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

Hillsong Writer Marty Sampson Renounces His Faith on Instagram

“Notice how Marty Sampson’s Instagram statement of unbelief imports the exact “true to me right now” sentiments Hillsong’s music has taught our churches to sing about what they believe for years. Their music style mimics the spirit of the age: truth is subjective, the message is vague and malleable, and feelings are the alpha and omega.”

(JD Hall – Pulpit & Pen)  Marty Sampson has become a mirror of his god for all on Instagram to observe: blind, groping, and dumb.

The songwriter for the ‘Christian’ band Hillsong, recently announced his hardened disbelief on Instagram. Sampson’s song lyrics have been broadcasting his rejection of the true and living God found in the Bible for years, but gullible Evangelicals have shut their eyes and swayed to the music. Now Sampson speaks his apostasy clearly enough for even the most starry-eyed among us to get it. Continue reading

First Was the Emergent Church, Then New Calvinism. The Latest ‘Cool Trend’ is Apostasy

“Apostasy — which comes from the Greek word apostasia (“ἀποστασία”) which literally means in the context of Scripture, departure — or falling away. In other words, it refers to those who have professed Christ, especially for a long time, and then have renounced their faith.”

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  Trends in Christendom seem to come and go like different style haircuts. It’s like every time you turn around, you see some “new way” of doing Christianity or some “new doctrine” that hasn’t been around that promises to change the way we think about Church. Continue reading

Christians Who Oppose Conversion Therapy Need a Reality Check

“So Allberry, Butterfield, and Perry’s popularity comes largely because straight Christians like to hear them talk about how they dealt with their homosexuality.  It makes straight Christians feel tolerant for giving them platforms.  Straight Christians imagine that gay people will respond positively to their message and will not reject the Christian position on sexuality as hateful.”

(Robert Oscar Lopez – Americans for Truth)  To be loving does not mean to be gullible.  Jesus Christ mentions that we will come across dishonest people, especially among those who have prestige (or are seeking it).  We should love people, but that does not mean we should let them take advantage of us.  Or fool us.  Or trick us. Continue reading

Has anyone actually read the El Paso manifesto?

“Crusius worried about many things, if the manifesto is any indication. He certainly worried about immigration, but also about automation. About job losses. About a universal basic income. Oil drilling. Urban sprawl. Watersheds. Plastic waste. Paper waste. A blue Texas. College debt. Recycling. Healthcare. Sustainability. And more. Large portions of the manifesto simply could not be more un-Trumpian.”

(Byron York – Washington Times)  The manifesto written by accused El Paso mass killer Patrick Crusius is the basis for the argument that the shootings were inspired by President Trump. Media commentators, Democratic presidential candidates, and all types of Trump critics have made that case in the days since the murders. Continue reading

Consistent, Persevering, Prayer

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18,

Having covered each component of the armor of God, we understand that we cannot succeed against the Devil if we rely on ourselves. We need the belt of truth to keep the daggers of false doctrine from cutting our legs out from under us. Christ’s imputed righteousness gives us ultimate protection from condemnation and accusation, and the breastplate of a Holy Spirit-developed righteous character guards against the powerful blows of sin that try to destroy our hearts…. Continue reading

Nicolle Wallace’s Career of Bizarre, Unhinged Trump Hate

“Back in October of 2018, she boasted to fellow MSNBC Host Chris Matthews that she had once encouraged Jeb Bush to punch then-candidate Trump in the face: “I said, ‘I think you should’ve punched him in the face, and then gotten out of the race. You would’ve been a hero.’”

(Bill D’Agastino – News Busters)   Nicolle Wallace, the strident Never Trumper who hosts MSNBC’s Deadline: White House, recently came under fire for alleging on national television that President Trump was “talking about exterminating Latinos.” For many conservatives, that backlash — which died down somewhat once Wallace issued a terse apology (albeit only on Twitter) — was their first exposure to Wallace and her vitriolic coverage of this administration. Continue reading

Drag queen teaches kids to ‘twerk’ at library story hour

Mama G teaches youngsters how to “twerk.”

“After the controversy broke out, Mama G changed his Twitter profile so only approved followers can see it, but not before critics saved screenshots – including one of a tweet in which Mama G appears to ask children to send him their email addresses.”

(Calvin Freiburger – LifeSiteNews)   A drag queen in the United Kingdom was caught on camera teaching small children at a library story hour how to perform the sexually-suggestive dance move called “twerking.”

Mama G is a cross-dressing man and drag artist who “has appeared at libraries, theatres, bookshops and cafes all over the UK,” according to the Petite Pantos theater company…. Continue reading

FBI kept using Steele dossier for FISA applications despite documenting ex-spy’s bias, documents show

“Just nine days before the FBI applied for its FISA warrant, bureau officials were battling with a senior Justice Department official who had “continued concerns” about the “possible bias” of a source pivotal to the application, according to internal FBI text messages previously obtained by Fox News.”

(Greg Re & Catherine Herridge – Fox News)  The FBI formally documented the anti-Trump bias of British ex-spy Christopher Steele shortly after the November 2016 presidential election — yet despite the red flags, continued to use his unverified dossier in multiple Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court warrant application renewals,  records  obtained by Fox News show. Continue reading

‘Largest Pedophile Ring On Earth’: Abuse Lawyers Make First Case Against The Boy Scouts

“Despite the fact that abuse within the BSA has been rampant for decades, there has been no Congressional oversight. As far back as 1910, Kosnoff said, the Boy Scouts kept records of accused predators. In the 1970’s, Boy Scout employees began destroying evidence of sexual abuse if the victim was 80 years old or older.”

(Mary Margaret Olohan – Daily Caller)   Lawyers representing Boy Scout sexual abuse victims called on Congress to act in a Washington, D.C., Tuesday press conference.

The Abused in Scouting (AIS) legal team announced their first case filed against the Boy Scouts of America at a Washington, D.C., press conference, claiming that there has been thus far no Congressional oversight involved in the massive sex abuse scandal within the Boy Scouts. Continue reading

Time To Kiss The Gospel Coalition Goodbye

The problem is, The Gospel Coalition isn’t really about the gospel — it’s about other things, like social justice, egalitarianism, LGBTQ activism, open borders and mass illegal immigration, theological liberalism, self-advancement, etc. The Gospel Coalition merely cloaks these causes in Christian-themed language, slaps the phrase “gospel-centered” on it, and brings aboard anyone who is willing to advance their cause — or at least act as a cloak for the gospel while The Gospel Coalition advances their own cause.

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  In the wake of Joshua Harris’ apostasy — the Purity Culture pastor who divorced his wife, denounced Christianity, and embraced homosexuality — many people are wondering just exactly what went wrong. The apostasy follows a string of The Gospel Coalition contributors who have either been disqualified or have completely turned from their faith altogether. Continue reading

Time To Kiss New Calvinism Goodbye

American evangelical church life is ad hoc, which is a fancy Latin way of saying that they make it up as they go along. They do whatever seems expedient and practical. American evangelical Christianity is less governed by the Scriptures as understood by the historic Christian church and more governed by secular models of “success.”

(R. Scott Clark – Abounding Grace)  Yet another evangelical personality has announced that not only are he and his wife separating—this after he wrote a widely-read book on dating and courtship—but he has grave doubts about the truth of Christianity and he is intent on starting a podcast to share those doubts with the world…. Continue reading

Ingraham calls out Dems: ‘They are throwing kerosene on a fire’

The host said “the left” is now branding “half the population” as racists and making them targets, warning Democrats that their actions will only lead to people getting hurt.

(Victor Garcia – Fox News)  Fox News’ Laura Ingraham took on Democrats Tuesday night for what she said is an attempt to capitalize politically on the shooting massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio last weekend, and said she would not allow “the left” to divide Americans and distract from real solutions to real problems. Continue reading

Famed Yale computer science professor quits believing Darwin’s theories

Gelernter said he likes many of his colleagues at Yale, that they are his friends, but when he looks at “their intellectual behavior, what they have published — and much more importantly what they tell their students — Darwinism has indeed passed beyond a scientific argument as far as they are concerned. You take your life in your hands to challenge it intellectually. They will destroy you if you challenge it.”

(Jennifer Kabbany – The College Fix)  David Gelernter, a famed Yale University professor, has publicly renounced his belief in Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, calling it a “beautiful idea” that has been effectively disproven. Continue reading

Battle of the Sexes—Not What You Think: Sides A, B, Gay-Christian, or Other?

“All this is to say that Christians who deal with same-sex attraction are neither alone nor unique as to struggles in this one area of life.  To perceive oneself as particularly called to exceptional suffering borders on pride and ignores the reality of the rest of the body of Christ.  A same-sex attracted person matters to God and to the church, but is no more special or exceptional than any other believer.” [emphasis added]

(Helen Louise Herndon – The Aquila Report)  A new battle of the sexes has appeared in the Church—a battle that was unimaginable not long ago.  All who are involved profess to be Christian. This battle involves three parties, two of whom relate directly to those coming out with same-sex attraction and a third party who relates indirectly to the first two. Continue reading

Dayton Shooter Supported Gun Control, Socialism, Liz Warren

“He also echoed Democratic talking points against ICE, a few weeks after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) compared ICE detention centers to “concentration camps.” That comparison may have inspired an actual terrorist attack against an ICE facility.”

(Tyler O’Neil – PJ Media)  According to reports on Twitter and in the media, the man shot and killed by police after killing nine and injuring 27 in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, was not just a Democrat but an open socialist…. Continue reading

Joshua Harris marches in pride parade after apologizing to LGBT community

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“Harris’ participation in Vancouver’s Pride Parade comes after he announced that he and his wife Shannon are separating, he no longer considers himself a Christian, and he regrets having taught that marriage is a union only between a man and a woman.”

(Leah MarieAnn Klett – Christian Post)  Former pastor and evangelical author Joshua Harris demonstrated his support for the LGBT community by marching in Vancouver’s annual Pride Parade less than a month after announcing he no longer considers himself a Christian. Continue reading

Campus Crusade For Christ Teaching Kids That It’s Okay to be Gay

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Rachel Gilson, whom Hartley quoted in his above tweet, is a campus staff director for Cru in Boston. What Gilson said, that the Bible does not call us to be straight, is demonstrably false. Romans 1 clearly refers to homosexuality as “vile affections” and “dishonorable passions.”

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) is an organization that touts itself as an interdenominational Christian ministry that is primarily found on university campuses around the world. Now a global parachurch mission outfit, Cru is a staple of youth and college group partnerships with over 25,000 missionaries in nearly 200 countries. In short, Cru is an influential voice among evangelical students. Continue reading