish in 2015, says Stephen John. And, while this is going on, the dying world will be keeping an eye on professing Christians. What will they see? Will they see superficial, self-absorbed “Christians” having a hand in the spiritual demise of the lost, or will they see believers actually doing what they are supposed to do – pointing to the Truth, to the only One who can bring eternal life to those dying?

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Obama: ‘My faith has been questioned by people who don’t know me’

Christian News Network reports:

While speaking on the last day to his trip to India, Barack Obama urged acceptance of religious pluralism in the nation, adding on a personal note that sometimes his profession of Christianity is questioned and that he is instead thought to be a Muslim.

“Our nations are strongest when we see that we are all God’s children—all equal in His eyes and worthy of His love,” he stated to approximately 2,000 youth gathered at the Siri Fort auditorium.

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Aborting black America

The slogan “black lives matter” excludes the unborn says Washington Times columnist Kenneth Blackwell. He wonders if the civil rights leaders really care when a black life is lost, or whether they simply exploit situations for political gain. Blackwell writes:

Today, on the somber anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, it’s time for black leaders to face up to the real danger threatening black lives in America. It isn’t the police. According to an anti-police brutality organization, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, 313 blacks were killed by “police, security guards and vigilantes” in 2013. It isn’t even black criminals, who, as Rudy Giuliani famously pointed out on “Meet the Press,” are responsible for 93 percent of violent deaths among blacks. Sources estimate that between 6,000 and 8,000 blacks are murdered each year.

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Christian school forced to close as inspectors brand children ‘bigots’ for not knowing what a Muslim is

Breitbart reports:

Inspectors have labelled pupils at a Christian school bigots and forced it to close after a young boy gave the wrong answer when asked what a Muslim was. Teachers at the school say he referenced terrorism in his answer, but argued that one child’s throwaway answer was no ground for closing the whole school.

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Rob Bell promotes “Mother God” and “apophatic meditation” in new “Liturgists” show

Emergent guru and one-time pastor of a megachurch, Rob Bell, is a busy man these days. He has a show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel and has also been busy with his Zimzum of Love book promotions. And then there’s the podcast program he recently launched. Amy Spreeman, co-host of Stand Up For The Truth, reports that other theological partners on The Liturgists podcast “do not actively promote our names and personal images” for ego reasons. “What do The Liturgists talk about when they talk about God the Father?” Amy asks. “Well actually, they talk about God the Mother.”

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U.S. Army removes “God and country” recruiting sign following complaint

Christian News Network reports:

The U.S. Army has ordered the removal of a sandwich board outside of an Arizona recruiting office because it included the phrase “On a mission for God and country.”

The sign, which has been posted outside of the recruiting office since at least last October, was removed on Friday following complaints. A photo of the sandwich board had been proliferated online, drawing ire from atheists and church-state separation advocates.

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Pope: Catholics need not breed “like rabbits”

USA Today reports:

Pope Francis, after a visit to the largest Catholic nation in Asia, says Catholics may have a moral responsibility to limit the number of their children and need not reproduce “like rabbits.”

But the pope also reaffirmed the church’s ban on artificial means of birth control and said Catholics should practice “responsible parenting.”

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30 contemporary Christian music artists stand “united” – with New Age sympathizer Roma Downey?

Stand Up For The Truth reports:

On January 21st, about 30 of contemporary Christian music’s best-known singers from the last four decades will be joining New Age sympathizer and devout Roman Catholic Roma Downey for a special live online concert called “We Will Stand.” The concert is being presented by CCM United and has a motto of “One Message, Many Voices.’” According to an article titled “We Are United: The Story Behind ‘The Greatest Night In Contemporary Christian Music,’” there could be over a million viewers with a potential reach globally of 40 million.

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Be skeptical of Dr. Oz’s remedies and Rick Warren’s “plans”

In 2011 Rick Warren, who is the pastor of a megachurch in California and the author of the popular “Purpose-Driven” books chose to enter into a partnership with a man who is steeped in New Age/New Thought spirituality. Warren elicited the aid of Dr. Mehmet Oz to come up with a health and fitness plan for his church. Marsha West has learned that a recent study by the British Medical Journal showed that “Half of Dr. Oz’s health advice is bad.” View article →

Warner Bros. pulls Hillsong movie from schedule

According to Christian Headlines, “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise,” which is based on the infamous Australian-based Hillsong church and one of the world’s biggest worship bands, has been pulled from the Warner Brothers schedule. No explanation was given as to why the documentary was pulled.

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Duke University to broadcast Muslim call to prayer declaring ‘Allah is great’

According to Christian News Network:

Concerns are being raised after Duke University’s student paper announced this week that the Muslim call to prayer will be broadcast from university’s bell tower each Friday.

“Members of the Duke Muslim Students Association will chant a weekly call-to-prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower beginning Friday, Jan. 16,” Duke Today outlined in a report on Tuesday. “The chant, called the ‘adhan,’ announces the start of the group’s jummah prayer service, which takes place in the chapel basement each Friday at 1 p.m.”

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Pastor defines his identity not by his same-sex attraction, but in Christ

Christianity.com’s Ryan Hoselton penned a refreshing story about a pastor who’s attracted to members of the same-sex yet he chose to wed a woman. Pastor Allan Edwards says he believes that the center of Christianity is the Bible. After completing a thorough study of the scriptures, he concluded that practicing homosexuality is a sin. Thus, he couldn’t simultaneously follow the Bible and his same-sex attraction.

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