Christian Examiner reports:
Vice President Joe Biden has issued a statement likening “religious condemnation” of the sin of homosexuality to “violence with impunity,” among other things.
In the statement, issued from the White House on the “International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia,” celebrated widely in Europe and South America on May 17, Biden said the lesbian, gay and transgender (LGBT) community had displayed great bravery in the push for equal rights.
“In the last decade, thanks to the astounding bravery of the LGBT community and those who have championed their cause, the United States has made remarkable progress toward the ultimate goal of equality in law and in life. Our progress remains incomplete, but the momentum has shifted in the right direction.”
According to The Guardian:
The senior author of a study claiming to find that a brief, face-to-face conversation with a gay political canvasser had the ability to soften the opinions of those opposed to same-sex marriage has retracted its findings, claiming there were errors in his co-author’s work.
The study, which was published in Science in December and was widely covered in the media, found support for same-sex marriage climbed among voters who had a single conversation with a gay or lesbian canvasser. In addition, the authors found that the changed views not only lasted for at least a year, but also positively influenced the opinions of other members of the household.
The optimistic slant on human nature provided by the research evaporated this week, however, when Professor Donald Green retracted the paper.
Christian News Network reports:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated a same-sex “wedding” last weekend as the nation’s high court deliberates a monumental case that will decide states’ rights regarding the definition of marriage.
Ginsburg wore her traditional black robe and lace collar as she presided over the ceremony of Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem. According to reports, Ginsburg put an emphasis on the word “Constitution” as she declared that she was uniting them under the “powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States.”
My Word Like Fire reports:
New Apostolic Reformation figures will be introduced to many via live streaming of Empowered21’s Jerusalem 2015 Conference (May 20-25). There is no warning to viewers just how different NAR theology is from biblical Christianity. Cindy Jacobs was recently featured here in this video where she claimed “God showed” her The Lord’s Prayer is really about Dominionism: click
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
Now, she is about to be given access to many through Empowerment21. Below is the E21 Ministry Track information about Prophecy And The End Times Ministry Track co-chair Cindy Jacobs.
According to Berean Research:
This piece is posted on USA Today. The actual headline reads “Antigay pastor resigns after outed on Grindr.” There’s nothing in the article that comes close to showing that Matthew Makela is antigay. The writer quotes him as saying that he supports biblical marriage. Apparently USA Today would like its readers to think that anyone who supports biblical marriage is antigay. No, we’re “probible” and those who reject the Bible’s teaching are “antichrists.”
What this story’s about is a man who fell into sin and what it cost his family.
According to ChristianExaminer:
In the Northwest Arkansas seat of Walmart’s home office, a company lawyer has engaged the local school board in the gender identity/sexual orientation debate in a way that Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver said in a letter could mean more that what appears on the surface. The school board is considering adding clauses to its nondiscrimination policy – but according to a local news report will await the Supreme Court’s announcement on same sex marriage next month. So, when the Supreme Court announces it decision on marriage next month, not only will it define marriage, “it will affect how children as young as kindergartners are taught, how Christian businesses are run, and even whom churches and Christian schools can hire,” Liberty Counsel said in a news release.
According to ChristianExaminer:
The Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, which selects and trains missionaries for the denomination and has more than 4,700 field personnel under appointment, has changed its personnel qualifications to allow “new pathways” for service to those who previously could not be assigned to long-term overseas posts, Baptist Press, the convention’s news agency, has reported.
David Platt, elected IMB president in August 2014, told the mission board’s trustees earlier this week that the organization’s changes to its appointment policy represent a new “unified statement of qualifications” that will apply to all new applicants.
“We’re talking about limitless possibilities that God has providentially arranged for His people to go around the world with the gospel. And as the IMB, we want to send Southern Baptists through as many pathways as possible, which necessitates that we open up the pipeline for people to come through those pathways,” Platt said, according to Baptist Press.
According to Berean Research:
Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss the remaining criminal charges against an imprisoned creation science evangelist after a jury deadlocked on the matter and was not convinced of his guilt.
As previously reported, Kent Hovind, the founder of Creation Science Evangelism out of Pensacola, Florida, has been fighting charges of mail fraud and contempt for contesting liens against a number of properties that had been seized by the government several years ago.
On Sunday Pope Francis decided to canonize two nuns who lived in Palestine for reasons you’ll discover in the Associated Press piece which we will link to. Evidently these women were examples of “mercy, charity and reconciliation” which means they were “good people.” To canonize someone is to make him/her a saint. The article revealed that one of the sisters was not only a good person, she “is said to have received the “stigmata” – bleeding wounds like those that Jesus Christ suffered on the cross.” Since CRN routinely covers Catholic mysticism it came as no surprise that one of the nuns was a mystic — many Catholic clergy engage in mysticism. But what needs to be addressed here is Rome’s belief that their pope’s have the authority to declare people saints. This is untrue, as the Bible is clear that all born again Christians are saints. Following are just three examples:
Acts 9:32: “Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.”
Romans 16:15: “Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.”
1 Corinthians 1:2: “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours…”
So as you can see, Scripture clearly teaches that a saint is anyone who has put his/her faith in Jesus Christ.
Todd Starnes, host of Fox News & Commentary, reports that America’s public schools are teaching our children that sexuality is a “broader spectrum.”
One of the nation’s largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity to its classroom curriculum, including lessons on sexual fluidity and spectrum – the idea that there’s no such thing as 100 percent boys or 100 percent girls.
Fairfax County Public Schools released a report recommending changes to their family life curriculum for grades 7 through 12. The changes, which critics call radical gender ideology, will be formally introduced next week.
According to Christian News Network:
The Texas Senate has approved a bill that would protect pastors from legal action if they refuse to officiate same-sex ceremonies.
Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) presented S.B. 2065, entitled “Freedom of Religion with Respect to Recognizing or Performing Certain Marriages.”
No note went home, no calls were made. Now parents in Efland, North Carolina are understandably outraged to learn that their 8 and 9-year-olds’ homosexual teacher decided to read a gay fairy tale – that the assistant principal gave him – to the youngsters.
Said one parent, “People have been gay for years. People have been lesbian for years. But why does a third-grader need to know about that?”
Christian News Network (CNN) informs us that the current Pew Research Center report stated that mainline groups have experienced the greatest drop in numbers and “may have fallen by as few as 3 million or as many as 7.3 million between 2007 and 2014.” According to CNN, these groups include the “United Methodist Church, the American Baptist Church (U.S.A.), the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Episcopal Church— denominations that have largely been considered to be apostate by evangelical Christians because of their liberal and unorthodox stances on abortion and homosexuality.” The good news is that those who identify as evangelical Christians have declined less than one percent.
According to The Washington Times:
The federal government on Tuesday proposed its plans to permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have abstained from sex for a year.
The policy is aimed at safeguarding the blood supply for hemophiliacs and other users. It is similar to those of several nations, which also have a one-year or multiple-year sexual abstinence policy for men who have sex with men (MSM).
The policy is denounced by gay-rights groups who say MSM who are married or in monogamous relationships have less risk for transmitting diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis than heterosexuals who have multiple female sex partners.
According to Berean Research:
The Vatican said Wednesday that it had concluded a treaty to recognize Palestinian statehood, a symbolic but significant step welcomed by Palestinians but upsetting to the Israeli government.
Formal recognition of a Palestinian state by the Vatican, which has deep religious interests in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories that include Christian holy sites, lends a powerful signal of moral authority and legitimacy to the efforts by the Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, to achieve statehood despite the long paralyzed Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
According to Rasmussen Reports:
Eight weeks of U.S. military exercises this summer in several southwestern states – dubbed Jade Helm 15 – have some wondering if the government is preparing for martial law. Most voters don’t oppose such exercises, but a surprising number worry about what the federal government is up to.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the U.S. military conducting training exercises in their state. Just 16% are opposed, but slightly more (19%) are undecided.
Christian Headlines reports:
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) this week urged the Obama administration to increase public pressure on foreign governments “perpetrating or tolerating” severe persecution of religious minorities around the world.
“Humanitarian crises fueled by waves of terror, intimidation, and violence have engulfed an alarming number of countries in the year since the release of [USCIRF’s] prior annual report last May,” the report says. “The horrors of the past year speak volumes about how and why religious freedom and the protection of the rights of vulnerable religious communities matter.”
Christian News Network reports:
A nationally-recognized Satanist organization has filed suit against the state of Missouri in effort to obtain a “religious exemption” from a law requiring mothers to wait 72 hours before obtaining an abortion.
As previously reported, the New York-based Satanic Temple announced last summer that it was using the Supreme Court decision in favor of the popular craft chain Hobby Lobby to ‘bolster’ an initiative to seek an exemption from pro-life laws that its members claim to violate their religious beliefs.